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5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Camping season is here! I know many of you are excited to dust off the camping and hiking gear so you can get out there and enjoy the outdoors, but did you do your research so it’ll be a great time for your dog too?

Before you head out, always confirm first that dogs are allowed on the trails and in the forest, parks and/or campgrounds you plan to visit. Many allow hiking on trails with your dog, but no backcountry camping with them. Some have rules regarding leashes while others don’t. Check out these additional five tips to ensure you have a great trip!

  1. Regardless of leash laws, always have a leash on hand should you need it or come across wildlife and other dogs. Remember that both you and your pet need identification as well should anything happen.
  2. Pick up after your pet and apply the leave-no-trace behind ethics to your pets as well. Their waste can not only make hiking the trails a little less fun, but it can also damage the environment.
  3. Never leave your pup unsupervised outdoors or at your campsite. Plan to co-sleep with your pet to avoid any encounters with wildlife that is active during the night.
  4. Remember that you’ll need water, food and a bowl for your pet. If you’re backpacking or hiking, consider outfitting your pet with a dog pack to carry their own provisions if they’re able and big enough to do so.
  5. Pack food away, even the dog food between meals. Leaving food out will attract wildlife and also teach wildlife that campgrounds are a great place to grab a treat.

Enjoy your summer season and stay safe!

11 Animals You Didn’t Know You Could Adopt!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While dogs and cats are the most commonly adopted animals, there are plenty of other species that end up in rescues and shelters that need forever homes too! In fact, if any of the below animals strike your fancy, you can do a quick search on PetFinder.com or even use Google to find a local rescue that is specifically for that species you’re interested in. BUT, don’t forget to do your research first before taking any further steps and seek out advice from the various organizations as well. Some of these animals are pretty easy keepers as pets, but some have more needs and require more space than you might have. Some also require more regular vet care so you need to make sure that you include that in your budget. You don’t want to save an animal only to turn around and surrender it back to the rescue, right?!

So check these out….

Cows:

In more rural areas you’ll find even more cows that need forever homes. They are super sweet but make sure you have the resources to provide for them. They need at least 80 square feet of space (more if you adopt more than one), over 20 gallons of water a day and of course plenty of food.

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Pigs:

You’ll find more pigs in rural areas as well. When it comes to pigs you can find them all shapes and sizes full grown; BIG and tiny! There was a time when adopting small breeds of pigs was very popular and unfortunately that meant irresponsible breeders were selling large breed farm pigs with the promise they’d stay small. Then a few hundred pounds later they couldn’t be managed anymore. Shelters have plenty of small breed pigs available too so just make sure you know what size you have space for and what specific breed you’re adopting.

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Birds:

Did you know that you can save the life of a parrot, parakeet or other tropical bird? They make great pets and are very smart. Remember that a parrot takes more care and space than say a parakeet and that some states don’t allow parrots to be kept as pets.

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Ferrets:

These animals are very fun and intelligent pets! They are friendly and very active too. Keep in mind they are known for biting and they do have a very musky scent. Foster homes are also needed for ferrets so that can be an opportunity to see what it might be like to own a ferret while you’re fostering.

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Reptiles and Amphibians:

There are lots of species of reptiles and amphibians that need forever homes. You can find these at some shelters but mainly at species specific rescues. You might like a Bearded Dragon which is one of the easiest reptiles to care for, or a corn snake, boa constrictor, even toads and geckos! Turtles and tortoises make for fun pets too! As with the previous animals listed, some species need more care or bigger aquariums and terrariums, and some of these species have much longer life spans so be sure to do that research and know your commitment!

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Horses, Goats and Donkeys:

You can find full-size or miniature of all three and they all make for incredibly fun and entertaining pets. These animals do require more space, vet care and considerations compared to say a reptile or amphibian, but they do make for amazing pets. With the rise in impulse purchases of the miniature breeds of these species there are many to be found at shelters and rescues.

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Sugar Gliders and Chinchillas:

These can also be really fun pets like ferrets! Keep in mind these animals are nocturnal so you wouldn’t want to keep their space in your bedroom. They need larger cages and safe handling by you for bonding, and we would not recommend either for small children. These animals love to play and need toys as well.

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Thanks for reading and we hope you are able to welcome one of these amazing animals into your home! Just remember to ADOPT and not purchase from a pet store.

2018 Pet Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

2018 Pet Resolutions

This month did you make the usual New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Maybe they were financial or something to do with your health and fitness perhaps? Well, we suggest you make New Year’s Resolutions for your pets too! The beginning of a new year is always a great opportunity to challenge yourself to do better in life and hit those goals that are always floating around in the back of your mind.

