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Summer is the perfect time to spend with your dogs outside. You know how much dogs love the sun, but are you making sure you are protecting them from common summer hazards? Here are keywords you should keep in mind when you and your dog are enjoying summer: Car, Hydration, and Burns.

 

CAR

NEVER, leave your dog in the car! It does not matter how long or short you leave your dog; the temperature inside the vehicle can quickly rise in minutes. Even if you leave the car window open, the inside temprature can still be harmful for your dog. Dogs are not able to control body temperature like people. For dogs, their sweat glands are only located on their footpads and they must pant to lower their body temperature. 

 

Consequences of leaving your dog in the car include heatstroke, permanent organ damage, and even death. In addition, you may experience interrogations by the police and animal control. 

We may have done this at least once in the past, but in order to keep our precious furry friends safe, let's stop this bad habbit now, before it's too late!

 

HYDRATION

Dehydration and heatstroke are common hazards of the summer heat. In order to prevent these from happening to your dog, make sure you keep them well hydrated. Always have access to fresh, clean water, and always carry portable water bowls for your dog.

 

Speaking of water, why not enjoy summer at the pool or the beach? Swimming and playing fetch in the water can help keep your dog cool. Also, who doesn't like a wet dog!

 

 

BURNS

Just like people, dogs can also get sunburns, especially parts of their body with less fur. Most common areas vulnerable to burns are the nose, ears, belly, and the groin. Provide shade, and although your dog may love to sunbathe, make sure he/she dosen't spend too long under the sunshine. Sunblock is another option for skin protection; however, be sure to find one that is safe and non-toxic for your dog. 

The paw is another area of the body that is vulnerable to burns. Hot surfaces, such as sidewalks, streets, and sand can result in burned footpads and can be very painful for your dog. To avoid burned pads, adjust your walking schedule to cooler parts of the day, such as in the morning or at night. Also, let your dog walk on the grass, where the surface temperature is often cooler.

 

Keep these keywords and tips in mind, and go spend the best summer with your four-legged best friend!

 


 

This past weekend, we set up shop at the 40th Annual Walk for Animals in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Check out what Blue Dog Bakery Brand Ambassador, Lindsay Peterson, had to say about the event!

"There were more than eight thousand people who came to the 40th Annual Walk for Animals Saturday, May 3 for the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

We saw dogs, cats, bunnies, and even a goat and a ferret! Everyone who came was having a good time; some people even dressed their dogs in costume or were holding their furry friends in carriers, strollers, and wagons. This cute little guy was pretty in pink for the Walk, wearing a tutu...

This fun couple said it was their twenty-sixth time coming to the Walk. They dressed their two dogs as police officers complete with badges and handcuffs and the couple wore inmate costumes...

The event went from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and included a 2.5 mile route for animal owners to walk, a live performance from a special anniversary band, a Flea-less Market of vendors handing out free samples of product, food and beverages available for purchase, games for your dog and training tips, face and hair painting and even pet microchip and nail trims.

The Blue Dog Bakery booth was a hit for all dog owners; those who already heard of the Blue Dog Bakery brand, some who had previously purchased Blue Dog Bakery treats, and several who were excited to learn more about our products. The bright blue table and our yellow shirts were hard to miss on the street of vendors.

The top 3 reasons why dog owners said they would choose Blue Dog Bakery treats were:

  • Blue Dog Bakery treats are made in the USA with USA sourced ingredients.
  • Blue Dog Bakery treats are made without animal by-products.
  • Blue Dog Bakery treats are all natural, low in fat and healthy for their dog.

The Animal Humane Society is a leading animal welfare organization in the upper Midwest, committed to serving local communities of people and animals. The mission of the Animal Humane Society is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals throught these core values:

  • Be good to animals
  • Partner with people
  • Lead responsibility with compassion

We hope to see you all at next year's 41st Annual Walk for Animals event in Minnesota!"

-Lindsay Peterson, Blue Dog Bakery Brand Ambassador


 

Happy Earth Day! Those of you with fur-babies can have an even bigger impact on our environment than you might think! Help to lower the carbon footprint and paint the world green by taking the opportunity to partake in a few (or all) of the following Earth Day activities with your pet. 

  • Using biodegradable plastic bags instead of plastic bags when picking up dog waste will help to minimize the amount of plastic in our landfills. 

  • Cut down on paper products to clean up accidents and spills around the house. Use rags or recycled paper towels instead. 

  • Read up on your pet's waste, including it's dangers, benefits, how it affects the environment, and whether or not you should compost your dog's waste.

  • Use natural flea control. In fact, go chemical free with everything from household cleaning products to pet shampoos. Look for products that do not contain any harmful pesticides and chemicals or consider using vinegar and water for your cleaning needs. 

  • Put your dog on a natural diet. Eating natural products that are free of preservatives and animal by-products is better for your dog's health and the planet. Definitely avoid meat by-products and corn meal, two of the bigger offenders, when searching for dog foods and treats. 

  • Organize a dog park clean-up. This eHow article gives you step-by-step instructions on how to organize a neighborhood cleanup and would likely work just as well for your dog park.

  • Buy in bulk, and, if you feed your pet canned food, get the biggest sized cans. Cutting down on all that packaging will also be more cost-efficient for you! And please, please, please recycle! 

  • Spay and neuter your pets to help reduce the epidemic of pet overpopulation. If you're thinking getting a new pet, consider rescuing from your local animal shelter to help reduce the carbon footprint!

How are you and your pets celebrating Earth Day? Drop us a quick email or send a photo to BlueDog@BlueDogBakery.com.