Category Archives: Senior Pet

Spring Fun

Spring Fun!

Dreaming of warmer weather!

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Less than one month til spring and boy are we ready over here! We love walking all the pups, but it is way better when it is warmer out! Here are some ideas to look into to get rid of that cabin fever… an added bonus…a tired pup is a happy pup and after some of these activities they will be one happy dog!

 

Hiking- Around us we have some awesome trails. Nothing better than getting outside in the fresh air with your pups. They will love walking the trails with all the new scents. Going up hills is also a great leg workout. If you are doing some hiking near some water like a pond or lake and its safe let your pup play in the water or even swim.  When planning a hike, make sure you have all your supplies like a non- retractable leash, water, collapsible bowl, treats, poop bags, and a small first- aid kit.

 

Standup Paddleboarding- I love SUP and it would be even better if I could do it with my pups but neither are big fans of the water. It’s still too chilly in Maryland for playing in the water but now is the time to get your pup acclimated with the board. Your pup can take a break too and go swimming. To get your four-legged pal ready to SUP practice on flat ground first. It is best to use positive reinforcement and some treats to get him comfortable. Once he is comfortable then you can move on to shallow water and do a short paddle. Then you build up from there. Always make sure he has a floatation device no matter how good of a swimmer Fido is. Equipment that you will need are 6 foot retractable leash, personal flotation device for your pup, sunscreen- dog and human, and cell phone cover so your phone is safe.

 

Agility or Boot camp- These classes are becoming quite popular. Its an awesome way to get Fido to release some of that extra energy. Find a class with near you that has a good reputation. If you have a short snouted dog like a French Bulldog this might be the best class. For smaller dogs try Doga Yoga! Equipment needed are a 6-foot leash, harness, treats, and water.

 

Have fun and take your time easing into the new activity!

 

Ways to give back

Volunteering, a way to give back

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With us almost into February you might be looking over your resolutions and noticing that you have written down that you want to give back and volunteer your time but are not sure where to begin. February is also a time to spread love for Valentines Day and what better way to spread love than by walking precious dogs at your local shelter?

 

A great volunteer opportunity is to become a dog walker at BARCS- Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter which is located in Baltimore city. The volunteer hours are nice because you can start volunteering as early as 8:30 AM. The 10-15 minutes that you are walking that dog might be the only highlight of the day- getting out into the fresh air, smelling the new scents, and getting some belly rubs too! If you are not interested in dog walking, they have countless other ways to volunteer, such as being a transporter, greeter, matchmaker, doing laundry, or working at events.

 

If you are interested in volunteering with your pet included, you should look into Pets On Wheels. Once your pet is approved in the program you can start making visits to assigned  places like assisted living, schools, libraries etc. each month.

 

Another local place to volunteer is the Harford Humane Society. They have similar volunteer opportunities like BARCS where you can walk dogs. You can also socialize the cats where you visit with at the shelter to make them feel more comfortable. You could also be a matchmaker where you help possible adopters successfully match with a animal in need of a home.


If your schedule doesn’t allow for you to volunteer you can always download the “Walk the Dog” app and for miles walked they will donate to the shelter of your choice. You can do two awesome things at once- walk your pup while giving back!


Volunteering not only helps out the animals but it also makes you feel great too! Have fun with it!

Weekend Getaway with your pups!

Weekend Getaway with your pups

Its official, its winter time, and its cold! Who else is counting down the days til spring? I know we are! To keep from getting cabin fever it might be a good time to plan a weekend getaway for you and your pup! Virginia might be the perfect place to visit with many awesome destinations like Alexandria, Virginia Beach, and Richmond.

 

Alexandria has great places to explore.  When you want to take Fido for a walk to release some energy, check out Founders Park, which offers views of the Potomac River. For a dog- friendly hotel option, you can stay at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa. They have dog pillows, a dog bed, and bowls. For a bite to eat, check out Lost Dog cafe for some good food.

