Tag: pet safety

Collar vs Harness

Collar dangers?

Collars and tags get caught on furniture, fencing and the collars of other dogs. Yes, pet lovers have reported pet deaths and super close calls. The Dog Food Advisor witnessed one of his dogs in a life or death struggle when a collar caught and began strangling his dog. Not that many pet lovers know that collars can endanger their pets breathing and swallowing. Certain dog breeds, like pugs, inherit inbred weaknesses of their nose and larynx. So do be very careful if you put a collar on a pet that already struggles with breathing. For facts and examples of collar dangers, read my page No More Death by Collar.

Comfort is important!
Our Sydney in his best harness

To harness or not to harness?

With so many new types of dog and cat harnesses available, I recommend talking to people who have a pet like yours. Some dogs and cats manage to stretch and wriggle out of harnesses and car seat-belts. It actually took us several  try to find two options for our Sydney. We really love the soft orange one. We believe it must be comfortable because he does not try to get out of it.

Please microchip and license your pet so others
can find & return

In the age of microchips (often free at city shelters) you can put a harness with tags on your dog or cat, but add a microchip too.

Microchip us, please.
Please don’t let us get hung up on collars.

Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday

This is a blog hop. Please visit the other pet bloggers writing about pet safety! Plus thanks for caring and sharing, Deborah Taylor-French

