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Winterize Your Doggie

Winterize Your Doggie 0

When the outside temperatures drop, we like to stay indoors and drink some hot chocolate or tea.  Similarly, we bundle ourselves into our nice, warm coats, put on our warmest shoes, and may even add some earmuffs before heading outside.

Our canine companions may be in need of such a treatment, but there are different things we need to observe before taking out furry friend out in winter weather.

Here are tips to help you to winterize your mutt and keep him a healthy hot dog:

  • If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, it is important to bring him inside more often. Keep in mind the wind-chill factor, which makes the weather actually feel colder than it reads on your thermometer. Even if your dog has a doghouse outside, do bring him in for the night. Frostbite is a very real danger to your dog’s extremities, such as the legs, ears, and even the tail.
  • Do not assume that you can forego giving your dog water in the winter since there is snow all over the ground.  Snow is not a substitute for a readily available supply of fresh water.
  • If you keep your dog in a tiled area of the house, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, make sure you leave some bedding, such as blankets, pillows, or towels.  Tiled floors can become extremely cold in winter, and if there is nothing between your dog and the floor, so will he. 
  • You will need to keep your dog safe from drafts. 
  • If your dog is a long-haired breed, it is a good idea to clip the hair around the paws to make sure that clumps of ice and snow do not accumulate and thus make it uncomfortable for him to walk.  On the other hand, if your dog is of a breed known for its short to medium hair length, this may be a good time to unpack the doggie sweaters to make sure he can enjoy your walks as much as you can!
  • If you live in an area where salt is used to de-ice streets and sidewalks, you will want to make extra certain that your dog’s paws are clean when you get back home.  You may even wish to go so far as to spread a very small amount of petroleum jelly on his paw pads to ensure that the salt is not leading to painful cracks in the skin that may become infected.
  • When you come inside after playing in the snow, be sure to blow-dry your dog so that he will not have the coldness of water next to his skin for extended periods of time. 

Yet there are other things to consider when winterizing your dog, and this involves winterizing your home as well.

For example, while you may stock up on antifreeze to keep your car from freezing up, or while you may have a sack of de-icer for your driveway, you do not want to have these items accessible to your canine companion. 

Dogs simply love the smell and taste of antifreeze, yet it is a deadly poison to them that has already cost many a dog’s life. Make sure that your car is not leaking antifreeze, and when you replenish the antifreeze in your car’s engine, be certain to clean up any spills, no matter how small they might be. 

With the cold winter weather also come the festive winter holidays...

Quite often these bring with themselves a whole host of items potentially dangerous to your four-legged companion, and winterizing your mutt may also mean keeping these problem items out of reach. 

Two things that come to mind immediately are tinsel, such as it is used to decorate Christmas trees and poinsettia plants that sometimes line our entryway or decorate our festive living rooms.

These items may cause severe illness in dogs if ingested, and it is best to forego the tinsel altogether while leaving the poinsettias on high shelves where the dog will not be able to reach it.

So go ahead and enjoy the winter with your mutt! With a little bit of preparation and some simple safety precautions, you should have a great time together!

  • Alex Brown
5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR DOG

5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR DOG 0

1. Take your dog to the pumpkin patch

Does the air have a bit of a chill where you live? What better way to get both you and your dog out and about in the beautiful fall weather than to head to the pumpkin patch. Remember, your dog still needs the exercise of summer days.

2. Have a scary movie night

A scary movie marathon can get you and your dog in the spooky mood. Set up your living or TV room with comfy blankets and pet beds and snuggle up for some of your favorite thrillers. While you and the humans snack on popcorn and candy, keep your dogs busy with Halloween treats and toys.

3. Whip up some homemade Halloween treats

Halloween = lots of chocolate that your pup can’t eat. Give your dog a taste of the season with these two recipes. They’re Doggie Dailies approved!

PUMPKIN FROYO BITES

PEANUT BUTTER DOG BISCUITS (they're the Reese's Pieces of doggie treats) 

4. Get help passing out candy

Is your dog a friendly greeter? Enlist the “help” of your dog to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Having your dog close to the action is fun for you and your visitors.

5. Dress up your dog in a costume 

There’s no better way to make your dog feel like he’s a part of holiday than to dress them up in the most paw-fect costume out there. DIY it or purchase one online, either way you’ll be happy you did it! Check out a few of our team picks: 

 

  • Alex Brown
5 Tips To Keep Your Doggie Happy and Safe This Independence Day

5 Tips To Keep Your Doggie Happy and Safe This Independence Day 0

You might be excited about the long weekend, neighborhood barbecue, and fireworks, but chances are your dog is NOT. With the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, your dog might try to make an escape for safer grounds. Think about it, if your Doggie is scared of a car ride to the vet, chances are they don’t dig loud fireworks either.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s animal shelters report a huge increase in the number of lost pets on our nation’s birthday. So how can you keep your Doggie safe and sound? Check out these tips that will help you enjoy the Fourth of July with your Doggie all while keeping them safe.

 

1. Get Them The Proper I.D. 

Be sure that your Doggie is wearing a visible, up-to-date ID tag on their collar at all times and take a current photo of your dog, just in case.

 

2. Tire Them Out

Exercise your Doggie early on in the day, before the parties begin so that they don’t have a ton of pent up energy. A sleepy pup can work in your favor on big nights like this.

 

3. No Table Food For You

Independence Day is all about being with family and friends around a barbecue. Keep charcoal and other grilling supplies far from your curious canine. Also, keep treats on hand for guests who might want to feed your Doggie.

 

4. Cover-up The Scary Sounds

If your Doggie isn’t a fan of loud noises or thunder, leave some gentle music playing to cover the sound of fireworks.

 

5. It’s Safer Indoors

Keep your Doggie indoors during the festivities. While it is a very fun day, it can also be panic inducing for pets, so it’s best to keep them safe inside your home.

  • Jennifer M

5 Adorable Gifts For Your Dog’s Easter Basket 0

#1 – BUNNY EAR DOG HOOD

These adorable bunny ear dog hoods from FoxandFilly are handmade with love and soft yarn. He’s sure to be the cutest and most comfortable Doggie of the bunch.

SOURCE: Etsy.com

 

#2 – CHOCOLATE BUNNIES

For the Doggie on a diet, these classic chocolate bunnies from AmandaLynnCrochet will never go bad!

 

SOURCE: Etsy.com

 

#3 – EASTER DOG BANDANA

The must-have Doggie accessory for Spring is this reversible bandana from DogCharms. Shop their entire collection to keep your Doggie will be styling all season long.

SOURCE: Etsy.com

 

#4 – EASTER THEMED DOG TREATS

Your Doggie will need a treat to enjoy this weekend too. These treats from DogParkPublishing are almost too cute to eat!

 

SOURCE – Etsy.com

 

#5 – EGG SHAPED SQUEAKY TOY

Make this an Easter your Doggie will remember forever. Hide these squeaky plush eggs in the yard and see how many your Doggie can find.

 

SOURCE – Walmart.com

  • Jennifer M