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‘Tis the Season to Keep Pets Safe! Remember Fido When Planning Your Holiday Celebrations

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us?! Time to start ticking names off that holiday shopping list and gathering all the yummy ingredients for your holiday meal. It’s an exciting time, but when it comes to our pets, let’s not forget the dangers that come along with all the festivities. So many new scents, visitors coming and going, treats, candy and so much more. Our furry friends become vulnerable to many new dangers at this time of year. It’s important to keep them safe because let’s face it – the holidays would be missing something special if our pets were injured or sick because they got into something they shouldn’t have!

Christmas Cat Says Stay Safe

What can you do to make sure Fido and Whiskers are safe this holiday season?

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit more than getting out our favourite holiday decorations and putting them in the perfect spots throughout our home. Tinsel is one of those things that comes to mind when we think of holiday decorating. It is fun to play with and hang on the Christmas tree, but cats and dogs are attracted to tinsel and if swallowed, it could cause serious harm. If tinsel is a holiday staple in your apartment or house, make sure it’s out of pet’s reach.

Our furry friends are always quite curious, so putting up a decorated tree will definitely peak their curiosity! To prevent your tree from falling on your pet, we recommend securing it to the wall. You wouldn’t want it to fall over when your pup goes by to sniff your new masterpiece!

Beware of pets around open flames on candles as this may also peak their curiosity. If they get too close, they may knock them over and accidently injure themselves or start a fire.

We all know how much our pets love to chew. When they see wires, batteries, glass and plastic ornaments, they probably wouldn’t think twice about chowing down! The simple solution is to hang your ornaments higher up on the tree, and hide any kind of wires as much as possible.

Holiday plants and flowers add lots of atmosphere to any home. But did you know, Holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea? Mistletoe and poinsettia can also cause stomach upset. It’s best to choose some other festive item (like fake flowers and plants) when decorating your home to make sure it stays pet-friendly.

Do you include your pets in your holiday gift-giving? Do they have their own special stocking hanging next to mom and dad’s? If you’re giving gifts to your pets, choose gifts that are safe for them. Some pets like to eat the stuffing found in toys. If this sounds like your pet, it’s best to avoid these types of toys.

We bet your holiday meal smells delicious! Remember: it also smells delicious to your pets! They may be tempted to sneak a bite or two of their own so it might be a good idea to keep them in a separate and comfortable room while serving and eating your holiday meal. If you’re serving alcohol, like human food and chocolate, alcoholic beverages are not meant for pets.

Using these tips won’t take up too much of your time, but they’ll definitely help keep the feline and canine members of your family out of trouble! So when you’re drinking your eggnog, playing some festive holiday music and celebrating with your loved ones, you can rest assured that your pets’ safety has been taken care of. Wishing everyone and their pets a very happy-and safe-holiday!

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Because there’s No Greater Gift than the Love of an Animal, iAdopt for the Holidays

Be a part of a Canadian program that drives pet adoption during the upcoming holiday season!  

The Ontario SPCA had such amazing success with their “iAdopt for the Holidays” adoption campaign last year that it’s back again this year across Canada! Over 50+ participating SPCA’s, Humane Societies and Animal Rescues are on board to get as many pets adopted into their new loving homes over the holidays as possible.  
OSPCA: adopt a cat this holiday season

What is iAdopt for the Holidays all about? iAdopt For the Holidays is a two-month adoption drive that aims to change the lives of orphaned pets. Since more families bring a new pet home during the holidays than any other time of the year, this campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption by sharing the positive real life pet adoption stories of others.  
OSPCA: adopt a dog this holiday season
How can you make this campaign an ever greater success this year? Drop in to one of many participating societies across Canada from November 1st to December 31st to meet your new furrrever friend! We also invite you to take part in the iAdopt Facebook contest. Submit your pet adoption story along with a photo of your pet and your reason for adopting, for a chance to win great prizes!   If you’re interested in learning more about iAdopt for the Holidays and finding your local participating society, check out www.iadopt.ca.

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Hey New Roomie, Now That We Live Together, Want to Adopt Or Something?

So you and your best bud have decided to become roommates and rent an apartment. How exciting! What could be better than getting a pet to celebrate the new apartment and cement your friendship? While it may look like a good idea on the surface, it’s going to take some great planning and mutual understanding to make it successful and keep both you and your new pet happy. Let’s have a look at some of the FAQs we get asked about with this kind of thing.

Adopting a pet with roommates

Who really owns the pet? Have you ever heard the expression, “the piece of paper always wins?” It basically means that a written signature on paper is going to win over any verbal agreements you may claim to have. So whose name is on the adoption paperwork? Whose name is on the dog license with your local Municipality? Whose name appears on the veterinarian records? Sounds like a lot to think about right? This can become really confusing if different names are on different registrations listed above. The solution? Talk about it with your new roomy before you get the pet. Decide who will be the one person listed on all the paperwork with the understanding that if anything goes wrong, this is the person who will end up with the pet and all the responsibilities that go with it.

What if there is an emergency? We all hope that we won’t have to experience an emergency, but the reality is that it could happen! Having a pet with a roommate is a great situation for you to think about pet insurance. It can be a real lifesaver if you don’t have money saved up for vet emergencies! At least with pet insurance all you have to worry about is what you should do to treat emergency problems. That’s going to be enough to handle at the moment without having to make financial decisions too.

