Beach Safety for Pets

June 25, 2011 | By Maggie Marton

Tips to keep your pet secure in the surf and sand.

With summer officially underway, it’s time to hit the sand and surf. While taking your dog to the beach can be fun for the whole family, there are a few safety considerations that will make the trip even more enjoyable.

Surf Dog Ricochet is an award-winning surf dog and philanthropic role model. Not only does Ricochet clean up surfing awards, but she was also an extra in the movie Marmaduke. With all her beach know-how, Ricochet’s person, Judy Fridono, a certified professional dog trainer, shares her tips for keeping your dog safe at the beach.

Test your dog’s swimming smarts. It’s a common misconception that all dogs know how to swim. Not all dogs like to swim, either. Before you dive in, allow your dog time to explore along the shoreline or in shallow areas.

Scope out the beach. “Survey the surrounding area. Are there cliffs? If your dog is prone to chase critters like Ricochet, you’ll want to keep them away from potentially dangerous cliffs. They can fall off the side, or the structure may be fragile, and a whole section of the cliff can fall from underneath them,” said Fridono. She also cautions owners to look for any reefs that your dog could access. “Running on reefs can be dangerous as they have very sharp edges.”

Gear up for safety. If your dog’s recall isn’t strong or if your dog tends to chase animals like Ricochet does, bring a long lead. And even if your dogs are strong swimmers, “they should wear a life jacket because riptides can take them out,” said Fridono.

Watch for wildlife. “Watch for jellyfish lying on the shore. Dogs tend to be curious and they can be dangerous,” said Fridono. “Same thing with stingrays that like to swim near the shore. They can sting a dog’s paw.” Practice the “leave it” command before your trip to the beach to keep your dog from picking up dangerous wildlife.

Guard against the elements. Just like you check to see if pavement is too hot for your dog’s feed, check to see if the sand is too hot. If need be, get your pup booties to prevent burns. Even though your pup may enjoy romping through the water — or maybe even surfing like Ricochet — keep him hydrated on shore. “Don’t let your dog drink salt water from the ocean. It can make them very sick,” said Fridono. “Bring plenty of fresh water, and make sure they drink it.”

You and your dog can have a blast at the beach this summer as long as you take a few safety precautions. The bottom line, according to Fridono: “Make sure you keep an eye on your dog at all times. It only takes a second for an accident to happen.”


Happy 4th of July to You and Your Pets!


ASPCA, July 1, 2011


Pet Parents, Prepare for the Fireworks!

Boom! It’s that time of year again—BBQ, sunscreen and fireworks. Unfortunately, these holiday light shows are no blast for many pets. In fact, the sound of fireworks, even small ones, can terrify your dog. In some cases it may even cause hearing damage—dogs’ hearing can be 10 times more sensitive than humans’. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help your dog get through the Independence Day festivities.



  • Keep them home. Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them. The best option is to leave your pup indoors in a safe, secure, escape-proof room. Do not leave pets outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime fireworks might be set off.
  • Make it comfy! Set up a comfy bed, food and water. Consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the fireworks and to provide familiar noises. And keep the windows and curtains closed to help muffle the noise and block bursts of light.
  • Use Proper I.D. Make sure your pooch is wearing correct identification and tags just in case he or she becomes scared and runs away from home. Microchipping also is a great precaution.
  • Keep the goodies at bay! Keep your pet away from used and unused fireworks, as well as alcoholic beverages, human foods and other Fourth of July treats since many of these items can be harmful.




For our full list of holiday precautions, visit our Fourth of July Safety Tips!













Desperately Seeking Loving Home!

Please help find Tai a new home. He’s a Taiwanese Mountain Dog, about 5
years old and 30 pounds. He needs a quiet loving home where he is the
only dog and no small children. He is obedient, doesn’t chew on
furniture or pee in the house. He is not a guard dog.

He does have some fear aggression (typical for this type of dog). It is
not a huge issue, but he is aggressive towards other dogs.

Here is more info on the breed:

Photo is attached, he is hanging out at work 🙂


Wendy says:!

Happy Monday!

