Many of us when we first get a puppy do not realize that it is just like having a baby in the sense that we need to doggy proof the house, this way they do not get into anything such as chemicals or any kind of materials that could be harmful to them. But the question is how do I go about doing this? How do I find out what is safe and what is not safe for my dog? or what even goes into safety proofing my house for my dog? Here is a list of potential hazards to your dog: 1. House Cleaners – Items such as bleach, detergents, over cleaners, soap and many more. All of these have different levels of toxicity and may cause harm to your dog it touched or consumed. Keep all these cleaners in their bottles and make sure to store the bottles out of reach or in a locked cabinet. Keep in mind that some dogs are able to open normal cabinets. 2. Chemicals - Items include automotive fluids (especially antifreeze), fertilizers, moth balls, weed killers, and much more. These are very toxic to your dog. Make sure you keep all automotive and [...]
Before your family heads off on summer road trips and vacations, please keep in mind these travel tips for pet travel safety: Buckle up – Always be sure to restrain your pet when traveling in your automobile. An unrestrained pet can distract the driver and injure themselves and the driver in an accident. Location – Make sure you keep your pets out of the front seat unless they are secure in a booster seat, that will not trigger the air bag in case there is an accident. Remember pets should be secured in the backseat or cargo area of the vehicle for their safety and yours as well. Reduce distractions – Walk your dog or play with them before you put them in the car. This will help ensure that your pet is calm and will be less of a distraction to you while you are driving, so that your focus can stay on the road. Make them comfortable – Make sure you bring water, food, snacks and their favorite toy or blanket in the car so they can enjoy the ride too. Happy and Safe Traveling!
Many of us enjoy taking out dogs for a walk or even bringing them to the local dog park so they can play with other dogs, but as with any place there is proper etiquette for taking our dog to the park. Ten Tips for Dog Park Etiquette: 1. Know the rules of the dog park and follow them. 2. Make sure your dog remains on the leash until inside the fenced area. 3. Never leave your dog unattended, even in an off-leash dog park. 4. Maintain voice control over your dog at all times. 5. If your dog starts to play rough, leash him or her and leave the park immediately. 6. Don’t bring toys that dogs could fight over to the dog park. 7. Make sure that you keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date. 8. Never bring a female dog in heat to a dog park. 9. Make sure you always clean up after your dog. 10. A dog park is not a great place for small children — if children are with you, watch them closely. Remember these few tips when bringing your dog to the park and it will be an enjoyable time for both of you!