The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Health https://thedogvisitor.com/rss/category/dog-health The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Health en Copyright 2022 thedogvisitor.com & All Rights Reserved. Dog Diarrhea: Causes And Treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-diarrhea-causes-and-treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-diarrhea-causes-and-treatment Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:20:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier Find The Best Natural Dewormers For Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/find-the-best-natural-dewormers-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/find-the-best-natural-dewormers-for-dogs Mon, 28 Nov 2022 05:20:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier 5 Disease&Fighting Antioxidants For Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/5-disease-fighting-antioxidants-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/5-disease-fighting-antioxidants-for-dogs Mon, 28 Nov 2022 00:15:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier Dog stung by a bee? What you need to know https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-stung-by-a-bee-what-you-need-to-know https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-stung-by-a-bee-what-you-need-to-know With the onset of spring comes flowers, and with those come bees. Chances are you’ve seen hilarious photos of a dog stung by a bee with cartoonishly swollen noses. But much as we love nature’s pollinators, a bee sting can be dangerous to humans and dogs. Just like humans, our dogs can have deadly allergies to a sting.

So what do we do if a bee stings our dogs, and how do we know if it’s serious? 

How To Tell If Your Dog Got Stung By A Bee

We first need to know how to recognise a bee stung. This is no problem if your dog was chasing a bee and you saw them swallow one, but if you didn’t see the sting, you need to identify it.  A dog can have four basic types of responses to bee stings:

 Signs of a mild local reaction to a bee-sting

This is a simple reaction to a bee sting in dogs that are not allergic. You may see

  • Possible mild signs of distress such as whining, panting, or lip licking
  • Showing signs of pain or irritation, such as limping or holding up a paw if they stepped on the bee
  • Swelling and heat in one area called the wheal and flare.
  • Nibbling or pawing at a particular area
  • A pustule
  • Itchiness

Signs of a regional reaction to a bee sting

This is a mild allergic response that you need to keep a close eye on.

  • The dog may look more visibly distressed, such as crying, rapid panting or restless.
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Excessive swelling and or hives
  • Hardness around the sting site
  • Extreme itchiness

Signs of a severe allergic reaction after a bee sting

The following are signs that your dog needs to go to the vet immediately:

  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Hives
  • Breathing extremely fast or extremely slow
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Runny discharge from nose and eyes
  • Very fast or very slow heart rate
  • Extremely swollen head or muzzle
  • Excessive drooling
  • Blue gums and tongue
  • Excessive itching
  • Wheals or swelling red skin

In rare cases, the fourth kind of allergic reaction can happen. This delayed anaphylactic shock can occur up to two weeks after the sting.

Some breeds, specifically Bull Terriers, Boxers,  and Staffordshire Terriers, seem more prone to bad reactions to bee stings, so pet parents of these dogs should take extra caution.

 

 

What Do You Do If Your Dog Gets Stung By A Bee?

The most important thing to do if your dog has a bee sting is to stay calm and follow these steps:

    1. Try to find the site of the bee sting to remove the stinger.
  • Do not use tweezers or your fingers to remove the stinger. Squeezing can force more venom into your dog’s skin.
  1. Instead, take a credit card or something flat, thin, and hard to gently leverage the stinger out of the skin. Lift it up from below the poison sac.
  2. Apply ice to the site.
  3. Monitor your dog for at least 30 minutes for any signs of an allergic reaction (but read our additional information below on the possibility of delayed reactions and which breeds are more at risk)
  4. If your dog swallowed a bee, look for signs of swelling blocking their airway and be prepared to open it if you need to.

 

You can call your vet and ask about giving your dog a human antihistamine. Common advice is to give a dog Benedryl for allergies, which sometimes works for canine swelling and hives. However, human antihistamines are often quite ineffective on dogs.

 In one study, only 18% of dogs responded to Cetirizine, one of the more effective human antihistamines. Furthermore, OTC human antihistamines often have added compounds, such as decongestants, that are dangerous for dogs.

A better idea than to rely on human antihistamines is to speak to your vet and ask about potentially getting a prescription for canine antihistamines to keep in your dog’s emergency kit. If you suspect your dog has an allergic reaction, place a pill under its tongue and try to keep it there while it dissolves. 

An online pharmacy such as Pet Chemist can help you save up to 50% on these kinds of medications if your vet authorises it. 

Will My Dog Be Okay After A Bee Sting?

Your dog should be fine after a bee sting but it is important to keep an eye on them in case they are allergic. In non-allergic dogs, the red swelling (wheal & flare) will disappear in 30 to 60 minutes. It may then form a pustule within 24 hours that can last up to 3 weeks and be very itchy. 

Try to stop your dog from scratching the bee sting, as breaking the skin can cause a secondary infection. Speak to your vet about a topical ointment for itchiness if this is a problem.

Essential facts every dog owner should know about bee stings

If your dog has a severe reaction to a bee sting, it may be worse the next time. Dogs that have previously been stung or stung by multiple bees are more prone to an allergic reaction. Multiple stings are particularly dangerous. 

Being stung by more than 20 bees is lethal for most mammals. So it’s best to ask your vet for a prescription for effective canine antihistamines to keep close to your pet emergency essentials. Also, be aware of your dog’s environment to avoid bees wherever you can. 

It’s essential to monitor your dog for at least 30 minutes after a bee sting to check for signs of an allergic reaction. Severely allergic dogs will usually show signs of anaphylaxis within 10 minutes after the sting. 

However, there is such as thing as delayed hypersensitivity reactions that can occur three days to 2 weeks after the sting. These cases may be quite severe, so if you have a breed more prone to bee sting allergies, keep a closer eye on them.

If your dog does show signs of anaphylactic shock from a sting, stay calm and get to your emergency centre quickly. The important thing to remember is that even dogs with severe anaphylaxis have an 85% survival rate, provided they get medical treatment.

Final Thoughts

Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be hazardous to our pets. As pet parents, it’s good practice to know what to do if our dogs are stung by bees, wasps or other insects and to recognise the signs of an allergic reaction. Being prepared for an emergency and ready to act fast when needed is all part of being the humans our canine companions need.

 

 

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Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:17:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Stress Colitis In Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/stress-colitis-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/stress-colitis-in-dogs Sun, 27 Nov 2022 10:21:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier Missouri Fox Trotter Horse Breed [Profile, Care & Facts] https://thedogvisitor.com/missouri-fox-trotter-horse-breed-profile-care-facts https://thedogvisitor.com/missouri-fox-trotter-horse-breed-profile-care-facts kThe Missouri Fox Trotter is a beautiful mid-sized gaited horse breed. It is one of the smoothest and most graceful riding equines that America has ever produced. Their impressive stamina and effortless gait have allowed the Missouri Fox Trotters to prove themselves as talented stock horses and trail riders ever since they were bred in […]

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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 06:36:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
16 Best Goldendoodle Breeders In California (2022) https://thedogvisitor.com/16-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-california-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/16-best-goldendoodle-breeders-in-california-2022
Picture from O’hara Goldendoodles breeder instagram
Picture from O’hara Goldendoodles breeder Instagram

Goldendoodle is popular breed accross USA. People fall in love with Goldendoodles at first sight because the breed has many advantages.

Therefore it’s important for our team to give helpful guides and tips for future Goldendoodle owners in California (CA):

  • List of breeders In the CA
  • A small list of How to choose a right breeder
  • Difference between F1 and F1b
  • Price of a Goldendoodle puppy

More details are in the article below.

OC Goldendoodles

OC Goldendoodles details

Big Dog Doodles & Livestock Ranch

Big Dog Doodles & Livestock Ranch details

Golden Liberty Doodles

Golden Liberty Doodles details

Cali Doodles

Cali Doodles details

Rainbows End Puppies

Rainbows End Puppies details

Coastland Goldendoodles

Coastland Goldendoodles details

Windsong Doodles

Windsong Doodles details

ASD Companion Doodles

ASD Companion Doodles details

Given Doodles

Given Doodles details

Almond Blossom Doodles

Almond Blossom Doodles details

Golden State Doodles

Golden State Doodles details

O’Hara Goldendoodles

O’Hara Goldendoodles details

Helix Hills Goldendoodles

Helix Hills Goldendoodles details

Bel Cuore Doodles

Bel Cuore Doodles details

Cutie Doodles

Cutie Doodles details

Sharper Doodles

Sharper Doodles details

About Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle is a cute mix between the Poodle and the Golden retriever. Many Americans love them because the combination of that beautiful breed includes the best traits of both parents and one of the most important things Goldendoodle is hypoallergenic.

Video guide about Goldendoodle dog breed

Sizes of Goldendoodles

SizeHeight and Weight
Petitebelow 14 inches, typically 25 lbs. or less
Miniature14 – 17 inches (43cm – 42cm) at wither, 26-35 lbs.
Medium17 – 21 inches (43cm – 52cm) at wither, typically 36-50 lbs.
Standardover 21 inches (53cm – 63cm) at wither, typically 51 lbs. or more
Goldendoodle height and weight ranges

What is the difference between F1 and F1b?

Generations of Goldendoodles

F1Golden retriever x Poodle (50% chance of being low-shedding)
F1BF1 Goldendoodle x Poodle (higher success rate over F1 for non-shedding)
Multigentwo goldendoodle parents. One parent has to be an F1B or multigene. A poodle bred to a multigen goldendoodle is also a multigen. (Most hypoallergenic with a 98% non-shedding success rate)
Generations of Goldendoodles
Letter “F” stands for “Filial.”
Filial simply means that the dog is a crossbreed rather than a purebred.
The number “1” refers to the fact that the puppies are the first generation offspring of a Poodle and a Golden retriever.
“B” stands for Backcross. Backcross means that the F1 dog is bred with a purebred parent breed.

F1 and F1B Goldendoodles difference in video

How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost in the US?

Goldendoodle’s average price in California is between $1500 and $5000.

