Show Some Love For A Shelter Senior Dog

In an ideal world, every shelter dog would find a loving forever home but sadly it’s the older ones that are usually the last to find homes and the first to be euthanized. 

There are a number of reasons why senior dogs are surrendered to shelters, such as a specific illness that requires medication, mobility issues or simply gastro-intestinal issues that make their dog “smelly”. Sometimes, the dog’s owner passes away and the family can’t or don’t want to care for the pet that is left behind. 

It is heartbreaking that, after years of unconditional love and devotion, when a dog needs care, comfort and companionship the most, its owner is prepared to discard them, like an old pair of shoes. 

Reasons why potential adopters may overlook these older dogs 

  • They may have, or may soon develop, health problems that require expensive medication 
  • They may have recently lost a pet and can’t bear the prospect of going through the same hurt again within a few years. 
  • Younger adopters may not find them as cute or energetic playmates as puppies  

The one thing I tend to see is that the older dogs are often just sitting quietly at the back of the kennel, not drawing attention to themselves, so people simply pass them by. What they often fail to realize is that poor dog has lived for years in a loving family home, so is feeling scared, abandoned and confused in their caged surroundings and they are just waiting patiently to be taken ‘home’ again.  

To see their true character, it’s important to interact with the dog outside the cage, to get to know them better and see if you have that special connection. 


 10 Reasons Why a Senior Furry Soulmate Could Be YOUR Perfect Companion  

#1 Senior dogs have better manners.  Having spent years living with a family, they have been socialized with humans and may even have been trained to at least respond to basic commands such as sit, stay and down. Many will also be house trained, so it won’t take long for them to pick up the potty rules in their new home.  

#2 What you see is what you get.  A senior dog holds no surprises as to how big they may grow, whether their coloring may change, or whether they will develop a genetic or breed-specific condition. Having knowledge of their past and present helps you better manage future expectations. 

#3 Senior pets are less destructive.  An older dog has grown out of the seek and destroy puppy phase, they’ve gone through their infant teething, so don’t chew on anything and everything and their mischief mayhem is replaced with calmer curiosity.  

#4 You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs are less easily distracted than younger pups, so they can focus better on the task. Many will already know the basic commands, so it can be fun for both of you to learn new tricks and increase the bond between you. 


#5 A dog to match your own energy levels. As an older dog has less excess energy to burn off, they will be happier to go at a slower speed. So if you prefer to play frisbee in the yard or a walk in the park, rather than a mountain hike then an older dog may be the best fit for you. 
Oh, and it goes without saying that senior dogs make great snuggle buddies when you just want to kick back and relax at the end of a hard day! 

#6 Senior dogs and senior citizens make the perfect companions. Many elderly people crave companionship and can talk to their furry friend all day, every day, without judgement or criticism. Stroking an animal also has a proven soothing influence, that improves a human’s mood and wellbeing. 

#7 Adopting a senior dog is a relatively short-term commitment. Many people deny themselves the pleasure of a dog because their circumstances are likely to change in the next 8-15 years. Elderly people think their pet will outlive them and are worried about what would happen to them. A senior dog is the perfect solution for both scenarios. 


#8 Adopted seniors are more devoted. Dogs are always thought to have a sixth sense but, from my own personal experience, I truly believe that my senior adoptees really know they have been rescued and saved from years spent in a cage or an even worse fate.  They show true devotion and are really eager to please, as if they are showing gratitude for me rescuing them.  

# 9 You Can Pick Your Perfect Pooch.  Whether you want a certain size dog, or a non-shedding breed, one that’s cat-friendly or one that likes travelling in cars, you can cater for your specific requirements.  
Many rescue centers have photos and details of dogs available for adoptions on their websites, so you can make your initial shortlist before arranging a visit in person. There are also some rescue organizations that specialize in specific breeds, which will not only match you up with the dog of your dreams but also provide specialist ongoing advice and support. 

BUT don’t be surprized if you end up going home with a totally different dog than you went for – you’ll only know which is the right one for you once you get there! 


#10 It is in the giving that we receive. This is undeniably illustrated when you give a rescue dog a home, for you will receive unconditional love and loyalty that money just can’t buy! 


As we head into the holiday season, many people look for ways to be charitable. One person can’t save every dog but every person can save one dog from having to spend their remaining time in a shelter.  

So, if you’re planning on getting a new furry addition to your family, I hope you will consider opening your heart and your home to a senior shelter dog. It’s sure to put a new spring in both of your steps! 




Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team     

Don’t Turn Halloween into a ‘Howl’oween for Your Dog!

Well the countdown to Halloween has begun and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular holidays for the family to share.

Unfortunately, we also have to mindful that this fun and treat-filled time, also brings potential harm and danger to our furry friends, especially if they are included in trick or treating.

Don’t forget that a dog’s hearing is much better than ours, so the noises are even more magnified and can make them stressed and scared.

Here are four ‘fangtastic’ tips to help keep your dog safe and sound while still having some fun!



#1       Is your dog Trick or Treating with you?

Unless your dog is extremely calm around loud noises, including fireworks, then the safest bet is probably to leave them at home.

However, if you feel they can cope with being part of the Trick or Treat crew, please just be mindful of a few pointers below, to make this an enjoyable event for all:

  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT allow your dog to eat ANY candy or treats collected. These may contain Xylitol (artificial sweetener), chocolate or other ingredients that are poisonous to your dog and could be life-threatening. Bring some of their favorite doggie treats with you instead, so they don’t feel excluded. (You could even try out the recipe for Halloween doggie treats posted on Facebook this Tuesday).
  • Do NOT encourage or allow strangers to pet your dog – especially if they are in scary costumes!
  • Keep your dog on a leash AT ALL TIMES – there are all manner of things that could easily spook your pooch and the ‘fight or flight’ reaction kicks in. Remember that your dog is your guardian (in their eyes) and protecting you is their No.1 job, so it is easy for them to misinterpret playful Halloween antics as a threat towards you that they need to defend.
  • Keep your dog’s inquisitive snout and costume away from lit candles or pumpkins.
  • Bring along a poop-bag in case your dog needs to relieve themselves.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their ID tag. It’s also an ideal time to check that the microchip company have your up to date details, so you can be quickly reunited with your runaway pet, if they get spooked.

