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The Dog Treadmill – when it’s too cold/wet to go outside

In case it’s very cold and wet outside or you are not feeling well, a dog treadmill might be the right gift for both you and your dog. Of course, taking your dog out for a walk (or run) is the most ideal thing to do at least once a day, there might be circumstances when you can’t fit it in your schedule.

A dog treadmill can give a dog a great workout and ensure your dog maintains a consistent exercise regimen. Dog treadmills have been shown to provide increased muscle definition, toning, improve vitality, increase life span and help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise.

Here are a few Dog Treadmill models to check out:

The DogTread
The Small DogTread features a pet-friendly design, whisper-quiet motor and training guidelines that make it easy to train small dogs quickly. It is portable and easy to store or transport anywhere you go with your pet. Perfect for small dogs and small spaces. Includes the DogTread K9 Fitness Program with instructional DVD containing a 30 Day Step-by-Step Training Program and a 2 year warranty.
dogpacer-dog treadmill dogPACER Dog Treadmill
Made for dogs weighing from 1 to 179lbs, the dogPACER treadmill provides a more than 71″ x 16.5″ running surface, a whisper-quiet motor, patented folding technology and customized running programs. The running speed is 0.5 to 7.5 MPH and has an adjustable incline (5 – 9 Degrees). 1 year warranty on all parts and 3 years on the frame.
Go Pet Petrun Dog Treadmill GoPet Petrun For Dogs Up to 44 lbs
The PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill for dogs up to 44 lbs and is easy for your dog to climb aboard, walk and run without fear or shyness. This dog treadmill is foldable making it easy to store and features a silent driving system for quiet operation, wireless remote controls and a safety lock system. The PetRun Dog Treadmill has push button controls which provide gradual increase and decrease in speed.
GoPet PetRun PR720F Dog Treadmill GoPet PetRun Dog Treadmill for Small to Medium Dogs
The GoPet PR720F Dog Treadmill is designed for dogs up to 132 lbs. If there is a snow or thunderstorm outside, this is a great way to give your dog some exercise. It has an  air cylinder auto-fold that makes it easy to store when not in use.

GoPet also has dog treadmills for medium, large and extra large dogs (up to 175).

So if the weather is just too bad outside, go ahead and get your dog (and perhaps yourself) on a treadmill. A great way to stay in shape and still be able to eat all those holiday meals and treats!

Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Try a Slo-Bowl

Slow Feeder Dog BowlDid you just give your dog some kibble and seconds later it’s gone? Are you wondering if he inhaled it? Alas, there’s a great solution – we fell in love with the Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder, which will slow down your dog from eating too fast by turning meal time into a game.

slo-bowl labRather than chomping a meal down in a few bites, the Slo-Bowl gives your dog more of a challenge as they can’t easily access all their food at once. Your dog’s tongue will quickly learn to chase food through the Slo-Bowl maze of ridges and valleys, making dinner time feel more like a hunt.

Slo-BowlWhen your dog wolfs down his food, he is also swallowing a large amount of air. This can result in burping or farting, however you probably would prefer your dog to do less of that. By prolonging feeding times, Slo-Bowls also reduce the risks for bloat, regurgitation, and canine obesity.

Dogs love playing and eating so we’re quite sure your speed-eating dog will love the Slo-Bowl. It comes in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. The rubber-molded foundation reduces sliding and food spillage. It also has great reviews and is a top seller on Amazon.

Canine Flu – Be Aware and Protect Your Dog

canine fluRecently, there’s been a “bug” circulating around the neighborhood dogs and it was believed to be kennel cough (i.e. bordetella). However, with the number of dogs it affected in such a short amount of time, tests were made and the “bug” is kennel cough caused by canine flu (aka canine influenza), which is highly infectious. According to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, kennel cough can be caused by numerous organisms and frequently occur concurrently (e.g. bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza virus, advenovirus type 2 and canine influenza, distemper, reovirus).

canine fluIf your dog has not been vaccinated against canine flu, then your dog will have zero immunity towards this virus. Of course, no flu vaccine is a 100% guarantee you won’t get the flu (just like the human flu vaccine), but it’s better than zero defense. While this might not be going on in your neighborhood (yet), we thought it would be good to update everyone to help keep your dogs safe and healthy.

