Paw-esome Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Posted on June 04, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

We’re finally putting cold behind us as a summer heatwave is approaching, so we’re here to give you a couple of tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy through the hot weather months.

  1. Start off by taking your pet in for a checkup. Warm weather means bugs and worms, so be sure to talk to your vet about preventative treatment for things like ticks and worms.
  2. Make water available at all times! If you’re out for a walk, be sure to bring water for your pet. You can purchase collapsable bowls that roll up nicely and fit into your pocket or bag. Some cool options can be found here. Your pet doesn’t even need to be running around to work up a sweat, so we cannot stress the importance of hydration enough!
  3. If your dog is super furry, take him or her in for a trim. Do NOT shave your pet, as fur protects their skin from sunburn.
  4. If you use insecticides on your plants or citronella candles and insect coils, keep them far out of reach of your pets. They are poisonous and can cause severe illness or even death. For more information visit https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/ or call (855) 764 7661. If you suspect your pet has consumed anything poisonous, take them to a pet hospital or vet clinic immediately.
  5. Fireworks are great but leave your dog at home when you go out to celebrate. Fireworks contain hazardous materials and are often unpredictable. More commonly, most dogs are terrified of them. Loud noises can disorient your dog and leave them traumatized. Sometimes, they’ll take drastic measures to get away from the sound like jumping fences, or taking off.  In fact, significantly more dogs go missing on Canada Day and the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
  6. NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle, even for a short amount of time. We know you don’t want to leave your companion at home for long stretches, but it is healthier for them to be at home away from the sun and heat then it is to be locked in a hot car. It’s also ILLEGAL in many states and provinces.
  7. Know the signs of heatstroke. The major ones include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, weakness, disorientation - and sometimes even bloody diarrhea,  or seizures. For more information visit: https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/common-emergencies/e_dg_heat_stroke
  8. Pavement or asphalt gets very hot in the summer. Avoid making your dog walk on it as the pads of their paws will overheat and could even burn. Walk on the grass where possible or keep them inside on extremely hot days.

So there you have it! By following these guidelines and keeping these points in mind, you can keep your pet safe and happy.

 

Posted in dog care, dog health, dogs, dogs of summer, healthy dogs, heatstroke, hydration, pet care, pet health, summer 2019

Fun Fact Friday

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

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.

dog chewing on a bone

 

Read more here:

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

Posted in dog health, dogs, Fun Fact, Helpful Tips, neutering, pet care, pet health, Raising Awareness, spaying

Pawty For Your Dogs: Sweet Sixteen

Posted on May 09, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

This year celebrates Woofstock’s sixteenth year of cuteness overload happening on May 25th and 26th at Woodbine Park in Toronto.

pampered dog in stroller

 

What is Woofstock?


Woofstock is the largest festival for dogs in North America, drawing tens of thousands of dogs and their humans together.

16 years ago, Woofstock launched in the Distillery District in Toronto’s East End, but quickly outgrew the limited location. It transitioned to the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood but outgrew that too. So, Woofstock chose Woodbine Park in The Beaches for their new location in 2013: Toronto’s most dog-friendly area in the city.

“We’re the leader of the pack,” says Teanna, one of Woofstock’s CEO’s on dog festival trends. “We’re recognized in Canada and abroad. The word is out that this is the place for ‘all things canine!’”


What can you expect?

Hundreds of vendors with all things dogs: from pet treats, accessories and products to doggy-training services and volunteer opportunities. From practical to frivolous you’ll find everything in between.

Ever wanted to dress your pooch up? This would be the weekend! You’ll see hundreds of pups and their parents in matching costumes.

Does your pup have what it takes? Woofstock boasts dozens of wacky contests, races, and fashion shows. Also, there’s a ton of cash prizes so you can splurge on your pet.

Celebrity Meet & Greets! This year introduce your pup to insta-famous dogs from across North America like Manny the Frenchie, Pom Pom Chewy and Dean the Basset.


Bullwrinkles has been a long time supporting of Woofstock. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello!

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How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

On April 27th we celebrate World Vet Day, in honour 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.

 

a veterinarian and a puppy

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Fun Fact Friday

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

Did you know dogs have eighteen different muscles controlling the movement of their ears? - and cats beat that number with thirty-two! By comparison, humans have only six. All of these muscles let their ears rotate and tilt, which helps them pick up more sound waves, more efficiently. They can even swivel independently of each other!

Speaking of ears, have you heard puppies are born deaf? They don’t gain the ability to hear until they’re about three weeks old.
Read more here!

dog listening intently

 

Posted in dogs, Fun Fact

Pet Poison Prevention

Posted on March 07, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

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/_

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Dental Month Is Here!

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Mike Moll | 0 comments

In honour 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 check ups, 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 chewing on dental treat

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