Posts Tagged ‘Health’

  • Petland Urges Safety When Handling Any Puppy


    “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.” 

    According to the CDC, nearly 1.3 million people in the United States are affected each year by Campylobacter.  Petland is concerned to hear that 39 of these cases, or .0003-percent of all infections in the nation, were identified as having a likely connection with a Petland puppy. The health and wellbeing of our pets, staff and customers is Petland’s utmost priority and concern.

     

    Petland is committed and stands ready to assist in identifying any possible link between our pets and this bacterial infection.  Petland has requested but has not been given any information from the CDC or any other health department offices related to the dates, stores, or cities where the 39 infection cases allegedly originated. We have also not been provided any information or location of any employees affected.

     

    Petland has resources ready to deploy once we are given case specific information from the CDC.  The only information we have is the limited information shared with us from the CDC. Prior to the public notification from the CDC, Petland had not been contacted by any customers or employees regarding a confirmed or diagnosed human campylobacter infection after visiting a Petland store or from a Petland puppy.

     

    About Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is a common germ that can be spread in homes, parks, zoos, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, animal shelters, rescue groups and more. As stated by the CDC, “Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States.”  CDC further states, “Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.”

     

    As it relates to human contamination by dogs, the CDC states “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.”  In fact, a 2017 study by Texas A&M identified the “prevalence of fecal campylobacter shedding among sampled dogs was 75.7%.” The study states “approximately 70% of campylobacter-positive dogs had grossly normal feces.”

     

    PetMd states “Up to 49 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis, shedding it into their feces for other animals to contract.  Because of this, humans can contract the disease if they do not practice proper hygiene after coming into contact with infected animals.”

     

    The VCA Hospital website states “research has shown that campylobacter organisms can be isolated from both healthy and sick dogs.”

     

    Regardless of the widely-known threats of campylobacter contamination from dogs from various sources, Petland finds itself the focus of a national inquiry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments with hundreds of media reports targeting Petland alone while Petland remains in the dark on any information related to these 39 cases.

     

    Tips for preventing infection

    Proper Hand-washing Techniques

    1. Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.
    2. Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
    3. Lather well.
    4. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
    5. Rinse well.
    6. Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
    7. If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.
    8. If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer until you can properly wash.
    9. Adults should monitor children while washing their hands.

     

    If you have a specific personal concern relating to the possibility of contracting the bacteria, please call our help line at 877-658-5155.

     

    We look forward to our continued work with the CDC and will provide any further updates as they become available.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28371319

    http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_campylobacteriosis

    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/campylobacter-infection-in-dogs

    https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html

     

    Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador.

    For 50 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond.

    Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.

  • Fourth of July Puppy Safety Tips

    Fourth of July is a day of great celebration and fun activities. However, it is important to remember the safety of your fur-babies on this hectic day. So, as you prepare for barbecues and fireworks here are some tips on how to keep your puppy safe during this Independence Day.

     

    1. Keep Your Puppy Indoors:

    It is safer to keep your puppy at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of taking your pup to any parties or activities in locations they are not accustom to. Keeping your puppy indoors will prevent frightening them with the loud celebrations that might be happening around you.

    2. Fireworks:

    Puppies can be easily startled by the loud noise of fireworks. When fireworks are shot and festivities begin take your puppy inside a room that is comfortable and secure. Your pup will feel much safer and less likely to be startled by the harsh noises.

    3. Table Scrapes:

    Avoid the temptation of feeding your puppy pal human food. This could be harmful to your puppy and could put them at risk of serious medical danger.

    4. Comfort Your Fur-Baby:

    If your furry pal seems scared or anxious, spend some time talking and playing, this will help soothe and relax your pup.

     

    We hope these tips ensure that you and your puppy have an amazing and safe Fourth of July!

  • Homemade Bunny Treats

    Following along with the two previous homemade treat blogs, we’re now moving on to the small animal world! Not everyone has a dog or cat, bunnies need love too! And the best way to show them you care is by homemaking treats for them. This can be a great activity for the whole family to spend time together and showing love to their animals. We hope you (and your pets!) enjoy this list of homemade small animal treats!

