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TIP TUESDAY: Summer Pet Safety Tips

As the temperatures rise (or fall, in the winter) so do pet safety concerns.

The sun is shining but don’t let the carefree summer days lead you astray of proper pet safety.

Here are 8 quick safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What would you add to the list?

Samoyed dog sitting outside

Menno sits comfortably in the cool dirt outside

 8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;
  6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.



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7 Quick Tips for Successfully Traveling With Your Dog

Recently, travel expert Kendra Thornton (@KendraThornton) invited us to share our insight with her on traveling with dogs, as many of us will surely be going on all sorts of vacations in the coming months.

In collaboration with Kendra, here are some of her professional tips on traveling with your dog(s), with our own professional insight added in too.

When I travel with my family and dog, I try to ensure that every two-legged and four-legged family member has everything that they need for a fun, happy, and safe trip. After all, traveling in comfort can make a journey pleasurable and exciting. Interestingly enough, a family will be visiting my family here in Chicago, and they will be bringing their beloved dog. That is fantastic! I am excited to share my best dog travel tips with them, and you.
Before going on the trip, there is a lot to do.

A. Prepare

two spaniels at the vet's office

A trip to the vet to make sure everything health and safety is in order

1. Microchipping: Microchipping a dog is a quick and relatively pain-free process where a vet implants a trackable chip the size of a grain of rice under your dog’s skin.

Getting your dog microchipped before you leave for your trip gives you the peace of mind to know that she can be located should she ever become lost.

2. Vaccinations: Visit your local vet to make sure that all of your dog’s shots are current. Vaccinations give each of us with the peace of mind that we need.

B. On The Go

Small dog in a crate

Small dogs can travel in a crate for safety

3. Crates: Crating a dog is not something that I always like to do. At the same time, a crate can be very beneficial as it keeps a dog safe. Our dog hated to be crated for the first time. As seasons rolled by, she began to like the crate. Today, she prefers a crate, and it gives her a sense of comfort.

4. Food & Water: Pets, like children, may need to take a break during travel. Be ready for a snack break by packing easily accessible food and water for your dog. This can include a bag of treats, or extra kibble, and an extra bottle of water.

Don’t forget that you may need extra food and water bowls when on the go. Consider packing and using collapsible silicone bowls. Be on the lookout for bowls with a carabiner clip, which will allow for the bowl to quickly and easily clip onto a bag if needed.

5. Calming Reassurances: Our dog can get anxious, and we have found ways to calm her. One way is to bring her favorite blanket with on a trip.

If she gets upset, we can comfort her with her blanket, or, give her a deep body massage. Both of these options work well for us.

6. Toys: Sitting in a car or crate for an extended period can be stressful or boring for certain dogs. So, don’t forget to give your dog a favorite plaything or squeaky toy with which to pass the time.

C. Arrival

Dog on a dog bed in hotel

Some great hotels will provide dog beds, treats, and related pet services for a pleasant stay.

7. Pet-Friendly Hotels: Pet travel-focused sites such as give travelers plenty of options of great places to stay in various locales, including Chicago! In my past experiences, one hotel has recommended places to walk and dog parks to visit. Another wonderful hotel offered breakfast for our favorite canine.

It matters to my children to have snacks, video games, movies, magazines and other sources of entertainment while on the road. I use this same mindset with our dog as well. She needs to be at ease when we are on the road. A great way to serve children and a dog is to stick to a familiar routine. Both like what they know, and that can make our journey, and yours, incredibly pleasant.

Learn more about Kendra at her website, or follow her on Twitter at @KendraThornton.

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We all wish you safe, happy, successful travels!

TIP TUESDAY: Cracking a Window is Not Enough for Pets

Cracking a window for your dog in a hot car is not enough. Leaving your dog in a car, even with windows open is not a good idea in these hot summer months.

The infographic below, via our Facebook friends, Bainbridge Island Barkery, via the Kitsap County Humane Society, discusses how to keep pets safe during hot days, and watch for heat stroke and overheating in pets.

Keeping your pets safe during hot summer months

Keeping your pets safe during hot summer months


Super Bowl Sunday – Good and Bad ‘Human’ Foods for Your Dog

Feed Fido this, not that!

We at Dutch Dog Design are ready to cheer for our favorite team, with our doggy pals on Sunday. Are you?

Super Bowl XLVI is upon us and for many dog owners, friends will be swarming the mancave on Sunday for a raucous, football-filled afternoon. A staple for many for Sunday afternoon football watching is tasty comfort foods. Foods and drinks such as pizza, nachos, vegetables, chips and dips and beer and alcohol will surely abound in many homes. In order to keep our dog pals safe from getting sick this weekend, it’s crucial to know what food bits and table scraps your dog can eat and what it absolutely should not eat.

Snacks in hand, dog enjoying the game from a doggySnooze, let’s read on.


