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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Protect Your Canines From Ticks

Protect your canines from ticks

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We’ve seen more and more activity from ticks this year. Ticks are dangerous because complications associated with their bites are blood loss, anemia, paralysis, skin irritation or infection, and even more severe issues like Lyme disease. First and foremost, check your dog for ticks every day. Brush your fingers through their fur, applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Don’t forget to also check between your dog's toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head. If your dog, unfortunately, gets a tick, don’t fret. We have some of the easiest ways to get rid of ticks...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Have One Cool Pup _ Dog Cooling Vests

How to have one cool pup

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Gear, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Home, Just Because, Older Dogs, Product of the Week, Puppy, Seasons, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Summer months are always tough on our pets, but recent years have been brutal! Intense heat makes dogs more susceptible to overheating or suffering from heatstroke, and even burning their paw pads. Here are some of our favorite products and tips to beat the heat during hot summer months. Cooling Vests & Jackets Dogs don’t sweat like humans. As such, heat and humidity can raise canine temperatures to dangerous levels. For outdoor hikes and adventures, consider getting your pup a cooling vest. REI and Kurgo have a few options, but we also sell our favorite and most reliable brands at...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Puppy Immune Boosters

Puppy immune boosters

Posted by | Boarding, Daycare, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Fitdog Activities, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Puppy, Well-Being | No Comments

Puppies, like babies and small children, have a sensitive and underdeveloped immune system. When a puppy’s immune system is compromised, the little one may become increasingly vulnerable to illness. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases like infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. To ensure their health, we recommend young dogs to be on immune boosters. Our favorite is Nuvet. It really works! NuVet Plus is comprised of the highest quality human-grade ingredients that work in combination to maintain and improve your beloved animal's quality of life. With its precise combination of natural...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Aid Your Aging Dog

How to aid your aging dog

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Older Dogs, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

It’s not fun to think about, but your pup may no longer be the spritely canine he once was. When your dog has brought so much joy to your life, you only want to do what's best for him. Here are some tips to help ease the aging process for your older dog. Keep them active An active dog is a healthy dog. From playing with their furry BFFs to continuing their morning walks, try to keep your dog moving to help with their continued mobility. Provide supplements From their joints to skin, your dog may need additional nutrients not...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Health Watch: Overweight Dogs

Health watch: Overweight dogs

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Tips, Vet Tips | No Comments

Is my dog overweight? It is an important question to ask yourself because an estimated 54% of dogs in the U.S. are considered either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many often mistake their dog's weight to be average or normal. Overweight and obese dogs are at risk for serious health issues like diabetes, joint damage, heart disease, a shorter life expectancy and more. From too many treats to access to too much food, there are several things that affect a dog's weight. How can you tell if your pup is considered overweight? Here are a few tests you can run to...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Upcoming Events

Rattlesnake awareness

Posted by | Activities, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Events, Feature, Featured Partner, Fitdog Activities, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Seasons, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

We love hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with our dogs. As the weather warms up, and we are outside more with our dogs, we need to be mindful of rattlesnakes! Dogs’ instincts tell them to approach snakes, but it is an owner's responsibility to keep their dog out of harm's way. Rattlesnakes are known to be most active in warmer weather. From April to September, they can be encountered at any point when in their natural habitat, which includes beach areas, the foothills, mountains, canyons, deserts, and even some urban surroundings. Once bitten, snake venom, a sophisticated mixture of...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Canine Influenza in Los Angeles

Canine Influenza in Los Angeles

Posted by | Boarding, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Home, Tips, Travel, Vet Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Dogs are vaccinated to prevent getting life-threatening illnesses, but did you know that new strains continue to occur? A new Canine Flu (H3N2) has now spread to LA County. We want to give you the real deal on what this means for you and your dog. The symptoms of the canine flu are similar to kennel cough, including: Lethargy Cough Loss of appetite Sneeze Fever Nasal discharge Some dogs may not have symptoms If you think your dog has the canine flu, it’s important to seek veterinarian care. Puppies & elderly dogs are at greater risk and should take extra...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Feature, Featured Blogger, Featured Partner, Fitdog Asks, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Vet Tips | No Comments

This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, stop by to provide you with some awesome advice on choosing a veterinarian for new and existing pet parents. From Vetted: It is important to do your research in order to select the best doctor for your needs. However, for new pet parents, it can be difficult and a little overwhelming to find the information you need to make an informed choice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, research, to determine a good fit for you. When choosing a doctor, avoid making these 5 mistakes:  1) Cost: Expensive...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog_Flea Products

Flea products & how they work

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In the summer, fleas are lurking everywhere and unfortunately, our furry pals will encounter them at some point. Luckily, there are many different products that can prevent and eliminate these horrible pests. Before purchasing a remedy that gets rid of fleas, it is important to understand the differences between each one. Frontline Frontline applications kill fleas and ticks at every stage of their life. All fleas and ticks will be killed between 24-48 hours after application. To apply Frontline, all you have to do is part a coat of fur between the shoulder blades of your dog. Then, squeeze the...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog_Health Watch Brought To You By DogCatDoc@YourDoor: Heatstroke

Health Watch brought to you by dogcatdoc@yourdoor: Heatstroke

Posted by | Dog Care, Dr. Hervatic Tips, Health, Health Watch, Seasons, Tips, Vet Tips | No Comments

Cool cats, no hot dogs! by Dr. Hervatic of dogcatdoc.com Baby, it’s HOT outside! Summer is officially in full swing. While most of us love a little sun and outdoor fun, remember your pets can become overheated easily, and that may be very dangerous. Pets can develop HEATSTROKE in a matter of minutes if not attended to. Heatstroke is an inability to adequately dissipate heat. It is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate attention. The normal body temperature of a dog or cat is about 101° F…any temperature above 105° F is a true emergency. Heatstroke occurs most commonly during the summer months,...

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