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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

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!

Why Do Your Dogs Snoring?

Reasons of why dogs snoring are as many than in instance of people. In most cases there is some kind of obstruction of the dog’s air passage.  This causes certain parts of the throat to come in contact with each other in ways that stop air from flowing freely. The result is the sound that we associate with snoring.

Snoring Due to Narrowed Nasal Passages

Your dog’s size and the shape of his face and nasal passages also have a lot to do with whether or not he snores. Dogs such as Boxers, Bulldogs (English, French) and Pugs are often champion snorers due to their short nasal passages and the shape of their heads. These dogs were subjects of a genetic manipulation only that their breeders did over the centuries.

But, this does not mean that only these breeds snore. There are other dogs like Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu that can be loud stertorous, too. Any dog with a pushed-in face or brachycephalic head can be more prone to snoring. Namely, they can have more problems with breathing in general than others.

I remember Doris, my Boxer; she also could produce snoring. And when I took Zizi to the regular medical examination, there was an English Bulldog in the clinic waiting for a surgery. The vet said that the dog’s respiratory system was blocked heavily on occasion. Therefore, he will eliminate a particular tissue which inhibits breathing.

If feasible, it can be a solution to have your canine sleep in a separate room when the loud night breathing is absolutely unbearable. Make certain you bring your dog to your vet in the case the snoring becomes worse. Do that also if further noises are included besides the snoring like rattling or breathing wheezily.

Snoring Because of Overweight

overweight-people-snoringYou may have heard already that people who overweight are excellent in snoring. When it comes to why dogs snoring, I remember back to one of my fellow soldiers. Both of us were standing in a row in front of the draft board fifty years ago. He shadowed me because he was tall and 283 pounds in weight.

Before we had got to the Committee’s table, he whispered to me in confidence that he will not be a soldier. I thought, surely there are some high-ranking patrons behind him. A physician recruiter asked him if he has any illness? He replied: Yes, please, I snore. The laughter erupted, and he was declared fit. (The roommates told during training that he snores desperately. A year later, he was only 167 pounds. Wink)

But, back to the dogs. So, being obese, dogs are also more likely to snore because of their overweight. Namely, they are more likely to have extra tissue in their throats to obstruct their air passages. If humans or dogs lose weight, they will lose some of this extra tissue. Consequently, their snoring will decrease.

Allergy and Medicament Reasons

Dogs can also snore for veterinary medical reasons. For examle, if your dog has an allergic reaction to a food, a medication or to some other allergen. In that situation, his nasal and throat passages could become constricted which would cause him to snore.

When you actually have a dog suffer by respiratory obstacles, don’t smoke near your canine. Additionally, retain your furry friend from smoke of tobacco as far as possible. This way, you can prevent irritation that the tobacco smoke causes to her or him.

Your dog could also have excess tissue in his throat for other reasons. Your vet can make a thorough examination of  your dog’s nasal area and throat to determine what is causing your dog’s snoring.

Bad Sleeping Position

dog-snoring-on-her-backA temporary way to solve either human or dog snorers can be if they change their lying position. As I experienced, when my Boxer slept in curled up position she snored much less compared to lie flat out.

Furthermore, I altered her mattress to a spherical bed, and her snore reduced to some extent, too. In the end, we got to the point that I put a small pillow under her head, that also helped her breathing.

What Your Vet Says

If you are concerned about your dog’s snoring you should take comfort in the fact that the snoring probably isn’t bothering your dog at all. As long as your dog is sleeping well and seems alert and happy the next day, chances are that your dog’s sleep is not being disturbed by the snoring.  (Your sleep, on the other hand, is another matter, right?)

If, however, your dog’s snoring is consistently loud and lasts all night long, it may be bothering your dog, too. If your dog seems tired and irritable the next day then it’s possible that he also suffer by snoring. That’s also a sign that your dog’s sleep is being disturbed by the snoring or by other sleep problems.

Try giving your dog a new bed to sleep on or encouraging him to change his sleeping position. If you think that your dog is having problems with allergies, work to find out what your dog is allergic to. So you can eliminate it. If your dog is overweight, help him shed a little weight.

There are cases where minor surgery can relieve your dog’s snoring. However, make sure that you talk to your veterinarian about all of the possible risks and consequences of any surgery before agreeing to it.

It is possible that the risks of surgery may outweigh the benefits of getting rid of your dog’s snoring, depending on your dog’s age and general health.

Whatever is causing your dog to snore, talk to your vet about the problem and you may be able to improve the situation. This can help both you and your dog sleep a little better at night.

P.S.: Does your dog snore sometimes or continually? In this case, do you put a pillow over your head to prevent to hear that? Or do you have another solution? Share it in the comments. Thank You!

Small Canine, But It’s Even Dog

Hi,

I always knew I wasn’t perfect, but I tried to approach that status. Among other things, it’s also one of my weaknesses that I always attracted to the medium and large dogs. I had only a few small dogs in my household, not to mention the puppies born here. Apart from that, I know several breeds of them by visiting dog shows, talking with other dog people and vets. And I know personally small canine owners and their dogs as well.

small-canine-shih-tzu-in-gardenYou can see and hear interesting stories by consulting others. Some say that her little Shih Tzu asleep in her bed and eats from the table. Another small dog owner showed me the collar studded with rhinestones she just purchased. She said that her Papillon shrills if left alone and screams seeing another dog.