Aguacate / Avocado

AVOCADOS: Eating nachos during the game? Don’t let your dog gobble up the excess that you might drop on the floor due to your excitement over a key play. Avocados, which may be found on your nachos or used in a dip, contain a substance called persin, which can be toxic to a dog, especially if ingested in large amounts. Persin can cause diarrhea and vomiting and damage the heart, lungs, and other tissues. So, don’t let your dog clean your plate and definitely not the added plates of your friends, either.

ONIONS, GARLIC: These savory seasonings, in forms including raw, powdered, cooked, or dehydrated, can be terrible to a dog’s health. Ingesting onions or garlic can destroy a dog’s red blood cells which can lead to anemia. In the case of ingesting too much garlic or onions, symptoms of anemia to look out for include the following: weakness, vomiting, difficulty  breathing and little interest in food. No sharing garlic fries with your dog!

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NUTS: Another popular football snack for many fans is a bowl of mixed nuts. For dogs, eating walnuts and macadamia nuts in particular (or any foods containing these nuts) can be especially toxic. Effects of eating these nuts include muscle tremors, paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart beat and elevated body temperature. Eating chocolate and nuts together is even more dangerous as this compounds the earlier effects and can also lead to kidney failure. No cookies from the cookie jar for your pooch.

Burger Brezel

 SALT AND SALTY SNACKS: Excessive salt consumption can have similar effects on dogs as it does on humans. Eating too much salt, in dogs, like in humans, can lead to excessive thirst, urination and thus, dehydration. Sodium intake can also lead to sodium ion poisoning. Be sure to watch for signs of vomiting. diarrhea, tremors and elevated body temperature if you dog has  chewed on too much of your cheesy soft pretzel or lapped up stray potato chips.

TABLE SCRAPS, FAT TRIMMINGS AND BONES: Now it’s time to really get into the game, and the food. Once you’ve finished off those spicy wings or that steak, don’t pass on the excess scraps and bones to your dog. Excess fats trimmed from meats or still attached to the bone can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Another concern with dogs chewing on bones is that a dog can easily choke on a bone or the bone can splinter and lead to obstructions in your dog’s digestive system.

SWEETS AND SUGARY FOODS AND DRINKS: The victory is yours! More football-themed cake for you. Sharing sugary foods, soda and sweets with your dog is a bad idea, though. Just like in humans, eating too many sugary sweets can lead to obesity, diabetes and dental problems.

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 BEER: No football game experience is complete without a cold, frosty beer for most fans. While most people will enjoy drinking a cold brew this weekend, beer, and any alcohol in general, is definitely a big no-no for dogs. Alcoholic beverages can have the same effects on dogs as they do on humans, negatively affecting the brain and liver. Given a dog’s smaller size, the harmful effects are more pronounced. Even if only a small amount of beer is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and lead to brain and liver damage in dogs. No trading drinks with your dog!

If you experience any pet-related emergencies this weekend, it is best to contact your local vet, emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 to get help.

On the other hand, the good news is that if you enjoy a healthy diet, your dog can enjoy it with you. Below are some foods that both you and your dog can enjoy, together. Please do note, we don’t advocate that we are foods specialists or that these foods can or should make up the entirety of your dog’s diet, but they are healthy treats for your pet.


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YOGURT: Yogurt is beneficial for both humans and dogs. It serves as a good source of calcium and protein. For added benefit, look to get yogurt with probiotic elements and have  no sugars or artificial sweeteners. If your pup is a bit pudgy, try to pick a fat-free yogurt to share.

Carrots on display at local greengrocer

VEGETABLES: A staple of human diets, certain vegetables can be very beneficial to dogs as well. Veggies which your dog is free to munch on include the following: cucumber and zucchini slices, carrot sticks, and green beans.

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FRUITS: Nature’s candy! Certain naturally sweet, juicy treats your dog can enjoy include crunchy apple pieces, and banana, orange and watermelon slices. Just be sure to remove any seeds from fruits containing them before giving the fruit to your dog. Those extra bits are no good.

Now, is your dog tired from all of the excitement surrounding the game and ready to hit the hay? Your pal can always now take a nap on the DoggySnooze dog bed.

Or, are you and your pooched so amped up over your team’s sweet victory that you want to get outside and celebrate? Continue your healthy practices by going out for a walk or a bike ride together. Take your dog along for the celebration in a DoggyRide bike trailer or stroller.

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Image by PoshMoggy via Flickr

Many thanks go out to WebMD, TODAY and Modern Dog Magazine for serving as great sources of information on this topic.

Feel free to learn more about this topic via WebMD’s slideshow on Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat, TODAY’s article entitled, “‘People Foods’ That Can Kill Your Pet” and Modern Dog Magazine’s article, “10 “People” Foods for Dogs.”

Go Team!