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December 21, 2010

Though the weather outside’s delightful….

Snow?!? Are you kidding me?? This is a blaaaast! 

Don’t you love how dogs react to snow? Most of them move fasterthanusual out the door to run circles  and jump around in the white wonderland. It adds joy to the season to see our pups so happy! (editorial comment: Respecting some of our smaller friends, Lil’ Bella, Teddy Miki, Hank, Hugo, Madde, and anyone else I missed, sorry if this season is tough for you!)

 Santa’s Photo Shoot 

We loved seeing you all at Santa’s photo shoot at Crate on December 10th. Santa is great with dogs, isn’t he? No wonder we love him so! We are thrilled at how beautifully our pups’ photos came out, thank you owners, dogs and Lauren! Great news for the MSPCA too, because all proceeds were donated and matched by Crate Escape’s owners. Results? $1,700 donated to help dogs who are not as fortunate as ours. A big WOOF to our fabulous customers!

Treat of the Week

If you find your dog veering off to the right as you near the desks at the Crates* there is a very good and potentially delicious reason, Canine Caviar Buffalo Treats! Who wouldn’t veer! Here is some
information:

 Buffalo have 70% to 90% less fat compared to beef and on average it has
50% less cholesterol.

Canine Caviar Buffalo treats are extra meaty to give your dogs a
long-lasting, satisfying chew (helping to reduce tarter and maintain
your dogs teeth and gums). Canine Caviar Buffalo comes from premium
quality 100% free range grass fed buffalo.

Ingredients:
Dehydrated Buffalo

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein  80.0 % min.    Crude Fiber  1.0 % max.
Crude Fat  3.0 % min.    Moisture 10.0 % max.

Your dog can even pick out his own treat! How simple is that?

Holiday and Seasonal Hazards

The holidays, while bringing us much celebration and joy, they can also offer some potential hazards to our pets. Here is a partial list of things which are potentially dangerous to your pet:
 

Aluminum Foil

When ingested, aluminum foil can cut a dog’s intestines, causing internal bleeding, and in some cases, even death.
 

Anti-Freeze

If ingested, anti-freeze (ethylene glycol) is often lethal — even in very small quantities. Because many dogs and cats like its sweet taste, there are an enormous number of animal fatalities each year from animals drinking anti-freeze. Poisoning from anti-freeze is considered a serious medical emergency which must be treated by a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Fortunately, the Sierra company now offers a far less toxic form of anti-freeze. They can be reached at (888)88-SIERRA.

Bloat

Bloat (gastric torsion & stomach distension) is a serious life-threatening emergency which must be treated by a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Bloat is relatively common among large and deep-chested breeds, such as Basset Hounds, Dobermans, German Shepherds and Great Danes. Many experts believe that a feeding a large meal within 2 hours of exercise or severe stress may trigger this emergency. Eating quickly, changes in diet, and gas-producing foods may also contribute to this serious condition. Symptoms of Bloat include: unsuccessful retching, pacing, panting, drooling, an enlarged stomach/torso, and/or signs of distress.

Bones

Cooked bones from steak, veal, pork, turkey or chicken, as well as ribs, can be hazardous to your dog and are not recommended.
 

Chocolate 

Chocolate contains an element which is toxic to dogs, called Theobromine. Even an ounce or two of chocolate can be lethal to a small dog (10 lbs. or less). Larger quantities of chocolate can poison or even kill a medium or large dog. Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially dangerous. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include: vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, hyperactivity and seizures. During many holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and Halloween, chocolate is often accessible to curious dogs, and in some cases, people unwittingly poison their dogs by offering them chocolate as a treat.
 

Electrocution

Christmas tree lights and electrical cords can be fatal if chewed on by a dog (or cat). Whenever possible, keep electrical cords out of reach.
 

Hypothermia

When a dog’s internal temperature drops below 96 degrees F (by being exposed to cold weather for long periods, or getting both wet and cold), there is a serious risk to the dog’s safety. Small and short-haired dogs should wear sweaters when taken for walks during cold winter weather. Any sign that a dog is very cold — such as shivering — should signal the owner to bring the dog indoors immediately.

Ice-Melting Chemicals and Salt

Ice-melting chemicals and salt placed across sidewalks and roads can cause severe burning to your dog’s footpads. Whenever possible, avoid walking your dog through these substances, and wash off his footpads when you return home. There are also products available such as Musher’s Secret which can be applied to your dog’s footpads prior to going outside, that may help reduce the pain that is often caused by road salt and chemicals.
 

Poisonous Plants

Dogs (and cats) can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. Keep all unknown types of plants and any plants suspected of being poisonous out of reach of your pet, and/or spray with Bitter Apple (for plants).

Plastic Food Wrap

Plastic food wrap can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Some dogs will eat the plastic wrapping when there are food remnants left coating its surface.
 

Tinsel and Other Christmas Tree Ornaments

When ingested by a dog (or cat), tinsel may cause obstruction of the intestines, and the tinsel’s sharp edges can even cut the intestines. Symptoms may include: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessless and weight loss. Treatment usually requires surgery.
 

Training Collars

Remove your dog’s training collars whenever left unsupervised or crated. Never tie your dog by attaching a leash or tether to your dog’s training collar. Always use a flat buckle collar when tying your dog, and then only when supervised. Never leave your dog tied unsupervised in front of stores, restaurants or supermarkets, as they can be harrassed, poisoned or stolen.

Finally,

we cannot say often enough,

Thank you to our customers. We enjoy taking care of your dogs and being loving alpha’s in their lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to know you.

DOG PEOPLE ROCK! 

Best wishes for a beautiful holiday. 

* Raining Cats and Dogs will soon become ‘Crate-Escape Too’. In the interest of keeping it simple, we will say ‘the Crates’ whenever refer to both facilities at the same time.

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