Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part three of four)

We all love puppies and want them to remain happy and healthy. Finding the right puppy for yourself should be a fun and happy experience like no other. When you are ready to begin this experience, consider a first-class pet establishment to assist you. One that cares about puppies as much as you do. For you’re reading pleasure, enjoy part three of tips and tricks to assure your puppy’s health and safety.

July: As we celebrate our nation’s independence, the sound of fireworks will fill the air. As many states relax firework laws, the trend of amateur firework enthusiasts continues to grow. Although these displays look and sound amazing, the noise from them often wreaks havoc on our fur-legged friends. Here are some tips to help keep your pup less affected by fireworks.

· Modify your walking times to daylight hours. This will help avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.

· Close windows, shades, and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.

· Play soft music or your tv to mask the sounds of fireworks.

· Create a calm and quiet space in your home where your dog can feel safe and in control. Often your basement provides the most soundproof area of your home.

August: The long and hot days of August have arrived. We all know what it’s like to be outside when the thermometer reaches triple digits. As it is very important for us to remain well-hydrated, we have to make sure our furry friends are also adequately cared for. When taking a puppy outdoors in extreme heat, avoid them from being in it for long periods of time, especially in direct sunlight. Macadam surfaces can be very hot, dangerous, and painful for puppies in the summer. Did you know that on a typical August day, a macadam roadway or driveway can reach up to 140 degrees? A quality pair of puppy paw protectors will keep his paws comfortable and prevent burns. Paw protectors are very easy to find and work well. If you have questions regarding the use of these, be sure to contact a reputable caring pet store for more information.

Extra cool water should be on-hand for your puppy while he is outside playing. After coming inside, a thirty-minute low activity cooldown period is a great way to allow your puppy to cool off and feel rejuvenated. On sweltering days, limiting their outdoor activity to the early morning or early evening hours are recommended.

September: September is National Preparedness Month. Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe should a disaster strike. Our pets are our family, and assuring their wellbeing should be second to none. Here are a few easy tips that can be of great help to your pet should an unexpected natural disaster occur.

Be sure your puppy is microchipped. This will allow for a much quicker way to reunite with your best friend should he get separated from your family.

Prepare an emergency kit for your puppy which is readily available and easily deployed. This kit should include one week’s worth of nonperishable dog food, one week’s worth of fresh drinking water, and a list of your puppy’s medications. This list is important should you need to evacuate your city and seek refuge out of town. An extra dog leash and collar with his ID tags on them is also an essential item in this kit.

Putting this kit together takes very little time, effort, and money and can be invaluable during a crisis and is one less thing you will need to worry about.

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Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part two of four)

Now that we have three months of safety and health tips out there for your puppy, enjoy the next three month’s worth. Although all puppies are different and have specific needs, they all need one thing that is the same. Our love and care! A puppy will bring you years of happiness and memories and finding the right pet store, such as Premier Pups, will help you find your fur-ever friend!

April: April showers bring May flowers! Dogs love to be outside. Rain, snow, or other, they enjoy the great outdoors. It is important to remember that when your puppy is in the rain and gets wet, he will need a good bath and brushing after. Wet puppy hair can easily become tangled and matted. This is not only uncomfortable for him but also takes away from his charming looks too! A tip to keep your fur-ever friend from having tangled and matted hair is applying a dog-friendly, anti matting spray on his coat before brushing him. These sprays are available in pet stores and online. Your puppy will love you for this!

May: Spring has sprung, and a new change of pace to your daily exercise routine may include taking your pup to the dog park. As you open the car door for your pooch to hop in, he’s overly excited! He jumps in and off you go. Many of us often forget or may not even realize that even a few mile drive poses a danger to your pup. Your puppy is a part of your family and you always want to keep him safe. A very basic and inexpensive vehicle dog harness is the perfect measure to take for road trips. These harnesses are designed to protect your fur-ver friend the same way a seatbelt protects us. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

June: The warmer weather is finally here! With the warmer weather comes some of nature’s unfriendly critters, though. Ticks are out and about, and your fur-legged family member is a tick magnet! Tick prevention and detection for your puppy is essential. American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein suggests the following measures are taken to protect your puppy from ticks. After consulting with your veterinarian, consider topical tick treatments, anti-tick collars, and shampoos. These will help ward off ticks, which can cause your pup health issues. After each outdoor play session, be sure to take a few minutes to inspect your puppy for ticks. Look especially on his feet between his toes, in and under his ears, under his legs, on his lips, around his eyes, and under his tail. One area that ticks tend to make a home is under your pup’s collar, so be sure to check there too!

