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August 2016

Dangers of Heatstroke

By | Dog Grooming, Dog Tips, General

With summer here in Northern San Diego and temperatures ever rising, pet parents should familiarize themselves with the common causes and signs of heat stroke in pets. Heatstroke is essentially a form of hyperthermia without fever. Pets suffering from heatstroke will exhibit temperatures anywhere between 104-106 degrees. Some common signs of heatstroke include:

  • Dehydration
  • Heavy and/or fast panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors or wobbly gait
  • Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Decreased or no urine output

It is important to notice these signs and get your pet help right away. Allowing your pet to stay in a high body temperature state could cause major organ failure. Below are some tips to help keep your pet cool and safe from heatstroke this summer.

  • Constant access to cool, fresh water
  • In high heat areas allow pets to be in an air-conditioned environment
  • Take your dog on walks during cooler parts of the day
  • Avoid excessive exercise in high heat
  • For hairy dogs and cats ask your groomer about a belly shave to allow them to lay on cool floors to help keep them cooler

Whether you live in Rancho Santa Fe, Del mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas or Oceanside if your current residence does not have air conditioning, try an indoor dog daycare, where your pup can romp around with other dogs and stay in a cool, safe environment. It is always best to talk with your groomer about grooming and grooming techniques that may help with keeping your pet cool this summer.

For any other questions and concerns about heatstroke in pets, dog day care, or grooming, please visit our website at, or call us at (760) 452-4166.

Dog Beaches in San Diego

By | Dog Tips, General

Summer is here and with it both locals and tourist flock to our many beaches throughout the San Diego area. Many would love for their dogs to tag along but are not sure where to go. Below we list a few of the more popular dog-friendly beach and bay destinations throughout areas in San Diego including: Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Carlsbad.

Dog Beach in Ocean Beach: Great area and spot to roam the beach, with a leash-free policy for dog friendly dogs. This was actual the first leash-free beach in the United Sates.

Dog Island in Fiesta Island: Located a few miles away from San Diego’s iconic Mission Beach sits Fiesta Island. Fiesta Island is a semi-fenced in area allowing dogs to run miles of open land as well as jump into the cool water that surrounds the small island.

Dog Beach in Del Mar/Solana Beach: Very beautiful area to take your pup, but some parking does require payment. This beach is leash-free September-June 13th and is limited to the area South of 15th street and North of 29th street. All other times during the year, dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash.

Cardiff State Beach: Great place to take your dog, but at this time there are no leash-free areas. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and owners pick up after them.

La Jolla Shores Beach: Great spot to do some sightseeing or just a morning walk. While there are no leash free areas, dogs are allowed on leash from 6pm to 9am.

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How to Socialize My Dog

By | Dog Tips, Dog Training

When you first get a new puppy it is both exciting and nerve wracking. Different vets will tell you different things on how and when it is best to start socializing. The best a pet parent can do is get a second opinion and then decide what they feel is best for their new fur baby. While it is best to start socialization as soon as possible, always talk to your vet first to make sure they are updated on any vaccines or medications they may need. Below we will discuss some ways to socialize your new pup.

Start with a familiar dog: Some dogs may just be barking to show their annoyance at how bored there are at that given time. A great way to curb this behavior is to take them on a walk, go to the dog park, or try giving them a new toy.

Interacting with other people: Allow your pup to get acquainted to friends and family before introducing them to strangers. This will allow your pup to feel comfortable around other people.

Walks: When on a walk allow your pup to say hi to people who ask to pet him. If your puppy still has not finished all his puppy shots verify with other pet owners that their dogs are up to date on vaccines before allowing your puppy to say hi.

Dog Park: Once your vet has given you the ok to take your dog to areas with a higher volume of dogs, try out your local dog park. Try to go during times where it is not too crowded at first to ease your puppy into the new environment.

Doggie Day Care: You can also try doggie daycare, where your little one can ran about all day while you are at work. This allows them to get out their energetic puppy energy, helps socialize them with both dogs and people, and they are constantly supervised by trained and knowledge staff. A dog that is happy in doggie daycare will often be more comfortable boarding at that pet resort also. When your pup is comfortable they enjoy their lodging stay and ease any stress you may feel of boarding them. Certain pet resorts in Encinitas, Del Mar, and Carlsbad also have web cameras in their day play yards. This allows pet parents to peek in on their pups to see how they are doing. Most pet parents who see how much fun and enjoyment their dogs get out of doggie daycare will continue to take their puppies to the doggie daycare to get socialization as well as for them just to have a great time while they are at work.

Socialization is also important for their health. A dog not properly socialized my exhibit from many different forms of behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, leash aggression and people and dog aggression. A dog that exhibits these behaviors may cause you to limit their exercise and grooming trips to avoid dealing with the dogs’ behavior. Dog socialization is key to help avoid such behaviors. If your pup still seems to be having trouble adjusting, contact your local dog trainer. There are many good trainers that can be found throughout areas such as Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Del Mar. They will be able to assess the situation and offer more help for you and your puppy.

For more information regarding your new puppy and the best socialization approaches and techniques please visit our website at or call us at (760) 452-4166.