How to choose a Goldendoodle breeder

There is the main point you should pay attention on:

  1. GANA Member
  2. Experience
  3. Breeding Practices
  4. Health Screening
  5. Paperwork and History

Goldendoodle Breeders In USA

Conclusion

There are enough good breeders in the US, California. Choose the good one you liked the most after the review of the list we provided. Enjoy your future friend ❤

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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 01:08:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can dogs eat mango? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-mango https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-mango Many dogs love the sweet taste that a piece of fruit offers, and tropical fruits such as the mango offer some seasonal variety to their diet. But, as with any human food, you need to know the dangers of feeding mango to your pup before you allow them this tasty treat.

Dogs can eat mango; this refreshing fruit offers several of the same benefits to canines as it does to humans. Still, not all parts of the mango fruit are safe for your furry friend, so you’ll need to put a little effort into preparing this treat so your pet can enjoy it alongside you.

Here’s everything you need to know about mangos and some of the best ways to prepare the treat for your pup.

Can Dogs Eat Mango?

On a hot summer’s day while enjoying a fresh, fruity treat you might find yourself asking, can dogs have mango? The good news is – yes, mangos are a safe food for dogs. Thanks to its sweet nature, it’s likely to be a treat that your dog will love. But not every part of a mango is suitable for your pup, so you’ll want to stick with the soft flesh. Like a range of other fruits, this is easy and safe for your dog to consume.

Is Mango Good For Dogs?

Mango is a nutritious fruit for humans and dogs thanks to its high levels of fibre, plus vitamins A, B6, C, E, and potassium. And because of its sweet taste, your dog will love taking a bite of this refreshing fruit.

This fruit is safe for consumption by most dogs and puppies so long as they haven’t got diabetes. A relatively high sugar content means you need to limit the intake for any dog, but for those with diabetes, the sweet nature of the fruit could pose a health risk.

Mangoes are a non-toxic food for dogs, but they have a high-carb content and a high-sugar content. If your dog consumes too much of this food, it could lead to several health issues, including stomach upsets, obesity, and poor oral health.

If your dog needs help maintaining a healthy weight, mangoes are not the best option to include in their diet. Instead, you’ll need to consult with your vet regarding the best food choices for your furry friend.

Things To Note When Feeding Mango To Your Dog

Avoid Dangers

Dogs can technically eat mango skin, but it can be difficult for them to digest. For this reason, removing the skin before you serve the fruit is a healthier option for your pup. Mango is generally soft when ripe, but you should still cut it into small chunks to avoid choking hazards for your canine.

In addition, you’ll want to remove any pits because they can present a severe choking hazard for your dog if they get stuck in the digestive tract. In addition, mango pits contain small amounts of cyanide, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.

Observe Their Eating Habits

When you make any changes to your dog’s diet, observing them to see how they react to the change is a good idea. Too much fruit or vegetables can cause stomach upsets like vomiting or diarrhoea. Still, if you have a particularly sensitive dog, this could occur after just a couple of mouthfuls.

If you know your furry friend has eaten mango skin or pits, don’t panic. There is a chance that it could pass through their system without causing any problems. Still, you’ll want to keep a close eye on their eating habits to look for any changes in behaviour. And if you have any cause for concern, talk to your vet, who can advise you on the next steps.

Stick to the 90/10 Rule

The 90/10 is a good rule of thumb endorsed by several experts in the field. It states that 90% of your dog’s daily food intake should come from species-appropriate dog food – no more than 10% should come from treats or human foods, no matter how “healthy” they are for your pup.

How Much Mango Can You Feed a Dog?

Like any human food, mango is a treat and should be given to your dog in moderation. The exact amount varies depending on your dog’s age, diet, health etc., but there are some general guidelines as follows:

One piece of mango = 1-inch wide by ¼-inch thick

Extra-small dog – less than 10kg – yorkies, chihuahuas, pugs 

One piece of mango

Small dog – 10 – 14 kg – beagles, Basenjis

Two to three pieces of mango

Medium dog – 15 – 19 kg – border collies, basset hounds

Four to five pieces of mango

Large dog – 20 kg + – german shepherds, labrador retrievers

A handful of mango pieces

Can dogs eat mango

How To Tell If Your Dog Ate Too Much Mango

If your dog ate too much mango, the most common outcome is an upset stomach which could result in discomfort, loss of appetite, fatigue, or tiredness. If these sy

mptoms persist or you have any concerns, contact your vet for further advice.

However, if you notice more severe symptoms, you must immediately take your dog to the vet. These include:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Blood in their stool or vomit
  • Weakness or collapse

How To Feed Mango To Your Dog

Every dog is different and how a dietary change affects them depends on their breed, size, and nutritional requirements. For these reasons, it’s best practice to consult with your vet before introducing any new foods to your dog’s diet; they can advise you on whether or not a food makes a good addition to their diet, plus how much you should feed your canine.

Before serving mango for your dog, ensure you wash and peel the fruit, remove the seed, and cut it into one-inch cubes.

Raw or Mashed

Once you’ve done the basic prep (above), you can serve the mango pieces to your dog right away. An alternative is to mash the mango and add it to their food bowl or KONG toy.

Dehydrated

Dehydrated mango is “safe” for dogs but needs to be limited to smaller quantities. When you dehydrate a fruit, you condense and concentrate its sugar content. Never feed your dog dry mango-based shop products, as many manufactured goods contain increased sugar levels and added preservatives.

Frozen

A frozen fruit treat is perfect for your dog to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Freeze chunks of mango or puree some of this fruit and pour it into an ice cube tray; you could even add a splash of water to make a mango-flavoured ice block which will help your dog to stay hydrated.

Smoothie

If you want to make a treat for a special occasion, you could offer something different to your dog by making a smoothie for them. To make this treat, combine mango with other dog-safe foods such as watermelon or bananas, and blend them with a small amount of plain, xylitol-free, sugar-free yoghurt.

Once blended, you can pour the mixture over your dog’s food or freeze it as your pup’s version of frozen yoghurt for a treat later on.

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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:23:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs See In The Dark? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-see-in-the-dark https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-see-in-the-dark Thu, 24 Nov 2022 09:16:12 -0800 Dog-Fancier Caring for older dogs with plant based CBD oil https://thedogvisitor.com/caring-for-older-dogs-with-plant-based-cbd-oil https://thedogvisitor.com/caring-for-older-dogs-with-plant-based-cbd-oil

The needs and wellbeing of our dogs evolve and change as they get older. Many people turn to CBD as a natural way to keep their dogs healthy and feeling comfortable in their senior years. In this article, we cover the issues that dogs experience as they age and the benefits of using CBD oil in older dogs. 

Health issues in older dogs

Like their humans do, when dogs enter their senior years, it’s normal for them to get a little slower and less active, for their joints to stiffen, their weight to go up or down, and their hair to become grey. 

Aging is a slow and gradual process that makes dogs more susceptible to developing medical issues like arthritis, cancer, dementia, anxiety, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems. There are different types of therapies available to treat these problems. 

When a dog is at the end stage of their life and these medical problems cannot be cured, then they require palliative care. The focus of palliative care is about maintaining a quality of life, keeping pain and symptoms at bay, and ensuring that the dog is comfortable. 

Caring for senior dogs

Looking after an older dog can be complex. Often, a pooch may be experiencing different symptoms or more than one condition at any given time. And it’s not uncommon for medications that were once effective at treating symptoms to stop working. 

Further complicating this is the issue of ‘polypharmacy”. This is when a dog is on multiple medications for different conditions, and these drugs may negatively interact with each other and cause unpleasant side effects. 

CBD oil for older dogs – can it help?

CBD oil is a natural, alternative therapy that can help support the health and wellbeing of older dogs, especially when conventional treatments are failing to control symptoms, or causing adverse side effects. 

CBD works by interacting with a dog’s endocannabinoid system. This biological system regulates different pathways and processes involved in sleep, digestion, appetite, inflammation, pain perception and mood. As a result, CBD oil has the potential to work as a therapy for conditions affecting any one of these processes. 

Conditions that CBD can help treat in senior dogs

Here at CBD Vets Australia, our veterinarians prescribe CBD oil to help manage the health and wellbeing of dogs in their golden years. 

It’s important to note that CBD oil in veterinary medicine is still a relatively new field, and research is ongoing. That’s why it’s essential to speak with a veterinarian about whether CBD oil is right for your dog. If your dog could benefit from CBD oil, they will prescribe an appropriate dose and regularly monitor your dog’s progress. 

Depending on the symptoms and medical history of a senior dog, CBD may be prescribed to help manage:

Ask about CBD for your older dog today

Are you interested in finding a natural way to support your dog’s health in their senior years? CBD oil may be able to help. However, it’s crucial to access high-quality CBD oil that is prescribed under the advice and guidance of a veterinarian. Contact our friendly team at CBD Vets Australia about whether CBD oil could help your older dog. 

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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:04:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Housing crisis heartbreak: families forced to give up their pets https://thedogvisitor.com/housing-crisis-heartbreak-families-forced-to-give-up-their-pets https://thedogvisitor.com/housing-crisis-heartbreak-families-forced-to-give-up-their-pets

As the world came to terms with the global pandemic of COVID-19 – and the profound fear, uncertainty, and social isolation that followed – there was one good news story that was able to warm our hearts.

With many of us confined to our homes during lockdown, we sought the comfort, joy and unconditional love that comes with adopting a pet. Across the country, pounds and animal shelters were overwhelmed with adoption requests. 

The number of pets in need of a home reached record lows. Animal welfare organisations were delighted. Feel-good stories of cats, dogs, birds and rabbits finding their forever families represented a symbol of hope in the darkest of times. 

We were all hoping that this positive trend would continue in a post-lockdown world. Sadly, this has not been the case. As cities re-opened and returned to business as usual, economic hardship and a growing crisis of housing affordability have emerged as the latest source of heartbreak for animal shelters.

Accommodation stress tearing apart pets and their families

It’s as heartbreaking for the people as it is for their pets, with hundreds of Australians being forced to give up their pets due to the housing affordability crisis and the rising cost of living. 

Speaking to CBD Vets Australia, Vickie Davy, Founder and Director of PetRescue, said that “we are definitely seeing more people needing help”. 

