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Dog Flu – What to do?
The University of Georgia has confirmed the an outbreak of the dog flu in metro Atlanta. Although this is still far from us here in Charleston, dog owners should call their vet immediately if you see any of the following symptoms:
- clear nasal discharge that changes to thick yellow discharge
- difficulty breathing
- loss of appetite
Similar to the human flu, the spread of the dog flu can be greatly reduced if dog owners are diligent about washing their own hands and all of their dogs bedding, bowls, and anything else the dog comes into contact with.
Below is a letter from the University of Georgia released about Canine Influenza:
Canine Influenza Facts
Kate Creevy, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), associate professor of internal medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Jeremiah Saliki, DVM, PhD, DACVM, director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and a professor of infectious diseases
What type of canine influenza do we have in Georgia?
On May 19, 2015, the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory determined that H3N2, a new strain of canine influenza responsible for an outbreak in the Midwest, was the cause of illness for a dog that had been diagnosed with canine influenza on May 15. This is the first positive case of canine influenza in Georgia.
There are two strains of canine influenza in North America: H3N8, which was first documented in dogs in North America in 1999, and H3N2, which is the strain responsible for the 2015 outbreak in the Midwest. A third strain, H5N2, is currently limited to China and spreads from dog-to-dog, but there has been no sustained spread of H5N2 through pet populations in China.
Why is it important for people to understand that there are three strains of canine influenza? And, can these viruses be transmitted to other animals or to people?
All influenza viruses are prone to recombination in co-infected hosts (termed “antigenic shift”), and this tendency is likely to continue to impact the emerging diversity of canine influenza strains. So over time, the influenza viruses are adapting to their hosts and combining with other flu strains (which are innate to wild bird populations and other domestic animals) to create new strains of canine influenza virus.
Currently, there is no documentation of dog-to-human spread of H3N8, H3N2 or H5N2.
H3N8 is the type of influenza that is endemic to horses in the United States, and these horses are the original source of the type of H3N8 influenza we now see in dogs. There are no documented cases of H3N8 being transmitted from horses to humans.
In studies done in China, the H3N2 strain of canine influenza has been shown to infect cats, but it is not yet clear how likely this is under normal household circumstances. We do encourage pet owners with sick animals to be diligent about washing their hands, as well as their pet’s bedding, bowls, toys, etc.
What dogs are at risk of contracting canine influenza? Will my dog get sick if it is exposed to the virus?
All dogs are at risk of contracting canine influenza, because dogs do not have a native immunity to influenza. H3N8 was first documented in dogs in North America in 1999. The first cluster of H3N2 cases in North America was documented this year, with the 2015 outbreak in the Chicago area.
Current evidence suggests that at least 80% of healthy adult dogs exposed will contract the flu. The incubation period for the onset of clinical signs is 2 to 4 days after exposure, however, dogs are shedding contagious virus during this incubation period. About 25% of dogs exposed to the disease will never show clinical signs of the virus, but they may still shed the virus.
The dogs most at-risk of serious illness and/or other complications from the infection are the very old, the very young, or those that have been previously unhealthy or have a chronic condition (e.g., those dogs undergoing treatment for cancer, or that have diseases that suppress the immune system, or that require immune-suppressive medications such as prednisone for chronic conditions, etc.).
How does canine influenza spread?
Like other respiratory illnesses, canine influenza spreads through respiratory secretions — droplets of mucus, from sneezing or coughing, that cling to both the air and surfaces. The virus does not live long in the environment, and it can be easily killed by common disinfectants. Canine influenza lives up to two days on surfaces in a climate-controlled environment, a shorter time outside in the sun and heat, and it may survive up to a day on unwashed skin.
Just like when people contract the flu, pet owners with sick dogs should be diligent about washing their pet’s bedding, toys, food and water bowls, and other surfaces that may come into contact with your animal.
You can disinfect bedding and other items by washing them in common disinfectants, including bleach and quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs or Quats). Most Lysol products have benzalkonium chloride as an active ingredient, which is a QAC. There are also commercial or hospital versions of these products, which contain higher concentrations of these compounds.
What are the typical symptoms for canine influenza?
As noted above, the majority of dogs will show clinical signs of the disease within 2 to 4 days after exposure to it, and these dogs will shed virus during the incubation phase of the illness. About 25% of exposed dogs will not show clinical signs, but they can shed the virus, meaning they can infect other dogs.
The typical clinical signs are fever, coughing, sneezing and malaise, which are indistinguishable from more classic causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as “kennel cough” or ITB.
Things to watch for that may point to canine influenza include a rapid spread of infection through a population of otherwise healthy and/or vaccinated adult dogs, and potentially higher rates of fever.
If my dog contracts canine influenza, how is the disease likely to progress?
Most dogs will recover within 2 to 3 weeks after the onset of clinical signs of the illness. In most cases, the illness will resolve without treatment, though some dogs will need supportive care (e.g., fluids or therapeutics as prescribed by a veterinarian).
Very old dogs, very young dogs, and dogs that have been recently unhealthy or that are under treatment for chronic disease are the dogs at greatest risk of complications from canine influenza. The most dangerous complication would be pneumonia.
Can my dog die from canine influenza?
The majority of dogs that contract the disease will recover from it, but a small percentage will die from canine influenza.
Current available data suggests that 1 to 5% of dogs that contract H3N8 will die from the disease or from complications that arise from the disease.
While the recent Chicago outbreak garnered a lot of media attention, there is no evidence that the H3N2 strain responsible for this outbreak is more severe than the H3N8 strain that has circulated in North America since 1999. If popular press reports about the 2015 Chicago outbreak are accurate, more than 1500 dogs were diagnosed with H3N2, and 6 deaths were reported, which would equal a mortality rate of 0.4%.
