January | Colorado Toy & Mini Aussies | Miniature Australian Shepherd - Fountain, CO

January

January
Bored?
Posted January 25, 2018
      

Have you ever had one of those days that was so boring you couldn't stand it? You might have found yourself desperate for anything to help pass the time. Did you know that dogs can suffer from boredom, too? When dogs are bored, they usually find something to keep themselves occupied...and it's usually something unpleasant, too!

 

One place we like to get our dogs new toys from is: 

https://www.petsmart.com/


Toys Toys Toys
Posted January 18, 2018
      

Dogs love toys that squeak. For example, some dogs will go crazy for their squeaky toys until they actually chew them up and pull out the squeaker.

After the toy no longer squeaks, they no longer want to play with it. Not only does this waste money, but it can be dangerous for your dog if they accidentally swallow parts of the toy. So what's going on here? Why would a dog destroy a toy that they seem to love?

Our theory credits instinct with this behavior. When domesticated dogs' ancestors hunted for prey, the animals they caught would squeak or make noises both during and after the hunt. This not only helped the dogs find their next meal, but once the animals were caught the squeaks could be very satisfying to a hungry dog. A squeaky toy can give a dog the same type of satisfaction. Many squeaky toys double as interactive toys and provide another level of intrigue for the curious canine. These types of toys give dogs interaction that stimulates their mind, keeps them busy, and soothes their chewing instinct. 

 

It's great when dogs are able to chomp away but let's be honest… all that noise can give you a real headache. The more excited that THEY get, the less excited YOU get; those noises just won't stop! You don't want to keep your dog from having fun but the obnoxious squeaking can really get on your nerves.

 

We love our local places like, Three Dog Bakery, they have toys and treats. Check them out sometime! http://threedoglubbock.com/


Stained?
Posted January 11, 2018
      

When you've got pets, you've got stains and odors. There's no escaping it. Your rugs and furniture take a real beating from urine, diarrhea and vomit.

 

As dog owners, pet stains are something we've all experienced. It can be really frustrating, especially because those "accidents" seem to happen in the worst possible places - like on a light-colored sofa or in the middle of your living room carpet.

 

There are a lot of problems with pet stains. You need to treat them as quickly as possible before they "set" or discolor the area. And if you don't get the odor out too, your dog may come back and soil the same area again. Finally, you've got to consider your pet's safety. The cleaner you use must be non-toxic and pet safe so your dog will not be poisoned by licking his paws after walking on the spot.

 

The best thing to do is really research products and get a good understanding of them before bringing it around your pets. Even though the stains are not pleasing to the eye, your dogs safety should be #1 and always kept in mind when finding a good stain remover. 

 

 

 

 


Emergency Kits
Posted January 10, 2018
      

Here’s the bad thing about emergencies: they can happen anytime. What if your pet needs emergency care in the middle of the night? Stop what you’re doing right now and go open your medicine cabinet, see if you have any of these things you can add to a kit to have on hand:

        •       Roll cotton

Some cotton balls

Gauze pads

Gauze tape

Q-tips

Hydrogen peroxide (check the expiration date)

Hydrocortisone ointment

Scissors

Eyewash

Silver nitrate

Tweezers

Oral syringes

Baby food - meat flavors work best

Large towel

Exam gloves

1 inch white tape (in addition to gauze tape)

Pedialyte® or other balanced electrolyte fluid

Rolls of elastic wrap

Emergency ice pack

Thermometer (both oral and rectal thermometers can be used rectally)

A list of emergency phone numbers (for your vet and local emergency clinic)

Leash

Towel 

Nail trimmers

 

Your list of phone numbers should include the number of an emergency veterinary hospital, a "backup" vet, animal care and control, and animal poison control. Of course you have your own vet but you never know when you may need help. If your pet ever needs emergency medical attention and your vet is unavailable, it is important to know an alternative number you can contact - at any time of the day (or night).