Quick Tip: Is It Too Hot For Your Dog To Walk?

Dr. Marty Becker shares this advice on how to judge surface temperatures while you’re out and about with your dog:

If a surface is too hot for the heel of your hand then it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads.

Check out Dr. Becker’s Good Morning America appearance, in which he shares his pick of products to help keep your dog hydrated and comfortable during summer weather. I like the look and design of the featured Kool Collar. Watch the three-minute segment, “5 Ways to Keep Pets Cool in Summer” here.

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Paws for celebration!

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This blog launched five years ago today! Pictured here are all the paws that have been instrumental along the way, as I share tips, tools, and tales for senior dog life. Tiny Mason, Uncle Walter, and my inspiration, always, Daley—in my hand is a cast of his paw print. High-5s all around!

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Today is “Check the Chip” Day!

Found Animals Foundation reports on its blog that August 15 is Check the Chip Day, “a designation co-created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to remind pet parents to microchip, register, and keep their pet’s chip info up to date.”

Mason's new online profile pic that's tied to his microchip registration.

Mason’s new online profile pic that’s linked to his microchip registration.

Thanks for the reminder Found Animals! We recently moved and I had not yet updated our address with Mason’ microchip registry. So I just did so and I also updated Mason’s photo on file to a very recent image.

We pay around $18 per year for our membership with the microchip company. Along with maintaining Mason’s microchip’s registration (which shelters or vets’ offices can look up to trace Mason back to us), the membership entitles us to an online profile and photo that would be used to generate flyers, along with email alerts within 25 miles of the area if Mason were to ever become lost, and other support.

From reading Found Animals’ blog post, “Check the Chip Day!”  I learned that Found Animals offers a free microchip registry and that your dog’s registration remains free for his lifetime! You can learn more about the Found Animals Microchip Registry here.

Also, if your dog is not yet microchipped and you’re considering doing so, the blog post provides details: “Since there is so much confusion surrounding microchips, and microchip registration, we’re going to break it down for you in six easy to follow steps.” Read the post here.

Mason is the first dog I’ve ever had microchipped. Honestly, at first I was a little creeped out by the concept of it. If you’d like to reading about my decision-making experience, check out these past DDY posts:

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Check Your Senior Dog’s Lumps Today

Chase Away K9 Cancer, a division of the National Canine Cancer Foundation that has raised $1,004,074 for canine cancer studies, offers a monthly reminder about the importance of checking your dog for potentially cancerous lumps, bumps and swelling.

According to Chase Away, 1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer. Early detection can make a difference in treatment and prognosis.

Print out the “Be Your Dog’s Hero” flyer below and put it on the fridge to remind yourself to take “10 on the 14th” of every month (at least) to look closely at and feel your senior dog’s body from head to toe.

If you’re new to this lumps and bumps business and unclear on why you should keep your eye on them—even though they’re very common for older dogs—I suggest watching the video, “Is it Cancer? Pet Lumps and Bumps” from the VetVid series featuring oncologist Dr. Mona Rosenberg. Find that episode, and others in the series, here.

Chase Away was established by Cera Reusser in memory of Chase, her Labrador Retriever, who passed away from cancer in 2006 at the age of six. The 14th of each month was picked as the monthly check date to honor Chase’s birth date.

Read more about Reusser and Chase and the Chase Away campaign, plus find cancer resources, here.

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