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Pet Travel Safety Tips

 

Now that school is out and most people are taking a couple vacations here and there, lots of you are considering taking your pets on your trip with you.  Most of you also take your pets on short car trips to the vet, the park, and the beaches around the area.  Please keep to following tips  in mind the next time you take your pooch on a car trip with you!

  1. Put a leash and/or harness on your dog before you leave the car.  Most dogs get pretty excited during a car ride and have a tendency to want to run out of the car when you open the door.  If this happens, your dog could get injured by a moving car or get lost in a strange environment.  Make sure your leash is secure on your dog and you have current identification tags on them before you leave the vehicle.
  2. Keep all paws, legs, and heads inside the vehicle at all times.  We all know that some dogs LOVE hanging their head out the window on a long drive, but this can be very dangerous.  Your dog can get hit by another vehicle, get hit by debris, or even be tempted to jump out of the window while the vehicle is moving.
  3. Keep your pets out of the front seat.  Having your dog in the front seat or in your lap is extremely distracting and unsafe.  Keep your pet either in the back seat or the cargo area in the back if you have an SUV.  If you have a dog that likes to be in the front seat  and you have trouble keeping them in the back, there are a couple products you can try:
    • Barrier that keeps dogs in the back (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+27926&pcatid=27926)
    • Hammock (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+11123&pcatid=11123)
    • A clip to attach a leash to the back seat (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+28994&pcatid=28994)
    • A harness that clips onto the back seat (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+19387&pcatid=19387)
  4. Keep your dog hydrated.  Make sure your pets have access to plenty of drinking water while you are in the car of make frequent stops to offer your dog water.  There are lots of options for travel bowls such as http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+28700&pcatid=28700 or http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+900&pcatid=900
  5. Never leave your dog in the car unattended.  It goes without saying that in the heat a car can be dangerous and even deadly.  Even with the windows cracked, your car can rapidly heat up and hurt your dog.

 

Meet Ping and Neeko!

Ping and Neeko are two adorable little pugs.  Ping is a puppy and has TONS of energy, while his big brother Neeko is much more mellow and loves hanging out on the couch and getting belly rubs.

Ping (in the front) is VERY excited about going on his walk, while

Neeko (in the back) is not as thrilled :)

Meet Millie and Sandy!

Millie and Sandy are the newest members on the See Sam Sit family!  They are so sweet and love going on walks around the neighborhood :)

Millie is an adorable little Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle)

Sandy is a sweet Golden Retriever who is definetely a “velcro” dog – she loves being

by your side!  This is as far away as I could get for the picture :)

Heat Safety Tips For Your Pets

Well it is officially summer and the  temperatures sure are heating up around the lowcountry!  Here are a couple tips in mind to keep your pets safe during our hot summer months ahead:

  • Never leave your dog, cat, or any other animal inside a parked car.  Even if you crack the windows!! If you have the run errands, please leave your pet at  home.  Or better yet, call us and we will take care of your dog for you!
  • If you take your dog outside to play, be sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water.  Also, take plenty of breaks and find a shady spot for your dog to cool off in.
  • If you want to take your dog out on a walk, take them either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures (and the pavement) are cooler and more comfortable for your four-legged friend.
  • Be mindful of your dog’s  stamina and limit exercise.  Your dog will keep going long after they should stop, unless you make them.  It is much better to take lots of breaks and get less exercise than to overheat your dog and potentially cause a heat stroke.
  • Do NOT shave your dog is they have a double coat.  The thick fur on these types of coats actually helps cool your dog’s body during warm weather.

Stay cool!!

Meet Big Steve!

Big Steve is an adorable (and huge!) English Mastiff.  He loves going on walks around the neighborhood and playing in the backyard.  He also has no idea how big he is, and likes the sit in your lap :)  He is so cute I had to put up two pictures!

LOVE this face :)

Steve playing in the yard.  How can you not love him??

July 4th Safety Tips for Pets

The 4th of July can be one of the most dangerous and stressful days for your pets.  However, you can lower your pet’s chances of getting lost of hurt by following these simple tips:

1.) Lock all of your doors and gates to your house and yard.  Keeping your pets locked inside is the best way to keep them away from danger.

2.) Be sure that all of your pets have on collars with current ID tags and that they are micro-chipped.  Make sure your pets collars are on securely and tightly so that they cannot easily slip off if they escape.  Also, be sure that all of your information on your pet’s microchip is current.

3.)  Leave a radio or TV on during the evening to help drown out the noise from fireworks and parties going on outside.  Background noise will help your pets not be so frightened by the loud noises.

4.)  Leave your pets in a secure and dog-proof room with plenty of toys and activities for them.  Dogs sometimes chew when they are stressed, so be sure there is not anything laying around that you don’t want them to get into.

5.)  Do not take your dog to any fireworks displays or any outdoor places where fireworks will be going off.  Dogs have especially sensitive ears and fireworks are scary for them.

 

If your pet is sensitive to fireworks or you know that they will be stressed, consider giving them an over the counter calming remedy (see your local pet store and they will have a good selection) or using a thunder shirt (http://www.thundershirt.com/).

