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Summer Safety Reminder

Summer is in full swing! The beautiful sunshine and long warm days are a perfect excuse to get outside with your dog. However, it’s important to remember dogs can easily become exhausted and possibly ill due to the heat. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure you and your dog have a safe Summer:

Never leave your dog unattended in a car. While this is clearly common sense, every year there are too many reports of dog’s dying due to their owner’s negligence.

Shade is key. If you’re going to be outside with your dog, it’s best to limit the amount of time he is in direct sunlight. Keeping him in shaded areas and giving him rest breaks will help avoid over exhausting your dog.

Keep your dog hydrated. He should have access to water at all times. If you take him outdoors for an adventure make sure you bring water and a bowl with you.

Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice your dog panting heavily, excessively drooling, vomiting, or showing signs of lethargy, take caution! Take immediate action to cool your dog down. Place them inside with the air conditioning on and a fan pointed towards them. A cool bath may help also, but adding ice may worsen things. Call your dog’s vet. It’s always better to air on the side of caution. The vet may suggest you come in, if so take this advice seriously.

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Ear Infections Impact Cats and Dogs

Many pets have ear infections that go undetected. Dogs and cats have vertical ear canals which allows moisture as well as debris to easily become backed up in the ear canal. Extra hair, moisture, wax, allergies, ear mites, or yeast can cause your pet to have an ear infection. Ear infections can become very painful to pets, just like they can become to humans.

How Do You Know if Your Pet is Suffering From an Ear Infection?

If you notice your pet have any of these symptoms it’s possible they may be suffering from an ear infection:

-Odor coming from their ear

-Hair loss near their ear

-Loss of balance

-Scabs on outside or inside of the ear

-Hearing loss

-Walking in circles

-Swelling

-Head shaking

-Scratching or rubbing at their ear

What Should You Do if Your Pet is Demonstrating Any of Those Symptoms?

The first step is to take him see his veterinarian. They will examine your pet’s ear canal and ear drum. Sometimes a sample of your pet’s ear discharge may be taken to determine whether bacteria, yeast, or parasites are present.

If your pet’s veterinarian diagnoses your pet with an ear infection they will clean your pet’s ear thoroughly. While this may temporarily cause your pet some discomfort, it is vital to clearing the infection up. In addition, your pet’s veterinarian will prescribe your pet a topical or oral medicine. It’s crucial to ensure your pet receives the treatment suggested by their veterinarian to clear up any infection. Incorporating a routine of cleansing your pet’s ears is incredibly beneficial as well. Cleansers for cats and dogs will make a big difference in your pets overall health.

How Can You Prevent Your Pet From Having Ear Infections in the Future?

Many times the cause for an ear infection is due to the ear canal becoming moist after swimming, bathing, or grooming. The moisture remaining in your pet’s ear fuels the growth of bacteria. Ensuring your pet is dried off properly can make quite a difference. However, some pets easily get ear infections due to allergies. Determining whether your pet is getting ear infections due to moisture or allergies will help greatly in lessening the chances of your pet obtaining an ear infection.

 

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Dog Dental Care

Dental care for dogs is just as important as it is for humans. Your dog’s dental health is critical to their overall health. Dental issues can cause health problems in other parts of your dog’s body to occur. This makes it extremely important to have your dogs teeth and gums evaluated by their veterinarian at a minimum, once a year. Routine veterinarian visits allow veterinarians to evaluate your dog for early signs of health issues and well as maintain your dog’s dental hygiene.

If you notice your dog having dental issues before their yearly check up, it’s strongly suggested to contact your vet for a visit. Signs to look for include:

-Bad breath
-Broken or loose teeth
-Loss of appetite
-Bleeding from the mouth
-Swelling in or around the mouth

Your dog’s veterinarian may suggest a variety of treatment plans if your dog is having any type of issue. One of the best things you can do for your dog’s dental health is preventative care. Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing dental chews can make a world of a difference.

While it can be challenging to do so, brushing your dog’s teeth is very effective in preventing any dental issues. Many dogs don’t like to have their owners brush their teeth, but starting this routine early on in your dog’s life will be greatly effective in avoiding dental issues for your dog.