There is a Chihuahua owner who complained her doggie squawks loudly if it doesn’t get what it wants. I haven’t any doubt why these little build canines behave this way. I always tell that to mess up the puppy upbringing is the easiest.

Now I would like to improve this claim: the education of small breed puppies is even easier to mess up. And based on my experience, unfortunately, that’s what happened quite often. Consequently, by the time the dog reaches adolescence it’s fixed to the undesirable habits.

 A Small Dog Isn’t Dog?

I find it appropriate to ask, why there are so many small dog behavior problems? Maybe they are impossible to teach them in the same way? Or small dogs cannot be able to do the same as their larger counterparts? To search for the answer we don’t need to exam the dogs, but their owners, I think.

Because of their animal’s small size, the owners often cannot (and often not even want) to regard them as dogs. A small dog can fit into your pocket, don’t bother in your bed, easy to pick up if you happen to think … Obviously, to do these will be more difficult with a 99 pounds Rottweiler or a Komondor.

In earlier times, these little dogs (or at least their ancestors) had their own duties as, for example, a shepherd or guard dog breeds. Today, however, these doggies are not dogs as many people think. It might as well call them the supplement of children.

Alternatively, you can name them (on a humiliating manner) for cats, because, unfortunately, many people tend to treat them that way. But, apart from that, the dog still stays dog … with a lot of unwanted and poorly entrenched behavioral problems.

Puppy Ages of Small Dogs

It may be unbelievable for someone but a Yorkie or a Maltese puppy has the same puppy-hood completely than a Saint Bernard or an Amstaff. And if you want a physically and mentally healthy, well-balanced dog, you need to try to raise him into awareness of this right from the start.

You should pay attention to the same problems and educational principles with a small dog like a bigger bodied peer. In this article, I only want to point out two mistakes that are typically use to commit owners of small dogs.

Snacking … a Piece of Me, a Piece of the Dog

I mean a small bite of the main course, a little dessert, a piece of chocolate, a bit of potato chips. It wouldn’t come to mind the consequences while we meet the eager eyes begging for bites. Although, we build a fundament of behavioral problems and also endanger the health of our favorites.

The dog (the little dog, too!) is a prey oriented beast. Her stomach isn’t evolved for purpose of processing a variety of nutrients in half hourly. Not to mention the fact that – especially in the development phase of puppies – we can cause serious damage doing this kind of spoiling.

In addition to the constant snacking, your pooch will not get its own need to enter the standard feed specifically designed for him. Which is resulted in a not only picky, but an ill-nourished, unhealthy dog. The composition of the human food doesn’t meet a doggie in development, but also not for your adult dog.

So, often in their puppy-hood they develop various developmental disorders – due to inadequate feeding. In addition, you lose your authority  in the eyes of your puppies. As a pack animal, your dog will never respect you as a leader when his own will prevails already in his puppy times.

The Importance of Teaching Your Small Dog

Unfortunately, I rarely see a small dog who – at the first word – could walk without a lead beside the owner’s foot. I could additionally mention the actions of Sit, Down, etc. or even Come back to the owner when the command is said at first occasion. Again, the fault is also can be searched not in the dog’s ability …

Although, a small dog is capable to learn the same training commands such as their larger conspecifics. But, for some reason, many owners devoted much less time to that in their case. However, the dealing with dogs, the consistent training is equally important from the outset, as the right nutrition.

You need to find time for your dogs! It isn’t sufficient if he is watching TV when sitting in your lap. The same is with that you go down twice daily for a ten-minute walk with cell phone in your hand. Our dog does need to be both physically and mentally tired sufficiently.

Conclusion

My friend, take the trouble to teach your small dog at least the basic training commands. Play a lot with him and find out challenges suitable to their psychique. With these activities you prevent not only your home deterioration, but those also help to build a more robust dog-owner relationship between you. In addition, you could walk with your doggie much prouder if you don’t have to worry about time s/he running out in front of a car.

P.S.: Has the topic attracted your attention? What’s the size of your furry pal? What are your thoughts about dealing with little dogs? Please, speak your mind in the comments. Thank You!

Alex

Choosing the Best Dog Breed for Family

I believe, selection of the best dog breed differs from that of your spouse. Although the former relationship is the same for many years, but the partner doesn’t have a say into your decision. This means that for us, humans have dual responsibility to choose a companion dog. Namely, in a good case, the dog fits into our living with the least possible difficulty.

Why Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You Is Important?

Have you seen a good-looking man pulling his coat collar high on a dark street, as he yanks a pink sweater dressed ponytail hair styled Westie after him? I was lucky (?) to see such a scene. And although the picture could be funny, it hurt my heart to think about what feeling could it be to the poor doggie.

Who just understand so much from the thing that his owner rather would be anywhere than with him on the street. I’m not able to imagine what that man thought before he brought home that little canine. And I’m wondering which one of them has changed since then, he or his dog?