 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

 

 

 

Beach Safety Tips!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Since we are officially enjoying the summer months now, I would like to remind everyone of some safety tips to follow when you take your dogs to the beach.  We are so fortunate to have the beach so close, and it is great exercise for your dog!  Please take note of the following information (provided  by the AKC)  before taking your dog to the beach:

  1. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog.
  2. Limit exposure to the sun and when it is strong, use sunblock on ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.  Dogs can get sunburn, especially short-haired and ones with pink skin and white hair.
  3. Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions – dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice.
  4. If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run in the sand.  Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  5. Cool ocean water is tempting to your dog.  Do not allow him to drink too much seawater as the salt will make him sick.
  6. Salt and other materials found in the ocean can damage a dogs coat.  So, when you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water.
  7. Not all beaches permit dogs.  Check local ordinances before you begin your excursion to the beach.

 

Below I have listed some of the rules and regulations for the beaches in our area:

Sullivans Island

All dogs must have a permit to go on the beach.  The application for the permit can be found at

http://www.sullivansisland-sc.com/Files/DOGS/2013%20dog%20application%20full%20packet.pdf

and you must go to the town hall on Sullivans to obtain the tag for the permit.

The rules for when dogs are allowed on the beach (from May 1st through September 30th) are:

5:00 – 10:00am : dog are allowed off leash

10:00am – 6:00pm: no dogs allowed on the beach

6:00pm – 5am: dogs are allowed on leash

 

Isle of Palms

The rules for when dogs are allowed on the beach (from April 1st through September 14th) are:

5:00 – 8:00am: dogs are allowed off leash

all other times: dog are allowed on leash

 

I would also like to remind you that See Sam Sit offers a pet taxi service and we can take your dog to the beach for you!  Please contact us if you are interested in a trip to the beach :)

Meet Peach and Roy!

Meet Roy and Peach!  They also have a sister Jenny but I can’t find the picture I took…

Roy is an adorable 1 year old Springer Spaniel.  His favorite thing to do is chase his tennis ball down the beach!

Miss Peach is a sweet Cavalier that loves relaxing and getting belly rubs.

Meet Tyson!

Tyson is a sweet Boxer that loves hanging out on his mom’s bed, playing with his toys, and going on walks.

Meet Willie and Bernie!

Willie and Bernie and two little Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that have big personalities!

Bernie enjoying a little cuddle time

Willie waiting for a treat on the couch

Meet Zac and Zoe!

Meet Zac and Zoe!  They love going out on walks around the neighborhood :)

Zach out on his walk

Zoe giving us a sweet smile!

Meet Buddy!

Meet Buddy!  He is an older bischon that is also blind.  But, he doesn’t let that stop him!

Buddy on his favorite spot  on the couch

Meet Molly, Sadie, and Oliver!

Molly and Sadie are very cute little silky terriers and Oliver is their cat brother.

Meet Molly!

Meet Sadie!

Meet Oliver!

Meet Beasley!

Beasley is  an adorable puppy who is taking advantage of our puppy program!  He loves going on walks and learning new things like  how to sit, stay, and wait.

Meet Hooch!

Hooch is a sweet Boxer who loves to get his belly rubbed and eat lunch :)

Hoochy enjoying a walk around the lake!

Meet Sam!

Sam is an adorable miniature GoldenDoodle (a golden retriever mixed with a poodle).  He loves going to the park and walking along the battery downtown!

Pet Fest in Mt. Pleasant This Weekend!!

Looking for something fun to do with you family and dogs this weekend? Check out Pet Fest at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park!!

Event date:

 Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 11:00am

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 11:00am

Our pets love us unconditionally – so why not give back to our best friends by bringing them out for some fun? Pets, their owners, and those in search of a pet are invited to join Charleston County Parks for a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, and more at Charleston’s premier pet festival, Pet Fest! Don’t miss out on Lowcountry Dog’s Annual Cover Model Contest!

The fun takes place on two days, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park. Pet Fest provides an opportunity for local pet organizations and businesses to showcase their causes, products and services in a fun, pet-friendly environment. Leashed pets are welcome with their owners! Or, come to the festival in search of your new best friend from local rescue groups, who will have adoptable animals on site. Admissions is $8.

What To Expect!

  • K-9′s In Flight frisbee dogs and dock diving
  • Rescue groups and adoption centers
  • Pet contests
  • Jump castles and slides for the kids
  • Tasty food and beverages
  • Swift Paws lure chasing – $10 donation
  • Live music from Return of the Mac on Sunday from 3-5pm
  • Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase on-site.

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with your family, friends, and pets.  Below are a couple tips to keep your entire  family happy and safe through the holidays:

 

Cold Weather:

De-icing products, salt, and ice can irritate your pet’s paws.   Be sure to thoroughly wipe your dog’s paws when they come inside from a walk.  Also, be aware of any anti-freeze that your pets can gain asses to.  Anti-freeze is sweet and animals like the taste.

