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How to Protect Your Dog in Snow and Ice

How to Protect Your Dog in Snow and Ice

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Snow doesn’t just excite humans; dogs love to play in the snow too. You can’t help but feel amused with the unbridled joy you will see in your dog when you let them out to play in the fresh snow. However, snow and ice can be really dangerous for your dog, at least in terms of their health and wellbeing.

To make sure that your dog is protected from the snow and ice, there are a number of steps that you can take. To help you take better care of your dog, we have listed some tips below.

1.   Inspect Their Paws Regularly

The paws of your dog are most susceptible to getting affected by snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures. To protect your dog from snow and ice and ensure your dog’s wellbeing, you must inspect their paws regularly for cracks, cuts, and signs of abrasion so that you can attend to them at the right time.

2.   Trim Their Paw Hair

Patches of hair between the toes and pads are common in dogs. While they might look endearing to you, they pose a serious risk for your dog. Snow can get stuck in these hairs and form ice clogs. In such a situation, your dog gets put at a serious risk of frostbite. To make sure your dog doesn’t get frostbite, trim back the paw hair in winter months.

3.   Set Up An Entryway

To protect your dog from snow and ice, you should consider setting up an entryway for your dog. Keep towels and mats at the entryway so that you can dry your dog as soon as it returns after playing in the snow.

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Just like humans, dogs can slip on snow and ice. If your dog slips and falls on the ice, it could end up rupturing a ligament or spraining its limbs. Therefore, to keep your dog safe and sound during the snowy season, you should keep your porch clear of any snow or ice. You should use ice melters that are safe for dogs, or you could apply sand on your porch and steps so that the surface doesn’t stay slippery.

5.   Consider Dog Shoes, Booties, and Socks

If you find it hard to keep your dog indoors most of the time and you’re concerned it might end up getting hurt or sick, you should consider getting it dog shoes, dog booties, or dog socks. They are specially made for dogs to keep their paws protected from the cold.

6.   Use Paw Balm

Before you let your dog out in the snow, apply paw balm. This balm will keep your dog’s paws moisturized and will also protect it against damage that the snow can cause. Also, moisturized paws are less susceptible to cracks and cuts

AdobeStock 192998162 Socks 300x252 - How to Protect Your Dog in Snow and IceDogs love it when you let them go outdoors and play to their heart’s content. With the right protective measures, your dog will stay protected from snow and ice. After all, a happy dog means a happy you!

Take advantage of our Winter Suite Specials, $35 per night, per dog with FREE day school. We also have Private lesson for home dog training. We offer grooming to spoil your dog too.

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National Pet Dental Health Month

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Did you know dental ailments are one of the most untreated medical conditions in pets? That’s right; most pet owners spend hours grooming their fluff buddies, but often neglect the dental hygiene of their pets. And that can be disastrous for your pet’s overall well-being.

Dental diseases can lead to internal medical problems in pets, especially in dogs. And considering the high prevalence of dental defects and the lack of care, it’s not surprising that many domestic animals develop liver problems later in life.

To raise awareness regarding the matter, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) sponsors National Pet dental health month every year. Each year, February is dedicated to urging pet owners to take preventative dental measures for their animal friends.Pets become more susceptible to developing an oral condition after the age of two. Approximately 70-85% of cats and dogs are affected by periodontal disease after turning 3. Periodontal disease is an oral condition characterized by swollen gums and bloody tissues around the teeth. It’s one of the most common oral conditions in animals. Other common dental maladies, aside from periodontal disease, are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Fractured jaw
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Abscesses or infected teeth
  • Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
  • Cysts or tumors in the mouth
  • Palate defects such as a cleft palate

To save your pet from developing dental irregularities, a pet owner should take them to the vet at least once a year. However, if you spot some abnormalities in your pet’s eating behavior, accompanied by some dental warning signs, then you should make the trip to the vet sooner. The most common symptoms of an oral condition in a pet are:

  • Stinky breath
  • Laborious chewing
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Tartar build-up
  • Refusal to eat

Dental Month 3 300x197 - National Pet Dental Health MonthRegular dental checkups are essential, but daily at-home care is also necessary for pets. You should brush your pet’s teeth daily; if you can’t do it every day, make sure to do it at least five times a week. Clean your pet’s mouth after every meal and frequently use mouthwashes and wipes to wipe the area in and around the mouth.

