Pet Safety

Finding the Right Dog Leash

Calendar Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by tmiltz

Using a Leash to Lead Your Dog

Different Options to Help You Decide on the Right Dog Leash 

 

One of the most important materials you can own as a dog owner, is a leash. Unless you have bountiful acres of land, you need a way of giving them exercise, taking them out to the bathroom and for those lazy walks around the block. Dog leashes are especially important when you live in a city or near busy roadways. Protecting your dog from dangerous streets, other dogs and from wandering away, there’s no escaping the need for a safe leash. What defines a safe leash for your dog and what are the benefits of the different types of dog leashes? Each dog and owner are different in their preferences of what makes the perfect leash, but here are uses for different types leashes which might help to make up your mind.

 

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The three main types of dog leashes are the retractable leash, slip leads and the basic six-foot lead. While there are dual leashes and specific dog leashes for training purposes, these are the three main styles of leashes that are most common. Different breeds and sizes of dogs may determine the most appropriate leash as well.

 

Retractable Leashes: Does your dog like to wander and has the safety to do so? The retractable leash allows your dog to wander far away, while having a thin line back to you. You are able to stop the lead by pushing down on the button on the handle. The disadvantages of this leash are that your dog can wander too far away and you are unable to simply pull them back; the cords are often thin and could easily break (especially with a strong dog); and your dog could wander off and injure themselves. If you are in an active area, your dog can get tangled into a runner or bicyclist and injure everyone involved. One of the biggest concerns is that you have to keep a watchful eye. Your dog could easily wander into the street or chase after an animal and run into traffic. This leash is not ideal for those who are starting to train their dog how to walk on a leash or for those who live in a busy area, such as a city.

Slip Leads: Always in a hurry while running your dog out to go potty? The slip lead is the perfect leash for the quick, on-the-go run, but may not be ideal for long term uses. Slip leads are designed to slip directly over the dog’s head and choke up based on how much the dog is pulling. The major plus to this leash is that you don’t need a collar. If your dog is an easy-going, non-pulling walker, this leash is fine for short to medium length walks, but we don’t recommend it for extensive periods of time. Why? Slip leads tighten up when your dog is pulling and you are unable to control exactly how tight the leash gets around their neck. This is not ideal for those learning how to walk on a leash, but is useful when you need a quick leash to grab going out the door, or to have in your car for any emergency situations.

Basic Six-Foot Leash: You can make this ‘basic’ leash as fancy or as simple as you’d like, but the actual leash has the same mechanics and means of attaching directly to the collar and has a 6-foot lead. The options are plentiful from leather, nylon to designs matching your dogs collar; there is no shortage of basic leash styles. This leash is replicated so many times because it is the widely used leash. A sturdy metal clip hooks easily to the collar and has a loop at the end for your hand. The length is great for those looking to train their dog to walking on a leash and can be used throughout the lifetime of your dog. The disadvantages are that your dog is not able to wander and explore the area as much as with some of the longer leashes, and can be straining to use if your dog pulls a ton.

 

With all of these leash options, you should accompany your dog’s regular walking leash with a night-time safe leash that provides reflective or LED glowing material to maintain a safe walk. I’d also like to stress that dogs are completely different on what leash is best and enables him or her to walk safely with their owner. Dog leashes are designed to allow your dog to walk, run and play outside without negotiating their safety. Please remember to leash your dog when you are walking them outside.

 

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6 Halloween Dog Safety Tips

Calendar Posted on Oct 08, 2014 by tmiltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scary Good Dog Safety Tips For Pet Owners

 

Halloween can be a scary time for dogs (and not just because of the costumes), and righteously so. Trick-or-treating is their recipe for anxiety. The door bell is constantly ringing, kids are screaming with excitement and strangers are coming into their territory. Dogs may be more inclined to act aggressive because of all the commotion, especially if unknown kids approach them. It’s best to keep your dog in a safe room, far away from the opening front door.

 

Here are our 6 dog safety tips for a howling good Halloween. 

