The holiday season is a busy time in every household. Friends and relatives come and go, the kids are home from school and college and often there are parties to plan too. Whether you embrace the festivities, or run screaming from an army of relatives who invade your peaceful home, remember that the holidays pose special risks to your pets.
By paying attention to a few basic safety precautions, you can keep your canine and feline companions out of harm’s way and have a safe and happy holiday season.
Decorating for the Howlidays
When it comes to putting up Christmas tree lights and other lighting decorations, always look for the shortest route to the plug point and avoid leaving excess wiring lying on the floor. Chewing cords can be life threatening to both dogs and cats. There are special cord covers infused with bitter aloe that will further prevent them from chewing.
Also it's a great idea to sprinkle pepper on the lower branches of the tree. This will end any ideas your cat may have of trying to climb it! Further, if you have an inquisitive dog, put glass ornaments and tinsel at a height level she can’t reach when standing.
Candles always add a fabulous festive touch but are a huge fire hazard as they can easily be knocked over with a wagging tail or pulled from a table if your cat gets hold of the tablecloth. Err on the side of caution and invest in flameless candles. Luckily, there is a huge array to choose from.
Holiday Plants From Mistletoe to Poinsettias
Nothing is more festive than decking the halls, but remember that both holly and mistletoe are toxic to pets and can cause acute stomach and intestinal irritation, cardiovascular collapse, and death. Despite the myths, the ever-popular Christmas poinsettias are considered safe for pets. Even so, try to keep them away from both pets and children because the milky sap can cause skin allergies and has a terrible bitter taste.
Party Time and Festive Feasts
The holiday season is synonymous with family feasts—huge stuffed turkeys, corn on the cob and tempting desserts. Never feed you're your pets turkey bones (or any other bones from the table). Bones are a choking hazard and so are corncobs. So when you clear the table deal with anything left on plates immediately by tossing in the trash.
Also, when putting away the leftovers, be careful your dog doesn’t get a hold of anything wrapped in aluminum foil. If eaten, foil can cut a dog's intestines, causing internal bleeding, and, in some cases, even death. Plastic wrap is equally dangerous and can cause choking or intestinal obstructions.
The moniker “drink responsibly” also applies to taking care of your dog. Alcoholic beverages can be poisonous to pets, so never leave drinks unattended. If your pooch consumes them, she could become very intoxicated and weak, depressed, or even go into a coma. In severe cases, death from respiratory failure can also occur.
If you are planning a huge party that involves caterers and furniture being delivered, be sure to secure your pets in one area of your home during set-up. This is one time doors will be left open and there is too much activity to monitor them carefully.
And on the day of the event, remember not all pets enjoy raucous laughter, loud music and hectic activity. Be sure to bring out your ThunderShirts for both your dogs and cats and put them on even if you are going to secure them in another part of the house.
Finally, if you plan to travel during the season and are unable to take your pals with you, don’t leave them alone at home with a stocked-up food bowl. Make arrangements with a pet sitter or check him into a pet hotel. Once again, make sure ID tag information is current.
Dog Noise Anxiety
The number of dogs suffering from anxiety is probably higher than you think. In fact, studies have reported that more than 15 million dogs suffer from noise anxiety alone. In an effort to display this alarming information more visually, we developed this infographic that outlines the major causes of pet anxiety and how ThunderShirt has been the most popular and effective form of treatment.
Check it out and please share with your fellow dog owners!
The ThunderWorks family just got bigger! We are pleased to share the newest addition to our line of pet anxiety and calming products- the ThunderSpray for dogs and cats!
So how does it work?
ThunderSpray calms and comforts pets by mimicking a mother’s natural pheromones and is comprised of soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile.
ThunderSpray can be used in two ways:
1: By spraying a single burst in the area where pets spend time, like a car or crate.
2: By using in conjunction with the ThunderShirt and sprayed on the neck of the ThunderShirt.
The calming pheromones and fragrances will continue to release for an extended period, and the liquid will dry stain-free. ThunderSpray is extremely easy to use and smells great!
ThunderSpray retails for $19.95 and can be purchased with free shipping HERE!
