National Train Your Dog Month!

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Chelsea Smales

Whenever we think about dog ownership we think about all the TRAINING that goes along with it. That is the ONE thing most people are deterred from with pet ownership, but it is so important to have a trained pet as it will make or break your relationship with them.


Here are a few reasons why you SHOULD put the time and effort into basic training:


  • Your dog does what you want. Trained dogs generally have good manners and are easier to be around (AKA, they won’t be jumping into your face or peeing on your couch)
  • Training provides mental and physical stimulation, which is very important for a dog’s wellbeing. A bored dog is an unhappy dog, which can lead to them taking their pent up energy out on things like chewing your favourite pair of shoes.
  • Training is an excellent bonding activity between pet owner and pet. It builds respect and trust.
  • Training teaches your dog to understand when you’re happy with them and when you’re not. This is SO important as it makes day to day life easier and communication a breeze.

Posted in Fun Fact, Raising Awareness

Fact Friday!

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

November is right around the corner (Yikes!) and is the month we bring awareness to Pet Diabetes.
 
Did you know that 1 in 200 cats have diabetes?! It is also becoming more prevalent in dogs as well. Left untreated it can be fatal 💔
 
Read this article to find out more about the signs and symptoms of pet diabetes and how it's treated: https://bit.ly/1xd0C5d

Posted in Fun Fact, Raising Awareness

National Walk Your Dog Week!

Posted on October 12, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week!

Dog ownership is amazing; the bonds that are created, and all the snuggles imaginable! There are also a lot of responsibilities of owning a dog, including making sure they receive enough exercise each day.

Just like people, dogs need to MOVE!

They are high energy animals for the most part, and even those breeds that don’t quite look like they should be running a marathon, (Bulldogs I’m looking at you!) they still need to get out and exercise their joints and lungs each and every day.


It is recommended that dogs get an average of 1 hour of exercise a day. This could be leash walking, taking your dog to the dog park, or going for a swim.


Most people enjoy walking their dogs. It’s a relaxing thing to do, usually in the mornings and evenings; a way to unwind with your furry friend. Hiking through the woods, beach walks or just walking on the sidewalk, it’s good for all of us.


Where do you like to walk your dog??

Posted in Raising Awareness

World Rabies Day

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Today is World Rabies Day!

This day focuses on raising awareness and educating people on the importance of rabies prevention.

Check out https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day for more great info!

Posted in Raising Awareness

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

Fact Friday!

Posted on June 01, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

Tick season is in full force! 😱😫
 
Did you know that a bite from a Lone Star Tick (mostly found in eastern USA) can cause a rare allergy to red meat in humans and in dogs?! This can lead to itching, redness, skin lesions and hair loss if your pet has been infected and their diet contains red meat products. 🤯🐶🥩
 
Keep your pet protected all season with a trusted tick prevention product and make sure when you're outdoors in long grasses and tick-prone areas, you keep covered and check yourself over when you get home!

Posted in Fun Fact, Raising Awareness

National Pet ID Week

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Chelsea Smales

This week has been National Pet ID week!

Click the link below to read about why making sure your pet has some form of ID on them is so important 

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Posted in Raising Awareness

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