“In most instances, the people who are forced to give up their pet really don’t want to, but are forced by their circumstances.”

“The biggest reason for this is due to accommodation stress. Not being able to find rental accommodation is a big one.”

“The vast majority of people giving up their pets are devastated to do so, regardless of when they were adopted.”

Inquiries to PetRescue’s Home2Home program show that a third of the people rehoming their pets can’t find pet-friendly accommodation. These reasons include that they can’t find a suitable home or yard, they have to move house, or they’re having problems with a landlord. 

“[Around] 33% of surrenders via our Home2Home program are due to accommodation issues”, Ms Davy said. 

Animal welfare organisations under growing pressure

In some states of Australia, landlords are free to refuse pets. With no national laws to protect tenants with pets, families are being left to make a devastating choice between having a roof over their head, or keeping their beloved pet.  

While tenancy laws in Victoria, ACT and the Northern Territory require landlords to consider tenants with pets, the housing shortage means many ultimately choose applicants without pets. Meanwhile in Western Australia, there is currently no legislation to support pet owners.

“Almost three-quarters of Aussie households now have a pet, 69 per cent, but this isn’t reflected in legislation at a national level,” Ms Davy said. 

For many animal shelters, the encouraging trends they saw during the height of COVID-19 lockdowns are a distant memory. Today, animal rescue organisations are busier than ever and struggling to keep up with the growing influx of pets in need.

Pet owners need more protection – and compassion

“We need to start considering pet ownership when designing and building accommodation, especially with apartments and lower-cost housing. Many don’t have any pet-friendly spaces.”

“But landlords can make a difference. By choosing a tenant with a pet, they can improve the welfare of both”.

“Having to rehome your pet is like losing a family member”, Ms Davy said.

“We encourage landlords to open their homes and their hearts to people with pets so we can prevent unnecessary pain and keep animals safely at home.”

If you’re a pet owner looking for a pet-friendly rental, PetRescue have gathered some helpful resources here.

CBD Vets Australia is a proud supporter of PetRescue and their mission to build a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved.

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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:03:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Sphynx Cat Breed Information & Facts https://thedogvisitor.com/sphynx-cat-breed-information-facts https://thedogvisitor.com/sphynx-cat-breed-information-facts The Sphynx is one of the most unique cat breeds out there, known for their velvety hairless body, comical face wrinkles, and larger than life personalities. Their strange appearance and entertaining nature have won them fans all over the world, but this cat’s stunning looks also come with added responsibilities.     Sphynx Cat Breed […]

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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:22:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pesticides In Dog Foods https://thedogvisitor.com/pesticides-in-dog-foods https://thedogvisitor.com/pesticides-in-dog-foods Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:48:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier Mercury Poisoning Is On The Rise: Here Are 5 Supplements To Detox https://thedogvisitor.com/mercury-poisoning-is-on-the-rise-here-are-5-supplements-to-detox https://thedogvisitor.com/mercury-poisoning-is-on-the-rise-here-are-5-supplements-to-detox Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:48:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier Insect&Based Dog Food: The Other Side of the Story https://thedogvisitor.com/insect-based-dog-food-the-other-side-of-the-story https://thedogvisitor.com/insect-based-dog-food-the-other-side-of-the-story Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:46:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier Turkey Tail Mushrooms for Dogs: An Ancient Herbal Remedy for Your Pup https://thedogvisitor.com/turkey-tail-mushrooms-for-dogs-an-ancient-herbal-remedy-for-your-pup https://thedogvisitor.com/turkey-tail-mushrooms-for-dogs-an-ancient-herbal-remedy-for-your-pup Are turkey tail mushrooms for dogs? These mushrooms are exposed to the elements and grow on dead trees, decaying stumps, and conifers. Concerned dog owners might think these wild mushrooms are deadly and might immediately exclude them from their dog’s diet. However, turkey tails are beneficial for dogs and are completely safe to eat. Moreover, this […]

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 07:48:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Natural Remedies For Dogs With Bad Breath https://thedogvisitor.com/natural-remedies-for-dogs-with-bad-breath https://thedogvisitor.com/natural-remedies-for-dogs-with-bad-breath As lovable as dogs can be, they don’t have much respect for personal space. Pups love to share their kisses with anyone who is willing, and sometimes with those who are less than willing. Because of this, owners often find themselves up close and personal with their pup’s mouth. There are few things more off-putting […]

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:49:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
WTF Idaho...how you can help https://thedogvisitor.com/wtf-idahohow-you-can-help https://thedogvisitor.com/wtf-idahohow-you-can-help

As a lifelong pet owner I’m writing to ask for your help on the recent decision by Idaho’s Agriculture Department to prohibit the sale of Hemp derived CBD pet products starting November 1, 2022. To say this is disappointing and a prime example of bureaucracy gone mad is an understatement. More than that, I’m heartbroken that Idaho politicians would make a decision that will ultimately hurt the health and wellbeing of Idaho's pets. If you want to know what you can do to help, skip straight to the bottom of this blog...

As you know, the popularity of CBD has been growing rapidly in the US as pet owners see the benefits that come from this all-natural and non-pharmaceutical supplemental product. Incredibly, Idaho’s legislation has been initiated despite the fact that CBD has been on market for over 5 years when no recalls, emergency regulations, or other outcries due to negative effects on animal health have been reported.

This is not a market filled with bad actors. Many CBD pet companies (Austin and Kat included) have been working for years with the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) to follow the strictest of guidelines to guarantee safe, effective, traceable and tested CBD dosage form products. We follow adverse effect reporting requirements, participate in focus groups and studies, and have been part of an industry that has administered over 800 million dosages of CBD products to our pets.

Since launching Austin and Kat in 2014, I’ve witnessed incredible ups and downs in the legality of hemp-derived products in this country. And I’ve weathered some nasty storms, including 2016, when the DEA declared CBD illegal.

Then the 2018 Farm Bill passed and declared hemp-derived CBD legal, CBD pet products (including mine) have been able to really take off and help pets around the country.

Although it’s been federally legalized, hemp is still quite misunderstood and confused with cannabis. Hemp naturally contains less that 0.3% of THC (that’s the psychotropic compound in cannabis). But the relation between hemp and cannabis makes it a touchy subject for legislators, banks, and businesses; and consequently too tricky for mainstream researchers and investors to touch. Imagine how much research, progress, and healing could be achieved if this natural, beneficial plant could be embraced nation-wide and properly studied!

Ultimately this decision will harm pets whose owners will no longer be able to access the products their pets rely on. It also paves the way for a black-market industry of unscrupulous suppliers selling questionable products. And will undoubtedly lead to pet owners turning to human products that aren't formulated for pets or marijuana products that contain THC.

Here are some steps you can take to support CBD for pets in Idaho...

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:37:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Quick Tips: Back to School https://thedogvisitor.com/quick-tips-back-to-school https://thedogvisitor.com/quick-tips-back-to-school While we all miss our pets when we leave home for the day, we don’t realize how much they miss us too. From their perspective, they’ve just spent the summer with their beloved owners, getting constant cuddles, attention, and walks, and little do they know it’s all about to change when the kids go back to school!

Have no fear, we’re veterans of helping our dogs deal with back to school separation anxiety and we've got plenty of tips to help your pets adjust to the changes in your schedule.

Our pets love their household routines. When a home once full of reliable activity and attention suddenly goes quiet, it’s easy to get lonely. You may have seen some of the signs: chewing and other destructive behaviour, accidents, excessive whining or barking, scratching, panting, pacing, disobedience, waiting by doors and windows, and (though we hope not!) even running away. That’s what separation anxiety looks like. So what can you do to help?

Create a New Routine

We just talked about how pets love their routines - make sure the transition to a school schedule includes a new routine for your pet too.

Spend time with them in the morning before you leave. Make time to go for a nice, long walk to a local coffee shop or park or throw their favorite ball in the backyard to help get some energy out.

If your pup is anything like Austin, tired means happy! You may find it’s just what you need to ease your furry friends’ anxiety so they can enjoy the new season with the rest of us.

Later in the day, when you do get home, take another walk or spend some time at the park to help keep them happy and get the zoomies out after being alone inside all day.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

If you or the kids haven’t been leaving the house very much lately, going for a whole day may be a big jump for your pet.

If you can, try leaving for a couple of hours while you run some errands so they have time to adjust to being alone for an extended period of time.

 

Support a Sense of Calm with CBD

You know we're going to say it - CBD helps support your pet's sense of homeostasis and calm. And if you have an anxious pet, a little natural support  from our favorite plant will help them learn that everything will be OK a bit faster.

All of our formulas use the same broad spectrum, whole-plant hemp extracts - rich in CBD. But for anxious pets specifically, Bailey's No More Wiggles oil includes soothing botanicals like Valerian Root and L-Tryptophan to further support a sense of calm. 

Make sure you give CBD 30-45 minutes before you prepare to leave so it has time to get into their system and so your pet doesn't associate it with separation triggers like the jingle of your keys or the sight of your backpack.

 

Don't Fuss When You Leave & Return

Keep it casual. Head out the door quietly, don’t rile your dog up with long goodbyes and then hastily rush out the door. Perhaps set your pet up in their bed for a snooze and then walk out the room... just make it as much of a soothing goodbye as you can so they don’t take much notice.

Just like when you leave, returning calmly and quietly will help maintain good behavior.

 

Make Sure Their Space Feels Safe

While they're home alone, your pet should have a safe and restful place to wait for you to return. Otherwise, they'll spend a restless day looking for you, defending your home from the mailman, or otherwise getting into trouble.

???? Close the Curtains

Do you have a dog that likes to bark at everyone who passes by? In our family, that’s Bailey... something bugs him about every single mailman that comes by our house! Making sure there’s no way your dog can peek outside will ensure they can’t get distracted by the neighbors, and that way they can feel safe and secure in the comfort of their home.

???? Put on Some White Noise

Calming music, a chill radio station, a white noise machine, or even a fan can go a long way in helping your dogs tune out the neighborhood and relax.

