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If Dogs Had Thumbs

Did you know that there are some super cute pet holidays? One of the most amusing ones is coming right up. March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day! It’s probably safe to say that our canine pals would get into quite a bit of mischief if they had thumbs. Below, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some things Fido may do if he had thumbs.

Open All The Food

If dogs had thumbs, we’d have to figure out some very ingenious ways to keep Fido from opening every can or box of food in the house. You’d also have to store bacon, sausage, and hamburger in a refrigerated safe, and/or put a padlock on your fridge.

Order Pizza

We suspect that Fido would definitely order himself a stack of meat lovers’ pizzas. Your canine buddy would have every delivery place on speed dial!

Lock The Cat Out

Fluffy and Fido have had a fairly rocky relationship. While some kitties can be best friends with their canine roommates, even pets that are pals can get a bit jealous of each other. Fido may very well kick his feline ‘sibling’ out of the house, or possibly lock her in a closet.

Go For A Walk . . . Or A Drive

If your four-legged friend could let himself out whenever he wanted, he’d probably be in and out quite a bit. Dogs love exploring, so Fido may also hop into your car and drive himself to the nearest dog park or beach! It’s also probably safe to say that your four-legged pal would waste no time unlatching the gate in the yard, and heading off for some grass-sniffing doggy adventures.

Cancel His Appointments

Just like people, dogs both look and feel better with proper care. Proper grooming will keep Fido looking and feeling clean and soft, while regular veterinary appointments help keep your furry friend in the best health possible. However, given the option, your pup would probably opt to stay in and order pizza.

Use Back Scratchers

Fido can be super cute when he’s trying to scratch an itchy spot. Your pooch would definitely love the ability to use a back scratcher! (Note: if your canine companion seems extremely itchy, have your vet examine him.)

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Safety Tips for Walking Your Dog

Do you walk your dog daily? If so, that’s terrific! Even if Fido has a yard to play in, daily walks will still benefit him by keeping him active, preventing boredom, and offering mental stimulation. However, it can be easy to overlook basic safety precautions when something becomes routine. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses walking your dog safely.

Leashes

Be sure to use a steady leash, and check it regularly for signs of wear. Retractable leashes are great in certain situations, but they aren’t necessarily safe for all occasions, as the mechanisms do sometimes jam or break. Don’t use retractable leashes while walking along roads, or in areas where you may run into stray dogs or wild animals. Ask your vet for more information.

Night Walking

Always use reflective gear at night. Save exploring for daylight: after sunset, stick to familiar, well-lit paths, and keep walks short and sweet. Many predators are nocturnal, so don’t let Fido sniff around in wild or wooded areas.

Paw Care

Don’t forget that Fido is barefoot! Keep an eye on the ground, and re-route your pooch around glass or other sharp objects. In summer, try to walk your furry friend in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. Dog can get painful paw burns from hot tar! In winter, snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemical deicers can hurt your canine buddy’s feet. Fresh snow can also hide dangerous objects. Always try to keep your pet on soft ground, and use paw balm to protect his feet.

Hacks

Designate a specific jacket for doggy walking. Keep spare keys, a portable phone charger, waste baggies, treats, a small flashlight, and a whistle in the pockets. You may also want to clip a carabiner around your pup’s leash.

Roads

If you are walking along the side of the road, keep Fido to the outside. He has a shorter profile, and is harder for drivers to spot, especially on curves.

Pulling

Does your furry pal walk you, instead of it being the other way around? This can not only take the fun out of those daily walks, it can also be quite dangerous. To break Fido of this bad habit, you’ll want to stop and change direction every time he yanks on his leash.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

Dog Care Hacks

Dogs are much more than just pets. They are our friends and companions, confidantes, and furry family members. Our canine pals offer us unconditional love and loyalty, and ask for little in return. Caring for Fido does require some time and work, but there are some things you can do to make your pup’s care regimen a little easier. A Fort Collins, CO vet lists some dog care hacks below.

Nail Trims

Keeping Fido’s claws trimmed is very important… but it isn’t always easy. Teach your pet the Gimme Paw trick. When Fido offers you his paw, play with his toes, run the clippers over them, then give him a treat and let go. This will help get Fido used to having his feet handled.

Doggy Walking Time

Designate a specific jacket for dog-walking. Keep some must-have items, such as waste baggies, a flashlight, spare keys, a carabiner, and gloves, in the pockets.

Fur Buster

Did you know that a squeegee is great at getting dog fur off your furniture? You can also use a damp sponge or a rubber dish glove.

Pet Clothes

Dogs with thin fur often need extra protection against the cold. Look for second-hand children’s clothes that can be repurposed into doggy wear. Just be sure to avoid anything that is tight, constricting, or itchy, as well as anything with buttons or loose threads.

Bath Time

Does Fido run when he hears the word Bath? To make him a bit more willing, have him get into the tub, then give him a treat and let him go. If your pup tends to splash water everywhere when being bathed, get a clear shower curtain, and cut slits in it. The cuts should be about four feet high, and shoulder-width apart. Put your arms through them when bathing your dog to avoid getting splashed.

Records

It’s always a good idea to keep your pup’s paperwork with you. Take clear pictures of them with your smartphone, so they’ll be in your gallery.

Calming Fido

Does your pooch become a furry ball of fear when a thunderstorm rolls through? Run an unscented dryer sheet over Fido’s fur when the sky darkens. This will reduce static electricity, which is one reason many dogs hate storms.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!