How do I protect my dog? Should my dog be vaccinated for canine influenza, and if it is, will the vaccination protect against H3N8 and H3N2?
There is an approved vaccine that has been available since 2009 (Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8, Merck Animal Health) for protection against the H3N8 strain, which is given as a two-dose initial series with an annual booster.
Currently, this vaccine is considered a non-core vaccine for dogs, and is recommended for dogs that travel, board (day boarding or long-term boarding), show or are regularly exposed to new dogs.
In our opinion, the risk factors for Bordetella infection and canine influenza are the same in any region of North America. It only takes a single infected dog to bring the virus into a new area, and most dogs are asymptomatic, while still shedding the virus, for a period of time during the infection.
For more information about the vaccine, or whether your dog should be vaccinated, contact your veterinarian.
Are the other animals in my house at risk? What if I have birds for pets?
The H3N2 strain of canine influenza has been shown to infect cats in studies conducted in China, but it is not yet clear how likely this is under normal household circumstances. We do encourage pet owners with sick animals to be diligent about washing their hands, as well as their pet’s bedding, bowls, toys, etc.
Various species of wild birds are permissive hosts of many strains of flu, meaning that they can harbor more than one strain of flu and allow antigenic shift to occur. Oftentimes, the birds themselves do not exhibit signs of the flu that they are carrying. H3N8 has not been known to infect poultry or other birds and it is also unknown if the new canine-adapted strain H3N2 can infect pet birds.
Where can I send my veterinarian for more information about canine influenza in Georgia?
The UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Athens and Tifton are the official veterinary diagnostic labs for the state of Georgia and are closely following the H3N2 outbreak in the Midwest as well as canine influenza infections in Georgia and the surrounding states. All updates on reported cases as well as information for veterinarians can be found at t.uga.edu/1×0.
The DLABs recommend a Canine Respiratory PCR Panel to confirm suspicious cases. For information on cost, turn-around time, and samples to collect for testing, veterinarians can refer to t.uga.edu/1×0 or call 706-542-5568.
Veterinarians who want to request a consultation with the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Small Animal Internal Medicine service should complete our online consultation request form (http://vet.uga.edu/hospital/rdvm_resources) or call 800-861-7456 for more information.
Where can I go for more information?
For more information about canine influenza virus, the vaccine, or whether your dog should be vaccinated, contact your veterinarian. If you believe you have a dog that may have become infected with canine influenza virus, contact your veterinarian.
You may also find information on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website at http://tinyurl.com/kg6jwb6.
Meet Chloe and Cooper
Chloe and Cooper are bother and sister Golden Retrievers that love going on walks around their neighborhood!
Cooper smiling after a walk
Chloe is a very sweet girl!
Buzz is a very sweet pit/lab/who knows what mix and his markings are so cool! He has brindle markings, but with blonde hair as the base – so beautiful! He is definitively a gentle giant and loves to go on walks with his family
Meet Pica and Diego!
Pica and Diego are sweet kitties that could not be more different! Pica is reserved and very independent, while Diego thinks he is a puppy and just wants attention all the time. They were so much fun to take care of!
It was really hard to get far enough away from Diego to snap a picture!
Meet Monday and Sugar
Meet our newest kitty clients Monday and Sugar! Monday is very outgoing and loves attention, while Sugar is a little more reserved and takes a day or two to warm up to new people. I had so much fun getting to know them!
Monday is such a sweet boy
Sugar was a little harder to get a picture of
Meet Elliott and Kaia!
These two doggies have no clue that they are both seniors! Elliott is a cocker spaniel that still has a puppy face and loves getting his belly rubbed. Kaia is a husky/lab mix with the most beautiful eyes – one blue and one brown!
E waiting for me to give him dinner….he LOVES to eat!
Can’t get enough of those eyes!
Meet Stella! She is a beautiful lab cross that loves going on long walks and sniffing everything she can. She is one of the most well mannered dogs I have met! What a joy to be around
Meet Misty and Otis
Meet Misty and Otis! They are two adorable rescues that are now living the good life on the beach with their family. Misty is a beautiful Aussie that has endless energy Otis is a husky mix that just loves getting his belly rubbed.
Misty enjoying a sunny walk!
Otis is such a sweetie
Happy National Puppy Day!
Did you know that today is National Puppy Day?!? We sure did because puppies are our specialty!
We offer a complementary puppy program to all of our dog walking clients that includes:
- In home training during our visits (including but not limited to sit, down, stay, wait, heel, drop it, leave it, walking politely on a leash)
- Referrals to vets, trainers, and other pet professionals in the area that we know and trust
- An informational packet including tips on training, house breaking, and nutrition
- 24/7 support on all of your puppy-related questions
Please call us today at (843)817-DOGS(3647) for more information!
Meet Mosby, Bailey, Levi, and Alfie!
Meet our newest crew of cats! They are all rescues but are now living the good life They are all sweet and very friendly.
Mosby is very curious and always first in line for food
Bailey is a little older and on the sky side, but she still let me give her lots of attention
Levi loves to be the center of attention!
Alfie has the most beautiful markings
Chief is a beautiful black German Shepard that has tons of energy! He is a little out of shape, but is slowly getting back in shape (and losing weight!) week by week. He loves going on walks and is the total sweetheart.
Meet Rudy!! He is a sweet little miniature Goldendoodle and we had so much fun last week on our walks! He is learning how to be a well mannered, polite puppy and he is really coming along!
How can you not love that face??
Meet Penny and Pouncer!
