Ideas for Keeping Your Pets Healthy and Happy this Turkey Day
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, eat great food and enjoy the company of our family and friends, which often includes our pets. While it’s wonderful to include your pets in your holiday traditions, it’s important to limit the amount and types of food that your pets consume on Thanksgiving. Foods that are fine for humans (and would seem okay for dogs) can actually be very dangerous for your pet.
The following foods should be avoided on Thanksgiving, no bones about it!
Turkey Bones Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. They may also splinter and cause severe damage to the stomach or puncture the small intestine.
Fat Trimmings Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest, and consuming turkey skin can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms for this serious disease include vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move, and abdominal pain.
Dough/Cake Batter Since dough and cake batter contain raw eggs, the first concern for people and pets is salmonella bacteria. What’s more, dough may actually rise in your dog’s belly, which can lead to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and bloating.
Raisins/Grapes Though the causes of their toxicity are unknown, ingesting grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Garlic, Mushrooms, and Onions All three of these foods can damage your dog’s internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. Symptoms can include seizures, coma, vomiting, and possibly death.
Need to keep your canine pal busy while you’re busy in the kitchen or entertaining?
“Food puzzles and interactive toys like Kongs or Buster Cubes are a great way to entertain your dog when you’re busy and distracted getting the turkey in and out of the oven,” says Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA.
Remember to keep your vet’s number handy.
Should your pet become ill and show any of the above symptoms, be sure to have your veterinarian’s phone number and the local animal emergency hospital’s number on hand. A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the ER. You can reach Boston Veterinary Care at (617) 226-5605.
You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know there is a special day for giving back to causes close to your heart? GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. Next Tuesday, December 2 please make a gift to the Animal Rescue League and help more shelter pets find loving homes during the holidays with your donation.
Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday inspires people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.
November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Open Your Heart to Rudy!
Rudy is a 10-year young chihuahua. This senior dog is really just a friendly, silly little boy.
Don’t let his senior age fool you, he has lots of spunk in his tiny body and enjoys playing and running around. He’ll wiggle around on the rug and put a show on for you.
He does pretty well on crate training but could use some reminders when going home.
This sweet dog has been at the ARL since October 24. Rudy doesn’t ask for much, he just wants a human to love and a little fleece blanket to burrow in and he’ll be one happy man. He would like nothing more than to have a caring home for the holidays!
Watch his adorable video below and you’ll fall in love with him!
On Saturday, November 29 Leo*Leo, a duo producing Bossa Nova inspired Rock and Roll with flavors of Soul and Disco will play a concert benefiting the Animal Rescue League. Band members Vanessa and Sarah are huge animal lovers and have adopted three animals from the ARL’s shelters.
Theircockatiel, Meegs, is their band mascot. When Sarah cooks Meegs will often fly over to the stove, land on the pan handle and “communicate” just what needs to happen next in the recipe. Otherwise, he is perched next to Vanessa, as she plays guitar, and he corrects her notes with his own. If a visitor should come to the band loft, Meegs flies over and lands on their head and allows them in. This is why he is afforded the nickname, “The Foreman.”
He is also one of 3 reasons why Leo*Leo is honored to play a show benefiting the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The other two reasons are Sarah Hope’s dutch shepherd mix, named Sophia (pictured with Meegs) and Vanessa’s chihuahua/terrier named Basil (you can see her all over their instagram).
Billy is Home for the Holidays After 4 Years Thanks to the ARL & His Microchip!
When Billy first arrived at our Boston shelter from an animal control facility in Western Massachusetts, we could tell he was special. This handsome Bull Terrier was very friendly and seemed like he had an interesting story to tell.
After doing a quick scan, we discovered that he had a microchip… that traced back to Australia! Our intake liaison called several microchip companies, but none of them had a record for him. With only one more company on her list, were hopeful that this would be Billy’s chance for reconnecting with his family, and it was. The Canadian microchip company confirmed that Billy had been microchipped in Australia.
When Alana called his family they couldn’t believe that their Billy had been found and that he was all the way in Boston. He had been stolen from them fours years ago and they had searched for him far and near. His owner drove over from Western Massachusetts to our Boston shelter the following day and the connection was undeniable.
Billy was thrilled to see his dad! That day we learned a few things about Billy. He had been a show-dog since he was a puppy and now has 8 show-stopping grand kids who were waiting for him at home.
