Tips to help prevent tear stains...
**Puppies usually have more 'Tears' around teething time**
1. Give Filtered/Bottled/cooled boiled water to drink (instead of tap water)
2. Feed a good quality Dog food ... (some wet dog foods can cause staining)
3. Add a teaspoon of Natural Live Bio Yoghurt to each meal.
4. Clean face/eyes at least once a day with non perfumed wipes
5. Stainless steel/Ceramic bowls are best (no plastic)
6. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to food or water (see link on miscellaneous page)
7. Herbal pet Supplies :https://www.facebook.com/groups/370396733030723/?fref=ts
EPIPTHOREA EYE CREAM - to unblock lower ducts that cause tear staining, to encourage upper lid to produce tears if suffering from dry eyes, to releive symptons of cherry eye, also can be used to apply to the tear stains, massage into stain every day, a good all round cream to sooth eye problems £15 for a 150ml , 250ml £22
8. Dog's Stuff Kleen Face9. Spa Lavish Blueberry Facial Scrub for Dogs
This mild yet concentrated, lightly foaming facial cleanser soothes and balances. It has natural exfoliating activity and is slightly hydrating. The refreshing blend of vanilla and blueberry effectively removes dirt and tear stains, and will not sting eyes. Great for all skin types and pets of all ages.
9. Eye Envy
10. Coconut Oil - not all coconut oil is the same. to obtain best results, it needs to be USDA-organic 100% virgin coconut oil. There are a few different brands out available, however some use the Cocotherapy brand.
12. A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains (www.leospetcare.com)
Angel Eyes (an antibiotic, use as last resort)
If the dog is not a show dog being actively shown, it is not recommended to use antibiotics to keep it tear stain free. Long term antibiotic use is not dangerous per se, but if given in too small of doses to kill bacteria, it can create bacteria that is resistant to that antibiotic. It also will affect intenstinal flora and good bacteria, therefore you can get digestive upsets. If you are going to use it, I would recommend a probiotic to help keep the gut colonized with good bacteria as well. If you want other options without antibiotics, there are some out there, from topicals applied daily, and some people have had success with adding apple cider vinegar to water.
FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved Tear Stain Removers Used in Dogs and Cats
Pets and Drowning
Take Preventive Measures to Protect Your Pet
Summer is here, and that means pool parties and days spent at the beach. While we all want to enjoy the warm weather with our friends, families and pets, we need to be aware of the very real danger of pet drowning.
It’s estimated that thousands of family pets die in drowning incidents each year, though real numbers are not known, because most incidents go unreported.
However, these tragedies are largely avoidable if precautions are taken. Best of all, implementing safety procedures is not a difficult task. “Most preventive measures are common sense,” says Dr. David W. Reinhard, a consulting veterinarian for VPI Pet Insurance.
Pool Safety Tips for Pets
There are some basics rules you can follow to prevent tragedy when pets are around the family pool. First, your pet should always be taught where the steps in the pool are located, in case he falls in or gets in trouble while swimming, Dr. Reinhard says.
Even pets that are experienced swimmers can sometimes panic if they accidentally fall in the pool. Pets that are too small to use steps should not be allowed in the pool.
Here are some other helpful strategies for keeping your pet safe:
It’s estimated that thousands of family pets die in drowning incidents each year.
Water Safety Away from Home
If you’re heading out for a day at the beach or lake, there are other precautions that should be taken.
“There are differences between moving water on rivers versus the ocean versus a backyard pool,” says Dr. Tina Swan, a veterinarian who specializes in emergency care. Dr. Swan suggests pet life jackets for these situations. The life jackets should be worn even if a pet is simply near a body of fast-moving water.
If you’re taking your pet to the beach for the first time, keep him on a leash while he’s near the water. Once he becomes familiar with the ocean, follow the leash rules as posted on the beach. Most beaches (and dog parks) require dogs to be off leash in order to prevent aggressive and territorial behavior.
In addition, concerned pet owners can enroll in a pet CPR class to learn how to act quickly to help save their pet’s life should an accident occur. Your veterinary clinic should be able to provide you with CPR class information.
Summer Fun for Pets
Many pets do enjoy the water, and some are even natural swimmers. It is easy to have an enjoyable experience around a pool or lake with your pet. Implementing the simple safety measures listed above will ensure that your summer experience in a fantastic one.
Knowing How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver Could Save Your Pet's Life in an Emergency
(Dr. Becker - Healthy Pets)
If your pet began choking or suddenly fell unconscious, would you know how to react? Many pet parents don’t, and the panic that usually takes hold doesn’t improve the situation.
During an emergency it’s very important to remain calm. Your pet can sense your unease, which will raise stress levels all around and decrease the chance for a good outcome.
Of course, the first thing we recommend you do in the event of a crisis involving your pet is call your vet, a local emergency animal hospital, or an animal poison hotline if you think a toxin is involved.
But there are times when taking matters into your own hands may save your pet’s life.
Heimlich Maneuver for a Choking Pet
If your dog or cat is choking, you need to approach him carefully, as he’s probably scared and more apt to bite. Say soothing things as you try to look and feel in his mouth and throat for the object he’s choking on.
If you can pull the thing out, that’s great, but if you can’t see it or it’s too far down to see or grasp, try to dislodge it using the Heimlich maneuver.
If your dog is large, stand behind him, wrap your arms around his belly close to his hips, and thrust your arms forward and up. If he’s unconscious, you’ll do the maneuver with him lying on his side, as demonstrated in the first video below.
If your pet is a small dog or cat, pick him up facing away from you, and gently tilt his body downward. Push forward and up on his belly using quick thrusts. You can also hold his back against your chest as you thrust upward as demonstrated in the second video.
Check your pet’s mouth and remove any objects that have been dislodged, or repeat the maneuver as necessary.
Heimlich maneuver on large dog
Heimlich maneuver on small dog or cat
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Pets
Unfortunately, in-home pet CPR is not always effective, but it’s certainly worth a try if your pet stops breathing.
First, lay your pet on her right side and check for breathing and a pulse
Check for a pulse using your middle and index finger below the wrist, inner thigh, below the ankle, or where the left elbow touches the chest.
If she’s not breathing and she’s a small dog or cat, place your mouth over the nose and mouth and blow air in. For medium to large dogs, hold the mouth closed, place your mouth over the nose and blow in. If air won’t go in, perform the Heimlich maneuver as demonstrated above to try to dislodge whatever is blocking the airway.
If your pet has no pulse, start chest compressions. With your pet lying on her side, put your hands over her ribs where her elbow touches her chest.
For cats and small dogs under 30 pounds, compress the chest ½ to 1 inch and do 5 compressions per 1 breath of air.
For dogs 30 to 90 pounds, compress the chest 1 to 3 inches, doing 5 compressions per 1 breath of air.
For dogs over 90 pounds, compress chest 1 to 3 inches, and do 10 compressions for every 1 breath of air.
Check pulse after 1 minute and then every few minutes.
Continue CPR until your pet has a pulse and is breathing again or you arrive at your vet’s office or an emergency animal hospital.
Puppy Milestones: 4 Things You Need to Know
(Dr. Jack Stephens - Pets Best)
By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for the Pets Best Pet Insurance Agency, offering pet health insurance for puppies and dogs.
In honor of National Puppy Day, here are some fun facts about puppies. Do you have a new puppy at home? Do you know the important milestones of puppy development? Find them out below!
1. When do puppies lose their baby teeth?
Puppies begin losing their baby teeth around 12-16 weeks of age. The first teeth that fall out are the incisors (the tiny little teeth at the front of the mouth). Around age 4-6 months, puppies will lose their canine teeth which are those sharp little fang teeth. Puppies lose their molars last, usually around 5-7 months of age. The age at which your puppy will lose its baby teeth depends on the breed and size of the dog.
2. When will my puppy be house trained?
As soon as you get your new puppy you can begin the process of house training and teaching the puppy to go potty outside. However, if you don’t provide enough trips outdoors, your puppy may not be able to hold it for very long! As a rule of thumb, you can expect your puppy to hold its bladder for 1 hour for every month of its age. That means that a 5 month old puppy cannot be expected to hold his bladder for more than 5 hours. Your best bet for minimizing accidents is to take your puppy outside to potty right after he wakes up from a nap and right after eating and playing. Once puppies reach 6 months and older, they have full control over their bladders and they can start to sharpen their housetraining skills into perfection as adults. Keep in mind that even older puppies and adult dogs can still have accidents in the house sometimes!
3. When will my puppy lose his baby fur?
There’s nothing as soft as puppy fur. This fluffy baby coat is typically shed around 6 months of age. However, the breed, time of year and exposure to light all affect the hair growth cycle. Some breeds will take even longer to shed their puppy coat and replace it with an adult coat. Keep your puppy well groomed and brushed to minimize shedding in the house.
4. When will my puppy mellow out?
This depends on the puppy! Smaller breeds reach maturity faster than larger breeds. Usually dogs reach maturity between 6 months and 1.5 years of age. For example, your 1 year old Chihuahua might be completely mellow, but a 1 year old Great Dane might still act like a puppy. Often, dogs will still have excess energy as young adults for a few years after puppyhood. Breed is another factor in determining when an individual will mellow. Some breeds are mellower than others naturally, and some breeds are highly active. The point at which your puppy will stop acting like a puppy really depends on the breed and the individual. Some of us are always young at heart!
5 Springtime Health Hazards For Dogs
(Steve Reid - Dogington Post)
Now that the harsh winter weather is almost behind us and Spring is peeking through, we are all excited to get outside with our pets. In order to truly enjoy the nice weather, we need to keep our family dog safe from potential springtime health hazards.
Toxic Plants: Not all plants are animal friendly. If your dog ingests just a small amount of these common plants, it can lead to serious health issues. Just a few potentially dangerous plants include: Azalea, Bittersweet, Crocus, Day Lily, Ferns, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Tiger Lily, and Tulip.
Fertilizers and Pesticides: What springtime gardening routine is complete without adding fertilizer to grow grass/plants, and pesticides to kill off unwanted bugs and weeds. However, these chemicals pose a significant health concern for pets. The safest option is to forgo using any of these products in your yard. If that’s not possible, seek out pet safe options when available.
Pick Up the Sticks: After the winter thaw, we are apt to find countless sticks all over our yard. Most dogs are drawn to these. We may think they are suitable toys and entertainment items for our dog, but they are not. Your dog may have played with these in the past, and experienced no issues; but that is not always the case. Tree branches are not designed to act as chew toys. As a result, they can splinter/break, cut a dog’s mouth/throat and cause a severe choking hazard. Instead of sticks, use suitable toys as an outlet for your dog. Dog toys include: A Frisbee, tug toy, squeaky toy, ball, etc.
Safely Enjoy the Dog Park: Many owners love taking their dog to the dog park to enjoy off leash freedom while playing with their four legged friends. There are a few very important safety considerations owners should know before using the dog park. Learn “What You Need to Know About Dog Parks” here.
Allergies: Spring time can cause allergies to arise in our pets, just as much as they do in us. Common allergens for dogs include: flowering trees, dandelions, tulips, insects, dust and mold. Allergy symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of itching, coughing, sneezing, flaky skin or extra oily coat. Keep an eye out for these symptoms in order to help ease your dog’s discomfort.
Spring time is an enjoyable time of year for many of us. National Pet Week is a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of how we can help to keep our dog safe from common spring time health hazards. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to any health hazard, do not wait. Immediately contact a Veterinarian for professional medical attention. Prevention is always the best medicine. Whenever possible, take proactive steps to help prevent health issues for your dog.
Steve Reid is a certified dog trainer and owner of S.R. Dog Training, LLC in Somers, NY. For more information about S. R. Dog Training, visit www.srdogtraining.com or call 914-774-7654
Basic Dog Obedience Training
Trying to control a dog who hasn’t learned obedience commands is exhausting and often nearly impossible. But teaching him five simple commands will make a world of difference and provide a great opportunity for bonding.
Keep in mind that puppies have short attention spans, and it is unreasonable to expect to have your puppy’s full attention for a long period of time. Keep your sessions short at first to minimize distractions and maintain your dog’s attention, gradually increasing the amount of time spent on training each day.
The sit is one of the easiest skills to teach. A puppy who sits on command is easier to manage until he learns more self-control. For example, when you teach your dog to sit when the doorbell rings, he is less likely to jump up on visitors when the door opens.
How to Teach Sit
Don’t hold the treat so high that your dog tries to jump up for it. Instead, hold it in your closed hand just high enough that he stretches his neck. Every time his rump hits the floor, tell him “Good sit!” This is a great game for children in the house to play with your dog.
Repetitions are important, but your dog will tire of multiple reps. Rather, play the sit game with your dog in short bursts multiple times every day. Reinforce the sit in other situations, like mealtimes. Have him sit before you put his food bowl on the floor or before you open the door to take him on a walk. If he breaks the sit, remind him of his job with a quiet “Oops, try again” before you open the door. If this command is reinforced every time you ask your dog to sit away from the door, he will be less likely to bolt and run when the door opens. In this respect, the sit command can be a lifesaver.
The come command is another useful tool for managing annoying puppy behaviors. This command helps keep a dog out of trouble or gives him a job to do. If he escapes the fenced yard or bolts out an open door, the come command can also save his life. This foundation skill is one that the two of you will use and refine for the rest of his life.
