So as we and our dogs are making changes in our daily lives to social distance ourselves to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, I want to thank all of the veterinarians that remain open with minimal staff risking their own potential health for our pets’ health!
I continuously receive updates from my veterinarian clinic, Davisville Park Animal Hospital, on what they are doing to try to continue to stay open safely to provide care for pets that are in need of appointments for urgent matters.
So spring is around the corner. And you can’t wait to let your dog out into the backyard to stretch his legs after a long winter! Now is the time to take action to prevent fleas, ticks and heartworm that would bring discomfort and disease to your dog!
It’s early in the season. But on March 5th I already took my dog to my vet to have her heartworm bloodwork done. And I bought the initial 3 months of Nexgard flea and tick prevention treatment. So I gave my dog the flea and tick prevention medication that same day. And I also bought the product to start on June 1st to prevent heartworm.
Find out what coat Judy wears to keep her warm in the deep freeze.
My Dog Walking Winter Coat is Exceptionally Cosy & Warm
So as I mentioned in my earlier blog, Dog Friendly TallyHo Inn… dogs are welcomed!, I promised that I would tell you about my best-ever dog walking winter coat! In all my years walking dogs in freezing temperatures, I have never found one that kept me warmer. So that’s what this post is all about!
My coat brand name is Tempo Equestrian. I bought it and a number of other outerwear and activewear pieces at Green Hawk, a Canadian nationwide retailer to the horsey set. And Tempo Equestrian is their store’s house brand.
So now I feel it’s really important to discuss what you can do to find your dog if he or she should become lost. One of the most common ways dogs go missing is they dart out of your vehicle after you park and open the door. And as I detailed in a recent blog about crash tested car transport crates, it is best to restrain your dog in your car so that he doesn’t get the chance to escape. But in the worse case scenario that your dog gets lost, a pet microchip can mean the difference between life and death for your dog, and is also how your beloved animal can be returned to you.
We all want to make sure our dog comes home as fast as possible if he gets lost!
Have you ever wished you could find that perfect, relaxing home-away-from-home to take a much-needed winter break? And what if that place would not only welcome you, but would allow your dog to stay too? Last week my husband and I stayed at the dog-friendly Tallyho Inn, near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. We enjoyed a week in the peaceful winter wonderland, exploring by day and cuddling up in our cozy cottage by night, all three of us, husband, dog and I tuckered out from being in the fresh country air. We have stayed there many times in the winter over the years because the cottages are lovely and totally comfortable, and most importantly, dogs are honoured guests too! Our dog Roxy gets excited as soon as we turn off the highway towards the resort!
Read about my recommended crash tested dog car transport crates.
Whether you’re going on road trips with your dog to the local park or to a far destination, it’s important to keep your dog safe in the car. Although it is possible to find specially designed harnesses to seatbelt your dog in the car, they are not ideal. When you must hit the brakes with force in an emergency, the harness will be pulled back into the dog’s front chest and can cause injury.
These are actual dog crates that I keep in my car all of the time so that I’m always ready for a road trip. These crash-tested dog crates are by the brand name Variocage. Variocage dog crates come in many sizes to fit most car models (even for large dogs), and the Canadian distributor, Brave Point Kennels, provides incredible service. They help you to determine which model and size of crate will meet your needs. Norm LeCouvie, the owner of Brave Point Kennels, coached me on how to measure the cargo area of my Kia Soul in order to fit two crates: one for my mini poodle and one for another small dog that I need to transport for my dog walking and boarding service.
Our dogs have to cope with potential frost bite as much as we do. In 2018 we had a record continuous cold spell in Toronto with -40c windchill for over 6 weeks, so I searched on line for a dog hat to keep my mini poodle’s ears from frost bite. And although we have been lucky so far this winter, I’m sure some of you are living in deep freeze regions and want to make sure your dog is sufficiently warm! Keep your dog cosy in dog hats by Schnitzel dog hats and dog coats by RC Pets, Chilly Dog, and DogGone Smart Aspen Parka.
Continue reading to learn about my favourite brand of dog hats and dog coats.
Does your dog like to get into the bathroom trash bin to pull out and chew up soiled tissue? Oh the fun they have doing this! And, always when you are not there to prevent the mess! Well, my dog was the master tissue bandit! And I found the perfect dog proof trash bin to solve the problem.