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!
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 Treatments & 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.
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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
Here at Central Bark, we know grooming your pet is essential for various reasons. The benefits of dog grooming extend far beyond just making your dog look pretty! Here are four reasons why you should regularly groom your dog:
Detection of Parasites or Fleas. Professional groomers are very familiar with canine anatomy, so they can easily detect fleas, ticks, and other skin problems. They’ll check your pets coat for fleas, the ears for ear mites, and other parasites that might not be visible to you. With access to a variety of products, the groomer can tailor your pet’s skin care regimen to their specific needs in regards to these types of issues. They also have the appropriate grooming supplies from long-hair or short-hair breeds and will know what type of hair brush to use.
Grooming can add a pep in your pup’s step. Grooming can go a long way in improving your dog’s mood. Matted fur, long nails, and hair that is too long can make for a grumpy pet. For example, if your dog’s hair has grown too long around their eyes and is impairing their vision, your dog may be more fearful and aggressive simply because they can’t see well. Professional dog groomers know exactly how to make sure your dog looks great without causing any injuries.
You will be alerted to warning signs. There are many signs, especially on the skin or in the mouth or ears of your dog that may be indicative of an infection or other illnesses. Professional groomers usually know the warning signs and can alert you if they notice any abnormalities such as lumps, rashes, and bald patching. Additionally they might be able to detect early warning signs of illnesses before things get serious.
Grooming can help you control shedding. Shedding is a major issue that a lot of pet owners face. This issue can be easily remedied with regular dog grooming. While shedding cannot be completely avoided, by brushing your dog daily and giving them frequent baths with specific shampoo, you can help cut back on the amount they shed. It’s important to regularly brush your dog because the brush stimulates oil producing glands in the skin that keep it healthy and hanging onto hair longer.
Grooming doesn’t just serve the purpose of making your dog smell good and look pretty! With all of this in mind, put down those clippers and make an appointment with Central Bark– your furry family member will thank you for it!
Having dirty, smelly teeth is nothing to smile about! February is National Pet Dental Month, which reminds us to clean our pet’s teeth and bring them in for dental services. Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by other health issues. So, your pet’s teeth should be cleaned at least once a year by your certified veterinarian to check for early signs of problems and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can progress to painful inflammation and gum disease.
Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn’t brush them daily! The same thing happens to your pets. Plaque builds up and the bacteria can infect the gum tissue and even the roots of teeth, which will result in tooth loss. This doesn’t just affect your pet’s oral health. Bacteria can travel though the bloodstream from vessels near the gums. This puts other organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, in risk of also getting an infection, which can shorten the lives of our pets. Here are some symptoms of dental disease to look out for:
This is one of the first signs of dental disease. You should try to brush your pet’s teeth two to three times a week to prevent this from happening! Eventually your pet’s oral hygiene will become as standard as a brushing or grooming. But, if this problem persists make sure to visit your vet.
Lack of appetite or decreased eating
If you notice your pet hasn’t been eating as much, you should check to make sure there’s no inflammation or redness in their mouth. The bacteria in plaque cause our pet’s immune system to recognize it as foreign, which could lead to other health complications.
Pain when your pet eats
If your pet is experiencing pain when they eat, you may need to bring them to a vet immediately. They may need a tooth removed in order to be able to eat regularly again.
This is caused by the buildup of bacteria latching onto gum tissue. If you regularly inspect your pet’s gums for signs of inflammation or redness, you can prevent them from getting gingivitis.
If your pet displays any of these symptoms, they may have a serious dental issue that should be handled immediately. But remember – most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where it’s harder to see. So, the best way to ensure that your pet doesn’t experience dental disease or dental problems is to prevent it!
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home is the most effective way to keep their teeth healthy between visits to the veterinarian. Daily brushing is recommended, but isn’t always plausible so brushing two to three times a week is effective as well. Brushing your pet’s teeth can go a long way. Some pet’s may resist brushing at first, but will eventually accept it, especially if you start a routine at a young age.
Malnutrition can affect your pet’s teeth and gums too. Buying the proper food is important for your pet’s overall health, but also very important for a healthy mouth. Speak with your veterinarian about suggestions of the best chow to feed your pet.
While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year round! Questions? Contact Central Bark today for more information.
I used to hate trimming my dogs nails. Lucy would scream if she even saw the nail clippers! When I got my second dog, a puppy named Charlie, I was determined to do something, so I called Central Bark and spoke with one of their groomers. Andrea has over fifteen years of experience in dog grooming and was happy to help me out explaining the importance of keeping a dogs nails trimmed regularly for optimum health.
She started me with a few quick tips:
* Play with, hold, and touch Charlie’s feet often to get him used to being handled.
* Start trimming Charlie’s nails while he is young.
* Take my time, even if it means only clipping one nail a day.
* Clip a small amount at a time to avoid the quick.
* If I have serious problems, or don’t feel comfortable, let a professional do it.
She reminded me of all the dangers of long nails:
* They can easily catch on things and break or tear.
* Long nails are prone to infection and disfiguration.
* In extreme cases the joints in the toe, ankle, and elbow can be damaged.
She went on to explain just how a nail trim works. The quick is the blood supply that runs under the nail. The goal is to clip right up against it being careful not to nick it. Traditional clippers give the nail a blunt edge but get the job done. A nail grinder (like a Dremel) can get a lot closer and round out the edge of the nail making it much smoother. She told me how Lucy’s nails had gone too long without a nail trim so using a Dremel to get close and trimming her nails about every 2 weeks would help the quick recede back to its normal length.
After playing with Charlie and Lucy’s feet regularly I can finally get a nail or two clipped a day. It’s a slow but sure progress. And Charlie doesn’t mind them at all. He looks forward to the belly rubs he gets during them. I still have them done when we go in for our grooming appointments at Central Bark in Seattle since it is part of their grooming process. Thanks Andrea, and Central Bark, for all your help and care!
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The sun is finally shining, bees are buzzing and flowers are blooming. Our incredibly wet Seattle winter has turned into spring and here at Central Bark we could not be more excited for the warmer weather. Spring also prompts us to spend more time in our yard or the outdoors but this also exposes some unexpected health risks to our dogs if they ingest plants. With April being National Pet First Aid Awareness Month as well as Lawn and Garden Month, here’s a list of common toxic plants to keep an eye out for in your yard and gardens.
Flowers are beautiful to look at but they can be toxic if ingested by our dogs, here’s a list of toxic plants that might be in your yard or garden:
Lily of the Valley
Do you have a fruit trees or vegetable/herb garden? Below are some of the toxic (if ingested) plants to look out for:
Apricots*/Plums*/Peach*/Cherry* (stem, leaves and seeds)
Apples*/Cranberries (stem, leaves and seeds)
Sweet Potato Vine
*These fruits do contain pits/seeds; in addition to being toxic they can cause intestinal obstructions if ingested depending on size of pit and dog.
This isn’t a complete list of all the toxic plants to dogs, if you want more check out ASPCA’s extensive list which includes pictures, the toxic component and the scientific name of all the plants.