6 Tips for Winter Dog Grooming

Just as winter can be harsh on our own skin, hair, and nails, the same can be true for our pets! In many ways, grooming during the winter months can be more important to the overall health of your dog than at any other time of the year. An improperly groomed dog can make for an infection-susceptible dog. Winter hazards to your dog’s coat and skin include:

  • Cold weather, snow, and ice
  • Dry, forced-air heat indoors
  • Salt and sand on sidewalks
  • Dampness and wind

Grooming isn’t just for keeping your dog pretty and smelling nice, it can also be crucial for your dog’s good health. here are six winter dog grooming tips to help you and your pup combat winter blues while ensuring your dog stays comfortable, dry, and healthy!

Disaster Preparedness For Pets

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of animals were left in New Orleans by owners evacuating or fleeing from floodwaters. It’s estimated that around 250,000 pets ended up stranded because of the storm’s destruction. Only about 15,000 of these pets were ultimately rescued, and only 15-20% of those animals were reunited with their original owners.

As the ten year anniversary of that disaster passes this weekend, it reminded me of how important disaster preparedness for pets is, in addition to being prepared ourselves. Just like people, our pets have basic daily needs that must be met, and they rely on their owners for many or all of those needs. When a disaster strikes, having a plan for your pet’s survival can make a huge difference.

Here’s how to make sure you have your pets prepared for an emergency.

Is Your Dog Bored?

Working from home has given me a view into the daily life of dogs…and it’s not exactly thrilling. Mostly, Topher just sleeps all the time. He sleeps in the bedroom for an hour, then takes a lap around the house to check in with the cats. After that, you’ll usually find him sleeping on the couch, maybe watching the squirrels in between naps by propping his head up on the back pillows so he can see out our front window.

Part of me wonders if Topher is just bored during the day. Boredom can actually be a big source of stress for dogs—they crave having something to do, both physically and mentally. If you’ve ever returned home and find your house has been torn apart, or perhaps a fluffy dog bed spontaneously combusted, then its pretty likely that your dog is bored. (They may also suffer from separation anxiety, but that’s an article for another time.)

So, what’s the cure for doggy boredom? How do you keep them entertained so they won’t start investigating the interiors of your couch cushions? Here are a few things you can try to keep your pup more entertained while you’re away.

11 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Heat This Summer

There’s something about the transition from May to June that makes me consistently nostalgic for summer break. I miss the anticipation of those endless summer days laying by the pool, don’t you? Instead, I’m trying to get my sunshine in when I can, usually during walks. Topher, on the other hand, is up to his usual summer routine: laying on the cool kitchen tiles as much as possible. He’s probably pining for a few frozen treats, too! It’s always important to help our pets transition into the heat of summer—here are a few more tips to keep your dog cool in the heat this year.

10 Plants Poisonous To Dogs That Could Be In Your Yard

As the weather gets warmer, we’ve naturally been spending more time outside—and that means Topher gets more outdoor time too! While it’s rare that Topher gets to be out in our backyard by himself, sometimes it happens. And sometimes, I come out to find Topher munching on some grass or the stray leaf off a bush. While it seems harmless, sometimes walking out to find your dog munching on some leaves can be a serious concern. More than 700 plants have been identified as producing toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. How many are lurking in your own yard?

When leaving your dog unsupervised in your backyard, it’s easier to create a safe space all their own than it is to dog-proof the entirety of your yard. If your dog is an outdoor dog, they should have a fenced area where there is accessible food, water, and shelter; additionally, make sure any plants they have access to are non-toxic.

Here are ten common outdoor plants poisonous to dogs, that might be growing in your backyard right now.