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Fireworks Safety for our Doodles

Posted On: June 29, 2016
  • During the week of the Fourth of July the sky will reverberate with the bangs, pops and flashes that accompany the Fourth of July Celebrations. Humans may enjoy the revelry, but for some Doodles-fireworks, like thunder storms, can cause a great deal of stress including:
    Violent shaking, trembling
  • Excessive drooling
  • Barking, howling
  • Trying to hide or get into / out of the house, fence, or other enclosure
  • Refusing to eat food
  • Some animals may loose bladder or bowel control or experience temporary diarrhea from prolonged stress

Here are some tips to protect our dogs from the stress associated with fireworks:

  • Keeping pets indoors.
  • Close the curtains or blinds and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction.
  • A quiet place, such as a crate may provide your pet with a sense of security and comfort.
  • Using a leash if you must be outside with your pet to keep her from running off which is a common response to stress and fear.
  • Practicing fire safety. Keep pets away from matches, open fires, and fireworks – especially ones that are lighted on the ground. Pets may try to sniff (or eat) fireworks and pet hair can easily catch fire if too close to the fireworks.
  • Taking pets for a walk before dark and the fireworks start. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin, and this may lead to an “accident” later on.
  • Making sure pet ID is current. Make sure that your pet has proper identification tags, with current information, in case she gets away.

Some dogs do fine and don’t seem to notice the fireworks. But some pets cannot be calmed by petting or talking to them are simply too upset by the noise. Animals who are frightened/stressed can hurt themselves and possibly escape if left alone, and the results can be fatal. Frightened animals running loose are in great danger of being lost or, worse yet, hit by a car.

If nothing seems to work to calm your dog talk to your veterinarian about tranquilizers. They are not for every pet but they can help calm some who are overly stressed by loud noises.

Some dog owners have had success with behavior modification. This behavior modification should be done over a long period of time and not days or hours before the Fourth of July. This technique involves playing a recording of thunder at very low levels. Use the time to reassure your pet that everything is fine. Gradually increase the volume slowly over time, as your pet is able to handle the sounds without getting stressed.* Also this behavior modification should be done by professionals since doing this technique by yourself could cause more harm than good.

Happy Independence Day!


Summer Safety Tips

Posted On: June 06, 2016

Summer Safety Tips

Our doodles love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out, about, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.

Here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind.

Pause for Paws

When the sun is cooking asphalt, concrete or sand it can get really hot! Not only can it burn paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating. Your pet's paws are just as sensitive to the heat as your bare feet are. To avoid these blistering hot surfaces, walk during the cooler morning or evening hours.


Bring plenty of fresh water for your dog. Salt from ocean water and microscopic parasites in lakes, streams and puddles can make your pet sick. Our dogs get much thirstier than we do when they get hot, and other than panting and drinking, they really have no way to cool themselves down. Keep your pet in the shade as often as possible.


Believe it or not, dogs can sunburn, especially those with short or light-colored coats. And just like with people, sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your dog (don’t assume a sunscreen for people is appropriate for your dog).

Swimming and Water Activities

Water safety is essential! Stay close to your dog while playing or swimming in a lake, river or the ocean. Contrary to common belief, not all dogs are skilled swimmers. Remember that even the most experienced swimmer can become a victim of an undertow, jellyfish or other hazards. a life jacket is just as important for your dog as it is for you. Falling or jumping overboard is always possible. Any dog that spends time near water should have her very own pet life vest.

It might be best to leave your dog at home when going to large outdoor festivals or parties. A large crowd can be overwhelming and it increases the chances of injury, dehydration and exhaustion. Plus, there's bound to be a lot of unhealthy or even toxic food and trash on the ground that your dog might try to eat. Remember that fireworks and other loud noises can frighten dogs into running away or otherwise injuring themselves. If you do bring your dog to events, keep her close by and watch out for potential hazards.

As always, use your best judgment.