Wordless Wednesday
Blog Paws Blog Hop

Linked to: http://www.blogpaws.com
1. BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday
Linked to: http://www.cascadiannomads.com/pet-adventure-blog/a-quiz-in-the-summer-get-summer-pet-safety-savvy-with-a-quiz-eight-tips-a-pet-first-aid-kit-giveaway
2. Pet Safety Quiz & Giveaway www.mochasmysteriesmeows.com/2015/07/forever-young-my-precious-truffles.html
3. Forever Young, Truffles www.thecatonmyhead.com/good-day-sunshine/
4. The Cat on My Head Good Day mydoglikes.com/wordless-wednesday-vacation/
5. MyDogLikes: Vacation www.lifewithbeagle.com/2015/07/traveling-with-dogs-practice-summer.html
6. Life With Beagle whenthecatisaway.com/cat-statue/
7. Statuesque kamekroten.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/look-at-how-i-have-grown/
8. Underneath The Shell www.poochsmooches.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-headrest.html
9. Pooch Smooches talesandtails.com/
10. Tales And Tails www.ohmyshihtzu.com/mourning-the-loss-of-a-dog/
11. Mourning the Loss of a Dog www.bzdogs.com/2015/07/old-glory.html
12. BZ Dogs pawesomecats.com/2015/07/07/whats-dinner-feeding-cat/
13. Pawesome Cats www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/2015/07/send-someone-special-a-smile/
14. SUGAR: Smile Cards www.mkclinton.com/2015/07/it-is-snood.html
15. It is a Snood thispuglife.com/2015/07/the-importance-of-pet-hydration-petsafe-pet-fountain-giveaway.html
16. Pet Hydration Giveaway
Linked to: http://www.athenacatgoddess.com/2015/07/wild-wordless-wednesday.html
17. Athena and Marie
Linked to: groovygoldendoodles.com/blog-hop/a-pet-bloggers-nightmare/
Linked to: karineumeyer.com/2015/07/07/back-to-the-beach/
19. Back to the Beach
Linked to: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-cats-can-sleep-anywhere.html
20. CREATE WITH JOY – LINK UP! www.yourdesignerdogblog.com/2015/07/08/seeing-double/
21. YourDesignerDog chasingdogtales.com/who-does-your-dog-look-like-2/
22. Chasing Dog Tales www.browndogcbr.net aka BrownDog
Linked to: tenaciouslittleterrier.blogspot.com/2015/07/author-photo.html
24. Tenacious Little Terrier
Linked to: http://www.ownedbyahusky.ca/2015/07/every-once-and-while.html
25. Love is being owned by a husky
Linked to: http://www.sparklecat.com/diary/fourth-of-july-outtakes
26. Summer
Linked to: zoephee.blogspot.com/2015/07/sisterly-love.html#more
27. ZoePhee
Linked to: http://www.baileyunleashed.com/2015/07/love-is.html
28. bailey unleashed
Linked to: catladyconfidential.com/2015/07/08/curiosity-thrilled-the-cat/
29. Curiosity thrilled the cat
Linked to: bicontinental-dachshund.blogspot.ch/2015/07/tootsie-and-alpenrose.html
30. Bicontinental Dachshund
Linked to: zoolatry.blogspot.com
Linked to: bermudabluez.blogspot.com
32. bichonpawz
Linked to: image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-community-with-holiday-spirit.html
33. image-in-ing: LINKY
Linked to: http://www.wagnwoofpets.com/lesson-learned/
34. Wag n Woof
Linked to: http://www.goldendailyscoop.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-maggie.html
35. Golden Daily Scoop
Linked to: http://www.feelingbeachie.com/bowled-over/
36. Feeling Beachie – Lucy
Linked to: catsherdyou.com/ashton-is-four/
37. Sometimes Cats Herd You
Linked to: kittypartay.blogspot.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday.html
38. Kitty Par-TAY
Linked to: wp.me/p3Ama1-2Us
39. My GBGV Life
Linked to: http://www.thedailypip.com/2015/07/water-under-bridge.html
40. The Daily Pip
Linked to: lessonsfromaparalyzeddog.com/dr-buzbys-toegrips-stops-dogs-from-slipping/
41. Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog
Linked to: greyhoundscansit.com/wordless-wednesday-jumbo-was-not-impressed/
42. Greyhounds CAN Sit
Linked to: jaxdogmom.blogspot.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday.html
43. Hello Jedi!
Linked to: lapaylor.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-sky-is-fallingcole-little.html
44. the sky is falling!!
Linked to: lapaylor.blogspot.com/2015/07/we-celebrated-5th-of-july-and-cessation.html
45. Celebrate the 5th of July
Linked to: cardiganshirecorgis.blogspot.com/2015/07/wilsons-wagonful-of-woe-on-wordless.html
46. A Tail of Two Cardis
Linked to: lifewithdogsandcats.com/haiku-by-dog/haiku-by-dog-scent/
47. Life w/ Dogs & Cats: Scent
Linked to: sandspringchesapeakes.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/buzz-off-horse-flywordless-wednesday/
48. Sand Spring Chesapeakes
Linked to: tailsofteach.blogspot.com
49. Tails of Teach
Linked to: blog.hachiko.me/2015/07/08/translate-that-bark/
50. Translate that Bark
Linked to: http://www.somethingwagging.com/onward-and-upward-wordless-wednesday/
51. Onward and Upward – Surprise!
Linked to: http://www.gspotsylvania.wordpress.com
52. Charles
Linked to: midnightcalicofarm.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/soaking-up-the-sunshine/
53. Soaking up the Sunshine
Linked to: tylersat99.com/2015/07/08/wordless-wednesday-stop/
54. stop raining
Linked to: thefrenchdog.blogspot.com/2015/07/im-so-titled-which-is-different-than.html
55. The Life of Louie
Linked to: http://www.oztheterrier.com/2015/07/jelly-wellies-rain-boots-for-dogs.html
56. Oz the Terrier
Linked to: sweetpurrfections.blogspot.com
57. Sweet Purrfections
Linked to: http://www.scruffylittleterrier.com/2015/07/08/helping-hand/
58. Helping hand. . .
Linked to: http://www.talking-dogs.com/2015/07/high-anxiety-and-fireworks-wordless.html
59. Talking Dogs
Linked to: talesfromthebackroad.com/merrick-backcountry-dog-food-review/
60. TalesFromBackRd
Linked to: wp.me/p3HJme-1M8
61. Dolly at Dawn
Linked to: talenthounds.ca/news/wordless-wednesday/dog-food-brand-makes-a-difference-dog-for-dog/
62. Talent Hounds Dog for Dog
Linked to: itsdogornothing.com/fun-on-the-fourth/
63. Its Dog or Nothing
Linked to: aussiesincharge.blogspot.com
64. Aussies in charge
Linked to: http://www.playfulkitty.net/2015/07/08/the-scary-story/
65. Playful Kitty – Scary Story
Linked to: dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com/2015/07/animal-shelters-fill-up-following-4th.html
66. Animal Shelters Are FULL Now
Linked to: 2punkdogs.blogspot.com
67. 2 Punk Dogs
Linked to: http://www.nakedandhungry.com/2015/07/red-wordless-wednesday.html
68. RED www.twofrenchbulldogs.com
69. Two French Bulldogs dorysbackyard.blogspot.com/
70. Dorys Backyard
Linked to: http://www.random-felines.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday_8.html
71. Random Felines
Linked to: http://www.stunningkeisha.com/2015/07/wednesday-wordpants.html
72. CK: Wednesday Word—Pants
73. Earls World!
Linked to: http://www.shespeaksbark.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-a-dog-and-his-dahlias.html
74. Dahlia loving dogs! dogtreatweb.com/a-little-schnauzer-fun/
75. A Little Schnauzer Fun: wp.me/p4HCeF-sD
76. Tiffanys Diamond Dogs
Linked to: http://www.herecomesnoodle.blogspot.com/
77. Its Noodle
Linked to: http://www.pawprintpetblog.com/2015/07/08/gecko-tank-updates-2/
78. Paw Print – pugsquared.blogspot.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-blog-hop.html
79. PUG SQUARED nalathewonderdog.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/wordless-wednesday-squish-2/
80. squish noodlesthepug.blogspot.com
81. A Bowl of Noodles
Linked to: piranhabanana.blogspot.com/2015/07/not-my-finest-moment.html
82. Piranha Bananas Not So Fine
Linked to: http://www.sewdoggystyle.com/2015/07/4th-annual-national-craft-for-your.html
83. Craft for Shelters!
Linked to: dais15pops15.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-go-mad-its-two-days.html
84. Poppys Dog Blog mykidhaspaws.org/2015/07/08/how-to-control-corgis-hair-in-your-home/
85. My Kid Has Paws www.scratchingsandsniffings.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-pet-safety-month-.html
86. Olive zones out coonhoundtales.blogspot.com/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-i-have-no-dignity.html
87. No Dignity
88. Pawsitively Pets Linked to: trailsnailmud.wordpress.com
89. The Amazing Vermont Paddle Pup
90. Bark & Swagger: Pet Safety!www.lapdogcreations.com/
91. Lapdog Creations
Linked to: christypaws.com/wordless-wednesday-stretch/
92. Big Stretch – Christy Paws mylifewithflyballdogs.blogspot.com
93. So Fly dogdaz.com/2015/07/08/wordless-wednesday-another-rescue/

