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Making Your Yard Dog-Safe

Do you have a yard for your pup to play in? Fido should live indoors with his humans, but he does enjoy getting outside to enjoy some sunlight and fresh air. However, our canine buddies do have a knack for getting into trouble, so you’ll need to make sure that your property is safe for your dog. A Downey, CA vet offers some advice on how to do that in this article.

Fencing

Sturdy fencing is an absolute must. Fido has definitely been known to jump over fences so he can go on doggy adventures. The height you’ll need will depend on how big your pup is, of course. A Chihuahua probably isn’t going to jump a four-foot fence, but a boxer might. If you know or suspect that your furry buddy may try to dig out under the fence, bury chicken wire along it and weight it down with rocks.

Pools

If you have a pool, you’ll need to take some precautions. First and foremost, make sure Fido knows where the stairs are, so he can get out if he falls in. It’s also a good idea to fence the pool off when it’s not being used. This goes double for people with senior dogs, small dogs, pups with vision and/or mobility problems, and, of course, dogs that can’t swim.

Plants

Check your yard carefully, and remove any toxic and/or dangerous plants by the root. Sago palms are a big concern here. Foxtail grasses are also a big hazard. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Doggy Basics

Fido should always have shade, shelter, and water outdoors, even if he’s only going to be outside for a little while. If your property is out in the open and doesn’t have many trees, put a tarp up to provide shade.

Pupgrade

Want to get some extra tail wags? Give your pooch a doghouse to hang out in. Or, Fido may enjoy having a sandbox for burying toys and treats, or a kiddie pool to splash around in. You can also incorporate some fun outdoor toys, such as flirt poles and tug toys. Pet fountains are also a big hit with our canine pals.

Please reach out to us, your local Downey, CA vet clinic, for your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

Beach Safety for Dogs

Do you plan to take your dog to the beach this summer? Many of our canine pals love to swim and play in the water. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet offers some advice on keeping Fido safe at the shore.

Swimming Lessons

Some dogs are natural swimmers, who take to water like furry ducks. Others? Not so much. If your pup can’t swim, take time to teach him. Support him gently while he’s learning. It’s also important to realize that some dogs—such as small dogs, brachycephalic dogs, senior pooches, and large breeds—are not well-suited for vigorous swimming. Ask your vet for advice.

Training

Before taking your furry friend to the beach, make sure he understands basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important, as proper training can keep Fido from swimming out too far, approaching dangerous areas, or running up to strangers.

Paw Care

The beach can be pretty rough on your canine companion’s furry feet. Fido can get painful burns and blisters from running around on hot sand or rocks, especially right after going swimming. Dogs can also cut their paws on sharp rocks, shells, or broken glass. Use paw wax to protect your four-legged pal’s paws.

Water

Dogs can overheat very quickly when running and playing at the beach. Bring plenty of water for your pup. You may want to get a collapsible dish, or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. Also, watch for warning signs that your canine buddy is getting hot or thirsty. Some early ones are panting, drooling, and a warm back. If you see these red flags, immediately give Fido some fresh water and get him to a cool area. Contact your vet if symptoms persist.

Beach Safety

Choose a spot that is safe for dogs. Never take your pooch anywhere with steep drop-offs, heavy wakes, high surf, or riptides. Also, never leave Fido unattended near the water, even for a few minutes.

Fur

Before you go home, rinse Fido off to get the sand and salt out of his fur. If you really want to score some tail wags, give him some doggy ice cream when you get home.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Norwalk, CA veterinary clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. This can be a dangerous holiday for Fido, so you’ll want to take steps to keep him safe and healthy, and keep that tail going. Here, a Downey, CA vet discusses keeping your four-legged friend safe on America’s birthday.

Food

Fido will definitely appreciate a special treat. Just be sure to only offer foods that are safe for him. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruits; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; and anything containing xylitol. What can you give your canine buddy? A plain cheeseburger or hot dog; cooked, boneless meat, chicken, or fish; or a cooked sausage or two are all safe. Store-bought treats are fine as well.

Trash

We recommend using trashcans with secure lids. Fido may get some bright ideas about scoring food from the garbage. This can be quite dangerous, as the trash could contain bones, can lids, skewers, toothpicks, plastic wrap, and other hazardous items.

Chemicals

Keep bug spray, fireworks, lighter fluid, and other chemicals out of paws’ reach. These things are definitely not safe for dogs!

Fireworks

Many dogs are frightened of fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for lost pet reports to spike after the Fourth. Fido may very well panic and run off if he gets scared! Bring your canine pal indoors before the show starts. If he is scared, put him in a crate or an interior room with bedding, toys, and a treat, and put a TV or radio on to mask the noise.

Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Heat can be very dangerous for dogs! Make sure that Fido always has plenty of water, and access to cool, shady areas. We also recommend limiting his outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with your furry buddy at night, when it’s cooler out. (Tip: to score some extra tail wags, set out a kiddie pool for your pup to splash around in.)

Parasites

Keep up with Fido’s vaccinations and parasite control. It’s much, much easier to keep your pooch safe from things like rabies and heartworms than it is to treat him for them!

Please contact us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!