Remember to keep your pet safe this summer!
When the warm weather arrives, it’s a great time to get out and play with your dog. But with the warm weather also comes some health hazards. Here are some helpful tips for the dog days of summer:
Riding in cars with dogs
Most dogs love a car ride, but remember that a parked car should be considered off-limits to your pet during the summer months. Even on a mild day, the interior of a car can heat up to dangerous temperatures in the time it takes to run a short errand. Rolling down the windows does little to keep the car cool. For more information on the dangers of hot cars, visit mydogiscool.com.
If you are on a longer car trip with your pet and need to stop, find a shady parking spot and make sure someone stays behind with your pet.
Always keep your pet secured in the car using a harness or crate. Providing water during car trips is easier than ever with the travel bowls available at Pet Valu.
Help keep your pet cool by providing lots of shade and water. You’ll find handy cool-down products at your local Pet Valu like frosty bowls and cooling beds. But there’s a reason you won’t find doggy antiperspirant at your local Pet Valu; Most of your dog’s sweat glands are located in his paws. Dogs pant to cool themselves off, so on hot days they can suffer from heat stroke. Puppies, seniors, overweight dogs and dogs with Brachycephalic faces (Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, or any other short-nosed breeds) are especially prone to heat stroke.
Know the signs of heat stroke:
• Excessive panting and difficulty breathing
• Tongue appears larger and more red than normal
• Bright red gums
If you suspect your dog may be overheating, stop all exercise immediately. Offer water and start to cool your dog off using one or all of the following methods:
• Move to a cool, air-conditioned area
• Wet the dog all over with cool water. If a body of water is nearby, wade in together.
• Apply cold packs to the stomach and groin area, cover the dog with cool, wet towels and place him in front of a fan.
• Call your vet for further instructions. If the dog experienced shock (grey lips and/or gums) or bloody diarrhea, take him to the vet as soon as he has stabilized. Do not put him into a hot car, ask someone else to start your vehicle and leave the air conditioner running.
Cats can also suffer from heat stroke, so keep them inside in a cool area with access to water.
Proper hydration is key for summer fun. A good test for dehydration is to gently pull up the skin along your dog’s back or neck a few inches. The skin should snap back into place; skin that remains tented for several seconds is a sign of dehydration. Dehydration can be dangerous, so make sure your pet always has access to fresh, clean water.
If you are taking part in outdoor activities with your pet, always bring along water for your pets. Whether you choose a collapsible bowl or a water bottle made just for dogs is up to you.
Not all dogs are born dock divers. Just like us humans, a dog’s comfort level in the water can vary. When your dog is just learning to swim (in a pool, lake, or ocean) consider purchasing a lifejacket to help him learn to love the water. If you plan to go boating or canoeing, a lifejacket for your pet is a must-have. Look for lifejackets with a handle on top so you can scoop them out of the water quickly. It’s also a good idea to bring along some floatable toys for the ultimate summer fun experience.
Heading out on a picnic or dining in the backyard? You can turn your dog’s dinner into a cool treat; all you need is a Kong! Just mix wet and dry dog food with something freezable like peanut butter, broth, Greek yogurt, applesauce and/or Easy Treat from Kong. Add carrots, shredded cheese, broccoli, anything healthy that your dog likes, and stuff it into a Kong. Freeze the whole thing and then bring it out as you sit down to eat. You can find more recipes on Kong’s website.
The summer is a great time to get out and play with your dog. Plan ahead and pay attention to your dog and you’ll both have a fun, safe summer.
When the warm weather arrives, it’s a great time to get out and play with your dog. But with the warm weather also comes some health hazards. Here are some helpful tips for the dog days of summer: Riding in cars with dogs Most dogs love a car ride,...Read More
Our Hearts go out to Fort McMurray
As Part of the Pet Valu Canada family, we’re proud that Pet Valu is showing our support for Fort McMurray with a $100,000 corporate donation to the Canadian Red Cross and Fort McMurray SPCA.
“Our hearts go out to the people and pets of Fort McMurray, our employees and franchisees at our two Fort McMurray stores. Pet Valu hopes to help in a small way by donating $100,000 to aid in the recovery effort,” says Tom McNeely, CEO.
Our stores across Canada will also be accepting donations for Fort McMurray. 100% of donations collected in stores will go to the Red Cross & Fort McMurray SPCA.
