Dog Play Can Turn Ugly

Dog Playing with BallBeware – Dog Play Can Turn Ugly Fast When Children Are Involved

By Sylvia Dickens

Dog play often involves children. If you’ve ever seen that interaction, you will recognize what you are about to read. If you haven’t, then take note. This information can protect your child and your dog. When dogs play, they become obsessed, and children can get over-excited. This can be a deadly combination. Most, if not all, children are oblivious to what dogs games can have on their pet. All they think about is having fun with the dog. This usually involves some sort of toy. Outdoors, it’s often a ball. When dogs become obsessed, all they can think of is getting that ball. Some will become possessive over that toy, while others will be happy to bring it back to you so that the games can go on. Now, let’s take this outside – into the heat and humidity of a summer day. Children will romp around in all kinds of weather. When they become hot, they don’t seem to notice and will continue running around. Dogs are the same, except that they do have a bit of foresight and will seek a cool place to rest when the heat becomes too much for them. Because children are not consciously aware of the heat, they will continue trying to play with the dog even after it decides to take a break. They do not understand why the dog has stopped playing. And they do not understand the importance of the dog’s actions. This is when things can turn ugly. When a dog is overheated, it can become easily agitated. If it is not allowed to recover from the heat, it will not be very pleased to be forced from its resting place. If a child persists in doing so, he or she can get bitten. There is another way this can turn ugly. Dogs play in all kinds of weather, too, but they know when they need a break. An overheated dog, playing on a hot, humid summer day is at risk of a seizure from heat stroke. This is not unlike what happens to humans who allow themselves to become overheated by exercising on a hot day. Neither of these scenarios need to happen. They can easily be prevented by a little training. Children must learn the dangers that a hot, tired and aggravated dog can present. Teach children to recognize the signs. 1) When a dog is hot and/or tired, he will isolate himself from the play. 2) When a dog is overheated, his tongue will hang all the way out of its mouth as he tries to cool himself 3) The blood vessels in his face will swell as the blood pumps through his system and he becomes hot. 4) Often, an overheated dog’s eyes will grow larger than normal. Teach them what to do. 1) Allow the dog to rest in a cool location that he chooses. 2) Make sure the dog has some fresh, cold water to drink during play. 3) Do not pester the dog or try to get him to play while he is in this state. Explain to them what can happen if they ignore these rules. 1) The dog can bite them if he feels that he is being pestered. 2) Even friendly dogs can bite if the situation is right. 3) If dogs become overheated, they can have heat stroke, which can mean seizures. 4) The dog could die if he is not given cold water and allowed to cool down. If you have a dog, a dog and children, or just children, make sure that children understand that this is how to act around a dog. Children will not realize that while a dog is playing, he is also exercising his hunting instincts. When all is said and done, remember this. For the dog, it’s not all dogs play. Dogs can bring us great joy. In fact, dog owners love talking about dogs. You can read such stories at Dog Talk Weekly. It’s a free ezine that provides tips on dog care, dog training and more. Discover how much fun we’re having. For a fun look at dogs drop by our Dog Talk Blog.

Cleaning Dog Teeth

Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy StepsCleaning Dog Teeth

By Brent Harte

The number one health problem with our pets is becoming a significant issue with dogs. Dog’s modern diet and health care is improving, as a result our dogs are living longer. The modern diet is improving the quality of nutrients our dogs are consuming and providing them with longer lives; however the increase in grain products and lack of bone is causing canine’s oral health to decline. The extra years in a dog’s life is allowing periodontal gum disease to reach levels that are very dangerous and painful to an aging dog. Veterinarians are able to treat dogs with various stages of periodontal disease however simple preventative measures performed by owners at home are the most effective oral care for canines. An immediate effect that should motivate most owners is your dog will have great breath.

Fortunately dog’s rarely get cavities or structural damage to the tooth, dog’s oral care is mainly affected by bacteria that collect along the gum line forming plaque. If the plaque is not removed minerals in a dog’s saliva combine with the plaque and form tarter (calculus) which also forms a protective membrane causing its removal to become difficult. Because plaque starts to mineralize after 3-5 days, daily care is the most effective preventative care for avoiding the need for more extensive treatments from a veterinarian.

Dogs who do not receive any oral care at home will develop periodontal disease. Tarter causes inflammation called gingivitis, this condition leads to bone lose in the part of the tooth that anchors it to the gums. As space develops between the tooth and gums pockets form that buildup unhealthy bacteria. Bacteria can now enter the bloodstream through these infected areas as well as the periodontal ligament. These bacteria can cause problems and serious infections in the kidneys, liver and heart.

The good news is with 3 easy steps and a few minutes a week, your dog’s teeth and gums can remain healthy and they will have great breath. First apply an oral gel or spray utilizing natural ingredients to remove tarter from the dog’s teeth at the gum line. This is usually applied at night every three days. Second brush their teeth daily with toothbrush designed for a dog for approximately 30 seconds, if their teeth are relatively healthy a canine tooth paste is not necessary. You can also use a finger toothbrush, there is no handle, but it fits over your finger and may be easier for some people to use. Third feed them dog treats designed to remove tarter by providing a substitute for the bone missing in their diets. Before beginning your new oral care program photograph their teeth. Use the photos to determine if you are spending enough time on cleaning their teeth. The goal is to keep it simple so you continue the process, the benefits to your dog’s health will be great along with their great breath.

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Natural Dog Food for Your Pet

Dog FoodBest Dog Food – 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider All Natural Dog Food For Your Pet

By Hal Williams

All natural dog food – there is a lot of talk about it but how do you go about getting the best dog food for your dog?

