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Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer is here! The weather has started to warm up and people are getting outside in the sun. Just like with humans, it is important to aware of the health risks when the weather starts to heat up. Since dogs are unable to let us know when something is wrong, you need to learn how to keep your dog safe and healthy. Here are some summer safety tips for dogs.

Protect paws from hot surfaces

When most humans are outside in the hot sun, they have shoes to help protect their feet from the blazing hot temperatures of the ground. Surfaces like cement sidewalks, brick, and blacktops heat up to almost 150 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. Temperatures as hot as 100 degrees Fahrenheit can feel painful for dogs. Anything too hot can even lead to burns and blisters, causing permanent damage. To help protect their feet, there are many options. One solution is to dress your dog in shoes made for protecting their feet against the heat.

Related topic: Safety Tips for Exercising with Pets

Clean ears whenever they get wet

Warm, summer weather welcomes a lot of outdoor activities, including swimming. Many dogs love taking a dip in the water every summer to cool off. However, it is important to clean your dog’s ears whenever they have been in the water. This also includes bathing them. When the dog’s ears are not properly dried and cleaned after getting wet, it can lead to ear infections. Ear infections are one of the most common reasons dogs need to be taken into the vet. This is because many dog owners do not know how to properly clean their dog’s ears. After your dog has been in the water, dry their ears thoroughly and gently rub them with an ear cleaner to make sure no dirt or debris has been left behind.

Do not leave them in vehicles

Not only are the sidewalks heating up in the summer, but vehicles are too. One of the most dangerous things you can do to your pet is to leave them in your vehicle with no AC turned on. Most places even have laws against this now. What a lot of people do not realize is that cars heat up quickly and can become almost twice as hot as the temperature outside. Leaving your dog in a car on a hot summer day can lead to heatstroke and even death.

Take care of fleas on your pet

In certain areas, warm weather means the arrival of one pesky bug: fleas. Fleas live on the surface of a dog’s skin. They are irritating for dogs and lead to itching, redness, and inflammation when they bite. There are medications available to help kill fleas. Just be sure to use one specifically for dogs and use it only on your dog. Using a dog flea medication on cats can cause serious health problems, even if they just rub against your dog. A colloidal silver spray can also help clear up irritation once the fleas have been treated.

Related article: Benefits of Colloidal Silver for Dogs

Bring water on walks

One of the most important summer safety tips for dogs is to keep them hydrated. When going for a walk or on a hike, many people are quick to remember to grab a bottle of water for themselves. However, many people might not consider the hydration of their dogs. Grab an extra bottle or two for your dog and maybe even a pop-up bowl.

A dog drinking water

Sources

http://www.lhaps.com/images/DogTemperatureArticle_09jun2010.pdf

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Funniest Pet Videos

With everything going on in the world, we could all use a little laugh. Here are some of the funniest pet videos on YouTube to help you forget about the stress of the world.

This compilation from Tiger Productions has some of the cutest and most hilarious moments from pets captured by their human friends. Included are funny videos from cats, dogs, and even a few other fun pets.

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Cat Videos

Want to watch funny videos of cats specifically? Here is an almost hour-long compilation of just cats doing the most hilarious things. Cats really know how to get themselves in the stickiest situations. Lucky for us, it makes for great entertainment.

Dog Videos

This video is more likely to put a happy smile on your face rather than make you roll on the ground laughing. However, it is still worth the watch and will hopefully put you in a better mood than you were before.

Our Personal Favorite Funniest Pet Videos

In our opinion, this is the funniest out of the most recent compilations. We could not hold back the laughter while watching most of these. Good luck keeping a straight face yourself!

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Caring for a Pregnant Dog

Almost everyone loves puppies. However, before puppies are born, female dogs go through a lot. As their owner, it can be a lot of work. Keeping your pregnant dog healthy and safe is important for her well-being and the well-being of her puppies. Here is what you need to know about caring for a pregnant dog.

Signs your dog may be pregnant

Some dog owners may have planned to breed their dogs, while others may have not. If you are wondering if your dog may be pregnant, there are a few different signs to look out for. These can include weight gain, increased nipple size, and an increase in her appetite. If you notice any of these signs or believe your dog may be pregnant, be sure to take your dog to the vet for diagnostic testing.

Take your dog to a vet

Caring for a pregnant dog requires help from a professional. Even if you already know your dog is pregnant, you should take her to the vet for regular check-ups and vaccinations. Once the puppies are born, they will also need to have regular shots and check-ups.

