Tips for Walking Your Dog

Being able to walk your dog leisurely, without being pulled, is not an easy task for all dog owners. Thankfully we have tips and tricks that can make you the “leader of the pack”!

  • Introduce them to the collar or harness and leash
  • Make them come to you
  • Practice inside
  • Offer treats as praise for listening
  • Stand still if they pull

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People Foods

Although we love a large variety of foods, these aren’t all safe to share with our pets. Look at the list below for a few examples!

  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Coconut
  • Milk and dairy
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Nuts

Click here to see a complete list of foods not to feed your pet, provided by the Animal Poison Control Center experts at the ASPCA.

Outdoor Tips and Tricks

It’s important to properly prepare your pet for outdoor adventures. If you plan on going on a hike with them, pack water bowls, food, a canine first aid kit, identification tags and an extra leash. Training is also important; if your dog is off-leash make sure they know the basic “come” command. To be safe, it’s always best to keep them on leash.

Who says cats can’t go on adventures too? If you plan on bringing your feline friend on a camping trip, make sure they are comfortable wearing a harness or walking on a leash. Your cat’s first trip in to the woods shouldn’t be on long hiking trails. Start small to get them acclimated. Also, don’t take them outdoors if they aren’t properly vaccinated against fleas, ticks, and heart worms.

Dog Harnesses

Being in control of your dog while on a walk is essential for safety and happiness for you and your dog. There are many different types of harnesses to choose from, but we’re here to help!

  • Back-Clip Harness
    • The ring where the leash connects is located on the top of the dog’s back
    • Generally the easiest type of equipment for dogs to adjust to
  • Front-Clip Harness
    • The ring where the leach connects is located in the center of the dog’s chest
    • Generally used to reduce pulling on the leash
  • Tightening Harness
    • The ring where the leach connects is located in the center of the dog’s chest
    • Pain inducing harnesses should be avoided, but the correct tightening harness can reduce pulling on the leash

Click here for the pros and cons of each harness type!

National Disaster Preparedness Month

You may have an emergency disaster plan for your family, but does it include your pets? If not, it’s time to start thinking about one. Although we never like to think disaster will strike, it’s always best to be prepared. Discuss the plan with your family and ensure each member understands their responsibilities in keeping themselves and pets safe.

Put together a disaster kit.
Create a disaster kit to easily grab in case of an emergency. Include items like medication, food and water for at least five days, sturdy leashes, written information about your pets feeding schedule and medical conditions, and a photo of your pet with the breed description.

Get a rescue alert sticker.
Rescue alert stickers let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it’s in a visible spot near the door and includes the number of pets, names, and the number of your veterinarian.

Create a safe space for your pet.
Arrange a place to bring your pets in the event of an evacuation. Ask your animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter for pets, and ask friends and families if they would be willing to take in your pet in the event of an emergency.

Cats can easily become scared during disasters and emergencies, so it is important to know where to look in case your feline friend is hiding. Make sure you know your cats favorite secret hiding spot in order to find them and evacuate quicker.

For more information about disaster preparedness click here to visit the ASPCA site.

International Homeless Animals Day

Since it’s creation in 1992, International Homeless Animals Day (IHAD) has been celebrated around the world by over 50 countries and every state in the U.S. This day’s purpose is to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. In years past, IHAD events have consisted of adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, spay/neuter clinics, rallies and dog walks.

Click here to see how you can help!

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Pet Allergies

This season is notorious for triggering allergies in humans, and it’s no different for your pets! Here are some common signs of allergies in both dogs and cats:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Excessive scratching
  • Red or scabbed skin
  • Paw chewing
  • Constant licking
  • Vomiting

Allergies can be caused by a variety of factors such as food reactions, household dust, mold, fabrics, tree and weed pollen, and dander, so it’s important to figure out what the root of the cause is.

If you suspect your four-legged friend may have allergies, set up an appointment with us so we can determine what the cause of the reaction is and provide a proper treatment route.

For Your Cat:
Fatty acid supplements might help relieve your cat’s itchy skin. There are many shampoos that may help prevent skin infection, which occurs commonly in cats with allergies. Sprays containing oatmeal, aloe and other natural products are also available.

For Your Dog:
Weekly bathing may help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens and pollen from your dog’s skin. Talk to us to see which shampoos are best for your dog. If dust is the problem, be sure to clean your dog’s bedding at least once a week.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Just as we want to protect our family members from diseases, we should do the same for our pets. Vaccinating your pets is the best way to do this, and we’re here to help. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and although this isn’t exactly a ‘pet holiday’, this is a great conversation starter for the importance of vaccinating pets.

Here are 5 reasons you should have your pets vaccinated:

  1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses
  2. They can help avoid costly treatments for preventable diseases
  3. They prevent diseases that can be passed from animal to animal, and animal to human.
  4. Diseases often seen in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
  5. Many areas, local or state, require certain vaccinations.

There are many questions that people have in regards to pet vaccinations. Click here to learn more about the importance of pet vaccinations.

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DIY Summer Dog Treats

Our dogs don’t like being hot just as much as we do. Here are some fun ways to help them enjoy their summer!

  • Peanut butter and fruit ice
  • Yogurt, banana and peanut butter treats
  • Frozen meaty treats
  • Pupsicles

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Old Dog, New Tricks

An old dog can learn new tricks! Beyond the old myth that an older dog cannot be taught, any dog of any age can enroll in an obedience class. The style in which the training is presented will determine how quickly the dog learns the behaviors. Your trainer can advise as to how to advance within your dog’s training program to reach your expectations and set goals. Many times, behaviors form over a longer period. These can be addressed and worked through at any time in a dog’s life.

Click here for other helpful tips for maturing pets.