Archive for October, 2016

Taking the Plunge with Pet Insurance

Monday, October 24th, 2016

vet dog collar cuteProperly caring for a pet isn’t cheap, and if you find yourself with a sick or injured animal, costs can add up even more quickly. Few people are prepared to withstand the financial burden of unexpected pet care costs, even though they want the best possible treatment for their four-legged family members.

Pet insurance can be a great way to bridge the gap between your bank account and the cost of your pet’s medical needs. Several companies exist that offer insurance coverage for your furry family, making it easier than ever to take good care of a pet.

Tricks, Treats, and Pet Halloween Safety Tips

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

pet halloween safetyJack-o’-lantern? Check. Black lights? Check. Big bag of candy? Check. Cheerleader costume for your pug? Check. There is certainly much to love about Halloween, and for pet owners it can be a fun opportunity to dress pets up and show them off in the neighborhood or costume parade.

Although we think of Halloween as full of innocent fun, for many pets the holiday poses a fair amount of danger. The constant ringing of the doorbell, increased traffic, unattended candy bowls, and human pranks are among the many events that can cause pets undue stress and increase their risk of illness or injury.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a pet-friendly Halloween. Our pet Halloween safety tips aim to help keep your celebration spooky, but not scary. (more…)

An Abundance of Accidents? Don’t Forget About Fall Pet Safety

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Fall Pet Safety

Autumn is arguably the finest of all the seasons, but it does come with it’s own set of dangers. While we’re getting our sweaters out of storage and putting the storm windows up, Bayville pets can easily find their own versions of trouble. From accidental poisonings to décor mishaps, we offer the following fall pet safety guide.

Getting Ready

The weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving are prime for clean-up duty. Whether you’re tackling the garage, backyard, or tool shed, please be aware of the following:

  • Chemicals – Store any products for your lawn, garden, or garage in places that your pet cannot access. We’re talking about fertilizers, pesticides, and antifreeze. Check for any leaking or spills from containers, and clean these up immediately. Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is extremely toxic. The alternative, propylene glycol, might be a better choice for your family, but the effects can still be dangerous to pets.
  • Timing – Confine your pet when you are using potentially toxic products this fall. For example, if you are applying a lawn treatment before the first freeze, keep Fluffy or Fido inside until the area is considered safe.