Archives for December 2015

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN Only Has One Week Left – You Better Hurry!

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN –  You Better Hurry!

Presents 4 Pets 205 LKN

There is just one week left to make your donation to Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN so you better hurry!!! We have joined forces with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) for the

This national program, already underway, will run until the third week of December. As part of this annual program, Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC and other NAPPS members across the country are reaching out to their clients and encouraging them to collect and donate products for this worthy cause.  Items such as pet food, toys, treats, crates, cleaning and laundry supplies, blankets, towels, rugs, beds, leashes, collars and flea and tick preventative are all being solicited.

This is a great opportunity for ALL animal lovers, pet owner or not, to help provide for those animals often forgotten. In addition to offering support to our local shelters, shelter animals, rescue groups and pets in foster care, we hope to generate awareness of community shelters and rescue groups and the important role they serve.

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN Donation Sites

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN would not be possible without your generous contributions or without our partners who provide space to accept donations.

The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson
Main Street Veterinary Hospital
Shear Performance Hair Salon
Q-Nails Nail Salon
Pretty Pups Pet Grooming
Village Animal Hospital
Randall Veterinary Hospital
Lake Norman Animal Hospital
Village Paws and Claws
The Dog House Pet Grooming Spa
Barks & Rec Boarding
Brawley Animal Hospital

Beneficiaries of Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN

Our collections benefit the animals served by Iredell County Animal Services,  Lake Norman Animal Rescue and Catering to Cats and Dogs.

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN

These are the needed items for Iredell County Animal Services.

These items are needed for the surgery and medical rooms.

  • Rubbing Alcohol  <<<<<<VERY MUCH NEEDED
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Hot Dogs (used to make homemade pill pockets) – but we ask you to just drop those off at the shelter!!
  • Pill Pockets

These items are needed for general shelter use.

  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (Or off brand) <<<<<VERY MUCH NEEDED
  • Arm and Hammer Litter Box Deodorizer
  • Pelleted Type Cat Litter (Anything other than clay based)
  • Gently used/new Dog Crates
  • Gently used/new  Cat Crates

These are other useful items.

  • Topical Dog Flea/Tick preventative
  • Rawhides (Larger sizes)
  • Canned Cat Food
  • Cat Play Cubes
  • Lint Rollers
  • Towels and Blankets (New or Used)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Digital Thermometers
  • E-Collars (New or used)
  • Any kind of office supplies
  • SCENTED cat litter (They have a lot of kitties so this is helpful!)

These are the needed Items for Lake Norman Animal Rescue

These are items that are seldom donated yet needed on a regular basis.

  • Dry kitten chow
  • Kitty litter (any brand)
  • Canned cat food
  • Canned dog food
  • Dog chew treats (nylabone, etc)
  • Small blankets
  • Small dog beds
  • Puppy pads
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Natures Miracle Spray products (any)
  • Dog Collars
  • Dog leashes

These are the Needed Items for Catering to Cats and Dogs

  • Wire crates (any size)
  • Fresh Step Cat Litter
  • Cat Toys
  • Dog Toys
  • Dog Food (brands such as Authority from Petsmart, Natures Domain from Costco, or 4Health at Tractor supply) This helps us not upset tummies.
  • Cat Food (canned and dry)
  • Comfy Dog Beds
  • Comfy Cat Beds
  • Collars/Leashes for dogs
  • Cat  Treats
  • Dog Treats
  • Puppy pads
  • Playpens (We have our puppies in these until the puppies have all of their shots)
  • Copy paper
  • Pens
  • File Folders


Thanks good folks of LKN for your donations to help homeless and foster pets in our region!

Presents 4 Pets 2015 LKN

Eleven Awesome Tips to Keep Your Pet From Gettiing Lost

  Here’s the Low Down on How To Keep Your Pet From Getting Lost

Pet owners post pictures and pleas for help about their lost pets on social media on a daily basis.  It’s always heartbreaking to read. There’s nothing like a little prevention to avoid the heartbreak and to keep your pet from getting lost.  Just in case the unthinkable does happen, please get your pet micro chipped and place a collar with ID on your pet.

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Lost Pet!

