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April Newsletter 2018

 

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Dog Park Safety

Most dogs enjoy an off-leash romp at the park. Dogs are very social animals, and a dog park can be a fun place to take your pooch. Accidents and dog fights do happen at dog parks, but by following a few safety tips, you can lessen the chances of a bad day at the park.

Check out the park ahead of time; dogless. Try and feel the vibe, the rules, and see how busy it is. Be sure it has a double-gated entry and that the fencing is high enough to keep the dogs in. There should be separate areas for small dogs and big dogs. Check to see if it has water available and if people are watching their dogs.

Do not take a dog to a dog park that has poor social skills or is shy or nervous, that’s a recipe for disaster. Dog parks are not for puppies, and you need to go carefully with older dogs too, they are more apt to be injured.

Make sure your first few visits are during off hours, so your dog gets used to off-leash play. Be sure to watch both your dog and the others for signs of aggression. Because canine play often looks and sounds aggressive, you need to know exactly what to watch for. The second link at the end of this article goes over what play and aggression can look like.

Even the sweetest dogs can escalate during play, so after a few minutes of energetic play call your dog away and let him settle down a bit.

Here are a few more tips:

  • Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.
  • No choke or prong collars, flat nylon or leather only.
  • Bring poopy bags to pick up after your buddy.
  • Remove your dog’s leash inside the park; leash aggression is common at dog parks.
  • If water isn’t available, bring your own.
  • Have treats but don’t feed other dogs unless you ask their people.
  • If a fight breaks out, do NOT get in the middle of it. Throw a coat or blanket on the fight or turn the hose on the fighters. Often an air horn will stop a dogfight (they make small airhorns, but they are still loud!)
  • Don’t bring young kids to the park and don’t play with other dogs unless you ask.
  • Remember not all dogs love a dog park, so if your dog is showing signs that they are uncomfortable, just take them home.

Try a local park after you’ve checked it out and see if your canine companion enjoys it, but watch your dog at the park just like you would watch your child.

15 Things Humans Do Wrong At Dog Parks
Playing or Fighting?
Should I Take My Dog To The Dog Park?

 

Easy to Make Pet Treats

We all love the idea of feeding our pets healthy food with natural ingredients, but the idea of making treats from scratch can seem daunting. Luckily, making homemade treats doesn’t get much easier than this. You know exactly what is in these treats, so they are not only fun but healthy too. As an added bonus, if you get hungry while taking your dog for a walk, you can munch on the pup treats too, if he’s willing to share!

Dog Treats

1 Cup Oat or Rice Flour
2 Ripe Mashed Bananas
1/4 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter (be sure it doesn’t have sugar or sweetener)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Peel and mash the bananas and mix them with the peanut butter. Add the flour a little at a time to the banana/peanut butter mixture and blend well. Chill the dough for 20 minutes. Roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters or in squares with a knife. Put on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool before feeding! Yum!

Cat Treats

10 oz Canned Salmon (do not drain)
1 Egg
2 Cups Oat or Rice Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up salmon as finely as possible, beat in an egg. Add the salmon mixture to the flour and mix until well blended. If the mix is too dry add a little water. Roll out dough on floured parchment paper and cut into small treats. Move parchment paper and treats to a baking sheet (keep treats on paper, so they don’t stick) and cook for about 20 minutes. Cool before feeding.

Both of these treats will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. These treats are both fun and healthy!

 

Signs of Cancer in Pets

Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of both cats and dogs, especially in our senior pets. No need to panic both cats and dogs are less plagued by this disease than people. But it’s a good idea to know what to look for and to start changing your pet’s routines now to help ward off disease.

Here are some signs to look for:

Sores that don’t heal
Abnormal discharges
Swelling that persists or continues to grow
Loss of appetite
Fatigue
Weight changes (up or down)
Bleeding or discharge of any body opening
Offensive odor
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Behavior changes
Change in potty habits
Evidence of painIf your pet has these symptoms, don’t panic, as they are also symptoms of other diseases. But get your pet to your vet for a thorough check-up.

Although hereditary plays a role in this illness so does lifestyle. The best cure is prevention. Make sure your pet gets yearly physical exams, feed your pet a whole food, high-quality healthy diet, keep your pet at a healthy weight, minimize vaccinations, reduce their exposure to toxins (like fertilizers on the yard), check their body once a month for unusual lumps, and be sure they get daily exercise (we can help with that!).

The sooner you address an illness, the better the chance that your best friend will be around for a long time!

 

Great Pet Links!

Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we’ve found on the net this month.

 
 
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