Tag: dog health

It’s too hot!  What do I do With My Dog?

I recently asked my Facebook fan group what they do to entertain their dogs when it’s too hot to play outside.  Here are some of the responses:

  1. My dogs love the laser pointer so they chase it up and down the hallway and they love water so they chase the water from the hose out back for a while keeps them cool, happy and wears them out!”

  2. Doggie daycare at Elite Paw Spa

  3. Go to the dog park early am hours – like 630 before its too hot”

Other than exercise type activities, here are some fun treat ideas to keep your pets cool:

  1. Frozen green beans

  2. Frozen toys – they have to lick them out 🙂

  3. Ice cubes

  4. Find the treat – hide them all around the house and tell your dog to “find them”.

Now it’s your turn!  What OTHER ideas do you have to exercise your pet in the hot summer months?

Keep Pets Out of the Heat this Summer

Arizona summer months can be brutal to our furry friends.  The heat index can rise to 122 degrees and higher.  A heat advisory is issued when temperatures are expected to raise well above the norm.

Keep Your Pets InsideDid you know that a dog can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke in temperatures like this?  This can happen on a walk or even in your own backyard.  As a pet sitter I advise all my clients to keep their pets inside when it starts getting hot outside and to leave their pets at home rather than bringing them along for a car ride. The inside of a car can heat up quickly leaving your pet defenseless and subject to heat stroke.

Some signs of heat stroke are:

  Rapid Breathing

  Heavy Panting

  Salvation

  Fatigue

  Muscle Tremor

  Staggering

Dog breeds that don’t like heat:

  Overweight dogs

  Elderly dogs

  Boxers

  Bulldogs

  Pugs

  Boston Terriers

  Lhasa Apsos

  Shih Tzus

  And any other snub nosed dog breed

If you have any of the above listed breeds you should really keep them inside all the time and let them bask in the glory of the air conditioning.  This is the environment they will do best in.

If you don’t have a doggy door it can sometimes be difficult to leave your pet(s) inside for long periods while you are at work.  It can also be stressful for a dog that needs to relieve themselves but are unable to.

Play Time Pet Care offers doggy potty breaks, or, mid – day visits, which will alleviate the stress from your dog as well as the guilt you may be feeling by leaving him inside all day. Not only do you get a personal pet sitter that will let your dog out in the middle of the day, she will also play with and love your dog while she is there, making your pet a little calmer when you arrive home.

Pet Sitter in Mesa AZ Offers Canine Massage

Dogs young and old can reap the benefits of canine massage.  As pet sitters, we see dogs with hip dysplasia, stiff joints and a limited range of motion.  Canine massage is a branch of massage therapy that promotes health in dogs. Mesa Pet Sitter Offers Canine Massage

Benefits can include helping to relieve pain, helping to make joints more flexible, improving the range of motion, and benefiting the immune system of dogs.  Dogs receiving regular massages are healthier, happier, more willing to accept affection and training. They are more fulfilled dogs.

Through touch, they feel affection and reassurance. Touch provides them a means of processing socialization, support and balance.  Massage increases circulation; it enhances flexibility and improves metabolic efficiency.  The increased circulation that dogs’ bodies receive during any basic full body massage session is equivalent to about a half-hour leisurely walk in the park.  This could be considered another form of exercise!

In addition, canine massage can provide emotional well-being for the animal. Massage therapist often work with animals to calm hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness.  Regular massages can also help the pet parent find masses and lumps and track their size in case of growth.

We have a pet sitter on our team that is trained in performing canine massage.  Canine massage goes hand in hand with canine Reiki.  Does it sound like your pet can benefit from regular massages?

Arizona Pet Sitter Clean Your Dog’s Ears

Pet Sitter Cleans EarsI am the proud parent of 2 golden retrievers and a cocker spaniel…the top 2 breeds most suseptible to ear infections and allergies.  Needless to say I have cleaned my fair share of ears with infections, and can smell an infection from miles away!

Well, not really miles…but without lifting that ear flap, I can tell if a dog is suffering from an ear infection.

As a pet sitter, I make it my duty to check all the pets I visit for ear infections.  Ear infections are very uncomfortable for our pets, can cause damage if left untreated and are super stinky.  There are ways to keep your dog from getting ear infections and the number one way is to inspect and clean their ears regularly.  Do you know the proper way to clean a dog’s ear?

  • Never, never, never us a Q-tip.  Using a Q-tip can cause dirt to be pushed down into the ear canal and cause damage to the ear drum.

  • Cotton balls is the utensil of choice.

  • Drop some cleaner into the ear and remove the dirt with a cotton ball.

  • Gently press on the ear canal…if you hear squishy noises your dog may have a yeast infection and will need medication.  Take your dog to the vet and have them check it out.

The best thing to do is to help prevent ear infections to begin with.

  • After baths, swimming or water recreation:  If your dog has big floppy ears you can loosely tie (with a scrunchy) their ears back so the canal is exposed.  Keep their ears back long enough for their ear canal to dry.

  • Inspect and clean your dogs ears on a regular basis

  • If they start to get dirty, cut the ear hair so dirt and debris aren’t trapped in.

  • If you notice some ear wax build up, use earoxide to loosen up the wax for easier cleaning.

Top 5 Reasons You Should NEVER Trim Your Dogs Nails

 Has it been a while since your dog’s nails have been trimmed?  Don’t worry, here are 5 reasons NOT to trim those nails.

  1.  I walk my dog all the time.  The concrete keeps them filed short enough.

  2.  The nails are so dark, I can’t see the quik.  I don’t want to hurt them.

  3.  They squirm too much.  They just won’t let me do it.

  4.  I like hearing their nails go clippity clack on the floor.  That way I always know where they are.

  5.  My dog grooms himself.  I see him chewing on his nails all the time.

You didn’t really think I was going to advocate NOT trimming your dog’s nails…did you?

Your pet’s nails should be trimmed on a regular basis.  The nails in the picture above are almost to the point where the dog’s toes will start to twist to the side in order for the dog to walk.  The photo below has gotten to the point where the nail has curled under and is poking the pads.  Imagine walking around with a marble in your shoe.  That would not only be uncomfortable, but it would start to really hurt after awhile.

If you have trouble cutting your dog’s nails, take them to your vet.   For a nominal fee they will trim their nails for you.  You can also have your groomer trim them when your pet is getting groomed.

If you are able to trim their nails, but it’s been a while and they are really long…trim them as far back as you can without cutting the quik and continue every week until they are back under control.  The weekly trimming will chase the quik back so you can continue taking small amounts off each week.

As pet sitters in Mesa, AZ, when we see our client’s nails getting too long we will mention trimming them and even ask if they’d like us to trim them during one of our visits. That’s no additional charge to our client…just another FREEbie we offer.