 

 

 

Halloween Pet Safety

 

 

 

P.S. At the end of the night, don’t forget to treat your dog with their own, healthy dog treats! Are you celebrating with Halloween with your dog? Comment below with your Halloween dog safety tips!

 

Summer Dog Safety Tips: Part 2

Calendar Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by tmiltz

Dog Safety For the Summer Heat

Unfortunately, summer is winding down. Although you still have a full month to make the summer of 2014 unforgettable, FlipFlop Dogs is here to remind you how to keep your dog safe in the last frenzy of summer vacations and last minute activities.

 

While our first Summer Dog Safety post was focused on dog safety at the beach, this time around, we’re focusing on things that happen at home. Whether you are squeezing in your beach trip over Labor Day or hanging out at home (lounging on beach chairs like Charlie), please remember how dangerous summer can be for your furry loved one.

 

Heating Up: Everyone has seen the posts on the dangers of leaving your dog in a parked car during the summer. Just. Don’t. Do. It. Leave your dog at home, with the air condition on, where they are safe from the dreaded heat in the middle of the day. Fans are not enough when it comes to cooling down a dog, as they are different than how humans cool off. Especially when you will be gone for hours (or the whole day), air condition is definitely the safer bet in knowing your dog will not be overheated. Adding a few ice cubes to their water bowl will ensure the water stays cooler longer too.

 

Screen First: If the temperature is cool enough to open the windows and doors, always have a screen (without any rips or holes) in. Screens will prevent dogs from being able to jump out the window or running out the door. This may sound silly, but if your dog sees a squirrel and the window is big enough, they may try and jump out to get it. Screens also prevent any bugs/insects from getting in to bite your family members/dog.

 

Summer Doggy Vacations with FlipFlop Dogs

Summer Doggy Vacations with FlipFlop Dogs

 

Staying Up-to-Date: The summer brings out animals and insects, which means that it is especially important for your dog to have their vaccinations up-to-date, including rabies. Rabies are most often found in bats, raccoons, foxes and skunks, as well as, other wild animals. Rabies can be deadly as soon as symptoms start to occur, but can be full prevented by having the vaccine. If your dog is not vaccinated, keep them inside as much as possible and walk them on a leash when you do go outside. For extra preventative measures in keeping strange animals wondering your yard, do not feed your dog outside and keep your trash closed so animals are not able to dig through it. Dogs are also prone to mosquito, bee and wasp bites. If you see that your pup has been bitten, remove the stinger and notice if they develop an allergic reaction. Be prepared to take your dog to the vet if they swell up in the area or if you notice other allergic symptoms. Lastly, as we approach fall (gasp!), we have to watch for ticks and fleas. Check with your vet to get any needed vaccinations before going on a trail hike.

 

Keeping the Hair Long: While this may seem counter intuitive, keeping your dogs hair long actually helps to keep them cool during the summer. Your dog’s coat is adapted to regulate them during all seasons. During the summer, their coat prevents them from overheating and from getting sunburnt. Do not shave their hair, but you can trim it, if needed. If your dog’s hair is already thin and light colored, apply baby or dog sunscreen to the exposed areas while they are in the sun. With any type of coat, brushing and cleaning the hair is especially important in the summer to keep their circulation healthy and rid them of the shedding hair. Rather than keeping them in their wool sweater, brushing takes off the unwanted hair and puts them in a light “summery” t-shirt.

 

Enthusiastic Swimmers Only: Spending your last summer weekend at the beach or by the pool? Be mindful that some dogs, but not all dogs, like to swim. Let your dog warm up to the idea of swimming by starting in shallow water or by using a ramp. Call them into the water, but never force them in. Once your dog is in the water, keep a watchful eye on them and notice when they start to get tired. Swimming is a great exercise and perfect to cool off during the summer, but using all their muscles and keeping their head afloat can tire them out quickly. We also recommend using a doggy life preserver until your dog gets a hang of the “doggy paddle”. Never throw your dog in to the water, as it could scare them, injure them or worse. If you are planning a day by the water, always have a shaded area where your dog can lay so they do not overheat or become too exposed to the sun. They don’t need to be tan!

