Pet Week, Plants & PAWS


First and foremost, Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous dog moms out there!  And since dog moms love their pups so much, there is a whole week dedicated to their fabulous pets as well the week right before Mother’s Day – National Pet Week, May 5-11!  And the grand finale is of course held on Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day!

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No matter where we are or what day it is, our pets make our lives brighter.  Even through the toughest times, our dogs are there to make us feel better and to give us a lick on the cheek when we need it.  National Pet Week is reserved for recognizing our furry family.  National Today suggests getting outside, especially now that the weather is getting nicer, to give your dog one of the greatest treats that they can receive, getting out and about.  Fido will be happy to lead the way!  Plus, gifts are essential during this special week…surprise your dog with something fun.  And of course a party is a must!  Get your friends and family together, whether they have four legs or two, and enjoy a beautiful spring day together.

Now since this is a whole week after all, you will need more than just that to fill your

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celebration!  Sugar the Golden Retriever explains that National Pet Week was founded in 1981 to celebrate the human-animal bond, promote responsible pet ownership and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.  Sugar says that the best ways to celebrate this week is to go for walks, give some extra pampering, eat some tasty treats and to just relax – I think we can all agree with that!  And most importantly, provide proper veterinary care for your dog with an annual vet exam to ensure they live a long and healthy life.

Speaking of getting outside and taking a long walk, don’t forget to gift some Lavasox booties to your pup-pals to protect their paws from hot pavement, dirty sidewalks, hot sand and much more.  Take advantage of the fun spring colors like Citrine, Marina Blue and Pink Sorbet…and strut your stuff!  (Keep reading to see how you can get a discount coupon!)

Mother’s Day marks the perfect time for gardening and planting new flowers for the season.  When you have a dog you need to take extra care when it comes to choosing what flowers you are going to plant because some plants are dangerous for dogs if they eat them.  While some dogs do not show any interest in eating plants or flowers, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Talent Hounds has an extensive list of plants to look out for:

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  • Ivy, hostas, tomato plants and tulips/narcissus 
  • Daffodils, azaleas and rhododendrons
  • Geraniums, begonias and Bishop’s weeds
  • Oleanders, castor beans and cyclamen
  • Kalanchoe, yew and amaryllis
  • Autumn crocus, chrysanthemum and peace lilies

Be careful with insecticides and weed killers too.

If you suspect poisoning in your dog, look for loss of appetite, vomiting, abnormal stool, irregular bodily functions, respiratory distress, balance issues, paralysis, weakness and lethargy.  If your dog is showing any of these signs, be sure to contact your veterinarian right away.

But don’t let this rain on your Mother’s Day and National Pet Week parades!  Go out, have fun and enjoy yourselves.  Take a walk, have a party and smell the (non-poisonous) flowers!  🙂

And before we go, you’re probably wondering about the discount coupon I mentioned!  Have you registered for Chicago’s largest dog-friendly charity walk?  It’s happening on Sunday, June 2 at Montrose Harbor and benefits PAWS Chicago…the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run!  Come for the walk/run and stay for the goody bags…where you will find a discount coupon for Saltsox!  Click here for all the info!

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