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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.

Traveling with Your Dog Abroad (Max the Maltese).

When you plan on traveling with your dog abroad, There are some preparations to do ahead.   Max is one of 3 dogs we adopted along the years. He is the smallest Max the Maltese Traveling Abroadvery spoiled because of his health.  So when it came time to go and visit our family I knew that whatever it takes, Max is coming with us.

With any overseas travel you need to check what the destination country rules are and the airline rules.

Tests and Vaccines

To find our destination demands, I searched the internet and found it to be quite confusing and not clear enough . It’s good to have friends who already went that road and willing to help you. In addition, the vet was a good place to clear things up.

So Max needed his vaccine again, even though he had a few months left before the 3 years ends. Then we had to send to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine  blood for a special DNA rabies test which they are the only vet laboratory in North America doing it .   After our vet got the results (and they are good) he did a full body checkup and a lot of paperwork!! With all of that, we went to the agriculture office to have them authorize the documents.

All the above need to be done in a limited time frame, and the cost  depends on your destination.


In The Airport

We did it all in a month and a half and paid more than the tickets cost. At the airport, on both sides,  we’ve been asked to show the documents, so bring it all with you.

After landing, we had a long walk. It’s not easy if you need to carry luggage in addition to the pet carrier. We also had a wheeled carrier/  backpack.  Bringing it with us was one great decision. We got  OK in places where pets are not allowed, if we kept him in this carrier, he used it to sleep while we were busy with our things, he was covered when it was raining and was very comfy when we needed quick move.

After we landed hubby walked the wheeled carrier and Max enjoyed it very much, but at the same time he was checking to see that I am behind.

Pet Carrier

The next step is checking with the airline’s in-cabin pet carrier rules.  The carrier dimension is quite the same for most airline companies, and it should fit under the sit in-front yours. The best choice is a soft carrier, so you can bend a bit the frame if it’s not a perfect match under the seat.  In addition, you want the bag to be comfortable for your pet. After all, he will be spending the whole time in it. For Max we had his blanket in his carrier and  a sweater ready to put on,  so he’ll be comfy while feeling safe and warm for the very long trip ahead.Max in His New Carrier





Packing for Max

1. Documents – Done

2. Carrier – Done

3. Extra Wheeled / backpack – Done

4. His drugs (plus a few extra just to be on the safe side)  – Done

5. His beloved blanket and toy for better chance he’ll stay in the bag and go to sleep – Done

6. Bag of treats – Done

7. Some dry food for the few first days – Done.

8. If you use and weather depends – raincoat / sweater etc. – Done

9. Poop bags – done

10. Toothbrush, shampoo, etc., depends on your visit length.

I am sure I forgot something. That is why I start my list way ahead and each time I remember some new stuff, I’ll add it.

 On The Plane

Max is not use being in a closed carrier, although I let him try it a few Max and Me In The Planetimes during the last month. So the truth is that I was holding him most of the time.  I did have to hide him under the blanket when an attendant was in the area… Shhhh, no telling 🙂


The Destination

Traveling with your dog means you have to go with him anywhere you go, unless of-course you have someone to take care of him when you are going places dogs are not allowed. It was a nice surprise, seating for afternoon coffee,  Max, Hubby and me, and that is what I was served with. (See the image)coffe-doggie

There were places where people don’t like pets. You may feel offended, but you shouldn’t.  The best is to ignore and move on to another place.


It was fun having Max with us. But it also was extra work like walking a lot of stairs up and down for the walks. Finding places to have him when going to a show (or any place where pets are not allowed),  food (did I mention how spoiled he is?  Only cooked by mommy food at home and now mommy pays the price).  But I will do it again next time!!

Easy, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

homemade dog treatsWe pet owners love to pamper our furry babies, and one of the best ways to do this is to give them treats. But with so many foods and treats been recalled, can we be sure we are feeding our pets real, healthy treats? What options do we have if we want only the best for our dogs? Well, we can make healthy, easy homemade dog treats ourselves.

Hey… don’t run away 🙂 I don’t like cooking very much myself, but these are a breeze. Simply read on and I think you’ll give the idea a second chance.

Different Types of Homemade Dog Treats

Here are three basic ideas for tasty, homemade dog treats that only take a few minutes to make. You can set some aside for a week and freeze the rest. Do as much as you like and add whatever other healthy ingredients your pooch prefers.

1. Chicken Breast Treats

If the breast is too thick, cut it in half. Put on a baking sheet in the oven on medium heat and broil until it’s light brown and dry. Let it cool down before  cutting into pieces of your choice. Keep refrigerated or freeze a portion for next week (or for the whole month).

2. Two-Ingredient Dog Treats

You’ll need whole wheat flour and two jars of pureed baby food. You can replace the flour with spelt, bean flour, rolled oats or whatever you like. Choose baby food like chicken and sweet potato, raspberry, applesauce, peanut butter, etc. Avoid any food with chocolate, raisin, grapes, onion or garlic. You can check the “Do Not Feed” list to see exactly what you should avoid. Combine the two ingredients and add water or flour if needed.

Form a stiff dough and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it to a 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife or a bone shaped cookie cutter (or a flower, or… you get the idea) and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet about half inch from each other. Bake at 350° F for 20 to 30 minutes. After totally cooled, keep in a paper bag (if not they will soften but will still be good to eat).

I used oat roll (1 cup) and whole wheat flour (1 cup). I made three different cookie sizes to fit my three dogs. After 20 minutes, I turned them over for another 10. As stated before, feel free to have some fun with cute shapes for these fancy dog cookies.

To see if my pooches loved the homemade dog treats, check out the image at the top of this post 🙂

3. Summer Frozen Chicken Cube

Use caned chicken broth (low in sodium) and add minced carrots, parsley, banana and sweet potato. Stir all ingredients together and fill small bowls or ice cubes with the blend. Freeze until solid. You can also use any vegetables/fruits that your dog loves.

Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

Besides being fun to make and the enjoyment of watching your pet excitedly devour something you made, homemade dog treats have some great advantages:

  • You know exactly what’s in the cookie.

  • You decide on the treat’s size.

  • You can control the dog’s calorie intake.

Search the internet for more ideas, but don’t forget that dogs aren’t supposed to eat everything humans eat, so be careful. Bon Appetit!