How to Teach Come
Don’t get in the bad habit of yelling “Come come come come” multiple times if your dog does not respond. Remember the one-word, one-command rule: Once your dog understands the command, if he does not come the first time you ask, go to him and gently guide him to where you want him to be. If you stand in the yard or at the door and holler repeatedly, he either doesn’t understand the command yet or you are expecting too much too soon.
Never call a dog to come for discipline. If so, you will teach him to associate the command with a negative consequence. If your dog is behaving badly, always go to him rather than calling him to you.
The stay command is one of the hardest for puppies and young dogs to master. Asking a dog, who only wants to sit on his owner’s feet or lean against her while she is in the kitchen, to stay put in another area is almost asking too much! Like the other basic commands, however, the stay is a lifesaver. A dog who is taught to stay won’t chase a duck in a pen or charge a cow in a field. The dog who understands stay can also go on to more advanced obedience or rally competitions.
The goal with stay is to teach your dog that his job is to remain right where he is until given further instructions.
How to Teach Stay
The down command is a good management tool that helps keep dogs out of trouble and out from underfoot. This behavior is often difficult for many dogs to learn because it’s a submissive posture. A shy or fearful dog might have more trouble learning or performing a down, so go slowly while teaching this skill. Use a happy voice, lots of praise, and good treats while training.
How to Teach Down
If your dog lunges toward your hand, say “Nope” and take your hand away before he can get to the treat. If he tries to sit up, break away and start again. Never push him into a down.
Clever dog that he is, your dog will try everything to get to the treat. He’s showing effort and should not be punished for thinking. Encourage every little bit of progress until he understands the command. After a successful attempt, always release your dog from the down and run off to play with him.
Walk Nicely on Leash
A dog who doesn’t lunge or pull at the end of his lead shows your neighbors and friends that you have trained him to be a good member of the community. Additionally, a dog who walks attentively next to his owner is less likely to become fearful in new situations.
Your dog has already begun to learn the come command on leash and to understand that the leash connects the two of you. It’s time to begin to train him to walk politely and calmly by your side.
How to Teach Walk Nicely On Leash
Loose-leash walking takes a dedicated owner who allows her dog to make mistakes and has the patience to teach him the proper behavior.
Once your dog can walk on a loose leash, begin to pair the behavior with the heel command. This means “stay close to my left leg whether we are stopped or walking.” Take a few steps with your dog in the heel position, treat, and praise. Practice, practice, and more practice are required to teach your dog this command.
Excerpt adapted from Breed Lover's Bernese Mountain Dog by Linda Rehkopf, © 2012 by TFH Publications, Inc.
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The "Cute" Little Habit That Can Sicken Your Pet - Or Worse
(Dr Becker - Healthy Pets)
For some reason, many dogs and even cats enjoy licking lotions and other types of topical products off their human’s skin. In fact, one of my dogs tends to wait by the bathroom door, hoping he’ll get a chance to sample whatever I’ve applied to my skin after my shower. (That’s one of the reasons I use all organic body products.) And dogs seem especially intent on having a lick if the product has a yummy smell, for example, vanilla scented body lotion or coconut oil-based products.
Unfortunately, this seemingly harmless little habit so many pets indulge in can be cause for concern depending on what you’ve put on your skin. The following are products you definitely don’t want your dog, cat, bird, or other animal companion licking off you and ingesting.
Over-the-Counter Topical Products Dangerous to Pets
Play These 9 Games with Your Dog - Energizing for Him, Entertaining for You
(Dr. Becker - Healthy Pets)
Variety is the spice of life, not just for us humans, but for our four-legged family members as well. Neighborhood walks and dog park visits are fine, but for his overall well being and quality of life, your canine companion should be offered a wide range of games and activities that challenge his mental and physical abilities.
Rather than the same old boring daily walk with your dog, why not incorporate a few of these simple, fun activities into your routine? You can do several of them indoors, so winter weather is no excuse!
9 Games and Activities You Can Do with Your Dog
Unless your pup is whip smart or has played the game awhile, you’ll probably need to give him verbal cues as he gets close to, or farther away from the object. You can also give physical hints by pointing or moving toward the hiding place until your dog catches on to the game. When he finds the hidden object or treat, be sure to make a huge deal out of it with lots of praise and a few additional treats.
The flirt stick can be a fun way to help your dog with basic commands like sit, down, look, wait, take it, leave it, and drop it. It’s also useful for helping him practice listening while in a state of high arousal, and cooling down immediately on command.
Tailor the course to your dog’s physical ability, focus, and attention span. Teach him to handle one obstacle at a time, and make sure to offer lots of praise, treats, and other high-value rewards each time he conquers an obstacle. This should be all about fun, not work.
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