Monthly Archives: July 2016

Hot Dog!

There's a reason they call it the Dog Days of Summer. If your little place in the world is as hot as it has been in Iowa, you know all too well what they meant. So how do you make sure your pal gets the outside time they need safely? And how do you keep them entertained when they're inside?
Group of happy children playing on green grass in spring park
Even if they love the outdoors, and don't notice how hot it is, be aware of the impact high heat and humidity might be having on them. Like little kids, they don't know what's best for them - you do. Letting them out in the cooler parts of the day is best, of course, but if they need to be out in the hottest times, stay with them so you know when they're able to go back inside. Regardless of how long they're out, make sure they have both shade and fresh water.
­Some signs of heatstroke to watch for:
  • Panting more than usual
  • Heart beating very quickly
  • More slobbery than usual
  • Tongue bright red
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
Once your dog is overheated, it can be hard to cool him off. Gentle wiping him down with a cold cloth can help. Putting him near a fan or air conditioning is ideal.. Being overheated can cause seizures and even cardiac arrest. If you have any concerns, get your pal to the Dog Doc ASAP.
What can you do to keep your pal entertained? 
  • Hide treats around the house and do some nose work.
  • Work on your obedience skills. Errr, your dog's obedience skills.
  • Stuff a Kong with peanut butter or banana and freeze, then let them go to town getting to the tasty treat. That is a favorite around here!
  • Don't have all your dog's toys available at once. Rotating them out makes them feel new and interesting.
  • Put some tennis balls or balled up socks in a muffin tin with treats hiding underneath. Instant puzzle game!
  • If you have enough room to play 'chase' safely, that's a workout for you both!
  • One game that's popular around here is to restuff a stuffed toy that the dog has 'murdered.'
If you have ideas for how to keep them busy, share! We'd love to hear!



Have a happy - and safe - 4th!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner!  While this is an exciting and fun time for people, we want to make sure our pets are safe and can enjoy the holiday, too!  Did you know that the loud noises and flashing lights typically involved in the Fourth of July could frighten pets and cause abnormal behavior, resulting in broken leashes, jumping fences, running away, and even biting?
Here are some pet safety tips to help you and your pet get the most out of the Fourth.
  1. Keep your pet away from the noise in someplace quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof during fireworks or other loud noises.
  2. Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag to ensure they can return home if they get separated from you.
  3. Never use fireworks around your pets.
  4. Keep lighter fluid and matches away from pets.
  5. Do not put glow jewelry on pets or allow them to play with this.
  6. Do not leave alcoholic beverages unattended where pets can get them.
  7. Above all, do not take your pets to any festivities, including fireworks, concerts, etc.!
Use these tips in addition to your best judgment to ensure a fun and safe Fourth of July for humans and pets alike!