Low Cost Vaccine Clinic March 13, 2021

SNPLA’s mobile low-cost clinic will be at Adopt & Shop on March 13th from 10 am to 2 pm! No appointments are necessary. SNPLA offers licensing, microchips, vaccines, de-worming, and flea treatment among other services for cats and dogs.

Here are the requirements:

  • Pet owners must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All animals have to be on a leash or in a carrier.
  • Pets must be healthy and not pregnant.
  • Try to bring all vaccine records and a spay/neuter certificate.
  • Bring your pet’s renewal notice or prior rabies certificate to get a 3-year rabies vaccine.
  • Please notify the veterinarian if your animal is allergic to any vaccine, could be pregnant, or has been ill recently.

Visit www.SNPLA.org for more info on their services!

Read all about pet vaccines here. See you at the clinic!

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic March 6th, 2021

SNPLA’s mobile low-cost clinic will be at Adopt & Shop on March 6th from 10 am to 2 pm! No appointments are necessary. SNPLA offers licensing, microchips, vaccines, de-worming, and flea treatment among other services for cats and dogs.

Here are the requirements:

  • Pet owners must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All animals have to be on a leash or in a carrier.
  • Pets must be healthy and not pregnant.
  • Try to bring all vaccine records and a spay/neuter certificate.
  • Bring your pet’s renewal notice or prior rabies certificate to get a 3-year rabies vaccine.
  • Please notify the veterinarian if your animal is allergic to any vaccine, could be pregnant, or has been ill recently.

Visit www.SNPLA.org for more info on their services! Read all about pet vaccines here. See you at the clinic!

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic January 6th

We will be hosting a low-cost vaccine clinic this Saturday with SNP LA from 10 am – 2 pm. If your pet needs any shots or other services they offer, come on down to our location in Culver City.

Full list of services available at SNP LA.

For Your Safety and Ours, Adopt & Shop is Suspending Several Operations due to COVID-19

Michelson Found Animals Adopt and Shop is focused on improving the lives of pets and their people. We recognize the joy pets bring to our lives, particularly during challenging times.

We are monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and following expert guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

We know concerns about COVID-19 are top of mind for you, so we want to share actions Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop is taking to protect and support our associates, customers, volunteers and pets.

For now, Adopt & Shop Culver City and Lakewood locations will be closed for retail and services, and remain open only for appointment-based adoptions.

Below is a full outline of reduced and suspended operations:

  • In-Store Retail suspended
  • Online purchases with free, no-touch delivery is available. We have a special offer – 20% off purchases $50.00 or more.
  • Adoptions available by appointment only (click here to browse pets)
  • Daycare services are suspended
  • Grooming services are suspended
  • Dental and vaccine clinics are suspended
  • All in-store events are suspended

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and AVMA, along with guidelines from state, and county officials. In turn, will provide you updates on changing statuses of Adopt & Shop operations as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.

Understanding Pets & COVID-19

“At this point, there is no evidence that companion animals
can spread the virus”
Center for Disease Control

These are stressful times. It can be hard to know what news to trust, especially when it comes to our beloved pets. We at Michelson Found Animals trust health experts to lead us through the COVID-19 crisis and we encourage you to do the same.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

The CDC does recommend pet owners practice good hygiene. Just like your phone, shoes and purse, pets can pick up germs anywhere they go. Good pet hygiene practices include:

  • Washing your hands after interacting with or being around a pet
  • Regular baths for your pets
  • Wiping paws after walks outside
  • Reconsidering your pet smooches for a little while
  • And remember to confirm that your contact information is up to date in the Found Animals Registry! Click here to log in

Your Holiday Pet Safety Guide

The holiday season is when we bring out all of our shiny, glistening decorations, yummiest food, and glowing candles. Unfortunately, our pets love shiny, glowing, yummy things too, and they’ll make every effort to topple your tree and eat your fruitcake if you’re not careful.

We’ve covered many of the common holiday decorations and foods you can protect this season in this holiday pet safety guide. Follow these tips and you can protect your fragile decorations and not worry about your pet ingesting something that doesn’t make them feel very merry. 

