Pancreatitis is a common dog ailment at Christmas! We over indulge at Christmas and want to share our bounty with our dogs. Unfortunately this isn't a good idea! Pancreatitis is a common dog ailment at Christmas. Owners think they are being nice treating their dogs to Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. In reality these rich fatty foods can kill your dog. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes to break down the fatty foods in the intestine. These enzymes become over activated and release in the pancreas instead of the intestine. In short the digestive enzymes start to break down the pancreas. Your dog will need veterinary care. A bland diet and antibiotics are the usual treatment, but it will depend on how sick your dog is. Pancreatitis is easier to avoid then treat. Be careful of what your dogs eat over the holidays.
Every Season has its Hazards but winter has so many more....
Animal visits to the Vet Clinic increase by 40% at Christmas time.
We as dog owners need to be more hands on and aware of our dog's environment especially in the winter.
CHRISTMAS TREE Christmas trees should be decorated with your pets in mind. Avoid any glass decorations, lights or candy canes hanging low on the tree; make them inaccessible for your canine. KEEP light cords out of reach Make sure wrapped gifts left under the tree are not Chocolates or candies. Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS
Arthritisis a painful disease it is the
inflammation of joints. This age related disease affects 70% of dogs. Other
dogs touched by Arthritis are Sport or working dogs that are extremely
active causing more wear and tear on their joints. Trauma to joints
is another common factor related to this disease. Some large breeds are
especially prone to joint problems (Hip or Elbow Dysplasia).
There are many things we can do to
help our pets manage this disease.
The first major control is
keeping your dog’s weight regulated. Any extra weight causes
stress on the dog’s joints.
Arthritis is a joint disease where the spacing and synovial fluid
between the joints has deteriorated. This means the joint’s bones can rub
against each other causing inflammation and a lot of discomfort for the
sufferer. The joints become stiff and painful to move. Dog becomes less mobile
and again weight can be gained because of lack of exercise. There are
many ways to help your dog cope with arthritis, one way is massage, also
Infra -red massage, using heat and light to help relief pain. Hydrotherapy
pools are available where your dog can exercise in a warm salt water pool
relaxing and help strengthen muscle around inflamed joints with no or low
impact on the joint during exercise. Tread milling your dog you then have
control of the speed and distance your dog walks. Also if it’s cold outside or
slippery terrain you can keep your dog safe and warm. The cold aggravates
arthritis so exercising inside in the extremely cold winter days will help.
developed heated dog beds or magnetic beds to help alleviate discomfort. Having
lift aids to help your dog with stairs or getting up can also benefit your dog.
Drugs like Non–steroid
anti-inflammatories seem to help but unfortunately have some side effects.
Glucosamine combined with chrodroitin is also used to help support joint care.
There are Dog Foods and treats that are geared to help with mobility. Traumeel
is a holistic cream or pill which helps with inflammation.
Build muscle with ¼ teaspoon
of coconut oil MCT per 10 pounds in your dog’s food. Also helps breakdown
A new treatment that seems
to be very affective is cold laser therapy. It helps heal cells increases blood
flow. People are swearing by this newer method for managing arthritis.
So the best approach for
helping your dog deal with Arthritis is weight control, exercise management,
medications, and a warm, draft free bed.
Hypothermia Prevention is much easier
Hypothermia occurs when your dog’s core
temperature drops below normal. When your dog is losing body heat faster then,
he can replace it.
Normal body temperature for a dog ranges
from 100 to102.5 F or 37 to 39C
In cold weather your dog will constantly be
trying to maintain his body temperature in its normal range. Dogs regulate
their temperature either by conserving their body heat or by producing more
body heat, this is similar to how we react to cold weather.
Shivering is one way your dog can produce
body heat. Piloerection is the dog equivalent to our goose bumps- with piloerection
your dog’s hair stand on end thereby trapping a layer of warmed air beneath
them. This creates an additional layer of insulation between your dog’s body
and the cold weather, and in doing so helps him to conserve body heat; this
works much better on a properly groomed dog.
Vasoconstriction is another way your dog
can conserve body heat, restricting blood flow to the extremities and keeping
blood flowing to the more vial body parts, i.e. the Brain Heart and Lungs.
·Low heart rate and
·Fixed and dilated
With mild hypothermia your dog will be
shivering and appear lethargic, moving your dog inside and wrapping in a
blanket will probably do the trick, Passive rewarming.
As your dog’s temperature drops more sever
measures are needed.
Moderate hypothermia remove dog from cold.
Warm blankets and use heating pads but not directly on the skin apply to the
truck area of the dog.
Both severe and profound hypothermia need
Veterinary care immediately. At the vet clinic they can administer warm water
enemas and heated fluid intravenously.Many dogs don’t survive this.