We’re in the midst of the long, hot summer months which mean lots of outdoor family time. While we love taking our babies along, it requires a bit more diligence to keep our pets healthy and safe from annoying pests like fleas and ticks. Read below for our favorite tips for flea and tick prevention, but remember to check with your veterinarian first!
If you do notice signs of an infestation, take action immediately and remember that you need to treat your furniture and floors in addition to your animals. Make sure to wash all bedding with hot, soapy water; vacuum all carpets and floors; apply a non-toxic yard flea treatment; and continue to use appropriate prevention techniques on your loved ones.
Pests can be annoying and intrusive but with proper prevention and management, we can continue enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and camping with all family members, including the furry ones!
If you’re like us, you love your pupper more than anything else, but let’s face it, there are some things about pet ownership that can be just plain frustrating!! We’ve gathered some of our personal favorite DOG OWNERSHIP HACKS to share quick fixes and easy household tips.
Do you have a pet ownership hack you love? Please share them in the comment section and make life a bit easier for all of our pet-loving friends! =D
Dog hair bothering you? Instead of spending tons of money on Swiffer or similar products, use a dryer sheet. Simply rub them on the floor or furniture and you’ll be thrilled with the results.
Has drool taken over your life? Use a magic eraser to seamless remove those stubborn drool marks from furniture, the floor, or even your car doors. You can also use a simple mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to clean up that unwanted drool...and the best part? It won’t leave streaks or stain marks.
Need an easy DIY dog bed? Follow Handimania’s simple step-by-step guide to making a homemade dog bed using two items you probably already have: a sweatshirt and a pillow!
Tired of fighting the infamous ATL heat? Buy a kiddie pool for as little as 7 bucks at your local Walmart or Target. Want to get a special doggie pool? Try this foldable pet pool and use it time and time again. Side note: the dogs who attend doggie daycare with The Village Pets looooveee these pools!
Do you struggle with never-ending dog energy? Make an ultra simple dog toy puzzle only three supplies: a tennis ball, a pair of scissors, and small dog treats (even carrots will do!). Take the scissors and cut a medium-sized slit on one side of the tennis ball. Fill with treats and give to your dog - it will keep them busy for hours!
Tired of ants trying to steal your outdoor pup’s food? Draw a chalk line around their dish! Chalk interferes with ant scent lines so you’ll easily distract them and stop the ant takeover.
Fighting fleas and ticks this summer? Mix essential oils like eucalyptus, lemongrass, cedar, and rosemary with water to create a natural, toxin-free spray to prevent flea and tick attacks. Remember, we always recommend consulting a vet for health-related doggie concerns!
Does your dog eat too fast? Throw a toy (maybe a tennis ball?!) into their food bowl to make them work a bit harder and eat a bit slower.
Have a trash-loving pup? Use a simple baby baby proof lock on your garbage can lid to prevent those stubborn pups from eating the garbage, especially while you’re away.
Upset tummy? If you’ve visited the vet and cleared your pup of other serious health concerns, a simple, bland meal of chicken and rice is likely to help with stomach upsets and/or diarrhea. Remember: this should only be used in conjunction with veterinary expertise!
Struggling to keep up with Fido’s water intake? Make this DIY refillable pup water bowl to ensure they always stay hydrated, especially during the hotLANTA summers!
Like these hacks? Share, share, share with your friends and family and check back next week for more DOGGIE TIPS & TRICKS!
Summertime in Atlanta means endless sunshine, festivals, and outdoor activities. Atlanta dog parks are a huge hit with pup owners because the days are longer and we all want to get out and enjoy as much fresh air and green grass as possible. We’re huge fans of dog parks too - some of our faves include Piedmont Park, Oakhurst Dog Park, Fetch, Freedom Barkway, and Adair Park Dog Park.
Dog parks are a big part of ATL pup ownership, but what other activities can you do with your pup to cool off from the HOTlanta sunshine? We’ve included some highlights and you can visit the links at the bottom for even more dog-friendly spots and outdoor activities!
1. Brunch It: Dog-friendly Weekend Brunch at The Family Dog - take a break from dog park time and head over to this Morningside restaurant to enjoy some delicious frozen cocktails and cool off with your fur pal. They welcome dogs to “Sit. Drink. Stay!” every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
2. Make a Splash: Visit Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Annual Splish Splash Doggie Bash - enjoy one last splash in the pool as another ATL summer comes to a close. There are splash sessions October 5 and 6 but be sure to sign up early - spaces fill up fast! BONUS: you’ll definitely get social media-worthy photos too. Check out some highlights from last year!
3. Catch a Fly Ball: Take your pup to the annual Bark in the Park event and support the Atlanta Braves - On September 8, Braves fans can bring (leashed) pups to SunTrust Park to support the Braves as they take on the Washington Nationals. Tickets for humans and fur babies are $25 each and are very limited. Be sure to book early.
4. Take a Walk & Enjoy a Night Cap - take a sunset walk on the ATL Beltline and finish it off with a NightCap on the Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall patio - the Beltline has everything you need: shopping, food, drinks, and a beautiful walking path. As the day cools off, take your pups on an evening stroll and stop in to Ladybird for a sweet cocktail and mighty fine summer patio dining.
5. Support a Local Brewery - Visit Monday Night Brewing and hang out on their dog-friendly patios. They said it themselves: “There’s no better way to socialize dogs than over a glass of beer.” Head on over to their West Midtown location, grab a locally-crafted cold one and mix and mingle with dogs and humans alike.
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Let’s face it: for many of us, the health and well-being of our furry loved ones is just as important as that of our human family members. The world of dog health and wellness foods, treatments, and supplements can be overwhelming and very confusing. Recently, the FDA threw a new wrench into the equation: the grain-free dog food trend that has caught on like wildfire might not actually be so healthy after all.
The FDA recently named 16 grain-free dog food brands that appear to have links to canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle in dogs. Identified brands include common household names like Blue Buffalo, Earthborn Holistic, and Natural Balance. While these reports are definitely noteworthy, the article points out that more research is needed to identify concrete connections between the disease and these specific products. The Village Pets, Pet Sitting and Pet Care recommends consulting with your veterinarian to discuss the best diet for your dogs.
Click here to read the full article from NBC News and stay tuned to the blog for future updates about further research and findings!
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