Month: October 2016

Your Dog’s HOWL-O-WEEN Survival Guide

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Yes, Halloween can be lots of fun for humans. But, make no bones about it, it can be paws-itively horrifying for your furry, four-legged friends. Starting with the random costumed visitors dropping by throughout the night—to you and/or your kids playing dress-up making him/her look like a ridiculously silly stuffed animal—these can all induce fear, anxiety and even agitation. Our dogs are creatures of habit, so our goal as responsible (and loving) pet owners is to limit the number of variables which will cause upset to our pets. Listed below are a few tips and resources to help your dog (and you) survive HOWL-O-WEEN!

1. Don’t Be Mean!

I’m gonna start with this one because it’s the easiest thing to just NOT do. Yet for some reason many folks think it’s funny to scare their dog while dressed in costume. Doing this causes the fight or flight instinct. While you may think you know your dog’s temperament, you may be unpleasantly surprised at his/her reaction when they’re introduced to something they’ve never seen before, possibly resulting in aggressive behavior. SO, DON’T DO THIS AT HOME!

2. Use a Crate or Leash

I have 3 dogs. And when that doorbell rings, well, let’s just say I’m not the only one it drives crazy. The entire neighborhood hears it. They’ve said so. Aside from the chaos of dog’s barking, howling and running to the door, you have a responsibility to keep those trick-or-treaters safe. All foreseeable problems solved by crating or leashing your dog in another part of the home such as a spare bedroom. Better yet, if you’re not going to be the one at home handing out candy, take your buddy out for the evening to one of these Bay Area Halloween 2016 pet events.

3. Do Not Leave Halloween Candy Out

Candy and sweets in general are not healthy for dogs and can cause digestive problems—while chocolate contains methylxanthines—which can be toxic to dogs. If you know or feel your dog ingested chocolate, you can calculate potential toxicity levels here. Or, for more serious situations contact the Pet Poison Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Have some of your buddy’s favorite treats close by so he/she doesn’t feel left out of the pack when all the kids are enjoying theirs. If you feel your dog ingested something they weren’t supposed to, keep an eye out for signs of distress such as: vomiting, diarrhea, refusing food, unable to keep food down, straining during defecation, blood in the stool, unable to get comfortable when resting, pacing and overall lethargy.

4. Don’t Leave Pets Outside on Halloween

As pet lovers and owners, we could not possibly think about harming any animal, let alone our own. Unfortunately, there are sadistic, evil “pranksters” (more like criminals), that seek out and harm animals—especially on Halloween. Black cats are at the highest risk of harm on the days leading up to, and proceeding Halloween. So, please keep all pets—even outdoor pets—inside or in the garage this Halloween season.

5. Mandatory ID Tags

If your dog is not averse to playing dress up on Halloween, be sure to keep their tags fastened on their collar at all times. It’s also important that you keep your pets tags updated with current information: pet’s name, address (this is optional as you may not want this info displayed, but highly recommended) and owner’s phone number. There’s even an app called Finding Rover that utilizes facial recognition software to help find lost dogs. Microchipping can also be helpful and may even be required in some states. However, this practice has been deemed inhumane by some pet owners and organizations.

Well folks, I hope I’ve put down some valuable resources for you to pick up this Halloween. Much of which is common sense. Treat your furry friends the way you’d like to be treated, and have a very fun, safe HOWL-O-WEEN!!

Pet Waste Removal is Just the Beginning

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Our pets are such a huge part of our lives—they’re family. And because the health and safety of family members is never overlooked—we wouldn’t do that to our pets either—regardless of time or resources available. Bombs Away! was created with the goal to facilitate this necessity. Pet waste removal is only the beginning component in maintaining a healthy environment for pets (and people). Many other factors need to be considered when outlining a comprehensive strategy. For instance, regular dog walking cuts down on waste in your yard by as much as 50%. Just make sure you’re picking up where your pet left off on those walks. Otherwise dog poop won’t be your only problem. You’ll have some very unhappy neighbors!

Disinfection and deodorization kills harmful bacteria before kids and other family members bring it into the home. Did you know that a single gram of dog poop contains millions of fecal coliform bacteria? Bacteria which causes cramps, intestinal problems and other illnesses in humans. The last thing you want is your little ones tracking this into the house or, worse yet, ingesting it. Oh, and you may have a pet that likes to eat it’s own poop, or it’s friend’s. Yuck! Absolutely, yuck!

Additionally, pressure washing may be the only solution to remove urine and pet waste stains around your property. We have 3 dogs where I live. No matter how we try to deter them from peeing on posts, walls, columns—basically anything in the yard—they always go back to the same spot. And they take turns each peeing in the same area as the last one. Yes, the burdensome side of pet ownership, it’s not pretty!

Live in an apartment? Short on time like most of us in the Bay Area? We have a solution to help your unique situation. We look forward to earning your trust—as well as your business.

Welcome! You’ve Made a Smart Decision

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Families, communities (and dogs) are much happier in a nice, clean sanitized yard.


Thanks for your interest in Bombs Away, and taking the time to check us out. We’re super excited to meet—and provide an outstanding service—to each one of our new and yet-to-be customers.

At this time we’re servicing the South Bay Area/Silicon Valley. Our goal is to expand throughout the entire Bay Area, and beyond from there. Bombs Away is owner operated—so you can rest assured that you, your family and community will only receive the highest quality of services offered. Meet the founding team here.

That said, each of our customers will play an integral role in the shape and direction of this company. What we mean by this is that, although we have a road-map for the future, the needs and wants of our customers come first. Therefore, communication is so important for us to bring the best services, products and people to the marketplace. And we need your help. Our ultimate goal is to build a business that fulfills the needs and wants of its customers, not its shareholders. As we keep our customers top-of-mind, we want to involve all of you in the direction in which we go—and grow

Additionally, we will periodically email info about upcoming promotions and coupons for discounts on goods and services. Events in the community we may be sponsoring will be noted  as well. We will send announcements of new features and products we’re launching. And, fun stories and valuable information concerning the health and safety of your pets and family will be commonplace.

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