Millennials are Buying Homes For Their Dogs; Not for Children or Marriages

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Millennial generation replacing the baby-boomers as the primary pet owners in the U.S. This recent change has been influencing the pet industry for the last few years, but now real estate market is feeling the effects too.

Suntrust mortgage has just released the findings of a real estate survey that showed that Millennials who have purchased their first house did so to make space for their dog. The survey asked home owners the main reasons for buying a house. One-third of Millennials responded that their dog was the primary reason for the investment. Owning a dog was more prevalent than having children or being married as the third most common reason.

Also in favor of the pup’s comfort, the survey found that 42% of Millennials said that dog ownership would be a key factor in their decision to get on the property ladder.

It seems when it comes to buying a house, dogs are the most prevailing thing to think about for those born between 1982 and 1997.

Maybe it’s because they grew up with Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

 

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Best on the Go Water Bottles for Dogs

Providing water for your dog when walking, hiking, or camping is essential for their health. I remember in my younger (and dumber) days, using my own hands as a makeshift bowl for my dog to get a drink. We’ve come a long way since then. The market is full of awesome water bottles for dogs that makes traveling and exploring so much easier.

Instead of dragging around wasteful amounts of plastic bottles and pouring most of the water on the ground, instead of it being slurped up by your dog’s tongue, you can get an eco-friendly water bottle once and for all. This is much more efficient and convenient for everyone. Water bottles for dogs won’t take up valuable space while hiking and are better for the environment.

When it’s hot outside, even short walks around the neighborhood need to be punctuated with water breaks. If your pet becomes dehydrated this can lead to adverse health effects. Make sure your dog is adequately hydrated at all times. Know the signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion just in case.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Tiredness/Lethargy
  • Excessive Panting
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Dry Mouth, Nose, Gums
  • Lack of Skin Elasticity

The best water bottle for your dog will ensure your dog can always get a cold drink if needed. This helps save the planet one plastic water bottle at a time. Now your dog can be hydrated, fashionable, and green! This list reviews our top favorite water bottles for dogs.

1. The H204K9

There is nothing worse than buying a new gadget—getting really excited about it—just to have it break after a few uses. This is not going to happen with the H204K9. This combo pack neosling and 25-ounce water bottle and travel bowl is very durable. The bottle is made of stainless steel and the twist top lid is BPA-free! The sling makes it easy to carry while walking or hiking.

Giving your dog a drink is easy with this water bottle. Simply unscrew the top and pour. The few downsides this product has is that you have to hold the bowl up for your dog. Some have also commented that the lid was too small for their large dog’s snout but we haven’t had any problems.

2. Water Rover Bowl and Bottle

The rover is awesome for walks to the dog park or around the neighborhood. We loved it because you can clip it to your belt, which makes this hands-free option convenient when you’re already holding a leash in one hand. This water bottle for dogs can also lay flat so you can put it down at the park without holding it.

If your dog doesn’t drink every drop in the bowl, all you have to do is tilt the water back toward the bottle and you won’t waste any water. The Rover comes in 10 different colors and four sizes for any dog breed. The only con of this product is that the plastic the bottle is made with doesn’t seem the most durable.

3. Aqua Dog Travel Water Bowl Bottle

This water bottle has one of the coolest designs. The Aqua dog is a BPA-free plastic squeeze bottle that fills the bowl that sits on top with pressure. Once a dog is done drinking, the water will drain back into the bottle. The water bottle holds 18-ounces of water and can fit easily into most cup holders.

The water bottle has a hard time staying vertical in the grass and can be easily knocked over by your dog, but other than this we loved this product.

4. Gulpy Dispenser for Dogs

This water bottle essentially works the same way as a gerbil’s water bottle dispenser—gravity. The bottle holds 20-ounces of water and transforms from a clip-on pack to a functional water bottle by flipping open.

The Gulpy is perfect for the outdoorsy type that likes to conquer hiking trails on the weekends. The collapsible bowl can easily clip onto a waistband or backpack and is mostly leak-free. The one downside is sturdiness. If you drop this product it might not make it.

5. Lixit Waterboy Travel Water Bowl

Lixit claims that this water bottle will not spill, even when flipped upside down. As long as you tighten the lid it didn’t seem like leakage would be a problem. This water bottle is perfect for road trips. The BPA-free plastic design lays flat so it can be set up in a car. This water bottle also works for dogs that like to knock their water bottle over.

