5 things you must know about Heat Stroke in Dogs

When exposed to the hot sun for long periods of time, dogs can suffer from a serious condition called heat stroke. It's important that you know the signs and understand how to prevent your dog from suffering from heatstroke. Here are five facts that you must know.

1. Normal body temperature in dogs is 100.5-102.5 degrees. Heatstroke will occur when a dog’s body temperature reaches 107-109 degrees. Dogs don't sweat through their skin the same way that humans do, instead of dogs sweat through their nose and footpads. This means it can take a dog's body much longer to cool off after prolonged exposure to heat.

2. Certain breeds have a higher risk of heatstroke. This includes short nose breeds, large heavy coat breeds, and dogs with respiratory problems.

3. Since our dogs can't talk, it's our responsibility to know the signs of heatstroke. These signs include:

  • heavy panting
  • difficulty breathing
  • excessive thirst
  •  thick saliva
  • vomiting
  • staggering
  • lethargy

4. Prevention is a far better alternative because in most cases by the time that symptoms are visible it is often too late. The best method to prevent heat stroke in your dog is to avoid prolonged sun exposure. If you live in a hot climate, don't leave your dog outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. Do not leave your dog in a car unattended while you run errands. Even with the windows down the car can reach a temperature over 110 degrees, putting your dog at risk for heatstroke.

5. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, there are a few actions you can take.

  • Move your dog out of the heat or direct sunlight immediately
  • Use cool washcloths and apply them on the footpads and the head
  • The cool process should be gradual, avoid using ice water or ice
  • Offer your dog water but don't force her to drink
  • Visit an emergency vet as soon as possible

Is a dog walker right for you?

Daily walks are essential to our dog's happiness and wellbeing. Your dog could require up to 3 walks per day depending on its age, breed, and energy level. With the daily hustle and bustle of work, school, and social activities, making time for your dog's walk may feel like a difficult act to balance. Recently many cities have seen the introduction of dog walking services who can help bridge the gap for individuals like yourself with busy schedules. How can you determine if a dog walker is right for you?

1. Your dog is comfortable and friendly with strangers

If your dog is friendly and greets strangers with enthusiastic energy, then your dog would benefit from dog walking services. If your dog becomes aggressive or territorial around new humans, then you may want to reconsider. Also, keep in mind that your assigned walker could change so your dog may have to adjust to new people on the fly. You know your dog's temperament best when it comes to strangers. The walking experience should be comfortable for your dog and the walker so don't force your dog into an uncomfortable experience prematurely. Work with your vet to get advice on how to ease your pup into being more comfortable around strangers.

2. Your dog is comfortable and friendly with other dogs

Dog walkers usually balance a small group of dogs. This can be problematic if one dog is aggressive towards the others. If you notice that your dog barks uncontrollably around other dogs, or attempts to chase after other dogs, you may want to reconsider using a dog walking service. Dogs who are calm and friendly toward other dogs are the best candidates for dog walking services.

3. Your dog is comfortable with a stranger entering your home

Since you will most likely be using the service when you aren't home, it is important that your dog doesn't become aggressive or territorial when a stranger enters your home. The dog walker will enter your home using the key provided, and you want to be sure that your dog can be easily transitioned from the home to the walk. 

4 Things that happy dogs do

  1. Make Eye Contact

Dogs will focus on things that they like and are interested in. If they are intimidated or scared of something, they won't want to look at it, much the same as a person may cover their eyes if they were to see something scary!

Regular eye contact with your dog is a sign that they love and trust you, so hold their gaze from time to time, to show that you love and respect them too.

2. Snuggling in Your Stuff

As a dog's sense of smell is so acute, they use scent to communicate feelings of love and attachment. Dogs who are happy and well-attached to their owners often enjoy snuggling up to the scent of their owner too. This goes a long way in explaining why you may often find your beloved pooch nestling in the dirty laundry or chewing on old shoes.

3. They Listen to You

If your dog responds to you when you call, it is a strong sign that they are happy and secure. If your dog obeys your commands and listens when you speak, it shows that they have a strong bond with you.

4. Engage in Play-time

A happy dog regularly displays playful behavior. Playful behavior may be shown as jumping and leaping about. Some dogs may also bow to you by stretching out their front legs, receiving a bow from a dog is a sure sign they are happy with you and in a good mood.

A playful pup may also lean into you, enjoying any attention you give them. It's also a great sign if your dog pushes into your hand when you go to pet them, or rolls onto their back for you to tickle their tummy.

Uber Pet the newest Rider Option

Your dog is your best friend and uber is your favorite app, so what do the two have to do with each other? Well, Uber recently introduced its newest travel option, Uber Pet.  Here's how Uber Pet is changing rideshare.

Uber Pet allows you to bring a pet on your Uber trip. Before the introduction of Uber Pet, rideshare applications only allowed service animals to accompany riders. A service animal is defined as an animal that is trained to work or perform tasks for an individual. Riders with service animals don't have to use the Uber Pet option as Uber drivers cannot lawfully deny service to riders with service animals under any circumstance including, allergies, religious objections, or fear of animals.