Watch the video of his happy reunion with his owner, below.
52% of dogs who enter a shelter with a microchip are successfully returned to their owners and Billy’s story serves as an important reminder to microchip your pets.
We’re so thrilled that Billy will be home for the holidays after all these years!
Your support makes stories like Billy’s possible.
Please help more animals find a home for the holidays this season by making your year-end donation today! Donate online.
Prepping for Thanksgiving? Save some for Boston’s Homeless Cats!
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, the ARL is hosting a Cat Food Drive, to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’ll accept donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9am – 3:30pm both days in the lobby of our Boston headquarters in Boston’s South End.
ARL of Boston Lobby 10 Chandler Street Boston, MA 02118
What better way to get in the holiday spirit than by giving to those in need?
The cat food bank drive marks the start of the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need during the holidays. All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.
Cat food donations will go to feral cat caretakers in Boston, as well as ARL foster volunteers who provide one-on-one care to cats recovering from surgery or re-acclimating to life in a home prior to adoption.
Maverick Has Been Patiently Waiting for a Home Since August 2
Maverick is a handsome 5-year-old cat with real pizzazz! He came to us when his original owner was transferred overseas for work and was absolutely heartbroken about having to give him up. The person knew that he would be in good hands with the ARL and brought all of Maverick’s toys, blankets, brushes, and treats, so he could feel comfortable here while he waited for his new family.
We could feel how loved he was.
After a few days at the ARL, Maverick settled in and we could understand why his original owner was so devastated about having to surrender him. “Maverick is one of the greats. I got to know him and he’s just wonderful,” says Marna, one of our most experienced cat volunteers.
“He just adores being around people and you don’t even have to interact with him all the time, just be near and he stretches out and enjoys your presence.”
Maverick is playful, talkative and affectionate. He always appreciates a cheek scratch and he has an adorable little chirping way of talking to you. Maverick gets lonely sometimes, he doesn’t get along with other cats, but we think that he would do well if he had a cat savvy canine friend to keep him company when his family is not home.
He’s been at the ARL since August and we need your help to find him a home. Please share his story with your friends and family.
Watch the video clip below to get a glimpse of how charming he is.
Thank You Thursday: Proceeds from Pawblo Picasso’s 2015 Pet Calendars Go to ARL Shelter Pets
The holidays are just around the corner and Pawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL, so you can give a great gift AND give to animals in need at the same time.
The 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.
Dr. Schettino Answers Your Questions About Senior Pet Health
Senior pets require different care than young puppies and kittens. We recognize that knowing what to look for and how to respond as your pet ages can be challenging, that’s why we’re hosting a Twitter Chat this afternoon for anyone interested in learning more about caring for their aging pet. November is Senior Pet Month and ARL’s Director of Veterinary Medical Services, Dr. Edward Schettino, is here to answer your questions.
Here are a few of the many questions Dr. Schettino will be answering this afternoon.
1) When is a pet considered to be a senior?
2) What kinds of health problems can affect older pets?
3) How do you know if a senior dog needs hip and joint supplements? Will glucosamine help?
4) Is all the testing veterinarians recommend necessary? What tests should be done and how often?
5) Should senior pets see a veterinarian more often?
If you’re worried about your pet getting old, just keep this in mind: Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. We hope you’ll join us for the conversation!
What: Senior Pet Health Twitter Chat
When: Wednesday, November 12, noon – 1pm
To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted on Twitter real time or in advance.
Boston Veterinary Care offers discount for pets ages 7 and up during Senior Pet Month
November is National Senior Pet Month and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and that makes it a great time to bring your pet to Boston Veterinary Care for their wellness exam.
In honor of all senior pets, BVC is offering a special senior wellness package for the entire month: Senior Exam, Diagnostic Bloodwork, Fecal Exam, Urinalysis and Nail Trim, all for $210. That’s over $50 off of the list price!
As an added bonus, each senior pet will go home with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste sample to help to maintain their oral health.
If you need a refresher on how to brush your pet’s teeth, ask your veterinary technician or watch the YouTube video demonstration on the bottom of their website: bostonvetcare.com.
Located in the same building as the Animal Rescue League, BVC is conveniently located off of I-90 and I-93, close to the Green Line, Orange Line and Silver Line and offers FREE on-site parking for your convenience.