FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: Mom just returned home from her “girl cousins’ weekend” in Massachusetts and she is TIRED!! So, we decided to share these important hot weather tips that we received  from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), since summer is right around the corner! See you soon! Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Bow WOW it’s Hot out There!

Summer  is almost here and with the temperatures rising and sidewalks steaming.  If the weather isn’t comfortable for us, imagine how our pets feel. Summer brings a host of dangers for our dogs – primarily the risk of overheating. But, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has ways to protect your four-legged friend from the heat.


Stay Indoors

Breeds with pushed-in faces like Bull Dogs and Boston Terriers can find it tougher to breathe in warmer weather, so leave these pets indoors and only take them on very short walks to keep them safe during hot days.

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Keep ‘em Groomed

Animals with thick and heavy coats definitely feel the heat, so groom your pets to keep them comfortable as temps rise. If you plan to shave away some of the coat, makes sure to leave at least 1 inch of topcoat to protect your pet from the sun. Their skin can burn too!

Hydrate your Pets

Always take fresh drinking water on walks or outings for your pets. This is especially important if you bring your four-legged friend along on trips where they may be sitting outside for a long time.  Also, make sure their bowls at home are always filled with cold water, especially when Fido hustles inside from being in the great outdoors.

Protect their Paws

Walk your pets early in the morning or at dusk when the sun isn’t out and the ground has cooled.  If you decide to bring your pets to summer events like parades or carnivals, provide them with plenty of shade, the hot asphalt can burn their paws, just like it burns out feet if we walk on hot concrete or sand.

Prevent Overheating

Because dogs do not sweat, they release extra body heat through panting, so definitely check out the way your pet is breathing.  And keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include:

  • Loud, heavy panting, gasping for air, and/or huffing and puffing
  • Abnormally rapid heartbeat
  • High body temperature over 104 ®
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Anxiety or agitation, confusion, dizziness, uncoordinated walking, and/or fainting
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle tremors, shaking, and/or seizures.

And if you notice any of the above, call or take your pet to the vet immediately.

For more pet-friendly advice and news log onto www.avma.org.  

National Pet Week!! Meet Porsha!

About National Pet Week®

National Pet Week® is May 3-9, 2015. Always the first full week in May, National Pet Week® is dedicated to celebrating the more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day. National Pet Week® was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA to honor the many important roles pets have in our lives and to encourage responsible pet ownership. Whether companion, comedian, confidant or protector, our pets are always there for us and don’t ask much in return. National Pet Week® celebrates this bond and encourages pet owners to be certain they provide their best friends with all they need for a happy, healthy life every week of the year.



How cute is she?

Meet “Porsha!!” Porsha is the beloved fur-baby of my “bonus daughter” and my son-in-law. My husband and I spent some time visiting with them yesterday, (Dakota wasn’t pleased that he couldn’t join us,  we  decided not to bring him because they have 3 dogs and 3 cats and we weren’t sure how he would react), but I assured him that next time we go he can come! After all, they ARE his cousins!!

In honor of National Pet Week, this week Dakota and I are going to do something special! We are going to be featuring his “cousins” almost every day this week!

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday and

Happy National Pet Week!!!!



April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month



Accidents happen – sometimes pets get injured, eat the wrong foods, get bitten, cut, or even have seizures.  But, there are ways you can help on the way to the vet. As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can’t be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you’re calm – you’ll make better decisions when the emergency happens.”

So here are a few life-saving tips from the AVMA to help stabilize your pet:

  • If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet on the way to the veterinarian.
  • With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
  • For burns, flush immediately with lots of water. If the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice compress.
  • If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
  • If your pet is having seizures, keep them away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep them warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic.
  • For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get them to the vet immediately. Look in their mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object outwithatweezer. If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.

    First Aid Kit Available from Sunny Dog Ink. Click on Photo to Purchase

    First Aid Kit Available from Sunny Dog Ink. Click on Photo to Purchase


What your Pet First Aid Kit should include for home or travel:

  • VetWrap (or a similar bandaging product that clings to itself and molds nicely)
  • A nylon leash, muzzle, pet carrier (depending on animal size) and a pillow case for a cat that might need to be restrained; a small flashlight can also be quite useful.


sunny dog items in kit




FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: A great book to have that we featured last year:

Click to purchase!

Click to purchase!

We thank the American Veterinary Medical Association for sharing their tips with us to share with all of YOU! We are happy to include the first aid kit and book from an earlier post we had done for SUNNY -DOG INK:


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 For more life-saving tips from the American Veterinarian Medical Association, log onto www.avma.org/