Pet-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

The most notorious decoration animals are fond of wrecking is, of course, the Christmas tree. Many a cat has climbed up the branches and shattered some crystal ornament, or eaten something on it they definitely shouldn’t have. Here are some tree tips you should follow to avoid disaster:

  • Put your tree in a corner to minimize toppling, and securely anchor it to the ground so it’s hard to knock over.
  • Keep glass or ceramic ornaments off the tree if they’re liable to be knocked over.
  • Watch for falling pine needles: if eaten, pets will get sick.
  • Don’t let your pets drink the tree water: like the needles, it will also not sit well with sensitive digestive tracts.
  • Hanging a lemon-scented air freshener in your tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  • Avoid using tinsel. Pets are prone to eat it, and it can cause intestinal blockages that in some cases require surgery.
  • Consider an alternative to a Christmas tree for pets that really hate the thing (or really can’t stop themselves from eating it).

Lights and Electric Decorations

Keeping your electric light fanfare safe is important for both human and pet holiday safety. Nothing sparkly or shiny is safe from an inquisitive pet, and you don’t want to use up some of your cat’s nine lives by enabling them to zap themselves! 

  • Keep wires and batteries out of paws’ reach. Eating or clawing at these can cause possible ingestion or burns.
  • Unplug your decorations when you’re not around, and keep your pets away from these holiday hazards.
  • To prevent any accidental electrocutions, exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Any wires extending away from the wall should be wrapped in hard protective plastic to make them less interesting to your cat.

Common Plant Decorations

Many common seasonal plants can be highly toxic to pets. Common plants that are dangerous or poisonous to these pets include:

  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Amaryllis
  • Balsam
  • Pine
  • Cedar

If you have furry friends around the house where you’ve decorated, it’s wise to avoid these festive plants entirely, or use fake foliage.

Holiday Food

To keep your pet safe all through the holidays, it’s important you keep them away from foods that might be an annual treat for you, but a bellyache for them. 

To ensure your pet’s safety during the holidays, keep them away from these foods and more:

  • Sugary sweets, chocolate, and anything sweetened with xylitol. This chemical has been linked to liver failure and death in dogs.
  • Fatty and spicy foods like bacon or stuffing 
  • Turkey bones, fat, and skin should not be fed to your furry friends.
  • Onions and garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Alcoholic drinks, if consumed, can make your pet weak, ill, or comatose, and may possibly resulting in their death from respiratory failure.

During every festive feast, clear the food from your table, counters, and serving areas when you are done using them – and make sure the trash gets put where your pet can’t reach it.

Home Safety

To make a cold season cozy, we often light or display things in our house that emit warmth or scent. As lovely and attractive as they are, they can pose a holiday pet safety danger and should be used with caution.

  • Candles – Candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle, and don’t leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface, and if you leave the room, put the candle out.
  • Potpourri – All forms of potpourri should be kept well out of reach of inquisitive pets. Liquid potpourris pose risks because they contain essential oils and cationic detergents that can severely damage your pet’s mouth, eyes, and skin. Solid potpourris can cause internal damage if eaten.
  • Fireplaces – Pets aren’t always clever enough to always avoid shooting embers or hot coals, and they might knock or roll something into it, causing a fire. If you’re using a fireplace, make sure to use a screen, and don’t leave it unattended. Also consider using an alternative to a fireplace, like faux electric glowing logs.

Managing Pet Separation Anxiety During Holiday Travels

Pet separation anxiety can affect animals. Bless them, they just don’t understand that you would never really leave them for good. They may be destructive when you’re gone by digging or chewing at doors and windows. They may pace, whine, tremble, bark, or use the potty inside your home. When your pet has separation anxiety, it may be best to just take them with you as much as possible. These tips will help you and your pet when traveling during the holidays.

Stress Relief for Dogs and Cats  

Luckily for your pet, there are stress relief options for dogs and cats. CBD oil-infused pet treats are very popular today and you can easily buy them online. CBD oil is a medicinal part of cannabis that won’t get your pet high. The CBD oil acts to relieve stress and anxiety helps with moderate pain, inflammation, arthritis and joint pain, epileptic seizures, nausea, and symptoms of cancer in pets. It is completely all-natural and safe for pets and will help them relax from stressful events like traveling. 

