Saturday, June 27, 2015

Greyhound Safety: 4th of July

It's that time of year again!  Who doesn’t like 4th of July festivities with backyard barbecues, parades, red/white & blue ice cream, and dazzling fireworks?  No matter how you celebrate or even if you don’t celebrate – here are precautions to take into consideration for all pets, especially greyhounds.

If you’re going to a fireworks display – keep the hounds and other pets at home in the house 
Most greyhounds and other pets fear loud noises and unexplained flashes of light.  The toxic combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your pet freak out.  Locking them in your car is also not an option because it’s too hot.

If you’re leaving your pets at home – keep the dog door closed 
Whether or not your fireworks are nearby, there are always some bad boys in the neighborhood who will shoot off firecrackers whether illegal or not.  Your pets should not have access to your yard unless you are at home to supervise on this potentially dangerous day and night.  Dogs can easily jump over a fence or wall when scared to death.  Leave the TV on (loudly) or play soothing classical music.

Keep the firecrackers and sparklers away from pets
Firecrackers can result in burns and trauma to a pet’s face and paws.  For curious pets, unused products are made from toxic ingredients like potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Beware of glow stick jewelry
While you might like the glow in the dark effect, your pet could swallow the product or parts of the product causing gastrointestinal irritation and intestinal blockage.

No table food for pets
Don’t let your guests feed the dogs no matter how sad their eyes are.  Bones (ribs, chicken, steak, etc) are forbidden as is alcoholic beverages, chocolate, fatty foods, desserts made with xylitol, onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt, and yeast dough can cause your dog the need to go to the emergency vet on a holiday.  Ouch!  Either put the pets in a separate room during dinner or ask your guests to give only dog treats that you provide.
Keep lighter fluid and matches away from pets 
Pets are curious.  If ingested, matches can cause difficulty breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease.  If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems, if ingested.

Citronella is harmful to pets 
According to the ASPCA -- oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellents are irritating toxins resulting in inhalation which may cause severe respiratory illnesses. Eating the product can harm your pet’s nervous system.

Beware of insect repellent and sunscreen
Don’t put insect repellent and/or sunscreen on your pet that isn’t specifically for pet use. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals.  The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

The importance of tags and microchip
We continue to stress the importance of tags that must be worn at all times and have your correct phone number on them.  At SA Greys, all our dogs are microchipped but, consider getting all your pets microchipped.  If your pet manages to jump over a wall or run out the side gate, dogs that become lost have a greater chance of being returned if they have the proper identification.  It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up lost signs.

A little common sense and precautions can lead to a safe holiday.

If you have a REALLY anxious hound...they make a thing called a "Thundershirt" which is supposed to help a lot!  You might want to check that out.

Photo sources:  WVGL blog and

**Blog recycled from last year (with a couple of additions)...thanks whoever put this together!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Meet and Greet Weekend

It's hot out there!  Come by this weekend where it's cool inside and meet these wonderful, adoptable hounds! 

On Saturday at the PetSmart River & OG from 11am-1pm, Terra will take a break from her toys just to meet all of you. 
On Sunday, Holly has her alarm set to wake up and get Tony out of the pool so that they can go to the Petco Old Spanish Trail from 11am-1pm.  Holly is a little timid and Tony is the complete opposite (opposites attract!). 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Adopt a Friend - Peanut

Name:  Peanut

Age:  2 years old

Peanut is a beautiful, lovely 2 year old greyhound.  She loves to go for her walk first thing in the morning and walks very well on her leash.  She engages very happily with other dogs and people.  She plays well with an 8 year old boy that she is currently in foster with.  She is completely house trained and will tell you when she is ready to go outside.  Peanut is also very smart and responds to finger snapping and hand gesture commands.  Peanut would love to be an intimate part of your family and life!

Special needs:  Peanut does not like to be left alone for long period of times.

Fee:  $300

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Telephone:  (520) 955-7421

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Greyhound Summer Dog Safety

With the return of Arizona summer comes hot temperatures and blistering hot streets and sidewalks.  Most people wisely pursue indoor activities during the heat of the day, and limited outdoor activity during the cooler hours.  That wisdom applies to your four-legged friends as well.  

First, walk your hound in the very early morning or late evening hours when the temperature is below 90 degrees.  Dogs are much more sensitive to heat because they cannot sweat.   Dogs stay cool by avoiding the heat of the day, panting and drinking cool fluids.  Keep your hound out of the heat and offer lots of fresh, cool water to help them stay cool.

 Second, keep in mind that streets and sidewalks can reach a paw-scorching 150 degrees or higher!   These surfaces also retain heat.  Even if the temperature outside is reasonable, you need to ensure the street and/or sidewalk isn’t still too hot for paws.   Walk on the sidewalk in bare feet or hold your hand on the sidewalk.  How long can you comfortably maintain contact?  If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your hound’s paws.
Third, dogs can sunburn.  White or light colored dogs are more at risk.  Hopefully, your hound is not being exposed to the hot sun for extended periods of time.  However, there are pet-friendly sunscreens available for those brief occasions when your hound is out in the summer sun.  Don’t use sunscreens designed for humans, even baby-safe sunscreens.  They can contain chemicals that are toxic to animals, especially if ingested. 
Fourth, greyhounds are not suited to live outside.  Their lack of body fat and thin coats make them very susceptible to temperature extremes.  It isn’t safe to leave your hound in the yard for an extended time during the summer, even if you have shade and water available.  Likewise, never leave your dog in a car, even for a short time with the windows rolled down.  They will overheat within minutes.
Finally, you should know the signs of heatstroke.  Just like humans, heatstroke can cause organ failure, brain damage and even death if unnoticed and untreated.  Watch for heavy panting, collapse or staggering, drooling, vomiting, lethargy, glassy eyes, rapid heartbeat, high body temperature, confusion and behavior changes.  If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet somewhere cool, apply cool compresses or water, and get your dog to a vet as soon as possible.  Heatstroke is a medical emergency, and prompt medical attention may save their life.

Summer is a great time of year for you and your hound to enjoy each other in air conditioned comfort.   With that said, you can still enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise if you follow these precautions.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Meet and Greet Weekend!

Holly is hanging out with the boys this weekend!  On Saturday she will be going to the PetSmart at River and Orange Grove with Jaden. This will be Jaden's first public outing, so Holly will be showing him the important things, like where the hamsters are. They will be there from 11am-1pm. 

On Sunday, Holly will be hanging out with Wrigley at the Petco at Oro Valley Mkt Place from 11am-1pm. She doesn't know where the hamsters are there, so maybe someone will help her find them. 

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