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Hyponatraemia - Water Intoxication in Dogs

Many dogs love a good swim or playing fetch in the water. These activities seem pretty harmless to your pup, especially considering how much fun they are having. However, your pup can have too much of a good thing. A lot of pet owners don't realize that it's actually possible for your dog can have too much water. Water intoxication, which results in life threatening hyponatremia (excessively low sodium levels), is a relatively rare but frequently fatal condition in dogs. Dogs who enjoy playing in water for long periods of time are at the highest risk. However, even a lawn sprinkler or hose can pose a hazard for pets that love to snap at or "catch" spraying water.

Hyponatremia occurs when more water enters the body than it can process. The presence of so much water dilutes bodily fluids, creating a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance. The excess water depletes sodium levels in extracellular fluid (fluid outside of cells). Sodium maintains blood pressure…

Summer Time DIY Treats For Dogs

After some hot fun in the sun, your dog deserves a treat! Here are some fun DIY summer treats to make your pup! 


1) Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/2 large banana (mashed)
10 small bone-shaped dog treats (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Spoon into ice cube tray or small paper cups. Smooth tops. If desired, push dog treats into yogurt like Popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least two hours. Remove from tray or peel away paper cups.


2) Green Power Smoothie

1 cup of torn kale
1 cup of bagged frozen spinach (fresh is fine, too)
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 1/4 cups water
1-2 tablespoons of honey (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding a bit more water if necessary. Can be served in liquid form for maximum slurp or frozen into molds, then defrosted as a treat.

3) No Bake Mini Cake

Handful of Kibble/Dog Food
Small Banana (Smashed)
Scoop of Sugar-Free Peanut Butter

Combine ingredients. Place…

Dog Friendly Events in 2018

Everyone loves to bring their dog out with them, in fact, most people, including us, wish we could take our pups everywhere! Here is a list of some of the dog friendly events coming up in Richmond in 2018.

● Pups and Pints – Beginning in April, Pups and Pints takes place at Ellwood Thompson’s the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This spring, Ellwood Thompson is proud to partner with local breweries to support a different animal-loving, non-profit neighbor each month. $1 from every drink sold goes to the non-profit partner. For more information, click here. ● Fido’s After Five – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed dogs during “Flower’s After 5”. Known as “Fido’s After Five”, this fun event takes place on the following on the nights: June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 13 , 2018. Live music, food and fun! Bring a blanket! In addition to the regular admission fee, a $2.00 suggested “pet admission”…