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Pet Suffocation, Snack Bag Dangers

Suffocation by Snack Bags, Is Your Pet at Risk?

Recently a pet sitter of ours arrived at a client’s home for their daily dog walk only to find that sadly the dog had passed away. She found the dog at the base of the stairs with a potato chip bag stuck firmly on his head. She started Cpr immediately but it was too late. Cause of death, suffocation by the snack bag.

When a pet sticks their head in a bag or box to get the food, their pet suffocationbreathing creates a vacuum and the bag tightens until they can’t get it off and they suffocate.

Imagine the horror. Imagine how the sitter felt, as she has known this dog for years. This however, is nothing compared to what the owner felt when our pet sitter called to inform her of what had happened. Utter devastation are the only words to describe this situation.

Now of course we thought that this was a freak accident. The truth is, this happens to many pets. Here is what we know…

*Which bags are dangerous?

  • Snack bags-pretzel, popcorn, cookie, cracker, chips (69%)pet suffocation
  • Cereal bag (8%); Pet Food bag (8%); Pet Treat bag (5%)
  • Bread bags, cheese bags, even hard plastic and cardboard containers, and more…

*Where Are They Finding These Bags?

  • In or near the home trash or recycling can (32%)pet suffocation
  • Coffee table or side table (21%)
  • Counter (11%)
  • Under a bed (7%)
  • Outside which blew into their yard
  • In owners car

Unfortunately, 90% of people, who’s pet suffocated had never heard that this was even possible (like us!). So, we are working to raise awareness on this subject in the hopes we can prevent it in the future.

You can help too! Please click HERE to visit the change.org page to petition Frito Lay to add pet suffocation warning labels to your chip bags). Tell others about this danger. Keep bags, boxes and containers up and away from your pets!

*Statistics provided by Dr. Jason Nicholas on www.preventivevet.com

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Terie Hansen is the Owner of Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care. For more information www.gooddogcoaching.com

Immunization vs Socialization

When Is It Safe to Socialize My Puppy: Immunization vs Socialization

As a new puppy owner, you may have been told by your Puppies playing socializationveterinarian, read on the web or heard from other dog owners that you should not socialize your puppy until they have been fully vaccinated. That socialization can wait.

If you heed this advice you will be missing a critical developmental period. Doing so can result in negative behavior issues as they [Read more…]

Blastomycosis: Is Your Dog At Risk for Death by Fungus?

Is Your Dog At Risk for Death by Fungus?

blastomycosis in dogsLurking 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.

The infection usually starts out in the lungs but can invade many tissues throughout the body even causing blindness via optic lesions.

My neighbor’s dog sadly passed away from this very infection. My neighbor described the initial symptom her dog exhibited was difficulty breathing. They thought this was because the dog was hot due to her fur being long, as well as her age possibly being a factor. They took the dog to the vet who initially misdiagnosed her as well as gave her antibiotics which unfortunately accelerated the illness. By the time they figured out what was causing her illness it was to late. More common in male dogs but my neighbors dog was female.

The symptoms of Blastomycosis which can be vague or misdiagnosed include:

  •  Fever
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Weight loss
  • Eye discharge
  • Eye inflammation, specifically the iris
  • Difficulty breathing (e.g., coughing, wheezing and other unusual breathing sounds)
  • Skin lesions, which are frequently filled with pus

map of blastomycosisThis infection is quickly hitting epidemic proportions in many states. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms ask your veterinarian to test for fungal infection. Commonly mistaken for cancer and mistreated which can lead to permanent not to mention fatal damage as in the case of my neighbor’s dog.

For more information on this topic http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/respiratory/c_multi_blastomycosis

Most cases are diagnosed in late summer to early fall.

Don’t let your dog fall victim to this horrific infection. Pay attention and if your dog doesn’t seem like themselves, take action!

Terie Hansen Owner of Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care

May be reached at 404-422-9832 info@gooddogcoaching.com

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Pet Disaster Preparedness

If disaster strikes are you Pet Disaster Preparedness planprepared to save your pet? A Pet Disaster Preparedness plan could save a life!

