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Can Dogs Get Colds in Winter Really?

Hi Everyone,

Dogs-related news always attracted my attention. So, I just stumbled upon a news covered pets can get cold appeared on the CBS Las Vegas website. The KXNT Morning News is hosted by Joe Gillespie. He had a guest vet Debbie White, who said noteworthy advices on the subject. Dr. White explained that dogs get colds in chilled weather without your noticing.

She recommended dog owners dress up their dogs with sweaters, particularly if those are short-haired. Furthermore, Dr. White said in the conversation that you should provide your dog a sufficient amount of food and water. But, that’s not enough; you must also pay attention to prevent the drinking water from freezing.

The Cold in Practice

dogs-get-colds-in-winter-easilyI’ve to say I totally agree with Dr. White, based on my experiences. Cold in canines may have occurred and could be attributable to the varied viruses and germs. In this regard, dogs show signs similar to us, humans. Of course, much depends on recognizing the symptoms in its earlier phase.

Our dogs get colds by being around nearness with another, already infected canine, too. Together with this, low immunity levels, stress, and unfriendly climatic conditions could be further contributing factors.

Even so, the majority of dog owners normally have issues distinguish a standard cold from a severe disease. Here is a listing by way of help to make things somewhat simple for you. The list covers a collection of symptom signs that your canine possesses a cold.

Common Cold Symptoms in Dogs

– Runny eyes
– White nose and discharge-flow
– Grumpiness
– Sluggishness
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Hypothermia

Puppy and Low Temperature

The list of symptoms can be observed in puppies and adult dogs equally. In addition, the new-born dogs don’t even require serious cold to be cool down. They have inherently higher heat demand and their coat is weak. Moreover, they lack the protecting fatty layer under their skin.

The few movements of the newborns and the slower metabolism are also added to the mentioned facts. The process from this point is straightforward: a newborn puppy gives low moaning sound. Then it moves even less, and eventually finishes its life.

After two months of their age, the puppies almost become restless, also they consume more food. Therefore, more and more fat is released within their bodies. Consequently, they are threatened by risk of hypothermia on less and less level.

If You Faced Trouble

In dogs, you have to take the common cold seriously. Namely, if it remains untreated, might have serious consequences. Your dog may exhibit symptoms of the common cold like sneezing, coughing, fever. In those situations mostly health problems – which are weakening the immune system – are behind.

In these cases, the care of the dog’s host is often questionable. Indeed, a puppy who has strong immune system will not get the same disease than his underfed, low-strength mate. By the way, helminthiasis, or other microorganisms also can produce symptoms of the common cold.

Due to the limited energy and liquid reserves, the condition of your dog may be deteriorated rapidly. You, therefore, need to take him to a vet as soon as possible. The speed of the treatment started in time can save lives. Long time dog owners are understandable dread dangerous viruses like distemper and kennel cough.

Elderly Dogs Get Colds

The older dogs get colds easily, terefore, they need protection in winter season. Most of the small, rare-haired old dogs will cool off very easily, especially if they are slim. Unfortunately, the insidious hypothermia goes unnoticed so frequently. Only the increased muscle tone, rigidity will be conspicuous for an inexperienced owner.

If the dog’s body temperature is reduced significantly, malfunction of the internal organs quickly takes place. The most frequent trouble is the renal ceases its service. The liver and the heart muscle is very sensitive to the cold effect. And the rheumatic diseases tend to be worse due to the cold.

As I experienced, you cannot eliminate the damages with rapid warming of the cold animal. The acute inflammation of the kidneys often becomes chronic, and this can be fatal. Therefore, there is no shame in wearing a coat by a weaker or older dog in winter.

Walking on Winter Roads

If possible, avoid walking your dog on the salt-strewn roads. If this is not a manageable option, then smear thick Vaseline or paw protector wax to your dog’s paws before walking outside. This will prevent cracking of the pad’s skin and keep feet away from the salt.

The salt causes burning feeling on the cracked pads, and this can lead to poorly healing wounds. Furthermore, the tiny snow balls and ice pieces sticking into toes also can be a resonwhy dogs get colds in winter. These can be very uncomfortable and painful. So it’s advisable to cut off the hair between the toes in time.

Until next time…

Alex

How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?1

Hi Everyone,

As a preliminary point, I inform you that Lisa, our new German Shepherd mix puppy got her second de-worming. Our rescued favorite was 14 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds yesterday. Spending many times together with pets you can stimulate your dog mentally. The two dogs get along very well with each other, the older one (Zizi) almost completely reborn due to the puppy. And today’s topic is the ways to stimulate your dog psychologically to achieve a desired  behavior.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -jack-russelDoes your dog always bark, chew or weeding the flower in your garden? If whatever your answer is yes, then it’s advisable to reorganize your everyday life with your dog. Namely, behind of numerous behavioral problems – such as barking, chewing, digging, etc. – is the isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, as we’re all getting busier, sometimes less and less time, and energy remains for our favorite.

Despite this, humans expect certain behavior from their dogs in the everyday life, common work, sport and training. You can achieve the realization of this behavior if you provide the physical, mental and emotional conditions equally. Namely, this species (Canis familiaris) is required to fulfill these to be a mentally balanced dog in the modern civilized environment as well.

