10 Creative Summer Adventures You Should Have With Your Dog

Summer can be such an exciting time of year for everyone, but there are just some days when we sit back and wonder “what should we do today?” without a solution to our dilemma. Or maybe you feel guilty that you are having so much summer fun with your friends and family at the expense of leaving your dog home alone time after time. It is so fun to find dog-friendly things to do for the whole family! Seeing the excitement on your dog’s face when she realizes she gets to go along for the ride is worth all of the effort.

The Bark Post has published a list of 10 awesome summer activities that pet parents should do with their their dogs that will be fun for the whole family! Our favorite activities on the list include: paddle boarding, movies in the park, and biking. What are yours?

The Bark Post: 10 Creative Summer Adventures You Can Have With Your Dog

12 Foods Your Dog Can’t Have

We are all guilty of feeling the urge to feed dogs “table scraps” when they give us those sad puppy dog eyes. They know just how to reel us in by putting on their sweet charm. It is so important to be aware of the foods that can make dogs sick or kill them before you make the decision to give in and feed them a piece of your food.

Grapes & Raisins


It is extremely important that your dog never eats these because they cause kidney failure. If a dog already has health problems, the signs of kidney failure from eating grapes or raisins will be dramatic.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy

 

 Avocado

Avocados contain a toxin called persin, which is mildly poisonous to dogs and deadly to other animals.  The biggest risk with avocados is that they can cause obstruction if they are swallowed whole, and the seeds are large enough to block the intestinal tracts of smaller dogs.

Symptoms:

  • Intestinal problems
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of stool production

 

Onion & Garlic

Onions are the more dangerous than garlic and can cause the dog’s red blood cells to burst. Poisoning occurs a few days after the dog has eaten the onion.  All forms of onion are problematic including dehydrated, raw, cooked, and table scraps. Garlic is less toxic, and the dog would have to eat a large amount to experience complications. Occasional low doses of these foods are found in some dog foods and are not likely to cause a serious problem.

Symptoms:

  • Labored breathing
  • Liver damage
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discolored urine

 

Mushrooms

Certain species of mushrooms can be fatal for dogs. The most commonly reported severely toxic mushroom is amanita phalloides.

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Drooling
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

 

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough is meant to rise, and when it is ingested it causes gas to accumulate in the dog’s digestive system. This can be painful and cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. After the yeast has fully risen, the risk is gone and pets can have small pieces of bread. Bread does not have strong nutritional value for dogs, so do not allow your pet to have more than 5-10% of its calories be from bread each day.

 

Chocolate

Cocoa seeds contain methylxanthines, which can be found in other caffeinated foods. Chocolate contains the chemical theobromine that is toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for your dog. Baker’s, semi-sweet, and dark chocolates are the most dangerous. Many people assume their dog is unaffected by consuming chocolate, but be warned that signs of toxic consumption may not occur for several hours after ingestion, and death can occur within 24 hours.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Panting
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Hyperactivity
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Seizures
  • Death

 

Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts

These nuts are very commonly used in cookies and candies, so make sure you do not let your dog get ahold of them. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog very sick. Their high phosphorus content leads to bladder stones. Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, weakness, and sometimes paralysis of their hindquarters. Signs of illness from consumption of these nuts usually appear within 12 hours and last up to two days.

Symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Panting
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle tremors
  • Hyperthermia
  • Swollen limbs

 

Salt

Consumption of large amounts of salt causes excess thirst and urination, which can result in sodium poisoning. Many dog foods contain large amounts of sodium to make the food taste better. Make sure to check your dog’s food for sodium content and feed him healthy food and treats.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Death

 

Xylitol

This sugar substitute is EXTREMELY dangerous for dogs. Even small amounts can cause extreme complications or death. If xylitol is one of the first 3-5 ingredients listed, then it is going to poison your dog. Symptoms appear as quickly as 15-30 minutes after consumption.

Symptoms:

  • Liver failure
  • Hypoglycemia (life-threatening low blood sugar)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Black stool
  • Death

 

Alcohol/Food Containing Alcohol

Alcohol is extremely hazardous to give to your dog, and even a small amount can be very toxic. Hops (the plant used to brew beers) is also toxic to dogs.

Symptoms:

  • Low body temperature
  • Neurological depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased coordination
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

 

Milk/Milk-Based Products

Dogs are not born with a substantial amount of lactase in their bodies, which is an enzyme that breaks down the lactose in the milk. There are lactose-free milk products available for pets.

