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.

How to Recognize Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | November 19, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

You know about the signs of cancer your doctor tells you to watch out for, but do you know the signs to watch for in your pets? Cancer is just as common in cats and dogs as it is humans. Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling, so we as pet owners have to be observant. Here are some signs to lookout for:


• Lumps, tumors, or unusual growths: A lump isn’t automatically a cause for alarm because tumors aren’t always cancerous. However, a veterinarian should check any lump you find on your pet to ensure it’s not cancer. You can perform a monthly “lump check” to keep track of any changes.

• Weight loss/appetite change: This is one of the first signs that is important to pay attention to. If there is no change in diet or food, but your pet’s eating behavior has changed, and they aren’t eating their food, have them checked out by your vet. Weight loss can indicate a possible tumor in the stomach.

• New behaviors: Cancer can cause changes in your pet’s behavior, such as coughing or heavy breathing, lethargy, and the like. If you notice your pet’s personality change, take precaution and visit your vet. You don’t want to let something go unnoticed or progress too far before action is taken.


Again, early detection is extremely important. While there is no reason to be paranoid, be sure to stay informed, keep your eyes open, pet your dog and cat all over to check for bumps, and see your family veterinarian regularly for checkups. If you have any questions, call Central Bark today for more information!

How to Have a Safe Halloween with Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | October 11, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Halloween is a fun, exciting time of the year as children dress up and parade around neighborhoods seeking candy. However, it’s also a time to use precaution when it comes to our pets during the commotion of the holiday. To ensure that both your children and dogs enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:


• Trick-or-treat candy is not for pets. All forms of chocolate are extremely dangerous to our pet’s health, and can even be lethal. Any Halloween candy with chocolate and artificial sweeteners should be kept in a safe place where your pets cannot reach it.

• Be careful with pet costumes. If you choose to dress up your pets, it’s best to go for a simple approach. Try to avoid elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, or belts as pets can become tangled in it and can have difficulty walking.

• Halloween decorations can be dangerous. If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you will be displaying and where those decorations will be placed. Easy to reach decorations can easily be knocked over or can potentially lead to choking hazards, so be mindful on where you choose to put your decorations.

• Take the Right Precautions: If your pet tends to get skittish around large groups of people, you’re going to want to do some stress control beforehand. Make sure they have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat away from the commotion. Inform your guests ahead of time that you have pets, and let them know if your pets are not so keen on lots of attention and cuddling.

If you have any additional questions about pet safety during Halloween, please give us a call and we’d be happy to help!

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | September 21, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

All pet parents want to keep their furry family members healthy. You may not have complete control over certain health illnesses, but by following these tips below, you can help ensure the long-term health and happiness of your dog.



  • Expert Veterinary Care: It’s crucial to bring your pet to a high-quality veterinarian because this sets the foundation of your dog’s overall health. Routine wellness checkups should be performed by your vet at least once a year. Senior dogs and puppies should visit a vet even more frequently. Routine visits to your vet allow them to closely monitor changes before your dog’s health gets out of your control. Since dogs age much quicker than humans, many subtle changes can develop over a six to twelve month time period.
  • Proper Nutrition: A balanced diet is fundamental in keeping your dog healthy. Like people, diet has a direct effect on your dog’s skin, coat, weight, and energy level. Be sure to research the ingredients of dog food before you buy it, or learn how to make a homemade diet!
  • Consistent Exercise: If you’re feeding your dog a healthy diet, they should have plenty of energy. However, if that energy cannot be released with exercise, your dog might release pent up energy on your furniture, items, or carpet. In general, dogs need at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day, and if you don’t have the time to bring your dog on a walk – consider dog daycare! Here at Central Bark, we’ll provide the proper level of exercise needed for a happy and healthy pooch.


Prevention is the greatest cure, so be sure to follow the tips above to guarantee your dog lives happily and healthily. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | September 17, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Daycare, Dog Health

Just like us, dogs need regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy. How much exercise your dog needs can depend on breed, age, size, and more. Some dogs are fine with a daily walk, but others need more vigorous activity. Here are three common signs that your dog may not be getting enough exercise:


• Weight Gain: Weight gain is one of the most obvious signs that your dog needs more exercise. If you notice your dog has gained a few pounds, you might want to consider increasing their amount of physical activity every day. It’s also important to take into consideration your dog’s diet to be sure you’re not over feeding either.
• Destructive Behavior: If your dog starts destroying items in your home, or is acting out of character, it may be a sign that they need more physical activity. Specific behaviors to watch out for are chewing on shoes or furniture, getting into the trash, and increased aggression towards other pets and people.
• Hyperactivity: If your dog gets over-excited when you take out his leash or when you’re about to head out the door, it may be a sign that he is restless and needs more physical activity. Excessive leash pulling is also a sign that your dog needs to burn more energy, so be aware of these signs!

