It’s not uncommon for dog parents to be stopped during outings by others who want to admire and pet your pup. Usually, this is no concern and a great way to socialize your dog. With all the recent fear surrounding COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, pet parents may want to put a limit on how many contacts our fur babies have with strangers.
Even though the chance of a K9 catching COVID-19 is rare, with only one reported case in Hong Kong to date – the true concern still lies with human health. Although pets cannot easily catch the coronavirus, it does live on objects and surfaces and is transmitted through contact. Therefore, if a stranger came in contact with COVID-19, it’s reasonable to assume they could pass the virus onto a dog’s coat, collar, or leash and then become passed onto the next point of contact.
We completely understand that our dogs are our family and it is common for them to climb on furniture, cuddle with us, and sleep in our beds. With that said, it’s understandable to be concerned.
Because it’s not reasonable nor fair to keep pets inside all day. It now becomes a matter of adjusting a dog’s hygiene, similarly to the way we humans are stockpiling hand sanitizer and avoiding handshakes.
Quick Tips for Dog Hygiene at Home
- Use scent-free baby wipes to clean paws, coats, and snouts after walks.
- Invest in a pair of boots (if your furbaby will wear them).
- Wash any pet clothing, dog collars, and leashes more frequently.
- Implement a tidy-up routine between regular bathing and grooming appointments.
- Be cautious when asking to pet other dogs — and having others bombard yours.
- Lessen days out with your dog to public places where masses of humans congregate.
- Keep hand sanitizer out of reach from your dog. High levels of alcohol can be extremely dangerous to their health.
The most important thing we have to echo is that there are no proven cases of dogs transmitting the virus to people. Don’t panic just be precautious.
At Splash and Dash, the safety and wellbeing of your dogs is our business and we can assure you that we are taking preventative measures within each of our locations:
- We are committed to disinfecting every surface our employees, customers, and puppy patrons come into contact with.
- All employees have been informed and instructed to follow CDC recommendations.
- Our support center is providing additional cleaning supplies to all locations.
Consumers are being urged not to buy pig-ear dog treats nor feed them to their pets during an outbreak of salmonella that has expanded to 33 states and sickened 127 people, including 26 hospitalizations.
The warning issued Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes amid an investigation that has prompted two separate recalls in recent days and weeks. The agencies also advised retailers to stop selling all pig-ear treats for now.
Lennox Group, one of two dog treat companies that have recalled the product, on Tuesday expanded its previous action, saying it knew of multiple cases of people getting ill from salmonella, with several people identifying Lennox pig ear treats as the brand they had purchased. In its initial recall notice, Lennox said it was aware of two cases in which its pig ears caused dog Illnesses.
Some of the pig ear pet treats originated from Argentina and Brazil, the FDA and CDC said. This is another reason why it’s important to buy American made treats, although it comes at a premium cost, it’s worth it for the safety of you and your beloved fur babies. Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutiques Keepin’ it Simple dog treats are USDA approved with all natural ingredients that are proudly American sourced. If you want to try Keepin’ it Simple dog treats, we’re offering a 25% coupon for a limited time! (scroll to the bottom for your coupon code)
Keepin’ it Simple ONLY uses beef ears, not pig ears. Studies show that dogs enjoy beef ears much more than pig ears, not to mention they’re a much safer and better alternative when compared to pig ears. Keepin it’ Simple knows the dangers of importing products from other countries, which is why ALL of our pet products are proudly made in the USA. This is just another way Keepin’ it Simple puts you and your fur babies first.
The warning extends to pig-ear dog treats already in homes: “handling these treats could make people sick; eating the treats could make dogs sick,” the CDC said in its own post. Tests have identified “many different strains in salmonella in pig ears from various brands and suppliers,” according to the agency. It added that data on where ill people bought pig ears has not identified a single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats.
“We believe the most effective way to protect public health at this time is to warn consumers to avoid purchasing or feeding their pets all pig ear treats and for retailers not to sell these products,” Steven Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, stated in the advisory. “We also continue to advise those who may have come into contact with potentially contaminated products to practice safe hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting any surfaces that have touched pig ear pet treats.”
Salmonella can affect animals eating contaminated products as well as the humans who handled the sickened animals or the infected product. In people, the salmonella infection causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever; in rare cases, it can cause more serious ailments. Affected pets may become lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
The CDC says it’s important to throw out ALL pig ear chew treats for dogs, and to not buy any pig ears until further notice.
