Category Archives: Dog Health

Avoiding Ticks and Lyme Disease

Summer Dog Tick

Usually, when we are talking ticks, we have dogs on our mind. The truth is, ticks love the human blood as much as they like the dog’s and cat’s blood. Avoiding ticks & Lyme disease is for pets and parents (and any human), not only pet owner, who spends time in the outdoors.

The best chance to get the bloodsuckers is in a grassy area like your backyard, wooden areas,  etc. Unlike the believe, ticks are dangers all year round, especially in  the warmer areas.  The deer ticks are those who transfer Lyme disease, and in 2013 about 300,000 new cases of human disease were reported.

The best way to treat the disease, is trying to avoid it. For pet and parents, keep grass cut in the backyard, discard standing water (also good against mosquitoes),  if you are on a trail, walk in the center of the road..

Every day after the last walk outside,  it’s recommended to conduct a full body check of your pet (s), looking close to the skin as possible. If you find a tick, you need to remove it immediately.  Ticks carry lime and other diseases, depends on the tick type.

Brushing the pet fur / hair may be also useful.

Keep your dog groomed with short fur/ hair.

Use tick control for your pet. There are many products on the market of dog tick and flea control like collars, spray, one a month topical, powders. In addition, you can, or should, bathing him with tick and flea shampoo to kill whatever is crawling on him.  Do not use any of them on your cat since cats are highly sensitive to chemicals. If needed, ask your vet what to use.

Remember that sometimes it is hard to see the tick bite, The bites are painful to the dog,  and that it takes about 7 days for illness to affect the dog.

To remove ticks, never use your fingers. Use gloves and a fine-tipped tweezers. Grab the tick by the head (not the body) and just pull firmly directly outward, without twisting.  Then put it in a jar with alcohol and let her die…. Don’t wash it in the toilet, it won’t kill it.

If tick found on your pet, you should also check yourself.  Fined one, wash your clothes and dry on very high temperature.

In case of illness, it is usually treated with antibiotics.

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Burn Calories with Your Dog The Fun Way.

Burn Calories with Your Dog The Fun Way.Overweight is a real problem in modern life and obese pet’s numbers are growing too. After a long, cold winter, most of us gained some extra pounds. Now, when the weather is nice, Why not put on the sneakers and  go out burn calories with your dog the fun way.

Here are some easy (if not, do it gradually) to burn some calories while having wonderful, bonding time with your dog. Even if he is not overweight, he’ll love the activity. So don’t use it as an excuse :)

Walking the dog – do it twice a day. He needs it and it’ll benefit you.

Take new routes so you will not be bored.

Change pace, start slow, increase it for a few minutes and back to the slower pace. Don’t overdo at the beginning.  In time, you’ll be able to go quicker and be less tired.

Benefits: Max has so much energy that, if not released,  may result in restlessness and aggression (some breeds need  harder work than others).  You are doing a big part of the 10,000 daily steps recommended and burning calories. You’ll meet other pet lovers, neighbors, who are walking their dogs. What a great way to socialize for human and animal.

Hiking –  If you love the outdoors, why not choosing a nice park, where pets allowed, and go hiking. Beginners (human and dog) should start with a short, flat  and easy trail. When you feel you both ready, take harder trail. Don’t forget to have water bottles for you and for your 4 – legged companion. Treats should be helpful, if you need him to do something he doesn’t realty want to do along the walk. Small breeds can’t walk very long distances, so plane the road with the dog abilities in mind.

Benefits: This is a full body and cardiovascular exercise for both of you. Improves body health and fitness. Burn calories and gives overall good physical and mental feeling.

Playing in the backyard – It is tempting to open the door and let the dog out.  Instead, throw a ball and compete with him, who gets the ball first.  Play tug while alternating hands. Chase each other (this is one of my dog’ s favorites).

Group Walking DogsJoin a group – It is fun to walk together with other pet owners.  Search on the Meetups site for a group in your area and join.




Do activities on a regular basis. Be innovative and create new games you and your dog enjoy together. Not only you lose weight, but you bond with your dog more than ever.

More ideas for dog and owner exercising on our 4-legged blog.

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Pets Summer Dangers – How to Avoid Them

dogs_in_summerIt’s almost summer, which means it’s time to refresh our memory regarding pets summer dangers and the do’s and don’ts. When the weather starts to heat up we need to take action to prevent overheating, dehydration and sunburn. Remember to treat your pets in summer just as you would a human. Provide plenty of water and never leave them in a car.

Don’t Over-groom

Again – if we feel hot, so does the pet (maybe even more). After all, they have natural coats on them all the time. It is very important to keep Fido groomed, but not bald, as the layer of hair helps protect the skin from sunburns.

Enjoying the Outdoors

If your dog has gentle skin, use pet sunscreen. Also, it is recommended to brush the fur everyday to keep it clean and free of ticks. You can use sunscreen or insect repellent product for pets to accomplish this.

Insect Repellent Dog T Shirt
Insect Repellent T-Shirt

New products to check out include the Insect Repellent T-Shirt and Insect Repellent Bandana. They act as a shield that protects against a variety of insects, which can often carry dangerous diseases. They also allow you to avoid other repellent products that use harsh chemicals.

Don’t leave pets outside for too long. Supervise them and provide a shaded area where they can hide from the sun. Don’t ever leave your dog or cat outside without fresh, cool water.

So many pets summer dangers can be avoided by having enough water on hand. Whether it’s in your backyard, on the beach, or hiking, you should always have fresh water with you. Use a plastic bottle and travel bowl or pet water bottles that make it easy for pets to drink from directly. Freeze used plastic water bottles and let Fido lick it while outside. At home, add ice cubes to the water. Most dogs love it.

Traveling by Car

As stated above, do not leave your pet (or child) in a parked car – not even for a short time. The temperature in the car, even if the windows are open, can climb to dangerous levels in a very short time. The heat can lead to dehydration and even death.

The Daily Walk

Do not skip the daily walk; instead, do it early in the morning or later in the day after the hot hours have passed. At the same time, do not over-exercise the pet when it’s too hot outside.

The backyard

Again, fresh cold water must always be in reach and you should provide a shaded cool area. Also, beware of hot asphalt that will burn puppy’s paws. If it is an outdoor dog, all the above are a must! When the temperature is very high, think about bringing him into the AC to avoid pets summer dangers altogether.

Playing in the hot weather could include a big “dog pool” made of a hard plastic container that’s big and deep enough to cool off your pet’s body while playing. You can also use the garden hose to play with your pet while cooling him off.

Remember that there are plants in your backyard that are not safe for dogs. Many lawn fertilizers and weed control products could be toxic.

In the Home

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When you leave home and the weather is very hot, you can put a cooling pad in your pet’s crate or as a bed right on the floor. The pad is self-cooling, meaning that no electricity is involved and it’s safe to leave it unattended while you’re not home. Another option is to simply have a fan in the crate.

Also, try giving your pooch a frozen water bottle or some frozen chicken soup – they would definitely enjoy licking these items.

To sum it up – pets summer dangers can be avoided by understanding that dogs (and cats) suffer from heat just like humans. Water, shade and a cool spot to rest will help them enjoy summer in a safe way.

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