We’ve got in the habit of leaving our dogs with one of our favorite relaxing radio stations playing quietly in some rooms of the house. This works to conceal any insignificant noises outside that they may pick up on and just generally keeps them calmer.

Funny how, just like with humans, a calm music can help your dog chill out and doze off! 

???? Leave a Memento

Your familiar smell can help lend your pet some comfort, leave them with a recently worn sweatshirt or a throw blanket to cuddle when they're missing you.

 

Give Them Something to Look Forward To

A special toy, meal, or other treat while you're gone will help distract your pet from their loneliness 'til you get back. 

Enhancing their morning meal can help distract your pet as you make your way out the door. (Hint: Try our new 100% microground botantical meal toppers

Puzzle toys work really well because they keep pups occupied for a while as they work towards their reward. You can even use it to keep them busy during those chaotic morning departures for school or the office.

If you’ve got felines in the family, hide some kibble bits around the house for them to investigate, or you can set up a window perch with a birdhouse view.

Just make sure to tuck any special toys away when you’re back home, so it remains exciting for your pet.

 

Finally, Lavish Your Pets with Attention when You're Reunited

Your family might be tired after a day at work, school, and activities - but your pet has been waiting for you all day! Don't forget to take some time with your pet each evening to make sure they get plenty of attention and exercise after a long day of waiting for you.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:37:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Learn to identify and treat 7 common dog health problems https://thedogvisitor.com/learn-to-identify-and-treat-7-common-dog-health-problems https://thedogvisitor.com/learn-to-identify-and-treat-7-common-dog-health-problems Use these tips to watch for seven common dog health problems and understand treatment options you can use to keep your pup happy and healthy.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:00:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Gestation Period: What to Expect https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-gestation-period-what-to-expect https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-gestation-period-what-to-expect Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:26:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier Health Benefits Of Pumpkin For Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/health-benefits-of-pumpkin-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/health-benefits-of-pumpkin-for-dogs Mon, 21 Nov 2022 22:44:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier Can You Get CBD For Dogs on Amazon? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-you-get-cbd-for-dogs-on-amazon https://thedogvisitor.com/can-you-get-cbd-for-dogs-on-amazon You may want to think again about buying CBD oil for dogs on Amazon. Although you’ll find plenty of search results that, at first glance, claim to be a CBD product, that’s sadly not the case. The shocking truth is the CBD oil you bought from Amazon contains something else entirely.

With so many companies entering a largely unregulated CBD market, it’s easy to see how dog owners may feel overwhelmed by who to trust. However, knowing what ingredients to look for in a CBD product can help you make more informed decisions for your dog.

Can Amazon Sell CBD for Dogs?

Amazon prohibits all listings of products containing cannabidiol, or CBD. They clearly state this policy on their Seller Central website. Yet, if you search for CBD for dogs, Amazon appears to have quite a selection. How can that be?

Unfortunately, the products you’ll find on Amazon aren’t the best choice for your dog. You may be surprised what’s actually in the products featuring CBD oil for dogs. Sadly, Amazon sellers get around the prohibitive policy by adding questionable ingredients.

What’s really in the CBD oil for dogs sold on Amazon?

The products sold on Amazon contain ingredients from one of three categories:

  • A variety of oils unrelated to CBD
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Untrustworthy CBD or other

Many products on Amazon give you the impression that you’re buying a product containing CBD. Unfortunately, most of the time all you’ve really purchased is a bottle of mystery oils with zero CBD.

Hemp seed oil appears as one of the most common oils used in non-CBD dog products. While the oil has nutritional value, including antioxidants and omega fatty acids, it’s not associated with calming benefits.

In some instances, some products actually containing CBD do find their way onto Amazon’s marketplace. Unscrupulous companies get around Amazon’s restrictions by intentionally mislabeling a product. In this case, there’s no way of knowing the quality or source of the CBD used in the product.

How Do I Choose CBD for My Dog?

When you know the red flags for buying CBD for dogs, you can make a more informed decision. Staying away from products containing inferior ingredients, especially those sold on sites like Amazon, is a great start. However, now that you know what to avoid, how do you choose a high-quality CBD product for your dog?

Buy Organic

To be assured that you’re buying an organic product, look for USDA organic label. Buying organic ensures that your dog isn’t being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals and toxic substances.

Look for Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD means that the entire hemp plant was used to create the product. Hemp has beneficial compounds throughout the plant that work most effectively together. If the term “full-spectrum” isn’t present on a label, chemical solvents or only part of the plant was used resulting in reduced benefits.

Choose Pet Releaf

Pet Releaf offers organic full-spectrum CBD of the highest quality. Pet Releaf is dedicated to providing products that support your dog’s well-being. That’s why we use only USDA Certified Organic Hemp Oils produced from the entire hemp plant. This full spectrum of cannabinoids produces a high-quality, beneficial product you can trust.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:13:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why remote workers choose their dogs over returning to the office https://thedogvisitor.com/why-remote-workers-choose-their-dogs-over-returning-to-the-office https://thedogvisitor.com/why-remote-workers-choose-their-dogs-over-returning-to-the-office Remote workers resist returning to work because they don't want to leave their dogs behind. They relish the health benefits dogs provide.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:14:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Top 5 Mushrooms For Dogs: Multi&Dimensional Healing https://thedogvisitor.com/the-top-5-mushrooms-for-dogs-multi-dimensional-healing https://thedogvisitor.com/the-top-5-mushrooms-for-dogs-multi-dimensional-healing Sun, 20 Nov 2022 05:49:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier Chemo And Radiation For Cancer: Would You Do This To Your Dog? https://thedogvisitor.com/chemo-and-radiation-for-cancer-would-you-do-this-to-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/chemo-and-radiation-for-cancer-would-you-do-this-to-your-dog Sun, 20 Nov 2022 05:49:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier Kennel Cough Treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/kennel-cough-treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/kennel-cough-treatment Sat, 19 Nov 2022 01:04:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier How To Stop Dog Diarrhea Fast https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-stop-dog-diarrhea-fast https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-stop-dog-diarrhea-fast Sat, 19 Nov 2022 01:04:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier Life...and My Mushroom Journey https://thedogvisitor.com/lifeand-my-mushroom-journey https://thedogvisitor.com/lifeand-my-mushroom-journey

Here's the summary...

Not only do my dogs get the mushroom medley powder every day, but I do too. To learn more about what I do, skip down to "Kat's Mushroom Smoothie Recipe", but first let me take a meandering path on why I take them...

Sunday, October 30th: I hopped on a red-eye to the east coast.  My dad (91) and mom (85) were needing health care assistance so I rushed to Massachusetts to help.  Seeing our strong, proud, invincible parents age is never easy.  We shared a few lovely days  in the sun together in what was uncharacteristically beautiful November weather.  

Thursday, November 3rd: my dad said goodbye and passed, as you can imagine, I am heartbroken and it’s been a long couple of weeks.  My mother who married my dad 65 years ago, was and is devastated, but stricken with dementia, it’s hard for her to comprehend all that’s happened around her.  I moved her into a lovely memory care facility and know she’s in the best of hands (in fact, just today I received a video of her dancing to a cover band playing the Monkees). I know she will have good and bad days, but knowing she’s in a loving community makes me smile.

Thursday, November 17th: I'm now back in Seattle, thinking about the crazy year this has been. And while I am sad, I want you all to know, I'm ever grateful for this year. I learned a lot, cried a lot, and also smiled a lot.... I beat cancer, lost my dad, and relished in living. As we approach the holidays, I wanted to remind you to get outside with your dogs (parents, kids, friends, etc), go that extra half mile on  your walk, stop and literally smell those roses, and remember there are only so many trips around the sun.

And while we say thanks this month to our customers, retailer, staff and friends, I’m reminded of all the good health and fortune I have been given.  And having said that, I’d like to share with you my absolute musts for a full and vibrant life.

Why I take supplements

When I was diagnosed with cancer in December last year, I thought how in the world can that be?  I knew I’d beat it, it was just a speed bump, but I needed to embrace my health and well being and what a better way to do that then with using the very best supplements.  Having a brilliant innovation team around me, and the sourcing knowledge I’ve developed over the years doing Austin and Kat, I knew I had a leg up on finding the very best supplements to help in my road to recovery.

When I looked at my supplement shelf, I was amazed at the different ingredients I’d amassed.  There were/are twelve different ones I was/am taking everyday, and range from Astaxanthin (yes, the same ingredient in our Hip & Joint and Feline Oils), Curcumin (in our chews and toppers), fish oil, vitamin D, Holy Basil, Rhodiola Rosea, Schisandra…..and MUSHROOMS. I thought to myself…hang on a second.  I make a Mushroom Powder for Austin and Kat….why am I not using that?  Fast forward a few weeks, and I started incorporating that same powder I was giving to my dogs (Austin, Bailey and Harper at the time) into my morning smoothie!

A little bit about Mushrooms

These are some of the most historically-revered mushrooms on Earth. A wealth of health-optimizing, longevity-promoting compounds are naturally present within these powerful mushrooms.  The mix contains what are referred to as the “Seven Sacred” mushrooms and include:  Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi, Shitake, and Turkey Tail. 

They become ultimate "add to anything" mushroom blend for immunity, cognition and energy. These mushrooms are the real deal. Powerful, natural and organic. It's actually a difference you can feel.  My sourcing is super important to me because while I want the very best, I also want the most effective. 

As I researched the blend for the powder earlier this year for Austin and Kat, I learned that there was a HUGE difference from just using Mycelium vs. Fruiting Bodies.  When you combine them together you receive a myraid of benefits, that may only exist in either/or, not both, so in term by utilizing both you receive a full spectrum of macro and micronutrients, beta-glucans, antioxidants, prebiotic insoluble fiber, digestive enzymes, proteins, vitamins and other unique bioactive compounds in the most bioavailable form.  The whole mushroom powder is very different than an extract as it undergoes less processing.

So while, I never in a million years thought I’d be using the same products my pets are, I am in fact doing just that.  Nature at its finest.

Kat's Mushroom Smoothie Recipe

Just add one teaspoon to your coffee, tea, smoothies or other dishes. Take any time of day, with or without a meal.

