Hey Poochy!

Helpful tips for happy paws.

Dog breeds that match your Zodiac sign. — April 21, 2018
Quantity or Quality? — September 27, 2017

Quantity or Quality?

Should you get one puppy or two?

Puppies are demanding. They are active, curious and full of life. They chew anything and everything. They explore the world around them with a zest, therefore requiring constant supervision. Teaching commands can be done one puppy at a time – one puppy is playing, while the other puppy is being taught. Teaching 2 puppies at the same time is difficult, as they are usually focused on one another.

You should choose 2 puppies only if you have enough time to dedicate to them. For beginners, its best to choose one puppy, and once they first puppy is used to you and its obedient, you may get another one.

 

To Neuter or Not to Neuter — September 26, 2017

To Neuter or Not to Neuter

It’s a good idea to neuter/spay your dog, if you are not planning on breeding them. It is also a humane thing to do, as neutering reduces aggression. In today’s society, we already have an abundance of homeless, unloved and unwanted dogs. Most of them get euthanized. Wouldn’t it be better to prevent all of that by neutering your pooch?

City of Toronto, charges less of an annual dog tag free for registering your dog, when it’s neutered. So when is it a good time to neuter your fur-baby?

The best time is always before the dog reaches sexual maturity. However, different dogs mature at different times. So as a general rule, most puppies get neutered/spayed at 5 – 9 month of age.

Here is the list of some of my favorite veterinary clinics, in Toronto and Area:

  1. Ajax North Pet Hospital – located in Ajax
  2. Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic – located in Scarborough
  3. Leslie Street Animal Hospital – located in Richmond Hill
  4. Dr. Brodetsky – Mobile Veterinarian for home visits

 

Dehydration and Heat Stroke — August 18, 2017

Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Summer Heat

Imagine going outside in the summer, doing errands in hot, scorching sun, without any shade and water. Now imagine the same scenario, only this time, you are wearing a fur coat. That’s exactly how dogs feel in the summer time. They do not emit heat through their skin like we do. Therefore dehydration can take only minutes.

They sweat through:

  • Bottom of paw pads
  • By panting
  • And through their nose (cold nose, is a happy nose)

 

.:. Hint .:. – Dogs nose is always a good indicator on how they are feeling. Cold nose is a happy nose!

 

It doesn’t take much for them to overheat – it can take minutes. By the time you notice signs of heat stroke, the damage is done. So how do you protect you pooch? Follow these steps for a happy and hydrated, summer walk.

 

.:. Hint .:. – Every summer, do not forget to groom your dog. Otherwise they are walking with fur coats on, all summer long.


Signs of Dehydration

  • Heavy panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry nose or mouth
  • Weakness
  • Loose skin
  • Excessive drooling/salivation

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Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Excessive panting
  • Loss of energy
  • Collapse or weakness
  • Tongue color is dark red, almost purple
  • Hyper salivation
  • Vomiting

*(!)* What To Do *(!)*

  • Bring dog indoor, into a cool shaded area
  • Use cool water, not ice water or cold water, to spray bottom of the dogs stomach and bottom of the paws
  • Place a bowl of cool water in front of your dog
  • Use a fan on medium, to create a draft. Do not blow the fan directly at the dog.
  • Offer a cold treat, recipes can be found here.

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.:. Hint .:. DO NOT submerge your dog in cold water, nor pour ice water over it. This will not help, but will cause a shock to its body.