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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!

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!

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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10 Ways to Develop and Maintain a Rewarding Relationship with Your Dog

Calendar Posted on Feb 07, 2014 by jhmiltz

Dog Business

 

Your dog is your best friend. He listens, he helps you stay in shape and loves to snuggle. While you gain so much joy from having them in your life, return the favor and ensure that they are cared for at all times. These are the top 10 essentials to keep your dog safe, happy and healthy.

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