Jumat, 18 Mei 2012

                  How to Clear Dog Rashes

It isn't just humans who find themselves allergic to food stuffs or the environment. Dogs do too and can suffer from rashes on their bodies, just the same as we do. Other common causes of rashes on a dog are flea, tick and insect bites and infections. If you notice your dog scratching, licking or biting at an area continuously then the chances are he has a rash that is irritating him and causing discomfort.
A Zinc deficiency could also be the cause of your dog's rash. A Zinc deficiency will cause the sebum glands in your dog's skin to over-produce oil. Because of the nature of your dog's coat this oil dries in clumps and causes itchy dry rashes. This can be rectified by a change I your dog's diet and the addition of supplements that contain Zinc PCA.
Getting rid of rashes on your dog's skin largely depends upon the cause. As a general rule of thumb though, whatever the cause of the rash, the following advice should be taken to ease your dog's pain and discomfort. Remember, caught I time your dog's rash is easily treatable.
Bathe your dog 2 or 3 times a week, no more, using a gentle natural shampoo. Use one that contains colloidal oatmeal, lavender oil, tea tree oil and/or aloe Vera. All of these ingredients have been proven to be highly effective in easing the itchiness of a rash and helping to heal and repair the skin.
In between baths you can use a leave in conditioner with the same ingredients as this will do the same job. Constant bathing will strip the natural oils from your dog's skin and coat, making the problem worse, whereas the use of a leave in spray will not.
Groom your dog regularly, gently to remove dead hair and skin from the coat. This will also highlight if there are any fleas or ticks on the dog causing the problem. Regular grooming also serves to distribute the natural oils in your dog's coat across his whole body, helping to moisturise his skin and stop the oil from drying in clumps.
You can also use topical creams on your dog's rashes. Again, look for one that contains Zinc PCA as this will help your dog's skin to repair much quicker. Changing your dog's diet is a way of reducing the risk of rashes. Change to a good wholesome home cooked diet as this should contain all of the vitamins and nutrients that your dog needs to stay healthy.
When looking for a food supplement that contains Zinc to add to his food, make sure it also contains fatty fish oils such as seaweed kelp. This contains all of the Omega fish oils that will help your dog's skin to stay moisturised and supple, thus reducing the risk of rashes.
Be aware that if your vet has put your dog on medication for something else he may be allergic to it and this could be causing the rash. Speak to your vet about stopping the use of the medication to see if this is the problem and, if so finding an alternative that your dog will not be allergic to.
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How to Treat Your Dog's Itchy Skin

There is nothing worse than seeing and hearing your dog constantly scratching himself. It's irritating for you as the owner and even more so for the dog himself. There are so many different things that will cause itchy skin on a dog that there is no one cure for all.
The first thing to do is to find out what is causing you dog's skin to itch. It could be allergies, such as grass or a certain type of food; it could be insects like fleas, ticks, lice and mites. Fungal or bacterial infections, incorrect diet and mange are also reasons why your dog may be scratching, or it could be something more serious such as liver disease or some kind of cancer.
Whilst you and your vet are trying to determine the cause of your dog's itchy skin, there are some things you can do to ease your dog's suffering. Firstly you should bathe your dog regularly in cool water. Do not use water that s too hot or too cold as this will exacerbate the itching. Pat your dog dry - do not rub the skin as this will likely hurt and will make the irritation worse.
One of the causes of itchy skin is a problem with the sebaceous glands - they may be either over or under productive. Over productive glands will produce too much oil which dies and clumps on the skin, causing irritation. Under productive glands don't produce enough oil, leaving your dog's skin dry and itchy.
Using a natural shampoo when you bathe your dog will help to combat both of these conditions. Use a shampoo that contains aloe Vera and colloidal oatmeal as these products have been shown to moisturize the skin and are gentle enough not to further irritate the problem. Regular use of shampoo like this will soothe and treat the condition over the period of time.
Another cause of itchy skin in dogs is a zinc imbalance. This can be due to a poor diet and needs to be rebalanced in order for the sebum glands to work properly. Food allergies are another common cause of itchy skin on your dog and this can be rectified by changing his diet.
Ensure your home is free of fleas as these will cause immense problems to your dog, especially if he is allergic to them. There are plenty of products on the market to combat fleas but one of the most natural ways is to use a citrus product, particularly lemon, as fleas do not like this and will be repelled.
However, most of these are only short term measures and you need to determine the cause before you can have an effective long term treatment plan to ease the suffering. There are a range of natural products on the market that can be used long term, both as shampoos and food supplements. Used together, as prescribed you and your dog will soon see an end to the suffering caused by itchy skin.
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Kamis, 17 Mei 2012

What to Do About Bully Breeds of Dogs?