Awesome Tips to Keep Your Pet From Getting Lost

keep your pet from getting lost

Nice Catio

1. Keep your cats indoors unless you are actively supervising their time outdoors.

2. If your cats enjoy the fresh air, consider building a catio for them. The catio can be a very simple structure or more elaborate.  The catio pictured to the right was featured in Landscape Design in a Day.  Animal Planet provides plans for the DIY tribe.

3. When entering and exiting your home, do so carefully. If you enter via the garage, be sure the garage door is shut completely before entering the main part of the house.

4. When someone else is pet sitting for you remember that your cat is not as likely to come to them as they are to come to you. So ask your pet sitter to keep your cat inside.

5. If your dog has a fenced in yard, check the perimeter of the fence on a weekly basis to make sure there are no gaps or breaks in the fence. Always check your fence after extreme weather too.

6. Check the latches on the gates on the same schedule.

7. Supervise your dog while she is outside even if you do have a secure fence.

keep your pet from getting lost

Gate with Lock

8. Consider adding a lock on your gate so that any workers (utility, landscape, pesticide etc) need to check with you to gain access.

9. When walking your dog always use a leash that is 4 to 6 feet long. Attach the leash to a harness or head collar that attaches under the chin. Please see the Doggy Care page of our website for recommendations. NEVER use a retractable leash….. they are NOT safe.

10. If your dog uses a doggy door close it when you are asleep or away from home. When someone pet sits your dogs, leave the doggy door closed.  Remember that in addition to pets going missing on their own, people do steal dogs, particularly if they are unsupervised.

11. When your cat or dog is riding in your vehicle, make sure they are in a carrier or crate or harnessed in. Although studies have not indicated such devices protect your pet in a serious crash, they will keep your pet from jumping out a broken window or door. Also, unrestrained pets create a distraction that can lead to an accident.

Prevention is always the best action.  Watch for our post coming soon where we share awesome tips to find a lost pet. As a segue, we remind you to get your pet micro-chipped.  Your pet should wear a collar with ID when you leave the home with your pet. There is divided opinion regarding whether it is safe for your pet to wear a collar when at home, so you decide on that one.

How to Keep Your Cats and Dogs Safe During the Holidays

How To Keep Your Cats and Dogs Safe During the Holidays

Pet Safety is important year round. The extra decorations, rich foods and company in and out of the house make the holidays a time to be extra vigilant to keep your cats and dogs safe. With that in mind we offer these seasonal tips to keep your cats and dogs safe during the holidays.

cats and dogs safe

  • Stabilize your Christmas tree so it’s not easily tipped over
  • Don’t decorate with plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs including lillies, holly, mistletoe and poinsettia
  • Don’t use tinsel on your tree…it can cause an intestinal blockage
  • Don’t leave lights on the bottom branches of your tree…pets can be burned and can also bite through the electrical wires
  • Keep ornaments out of your pets’ reach…they can cause an intestinal blockage, choking and cuts on paws
  • Don’t let your pet drink from the Christmas tree water…the preservatives can harm your pets
  • Use lighted candles only on shelves high enough your pets cannot knock them over
  • Don’t use edible decorations on your tree
  • Keep ribbons and strings on your packages out of your pets’ reach
  • Consider putting a baby gate or pet gate around your tree
  • Don’t feed your pets rich and fatty goodies…they can cause pancreatitis
  • Don’t give your pets uncooked dough…it can expand in their stomachs and create bloat
  • Grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts can lead to organ failure
  • Alcohol, chocolate and foods sweetened with xylitol are poisonous to pets
  • When entertaining guests caution them not to feed your pets tidbits from the holiday table and to keep their plates and glasses out of reach of your pets
  • Consider confining your pets in another room when guests are present
  • At New Year’s remember that most pets are frightened by loud noises such as fireworks
  • Perhaps most important, don’t give pets as gifts…instead give the bowls, beds and toys needed and adopt your pet after the holidays

We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season!

xylitol your cats and dogs safe

December Happenings around Lake Norman

These December Happenings Around Lake Norman are Making it Look a Lot Like Christmas

December Happenings Around Lake Norman

We are never without fun things to do around Lake Norman in December or any other time.  There’s something for the entire family, just for the kids and just for the pets. Enjoy!!

We hope you enjoy all the December Happenings Around Lake Norman!

Christmas Happenings Around Lake Norman