Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Summer Heat

May 27th, 2016 by

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It’s almost Memorial Day and that means summer is back! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather with our furry best friends.  That means it’s also time to review the basics of keeping our dogs safe from the heat.


First, some basics.

*Humans perspire in the heat and that helps greatly to cool our bodies. Dogs can’t perspire. They pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs. It’s less efficient than perspiration and high humidity makes it even worse. If your dog is panting excessively in the heat, he/she is too hot and needs your help.

*Dogs with short noses are prone to difficulty breathing, so be particularly careful with them on hot days.

*Dogs with white ears are more susceptible to skin cancer, so it’s important they avoid prolonged ultraviolet exposure.

*Puppies and senior dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke, as are dogs who are overweight and those who have heart or respiratory diseases.


Limit exercise on hot days.

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*It’s better for you and for your dog to exercise in the early morning or evening during the hot summer months.

*Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your dog’s paws. If you’re jogging or walking in the summer, grass or unpaved paths and trails are a much better option.

*Keep your dog well hydrated. This pretty much goes without saying. In situations where you need more water, so does your dog.


Heat stroke is very serious.

Heat stroke can cause brain damage, organ failure, and can be fatal. Warning signs to look for include panting, rapid or irregular heartbeat, seizures, and unconsciousness. If you live in a hot, humid part of the country, it’s a good idea to keep a thermometer handy. Your dog’s temperature should not be over 103o. If it exceeds 104o-106o, your dog is experiencing heat stroke, and you need to take action right away.

*Move your dog into the shade or indoors to an air-conditioned room.

*Make sure he/she has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink.

*Apply cold towels or cool water to his/her chest, neck, and head.

*Get your best friend to a veterinarian as soon as you can.


And finally, this no-brainer again.

We’ve all gotten into our car on a hot day and nearly burned our hands on a blistering steering wheel, but most of us don’t realize how quickly that happens. For example, when the outside temperature is 80o, the interior of your car warms up surprisingly fast.

Trucker Spook     Time —————— Temperature

     10 minutes ———– 99o

     20 minutes ———– 109o

     30 minutes ———–114o

     60 minutes ———– 123o

That’s just at 80o. On a hot day, the interior of your car can reach temperatures in excess of 140o! If your dog is very young or very old, or prone to heat-related distress for any other reason, this can create a very dangerous situation. It can potentially even worsen an underlying condition and present a problem later in life. And remember, your dog doesn’t understand what’s going on like you do. She only knows she’s trapped in a very bad situation and may panic. That’s just going to make a bad situation worse.

A little knowledge and some common sense go a long way if you just stay aware. Stay cool and safe out there this season.

Wet Noses wishes all of you and all of your dogs a safe and happy Memorial Day and a great summer.

10 Days of Earth Day | Day 10 – Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2016 by

Happy Earth Day everyone! The internet and news media are alive with Earth Day topics, and we thought instead of repeating what’s everywhere already, we’d put a personal face on Earth Day with a guest blog from one of our passionate customer service team members, Michael!

EarthDayGlobeI was young in 1970, but not too young to remember the first Earth Day. Earth’s population was 3,706,618,163, a number I couldn’t possibly comprehend. The small town I was growing up in existed solely to support the oil refinery it surrounded. I don’t remember ever seeing it not spewing black smoke into the air, and it smelled funny. My uncle said that was the smell of money, but he worked there, so I figured he was just used to it. Earth Day seemed like a cool idea to me but my very conservative father thought it was stupid, dreamed up by hippies. Turns out I was right; it was a cool idea.

Visiting a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969 provided the impetus for Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to take action with the goal of directing attention to a variety of environmental issues. With bipartisan support, he was able to organize the first Earth Day, with some 20 million Americans coming together in various locations around the country.

20 years later and all grown up, I was proud to take part in an event for the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. By that time, it had become a global event, with 200 million people in 141 countries around the world. That celebration led directly to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and Senator Nelson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. By 2000, Earth Day had expanded to be recognized and celebrated in 184 countries. Earth Day continues to grow, both in scope and in size. It is estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide now celebrate Earth Day.

We’ve come a long way toward better stewardship of our environment since 1970, but there is still much work to do. The population has doubled since the first Earth Day. That oil refinery from my childhood still stands there, and still belches out black smoke. Not my uncle, though. He died of lung cancer about 20 years ago, most likely from all those years working around the “smell of money”.

Why even celebrate Earth Day? What’s the point? Largely, the success of Earth Day has been seen in the area of awareness. Earth Day has brought people together in unlikely alliances. The farmer who resists using pesticides on his own crops, the South American college student protesting deforestation, and the Sri Lankan watching his beach disappear have come to realize they are all essentially fighting the same battle, and there’s power in numbers.


Choose organic this Earth Day, and support your local ecosystem! CLICK HERE to shop online for Wet Noses Organic Dog Treats!

10 Days of Earth Day | Day 9 – Safe Quality Foods

April 21st, 2016 by

SQF-1Earth day is just around the corner, and we’ll be publishing a feature post every day until April 22nd! Check back each day for a new post!

We take the quality of our organic dog treats very seriously, and that dictates what we do and how we do it at Wet Noses. It’s why we go to all the extra work to obtain and maintain our USDA Organic certification. It’s why we earned official verification by The Non-GMO Project, assuring that none of our ingredients are genetically modified. It’s why we use local sources for our ingredients whenever possible. And it’s why we are so dedicated to our SQF Level-3 certification. There is no higher standard for food safety in the world!


10 Days of Earth Day | Day 8 – Pesticides & Fertilizers

April 20th, 2016 by

215287_10151662847113689_952105214_nEarth day is just around the corner, and we’ll be publishing a feature post every day until April 22nd! Check back each day for a new post!

With the human population growing every day, industrial farms turned to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides years ago to try to keep up with demand. These chemicals are causing damage to the environment, wildlife, people, and our dogs.

The runoff of chemical fertilizers contaminates rivers, lakes, and oceans and also rob soil of organic matter. When this happens, the soil is less able to hold moisture and more susceptible to erosion.

As far as pesticides and their long term effects on dogs go, some is still unknown, but the likely effects are quite clear. Many have been found to contain cancer-causing carcinogens. Others have been linked with problems with the endocrine system, and neurotoxicity. With limited exposure, negative effects are often not apparent right away, and only time will tell what the long-term effects are. Some studies have shown that up to 30% of your dogs exposure to chemical pesticides and fertilizers come from choosing low quality food and treats that aren’t organically produced!

At Wet Noses, we have never used ingredients that have been subjected to these dangerous chemicals and we never will. The “USDA Organic” label on every box of Wet Noses treats is proof of it. It is part of our commitment to the well-being of you and your best friend.

Choose the best for you dog. Choose Wet Noses Organic Treats. Shop Now!

10 Days of Earth Day | Day 7 – Sustainable Farming

April 19th, 2016 by

Earth day is just around the corner, and we’ll be publishing a feature post every day until April 22nd! Check back each day for a new post!

tuscany-428041_1280Not much is more important to you than protecting the health of your family, including its four-legged members, and the environment we all live in. Wet Noses works hard to offer you organic dog treats that help you reach that end by using local ingredients whenever possible and ensuring those ingredients are produced responsibly using sustainable farming practices.