Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

4 Summer Hacks For Dog Owners

Girl play with dog on summer day

Summer is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of the beautiful weather. From camping and road trips to family get-togethers and parties with friends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. With the heat being a factor for everyone, it is important to keep your dog cool and comfortable during these summer months. Here are four hacks for dog owners to keep your furry friend cool this summer.

Dog Licking Ice Cream

1. As much as us humans love yummy frozen treats on a hot summer day, dogs love them too! Ice cube tray treats or other dog approved frozen goodies are a great way to beat the heat. An easy and inexpensive method is to mix water with low-sodium chicken broth in an ice cube tray and freeze it.

Dog out of car window

2. Do you want to keep your dog cool while you’re on the go? Get a bandana wet and put it in the freezer for twenty to thirty minutes and put it around your dog’s neck. It keeps them cool and they get style points too!

Dogs in a kiddie pool

3. Kiddie pools or sprinklers are another great way to keep your dog comfortable and cool this summer while having a ton of fun! We have kiddie pools at some of our Best Friends Pet Hotels – It’s kind of like having a mini dog water park!

Dog Paws

4. The summer’s heat can mean hot surfaces like sidewalks, pavement, and sand. These surfaces can be harmful to your dog’s paws if too hot, so it’s important to keep their paws protected. A paw wax protector or doggy boots may be a good idea if you and your dog plan on spending a day at the beach or going for walks during the heat of the day.

Going on vacation? Send your pet to Best Friends Summer Camp! Book your pet’s stay with us today.

 

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5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

4th of july dog

The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.

1. Leave pets in a safe zone. The loud noise of fireworks can startle your cat or dog, so keep your pet inside your home or a place where they can feel comfortable. Book their stay at Best Friends, and we’ll be sure they have a safe, comfortable and fun stay with us! If you have to leave them at home, we suggest a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter or treats, accompanied by some soft music and plenty of water to help ease the nerves of your furry friend. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet entertained while you’re away.

Dog at a picnic 2. Although we sometimes like sneaking our pets dinner scraps here and there, be mindful that some human food can be harmful to your pet. Chocolate, beer, corn-on-the-cob, onions, grapes, garlic, avocado, and raisins are all hazardous foods for dogs and cats. Here is a full list of human foods you should not feed your pets.

Puppy at the vet

3. Only apply sunscreenbug repellent to your pet if you’ve consulted with your veterinarian about certain pet-friendly products. What is safe for a human to use could be harmful to your pet.

Pug in a cone

4. Charcoal, glow sticks, sparklers and fireworks can be harmful or even toxic to pets. Be sure to keep your pet away from such items. If your pet does ingest or is injured by any of those items, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Cat being micro-chipped

5. Did you know that more pets go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year? Ensuring your pet has up-to-date identification (ID tags and microchip) may be the best way t­o retrieve your pet should they manage to escape during the holiday festivities. If your pet does go missing, follow these steps to help bring your furry friend back home.

 

For any questions, please consult your local veterinarian.

 

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Have the Best Summer Ever, Tick Free

Have the Best Summer Ever, Tick Free

To most pet owners, the return of spring and summer is a joyous occasion. The opportunity to spend quality time with your pet outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Just be sure to watch out for some sneaky critters waiting to feast on your pet’s blood!

Everyone is well aware of the irritation that fleas can cause our pets, as well as pesky mosquitoes spreading heartworm disease. But another problem parasite that shows up in the spring and stays until about October is the tick – and they can cause serious problems, some of them deadly.

There are over 850 known species of ticks in the world and these relatives of spiders can be found as parasites on mammals, birds, and even reptiles. Here in the United States, dog and cat owners have less than a dozen species to deal with, but all of these ticks can harbor a variety of serious diseases, such as Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme Disease.

Adult ticks will climb to the top of a blade of grass or the edge of a leaf lying on the ground and wait for their potential host. This “questing” behavior puts them in the perfect position to sense movement, heat, and even carbon dioxide. Reacting to these stimuli, the tick will climb onto the new host.

Once on the pet, the tick will begin feeding. The tick’s mouth parts are designed to make removal difficult. Their barbed feeding tube has numerous backward facing projections and a substance produced in the tick’s salivary glands actually glues the tick in place. Some ticks can feed on 200 to 600 times their body weight in blood and may take several days to finish eating. It is during this blood meal that ticks can spread a number of diseases to their host.

Contact your veterinarian today for more information about protecting your dog or cat from ticks.

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