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!

Cady’s 7th Birthday

Cady turned 7 on Sunday April 23rd.  She indulged in peanut butter cake from the local dog bakery.  Went on 2 car rides, 2 big walks, got lots of butt rubs (you know, that spot on their back right above the tail base), ear scratches and a little steak for dinner.

I brought her home from the humane society on May 14th 2016.   She was a great find and we have been having lots of fun since she moved in with me.

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Heartworms, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks

Our winter was mild, mosquitos will be abundant this year. Protect your dog.

Cost of Heartworms in Dogs

Heartworms can be an expensive treatment in dogs and can range from $1200.00 to $3000.00 depending on the cost of living and severity of your Dog’s heartworms. On average, the national cost of treating heartworms in dogs is $1800.00. (source vetary.com)

What are Heartworms?

Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito. (source vetary.com)

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Fleas and Ticks will be abundant this year due to our mild winter.  Protect your dog.

If you are not already giving your dog a flea and tick treatment, it’s time to start now!

More about fleas and ticks here > http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/fleas-and-ticks

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Rest In Peace – Tess

Tess passed away early Sunday, January 29, 2017. She was 15 years, 2 months old. She had aged into a graceful, gray-faced, sweetheart. My companion and happy girl till the end. I’m glad I could comfort and hold her as she passed.

She was the last of my original four Labradors. The end of an era. Gone, but never to be forgotten. You came to me at a time when there was turmoil in my life. The black Labrador Retriever puppy that made me laugh every day with her antics as she grew up.

She had two litters of puppies and was an excellent mom to them. Hey, you try feeding 8 kids and then licking up their poop and pee when they were tiny — Mom of the year. In both litters, she had one yellow pup in a sea of black ones. A male in one, a female in another. She carried that gene along with the chocolate gene.

Tess had her own style completely different from my other Labs. She was my goofy girl. Always quick with a face lick, a big happy face, a tail wag that could knock you over. She never had a problem getting right in your face for a pet or hug. Tess made her presence known but after she had some time with you was content to curl up or stretch out and keep an eye on you from across the room. If I whispered her name she would wag her tail so hard it sounded like a bass drum thumping away.

She was Abbey’s best friend and constant buddy. When I brought Tess home, Abbey scooped her up, took her to her bed and fell asleep with her. For many years Abbey had the size over Tess. It was around age 3-4 that Tess realized she had the height on Abbey and could give her a run for the money.

Those two knew how to have fun together and their rough play sounded more dramatic than it was. She was sweet on Casey but knew that he was Abbey’s guy but had a muzzle lick for him each day.

Always ready for a car ride and an adventure, she traveled with me to every state surrounding Missouri and Illinois. She was a good retriever in the field and loved to swim and get her downed ducks. She loved people and enjoyed doing meet and greets whenever she could.

This girl knew her snacks and even in old age could hear the refrigerator door open or a slice of American cheese being unwrapped. Her favorite way to spend an evening was chewing on a bull stick and then taking a nap.

Rest in Peace sweet Tess. Keep an eye out for Casey, Abbey, and Darby. It’s your time to run and play in the fields with them forever. I’ll catch up with you guys down the road.

Tess     Dutch Hollow’s Cure The Blues JH     November 17, 2001 to January 29, 2017