Holiday Decorations:

Keep  all holiday decorations out of reach of your pets.  Glass, ribbons, or metal can be harmful if ingested and lead to serious medical emergencies.

Holiday Plants:

Do not let your animals drink any water from your tree stand.  It can be very harmful.  Also, place any holiday plants high off the ground and out of reach.  Ivy, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, and lillies are all toxic to animals  if ingested.

Holiday Parties:

Keep  a careful eye on your pets whenever you are hosting a party at your house.  Even the most friendly animals can become distressed by the noise and large amount of people.  Designate a quite, secure “pet room” away from the crowd for your pet to stay in.  Also, make sure your pet has a collar with current tags on and is microchipped.

Holiday Food and Table Scraps:

Fight the temptation to feed your pets table scraps.  The fatty holiday meats can cause gastrointestinal problems and the bones can cause choking.  Also, no chocolate for pets!  Be sure they cannot reach any of your stuffed stocklings!

 

 

 

*information from VPI pet insurance*

 

 

Meet Happy, Oscar, and Stache!

Meet Happy, Oscar, and Stache!

Happy is a sweet corgi who is the boss of the family :)

Oscar is a wild little corgi who LOVES treats!

Stache is a little terrier who has the best face!

One happy family :)

Meet Ruthie!

Meet Ruthie!  She is the sweetest little Chihuahua and she loves going out in the yard and sunbathing :)


Sully

Meet Sully! He is a rescue and is adjusting very well to his new home :)


Meet Roo

Meet Roo! He is a little Chihuahua that has a lot of personality! He is so sweet :)

Roo enjoying a little walk

Meet Harvey and Percy

Meet Harvey and Percy!  Harvey is an energetic Golden Retriever that loves playing with his toys and getting his belly rubbed on the couch.

Who wouldn’t love this face??

Sweet Percy :)

Meet Bree and Brody!

Meet Bree and Brody! They are two adorable little Chihuahuas that love going on walks around their house :)

Bree loves looking out her window!

Brody is king of the castle :)

Meet Chloe and Baylee!

Meet Chloe and Baylee!  They are two lab mixes that love playing with their toys in the yard :)

 

Baylee has a huge smile :)

Chloe can’t wait for me to throw her ball!

Meet Chester!

This is Chester!  He is an energetic golden that is taking advantage of  our taxi services!  He loves going on walks and playing fetch with his toys.

Meet Charlie!

This is Charlie!  He is a sweet, older lab (but he doesn’t know that!) that loves getting belly rubs :)

Jolly Joints – Apple Cinnamon Treats Recipe

I hope everyone enjoyed their treats they received this week :)  The treats are supposed to be beneficial for dogs with arthritis.  The cinnamon in the treats reduces swelling in joints and is said to reduce pain caused by arthritis.  I also added some fresh parsley to the recipe to freshen their breath!  I also used all organic ingredients and farm fresh eggs.

Here is the recipe:

1.)Combine the following ingredients:

  • 5 cups rice flour (I used this type of flour instead of regular flour to keep my dogs on a grain/wheat free diet)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dry milk
  • 1 apple – chopped  (you could probably use about 1 cup applesauce instead)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

2.)  Refrigerate at least 2 hours

3.)  Cut into whatever shapes you like (**tip – use LOTS of rice flour on surface you are using to roll dough and the rolling pin to prevent it from sticking**)

4.)  Bake at 350 degrees from 20 minutes, or until the treats are golden brown

 

Meet Dagny!

This is Dagny!  She is a mix breed (looks like greyhound, lab, maybe another hound??).  She took part of our new wedding program last weekend (stay tuned for details!) and took some BEAUTIFUL photos with her parents before their wedding reception in Washington Square Park downtown.  She was so well behaved and really made her parents day special :)

Meet Bella!

Meet Miss Bella!  She is a sassy little yorkiepoo (thats a yorkie bred with a miniature poodle) thats loves pepperoni and barking :)  She is too cute and has no idea how little she is!

Meet Coco!

Coco is an adorable little yorkie.  She loves running around in the yard, playing with her toys, and getting lots of belly rubs :)

Meet Brie and Ribault!

Meet Ribault and Brie!  They are two adorable french bulldogs that have tons of energy :)

Ribault (left) and Brie (right) are two happy puppies!!

Ribault and Brie love their ball !

Meet Abby and Maggie!

Abby and Maggie two energetic doggies!  They love playing in the yard and bathing in the sun :)

Miss Abby waiting for a treat!

Maggie enjoying some sun in the yard :)

Meet Sherman and Bailey!

Sherman and Bailey are two of the most BEAUTIFUL cats I have ever seen!  They love to get lots of attention, eat, and play on their tower.

Meet Winston!

Meet Mr. Winston!  He is the cutest little Goldendoodle (thats golden retriever crossed with a poodle) puppy ever :)  He is taking advantage of our puppy program we offer!

Meet Stella!

This is Stella!  She is a beautiful black lab that loves going on walks around the neighborhood and hanging out on the porch :)

 

*photo credit goes to Stella’s dad*

Meet Bailey, Caisey, Louie, Kermit, and Blue!

