July Tips and Tricks

Some of the best parts of summer include things we do outside with our canine companions. But sometimes the outside can be dangerous to us and our pets. This months tips and trick is dedicated to outside safety in these hot summer California months!

The Dreaded Pet Allergies

At some point, almost all pet parents have to deal with allergies in their canine companion. From food to environmental, many things have been placed on the market from shampoos to food to treats and supplements. There is nothing a pet owner won’t try to alleviate their pets consistent scratching or itching. But there is new medicine that is making waves in the form of allergies for our pets.

Cytopoint is a safe, effective, long-lasting treatment for chronic itch due to allergic or atopic dermatitis. It is an injection that is given by your veterinarian that targets itch at its source. Cytopoint works like your dog’s own immune system. It is specifically designed to target and neutralize one of the main proteins that send itch signals to your dog’s brain that triggers scratching, licking, and chewing. Cytopoint blocks signals that trigger itch, so the constant scratching can stop, and red, irritated skin can heal. In fact, in a study, CYTOPOINT helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.

Interested in Cytopoint? Talk with your vet and check out more info here!

The Glorious Sun

During the summer, your dog may come along with you to trips to the beach, outdoor barbecues, and days by the pool. But while you may have fun in the sun, your pup is susceptible to sunburns, too. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to dog sunburn, with painful burns and even skin cancer as a result, the most common type of cancer associated with UV is Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Cancerous tumors that form on the epidermal layer of the skin are called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of tumor can be found in several locations, either directly on the skin, in the nail bed area of the toes, or in the oral cavity. Squamous cell carcinoma has a low rate of internal metastasis, so it is more treatable than many other forms of cancer.

So how can you keep Fido safe in the sun? Here are some options:

  • UV blocking clothes
  • Pet Safe Sunscreen
  • Pop Up sun shade or shaded area
  • Make sure shaved dogs have limited sun exposure

Just like for us the sun in access can be dangerous, so if there is no shade to be found make sure Fido is resting comfortably inside!

Watermelon Dog Chillers!

Ingredients for Watermelon Dog Treats:

  • 2 Cups of  Watermelon (Seedless, or if not, then remove the seeds)
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk or Coconut Water (NOT ALMOND!)
  • 1/4 cup Honey (optional)

All you have to do is take all three ingredients listed above and put them in a blender and puree them! You want the result to be very liquidy, just like a juice! Pour the liquid into some ice cube trays and freeze. Now comes the hard part! Wait for the ice cubes to freeze! Once they are frozen, feed them to your dogs. The best part about these treats is you can eat them too! We found them quite refreshing! They are the perfect treat to help your dogs beat that horrible summer heat. It’s good for them and good for you! As always, give treats in moderation!

Check out the how-to video here.

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