|Posted on July 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM|
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR DOGS
Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable, and it poses special risks for your dog. Keep the following safety concerns in mind as the temperature rises, and follow our tips to keep your dog cool.
If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.
Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.
Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws.
Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.
Make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date, especially since dogs tend to stay outdoors longer and come into contact with other animals more during the summer months.
Keep dogs off of lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours (or according to package instructions), and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers.
Keep your dog well-brushed and clean.
Fleas and ticks, and the mosquitos which carry heartworm disease, are more prevalent in warmer months. Ask your veterinarian for an effective preventive to keep these parasites off your dog.
Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.
Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.
Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so keep a check on your dog's activity.
Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick.
Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.
Not all beaches permit dogs; check local ordinances before heading out.
Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.
If you're swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.
Never throw your dog into the water.
If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.
Don't let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly.
If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides.
If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.
Never leave your dog unattended in water.
Many airlines will not ship animals during summer months due to dangers caused by hot weather. Some will only allow dogs to fly in the early morning or in the evening. Check with your airlines for specific rules.
If you do ship a dog, put icepacks or an ice blanket in the dog's crate. (Two-liter soft drink bottles filled with water and frozen work well.) Provide a container of fresh water, as well as a container of frozen water that will thaw over the course of the trip.
Keep your dog cool in the car by putting icepacks in his crate. Make sure the crate is well ventilated.
Put a sunshade on your car windows.
Bring along fresh water and a bowl, and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Keep a spray bottle filled with water to spritz on your dog to cool him down.
A dog's safety should not depend on the air conditioning and generator systems in an RV or motor home. These devices can malfunction, with tragic results.
If you leave your dog in an RV with the generator running, check it often or have a neighbor monitor it. Some manufacturers have devices that will notify you if the generator should malfunction.
Never leave an RV or motor home completely shut up, even if the generator and AC are running. Crack a window or door or run the exhaust fan.
Never, ever leave a dog unattended in a vehicle in the summer months. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in warm temperatures.
Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog's prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are the signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your dog is overcome.
• Heavy panting.
• Rapid breathing.
• Excessive drooling.
• Bright red gums and tongue.
• Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.
• White or blue gums.
• Lethargy, unwillingness to move.
• Uncontrollable urination or defecation.
• Labored, noisy breathing.
If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:
• Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog's paw pads.
• Apply ice packs to the groin area.
• Hose down with water.
• Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.
• Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes.
Check your dog's temperature regularly during this process. Once the dog's temperature has stabilized at between 100 to 102 degrees, you can stop the cool-down process.
If you cannot get the dog cooled down and you begin to see signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.
|Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM|
Hi Everyone & Happy New Year!!!
I’m sorry I haven’t been on my computer much at all lately, this past year has really hit me hard, harder than the first year after losing my daughter Amanda to cancer. I think the first year I was just numb, in shock really, this past year it’s really sunk in that I will never see her again and it’s been devastating, words cannot describe adequately!
My dogs have been my life savers, they truly are soul mates and are able to soothe your aching soul, they keep me going and they make me smile and laugh and let me hug them whenever I want to (which is frequently)! I don’t know what I would do without them, my guardian angels on 4 paws! I love these dogs so much I literally feel like they are an extension of my being.
I’ve been having a lot of issues trying to update the website, the hosting site changed formatting and for some reason it’s not letting me edit the pages, I want to post new pics, etc. and I’m still trying to figure out why I can’t! In the mean time you can see all the new pictures (you know taking pics of my dogs is my favorite thing to do on my Flickr site, here’s a link to all the photo albums: https/www.flickr.com/photos/dextorrbullmastiffs/sets/
I also have new videos posted on my You Tube channel: https/www.youtube.com/user/vetzpets
We have new baby French Bulldogs and have some puppies available since I have not kept up with my emails this year at all I don’t have my usual waiting list so if you are interested in a gorgeous little Frenchie baby please email me at: [email protected]
We’ve got pieds (brindle & honey pied), cocoa brindle, red brindle, black, a gorgeous red tri, and a beautiful tri pied girl with the cutest black mask over her eyes! All the puppies that are available have excellent pedigrees and are all females. You can see their individual photo albums since birth to their most recent pics on my Flickr website: https/www.flickr.com/photos/dextorrbullmastiffs/sets/
If you are interested and email me for a puppy application I’ll also send individual pics of the puppies, deposit info., the adoption fee and any other information you’ll need to know.
|Posted on February 21, 2014 at 2:20 AM|
Winter is in full swing, and dog owners need to take special care to keep their four-legged friends safe and warm. With plummeting temperatures and snowfall comes a variety of dangers that can prove harmful and even fatal to your pet. From what to watch out for during walks to caring for their paws, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) offers the following tips to help keep your dog healthy and happy this winter.
•Steer clear of de-icers such as rock salt when talking your dog for a walk. They can hurt your dog’s paw pads and be toxic if he licks it. Make sure to rinse and dry your pup’s paws when you get home.
•Trim the hair between your dog’s toes. This will help ice balls from forming there. The snow and ice can cause cuts and cracked pads. Try rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly on your dog’s paw pads before you go for a walk to help repel the snow.
•Never leave your dog alone in the car on cold days. The same way your car heats up in the summer, it gets extremely cold in the winter. If it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your dog.
•Avoid spilled antifreeze in driveways. It smells and tastes good to dogs, but it is actually lethal. You can also use pet-friendly antifreeze, which contains a much less toxic chemical and doesn’t taste as pleasant to animals.
•Consider putting a sweater on your dog when you go outside if you have a hairless or smooth-coated breed.
|Posted on October 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
Here's a link to new pics of Luca in my Flickr photo albums: