Fleas and ticks. Ticks and fleas. They go together like birds and bees…but they’re actually very different. To protect your dog from both of these parasites it’s important that you understand the differences between them. Here are some of the differences that separate these parasites.
Alcohol is potentially
poisonous to pets, so make sure pet does not accidentally consume any wine,
beer or spirits.
Stay on regular diet &
resist those pleading eyes.
Although it may be tempting
to throw your dogs licking chops some picnic fare we advise that you resist the
urge. Just say "No" to those angelic, begging eyes! Any change in your
dog's diet can result in an upset stomach. Certain foods like onions, avocado,
chocolate, grapes and raisins are especially toxic to pets.
Use ONLY dog specific bug
repellent and sunscreen.
Never use human insect
repellent or sunscreen on your dog. Ingestion can result in drooling, vomiting,
diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.
Fido should stay clear of
matches, candles & lighter fluid.
Keep your pet away from
matches, citronella candles and lighter fluid, which if eaten can irritate the
stomach, lungs and central nervous system. Before you light that hot grill make
sure your four legged family member is out of harms way.
Supervise pool time.
Never leave kids or pets unsupervised around a
pool or lake. Like humans not all dogs are expert swimmers. Also, pools aren't
large water bowls-they contain chlorine and other toxic chemicals that can
cause stomach upset.
If traveling with your pet,
take identification for them and their health records. Make sure they are
wearing their collar & tags at all time in the event that become lost.
Never leave pet in hot
car...at ANY time!
Your pet is just as
susceptible to dying of a heatstroke when the mercury rises. It only takes a
few minutes for the inside of your car to get excessively hot and turn into a
Provide plenty of water.
Always make sure your pet
has plenty of fresh water no matter where you are.
Be prepared rain or shine.
Make sure your pet has a
comfortable place to get out of the sun, rain, or other types of weather.
Provide pet with a safe
& quiet place to rest.
Not only is it important to
make sure your guest are relaxed and comfortable, you should also do so for
your pet. Remember Memorial day can be quite stressful & noisy on your pet
so it is important to provide with a place of refuge to rest their head and get
away from the crowd. Because no loving pet owner wants a startled dog or cat
running away, bolting for the doggy door or jumping the fence.
Keep gates and fences
closed and save yourself some heartbreak.
Memorial Day is a high traffic holiday with so many people heading
out for a cookout. When the kids are playing in the yard, please remind them to
keep the gate closed at all times if the dog has access to a fenced-in area.
This will ensure that your pet does not run into oncoming traffic or a busy
street and get struck.
Old age is not a disease As a result of advances in veterinary medicine, more knowledgeable care and improved nutrition, dogs are now living much longer, healthier lives. But, just as for humans, the passage of time has its effects, and you may begin to notice that your once-frisky pet seems to have slowed down a bit. Being aware of the natural changes that can occur as your dog reaches his or her golden years, as well as what you can do to help keep your pet as healthy, active and comfortable as possible, can ensure that you both enjoy this final stage in your dog's life to the fullest.
How-and when-will I know that my dog is getting “old”? As dogs move into the geriatric phase of their lives, they experience gradual changes that are remarkably like those of aging humans: hair turns grey, their bodies are not as limber and reflexes not as sharp as they once were, hearing, eyesight and the sense of smell may deteriorate and energy levels, as well as attention spans, seem to diminish. In fact, the first sign of aging is often a general decrease in activity, combined with a tendency to sleep longer and more soundly. Such signs may begin to manifest themselves before 8 years in large breeds like Great Danes, while smaller breeds can remain youthful until 12 years and even longer. Furthermore, a healthy dog, especially one that has been spayed or neutered before 6 months, will most likely age later than one that has been affected by disease or environmental problems early in life. Again, as with humans, the aging process will vary with the individual. Your veterinarian will be able to judge when it's time to consider your pet a “senior”.
Checkup time now comes twice a year As your dog ages, regular checkups at the veterinarian’s become more important than ever. In fact, at this stage of your pet’s life, it is recommended that he or she receive a thorough examination every 6 months, as adult dogs can age as much as 3 years (in human terms) within the period of one calendar year. Besides the usual complete physical examination, your veterinarian may conduct a urine and fecal analysis and blood work. Ultrasound and other imaging tests may be recommended to detect early heart or internal organ changes.
Keep your vet informed Most importantly, you should tell your veterinarian about any noticeable change in your dog's physical condition or behavior. A problem that you may assume is simply related to your pet's advanced age may actually be the result of a treatable medical condition. For example, your dog's reluctance to exercise may not stem from the normal decrease in energy that comes with age, but from arthritis or a heart condition - both of which can be managed with the proper treatment. Regular, semi-annual checkups can thus help your veterinarian work out a suitable preventative health program for your pet and catch any problems sufficiently early to provide effective treatment. Working together, you can both ensure that your dog's senior years will be healthy and happy ones.
As your pet ages, your dog’s nutritional needs may also change. You may find that, although your pet is eating less, he still puts on weight. This could be due to a slowdown of his metabolism or a decrease in his activity. Excess weight can aggravate many canine medical conditions, including heart, respiratory, skin and joint problems. To help a portly pet reduce, try feeding smaller quantities of food or gradually switch to a diet that is lower in calories. Other dogs have entirely the opposite problem—they lose weight as they age, sometimes as the result of heart or periodontal disease or diabetes. In either case, ask your veterinarian for advice about your pet’s individual nutritional requirements.
Put comfort on the menu You should also ensure that your dog is comfortable while eating. Most pet owners place food dishes and water bowls on the floor, but this may be a source of discomfort for a large or overweight dog, or for one whose arthritis makes it difficult—or even painful—to bend down. Many pet supply outlets have eating tables that are specially designed with cut-outs for food and water containers and are available in various heights to suit various sizes of dogs. Or you can fashion your own inexpensive solution to this problem: for example, a plastic crate covered in a towel to absorb spills.
Senior dog food do’s & don’ts
Do make sure that your dog’s diet includes at least 18% high-quality protein and 5% fat per serving.
Do consider, in consultation with your veterinarian, increasing the level of fibre in his diet, especially if he suffers from frequent constipation.
Don’t feed your dog between-meal snacks or table scraps.
The top 10 health tips for senior dogs
Take your dog to his or her veterinarian for twice-yearly checkups.
Become informed about conditions and diseases common to senior dogs, be on the lookout for symptoms and, should they arise, inform your dog’s veterinarian promptly.
Feed your dog the best food you can afford and consider giving him two small meals a day rather than one large one.
Don’t overfeed—obesity causes many health problems and may shorten your dog’s life.
Consider, on your veterinarian’s recommendation, the use of dietary supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin for arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend daily pain medication.
Make sure your dog receives adequate exercise, according to his physical capacities.
Look after your dog’s dental health. Brush his teeth daily and have them cleaned professionally when your veterinarian so advises.
Have your veterinarian do a risk assessment to determine an appropriate vaccination protocol for your dog.
Do your utmost to control ticks and fleas and make sure your dog and his environment (his bed, play area, etc.) are always spotlessly clean.
Give your dog lots of love and attention and do all you can to keep him interested, active, happy and comfortable.
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Keeping those pearly whites, pearly and white is really important to the health of your dog.
Dental disease can lead to a wealth of other health problems in dogs, including kidney, liver and bone disease.
It's easier than you think to keep your dog's teeth in the best condition possible. You can brush every day with a healthy dog toothpaste, and you can feed them raw meaty bones to keep those teeth the healthiest and whitest they can be!