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Space Heaters Can Be Dangerous

January 12th, 2011 · 10 Comments

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TODAY’S TIDBIT:  My Yorkies don’t like to be cold!  They cuddle up in their blankets and curl up close to each other.  But my little rascal Gideon likes to lay over the heat register and although he loves the heat, it’s just not a good idea for dogs to stay there!

Our houses are dryer in the winter with our furnaces on and dogs can really dry out their skin by lying directly on the heat register, especially the elbows of larger dogs.  And if your dog is wearing tags on her collar that doesn’t have a safety release, the tags could get caught in the heat register and your dog could damage her neck and throat or choke by panicking when trying to free herself.

We’ve invested in a stand up portable heater but you need to follow a few safety guidelines:

  • Choose a heater that doesn’t have an exposed element.
  • Select a heater that has an auto shut off when your dog gets too close to it or knocks it over.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended when the heater is on.
  • Turn the heater off and unplug it when you leave the room.
  • Take the heater out of the room when it’s turned off so your dog can’t chew on the unplugged cord.

Stay safe and warm…snuggle up with your Yorkie!  See you on Friday for TODAY’S TIDBIT.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • Marsha // Jan 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My little King loves to lay on the floor in front of the hot/cold air vent. In the winter he stays warm and in the summer he stays cool. I use conditioner to prevent his hair and skin from drying out from the dry winter air. If only I was as pampered as King.

  • Nani // Jan 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I had the problem with the tags falling ito the register and them getting caught so here is what I did . I took the web bag off the oranges and cut both ends off ( making a tube) and putting it over the register , keeps the tags from tangling in the grates , and the scent of the oranges keeps them off the grate but they can still lay next to it if they like . I have 6 little darlings , so we have a very busy place here . Gotta love Um

  • Kathryn // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hi Marsha, I agree…I wish I could be a Yorkie for just one day! What conditioner do you use?

  • Kathryn // Jan 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hi Nani, that’s a great idea! And it keeps them off the register. Thanks so much for the tip! Six little cuties must keep you very busy!

  • Judy Wright // Jan 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Hello Kathryn! Another fine newsletter addressing a very real concern. I invested in a “Amish Heater”….best money I have ever spent! No heating element, no open flame, no carbon monoxide, very, very safe!

  • Sheila // Jan 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I am so glad. I found this sight. I have two darling Yorkies. They own my heart. It is nice to see little hints on things. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing more.

  • Kathryn // Jan 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Judy, the Amish Heater sounds great…efficient, attractive and safe…I bet your Yorkies are happy!

  • Kathryn // Jan 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Sheila, thanks for visting us and leaving a comment! Yorkies are such little cuties…we love them so much too!

  • Marsha // Jan 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Hey Kathryn,
    Since King visits the senior home weekly, I have to wash him every week before the visit. That is especially tough on his hair in the winter. I use a Sebastian intensive conditioner on King. It’s an expensive conditioner available at hair salons. It’s not intended for dogs, but it does a fantastic job keeping King’s coat in tip top shape. He’s always getting compliments on his coat, plus it smells great!!

  • Kathryn // Jan 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Marsha, yes King would have to look his best being a volunteer and visiting the seniors. We don’t really recommend using “people products” on Yorkies but if you’re having success and his skin and coat are healthy it should be ok. You could take the shampoo with you to the vet next time you go to discuss the conditioner with her. Thanks for sharing Marsha (and King… :)