The design of the bottle lets just enough liquid rush toward the bowl section of the bottle so that a dog can get a drink without leaking. The Lixit holds 3 quarts of water and ice can be added to keep water fresh and cool for your doggie!

Although we didn’t have any problems, some customer reviews said they had issues with the water bottle leaking.

We hope you and your dog get an awesome water bottle that keeps them from getting too thirsty and keeps the landfills free of plastic this summer.

 

Have fun and Play Dirty, Live Clean!

 

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Heat Stroke Signs to Tell Your Dog is in Distress

 

Who doesn’t love summer? The sun is soaring, high in the sky, beckoning us all out to the beaches, BBQs, and all the fun-filled vacation spots. You’re happy because work is slowing down. The kids are happy because school’s out. The dog is happy because all of a sudden, everyone’s home! But as we crank our A/Cs up and take cover in the shade, it’s important to watch out for dog heat stroke signs. A dog’s coat is suitable to keep a dog warm through the blistering winter, but many dogs are susceptible to heat stroke if we’re not careful.  

Dogs with squishy faces ( brachycephalic) like Pugs and Shar-Peis are extra sensitive to hot weather because of their anatomy. Nordic dogs with double coats like Pomeranians and Huskies may also have a hard time cooling off. Yet all breeds can be affected by heat stroke. When taking long walks or playing at the dog beach, watch for signs of heatstroke. If your dog begins to overheat there are some easy ways to quickly cool them down before things get out of hand.

Don’t let the sun keep you away from the summer fun! This article will show you dog heat stroke signs and the best way to prevent overheating.

What is Heat Stroke?

There are two veterinary risks to dogs exposed to an overabundance of heat. The first is hyperthermia, which is an elevation in body temperature that exceeds the accepted normal range. This is different than hypothermia, which is  when a dog loses more body heat than can be produced. A healthy dog’s body temperature floats between 101°  to 102.5° degrees Fahrenheit (38.3°  to 39.2°  Celsius). So any temperature reading over a 103° Fahrenheit (39° Celsius) is in the hyperthermia range.

Heat stroke is characterized as either non-fever hyperthermia that takes place when a dog’s heat regulating body mechanisms of the body cannot accommodate the excess body heat. Veterinarians state that a heat stroke sets in at 106° (41°C) or above. When a dog’s internal temperature gets this high this can lead to organ dysfunction or worse organ failure.

A fever hyperthermia develops with inflammation occurring in the body similar to the kind that a bacterial infection would produce. Non-fever occurs without signs of inflammation when a dog is overheated. All non-fever hyperthermia results from increased body temperature. Other causes of non-fever hyperthermia include excessive exercise, disproportionate levels of thyroid hormones, or lesions in the hypothalamus—a region in the brain that regulates the nervous system. The hypothalamus controls body temperature and other bodily mechanics.

Dog Heat Stroke Signs to Watch For

Heavy Panting

Every dog lover knows that instead of sweating a dog cools himself down by panting. Moisture is drawn from air passing over a dog’s tongue that circulates cooling down their body. Dogs do sweat through their paws to rid their bodies of heat but this is not the primary way of ventilating.

During the hot summers, a dog will usually pant regularly. There are stages of panting that show dog owners their dog is overheating. What pet parents need to watch for is excessive and heavy panting. Typical panting begins with a slightly parted mouth while your dog pants rhythmically. As their internal body temperature increases, the degrees of panting look more extreme. When a dog opens their mouth wide, with a swollen tongue hanging out to the side, this is one the first dog heat stroke signs. If your dog is salivating and drooling excessively this is also a red flag.

Fast or Irregular Heart Beats

Another sign your dog might be overheating is racing or irregular heartbeat. When a dog’s heart rate increases this is the body’s defense from the heat. The blood flow is pumped to the limbs away from any vital organs where damage can occur. If you need to check your dog’s heart rate on the spot without veterinary assistance put your hand to your dog’s chest. Count how many pulses you feel in 15 seconds, then multiply this number by four. A normal heart rate is between 60 and 140 beats per minute.

Dog Heat Stroke Signs Include:

  • Red Gums
  • Non-Production of Urine
  • Sudden Kidney Failure
  • Shock
  • Heart & Lung Failure
  • Vomiting Blood
  • Blood in Stool
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Uncoordinated Movement
  • Unconsciousness

If you observe your dog showing any signs of heat stroke, get veterinary service immediately!