#2       Have a dress rehearsal

Costumes on dogs can bring a smile to 2017-10-27_0051anyone’s face, but this should not be at the expense of your pet’s comfort. If you are planning on dressing up your dog, have a dress rehearsal at least a couple of times before the event. This will give you an opportunity to see how your dog reacts and give them a chance to get used to it.

The costume should NEVER impede their movement, breathing, hearing or vision, as this may cause your pet unnecessary stress. Also, keep checking to make sure there are no wardrobe malfunctions as you do the Trick or Treat circuit.

Please note that if your dog licks their lips, yawns, shows a half moon of white in their eyes, turns away from you, tries to escape, growls or puts his teeth on you or the costume, these are sure fire clues that they are not comfortable. Try to scale the costume down or perhaps just revert to a jaunty coat or neckerchief/bandana.

The rest of the family also need to take part in the dress rehearsal, as your pooch may not even recognize you in your costumes, may be startled/scared by them, or become over-excited by dangling accessories or flowing fabric that they constantly want to chase or chew!


#3       Will your hound be home alone?

Here are a few top tips to help reduce your best friend’s stress levels:

  • If your furry friend isn’t up to Trick or Treating, make sure they are snuggled up with their favorite blanket and toy in a quiet room in the house, away from the front door. They may actual prefer being in their covered over crate, where they feel safe and secure.
  • Give them a kong filled with treats or a long-lasting chew to keep them occupied.
  • Turn on the radio or TV to help drown out the scary noises.
  • If your dog usually barks when the doorbell rings or when someone passes by the window, then disconnect the bell and close the dra
  • NEVER leave your dog in the yard around Halloween (even if you are at home!). It’s a sad fact that many pets are subjected to vicious pranks, injured, stolen or even killed on Halloween, so make sure they are kept safe and secure indoors.
  • Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach. While these are safer than candles, you don’t want an anxious or mischievous pooch chewing wires or batteries, that could potentially lead to a life-threatening electric shock , chemical burns or intestinal damage.

#4       Greeting Trick or Treaters at home?

Staying indoors with your furry friends at Halloween is probably their favorite option (and perhaps yours!), but you may still be prepared to welcome Trick or Treaters to your home.

However, please remember that your dog’s inbred duty is to protect both you (their family) and their territory (your home). A constant flow of strangers and screaming children dressed in scary costumes can cause a normally placid dog to become agitated and even aggressive, because they think their family is being threatened.

A loud barking dog can also be very scary and intimidating, especially to young children, so keeping the dog away from all the excitement may be the best option for all. Also, the last thing you want is for your spooked pooch to bolt out the door into the night and an even more dangerous and scary environment.


Wishing you and your canine companions a safe and happy Halloween!





Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

Are You Killing Your Pet With “Kindness”?


It seems like it’s not just us two-legged animals who have been waging a battle against obesity – turns out our pets are fighting the same war… and losing. According to CBS affiliate KCNC, a new study conducted in part by vets at the University of Georgia shows that more than half of pets in the U.S. are overweight and 55% of dogs qualify as obese.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over-fed, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight, especially house dogs, are the most at risk for becoming obese. Multiple areas of the body are affected by excess body fat, including the bones and joints, the digestive organs, and the organs responsible for breathing capacity.

Obesity is common in dogs of all ages, but it usually occurs in middle-aged dogs, and generally in those between the ages of 5 and 10.

Obesity is not only a weight-bearing issue for your best friend; It can also lead to secondary health complications, ranging from malnourishment to arthritis and can significantly reduce their lifespan.


Just like humans, dogs carrying extra pounds of weight place extra demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies, as well as their digestive systems. When we overload these organs, disease 

and sometimes death are the consequences. The health risks to overweight dogs are serious and every dog owner should be aware of them.

The most common consequence in overweight dogs is the development of serious joint issues. The bones, joints, muscles, and associated tendons and ligaments all work together to give the dog smooth and efficient movement. If they are required to carry excess weight, they lose the ease of flow & flexibility, increase wear & tear and become damaged.

Arthritis can develop as your dog gets older and the pain and joint changes associated with this and Hip Dysplasia can become markedly more severe with excess weight. Suitable supplements may be used in conjunction with a weight loss program, to help ease the pain and enable them to enjoy playtime again – an ideal way to burn off some extra canine calories!

The Most Common Obesity-Related Conditions for Dogs

  1. Arthritis & Poor Joint Healthblog2
  2. Diabetes
  3. Torn Knee Ligaments
  4. Heart & Respiratory Disease
  5. Chronic Kidney Disease
  6. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  7. Low Thyroid Hormone Production
  8. Liver Disease
  9. Diseased Disc in the Spine
  10. Cancer

“There’s just more of my dog to love!”

There’s no arguing with that –  But wouldn’t you prefer your furry best friend to have a long, healthy and happy life?

Now, let’s be honest, our furry friends can’t get the lid off the cookie jar themselves and most love food so much they never know when to stop eating. So, aside from the few suffering specific diseases that can cause weight gain, we, as responsible dog-owners, have total control over what they eat. We see them every day, know what and how often they eat and what exercise they do. So, there is no-one better placed to notice if your pooch is getting a bit podgy!

