Keep Your Dogs Safe This 4th of July


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The loud noises and bright fireworks on the 4th of July can terrify your dog so it’s up to you to provide them with safe shelter during your celebration.  It could be the large crowds celebrating at a public park, your guests at the backyard BBQ, or the crowds at the fireworks show, your dog may not enjoy Independence Day.  Dogs will try to find a safe place, which could take the form of hiding under the bed, disappearing from your yard and even running away from home.  If you don’t now how your dog will react, pay attention to their reactions and take action to help ease their anxiety.  Dogs won’t mind being crated (they feel secure) inside your house with some soft music playing to help mask the sounds from fireworks.  It’s a fact that July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters in the U.S.

Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy the 4th with your dog –

•    Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date ID tag on its collar.
•    Take a current photo of your dog with your cell phone just in case.
•    Take your dog out for exercise early in the day.  Nothing like a tired dog having a good nap to get them through the night.
•    At your BBQ, ask guests to play with your dog away from the grill and flames.
•    Keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks and charcoal far away from your curious 4-footed buddy.
•    Keep dog treats handy for your guest to give your dog instead of people food.
•    Keep your dog cool and hydrated.  Dehydration amplifies their anxiety.
•    Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat, nice bone or special toy to chew on or play with during the fireworks.  Chewing naturally helps relieve tension for dogs.
•    Their crate would be a good place for the evening.
•    Have soothing music playing to cover the noise of the fireworks.
•    Keep doors and windows closed to dampen the sounds.
•    Pull the drapes and curtains closed to cover the windows from the bright flashes of fireworks.
•    Make sure your family members know that your dog needs to be in their special, safe place for the evening so no one accidentally lets them out at night.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Fresh, Healthy Veggies that Fido Will Love

Fresh, Healthy Veggies that Fido Will Love

By Brandy Arnold on 04/28/2014

Vegetables are great for dogs. Because of their low calorie content, veggies make a delicious treat that won’t add bulk to your baby’s body. And, they can provide your dog with some of the essential nutrients he needs, reducing the need for vitamin supplements. Like in humans, the rich vitamins and minerals from numerous vegetable sources can offer countless alimentary benefits to dogs as well.

Veggies to Keep Dogs Healthy

1. Healthiest vine veggies. Squash, cucumbers, and green beans are generally identified to be the most nutritious vine vegetables for dogs. Squash and cucumbers, whether raw or cooked, are rich in potassium which is beneficial in keeping your dog’s kidneys healthy while at the same time reducing his propensity for heart failure. Plus, squash has high amounts of Vitamin A, folate, and calcium. Green beans, on the other hand, contain high contents of cellulose which can be good in helping a hefty pooch lose weight.

2. Top leafy greens. Celery generally provides a sufficient amount of vitamins like A, C, and K, and minerals such as fiber, riboflavin, folate, and lots of other nutrients that are beneficial to your dog’s health. However, it contains high levels of sodium, and should be fed in moderation. Another nutritious vegetable for Fido is parsley. Aside from vitamins A, C, and K, the plant is also rich in potassium, manganese, copper, and folate. In addition, spinach is also abounding with many vitamins such as A, C, E, and, K, and minerals like iron, thiamine, folate, potassium, calcium, zinc, and niacin. Like celery, spinach is also rich in sodium.

3. Best root veggies. Asparagus, carrot, and sweet potato are considered to be the top three most nutritious root vegetables readily available for dogs. Asparagus is rich in vitamins like A, B6, C, E, and K, and various minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, and copper. While carrots have rich cellulose content, Vitamin A, as well as beta-carotene, sweet potatoes, on the other hand, contain high levels of Vitamin A and B6, and potassium. Additionally, sweet potatoes contain high amounts of fiber, making them a great treat that also helps your dog to become “regular.” Both carrots and sweet potatoes make great low-calorie treats for pooches.

There are many other vegetables that not only appeal to Fido’s taste, but can keep him healthy as well. Nevertheless, not all vegetables are safe to be eaten by your dog. Because there are lots of human foods that can cause harm to your pooch, make sure that you consult your vet before giving him anything that seems palatable.