We are thrilled to introduce the new ThunderCoat and the ThunderSweater! The ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater offer a stylish and unique clothing system that snaps onto the outside of the ThunderShirt, providing added warmth and protection from rain if needed. Both styles come with a ThunderShirt included that can be easily unsnapped and used on it’s own, without the ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater outerwear.
And just look how fashionable they are!
The ThunderCoat features a khaki trench coat styled design that is fully lined, water-resistant and has a removable hood. Perfect for owners who enjoy a daily walk with their dogs, regardless of the forecast. The ThunderCoat is available in sizes XXS-Large and retails for $69.95, and comes with a ThunderShirt included.
The ThunderSweater provides added warmth and style for dogs, ideal for colder months or prolonged time outdoors. The cable-knit sweater features a classic khaki, ash grey and heather grey color blocked style and is available in sizes XXS-XL. ThunderSweater retails for $59.95 and comes with a ThunderShirt included.
Both the ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater can be purchased at www.ThunderWorks.Com
As we are all aware, summertime storms can cause MAJOR anxiety and stress in our dogs and cats. And, it’s just about that time of year when super storms and hurricanes begin to arrive. Using a Thundershirt is an excellent way to calm your dog or cat should heavy winds, thunder and rain begin to pick up. In addition to using a ThunderShirt, here are a few more tips to keep in mind should heavy storms and troublesome weather arrive:
- A permanent pet ID such as microchip is advised to help you locate your pet in case they get lost.
- Keep pets inside and monitor them when the go out for bathroom breaks, at times, storms can spook pets into running away.
- Photograph each pet and store these pictures with other important documents in sealed/waterproof plastic bags.
- Make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Boarding kennels typically require proof of current vaccinations.
- During a storm, you can play pet-friendly, classical music, or even run a load of dishes or laundry. The calming or familiar noise may be relaxing to your pets.
- Also, have your pets’ favorite toy, blanket and/or bed nearby during a severe storm.
- Try not to scold a scare pet as it may confuse them and reinforce fearful behaviors.
We hope you have a safe and calming storm season!
At ThunderShirt, we value variety, and think your dog should too! So, why not change up their relaxation routine with the Limited Edition Green Polo?! Perfect for both male and female dogs, the contrasting combo of bright Lime Green and sophisticated Hunter Green are a stylish segue from summer to Fall!
To order the Limited Edition Green Polo for a lovable dog in your life, visit www.ThunderShirt.Com!
Check out this video of our tips for the 4th of July:
What a better of a way to include out pets in on the patriotic fun than to whip up these delicious red white and blue treats!
We found this recipe from one of our favorite bloggers, Sugar the Golden Retriever and thought they make the perfect cool and summery treat for our favorite four-legged pals!
Frosty Yogurt Berries Bone Parfait
~1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt
~1 tablespoon of Plain Yogurt
~2 teaspoon of fresh blackberries juice (=3 pieces of blackberries)
4 x-small pieces of strawberries
1 teaspoon of homemade toasted coconut honey oats (using old fashion oats, coconut oil and honey)
Use a Bone cookie cutter as a mold. Place it on a flat surface. We used a clear plate.
1. Pour into the mold ~ 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt.* Freeze it for about an hour.
*This is the first time we used Greek yogurt for frosty paw recipe. It does not freeze well unlike the regular plain yogurt.*
2. Pour ~2 teaspoons of the fresh blackberries juice. Smashed blackberries can be added too. Freeze it for about 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Place little pieces of strawberries.
4. Pour ~1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Freeze it for 20 minutes.
5. Place the tasted oats on top. Freeze it for another 10-15 minutes.
dogs and cats across the nation suffering from
anxiety and stress, most often caused by storms.
But the concept is so simple it may have you
does it really work?
Using a gentle, constant pressure to calm your
dog or cat, similar to the way parents swaddle
their infants, Thundershirt effectively relieves any
anxiety, fearfulness, stress, barking and more.
But, don’t just take our word for it- put it to the test
yourself with our new
Scaredy Pet Challenge!
Find out more at: http://thundershirt.com/Media/Scaredy_Pet_Challenge.pdf