Okay, so let’s talk about something less dramatic – what to feed your furry friend and who adopts it? Set out a game plan in advance – maybe swap out every month and talk over what you both think is a good diet to feed your pet (you can also chat with your veterinarian about this). Also on a day-to-day basis, who disciplines the pet if they chew on something or have a leaky bladder episode? This is where keeping those lines of communication open are going to be really important. Talk it over early what you’re going to do if you encounter the common problems. Chewing is big one – what would you do differently if the pet chewed up some shared furniture versus chewing up one roommates favourite sweater? It may seem trivial until it happens and everyone is really upset. Some good advice? Talk over some basic ground rules before you need them.

Lastly, what happens if something goes wrong and you and your best bud aren’t really best buds anymore, or it’s the end of the school year – who gets the final responsibility of the pet? If it’s the end of the school year, then hopefully you’ll be coming back in the fall with the same roommate for the next year. But if people are graduating or you split up for good, then what happens? Several Ontario SPCA Communities have to deal with abandoned pets or surrendered pets that they just adopted out eight months earlier. Again, pet ownership is something to talk over while you’re still talking and communicating well. Make a plan just in case things don’t go as well as they are right now… just in case.

So what are we trying to say here? In the end, we’re not saying that it can’t be done – it’s just that it takes great planning, being mature and keeping the lines of communication open between you and your roommate to make for a great rewarding pet experience. Try to remember to always put your pet’s needs and wants first over any problems you may have living with a roommate, big or small!

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Do you know what it takes to properly care for a pet rabbit?

Rabbits are cute and cuddly and make great pets! If you’re thinking of making a family decision to adopt or purchase a pet rabbit, it’s important to know how to properly care for one first.

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly is involved in caring for these adorable little creatures!

What is the best way to handle my rabbit?

When picking up your rabbit, support their forequarters with one hand and their hindquarters with the other. This method of handling your pet is the safest for them and will prevent any injury to the rabbit.

You want your rabbit looking their best, so brush him or her regularly with a soft brush. Brushing your pet on a consistent basis will keep his coat nice and shiny and healthy.

You’ll also want to make sure you keep up with clipping your pet’s nails. Consult your veterinarian for tips on doing this safely and effectively.

What do I feed a rabbit?

The key ingredient in any rabbit’s diet is fresh hay and this should be readily available for them to chomp on at all times. If your rabbit is younger, they need alfalfa included in their diets.  As they grow older, you can switch the alfalfa up and feed them timothy, grass and oat hays instead since they no longer need to higher protein and sugar content found in alfalfa.

Include pellets and fresh vegetables, such as celery, broccoli leaves and basil in your rabbit’s diet as well. You can switch up the vegetables every other day too! Who doesn’t like a little variety?

Where should my rabbit live?

Rabbits may be small, but they require a lot of room for housing and exercise. If they are kept in a cage, be sure the cage has enough room to allow them to move around freely and easily. Make sure the cage is located indoors. Rabbits are like any other animal and like a cozy area to call their own. To make their habits as comfy as possible, put down plenty of straw, hay or wood shavings – and make sure to change it regularly!

It’s also a good idea to set up a dog exercise pen to put your rabbit in for several hours a day so they can get the exercise they need. Make sure the pen is high enough to keep a rabbit safely inside – especially if they are a jumper! Keep your eye on them when they are in this area so they don’t get into any trouble!

How often do I need to clean my rabbit’s habitat?

Rabbit’s can be messy! You’ll need to be prepared to give your pet’s cage and play areas a thorough cleaning at least once a week. This includes changing out all bedding, shavings and hay and giving the cage a complete wipe down.

We hope these tips will help you be the best possible rabbit owner you can be!

Want more rabbit care tips? Watch our YouTube video with Dave Wilson, Director of Shelter Health & Wellness on litter training your pet rabbit.

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Your dog likes balls… but he doesn’t need them! It’s time to Fix Your Pet!

March is Fix Your Pet Month at the Ontario SPCA! You may have adopted or purchased a pet…but have you had it spayed or neutered yet? Why is spaying and neutering your pet even so important? Let’s explore this some more!

 

As a direct result of animals left unaltered, pet overpopulation is at crisis levels across Ontario. Unfortunately, this has led to staggering amounts of cats and dogs, far outnumbering the amount of available homes. As pet lovers, it’s hard to see all these animals and know they don’t have any homes.
Fix Your Pet! Dog Walnut Key Chain
Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in Ontario SPCA shelters across the province in search of new homes. As a result, many of these healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year.  This is an outcome no animal lover wants to see.

 

We strongly encourage the public to spay and neuter their pets. This can directly help reduce pet overpopulation to a manageable level that can reduce or eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.
Fix Your Pet! Cat Almond Key Chain
Spaying and neutering are not complicated procedures that are bad for our pets! These procedures are considered routine medical procedures performed by trained veterinarians that prevent animals from reproducing. What is spaying and neutering exactly?  Spaying is the removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus; neutering is the removal of a male’s testicles. Pets can be spayed or neutered once they are four months of age. It is recommended that females be spayed before they enter their first heat cycle, which is usually around six months of age.

 

Now, let’s explore the health benefits:  Spaying and neutering reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, infections and illnesses, produce a reduction in physical stress, an improvement in behaviour, including less territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.

 

By spaying and neutering your pet, you can make a positive impact on the pet overpopulation crisis and help Ontario’s animals have the meaningful lives they deserve!

 

Every day throughout March, we are holding a contest on our blog. With every contest, you will have the chance to win your very own Fix Your Pet key chain! Make sure you check the blog every day for your chance to WIN at www.ospcablog.ca!

Looking for more information on the importance of fixing your pet? Check out our new Animal’s Voice Pawdcast “Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter Services” on SoundCloud by clicking here. Our podcasts are also available on iTunes.

 

To learn more about the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered, visit www.fixyourpet.ca.

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