Pet Parenting 101: The perfect dog bed — does it exist?

Pet Parenting 101: The perfect dog bed — does it exist?

Being a new pet parent, I’m always on edge when my 5-month-old pitador — or labrabull as my boyfriend prefers to say — is sleeping.

Among the helicopter pet mom questions rumbling through my head: Is it weird that her left paw flinches every once in a while? Should I be worried about her heavy snoring? Is she too cold? Or even more scary, is she too hot?

I’m waiting — praying, really — for the night my maternal instincts shutdown, and I can get a good nights sleep resting in the acceptance that dogs…well, dogs can sometimes be just plain strange.

However, like humans, restful sleep is important to a dog’s overall health, and investing dedicated research into finding the best bed for your pup isn’t obsessive pet parenting. It’s dog gone good dog ownership!

When you’re on-the-go, or simply want to keep clean

Mats are a great form of wash-and-wear bedding for dogs lucky enough to travel with their owners. While this form of bedding offers only a small amount of protection from hard surfaces such as tile flooring or crate bottoms, it can do wonders in saving your upholstery and bedding from damage.

On the flip side, mats can also be used between pet bed washing, allowing for frequent change-outs if your dog suffers from allergies or an approach to pest control.

Hammock-type beds are a second great solution for easy care and easy clean.

These elevated beds are commonly used in shelters and boarding kennels (including those at Camp Bow Wow) because lifts our sweet pups off the cold, hard floor. While this style of bed doesn’t offer much padding, it is highly durable and will last for years. It works great for dogs living in warmer climates and young dogs who are more comfortable off the floor.

When you’re trying to get your dog just a little bit more comfortable

Loose-fill beds are soft, comfy pillow-style beds that need more attention than other types because the fillers my bunch up or break down over time, especially if you opt for the more “cost-effective” brands. These beds are most often filled with polyester fiber but are also available in cotton batting (including organic), foam beads (think bean-bag chair) or even shredded cedar. Washing these style beds are little difficult to clean because it often expedites the clumping and deterioration of the filling material — making the bed lumpy. One trick to possibly avoid lumpiness is to purchase additional filler online or from a local craft store that can be use to “refill” the bed. If you can, try to get a bed with inner baffles that will hep prevent clumping as well. This style is great for more seasoned dogs!

Foam- and mattress-style beds sturdy resting options that can get pricey if you let’em. This style of bed is easy to find at large pet retailers, and are great for large dogs! Or if you’re looking to invest in a memory foam bed, it great for older dogs with orthopedic needs.But beware! The biggest concern about any foam bedding is the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, especially because dogs clock in a lot of time sleeping.

This style of bed is also a great choice for short-haired or dogs with thin body types who may need something that will help maintain the dog’s body heat.

 

Of course, at the end of the day my pitador seems to prefer the coolest spot on our living room carpet at least six out of seven nights a week. So be sure to consider your dogs needs — is your dog older and in need of orthopedic support? Is your do allergic to any fabrics? Etc.

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Pet Parenting 101: Keeping your dog groomed between groomings

Pet Parenting 101: Keeping your dog groomed between groomings

Don’t you just love when your pet has the glow of a fresh, shinny coat after a visit with the groomer. It can be tough keeping those nails fresh and that breath smelling minty in the weeks that follow.

We have some recommendations that you can do to maintain your pet’s beauty.

Brushing:

Regardless if your pup has long or short hair, you should always brush their coats once or twice a week to prevent tangling and ease shedding. A great recommendation for long and short hair breeds with heavy shedding are the FURminator and a pin bristle brush.   

Regular brushing helps prevent matting, tangling and clumping, which may lead to a painful grooming session for your pet.

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You should brush your pets’ teeth with a tooth brush to prevent tarter build-up, which can become increasingly harmful to dogs as they get older. Keep in mind tarter build-up means bacterial build-up, otherwise known as gum disease or gingivitis, according to animal lovers with the Pet Health Network.

Also, you can combat stinky breath by using dog mints as a treat or a mint spray.

Trims and nail care:

Consider buying  a pair of grooming sheers. Trimming the hair around your pet’s mouth, eyes and tail will help maintain their trim, while also keeping hair out of their eyes.

Be sure to get sheers that have a round tip for safety purposes if you’re not a professional.

When the touch ups just aren’t doing the job or it’s coming near your pup’s next appointment, visit our grooming salon where we provide several luxurious grooming options such as yummy blueberry facials.

To set up an appointment, give us a call at 832-482-2299.

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Saving trapped pets from hot cars — the legal way!

Saving trapped pets from hot cars — the legal way!

With Texas temperatures rising as we enter the hottest days of summer, there are many cases when sadly, dogs are left inside a hot car. In some cases, people have seen a trapped dog and took action by breaking the pet out. While heroic, this approach can potentially lead to legal repercussions.

At Camp Bow Wow Near The Woodlands Area, we care about the well-being of all animals — inside and outside our facility. According to the Humane Society, these are a few proactive and legal steps you can take to save pets from hot cars.

Step 1: You should always identify the car by taking down its license plate number, model, make and color. These are essential details that you’ll want to have prepared in event animal control or law enforcement involvement becomes necessary.

Step 2:  If the car is parked near a store, notify customer service or security guards so they can try to find the car owner through their intercom.

Step 3: If the dog seems in distressed and you don’t have time to find the owner or if the owner doesn’t respond in a caring attitude, call the non-emergency number of your local police or animal control. If you don’t have time to wait and it’s your last option, you can legally remove animals from the car under certain conditions; just make sure you know the law of your state and follow those guidelines.

