Foods That You Should Never Give Your Dog

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From table scraps to common fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that your dog is better off without. We know that you just melt and give in when he looks at you with those puppy eyes, but these foods that are seen to be healthy for humans are unhealthy, and some even toxic to canines. The effect of these foods, again, varies based on the breed and size of your pet. Even so, your dog can enjoy a longer and healthier life without these foods in its diet. Be sure to take special care to ensure that your dog does not get access to any of these foods.

Chocolates

A sweet and even comforting treat for humans, chocolates can be downright toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains methylxanthine compounds- theobromines and caffeine, which are known to cause dehydration, vomiting, seizure, irregular heart rate, abdominal pain, increased body temperature, and even death in some cases. Dark chocolate is believed to be the most toxic of all chocolates. Be sure to stock all those chocolates at home out of reach of your canine.

Raisins and grapes

Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs, although scientists are yet to figure out which of the compounds in these foods are responsible for the toxic effects. These foods can initiate rapid kidney failure, and it takes just a couple of grapes or raisins to do the damage. Some symptoms that canines show when they are affected by grapes and raisins include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration; not all dogs show these symptoms. A kidney failure can cause dogs to die within a couple of days.

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions damage the red blood cells in dogs causing anemia. The symptoms of anemia show up as breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, dullness and loss of appetite. Your dog may develop a lethargic tendency and may not actively move around. Garlic has worse effects than onions for every ounce consumed. In case the condition is severe, a blood transfusion may be required. Bottom line, garlic or onions should not be given to dogs in any form, whether it is raw, cooked or powdered.

Bacon

The next time you are feeding your dog scraps from under the table as you enjoy your breakfast, you want to make sure that bacon is not on the list. Bacon contains a large dose of fat which can cause pancreatitis in canines. The condition causes inflammation of the pancreas, ultimately impairing its ability to function. Dogs will have difficulties with absorbing nutrients and digestion problems due to which they become weak.

Keep these foods off your dogs’ diet and help them lead a healthy life.

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Reasons Why Your Dog Might Be An Easy Victim For Ticks

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Why are ticks attracted to dogs likes bees to honey? These parasites are attracted your dog’s warm and thick fur where they can settle in and suck on blood. Tick bites in dogs are very common in the United States, which is home to 90 of the 899 species of ticks found in the world.

Hard ticks and soft ticks

Ticks can be broadly divided into hard-bodied or ixodid ticks, and soft-bodied or argasid ticks.
The common hard-bodied ticks affecting dogs are:

  1. Black-legged ticks that have a two year lifecycle, and are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease bacteria to humans. In dogs, Lyme disease causes arthritis due to inflammation of joints, depression, appetite loss, and in severe cases, may affect the kidneys.
  2. American dog ticks are found in all parts of the United States, with their highest population reported in the Atlantic Coast. They cause tick paralysis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which damages blood vessel tissues and causes inflammation. Though curable, the disease can be also be lethal.
  3. Brown dog ticks cause tick paralysis and a range of bacterial infections in dogs.

The spinose ear tick is the most common soft tick infesting the ear canal of dogs. It causes excessive head shaking, irritation, and pain in dogs. In some cases, tick bite can result in oozing infections.

Where do the ticks come from?

Ticks are active outdoors, especially during the warm months. They are drawn to a dog’s odor, and attach themselves to its skin very easily. Your pooch may also pick up ticks from open fields, an infested kennel, or after coming in contact with tick-infested dogs. Ticks that have enjoyed a full blood meal may detach from the host and reside under window moldings, baseboards or furniture. After molting, they reattach to another host.

How to control ticks in your house

If your pet’s kennel or some part of your home has been detected as harboring ticks, they must be cleaned and vacuumed thoroughly to kill as many of these tiny parasites as possible. Apply residual and non-residual insecticide sprays in areas where ticks are likely to molt. As there are several potential hiding places for ticks, and they hitch-hike on mammals very easily, also consider de-cluttering your home, and washing dirty clothes and bed linens in hot water.

Treating tick bites

If you are up to the job, you can remove ticks in your dog with a pair of tweezers after treating the affected areas with rubbing alcohol. Take care to wear gloves, and grab the tick by the head. There are a number of effective tick control products that kill ticks within 12 hours of application. We would also advise you to consult your vet soon after you detect ticks in your pet, as bacterial infection from tick bites can manifest quickly.

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Got Tapeworm? Kill It With Cestex for Dogs and Cats

When your pet has tapeworms, it’s important to head to your veterinarian and get some Cestex for dogs or cats right away. This anthelmintic dewormer can help your beloved pooch or feline get back to normal quickly. But before you find yourself in a position where a prescription of Cestex for dogs or cats is imminent, it’s a good idea to know a little bit about the enemy you’re fighting and how to prevent it in the future.

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Are You Feeding Your Dog Poison?

 Feed Your Dog Healthy FoodA new study on pet food shows that most pet foods on the market contain substances that are hazardous to your dog. Common problems like dry, itchy skin, gastrointestinal issues, or eye infections could all be linked back to the poor quality of the ingredients in your pet’s food.

In the study, hundreds of dogs were put on a diet of standard dog food containing industrially farmed meat. The study showed that, before long, many of the dogs were showing signs of skin irritation, conjunctivitis, weakness, and other pain. And it was only until the dogs were switched to a diet of organic grains and proteins (fresh-caught fish) that these issues subsided.

The problem with standard dog foods is they contain meats from animals treated with drugs and antibiotics, like oxytetracycline. The drug residue left in these animal’s bones and tissues, used in meat meal during dog food production, ends up being ingested by our pets, who have adverse reactions to the medicine. This is known as food residue syndrome.

How can I deal with food residue syndrome?

To undo the damage caused by food residue syndrome and maintain good health, follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Eliminate the unwanted chemical residues (stop using contaminated food)
  • Add what is missing: Omega3 (anti-inflammatory nutrient that counteracts the inflammatory response of Omega6, prevalent in feed used in today’s farming )
  • Restore and maintain the correct function of the immune system (choose food with select natural ingredients that enhance immune system function)

Most common health problems require a very simple change – a change in diet. Many pet owners can benefit from this approach before they try a drug regimen. While a drug regimen can be successful, as soon as it is stopped, the problem can reoccur as the underlying cause – contaminated food – has not been eliminated.

“I love my dog and want them to be healthy, but does this mean I have to catch them a fish every day to eat?” you might be thinking. As it happens, acquiring fresh, organic protein that is free of chemical residue is actually much simpler – and cheaper – than it sounds.

Know (and Trust) The Source

Preparing a raw diet, or homemade meals, is a great way to ensure you know what your dog is eating – and it doesn’t have to be all that difficult. However, with this approach, it is your responsibility to make sure that they get all the nutrients their body requires.

For those who enjoy the simplicity of factory made dog food, but want to avoid the harmful drugs and by-products commonly found in them, don’t give up hope just yet! There are a few brands out there that hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to ingredient selection and food preparation. Our favorite is Forza 10.

Forza 10 was created after Sergio Canello, D.V.M., became disheartened with the poor quality of commercial dog food. All of the focus was on sleek marketing, with no concern for the contents of the food. People were feeding their dogs garbage and they didn’t even know. So Dr. Canello decided to fight back.

He developed a proprietary blend of key ingredients to be both the most nutritious and delicious dog food on the market. With nothing but ocean-fresh fish, organic meats, and whole vegetables, Forza 10 promises a well balanced, by-product free diet that is sure to cleanse your dog’s system and keep their engine burning clean.

Forza is the first European pet food ever approved by the USDA.

Forza is the most prescribed food in Italy by Vets over household names like Science Diet and Royal Canin

Forza has the optimal balance of Omega3 and Omega6 nutrients

There are multiple studies done that show Dr. Canello’s special food as helping dogs slim down and boost their immune system. They prove the link between contaminated food and health issues is real, as does the fact that Forza’s OTO product can effectively treat an ear infection without any assistance from prescription drugs.

