Canine Cardio Summer Camp for Dogs Helps Fight Pet Obesity at Morris Animal Inn

Fitness and Weight Loss Camp Will Keep Dogs Moving With Water Aerobics, Treadmill Trots, Nature Hikes, Doggie Sports, “Doga,” “Pawlates,” and More During the Week-Long Program June 16 – June 20

While fitness and weight loss camps are popular for people hoping to trim down and get healthy during the summer months, Morris Animal Inn wants to provide the same opportunity for our four-legged best friends. Pet obesity is on the rise in the U.S., and the luxury pet spa and resort is offering Canine Cardio Fitness Camp to help dogs get fit, lose weight and jump-start a healthier lifestyle.

More than half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.  An estimated 43 million dogs tip the scales as overweight or obese, a condition that can negatively impact canine health.

Morris Animal Inn is offering Canine Cardio Fitness Camp from June 16 – June 20 at the country getaway destination for dogs and cats. The day or overnight program is designed to keep dogs active, stimulated and stress-free with treadmill trots, aerobic swim sessions in the indoor pool, outdoor water games, nature trail hikes, “Doga” and “Pawlates,” pampering massages, nutritious and refreshing homemade treats, and more.

“Canine Cardio Summer Camp is great for dogs who want to get or stay fit while having fun with their canine friends or personal fitness trainers,” said Joanne Morris, vice president of Morris Animal Inn. “Keeping dogs active and mentally stimulated is so important for their good health, and summer is a great time to start a new exercise regimen because everyone is spending more time outdoors.”

Program offerings will be individually tailored to meet the particular needs of each dog, with some sessions overseen by a personal trainer and others offered in a group setting.  Registration is flexible so that dogs can attend for a single day or be immersed in the week-long program.

Morris Animal Inn recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion. The state-of-the-art  facility has doubled in size and offers a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, pet suites with soothing music and videos, skylights, indoor and outdoor play areas, pampering and activities packages, daily maid and room service, Happy Hour with homemade pet treats, tuck-in service and more.

Located on a quiet country lane with over 12 acres, the new facility was designed to provide for both the comfort and safety of all pet guests. Morris Animal Inn is climate-controlled with purified air, smoke and sprinkler systems, back-up generators, 24-hour surveillance cameras and the capability for daily floor-to-ceiling sanitizing for the cleanest environment. Perimeter fencing encloses the facility.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CANINE CARDIO CAMP WILL INCLUDE:

Treadmill Trots                                                 Downward Dog “Doga”

Aerobic Swim Sessions                                   Pawsitive “Pawlates”

Doggie Play Sessions                                     Nature Trail Hikes

Pampering Massage                                       Cross Training Exercises

Reservations for Canine Cardio Summer Camp are $59 per day or $249 for the week and must be made in advance by calling 973-539-0377 ext. 5. For information, visit www.morrisanimalinn.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Photos available upon request.

ABOUT MORRIS ANIMAL INN

Morris Animal Inn is a full-service, luxury pet resort for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ. Established in 1960, the award-winning country inn is a state-of-the-art facility that offers lodging, spa services, grooming, day care and camp. For more information call 973-539-0377 or visit www.morrisanimalinn.com.

Pet Talk: Pool Safety‏

School is out, the temperatures are high, and the days are long. For children and pets alike, this makes taking a dip in your backyard pool seem more attractive than ever. Although your children may be competent swimmers, do not assume that your pets are. Preventing pool accidents for your pets takes adequate planning and careful supervision.

Limiting their access to the pool is an easy and effective way to prevent accidental fall-ins. “A good gate will be the best way to limit pet access to the pool,” said Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Keeping the door closed at all times is important for children and dogs alike, as is only allowing them to be in the pool area supervised.”

Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are efficient swimmers. This common misconception can be life threatening to your pet. “The dogs that are considered to be brachycephalic, such as English bulldogs, American bulldogs, and French bulldogs, are notoriously bad swimmers,” said Barr. Therefore, it is smart to teach these dogs how to swim and exit the pool safely to prevent drowning.

Another popular concern among pet owners is whether it is safe for Fido or Fluffy to drink pool water. Dr. Barr explains that while it typically is not safe, there are some pool waters that are worse than others for drinking. It is also important that your pool’s chemical balance is correct, as algae can be disruptive to pets’ health.

“The typical chlorine pool could be quite irritating to the gastrointestinal tract and could cause some electrolyte issues if enough is drunk,” said Barr. “Saltwater pools, although not as salty as seawater, can also cause electrolyte problems if enough is consumed.”