Your pet is unable to tell you that they’re having dental issues, and so you need to proactive about their oral health. Use this month as an opportunity to learn more about what you can do.

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If needed, you may board your new puppy and take advantage of our dog training chapel hill services this new year. Our dog training nc centers are clean and well maintained. Also, don’t forget we offer dog grooming Durham services too.

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Fruits and Vegetable Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Fruits Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Yesdogs can eat apples. Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber for your dog. They are low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core first. Try them frozen for an icy warm weather snack.

Nodogs should not eat avocado. While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle.

Yesdogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet.

Yesdogs can eat blueberries. Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in humans and canines alike. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Teaching your dog to catch treats in the air? Try blueberries as an alternative to store-bought treats.

Yescantaloupe is safe for dogs. Cantaloupe is packed with nutrients, low in calories, and a great source of water and fiber. It is, however, high in sugar, so should be shared in moderation, especially for dogs who are overweight or have diabetes.

Nodogs should not eat cherries. With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning.

Yescranberries are safe for dogs to eat. Both cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Whether your dog will like this tart treat is another question. Either way, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat, as too many cranberries can lead to an upset stomach.

Yesdogs can eat cucumbers. Cucumbers are especially good for overweight dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and they can even boost energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.

Nodogs should never eat grapes. Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proved to be very toxic for dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Always be mindful of this dangerous fruit for dogs.

Yesdogs can eat mangoes. This sweet summer treat is packed with four different vitamins: A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard. Mango is high in sugar, so use it as an occasional treat.

Yesdogs can eat oranges. Oranges are fine for dogs to eat, according to veterinarians, but they may not be fans of any strong-smelling citrus. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, and in small quantities, the juicy flesh of an orange can be a tasty treat for your dog. Vets do recommend tossing the peel and only offering your dog the flesh of the orange, minus any seeds. Orange peel is rough on their digestive systems, and the oils may make your dog literally turn up their sensitive nose.

Yespeaches are safe for dogs to eat. Small amounts of cut-up fresh or frozen peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit contains cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great summer treat. Skip canned peaches, as they usually contain high amounts of sugary syrups.

Yesdogs can eat pears. Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It’s been suggested that eating the fruit can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent. Just be sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide. Skip canned pears with sugary syrups.

Yespineapple is safe for dogs to eat. A few chunks of pineapple are a great sweet treat for dogs, as long as the prickly outside peel and crown are removed first. The tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

Yesdogs can eat raspberries. Raspberries are fine in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help aging joints. However, they do contain small amounts of xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

Yesdogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They contain sugar, so be sure to give them in moderation.

Nodogs should avoid tomatoes. While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. While a dog would need to eat a large amount of the tomato plant to make him or her sick, it’s better to skip tomatoes all together just to be safe.

Yesdogs can eat watermelon. It’s important to remove the rind and seeds first, as they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon flesh is otherwise safe for dogs. It’s full of vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’s a great way to help keep your dog hydrated on hot summer days.

Nodogs should not eat asparagus. While asparagus isn’t necessarily unsafe for dogs, there’s really no point in giving it to them. It’s too tough to be eaten raw, and by the time you cook it down so it’s soft enough for dogs to eat, asparagus loses the nutrients it contains. If you really want to share a veggie, something more beneficial is probably best.

Yesbroccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small quantities and is best served as an occasional treat. It is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. However, Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause mild-to-potentially-severe gastric irritation in some dogs. Furthermore, broccoli stalks have been known to cause obstruction in the esophagus.

Brussels Sprouts
Yesdogs can eat Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs, alike. Don’t overfeed them to your dog, however, because they can cause lots of gas. Cabbage is also safe for dogs but comes with the same gassy warning!

Yesdogs can eat carrots. Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on this orange veggie is great for your dog’s teeth (and fun).

Yescelery is safe for dogs to eat. In addition to vitamins A, B, and C, this crunchy green snack contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and even fight cancer. As if that wasn’t enough, celery is also known to freshen doggy breath.

Green beans
Yesdogs can eat green beans. Chopped, steamed, raw, or canned – all types of green beans are safe for dogs to eat, as long as they are plain. Green beans are full of important vitamins and minerals and they’re also full of fiber and low in calories. Opt for low-salt or no-salt products if you’re feeding canned green beans to your dog.