Since our dogs spend a lot of their time in the house, it’s up to us to make sure they’re getting the daily exercise and play they need to stay healthy. Exercise has many benefits which include:

• Keeping your dog healthy and fit
• Controlling your dog’s weight
• Reducing behavior problems
• Keeping your dog happy
• Reducing digestive issues

You can make sure your dog is getting all the exercise he needs by bringing him to Central Bark! Your dog is certain to have a fun-filled day of activity playing, chasing, tugging or just hanging out with their pals, dogs of all ages will feel right at home in our huge backyard. Contact us today to book your dog’s next visit!

Why You Should Go to a Professional for Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 17, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Dog grooming is essential for both your dog’s appearance and health. While many people try to groom their pet on their own, there are several reasons why you should take your pet to a professional dog groomer.

They Have Better Products

You should take your dog to a professional dog groomer because they will use high-quality products. A dog groomer will have access to some of the best and healthiest shampoos, soaps, and other grooming products on the market. In many situations, it may be too expensive for the average consumer to buy these on their own. However, you will get to take advantage of these products if you take your pet to a professional.

Quality Service

Another reason why you should take your dog to a professional is that you will receive better overall service than if you have to do it on your own. Grooming a dog can be a very challenging thing to do on your own. A professional will know exactly how to keep your dog calm and patient during the process and will be able to effectively clean and groom your dog. Ultimately, this will result in a cleaner and happier pet.

Issue Identification

A professional dog groomer will be able to identify issues and concerns that you may not have noticed yourself. A groomer will be able to notice areas of health concern that you can then discuss with your veterinarian. This could result in catching an illness or other health issue before it develops into a more serious condition.

They Have The Right Tools

You certainly don’t want to use your own electric razors or scissors to groom your dog! Professional groomers have all the right tools to get your dog looking his best, from different nail clippers to an adjustable grooming table.

Here at Central Bark, we create a customized treatment and care routine based off your dog’s individual needs. Call us today to schedule your dog’s next grooming appointment!

Cookouts, Food, and Pet Safety

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | July 26, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Summer feels like it’s flying by! It’s a great time to sit back, relax, and get outdoors to enjoy cookouts with family, friends – and pets! While we’re outside enjoying the marvelous weather and our favorite summer foods, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of our tasty treats aren’t healthy for our furry friends and can pose serious health risks. Even simple ingredients, like onions or guacamole, can be dangerous to our pets’ health. Before you fire up the grill, here are some tips for ensuring a successful and safe cookout with your dog:

— Don’t give your dog too many scraps: It’s easy to fall victim to those puppy-dog eyes, but it’s important to be sure you’re not giving your dog too many “treats” during your cookout. Not only can it upset your dog’s stomach, but it’s possible for your dog to choke on certain scraps like bone-in chicken wings.

— Pay attention to your dog: Pay attention to your dog’s behavior to ensure they aren’t getting too tired, hot, or over-excited during the barbecue. With a lot of people around, your dog can become antsy or aggressive, so you may want to consider bringing them inside for a while. While your dog is outside, be sure to check that he or she has enough water – especially during a hot sunny day.

— Keep the grill away from pets: Be sure your dog is far away from the grill at all times, especially when guests are playing with him or her. One misstep can seriously injury the dog, your guest, or both.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

How to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

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

Summer is finally here and we’re excited to be doing our favorite activities outdoors. Summer is the best time of year to be out and about enjoying all that the season has to offer. However, the heat can be dangerous for our fur-covered loved ones if we aren’t being careful. We want to help you make this summer safe and fun for all of your four-legged family members. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat this summer:

 
• Brush it out: If your dog sheds, this is the time that most dogs will begin to lose their undercoat. The undercoat is the wooly fur that keeps dogs warm during the winter. In order to keep your dog cool, you need to brush them so that their coat doesn’t become tangled or matted. If you don’t usually groom your dog yourself, be sure to schedule a dog grooming appointment!

