Thursday, December 3, 2009

More Pets and the Internet

Sometimes I’m unhappy about all the junk mail I get. I’m on all sorts of e-mail lists.

But then there are some communications that really make me happy. For one thing, I receive a nearly daily newsletter from Dr. Jon--a veterinarian who sells pet insurance and pet toys and other pet-related things on a website called I haven’t bought anything from him yet, but his newsletter is full of interesting things about pets--a lot of them holiday related these days. Recently, the posts have included warnings about bad things dogs can get into during holidays, like coffee and chocolate. They can kill dogs if ingested in sufficient quantities.

Then there are unique gifts for dogs. I expect my dogs will receive the same stuff they have before, since it works for them and I’m not overly concerned about how they might hurt themselves with them. But Dr. Jon had some suggestions--along with links to places they could be bought.

I recently received an e-mail from the Hallmark Channel, telling me that the best dog movie ever was going to be on Hallmark last Sunday. I’ve recorded it but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, so I can’t say whether I think it’s the best ever, but I’m glad Hallmark reminded me about it. I’d seen trailers on it but wasn’t sure when it was playing. I might have missed it otherwise.

Of course I’m on the e-mail lists for Petco, PetSmart, PetRx and others, too. I’m always scanning for bargains on things I want for my pups, but seldom see anything helpful.

I also received a link I had to peruse--photos of some celebrities and their dogs. I don’t pay much attention to the celebrity hype online or on TV, but it was fun to see some notables and their best friends.

BTW, one of my best friends, Mystie, acted very cute this week, showing possible canine reasoning. We have our TV pulled out from the wall for some work being done behind it. Mystie was watching a dog on the TV one day and went behind the screen to see if she could find it. Not seeing it, she returned to watch the doggy on the TV, acting interested but a little frustrated.

What are your favorite pet-related Internet sites? Your favorite non-pet-related sites?


Mason Canyon said...

Don't have any sites to share, but I do have a question. How is coffee dangerous for pets? I know chocolate is, but I had never heard of coffee. Thanks for sharing.

Linda O. Johnston said...

It's the caffeine, Mason--in both! I've also been reading about various plants that can be lethal, including lilies. I knew about others like oleander already, but it's always helpful to get additional info.

Deb said...

I've got a site I visit each day to donate food to rescued animals in shelters. It is absolutely free, all you have to do is click to give food. The Animal Rescue Site began in 2002 and has funded more than 126,000,000 bowls of food for rescued animals. All it takes is a click to donate .6 of a food bowl. Here's the site address

Betty Hechtman said...

How funny about Mystie.

Another thing I've heard is deadly for dogs is tylenol.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Betty, I don't know about Tylenol, but liquid Advil can kill them. Those capsules can get away from us so easily!

I think Poinsettias are also poisonous.

Kate Hathway said...

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin, etc.) is dangerous to dogs and more so to cats - bleeding stomach ulcers can appear with even small amounts. Aspirin is also a problem, buffered being a bit better, but can also cause bleeding issues, just usually not as fast as acetaminphen.

The sweetener, xylitol, can kill pets in even small quantities, by shutting down the liver, often in less than 24 hours. Keep all gum, mints, etc. away from pets, or better yet, only buy products without it. Manufacturers refuse to put warnings on their products, which I find ridiculous and unfair. (Oh, and Gorilla Glue, if ingested, can swell, solidify, and impact throats, stomachs, intestines, and kill pets quickly, too. Not that any glue should be eaten, but I guess GG smells appealling to dogs. No warnings on their packages, either.)

Poinsettas get a bad rap - animals would have to eat way more than you've heard to get sick. A nibble or three on a leaf isn't a problem, it's the eating of large numbers of stems containing that milky white 'sap stuff.

Excellent websites for pet info:

'Sorry for the long comment!

Linda O. Johnston said...

Thanks for all the input on pup poisons, everyone! And also for the website suggestions. Interesting, how medicines that csn be so helpful to us can really hurt our pets.