 

With these summer dog safety tips in mind, enjoy the last full month of your summer and have fun outside with your pup. Try not to play outside in the heat of the day, but summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors before it gets cold again. Now we want to hear from you….What was the best activity you and your pup did together this summer? Comment below! 

 

Does your summer consists of vacations? No worries- we’ve got your dog covered with their summer vacation too! FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to traditional dog kenneling. Rather than having your dog stay on a cold concrete floor, your dog will vacation in the home of one of our loving Companion Families. We alleviate the stress of going away by picking up your dog at your home to take them to the Companion Family’s home, and drop them off at your home after you arrive. Our Companion Families are background checked, and home inspected before a paw steps in their doorway. Our Companion Families do not work, or do not work outside the home (providing 24/7 care and attention). We match your dog with a Companion Family that fits their daily needs and will maintain their routine down to a tee. Lastly, we always have an emergency and back-up plan if anything were to happen so you can have full peace of mind while you are away. Book your dog’s vacation today!

Summer Dog Treats

Calendar Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by tmiltz

Homemade Recipes for Summer Dog Treats

 

 

Feeling the summer heat makes us think of one thing, how can we cool off? More importantly, how can our dogs cool off? I don’t know about you all, but our dogs love to lay in the summer warmth. We can’t blame them but we can help to cool the pups off with these delicious (and healthy) summer treats.

 

FlipFlop Dogs Reece

 

 

 

 Ingredients

  • Water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup Chopped Fruit (I used strawberries)
  • 2 tablespoons Flax seeds

Directions

  • Blend the peanut butter and water and pour into the bundt or cake pan.
  • Add chopped fruit and flax seeds.
  • Allow to freeze for 4 to 6 hours before placing in the grass for your pups

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 24 – 32 oz. plain yogurt
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Blend or mix all ingredients together until you have a consistent texture throughout.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, cupcake tins or any small container that will yield a treat appropriately sized for your dog.
  • Garnish (optional). Dog bones, grated cheese, fruits or veggies work great and look cute too.
  • Freeze over night and serve.

See the full list of summer dog treats here. 

 

Sources: http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/treats-you-can-make-for-your-dog
http://doggydessertchef.com/2013/07/10/pb-j-ice/
http://www.desertlivingtoday.com/2012/06/08/diy-friday-homemade-dog-treats/

Fourth of July Dog Safety

Calendar Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by tmiltz

FlipFlop Dogs July 4th

 

Happy July 4th to our FlipFlop family!

 

Before the parties and barbecues begin on Friday, ensure the safety of your dogs for a happy celebration. While we, humans, find enjoyment in July 4th festivities, our furry loved ones do not.  Whether you are having a party at your house or going to the neighbors, your dog’s safety should be in consideration. Below are our tips for your dog’s safety before, during and after the fireworks and parties.

BEFORE

  1. Identification please. Up-to-date tags/identification, microchip and fitted collars are critical. Dogs get extremely scared from all of the commotion and fireworks that they are more prone to run away. According to the Pet Amber Alert, more pets go missing during July 4th-6th than any other time of the year. Updated identification greatly increases your risk of finding your dog, if something were to happen.
  2. Calming products. There’s not shame in turning to other products when fireworks are just too stressful for your pooch. There are a number of great (and safe) products that really help in decreasing anxiety. Our recommendations would be the Thundershirt, dog appeasing pheromone products or ProQuiet. Always ask your vet before using any of these products.
  3. Prepare the room. Play calming jazz music or have the TV on in a room filled with their favorite toys and bed/blanket to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Closing all of the blinds and curtains help in lessening the bright lights from the fireworks. This room should be set up with tranquility and serenity in mind.
  4. Plenty of exercise. A well-exercised dog is a calm and happy dog. Don’t skimp on giving your pup a long walk or run on the morning of 4th of July.

