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    Our dogs fur serves as great protection during the winter. However dog owners may not be aware that their dog’s fur can be fatal in the heat of spring and summer. As the temperature rises, dog owners must be aware of the potential of dog heat stroke.

    It is important to understand that dogs become hot as well and aren’t the same as us. We can take a coat off if we get too hot, but they can’t. They may shed but they will still have a coat. By panting, dogs are able to cool down by circulating air through their bodies. They also can cool down by drinking or swimming in water. Dogs will show signs when becoming to hot such as panting, which can be mistaken for excitement during a game of catch or the joy of seeing you.

    Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

    The most common and visible signs of heat stress in our pets include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue. If a pet becomes overheated, you must immediately lowering their body temperature.

    • Move the pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower their temperature. 
    • Apply cool towels to the pet’s head, neck and chest only. 
    • Allow the pet to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. 

    Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car

    Don’t EVER leave your dog in the car while it’s hot! Leaving a dog in a hot environment is a common cause of heat stroke.

    At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is approximately 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach up to 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.

    Please share this to educate all our furry friend owners.  It does not have to be 90 degrees to cause harm to our pets.

    Internal temperature of car vs Dogs Temperature

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    United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products to include our retail partners’ private label brands. The recall involves the brands and products described below.

    United Pet Group previously initiated a voluntary recall of its branded products on 6/10/17 which included the following brands: American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit).

    The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews. The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

    United Pet Group received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed. The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

    Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite and gastric irritation, including diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

     To read full recall including Lot and Product information click here.

    When you are just dog tired! 

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    Our Boston Terrier will sleep with her tongue out. Does your furry friend sleep with its tongue out?

    Many dogs sleep or rest with the tip of their tongues "peeking" out, or let it all hang entirely. They do this to regulate body temperature, particularly when it's hot. A dog's tongue is full of blood vessels.

    By sticking some or all of the tongue out (panting or not), contact with the air aids in evaporation of saliva on it, which cools down the tongue and releases heat from the blood supply carried in the vessels. This, in turn, helps cool down a dog's body. It's their version of sweating.

    Just as often, however, they may do it for no discernible reason, as when sleeping or, perhaps, dreaming. As long as there's no bleeding or injury to the tongue your dog and his tongue are behaving normal.


    Some dogs only stick their tongues out occasionally and can pull it back in whenever they want to. The dogs who can’t pull their tongue all the way back in may have a condition called Hanging Tongue Syndrome.


    Hanging tongue syndrome can become painful to the dog. If the tongue is always hanging out of the mouth and is not getting the natural moisture from the mouth it can dry out and crack. Tongues are very sensitive and this can become quite uncomfortable for the dog. They can also develop and infection. If left outside to long in cold weather they can even get frostbite on their tongues.

    Does your furry friend sleep with its tongue out?

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    Loving Pets is voluntarily recalling a limited number of its dogs treats.  The possible Salmonella contamination was due to a single finished ingredient that was supplied to Loving Pets from a USA based supplier.

    This possible contamination was discovered by Loving Pets’ internal quality assurance team and was identified through the company’s standard quality control testing procedures and internal food safety program. Loving Pets produces its treats in small batches, in order to offer the highest quality and control in safety.

    To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers (noted above) so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market.

    Products listed in recall:
    Loving Pets Barksters
    Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips
    Whole Hearted

    Consumers may return any bag of treats with any of these aforementioned lot numbers to the retailer where the product was originally purchased. For additional information, please call Cathy Vesey at 866-599-PETS (7387).

    Below is the list of the Lot numbers recalled by Loving Pets

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    Loving Pets Barksters

    • Item #5700 Sweet Potato and Chicken UPC 842982057005 – Lot # 021619

    • Item #5705 Brown Rice and Chicken UPC 842982057050 – Lot 021419

     

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     Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips

    • Item #5100 Apple and Chicken UPC 842982051003 – Lot 051219, 112118, 112918, 012719, 012519, 013019

    • Item #5110 Banana and Chicken UPC 842982051102 – Lot 112218, 112818, 112918, 013119

    • Item #5120 Sweet Potato and Chicken UPC 842982051201 – Lot 112818, 020119

    • Item #5130 Cranberry and Chicken UPC 842982051300 – Lot 020319, 112918, 020219

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    Whole Hearted

    • Item #2570314 Chicken and Apple Puff Treats UPC 800443220696 – Lot 121418, 121918, 122318, 010419, 010619, 010519


    For further information on Lot numbers and Recall visit https://lovingpetsproducts.com/loving-pets-voluntary-limited-recall/

    Hot Asphalt Awareness

     

     

     hot asphalt awarenessIt's summertime and who doesn't love to take their furry friends for long walks, or to the beach, or to the park for some fun and exercise. We must be careful for our furry friends.

