Jan 4 2021

Get Fit With Your Best Friend

2020 has FINALLY come to a close. After months of staying home and working on our quarantine bodies, you might have New Year’s resolutions of getting fit on your mind. You don’t have to do it alone! Our pets can be the best inspiration and workout companion to keep you motivated while also having fun. Check out some of these ideas to inspire your “new year, new you” goals.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

If it’s not too cold outside consider going for walks with your pet. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping and bond with your best friend at the same time. Bundle up and make sure your pet is comfortable with a sweater/jacket if needed. Start by going for a few walks a week and gradually increase your amount of walks and/or time walked. Explore some new trails or take a new route in the neighborhood to keep things interesting. Also consider inviting a friend and their pet along for the journey (socially distanced of course) to socialize while you burn some calories! The more fun you have the more likely you are to continue onward with working towards your goals.

When temperatures fall below 32 degrees it can be dangerous for your pet to be outside for too long. Consider some indoor actives instead!

Workout at Home

Roll out your yoga mat and your cat is almost guaranteed to want to join you. While they can’t commit to the poses and stretches you are doing, having them there can make the experience much more enjoyable. Plus, petting them is a great excuse to take a break. Your dog might also get into it! There are lots of Youtube videos such as “Doga“, “Pup Pilates“, and even exercises that involve lifting your dog or squatting with your dog.

Playtime is a great way to exercise and have fun with your pet! While they are chasing the ball see how many sit ups or push ups you can do before they bring it back. Grab a laser pointer and while your cat is running around trying to capture the elusive red dot have a dumbbell in the other hand and do as many overhead presses, curl ups, or rows as you can.

Set up an obstacle course for your pet to run through. Using things around the house for them to jump over, crawl under, and weave through can be a fun activity for you and your pet (both dogs and cats!) Once your course is set up, have some of your pet’s favorite treats handy and get to work. You and your pet won’t even know you are working out it will be so fun!

Just remember that getting fit is a process! If you are doing things you enjoy doing then you are much more likely to maintain your fitness goals and stay consistent. Finding ways to incorporate your pets into your activities can not only help both of you get fit but can also create a stronger bond between you. Your pet will love you no matter what, so just have fun and get creative! Comment below with your favorite ways to stay active with your best friend.

Written by: Tara Cleveland
Animal Marketing Coordinator


Nov 4 2020

Holiday Safety Tips

Keep your furry friends safe during the holidays!

Treats please!

Tip #1: Keep all food in a safe place Make sure all of the food is in a place where your pets can not reach it. Open countertop areas, dining areas, and even coffee tables in the living room can be easy targets for our smart furry friends. Some Thanksgiving foods are harmful to pets. If your pet were to consume under-cooked turkey or raw turkey they could get salmonella.

Tip #2: Pass on the pie Chocolate is very harmful for pets and artificial sweetener is too. Chocolate contains theobromine which is very toxic for dogs. If your pet consumes chocolate, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Tip #3: No bones Turkey bones can be harmful for animals. They can cause intestinal problems and splinter. Stick to pet approved treats and away from any bones.

Tip #4: Dispose of any trash
Do not leave trash out for your animals to get into. Greasy paper, bones, plastic, and aluminum foil from cooking can lead to blockage in animals intestines if they were to get into it. This can be fatal. Dogs don’t know the difference between smelly paper and real food – if it smells tasty to a dog it will likely be consumed.

Tip #5: Pay attention to your animals behavior
This is a big one because animals can feel very stressed during the holiday season with a lot of people in and out of the home. Make sure your animal is comfortable and not under any stress. Keep an area your pet likes off limits to guests so your pet can take a break. Make sure guests know about the pet rules about no treats and giving your pet space.

Tip #6: Enjoy the holidays with your pets
They are our best friends and we want to keep them happy AND heathy. Consider laying off treats before the holiday meal and save them for that special day so they enjoy them a little more. Pets deserve to feel a part of the celebration, but do not let them overindulge!

If you have any tips and tricks for Thanksgiving please share! We want to insure the safety of animals during the holidays!

Happy Holidays Everyone!