 

Virginia Beach is another great spot. One of the best parts is that the beach is dog friendly during all of the seasons except the summer. A dog friendly hotel is The Founders Inn and Spa. They have rooms that are dog- friendly located next to a on-site dog park. For shopping, check out Mrs. Bones Bowtique for some special goodies for your pets. If your pup isn’t a fan of the beach you can make a stop at Woodstock Dog Park or Bayville Farms Park.

 

The third destination is Richmond. To get some exercise you will want to check out James River. When you need to relax you will want to stay at Quirk hotel that allows dog up to 70 lbs. When you check in with your pup they will get a doggy bag with treats, and waste bags. You can also request a dog bed for them. There is also a park about 2 blocks away so Fido can stretch his legs! After your burn some energy treat your pup to a doggie cookie at Abbella cakes Dog Bakery.


If you do a weekend getaway we would love to see a picture of your pup enjoying themselves!

Holiday Gift Guide

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are here! I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year! I especially love getting gifts for my fur babies! There’s already a few gifts under the tree and our pup Kooper keeps going over and sniffing out his gift! Here is our annual list of gift ideas.

 

For your Pup

  • A dog bed- perfect for those cold winter days where they can snuggle up in and be nice and cozy
  • Crumps dog treats- Our dogs love the Sweet Potato Chews so much they do zoomies when they sniff them out in the Amazon box.
  • KONG- this is one of my favorites- fill it up with some peanut butter and banana and it will keep your pups distracted and stimulated
  • Barkbox- this box usually includes a toy, treats, and a chew
  • A new collar- is your pups collar looking a little shaggy? Find some cute ones on Etsy.

 

For you Cat

  • A new cat bed- upgrade your cats bed so they have a nice place to relax
  • Kitty treats – nothing better than a special treat
  • A Bergan Turbo Cat Scratcher toy- this durable toy will keep your cat active and will provide fun for your companion

 

For your Pet lover friends and family

  • Pop Your Pup shirt- Nothing says ultimate dog mom like one of these shirts! All you have to do is send in a picture of your pet you want to use and pick the cool background
  • Personalized ornament with their pets name on it
  • Dogist Book– this would be the perfect book for the coffee table
  • The Book: A Dog’s Purpose – this book is good! All dog lovers will appreciate this read
  • A gift certificate for an Agility class with Fido
  • Apparel- How cute is this shirt at Life is Good?

 

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

 

Canine Urinary Diseases

Canine Urinary Diseases

 

Canine Urinary Diseases

 

We all want to keep our pups happy and healthy. Our pups can get diseases just like humans and it’s important to notify your veterinarian of any unusual changes. Catching conditions early can lessen the severity of the disease. Here are some of the top urinary diseases dogs can have and the symptoms that come with each disease:

 

Kidney Infection– This can be caused by bacteria and having a weakened immune system can make your pet more susceptible to bacterial infections. Common symptoms are changes in the amount of urine,  vomiting, weight loss, bloody urine, lethargy, pale gums, bad breath, and reduced appetite.

 

– Kidney and/ or bladder stones– There are many causes for stones but one of the biggest ones in high levels of calcium. Some dog breeds are more prone to kidney stones than others such as Shih Tzus. Symptoms to look for are discolored urine, straining to urinate,  and frequent times to pee.

 

Cushing’s Disease– this condition is caused from an high production of cortisol released by the adrenal glands. Older pups are at a higher risk of getting this disease. Symptoms to look for are excessive urination, increased hunger and thirst, infections, and loss of muscle and bone mass.

 

Urinary Tract Infection– Common causes are from bacterial infections like Streptococcus and Escherichia coli. Upper urinary tract infections affect the kidneys and ureters and a lower urinary tract infections affects the bladder and urethra. Likely symptoms are inability to pee, straining when trying to urinate, increased amount and frequency to pee, vomiting, back pain, obsessive licking of the genital area, and bloody and cloudy urine.

 

Diabetes– This is a chronic metabolism disorder which affects the glucose-insulin connection. Early symptoms are weight loss, increased appetite, and increased urination. If the disease has progressed it could bring on loss of appetite, vomiting, low energy and eventually can bring on kidney failure, cataracts, and UTI’s.

