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Fall For These Paw-some Edmonton Activities!

It’s that time of the year again! You can’t deny that fall in Edmonton is stunning, but we all know it doesn’t last very long around here. That’s why you and your fur-baby have got to go for a fall adventure as soon as you can! From beautiful walks through gardens and trails, to short trips out of the city, to exploring markets, there is something for literally everyone and their dog to do this season. Here are our favourite pup-friendly fall activities in the Edmonton area! The Edmonton Corn Maze What an iconic fall outing! Located just southwest of...
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The Pet Hydration Conversation

Did you know that July is National Pet Hydration Month?  Don’t get us wrong, hydration is important all year round. Water is the basis for the biological processes and reactions that keep our pets alive, and also aids in the transport of essential nutrients and substances around their bodies!  However, during the warm Edmonton summer months, our pets are at a greater risk for heat-related illness and dehydration. This is why we take July as the month to raise awareness about the importance of hydration. What Happens When Your Pet Is Dehydrated? On hot days, our pups lose more water...
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How To Enrich Your Cat’s Life

Cats are known to boast about their independence, which has awarded them the reputation of being pretty low-maintenance pets, at least compared to dogs. But is that really the case?  Definitely not!  Our feline friends require a great deal of mental and physical stimulation, and social interaction. When these needs aren’t fulfilled, our cats become bored and can start to exhibit anxiety, aggression, excessive grooming, and undesirable behaviours like bathroom accidents and furniture scratching. There’s nothing low maintenance about that! Enrichment To The Rescue! Enriching your cat’s environment boosts their mental and physical health by keeping them stimulated, engaged, and active....
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Let’s Talk Pet Preparedness

With June being National Pet Preparedness Month, and July 15 being National Pet Fire Safety Day, now is the time to talk about being all things prepared with your pets! Of course, it’s no fun planning for things to go wrong, but as we like to say: we prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  Originally, National Pet Preparedness Month was set for June to mark the start of hurricane season as a reminder to families to include their pets in their emergency plans. Lucky for us in Edmonton, we don’t have to particularly worry about hurricanes, but...
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The Tick Talk

May is Lyme disease awareness month in Canada. Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that affects both humans and pets. It is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected tick, which like to occupy wooded and grassy areas like Edmonton’s River Valley. If the disease spreads through the body it can have devastating effects. The unfortunate thing about Lyme disease in dogs is that it is fairly common and can easily go unnoticed. What does Lyme disease look like in dogs? Lyme disease bacteria tends to localize in a dog’s kidneys and joints. This causes symptoms such as:...
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25 Edmonton Pup-Friendly Patios

Edmonton is home to many great things. Most notably the River Valley, Dog Jogs, and a fantastic collection of pet-friendly patios! We don’t know about you but we are so excited for patio season and even more excited that so many of our favourite local spots welcome our pups. Our goal is to visit as many pet-friendly places on this list as we can. We hope to add our personal reviews and pictures as we do so! We hope that you can find a patio on this list that you love and can enjoy with the whole family. Wherever you...
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Your Pup Needs A Dog Walker! Here’s Why.

We get it, going away on trips or spending long days at work can be stressful knowing your dog is home alone! As pet parents we always want what is best for our pups, so here are a few reasons you should consider hiring a dog walker/jogger in Edmonton and area. Maintain Your Pet’s Routine Pets love routine. They know when it’s time for their daily walk and of course when it’s time for a meal. A solid routine can help reduce stress and anxiety for both you and your pets. Dog walkers can help ensure that your pups get...
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Paws Off These 15 Common Plants!

Now that March is coming to a close, we can say that (hopefully) spring is about to be sprung in Edmonton. We know that means lots of you will be getting back in the garden! Since we have a new season on the horizon, and March happens to be Pet Poison Awareness Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to share a list of common garden and houseplants that are dangerous to pets! What Makes Plants Poisonous to Pets? There are multiple groups of toxins in plants that pose health risks for our pets, but one common group...
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Harnesses or Collars?

It’s Tough to Choose! Picking out the gear that works best for your pup is no easy task! There are so many options on the market and so many perspectives on which gear is better, and we know it’s difficult to navigate all those varying opinions and the stacked aisles at the pet store. Here is a short and comprehensive description of the pros and cons of harnesses and collars! Pros of Harnesses The main thing that harnesses do for your dog is distribute pressure away from their neck. Most of the pros of harnesses revolve around this fact. The...
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The Rundown on Dog Anxiety

Just like in humans, dog anxiety comes in many forms. People can talk about their anxiety and what triggers it, and ask for what they need to help navigate their emotions, but we cannot communicate like this with our pups! With dogs, we have to rely on body language to tell us what makes our pup uncomfortable, which can be difficult to do if you don’t know what you are looking for. Here is a quick rundown of two types of dog anxiety, how they can manifest, and what you can do for prevention and treatment.  Separation Anxiety This type...
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Don’t Brush Off Your Pet’s Dental Health!

Ah, the trials and tribulations of trying to keep your pet’s teeth clean. It could be the hardest part of your pet’s daily routine and you might dread the task as much as your pup, but we are here to remind you that it is all worth it! February is Pet Dental Health Month, so it’s a good time to get our facts straight and to amp up your routine. Most cats and dogs develop signs of dental disease by the time they turn three, and the bacteria on their teeth plaque can enter their bloodstream and cause life-threatening damage....
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Tips for Loose Leash Walking

It’s hard to blame our pups for pulling on the leash sometimes! We know that in our Edmonton river valley there are so many stimuli like other pups, people, and smells that really lure our dogs in every direction. Mastering the art of the loose leash walk will ultimately make your walks more enjoyable and safe for you and your fur-baby, and also lays down a great foundation for learning other skills and behaviours. Doing this takes time and patience, but there are so many resources to help you on your pursuit to a loose leash walk! At Dog Jogs...
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