Here’s my go to recipe for my morning smoothie:

  1. fill Magic Bullet container with 6 ice cubes (the more ice the thicker the smoothie)
  2. add above ingredients
  3. top with water and choice of milk (I prefer Oat Milk)
  4. Blend well
  5. Enjoy!

~ Kat

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Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:48:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Induce Vomiting in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-induce-vomiting-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-induce-vomiting-in-dogs How and When to Safely Make Your Dog Throw Up

Dogs aren’t picky eaters. They’ll eat just about anything, unconcerned if what they eat is dangerous or toxic.

Inducing vomiting may be necessary if your dog ate something he shouldn’t have. But it is not without risks and isn’t the go-to solution for all of a dog’s poor eating choices.

Keep reading to learn more about how and when to make your dog vomit safely.

When You Should and Should Not Induce Vomiting in Adult Dogs and Puppies

In an emergency, inducing vomiting can be an effective way to quickly begin emptying your dog’s stomach if your dog ate the wrong thing.

However, inducing vomiting is not safe or appropriate in all situations. Here’s when you should and should not induce vomiting in a dog, whether the dog is an adult or a puppy.

When you should induce vomiting

  • It’s been less than 1 to 2 hours since your dog has eaten. Inducing vomiting is effective only before whatever was eaten starts getting absorbed by the body.
  • Your dog has swallowed something soft, like a sock or dishcloth.
  • Your dog does not have health issues that could make inducing vomiting dangerous.
  • Your dog ate a toxic food, like chocolate or garlic.
  • Your dog is not showing symptoms of eating something toxic (e.g., seizures).

When you should not induce vomiting

  • It’s been more than 2 hours since your dog ate.
  • Your dog is a brachycephalic breed. Smoosh-faced breeds, such as Pugs, have a high risk of aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when stomach contents are breathed into the lungs.
  • Your dog ate something sharp or caustic. Sharp objects can tear the lining of the esophagus if vomiting is induced. Caustic substances, such as batteries and oil, can also damage the esophageal lining during vomiting.
  • Your dog has a health condition, such as laryngeal paralysis or megaesophagus, that increases the risk of aspiration pneumonia.
  • Your dog is showing symptoms of toxic absorption. These symptoms include neurologic symptoms, such as seizures or a coma.

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Safely Induce Vomiting

Ideally, inducing vomiting is performed at a veterinarian’s office or an emergency veterinary hospital. If it is done at home, it should be performed only with professional veterinary guidance.

If your dog ate something he shouldn’t have, contact your veterinarian first. If your vet is not available and you are not able to make it to an emergency veterinary hospital, call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888-426-4435) for guidance on safely inducing vomiting at home.

These organizations are available 24 hours a day, but may charge a fee.

Here are the steps for safely inducing vomiting in your dog at home:

  1. Try to give your dog a small meal. Eating some food may help stimulate vomiting.
  2. If your dog refuses to eat or does not vomit after the small meal, give your dog 3% hydrogen peroxide, which irritates the digestive tract lining enough to stimulate vomiting. The recommended dose for dogs is 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight by mouth. Never give more than 3 tablespoons total for any dog.
  3. Carefully open your dog’s mouth and administer the 3% hydrogen peroxide as far back in the mouth as you can. You can use either a syringe (without the needle) or a clean turkey baster. Make sure your dog does not inhale the hydrogen peroxide.
  4. The hydrogen peroxide should induce vomiting within about 10 to 15 minutes. If your dog has not started vomiting within that time, administer another dose. Do not give more than 2 doses.
  5. Ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible while he vomits because hydrogen peroxide-induced vomiting can last up to 45 minutes. Prevent your dog from re-ingesting the vomit.
  6. Monitor your dog for symptoms such as diarrhea, lethargy, or vomiting lasting more than 45 minutes.
  7. Collect a sample of the vomit for analysis.
  8. After your dog has stopped vomiting, take your dog to your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital (if your veterinarian isn’t available).

Take your dog to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital if your dog is not vomiting after 2 doses of hydrogen peroxide. The veterinary staff will give your dog a more effective vomiting-inducing medication, such as apomorphine.

Why 3% Hydrogen Peroxide?

It is imperative to use only 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting in dogs. A higher concentration is toxic to dogs.

If vomiting is successfully induced with 3% hydrogen peroxide, about 40-60% of the stomach contents will be vomited.

The table below will help you determine how much 3% hydrogen peroxide to give your dog to induce vomiting. Keep in mind that 1 teaspoon = 5 milliliters and 1 tablespoon = 15 milliliters.

Body Weight in PoundsTeaspoons of 3% Hydrogen PeroxideMilliliters of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
515
10210
15315
20420
25525

If you do not have a syringe to measure the hydrogen peroxide, use a baking teaspoon or tablespoon to ensure you have the right amount. A regular spoon will not provide an accurate measurement.

Remember that no dog should receive more than 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) of 3% hydrogen peroxide.

What NOT To Do

You may have heard or read about other substances you could give to induce vomiting in dogs. Please do not use them! Use only 3% hydrogen peroxide at the proper dose to induce vomiting in your dog.

Here is the list of what not to give and why:

  • Salt: Giving your dog salt will increase the salt level in your dog’s blood, causing such symptoms as unsteadiness and tremors.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil can cause serious digestive problems, such as pancreatitis and greasy stools. If inhaled, olive oil can cause aspiration pneumonia.
  • Syrup of Ipecac: Syrup of Ipecac is unsafe for pets and can cause heart problems.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is poisonous to dogs.
  • Gagging: Unlike people, dogs don’t have a gag reflex. Gagging will not help your dog vomit and will increase your risk of being bitten.
  • Mustard: Mustard is toxic to dogs and can cause severe digestive upset.

Aftercare

Your dog will need veterinary care, regardless of whether inducing vomiting is successful.

If you were able to induce vomiting, watch for symptoms that warrant immediate veterinary care:

For the veterinary appointment, your veterinarian will analyze the vomit to determine what your dog ate. Also, because hydrogen peroxide irritates the digestive lining, your vet may prescribe a medication to repair the lining.

Prolonged vomiting can cause dehydration. If your dog is dehydrated after vomiting is induced, your veterinarian may need to administer fluids to restore hydration and levels of electrolytes (e.g., sodium, potassium).

Vomiting is no fun, so your dog will probably need time to recover after vomiting has been induced. Your veterinarian can recommend an easily digestible diet until your dog gets back to their regular diet.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:01:12 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Natural Dental Care For Dogs: Probiotics Can HELP! https://thedogvisitor.com/natural-dental-care-for-dogs-probiotics-can-help https://thedogvisitor.com/natural-dental-care-for-dogs-probiotics-can-help Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:36:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier Is Fluoride Bad For Dogs? https://thedogvisitor.com/is-fluoride-bad-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/is-fluoride-bad-for-dogs Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:36:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier My Mushroom Journey https://thedogvisitor.com/my-mushroom-journey https://thedogvisitor.com/my-mushroom-journey

On Sunday, October 30th, I hopped on a red-eye to the east coast.  My dad (91) and mom (85) were needing health care assistance so I rushed to Massachusetts to help.  Seeing our strong, proud, invincible parents age is never easy.  We shared a few lovely days  in the sun together in what was uncharacteristically beautiful November weather.  

On Thursday morning, November 3rd, my dad said goodbye and passed, as you can imagine, I am heartbroken and it’s been a long couple of weeks.  My mother who married my dad 65 years ago, was and is devastated, but stricken with dementia, it’s hard for her to comprehend all that’s happened around her.  I moved her into a lovely memory care facility and know she’s in the best of hands (in fact, just today I received a video of her dancing to a cover band playing the Monkees). I know she will have good and bad days, but knowing she’s in a loving community makes me smile.

So here I am back in Seattle, thinking about the crazy year this has been. And while I am sad, I want you all to know, I'm ever grateful for this year. I learned a lot, cried a lot, and also smiled a lot.... I beat cancer, lost my dad, and relished in living. As we approach the holidays, I wanted to remind you to get outside with your dogs (parents, kids, friends, etc), go that extra half mile on  your walk, stop and literally smell those roses, and remember there are only so many trips around the sun.

And while we say thanks this month to our customers, retailer, staff and friends, I’m reminded of all the good health and fortune I have been given.  And having said that, I’d like to share with you my absolute musts for a full and vibrant life.

When I was diagnosed with cancer in December last year, I thought how in the world can that be?  I knew I’d beat it, it was just a speed bump, but I needed to embrace my health and well being and what a better way to do that then with using the very best supplements.  Having a brilliant innovation team around me, and the sourcing knowledge I’ve developed over the years doing Austin and Kat, I knew I had a leg up on finding the very best supplements to help in my road to recovery.

When I looked at my supplement shelf, I was amazed at the different ingredients I’d amassed.  There were/are twelve different ones I was/am taking everyday, and range from astaxanthin (yes, the same ingredient in our Hip & Joint and Feline Oils), curcumin (in our chews and toppers), fish oil, vitamin D, Holy Basil, Rhodiola Rosea, Schisandra…..and MUSHROOMS. I thought to myself…hang on a second.  I make a Mushroom Powder for Austin and Kat….why am I not using that?  Fast forward a few weeks, and I started incorporating that same powder I was giving to my dogs (Austin, Bailey and Harper at the time) into my morning smoothie!

These are some of the most historically-revered mushrooms on Earth. A wealth of health-optimizing, longevity-promoting compounds are naturally present within these powerful mushrooms.  The mix contains what are referred to as the “Seven Sacred” mushrooms and include:  Chaga, Cordycepts, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Reishi, Shitake, and Turkey Tail. 

They become ultimate "add to anything" mushroom blend for immunity, cognition and energy. These mushrooms are the real deal. Powerful, natural and organic. It's actually a difference you can feel.  My sourcing is super important to me because while I want the very best, I also want the most effective. 

