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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

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…

Read my full article on dog healthcare tips for spring on FeathersFinsAndFur.com

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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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Lindor and Moab’s Story: Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief





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.



Fetch Fitness: Stay Fit With Your Dog.

Fetch Fitness: Stay Fit With Your Dog.

The following workouts are divided into four weeks, perfect for cycling through each month, and are great for dogs and pet parents who want to lose weight together or just stay fit.


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? 


10 Fruits and Vegetables That Aid Dog Nutrition

10 Fruits and Vegetables That Aid Dog Nutrition

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what about the vet?


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.”

Dog trainer saves dog with CPR

WOW! Where can I learn to do that?!

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Canyon Crest K9 Training Center owner, Ron Pace, saves the life of a boxer named Sugar with CPR during a regular training session. During the session, the dog went into a seizure. Ron immediately applied CPR. Sugar had stopped breathing for 2 minutes.

The video is hard to watch, but the dog survives.

It was later found out Sugar hadCardiomyopathy.

What struck me about  this video is how long he performed CPR. Seemed like an eternity. It was good to see how it was done and see that it is something you should continue for a long time.

Buy dog CPR training books here.

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Dog Care in Winter

Excellent article on keeping your dog safe and healthy in the winter. Tails get cold too!


Dog care in winter is vital knowledge to have if we are going to care for our canines during the cold season. Dogs, like humans, are susceptible to a wide variety of dangers during the winter months, and their natural instincts can get them into trouble. But, following just a few simple steps, you can help make sure that your pet dog is happy throughout winter and beyond.

Read my full article on dog care in winter on FeathersFinsandFur.com



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