Seven Good Rules for the Summer Months

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. It’s been an unusually hot & humid summer here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. So today I thought I’d remind everyone some important hot weather rules for good dogs. They may seem obvious but every summer tragedy happens because a rule wasn’t followed.

  1. Never leave a dog in a car. It can become an oven in less than two minutes, even with a window cracked open. Leave your good dog at home.
  2. The sidewalk test. Put your hand or bare foot on the sidewalk before you head off on a walk. Count to 10. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your good dog’s pads. Try to walk on grass or trails.
  3. Never leave a good dog outside for a prolonged period of time with out adequate shade & cool water. Best leave a good dog indoors on hot, humid days.
  4. Limit your good dogs water play time. That may sound wrong but dogs can suffer water intoxication ( it’s called hyponatremia) from ingesting too much water. Symptoms include loss of coordination. lethargy, bloat, vomiting, glazed eyes, excessive drooling, difficult breathing & in worst cases seizures or comma. It can be fatal.
  5. Check for ticks. They are even in larger city parks now. After a walk, check your good dog for unwelcome passengers. Look especially in the ears, under the throat & between the toes. Pet stores & vet’s have tick remover tools. Maybe have one in the house. Sniff out this video on how to use one. Never squeeze the tick, gently pull it out. You should consult your vet & test for Lyme disease if you do find a tick attached to your good dog.
  6. Allergies can be a problem in the summer months. Good dogs can have reactions just like you humans. There are allergy medications available but consult with your vet, it’s important to know what allergy medications are safe for your good dog. We have an earlier article on that subject. You can paw here to sniff it out.
  7. Keep an eye on your good dog on really hot days, especially if it’s a senior good dog or one who is on medication, like myself. They might not cope with the heat as well as other dogs.

There are many other things I’m sure I haven’t thought of, feel free to add to the list. Just remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your good dog.

CEO Olivia

Springtime

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Happy dog in flowers

With April comes the first signs of spring here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. The nights may still be cold but everyday I see more of the earth as the snow melts away.

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here with a few reminders of what comes with the warm weather.

First, if your good dog hasn’t been active over the winter, it will take some time to get back into shape. You might want to take play time slower at first. You’re walks can get longer over time but you might need to work up to it.

Once your out on the trails, you might discover things that have been buried in the snow that aren’t ideal to touch or eat. Garbage, rotting twigs or food wrappers should all be avoided. We found a dead porcupine & I got a poke in the nose for my curiosity. Puddles of melted snow should not be drank because they might have toxins like road salt, antifreeze or even parasites. Also, stay off ponds or lakes. The ice may look solid but why chance disaster? The melt off can also cause flooding & fast moving waters.

Flowers will be popping out soon. Your good dog can get allergies from pollen just like you. A vet recommended, over the counter antihistamine or a natural antihistamine. Speaking of flowers, lilies, azaleas, sago palms & rhododendrons are very toxic to dogs. You might want to avoid planting them were a good dog could accidentally munch on them.

Also with spring comes fleas & ticks. You should consult your vet about taking a flea & tick preventative. Even if you’re in a city, always check your good dog for ticks after a romp outside. Should you find a tick it will be easier to remove if it hasn’t burrowed in yet. We have a small plastic tick remover that can remove a them, head & all. You can get one at a pet supply store or your vet.

Where I live there is a risk of Lyme Disease. You can check online if you live in a high risk area. If you do & find a tick, put it in a jar or pill bottle & get it to a vet where they can test it. Also, if you’re not sure if you got the head out, you should see the vet to be sure, it can become infected. Never squeeze the tick, it will vomit into the wound & that’s not good either.

Finally, if you live rural like me, there are lots of critters waking up from a long winter. Skunks, porcupines or raccoons don’t make for good play dates. Always supervise your good dog & keep it on leash unless you’re at the dog park.

Have a safe, wooftastic time out there. I’m off to examine some newly uncovered stinks.

CEO Olivia

Summer Time for Good Dogs

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After what seems like an eternity, the rain has finally stopped (I hope). Warm, sunny days are finally here. With these warm months come hazards for good dogs but most can be avoided. Let’s do a quick review.

Remember the 5 second rule. Put your hand on the sidewalk & count to five. If you have to pull your hand away, then it’s too hot for your good dog. Best wait for your walk.

It’s also pollen season, if your good dog develops hay fever or allergy symptoms you may need to ask your vet about a safe antihistamine. Allergy symptoms may appear as itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin; Itchy, runny eyes; itchy back or base of tail (most commonly a flea allergy); itchy ears &/or sneezing.

Good dogs can get stung from being too inquisitive. For the most part, a sting can be left alone. If your dog allows it, you can put ice on the area to reduce swelling. A mixture of baking soda & water can be soothing. Dark, wet mud can act as a neutralizer to the venom if applied directly.

However, like people, some dogs can have a serious allergic reaction to a sting. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening allergic reaction that can occur very quickly. The speed of treatment can make all the difference. If you notice any difficulty in breathing or a lot of swelling, you need to get to your vet or pet emergency immediately.

Finally, & most important. Heat stroke can come on quickly & can be fatal. Never leave your good dog outside without ample shade & water. In fact if it’s really hot, keep your furriend inside. More importantly, never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, your car will become an oven in mere moments. If you can’t have someone sit with your dog in the car while you shop, it would be best to leave your good dog at home.

A side note: Never leave your dog tied up outside of a store unattended. Not even for a minute. I hear horrifying tales of dogs being stolen. Sadly, not all humans have good intentions.

Next I’ll talk about water safety for your good dog. Stay safe this summer.

CEO Olivia