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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

Summer is on it’s way and we are all super excited to hit the beach and start mini picnics.
But as much fun as there is to enjoy in summer, many of us worry about letting our pets in on the fun. Well, here’s some good news for you and your furry…

Follow these tips to keep your dog cool and healthy during those HOT summer days

  • Keep Your Dog Hydrated : No Matter where you go ensure you carry ample water  to keep your dog hydrated. The best way to do this is to carry a collapsible bowl, or a doggie water bottle along.
  • DIY Ice-Cream and  Pupsicles : This is an easy pupsicle recipe that wven the kids can enjoy making for their furry companion.

What you will need:

1 Cup water

2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 mashed banana

½ cup frozen/Dried blueberries

1 tablespoon flax seeds

For Popsicle stick: Use a chew stick, or Yak Chew

Popsicle moulds: You can also use the ICE POP MOULD or plastic cups

CLICK for Directions

  • Keep Your Dog Well Groomed : Grooming plays a very important role during the hot summer months, especially dogs with double coats. Though their undercoat works as a natural cooling mechanism we need to help them shed the longer fur. A thorough brushing everyday will help your dog shed the excess fur and help them stay cool. Hygiene cuts should also we done regularly.

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  • Protect Their Paw Pads   :  Summer means more exploring for your dog, hot sandy beaches, hot pavements and roads,  dusty terrains.  You cannot avoid these places, so add a protective layer of wax to your dogs paw pads.

Grab a bottle of Buddy’s Healing Balm and protect your dogs paw pads and skin.

  • Avoid Mid-day Outings : If you cannot stand the heat outside, your dog certainly cannot either. On Days you dread going out because of the heat try and keep  your dog away from it too. Try and walk your dog early morning, later afternoon and at night.
  • Know the Signs of Heat stroke and What to Do : Heat strokes are a huge threat to pups and senior dogs on excessively hot days. Keep an eye out for these signs
  1. Excessive panting and salivating
  2. Obvious discomfort
  3. Vomiting and diarrhea
  4. Disorientation
  5. Seizures

If you notice any of the mentioned signs, move your dog to a cooler place immediately and call you vet. Give your dog some cool water or use ice packs to help him cool off.

  • DIY Doggie cooling mat : Something to help your dog stay cool and also useful in case of a heat stroke. An easy D.I.Y craft by Diana Rambles.

As easy as pie… All you need are 2 things, Fleece blanket and Ice packs.

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS

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Facts About Dry Pet Food

We feed our dogs the best dry food we can find! Buddy also gets served an occasional bowl of dry food, but it’s accompanied with fresh veggies and meat to balance out his dietary requirements. It’s essential we add natural Fibre and protein to their bowl!
We cannot put a dog solely on dry food and expect it to get all the nutrients from it.
It’s like you eating out everyday and expecting to stay healthy!  An article by Dogs Natural Magazine reveals so many facts that it got me thinking! Am I feeding my dog the right stuff???
Yes, dry food is convenient and less time consuming. Not all of us have the time to cook fresh food.. We get it!
But let’s take a logical approach to it..

 

1.What is it made of? 
Have you ever wondered what goes into making that kibble? Like we wonder what makes the Mcburger so yummy!
It’s a cocktail of things pulverized, processed by high temperatures, so even if there was any essential oils etc it’s killed by the heat.
If you cook foods above a certain temperature it looses nutrient value.. So what are we feeding our pooch? Read what PetMD has to say.

 

2. Dry food with added essential fatty acids!!! Oh that’s good..!?

Well again, keeping it open too long would result in the fatty acids going rancid and that’s the worst for our dogs! Fatty Acids are an important part of our dogs diet, but we need to resort to more natural forms rather than rely on just kibble. 

 

3.  How long will kibble last?

Time, moisture, heat and air are harmful to the dry food we use. Yes dry food can go bad! please do not store open bags for more than a month. Dogs Natural Magazine says 14 days isn’t that shockingSo how do we store 5kg and bigger bags?? Don’t buy large bags please!!! No matter what brand the dry food is.. Bacterial and fungal growth is inevitable! Store it in an airtight container and put it in the freezer. Away from light, heat and air. 

As stated by Dr. Becker, in an article on Healthy Pets, Dry food is like fast food for dogs and cats, we have to try and include fresh food as much as we can. This will enable our furry companions to have a long and healthy life!

Dry food can be a part of your dogs diet but not everyday! 

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Reasons to Adopt a Pet & Not Shop

Yes! adoption is the right thing to do, but the rewards for you are mightier.

If you are ready to bring home a new furry family member, head to your nearest animal shelter. You won’t regret it, we promise!

  1. Save a life: By adopting from a shelter, you are giving your future best friend a second chance at a good life. Majority of the animals in shelter have had a very bad past and you can help make a difference in their lives! They need love and a forever home!
  2. A Pet for everyone: It is misconception that animal shelters only have old animals. Shelters are packed with pets of all ages and sizes, in fact the shelter workers will ensure they find the perfect companion for you. So, instead of paying a heavy price on buying a “pure bred” adopt one. All animals at the shelter are vaccinated and neutered inclusive of the adoption fee, so you needn’t worry about the add on costs.
  3. House Trained: What’s more to appreciate is that the animals you adopt are already trained. You don’t need to worry about training the pooch you bring home. Shelter workers ensure they train every animal so that they are ready to adapt to their new home. In most cases pets at a shelter arrive housetrained, because their previous parent was unable to support them dude to financial issues or have been rescued from abuse.
  4. Discourage Puppy Mills: The more people that adopt a pet, the lesser the encouragement for puppy mills that over breed. Today, backyard breeders are very common and need to be put out of business. Most of the puppies in a pet store are a result of backyard or home breeding that causes so many pets to have a shorter life span and endless physical ailments, because of careless breeding.
  5. Healthy and fit: Many of us are under the impression that all animals at a shelter are weak or disabled. Trust me! They are strong, healthy and ready to play with you in a heartbeat. Once an animal is bought to the shelter they under a complete veterinary check. Shelter workers then ensure that all ailments are treated and that the animal is ready to be rehomed. You have nothing to worry about!

There are many animal shelters in Mumbai that you can visit to bring home your perfect companion. Here are a few links that can be helpful to you:

Mumbai animal shelters and adoption centers

BSPCA

WSD India

We urge you to visit these shelters and adopt your companion!