Make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle

Tomorrow marks yet, another Independence Day celebration and holiday, and we want to make sure that you make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle.  Dogs and fireworks don’t mix well, and we just want to remind people that if you are going to a 4th of July celebration that includes fireworks or firecrackers popping all around you, it is best to leave your poodle and other dogs at home.

Dogs do not understand anything about the 4th of July or that fireworks are just a lot of noise and are harmless to those of us that are there to watch the show in the sky at night.  All they know is that there are extremely loud and frightening noises that sound pretty much like bombs going off.  Dogs get frightened and often traumatized by these loud bangs and sounds.

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Lucy, our poodle does not like fireworks at all!

If you are somewhere that has fireworks or are on a walk and they begin to go off in your neighborhood, there is little you can do about it, other than to try to get the dog home as quickly as possible.  My wife was a few houses down the street from our home visiting a neighbor, when some locals began setting off firecrackers.  The noises scared our miniature poodle so badly she was shaking.  My wife just tried to calm her down by speaking to her in a soothing tone of voice and carried her back home.

According to the Humane Society, this time of year is when they see more stray dogs than at any other time, because so many dogs get scared and run off during these kinds of fireworks displays.  Here is some of the advice they have to offer from their website on tips for dog owners around the 4th of July holiday.

* Exercise utmost caution when taking a dog into new environments.

* Make sure all pets always are wearing well-fitted collars and securely fastened ID tags. Microchips and tattoos are great ID techniques, too. Even a back-firing car or shot in the woods can be enough to incite a dog to run off, so avoid taking any chances.

* Don’t take pets to events with fireworks.

* If fireworks are being set off nearby, or if you’re having guests over for a holiday celebration, find a quiet, secure place to keep your pets. Darkening the room can help. Crating is also a good idea — place the crate in the quietest part of the home. Make sure you put safe chew toys in the crate to occupy and distract the pet during the event. You can close the curtains and turn up the radio, CD player or TV to drown out noise.

* Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime when fireworks might be set off in the distance.

* Rather than cuddle a frightened dog, try to distract the dog from the disturbing noises with physical activity such as playing ball.

* Remember that scolding or coddling a scared dog will not help. Scolding will scare and confuse the animal, and coddling serves to reinforce fearful behaviors. Instead, assume your pack leader role and act confident and unbothered by the noise and activity outside. You can give your pet a gentle massage, or use Tellington Touch techniques (see the T-Touch Dog Tip on the PAW website) or even just place your hand calmly on the pet’s head.

* If the sounds and lights of fireworks frighten your dog, here’s an innovative technique from the most recent issue of “Unleashed! The Pet Care Forum’s Newsletter for Dog Lovers” ( Make an “anxiety wrap” using an adult or children’s T-shirt. Put the dog’s front legs through the arm holes, then knot the hem over the dog’s back. This technique is related to the massage and Tellington Touch therapy approaches. Wrapping fabric around an animal can give the pet a feeling of greater security.

* Vets can prescribe tranquilizers for frightened dogs. Also, some people find that non-prescription remedies such as Rescue Remedy or Serene-um calm their dogs.

* If you’re going out of town for the holidays, entrust the care and feeding of pets to an adult friend or a boarding kennel you know very well.

See the original article here

Above all to make it a safe and happy 4th of July for you and your poodle, please avoid taking your dog anywhere where they could be exposed to these kinds of fireworks celebrations and you will avoid most, if not, all of the problems.

Please share this post with other pet owners for their pet’s safety and well-being during the coming 4th holiday.



Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Summer is in full swing in the US and here in New Jersey, it’s sweltering, with temperatures hitting the upper 80s and in the 90s as well.  Do I even need to suggest to those of you poodle and dog owners, that you don’t leave a poodle in a hot car, or do I?

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This dog might be crying for help in a hot car


Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Some of you would be surprised at how often and how many people actually do.  I can hear the excuses now.  People will say things like, “but I was only going in the store for 3 minutes to get milk” or “I left my poodle a bowl of water and cracked open the windows.”  Those excuses are pretty pathetic, when you consider the consequences of even a 3 minute wait in a hot car.

Maybe some of you are not quite sure how quickly a car heats up or how much hotter it is inside the car than outside.  A dog does not have the same ability to keep itself cool like we do.  They cannot tolerate the heat as well or for as long a time.  Watch the video below and you will begin to understand that you will cook your dog if you do plan to leave it in the car even for a few minutes.  Note that the temperature referred to in the video of 38 degrees Centigrade is actually around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now watch this video!


If you are going to be traveling with your poodle, make sure you have someone with you who can take the dog out of the car when you make stops.  Otherwise, keep your poodle tied up in the shade and limit your trip inside stores to just a very short time, which should not exceed 5 minutes.  The best thing is not to take your dog with you if the temperature is hitting the upper 80s or 90s Fahrenheit.  It is just not safe.  Above all, don’t leave a poodle in a hot car ever, even for a minute!

A very recent story about a woman who found a dog in a car in New Mexico, had called 911, along with the animal services department, but would not wait for them to show up.  She broke the glass and rescued the dog, who most likely would have died in the heat inside that car.  According to the, the woman saved the dog’s life and was actually praised by the dog’s owner for doing what she did.

Susanne Jones called 911, and then the city’s animal services department after seeing the dog lay down on the car floor, apparently too overheated to bark at the barely cracked window anymore.

