How To Improve Pet Safety During the Back-to-School Season

Girl happy to see pet dog after school.

Your pets have been content to have the children home all summer (and, perhaps even the school year, too). Now that schools have reopened, your pets may have some feelings about the kids being away.

Anxious and Lonely; Why Did You Leave Me?

If your children leave the house for a full day back in school, your pets could suffer the loss. Most dogs are attached to their humans and may feel their job is to protect human family members. When you’re away, they may be anxious and feel abandoned. Even cats can feel unsettled when you’re gone. How can you help pets adjust to more time alone?

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How to Ensure Pet Water Safety for Your Summer Fun

Riverside, CA dog swimming in water.

Summertime is perfect for fun days out by the pool, a swim in the lake, or a beach trip. The team at The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital has put together some tips to ensure water safety for your pet for summer fun:

Common Misconception: All Dogs Know How to Swim 

Unfortunately, dogs are not born with the natural ability to know how to swim. While many dogs are proficient at swimming, every dog’s ability is different. It’s best to introduce your pet to the water with these careful steps to gauge their swimming ability: 

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Baneful Bouquet: Flowers that Are Toxic to Pets

Yellow daffodils in bloom.

This time of year is all about the blooms, from fresh cut bouquets to early spring flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. While we enjoy the beauty and delicious scent of fresh flowers, some of these plants are poisonous to our pet companions. The good news is that most plants are nontoxic, but it is important to know which ones to avoid.

The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to make you aware of these flowers that are toxic to pets and some pet friendly blooms, too.

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The Best Pest Control Around Pets, and Some DIY Alternatives

Pet owners love animals, but that doesn’t always mean we want to live with spiders, ants, slugs, and rodents. Instead, we want to carefully manage populations of these pests on and around our property. Not only is it good for our house, lawn and garden, but pests have the potential to make our pets very sick.

But how can you ensure that whatever products you use are safe for your pets? Check out our guide to pest control around pets for the most effective tactics.

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This Summer, Don’t Overlook the Importance of Pet Hydration

There’s a big emphasis on your pet’s nutrition, but of all the nutrients necessary to their survival water is number one. 

Water helps pets maintain a healthy temperature, especially when they pant or sweat through their paws. Water is also essential for digestion, blood flow, waste removal, and sustaining healthy body tissue. In fact, water accounts for approximately 70% of a pet’s weight. With 70-90% of their body’s tissue consisting of water, adequate pet hydration is a big priority.

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Forgetting Something? Halloween Pet Safety Made Easy

A white dog dressed in costume as a devil-witch sits on a porch decorated with Jack-o-lanterns

Whether it’s the search for the best Game of Thrones costume, or the pursuit of the spookiest Halloween cookie recipe, we can definitely get a little distracted from our normal routines this time of year. Coast to coast, we immerse ourselves in as many as seasonal offerings as possible. 

The Halloween festivities are all in good fun, of course, but our pets don’t know that. Even the most even-tempered pet can get pretty freaked out by all the noise and confusing decorations. A mindful approach to Halloween pet safety is not only critical for your pet’s well being, it’s important for yours too!

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When it Comes to Pets and Essential Oils, Err on the Side of Caution

A calico cat sniffs at an essential oil defuser made of bamboo

Humankind have used medicinal plants for thousands of years. The leaves, bark, roots, seeds, fruits, and flowers of various plants have different active ingredients (one part of the same plant could be safe, others toxic). Extracted from plants, essential oils are considered volatile. 

Essential oils also have a long history. While more research is being done to understand the effects of these powerful products on people, the combination of pets and essential oils may be risky.

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BOOM! CRACK! POP! SIZZLE! SCREAM! Understanding Pet Noise Anxiety This Summer

Most people look forward to summer firework shows and thunderstorms, but their pets may have other opinions. Sure, you might see some pets at different inland empire events this summer, but it’s unlikely that every single one of them will feel relaxed and happy to be there. Pet noise anxiety can be overwhelming, but it can also sneak up on unsuspecting pet owners in search of a good time.

Helping you support your pet’s health and safety is our top priority. Our go-to tips aim to help you prepare for the coming assault on your pet’s mood and wellbeing.

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Pet Poisoning Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

We do so much to make sure our pets are healthy and safe, but is poison proofing our homes one of them? Once we take a good look around, the amount of products we have in our homes that can sicken or a kill a pet can be downright frightening.

Just because your pet has never investigated the houseplants, cleaning products, or the contents of your purse or bathroom cabinets doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. March is National Poison Awareness Month, and what better time to address the serious issue of accidental pet poisoning and how to prevent it in your home.

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Hospital Lobby Etiquette: Safety First

A little kitty in the arms of its personIn the veterinary world, the hospital lobby can be a very busy place! It’s always fun to see our clients – new and established – come through our doors, and sometimes, we have many pets and people waiting to see us. Since safety is always a top priority, we want to offer some tips for proper lobby etiquette.

Safety and Lobby Etiquette

There are a few things that dramatically increase your pet’s safety in the lobby. Pets can be under a lot of stress in new environments, and the smells and sounds of a veterinary hospital make it one of the most stressful environments they encounter. While we take measures to help alleviate stress during exams, we also need your help. Lobby etiquette is for the safety and comfort of all our patients and clients. Continue…