Pet Pointers Issue 2 Fall 2009

Dog Walker Service Begen County NJHello Friends!  Welcome to the second edition of Pet Pointers, the quarterly newsletter from Doggy Deuce Removal and its subsidiary, Pet’s Best Friend NJ.  In this issue, we’ll discuss ways to protect your dog’s paws from the dangers of ice melt, learn about proper canine exercise, and investigate the value of doggy sweaters.  Enjoy the newsletter, and know that we welcome your comments, tips, photos, or suggestions for consideration in future editions.

Fashion “Faux Paw”

Many dog owners adorn their beloved pooches in sweaters and other seasonal garb as soon as the mercury begins to drop.  However, are these articles of clothing really beneficial or necessary?  For larger dogs and canines with double coats, the answer is no as their coats offer ample warmth during the winter months.  On the contrary, small dogs, hairless breeds, and dogs with thin coats are more sensitive to the chill of winter than other dogs.  If you notice that your dog begins to get cold rather quickly, a doggy sweater or hat may just make a blustery January morning feel like the dog days of summer.
*Source: www.loveyourdog.com

Wintry Mix

Dog Walker NJ Snow Winter

While ice melt can prevent dangerous slips and falls during the winter months, it can also create blisters, sores, and infection on your dog’s exposed paws.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure your dog walks merrily in any winter wonderland:

 

  • Cleanse paws with warm water to remove harmful chemicals and salt.  Do this immediately following your walk to ensure that your furry friend doesn’t lick and ingest any of these toxins.
  • Apply Vaseline to paws before your stroll in icy conditions.  Vaseline will act as a barrier between your dog’s paws and ice melt.
  • Have your dog wear doggy booties.

*Source – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Working Out Like a Dog

Staying in shape is just as important for your dog as it is for you.  A sensible exercise program for most dogs would include a minimum of one half-hour walk each day combined with some aerobic exertion such as running or playing fetch.  Daily exercisee has the potential to:

  • Improve agility and movement
  • Build trust and confidence in shy canine
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Diminish digestive problems
  • Reduce typical behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, excessive barking, and digging

*Source – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Don’t forget Pet’s Best Friend NJ for holiday gift giving and stocking stuffers! 10% of all holiday gift purchases will be donated to local pet charities PetResQ and Merlin’s Kids!

We will be exhibiting at the Meadowlands Pet Expo, November 21-22, 2009, Saturday 10AM–8PM, Sunday 10AM–6PM.  In addition to our booth, please swing by and see the other tables we are sponsoring, including PetResQ Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Inc.

Adult admission – $12
Child admission, 11 and under – $5
Children 3 & Under Admitted Free Leashed pets are welcome!

Questions/Comments: PetPointers@rakergoldstein.com

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