Beat the Heat!

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

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.

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Fact Friday!

Posted on June 01, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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Inspirational Story Of A Dog Who Changed His Owner's Life

Posted on March 09, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

27-year-old Robin Jones from the UK has Asperger's Syndrome and felt it hard to get through day to day life. Until he adopted his best friend Charlie, who has helped him to change his life and create happiness he never thought possible.

Read this heartwarming story here --> 

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National Cupcake Day!

Posted on February 26, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

Today is the SPCA's annual National Cupcake Day!

Make a difference by making your own cupcakes and collecting donations.  Or find a local shelter, vet clinic or pet store where others have some delicious creations and donate there! A great and yummy cause! 

More on how to donate -->

Posted in Holiday Posts, Raising Awareness

Why is Pet Oral Health Important?

Posted on February 09, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

It's Pet Dental Health Month!

Our four-legged friends mean the world to us and we want to do the best, and be the best advocates we can for them. ❤️❤️

One area that seems to get overlooked is oral health! Why on earth would you want to stick your face and hands close to a mouth where you know Max has been eating some not so appetizing things lately?!😷

Did you know 4 out of 5 pets over the age of 3 have some sort of periodontal disease?! YUCK. It can be difficult to see unless you take a look for yourself. Dog's and cats are very good at hiding pain and aren't about to come crying to you if they have irritated gums or a broken tooth.

A mouth that has a build-up of plaque and tartar can lead to tooth decay and bacteria under the gumline. This bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect major organs, such as the heart and liver.

Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth?! Just like humans, dog's have baby teeth or "deciduous teeth" before the adult teeth grow in. In some cases, especially in small dogs, these teeth don't fall out and the adults grow in beside. This can cause malalignment of the teeth, which can affect chewing and leaves less room between teeth. Food and bacteria can get caught between the teeth and cause faster decay.

Taking care of your pet's teeth routinely will avoid bigger health problems in the future and larger dental procedures, which will save you money!

Just as your dentist has likely told you that keeping a clean mouth means a healthy body, it is the same for pets as well. 😁

-->Look out for more blogs this month for tips and tools on how to keep your dog's mouth sparkling!

Posted in Raising Awareness

Fact Friday!

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Chelsea Smales | 0 comments

The best way to make sure your pet is at their ideal weight is not by actually weighing them, but by their Body Condition Score!

A Body Condition Score (BCS) chart lays out specific guidelines to help pet owners and professionals have a hands-on assessment of fat and muscle mass. It is either scored 1-5 or 1-9 depending on what chart you use.

Click the link below to take a look at a BCS chart and figure out where your pet stands!


Posted in Fun Fact, Helpful Tips, Raising Awareness

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