One of the dilemmas of owning a dog daycare business is whether or not to accept dogs commonly categorized as bully breeds. These are breeds who are prone to dominant, sometimes aggressive behavior because of the jobs they've been bred to fill. The best known are the Pit Bull (American Pit Bull Terrier,) the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Bull Terrier. People often call all three breeds Pit Bulls, or Pitties.

But there are numerous others: Boxers, Bulldogs of all kinds, Bull Mastiffs, and even Boston Terriers and Pugs. To these I would add three breeds that were developed largely as guard dogs: Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds.

The question arises as to whether to accept these breeds because all of them make gentle, loyal, affectionate pets, especially when owners pay attention to training and socialization. Thus, they do show up, requesting daycare on a regular basis, and business owners have to make decisions about whether to include them in play groups.

There are several approaches to bully breeds in the dog daycare business. Some businesses just don't take any of them. Others take some breeds and not others (Pit Bulls are the most commonly black listed). Still others evaluate bully breed applicants and make decisions based on the individual dog.

 Finally some dog daycares will take bully breeds on a trial basis to see how they behave in active groups of playpals. Business owners arrive at their policies through their knowledge about and experience with the various breeds, and there's no commonly accepted practice.

The most difficult part of not accepting bully breeds, or rejecting them after an evaluation, a trial day, or even an extended period of daycare is that owners are often flabbergasted at their dog's report card. I often hear, "He wouldn't hurt a fly;" and "He's a marshmellow at home!" Owners have trouble believing our descriptions of their dog's behavior and, if they do believe us, feel terribly confused. "I trust him with my toddler," one woman told me. Some challenge us: "Well, what happened to make him do that?"

Owners' objections and confusion are completely understandable, because bully breeds are wonderful pets and even play well in small groups. Many are used as therapy dogs, or seeing eye dogs because they will walk away from aggression or provocation from another dog rather than fight. One on one, I've seen Pits and Boxers simply ignore aggression from others, just as I've witnessed Bull Dogs allowing children to maul them mercilessly.

 Bully breeds even play peacefully off leash in dog parks.
So what's the problem in daycare? The answer is that unlike all other situations, daycare causes dogs to revert to instinctual behaviors, and those behaviors can and do override training and socialization. That's because the play groups are really packs, which cause dogs to revert to their most basic instincts.

 If you breed a dog to fight or to guard or to defend, he or she will eventually do those things in a pack. Particularly in indoor facilities, where dogs spend the day enclosed in groups of ten or more, a unique situation in a pet's life. Behaviors that pet owners never see at home quickly emerge.

In daycare, hunters can attack older, weaker dogs, which is why dogs must be separated into groups based on size, temperament and play style. Fighters will chomp and hold, making it difficult to pry open their jaws if they've grabbed another dog. Herders will bark, use their bodies to reposition other dogs, and nip at heels. Terriers will grab and shake, as if to kill the rodents they were bred to control. Any breed can in fact revert to the pack behavior of copying the alpha, which means that if an attendant yells at a dog, other dogs may go after the one being reprimanded.

The way reversion to pack behavior is countered in good daycares is that the whole play group knows that humans are alphas, no exceptions allowed. Human commands must be obeyed or a dog loses his or her play privileges momentarily. Humans also model behavior, so gentle handling, safe play, affection, and good will can become the norm if attendants consistently display such propensities.

 But the main rule of dog daycare is that human attendants need to be trained to know the early signs of aggression and to stop it before it can escalate. They must also know how to behave as loving, protective, dominant alphas. In such a situation, dogs of most breeds will play peacefully and safely, and can be handed over exhausted to grateful owners in the evening.

My own experience has led me to change my policies over time. At first I evaluated all comers and took those who passed. One always wishes to be democratic and see people's pets as individuals. One wants to believe there are no bad breeds. However, I began to notice that some dogs who do well during the evaluation change for the worse in daycare, and these are largely bully breeds and guard dogs.

Reluctant to eject a dog before trying to correct the problem, I sometimes continued with dogs that eventually attacked or bit others. I've also had to accept that every Pit Bull of every variety that I've ever admitted, started out fine after a great evaluation and became dangerous to his or her playpals within a couple of months. So now I don't take Pits at all. I find the hardest thing a business owner has to do is to tell a customer that after weeks, his or her dog has flunked out of daycare. Some never forgive you.

