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Frozen Treats for Fido

Summer is just around the corner! Florida isn’t exactly known for having mild summers. When it gets hot, many of us like to cool off by reaching for a cold treat. Why not make something for your dog? In this article, a Brandon, FL vet lists some frozen snacks you can make for Fido.

Pupsicles

For this one, you’ll want to start by filling an ice cube tray with fresh water or sodium free broth. Put pieces of kibble or crumbled-up doggy treats into each one. Voila!

Doggy Ice Cream

You can buy doggy ice cream at many pet stores and grocery stores, or you can make your own. Start with a smooth base. Try mixing peanut butter with bananas and plain yogurt. You can also use sodium-free broth, pureed pumpkin, and/or organic baby food. For ‘toppings’ try adding bacon bits, shredded cheese, or cooked hamburger.

Banana/PB Bites

Speaking of PB and bananas, they’re the stars of this yummy snack. Mix the two together, and add a bit of water to thin the mixture out.

Frozen Cheeseburger Bites

Want to really get that cute tail going? Cook up some hamburger and add some water to it. Portion it out, and top with shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Apple Chicken Yums

Put fresh apple slices (without the seeds) into an ice cube tray, along with some shredded cheddar. Pour sodium-free chicken broth over them, and pop them into the freezer. Instant tail wags!

Frozen Yums

Start with sodium-free broth and water. Pour it into a small container, such as a paper cup. Let it start to freeze, and then put a chew stick in the middle.

Yogurt Bones

Plain yogurt is a great treat for dogs! You can offer Fido some plain yogurt, but you can also add things like carrots, berries, bananas, or peanut butter.

Tips

There are many different ways to portion these recipes out before freezing. You use ice cube trays, Kong toys, or paper cups. Or, get some cute bone-shaped molds. You can also experiment with ingredients. Just stick to pet-safe foods. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions and chives; chocolate; avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; chocolate; alcohol;  grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about safe and unsafe treats? Contact us, your Brandon, FL vet, anytime.

Holiday Hazards for Pets

The holiday season has officially arrived! It’s always great to enjoy seasonal foods and events with our friends and family members. Your pet is also an important part of your household. Just keep your furry pal’s safety in mind over the next few weeks. The holidays can be quite dangerous for pets! A Brandon, FL vet lists some hazards for pet owners to be aware of in this article.

Food

Food is one of the main concerns at this time of year. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving your pet a special treat. However, it’s important to stick to things you know are safe. (Tip: plain, boneless cooked meat, fish, or poultry is a good bet.) Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; avocado; alcohol; or xylitol. Nuts are also unsafe, as are grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; pitted fruit; and raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Decorations

Dogs and cats are very playful, and have quite a knack for mischief. Tinsel, ribbons, ornament hooks, and those pretty strands of lights are all dangerous for your playful pet. Fragile ornaments are also unsafe, as are edible ones, such as popcorn strands.

Plants

Poinsettias, holly, ivy, yew, lilies, and many other seasonal plants are toxic to Fido and Fluffy. Pine needles can also be hazardous. Opt for fake plants. If you do get real ones, display them in spots your furry friend can’t get to.

Alcohol

Champagne, wine, eggnog, and other alcoholic beverages are definitely not safe for your four-legged pal. If you want to include Fluffy and Fido in the festivities, offer them some sodium-free broth.

Stress

Just like people, pets can suffer from anxiety and stress. Some pets are very nervous, and can get quite frightened by the presence of guests. Loud noises, such as New Year’s Eve fireworks, are also very scary to some of our four-legged friends. Keep a close eye on your animal companion, especially if you are hosting parties or having guests. If your dog or cat seems uneasy, put them in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, comfy bedding, and, for kitties, a litterbox. Your fuzzy buddy may be more comfortable napping through the festivities!

Please reach out to us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

Taking Fido to the Beach

Florida’s gorgeous sandy beaches are the envy of our friends and family to the north. Dogs also love to run and play at the shore! Just be sure to keep your pet’s safety in mind when taking him to a beach. A Valrico, FL vet discusses doggy beach safety below.

Swim Lessons

Not all dogs are natural swimmers. Some pooches even need to be taught how to do the doggy paddle! If your canine friend doesn’t know how to swim, take time to teach him. Support Fido gently while he is learning, and encourage him with praise and ear scritches.

Doggy Obedience

All dogs should know basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This isn’t just about petiquette: these commands can help you keep your furry buddy from running up to strangers or approaching dangerous areas. Make sure Fido knows these important commands.

Heat

Dogs can overheat very quickly running and playing at the beach. Make sure to bring plenty of water along for your pup! You’ll also want to keep a close eye out for warning signs, such as drooling, panting, trembling, vomiting, and dark urine. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately give Fido water and take him to a cool area. If symptoms persist, contact your vet. We also recommend taking your pooch to the beach in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler out.

Fur

Before you go home, rinse Fido off to get the salt and sand out of his fur. You may want to brush your dog later on, after he’s dry. Some of our canine pals are also susceptible to sunburn. Ask your vet for tips on putting sunscreen on your four-legged pal.

Paw Care

Fido can easily burn his paws by running around on hot sand or rocks. He can also cut himself on sharp shells or broken glass. Try to keep your pup on soft ground as much as possible. Use paw balm or wax to protect your furry friend’s feet.

Dangers

Always keep a close eye on your canine buddy. Dogs can get into trouble in just a few feet of water! Never bring Fido anywhere with steep drop-offs, heavy wakes, or riptides.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Please contact us, your local Valrico, FL pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.