My Dog and I: Ouch, my feet hurt!

The other day I had an annoying pebble in my shoe I wanted to get rid off.  So, I stepped out of my shoe and put my toes on the pavement –OUCH, the ground was so hot that I actually burnt my toes!

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Ozzie sat next to me, happily, looking up at me with that loveable, huge grin that is so characteristic for him.  This made me think:  if I burn my toes on the hot pavement, what about his little paws?  I figured I already knew the answer, but I did some research just to be sure.

Here is what I found out:

People think: Dog paws have protective calluses and won’t burn on hot pavement.
Not so: A dog’s paws can and will burn when exposed to extremely hot surfaces such as pavement, sand, concrete, asphalt and so forth.  Test the ground; hold your bare hand or, as in my case foot, on a sidewalk for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for your skin to handle it is also too hot for your dog’s paws to handle.  In fact, Fido’s pads cannot only burn but blister, too.

People think: Dog paws have protective calluses and won’t burn on hot pavement.
Not so: A dog’s paws can and will burn when exposed to extremely hot surfaces such as pavement, sand, concrete, asphalt and so forth.  Test the ground; hold your bare hand or, as in my case foot, on a sidewalk for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for your skin to handle it is also too hot for your dog’s paws to handle.  In fact, Fido’s pads cannot only burn but blister, too.

People think: Oh, I have her winter booties; they should protect her from the hot ground when I take her for a walk.
Not so: If you put outright winter boots on your dog’s feet in the summer, chances are that he will sweat even more.  According to Thais Zoe, author of Lucky Duck Living, “dogs have the ability to cool their paws through the in-between of their pads”.  Heat rises from the ground up and gets trapped in the boots.

mainA much better alternative is Pawz boots (because they don’t trap the heat and the dog actually has traction, and, therefore, she can walk properly) or Musher’s Secret, which is a super dense wax that protects paw pads in extreme temperatures –hot or cold.

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I love this stuff, I use it on my arms when they are scratched-up from the rose garden, or from playing with my cats and puppies, I use it on my chapped hands and lips, I use it on Oskar’s nose and pads, and I use it as a general heal-all remedy for minor surface injuries.  Trust me, my husband thinks I’m nuts. But hey, if it works, why not 😉

The point is that it’s easy to misunderstand or overlook our pets’ discomfort.  We need to pay close attention to their body language as well as other signs.  Our French Bulldog, Oskar, always has a huge smile on his face, even when he’s panting like crazy.  So, if you can’t walk your pup in the shade, take preventive steps.

As Dr. Patty Kuhl points out in her PetMD article If You Can’t Stand the Heat … On Burnt Pad Denial in Dogs,  “Your dog would probably follow you to the ends of the earth and never complain.”

Woof, woof & meow!

Images courtesy of: Dietmar Hoepfl, Musher’s Secret.net, Pawz.com

May is National Pet Month!

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Since May is national Pet Month, lets all celebrate our Pets! Here are 6 gifts we can give to our pets:

ADD AN ID CHIP.

A microchip is the single best way to ensure that our pets will make their way back to usin case they run off, or get lost.
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HEALTHY WEIGHT.

To ensure strong and healthy joints and our pets’ overall longevity, we can make sure we feed them properly, keep table scraps out of their bowl, and create opportunities for exercise.
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THE BIG FIX.

Getting our dog or cat spayed or neutered not only reduces the likelihood of unwanted offspring,
but it offers many health benefits, too.
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PEST PREVENTION.

It takes year-round vigilance to prevent fleas and worms-our pets’ good health depends on it.
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DENTAL CARE.

We can’t let our pets suffer from tooth or gum disease. We can consult with our vet about keeping our pets’
mouth clean and healthy.
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VACCINATIONS.

We should visit our vet regularly and make sure our cats and dogs are up to date on all of their immunizations.
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Images courtesy of: all-pets-info.com, valleyanimalcoalition.org, catinfo.org, vetcoclinics.com, k9fitclub.com, kewbeachvets.com

My Dog and I: Dog Days at the Beach!

ImageYesterday we brought Oskar, our French Bulldog, for his first visit to a real beach -and, of course, he loved it!

Just like their owners, many dogs love the beach, the sun and the ocean.  As summer is rapidly approaching, this is a good time to remember that our pooches need special beach care, too.

Dogs can suffer from the ill effects of a day at the beach because the sun, sand and saltwater can have similar effects on their skin, eyes, ears and fur as it can have on humans.

Even after 5:00 PM the sun as well as the reflective rays from the ocean are strong.  I wondered if Ozzie’s coat is enough to protects his skin against the heat of sun while we were sufficiently covered with a sun block.  And what about his ears and nose?

Well, most importantly, to keep Oskar protected and comfortable in this rough environment we applied Musher’s Secret[1] to the inside of his ear flaps, the top of his nose and his paws, and even his belly.  Then we strapped him into his life preserver, and off he went.

But keeping Fido comfy and safe at the beach, there are more things you can do:

  • Bring along either a dog t-shirt or apply a sun block for dogs.
  • Avoid dirty, oily and tarry sand spots, broken glass, sharp or edgy rocks, and pieces of seashells that may cut or scrape your pup’s paws.
  • Try to keep your puppy from drinking the salty ocean water -fresh water is a must!  Bring along a gallon (or two) of chilled water and a portable dog bowl.  Then fill the bowl intermittently with fresh water.  (Well, do you enjoy slurping sandy water?)
  • Make sure your dog wears a “beach resistant”, or well-worn[2] collar with all tags attached.
  • Take along beach towels for sprawling on the hot, itchy sand and the drive home.
  • Pack sun umbrella, doggie tent or a soft-sided travel kennel to give your pup a brake from the sun.
  • Last but not least –never leave home without it- pack those poop bags!

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It is just as important to keep in mind that a dog needs a bath after a day at the beach.  While saltwater can have healing effects on certain skin conditions, it may actually be harmful, if saltwater and sand are not removed from a dog’s body.  Best way to start is by giving Fido a good brush-out and then a soothing bath.

Taking these simple steps can help you and your dog enjoy a day at the beach and stay safe at the same time.

So, start checking out the dog beaches near you http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/beaches/ and prepare yourself for a long, fun summer with your dog!

For questions on this subject or product information please email info@jumpingbulldog.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!


[1] Amazing paw rub that can be used in the winter and the summer to protect various parts of your dog’s body!

[2] The fabric of a new collar may react to the saltwater and may shrink around your pup’s neck.  This can make your dog feel uncomfortable; it can cause chafing around the neck area, or even pose a chocking hazard.

The Jumping Bulldog will be there in support of Christine and her amazing service to all those unfortunate dogs. PLEASE join her. It’s cheap, it’s local, it’s fun and it HELPS!!!!

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