When it comes to the summer time heat and sunshine, a few safety tips can be the key to insure your pet can join in the fun.
Often pet owners will shave down their dogs during the summer time, thinking this will help keep them cool. But ironically, shaving down a dog inhibits their ability to deal with the temperature change! So keep your dogs well groomed by removing all its dead undercoat hair, but remember not to shave them down in order to help them tolerate the summer sun. Your dog’s skin will also be at risk from the sun, so sunscreen is recommended. Make sure you use a sunscreen that is specifically made for your dog. Dogs that are shaved, have short white fur, or are hairless are most at risk of sun damage. Other areas of sensitivity are their noses and tips of their ears.
The blacktop street asphalt gets hot. Very hot! Walk your pet on the grass or on the sidewalk instead of on the street. Those hot black roads can hurt their paws. On days that your dog spends a lot of time outside, you’ll want to check the dog’s paws for sun damage and his fur for ticks. When checking for ticks, make sure you look under the tail, on their stomach, in their ears and between their toes
Some simple training and safety devices can ease your mind and protect your dog this summer. For example, make sure to give your dogs treats and praise in order to positively reinforce being handled and having his fur and paws looked at. Practice this often so that your dog likes being handled! If you want to use doggie sunscreen on your pup, put it on while your dog is playing ball with you or doing another enjoyable activity so that your dog positively associates sunscreen application with good times.
Last but certainly not least, always have plenty of water available for your dog! This will ensure that they keep cool and hydrated, which in turn will keep them healthy and happy this summer. Have fun!— Credit to: Association of Pet Dog Trainers
At Pet Suites your pet will enjoy the latest in technology in bathing with our new Hydro Surge Bathing System. The Hydro Surge is an invigorating water massage that penetrates and “combs” though the coat, bringing oxygen to the skin while delivering just the right amount of shampoo. Dogs love Hydro surge—the tingling, combing fingers of water calm and relax them, and the process eliminates the need for hand scrubbing and makes the whole process speedy.
Our equipment is state of the art, and our groomers are among the best trained anywhere. You and your pet will leave happy! Make your appointment today!
On May 1st Donna was in the lobby at our Pet Suites location when a women pulled up, and ran into our lobby crying, “Are you an Animal Hospital, my dog stopped breathing?” Donna sprung into action and ran out to the car to find the woman’s small white dog (looked like a poodle mix) laying lifeless in the woman’s husband’s lap. Her training kicked in and she started CPR while Lauryn Stewart of Pet Suites told the owner how to quickly get to a Vet near by. Donna continued CPR on the dog until the woman got in her car and drove off.
Prior to departing, Donna thought she saw the dog move his front paws, but it all happened so fast, she really wasn’t sure. “I waited on pins & needles hoping to get some information on the dog” she said, and you can only imagine the emotion everyone was feeling.
The dog’s owner called about 2 hours later and told us, “ Please thank that lady” that worked on my dog, he is going to be fine, she saved his life.”
The Vet determined the dog had gone into shock. And while it is still unknown why, of course we all cried with tears of joy! Way to Go Donna and Team Pet Suites!
This Summer, there’ll be plenty of picnics, barbecues and get-togethers celebrating the summer season. Here are a few things you may have not thought about that will help keep bowser happy and healthy!
The ASPCA recommends keeping your pets indoors; it’s safer, quieter and much easier for you and your pal. However, if you’re heading out and planning to take your dog with you, here are several safety ideas that will help make it a great day for all.
When driving, it’s recommended you keep your dog safe in a car safety harness for traveling. Make frequent stops for your dog along the way, providing fresh water along with an opportunity to stretch and potty if necessary.
Never offer your dog the picnic “people” food as it could greatly upset his/her stomach and can cause severe gastrointestinal upset. We know how tempting this can be and we’ve seen the faces that can break down most humans. But keep your dogs on their regular diets is the best thing for them.
Never use insect repellent made specifically for humans on your pets. It’s not intended for animal use and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling.
Always provide shade as dogs, just like people, can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion. See our article on this spread about heat stroke for more on this.
NEVER leave your dog in the car unattended even for just a short time and even with the windows open.
Sure some of these things are common sense and some maybe you hadn’t thought about. But either way, we hope these simple reminders help you keep the basics in mind while you enjoy a safe and happy summer!
Summer is here, and it’s HOT outside! If you and your best friend will be spending time outdoors, make sure that you watch your dog closely for signs of overheating and heat stroke.
