Friday, August 19, 2016

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that tend to be okay for people with dog allergies. These are dogs that do not shed and therefore produce less dander. The following are our picks for the top hypoallergenic pups! 

Portuguese Water Dog
“Porties” are usually of medium size and tend to have a high energy level, so expect to give lots of daily exercise to this pooch! They tend to be “A” dogs – adventurous, athletic, and affectionate. They are ranked by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the 53rd most popular dog breed in the United States. Did you know the Obama’s have two Porties? Bo and Sunny!

Bichon Frise

The name “Bichon Frise” is French for “curly lap dog.” But don’t be fooled, bichons are small playful and peppy pups. They have a medium energy level so they require some daily exercise. Though they tend to be generally healthy dogs, be sure to pay careful attention to their dental care as this is where most issues arise from. AKC ranks these dogs as the 45th most popular dog breed.


Maltese

These white little dogs are AKC’s 32nd top dog breed. They tend to be charming, gentle, and playful. Expect a medium energy level with occasional daily exercise. Did you know their white fur is due to special breeding by Roman emperors? Romans believed the color white was sacred, and they wanted their pets to have a sense of divinity.

Poodle

Poodles can be anywhere from small to medium in size and have a wide range of different fur coloring. They are the 8th most popular dog breed as ranked by AKC. They also have a medium energy level and are described as active and smart dogs. Fun fact about poodles, they have been featured on both ancient Greek and Roman coins!

Yorkshire Terrier

More commonly known as the “Yorkie,” they are right ahead of the Poodle ranked as the 7th most popular dog breed by AKC. They are a small dog with a medium energy level, with a moderate amount of daily exercise required. They are described as affectionate, sprightly, and tomboyish. One unique fact about Yorkies is that they tend to have what is known as a “silk coat.” This means they have only one layer of hair with no undercoat, similar to human hair.


Sources

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why You Should Be Microchipping Your Pets

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August 15th is National Check the Chip Day, meaning it’s time to schedule your appointment to make sure that your pet’s microchip is still intact. If your pet doesn’t have one yet, here are some reasons why you should consider getting one.

Now what exactly is a microchip?

It’s a computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted into pets. Each one is uniquely coded with the owner’s contact information, so when scanned you can view the information on it. Implanting the chip is easy and can be done with a syringe, so it’s no different than your pet getting a vaccine.

Why is microchipping so important?

Pets get lost all the time. In fact, studies have shown that one in three pets will get lost at least once at some point in their lifetime. Sure your pet has a collar, but what if the collar falls off while your pet is lost? You then have no way of your pet being returned to you. Since the microchip is implanted under your pet’s skin it can’t be lost unintentionally. If your pet is found and it has a microchip, your contact information is in a national registry and your pet can be reunited with you no matter how far they managed to wander. Additionally, if you move or get new contact information, you need to buy a new collar which doesn’t always happen right away. With a microchip you can easily update your information in the registry.

So how effective are microchips?

It has been shown that dogs with a chip are 2.5 times more likely to be returned to their owners if lost. With cats that have microchips, they are TWENTY times more likely to be returned if lost. Getting a chip is also generally inexpensive, we charge only $45 for this service.

Book an appointment to have your pet microchipped here.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Must-Know Emergency Fire Safety For Your Pets

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July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day, the best way to celebrate is to be prepared! Here are some tips to avoid an issue and what to do in the case of an emergency.

1. Pet-proof your house.
Keep things out of reach of your pet such as flammable items and electrical wires.

2. Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly.
Replace the batteries regularly and educate your family on fire safety. Each bedroom in your house should have a smoke alarm in it at all times.

3. Check that your pet is microchipped and is wearing a collar with updated information.
This way your pet has a way of being returned to you in case you get separated from them during a fire. Make sure if you move or change your contact information you update your pet’s collars.

4. Never leave your pet alone around an open flame.
If you have a high energy pet it might be best to avoid lighting candles. Absolutely never leave an open flame unattended.

5. Get a rescue alert sticker.
This is to alert a rescue worker that there may be a pet in the home. Be sure to place it on a front-facing window where it can visibly be seen. They can be obtained online at petrescuestickers.com or on Amazon. Some pet stores and non-profit humane organizations offer these stickers for free. If there is ever an emergency, be sure to alert firefighters that a pet is inside.

If you cannot find your pet during an emergency situation and need to evacuate, leave a door open that leads to the outside. Once outside you can then call your pets name, this tends to work better with dogs than with cats.

In case of an emergency call 911 or your local emergency services.
Nassau County Emergency Management (516)573-0636
Nassau County Fire Commission (516)573-9900
Orlando Office of Emergency Management (321)235-5438
Orlando Fire Safety Management/Fire Inspectors (407)246-2386
New York Emergency Management (212)639-9675

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Friday, July 1, 2016

How to Ensure Your Pets are Safe During the 4th of July

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Most animals become frightened and stressed out by fireworks because of the loud sounds. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters because many animals tend to run away. Statistics show a 30 to 60% increase in lost animals every year between the 4th of July and the 6th.

So how can you keep your pet stress-free during the holiday? You should first designate a safe space for your pets during the festivities. A quiet place inside is preferable to block out some of the sound. You can also play soft, calm music or put on the television to block out some of the noise. If you notice that your pet seems to be nervous or is pacing around you can try to distract them with a treat or two.

Most importantly make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag on their collar with updated information, just in case of an emergency. If your pet is outside during the fireworks and becomes startled, it may try to run away. It might also be a good idea (not just for the holiday) to have your animals microchipped.

Fireworks aren’t the only threat to your pet on the Fourth of July, be sure to place alcoholic drinks out of reach from your pets, especially if left unattended. Keep glow sticks away too because the substance inside can cause gastrointestinal issues if ingested.


Hopefully with these tips both you and your pet can have an enjoyable Independence Day holiday.
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718-782-8387