All natural dog food specifically states the type of ingredients and where they come from, allowing the purchaser to make an informed decision about what they are buying. For these reasons many consider all natural food to be the best dog food available on the market. The advantages of buying all natural dog food include:

By disclosing all the ingredients in the feed, consumers are empowered through being able to make an effective choice; the feed is made from good quality, natural ingredients; and it is free from artificial additives such as colors, preservatives and flavors.

With so many feeds on the market it can be difficult to narrow down which is the best dog food for your animal. Here are some key points to look for when deciding which all natural food to buy:

Pay more – you’ve heard of the saying ‘you get what you pay for’? Well, this is certainly true of dog feed. The best dog food does tend to be more expensive however shopping around on line, buying in bulk and collecting coupons are all ways of reducing the costs. Consider this – buying good quality dog food now could result in fewer visits to the veterinarian in the longer term. Buying all natural dog food may therefore be considered to be an investment in your dog’s health.

Avoid bone meal and beef meal based dog foods -These are popular fillers found in cheaper dog foods. Foods containing these fillers can contain a lot of gristle and bone that a dog may find very hard to digest. Chicken, Turkey and Lamb based dog foods are much better for your dog and try to avoid any dog food which says ‘meal’ or ‘by product’.

Dog food should be corn free – corn is very hard for dogs to digest and some dogs may be allergic to corn and corn-based products. Cheaper foods use this as a cheap filler. Whole ground grains such as rice and barley are much better and easier to digest for your dog.

Avoid feeds with too much animal fat included – ‘animal fat’ is a generic term and includes a variety of fatty tissues from a variety of sources. Feed which states where the fat comes from such as chicken fat, salmon oil or flaxseed oil tend to be much better feeds for your dog. As a general rule, avoid feeds with vague, generic ingredient names as a manufacturer that lists all the ingredients in detail is likely to be a manufacturer that is proud about the ingredients in its food and is therefore more likely to make better food for your dog.

Look out for hidden chemical preservatives – an ingredient list which includes BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), or Ethoxuquin as ingredients should be avoided, and these ingredients have been banned in several countries. Natural preservatives such as sage and rosemary extract are much safer for your dog.

So to summarize, many consider all natural feed to be the best dog food. One of the key positive aspects about all natural food is that these feeds clearly state all the ingredients in the food on the label. All natural feed may generally be a little bit more expensive but it has no bone meal, does not contain corn, does not have a large amount of animal fat and does not use chemical preservatives. Ultimately the decision is the dog owner’s (in consultation with the veterinarian) but all natural food has some qualities that make it a popular choice for dog owners and their dogs alike.

Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior Problem – 7 Tips To Change Your Dog’s Behavior Problem

By Martin L

Whether you like it or not, every dog is going to have its problem behavior from time to time. What you do about this behavior problem can make the difference in whether or not your dog changes. Here are 7 tips to help you change your dog’s behavior problem.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 1: Control the dog

The most basic tip is to get control of your dog. If you can have control over your dog, you will be able to control the dog’s problem behavior. You can control your dog by putting them on a training collar and showing them that you are boss. You want to do this without physical punishment if you can.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 2: Stay positive

Too many pet owners focus on the negatives and verbally abuse their dog’s with “NO” and “bad girl.” While you do want to get the point across that it is not ok for them to do what they did, you also want to give them encouragement for what to do right. Instead of saying “no” tell them to “sit” or “heal.”

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 3: Consistency

The number one rule to changing a dog’s problem behavior is consistency. You have to get it across your dog’s minds that it is never ok to do the bad behavior. Not once in awhile because you forgot. It is unfair to a dog to change your rules or forget because this will simply confuse them.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 4: Have the dog earn it

There is a fine line between giving your dog love and handing out love freely. You want to show your dog that you care about them, but make them earn your affection. If you can teach your dog to ask politely for things such as sitting or lying down, they will have much more respect for you as an owner.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 5: Exercise

Believe it or not, dogs can get bored just like humans. Boredom is one of the biggest causes of a dog’s problem behavior because they have nothing else to do. If you take your dog to the park, play with them and take them on walks they won’t have this boredom bottled up.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 6: Learn your dog’s heritage

Dogs are bred to do certain things in particular, whether you like it or not. Certain breeds are born to stay close while other breeds are born to be wild. Some dogs are born to hunt while others are born to guard. Every breed has a different genetic heritage, and it is up to you as an owner to understand this and then go from there.

Dog Behavior Problem Tip 7: Train

Every dog is different, but no dog is born with perfect manners. For you to get rid of your dog behavior problem you have to train them to be polite and act civilized.

Dealing with a dog’s behavior problem can be difficult since every dog is different and every situation is different. By incorporating a little of every tip listed above, you will be able to easier get rid of your Dog Behavior Problem.

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Tear Staining

Tear staining

Tear Staining

By:  Admin

Tear staining is a common problem with Maltese.   Most tearing problems are due to the famous “Four H’s” spoken of by Margarie Martin:  heredity, health, hygiene and happiness.  A seriously stained face does not indicate a poor-quality, nor poorly bred dog.  It is not proof that the dog is neglected, mistreated or unhealthy.  It just means the dog has more dog tears and less drainage than he needs for some reason that is probably somehow related to any one or any combination of very minor “heredity, health, hygiene, and happiness” concerns.

An eye stain can be caused by clogged tear ducts, ear mites or ear yeast infections.  Certain dog foods have dyes that can cause tearing eyes.

Tylosin can be used to help prevent tear stained eyes.  It is added to your dog’s water in small amounts.  Ask your vet about the correct dose for your dog.  Eye Envy is another good product that helps tear stains in dogs.