6 Tips to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

  1. Don’t feedogs-in-ghost-halloween-costumes_800d your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol.
  2. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they were to escape through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.
  3. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets. Curious pets and flames don’t mix well!
  4. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Never leave your pet unsupervised when they are wearing a costume.
  5. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, provide him/her with a safe hiding place during trick-or-treating time.
  6. Keep your pet inside.

Pet Holidays – 2018

2018 might be the Year of The Dog, but there are plenty more days to celebrate your pets.

JANUARY PET HOLIDAYS
National Train Your Dog Month.

Walk Your Pet Month.

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month.

Jan. 2, 2018: National Pet Travel Safety Day.

Jan. 14, 2018: National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

Jan. 22, 2018: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.

Jan. 24, 2018: Change a Pet’s Life Day.

Jan. 29, 2018: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary.

FEBRUARY PET HOLIDAYS
Beat the Heat Month.

Dog Training Education Month.

National Cat Health Month.

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. (Humane Society of the United States)

Pet Dental Health Month.

Responsible Pet Owners Month.

National Prevent a Litter Month.

Unchain a Dog Month.

2nd week in Feb.: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.

Feb. 12-13, 2018: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised. Each breed has an associated rescue group.

Feb. 14, 2018: Pet Theft Awareness Day.

3rd week in Feb.: National Justice for Animals Week.

Feb. 20, 2018: Love Your Pet Day.

Feb. 22, 2018: Walking the Dog Day.

Feb. 23, 2018: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Feb. 27, 2018: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.

MARCH PET HOLIDAYS
Poison Prevention Awareness Month.

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.

March 3, 2018: If Pets Had Thumbs Day.

March 4-10, 2018: Professional Pet Sitters Week.

March 8-11, 2018: Crufts. Held in Birmingham, England, this is the world’s largest dog show, featuring nearly 28,000 canines in its four days.

March 13, 2018: K-9 Veterans Day.

March 17, 2018: Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day— patron saint of cats

March 18-24, 2018: National Poison Prevention Week.

March 23, 2018: National Puppy Day.

March 28, 2018: Respect Your Cat Day

APRIL
National Adopt a Greyhound Month.

National Heartworm Awareness Month.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)

National Pet Month. (UK)

April 1-7, 2018: International Pooper Scooper Week.

April 1-7, 2018: National Raw Feeding Week

April 6, 2018: National Siamese Cat Day

April 7, 2018: Every Day is Tag Day. Always the first Saturday in April.

April 8, 2018: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.

April 11, 2018: National Pet Day.

April 11, 2018: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day.

April 8-14, 2018: Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. 2nd full week in April.

April 8-14, 2018: National Dog Bite Prevention Week. 2nd full week in April.

April 15-21, 2018: Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States. Third week in April.

April 15 – 21, 2018:  National Pet ID Week. Third week in April.

April 21, 2018: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.

April 22, 2018: Earth Day.

April 26, 2018: National Kids and Pets Day.

April 27, 2018: Hairball Awareness Day. Last Friday in April.

April 28, 2018: World Veterinary Day. This event from the World Veterinary Association is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April.

April 30, 2018: Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

MAY PET HOLIDAYS
National Pet Month. (US)

Responsible Animal Guardian Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Pet Cancer Awareness and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. (Also see November events.)

Chip Your Pet Month.

National Service Animal Eye Exam. The American College of Veterinary Optholmologists hosts this annual event when over 300 veterinary opthalmologists donate their services to provide eye exams to service dogs in the US and Canada during the month of May.

May 1, 2018: National Purebred Dog Day.

May 3, 2018: National Specially-Abled Pets Day.

May 6, 2018: Mayday for Mutts. First Sunday in May.

May 6 – 12, 2018: American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May.

May 6-12, 2018: National Pet Week. Always held the first full week of May by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

May 7-12, 2018: Puppy Mill Action Week. An initiative of the HSUS, this week is always scheduled to begin the Monday before Mother’s Day.

May 12, 2018: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

JUNE PET HOLIDAYS
Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.

National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.

June 4, 2018: Hug Your Cat Day.

June 3-9, 2018: Pet Appreciation Week. First week in June.

June 8, 2018: Best Friends Day

June 10, 2018: World Pet Memorial Day. Second Sunday in June.

June 18-22, 2018: Take Your Pet to Work Week®.

June 21, 2018: Take Your Cat to Work Day®.

June 22, 2018: Take Your Dog to Work Day®.

JULY PET HOLIDAYS
Dog House Repair Month.

National Lost Pet Prevention Month™. Learn how to keep your pets from becoming lost in this month-long observance launched by PetHub.

