Dog parks are an interesting topic. Plenty of owners absolutely love them. Some owners completely swear off dog parks. And many others fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Whether you’ve just recently gotten a dog or are thinking about visiting a dog park in Cincinnati for the first time, we want to share some helpful information about this type of experience:

Understand Who’s Right for Dog Parks

A common myth about dog parks is every single dog will enjoy and/or benefit from them. The reality is some dogs simply aren’t inclined to have any interest in this type of environment. It’s possible for a dog to have a personality or something from their background that causes them to get overwhelmed by the lack of structure in a dog park. Puppies who haven’t been fully vaccinated yet should also be kept away from dog parks for their own safety. And if a dog has any behavioral issues related to aggression, a dog park is unlikely to be a good fit.

Be Cautious About Kids and Dog Parks

If you have a dog and kids, going to the park can be a fun experience for everyone. However, that’s only true when kids know proper dog park etiquette. Kids who scream or want to run around inside a dog park can create a safety liability for everyone.

Owners Can Be An Issue at the Dog Park

Kids aren’t the only group of humans who can cause issues at a dog park. The simple truth is many owners don’t demonstrate good judgment about their dog’s behavior. This falls into two categories. Some owners baby their dogs and try to intervene in normal interactions between dogs. The other category is when owners have a dog who is rude or aggressive but don’t recognize that reality.

When owners don’t understand the behavior of their dogs and others, it can create lots of unnecessary stress for everyone involved or even put dogs in danger. On top of that, there are owners who don’t have good etiquette and may do things like bring food into this space or fail to clean up after their dog.

Dog Parks Aren’t the Only Option for Exercise

There are a lot of good things to be said about dog parks. But as you can see from what we covered above, they’re not the perfect solution for every single dog and owner. For owners who are frustrated because dog parks have never seemed quite like the right environment, the good news is there are other options to explore for exercising and socializing your dog.

If you’re looking for an environment that’s supervised by caring professionals, allows dogs to exercise and promotes proper socialization, you’ll want to take a look at our dog daycare.

Your dog’s fur does a great job of keeping it warm during the winter. But when the temperature heats up, your dog’s coat isn’t very useful for helping to regulate heat. Instead, the way dogs get rid of heat is through a combination of panting and the glands in their footpads. While this works fine in normal conditions, dogs can only deal with so much heat.

If a dog gets too hot, it can cause their body to overheat. In a worst case situation, this results in a heat stroke. Since heat stroke can be a very serious condition, it’s important to understand how to recognize the signs and what to do if it happens. Just as importantly is knowing what you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Signs and Causes of Heat Stroke

Excessive panting is an early sign that a dog is overheating. If this continues, a dog will begin to exhibit other signs of discomfort. It’s important to take stock of the surrounding temperature and decide if it seems too hot for a dog. The most common cause of this type of incident is a dog getting left in a car on a hot day. It can also happen if a dog is outside during the peak heat and is either too active or doesn’t have enough shade.

What to Do If Your Dog Has a Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can cause a dog to loses consciousness. If this happens, run cool water over your dog while preventing any water from going in its mouth. You can also apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the dog’s head. You’ll want to massage your dog’s legs and then let your dog drink as much water as it wants upon waking. Putting a pinch of salt in the water can help your dog get lost minerals back. Then as soon as possible, get your dog to the vet so it can be checked for unseen problems like kidney issues, brain swelling or abnormal blood clotting.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke

The most important thing you can do is never leave your dog in your car during the summer. Even if it’s just a few minutes, temperatures can quickly spike to unsafe levels. It’s also important to avoid too much activity during the hottest hours of the day. And when you are outside with your dog, make sure there’s shade and fresh drinking water available.

If you can’t be with your dog during the day and want to ensure it’s in a safe environment with loving professionals who know how to prevent issues like heat stroke, be sure to take a look at our dog day care services for Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

Why Are Dogs Scared of Fireworks?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

While we’re just at the beginning of summer, it won’t be all that long until the 4th of July is here. Throughout Cincinnati and the rest of the United States, the 4th is a great opportunity to enjoy food, family and fireworks. However, there’s a large group that does not like this holiday at all.

