Dog’s Life

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I’m Trey and this is my first blog post! My people said to tell you about myself! Life is pretty busy! This was yesterday!

8:00am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00pm – Wow! Watched TV with my people! My favorite thing!
11:00pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

As eager as I am to frolick and nap in the sunshine, taking a few precautions can avert disaster and keep everyone safe and healthy all summer long!

There are five main categories of summertime dangers for companion animals:

Heat –Your pet can overheat in a hurry. Dogs and cats can’t regulate their body heat as efficiently as humans can, because most of their sweat glands are confined to the pads of their feet. Panting is your pet’s primary means of regulating body temperature. Flat-faced pets can’t pant as effectively as breeds with longer noses, so they have even less ability to cool their bodies down.

Water –Many dog owners mistakenly believe their pet was born knowing how to swim – especially if it’s a sporting or hunting breed. While some dogs do know instinctively how to move in water the first time they go in, most dogs get the hang of swimming only with repeated exposure to a pool, pond, lake, etc. If you’re going out on a boat with your dog, I recommend she have her own flotation equipment. Even dogs who are strong swimmers can get hurt in the water or worn out from exertion. A flotation device will keep her in view until you or someone else can get her to safety. If your dog doesn’t consistently respond when you call her, I suggest you attach a length of rope to her flotation device so you can pull her in if you need to.

Parties – As much fun as the festivities are for the two-legged members of your family, it’s best to keep pets a safe distance from celebrations. Take care not to lose a pet out a door or window left open during a party at your home. Keep dogs and kitties away from people food, beverages, garbage, and decorations. Don’t leave your pet alone with unfamiliar children or even an irresponsible adult party guest or one who’s had too much to drink. Also keep in mind many dogs and cats are terrified of fireworks displays, so it’s best to leave your pet safely at home on the 4th of July. If neighbors are setting off their own backyard displays, keep your pet home since the fireworks can cause a serious injury or be toxic to a curious dog or cat.

Poisons – Many commonly used fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are loaded with chemicals that can prove toxic to pets. Same goes for rodent bait. Don’t allow your dog or cat access to areas of your garden, lawn, house or outbuildings where chemicals have been used. Take the same precautions when walking your dog. Store all chemicals out of reach of your pet. Remember to keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of your pet’s reach as well. If you’ll be doing any planting to brighten up your home or yard, before you stock up on seeds or visit your local nursery, make sure you know which plants, flowers and greenery are toxic to your pet if ingested. Call Northwoods Animal Hospital or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you suspect your dog or cat has swallowed a poisonous substance.

Pests – Depending on where you live and your dog’s or cat’s lifestyle, you’ll need to prepare to manage summertime pet pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. In most cases, there are safe, effective ways to prevent or eradicate pest infestations.

That was a lot of serious stuff! Time for me to go take a nap! My favorite thing!

Last month a cat, my best friend, came in and look what my people found!

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One thought on “Dog’s Life

  1. Please listen to Trey and Dr. Riddle. We seen Dr. Riddle for many years but then we had to move. We, I mean Karma, Molly, [our parents] Marce and Harold Johnson miss him. There is no one who can take better care of your pets than Dr. Riddle.


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