This is part two of four in ways to assure your pup’s health and safety in 2021.

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Twelve Tips For Your Puppy’s Health and Safety In 2021 (Part one of four)

As we ring in the New Year and celebrate what hopefully will be a year of good health and happiness, let’s take a few minutes to go over twelve-monthly recommendations to assure the health and happiness of our fur-legged friends. In this four-part blog series, we will explore different tips, tricks, and ideas to help keep our puppies happy and healthy.

January: Over 55% of Americans ring in the New Year determined to stick to their resolutions. Many are looking to seek better health and are committed to more exercise. Exercise is essential in your health, as is it in your puppy’s health! Consider including your fur-ever friend in your daily exercise routine. A long brisk walk or jog is great for your pup’s mental and physical health. This is also a great opportunity to bond with your pup. Exercising can be fun when you and your best friend do it together.

February: Baby, it’s cold out! You made it through the first 31 days of your New Year’s resolution. By now, you and your puppy are enjoying daily exercise and quality time together. Although your furry friend is well wrapped in his fur coat and may seem fine, extra layers for him while outdoors is very important. Depending on the climate of your region, it is suggested that most dogs wear a single layer coat while outside. For very cold climates, a double-layered fleece style coat is suggested. This will keep your pup warm, happy, and looking forward to exercising time. The stylish jacket also allows for a great photo op of your puppy!

March: It is custom that every spring, we check our smoke detector batteries at home for safety. This is also an excellent time to examine our puppy’s collar and tag and replace and or update them as needed. A quick check to make sure your puppy’s collar is in good condition is important. His collar should fit him well and not show significant signs of wear. His tags should be readable and provide appropriate and up-to-date contact information for you. Any tags on his collar, which are hard to read or have outdated information on them should be replaced immediately.

This is part one of four ways to keep your puppy healthy and safe in 2021.

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Pamper Your Pet

Our beloved pets give us so much joy it is no wonder that we as pet owners want to find ways to return the favor. While pampering implies luxury, there are plenty of simple, inexpensive ways to give our pets the extra love they so deservedly need. In fact, pampering begins with giving your little one extra love and attention.

Here are 5 simple and inexpensive ways you can bring your pup more joy:

Homemade treats

Our pantry’s already hold the key ingredients to making the perfect homemade treat for our special pet. Peanut butter and oats not only make for delicious ingredients, but they’re also healthy for our canine friends.

Plan an afternoon adventure

Take the time to plan an afternoon full of your dog’s favorite activities. This could be taking your dog to their favorite dog park, on a hike or a trip to the beach. It could be a long car ride and a trip to their favorite pet store for a new toy or hitting the drive thru for a pup treat. No matter what it is make sure that you have your pet’s best interest in mind and make sure to have plenty of water and extra treats packed.

Give your pet a massage

We as pet owners enjoy a good massage and our pets are no different. Just like humans, a massage can help with health related problems by lowering the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood, and increases the levels of dopamine (feel good chemical) in the brain. As our pets age they experience aches and pains the same way humans do so pampering them with the human touch is a great way to ease their soreness and relax their minds.

Present them with a new bed

Pets deserve a good night sleep too. Orthopedic and memory foam beds provide extra comfort and support for our dogs delicate structures as well as eases joint/muscles aches and pains in our aging and senior pets.

Give them a new toy or bone

Pets are our children and they love new toys just like human kids do. Providing them with a new toy or bone will bring our fur babies with hours of happiness and energetic play (which they love). Make sure that the new toy is safe and never let them chew on a bone when they are unsupervised.

If you want to find out more ways on how to pamper your pet or to find out how you can bring home a fur-ever pet of your own, please visit: premierpups.com today and speak with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents.

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Choosing a Dog for New Pet Parent’s

Becoming a first-time pet parent can be very exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. With so many dogs to choose from it can be hard to know which one is the best fit for you. Before you can move forward with picking your new pet there are some things that you’ll first need to consider. Your lifestyle will have everything to do with your new puppy. Are you active or do you like to spend your leisure time at home? Do you work long hours or are you home throughout the day?

