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Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

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Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

It’s Strawberry Ice Cream Day! We have an easy strawberry dog ice cream recipe for you to make today.

Why are strawberries good for dogs?

Strawberries are a low-caloric treat that is high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Does your dog need to lose weight? Substituting traditional dog treats with strawberries can help your dog reach their goal weight.

How to safely feed my dog strawberries?

Strawberries should have their stems removed and cut into small pieces to help prevent choking. Smaller dogs may benefit from having strawberries blended instead of tiny pieces. Other than removing stems and small pieces you don’t have to do anything else to strawberries to make them safe for dogs. You can also try our strawberry ice cream recipe below or one of our other strawberry ice cream recipes.

Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1lb of strawberries (a standard tub size)
3 – 4c low/non-fat plain yogurt

Directions:

1. Wash and remove stems from the strawberries with a knife.
2. Use a potato masher or food processor to mash/purée the strawberries.
3. Mix together your strawberry mix with the yogurt. If you want less strawberry flavor per bite, add more yogurt.
4. Spoon your mixture into silicone, food-safe molds.
5. Place the molds in the freezer and let them sit in a freezer overnight to harder.

That’s it! Did you make this recipe? Let us know @WetNosesPetSitting We’d love to see your results.

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin And Do They Like It?

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin And Do They Like It?

Yes! Dogs can eat pumpkin. Many dog treat recipes include pumpkin but you do need to keep a few things in mind.

Is pumpkin pie filling the same thing as pumpkin?

Dogs cannot eat seasoned pumpkin pie filling. If you are going to buy canned pumpkin for your pup make sure it’s either made for dogs or is plain. Many of the seasonings in pumpkin pie filling are toxic to dogs and should not be consumed.

Can my dog have pumpkin seeds?

Your dog can have pumpkin seeds but they can pose a choking hazard. Pumpkin seeds can serve as a natural dewormer as they contain cucurbitin. Cucurbitin paralyzes parasites which helps remove them from your dogs digestive track. Always consult your veterinarian before administering a natural dewormer. Pumpkin seeds can help mild cases but more severe cases may be require a stronger dewormer that only can be prescribed.

Are there any other benefits to pumpkin?

Pumpkin is high in fiber which makes it a staple in my panty for when my dog is constipated or has diarrhea. Fiber helps to push things out and firm them up. Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

Are the highest vitamins and minerals pumpkin

Does my dog even like pumpkin?

We can’t ask our canine companions if they like pumpkin directly but if we could they would probably say yes! Dogs seem to enjoy pumpkin as they enjoy many treats made with it. They also will happily eat up pumpkin put over their foods or stuffed into a toy. Of course, your dog may not like pumpkin. That’s okay! There’s loads of other foods out there that provide many of the same benefits that pumpkin does.

When you give your dog pumpkin, start with a few teaspoons. Larger dogs may need a few tablespoons before you notice any benefits – especially true when using pumpkin for it’s soluble fiber.

What can I do with pumpkin?

We’ve mentioned treats and that is by far the most common way dogs consume pumpkin. Here are some of our favorites

You can also put pumpkin on top of your dogs food, mix it in with their wet food, or add goats milk to it. Pumpkin can also be stuffed into toys like KONG to make a tantalizing treat.

Does your dog like pumpkin? What is your dogs favorite way to eat pumpkin? Let us know in the comments or @WetNosesPetSitting.

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5 Items In Your Kitchen That Are Poisonous To Dogs

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5 Items In Your Kitchen That Are Poisonous To Dogs

When sitting down to write about items in your kitchen that are poisonous to dogs, I stood in the middle of mine and took an inventory. There are a lot of things that are found in our kitchens that are poisonous but how often do you really have cherries in your kitchen? They’re probably not a staple. Here are 5 items in your kitchen that are poisonous to dogs that I keep on hand.

Minced Garlic

Amazon.com : Spice World, Minced Garlic, 4.5 Oz : Grocery & Gourmet Food

It’s easier than pressing my own garlic but extremely toxic to dogs. It does take more than a single piece of minced garlic to be toxic but studies have found that 15 to 30g of garlic per 1 kilogram (that’s a little over 2lbs) of body weight is enough to be toxic. Garlic toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dehydration. On a more extreme end it can cause damage to red blood cells, resulting in hemolytic anemia.

