The Best Gifts For Dog Moms

I love being a mom, but I love being a “Dog mom” too.

Both my human kids and my dog kids are super sweet, and I spend plenty of time dealing with poop from all 4 of them, but the best is that the my sweet pups don’t talk back to me when tablet time is over. They only bark at me when the peanut butter jar is out for lunch and I didn’t give them any.

There are so many wonderful “Dog Moms” out there that love their dogs so much. It is time to celebrate with that love.

Gift giving to show that we all understand that their sweet dog kids are so important to them is  wonderful and very thoughtful. From Mother’s Day, birthday’s, and Christmas, it’s super important to let all those lovely Dog Moms that we have in our lives feel showered with love, not just slobber!

Here are 15 wonderful gifts that your fellow Dog Moms would love!

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Paw Print Necklace – $159

Personalized Mug – $17+

“Dog Mom” Car Decal – $5

Custom Dog Ornament – $22

“Furbaby Mama” Mug – $17+

“Not Drinking Alone” Wine Glass – $20

Personalized Dog Print – $10

Better Life Sign – $10

Dog Wine Glass – $10

Lost Dog Tag – $11

“A Girl and Her Dog” Custom Watercolor – $120

Willow Tree Angle of Friendship Statue– $20

“Dog Mom” Hat -$25

Fur Mama Insulated Wine Tumbler – $20

“Dog Mom” Shirt – $25

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Caring for Fire Ant Bites for Your Dogs

While we are typically roasty, toasty here in Florida, the spring thaw is in full swing so the snow around the country is melting, grass is getting greener, walks are getting longer, and bugs are on the prowl!

While bug bites are a pain for humans, they can be just as annoying for dogs too.

Depending on where you live, fire ants can cause a big issue for you and your sweet pup. While we do our best to avoid fir ants, accidents do happen and you can walk through a hill and then be bitten.

Us, humans, wear shoes while on walks and know what fire ant mounds looks like, but your dog doesn’t know what their mounds look like and they have no protection on their feet.  If they walk through a fire ant hill, they will be disturbing these aggressive ants, and there will likely be an attack on their unprotected paws. Unfortunately, we know of dogs that have been extra curious and have sniffed up fire ants while stumbling across a hill.

Years ago, while out playing with Kemper in a big field, his leash slipped out of my hand. He took this opportunity to have some extra fun and go running all over, with me running to and away form him, hoping to get him back. Instead he ran really far away and on his run back to me, his leash got snagged on the property fence. Poor thing was stuck, in trouble, and worst of all standing directly on top of a fire ant hill. A MASSIVE FIRE ANT HILL. I tried to get his leash off the fence but it was really stuck, so the only way for me to get him lose was to unclip him, leaving it behind. But while all of this fumbling around was happening, we were both getting bitten. His poor paws and my poor feet were all covered with ants. The walk back to the car was really uncomfortable with all thsoe ants on our feet. As I scolding him on the walk, I picked ants off on him and myself.

Besides, my own issues with fire ants, my father walked through a hill one night while wearing flip flops. His extremely swollen feet covered in blisters required a trip to the DR, where he needed to get 3 prescriptions to properly treat the bites. If a human can have such a bad reaction, so can a dog. It’s always important to closely

Now, I am extra aware of fir ant mounds and how to properly care of myself and dogs, if accidental contact happened, resulting bites.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN FIRE ANTS BITE

  1. Carefully pick off Fire Ants. Check between toes, folds in skin, jowls, nostrils, ears- depending on where the contact occurred.
  2. Create a salve with water and baking soda to apply to the bites. Baking Soda’s alkalinity has a cooling effect and will neutralize the acid of the bug bite. Let it sit for 10 minutes prior to washing away
  3. Apply a cold compress to the bites. Do not directly apply the ice pack on the skin, use a towel between the skin and ice pack.
  4. Applying aloe to the skin can help soothe the itchiness, but you need to make sure your dog does not lick it up as they should not ingest aloe.
  5. If your dog is prone to medical reactions already, give them an antihistamine, like Benadyl. Consult with your vet prior to giving to your dog, to verify it is needed and an accurate dose is provided.
  6. Closely monitor your dog for any excessive swell, rashes, or breathing issues immediately following the bites. As well, long term supervision may be required depending on the reaction of the bites.
  7. Contact a Vet if you think your dog is having a reaction or has developed an infection.

WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN FIRE ANTS BITE

  1. Do not wash off fire ants. The water will make them more agitated and bite more and harder
  2. Do not pop blisters, unless directed by your Vet. This can cause an infection if not properly cleaned.
  3. Do not let your dog lick the bites. Limit their contact with the bites to prevent infection.

When to go to the Vet

When in doubt, go to the vet!

It is better to be safe than sorry as some reactions can occure rather quickly. Be sure to monitor your dog for swelling, difficulty breathing, rash, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme itching, drooling, or seizures.

How to avoid Fire AnTS

  1. Be aware of what fire ant mounds look like so you can (hopefully) avoid them. The mounds are created when they tunnel underground and push up the earth as they create those tunnels. The mounds looks like a clump of dirt, without a hole, that you might traditionally see for other ant species. They typically are in open, sunny areas, which can mean in lawns, fields, playgrounds, parks, along sidewalks, and in golf courses.
  2. Wear closed toe shoes to protect your feet. As well, if you are in an area that is prone to
  3. Treat for the ants with the proper baits and sprays. Be sure to follow the directions and keep your dogs and children away from the insecticides for their safety.

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As always, consult with a veterinarian in matters of health, wellness, and safety so they can assist you in providing the best care for your dog.  

 

10 Things I Learned While At Global Pet Expo

I had the great honor of getting to attend Global Pet Expo just over a week ago as a member of the “Press” through my Instagram account and this blog.

It was a fun, energizing, educational, delightful experience. I met so many great people that represent brands, or even own them,

Here are just a few fun things I learned while I was there.

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1. Our pets mean the world to us!

Clearly, with so many great brands that are dedicated to our pets, you can tell that we are head over heels in love with our pets. You can find just about anything under the sun here for all sorts of animals.

While there is a heavy focus on dog brands, they had everything you could think of for dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, cows, horses, ferrets, fish, and many others.

2. There are so many cool pet products out there.

I saw everything from food and treats, carriers and strollers, beds and crates, collars and leashes, tanks and hideaways, corals to treasures, and so much more.

Yeah, I think you get the point!

3. There are so many cool pet entrepreneurs out there.

The show is busy, but I had a great time getting to talk to so many product creators. They are all so passionate about the products that they have created from treats, toys, beds, hand crafted leashes and much more. I really respect their ideas, creativity, and passion for the products that they created to better the lives of all of our pets

4. You can never have too many treats aND Toys.

Duh!

5. PICKING OUT A GREAT DOG FOOD IS HARD.

I attending a really interesting seminar about dog food nutrition and it really blew my mind.

6. Sit when you can!

There are so many things to see that you end up criss crossing the expo floor.

I was racking up those steps on my Fitbit left and right so I suggest that you sit down when you can to regroup and relax your feet. And, wear comfortable shoes!!

7. You get to meet online friends in real life!!!

I am so excited that I got to meet Hannah, who is the awesome mom to Maggie and Orbit. We have been online friends for the past year and a half. We msg each other on IG and FB and do video chats with other IG dog friends talking about how to create great content for our accounts, build websites, and share other cool stuff with each other like podcasts and dog product trends.

Getting to meet an online friend in real life is the best!

8. Celebrity dogs will always be cooler than you.

I also got to meet Doug The Pug.

Doug can smile on command. So cute.

9. A Dog Latte is the best thing ever.

There was a super fun latte artist in a booth and he was making portraits of our dogs in the latte foam. I had a latte made of Brinkley.

 

He even nailed the Haggerty Spot!!

10.You Will Look Forward to going back Year after YEar.!

I already can’t wait to go again next year!

I was really excited when my application to attend was approved. Like, boogie woogie in my chair excited, but I left feeling so much more excited than that. And, that was after 2 days of early mornings on the road to drive to Orlando, lots of walking, lots of talking, and long drives in traffic home. The time flew by but I can’t wait to go back next year!

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