Pet Costume Contest
If your pets want to participate in Halloween festivities, put on their costume and come to the Pet Costume Contest at the EARS Thrift Store at 5:30pm during the Halloween Safewalk on Wed. October 31. 681•3877.
Save the Animals Yard Sale
Save the Animals Now is holding a yard sale in downtown Venice at 802 The Rialto Friday – Sunday, Nov. 2-4. Hours are Friday & Saturday, 9am – 3pm and Sunday 9am-1pm. 100% of the proceeds go to Save the Animals Now, a non-profit section 501(C) (3) organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance for medical care which is above and beyond routine care with a main focus on animals that would be needlessly euthanized at shelters and facilities that do not have proper funding available. They also assist private owners who are at risk of losing their pet due to an unforeseen animal medical bill. You can learn more at www.savetheanimalsnow.org.
Dog Training Classes
Suncoast Humane Society offers family friendly dog training classes. Pet Manners is basic level training where you teach your dog to sit, stand, lay down, focus, door manners and polite leash walking and is held on Thursdays, 6-7pm. Fun-gility teaches dogs new tricks with tunnel work, jumps, teeter time and target work on Thursdays from 7:15-8:15pm. Pet Therapy Preparation will teach you and your pet everything you need to know to be prepared for Pet Therapy Evaluation and is on Thursdays, 5-6pm. The cost is $100 per six-week session. Classes are held at the Venice Dog Club, 250 Center Ct., Venice. Call 474•7884 for more information and to sign up.
Doggie Dental Health
Dental problems are just as painful and dangerous to dogs as they are to people. Your pet can develop a variety of issues, including gum disease, infection and cracked or broken teeth. Untreated dental disease can cause tooth loss and it can lead to painful abscesses and systemic infections throughout your dog’s body. One of the best things you can do for your dog is to brush his teeth regularly; there is no need for daily brushing but it should be frequently. Your dog may need a little time to get used to the idea, so start slow. At first, just rub your pet’s teeth and gums with a finger. Offer treats and praise afterwards. You will need to get a toothpaste that is made specifically made for dogs. Do not use toothpaste made for humans as it contains ingredients that are toxic to them. Use a canine toothbrush or a brush that fits over your fingertip. For those that are unable to brush teeth or simply want to switch up their cleaning techniques, tooth wipes are a great solution. These wipes are made to be rubbed against your dog’s teeth to help remove plaque. They work similarly to a toothbrush but can’t get into the tiny nooks and crannies that a brush can.
Making sure your dog always has fresh water is important for many reasons but it’s crucial to his oral health. Be sure to wash the bowl and change the water at least once daily, so dirt and bacteria don’t build up.
Make sure your canine friend has his teeth examined regularly. In between, watch for signs of doggy dental woes such as bad breath, bleeding gums, visible tartar buildup, appetite changes and grumpiness. Professional cleanings are the best way to ensure your pet’s health. Your vet is experienced in preventing, locating and treating any issues that might go unnoticed.