Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Admit it. You leaned over to give your dog a big kiss and ARRGGH…..bad breath ! Not only Is bad breath unpleasant, but it could also signal the presence of a more serious problem . More than 85% of dogs and cats over the age of four show signs of oral disease. The problem starts when bacteria builds up on the teeth and begins to form plaque and tartar, the precursors to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can contribute to tooth loss and more systemic health complications if the bacteria travels to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. To screen for dental problems, check your dog’s mouth for bad breath, tartar build up, decaying teeth, or gums that are swollen, bleeding , receding or abscessed. A yearly vet visit will help keep your dog’s teeth and gums in check. Your vet may recommend a cleaning under anesthesia at a certain age as tartar begins to build up with age. You can help delay dental problems by brushing your dog’s teeth with a commercial toothpaste 3 times per week. It’s best to start brushing his teeth in the puppy stage so he gets used to brushing as a normal part of life just like nail trims and brushing out his coat. With an older dog, start by choosing a toothpaste made just for dogs that is both palatable and digestible. Start by having him smell the toothpaste and eventually lick the toothpaste. Gradually work toward having the dog let you put the toothbrush in his mouth for a short period of time. It’s important that the dog does not feel anxious and restrained so you should attempt to pair the toothbrushing with a positive experience like a special treat or a massage. Now is the time to start maintaining that great doggie smile !
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with your camper!
Show us your beads! All campers arriving with a guardian wearing Mardi Gras beads must only pay $22 for a full day of camp...
AND stop in between 7am and 10am to select a random piece of "King Cake" for your camper! The camper who selects to lucky treat is King for the day, and gets his/her full day of camp free on Mardi Gras!!!
Monday, November 8, 2010
In order to avoid over feeding it is best to use the feeding guides only as a recommendation. Pet food packages will often recommend how much to feed your pet. However it really depends on your pet's age, activity level, and size. It is always best to use your own judgment.
Try not to use the "free-feed" method. In other words, resist leaving food out for your pet all day long. This can be a big contributor to overeating.
It is also important to provide your pet with plenty of exercise. Take him our for an extra little walk or play with her in the house for a little bit each day. Every little bit helps.
Make sure you check severe weight loss or gain with your vet. If you think you are feeding your pet adequately but he loses weight, or your pet suddenly starts gaining weight, it is best to consult your vet.
Older and overweight pets may need to be switched to special diets. There are lots of high-quality pet food formulated especially for senior pets, as well as plenty of low-calorie diets. You may want to consult with your vet for recommendations.
Most importantly with the holidays approaching, resist the urge to feed your pet table scraps.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
National Dog Day always falls on August 26th.
National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It's an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.
The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelesness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.
National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation. Their motto is "Saving 10,000 Dogs - One Day at a Time".
National Dog Day was founded in 2004.
National Dog Day is against any kind of "breed ban". Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American's have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog's breed and better yet - visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group for a new furry family member that will be forever grateful.