Here are 5 awesome resolutions that will give your pet an even happier and healthier life this year too!

  1. Take your pooch for more regular walks! Not only is this great for their health and for giving them stimulation, but this is great for your health too. Keep it up rain or shine, at least every other day and your pet will be much happier for it. No time to take them out regularly? Give me a call and we can schedule regular walks with my service!
  2. If you don’t already take your pet in for an annual check up with the vet, make this the year you commit to doing so going forward. Just like a regular visit to see your physician is important for preventative care, it’s the same for your pet. This is a great way to catch any concerns before they blow up and get feedback on how you can better improve your pet’s quality of life.
  3. Make this the year you stay on top of those nail trims! Nails that aren’t maintained can be painful for your pet and if they get long enough, it can be difficult to get them appropriately short again. The longer you wait between nail trims, the longer that quick gets which gets in the way of how short you can cut them. If you can’t afford a regular nail trim every few months, ask a groomer or your vet to show you how to safely trim them yourself. Bonus, when you go in for that annual vet check up, they usually include a free nail trim too!
  4. Does your pet need to lose weight? Maintaining a healthy weight for them is just as important as it is for you. Excess weight in pets can lead to joint issues, diabetes and other health concerns. Getting that weight off isn’t easy so talk to your vet about a weight management food and discuss any extra level of activity with your vet before giving your pet any vigorous exercise.
  5. Get your pet socialized! Dog parks are a great place to socialize your pets and also get them more exercise. Think of it as a fun play date with the other kids! If your dog is aggressive or excessively shy around other dogs, talk to a trainer for tips before throwing them into a really stressful situation and remember you can take them to places like Home Depot to ease them into more social opportunities.

Pick one or a few of the above and get working on giving your pet a better life. Can you think of any other awesome pet resolutions? We’d love for you to share them with us on our Facebook page!

Have a healthy and happy 2018!

UGLY SWEATER PAWTY

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

UGLY SWEATER PAWTY

How about something fun and festive that you can do with your pupper this holiday season!?

Get your ticket for the BarkHappy Denver Ugly Sweater Pawty benefiting MaxFund! For just $15 per ticket you’ll be contributing to an amazing organization while getting the opportunity to hang out with other puppers and their parents! Not to mention, checking out all the ugly sweaters too!

You’ll also receive free gifts and goodies, professional photos for the holiday, caricature drawings of your dogs and you’ll be entered into some great raffles too! Kind of a no brainer to come check it out! Right?! You’re dog told me to ask you!

To make an even bigger difference for the MaxFund organization and for even more fun, be sure to invite your fur lovin’ friends too!

For all the details, event registration, location and more, click here.

LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barkhappy-denver-ugly-sweater-pawty-benefiting-maxfund-tickets-39890433360?aff=es2

Don’t forget to share and post your photos from this event on our Paw Tenders Facebook page! We’d love to see!

How to Select the Right Halloween Costume for Your Dog

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How to Select the Right Halloween Costume for Your Dog

Planning to dress up your pet for the upcoming Halloween holiday? About 20 million other pet owners typically do. Read on to get some great tips about picking the right costume for your pet as far as safety and comfort. Also keep in mind that while some pets enjoy playing dress up and showing off, other pets will get anxious and scared.

  1. Always remember that you need a costume that is easy to take on and off with Velcro at the chest and belly rather than something that goes over their head.
  2. Never let your pet wear a costume unless you are supervising them.
  3. If your pet shows signs of stress or anxiety, then just use a cute bandana as an alternative.
  4. Be sure that while your pet is in costume that they can move comfortably, their ability to breathe, see and hear is not restricted. Also that they can drink, eat and go to the bathroom.
  5. If they have no issues wearing the costume, keep an eye out for anything that might be irritating them so you can adjust it. Such as itchy Velcro, scratchy material, parts of the costume that move around, etc.
  6. Bright colors are very important if you plan to take them out trick-or-treating with the kids or anywhere that night so they can be seen by traffic and other people.
  7. Be aware of any parts of the costume that could be a choking hazard such as bows, beads, ribbons and any other loose items. If needed, just remove them.
  8. An appropriate pet costume should not have an overwhelming amount of material, should not overpower your pet and nothing should be restricting their head, covering their eyes or have anything annoying hitting their face when they move around.
  9. Double check that they have proper identification that is current should they get scared and run off or get lost.
  10. Lastly, be sure to keep your pet close, especially in parades, crowded places and in areas with lots of traffic.

We hope these tips help you pick the right pet costume for Halloween! Locally owned pet shops, Petsmart, Petco, Walmart and online are great places to search. Have a great Halloween!