Feed her a well-balanced diet

Feeding your pregnant dog a well-balanced diet is so vital for her health and the health of her growing puppies. It is recommended that you do not feed your dog a homemade diet during this time. This is because there is no way to know exactly how many vitamins and minerals your dog is getting. Many vets recommend food that has been tested and formulated. If you do plan to feed your dog homemade meals, discuss with your vet what your dog will need to eat to make sure she is getting the proper nutrients. For more information, read our article, “Most Vital Nutrients for Dogs”.

Supplies to have for delivery

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You will also need to be ready for your dog to give birth. The average pregnancy term for a dog is 9 weeks. These weeks can go by quickly, so being ready will give your dog and her puppies the best chance at a healthy delivery. Here are a few things to have ready before your pregnant dog goes into labor:

  • A whelping box – During labor, dogs will want a warm, quiet, and safe place where they can give birth. Having a whelping box made for her will help prevent her from giving birth in a closet or on a bed. Just be sure to get her used to the box beforehand until she is comfortable with that space.
  • Newspaper, old towels, old blankets – This will help with cleaning things up after the puppies are born. Having old towels or blankets out will also give your dog and her puppies a warm and comfortable place to nurse and sleep.
  • Dry and clean towels – After birth, the puppies will need to be wiped down with a dry towel.
  • Clean scissors and unwaxed dental floss – If your dog does not chew off the umbilical cords herself, you will need to cut them and tie them off with unwaxed dental floss. Talk to your vet for more information on this.
  • Iodine – Keep a bottle of this hand disinfecting umbilical cords after they have been cut.
  • Thermometer – Having this on hand while your dog is pregnant will help you to know when your dog is going to give birth. When your dog’s temperature drops to 99 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, she is about to go into labor.
  • Heating pad – The puppies will need to stay warm after they are born. A heating pad on a low-temperature setting can do just the trick.
  • A phone number for your vet – In case you have questions or if something goes wrong, have the number of your dog’s vet on hand.

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Weird Dog Behavior and What it Means

Dogs have been man’s best friend for hundreds of years. However, some of their behavior may still be a mystery to a lot of people. Here is what you should know about weird dog behavior and what it means.

Chasing their tail

One of the funniest things to watch a dog do is chase their tails. Usually, this behavior is nothing to worry about. It can just mean that your dog is bored and needs to let out some energy. Most dogs require a lot of attention and can easily become bored when their owners are not giving them enough. It can even just be a nervous habit. However, it could also be a sign of a more serious issue. If your dog constantly chases their tail, this could be a sign of a brain abnormality caused by a seizure. It could also mean that the dog’s tail is in a lot of pain from an infection or even cancer.

Tilting their heads side to side

Has your dog ever tilted their head side to side while you were talking to them? This is one of the cutest things that dogs do. However, there is still little evidence to fully explain why they do this. Some experts believe that it helps dogs to locate where a sound is coming from. They also believe it may help dogs that cannot see very well, like puppies with developing eyesight or older dogs. However, some believe they simply do it so often because they know they can get a positive reaction from their owners.

Related: Weird Cat Behavior and What it Means

Sniffing Private Areas

One weird behavior that is a little more understood is bum sniffing. When dogs greet each other, one of the first things they do is sniff each other’s bums. While this may seem strange to humans, this is how dogs get to know each other. Dogs can determine if another dog is male or female this way. They can also determine if the other dog is nice or aggressive or even how healthy they are.

Kicking their leg during belly rubs

Every healthy dog kicks their leg when being scratched in just the right spot. It can be one of the funniest things to witness while petting them. This weird dog behavior is completely involuntary and can even be surprising to your dog. However, it is important to keep in mind that continuing to scratch them in that spot may even be bothering them. This is because it triggers a nerve that gives them the urge to itch. To keep them from walking away, just scratch them in a different spot so they can continue to enjoy the affection from their owner.

Scooting

A dog wearing a weird costume

Another hilarious dog behavior is scooting. This happens when a dog scoots its bum across the floor, usually with its back legs up in the air. Although funny, it can also seem a little gross. While they may just have an itch, it could signal another health issue that needs to be addressed. This includes a skin irritation from grooming, trauma, food allergies, being clogged, or even an intestinal parasite. To help with skin irritation, try a colloidal silver spray for dogs.

Check out: Benefits of Colloidal Silver for Dogs

Learning about weird dog behavior and what it means is one of the best ways to make sure your dog’s strange habits are not a sign of something serious. Most importantly, keep your dog healthy. Make sure they are getting a proper diet with all the vitamins and minerals they need along with daily exercise.

Sources

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/why-do-dogs-shake-their-legs/

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/why-dogs-sniff-butts