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Extreme Cold & Keeping Dogs Safe

With the first arctic outflow of the season upon us, it seems only fitting to review some crucial information for keeping dogs safe in the extreme cold. When temperatures fall below zero, it can become difficult for some dogs to regulate their body temperature. Age, size, body fat percentage and the thickness of your dogs coat are all key factors in their ability to cope with the cold. Sunny days can help keep dogs with dark fur warm while wet days can make the temperatures feel even colder!  Do you have a dog that usually requires a lot of physical exercise and is used to long walks? Try switching to more frequent walks of a shorter duration (15-20 mins max). ...

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Wild Mushrooms & Dogs: What You Need to Know

Mushrooms are the fruiting body of the fungi. They appear when the climate is warm and wet; particularly in the spring and fall. Mushrooms are widespread in the Pacific Northwest and can be found on lawns, in fields, or growing on trees and from the ground in forested areas. If you live in the PNW and have a canine friend, there are some basics you should know when it comes to mushroom toxicity and dogs!  The effects of mushroom poisoning in canines ranges from mild gastrointestinal upset to hospitalization and sadly, sometimes death. Symptom onset ranges from 15 minutes to 24 hours and depending on the type of toxin ingested, may include: vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, dehydration, salivation, eye watering and...

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Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Heat

It’s important to realize that our four legged friends are much more sensitive to the heat than us! It’s our responsibility as canine guardians to ensure our pups are staying healthy and comfortable. With a heatwave on the way, be sure to educate yourself on this important topic and keep your pup cool!  Preventing heat exhaustion & heat stroke:  Keep your dog’s water dish full with fresh cold water. If your dog prefers extra cold water you can even add some ice cubes to encourage them to hydration. Avoid walking or being outside during peak temperature hours. Take advantage of the long summer days and enjoy a fresh early morning or relaxing late night walk - you won’t regret it!...

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Bear Safety for Dogs

Spring has sprung and that can only mean one thing in Whistler; the bears are waking from their winter slumber. According to experts, although predatory attacks on humans by bears are extremely rare, a disproportionate number of attacks by bears on humans are related to dogs. These situations are often a result of a dog running back to their owner for protection during an encounter or an owner trying to intervene in a scuffle between a bear and their dog. Bears are an inevitable part of life in Whistler so here are some tips for keeping yourself and your furry friend safe out on the trails.  Prevention: Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for signs...

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