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Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Fall

Fall has arrived! There is a change in the air, the kiddos are back at school, and yes, there are likely already Christmas decorations in the stores! Changes in the season also mean that there are new dangers to be aware of to keep our furry family members safe. Here are a few things you need to know to be “in the know” pet parent.

1. Halloween is right around the corner.  This means there is going to be a lot more candy around and, while you may have the will power to stay away from it, your furry family members are not as inclined. Be sure to keep all candy and sweets out of reach. Not only can chocolate cause vomiting, diarrhea, or worse (read more here), the wrappers and packaging can cause intestinal blockage in some cases. Candies or baked goods that contain a sugar substitute called xylitol can also be life-threatening, so be sure to keep your furry friends away from these as well.

2. Now that the kids are back in school, there are likely a few more backpacks lying around which means, there are more things for curious noses to sniff and get into. While most school supplies such as markers or glue are not very toxic to pets, they can still cause an upset stomach or have the possibility of causing an intestinal blockage. Chewing on pens and pencils can also cause trauma to the mouth and throat – not to mention the mess it will make!

3. According to the ASPCA, there is an increase in the number of rodenticide intoxications in dogs in the fall. More people are putting out rat bait during this time of year as rodents are beginning to seek shelter from the cooler weather. This means the chances are much greater that your dog or outdoor kitty will have access to this toxin so be vigilant –ingestion of these toxins can be fatal.

4. This is also the time of year when people may change the coolant in their car which means a much greater risk that your furry family member will be exposed to antifreeze. While there are some “pet-safe” antifreeze alternatives, the vast majority still contains ethylene glycol which is EXTREMELY toxic, even in small amounts. Be sure to clean any obvious spills and be aware of what your pet can get into in the garage or driveway.

If you ever have any questions or concerns that your pet may have gotten into something they shouldn’t have, please don’t hesitate to call your family veterinarian right away. We hope these tips help keep your furry family safe so you can enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Tags: Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Pets

Best Friends #PetScares Instagram Photo Contest

Do your pets love Halloween? Show us your cat’s best fang face, your dog howling at the moon or even your critter’s creative costume! Use your imagination and you could win one of three great prizes!

All you have to do is follow these three steps:

1. Follow @bestfriendspetcare on Instagram

2. Upload a Halloween inspired photo of your pet to your Instagram account

3. Caption the photo with hashtag #PetScares and be sure to tag @bestfriendspetcare in the pic

We want to see all of your pet’s spooky sides so feel free to upload and enter up to five times! The contest will run Wednesday 10/1/14 through Friday 10/31/14.

Submissions received will be judged based on creativity, originality, photo quality and adherence to the contest description by Best Friends Pet Care appointed judges.

The three chosen winners will receive a $50 gift certificate good at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital.  (Advanced reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions. No cash back from certificate.)

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Official Rules:
CONTEST RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
 
CONTEST DESCRIPTION: The Best Friends Pet Scares Instagram Photo Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31, 2014 (“Contest Period”). The Contest provides entrants with an opportunity to submit photos of their pets showing off their Halloween spirit. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc., Norwalk, CT, 06851 (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
 
HOW TO ENTER: To enter, first follow us on Instagram @bestfriendspetcare. Next, include the #petscares hashtag in your caption and tag @bestfriendspetcare in the post.. Limit five entries per person, entrants can only win once. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned once submitted to the Sponsor. All entries must be received by the end of the “Submission” Period.
 
ELIGIBILITY: To enter the Contest, you must be a legal resident of the United States and be at least 14 years of age. No inappropriate photos will be allowed. Employees of Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
 
JUDGING CRITERIA: Submissions received will then be judged based on creativity, originality, photo quality and adherence to the contest description by the Best Friends Pet Care appointed judges.
 
SELECTION PROCEDURE: The winning Instagram photo will be selected and announced on or about November 4, 2014.
WINNER SELCTION & NOTIFICATION: The three potential prize winners will be selected on or about November 4, 2014 by the Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. The potential Winner swill be notified by Instagram comment and or tag. If the winner of the Contest cannot be confirmed within ten (10) days from the first notification attempt, then such person shall be disqualified and an alternate winner for the Contest will be selected. Sponsor’s decisions with respect to the Contest are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor may post the winning Submission on bestfriendspetcare.com and on http://www.instagram.com/bestfriendspetcare In the event that no entries meet all of the stated requirements/criteria, Sponsor reserves the right to not reward the stated prize(s).
 
PRIZE(S): The three Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate good at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital. (Advanced reservations required. Redemption subject to availability. Certificate not valid for training services, retail, food or prescriptions. No cash back from certificate.)
 
PRIZE CONDITIONS: Except where prohibited by law, the Winner’s entry and acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use said Winners’ name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media (including posting on the internet and on a winner’s list), in perpetuity, without further compensation.
 
RELEASE: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in this Contest or these Official Rules.
Tags: #PetScares, Best friends news, Cats, Contest, Cute, Dog stories, Dogs, Funny dogs, Holidays, Instagram, Pet info, Photo contest

The Sleeps With Dogs (or Cats) Photo Contest Winner Is…

Congratulations to the Ross Family with their Guardian Angels photo for being chosen as the Grand Prize Winner in our Sleeps With Dogs (or Cats) Pet Photo Contest. There was a ton of competition but you managed to oversleep them all and come out the big winner! Your family will be awarded the Best Friends Sleep With Dogs Prize Package worth $1000. That includes a $250 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital, a $100 gift certificate to Bed Bath & Beyond, an Orvis Dog Proof Throw Blanket, a six month supply of Frontline Plus, and an array of other items!

We had so much fun watching all of the sleepy themed photos coming through to the contest over the last several weeks. So many of your entries were creative, spirited and absolutely adorable. It was a close race, but only the 25 photos with the most votes were eligible to move onto the final round where Best Friends appointed judges scored the photos and selected the Grand Prize Winner.

Each judge scored each of the top 25 photos based on the following categories:

  • Sleep With Dogs (or Cats) Theme,
  • Originality & Creativity,
  • Cuteness factor,
  • Composition,
  • Picture Quality,
  • Level of Promotion,
  • How effectively the entry conveys the “Best Friends Spirit”,
  • Pet’s Appearance/Photogenic Ability and
  • Technical Requirements

There were a lot of great pets to choose from, and it was certainly close, but the Guardian Angels entry edged out the rest. Not to worry- the finalists are not going home empty handed. Each of the top 5 finalists will be getting a $50 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital along with a three month supply of Frontline Plus. The remaining 20 semifinalists will also receive a $20 gift certificate to use at any Best Friends Pet Care center or veterinary hospital.  Now, just look at how cute these finalist and semifinalist photos were!

Tags: Best friends news, Cats, Contest, Dog stories, Dogs, , Funny dogs, Photo contest
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