Fitdog Blog

A lifestyle & wellness guide for your dog


Chocolate and dogs

Posted by | Press, Valentine's Day | One Comment

Valentine’s Day is almost here and you are looking for unique ways to celebrate it not only with your loved ones, but also with your biggest admirers – your dogs! Over 35 million people will receive heart shaped chocolate boxes this Valentine’s making it the busiest day for veterinarians to field calls and treat chocolate poisoning in dogs. Dogs, like people, love chocolate. Unfortunately for man’s best friend, chocolate is toxic and can cause severe poisoning and even death. That’s because chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine (a stimulant similar to caffeine). Dogs can’t process theobromine, so the levels accumulate...

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Winter skin tips for your dog

Posted by | Health, Press | No Comments

Tis the season of dry skin and chapped lips. Cold temperatures, low humidity, and heated indoor spaces are the three main culprits that cause skin to become inflamed, itchy, and dry. And it’s not just people who suffer, so can your dog. Dogs suffer from dry skin as much and as often as people do. Here are some tips to combat dry skin issues in your dog this winter. Reduce the frequency of baths Bathing your dogs washes away essential oils that help moisturize their skin. If your dog usually gets a bath once a week, reduce the frequency to...

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Essential items to include in a dog first aid kit

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Summer is coming to an end, which means back-to-school time is around the corner! People are scrambling to get their kids ready with new clothes and supplies while also prepping their households for after-school safety with first aid kits! But what about Fido?! We put together "Dog First Aid Kit" tips and advice that will leave you better prepared in case of a pet emergency. In case of an emergency, it's important to call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian. However, for minor wounds or common medical care, there are a few items I like to have around the house just...

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Dog days of summer: Five hikes for you and your pup

Posted by | Hiking, Press, Training | One Comment

Want to be part of your pup’s exercise regime? We came up with five summertime walks and hikes you and your furry companion can take in together. What you’ll need: Water, a water bowl, poop bags, and Musher’s Wax (or doggie footwear) to protect your pup’s paws from heat-induced blisters. If you plan on being out for a long period of time, bring a baggie of treats or even kibble—dogs need snacks, too. Griffith Observatory West Trail Loop Dogs are welcome in the Griffith Park and West Trail Loop. There is a quaint picnic area at the base where you...

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Practical tips for traveling with your dog – road trip

Posted by | Activities, Health, Press | No Comments

Here are a few helpful tips when planning a long road trip with your dog. Exercise Before You Go Long road trips means a prolonged period of time without activity for your dog. Depending on the breed of dog, this could be a big problem. Lack of proper exercise and stimulation can cause stress, anxiety, and destructive and disruptive behavior. Before heading out, make sure your dog gets a longer walk than normal or for active / working breeds, maybe a long run. It’s also smart to tucker them out the day before. Consider taking them to doggy daycare for...

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