Our Dog’s Requirements

1) Proper food. The food eaten affects the general health, mood, resistance, physical and mental endurance and the available age. Food has to be tasty, and must comply with the medical and biological requirements are important in the animal development.

2) Socialization. The next requirement for dogs is getting in different social connections of the real world. That means to be familiarized with outer stimuli in their 4 – 16 weeks of age. Namely, those will increase their resistance to stress and determine their lives in the future.

3) Learning. I get questions daily: “Can you teach my dog to …” And sometimes they ask so absurdities, which shouldn’t teach a dog if s/he doesn’t get housing conditions adequate to its race, and wasn’t  socialized from its puppy age. Because to raise a dog should know the best by his owner (pack leader).

4) Movement. For example, a terrier tends to look forever, rushing move from one scent to another. For the greyhound only the real galloping is the satisfactory movement. You cannot expect from northern dog breeds to walk slowly on a loose leash against their instinct. The list could go on.

5) Task. Experience has shown that the reason of significant part of behavioral problems is that your dog is bored. If your dog gets a job, you expect liability from him. If you give him work, then you can increase the animal’s self-confidence, and it can be motivated emotionally, too.

6) Playing. Fun and humor are the two most important components of a dog’s play. With 10 -15 minutes daily common playing, you can enhance your dog’s concentration ability, and intellectual development. As a result of regular, shared player activity your pet well be physically and mentally balanced.

7) Grooming. All dogs require from the owner certain grooming care and assistance throughout his or her life. During the daily exercise or strolling their coats, paws can pick up some grime, dirt, debris. Their eyes, ears, teeth also may require care to prevent illnesses. A well-groomed animal can be healthier, and you can stimulate him mentally easier.

8) Healthcare. Your dog’s health care requirements are constantly changing during his life. The needs differ for a 2-3 month-old pup, an adolescent canine, and your aging four-legged companion, too. Consequently, all dog owners should provide the adequate animal health-care for his canine.

Ways of Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

You may be wondering, why I listed the above elements here. Every above components help you to motivate your dog mentally. They form the foundation of that. I do understand, there are many explanations why you can’t go out with your canine to get some exercise, for instance. Apart from that, you can do many things to keep your dog from going unmanageable nowadays.

A sure way to stimulate your dog mentally is providing him diverse toys. Encouraging your animal to play occupies his attention and this can keep him away from mischief. Be sure to supply numerous various kinds of toys: ropes, toys, stuffed animals and “wear-proof chews,” and alike.

The toys called “interactive” are available in different shapes nowadays. “Interactive” signifies that your furry-friend needs to take some action – get pertaining to that toy – to allow it to be work. For example, there is a toy makes fragrant bubbles in your animal’s preferred scents once your pet presses on various areas of that device.

That’s all today. In the second part, we’ll discuss methods and devices to stimulate your dog mentally according to your goals.

Should You Exercise Your Dog Daily?

Hello Dog Friends!

As we all know, our dogs are pack animals; they require certain activity and a company to be happy. These needs can be solved easily if you exercise your dog daily. And, in contrast to your mates, who could omit a workout session due to appointments, unpleasant weather or additional tasks, canines by no means offer you a justification to avoid exercising.

Why exercise your dog make sense?

When your dog doesn’t receive enough activity, chances are he will get bored, annoyed and unhealthy. The workout tones the muscular tissues, helps the physique and metabolic system to operate correctly, and impounds the mind. 

Everyone who keeps a dog that forced to endure the shortage of physical activity and mental input can tell you that their animal shows destructive conduct frequently. Although, this behavior will cease magically when the canine is starting to get out everyday. 

Therefore, exercising is not only important because it keeps your dog happy. It’s vital for your dog’s physical well-being, as well as his mental healthnot to mention yours.Exercise

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Exercising Your Pet Is Fun

Keeping your dog in good condition is also an excellent approach for you to bond and spend some quality time with your beloved pal. Additionally, when you exercise your dog that’s a great benefit for you personally to stay fit, active, and get your heart pumping. So, all in all, exercise is an activity that can benefit both, you and your dog. And that is part of the joy of being a dog owner.

All Dogs Need Exercise

Studies as well as experience showed that dogs who are getting adequate exercise are healthier and happier. They are also more social when they are in public places. When dogs are given regular exercise, they are calmer at home and are less restless when left alone.

However, just like feeding, choosing the right amount of exercise for your dog is depending on several factors. These factors are the age, size, and type of breed.

Age: Puppies require a daily exercise for proper muscle development. Their high energy levels need to be released in some form of constructive activity. Consequently, giving them their daily exercise is the best way to do it.

Not being able to release their pent-up energy can lead to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging. On the other hand, a mature, aging dog needs less exercise because of their lower energy levels.

Size: Large dogs do not necessarily need more exercise than small dogs. In fact, many huge breeds like the Mastiff or Great Dane would rather relax and sit on the porch all day. But, if the option is given, then they go out for a 2-mile run.  On the other hand, many types of small breeds such as the Jack Russell Terrier or Chihuahua still keep on going even after a three-mile walk.

Type Of Breed: Your dog’s breed is also a big factor on the amount of exercise required. For instance, dogs that were originally bred to herd such as the Australian Shepherd Dog, Border Collie, and German Shepherd need to be exercised every day.

