Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Springtime Safety Tips for Dog Parents

Spring is officially here, Yappy Hour is near!

With the start of springtime in Texas, we wanted to bring to you some springtime safety tips from for you and your furry friend to get the most out of your outdoor adventures!

1.  Protect your dog from mosquitoes! 

This muggy weather is paradise for those little blood-suckers! Unfortunately, mosquito bites are going to happen from time to time, so make sure your dog is always current on his heartworm prevention. Remember, once heartworm is contracted, it is both costly and painful to treat. To help you remember to give your dog is monthly pill, set up an automatic reminder on your phone or mark your calendar.

2. Ease back into your workout…with your dog, that is

If you’re like many of us, the winter months were mostly spent indoors. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s tempting to take Fido out for a long run to help him shed those extra ounces he might have picked up while he was snuggled up on the couch to stay warm. But make sure you ease back into it. Your dog’s legs are much shorter than yours (in most cases), and like any runner, could injure himself if he overdoes it. My advice is to gradually increase the length and pace of your daily walks until he’s conditioned to handle a long run. Start with a stroll on the Lost Oak Bike & Hike Nature Trail, followed by some patio time at Lost Oak Winery.

3. Keep your dog hydrated and cool

Oh, patio weather, how I love you! One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to head out to one of the awesome pet-friendly patios around DFW with my dog in tow. But it makes me sad when I see a dog laying in the sun, panting his head off, with no shade or water in sight. Or worse, someone who is running a dog way past his comfort zone. Dogs can get overheated quickly, so make sure that when you’re out and about with your pet, that s/he’s got a spot in the shade to rest and a bowl of water nearby. And if it’s especially sunny, put a little sunscreen on your dog’s nose. (Yes, dogs can get sunburned too!)  If you are at Lost Oak Winery, we have a covered patio and a shady creekside terrace for your pup to enjoy.  Be sure to ask the friendly staff for a doggie treat and bowl of water!

4. Keep those leashes on

I know this will annoy those dog owners who have perfectly trained dogs with a 100% reliable recall. But we've seen way too many instances in the news lately of dogs being hurt because they appeared to be lunging or simply because they were off leash and someone got scared. In the spring, many dog owners take their dogs hiking or to parks to play and enjoy the beautiful weather. But if your dog takes off after a squirrel or runs up to someone to say hi, you’re putting your dog at risk of being hurt by someone or some dog you don’t know. Unless your dog is safely confined in an off-leash dog park or other fenced in area, please keep those leashes on. I don’t want to see any more dogs being hurt because of someone who thought they were “in danger” and reacted violently.

5. Keep your spring cleaning and planting supplies safely out of reach

Spring cleaning can mean lots of chemicals that your dog shouldn't digest. Most dogs will stay away from anything with a strong odor, but what smells stinky to us may smell wonderful to them! Make sure that if you need to take a break from cleaning, put your cleaners and buckets and towels out of reach of your dog, or close off the room so that your dog can’t go in to inspect your progress. For spring planting, please check your mulch and lawn fertilizers and especially pest control to make sure that it’s not toxic to your dogs. Even if they don’t intend to eat it, they could step on it and then lick it off their paws. Better safe than sorry!

There you go – five tips to help you and your pet make the most of the upcoming glorious weather.

Thank you!

When joining us on April 24th, 2015 for Yappy Hour at Lost Oak Winery, use code "ADOPT" to get a buy one get one half off glass of Pooch Punch.
(1 time use only per customer).

Burleson Animal Shelter will be present with adoptable, and all or your pups in every shape and size are welcome (leashed of course!).
See you in the vineyard with your Fur-Ever Friend!

Do you have any additional tips to share? Please share them in the comments below!

Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!