Dangers the Elements and Chemicals Pose to Our Pets

Many dogs love to play in the snow… some prefer not, but they still must go outside.  And whether you have a fenced-in yard or your dog goes for walks, there are some dangers you should be aware of and precautions a pet parent should take.
Below I list the most common threats:

Rock Salt and Ice Melts - I highly recommend those precious paws be protected!!! 


See my blog post about dogs and cats — yes, kitties, too, wearing booties   : )


The chemicals can burn and irritate paws and skin, cause stomach and intestinal upset, if ingested, and burns to the tongue and mouth on contact, from licking their feet and body.

Avoid walking in salted areas, and wash your pet’s feet thoroughly when home.  Check in between each toe!!! I do this for my furry friends after every walk regardless if it’s snowing. : )   There are products such as gels and ointments to apply which are intended to protect the paws; however, most times they actually trap the small particles, become quite challenging to clean, and may cause more harm than help.

AntifreezeEthylene glycol, a very sweet-tasting and extremely toxic chemical, is the main ingredient in most antifreeze products.  If ingested, very rapidly, damage to the nervous system and kidneys may occur, if immediate medical intervention is not obtained.

Some companies have changed their formula as a result of a 12-year old boy petitioning via Change.Org for a bitter-tasting and smelling ingredient to be added to deter pets and children. http://www.kansas.com/2012/02/16/2219015/valley-center-boy-12-works-for.html

Frostbite - See my blog post which included an article about frostbite, written by Dr. Ernie Ward:  http://cinnaminson.patch.com/groups/ive-got-the-scoop-on-pets/p/frostbite-in-dogs

Grooming and nail trimming is essential during the wintertime, as any excessively long hair will allow for snow to accumulate on your baby’s fur, especially on their tail, belly, and in between their toes!  If their nails are long, it will cause their toes to spread while walking, allowing a greater chance for snow and ice to accumulate.

Snowbanks and drifts - The snow acts as a stepladder right over the fence for your doggie! See photo above - Photo Credit:  Dr. Garret Pachtinger

Ice - Obvious risk of slip-and-fall injury to you and your pet.   When possible, walk in well-lit areas and avoid wet spots, which may actually be frozen.

Loss of Scent Trail - Please be sure your beloved pet has current ID tags and a microchip with current contact information and photo on file!!!  Many dogs cannot find their way home after it’s snowed due to the inability to pick up and follow familiar scents!

My previous blog on Microchips:  http://cinnaminson.patch.com/groups/ive-got-the-scoop-on-pets/p/your-pet-is-microchipped-thinking-yo…

Be safe and have fun out there… and remember:   AVOID YELLOW SNOW!   : )

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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Robert L. Ridgway, DVM, discusses over-the-counter pet treatments

ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) December 11, 2013

In his new book, ?How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs? (published by iUniverse), veterinarian Robert L. Ridgway presents an easy-to-use guide that shows pet owners how to effectively and correctly treat their animals using over-the-counter remedies.

Organized into easy-to-read chapters, ?How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs? offers complete descriptions of common conditions that can be successfully treated using over-the-counter drugs. Readers will learn how to identify and treat a variety of ailments including hookworms, bad breath, loose stools, red mange, scabies, impacted anal glands and fleas.

In addition to detailing the proper use of over-the-counter drugs to treat pets, the book alerts pet owners to conditions that require prompt medical attention from a veterinarian rather than home treatment. Ridgway also outlines where to purchase various over-the-counter medications.

?How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs?

By Robert L. Ridgway, DVM

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781450290074

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781450290050

E-Book | ISBN 9781450290067

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Robert L. Ridgway graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California ? Davis. After graduation, he worked for a short time at a veterinary hospital before entering the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where he became director of the Animal Medicine Division in Okinawa, Japan. He was the first U.S. Army officer to be in charge of the Department of Defense Military Dog Veterinary Service at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and received a master?s degree in international management from the University of Maryland. After retiring from the Army, he worked at Covance Laboratories, Banfield Pet Hospital and Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Fla. He is also the author of ?How to Treat Your Dogs and Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs Companion Edition? and ?The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies.?