We have one big family to introduce to you!

This is Bailey!  He is a very energetic little Pekingese who loves going on walks around the park :)

This is Caisey!  She is the while  child kitty of the house!

 This is Louie!  He is a laid back cat who enjoys getting he belly rubbed and getting lots of treats :)

This is Blue, the beautiful beta fish :)

This is Kermit the tree frog!  He changes colors depending on where he is in his cage :)  How cool is that??

Safety Tips for the 4th of July!

With the holiday right around the corner, lots of pet owners are preparing for their dogs to have some anxiety due to fireworks. Here are a couple of tips for how to keep your anxious dog safe and calm over the holidays:

1.)   Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise during the day before the fireworks begin at night.  Exercise will help relax your dog and make it easier for them to fall asleep and not have a lot of nervous energy built up.

2.)  Keep your dog inside during the fireworks, preferably  with human company.  Your dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a humans, so fireworks are extremely loud.  The heat outside will also cause your dog stress.  An inside, climate controlled environment is ideal.  It is never a good idea to take your dog to an outdoor fireworks show.

3.)  Give your dog a “safe place.”  This can be a crate, bathroom, or any small space that your dog is comfortable in.  When dog’s hear a sound they cannot place, they prefer to go in a small, safe place to relax.  In this “safe place,” provide lots of comfortable bedding, toys, and maybe a couple treats.

4.)  Close all the windows and curtains that you can.  The bright lights caused by the fireworks can also stress your dog, so this will help eliminate some of that stress.

5.)  Make sure your  dog has a fitted collar and proper identification tags on.  Many dogs run away on July 4th.

6.)  Leave your dog a treat to keep  them occupied and their mind off the fireworks.  A kong filled with treats or frozen peanut butter (http://www.kongcompany.com/products/for-dogs/rubber-toys/classic-rubber-toys/classic/), an everlasting treat toy (http://starmarkacademy.com/products/everlasting-treat-ball/), a bully stick (http://www.bestbullysticks.com/), or pretty much any toy that will provide a long amount of a mental stimulation.

7.)  There are several calming products available at LOCAL pet stores.  They come in the form of treats, drops, food,etc.  Speak with an employee at your local pet store about the products they provide.

8.)  Use a thundershirt on your dog (http://www.thundershirt.com/).  I have used these on several dogs with great results.  Most local pet stores around the Charleston area carry these.

 

We only have a couple of spots left for pet sitting this week, so please call us ASAP if you need any help with your animals :)  Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 4th of July!

 

*ref: http://positively.com/2012/06/10/10-safety-and-calming-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bored and Rainy? 10 Ways to Engage You Dog

We have lots of rain in our 10 day forecast, so I thought I could give you a couple ideas on some fun things to do with your doggies when you can’t go outside and play!

 

Please see the link below:

http://www.dogster.com/dog-training/engage-dog-indoors

 

 

 

 

Meet Sammie!

Meet Sammie!  He is an adorable Westie that obviously has the best name ever :)


Meet Simon and Calla!

I just love my visits with Simon and Calla.  They are two very sweet doggies :)  Calla is black lab mix and def. a free spirit!  Simon is an adorable little Maltese that loves sitting on the couch and surveying the neighborhood :)

 

 

Meet Charlie and Lexi!

Charlie and Lexi are two golden  mixes that LOVE going to the beach :)  And hanging out on the couch!

Charlie is such a sweetie :)

Lexi just LOVES her couch!

Meet Argo and Nia!

Argo and Nia are two adorable boxer mixes.  They love going on walks around the neighborhood and we always have fun on our visits :)

Meet Dow!

This is Dow!  He is the cutest, sweetest little lab puppy ever!  He is involved in our puppy program and he is loving it :)

How can you not love this face?!?

Meet Cooper, Sydney, and Roxy!

Meet Cooper, Sydney, and Roxy – affectionately known as “the three stooges” !

 

This is Cooper! Her is a lab/Shepard mix.  Don’t believe this serious face – he is all fun :)

Meet Sydney!  She is a very sweet, older lab.  She loves to get lots of attention and belly rubs :)

This is Roxy!  I wish I was able to get a better picture because she has a beautiful red coat!

Meet the birds!!!

I had so much fun taking care of these birds! They are so friendly and love to talk!  They can say a number of different phrases, including: hello, thank you, want a treat, love you, etc.  They make me want a bird!

 

This is Bailey! He is a Scarlet Macaw and he loves asking for treats!

Meet Bacardi! He is a green wing macaw and Bailey’s partner in crime :)

This is Cuervo. He is an african grey and (if you can’t already tell) he loves ice!

Malibu aka Boo is also an african grey.  He is really talented at mimicking you voice :)

Mango is a yellow nape amazon.  Isn’t she beautiful?

Meet Mikey!

Mikey is an adorable little Cairn Terrier that just loves going out on walks and playing!

Meet Bennett and Jack!

Jack is a spunky little beagle with tons of energy!  Bennett is his older brother, a black lab, who tries to keep him in line :) They are so much fun to take care of!

