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National Puppy Day

March 23rd is National Puppy Day! We wanted to celebrate by sharing puppy adoption tips!

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Here are a few of our treats that are great for training new puppies:

Infographic provided by Mary Nielson via http://mysweetpuppy.net/national-puppy-day/

DIY Reindeer Poop Dog Treats

Looking for the perfect Gift for your dog & dog owners? Here’s a really cute & easy gift that’s perfect for the Holidays – Reindeer Poop!

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What you need:

  1. Dog Treats – Our Carob Best Buddy Bits Bits are the perfect size for these gift bags and they are on sale now! See them here.
  2. Tags – Simply download our printable Tags here.
  3. Ribbon – Use any color ribbon you’d like!
  4. Clear Bags – Any clear bag will do depending on what size gift bags you want to make! We used these.

Instructions:

  1. Fill clear bags with dog treats about halfway full, leaving some room at the top to tie on the tag.
  2. Download our Tag template – Print, Cut & punch a hole!
  3. Use any ribbon you’d like. Thread the ribbon through the hole on the tag and tie to bags.
  4. Curl the ribbon using scissors, or tie a bow for some extra festive flair.
  5. Done – You’ve made an easy & festive gift for dog lovers. Your pooch will love this gift!

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Interested in making this gift? Find our Carob treats here, on sale for the holidays!

Any other DIY gifts you are making this year for your pups? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Howl-o-ween!

Do you have a costume ready for your pet? We’ve narrowed it down to the BEST pet costumes we’ve ever seen for Howl-o-ween. We hope this inspires you to win those Costume Contests!

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Sources:

1. http://www.refinery29.com/2014/10/76848/nyc-halloween-dog-parade-pictures-2014?crlt.pid=camp.mjE7HVUbOmJq#slide-5
2. http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/96371/new-york-dog-parade-pictures#slide
3. http://diply.com/different-solutions/halloween-pet-costume-ideas/55425/2
4. http://www.costume-works.com/creative-costume-ideas-for-dogs.html
5. http://thechive.com/2015/10/06/dont-forget-your-dog-needs-a-costume-this-year-33-photos/#.927ipp:4deA
6. http://www.livingly.com/Brilliant+Halloween+Costumes+for+Your+Dog
7. http://www.brit.co/best-dog-costumes-halloween-2015/
8. http://www.askmen.com/recess/fun_lists/best-halloween-pet-costumes-2015/donald-trump-dog.html
9. https://www.buzzfeed.com/kaelintully/runnin-like-mike-back-in-92-like-who-payton-in-83?utm_term=.ko5nnxBkw#.lvr99wZ04

Protecting Our Pets From the Sun

As responsible animal owners, we all know better than to leave a pet alone in a hot car, not even for one minute. But as temperatures begin to rise, there are a number of other hazards that come into play on a hot summer’s day. Everything from dehydration to suffering from a possible heat stroke, both are dangerous or even deadly for some animals.

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Check your pet regularly for signs of them becoming overheated or are in need of more hydration. Keep in mind that elderly pets, younger animals and those with certain health conditions are at an increased risk. Watch for:

  • Excessive panting, salivating or drooling, which can stop and start again
  • Vocalizing for no apparent reason
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, which could be bloody
  • Weakness, being disorientated and lethargic
  • Difficulty rousing them or getting them awake
  • Elevated heart rate

Left untreated, your pet could develop seizures, collapse, lapse into a coma and in some cases, the condition could be fatal. If your animal is experiencing any of these symptoms, get them to a veterinarian immediately.

Scorching Surfaces

Sometime we may forget about the hot surfaces that our pets walk on during summertime, taking our dog out for a stroll or letting a cat out onto a patio or other outdoor area. Research has shown that contact temperature for a pet’s paws that can potentially cause injury are at:

  • 120℉ – this is the stage that becomes painful, but unlikely to cause permanent damage
  • 140℉ – burns, scarring and permanent damage can occur after just one minute
  • 150℉ – rapid blistering and burning are present

Exactly How Hot Is That Surface

Similar studies have shown when the exterior temperature reaches 95℉, sidewalks and concrete can reach 125℉, reaching and surpassing the threshold of pain. Red bricks heat up to 135℉ and black asphalt comes in at a scorching 140℉. Unless you’re going to be walking barefoot with them on these surfaces, minimally you should be at least checking the temperature with your hand before allowing your animal to walk on them.

Use the same precautions on sand when taking your animal to the park, a beach or other water-related arena that’s surrounded by sand or dirt, which can also heat up to unsafe temperatures. If they’re accompanying you poolside, or some type of cooling recreational area, be sure they have a blanket, towel or mat available for them to lie down in a shady location.