As I researched the blend for the powder earlier this year for Austin and Kat, I learned that there was a HUGE difference from just using Mycelium vs. Fruiting Bodies.  When you combine them together you receive a myraid of benefits, that may only exist in either/or, not both, so in term by utilizing both you receive a full spectrum of macro and micronutrients, beta-glucans, antioxidants, prebiotic insoluble fiber, digestive enzymes, proteins, vitamins and other unique bioactive compounds in the most bioavilable form.  The whole mushroom powder is very different than an extract as it undergoes less processing.

So while, I never in a million years thought I’d be using the same products my pets are, I am in fact doing just that.  Nature at it’s finest.

Just add ½ teaspoon to your coffee, tea, smoothies or other dishes. Take any time of day, with or without a meal.

Here’s my go to recipe for my morning smoothie:

  • ½ banana (frozen preferred)
  • 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein & Greens
  • 1 scoop Vital Porteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Peanut Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Navitas Organic Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Navitas Organic Chia Seeds
  • ½ tsp Austin and Kat ~ Harper’s Mushroom Medley Powder
  • 1 dropper (40mg) Austin and Kat ~ 1200mg Everyday Wellness CBD oil
  1. fill Magic Bullet container with 6 ice cubes (the more ice the thicker the smoothie)
  2. add above ingredients
  3. top with water and choice of milk (I prefer Oat Milk)
  4. Blend well
  5. Enjoy!
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Fri, 18 Nov 2022 02:31:23 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Colitis In Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/colitis-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/colitis-in-dogs Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:33:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier Is There a Supplement to Stop Dogs From Eating Grass? https://thedogvisitor.com/is-there-a-supplement-to-stop-dogs-from-eating-grass https://thedogvisitor.com/is-there-a-supplement-to-stop-dogs-from-eating-grass Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

There are a few reasons why your dog might be eating grass when he or she is outside, some of which are relatively harmless. Your fuzzy friend might be eating grass because his or her diet doesn’t contain enough fiber to make passing stool easy. Additionally, your dog’s diet might be lacking certain vitamins and nutrients that he or she needs in order to stay healthy.

In these situations, switching from your dog’s current food to a more fibrous, nutrient-rich diet might cut down on grass eating. Talk to your veterinarian about the issue you’re experiencing, and ask for professional recommendations.

Sometimes, dogs might eat grass because they crave it. This might sound silly, but a dog’s diet has changed significantly from what it was thousands of years ago. Domestication has altered the food they eat, and when the dog is lacking a digestive aid, he or she might decide that grass is a good option.

Finally, a dog might eat grass simply because he or she likes the flavor and/or texture of it. Dogs do have their own preferences when it comes to taste, and for some dogs, grass is top-notch.

How Do I Stop My Dog From Grass-Eating?

If you’re worried about your dog eating grass, rest assured that it’s probably quite safe. Unless your dog has a health issue or the grass they’re eating has pesticides in it, there’s likely not much of a threat to consider.

However, nobody likes having their pet come home and throw up a chunk of wet grass on the carpet, so it’s understandable that you’d like to put a stop to this behavior.

To eliminate grass eating, there are a couple of things you can do. In addition to changing your dog’s food, as mentioned above, you might want to also keep the animal engaged while he’s out for a walk. Keep him busy so that he doesn’t think about eating grass.

You might also try to keep your dog on a leash or harness when you go out together. This way, you can keep him or her close to you and away from the grass.

“We have noticed that our dogs are not eating grass outside like they were since adding Pet Releaf’s Digestive Releaf to their daily routine.” – Dianna R.

Is There A Supplement Available?

The short answer is yes! There is a supplement you can give your dog to reduce his or her grass eating. Pet Releaf carries a digestive supplement you can give your dog to enhance his or her digestive function.

Sweet potato is good for dogs, and as such, our digestive supplements are sweet potato pie flavored. Marshmallow root for dogs is also beneficial for digestion, as is ginger for dogs, and these two ingredients are key items in our digestive supplements. Additionally, all of our CBD pet supplements include natural, safe ingredients that you can give to your pets with complete confidence.

Give us a try, and we’re sure our digestive supplements will not only aid digestion but give your dog a tasty treat to snack on.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022 22:39:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
CBD for Pets After Surgery https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-pets-after-surgery https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-pets-after-surgery At some point in your pet’s life, they are going to need surgery. Whether it’s a simple lump removal or a complicated dental surgery, your pet will experience the same pain and healing time as you would. You may have wondered “Can I give my dog CBD after surgery?” Indeed the benefits of CBD for pets after surgery are numerous. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil can be a critical tool in helping your pet recover faster and stronger postoperatively.

Post Surgical Benefits of CBD for Pets

CBD for Post Surgery Pain & Inflammation

A pet’s response to surgery is supposed to be protective and promote healing. There are several events that occur immediately following surgery that affect every system of the body. The metabolism, immune system, hematological (blood), and hormonal systems are all affected by surgery. There are processes that are both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory following surgical procedures. If these processes are not kept in balance, an excess of cytokines (small proteins involved in signaling cell response) can occur, called a “cytokine storm”. This can result in systemic inflammation and can result in infection and organ dysfunction. 

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Post-operative pain and inflammation are the most common and critical post-surgical issues in pets. Thus, regulating the inflammatory response is absolutely paramount post-operatively. One of the most well-known benefits of a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (FSHE) is its ability to relieve inflammation and pain. FSHE CBD oil for dog pain and inflammation after surgery, (or cat pain and inflammation), is the perfect tool for the job since its benefits are systemic. Every organ system is benefitted from its presence. In addition, FSHE is a proven anti-microbial and antifungal, reducing chances of post-operative infection as well. 

Related: CBD Reviews for Pain in Pets

CBD For Anxiety & Restful Sleep After Surgery

The stress felt by your pet after surgery is a silent one. Since pets cannot speak to us, the amount of post-operative stress they are experiencing is largely left unnoticed. If serious enough, pets may vocalize, have excessive separation anxiety, or lick themselves (or worse-their incision) to injury. Without proper intervention, this stress can lead to excessive inflammation and more pain for our pets after surgery. In severe cases, this pain can lead to aggression. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is a well-studied anxiolytic (anxiety reducer). Using FSHE CBD for dogs post surgery anxiety and restfulness is a wonderful way to ensure your pet begins the healing process under as little stress as possible.

In addition, it’s important that you limit your pet’s activity when healing from any surgery. This can be tricky, especially after surgeries performed on young, energetic animals. Full Spectrum Hemp CBD for pets after surgery is a great way to keep your pet calm and free from restlessness while they recover. 

CBD for Bone Healing 

A forgotten benefit of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is its bone-repairing properties. Orthopedic surgeries and dental surgeries will involve the manipulation and/or removal of bone tissue. With dental surgery, often the bone is just below a suture along the gums, making the usage of FSHE directly beneficial to the surgical site. Using FSHE CBD for dogs after surgery will initiate a cell response that will help repair bone damage much faster than without. 

CBD for the Immune System After Surgery

As previously mentioned, when under anesthesia, the immune system “goes to sleep”. Cell-Mediated Immunity (CMI) is suppressed postoperatively and can predispose your pet to post-operative complications like infection. Several immune response pathways are activated after surgery, and FSHE CBD post surgery can also work upon these pathways to achieve balance in the body. 

CBD for Healing Incision Sites 

When applied topically, FSHE salves like Soothe for dogs and cats, do an incredible job healing incision sites and keeping them free from infection. Full Spectrum Hemp for pets after surgery also encourages the growth of granulation tissue, which speeds wound closure. When used in combination with an orally administered FSHE like EASE for dogs and cats, the post surgical benefits of CBD for dogs and cats are compounded, and recovery internally and externally will be quicker. 

Safety of CBD After Surgery

Is CBD safe for pets post-surgery? Yes, but some issues require more consideration. Depending on the surgery performed, the dosage of CBD for dogs after surgery needs to be monitored and adjusted. For example, a teeth cleaning or minor lump removal is not going to be as invasive as a major dental procedure with extractions or an invasive tumor removal. Depending on the risk of postoperative bleeding, your use of CBD oil for post surgery recovery should be monitored by your veterinarian. 

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract can have mild anticoagulant (blood thinning) properties, so it’s important to pick the appropriate dosage. If your dog is on any blood thinning medications, FSHE may increase that medication’s effectiveness. 

At CBD Dog Health, we are proponents of finding the minimally effective dose. This ensures that you do not waste oil, and also ensures that your pet is receiving the dose that works best for their body. Some animals are more sensitive to FSHE, so they won’t need as much CBD after surgery. While other pets (oftentimes older animals) will need more to achieve the desired effect. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s unique risk factors to determine what method of application (topical or internal) and dosage is best for your pet.

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract has many powerful medicinal properties, so it’s important to check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is not taking any medications that may interfere with FSHE or vice versa. FSHE works on many of the same pathways (plus more) that conventional drugs do. Unfortunately, often times pharmaceuticals will cancel out the benefits of FSHE. Some heart medicines, blood thinners, and thyroid medications can be affected by the use of CBD.

Working with your holistic/integrative veterinarian will ensure you use FSHE safely and effectively in conjunction with other medicines. 

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Other Holistic Tools for Pets After Surgery

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is just one of many helpful tools to ease and encourage proper surgical recovery for pets. Other methods include:

  • Cold laser therapy, which many vets offer immediately after surgery is complete
  • Medicinal Mushrooms, like MycoDog Vitality, to encourage a steadfast immune response
  • Homeopathics to reduce pain and swelling, such as Arnica and Hypericum
  • Acupuncture to bring the body to balance and reduce pain
  • Vitamin C IV therapy (in addition to IV fluids ran during surgery) to promote detoxification
  • Massage Therapy to encourage lymphatic drainage and relieve stiffness
  • Liver-supportive herbs before and after surgery to promote detoxification from anesthetics and prescription drugs used during surgery

Final Thoughts

Using Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil for pets after surgery can be a safe, effective and efficacious tool when used properly. If your pet has surgery coming up, discuss using FSHE and other alternative healing modalities after surgery with your pet’s holistic veterinarian. 