And who hasn’t heard a fighting dog owner, as he asseverates that his dog is so disciplined that may not happen to turn against a family member. (Unless the pack leader host wasn’t there, and the child was crawling on all fours to have fun with playing tug of war with this dog’s ears.)

The consequences of a bad choice: unhappy owners, sorrowful dogs, and – what could be the worst – even accidents. However, the best dog breed that meets you, the owner’s needs gives a lot to your family; unconditional love, care and attention. And a canine involuntary influence you to switch to the healthy lifestyle. And even it is good for depression as well.

Who Is Match to Whom?

which-is-the-best-dog-breed?Finding the best dog breed for your loved ones is a more serious decision you do than it seems firstly. You can come across approximately four hundreds canine breeds. From that amount, you can separate around 320 of pure breeds. And there are around 80, consisting of mixings breeders developed from the pure breeds.

There are breeds, which integrated to humans but kept their hereditary characteristics. However, on the other hand, people changed the dogs – like to be smaller or larger than the primary breed. Apart from that, you need to consider all canine breeds hold particular abilities, characteristics, dimension, function and temperament.

Every dog species found within the best dog breed for you will possess some mutual  elements. That means, for instance, dogs whose functions were hunting earlier people bred differently to lessen the hunting predisposition. This way, they make that dog more desirable as family favorite. Namely, the hunting means him only is stopping at food market to carry the dinner material the housewife bought home.

Dog Groups

The  main dog breed categories are these: companions, guards, scent hounds, sighthound, spaniels, spitz and herding, terriers, toys and working. Obviously, this doesn’t contain the mongrels, because to know  their precise inheritance is impossible.

Every one of the breeds is better known for its capability to fulfill certain characteristic tasks. We can say that historically, working dogs were every canine. They were assisting people by fetching prey, guarding goods, herding sheep, holding cattle, or possible persecuting the fleeing.

The household pets were infrequent that way than they are nowadays. The genetic code is something that still involves in all dog breeds as a trait of their original work type. It’s advisable for you to know how your prospective canine is programmed genetically prior you take him home.

Genetic Programming Dictates

Which canine is a watchdog by nature probably won’t be functioned as the cuddly playfellow for your toddler. Another example can be a rescued greyhound, which is quiet and gentle. However, it has to have lots of outside running opportunities. Consequently, a couch potato owner isn’t the perfect match for a dog that may accelerate to the speeds of as much as 45 mph.

You may think the best dog breed would be a medium to large canine for your family. You possibly imagine that may be simply trained and defensive over your kids. If this is so, a herding or pastoral animal such as a Collie, Old English sheepdog, or Welsh Corgi could be your proper solution. The inherent aptitude they’ve for keeping flock within the pasture conform to supervise your children in your yard and keeping away intruders.

Or, your idea might be a small-sized doggie for entertaining without other expectations. In this case, consider the toy dog breed. You may choose canines among Chihuahua, King Charles Spaniel, Manchester Terrier, Pekingese, Poodle, Pug or a Shih Tzu.

Naturally, don’t expect lots of work performed by this group. According to my observation, the toy dog breeds are brought to perfection finding methods to let you work for them. As if this was just the cats.

As the hunter partners and staunch companion, the hunting dog breeds possess proud traditions. These animals will be the Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Irish Setter, Golden Retriever, Hungarian Vizsla, Labrador Retriever.

Especially it may be that you’re not paying homage to the goddess of hunting, Diana. Apart from that, provide these canines that type of open air lifestyle, which helps them feel useful in the manner that’s part of their own legacy.

Conclusion

The best dog breed for everyone would be different. Some breeds need space, whilst some require primping for demonstrate that rivals what fashion models show you. There is a good chance that a mongrel could be the easiest breed to carry home and love.

In all of sizes and shapes, these canines have bearded difficulties that put them into a shelter. Although what they need is a loving home. Adopt one of them and you’ll have a devoted buddy for its lifespan.

P.S.: What kind of dog would fit your lifestyle? Which dog breed’s attributions would be perfect for your family? Please share with us the thoughts this post generated in you. Thank you!

Care for Dogs in Summer Heat

Writing about how to care for dogs in summer heat is very timely. If your winter dream realized in a sunny weather, you’ve choices to cool yourself. You can achieve a pleasant pastime with your family and dogs outside. People are looking a river, lake, sea or a beach for refreshment. That’s fine, if you think about the increased risks associated with the heat. But, no panic, you can forestall heat issues take place to your doggie.

Where I live, we’re having a heat wave, for a month now. The biggest problem is that rain in our region was only one and a half months ago. You can only imagine what the heat distress is both man and animal. I think; you understand that animals often suffer as equal as humans in summer heat, so care for dogs is indispensable.

This is important because considering their body size and weight, the outcome occurs sooner and can be heavier. You can compare them to that child who has the same weight. Moreover, we, humans can perspire and our natural instinct urges us to get help or consume enough water. In contrast, dogs don’t sweat, because they aren’t able to do so.

Care-for-dogs-and-let-them-play-in-water-in-summer-heat

One of the sure methods to remain cool in the warmth is playing in water. And if you’re a responsible owner, your dogs do that under your supervision. The summer period can also be an excellent possibility to travel to a temperate climate with your favorite.

