Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A little Golden love for the Gulf

We’ve all seen the horrible pictures and heard about the terrible oil spill down in the Gulf of Mexico recently. Did you know your beautiful Golden Retriever could aid in the recovery process? It’s simple!

We all know our pups shed quite a bit – just collect any pet fur you can and it can be used to help sop up all that oil! Donations are being accepted by AGA member Lisa – just contact her at

She can take donations until Thursday night, so get to brushing! After that deadline, it can also be mailed down to the Gulf. Pantyhose/ nylons are also welcome donations to help with the recovery.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The May Golden Gazette has arrived!

Did you miss all the news that's fit to woof this month?  Catch up on what's new with AGA with the Golden Gazette and make sure you're signed up to get the next emails!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Celebrating National Pet Week

Did you know it's National Pet Week?  We know, every week is Pet Week when you truly love your pet, but it's still a good chance to reflect and think about all the ways we care for our golden pals. 

Our friends at Iams have sent some great tips on how to keep your golden friend happy and healthy for the current and upcoming seasons, and we thought we'd share some of them.  You can also click on the link below to get a $5 coupon towards supplements from Iams for your best furry friend!
• Keep your pet’s safety in mind while you’re spring cleaning. While you’re refreshing the home for the spring season it’s also a great time to clear out any easy-to-reach cabinets and store all household chemicals – cleaners, dishwashing and laundry detergents, insecticides and mothballs which can be hazardous to your pet in locked cabinets or high shelves.
• With gardening season in bloom, be aware of the plants that can be toxic to your pets and keep them out of their reach. Some common plants that are potentially harmful to pets include geraniums, lilies, English ivy and daffodils.
• Summer time weather also means more road trips and opportunities to bond with your pet. When packing for a trip with your pet, don’t forget the following items:
o Your Vet’s documents for your pet
o Your pet should be wearing a collar with your information on it
o Extra sheets or an old blanket
o Water and your pet’s food and dish.
o Toy/ball/leash
o Waste removal bags
Below are simple preventative measures for pet parents to take throughout the year:
• Heartworm – heartworm is caused by mosquitoes and can be fatal for our pooches. The spring season is a major time for heartworm because of the weather warming up and the mosquitoes becoming more active. There are many products out on the market that can prevent this. Check with your vet to find out which one is right for your dog.
• Fleas and ticks – fleas and tickets can be tiny but they spread and grow quickly once they find a host. In order to prevent fleas and ticks, pet owners should apply a repellant to their pet’s coat and home in the early spring months.
• Lawn fertilizers and other pesticides – as pet owners start to restore their lawn they must remember that lawn fertilizers and other pesticides used are very toxic to pets. After applying these chemicals, pet owners should follow manufacturer instructions on how long they should wait before allowing their pet into the area.
• Allergies – pets may also suffer from seasonal allergies, just like humans. Know the signs and how to soothe your tormented pet. Constant paw licking, body rubbing, excessive scratching, hair loss, odor, skin rashes, and a “flaky” or “greasy” feeling coat are all symptoms of allergies.
• Exercise your pet on a daily basis. If need be, hire a pet care agency. A mid-day walk or visit reduces stress and promotes a healthy pet.
• Always supply plenty of fresh water each day. Monitor your pet’s water bowl and adjust size as needed.
• Give your pet extra nutrition with supplements such as Iams Premium Protection Supplements. Supplements can help address life stage, lifestyle and breed-specific concerns related to size, weight, age, and activity level and provide extra nutrition to help keep your pet healthy.

Saturday, May 1, 2010