Illnesses in the outbreak have been reported in the following 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
So you want to travel the world with your four-legged friend by your side? You’ve come to the right place. All of us at Splash and Dash know how important the safety of your pet is to you, so we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 airlines for pet travel.
Did you know that over 40% of people who fly with their pet do so because they can’t bare to leave their four-legged friend at home? Moving to a new location is the reason 25% of people are traveling on airlines with their pet, and for 20% of people it’s because they need an emotional support furry friend while flying.
When flying with pets, most commuters are flying with their dogs (80%), while the other 18% is for cats. Want to know what the final 2% is? Most likely birds, which are allowed to fly on Spirit, Alaska, and Delta Airlines.
Please remember there is a difference between flying with your pet on board and your pet being stored in cargo while you fly. Many people fly for emotional support which means you clearly need your pet on board with you while flying.
5. Allegiant ($100 per pet)
Good news for young travelers, four-legged and otherwise. Allegiant is the only airline that allows minors (age 15 and up) traveling alone to bring a pet onboard. All other airlines, for reference, require solo passengers to be over the age of 18 to travel with a pet.
Allegiant also does not enforce a minimum age for traveling animals, meaning you can start getting your kitten or puppy acclimated to air travel early. Pets can only travel as a carry-on, so leave the big dogs at home. All of these reasons are why Allegiant gets our 5th and final spot.
4. United Airlines ($125 per pet)
Despite snagging the No. 4 spot, United has a notoriously bad reputation when it comes to pet travel. But this might have something to do with the fact that United is the only airline that will fly brachycephalic dog breeds in cargo.
Brachycephalic breeds include dogs with flat faces and short noses, such as pugs, boxers and bulldogs. These breeds are more likely to have respiratory issues in flight, which is the reason all other major US carriers have banned brachycephalic dogs from flying in cargo.
According to the Air Travel Consumer Reports, six out of the 10 dog deaths reported by United in 2017 included brachycephalic breeds.
Although United has its issues, it is frankly the only airline for travelers who need to transport their brachycephalic dog.
3. American Airlines ($125 per pet)
American Airlines offers one of the biggest carrier dimensions (19 inches x 13 inches x 9 inches), so your pup can enjoy a bit more space during the flight. The airline allows pets to be transported in the cabin when traveling to and within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean.
If you’re flying in first or business class on an A321T, pets will need to be put in their carrier and stored in a special compartment at the front of the plane during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence.
2. Delta Airlines ($125 per pet)
The great thing about Delta is that it’s climate controlled and well-regulated. Many Delta flyers love Delta for their air conditioning alone, this works well when bringing a dog on board. Comfortability isn’t the only reason people love to fly Delta with their pets, they also love the option between cargo and on-board.
If you fly with your pet in cargo, Delta may be the best airline for you. The crew will verify if your dog is on board before taking off, meaning you can feel safe knowing your dog is with you on the flight.
I always recommend flying with your pet on-board with you, however, Delta is the best airline for cargo pet travel.
1. Southwest ($95 per pet)
Southwest offers one of the least expensive pet fees today. The airline also makes it easy for pet owners to pick out an appropriate carrier by offering a branded carrier of their own that will fit under any Southwest seat. Southwest airline allows cats and dogs to travel within the US, but does not offer this service on international flights.
Only small cats and dogs will be able to fly on Southwest, as they do not allow pets in cargo. Many flyers report that Southwest doesn’t enforce keeping dogs in the carriers or under the seat, usually allowing dogs on laps during the entire flight. This means that Southwest airlines is the friendliest airlines for your four-legged friends.
The holiday season is almost upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their four-legged companions in the festivities. As you get ready for the holidays this year, it’s important to try to keep your dog’s eating habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, it’s important to steer dogs clear of unhealthy treats, toxic plants, and dangerous decorations. All of us at Splash and Dash want the very best for you and your dog during the holidays.
Make sure your Pup avoids Holiday Food
- Say no to Sweets: By now you should know not to feed your dogs chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol. However, do you know the lengths to which a dog will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep dogs away from the table and unattended areas of food. Make sure to secure the lids on garbage cans as well.
