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Northtowns Pet Blog: Keeping Your Lawn Pet-Safe

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keeping Your Lawn Pet-Safe

Many of us hire lawn care professionals to help bring an emerald green shade to our grass. But when that same lawn is used by your pooch for play, rest and a place to potty, then special care needs to be taken to make sure that any lawn sprays used are pet-safe.

Many commercial lawn sprays contain herbicides or pesticides which can be very dangerous. Common fertilizers can also cause allergic reactions in some dogs. As those first signs of spring abound, now may be the time to make the switch to organic fertilizers. Common organic fertilizers include bone meal, kelp, seaweed and ever-popular manure. Fortunately, many landscape companies are becoming more aware of the increasing consumer demand for pet- and people-safe lawns and they are utilizing safe grass treatments.

Northtowns Pet Blog: 10 Hazardous Hiding Places for Cats

Northtowns Pet Blog: 10 Hazardous Hiding Places for Cats

When it's freezing cold, stray cats find a way to keep warm: hiding under the hood of a parked car. This is a common scenario - the cat accesses this part of the vehicle from underneath, like an investigative mechanic - but obviously it can be fatal for the animal once ignition happens and the engine heats up. Happily, one cat - a sweet, friendly, gray-and-white fellow wearing a flea collar - made his presence known by...urinating.

"We were driving and we started smelling cat pee," said Florence Giordano, who opened her car hood to find the kitty sitting on the battery! A quick scan at the vet revealed that the cat has no microchip, so Florence named him Lucky.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keep Your Dog's Attention While You're Moving

Northtowns Pet Blog: Keep Your Dog's Attention While You're Moving

by Tammy Reinarz, Owner, Tammy's Dog Training Service

Northtowns Pet Blog: Chemical-free Ways to Fight Fleas

Northtowns Pet Blog: Chemical-free Ways to Fight Fleas

by The team at Fido Dog Treats

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

A Mother’s Day pork chop dinner and concert featuring musical entertainment by The Easy Street Big Band will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $15 per person and include a complete pork chop dinner, dessert and an open bar featuring Genesee and Seagram’s products.

Northtowns Pet Blog: Make Your Own Dog Treats!

Northtowns Pet Blog: Make Your Own Dog Treats!

If you would like to do something special for your dog, consider making your own treats. Homemade treats are easy to make. Making dog treats at home also allows you to adjust the ingredients to accommodate your dog's special dietary needs. You can also add a something special like peanut butteror liver. Many of the national dog treat companies started in home kitchens so your special treat could end up being a pet shop favorite.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Cinnamon Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Northtowns Pet Blog: Crafting Your Own Canine Cuisine

Northtowns Pet Blog:  Crafting Your Own Canine Cuisine
    With the expense of good dog chow these days, it's tempting to try to make your own. Somehow, the process seems complicated if you look up guidelines and recipes online or in books. But it's really very simple to create your own canine cuisine.