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A Hairy Dilemma

Before you consider shaving or trimming your animal’s furry coat for relief from the summer sun, contact a veterinarian or professional groomer first. Some breeds are better left having their hair in place as a cooling method. Also, some animals with lighter colored coats and skin can be more susceptible to sunburn, especially if they’re trimmed to closely.

Soothing Solutions

Even pets are in danger of developing a painful sunburn and can benefit from the use of sunblock. If you’re having trouble locating a pet-friendly brand of sunblock, try one that’s recommended for use on children. Avoid those that contain zinc, as ingestion of this mineral can be harmful for pets.

When it comes to their skin care, many animals are bathed more often and become wet regularly during these hotter months. This can cause the natural oils on their skin to become depleted. Consider purchasing a specialty shampoo that can soothe their skin with ingredients like oatmeal.

Summer is a great time of the year to enjoy spending extra quality time with our pets. Be sure to keep an extra watchful eye on them when temperatures rise to ensure they’re happy and healthy.

Article written by freelance writer, Amber Kingsley. Amber is a pet lover and owner who has written several pet articles on many popular blogs and websites. Find her on Facebook!

Top Safety Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe At The Beach

The beach is a fun place for everyone to enjoy including your pet dog. Unfortunately, some owners don’t realize the possible dangers at the beach that can affect your pet. While it’s a great place to take your dog, all pet owners need to be on the lookout to ensure your pet doesn’t come in harm’s way. The following are the top tips that you can consider when it comes to keeping your pet safe at the beach.

Read on for Beach Safety Tips for your Dog:

beach dogSwimming – It’s important to remember that not all dogs can swim, no matter what anyone says. When taking your dog to the beach it’s important that you find some quiet water to introduce your dog to first before deciding to take them into deeper water. Never, under any circumstance, throw your dog into the water and expect them to swim. Instead allow them to walk in the waves with a long leash if you’re not confident of their swimming skills. The leash will help to stop them from entering the deeper waters. If your dog can swim, make sure you keep an eye on them when they’re in the water at all times. Hidden rips and large waves can sweep them out into the ocean in no time at all, so always be on guard.

Salty Water – Another way to keep your pet safe while at the beach is not letting them drink the salty ocean water. Too much salt, like in humans, can cause your pet’s health to deteriorate. Instead it’s best to bring your own water from home and a bowl to give your pet a drink. It’s always advisable to have a couple of bottles on hand to help reduce the risk of dehydration and heat stroke.

 

Life Vest – If you have the money, there are pet life vests that can be purchased to help keep your pet afloat if they do decide to enter the water. Life vests for pets work the same as they do for humans. They are generally brightly coloured and keep your pet floating, especially when they’re in trouble or swept out to sea.

ISS_2252_00717Sharp Objects – Before letting your pet off the leash it’s important to check for sharp objects and hidden dangers. Some beaches have shells, sharp rocks, jellyfish or coral which can injure your pet’s feet. Keep monitoring your pet and their body language to see whether they’re in pain during their beach trip. If so, they may have stepped on something. This also applies when swimming, check just under the water to see whether there are any hidden dangers that may be lurking and that may cause injury to your pet.

Have fun, but be safe!

Taking your pet to the beach is a great way to spend the day. Whether you have one or multiple dogs, always be on the lookout for some of the hidden dangers at the beach. So, when are you taking your pet dog to the beach?

 

Article written by Cecelia Casillas, co-authored by Martha Thomas.

About the author: Cecelia was born in Mexico, a country of vivid beauty and colourful people, Cecilia Casillas brings the passion of her country of birth into her current artistic work with pets. Cecilia has painted since childhood, and studied with Mexican painter Paul Achar and Chilean painter Carlos Arias. In 2014, she came to Melbourne to continue refining her artistic skills, and finishing her bachelor’s degree. Founding Colour Pet Studio in 2014 has allowed her to share her pet painting skills with people from all over the world. She now brings pet owners joy through her painting. Visit Colour Pet Studio at http://colourpetstudio.com.au

Overweight Pet? Read on for Exercise Tips

Summer is the perfect time to exercise your pet!

Overweight pets and pet obesity is on the rise, making it more important to keep our furry friends in shape. Freelance journalist, Amber Kingsley created a helpful infographic showing suggested activities for dogs and cats based on their breed. With options for both indoor and outdoor exercise, your pet will receive the physical and emotional exercise they need. The healthier your pet, the longer they will stay in your life. Read on to learn more!

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Infographic provided by pet loving journalist, Amber Kingsley. Amber is a freelance journalist providing great animal content for many blogs and websites.  Follow her on Facebook!

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