Though your pooch may be eager to splash into the pool on a hot, summer day, there should be set limitations for dogs of a certain ages or medical conditions. You should always consult with your veterinarian before allowing your dog to swim.

“By far, the most common reason why a dog drowns or nearly drowns in a pool is because they suffer from dementia or are blind or both, fall into the pool and are unable to get out,” said Barr. “Otherwise, safety depends on your dog’s ability to get in and out of the pool.”

While there are many effective ways to ensure your pet’s safety when near a pool, the most important precautionary measure is adequate supervision. Just like with children, leaving them unattended around a pool can lead to unnecessary injury. This, along with teaching Fido how to swim and correctly exit the water, can keep the pool area a fun and safe environment.

Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at vetmed.tamu.edu/pettalk. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to editor@cvm.tamu.edu.

More news about Texas A&M University
Follow us on Twitter

MADACC to Host “Homeward Bound” Dog Adoption Events

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), 3839 W. Burnham St. in West Milwaukee, will be hosting their “Homeward Bound” dog adoption events each Saturday, June through September, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each year MADACC takes in thousands of stray and abandoned dogs, and in 2013, 45% of those dogs were pit bull terriers or pit bull mixes. In honor of those 45%, MADACC will offer a discounted adoption fee of $45 for pit bull terriers and mixes adopted June through August. The dog adoption fee is typically $100 the remainder of the year.

“Pit Bull Terriers are fun, loving and highly-motivated to please their owners, which make them great family pets! Unfortunately, they are often overlooked because of misconceptions of the breed and stereotypes. We want people to stop down at our Homeward Bound adoption events to see for themselves what great family members our adoptable dogs will make,” says Laura Nigbur, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for MADACC.

All MADACC dog adoptions include up to date age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping (including registration), heartworm testing, and flea/worm treatment. There is also an additional $12 fee to license a dog over five months old that will reside in Milwaukee County.

MADACC works with over 75 area shelters and rescue groups to place animals into adoption programs so they have a second chance at finding a permanent, caring home. Many of the dogs and cats that are eligible for placement but have not yet been taken in by a shelter or rescue group are available for adoption directly from MADACC.

To view some of the animals available for adoption, visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/WI13.html. Potential adopters can “pre-qualify” by completing an adoption application in advance at www.madacc.org/adoptions.htm and emailing it to adopt@madacc.org. Applications can also be filled out at MADACC, Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about this event or MADACC, visit www.madacc.org or call 414-649-8640.

Summer is here and soon the kids will be out of school.  Do you still want to find fun things for them to do?  Well HAWS still has openings in many of our camps this summer!

Camp runs from 9am-4pm each day, with options for additional care starting at 8am and ending at 5pm. 

Camp Gone to the Dogs  

Camp Gone to the Dogs is the most popular camp we offer.  Next week we offer our first session of this camp where kids between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age get split into small groups and care for a shelter dog for the week.  If your animal loving kid is out of school and your interested contact Megan right away to get registered.  She can be reached at:  262-542-8851 x118 or education@hawspets.org

One and Two-Day Camps
Not sure if your child will like camp?  We do have openings in all of our one-day camps and several of our two day camps.  It’s a great way for kids to get a taste of what camp at HAWS is like and they’ll get plenty of time with furry friends.  We have openings in the following sessions:

Friday, June 13

Monday, June 16

Monday, June 30

Tuesday, July 1

Wednesday, July 2

Thursday, July 3

August 18 & 19

August 20 & 21

August 22

Weeklong Camps 

While most of the specialty camps are full, we still have room in many of our regular camps.  During the week the kids will spend time playing with kittens, walking dogs, and meeting other adoptable animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and reptiles.  They’ll also play games, learn about HAWS and animal rescue, do a few crafts and go on a field trip.  These are the sessions with open spots:

June 23-27
July 14-18

July 21-25
July 28-August 1

August 4-8

Registration 

Interested in registering for one of our camps with availability?  Camp information and registration can be found here!

United Kennel Club Premier™ Dog Show Sponsored by Purina® & Discover

Event Beginning Date: 6/13/14 Event Ending Date: 6/15/14 Time: 8 am – 4 pm Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds Admission $5 per car per day or $10 for weekend pass 269-343-9020 PREMIER is an international competition featuring dog and owner teams from across the nation and Canada being showcased in a variety of UKC licensed events, such as conformation, obedience, agility, Lure Coursing, terrier race and rally obedience. Spectators are invited to enjoy one of the most diverse dog events in the country. UKC’s PREMIER™ Dog Show welcomes the renowned Ultimate Air Dogs team (ultimateairdogs.net) performing their high-flying dock jumping competitions throughout the weekend. The Ultimate Air Dogs Team is always a crowd pleaser and a must-see event. IMPORTANT NOTE: We, at United Kennel Club, love all dogs and encourage everyone to spend time with theirs; however, we ask that when attending PREMIER as a spectator, you please leave your dog at home. This is a national UKC licensed event, all dogs here are competitors. For a discount coupon and more information, visit the United Kennel Club website: www.ukcdogs.com

HAWS’ Summer: Camping, Going Mobile…and a Shower!

