Category Archives: Summer Pet Care

Dog Bee Stings – How To Treat

siri-daisy-bee-59353319Woozers, do I have a whole new respect for those funny looking bugs flying around with wings extended and a determined look on their face. I only have one question, what did I ever do to make a bee mad at me?

Okay, so I may have trampled a few during my run around the yard each day, but it wasn’t intentional. Do you have any idea how hard it is to run at warp speed while looking at the grown?

Well let me tell you, this bee sting really hurt and it STILL hurts. It could have been worse, he could have stung me on my nose.   I did get my hair done today and Amanda, my groomer could not find the stinger.

Mom and Dad looked but could not find it, so hopefully my paw will stop hurting soon. Just as soon as we find a way of reviving Mom and getting her off the floor (she is such a wimp), I’m sure I am in for a veterinarian visit.

So of course I had to do some research on the subject. Well actually, Aunt Judy did this research for me (Mom’s sitting up now, so I think she is coming around.) Thank you Aunt Judy.

So, remember to hit the print button and put this post in your doggie first aid file. You do have one of those – right? Mom keeps ours in the top drawer of her master filing cabinet, right in the front, before the ABC’s start, because the information is so important. Even the hanging file folder is even red.

Stings from wasps, bees, yellow jackets and ant bites will all cause redness and painful swelling at the site. They will usually only sting on exposed non-fur areas. Gee, they must (wait for it) bee lazy little critters. Seriously, being stung can be a serious situation and I shouldn’t be (oh man, that was so hard not to do) making light of it. This is really interesting, the swelling can also occur in the face and neck area, even though the dog was not stung in those areas.

If your dog is stung many times (I can’t even imagine how that must feel) the absorbed toxins could cause anaphylactic (phew, that is a big word for such a little tyke) shock, especially if the dog has been stung in the past. Continue reading

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Keeping Your Dog Calm During Thunder Storms

stormfromt-sized-for-postKeeping Your Dog Calm During thunder storms can be more stressful for you than your than your dog. It takes time (and several storms) to figure out what works the best. Being born during one of the worse thunder storm and a F4 tornado, has made me kind of an expert on the matter. Thunder no matter how far away sends fear through my veins.

I have my own theory of survival when it comes to thunder storms. One clap of thunder or one flash of lightening, I am movin’ full speed ahead to find a lap to sit my behind down in and a chest to flatten out against, so I can hear a heartbeat.  On that horrific day in 2012 my Momma Doggie told my sisters and me, that if we could hear and/or feel a heart beat, we would always be safe and secure. Oh, and just so you will know, a wind-up alarm clock under a blanket does not count as a heart beat. Continue reading

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Dog Skin Conditions-Let The Itch Begin

seriously - I'm real - 199-181Dog Skin Conditions  – Let The Itch Begin, yep, that is about all I can say about it right now.

On Monday it was 60 degrees where I live. Yesterday it was in the upper 70’s and I played outside with Princess and Coco for hours.  It was total enjoyment. Last night when I went out for my midnight-run, it was in the low 30’s and snow flakes were a-fly-in!

Now I’m not the smartest paw on these four legs, but I do know chaos when I experience it, and trust me, the weather is in total chaos right now. There are only four words to describe it – let the itch begin!

Doggie skin conditions can be pawblematic to diagnose and even more pawblematic to resolve. Finding the cause of our constant itching is crucial because it is irritating us (and most likely you) to no end. How would you like to wake up a pawzillion times a night scratching? Okay, I’ll admit it, if your dog sleeps with you like I do with Mom and Dad, when we itch and scratch at night you most likely wake from the pounding on the bed. Sorry, when you’ve got an itch, you gotta scratch it. Just ask your pooch and they will tell you –  that’s the truth.

Skin conditions in dogs can range from small hot spots to their entire coat falling out and their skin turning black. Continue reading

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A Pool…Oh Boy, A Pool

Visions of my own swimming pool!

I am ready to roll. Dad said he was going to get a pool for me to play in during this really hot weather. A pool – all my very own! I’ve been dreaming about it all night long. I can just see us kicking back with a breweski or two and maybe some kibble.

I can’t wait to see it.  Darn, I wish I had ordered some of those really cool swimming trunks when I order the samples for my new line (selfless self-promotion here…From Siri With Love), but I had no clue I would have my own pool.

 

Trust me...this is NOT a pool!Okay..WHAT is this thing? You are kidding…right? You’re trying to tell me this is a pool? Not exactly what I was expecting big guy.  Guess this is what happens when your mom and dad were born in the 30’s and 40’s.

Hey, big guy…what do they call this thing?  “A galvanized wash tub – we used to do laundry in them along with a wash board and a bar of soap”.

Cool water and toy in mouth. Not bad for a hot summer day.

Oh my, this is soooooo embarrassing! I hope the neighbors can’t see me.  But it does have water in it and a few of my toys. It does look like it would be cool and at 109 degrees in Louisville, I’m in!  Ah, refreshing!!!!! Continue reading

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Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday America!!!!

Yeah, it’s the 4th of July – A play day! That is what you humans call a holiday. Even though I am not looking forward to all the firework sounds I am going to be brave and not act like I am afraid.

So far the day is starting out pretty great. We slept in late, had a nice leisurely southern breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy and mom just finished washing the dishes. Seems that white box under the kitchen cabinet died a few weeks after I arrived (really, I didn’t chew on anything connected to it – really, I didn’t), so mom does the dishes by hand. It’s kind of fun for me because she is in the kitchen longer, so we can play more. I love grabbing the towel and taking off with it. She used to just get up and go into her office for the rest of the evening and night. I am trying to teach her how to play and enjoy life more. Continue reading

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