Nodogs should avoid mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be toxic for dogs. While only 50-100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are known to be toxic, the ones that are poisonous can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. Washed white mushrooms from the supermarket could be OK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry; skip the fungi for Fido all together.

Nodogs should never eat onions. Onions, leeks, and chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Poisoning from onions is more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs like Akitas and Shiba Inus, but all dogs are very susceptible to it.

Yesdogs can eat peas. Green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and garden or English peas are all OK for dogs to find in their bowl on occasion. Peas have several vitamins, minerals, and are rich in protein and high in fiber. You can feed your dog fresh or frozen peas but avoid canned peas with added sodium.

Yesdogs can eat spinach, but it’s not one of the top vegetables you’ll want to be sharing with you pup. Spinach is high in oxalic acid, which blocks the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to kidney damage. While your dog would probably have to eat a very large amount of spinach to have this problem, it might be best to go with another vegetable.

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What to Do When You Get a New Puppy

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Now you have a puppy

Getting a new puppy may be a dream-come-true for many! It is exciting, fun, and exhilarating to have a cute, little, fuzzy ball wandering around in your living room. However, for someone who has never owned a dog before, it is normal not to know what to do next. Now that you do have the puppy that you’ve always wanted, what are you supposed to do with it?

Before You Bring Your Dog Home

Once you’ve decided to bring a puppy home, there are certain preparations you need to address first. Getting a new puppy comes with some tasks that you have to complete before. They’re as follows:

  • Bring Your Family On the Same Page
    In the best-case scenario, owning a dog is a long-term commitment, and therefore, you need to make sure your family is in support of your decision. Decide who will be the primary caretaker of the puppy so that there are no compromises on its care once the dog is home.
  • Stock Up Dog Supplies
    When you’re getting a new puppy, you should have all the necessary dog supplies stocked up, including dog food, bed, toys, etc.
  • Make Your House Puppy-Friendly
    Puppies can literally chew on anything. If you’re thinking of getting a new puppy, you’ll need to make some alterations around your house to make sure that it is appropriate and safe for your puppy.

After Your Puppy Is Home

Now that your new family member is home, you might find it not-so-simple to adjust to their presence. However, do remember that your home is a new place for your puppy, too, and he will have a hard time getting used to living with you. Some of the things that you should do when you get a new puppy are as following:

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  • You’re the Atmosphere Pleasant and Calm
    Dogs are usually shy when they are taken to a new place that is full of new faces. For the first few days, keep the noises low and the atmosphere calm and pleasant so that your puppy doesn’t get scared or freaked out with the noise!
  • Introduce Your Puppy To the Crate
    Puppies take some time to get familiar with their crate and warm up to it. Introduce your puppy to its crate during the initial days. This is the best way to house-train your puppy.
  • Begin the Training
    The sooner you begin your puppy’s training, the faster it will learn. The two things that you need to work on from the very start are house training and socialization. After all, dogs are social animals. You don’t want your dog to hide whenever they see a new face around. You need to set a regular routine and teach your puppy how to get comfortable around people to make their presence all more enjoyable.
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    Many dogs get scared when they’re taken to the vet. To make trips to the vet comfortable for you and your dog, your precious pup must get familiar with their vet. So, make sure that you take your puppy to its vet during the initial days. This will not only help your puppy get comfortable, but it will also allow the vet to examine the pup and check for any early health issues that it might have.

Getting a puppy is an amazing experience, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Now that you know what to do when you get a new puppy, you’re all set to welcome a new member to the family!

If needed, you may board your new puppy and take advantage of our dog training chapel hill services this new year. Our dog training nc centers are clean and well maintained. Also, don’t forget we offer dog grooming Durham services too.

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Tips for Managing Your Dog on New Years

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How to Deal With Your Dog During New Year’s Eve Fireworks

The annual New Year’s festivities are a great and fun time for most people. However, this event has evidently proven to be pretty stressful for dogs. With all the loud noises, fireworks and laughter, your dog may start feeling restless and anxious.

If you’re already dreading New Year’s Eve festivities because of your dog’s restlessness, don’t fret too much as you can always drop off your dog at the dog daycare Chapel Hill. Here are a few tips to help your dog remain calm and composed during the festivities.