Dogs are the group that would be much happier if the 4th of July was celebrated differently. The reason dogs of all ages and sizes dislike this holiday is the fireworks. More specifically, the majority of dogs are scared of fireworks. As a dog owner, it never feels good to see your buddy getting upset. So if you want to know why dogs are scared of fireworks and if there’s anything you can do to help, keep reading to get all the answers:

Dogs’ Excellent Hearing Plays a Key Role in Their Fear

We all know that on the 4th and in the days leading up to this date, fireworks are going to make loud sounds in the evening. But dogs don’t have a way to know this holiday has arrived. So when they suddenly hear fireworks going off, it’s the equivalent of a human being startled by a loud noise they weren’t expecting.

What makes fireworks an even more intense experience for dogs is their acute hearing. A dog’s keen senses also explain why they may be afraid of fireworks but not thunderstorms. With thunderstorms, dogs are able to pick up on warning signs like high winds or barometric pressure changes. Sensing those changes gives a dog the ability to prepare for what comes next.

How to Help a Dog That’s Scared of Fireworks

Not every dog is scared of fireworks. If yours doesn’t show any signs of being upset, it’s either their easygoing personality or enough exposure to loud noises at a young age to know fireworks don’t present a threat. For all the owners who do have dogs that get scared by fireworks, there are a few ways to help reduce anxiety.

The first is to provide a safe and secure place inside for your dog to go. A crate with a toy or dog bed are two good options. The next tip is to play calm music. This can help provide a distraction. Another way to distract your dog is by giving it a treat. An added benefit is this can actually create a positive association for your dog with fireworks.

The last tip is to stay calm. Your dog will look to you for reassurance. By maintaining a calm energy, you can help your dog understand that there isn’t any danger instead of causing your dog to worry even more.

Can Dogs Get the Zika Virus?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

 

 Although the Zika virus was first isolated in 1947, Google Trends shows that there were virtually no online searches about this topic over the last decade. Then in February of this year, searches for Zika online absolutely exploded when the virus began making headlines. Because it wasn’t something that anyone previously had much knowledge of, most people still have a lot of questions about it.

One of those questions is if dogs can get the Zika virus. The current answer to that question is we don’t know. As of now, there’s no evidence that dogs can contract or transmit the virus. Zika has been detected in non-human primates in Brazil, and has also been purposely given to genetically modified mice to better understand this infection.

Why is Zika So Concerning?

In addition to providing the most recent information about Zika and dogs, another common source of confusion is why Zika is suddenly so concerning. There are two main answers to that question. The first is how rapidly it can spread. Estimates currently point at 1.5 million people in Brazil being infected by the virus.

The second reason there’s so much concern about Zika is the effect it can have on women who are pregnant or get pregnant after being infected. The virus can cause a serious and life-threatening birth defect known as microcephaly. The physical manifestation of this defect is an underdeveloped fetal brain, which can result in severe neurological deformation or death. Over 3,500 cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil between October 2015 and January 2016.

Protecting Your Dog From Mosquitoes

As of now, Zika isn’t something that needs to concern dog owners in the United States. However, mosquitoes can still be very dangerous to dogs. The reason is they’re the way that heartworms are spread. In fact, mosquitoes are the only way a dog can get this disease. And unlike Zika, this disease has been reported in all 50 states. Ohio specifically has a moderate to high occurrence of heartworm throughout the state.

If a dog gets infected with heartworm, it can be difficult and costly to cure. What’s even scarier is there initially won’t be any symptoms that a dog has heartworm. Over time, a cough will begin due to worms crowding the lungs and heart. Curing heartworm requires multiple injections of an arsenic-based product.

There are a lot of scary elements of heartworm. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent a dog from getting it. All you need to do is use a monthly pill, monthly topical or a six-month injectable product. We recommend that you speak to your vet about the best prevention option for your specific dog. - Dog Day Every Day

Spring Grooming Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Now that the weather is heating up in Cincinnati, you can enjoy spending more quality time with your dog outdoors. While temperatures aren’t yet at the levels they’ll hit during the peak of summer, a dog may still get quite hot after spending so much time inside. One way to help keep your dog’s temperature at an optimal level is through spring grooming. By following just a few guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your dog looking and feeling its best.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Heavy Winter Coat

It’s common for dogs to grow a heavier coat during the cold months of winter. Although this type of coat is more obvious in some breeds than others, it’s pretty common across the canine spectrum. Once spring arrives and temperatures start going up, these heavier coats can get matted. And loose hair that doesn’t get matted can end up everywhere. The extent of shedding will depend on a dog’s breed. However, just about any kind of dog will benefit from lots of brushing during spring.

In terms of how to brush your dog, the best tool to use will depend on whether it has a coat that’s short, medium, long or undercoat. Once you find the best tool for your dog’s specific coat, you’ll want to brush in the direction that the hair grows. For mats, be sure to untangle them with your fingers instead of trying to break them up through brute force.

While some dogs may be easy enough to brush out in a short session, others may require more frequent brushing spread out over shorter sessions. And to get the best results from a solid spring brushing, be sure to promptly follow up with a bath. Just like people, a dog’s coat can dry out during the colder winter months, which is why you may want to include a conditioner in your bath routine.

Call a Professional

In addition to taking some grooming steps on your own, it’s also great to take advantage of professional help. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a a variety of great spa services. Our bath service with blow dry and brush is a great way to freshen your dog. You can maximize freshness by adding a blueberry facial.

Despite your best efforts to follow the tips above, your dog’s shedding may be driving you crazy. Fortunately, our shed-less treatment or shed-less package are very effective at dealing with this issue. Complete your dog’s spring grooming with one of our thorough pawdicures. If you have any questions about our spa services or would like to schedule an appointment, you can easily reach us by calling 513-860-DOGS.



Regardless of their size, your dog probably has no trouble acting tough when it feels the need to protect you. However, underneath that bravado is probably a total softie. And while your dog’s gentle nature is usually reflected in affection and other positive traits, there may be one issue that concerns you. The issue we’re talking about is storm anxiety. For owners of dogs with this condition, watching this type of anxiety take over can be very difficult.


In a matter of seconds, a dog can go from its normal happy self to being visibly anxious. Depending on the specific dog, actions that go along with this condition may include pacing, hiding in the closet, squeezing into a tight space like behind a toilet, clawing walls, chewing carpets or even trying to break through something like a window.


Before we cover any more information about this condition, it’s important to note two things. First, dog thunderstorm phobia is a very real condition in dogs and one that shouldn’t be ignored by owners. And second, a common misconception about this condition is that dogs grow out of it. In most cases, that’s simply not the case.


Tips for Helping a Dog Feel Better During a Storm


Although experts haven’t pinpointed the exact cause of this condition, most believe it’s the result of a combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity and low-frequency rumbles. That’s why a dog may begin showing signs of anxiety before you’re even able to hear that a storm is building.


With some dogs, this type of anxiety may be present from when they’re very young. And with others, it’s actually a condition that can develop later in life. While there’s no cure for storm anxiety, there are definitely ways to help manage it.


The first thing you can do is reward your dog’s calm behavior on a regular basis. By engaging in this type of training when it’s not stormy, you can create a habit which can be very useful when a storm does start brewing. The next way to help is to create a safe place where you dog can retreat during a storm. Common options include a basement corner, small room with calm music playing, open crate or even a bathroom. The best way to pick a spot is to watch where your dog naturally goes during a storm.


Another option is to put a snug garment on your dog. Studies have shown that snug-fitting shirts and wraps may be useful to calm anxious dogs. Finally, since dogs are more likely to have worse anxiety symptoms when they’re alone, bring your dog to our awesome daycare facilities on spring days when you can’t be at home and it’s likely to storm.


 


We hope you had a wonderful Easter! It’s always nice to have a spring day to spend with loved ones. While there are lots of good things that can be said about Easter, we do want to share a few important pieces of information about keeping your dog safe from leftover Easter Chocolate and Lilies.


Be Conscious of All the Easter Candy Around Your Home


Between Easter eggs and Easter baskets, chances are there’s a lot of candy sitting around your home. Although it’s definitely fun to have sweet treats in the weeks after Easter, just remember that candy isn’t a good thing for every member of your household. Dogs definitely can’t eat any kind of chocolate candy. And even though most dog owners already know that, it’s easy to forget how motivated a dog can be to get into something like an Easter basket full of candy.


According to the Pet Poison Hotline, calls about dogs eating chocolate go up by a full 200% during the week following Easter! Since Easter candy does result in so many dog owners finding themselves in a scary situation, be extra sure that candy is stored in a secure location where there’s no chances of a dog jumping or pawing its way to the candy.


If you want to keep the spirit of Easter alive in your home by keeping out Easter baskets or eggs, all you need to do is take the candy out and store it somewhere safe. Then you can enjoy your decorative Easter items for a while longer without putting your dog in any kind of risk.


Easter Lilies Can Be Dangerous As Well


While most dog owners already know about the dangers of chocolate, one source of danger that isn’t as well known is Easter lilies. There are several species of lilies that can be dangerous to dogs. Other types of lilies that can put dogs in danger are Asiatic, Day and Tiger lilies. Although studies have shown that cats are often more susceptible to the symptoms of lily poisoning, dogs are still at risk.


What happens if a dog licks or eats certain types of lilies? Dehydration, vomiting, lethargy, appetite loss and disorientation are common symptoms. In more serious cases, lily poisoning can cause seizures or even kidney failure.


Have Peace of Mind When You’re Away From Home


Now that we’ve passed Easter and spring is officially setting in, you may be planning some trips. If you’re concerned because you won’t be able to take your dog on any of these trips, you’ll be happy to know that in addition to our standard day care services, we also offer 24-hour care. Call Dog Day, Every Day today for availability at 513-860-DOGS.




At Dog Day, Every Day, taking great care of dogs is something that’s always on our minds. Since providing great dog care is our speciality, we like sharing our knowledge and experience with dog owners whenever possible. Now that the temperature is on the rise, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring up a “pesky” topic and how you can stay on top of this issue.


What Dog Owners Need to Know About Fleas


The first six weeks of warmer weather are when fleas often explode in numbers. How do you know if your dog has fleas? Black specks are the most common sign. These specks aren’t the fleas themselves. Instead, they’re the fecal matter that adult fleas leave behind. In addition to looking for these specks in the areas where your dog lays, you can run a comb through your dog’s hair to see if any specks fall out.


If your dog doesn’t have fleas, the main thing for you to do is take preventive action now to keep fleas from becoming a problem in the coming weeks. Depending on your dog’s age, lifestyle and your own schedule, there are a variety of solutions you can compare to keep your dog flea-free.


What if you discover that your dog does have fleas? The first thing is don’t panic! Although fleas definitely aren’t ideal, they’re also not the end of the world. By taking action now, you can eliminate the problem and then prevent it from happening again.


In order to fully get rid of fleas, there are four different steps you need to complete. The first three are kill adult fleas on your dog, kill adult fleas that are planning to get on your dog and then prevent flea eggs from hatching inside your home. You can accomplish all three steps by using an active treatment recommended by your vet.


The last step is to fully clear your home and any other area your dog spends time in of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. You can do that by frequently vacuuming throughout your home, regularly washing the places where your dog sleeps and keeping your yard as tidy as possible.


Don’t Forget About Mosquitoes

In addition to fleas, the warmer weather means mosquitoes are getting active again. Not only should you protect yourself against these pests, but it’s important to do the same for your dog. The reason that mosquitoes are especially concerning for dogs is they can carry heartworm. Since heartworm is almost always serious and even has the potential to be fatal, we highly recommend you start your dog on a heartworm preventative. If you haven’t ever used this kind of medication before, don’t hesitate to ask your vet any questions about which option is the best fit for your dog.