May 6 2020

Pet Tips: Storm Season

We can expect this time of year to produce thunderstorms and occasionally there’s the potential for more severe weather. The best start to managing your pets’ storm anxiety is to be weather aware. Checkout the forecast ahead of time so that if there’s a chance of a storm, you are already planning on how to help your pet cope and to what degree. Every animal is different in their anxiety levels and triggers so some pets may not be affected by storms while others will benefit from one or a combination of the following tips. It is best to try these methods out before a storm or anxiety trigger to see which is most beneficial for your pet.

Provide a Positivity Storm Inside

Offering fun, positive distractions can help shelter your pet from the stress of the storm. Turning up the TV or music is a good way to help with some of the noise storms produce. There are even specific TV shows made just for your pet with calming visuals and sounds. Checkout Youtube to explore some pet worthy binge watching! A high-value treat like a frozen peanut butter Kong can also provide a rewarding distraction. Redirecting their mental focus to a brain game like a puzzle using their favorite snack as a reward might outshine those storm blues. Checkout our Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/waysidewaifs/ for some fun DIY projects for your pet!

Yummy Distractions!

ThunderShirts

Similar to swaddling an infant the ThunderShirt can help make your dog feel more secure by applying a gentle, constant pressure. Research suggests that this type of pressure can release a calming hormone like oxytocin or endorphins. It’s advised to remove the Thundershirt for about 10 minutes every 1 to 2 hours to avoid irritation. This is a drug free, training free method that is over 80% effective. 

Calming Treats

This is a safe, natural way to provide anxiety relief and reduce stress using herbs and vitamins. There are a lot of different brands that offer calming treats for your pets so be sure to do your research in selecting the right one for your pet. PetNaturals is a tried and true brand at Wayside Waifs and is available for purchase in our Whiskers and Wags retail store. 

Other Calming Remedies 

Wayside stays a step ahead in caring for our Waifs by anticipating the anxiety as a result of being in the shelter environment. We use different forms of a product called Adaptil which produces a copy of the natural pheromone produced by the mother dog a few days after giving birth. It gives her puppies a feeling of safety and comfort and also benefits adult dogs by providing a feeling of reassurance. At the shelter and in foster we utilize Adaptil wall plug-in diffusers, collars, and sprays to help ease anxiety of the animals in our care. 

In severe cases, your vet may advise medication to help ease your pets anxiety. Always consult with your vet with questions and concerns surrounding your pet’s physical and mental health. All pets are different in what works for them and your vet may be able to better direct the route to take to best manage your pet’s care. 


Apr 16 2020

Choosing Toys for Your Dog

Playtime and enrichment are essential to keeping your dog happy and healthy by burning anxious energy, building muscles and stamina, and improving their motor and social skills.  The right toys make all the difference.  Here are a few tips and tricks for choosing the right toys for your canine companion.

Hard Toys

Toys such as Nylabone® and Kong® are good examples of hard rubber toys.  The durable rubber is perfect for chewing and tugging so you don’t have to worry about your furry pal ingesting pieces of the toy.  These toys often have interesting textures and nubs for your dog to explore.  Kong® and similarly shaped toys are handy for very active dogs.  They are designed to hold treats that will keep your dog entertained for hours.

Soft Toys

Some dogs prefer soft stuffed toys.  However, these types of toys aren’t right for all dogs.  Carolyn Law, Adoptions Manager at Wayside, warns “watching closely for any shredding, tearing, or ingesting of toy parts is vital.”  When introducing your dog to soft toys be sure to keep watch and remove the toy if your dog starts to tear it.  

Many dogs like to carry around their “stuffy” as a companion.  If your dog is this type, make sure their stuffed toy is small enough to grip with their mouths, but not small enough to ingest.  If you are crafty you can also repurpose old towels or cloth into toys.  Your dog may especially enjoy a toy made of an old shirt that smells like you.

DIY Toys

You can save money and reuse household materials by crafting toys for canine enrichment activities. Our team created these handy and fun DIY dog toy tutorials to build your own Dog Pull Puzzle, Dog Treat Search, and Dog Treat Dispenser toys.  For full tutorial instructions and other pins check out our Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/waysidewaifs/.

