STOP BAD PUPPY MILLS: If you know the location of a puppy mill where dogs are kept in substandard conditions, do contact law enforcement authorities and also call the Puppy Mill Task Force at the HSUS - 877-MILL-TIP. If your tip results in a conviction, you can receive a reward of $5,000
Winter Care for Canine
Here’s a list of tips to make the holiday’s safer, and hopefully stress-free for you and your pooch.
Attach a leash to your dog as you open the door for guests.Now is a good time to inform your guests to not share or tease your dog with treats or food.
Give your dog some extra exercise and extra attention before your guests arrive. As the saying goes, “A good dog is a tired dog!”
Make sure your dog has a “safe place” like a Dog Crate or bedroom where he can go to get away from noise and people. Don’t leave your dog on a tie out or loose in the yard where he might injure himself or be set free by an unknowing guest..
Never leave your dog unattended with children. Even if your dog loves kids, be sure to supervise all interactions. Again, think safety first!
Instruct children on how to behave with your dog. For instance, if you know your dog is timid around kids ask them not to approach your dog, and be sure to provide a safe and comfortable space for Fido away from children.
Give your dog appropriate potty breaks throughout the day to avoid accidents in the house.
Keep your delicious holiday goodies out of Fido’s reach. Even the most well behaved dog can turn into a “counter-surfer” if tempted.
Utilize a dependable Dog Gate to keep Fido out of the kitchen and dining area.
Keep small toys, wrapping paper, tinsel, etc. out of your dog’s reach just as you would with a small child. Dogs investigate the world with their noses and mouths so prevention is truly the best medicine.
Give Fido something to occupy himself like dog treat toys or interactive puzzle toys.
Noise sensitive dogs may benefit by using the Anxiety Wrap. Based on the principals of Tellington Touch, the Anxiety Wrap uses maintained pressure to alleviate stress and fearfulness.
The holidays are a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family. Because our dogs are part of our family it’s important to include them whenever possible. This season remember be safe, have fun and most importantly spend time with your loved ones – two and four legged!
Winter's cold air brings many concerns for responsible dog owners. Keep the following precautions in mind:
Don't leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your dog's body temperature, and limit its time outdoors.
Adequate shelter is a necessity. Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts. Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold, so make sure to place blankets and pads on floors in these areas.
Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured.
Groom your dog regularly. Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs may get extra cold, so consider a sweater or coat. Long-haired dogs should have excess hair around the toes and foot pads trimmed to ease snow removal and cleaning. If you do the trimming, take care not to cut the pads or other delicate area of the foot.
Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so additional calories are necessary.
Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean its paws, too. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.
Don't leave your dog alone in a car without proper precautions. If the car engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog's life. If the engine is off, the temperature in the car will get too cold.
Dogs cannot talk to us when they are sick. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay special attention to your dog's well-being. Remember the following health concerns:
ANTIFREEZE, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF FRESH WATER.
Rock salt, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog's feet after a walk.
Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
Frostbite is your dog's winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog outdoors for too long.
Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.
Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.
Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian.
The winter season brings lots of fun holiday festivities, but pet-owners should keep in mind the following special precautions:
The holidays are not ideal for introducing a pet into your family. New puppies and dogs require extra attention and a stable environment, which the holiday season doesn't permit. Also, a puppy is not a toy or gift that can be returned. Instead, the AKC suggests giving a gift representative of the dog to come, such as a toy, a leash, or a bed.
Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are pet poisons! Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.
Review holiday gifts for dogs to make sure they are safe. Items such as plastic toys and small rawhide sticks may be dangerous.
Remove holiday lights from lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn dogs.
Watch out for electrical cords. Pets often try to chew them and may get badly shocked or electrocuted. Place wires out of reach.
Avoid using glass ornaments. They break easily and may cut a dog's feet and mouth.
Refrain from using edible ornaments. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to eat them. Also, commercial ornaments may contain paint or toxins in the preservatives.
Whether your tree is live or artificial, both kinds of needles are sharp and indigestible. Don't leave your dog unattended in the room with the tree.
Tinsel is dangerous for dogs. It may obstruct circulation and, if swallowed, block the intestines.
Alcohol and chocolate are toxic for dogs, even in small amounts. Keep unhealthy, sweet treats and seasonal goodies out of reach.
The holiday season is a stressful time for dogs. Try to keep a normal schedule during all the excitement.
Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness when under stress. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.
Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian.
The best way to keep your pet safe is to always keep an eye on him or her. Do not leave your pet alone, even in a fenced in area, because a fence is not stopping thieves. Even if you allow your dog to be off leash at a dog park, be aware of your surroundings. It only takes a split second for someone to grab your dog and be gone.
Always be aware of your surroundings.Guard your pets closely. If there happens to be a vehicle or person you are not familiar with and it gives you any reason to be suspicious, call your local police department and report it. You might be saving someones pet from a terrible fate.
Who We Are
Friends of the Animals in Kansas is a privately run no kill rescue/shelter for canines abandoned, needing re-homed by their owners or pulled from high kill shelters. Some are cruelty cases. It is a sanctuary for those whose chances of adoption are minimal and a springboard to safe and loving homes for those that are.
Our dogs are vetted, socialized and house trained. They are kept in a kennel free home environment and receive one on one attention and affection. We take great pride in matching the right dog with the right person or family to ensure their mutual happiness and well being.
FOTA is dedicated to animal rescue, welfare and education. We are strong proponents of spay/neuter and a voice for those who have no voice in animal cruelty and neglect situations.
An Indian legend says: "When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge...and which are turned away." (Unknown)
Adopting a friend
To adopt one of our pets, please contact us directly and set up an appointment to visit or to inquire about our animals. We will allow for one home visit to make sure the animal and humans get along and to see if there are any potential problems.
We pride ourselves in finding safe, loving homes for our animals. We conduct background checks on all potential adopters and require all potential adopters to fill out paperwork to formalize an adoption.
Donations are most welcome and very much appreciated. Donations received are used for veterinary care for the sick and injured and to aid in the day to day expenses of caring for our canine Friends.
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We are located in Southwest Topeka. For directions and other details please contact us 785-862-0234 .
FRIENDS of the ANIMALS in Kansas
Greater Kansas City area and
Topeka, KS 66610
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