Do Dogs Need Sun Protection Like We Do?

When we think of outdoor activities to share with our dogs, we don’t underestimate the importance of, say, hydration or snacks. Indeed, their comfort and happiness can determine how much fun we can have together. But among the many things we shouldn’t leave at home is sun block. 

Yep, dogs need sun protection just as much as we do! Without it, they may be over-exposed to harmful UV rays that increase risk of long term illness, including cancer.

Here’s the Thing…

The summer may have a different routine for dogs and their owners, but one true constant is that dogs need sun protection.


Pets and Rattlesnakes: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

For most pet owners, spring is all about outdoor recreation and trail time with Fido – and where there are wild or natural places, there are snakes. Rattlesnakes are becoming more active now that we’re experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days. However, pets and rattlesnakes is one combo you’ll want to avoid.

Avoiding a Clash Between Pets and Rattlesnakes

In Southern California and many places throughout the West, snakes are a common sight. From Gopher Snakes to Whipsnakes to Western Racers, many species are nonvenomous and mostly harmless to cats to dogs, preferring rodents and other small mammals.

However, we also share our terrain with a few different species of venomous rattlesnakes, all of whom have the idiosyncratic “rattle” at the end of the tail.