Monday, March 9, 2009

My Dogs Keeps Peeing in the house!!!

Urg! not again. My dog keeps peeing in the house what shall I do? Well this is a frequent ask question for dog owners. Even if the dog is potty trained, they will peed at the fridge or carpet, paito and worse of all on the bed.

What do you do to stop them? Some said to spank them with the newspaper while others said no spanking and try scolding them instead. Well it seem that punishment will stress the dog further into doing more things wrong. One solution is to put a diaper pad there, a least it is easier to clean. Reward your dog when she pees in the proper place.

A word of advice, never ever clean the urine spot with ammonia based product. Why, simply because ammonia is one of the ingredient of dog urine. So when you clean it with ammonia based product, you are simply encouraging the dog to urinate at the same spot.

Well here is inexpensive homemade dog urine smell removal solution that will solve your problem. The ingredients are white vinegar, baking soda, liquid dish washing detergent and hydrogen peroxide. First dry the spot with kitchen towel then mixed white vinegar with water 50/50 solution working on the spot. Allowed spot to dry then sprinkle baking soda on the area. Mix half cup of hydrogen peroxide to a teaspoon of detergent and pour over the baking soda area. Work on the area disolving baking soda with a brush and then allow them to dry. Vacuum the spot. You may have to repeat the process again if necessary.

The trick should work.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dogs and Christmas Holidays Seasons

Christmas is around the corner. You have your christmas tree up and all those decorative items around. All set for Christmas holiday seasons.

Well just a reminder to those who have dogs which likes to bite at anything. It is very dangerous for them.

Decorative items like tinsels, ornament cause can cause choking. The electrical cords are hazards to dogs. Chewing the cord can result in serious electric shock and burns.

Chocolate are favorites for all young or old. But it is a no no for dogs. Poisoning of dogs by chocolate is not as uncommon as you might think.

Chocolate contains theobromine which increases urination and affects the central nervous system as well as heart muscle. The amounts vary by type of chocolate.

Keep your dogs indoors during cold weather. If you really have to keep them outside, then at least keep them protected from the elements. The wind-chill can still kill. There are heating pads and raised dog beds that can be purchased to make your dog more comfortable.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do hypoallergenic dogs really exist?

Much attention has been drawn to President-elect Barack Obama’s promise that a new puppy will have a place in the White House.

Obama’s 10-year-old daughter, Malia, suffers from allergies to dogs. But the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says there is no truly “hypoallergenic” dog.

It is a common misconception that people are allergic to a dog’s hair, the group says. Allergies to pets are caused by protein found in the animal’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva or urine. As all dogs posses these proteins, there is no allergy-free dog.

There are ways to minimize allergy symptoms, however, such as working with an allergist on treatment, reducing the allergic person’s exposure to dander, and properly cleaning the environment to reduce allergens.

-- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dog Tail Injuries

We all know that when the dog is waging it's tail means a happy dog. What else does a dog's tail tell us? A dog’s tail is also important for maintaining balance while running, turning quickly or while walking on narrow surfaces.

Common Dog Tail Injuries

My dog has a wound on his tail and is biting it, making it worse. How can I keep him from biting his tail?

Some dogs, especially dogs who had their tails improperly cropped may occasionally experience bleeding at the end of the tails. These injuries are very difficult to treat and the healing process is often slow.

Dog tails have a strong supply of blood and if the end of tail is injured it can bleed for a long time.Also, some breeds have tails that may get dry at the tip and may crack and bleed. You may consider a tail bandage for your dog. These bandages may be difficult to apply and you should consult a vet before using one. You don’t want it to be loose as it may come off but you also don’t want it to be too tight as it may restrict blood flow causing even more problems. Applying cream or lotions to cracked skin can sometimes help with cracked skin. You vet can recommend an appropriate cream.

Some vets may recommend a hard protective cover that can be strapped on the end of a dog’s tail to protect it.

Why does my puppy chase her tail all the time?

1 - They are playing. For dogs and puppies to chase their tails, especially puppies, it’s like babies sticking their big toe in their mouth They do it because it’s there.

