So what is your Dog's style? Is you dog one of those marine corp thick spiked collar type or one of those Beverly hill chihuahua pink with diamond studs around the neck type? Well whatever the breed, character or temperament that your dog displays. There is a collar to suit him.
For Those that like that personal look and feel can always acquire a personalized dog collar with the dogs name and phone number embroidered.
So what about if you have one f those dogs with large necks. No need to fret as you can get a genuine thick leather lasting collar to suite your Dog.
What about if you have a more colorful dog, one that just love to be pronounced wherever he/she goes. There are dog collars that he will just love too.
How about a collar that glows in the dark so you can spot Bruno in the dark,,,,probably good in case there are some sort of power outages.
Animal euthanasia: This is a topic that many pet owners hate to talk about because it brings a lot of pain to the owner of the animal. Euthanizing your pet is a very personal decision. Even though as pet owners, we wish we had another option other than euthanasia. But we live in a real world with real issues, which eventually have to be addressed no matter how painful the outcome.
Possible reasons To Euthanize Your Dog
Your dog is suffering constant unbearable pain.
Have mauled Someone
Have become mentally unstable
The choice of putting down your Dog is really up to you, it will be heartbroken to do so, but we have to look also look at the pain and suffering the animal may endure during its illness until it eventually passes away. It maybe a painful decision, but euthanizing your pet may be the right one.
Dogs do not age as humans do, in fact one dog year is equivalent to approximately fifteen human years. Of course, the dog years to human years also varies as the size and breed also influence the rate at which a dog ages. We have documented and seen where smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, even though they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life. So how does the small dog and big dog match out when t comes on to Dog years and maturity? Large Dogs tend to mature slower at first but are mature at the ripe old age of 5. Small dogs are still being dressed in pampers and powdered and have no say until the are about 10 dog years. So how old is your dog and when do you intend to celebrates his/her birthday, after all, your dog is part of the family and deserves a cake, a clown making weird balloon shapes and a birthday hat.
How To Calculate Your Dog's Age
Dogs and humans do not age at the same rate, dogs age faster than us humans. Even though its urban legend that 7 dog years is equivalent to 1 human years is just a lazy and shorthanded approach to actually calculating and knowing the true age of your pooch. So lets do a little bit of comparison to dog growth and humans. If we compare a pup to a human baby, we will see where the pup will mature at a much faster rate than children in the first set of years. so we can say that the first year of a dogs life equivalent to roughly 12 human years rather than the famous seven.
How to Determine a Dog's Age
Suppose you had adopted or had found your pet, how do you determine your dogs age? Well you could go ahead and speculate on his age or you could use biology to guide you in determining a more accurate estimate of your pooch's age. Lets look at the dog's teeth. The Dog's Teeth can give a rough indication of a how old your dog is. It is actually quite simple. By examining the puppy's tooth and noticing the degree of growth, you could determine how old the pip may be, and the degree of wear and tartar helps estimate the age of an adult dog. However if you have given your dog dental care, it will definitely throw off determining your dogs age. You should note that this is not full proof but will give you a better estimate as to your dogs age.
So if you want to use the tooth guide there are some guidelines which you need to follow to make an estimate of dog's age.
If you are not going to bite into the tooth theory, (pun intended) There is another way for you to determine the age of your Dog. Simply go visit your vet and give your dog a full checkup. Your vet can also estimate a dog's age based on a complete physical exam or tests by examining the dogs structure. The vet will look at the dogs bones (while he is still alive) muscles, joints and internal organs. More mature and older dogs may show different signs of aging which may include:
Cloudy Appearance of Eyes
Less Skin Elasticity
But even if you cannot pin point that exact age that you think your dog should be, you can still give him that little birthday party he/she may be dreaming about all his/her doggy life. Go ahead and let your dog enjoy himself, see if he really can woof out those candles.
It is suggested that if you are looking for permanent relief for dog allergies symptoms you need to go see a veterinary dermatologist. Here you can find the cause for sneezing in dogs, general allergies in dogs and most of your dog skin problems.
People medicines such as Benadryl and Claritin will only provide temporary relief of the signs and your dog will still be uncomfortable. In some cases the dermatologist may be able to make up allergy shots if they find out the cause of your dogs allergies. You should not make any diet changes or treat your pet with any medication without strict guidance from a veterinarian.
Changing the dog's diet without the guidance from a veterinarian can make it more difficult for them to isolate the cause of the allergies. It's entirely possible that the causes may involve specific foods. This requires an extensive food trial. However it could be environmental agents that are causing your dog allergies symptoms which would require further allergy testing.
On your own you could try hydroxizine or atarax for some relief. Do Not use prednisone, it is not the greatest it's a steroid and have several side effects. You can also try eliminating the normal protein source with another protein like fish or venison. It takes up to 2 to 3 months of a diet change to tell if there is any effect.
Allergic contact dermatitis usually shows up in dogs as a hypersensitivity reaction to particular molecules in your pet's environment. Irritant contact dermatitis happens when the skin is exposed to noxious substances in the environment. The symptoms and biologic mechanisms in these two disease structures are closely similar and are often discussed together.
