News & Information

Keep abreast of the latest in pet care news as well as helpful training tips for a happier pet.

Pet Care Tips

1.  Your pets should always wear a collar with proper identification tags.  If they are ever lost, it could be their only chance for a safe return.


2.  Never leave your pet unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle.  Heatstroke can occur and lead to brain damage or death.


3.  Always clean antifreeze spills immediately.  Pets are attracted to the sweet taste and even a small amount can be fatal.


4.  Don't give a new pet as a gift.  Choosing a pet is a life long-commitment which should be made with great care.  Consider giving a gift certificate to a local shelter where the new pet parent can select their own pet.


5.  Spay or neuter your pets.  There aren't enough good homes for the dogs and cats we have, and more are born every day.


6.  Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water. 


7.  Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment.  Please only adopt a pet after careful consideration. 


Thank you to "Friends of Lake Forest Animals" for their tips on pet care.


Tips for Training your dog.

One of the most important things to teach a dog is a long 30 minute downstay.  A dog should lie down for 30 minutes without getting up, playing, crawling, etc.  Always go to the left side of the dog and take a step forward and say "OK" to release your dog. 

Note:  Never release your dog from across the room. 

Chocolate found harmful to canines

In a recent Veterinary Journal, feeding chocolate to dogs was found to cause toxic shock in 24% of the animals.

Tip of the day:  Beware the Easter Lily! 

Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover or the arrival of daffodils, it’s time to show our pets some love by keeping them safe from one of the season’s most popular—and poisonous—plants, the Easter lily. Our feline friends are particularly vulnerable to this arresting flower, which can cause kidney failure within 36 to 72 hours of ingestion.


“All lilies belonging to the plant genus Lilium are highly toxic to cats,” explains Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President, ASPCA Animal Health Services. “Consuming even small amounts can cause a life-threatening situation.” Common lily varieties that are dangerous for cats include the Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and certain species of daylily.


For more information about harmful household flowers, check out our online guide to toxic plants. As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.