Tips for Traveling to the Vet’s Office

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We talk a lot about traveling with our dogs–but sometimes, as with this week, that travel isn’t a day trip or vacation. Instead, it’s a trip to the veterinarian’s office. As you know, on Monday Irie had TPLO surgery for a torn ACL. The previous Friday, we headed to our regular vet’s office then Monday […]

Protecting Your Dog’s Paws on an Escalator

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  Recently the San Francisco SPCA sent us a warning about a hazard that we know might surprise some pet parents: escalators. The warning noted that two SF SPCA hospitals, in the Mission and Pacific Heights, regularly receive emergency visits for escalator-related injuries. Dogs’ paws can get caught between the moving escalator steps, leading to […]

My Dog Won’t Go Outside Alone!

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Dear Paris, I have two questions actually. I got a 2-1/2-year-old rescue nine weeks ago. She’s been a great dog and is completely house trained. However around the 4th of July, she wouldn’t go outside without me. That seemed understandable so I went out with her. Now she won’t leave the deck unless I come […]

10 Tips to Safe Summer Pet Travel

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Today we’re headed out on a getaway (and book signing!) with Irie and Tiki so we wanted to share a guest post from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, long vacation or even a day trip, be sure to check out this list of important travel tips! Pet-friendly, USA. […]

Protecting Paws from Stinging Insects!

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This has been our week of wasps. First, I was stung on my instep while going outside barefoot to give Irie a bath. I’m allergic so my foot swelled up, the pain was horrible, and I spent days with a swollen foot. I vowed not to go back outside this summer without shoes. But then […]

7 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

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One quick look at the thermometer confirms that we’re heading into the dog days of summer. Temperatures that regularly top 100 degrees here mean that Irie and Tiki spend most of their days inside, enjoying the air-conditioning. On our day trips, though, we’re in and out of the heat. August temperatures can create life-threatening heat […]

Could Itchy Skin Land Your Dog in the Emergency Room?

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Today we have a guest post from Dr. Heather Loenser, DVM, of Crown Veterinary Specialists discussing a topic especially important during the summer months: itchy skin! Learn what YOU can do to avoid a midnight visit! I am an emergency veterinarian who works the overnight shift. I bet you’d be surprised to learn that one of the […]

Keeping Your Dog Safe Near Water

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As we continue this week’s staycation plans with Irie and Tiki, we wanted to share with you an important infographic from Trupanion.com. (We know you’ve heard us speak about Trupanion in the past; both Irie and Tiki are insured through this health insurance company.) Whether your next water adventure takes you and your dog to […]

#SummerSafety Tips for Your Dog

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Today we head out with Irie and Tiki on another of our staycation day trips this week. We’re headed to the lake with them, one of our favorite places during the hot summer months. It’s a chance for Irie and Tiki to cool off and swim with us and enjoy a summer getaway at very […]

Saving Your Dog’s Paws with Snuggy Boots

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Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? Well, just think how that heat feels on your dog’s paws! In the above video, you can see some really alarming numbers about hot summer asphalt. Did you know an 85 degree day means 140 degree asphalt? By pressing your bare hand to the […]

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