Dogs say, “I’m okay. I’m not sure about you.”

“We’ve got to stop greeting like this.”

Anxious dogs show stress in greeting rituals. And size matters to dogs, they know when they’re out numbered or when a new dog towers over them. Little dogs often don’t have the proper language to handle dog parks.

For little dogs, a watchful eye and good socialization to other dogs, adds confidence.

Sydney has gained skills with each new outing. Here, he is meeting a new dog. This moment opened an afternoon of happy play.

If you want to learn more about helping small dogs learn social cues and stay safe at dog parks, read my post Wolfish or Puppyish? Dogs Speak  on the difference in languages dogs speak

Sid meet  greet

Is This Dog Singing The Blues?

Does she look happy?

Tied out sings dtf

On this afternoon outside a library, for about ten minutes, I watched this dog. Young and healthy, she never sat for more than a few seconds, pacing and always peering at the library door. Then the most relieved expression burst upon her face. Her person came out and untied the dog. She stopped vocalizing and pacing then, gratefully, left with her person.

From the dog’s point of view, I think those ten minutes felt like hours. She didn’t seem sure her person would return.

I thought she was singing, “Please come back. Come back soon!”

Why Dogs And Cats Hate July 4

Keep your pets away from firecrackers and the boom of fireworks.

“If dogs could vote, I’m sure they would support a ban on the sale of firecrackers — nothing fun about them for animals,” writes Mickey Zeldes, Rohnert Park Animal Shelter Supervisor. “The Fourth of July Is No Fun For Animals” shares excellent tips on keeping pets safe and calm on Independence Day.

