Category Archives: Dogs

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Pool Safety Tips For Pets to Keep Fido Happy & Healthy

Summer Tips For DogsSummer is one of those times we spend more time in the pool and venture out to our local waterways to beat the heat. While we’ve all learned not to leave a pet alone in a hot car during these warmer months, there are other perils present for our pets near the pool. Here are Pool Safety Tips for your dog to keep him just like you love him- Happy and Healthy !!

Aside from some obvious dangers, like ingesting too much chlorine and other pool chemicals that can cause an upset stomach and other digestive problems, there’s some lesser known dilemmas that many dogs face. For example, the surfaces that commonly surround swimming pools can become burning hot under the summer sun, so be sure they have a blanket or other surface that protects them from possibly burning their sensitive paws. You may also protect the paws with our cute doggie waterproof summer sandals.

Before Going In

You should never force an animal into the water, whether it’s a swimming pool, lake, pond or other waterway. But if your animal is familiar with the water and enjoys a good swim, make sure they are also familiar with the where they can safely exit the pool. For dogs that aren’t good swimmers but still enjoy a dip in these waters, consider purchasing them a life vest to keep them safe in the pool or sea.

You should never assume that any particular canine can swim since some breeds are simply not designed for floating or “dog paddling.” Smaller dogs like dachshunds and breeds with broad chests and shorter legs like Bull dogs are notoriously poor swimmers when it comes to being in a pool. Other animals that have trouble in the water are:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Chows
  • Dachshunds
  • Maltese
  • Pekinese
  • Pugs
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Shih Tzu

There are also dogs that are more susceptible to a condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome or BAS. Found in many of the dogs mentioned above, these canines often have shortened (which is brachy) heads (cephalic) that causes them to have breathing difficulties that could be problematic when swimming. While no animal or person for that matter should be left unsupervised when in the pool, pay particular attention to dogs that could struggle in the water.

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen

Just like humans, dogs can be subject to a painful sunburn from spending too much time outdoors. Especially for canines with shorter hair, lighter colored coats and skin, they could benefit from the use of sunscreen. You should be able to find a pet-friendly product at most local chains or online, you may also consider using those that are child-friendly. Read the ingredients and avoid using any that contain zinc as this is very toxic for pets.

Add Some Extra Fun and Colors

Colorful doogie bikinis and swim trunks with nice patterns.  And, don’t forget to few dog’s water toys for a perfect water time on a hot day.

After The Pool Party

Be sure to properly wash and dry your pet after they’re done swimming. Be especially careful and vigilant when it comes to washing their ears and areas around the eyes. Look for any redness or other possible signs of irritation or issues from too much sun or exposure to chlorine.

As always, if there’s ever a problem with your pet that’s beyond your expertise, take them to see a veterinarian immediately. But for the most part, enjoy your time in the sun with your precious pooch, in and out of the pool.

Enjoy the summer while keeping your pets and family safe.

Two legged Dog Named Bob w/ His Red Harness

2 leg dog running over obstacles

Letter from a customer about her adopted two legged dog named Bob, that not only will touch your heart, but it also show how important it is to adopt pets from shelters.  Even a dog with only two legs can be happy, run, have fun and most of all, has so much love to give back!!!!
“I ordered the new wrap and snap choke free dog harness – Flame Red for our dog.

He’s a 4.5 lb toy poodle with 2 legs.  He’s missing his front right paw and rear left leg below the knee due to horrific circumstances before his rescue.

I needed a harness that was step-in because I didn’t want anything going over his head (his ears are so big!) or buckles on his neck, and had a hard time finding a tiny step-in harness with mesh underneath to offer balance support.

We spent a couple days getting used to it, and today it served its purpose.

He may be an 11 year old dog with 2 legs, but Bob has made remarkable recovery and his professional rehab team approved him to take agility classes, with reasonable limitations for safety and physical concerns.

This harness is allowing me to provide the support and safety needed to let him continue learning obstacles in a very safe and controlled way as I can offer physical and balance through the harness.  Plus, he looks great in red! Thank you-Megan”

Two Leg Dog With Harness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid & Pattern Mesh Harness CollectionIf you like the harnesses in solid color or with happy colorful pattern bellow, click the images to go there.

 

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Crating Your Dog

crating your dog (pet)Crating your dog  is one thing we never used where i am coming from. Europe.  I do understand that the crate can be a good tool for housetraining, and some learning. Especially in the early stage of a young pups.  But when we think of our pets as family members, we spend so much money on healthy pet food, Alpaca sweaters,  orthopedic beds, clever toys and metal cage.

I am not a trainer, and i don’t want to sound like one, or give any advise from training point of view. I only talk about the crate itself.

Pet owners should understand that you can’t just put the pup in a crate and throw away the key.  As it stated on pedfinder.com “The rule of thumb for crating is no longer than one hour per each month of age, up to nine to ten hours maximum … Each session should be preceded and succeeded by an hour of aerobic exercise. If this is too long for your dog, hire a dog walker to exercise him midday.” That sounds nice, but i am sure not many people come home after a work day and take the dog, that was caged all this time, for an hour of aerobic exercise. Nay.

I was working as a Realtor for a while, and i can’t forget this one house, they had a beautiful big German shepherd, in a crate. The only thing he could do comfortably is laying down. He couldn’t fully seat not to say standing. And i am asking you, would you like to be caged  for nine hours like that? Nay.

So, if you feel the crating your dog is a must, be generous with the size and space you give your pet. Weather it’s a cat or a dog, Give them enough space to sleep, seat, stand.

 

Have the wires covered, put a nice mat, if it is winter, you can even have a blanket. Cover the the crate with nice designer crate cover collection to keep the space warmer and to give privacy and secure feeling. It is beneficial for your pet and will look wonderful in your home.

The other option instead of crating your dog, is having a pet gate and preventing them from going places you don’t want them to go in the house. Choose a room (if you have a sun room or den with lots of windows that will be the best choice) and have water , toys and his mat /bed. Use the gate to prevent him from roaming the house. He will be so much happier having the option to look out, bark on squirrels, sleep and play. Would you prefer to be treated that way, if you were a dog? Yap

Again, no training recommendation been intended in this article.