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Need a solution for dog anxiety during the fireworks?

posted Apr 24, 2020, 6:21 PM by Lucky Pawz

Try the "Thundershirt" to help ease dog anxiety.


Is your dog afraid of thunder, fireworks or have other anxieties? Try Thundershirt- a terrific solution for dog anxiety.
Our mission is to help relieve the suffering of the millions of dogs dealing with anxiety and fear issues. In doing so, we hope to strengthen the bonds between dogs and their families, reduce the number of dogs abandoned, and help shelters and rescue groups place dogs in need of families.
Company Overview
Thundershirt is a proven solution for dog anxiety. With over an 80% success rate, Thundershirt's gentle, constant pressure can eliminate fear of thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, car anxiety, problem barking and more. Visit to see "Before and After" videos. Drug-Free. Easy to use. And a money-back guarantee.

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AwardsEntrepreneur of the Year, Durham NC Chamber of Commerce

ProductsThundershirt- The Best Solution for Dog Anxiety. Use for fear of thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, travel anxiety, barking and more. Anytime a dog is anxious, fearful or over-excited, Thundershirt's gentle, constant pressure can have dramatic results.

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Great treat for dogs or fast eaters!

posted Nov 11, 2012, 7:07 AM by Lucky Pawz

Want a great treat for your doggie or a solution for fast eaters? Fill up a Kong with food and freeze. You can use any combination of hard kibble, soft food, peanut butter, or applesauce, and give them as a treat or breakfast/dinner to keep them busy. When it is frozen, it forces them to eat it slowly. We have several clients that use this trick, and they absolutely love it!


posted Oct 21, 2012, 12:59 PM by Lucky Pawz   [ updated Apr 24, 2020, 6:18 PM ]


10 Ways to Make your Dog Smile

posted Aug 17, 2012, 8:08 AM by Lucky Pawz

10 Ways To Make Your Dog Smile

Spend the perfect summer day with your dog

1 Pack a Picnic Dinner and head to the dog park after work. Where this plan often fails to get off the ground is in over-thinking the proceedings. The picnic need not be fancy; throw together a cold dinner of cheeses and charcuteries, perhaps some leftover tabouleh, potato salad, or cold roast chicken from the night before, and you’re ready to go. The idea is to get to the park fast and enjoy the remaining light, not to mention to free oneself from the kitchen. Once at the park, set yourself up in a quiet corner, unfurl a blanket, and let loose the hounds. Bringing a Chuck-It for the dogs and a disguised bottle of chilly rosé for yourselves (how civilized) just might

2 Fill a wading pool with water for your dog to play in/lounge in/drink from. A quick online search yielded a three-foot-deep wading pool for $7.99 at Toys R Us. Instant summer fun for under $10.

3 Make pupsicles! We have all sorts of delicious, fast, healthy frozen summer treats you can whip up for your dog in a jiff. All you need is five minutes, a few ingredients, and a freezer. Find the recipes here:



4 Freese treats and toys into your dog's water dish or an empty five-quart ice cream pail. Add a rubber squeaky toy or two, drop in a food-stuffed Kong, sprinkle in a few non-sogging treats like buffalo jerky bites, cover with water, and freeze. Once solid, briefly run under warm water to remove from dish, and give to your dog—outdoors, of course.

5 Hire a dog walker for a once-a-month excursion. Rates vary; in New York, $18 will get your dog a half-hour group walk with Manhattan’s Pet Club NYC. In Vancouver, British Columbia, $30 will get your dog a two-hour mountain hike group excursion with Release the Hounds. Group outings like these provide your dog with exercise and a new socialization opportunity, and you with a day’s reprieve from feeling that perhaps your dog didn’t get as much stimulation and exercise as he wanted. Money well spent, if you ask us.

6 Go for a cruise with your dog. If you have a high-energy canine pal, biking is the perfect way to let him run off some steam. Springer USA ( builds a bike attachment that makes cycling with your dog safe and enjoyable for you both. If your dog is smaller, older, or just not up for expending that much energy, she can still come along for the ride. Solvit Tagalong pet bicycle basket ( carries dogs up to 13 pounds, while their HoundAbout dog bicycle trailers accommodate dogs up to 110 pounds. To the beach—under your own steam!

