The holiday season brings us many new dangers in our homes, especially for our pets and young children.
Not the least of these is the festive plants we bring in for decoration. You will need to pre-plan where you might set your holiday plants. These plants are poisonous, and can cause stomach problems, skin irritation, vomiting, dehydration and respiratory problems.
The following are some of the problem plants for your pets and people if ingested.
Poinsettia – These come in a variety of attractive colors from deep Christmas red to pink and mottled colors.
This plant is more of an irritant then a poison. It is the sap, rather than the leaves, that causes the irritation. The Poinsettia may cause skin and mouth irritation or vomiting.
Mistletoe – Mistletoe is a tradition that has been around for many years, be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.
It is the berries of the Mistletoe that are the problem here, if you can remove them before hanging your mistletoe you will have less chance of an incident. The symptoms of mistletoe poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart and respiratory rate.
Holly – Again it is the berries of the holly that can be poisonous if a large amount is eaten. This can cause vomiting upset stomach and diarrhea.
Have a safe and happy holiday season, from Global K9 Group.
By: Wendy Aston, Training Supervisor, Global K9 Group, LLC
When you are searching for a boarding kennel there are key questions you need to ask. There are a lot of people in the boarding business which makes it harder to find the right one.
Ask if you can take a tour of the facility, this should be at any time (not scheduled). If they won’t let you see the kennel that is a bad sign. They should be more than willing to show you where your dog will be staying.
Is this all inclusive? Many kennels market the price per night to be competitive in the market, but then get you with the add-ons. I call them add-ons because they aren’t extras, for instance charging per meal and for administering medications and even exercise time.
At or Global K9 Group, Orlando dog boarding facility we feelthat meals have to be included, weather you bring your own food or you choose
to feed ours. Some kennels actually charge you more to feed your food, because they feel it is inconvenient.
Charging for medication administration is another “extra”. We at Global K9 Group feel that boarding means taking care of the dog. This means giving medications when needed.
Exercise time? We at Global K9 Group, feel every dog needs to go outside several times a day. If they don’t where do they use the bathroom? Again, why is this extra? If they don’t get exercise and time to go to the bathroom they will create much more work and be unhappy.
You will probably want to know what size area your dog will be kept in. Many facilities use crates, ask if they have kennel runs. A crate can be called a kennel but not a kennel run.
I hope this helps you put your mind at ease while out of town.
By Wendy Aston, Training Supervisor, Global K9 Group
I have been doing a lot of reading online to get some sort of answer to the age old problem of Dobi Gas. As most dog owners that have a dog with a flatulence issue, we start to think about how it affects our relationship with our dog.
We were getting to the point of banishing her to the laundry room at night and the yard during the day. We did the slow change of food, tried activated charcoal tabs, even tried Beano. Nothing could stop the dark cloud that followed her around.
Being in the trained protection dog business, I felt I should know what to do. Having been a German shepherd owner most of my life, gas was only a sporadic issue. Wow, what a difference with the Doberman.
So I read that several people have resorted to living with candles and air fresheners, this was not going to make it in our house. Then I found the answer I was looking for. Low fat plain yogurt, she loves it and man…no gas. Granted it has only been four days, but that is the longest fresh air stretch we have had since she came into our lives.
If this can help only one Dobi lover, I have done my good deed for the day.
By: Wendy Aston, Global K9 Group, LLC