The Houston SPCA recommends that you make sure your pet is wearing proper identification tags and is microchipped. This could be their ticket home if they get lost. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays and other special occasions.
- Halloween may be over, but there may be lots of candy all around your house. From the candy you passed out to the variety your kids brought home, keep it out of your pets reach. Xylitol, chocolate and the candy wrappers can pose a deadly threat to your pets.
- Thanksgiving is filled with lots of irresistible foods. Resist from feeding your pet table scraps as greasy, spicy and fatty foods can cause an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. Bones will splinter and cause blockages.
- Keep alcohol away from your pet. Animals can become sick, weak and go into a coma due to respiratory failure.
- Use caution with floral arrangements. Mistletoe, holly berries, poinsettias and a wide variety of lilies can be toxic to pets.
- Christmas tree water contains fertilizers which can cause stomach upset if ingested. Stagnant tree water can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and cause vomiting, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea in your pet.
- On Easter and Valentine's Day we often receive delicious chocolates which can be toxic to both cats and dogs. Do not feed them this no matter how much they beg!
- Decorations such as ribbons, tinsel, pine needles, and glass tree ornaments can cause intestinal blockage if ingested. Keep electrical cords taped down to prevent pets from chewing on them and getting burned or electrocuted. Keep lit candles out of their reach.
- NEVER give a pet as a gift to a friend, family member or spouse. A pet is a companion for life, not just for the holidays, a birthday or anniversary.
- Make sure to keep your veterinarian's and local animal emergency phone numbers by your phone or on your refrigerator so it can be located easily in an emergency.
The 2nd Annual iWalk for Animals is a "walk where you are event" where people and their pets walk alone, together at their homes with friends or with co-workers at their places of business while raising money for the Houston SPCA to give orphaned, abused and neglected animals a second chance at life.
More than 450 people registered to participate in the inaugural iWalk event in 2011, from Oregon to New York, raising over $300,000 for the Houston SPCA.
The Houston SPCA has tens of thousands of fans (over 60,000 supporters on the traditional mailing list, more than 47,000 on an e-mail list and more than 23,000 Facebook fans) from as far as Romania, South Africa, England and Denmark.
iWalk for Animals takes place anytime on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Walk anywhere animal lovers can walk with their pets alone, together at home with friends and family or with co-workers at their places of business.
Register at www.iwalkforanimals.org.
All of the money raised helps support the Houston SPCA's life-saving programs and services. Top fundraisers are awarded prizes and any participants who raise over $100 receive a limited edition iWalk T-shirt.
The Houston SPCA is going back in time and reducing the fees on ALL feline adoptions! From Friday, Nov. 2 until Sunday, Nov. 4, join the Houston SPCA for the "Fall-Back Fur 5" adoption special and take home any cat or kitten for just $5! Time will stand still on this fee for three days only, so hurry in and make every minute count. Approved adopters will have the chance to take home up to two fancy felines per household.
Each adoption package, valued at over $400 includes:
- A health evaluation, age-appropriate vaccinations and rabies vaccinations for felines three months and older
- Spay / neuter surgery
- Microchipping with free lifetime registration
- A complimentary overall wellness examination provided by a VCA Animal Hospital
- One adoption gift courtesy of Hill's Science Diet