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Important Reasons To Know About Panting And Shaking In The Dog

February 9, 2018 Leave a comment

dog excessive panting

If you have a pet dog, then you must have seen, it is panting. Sometimes, even more, it is shaking. These unwanted symptoms do not only occur in dogs but also occur in cats. Pet owner just neglects these symptoms. They think that it is common in dogs or cats and thus they do not take this seriously. Believe or not if you do not take it seriously, it may affect your pet health. Let’s see the topmost and most important reasons why the dog is panting and shaking:

Suffering From Heat:

Dog feels uncomfortable when it faces the heat. Direct sun raises coming on the body of the dog harm the skin. Thus, the dog is panting and shaking. Keep your dog in cool place, and providing it water to drink if needed.

Fever:

One of the reasons for the dog panting and shaking is the fever. This fever occurs due to some of the infections like the viral infection, fungal infection, bacterial infection and more. Thus, depending on these infections you may see the other symptoms in the dog.

Kidney Disease:

Kidney disease, such as chronic kidney disease or renal failure is the symptoms that stay for a long time. Dog parent will see that the dog will drink water many times and urinate frequently than the routine. This leads the dog to shaking or panting and so it needs a kidney disease treatment.

Injuries:

If your dog has pale gums, and shaking and panting, this kind of symptoms may point to specific internal injury. Your dog feels very weak and further it may cause more complications if the proper treatment is not given.

Low Blood Sugar or Hypoglycemia:

Your dog is continually shaking and panting because of low blood sugar. It is not a serious problem and can be cured by simple remedies available at home. Even after this simple treatment, if you didn’t see the improvement in your dog’s health, you should take the help of a vet.

Food Poisoning:

Dog sometimes eats such a food which is toxic. And sometimes pet owner even not aware of this. This toxic food may cause several reactions. With panting and shaking dog may vomit and hence you need to give proper medicine to your dog.

Stress:

Sometimes dog feels stress and fear and due to this may experience panting and shaking. A dog behaves abnormally when it has fear of something. The loud noise of fireworks and crackers are the things using which dog may be anxiety for dog. The dog may run or sit quietly in one of the corners.

The above are the critical reasons why your dog is panting and shaking. Some of the reasons are normal and can be solved with home remedies, but on the other hand, some of the conditions cannot be solved by home remedies. These conditions can be solved by giving your pet a proper treatment of disease. Identify above symptoms, and avoid painting or shaking in the pet.

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Separation Anxiety In Dogs – A Thought To Ponder Upon

January 15, 2018 1 comment

Understanding Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Dogs are ‘social animals’. The emotions which a child of 3 years experience after leaving his mother for school do makes sense when it comes to your furry pal. While the same child over the time get used to that bid adieu, your furry friend may find it hard to cope up when you leave for your work.

Dealing with this phenomena, not only requires patience on part of pet parents but also a clear understanding to differentiate whether the situation can be term as ‘separation anxiety’ or it is just a case of ‘house manners’.

The golden rule applies here is to silently observe those ‘moments’ when you get readied to pick your car’s keys and makes way for the final lap. If the unusual behavior of your dog is specific to these ‘moments’ then you need to address the issue at earliest. Mark the behavior of your pet in your absence at home, thus giving you a clearer picture.

Separation anxiety symptoms-

  1. Continued barking- looking for his gone pet parent
  2. Hostile behavior in your absence marked by chewing and scratching
  3. Showing rage on household objects, when left alone
  4. Urinating and defecating but only in the absence of his guardian
  5. Self injury
  6. Trying to escape the house in search of his master

Separation anxiety disorder can happens to any dog, however few elements that may contribute to the development of separation anxiety in a canine are as follows-

  • Change of guardianship of the dog
  • Dogs adopted from shelters- adjustment issues with new pet parent
  • Moving to a new residence- new environment for dog
  • Death of someone close to the pet
  • Breeds that are trained to be companion dogs- Labradors, German shepherds, etc

Separation Anxiety In Dog

What To Do As A Pet Parent In Such Scenario?

