Need some helpful techniques to help leash train your dog?
You look at the clock. It’s time to walk your dog. As you grab the leash, the poop bags and your keys, you feel a familiar anxiety that occurs each time you step outside. You may fear that your neighbors will say, “Uh oh, there she comes with that crazy dog.” You may feel like your neighborhood has become one massive, unpredictable trigger for your dog. Once put on leash, your typically calm and sociable dog begins barking, lunging, growling and whining at typical neighborhood noises and distractions.
Does this sound familiar? If so, take a deep breath and keep reading. Leash reactivity is a common and normal behavior for dogs. While cases vary in severity, and it is always advisable to consult a professional, force-free dog trainer if you have a leash reactive dog, rest assured that there are techniques you can use on your daily walks to manage and improve your dog’s leash manners (and your peace of mind).
(Article courtesy of Mutt About Town)
Did you know that spear grass can be dangerous for your dog?
Okanagan veterinarians are warning pet owners to keep their dogs away from spear grass.
Dogs are most commonly affected by spear grass when they come in direct contact with it, usually while hiking. According to staff at Fairfield Animal Hospital, spear grass can become embedded between a dog’s toes and migrate through the tissues of the paw/leg. They said it can also enter the ear canal and cause severe discomfort/infection and even rupture the eardrum.
Read more for prevention tips and symptoms to watch for.
(Article courtesy of Kelowna Now)
Protect your dog against the biting effects of flies, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other carriers of diseases and parasites this summer with Natural 4 Life Dog Safe Bug Repellent. Stop in store to pick up or for details.
Do you know what to do if your dog gets dehydrated, has a hot spot or gets fleas?
These and other seasonal dangers like mosquitoes, heat stroke, even changes to appetite can leave you frustrated or worried.
Check out this article with 10 ways to help your dog beat the heat and stay safe this summer.
1. How to keep your dog cool
2. Signs of heat stroke
3. How to keep fleas away
4. Avoiding mosquito bites
5. Natural first aid in event of an accident
6. Don't shave your dog
7. How to clear up hot spots & itchy skin
9. Feed for the heat (foods that have cooling energetics)
10. Keep your dog clean
(Article courtesy of Dogs Naturally)
Too Hot to Walk Your Dog on Asphalt?
Here are some quick signs to look for to tell if it's too hot to walk:
And please remember...
DO NOT leave your dog(s) in your vehicle. It is too hot!
What type of food should I be feeding my cat?
It's a common question heard by veterinarians: should I give my cat wet or dry food? This article explores some of the reasons for giving each type of cat food.
Wet (canned) food is beneficial for cats because it provides moisture. Cats in the wild get most of their water from the prey they consume, with little or no need for drinking it on the side. In fact, cats have evolved with a very low thirst drive as compared with other species.
For convenience, hard food beats wet food paws down, which is why most people with cats include hard food in their cats' diets. For instance, when you leave the house for a while, it makes sense to leave out hard food, not wet food, which will spoil and become unappetizing (and messy to clean).
(article at CatHealth.com)
Did you know that it's possible for a dog to have too much water?
Responsible dog owners understand the importance of making sure their canine companion always has fresh, clean water to drink. But what a surprising number of pet owners don't realize is that it's actually possible for a dog to ingest too much water.
Water intoxication, which results in life threatening hyponatremia (excessively low sodium levels), is a relatively rare but frequently fatal condition in dogs. At highest risk are dogs that enjoying playing in the water for long stretches. But believe it or not, even a lawn sprinkler or hose can pose a hazard for pets that love to snap at or "catch" spraying water.
What happens when a Dog ingests too much water
Hyponatremia occurs when more water enters the body than it can process. The presence of so much water dilutes bodily fluids, creating a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance. The excess water depletes sodium levels in extracellular fluid (fluid outside of cells). Sodium maintains blood pressure and nerve and muscle function.
When the sodium concentration in extracellular fluid drops, the cells start filling with water as the body attempts to balance the sodium levels inside the cells with falling levels outside the cells. This inflow of water causes the cells – including those in the brain – to swell. The central nervous system can also be affected.
Symptoms of water intoxication include staggering/loss of coordination, lethargy, nausea, bloating, vomiting, dilated pupils, glazed eyes, light gum color, and excessive salivation. In severe cases, there can also be difficulty breathing, collapse, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death.
Dogs Most at Risk
Any dog can develop hyponatremia, however, the condition is most commonly seen in dogs who will stay in the lake, pond or pool all day if you let them; pets that lap or bite at the water continuously while playing in it; and dogs that swallow water unintentionally as they dive for a ball or other toy.
