Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Ontario SPCA Animals’ Voice Pawdcast – Assessing Pain In Animals

Do you ever wonder just what your pet is feeling? Does it ever concern you that your pet is unable to tell you when they feel ill? If so, you’re not alone! Many pet owners feel this way. That’s exactly why we interviewed Dr. Sheilah Robertson of the American Veterinary Medical Association about assessing pain in animals.

Dr. Robertson has been involved in Animal Welfare for two years and has been with the American Veterinary Medical Association for a year and a half. Before that, Dr. Robertson was a veterinarian for 32 years! Her main focus has been assessing and relieving pain in animals, with a specialization in pain management and anesthesia.

In this episode of the Pawdcast, Dr. Robertson discusses the current research involving assessing pain in animals. She even informs listeners how they can start to assess pain in their pets and how to become more educated in this fascinating topic!

If this is something that interests you, we encourage you to listen to this episode of the Pawdcast on Sound Could or iTunes.  While you’re there, check out some of our past episodes too. We have interviewed professionals in the Animal Welfare field on many topics including, vaccinating your pet, spay/neuter clinics in First Nations communities and volunteering at the Ontario SPCA.

Love pets? Check out the OSPCA Pawdcast for discussion and news from the experts!

Love pets? Check out the OSPCA Pawdcast for discussion and news from the experts!

There are many more exciting episodes planned, so we encourage you to subscribe to the Animals’ Voice Pawdcast!

This post was contributed by our friends at the Ontario SPCA.

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

This Summer Remember – No Hot Pets!

Nothing gets people more excited than the prospect of a warm, sunny summer day! However, pet owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their pet’s safety when temperatures are so high.

Pet owners need to keep in mind that parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

A dog’s body temperature averages 38°C, and they are only able to physically withstand approximately 41°C for a very short time. That’s only a difference of only three degrees! After that, a dog can become victim to heat stroke, brain damage and death. When you consider that a car can be 50°C hotter inside than the temperature outside within an hour, it creates a deadly situation for a pet that can’t cry for help. Please keep your pets’ safety in mind; if you can’t take them with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe.

It’s easy for you to grab a glass of water or stash a water bottle in the car, but it’s not as easy for your pet. Fresh, clean water is important to keep them hydrated especially in the summer. If your pet is a short-nosed breed, or elderly, owners must be particularly vigilant to ensure the heat and humidity doesn’t impact their breathing.

Keep Pets Cool This Summer!

Short-nosed breeds of dog in particular need extra care to ensure they can breathe easy in the heat!

Cooling down your pet can involve allowing them access to shade, hosing them down with cool water or creating a shallow area (such as a plastic children’s pool) with fresh water where they can splash if they like.

The summer is a great time to enjoy with your family and pets. If you take the appropriate precautions, you will have a wonderful and safe summer with your furry friends!

The Ontario SPCA encourages you to visit the “Downloads” section of their No Hot Pets website. to access the Facebook banner, decals, posters and leaflets to share within your community to help spread the word to not leave pets unattended in hot vehicles.

To learn more about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles, please visit nohotpets.ca.

This post was contributed by our friends at the Ontario SPCA.

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Here at Kijiji, we love pets. The pets section has given many people the opportunity to re-home pets they can no longer care for, but we hope any pet re-homed once finds their forever family! The best way to ensure that you and the animal you bring into your life are a good fit is to do your research and consider the following factors beforehand:

Lifestyle – whether you prefer a night in snuggling on the couch, or like to spend your spare time doing sports, you want to make sure your choice of pet matches your lifestyle. If you like to go out after work frequently, that should definitely enter into your decision.

Living arrangements – do you live with room mates, family, or alone? If other people are living with you, how do they feel about a pet and taking on some of the responsibility? Allergies and schedules can also be big issues, and should be discussed beforehand, as the entire household should be on board for a new pet acquisition. How settled are you in your location? Some pets are stressed by frequent moves, and having certain pets can make finding new rentals more challenging in some areas. You also need to take into account what sort of outdoor space you have access to (balcony, fenced backyard, or a nearby park) and consider if they are appropriate for the species or breed that you are considering.

Time & Timing – the amount of time that different pets require every day varies. Consider carefully whether you actually have the spare time to devote to exercising, walking, training, and playing with the breed or animal that you are considering. Also think about how long you realistically can commit to having this amount of time free daily. A pet can be a major complication in future plans such as travel, so think long term when considering the future of pet ownership, including whether you are planning a family. If you know you want a baby soon, but don’t think you will be able to handle both, consider waiting until the timing is better for your family to adopt a pet.

