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August 2011

Pet Fall Safety Tips

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Air is crisp, apples on the trees, leaves are changing color, and the weather is in transition. We’re leaving behind the heat and humidity of summer, but the cold, frigid air of winter is not yet upon us. 


But with that transition comes the potential for hurricanes, tornados, and other massive storms. I am writing this in the midst of Hurricane Irene by candlelight. While tornados sneak up on us, hurricanes do not. The key to weathering (Ha Ha) these storms is preparation. Education is key. The better prepared you are, the better your chances of survival becomes. One of the webinars I teach is called “Emergency and Disaster Planning With Your Pets.”  Might be the best hour and half you spend.


These storms can be quite ferocious and may scare your pets. Keep them on a leash when walking them, so they do not run off when a crack of thunder booms. Loss of power is a concern for those who have refrigerated medicines such as insulin. In addition, if you lose power, your electronic fences will not work.


This is a good time to make sure your microchip company has updated information as well as a photograph of your pet. If your pet becomes lost, you want their picture, not the generic one being circulated. Make sure collar tags are readable.


Now is the time to prepare gardens and lawns for winter. When using fertilizers and pesticides restrict your pet’s access to the treated areas. The poison is absorbed through the pads or ingested when licking their paws. Most Fall bulbs are poisonous. Check with your local garden nursery or click on this link for a list of common poisonous plants:


As wildlife is preparing for winter, they become more active in their search for food. Be aware of the dangers they present to keep your pets from becoming a causality. 


Halloween hazards include:


Chocolate contains theobromine. Pets cannot metabolize it, so it builds up in their bodies. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. The smaller the pet, the less chocolate it can withstand.


Artificial sugars, such as might be found in Halloween candy causes a deadly drop in blood sugar. It doesn’t matter how small or large your pet is. 


Candy wrappers can cause intestinal blockages.


Candles in pumpkins can get knocked over and start a fire.


Secure your pet when trick or treaters come to your door. Don’t give your pets an opportunity to escape out the front door.


Thanksgiving hazards include:


Turkey bones can pose a choking hazard or splinter causing intestinal damage.


Turkey trimmings have a high fat content and can cause pancreatitis.


Alcohol can fatally accelerate your pets’ heartbeat.


Stuffing may contain both onions and/or raisins.


Too many guests, especially small children; can overexcite or annoy your pets. Make sure they have a place to get away from the ruckus. Keep in mind, that for some pets one guest is too many.


Inform your guests not to feed your pets without your permission.


As always, take a pet first aid class. It can be the difference between life and death and is the best gift you can give them.



Live Class and Webinar Schedule for September and October

We have several upcoming live and webinar classes. The live classes are Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care, Pet Tech Instructor Training, and Reiki I. The webinars include Salon Sanitation, Emergency and Disaster Planning With Your Pets, and Let’ Go Fido.  

I’ve included a brief description of each class, when they are scheduled, as well as information on cost and how to register.




Topics include: what is a zoonosis, means of transmission, cleaning vs disinfecting, types of cleaners, cleaning equipment, types of disinfectants, disinfectant protection, air cleaners, caring for our work tools, equipment, salon products, the "4" walls, establishing procedures, the boogie monsters and more. Whether you are mobile, housecall or a shop, this webinar will teach you how and why to keep your facility clean and how to reduce or eliminate cross contamination between the pets, yourself and staff.

You will receive a Certificate of Course Completion upon satisfactory completion of emailed workbook. Certificate will be mailed.


Dates are: 

Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm EST. Link to registration page is

Wednesday, October 26th at 8pm EST. Link to registration is


It will be recorded for those that cannot attend at that time. The cost is $49.95pp.





This is all about traveling with your pets. It’s divided into four categories. The first is planning your pet’s stay while you go on vacation. The second is how to plan to travel with them, the third covers being “on the road” with them and lastly covers safety tips for specific locales.


Date is: Wednesday, October 19th at 8pm EST. The link to register is


It will be recorded for those who cannot attend at that time. The cost is $19.95



This webinar will teach you how to make a plan for emergencies and disasters in your community that includes your pets. It covers everything from home preparedness to evacuations to tips for specific disasters.


The dates are:

Wednesday, September 7th at 7:30pm EST. The link for registration is

Wenesday, October 12th at 7:30pm EST. The link for registration is


It will be recorded for those who cannot attend at that time. The cost is $29.95.





This is an eight hour comprehensive, hands on program. You will receive two handbooks and a certificate. Topics include Healthy Living,  Priorities and Concerns of an emergency situation, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, bleeding, shock, and fractures, poisoning, insect bites and stings, heat and cold injuries, snout to tail assessments, seizures, pet vitals, first aid and emergency preparedness kits, and dental care. For detailed information go to


Dates are:


Saturday, September 24th from 9am to 5pm. This is the rescheduled (thanks to Hurricane Irene) August 28th class in Sherman, CT. To register go to and register for the August 28th class.


Saturday, October 15th from 9am to 5pm in Cape Cod, MA. To register for this class go to


The cost is $150pp.






This is a three day program. For detailed information on this class go to


Date is Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 17th in Cape Cod, MA. To register for this class go to


The cost is $1495.




 This is a level I attunement class. Please call for details and dates.



If you have any questions regarding any of these programs, I can be contacted either at 203-994-5308 or


Cat Safe Labeling

As any cat will tell you, they are NOT dogs.They are, in fact; gentle, sensitive creatures worthy of our admiration. I know, I know, I slay me sometimes. But the truth of the matter is that they are not dogs and are truly sensitive. And by sensitive, I don't mean touchy, feely, (unless you are referring to their teeth and claws), let's talk about our emotions, but their bodies are much more fragile than that of other pets.

The biggest physiological difference is that cats lack the enzyme Glucuronyl tranferasses. Almost every other mammal has it. Without this enzyme, the detoxification mechanism in cats is slower or nonexistent. It results in the buildup of toxic metabolites which caused toxicity problems when certain substances are inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. 

That is why I look for products that are specifically labeled cat safe. This way I know that they do not need that enzyme to metabolize any of the product’s ingredients.

Here is a short list of what is NOT cat safe. It is by no means a complete list:

Essential oils and plant based ingredients as could be found in shampoos, conditioners, spa products, and aromatherapy. A good site for a list of toxic essential oils and plants is

Any product ending in OL, such as Pine Sol, Lysol, and Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol). They contains phenols. One of the many substances that their livers cannot metabolize.

Bleach can cause contact irritation and rashes on mucous membranes as well as damage the esophagus and lungs.

Calcium Hypochlorite as found in some mildew removers is deadly.

Products containing pine tree oils such as Pine Sol and shampoos.

Any cleaners that contain petroleum products.

Flea shampoos and treatments that contain Permethrin (synthetic version of the Chrysanthemum flower) and Piperonyl butoxide.

I love grooming cats, but I am always aware of what I use on them AND what I used to clean with. My first aid kit contains the necessities needed in case of accidental poisoning along with the number for Animal Poison Control. 1-888-426-4432.