Allergic contact dermatitis is a rare disease, which occurs when an animal's skin overreacts to certain small molecules in the environment. Substances, which can cause allergic contact dermatitis in dogs include some antibiotics applied to the skin, metals such as nickel, materials like rubber or wool and chemicals such as dyes and carpet deodorizers. Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when the dogs skin is exposed to intensely irritating chemicals like the sap in poison ivy or road salt.
What are the symptoms of allergic and irritant contact dermatitis?
Lesions occur on the areas of skin that are sparsely haired and exposed to the offending cause. Areas like the back of the paws, abdomen, muzzle, and lips.
The affected areas are usually very red, have small bumps or blister-like lesions, and itch like crazy. Also in irritant contact dermatitis may occur.
The key to managing these dog allergies symptoms is the obvious removing or restricting of exposure to any allergen or contact irritant in the pet's environment. If your not able to do this, then using fatty acids, antihistamines, biotin, and topical shampoos can at least control the itching.
As a rule, for any pet suspected of having an allergy problem that could include an allergic contact component, we recommend:
It's really nice to have a pet dog running around with all day, pooping up the place, chowing down on his favorite pet food and taking a bite every now and then from your favorite bed slippers. It would also be nice if you could train that dog to respond to simple dog commands that will disallow him chewing on those bunny rabbit slippers. There are a lot of different simple or easy commands and tricks you can teach little Spaz or big Bill. These simple commands will help you as the dog owner to communicate with your pet on a regular basis. Not only will these simple commands help you to communicate with your Dog, you may just end up having a better behaving dog after. So let's look at some simple dog commands you can practice with your pet dog.
Simplest Commands To Train Your Dog With
1. SIT. The sit command is a must to be taught by every dog owner to his/her dog. The sit command will help your dog to react calmer in certain circumstances. Let's look at some ways in which the "sit command" can improve your dogs unwanted behavior. Dogs will be dogs and will exhibit natural doggy behavior such as rushing to the food bowl and chowing down even before you even put the plate down. You can teach him the sit command so he waits until his meal is completely available before he dashes to it. We all love when our dogs show us affection, some will pounce on us, some lick our faces and some simple just come and cuddles with us, but if you have a constant pouncing dog you can train him with the sit command to reduce his pouncing.
Saying the word sit to your Dog is one thing, but how does he know what sit means? All in his mind you could be saying that the moon his on his head! So to execute this command you will have to put words into motion. Lets look simple methods to teach your dog the sit command.
A. Commanding voice
2. STAY - This is a must command to train you dog to respond to. The "Stay Command" has numerous advantages when taught to your dog, one of which is that it may keep your dog out of danger and it could also keep your dog from putting another dog or person in danger. The stay command can be quite useful if you have visitors and you don't want you dog mingling with those persons for any reason at all. So just like the "SIT Command", the "Stay Command" Will take a lot of patience and time to be taught. So lets look at how we teach this command to our dog.
3. Come. May be one of the easiest command to teach your dog. Somehow i believe that many dogs already have this command built in. So how useful is this command once taught properly? Very useful. Lets look at this scenario. You may be out walking with your Dog in the country area and stumble upon a very poisonous snake. Most dogs will eventually bark and annoy the snake which then turns defensive and then offensive. Most likely the snake will try to strike at the animal. The "Come command will immediately take that dog out of danger once executed properly.
4. LEAVE IT. This command is quite self explanatory. This command will teach your dog not to pick up or touch things he is not allowed to pick up, touch or things which may be dangerous to him. Dogs are explorers and inquisitive with their surroundings. They all try to pick , chew on or play with just about anything that allows picking up or chewing on. You don't want your dog picking up something that he may choke on or even poisonous. The "Leave It" Command is a must for basic dog commands.
Rewarding is Good
They say that encouragement sweetens labor. So if your dog does well in following your command you can reward him with a little treat, pat his head and tell him he is a good boy. You must remember that not all dogs are of the same temperament and some will grasp the commands easier than others. Don't give up on training your dog with these simple basic commands. They will eventually get it and you would have become a proud dog trainer.
There may be cases where you are sieving through your Dog's Coat and spot a one or two tick. This could be that the tick has just attached itself and have not began to lay any eggs yet. Instead of rushing out to go by a gallon dog flea and tick remover, you can simply remove the tick yourself and then monitor the animal for any infestations. So removing the Dog tick is fairly simple but delicate. Here are the basic steps in simple tick removal from your dog.
Items needed to remove tick
Cloth with mild rubbing alcohol
Use your fingers to create a clear path so that you can easily see the tick and that you don't accidentally pick out the Dog's fur when removing the tick
Get your tweezers and use the tip of the tweezers to hold the head of the tick. If the tick has been feeding, his body will be swollen with blood suck from your dog. Do not try and remove the tick by gripping and pulling on the blood filled body as this will cause the tick body to burst and spilling of the blood.
Gently Pull with an upward movement. and the tick should be pulled off. If the tick got broken during the pull. Do not leave any portion of the dead tick on the animal as this may cause infections or Lyme disease.
Use the cloth with the diluted medicated alcohol to wipe the area where the tick was attached. Your dog is now tick free and should be wagging his tail in appreciation.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.