Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

We are going into the New Year with the hope of creating new friendships, having new adventures, and making 2019 a year worth wagging our tails about!

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Gearing Up for Winter Exploring

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Gearing Up for Winter Exploring

As we call can see from the blanket of white on the ground and the biting chill in the air, the season of winter season is upon us in Northeast PA  - and that means it is time for snow gear!

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pup

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Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pup

With the crisp chill of winter in the air and Christmas carols on the radio, the holidays are upon us - and with them the need to keep a close eye on our fur babies.  Changes in routine, human foods and decorations are just a few of the things which can lead to your pup falling ill or getting hurt. Fido should be able to enjoy the holidays with just as much cheer and contentment as the rest of the family - so keep these few tips in mind to keep your furry friend safe.

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Frolic and Play - The Countryside Camp Way!

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Frolic and Play - The Countryside Camp Way!

What makes pups happier than frollicing freely through the woods and playing with fellow pups for hours on end? Nothing of course! And with 56 acres full of forests, fields and adventures for our campers to discover, there's never a dull moment!

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There's Always More to Explore!

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There's Always More to Explore!

All of our Camp Counselors love to hike through the woods with the pups. These Canine Campers had a great day with Tiffany on their way down to our own little “Fern Gully,” frolicking through the snow and exploring the trees and rocks with their camp friends!

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Stop Counter Surfing for Good!

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Stop Counter Surfing for Good!

Counter surfing and stealing human food is a common problem for our clients and can unfortunately lead to life threatening health issues as well as huge vet bills. In order to try to help our clients be proactive and prevent any incidents (especially during the holidays when food is abound), we decided to put together some ideas on how to avoid this problematic behavior in our furry friends.

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Dashing Through the Snow!

This is how we roll at Eva’s Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp! Located in the beautiful Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, our 56 fenced acres are covered in fluffy white snow all winter. That makes for countless hours of outdoor fun and games with dog-loving camp counselors. Just look at Joella dashing through the snow with this playful pack!

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Make sure to also check out our our convenient Van Schedule. Did you know that we offer pick-up and drop-off in Hoboken and Jersey City, NJ as well as Manhattan and Brooklyn in NYC 4 days per week? Your pup will ride in style in our fully heated/air conditioned transport vans while relaxing to soothing doggie spa tunes.

Your pup could be dashing through the snow while you are dashing to the airport to get to that sunny, warm Caribbean beach!

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Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland

Canine Counselor Joella frolics with a group of happy campers in the powdery white snow here at countryside dog camp. Joella and company really enjoyed their pre-breakfast sunrise walk this past weekend. Yes…we know. Many folks enjoy sleeping in on the weekends - especially on a cold winter's morning. However, here in the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, it is really nice to enjoy the sunrise with a pack of happy pups!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

As we go about our work day at countryside dog camp, we sometimes catch magical moments in nature. This past week, suddenly there was a rainbow across the fields... It is worth it to stop and take it all in. Camp is a magical place when you do!

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Holiday Travel with Fido

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Holiday Travel with Fido

Holiday Travel with FIDO... How to travel well with your furry friend.

The holiday season is upon us!  Although Eva’s Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp offers boarding services and our staff loves to care for your pup, we recognize that many dog owners prefer to take their furry children with them on their holiday travels to see friends and family. Road tripping with your dog is fun, but it can also become stressful if you are not well prepared. Here are some tips for stress free and safe holiday travel with your pooch from the Eva’s Play Pups staff. We all love to travel with our pups and we would like to share our safe and stress free travel trips with our clientele.

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How Much Do Dogs Sleep?

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How Much Do Dogs Sleep?

If you’re a dog parent, you know they love to sleep. But why do they sleep so much, and are they really dreaming when you see their paws twitch in their sleep?

Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions and more.

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Summer Fun 2017 via NEPA Drone

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Summer Fun 2017 via NEPA Drone

Summer lovin' and we're havin' a blast!  Hiking, playing, swimming and soaking up the glorious sunshine makes our canine campers happy as can be!   Click below to view this amazing video shot and produced by NEPA Drone!   Also...stay tuned for our fall edition...COMING SOON!

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Giardia - A Small Pest with Big Problems

Mud season is upon us so we wanted to give you some information on a pesky microscopic protozoa that lurks in the mud and standing water  -  Giardia. 