Who can resist this wiggly little puppy?!?

Bennett is such a sweet old man :)

Meet Buckley!

Buckley is a beautiful orange tabby with lots of personality!  The way to his heart is definitely through his tummy :)

Meet Missy and Beau!

Missy and Beau are two adorable kitties that LOVE getting treats and lots of attention :)

Beau waiting for a treat!

I just love Missy’s beautiful markings :)

Meet Leroy!

Do puppies get any cuter than this one?? Leroy is a springer spaniel and his is your typical puppy – bouncy, clumsy, chubby, and completely adorable!! I just love him :)

Meet Tala!

Tala is a wolf/husky mix with tons of personality!  She loves running around in the yard and going on long walks around the lake.  She has so much energy that I could barely get a picture of her :)

Meet Murley, Ashley, and Cooper!

Meet Murley (a bulldog), Cooper (a mutt), and her sister Ashley (a mutt)!  Murley loves eating and getting his belly rubbed.  Cooper and Ashley love spending their morning running up and down the beaches on Sullivans :)

Murley has the best face ever!

Cooper enjoying a sunny afternoon in the back yard

Upcoming Events this Weekend!

Looking for something fun to do with your pets this weekend?

On Saturday, there will be a Pet Expo in Ladson from 11AM – 4PM and you can bring your doggies.  We had a booth there last year and it is a really fun event.  Please keep in mind, there were a LOT of dogs there so please be prepared :)  Here is more info about the event:

http://www.postandcourieradvertising.com/petexpo/

 

 

On Sunday, the Veterinary Care Associates clinic in Mt. Pleasant will be having their monthly “Pet Safety Sunday’s” seminar at 4PM.  The subject is “know your pet’s normal parameters and basic handling tips” and it will be covering how to take a heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and more.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry!  See Sam Sit will be there and we will take detailed notes and post them on the blog on Monday :)

 

Meet Jake!

Jake is an adorable cavachon who loves getting belly rubs and walking around the neighborhood!

Meet Tucker and Mya!

Tucker and Mya are two beautiful Welsh Terriers :)

Miss Mya is extremely playful and loves going on walks!

Tucker is the older brother and is a complete gentleman

Meet Roxy and Sylvester!

Roxy and Sylvester are quite a pair of cats :)  Roxy is definitely the big sister and likes to tell Sylvester what to do.  Sylvester is just a kitten and LOVES to run around and chase his toys.

Miss Roxy has beautiful green eyes

This is the only picture I could get of Sylvester that wasn’t blurry – he is quick!!

Pet Safety Sundays!

One Sunday a month, Veterinary Specialty Care located on highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant will be hosting a “Pet Safety Sunday.”  This is such a great way to learn some very valuable information about your pets and it is completely free!  Here is a list of topics they will be covering:

September “Know your pet’s normal parameters and basic handling tips”

September 16, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
Learn how to take a heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and to examine your pet for abnormalities. And tricks on how administer medications!

October “Pet Basic First Aid” October 14, 2012 @4:00 PM
Learn how to help at home before transport to the veterinarian: Choking, lacerations, broken toe nails, wounds, snake bites, approaching an injured pet, how to transport an injured pet, seizures and more.
This is NOT a certification course.

November “Pet CPR” November 4, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
This is NOT a certification course.

December “Dog Bite Prevention” December 2, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
Focus on child safety around dogs. Bring the kids! Free coloring books to all children.

To register for any of the lectures please leave your name and number of people attending by posting to Dr. Davis’s Facebook page, Veterinary Specialty Care’s Facebook page, by calling 843-606-9100 or by email to DRecupido@veterinaryspecialtycare.com

 

Meet Duchess, Kate, Blue, and Pearl!

Meet “the girls” – Dutchess, Kate, Blue, and Pearl.  A lovely group of labs that love hanging out in their sun room and playing outside on their dock (who doesnt??).

Blue – aka the escape artist :)

Dutchess thinks she looks better from the side

Miss Kate snoozing on the couch

Pearl in her favorite room

Meet Samson and Bentley!

Samson is a senior chocolate lab and Bentley is a cockapoo (cocker spaniel x poodle) and they are two of the sweetest dogs I have ever met!  They love going on walks  together and playing in the park.

Samson waiting for his post-walk treat!

Bentley says “GO DAWGS!”

Meet Doc and Dora!

Doc is a lhasa apso and Dora is a little mix.  They love going to walks on the beach and playing with each other :)

 

 

 

Meet Murphy!

Miss Murphy is a loving, outgoing yellow lab that LOVES going on walks around her neighborhood.

Meet Dallas!

Dallas is an adorable Basset Hound that just loves lazing around on the couch and getting belly rubs.

Love love love his expression :)

Meet Rocky, Gizmo, and Katnis

Rocky, Gizmo, Katniss, and James Bond (not pictured) are one big happy family :)

Rocky is a beautiful chow mix who loves playing the backyard and cuddling on the couch

Gizmo seriously has the cutest face in the world!  His favorite way to pass time is to sit by the pool and enjoy the view :)

Katniss (love her name) is a curious kitty who loves cuddling on the couch!