Bowl of Chocolate Candy

Confectionery, Chocolate, Dark, Whole Milk, Cute

Reece’s Cups are delicious to humans but not to dogs. Chocolate in large amounts can be deadly to pets. Some chocolate candy that contains peanut butter may also contain xylitol which is equally as deadly. The darker the chocolate the worse it is for your pets to have. Dark chocolate contains higher levels of theobromine which dogs cannot metabolize effectively.

Alcohol

Wines, Glasses, Wine Glasses, Stemware, Glassware

You may have some bottles of alcohol in your kitchen if you enjoy a drink every now and then, or if you cook with it. Grapes are also extremely toxic to dogs. Even one grape can be enough to be fatal by potentially causing sudden kidney failure. While we don’t know exactly why grapes (and raisins) are so toxic to dogs they should never be given to a dog.

Caffeinated Drinks

Coca-Cola, Water, Ice, Soda

This isn’t just limited to soda but coffee and caffeinated teas. You’d be shocked about how many things actually contain caffeine. If you ever spill anything that contains caffeine make sure to clean it up right away. Bonus Fact: Cleaning up soda ASAP is important to help prevent ants. Ants are not only annoying but they can carry a variety of diseases with them and they can get into tiny spaces – like dog food containers.

Medications

Pills, Medication, Tablets, Bottle, Drugs, Drugstore

I keep my medications in a medicine cabinet in the kitchen. Why do I keep medications in there? So they’re in a centralized source that doesn’t require having to get them from the bathroom. It’s very handy when you need a Tylenol and somebody is taking an hour-long shower. Highly recommend. If you too have a medicine cabinet in your kitchen make sure it’s one of your higher cabinets. Keep medications in their original packaging. Original packaging is usually child-proof and subsequently slightly more dog proof. If you can’t keep it in its original packaging put it in a secure container on a higher shelf.

Items in your Kitchen that are Poisonous to Dogs Infographic

 

What to do if you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t.

Seek emergency veterinary care immediately if you suspect your pet has been poisoned or if you have seen them getting into something that they shouldn’t. It’s always better to take them to the vet and be told that they didn’t ingest anything rather than waiting and it being too late.

What of these common kitchen items do you have in your kitchen? Are there any big ones we missed? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Most Popular Dog and Cat Names From 2021

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2021 was a year wasn’t it and that is reflected in the most popular dog and cat names from 2021. With more people becoming pet parents than ever there were sure to be some creative pet names. Does your pet’s name make this list?

A cat playing with yarn on a pink and white background. The top cat names of 2021 are Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy and Nala.

Credit: The Dog People

Pet names are like a snapshot for a specific time period. When historical events take place or a new celebrity emerges we see that reflected in pets names. 2021 brought us another year of COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Bridgerton (Netflix TV show) released, Bitcoin hit a new ATH, Kim K and Kanye broke up, so many things happened.

This year we saw an even larger increase in COVID-19 related names. Coming in at a+443% increase in cats being named Fauci and +43% being named Covi. It seems like people are still on the COVID-19 naming trend for pets. While names like Rona and Covid were down for cats but the same isn’t true for dogs. With a +35% increase in the name Covid and a +443% increase in the name Zoom. Prior to 2020 hardly any pets were named Fauci, Covid, or COVID-19 related names.

A German Shepherd wearing a mask for Covid-19 inspired dog names

Credit: The Dog People

Taylor Swift lost her top spot with dog parents making way for Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod, and Doja Cat. Taylor held on strong for cats, increasing by +76%. Some popular celebrity names for cats in 2021 were: Yeezy, Doja/Doja Cat (+176%), Oprah, Miley Cyrus, GaGa, and Dua Lipa.

Celebrity inspired dog names

Credit: The Dog People

Breaking the most popular names down by sex between cats and dogs gives us these lists:

Top Female Names for Dog: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Bailey, Stella, and Molly

Top Male Names for Dogs: Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, Duke, Teddy, and Tucker

Is your pets name on this list or did you go with another theme?

Top Female Names for Cats: Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, Kitty, Chloe, Stella, Zoe, and Lola

Top Male Names for Cats: Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, Simba, Jack, Loki, Ollie, and Jasper

Some of these names even overlap with Baby Center’s top baby names of 2021. With Leo, Luna, Oliver, and Stella all making that list.

The cast of Friends (dog edition) on the famous couch.