Going for a run outside always feels great. Even though there may be times during the run when you feel tired, the end result of a run will leave you feeling energized. Dogs feel the same way. Regardless of their size, they enjoy being able to burn off energy by running around and having fun.


While the fresh air is always nice, living in Cincinnati means the weather doesn’t always cooperate with plans to go for a run. Whether it’s too cold or all muddy outside due to rain, these conditions definitely aren’t ideal for enjoying a run.


What’s great about dog treadmills is even when the weather isn’t cooperating, it’s still possible for a dog to get plenty of exercise. Let’s take a look at the specific benefits that make this type of machine so great:


1. No More Excuses: Just as people do, dogs benefit from exercise consistency. Having a treadmill to use means that even when the weather is terrible, you won’t have an excuse for skipping a workout.


2. Minimizes Stress: Dog treadmills are designed to absorb shock, which makes them less stressful on dog’s joints than running on concrete or asphalt. This can be especially helpful for older dogs.


3. Controlled Speed: A treadmill eliminates the distractions that can occur outside and makes it possible for your dog to exercise at a consistent rate.


4. Really Fun: In addition to using a consistent speed, you can also add a fun twist by varying speeds. This gives your dog the ability to run in the way they want (which may not be possible when they’re outside on a leash).


Take Advantage of the Treadmill at Dog Day, Every Day


Although there are a lot of good things that can be said about dog treadmills, there are two notable drawbacks. The first drawback is their price. It’s difficult to find a reliable doggy treadmill for under $500. Unless you get lucky and find an amazing deal, you’re likely going to pay in the $500-$800 range for one. The other drawback is this device can take up quite a bit of space. While a dog treadmill is smaller than ones made for people, it may take up too much space in a place like an apartment.


If you’re concerned about either of those drawbacks, you’ll be happy to know that you can still take advantage of everything a dog treadmill has to offer without worrying about the downsides. The way you can make that happen is by bringing your dog to daycare at Dog Day, Every Day. In addition to our outdoor space, we also have a great dog treadmill!

Our rates start as low as $15 a day. And if you have any questions about our daycare program, don't hesitate to give us a call at 513-860-DOGS.

Your Guide to Dog Dental Health Month

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


February is officially here, which means that in addition to Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day, it’s also Pet Dental Health Awareness Month. While everyone knows that they should personally floss more often, it’s easy to forget just how important dental health is for dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease by the age of three.


Since everyone wants their beloved pets to be healthy and happy for as long as possible, dental health is something to take very seriously. Given that only 14% of dogs receive dental care at the vet’s office, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of room for improvement. So with that goal in mind, Dog Day Every Day wants to cover some of the things you can do to help your dog maximize its dental health:


Understand the Signs of Dental Disease


Taking care of your dog starts by understanding the signs that there’s something which needs to be addressed. Bad breath, loose or discolored teeth, teeth covered in tartar, drooling, dropping food from the mouth or your dog not being comfortable with having its mouth touched are all potential signs of dental disease. Bleeding from the mouth, loss of appetite or loss of weight are often signs of more serious oral health problems.


Take Your Dog for a Dental Exam


Even if you haven’t noticed any of the signs covered above, it’s still a good idea to take your dog for an annual dental exam. Giving a vet an opportunity to look in your dog’s mouth will ensure that any potential issues are noticed so that they can be properly addressed.


Start Brushing and Chewing


While it’s important to have a medical professional check out your dog’s teeth, gums and mouth, you can make the biggest impact by committing to a consistent brushing schedule. If you have any questions about how often you should brush (once a week is the rule of thumb but can vary), what type of toothpaste to use or the best dental chews to give your dog, don’t hesitate to ask your vet for guidance.


Schedule Dental Cleanings


When you visit the dentist, they’re always able to clean your teeth despite the fact that you brush at least twice a day. The same is true for dogs. In addition to consistent brushing at home, it’s important to schedule dental cleanings on a regular basis so that your dog's mouth can be completely cleaned out and prevent any issues with tartar build-up.


By putting these dental health habits into practice for your dog during February and then continuing to make them a priority throughout 2016, you can ensure that your dog has the healthiest year possible!