Your vet will also be able to prescribe stronger medications that will help them sleep and keep them calm for long road trips, plane rides, or trains rides. Call your vet to discuss the options they normally give to pets for stress or separation anxiety.

Give Them Exercise 

If medications aren’t your thing, there are a few other things you can do to give your cat or dog some stress relief before traveling. Deplete their energy levels so they are too tired to worry about anything. For dogs, you can walk them, play fetch, or take them to a nearby dog park and let them run around and play with the other dogs for an hour or so. Cats are a bit trickier to force the energy out of them, but you can use a laser pointer, string, or other toys to get them active. You want to get your pet to the point where they just want to sleep for the whole trip. That way, their pet separation anxiety doesn’t even have the chance to surface while you’re packing the car.   

Use a Trusted and Familiar Pet Sitter

For some pets with separation anxiety, a temporary sitter may be the best option. Using a pet sitter that they are familiar with is recommended. If you don’t have friends or family available, you can get them use to being kenneled well before your travel. Start off slow, and take them into the kennel for 2-3 hours of doggie daycare. Do this several times to get them used to the kennel’s staff and being away from you. Talk to the staff about your dog’s situation and ask for frequent updates on your pet’s behavior while they are in the kennel’s care. When you and your pet are comfortable, try kenneling them for a whole day. Hopefully, you can work your pet up to conquering their separation anxiety. 

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anyone, not just pets. Remember that this is a time to relax and enjoy time spent with family and friends. Visit Adopt & Shop’s blog for more resources on taking the best care of your pet. Or, stop by our stores for some holiday pet goodies

5 New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Pets & Their People

Nothing kicks off the new year like a wild party, fireworks and in some parts, the sounds of guns firing! While it may be fun for you and your fellow revelers, it’s not fun for your pet and can also be unsafe too. Let us help you navigate this New Year’s Eve with a few safety tips that can help your pets. 

Keep Your Pet Inside

The sound of fireworks and loud party-goers can be terrifying for your pet. It literally sounds like the world is ending to them – so try to keep them inside starting at dusk. When your dog needs to go potty, make sure you keep them secure and on a leash at all times. This will reduce the likelihood of them getting spooked and running off. 

Microchip & Register Your Pet

When the party is at your house, guests will be going in and out, and the door will open and close a lot throughout the night. Tipsy guests can be a bit more careless than usual, and it is possible that someone will accidentally let your cat or dog out. Getting your pet microchipped and registered ahead of time will help safeguard them from getting lost in the future. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure their registry information is up to date.

Grab Some CBD Oil Infused Treats

Ease your pet’s anxiety with a little help from cannabinoids. With the CBD oil craze in full swing, you can now get cat and dog treats infused with it. They will medically help to calm your pet and basically chill them out. If you think you need something with a more powerful effect, talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medications and other safety tips for stressed pets on New Year’s Eve. 

Find a Safe Zone

While some pets love being the center of attention at a party, others don’t like attention from strangers. Your pets can grow anxious or even aggressive, and that’s a huge buzzkill for everyone involved! Pets who prefer one on one attention will feel safer and more secure in their own private space. This may be in their crate or just another room of the house that party people are not using. Give them something they can keep busy with, like a treat-dispensing toy or dog bone.

Comfort Your Pet

Sometimes a parent’s love and affection are just what the doctor ordered. Hold your pet, massage them and just keep them close. Let them have extra comforts tonight, like sleeping in your bed if they normally don’t. Give them extra treats and your best ‘thunder shirt’ style hugs to make them feel secure. And don’t forget to have a Happy New Year!

Adopt & Shop 2019 Pet Gift Guide

During the holidays, it’s important to think about that special someone in your life, that someone who loves you unconditionally and is, more likely than not, the most excited to see you every time you walk through your door. That’s right, your pet! 

They deserve a little something for us to show their appreciation for all the love they’ve given us this year.  Since your furry friend can’t make you a Christmas list, we’ve gone ahead and done it for you! 

We’ve put together our best recommendations for pet gift ideas for the holiday season, all available at Adopt & Shop. Come in and see us and pick up an item (or two) for your furry family member! 

