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Everyone who has ever had a pet wishes just one thing — that they have a healthy and long life. Here are some tips that can help your pet do just that.
FEED A HIGH QUALITY DIET
Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help care your pet’s immune system, help maintain their intestinal health, help increase their mental acuity, and help keep joints and muscles healthy.
KEEP YOUR PET LEAN
Pets that are overweight are at risk for a many health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat’s life span by as much as two years.
TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN REGULARLY
All pets require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment.
KEEP YOUR PET’S MOUTH CLEAN
A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease.
As temperatures rise and a hairy creature’s thoughts turn to summer swimming, owners across the country are asking themselves: is it ok for my pet to take a dip in the family pool? People start to wonder if chlorine poisoning is possible in pets. Here’s what you need to know:
Is Chlorine Toxic for Dogs and Cats?
Pool water contains very dilute levels of chlorine, and is unlikely to cause chlorine poisoning in humans or animals. From a risk management standpoint, a pet is more likely to become ill from a dunk in a standing pool of water, or a lake filled with unknown microorganisms than they are from swimming in a properly maintained pool full of chlorinated water.
What Are the Risks of My Pet’s Exposure to Chlorinated Pool Water?
Drinking chlorinated water may cause minor GI irritation, but it should not cause serious issues for pets. Fortunately, most symptoms related to chlorine are minor. Pets who swim for long periods in chlorinated pool water may exhibit some signs of sensitivity, such as red eyes or itchy skin.
Pets that swim regularly may experience more frequent ear infections. While owners may wonder if this is related to chlorine exposure, recurrent infections are more likely related to damp ears than the chlorine itself.
Dogs love going to the beach, running in the sand, playing in the waves, and of course, chasing after a ball, and even the occasional kite. While it is fun for them and entertaining for us to watch, there are certain safety issues you need to know and ways to keep them safe and cool.
Just as humans become dehydrated in the heat, dogs are even more at risk. Be sure to provide plenty of water and even provide something fun like frozen dog treats!
Provide plenty of things for dogs to play with on the beach, specifically toys that float!
Dogs need to wear a life jacket while in a boat just like humans do, no matter the kind of boat. The safest place for the dog to be is in the middle of the boat and while in motion, be sure to hold on to them to reduce the risk of falling out.
Protect the Paws
Sand, broken glass, pebbles, rocks, hot pavement, and unexpected things on the bottom of the ocean all pose a possible risk to your dog’s paws. Help keep them safe with a product meant specifically for their paws.
Use Safety Measures
Consider a Hidden fence to help reinforce the idea that if the dog is un-monitored it will still be safe from the road.
Monitor Outside Play
Always try to keep and eye out the window and check here and there make sure your dog is safe, and away from harm.
Attention and Exercise
dogs are inclined to chase cars due to the pent-up energy, combined with the natural desire to chase. Giving your dog extra attention and plenty of exercise, can help limit this extra need to chase.
The above steps can be done immediately, to try to correct this behavior moving forward, it is important that your dog masters the “Come” Command and learns to obey his owner.
Play with the Kids
Dogs are part of our families, and there’s nothing more fun than watching little ones playing with their furry friends. This helps your children gain respect for your animal and vice versa. Have your child blow dog-friendly bubbles; the dogs will have a blast trying to catch them, especially if they’re flavored! You can also set up a race between the kids and your pup or play hide-and-seek — have the kids hide while your pooch tries to sniff them out.
Head to the Dog Beach
Cities throughout the country have beaches that are designated as dog beaches, and these spots are perfect places for your dog to cool off in the sweltering heat — as long as they’re swimming dogs. They’ll also get to romp around in the sand, too.
Go on an Outdoor Adventure
Dogs are natural explorers, and taking them on a hike is a wonderful way to satiate their curiosity, whether they’re off leash or on one.
Grab a Cool Treat
Give in to your dog’s desire for some human food by getting them dog-friendly ice cream! Many ice cream parlors will have doggy snacks also; just ask for the doggie cone, and your pooch will be sure to gobble it up. Or look out for dog-friendly treats at your local bakery or specialized dog bakeries, for a tasty alternative for pups that don’t handle dairy well.
Challenge Your Pet with Some Games
Like agility courses, games are a great way to hone your dog’s skills, while also having some fun. One such game is “find it!” The goal is to make it harder and harder for your dog to find his treats. Simply show your pooch the treat, excitedly tell him to “find it!” then throw the treat in any direction. After you’ve repeated this a few times, have your pup sit while you put the treat down about 15 feet away. When you go back to him, tell him to “find it!” again. Eventually, you can start using this command to play a fun game of hide-and-seek with your dog. Get your kids involved with games like this, and both your human and furry kids will have yet another way to bond.
Once you know where you’re headed, take some precautions to keep your dog safe while she’s having fun. Always bring plenty water with you to make sure your pups are hydrated. Another thing to watch for is that they don’t burn their paws; in the heat of the summer, sand and concrete can get too hot for sensitive pets. Lastly, no matter where you go, keep a close eye on your pup. What matters is that, while staying safe, both you and your dog are having fun. You can do fun outings like this every week, or more often with dogs that require more exercise. Your dog will have a blast every time!
Tools necessary: dog shampoo, towel, brush, treats.
Give your dog treats and praise as you groom. You can give him treats periodically or a long-lasting rawhide treat or toy with treats inside.
It will get your pet use to grooming if you start them at a young age. You should also pay attention to what your dog does and doesn’t like. If your dog hates nail trims, do that part last. If he loves getting brushed, make sure to spend some extra time brushing his coat out.
You should brush your dog before the bath to get out any mats. Some dogs have different lengths and styles on different parts of their bodies, so you might need a few different brushes.
Brush out mats by holding your pet’s fur close to the skin and gently working out the mat. Cut out mats that can’t be brushed out. Keep in mind that long-haired dogs might need daily brushings, while short-haired dogs are often fine with a brushing once a week.
Most dogs only need to be bathed once every week or two. As you’re bathing your dog, use plenty of warm water to keep him nice and wet, and make sure to work the soap into your dog’s fur and skin. Start at the top and work your way down.Spend some extra time on your dog’s neck, where his collar normally is. During the bath, do a quick check all over your dog’s skin for cuts, ticks, or irritated skin.
To protect your dog’s eyes, you can put a drop of mineral oil around each eye. A cotton ball placed in each ear will help keep water out.
Let your dog drip dry for a few minutes in the tub, then towel him dry. You can use a regular hair dryer on a cool setting to help him dry off.
The summer months can be uncomfortable for your pets.
Basic summer safety
Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels.
Limit exercise on hot days
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening. Blacktop gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
Provide plenty of shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow.
Cool your pet inside and out
Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs and always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.
Summer—a season for picnics and water fun. Longer days and warm weather makes us want to get ourselves and our dogs outside to soak up some sun and get some exercise.
Maintaining our dogs’ grooming routines is important. It’s not all about looking good, it’s about keeping a close eye on the condition of our dogs’ skin, ears and nails, solving small problems before they become big ones.
Some dogs require the services of a professional groomer, all dogs benefit from a good brushing, and you don’t have to be a pro to do that. A dog’s best friend is a brush appropriate for his coat type, one that strips out loose hair so air can flow against his skin. Regular brushing can prevent mats, which are painful and they also trap heat and moisture and can result in skin infections.
Resist the urge to shave down your dogs, particularly those with double coats, who can be quite comfortable as long as those coats are well cared for. Whatever the length and composition, a dog’s coat provides built-in climate control as well as a first line of defense against sunburn, twigs and stickers.
This is also the time of year to be particularly alert about ticks and fleas. The former can carry disease and the latter can quickly set up housekeeping on your dog—and in your house—if not managed. While your dog may or may not agree, adding an extra bath or two is also a good summer strategy. Brush before and after, choose a shampoo that’s a good match for his skin and coat.
Check your dog’s ears regularly. Dogs whose ears fold over are prone to ear infections, which wet ears promote. After your dog takes a dip, wipe the inside earflap gently with a cotton ball; if your vet says it’s okay, you can also use drops that contain a drying agent. According to the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, a drop of white vinegar will also help prevent “swimmer’s ear.”
Continue to brush your dog’s teeth and pay attention to his paws. Check between his toes for ticks, other debris, and trim his nails.
Now that you’ve adopted a new fluffy playmate into your family, you’ll want to make sure you get him or her off to a healthy and happy start in their new home. Although dogs normally require more of an adjustment time than cats, with the proper care and dedication you can have one of the most well-mannered pets around.
Help Familiarize Your New Pet
Your fuzzy friend has just scampered through the doorway of his new home for the first time. To get things off on the right start, it’s important to take your pet around the house on a leash to show him where things are located, such as his food and water bowls, pet bed, and toys. It may also be a good idea to take them around the yard so that he can familiarize himself with his new outdoor surroundings.
Your new pet may hide or keep to one area of the home at first, but that’s normal. The more comfortable they become with you and their new surroundings, the more sociable and outgoing they will become.
Housetrain Your Pet
When dealing with housetraining, consistency is key. A new puppy may be unable to control his bladder for more than a few hours at a time, so it helps to establish a routine. Take your new puppy outside every couple hours after eating or drinking, naps or playtime. Praising and rewarding your puppy with a treat immediately after they’re done can help reinforce good behavior.
While you’re drinking an iced coffee, give your dog a summer time treat also. Here is an easy-to-make treat will keep her occupied
Peanut Butter popsicles
1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter’s label to make sure it doesn’t contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed
In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren’t essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.
Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
Serve, and turn any hot dog into a happy camper.
• Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.
• The frozen Kong-style toys make a great cool-down treat for when you will be away for a few hours.
• Try treats suspended in water, watered down wet food and favorite frozen veggies.
• Avoid: onions and onion powder, grapes and raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems,
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