A Dalmatian puppy does NOT make a good Christmas present.

Think twice before you buy a Dalmatian puppy for a Christmas present.

The holidays are approaching, and it’s important to educate your friends and family that Dalmatian puppies do not make good holiday presents.  Photos of Dal puppies with bows on their heads are cute, but these pet store puppies may come from puppy mills.

A Dalmatian puppy is never a novelty item. It’s cute and cuddly on Christmas morning, but a long-term commitment comes with it. Unless you intend to keep that commitment and care for that puppy for the next 12 years or so, a Dalmatian puppy is not for you.

Don’t buy on impulse. Remember, it is not returnable to the pet store. Please do your homework and make sure the breed fits in with your lifestyle. Familiarize yourself with the breed’s temperament before you buy!

If you would like to buy a puppy for a friend or family member, ask first. Otherwise it could be a problem. Just because you think it will make a terrific Christmas gift doesn’t mean the recipient will. What happens if the recipient doesn’t want the puppy? You have two choices: either take the puppy yourself or take it to an already overcrowded shelter.

Dalmatians make wonderful pets and are a loving addition to any family. If you decide a Dalmatian is for you, choose a reputable breeder  or rescue a Dal. They need you.

Here are two links for Dalmatian rescues.  One is in the U.S.A. and one is in the UK.

www.secondchancesdalrescue.com

www.dalmatianwelfare.co.uk

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Summer Fun!

It’s Playtime!

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy some fun in the sun with your spotted friend.

Here are some tips:

Take a first aid kit stocked with antihistamines,  bandages, dog booties, and your vet’s emergency phone number.

Bring plenty of fresh water. Do not allow your dog to drink out of rivers, streams, ponds, puddles, or  lakes. (That’s not always an easy thing to do!) These can contain parasites and contaminants which can be harmful.

Never leave your dog outside on extremely hot days. If it it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Dogs do not sweat, they cool off by panting and can become easily overheated. Avoid asphalt surfaces on hot days. They can burn your dog’s paws.

Fireworks and thunderstorms can be very stressful to pets. Some require medications to stay calm. Don’t leave your pet alone if they have anxiety. Consider a thundershirt.

Ticks cause multiple diseases that can be dangerous both to you and your pet.  Proper prevention is essential. Lyme is a common tick born disease. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, lameness, loss of appetite, and, in some cases, kidney failure.

Fleas can be more than just a nuisance. They can cause infestations in your home, skin conditions, and can transfer tapeworms to your pets. Fleas can also cause blood borne disease.

Mosquitoes do more than just sting. They can transmit heartworm and other diseases such as West Nile.

Flea and tick medications and heartworm prevention are available from your vet. Make sure you have enough and  add them to your first aid kit.

 

Heartworm Disease is Preventable

Don’t take a chance!

Mosquitoes are a constant nuisance to pets and their owners, but they can also pose a serious threat as organisms which can transmit parasites from one animal to another. In fact, mosquitoes are an essential stage in the lifecycle of heartworms. Heartworms must pass through mosquitoes while in their larval stage before they can mature in a host animal. Once the heartworm passes through the mosquito and enters your pet’s bloodstream, the parasite can breed and cause permanent damage to vital organs.

If left untreated, a heartworm infestation can develop into heartworm disease which can lead to lung disease, heart failure, or death. Don’t take a chance. Make sure your pet is protected.

Dog Park Etiquette 101

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time for a trip to to the dog park!

It’s important to remember a few tips to make your outing fun for everyone.

  • Study up on doggie body language—know what both playful and aggressive behaviors look like.
  • Leave toys that your dog is not willing to share at home.
  • Make sure your dog comes when called. Don’t let your pet give dogs coming into the park an overwhelming welcome. Respect dogs who need their space.
  • Know your dog’s personality and avoid dogs they might feel uncomfortable around.
  • Don’t take your dog to the park if they are sick, behind on vaccinations, younger than 4 months old, or have any behavioral issues.

Based on information published by trupanion.com/pet-safety