Preventing Sunburn and Blistering

We, humans, are able to minimize the chance of sun burning by taking place under a tree or an umbrella, possibly another shade. The right choice to guard your skin is to wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing if you’re outdoors. That may be necessary even you’re within a shade.

Otherwise, you won’t realize but the sun can burn your skin surface and likewise, your pooch in no time. There are sun-sensitive surfaces such as lips, ears and nose. Therefore, preserve your canine within the shade during the burning hours. Generally, that period starts from 10 a.m. and lasts around 3 – 4 p.m.

If you cannot remain in the shade, for some reason, you may put sunscreen on your pet’s sensitive surfaces. However, you should not cover your furry pal’s lips because that would prevent the dog panting. Namely, the dogs do not hang out their tongues because the fashion dictates that.

Far from it. As I wrote here: “… we need to bear in mind that our canines lack sweat glands (unlike the people) to minimize the risk of heat. They pant in order to help to regulate their physique temperature. So, your pooch (panting with his hanging tongue) is a warmed animal.”

So, you only need to focus your attention on your pet to make certain there isn’t a sunburn. In this respect, staying on the beach sand or a dark-colored pavement for long time requires your particular attention.

Namely, remaining on easy to become hot areas the risk of skin blistering is much bigger. I always try to go or stay on grassy places if the possibilities allow. And finally, if you perceive any bladder developing, then take your pooch to your vet without delay.

Heat Exhaustion and Stroke

If your dog’s temperature reaches or goes beyond 104 degrees, a heat stroke can happen easily. The elevated temperature triggers a metabolic confusion. That means the chemicals necessary for normal body operation released.

And that can lead to cell destruction in the physic. The brain, the liver, and bowel are more vulnerable to the consequences relating to cell destruction.

The blood of a living organism becomes thicker in case of heat stroke. That will cause stress in the center because that tries to pump the heavy blood across the system. Consequently, the blood stagnates and at some point coagulates, so the tissue death befalls. Even so, this occurrence can be prevented.

I don’t know about you, so I ask; have you ever left your dog in your closed car in a parking lot? If that’s the case, it’s time to change your habit and don’t do it anymore. Namely, the main reason dogs suffered a heat stroke is leaving them there in summer heat.

If you’re forced to leave your dog in your car for some reason, then leave the air-conditioning on. In the absence of that option, provide a fan to circulate the air. If that also isn’t available, let the windows down that extent the dog cannot come out.

There are canines that are very active due to its nature. These may also develop heat stroke in the absence of shadows on an extremely heat day. Therefore, it’s advisable to lessen their exercise also in this respect.

It happens that someone really loves her dog favorite. I also love my dogs, but I try to avoid overfeed them. Namely, if your four-legged friend has overweight, or heart possibly a lung problem, it’s increasingly at risk getting a heat stroke.

And, as dogs become older their sensitivity rises, so they are prone to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. I also know a case where the irresponsible owner not thought about it and overworked his Kuvasz dog on a heat day. The nine-year-old dog died, and I felt very sorry for that beautiful animal.

If your family dog generally lives inside, then leave him home in air-conditioned room when you do your usual jogging. Of course, there may be a situation when you forced to take him with you. In this case, while you’re arranging the tasks involved in, leave him in your air-conditioned car.

There are many canines, which live outside. If you’re one of these owners, then you should be particularly careful and supply shady places for your pet. Providing umbrella or ventilated dog house are other alternatives to save your dog’s life in summer heat.

My Labrador-German Shepherd mix, Zizi is an outdoor dog, and I reduced her daily exercise. She can hide from the heat because there are many shaded places in our yard. She has four opportunities to drink fresh water in our yard when thirsty.

You probably have a more senior dog. Then it’s best to keep him interior of your home when the heat is infernal. After all, you’d want to keep him being cool and remain healthy.

Do Not Let the Water Out

The number-one method to forestall heat illnesses is providing enough fresh drinking water to your doggie. I’m trying to put water bowls into the shade always. I change the water if the sun moves through the sky and the rays reaches them.

The two-minute work is worth it to protect my dog from the heat and dehydration. By using the above tips as well as common sense, you do a serious step toward enjoy rather than suffer summer season with your dogs.

P.S. Is such an infernal heat around your living environment? How do you care for dogs? Share with us below the impact this entry elicited from you. Thank you.

Best Dog Breed for Us?

I hear this question quite often: “Which would be the best dog breed for us?” I’m honored if you ask this from me, for two reasons. Partly, I see that you want to get information to make a well-grounded decision. On the other hand, I am pleased if I may share my dog keeping experience, and you benefit from that. So, let me to answer the opening question through an example of someone.

The Question

Which-is-the-best-dog-breed-for-us?We want a family dog which one can fit well. And I don’t want to look silly but am unsure: what would be the best dog breed for us? Of course, I would be the leader of the pack (as a woman). I will do the feeding, drinking, walking, caring, scratching, pampering, etc.

