Adopt a Dog that Fits You, Your Lifestyle and Your Home
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Looking to adopt but unsure whether the dog is a good fit for you? Before you adopt, please do your research before bringing home the cutest puppy you see at the shelter. Often times, new pet owners learn that there are a lot more responsibilities to owning a dog, and then end up returning them to the shelter. Here are some factors to consider before committing to a dog.

1.    Every dog is different. The breed of the dog plays a large role in personality and temperament. Breeds such as Huskies, Australian Shepherds, and Corgis are high energy dogs that will need a lot of exercise. which means lots of walks, runs, hikes, and dog parks! However, low temperament dogs such as Basset Hounds, Chow Chows, French Bulldogs can spend an entire Sunday watching movies with you. It is so important to do your research on the personality of dogs before committing to a furry companion.

2.    Small or large breed? Don’t forget that a puppy will grow and will not stay in its puppy size. Know the breed of the dog before adopting to see how large the dog can grow up to. If you’re living in a small apartment, you might want to consider adopting a small sized dog rather than a large sized dog. You’re going to have to make room for them to sleep, eat, and play. Read our blog post on deciding between small or large breeds.

3.    Where will they be doing their business? Backyards are great for dogs to play and run, and eliminate. Dogs will need proper housetraining to learn where and where not to urinate and defecate. How often will they be able to access the backyard?

4.    Are you looking for someone to do outdoor activities with? If camping, hiking, swimming, are all on your bucket list during the summer, then you’re looking for an athletic dog. You want to find a dog who will also find joy in doing these activities with.

5.    Does your house or apartment allow for pets? Please check to see if your landlord allows for dogs. The worst case is to bring a pup home, only to realize that the dog will have to be removed from the premises. You don’t want that to happen!

6.    Are you or any of your family members allergic to dogs? Several breeds are known to be hypoallergenic, such as the Bichon Frise, Poodle, and Yorkshire Terrier, and Maltese. Read more about dog allergies in one of our previous blog posts.

7.    Do you have time to train the dog? When the dog exhibits bad behavior, proper training will be necessary. While not all dogs will be destructive, have separation anxiety, or is extremely vocal, bad behavior can be altered when you have the time and patience to train the dog. Teaching basic commands can help control and socialize the dog.

8.    Are you able to seek veterinary care? This is so important! Every pup should be up to date with their vaccines, and get annual checkups to ensure great health. Veterinary attention can be expensive, so be sure you’re able to handle a new family member financially.

Every dog deserves to be loved and cared for. If you don’t have the time to commit to a pup, it’s best if you don’t bring one home. Best of luck in finding your perfect match!

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Pet Fire Safety
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With the recent fires going on in Southern California, we want you all to be prepared if any unexpected natural disasters happen in your neighborhood. An article by the American Veterinary Medical Association states that fires occurring in homes affect about 500,000 pets each year. Our pets’ safety is just as important as ours! 

Without knowing it, our pets can be the cause of the fires if we aren’t careful when leaving them unattended. The National Fire Protection Association reports that over 750 fires are caused by animals each year. To help lower this number, we have several preventative measures to share:

• Install smoke detectors - Every house should have smoke detectors installed in their house. This will warn you and your household members if there is a fire in the house. When you hear the alarm go off, find your family members and pets, and then evacuate the home. Larger homes should have extra smoke alarms on every floor of the house. 

• Be careful with candles - Some pets are going to find candles fascinating, especially cats. Please keep lit candles out of reach because there is a possible chance that their tails can catch on fire! 

• Avoid electrical cords and appliances - Keep your pets away from electrical appliances, such as the microwave, stove, heaters, dryers, or toaster oven. Be sure these are out of reach! These are especially dangerous when turned on. If you know your dog is a destructive chewer, keep your pets away from electrical cords. 

• Stay away from chimneys and fireplaces - It’s best to not use your fireplace when you have pets, but if you must, be sure to have a glass or metal screen to keep them away from the fire. If possible, keep the area closed away so that your pets are not able to reach it. Don’t forget to close off the outside vents as well. 

• Dog identification is so important! - Always be sure your pets are wearing collars with identification tags. In any case where your dog cannot be found, having the tags could help others contact you. Be sure the tags are updated with your contact information to current your phone number and address. If your dog is found by rescuers, neighbors, or animal control, they will contact you and know who to return the dog to. Microchipping is also a must! 

We never know when a natural disaster will strike, but it is always best to build an evacuation plan first. 

• Fire safety kit - In any situation where you would have to evacuate your home quickly, having an emergency kit is extremely helpful. Pack food, water, leash, treats, a harness, and any medications to easily bring along with you. 
• Take the crate! - To ensure your pet’s safety, allowing them to stay in the crate is a secure way to transport them. Your pet will feel safer as well. 
• Know where to go next - Locate several hotels or homes you can turn to that are pet friendly. Having this contact information inside your safety kit will come in handy. 