We even saw an increase in pets named after Friends characters following the reunion this year. Pets being named Phoebe Buffay was up +963% this year. Yes, that’s right. The full name. Not just Phoebe. Joey, Gunther, Chandler, and Ross also made the list. There was an increase in pets named after the popular show The Mandalorian with an increase in dogs being named Grogu.

But enough about what The Dog People found! What did Wet Noses Pet Sitting find? We compiled a list of all of our clients pets names who we did visits for in 2021 and found the most popular.

Wet Noses Pet Sitting Top Dog Names 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Names for Dogs: Bella, Lucy, Max, Charlie, Rocky

For our feline clients we found these names to be the most popular.

Wet Noses Pet Sitting Top Cat Names 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Names for Cats: Luna, Milo, Charlie, Lily, Lucy

Lucy and Charlie both were in our top 5 for cats and dogs. Seems like our data findings match up with what The Dog People found!

This is just a scratch in the surface from what The Dog People found. If you wish to learn more about the most popular cat and dog names of 2021, visit the links provided. Let us know in the comments if your pets name made their most popular names list! We’d love to know why you chose that name.

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How to Choose the Right Toys for Your Dog

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How to Choose the Right Toys for Your Dog

With the holidays approaching it’s important to choose the right toys for your dog when picking out presents. This information applies year-round (since do we really need a specific reason to buy our dogs toys?) but if a family member or friend buys your dog a toy it’s good to know if that toy is right for your dog or if you should keep it out of their toy bin.

Watch the video below to learn more or continue reading.

Most importantly, dog toys should be safe, fun, and durable.

Toys to Avoid

Thankfully most toys that are made for dogs don’t include these elements but some slip through the cracks.

  • Sharp
  • Pointy
  • Is a string – rubber bands, ribbons, etc.
  • Kids toys that contain small parts
  • Pantyhose
  • Anything that could be easily swallowed and digested

If you find your dog playing with any of these things, take them away immediately. If you suspect your dog has ingested the toy call your veterinarian immediately. Toys that are sharp, string and string-like, and choking hazards can all be fatal even if not apparent right away. Intestinal blockages typically require surgery and sharp objects can tear the esophagus, stomach, or digestive track.

Now, onto picking the right toy for your dog!

Size

Toys should be just big enough for your dog to carry, not small enough for them to swallow. A good rule of thumb is if it is smaller than their snout/muzzle – the protruding portion of an animal’s face, consisting of its nose, mouth, and jaw length[1] – they can potentially swallow it.

Dog in blue shirt running on sand

Dog In Blue Shirt Running On Sand by Scopio from NounProject.com

Play-style

How rough is your dog with their toys? Are they gentle and carry them around like a baby doll or do they prefer to destroy them before they even hit the ground? If your dog is more gentle you may be able to get away with giving them soft toys with squeakers such as Fluff n Tuff that aren’t marketed as extremely durable. For dogs that like to be rough, toys like KONG or Tuffy Dog Toys may be a better option as they are made for rough play. By no means are those the only dog toy brands out there. Shop around to find ones that suit your dogs play-style and preferred material/texture.

Is it edible?

This might be a weird one but we feel it’s important to touch on it. Some pet owners consider various chews to be toys. While not technically a toy if you or someone else buys your dog a chew the same rule of size and play-style apply.

If your dog is given something like a bully stick, it is important to take it away from them once it becomes the same length as their snout/muzzle or smaller. If your dog is really rough and doesn’t like to take their time on chews, it’s important to take it away from them before they finish the whole thing and get a belly ache.

With the holiday season many pet stores still promote and sell rawhide. Rawhide can be dangerous. If you dog swallows a large enough piece it can cause an obstruction which may require surgery, just as if they ate some string. Rawhide should always be given with supervision, if at all. If you are considering purchasing rawhide for a friends pet or your own, consider a safer and more easily digestible alternative such a No-Hide.

The same rules apple. Smaller than the snout/muzzle – throw it out. Monitor consumption to avoid belly aches.

Material

The material you choose will depend on your dogs play-style. You know your dog best.

For high energy dogs, toys that are made of hard rubber, KONG or RuffDawg, toys that are marketed for active/rough on toys dogs. Tug toys, such as the Super Tug are great when you are engaging in supervised play with your dog. Rope toys can easily be shredded and swallow bits of the rope, especially if left unsupervised. Finding tug toys made out of hard rubber is a bit of a challenge but there are toys out there. Tennis balls can be a great toy. If your dog likes to eat the outsides of them then this material may not be the ideal one for your dog.