I hadn’t many dogs so far, and I’m not an expert. Basic things – such as sit, lie down, walk beside feet, retrieve a stick and alike – I can teach I think. But, I cannot carry through serious training.

Our bigger child is a boy, is hyperactive, always moving, very loud, running around. I’m uncertain; a more relaxed or more active dog would be good for him? By the way, he’s pretty hard to express himself, especially his feelings. That’s why I think he needs a companion, a dog mate.

The smaller is our daughter, and she is a sweet, not too bold child, but a caregiver. She feed and drink the cats always. When rain starts to fall, she immediately brings them inside. When it’s cold, she blankets them eventually.

I think, a more relaxed dog would be fine to her. But, she has so much acceptance and love that she will love the whatever dog, so I’m not worried about her. She is not used to chivy the dog. She is well accustomed to do, but a little scared when a dog jogs her, or is fierce.

My husband also loves the animals. He caresses them the same way like feed, clean up the yard, etc.. But, he is less at home, let’s just say that he could be devoting less time.

We live in a family house with a large garden that is sacred and inviolable, no scraping, digging, treading, because it can no longer go there. So it is a quite docile, obedient dog would be my desire.

Our yard is ‘dog safe’ – so to speak –  there isn’t something to ruin, or irreplaceable. And we have cats.

So, the best dog breed I’d be interested for. A quiet dog would be better for our girl and a vivid for the boy. But, if we choose a quieter canine, how long that will tolerate our boy? Vice versa, if we choose a vigorous one, how can you teach the dog not to jog her and to be more careful with her?

The dog wouldn’t be the kids’ property, but they would be together a lot. And, I wouldn’t want one of my kids didn’t love the dog, or wouldn’t be able to adapt to each other.

In the first place, we cannot decide on the male/female thing. Small or a bit bigger (pros and cons), relaxed or lively dog shall it be?

This summer I still do not work, that’s for sure. And the kids are home almost all day – after the break they come home at noon. So it can be a lot to deal with the canine.

After all, what would be the best dog breed for our family?

Teresa”

The Answer

Teresa, I appreciate that you’ve been addressed your question about the best dog breed for you to me. And I want to assure you that there are no silly questions. I value your detailed description about your situation.

I’m telling you, when the dog getting idea is aroused, you can choose from several options. You can take a purebred puppy, or a cute little mix. Or you can adopt even an adult dog from a shelter, for example. Whatever you choose is good to get to know the main advantages and disadvantages in the beginning.

I’d summarize your situation. You want a family dog which should be adaptive, easily trainable, quiet and vivid at the same time, obedient, and tolerable toward kids. You think that mainly your task would be to look after your prospective canine. You imagine the dog placement and keeping in your yard.

Anyway, the best dog breed – as a kind of – isn’t existed. Everyone has different needs, but all dogs can be perfect for someone. I think; three dog breeds would fit to your situation: the Bernese Mountain, the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. Which is why, let’s talking about one by one.

Why the Bernese Mountain Dog?

The characteristics of Bernese Mountain dog breed contain its peaceful nature, tenderness and true-hearted personality. This breed is very committed to the pack leader (you) as well as the family. In addition, you possibly can teach him without a problem.

This dog breed is trustworthy and gets along very well with your children. The Bernese tolerates the more hyperactive kid as well as  your daughter’s care giving. The Bernese is probably one of many amicable dogs you’ll discover in socialization action with your other household favorites.

What is more, it is a great watchdog, its large stature can be dissuaded alone. He rarely barks. I think a woman can “manage” it with adequate determination. You can read more about the Bernese Mountain breed here.

The Golden Retriever Can Be the Next Best Dog Breed for You

The Golden Retriever dog breed is an even-minded, affable canine. They’re inclined by nature to companionship with others. They possess a benign and biddable nature, sufficiently suppressed and completely tranquil. The barking isn’t its strong point.

The dogs belonging to this breed are quite intelligent and really desirous of work in the interests of you as the pack leader. The Golden Retriever dog can live fine with your other canines. Even so, the male species can coexist together with your other pet problem free. Of course, the early socialization helps you in that – in case you choose a puppy instead of adult dog.

A Golden Retriever is adored for your children’s companion. And, she is tolerating the small badness of kids. However, you must make sure that your children know where the limit is. To illustrate the good nature of this breed; she simply moves away if your children ‘sweat’ her extremely. Click here to read more about the Golden Retriever dog breed.

Lastly, Don’t Miss the Labrador Retriever

Under the assumption that your Labrador Retriever dog is trained, he can be very friendly and fairly obedient. This dog breed is excellent for being children’s mate, simply because their tolerance limit is high enough. The Lab is equipped with its times to becoming very calmed across your household.

However, he might end up being potent and strong if needed in no time. Usually, this breed is very loyal to its owner and is addicted to please you. He prefers to learn new trickeries as well as being an excellent candidate for obedience classes. Here is more knowledge about the Labradors.

Her’s one more aspect. It is not accidental that most of the guide dogs are Labrador or Golden. Namely, they should not ‘jog’ their handlers; they  instructed that way.

Besides these three breed posts I recommend you to read posts you find in my “Choosing” category. Anyway, as for male or female, I recommend you to choose a neutered male dog.

