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    Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween can be a stressful time for pets. While the holiday may mean trick or treating and Halloween parties for us humans, the frightening elements at these festivities may be too much for our animals. Here are a few tips for keeping your pet safe and comfortable during the haunted holiday.

    1. Pets are sensitive to changes in environment and routine. Having random people arrive at your front door throughout the evening can be unexpected and stressful for pets. Make sure they are in a comfortable place in the house and distracted from the ongoings outside to keep them safe and reduce their stress. Secure all access to the outdoors in case your pet attempts to run outside.
    2. Create a safe space. Does your cat have a box or nook they like to hide in? Does your dog like to be close to you when they are scared? Having their comfort zones readily available will allow them a quick getaway if they are disturbed throughout the night. If your pet is erratic and unable to calm down, consider crating them so they are in a more confined space.
    3. Calming treats are a great way to relax and distract your pet from all of the activity taking place outdoors. You can also try having a rigorous play session before the night starts so that your pet is tired and ready for a peaceful nap.
    4. Make it a quiet night. If you are participating in giving out treats and know your pet is triggered by knocking or the doorbell, consider leaving a self-serve bowl outside and a note asking trick or treaters to not disturb your pet. Depending on your animal, you might want to forgo the candy-giving all together.
    5. If you are taking your pet out with you, keep them close and secure. As humans, we understand the nature of Halloween, but for our pets, things may seem really out of the ordinary. Even if your dog is normally fine around strangers, they may react differently to people in costumes.
    6. Be aware of your surroundings. Halloween decorations that move, flash or emit loud noises may frighten or aggravate your pet. If you know of a yard or building that will contain a lot of commotion, it may be best to try a different route and avoid that particular area.
    7. Be visible. There’s a lot going on outside on Halloween and trick or treating tends to happen after dark. People may be looking out for kids in costumes, but small pets or pets with dark coats may be harder to see. Having your pet wear some sort of light on their collar will make them more visible to people driving by as well as easier to find if your pet happens to get loose. 
    8. Don’t give them candy! Pets should not be given any candy. It’s no surprise that most candy given out on Halloween has incredibly high sugar content, but it can also contain other ingredients that are toxic to pets. Not only is candy itself dangerous, but the encapsulating wrappers also pose a choking risk and intestinal hazard. Examine the area your pet will be in and make sure there is no candy accidentally left on the ground.
    9. Watch out for other consumable hazards. In addition to candy that may be lying around, it is also important to keep an eye out for decorations or other Halloween paraphernalia that may be within your pet’s reach, such as costume props and accessories like glow sticks. 
    10. Be mindful with pet costumes. There is nothing cuter than seeing our pets dressed up, but consider their comfort. If your animal is not used to wearing outfits, a new costume might be a bit uncomfortable and only add to any stress they may already have.

    Watch Out For Foxtails!

    Watch Out For Foxtails!
    Summer is a great time to be outdoors with your pet. In our county, there are countless scenic locations to explore with your dog, but there are also some areas you will certainly want your pet to stay out of. If your pup loves to bound through tall grass, it is important to keep an eye out for dry areas that may contain foxtails. Foxtails are a type of grass that feature clusters of barbs used to disperse seeds. These barbs have evolved to easily attach themselves into animal fur in order to be transported to new areas where they eventually drop.

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    Summer Water Safety

    Summer Water Safety

    Here at Humboldt Pet Supply, we always look out for the safety and best interest of our pets. Whether it's the food they eat or the toys they play with, we go out of our way to ensure everyone has a fun and safe time. Summer activities are definitely rewarding when shared with a pet, so it's also good to keep safety in mind when hitting the water. Here as some quick tips to make the most of your water play. 

     

    Water Wisdom
    Though many canines excel at the doggy paddle, some breeds are at a disadvantage when it comes to swimming. Breeds with short snouts that have hard time breathing or those with short limbs will not be as adept at swimming. If your dog wants to share in the wet fun, a float coat or life vest will go a long way in keeping them buoyant. Of course, after all that swimming your dog is bound to be thirsty, so bring some clean water for him or her in a portable bowl so your pet won’t be tempted to drink sea water or stagnant river water.


    Sand Safety
    If you’re heading to the beach, feel out the ground before you let your dog get too far into burning sand. Here in Humboldt, coastal sands don’t tend to get hot very often, but inland river shores can heat up and burn your pet’s paws. Applying topical wax to your pet’s foot can help mediate the heat, but it shouldn’t be relied on for complete protection against scorching grounds. If you know you will be on hot ground for an extended period of time, bring a towel or blanket and something to shade the area where your pet will be sitting.