Natural Disaster Planning for Pets

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Natural Disaster Planning for Pets

With the recent fires, hurricanes and floods, we thought it might be helpful to give you some tips on how best to prepare for a natural disaster so that your pet doesn’t end up homeless or injured. The recent Hurricane Harvey has displaced thousands of pets which are being shuttled around the U.S. to various shelters, most of which may never be reunited with their now homeless owners.

During natural disasters pets get lost in the chaos, many shelters won’t allow you to bring your pet with you for health reasons and many owners find that after their homes have been destroyed, they just can’t care for their pet anymore so the pets get left behind.

Very few owners have a plan in place for their pets should a natural disaster occur. Below we’ve collected some tips on how to protect your pets should your area be struck by a hurricane, flood or fire.

Hurricane Action Plan

  1. If you live in any region that has a hurricane season, plan to first designate a location that is hurricane-safe and that has enough room for your entire family and pets.
  2. In off season, plan a few drills with your family to ensure that everyone knows what to do and what their responsibilities are.
  3. Create an emergency kit for your pet that contains water, food, any necessary medications, basic first aid items, vet records and proof of ownership, an emergency contact list (veterinarian, local boarders, any helpful neighbors and friends).
  4. Be sure to have enough leashes and crates for all of your pets. During an emergency and in panic, pets can become stressed and exhibit abnormal behavior so it’s important to have a safe place to keep them.
  5. Confirm that all ID tags are up to date with your current contact information.
  6. Since you could be in a shelter or away from home for an extended period of time, make sure to include any items that may provide comfort to your pet such as blankets/beds, toys and treats.
  7. Following the hurricane be sure to keep your pets secure on leashes and do not allow them to near any water or liquid as it could be contaminated or near any debris or downed power lines.

Flood Action Plan

  1. If you live in a region affected by floods be sure have a meet up location with your family and confirm that it’s a safe place for pets as well. Run a few drills each year to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
  2. Know where your pets like to hide so that you can quickly grab them and evacuate.
  3. Just like in preparation for a hurricane, put together a pet emergency kit, have leashes and crates available for all pets, confirm that ID tags are up to date and do not allow your pets near any liquid, debris or downed power lines.
  4. In the event that you cannot evacuate, move to the upper floors, attic or roof until help can arrive. Keep your pet on a leash or in a crate so that they do not run away in panic.

Fire Action Plan

  1. As with living in any other area affected by natural disasters, have a plan and regularly run drills to ensure everyone knows what to do and what their responsibilities are.
  2. Just like previously mentioned, know where your pets’ favorite hiding places are, limit their access to unsafe spots and have a pet emergency kit handy.
  3. Remember that wildfires can move and spread very quickly so be prepared to evacuate as fast as possible with your pets and their belongings (see lists above).
  4. When you return home, keep in mind that the fires may have pushed wildlife into more residential areas which can pose a danger to your family and pets.
  5. Keep pets leased or in a crate to keep them safe.

In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, remember that your pets are your responsibility and that they depend on your for their safety and welfare. You can find further resources from The Humane Society of the United States, United Animal Nations or FEMA.

Spring into Summer with Fido!

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Spring into Summer with Fido!

Summer is just around the corner and so this spring it’s a great time to do a ‘Spring Health Check’ with your dogs to keep them happy and healthy this summer.

HEART WORM PREVENTATIVES:

If you don’t keep your pet on heartworm preventatives all year long, now is the time for a blood test and to get back on a preventative until winter. If left untreated, heartworm can be a devastating disease, life threatening and treatment is very costly, so play it safe and get them on a preventative asap.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVE:

Likewise, this is the time of year when other parasites are coming out and prevention is needed depending on where you live and what sort of lifestyle you enjoy with your dog. Many areas require year-round protection but if you stopped using a preventative last winter, now is the time to start up again. Ticks carry many diseases and flea infestations can be an expensive nuisance to treat in your home.

UPDATE VACCINATIONS:
Now is also a great time to double check that your dog is all up-to-date on their annual vaccinations, and possibly bordetella and deworming. This is the time of year when many dogs are around other dogs at dog parks and other public places, out on hikes and when many people board their pets for family trips in the summer. It’s really important to make sure they are protected and stay healthy.

THAT SPRING SHAVE:

For many breeds this is the time of year for that full shave down! Lots of dogs in the spring have full thick coats, possibly matted fur and you can give them a cooler summer with a shave down. Be sure to talk to a professional groomer about your breed before you shave them as some breeds have coats that actually cool them down in the hot weather.