Lifespan – how long does the pet you are considering live? Most cats and dogs live about 15 years, but some animals live even longer. Can you commit to caring for an animal for the next 15 years? If you can only be sure about the next 5 years, consider adopting a senior animal instead. There are many great pets available in shelters that may be overlooked due to their age.

Money – pets cost a lot of money. Do you have the funds to spay or neuter, and to stay up to date on vet visits and vaccines? The Calgary Humane Society reports that the average cost for dogs annually is $1,550 and the average for cats is $850 annually – and these numbers do not include the one time costs such as adoption fee, spaying, microchipping, and unforeseen large vet bills. If your animal has any destructive tendencies, that can also lead to many surprise costs as well. Do you have the money available for both the predictable and the unforeseen costs associated with pet ownership?

Handlingdogs can pull four times their body weight, and the largest breeds can overpower even the strongest people. If a large dog got into a fight or attacked a person or animal, it would be difficult or impossible to pull them off – do you have the knowledge and skill required to ensure that your pet is properly socialized and trained so they are not a nuisance or danger to others?

Personality – the personality of you (and any other co-adopters) should match the animal! If you are always on the go and exercising, an energetic companion will suit you. If you love to play, or prefer to stay in and snuggle, the best match will be an animal with similar preferences.

Source – you want to ensure that the animal has been properly cared for. Research the source of the pet as well as the breed to help avoid unpleasant health surprises later on. We recently partnered with the Ontario SPCA to create a video on safe pet adoption.

Pet ownership is extremely rewarding, but should never be entered into lightly. When you adopt an animal, think of it as gaining a new lifelong friend.

Do your research to ensure that your new pet is a great match, and that puppy or kitten will grow old at your side!

Do your research to ensure that your new pet is a great match, and that puppy or kitten will grow old at your side!

Categories:Kijiji Pets, Kijiji Tips

Search for Pets from Animal Shelters on Kijiji

We’re pleased to announce a new feature on Kijiji that lets you search and sort for pets only from Animal Shelters.

As a way to increase the visibility of our friends and partners at Animal Shelters, we’ve teamed with Petfinder and started importing their shelter ads into our site. This partnership allows us access to Petfinder’s 13,000 animal shelters from across North America and import ads from shelters in local communities.

You can find the attribute ‘Shelter‘ under the ‘Offered by‘ section in the left sub-navigation of the site. When you choose it, you’ll be taken to a page that shows just shelter ads, as shown here.

The Shelters information will be listed on the top right under ‘Poster Contact Information‘, and you can view all of the ads posted by that shelter on Kijiji.

Here’s an Example of Golden Rescue’s Page which shows all of their current ads:

New Pet Shelter page - The Shelters Phone Number and Address Appears at the top

 

We hope that this feature will increase the visibility to Shelters and animals that are in need of rehoming. These special animals need our attention and we’ll be working to add more ads and shelters to our site where possible.

As an extension to this, last week we added a new tab on all ads appearing in ‘dogs, puppies for sale‘ and ‘cats, kittens for sale‘. This tab shows a section called ‘Rehoming & Adoption‘ and features some general information to consider before taking on a new animal. We also feature some of our Animal Shelter Partners on this page, and will be working to add more information about this topic into the tab as we build it.

Rehoming & Adaption tab - Ownership information and Links to Animal Shelters

We’re pleased with the progress we’ve been making in this space, but there’s still lots to improve on. This week, we have two of our staff meeting with the OSPCA and industry partners to better understand things like breeder legislation and help with the creation of a industry code of conduct that we can use as guideline toward policies and practices on the site.  We feel that working with the Animal Shelters to understand and use their standards around adoption and ownership will be a great way to ensure we adhere to industry leading best practices, ethics and integrity in this space.

 

 

Categories:Kijiji Pets

Kijiji Photos from Woofstock 2011

This years Woofstock was another amazing event, growing to a whopping 250,000 people and over 100,000 dogs on the weekend of June 11-12th.

This year we took 722 photos at the Kijiji Pet Portrait Photo Booth of owners and their furry companions. You can find all the photos on our Facebook Page, under photos. (If you want to download your photo, open it and choose download from the bottom left side, and don’t forget to tag yourself).

Dog owners that came by the booth also got Milk bones and a dog bandana, which became quite popular as we started seeing them spread all over the St. Lawrence Market.

Kijiji staff were on site to talk to dog owners about responsible ownership, Kijiji policies around posting, adaption, and share stories about how they found their pet on Kijiji. We’ll be using some of this content for some upcoming videos with our Animal Shelter partners about Rehoming and Adaption as a way to educate future pet owners about choosing a breed and ownership in general.

Thank you to those who gave donations to our Animal Shelter charity this year.

Here are some photos from the event: