How To Choose The Right Dog

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Snaggle Foot | November 2021

If you’re considering getting a dog, it’s crucial to do your research and find the right one for you. While there are lots of different breeds out there that could fit into your lifestyle, it’s important to keep in mind that each breed, and each dog, has its own unique personality traits. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some questions to ask yourself to choose the right dog for you and your family!

What are your living arrangements? 

One of the main things you need to consider when determining which type of dog is right for your lifestyle and needs, is what kind of living arrangements you have. A house with a yard might be better suited for an active breed like a retriever or labradoodle. If you live in an apartment without any outdoor space, then it may make sense to adopt  a smaller dog or a cat instead.

How much time are you willing to spend with your dog each day?

If you are considering getting a new dog, think about the amount of time you are willing to commit each day. Not only will your dog need plenty of walks and playtime, but they also require your attention for daily care. For example, if you work long hours or have other commitments that keep you away from home for most of the day, it might be better to adopt an older pup who isn’t as active.

What kind of personality traits are you looking for in a dog?

What kind of personality traits are you looking for? Do you want a dog that is playful and energetic? Maybe one that is calm and gentle? Or maybe one that’s more protective and loyal? When it comes to picking out your perfect pup, remember that all dogs have different personalities so it’s really up to what suits your lifestyle best!

Does anyone in your family have allergies?

If you, or anyone in your family, has allergies or other sensitivities, it’s important to work with your doctor before getting a dog. This will help you narrow down which breeds are best for you. The American Kennel Club is a great resource to find a list of “hypoallergenic” dog breeds that are likely a safer choice. The real issue to consider is the severity of your allergies so you and your family can live comfortably with your new companion. 

Is the dog for you, or someone else?

You may be trying to do something nice, but if you don’t know what type of dog they want or need, you could end up doing more harm than good. If you are considering buying a furry friend as a gift, try taking some time to find out what kind of lifestyle your recipient has and whether their home is suitable for pets before making any decisions about which breed would best suit them. Getting them involved in the decision is the safest route to take. It will save everyone involved plenty of headaches down the road!

Do you have any other pets?

If you already have a pet at home, one thing that may be on your mind is how the two pets will get along. Will they become best friends? Can they co-exist peacefully? Is your existing pet going to be happy with this lifestyle change? Will you have enough time and attention for all of your animals? Do you have enough living space if you add another dog to your family? With all the factors to consider, it can be hard to make a decision. But what’s important is that you find a dog who will fit your entire family… humans and animals.

When deciding on the type of dog to get, it is important for you and your family to consider what each individual wants in a pet. A dog is a big commitment and it’s a decision that has an impact on the whole family. There are many factors to consider before getting one (or another one). Hopefully this list was helpful to start narrowing down what type of dog may be right for you! 

Best of luck in your search!

Top 5 Dog Walkers In Lexington, KY

Snaggle Foot Lexington has been named one of the top 5 dog walkers in Lexington, KY!

We’re excited to announce our Lexington, KY location has been named one of the top dog walkers by Happy Doggo. “We’re thrilled, of course,” exclaimed Kathy Ritter, owner of Snaggle Foot Lexington. “Our team works really hard to ensure the pets are happy, and the pet parents know exactly what is happening,” she explained.

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Kathy Ritter, owner Snaggle Foot Lexington

Part of their formula for success is a high level of customer service. Pet parents have learned they can trust their fur babies to Snaggle Foot Pet Care Specialists. The pet parents get regular communications about what and how their pet is doing, but Snaggle Foot also goes the extra mile. “When pet parents travel, we do lots of little things that are important, like turn lights on and off. Bring in packages. Water plants. Things we would want done for us, if someone was looking after our pet in our own home,” said Ritter.

In addition, Snaggle Foot Pet Care Specialists are trained and certified in many aspects of pet care, and in a variety of animal species. For instance, all Pet Care Specialists are certified in Pet CPR/Pet First Aid. Also, Canine Communications, Senior Care, Feline Fundamentals, and more. This training and certification means pet parents can rest assured that their pet is in the hands of true professional. All Pet Care Specialists are drug tested and background checked, and each Snaggle Foot location is locally owned/operated and insured.

We’re proud of Kathy and her team!

Protecting Pets from Extreme Heat

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In response to extreme temperatures around the country, here’s some advice on how to keep pets safe and healthy in the middle of a heat wave.

By Jen Goetz, with edits by Snaggle Foot | Pet Business | June 30, 2021

The dog days of summer are upon us, and there has already been record-breaking high temperatures in several U.S. states. Reports indicate that these high-temperatures are likely to remain, throughout mid-July.

“If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pet,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To help protect pets in the extreme heat, the American Humane Society shared some advice to help keep animal companions safe and healthy. To look out for pets in the midst of extreme heat, here’s some guidance retailers can share with consumers:

Limit or Adjust Exercise Routines

Exercise is an important component to a pet’s health and fitness, but during a heat wave, it needs to take a backseat. Owners should scale back on a pet’s exercise routine (i.e., take shorter walks, limit time outside, etc.) The American Humane Society suggests that pet parents should adjust their schedules to bring pets outside during the coolest parts of the day.