If you don't have a service animal and decide to use the Uber Pet option, you will need to select the option for Uber Pet after you enter your pick up and drop off location, and only one pet can travel with you per trip. Uber Pet allows small pets such as cats or dogs to travel, but there is no breed or size restriction.

The Uber Pet option will cost more than the other ride options, and a cleaning fee could be assessed if your pet leaves waste, sheds excess hair, or causes damage to the vehicle. Uber suggests being a small blanket or towel for your pet to sit on while in the car, this can help to minimize or prevent the being assessed the cleaning fee.

Uber offers a few more tips for Uber Pet tips. They suggest keeping your pet restrained with a leash, harness, or crate. In consideration of the safety and comfort of the driver Uber suggests that you don't leave your pet unattended and ask the driver if they have a preference of where your pet should sit.

Road trip tips -- How to travel with your dogs

Spring is a great time to take a road trip. If you plan on bringing your pup with you, here are a few tips for a successful road trip.

1.       What to pack -- While on your road trip, you'll want to try to keep your pet's daily routine as regular as possible. This won't be easy since you'll be focused on the road, but be sure to pack his favorite treats, toys and his normal pet food.

2.       Car Safety -- While the car is moving, we suggest keeping your dog crated. If you feel this isn't a viable option, you may want to consider a pet harness. Keeping your dog secured in the car will prevent them from posing a hazard while you are driving.

3.       Plan your stops -- You'll want to map your stops and make sure no more than 3 hours go by without stopping and allowing your pup to relieve himself and stretch his legs. It's not uncommon that during these breaks, your pup won't go. New environment can often cause anxiety.

4.       Pet friendly hotels -- Be sure to plan overnight stops at per friendly hotels. When you arrive at the hotel, you will surely be tired, but your pup will have some energy that will need to be released. Go for a long walk to help your dog tire out. You'll always want to scan the hotel the room and remove any hazards

5.       Relax -- During a long road trip, the last thing you'll want to do is worry about the dog. Your dog can sense your energy so remain calm and enjoy the ride. Take your time, take lots of photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

Weekend activities with your Pup

If you work full time then you know it can be hard to squeeze in quality time during the week. Weekends were created to give the full-time workers the opportunity to catch up with family. Since our pets are part of our families its important to make time for your dog during the weekend. Here are a few ideas.

Keep it simple

Dogs are not complicated, they simply want your love and affection. You can simply spend one on one time with your dog on the weekend to show him that you care. Let him ride along as you run errands, or make the morning walk an extra 15 minutes on weekend. These are all simple ways to spend time with your pup this weekend.

Check out a dog park

Dog parks are the most exciting place for dogs. Find a local dog park and allow your pup to bond and hang out with fellow canines. Be sure to keep your eyes on your pup as he explores at the dog park. You will see a new side of your dog as he engages and makes friends.

Teach a new trick

Teaching your dog a new trick is fun and rewarding. Start with a simple trick such as shake and be sure to have lots of treats handy. Your dog will enjoy the challenge of earning treats in exchange for showing off his new skills.

Buy her favorite treat

Make the weekend special by buying her favorite treat. Dogs love rawhide bone and Antler ears!

Visit the vet

If you are too busy to go during the week, make a weekend appointment to visit the vet. Nothing shows you love your dog more than doing your part in keeping her healthy!

Three Facts about Puppy Training

If you are dreaming of buying a new puppy, you aren't alone. Humans love puppies and dogs are the ultimate companions. It's important to remember that puppies can be challenging especially if you are a first time or single pet parent. If you are considering a puppy here are three facts that can help you to prepare for your new furry friend.

Crating compels to their natural instincts

Many new puppy parents have mixed feelings about crate training, and often feel bad when putting their puppy inside a crate. While it’s not natural for humans, and it may look like a cruel and lonely cage, the crate is an important part of your pup's training and development. In the wild, dogs have the natural instinct to seek shelter inside a den. The crate is a comfort zone that your puppy will naturally retreat to, be patient and allow him to adjust to his crate and you will be happy you did.

Creating a routine helps with house training

One of the biggest problems that new puppy parents face is housetraining. Puppies tend to pee a lot during this process and in response, most puppy parents increase the number of walks, which can actually make the problem worse. Puppies adapt well to a predictable life so creating a routine for outside time and walks will help your pup succeed with housetraining.

Leash him!

When your puppy is outside of his crate, it’s important that he wears a lightweight leash. This will help you supervise and correct his behavior. Puppies are playful creatures and when you touch them to correct their behavior, they can confuse the touch as an invitation to play. This can reinforce bad behavior rather than stop it. The leash can be gently tugged to guide or redirect a mischievous pup, and soon he will under the role of the leash.

7 Tips for Naming Your Dog

Choosing a name for your dog isn't always an easy decision, and since our names help form our identity, it’s also an important decision. Most domestic dogs are named after people. In fact, the most popular names of dogs listed online include Max, Lucy, and Molly. While some may say it is just a trend, we believe that giving your dog a human name is a way of showing that your pet is a member of the family.

