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How to keep your pet cool this summer

02 21st, 2011 Author: SnootyPaws

It’s been a very hot past few days around Australia so we thought we’d post a blog post with some tips on how to keep your pet cool.

Our poor cat Jackson has been flopping all over the house and is sleeping all day either spread out on the tiles or on the couch or bed under the fan. You can’t help but feel more sorry for them because they’re covered in fur (and cats don’t seem to understand that water helps them cool off!)

So how do you keep your cat or dog cool?

Well firstly you need to ensure they have a shady spot to rest in that will be shaded throughout the day if they are an outside pet. If you know it’s going to be a very hot day perhaps consider letting your pet inside for the day where it’ll probably be cooler if you have air conditioning or fans on.

Keep their water bowls topped up and keep an eye on them. Your pet might accidentally knock their bowl and tip the water out or it might evaporate on a hot day. Try to buy a bowl with a heavy base and a non slip grip edging around the base to prevent it being knocked over or even a self watering bowl. You could drop a couple of ice cubes in to cool the water temp down further.

If your pet shows signs of heat distress (Such as panting, increased heartbeat, lethargy or seems to be stressed or pacing) a quick cooling off tip is to wet a towel and rub them down or if you have a dog hose them down outside or in the shower. Immersing your pets feet in water will also help quickly cool them down (although I wouldn’t want to try that with most cats!).

To keep their bedding cool you could freeze some gel packs or if you need a cool option straight away, wrap some frozen peas or corn in a tea towel and place in their bedding area for them to lean against.

Give them some freezable cool chew toys such as the cool teething stick for dogs or the chilly kitty chew for cats.

If you think your pet is severely suffering wet them, wrap them in wet towels and take them to the vet immediately.

Do you have any other great tips you’d like to share? feel free to comment

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Stumbled across this fantastic website: www.doggo.com.au

The site is a directory listing off lead dog parks, reserves, trails and beaches within Australia as well as dog-friendly holiday accommodation.

It’s easy to use and you can simply put in your suburb or address to find dog friendly areas near you! Fantastic if you’ve just moved to a new area or are on holidays. You may even find some dog friendly areas in your suburb you weren’t even aware of before!

Technorati Tags: doggo, australia, off leash parks, dog friendly, beaches, reserves, trails, off leash

Paddle boarding with a dog

03 08th, 2009 Author: SnootyPaws

We went for a walk around the Burleigh Headland this afternoon and spotted this guy paddle boarding with his dog!

He’d paddle out with his oar and then catch the waves in. Occasionally they would both fall off and his dog would paddle in the water until he hoisted him back up on the board. They both seemed to be loving it!

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon on the sunny Gold Coast.

dog-riding-on-a-surf-ski.jpg

Technorati Tags: paddle board, surf ski, gold coast, dog paddle boards, dog swims

Online networking site for lonely dogs

02 08th, 2009 Author: SnootyPaws

Many of us lead busy lives with work, exercise, shopping, catching up with friends etc which means that often we’re away from home for hours on end.

If you have a bored pooch you’ll know exactly what that means! Chewed furniture, destroyed shoes, constant barking and yowling and some very angry neighbours.

I just read an article in theage.com.au about a new website that has been set up to help Australians find companions for their pets while they’re away at work all day. This is a FREE site where you can post a photo up of your dog along with a description and the area you live in so that you can meet up with other local pet owners who might be willing to leave their pet at your house for companionship or vice versa.

Visit www.dogtree.com.au to view the site and meet some new dog friends.

Technorati Tags: networking site, social networking, for dogs, dogtree.com.au, the age, lonely dogs, bored dogs

Thinking of buying a dog? Consider the costs first

10 27th, 2007 Author: SnootyPaws

Christmas is now less than 2 months away and as many people still buy pets for Christmas for their partner or children, you might want to pause and consider the costs first.

Research by British insurer Petplan claims that a dog will cost $33 900 over a 12 year typical lifespan and a cat $32 600 over 16 years.

So while puppies and kittens are cute they’re for life and the expenses are very real. You need to cover not only food but unexpected vet bills from accidents and sickness, worming and flea tablets, desexing costs, toys, collars, leads, boarding expenses when you go away and grooming.

Technorati Tags: pets, expenses, vet, costs, raising, pet

Single guys? Buy a ute and a dog

10 27th, 2007 Author: SnootyPaws

An article in The Age yesterday said that the results from an online poll by an Indian car manufacturer found that 53% of women think men driving a ute is sexy.

Of those who perceived men in utes as attractive, 66% said the style of the ute and the condition it is in matters to them as it shows the owner takes pride in their work and appearance.

And if there is a dog in the back of the ute, 15 per cent say it makes the driver even “cuter”.

Only 6 per cent say utes that have been modified or hotted up really do it for them.

So there you have it – dogs in ute’s mean you’re super cute boys!

Technorati Tags: dogs, ute’s, survey, mahindra

Archive for the 'Dog News' Category

How to keep your pet cool this summer

Author: SnootyPaws, 02 21st, 2011

It’s been a very hot past few days around Australia so we thought we’d post a blog post with some tips on how to keep your pet cool.

Our poor cat Jackson has been flopping all over the house and is sleeping all day either spread out on the tiles or on the couch or bed under the fan. You can’t help but feel more sorry for them because they’re covered in fur (and cats don’t seem to understand that water helps them cool off!)

So how do you keep your cat or dog cool?

Well firstly you need to ensure they have a shady spot to rest in that will be shaded throughout the day if they are an outside pet. If you know it’s going to be a very hot day perhaps consider letting your pet inside for the day where it’ll probably be cooler if you have air conditioning or fans on.

Keep their water bowls topped up and keep an eye on them. Your pet might accidentally knock their bowl and tip the water out or it might evaporate on a hot day. Try to buy a bowl with a heavy base and a non slip grip edging around the base to prevent it being knocked over or even a self watering bowl. You could drop a couple of ice cubes in to cool the water temp down further.

If your pet shows signs of heat distress (Such as panting, increased heartbeat, lethargy or seems to be stressed or pacing) a quick cooling off tip is to wet a towel and rub them down or if you have a dog hose them down outside or in the shower. Immersing your pets feet in water will also help quickly cool them down (although I wouldn’t want to try that with most cats!).

To keep their bedding cool you could freeze some gel packs or if you need a cool option straight away, wrap some frozen peas or corn in a tea towel and place in their bedding area for them to lean against.

Give them some freezable cool chew toys such as the cool teething stick for dogs or the chilly kitty chew for cats.

If you think your pet is severely suffering wet them, wrap them in wet towels and take them to the vet immediately.

Do you have any other great tips you’d like to share? feel free to comment

Technorati Tags: keep pets cool, dogs, cats, summer, cooling tips

Stumbled across this fantastic website: www.doggo.com.au

The site is a directory listing off lead dog parks, reserves, trails and beaches within Australia as well as dog-friendly holiday accommodation.

It’s easy to use and you can simply put in your suburb or address to find dog friendly areas near you! Fantastic if you’ve just moved to a new area or are on holidays. You may even find some dog friendly areas in your suburb you weren’t even aware of before!

Technorati Tags: doggo, australia, off leash parks, dog friendly, beaches, reserves, trails, off leash

Paddle boarding with a dog

Author: SnootyPaws, 03 08th, 2009

We went for a walk around the Burleigh Headland this afternoon and spotted this guy paddle boarding with his dog!

He’d paddle out with his oar and then catch the waves in. Occasionally they would both fall off and his dog would paddle in the water until he hoisted him back up on the board. They both seemed to be loving it!

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon on the sunny Gold Coast.

dog-riding-on-a-surf-ski.jpg

Technorati Tags: paddle board, surf ski, gold coast, dog paddle boards, dog swims

Online networking site for lonely dogs

Author: SnootyPaws, 02 08th, 2009

Many of us lead busy lives with work, exercise, shopping, catching up with friends etc which means that often we’re away from home for hours on end.

If you have a bored pooch you’ll know exactly what that means! Chewed furniture, destroyed shoes, constant barking and yowling and some very angry neighbours.

I just read an article in theage.com.au about a new website that has been set up to help Australians find companions for their pets while they’re away at work all day. This is a FREE site where you can post a photo up of your dog along with a description and the area you live in so that you can meet up with other local pet owners who might be willing to leave their pet at your house for companionship or vice versa.

Visit www.dogtree.com.au to view the site and meet some new dog friends.

Technorati Tags: networking site, social networking, for dogs, dogtree.com.au, the age, lonely dogs, bored dogs

Thinking of buying a dog? Consider the costs first

Author: SnootyPaws, 10 27th, 2007

Christmas is now less than 2 months away and as many people still buy pets for Christmas for their partner or children, you might want to pause and consider the costs first.

Research by British insurer Petplan claims that a dog will cost $33 900 over a 12 year typical lifespan and a cat $32 600 over 16 years.

So while puppies and kittens are cute they’re for life and the expenses are very real. You need to cover not only food but unexpected vet bills from accidents and sickness, worming and flea tablets, desexing costs, toys, collars, leads, boarding expenses when you go away and grooming.

Technorati Tags: pets, expenses, vet, costs, raising, pet

Single guys? Buy a ute and a dog

Author: SnootyPaws, 10 27th, 2007

An article in The Age yesterday said that the results from an online poll by an Indian car manufacturer found that 53% of women think men driving a ute is sexy.

Of those who perceived men in utes as attractive, 66% said the style of the ute and the condition it is in matters to them as it shows the owner takes pride in their work and appearance.

And if there is a dog in the back of the ute, 15 per cent say it makes the driver even “cuter”.

Only 6 per cent say utes that have been modified or hotted up really do it for them.

So there you have it – dogs in ute’s mean you’re super cute boys!

Technorati Tags: dogs, ute’s, survey, mahindra