Brooklyn Bark Talks

11 Tips to Help Pup and You in the Heat

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jul 6, 2016 1:38:06 PM

We are at the height of summer with the heat it brings.  We want both you and your pup to enjoy these days.  This is an excerpt from the handouts we give our students when Brooklyn Bark teaches CPR/first aid.  All our walkers and many of our Barkers have taken this course so here is a refresher just when we all need it.

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog Walker Tips to Beat the Heat, helping your pup deal with the heat, dogs in hot weather

What to do if you see a dog trapped in a hot car

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 30, 2016 10:33:37 AM

Have you ever seen a dog trapped in a hot car and wanted to save it? 

This holiday weekend may of us will be traveling.  Matter of fact, all summer is travel time.  We all know that pets should never be left in a car unattended.  Think of getting into your car after it's been parked in the sun for a while.  Hot. Hot. Hot.  Most of us have seen the video of veterinarian Ernie Ward in a car with the windows cracked open where the temperature hits 115 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

According to PETA, "on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to be

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Fireworks, Your Dog, Your Cat  & Safety on the 4th of July!

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 23, 2016 2:09:37 PM

Some pets don't even seem to notice fireworks going off on the 4th of July and others freak out. With America's birthday just around the corner, now is the time to figure out how to help your dog have a safe and less stressful 4th of July.

Did you know that more pets go missing during the 4th of July holiday than at any other time of the year? Follow these tips to keep your dog safe this Independence Day.

If your pet isn't microchipped, do it now!

Any veterinarian can do this for you and the charge is nominal (less than $25 as part of a visit).  If the vet's office doesn't register the chip for you, be sure that you do.

According to PetLink, a national pet recovery s

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Tags: fireworks safety for pets, Fireworks and dogs, 4th of July pet safety

Your Pup and Poison Ivy

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 20, 2016 11:26:15 AM

Summer is here.

As the weather heats up, there is nothing more fun that heading Upstate, out to The Island or over to Jersey for some R&R with pup.   A hike in the woods or meeting friends at a picnic grove makes summer living special.

We've written about ticks, heat exersion and emergencies that can turn fun into t

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Tags: dogs and poison ivy, do dogs get poison ivy, getting poison ivy from your dog

Dining With Your Dog: A Guide to Outdoor Cafes in Brooklyn

Posted by Helen Bowers on Jun 7, 2016 2:53:07 PM

Ah, spring! Fresh air, soft breezes, and wonderfully warm sunshine. What a great time for dog walking in Brooklyn.  The weather is enticing you to take your best friend for a nice walk. But, wait! What happens if you want to enjoy a drink, snack, or meal and you still have pup with you? There's nothing to worry about if you visit one of these outdoor cafes!

Freelance reporters from the blog 'This Is Ne

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Tags: dining with your dog, brooklyn restaurants welcoming dogs, dog friendly Brooklyn restaurants

Brooklyn Dog Walker Pet Care Tip:  Bring a Vet to Your Pet to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Posted by Helen Bowers on May 19, 2016 2:20:00 PM

Last week we shared 10 tips for a Successful Vet Visit.  Tip #1 was to acclimate your pet to his carrier and to riding in a car.

 

But there are some cats - and a few dogs, too - who aren't going to acclimate to anything that takes them out of their co

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Tags: Brooklyn Pet care, Pet Care Tips

Brooklyn Dog Walker Tips:  Ten Tips for a Successful Vet Visit

Posted by Helen Bowers on May 10, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Spring is the time for renewal and a launch into a wonderful summer.  Many pet owners make their pet's annual check-up part of their "spring cleaning". 

Here are thoughts to make the visit as stress-free and productive as possible, both for dogs and cats.

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Tags: cat care, Talking to Veterinarian, taking pet to the veterinarian

Healthy Hounds: How Walking Helps Your Senior Dog

Posted by Helen Bowers on May 5, 2016 2:08:00 PM

Your dog is getting up in years and is taking it more slowly.  Does that mean it's time to ease up on the walks?  Actually, no.  As dogs get older, their bodies benefit even more from regular, appropriate exercise with either you - his person - or your professional walker or both.   Here's why:

 

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Immune System Booster - just in time for spring allergies

Posted by Jacques Duplantier on Apr 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

You may have a pet who struggles with spring allergies.

It breaks your heart - constant itching, wheezing, sneezing, and watering eyes as Mother Nature blesses us with spring pollen.  Benadryl may help but pup turns into Rip van Winkle.  Your vet may prescribe medications that work (or not) but you may prefer to examine a natural immune system boost before going the medicine route.

Here, our guest blogger, Jacques Duplantier, shares an herbal remedy that worked on his own pup.  It's not expensive, has no side effects so you may want to give it a try.

Aside from focusing on proteins that will not cause stress on the immune system, adding immune boosting supplements is one of the be

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Tags: dog allergies, natural remedies for dog allergies

Walk Your Dog Into Some Pet-Friendly Park Slope Shops

Posted by Helen Bowers on Apr 18, 2016 3:21:51 PM

 

Brooklyn Bark has a wonderful team of dog walkers in Park Slope.  They watch their Barkers closely but also look around for ideas to share with the human Barkers.   They've been happily making a list of some of the pet friendly shops in the 'hood and we share it here.

 

If you have any additions, please let us know.  Walking into a pet-friendly shop can be the highlight of any walk for you and pup both. 

 

Check out Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store at 232 Fifth Avenue. The owner, Ann Cantrel, offers modern and fun items in her bright and cheery shop. Dogs are warmly welcomed here! Your pet will be thrilled if you pick up a new heavy-duty dog toy or a scrumptious can of beef bourguignon dog treats while you shop.

 

Need to pick up a prescription? Stop by The

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