 

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022 22:21:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pain relief for dogs: Can medication like carprofen, NSAIDs help? https://thedogvisitor.com/pain-relief-for-dogs-can-medication-like-carprofen-nsaids-help https://thedogvisitor.com/pain-relief-for-dogs-can-medication-like-carprofen-nsaids-help If your dog is in pain, it may be due to a sudden injury or an ongoing issue. Fortunately, medication like carprofen can help.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:47:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 common pet emergencies that require urgent care https://thedogvisitor.com/5-common-pet-emergencies-that-require-urgent-care https://thedogvisitor.com/5-common-pet-emergencies-that-require-urgent-care Pet emergencies: Contact your vet immediately for bleeding, difficulty breathing, ingesting poison, seizure, or heatstroke.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2022 03:13:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Home Remedies For Anemia In Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/home-remedies-for-anemia-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/home-remedies-for-anemia-in-dogs Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:41:40 -0800 Dog-Fancier How to Administer Pet CBD During Holiday Gatherings https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-administer-pet-cbd-during-holiday-gatherings https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-administer-pet-cbd-during-holiday-gatherings One of the best parts of the holidays is having people over for parties, dinners, and other celebratory gatherings. Well, at least, it’s one of the best parts of the holiday season for the humans of the house. The pets, however, might find some of these events overwhelming.

As much as Fido and Fluffy might enjoy having one or two of their favorite people over, having a large group of people can be enough to overwhelm even the friendliest four-legged friends. Plus, most people don’t appreciate when the dog barks at guests or it’s obvious that the cat doesn’t like strangers.

To help make sure everyone’s holiday season is jolly and bright, it’s a good idea to get the help of pet CBD to make sure your pets can also relax. With the right CBD, you can keep your pet happy, calm, and sociable all night long while you and your loved ones celebrate the season.

At Pet Releaf, we know how important it is for the whole family to rest and recharge. This is why we’ve made this helpful guide to using pet CBD before, during, and after holiday gatherings.

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What CBD Should I Use On My Pet?

CBD is a great way to help your pet be happiest and healthiest, but you shouldn’t let them eat human dosages of it! Instead, it’s important to find a high-quality form of CBD that will help with your concerns and is made just for them.

If you’re constantly worried about concerns like how your dog gets overly excited when guests come over, or how to stop your dog from jumping on people, using CBD on your pet could be a powerful tool for you.

A few different ways to use CBD for your pet include:

  1. Chews. There are lots of tasty CBD chews available that your pet won’t be able to get enough of. Whether you use it as a reward for them doing a trick, or simply as a fun way to get some CBD into their system, your pet will get all of the benefits of CBD with the fun of their favorite flavors.
  2. Hemp Oil. Using an oil supplement can deliver a powerful dose of CBD to your pet. Simply use the dropper to get the supplement into your pet’s mouth and watch them start to chill out.
  3. Topicals. If your pet is irritated by bug bites, salty paws after a walk in the snow, or other skin concerns, a topical CBD product can help reduce that irritation so they can get back to being their normal selves.
  4. Capsules. When all else fails, capsules may be able to get your pet the dosage of CBD they need! These capsules can be given to your pet on their own or served in the same pill pockets you may use for other capsules.

Whatever concerns you want to address with CBD for your pet, knowing your options for administering it can help ensure that giving them CBD doesn’t stress them – or you – out before it chills them out.

How Much CBD Should I Give My Pet?

A good general guideline when it comes to figuring out the right dosage for your pet is 1-2mg for every 10lbs of body weight for both cats and dogs. However, if you want to get a more detailed overview of what dosage will be best for your pet, you can see our recommendations for cats here and dogs here.

If you’re still not totally sure, start with a small dose and slowly work your way up until it’s having the effect you want. It’s a good idea to have your pet try CBD for the first time on a day that is relatively laid-back, so there aren’t outside factors changing its impact. This way, you can observe exactly how they react while the CBD kicks in.

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When Should I Give My Pet CBD Before An Event?

While the time it takes CBD to kick in may vary based on your pet’s breed, size, and metabolism, giving your pet a dose of CBD roughly an hour before you expect guests to arrive is a good general rule. This will give it plenty of time to kick in and should still leave you with time for the event to wrap up before it wears off. If you expect guests to be over for more than 4 hours, it may be a good idea to give your pet a second dose early enough that it will kick in before the first dose has a chance to wear off, usually after about 4-6 hours.

How Can I Give My Pet CBD During An Event?

Unless you’d like to interrupt your hosting duties to chase your pet into another room and force them to take more CBD, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a form of CBD that your pet will enjoy before using it during an event. Luckily, there are lots of pet CBD options that your four-legged friends can enjoy!

Treats are always a great option. If your dog or cat isn’t into the flavors that you see available, you can even add CBD oil to one of their favorite snacks and administer it that way! For example, dogs may enjoy CBD oil mixed with some peanut butter, and cats may enjoy CBD oil mixed with tuna.

Will My Pet Enjoy CBD?

Yes! While one perk of using CBD on your pet leading up to an event is that they will be less chaotic and distracting for guests, it helps your pet, too. Often, changes in routine can be overwhelming for your pet, who has likely gotten used to your usual daily rhythm. When that normal pattern is thrown off, they may feel scared or overwhelmed! With CBD, you can help your pet chill out and enjoy events like Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties instead of being nervous about them.

Where Can I Get Good CBD For My Pet?

Here at Pet Releaf, we are committed to making sure we provide the best-possible pet CBD for animals and their humans everywhere. Check out our FAQs to learn more about our options, and then head on over to the shopping tab to place an order for your pet’s new favorite way to unwind!

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022 13:48:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Green Lipped Mussels For Dogs: Replace Those Harmful NSAIDs https://thedogvisitor.com/green-lipped-mussels-for-dogs-replace-those-harmful-nsaids https://thedogvisitor.com/green-lipped-mussels-for-dogs-replace-those-harmful-nsaids Mon, 14 Nov 2022 12:56:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier Are There Hypoallergenic Dogs? https://thedogvisitor.com/are-there-hypoallergenic-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/are-there-hypoallergenic-dogs Mon, 14 Nov 2022 12:56:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier Pet CBD Guide: What You Need to Know About CBD for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-cbd-guide-what-you-need-to-know-about-cbd-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-cbd-guide-what-you-need-to-know-about-cbd-for-dogs Are you contemplating CBD oil for dogs?

The good news is that it may help with several health issues in your pet. Unfortunately, information in the CBD industry is confusing. Don’t worry, we are here to break everything down for you. It is recommended to stay in touch with your vet for more information on how to choose the right product for your companion.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is the second major active ingredient in marijuana (cannabis). While it is a critical component in medical marijuana, manufacturers can derive CBD from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana. Hemp is differentiated from marijuana by THC levels, a cannabinoid that contains psychoactive properties. Hemp-derived CBD contains a maximum of 0.3 percent THC, so your dog will not get high from consumption of hemp derived cannabidiol products. A World Health Organization (WHO) report shows that CBD may not have any potential abuse or dependence effects.

The History of CBD for Pets

The CBD compound was first isolated from cannabis by Roger Adams in 1940. By the 60s, researchers in the United States were researching the effects of cannabinoids on animals such as primates and mice. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970, criminalized the production, use or possession of any form of cannabis. These inhibited researchers and scientists from exploring the plant further, reducing the number of studies on humans and animals.

Hemp laws and technology progress are now helping expand the knowledge of CBD and the effects it has on the endocannabinoid systems of animals and humans. Before the production of hemp-based products for pets, people understood the potential benefits of supplements such as CBD oil for both people and animals. Cats and dogs often experience the same issues as humans, including anxieties and discomfort. The common reasoning was if something works for humans, it should work for pets too. Pet-specific research is progressing, even to this day.

Effects of CBD on Dogs

Like humans, dogs have ECS in their molecular structure. Endocannabinoid cells tell the body systems the functions the brain wants to accomplish, including relaying instructions to the immune system. These signaling molecules also send instructions when the brain detects an imbalance such as discomfort, immune response, inflammation, disquiet, digestion problems, stress, among others.

The major cannabinoid acids are endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are in animals and humans, while phytocannabinoids are in plants such as cannabis. Phytocannabinoids in CBD can mimic the animal endocannabinoids through the communication of the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 (also known as C1 and C2) – the basis for the optimism behind CBD products. Some researchers believe CBD encourages the body to produce more of its own endocannabinoids, which may help the body deal with imbalances at hand.

How Can CBD Help Dogs?

Cannabis prohibition and the costs of human clinical trials mean that most research is performed on animals such as mice with similar DNA to dogs and humans. Ongoing scientific research suggests CBD may help with:

  • Discomfort: A dog’s lifestyle (running, playing, hiking, and other activities) makes them prone to injury and subsequent discomfort, something CBD oil may help ease.
  • Uneasiness: Dogs can also become quite uneasy. Occurrences as simple as the daily visit by a mail carrier to loud noises during festivities can make dogs worry about their environments. CBD oil has been shown to display calming effects in animals and humans.
  • Immune system booster: Autoimmune diseases in dogs are difficult to manage. The relationship between the immune system and the endocannabinoid system is strong. So, the more receptors a body produces, the more it’s capable of handling imbalances. CBD also contains properties that help reduce oxidative stress, the body’s ability to fight off foreign pathogens without harming healthy tissue. Cannabinoids are further helpful in regulating gut function, which plays a critical role in immune health.

However, there is no conclusive data on the benefits of CBD oil for dogs. Studies are still ongoing to establish the use of CBD in the management of various conditions. While these studies prompt owners to give CBD chews to their pets, are there any side effects? Like everything else in life, there are two sides to a coin, and CBD is no different.

Types of CBD for Dogs

To help pet parents looking to try CBD oil for dogs, here’s a breakdown of the various ways to administer hemp oil.

CBD Oil Extracts

They allow for precise dosage and fast reaction time. Hemp-based CBD oil for dogs provides you control over the amount of CBD your dog ingests and acts like an oil-based health supplement instead of a recreational cannabis product. Full-spectrum CBD oil extracts contain all the natural chemicals found in hemp, including various types of terpenes and cannabinoids. The result is an entourage effect that helps your dog’s body to better absorb and utilize CBD.