    Banana Oatmeal Carrot Granola Treats:

    Ingredients:

    5 cm ripe banana

    5 cm carrot, shredded

    1 pandan leaf, cut into strips

    3 tbsp instant oatmeal

    Directions:

    1. Mush the banana into purée. Add in the shredded carrot and pandan leaves
    2. Add in the instant oatmeal and mix into a dough
    3. Take a small teaspoon of the dough, press hard into a ball shape.
    4. Shape the dough into a bowl shape. The shape allows the rabbit to bite on its own without having us to hold on to the snack.
    5. Lay the small doughs onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
    6. Bake the doughs in an oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Then allow the snack to cool down in the oven for at least 1 hour to allow most of the moisture to escape.
    7. Store the cool down biscuits in an air-tight container. Give your rabbits one or two biscuits per day!

    Via: http://mymindpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/banana-oatmeal-carrot-granola-for-rabbit.html?m=1

    Special Bunny Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ¼ cup mashed banana

    1 tsp honey

    ¼ cup pureed pumpkin

    ¼ cup ground pellets

    ¼ cup ground oats

    Directions:

    1. Gather and mix all ingredients together
    2. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness
    3. Cut dough out into cute shapes and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees
    4. Turn off oven, but let cookies dry in warm oven for another hour
    5. Let cool completely, then give 1-2 cookies per day

    Via: http://www.thebunnyhut101.com/2014/01/bunny-cookies.html

    Bunny Cilantro Squares:

    Ingredients:

    1 Banana

    1/2 c. Pineapple, crushed (Do not drain juice. If you are using canned pineapple, make sure it is just pineapple in juice. Do not use pineapple in syrup.)

    2 c. Cilantro, chopped

    1 c. Rabbit pellets

    1 c. Oats

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Puree banana, cilantro and pineapple until consistency is smooth.
    3. Grind oats and pellets into a powder (a clean coffee grinder works best for this).
    4. Mix the puree, oats and pellets together in a large bowl, and knead the dough until it is stiff enough to form a ball. Divide the dough in half, and place on baking sheets or stones, and roll to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Hint: When you are rolling out the dough, put plastic wrap over it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
    5. Cut the sheets of dough into small squares (a pizza cutter works well).
    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to brown them too much, especially if you are using baking sheets (metal sheets brown faster than stones).
    7. Turn the oven off and let the treats sit in the warm oven for several hours to dry out and harden the treats
    8. Let cool completely before giving them to your bunny and store in an air-tight container
    9. Only give these occasionally, as they are loaded with sugar!

    Via: http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/simpletimes/simple-times-crafts/

    Another good idea for very simple treats is putting your bunny’s favorite fruits and veggies, cut up, in ice trays with just enough water to bind the chunks together and freezing overnight. Viola, instant cooling treats for your small animal!

  • Don’t Forget About the Kitties, Homemade Treats for Your Beloved Feline Friends!

    I know we’ve done several blogs about homemade treats for dogs, one that was pumpkin spice inspired just last week, in fact! But I don’t want to leave out other beloved pets that would love, love, love some homemade treats! This week will be a couple of great treats that you can make for all the cat lovers out there, so take a look! Make sure you check the ingredients with your vet to make sure everything is okay to give to your four-legged friend.

    Catnip Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    5 oz tuna in water, drained

    1 egg

    ½ cup flour

    ¼ cup wheat germ

    ½ cup cornmeal

    ¼ cup wheat flour

    ¼ cup water

    ½ tablespoon catnip

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
    3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined
    4. Form into a dough, it will by sticky!
    5. Place dough onto a floured surface
    6. Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into small balls
    7. Push the dough down so the treat is the size of a nickel and place on parchment paper
    8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, allow to cool completely and serve!

    Via: http://www.messforless.net/catnip-cat-treats-recipe/

    Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs (You can sub with salmon or tuna!)