Keep The Separation A Low- Key Affair

Many a times not only the dog but also his master experiences some sort of nervousness when he say goodbye to his comrade. The hysterical nature of the goodbye will add more to the cause of your pet’s separation anxiety.

Therefore, keep your departure calm and make it a routinely affair.

Crate Training

The decision to crate train your dog solely lies on you. Depending upon the psychological setup of your breed you can think of, crate training your pet. If properly trained, many dogs find crate a safe place when left alone.

Pre Separation Dog Training

A, strenuous and active physical session with your dog before leaving, will make your dog feel tired. The resultant outcome is low outburst of emotions at the time of departure.

Involve Dog Behaviorist

Depending upon the severity of the stress, a dog behaviorist can give useful insights to deal with the situation. He can guide you whether to opt for desensitization program, any medication or not.

Consider Pet Sitter

A pet sitter can be handy in taking care of your dog when you are out. Other than this, you can take the help of any individual whom you trust to ‘handle things’ when you are out for work.

Separation anxiety in dogs, in its mild form can easily be tackled by creating an appropriate environment for the dog when he is left alone, and making some self- behavior changes, which are fit to the purpose.

 

Important Steps To Prevent Your Dog Becoming Lost

December 14, 2017 2 comments

All the dog parents have a fear that someday the dog might get loosened off by the leash and run away. It is a common fear and it may happen as well, your dog may wander around and you may lose him. What would you do if such situation occurs? Here are a few points that you can do rather than stressing out yourself.

Important Steps To Prevent Losing Your Dog Again

  1. Carry out a thorough search of your house. If you have various closets or a huge house, it might be possible he has found a hiding place inside the home itself.
  2. Search for your pooch in the neighborhood.
  3. Carry a picture of him and ask the passersby.
  4. Put on fliers in the plausible places.
  5. Call the local shelters.
  6. Newspaper Alerts.

By what means you can prevent your dog from loosing. There are many ways by which such crisis can be prevented from happening.

Prevent Your Dog Becoming Lost

Microchipping The Pet: Getting your pet microchipped after you adopt him/her is of vital importance. You can easily get your pooch microchipped by the help of a vet. Vet will let you know the correct age and the process will take place. Always remember to update your database of the microchip. Even if the pet tries to run off or gets lost you can easily find him using the chip’s location.

Id Tags: Although they may sound outdated but still it helps a lot. Never ever let your phone away from you while you are in search for your lost pet. Because, sometimes the person who found him will see the ID tag and try to contact you.

Lock up all the escape pints and hideouts: If you have a huge house, you must consider getting a fence put up in the backyard or locking away several doors and windows, which might be a plausible escape route for the dogs. Some hyperactive dogs may also dig holes round the houses to try to escape. In this case, install a chicken wire near the gates to avoid this situation.

Some interesting facts regarding a lost dog or a puppy that were found out in a survey are:

  • Amongst all the dog owners, only 15% of them have lost their dogs
  • Form this 15% audience, 85% people got their pets back
  • Furthermore the statistics shows that 49% of these were found when the owners searched the neighborhood
  • 15% of were found by the microchips and Id tags that were present on the dogs
  • Whereas, 6% of them were found in dog shelters of the city

 

Unveiled Facts Behind Dog’s Licking

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Facts Behind Dog’s Licking

Licking is a common trait in fido’s. It might be an expression of self caring and cleaning. But, the fact is that, there is lot of difference between what you assume and what actually exists. Parenting your kid and parenting a fido are two almost same things, as both of them need a lot of observation and determination. You always keep an eye on each and every activity of your kid to monitor them. Same level of cautiousness you should keep for your pooh also. Try to find out the reasons behind their common and uncommon habits. May be you could discover many more unheard and unexpected things out of your curiosity.

In this same context let’s take an example of licking. Have you ever wondered that what must be the most possible reasons behind your dog’s licking??

Why Does My Dog Lick All The Time?

Scientific Reasons

You might have heard that dogs also lick because they like the taste of their owner’s salty skin and out of habit. Mostly, it’s a sign of affection. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins, which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure.