Best Dog Breed From a Shelter

I’m sure, already the pre-schoolers know that the dog is man’s best friend. Unfortunately, he is often a much better friend than as the man for him. That’s the reason of a significant number of ownerless dogs in shelters. Who needs a loyal companion and reliable friend, be sure to find it just right there.

An already developed dog just as devotedly will love you as if you knew him as a puppy. Moreover, this poor creature has tasted the bitter and dangerous side of life very well. So, he will appreciate the security you – the new owner – will provide him as a high value.

I’m saying this as a person who worked in a dog shelter voluntarily, and who keep shelter dogs more than three decades. I believe that you, partly will find an infinitely grateful and loyal companion. On the other hand, you’ll be exempted from the pup rearing nuisances. Think about the trivial but nerve-wracking – chewed, lacerated, dug up, stained, etc. – things.

Alternatively, the implicational cost of vaccinations, treatment of injuries, the puppy’s foods are more expensive, and alike. Anyway, by talking with a vet, your possible preconceptions may be dispelled. And I can assure you that shelter dogs aren’t used cars, which have definitely a flaw that is not in the new one.

All in all, I’m recommending you that after the born of dog buying idea, you talk to your veterinarian, the chosen dog’s breeders and owners, even more occasions. Be curious about the advantages and disadvantages as well, when seeking the best dog breed.

Because, believe me, a solely advantageous purchase does not exist. For consequences caused by your later discovered ignorance, it would be silly to blame the dog. After all, he is often the victim of the problem.

So, Teresa, I recommend you to study the above mentioned breeds and talk with breeders, trainers, shelter staffs and vets. That way, you will make a good decision. I hope; my post was a useful contribution to select the best dog breed for you.

Many successes, 🙂

Alex

Dehydration In Dogs and Consequences

When I wake up from sleep with dried mouth, I drink some water from the glass standing on my bedside table. A similar thing happened even then, when I was a feverish patient. Then I consumed more water or tea or fruit juice to replace the lost fluid volume and to avoid dehydration of my body. When it comes to dehydration in dogs, many people are uninformed about realize this serious problem in time. This article makes you better prepared to avoid the dehydration.

What Is the Dehydration Actually?

The human dehydration is the shortage of fluids in your body. That’s a process that starts when your body gives off more water than your intake. The dehydration usually causes an increase in the sodium level in your bloodstream.

Vomiting, diarrhea, excessive heat, fever, and decreased water consuming for any reason, is resulting in dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration in children may be a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, lethargy, and skin dryness.

Dehydration initially stimulates thirst center in your brain. This causes that you want to drink more fluids. If your water intake cannot keep up with the water loss, the dehydration becomes severe in your body. In this case, your body reduces the perspiration, and produces less urine.

If the fluid loss continues on the same extent, the drying out of body tissues will start. The cells begin to shrink and operate erroneously. The brain cells are most susceptible to dehydration include such major signs of severe dehydration of consciousness, coma is increased.

Refreshing-will-prevent-dehydration-in-dogsDehydration in dogs is most frequently the fluid loss involves together with minerals and vitamins such as chloride, sodium and potassium; collectively known as electrolytes. Dehydration in dogs also may be a consequence of some sickness, particularly if your doggie suffers by fever.

Consequences of Dehydration

The effect is similar when your pooch experiences excessive warmth, and some other elements. Our dog friend’s natural act is panting when he feels heat. That causes fluid loss. And that may lead to dehydration if – for some reason – he doesn’t consume water.

Namely, we need to bear in mind that our canines lack sweat glands (unlike the people) to minimize the risk of heat. They pant in order to help to regulate their physique temperature. So, your pooch (panting with his hanging tongue) is a warmed animal.

Whether it’s attributable to sickness, contact with heat, or plainly insufficient fluid consume, you should address the dehydration promptly. If you don’t handle it right away – it’s overlooked often as I observed – the chance of organ fiasco or death in your dog can be multiplied.

Sad to say, but dehydration in dogs can occur extremely easy. It is much simpler than quite a few animal owners think. But, be calm about my friend, it’s also easy to forestall this with sufficient attention. You just need to observe your doggie’s behavior and take steps you can towards treating.

Treating Dehydration In Dogs

If you think that your amazing dog is dehydrated, obtain some water instantly. And you should get him to your veterinarian without delay. Indications of dehydration can encompass improper resiliency to the skin, sunken and dry eyes, dry nose, along with a lack of saliva. Dogs are dehydrated may even end up with a slowdown of their capillary reload time. And the result can be the lassitude – as my vet said to me.

I propose a method to bring to light if your dog is dehydrated. You don’t have to do other than fondly pull your canine’s lip abstain from his gum. Then press your finger contrary to its gum so that the area becomes whiter. Take away your finger and see: the color of gum area should go back to the original nearly promptly.

If you see a slowdown in the color restoration, then that’s a sign of dehydration in dogs. The other checking method is grabbing the skin on the neck of your canine and squeeze it up a bit. If it remain wrinkled and will not recede into the normal mode, your animal is dehydrated.

