Kong Stuffing Ideas

Our pups love to have their goodies and its up to us as pet parents and petsitters to make it healthy but enjoyable at the same time.
These are just a few ideas to start off the New Year on the right paw.
1. Pure Pumpkin – not puree
2. Peanut Butter
3. Mashed Banana
These can also be frozen to make it last longer.
4. Cheese – low fat no blue cheese
5. Apple – ( not seeds, stems, or leaves)
6. Low fat cottage cheese
7. Sugar free low fat yogurt
8. Cooked and raw vegetables – peas, green beans, broccoli, celery.
9. Carrots
10. Fresh fruits – raspberries, blueberries, banana.
Don’t forget to clean the kong in between uses.

Is your Thanksgiving dinner good for your dog or cat?

Lets face it we all love our pets otherwise they wouldn’t be a part of our family and at Thanksgiving it’s hard not to give in to those soulfull eyes asking to please give me some of what your having it smells soooo good.
So whats a pet parent supposed to do? A few ideas:
1. Let them in the backyard to have some playtime.
2. Put them in another room with thier own dinner while you eat.
3. If they are crate trained place them in their crate with food or toys to keep them busy. Remember a crate is not for punishment its thier own special place, so always make it pleasant.

If you must give your pets some of your Thanksgiving dinner stick to just the white meat in small amounts.
AVOID the dark meat and skin it has more fat and may upset your pets digestive system.
NEVER give your pets cooked bones they can splinter.

But most of all enjoy Thanksgiving with your best friends!

                Kristinne’s Critter Kare

Ideas on how to exercise your dogs and trying to beat the heat

It’s getting to be that time of year when we come to the cross roads of needing to walk our dogs because they need the exercise and the temperature being to hot for their feet.  What does a pet parent do?

1.You can take your dog out earlier or later in the day, when the temperature isn’t as hot.

2. Walk them on the grass, remember if you can’t go bare foot think about how they feel, about how hot it is on their paws.

3.You can have your pup wear booties.

4. If your dog loves the water and you have a pool or have access to a pool let him/her go swimming, throw a toy or ball and both of you can enjoy each other and being cool at the same time!

5. Here in Southern California we have dog beaches – go have fun but remember to have some shade, water,  &  sunscreen for those cute pink noses!

6. If you don’t have a pool get a baby pool just make sure it is made of hard plastic so their nails don’t put a hole it.

7. Take along a spray bottle and mist your dog, it will help cool them off.

8.  Take breaks often and make a drink of water part of that.

But most of all watch for signs that your dog has had enough and take them home.

Some of the signs of Canine heat exhaustion are  excessive panting, increased heart or respiratory rate, drooling, & seizures so please be careful.

Do you have any other ideas to help keep your pooch cool on these hot summer days?

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