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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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Dog Lover Winter Tips!

One of the most overlooked parts of winter dog care is your dog’s paws. The padding on a dog’s paws can get very damaged and this is especially so during the winter months. Proper paw care can help avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Short haired dogs usually need doggie booties and even some long haired breeds could benefit from them. Purchasing a set of properly fitting booties that offer protection against the cold pavement and that are water resistant are crucial to protecting your dog’s paws during the winter months. I highly recommend brands such as Muttluks or Ruffwear for doggy booties. If your dog has long and/or thick fur, then they may not need booties to protect them from freezing temperatures. However, road salt takes a toll on our dogs’ paws. A great product that offers some protection is Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector Wax. Musher’s wax allows your dog’s paws to breath while helping to protect them from moisture and road salt. Even if your dog wears booties or you use a wax for protection, you should always properly clean and dry your dog’s paws when they come in from a walk. Now if you really want to pamper your pet, you may want to use a paw conditioner to help soothe and heal your pet’s pads. A conditioner that works really well and that may be used all year round is Tender Paw for Dogs.

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Dog Lover Tips – Doggy Dental Hygiene

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  • Your dog should have regular dental exams and cleanings by your Vet.
  • If you have a puppy, include brushing in his/her training. However, dogs in their teens and even some senior dogs may be agreeable to having their teeth brushed.
  • Brush slowly and gently.  Each day start by putting a little toothpaste on their toothbrush and let your dog lick it off.  Then try touching the toothbrush to your dog’s teeth.  Brush for a few seconds.  Take a few weeks to introduce your dog to this new habit.  When your dog is ready for a real brushing, lift their lips to expose the teeth and gums and brush from the gum line to the tip of the tooth.  Try to avoid opening your dog’s mouth because it can make them nervous and resistant.  Dental problems are often found in the back, upper and lower teeth so be sure to brush the outside of the big teeth in the back of your dog’s mouth.
  • It is important to use toothpaste that is made for dogs. Toothpastes made for humans contain various fluorides and detergents that are meant to be spit out as we brush.  Since your dog will swallow the toothpaste, they make special pet toothpaste to allow for this. Pet toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors, including chicken, beef, peanut and vanilla-mint.
  • Buy a toothbrush that is meant for dogs.  The heads are smaller and the bristles are usually much softer than the kind sold for humans.  A finger brush that slips over your finger like a thimble may also be used.
  • Dental ropes and various chew toys are great to help your dog’s teeth stay clean.
  • Finally, before and after brushing, praise, pet and play with your dog. Always use positive reinforcement.
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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 Tips of the Day! Halloween and Your Dog

Halloween & Your Dog

It is not just the candy that you have to worry about when it comes to your pets.

Here are some simple suggestions:

  1. Walk your dog before the trick-or-treaters start to visit because the children wearing costumes may easily frighten dogs.
  2. Keep your dog in a safe place so that they cannot run out the front door.  The continuous opening and closing of the front door can be an opportunity for your pet to take off.
  3. If you have a puppy, keep decorations out of their reach.  If you have a lit pumpkin, ensure that it is in a secure location and that your dog cannot jump up and knock it over.
  4. Make sure that if you purchase a costume for your pet, it does not have any dangling pieces or buttons as they can be choking hazard.  While costumes may fun for you, they should not impair your pets’ movement, hearing, breathing or ability to eat and drink.
  5. Halloween can be a night of mischief.  So it is probably not a good idea to let your pet out in the back yard unattended.  Even if you have an invisible fence, your pet may be frightened and could run through it. Image
  6. Lastly, it’s not a great idea to bring your dog trick-or-treating.  Even a well-trained dog may become difficult to handle if he or she is frightened.  It is much safer to leave the pups at home on Halloween.

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