- Leave the Leftovers: Did you know that spicy food is a big no-no for dogs? The same goes for anything that involves bones, your furry friend won’t respond well to these types of foods. Involve your dog in festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly vet visits.
- Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages (we both know it will), be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks in a place that your dog cannot access. If your dog accidentally ingests alcohol, be sure to get them to a vet right away.
- Special Treat Selection: If you’re looking to stuff your pet’s stockings, you’ve come to the right place. Our Keepin’ it Simple dog treats are made with all natural ingredients. We source all of our ingredients in the United States and all of our products are USDA approved. We only put human-grade ingredients in our treats. It may cost us a little extra to produce our food, however, we only want the best for your pup.
Make sure your Dog avoids Seasonal Decorations
- Oh, Christmas Tree. Oh, Christmas Tree: It’s important to securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip or fall on your dog. This will also help prevent your dog from drinking the tree water, which can make them very sick. Many trees contain fertilizers which can cause an upset stomach in your dog. You need to remain that bringing a Christmas tree in your house is a breeding ground for bacteria which could make your dog sick if not properly secured.
- Avoid the Mistletoe: Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Not only that but Holly, and many other varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure if ingested. Opt for ‘just-as-jolly’ artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a dog-safe bouquet.
- Forget the Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Dog may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. If you leave the room, put the candle out!
- Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your dog’s mouth and digestive tract.
Plan a Dog-Safe Holiday Gathering
- Dog House: If your dog-loving guests would like to give your dogs a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
- Put the Meds Away: This is an important tip, make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors. Also, be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away as well. Dogs having access to pills is a big no-no.
- A Room of Their Own: Give your dog his own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the party. Sometimes dogs need a safe and quiet place to relax.
- New Year’s Noise: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can be a problem for pets. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Be sure to remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe and escape-proof area as midnight approaches.
Don’t Forget to have Fun!
The most important thing this holiday season is that you and your family stay safe and have fun! The holidays are supposed to be filled with love and happiness, and happiness comes from dogs! Happy Holidays from your family at Splash and Dash!
The Holidays are a great time to get the family together to share a festive meal. The aromas wafting around your kitchen are a huge enticement for your dog. As you load dish after dish onto the table, the smell of delicious turkey and pumpkin pie can make even our best-behaved pets go into a food frenzy.
Thanksgiving for Dogs
Everyone likes to indulge during the holidays, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Even the most strict pet owners aren’t able to resist giving their four-legged friends some food. Which is why it’s good to know the appropriate and healthy treats for our four-legged babies. Responsible pet owners should want to use good pet care to keep their dog from getting sick. Veterinarians see a spike in pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), and other gastrointestinal cases around Thanksgiving. Monitoring what your dog eats will keep them in good shape this holiday season.
It’s no secret that many human food ingredients are toxic to dogs. If you give your dog food that is too high in fat, toxic or has indigestible carbohydrates, this can be very harmful. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of coordination are signs of a more severe health issue. However don’t worry, this article details the types of food that are safe for your dog and the types that you should keep them away from.
Tips to Keep Dogs Healthy and Happy
Keep your portions small and limit the introduction of new foods. Abrupt dietary changes can be unsafe on a dog’s digestive tract. Small portions help curb the possibility of danger. If a toxic ingredient is present in the food you give them, a smaller dose will help their chances of not getting sick. Some dog breeds are more prone to stomach issues, Shelties are especially vulnerable. If your dog has a sensitive stomach please use precaution.
Watch out for known common cooking ingredients that have been found toxic in dogs. Garlic, onions, and cilantro are very harmful to dogs. Also, foods that are rich–high in fat content are also not easily digested. Butter, sour cream, and bacon are often overly rich for a dog to eat. Consumption of foods like these will cause digestive irregularities and are not part of well-balanced pet care diet.
Removing any temptation is also useful for your dog in the long run. Even for the most well-behaved dogs won’t be able to control their temptation when they see a juicy turkey inches away from their nose. Make sure to push all dishes toward the middle of the table. This will curb bad behaviors like begging and scrap-stealing. It might also be a good idea to put your dog in another room or use a doggie gate while you cook and eat.
Small portions of turkey are okay. Turkey is a protein, and in small doses will be fine for your dog. But if you decided to fry your turkey this year, you might want to reconsider. Frying a turkey drives the fat content up, which can be unhealthy for your pup.