DURING

  1. Closed quarters. Putting #3 to use, keep your house doors closed and your dog in the calming room. Your dog is easily able to run out of an open door when guests are coming in and out of the house. Having your dog locked in a safe, quiet room will lessen the risk of them accidently escaping. Also, remind your guests that you have a dog and to always close the door behind them.
  2. Use a crate. We recommend using one if your dog is more likely to become destructive during stressful times, or if they feel more comfortable in their crate.
  3. Their best friend. Sometimes all you need is to be comforted. Your dog might feel best if you stay by their side when times are stressful. Just make sure to stay in the house with them and not outside. Curl up on the couch, pop in a movie and enjoy the night with your pup.
  4. No show. Do not, do not, do not bring your dog to a firework show. Circling back to #1, having your dog outside when they are scared is a bad idea, especially when you are closer to the fireworks.
  5. Dog food only. If you’re having people over, give them a friendly reminder that your dog eats plenty of their own food and does not need any human food. Whether your dog is allergic to the food, or not, it’s safer to avoid the situation all together. Providing a bowl of healthy dog treats will give your guests an option to feed your dog, if they would like.
  6.  Act natural. Acting nervous or anxious around your dog will only make them more scared.

AFTER

  1. Reward. Give them treats for being calm and a good dog during the fireworks. July 4th is a lot for dogs. Give them extra love, praise and healthy treats to reinforce their positive behavior of staying calm.
  2. Cleaning up. If you had a party at your house, don’t let your dog be the clean up crew. Dogs will eat any of the food left behind, including the scrapes from the grill. Food and alcohol remnants can lead to disrupting their digestive system, or worse. Keep them in a room until you are done cleaning up.
  3. For next year. Notice what worked and what didn’t in helping to calm your dog during the fireworks. If your dog did not handle the loud noises well, (despite all the distractions you provided) talk to your vet so you know how to handle the situation better for next year!

 

 

Enjoy your festivities and check out our Facebook page for more dog safety tips leading up to July 4th, as well as, homemade dog treat recipes. If you are going away for July 4th and need a safe, loving home for your dog to stay in, book their vacation with FlipFlop Dogs today! We match your dog with a Companion Family that meets their home-life routine and provides 24/7 one-on-one care while you are away. Peace of mind guaranteed!

Summer Dog Safety Tips: Part 1

Calendar Posted on May 29, 2014 by tmiltz

Beach Safety for Dogs

Who else is starting to get their summer glow back? Dreaming of lying on the beach and spending your days on the water are now in arms reach. While you are focused on the positive enthusiasm, realizing that summer is upon us, here at FlipFlop Dogs, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to give you summer dog safety advice.

 

 

We want you to have a happy, healthy and safe summer with your dog, but the beach poses as a threat to many dogs. The four major safety concerns are: dehydration, salt intoxication, sunburns (including paws) and a heat stroke. To avoid any health concerns, follow these dog safety summer guidelines to have a carefree couple of months.

 

Dehydration: With the heat, dogs can easily get dehydrated- just like humans. Although, they are unable to alert us as well, a quick sign would be when they start acting lethargic, have sunken eyes and panting with a dry mouth. A simple preventative measure is to bring water for your dog when you are outside in the heat for an extended period of time. If you are playing Frisbee, you can easily fill that up with cool, clean water in between throws. We recommend providing them with water, at least, every 15 minutes to ensure they will not be dehydrated. Dehydration at the beach can be especially concerning, which leads into the next point of salt intoxication.

 

Salt intoxication (hypernatremia): If you bring your dog to the beach, be aware of how often they gulp down the ocean water. Dogs do not understand that salt water is harmful to them, and different than the clean water you normally provide for them. Some dogs have a tendency to overload on salt water by keeping their mouth wide open while playing or swimming. Even a little salt intake can upset certain dog’s stomachs. The early signs of hypernatremia are vomiting and “beach diarrhea”, but can quickly develop full-fledged hypernatremia by showing neurological signs of having trouble walking, seizures and sudden depression. If you notice these signs, take your dog to the vet immediately to be treated. Prevent this by using the tip above and provide your pup with fresh, clean water frequently so they aren’t as tempted to start swallowing the salt water.

