Keeping Your Dog Safe, Healthy & Happy This Winter

With the winter months quickly approaching, there are many changes that come along with the season not just for us, but for our furry friends too. The temperatures changing drastically, the snow on the ground making, lack of sunlight, etc., take just as much of a toll on them. Check out our tips to make this winter bearable for your dog. Cozy Bedding   Creating a warm bed for your dog to sleep in this winter is essential. Floors can get quite cold in the winter time, especially if you have ceramic or porcelain tile floors. Make an elevated bed, with warm blankets and pillows. You can even buy a heated, elevated pet bed to get them off the hard floor. Place it in a warm spot away from drafts near the door or windows, preferably on a carpeted surface. Get Some Sunshine Try to take your dog for a walk in the late morning or early afternoon, if possible. Avoid early morning walks or late evening strolls, as this is typically the coldest part of the day. Let them get some sunshine and playtime after being cooped up in the house. Keep Dog Away From Heat Sources Just as we do, dogs tend to gravitate towards heat in the cold winter weather. Be careful of space heaters and fireplaces, as they can burn your dog if they come in contact. Never leave your pet alone near a fireplace, even if there’s a glass or mesh door. Pets can still get injured.   Don’t Overfeed You’re probably not getting as much exercise this winter, and neither is your dog!...

Pet Fire Safety

According to a study by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year. Not only is it important to keep your pet safe from home fires, it is often overlooked how easy it can be for your pet to accidentally start a fire. As pet owners, it is our job to protect them and take precautionary measures to ensure their safety. These simple preventative actions could make a huge difference some day. Safety Precautions Keep pets near entrances when you’re not home- Since pets cannot escape on their own in the event of a fire, it’s recommended to keep them near an entrance if you’re going to be gone for a while. Keep them near a door with their collar on, and a leash at the ready. This way, a firefighter would easily find them and quickly be able to rescue them. Smoke detectors- In addition to a traditional smoke detector, you may also consider connecting a monitored detector that signals emergency responders. This will allow them to be contacted when you’re not home in the case of an emergency. These systems give an added peace of mind for you and your pets. Pet alert window cling- In the case that your pet is not near an entrance and easily accessible, it is important to have a static cling on your front window listing the number of pets inside. This saves the rescuer time when trying to find your pets, ensuring that no furry friend gets left behind. Extinguish open flames- Our pets can’t help their generally curious nature, so it’s important we are...

Keeping Your Dog Safe & Cool In The Summer Months

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and the summer months are finally upon us! On those warm days, you’re not the only one starting to break a sweat…just imagine how it would feel in a fur coat! Here are a few tips to help keep your dog safe and cool during these hot summer months. Schedule Walks Accordingly The best time to take your dog for a walk during the summertime is early in the morning, or later in the evening. You should always check the temperature of the pavement; if it’s too hot to place your hand on for more than a few seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Try to find a shady sidewalk or park to take a stroll in. If your dog is going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, consider applying some doggy sunscreen. As always, don’t forget to bring a water for yourself, and for your animal. Collapsible water dishes are a convenient way to keep your dog hydrated on walks!   Never Leave Your Dog In A Car Your pet should never be left in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm summer day, temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees in a car within a matter of minutes. Even if the windows are left open, your car will heat up just as quickly. So if you’re going somewhere that your dog cannot go inside, it’s best to leave him at home! Help Your Dog Cool Off On those 95 degree days where you can hardly...

Does Grooming Improve My Dog’s Health?

Heading to Canine College for dog grooming services isn’t just to make your pet look presentable; in fact, there are a number of other benefits as to why dog owners should be grooming their pet on a regular basis. No matter whether your dog has short or long hair/fur (although longer does require more frequent grooming), the process is a good habit to pick up. Why Dog Grooming is Beneficial Healthy Hair and Skin. Just as we humans have a ritual in order to improve our skin’s natural glow and our hair’s natural shine, grooming your dog will also do the same for their hair and skin. Routine brushing with a bristle or wire brush will help remove and trapped dead hair, hair clots, dirt and dandruff. Doing this will also help spread your dog’s natural skin oils across their fur, resulting in a brighter and shinier coat. Detecting Health Issues. Regular grooming is a way for you to keep tabs on your dog’s health. During bath time you (or your regular dog groomer here at Canine College) can check for abnormalities such as lumps, rashes, infections and inflammation. Just as we are often checking ourselves as preventative health measures, so too should you be checking your pet. After all, they deserve a long and healthy life. Finding Ticks & Fleas. New England is notorious for ticks and fleas during the warmer months and they have been an increasing issue for dog owners due to the fact that many towns have made an effort to improve and create more outdoor spaces and parks. Bathing your dog as well as brushing them will...

What Vaccines Are Mandatory For My Dog?

Owning a dog isn’t just about taking it on long walks or cuddling up on the couch — there are a few “adulting” things you’ll need to take care of before you and the pup can have some fun. One of the most crucial things you’ll need to do (if you haven’t done so already) is head to the vet for vaccinations. Why is Vaccination Important? Vaccines help your dog’s body fight infections, viruses, and other disease-causing organisms. Although their bodies are pretty rugged and can take quite a beating (remember that time they ate that whole chocolate bar?), there are some viruses you don’t want to mess around with. Vaccinations help protect both your dog, other dogs, other animals, and even humans as some viruses can spread from one species to another. These vaccines are equipped with a minuscule amount of antigens which look identical to the original virus but don’t actually cause harm to your dog. Your dog’s immune system then develops it’s own antibodies to “fight” this antigen and stores copies of the antibodies for later in case your dog is exposed to the virus again in the future. If this happens, then the immune system already has a defense against this disease. What Vaccines Are Necessary? The core vaccines your dog needs to have include: Adenovirus (aka Canine Hepatitis) Distemper Parvovirus Rabies These vaccinations should all be given when your dog is still a puppy or — if they are a stray — as soon as possible. Non-Core Vaccines That Are Still Recommended Depending on a number of factors such as the age of your...

The Importance of Winter Grooming for Dogs

Your dog seems irritated, and you’re confused. He’s been fed, walked, played with, and was even offered a sleeping spot on the bed (even though you both know he shouldn’t be up there). It’s freezing outside, but even when he’s indoors with the heat blasting, you can still tell he’s unhappy. So what exactly is wrong? Well, the immediate weather indoors or outdoors probably isn’t the main upset to your canine – it’s what’s happening to his body. There are a number of longstanding myths surrounding pup treatment in the winter, the worst being the immediate protection provided by their fur, or how unaffected they are by indoor heating systems. Let’s debunk these. How Your Dog’s Coat is Affected by Winter Weather Whether your dog has a thick or thin, long or short coat of hair, they are affected by the weather outside. With rain, sleet, snow, or any sort of dampness, the moisture has the tendency to come into direct contact with your dog’s actual skin, as the fur mainly provides warmth – it isn’t exactly a water-shield. This dampness coupled with the intense heat that your dog feels when you return inside from the wet cold is a breeding ground for bacteria, providing the perfect conditions for it to grow and spread if regular grooming doesn’t occur. This has the potential to make your dog itchy and irritable, which could explain his behavior. As if the dampness wasn’t already bad enough, it also creates danger when moist fur sticks together in clumps, which makes it difficult to spot out any lumps, spots, or rashes that are irregular...
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