For lower energy dogs, soft and plush toys may be ideal for them. There are countless brands of soft toys. Be sure to take a look at the toy aisle next time you’re at the pet store. If you are worried about stuffing there are brands out there that make stuffing free toys such as Outward Hound. Even if your dog is low energy they may still like to play with toys that are designed for high energy dogs.

Bernese dog with ring toy in mouth

Bernese Dog With Ring In Mouth by Avel Shah from NounProject.com

Mental Stimulation

For high energy dogs or dogs that may be left alone part of the day, mental stimulation may be an important factor for you. Tennis balls are fun, but they don’t provide much enrichment and stimulation. Those pet parents looking for mentally stimulating toys should check out our blog on interactive puzzle games for cats and dogs.

Rotate Dog Toys

Okay this is a bit of cheating but it works! Why bother buying more toys when you already have the right toys for your dog? If your dog is getting tired of the same toys consider swapping them out for some other ones you have. Often times, pet owners keep all of their pets toys out at once. You should only keep around 4-5 toys out at a time and rotate between sets frequently. This keeps the novelty of the toys and keeps your dog excited. An added bonus is toys won’t wear out as fast and you save money by not having to buy new toys constantly.

You picked out a toy. Now what?

Test it out! Whenever you are giving your dog a new toy make sure to supervise them. This supervision ensures you know how your dog interacts with that toy.

Congratulations!

You have successfully picked out the right toys for your dog! It’s a bit of a challenge, we know, but the reward is worth it. Nothing beats watching a happy dog play.

Let us know what your dogs favorite toy is in the comments or @WetNosesPetSitting

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

Every dog is different when it comes to how many times a day you should walk your dog.

A general rule of thumb is you should walk your dog

three to four times a day for at least 15 minutes

It might seem like a lot but we’re going to break it down for you since it’s different for every dog. Some factors that will influence how often you need to walk your dog are:

  • Health
  • Age
  • Physical athleticism
  • General activity level
  • Your general lifestyle

For smaller dogs, usually one walk a day is plenty but this depends on their breed. Breeds like jack russell terriers are known for their high energy so one walk might not be enough for that breed. With dogs that tend to have shorter noses or brachycephalic breeds – like pugs or french bulldogs weather is a huge factor when determining how many times a day you should walk your dog. Dogs that are brachycephalic tend to overheat more easily and should be kept indoors on hot days.

For larger or more high energy, high activity level you are really going to need those three to four walks. Especially if walking is the only activity your dog is getting. You can cut this number back if your dog is playing out in the yard, going to doggy-daycare, playing ball, or doing other activities.

I just can’t keep up!

If you have a high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise but are finding it difficult to keep up with them there are still things you can do!

  • Puzzle toys
  • Agility training
  • Rally
  • Obedience training

All of these things are designed to stimulate your dog. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog.

Why does any of this matter?

Walks reduce boredom, destructive chewing, and scratching. It also gives them something to mentally stimulate them with all the smells and sights. Remember, we are leaving our houses fairly often but dogs don’t get to leave unless we take them with us. And remember, walks are not only great for your dog but they’re good for your health as well! Walks have been shown to decrease blood pressure, increase bone strength, loosen muscles, lower diabetes risk, and more.

Still can’t get those three to four walks in? We’re here to help! We’d love to discuss our dog walking services with you and find a plan that works for you and your pets.

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Should You Leave The Radio/TV On For Your Pets?

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Should You Leave The Radio/TV On For Your Pets?

When you’re leaving the house, should you leave the radio/TV on for your pets?

It’s up to you!

While the data is limited, there are studies such as the one conducted in 2002 by animal psychologist Deborah Wells from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland 1 2 that indicate it can be beneficial to leave on the radio/TV for your pet but only if it’s playing the right kind of content – most notably classical music. But really, each animal has their own preference and it’s up to you to experiment with what works best for your pet. Some dogs liked heavy metal while others liked the sound of people talking.

What if I don’t have a Radio/TV?