These are just some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself. Puppies need a lot of attention when they first come home and an adequate amount of training and socialization. Feeding, grooming, exercise, play, and potty breaks are daily needs that must be met when caring for a healthy, happy dog.

Lifestyle

If you like most people you work an eight hour day and may not have a lot of free time. Think about opting for a smaller dog that has low levels of anxiety and requires less exercise per day than some of the larger breeds.

Living Space and Environment

Most dogs love a lot of outdoor space to run and play. If you have a large yard or adequate space for a pet to romp around than you can consider a larger dog. If you live in a small apartment, a small breed may be best. Keep in mind, size isn’t the only determining factor. Some dogs, large or small, have more energy to expend and require more time and attention. No matter the size your dog will require daily walks and exercise.

Family

Make sure to make an informed decision with your whole family. Not all dogs are a perfect fit for any family. If you have children, you’ll want to find a breed mix that typically does well in a family setting. Smaller dogs can become fearful of small children, if the child is too rough or too loud. If y member of the family suffers from allergies, you’ll want to look for dogs that shed less hair and dander.

Popular Picks for New Pet Parents

Bichon Frise
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pomeranian
Golden Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers
Poodle
Yorkshire Terrier

No matter which pup you choose your home and heart will surely be filled with love and laughter. The primary reason dogs end up in animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations, so please do your homework and make a well informed decision.

To learn about these popular breeds and to find out how you can bring one into your home, please visit: premierpups.com and talk with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents today.

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Hypoallergenic vs. Non-Shedding

The question of hypoallergenic vs. non-shedding has become a question of great debate in the dog world. Many people ask, “Isn’t hypoallergenic and non-shedding the same thing?” Yes and no….

These terms have been used interchangeably for over a decade. When thinking of allergens, it is commonly believed that dog hair is the biggest trigger for allergic reactions. However, the reaction is actually caused by pet dander. Dander is the flecks of skin shed by dogs and other animals that attaches to pet hair. Thus, allergens found on our pets are triggered by dander, not the fur. So whether a dog is hypoallergenic (low shedding) or “non-shedding” they can certainly still release dander into the air.

Further, allergens do not solely come from dander. Allergens can also originate in proteins found in your pet’s saliva and urine. The most common symptoms are red or itchy patches of skin after being licked by a dog. These proteins can also be carried onto your furniture, rugs, upholstery, etc., if your dog sneezes or if they climb on furniture or roll around on the carpet after coming inside from taking a “potty” break.

What are common signs of allergens towards pets?

Signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Allergic reactions are determined by your own body’s chemical make-up. However, there are signs and symptoms that are common in most all allergy sufferers. They include:

• Itchy and watery eyes
• Sneezing or nasal congestion
• Wheezing, as a trigger of asthma
• Itching or redness of the skin
• Eczema or atopic dermatitis
• Hives

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Contributing factors that make a breed hypoallergenic or less likely to cause allergic reactions in allergy sufferers are considered to make a dog hypoallergenic. Let us be clear, no dog is totally hypoallergenic. Hypo means less, not non. Hypoallergenic dogs tend to shed less since they do not have an undercoat and have hair, not fur. But just like humans, these animals will still lose hair. Since these dogs have significantly less shedding they are deemed safer for allergy sufferers.

What are popular hypoallergenic dogs?

Cockapoo
Cavapoo
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
Maltese
Havanese

Non-shedding Dogs

To begin, all dogs shed. Much like the term hypoallergenic this is a created marketing ploy. There are dogs that shed much less than other dogs and therefore drop less allergen creating dander into the environment. The ever popular Poodle is at the top of this list and has been bred with dozens of other breeds to create mixed “hypoallergenic or non-shedding” pups.

What are popular “non-shedding” dogs?

Poodle
Goldendoodle
Labradoodle
Bichon Frise
Mini Aussie

If you want to learn more about these popular breeds or how you can bring home your very own fur-ever friend, please visit: premierpups.com today.