What to Avoid

  • Cooked natural bones – these can splinter and damage your dog’s digestive tract
  • Ribbons, strings, long fibers – these can get caught in your dog’s teeth
  • Anything with small or sharp parts, like springs or batteries
  • Large pieces of rawhide can cause intestinal obstructions

Whiskers & Wags Retail Store, located in the Wayside Waifs Adoption Center, has a large selection of toys, treats, and other enrichment goods for your furry friends.  Your Whiskers & Wags purchase support Wayside Waifs and provides life-saving medical care, food and safe shelter to 6,000 homeless pets.

As always, when in doubt, reach out to your veterinarian.


Mar 26 2020

Be Prepared with a Pet Medical Travel Kit

Since the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic, preparedness is more important than ever, for you and your pet.  We recommend building your own Pet Medical Travel Kit. It’s quick, easy, and gives you peace of mind.  

Pet Medical Travel Kits are perfect for your car, RV, or boat.  Throw it in a backpack and take it with you on your next hike or visit to the dog park.  You can take your Pet Medical Travel kit anywhere you and your furry friend go!

Recommended Medical Kit Items (For Cats & Dogs)

Throw your Pet Medical Travel Kit in the back of your car
  • Medical gauze
  • Sterile pads
  • Small scissors
  • Medical Tape
  • Stretchy gauze wrap
  • Disposable gloves
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tongue depressors
  • Tick remover
  • Instant cold compress
  • Alcohol-free hand sanitizer
  • Bottled water
  • Clean towels or strips of clean cloth
  • Digital Pet Thermometer
  • Eye dropper or large syringe without needle
  • Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used)
  • Cloth Blanket (to use as a stretcher)
  • Tweezers
  • Thermal Foil Emergency Blanket
  • Spare leash & collar

Don’t forget to include important contact information:

cat in a stroller
Kitties can go on adventures too!
Be prepared and bring your Pet Medical Travel Kit.
  • Your pet’s medical record (including medications and vaccination history)
  • Veterinarian contact information
  • Emergency veterinary clinic contact information
  • Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) (there may be a fee for this call)

Eric Kelley, DVM and Chief of Veterinary Medicine at Wayside Waifs reminds us “In an emergency situation the most important thing is to contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic”.  First aid care can improve your pet’s chances of a full recovery but should never be a substitute for veterinary care.  

Post your DIY Pet Medical Travel Kit to social media and tag us! @waysidewaifs


Apr 24 2019

Fleas, Ticks, and Intestinal Parasites….Oh my!

Waif alum Patrick is all smiles because he’s protected against harmful insects!

As a pet owner, you’re probably aware of the harmful effects of creepy crawly critters can have on your animals. We’ve answered some common questions about keeping your furry friends happy and healthy!

Q: What are heartworms? How do I prevent them?

A:  Heartworm disease is caused by long worms (heartworms) that live in an animal’s body. The can live in the heart, lungs, and surrounding vessels. Heartworms are spread via mosquito bites. Warmer climates experience an increase in mosquitoes and consequently, heartworms. Southern states unfortunately see more cases than the rest of the country.

When a mosquito bites an infected dog, they then carry microfilariae (heartworm offspring). When that mosquito bites another dog, they’ve then transmitted through the wound. Without a heartworm preventative, the heartworms have the chance to develop and cause devastating health effects.

Prevention is your best friend and is relatively affordable compared to the cost of treating a dog who becomes heartworm positive. Prevention comes in many forms. The FDA has approved a number of products to keep your furry friend safe. For shelter animals, Wayside Waifs uses Advantage Multi, a topical preventative. Advantage Multi is applied to an animal on a monthly basis and protects against fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. It is recommended to have your dog tested for heartworms annually. Most times, a vet clinic can do this test during your visit.

The average cost of a monthly dose is only around $15, depending on the weight of the animal. A complete heartworm treatment can cost anywhere between $400-$1000. While it’s a financial strain for you, the physical impact on your furry friend is much harder. A dog battling heartworm disease can experience coughing, fatigue, difficulty breathing and issues with major organs, like the heart and lungs.

Q: What about my cat? Can he get heartworms?

A: Yes, your cat can also get heartworms from an infected mosquito. They are less susceptible than a dog because a heartworm doesn’t thrive in their body. Heartworms do not live as long and do not grow like they do in dogs. Though cats are much smaller than dogs, a few worms inside a cat would be considered a heavy infection.

While we know cats are less susceptible to heartworms, we know this isn’t the case with fleas or intestinal parasites. A preventative like Advantage Multi will keep them safe from all of these, for a relatively low cost.

Q: Do I need to use flea and tick prevention year-round?

A: YES! Fleas can still stick around when temperatures drop. They can keep warm on your furry friend. Yuck! Flea eggs can stay on your carpeting and furniture and develop in the temperate environment.

Ticks don’t necessarily die when we see winter’s first frost. Wildlife around us can carry these pesky bugs. Ticks aren’t picky about their host. They’re happy to latch onto you as well.

A Seresto collar provides up to 8 months of protection from ticks. They’re available for both dogs and cats!

A Seresto collar is an effective way to keep ticks at bay!

Q: What’s the deal with intestinal parasites?

A: Intestinal parasites live inside your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and can include a wide variety of worms. Bleh! These are usually transmitted via an inadvertent ingestion of eggs or spores in contaminated water, soil, or feces. Tapeworms are common and usually occur when an animal eats a contaminated flea. Any parasite can have harmful effects on your pet. Weight loss, diarrhea and malnutrition are just a few. Prevention is easy! Ask your vet about different prevention products! *Please note: Preventative meant for dogs can be fatal to a cat. Please ensure you’re using the correct product for your critter!

Utilizing a prevention product can save you money and heartache down the line. Your furry friend will thank you!

You can find these products and more at Whiskers and Wags, located inside Wayside Waifs!

As always, if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, contact your personal veterinarian!  


Apr 8 2019

How to Pet-Proof Your Plants

With spring finally here and summer on the horizon, our indoor and outdoor gardens are growing. Protecting our plants from our pets is one thing pet parents deal with regularly, but it’s also important to protect our pets from our plants. Not all plants are made equal when it comes to how safe they are for cats and dogs, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your home green and pet-safe.

As a rule of thumb, do your own research on each individual plant you’re considering for your home. Ask the folks at Lowe’s or your favorite plant nursery if they carry any pet-safe plants, and when in doubt, a quick Google search should give you some peace of mind before purchasing. Your veterinarian should also be able to give you information about how to keep your home pet-friendly.

Popular plants toxic to cats and dogs include:

  • Asparagus fern
  • Aloe
  • Daffodil
  • Azalea
  • Tulip
  • Dumb cane
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Sago palm
  • Certain herbs, like lavender and oregano
  • Certain succulents, like jade

It may be disheartening to learn that some of your favorite plants aren’t safe for cats and dogs, but a little extra time and research is worth the health and well-being of your furbabies. We’ve found some alternatives that are just as beautiful:

  • Boston, maidenhair, staghorn, and bird’s nest ferns
  • Air plants
  • African violet
  • Hibiscus
  • Spider plant
  • Prayer plant
  • Phalaenopsis orchid
  • Lace flower vine
  • Parlor palm
  • Certain herbs, like basil, sage, and thyme
  • Certain succulents, like hens and chicks, echeveria, and rosettes

As an added bonus, many of these alternatives are relatively low-maintenance plants, some only requiring low to medium light and weekly watering.

Still, if you must plant fairy rings of daffodils, or if you can’t let go of the healing powers of raw aloe, remember to closely monitor your pets around these plants. If possible, find locations for toxic plants that are inaccessible by your pets, giving special consideration to cat abilities.

The ASPCA keeps an index of the most-commonly reported plants toxic to pets. Common signs that a cat or dog has ingested a poisonous plant include difficulty breathing, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, and an irregular heart beat.

If you think your animal has ingested a poisonous plant or other toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Pet Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday-Friday Noon – 8 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Written by Annie B.


Jul 13 2018

Long-Term Residents: Charlie and Ryland

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and we try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month we featured Ellery and Oreo, and we have some good news. Ellery has found her forever home! This month, we are going to feature Charlie and Ryland.