Many people don’t even realize that their dog is overheating. That happy, long tongue is letting you know your dog is HOT! Heat stroke is a very real danger for your dog and will cause nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death. So, make sure your dog has access to a nice, shady place to cool off, with plenty of fresh water to keep him cool & hydrated.
When it’s really hot outside – even a casual walk can lead to heat stroke especially if your dog is older or out of shape. Keep your exercise routine to early morning or evenings when it’s cooler.
Never leave your dog in your car during hot weather. Dogs left in cars, even with the window cracked open, can overheat very quickly during the summer.
Here’s how to recognize heat stroke in your pet. If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, he will be:
• Panting excessively
• Have redness around his eyes
• Show signs of weakness
• May start vomiting
You can try to cool him down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him vomit.
Try to sponge him down with a cool wet towel or drape damp towels over his body and place him in a cool clean spot like a tile floor or concrete floor, something that doesn’t trap heat like carpeting; and possibly place a low blowing fan on him. Do not submerge the animal in a cold bath or tub of water as this may induce shock.
In extreme cases where your dog’s gums are grayish, his tongue is blue, or he is unconscious, call your veterinarian. Severe heatstroke is an emergency, and you may need to make a quick trip to the veterinarian or emergency clinic.
Information on heatstroke can be found at peteducation.com
Summer tips from the ASPCA and from the AKC
We work hard to ensure that Pet Suites/AK is a fun, safe place for you pet to play and stay.We study and train to keep our skills (reading body language, understanding behavior, being effective teachers and coaches for our dog friends, etc) tuned up. We screen dogs carefully, using the SAFER research-based evaluation, and our alert Camp Counselors supervise play 100 % of the time, using cheerful intervention to promptly interrupt any brewing naughtiness. 99% of our efforts are focused on Prevention. Because we do an excellent job, fights are very rare in our peaceable kingdom!
But —just as we practice evacuation drills, we ensure that we are always at the top of our game, and ready to keep pets safe, by practicing our Fight Drills. Of course, we would not allow any of our canine crew to actually fight —so we rehearse our skills and tools with near-life-size fake dogs! We do a classroom portion, learning about prevention, patterns to watch for, etc, Once we have reviewed tools and techniques, then we dive in and practice! Yup, it looks a bit funny, but we are willing to embarrass ourselves wrangling Rufus The stuffed Rottweiler in order to make sure that if a fight ever did occur, we would be ready to act, fast and smart.
Perhaps you’ve met him at one of our Sunday Vaccination Clinics. We are pleased to see one of our customers’ favorite area veterinarians settling in to his newest location in San Juan Capistrano. With state of the art laser surgery in a classic setting, coupled with the array of general vet services and a long-time staff, San Juan Animal Hospital is a special place. Since 1962 SJAH has been caring for the communities pets and Dr. Bondurant and his trained staff are continuing the tradition with cutting edge, compassionate veterinary care for you and your pet.
If you missed out on the goodie bags, free samples, great lunch and facility tours, we hope you’ll stop buy in the future. There will be treats waiting for your pal and an exceptional team waiting to meet you!
learn more at sjah.com
My family loves celebrating Lily’s birthday by baking her something extra special. This cake is easy to slice up and share with any other doggy friends that are invited over for lunch. You can also decorate it so that the cake looks appealing and appetizing…though Lily of course doesn’t really care what it looks like as long as it tastes delicious!
Ingredients: Vegetable oil for greasing 1¼ cups and 2 Tablespoons ground lamb, about 11 ounces 1-1/3 cups (150 g) unbleached all-purpose flour 2/3 cup (50 g) old-fashioned oats 1/3 cup (50 g) ground sunflower seeds ½ cup (100 g) cottage cheese 2/3 cup (150 ml) water 2 large eggs, beaten To decorate: ½ cup and 1 Tablespoon (150 g) low-fat cream cheese 4 slices (100 g) Cheddar cheese, cut into small squares 1¼ Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 8-inch cake pan.
Place the ground lamb, flour, oats, ground sunflower seeds, cottage cheese, water, and eggs into a bowl and mix together well. The mixture will have a meat loaf–like consistency.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake the cake for about 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the pan from the oven, let stand for a few minutes and remove the cake from the pan. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.
“Ice” the top of the cooled cake with low-fat cream cheese. Use the cheddar cheese squares to decorate the top of the cake and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Then watch your pal enjoy!.
Per 4 ounces (100 g) Calories: 520 Protein: 23% Fat: 27%
Christie Ferris—Chief Operating Officer, The Animal Keeper Management