Winter Weather Safety Tips For Your Dog

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | December 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Winter is quickly approaching, which means temperatures are dropping below freezing. While some dogs have thick coats designed to withstand cold temperatures, others have thin coats that don’t keep them very warm. When it comes to spending time outside this winter with your pup, use your best judgment. Take into consideration the thickness of your dog’s coat and his age, as puppies and senior dogs have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Remember these tips to keep your dog safe this winter:

• Keep an eye out for rock salt and antifreeze. During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals that are used for snow, including salt, antifreeze, and deicers. Be sure to wipe down your dog’s paws when you return from your walk to prevent them from licking it off and becoming sick.
• Be mindful about dog grooming. If your dog is long-haired, it’s best to trim the hair to minimize clinging ice balls, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals that can dry on skin. A longer coat will provide more warmth in the winter, so don’t shave your dog down to the skin. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting a coat or sweater for winter wear.
• Protect their paws. Massaging Vaseline or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect your dog’s paws from becoming flaky, dry, or itchy.
• Limit your dog’s time outside. Of course we love seeing our dogs play in the snow, but too much time outside could cause frostbite, especially on delicate earflaps and tail tips. Be mindful of how much time your dog is spending outside during the extreme cold, and try to limit time in extreme temperatures.

A good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you in your winter coat, it’s too cold for your dog! If you have any additional questions, please contact Central Bark.

Great Gift Ideas for Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | December 11, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

You can’t let the holidays pass by without surprising your furry family member with a gift too! In case your dog wasn’t spoiled enough, check out these awesome gifts to bring a little joy into the lives of your favorite pet.

Embark Dog DNA Test. Dig into your dog’s background for the gift of a lifetime with the Embark DNA test. The test results will show you statistics including breed, genetics, traits, and relatives!
• Rope Toys. Rope toys are easy to grip onto and are great to use for tug or fetch. They come in all different sizes, making them great for small, medium, and large sized dogs. They can also be used to help teething puppies by redirecting their biting – but remember to keep an eye on them since they can get ripped apart.
• Heated Dog Bed. As we approach winter and the days continue to get colder, your dog will definitely enjoy a warm bed to cozy up on when it’s bedtime. Most dogs will be able to enjoy the therapeutic heat from a heated dog bed!
Pet Peek Window. Dogs are curious creatures. They want to see what’s going on in the world. Give them their own point of view with this special window for the fence.

The team here at Central Bark truly feels that you and your pets are members of our family, and we value the trust you place in allowing us to take care of your pets. Contact us today to schedule a dog boarding or daycare appointment during the holidays – we’re booking up quickly. Happy Holidays!