The scalding sidewalk and pavement outside can be painful for pet paws, so it’s important to either stick to the grass, or make use of pet boots that can protect paw pads from hot surfaces.

Be Careful Where You Leave Pets

This goes without saying, but keeping pets in a locked car in dangerous conditions can be deadly. It’s imperative that, if pets need to be left in the car, that they have a source of air, and that it won’t be for an extended period of time. Overall, if it can be avoided, keep pets out of locked cars in general, but especially during a heat wave.

On top of being stuck inside a vehicle, pets shouldn’t be left outside too long in the heat. After a brief time outside, pets should return to cool and shady spaces with a water supply nearby.

Address Heat Stroke Immediately

If pets experience heat stroke, they’ll need a vet’s attention right away. Heat stroke can lead to fatal complications in dogs or cats, so they need to be treated for this condition as soon as possible. Symptoms of a heat stroke in pets can range from heavy panting and excessive drooling to seizures and unconsciousness. Some breeds or older pets may be more susceptible to this condition, so we encourage pet parents to learn if their pets may be at a higher risk.

Hire A Trustworthy Pet Care Specialist

Snaggle Foot Pet Care Specialists are trained and certified in the important aspects of pet care, including: Pet CPR/First Aid, senior canines, canine communications, feline fundamentals, and more! There’s a reason so many people trust Snaggle Foot with their fur babies. Find your local Snaggle Foot!

What Happens If Pets Eat Cicadas?

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As Brood X emerges from its 17-year gestation period, pet owners may be concerned if their pet swallows these bugs.

It’s a momentous occasion that happens once every two decades—the re-emergence of cicadas. After a 17-year hiatus, Brood X has a new generation of cicadas coming out of the ground and, inadvertently, tempting dogs with their crispy, crunchy shells. Given the curious nature of cats and dogs, it’s only natural that they swat, nose and even bite the unidentified creatures. But what happens when pet owners hear that dreaded swallow?

As it turns out, nothing. While it’s not a healthy habit to encourage, pet owners shouldn’t be concerned if their animal eats the occasional cicada or two. In fact, veterinarians explained to the New York Times that the only concern is overindulgence and upset stomachs, which come in the forms of lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting. While cicadas do carry a fungus, it only impacts the bugs—not the entities that eat them.

The panic surrounding pets and cicadas is a rare event, given the longevity of the bugs’ gestation period. When that concern is factored in with the increased emotional bond pets and pet parents forged over the past 16 months, it’s only natural for owners to worry.

Cicada consumption is more of a concern for dog owners than cat owners, given the increased time dogs spend outside. Outdoor cat parents shouldn’t be concerned, either; the veterinarians interviewed by the NYT explained that cats are more inclined to go after static prey, not those that are moving.

For pet parents who are still wary about walking their dogs during this infestation, it’s recommended to get out before dawn or after dusk.

New US pet ownership study confirms pandemic-led growth

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Pet ownership in 2020 rose to 70% of US households, and Millennials were the largest cohort of pet owners, per APPA’s new survey.

In 2020, pet ownership in the U.S. rose from 67% of households to an all-time high of 70%, wrote Steve King, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), in a preview of the association’s soon-to-be-released “2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey.”

“Pets have played a central role in comforting Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic,” King wrote in an article for Pet Business. That resulted in increased spending on pet food and supplies in 2020, he added; 35% of pet owners surveyed said they spent more on their pets in the previous 12 months than in the preceding year. Gen Z and millennial pet owners led the higher spending, with 49-50% reporting they had spent more on their pets.

Millennials were also revealed to be the largest cohort of pet owners at 32 percent, followed closely by Baby Boomers at 27 percent, and Gen X at 24 percent.

Other key findings from the 2021-2022 study include:

  • Pet spending increased during the past year, with 35 percent of pet owners stating they spent more on their pet/pet supplies in the last 12 months than in the preceding year.
  • 14 percent of total respondents (pet owners and non-pet owners) obtained a new pet during the pandemic. Additionally, at least one in four new pet owners shared their recent pet acquisition – ranging from dogs to reptiles to horses – was influenced by the pandemic.
  • Pet owners’ online shopping increased by almost 20 percent. Before the pandemic, 60 percent of pet owners usually purchased pet products in person at brick-and-mortar stores. During the pandemic, in-person shopping dropped to 41 percent.
  • 51 percent of pet owners are willing to pay more for ethically sourced pet products and eco-friendly pet products.
  • Pet insurance purchases amongst both dog and cat owners have also increased, nearly doubling amongst cat owners in particular.

