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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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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2016 July 4th in The Woodlands

2016 July 4th in The Woodlands

Camp Bow Wow loaded up the van this Independence Day and headed out to the 2016 South County July 4th Parade in The Woodlands. In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap of the Independence Day festivities.

The pack — including our four-legged friends Bailey, Bristol and Chloe — walked the mile-long parade route, handing out Camp Bow Wow cup sleeves and tennis balls.

 

As we marched, Bailey, Bristol and Chloe flaunted their adorable capes decorated in the United States flag. The pupgirls were greeted with love and hugs from the everyone — especially the children —as they smiled and wagged their tails.

If you went to the parade be sure to share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook.

How to properly trim your dogs nails

How to properly trim your dogs nails

According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, there are several consequences to letting your dog’s nails linger. The first being intense foot pain. When the paw presses against a solid surface — hardwood floors, concrete walkway — its nails are pushed back into the nail bed, which in turn either puts pressure on the dog’s toe joints or forces the toe to twist to the side.

Below is a chart from The Hydrant that illustrates the proper way to clip canine nails.

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There are three basic categories of nail clippers for dogs: a scissors type, a guillotine type and a medium or large pliers type. Neither works better than the other, so pick the design that you’re most comfortable with.

Whichever style of scissors you choose, the ideal time to trim your dogs nails is going to depend on the activeness of your pet. Usually, young active dogs — especially those that often run or play on hard surfaces — tend to need their nails cut less often because the elements somewhat naturally file the dog’s nails down.

Older dogs tend to end up with long quicks, elongated nails and often extremely hard nails. Nails can also grow back a bit deformed if there has been some sort of trauma to the nail bed, such as when the dew claw has been caught in something and torn.

If you’re not up to the task yourself, Camp Bow Wow Near the Woodlands Area offers nail trimming services with our bathing packages or à la carte for only $10.

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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.

Camp Bow Wow attends Yappy Hour at East Shore

Camp Bow Wow attends Yappy Hour at East Shore

This past weekend the Camp Bow Wow pack was able to attend the East Shore Community’s Yappy Hour event at Ellipse Park. In case you weren’t able to come out and enjoy all the fun socializing, raffles and adoptable puppies — here’s a weekend recap!

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Our amazing Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow director, Heather, preparing the prize wheel as the rest of the pack lays out the day’s prizes.

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The pack came prepared with a variety of great prizes, ranging from awesome Camp Bow Wow themed magnets and key chains to pet shampoos and Petchup.

Of course, we couldn’t go for a morning out and leave our good friend The Dogfather behind.

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We’re sure he had a great time!

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Can’t forget about the adorable puppies who came with Operation Pets Alive.

The pack was joined by several other amazing pet-loving organizations including representatives from Natural Pawz, Montgomery Pet Partners, Inc. and certified dog trainer Tracy Atkins.

East Shore Yappy Hour

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