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Spikes Corner-Winter Pet Care

by The Rullo Team

Brrrr… Spike Rullo here… Talking about Winter!

 

Winter is a time when your beloved fur babies need a little extra care. Here is a compiled list of tips to protect your pet from the dangers of winter.

 

If your pet spends most of the time in the backyard, you might want to keep them indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet -- they’re simply not that cuddly. But If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection during winter. Provide your dog with a warm, dry and draft free shelter outside. The shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

 

It takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold so outdoor animals will eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.Meanwhile, Indoor animals have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust their amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet!

 

Frostbite is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during their walks. Look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYwoEOdhD4

 

 

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car's radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly - even the smallest sip can be fatal! If your pet starts acting "drunk" or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep your pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbors' driveways?

 

If you live in an area with cold and icy winters then you are probably accustomed to salt on the sidewalks and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws -- not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet's paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.

 

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car… ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car's hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she'll thank you in the long run.

 

Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense. If you’re cold, your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. So snuggle up, keep your pet warm and safe and sooner than you can say "Jack Russell," we’ll all be hitting the beaches for some summertime fun.


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Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.

 

 LAWN CARE:

Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.

 

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS:

“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig

 

  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.

 

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Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team

                         

2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   

 

Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


 

St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.

 http://www.stcharlesil.gov/services/leaf

 

 

Geneva

 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone

 http://www.geneva.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/1063


 

 

Batavia

 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks. 

 http://www.cityofbatavia.net/581/Leaf-Collection

Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team

 

It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:

 

Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
 
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.

 

 

For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

 http://www.halloween-safety.com/


Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back

 

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 

 

 

 

This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!

 

 

 


Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

 

 


Pet Insurance

by The Rullo Team

Hello again fellow furry friends and parents! Spike Rullo here with some more helpful information:

Have you owners ever heard about pet insurance? Most of you don’t even think about pet insurance until it is too late. Just like you owners, we can have health issues too such as colds, parasites, even cancers and emergency situations that can be quite costly. Pet insurance is a great way to make sure we have the longest and healthiest lives we can.

Pet insurance is different from most human insurance because the veterinarian does not send in the claim for you owners. You still need to pay the veterinarian up front and then file a claim with the insurance company to get the compensation.

Finding the insurance that is best for us, as well as you owners, can be a little confusing. It is important to find the policy that is best for both of us. Pet insurance might not be for everyone, but most owners do well with a high-deductible policy to cover only catastrophic events such as major illness, accidents, or unanticipated medical needs. However, there are also policies for annual wellness expenses as well as accidents and illness. 

Be sure to shop around. Every policy will have a limitation on it in some way, shape or form. It could be deductibles, co-pays, benefit schedule limits, or exclusions in what is covered. Here are some questions you might want to ask when you are shopping around to make sure you are getting the best plan for you and us…

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Is there a waiting period for coverage to start? If so, how long is the waiting period?
  • Will the insurance premium increase with our age or if you file a claim?
  • Do they cover any pre-existing conditions we may have?
  • Do they cover hereditary and/or congenital illnesses or diseases specific to our breeds?
  • How do they reimburse you? Based on the actual bill, usual or customary charges, or a benefit schedule?
  • Will the policy cover us if we have cancer?
  • Will the policy cover a chronic condition?

 There are also other things you can do to make sure we are happy, healthy pets. Make sure we are spayed or neutered. That makes us much less likely to get in fights that may cause emergency vet visits. It also reduces our chances of getting some cancers!

 Also, it is very important to make sure we get into the vet for our annual check-ups and vaccinations. Those important preventative medications and vaccinations are key in making sure that the icky things out there, like parasites, stay out of our precious little bodies, and out of your wallets.

 Lastly, make sure you do not let us get too many treats. It is very important to keep us at a healthy weight. Giving into our sweet little faces and letting us get overweight will put us at much higher risk for many diseases and conditions.

 Hopefully you will be able to use this information and find a policy that best suits you. Your local veterinarian is always a good source of information on this topic also. Be sure to ask them. They will know what insurance they see a lot and can tell you how it has helped other furry children at their practice.

 Until next time, wishing good health to you all! As for me, I’m off to the dog park…

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