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As summer continues, one big worry for pet owners is poisonous plants. As many of our furry friends are curious, it's quite possible that they end up in plants sniffing around. So, as pet owners, we need to be aware of what plants are safe and which ones are dangerous.


A few of the most common culprits you may have around your home include:


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Infants and Dogs: A Perfect Match

One of the most devastating things for a young child is to be held back from play or social excursions with others because of allergies. Not only do allergies have the potential to interfere with kids’ social lives, they can also disrupt a child’s natural tendency to spend time in the Great Outdoors, and put an end to bonding activities with pets, including walking the dog amidst natural scenery. 

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If you live in the Denver Metro area, there are a couple of great events for you and your dog this upcoming weekend.

 LUCKY MUTT STRUT  Saturday, June 7th - MaxFund's annual 5k fun run and walk

K9K PET CANCER AWARENESS WALK. Sunday June 8th - 4th annual walk sponsored by The Veterinary Pet Insurance. 

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Adopting Older Dogs

4/17/14 1:36 PM

Older dogs are often overlooked at animal shelters. People see the adorable puppies and want to get one! Which is great, and totally understandable. But, for some people, adopting an older dog can be a great option! Older dogs are a little more predictable because by the time you adopt them, they have outgrown their puppy stage and are who they will be for the duration of their life. They also come with a wisdom and experience that puppies don't. This can be great for some people looking to adopt. For one, older dogs are better at reading humans and they are less eager, this can make training them easier for you! The bond can be instantaneous too! Older dogs settle in quickly and are appreciative of their new forever home. This lifestyle may be a little easier for some owners too, it allows them to live a more normal existence than would be doable if they had a puppy.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dogs and Children

3/27/14 6:45 AM

Dogs and kids can be the best of friends, but sometimes it takes some training to get there. Particularly if you have a dog first and they are used to getting all your love! Luckily, there are some things you can do to help ease the transition, or to help teach children how to behave around a dog that you bring home for the first time! There are often stories about dogs biting children, but usually there are warning signs before this happens. Paying attention to the signals that your pet is giving you is important as that's their mode of communication.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Here at LeashLocket, we recently came across this article about a dog saved from a death of poisoning by vodka! Say what? Sadly, many dogs lick up coolant from garage floors because it is very sweet tasting. This can cause severe kidney problems and death; luckily this particular vet realized the problem and from past experience knew that giving the dog vodka intravenously could be life-saving by changing the chemical reaction. Giving vodka to the dog resulted in what many would expect: vomiting, stumbling and even a hangover. But, given that his life was saved, it sure was worth it!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dog Allergies

3/10/14 7:41 AM

With Spring just around the corner, sometimes our allergies can begin to crop up, not just for us, but also for our dogs. Dogs can have allergies just like we can, but often they are harder to diagnose and can take on many forms. The most likely symptom will have to do with the skin, if you notice your dog rubbing a certain area a lot, or licking or chewing that area, it may be due to allergies. They also may have hair loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If any of these symptoms are happening, it's important to get in to see your vet.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Rescuing Dogs

1/3/14 2:51 PM

Have you adopted a dog from a shelter before? If you have, you probably realize what a rewarding experience it can be! There are many benefits to rescuing dogs, perhaps the biggest being that you potentially saved a dog from being euthanized. Fortunately there are many no-kill shelters out there that don't euthanize animals that aren't adopted, but unfortunately some shelters don't have the space or other resources to be no-kill. Either way, saving an animal's life is wonderful not only for the pet, but for you too!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dog Communication

9/18/13 8:43 AM

Do you feel like you're in touch with your dog's feelings? Can you tell what they want and what they are trying to tell you? Many people are so in-tune with their pets that they can anticipate their wants and needs, which is fabulous! But sometimes this is a little more difficult and it can also vary by breed and by individual dog. So if you recently got a new dog and you're finding that the signals and things that worked with your previous dog aren't working, read on! We have some tips to help you communicate with your pet and vice-versa.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Prison-Trained Dogs

9/12/13 10:43 AM

Have you been considering adopting a dog but haven't ever had one and don't know where to begin with training? That is something many people who are first-time dog owners struggle with. One fabulous option is to adopt a prison-trained dog. These dogs spend many weeks being trained by prisoners and the benefits are plentiful. First and foremost, many prison programs save dogs from being put down, whether they are at a shelter or donated by individuals or families that just don't have time for dogs, their lives are quite often spared by these programs.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hiking with your Dog

7/9/13 10:25 AM

Summertime is the perfect time to hike with your dog; whether it’s in the mountains, around a lake, or through the woods, it can be a great experience for you and your furry friend! Dog parks are great for dogs in the city, but sometimes it feels great to hit the open trail and let your dog roam a little! LeashLocket is the perfect accessory for your hiking pooch, it allows you to let your dog free, but without the worry that you can’t grab them if you come across any wildlife. Make sure to check leash laws in your area before letting your pooch off leash though!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Traveling with Pets

5/21/13 7:28 AM

Do you want to bring your furry friends with you on vacation? You’re not the only one! Right now is prime travel time for many families. School is almost out for the summer which means many people will be hitting the roads, or the skies, to go on vacation! Luckily, there are many resources for those who want to bring their cat or dog on trips with them.  One fabulous website is: www.tripswithpets.com. This site gives many great travel tips, but also helps you to find pet-friendly hotels, airline policies for pet travel and more! The most important thing is the safety of your animal. With a little research and some planning ahead, you can ensure that your pet will be safe and the trip will be enjoyable for all of you!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton