Tag: pet health

Keep Your Dog Healthy: Photo Friday

Can You Prevent Veterinarian Expenses?

Daily walks, grooming, brushing pets’ teeth and not over feeding your dog can help prevent emergency Vet visits. I know. I have raised five dogs. All stayed healthy into old age for their sizes. Of course, we took every dog to annual wellness visits and kept up each dog’s annual vaccinations.

Wow. Here is a pet health professional giving the same tips!

Hey, what do you smell. I smell chicken.
Hey, what do you smell. I smell chicken.

“From washing your pet once in a while to brushing its hair/fur/teeth to keep them from getting matted and unclean, there’s a lot an owner can do to keep a pet healthy, happy, and yes, fairly cheap to care for. One preventive measure that’s abandoned all too often: a leash. Use one.”

“I’d say 60 percent to 70 percent of emergency room visits could have been prevented if owners used leashes more often,” says Halligan. “I used to work in emergency, so I’ve seen it all.” Tips on Managing Pet Expenses

Wow, 60% to 70% of all emergency pet visits would not happen if pet parents used leashes?

Can Dogs Get Colds?

I found a neat short answer on Pet360.com. What a great resource for pet parents. Their tagline is “Pet Parenting. Simplified.” A promising resource for dog health I found on the Pet360 community.

Try it FREE. Simply sign up and become a member of Pet360.

One Happy Pair

Please share tips you use to keep your dog health.

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The Joy of Play: Wordless Wednesday a Blog Hop

By Deborah Taylor-French

Wordless Wednesday

Pet Health Month Active Dogs Are Healthy Dogs

We all need to play. I believe this could be the main reason I love caring for pets of all kinds. Pets make me play.

Our house rabbit, Tokyo Tuxedo, jumps joyfully from all four legs as if he were springing from a trampoline. Little shivers of joy hit the air at the top of his jumps. He lives alert, listening, sniffing for carrots, apples and greens we chop in the kitchen. When we return from our garden he insists we share whatever we have picked.

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___Sydney, our dog, even at the age of ten loves to play. Any game will do. He will grab a favorite toy and shake it with excitment. Surprisingly, he still loves to go for walks, and play chase inside or on a lawn. I do not think he still jumps as high as this photograph caught him.


___Please play today.

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Dog Lovers Face A Rise In Canine Cancer

“…our abilities to detect cancer are continually improving. It is estimated that one in three of our dogs will be diagnosed with it at some point during their life. That’s a whole lot of cancer we dog-lovers will be facing.” Dr. Nancy Kay, author of Speaking for Spot.

No More Death By Collar

Do not risk dogs’ lives putting pressure or force on their throats.

Three ways dog collars pose risks to dogs’ lives.

  1. Collars catch on crates, fence wires, wooden decks and other dogs’ teeth, strangling any dog that wears a collar.
  2. Some dogs have pre-existing problems, like chronic bronchitis or collapsing trachea. Yanking on a collar jeopardizes these dogs’ lives. Dogs suffocate and die from lack of oxygen.
  3. Small dogs and toy breeds are most likely to suffer from a collapsing trachea, but they are not the only dogs that do.

Four things to avoid when your dog is wearing a collar.

  1. Never yank on the collar.
  2. Never chain or tie out a dog by a collar.
  3. Never leave your dog’s collar on when he is alone.
  4. Do not let your dog pull against his collar as you walk him.

Other Health Risks From Collars

  • Injury to a dog’s neck
  • Injury to a dog’s spine

Anatomy and physiology of animals Section through head of a dog

Dog Training And The Use Of Collars

Visit Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

They advocate the use of quick release collars vs. buckle collars. They urge you to prevent choking and accidents to dogs with quick release collars and remind you, “Always remove your dog’s collar before you leave.”

Need help choosing collar options for your dog?

Visit Boxer World on Different Types Of Collars. This webpage displays good photos and explanations of different collars and harnesses “The best type of collar is no collar. Many trainers feel that the best training collar is no collar at all. If you start training on a collar, the dog may learn that it has to obey *only* when the collar is on. Collars are, at best, training tools – and at worst, crutches.” Julie Michaels  http://www.boxerworld.com/forums/view_different-types-of-collars.htm

Dog Training And The Use Of Collars

Kirsten Frisch is a dog trainer in Northern Carolina. She dubs her work with dogs as falling into the category of being hands off or force free.  She is an Alaskan Husky lover and a sled dog trainer.“Collars: No matter how strong or thick-headed your dog is, don’t let him pull you by his collar. He needs a harness. He can really hurt his neck and spine by pulling you and your bike via his collar.” Find Kirsten’s blog The Gentle Canine at http://www.gentlecanine.com/

Dog Sport Enthusiasts Beware When Biking Or Sledding With Your Dog

Visit Kirsten Frisch’s Alaskan Husky blog to view a proper pulling harness. http://www.alaskan-husky-behavior.com/bikejoring.html

I strongly suggest that you protect your dog’s health by using a harness or head leaders while walking your dog on a leash. And yes, we trained our dog Sydney not to pull on a leash, to heel, and to walk easily with us. For his safety and health, we never hook a leash to his collar.

For ID purposes, Microchips are best because if your dog gets lost without his collar and dog tags, you will get a call from the nearest animal shelter. My dog came already Microchipped to the shelter that rescued him. I know if Sydney ever gets lost and is turned into animal control or a shelter, I will get a phone call indicating where I can pick him up.

PETLVR COMMUNITY Alog and Forum Dog Collar Dangers http://petlvr.com/blog/2009/05/19/dog-collar-dangers and http://petlvr.com/blog/2009/05/19/dog-collar-dangers/http://www.ygrr.org/doginfo/safety-collars.html

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