With other breeds, my experience is mixed, so I continue to evaluate them on a one-off basis. I had a Rottweiler who began snarling at others within a week, while I hosted a female Rottie for years who was one of the sweetest, most accepting dogs I've ever met. About a third of the German Shepherds I've admitted have been ok; the rest get aggressive over time. Boxers vary greatly for one to the other, so I still evaluate them. I've had generally bad luck with Dobermans, so, as with Pit Bulls, I don't take them at all. On the other hand I've never had to refuse or eject a Boston Terrier, a Rat Terrier or a Pug. All of those tend to rough play, but are fine if well supervised.

If you own a large bully breed or guard dog breed and want doggy daycare, my advice is to look for one where the dogs play in large, open spaces, preferably outside. The space allows the more submissive dogs to run away, which can dissipate an attacker's aggression. It also reduces aggression just because there's more territory. Most important of all, you should ask what the attendants know about your breed, and what's been that business's experience with it? It's always best to ask lots of questions when chosing a dog daycare for your pet, and especially so if you own a bully breed.

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Rabu, 16 Mei 2012

Providing Nutrition for Your Labrador Retriever

Expert Author Mark G JonesThe Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular family dogs all over the world. It's known for its gentleness, intelligence, friendliness, and versatility. It excels as a hunting companion, a guide dog for the blind, and as part of search-and-rescue teams and narcotics detection units. It comes in three colors, namely: yellow, black, and chocolate.

 This dog has a double coat that's naturally water-
resistant and sheds regularly. If you've got a dog of this breed, you need to take care of it so it will always be in top shape for the activities it's born to do and to keep it looking good. One of the most important ways to care for your dog is to feed it properly.

Once your pet is 6 weeks old, you can already give it puppy food. Kibbles for puppies are much smaller than the ones for adult dogs. It's made for easier digestion and for mixing with hot water or milk. To wean a puppy from milk, put in some kibbles in the milk and reverse the proportion gradually until it's comfortable with eating kibbles alone. It's best to give it food three times a day.

Your puppy needs twice the protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals needed by an adult dog. This is why you need to choose kibbles particularly made for puppies and not for adults. It's also ideal that a Labrador puppy takes in up to about 25 percent of its protein requirements from meat. Check the label of the pet food before you buy it.

As soon as your pet turns 3 months, it's ideal to switch him to a twice-a-day feeding than thrice-a-day. Be careful not to overfeed your dog, which is a common mistake of owners of large breeds. Underfeeding and overfeeding both cause serious illnesses in dogs.

You should also train your dog to have a specific spot for eating its meals. Giving your dog this privacy lets it take its meals in a relaxed and healthy way. It won't also feel defensive about having to guard its meals from other people.

Aside from giving it a specific place to eat, you should also keep its meal times consistent. Don't keep its dish full all the time and just let it gobble up kibbles whenever it wants to. Disciplining your dog about feeding schedules helps keep it from being overfed and from being a picky eater.

Finally, taking care of your pet's health and nutrition doesn't only involve food. Make sure you also provide your dog with fresh water to drink all the time and maintain its regular exercise schedule.
Royal Canin products for large breeds are great for your Labrador pet. Visit the Paws for Life website to see its Royal Canin Labrador pet nutrition and other dry and canned food for your furry friend.

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Selasa, 15 Mei 2012

Dog Water Safety Tips For Summer

One of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day is to head to the nearest beach or other swimming area. Dogs need to cool off, too, so they often accompany their owners for some fun in the water. Inasmuch as going to the beach or to the lake is fun, bodies of water also present the potential for danger. For example, many dog owners take it for granted that their animals are, by nature, strong swimmers. In fact, each year thousands of dogs drown because they are not. Therefore, when around water, it is important to keep an eye on them at all times.

Just as any human can, a dog can run into problems in the water for any number of reasons. The animal might become exhausted or develop a leg cramp that would prevent its swimming back to safety. Most are lightweight enough to be easily carried unsafe distances offshore. Any number of things could go wrong, so the first rule of dog water safety is to keep a mindful eye on one's pet.