Another example of dog types that requires a daily exercise are those that were genuinely bred to hunt (hunting dogs). Examples of these dogs are the English Beagle, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and German Hunt Terrier.

And finally, sled dogs such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan malamute share the same high level of energy as the herding dogs and hunting dogs and therefore, need to be exercised regularly.

Walking as an Exercise

The slow, gentle movement of walking helps you and your dog in several ways. It tones your muscles, provides oxygen to your heart, and is beneficial to your lungs. If your dog isn’t used to walking, or if he is a little overweight, start him off with a short 15-minute walk. Slowly built up the pace as you see he get more accustomed to it.

Your canine may be the type which loves just to go out for a walk and feel the breath of fresh air. Then a 1-2 mile of a daily walk is all it’s necessary to keep your dog fit. And maybe even more if you take the challenge. Your dog will certainly love it, especially if you have one type with a high level of energy.

However, it may happen you don’t have time for long walks. On the other hand, maybe the idea of strolling for 2 miles is simply not your idea of fun. In that situation, your dog will be just as happy if you can only take him for a quick walk around the block twice daily. Obviously, it is better if you can add a little playing, too.

Exercising Your Elderly Dog

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Man Exercises Elderly Labrador

When our dog has reached his senior years – about 7 years old for large breeds and 13 – 14 years old for small breeds – his level of energy may be lower. If so, I continue with their normal exercise on a daily basis, maybe just at a slower pace. I keep going until I feel that s/he is ready to retire and slow down.

To keep my dog happy and in good physical and mental condition is my duty. Once my canine pal reaches his or her elder age, I use to decrease the amount of exercise I give them. But, I never stop. I may feel that s/he is getting a little slow and requires less activity. Then a stroll through the park or going to bathing in water may be a better alternative for him or her.

A few example exercises that I use to do with our senior dog are: a short or long walk, slow runs in the park, going to the beach, going for a short hike on a trail, or a simple game of fetch. These are activities that our dog can enjoy doing well into his or her old age.

If your senior dog is suffering from a joint or bone trouble, you will need to slow him down. He will still need to move and stay active, but the amount and length of exercise should be kept to a minimum. If I were you, instead of doing a 3-mile  walk, I’d modify it to a 1-mile  walk and do it twice a day. Swimming is another alternative exercise for dogs suffering with a hip dysplasia or other bones disorder.

Supervising His Exercise

I recommend you to keep your eye on your dog during his exercise and make sure that he is not pushing himself too hard.  Dogs love to please their owners, and they will push themselves to the limit if they think that doing so will make you happy.  Watch out for any signs that he needs to slow down. Such signs are: limping, panting, slow in pace, or sleeping for a long period of time after the exercise, which is a sign of severe exhaustion.

WARNING! Keep in mind when exercise your dog that older dogs as well as some puppies can develop joint injuries or foot pad injuries from running on hard concrete. If at all possible, let your dog run or walk on dirt, sand, or grass. If you have no choice but to walk him on concrete, avoid running and slow the pace.

How to Fix Shy Dog’s Behavioral Problem?

The Problem

“Alex, what should I do with my dog? You know, I’ve a seven-month old German Shepherd female doggie, and some problem is with her’s behavior. She is trying to be a chief inside our house like an assertive leader individuality. We have two other dog at home; one of them is a thirteen years-old mixed breed, and the other is a two years’ GSD as well.

shy-dog-will-I-be-safe-hereThe point is that her conduct changes suddenly toward the opposite direction as soon as we exit through our gate. She becomes a shy animal to people or other dogs. Obviously, there are other dog walkers too, but I cannot stop to talk with them.

She starts a tantrum, and is hiding behind my back; she just steps into my butt. This ‘hiding behind me’ phenomenon occurs even when guests arriving to us. Once happened that I started a conversation with another dog walker handled two canines in the park. The two wanted to get to know her.

She jerked out the leash from my hand and almost ran home until I could catch her. I asked for second opinion, and they told she is precarious, considering she came from a rural farm two months ago. I don’t understand why because we love her and has everything she’s necessary. What should I do?”

Probable Reasons of Dog’s Shyness

The question above was a part of a conversation between a friend and me at our mutual hairdresser. There may be some things behind this behavior. Given that we are talking about a young dog which lives in good conditions, we need to refer to her early times. She presumably would feel herself comfortable if she were yet between those familiar conditions.

However, put ourselves into the position of this young canine (speaking figuratively). Her situation has changed; her living conditions are already others in an urban environment. She experiences new sounds and sights as well as situations, which are unfamiliar to her. She didn’t meet with so many people, dogs, street traffic, etc. before. Therefore, to catch a decent start is difficult for her in a unknown place.

I would say, she misses a good socialization which includes the habituation to these elements. And, don’t forget that all puppy experience a phase influenced by fear around their two months of age. This is one of their early stages of learning about the world. Experiencing some frightening thing during this timeframe may make them shy.

Experiences show, they’ll even be subjected to another concern in some interval between their six – fourteen months. Depending on the breeds and species this can take place even at their seventh months of age, as the dog in question is now.

