Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

OBG Alum, Raisin, got an early start to the holiday today!  Hey, wait for us, Raisin!  And by the way, LOVE your patriotic collar!

He clearly is enjoying his summertime beverage -- Bowser Beer!  Have you heard of it?  Yes, it's a beer for dogs!  Bowser Beer is a non-carbonated mixture of meat-broth and malt barley, with glucosamine added for joint health.  Check out their website -- when you purchase Bowser Beer through the website, you can customize the bottle label with a photo of your dog and a brew name.  What a cool gift for your pup's friends!  You can also purchase Bowser Beer at several local locations including OBG friend, Dogma Bakery, in Arlington, VA (both store locations).

We hope all our friends (two-legged and four-legged) have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!  Please remember that many of our furry friends are frightened by the sound and smell of fireworks and should be kept indoors for their safety.  Sadly, more dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

And as the coming days call for very hot and humid weather, we also want to share these hot weather safety tips:
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors.
  • Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. 
  • Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Pets should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. 
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.
Happy 4th of July from all of us at OBG!

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