Dogs Wearing Shoes

A little personal back story. Frank here. My oldest child is a type 1 diabetic, and Major and Raven, Major a rescue from a very abusive situation, and Raven, a dog that was about to be washed out of a service dog program due to behavioral issues, are trained to smell and alert to blood sugar issues (high or low blood sugar) of a diabetic. We recently went out with a group of diabetics and their dogs for a fun day. This is a post about some of the ways we protect our dogs in the warm California summer.

"Oh my gosh, those dogs are wearing SHOES!". If I had a dollar for how many times I overheard that as we walked through the Orange County Fair, I'd be rich. We live in Southern California, where the summer months (which seem to blast from March until November ;)  ) are often 90-100 degrees, and the asphalt gets hot enough to burn bare feet on humans, or paw pads on dogs. On a sunny day, even at 80 degrees, the asphalt can be upwards of 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

2018 Calendar Shoots Have Begun!

 Attention all Leave No Paws Behind supporters! Work has begun on the 2018 LNPB Calendar! We have already had photoshoots with a few of the Leave No Paws Behind fosters and we will be scheduling many more over the next few weeks.

Fostering Saves Lives

Rescues rescue, fosters save lives. How our foster program works right here at Leave No Paws Behind, Inc: Due to the nature of our rescue, (seniors, special needs, severe medical cases, and end of life) we have a very unique and amazing network of fosters. We provide hospice care for those who are deemed terminally ill by the vet and shelter alike. These sweet animals remain in a loving long or short term hospice foster and continue to receive love, kindness, and medical care for as long as needed. We also have special needs seniors, blind, deaf, mobility issues, serious medical issues, and animals with heart conditions, and are between the ages of 13-17 years old. We also provide short term foster care for our rescues, who although may be seniors, are very highly adoptable and can go on to live a happy life in a forever home.

Pet Safety for 4th of July

Keep Your Pet Safe on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is right around the corner. Ask any person that works in animal rescue or your local shelter, and they will tell you it is the BUSIEST time of the year. When the fireworks start to go off, pets get scared and look for any escape. Here are some helpful hints to keep your pet safe and secure:

Keep Your Pets Cool In Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Cool in the Summer Heat

  1. Don't leave your pets unattended in a locked car
  2. When walking your pet, try to do it in the cooler hours of the morning or evening
  3. Always have plenty of fresh water available
  4. If you go out with your pet, bring water with you
  5. If your pet is an outdoor pet, provide shade or shelter
  6. Be careful of hot asphalt or trails, do the barefoot test: Place your bare hand or foot on the surface for 5 seconds. If it is uncomfortable to you, it is too hot for your pet
  7. Don't over exercise your pet. Many pets will continue to run or play fetch long after they have overheated, they don't know their limits. Again, wait till the cooler hours to toss a ball in the yard
  8. If your pet can swim, let them take a dip in the pool, or if on a hike, choose a location that has a stream or lake to cool off your pet
Signs of Heat Exhaustion to Look For:
  1. Heavy panting
  2. Excessive drooling
  3. Lying down, frequent breaks, less responsive to commands
  4. Labored breathing
  5. Increased heart rate
  6. Lethargy
  7. Diarrhea and/or vomiting
Certain dogs are more prone to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Puppies and seniors, brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds, over weight dogs, heavy coated dogs, and dogs with other risk factors like heart or lung disease all require more care in the heat.

Also be aware that it may be a good idea to use sunscreen on your dog. Noses, heads, and spines are all prone to burning in the sun.