Divert Your Dog with Calming Sounds

Noise can be pretty stressful for any dog, which makes New Year’s Eve a pretty big challenge for dog owners. Fireworks often go out at various times during the evening. The best way to keep your dog calm is to distract it with calming noises. For instance, calm music is said to relieve pet anxiety.

You can also turn on the TV or radio and play things your dog likes to listen to at a volume that’s higher than usual to cover the sound of the fireworks.

Give Your Dog Something Else to Concentrate on

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You can also engage your dog in some activities so that it remains calm during the fireworks. You can offer it some cool chew toys and play games with it. This can really go a long way in keeping your canine companion calm since it’ll be more bothered by the noises if it has nothing else to do. You can also take your pet out for a walk to tire it out before the festivities commence.

Drop Your Pet at the Dog Boarding Chapel Hill NC located in Hillsborough

Oftentimes, firework displays and other popular events happening nearby are publicized in advance. If you’re aware that your dog gets stressed out by these things, you should plan for them accordingly to avoid any troubles. You can send your dog to a Chapel Hill pet resort or the doggy daycare in Durham for the night so that your pet doesn’t stress out.

If the New Year’s Eve party is at your home, you can drop off your pet at a Chapel Hill kennel for the night after spending the day with your dog or send it for dog grooming in Durham, NC, for the duration of the party.

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Honestly, it’s better to avoid having any New Year’s festivities at your place altogether. Since this might elicit a negative reaction from your pet, it’s just better to avoid inviting any friends or family over. In case you can’t avoid doing that, set up a quiet and calm room where your dog can relax when it wants to.

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Dealing with Holiday Stress with Your Dog

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The Holidays Have Arrived

That means there will be plenty of parties, dinners, gift exchanges and get-togethers. Whether you will be hosting one of these events or packing up the family and pets to visit family and friends, know before you go how you are going to keep everyone calm and comfortable, so that everyone has a good time.

Managing Holiday Stress with Dogs and Visitors

If you are expecting visitors for the holidays, you will want to do a little preparation before the guests arrive. Many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, and we enjoy having them with us as we celebrate good times.

But when our pets are not used to having more than a few people around, they can get overly excited, and things can stop being fun. If your dog is jumping, begging for food or barking, it can lead to some embarrassing situations, and can even frighten guests who are not accustomed to having animals around.

In the weeks before the event, take some time to work on your pet’s manners and to reinforce dog obedience training. You might try having small gatherings with some pet-friendly people who can help reinforce your pet’s manners, so that when the bigger party night comes, your pet will already be prepared.

Setting Up a Dog-Friendly Room

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If, on the other hand, you know that your pup will not be able to hold back his exuberance, or you are afraid a guest will let them outside, set aside a safe room where pets can stay for the duration of the event.

Make the space comfortable with a comfy, large dog bed, water, dog toys, and maybe some dog treats. Close this area off to the guests so that you can be sure that your pet and your guests are safe. Remember to either tell your guests that your pet should be left alone or tape a sign to the door saying “do not open” so that people know to keep out. The last thing you want is for a very excited pet to dash through the house, and possibly out the door.

Traveling with Your Dog

Leaving the familiarity of home can cause anxiety in people and animals. If you are traveling by car, be sure to bring along some of your pet’s favorite toys, the pet’s blanket or bed, and his regular dog food. If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate, bring it along so he can sleep in his familiar space.

Keep pets in a travel-safe crate so that the animal is not able to move freely throughout the car. This covers a few bases. It prevents them from getting underfoot or on your lap while you are driving—an obvious hazard; it prevents them from being thrown from the car should an accident occur; and it prevents them from getting free/running away at rest stops or after minor accidents. If you cannot fit a crate into your car, you can use a dog seat belt, dog car seat, pet carrier or car barrier to keep your pet safe.

If your pet will be flying with you, keeping them in a carrier is required. Make sure your pet is comfortable in that space before bringing them on a plane. Bring extra dog potty pads in case your pet has an accident.

Even though your pet won’t have the opportunity to urinate, do NOT restrict their water before a flight. Dehydration can make pets very sick, not to mention uncomfortable and irritable when they arrive at your destination.

On that note, make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times, and pack an emergency dog first aid kit in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to take frequent breaks to allow for rest and relief.

Like the policemen and policewomen who train and handle them, K9 officers are on duty 24/7 to make your community a safer place. To honor their service, Top Dog Training and Resort is once again partnering with local Police and K9 Officers this holiday season to host its second annual K9 Angel Tree.