Penny and Pouncer are two adorable little kitties that just joined the See Sam Sit family! Pouncer is very outgoing and loves getting attention, while Penny is a little more reserved and likes to get to know you before letting you in
These cats love to eat!
Pouncer says MEOW
Meet our newest client. Chase! She is a total love bug who loves going on walks, eating bones, and watching the world go by from her porch
Bella is an adorable little miniature beagle who loves to play and get her belly rubbed!
Rajah is an adorable little tabby with LOTS of personality. She loves getting attention and running all around the house What a cutie!
This is Yoshi! He is a beautiful kitty with a great personality He loves playing with and chasing his toys, especially his laser pointer.
Meet Libby! She is our newest dog walking client and she LOVES going on her walks She also lives with two adorable kitties that love her!
Shes is telling me to hurry up with the treats!
Mayday is a sweet little lab mix that loves going on long walks around the neighborhood!
Meet the newest member of our family. Zeus! He is a beautiful Catahoula that loves getting attention from people.
Meet Sadie and Joe
Sadie and Joe are two adorable little terriers who love going on their daily walks
Sadie is a sassy little lady!
Joe is too cute
Dangerous Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid Feeding You Pets
It’s almost that time of year again… Thanksgiving! We want your day to be full of fun times spent with family and friends, and not filled with a trip to the emergency vet. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time that many dogs get sick from ingesting “human” food that they shouldn’t be eating.
Here is a list of food to avoid feeding your dogs:
- Turkey Skin is very high in fat, and is usually covered with butter and other seasonings that are very hard for your dog’s to digest.
- Cooked Bones are extremely dangerous to let your dog’s eat because they can splinter and tear their digestive tracts. Please be sure to keep all bones out of reach!
- Onions and Garlic are toxic for your dogs and can cause damage to their red blood cells. They are toxic both cooked and uncooked, so be careful!
- Nuts, particularly walnuts and macadamia nuts can cause symptoms such as vomiting, fever, and elevated heart rate.
- Nutmeg is extremely toxic to dogs and can cause seizures. If your dog ingests anything with nutmeg (such as pumpkin pie or sweet potatoes), take them to the vet immediately.
- Chocolate is very toxic and is found in a lot of desserts. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.
- Raw Dough and Batter can rise (because of the yeast growing) in your dogs stomach if ingested and cause extreme pain and discomfort.
I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Meet Simba and Thor!
Simba and Thor are our newest clients and they are SO MUCH FUN! I just love puppies They are two beautiful Golden Retriever brothers that give a whole new meaning to double trouble. They are taking advantage of our puppy program and making great progress with their training. I love watching them grow up.
Who can resist Simba’s sweet face?
Thor has such a pretty smile!
Teddy is an adorable and energetic young Aussie who LOVES going on long walks around his neighborhood. He is extremely intelligent and loves to play games and practice his commands too!
He is so relaxed after our long walk
Meet Ezra and Quincy!
Meet our newest clients, Quincy and Ezra! They have lots of personality. Ezra is a sweet little Bulldog that always wants attention (and who can resist!). Quincy is a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog who lovers going on his morning walks
Ezra enjoying some sun in the yard
Quincy is such a cutie!
Meet Rosie and Ruby!
Meet our newest clients, Rosie and Ruby! These girls are beautiful American Bulldogs and they have such sweet personalities. They love playing around in the yard and getting lots of belly rubs.
Ruby waiting for a treat!
Atticus is a beautiful German Shepard with lots of personality. His two favorite things are going on walks and playing ball in the back yard
I love the spots on his tongue!
Meet Woody and Sammi!
These two munchkins LOVE playing at the dog park near their house Sammi is a cavichon and Woody is an adorable little shih tzu.
Sammi waiting for his dinner
Look at Woody’s sweet face!
Meet Cora and Tucker!
Cora and Tucker were visiting Charleston for their parent’s wedding, and we had a blast! They are two very care-free dogs that love to run around and play in the yard. They are both cute lab mixes.
Cora (left) and Tucker (right) right after they finished dinner. So sweet!
Josie is a sweet, senior lady who loves going out on long strolls and sniffing everything
Someone is worn out after our walk!
Dog Walking Video!
We made a little video for you to see what a day is like here at See Sam Sit Thank you so all of our clients who let their dogs star in this little film.
Click the link below:
We are hiring!!
See Sam Sit is looking for reliable animal lovers for our growing company! We take care of pet in their own home, offering pet sitting and dog walking. See Sam Sit covers the following areas: Mt. Pleasant, downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Daniel Island. If you fit the following criteria, we would love to hear from you!
1.) You must love all types of pets! We work with dogs, cats, fish, birds, hamsters, etc. We need you to have a true passion for animals and enjoy working with them daily.
2.) You must have reliable transportation and a clean driving record. You will be driving to all of your appointments.
3.) You must be dependable and trustworthy! Our clients need to know that you will be at your appointment on time and that you will take care of their pets exactly how they expect you to. No exceptions or excuses. We also run a background check on all of our employees.
4.) You must be available nights, weekends, and ALL major holidays. We are extremely busy on holidays and that is when we need the most help. If this is a problem, please do not apply.
5.) You must communicate well and have a cell phone with voicemail and email. Our clients communicate through phone calls, texts, and emails on a daily basis and we will need you to communicate with them (and with us!) in a professional manner.
6.) You must be willing to work in the areas that we cover. Please see above for the list of areas we cover.
7.) You must be in good health and be physically able to walk a large, strong dog for as long as an hour at a time.
8.) You must be willing to have a flexible schedule and not need this money to live on. Currently, this position is being offered part time and we cannot guarantee a set number of hours every week. As we grow as a company and obtain more clients, we will be able to offer more hours.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your resume, an application will be emailed to you.
Please visit www.seesamsit.com for any additional information
Meet Sam and Koda!
I just LOVE this pair! Sam (who obviously has the best name ever) is a beautiful Blue Tick Coonhound, and his sister Koda is an extremely friendly Akita. They are both total sweethearts, and they have the best tricks. My favorite is “circle.”
Sam enjoying a beautiful day in the back yard
Koda, aka my soul sister, is so pretty!
How cute are they??
Callie is the most energetic, snuggle – loving little Beagle I have ever met!! Her favorite thing in the whole world is getting belly rubs and lots of attention. She never stops moving.
I was so excited to get a shot of Callie when she wasn’t moving! What a sweet girl
We are now accepting credit cards!
We are so excited to announce that we are now accepting credit card payments! Of course, we will still happily accept payments of cash or checks, but we hope this is helpful to those clients who have been asking for this option.
If you would like to pay with a credit card, simply click on the “payments” page on my website (http://www.seesamsit.com/payments/) and click the “pay now” button. This will redirect you to a secure web page, hosted by wells fargo, where you can enter in your credit card information.
You can also call me directly and give me your credit card information over the phone if you prefer.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Pip is a sweet little hound mix that was recently rescued by her mom. She is adjusting to her new life really well and she is very easy to train!
Pip with her BFF , the kitty
Meet Bismarck and Grizzly!
These two, who I have named “the munchkins,” are quite the pair! Grizzly is the sassy one that loves to get her belly rubs and Bismarck is the silly one who loves his treats.
His ears are my favorite thing ever!
Grizzly is so fluffy and cute!
Meet Miss Bella! She is a funny little Hound/Beagle/Shepard mix with LOTS of personality. She absolutely loves running around in the backyard and getting belly rubs.
Recognizing and Preventing Heat Stroke
The weather in Charleston has been insanely hot this week! It is important to keep in mind that these high temperatures can be very dangerous for your dogs. High temperatures can cause heat stroke, and early detection is important to keep your dog safe.
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your dog’s body is unable to cool itself efficiently enough to keep it’s temperature within a normal range. Dogs cannot tolerate high temperatures and humidity like humans can because dogs do not sweat (except for on the pads of their feet, but this provides very minimal cooling). Dogs cool themselves by panting, but sometimes this is not enough.
What are the signs of a heatstroke?
- Excessive panting
- Increased heart rate
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Bright red or pale gums (refill longer than 2 seconds)
What should you do?
If left untreated, severe heat stroke can lead to shock, coma, cardiac arrest, and death. If you think your dog may be suffering from a heat stroke, immediately remove your dog from the heat and take the dog somewhere cool. Place cool, wet towels over your dog’s entire body or hose them off with cool water. Be sure not to use extremely cold water or towels. Cooling your dog too quickly can cause even more damage. You can also use a fan to create cool are movement around your dog. Check your dogs temperature every 5 minutes. Once the temperature reaches 103 degrees F, stop all cooling measures and allow your dog to cool himself from there. Make sure your dog is dry and covered so he does not lose any more heat. Give your dog access to cool (not cold!) drinking water, but do not force him to drink. Even if your dog appears to be recovering, take him to be examined by your veterinarian to make sure there is no damage and your dog is not dehydrated.
How can you prevent a heat stroke?
- Provide fresh, cool drinking water at all times.
- Keep your pets in the shade or inside in the air conditioning.
- Know your dog’s fitness level. Dogs who are out of shape, obese, or elderly are much for susceptible to getting a heat stroke.
- NEVER leave your dog in the car if it is above 65 degrees F, even if you crack the windows!
- Do not muzzle your dog. This prevents him from being able to pant.
- Avoid places like the beach, asphalt, and concrete that reflect heat and do not provide shade.
- Give your dog a cool place to lie down. You can freeze water bottles or ice packs and lay a towel over them to provide a cool “mat” for your dog to lay on. You can also try cooling mat products such as this: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24430
- Hose your dog off with cool (not cold) water or allow them to swim in cool water (only in a controlled environment).
Please be careful out there!
Looking for something fun to do with your dog this weekend? Check out Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks this Saturday at the Palmetto Island County Park.
Here is the info from the Charleston Country Park and Recreation Commission:
- $1 per person park admission or free for Gold Pass Members
- Beverages available for purchase on-site.
- ID is required to purchase alcohol.
- Outside food, alcohol, and coolers are prohibited.
- Dogs must remain leashed.
|2014 Dates||Time||Food Trucks||Band|
|July 24||5:00 – 8:00pm||Korki’s Kafe||The Bill Show|
|August 21||5:00 – sunset||Refueler’s Mobile Café||Katina Rose|
|September 25||5:00 – sunset||Korki’s Kafe||Soul Fish Duo|
|October 23||5:00 – sunset||Charleston Choo||Dallas Baker & His Bluegrass Friends|
For more information, visit https://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1622
Meet Murphy and Maddux!
Maddux and Murphy are two spunky little Cavaliers that love playing out in the yard and wrestling with each other
Meet Miss Luna! She is a very smart little Australian Shepard puppy that is taking advantage of our puppy program. She is working on all the basics and learning how to be a well behaved dog
Luna loves walking on her leash!
Hurricane Plan for Pets
Here in the lowcountry, we are no strangers to hurricane threats. It is important to have a plan in place before disaster hits.
One of the most important things to do before disaster strikes is the have your pet micro chipped and have all of your current information on the microchip. If you are unsure whether or not your pet is chipped and if your information on the chip is correct, take your pet by your veterinarian’s office and have them scan your pet for you. You should also have a collar with current ID tags on your pet.
