Archive for June, 2017

When the summer hits, most of us are just looking forward to the warmer weather. It’s a bit of a selfish couple of months because we tend to put our thoughts towards what we’re going to wear, what we’re going to do, where we’re going and so much more. There’s not much thought given to the other people in our life – especially not our pet dogs. At least, not as much thought as we should be giving them. Summer can be a hard time for our pooches, and they deserve to be given a comfortable ride.

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Check Tarmac

 

Although most dogs have hardened paws to get them through tough terrain, those who aren’t used to living in hot countries aren’t used to treading on tarmac that has heated up. Their paws have no resistance to it, and it can end up burning them. We have shoes to keep our feet safe, but dogs don’t. If you can’t physically walk on the pavement outside, then don’t expect a dog to. The best thing that you can do is place the back of your hand onto the floor and see how hot it is. If you’re removing it quicker than you expected, don’t take your dog out. It’s best to walk them early in the morning or late at night, before the sun has risen enough that its heat has thoroughly absorbed into the ground.

 

Provide Outside Shelter

 

If there is no shade outside for your dogs, you need to think about providing some. The best dog houses for your garden are the ones that are ventilated and offer a cool retreat, and you can find reviews online for them at sites such as Paw Castle.  The great thing about them is that they come in a variety of materials to suit your budget and the style of your garden. Whether wooden or plastic, it’s more important that you’re looking at it as a source of comfort for your dog away from the heat.

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Paddling Pools – Not Just For Kids!

 

Most dogs love the water – especially if they’re retrievers. You may find that if you have a swimming pool or paddling pool, your dog will automatically try to jump in anyway. It provides a great way for them to cool down as well as a fun activity for them to do. If you’re not able to walk them at any other time of the day, this is a good source of exercise for them, and they’ll love dipping in and out while the sun is shining down. You only need a small, cheap one to provide the entertainment.

 

Trim Away

 

If your dog is a long-haired breed or need regular trimming, make sure that they are fully cut down before the warm weather really hits. Think about it as you having your hair down on a hot day or tying it back – you know which one you’d rather do to keep from heating up. It’s the same with dogs, so go as low as you can with the fur cut to keep them cool over the summer.

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Pet owners are usually very keen on ensuring that their pets are as well looked after as possible at all times. If you feel this way about your pet, then you will probably find that there are certain occasions when it can actually cause problems. A good example is when you want to go on holiday. If you are taking your whole family away on holiday, you will need to figure out what you are going to do about your pet. Depending on the pet, this can be very easy to do or very difficult. To help you out either way, here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before you set off.

 

Can They Go With You?

Most people automatically assume that they will not be able to take their pet with them. But don’t be so sure – there are even accounts of people taking their dogs on long-term backpacking trips around the world, so it is always possible if you are really keen to. See https://www.lovethatpet.com/dogs/travel/taking-pets-holidays/ for tips on taking your pet on holiday with you if you are considering this. Sure, most people will decide to leave their pets at home, and this is definitely easier, but it is always worth considering this too, especially if you don’t have many people in your life who can help you while you are away. Think about your destination, the length of time away, what sort of pet it is, and ask yourself whether it is really necessary to leave them behind.

 

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Who Will Look After Them?

 

Most of the time, you will probably decide that they cannot reasonably go with you abroad. If this is the case, then you will need to think about who is going to look after them while you are away. It can be surprisingly tough finding someone to do this, especially as it can be quite a lot of time commitment. One of the best options, for that reason, is to use a professional boarding service like www.morrisanimalinn.com. That way, you can be sure that your pets are being well looked after, and you don’t even need to worry about it while you’re away. Alternatively, if you can persuade a family member or friend to do it, perhaps in exchange for a little cash, hat is a perfectly safe option too. Either way, make sure you arrange something before you go.

 

Do They Have Any Special Needs?