You can help celebrate the K9 Officers in your community, while contributing to local animal shelters that depend upon your donations to help them continue to care for the many animals that come in each year. 

Check Out Boarding Facilities

Bed 07 - Dealing with Holiday Stress with Your DogBefore choosing a boarding facility for your pet, take a quick tour of the facility to check out the accommodations. You will want to be sure that it is clean and well kept, and that there is ample space given for the animals to exercise daily.

Have your questions ready before you go. Things you may want to know are: how many animals are kept together in one space; can you bring your pet’s food so that his digestive system will not be upset by an abrupt change in food; will you be able to bring along toys and other familiar comfort objects from home?

If you do not feel comfortable with a boarding facility, whether for your pet’s emotional comfort or because of health concerns, and you do not have the option of taking your pet along with you, give yourself plenty of time to ask around the neighborhood for someone to pet sit in your home or theirs.

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Stick with the Usual Routine

One of the best things you can do throughout it all is to stick to a familiar schedule. This means taking walks at the same time that you always do and feeding at the same time as usual. It might help to set an alarm or reminder on your phone to remind you of daily pet tasks (like giving medications) during hectic holidays. Remember that it is important to take time to play with your pets and show affection, so that they aren’t thrown off-balance by all of the activity and distractions.

If needed, you may board your dog or take advantage of our doggy daycare service this holiday season. Call soon, our dog boarding services book fast, click here if you’re a new member or click here if you’re an existing member! Our kennels are clean and well maintained. Also, don’t forget we offer grooming service as well. Need a little dog training, we can help! We do service Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and the Durham areas.

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Top Dog Training and Resort’s Angel Tree For K9

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Be apart of Top Dog’s Second Annual K9 Angel Tree.

 K9 officers are killed in the line of duty every month in this country,” said Jennie Fuller, owner of Top Dog Training and Resort.  “The K9 Angel tree is our way to honor their sacrifice and service.” While the needs of K9 Officers are taken care of by their individual departments, Fuller added, the donations to the K9 Angel Tree, made in honor of the individual k9s, are a great way of sharing with their fellow animals in need this holiday season.

AdobeStock 266011549 300x201 - Top Dog Training and Resort's Angel Tree For K9Choosing a K9 Officer as your K9 Angel is also a great way for the community to get to know the police dogs that serve their community, Fuller added. “It’s important for K9 Officers to make that connection with their community. Police Dogs aren’t something to be afraid of, unless you’re doing something wrong. They are heroes that dedicate their lives to helping others in need and deserve a  generous ‘thanks’ for the work they do.”

Like the policemen and policewomen who train and handle them, K9 officers are on duty 24/7 to make your community a safer place. To honor their service, Top Dog Training and Resort is once again partnering with local Police and K9 Officers this holiday season to host its second annual K9 Angel Tree.

You can help celebrate the K9 Officers in your community, while contributing to local animal shelters that depend upon your donations to help them continue to care for the many animals that come in each year. 

AdobeStock 64080738 240x300 - Top Dog Training and Resort's Angel Tree For K9The ornaments on the K9 Angel tree, located in the Top Dog Training and Resort lobby,  give donors a chance to choose which K9 Officer they want to honor. For example, there’s Jett, a 2-year-old German Shepherd  that is currently certified in detecting narcotics. and patrolling the streets to keep the bad guys off of them. Jett’s Christmas Wish is for donations to be made to the Orange County Animal Shelter to help his fellow K9s in need. As a special holiday treat, each donor who comes in to Top Dog Training and Resort to be part of the program will be able to take home a special K9 Angel Tree ornament featuring a picture and description of their K9 of choice. 

All donations for this year’s K9 Angel Tree are being collected at Top Dog Training and Resort, 2112 Orange Grove Road Hillsborough, during regular business hours (Mon-Sat, 7 Am to 7 PM and Sunday 1 to 7 PM). Local Police Officers, along with the K9 Officers and Top Dog employees, will drop off the donations to the Orange County Animal Shelter the week before Christmas.

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Thanksgiving is for all creatures great and small or is it?

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Thanksgiving is when many people express gratitude for the blessings in life. For many of us, even Top Dog employees, our pets are included in our thoughts of appreciation. Although you may consider your dog as a part of the family, there are many reasons why he/she should not join you at the dinner table for the traditional holiday feast.