“Thank you for reading about me! My name is Charlie, and I’m a handsome, dapper black and white shorthaired boy with one of the cutest, pinkest noses you’ve ever seen! I came to Wayside from another shelter that was low on space, and I’m tickled pink to be here, where I just know I will find my forever person or people. You might have noticed that I am 7 years old. That is just barely middle age for a cat! In fact, I am right in my prime—well past the silly kitten stuff and ready to focus my time, attention and affection on you! When I had my Felineality assessment here at Wayside, they told me I am a Secret Admirer! That means that I tend to be a little shy and timid in new situations. However, I am a people-oriented cat and need to be around people. I am keeping my paws crossed for a gentle, patient adopter who will give me time and space to get acclimated to my new surroundings. In return, I promise to fill your home and heart with beauty, purrs and love.”

Learn more about Charlie here.

“Hi there, I’m Ryland!  I’m an active, playful, happy boy searching for a home and family to call my very own.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that before…at least not that I remember.  So I’m still learning and experiencing new things and I’m a work in progress, trying my best to figure out where I fit into this crazy world.  Sometimes I’m skittish of new things and sometimes I get so excited that I forget my manners.  But I’m smart and eager to learn, so I’m positive that with time, I will become an incredible companion and member of the family. I’m a handsome, 1 year old, 59 pound bundle of love and muscle.  And I seem to be at least partially housebroken or crate trained, because I keep my kennel clean and I know to go to the bathroom when I get outside.  I came to Wayside as a stray after a kind stranger found me wandering alone along the highway in Grandview, MO.  I was happy to be safe, but I also felt confused and sort of afraid, especially of men.  So I got busy, enrolling in all the programs Wayside has to offer.  Some of the volunteers worked with me on my confidence while others taught me manners and focus.  It all started to come together for me and now I’m ready for you! I’m strong and athletic and I will need daily exercise in my new home to keep me happy, healthy, and calm.  I love to go for walks and I do really well on my leash, especially when I use my harness.  I’m curious and social and playful and I never pass up a good game of fetch.  Please stay patient and calm with me and help me learn the rules and boundaries, so that I can figure out what you expect from me.  You can see my wheels turning as I think about and evaluate new things.  I already know several commands, but I’d love to learn more, so teach me!  My friends at Wayside have been using NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) training, which teaches me that I need to work to get what I want, like sitting for a treat.  That’s been very effective for me and I hope to continue my training with you. I think I’ll fit in just fine with most active families.  I enjoy playing with all different kinds of dogs.  I’m patient, tolerant, friendly, and polite with them.  In fact, I frequently get to participate in doggie playgroups at Wayside.  If you have another dog that’s looking for a buddy, I might be the perfect match for you.  Since I can be jumpy and mouthy when I get excited, I might do best without kids under the age of 5 or so.  I just don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone.  You can bring the family to meet me, if you’d like, and we can make sure we’re all a good match for each other. I’m a sweetheart and I have such a zest for life!  I’m happy and I enjoy attention and I appreciate each day.  I just need someone to share all of that with.  I hope it’s you!  I can’t wait to get out of the shelter and get settled into my new home and my new life with you.  I’m ready!”

Learn more about Ryland here.

You can visit all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jul 11 2018

Waif Wednesday

Please welcome our Waifs of the Week: Leigh, Chardonnay, Starr!

“Hi there! I’m so happy you are reading about me! My name is Leigh. What’s yours? As you can see from my pictures, I am a beautiful, dainty, shorthaired orange tabby girl with expressive golden eyes. I came to Wayside, as young mom with kittens, from another shelter that was low on space. My kitten-rearing days are over, and now I am ready to enjoy life as someone’s baby! I’m a sweet girl with a nice purr. I may be just a little shy when you first meet me, but I warm up quicker than a summer day in Kansas City. I enjoy attention and affection. I will let you know how much I am loving it with my soft purr and some gentle headbutts. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? It sure does to me! I’m so thankful to be here at Wayside, but I’m really excited, and ready, for a home to call my very own.  Do you think it could be with you?”

Learn more about Leigh here.

“Well hello there. Thanks for clicking on my photo. My name is Chardonnay. As you can see, I’m a large dog with a brown coat with some speckles on my chest. I am 4 years old. I am an excellent walker on leash. I am friendly and enjoy human companionship. I’ve been known to crawl into a lap or two and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting petted on my head and a few belly rubs as well. I know how to “sit” and “come” but would love to learn some more commands. I also love toys and do a pretty good job of releasing them when asked to “drop it.” I’d love to be part of a family that likes adventures as much as they like lounging around. I’m a great running partner, and I can also see myself getting into a Netflix binge session.  I think I do a pretty good job of both. If you are interested in meeting me, please come see me today. I can’t wait to join my new family!”

