Heart frozen this holiday season? Bad case of the Seattle Freeze? These furry friends are guaranteed to melt the ice around your hearts.
Every Thanksgiving, pets everywhere are popping their cute heads over your kitchen counters. It’s hard to resist those cute big eyes begging for a taste. And while we all love to spoil our pets, here are some guidelines to follow to keep your fur babies healthy and happy:
Keep food a safe distance away from pets. This enables you to control what and how much they’re eating. If you’d like to throw your pup a slice of turkey breast, sweet potato, and vegetables – go for it! Just make sure that piece of turkey is cooked through and boneless!
But there are foods you’ll want to stay away from. Don’t feed your pets turkey fat and skin, excess fat can cause diarrhea and digestive issues in pets. Also refrain from serving food that has been prepared with onions, garlic, grapes and raisins. If you’re making bread from scratch, don’t feed your pets the dough!
Yeasted bread dough breaks down to alcohol when digested which can cause some serious gas at best, and a trip to the veterinary ER at worst.
Everyone loves to spoil the resident pet(s). Provide your guests with a bucket of dog treats. That way you can monitor how much table scraps are given to your pets to prevent digestive issues. Also, guests might not understand what is safe or toxic for dogs. To eliminate the risk of a sick pet on thanksgiving, leave the table scrap feeding to you.
To prevent disasters like these, feed your pets before festivities begin. This will ensure their tummies are full and potentially encourage better behavior. Feel free to be generous and add a few teaspoons of drippings, lean meat, and veggies (no onions or garlic!) into their food.
Even the friendliest of pets can get overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Move their beds, favorite toys, and a prepared food puzzle toy or rawhide to keep them calm and entertained during the festivities.
Sugar in large quantities can trigger a sugar high in pets which will cause hyperactive and unfocused behavior – a nightmare when you’re entertaining! Sweet treats made with sweetener often contain xylitol which is incredibly toxic to pets and can cause life-threatening symptoms. To stay in the clear, opt out of giving your pets sweets during any festivities!
In the unlikely event your dog gets sick, have your emergency procedures handy! Know the nearest full-service animal hospital that will be open. Watch for these signs that your pet needs medical attention:
Contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you think your pet may have ingested a toxic food. If your pet exhibits any of the signs above go to your nearest animal hospital.
At Seattle Humane, we recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing our community’s youth with lifelong skills. Leadership, advocacy, and compassion are just some of the skills we are looking to support in our youth. That’s why we are excited to unveil our new program geared to young teens 12-17 years old, Teens for Animals!
Focusing on the unique and profound human-animal bond, Teens for Animals (TFA) strives to teach youth the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family and friends.
While exploring the responsibilities of pet ownership and learning of the important role pets play in our community, teens will learn how to be a compassionate civic-minded leader and team player of their own respective communities.
For those who discover a deep passion in animal welfare, TFA will provide an excellent platform for exploring and conceptualizing career opportunities!
TFA will meet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on designated Saturdays starting November through May. Class sessions are a combination of animal interaction, classroom activities, and welfare advocacy. We cover everything from puppy mills to feline behavior. Learn more about our program and requirements here!
The extended deadline for this one-of-a-kind program is November 17th. There is a low enrollment fee of $25 per applicant. This fee helps cover costs of running the program, and will include supplies for teens – a teen volunteer t-shirt, name tag and binder.
We are committed to making our programs accessible to all, if you are unable to cover the enrollment fee, please submit a scholarship request at the end of the application.
Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.
There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. Making it a breeze to find your perfect fit!
Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though, if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.
Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!
Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.
Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, have good manners, and are calmer, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old man stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.
Stay dry, clean, and keep your pups (and you) sane with awesome indoor play options. Our list of spaces cater to every furry and human personality – from introverted to social – no one is left out!
Visit Dogwood Play Park in Seattle for a win-win experience. It is the only location in Seattle that combines a low-key bar with an indoor dog park. Dogs are free to play, socialize, and burn energy as their human companions sip on their favorite drink. But do note that this location is 21+.
If you’d prefer an indoor option for the whole family, then visit one of Seattle’s two other indoor dog parks.
House of Ruff offers a fun and diverse space. There is a main play area where people of all ages can exercise and socialize their dogs and have some good old ruff fun! If you’re itching for a cold beer, cider, or a glass of wine, they also provide a 21+ lounge for pet parents.
House of Ruff requires a meet & greet before you can bring your pet here, but upon passing the test, Fido will immediately be allowed in. Learn more here!
For the introverted canine who prefers human companionship, K9 House of Fun offers a space by reservation. This location is unique because it offers you full access to their space without having to manage your dog’s behavior around other pups. Your furry friend will feel like a king in his own castle.
Reinforce your home with time-consuming pet activities as if a canine purge is coming for you. On those torrential rainstorms, clear out hallways or large spaces for indoor fetch. Keep launching those balls for at least 30 minutes for an exhausted pooch.
If your pooch prefers interactive play, fret not! We have solutions. Get your pups riled up to run laps up and down stairs if you have them. Or, grab a rope toy and engage him in tug-of-war until you’re both wiped out. For senior or food-motivated pets, load up a Kong with peanut butter (make sure it’s not sweetened with xylitol!) and watch them exercise their jaws into exhaustion.
Can’t stay away from gorgeous Washingtonian nature? Then go ahead and take your pooch out on rainy days. You can keep them partially dry by purchasing a doggy raincoat such as this one from PETBABA.
Or if your dog can handle the damp, then go let him run wild and free in the rain. Just be sure to dry Fido off properly once you return home. Pay special attention to drying the inside of floppy ears. And always spread those adorable paws to check for lodged in debris and mud.
For the wet dog that comes home reeking of… well… wet dog. Take a dryer sheet, lightly rub it on their coat, and towel dry them. But remember this is a temporary solution! Make sure to thoroughly bathe them and remove knotted hair after two rainy day outings. This keeps your dog feeling fresh and prevents ear and skin yeast infections.