Wildlife Awareness and Safety

Naperville_Wildlife.docx-0.jpgWhether you are an avid outdoorsman or woman, or prefer to stay in the city sipping a cappuccino on a patio, wildlife is all around. Where once we relied on cities to keep the barrier between us and other species, wildlife awareness is now more important than ever as we are finding many species have successfully adapted to our surroundings. And, with more animals, comes more risk of attack and exposure to disease.

For pet owners, the presence of wildlife can create risky situations when walking pets or even allowing them outdoors. Common urban dwellers, such as coyotes, skunks, and raccoons, are responsible for an increased presence of diseases like rabies and predation in and around cities. Continue…

Life’s A Picnic: Our Guide To Summer Party Pet Safety

Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeDog lovers are often found toting their dogs in bicycle baskets or trailers, enjoying meals on cafe patios, and running errands together. Our culture has unabashedly embraced the symbiotic dynamic between humans and canines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is invited – or welcome – everywhere.

Take, for example, the ubiquitous outdoor summer fête. One could naturally assume that your pooch would be a welcome (not to mention gracious) guest, but the raised eyebrows of your host or hostess could indicate the opposite. While you know your pet will easily break the ice, behave beautifully, and entertain all, you’ll need to be on point throughout the affair to minimize accidents, insults, or both. Continue…

Spring Fever – Pet Safety Precautions

Naperville_000047785894_LargeNaperville’s flora and fauna are just starting to wake up after a long, hard winter and your pet is probably beyond ready to embark on spring adventures with you.

Before you get too caught up with yard work, cleaning, and trips to the dog park, take a moment to lock-in certain pet safety precautions. If enjoying time in the great outdoors with your pet this spring is something you’ve been craving since, say, November, just make sure you are ahead of the curve in the following ways: Continue…

Pet Proofing Your Home: Reducing Dangers and Temptations

Naper_iStock_000014863777_LargeIf you’ve decided to invite a little fuzzy monster into your home, it’s best to take a few precautions. Kittens and puppies are not so different than toddlers when it comes to getting into anything and everything in sight. Locking away potentially dangerous items and eliminating clutter will go a long way towards keeping your fuzzball safe and destruction to a dull roar.

Keeping things off the floor might work in the early days if you have a very young pet, but they will find their way onto the counters and into the cupboards in no time. To help you help your pets, we’ve concocted a list of what to look out for so you can keep your pet safe from the most common dangers found around the home. Continue…

Helping Your Pets Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

iStock_000013207696_SmallIndependence Day – to you it’s a day to celebrate. It’s a day of grilling, parties, and of course, fireworks. However, for your pets,  the Fourth of July is a day of anxiety and fear.

What Makes Pets Fearful of Fireworks?

Loud Noises – Your pet has sensitive ears, even your cat. Loud noises can cause great anxiety for a pet that isn’t used to it. Those loud noises, and the fear it gives them, can cause him or her to run away.

Flashing Lights – Sudden flashes of light can also scare your pet. They don’t understand things the way we do, and they may not comprehend that flash as something not to be afraid of. It can also hurt their eyes.

Smells – Your pet has a nose that works much better than yours. This means that a smell that is strong to you, like the sulfur smell from fireworks, will be overpowering to him or her. Continue…

Stop Animal Chasing in its Tracks

iStock_000029147832_SmallIt is fairly natural for a dog to want to chase other animals moving in his or her vicinity. However, for most pets, this behavior is not one we should encourage. Dogs who chase other animals may find themselves injured by a wild animal trying to defend itself. Porcupine quills, raccoon bites, and skunk spray (among others) are all very real risks to our pets’ health and safety.

Dogs that chase other animals also put themselves in danger in other ways. When straying outside of the yard, they may be hit by a car and injured, or picked up as a stray. Likewise, animal chasing can escalate to chasing the wheels of a car which is unlikely to end well.

In general, animal chasing is a behavior that should be addressed by most pet owners. And while it can be a challenge to overcome a dog’s natural instincts, it is definitely possible. Continue…

Backyard Pet Safety – Creating an Oasis

iStock_000040438840_SmallFor many of us, summer is largely spent in our backyards. Not surprisingly, the same is true for our pets. With that in mind, it is important that you plan for your pets’ outdoor needs and enjoyment as you plan for your own.

As you visit the home improvement store in the weeks to come; consider the following when it comes to backyard pet safety, and perhaps help your pet have a yard of his or her dreams…

Safety First

As you begin to whip your yard into shape this summer, consider your pet’s safety first. Be certain that your fence is shored up and that there are no escape routes. Likewise, make sure that any nails are hammered in or bent down, and that there are no splinters of wood or Continue…

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Your Pets and Lawn Chemicals

kittenMany people take pride in maintaining a well-manicured lawn. However, many lawn enthusiasts also partake in the use of a variety of chemicals to achieve that green, lush carpet. Some of these chemicals are harmful and even fatal to our pets, though. Pets are at a high risk for being poisoned by lawn chemicals, as they often walk through treated areas and, inturn, ingest the poisons when grooming themselves.

When it comes to pets and lawn chemicals, it is probably safest to take a conservative approach. Choose a natural option if possible, and if you do need to use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, be sure to follow label instructions and do not allow your pet access to the area until the product has dried or as otherwise directed. Alternatively, treat the front and back lawns about a week apart. Continue…