Obviously, you may have a canine that got an excellent socialization and habituation to different situations. But, such vagueness and worry may occur related some stuff that won’t have disturbed them before. So, this can be a tense period to your young dog.

I  used to care to avoid horrifying situations by all means at this timeframe. And I’m trying to make countless good associations as much as possible. Anyway, the rationale she attempted to break free after which get away when possibility occurred might be that canines’ first response within a difficult scenario is an escape.

Fixing the Shy Behavior Problem

What would I do? In another post, I discussed how to overcome car travel stress in dogs. The main character of that story is also a puppy I rescued from the street. I also would apply the similar kind and slow accustoming to things.

shy-puppyAnd once she gets trust toward me then I’d produce challenging situations gradually, step by step. I’d not to drive her to handle more and more. She wouldn’t be able to deal with too much so quickly. And you would make a continuous issue which can be avoidable anyway.

And my next suggestion is to discuss your visitors to disregard her. I know from experience; people like to gain up doggies. They are prone to talk to pooches and attempt to caress them hoping dogs will take that gladly. But, people ignore one serious thing.

With their approach, they step into the dog’s personal space, and that might be interpreted as an offensive gesture. You need to ask them completely neglect the doggie as she isn’t existing. Tell your guests to do not even have a look at her.

Moving Gradually

This way, the canine will interpret the situation not offensive. She’ll perceive that your guest people do not pose a threat to her, and – after a time – she will be calm, then curious. You may make the process more smoothly by giving some tasty treats to your visitors previously when they are seated.

I would observe the process from the corner of my eye. When my canine becomes curious, I would praise her kindly. And I’d encourage my guests to throw her a piece or two treats gently. If she has accepted it, I’d ask them slowly to repeat the process. And the tasty treat – by chance – will be nearer and nearer to guests at every attempt.

I’d ask my visitors to be very patient during this process and still avoid eye contact with the pooch! They would repeat this until the treat falls by their armchair. At this time I’d let them to tell gentle words to her, without eye contact. If my canine accepted the treat and wouldn’t go away because of the speaking, then I’d allow the careful touch by my visitors and a short eye contact. This could take some time undoubtedly. However, to eliminate her timid conduct at her tempo is highly desirable.

Apply This Approach Outside

You possibly can apply something similar approach to accustom her to individuals on streets or neighbours and your buddies. Hold a certain distance from them of course, as well as let her go behind you if she would like too. You similarly give the people treats so if she reveals curiosity, they may perform the described scenario.

However, people shouldn’t even have a look at her! You then do in a similar way as with your guests did in your own home previously. In case you have family or friends and even buddies with mild and calm canines you then additionally do manage to accustom in the identical manner. Allow her to keep behind if she needs to at beginning.

Sustain a cushy distance to start with after which do the slow introduction scenario at her pace. And maybe bringing them for a collective on lead walks to begin with keeping a distance she’s pleased with also would be efficient.

Alex

P.S. Plenty of brief and kind experiences are what’s going to help you. But, you might have to wait a time until she really feels settled sufficient. Thus don’t give up at the first few failure cases. Many successes!

Do Dogs Recognize Their Siblings or Parents?

Due to the heavy rain, I postponed the walk with Zizi today. Sitting in my den, I read my post-it notes and my eyes fell on one of them. One of my friends said that her year-old male dog met with its mother when walked unleashed. The mom dog also wasn’t leashed, and – as it turned out – was fired. So, her male dog mated with its own mother. She, as a newly dog owner, just stood and looked at this action due to her surprise. Hence is the interesting question within the title.

puppie-siblingsObviously, different people have distinctive answers for this question, depending on their own experiences with their dogs. And a newfound dog owner can answer this only after a certain period of time. Those who have a long experience with dogs, knows that this is possible, under certain conditions.

Influencing Factors

I’d say – based on my experiences – that this thing is very similar to us, humans.

Imagine two young families where children born at the same time. One mother – for some reason – gives her child to adoption three months after giving birth. The baby is unable to build deep relationship with the mother and brothers/sisters and will not remember them later, either.

The other child was living within his family until his ten-year ages. He had a chance to get to know his parents and brothers equally. Accordingly, he has deepened his relationship with them. What do you think, will he recognize them a year later? I’ll bet anything that he will do.

This applies to dogs as well.

Some people have had dogs that seemed to recognize and know their mother or siblings when they met them again later. Other people have had dogs that didn’t know family members when they encountered them after a time.

It’s certainly true that a lot depends on the individual dog and their experiences when they are young. If a puppy is removed from its mother at their early junior age, in all certainty, it has fewer chances to form strong bonds. That puppy may be less likely to remember his mother and siblings a year or two later.

On the other hand, If a puppy spends a long time for his mother and littermates and doesn’t leave home until he’s three or four months old, it may be much more likely that he will remember them all his life.

Adjusting to the Pack

As I experienced when I bred dogs before, puppies learn many things from their dam and littermates. This is their first pack. This is the period during which they learn how to be a dog at all.

So it only stands to reason that the longer they spend with this particular group, the more likely they are to remember the lessons they learn and the individual pack members.

It’s also important to realize that dogs think less in terms of family, i.e., mother, brothers, sister, and more in terms of “pack.” They are conscious of being part of a group.

mom-and-siblingsA puppy probably has no sense of being related to a certain dog, but he will know where he stands in relation to the pack hierarchy.