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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

You may be surprised to learn that your cat can suffer from urinary tract infections too. Many kitty cat owners are not aware of this, so knowing the signs of an infection is beneficial.

While some cats may never have one in their lifetime, the cats that do suffer from them show symptoms that their owners may not even realize are indicators.

The Most Common Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection Are:

-Urine accidents inside the house in places like the bathtub or a closet
-Straining to urinate
-Frequent attempts to urinate
-Blood in the urine (this may be pink or red)
-Painful urination

If your cat shows these signs it’s important to take him to the Veterinarian for an evaluation. The Veterinarian will need a to perform a urinalysis. The urinalysis will show whether there are white blood cells present in your cats urine or not. White blood cells in the urine indicate an infection. While the presence of white blood cells suggests an infection, it’s vital that this is confirmed by performing a culture. Culturing the urine and allowing bacteria to grow will allow the Veterinarian to be absolutely certain there is an infection and most importantly what type of bacteria is causing it.

A culture is vital because it allows the Veterinarian to know which antibiotic to treat your cat with due to the type of bacteria found. If no bacteria is present there is no need for an antibiotic. Veterinarians prefer not to prescribe antibiotics unless it’s absolutely needed due to the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A culture can also help determine if something else is going on in your cat’s body besides a urinary tract infection. A cat may exhibit signs of a urinary tract infection, but the type of bacteria found in the culture may indicate issues that are more serious than initially thought.

How to Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Most importantly remember the symptoms of a urinary tract infection and look out for them. The sooner your cat receives treatment, the better he will feel. Some cats are susceptible to reoccurring urinary tract infections, so it’s advised to know the signs and follow the directions and treatment plan your cat’s Veterinarian puts into place.

Many Veterinarians suggest giving your cat a daily urinary infection preventative. It’s also extremely beneficial to ensure your cat has access to water to drink throughout the day. Not only will it help your four legged pal to stay hydrated, but drinking plenty of water results in regular urinating. This helps to flush out and reduce the chance of bacteria growing in the urinary tract.

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Dog Breed Spotlight: German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a highly intelligent, large breed of dog. Originating from Germany, the German Shepherd was bred to guard and herd shepherd’s flocks. They make amazing companion dogs who are wonderful protectors who have an average lifespan of 10 – 12 years.

The German Shepherd has a medium in length, double coat of fur that sheds all year long. Due to shedding throughout the year, its coat should be brushed thoroughly one to two times a week.

They are beautifully colored with variations of black, tan, and sometimes red. This breed of dog is known for its great agility and strength. They respond well to training which is why so many service dogs are German Shepherds.

German Shepherds make wonderful protectors that are devoted to their family and other pets in their home. If near other pets they are unfamiliar with, the German Shepherd may be dominating and assertive.

If you have a German Shepherd we would love for you to share your photos and videos with us in the comments below!

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Let Your Pet Know They Are Appreciated

National Pet Appreciation Week is coming up this month. While it’s awesome to have a whole week dedicated to appreciating pets, every day is a day to celebrate and appreciate pets.

If you’re wondering how to celebrate or let your pet know they are appreciated, don’t sweat it. Here are some great ideas for letting your pet know how much you appreciate them:

Take your pet on an extra long walk. Consider taking your pet to their favorite park or an area they have never been to before. Extending their walk by even just 10 minutes is sure to make them feel appreciated and loved.

Give your pet a treat just because. Not only will they be surprised by your kind gesture, they’ll feel so loved and cherished, which will make them so happy. Special treats like these are perfect for your cat and your dog will love these.

Give them extra cuddle time. What pet doesn’t love to be petted and cuddled by their family? Cuddle with your pet for a few extra minutes in the morning or evening. Not only will your pet love the affection, but you will too. Give your pet a massage or extra head scratches, they will be so happy and relaxed!

Give your pet a gift. Pets love gifts just as much as some of us humans do. Surprise your pet with a new toy! You dog will love any of these!

Tell them how much you appreciate them! Even if you’re not certain your pet understands what you’re saying, do it. Your pet will feel so appreciated and loved by the comforting sound of your voice.

