Jul 31

Make the most of the rest of your summer.  Here are some pet-friendly thoughts & tips to check out.  Enjoy!

  • Did you know that July 3 thru August 11 are technically the “dog days of summer”? According to Real Simple magazine:

These days are “named after Sirius, the Dog Star, in the constellation Canis Major, which shines most brightly during this period.  The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the star was responsible for the heat and blamed it for periods of drought, sickness, and discomfort….”

  • Keep your pet cool & safe. Read our blog for travel tips; water safety tips; and articles/videos/products to help you beat the heat.
  • Take your dog to a dog park if he’s dog-friendly & comes when called.  Read about dog park etiquette and dog body language before you go.
  • Create a safe outdoor enclosure for you indoor kitty.
  • Read about local events scheduled for August.
  • Pick up a good book about dogs or cats.
  • Play with your pet. Shop locally or online for a new toy for your dog or cat.
  • Get the family involved in training your petContact us for our family-friendly dog and cat training services!

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Jul 11

This week we get a break from the heat, and hopefully the smoke.  I’ve reposted summer safety & travel tips, as well as ideas for keeping cool.  I hope you’re all having a great summer!

 

 

 

Travel tips

Safety tips:

  • Water safetyfrom ASPCA.org

– “Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
– Not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please  introduce your pets to water gradually.
– Make sure all pets wear flotation devices on boats.
– Try not to let your dog drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause GI upset.”

  • Swimming with dogs: video (hsus.org)
  • Pool safety: video (petvideo.com) and story/video (msnbc.com)
  • Hot weather safety:  video (hsus.org)
  • Heat stroke: video (petvideo.com)
  • Hot car dangers – psavideo (petvideo.com)
  • Beach safety: video (petvideo.com)

Articles:

Cooling chewies, toys & products: Always supervise your pet to make sure he’s safe with a new toy or product.

  • “Kongsicle” – Fill a Kong toy & freeze it for a soothing, long-lasting toy.
  • Chicken broth ice cubes – Easy & refreshing for your pet.  Make sure home-made or store-bought broths have pet-friendly ingredients.  For fun, make a bone-shaped ice cube!  Or try the Deep Freeze Arctic Bone frozen toys.  Honest Kitchen’s Ice Pups make healthy ice cube treats.  Think bigger, and try the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker.   (Tip:  In all these toys, you can freeze treats or kibble in the ice for more interest.)
  • A crate-cooling fan is helpful.  (Introduce your pet to it gradually & positively so he’s not afraid of it.  Contact us for help with this.)
  • A cold surface to lie on provides relief.  Tile floor; a cold/wet towel; or a Canine Cooler Bed all help.  (As always, make sure your pet doesn’t chew on unsafe items.)
  • Hydro ball (video)
  • Water Rover – portable pet water bowl.
  • Pet Top – converts your water bottle so your pet can drink from it.
  • Cool Collar– keeps Pup cool on the go.
  • Twist-N-Mist – Attach this mister to a hose & wrap it around a stationary object. It cools the air by as much as 25 degrees.  Great for dog runs or to cool your dog’s favorite outdoor resting area.
  • One Dog One Bone wading pools: They’re pricey, but they’re super tough & kennel tested.  If you find yourself replacing kids’ wading pools often for your dog, these pools can save you money in the long run.  (Tip:  Let Pup bob for floating toys in the pool as she cools off!  See video.)

Chill!

© 2008 CritterConsulting

Jul 6

This week will be hot & smoky again.  I’ve re-posted last week’s info on the fires & smoke.  In addition, you’ll find a collection of tips, articles, and products to help you & your pets beat the heat.  Check back often, as I’m updating daily!

  • The smoke from all the fires in CA is harmful to the health of people & pets. If the air quality forecast is “unhealthy for sensitive groups”, consider your pet included.  Follow all the recommendations & health advisories with your pet, too.  Read about the latest on the local air quality and the fires, statewide.  Thanks so much to those who are risking their lives fighting the fires.  Our hearts go out to folks who have lost homes & pets to the fires.  Check with the American Red Cross for tips on wildfire safety and how you can donate to help those in need.  Have an emergency plan for your pet, as well.
  • It’s hot outside! The National Weather Service has posted an “excessive heat warning” thru 11 am Friday this week.  Take precautions with your pets & kids. (See below, too.)

Safety tips:

  • Water safetyfrom ASPCA.org

– “Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
– Not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please  introduce your pets to water gradually.
– Make sure all pets wear flotation devices on boats.
– Try not to let your dog drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause GI upset.”

  • Swimming with dogs: video (hsus.org)
  • Pool safety: video (petvideo.com) and story/video (msnbc.com)
  • Hot weather safety:  video (hsus.org)
  • Heat stroke: video (petvideo.com)
  • Hot car dangers – psavideo (petvideo.com)
  • Beach safety: video (petvideo.com)

Articles:

Cooling chewies, toys & products: Always supervise your pet to make sure he’s safe with a new toy or product.

  • “Kongsicle” – Fill a Kong toy & freeze it for a soothing, long-lasting toy.
  • Chicken broth ice cubes – Easy & refreshing for your pet.  Make sure home-made or store-bought broths have pet-friendly ingredients.  For fun, make a bone-shaped ice cube!  Or try the Deep Freeze Arctic Treat frozen toys.  Honest Kitchen’s Ice Pups make healthy ice cube treats.  Think bigger, and try the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker.   (Tip:  In all these toys, you can freeze treats or kibble in the ice for more interest.)
  • A crate-cooling fan is helpful.  (Introduce your pet to it gradually & positively so he’s not afraid of it.  Contact us for help with this.)
  • A cold surface to lie on provides relief.  Tile floor; a cold/wet towel; or a cooling bed all help.  (As always, make sure your pet doesn’t chew on unsafe items.)
  • Squirt ball
  • Water Rover – portable pet water bowl.
  • Pet Top – converts your water bottle so your pet can drink from it.
  • Cooling Bandana – keeps Pup cool on the go.
  • Twist-N-Mist – Attach this mister to a hose & wrap it around a stationary object. It cools the air by as much as 25 degrees.  Great for dog runs or to cool your dog’s favorite outdoor resting area.
  • One Dog One Bone wading pools: They’re pricey, but they’re super tough & kennel tested.  If you find yourself replacing kids’ wading pools often for your dog, these pools can save you money in the long run.  (Tip:  Let Pup bob for floating toys in the pool as she cools off!  See video.)

Chill!

© 2008 CritterConsulting