Letting your dog drink water is the greatest way to replace the lost fluids. However, you shouldn’t allow your severely dehydrated dog to absorb lots at once. It may lead to vomiting and an additional loss of fluids. Instead make sure your dog drink tiny amounts in a period of time.

You can use a hydrating solution to replace the missing electrolytes. The Pedialyte (electrolyte and water combination) is a proven solution for babies in case of their dehydration. And, it also is appropriate for our dogs.

In fact, if your canine refuses to drink or appears dehydrated, you should show him to your vet. Your veterinarian will establish the diagnosis and recommend the right treatment. That step is very important because the dehydration can be a signal of another illness.

If your pet isn’t drinking voluntarily, you need to apply a clean, needleless plastic syringe. Administer the hydrating solution drink in small doses at once to the mouth. Make sure that your doggie ingests that little amount always.

I suggest you consult your vet if symptoms persist, if your animal is deteriorating, or if the condition became serious.

How Am I Preventing the Dehydration In My Dogs

Prevent-dehydration-in-dogs-by-providing-fresh-water I always had the basic principle; prevention is much better than handling any developed problem. Ergo, I always strived to give my dogs enough and fresh drinking water. If you visited my dogs, you would realize that at least one bowl is full with fresh water all the times.

We have quite a large yard and garden. Consequently, I don’t keep our dogs in a kennel, and they aren’t chained as well. And there are four different places giving a nice shady spot for our dogs in the summer heat. Those also help them to check equally the gates and doors and the life outside the fence.

And the water bowls are under the shadow as well. Despite that, we change the water oftentimes to make sure coolness. Furthermore, I use to wash their bowls daily to avoid developing bacteria. I think; the frequent cleaning  is particularly important in summer’s heat.

When I change the water I observe the amount they consumed. Usually, the average daily water consumption of my dogs is around one-ounce water per their pounds in weight. Anyway, observing water consuming is particularly essential if your pooch is recovering from ailments like vomiting or diarrhea.

When I go to walk with them or exercise, I bring along a water bottle in the warmer periods. I use to drink from that and give water to my dogs in a collapsible bowl. When we are traveling, I put enough home water into our car that caters to the needs during the trip. This way, they aren’t forced to drink a who knows what kind of water on the go.

Fortunately, dehydration in dogs is a unknown concept before me because I keep myself to my principles. In my last advices, I’d speak to those of you who are living in a hot and dry climate zone. If your dogs are sensible breeds, keep them air-conditioned-inside as much as your circumstances allow.

My other suggestion to prevent the dehydration in dogs is to supply them moisturized foods. I’m following this practice for quite a long time with success. I do wash their eating bowl after every feeding. You know; doing the little work is worthy to keep my dogs in good health.

How Our Puppy Learns Human Language?

How our puppy learns human language is depending both you and him. I think back to a case happened earlier. I once rescued a puppy presumably they threw out from their car as a surplus. We – my son and I – did some errands using a car to arrange everything faster. Meanwhile, the rain began to fall, and we perceived this puppy standing on the roadside.

She drenched totally. I felt sorry for this poor soul, so we stopped and picked up her into a blanket on the back seat of our car. We brought her to the vet – for examining and treating – and then to our home. I left her to become acclimatized to circumstances before starting her education.

The Learning Basis Of Puppies

The study defined by the psychology is as the change of behavior and long-term behavioral potential, which arises from the continuous exercise. Dogs are among the few organisms that retain the ability to play and learn throughout their lives.

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Naturally, the most effective learning is at an early age, that is closely related to the formation and volume to the brain. Therefore, the puppies – almost from their birth – are constantly monitoring the man, his actions and habits. The more time they spend around their human companion, they can remember further correlation based on several observations.

And by calculating the consequences to their actions, they adapt their reactions to these. Therefore, after a period of time is sufficient for them the smallest sign and gesture. They’ll know immediately what you will do it, what will happen the next minute?

Dogs don’t just visually monitoring us humans. They are also listening with great attention to acoustic signals people produce. These are probably the third most important sources of information for them. The first two are odors, and body language signals are coming from people living in their vicinity.

How the Cohabitation Began With Our Puppy?

I need to mention incidentally, I also have had puppies from my own breeding before her, and they were with us for 60 days. Meantime I intended to get a place for them on the dog-loving families. Namely, I strived to achieve the offsprings leave my kennel fair way, in good healthy conditions.

The puppy in question required a few days to be familiar with us and her new home. In the first day she was looking for his littermates and her mother by crying a little. But she consoled by getting plenty of love and caress from us and my other dog also patronized her. After the acquaintance week, she seemed integrated into us.

This little canine was a surplus somewhere, but she had a great time within our home. The thrown out from a car left a deep mark in her soul. Due to that she avoided stepping voluntarily into ours for a long time. But, we perceived – maybe due to the care which benefited from the treatment we provided – our puppy listened to us.

How Did Our Puppy Learn?

Speaking about our puppy, she realized that she is safe here. And we perceived she wants to learn our language (figuratively speaking). After all studying comes naturally for dogs, mainly in their early ages. Studying comes a natural way once you educate a puppy to link some phrases and behaviors.

