Pet Tips - K9 Fit Club

June 8, 2019

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

  • Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
    • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
    • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
    • Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!

Tips for Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated.

Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.

Make sure your livestock has the following to help prevent cold-weather problems:

  • Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds
  • Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions
  • Plenty of food and water

July 22, 2013

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Don’t try to put your dog on a very dangerous situation that you will regret at the end. If you are one of the cruel owners who leave their dogs inside a car in the middle of summer heat, then you must realize that leaving them in there is like putting them inside a hot oven. Your dog is not strong enough to endure severe summer heat accumulated inside a car with windows barely cracked. Temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in just few minutes. Your dog will suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

Authorities have already advised pet owners not to leave their pets inside their car no matter how quick or long they will be gone. As much as possible, they are advised to leave pets at home instead. If you really must take your dog with you, make sure that you take extra precautions. There is no exact time and amount of heat that dogs can tolerate. Dogs are very vulnerable to heat. They have limited abilities to control their body temperature in a close area with high humidity. Leaving pets inside cars is not only dangerous but also illegal. You can be prosecuted for leaving pets under conditions that could endanger their health and well-being. Such crime imposes proper sanctions and penalties.

As an owner, you must also know what to do when your dog is exposed to high temperature.

  • Look for signs of heat stress

First, observe if your pet is showing symptoms of heat stress. Heavy panting, unsteadiness, glazed eyes, staggering gait, rapid pulse vomiting, and red or purple tongue are the symptoms of heat stress. Find your pet a comfortable and cool place to be relieved. If cooling is not enough to make the dog’s condition stable, immediately rush the animal to a veterinarian.

  • Move the animal to a cooler area

Lower the animal’s body temperature by applying cold water all over the face and body. Wet towels placed at the back of the animal’s neck, armpits, and groin area is very helpful. You can also wet the paws and ear flaps with cold water. For fast evaporative cooling, you may direct a fan on the wet areas.

Let the dog refresh by drinking cool water. Offer your dog a drink if he/she is alert and wants to drink. But do not force the animal to drink.

  • Take your dog immediately to a veterinarian

There are pet health concerns that only veterinarians can manage. If you know nothing about giving cure for such case, it is better to rush the animal to a pet clinic.

If you see a pet left in a car, exhibiting signs of heat stress, call the local animal care and police department. Take down the vehicles information including model, color, and tag number. If the dog’s life is at danger, find a witness who can back you up and remove the animal immediately out from the car. Do not leave the scene until authorities arrive.

Moreover, heat stress and heat stroke are not the only dangers when leaving your pets inside unattended cars. There have been reports of stolen dogs and cats each year. You can’t afford to realize that your pet is just gone or probably on process of being killed. Pets should really be at home, but if you really must take your pet with you, make sure they have necessary pet carrier and harness. You may also put two ID tags – one for home address and one for destination address. It’s not cool to leave your dog in a car under the summer heat. Be responsible in keeping your dog safe from heat stress.

 

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July 16, 2013

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Summer is a fun time to play, walk around the park, go hiking, and enjoy the breeze of the beach. But the heat could be dangerous not only to you but also to your dog. It would really be difficult for dogs to cope with the summer heat. They aren’t like you who can cool themselves. Dogs cool themselves through their pads by panting, but it is not enough to refresh themselves when it’s extremely humid and hot.

The hot temperature may cause overheating or heat stroke that could lead to difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Seizures, blood diarrhea and vomiting along with a very high temperature over 104 degrees may also occur. To pamper and make your pal feel comfortable, take note of these summer safety measures for your dog:

1. Visit the Vet

Take an early summer visit to your veterinarian. Your dog must have a summer checkup to ensure he/she will be able to cope with the hot weather. There are dog health concerns that need the veterinarian’s advise.

2. Give dogs extra water

Your dog can be dehydrated during the peak of summer. It is always important to make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink. Water helps to keep them cool and refreshed. Keep the water dish in a shady corner and change it frequently.

3. Keep dogs in a cool place

Your dog may love to play under the summer heat, but always make sure that your pet has a cool and comfortable place to rest. Imagine sleeping on a very humid room with no way to feel relaxed. Don’t let your dog experience such discomfort. Get an insulated dog house and make sure it is well-ventilated. Not all dogs are trained enough to turn on fans or use remote controls of air-conditioning. It’s your job to give them several ways to cool off.

4. Provide pools for cooling

A pool in your backyard will help cool your dogs, if he/she loves water. You can buy small tubs or kiddie pools from home stores. Your dog will enjoy to play and lounge in cool water. Just keep an eye on your dog like you’re guarding a toddler in a kiddie pool. This can be one of the healthy dog treats you can give your pooch.