Properly training one's dog is also imperative to assure a safe water experience. One should train his or her pet to stay away from the water unless the owner is right there to supervise. Dogs can easily mistake a pool cover for a solid surface and be quickly enveloped after leaping onto one. The same is true for solar pool covers. The well-trained dog will sit and stay. It will also come when called. These three commands are some of the most crucial when dogs are around bodies of water.

A great safety aid, and one that no dog owner should be without when around water, is the life jacket. These days, most pet supply stores sell life jackets that are especially made for dogs. When choosing a life jacket for a dog, it is important to read all information carefully and to choose the one that is the right fit. The pet owner should not become overly confident just because his or her pet is wearing a life jacket, however. Even when wearing this marvelous safety device, things can go wrong.

Older dogs should be watched very carefully. Even when wearing a life jacket, an older dog might have real problems getting back to shore if the waves carry it out too far. It is easy for an older dog to fall into a rapidly moving body of water such as a river, or to be swept up in an ocean wave.

People love to gather near large bodies of water. Unfortunately, not all of them are conscientious about cleaning up after themselves before they exit. People often leave broken glass and trash scattered about the areas. Therefore, the pet owner should be cautious about his or her dog's paws and to check frequently for any cuts or embedded materials. It is a good idea to carry a dog-specific first aid kit to treat these or any other wounds that may occur when around water.

Pet owners can take it for granted that because their dogs have furry coats, they are well protected from the chill of the water and the intensity of the sun. This is a tragic misconception. In fact, hypothermia is a leading cause of dog drowning. This is especially true of both puppies and older dogs as well. The prudent dog owner will watch for signs such as dilated pupils, shivering, stupor or coma, that indicate the animal is experiencing hypothermia. Hypothermia can greatly impede a dog's ability to swim.

When swimming with the family pet, parents should advise their children that the dog is a living, breathing member of the family, and should not be used as a flotation device. A child can unwittingly hold a dog's head under the water and prevent its breathing, simply by improperly holding on to it while in the water. Dogs should be given a great deal of space while in the water. Children should avoid any activities with their pets that can cause the dogs to struggle.

All it takes is a little common sense and careful attention to keep one's dog safe in the water.
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Outdoor Dog Gear for Your Active Pet

Outdoor Dog Gear for Your Active Pet

Do you live a very active life? Is hiking and boating some of your favorite activities? Does your dog like to tag along with you? If you answered yes to these questions, then you need outdoor dog gear for your active pet. Taking your pet along for these activities is a lot of fun.

Dogs can be very entertaining and doing these things together can help build that bond between you and your pet. Here are a couple of items that can help keep your pet safer and make your trips more enjoyable.

Life Jackets
If you spend a lot of time around water, get your dog a life jacket. Dog life jackets are perfect for pets that enjoy riding along on the boat or playing in the ocean. The life jacket will help keep him safe anytime he's in and around water.

Not all dogs are great swimmers, especially in rough waters. If you take your dog with you fishing, boating or to the beach, you won't have to worry about her struggling in the water especially if the currents are strong. Anytime you're around water, there is the possibility of an accident. For example, your pet could fall off the boat or be swept away by a strong current. A life jacket will help keep her afloat in any situation whether she's just having fun or if an emergency occurs.

Life jackets are perfect for elderly dogs or those with arthritis or joint problems. Swimming can help dogs get the exercise they need without putting added stress on their joints and a life jacket will make it easier for him to swim.

There are several different types of dog life jackets available suited for different breeds and types of water. Some are made with mesh under the belly so the water will drain quickly and the life jacket will dry faster. Some are designed with reflective strips to make your pet more visible and others have added buoyancy for rough water like what you'll find at the beach.

Dog Backpacks
Outdoor dog gear also includes dog backpacks. These are great for hikers, hunters, campers and they even come in handy for a trip to the park. Your dog needs supplies just like you do. She'll need food, water, treats and toys so why not let her carry her own supplies. The extra space will make things a lot easier for you.

The saddlebag design distributes the weight evenly so it won't put too much weight on your pet's back. This makes them more comfortable and prevents strains. They have storage pouches where you can keep things separated so you can find what you need fast and easy. Most all dog backpacks have adjustable straps for a snug fit and reflective trim to keep him safer.

Most dogs don't mind wearing a backpack. They can sense they're doing something good and it makes them feel needed. However, you may need to go on short trips at first until he gets used to it. Outdoor dog gear makes it easier for your active pet to get the exercise needed to stay healthy, fit and safe.

Doggie Clothesline has a wide variety of outdoor dog gear for any size dog.
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