“For more than 30 years, APPA has been collecting and reporting consumer insight data through our National Pet Owners Survey, and each year we aim to enhance this industry resource,” said Steve King, APPA president and CEO. “The newest edition of the survey is the most comprehensive yet and we look forward to arming our members and the broader pet care community with the information needed to make strategic, informed business decisions that will help advance our already burgeoning industry.

Camping With Your Pet Sounds Like Fun

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Camping + Pets - What Could Go Wrong?

So you’re at your campsite. Your tent or RV is set up, you have organized your site. Your dog is happy and chill. You are ready to light a fire, crack a cold one, and watch the sunset. You see your dog go on alert, and before you can react, they’re gone and you hear lots of snarling, growling, barking, and yipping. Yikes. This is not fun!

Camping with your pet is supposed to be fun and relaxing. But many times, it ends up being a free for all when other people don’t control their animal, or disregard others. So what IS the proper etiquette when camping with a pet?

We’ve boiled it down to 6 simple things. Follow these common sense guidelines and you’ll make everyone’s camping experience a lot more peaceful.

Basic Obedience.

Before you leave, make sure your dog follows basic commands like Sit, Heel and Come. You need to practice this ahead of time so your bestie is reliable and listens to you. When you introduce them to new people, have them Sit. This will help calm a potentially exciting experience. If you are unsure of how well your pet will behave, make everyone’s experience more happy by leaving your pet in the hands of an outrageously professional pet sitter, like Snaggle Foot. 😉

Pick Up.

Don’t be a schlub. Just because you’re at a campground, doesn’t mean you don’t have to scoop the poop. Lots of kids and families hike and explore. It’s not fun when you step in dog poo. 💩 Do your part to help keep the campground clean.

Socialize.

Your pet, not you. 😉 Before you embark on camping with your pet, make sure they are well-socialized to other pets and humans. Your pet will encounter new animals and people, and you want them to remain calm and relaxed about it, and follow commands (see Basic Obedience, above 👆). This requires preparation, which might mean visits to dog parks, etc. Plan ahead and this will really help your camping trip.

Never Leave Your Dog In A Vehicle.

How many times have you heard other dogs barking at a campground? They are cooped up in an RV, camper, or car, while the owner goes out to explore or enjoy the park. This is not fun for anyone else at the campground. Besides being dangerous for the animal, it’s super bad manners. Teach your dog to heel and be obedient (see Basic Obedience again 👆), then you can take them anywhere and they will be welcome!

Feed’em Right.

While it’s super tempting to give your dog some of your own food, especially when they look at you with those eyes, some human food is actually dangerous for dogs. Like some types of peanut butter! See our full list of foods you should avoid for your pet here. And when you plan your camping trip, be sure to bring your pet’s regular food. That will help them stay, er, regular. 😐

Be Prepared.

Follow this Scouting motto and think about the various situations you might encounter, before you leave. Then pack gear and equipment to help you deal with those situations, if they should arise. This could mean bringing a crate, a pet First Aid kit, a leash, an extra collar, etc. If you take a few moments to think of what could happen, then think about what you’ll need just in case, you’ll go a long way toward ensuring your camping trip will be just as awesome as you think it will. Get out there! 🤗

Of all the things we love to do, camping with our pets is at the top of the list. It only becomes a problem when people behave as if they are the only ones at the campground, and allow their pet to do whatever they want. Don’t be that person. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be happier, and so will the whole campground. 🔥

Want more resources for camping with your pet? Check out this website: www.petcamping.com

How Often Do Kids Ask for a Pet?

How Often Do Kids Ask For A Pet?

Pet Business | November 10, 2020

by Carley Lintz

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time for kids to start preparing their wish lists—many of which will include a furry friend. But, that won’t be the last time parents hear the phrase, “Can we get a pet?” In fact, according to a new report, the average child will beg their parents for a pet 1,584 times before they turn 18 years old!

The research, commissioned by toy manufacturer Spin Master, surveyed 2,000 parents of school-aged children and found that 74% of kids have asked for a pet. And it’s not just a one-time thing. Most children ask an average of 11 times pet month starting when they’re six years old.

Considering their persistence, it’s unsurprising that two-thirds of parents eventually give in. Most do so after their child has been consistently asking for three years.

Around the holidays, it ramps up. The report found that 62% of children who have asked for a pet double-down during the gift-giving season by asking an additional seven times per month. Many of those kids will be happy to hear that one-third of parents plan to buy their child a pet for the holidays this year.

Of course, parents cited more than just their child’s desire as the reason behind adding a pet to the family. Most parents (82%) said they believe it’s important for children to spend time with animals. Other popular drivers included teaching kids to play gentle (58%), learning responsibility (57%) and encouraging kids to spend time outside (46%).

Before giving in, however, 78% of parents said it was important to start small and build up to a new pet. For a quarter of respondents, that meant seeing their child show they could first care for a toy before moving onto a live animal.

According to the survey, the most popular pets to request were:

1. Dog

2. Cat

3. Fish

4. Bird

5. Rabbit