Spring is here and it is acting more like SUMMER. It is going to be 90 degrees today! Each spring we send out our heat stroke signs email. When it is hot the best thing to do is get to your dogs as early as possible. Dogs do not tolerate heat well.
When you walk your dogs, walk them in the shade and carry water with you. Give the dogs shelter and lots of water. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water yourself.
Watch dog’s paws on hot surfaces, again, seek shady places to walk, stay close to client’s home, bring water for you and your dog charges. Please review these signs of Heat Stroke.
Early Stages of Heat-Stroke in Animals:
- Heavy panting
- Rapid breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Bright red gums and tongue
- Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.
- White or blue gums
- Lethargy, unwillingness to move
- Uncontrollable urination or defecation
- Labored, noisy breathing
If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down:
- Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog’s paw pads
- Apply ice packs to the groin area
- Hose down with water.
- Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water
- Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes
If only spring would get here faster.
Springtime has begun to arrive to most areas, or is right around the corner. You’ve successfully lead your dog(s) through a hearty, happy winter full of fun games and healthy food. Now, spring arrives, offering both benefits and dangers to your canine companions. By following a few simple guidelines, you can help ensure that Rover has an even more enjoyable spring, as the two (or three, or more!) or you head out into the great outdoors…
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Grief seems very much like a uniquely human emotion but what about our dogs? We know that they can feel love, anger, fear, pain, and joy; why not grief? We know that our dogs can create close and familial friendships with other dogs and animals that last throughout their lives and when that friend dies, what can we do for our best friends?
One of our client’s dogs, Lindor, is dealing with depression after the sudden loss of his best friend Moab; not eating, becoming lethargic, and plodding around with general malaise. In order to help Lindor, Dogon sought advice from other professional petsitters and dog walkers and below is a link to advice for you dog during the grieving process. I hope that this can be of aid to anyone who’s dog is dealing with the loss of a friend.
For more information or help for your dog, contact Companion Animal Behavior. They have animal psychologists who can probably help. Their number is 703-327-7205.
*edited 1/18 at request.
I’m sure some of you remember the video of the boxer Sugar receiving CPR from her trainer (found here). Well here is an instructional video of how to give your dog CPR, just in case.
Calming Signals: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Telling You To Calm Down
The dogs have about 30 calming signals, perhaps even more. Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´. It varies from dog to dog.
Dogs use this communication system towards us humans, simply because it´s the language they know and think everyone understands.
We need to learn to understand the language of dogs so that we can understand what our dogs are telling us. That is the secret of having a good life together.