Dr. Canello and his team at Forza are truly doing something amazing with pet food. That is why we are proud to feature their products on PetPlus.

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This Everyday Device Could Leave Your Dog Paw-Less

While many pet parents see escalators as nothing more than an innocuous means for going up or down a flight of stairs, the reality is they can end up seriously maiming dog paws.

In the past year alone, instances of escalator-related dog injuries have shot up. Dogs are being brought into clinics with a wide range of injuries stemming from escalators — everything from missing clumps of fur to toenails and paw pads.

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The facts are in — escalators are a real small dog danger.

“Some of the injuries are minor…[but] occasionally the whole toe gets torn off,” says Dr. Roger Helmers, a vet at the SPCA.

Statistically, smaller dogs run a greater risk of sustaining an escalator-related injury because of the size of their paws. However, no dog of any size should ride these mechanized stairs.

What happens is, due to the size of their paws, when the escalator steps flatten out or slip back under the machine, part of your dog may get crushed or sucked under. Humans know to step off the escalator before they get caught, but dogs do not.

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Even knowing how an escalator functions, you have likely heard a story of someone’s shoe getting caught. Dogs, however, don’t generally have on protective footwear. So what ends up getting nabbed is a toenail, a paw pad, some fur, or the entire paw itself. A serious small dog danger, indeed.

Helmer recalls one particularly gruesome instance in which a small dog was brought in with nearly half of his paw missing as a result of getting caught in the mechanism. To mollify the damage done, a number of surgeries were performed. Even still, the dog left with one severely mangled dog paw.

In general, an escalator related injury requires surgery, which can be quite stressful for your dog, as well as for your wallet — costing up to $4000 for the operation. And while we here subscribe to the philosophy that no amount is too much to keep your dog healthy and safe, if all it takes to keep your dog safe is to avoid taking an escalator, its seems like a no-brainer.

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So when you are walking your dog and you come across an escalator, PetPlus and the San Francisco SPCA urge you to please take the stairs.

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SF Examiner – SF SPCA urges pet owners to keep dogs off escalators

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3 Tips for Biking With Your Dog

There’s nothing quite like a leisurely cruise on a bike. And if you own a dog, you might like to take them along for the ride. It’s not as easy, however, as simply tying your dog’s leash to your handlebars and peddling off (in fact, don’t do that!) Biking with your dog requires preparation and an awareness of potential safety hazards.

So how can you get your dog ready to ride? Here are 3 tips for biking with your dog.

1. Know Your Dog Before Biking With Your Dog

Not all dogs are cut out for running alongside a bike. Older dogs, dogs with health conditions, dogs with short legs, and brachycephalic breeds might not be as capable as young, healthy dogs who have speed and stamina. Take your dog out for a cruise around the block and see how they do, and keep an eye on them the following day. If your dog can’t keep up or seems particularly wiped out, they might not be built for biking. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian.

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2. Gear Up for Biking With Your Dog

If your dog takes to biking, it’s time to gear up. What will you need?

  • A body harness instead of a collar

Attaching a leash to a neck collar can be extremely dangerous for a dog running alongside a bike, and you should especially avoid using tightening collars like prongs or martingales. Instead, use a padded body harness that will evenly distribute pressure around their body.

  • A Springer leash attachment

Many people use their dog’s regular leash and simply tie it to their seat post (note: you should never tie the lead to your handlebars as it can throw off your balance). However, you may also want to consider purchasing a Springer attachment. The Springer is a steel device that connects your dog’s leash to your bike and has a special coil spring that absorbs tugs and lunges.

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  • Dog booties

Running can be hard on your pal’s paw pads, so consider protecting them with dog booties. Dog booties not only offer your dog support as they run, they also protect your dog’s feet from cuts, scratches, and foreign objects stuck between the toes. Some dogs take to dog booties well while others are less easily convinced. Before heading out for a ride, have your dog wear the booties around the house, on short walks, etc., to build up their comfort level. And don’t skimp on the treats.

