Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Chatting with the cat: What would your cat ask you if they could?

January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! In celebration of this feline holiday, the Dog Dish writers asked one of our staff kitties, Lulu Kitty, to sit down for an interview with us (between naps of course), and ask us some of the more pressing questions she has about life as the world’s most pampered house cat.

Dog Dish: Hi Lulu Kitty. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.

Lulu Kitty: (yawning) You’re welcome. I’m glad I have the chance to ask about a few things that have been bugging me.

First of all, why in the world do I get yelled at for getting on the kitchen counters or on the fridge? Don’t you know I like to be up high so I can survey my domain?

DD: We know you are curious, but we like to keep things tidy in the kitchen, and kitty paws and hair on the counters where we make our food are not a good combination. We also don’t want you to fall and hurt yourself.

LK: Well, If you don’t want me up there, maybe you should consider getting me a cat tree so that I have places to climb and be up high. Cat trees also have great napping spots ☺

LK: Let’s talk about food. Why don’t you feed me whenever I ask or, better yet, why don’t you just keep my food bowl full all the time? You would get to sleep without my paws on your face and I would get to eat whenever I wanted – it’s a win-win!

DD: My dear Lulu, if we fed you as often as you think you need to eat, you would get fat. Kitties who are overweight are more prone to diseases like diabetes or joint problems. We have to feed you only a set amount of food each day in order to keep you healthy. We aren’t doing it to be mean, we promise!

LK: Why do you get so upset when I poop somewhere other than my litter box? Like the closet or under your bed for example?

DD: We get upset because it’s yucky and these are not fun “surprises” to find, especially if we step in them! You have a litter box for a reason.

LK: Have you seen my litter box? It’s a mess! Plus, I have to share it AND it’s in the middle of a busy room. I like things tidy too and would love to have more privacy. Maybe then there would be fewer “surprises”.

LK: On the subject of “surprises”, why do you keep bringing strangers into my house?

DD: They aren’t strangers, they are our friends. They aren’t going to hurt you. When they see you, they just want to pet you and say hello. I don’t understand why you get so freaked out and hiss at them when they try to hold you.

LK: They aren’t MY friends! Can you please just tell them to let me come to them on my own time? When they try to touch me and hold me before I have had a chance to greet/ sniff them, it makes me very nervous and when I get nervous, I may hiss or scratch. I’m a cat, it’s what I do.

DD: Understood. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Lulu. I can tell from your yawning that you must be tired and ready for a nap.

LK: I’m exhausted from all of this talking Can I have some extra food before I go lie down?

DD: No. Nice try though.

LK: Thought it was worth a shot. See ya later.

Tags: Cats, Cute, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet behavior, Pet health, Pet info, Pets, Tips

Thanksgiving Do’s & Don’ts for Your Pets

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and sharing food and fun with our family and friends. Of course we would want to include our furry family members in the merriment! When it comes to enjoying this Thanksgiving with our pets though, we have to be very careful to not accidentally make them ill.

The Turkey

If you are having turkey this Thanksgiving, it is ok to give your pets a small amount but be sure to stick to the lean (white) meat only. Do not give them any of the skin (too fatty) and definitely, no bones! Also, just like it is a bad idea for us to eat undercooked poultry, raw or undercooked turkey can make your pets ill too.

Be aware of the seasoning you use on the turkey as well. Sage and other herbs that are commonly used this time of year contain oils that can cause gastrointestinal upset and neurologic signs if ingested in large quantities. Large amounts of garlic and onions can cause problems too so be sure to stick to just small amounts of white meat, no skin, no dressing, no gravy.

The kitchen will be a busy place for the next few weeks and trash cans will be a particular concern for curious pets. Be sure to keep trash cans in a place that is inaccessible to your pet. If they do get into the trash and eat too much, they are at risk of developing a condition called pancreatitis, or they may ingest something that causes a blockage in their intestines that may require surgery.

Baked Goods and Sweets

As holiday baking kicks into full swing, there will likely be lots of sweets and baked goods around. These treats are typically high in fat and sugar (which is why they taste so good!) and will likely cause some intestinal distress if given to your dog or cat. If these are made with artificial sweeteners however, especially xylitol, they should be kept away from pets at all costs. Xylitol can be deadly to dogs. And of course, anything containing chocolate is also off-limits.


Of course YOU know that alcohol is bad for pets, but be sure that well-meaning friends and family know this too. It is NOT okay to give ANY alcohol to pets.

Holiday Decor

Be aware of the kinds of floral arrangements you use as well. Specifically if you have kitties, avoid any plants or flowers in the lily family. Ingestion of any part of these plants can cause kidney failure so it is best to keep these out of the house all together. Also watch for curious pets that like to chew on ribbon or other decorative items you may have out this time of year.

So What CAN You Do?

While the humans are feasting, make sure your furry family has a feast of their own. A new food puzzle for the cat or a Kong® filled with little bits of turkey meat or veggies for the dog. A new chew toy or cat nip toy will also be a good source of entertainment for them and allow everyone to enjoy their time together.

Don’t forget about quiet time. If you have friends or family staying at the house, your pets may need a place where they can go to get away from all the activity. For some pets, a change in their routine can cause anxiety so be sure to watch for signs of any distress.

If your pet acts ill in any way (e.g., loss of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea) or you note any change in behavior, be sure to call your family veterinarian. They are more than happy help make sure you and your pets have a safe and festive Thanksgiving holiday!


Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Health, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Pets

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
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