    1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves

    1 cup organic quick-cooking oats

    1 organic brown egg

    1 tablespoon organic catnip

    1/4 cup flour

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
    2. Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, similar to the texture of wet sand.
    3. Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
    4. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
    5. Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature, and then toss to your cat.

    Via: http://www.popsugar.com/pets/Homemade-Organic-Cat-Treats-30776974

    3 Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:

    10 oz canned salmon (undrained)

    1 egg (beaten)

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    Instructions:

    1. Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
    2. In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
    3. Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
    4. Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
    5. Allow to cool before serving.
    6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/3-ingredient-salmon-cat-treats/

     

    Goat’s Milk Cat-Sicles:

    Ingredients:

    Instant goat’s milk

    Water

    Silicone tray

    Directions:

    1. Mix goat’s milk packet with water as directed
    2. Pour evenly into the silicone ice tray
    3. Put in the freezer for at least an hour
    4. Serve to happy kitties!
    5. You can leave in freezer for up to a week
    6. As an extra additive, throw one of your cat’s favorite treats into each cat-sicle as a little surprise!

    Via: http://www.catster.com/cat-food/

  • Fall Is Just Around the Corner…Time for All Pumpkin Everything, but Mainly Homemade Dog Treats!

    I know, I know! We are about to be inundated with pumpkin spice as fall is about to be within our grasp, but I just couldn’t help myself! Pumpkin makes such a good ingredient for homemade dog treats as it is very easy on sensitive tummies and is scrumptious for our furry friends! Take a moment to treat your pups today!

    Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    3 cups oats

    ½ cup peanut butter

    1 cup pumpkin puree

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it’s not so coarse, but it doesn’t need to be a fine as flour.
    2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it’s all mixed.
    3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
    4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    5. Cool on rack until completely cooled.
    6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don’t freeze solid as there is little liquid.

    Via: http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/10/pumpkin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-dog-biscuits.html

    Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

    1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

    1/3 cup blueberries

    * Water as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a blender or food processor, grind the pumpkin seed finely. Empty grounds into bowl, and then add blueberries. Grind to a pulp.
    3. Blend together the applesauce, pumpkin and blueberries. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and pumpkin seed meal. Knead into a stiff dough, add water if necessary.
    4. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
    5. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool. Refrigerate or freeze in Ziploc bags or airtight containers

    Via: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/beautiful-blueberry-and-pumpkin-dog-treat-recipe/

    Pumpkin Yogurt Easy Frozen Dog Treats Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    100% Pure Pumpkin

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Banana

    Supplies:

    Silicone Mold

    Directions:

    1. Slice a banana into thin slices
    2. Layer each section of the mold with pumpkin, yogurt and tip with a banana slice
    3. Tap the mold on the counter to try and eliminate any air bubbles and then press down on the banana slice to push the ingredients into the mold
    4. Freeze overnight
    5. Pop the treats out of the mold and serve to very happy pups! You can store in the freezer for up to a week.

    Via: http://amagicalmess.com/2016/08/yogurt-frozen-dog-treats-recipe.html

    Pumpkin & Molasses Dog Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup organic canned pumpkin

    4 tablespoons molasses

    4 tablespoons water

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    ¼ teaspoon baking soda

    ¼ teaspoon baking powder

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl mix the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
    3. In a separate, medium bowl combine whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dough softens.
    4. Scoop out small spoonful’s of dough {about 1 inch wide} and roll them into balls with your hands.
    5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

    Via: http://betsylife.com/easy-homemade-dog-treats/#_a5y_p=4440262

     

  • 5 Important Things to Teach Your New Pup

    Bringing home a new dog is a huge responsibility, no matter how old they are. One of the most important things you can do is ensuring your dog develops the behavioral, social, and physical skills needed to live a good life in our world!

    How you train your dog can dramatically shape their personality and future. At Petland, we’re huge fans of training our dogs through positive reinforcement using any of the scrumptious training treats we carry in our store.