Most possible disorders behind anxiety:

why your dog licks your face

1. Depression and anxiety: Pets are not blessed with vocal power like us. They are not able to verbalize whatever they feel. Depression is a state which can also effect your pooch and the anti depressant egg

2. Separation anxiety: Pet’s lick their owners out of excitement. Licking themselves is also a sign that they are missing their owner. Dogs are social animal and very much fond of their owner’s attention. In your absence they lick themselves out of absence of pampering and of course yours absence.

3. Hormonal imbalances. If your dog’s body is not producing enough thyroid hormone or putting out too much cortisol, superficial skin infection can occur. You may notice bald spots, and your dog may scratch or lick as if bothered by allergies.

4. Stress- Your pooch also feels stressed due to boredom, understimulation, depression, frequent exposure to an aversive stimulus, or a general anxiety may begin to lick or chew paws as a coping mechanism that both reduces systemic cortisol levels and increases systemic dopamine and opioid neurochemicals.

Excessive licking is somewhat, which should not be ignored. Don’t delay for vet’s assistance if this kind of problem exists. Observe the most common situations in which dog over licks.

 

 

A Blend of Several Studies – Exploring Emotions in Dogs

September 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Exploring Emotions in Dogs

Emotions, it is a very heavy word that describes sundry feelings. Emotions can range from anger to contentment, distress to enthusiastic and god knows many more. The emotions that any living being experience depends upon their encounters in daily lives and circumstances they face. Living beings just not includes humans, but their best friends as well i.e. dogs that depicts various emotions by their actions.

There have been several studies and researches that tried to decipher whether the dog is able to enact upon human emotions or not. And, there have been various results most of them with a positive approach. The numbers of inferences that have been derived are illustrated as follows:

  • Dogs can smell fear of humans. It has been attained that when humans fear from any plausible threat they give away a certain kind of odor. The dog smells this odor, which is why it is inferred that the pooches can smell fear. Dogs do have tremendously larger number of receptors than humans.
  • Canines are terrific at reading a person’s body language. Like if you just came home from office and you are in a bad mood, your furry pal will get sad as well. If you are scared then he won’t act in an aggressive manner. Although, only the pet dogs exhibit such positive behaviors. They will be perceived in much threatening and negative way to the street and unknown dogs.
  • Several other research studies suggest that the four-legged human pals also confront emotions like jealousy. In this study, it was inferred that the dog upon seeing their other companions getting treats for their behavior or patting, would get jealous and stop doing their task.

Emotions in Dogs

  • All dog-parents must have witnessed the joy their pooches display on their owners returning to home. This emotion is commonly observed in the dogs. They also wag their tail in contentment when their parents are in joyous mood.
  • Dogs are very caring and protective about their owners. If you are having a bad day or crying and depicting unhappy emotions, your dog will feel that and he himself will become gloomy. He might even act scared and corner himself.

There are profuse amount of studies going on as the science is advancing, giving the researchers more proficiency to analyze the furry pals and their emotional behavior.

 

Make Your Canine Baby Look Healthy And Shiny !!

July 18, 2017 1 comment

Canine Baby Look Healthy And Shiny

Canines also require regular grooming. The condition of your pet’s coat is a good indicator of whether he or she is in good health or not. Lustrous and healthy coat indicates the good health and vitality of the pet . Seasonal shedding is very common among pets. Because hairs are under constant environmental stress, they continuously shed.

Don’t despair! Shedding is a natural process. This sensitivity can cause dry, flaky skin, hot spots and a dull coat. Below are some hacks for maintaining your pet’s skin and coat health throughout the summer and all year long

1. Vitamin And Nutrition for Dogs

dog food diet

It is a prime factor behind the status of skin and coat .Pets not fed with proper nutrition seems to lack lustre. Dog and cat hair is mostly made up of protein. Nutritional supplements can help a lot in this. Vitamin A is necessary for cell production and maintenance, and vitamin E is an antioxidant.

Give your pet nutrients that promote healthy skin and shiny thick coats. Supplements that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids will improve pet’s skin and coat, plus it helps to reduce flakiness, itchiness and shedding.

2. Brushing And Cleaning for Dogs

dog dental care and cleaning

Brushing is very necessary if you own a long haired pooch , they love to lie down and roam around in wooded and grassy areas.