7 Fulfill your/your dog’s latent desire to be an artist. Fit him with a clip-on collar camera like the Eyenimal videocam ($129, or Uncle Milton Pet’s Eye View camera ($40, and hit the streets.

8 Keep your dog engaged and mentally sharp—play a brain boosting game together. Interactive brain games are a fun way to socialize and bond with your dog, while encouraging healthy intellectual exercise at the same time. For fun games like the shell game and teaching your dog his ABC’s (bonus: activities like these fight Canine Cognitive Dysfunction), as well as boredom-busting toys that require problem solving, check out these links:



9 Get some exercise and support local small businesses. Clip on your dog’s leash, take a stroll to your neighbourhood dog store, and let your dog pick out a new toy or little treat.

10 Treasure hunt! Put your dog’s talented nose to work. Make your dog wait while you hide little treats throughout your living room or back yard, then let her loose to find them. We do this a couple of times a week for the MD office dogs, making them wait in the lunchroom while we secret treats throughout the office, then give them the cue to start the search. It never gets old for them and it’s pretty darn fun for us to watch, too.

How to Keep your Pet entertained

posted Aug 16, 2012, 3:44 PM by Lucky Pawz

Furry Friends Need Fun, Too: How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Active

It seems like the most natural thing in the world—our pets need food, water, medical care and lots of love. But dogs and cats have other needs, too. Our furry friends need ample physical exercise and mental stimulation to lead truly full and happy lives.

"They need jobs," says Kristen Collins, CPDT, ASPCA Animal Trainer. Dogs and cats need to stay busy and engaged, but unfortunately most pets are unemployed—daily they sit at home, chronically bored and waiting for their humans to return from work. And as we all know, an idle pet can quickly turn into a naughty pet when restlessness becomes overwhelming.

"With nothing to do, dogs and cats are forced to find ways to entertain themselves," explains Kristen. "Their activities of choice often include behaviors we find problematic, like excessive barking or meowing, gnawing on shoes, raiding the garbage, eating houseplants and scratching furniture."

To prevent behavior and health problems, Kristen recommends the following physical and mental workouts—both when you're there to join the fun and when your pet is home alone.

  • Move it! Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day. Jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great ways to burn excess energy.
  • Engage in structured games, like fetch and tug-of-war—they're not only great exercise but also teach your pet impulse control and strengthen the bond between you.
  • Keep your dog occupied when he's home alone by giving him a food-stuffed puzzle toy, like the Kong, or some tasty chew toys.
  • Like their canine counterparts, cats also need plenty of aerobic exercise. Get kitty fit with rousing play sessions, such as chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.
  • Encourage your cat's favorite home alone activities, including bird watching, exploring paper bags or boxes, watching cat videos or spending time in secure outdoor enclosures.
  • Teach your cat new tricks! Felines are quick studies and can learn practical skills like coming when called, sitting up, rolling over and even using the toilet!

Kristen adds: "The bottom line is that you're responsible for enriching your pet's life. Providing opportunities to exercise your cat or dog's mind and body will keep her healthy and happy—and enhance your relationship, too."

For more information about enriching your pet’s life, please check out expert advice from our Virtual Pet Behaviorist.

10 Pet Care tips

posted Jul 15, 2012, 12:25 PM by Lucky Pawz   [ updated Jul 15, 2012, 12:31 PM ]

10 Things Veterinary Professionals Want You to Know About Pet Care

10 Things Veterinary Professionals Want You to Know About Pet Care

WebMD Pet Health Feature

By Wendy C. Fries

Reviewed By Audrey Cook, BVM&S

Dr. Will Draper

It can be difficult to stay on top of what's best for your own health and well-being, so knowing what's good for your pet may seem a little confusing.

Keep your feline friends and canine companions healthy and happy by following these 10 pet care tips the pros want you to know.

