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Helpful tips for happy paws.

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

 

Simple Rules for Naming — September 25, 2017

Simple Rules for Naming

If you are reading this, you are probably a few weeks again from getting a pooch. I love you already.

Every dog is unique and I usually have a selection of names to choose from. I never choose a name ahead of time. I make a list of names that work, I wait until I get a dog and sense it personality, than I choose a name from my list.

So what are the rules of a good dog name? These rules aren’t set in stone, but they are here to help you call your dog faster:

  • Short names are best
  • Easy to call
  • Two-syllable i.e. Fido, Tofu, Zulu, Kiki

Long names

Long names such as Isabella, Thunder or Sunshine are too involved for calling. By the time you are done pronouncing it, the dog has moved on to the next project.

The Art of Playing — September 21, 2017

The Art of Playing

Tennis balls aren’t the best play toy. It might be a cheaper solution, but also may cause issues for 2 reasons:

  • Pieces of the ball can get bitten off and swallowed. This may cause an intestinal blockage.
  • The outer layer of felt can easily get stuck in dog’s teeth.

Either one of the cases will cause large vet bills. Instead of putting yourself and your dog, through this hassle, simply invest in a few chew toys at pet store. This will save you on vet bills and pose no threat to your dog, plus it will also last longer than any tennis ball.

Best place(s) for bed — September 20, 2017

Best place(s) for bed

I am on one of those owners who spoil my dogs. They have more sweaters and tees than I do, and homemade treats galore. Same goes for their beds. Each room of the house has a doggy bed.

I allow my dogs to choose their “sleeping zone”. For example: My alpha male, Dido, loves to sleep under my bed. After he has chosen this spot, I simply put his bed there – this will be not only his quiet sleeping place, but also his safe zone. And by safe zone, I mean a place that belongs to the dog alone. A place where it won’t be disturbed.

 Clink on this link to see different beds from PetSmart for you furbaby.

 

Love fest —
How to create the perfect harmony — September 11, 2017

How to create the perfect harmony

If you are like me, than one dog is never enough. So I’ve made it as a rule, to allow the first dog to choose their mate. This does take some to find the right dog, but once it chooses its friend, there will be harmony.

Imagine for a moment, your parent bring home a complete stranger, off the street, and tell you, that this is your new sibling and you must love it like your own. Would you?

That’s how dogs feel about any other dogs that you bring home. So just to skip, all of the unnecessary hassle, I allow my pooch to choose their sibling/mate.

The main thing is to allow your dogs to establish their own hierarchy, in which the pack order is clear. This will ensure that conflicts will be rare.

The 9 Signs of a Healthy Puppy — September 9, 2017

The 9 Signs of a Healthy Puppy

The general rule is getting a puppy at 8 weeks old or later. It is essential for puppies to spend its first 8 weeks with its mother and siblings. In this short time frame, the puppy learns basic social behavior from its mother.  It develops its personality and learns how to get along with other dogs. If a puppy, is taken too early away from its mother, than it might miss out on learning basic social behavior. We all want our puppy to be happy and social.

Signs of a Healthy Puppy

  • Clear eyes and an alert gaze
  • The fur should be shiny, healthy and well kept
  • No discharge from eyes or nose
  • Has a nice “puppy tummy” and is well nourished
  • The anal region is clean
  • Puppy is curious and full of life, no trouble of running around, jumping and exploring everything around it
  • Expect dog’s droppings. There must not be white “rice” marks (tapeworm segments) nor  diarrhea
  • Check fur for fleas, by running your fingers against the lay of the hair
  • Check for blindness by moving an interesting object in front of them and check their reaction time
Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy — August 15, 2017

Hot Summer Days and Your Poochy

It’s another scorching, summer day. Another heat wave in Canada. I went to a park with my Poochy. I always remember 2 main items to take with me.

  • Booties: Dogs can’t sweat through their skin, like we do – they sweat through the bottom of their paws, and by panting. So I always remember to put rubber booties on them. You can get these booties at any pet store. These booties protect doggy paws from hot pavement, mud and rain. Love them!
  • Water: I always bring a bottle of water and a portable cup. I make it a rule to offer water to Poochy, every 15 minutes, or even sooner if I see signs of dehydration.

*** Good To Know ***

Dogs can’t sweat through their skin. They sweat though the bottom of their paws. So always remember about booties, booties and booties.

They also sweat by panting, so always bring water, water and water. Dogs that are overheating will start excessively drooling. Look out for signs of dehydration.

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Now keep in mind that we went for a quick 10 minute walk. Usually, if I know it’s going to be a hot and humid day, I like to take Poochy for walks early in the morning and late in the evening. If the pavement is too hot for you, than it’s too hot for them. A quick way to check if the pavement, is to do a palm heat test:

  1. Put your hand on pavement that you are planning to walk on with your pooch.
  2. If you can’t hold your hand still for 3 seconds, then it’s too hot.
  3. If it’s too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pooch’s paw.

*** Good To Know ***

– darker coats absorb more heat, than lighter coats

– overweight dogs are at a higher risk for dehydration

– different breeds deal with heat differently

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Hello from Hey Poochy! — July 31, 2017

Hello from Hey Poochy!

So you decided to get a dog. Now what? Don’t you wish that you had some kind of manual that tells you what breed (and size) of dog, best suits your lifestyle? Don’t you wish that some kind of go-to-guide, would tell you about dog care, feeding, training and first aid? You are in luck. This is exactly what you have been wishing for. We will cover everything from bringing your pet home to raising a happy, healthy puppy. Isn’t that wonderful?

 

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