Learn more about Chardonnay here.

“Hello there! I’m an adorable little kitten! I am a bundle of fun in a small package and I am so ready for a new family to call my own. Kittens are so much fun and boy do we love to play! I will need some work on training but we will have a lot of fun along the way. Being such a youngster I will definitely need both physical and mental stimulation to help me stay well rounded. Give me some fun and interactive toys in the mix and we will have the time of our lives! I think I should also tell you that I love to cuddle. Curl up with me and I will purr to show you just how happy I am; cuddles are my favorite! If you are looking for a new buddy to bring you smiles and cheer, come on out to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet me!”

Learn more about Starr here.

You can meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


Jul 6 2018

Heat Wave

Our summers are hot, muggy, and wet, while our winters are chilly, dry, and windy. Being in the midwest, you get a little bit of everything here, apart from tsunamis and hurricanes. You can learn a little more about weather in this metro area here. You can also view the weather monthly here. With the upcoming heat wave, we figured now would be a good time to provide tips for protecting your pet from those harmful rays, while giving suggestions for safe fun in the sun!

1. Visit the vet for an early spring or summer checkup.

My animals coincidently have their appointments in the summer, but it helps me out because I can see how bad allergies are and my dog always gets her yearly heart-worm test. These worms are spread from host to host through mosquito bites, and are more common in the summertime. It’s also recommended that you get monthly prevention if you are in an area that has a high mosquito rate. Your vet will have the prevention to purchase at their office.

2. Always keep fresh, clean water at the ready.

This should be nothing new, but always provide a nice clean bowl of fresh water for your pet. I personally have two bowls of water in the house and one outside on our patio, if my dog wants to lay in the shade outside. If it is too hot, only take them outside for necessary potty breaks, and no need to over-exercise. We wouldn’t want you or your pet to get overheated!

3. Know the symptoms of heat stroke in your pets.

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse are all symptoms of heat stroke. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. You’ll want to watch out for these during our high heat and humidity days! Do not leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle, it can cause a fatality!

4. Be careful about grooming your pets.

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

5. Check the pavement before you go on a walk.

Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn. You can still go on walks, but staying in shaded areas of grass is really the only way to go in the heat.

Now for some fun ideas in the sun that will be both entertaining and safe for you and your furry friend!

1. Kiddie Pools

It’s summertime, and some dogs love being in the water, so why not invest in a kiddie pool?! My dog is forty-five pounds of love, and on Sunday we usually get her pool out and she has the time of her life. Always supervise your animals near water, but it’s a cheap and fun way to stay cool outside! Our first picture above is a Waif here that is enjoying their kiddie pool!

2. Ice Treats

This is always fun to make, and you can do it at home! Instead of soda flavors or fruit, you can freeze peanut butter or dog treats and give it to your pet on a hot day. It gives them something to work on, and it tastes great to them as well! Some people even freeze their toys for some extra fun times. Just make sure all the food is dog/cat friendly. 

3. Anything you can throw or toss. 

Now is the time to break out that frisbee or rope. Keep in mind that during the heat of the day, you and your dog should be inside for safety reasons, but two or three throws wouldn’t hurt. You can even do this indoors if you have the access. That way they can get ample amount of playing time while still staying cool, and you as well!

4. Sprinkler toys

Once again, some dogs really enjoy the water, and sprinklers are a cheap entertainment option. There are sprinklers you can purchase for your yard, there are dog specific sprinklers, so many different kinds! If your dog isn’t a fan of the water, they may want to sit this one out, but sometimes the price is worth it!

There you have it! Hopefully these tips for surviving in the heat and enjoying the summertime with your furry friend! Always check the weather so you nor your pet will have to suffer in the heat! Follow the links above to check Kansas City weather patterns. From all of us here at Wayside Waifs, enjoy your summer, and have a safe Fourth of July!

Meet all of our adoptable Waifs during our adoption hours!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: Noon-8pm
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

Written by Teryn J.


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