Zeldes weekly column All About Pets! appears in The Community Voice [Rohnert Park-Cotati-Penngrove] providing ongoing animal welfare advocacy, updates on shelter needs, and tips for pet caregivers. http://www.thecommunityvoice.com/article.php?id=3236#fbAnchor

Dog holds cat nap

I’ve never had a dog who loved July 4. Although our town has a ban against firecrackers, people set them off at odd hours, loud and close enough to startle us. So we’ve learned to keep our dogs indoors for the entire weekend with soothing music playing.

I know our dog, Sydney, would put all four paws up to ban loud noises of any kind, especially fireworks and firecrackers. Sydney’s acute hearing continues to astound us. He hears neighbors quietly walking down our street. From the upstairs office, he barks to alert us when mail carriers drop our letters in our mailbox. And he runs and hides when anyone yells. Some days, I wish I could help him wear ear plugs!

“Very loud sounds can hurt the ears and if a sound seems too loud to you, it is probably so to your dog.” Laura Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, University of Nebraska Newton Ask A Scientist! http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/vet00/vet00003.htm

HubPages – Canine Hearing: 7 Things to Know to Protect Your Dog’s Acute Sense of Hearinghttp://hubpages.com/hub/Canine-Hearing-7-Things-to-Know-to-Protect-Your-Dogs-Acute-Sense-of-Hearing

Dogs Die Falling Off Pickup Trucks

“It has been estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die each year when (accidentally) tossed from pickup trucks, For your dog’s safety, don’t let it ride in the back of an open pickup truck. Even if it isn’t killed, it could be lost and you might not even know where it fell out.” Dogs In Pickups-A Bad Idea The Humane Society of Utah’s website. http://www.utahhumane.org/shelter/education-center/dogs/dogs-pickups-bad-idea

Why let a dog ride where a child cannot?
Loose in a truck bed is deadly to dogs.

Falling, being thrown or jumping from the back of a pickup truck, dogs die. The number of  dog deaths does not include dogs injured, blinded or lost. Dog lovers and those who care about animal welfare want this to stop. State laws exist and more states are writing laws protecting the safety of dogs riding in truck beds.  Laws on Dogs Secured Within the Vehicle eHow website http://www.ehow.com/list_6807043_laws-dogs-secured-within-vehicle.html

A jarring stop, a fender bender or a terrifying impact crashes loose dogs into pavement. These accidents cause serious injuries to dogs. Several websites address the danger to dogs made to ride unsecured in truck beds. I have included three links to sources giving a peek into this national problem.

No driver wants to hit a dog. A quick defensive maneuver to avoid a fallen dog often thrusts a fallen dog into the path of other drivers, pedestrians or cyclists. Traffic flow has often forced a driver to run over a dog thrown from a truck. This shocking experience is preventable. And the owner of the untied out dog may be legally liable for any and all damages to people and to property from an accident caused by a helpless dog flying off a pickup truck.

Never drive, while leaving your dog loose in the open bed of a pickup truck. Even if your dog isn’t killed or injured, it could be lost and you might not know where it fell or jumped out. A dog untethered in an open pickup bed could be your worst nightmare.

“Many state and local governments now regulate how dogs must be carried in truck beds. For example, California law requires that dogs in the open bed of a pickup must be in a fastened cage or cross-tied to the truck unless the sides of the truck are at least 46 inches high. Violators can be fined 50 to 100 dollars for a first offense and up to 250 dollars for a third offense.  Nevada and Washington have laws in place that deal with transporting animals in a safe and pain free manner.  The laws mandate that animals must be secured and carried in a humane way in which they are protected from any kind of pain or torture.” DogLawHugPug.com http://doglaw.hugpug.com/doglaw_016.html

Tie-out systems fix pets securely in a vehicle yet allow some movement.  Hard-sided safety crates fastened to the bed provide another option. These items are available at your local pet shop or farm supply.

So please, properly secure your pet to prevent loss of life, personal injury or damage to other cars and trucks.