We’ve also been working to get product donations where they are needed the most – our team mobilized to bring thousands of bags of dog, cat, small animal food, treats, and crates, litter, toys and other accessories to where they were needed. We donated 300 hard-sided crates to help the Edmonton Humane Society help displaced pets. Food and supplies were directly donated to the Fort McMurray evacuees through The Royal Canadian Legion, SPCA, The Lac La Biche Evacuation Centre, and through various charities and hotels all over Edmonton and northern Alberta.
As Part of the Pet Valu Canada family, we’re proud that Pet Valu is showing our support for Fort McMurray with a $100,000 corporate donation to the Canadian Red Cross and Fort McMurray SPCA. “Our hearts go out to the people and pets of Fort McMurray,...Read More
Thank you for celebrating the love we share with pets!
Our first Pet Appreciation Month as part of the Pet Valu Family was a great success! Together we raised $1,253,200 in total donations across Canada, way to go team! Our customers were so generous, donating product, as well as purchasing PAWs and bandanas. We would like to offer our customers a heartfelt thank you!Collapse
Our first Pet Appreciation Month as part of the Pet Valu Family was a great success! Together we raised $1,253,200 in total donations across Canada, way to go team! Our customers were so generous, donating product, as well as purchasing PAWs and bandanas....Read More
The new donations total for our Pet Food Bank is now at 217,976 lbs!
With that much food you could feed one 50 lbs dog for 746 and a half years.Thank you to our generous customers and suppliers for your donations – you’ve helped countless animals in rescues across the Lower Mainland.Collapse
With that much food you could feed one 50 lbs dog for 746 and a half years.Thank you to our generous customers and suppliers for your donations – you’ve helped countless animals in rescues across the Lower Mainland.Read More
New Pet Food Bank total – 210,340 lbs!
Thank you to our wonderful customers and suppliers who have generously donated 210,340 lbs of food to our Pet Food Bank. That is equivalent to the weight of 21 African elephants!Collapse
Thank you to our wonderful customers and suppliers who have generously donated 210,340 lbs of food to our Pet Food Bank. That is equivalent to the weight of 21 African elephants!Read More
Opening Veterinary Walk-In Clinic at Grandview!
We are happy to announce the opening of VANCOUVER EAST – VETERINARY WALK-IN CLINIC at our 3033 Grandview Hwy Tisol store. During February and March they are offering FREE dental health checks and a 33% discount on all basic dental cleaning, scaling and polishing.Collapse
We are happy to announce the opening of VANCOUVER EAST – VETERINARY WALK-IN CLINIC at our 3033 Grandview Hwy Tisol store. During February and March they are offering FREE dental health checks and a 33% discount on all basic dental cleaning, scaling...Read More
8 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER FEED TO DOGS AND CATS
Veterinarians are finding that many of our most delicious foods, even healthy ones, can be deadly to animals.
Who knew that a few sticks of sugar-free gum could kill your dog?
Evidently many people don’t, but the veterinarians who spoke to AlterNet tell us they’re seeing more animals coming in with hypoglycemia after eating as little as a stick. And even if the animal’s blood sugar returns to normal, there’s quite a bit of concern that liver damage, and possibly death, may follow.
“It’s not just dogs, it’s cats as well,” says Maureen Saunders, owner/director of the Spring Valley Animal Hospital and Cat Care Clinic of the Nyacks. “And it’s important to get the word out there, so people know to watch for this.”
Many of us tend to think that dogs and cats can eat what humans eat. We often don’t think twice about giving them a bite of our cookie or worry too much when they scavenge for food. But dogs and cats don’t metabolize foods the same way we do, and many of the foods we eat without problems can hurt, and even kill them. Here are eight of the most harmful foods to keep away from your pets.
1. Xylitol. One of the more ubiquitous sweeteners in sugar-free products, xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in the fibers of many fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. It’s typically extracted from hardwoods and corn cobs for commercial use and found in sugarless gum, toothpaste and many low-calorie baked goods.
While xylitol has no known toxicity in humans, just a few sticks of sugar-free gum scavenged by a 20-pound dog can cause its insulin levels to spike and send it into hypoglycemia. Ingesting higher amounts of xylitol can create serious liver problems including acute hepatic necrosis, leading to death. Cats are also susceptible to xylitol poisoning.