With many of us moving to subscription based streaming you might find yourself without a TV or radio. There are streaming TV stations that are designed to cater to our canine and feline companions but if you have cut the cord there are numerous YouTube channels out there. Keep in mind, any media that runs advertisements can have suddenly loud and jarring sounds that can disturb your pet. One of my cats is currently recovering from a cystotomy so we’ve been enjoying the videos by Paul Dinning on YouTube. Some places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium offer livestreams of their various exhibits. These livestreams tend to have some calming background music but you can search for ones that don’t.

Do you leave the TV on for your pets? What about the radio? Let us know in the comments what your pets favorite thing to listen or watch is.

Top 7 Christmas Gifts For Pet Lovers

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Top 7 Christmas Gifts For Pet Lovers

Looking for Christmas gifts for the pet lovers in your life? Here are our top 7 gifts we recommend you give this holiday season.

1. The Big One® Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

These blankets have been an affordable and adorable staple in my gift-giving trove for years. But any pet themed blanket will do nicely. Sometimes Kohls will have these blankets on sale for $9.99. They wash up well, are a decent size, and are super soft. They rotate patterns year round so if you don’t see one you like make sure to check back.

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The Big One® Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw on Kohls @ $29.99

2. Cat Mom & Cat Dad Apparel

meow.com has a wide variety of both Cat Mom and Cat Dad apparel to choose from as well as accessories and mystery bundles. Perfect if you want the gift to truly be a surprise.

Spider Black Tie Dye Cat Mom Tee Meow

Spider Black Tie Dye Cat Mom SQ Tee @ $28.99

Dark Heather Vintage Cat Daddy Tee

Dark Heather Vintage Cat Daddy Tee @ $28.99

3. Dog Breed Soy Candle

ScriptedFragrance has a wide selection of hand-poured soy candles decorated with different dog breeds. The listing claims these candles can burn up to 50 hours.

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Boxer Dog Breed Soy Candle in Signature Silhouette Glass on Etsy @34.00

4. Pet Memorial Gift

Has the pet lover in your life recently lost a beloved pet? Consider getting them a meaningful gift of a pet memorial. I like to use Etsy when looking for pet memorial gifts because of the wide variety of items they have made by various artisans. If you don’t have a photo of the pet handy consider a generic memorial gift such as the ones below.

Willow Tree Angel of Friendship, Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure on Amazon @ $28.95 Cat Version Here.

Willow Tree has a wide selection of different pet memorial figures. If the one above isn’t quite what you’re looking for check out their others.

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To My Dog Mama, Rainbow Bridge Pet Necklace on Etsy Starting @ $33.96 Cat Version Here.

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Rainbow Bridge Paw Prism Crystal Suncatcher on Etsy @ $24.00

5. Page-A-Day Calendar

I’ve gotten this as a gift before and have bought one every year since. It’s fun to see the cat pictures and read their little bios submitted by people.

365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2022 on Amazon @ $15.99 Dog Version Here.

If you’re reading this in 2022 or beyond, Amazon conveniently provides a link to the newer product new the top of the listing. You can also search for 365 Cats Page-A-Day calendar [YEAR] to get the latest one.

6. Animal Adult Coloring Book

Coloring books aren’t just for kids! They also make great Christmas gifts for the adult pet lovers in your life. In the past few years coloring books have taken off as a great way to relieve stress and get creative. There are hundreds of animal adult coloring books out there. You’re sure to find one that matches your pet lovers personality.

100 Baby Animals: A Coloring Book on Amazon @ $8.99

Color Animals Coloring Book: Perfectly Portable Pages on Amazon @ $4.63

I own the Color Animals Coloring Book and while it is small it’s perfect to bring with you somewhere. Don’t forget to pick them up some colored pencils if you’re not sure if they have any!

7. Primitives By Kathy

Primitives By Kathy has some super cute household gifts with all different themes but we know why you’re here; you need a gift for a pet lover. Check out their Dog is Good collection for tea towels, socks, pouches, coasters, and more. They also have cat themed gifts as well.\

Dish Towel – Less People More Cats

Socks - I Like Big Mutts And I Cannot Lie - One Size Fits Most - Cotton, Nylon, Spandex

Socks – I Like Big Mutts And I Cannot Lie

If you don’t want to order directly from the supplier, Amazon has a much smaller selection but does have some items.