It may be tempting to offer your pets special treats during the holiday, but fatty foods should definitely be avoided. Fatty foods can upset your pet’s stomach and cause vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases, it may even progress into something serious, requiring a hospital stay. “The more different the food is from your pet’s regular diet, the more likely they will have digestive upset,” Eckman said. “Vomiting and diarrhea secondary to table food ingestion are the most common reasons we see pets in the emergency room or veterinary hospital after the holidays.”

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Raw dessert batter is also unsafe for your pet this holiday. Be sure to keep Fido’s nose out of the mixing bowl to prevent any consumption of eggs, which are sometimes contaminated with salmonella. If you are planning on making homemade bread, raw yeast bread dough can also pose a threat to your pet. If consumed, the yeast will continue to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, resulting in a bloated, drunken pet. This can be a life-threatening situation that can require hospitalization. Raisins and grapes, which can cause kidney damage, and chocolate, which can be fatal for dogs, should also be kept out of your pet’s reach.

Top Dog Thanksgiving 01 300x200 - Thanksgiving is for all creatures great and small or is it?If you absolutely must provide a special holiday treat for your pet, there are safe options that will still leave Fido begging for more. Try sticking as close to your pet’s normal diet as possible by offering them a bowl of their usual food mixed with lean, boneless and skinless pieces of turkey and a small amount of gravy. If you have fresh vegetables available, such as green beans or sweet potatoes, they will make an excellent addition to your pet’s healthy Thanksgiving feast.

To ensure your pet’s safety this Thanksgiving, be sure to keep them away from any harmful food products. In the spirit of the holiday season, your pet will be forever grateful for keeping them healthy during Thanksgiving dinner.

If needed, you may board your dog or take advantage of our doggy daycare service this holiday season. Call soon, our dog boarding services book fast, click here if you’re a new member or click here if you’re an existing member! Our kennels are clean and well maintained. Also, don’t forget we offer grooming service as well. Need a little dog training, we can help! We do service Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and the Durham areas.

Turkey is often the main course of a Thanksgiving meal. If you decide to treat your pet to a piece of turkey, be sure it is boneless and thoroughly cooked to prevent salmonella poisoning. In addition, avoid letting your pet chew on any sort of leftover bones, as they can be problematic to the digestive tract.

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3 Benefits of Grooming Your Dog Regularly

Dog grooming is much more than just a canine pampering session. It’s important for your pet’s health, appearance, as well as, social wellbeing. Without regular grooming, an unattended coat may become matted and uncomfortable. Serious health issues may also arise if lumps or wounds on the skin are ignored.

Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary to follow a grooming routine for your furry family members so that they stay healthy, energetic, and playful.

Keep reading to find out about the benefits of regular dog grooming.

  1. Regular Brushing of the Coat Will Keep Matting at Bay
    Matted hair is a tangled mass that pulls the skin of the dog resulting in a very uncomfortable condition. Dogs with thick curly or fine coats are even more prone to getting them.  Over time these mats will turn into sores and may even attract fleas and ticks as they make good hiding spots for them. Regular dog grooming ensures that the coat stays mat-free.
  2. Hassle-Free Nail Trimming
    One important aspect of dog grooming is getting their nails trimmed regularly. Long nails can be very problematic for your dogs as they hamper their walk. As a result, they start walking in an abnormal manner that affects their bones and joints. To keep your dogs from developing any health conditions, a nail trim is necessary at least once a month. Most dogs are not fond of the nail trimming process, making it difficult for the owners to do it regularly. Professional dog groomers, however, are experts with nail trimming as they know how to make your dog comfortable. Also, they will cut your dog’s nails to the appropriate length.
  3. Any Diseases or Parasites Will Be Detected in a Timely Manner
    Regular dog grooming allows you to spot any lumps, wounds, bumps on the skin, as well as their ears, eyes, nose, and paws. This means you’re in a better position to identify any health issues early enough before they end up becoming serious or possibly fatal.

Grooming sessions also make for a great time to bond with your pets. To sum up, regular dog grooming is definitely a worthy investment. If you’re looking for professional dog groomers in NC, head straight to Top Dog Grooming Service. We are experts in giving VIP dog grooming sessions so that your dogs stay healthy and walk-in style.