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A Dad and His Dog: Pet Sitters, Scents, and Poisons, Oh My!

Lori Davidson | 07 March, 2023

            A Dad and His Dog: Pet Sitters, Scents, and Poisons, Oh My!

Dog Dad Zack Manko and his dog Sorcha are ready for SPRING!


March is marked off by two important weeks: National Pet Sitters Week and National Pet Poison Prevention Week. Both of these events are of major importance for dog owners, so join us for a deep dive as we explore these topics.


Professional Pet Sitters week

The annual observance of Professional Pet Sitters Week is held during the first full week of March. This week is dedicated to those hard working helpers that provide care to our animals when we are unable to. Not only is this event meant to honor them, but also encourage pet-lovers to explore this exciting field.


Many people do pet-sitting part time or on the side. For some, dog walking is a great first job, especially if babysitting isn’t an option. Others make full-time jobs out of providing care and oversight for our animals. It’s a fascinating, flexible industry.


Do you have a dog walker, pet sitter, or other animal professional that you would like to show your appreciation for? Pet Perennials offers a thoughtful, convenient, and affordable way to send complete gift packages that celebrate their service.


The Scents of Spring

Had enough of winter and looking ahead to the scents of spring? Can’t wait for those flowers and plants to bloom? We’ve got you covered.


Keep your home, yard, and car smelling fresh and clean with these great gifts from Pet Perennials. First up is our Some Bunny Loves You Car Air Freshener. This clever, cute decoration won’t just freshen up your car, it will inspire you while you drive! Twitch the Bunny will remind you that some bunny loves you, no matter where your path takes you.


Headed out of the car? Bring along some pet waste dispenser bags. These fit easily into your pocket, purse, or backpack and help you clean up after your pooch when you are out for a stroll or a hike. Your neighborhood will thank you.


Pet Poison Prevention Week

March 19-25 is National Animal Poison Prevention Week. Founded by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), this cause is intended to raise awareness about pet poison risks and educate pet owners how to prevent these events and how to care for their animals.


Unfortunately, pet poisonings occur more often than you may think. This is partially because many people are unaware of the substances which pets are most at risk to consume. While most of us know that dogs are “allergic” to chocolate, this particular substance is actually pretty low on the list of the most common poisons that pets face:


  1. Topping the list is over-the-counter medications for humans. This includes common painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication like Tylenol and ibuprofen. These medications should be kept secure and out of reach from tiny humans and pets alike.
  2. In a similar suit, prescription medication for people comes up next. Just as above, these substances should ideally be locked up and used only by those they are prescribed for. Much like in humans, taking medicines which are not prescribed for you can lead to major complications and even death.
  3. People food like alcohol, avocados, grapes, macadamia nuts, raisins, and xylitol (an artificial sweetener).
  4. Chocolate and caffeine. Both of these substances can cause vomiting in small doses or death if your pet consumes enough. That means definitely no mochas for fido.
  5. Toxic chemicals from pet products are also a big contributor to annual pet poisonings. These include even veterinary-recommended products like flea and tick treatments—if they are used incorrectly. Always be sure to check the instructions. Most have recommendations based on the size or age of your pet.
  6. Relatedly, household chemicals, like many types of cleaners, are poisonous to animals.
  7. Rodenticidesare next, so be sure to keep your mouse traps and rat catchers out of access for your animals.
  8. Similarly, insecticideslike bug sprays and ant baits can be dangerous for your dog.
  9. Many common plants are also poisonous. For example, azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and other plants are dangerous for your dog.
  10. Lastly, chemicals used in your yardcan also be a cause for concern. This includes both summertime products, like fertilizer or garden food, and winter products, like certain types of ice-melt.


In the unfortunate event that your pooch or feline friend does ingest something poisonous, there are several steps for you to take:


  • Don’t panic. Remaining calm will help you to make the best decisions for your animal.
  • Gather any containers or remnants of the suspected poison. This can provide helpful clues to animal health care providers to discern how best to treat your pet.
  • Call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline
    • They can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (888) 426-4435
  • After following any immediate first aid advice, call your vet.
  • Comfort your pet. Agitated animals may snap or bite, so help them to relax by petting them.


Of course, the best intervention for poison is prevention. Pet proof your home and keep any of the hazardous substances mentioned above away from your pets, either up high or behind closed and even locked doors. Protect yourself and your pooch, during National Pet Poison Prevention Week and beyond!


Pet Loss Gifts

While many of us may be looking forward to spring, remember that some others may be going through a rough patch. Pet bereavement can happen in any season, so be aware and be prepared to lend a supporting shoulder or listening ear.


Pet Perennials offers many gifts of remembrance to help soften the blow of pet loss. For example, our RemembeRing Tribute Kit is a touching and hands-on activity to celebrate your pet’s life. Also, our Rainbow Bridge Memorial Mug is a daily reminder of the wonderful times they spent with their beloved furry companion.


If someone you know is suffering pet loss, our resources section has numerous links to help you help them.


Until Next Time

We hope this month’s blog came in AND left like a lamb—no need for lions around here! Enjoy the month, remember the poison tips, and show some appreciation for workers in the pet industry.


Happy March!

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