Sometimes vomiting occurs soon after ingestion, followed by hypoglycemia within the next hour. At this point, the animal may act lethargic and lose coordination as a result of lowered sugar levels. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few short days.
If caught within the first few hours and taken to a veterinary clinic, many pets can be nursed back to health by inducing vomiting and perhaps the administration of dextrose.
2. Chocolate. Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, is said to have many health benefits for humans, from lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease to reversing age-related memory loss. However, one chocolate bar can be deadly to a dog or a cat.
Chocolate, along with coffee and some soda drinks, contains compounds known as methylxanthines. When pets ingest foods with these compounds, they may display signs of hyperactivity, discomfort or excessive thirst. Often, these symptoms give way to abnormal heart rhythms, seizures and even death. Baking chocolate and dark chocolates, which contain more of these compounds, are far more dangerous than milk chocolate or white chocolate.
3. Avocados. Guacamole is a staple dip in many households, and we might think it’s harmless to let our pet lick the bowl when we’re done. But the avocado fruit contains persin, a fungicidal toxin. While it is harmless to humans (with the exception of those with avocado allergies), when consumed by dogs and cats it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Birds, and rodents such as hamsters and guinea pigs are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing, and fluid accumulation around the heart. Larger amounts of ingested avocado can create similar symptoms in cats and dogs and even cause death.
4. Macadamia nuts. Dog owners should be especially mindful not to feed cookies, especially store-bought ones you might not know the ingredients of, to their pets. Beyond typical macadamia nut cookies, other flavors of commercial cookies and even some brownies and cakes contain macadamia powder or oil as an ingredient.
Veterinarians are still not quite sure why, but macadamia nuts are known to cause vomiting, ataxia, tremors and hypothermia in dogs, though they don’t seem to have the same effect on cats and other domestic animals. Dr. Saunders says the results can be life-threatening and that elderly dogs may be more at risk.
Dogs typically develop these signs between 12 and 48 hours after ingestion. Vets recommend that asymptomatic dogs should be treated with activated charcoal, while those who become ill should immediately be taken to a vet clinic where treatment may include fluids, analgesics and antipyretics.
5. Grapes and raisins. The veterinary community has recently put out the word that grapes are highly toxic to dogs and cats.
“We didn’t know about this until a few years ago, but eating grapes and raisins can lead to acute kidney failure in pets,” says Dr. Saunders. “Unfortunately, we’re still not sure why some animals can tolerate them and others cannot.” The ASPCA believes that pets who already have the one of a variety of health conditions may have more dramatic reactions to grape ingestion.
6. Yeast dough. The yeast in uncooked bread dough can rise in a pet’s digestive system and cause high amounts of gas to accumulate. This can cause an animal’s stomach or intestines to rupture, possibly leading to a painful death.
While the ASCPA says that the risk is much lower for pets when the dough has been cooked and fully risen, it can also cause problems. The organization recommends that bread-based treats should be no more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake.
7. Onions and garlic. “For cats, this is a major issue,” says Dr. Saunders, who says she’s seen several serious cases of onion poisoning. “People might think it’s okay if they’re cooking stew to give some to their pets, but that’s actually a real problem for them.”
It’s not just cats—a dog’s health can also be put at risk by onion ingestion. In both animals, the compunds thiosulfate and allyl propyl disulfide found in onions work to oxidize an oxygen-transporting protein called hemoglobin in the blood, making it less capable of carrying oxygen throughout the body.
All members of the allium family, which includes garlic, shallots and scallions, contain these compounds, which can wreak havoc on a pet’s red blood cells, if eaten in large enough amounts. Garlic tends to be much more toxic than the common onion. Also, garlic and onion powders, typical ingredients in many soups, baby food and meat sauces, can be quiet killers.
The veterinarians we spoke to say that symptoms typically don’t show up immediately, but eventually the animal becomes lethargic and there can be some physical changes, such as pale gums and dark-colored urine. In the most severe cases of onion poisoning, a blood transfusion might be needed to save the animal’s life.
8. Marijuana edibles. Legal for either recreational or medical use in several states, marijuana is often sold in more potent forms, including edibles that taste much like some foods we would typically eat.
Tina Wismer, of the Animal Poison Control Center told NBC News that animals don’t react to the tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis the same way humans do. “Without treatment, they can go into comas and die,” she says, noting that edibles may be even more lethal if they also contain chocolate or raisins.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care found that marijuana ingestion of baked goods that contain medical-grade THC butter can kill a dog. The researchers looked into 125 cases of dogs ingesting marijuana between 2005 and 2010 and found that it resulted in two deaths. Both dogs asphyxiated on their own vomit.
Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, veterinarians in the state say they’ve seen some dogs die from ingestion. Ashley Harmon, a veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation, told a local newspaper that one dog died after eating a pound of pot brownies while another ate a pound of pot butter.
Pet owners who use marijuana edibles in their homes must exercise caution and keep these items securely packaged and out of reach of dogs and cats.
Other Home Toxins:
Dr. Saunders says that while pet poisoning from foods is a serious problem, there are many other common home items our pets shouldn’t come in contact with.
“One of the biggest problems I see is people trying to help their pet with medicines to treat them. They often do that by giving them Tylenol, but they end up giving them inappropriate doses,” says Saunders. “This is especially a problem I see with older dogs. Pepto Bismol is given to dogs, but the aspirin in it is a major issue with cats.”
Dr. Saunders says that people should pay particular attention to where they store antifreeze, which contains ethylene glycol. Its sweet smell and taste are attractive to pets as well as wildlife. Antifreeze is deadly when consumed.
Even certain flowers can cause a problem in the home. “Some types of lilies are a real issue with cats,” she says.
If your pet suddenly becomes ill and you know or suspect it has eaten any foods in this article, immediately contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 FREE. Also, find out where the emergency veterinary clinic is in your area and keep its address and phone number clearly posted on your fridge in case of emergencies.
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Veterinarians are finding that many of our most delicious foods, even healthy ones, can be deadly to animals. Who knew that a few sticks of sugar-free gum could kill your dog? Evidently many people don’t, but the veterinarians who spoke to AlterNet...Read More
2015 Calendars – Help Causes Close to Heart and Home
The following calendars can be found at your local Tisol store.
All proceeds go to the group offering their calendars.
HugABull – A registered non-profit organization which rescues dogs – HugABull provides public education with a goal of building a community of responsible pit bull owners and supporters – http://hugabull.com/ – $20
VOKRA – Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland – http://www.orphankittenrescue.com/ – $15
Vancouver Police Department – Features the VPD Dog Squad with well known sports celebrities. Proceeds to BC Cancer Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – http://globalnews.ca/news/1676149/vpd-police-dog-calendar-goes-on-sale-today/ – $10
Tisol Calendar – 100% of proceeds to the Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis – http://kensingtonfoundation.ca/ – minimum $2.00 donation
RAPS – (Richmond Animal Protection Society) – Cat Sanctuary Calendar – The cat sanctuary provides a safe permanent home to more than 700 animals. Although most come from the city of Richmond, RAPS has also taken in cats and kittens from throughout the Lower Mainland, in order to save them from euthanasia in their home community – http://rapsociety.com/catsanctuary/about.php – $15Collapse
The following calendars can be found at your local Tisol store. All proceeds go to the group offering their calendars. HugABull – A registered non-profit organization which rescues dogs – HugABull provides public education with a goal of building...Read More
Which bone should your dog chew?
Hollow Bones: Work the Incisors (front row) of teeth. As your dog digs for the tasty, sweet marrow, the canines (fangs) are scraped clean.
Knuckle Bones: Work the pre-molars and canine teeth (power teeth). Bones crumble as your dog instinctively crushes them. Once ingested the bone acts as roughage to help maintain anal glands upon elimination.Collapse
Hollow Bones: Work the Incisors (front row) of teeth. As your dog digs for the tasty, sweet marrow, the canines (fangs) are scraped clean. Knuckle Bones: Work the pre-molars and canine teeth (power teeth). Bones crumble as your dog instinctively crushes...Read More
A Major Thank You to RC Pet Products!
We would like to give a BIG shout-out to RC Pet Products for their generous donation to our Pet Food Bank. In honour of our 40th Anniversary, they donated 40 Vest Harnesses + 72 assorted collars and leashes – a total donation value of $2,966! These items have been distributed amongst four very appreciative dog rescues that will put them to good use. Thank you, RC Pet Products!Collapse
We would like to give a BIG shout-out to RC Pet Products for their generous donation to our Pet Food Bank. In honour of our 40th Anniversary, they donated 40 Vest Harnesses + 72 assorted collars and leashes – a total donation value of $2,966! These...Read More