 Summer at HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, means Kids’ Camp, hitting the road with our adoptable pets, and a Shower of kittens!

Kitten season has arrived at HAWS:

·         Adoptable cats from HAWS will appear at the WI-IL Cat Fanciers Show on June 7-8 at the Waukesha Expo Center. Cheer HAWS’ cats to victory in the household division, then take one home!

·         HAWS’ Kitty College sessions for kittens ages 8-15 weeks begin Tuesday, June 17. Help them learn appropriate social skills toward children, adults, and other cats – making them friendlier adult cats with fewer behavior problems! Details and registration at hawspets.org or call 262-542-8851, x114.

·         You’re invited to HAWS’ Kitten Shower on Saturday June 28, from 11am to 3pm. Great adoption specials and special gifts for adult cat adopters, a “Starter Kit” valued at over $50 for the first 30 adoptions, and a sneak peek at HAWS’ Kitty College! Bring a shower gift – ideas at HAWS’ Wish List.

·         Cat Pedicures are available twice monthly at HAWS. Staff and volunteers are available to help with a sometimes challenging grooming issue for cat owners on Saturday, 6/14 or Tuesday, 6/24. Get tips and learn how to easily do pedicures at home for your favorite feline. Suggested donation of $7/cat.

It’s not too late to register for HAWS’ Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp! Spend the summer interacting with and learning all about animals, responsible pet care, training, health and more. Camps run June through August.

HAWS’ dog training classes are a great summer activity for pets and their people. Life Skills for Puppies, Basic Manners, Loose Leash Walking and more; classes fill quickly so register now by calling 262-542-8851, x114. And remember, Puppy Parties are held every Sunday at HAWS at 4:45pm!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center brings happy tails to the community with visits including Jammin’ on Janesville (6/6) and the Garden Mart Pet Expo (6/14). More stops and details at hawspets.org!

Additional highlights of HAWS’ June Calendar include:

·         Canine Body Language seminar (6/5)

·         “Pet”-icures for small animals (6/11 at Pet Supplies Plus, 18610 W. Bluemound Rd.; 6/21 at HAWS)

·         Pet First Aid (6/21) – call 262-879-0165 for details/registration

·         GPA-WI monthly greyhound meet’n’greet in the HAWS’ lobby (6/28)

SAVE THE DATE:  HAWS’ 7th Annual Pet Fair and Ride for Rover V are both set for August 16th!

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an open admissions and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at hawspets.org.
Friend us on Facebook at “Humane Animal Welfare Society” and follow our Tweets at “HAWS_Waukesha.”
HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.

Wisconsin Humane Society moving dogs from Orphan Kanines Seizure

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has acquired a short-term facility in the Racine area to house nearly all the dogs from last week’s seizure of 81 dogs, 10 cats and 2 pigs from the Orphan Kanines facility in Caledonia, as well as from two private residences. WHS officials say that moving the dogs to one location early this week will allow them to best care for the seized dogs, as well as ensure that the organization can continue to conduct its regular services for the communities they serve.
The facility itself is a spacious, temperature-controlled facility with areas for the dogs to get proper exercise. Staff members from all three WHS campuses, including veterinary personnel, will be onsite every day caring for the dogs. Current volunteers from all three WHS campuses will also be assisting at that temporary location.
Nearly every animal rescued was in need of some medical attention. The deplorable conditions caused respiratory infections so severe in some of the puppies that chest X-rays are necessary to determine the extent of the infection. WHS is currently treating other dogs for ear and eye infections, glaucoma, topical wounds, fleas, dental disease and paw injuries from standing in urine and feces. One dog needed emergency surgery for a condition called pyometra, which would have likely killed her if not caught. Another has a serious heart murmur.
Donations have been coming into the shelter since the news broke on Thursday, but the organization will need more help.
“The public response to a call for donations over the weekend truly floored us,” said Alison Kleibor, WHS Racine Campus Director. “Every dog will certainly be getting new toys and treats this week, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the help. There are still many supplies that we’re looking for, so we keep updating our Amazon wish list online. Monetary donations will help offset housing and medical expenses.”
A link to the Amazon wish list and online donation form can be found at wihumane.org.