Posted on July 22, 2021
Does your dog hate the heat? As the sweltering and hazy dog days of summer arrive, dogs who are sensitive to humidity and heat may grow lethargic and are often more than happy to sit in an air-conditioned home all day.
What may seem like a natural response to heat can be a serious problem for some breeds. Here are FIVE breeds of dogs who do NOT thrive in the hot weather and what you can do to keep them cool.
Posted on July 19, 2021
The runny nose, the itchy eyes, and the scratchy throat that won’t go away are just a few of the “joys” that summer allergies bring, and just when you had gotten over your spring allergies! No matter your location, summer allergies appear due to pollen, various weeds, and many common types of grass.
Summer allergies can also affect your four-legged family member, manifesting in several physical symptoms. Here’s how to spot the signs and provide your dog relief.
Posted on July 15, 2021
Every year, in the United States alone, over 500,000 pets experience house fires, and 40,000 of those pets tragically lose their lives, mostly from complications due to smoke inhalation. In general, pet owners do not like to think about their four-legged family members experiencing an event such as a fire, but they must prepare in the event one happens.
Here are THREE easy ways pet owners can help protect their pets from a potential house fire with preparation and prevention.
Posted on July 8, 2021
The sun is up, the weather is warm, and the ocean is calling your name! There are few summer activities that rival hitting the beach on an idyllic summer day. A beach trip is fun for every family member, and that can include four-legged family members.
However, if you plan on bringing your dog along, there are a few things to consider. Follow this guide to ensure that you (and your pup) have the best day ever!
Posted on July 6, 2021
As the middle of summer approaches and temperatures get hot, you want to keep your dog cool. We spend a good portion of the summer months outdoors enjoying the weather and the sun, and our dogs enjoy it just as much as we do! Dogs will enthusiastically take on any summer adventure if it means being able to spend time with their humans. Dogs have much fewer ways to cool down than their two-legged family members, and this can easily result in overexertion and overheating, leading to heatstroke.
Heatstroke in dogs can happen fast and can become dangerous quickly. According to the American Kennel Club: “Early signs of heatstroke include heavy panting and rapid breathing, excessive drooling, dry mucous membranes, bright red gums and tongue, skin hot to the touch, and a higher heart rate. Affected dogs become hyperactive and may have difficulty maintaining balance.” If you believe your dog is suffering from heatstroke, get them to their veterinary provider or the nearest animal hospital immediately.
As with almost any canine medical issue, the best treatment for heatstroke is prevention. Here are a few ways you can help your dog beat the heat this summer. (more…)
Posted on July 2, 2021
The ultimate summer holiday is finally here! But, before you fire up the grill and get ready for the festivities, you’ll want to make sure your dog is ready to safely celebrate with you. Here’s your guide to a safe, dog-friendly Fourth of July weekend!