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The five most common mistakes new pet owners make

Posted by | Adoption, Boarding, Featured Blogger, Grooming, Health, Health Watch, Wellness | No Comments

When you decide to bring a dog into your family, there are so many things to consider that it's no wonder that owners often skip a few important steps during the adoption process. Fitdog teamed up with Dr. Sabrina from Vetted Pet Care to highlight the five most common mistakes that we see at daycare and by veterinarians. Not asking for copies of the medical and vaccination records. You wouldn't drive a new car off the lot without getting the title first. The same thing goes for getting a new dog. Make sure you ask your shelter, breeder, or rescue group for...

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Southern California Fires

HEALTH WATCH: Southern California Fires

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As fires spread throughout Southern California, the air quality in the Los Angeles area is being seriously affected.  Not to mention the significant amount of ash and debris falling from the sky. At Fitdog, we're taking certain preventative measures to promote the health and safety of our dogs and are advising you do too! Here are some tips to keep your pup safe. Have plenty of fresh water for both you and your dog. The fires have caused a rapid decline in humidity (only 7%), so dehydration is a serious risk during this time. Stay indoors as much as possible. Until the quality of the...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Fresh and Clean

Fresh and clean

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We brush our teeth and see a dentist for a minty-clean and sparkling smile, but do you pay enough attention to your dog’s mouth?! Dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans are, but that doesn’t mean cleaning their teeth should be avoided. Canines can develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis, which lead to dental diseases. These diseases result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss, not to mention, the bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. We love the following teeth cleaning treats and toys because they’re not only good...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Big Dogs – A Growing Trend

Big dogs – a growing trend

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“Go big or go home” is what dog owners are saying today. The trend of owning larger dogs continues to grow. Some BIG facts: Dog ownership has grown 29% in the past decade About 37% of households own a larger breed of dog According to U.S. News, the three most popular dog breeds in America are big dogs – Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers The entertainment we enjoy also affects the pups we want to join our families with dog owners wanting wolf-like pups based on shows like Game of Thrones Like working dogs, big dogs need lots and...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Car Safety

Car safety

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Seatbelts are a must when it comes to driving or riding in a vehicle. However, what about your furry friend and fellow passenger? You can ensure your dog’s safety while allowing them autonomy in their seat with car safety harnesses, tethers or boosters. Things to consider when choosing the best vehicle restraint option for your dog: Car safety harnesses are the safest option for large dogs Tethers have a lower price point and are compatible with most harnesses Boosters are the safest choice for small dogs under 25 lbs. and are compatible with most harnesses Tethers and boosters should NEVER...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Would You Eat Dog Food?!

Would you eat dog food?!

Posted by | Food & Treats, Health, Just Because, Tips & Tricks, Wellness | No Comments

Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered, “what does dog food taste like?” Or, better yet, “is that safe to eat?” While some dog food looks tasty, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should try it. Also, there are some dog foods are not safe or sanitary to consume. Here’s the scoop when it comes to dog food you could almost eat. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. Due the cooking process, once the dog kibble...

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Sensory overload

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Like it or not, it’s mankind’s world, and dogs are just living in it. In an urban environment, dogs are exposed daily to loads of auditory and visual stimulation that may be overwhelming. You may not even know that your dog is stressed or irritated by these stimuli! Here are some potential signs that your dog is experiencing a sensory overload: Being in a constant state of alert Barking frequently at noises Hard time calming down after exposure Constant licking Pacing Panting Trouble sleeping Hyperactivity Compulsive behaviors So, what can you do to help your dog adapt to an urban...

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Signs your dog is stressed

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You may think your dog is living a carefree life, but don’t be fooled! Dogs experience stress just like their owners do, although they express it differently.  There are some telltale signs that your dog is experiencing stress, discomfort or intolerance when being hugged or during other interactions.   His mouth is closed and ridged. When dogs are happy, they have a relaxed jaw and breath with their mouth open. Breathing rhythm is quick and short, referred to as "stress panting." Stress panting can sometimes look as though your dog is smiling and happy.  When in fact, it is an acute...

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Heart Disease

Sick dogs should stay at home

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From interacting with new dogs to spending time in different locations, dogs can get sick for various reasons. We know to stay home when we’re sick, but we need to understand that it’s the same for pups. It is important to know what a communicable disease is and what the signs or symptoms are that may require giving your dog a day off or bringing them to the vet.    If your dog has any of the following symptoms, it’s best to skip daycare for a day to find out if it’s serious.   Super sleepy in the morning – Does...

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SuperZoo 2017

Posted by | Food & Treats, Gear, Gifts, Health | No Comments

We were thrilled to attend SuperZoo 2017 in Las Vegas! From the latest news to fantastic new products, we can’t wait to share everything with you!     Our favorites  Some of our favorite companies, from Orijen & Acana (who just pulled out of Chewy.com!) to MetroPaws, at SuperZoo! Ono took their technology from their EZ Plate for kids to create a new feeding system for dogs. Super heroes   The Super Hero trend did not skip the pet industry! We loved seeing Super Hero themed collars, toys & more! Teeth cleaning toys & treats   We saw a lot of vendors were...

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