Meet Simba!

Meet Simba! He is an adorable, friendly kitty who really reminds me of Garfield :)

Carrot “Pupcakes”

Below is the recipe for the Carrot Pupcakes I made for Molly’s 13th birthday:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup carrots, finely shreeded
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (I used soymilk and they turned out great)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line mini cupcake cups and lightly spray them with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine flour, cornmeal, carrots, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla, honey, milk, and applesauce.  Mix well.

Pour batter into the greased muffin cups (makes 24 mini muffins)

Bake for 15-20 minutes and allow to cool completely

If you choose to add frosting, combine 1/4 cup cream cheese and 1 tbsp. applesauce.  Beat until light and fluffy and pipe onto muffins.

Now the most important step, ENJOY!

*This recipe is adapted from “101 Dog Treat Recipes” by Sharon Gick

Happy 13th Birthday Molly!

Miss Molly, our very first client ever, is turning 13 today :)

 

She is about to enjoy a carrot “pupcake” that I made for her.  Don’t worry, I will post the recipe!

We Are Hiring!!

Do you love animals? Are you looking for part time work?  Look no further because we are hiring!

Requirements:

  • Available evenings and weekends (a plus if you are available during the day)
  • Experience with many types of animals (a plus if you have training with animal medical care)
  • Provide  your own transportation
  • Dependable and trustworthy
  • Pass the background check
  • At least 18 years old
  • Must love animals

Please e-mail resume to Samantha at info@seesamsit.com to apply

Meet Sprinkles!

Sprinkles (aka Sprinx) is an absolutely beautiful Russian Blue kitty.  Her favorite thing is playing with socks around the house.  How sweet!

Look at those eyes!

Emergency Plan for Pets

Since hurricane season is now upon us, I wanted to remind everyone about how important it is to have a plan and be prepared before an actual emergency happens.  Here are a few guidelines from the National Weather Center:

1.) Get a Kit (and make it portable)

  • Food: Store at least 3 days of food in a water, in an airtight container.
  • Water: Store at least 3 days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicine: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pets take on a regular basis.
  • First aid kit: Assemble a basic kit including latex gloves, bandages, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, alcohol, and saline solution.
  • Crate or other pet carrier: keep a carrier especially for cats or animals that will become afraid.
  • Sanitation: Bring a litter box and pet litter, newspaper, paper towels, and plastic trash bags.
  • Picture: Have a current picture of your pets in case you get separated.
  • Familiar items:  Keep a few toys, a blanket, and some treats in your kit.  This will help soothe your pet.

2.) Make a Plan

  • Evacuate: Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go.  If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if at all practical.  Keep in mind that not all public shelters allow pets.  Consider family and friends outside your immediate area that would be willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Develop a buddy system: Plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to make sure that someone is available to take care of your pets in the event that you are unable to do so.  Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep the first aid kit.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about emergency planning:  Talk about types of things your should include in your pet’s first aid kit.  Get names of emergency hospitals in the cities that you plan to evacuate to. Also speak with your vet about micro chipping.  If your pet is already micro chipped, be sure to keep all of the contact information up to date
  • Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment: Make a list of contact information and adresses of area animal control agencies and emergency vet hospitals. Obtain “Pet Inside” stickers and place them on your doors or windows (many area vet clinics have these available at their front desk if you do not have one) to aid firefighters and rescue workers.  Also, consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in case of emergency.

3.) Be Prepared

  • Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for your family and your pets, are the same regardless of the type on emergency.  However, it is important to say informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region (such as hurricanes).

For more information click here : http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals

 

Meet Uncle Bob and Lucy

Meet Uncle Bob and Lucy!  They are both shih tzus and are so sweet!

Uncle Bob with his ball

Lucy ready for her walk :)

Beach Tips

Now that the weather is warming up, I want to remind everyone of a couple precautions you should take when bringing the doggies to the beach (courtesy of Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital):

  1. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog.
  2. Limit exposure to the sun and when it is strong, use sunblock on ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.  Dogs can get sunburn, especially short-haired and ones with pink skin and white hair.
  3. Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions – dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice.
  4. If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run in the sand.  Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  5. Cool ocean water is tempting to your dog.  Do not allow him to drink too much seawater as the salt will make him sick.
  6. Salt and other materials found in the ocean can damage a dogs coat.  So, when you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water.
  7. Not all beaches permit dogs.  Check local ordinances before you begin your excursion to the beach.
Below are a couple of links for the laws on bringing dogs to the beach:

SIGNS YOUR PET NEEDS TO SEE THE VET

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Below I have listed some signs for when your vet needs to see the vet:

  • Vomiting (withhold food for 24 hours and see vet)
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in normal activity level: lethargy, hyperactivity, restlessness
  • Limping
  • Sudden inability to move back legs
  • Crying in pain when touched
  • Clumsy or disoriented behavior
  • Seizures
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Panting (cats only)
  • Any difficulty breathing
  • Any blue, purple, or pale hue to the tongue and gums
  • Sudden collapse
  • Excessive drooling (unless you own a mastiff)
  • Straining in the litter box without producing urine
  • Crying out while urinating
  • Change in urination habits
  • Bloated abdomen – especially in large breed dogs, this is urgent
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Nose bleed
  • Hair loss
  • Squinting
Hope this helps!

