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.
Holly is a healthy seven year old, spayed female, black lab mix
Both her parents were black lab mixes
She weighs seventy five pounds and is rather tall and lean looking.
Her coat requires virtually no care, just the occasional bath but she does shed.
The reason we are looking for a new home for Holly is We are planning to move in with elderly grandpa and she is too excitable with a man who is quite unsteady on his feet.
Holly would be better in a home with older kids or adults. She can be kind of too pushy for elderly or small children.
She is used to her crate and we do use it when new people come to the door or small children visit.
She is very reliably house broken.
Holly gets excited when new people come to the door but she is calm and loving with her own family.
Holly is not aggressive around her food bowl at all . You can easily take her food bowl away.
Holly is smart and very observant of routines. ( for example she observes that you are putting on work shoes so she knows she is not going anywhere vs you are putting old shoes or rubber boots and she knows she can go out in the yard with you.) We feel that she would quickly adapt to a new home environment with new boundaries.
Although she currently lives with a cat who shows her who is boss she would probably do better In a cat free home (she likes to chase)
She is good with other dogs, big and small.
Holly is not great on leash but has not had a lot of training in this area since we live on a rural property and just leave her off leash to play supervised. She has reasonably good recall especially if you have high value treats in your pockets.
Holly is free to a good home with all her gear.
We would be willing to let a potential owner try her for a weekend or week because we have time to do so.
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Know Thy Dog Canine Care and First Aid course is designed to teach dog owners
First aid and how to be more pro-active in maintaining their dog's health.
This 9 hour course is a very interactive class with owners learning all the techniques on their own dogs, such as vitals, taking temperature, heart rate, Emergency First Aid AR, CPR, and Choking and
General care from the top of their nose to the tip of their tail. NEXT CLASSES ARE August 23rd 30th and Sept 6th starting at 6:30 to 9:30 Please call Julia 613-697-7966
What's the Connection Between Your Dog's Diet and His Separation Anxiety?
Excerpted from Nicole Wilde's book Don't Leave Me!
You're probably wondering what on earth your dog's diet has to do with his stress levels when left alone. The answer is, plenty. Have you ever drank one cup of coffee too many and gotten that jittery, wired feeling? You might have snapped at your co-workers, been more impatient than usual when waiting in line, or reacted with vitriol when someone cut you off in traffic. Likewise, have you noticed the way kids act when they've eaten too much sugar? They can become cranky and hyperactive. What we ingest has a direct effect on our nervous system. A long-term diet of sweets and processed foods will surely impact our health, but it may also cause us to feel less emotionally balanced, and even depressed, anxious, or angry. By the same token, eating a healthful diet contributes to a state of well being both physically and emotionally. It's no different for dogs.
Dog food that is built on inferior protein sources and laden with unhealthy chemicals, preservatives, and excess sugars can contribute to issues such as hyperactivity, restlessness and nervousness. A healthful diet will go a long way toward allowing your dog to feel physically calmer, which will set the stage for a tranquil emotional state. Making wise nutritional choices will also result in better overall health for your dog, which will be especially beneficial as he ages.
If your dog’s
allergies are year round instead of seasonal chances are your dog has food
allergies. Common symptoms are ear infections, excessive scratching, red or
hair loss and
skin infections. Once your veterinarian has identified that the dog doesn’t
have mites by skin scraping, then it’s safe to suspect food protein in your
dog’s diet is the culprit.
Your vet will
recommend a special hypoallergenic diet to try. A two- month trial will be
needed to make a correct diagnosis. You must be diligent to feed your dog only
the new diet and nothing else while you are trying to identify the allergen.
Once you identify your dog’s allergy to be food protein you must avoid giving
your pet that food or similar treats. Then the reaction should disappear.
Symptoms will return if these types of proteins are reintroduced into your
Know Thy Dog Canine Care and First Aid course is designed to teach dog owners First aid and how to be more pro-active in maintaining their dog's health. This 9 hour course is a very interactive class with owners learning all the techniques on their own dogs, such as vitals, taking temperature, heart rate, Emergency First Aid AR, CPR, and Choking and General care from the top of their nose to the tip of their tail.
NEXT CLASS IS JUNE 27TH JULY 4TH AND JULY 11TH AT 6:00 TO 9:00 PM
ResQwalk is a FREE mobile app that enables you to raise money and resources for animal welfare organizations, simply by walking. Each month we announce a ResQpool of cash and other resources that have been provided by corporate sponsors. In order to earn part of the pool for your favorite animal welfare organization, all you have to do is download the ResQwalk app and start walking!