Other simple steps to help keep a pet’s weight in check include:

  • Don’t feed your pet table scraps
  • Serve the correct food measure recommended for your pet, not just what’s written on the dog food label
  • Understand when to switch from puppy to adult food
  • Limit treats and ensure they are healthy treats. Normally, they should not be more than 10% of your dog’s daily nutrition, but if you are using more treats for reinforcement training, then just reduce one of their meals
  • Establish a realistic exercise regimen. Ideally dogs should have at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. However, if your dog is overweight and under-exercised, DO NOT throw your pooch into vigorous activities such as chase & retrieve ball or frisbee. If their weight issue has rendered them couch potatoes, you may do more harm than good, so consult your veterinarian first to agree a specific weight management and exercise program.
  • You should be able to see your dogs waistline or run your fingers across their rib cage and feel the bones with out pushing down on your dog.As a basic guideline, you should be able You should be able to see your dogs waistline or run your fingers across their rib cage and feel the bones with out pushing down on your see their waistline or run your hands over their ribcage and feel the bones without having to press down on your dog.

Are table scraps really so bad for my dog?


I know it’s so hard to resist! You hear a whine from under the dinner table and there sits your dog, looking at you with those soulful eyes, longing for you to toss them a piece of whatever it is you’re eating. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was a carrot or a broccoli spear, but the precedent for doggie table manners is set and other times, you may have less healthy things on your plate, like pizza or cookies. “What harm can a “little” cookie do?” I hear you cry.

The problem is that, given the size difference between humans and pets, a small portion of something for us can almost constitute a meal for your dog in terms of calories. To put this into perspective, let’s look at a common example of a human snack and the caloric equivalent if fed to a 20lb dog. (So, the smaller the dog, the bigger the equivalent!)

1 oblog4atmeal cookie to a 20lb dog is the   same as a human eating a hamburger or a bar of chocolate

“A little of what you fancy does you good”

I don’t think for one minute that any responsible dog owner would overfeed their beloved pet with table scraps, if they knew it would have life-threatening health issues. The fact is that people get joy from sharing their food with their furry best friends and dogs love receiving ‘treats’ from their owner.

So, I’m not suggesting we deny ourselves this mutual pleasure, it’s just a case of moderation and only giving them suitable low-fat scraps. Or replace table scraps with healthy low-calorie dog treats instead, such as carrots (great for teeth too!) or sliced apple (great source of Vitamins A & C BUT no core or seeds please!).

Definitely DO NOT throw them cooked bones, as these can break and leave a jagged edge that can scratch or puncture a dog’s esophagus or gastrointestinal system.

What do veterinarians have to say on the matter?

Many veterinarians dislike the idea of feeding table scraps to dogs for 3 main reasons:

  1. If scraps are all you feed your dog, or they have so many it puts them off their normal food, then they won’t get the nutritional balanced diet required to maintain good health and wellbeing.
  2. Vets often see dogs with pancreatitis, which can occur when a dog eats rich food they’re not used to, such as table scraps that contain lots of fat. Needless to say, the number of pancreatitis cases soar after Thanksgiving and other ‘special occasion’ meals.
  3. Many people could accidentally feed them something that is toxic to dogs, such as chocolate or grapes – or dangerous, such as cooked bones. Click here to see list of toxic foods

I hope this article helps anybody that is concerned about their furry best friend’s weight, but if you have any concerns, please consult with your veterinarian.

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health – always!





Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team


By Helen Broadley for FidoActive 

May 1 is National Purebred Dog Day and there’s lots to celebrate about dogs, whatever their shape or size!

Often people want a pedigree because they have an affinity with a particular breed through family tradition or they have a specific requirement, such as a ‘no-shedding’ coat because of a human allergy or a specific purpose such as search and rescue. The main difference with a pure breed and a mixed breed is that their lineage is all the same breed. With that comes the knowledge of specific traits in both looks, personality, energy levels, behavior and trainability.

There are undoubtedly some beautiful pure breeds and their attraction is understandable BUT please remember to check with shelters first, such as Petfinder, who have a national register of pure breeds for adoption. 



This handsome boy is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, who arrived at the Pet Adoption Fund in Canoga Park CA with his brother Blue.

They lost their home due to a military family move. They love people and would love a hound-loving home to call their forever home.

They are super friendly, (they even tested well with cats) active and playful but would need a secure fenced yard. Ideally these brothers would love to be re-homed together but, if separated, they would prefer another dog to pal with or someone who is home most of the day.

When I was only 8 years old, my parents rescued an Irish Setter from a breeder who was retiring. Although his intentions were good, his standards were obviously slipping and ‘Rory’ (or “Conqueror of Glen Rory” to give him his proper pedigree name) was looking a bit defeated and underweight, with a lacklustre red coat. His brown eyes melted our hearts.

It was totally unexpected, as we were on vacation when we met him. In fact, we were actually on the way home; the car was packed with Mom and Dad, three kids, our poodle and all our camping gear, talking about our lovely encounter with Rory and none of us could bear the thought of leaving him behind – so my wonderful Dad turned the car around and we went to collect him. We didn’t even notice the cramped journey home, because we were all so besotted with our new family addition (including ‘Pogo’ our Poodle!).

That wonderful dog was both my friend and protector, so Irish Setters will always have a special place in my heart – I would therefore like to share with you a couple of examples of these handsome hounds that are looking for their forever home…




This handsome 6-year-old Irish Setter is a former AKC show dog, but unfortunately his owner passed away and so he found himself at the ‘Luv Me again’ shelter in Bloomington MN looking for a new home.

How could you resist?

There are, of course, some more challenging cases that find their way to shelters, through no fault of their own. All they normally need is a bit of love, patience and understanding.




