Hey Poochy!

Helpful tips for happy paws.

Adopt Porsche — September 13, 2017
How to make your new dog feel welcomed — September 9, 2017

How to make your new dog feel welcomed

My fur-family is about to get bigger. I can’t wait to welcome another pooch into my circle.  And while we are on a topic of a new poochy; here is the list of basic things to get, so your pooch feels extra special.

  • Water dish
  • Food bowl
  • Dog food/treats
  • Food mat (think of this as a bib for your floor. Puppies can be messy eaters)
  • Sleeping bed (I have one in each room of the house)
  • Collar with dogs name and your phone number
  • Leash
  • Brush/comb
  • Toys, toys, and more toys (better it chews on a rubber toy, than your shoes and cables)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste – I’m not kidding
  • Tick Tweezers
  • Old towels
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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