July 1, 2018: ID Your Pet Day.

July 4, 2018: Independence Day. This US holiday is no holiday for dogs; the sounds of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year.

July 15, 2018: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC).

July 21, 2018: National Craft for your Local Shelters Day.

July 31, 2018: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2.

AUGUST PET HOLIDAYS
Aug. 1, 2018: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!

Aug. 5, 2018: Work Like a Dog Day.

Aug. 5-11, 2018: International Assistance Dog Week.

Aug. 8, 2018: International Cat Day.

Aug. 15, 2018: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”

August 16, 2018: Saint Roch’s Day. Patron saint of dogs.

Aug. 17, 2018: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Aug. 18, 2018: International Homeless Animals’ Day®. Third Saturday in August.

Aug. 22, 2018: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.

Aug. 26, 2018: National Dog Day.

Aug. 28, 2018: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.

Aug. 30, 2018: National Holistic Pet Day.

SEPTEMBER PET HOLIDAYS
Happy Healthy Cat Month. Established by the CATalyst Council.

National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Visit Ready.gov.

Sept. 9, 2018: National Pet Memorial Day. Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries (IAPC). Second Sunday in September.

Sept. 9, 2018: National Hug Your Hound Day. Second Sunday in September.

Sept. 13, 2018: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day. A day dedicated to the issue of pet birth defects including information on identification, prevention and treatment. Sponsored by MBJungle.

Sept. 15, 2018: Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Third Saturday in September.

Sept. 15, 2018: Responsible Dog Ownership Day.

Sept. 23, 2018: Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day). Recognizing the dogs of politicians.

Sept. 23-29, 2018: National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Last full week in September.

Sept. 23-29, 2018: National Dog Week. Last full week in September.

Sept. 27, 2018: Remember Me Thursday® Remember Me Thursday® is an international social media awareness day that brings attention to the millions of adoptable pets waiting in shelters and remembers those pets who never got a second chance. Share your rescue pet using #RememberMeThursday.

Sept. 28, 2018: World Rabies Day. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Sept. 29, 2018: World’s Largest Pet Walk. Sponsored by Pet Partners.

OCTOBER PET HOLIDAYS
Adopt-A-Dog Month®. By American Humane Association.

Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. By ASPCA.

National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

National Pet Wellness Month.

National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

National Service Dog Month.

1st Week of October. National Walk Your Dog Week.

1st Full Week of October. Animal Welfare Week. (AVMA)

Oct. 1, 2018: National Fire Pup Day.

Oct. 1, 2018: National Black Dog Day.

October 4, 2018: World Animal Day.

Oct. 10, 2018: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

Oct. 14-20, 2018: National Veterinary Technician Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America.

Oct. 16, 2018: Global Cat Day.

Oct. 27, 2018: National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Last Saturday in Oct. (unless Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).

Oct. 28, 2018: Plush Animal Lovers Day. A day that most dogs will be happy to celebrate…as they unstuff them…

Oct. 29, 2018: National Cat Day.

Late October : National Black Cat Day in the UK. (TBA)

NOVEMBER PET HOLIDAYS
Adopt a Senior Pet Month. By ASPCA.

National Pet Awareness Month.

National Senior Pet Month.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation. (Also see May events).

Pet Diabetes Month.

November 1, 2018: National Cook for Your Pets Day.

November 7, 2018: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day.

National Dog Show. Always broadcast in the US on Thanksgiving, this event is held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.

Nov. 4-10, 2018: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. by The Humane Society of the United States. First full week of November.

November 17, 2018: National Black Cat Day.

Nov. 17, 2018: National Take a Hike Day.

DECEMBER PET HOLIDAYS
National Cat Lover’s Month.

Dec. 2, 2018: National Mutt Day. Also see July 31

National Dog Week

Looking for a reason to celebrate your dog? Look no further, the 90th National
Dog Week is happening the last week of September. Dog lovers across the country will celebrate September 23rd -29th, 2018.

As described by The American Kennel Club, “Established in 1928, it was the brainchild of Captain Will Judy, a veteran of World War I and an ordained minister who devoted his life to educating Americans on the spiritual bond connecting the human and canine species.” Every dog has his day, but it took Will Judy to give him a week.

Dogs give endless love, await our arrivals when we’re gone and provide companionship when we need it most. National Dog Week is a chance to get back on track and show how much you truly appreciate your dog this week.

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The Pack has assembled a list of things you can do to celebrate your dog.