This adorable Irish Setter is a 1-year old pup looking for his forever home. He’s house-trained, neutered and up to date on vaccinations, but needs an adult human prepared to give him the time and training required to undo the bad habits instilled by his previous owner.

I’m sure the rewards would be well worth the effort though!

If you have no luck in your shelter search, then the alternative is to find a RESPONSIBLE breeder – you need to see exactly where your puppy came from and how they were raised.

One way to find the pure breed dog of your dreams is via the American Kennel Club, an organization that has been an advocate for purebred dogs and breeding since its founding in 1884. They have a registry of breeders who adhere to the AKC’s Care and Conditions Policy and undergo regular inspections by the AKC, which ensure both the dogs and the kennels are in tip-top condition. Check this link for available pure bred puppies from AKC Marketplace.

Whichever route you take, I am sure you will find your perfect match and an unconditional love for life!




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DIY Greenies Shaped Like A Toothbrush! Improved Your Dog’s Breath And Dental Cleaning

“Greenies” are dog treats. If you are a dog owner you know this- and probably have very definite feelings about them. Dogs love them.  There was some issues with “Greenies” a few years back about their digestibility and whether or not they are “bad” for dogs.  I know MY dogs LOVE them. Like dog crack- they gobble them up. I stopped giving them to my dogs a few years back because they are pretty pricy and they never really do digest. I think you know how I know.  The benefits of GREENIES were supposed to be- improved breath and dental cleaning. They were even shaped like a toothbrush!  I always doubted the dental cleaning part- Greenies always seemed to stick to the dog’s teeth… like gummy bears. I have wanted  to make my own greenies for a while now. I knew there was no way that I would get the texture- I didn’t want to have plastic in the treat!  I knew I could get the color but also the benefits plus more benefits- and go all natural! With a real “get teeth clean” crunch I felt confident!

Franks GREEN Breath Brushes

Since I’ve been cooking so much lately, and since dog treats are my very favorite thing to bake, I went online to look for possible recipe ideas. There was one recipe floating around that made sense. It needed a few extra things so I added those. Also I wanted the treats to be something that I could roll out and shape with a cookie cutter, the other treats that I found that were breath freshening all were spoon/ or dropped treats including this one. So I added more flour to the recipe to make it roll out easily. These Breath Brushes came out pretty good!  The dogs love them and they are CUTE!  Today I give to you my version of greenies. Please give them a try! Recipe follows.

Dough and cute toothbrush cookie cutter

Geo “thinks” it might be good

Frank’s Breath Brushes

3 1/2 brown rice flour plus 2 cups more (rice flour for crunch)

1 tablespoon of activated charcoal (I opened 12 capsules for 1 tblspn.)

4Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1 egg

1/2 cup packed fresh mint

1/2 cup packed fresh italian parsley

1 cup chicken broth

Liquid chlorophyll (whole foods/health food store)

Preheat over to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment.
Combine charcoal with 3 1/2 cups brown rice flour set aside.

Put parsley, mint oil and 1/4 cup of broth or water into food processor. Process until very chopped, like pesto. Add 3-4 droppers full of chlorophyll. Pulse a few times to mix. Add this green paste to flour mixture and mix well. Beat egg lightly and mix in. Knead adding remainder of water/broth. By this time you should have a very sticky dough ball. Heavily flour the work surface and knead dough until an even green color. Divide dough into workable portions and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick, or whatever thickness  you prefer. Add flour to work surface and dough surface as needed to take away stickiness as you work. Cutout with your favorite shapes, and dock with a fork to keep puffiness down.Bake for 25 or 20 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I used a toothbrush shaped cutter from my favorite cookie cutter supplier Copper Gifts.   Aren’t these presh??!!

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Get Rid Of Dog Urine Out Of Carpet: Traditional Vs Modern Solutions

National Pet Travel Safety Day

Traveling with our furry friends can be a fun experience but it can also be stressful and dangerous, so here are some top tips to act as a reminder and ensure safe travels for both you and your canine companions.

Expect the Unexpected

You may be one of the lucky people that have never had a car accident but please still read on, as most people will have a couple of scrapes at some point in their lives.  No matter how good a driver you are, you can’t always foresee hazards on the road, whether that be black ice, an animal or person running out in front of you or other irresponsible drivers on the road.

Even stopping suddenly at 10 M.P.H. your beloved pet is at risk of injury, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are a number of easy and inexpensive precautions to significantly reduce the risks and help keep both you and your furry traveling companion safe.

Top 10 Tips for Safe & Happy Canine Car Journeys

#1 Don’t let your dog roam around the inside of the car. They can impede your driving and distract you – just like kids! If you have to stop or swerve suddenly they can immediately become a high velocity projectile (just like a bullet from a gun!) and thrown into the dashboard, windshield, the back of a seat or the head of the person in front. At the very least your pet will suffer emotional distress, worsened by cuts, bruises and broken bones from blunt force trauma.

#2 Never let them sit in your lap or on the edge of your set next to an open window. Not only does this impede your driving, if you stop short or have a head-on impact, they can be crushed between you and the steering wheel, injured by airbags or ejected from the car into moving traffic.

#3 Don’t let your dog roam unsecured in the back of a truck. Secure a crate to the bed of the truck and keep your dog inside of it. The risks posed to those furry friends are 100 times greater than those loose inside of a vehicle.

#4 Dogs should stay restrained in the backseat or cargo area of your vehicle.  A metal separator is not enough to keep your pet safe; that really only prevents them from jumping into the seat in front and hitting the dashboard in a sudden stop or accident. It won’t prevent injury if your vehicle rolls or is impacted and if the window is open in their space, they can still be ejected.

There are many good safety harnesses and crates available today which prevent this kind of injury to your pets.

