Doggy, it’s coooooooollllldd outside!!

Hey pet parents..remember your doggies!! They can get cold too! If they’re outdoor dogs, remember to insulate dog houses with straw or hay…materials that are non-toxic & stay dry are best! Make sure there is also a doggy door to their house. Those winter winds blow very cold! New pets & Christmas don’t mix. The shelters are over-run this time of year. Make sure ornaments & candies/bake goods are out of doggy “range”! Vet/animal clinics also get a high volume of calls during the holidays. Please do research before acquiring a new pet. Pet should be compatible to families lifestyle..active…or non active. Seek adoption first. The local shelters, especially high-kill shelters always have animals in need of new homes. Check local rescues. Pet stores that “sell” dogs have been known to acquire them from puppy mills.
Nutrition is second to none when it comes to grain-free pet food. We carry the best grain-free holistic options available with Taste of the Wild & Chicken Soup for the Soul for Dogs!
Donate to your local rescue’s/shelters or other great organizations that help our canine friends. Therapy dogs are doing wonderful work with veterans returning from combat. Donations are always welcomed!
Awesome pet tabs i’ve personally used & seen first-hand results with my own pets. Great for dogs with allergies/skin problems/arthritis & more. “NUVET pet tabs. Ask for them!
We’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Love to all our fur-butts!! Thanks to all of you who have helped with us with our rescue doggies! Merry Christmas also from Baron Von Haus, Ladybug & Dixie butt! đŸ™‚

Groomer's Tips

Take Extra Care in Summer

Summer is here with many fun outdoor activities, like cookouts, trips to the beach and exploring parks. Take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight to play outside with your pet, but please be aware of these summer health hazards for dogs, cats and other pets:

  1. Heat – a good rule of thumb about summer heat is that if it’s too hot for human babies, it’s too hot for your pet. Don’t leave your pet in a car, even with the windows cracked open. The temperature inside a hot car can kill your pet within minutes. Also, avoid strenuous exercise that can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and make sure they have access to plenty of water to stay hydrated. Put fresh water in their bowl every morning and check it at least once later that day. If you take your pet for a run or exercise, be sure to take water for your pet with you.
  2. Pests – summer pests include fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, snakes and bees. Animals can be allergic to bee or wasp venom, and a sting can lead to anaphylactic shock. Watch your pet for signs of difficulty breathing and keep Benedryl on hand for emergencies. Consult your vet for dosage and for recommended protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
  3. Human’s Food – summer cookouts mean tempting foods for your pets. But spciy barbecue sauces, meat bones and corn cobs all present dangers to pets. Do not give bones of any kind, which can be a choking hazard as well as potential obstruction in their bowels. Fatty scraps of food, spices and peppers can cause pancreatitis. And alcohol is dangerous for pets – wipe up any spills quickly to prevent animals from licking up any beer or liquor.
  4. Sun – animals can get sunburned, especially around their nose and ears. Make sure your pet has a shaded area if left outside, and if taken to the beach make sure they take a shade break periodically.
  5. Swimming Pools – do cause drowning for some pets. Although most people think dogs can paddles safely, some dogs cannot swim at all and others can tire quickly if they have no way to climb out of the pool. Take steps to make sure animals are kept away from unattended swimming pools.
Dog Food and Diet!! SO important! Pet Health

Play Time With Dogs

Dogs need both physical and mental stimulation every day and play time is important. Take your dog for a long walk so that you both get some exercise and quality time together. Most vets recommend walking a healthy adult dog for 45 minutes each day to keep it fit and happy.

Playtime is important, too. Active breeds like the Border collie or Jack Russell terriers can cause damage to your flower beds and wood fencing if left outside alone and they get bored. Some dogs like to chase a ball, others like to play tug of war, and some just like to run and jump. Find what toys your dog prefers and give him at least 10 minutes of your undivided attention each day – you will both feel better afterward!

 

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Make Water Available – Both Indoors and Out

Summer can be especially hard on pets with heavy fur and wildlife trying to survive the heat. One way you can help your fur babies as well as birds, small mammals and other wildlife is to make clean and fresh water available to them.

Each morning set a bowl of fresh water out for you housebound pets, but don’t forget about our outdoor animal friends. Consider setting a small bowl of water out in the backyard, too. If you have a birdbath, make sure it is kept clean and replenished with fresh water regularly.

Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes, so empty out any brackish water and watch for pooled water in anything left outside, such as toys or buckets, tires, old flower pots or anything where water can collect and not drain.

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