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Happy Halloween! How to keep your pets safe tonight



Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe day/night for your pets:
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Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Halloween, Pets, The Humane Society of the United States | No Comments »

Top 10 over-the-counter meds that poison your pets

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help you feel better, but they can make your pets feel a LOT worse.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York has put together a list of the top 10 human medications that most often poison our pets:
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2008
Under: Drugs, Medications, Pets, Poison | No Comments »

Hurricane Gustav: Animal groups help care for evacuated pets

Even as humans were being evacuated from sections of Louisiana that were hit by Hurricane Gustav, national nonprofit animal organizations were already rushing into the state to help their pets.

I received the following press releases over the weekend:
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Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Under: Animal rescue Organizations, Disasters, Pets | No Comments »

Status of new pet laws in Sacramento

Here’s the status of 2008 CALIFORNIA ANIMAL LEGISLATION in Sacramento, California.

If you like, or dislike any of these laws, write your legislators and the governor and tell them how you feel about it.

The address for legislators and Governor: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA 95814, 916/322-9900

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Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Cats, dogs, Farm Animals, Pets, Spay/Neuter, Wildlife | No Comments »

Help Obama and McCain pick a presidential pet!

Vice President isn’t the only high-level position that Barack Obama is currently trying to fill.

The American Kennel Club reports that win or lose the Obamas have promised their two daughters a dog after the presidential election. With 158 breeds registered by the AKC, each with its own unique temperament, coat type, size, energy level and appearance, the search for a canine cabinet member is on.
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Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2008
Under: Animals, Cats, dogs, Pets, Presidential Pets | No Comments »

4th of July: a BLAST for people, NO picnic for pets; some handy tips

Here are some handy tips for a happy and safe Fourth of July.


First and foremost: your pets are better off at home. Whatever you do … DO NOT take them with you to see the fireworks!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Fourth of July, Pets, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hot weather will return: Be ready to help your pets stay cool


I suspect this heat wave isn’t over.

Here are some good hot weather tips so the weather won’t cause problems for you and your pets when it heats up again.
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Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Hot Cars, Hot Weather, Pets | No Comments »

Hot Weather: Keeping your pets safe

Feeling too hot? If you’re too hot, think how your pets feel with their fur coats!

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you keep your live-in animals safe during the present hot weather. Cut the following information out and stick it on your refrigerator door so you’ll always be reminded.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Hot Cars, Hot Weather, Pets | No Comments »

Brunfelsia, “Morning, Noon & Night” plant is poisonous to pets

ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center warns pet owners about deadly plant

Since a gardener’s Eden can quickly turn to purgatory for inquisitive pets, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reminds us that many plants and flowers have the potential to cause life-threatening illnesses in both dogs and cats.

One such plant, and a favorite of many gardeners, is Brunfelsia, also known as “Morning, Noon, and Night” or “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” An ornamental plant that thrives in the gardens of warmer climates, or year-round in pots, Brunfelsia has fragrant flowers that bloom in a vivid purple and gradually change to lavender before fading to white.
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Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets, Pets & Poisons, Poisonous plants | 2 Comments »

Top 10 Tips for Urban Pet Owners

An estimated one-third of all high-rise condominium dwellers have pets. With the increasing trend toward high-rise urban living, choosing the right pet for your home, or the right home for your pet, offers new challenges.

In conjunction with Axis, downtown San Jose’s luxury high-rise condos, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley has developed the following:


1. Pick the right companion for your lifestyle and work schedule.
If you work long hours or travel a lot, don’t get a high-energy dog that needs several hours of exercise every day.

2. Choose the right breed for your home.
Examples of dog breeds you should most likely avoid adopting if you live in a condo or apartment without a yard: large sporting breeds (vizsla, pointer, Lab), giant breeds (great Dane, St. Bernard) and young large breeds (shepherd) that need lots of exercise. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it work if you want to. Just think about it carefully first.

3. If you’re shopping for a new place to live, pay attention to pet-friendly amenities.
Look for nearby dog parks, pet-friendly cafes, vet offices, groomers, doggie daycare and pet stores.

4. Get involved locally.
Think about joining a dog group to keep your pooch healthy, happy and socialized (e.g. Find out what the two of you like to do best together, then sign up for a class together to learn something new and meet new friends, both canine and human.

5. Be a considerate neighbor, and build community.
Start talking to your closest neighbors, as they can become great resources for you. Offer to check in on their pets while they’re gone, if they can do the same for you. Offer to walk their dog with yours (assuming they get along), if they can return the favor.

6. Train your dog to show proper etiquette.
Make an effort to have your companion know how to greet new people and behave in public, especially if you use an elevator often. No one likes a dog that lunges, barks, or jumps on them. teach your pet to “sit,” “heel,” and “stay.” It will help you both to get along with your condo neighbors.

7. Keep your pet active and healthy.
Try to spend at least 30-60 minutes in physical activity with your pet twice a day. Physical exercise and the opportunity to socialize and play are all necessary daily requirements for an animal companion to stay well. Give your pet another reason to ride in the car that doesn’t result in a trip to the vet. Drive to the redwoods, go take a run along the beach.

And remember: Dogs are great at getting us outside, but cats and rabbits can play, too.

No matter what the breed, size, age, or type of animal, quality nutrition should always be a priority. The number one medical problem faced by today’s pets is obesity. Establishing healthy habits and finding a good diet are essential for a long and healthy life. (More at

8. Understand the signs of boredom or anxiety.
If your pet becomes destructive, or has “accidents,” these can be early signs of separation anxiety. To help your pets be alone, provide games, stimulation and appropriate toys to chew. Try offering a variety of games, toys, TV, radio, or breaks during the day. Leaving a TV or the radio on can help reduce low levels of anxiety when tuned to classical music. You might also consider hiring a dog walker or sitter to come in and play and provide a bathroom break. You can also take your pet to doggie daycare.

9. Purchase appropriate equipment for your living area.
Cat trees don’t take up a lot of floor space and are a great way to make sure your cat is exercised and entertained. Cat boxes have many options these days where they are easily camouflaged. Clean the cat box regularly and frequently to avoid bad odors in your condo. Dog or cat beds help keep hair off the furniture.

10. Friends are for life.
Our animal companions are social beings who need like-minded friends for support and learning. Everyone needs a true friend to laugh with, play with and just give you a hug when you need it most … and our pets need it too!

The above list is courtesy of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (, modified for Axis luxury condos (, with a few little tweaks, twists and turns added by me ( Have fun!

Any other suggestions? Please add your comments below. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets | No Comments »