Returning to the office on a summer Monday can be rough after a weekend of fun in the sun.  Mondays can be rough (or ruff!) on your pooches, too.  The warm weather means we get to have more fun outside with our dogs.  Perhaps your pup has been enjoying longer walks, more time at the doggie park, or joining you for a barbecue or sidewalk cafe where they receive lots of attention and stimulation from your friends and family.  When Monday rolls around, they are back to their boring routine of waiting for you to come home from work.  Boredom and excess energy can lead to behavior problems.  How about giving them an extra special Kong before you leave for work?  A Kong is a hollow rubber toy you can stuff with food.  They are a great way to keep your dog’s brain and jaws busy while you’re away from home.  Kongs are the staple food puzzle toy, but there are many others, including the Buster Cube, Tricky Treat Ball, Tug-a-Jug, Twist ‘n Treat, Atomic Treat Ball, TreatStik, to name a few!

Try not to get stuck in a rut, stuffing the usual treats in your pooch’s Kong. If your dog’s digestive system can handle a wide variety of foods, be creative and think of new and tasty snacks to give Rover.  Have you considered keeping some halved bananas in your freezer so you can quickly and easily stuff one in a Kong before you leave for work?  It doesn’t get any easier than that!  I suggest making up some Kongs on Sunday night and keeping them in your freezer, ready to go for the week.  Below you will find a fancy Kong-stuffing suggestion, but you can click here for more examples:


Wendy DeSarno, CPDT-KA, CTC

Certified Trainer and Behavior Consultant

Good to the Bone Dog Training

(516) 967-8177

Pet food recall due to Salmonella threat

We are happy to say that The Jumping Bulldog does not carry this product!

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has announced a recall of approximately 870 bags of dry cat food that is feared contaminated with Salmonella. The product was shipped to three western states: Colorado, Idaho and Oregon.

The cat food was erroneously distributed in February, 2011. So far, no reports of illness have been made.

The specific items involved in the recall are:

  • Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food, sold in 6.3  lb. bags. The product has a “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10331083 13; and bag UPC code 17800 11320.
  • Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food, sold in 3.15 lb. bags. The product has “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10381083 06; and bag UPC code 50000 08450.
  • Friskies Grilllers Blend Dry Cat Food, sold in 16 lb. bags. The product has “best used by” date of August 2012; production code 10381083 06; and bag UPC code 50000 57578.

No other Purina cat or dog products are involved in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to discard them in sealed containers. Product refunds may be obtained by calling the manufacturer toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, or by visiting the Nestlé Purina website:

Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit diminished appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may become lethargic and experience bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and displays these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Be mindful that humans who have handled contaminated products are at risk of Salmonella poisoning. This is especially true of individuals have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Authored by:

Howard PortnoyPet News ExaminerJune 28, 2011 9:24 am ET

Home-Prepared Cat Food

A Compilation of Recipes for Your Cats

I’ve assembled several recipes that provide the essential ingredients for a home-prepared cooked diet for your cats. It’s best to alternate these meals to ensure your cat gets all the nutrients she needs over a period of time. You may want to start by offering a home-cooked meal once a week, as an alternate to your cat’s normal commercial foods. Since cats are sometimes known to be fussy creatures, they may enjoy some of these recipes more than others. Feel free to experiment with ingredients, but avoid those human foods that are toxic to cats.

Kitty Breakfast¹


  • 1 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. grated veggies

Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water; add the eggs and beat well. Pour into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium low until done. Flip over and spread the cottage cheese and veggies over half the top. Fold like an omelet. Cool and cut to bite-sized pieces to serve.

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ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics

For pet owners receiving public assistance:

The ASPCA offers free and low-cost spay/neuter surgery via five Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics that travel to many New York City neighborhoods! Our mission is to put an end to the tragic euthanasia of adoptable animals within the five boroughs of New York City by addressing the animal crisis at its source—in the heart of the city’s local communities.

Recognizing that many of the most serious overpopulation and animal health crises arise in neighborhoods with limited access to veterinary care and animal care education, the ASPCA brings spay/neuter services directly to such communities.

View our calendar for upcoming dates in your area.

For more information please call (877) SPAY-NYC, (877) 772-9692. Listen to the prerecorded monthly schedule of Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic dates and locations or choose the option that allows you to speak with a Client Services Representative.

Does my cat or dog qualify for surgery on a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?

Low-income pet owners in New York City’s five boroughs with proof of public assistance such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for FREE spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. Those on unemployment do not qualify for free service.

