What does your canine companion crave? Sassy, my border collie-mix, was particularly fond of peanut butter and popcorn. She was very adept at catching popcorn when it was tossed to her. Some dogs, however, crave nonfood items such as clothing, wood, rocks, and even feces.
Dog parks have gained in popularity and are being built in neighborhoods everywhere. What could be better than having a large, fenced area where your dog can run, jump and play off-leash with other dogs? Sounds fantastic, but just like humans, not every dog is great at behaving or socializing appropriately in every situation. Deciding whether or not you and your dog are ready for the dog park involves a bit of knowledge and some careful consideration.
If your dog does not like baths, mange can make bath time even worse. Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that live within the dog’s fur. Infections can leave your dog itchy, sore, uncomfortable, and miserable. As daunting a prospect as it is, bathing your dog can help alleviate some of the discomfort and get rid of the parasites that reside in the fur.
Before you administer treatment of any kind, it is best to speak with your vet. You will need to obtain a proper diagnosis and find out what treatment options are best for your dog. There are a number of different treatments available, but administering a bath will likely be a good plan to supplement treatment.
Giardia is everywhere – and I mean everywhere. You can find it in lakes, ponds, dirt, household plants, wild animals and many other places. It is next to impossible to prevent your dog from encountering this parasite, so it is best to find out what the symptoms may look like.
If your dog likes to swim, and/or if you like taking your canine to the beach, lake, or on your boat, then this is something you might want to think about.
While many dogs are fantastic swimmers, they can tire easily and can’t call for help the way humans can.
I have a Shih Tzu dog, Jack, who has gone thru an ordeal that shows how important family and friends and love are. We have three children, two boys and a girl. Our daughter was bullied in school and was going through very serious emotional trauma due to the way the bullying issue was dealt with by the school.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where the temperatures get low enough to freeze the ground, you’ll get a break from the flea issue. But once summer rolls around, fleas come out and their cycle starts all over again.
The Flea Cycle
Like most humans, fleas have a passion for canines. Your dog’s warm fur provides an excellent, warm environment for them to hide and thrive in. They feed on your dog’s blood and will stick around on their fur for about 99 days. Once they have multiplied, the eggs will drop off the dog and the ones that make it into the right conditions, like a carpet, will hatch and begin their life cycle over again. It takes only 14 days for 10 fleas to become 7,000.
You’ve got a new puppy that you love and you want to teach it to come when you call it. Great news: this is not going to be difficult. Believe it or not, your puppy wants to do what you say! Your dog is naturally looking to you for direction and often responds based on what he believes you are telling him to do.
My Patterdale Terrier Coco is now 18 months old. She had a very tough time as a puppy. Just before her first Christmas she was playing out in the garden. She came to the door and couldn’t get up the first step into the house. I found her right back leg was lifted and was behind her other back leg. When i picked her up she whimpered. I took her straight to the vet. They told me that her hip had dislocated and they were going to have to keep her in. This broke my heart. Coco is like my baby, i have never wanted children and would rather have hundreds of dogs .
We have two English Mastiffs. Gretta is our female English Mastiff. She started swelling and having a discharge that almost resembled a heat cycle but I knew it wasn’t time for one so I kept an eye on it. The discharge started to get greenish/yellow and thick mucus.