He will know that his mother must be obeyed, and that he can goof around with his brothers and sisters. He will learn the social rules of the group, but he probably doesn’t consciously think, “This is my dad, so I have to do what he says.”

He just knows that there is a bigger, stronger dog and things go better for him when he does what he’s supposed to do.

Moral System in Dogs

I’m not surprised by it, but many people are shocked by the idea that a dog would mate with his mother, or a dog would mate with his daughter. In fact, dogs do not have any kind of moral system similar to human systems. “Incest” is a humane idea, and it’s completely alien to dogs.

When dogs are in season, the only important issue is who is healthy and fit enough for breeding. Furthermore, who has the proper status within the group to have the right to breed. This approach is based on thousands of years of evolution, and it has helped dogs survive.

If you have two related dogs, there is nothing to stop them from breeding unless you intervene to prevent it. That’s one of the reasons why most pet owners do have their dogs spayed or neutered unless they plan to have puppies.

Conclusion

As we have seen in the foregoing, there are factors that influence whether a dog recognizes its siblings or parents later. I experienced so, which has the possibility of spending their young weeks and months with its dog family can do that later. The time spent with conspecifics affects the kind of relationship developed. This is another reason for not to separate the puppy from his family too early.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the better understanding and a happy, longer living you together. I hope you enjoyed today’s topic and picked up some food for thought. Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments. Thank You!

Is Context Between Dog’s Health and Water?

When it comes to the water’s role in health, we know that no live organism can exist, operate without water. That’s how it is, an instance of that is that the water is the main component of the human body. An adult human’s body contains around 60-70% water. For example, if one weights 176 pounds, his body contains about 14,3 gal water. Well, you may find similar rates in our dogs, too. So, there is a straight context between dog’s health and the water.

Water Needs

dog-drinks-waterAs researchers have shown, your family dog’s physique comprises around of 70% water. By losing all the fats and 50% of protein of its body has less impact than he cannot get water for two days or more. It can be fatal for him if the water in your canine’s body is reduced to one tenth.

With a view to survive, an adult canine requires – at a minimum – two milliliters of water projected to each pound weight daily. That’s when considering 1 ounce contains 30 milliliters of water. However, that two milliliters are only enough for your animal to produce urine within his body.

Importance of Water

Without sufficient water vital for urine providing, your family dog or whatever canine won’t be able to live. When you are providing an infinite amount of water, your canine will consume a lot more than that two millimeters required. That is particularly true if you always provide fresh water to him.

Handing your doggie merely the smallest amount of water each day could also be sufficient for him to outlive, although not for long. Shortage in water injures the system and terminates its functions progressively. He’ll ultimately become weak, come down with a disease, and decease.

Water Utilizing Ways In Dog’s Body

The advantage of providing your family dog enough water compared to the smallest amount wanted is that its system can use that multi-mode (just like in humans).

1) The water facilitates the digesting and the process of taking nutrients from the food.

2) Our dog’s system is using the water to eliminate fuel, and that is transformed into energy.

3) You can more easily sustain the standard temperature of your dog’s physique by ingesting enough water as well.

4) Consuming sufficient water replaces the fluids which might be lost in our dog’s body by excretion.

5) The water also requires to mix various kinds of chemical substances within dog’s systems. Namely, the distinct chemical reactions ensure the dissolving and remodeling those components.

6) The water also is a transport device at the same time. It takes the nutrients to the cellular structures and in addition carries poisonous waste material from the cells to the organs for correct processing. With the lack of water, these organs won’t be able to eliminate toxic things off of the dog’s body.

7) In addition, the water is required to control the acid balance within the blood flow.

8) You may know the evergreen saying goes something like “Beauty comes from inside.” This applies to our dog’s mental health as well. Namely, if he or she is happy, and balanced, the vitality is radiating from every pore. That’s can be seen through its eyes, skin, nail, and hair condition too. And the sufficient water consumption has a big role in that as well.

My Take on It

Perhaps you can perceive from the above that the water is nearly always necessary for each function occurs within your favorite’s body. And as a result of its versatility plus the degree to which it’s utilized, water is regarded to be a crucial nutrient that’s needed for all kinds of dogs.

If your animal doesn’t get to water s/he can be died within a few days because of its dehydration. However, he can withstand the starvation; he will only be caught up by the fate when he runs out half its original weight. It’s obvious, there is a significant difference between the consequences of the lack of the two.

So giving my dog anything to eat; homemade food, meat, dry food or canned meals, I make sure fresh water is in front of her always. Especially in the summer when I’m out for several hours, I put enough fresh water in a couple of shaded places to let her drink. I never let the water bowl being empty, and I recommend you to do so as well.

P.S.: By reading this article, I hope you gained some insight related the role of water in your dog’s health. The comment section is open for your remark or question, take advantage of it. Thank You!

How to Live With Handicapped Dogs?

Dogs are very much like us humans. The remembrance of canines is so much more human-like. Their memory is permitting our best friend to imitate our actions, even with some delays. Majority of them see the world in any specific second relatively as people do. But there are other similarities as well. For instance, dogs can have the same kind of handicaps that people possess.