Safety Harnesses – These come in a range of price and quality but try to invest in one that is sturdy, padded for comfort and designed for automobile use. And remember to use it on even the shortest of journeys as, sadly, most accidents occur close to home. The harness should be on a short enough tether to anchor them in the event of an accident or sudden stop, but long enough to allow your dog room to stand up, turn around, move a bit from side to side and lay down when they want.

Crates – Many dogs, especially nervous or new travelers are often more at ease in crates. Buy the sturdiest crate you can, preferably crash-tested and approved. Place it in the car with the long side against the seat back, to avoid extreme impact on one part- possibly the head- of the animal in case of a crash. Then secure it not only with the seatbelt but also with a couple of wide, heavy-duty luggage straps. You might have a mechanic install anchors for these.

In the case of small dogs, placing the crate behind the front seats on the floor is reasonably safe but somehow anchoring it there is even better. This may require having bolts put in the car specifically for this purpose, like you would in the back of a truck.

Finally, fit it with their favorite blanket (plus favorite toy) so it feels more like home.

#5 Opening car windows is great for ventilation and feeling the wind through their fur but make sure your pooch can’t jump out if they see something they’d like to chase.

Avoid letting your dog stick their head or paws out of the car. Just like humans on a motorcycle, their    head and eyes exposed to high speeds and wind without protection are at risk to dangerous highway debris or obstacles. Remind yourself of a time when a stone was kicked up from the road and hit your windscreen, when a bush or tree branch scratched the side of your car, when you’ve had to pass a wide truck and only had a hair’s breadth between your wing mirrors, or when a motorcyclist has come speeding up between you and the other lane… then imagine your beloved pet’s face sticking out and being hit by one of those things… Seriously, I know it makes for a great photo but your beloved pet doesn’t know the dangers – they rely on you to keep them safe and it’s just not worth the risk.


So, keep the air conditioning on, or just crack the windows, to let the air flow instead and let your dog get some fresh air on your regular pit stops – store up the fun for your vacation together!

#6 Keep their collar and tags on. It might seem more comfortable for your pup to have his collar off in the car, Keep their collar and tags on. It might seem more comfortable for your pup to have his collar off in the car, but if you crash and your dog panics, he may run away. Not everyone checks for microchips, so that little tag is still the best way to ensure their safe return.

#7 For longer car rides, remember your pup needs food, water and breaks too. Feed your dog a small meal a few hours before your trip, then make regular stops for water/food every hour or two, or when Fido gets overly restless; this will give you both a chance to stretch your legs. When travelling in high temperatures, you’ll need to stop more often, about every 30 minutes to offer your pooch water. These breaks are especially important if it’s your pet’s first car trip, or they don’t like cars because a stressed and nervous dog runs a higher risk of dehydration than a calm pet.

#8 Not all dogs like the car; some associate it with trips to the vet or groomer and others are simply of a nervous disposition. Newly adopted pets may become car sick or nervous due to a previous unknown trauma. Exercise them prior to the journey, so they get rid of excess energy and are ready for a rest.

Have a batch of specific treats your pooch really loves and use them ONLY for car journeys, so that it builds a positive association with the car.

Weather permitting, rolling down the window a little closest to your dog will help distract them by smelling the air around them and also assists with limiting nausea. Better still, for their first journey, get another person to hold and comfort them, especially if they’re not in a secured crate.

Nervous dogs often prefer being enclosed in a crate as it feels like a den and covering it with a dark blanket reduces the motion they can see through the windows and makes them feel more snug, safe & secure.

#9 If you can’t afford a safety harness or crate, you can always loop a strong, thick leash through the seatbelt to restrict your dog from moving around and while it may not be 100% effective, it lessens the risk significantly and something is better than nothing!

#10 Put down a towel or sheet on your back seat, to protect it from muddy paws, hair and toenail snagging. Also, if your dog is prone to car sickness, you won’t be distracted or worried if they vomit and you can just pull over at your earliest opportunity.

Flying With Your Furry Friend?

  • Learn the airline’s pet policy. There are often fees associated with flying your pup and certain breeds are almost never allowed to fly or only allowed to fly seasonally. Some airlines have a strict ‘No canine passengers’ policy.
  • The ideal is to travel with your pet in the cabin but if your furry friend won’t fit under your seat, a crate is be the best option. But make sure you select a specially approved travel carrier to ensure your best friend’s safety and comfort. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around comfortably.
  • Prepare your dog for hours alone in a crate. Practise with your dog and the crate several weeks before the flight date, so that they associate their crate with positive experiences and seem happy to spend some time in their crate alone with you nearby. Leave the crate out in your home with the door open and with their usual comfortable bedding and favorite toy in it. Feed your dog with the crate door open and work your way up to feeding with the door closed. Keep the same blanket & toy in the crate, to provide warmth and comfort for the duration of the flight.
  • If your pooch has to be checked into the belly of the plane, consider freezing a bowl of water. This way, it won’t spill when you’re transporting it, but will have melted by the time the dog gets thirsty. It’s also worth taping a small pouch, preferably made of cloth, of dried food outside the crate, so that airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he gets hungry on long-distance flights or a layover.



  • Camping is one of the most popular vacation activities for furry families but don’t let your pooch run loose unsupervised. With so many new smells to explore in the great outdoors, it can be exciting for a dog, but there are also dangers to be aware of, from wild animals to poisonous plants. So keep your dog on a leash during a camping trip.
  • Stay close at night. Though it may not be appealing to have a dirty pup that’s been playing in the woods all day asleep beside you, a dog tied up outside risks weather and wild animal hazards (for you both.!), so keep them in the tent, cabin or RV with you.


