Holiday Food: 5 Things to Keep Away from Your Pets

gingerbreadLet’s be honest: one of the best things about the holiday season is the food. The ham or turkey, the homemade side dishes, the rich desserts…it’s all wonderful! Well, all that yummy food seems pretty wonderful to your pets too. With the decadent treats and busy households, it can be easy for your furry family members to sneak a bite (or two, or three…).

Depending on what they get their paws on, pets can end up with an upset stomach, intestinal blockage, or even worse. As you prepare to celebrate Christmas in the coming days, keep these points in mind to ensure your dog or cat has an enjoyable holiday too.

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Check the Chip Day: Have You Checked Your Pet’s Microchip?

stray cat in streetIt’s getting closer to the first day of school in the Rocky Mount area, but while you’re getting school supplies ready, there’s another thing you’ll want to add to your to-do list for the month: updating your pet’s microchip information.

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How–and How Not–to Keep Your Dogs Cool in the Summer

huskypoolThe days are long and the air is sticky with humidity. It’s definitely a North Carolina summer! While you’re trying to stay cool, you may also be wondering how to keep your dogs from overheating. You may even be tempted to shave your pet; after all, that thick coat has to be making your dog miserable, right?

Not so fast.

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9 Steps to Prepare Your Pets for Natural Disasters

Image Attribution: Annette Teng

Image Attribution: Annette Teng

The month of June is the official start of hurricane season, and we North Carolinians know firsthand how devastating these storms can be. Still, many folks tend to be left scrambling when a hurricane alert is issued. We’ve all seen how quickly the grocery store shelves become empty right before a storm hits.

To avoid the stress and risk of not having what you need during a natural disaster, it’s best to prepare now. You can find extensive information on how to deal with a wide range of disasters and emergencies on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s preparedness site.

But what about your furry family members?

With all that goes into disaster planning for your family and home, it can be easy to forget all the not-so-obvious needs you should have on hand to make your pets safe and healthy during a major weather event.

Take a look at these nine steps for preparing your pets for natural disasters:

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