Paw Print Times – Issue 3by Coach Lilly 9.28.15
FROM THE COACH
Happy Septem-BARK people! I had a pawsitively pawsome summer and hope you all did as well. I’m always so grateful to all of my ter-ruff-ic readers, so I just wanted to give a quick shout out to everybody that follows this tiny dog with a blog. I hope you give my writing two paws up!
Fall is my most favorite time of the year, especially with Halloween right around the corner! I think this year I’ll dress up as president Bark Obama! I also love drinking a warm pug-kin spice latte and watching the leaves change (maybe rolling in them too!) Bug bites really tick me off, so make sure to check me out after I romp around outside! I’ve listed some of my other top tips for fall, including how to avoid allergies! I don’t want sneeze a lot; I’m a Boston Terrier— not achoowawa!
The last week in September is National Dog Week, so you might want to get me something special! We have some really amazing stuff on the DoggieNation Pup Spa if you want to spoil me. September is also Happy Cat Month, so don’t forget about our other furiends (but always remember, I’m your best friend!)
– Coach Lilly
HAVE FUN IN FALL WITH YOUR FURRY FRIEND
You know all those long hikes you wanted to take with your dog but didn’t because it was too hot? Now that the summer is over, it’s the perfect time to get out there! The colors are radiant, the air is crisp, and you and your dog can cover more ground comfortably than during the hotter months.
Before heading out, check to make sure dogs are permitted on the trail. And always bring a leash (most trail regulations stipulate that dogs must be leashed), fresh drinking water (for both of you), something yummy to munch (for both of you), and anything you need to scoop your dog’s poop. Of course, never overdo it with a senior dog. If your older dog isn’t up for a long hike, there’s nothing wrong with a “hike-ette.”
Dog park adventures
Not in the mood for a hiking trail? Then enjoy the beauty of the season and some canine companionship at your favorite dog park. This accommodating weather brings out dogs and owners who took refuge in their air-conditioned homes during the hotter months.
Remember the fun you had as a kid jumping into/running through leaf piles? Lots of dogs enjoy this type of autumnal mayhem, too. For older dogs, a fluffy leaf pile can be a nice bed to relax in. Just make sure there’s nothing hidden in the leaf pile (like a branch) that can hurt your dog.
Check local listings to see if there are any pet parades in your area. Many towns hold these popular events at this time of year.
Pumpkin picking—Okay, so maybe your dog isn’t interested in picking pumpkins, but he’ll undoubtedly enjoy walking around the pumpkin patch with your family. Just check with the pumpkin patch’s owner to make sure it’s okay. And keep him on his leash, of course.
Speaking of pumpkin, did you know that many dogs enjoy the taste of pumpkin? Try adding a dollop of pumpkin to your dog’s food and see he’s a pumpkin-lovin’ pooch.
No survey of fall fun would be complete without mentioning Halloween. You and your dog can get into the holiday spirit by dressing up in costumes and hitting the streets with your kids for some trick-or-treating. But make sure your dog is comfortable in his costume. If he protests, let him go trick-or-treating as a natural dog. And always keep him on a leash.
Important Trick-or-Treat Safety Reminder
Keep candy—especially chocolate—away from your dog!
Cozy up together—The cooler evenings are a great time to cuddle up together with a blanket and read a book, watch TV, or just enjoy some autumnal quiet time together.
ADAPTING TO AUTUMN:
TEN TIPS FOR AVOIDING ALLERGIES
- Keep your home low in allergenic potential. Vacuum all carpeting and upholstery and wash all pet and human bedding at least every seven days. After vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag or canister in a sealed away from your home.
- Keep windows closed, use air conditioning during the warmer times, and run an air filtration system on a year-round basis.
- Change filters on both heating and cooling systems as per manufacturer guidelines.
- Bathe your pets every 7 to 30 days (once weekly to once monthly) or as per your veterinarian’s guidelines based on your pet’s skin and coat needs. Besides removing allergens and irritants from the skin and coat, bathing can have a variety of other effects including killing and removing bacteria and yeast, removing fleas and their saliva and feces (free dirt), and lifting off flaking skin.
- Use an over-the-counter eye irrigating solution to rinse your pet’s eyes on an as needed basis.
- Schedule a physical examination with your veterinarian and pursue recommended diagnostics at least every 12 months.
- Commit to readily resolving or managing disease conditions, as inflammation associated with illness negatively impacts immune system health.
- Use topical and oral anti-parasite (flea, tick, etc.) treatments as per the guidance of your veterinarian. You can lessen the need for these products by keeping your shared environment thoroughly and regularly cleaned.
- Provide a moist, freshly prepared, whole food-based diet having human-grade protein, vegetables, fruits, fat, and fiber. Avoid ingredients that are lacking in protein and grain “meals and by-products,” artificial colors and flavors, moistening agents (propylene glycol, carageenan, etc.), sugar, rendered fat, and other feed-grade components (as typically go into commercially available dog and cat foods).
- Maintain your pet’s slimBody Condition Score(ideally 3 out of 3) on a lifelong basis. Being overweight or obese causes unnecessary stress on all body systems and contributes to inflammation, which can have serious health implications.
What Do You Call A Dog With A Rolex?
A WATCH DOG!
This Newsletter is the third of a series which will be published on a monthly basis. Keep an eye out for upcoming issues!