But Jones did not stop at the phone calls.

After forty minutes of waiting for help to arrive, she used a tool to break out the car’s rear window to allow the dog to get life-saving fresh air.

Original story found here

The woman was a hero for saving the pup’s life, as it surely would have soon died in that oppressive heat.  I would have probably done the same thing, if I ran across a dog in a hot car like that.

What would you do if you saw a car with a dog inside in the heat of the summer?

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Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue

Memorial day is one of the many days we look forward to gathering around the barbecue for a cookout with friends and family. But there are many potential dangers to our pets and our poodles. Here are some Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue. Backyard barbecues and cookouts are a lot of fun but we need to remember to follow some precautions if we want to keep our poodle safe from the hazards of such gatherings.

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Please don't feed your poodle any barbecue!

Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue

We found some good advice in a post on about making sure your pets and pooches are safe during the holiday festivities. Here is some of what they had to say.

1. Don’t let your pets taste any of the food.

Dr. Louis Murray, Director of Medicine and Interim Director of the ASPCA Bergh memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, explains, “Pets are very sensitive to changes in their diets.” To make things worse, pancreatitis, a serious and potentially fatal inflammation of the pancreas, is often caused when pets eat “greasy, spicy, fatty foods–exactly what people eat at barbecues,” says Dr. Murray.

“Remember,” she says, “even if you are conscientious about not giving your pet barbecue food, you can’t control your guests, especially children. It’s almost impossible to resist when a dog begs, especially if it’s not your dog.” So, even though it seems like a bummer, your pet is better off in a bedroom, with an air conditioner, some cold water, and the door closed, safe and sound, away from all that food and temptation.

2. Keep pets away from the garbage.

Barbecues on Memorial Day and other holidays often lead to trash bags full of bones and other unsafe items that are extremely attractive to pets, says Dr. Murray.

5 More Memorial Day Safety Tips

If your dog chews on real bones, especially cooked bones, which break more easily–bones and bone fragments may become lodged in his palate, esophagus, stomach, or intestines, causing pain and frequently requiring surgery. Bones can even pierce pets’ digestive tracts and cause a serious abdominal infection called peritonitis.

The rest of the safety tips are on the original post, but one is worth mentioning here. One of the most important Poodle Safety Tips For A Barbecue is concerning the use of fireworks and taking your poodle or dog to a fireworks display. My wife and I were dating at the time and she had a dog, which we mistakenly took to a fireworks show on the 4th of July. We did not know much about dogs and fireworks back then, and it really freaked out our dog. Even though your poodle or dog may not be easily frightened by loud noises, it can cause a dog to become unpredictable and behave aggressive or possibly run away or worse. Also keep your pet far away from any fireworks you are going to use at home. They can be attracted to the sparkle of the fireworks and possibly get burned, or worse.



Poodle Safety Tips For The Holidays

If you want your poodle safe, happy and healthy during the holidays this season, it is very important to learn some basic Poodle Safety Tips For The Holidays. During the holiday season there are far too many trips to the emergency vet or animal hospital that could have been avoided if some basic safety precautions were put into practice at home.

Some of the normal household items around the tree and in the kitchen that are fine for humans but can be quite deadly and dangerous for our poodle. For more informtaion about Poodle Safety Tips For The Holidays here are some things to be aware of from an article in the Miami Herald.

The holidays are a time to enjoy with family and for many people that includes their four-legged friends, but beware of the dangers that the season may bring to your dog. Many holiday decorations and food can be harmful to pets. To avoid trips to the emergency room, the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Mary Burch, Ph.D., offers the following tips for making the holiday season safe for your dog.

Watch the Decorations

-Avoid using food such as popcorn or cranberry strands when decorating your home or Christmas tree. If your dog eats them, they can cause blockages, which can require surgery to remove.

-Make sure to place anything shiny, such as ornaments, tinsel, glass bulbs, and things that sparkle and catch your dog’s eye, higher up on your tree where he can’t reach them. Ingesting ornaments can cause major problems for your dog.

-Real Christmas trees, poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe all can be dangerous for your dog. Consider having an artificial tree, but if you do have a natural one, make sure your dog doesn’t swallow the pine needles or drink the tree water which can cause stomach irritation. Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe should be kept out of your dog’s reach, as they can be poisonous to pets.

-Exposed wires from holiday lights pose a threat to your dog if he chews on them, he could be electrocuted. Tape indoor wires to the wall and outdoor wires to the side of the house where your dog can’t reach them.

-Get rid of all wrapping paper, bows and ribbons as soon as you are finished opening presents. If swallowed, yarn, ribbon or string on gifts can cause intestinal obstruction that often requires surgery.

Human Food is for Humans

-Common holiday foods such as butter, meat, and candy can make your dog very ill. Take care to keep these foods out of reach.

-Chocolate is another food that is a big part of the holiday season, and a common cause of sickness in dogs. Baking chocolate or dark chocolate in particular can cause serious health problems in your dog.

It still surprises me how few people know how deadly dark or baking chocolate can be for dogs and things like raw dough with yeast can swell up in a poodle’s tummy and cause health problems as well.  I hope people reading this will realize how important it is to “poodle-proof” your holiday home so it is safe for your doggy as it is so easy for poodles to get into trouble with all of the holiday food and tree decorations.

Please pay attention to all the risks to your poodle by following these Poodle Safety Tips For The Holidays.

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