Summer Car Safety

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don't leave dogs in hot cars

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Is it hot where you are? it’s been so here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. So, today I’m reminding people to never leave their good dog in a vehicle in this heat.

You’d think it would be common sense, but people still do leave their good dog alone in a hot car. This should never be done, not even for a few minutes. Every summer dogs suffer heat stroke or die from being left in a car while the owner is away, “for just a few minutes”. A car will turn into an oven on a hot day in mere minutes & that can be fatal to anything inside. Leaving a window open a crack won’t help.

Here’s a simple break down. If it’s 70 F (21 C) outside the car, then inside it will be 90 F (32 C) in just 10 minutes. 80 F (26 C) outside will be 100 F (37 C) inside & 90 F (32 C) outside will be 110 F (43 C).

Your best choice is to leave your good dog home or have someone stay with it & walk it around while you shop. Some people will leave the air conditioning on but in many places it’s not legal to leave a vehicle idling.

If you see a dog in distress in a hot car you need to act quickly. Call the police as they can legally break the window. Or call 310-SPCA (7722) for help. If you feel there is no time then break the window, I should point out this may not be legal where you live but in many places it is. You may have to deal with an irate owner & the police but you’re saving a life.

It’s also important to note that on a very hot day a dog should have access to shade & water at all times. Keep your dog inside if it’s a hot day.

Be smart, remember “just a few minutes” is too long.

CEO Olivia

We’ve yet to hear from the winner of my Barkday Card Drive for the Wally Foundation. If your out there, please check your email & get in touch with me soon. If the prize goes unclaimed I’ll have to pick another winner.

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

The Dangers of Spring

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Spring has finally arrived here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. There are wonderful new stinks as the earth wakes up from the long winter. But there can also be some dangers out there too.  Before you head out let’s have a look at some potential issues.

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.

Once your out on the trails, there may be 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. Puddles of melted snow should not be drank because they might have toxins like road salt 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.

Your good dog can get allergies from pollen just like you. A vet recommended, over the counter antihistamine or a natural antihistamine ( I’ll write about those soon) can be helpful while the flowers are blooming. Speaking of flowers, lilies, azaleas, sago palms & rhododendrons are very toxic to dogs. You might want to avoid planting them were a dog could accidentally munch on them.

Remember that your good dog will need time to acclimatize to the warmer weather. It’s a no brainer that fresh water & shade should always be provided. Heat stroke can come on quickly.

With spring comes fleas & ticks. Your good dog should take flea & tick preventative. You should also 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. Put it in a jar or pill bottle & dispose of it.

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 mates. Always supervise your dog & keep it on leash unless you’re at the dog park.

Have a safe, wooftastic time out there.

CEO Olivia