    Boating Basics
    If you and your pet are going to hitting deeper waters, have a contingency plan if your pup goes overboard. Being prepared will help you get your dog back onboard as quickly and safely as possible. Keep in mind that the weight of a dog increases when they are soaked, which may make it more difficult to lift larger dogs. If boating will be a new experience for your dog, make sure to acclimate them by gradually introducing them to life on the waves before planning long outings.


    River Reminders
    Locals know that Humboldt harbors a plethora of breathtaking river spots to enjoy with your pet. While there, be wary of the water’s speed as well as your dog’s energy levels. Swimming through currents requires much more effort than a still body of water like a pool so it is easy to overestimate your dog’s capability to swim against the current after a long day of water play. Also be on the lookout for rocky river areas where snakes may be hiding and stagnant pools of water that may contain harmful bacteria. Blue-green algae becomes a major problem in late summer but, due to the changing climate, may become more active earlier this year. We’ll be covering blue algae more in-depth next issue, so stay tuned!

    We Recommend:

     
    Ruffwear Float Coat
    The Float Coat from Ruffwear is a lifesaver for dogs that have trouble swimming. It can also be useful for dogs that tire out easily. It features a soft handle for pulling your pup out of the water.
    Ruffwear Grip Trex
    If you'll be traversing across hot sand, foot protection is a must! These boots will keep your pet's feet safe while you make your way from beach to water.
    Portable Water Bowls
    Avoid the irony of being around so much water and not being able to get a drink! These bowls provide an easy solution to making sure your dog drinks safe water during your water adventures!

    Stop by our store and we'll get your pet fitted for all your water adventures!

    Arcata Dog Park Update 07-26-2018

    Arcata Dog Park Update 07-26-2018

    Pam from the Arcata Dog Park has sent out a new update regarding the eagerly-awaited dog park:

    Hello!

    "Woof, woof….so much fun this summer, playing at Hiller Park in McKinleyville, swimming at the beach, walking in the Community Forest, jumping into the river, and just laying around in the shade to cool off from the hot days!"  We hope everyone and their best friends are enjoying themselves.

    We really wanted to touch base even though there’s not much to report on the progress of the Arcata Dog Park. We continue our monthly meetings with Karen Diemer, City Manager. Brett Watson, City Council member, has joined those meetings, as he wanted to advocate for the dog park, too. Council member Paul Pitino continues to be supportive. We are still waiting on the toxicity studies, clean up plans if needed (e.g. where in Little Lakes a clean up may be required, what the level of toxicity is,etc.). Our focus continues to be on Little Lake Property by the Arcata Marsh, and we stay active in caring for this area.

    Humboldt Pet Supply staff and volunteers (which include folks from our working group) have been doing scheduled patrols to pick up dog waste that is left behind on the paths at the marsh. We monitor one of the doggie waste stations at the marsh too. So while there’s not much to do in terms of progress toward beginning construction, we remain active in as many ways as possible so that the Arcata Dog Park remains on the minds of city council members - and we hope on your mind too.

    We know summer is an active time, but if you find yourself with a few extra minutes, it always helps a lot to contact any or all of the city council members (email addresses and phone numbers are on our website). Just one email to all council members won’t take more than a minute. Even saying, “I support the Arcata Dog Park to be located at Little Lake Property” will make a biog difference in the long run when it’s time for decisions to be made by our city. Heck, this could be a monthly email you might send. 

    We continue to receive questions and offers to volunteer from folks who visit the website.  THANK YOU!! A big shout out to those folks and all of you who continue to be a part of our efforts to get a great dog park here in our city. We’ll be in touch again this fall. 

    Pam

    Stay tuned for more updates on the Arcata Dog Park!

    Another Summer, Another Tick Season

    Another Summer, Another Tick Season
    The experience is all too common: You come home from a good day’s frolic outdoors and just as you’re about to sit down and relax with your pooch, you notice a small bulbous spot on your dog. An olive stuck in the dog’s fur, perhaps? Then you think, “Wait a minute—my dog doesn’t drink martinis!” And that’s when you notice the tiny legs. If you managed not to scream and run away in horror then you probably realized it was a tick, and it is currently feasting on your pet. Summer is the season of the tick, and very new year is projected to have an explosion in tick populations due to climate change. Here’s some info to help you stay vigilant against the tick menace.

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