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma fast approaching many pets have been and will be displaced. At this point, they are forecasting Hurricane Irma will affect even those in Atlanta and outlying areas. To what extent, we will have to wait and see. During events like these, pet disaster preparedness is crucial for the safety of your pet.

Many who don’t prepare may be forced to leave their pets behind.

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Ticks, 2017 Worst Summer on Record for People and Pets

2017 Worst Summer on Record for Ticks

As reported by Nancy Hinkle, a veterinary entomologist at the University of Georgia’s Department of Entomology, “We’re seeing tick on dogticks in greater numbers than we have seen in the last decade.”

With shorter, milder winters and longer, warmer summers the tick population grows. The black legged tick, also known as the “deer tick” is common in Georgia and can live longer than you might expect. During its lifespan of 2-3 years it only needs to feed three times! Contrary to popular belief, the tick spends most of its time in the leaf litter, underbrush or on grasses and plants. NOT on a host. [Read more…]

Training Your Puppy or Dog to Accept Handling By You and Others

How to Train Your Puppy or Dog to Accept Handling.

Can You Touch Your Dog? Anywhere?

One of the most important things you can teach your puppy or dog training dog to accept handling by groomeris to allow handling and touch to any and all of his body parts. Teaching him that being touched either by you, a pet professional or accidently in an inappropriate way such as a pull on the ear by a child is no big deal or better yet is good. Training can help keep him calm and prevent aggression. Aggression can result in your dog having to be muzzled and/or sedated at the vet or groomer. This is no fun for your dog or the professionals that have to interact with your dog.

Using treats and a marker word (yes!) or clicker you can speed up the learning process.

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Marker Training Dogs Effectively, Speeds Up Training

Marker Training Your Dog to Speed Up the Learning Process.

Marker training is simple and effective. A marker isMarker Training Dog a sound (either from a clicker or a word such as “Yes!”) that marks the exact moment an animal performs a desired behavior. When charged up, the marker tells your dog that they did something good and that a reward is coming.

I like to use the word “yes!” because it eliminates the need to carry a clicker around wherever I go. (I always have my mouth with me!). [Read more…]

4 Simple Tips to Sharpen Your Dog’s Basic Commands

4 Simple Tips to Sharpen Your Dog’s Basic Commands

It’s easy to have your dog become really good at performing the basic commands of sit, down, stay & come when called. Working these basic commands into their daily routine ensures that when you actually need them to perform one of these skills, your dog will be very good at it. This can be a lifesaver!

Think about it… if I taught you a new skill but you only had to use it once in a while, you would most likely not be very good at it. However, if you used that new skill every day then you would be quite excellent at it and could perform it whenever you needed to. It’s the same for dogs! [Read more…]

Don’t Bake Your Dog (Dogs In Hot Cars)

Yes, you heard me! As the days begin to warm, the temperatures in your car become hot. Hot enough to kill your dogs in hot cars. It only takes 10 minutes for the inside don't cook your dog, dogs in hot carsof your car to reach a temperature that can cause heatstroke in your dog. According to Jules Benson DVM “Heat stroke can permanently damage a pet’s health very rapidly. The change of only a few degrees to a dog’s normal body temperature can quickly result in coma, organ dysfunction, permanent brain damage, even death”.

Your dog’s body temperature of 101°- 102.5° is already naturally higher than a human’s. Coupled with the fact that in minutes the temperature inside your car can soar to deadly levels even on a relatively cool spring or summer day. [Read more…]

Top 5 Reasons Your Cat Pees Outside the Litter Box and How to Resolve Them

Top 5 Reasons Your Cat Pees outside the Litter Box

If you’ve owned a cat you may have experienced a time when your cat eliminated outside their box. When this happens, it can be a sign that a problem exists. It’s best to get to the bottom of things quickly before your cat develops a preference for eliminating elsewhere. Here are the top 5 reasons your cat may be peeing outside their box.cat pees from urinary tract infection

  1. Urinary tract infection- If you notice your cat licking a lot, straining to pee or producing only small amounts of urine he may have a UTI.  Feline UtI can have your cat feeling an urgency to urinate, causing your cat to associate the discomfort with using her litter box.

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