The holidays are a time of fun, feasting and family, but it's important to keep in mind a few helpful hints to keep your furry family safe. Remember that poinsettias, holly and mistletoe are toxic to dogs, and all types of lily should be avoided as well. Make sure your dogs don’t ingest them or [...]
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If the asphalt is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Avoid walking in the heat. Never leave your dog in a car. The heat magnifies and can get too hot quickly. Dogs with flat faces or who are overweight, elderly, or sick should stay inside in the air-conditioning.
Walking your dog is good exercise for you and your dog. In the city, using a leash is recommended. People will be more comfortable, and your dog will be safer from cars and the possibility of being spooked and running off. Off-leash walking is great when hiking outside of the city. Out in the wilderness, [...]
Don't let your child get in a dog's space, no tugging of hair, tails or ears. Reading the signals, not all dogs like to be hugged and kissed. So many dogs go the shelter because they snapped or bit a child, but truly the owners missed the dog saying no and allowed the child to [...]
Dog socialization involves making your dog comfortable with a variety of people and circumstances. Usually started when they’re puppies, it’s good to continue introducing your dog to new things throughout his life. Focus on positive interactions. Let them get to know different kinds of people, dogs, and cats. Introduce them to the neighborhood, to woods [...]
In addition to going on a walk, dogs with a lot of energy will enjoy using a treadmill. If you try this out at home, always watch your dog to make sure he isn’t getting tired. Start with a five- or ten-minute walk and go from there. At Escape Canine Retreat, we believe that [...]
Most animals need only what are known as corevaccines: those that protect against the most common and most serious diseases. In dogs, the corevaccines are distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis and rabies. Lets educate ourselves on "Titer Testing".