Three Important Safety Products for your Dog this Summer

Written by Nicole Martins

Keeping your dog safe is similar to keeping a child safe, you need to constantly be on alert. There are certain dangers a dog faces, especially in urban and suburban settings whererepparttar risk of running away and getting hit by a car poses a serious threat. Keeping your pooch protected on your property even when you’re not there to supervise, or keeping your dog from running off and becoming injured when playing around off leash, is reason enough to look for practical solutions. Below are three products that can help you and your companion enjoy some freedom while being safe!

Water Alarm

This product is designed to alert you should your dog enterrepparttar 150867 pool. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, my dog’s a great swimmer. And I’m sure he is. Butrepparttar 150868 reality is dogs drown in swimming pools, simply because they can’t findrepparttar 150869 stairs. To keep your pooch safe this summer, look intorepparttar 150870 Safety Turtle Water Safety Alarm, or a similar product. This particular product works by attachingrepparttar 150871 Turtle to your pet’s collar: an alarm will sound at a base station inrepparttar 150872 houserepparttar 150873 moment he jumps in.


There are numerous wireless pet fence manufacturers to choose from: Innotek and Petsafe are 2 very good brands. This form of containment makes it possible for you to create invisible boundaries on your property, so that your dog doesn’t run off. How does it work?

A transmitter (usually housed inrepparttar 150874 garage or basement) sends a radio signal through a concealed wire buried alongrepparttar 150875 perimeter ofrepparttar 150876 "fenced in" area. Your dog wears a special collar with a receiver that alerts him with a warning tone when he’s approachingrepparttar 150877 edge ofrepparttar 150878 safe area, followed by a minor shock if he gets too close. Additional training, usually 7 – 14 days, is necessary to assist your dog in understanding and learningrepparttar 150879 boundaries ofrepparttar 150880 fence.

It is important to note that while invisible fences work well with most dogs, they are not 100 % effective, especially if your dog is older, stubborn and not well trained. If you think this might berepparttar 150881 case with your pet and you want to try this product, make sure you are on guard for a reasonable trial period to make sure your dog doesn’t figure out he can ‘jump’repparttar 150882 fence and run off.

Care for your dog's ears.

Written by Ruth Bird

Regular ear care for your dog Routine ear care is very important torepparttar health of your dog. Perform regular checks and cleaning between visits to your veterinarian, it will help keep your dog’s ears healthy and pain free. This is extremely important to do. I have had Goldens and Black Labs for many years, and they are well known for ear conditions. But remember, no matter how efficient you are in caring for your dog’s ears, serious conditions may still arise. Also, beware when your dog flaps its ears too much. This can cause a hematoma, which I will discuss a little further on. My Golden had to be operated for this. Regular inspection of your dog’s Ears By performing ear inspections you will be able to detect problems early. Use both your eyes and your nose. A small flashlight will assist you in seeing problems. I have “smelled out” more serious problems using my nose. This method can detect ear infections early. Normally a dog’s ears shouldn’t smell foul in any way. A dark waxy discharge this may be a sign of ear mites. A pus-like discharge along with a foul smell this is a sign of a bacterial infection. Allergies are also known to cause a foul smell in your dog’s ears. My Golden had very sensitive ears. If something feels wrong, make sure you have your Veterinarian check it right away. Have your Vet show you what to look for, and how to look for potential problems! My Vet is an amazing teacher and he is always willing to show me things. What dogs are more susceptible to ear problems? Dogs with floppy ears, like spaniels and bloodhounds, are very prone to ear infections because very little air flows into their ear canals. There are also breeds, likerepparttar 150800 Lhasa Apso, that have a heavy growth of hair inside their ears. Dogs that frequently swim are more susceptible to ear problems. And, Goldens can be very susceptible to ear problems. If you suspect that excess ear hair is a problem, you may need to removerepparttar 150801 hair that grows inside your dog’s ears. This is not very difficult and if you have a problem, find a good groomer to do it for you. How to clean your dog’s ears: Your dog’s eardrum is better protected than a human’s, but you should still proceed with caution when cleaningrepparttar 150802 ear canal. Do not insert anything into your dog’s ear. Use onlyrepparttar 150803 small square cleaning pads, or cotton balls. Use anything that is very soft, but has no tips. Ask your groomer or Vet to show yourepparttar 150804 best way to clean YOUR dog’s ears... Checking your dog’s ears only takes a few minutes so make it a part of your dog grooming routine. And when your dog’s ears need a cleaning don’t put it off. Remember regular cleanings can prevent many common ear problems. If you think a problem may be developing that is beyondrepparttar 150805 scope of your home dog ear care routine, take your dog torepparttar 150806 vet for a check up immediately. An infection, if left untreated, can be very painful.

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