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The Shih Tzu – 5 Things You Didn’t Know

1.Their Name Means “Lion Dog ”

According to legend, the Shih Tzu or “Lion Dog” was a small dog that traveled with Tibetan Buddhists that could turn into a large lion that served as a guard. It is said, that the Shih Tzu also earned this name because of their big hearts and even larger personalities. During the early years of this breed, trading, selling and transporting of the dogs to anyone who would take them out of China was strictly forbidden.

2.They are Athletic

These little ones are known for breaking the stereotype of dogs with agility. There true nature is a low key companion dog with minimal exercise requirements however under those long locks of hair is a sturdy and muscular physique. Many Shih Tzu over the years have won agility competitions. In fact, as recently as 2014, a Shih Tzu became the first of his breed to win both a champion title and an agility title.

3.The Breed is Older than you Might Think

The average life span of the Shih Tzu is between 12 to 16 years, but there breed is more than 1,000 years old! In fact, DNA analysis indicates that the Shih Tzu is one of the most ancient pure breeds in existence today. Ancient artifacts depict the presence of what may be this breed in art work that is believed to be over 2,000 years old.

4.They were once considered, Guard Dogs

Shih Tzus were once regarded more than a companion lap dog. Tibetan Monks considered this breed as holy, even trusting them with the task of guarding their temples. These Shih Tzus worked beside the monks, acting as guard dogs or alarm dogs alerting the temple occupants of any intruders. They carry much of this instinctive trait today, warning their owners if anything seems amiss or if a stranger is approaching their home.

5.As of the 1930’s there was only 14 Shih Tzu’s in the World

Seven male and seven female dogs comprised the entire gene pool of all existing Shih Tzu. These fourteen included the Pekingese dog that was brought into England in 1952, three Shih Tzu were imported from China, and eight additional imports to England between 1933 and 1959. Three other Shih Tzu were brought from China in 1932, including a female that was the only Shih Tzu bred in the Imperial Palace to reach the Western world. Today, all Shih Tzu can be traced back to these 14 pups.

To find out even more cool facts on this breed or to find out how you can bring one home, please visit: premierpups.com today and speak to one of our knowledgeable puppy agents.

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What is a Low Maintenance Dog?

There is no love like the love of a dog. Their companionship and devotion fills a void we never knew we had! Not everyone has the time or space however for a high maintenance pooch. That doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the opportunity to share your life with one of these precious pups. The good news is that there are plenty of low maintenance dogs that would love to share your home and lifestyle with you.

So what exactly makes a dog low maintenance?

Before we can identify what low maintenance means, let’s be clear, that there is no such thing is a NO maintenance dog. Low maintenance pups will require less time and attention, but you can still expect to give regular walks, feeding, grooming and lots of love.

Trainability

Most dog owners want a pet that can be trained quickly and easily. Many dogs that are low maintenance have a high level of intelligence and are quick to pick up tricks and commands. It is especially important to know that you have a well behaved dog when left to their own devices for extended periods of time, like when their owners are working.

Energy Levels

Most dogs have some level of energy and still require regular walks and play time. However, low maintenance dogs do not need hours of exercise and attention each day. A low maintenance dog will need a 20 to 30 minute daily walk and an area to romp around. A fenced in area where they can explore on their own is perfect.

Grooming

Low maintenance dogs will require minimal if any trips to the groomer. They have shorter hair that I easily manageable and can be brushed and washed at home. Do be mindful however, that they will require nail clippings to prevent their nails from becoming caught on anything and tearing (this will also protect your floors and furniture) and bathes to keep their coats healthy and clean.

Health

There are some dog breeds that are more prone to health concerns than others. As a low maintenance dog owner, you want to ensure that your little (or Big) one is healthy all the time. Knowing which breeds are less prone to disease is at the top of the list for identifying low maintenance breeds, which we will begin to explore below.

What breeds are considered low maintenance?

There are dozens of breeds out there, both mixed and pure that can are considered to be low maintenance and are looking for their fur-ever homes. Let’s take a look at the most popular… in no particular order.

Low Maintenance Small Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier
Maltese
• Chihuahua
• Dachshund
Shih Tzu
Toy Poodle
Havanese

Low Maintenance Medium Dogs

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
• Beagle
• Cocker Spaniel

Low Maintenance Large Dogs
• Bernese Mountain Dog
Standard Poodle
• Greyhound
• Labrador Retriever
• Golden Retriever

Even the most laid back of dogs, require love, care, and attention. No matter the maintenance level they still need exercise and socialization. If you are ready to find your fur-ever friend, please visit premierpups.com and speak to one of our professional pet agents today to find the best fit for you and your family.