Hotels /Lodgings

  • Check the hotel/motel policy on pets before booking. If you are bringing your dog to a hotel, do some planning. Nothing is worse than trying to check into a hotel after an exhausting journey, only to discover that your extra-large pooch does not meet their size or breed restrictions.
  • Bring your dog’s crate or a dog bed from home if it’s practical, as it will be familiar to your dog and will help make them feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment. By having a crate, your dog has a piece of home, and a place to stay when you aren’t in the room. Make sure to train your dog before the trip, so it will be used to the crate.
  • If your dog is allowed to stay at a hotel, respect other guests, staff and the property. I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone loves dogs!
  • Keep your dog as quiet as possible and do not leave them unattended. Many dogs will bark or destroy property if left alone in a strange place.
  • Ask the management where you should walk your dog and ensure you pick up their poop.
  • Remember that one bad experience with a dog guest may result in the hotel management asking them to leave and potentially refuse to allow any dogs in the future. Be considerate of others and leave your room and the grounds as you found them.


Health and Safety

  • Bring your dog to the vet’s for a check up before going on an extended trip. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and bring the shot records with you. Health certifications are required for airline travel.
  • To keep your dog healthy as you travel and help get them settled in to unfamiliar surroundings, bring along a supply of his regular food and treats. Be sure to bring any medications he needs and usual supplements to keep them in tip top condition.



In the event that your dog gets away from you on your trip, you can increase the chances of a safe and swift recovery by making sure they can be properly identified:

  • Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your
  • telephone number, as well as proof of rabies shots. Remember to attach a temporary tag with details of your vacation address and contact number too.
  • Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip.
  • Bring a recent picture of your dog along with you.

Additional Things to Pack

  • Paper towels,stain and odor remover and anything else you need to clean up after any accidents
  • Plenty of poop bags
  • A bowl, plenty of water, and some treats
  • Seat covers (an old towel or blanket with plastic bags underneath works) if you want to protect your car from stains, hair and toenail scratches.
  • Make sure you have at least 3 days’ worth of food and any medication your pet needs, a warm blanket, towels, a pet first-aid kit and toys, in case you get stuck on the road due to adverse weather, major traffic incidents or if your vehicle breaks down.



Wishing you and your canine companions happy travels always!

The FidoActive Team


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Dogs Recognize When People Are Feeling Happy Or Sad

dachshund dog

A paw on the leg, a nose nuzzling against your arm, maybe even a hop onto your lap -dogs always seem to know when you need extra love, even though they barely understand a word you say.

Now new research has revealed that dogs are able to recognise emotions in humans – an ability that has never previously been observed in any other animal.

Scientists at Lincoln University presented 17 domestic dogs with images of people looking happy or playful, and others of people looking angry or aggressive.

They also played audio clips of people speaking in harsh tones, and others of people speaking in soft soothing tones, without any prior training.

The team found the dogs spent significantly longer looking at the facial expressions that matched the emotional state of the vocalisation.

This indicates that dogs have mental representations of positive and negative emotional states in humans, according to the scientists.

“It has been a long-standing debate whether dogs can recognise human emotions. Many dog owners report anecdotally that their pets seem highly sensitive to the moods of human family members,” said Professor Daniel Mills, who co-authored the report.

“However, there is an important difference between associative behaviour, such as learning to respond appropriately to an angry voice, and recognising a range of very different cues that go together to indicate emotional arousal in another.

“Our findings are the first to show that dogs truly recognise emotions in humans.”

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He added that the dogs used in the trials had received no prior training or period of familiarisation with the subjects in the images or audio, suggesting that dogs’ ability to combine read emotions in humans may be intrinsic.

“As a highly social species, such a tool would have been advantageous and the detection of emotion in humans may even have been selected for over generations of domestication by us,” he said.

The findings from a team of animal behaviour experts and psychologists the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters .

The news follows a similar investigation last year by scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, which also aimed to test whether dogs can recognise human emotions.

Using a touch screen and reward system, one group of dogs were shown a woman’s happy and angry face side by side, receiving a treat if they picked the happy face.

The study also had another group of dogs, who were rewarded for touching the angry faces on the screen.

The scientists found that both groups of canines managed to identify the differences between the two expressions, and also noted that dogs rewarded for touching the happy faces were significantly faster than the others.

“It seems that dogs dislike approaching angry faces,” said Ludwig Huber from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

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 Down Syndrome In Dogs 

Dog with Down Syndrome
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

This controversial topic is one that can raise some eyebrows, especially when owners most likely have never even heard of a dog with Down syndrome. You may have thought that the disorder was strictly something that developed in humans or perhaps you saw social media post or YouTube video poking fun at an animal’s actions and passed it off as a product of a mean-spirited or ill-informed bully.

There’s plenty of junk to find online, and as long as there are bullies, they will continue to post such things. This article will shed light on the subject in a respectful manner while explaining what is known about the condition, the possibilities of it afflicting dogs, and how to manage with such a diagnosis.

What is Down syndrome?

The best way to discuss the likelihood of Down syndrome occurring in dogs is to make sure that we understand what the disorder is and how it affects humans. In the center of each cell of a living organism is a nucleus. The nucleus contains genetic material, which is comprised of genes. These genes are essentially the building blocks of all living tissue, carrying all of the traits that you inherit from your parents. Genes make up your DNA, which is a long strand of code, like a computer program, that instructs your body on how to build itself.

These DNA strands are wound into tight coils, called chromosomes, and in the human body, the nucleus of each cell typically contains 23 pairs of chromosomes. Each parent is responsible for contributing one chromosome from each pair. All 23 pairs of these chromosomes work together in order for body systems to form and function properly. If one of them are missing, defective, or otherwise abnormal, there are a number of things that can go wrong with development. This is what is commonly known as a congenital defect.