They may lose a limb, be born deaf or blind, or experience handicaps due to declining health in later years. There are also some health problems that would qualify a dog as handicapped such as megaesophagus problems or other congenital issues.

(When your dog has megaesophagus, the gullet expanded so it doesn’t push food items down to the stomach. Due to this fact, what your dog eats fails to take into the gastric. And sometimes the food stays within the esophagus, and is ultimately regurgitated. Alternatively, it declines within the esophagus or enters the lungs via breathing.)

The megaesophagus illness can occur in dogs, cats and humans anyway. All in all, for you, the owner, living with your dog that has a drawback can be a challenge.

Preparing Yourself and Your Home

If you are living with a handicapped dog, then you probably already know that you may spend more than your share of time at your vet’s office. It is important to get a good diagnosis and to have a vet who you trust. Your dog’s care and quality of life will depend on establishing a suitable working relationship with your vet.

Consequently, find a veterinarian who understands your dog’s condition and who will talk to you about your dog. Don’t be afraid to ask for referral to a specialist if necessary. There are continual veterinary advances so it’s a good idea for you to try to do your own research. This way, you are aware of any new treatments that could help your dog.

When it comes to living with a handicapped dog, it’s possible that you will need to make some special adjustments in your home for your canine. For example, if your dog has trouble walking you may need to assist him with a harness when he goes up and down stairs.

There is a chance that you live with a blind dog. Then it’s a good idea to keep large pieces of furniture in the same positions. This way, your dog will become accustomed to where they are and plot his course around them. If you move, then he will bump into things.

Treating Handicapped dogs

Some dogs are able to handle some handicaps much more easily than others. Deaf dogs often can be trained to learn hand signals. Using hand signals you can train your dog in all the typical obedience commands and many other orders.

As long as your dog can see you, he will be able to follow your commands. If your dog is unilaterally deaf – hard of hearing in one ear – you probably won’t even know that he has any deafness at all.

paralized-handicapped-dogDogs which have lost a limb are usually well able to compensate and are very mobile on three legs. I have seen examples of this, and more than one. There are dogs, which have severe problems with two limb. I mean those canines which are paralyzed in their hind legs.

They can be fitted with a cart or wheelchair and remain very active. The wheelchairs can be collapsed and taken by the dog when he travels. Some dogs are still able to go hiking with their owners using their wheelchairs.

As the Years Passes

It may happen that you have an elderly dog which is beginning to develop some handicaps. Then you will need to take each one separately and try to work through the problem. If your dog’s eyesight is beginning to fail, for instance, help your dog down steps at night. Walk him outside to potty, especially if he has problems seeing through shadows at night.

If his hearing is starting to fail, expect to call him a few times before he comes or goes to find him and bring him in for dinner. If he is developing some arthritis, talk to your vet to see if he may need some pain medication to help him.

Conclusion

Living with the handicapped dogs isn’t always easy but canines are much more resilient than we sometimes believe. They can often overcome great difficulties. If your dog has a handicap, then try to find some creative ways to help him make his life easier. Your dog will be willing to work with you and try new things as long as you make the effort.

P.S.: Are you living with a handicapped dog? What is the nature of this handicap? How do you managing your common daily life? If you share your story in the comment, others may get ideas or encouragement from it. Thank You!

Dewclaws Should Be Remained or Removed?

I’ve heard already different opinions about that dogs’ dewclaws should be remained or removed. The topic came up recently when a Jack Russell Terrier owner asked for my advice on this. I asked the lady about the age and health of her doggie as well as behavioral habits, and housing conditions. As her pooch is three months old, I recommend her to consult her vet and when the time of spaying her animal arrived, perform it as well. But let’s look at the matter more closely.

What Are Dewclaws Actually?

dog-paws-with-dewclawsMost dogs are born with a vestigial fifth claw on the inside of front paw. This is called a “dewclaw.”  In the United States, for most breeds, this tiny dewclaw is removed soon after birth. In Europe there are people who believe that dewclaws should not be removed.

On that breeds where dewclaws aren’t character types, usually only single (i.e. one piece on one foot) used to appear. And it is very rare bony,  usually is just a piece of skin with tiny claws. It is easily separated, so breeders often truncate that on newborn puppies.

Why Removing Is Recommended?

Dewclaws have traditionally been removed for reasons of safety for your dog. In many breeds, the dewclaw is attached rather high up on the leg, far above the other nails on the paw. It does not wear down during use.

The dewclaw can grow big and become quite sharp. Thus, it’s much easier for it to be entangled on things than the other nails. When the dewclaw get stuck itself on something, it can injure your dog. In the worst cases, it can rip or tear right off your dog’s leg. I also have seen examples of this earlier.

Of course, all of a dog’s nails – including the dewclaw if remained – should be trimmed regularly. That will help prevent the nails from catching on anything. But, even when the dewclaw is kept trimmed it is often set off from the leg and likely to get stuck on something.

Most people in the United States believe that the dewclaw does not serve a useful purpose anymore. Furthermore, that it is simplest to remove it soon after birth in order to avoid injuries.

When Remaining Is Accepted

I’ve to say that I met a few French sheepdogs. They were Great Pyrene (Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées), Beauceron (Berger de Beauce) and Briard (Berger de Brie) breeds. These animals have a dewclaw not only on their first but on rear legs as well.

