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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 : )

Road trip with your pals- Beach version

Road Trip to the Beach

Is it just me or does summer mean road trip? I love this time of year to hop in the car and explore a new town…and why not take your four-legged pal with you? Here is a list of some dog friendly spots to check out this summer:

Road Trip!

Assateague, MD– Pets are permitted only in specific areas of the Maryland portion of the National Seashore. Your pup might enjoy watching the wild horses from afar that wander on the shore too! After getting some exercise on the shore check out Atlantic Hotel in Berlin and enjoy a nice drink on their patio with your four-legged pal!

Fenwick, DE– Fenwick Island State Park, this park is not too crowded during most of the year and is a perfect spot let your pup get rid of some energy!

Charleston, SC– This town has so much history! It’s the perfect place to take a stroll down King St, where there are stores for everyone. Once you are done strolling the streets of Charleston, go to Brown Dog Deli. They have a dog friendly outside patio and the food is great! After this, its time to cool off at Folly Beach which is a dog friendly beach! Dogs are allowed on the beach at anytime from October 1stApril 30th. During the peak summer months dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10am-6pm.

San Diego, CA– This would be a far road trip, but oh so worth it! San Diego is a very dog friendly town. The views are incredible, food is delicious, and its home to one of the best dog beaches- Ocean Beach Dog Beach. This beach is heaven on earth! Dogs are running around with one another splashing in the water, digging in the sand having the best of time! Personally, I could stay on this beach all day watching the dogs play.

For more information on dog friendly hotels, restaurants, and activities check out Gopetfriendly.com and BringFido.com .

Outside Fun with your pals

Outside Fun with your Pals!

The warm weather has arrived! That means time to get outside and have some fun in the sun before it gets too hot! Here in Maryland there are a lot of fun things to do with your four-legged pals! Remember that your pups paws are as sensitive as our feet, so try to go during the day when the ground is cooler, such as the mornings or evenings. One way to test is touching the ground with the back of your hand or your foot. If its hot to the touch for you then its the same for your pup.

Outdoor Fun

Hiking- This is a great activity to challenge your pup while exercising. So many different scents and stimulation’s. We have some great trails around us. For a day trip, Harpers Ferry is a great place to go. They have some easier trails and some more challenging ones. After you are finished your hike, at the bottom of the trail eateries are located to get a bite to eat that are dog friendly.

Walking/Jogging- We have great trails in our area to do some exercise. The Ma and Pa trail is a fantastic trail to get some fresh air on. Gunpowder Falls State Park is in Baltimore and Harford county and it has 100 miles of trails.


Fetch- This is another great way to get outdoors and have some fun! The ChuckIt toy is a great way to play fetch, your dog will love it! This toy saves you from having to bend down and from touching the slobbery ball!  A win win!


Enjoy the great outdoors with your pup! It will be a great time for you both!


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Rainy Day Indoor Fun

Rain, Rain, go away all the Dogs want to play

Indoor Fun

Since we are now in the month of April already… how is that possible? We are likely to have some rainy days such as today…April showers bring May flowers! We all know the saying “a tired dog is a happy dog” and with these indoor ideas you will have one happy dog! Here is a list of indoor game ideas to help get rid of some extra energy from your pets:

  1. Kong– I have talked about this before, but I can’t say enough about the trusty KONG. Fill this up and it will keep your pups occupied and stimulated to get all of the treats out of it.
  2. Games- I love playing “find it” with some training treats. To play this, your pup needs to be taught some commands beforehand. To play- tell your pup to “stay” , hide the treat, and then tell him “find it.” This game gets them engaged and excited! Our dogs love this game!
  3. Teach your dog a new trick- Rain days are the perfect day to teach them and then they will be ready to show off their new tricks on the sunny days with their friends!
  4. Tug of War- another old faithful of ours- learn the correct and safe way to play with your pup.
  5. Fetch- If you have a long hallway you can play just like you would outside.
  6. Stair Master- If the stairs in your home are safe do some laps with your pup up and down the steps.
  7. Play Date- if your pup is well socialized and does well with humans and other dogs, why not have an indoor play date? You will have two tired pups at the end of the date!

Embrace those rainy days, spending time with your pets is always a good time!