Some pets need certain things or have special needs which need to be taken care of. When you are travelling in other countries, this can be hard to do, and it is important to keep on top of it as well as you can. The same applies, of course, when you are leaving your pet at home to be looked after by someone else. You should make sure that they are well aware of your pet’s needs so that they can look after them as well as possible, otherwise you never know what might happen. Do this, and you will be able to enjoy your holiday much more, without having to be worried about what is going on back home.

 

Animal Instincts

Our dogs cement themselves into our lives. We invite them into our hearts, homes, and even our families. We convince ourselves we know them inside out, and that their behavior could never surprise us. If they’ve never shown violent tendencies, we assume they’ll always be fine around other dogs. And, it’s not only with dogs that we do this. Any pet owner would say the same, no matter how dangerous their pet has the potential to be. There are countless examples of people who raised bears from cubs, only to find themselves at the mercy of those same bears years down the line. These worrying examples suggest we may be a little blindsided when it comes to our pets. That’s why we’re going to look at whether you can ever understand the nature of your animals.

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Our false sense of security is mainly a problem because we lose sight of our pet’s animal natures. We humanize our dogs and assume their behavior will always be in keeping with what we’ve come to expect. But, animals don’t process information the same way we do. They don’t have a strand of logic running through their minds. In fact, often, they will function from animal instinct alone. So, even the most docile dog could turn if they sense aggression from another animal. Even the most family friendly terrier could switch if they see something run across the floor. Years of breeding can’t rid them of these base instincts. A lot of the time, they won’t make themselves known. But, there are certain times when these instincts are more likely to come into play. Feeding time is a good example. If disturbed when eating, many dogs will become hostile to their favorite owners. That’s doesn’t mean that they’re a violent dog. In nature, they would have to defend their food. The behavior is ingrained.
That’s not to say, of course, that you shouldn’t get a dog. Owning a pooch is a hugely rewarding experience, and the bond can be unbreakable. But, to ensure your dog is safe, it may be worth learning about their instincts, rather than ignoring them. It may also help you to understand the more annoying behaviors they exhibit, like destruction in your home. Articles like the one found on http://tuftoys.com/can-a-dog-toy-ever-be-truly-indestructible/ show how important it is to know your dog’s individual destruction style. It’s the best way to get them toys that suit and save your house once and for all.

But, why is it important to know all of this? Safety is the main reason, for you and others. If you’re aware of the more dangerous aspects of your dog, you won’t make mistakes that put anyone in danger. For example, understanding the hunting nature of a terrier means you would never leave them alone with a child. If you’re unsure how to proceed, it may be worth signing up for training classes, like those found at http://americandogschool.com. These are sure to show you what you’re missing in your pooch.

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We spent a long time waiting for winter to turn to spring, and now we’re not too far away from seeing spring turn to summer! A lot of people begin to concern themselves a lot with what they’re going to do to keep themselves comfortable when the weather starts to get uncomfortably hot. But what if you share your home with a dog?

 

Many people seem to assume that pets are able to take care of themselves when it comes to these warm months. And while they may seem perfectly happy to be basking in the sun most of the time, there are actually a few problems that can come with the summer months if you’re not getting yourself and your dog ready.

 

So let’s take a quick look at the ways in which you and your furry friend should be preparing for the upcoming heat!

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

During the colder months of the year, your dog’s fur will have been growing at a faster rate in order to keep in the warmth. Owners don’t tend to get their dog’s fur cut during those months, generally because they understand why it’s grown out so much. But a lot of owners underestimate how warm all that fur can get once the sun is a bit closer! When the blaze begins, your friend simply doesn’t need all that fur.

 

It can be very difficult to tell just how uncomfortable a dog is in a given season, but there are some signs you should have your eye out for. Excessive panting and a lot of fluid drinking will tip you off to their increasing heat levels. Get their fur clipped to ensure maximum comfort.

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Pests abound

 

When the sun is out and blazing, plenty of pests come out to play. It becomes a bigger risk in your household, but it’s the outdoors with which you really need to concern yourself. Dogs will spent more time playing around the grass, where ticks, fleas, and other pests abound.