These French shepherd dogs have five toes in their front feet, and set six toes on the rear. That’s their breed standard and they use those dewclaws sometimes. However, these dewclaws are bony and stable, settled at least 4-6 centimeters high above the pads.

There are some people who maintain the beliefs that dogs use the dewclaw to balance themselves when making sharp turns while running. And I am inclined to accept this.

Namely, I’ve seen agility competitions where the dewclaws were beneficial. Simply, they can grip when dogs are jumping or hitting the ground. So, the dewclaws can help in the tight turns that significantly influence the scoring.

The Declaws Removing Action

Dewclaws are usually removed when puppies are three or four days old. A breeder typically takes the mother into the vet’s office to be checked after whelping. And the  pups go along at the same time to have their dewclaws removed.

The entire process of removing the dewclaws on a litter of puppies only takes a few minutes. The vet places a hemostat on the dewclaw to make the area numb. And then he picks dewclaws off at the joint. A small suture is applied. The puppies are ready to go home very shortly.

It may happen that the dewclaws are left on, and they need to be removed later. However, then the process does become much more serious and requires surgery. The removing method is similar as above mentioned, but the vet applies Neosporin and bandaging over the wound.

In this respect, it’s a lot easier, and in the best interest of your puppy, to remove them during the first week. Anyway, in Europe there is some opposition to removing dewclaws just as there is opposition to docking tails and cropping ears. They consider dewclaw removal “mutilation” of the dog.

The European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals opposes many traditional methods of caring for dogs and other pets. However, the tenets of the convention have not been accepted by all European countries.

My Take on It

As we can perceive from above, the picture isn’t unambiguous. I know hunters and people actively working with dogs in Europe. They usually truncate not only the dewclaws (if they appeared at all), but the fifth toes of the front legs as well.

As for my dogs, I’ve made removed dewclaws by a vet always. When I did breeding before, the situation was similar. I’ve stopped the breeding long ago but always made removed my dogs’ dewclaws.

If your dog doesn’t break it down, and it doesn’t cause damage, you’ll need to check periodically its developing. If it is too big, or it hinders the move – possibly it may have been turned back like an eagle’s claw – it must pick off with a nail clipper tweezers. A professsional groomer or your vet will do that in no time.

P.S.: It’s your turn: Has the topic attracted your attention? What are your thoughts or experiences about removing or remaining of dewclaws? Speak your mind in the comments below. Thank You!

Moving With Your Dog Stress Free

Among the current living conditions, people are moving a few times, along with their dog. I went through in suchlike ‘nice’ locomotion a number of occasions. Entrust a mover … or packing, loading to truck, unload, unpacking, arrangements … there you are! Familiar, isn’t it?

moving-with-your-dogMy friend, I say from experience, I helped to move my brother-in-law two weeks ago. Moving is usually stressful enough for humans, but it’s also a stressful time for your dog. However, there are some things you can do to make a move easier for your dog. Here are seven tips – that I also applied – for moving with your dog.

A)  Make sure that your dog has his own crate. Whether you use it for traveling or as a safe place for your dog to go to during the move, the crate can be an invaluable investment. If your dog isn’t accustomed to using a crate, get the crate several weeks earlier.

Take your time and patiently help your dog get used to it. Put treats and toys in the crate and encourage your dog to go inside. Leave the door open so your dog can explore. Put food in the crate. Let him learn that the crate is a good place.

B)  If you’re moving with your dog locally, take him to the new place and let him look around. Take him inside and let him sniff the unknown place out. Let him look over the new yard or take him for a walk around the neighborhood.

Allowing your dog to see the new home when it’s not as stressful as it will be on moving day will help him adjust.

C)  Arrange new identification made for your dog. Get fresh ID tags for his collar with your brand-new address and phone number. If your dog has a microchip ( mine has) make sure you call the chip company with your actual address.

Furthermore, call your vet to update your dog’s information. Microchipping or updating your dog’s data can help in case your dog gets loose during the move.

D)  Before the move, you should inspect your new home and yard for anything that might be harmful to your dog. People often leave behind old cans of paint, antifreeze, junk and other things. All these could poison or otherwise injure your dog.

Check the place out thoroughly and properly dispose of anything harmful. Check for plants that could be toxic for dogs – such as Dieffenbachia, Oleander, etc. – too.

E)  If you have a fenced yard be sure to check the fence out meticulously to make sure there are no areas where your dog can escape. Check wires, look over the ground to see if your dog can dig his way out, and look for gaps. You’d be amazed at what small space dogs can squeeze through sometimes.

F)  When the moving day comes, try to keep things as calm as possible for your dog. Do you have a friend who could pet sit your dog during the day? If so, try to leave your dog with your friend while you move and simply pick him up at the end of the day.

If not, it’s best to keep your dog in the crate while people are going in and out of the house with furniture and boxes. This will prevent your dog from slipping out the door when no one is looking. Put the crate in a quiet room so your dog won’t be disturbed.

Make sure you provide him with some water and toys. Don’t forget to check on him regularly. If he seems upset try giving him a few drops of Rescue Remedy.

G)  Once all is over, even for the move as well. Most of the commotion is finished and people moving furniture and boxes have left. Then you can let your dog out to investigate his new surroundings. It’s best if you supervise, especially when you let him outdoors in case he finds something he shouldn’t.