5. Buy cooling dog beds

If you notice your dog preferring to lie on tile or concrete floors at times, then his/her bed might be too warm. You might need to consider buying a cooler dog bed for your pooch. Cooling dog beds offer the comfort and softness that your dog craves. It uses gel-like material or simply water to keep the bed feeling cool. These kind of beds are great for the hot season, but consider changing them when the cold weather comes.

6. Brush your dog regularly

Brush your pooch regularly. You can help your dog stay cool and avoid summer skin problems as well in keeping his/her fur clean and untangled. You might think that shaving off your dog’s fur down to the skin can help alleviate heat, this just puts your pet on high risk of summer skin problems. Keep at least one inch long fur to protect the skin from the sun.

Just like humans, dogs feel a bit under the weather when the summer heat strikes. But despite the hot temperature, many dogs love to play outdoors. It’s not a good idea to keep your pooch inside the house for the rest of the hot season. Just like you, they need to have fun. Always remember variety is the spice of life. Don’t be cruel to keep them away from running around the backyard and get along with other dogs in the neighborhood. Just keep an eye on your buddy to ensure their safety.

 

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July 9, 2013

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It could really be depressing to see your dog vomiting yellow fluid or white foamy liquid. You may feel puzzled to think about what food you fed your dog that caused such characteristic coloring. Different theories and queries will blow up your mind. You’ll end up thinking if there’s something the dog ate at your backyard that caused the problem or there could be something seriously wrong. Always remember, vomiting is not a disease but a symptom or sign that the dog’s body needs to eliminate certain waste. One way to treat such health problem is to identify what causes vomiting in dogs.

According to Dr. Kristy Conn, vomiting in dogs is a forceful discharge of stomach contents out from the mouth. It may be caused by virus, toxins, improper digestion, overeating, allergic reaction, diet change, food intolerance, ingestion of garbage, acid accumulation, or some serious organ malfunction. Vomiting in dogs is not as serious as other health problems as long as it is not accompanied by blood. Vomiting may be chronic or acute. Chronic vomiting lasts for a couple of days, while Acute vomiting can be managed by withholding water and food intake for 12-24 hours and considering a diet for two to three days.

It is important to seek guidance about good diets for your pet. Vomiting is often experienced by overweight dogs and those that are not fed properly. Both overeating and an empty stomach persist vomiting, which is why overweight and empty stomach dogs are prone to such health problem. Overweight dogs tend to eat more than they should. Sometimes, you tolerate your pet’s appetite that you tend to overfeed your dog. Overeating may cause improper digestion and pancreatitis which constitute vomiting. Dogs with no proper diet or eating habit also experience chronic vomiting. When the stomach is empty, acid often accumulate. Too much acid reacts on ingested food or water that causes the dog to vomit stomach contents.

For severe vomiting, it is best to bring your dog to a veterinarian for consultation and immediate treatment. Such case may result to dehydration, stomach inflammation or organ failure. You won’t like the feeling of seeing your dog suffering and not knowing what to do to make it feel better. Vomiting may be natural to a dog’s life, but it is always important to identify the cause to assure it’s not going to be a serious health issue.

You can treat dog vomiting in simple ways. Seeking guidance for proper diet and regular exercise can help your dog get rid of vomiting dilemmas. For overweight dogs, a strict diet and proper eating can be very effective. You can check fitness gyms for dogs like Canine Fitness Center, Rocky’s Retreat or K9 Fit Club for a healthy workout and training for your pet.

K9 Fit Club is a fitness gym that provide fitness classes and workout sessions for dogs. It has a new facility with two indoor workout rooms where both dog and owner can workout and have fun together. The club aims to develop healthy lifestyle for dogs and their owners. You will be able to maintain a workout schedule, which is not only beneficial for your dog but also for yourself. You and your dog will surely be good workout buddies! K9 Fit Club classes also focus on dog behaviors and obedience which may help your pet to develop discipline in eating. The club has trained employees who will help you and your dog say goodbye to stress and depression. They provide unique workout and training facilities for you and your dog. There are dog exercise pens and a mop ready for doggie accidents.

 

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February 18, 2013

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As we all know, dogs make wonderful companions and are usually content to do whatever we do, from taking a ride in the car to lounging around on the sofa on a lazy Sunday afternoon. However, having a dog by your side gives you a great excuse to getting a new leash on life!

Whether that means taking a brisk walk or taking a K9 Fit Club class, you and your dog can both benefit.

Besides getting in better cardiovascular and physical shape, attending a K9 Fit Club class can also help in many other ways including:

  • Boost your mood
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Strengthen your bond with your pet who we might add is the best friend and best workout partner you will ever have!

Getting fit with your dog isn’t just good for you; it’s also good for your dog. Exercising keeps his heart, lungs, joints, and digestive and circulatory systems healthy, and it helps him control weight and expend energy. Regular exercise will also keep your dog’s not-so-fun misbehaving under control.

Plus, what could be better than spending quality time (attending a K9 Fit Club Class!) with your best friend?
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