If you do not have proof of public assistance, a $99 fee per animal is required.

This is an all-inclusive fee. Clients can choose which services (as described below) their pets need. However, the fee for clients not on public assistance will remain the same regardless of what services are performed.

What services are provided for pets?

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Rabies vaccine (Must be provided according to New York City law unless pet owner provides rabies vaccination certificate signed by Veterinarian. A rabies tag is not sufficient proof.)
  • FVRCP vaccine for cats/DA2PPV vaccine for dogs 
(We do not provide vaccinations or any other services to animals who are NOT being spayed/neutered.)
  • Nail trim
  • A small tattoo is placed close to the incision site when an animal is spayed/neutered. Tattoos let shelters and Veterinarians easily identify that an animal has already been spayed/neutered. This is especially important for female animals, as presence of a tattoo can help the animal avoid undergoing an unnecessary surgery in the future.
  • Microchipping is offered for $20 per animal

How can I make a FREE appointment for my pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog?

If you are the owner of a pit bull, pit mix, or large mixed breed dog, you are eligible for free spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations. Regardless of your financial need, an appointment can be made by calling 877-SPAY-NYC, option 1 for English, then option 6 for an appointment. Please call Mon-Fri 3-8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept for surgery?

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics accept:

  • healthy dogs and cats.
  • puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds.
  • female cats in heat.
  • pregnant cats and dogs, depending on the health of the animal and term of pregnancy.
  • large dogs. (Certain giant breeds may not be accepted.)

What animals will Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics NOT accept for surgery?

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics will NOT accept:

  • ferrets, rabbits, and all other animals.
  • unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses. Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, and/or ringworm.

What patients will Veterinarians examine before deciding whether or not to accept them for spay/neuter surgery aboard Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics?

Veterinarians will examine:

  • female dogs in heat. (It is ideal to wait one month after period ends to spay.)
  • female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens. (It is ideal to wait one month after weaning litter before spaying.)
  • male animals with only one testicle.
  • animals over five years of age.

How many pets can I bring for spay/neuter surgery?

  • The ASPCA encourages New York City residents to spay/neuter all household cats and dogs.
  • Residents are welcome to bring all pets to a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic location, however, due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per Clinic day MAY be applied.

How should I prepare pets for spay/neuter surgery?

  • Animals less than four months old should eat a small meal at about 6:00 A.M. on the morning of surgery.
  • Animals older than four months should have food removed at midnight prior to surgery.
  • Do not withhold water from any animal at any time prior to leaving for surgery.
  • Bring cats in appropriately sized carriers with one cat per carrier.
  • Bring dogs on leashes.

What should I bring with me when the animal is admitted to the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?

  • Bring proof of public assistance and picture identification showing you are 18 years of age or older.
  • If transporting a pet for someone who is disabled or elderly, bring that person’s proof of public assistance and picture identification.
  • Bring five dollars ($5) to purchase an E-collar to place on the pet after surgery. (An E-collar is a plastic cone that fits around the pet’s neck to prevent him or her from licking stitches and causing infection.)

What occurs when I arrive at the site of a Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic?

  • It is suggested that people arrive at the location before 7:00 A.M. The ASPCA serves an average of 20–25 animals per day on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • An ASPCA representative will arrive before 8:00 A.M. to assist with animal sign-in.
  • Be prepared to wait approximately two hours for intake of animals.
  • While waiting, please be courteous and considerate of neighbors and fellow clients.

How should I care for a pet after surgery?

When your dog or cat is discharged from the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, instructions explaining postoperative care will be provided. You can also download them here: 
- English Version (pdf) 
- Spanish Version (pdf)

ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic Calendar

Narrow List to Your Borough: Bronx | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Queens | Staten Island

11/01/10: Pathmark/Petland Discounts Parking Lot, Ozone Park Where: Corner of 92nd Street and 95th Avenue – View on MapGet Directions

11/02/10: Petland Discounts Middle Village Where: Metropolitan Avenue between Rentar Plaza and Rentar Plaza – View on MapGet Directions

11/06/10: Junction Blvd Where: Intersection of Junction Blvd and 34th Ave – View on MapGet Directions

11/07/10: Linden Park, Elmhurst Where: Linden Park in front of 40-19 41st Avenue, Corner of 103rd Street and 41st Ave – View on MapGet Directions