If your dog frequents doggie daycares, dog parks, or any other locations where dogs play and hang out, you might want to have a discussion with your vet and consider getting your dog vaccinated. I just made an appointment today to get my dog, Kobi, vaccinated and apparently it’s a two shot treatment. Kobi will get a flu shot today and then we’ll go back in 3 weeks for the next round.

sick dogUnfortunately, a friend’s dog caught the canine flu. We thought it would be helpful to let you know how it ran its course. They first had their dog (we’ll call her Bella) on antibiotics, which was possibly more preventative than reactive, but was suggested by their vet. Bella’s parents kept her away from other dogs to prevent spreading the virus. To be safe, if your dog catches the flu, they should not be in contact with other dogs for at least 7 days after symptoms have resolved. The flu virus can also take up to 10 days to gestate and your dog may not show symptoms for over a week.

sick dogBella had a nasty cough (sounded like choking), which lasted about a week. The cough got worse before it got better and it was horrible sounding. Bella’s parents gave her honey, to try and coat the throat a bit (mixed reviews on this, but regardless she loved it) and gave her a couple of spoons of coconut oil with her food (a natural anti-viral). They also gave her lots of water, including luke-warm chamomile tea as it apparently reduces stomach spasms from the cough and made her drink lots. They also cut back on the length of Bella’s walks, much to Bella’s annoyance.

After 7-8 days from presenting signs, Bella was no longer coughing and had a lot more energy. She is back to playing, chasing and chewing her toy duck and was bouncing around on their walks. We’re so happy Bella’s feeling better!!!

Thanks to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, Fetch Club and Downtown Dog NYC for keeping us up-to-date on canine health issues in the NYC area!

Hot Weather Tips for Your Dog

summer dog

It’s great to spend time with your dog outside. Just remember to take some simple precautions to help prevent your dog from overheating during the hot weather. Here are our Hot Weather Tips for Your Dog:

Hydrate

Make sure to bring water with you – not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out these water bottles for dogs.

Shade

Look for a shady place for your dog so they can get out of the sun and cool down.
water bottle

Street Smarts

When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog walk on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly, and its sensitive paw pads can burn.

Not sure if it’s hot? Well if it’s too hot for your foot, it’s probably too hot for your dogs. Press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds to verify it will be comfortable for your dog. The last thing anyone wants is for your dog to burn his paws.

ruffwear cooling coat

cooling coat

If you live in an area where the ground is always scorching hot, consider getting your dog some dog booties for hot weather.

Exercise

Try to exercise dogs in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are lower. If your dog quickly overheats, you might want to try out a cooling coat.

Water Activities

Dogs, like people, often love to get wet when it’s hot outside. Make sure to introduce your dog to water gradually and don’t leave them unsupervised around a pool as not all dogs are good swimmers and they should not drink pool water, which can be toxic.

Summer dogDogs should wear a flotation device when on boats (just like us humans do). Never take your dog to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for them to drink. Consider having your dog wear doggles to protect their eyes.

Remember to rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from their coat.

Sunscreen

sunscreen for dogsSunburn is a hazard for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-safe sunscreen to protect your dog from the sun’s harming rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog – the layers of dogs coats can protect them from sunburn.

Warning Signs

If you find your dog excessively panting or just not wanting to exercise or walk as they normally would, your dog might be overheating. Try to get them out of the sun and preferably in an air conditioned room asap.

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car!!!

NEVER leave your animals (or children) alone in a parked vehicle. A parked car can become an oven and easily lead to fatal heat stroke for pets and children. Please keep them at home if you can’t bring them with you.

Now that you have the tips – go outside with your best friend and enjoy a great, safe summer!