If you were anywhere near the local garden centers over the past couple of weeks, you know that everybody and their brother was there as well; let the yard work begin!
If you have dogs or outdoor cats, you probably have lots of “help” while you’re out there. My own cats are inside so they can only supervise from their window seats, but my dogs have been into every single thing I try to do. They dug holes where I didn’t want them, stole my tools and ran off with them, trampled my flowers, knocked a terra cotta pot off the deck and shattered it and left urine burns so that the weeds won’t even grow anymore; but I would not have it any other way. I put a lot of time and effort into my yard and I really want it to be nice, but what would a nice yard be without a dog to play in it? This brings me to the gist of this column, which is making sure your property is as safe as possible for your fuzzy kids.
I have a young dog that puts every single thing he can possibly get a hold of into his mouth. Even if it is a stationary object, he will still find a way to get his teeth on it. He tries to drink from every available source of water — the koi pond, the pool, puddles, dripping hoses, etc. Keeping him safe and healthy through his puppy chewing stage is hard enough in the house, but outside is a real adventure! Even adult dogs will often chew on greenery and drink out of questionable water sources, so it’s really important that we keep their territory as free from toxins as possible.
One of the biggest health threats to pets are lawn chemicals. I’ve said it previously in this column but I just want to remind everyone while you’re out there getting the yard in shape. If your pets spend time in the yard, your flawless green lawn will have to be sacrificed; it’s just not worth the risk to your pet’s health.
As far as flowers and shrubs go, there are many things that can be harmful to cats and dogs. Some of the most common things are as follows: daffodils, tulips and pretty much all bulb flowers, mums, peonies azaleas, foxglove, hydrangea, just to name a few. You can find more complete lists online, the ASPCA and the Petmeds.com sites are good sources of information. Take special care when using any type of pesticides as they may make even non-toxic plants unsafe.
There is a plethora of symptoms that can result from chewing on or ingesting these plants including skin irritation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, loss of coordination, coma and even death. You can also find tips online as far as what to do if you think your cat or dog has gotten into something harmful, but I would advise you not to take any chances with home remedies; just call the veterinarian for any needed immediate action needed and get him there ASAP. The quicker you seek treatment, the less chance there is of permanent damage.
Another thing to be vigilant about is tainted water. The warm weather can promote the growth of intestinal parasites in water so keep their bowls fresh and clean and make sure there are no sources of standing water in the yard.
Shelter needs: Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow, Canned Cat & Kitten Food (Pate’ Style), Dog Chews, Unscented Baby Wipes, Lint Rollers, Isopropyl Alcohol, Gift Cards from Grocery & Pet Supply Stores.
DOGS OF THE WEEK
Diamond is a very pretty, mixed breed who is seeking a new home because the landlord said she can’t stay in her current home. She’s reported to be housebroken and has some experience being crated. She lived with young children and was very playful with them and has also gotten along well with other dogs. She loves going for walks and playing catch.
French Vanilla is a pretty, friendly 6-year-old pit bull terrier. If you are not looking for an active puppy but would like a nice, mature guy, check out French Vanilla.
Harden is a happy and playful American bulldog looking for his perfect match! He’s a silly boy who will keep you laughing with his constant antics! His favorite things in life ... toys and cheese! This pet is currently in a foster home, not at the shelter. If you are interested in adopting this pet, please complete an adoption questionnaire. Once your questionnaire is processed, the foster home will be in touch with you to discuss the personality of this pet as well as setting up a chance to meet with the pet in person.
Dutchess is a lovely, 7-year-old beagle and pointer mix. She is a smart, lively girl. If you are interested in meeting Dutchess, please fill out an adoption questionnaire and her foster home will be in touch with you.
Obella is a pretty, 3-year-old pit bull terrier with a gorgeous silver coat and lots of love to give.
Smurfette is a 5-year-old female pit mix. She loves her outdoor playtime and is fun and friendly.
Maxi is a 2-year-old female Chihuahua. This darling little girl is currently in a foster home. If you are interested in meeting her, please fill out an adoption questionnaire and the foster home will be in touch to set up a meet and greet.
CATS OF THE WEEK
Thunder is about 2 years old. He came in as a stray but really would love to have a home of his own.
Fox Trot is a young girl. She’s only about a year old. Fox Trot is a beautiful, long-haired girl.
Harry is about a year old. This sweet young boy is tired of living on the streets.
Ashley is a super senior! She is 13 years young and does not need to be in the shelter! She needs a home to chill in!
This Kasa would love to live at your casa. He’s a year old.
Source By thedailyjournal.com