And a bonus…

8. Something for Their Pet

This might seem counterintuitive but there are some people who really don’t want or need anything for the holidays. I’m one of those people! Unless you know I’ve been eyeing something I would be more than happy if you got me something for my cats – assuming it’s something appropriate and safe for them. Most of my close friends who would do this know I don’t do bells or tinsel on cat toys because of the potential choking hazards and that I’m very selective in my treats. If you’re unsure, just ask! I’d also love if a friend asked me what they could get me for my pets.

Do you already own any of these Christmas gifts for pet lovers? Let us know which ones are your favorite or if you plan to purchase any of these this holiday season in the comments below.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

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How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

Protecting your dogs paws on winter walks is important to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter season. But how do you protect their paws? Here are a few tips to protect those paws.

1. Paw Wax

There are many different types of paw wax out there but one I enjoy is Musher’s Secret. It’s also great to use on dry elbows!

Musher’s Secret is a paw wax made from natural food-grade waxes and oils designed to condition and protect your pet’s paws. Yes! This also works on cats. It’s fast=drying, non-allergenic, and non-staining which are huge pluses. You can also use it during the summer to add another layer of protection to your pets paws when out for walks in case you have to cross any hot pavement.

Buy Musher’s Secret on Amazon

2. Dog Boots

Dog boots take some time getting used to but can protect your dogs paws from more than paw wax can. There are numerous types of dog boots out there so make sure to do research before purchasing to determine if they’re a suitable fit for you and your dog.

Polar Trex™ Winter Dog Boots

Buy Polar Trex™ Winter Dog Boots on Ruffwear

Buy Pawz Dog Boots on Amazon

3. Wipe Those Paws…

When you dog comes in from a walk, make sure to wipe their paws off to get rid of any ice melt and other debris that may have gotten in between their toes. You can use a wet paper towel or any dog grooming wipe.

4. Or Try a Portable Paw Washer

You should still wipe your dogs paws when they come inside but if you know you’ll be out for awhile, consider a portable paw washer. Ideal for mud this will also work on some winter debris. This one comes in three sizes. Just make sure to bring a towel with you.

Buy Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Washer on Amazon

5. Check Surroundings

Besides waxes and boots you should be vigilant when walking your dog. This will help you avoid encountering potential hazards. Some things to note are:

  • Don’t walk in front of stores: Most stores don’t use pet-safe ice melt. Non pet-safe ice melt is toxic to pets.
  • Stick to a known path: This can help you avoid any holes/gaps that may be hidden by snow.
  • Avoid ice: Ice is slippery for both you and your canine. Walking around ice patches you see can prevent a fall.

Were any of these tips helpful? Let us know if we missed anything and how you protect your dogs paws on winter walks in the comments below.

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5 Halloween Costumes That Include Your Dog 2021

5 Halloween Costumes That Include Your Dog 2021 Header5 Halloween Costumes That Include Your Dog 2021

Need a matching Halloween costume that includes your dog? We have you covered. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Halloween costumes for 2021.

1. Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz Family Costume

Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic. You can make your pup into any of the cast! While Dorthy and Toto, or Dorthy and the Cowardly Lion, are the most popular you can let your imagination run wild.

2. Loofa & Soap

Tulle fabric is cheap and abundant, perfect for a last-minute matching costume. You’ll also need some rope for the handle, fabric to attach the tulle too, and velcro. You can also attach the tulle to a thin dog sweater that pulls over their head. You can even add a rubber ducky for extra cuteness.

3. Fairly Odd Parents

Fairy Odd Parents Dog Costume

While you and your partner go as Cosmo and Wanda (or any of the many fairies in the show) your pup could go as the adorable Poof. Don’t have the stuff for Cosmo? Why not channel your inner Juandissimo Magnifico?

4. Hot Dog Vendor

Hot Dog Vendor Costume

For those of you how have miniature dachshunds, consider this hot dog vendor costume.

5. House Cleaner and Mop

House Cleaner and Mop Costume

Komondor Westminster Dog Show

Photo taken by Flickr user whartonds. Edit (cropped) by Pharaoh Hound., CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons

The only thing that could make this costume more creative is if you own a Komondor. You might not know what the breed is called but I’m sure you’ll recognize them. These dogs are known for their mop-like appearance and are sure to elevate any costume that includes a mop.

If none of these appeal to you, go check out our Pinterest board for more fun ideas. There’s something for everybody! Make sure you enter our 2021 Halloween Costume Contest. You have until 6:00PM MST on 10/31/2021 to get your entries in for this year.