This manner they can learn in depth vocabulary just by listening and watching to you. I observed before, that each puppy – like us people – learns on its own pace. Puppies will be able to learn faster when they see what we’re doing and hear our language sound at the same time.

For instance, our puppy learned shortly that if I put on a certain pair of footwear that is a sign of the going to go to walk. Our pooch is primed to answer me, so I educated a phrase to associate with the motion. Those were “We take a walk” or “Let’s go to car drive.” Both brought the result.

It’s great if our puppy performs an activity that we really want him to study to do on our command. We can increase the efficiency to give the name to that action. For example, each time I saw our puppy sitting calmly – even if I did not tell her it to – I said, “good sit.” The same applies to other commands also: “come,” “down,” “bring it” and such.

Mistakes Keep Away From Is Advisable

In the human language learning process we may simply encourage accidentally the conduct issues of our puppy or worsen them. Due to that I list some manners new pooch owners can turn into their own worst enemies – as I experienced:

A) Providing an excessive amount of freedom very soon for your puppy.

B) Permitting his misbehavior to develop into a custom.

C) Allowing your pet to suppose he is the boss.

D) Thinking a crate is ferocious so you reject to use it in training.

Conclusion

Our puppy can and prone to learn the human language consisting of visual and voice elements. But like in the case of kids, our canine requires structure and guidelines in the process. They need praise after they do proper and discipline when they make some mistake.

At the same time, our puppy needs a place to feel itself safe. And, it’s advisable to use a crate or secure room to prevent damaging behavior. Mainly, if you possibly can’t oversee it. All of those help you to ensure him the structure it must turn into your excellent companion.

Stop Feeding These Toxic Foods For Dogs 1

Speaking about toxic foods for dogs I’d like to ask you a question. Are you able to resist the begging gaze accompanied with tail wagging? It’s a well-known phenomenon when you are eating something and your pet’s eyes almost falls out from their places by staring at you when he’ll get a piece out of that. But, in some cases, you’d better avoid giving. Because what is healthy for you, it can be toxic foods for dogs.

The foods your dogs are consuming – including vegetables – are very important in terms of their health and lifespan. While some are very useful, there are others, which may cause digestive problems. Others possibly cause serious illness or even death if your four-legged friends eat those. Let’s see which ones are toxic foods for dogs:

Alcohol

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Although a muddle-headed dog may seem funny for you, but the liver of your four-legged mate actually doesn’t tolerate alcohol.

I’m able to survive a smooth curve night with a cruel next day. But the least amount of alcohol may cause from diarrhea through abnormalities in the central nervous system to the death of your dog – in the worst case. The smaller the body of your dog is, the more severe the consequences are.

Avocado

I’m making sure that avocados are unreachable for our dogs. I am doing this for the following reasons:

The ASPCAs 2009 lists contain the avocados as toxic foods for dogs. Reason is its persin substance that’s avoidable giving it to animals. The avocado leaves, fruit, seeds, and even its bark contains the aforementioned persin. That can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. If left unchecked, these symptoms can lead to the drying out of your dog.

Caffeine

Coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks – are on the black list for dogs. Unfortunately, these can be fatal for your pet and there is no antidote. Indications of poisoning of caffeine can be rapid breathing, unrest, fast heartbeat, muscle cramps and undue bleeding.

My note: I experienced that some pain relievers have such carriers which contain caffeine, so ask your vet before giving those to your doggie!

Chewing Gum (also sugar free)

It’s in reality xylitol that’s lethal and could be present in numerous products. You must learn the labels and truly watch out. One of many canines on the Rolling Dog Farm shelter in New Hampshire ingested some gum. Thankfully, Alayne remembered studying a thing about xylitol and brought the canine to the vet. Due to that information – and the fast-acting – the dog survived.

Chocolate

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I like the chocolate; however, I eat a little of it only. Depending on the size of your dog and the amount of chocolate, or products containing chocolate or macadamia nuts eaten by your dogs require immediate veterinary intervention. Otherwise, that can cause a life-threatening emergency case. The component called theobromine found in chocolate triggers the toxic effect in most of the dogs.

That’s an alkaloid similar to caffeine chemically. The theobromine is utilized in medications as a diuretic drug and coronary heart stimulant. Many people don’t have any downside digesting the theobromine present in chocolate. But it surely is a completely different story for your canines!

The dogs digest theobromine more slowly and might get ill and die from consuming an excessive amount of chocolate. But how much is an excessive amount for your dog? It will depend on the kind of chocolate because the baking chocolate contains ten times much theobromine as milk based chocolate. To be protective it is best to keep away from giving such toxic foods for dogs.

Grapes

My family consumes grapes from the garden. It is unclear from medically aspect, but the regular grape consumption causes kidney failure in dogs. Early symptoms include repeated vomiting, and the depression follows that in your dog. Unfortunately, the raisins also have such effect; therefore, it’s one of the worst you can give for dogs as a treat.

Mushrooms

We in our family eat mushrooms cooked in different ways. But, the mushrooms are the next member of the row of toxic foods for dogs. Their substances can be harmful for multiple systems within the body of your canines. The substances of mushrooms may cause shock, and your pet might die.

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