Pet owners should remove the skin and bones before putting the turkey into a dog bowl.
Potatoes are also usually okay in small servings. One or two bites of potato for your dog won’t hurt them. Many premium dog foods are replacing whole grains with potatoes as a fibrous substitute. If your recipe calls for lots of butter, cheese, sour cream, or bacon, you might want to consider using this dish as a treat. Give your dog a few bites before adding the toppings.
Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a nutritious treat for your dog, however, they’re best served raw. If you add butter, brown sugar, or marshmallows, don’t let your dog have any. Be especially careful of ‘sugar-free’ foods. Sugar-free foods can potentially contain xylitol.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs. The chemical is also common in sugar-free gum and some peanut butter.
Don’t have the time to make sweet potatoes for your dog? Try the Southern Sweet Potato flavor of our Keepin’ It Simple All Natural Dog Treats!
These veggies are great for a healthy low-calorie snack. Green beans are high in vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin B. They also contain high amounts of minerals like calcium and iron. For your dog, they’re best served raw without butter or fried onion toppings. Especially the onions, these are terribly bad for pet care diets.
Carrots are also ‘all good’ for dogs. Bite-sized cooked portions without the sugary glaze and butter are the most ideal. Carrots are certainly nutrient-rich but will need to be cooked so your dog can properly digest them.
Carrots contain beta-carotene–an antioxidant and precursor to Vitamin K. The green veggies are a great side for your dog’s Thanksgiving Dinner.
Bread is one of those treats that isn’t necessarily good or bad for your dog. Dogs can metabolize some carbohydrates as long as it’s served in small portions.
Since it’s Thanksgiving the exception can be made. Although plain turkey or vegetables are probably the better options.
Hidden Spices Can Make Your Dog Sick
Pumpkin is a great treat for dogs. It’s delicious, nutritious, and can be served as a puree or frozen cube. Unfortunately, when it comes to Thanksgiving pumpkin, many of the canned brands and pie fillings come with hidden spices like ginger. While a little bit of these roots and spices won’t kill your dog, giving them just a little could give them an upset stomach and giving them a lot could cause grave health problems. If you plan to feed your dog pumpkin as dog food this Thanksgiving, try to keep it as plain as possible.
Don’t have the time to make your Pumpkin pie dog-friendly? Try the Pumpkin Patch flavor of our Keepin’ It Simple All Natural Dog Treats!
Only the Best Part of Turkey as Dog Food
Turkey is an excellent source of protein for people and for dogs. In fact, it’s such a great source that it is often used as the main ingredient for some of the best dog food on the market. If you’re planning to share the turkey with your pet this holiday season, try to keep it purely white. The darker meat can have higher levels of fat that are less healthy and harder for your dog’s stomach to process. On another note, do not give your dog turkey bones. While there is the good ol’ image of a pet happily chewing away at their bone after a big meal, turkey bones can be filled with splinters that may cause internal bleeding if swallowed.
Green Beans and Potatoes
Green beans and potatoes are more great items to give your pet as dog food. However, they are also much better for your dog if they are kept in a purer form. If you plan to share the greens and potatoes with your dog, make them as plain as possible. Do not serve your dog green bean casserole in the final product as the cream and onions are bad for dog stomachs. Mashed potatoes often have butter, sour cream, and milk in them, along with various spices that are not good for pet health.
Alcohol and Sugar is Never Okay
From the funny videos and memes on the internet to make it big on America’s Funniest Home Videos, when a party erupts, many partygoers may think that a drunk dog is a funny dog. However, alcohol is something that your dog should never have in their clutches. It can cause incredible sickness which can become more severe with higher volumes of alcohol. By the same token, as much as we love the sweet pecan pie or Thanksgiving cookies, dogs must avoid sugar and fake sugar substitutes at all times. Instead of giving your dog human treats, why not cook up some special doggie biscuits that are not only tasty but healthy dog food.
Don’t have the time to make these treats? Try the PB N’ Jelly Crunch Flavor of our Keepin’ It Simple All Natural Dog Treats!
Have a Great Thanksgiving!
From all of your friends at Splash and Dash, we want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with loads of leftovers!