 

Basically, it’s a lot easier for dogs to get dirtier, unhygienic, and pest-ridden during summer. So it’s best to ensure that you give them a good wash more frequently than you would during colder months. You can visit Jim’s Dog Wash today if you need assistance. Aside from that, ensure your pup has the right vaccines and medications to hand.

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Microchipping

 

Dogs will get way more adventurous during these months. So there are a couple of things you should consider here. The more adventurous dogs get, the more likely it is they’re going to lose their collar. In fact, it may even increase the risk of your dog getting lost if it starts chasing after another of nature’s summer wildlife creatures!

 

So microchipping is something you may want to consider if your dog only has a collar. If for any reason you can’t get your dog microchipped, then make sure the collar tag has all the relevant information possibly required in case your furry friend ends up getting a little lost.

 

 

 

Can Dogs have skin Cancer?

Protected from the sun by a set of fur, it doesn’t come in our mind very often that our dogs might have skin cancer, but the fact is, they might and cancer tumors on the skin are the most common type of tumor in dogs. Skin cancer is as dangerous to dogs as it is to human and could be fatal, fortunately, if diagnosed early, there is a good chance that it can be cured. In the length of this article, how to spot unusual lumps on your dog’s skin and what action to take will be concerned.

  1. Types of skin cancer

One of the most common types of skin cancer in dogs is malignant melanoma. This type of cancer is found mostly on the part of body covered with hair. They are known to grow fast and spread to the dog’s organ. It is believed that genetics has a role to play in forming this type of cancer as well as trauma or compulsive licking of a certain spot.

Squamous cell carcinoma is another popular cancer in dogs. This is usually caused by the dog’s too much exposure to the sun. It is also suspected that it has something to do with the papilloma virus. Although they do not spread to surrounding lymph nodes, they can destroy tissues around the tumor due to their aggression.

The most common type is mast cell tumors, which occurs in the immune system’s mast cells. It is unknown that what causes this type of skin cancer though some cases have been recorded to have inflammation or irritants on the skin.

  1. Why?

All dogs have fur to cover their body except for the ears and the nose that has little to none to shield from the sun. Although sun damage to the skin could be a factor that leads to skin cancer in dogs, it is not the only cause. Age, color, and breed of dog also play an important role to such misfortune. Depending on the types of cancer, dogs in a certain age could suffer from that type of cancer. For example, melanomas are common among dogs from 5 to 11 years old, or malignant melanomas on the toe or in the toenail bed are more common in black dogs. Dysfunction in hormones is also worth considering.

  1. Symptoms

Mostly the symptom is just irregular lumps on the dog’s body. These lumps’ appearance might be different depending on the type of cancer.

For malignant melanoma, the lumps are benign melanocytomas with the size ranging from very small to 2.5 inches in diameter with different colors of black, brown, gray or red. This is often found in the dog’s mouth, lips, toenail bed and pads of the feet, which is often mistaken as a simple infection.

The tumors of squamous cell carcinoma are often firm and look like a wart. They are found mostly on the dog’s bellies and genitals and occasionally on their feet.

Mast cell tumors often grow very slow and feel like rubber, but some are aggressive and may ulcerate, making the area sore and inflamed

When you spot these differences on your dog’s skin, you should consult your vet so they can take a look and use medical tests to confirm and have suitable treatment, either it’s surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

  1. Recovery

After the removal, your dog still have to pay the vet a visit weekly for 2-3 weeks to recheck so examine healing and make sure the cancer does not come back. A cone on the neck could be applied to prevent scratching or licking on the area.

Antibiotics and painkiller might also be necessary to keep the dog comfortable so remember to give them as the vet advised and report to your vet about any bleeding, swelling, loss of suture or redness.

No precautions could be taken so the only thing you can do is to examine your dog’s skin regularly to spot the tumor early, increase your dog’s chance to survive.