Mutt's Day is July 31st

Happy Mutt's Day!

 

This annual event was created to celebrate lovable, loyal, and one of a kind mutt.
Celebrate Mutt's Day by giving your fur baby some extra special love.

Dogs get Sunburn, Too



Dogs can suffer from sunburn.  Light colored, short hair and hairless dogs are more prone to burn.  The signs to look for are red skin, fur loss and even sores. Seek veterinary care for treatment of these symptoms.

When enjoying a day of sun with your fur kids, remember to play in a well shaded area.  Think twice about getting them groomed to short.  The fur can help insulate and protect from the  sun's UV rays.
Also consider sunscreen specifically made for pets.  Human sunscreen contains zinc oxide, which is toxic to dogs when ingested.  Lets face it your dog will lick sunscreen off.

Be safe and have fun in the sun this summer.

The Growing Waistlines of Our Pets

 
Like many Americans, many of our pets have an expanding waistline.  A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) show some scary statics.  54% of the nation's pets are overweight or obese.  



 This equals 93 million pets.  Crazy as that is, apparently we not notice our pets unhealthy weight.  22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners think their pet is normal weight, while a veterinarian would classify their pet as overweight. 


These overweight pets are developing more and more health problems, including osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease ans shortened life spans. It is our responsible to take care of our pets, we choice what to feed them and how much, lets choice better healthier. 

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Can Dogs Eat Fruit?


Like most things in your dogs diet, everything has exceptions.  Most fruits are fine, but should only be given as treats and in moderation.  Remember what happens to your stomach, if you eat too much fruit? The same goes for your dog.

There are a fine fruits that should never be fed to your four-legged friends.  Grapes and raisins are the ones, most know about.  Even a small amount can cause you dog or cat kidney failure.  Signs to look for if your pet is having a reaction to eating grapes, is repeated vomiting and being lethargic. 

The tomato is OK for your dog, however if you like to grow your own keep them away from the plant.  The plant contains solanine.  This can cause, diarrhea, dilated pupils, and a slow heart rate.

Seeds and pits are the biggest problem in fruit snacks for your pet. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which eaten in large amounts can be fatal.  Apples slices are fine, just core and de-seed.  Persimmon seeds can cause inflammation of the small intestine.  Don't forget that fruit like peaches and plums have a large pit that could be a choking hazard. The avocado's fruit, seeds, leaves, and bark all contain persin. This can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

One of my favorite kinds of fruit is citrus; but when it comes to sharing with my doggies, the answer is no.  This is a controversial concept.  For example, an orange is not toxic to your dog, however citric acid in the orange could make him/her vomit.  Did you know that some natural dog foods contain citric acid as a preservative?  Some studies are inclusive as to if it is harmful or not.  It is believed that if you soak the citric acid preserved dog food in water and then feed it to your dog it can cause "Bloat" or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, which is fatal to dogs. It is command not to soak it in water.  So, what if your dog eats his food, then drinks water?  I say there are many other fruits for my fur kids to enjoy, and they don't need any citrus. 

If you want to introduce your dog to some fruit treats, I suggest let them taste a small piece.  If they don't like it, don't force them to eat it, try something else.  Once you find a fruit they are willing to try, give them a small amount and wait a day to see how they digest it.  If all seems good the next day, add the fruit to their treat line-up.  Watermelon is well liked around our house.

5 Dog Friendly Destinations for the Summer


1. Adirondacks, NYWhether you want to stay in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or cabin or cottage, you have got plenty of pet-friendly lodging choices to pick from Warrensburg to Plattsburg.
  • The cooling waters of Raquette River, Buttermilk Falls, Ausable Chasm, Rim Walk, You can’t take your pet with you on the tour of the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville, If hiking is your focus, the public lands administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that are part of the six million-acre Adirondack Forest Preserve are pet friendly.

2. Cannon Beach, OR: Let loose on a sugar-sand beach more then 3 mile long, which allows dogs to go leash-less as long as they're under voice control.

  • 14 pet-friendly hotels and 11 eateries where doggies can do dinner at outdoor tables.

3. San Francisco, CA: This electric and compact city boast 1,000 acres of green space, and many of its top attractions welcome dogs.

  • The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park and public transporation are all open to four-legged visitors.  Your dog will get a kick out of seeing the sea lions off Pier 39, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better souvenir than a photo of them riding a cable car.

    4. Santa Moncia, CA: For dogs that like to hobnob with the rich and famous.

    • Laurel Canyon Park is 3 tree lines acres in the Santa Monica Mountains where pooches mingle off-leash. There are 12 pet friendly hotels and 32 dog friendly restaurants.  During July makes sure you check out all the fun at Pet Fest West, the popular local pet adoption festival. 


    5. Key West, FL: From outdoor dining and shopping districts to historical points and points of interest, there is much to see and do with your pooch. Dogs are even welcome in the popular Key West aquarium.

    • Pets are welcome all over the island – from the shops, bars and restaurants on Duval Street, to the sunset celebration held every evening in Mallory Square, to the great off-leash dog park and nearby dog beach.  There are 49 pet friendly hotels and 27 dog friendly restaurants. Oh yes, don't forget to got Kayak, with you doggie.

    Tips For Traveling With Animals - Guest Blog by Logan from Jet Charters

    Tips For Traveling With Animals

     
    Taking a nice vacation with your furry four-legged friend can be a wonderful adventure, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Take note of a few of these tips from someone who has traveled with dogs and cats many times in his life.