Halloween is a great opportunity for families, friends, and pets to dress up and play pretend in the real world. Whether you’re staying in with your pet and handing out candy or hitting the streets to get all the candy you’ll need for the next year, dog safety is just as important as safety for your kids.
Here are some of the best tips to maintain dog safety this October 31st:
1. Candies are Tasty for You but Bad for Your Pup
Whether they are chocolates or sugar-free gummies, they are equally unhealthy for your pet and can put your dog at risk. Chocolate is a known substance that is bad for dogs and may cause diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, and even seizures. Meanwhile, sugar-free candies often have a substance known as xylitol which can have the same effects as chocolate on dogs. Keep dogs safe by keeping the candy for the kids.
2. Make Your Dog Feels Safe at Home
If your home happens to experience a lot of foot traffic during Halloween night, you may want to consider how your dog will respond to the sound and where they may go if they’re feeling nervous. Dog safety doesn’t just take place outside of the home, but it starts with the feeling of fear every time someone rings your doorbell or knocks on the door. You should barricade any possible access your dog has to the front door if you fear your dog running every time it makes a sound.
3. Always Supervise Your Pet
Whether someone is shooting off fireworks, egging houses, or just being rowdy tricksters, there is an increased danger to dog safety on Halloween. It’s important to minimize unsupervised outdoor play on regular days, but on nights like this, it’s best to avoid it completely as some pranks can just be downright cruel and dangerous.
4. Watch Out for Pumpkins, Corn, and Candles
Pumpkins can be particularly tricky for dogs as many treats are made with pumpkin. However, your dog can become ill from eating old pumpkin that’s been sitting outside and may be rotten. Corn is hard for dogs to digest and should never be given to dogs as food. What makes Halloween even more dangerous for your dog, is that candy wrappers can be found all over the sidewalk outside after a long night of trick-or-treating.
5. Properly Tag Your Dog at All Times
Dog collars and tags should always be worn for year ‘round dog safety. It’s particularly important on a night made popular with mischief and constantly opening doors. Before Halloween night, double check that your dog not only has appropriate, readable tags, but that the information contained on them is still accurate. Include pet name and your phone number minimally.
6. Cover Cords and Consider Decorations
While most decorations have child warnings on them, they do not necessarily take dog safety into consideration on the label. As fun as cobwebs, skeletons, and an electronic grim reaper can be, also consider where the cords may be lying and whether your dog will get into anything. If your pet is a chewer, you may want to minimize the number of decorations you set up until the chewing has passed. This way you avoid choking hazards, accidental electrocutions, or glass swallowing.
7. Dress for Success and Dog Safety
When it comes to costuming your pets, there are a few key tips to keep in mind such as never forcing a dog into anything that makes them uncomfortable or irritable. Consider the weather this time of year. If you live in a hotter or colder climate, dress your pet appropriately. If your dog isn’t used to wearing clothing, try it on and let your pet wear it around enough to get used to it in small doses before the big costume party at the end of the month.
Happy Halloween, from your family at Splash and Dash!
One of the cutest and most enjoyable experiences is watching your dog play in the snow for their first time. They leap and prance around in all that weird white stuff and try and eat the whole backyard.
It’s cute to watch, but with record breaking snowstorms hitting Midwest and Northern states last year, it’s important to exercise good pet safety during events like this.
Before letting your dog go crazy in the snow, make sure you know the potential hazards and precautions advised from veterinarians.
This pet safety article will help dispel the myths associated with snow fall, and help you and your dog have fun this winter.
Start Off Slow
Some dogs jump right in, some dogs stick a paw in first. When it comes to your puppies or senior dogs, make sure they stick a paw in first. Puppies and younger dogs have a harder time acclimating to the cold than older dogs. Let them get used to the snow and regulating their body temperature first, then gradually if they are not shivering let them stay outside for longer.
Just like us, doggies’ coats need to get accustomed to the temperature change. After a week or so with snowfall, it’s time to take the longer walks to get your dog exercised.
All Dogs Are Different
Senior dogs have an especially hard time adapting their bodies to the cold weather. Pet safety experts state that dogs with diabetes, arthritis, or an altered metabolism are going to need special attention when the temperatures start withering.
Breed type also affects body temperature regulation. Small dogs have a harder time staying warm, but most importantly is coat length. Short haired breeds like Chihuahua, Miniature Greyhound, and American Pit Bull Terriers all hate the cold.
