Summer Hot Weather Advisory for Dogs

We’ve had our share of extremely hot temps this summer in New England. Like each year, the warnings about spending time outdoors have been made. And while it’s important to care for workers tasked to be out in the heat and the children and elderly who are especially susceptible to the rising temps, it’s just as important to remember our four-legged friends who too can become seriously ill – or worse in scorching temps.

Here are some hot weather tips to keep your dog safe.

Keep Water On Hand

Like humans, the increased heat outdoors can cause issues from sweating to sunburn and even dehydration in dogs. It’s important if you’ll be taking your dog out for activities on these extremely hot days that you keep a clean source of water available in regular supply to help keep them dehydrated and their body cool.

Understand Heatstroke in Dogs

While extreme heat may feel like a condition easily resolved by cooling off with a cold water hose down, that’s not how heat stroke works at all. It’s best to learn the signs of heatstroke and how to best address the risks to improve the situation as quickly as possible should your dog become a victim. Heavy panting and sluggishness are a few of the signs to watch for.

Add Freedom Indoors

One of the best tips dog owners can take, especially on hot summer days, is to leave their dog behind at home. Not only will they be more comfortable in their usual habitat, but the extra heat and work they will need to do to withstand that heat can take a real toll on them. Walking on burning hot asphalt, for example, isn’t exactly enjoyable. That’s not to say crating them is the best choice either.

And thanks to DogWatch it doesn’t have to be.

Enjoy some time outdoors with the kids in the yard while giving your dog the freedom and cool temps he’ll appreciate.

With an indoor pet containment system, you can set-up a perimeter around the house that is safe for your dog to be in and limits their access to those areas of your home that can be dangerous or you’d prefer he not get his curious paws into.

DogWatch of Western MA offers Hidden Dog Fence systems as well as training programs to help families take the best care of their pets. If you’re in need of indoor or outdoor hidden fences or training and are located in the Hampden, Hampshire or Franklin counties as well as the Sturbridge to Sutton Area, we’d be happy to help you and your pet gain that freedom and you some peace of mind.

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Doggy Diet: Tips to Increase Activity Time and Keep Your Pup Fit

The benefits of staying healthy and fit is something most of us are aware of today as we fight the obesity epidemic and associated health risks of carrying excessive weight and limiting physical movement. Just as this is dangerous for humans, it also puts our four-legged friends in danger.

Pet obesity rates are rising today as we spend more time at the office and less time doing outdoor activities.

Just like humans, being obese increases your pets risk for developing diabetes, blood pressure or even cancer.

While positive reinforcement certainly goes a long way to train your pets, treats can easily increase caloric intake and add to excessive weight gain in dogs. Add to this the less frequent walks and time spent outdoors in general today, and the threat increases.

Here are some tips on increasing activity time to help keep your pup fit.

Create a Schedule and Stick to It

For anyone looking to get in shape and provide their body with proper cardiovascular health, creating a schedule is the best way to work fitness into their daily routine. Just like a doctor’s appointment or business meeting, this dedicated time slot should be honored. Be sure to take your dog along for the outing so he is also getting recommended daily exercise. Depending on the breed and type of dog they may need up to two long walks per day to receive enough activity.

Give Your Dog More Freedom

Another way to increase the time your dog is up and moving about is to give them more freedom. Both indoors and outside.

Keeping your dog in a crate for the long workday is an option many people frown up. Once you build up trust in your canine companion you may find that you can leave them out of the cage for the day and provide them with some time to get up and move around.

Running free outdoors is also something most dogs love to do. Even if you don’t have a physical fence up, you can allow them freedom in both scenarios by installing invisible fencing.

Invisible Fencing Options

Setting up a safe barrier that allows your pet freedom to roam and stretch as needed while keeping them your personal property safe is a top benefit of invisible fencing.

Using wireless technology and a dog collar you can set up dedicated perimeters for the dog to stay within. Keep them out of the kitchen, your flower beds and away from danger without putting up obstructing and bulky gates.

DogWatch of Western Mass is your source for user-friendly containment systems for your dog or cat to give them freedom while keeping them safe.

Learn more about hidden dog fencing products from DogWatch.

Can Dogs Get Colds? Flu Season Isn’t Just for Humans

sick dogHumans aren’t the only ones that can catch a cold. Your dog can also feel under the weather, especially when it’s colder outside. Now, we’re taking a closer look at what may cause your dog to catch a cold, and what sort of things you can do to help your pup when they’re sick. Continue reading “Can Dogs Get Colds? Flu Season Isn’t Just for Humans”