Next week is the 4th of July, which unofficially starts our Northwest summer off with a BANG! As beautiful as these fireworks are they can be extremely stressful for our dogs but there are things we can do to help them through it. Every dog is different and the amount of care you need to give them depends on how anxious fireworks make them. The remedies to keep them calm can range from sitting with them and giving a good scratch to veterinarian prescribed anxiety medication. Below are some tools to help you and your dog enjoy the holiday festivities:
- Sit with your dog
- Bach’s Rescue Remedy (sold at Jax)
- Melatonin (3-6 mg every 8-12 hours)
- DAP Diffuser (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)
- Xanax & Valium (vet prescribed)
Make sure your dog has a well-fitting collar with an ID tag just in case they get lose you can be contacted easily. Microchipping is also a cost-effective way to make sure your dog can be identified if their collar comes off. A vet can do a quick scan to get the information from the chip and get your pet back to you safely.
Along with the beautiful Seattle weather, hotter temperatures come too. Not only does the sunshine heat our four legged friends up quickly, they can also burn their paws on the asphalt. Did you know that at an outside temperature of 77 degrees, asphalt in direct sun can be as hot as 125 degrees? Avoid walking your dog during the peak heat times of the day – with the extended daylight hours getting out for a walk after dinner is a great way to unwind, digest dinner and enjoy a sunset walk. A fun activity for your pet during the days is to freeze one of their favorite toys in watered down beef or chicken bouillon. They will stay hydrated and keep busy trying to get at a toy.
We hope everyone has a safe wonderful holiday weekend! If your dog happens to ingest fireworks or anything that could be poisonous to them – call ASPCA’s poison control hotline at 888-426-4435. It is also good to know your local vet’s phone number and hours in case of a pet emergency.
We hope these tips help you and your pet have a successful summer! Don’t forget to stop into our store for any pet products you might need to make the summer enjoyable for your dog. We have everything from water toys, water bottles, bathing/grooming products to stylish collars.
April showers bring May flowers…and HOPEFULLY some more sunshine to the PNW. If you’re like most of us around here, you’re getting a little stir crazy from the rain. As many of you have heard, through the winter months we have been hard at work at Jax Dog Drop preparing to open a second location. We are very excited to open this location in Redmond, WA in a few weeks. Once construction is closer to completion we will update on a target opening date and Grand Opening Celebration!
With the longer days, comes more time outside. This is a good opportunity to check your yard and locate any possible poisonous or hazardous items to your pet. Make sure to keep fertilizer, rodent repellent and sprays out of reach from your four legged friend. Even a tiny amount of poison can be deadly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Warmer weather also is when bugs begin to emerge. Make sure to stay up-to-date on medications to ensure your pet stays safe from insects and parasites. After time outside or in the woods, it’s good to do a quick inspection that no insects or ticks have attached themselves to your dog. If you do find a tick, here’s some quick steps to remove it.
- Wearing gloves and using a pair of tick removing tweezers, grab the tick as close to your pet's skin as you can. Pull straight up in a swift movement, making sure not to grip too hard.
- Place the tick in a screw-top jar containing some rubbing alcohol. Screw on the lid.
- Disinfect the bite site on your pet. Wash your hands thoroughly, and disinfect all tools that came in contact with the tick.
- Monitor the bite site. If it is still inflamed after a week or so, bring your pet and the tick in to the veterinarian for examination.
A fun event to look into if you like baseball; the Mariner’s are hosting three nights where you can bring your dog to a baseball game! Staff from Jax are going to the July 6th game and would love to see some of our friends join. If you’re worried about your dog behaving for the game, just bring them to daycare the day of the game so they will be tired and happy to be at a game with you. Additional information and tickets can be found here: http://m.mlb.com/mariners/tickets/group/barkatthepark.
We’d love to see what activities you are doing with your dog this spring. Share photos with us on our Facebook page!