The condition has also been reported in dogs that over-hydrate during or after exercise, as well as those that enjoy playing with water from a garden hose or sprinklers.
Water intoxication can affect any size or breed of dog, but smaller dogs probably show symptoms more quickly because it takes less time for an excessive amount of water to build up in their bodies.
Water intoxication progresses quickly and can be life threatening, so if your pet has been playing in water and begins to exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, it’s crucial that you seek immediate veterinary care to save your dog’s life.
Treatment of hyponatremia in dogs typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics, and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover from water intoxication, but sadly, many are not.
Excessive intake of salt water can result in hypernatremia, or salt poisoning, which is the opposite of hyponatremia. Initial signs of hypernatremia include vomiting and diarrhea, but the condition can quickly progress to neurologic symptoms like loss of coordination, seizures, progressive depression, and severe brain swelling.
Hypernatremia, like hyponatremia, is potentially life threatening, and immediate veterinary care is needed.
If you take your dog to the beach, bring along fresh drinking water and offer it to him at frequent intervals so he won't be tempted to drink ocean water.
(article written by Dr. Karen Becker at Healthy Pets)
You may have heard of Titer Testing, but what is it?
A growing number of dog owners are becoming concerned about over-vaccination or bad reactions to vaccine injections. Titer testing is a means of determining whether your pet has enough antibodies to defend against viruses that they have already received vaccinations for in the past. Some dog owners believe that having enough antibodies makes another vaccination, especially an annual vaccination or booster, unnecessary.
Here's what you should know about titer testing and what it means for vaccinating your dog...
Did you know about Bone Broth for Dogs? It's one of the most nutritious and delicious foods for dogs that they will love!
(Article by Dog's Naturally Magazine)
Severe matting can be extremely painful to your dog during brushing. Brushing only causes live hairs to be pulled out of the skin with excruciating pain. Even mild matting can cause your pet a great deal of pain.
Matting can cut off blood supply to extremities, and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matter, like weeds and stickers, can become embedded in the skin. Matts have been known to contain stool of the pet and even fly larvae that further irritate the skin. Remember, sometimes these mats and their consequences can be completely hidden from view.
Some severely matted pets may require the attention of a veterinarian.
Shaving a matted coat is a delicate and slow process requiring experience and expertise. A dog’s skin is thin like tissue paper, and dense mats can cause it to become loose due to the weight of the matting. Clippers can easily cut loose skin if not done properly and safely. Please make sure your dog is professionally groomed to remove matted hair carefully.
After shaving, a pet may develop an itchy skin response. Owners should watch to ensure that constant scratching does not cause the skin to become irritated.
Dead, loose hairs should be removed through regular and thorough brushing. This is especially important for long-haired dogs, and when dogs shed seasonally. Brushing also aerates the fur and skin. Regular, professional grooming is essential, too. At Fun 4 All, our groomers bathe and brush with particular attention to areas where mats quickly form. Keeping your dog's hair at a manageable length also helps to prevent matting.
Grooming should be done on a regular basis, such as every 4 to 6 weeks. After 8 to 10 weeks, a coat may become too dirty and matted to maintain (depending upon breed and lifestyle of your dog).
We offer grooming services that can help prevent matting and control shedding, as well as a natural dog shampoo for conditioning at home.
> Learn more about our Dog Grooming
KENNEL COUGH REMEDIES: OVERVIEW
1. Watch for kennel cough symptoms in puppies, recently rescued dogs, and dogs under stress.
2. Soothe a coughing dog's sore throat with honey, herbal teas or cough preparations.
3. Keep track of your dog's coughing symptoms in case they worsen or last longer than 10 days.
4. Have natural remedies and immune boosters for kennel cough on hand to help prevent or treat the illness.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough (also known as infectious tracheobronchitis) symptoms appear extreme, with a dry, hacking cough accompanied by frequent, intense gagging. Despite its appearance, a typical case of kennel cough is not life-threatening, and it tends to run its course in a few days to a week or so. But it is a disease that is frustrating for pets and caretakers alike.
At Fun 4 All, our first priority is the care of pets in our care. As Kennel Cough is airborne and contagious to others, if you come in with a dog that has kennel cough we will need to ask you to keep him or her at home until the cough is gone for the safety of other pets. Please learn more about prevention and care in the link below.
(Article by the Whole Dog Journal)