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader?s Choice, Rising Star and Editor?s Choice designations?self-publishing?s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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Beginning Again

So much has happened since the start of our first walk and its finish…
Murphy being diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma within weeks of our final mile and dying a damn hard death less than a year afterwards broke my heart beyond repair.  
And then I tried my best to live a normal life but I have a mission that beckons me back on the road.    
Come this May 11th, I’m walking again and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know the route: Canada to Mexico via the West Coast Seaboard.  
And as we begin making final preparations and training for it, I’ve realized that this is the way to portray the first walk.  
I’ll begin again.  

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There was never a Poodle grooming event in the Olympics

I try to validate the stories that I post. But there was this one time… It all started 128 days before the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yes, it was April Fools Day. In the newsroom of the UK Telegraph, they were compiling a countdown to the Olympics and someone wrote as an April Fools joke that in 1900 Poodle Clipping had been an event at the Paris Olympics. The story was…
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Your Pet is Microchipped


As a pet sitter, I’m finding some of my furry friends have been new to the area… and during my consultation with a new family, one of the questions I ask is if their furry baby is microchipped.  I then proceed to obtain the company through which the chip is registered and document the actual chip number.  But, to ensure the pet’s best chance of being returned home and reunited with its family, the most important detail is often overlooked…


Please be sure to immediately update the contact information for your pet if your telephone number and/or your address changes, even if it’s temporary!!!  A microchip is useless if you cannot be reached.

Another very important feature microchip companies offer is maintaining a photo in your pet’s file; therefore, if you report your pet is lost, a public alert will be sent out, including a picture of your pet, ONLY if you provided one, of course. Unfortunately, many families fail to ever provide a photograph!!!

Photos should be updated regularly… a long-haired kitty whom is shaved for the summer should have an updated picture on file after being groomed.   Through the years our animals age, and their appearance is quite different than their youthful puppy days.  As a result of illness or injury, physical appearances may change.   Again, I reiterate, if there are any physical changes, please remember:   Submit an updated photo of your beloved pet to the company with whom the chip is registered.

Every day I receive Lost Pet Notices… absent of a photograph!!!  If I see a furry baby’s face on my screen, with an announcement they are lost, that vision remains with me until I learn the pet is home safe and sound… months may pass; however, if I see a listing for a found animal resembling a pet in a notice I’ve previously received as lost, I’ll revisit the photo for updated info and check to see if it’s possibly that missing pet.

When your pet visits their vet for an annual wellness checkup, or even a sick visit, I highly recommend you request the chip be scanned to ensure it’s functioning.  Scanning is noninvasive and takes only a few seconds.  I’ve never known a vet, shelter, or rescue to charge for scanning.

If your pet did not receive their microchip at their current vet’s office, please be sure to provide their present doctor the company’s name with whom the chip is registered, along with the microchip number, so the information may be documented in your pet’s records.

In the best interest of your pet’s safety… please remember to update your contact information and provide updated photographs to the microchip company as often as needed… and replace all identification tags with updated information as well!!

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Awesome App Alert: Pet First Aid

You’re on a walk with your dog. He looks tired. You don’t know if he’s just tired from the walk or if he’s showing early signs of hyperthermia. What do you look for?

Unless you have a lot of experience with dogs or happen to have an emergency medicine textbook on you, you might not know. But thanks to increasingly cooler and better apps, you can get some immediate reassurance from your smartphone.

The latest must-have app for dog and cat owners just came out, and at $ 0.99 there’s no reason not to download it right now. The Pet First Aid app from the American Red Cross was developed in conjunction with the vets at Penn, and offers concise, easy to navigate info that you can access in seconds. It’s worth the price just for the 18 second CPR videos covering three sizes of dog and a separate one for cats. (There have been some awful CPR videos out there on YouTube, just sayin’.)


I just bought it and put it on all the smart apps in the house. The pictures (dog with bee sting!) and videos (bulldog in respiratory distress!) are ones you can use to educate yourself, or for the vets out there serves as a quick and easy resource to show clients in the exam room. And it has quizzes (thank goodness I passed all the ones I took, that would have been embarrassing.)

Click here to view the embedded video.

Thanks Red Cross for another great- and affordable- resource!

Pet First Aid at itunes

Pet First Aid at Google Play

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