Another important thing to do is to make arrangements to stay with pet-friendly relatives or friends in case of an evacuation. The last thing you want to be doing in an emergency situation is scrambling to find somewhere that can take in both you and your pets.
Lastly, you should prepare a bag or box of emergency supplies that you can easily access and bring with you if you need to leave quickly. Here is a list of things that you should have in your emergency bag:
- Kennel or Crate
- Leash and Collar with ID Tags
- Food and Water Bowls
- Heath Records (some places require these before they let in your pet)
- Photos of Pets (in case they are lost)
- Garbage Bags
- Dry Food (enough for 5 – 7 days)
- Litterbox (if you have a cat)
What should you do if you are walking you dog and you are approached by an unleashed dog?
Taking your dog out for a walk is supposed to be a fun, relaxing experience for you and your dog. Usually, this is the case. However, sometimes things happen that are out of your control and you must know how to react to them in ensure your and your pet’s safety. As dog walkers, we often see the situation arise where an unleashed dog approaches us while we are walking a dog on a leash. What should you do in this situation? Consider these suggestions:
- Remain calm. This is the most important thing you have to do in this situation. If you react or become fearful, your dog will sense it and go on high alert.
- Body Block Use your body to put space in between you and the approaching dog. Put your hands on your hips and stand up straight. This will make you look larger to the approaching dog. As the unleashed dog approaches you and tries to move around to get closer to your dog, keep yourself in between the two dogs.
- Redirect Do anything you can to get the unleashed dog to stop heading straight towards your dog. You can try yelling “SIT” or throwing treats towards to approaching dog to get them distracted.
- Loud Noises You can carry a stick, an air horn, a bag on change, a whistle, or anything else that will make a loud noise. Use this to distract the dog as it is coming near you and your leashed dog. Often, a loud noise will distract the dog enough to make them stop what they are doing long enough for their owners to come and get them.
- Sprays You can carry citronella spray or a spray bottle of water and spray it at the approaching unleashed dog. I do not recommend using pepper spray because it can hurt the approaching dog, and if the wind blows it can spray back in your face!
- Pick up your dog If your dog is small enough, you can always pick up the dog until the owner of the unleashed dog comes to retrieve their dog.
Remember, always stay calm and do not tighten up your grip on your dogs leash. If you stay calm and confident, your dog will not become fearful about the situation.
New Puppy Checklist
Thinking about getting a new puppy for you and your family? This is a very exciting time and there are so many important things for you to remember. It is very important to remember that puppies require stability and consistency to thrive. If you have a busy work schedule, are getting an active puppy breed, or are simply looking for some knowledgeable help please consider signing up for See Sam Sit’s free puppy program! I have also assembled a list of most of the things you should have at your home BEFORE you bring your new puppy home:
- Crate. A crate is an important tool to have for your puppy. It will serve as a safe place for your puppy as well as help housebreak them. The crate should be just big enough for your puppy to stand up in and turn around in. You will most likely need a couple different sized crates as your puppy grows. For large breed dogs that grow rapidly, I suggest buying a large crate that has a divider in it. These crates are wonderful because you can keep them small and increase their size as your puppy grows.
- Toys. Your puppy will need plenty of durable, size appropriate toys to keep him entertained through his teething phase. I also suggest getting several toys that can be filled with treats or peanut butter (http://www.kongcompany.com/101/kong-101/). It is important to have several toys to keep your new puppy interested in chewing on his toys instead of your stuff!
- Collar and Leash. You will need a flat collar that fits properly. A collar that fits properly is tight enough so that you puppy cannot slip out of it, but not so tight that it is uncomfortable or restricts breathing. I would suggest buying a collar that fits your puppy properly on the tightest hole to give you some growing room. You will also need a 6 foot leash. Please do not buy a retractable leash!! They are very dangerous. A 6 foot leash is the perfect size to use to train your puppy to properly walk on a leash.
- Food and Water Bowls. You will need a food bowl and at least one water bowl. I suggest getting stainless steel bowls with a nonstick grip on the bottom. They are more sanitary and easier to clean than plastic bowls. Plus, your puppy won’t be tempted to chew on a stainless steel bowl
- Treats. You will be doing a LOT of training in the next couple of months with your new puppy, so you will need a lot of treats. Be sure to get very small, bite sized treats. I also recommend getting a couple different brands and flavors to see what your puppy likes best. I also recommend getting dried chicken liver treats for special occasions. I have never met a dog that does not love these treats and they are great to have on hand for those hard to train moments.
- High Quality Food. Always buy the best quality food you can afford. When looking at the ingredient label, there are a couple things to look for: the first ingredient should always be meat, the meat ingredients should always be named and not written as “meat product” or “poultry”, and never buy any food that has by-products or by-product meal in it.
Sadie is a beautiful golden retriever and has TONS of energy! She absolutely loves getting attention and going for long runs on the beach
Pet Travel Safety Tips
Now that school is out and most people are taking a couple vacations here and there, lots of you are considering taking your pets on your trip with you. Most of you also take your pets on short car trips to the vet, the park, and the beaches around the area. Please keep to following tips in mind the next time you take your pooch on a car trip with you!
- Put a leash and/or harness on your dog before you leave the car. Most dogs get pretty excited during a car ride and have a tendency to want to run out of the car when you open the door. If this happens, your dog could get injured by a moving car or get lost in a strange environment. Make sure your leash is secure on your dog and you have current identification tags on them before you leave the vehicle.
- Keep all paws, legs, and heads inside the vehicle at all times. We all know that some dogs LOVE hanging their head out the window on a long drive, but this can be very dangerous. Your dog can get hit by another vehicle, get hit by debris, or even be tempted to jump out of the window while the vehicle is moving.
