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Be Careful of the Heat: Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

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.

Advanced Stages:

  • White or blue gums
  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation
  • Labored, noisy breathing
  • Shock 


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
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With spring just around the corner, it’s time for you and your dog to shed those winter pounds

Get Life On A New Leash…Exercise with your Dog!”

Dogs are “our” best friends and now it’s “our” turn to be their best friend!  “Get Life on a new leash and exercise with your dog” and DogOn Fitness!

Did you know?

  • 40% – 50% of dogs in the United States or overweight or obese
  • 70% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese

Are you and your dog living a healthy lifestyle?

  • Are you and your dog overweight?  Love handles, potbellies, flabby abs spell out danger in the years ahead
  • Are your fitness levels optimal for you age and build?
  • When was the last time you and your dog were breathless after a session in the local park?
  • Are you and your dog suffering from nagging health problems that prevent you from embracing life with energy and enthusiasm?

Animal loving couch potatoes are passing on their unhealthy habits to their dogs, adopting a lifestyle that threatens their health and could end up shortening their lives!

“Get Life On a New Leash” is a human and canine companion fitness program, aka; “Paws Camp” for Peeps and Pups!   You and your dog will not only lose weight and become fit in the process but will experience a stronger bond.   Say goodbye to doggone fat and hello to DogOn Fitness!  For more information and to sign up, go to www.dogonfitness.com

*Edit: We do not yet have an instructor, but check back for an update soon! 

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Benefits of Exercise

15 minutes a day, every day, keeps the vet away!

Keep Calm

While I was look around the web at various pet forums and blogs I found a considerable amount of people who thought that putting your pet dog in the back yard for half an hour in the morning and when you return from work in the evening was enough to keep their pet happy and healthy. After a bit more digging I found that these people were also the people who said that they needed help stopping their dog from barking, digging and escaping. So I knew that I needed to clear this matter up. Dogs need to be walked, it’s not in their nature to sit around the house all day especially not when they are young. This article will address the risks of little or no exercise for dogs and also the benefits of regular exercise.

First off I’d just like to mention some of the risks of…

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Dog Power: The Short History of Dogs as a Power Source

Dog Power: The Short History of Dogs as a Power Source

We know of draft horses, oxen, and even camels, but did you know there were (and still are) draft dogs? 

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Dog Cart of the Day

Get your gee-haw on!

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How A Dog’s Color Vision Affects Canine Sports

How a Dog’s Color Vision Affects Canine Sports

“Color in dog sports serves the purpose of not only making the event more bright and interesting, but if the colors are chosen properly, they can make the sport safer for the dogs.”

Affordable Dog Toy Alternatives

Great way to use single socks and old squeaker boxes after the original dog toy is long gone.

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Playing with you dog is a great bonding activity for you, your pet and even your family. Dropping by the pet shop and checking out some toys for your dog is a great idea, but these toys usually add up and can cost a lot.

You really don’t have to buy your pet the most expensive rubber bone in the shop. It’s not going to appreciate the price and would most likely just chew the toy to bits. If you want your dog to have fun with toys, here are some cheap and even free alternatives.

Affordable Dog Toy Alternatives
Old socks

If you still have the old sock that doesn’t even have a pair anymore, then give it to spot. Your dog is going to have a lot of fun with that piece of cloth, tossing, pulling and throwing it all over the place. If you have a bunch of socks, you can…

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