In any unfortunate situation where you’re unable to get a hold of your pet in a fire hazard, do NOT go back inside to find your pet. Let the fire fighters know, and they will try their best to retrieve your furry friend. 

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Prevent Heat Exhaustion in Pets
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It is the beginning of August... and the temperatures are reaching triple digits! Let’s protect our pets from the scorching heat this summer. As much as we want to spend time in the outdoors, we want to remind you to be aware when your pets are experiencing overheating or heat exhaustion. Without taking notice, our pets can experience severe conditions such as heat stroke, hyperthermia, or cardiac arrest.

Some symptoms of overheating in dogs are excessive panting, pale or dry gums, increased salivation, rapid heart rate, vomiting, and hyperventilation. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to make a trip to your local veterinarian for a checkup.

Here are several ways to keep your dog cool to prevent your dogs from overheating:

  1. Know when your dog has had enough. If you notice your dog slowing down during a hike, listen to his or her body. Find a comfortable place in the shade and have a rest. If there is a river or clean body of water nearby, wet their feet and body to cool them down. Read on about tips for hiking with your dog here.
  2. Provide a cool, wet towel over his or her fur. There are cooling towels specifically made for pets! Soak the towel in cool, iced water, and place it over your dog’s neck. When it begins to dry out, re-soak to refresh the cooling process.
  3. Provide fresh drinking water. This is an obvious one, but this is so important! No matter where you are, either at the dog park, or at a friend’s house, always be sure that your dogs have access to fresh water to quench their thirst. If they are leashed or in an enclosed area, please be sure their water bowl is in reach.
  4. Turn on the air conditioning. After a long day of being outdoors, your dog will appreciate being in a cool room with air conditioning. This goes for you too.
  5. Use a cooling mat. This comes in handy when you are indoors. Place this on the living room floor or inside their kennels. The mat pad should keep your pooch cool when they put pressure on the mats. These are great for absorbing body heat and reducing body temperature.
  6. Electrolytes. If you know you’re going to be out for a long period of time, it is a good idea to purchase electrolytes for your dog. These supplements replenish the vitamins and minerals your dog needs for strenuous exercise under hot weather. This will help maintain hydration.
  7. Take your pet’s temperature. If the temperature is between 103-106, it is moderate overheating. Beyond 106 degrees is considered severe overheating. If it is above 106, it is your best bet to seek veterinary attention.
  8. Visit the vet. If there are severe symptoms and your dog is not improving, please seek veterinary care immediately! Your vet will tell you what the primary cause of these symptoms and provide you with information for further care.

Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for the dogs too! Please always put your pets’ safety first.

Winnie Goh
Stay Cool in the Pool with your Pooch!
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We’re reaching high temperatures this summer and we want you and your dog to stay cool! One of the best ways is to go swimming with your pooch, whether it is at the lake, your backyard pool, or dog beach.

Before you go, here are several precautions you should take note of when swimming with your dog.

  1. Purchase a life vest for your dog. This will ensure that your dog will stay afloat! It is recommended to have your dog wear a brightly colored life vest with reflective straps to help them stay visible in the water. These will come in handy, especially if you’re going out to the outdoors.
  2. Take it slow! Every dog is different, some will learn to love the water, and some will hate it. Do not force your dog to stay in the water if they obviously do not enjoy it. Let them decide themselves if they want to be in the water or not. Practice in shallow water first and let your pooch get comfortable in water, especially if they have not yet been introduced to swimming.
  3. Bring toys that float. These are always fun, especially if your dog loves to fetch. If your dog loves to fetch, try tossing some water toys into the water! This would be a fun activity for both of you and your dog. Always remember safety first.
  4. Never leave your dog unattended. This is an obvious, but important one! As we’re out there having fun, always keep an eye out for your pup. If you’re taking your dogs to a public area such as a lake or beach, be sure to be comfortable with your dog off leash before letting them roam free. It is important that you know where your dog is at all times for his or her safety.
  5. Learn how to perform CPR on your dog. CPR can be performed on not only humans, but dogs too! In case of any emergency, knowing how to do this can save your dog’s life. This skill can be potentially helpful in the future, so take a class if you’re able to!  
  6. Bring a separate towel for them. When you’re all done swimming, dry off their fur to keep them warm and maintain their body temperature. Wet fur will keep them cold.
  7. Do not let them drink water from pools, the ocean, and lakes. Pool water will most likely contain chlorine, which is not good for your dog to consume. Drinking sea water can cause salt water poisoning for your dog. Lake and river water is not always safe or sanitary for your dogs to drink out of. Always provide a fresh bowl of water nearby for them to stay hydrated with clean water.

Be sure that there is always an exit available to them in the body of water. This way, they can come in and out of the water whenever they like. Pay attention to your dog and know when they have had enough. As long as you and your dog had fun in the water, you know it was a successful day!

Stay cool and have fun in the sun this summer! Check out our previous blog post on summer activities you can enjoy with your pup here.

 

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