- Keep your pets out of the front seat. Having your dog in the front seat or in your lap is extremely distracting and unsafe. Keep your pet either in the back seat or the cargo area in the back if you have an SUV. If you have a dog that likes to be in the front seat and you have trouble keeping them in the back, there are a couple products you can try:
- Barrier that keeps dogs in the back (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+27926&pcatid=27926)
- Hammock (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+11123&pcatid=11123)
- A clip to attach a leash to the back seat (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+28994&pcatid=28994)
- A harness that clips onto the back seat (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+12+19387&pcatid=19387)
Meet Ping and Neeko!
Ping and Neeko are two adorable little pugs. Ping is a puppy and has TONS of energy, while his big brother Neeko is much more mellow and loves hanging out on the couch and getting belly rubs.
Ping (in the front) is VERY excited about going on his walk, while
Neeko (in the back) is not as thrilled
Meet Millie and Sandy!
Millie and Sandy are the newest members on the See Sam Sit family! They are so sweet and love going on walks around the neighborhood
Millie is an adorable little Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle)
Sandy is a sweet Golden Retriever who is definetely a “velcro” dog – she loves being
by your side! This is as far away as I could get for the picture
Heat Safety Tips For Your Pets
Well it is officially summer and the temperatures sure are heating up around the lowcountry! Here are a couple tips in mind to keep your pets safe during our hot summer months ahead:
- Never leave your dog, cat, or any other animal inside a parked car. Even if you crack the windows!! If you have the run errands, please leave your pet at home. Or better yet, call us and we will take care of your dog for you!
- If you take your dog outside to play, be sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Also, take plenty of breaks and find a shady spot for your dog to cool off in.
- If you want to take your dog out on a walk, take them either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures (and the pavement) are cooler and more comfortable for your four-legged friend.
- Be mindful of your dog’s stamina and limit exercise. Your dog will keep going long after they should stop, unless you make them. It is much better to take lots of breaks and get less exercise than to overheat your dog and potentially cause a heat stroke.
- Do NOT shave your dog is they have a double coat. The thick fur on these types of coats actually helps cool your dog’s body during warm weather.
Meet Big Steve!
Big Steve is an adorable (and huge!) English Mastiff. He loves going on walks around the neighborhood and playing in the backyard. He also has no idea how big he is, and likes the sit in your lap He is so cute I had to put up two pictures!
LOVE this face
Steve playing in the yard. How can you not love him??
July 4th Safety Tips for Pets
The 4th of July can be one of the most dangerous and stressful days for your pets. However, you can lower your pet’s chances of getting lost of hurt by following these simple tips:
1.) Lock all of your doors and gates to your house and yard. Keeping your pets locked inside is the best way to keep them away from danger.
2.) Be sure that all of your pets have on collars with current ID tags and that they are micro-chipped. Make sure your pets collars are on securely and tightly so that they cannot easily slip off if they escape. Also, be sure that all of your information on your pet’s microchip is current.
3.) Leave a radio or TV on during the evening to help drown out the noise from fireworks and parties going on outside. Background noise will help your pets not be so frightened by the loud noises.
4.) Leave your pets in a secure and dog-proof room with plenty of toys and activities for them. Dogs sometimes chew when they are stressed, so be sure there is not anything laying around that you don’t want them to get into.
5.) Do not take your dog to any fireworks displays or any outdoor places where fireworks will be going off. Dogs have especially sensitive ears and fireworks are scary for them.
If your pet is sensitive to fireworks or you know that they will be stressed, consider giving them an over the counter calming remedy (see your local pet store and they will have a good selection) or using a thunder shirt (http://www.thundershirt.com/).
I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!
Beach Safety Tips!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Since we are officially enjoying the summer months now, I would like to remind everyone of some safety tips to follow when you take your dogs to the beach. We are so fortunate to have the beach so close, and it is great exercise for your dog! Please take note of the following information (provided by the AKC) before taking your dog to the beach:
- Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog.
- Limit exposure to the sun and when it is strong, use sunblock on ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Dogs can get sunburn, especially short-haired and ones with pink skin and white hair.
- Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions – dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice.
- If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run in the sand. Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
- Cool ocean water is tempting to your dog. Do not allow him to drink too much seawater as the salt will make him sick.
- Salt and other materials found in the ocean can damage a dogs coat. So, when you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water.
- Not all beaches permit dogs. Check local ordinances before you begin your excursion to the beach.
Below I have listed some of the rules and regulations for the beaches in our area:
All dogs must have a permit to go on the beach. The application for the permit can be found at
and you must go to the town hall on Sullivans to obtain the tag for the permit.
The rules for when dogs are allowed on the beach (from May 1st through September 30th) are:
5:00 – 10:00am : dog are allowed off leash
10:00am – 6:00pm: no dogs allowed on the beach
6:00pm – 5am: dogs are allowed on leash
Isle of Palms
The rules for when dogs are allowed on the beach (from April 1st through September 14th) are:
5:00 – 8:00am: dogs are allowed off leash
all other times: dog are allowed on leash
I would also like to remind you that See Sam Sit offers a pet taxi service and we can take your dog to the beach for you! Please contact us if you are interested in a trip to the beach
Meet Peach and Roy!
Meet Roy and Peach! They also have a sister Jenny but I can’t find the picture I took…
Roy is an adorable 1 year old Springer Spaniel. His favorite thing to do is chase his tennis ball down the beach!
Miss Peach is a sweet Cavalier that loves relaxing and getting belly rubs.
Tyson is a sweet Boxer that loves hanging out on his mom’s bed, playing with his toys, and going on walks.
