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Dog Lover Safety Tip: The Danger of “Tennis Balls”

Every year thousands of dogs around the world die from playing with tennis balls.  If you have a large dog with a sizable jaw, then a tennis ball is not a safe for them to play with.  There are at two very common ways that a tennis ball can kill your dog.  The first and most common way is when a tennis ball becomes logged in a dog’s throat and blocks his or her airway causing suffocation.  The second way is when a dog swallows a tennis ball and a blockage and/or obstruction is created in the dog’s intestines.  Tennis balls are probably one of the top five most dangerous toys for large dogs to play with.  Google “tennis ball and dog” and you will see thousands of articles pop up about this very common and serious problem.  Keep in mind that these individual deaths are just the ones that have actually been reported and written about.  I personally know two families who lost their beloved Labrador Retrievers due to a simple game of fetch with a tennis ball.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Retriever died the very same way.  Oprah televised the incident and warned other dog owners not to use tennis balls or plastic balls of a similar size to play fetch with their dog.  Unfortunately, I still see far too many people give their large breed dogs tennis balls.

A good alternative to a tennis ball is a toy known as a “Kong” or other similar toys that are made from galvanized rubber.  These types of toys are too large to be swallowed and cannot get stuck in your dog’s throat.  The original “Kong” comes in several sizes and has a large hole in the center so your dog can still breath while carrying the toy in it’s mouth.   The company also makes a number of other “Kong” products that are safe and fairly difficult to destroy.   When you are buying your dog a toy, always think about their safety first.

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Dog Lover Tips: Beware Hunting Season Has Begun!

Dog lovers beware, December is deer hunting season throughout New England. In Weston, Massachusetts it is Bow season until December 21st.  Hunters sometimes stray from designated hunting areas and people walking their dogs often stumble into designated hunting areas.  Always wear bright orange or other bright colors such as yellow.  Especially during rifle season, which follows after bow season.  Rifle season is the most dangerous time to be out walking off the beaten path.  Hunters may shoot at game over 150 yards away.  That game could be you or your dog!  Take this warning seriously. Be cautious and stay on designated trails.  Do not wear browns, tans, or blacks. You may laugh at this warning, but people and/or their pets get accidentally shot all the time.  In 2011, there were five accidental shootings relative to deer hunting in Massachusetts on opening day alone.

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·      Will Matthews @ (339) 222-1451

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Dog Lover Tip of the Day – Tail Wagging

A dog’s tail serves 2 chief purposes. One reason is to spread their scent and the other of course is to display emotion. We all know that the big back and forth tail wag with a little butt wiggle means “I am Happy”. However, another type of wag may mean something else entirely. Over the years I have had many dog owners tell me “look my dog is wagging his tail he will be fine”, to meet and play with my dog. What the owners fail to realize is depending on the style of wagging their dog may be agitated or worse. If you see a dog with its tail rigid and held high waging side to side in “short arcs” the dog may be about to attack. This type of wag is sometimes referred to as the “flag tail”. This wag may not be accompanied by growling or barking or any other outward appearance of aggression. Frequently when a dog displays this wag they will be standing rigid and motionless with their head held high gazing straight ahead. If you see this wag in conjunction with the after mentioned body language caution should be exercised.

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Dog Lover Tip of the Day: First Aid – Checking You Dog’s Gums

If your dog is acting strange, you should check it’s gums.  We all know the basic symptoms to check for such as checking a dog’s nose to see if it is dry or looking to make sure their stool and urine are normal.  Checking your dog’s gums can help you assess the situation.   Look at the color of your dog’s gums to determine if your dog’s oxygen and blood flow is normal.   To check, simply lift back your dogs lower or upper lip and observe the color of its gums or inner lip.  If your dog’s gums are blue, pale yellow, cherry red, white, brick red or brown, this would point to an emergency  and you should contact your Vet immediately.

While you are examining your dog’s gums, you can also check your dog’s capillary refill time.  This quick little test can help you check to see if your dog’s blood circulation is normal.  Lifting back your dogs gums again press lightly on their gums or inner lip.  Watch the color as it turns white and then pink again.  The pink color should come back after 1 to 2 seconds.  If the color returns in less than 1 second or more than 3 second,  call your Vet immediately because this could be an emergency!

If your dog happens to have black pigmented gums you may have to use the eyelid method.  Simply place your thumb on the skin just under the lower eyelid and gently pull down to observe the inner eyelid membrane color.  It should be pink, which means the tissues are receiving oxygen.

Please note that even if your dog has no visual symptoms, but is just not acting normal you should make an appointment with your Vet for a checkup.   For more information about Domesticated Dog Walkers LLC, please contact:

Will Matthews @ 339-222-1451