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December 2017
 
Pet Press 

No Mistletoe Needed!

Our furry friends are ready to give you LOTS of love this holiday season!

From now to December 31, you can name your own adoption fee for a dog or puppy! Adoption fees on our cats and kittens are waived (including our adoptable cats at Pet Supermarket stores located in Broward County).

The $20 non-refundable deposit applies to hold a stray/lost dog or cat.

All adoptions include spaying/neutering, all necessary vaccinations, a Broward County Rabies Registration License tag, a microchip and a bag of Hills Science Diet pet food!

5 Important Holiday Safety Tips

  1. Food! Chocolate candy, chocolate/cocoa products and other foods like grapes, onions, raisins, and the artificial sweetener Xylitol can make your pet very sick. Keep these items out of “striking distance” of your dog and cat and NEVER place these goodies under the tree! Having a buffet spread for your friends and family? Secure the area so that your pets cannot have their own private celebration. And don’t forget about the trash can and garbage bags—a pet’s paradise, but a sure-fire way for him to get very sick!

  2. Holiday Decorations. All of the traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias, can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Large branches and leaves from the plants can also become stuck in the intestinal tract of your pet. Place all foliage on high shelves or areas away from your dog or cat. In addition, make sure your tree is secured so that it can not topple over onto curious pets. If you add preservative to the tree’s water, place screening over the tree’s bowl so pets cannot drink it--the formula typically has small amounts of fertilizer in it. Got wreaths, garlands, glass ornaments and small bells? Hang these items well out of a paw's reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if they chew or swallow them.

  3. Alcohol and Medications. No “high” times for pets!  Keep the eggnog, brandy, wine, beer, and other “spirits” out of the reach of thirsty dogs and cats—that includes Grandma’s traditional rum cake! Also, remember that while a bottle of alcohol may be sealed and closed, the punch bowl on the buffet table looks like one very super cool and accessible “water bowl” to your dog or cat (so’s that unsupervised glass of Holiday Mead)! Got in-laws and numerous cousins staying over? Remind them to keep ALL of their prescription medicines locked up and out of the way of nosy pets—including the over-the-counter stuff.

  4. Electrical cords and Wires. Keep them hidden, or route them through PVC pipe to ensure your pet doesn’t play with or chew them. Be especially mindful of phone chargers, ear buds, headphones and other miscellaneous wires/cords your guests may bring with them.  Pets love to chew the ends of this stuff, so make sure that the cord to that new cell phone or tablet stays safe in the box!

  5. ID Them! Most importantly, make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. Pets can easily escape through the front or back doors when guests come into your home. Remember that all dogs and cats (even “indoor cats”) within Broward County must be registered and wear the Broward County Rabies Registration tag on their collar. This is the best way to ensure that your pet is reunited with you if he or she becomes lost during this holiday season.

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Community Events

Rabies Clinic, Saturday, December 9, from 9AM-2PM, at the Pompano Dog Park, 1101 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach 33060. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County Rabies Registration License tag is $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered; and $35 for pets that are not spayed/neutered. Microchips (with FREE registration) will also be available for $15. Credit/debit cards ONLY (no cash or checks)! You must be a Broward County resident to attend. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers. For additional dates and locations please visit our website.

Dog Smarts 101 Class, Tuesday, December 12, from 6-7PM, at the Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. The pet education class will teach dog owners (or anyone thinking about getting a pet), important information about dog behavior and why dogs do the things they do. This is the perfect class for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with their dog, such as barking, chewing and housebreaking issues. The monthly class is FREE to all residents. Since this is not a dog training session, no pets will be allowed.​​