Meet Willie and Bernie!
Willie and Bernie and two little Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that have big personalities!
Bernie enjoying a little cuddle time
Willie waiting for a treat on the couch
Meet Zac and Zoe!
Meet Zac and Zoe! They love going out on walks around the neighborhood
Zach out on his walk
Zoe giving us a sweet smile!
Meet Buddy! He is an older bischon that is also blind. But, he doesn’t let that stop him!
Meet Molly, Sadie, and Oliver!
Molly and Sadie are very cute little silky terriers and Oliver is their cat brother.
Beasley is an adorable puppy who is taking advantage of our puppy program! He loves going on walks and learning new things like how to sit, stay, and wait.
Hooch is a sweet Boxer who loves to get his belly rubbed and eat lunch
Sam is an adorable miniature GoldenDoodle (a golden retriever mixed with a poodle). He loves going to the park and walking along the battery downtown!
Pet Fest in Mt. Pleasant This Weekend!!
Looking for something fun to do with you family and dogs this weekend? Check out Pet Fest at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park!!
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 11:00am
Our pets love us unconditionally – so why not give back to our best friends by bringing them out for some fun? Pets, their owners, and those in search of a pet are invited to join Charleston County Parks for a full weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment, and more at Charleston’s premier pet festival, Pet Fest! Don’t miss out on Lowcountry Dog’s Annual Cover Model Contest!
The fun takes place on two days, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park. Pet Fest provides an opportunity for local pet organizations and businesses to showcase their causes, products and services in a fun, pet-friendly environment. Leashed pets are welcome with their owners! Or, come to the festival in search of your new best friend from local rescue groups, who will have adoptable animals on site. Admissions is $8.
What To Expect!
- K-9′s In Flight frisbee dogs and dock diving
- Rescue groups and adoption centers
- Pet contests
- Jump castles and slides for the kids
- Tasty food and beverages
- Swift Paws lure chasing – $10 donation
- Live music from Return of the Mac on Sunday from 3-5pm
- Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase on-site.
Holiday Safety Tips
The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with your family, friends, and pets. Below are a couple tips to keep your entire family happy and safe through the holidays:
De-icing products, salt, and ice can irritate your pet’s paws. Be sure to thoroughly wipe your dog’s paws when they come inside from a walk. Also, be aware of any anti-freeze that your pets can gain asses to. Anti-freeze is sweet and animals like the taste.
Keep all holiday decorations out of reach of your pets. Glass, ribbons, or metal can be harmful if ingested and lead to serious medical emergencies.
Do not let your animals drink any water from your tree stand. It can be very harmful. Also, place any holiday plants high off the ground and out of reach. Ivy, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, and lillies are all toxic to animals if ingested.
Keep a careful eye on your pets whenever you are hosting a party at your house. Even the most friendly animals can become distressed by the noise and large amount of people. Designate a quite, secure “pet room” away from the crowd for your pet to stay in. Also, make sure your pet has a collar with current tags on and is microchipped.
Holiday Food and Table Scraps:
Fight the temptation to feed your pets table scraps. The fatty holiday meats can cause gastrointestinal problems and the bones can cause choking. Also, no chocolate for pets! Be sure they cannot reach any of your stuffed stocklings!
*information from VPI pet insurance*
Meet Happy, Oscar, and Stache!
Meet Happy, Oscar, and Stache!
Happy is a sweet corgi who is the boss of the family
Oscar is a wild little corgi who LOVES treats!
Meet Ruthie! She is the sweetest little Chihuahua and she loves going out in the yard and sunbathing
Meet Roo! He is a little Chihuahua that has a lot of personality! He is so sweet
Roo enjoying a little walk
Meet Harvey and Percy
Meet Harvey and Percy! Harvey is an energetic Golden Retriever that loves playing with his toys and getting his belly rubbed on the couch.
Who wouldn’t love this face??
Meet Bree and Brody!
Meet Bree and Brody! They are two adorable little Chihuahuas that love going on walks around their house
Bree loves looking out her window!
Brody is king of the castle
Meet Chloe and Baylee!
Meet Chloe and Baylee! They are two lab mixes that love playing with their toys in the yard
Baylee has a huge smile
Chloe can’t wait for me to throw her ball!
This is Chester! He is an energetic golden that is taking advantage of our taxi services! He loves going on walks and playing fetch with his toys.
This is Charlie! He is a sweet, older lab (but he doesn’t know that!) that loves getting belly rubs
Jolly Joints – Apple Cinnamon Treats Recipe
I hope everyone enjoyed their treats they received this week The treats are supposed to be beneficial for dogs with arthritis. The cinnamon in the treats reduces swelling in joints and is said to reduce pain caused by arthritis. I also added some fresh parsley to the recipe to freshen their breath! I also used all organic ingredients and farm fresh eggs.
Here is the recipe:
1.)Combine the following ingredients:
- 5 cups rice flour (I used this type of flour instead of regular flour to keep my dogs on a grain/wheat free diet)
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup dry milk
- 1 apple – chopped (you could probably use about 1 cup applesauce instead)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley – chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
2.) Refrigerate at least 2 hours
3.) Cut into whatever shapes you like (**tip – use LOTS of rice flour on surface you are using to roll dough and the rolling pin to prevent it from sticking**)
4.) Bake at 350 degrees from 20 minutes, or until the treats are golden brown
This is Dagny! She is a mix breed (looks like greyhound, lab, maybe another hound??). She took part of our new wedding program last weekend (stay tuned for details!) and took some BEAUTIFUL photos with her parents before their wedding reception in Washington Square Park downtown. She was so well behaved and really made her parents day special
Meet Miss Bella! She is a sassy little yorkiepoo (thats a yorkie bred with a miniature poodle) thats loves pepperoni and barking She is too cute and has no idea how little she is!