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Food Allergies in Dogs

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies are one of the most common allergies or hypersensitivities known to affect dogs. These offending food allergens can come from any food source and can widely vary, however, they most often derive from one to five ingredients. The most frequently identified causative allergens in canine food allergy include beef, chicken, eggs, corn, wheat, soy, and milk. Each time your pet eats a food containing these substances, the antibodies react with the antigens and symptoms occur.

When an allergic reaction occurs in your dog, antibodies are produced against some part of the food, usually a protein or complex carbohydrate. It is not uncommon for allergies to present themselves slowly in your pet, as they usually become visible after prolonged exposure to one brand, type, or form of food.

What are the signs that my dog has food allergies?

It is not uncommon for your dog to experience food allergies and in fact rank among the top reasons our pets are seen by vets. Dog allergy symptoms more commonly affect the skin and ears and unlike humans that can outgrow allergies, dogs worsen as they age. The best way we can help our pets is to pay attention to any signs of change and act accordingly.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms that your pet may be suffering from food allergies include:

• Itchy skin or dry skin
• Digestive disturbances such as vomiting or diarrhea
• Swelling of the face, muzzle, and/or ears
• Browning of the skin around the mouth
• Watery eyes
• Red or brown nail beds
• Weight loss
• Sneezing
• Chronic ear infections
• Low energy
• Hyperactivity
• Extreme mood changes such as aggression

How can we treat food allergies?

The best way to treat food allergies in your pet is avoidance. Once the culprit food is identified, you can easily eliminate this from your pet’s diet. There is cure for food allergies so it is best to be proactive and preventive. Some pets will require medication during more severe allergic episodes, but most can be successfully treated by being fed a hypoallergenic diet. Food allergens are not always easily identifiable however, and the process can takes months to identify and eliminate the allergy causing foods. With the help of your vet you can begin to slowly change your pet’s diet to get to the root cause. Patience and a high dosage of extra cuddles and love is always recommended as it can be very scary and unpleasant for our pets too go through this process too.

If you are looking to bring home your very own “furever” friend, please visit premeripups.com today and talk to one of our customer care agents today.

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What is a Maltipoo?

This charming little pup is a designer cross between the ever popular breeds the affectionate and loving Maltese and the super intelligent Miniature Poodle. The may also be bred by two 2nd generation Maltipoo’s. However, because they are a mix, they are not considered a true breed like their parents, and therefore are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The Maltipoo weighs between 5 and 12 lbs. and measures between 12 to 16 inches at the shoulder, categorizing them as a toy sized dog. Originally bred, here in the United States during the 1990’s, this little one was no accident. The Maltipoo was intentionally bred for its low shedding coat and it sweet and fun loving temperament that is ideal for companionship.

Being a mixed, there is no breed standard to follow, which means the Maltipoo can inherit more of the Maltese traits or more of the Poodle. Typically, they inherit the best of both breeds, which increases their popularity –making it no wonder that they rank among the 5 most popular dogs not only in the US, but also the UK and Canada.

With its small size and low-shedding coat, which it inherits from both parents, it is very well suited to apartment living. These dogs do have a tendency to bark incessantly, however, which may make this a problem for close neighbors. Proper training and socialization beginning at a young age will help your Maltipoo to adapt and remain calm to surrounding noises and triggers.

Having two very intelligent parent breeds, training is a breeze for this one. They are eager to please and thrive on the attention. These dogs do best with positive reinforcement- if scolded they tend to shy away and can become very anxious or stressed. Remain calm and give lots of praise and your little one will be obeying you in no time.

Though they have lots of energy and love to play, the Maltipoo only requires about 30 minutes of active play each day and doesn’t need to much outdoor time as they are more comfortable inside. A brisk daily walk to get in some socialization, partnered with some interactive play at home will be plenty to keep this one healthy, fit and happy.

To learn even more about the Maltipoo or its parent breeds and to find out how you can bring one home of your very own, please visit: premierpups.com and talk to one of the professional care team members today.

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