    Your dogs paw pads can burn if they are walking on HOT surfaces such as sand, flagstone, blacktop, driveways, streets and parking lots.

    Your dog’s paw pads are ruff and tough and get our furry friends from place to place.

    Lets make sure we keep them safe from burns. To protect your furry friends paw pads, check the temperature of the ground. Make sure it is not to hot for your furry friend.

    Place the back of your hand or a bare foot on the surface for 7 seconds. If it is to hot for you to keep your hand or foot on it, then it is to hot for your pet.

    Paw protection from burns is pretty easy. If it's to hot for you, it's to hot for them.

     Paw pad burns can be prevented by, Walk your dog when it's cool. Walking early in the morning or evening will prevent paw pad burns.  Stay on the grass when it's hot. Grass is cooler than the sidewalk or street and can minimize chance of burns.

    Moisturize your dog's paws on a daily basis. Keep your dog's paws well moisturized with Vaseline or a special paw pad balm or cream, like Musher's Secret or Paw Soother.  Moisturizing the dog's paw pads will prevent cracking, peeling and minor pad cuts. These injuries could cause the dog's pads to become more sensitive once healing is complete, so lets prevent the injury.

    Musher's Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax is an easy-to-apply all-natural wax-based cream protects paws from harsh surfaces. Protect paws from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt with all natural 100 percent wax-based cream. When applied to pads and between toes, dries in seconds to form a semi-permeable shield. Non-toxic, non-allergenic, non-staining formula can be used weekly or as needed to prevent abrasions, burning, drying and cracking. Perfect for mushing, hunting, walking or before any outdoor activity. Acts as an invisible boot to prevent potential paw problems. Easy-to-apply formula contains vitamin E to moisturize and help heal wounds and keep paws healthy. 

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    Another great choice that is an organic, vegan, all-natural butter and herbal-based blend specially formulated to heal rough, chapped, dry dog paw pads is Paw Soother. Paws can become dry and damaged from many elements such as ice, salt, sand, rough or hot surfaces. Paw Soother helps to deeply moisturize and nourish the skin to heal paws. Perfectly safe and edible, so do not worry if your dog attempts to lick it off. 

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     Think your furry friend has burnt paw pads.

    Signs of burned pads include: • limping or refusing to walk • licking or chewing at the feet • pads darker in color • missing part of pad • blisters or redness • whining and or heavy panting may be a sign of pain.

    If your furry friend gets a mild burn, soak her paws in cold water, clean with soap and pat dry, do not rub for it could further irritate the burn. If your furry friend has second or third degree burns, contact your vet immediately.

     

     

    Dogs have their own ‘fingerprint’ True or False?

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    Well actually it's not a "finger or paw print" but a nose print. A dogs nose print is unique to that dog, just as no two human fingerprints are the same. If you look closely at a dog’s nose, you will see lines forming patterns, just like fingerprints.

    Additional fun facts about the nose:  

    Their sense of smell is amazing. Dogs noses can smell 10,000 to 100,000 times better than a human. That means they can detect scents much more acutely and with greater accuracy than their two-legged companions. Beagles, German Shepherds and Dachshunds are four breeds with the best sense of smell.

    They have slits on the side of their nose. They exhaled air through the slits in the sides of their noses so outgoing air does not dilute the scented air streaming into the nostrils. Dogs breathe faster when trying to sniff a certain smell, and they widen their nostrils to pull in more air.

    Dogs can smell illness. Research has found dogs are able to smell a world of organic compounds within the human body. It is largely believed that one day in the near future dogs will be used to help detect cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.

    Dogs noses are usually moist. Moist noses are one of the ways they can regulate body temperature and cool down. Dogs don’t have normal sweat glands like people so they secrete sweat from the pads of their feet and their noses.

     

    Trivia Tuesday:  Are Dalmatians born with spots?  

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    Dalmatians usually have litters of six to nine pups at a time and are born with plain white coats. Their first spots usually appear after 3 to 4 weeks from birth. After about a month, they have most of their spots.  They can continue to develop throughout life at a much slower rate.

     

    Trivia Tuesday:  Are Dalmatians born with spots?  

    Answer: No

     

    Fun additional info on the Dalmatian

    George Washington was an owner/ breeder.
    30% of Dalmatians are deaf.
    Dalmatians are also known as Firehouse dogs, Carriage dogs, or Spotted Coach dogs.

     

     

     

     

     

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