    See the Vet

    Your animal’s veterinarian will be an invaluable resource in the matter. You’ll probably need to schedule a visit before the appointment to get all the necessary documentation for your pet. For instance, if you’re flying, you’ll need an up-to-date confirmation that all your animal’s vaccinations are current. You might also want to check to see if the vet would recommend a sedative for your pet.  

    Keep Consistency

    Switching up your pet’s diet while on a vacation is a terrible idea. While you might be going somewhere to try the local fare, your animal should stick to what they eat back home, otherwise this could end up with a big smelly mess. Animal’s dietary tracts are much more sensitive than ours so the slightest switch up can cause a bad bout of diarrhea. The same goes for switching up their water too quickly. To ease the stress on their tummies, bring plenty of their normal food and bring a gallon of water from your home’s tap. Slowly wean them off the home tap by combining it with the local tap.

    Check Your Route

    Make sure that each place you plan on stopping is animal friendly. The worst thing would be to get to a hotel to find out that they have very stringent pet rules. Call ahead and save yourself that headache.

    Cargo Hold Advice

    If you have a Pug or a Chow Chow, you should never let your animals travel in the cargo hold of a plane. These breeds have nasal passages that make them especially susceptible to oxygen deprivation. Talk to your vet and the airline to see what other options are available.

    Traveling with animals can be a lot of fun but you need to do your homework. Make sure you pack wisely and prepare for any possible hitch in the itinerary. If you perform the necessary preparation, it can be a vacation you and your pet will always cherish.

    Author’s Bio: Logan is a guest author who helps people travel on a private jet charter. He travels from Teterboro at every chance he gets.

    Meet BamBam

     

    BamBam has been apart of my  life (Trina) since 1992, that's right 20 years.  He is still as feisty as ever.  He is a colorful conure who knows how to get your attention by laughing, coughing, screaming and barking.  His favorite toy is a cardboard box.  During his young years he loved to swim and on many occasions would float around the pool with me.

    After Jason became part of the family, BamBam's devotion has shifted slightly.  Oh, yes BamBam loves Jason, even to the point where he will regurgitate food for him.

    Here at Doggie Cakes, BamBam has become the security guard.  Nothing gets past him and he makes sure the whole house is alerted.  "What some one just stole a doggie treat, and didn't share? GET HIM!"



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    Do you Know the Symptoms of Dog Heatstroke?

     

    On these hot summer days it is up to you to know when your dog is getting overheated.  Being the kids they are, you dog will get wrapped up in its fun and not realize what is happening. The sun can quickly cause heatstroke.   The signs of heatstroke to look for:

    • Profuse and rapid panting
    • Usually fast noisy breathing
    • Thick drooling saliva
    • Wide, glassy eyes
    • Bright red tongue
    • Bright red or blue gums
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Collapse

    You need to take immediate measures if you see any of the above signs of heatstroke. 

    • Place the dog in cool not cold water
    • Take the dog into an air conditioned area
    • Sponge cool water on their head and tummy areas
    • Wet their tongue
    • Turn a fan on them
    • Offer small amounts of cool water every few minutes
    • As soon as possible take them to your veterinarian






    45mph Couch Potatoes - Guest Blog by Sandra Lindstedt

    45mph Couch Potatoes And Other Greyhound Facts and Fiction

     

    Greyhounds love to run, right?  So they must be high energy, high maintenance, active dogs, that need a lot of exercise, right?  NO!  Well, at least not all of them.  I am here to tell you that my first greyhound, Piper, was always a laid back, lazy girl.  We have a fenced back yard so she did laps when she felt like it and when she didn’t, which is most of the time, she sprawls on her bed.  They aren’t known as a 45mph couch potato for nothin’!  My current grey, MeMe, has more pep but is by no means a wild child.

    Greyhounds are trained to chase a “rabbit” so they must not be good with cats and small dogs, right?  NO!  Just like any breed, there are greyhounds that are not cat or small dog friendly, same as a Beagle who doesn’t like cats or a Great Dane who doesn’t get along with Chihuahuas.  Both of my greyhounds have lived very peacefully in the company of 4 cats.  

    Greyhounds are big dogs so they must eat a lot, right?  Again, nope!  Greyhounds are built to be lean, some say skinny, so they do not require a lot of food.  With a fenced yard or a couple of good walks a day, your grey will stay svelte as long as you don’t over feed him.  A high quality grain-free dog food or raw diets, like MeMe eats, are recommended.

    The ex-racing greyhound has spent its entire life living in a cage just big enough for him to stand up and turn around in.  He has never seen stairs, mirrors, sliding glass doors or walked on tile floors.  He’s never had the luxury of sleeping on a comfy bed or cushy couch.  He hasn’t experienced hugs, kisses, belly or ear rubs.  He doesn’t know that counter surfing is a no-no; he hasn’t been around small children, cats or small dogs.  All he knows is he is looking for his forever home.

    His needs are basic – good food, fresh water, a nice comfy bed to sleep on (greys have very little body fat, about half that of a different breed dog of the same size, so they have less “cushion” to sleep on hard floors), a few toys, some basic household training (teaching him how to go up and down stairs; that glass is not invisible – we have decals on our sliding glass door, our MeMe will try to run through it; that mirrors are NOT a strange dog in the house) and  lots of love.  Isn’t that what we all deserve?