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

Raw Honey for Good Dogs

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I think everyone loves honey, it’s so sweet & delicious. But it’s also very good for dogs. Suzie Q & I get a teaspoon of raw honey every day. To be clear, I’m talking only about raw, unpasteurized honey & not the processed honey you usually would find at the supermarket.

Raw honey is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, & K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese & copper. In addition, honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants.

Raw honey is good both for external & internal use. Honey’s acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is antibacterial. Honey can also reduce inflammation & can sooth the pain of a wound or burn.

If your good dog suffers from seasonal allergies like I do, feeding him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day can help. (This works for humans too). The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts.

Raw honey can also help with digestion & tummy issues. It’s antibacterial properties can prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut.

A final note of caution, if your good dog is diabetic you should consult with your vet before giving him or her raw honey.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to Svengali my huMom into giving me some raw honey. BOL!

CEO Olivia