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Pet proof your yard

In Animal News on May 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

From planting new flowers and laying out that vegetable patch to getting rid of those pesky weeds and bugs, people are revitalizing lawns and gardens that were dormant during the winter.  However, those with pets need to be extra vigilant about what the backyard will expose dogs or cats to throughout the warmer months.

Pet caretakers should be conscious of every item that is placed in an area where their pet has access.  The type of mulch that is used, the species of flowers that are planted and, of course, the fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides/insecticides that are sprayed or put down all need to be taken into consideration.

Veterinarians recommend staying away from cocoa mulch because it contains theobromine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors and seizures.

It is also suggested to keep plants and flowers such as sago palm, rhododendrons, azaleas, lilies, tulips and any others in those families in an area of your yard where you pet will not be able to reach them.  These have been shown to cause respiratory depression, tissue irritation, gastrointestinal bleeding and even organ failure.

Fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides are the most common cause for poisonings and the most dangerous.  These have been known to cause severe internal problems for animals if ingested or if your pet has been exposed to them.  Paraquat, a common weed killer in fertilizer, is known to be lethal to dogs and has even been linked to canine cancer.  Other herbicides have been shown to be a contributing factor to the onset of liver, bladder and lymphatic cancer.

Be sure to wait the appropriate amount of time after any chemical application before allowing your pet back on the grass or near the flowers.

Another important note to remember is that while you may be mindful of what you put on your lawn, others in your neighborhood may not.  Dogs will often lick paws after walking through fertilizer or weed killer, so it is important to thoroughly wash their feet and undersides to avoid contamination after a stroll around the block.

For more information on safe alternatives and other lawn and garden dangers, please visit PetPoisonHelpline.com or ASPCA.org/Pet-Care/Poison-Control. –Brendan Quealy


TAILS is on Rosie O’Donnell’s blog!

In Just for Fun, Tails Press on March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Rosie O’Donnell’s new radio show on SiriusXM has quickly become my “go-to” show when I am getting ready in the morning. I find her views on everything from politics to social media, and life in general are interesting and entertaining. In addition, having 4 kids of my own, I definitely relate to her commentary on her own life with a houseful of kids, and what challenges and adventures she goes through on a daily basis. Last week I had the opportunity to call in and chat with Rosie–and it was oddly normal! It felt as if I was just talking to an old friend about marriage and other issues (the topic at hand.)

As our conversation wrapped up, and after she rewarded me with a dozen delicious Crumbs cupcakes, I mentioned how happy I was that she had a rescued dog, and let her know that we’d love to have her and her animals on the cover. She told me she’d check us out, and true to her word, she did. She went as far as to include TAILS in the wrap up of her show, and put a link to the magazine up on her website.

We are extremely proud that she enjoyed the magazine enough to include us, and we do hope to be able to bring you more about Rosie and her pets in an upcoming issue!

Check out Rosie’s blog for yourself!

Janice Brown, Founder

Ask.com’s top pet questions

In Animal News on December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

In these days of the Internet age, pet parents are turning to search engines like Ask.com to answer some of their pressing questions. As the year comes to a close, Ask.com has released its top questions asked about pets:

Why do cats purr?
How long do dogs stay in heat?
Why do cats knead?
How do you potty train a puppy?
Do fish sleep?
What do lizards eat?
Can Guinea Pigs be trained?
How long do rabbits live?
Are dogs colorblind?
Can dogs take aspirin?

Curious? Visit Ask.com to search for the answers!

Vote for your favorite animal show!

In Just for Fun on November 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Peoples Choice

Tails upcoming cover star, Victoria Stilwell‘s show It’s Me or the Dog was recently nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animal Show. Other nominees are Animal Cops, Dog Whisperer, DogTown,and Rescue Ink Unleashed. 

Visit PeoplesChoice.com to cast your vote! Voting ends Dec. 8 at 11:59pm, so vote now!

And be sure to check out Tails’ story on Victoria in the Dec/Jan issue, out soon!

New website helps send anonymous message to neighbor’s barking dogs

In Health and Safety on October 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

stop barking dog

You know that bark, the inevitable howl ringing through the evening: it’s your neighbor’s dog’s nightly routine. Since you don’t want to cause friction when you run into him around town, however, you are left sleep-deprived and holding a grudge.

StopMyNeighborsDog.com, a new website launched by industry leader in pet safety and behavior products PetSafe, hopes to bring peace to neighborhood barking disputes by allowing neighbors to subtly spotlight nuisance barking to pet parents politely and anonymously.

Rather than simply investing in earplugs, concerned neighbors may send either an anonymous e-mail or postcard pre-written in a friendly, humorous, or serious tone to the beloved barker’s people, with the option to include tips on controlling nuisance barking and a coupon for a product from PetSafe’s line of bark solution training products.

“One of the most frequent sources of calls to local animal control departments is excessive barking from dogs,” says Randy Boyd, PetSafe President and CEO. “We hope the web site will help ease friction between neighbors and also keep otherwise good dogs from being taken to the pound.” –Sarah Hughes

Fun Howl-o-ween site!

In Just for Fun on October 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Check out Animal Planet’s Howl-o-ween Central for all kinds of festive fun. You can rate pet costumes, take a Halloween quiz, and find great tips and recipes for a pet Halloween party.


The winner of the Tails costume contest is… Mike!

In Just for Fun on October 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm


Congratulations to Mike and his guardian, Betsy Fessler of Campbell, CA. Mike is an 8-year-old Rat Terrier.

Fessler adopted Mike from Furry Friends Animal Rescue when he was 4 months old. She met him at an adoption event. “Upon arrival, I fell in love,” she says. “He was too cute.”

Fessler says she found the skunk costume while rummaging through the clearance bin at a local pet store. “I knew the skunk costume was perfect for Mike, considering his size and his coloring of mostly black and white to match the costume,” Fessler says. “But the costume didn’t have any packaging or any price.” When she went to purchase the costume, the cashier didn’t know the price either. He eventually told her she could have the costume for free if she made a donation to the local animal shelter. “I agreed, made my donation to the shelter at the register, and Mike has been proudly sporting it each Halloween ever since!” Fessler says.

Thanks to all of our readers who sent in pics of their furry friends’ best Halloween gear.

Mike will receive a faux leather jacket courtesy of Target.

Click here to see more of our favorite entries.

Carve a cool pet pumpkin!

In Just for Fun on October 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm

pug pumpkin

Want to make your pumpkin look like a Pug?

Check out BHG.com/dogvote to find free pumpkin carving patterns for 13 different dog breeds. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

There’s also a fun video from the shoot!

Check out these out-there animals!

In Just for Fun on October 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm

weird animal

No, this is not some kind of Pokemon! It’s an Axolotl, a Mexican neotenic mole salamander. Check out the Huffington Post for more weird-looking animals!

Halloween Costume Contest–win a cool jacket for your dog!

In Call for Submissions, Just for Fun on October 14, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Think your pet has a great costume? Show us! We’re looking for the dog, cat, or other animal companion with the coolest Halloween costume. Email a picture of your pet in his or her spook-wear to Halloween@TailsInc.com, and we’ll pick a winner to feature in our next e-newsletter (and on the blog!). Please include your name, pet’s name, location, and email address in your email.

The winner will also receive this suave faux leather jacket for their dog courtesy of Target! It’ll keep your pup stylin’ and warm at the same time!

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 20, so enter now!

Target leather coatTarget logo