Down Syndrome

In the case of Down syndrome, it develops when there is either an extra partial or full copy of Chromosome 21. This extra bit of genetic matter changes how the body develops. It can be in varying degrees of severity, though it is usually in predictable patterns.

Some of the shared physical traits include low or diminished muscle tone, lower than average height, a somewhat flattened and roundish face, eyes that appear to slant upward, and one crease that runs through the middle of the palm. The disorder may not be noticeable in people with a mild case; however, those with higher degrees of severity are almost always immediately recognizable.

The mental and intellectual abilities of those with the condition vary among individuals, but there are several common factors. They generally have a delay in developing the ability to speak clearly, have smaller vocabularies, and short-term memory problems. The IQ of those with Down normally ranges from as high as 69 in the most mild cases, to less than 20 in those who are considered “profound.” Females, on the whole, appear to be less affected intellectually than males. Regardless of how serious the case is, this disability effects every portion of the person’s life.

There are three types of the syndrome: Mosaicism, Translocation, and Trisomy 21.  All of these involve either a partial or full copy of Chromosome 21, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on Trisomy 21 because it occurs in 95% of all cases of Down. It is caused by a phenomena called “nondisjunction” that takes place when, upon conception, the twenty-first chromosome in either the sperm or the egg does not separate. When this happens, every cell that is created afterwards contains an extra copy of the chromosome.

Geneticists, scientists who study genes, do know what causes nondisjunction; however, they have found a common link between the age of the mother and the frequency of cases. Basically, the older a mother is, the more likely she is to give birth to a child with Down.

Can it happen in dogs?

So you may be wondering that, with all this talk about humans, can dogs have Down syndrome. Well, the truth is, there is no simple answer. There is much debate in the veterinarian and dog-owner communities about whether nor is it possible for non-humans, let alone dogs, to have this debilitating disorder. Some claim that there is plenty of evidence out there to show that it does exist, while others will say that it is impossible for a dog to be affected in such a way.

Recent studies from the Dog Genome Project show that it is indeed possible for it to occur. Regardless of what side of the argument you are on, there is indisputable evidence that all animals and even plants can develop Trisomy within their genetic makeup.

Trisomy dog

One of the reasons you may not have heard of an animal with this defect is because the survival rate is extremely low. Most puppies that have it are rarely born, mostly because the defect will not allow organs and body parts to properly form. The fetus usually dies long before it is born. If the puppy actually survives to be born, there are several other factors that will often prevent the little guy from living for more than a day or two.

The trauma of birth can kill the puppy right away, or it may die in a day or two because it cannot feed or even move enough to feed. Another reason for those with Down to die so soon is that the mother rejects it, and may even kill it. Mothers can sense there is something wrong or different about certain members of their litters and more often than not will take steps to eliminate the puppy from the rest of the littermates.

Another reason you may not have heard of it is because it is often misdiagnosed. Many of the symptoms can be mistaken for signs of other diseases or disorders because puppies who are able to survive birth and nursing may not show any other signs until a year or two afterward. Your vet may diagnose Rover’s sickness as a different illness and if he dies later, there is no cause to think that a congenital defect may have been the driving force behind the fatal illness.

Is down syndrome manageable?

There is plenty of evidence to show that humans who are born with the defect can live relatively healthy and productive lives. Parents will tell you that it is never easy, but worth the trouble. When it comes to dogs, however, it is usually much more difficult for owners to manage their symptoms. Every day will be filled with life-threatening challenges and tests of your patience.

The two main reasons for this are that there is little in the way of information, and there is little that can be done medically to help a puppy cope with the many problems that will hinder his development into a mature adult. You may not have to worry about getting your dog spayed or neutered, because those afflicted with Down are rendered infertile. They are unable to pass their genes along to the next generation.

What should I look for?

As stated earlier, Down syndrome in dogs is rare and is hard to identify even for the most skilled veterinarians.  Still, there are several signs that you may notice in the appearance or behavior of your dog that may indicate that he suffers from this defect. Some of the common physical features include irregularly shaped facial features. The head will be smaller than those of the same breed, and the face will appear flat with eyes that slant upward. Ears are generally misshapen and the neck is shorter than usual. Noses are always warm and dry to the touch.

Dog with short neck

Many have skin problems, too. They either shed heavily or have missing patches throughout the coat. Most of these physical attributes aren’t readily recognizable in puppies until they are several months old; however, a large portion are born with missing or partially developed limbs.

On the medical side, the main problems include congenital heart disease, which comes from a malformations in the circulatory system. The thyroid may not be functioning properly either, causing issues with metabolism and poorly regulated body temperature. Other medical conditions can be triggered by the abnormal chromosomal pairing too. Older dogs have been known to bloody discharges from the rectum caused by these conditions.

Rover will most likely have hearing issues. You can observe this by watching how slow he reacts to sounds compared to his littermates. Poor eyesight isn’t something that you can easily detect, however, those dogs who are afflicted develop cataracts rather quickly. If you spot cloudiness in your pooch’s eyes, then a cataract is probably forming. Eye problems are most likely the only ones that your vet can help you improve; the rest are manageable to varying degrees.

Behavioral issues are another area to be concerned about. Your little companion will not advance through the weekly and monthly stages as fast as others. They will be difficult to feed on a regular schedule and potty training may require months of dedication, if he can handle that aspect at all. Many Down puppies just aren’t capable of being trained to hold their bladders. Others will accept the routine of going outside to potty, only to come in and relive themselves on the carpet.

They may also whine and howl at all hours. This could be from pain due to physical abnormalities, or even from heightened need for companionship. These dogs are less likely to be aggressive, but they also display a lack of interest in playing with toys and interacting with the things that stimulate healthy canines.

Can I improve his quality of life?