What Causes Overheating in Dogs?

Heat stroke is easy to prevent and the primary cause is severe environmental heat and humidity. This can happen when a dog is left outside all day, in a hot car, ventilated room, and a groomer drying cage. All these situations can be avoided and are a result of carelessness.

Another cause of heat stroke is upper airway disease which interferes with normal breathing. When airflow is constricted, this impedes a dog’s ability to circulate air to cool down. Other culprits of heat stroke are diseases like paralysis of the voice box (larynx), heart or blood vessel disease, and nervous-system disease.

Poisoning can also lead toward seizures and an abnormal increase in body temperature which are dog heat stroke signs. Poisonous compounds found in pesticides made with strychnine, which kills small vertebrates, are very harmful to dogs.

Lastly, any dog that is exercising in the heat needs to be monitored closely.  Heat exacerbates a dog’s temperature and when they are exerting themselves in hot temperatures they will need breaks to cool down.

Preventing Heat Stroke is Simple; Here’s How

Lucky for pet parents, like most dangers, heat stroke is easy to prevent. Before dog heat stroke signs even show up there are steps we can all take to keep our dogs safe.

The most common scenario of dog heat stroke is leaving a poor pup in the car on a hot summer day. Even with the windows cracked, car temperatures can reach life threatening sweltering conditions quickly. Pet owners should also make sure dogs aren’t overexposed to hot temperatures without access to fresh water and shade. Even long walks in the sun can be hazardous. Dogs that are more susceptible to temperature (the squishy-faced ones) like Pugs, Bull Dogs, Shih Tzu etc. will need plenty of ventilation.

The two easiest ways of keeping your dog’s temperature in a healthy range are providing cool water and shady areas.

Pet Care for an Overheated Dog

If you begin noticing dog heat stroke signs get your dog into a cooler environment immediately. Contact a veterinarian and in the meantime, there are steps you can take to get their temperature back to normal.

Put your dog in a cool bath tub or run hose water over their coat. Take care to make sure your dog’s head is thoroughly coated with water. If your dog is unconscious ensure water does not enter their nose or mouth. If needed you can apply a frozen pack to their head only. Make sure the water is cool but not cold. Overly cold water will actually counteract a dog’s cooling process, but a package of frozen veggies on their head helps.

Massaging your dog’s legs is also helpful. Rubbing their legs will stimulate blood circulation which will prevent shock. Of course, during all these steps, let your dog drink as much fresh water as he wants. Adding a small pinch of salt to his dog bowl will also replace any minerals he’s lost while panting.

Veterinary Care

If your dog’s heat stroke case is severe a vet treatment will replace lost fluids and minerals. This will be done through intravenous fluid therapy. A vet will also most likely check for secondary complications like kidney failure, brain injury, abnormal clotting, changes in blood pressure, and amount of electrolytes.

Play Safe!

Keeping our dogs safe is an easy task because they’re so cute and we love them so much! On hot days, simple common sense is the best way to prevent heat stroke. Teach your family to spot dog heat stroke signs so you all can enjoy the summer!

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Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches, Los Angeles

Whether you’re a Los Angeles resident or soaking up the sun as a tourist, lounging on the beach is a must for the California summer. From the rocky west coast shores to the local surf spots, LA County beaches just have that salty magnetism we all crave. But who wants to leave the poor dog at home while we’re lying out at the beach? Our dogs deserve a good soak too! No worries, LA County, and the surrounding area have plenty of dog friendly beaches outside of the city.

Dog owners and their furry four-legged kids can both share the fun in the sun thanks to this list of off-leash dog beaches and leashed dog friendly beaches all species can enjoy!

Here are the top 8 dog friendly beaches in the LA County area. Enjoy!

1. Rosie’s Dog Beach

Rosie’s is the most popular off-leash dog beach in the LA County. The public art of “Dogs at Play” pretty much makes this stretch of sand the official canine hot spot to throw a Frisbee and build sand castles right off Ocean Boulevard.

Rosie’s is usually full of dogs but are never too packed that you’ll be cramped for space. The off-leash area is clearly marked off so you can rest assured your pooch will be fine while you tan. Dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome here!