11/08/10: Flushing Library Where: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Between 41 Ave and 41 Rd – View on MapGet Directions

11/09/10: Queens Library – Jackson Heights Where: 35-51 81 Street between 37 Ave and 35 Ave – View on MapGet Directions

11/13/10: Queens Library – Langston Hughes Branch Where: 100-01 Northern Blvd – View on MapGet Directions

11/14/10 – Petland Discounts Jackson Heights Where: 37-55 82nd Street, between 37th Ave & Roosevelt Ave – View on MapGet Directions

11/16/10: Petland Discounts Pomonok Where: 71-39 Kissena Blvd. between Aguilar and 71st Aves. – View on MapGet Directions

11/21/10 – Petland Discounts Springfield Gardens Where: 134-40 Springfield Blvd, corner of Merrick Blvd – View on MapGet Directions

11/23/10: Petland Ridgewood Where: 5552 Myrtle Ave at Putnam Avenue across from the park – View on MapGet Directions

11/27/10: Corona Where: Junction Blvd & 57th Ave, Southeast Corner – View on MapGet Directions

11/28/10: ASPCA Block Party – Roy Wilkins Park Where: Baisley Blvd. at 177th St. – View on MapGet Directions

11/29/10 – Petland Discounts (LIC) Where: 48th Street, corner of Northern Boulevard – View on MapGet Directions

11/30/10 – Petland Discounts Jackson Heights Where: 37-55 82nd Street, between 37th Ave & Roosevelt Ave – View on MapGet Directions


Related Links

Free and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Database

Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Learn About Early Spay/Neuter

Trap, Neuter, Return


By Calling (877) SPAY-NYC, You Can:

Learn how to become eligible for ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic services.

Find out the minimum requirements prior to booking a spay/neuter appointment.

Schedule a TNR spay/neuter appointment. :

Request traps for your TNR project.

Communicate any mobile spay/neuter clinic post-operative issues.

Ask questions or express concerns about ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics.


All information courtesy of:


Aging pets need special care: expert

FRIDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) — Old age seems to sneak up on pets just as it does in people.

Long before you expect it, Fido and Snowball are no longer able to bolt out the door or leap onto the bed. But with routine visits to the vet, regular exercise and good weight control, you can help your beloved pet ward off the onset of age-related disease, one veterinary expert suggests.

“Aging pets are a lot like aging people with respect to diseases,” Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, periodontal disease and heart disease are among the problems pets face as they grow older, she noted.

“Like people, routine exams and tests can help detect some of these problems earlier and make treatment more successful,” Nelson added, making a special reference to heartworm prevention and general vaccinations.

“It’s also important to work closely with your veterinarian,” Nelson said, because “many pets are on more than one type of medication as they age, just like humans.”

Cats between 8 and 11 years (equal to 48 to 60 in human years) are considered “senior,” while those over the age of 12 fall into the category of “geriatric,” Nelson explained.

For dogs it depends on weight: those under 20 pounds are considered senior at 8 years, and geriatric at 11 years. Those 120 pounds and up, however, are considered senior at 4 years and geriatric at 6 years, with a sliding age-scale applied to canines between 20 and 120 pounds.

Nelson said that to catch problems early, older cats and dogs need to be taken in for a semiannual health exam and lab tests. “Diseases such as systemic hypertension and diabetes mellitus are just a few that can occur at a relatively young age and often take owners by surprise. Urinary or fecal incontinence are other issues that may occur as your pet matures,” she added.

“Such actions obviously can’t prevent all diseases, but when caught early, many diseases can be managed” and the good quality of life extended, Nelson said.

Nelson also wants owners to be aware that pet behavior can shift with age if mental problems such as senility, phobias and various anxieties take hold. Disorientation can ensue, alongside changes in eating habits and the tendency to sleep more.

The risk for joint problems also grows with age, and older pets should not be encouraged to run or jump as much as they might have in the past. Swimming and walking are good alternatives, she suggested, and supplements and medications can help keep pain from arthritis at bay.

Overall, Nelson advises owners to “give your senior pets lots of TLC — tender, loving care.” That, she said, can go a long way towards easing the aging process.

More information

For more on aging dogs, visit the ASPCA.