Wool Cat Beds And Toys From Karma Cat

These eco-friendly, 100% wool pet beds are all handcrafted in Nepal using traditional techniques and contemporary design. They also use natural dying and cleansing techniques so that their beds retain the lanolin from sheep’s wool, an oil that keeps cats healthy and shiny—and they love it.

West Paw Heyday Dog Beds

This bed is made from recycled materials, and it comes with a cover that makes it super easy to clean. The bottom of the bed is made with tough micro suede fabric that doesn’t pick up dirt from the floor.

Vesper Cat Furniture 

Cuter than your average cardboard scratcher, these easy-to-clean cat furniture products are a great pet gift idea for Christmas. Each piece is stylish and sturdy, and is built to fit anywhere in your home. 

Tall Tails Toys and Blankets

Tall Tails uses durable, non-toxic materials in their products that are designed for easy cleaning. All the toys are designed to be especially fun and interactive for pets, and they’re only found at specialty retailers across the country.

Adopt & Shop Branded Merch

The human in pet’s life deserves a little something pet-related too, and if they could understand, they’d appreciate knowing that you’re supporting a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving and finding forever homes for homeless pets!

The Real Meat Dog Treats

All the meat used in these treats is sourced from free-range duck and turkey that have been given no added hormones or antibiotics. They also grind bones into the treats so your pet has extra nutrition it doesn’t get in some commercial dog foods.

Inaba Churu And Churu Pops Cat Treats

Cats go crazy for Inabu treats, a Japanese company that prides itself in its human-grade, nutrient-rich pet food line. Churu Pops are a juicy jelly that your cat looks awfully cute licking away at. These types of treats are also a great way to bond with a new cat, so you can treat yourself watching them with this pet gift idea, too.

Himalayan Dog Chews

These dog chewables last ages, so they’re great for heavy chewers who keep hacking their toys to bits. They’re healthy, and yummy, for your pup. They’re a great pet gift idea for Christmas, when your dog needs something to nibble away at instead of the new gifts you’re opening!

Haute Diggity Dog Toys

These novelty gifts are absolutely adorable. We can’t get over the bottle of Johnnie Dogwalker or the Kate Spayed bag. The amount of creativity in these super-cute toys is amazing, and they make great conversation pieces (for humans). Go all out with a Furcedes or a Dog Perignon—your pet will be living in luxury. 

Go Cat Cat Toys

These cat toys are very fun to play with, and they’re at a really great price point. Cats go nuts for the wand toys, so you really can’t go wrong. They make a really simple and affordable pet gift idea!

Mendota Leashes

These leashes are well-known and well-loved by a trainers, rescuers, and dog owners alike. They’re an excellent family-owned business to support whose products are consistently lasting, functional, and high-quality.

Lucy Pet Grooming Products

Lucy Pet Foundation is an excellent nonprofit organization that does great work in their animal rescue efforts. Their shampoos and grooming sprays make great pet gift ideas for owners: they make their pets smell great!

My Intelligent Pets Puzzle Toys

These toys are great for super-smart pets to keep them busy.  Funny things like “Dog Sudoku” and “iPet” are cute little dexterity activities for pets that can’t keep their paws still, and it’ll give them something to fiddle when your family are all opening their gifts. Even if your pet is a bit of a dunce, these clever toys will keep them occupied for sure.

3 DIY Pet Costume Ideas for Dogs and Cats

Are you having a virtual Halloween celebration this year? Don’t leave your pet out of all the fun! If you don’t have an old costume you can dust off for your pet, don’t fret! You can make your own in a snap. We have three, easy DIY pet costume ideas that are simple and fun. Check them out below:

Beanie Baby

If you’re of a certain age, you definitely remember the Beanie Baby craze. The telltale sign of a true Beanie Baby and not an imitation was in the tag. The Ty Warner (TY) tags on these floppy, cute bean-stuffed animals included the name, date of birth, and description of things they like or enjoy doing. For the ultimate in easy costume ideas, why not make your furry family member into a giant Beanie Baby?