  • Water

Take frequent breaks to offer your dog fresh water, especially when it’s warm out. You shouldn’t let your dog drink from rivers, lakes, ponds, or other natural sources of water as they could contain harmful parasites.

3. Build Up to Biking With Your Dog

A dog running steadily alongside you on a bike won’t happen overnight, especially if the dog isn’t used to running at all. Before biking with your dog, get them in good shape with regular walks and runs (if your vet says it’s OK). Then, you can slowly introduce your dog to the bike. Start with short trips around the neighborhood then build up to longer outings. Use treats at first to keep your dog motivated and away from distractions. Eventually, you should be able to phase out treats and look down to see your dog trotting safely by your side.

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8 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During Home Remodeling

Many people use their summer vacations to remodel their homes, and if you’re planning to spruce up anytime soon, don’t forget to think about your four-legged friend. Depending on the project, remodeling can be stressful for a pet and even dangerous. So how can you keep your pet safe and comfortable while you rejuvenate your space?

1. Have Your Home Inspected First

Before doing any serious remodeling, you should have your home inspected to check for lead-based paint, mold, and asbestos insulation. These things require special handling and removal as they can really irritate a pet’s respiratory system.

2. Supervise or Contain Your Pet

If you plan to have workers in your home, don’t expect them to look after your pet, keep doors closed, or be aware of safety hazards, such as loose nails or open paint cans. Supervise your pet when you can and contain them when you can’t. For very busy or loud days, you may also want to consider taking your pet to daycare or dropping them off with a responsible friend or family member.

3. Ask Workers to Alert You When Using Hazardous Materials

Remodeling may involve sprays, fumes, paints, and other toxic or irritating substances that could harm your pet. Ask workers to tell you if they are using anything dangerous, and if they are, remove your pet from the house for the day. If you’ll be doing projects yourself, try to select products that are natural and pet-safe.

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4. Work Outside When Possible

Is there cutting, spraying, or painting that can happen outside of the house? This will help to reduce dust and irritants inside.

5. Offer a Safe Space For Your Pet

If your pet will be home while work is taking place, offer them a safe and quiet place to rest, such as a private room with a closed door. Move your pet’s essentials (such as crate, food, water, and toys) inside of the room, and place a sign on the door indicating that it should stay closed. This not only provides your pet with a place to escape loud noises and commotion, it will also protect your pet from dust and odors that could irritate them or cause an allergic reaction.

6. Alleviate Your Pet’s Stress

A safe space is one way to alleviate the stress that can appear during remodeling, but there are other things you can do to help calm your pet:

  • Try to keep to your pet’s regular schedule as much as possible, with walks and meals happening at the same times that they normally do.
  • Visit with your pet throughout the day. Check in and give them a scratch, or take a few moments to toss a toy.
  • Consider putting on soothing music or the television. This can help to drown out construction noise and distract your pet from the activity.

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7. Remove Paint From Fur

Even if you try your best to avoid it, your pet may still end up with a spot of paint here or there. It is important to remove it right away, as ingested paint can be harmful to a pet, and many pets are prone to licking unfamiliar substances on their fur. If the paint is latex-based and not fully dry, use soap and water. If the paint is fully dry, the best thing you can do is clip off the area of fur. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian.

8.  Check The House at The End of The Day

After work is done for the day, check around the house for items that could harm your pet (such as nails, staples, and toxic substances) or escape routes (such as open doors or windows).

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Tips for Camping With a Dog

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Summer is the perfect time to dust off your camping gear and explore the great outdoors. And if you have a furry friend, you might be thinking about taking them along. Camping can be a great experience for many dogs, with lots of new sights, sounds, smells, and adventures. However, bringing a dog on a camping trip requires some preparation and understanding of potential hazards. Read on to learn how to safely enjoy Mother Nature with your best friend.

Before You Go Camping With Your Dog

If you’re planning to take your dog on a camping trip, there are certain things you will need to do before you can pitch a tent.