Coco is an adorable little yorkie. She loves running around in the yard, playing with her toys, and getting lots of belly rubs
Meet Brie and Ribault!
Meet Ribault and Brie! They are two adorable french bulldogs that have tons of energy
Ribault (left) and Brie (right) are two happy puppies!!
Ribault and Brie love their ball !
Meet Abby and Maggie!
Miss Abby waiting for a treat!
Maggie enjoying some sun in the yard
Meet Sherman and Bailey!
Meet Mr. Winston! He is the cutest little Goldendoodle (thats golden retriever crossed with a poodle) puppy ever He is taking advantage of our puppy program we offer!
This is Stella! She is a beautiful black lab that loves going on walks around the neighborhood and hanging out on the porch
*photo credit goes to Stella’s dad*
Meet Bailey, Caisey, Louie, Kermit, and Blue!
We have one big family to introduce to you!
This is Bailey! He is a very energetic little Pekingese who loves going on walks around the park
This is Caisey! She is the while child kitty of the house!
This is Louie! He is a laid back cat who enjoys getting he belly rubbed and getting lots of treats
This is Blue, the beautiful beta fish
This is Kermit the tree frog! He changes colors depending on where he is in his cage How cool is that??
Safety Tips for the 4th of July!
With the holiday right around the corner, lots of pet owners are preparing for their dogs to have some anxiety due to fireworks. Here are a couple of tips for how to keep your anxious dog safe and calm over the holidays:
1.) Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise during the day before the fireworks begin at night. Exercise will help relax your dog and make it easier for them to fall asleep and not have a lot of nervous energy built up.
2.) Keep your dog inside during the fireworks, preferably with human company. Your dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a humans, so fireworks are extremely loud. The heat outside will also cause your dog stress. An inside, climate controlled environment is ideal. It is never a good idea to take your dog to an outdoor fireworks show.
3.) Give your dog a “safe place.” This can be a crate, bathroom, or any small space that your dog is comfortable in. When dog’s hear a sound they cannot place, they prefer to go in a small, safe place to relax. In this “safe place,” provide lots of comfortable bedding, toys, and maybe a couple treats.
4.) Close all the windows and curtains that you can. The bright lights caused by the fireworks can also stress your dog, so this will help eliminate some of that stress.
5.) Make sure your dog has a fitted collar and proper identification tags on. Many dogs run away on July 4th.
6.) Leave your dog a treat to keep them occupied and their mind off the fireworks. A kong filled with treats or frozen peanut butter (http://www.kongcompany.com/products/for-dogs/rubber-toys/classic-rubber-toys/classic/), an everlasting treat toy (http://starmarkacademy.com/products/everlasting-treat-ball/), a bully stick (http://www.bestbullysticks.com/), or pretty much any toy that will provide a long amount of a mental stimulation.
7.) There are several calming products available at LOCAL pet stores. They come in the form of treats, drops, food,etc. Speak with an employee at your local pet store about the products they provide.
8.) Use a thundershirt on your dog (http://www.thundershirt.com/). I have used these on several dogs with great results. Most local pet stores around the Charleston area carry these.
We only have a couple of spots left for pet sitting this week, so please call us ASAP if you need any help with your animals Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 4th of July!
Bored and Rainy? 10 Ways to Engage You Dog
We have lots of rain in our 10 day forecast, so I thought I could give you a couple ideas on some fun things to do with your doggies when you can’t go outside and play!
Please see the link below:
Meet Simon and Calla!
I just love my visits with Simon and Calla. They are two very sweet doggies Calla is black lab mix and def. a free spirit! Simon is an adorable little Maltese that loves sitting on the couch and surveying the neighborhood
Meet Charlie and Lexi!
Charlie and Lexi are two golden mixes that LOVE going to the beach And hanging out on the couch!
Charlie is such a sweetie
Lexi just LOVES her couch!
Meet Argo and Nia!
Argo and Nia are two adorable boxer mixes. They love going on walks around the neighborhood and we always have fun on our visits
This is Dow! He is the cutest, sweetest little lab puppy ever! He is involved in our puppy program and he is loving it
How can you not love this face?!?
Meet Cooper, Sydney, and Roxy!
Meet Cooper, Sydney, and Roxy – affectionately known as “the three stooges” !
Meet the birds!!!
I had so much fun taking care of these birds! They are so friendly and love to talk! They can say a number of different phrases, including: hello, thank you, want a treat, love you, etc. They make me want a bird!
This is Bailey! He is a Scarlet Macaw and he loves asking for treats!
Meet Bacardi! He is a green wing macaw and Bailey’s partner in crime
This is Cuervo. He is an african grey and (if you can’t already tell) he loves ice!
Malibu aka Boo is also an african grey. He is really talented at mimicking you voice
Mango is a yellow nape amazon. Isn’t she beautiful?
Mikey is an adorable little Cairn Terrier that just loves going out on walks and playing!
Meet Bennett and Jack!
Jack is a spunky little beagle with tons of energy! Bennett is his older brother, a black lab, who tries to keep him in line They are so much fun to take care of!
Who can resist this wiggly little puppy?!?
Bennett is such a sweet old man
Buckley is a beautiful orange tabby with lots of personality! The way to his heart is definitely through his tummy
Meet Missy and Beau!
Missy and Beau are two adorable kitties that LOVE getting treats and lots of attention
Beau waiting for a treat!
Do puppies get any cuter than this one?? Leroy is a springer spaniel and his is your typical puppy – bouncy, clumsy, chubby, and completely adorable!! I just love him