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Fun Fact Friday

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Mike Moll

If you’ve ever been on the fence about neutering or spaying your pet, here’s a little known fact for you:

Between one unspayed female dog, her mate and their puppies … they could produce 67,000 puppies in six years.


SIXTY-SEVEN THOUSAND homeless puppies.

Now, book that appointment and spay/neuter your pet.

Read more here:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet

Posted in dog health, dogs, Fun Fact, Helpful Tips, neuter, pet health, Raising Awareness, spaying, vet

How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Bold Apps

On April 27th we celebrate World Vet Day, in honor of the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping us keep our pets and animals healthy, happy and safe.  

Are you in search of a new vet? Maybe you’re thinking of adopting a pet - or recently did!? If you google “vet” you’ll probably find a ton of options at your fingertips. Choosing the right one is a little harder.  So, we thought we’d share with you a little about the process of finding the right veterinarian for your pet.

The best way to assess the suitability of a vet or vet clinic for your pet is by going there yourself. Bring your pet so they can get a feel for the place, and for them to meet their potential new veterinarian. Below are the five things you should consider when choosing a veterinarian for your pet:

1. Environment

From the first call you make to book an appointment to when you and your pet walk in the door, feel out the environment. Start with reading online reviews of the facility - and then use your own judgment.  Are the staff friendly? Informed? Professional? Does your pet get stressed meeting strangers? Consider how calm or boisterous the staff is. Is the vibe right for your pet?

2. Philosophy

There are some touchy subjects when it comes to pet health that can set people on edge, like euthanasia, chronic disease planning, to spaying and neutering. It’s important to make sure your philosophies are in sync, or you’re willing to hear altering perspectives. Asking your vet questions about these things can be difficult, but are a necessary part of choosing the right vet for your pet.

3. Availability

While a quiet clinic may mean free openings for all, it might not be a good sign. Empty clinics can suggest poor quality of care - so we’d opt for a busier clinic with a strong reputation. Usually, busy clinics have extra staff on-call for emergencies, so your pet won’t be unable to get care - it just means planning ahead for general check-ups or scheduling procedures.

4. Pricing

While every pet deserves the best care, not all of us can afford exuberant pricing. Ask your vet for general pricing or a price list, and inquire about payment plans. Of course, always be sure to purchase pet insurance in case of an emergency.

5. Your Pet

Don’t forget the most important consideration: does your pet like this vet? Introduce them and let them hang out for a little bit. Pets are usually a great judge of whether this new human is right for them or not. If they get along and meet the criteria above, you may just have found the person who’s going to help you keep them happy and healthy for the rest of their life.

 

veterinarian listening to dogs heart

Posted in Helpful Tips, Raising Awareness

Pet Poison Prevention

Posted on March 07, 2019 by Bold Apps

It’s finally March which means it’s nearly spring and we’ve survived another long winter. At this time of year, a lot of people start “spring cleaning,” which means emptying out the garage and taking a scrub brush to the deep corners of our homes. Speaking of cleaning, March is Pet Poison Prevention Month and you know what is very dangerous for your pets? Cleaning products.


Pet Poison Prevention month is dedicated to keeping our furry friends safe - a time when vets and animal organizations remind us it's our job to keep our pets safe - and without making your home puppy proof, your pet could end up very sick or worse.

 

wet golden retriever

 

At Bullwrinkles we take pet prevention month very seriously because thousands of dogs are hospitalized each year by accidentally ingesting household poisons. Educating yourself is the best way you can keep your pet safe. The Pet Poison Helpline is a really helpful resource for both helping you keep your pet safe and also helps you recognize signs if your pet may have ingested something dangerous.  Check them out here: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/

Here are a few things that are very dangerous for your pet:

  • OTC drugs, painkillers, medications and vitamins
  • Insecticides
  • Chemicals such as antifreeze, cleaning products, disinfectants, detergents, and garage items
  • Chocolate and Caffeine
  • Grapes, nuts, garlic, onions, raisins


For a full list talk to your Vet or check out the pet poison list here: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/_

Posted in Helpful Tips, Raising Awareness

Dental Month Is Here!

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Mike Moll

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, we’ve put together some things you should know to keep your furry friends’ teeth clean and healthy. 

funny pug

 

1. Did you know full grown dogs have 42 teeth? All the more to love you with! But with many teeth comes many potential problems. A mouth that is full of plaque and tartar can lead to unhealthy teeth with a build-up of bacteria that can actually enter the bloodstream and hurt your dog's heart and liver.

2. Take your dog to the vet to check out their teeth at least once a year. When you plan your own dental check-up, think of your best friend’s too.

3. If your vet recommends a professional dental cleaning, it should include cleaning, any adjustments and potentially fillings or extraction if required. Get it done as soon as possible. Just remember your pet probably won’t complain about their teeth until it's far too late.

4. Between checkups, you can help keep your dog ’s teeth healthy with treats and bones designed to help clean like Bullwrinkles Pork Flossers.

