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Six Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog 0

If you’re thinking about adopting a dog, try to keep an open mind about the age of your new companion. 

7 Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

7 Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners 0

Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, that means enjoying the sunny days outside with our dogs and cats. While you’re having fun with your furry friends this summer, take these simple precautions to protect your pet from warm weather woes.

  1. Never leave your pets unattended in cars. 

    The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to a deadly level for pets, even on mild days. Never leave your pets unattended in a parked car for any amount of time. If you need to run errands that involve getting out of the car, please leave your pets at home. 

  2. Be mindful of hot pavement. 

    When walking your dogs, avoid spending too much time walking on pavement. The temperature of concrete can be uncomfortable and painful for your pets. Try to walk on grassy areas as much as possible, and try to take walks during cooler times of the day. 

  3. Make sure your pets have access to shade outside. 

    If you keep your pets outside for any duration, make sure they have access to shade. Try to limit their time outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. Dogs and cats with flat faces are more susceptible to overheating and should primarily be kept indoors in the summer. 

  4. Provide your pets with plenty of fresh, clean water. 

    Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water, especially on humid days. Watch for signs of dehydration, which include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, difficulty breathing, mild weakness, and stupor. If your pet shows any of these signs, take him to the vet immediately. 

  5. Don’t leave your pet unattended by a pool. 

    Not all dogs are good swimmers. If you are spending time near a pool or large body of water, never leave your pets unsupervised. 

  6. Keep unscreened windows closed. 

    If you open windows throughout your home, make sure the screens are tightly secured. If you do not have screens, leave your windows closed. Your pet could accidentally fall out of a window and get injured or lost.

  7. Store lawn care products out of reach. 

    Common insecticides can be toxic to pets. Keep all tiki torch oils and citronella candles out of reach. If you use a lawn care service, make sure the maintenance professionals know that you own pets. Pay attention to the time periods in which it may be dangerous for your pet to play on the lawn. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, contact your vet immediately.

By keeping these simple safety tips in mind, you can beat the heat and help ensure a pleasant summer for your furry friends.

 

Off the Leash and OTP: Top Dog Parks in North Atlanta Suburbs

Off the Leash and OTP: Top Dog Parks in North Atlanta Suburbs 0

Although downtown Atlanta certainly has its appeal, dog parents in the suburbs don’t have to venture very far to find a pup-friendly park. Whether you want to become a regular at your favorite dog park or simply find a new hangout spot, check out our list of the best dog parks outside the perimeter. 

1. Brook Run Dog Park – Dunwoody

Photo via Bring Fido

Brook Run Dog Park is at the top of our list because of its amenities and its accessibility. Located on North Peachtree Road, the park is easily accessible from 400, 285, and local roads. The three-acre park offers a fenced, woodsy area for dogs to play. Dogs of all sizes are welcome, as the park features separate enclosures for large and small breeds. To ensure the dogs’ safety, the entrances are double-gated, with a small waiting area for dogs to get acclimated before joining the crowd. The park features two water stations for dogs and complimentary waste disposal bags. If you and your dog want to take a walk after playing in the park, you both can enjoy the miles of walking trails just outside the fence! 

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2. Chattapoochee Dog Park - Duluth

 

Photo via City of Duluth

Nestled on the Gwinnett side of the Chattahoochee River, this popular dog park features separate fenced play areas for large and small dogs, along with a central watering station. If your pup likes to swim, then he can take a dip in the river after an afternoon of playing in the park! Just outside the designated dog play area is a public park with picnic tables, a large open field, a pavilion, and walking trails. Spend the afternoon exercising and enjoying the outdoors with your canine companions.

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3. WolfBrook Dog Club & Park - Milton

Photo via WolfBrook Dog Club & Park

Founded in 1996, WolfBrook Dog Club & Park is a full-service dog destination. After searching for the ultimate dog property, the owners finally found a place to match their vision. In addition to the 12-acre private dog park, the club offers daycare and boarding, expert training, a fully fenced competition and training field, an indoor training facility, and nature trails.

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4. Waggy World Paw Park - Alpharetta

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Waggy World Paw Park offers plenty of shaded areas and benches for visitors to rest while their pups play. Located just behind the Alpharetta Community Center and adjacent to Wills Park, Waggy World is easy to find. A unique feature of this park is the third common area for dogs of all sizes, in addition to the separate areas for large and small breeds. Since the dog play area is located right by Wills Park, you can enjoy a walk with your dog before or after playtime!

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5. Pinckneyville Dog Park - Norcross

 Photo via Bring Fido

This spacious dog park features several interactive obstacles for dogs to play on and explore. The park is divided into separate fenced areas for large and small dogs to ensure the comfort of all visitors. If you’re looking for a new park to visit with plenty of room to run, then the Pinckneyville Dog Park is for you!

