National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

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Saturday, November 7, 2020, is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day – a day to spread education and awareness about canine lymphoma.

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day was founded by dog agility trainer, Terry Simons, after he lost his beloved pup,  Reveille, to this heartbreaking disease.  It also inspired him to create CLEAR – Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research – which is also dedicated to increasing awareness of and a cure for canine lymphoma through education and research.

Tucker, the Mini Goldendoodle in the photo, is my grand-dog who was diagnosed with T Cell Canine Lymphoma in June 2019 at age 6. The average survival rate is 12 months, and luckily, with excellent veterinary treatment and dedicated fur parents, Tucker has surpassed that by several months. Though he is slowing down, he is still enjoying his delicious food, neighborhood walks, and lots of cuddling from his parents. 

So our family applauds CLEAR and its mission to empower dog owners with knowledge while working towards a cure for canine lymphoma.

To honor this day, learn more about canine lymphoma and consider donating to research or to an organization that can help pet owners that may need financial help for treatment. Use #CanineLymphomaAwarnessDay to share on social media.  

Cats are Vulnerable to Pet Suffocation, too!

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Cats are just as vulnerable to pet suffocation as dogs! Due to their agility, cats are able to access many locations like high countertops, shelves, and pantries. They can also squeeze into different types of containers that dogs can’t. Cats love to seek out cozy, tight spaces to relax, and they enjoy playing with all types of bags.

Be extra cautious when leaving bags on top of the fridge, in the laundry room or garage, and on countertops and shelves. Cut up all bags and dispose of them properly. Keep all containers tightly closed and safely out of reach of your pets. Always close drawers and appliance lids like washers and dryers. Cats are quick on their feet, and we have to stay on our toes!

Happy National Fire Pup Day!

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Today, we honor all the various dogs who have served as volunteer fire pups through the years. These brave canine firefighters, usually Dalmations, have been members of fire departments across the country since the 1700s. Today, Dalmations are still recognized as firehouse mascots and are used to educate the public about fire safety while honoring past heroic fire pups.

This is also an excellent time to review your home Fire Safety Plan with your family to ensure your pets are able to get to safety, if needed. Update smoke alarm batteries, keep a fire extinguisher handy, have a monitored fire alarm, if possible, and make sure your children know what to do and how to call 911. Like their human owners, pets can succumb to smoke inhalation very quickly. It just takes a few minutes to help keep your pets and family safe!

The Pandemic and Pooches!

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As we have all had to navigate through this unprecedented pandemic, one positive aspect has been that the sales and adoptions of dogs has soared in the last few months. More dogs are finding new homes, and the shelters were able to place many pups in foster homes, too. Many shelters and breeders now have long waiting lists for people wanting to add a canine companion to their home.

It’s no secret that dogs have a positive effect on our mental, emotional, and physical heath. As so many of us were forced to socially distance from friends, family, and co-workers, it has been comforting to share this uncertain time with those who provide unconditional love – our pups.

As the demand for dogs continues and young and old pups are integrated into new homes, it’s important to remember to dog-proof your home against pet suffocation. Please visit our website’s Information page to learn more on safeguarding your beloved pets against pet suffocation. Enjoy your new best friend!

Keep Pet Food Bags Away from Your Pets!

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It just takes a minute for your dog or cat to get into serious trouble if they get their head stuck inside of a pet food bag. They can suffocate within minutes! It’s important to keep all food bags and pet food bags stored safely out of reach. Keep dog or cat treats and pet food in plastic containers, keep trash cans tightly secured, keep pantry doors closed, and cut up all bags.

A safe home is a happy home for your pets! Please help prevent pet suffocation!

An EMMY to Celebrate!

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The in-depth media piece we worked on last fall with the investigative team at WUSA9 (CBS) won an EMMY last week! The Capital Emmys were awarded virtually. The Academy’s Emmy Award is the industry’s benchmark for the recognition of television excellence. To watch this award winning segment called “Dogs are Dying Face-First in Snack Bags, please click on “Press” above, then “Videos”. We are excited that our important message to prevent pet suffocation is continuing to make progress around the world! Thank you, WUSA9!

Check the Chip Day!

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August 15th is “National Check the Chip Day!”

 Microchip your pet! Lost or stolen pets have a much higher chance of being reunited with their families if they have been microchipped and the registration information is up to date. 

DayZ, the cute cat in the photo, disappeared in Dallas two years ago. The family was heartbroken as a neighbor had spotted a bobcat nearby. Last month, the family received a call from a pet recovery service that DayZ had been found about two miles away from his home. As you can see from the photo, DayZ is relaxed and happy to be home though he was a little thinner and tired.  The family is ecstatic! 

🐱A family pet is lost every two seconds.

🐶 One out of three pets is lost during their lifetimes.

🐱 Only one in ten is found.

🐶 More than ten million pets are lost each year

Greatly increase your pet’s chance of being found if he becomes lost or stolen by microchipping today! 

New Podcast Interview!

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Don’t miss the latest podcast interview with our Founder, Bonnie Harlan, and pet advocate and Dogologist, Billie Groom, with Upward Dogology discussing pet suffocation and how to prevent it! Click on Press and Videos to listen now!

Working from Home With Your Pets

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Though “Take Your Dog to Work Day” was officially June 26th, more people than ever are working from home today. One advantage is being able to have our pets right next to us, helping make the work day go easier. So, it’s important to keep in mind all the safety tips to prevent pet suffocation while you may be distracted with a work call or Zoom meeting and snacking at your workspace.

Keep your pets away from all chip bags and food bags. Cut up all chip bags, snack bags, and other food bags. If you eat or snack at your desk, remove the food and packaging right away. Keep your trash safely secured. Please watch the video below to help keep your pets safe from pet suffocation now and while so many of us are working remotely.

Can Your Dog or Cat Contact or Spread COVID-19?

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The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says COVID-19 is spread to humans through person-to-person contact, and there have been no reports of pets spreading the Coronavirus in the U.S. In addition, The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated, “…to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.” However, it’s important to have a prepared plan for your pets in place, if needed.

Choose a family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your family becomes ill or unable to. Stock up on extra pet supplies including a two week supply of food, a 30 day supply of medications, extra treats, and pet toys. Ensure all pet vaccines are up to date and that you have a copy of the current immunizations in case your pet has to be boarded.  All pets should have an identification collar with a Pet ID Tag on and a microchip, if possible. Create a Pet Folder with your pet’s food instructions, medical information, emergency contacts, and a medical consent form. 

It’s important to note that if your pet is ever showing symptoms of an illness, be proactive and take them to the vet.Wash your hands before and after playing with your pets. We hope that you are all staying safe during this time and enjoying your fur babies!