 

As always, if you notice any changes in your dogs everyday routine or behavior contact your vet to make sure Fido is healthy.

A Doggone problem- pee in the house

A Doggone problem- pee accidents in the house

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Do you have a pup that has accidents in the house? There are a few reasons why Fido is peeing in the house. Understanding why will help to stop the bad habit- here are four major reasons why- your pup is not house trained, he is sick or a senior, he is dealing with anxiety, or your dog is marking.

 

When it comes to house training your pup it is so important to use positive reinforcement. Look into trainers in your area that use positive reinforcement techniques. You could also look into doggie daycare or a professional dog walker that could help him engage in healthy activity. If he is having accidents when you are gone it could be caused from separation anxiety. If peeing in the house is something new that your pup is doing it is best to check in with your vet. It could be a health issue that is causing the accidents in the house.  If he is marking it is best to  clean up the spot right away, keep new things out of sight, get your pups spayed and neutered.

 

What to do if he has had an accident – pee cleaning techniques- the faster you clean it up the less likely the smell will linger, place a paper towel on top of the area and blot up the mess. You do not want to rub until all the moisture is removed. Then blot that area with clean water.

 

If you didn’t get to the spot before it dried you will want to use a pet odor neutralizer or try a more natural way with covering with baking soda overnight and blotting with a vinegar/water solution in the morning. If this doesn’t work for all of the spots then try hydrogen peroxide for the pesky spots but before you do this test a spot first. You do not want to use a steam cleaner because the heat will  recharge the smell and make it a lot worse. If the smell and stain are still there call in the professionals!

Boooo…Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

 

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Candy bowl is filled, kids in costumes on, the kids are giggling outside, and the pumpkins are lit! Halloween is always a fun holiday for the family, but it can bring some dangers for your pets.

 

  • Always make sure your pet has his ID collar on and the information is up to date. Microchipping is always a benefit too.

 

  • If your pup is shy, easily frightened, or not socialized well keep him inside in his comfortable element. With all of the strangers coming to your door for candy it can be overwhelming for Fido. Turn the TV on for him and give him a special treat like a KONG. Some pups can get frightened from the costumes and strangers. For Halloween night, we make sure our pups are nice and tired out after a long outing at the park, keep them gated upstairs with the blinds closed, TV on, and each gets a KONG. For our dogs, this is the best thing for them.

 

  • Keep the candy up high and out of reach from the pets. Xylitol which is found in gum can be harmful for your four legged buddy. And as always don’t forget about the chocolate which can be just as harmful. If your pet does get into something he shouldn’t call your vet or ASPCA poison center immediately.

 

  • Not all dogs want to be dressed up in cute costumes. If your pup is uneasy about new things skip the costume. If your pup is fine with costumes put it on him the day before so he is acclimated to it. Also make sure  it isn’t too tight and that all of the fabric is secure.

 

Always remember you know your pets the best and know what is the best situation for them.

 

Have a tail wagging happy Halloween with your family and friends!

DIY Projects for your pets

DIY Projects for your pets

Happy Fall everyone! Now with the weather getting cooler and the days getting shorter its the perfect time to do some DIY!

Fleece Blanket

Fall has arrived and that means its the perfect time to curl up on the couch with your best pal with a blanket. Here is a project you can make for your pup, as a gift, or even for the pups at your local animal shelter.

You will need:

Scissors

Measure tape

Two colors of fleece (two is nice because it can be reversible)

Cardboard cut into 5 X 5 in. square

Now time to make a blanket:

  • Figure out what size you want the blanket. Obviously the larger the dog the bigger I would make the blanket.
  • Make your measurements and add about 8-10 inches to the size for the fringe on the ends.
  • Line up the two pieces of fabric so they are back to back
  • Use the cardboard and cut 5 inch squares from each corner of both fabrics.
  • With using the cardboard as a guide, cut lines all about the side about 5-6 in and ½ in wide.
  • Knot the fringe on the ends to make sure they are safe and secure
  • Wash your blanket when complete
  • Give to your pooch and let them enjoy your creation!