Your dog will soon settle down and begin to relax in your new home together. If you have boxes, and drawers open remember that your dog is still a dog. He may pick up something to chew on, so start putting things where they belong. Furthermore, set up areas that will be off-limits to him  as in your former home.

If you follow these tips for moving with your dog, your locomotion to your new home should go smoothly for you and your animal. Dogs are much more adaptable than many people can imagine. From your dog’s point of view, as long as he is with you then he can be happy. Just help him over the actual move, and he’ll be fine.

P.S.: What was the last time you moved? How did you solve the relative tranquility of your dog during the day in question? We welcome your related ideas in the comments. Thank You!

To Jogging With Dog Consider These

When my Zizi and I walk, we use to meet people jogging with dog. We do a friendly farewell to each other when they’re passing by us. Sometimes we use to connect to a familiar jogger, and the dogs enjoy jogging as we do. So, to jogging with your dog is fun.

As I experienced, lots of individuals love the thought of jogging along with their dog. That activity is suitable to people who want to stretch their legs and keep fit themselves as their dogs. Because, taking your dog together for an excellent run is just as good for Fido as it is to you. But, all that’s not true for all cases always. So, don’t start it without these considerations below.

What the breed is your canine belongs to?

Say, you’ve a medium or big herding, hound and working breeds as well as a sporting breed. In that situation, your dog probably will be able to keep pace with you when you’re jogging. Namely, these breeds could possess a high stamina; the Border Collie is an excellent example.

At the same time, other dog breeds might happen to develop to run, like the Whippet and evidently the Greyhound. These canines will go wild with joy to go jogging with you. Of course, there are breeds such as a toy dog or a smaller or dwarf breed, or possibly a short-muzzled dog type. Going to jog with them doesn’t belong to the list of good ideas. As an illustration, you may jeopardize your Pug’s health by jog with.

It may happen you possess a blended breed canine, and you’re unsure what breeds could be the parents. In this situation, attempt to evaluate the size of your dog as well as the shape of his head. That’s important to know that throughout a long run will your animal have hassled breathing?

The next aspect you need to consider is how lengthy the legs of your canine are? Are those very short for have the ability to keep up with you when jogging with the dog problem free?

jogging-with-dogThere are various super dogs that could easily keep up with you whilst you jogging with them. Concurrently, small and toy doggies could be your great companions. However, these were in no way aimed to take part in heavy exercise actions. Strive to consider these concerns prior to taking your animal jogging.

What age is your dog?

It doesn’t matter what breed or size canine you own. It’s by no means wise to let your animal go into a tense, repeating workout during its puppy hood. Canines generally are puppies until they’re no less than a year-old. That’s simply because they still have bones that are developing.

You can do everlasting injury to your animal’s joints and bones if you permit him to involve severe jogging with you earlier than he reaches its one-year anniversary. Your puppy can obtain each of the workout sessions he wants from controlled playing and running for its primary year.

Exhausting roadwork or train for conditioning must hold back until he’s mellower, and the jogging with dog includes.

What’s the physical condition of your dog?

You should think about its psychical condition if you wish to begin jogging with dog. Is he usually preferred being a couch potato? Is he obese or languid? The canines, similarly to individuals, should be eased in exercising. If your animal is off of form, then he will not be capable of take part in one and a half or two miles jogging with him immediately.

You should begin your family dog’s exercise way of life through longer strolling and slowly accustomed him to jogging. You may gradually raise the distance that you and your canine jog jointly. For doggies that are fantastic applicants for jogging, this activity makes very good exercise for them.

Jogging builds dogs’ cardiovascular system and their muscle tissues. And this enables them to keep slim, similar to how it will do with humans, of course.

What are the outdoor conditions?

The canines could be influenced by climatic conditions just as much if not more so than people can. Do not forget that your dog cannot sweat, in contrast to you. They are only able to cool their bodies by panting. Thus, don’t bring your doggy jogging in the event, the temperatures or/and the air humidity is very high. It’s not necessary to expose him to the risk of stroke.

Alternatively, canines are able to handle the cold a lot better than people can typically (except your dog belongs to toy or darf breeds). Quite a few dogs possess a double coat; a thick and dense undercoat retains them warm in chilly weather. When you’re capable of go jogging with your dog in the cold season then he will appreciate it as well.

But, it’s best to be cautious about your family dog’s paws in chilly weather. Salt together with other chemical substances used to defrost the roads could be poisonous to canines, and plenty of dogs’ habit is to lick his toes after the run.

You have to clear your animal’s paws after contacting with icy roads. Salt and chemical compounds can even chap and crack your favorite’s paws hence you may want to get something to keep your canine’s paws gentle and properly-conditioned.

Conclusion

Your dog friend could make a wonderful jogging companion. However, you need to make certain that he’s the proper applicant regarding size, age, psychical condition. Furthermore, pay attention how he bears the different weather conditions. If you concentrate on these factors earlier than bringing your canine out exercising, then jogging with your dog must be secure and fun for each of you.

P.S.:  Have you ever tried jogging with your dog? If you haven’t already, you may consider to get started. If yes, share your experiences in the comments. Thank You!