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Pet Safety in Your Own Backyard

Outdoor pet safety keeps your pet safe in the yard and garden, all year longFor pet owners who have a yard, it’s important to consider certain factors such as size and accessibility. If a four-legged friend is very lucky, they’ll also have someplace to enjoy a good nap and take in scenic views of wildlife. As an extension of your home, backyards are usually safe for pets provided they’re fully fenced, reinforced, and gated. But what about not-so-obvious dangers to pet safety?

Pest-Free Zone

We all like to think our backyards are clean and pest/parasite-free, but, unfortunately, we can’t control the great outdoors. We can, however, do our part to reduce the impact bugs have on our lives. Continue…

Want to Build a Catio? It’s Even Better than It Sounds!

Build a catio and provide your kitty safe and protected outdoor time. People spend an inordinate amount of time saving up for vacations, or planning activities designed to stimulate the senses. In fact, this preoccupation with our own entertainment motivates us to work longer hours, cut coupons, and invest in the art of patiently waiting for the right moment to appear. This endless pursuit got us thinking about the cats we know and love.

If they were to create something that truly knocked their proverbial socks off, would they build a catio? You bet!

A Taste of Freedom

Without exposure to predators, parasites, or vehicular accidents, indoor-only felines can live two decades (or more!). However, strictly indoor cats commonly have fewer opportunities to exert themselves and exhibit their natural behaviors. Some form of enrichment should be provided and with obesity and diabetes on the rise, it’s worth it to consider the benefits of a catio. Continue…

Expiration Dates on Veterinary Drugs: Do They Matter?

If your January purge includes decluttering your medicine cabinet, you might find yourself wondering how important those dates stamped on various pharmaceuticals really are. You have half a tube of ointment from that one time Fluffy had an ear infection, a few pills rattling around from when she was so itchy last summer, and almost a full bottle of some type of pain pill from the time she sprained a paw.

Should you keep these things, and for how long?

Don’t worry, Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has the scoop on expiration dates on veterinary drugs, so that you can stay on task with your decluttering resolutions.

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Brrrrrring on Winter! Winter Pet Safety Tips

winter pet safetyIn Lynnwood, our little slice of heaven, we are lucky to have mild winters. Since we usually don’t get much snow, it may be easy to overlook winter pet safety. However, it is still good to think about how to best keep our pets safe in cold, wet weather.

Read on for some tips to keep your pet friends safe, comfortable, and happy during the coldest months of the year.

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Be Prepared: Building A Pet First Aid Kit

pet first aid kitNo one expects an injury to occur, but most of us have first-aid supplies handy just in case. Band-Aids, gauze, and an antimicrobial spray or cream are standard in most medicine cabinets, especially when your home includes children.

Accidents can happen to dogs and cats as well. Whether at home or away, maintaining a pet first-aid kit is an essential part of your pet care kit. Putting together the necessary supplies, and learning how to use them, can make a huge difference in your pet’s overall safety, and may even save a life.
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Hot and Smoky: Summer Pet Safety Tips You Can Count On

summer pet safetyWe think of summer as the season to enjoy the great outdoors, but due to wildfires here in Washington and British Columbia, many plans have been dashed. Snohomish County has recently qualified our air as “unhealthy.” This certainly affects all of us, and pets are no exception. Indeed, many animals are even more vulnerable to the smoke. Beyond limiting exercise and outdoor play, what are some other tips for summer pet safety we can all get on board with?

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Remaining on the Path of Fall Pet Safety

Black dog and maple leaf, autumnThe remaining weeks of the year also happen to be some of the best, and we can almost visualize the age-old cornucopia offering autumn’s abundance. To fully enjoy all that the season has to offer, though, risks to your pet must be avoided. Pet emergencies are not uncommon between Halloween and New Year’s, making fall pet safety a top priority.

Fall Toxins

There are lots of natural items, such as seeds, nuts, leaves, vegetables, or roots that are scattered all over during the fall. The good news is that even if your pet is tempted to sample or chew on various plants, most are completely harmless.
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