 

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Flea and Tick Preventative

As a responsible dog owner, you know how serious flea and tick control is. There’s nothing worse than watching your sweet fur baby suffer from issues due to ticks or fleas. Especially when these issues are so easily preventable.

Summer is quickly approaching and as the days go by, the weather is warming up. While this means more fun in the sun with your pooch, it also means more pests like fleas and ticks. Fleas thrive in warm climates, resulting in an influx of these pests during the warm summer months.

It’s a wise choice to start your dog on a flea and tick preventative such as Nexgard. Nexgard is a once a month, chewable flea and tick treatment that not only acts a preventative measure, but also treats existing flea and ticks.

Even if your dog is not currently suffering from fleas or ticks, you should never wait until your dog is suffering to take action to help them. Why even risk the chance of your sweet dog being in any discomfort?

Ticks carry many diseases that are easily spread to your dog and are potentially life threatening. Some diseases that ticks carry and transmit to dogs can result in paralysis. Fleas in particular can cause many problems for not only your dog but also you. If your dog catches fleas, the fleas easily spread to other pets in your household. A flea infestation will cause a nuisance for you and your family members. Most importantly, fleas serve as hosts for tapeworms which both dogs and humans can be infected with.

Nexgard is available in 3 month and 6 month supply, as well as varying dosages depending on the weight of your dog.

Regularly keeping on track of your dog’s flea and tick preventative will cause less headache for both you and your dog. Not to mention, it will keep you and your dog comfortable and pest free.

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Why Pugs Are the Best

1. They make you smile. Pugs are little clowns who love to make everyone chuckle. Their cute little shaking booty and big ole eyes make them irresistible.

2. They are so cute! Who can resist a smushy face? Their curly tails look just like cinnamon buns and their endless rolls make you want to hug them immediately! They are great snugglers that will keep you warm and cozy.

 

3. They are the best listeners. Have anything heavy on your mind or just need a friend to talk to? Pugs are the friend for you! They will listen intently, never judge you, and most of all, never spill any of the deepest, darkest (or embarrassing) secrets you divulge.

4. They are down for anything! Whether it’s a road trip, watching movies on the couch, playing, or dressing up, they will do it. Literally, they will do anything as long as they are with their loved ones.

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1) Throw a party! Birthday parties aren’t just for humans. Invite your pet’s pals and their owners over for some good ole fashion socializing. Make sure all choking hazards and dangerous foods are up and out of the way.

 

2) Surprise your pet with a birthday present. Who doesn’t love surprises? Especially on their birthday? Pick out a new toy your pet will love to surprise them with on their big day. They will be so happy and so will you. Why not a fun toy like this for your cat?

3) Pamper your pet. Treat your pet to a spa day! Take your pet to get groomed (as long as they enjoy it). A day dedicated to yourself not only makes you look good, but also makes you feel good on the inside. Your pet will appreciate it!

 

4) Give them some special treats. What pet doesn’t like treats? Your dog would love a treat along these lines.

5) Go on an adventure. Take them to a pet park, pet playgroup, or for a ride in the car.

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Summer is just around the corner. The warm air and fun outdoor activities are a great excuse to spend more time with your dog outside. However, it’s important to remember dogs can easily become exhausted and possibly ill due to the heat. Here are a few quick tips we want to share with you to promote safety for this summer.

Keep your dog hydrated. He should have access to water at all times. If you take him outdoors for an adventure make sure you bring water and a bowl with you.

Shade is key. If you’re going to be outside with your dog, it’s best to limit the amount of time he is in direct sunlight. Keeping him in shaded areas and giving him rest breaks will help avoid over exhausting your dog.

 

Never leave your dog unattended in a car. While this is clearly common sense, every year there are too many reports of dog’s dying due to their owner’s negligence.

Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice your dog panting heavily, excessively drooling, vomiting, or showing signs of lethargy, take caution! Take immediate action to cool your dog down. Place them inside with the air conditioning on and a fan pointed towards them. A cool bath may help also, but adding ice may worsen things. Call your dog’s vet. It’s always better to air on the side of caution. The vet may suggest you come in, if so take this advice seriously.

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