Adversely, long haired breeds love it! Dogs like Welsh Corgis, Old English Sheepdogs, and even a Pomeranian love making doggie-angels in the snow.
Prepare Your Doggie!
Dog’s can’t speak English. If you see your dog shivering as the winter approaches, stock-up on sweaters, coats, and dog booties. Pet safety goggles are even available to protect your dog’s eye from debris and the glare from the sun in the snow.
Also wiping your dog’s paws off when they come back inside will help them warm back up. Keep pads and paws dry and free from snow that will melt inside and keep them wet.
Last year, parts of Chicago were 10 degrees colder than the surface of Mars. Dog’s can’t live on Mars, so make sure you are being observant of your dog’s comfort when you are taking them out.
If the wind chill is penetrating you through your ski jacket and thermals, your dog’s coat is definitely not prepared for freezing wind. Proper pet safety means knowing the behavior that says I’m too cold.
If your dog is shivering or holding up their paw because they’re frozen then it’s time to get inside and warm up!
Make Bathroom Time Quicker
Shoveling a route for your dog to get to a patch of grass is always a good idea. Make sure it’s easily accessible and close enough to your house they can make it back quickly but still have it be agreeable to their doggie instincts.
You can start off with 2-3 minute increments outside. Take it back to the days of potty training.
Some dog’s can only “go” when on a walk, and during the winter dog’s need to learn a new routine.
Let your dog out for a few minutes, then when they come back in give them a treat. This will reinforce good behavior of them “going” in the backyard.
If the area you’re using is too cold, try somewhere else with more cover from falling snow. Try and take your dog’s out when the sun is out, or when it’s not snowing.
Rock Salt and Antifreeze Can Be Harmful
Antifreeze is poisonous for dogs and tastes good to them. Dogs will lick it off the ground or paws after you’re done working on your car and this can be seriously harmful to them. Avoid driveways and sidewalks that can have a blue or green colored substance poured over the walkway.
Rock salt is not toxic, but can cause an upset stomach. Without doggie booties the salt can also irritate a dog’s pads.
Pet safe rock salt is a good option to keep for good pet safety.
How to Warm Your Doggie Back Up
After you get back in from a romp in the snow. Make sure you dry off your dog’s coat and paws.
- Use a towel or blanket to cover them.
- Use a blow dryer on low settings so you don’t actually burn them.
- Avoid heating pads which can also cause burns.
- Microwaved rice in a sock is good pet safety substitute.
Always gauge warming pet products against your wrist to make sure they are not too hot for your dog’s skin.
If it’s too hot for your skin, it’s probably too hot for the doggie.
Treat Cracked Pads
Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique has recently launched an aromatherapy line complete with Paw Balm which is a perfect ointment for cracked paws during the winter.
We also have an effervescent Marine Pawdicure scrub that helps exfoliate and protects doggie pads and paws.
Not to mention these products relax your dog and put them in a winter heaven bliss.
Even in the lazy depths of winter dogs still need to get plenty of exercise to get out all that pent up energy out.
Since the snowstorms keep everyone inside you might need to invest in a few toys to keep your dog entertained during the snowstorms.
Kong balls with stuffed peanut butter on the inside, tug-of-war pet safety certified ropes, and puzzle feeders & problem solving toys can keep a dog’s mind active and them moving around.
Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique wishes you a warm holiday, even when the temperatures are cold. Burrr!
In Emergency Situations
Nobody likes to think about accidents or injuries involving their pets, but preparing in advance will protect your dog in case of a winter emergency. Make a pet emergency kit or “go bag” now to be prepared for for any potential disaster.
Your basic pet emergency kit should include:
- Food and water supplies for at least a week.
- Extra leash and collar set.
- Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container.
- A pet first-aid kit and guide
- Up-to-date vaccination records, recent photographs, and vet contact information, laminated or stored in a waterproof bag.
- A laminated copy of written information about your dog’s feeding schedule, medical needs, and behavioral issues in case you become. In the unfortunate event that you and your dog become separated during an emergency, this will help caretakers look after your pet until you can be reunited.
For winter emergencies, your kit may also include an extra dog coat, disposable booties, microfiber pet towels, paw and nose balm, and a hot water bottle.
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