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6. Lewis Dog Park - Marietta

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Lewis Dog Park is a well-maintained park in Marietta with designated play areas for large and small dogs. The park tends to get pretty crowded, so it may be overwhelming for a first-time pup who is trying to socialize! The layout of the park makes it easy for dog owners to chat while keeping an eye on their dogs. Guests can sit on benches throughout the park or at picnic tables in a covered area.

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7. Sweat Mountain Dog Park - Marietta

Photo via Dog Goes

Step off the beaten path and enjoy this woodsy park with your pups. The park features two separate fenced play areas for large and small dogs, plenty of seating for dog owners, and a water faucet to keep dogs hydrated. This park has a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere - perfect for new visitors and regulars alike. 

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8. Leita Thompson Memorial Park - Roswell

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The Leita Thompson Memorial Park is surrounded by beautiful, well-maintained hiking trails. After you and your pup make new friends in the park, you can both enjoy a long walk together. If you need a quick getaway that's close to home, then this park is for you.  

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9. Frank Boone Dog Park - Kennesaw

Photo via City of Kennesaw

Located along the western edge of Swift-Cantrell Park, the Frank Boone Dog Park has 1.4 fenced acres for dogs to play. The park features separate play areas for large and small dogs, with a dog wash area and watering station. It may be a longer drive than the rest on our list, but it's worth it! 

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10. Morgan Falls Overlook Park - Sandy Springs

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Tucked away near the public park and playground at Morgan Falls, this dog park provides a quiet retreat with beautiful views. After your pups play with their friends in the dog park, you can walk them on a leash to the main park, which features a well-maintained picnic area and a nice playground. If you're looking for a park that offers something for the whole family, then Morgan Falls is a great option for you. 

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Did your favorite park make the list? If not, please share it in the comment section so we can tell our community all about it!

Summer Safety: Fourth of July Tips for Pet Owners

Summer Safety: Fourth of July Tips for Pet Owners 0

Although Fourth of July traditions can be incredibly enjoyable and relaxing for people, they can be stressful for pets. Firework displays, large social gatherings, hot and humid weather, and typical holiday food can pose safety concerns for our furry friends. While you’re having fun this weekend, remember these tips to keep your pets safe and happy:

  1. NEVER set off fireworks near your pets. 

    Aside from being frighteningly loud, amateur fireworks can be dangerous for curious pets. Your pet could approach a lit firework without knowing the consequences. Unlit fireworks can also be harmful if left unattended, as they contain potentially toxic chemicals and residue. 

  2. If you attend a public fireworks display, leave your pets at home. 

    The combination of being in an unfamiliar setting, in a large crowd, and hearing fireworks unexpectedly can be overwhelming for most animals. If you plan to attend a public fireworks display, leave your pets in a secure place at home. 

  3. If you are entertaining guests, make sure your pets have a safe, secure place to stay. 

    Many pets can get anxious when several people suddenly enter their domain. Also, it’s easy to get distracted as a host while you’re entertaining guests! Make sure your pet has a safe, secure place to stay inside, and ask your guests to help you keep an eye on your animals.
     
  4. If your pet typically gets anxious during holidays or social events, consider a mild calming therapy. 

    If you know that your pet historically gets anxious during these events, try a mild calming agent to help ease their nerves. Many natural supplements are available to help combat anxiety. Offering your pet a chew toy or bone can also provide a comforting distraction from a chaotic environment. 

  5. Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip are up to date. 

    Did you know that Fourth of July Weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for local animal shelters? So many dogs and cats get spooked by fireworks and end up getting separated from their owners. On the off chance that this happens to your pet, make sure that your contact information is completely up to date and accurate on all ID tags and the microchip

  6. Don’t give your pet any “people food” or drinks. 

    While it may be tempting to slip a few table scraps to your pet, it’s best not to share any “people food” with animals. Even if the food is not toxic, it could still cause an upset stomach and discomfort for your pet at a time when most vet’s offices are closed. Alcohol is particularly harmful to pets and should never be consumed under any circumstances. Don’t leave plates or cups unattended. 

  7. Don’t let your pets near a grill while it’s in use or still hot. 

    Chances are, your pets will want to hang out by the grill in an attempt to get food! However, it’s best to keep them as far away as possible from the grill to prevent any burns or consumption of potentially harmful food or chemicals. 

  8. Be mindful of the heat! 

    If the hot weather is uncomfortable for you, it’s definitely uncomfortable for your animals. Make sure your pets can rest inside or in a shady spot outdoors, and make sure they have access to plenty of water to prevent dehydration. 

  9. Don’t use any sunscreen or insect repellant intended for humans on your pets. 

    Products designed for humans can be toxic to animals. If you notice that your pet is struggling in the heat or swatting away bugs, it’s best to keep him inside. 

  10. Clean up thoroughly - especially matches, firework debris, and used sparklers. 

    In addition to cleaning up any leftover food, make sure to check your yard thoroughly for any matches, firework debris, sparklers, or any other remnants that your pet will surely find.

By following these important tips, you can help ensure a fun, safe holiday weekend with all of your loved ones. We hope you and your pets have a wonderful time!