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7 Ways to Transition New Pets into the Home

The holiday season is a time of year where shelters everywhere experience many “gift adoptions.” While the thought of surprising your loved ones with a long anticipated furry friend might be heartwarming, many of these gift adoptions don’t work out. Why? Because many gift adoptions are impulsive. They can also be forced – where potential adopters feel pressured to pick any cute animal just to put him or her under the tree.

Instead of bringing home a pet for Christmas, we suggest purchasing a gift certificate from Seattle Humane. This way, you’re still surprising your family with an adoption, while giving your family time to search for your perfect furry friend! You’ll also be able to include them during the exciting search process.

But sometimes that PURR-FECT pet comes along, and you just can’t let go of him or her. If your home has resident pets, follow our pet tips below for a seamless introduction:

 

1. Introduce dogs in a neutral environment.

Dogs should be introduced in a neutral environment. Seattle Humane requires all dogs meet prior to introduction. But before bringing home your new family member, be sure to let the dogs meet again in a park.

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Leash both the dogs and introduce them in a calm area. Have one person handle one dog each. Make sure to keep walking until your dog’s body language is calm and relaxed. Keep leashes loose as tense leash can make your pet anxious.

Once the dogs are showing curiosity about each other, allow them some sniffing time. Treat good behavior in both dogs promptly. If the dogs lash out at each other, pull them away and resume walking.

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Typically, dogs will become at ease with each other after a good walk. But sometimes when taking them home, resident dogs may exhibit territorial behavior. Do not punish dogs for being aggressive. Remember that the introduction process is highly variable with each dog. Be patient and remain positive.

 

2. Introduce cats to resident pets by scent.

Cats should be introduced to resident pets by scent. Confine resident pets in one room and allow the new kitty to sniff around the house. Once kitty is adjusted to the new smells, confine him/her in a room of his/her own. See the picture below for room inspirations! Then allow resident pets to sniff out the house.

Once a day, rotate the pets. Confine and allow resident pets to explore kitty’s room. While resident pets are sleuthing, allow kitty to smell out the rest of the house.

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This process should take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the pets’ personalities.

Resist the urge to throw the pets in one room to “work it out.” This ironically almost never works out and instead reinforces unwanted behavior. Also, never confine a cat in a crate while allowing resident pets to sniff around the crate.

 

3. Create positive associations with their scent.

To encourage a good relationship between pets, make sure to give them plenty of treats for good behavior. Do not yell, scold, and spank if they lash out on each other. This will make them associate each other’s presence with fear and anger. Instead, pull them away from each other and give them their needed space. Try again later, and promptly reward any good behavior.

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For kitties, feed new cats in their allotted room. And feed resident pets outside the kitty’s door. Once they seem comfortable, you may put kitty’s bowl on one side of the door, and resident pets’ food on the other side.

 

4. Allow sneak peeks.

For kitties and resident pets, once they’re comfortable with each other, allow sneak peeks. You may carry kitty and allow them to see each other. Reward good behavior. Moderate hissing is normal. But if fearful behavior comes out, put kitty back in the room. Try again the next day, and reward good behavior.

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Another good method is using a baby gate and keeping kitty on one side, and resident pets on the other. This allows them to get full view and interactions, while still providing a safe barrier.

 

5. Exercise the dogs regularly.

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If the dogs are tired out from exercise and play, a seamless home transition is more likely. Cooped up dogs are more likely to lash out from frustration.

 

6. Do not leave pets unattended.

Even though your pets might look like they get along, do not leave them unattended for a few months. You never know how pets will interact once you leave.

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Instead, continue to confine your new pet in their own space, while leaving resident pets in their usual set up.

 

7. Be patient and get your family on board.

Introducing pets to each other is a long process that requires lots of individual and team effort. Do not be discouraged if your pets need some time to get used to each other.

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Just keep trying, be gentle, slow down, and be positive. Also be sure to talk to your family to get a game plan on board.

Pet Tips for a Safe and Fun Super Bowl!

10915204_10153042143252002_3696256560600945908_nAs we all get excited for the big game this weekend, we also need to remember our pet’s needs. This weekend is all about delicious finger foods, screaming fans and football! But, while you’re shrieking at the TV and jumping around like you’ve never seen a football game before in your life, your poor, confused pets will be taking the brunt of your excitement. Below are some tips on how to have a safe and fun Super Bowl for you and your furry friends!