    In order to make sure you’re setting your tail-wagger up for success, here’s a checklist of 5 crucial training and behavioral tips using dog treats to get you started.

    1. Basic commands

    Sit, Stay, Come, Leave It: These are the golden commands that can make your life so much easier. “Sit” and “Stay” help teach your dog patience and these two commands come in handy when you know you’re dog is in a state of excitement. “Come” is one of those commands that will help you get their attention and serves as a good command when you need to distract your dog from what they’re doing. “Leave it” is best used for when they fixate on something, whether it’s destroying your shoe or trying to steal a treat off the streets.

    2. Learning about their space in your home

    It’s important for your dog to love their bed/crate and know that that’s their space to claim. Having consistent spots in the house helps them feel secure since they have a natural instinct to den. Some dogs take to this more naturally while others need more coaxing, especially if it’s a crate or a bed placed in a spot of the house that’s not their favorite. The best way to get them to like their nook is to reward them with a treat when they are in the bed/crate. Soon enough they’ll begin to develop a positive association with the area and automatically go their designated spots!

    3. Teaching them about boundaries

    Dogs respond well to boundaries as long as they have been clearly defined. If your dog isn’t allowed to chew shoes, make sure you say a stern “No” and swap the shoe for one of their toys so they know what’s acceptable. Similarly if your dog isn’t allowed on the couch, gently push them off and when they stay down, reward them with a tasty treat and tons of praise. But make sure you stick to these rules. If you allow them on the couch sometimes and don’t at other times, it’ll confuse your dog and make it harder for them to know what’s ok and what’s not.

    4. Go Potty

    Older adopted dogs, are usually house-broken but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have accidents while they try and get used to their new environment. The best way to train a puppy or dog to go potty in the right places is to deliberately walk to the spot when you know they need to go and when they do go reward them with praise and treats. By constantly reinforcing the behavior you’ll be able to get them on a steady routine where both you and the pup know when it’s time to go!

    5. Teaching them to be ok with being home alone.

     If you’ve managed to train your pup to like their crate then leaving them home shouldn’t be too difficult. But for those of you who don’t crate, the best way to get your pup to not worry when you leave is to stagger the amount of time you’re gone and reinforce the good behavior with treats. First you can start by leaving them for 5 minutes. Come back and reward them if they don’t howl. Gradually increase the amount of time you’re gone. With some patience and time your dog will eventually learn that when you leave it doesn’t mean you’ll never come back. This a great way to also build trust between you and your dog. Once they start to trust they’ll be more at ease.

    Here at Petland, dog training is a big part of our everyday lives. We specialize in helping customers with tips and tricks for all sorts of training concerns and questions. We also send each of our new puppies home with training sessions in our store with the option for in-home training as well from the training company we work with. Having a solid foundation of training, no matter how old your four-legged family member is, will not only make you happy, but your pet as well! We also stock everything you would need for successful training from treats to crates, correction collars and so much more! Swing by and let us help you today!

     

     

  • New Baby Bunny Take-Home Checklist!

    While bunnies are an easier pet to take care of compared to a new puppy, you still need quite a few things to take home with you to properly care for them. At Petland, we carry all the necessary items for you to be a successful and caring pet owner! Check out our list below of things we know you will need when bringing home your newest family member:

    1. Cage – proper housing is essential when bringing home a baby bunny. They need to have a safe place to hang out, sleep and eat, away from any other pets you have in the house. The cage needs to be big enough for the bunny to grow as well!
    2. Food & Water Bowls – pretty self-explanatory, but that doesn’t make them any less important!
    3. Bedding & Litter – this is so you can keep your bunny’s area clean for multiple days at a time. You can also purchase a litter pan and litter to start the process of litter-box training your bunny.
    4. Hide-aways – baby bunnies need to sleep in a “den-like” area where it’s dark, so they feel protected from their surroundings. It’s also a good idea to have the hide-away be chewable, so they don’t get the bright idea of chewing on their cage!
    5. Hay – baby bunnies need a diet of both juvenile rabbit pellets and alfalfa hay until they are six months old. After that, you can introduce fresh fruits and veggies as treats as well as timothy and other types of hay, but it still needs to be about a 50/50 split ratio of pellet food and hay.
    6. Treats & Toys – we can’t stress this one enough! A stimulated bunny is a happy one! Baby bunnies love to play and chew, which is why having a good ratio of treats and toys (or treats that are toys and vice versa!) in their cage is essential for them to keep from developing destructive behaviors. They also need things to help grind down their teeth, which are always growing!
    7. Grooming Tools – this one may have slipped your notice, but it’s actually very important to keep your bunny’s hair brushed and nails trimmed to keep your bunny happy and healthy!
    8. Exercise Pen – you have to watch your bunny very closely when it is out of its cage, but if you aren’t able to do that, an exercise pen is just the ticket! Your bunny can get the daily exercise it needs and you can walk away if you need and know that the bunny will be safe and sound.
    9. Carrier – and lastly, it’s important to have a carrier for your bunny for trips to the veterinarian or over to a friend’s house to play!

    We hope you enjoyed this checklist for bringing home a new bunny! Stop by today if you’re interested in checking out the bunnies we have in the store and what we suggest on bringing home with them! Thanks again for reading our blogs!

  • 5 Popular Pet Rabbit Breeds for Families

    I know sometimes it seems like we focus on puppies (because they’re just so darn cute!), but on these next two blog posts I want to really dive into the world of owning a different kind of four-legged furry friend…the bunny rabbit! First, we are going to go over the different breeds that we carry at Petland and which one might be best for your family! Here we go:

    Mini Rex

    As a miniature version of the Rex rabbit, the Mini Rex has risen in popularity. With a sweet personality, and fur described as “living velvet,” the Mini Rex makes a great pet. Its famous fur is dense, plush and very soft to the touch. Colors include black, gray, brown or white. The pattern could also be splotched, or one solidly colored fur.

    Lionhead Rabbit

    Lionhead rabbits are small and fluffy, reaching only about 4 pounds in weight. Their petite size and soft fur make them a popular choice as a “pocket pet.” They are aptly named due to the lionlike manes that surround their faces. Lionhead rabbits can have either a single or double mane, with the double mane extending to a long, wool skirt around the rear. These rabbits have a gentle disposition, and are willing to play. They can be skittish, but handling from an early age should counteract that.

    English Lop

    The English lop is instantly recognizable from its very long, floppy ears. Similar to its droopy ears, its body is long and lean. It is one of the oldest breeds of domesticated rabbits, and the first lop rabbit developed by humans. Its pleasant and playful disposition make the English lop a popular choice for a pet rabbit. It enjoys playing and exploring, but can be easily startled. Care should be taken when handling this breed.

    Dutch Rabbit

    Dutch rabbits, native to Holland, are one of the oldest domesticated rabbit breeds. They are also a common sight in rabbit shows. This breed is distinguished by its white fur on the face, shoulders, neck and feet. The remaining fur could be black, brown, blue or tortoiseshell in color. Their serene and laid-back personalities make them a great pet choice for children at least 10 years old. This breed thrives on human interaction, so playing with them should be a daily activity.

    Netherland Dwarf Rabbit

    The Netherland dwarf rabbit is one of the smallest rabbit breeds. Their fur ranges in color and patterns, and they normally weigh around 2 pounds. They have extremely short ears and short fur coats. This breed is another one seen in rabbit shows, but it also makes an excellent choice for a family pet. They are happiest in pairs, so two are better than one in the case of Netherland dwarf rabbits.

     

  • 3 Things You Should Do To Make Sure Your Dog Never Gets Lost

    This past January I experienced the longest five seconds of my life. I fastened a leash on my French Bulldog. I took him out of the car. I turned back to the car to grab something. Then I noticed that the leash was not connected to my dog.

    I yelled “Oh no! Jameson!” I whipped around to find him so close behind me that I almost tripped over him. He was standing there like it was no big deal. He couldn’t figure out why I was smothering him with hugs.