Some dog parks are so much fun for your dog, so many things to do and see and the dogs don't always want to go when it is time. Sometimes it is frustrating getting your dog to come at the end of their play sessions.
Here are some tips to make leaving the dog park a positive experience for both you and your dog.
Start by practicing the come recall at home inside & outside in your yard.
Add in distractions while practicing at home.
When arriving at the dog park, practice a few recalls before your dog goes off to play.
a. Start by doing a couple recalls while on leash, backing up when you call him.
b. Then drop the leash and do a couple more recalls, backing up so he has to follow you a bit.
c. Then unleash him and say go play.
While watching your dog, look for signs that he is getting a bit tired. This would be a good time to call him again.
a. Say your dogs name with the command come, when he comes to you reward him with lots of treats.
b. Tell him to go play.
c. Then call him again, this time give him some water or ice cubes, (a major reward for him).
d. Then tell him to go play.
Repeat step 4 again and then tell him to go play. This step is telling him that you are more fun, interesting, or rewarding to come to than whatever else he is doing.
When getting ready to leave the park.
a. Call your dog and reward him for the come.
b. Do a couple of sits and downs after he has come to you, rewarding him every time.
c. Then quietly hook the leash on him and say lets go.
By following these steps you are creating a positive experience for both you and your dog when leaving the dog park.
If you have any questions on these training tips or would like information on other training tips, please send me an email at Marcia@happyhound.ca or give me a call at 613-253-5535.
I smelled the over powering smell of Skunk in my backyard this morning so I thought I would repost this!!
Anyone who has had their dog skunked
knows how overpowering this smell is.
Trying to remove
the odor from your dog, and all he touches and rubs on, feels overwhelming and
futile. Our sense of smell is far less acute then our pet's and this smell is
overbearing and unbearable to us. Just think how your dog must feel?
for our pets the most common spot to be sprayed is the face. Flushing
your dog’s eye is a start. Often your dog’s eyes will be burning, red and
Next, prepare yourself for the huge
challenge of removing the skunk odor.
Most of us have
heard of bathing our dogs in tomato juice, not realizing that the juice needs
to dry on the dog to help neutralize the odor. Prepare yourself for a bigger
chore than you might have expected - for you will to be bathing your dog
two, three or even four times to get results.
Even then, you
still may smell skunk for it may take time to wear off. Some dogs will still smell
of skunk weeks after the encounter: especially if they get there coats wet.
your veterinarian has products like Skunk off; or, he may be able
to give you advice on some home remedies. In my research the following was the
most common home remedy mixture:
(First, always have mineral oil in your first
aid kit. A drop of this in your dog’s eyes will protect them from any soap or
other products you are using to bath your dog.)
Mix 4 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1
Put Cotton balls in dog’s ear canals so the mixture doesn’t get in his ears.
3. Wear rubber gloves.
4. Apply the solution,
starting on your dogs head and work backwards. Do not let the
solution get into your dog’s eyes.
5. Rub the solution into its coat.
6. Rinse well.
“Close Encounters of the Wild Kind” by Jeff
Grognet DVM, B. Sc (Agr)
A Dog's Ode to a Fire Hydrant You draw us near, nothing else is around It seems we all like marking your spot A fountain of red or yellow on the ground Us dogs love the continual territorial shot You wait for the next Canine sniff and then the leg to cock You, a messenger of daily canine talk
Life is a little bit easier when you understand the Genetic background of your dog’s breed. This isn’t always easy to tell by looking. So Dog DNA kits are a simple test to tell what breeds your dog’s are. You will gain insight with the knowledge and be able to understanding the breeds of your dog better. Having the history and personality characteristics your dog possesses will help make you and a your dogs life easier. Also you will become aware of your dog’s breeds genetic health concerns. Always good to know!
The test is so simple just swab your dog’s cheek from inside his mouth, cheek cells will be absorbed on the swab. Mail them to the lab. In a few weeks you will get the information about all the different mixes that make up your dog. Research Dog DNA Kits and find out more about your dog.
If you see your dog, eat a plant that you
know to be poisonous, induce vomiting.
You have an 11/2 hour window depending on the size of your dog to induce
vomiting. Any longer you must seek Veterinary help.