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How to Prevent Heat Stroke in Dogs: We walk and run dogs in Miami for a living. Making sure our precious pups are safe during our notoriously hot weather is a MUST. That’s why our dog walkers and runners are trained to prevent heatstroke by knowing the types and symptoms of heat injury. They are also trained in how to keep dogs well-hydrated and instructed to keep them to the shade, off the asphalt, and […]
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What is a Bufo Toad and why is it dangerous? Bufo toads are toxic, and even deadly, to our dogs and cats. Bufo toads come out to play when it’s warm and rainy, which is almost year-round in Miami.  Also known as Cane toads, we’ve caught these fat amphibians lurking under bushes during dog walks, or creeping toward dog bowls full of water and dog or cat food on our late night pet sits. Just […]
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We all love water and here in South Florida we have so many dog-friendly beaches and waterfronts to enjoy, from Hobe Beach to the Keys. Just like some humans, not all puppies and dogs know how to swim at all. There are some who know how to navigate water as an instinct (some do it more gracefully than others), but they all depend on us to keep them safe. In addition to that, not all […]
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Many of us are isolating and following guidelines to stay home. With more time to kill, I am seeing so many people and families out walking and running and getting much-needed exercise. A lot of times they are taking their pets with them. While our pets are undoubtedly enjoying this extra attention and activity, please remember that this is a big change for them as well. They are used to sleeping in the cool house […]
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What should you do with your pets if you or a family member becomes infected with Coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have specific instructions and resources for us. Read below. First: Can Pets Catch or Transmit the Coronavirus? While the first infections of COVID-19 were linked to the live animal market in Wuhan, China, and while the virus spreads among people, […]
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It’s important to keep your home clean and disinfected in order to protect yourselves and your pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions, and more. Some of us may become infected with COVID-19. These are the general recommendations […]
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Safe Fruits and Veggies for Your Pet It can be hard to resist giving the sad-eyed pup at your heels or the purring kitty rubbing against your leg a tasty human treat. Luckily, not all human foods need to be banned from our pets’ diets. Fruits and veggies can have many benefits for your pets’ health. The key is to know what fruits and veggies are safe for your pet and which can be dangerous. […]
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Show Me Your Pearly Whites February is a month full of love with hearts, kisses, and tasty treats. Share the love for your pets smile by celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month this February and all the months to follow! Pet dental hygiene often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. You either begin to turn a cheek to Fido’s kisses or notice Fluffy’s reluctance to eat even his favorite dishes. Most pet owners don’t understand […]
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New Year, New You, New Them The saying may go “New year, new you”, but New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be just about you. Whether you have had a pet for a long time or accepting a new one into your family, setting your pet’s New Year’s resolutions together can help bring a great sense of camaraderie. This year Equipaws encourages you to set goals and make strides with your pets in mind. Your […]
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Ticks of South Florida Whether you are a parent to a cuddly pup, a mischievous kitten, a slithery reptile, or a feathered friend it is also good to know what creepy crawlies you need to protect them from. In general, ticks seem less prevalent in Florida in comparison to our more northern neighbors, but they still are something pet owners need to be on the lookout for. How do the ticks of South Florida attack […]
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Can the solar eclipse hurt my dog or cat? The Great American Eclipse unfurls across our country this Monday, and those in its path of totality (from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina) will get to observe one of the greatest, rarest sights in our world- a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes. Those of us outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse […]
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Is Xylitol Lethal for Dogs? Be on the lookout for Xylitol in your kitchen and everyday items! Our pet sitters and dog walkers are on the lookout for items containing dangerous chemicals in our clients’ homes in order to keep their pets safe. Many pet parents are unaware that Xylitol, a sugar alcohol naturally found in various plants, berries, and fungi and used in common household items, is lethal to dogs and other animals. Originally, Xylitol […]
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All You Need to Know about Canine Influenza Severe cough, runny nose, fever; these are all symptoms we dread getting during flu season and we take so many precautions to avoid them. What if your dog was suffering from influenza too? How would you know? What would you do? The most important question may even be, how would you prevent it? Here is all you need to know about Canine influenza and what pet owners […]
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Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me: Screwworm Infestation in Miami Written by Sam Arner Maggots…the word alone is enough to make your skin crawl. We often associate the word with dirt and filth, but maggots are simply the larval stage of a fly. And just like all living things, a maggot’s got to eat. Typically, maggots feed on decaying animals to help fuel growth. Although disgusting, they are a vital clean-up crew for the environment. Notice […]
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6 Reasons to Start Walking Your Dog Yesterday We all want to be great dog parents. We intend to train our dogs, practice learning new tricks every day,  take them out for a walk- no! two walks! a day… but when we get home tired from work, it’s much easier to let them out in the yard to do their business alone then let them back in for Netflix and pets. But dogs don’t create […]
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