1. Regular Exams are Vital

Just like you, your pet can get heart problems, develop arthritis, or have a toothache. The best way to prevent such problems or catch them early is to see your veterinarian every year.

Regular exams are "the single most important way to keep pets healthy," says Kara M. Burns, MS, Med, LVT, president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians.

Annual vet visits should touch on nutrition and weight control, says Oregon veterinarian Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, as well as cover recommended vaccinations, parasite control, dental exam, and health screenings.

2.Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Eight million to 10 million pets end up in U.S. shelters every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.

Here's an easy way to avoid adding to that number -- spay and neuter your cats and dogs. It's a procedure that can be performed as early as six to eight weeks of age.

Spaying and neutering doesn't just cut down on the number of unwanted pets; it has other substantial benefits for your pet. Studies show it also lowers the risk of certain cancers, Burns tells WebMD, and reduces a pet's risk of getting lost by decreasing the tendency to roam.

3. Prevent Parasites

Fleas are the most common external parasite that can plague pets, and they can lead to irritated skin, hair loss, hot spots, and infection. Fleas can also introduce other parasites into your cat or dog. All it takes is for your pet to swallow one flea, and it can to end up with tapeworms, the most common internal parasite affecting dogs and cats.

Year-round prevention is key, says McGeorge, who suggests regular flea and intestinal parasite control, as well as heartworm prevention in endemic areas.

Because some parasite medications made for dogs can be fatal to cats, talk to your vet about keeping your precious pets worm-free, flea-free -- and safe.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Many dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

Overfeeding is the leading cause of obesity, says Douglas, who adds that keeping our pets trim can add years to their lives.

Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think -- as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat -- talk to your vet, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet's age, weight, and lifestyle.

5. Get Regular Vaccinations

For optimal health, pets need regular vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, and canine hepatitis.

How often your dog or cat needs to be immunized depends on their age, lifestyle, health, and risks, says McGeorge, so talk to your vet about the vaccinations that make sense for your pet.

6. Provide an Enriched Environment

An enriched environment is another key to the long-term health and welfare of your canine and feline friends, says C.A. Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, a veterinary nutritionist and professor at Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Columbus.

Pets need mental stimulation, say the pros, which may mean daily walks for your pooch, and scratching posts, window perches, and toys for your cat. It means play time with you, which not only keeps your pet's muscles toned and boredom at bay, it also strengthens your bond with your four-footed companions.

7. ID Microchip Your Pet

Lack of identification means as few as 14% of pets ever find their way home after getting lost. Fortunately, "microchipping allows for the pet to be reunited with its family," no matter how far away it is when found, Burns says.

About the size of a rice grain, a microchip is inserted under the skin in less than a second. It needs no battery and can be scanned by a vet or an animal control officer in seconds.

Be sure to register the chip ID with the chip's maker. A current registration is the vital last step in making certain your pet can always find his way home.

8. Pets Need Dental Care, Too

Just like you, your pet can suffer from gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth pain. And just like you, regular brushing and oral cleanings help keep your pet's teeth strong and healthy.

"Dental disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets," Ohio veterinarian Vanessa Douglas tells WebMD, "yet many people never even look in their pet's mouths."

It's estimated 80% of dogs and 70% cats show signs of dental disease by age three, leading to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain. In addition to regular dental cleanings by your vet, "periodontal disease can be avoided by proper dental care by owners," Douglas says. Owner care includes brushing, oral rinses, and dental treats. Your vet is a good source of information about brushing techniques, oral rinses, and dental treats.

9. Never Give Pets People Medication

Medicines made for humans can kill your pet, says Georgia veterinarian Jean Sonnenfield, DVM. As a matter of fact, in 2010 the ASPCA listed human drugs in the top 10 pet toxins.

NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen are the most common pet poisoning culprits, but antidepressants, decongestants, muscle relaxants, and acetaminophen are just a few of the human drugs that pose health risks to pets. Human drugs can cause kidney damage, seizures, and cardiac arrest in a dog or cat.

