4 Fun Things to Do With Your Pet

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No matter what kind of pet you have, it’s safe to say you love them with all your heart. Pets can bring us an endless amount of joy and happiness. Whether it be comforting us when we’re sad, playing with us or just being cool to have (looking at your, turtles) pets can bring us some incredible moments.

For many of us, owning a pet is just more than having a domestic animal to feed, take care of and make sure they are healthy. Just like any relationship, you want to do fun, unique things with them to make everything special.

Below are some fun and crazy ideas of what you can do with your pet on your next special day!

Throw Them a Birthday Party

It goes without saying that pets can make people much happier and healthier, so why not celebrate their special day just like you would do with a friend?

While you may not know their exact birthday, you can always make it the day you adopted or bought your pet. They probably won’t care about the exact day, but will be super happy they get to do something with you.

There are lots of different treats for your pets you can give them on their birthday. For dogs, look online for special dog treats that you can bake or prepare at home. The same goes for cats as well. If you have a different kind of animal, like an iguana, you can always make some sort of cake with crickets or their favorite kind of bug.

If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be a baker, go crazy on the decoration. Your pet isn’t going to judge you for style, but they’ll just be happy with the taste.

It wouldn’t be a birthday without a gift, so now’s the ideal time to bring out a new ball or cat toy. Take a few pictures as well to commemorate the occasion.

Your friends might think you to be a little crazy, but you know just want to make your pet feel special, nothing wrong with that!

Exercise Together

It’s pretty common to see people out running with their dogs, but did you know there are other ways of exercise you can do with your furry friend?

Dog and cat yoga are two new ways of exercising with your pets that are sweeping the country. Dog yoga is often shortened to “doga” while cat yoga, sadly, did not get the same treatment.

It’s a fun way to bond with your pet and do something a bit off the beaten path. Your pet may need some time to get acclimated to this calmer, more tranquil environment. If you’ve got a puppy, you might want to take them out back and toss the ol’ pigskin around instead of channeling your inner “namaste”.

Make Them Famous

Finding someone without a Facebook, Instagram or blog is almost impossible these days. During your time on social media, you might have seen accounts for animals pop up here and there.

Take a look at your pet and see how cute they are. Shouldn’t everyone have the same privilege you have in getting to see your pet every day?

When you’re making their account or website, be sure and pick a creative name, maybe based on their personality or something funny they do. After that, keep uploading pictures or stories to your website or account.

Take a Trip

It’s likely you’ve seen dog bakeries and dog grooming places around town, but did you know there are also pet hotels?

That’s right, you can stay in a nice hotel that not only has all the works for you, but for your pet as well. In the morning, feel free to order room service for yourself and something for your furbaby. It’ll be something different for both you and your pet and will make a fun memory.

If a hotel isn’t your style, think about taking them to a different environment. If you live in the city, see if you can get to an open field or big park and let them run around. They will certainly welcome the setting change and will even get to ride in the car!

Microchip in the Spring

Scanning for a microchip
Scanning for a microchip

Everyone is going outside, and why shouldn’t they? The weather is beautiful! But the more we are outside with out pets, the higher likelihood that our pets may get away from us. Microchip your pets to help ensure they find their way back home if they get away from you.

So the boring part is that microchips are required in all pets in Bernalillo county. This means that if you live in Albuquerque you are required to have your pet microchipped.

They cool part is that microchipping is not expensive, it is not painful, and you can do it during our daily walk-in shot clinics. No, you do not have to be getting shots to come and get your microchip.

Microchipping is a very cool thing. It is a little tiny chip just under the surface of your dogs skin that when scanned with a microchip scanner will tell you the pets owners name and contact information. This information is kept in a city wide database, so if you move, you can just update it. Once your dog or cat is microchipped, they never need to get it done again. It is a once in a lifetime event.

Microchipping helps ensure that your pet gets returned to you quickly and easily if they get separated from you. None of us like to think that our dog would run away, but there are lots of reasons a dog may get away. Most of the time they are not trying to “escape” but they are playing and chasing something and then get lost. If your dog gets out of your yard and chases a cat for blocks and block, he may not know how to get home. If he gets away from you at the dog park, he may not know how to find you again.

Getting your dog microchipped is not only required by law, but it will give you peace of mind as a pet owner. Come in today and make sure to check our promotions page for any extra savings on microchips.

No Deadly Valentines (For Pet’s)

Valentines Day is one of the biggest chocolate holidays of the year. This is great if you love chocolate but not all that love chocolate should eat chocolate. Chocolate is deadly for dogs and toxic for most pet’s. (If you suspect that your dog or cat has chocolate poisoning make sure to contact your vet right away)

Pet’s typically love the taste of chocolate, and of course, they do, it tastes delicious. Chocolate is made from the roasted seeds of cocoa, which contains chemicals like caffeine and theobromine that are toxic to animals. If ingested, these two substances can cause several medical problems and might prove lethal for your pets. Chocolate can be risky for most animals like horses, dogs, cats, and parrots since they’re unable to metabolize the chemicals effectively. Consumption of theobromine can result in poisoning and even death in certain animals.

Dogs are the most susceptible to chocolate poisoning because of their habit of rapid consumption. Did you know that theobromine can last up to more than 24 hours in a dog’s bloodstream? This means that it can take a while for your dog to start showing symptoms of theobromine toxicity.

Cats are also vulnerable to chocolate poisoning for the similar reason dogs are. But cats commonly are not willing to eat chocolate, since they do not have ‘sweet’ taste receptors. So for the most part, your cats, just like with most things, will be disinterested.

There is not simple answer to “how much chocolate can my pet eat and be ok?” This is because the quantity of theobromine and caffeine present in chocolate varies widely by the type of chocolate. Darker chocolates tend to have more that lighter chocolates. Also, the size and weight of your pet affects the quantity they can ingest without having serious complications. If you think your pet has eaten chocolate, always call the vet immediately.

Symptoms Of Chocolate Poisoning In Animals

  • Vomiting and diarrhea occur 3 to 5 hours after consumption, and chocolate in the throw-up may perhaps be obvious.
  • Central nervous system stimulation triggers tremors, hyperactivity, and seizures.
  • Heart-rate becomes rapid and abnormal.
  • Excessive urination might result from the “diuretic” action of the chocolate.
  • Firmness
  • Excitement
  • Seizures
  • Excessive response to light and noise.
  • Urine may contain blood
  • Gums of the pet may turn into bluish hue after few hours of chocolate intake.
  • Heart failure
  • Coma
  • Death can also happen.

How To Treat Chocolate Poisoning

There is only a little you can do for your pet, especially in the home, to treat the poisoning of theobromine once it is mixed with the bloodstream. Therefore, the general treatments are usually ways to stop the ingested theobromine from getting in to the blood stream.

These include:

1. Induce vomiting instantly, which will help remove most of the chocolate. (never induce vomiting unless under the guidance of a veterinarian)

2. After inducing vomiting the vet may make your pet to eat a small quantity of activated charcoal, which can bind completely to the theobromine and retain it from getting into the circulatory system.

3. Try to get your pet to drink as much water as it can to keep hydrated.

4. At the veterinarian, specific drugs may be used to help the pet make it through, like anti-convulsants, which can help if the pet has seizures.

Make sure to call your vet if your dog shows signs of chocolate poisoning.

While a very little amount of chocolate would possibly not harm some pets, it is safest to avoid feeding it to them in any way. Remember to keep your chocolate, sweets, chocolate coated goodies and cakes safely far away from your pets. The most effective medicine in this case is prevention; An oz. of prevention is worth a pound of cure.