Dog Park Safety Tips

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about the warm weather is finally getting to use the dog parks!  Below are a few safety tips to keep you  and your doggies safe this summer.

  1. Sprains – Playful dogs are prone to accidents in the park.  They can play a little too hard with a friend or trip in a hole.  Be sure to keep an eye on your dog to avoid these accidents.
  2. Lacerations – Cut and scratches are common around the park.  Keep your dog away from aggressive dogs, fallen branches, or sharp objects.
  3. Toxins – Be aware of any chemicals used at the park, such as pesticides, snail bait, or fertilizers.  If you think your dog has come into contact with any chemicals, wash your dog’s legs and feet with soap and water.  Watch carefully for signs of exposure, such as vomiting or fever.
  4. Invaders – Flea and tick preventive treatment is essential for every dog, especially  those who frequent the park. Fleas and ticks can easily be caught at the park.  Be sure to clean up after your dog! Fecal matter can transmit internal parasites, viruses, and bacteria. Also be sure that your dog is current on all of their vaccines.
  5. Overheating – Be sure to keep your dog hydrated and take frequent breaks, especially in the Charleston weather! Look for the signs of heating – excessive panting, vomiting, or sluggishness – and contact your vet immediately if you see any.
*information from VPI pet insurance
I hope this helps and please let you know if you have any questions or if you want me to take your dog for a field trip to the park!

Meet Laya and Sampson!

Meet Laya and Sampson, two sweet pit bulls that love running around in their back yard and getting belly rubs :)

 

 

Meet Winter!

Winter is a Portuguese Water Dog puppy that just joined his family – including Molly.  Winter is seriously one the of cutest puppies ever!

Sweet Winter :)

Winter and Molly

Meet Dexter!

Meet Dexter! He is a pit cross that loves the beach life on Sullivans :)

How sweet is that face??

Flea Facts

Here are some flea facts (courtesy of Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital :) ) to brighten your rainy Monday afternoon!

  • 95% of the flea population is in the environment and only 5% is on your pet.
  • The first step to eliminate fleas is to stop reproduction
  • Once fleas have hatched, they stay on the pet and they do not jump from one dog to another
  • Eggs are laid on the hair coat of the pet and then roll off into the environment where they hatch into larvae
  • Once a flea jumps onto an animal, it immediately breeds and feeds.  Females can lay 50 eggs a day!
  • In order to completely eliminate fleas, you need to kill the adults as well as inhibit growth of new eggs

 

Valentine’s Day Tips for Pets

Hope everyone is excited about Valentine’s Day!  I wanted to remind you of some potentially harmful gifts you might receive on this special day.  All animals are particularly sensitive to theobromine and caffeine, two ingredients in chocolate.  Be sure to avoid leaving any of your chocolate treats out :)  Also, all flowers in the lily family are extremely poisonous to cats.  Make sure that vase is only filled with roses!

Need a pet-friendly Valentine’s Day treat?  Try making one of the dog treat recipes from our blog and cutting them into heart-shaped cookies :)

Pet Food Drive Update

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with this year’s Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive!  It was such a huge success!  We raised 542.3 pounds of food for Pet Helpers!!

Car full of food for Pet Helpers – and this is only about 1/3rd of it!

Meet Specky, Keys, Precious, and Squirt!

This family just moved here from New Jersey and is loving the way of life down here. Specky is a German shorthair and her favorite things in life include lounging on her bed and getting treats. Specky will do any trick in the book for a treat (and she is very smart!). Keys, precious, and squirt are all once feral cats that can now enjoy the indoor cat life. They love sunning themselves by the windows and hanging out on the back porch on nice days.

Specky waiting for a treat :)

Squirt is on the left, Keys in the middle, and Precious on the right all enjoying the evening on the porch

Meet Jagger!

Jagger is in extremely rare male calico cat! Most calico cats are female because they carry two different X chromosomes carrying two different colors (which makes up the calico color). Since males only have one X chromosome, they usually can only carry one color. Jagger is rare in that he carries Two X chromosomes. Jagger also loves to play fetch – also rare for a cat :)

Meet Argos and Arrow!

Argos and Arrow live with Miley and Cyane, who have been featured in previous blog posts. Arrow is a mature lab who enjoys watching all of her younger brothers and sisters runs around and keeping everyone in check. Argos loves nothing more than his toys, and he always wants you to play with them! Argos is also unaware of this size and always wants to sit in your lap. Adorable.

Argos with one of his toys

Arrow on one of her favorite chairs

Meet Hank and Philip!

Hank and Phil are two of the friendliest cats I have ever met! The both love to be brushed. Hank is the type that enjoys running around the house and playing with all of his toys, while Phil is more of the type that enjoys sitting in your lap and eatting yummy treats :)  They are  so sweet!

