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Heat Warning for Dogs!!

Dogs don’t sweat like humans do, so they get hotter faster. they mostly respire through their tongues and paws. As a dog gets hotter, it’s tongue hangs out more so that air can pass over it and cool blood that circulates to the rest of the body. So when you might think it isn’t too hot, your dog will be overheating, potentially leading to life threatening damage.

Dogs with short snouts are more susceptible to heat issues as are younger or older dogs or sick dogs

Prevention of Heat Stroke

Keep your dog cool on hot days

NEVER leave your dog in a vehicle without air controlled ventilation (and be aware that even if you do have a/c it can break down) An open window will not help air flow in a vehicle on a hot day.

DO NOT walk your dog on a hot surface

Avoid excessive exercise. Walk your dog in shaded areas with water or at cooler times of the day. Don’t throw balls or encourage over stimulation of your pet

Make sure your dog has plenty of cold water available to it

If you do have to leave your dog in a vehicle, make sure the air con is on high, park in the shade, visit the dogs at frequent intervals and cover windows to keep the sun out and the cool in

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Increased Body Temperature
  • Little or No Urine
  • Sudden Kidney Failure
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Blood Clotting Disorders
  • Small Pinpoint Areas of Bleeding
  • Changes in Mental Status
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Wobbly, Uncoordinated or Drunken Walking
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shock
  • Heart and Breathing Stop

What to do if your dog has Heat Stroke

Lower the dog’s temperature slowly by spraying with cool (not cold) water. Cooling the dog slowly is the key. Give your dog a bath in cool water or wrap in a towel soaked in cool water.

Use a fan to cool your dog

Use cool water on your dog’s foot pads, groin and in their underarms

If your dog will drink, give it cool, NOT ICY, water.

Get your dog to a vet as soon as possible

What do Piran Pets do to keep your dog’s cool on hot days?

  • Walk in cool, shaded areas where there is lots of water
  • Keep air conditioning on in the van at all times
  • Have water available for dogs to drink both in the van and on walks
  • Restrict ball throwing or high energy games
  • Keep air conditioning on when picking up and dropping off dogs
  • Ensuring dogs have adequate water at home on drop off

Contact Nicky@piranpets.com

Telephone 07737 843781

Oh Shoot!

I recently commissioned Tony from Boutique Pet Photography to take some pics of me and Evie. It was good fun and we got some great pics, but not without a certain amount of craziness. I decided I wanted to try to get some pics that were a bit different so was after some different perspectives / angles.

To begin with I thought it would be good for me and Evie to lie on the ground and look towards the camera

Evie – ‘Just give me a cuddle mummy’!

While this pic was being taken, I was rolling backwards down the dune with Evie squashing into me for a mummy cuddle!

Tony did manage to capture a couple of amazing images though, Evie looks beautiful in these.

Scary starey!

Tony had asked me to look straight ahead. The only way I could do it without laughing was to stare madly, resulting in this dark image. My parents think this looks like a photo they used to take in the old days where they would take the photo of a deceased person with their family. It is a bit ‘Adams Family’ I love it!

Next I thought it would be a great idea to jump off the dunes down into the sand. In my head, I would be floating off the dune like a fairy, landing light footed on the soft sand below. The reality? I hardly left the ground and landed with a bang – the tremors were recorded in Truro! Evie had run off in the opposite direction in any case, so no pics of that!

Next I had the great idea of me and Evie lying in the sand with a pic being taken from above …….

A great pic of Evie – but what am I doing?! lol

As Tony was packing up his kit and we were thinking of heading off home, Evie jumped up on me for a treat, it just goes to show that sometimes it’s the things we don’t stage that happen by accident that sometimes result in the most natural outcome. We had great fun. And I have some great images of me and my girl x thank again Tony

Piran Pets Adventures and Pricing Information

Here at Piran Pets we have many different adventures on offer to suit all sizes of pooch. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Tel: 07737843781 email: nicky@piranpets.com

Walking and Pricing info

A day in the life of a dog walker

Bella, a four year old retriever, has been staying for the past 3 weeks. She loves home boarding and gets on with Evie very well. Monday is the day her owners are coming home.  Monday is the day Bella decides to roll in a massive pile of horse manure, all fresh and green.  Monday is a really good day for Bella to have a bath!