While there is no cure for this disorder, there are several steps that you can take in order make Rover more comfortable in his home and, in turn, make his life much more fuller (and yours as well). It isn’t easy, so you should be prepared to put in countless hours that may seem like a huge waste of time. Keep in mind, however, that every pet owner has to tackle issues such as potty training, feeding schedules, and general obedience. You’ll be teaching Rover those same things, it’s just that his special needs makes reaching goals little more complicated.

Pleanty of proteins

Perhaps the most important way to help your pooch out is to begin with regulating his diet. He is going to need plenty of protein to build and maintain strength. Instead of simply filling his dish from a high-quality puppy food, consider supplementing his meals with meat. A small scoop of lean ground beef, a strip of jerky, or other meat that he can sink his teeth into will go a long way in spurring muscle development.

Just be careful to read the ingredients to any food that you give him, because just like humans, dogs that have Down syndrome can have a number of allergies. By-products and other substances may trigger allergic reactions, and then a whole slew of health problems can follow. Always consult your vet before changing up his diet.

Exercise is another necessary part in any dog’s life. Rover may not be as outgoing as his siblings, but he is still descended from wolves and he will want go outside and romp around the back yard. Take him out for regular walks and give him the opportunity to fetch a ball, chase after birds, or some other play. His muscles require the workout and his bones and connective tissue need to stay strong too.

If Rover has been diagnosed with a heart condition, make sure that you discuss with your vet about his exercise. You need to know if there should be any limitations placed on his exercise. Too much exertion could cause further damage to his fragile ticker.

Exercise tips

Socialization ranks up there too. Dogs with Downs are typically excellent when interacting with children and other dogs. This is because they are liable to be more submissive to and tolerant of others. Rarely do they show any sort of aggression. In fact, they thrive off socializing with others within the dog community, and they appear to have no difficulty interacting with them.

For some reason, it does not seem that the disorder hampers them on this level. Give Rover every opportunity to interact with his fellow canines; it may be his only chance to be a “normal” dog. You may even want to consider adopting another furry family member because, with the right choice, they are apt to get along really well.

Other considerations

Not only is adopting a Down syndrome dog as challenging as it is rewarding, it can be extremely expensive. Rover is going to require many more visits to the vet than your average pooch. Along with those appointments comes the costs for examinations, testing, and prescriptions. The medications may be high-priced due to their limited availability, and due to his condition, he may even be allergic to them. There may not even be any substitution’s available.

Whereas puppies require specially training, Down dogs of any age will require special care throughout their lives. They should always have a comfortable place to lay down. A store-bought bed or a generous pile of blankets will soothe his ache-y bones as well as keep him warm on cold nights. This bed should be placed somewhere out of the way of other dogs, as well as small children, because of their rectal discharges. This discharge may contain harmful chemicals or by-products produced by the numerous medications that Rover is most likely taking.

It can also be spread around through incidental contact, so you should monitor him for cleanliness and maintain a regular bathing schedule.

In conclusion

Down syndrome is a genetic defect that mainly effects humans, but it can occur in any animal, including dogs.

If your pet happens to be diagnosed with the condition, knowing how it manifests in humans will help you understand the role it will play in his life. There isn’t much information available, and many vets don’t have a grasp on caring for a dog with Down because they rarely survive birth. Those that do survive can and will grow up to be just as rewarding a companion as any “normal” pet. These special little guys will need extra attention and patience, but as long as you prepare yourself for the long haul, there is nothing the two of you can’t overcome.

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National Pet ID Week And Why Your Pet Need It


It’s National Pet Identification Week — the perfect time to make sure you’ve taken every precaution to be reunited with your pet if he or she becomes lost. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently found that only 33 percent of pet parents admitted to always having ID tags on their dogs and cats.

In addition to that crucial step, pet owners should also have their furry friend microchipped. Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds your lost pet.  But, tags can become hard to read, and collars can be broken or removed.  Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification.  Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable.

A microchip is a very tiny transponder that is encoded with a unique identification number.  Before insertion, the sterile microchip is scanned in the package to confirm that the identification code of the transponder matches that shown on the label of the bar code on the package.

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The procedure for microchipping your pet is similar to that of vaccinating.  Some of the loose skin between the shoulder blades is gently pulled up, and the application needle is quickly inserted.  The trigger is depressed, which injects the microchip into the tissues.  Once the chip is inserted, the pet is scanned to ensure that the chip is reading properly.

The procedure is fast, safe, and generally painless, even in puppies and kittens.  Some owners choose to have the microchip inserted when the pet is spayed or neutered.

Once your pet has been microchipped, you must register it with the appropriate agency.  Your veterinarian will provide you with the relevant information and documents.  Be sure to keep your contact information updated.  If your pet is lost and recovered, this information can be used to reunite you with your pet.  Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and all stray and injured animals are routinely scanned.

You Can Never Be Too Certain
Even if you’re told at the time of adoption that your new pet has been microchipped — bring him or her to a vet and have them double check.
You want to make sure that a) the chip has actually been inserted and b) that they have your information on file locally.


What is a pet microchip?

A microchip is a very tiny electronic device that is encoded with an identification number unique to your pet.  Once implanted, the microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or easily removed.

How is this device implanted?

The microchip is inserted under the skin using a hollow needle, much like vaccination.  This procedure is relatively painless, but some owners choose to have it done when their animal is under anesthesia for a spay or neuter.

What happens after the chip is implanted?

Your veterinarian will provide you with the information needed to register your pet with the appropriate agency.  Be sure to keep your contact information updated, because accurate information is needed to reunite you with your lost pet.

What happens if my pet is lost?

Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and these organizations routinely scan all stray and injured animals.  The ID number is then passed along to the appropriate agency, which arranges for your pet to be returned to you.

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