Dog Toy

Here is a easy DIY to make your pup. They will love throwing this around!

You will need:

Scissors

Old T-shirt

A tennis ball

Directions:

  • Lay the t-shirt flat to mark your 3 cuts.  You will need to make two cuts across the whole t-shirt about 5 inches wide. You will also need one strip that is about 2 inches wide. You will have a total of 3 pieces. Once you have those, cut those pieces at one end so that are longer.
  • Lay the larger fabrics in a “X” and put the tennis ball in the middle.
  • Now wrap the tennis ball with all of the pieces and know with the 2 inch fabric (You should have four wide strips at the end).
  • Separate the four wide strips and cut each in three pieces to braid together
  • Once you are done braiding, knot the bottom with one of the small pieces. Repeat with the three other wide pieces.
  • Give to your pup to enjoy!

Hope your pup loves your DIY projects!

Time to get outside!

Fall has arrived!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a awesome summer with family! As always, it went by so fast and here we are now making our fall plans. Fall is the perfect time to try some new activities such as  hiking with your pup. Activities like this are not only beneficial to your health but they strengthen the bond between you and your pal. Before trying any new activities with your pup, always consider safety and make sure it is something he or she will like. Not all dogs will like hiking, some dogs like my girl Dee would rather cuddle on the couch and take short walks. Here are some locations with some great trails:

 

Gunpowder Falls State Park- no need for a road trip. We have this park right down the street from us with many trail options. Start your weekend morning off right with a nice hike.

 

Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is a great day trip to go with your pup. There are a couple of different hike options. The views are incredible- pack a lunch and hang out overlooking the little town.

 

Asheville, NC- Take a long weekend and go to Asheville, which is right next to Blue Ridge Parkway. The hikes are endless and the town is dog friendly with some breweries that are dog friendly. What’s better than sitting down with a nice beer in town after taking in some of those gorgeous views with your pup? Craggy Pinnacle Hike is a short one with great views.

 

If you and your pup are not into hiking you can always look into taking an agility class or visit the local park.

 

As always, if your pup isn’t a fan of outside activities, schedule your pet sitting services and we can care for them while you are away.

Wedding Season is Here!

Wedding Season is Here!

This month is one of the most popular month to tie the knot! If you are like me and wanted to incorporate your pups in your wedding, this post is for you. When Scott and I got married 4 years ago I knew that I wanted to incorporate my 3 dogs- Baxter, Chessie, and Bay who we got when I was 11. These three dogs meant the world to my family and I. Since we were getting married at Chesapeake Beach Resort in Chesapeake Beach I knew unfortunately it would be too far for them to travel since they were 14 years old. I had to find another special way to have them a part of our special day! That’s when we came up with the idea to put a picture of my munchkins in my bouquet- it was close to me during the whole day! Here are some other ideas to include for four-legged besties in the big day-

Bouquet from our wedding!

 

  • Decorations– Use some pictures of your pals for the centerpieces, cake topper, invitations, thank you cards, or favors. You could also do a donation instead of favors to the local humane society!

  • Engagement and Wedding Photos– If you have a dog that is fine with people and a lot of activity you couple include them in some of the priceless shots. Be sure to use a photographer that is comfortable working with pups. Pinterest has a ton of ideas for poses and make sure to practice before so your buddy is comfortable in front of the camera and posing! Also, we do offer a wedding service so your pups can be part of the special day!

  • Ceremony– If you fur best pal likes to be around people why not have him walk down the aisle as the ring bearer or the flower girl : )

  • Be sure to get a sitter– With all of the final planning of the big day make sure you have your pets care scheduled- whether it for just the big day, days leading up to it- we got the walks covered when you are making those final details or the honeymoon!

The wedding day goes by a blink of an eye so take a moment and look out to all of your loved ones under one room and soak it all in! It will be one of the best days of your life and hopefully your four-legged best friend will be a part of it : )