Lurking in your yard, in your mulch no less could be a naturally occurring fungus that readily infects dogs, cats as well as people and can be deadly for dogs and cats if not caught early. Blastomycosis is a yeast like fungal infection caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis.
This organism is commonly found in decaying wood and soil, usually near bodies of fresh water.
Bloat, otherwise known as Gastric Dilation and Volvulus can happen when a dog’s stomach swells up and/or twists because it is filled with food, fluid or gas. The swelling creates pressure on the surrounding internal area. This can result in difficulty breathing, tears in the stomach wall and loss of blood flow to the heart and stomach. The twisting or “torsion” also cuts off critical blood flow to the heart and body by trapping it in the stomach both of which can send your dog into shock.
For centuries, essential oils have been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. The oils are derived from different plant parts (i.e. flowers, stems, leaves, etc.), so they are completely organic. The oils in plants protect them against environmental threats and provide beneficial properties. Essential oils can be applied topically, aromatically, or internally.
Dogs don’t get cavities the way humans do, but they do get plaque, tartar, and gingivitis — all of which can cause foul breath and tooth problems. Trips to the doggie dentist can end up being costly, and your dog will have to be put under anesthesia, because no dog ever “opens wide” for any dentist or vet.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is important, but how often you do it depends on your dog and your motivation factor. Poor doggie dental care, however, can lead to dental infections that can travel to your pooch’s heart, causing major problems and even death! If you’re unable to brush your dog’s teeth at home, try letting your groomer take on that hassle for you. A good teeth brushing during each grooming visit can greatly help slow down the tartar build-up process. Here are a few tips for at-home doggie dental care:
Does it really matter what you feed your dog? Absolutely! What you put in is what you’ll get out. When you feed your dog a good quality food what you’ll get in return is a healthier pet, less visits to the vet, better dental health and more.
Many well, advertised dog foods include ingredients that are of little to no nutritional value to your dog (fillers- corn, wheat, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal) and may also be doing more harm than good. They include other sources of protein that are considered to have a lower biological value than meat protein but are used because they are cheap. As humans… we could survive on Twinkies, soda and potato chips but we wouldn’t be very healthy! So too with dogs who are served low quality dog food.
Keeping your dog cool when temperatures soar is easy if you follow these 6 simple tips.
When temperatures are extreme whether hot or cold dogs still need exercise. Young dogs, puppies or high energy breeds can get cabin fever and become destructive if kept inside for to long without a way to release excess mental and physical energy.
It’s easy to use the excuse that it is too hot or cold to take your dog for a walk but remember that our dogs are solely reliant on us for their needs and one of their main needs is exercise.
All this talk of the canine flu. What is it and how do we prevent it from affecting our pets?
There are two strains of the canine flu virus. The first one is the H3N8 strain which was first reported in the U.S. In 2004. There is a vaccine available for this older strain.
The second and newer strain is the H3N2 which was first reported in the U.S. Last month. Currently there is NO vaccine available for this strain.
Symptoms may include coughing, runny nose, eye discharge, lethargy, fever, loss of appetite and weight. However some dogs don’t exhibit any symptoms.
If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms seek veterinary care immediately. Although this is a virus and as such there is no specific treatment, a secondary bacterial infection is possible and medication can be prescribed.
What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is health insurance for pets. There are plans that cover everything from routine vet visits to catastrophic illnesses. There are plans that only cover major medical events and accidents as well. There are varying levels of deductibles and most if not all are reimbursement plans. The good news is you can use any vet you like.
If you own a mischievous puppy, an active dog or a dog that seems to get into everything pet insurance can save a life not to mention your wallet!
Here is a true story of my own dog and how pet insurance has helped my family tremendously…
Our dog Cole was 3 months old when we adopted her from a local shelter. As part of their program she came with a 30 day insurance plan
Microchipping Your Pet, Is It Worth It? 5 Simple Insights
Is this your idea of how to find your pet if they are lost?
Considering the fact that pets that HAVE a microchip are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners when lost than pets that are not. I say yes.
1. What is a microchip? A microchip is a small (just a bit larger than a grain of rice) indentifying circuit device that carries a unique identifier which when scanned can give the matching pet recovery service (Home Again, Avid just to name a few) so they can be contacted to find out the name of the owner that the chip is registered to. That being said you must keep your registration up to date with current address phone number etc (which you can usually do easily and quickly online).