2- The do it because they are itchy.

3- They do it (mostly adult dogs) because their anal glands are full. This is a medical condition that needs to be addressed

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Dog's Tongue

We usually sees a dog's tongue licking its owner or lapping up food and water. But do you know that the dog's tongue is the most important part of its body. It serves as an essential heat regulator. When dogs exercise, their tongues becomes larger and due to increased blood flow usually hang out of the mouth. Thus, when a dog pants, it's actually cooling the dog's entire body. The dog's quick shallow breaths cause moisture on the tongue to evaporate thus cooling the tongue that in turn cools the blood flow through the tongue and the respiratory system.

Common tongue injury may occur with dogs that chew on wood an this may lead to getting a splinter. Get him to a vet that can help you remove it.

It's funny as some of the time, accidents like these ones below do happen!!!

I snipped my dog's tongue
"I was cutting the hair on my dog's face and when he went out to lick, I accidentally snipped a tiniest bit of his tongue. It was horrible, he's bleeding of course...."

Dog loses tongue to Chew Toy
"Chai, a 10-year-old Lab mix, was playing with a Four Paws pimple ball with bell, when his tongue got stuck in the hole in the ball. He had to be taken to the vet to have the ball removed because his tongue was so swollen. Eventually his tongue had to be amputated, making it very difficult for him to eat and drink."

Dog Gets Tongue Caught in Shredder

"He was hovering over the shredder and I kept trying to push him away and he stuck his tongue out. I still shudder just thinking about it. The shredder makes noise, the dog goes to check it out, he sniffs it and licks it, and his tongue starts feeding through the shredder."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

My dog's nose is dry, Is he sick?

A dog's nose is usually cool and moist. It can be black, pink, or self-colored (the same color as the coat), depending on the breed. Nasal discharge should be clear, never yellowish, thick, bubbly, or foul smelling. A cool, wet nose does not necessarily mean the dog is healthy, and a dry, warm nose doesn't necessarily mean he's sick. Taking his temperature is a better indication of illness.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Healthy

Routine home dog ear care is very important to the health of your dog. Excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant scratching, excessive matting of hair in the external ear, rubbing the ears against other objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be signs of ear problems.

Inspect Your Dog’s Ears Regularly. Use a petscope to check for redness, excessive wax build up or any other foreign matter. Sniffing your dog’s ears is another way to detect problems early. If you see a dark waxy discharge this may be a sign of ear mites. On the other hand, if you see a pus-like discharge along with a foul smell this may be a sign of a bacterial infection. Allergies are also known to cause some dogs to have smelly ears.

Dogs with floppy ears, like spaniels and bloodhounds, are very prone to ear infections because very little air flows into their ear canals. There are also breeds, like the Lhasa, that have a heavy growth of hair inside their ears. Excess ear hair is a problem, try plucking just a few hairs at a time will be less irritating for the dog.

Some vets recommend that owners routinely flush their dog’s ears with warm water at the slightest hint of odor. Other home dog ear care cleaning remedies include mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or a combination of equal parts of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. If your dog has open sores it's best not to use the vinegar and alcohol because it will cause a burning sensation. A dog ear wash containing Tea Tree Oil, which is also formulated to dry the ear canal is an excellent choice. Try using a pet ear-drying agent after bathing or swimming especially if your dog's ears retain moisture and don't dry promptly.

A dog’s ear canal is L-shaped. It descends vertically and it makes a 90-degree horizontal turn before it reaches the eardrum. Many vets urge caution when inserting anything into the ear canal, especially cotton-tipped swabs. They can actually push dirt and foreign matter deeper into the ear if not handled properly. You can even lose the cotton tip in the ear canal.

Dont put off your dog’s ears cleaning job. Remember regular cleanings can prevent many common ear problems. If you think a problem may be developing that is beyond the scope of your home dog ear care routine, take your dog to the vet for a check up immediately.

Dog Quotes

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Gilda Radner

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.”
Louis Sabin