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive discomfort

 

Coffee/Caffeine

A large enough amount of caffeine can be fatal to a dog, and there is no antidote once they have consumed too much. Caffeine can be found in common items like tea, coffee beans and grounds, cocoa, chocolate, soft drinks, energy drinks, cold medicines, and painkillers.

Symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tremors
  • Bleeding

 

The safest decision you can make as a dog owner is to only feed them their food and treats. However, if you make the decision to treat your dog to some tastier, more human cuisine, always remember what is safe to feed them. To be extra careful, it is a good idea to have important emergency phone numbers on your refrigerator or somewhere you and your guests can easily access them. Included on this list should be your vet, the closest emergency vet clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435. Food is a wonderful part of life, and it is our job as pet parents to make sure our dogs have a safe and healthy experience.

Here are all of the foods your dog should not eat in one easy to use image for your convenience. You can even keep it posted on your refrigerator as a reminder for you and your guests.

 

7 Important Steps You Need To Follow To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July

More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, and only 14% of them are returned home from the shelter. Most pets panic from the loud booming of fireworks and unfamiliar smells which causes them to run off in search of safety. It is very likely that they will become lost, injured, or worse.

It is extremely important that all pet owners become educated on how to prepare for the 4th of July so their pets remain safe, calm, and happy.

1.  Keep your pets inside at all times. The safest scenario possible is to keep pets secured inside once the parties and fireworks start. Even if your dog is used to being outside, the anxiety and loud noises from the holiday can cause him to break his restraint or jump over a fence in search of safety.

2.  Walk your dog, play with your pets, and give them plenty of exercise early in the day before the parties begin. Make sure your pet has had plenty of exercise before she has to stay inside for long hours during the party or fireworks to reduce her anxiety, help her sleep, and reduce the likelihood she will escape when the fireworks start.

3.  Leave your pets at home during the fireworks. Make sure your pet feels as safe as possible by making it easy for him to access his crate or “safe place” in your house. Create a safe haven for him in a sheltered, escape-proof part of your home with access to plenty of water. Leave your dog with a frozen treat to keep him occupied and distracted during this stressful time. Turn music or the TV on for background noise to help mask the sound of the fireworks.

4.  Keep charcoal, matches, fireworks, glow sticks, and sparklers in a safe place where your curious animals cannot reach them. It may seem obvious to keep fireworks that are lit away from everyone, but it is also extremely important to keep unused fireworks away as well. Some fireworks are made with toxic chemicals such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other lethal ingredients that are very dangerous for dogs.  Some matches contain chlorates that can cause difficulty breathing, damage to blood cells, and kidney disease if ingested.

5.  Keep human food and alcohol out of reach. In the tragic event that your dog, cat, or small animal does get lost, it would be devastating if they didn’t have any way of being identified. Without proper identification, it is nearly impossible to reunite a lost pet with its owner. A microchip and ID tag are the best options for ensuring you will be reunited.


6. Make sure your pets have visible, easy to read, up-to-date ID tags on their collars at all times. In the tragic event that your dog, cat, or small animal does get lost, it would be devastating if they didn’t have any way of being identified. Without proper identification, it is nearly impossible to reunite a lost pet with its owner. A microchip and ID tag are the best options for ensuring you will be reunited.

7. Take a current photo of your pet that you can easily access in case your pet gets lost. Many of us are addicted to taking pictures of our pets, sometimes every day! However, you want to be sure you have a clear, current, full picture of your pet in case of an emergency for easy identification.

The absolute safest option for your pet on the 4th of July is to completely exclude her from the party and fireworks, as sad as it may seem to not spend this holiday with her! We know how hard it can be to spend time apart, but there are many toxins, risks, and extreme anxiety involved with this holiday. Our job as pet parents is to keep our fur babies happy, healthy, and safe. We must remember that a holiday like the 4th of July is not as enjoyable for them as it is for us. Your pet will thank you for keeping him safe during this holiday so you can spend many more years together.

Playing in Leaves

I remember spending hours raking leaves as a kid. When I got older, and leaf blowers were invented, I spent less time but hated the job. Then the kids would play in the leaves, creating more work. But it was worth it to see how much fun they had. This dog takes the kids place having fun playing in leaves.

Christmas Stuff Already!

It’s hard to believe all the Christmas merchandise is arriving this early! We see it all around town. Lights and decorations are going up. Stores are starting to display holiday items. And it is no different here at RadioFence.com.

We have just received our initial inventory of holiday pet clothing. So far, we have dog hoodies and dog dresses available on the website. Throughout the week we will be adding holiday harnesses, collars, neck and bow ties and much more.

Stop by and check out our selection so far. If you don’t see anything you want right now, keep checking because we will be adding new items daily.