The beach has all the human and doggie amenities like trash cans, bags, scoops, and restrooms for the pet parents. Parking is 25 cents every 15 minutes (this is LA we’re talking about) and is free after 5 p.m. The only downfall is that during the summer months the place can be a little trashed. If you do choose to visit, please do your part and pick up after yourself and your dog.

2. Granada Beach

Also, a part of Belmont Shore Beach, like Rosie’s, is Granada Beach which shares the same dog friendly attitude that it’s sister beach does. The official dog beach zone is between Roycroft and Argonne avenues. This stretch runs along Ocean Boulevard. You can’t miss it. Sometimes the area is marked off by cones but it there is no clear fence to show the boundary lines.

Also just like Rosie’s, dogs can go without a leash—free to run and play along the shores beating the heat. The beach has lively spirits and has several large events year-round that draw in big crowds. On an average day, you can relax while your dog plays, play volleyball at one of the many courts, or ride bikes down the paved trails.

3. Del Mar Beach

The locals call the North side of this place the ‘the dog beach’ because it has an open coast line for all-things-Rover. Not only does Del Mar have an amazing beach, there are also two state parks tucked in its crevice—Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park.

The North beach spans from 29th street to border with Solana Beach and dogs are fine to be off their leash in this area. The leash policy is dependent on the time of the year. Dogs must be leashed June 16th through Labor Day. Dogs able to run under ‘voice control of owner’ from the day after Labor Day through June 15th.

4. Huntington Dog Beach

A little further south, in Orange County, rests Hunting Dog Beach which is another amazing dog beach. Dogs are allowed between Seapoint Street and 21st Street. Although there are signs indicating the city ordinance of a six-foot leash requirement, locals know this is not enforced. The reality is, if you have a dangerous or rowdy dog then it will be a problem. If your dog knows how to play well—everything will be fine. Remember this is California!

Huntington dog beach is great because there is plenty of room for dogs to run and splash in the waves. A grassy park, picnic tables, restrooms & showers are all there for your enjoyment. In the rear, the Pacific Coast Highway is barricaded by palm trees and an eroding bluff. Purrfect weather!

If you get hungry, take a quick drive up Goldenwest and you will land at the Park Bench Cafe—a dog friendly joint that serves up some really delicious specialties.

5. Coronado Dog Beach

For vacationers willing to drive or already visiting San Diego County there is a picturesque beach called Coronado Dog Beach. Like all beaches in California, the scenery is gorgeous, but the Point Loma skyline floating on the horizon just makes the place feel special. On the other side is the elegant Hotel Del Coronado giving each periphery a great view. Trust us, your Pug appreciates the scenery.

The dog beach itself is off-leash and has plenty of room for dogs to run in the sand and in the shallows. Be prepared for a long walk from Ocean Boulevard, where parking is available to the beach, and make sure you keep your dog leashed until you get to the actual beach.

Leo Carrillo State Park

6. North Beach

Part of Leo Carrillo State Park is North Beach which lowers down into South Beach and finally Staircase Beach. The beaches are tucked into Western Malibu and are dog friendly so long as Fido stays on his leash. This a perfect place to take a lovely stroll with your dog and you can always use a life-hack method and tie their leash around your umbrella.

7. South Beach

Just a little further down in the Leo Carrillo State Park, beach visitors find a rockier point of the beach—South Beach. This area is also dog friendly but your dog still must remain on his leash. This area is really cool! There is a cavernous-rocky area known as Sequit point with tidal pools and caves to explore.

The best time to do this at low tide. If you take your dog with you to explore, make sure they have some doggie booties to protect their paws from the rough edges of the rocks. There are also some hiking trails you can take your pupper on to explore.

8. Staircase Beach

This beach is a famous spot for surfers to paddle out in the waters that parallel Malibu’s coast, but dogs are more than welcome too! There are two ways to access Staircase beach. The first is by parking at the state park’s manager residence and the other way is to park at North Beach’s parking lot and walk down the beach. There is a zigzag trail through the bluffs but this is a rocky area and might be tough for your dogs to walk through.

If it’s too rocky, keep heading south and it will turn into sand. Dogs are fine here as long as they are on the leash.

 

There you have it. The eight spots that have the California-citrusy-sun and have open arms to the dog friendly crowd. These dog friendly beaches in Los Angeles are fun for the whole family, even the furry ones.  Remember to wear sunscreen, bring extra water in a bowl for your dog, and enjoy the summer!

 

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