Giardia can live for months in standing water and mud. Prolonged freezing temperatures will kill most or all Giardia but as soon as temperatures warm up in spring, Giardia survival rates will increase. You can understand how warmer weather, muddy dog runs and dog parks and dogs congregating en masse day in and day out, some of them silent carriers of Giardia, creates perfect breeding grounds for the protozoa. There is simply no way around it. It will always be present in city dog parks, dog runs and here at camp.  Dogs can ingest the Giardia cyst by drinking infected water, eating mud or feces or just stepping in it then licking their paw.

Once the Giardia enters the dogs body, several things can happen:

1.   The dog's immune system will eliminate the protozoan from the body on its own. Puppies in general will not have an immune system strong enough to do this but are more likely to develop active Giardia.

2.   The protozoa enters the dog's small intestine and starts to reproduce Giardia cysts that can then infect other dogs/cats/humans.

3.   The dog might or might not show symptoms of infection. The dog can become a silent carrier, infecting other dogs, not showing any symptoms OR the dog can become ill, be taken to the veterinarian, diagnosed and treated for Giardia. Note that having once been infected with Giardia does not guard against future infections.

A dog suffering from active Giardia might have diarrhea (smelly and mucusy stool) vomiting, dull coat and weight loss. Many dogs though, will test positive for Giardia but never show any of the above symptoms. Also, some dogs can be infected and not show symptoms for years but a sudden stress on the immune system can bring out the active disease. In general, the incubation period for Giardia is 7 days to 3 weeks (showing symptoms or not.)

If your dog has been diagnosed with Giardia, follow your veterinarian's instructions. Giardia is commonly treated with Panacure or Metronidazole. Wash bed linens and dog bed covers and use Clorox/bleach based products on surfaces to kill the microscopic protozoa. Wash your hands. Giardia can spread to humans BUT note that Eva herself has been working in vet's offices, ran a doggy daycare and dog camp and done tons and tons of dog rescue crawling around in dirty shelter pens for years and she has never contracted the disease. Of course wash your hands after handling dog feces!

The good thing is that, in general, Giardia is easy to treat (although some dogs can get stubborn cases), especially if the dog is healthy with a strong immune system and well cared for.  Typically, Giardia is NOT not detrimental to the dog's health.  It can however become annoying and expensive to keep treating your dog for Giardia AND some dogs seem to be more susceptible than others. It is of course a very different story with the dogs we rescue in Southern shelters. Being they are many times malnourished and stressed, Giardia can inflict real health concerns and sometimes even death in small, sickly puppies. Very sad!

So what does Giardia mean at dog camp and how do we handle it ? 

We will never be able to hinder dogs with Giardia to attend camp. We will not ask every client to do a Giardia test before coming to camp. It is not practical for any dog owner to bring their dog to the veterinarian for a fecal test every time they are about to board their dog at our dog camp or another boarding facility. Further, there will always be false negative tests as the swimming protozoa itself and the cyst containing the "egg" is not always present in every fecal sample depending on the protozoa life cycle. 

Here at camp, we disinfect all indoor surfaces and wash all dog bed covers and mutt mats on a daily basis and we pick up poop all day long.  We can not however, eradicate every puddle of water on 56 Acres or disinfect nature, which will invariably contain Giardia at times since city dogs is our lifeblood most likely bring in Giardia to camp now and then. Due to severe winters on our mountain, Giardia is not a problem year around at camp. It is a different story in where freezing temperatures can stay away for weeks even during the winter months.  However, as the temperatures continue to warm up in the Endless Mountains it will become activate at camp just as in the city and we will see cases increase.

What we do appreciate is when our clients tell us their dog has been diagnosed with Giardia so we can keep track of how common it is throughout the season. Communications and sharing of information is always best way to keep parasites at bay!

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There's Nothing More Irritating Than a Rash

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There's Nothing More Irritating Than a Rash

While we are loving all of the beautiful signs of spring here at camp, it also means that "rash" season is upon us.  As you know, we are out hiking and playing in nature all day with the dogs so unfortunately, it's impossible to avoid certain flowers and plants that can irritate the skin. 

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An Intro to Socialization with Chad Mackin & Jason Vasconi

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An Intro to Socialization with Chad Mackin & Jason Vasconi

Eva's Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp is so excited to announce that we have two renowned experts in dog socialization together for the first time!  Chad Mackin and Jason Vasconi are presenting this incredible workshop at our 52 acre farm located in the beautiful Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

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