Pre-Camping Check-Up

Take your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up to ensure that they are both physically and behaviorally prepared for a camping trip. Camping can be physically taxing, especially if you plan on hiking or being in hot weather, and certain dogs (like senior dogs or those with ailments) may not be up for it.

In addition, you should consider your dog’s behavior. Will they be barking excessively while you and other campers are trying to sleep? Do they become aggressive or fearful in new situations? If you aren’t sure if your dog will have a good time while camping, it may be better to leave them behind.

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Vaccinations and Parasite Protection

Make sure that your dog is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Tell your veterinarian where you and your dog will be going so that they can recommend any additional vaccines that may be useful. For example, if you’ll be camping in the desert, your vet may recommend the rattlesnake vaccine.

Your dog should also be protected from fleas and ticks, as these pests can be found in abundance in certain camp areas and may carry life-threatening diseases.

ID Tag and Microchip

Your dog should wear a collar with an ID tag at all times, and if your dog has a microchip, check to make sure that their contact info is up to date before you leave for your trip. Also bring a recent photo of your dog that you can show to other campers or a park ranger if your pal wanders off.

Prepare a Pet First-Aid Kit

Having a pet first-aid kit on hand can help you treat superficial wounds while you’re off the grid. You may also want to consider taking a pet first-aid class such as the one offered by the American Red Cross.

Pack Your Pet’s Supplies

What will your dog need while camping? Everything they need at home, plus some. This includes a leash, food, fresh water (never let your dog drink from lakes, rivers, or ponds), bowls, poop bags, a bed or blanket, a brush or comb (so you can check for ticks), any medications they might need, and if you’ll be in the sun, pet sunscreen and a place for your dog to find shade (such as a large umbrella or a covered crate).

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Locate the Nearest Veterinarian

Before leaving civilization, locate the nearest vet to your campground and write down their address and telephone number. In case of an emergency, you’ll know where to go right away.

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Your dog passed their physical with flying colors, they have their vaccinations and flea and tick protection, their ID tag and microchip are up to date, and their supplies are packed. You’re ready to start your adventure! So how can you keep your dog safe once you reach the campsite?

Never Leave Your Dog Alone, and Use a Leash When Necessary

Leaving your dog alone in nature puts them at risk for injury or getting lost. Keep an eye on your dog at all times, and if you’re near other campers or in an area with less-than-friendly wildlife, keep them on a leash.

Check For Ticks

Ticks abound in forest areas and tall grass. Check your dog at least once a day. If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers or a tick removal device. Never attempt to “drown” the tick with dish soap or burn it with a match; these homespun methods can actually increase the likelihood of infection.

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Offer Exercise Breaks

Camping often involves hiking or long walks. Give your dog plenty of breaks to avoid straining their muscles and joints, and if the weather is hot, take steps to prevent heat stroke. Find shady areas to rest and keep fresh water on you at all times. If your dog is showing signs of exhaustion, let them sit out activities for the remainder of the day.

Try Dog Boots

Consider outfitting your dog with a pair of dog boots. Dog boots protect your dog’s paws from cuts, scrapes, and foreign objects between the toes. They also keep feet warmer in cold weather and cool when the weather heats up. Most dogs aren’t too fond of dog boots the first time they wear them, so practice with your pal before you go camping.

Do you take your dog camping? Leave us a comment and let us know how you keep your pup safe. Another way to protect your pet? Sign up for PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more.

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How to Identify Heat Stroke in Dogs

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Heat stroke is a serious emergency that occurs when a dog’s body temperature rises to a dangerous level. When the weather heats up in the summer months, your four-legged friend is especially at risk. So just what is heat stroke, and how can you protect your pal?

What is Heat Stroke?

A dog’s fur serves them well in the winter months by providing a cozy layer of insulation. However when warm weather rolls around, this fuzzy feature soaks up the heat. Additionally, dogs don’t sweat (except minimally through their paws), so the primary way that they cool down is through panting. When the temperature outside gets close to the temperature of your dog’s body, panting usually isn’t enough, and heat stroke can set in.

What Causes Heat Stroke?