• Take 5 minutes from your day to play with your dog

• Take them to the vet for a check-up. Make sure your
dog is up to date with their shots

• Idulge them to a spa day with a dog groomer

• Pamper them with some new toys or treats

• Take some new photos for the photo album with
your dog and family

• Host a party for all the dogs on the block or your friends’ dogs

• Attend Bark for Brews

• Treat your pup for a Dog Walk with their favorite professional Dog Walker while you are at work or away for an extended time

Not a dog owner, but want to participate in National Dog Week?

• Donate money or food

• Volunteer at a local pet shelter

• Give a little extra love to the dogs you see while you’re out

• Adopt a new best friend from the local pet shelter

Need Help with House-training?

Housetraining is one of the most sought out topics for dog training, and rightfully so. Training a pet to relieve themselves in the right places is no easy task.

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Successful housetraining is a combination of 4 major things:

1. Containment
Crate training is popular for pets who are not being directly supervised. Another option is to tie a leash to your dog and link it to your belt loop, so your dog is with you at all times. This makes it easy for you to quickly move your dog outside if they start to eliminate in the house.

2. Schedule
Most pets, especially young ones, eliminate a few minutes before or after they eat or drink.

Puppies will typically need to eliminate:

  • When they first wake up in the morning
  • After a play session (or even sometimes during!)
  • After a nap
  • Just after drinking
  • Just before or just after he eats
  • After chewing on a bone or chew toy
  • If he hasn’t been out for an hour or two

3. Odor Removal
When your dog eliminates in the house, the most important thing is to remove all traces of the odor, or the dog will continue to eliminate in the spot. Use products sold specifically to eliminate pet urine and feces odors that you can purchase at most pet supply shops. Nature’s Miracle and Simple Solution are two brand names for such products.

4. Praise
Always praise your dog enthusiastically when he eliminates in the correct place, as this will let him know that he is doing the right thing by going outside. If you want him to eliminate in a certain area of the yard, bring him out to this area on leash and wait for him to eliminate. You can add in a “Go Potty!” cue while he is eliminating so he can associate this cue with his bodily function.

 

10 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

Summertime is filled with beach trips, fun holiday celebrations, and warm-sunshiny days. Along with all the wonderful things Summer brings, there are additional precautions you must take for your pets.

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  1. Never leave your pets in your vehicle.
  2. Do not walk dogs or allow them to exercise or play hard during the very hot weather.
  3. Don’t forget, your pets have delicate skin in the sun. Use sunscreen, especially to protect pets with white fur.
  4. Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
  5. Keep your pets cool indoors when necessary.
  6. During the summer, more time is spent outside—often without the use of a leash. Always be mindful of leash laws and your pet’s recall ability.
  7. Watch pets closely around open windows and when on open-air balconies.
  8. Be mindful of water safety for your pets.
  9. Don’t let cookouts and summer parties turn into bad experiences for your pets. Ensure they’re not overwhelmed by crowds.
  10. Be aware of hazards in your garden and garage. Check your yard for Bufo Toads and snakes before letting pets out.

Preparing for Your Pet Sitter

So you’re all ready for your trip! You have your hotel booked, flights scheduled, suitcase packed, and visits scheduled with a Professional Pet Sitter.

Now that you have your visits booked with a Professional Pet Sitter, you can travel with peace of mind. To make sure your pet sitter has all the necessities to take the best care of your pet, check off the items on this handy list before you leave home.

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Preparation

  • Notify your veterinarian in writing that a pet sitter will be caring for your pet and authorize vet to extend medical care during your absence if necessary.
  • Provide verification that your pet is up-to-date on it’s shots and wearing current identification and vaccination tags.
  • Be sure to tell your pet sitter about any unusual habits your bet has while you’re away. I.e. destructive behavior when left alone, change in bowel or eating habits, hiding places, etc.

Pet Proof Your Home

  • Remove candy and nuts from coffee tables or locations where a pet can reach them. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and nuts can be dangerous as well.
  • See that medications are locked up. The sound of pills rattling in a plastic bottle may entice a pet to chew the bottle open.
  • Make sure cupboards and storage areas (garage) are secured. A bored or determined dog can go “where they’ve never gone before.”

Home Security

  • Make sure your pet sitter is aware of anyone who may be on your premises or entering your home during the pet-sitting assignment.
  • Use timers on interior lights and program them to turn on at dusk and off at bedtime.
  • Use motion sensors on exterior lights. If evening visits are scheduled to your home, the pet sitter will really appreciate this safety precaution!
  • Inform your watchful neighbors of your absence and use of a pet sitter.

Then, relax and enjoy the trip – knowing your companion animals are in good hands!