A healthy coat moves keep pets cool in summer. On the other hand, it fluffs up in the winter, keeping pets warm. A healthy coat also prevents dog smell, cat dandruff and mats. Brushing helps removal of dirt and bugs from the coats, plus it spreads natural oils, promotes hair growth, and helps pets look their best.

3. Proper Bathing of Doggy

proper bathing of doggy

Some pets are repellant to water sometimes; especially pugs. Proper bathing removes the oil and dirt in a proper manner, just brushing cannot do it alone. How often should you bathe your dog depends on how dirty his coat becomes or when he develops that doggy odor.

Dog’s love to lie down and enjoy in muddy places and their matted furs tell you now it’s bathing time.

Follow these simple tips for your pet’s well being. Give them your time and kind care. Spend some fun time with your pet by keeping him clean, odor-free, and healthy!

 

Best Dog Breeds That Greets Water Sports

June 19, 2017 1 comment

Dog Breeds For Water Sports

Outdoor is always a bliss for dogs. Walking in the park, going out for car rides fill them with joy. Although, some breeds of dogs are not satisfied with just a walk, they love more other activities to do. They are more attracted towards adventurous activities and are even well-built for that.

If you are water sports enthusiast and also a dog lover, you have nothing to worry about going on an adventure and leaving your dog alone. You can buy or adopt a breed which is comfortable in the water and is sporty.

Some breeds of dogs who are lover of water sports activities are:

Dog Breeds That Greets Water Sports

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are very friendly and water loving dogs. They are excellent swimmers and love surfing and boat rides, not afraid to stand at the edge also. Such energetic and good nature dogs are very suitable as your partners for all sorts of adventures and water sports too. The best thing about Labrador retriever is that they are not restricted to water sports but also love backpacking, hiking and camping.

2. Newfoundland

Landseer Newfoundland Dog

A giant, generous, furry pal, Newfoundland is fond of water. Because of his big-built and strength, it is used as a rescue dog. This breed was originally trained to pull in fishnets, carts and other heavy equipment. This breed of dog is very friendly and adores children and are good surfers too.
They love water and ensures safety of their owners too, as they are trained to be a lifeguard on certain coasts.

3. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

nova scotia duck tolling retriever

Small sized dog breeds, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, are easy to handle because of their loving nature. They enjoy water sports and hiking. All-time favorite game of this breed is a game of fetch in the waters. They are used especially for hunting purposes at the sea shore. The white markings on them attracts various birds and sea creatures.

4. Poodle

Poodle Puppy

A mixture of intelligence, water retrieving skills, playfulness and physical fitness define this breed. The name Poodle was derived from German word ‘Pudeln’ which means ‘ to splash’. The name itself defines the dog is fond of water. They enjoy the waves and can accompany you till the edge of the boat. They are highly skilled in many water sports and have excellent swimming skills. Apart from that, they have also been trained in obedience, agile, tracking and circus training. They are also used as hunting and assistance dogs.

5. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Also called as ‘chessies’, these dogs are actually born to enjoy the ocean. The amazing dog’s water repellant fur coat lets them dive in ice cold water and the webbed-toes help them swim through rough currents.

The owner of this breed must be patient enough to train them as they are very intelligent and takes time to be trained, but once done, they are the most loyal dogs. They get attached and connected to a single person. Such dogs are the best companions for you even in extreme sports and in extreme conditions.

6. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

One of the most uncommon breeds to find now days, but its absolute delight to have them as a pet. Once unleashed, they can’t stay away from water. Best buddies for you to take on boating or diving. They were initially trained to help fishermen to huddle up fish into nets. They were also great messengers and took messages from ship to shore or vice versa.

They are the most enthusiastic and fun loving and without any doubt great swimmers. They can be easily trained. Best company for any water sporting trip.

Apart from these breeds, several other breeds are also comfortable in water like Schipperke, Irish Water Spaniel, Spanish Water Dog. People who admire nature, love to travel and take risks in life, for them these are the best companions. If no one is there for you, these dogs will surely be. Take care of them and they’ll reciprocate.