5. If you ever smell anything rotten in your dog's mouth, schedule a dental checkup right away. 

If you take care of your pet’s teeth, they’ll keep smiling. Well, as much as dogs can smile. :)

dog eating a dental chew

Posted in Helpful Tips, Raising Awareness

Dog Feeding Schedule

Posted on November 09, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Dogs thrive on routine. They LIVE for it! A typical daily routine for your pup usually includes eating, sleeping, and playing. Pretty great isn’t it?!


Sleeping and playing are pretty straightforward, but a feeding schedule is something that has a few variables.


Typically, adult dogs are fed twice daily; once in the morning and once at dinner time. This usually correlates with most people’s work schedules and keeps an adult dog full throughout the day.


If you are the lucky one to be bringing a puppy home – congrats! Since puppies’ metabolisms are much higher than an adult dog and they have LOTS of growing to do, it is ideal for them to be fed 3x daily. In the morning, afternoon and dinnertime. With a working family, some choose to feed in the morning, after they get home from work, and closer to bedtime. This way their nutrients are split evenly throughout the day. (This is also a great way to feed a highly active dog as well!)


Some dogs aren’t big eaters and will pick at a bowl of food throughout the day. This is fine as long as their daily amount is measured out each day and the food is changed frequently to avoid it getting stale.


Meal feeding is helpful for digestion. The key here is that your dog’s DAILY amount of food DOES NOT change, it just is split into however many meals they will need. Lastly, be sure to provide fresh water at all times for your furry friend!

Posted in Helpful Tips

Beat the Heat!

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

This summer has been throwing us some serious heat waves and everyone’s feeling it.

Your dog is no different, and if anything, is even more susceptible to the effects of the hot sun.


Could you imagine wearing a winter coat all summer?! Dogs also can’t sweat like people do to reduce body temperature. They have sweat pads on their feet, but otherwise, they use panting as a way to let heat evaporate through their tongues.


Here are some tips to help keep your pup cool so you both can have fun in the sun!

  • Bring along a collapsible water dish and water so your dog can have a drink wherever you go. It is SO important for dogs to stay hydrated, just like people.
  • Offer an ice pack or damp towel for them to lie down on to reduce body temperature.
  • Replace some of their kibble with canned food: Canned food contains more water than kibble, so this will help them to stay hydrated.
  • Stay close to shade or bring a sun shade so there is a way out of the direct sun.
  • Avoid hot pavement. It would burn your bare feet to walk on hot pavement and it’s the same for dog’s sensitive pads. Use booties to prevent any heat burns if you have to be on the roads.
  • Limit exercise: Going for walks is fine, but if it’s blistering hot out, don’t go for long runs, agility training, etc.

*If you have a brachycephalic dog (short-faced dog), try and keep them out of the heat altogether. These dogs have an increased risk of breathing issues on a regular day, so a short walk on a hot day can be detrimental. Lying around in the A/C is best for these squishy pups.

Posted in Helpful Tips, Raising Awareness

Tips On Leash Training Your Dog

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

The city is a busy place, and if you live in an apartment or condo you likely will be going for a lot of walks with your dog. 🐕🏙️

All that hustle and bustle can be distracting for your pup and can cause your walks to be wrought with leash pulling. Teaching your dog how to properly walk on a leash is something that will benefit you (and your arm), your dog, and the people around you.


Here are some tips to help teach your dog to have good leash manners on those busy streets:


  1. Start before it all begins. If you expect your dog to walk controlled on a leash, they need to be in that state beforehand. If your dog is bouncing around, doing circles and jumping at the door, there’s less of a chance that they will be able to calm down when that leash is clipped on. Stand still with your leash at your side until they have all four feet on the floor. Don’t clip the leash until they have calmed down and can stand in front of you. Don’t open the door until this happens either.
  2. Choose what method works for you AND your dog: there are many methods of leash training out there: some are reward based and some are more disciplinary. Do your research and find what fits your duo.
  3. Utilize head halters. Products such as gentle leaders are a fabulous tool to help your dog learn to walk on a leash. It utilizes pressure points on the head and nose to reduce pulling and is something that your dog can easily get used to and is great for dogs that can’t have pressure on their throats for medical reasons. You DO need to do some training with these products though for them to be effective.
  4. DON’T make your leash training your dog’s main source of exercise. These sessions should be short and concise to keep your dogs attention. It doesn’t give your dog enough time to release their energy (which is what we DON’T want on a leash walk), so make sure to set aside a separate time for off-leash play/running/etc. This will also help your dog relax on their leash walks since they don’t have excess built up energy.
  5. Walk at a quick pace. Going for a brisk walk with your dog will decrease the chance of them catching a whiff of a delicious smell or getting distracted by something. It also reduces the likelihood of them wanting to stop and eliminate on everything in sight!

Keep training fun!

Your dog thrives on interaction with you and this is a great opportunity to bond and learn something new together. If you get frustrated or things just aren’t going great one day, take a break and try again another time. ❤️

Posted in Helpful Tips

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