In fact, did you know in the U.S. there are only 18 states, where leaving a dog alone in a parked car is illegal?

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Bonus Tip: You can also help Spread the word and awareness by going to AnimalSheltering.org for information, essential phone numbers ad sharing it with neighbors or any pet owners you know.

Also, keep in mind many owners do not know the dangers of leaving their pet in a hot car. It’s important to keep calm, assess the situation and not make assumptions should such a situation arise.

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Easy, delicious tropical island pupsicle recipe

Easy, delicious tropical island pupsicle recipe

PupsicleRemember being a child playing outside on a hot summer day, and then hearing the delighted hymns of an ice-cream truck coming down the street?

All the neighborhood children would sprint down the street toward the truck, waiving their dollars for a frosted popsicle that gave them relaxing chills in the Texas summer heat.

Oh, the refreshment felt after enjoying a sweet, cool sensation on your tongue!  

Share the sensation with you pup using this delicious and easy to make pupsicle recipe the entire pack will enjoy. The best part is this treat only contains three healthy ingredients.

Tropical Pupsicle Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 6oz container of plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
  • ½ cup of coconut water

You’re also going to need Styrofoam or paper Dixie cups to make this treat.

Tropical Pupsicle directions:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl
  2. Stir in yogurt and coconut water until fairly smooth
  3. Fill cups slightly above halfway with yogurt mixture
  4. Place cups in freezer for 4 hours or until solid
  5. Peel paper cup or Styrofoam from tropical island pupsicle
  6. Place pupsicle in dog bowl and enjoy!

You’ll notice the main ingredient in this pupsicle is yogurt, which provides important probiotics that benefit the dog’s immune and digestive systems. Plus, it’s tasty — making it a win-win situation! You might want to try a few licks yourself! Don’t worry, we won’t judge you.

Loaded with fiber and low in cholesterol, bananas are a great add-in to liven up any doggy diet. However, bananas are also high in natural sugars that should be consumed in moderation.

It’s important to keep your dog cool, but also hydrated so follow up this treat with a bowl full of water.

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5 Houston dog parks for those trips into the city

5 Houston dog parks for those trips into the city

The Houston heat can be brutal. But it’s here — and our dogs are super excited to get outdoors and explore! We know all pet parents want the best for their pup, including healthy interaction with other friendly dogs and animal lovers, so we’ve gathered a list of Houston’s most popular dog parks that are safe, clean and a great spot for your dog to run wild and free in the city.

Click the park’s name to see pictures taken by frequent visitors.

Danny Jackson Dog Park at 4828 Loop Central Drive

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This first park is perfect if your dog is looking for some fun in the water (…and it’s not Splishy Splash Day at the Camp.)

This dog park was rated No. 1 on Google listings and earned four stars on Yelp. The 3-acre park has been around for 11 years and is known as a favorite part of its community. The park has two separate areas for small dogs and big dogs so you don’t have to worry about your miniature pup being trampled over. There are also doggy lakes, fountains, benches for pet parents to relax and generous amounts of parking.

Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Best times to visit: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Millie Bush Bark Park at 16101 Westheimer Parkway

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This 15-acre park is ranked No. 1 in Harris County, according to several sources. Millie Bush Park contains a small pup section, three ponds, washing stations and shaded benches for pet parents to relax.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Congressman Bill Archer Dog Park at 3201 Highway 6

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Oh, yes! All the space your dog needs to run free with these next two parks!

Congress Bill Archer Dog Park promises that your dog won’t feel penned in with other animals but have 17 acres of land to run freely and safely. The park also contains two sections to separate small dogs from the larger breeds, numerous trees, trails, ponds and shaded benches for owners. The park won Houston Press’ Best Dog Park award in 2011.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Horsepen Creek Park 9118 Wheat Cross in Cypress

This huge dog park is 188 acres and contains more than 3 miles of walking trails. This park is family friendly for everyone to enjoy, even if you don’t own a pet, because it has large lakes to go fishing and a playground for the kids.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pundt Park at 4129 Spring Cree9npvszqcdymoqk Drive in Spring

This 380-acre park not only includes a dog park but also provides playgrounds, canoe launch, picnic tables, a 10-mile trail and two lakes that are perfect for fishing.

Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk (which is typically around 8:30 p.m. in the summer months)

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15 amazing dog-inspired tattoos

15 amazing dog-inspired tattoos

Animals have always been a common inspiration for tattoos from lions, tigers and bears — oh my! Here are 15 amazing dog tattoos that are sure to blow you away if not catch your attention.

1. The artist

2. Puppy princess and debonair chauf-fur

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Terrier

4. We actually don’t know what to think about this one, but we can’t stop staring at it.

5. Nice, clean and simple.

6. Perro

7. Too cute

8. Dynamic dog

9. Inspiring

10. Off to a good start

11. The Realist

12. Another pawsome portrait

13. …it’s a Boxer.

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14. Super Cool!

15. You could get lost in those eyes.

Live Q&A: Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow

Live Q&A: Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow

Did you know Camp Bow Wow also specializes in at-home pet care services? And it isn’t just for dogs — our expertise includes cats, birds, turtles, fish and several other domestic animals.

The pack sits with its furry friend Lady and discusses the requirements, pricing and details surrounding Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow.

Click here to read more about our in-home pet service, and be sure to look out for other Live Q & A sessions on the Camp Bow Wow Facebook page.

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