What's behind the name?

For people, names have often been selected with the notion that they will influence the child's behavior and self-perception and that they will be molded by their given names. The same holds true in pets. Think about the possible outcome of when you of naming your dog, and how others will perceive your dog based on his given name. Indeed, choosing a name for your dog is an essential part of the bonding process between you and your pet.

Here are a few tips:

1. Your dog's name should show off your creativity and second, it should attempt to reflect the nature of your dog.

2. A huge percentage of dog names are human names. On top of the list is Max for male dog names while Molly is often considered the most common female dog name. Other top dog names on the list include Charlie, Daisy, Rocky, Maggie, Bella, Jack, Buddy, and Lucy.

3. There are still dog owners who name their dogs based on their physical appearance and personality. The more traditional names include Patches, Brownie, Spot or Lady---dog names that already give us a peep on the dog's personality and character.

4. Just like people's names, there are so many sources of ideas for the names of dogs. Art, literature, TV, movies, and music are great sources of inspiration for many dog owners anywhere in the world. Think about Elvis and Mozart from the great music legends and Shiloh and Rintintin from all-time movie favorites. Have you met a dog named Chanel whose owner is a fashionista? How about Venus or Homer from the classics?

5. Get to know your dog. One of the thrills when bringing home a new puppy is thinking of a name for the newest addition to the family. When naming a dog, it is best to take on a wait-and-see approach. Try to get to know your puppy for a while and you will see hints in his behavior or personality that will help you think of the best name for your pooch.

6. Short names are best. Choose a name that is easy on the tongue. The best ones are those with one- or two syllables. Compare the difference when calling out Zeus and Marmalade.

7. No names that rhyme with commands. Although it is recommended that you choose a dog name ending with a vowel sound like Willie and Missy, NEVER choose one that rhymes with basic commands like Joe which may sound like "no"

3 Great Dog Breeds for Seniors

Dogs are traditionally called "man's best friend" for a reason. They are loving and playful, providing great company to people of all ages. Of course, depending on which stage of life you’re in there are certain breeds that will fit better into your life. The best dogs for seniors are calm, affectionate and low maintenance.

When the children leave the home and the grandchildren start growing up and getting busy with their own activities, senior adults can experience loneliness and boredom. A dog makes a great companion and friend. In fact, several studies have shown that dogs improve the health of the elderly.

Poodles are still a very popular breed among senior adults. They are very regal looking. Their intelligence makes them easy to train. You will never be bored when you own a poodle.

Their playfulness and energy make them a very entertaining dog. They are one of the best dogs for seniors because Poodles are clean dogs and have minimal shedding. They come in 3 varieties: standard, miniature, and toy. You are sure to find one that fits your situation.

Maltese was bred specifically to be a companion dog. They are gentle and loving. Their small size makes them one of the best dogs for seniors who may be lacking in strength. Maltese shed little, which makes for quick cleanup.

Their hair is long, but most people keep their coat short so it is manageable. If you don't mind daily brushing, you can let your pet’s glorious mane flow. Good health is one of the Maltese’s strongest features. These lap dogs also love learning tricks and pleasing their owners.

This is a great dog for an older adult who doesn't want the typical lap dog. They are medium in size. Shar-Peis are one of the easiest dogs to housetrain. They usually do not like strangers and make excellent watchdogs.

Shar-Peis are very independent. They are good for owners who may not be home all the time. If you still enjoy getting out and taking walks often, a Shar-Pei is a perfect companion for you. They have short hair, so grooming is kept at a minimum.

Pet Grieving and how to cope with it.

No one thinks that the day will come where we lose our beloved pets, but sometimes that day comes sooner than we expected, and we are forced to cope with the loss of a pet. In this blog, we will discuss some strategies to help you manage to grieve a pet.

Express your feelings

It's okay to cry, feel lost or sad after you lose a pet companion. Taking the time to express your feelings in a safe and understanding environment can help you to cope with your loss.

Talk to someone you trust

Not everyone will understand what you are feeling. People who have never had the companionship of a dog can struggle to identify with the strong sense of loss that comes with grieving a dog. It's important that you talk to someone who can understand and extend empathy to you in your time of need.

Join a support group

Technology has made finding a support group easier than ever. Whether you prefer a Facebook support group or a faith-based support or something in between, you can easily find a community of supportive individuals. Try not to isolate yourself or think you are the only one who can understand your pain. A support group can help you through this tough time

Memorize your dog

Print the photos from your phone and grab a friend who loved your dog and make a book of memories. The process of memorization can help you to remember all of the good times that you shared with your dog.

Look for the good

If your dog was suffering from an illness, know that now she is no longer in pain. While it's hard to find the good in such a tough situation it important to remember that quality of life is more important than length.

Never stop loving your dog

Even though your dog is no longer physically here, you can continue to love and care for your friend. Carry your dog in your heart and tell stories of the good time to help keep his legacy alive.