The "Hot Spot" No One Wants to Visit

The "Hot Spot" No One Wants to Visit

It's not the Canine Carribean... Hot Spots in our world are itchy, painful areas of dermatitis on our dog's skin. They fixate on them and can't help but bite and try to alleviate the burning and itching. Not exactly like a pina colada at the doggie park huh? But you can break the cycle. 

Itchy. Scratchy. Fleas.

Itchy. Scratchy. Fleas.

Does the thought of fleas get you itching already? Imagine how your dog feels! These tiny buggers can make a home on your pet for days before you realize it. This is what you should be looking for if you suspect your dog has them:

    Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Trim Your Dog's Nails

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    Nail trims are important to your dog's health!

    1. Skeletal Damage! What? Yes… when your dog's nails are too long it can affect his gait and how his feet hit the ground. This can have a ripple effect throughout their body. This could cause severe pain that you don't know about and could even altar bone structure!

    2. Going too long between trims makes getting nail length back under control much more of a "process". The quick (inside root) of the nail grows with the nail so you can't simply chop 'em down short. Nails that are too long need to be cut weekly in order to slowly get them back to a healthy length without cutting the quick. It's easy to cut the quick by accident, which can be painful for your pup. This can make future clips much more difficult because many dogs will get nervous when the clippers come back out.

    3. Dog nails can sneakily grow back into the pads! They curl under and grow right into the skin. OW! This situation is no bueno — it can lead to infection and is obviously painful for your pup.

    How Often Should Dog's Nails Be Trimmed?

    Every 2-6 weeks depending on the particular dog and how much time they spend outdoors. Mark your calendar, set an alarm on your phone, or have your trusted dog care center help you remember! Your best bud is counting on you to keep him healthy and all it takes is consistency — and a few treats during clips doesn't hurt either!

    WHY is February Pet Dental Health Month??

    Perhaps the American Veterinary Medical Association chose February for dog parents to deep clean their pups choppers because everyone has given up on their human New Year's Resolutions?! Whatever the case, February is National Pet Dental Health Month — it's a yearly reminder for dog parents to pay attention to their dog's dental health and schedule a deep cleaning if necessary!

    Non-anesthetic Dental Cleaning for Dogs

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    Deep dental cleaning without using sedatives has been trending over the recent years for lots of good reasons. Dog parents can be wary about putting their pets under anesthesia for dental care, especially senior pets. Sedated cleanings also cost more. Here are the top 5 reasons to consider a non-anesthetic cleaning for your dog this February:

    1. No medications or sedation required.

    2. No side effects.

    3. No recovery time.

    4. Reduces bad breath.

    5. Helps maintain proper dental health.

    Technicians utilize the latest techniques and gentle holding positions, which calm and relax the patient throughout the procedure, to obtain excellent results without stressing out you or your pet.

    The path you take to your pet's dental wellness is up to you! And it's always best to start early, but never too late to slow damage or reduce bacteria. Until our pups can brush their own teeth, looks like it's up to us! 

    Resolve to Take Better Care of Your Dog: Beyond "Grooming"

    A fresh start to the year, everyone has a health resolution in mind. Don't leave out your pup! It's really tricky for them to do it themselves! Everyone knows annual visits to the vet and regular exercise is important, but there is also routine "grooming" care that is critical. But you say your dog doesn't need a haircut? That doesn't mean your pup doesn't need routine care to stay clean, and more importantly, healthy. Here are the biggies…

    Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth

    The importance of doggie dental care is much more important than most people know! Sure, we all know a deep cleaning once a year is a good measure, but other than stinky breath, what's the big deal? Read on…

    - By age three, up to 80% of dogs have some stage of periodontal disease.

    - When dogs have dental disease, bacteria can creep into a dog's blood stream and cause serious, systemic problems — and, even life threatening complications.

    - Ramping up routine dental care could potentially add three or four years to your dog's life!

    Time to visit your local dog care center or pet store, grab a doggie toothbrush and some tasty chicken flavored toothpaste and start brushing daily! Your dog will think it's a treat. His breath will be better and his health! Don't think you can swing that? There are oral solutions that can be added to your dog's water bowl to help fight bacteria too. Your local dog care professionals should be more than happy to show you some tips and point you toward the best products. Resolve to keep those choppers tip top and enjoy all the benefits that come with it!

    Trimming Your Dog's Nails

    The importance of keeping your dog's nails short goes far beyond aesthetics. There are few things that can easily happen when dogs' nails are left to grow. The nail can actually grow back into the paw — OW! This obviously is a huge bummer for your dog and can be a painful and expensive situation. Long nails can also start twisting and bending which can actually change the way a dog walks and even cause skeletal damage! Who Knew!? Lastly, the longer you wait to cut them, the more often you have to trim them to get them back on track. The inside "quick" grows and you don't want to cut into that if you can avoid it. It can be bloody and even painful. Keep those nails short!

    - Find a good set of clippers (like Miller's Forge) and get some hand on tips by watching some videos and/or asking your local dog care professional

    - Go a little at a time and reward your pup for a job well done!

    - Trimming dog's nails can be stressful! There are local dog care centers that offer nail trimming services — so you can leave it to the pros and not sweat it!

    Nails need to be cut on average every 2-4 weeks depending on the breed and how often they walk and run outdoors. Put it on your calendar and resolve to stay on top of it. You're little pal relies on you!