Phil hanging out on the porch

Hank on the porch (trying to avoid getting his picture taken :) )

Meet Sandy, Coconut, Cassi, and Tinker!

Sandy is a yellow lab/chow rescue. She mostly looks like a lab but has a black tongue. Very cool!  Sandy loves living on the beach and going on walks. Coconut is s long haired Chihuahua. Although she is small, she has a huge personality! She really enjoys sitting on your lap and snuggling but she also spends a lot of her day out on the front porch guarding the house! Sandy and coco live with two black cats, Cassi and Tinker.

Sweet Coco :)

Sandy ready to go for her walk!

 

Meet Talula!

Talula is the newest addition to her family (she lives with the brown lab Molly featured in previous blog posts). She is a typical kitten – curious about everything and everyone. Isn’t she cute!

Meet Mia, Nesta, and Bella!

Mia, Bella, and Nesta all live together.  Mia and Bella are both boxer mixes and Nesta is a “Carolina dog”. Bella and Nesta love going on walks together all throughout the neighborhood and then coming inside to play with their toys. Mia is a little bit older and prefers shorter walks and longer belly rubs inside :)

Mia is the black dog on the left, Nesta is the brown dog on the right, and Bella is the white dog in the back

Meet Lula!

Lula is a Cavalier King Charles that lives on Daniel Island.  She loves going on long walks around the parks near her house and chasing lots of squirrels along the way.  Lula’s other passion in life is being a therapy dog and helping people in need!  She is a complete love bug and can never have too much attention :)

Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive

This year we are hosting our first annual Hungry Bowl Pet Food Drive that will benefit Pet Helpers and all of their shelter dogs in need this holiday season!  The drive runs from December 1-12.

Please donate any type of dog or cat food!  If you are a current client, you can simply leave the food out with a note on it next time I come over to your house and I will pick it up for you.  If you are not a client, please drop the food off at any of our drop off locations:

  • Whole Foods
  • Pet Emporium
  • Indigo Creek Pet Supplies
  • Palmetto Paws
  • PETCO
  • Dolittles (mount pleasant and west ashley locations

Thank you for your support!

Meet Opie!

Opie is visiting Charleston from North Carolina for a week and he LOVES the beach :)

Top 10 Toxins in the Kitchen

Hope everyone is staying dry during our rainy weather!  Just wanted to remind everyone about some common kitchen items that can be extremely harmful to your pets:

 

1.) Chocolate

2.) Grapes, raisins, and currants

3.) Xtlitol (found in sugar free gum and candy)

4.) Fatty table scraps

5.) Onions and garlic

6.) Compost

7.) Human medications

8.) Macadamia nuts

9.) Household cleaners

10.) Unbaked bread dough/alcohol  — this one actually happened to my sisters dog while they were making homemade pretzels. Luckily the dog came home just fine but it was a scary experience!

If your pet does ingest anything the Pet Poision Helpline is 1-800-213-6680 or www.petpoisonhelpline.com

 

Hope this was helpful!

Come visit us at the Pet Expo!

We are going to be at the Pet Expo in Ladson this Saturday from 11-4.  We will have a booth set up with lots of fun giveaways and a raffle for free dog walking services.  We would love to see everyone there (included your four-legged family) !

Here is the link for the expo for more information http://www.postandcourieradvertising.com/petexpo/

Morning Walk on the Beach

Molly and Katy enjoying the view :)

Baking homemade treats!

We are baking some homemade dog biscuits for all of our four-legged clients today :)  Please let me know if your puppies are out and you need more!  They are completely organic and they are really simple to make.  Here is the recipe:

  • 2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBSP organic baking powder
  • 1 cup organic smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a cookie sheet
  2. Mix flour and oats together, then mix remaining ingredients until dough is formed
  3. Roll out dough until it is about 1/4″ thick and cut into whatever shape you want
  4. Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 or until golden brown
  5. Let cool completely before serving to your puppies!

Before they go into the oven

Midas waiting for the cookies to bake…poor puppy…

Finished!

Learning to walk together :)

Abby and Charlie enjoying a walk in the park

Lost Kitten

Today one of our clients found a kitten and we took him to the vet for a check up.  Luckily, the kitten was micro chipped and we were able to return him to his owner within an hour of taking him to the vet!  Please remember how important it is to microchip your pets.  It is such an easy and inexpensive way to keep your pets safe.  Here is more info on micro chipping and how to register your pet:   http://www.akccar.org/

Our kitty was studying up before returning home!

Bubble Bath Time!

It was a relaxing spa day for Molly and Katy…

Meet Abby and Charlie!

Abby is a miniature dachshund and her new brother Charlie is a lab mix.  Abby loves napping and watching out her window and Charlie loves running and playing outside!

Abby on her bed :)

Charlie is such a sweet boy.  I love his paws!

Check us out in the Post and Courier

Today See Sam Sit was featured in the Post and Courier on page 5D!

Here is a link to the article   http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/aug/28/pet-briefs/