• Never leave your dog in a car unattended: Your dog should never be left in a car during the summer or during high temperatures for any length of time; even if you’re running into the store for 5 minutes. Rolling down the windows are not enough to protect your dogs from the humidity and heat. They can easily overheat, and possibly have a heat stroke.
• Make frozen treats: Frozen treats are a fun and easy way to keep your dog cool over the summer. You can use common food items such as peanut butter or dog food.
• Plan ahead: Be sure to check the weather prior to spending the day outside with your dog. You don’t want to exert your dog during outside activities. If temperatures are out of control, it’s best to leave them at home. If you decide to take them with you, watch for heavy panting, weak legs, and slower movements. Remember, if your dog is having fun they’ll try to power through the heat, but you’ll know best! Be sure to bring water with you as well – if possible frozen water bottles.

The most important thing to do is enjoy the summer! If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

How to Prevent Your Dog from Getting Fleas and Ticks

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | June 5, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Now that the warmer months are here, so are ticks and fleas in abundance. Your dog’s warm fur provides the perfect home for fleas and ticks. If their fur is on the longer side, your groomer may be the one to first discover the parasite’s presence.

While they are tiny, these pests can cause skin discomfort and spread disease when they come in contact with your dog. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to minimize their opportunities for contact.

 

Spot TreatPurebred Golden Retriever dog outdoors on a sunny summer day.ments & Medication

Topical spot treatment products are effective at keeping ticks and fleas at bay for about a month. There are also oral medications that kill ticks and disrupt the life cycle of fleas. Using a shampoo or powder with medicated ingredients is also a good option, though it will need to be applied fairly frequently.

Consult your groomer and veterinarian before choosing any medicated product for your dog, as there are many on the market to choose from.

 

Lawn Maintenance

Animals such as skunks, opossums, raccoons, and coyotes can deposit flea eggs into your yard. Try to discourage local animal wildlife from trespassing on your lawn by installing a fence, planting garlic, or spraying a non-toxic repellant.

Ticks thrive in moist, wooded, grassy areas. To deter them from taking up residence in your yard, be sure to keep your lawn mowed, remove leaf litter accumulations, and prune all shrubs and trees.

 

Consistent Checks

Your dog cannot protect themselves against fleas, so it’s up to you to keep an eye out for them. Turn them onto their back and check the warm and protected areas of their body. Fleas are approximately ¼ inch in length and red-ish brown in color.

Inspect your dog for ticks by checking between the toes, inside the ears, between the legs, around the neck, and deep into the fur. Look for a brownish insect about 2-6 millimeters long with a flattened oval shape. If you find a tick before it attaches, you’ve prevented a potentially serious illness. Immediately remove the tick by its head and dispose of it.

 

Grooming on a regular basis not only helps your dog avoid ticks and fleas altogether, but it increases the chances of early detection of the dangerous diseases they carry. Contact Central Bark to schedule an appointment today!

How Daycare Benefits Dogs

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Daycare, Dog Health, Dog Socialization

As a pet owner, we know how important it is to you to give your dog the care and attention they deserve! However, if your dog spends a lot of time at home alone during the day while you’re at work, they might not be getting the attention or care they need.

Dog daycare provides mental and physical forms of development. It makes your dog feel like they are included and part of the pack, like they have a purpose and somewhere to be. Dog daycare has many benefits for your furry family member, and here at Central Bark we treat all of our guests with the care and attention they deserve. Here are some benefits of dog daycare:

  1. It provides a routine. Dogs tend to like routine and are creatures of habit. Bringing your dog to daycare will help provide and maintain a daily routine of walks, exercises, and playtime.
  2. Your dog will be calmer when they return home. Your dog will be busy all day playing and exercising with other dogs, so most likely at the end of the day he’ll be really tired! You’ll have peace of mind knowing your dog wasn’t waiting for you to come home all day. Additionally, you’ll know he hasn’t been bored, which is one of the main reasons why dogs tend to misbehave.
  3. They will experience constant interaction. During the day, while you’re at work, your dog will be enjoying the company of our staff all day long! Our staff will learn what your dog enjoys so we can keep them amused and safely entertained all day long!
  4. You won’t have to worry about rushing home from work to let your dog out. When your dog is spending the day at Central Bark, you don’t have to worry about if he’s hungry or if he needs to go to the bathroom. Our trained professionals will take care of all your dog’s needs and will monitor play and the interactions between dogs.

The benefits of dog daycare are endless! Having friends is important to everyone. Here at Central Bark, we can provide a safe and interactive place to play for you dog. Call us today to book a reservation!

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