Bella looking very pleased with herself after rolling in poop!

It’s lovely having dogs to stay, I’m licenced by Cornwall Council to home board 3 dogs at a time but restrict this number to 2 to provide a more exclusive service.  

So Bella has gone home now and all is quiet at the Piran Pets Pad. It’s great catching a bit of one to one time with Evie before the next four legged guest arrives.  A break also gives me a chance to catch up with cleaning beds and towels!

Today hasn’t been the best day to be a dog walker.  I used three sets of waterproofs but none of the dogs seemed to mind getting soaked.  If anything, the rain made them all frisky.  I did my afternoon ‘Little dog Trek’ at Chapel Coombe in St Agnes and this provided a bit of shelter for the little dogs – who all ended up going in the stream in any case.  Towels, coats and van are now all dry ready for another soaking tomorrow!

Dogs Love Adventure Treks!

Since focussing on adventure treks, Piran Pets have been rewarded by seeing so many happy dogs. Dogs playing with each other on the beaches, in the woods and across the sand dunes. The fast paced walks use up energy and provide them with much needed exercise.

They also offer lots of different stimulation. Your dogs are stimulated by their changing surroundings, by the different smells, by water and by sand. They are stimulated by each other. Most of the Piran Pets Adventure dogs know each other so they have already bonded and developed a group dynamic. In addition to all of this they are also stimulated by the many other different dogs and humans we meet on our exciting adventures.

The Wednesday Retriever Romp has proved very popular, providing an hour and a half of exciting fun for this water loving breed. We have been enjoying the empty beaches – one of the positive outcomes of bad weather The dogs just love bouncing all over each other, splashing through the waves and chasing each other across the dunes. I especially love to run down some of the steeper dunes at Holywell Bay, with 6 retrievers in tow and lots of barking and happy wagging tails!

On Fridays, the Big Dog Adventure Treks have also been very well attended. We have been enjoying a few Friday afternoons going off piste at Idless. As soon as paws hit the bouncy woodland floor the dogs are so energised, they chase each other, chase smells and enjoy a cleansing dip and cool down after so much adventure.

The smaller dogs can’t always walk so far so I always tailor their walks to suit smaller paws – but they still have lots of fun and adventures, but with dogs of their own size who won’t flatten them in play or knock them over!

Whether big or small, your dog will love Piran Pets Adventure Treks!

Let your dog’s adventure start here.

Please contact nicky@piranpets.com or telephone 07737843781

Piran Pets Adventure Treks – Newsletter & Prices, Winter 2018

Specialised Walks Offered by Piran Pets

Dogs of a certain breed love walking and interacting together. In group walks, dogs of a breed generally tend to flock together. This gave me the idea of offering specialised walks for particular breeds.

Retriever Romp

On Wednesday afternoons I now offer a retriever only walk. The retrievers are loving it. They are big dogs who love to jump on each other and chase balls. They especially seem to share a love for water and love the beach, particularly the rock pools. Walks are individually tailored to meet the requirements of this breed. I do try to stay away from mud though!!!

Littler dogs

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I offer a group walk specifically for smaller breeds (currently well attended by chihuahas, cockapoos and small spaniels). Some of the smaller breeds can be intimidated by the larger dogs so this walk offers an opportunity for the smaller dogs to enjoy a run around and play with other dogs of a similar size. The smaller dogs really come into their own on this walk.

Cockadoodlepoo!

In the last few years there has been a massive increase in the number of different poodle crosses. Labradoodles, cockapoos, yorkipoos to name but a few. These dogs love to interact and run around with a ball and enjoy a specialised walk together on Monday afternoons.

If you are interested in introducing your dog to a specialised walk, please contact Nicky 07737843781