Any situation that raises your dog’s body temperature can set them up for heat stroke. Common situations include:

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What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke generally starts with panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue will appear bright red and the saliva will be thick. Oftentimes, a dog will vomit. As the condition progresses, the dog will become unbalanced and have bloody diarrhea. Without treatment, the lips and mucous membranes will turn gray and then the dog will collapse, suffer seizures, go into a coma, and die. RELATED STORY: The Dog Symptom Checker

What to Do About Heat Stroke

If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heat stroke, take steps to begin cooling them down right away:

  • Move your dog into the shade, away from the heat, and into an air-conditioned area if possible.
  • Take your dog’s temperature with a rectal thermometer. If it is above 103°F, you will need to start cooling them down with water.
  • Spray your dog with cool (not cold) water from a hose or place them in a cool bathtub.
  • Offer your dog cool water to drink.
  • Apply an ice pack to their groin area or the top of their head.
  • Do not attempt to give your dog aspirin to lower their temperature; this could result in other problems.
  • Check their temperature every few minutes and continue cooling until it drops to 103°F or below. Do not continue cooling for too long or the dog could suffer from hypothermia.

Once your dog is stable, take them to the veterinarian for an examination and further treatment if necessary.

Want to learn how to keep your dog cool as a cucumber even on the hottest days? Check out our article 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in Hot Weather

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4 Tips For Taking a Dog to a Party

If you’re a dog owner, one of the decisions you’ll have to make when heading off to a BBQ, birthday party, or dinner is whether or not you should bring your four-legged friend along. While in some cases it may not be appropriate to make Fido your plus-one, there are times your pal might be a welcome guest. Taking your dog to social occasions can aid in socialization, zap their energy, and stimulate their active minds.

So how can you decide if you should take your dog to a party, and if you do, how can you ensure that they’ll be invited to the next event?

1. RSVP

If you’re thinking about taking your dog to a party, first make sure they will be gladly received. Ask the host if they would be willing to have a dog at their event, and if they say yes, follow up with questions to determine if it makes sense to take your dog along. Are there any venue rules? Do any attendees have serious allergies? Will there be small children? Other dogs? Any potential safety hazards? Doing your homework before you go can save you from trouble (or even having to leave) once you get there.

2. Teach Your Dog Manners

Even if a gathering sounds dog-friendly, you need to decide if your dog is party-ready. A dog who runs around like a bull in a china shop, steals food off tables, plays rough with children, or otherwise misbehaves will be a nuisance to guests and to you, and could cause serious damage or even injuries. Before taking your dog to a party, make sure they know some basic commands like “sit” “stay” and “come”. If your dog is prone to being fearful, aggressive, destructive, rough with children, or hyperactive in new situations, deal with those issues before subjecting a party to their furry presence. If you need help, contact a trainer or animal behaviorist.

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3. Bring a Dog Party Kit

If you decide to take your dog to a get-together, bring a dog party kit along. The kit should include items that will make your dog feel comfortable, keep them from becoming bored, keep them safe, and distract them if necessary. For example, bring your dog’s bed or a blanket and set it up in the corner of a quiet room. You could also bring their favorite toy, a new and engaging toy, or toys that guests can use to play with the dog (such as a tennis ball or frisbee if there is a backyard). If you want to distract your dog while the group eats dinner, bring a chew toy or Kong stuffed with peanut butter. And don’t forget a water dish, poop bags, and a dog first-aid kit.

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4. Supervise Your Dog

Your dog is your responsibility no matter where you go. When you arrive at a party, don’t let your dog off their leash and then forget about them for the rest of the evening. Remember that people who don’t own dogs may not be as tuned into their needs as you are, and may not know to let your dog out to use the bathroom, keep the garbage bin secured, or stop your dog from consuming poisonous foods left out on a table. Keep an eye on your dog, check on them regularly if they are hanging out with other guests, and when necessary, attach a loose leash to keep your pal by your side.

Do you take your dog to gatherings? Leave a comment and tell us about it, and sign up for PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more.

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