 

Sunburns: Just like humans, dogs can get sunburnt.  Our FlipFlop Dog, Charlie, is our first dog to get noticeable sunburnt. Like other white coated, thin haired dogs, this should be a concern as their skin turns distinctively pink/red after lying outside. While there are pet specific sunscreens, baby sunscreen works just as well and is more accessible at local stores. After applying the sunscreen, keep a watchful eye to be sure your dog doesn’t lick the area (which would reverse the benefits of applying the sunscreen in the first place). Providing an umbrella or shaded area for your dog to lie under is another easy way of preventing sunburns and overheating.

 

Your dog’s skin is not the only part that can be burnt, but also their paws. Asphalt, sand and boardwalk wood can all become too hot for your dog’s paws when the summer temperatures are rising. A way to tell is by putting your palm on the ground. If it’s too hot for your palm, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on. Try walking them in a different area, such as grass, or at a different time in the day.

 

Heat strokes: Panting and disorientation are the main signs of a looming heat stroke in your dog. Dogs can easily over heat by being outside in the hot temperatures. Limit the amount of time they spend outside and do not leave them outside unattended.  Daily exercise is always healthy, but during the summer, be careful with the temperatures and monitoring your dog’s heat intake. Exercising should be moved to the early morning or late evening to prevent a heat stroke. Most dogs do not realize anything is wrong and will keep jogging or walking, so it’s your job to know when to stop. To cool your dog down, bath them in cool, not cold, water. Cold water can make overheating worse. If your dog does not cool down, call the vet. Heat strokes can happen outside, inside and, especially in a car. Did you know that an inside temperature of a car can rise 40 degrees within an hour, when the temperatures are between 72 and 96 degrees outside?! Thanks to the study done by Stanford University School of Medicine, we know for that to be true. Leave your dog home, inside and with air condition to prevent any over heated related incidents.

 

Use your best judgment in keeping your dog safe and cool this summer. If you notice something “off”, contact your vet as the summer heat could be affecting your dog. Your dog can still have fun outdoors by playing in a sprinkler and when they are being carefully monitored during the hottest months.

 

Look for more dog safety blog posts throughout this summer, including an upcoming post on safety while swimming. Comment below if you have any specific concerns about your dog’s safety during the summer- we’d love to provide you with our tips.

 

 

 

 

Resources: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/top-summer-pet-hazards/story?id=16775200#1

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Dog First Aid Awareness

Calendar Posted on Apr 16, 2014 by tmiltz

Dog First Aid Kit

 

When the unexpected happens, a prepared First Aid kit can go a long way in saving your dog.

 

Always have the necessary resources readily assessable if something were to happen. Even with all of the safety precautions are taken, dogs still manage to get into trouble that could lead to an emergency. Without the ability to speak and nimble thumbs to use, your dog relies on you to assist them back to health. This is a great opportunity to refresh and check your dog’s First Aid Kit with our list below. Spread awareness about the needed First Aid supplies to your friends and family by sharing this post. Do you have all the supplies to help your dog in need?

 

Pet First Aid Kit

Dog First Aid Checklist

 

 

Resources: http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/pet-first-aid-awareness.htm
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pet_first_aid_kit.html

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National Pet Safety and Protection Month

Calendar Posted on Oct 28, 2013 by jhmiltz

Have you thought about how safe your dog is? With October’s focus on National Pet Safety and Protection Month, it was the perfect opportunity to give you some safety tips for your dogs. Here are a few safety tips that we felt were most important to remind people of during this month.

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Why we love what we do!

Calendar Posted on Oct 03, 2013 by jhmiltz

FlipFlop Dog on vacation

FlipFlop Dog on vacation

“I love that FlipFlop® provides the Call Center to handle incoming inquiries and bookings in a timely professional manner leaving me to focus on my favorite aspects of the business.  I enjoy spending time pampering my customers, working with Companions and being at so many great dog events.  My favorite moment is when I pick up a Customer’s dog and he is so excited that he runs to my Transit body jiggling, tail wiggling because he knows that he is going somewhere fun.  Customers always say the same thing.  They just can’t believe that their dog is so happy he didn’t even stop to say goodbye.”  Danielle

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