    One-third of pets will get lost in their lifetime. Even more startling, 10 million pets get lost each year. That’s larger than the population of New York City.

    Due to lack of microchipping and proper identification, 90% of these beloved animals will never return to their humans.

    There’s no way around it, those stats are freaking scary. There are things you can do to prevent your pup from becoming a statistic.

    1. Microchip your dog.

    This is possibly the most important thing that you can do for your best friend. If your dog gets lost, rescuers can identify your pup, and you, via a unique identification code. They’re not only helpful for lost dogs, they can also help to return stolen pups to their rightful families. Make sure you keep your microchip records up to date with your current address and phone number.

    2. Keep tags on your dog at all times.

    Many pups don’t wear collars indoors. If you have a bolter, then your BFF could end up out in the wilderness with no way to tell the world where they live. An accurate dog tag, with your contact information, will help good Samaritans contact you if they find your pup.

    Remember, 90% of shelter pups don’t find their way home because rescuers can’t track down their original family.

    3. Make a DIY dog collar.

    There are options for identification other than dog tags. Some of us really can’t handle the clanking together of those things! Sewing your phone number onto a collar is a simple way to let other humans know how to find you if your pup gets lost. Using a bright contrasting color will also help people see your number without getting too close to your dog. This is super important if you have a skittish pup who may run when strangers get too close.

    We all know that accidents happen. Even the most vigilant parent can lose their pup. These prevention tips will help you reunite with your BFF if the worst happens. And remember, the faster you find your pup, the safer he’ll be. Here at Petland, we make sure that ALL of our puppies are properly microchipped and registered for identification. We also offer a wide variety of pet tags, as well as collars, leashes and harnesses!

     

  • Why Dogs Are Still at Risk for Sunburn, Even Though They Have Fur?

    Ah summer, the wonderful season filled with beach days, weekends at the cottage, and picnics in the park. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful it’s also the season, of blotchy, red, irritating sunburn. We know that sunburns are a serious summertime issue for humans, but what about dogs?

    As it turns out, despite their fur coats dogs can suffer from sunburns just like humans. While some pups are more susceptible to burns than others, all dogs have vulnerable areas on their bodies.

    Unsurprisingly, hairless breeds such as the Chinese Crested and the Xoloitzcuintli are at the greatest risk for sunburn. With limited or no fur to act a barrier of protection against the sun, they can suffer the same burns people do when they go outside without sun protection.

    Having fur doesn’t guarantee sun protection, however. You know how a white t-shirt only provides SPF coverage of about 7? The same goes for white fur.

    Dogs with white fur have very fair skin under it that is susceptible to burns from UV rays.

    What about dogs with thick, dark coats? Even dogs that fall in this category have parts of their body that are at risk for sunburns. Areas where their fur is thinner, such as the stomach or ears, or even their nose or pads of their feet can become burnt with prolonged sun exposure.

    If dogs can suffer from sunburns just like humans, what we can do to protect them from the sun? The best thing you can do to keep your pooch from getting sunburn is to keep them out of direct sunlight. If you’re going to outside for an extended length of time, bringing an umbrella for shade or setting up under a big tree is a good idea.

    If you’re going to in an area without shade, it might be a good idea to pick up some dog-friendly sunscreen. There are a few different sunscreen brands available on the market, but talk to your veterinarian about which would be best for your pup. When applying the sunscreen, make sure you get the areas that are most susceptible to burns, such as ears, nose, belly, and anywhere else where fur is light.

    If your dog does get sunburn, you can use the same treatments as you do on yourself, such as taking an oatmeal bath and applying cooling aloe vera gel. Just remember to keep an eye on your pup to ensure they don’t lick off the product. If your dog does not seem to be feeling or looking better in a few days, contact your veterinarian.

    Just because dogs can get sunburn doesn’t mean that they will. Taking the steps to protect your pup from the sun will ensure that there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying your summer adventures to the fullest!