  • Don’t forget your pet’s needs. Just because the biggest game is on TV doesn’t mean you can forgo your pet’s bathroom breaks and social needs. Record the commercials and save them for later while you give your pooch some much needed attention!
  • Keep the wings away. Although you might think sharing a bone with your dog might be nice, it can be very dangerous for them. Not only can it make their stomach upset due to all the fat and grease, but the bones can cause them to choke. If you really want to treat your pet, make some homemade doggy biscuits or stuff a Kong toy to keep them entertained and happily fed.
  • Create a quiet space. All the yelling and cheering can not only spook some of us humans, but also our pets. Create a nice quiet space where you pet can escape the loud noises and be able to relax in the peace and quiet. You might even consider putting them in another room with some fresh water and turning on some relaxing background noise.
  • Watch where you put your food. Having things out on the coffee table can make it really easy for pets to access. It might be convenient, but the greasy and salty foods shared at parties aren’t all that great for our pets. Try to keep things up on higher counters away from the reach of your pets.
  • Keep things tidy. Don’t leave cups or dishes around. Our pets love to get into food and beer when it’s left out.
  • Put your friend’s shoes away. Just in case, you don’t want your dog munching on someone’s shoe and have them be destroyed! Put the shoes in a closet or a place where your pets won’t be able to get them.

 

Enjoy the game, and GO HAWKS!

Kind Donations for Senior Pets

Max, with his little sister, dropping off his kind donations for our senior dogs at the shelter.
Max, with his little sister, dropping off his kind donations for our senior dogs at the shelter.

As December is finally upon us, that means November and Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month are now over. Throughout the month of November, all senior pets 7 years and up had their adoption fee discounted. During this time, we were able to find loving homes for 35 senior pets!

Our special promotion was publicized in our November e-newsletter earlier in the month and was spotted by a very special individual. Max, who’s only 10 years old, is the founder and CEO of The Dog-Gone-Good Company, and he donated a basket of goods to each senior pet who was adopted. We met with Max two weeks ago as he brought in a few “Thank You” baskets for each new parent of an adopted senior dog. All baskets included a hand-tied fleece blanket, various toys, two bags of biscuits and a voucher for a free initial examination at Loyal Companion Vet Clinic.

Max founded his company in 2012 to raise funds to attend summer camp. Now, his company has grown to include two other team members along with two interns. He generously donates twenty percent of all profits to animal rescues and fundraisers he’s involved in.

The Dog-Gone-Good Company makes all natural organic dog biscuits with only human-grade ingredients. As of right now they have six different dog treat flavors, and when you order a bag of biscuits, you get a free dog toy!

If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for your canine friend, consider getting them gourmet all natural doggy biscuits from The Dog-Gone-Good Company!

 

How to Have a Fido-Friendly Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingInfographicThe bounty of rich, tempting foods at Thanksgiving can pose health hazards to our four-legged friends, making Thanksgiving a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Keep your pets healthy and safe this holiday season!

Seattle Humane Society urges pet guardians to follow five common sense tips to keep pets healthy and happy during the holiday fun and festivities:

  1. Keep the feast out of reach! Agile and creative dogs or cats can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.
  2. Resist offering your leftovers. Rich and fatty foods like dressing, pie, and gravy can lead to serious and painful pancreatitis.
  3. No turkey bones! Turkey bones can cause very serious and sometimes fatal consequences for your pet.
  4. Plan ahead for pets. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats and then reduce the amount of his regular meal to accommodate the treats he will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food, so having him skip dinner may be a prudent choice if he has been snacking all day.
  5. Make a special treat. Some people enjoy cooking for their dog and cat while they are cooking for the rest of the family. Pick up a recipe book just for companion animals at the book store, or just type “homemade pet treat recipes” into your favorite web search engine for lots of interesting choices.

 

Here are some recipes for homemade goodies for your dogs to enjoy:

Healthy pumpkin balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl
  3. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens
  4. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best)
  5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork
  6. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

Apple crunch pupcakes

A fruity treat your dog will adore

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • ¼ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended
  4. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans
  5. Bake 1 ¼ hours

 

Some things to watch out for

  • Keep into account the allergies your dog has to specific ingredients
  • Store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container and place them in the freezer
  • Allow them to thaw for 10-20 minutes before serving to your dog
  • Treats can last for up to 6 months in the freezer

There are many tasty treat recipes for your canine out there, but here is a website with a few more healthy homemade treats!