If you suspect your pet has consumed your medication -- or anything toxic -- call the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Also be sure to immediately check with your vet, and if it is during evening or weekend hours when your regular veterinary clinic may be closed, check for a local 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic and take your pet there for an examination. Many metropolitan areas have these clinics.

10. Proper Restraint in a Vehicle

You buckle up for safety when you're in the car, shouldn't your pet? Unrestrained pets in a car are a distraction to the driver, and can put driver and pet at risk for serious injury, "or worse," says veterinarian Douglas. To keep pets safe in transit:

  • Never allow pets to travel in the front seat, where they're at risk of severe injury or death if the airbag deploys.
  • Don't let dogs ride with their head out the window or untethered in the back of a truck bed. Both practices put them at risk of being thrown from the vehicle in the event of an accident.
  • To keep pets safe, confine cats to carriers, suggests Douglas, then secure the carrier with a seatbelt. For dogs, there's the option of a special harness attached to a seat belt, or a well-secured kennel.

Cleaning up Pet Stains

posted Jul 15, 2012, 12:22 PM by Lucky Pawz


Cleaning Dog Stains

If not caught in the act it's best to just ignore the episode and not reprimand.

Accidents do happen. Even the smartest puppy or the most well-trained adult dog may have an accident now and then. If not caught in the act it's best to just ignore the episode and not reprimand. Chances are the dog will not get the connection between your yelling and the mess in the middle of the living room carpet. The only constructive thing to be done is ... clean it up.

Clean-up Essentials

  • Paper towels
  • Spatula or cardboard
  • Club soda
  • Baking soda or salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • Ammonia
  • Pet-odor neutralizer (available at pet-supply stores)
  • Commercial stain remover designed for pet stains
  • Commercial carpet and upholstery cleaner

Stain Cleaning Methods

Stain Cleaning Method
Blot up liquid with paper towels. Pour club soda on the area, then blot it up with paper towels. Next, apply a pet-odor neutralizer, following the product's directions. If stains remain, use a commercial stain remover designed for pet stains.
Remove solids, then blot up any moisture with paper towels. Then follow cleaning procedure for urine.
As quickly as possible, scoop up solids and apply baking soda or salt. When dry, vacuum up the rest. Follow by pouring club soda on the area, then blotting it up with paper towels. If stains remain, apply a nontoxic commercial carpet and upholstery cleaner of stain remover designed for pet stains.
Overturned plant
Vacuum up soil. For stains, let any remaining moist soil dry first, then vacuum again. Apply club soda and blot with paper towels. Follow with a nontoxic commercial carpet and upholstery cleaner or stain remover.
For difficult-to-remove matter, follow cleaning procedure for urine. If stains remain, mix 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of ammonia and apply solution to stain. Rinse with club soda to remove peroxide and ammonia residue.

Easy applesauce treat for Pups!

posted Jul 7, 2012, 6:51 AM by Lucky Pawz

Need a tasty summer treat for your pup? Put a few treats in the bottom of a kong, fill with unsweetened apple sauce, and put in the freezer! It's been a hit, and I've seen it with my own eyes! Thank you, Linda, for the great recipe!

Is your dog scared of fireworks for Seattle's 4th of July??

posted Jul 2, 2012, 3:04 PM by Lucky Pawz

If so, check out the "Thundershirt" to help ease their anxiety!


Is your dog afraid of thunder, fireworks or have other anxieties? Try Thundershirt- a terrific solution for dog anxiety.
Our mission is to help relieve the suffering of the millions of dogs dealing with anxiety and fear issues. In doing so, we hope to strengthen the bonds between dogs and their families, reduce the number of dogs abandoned, and help shelters and rescue groups place dogs in need of families.
Company Overview
Thundershirt is a proven solution for dog anxiety. With over an 80% success rate, Thundershirt's gentle, constant pressure can eliminate fear of thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, car anxiety, problem barking and more. Visit to see "Before and After" videos. Drug-Free. Easy to use. And a money-back guarantee.


posted Jun 20, 2012, 10:45 AM by Lucky Pawz   [ updated May 11, 2021, 2:59 PM ]

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