GETTING ACTIVE AGAIN:

Many times we’re lazy in the winter season and don’t get out much with our pets, so be sure to ease back into the activities you enjoy during the summer. Start out with short walks, then longer walks, short play dates and gradually work up to those long visits at the dog park and hikes in the mountains. This will help prevent injuries and sore muscles.

Take some time to get back into the swing of things and you’ll have a great summer with Fido!

Seasonal Shedding is Upon Us!!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Seasonal Shedding is Upon Us!!

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It’s that time of year again when you might be pulling tufts of hair from your dog’s coat, they’re leaving hair behind on the furniture, the floor and even all over your clothes, and it’s not the normal kind of shedding you’re used to.

While not all dogs experience seasonal shedding since they shed pretty consistently year round, many do in the spring and fall. As the weather gets colder in the fall, the dog’s skin and hair follicles respond by growing in a thick undercoat. As the weather warms up in the spring, they shed out this thicker coat for a cooler one.

So what can you do? Well the best solution is daily brushing and while that may seem really time consuming, it’s better than the alternative takeover of fur around your house and on your clothes.

As far as brushing goes, a typical brush isn’t going to do much for you during shedding season. You really need to use an undercoat comb to get that undercoat out and many pet parents get the best success with the Furminator.

You can also bathe them once a month while they are shedding out after you use the Furmintaor and this will help you get out even more of that loose hair. Just keep in mind that you should never bathe your dog more than once a month so you don’t irritate their skin.

Lastly, just be patient with your pet since it’s just twice a year and enjoy that time with them because that brushing is going to feel really good for your pet.

Why Mutts Make the Best Pets!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Mutts Make the Best Pets!
Every year thousands of dogs are euthanized in our shelters and the highest percentage of those is mixed breed dogs. It’s a sad truth especially since mutts are so awesome and here are 7 reasons why…
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1. They are the most unique! Breeding purebreds means that a certain standard in appearance and temperament must meet the same ‘quality’ with each litter. If you adopt a mixed breed you’re getting a very special and unique pet that is unlike any other. When adopting you’ll also have more options to pick from too!
2. The temperament of a mixed breed is thought to be more flexible because they aren’t bred to a certain standard. They tend to adjust to a variety of living conditions and households whereas a pure bred may have a dominant temperament towards herding or hunting for example.
3. Mixed breeds can still be service dogs! Being a therapy or service dog is no longer just limited to purebreds. YAY!
4. No potty training! Many times when you rescue a mixed breed your new pet will already be house trained from their foster parent, the rescue or have been trained from their previous owner. How awesome is that?!
5. Skip the puppy stage! There are so many adult dogs in foster care and at shelters that need homes too! You can skip the potty training, chewing and not worry about the extra time and patience it requires to train a puppy. An adult dog will also be done growing and will typically have a set temperament so you won’t be surprised down the road.
6. Smaller investment. A purebred puppy can cost thousands of dollars and don’t forget to add in several visit to the vet in the first year for vaccinations and spay/neuter. When you adopt from a rescue, typically you’re going to be required to donate $50-200 or so and that goes back into the rescue. Your pet most likely will already be spayed or neutered and be up to date on shots as well.
7. You’re saving two lives! This is the best reason ever! You’re taking a homeless dog off the street, out of foster care and out of the shelters and giving it a home. By adopting, you’re also making more space for other homeless and abandoned animals to be rescued as well.
If you’re set on a specific breed of dog, check for breed specific rescues, they are out there! Whatever route you take to adopt, be sure to take time to search for the right pet for your family so that you can give them a FOREVER home!

Canine Thanksgiving Bowls!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Canine Thanksgiving Bowls!

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I don’t know about you, but I love sharing a little bit of our Thanksgiving feast leftovers with our pets, they deserve a little special feast too right?! Here is a great recipe for Thanksgiving Bowls for your dog that you can make from scratch or put together with leftovers from your meal.

Portion Sizes: Small dogs – ¾ cup Medium dogs – 1 ½ cups Large/Giant dogs – 3 cups

RECIPE Makes nine 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

3 pounds skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meat)

1 cup oatmeal (cooked)

1 pound sweet potatoes, cubed 2 Tbsp. cranberry sauce 4 Tbsp. turkey gravy

Instructions:

Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a roasting pan.

2. For boneless breast or thigh, cook 30–45 minutes; boned breast or thigh, 45–60 minutes; whole turkey, 1 1/2–2 hours or until the meat juices run clear when pierced with a skewer. Let cool.

3. Remove all the bones and dice the meat into large pieces.

4. If using fresh sweet potatoes, roast with the turkey for about 25–30 minutes or until tender. Let cool, then peel and dice.

5. Meanwhile, cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.

6. Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly. (If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, omit the gravy.)

Recipe adapted from The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious and Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love