For this project, find an image of the TY logo tag online, print it in the size you want, and cut it out. Go bigger for large animals, and smaller for toy dogs and cats. Next, fold a piece of cardstock in half and trace the tag so that you end up with a heart-shaped folding card. 

Glue the tag to the cardstock and put your pet’s details on the inside flap. Punch a hole in the corner and attach it to your pet’s collar. Be careful that it doesn’t get in your animal’s way, and you’re all done! Tie a Halloween-themed bandana around their neck for some extra pizazz.

The Lion’s Mane

The lion’s mane is a popular idea for a pet costume that was made famous by an Amazon commercial. While you can definitely find lion’s mane costumes for dogs and cats online, you can also do it yourself. All you need is a collar, or some elastic ribbon, and some tan or brown tulle, which is a ribbon-like material found at any craft store. Find the length that you want your lion’s mane to stick out too. Then, double it, add a little extra, and cut your tulle into strips. Tie the strips evenly around your collar or elastic ribbon until it looks good and full. If you are using an elastic ribbon, be sure it won’t be too tight around your pet’s neck. 

Spider Legs

Adding spider legs to your cat or dog is a creepy and fun way to dress your pet and maybe scare your friends. Keep in mind your feline friend may be less inclined to let this one happen, but it doesn’t hurt to try…

There are a lot of elaborate ideas for pet spider costumes online, but we’re going to keep it simple when we tell you how to make a spider costume for your dog or cat. 

Attach a spider decoration that has long legs to a pet harness that you already have. You can tie it, glue it, or sew it onto the harness. Another method would be to cut a brown or black piece of cloth into an oval shape and attach it to the harness so that it hangs down the pet’s sides. Then, use 4 giant pipe cleaner wires in the same color to form the 8 spider legs and attach them in the center of the harness.

 

The Dangers of Halloween Candy for Pets

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is here, and the pumpkins are plentiful. Shopping for outrageous pet costumes has begun. Grocery stores have whole aisles filled with Halloween candy and decor. While Halloween is a fun and exciting time for families, our pets can be left at risk for stress, getting lost, and eating things that are bad for them. We want to help you avoid unwelcome scares this Halloween. Be sure you protect your cat or dog with our Halloween safety tips below.

Chocolate

There are some factors that can make eating chocolate a real emergency for your dog. How your dog handles the ingestion of chocolate is affected by what kind of chocolate they ate, how much, their body weight, and physical conditions. 

The key ingredient that adversely affects dogs in chocolate is theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. If your chihuahua eats a whole box of chocolate bars, it would be a good idea to see a vet immediately. On the other hand, if your Saint Bernard scarfs down a mini-sized crackle bar, your dog likely won’t show any adverse reactions. Use common sense when deciding if you should seek a veterinarian’s help for your dog’s safety this Halloween. 

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in many hard candies, gum, and mints. It is perfectly safe for humans to eat, but is fatal even in small quantities for dogs. Every year, hundreds of dogs die from ingesting foods made with Xylitol. For your dog’s safety this Halloween, take all steps necessary to keep candy, gum, and human treats out of the reach of your pets at all times.

Raisins

We don’t understand it, either: some households give out raisins to kids for treats. While not the most exciting Halloween treat, there are significant risks in this unassuming “nature’s candy”, especially when considering the chocolate-covered versions. Raisins and grapes can lead to acute kidney failure if enough are ingested. It is best for Halloween safety if your dog doesn’t come into contact with them. 

Candy with Wrappers

The most popular candies and chocolates for trick-or-treaters are the fun-sized versions of classic candy. When your dog comes across these, they have no way to remove the wrapper and can scarf the entire treat and package down whole. While it is possible that the wrappers can pass through the digestive system and not cause problems, there is also the chance that the plastic or foil can become lodged in the intestines or cause a complete block of the digestive system. 

Decorations

Popular Halloween decorations can include items that are tempting for your pet to eat, like fake spider webs, pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. These foreign objects can also cause blocks in the intestines and create serious problems. Keep them out of reach or separate your dog from them when you leave the house.

Have a fun and safe Halloween with your dog this year! Visit the Michelson Found Animals Foundation’s Adopt & Shop to find your pet a cute costume, adopt a pet, or donate today.