CBD isolate oil extracts come from pulling only CBD from the hemp plant and removing the other beneficial cannabinoids. A 2015 animal study concludes that while CBD isolate may offer certain health benefits, the effects may be less notable than when using a full-spectrum CBD product. It’s recommended to thoroughly read the packaging, labels, and third-party test results to ensure you have all the information you require.

Tinctures

They come in small bottles and an accompanying dropper for administering the oil to your dog. Tinctures are an excellent entry point for pet parents who are wary of hemp-based supplements. They are liquid hemp extracts that may have CBD compounds infused with oils to provide further benefits. You administer the tincture orally and a single use comprises a few drops under the tongue. CBD tinctures are great for integrating CBD into your pup’s daily dietary supplement.

Topicals

CBD topicals for dogs are a traditional method of managing body aches and discomfort. These topicals are applied directly on the skin to provide localized relief immediately. Companies also mix them with other therapeutic compounds such as wintergreen oil and eucalyptus oil, providing an extra layer of effects. Some of these may include relief from itchiness and skin issues for a comfortable rest.

Chews

Administering a dog medication can often be difficult for pet parents. Sometimes dogs have an uncanny way of eating everything else but the pill. CBD edibites for dogs offer you the option of giving your pet a  CBD supplement that is an enjoyable and easy-to-chew snack. Chews come in different flavor combinations, so your dog will not be able to tell the difference between supplements and its favorite chews.

Capsules

CBD oil capsules for dogs offer a convenient way to supplement CBD to your pets. This makes it easy to give your dog a pre-measured capsule based on its weight range. The capsules are beneficial for the pet owner who prefers to give their dog the same measurement of CBD daily. There is no second-guessing on how much your furry friend is consuming.

How to Use CBD for Dogs

CBD use with dogs is a new sphere that brings up more questions than answers. However, there are some basic administering guidelines you can follow when using CBD products on your dog. Make sure you treat it like any other supplement and store it out of reach of children and pets.

Giving CBD to your Dog

You can add a few drops of CBD oils in tinctures to the dog’s water or food. If your furry friend is tolerant, you can simply open its mouth and squirt a drop on the tongue. There is also the option of supplements you can mix into dog feed, or tablets and capsules cleverly concealed in chews.  It’s important to read the label to see if the supplement is better administered on an empty stomach or if it can be administered during mealtime.

CBD chews are CBD-infused supplements you administer to a pet. The CBD concentration in these chews is already pre-measured. This means you only have to control how much they consume. These chews are available in a variety of flavors and provide a clean, efficient way to administer CBD for dogs, especially the picky eater.

How to Pick the Best CBD Products for your Dog

Should you and your veterinarian decide CBD may help your dog, it’s a good idea to use the guide below when comparing products on the markets. Avoid using human CBD products for your pets. The manufacturing processes may be the same for some, but labeling is different. Plus, product strengths are different and some added ingredients might harm your furry friend. For example, gummy treats contain artificial xylitol sweetener, which is toxic to dogs.

Tips for Finding Quality CBD Products for Your Dog

  • Always choose organic CBD oil that does not contain solvents or pesticides
  • Look for products that have quality seals such as from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Animal Supplement Council (NASC)
  • Don’t purchase the first cheapest option you find – better quality and pure CBD comes at an extra cost
  • Make sure the products do not contain additives
  • Ensure the products come from companies that provide third-party laboratory testings to ensure quality and potency
  • CBD in liquid form makes it easy to adjust the usage drop by drop

The Takeaway

Preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence suggest CBD may be useful in managing certain conditions in animals. Before trying CBD for your dog, talk to a vet first.

If you are not sure which Pet Releaf product and potency is the ideal match for your dog, check out our Pet Releaf Product Filter. The tool provides product recommendations based on your pet’s unique characteristics, such as weight, health, and health requirements.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022 07:22:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Long Can A Dog Go Without Eating? https://thedogvisitor.com/how-long-can-a-dog-go-without-eating https://thedogvisitor.com/how-long-can-a-dog-go-without-eating Sun, 13 Nov 2022 17:10:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier Senior dog behavior: Understand why your aging dog doesn’t want to play https://thedogvisitor.com/senior-dog-behavior-understand-why-your-aging-dog-doesnt-want-to-play https://thedogvisitor.com/senior-dog-behavior-understand-why-your-aging-dog-doesnt-want-to-play Help senior dogs play by making a few adjustments to help your aging furry friends stay active and enjoy their golden years.

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Sun, 13 Nov 2022 04:00:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Herbs For Arthritis In Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/herbs-for-arthritis-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/herbs-for-arthritis-in-dogs Sat, 12 Nov 2022 17:39:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier 5 Tips To Calm Your Dog During Fireworks https://thedogvisitor.com/5-tips-to-calm-your-dog-during-fireworks https://thedogvisitor.com/5-tips-to-calm-your-dog-during-fireworks
1. Create a safe space and set the mood:
The comfort of their own items may be really helpful. Whether it's their cozy dog bed or a crate with padded blankets, make sure they have access to somewhere they are familiar with. Bonus points if you stuff a Kong with their favorite food/treat and freeze it! Enrichment toys to keep their minds busy are helpful. Check that all windows are closed, and close up the curtains as well to help minimize outside sound. Maybe turn on the TV for some familiar background noise. Netflix to the rescue here, and maybe for you too?

2. Exercise your pet by tiring them out:
Take your dog on a nice long walk or outdoor adventure earlier that day. Physical activity can especially assist with reducing anxiety. Make sure to pay attention to possible high temperatures that day and offer plenty of water so they don't overheat. We recommend early in the morning or in the evening after it cools off.

3. Consider a Thundershirt, It's like a hug!
This can be effective for certain dogs and is a wrap around shirt to apply gentle pressure. Research the official Thundershirt product or check out some neat DIY options online.

4. Anti-anxiety medications/supplements
Talk with your veterinarian about any prescription medications if applicable. For some dogs, their anxiety may be severe enough to where they need extra support. For a natural option, consider VetCS CBD which has proven very effective in reducing anxiety and keeping dogs comfortable. CBD is a great option as it can be used on an as needed basis about 30-45 minutes before the stressful event. Reach out to the VetCS team with any questions.

5. Make sure their ID tags are up to date:
While this isn't a calming aid, it's important to ensure their collar is secure and all of their ID tags are current. It may also be advantageous to talk with your veterinarian about microchipping your dog. Unfortunately, it's very common for dogs to get scared of fireworks and escape out of their backyard or house. While it's not possible for everyone, consider staying home to be with them. More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other time. They may feel more secure with you around and less likely to run away! ]]>
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
6 Facts About Catnip https://thedogvisitor.com/6-facts-about-catnip https://thedogvisitor.com/6-facts-about-catnip With the launch of our new CBD Oil With Catnip & Silvervine, our very own Dr. Chelsea Luedke put together six interesting facts about catnip and how it may help your kitty too!
  1. Catnip plants (Nepeta cataria) come from the mint family and emit a distinct pheromone named nepetalactone which accounts for the “zoomies” that cats show after smelling catnip.
  2. Research shows that only approximately 70% of cats have the hereditary ability to react to catnip. Alternatively, 80% of cats show an affinity towards the silvervine plant (Actinidia polygama).
  3. Interestingly, kittens below the age of 6 months don’t react to catnip. Older cats have less response to catnip.
  4. Cats have varying responses to catnip and silvervine; typically there is a period of hyperactivity followed by a restful period. Other responses can include drooling, neck/back rubbing, and stretching.
  5. Cats cannot overdose on catnip! Ingested catnip has a calming effect; inhaled catnip is more likely to induce hyperactivity for a period of 15-20 minutes.
  6. Our CBD Oil with Catnip is perfect for cats that are hesitant about other CBD products. With a combination of catnip and silvervine, your cat will be sure to love the taste and also benefit from the calming effects.
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:58 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Diapers For Dogs In Heat & Do They Work? https://thedogvisitor.com/diapers-for-dogs-in-heat-do-they-work https://thedogvisitor.com/diapers-for-dogs-in-heat-do-they-work If your dog is in heat, you might feel a little overwhelmed attempting to handle the situation. Behavioral changes, mood swings, and cleaning up messes are a normal part of your dog’s cycle. Here’s what you need to know about keeping her comfortable, and how doggy diapers might be able to help. 

What Does it Mean When a Dog Is in Heat?

The term “in heat” is used to refer to the estrus cycle. Estrus is a period of time in which a female dog biologically prepares itself to attract a male dog. Estrus is similar to a combination of human ovulation and a human menstrual cycle. It usually lasts from a week to 10 days.

What Happens When a Female Dog Is in Heat?

It’s easy to tell when your dog is in heat — you’ll observe noticeable changes in her behavior and her body.

Behavioral Changes

Your dog’s behavior changes will depend on her normal temperament. If you have a clingy or affectionate dog, she may lean more on you throughout this time. If your dog is excitable, she may seem irritated or unapproachable. 

Her appetite is also likely to change. Some dogs will ravenously eat while in heat, while others might refuse food. 

You may also notice your dog vocalizes more when she’s in heat. This might be her way of telling you that she’s uncomfortable. Estrus can cause pains similar to human menstrual cramps. Your dog’s abdomen may be tender and she may whine when she can’t find a comfortable position to rest in. 

Vaginal Swelling and Bleeding

Your dog’s vulva may swell up when she’s in heat. It will become visibly larger. Oftentimes, female dogs will also experience vaginal bleeding or spotting while in heat. It shouldn’t be an excessive amount of blood, and it won’t constantly run. This bleeding may persist for the entire estrus period, which can be as long as 10 days. 

Is There Any Way To Stop Your Dog From Going into Heat?

There are two ways to stop a dog from going into heat. Spaying your dog will permanently prevent her from going into heat. Breeding her will stop her from going into heat temporarily, but it creates far more problems than it solves.

Breeding Your Dog

Dogs don’t go into heat while they’re pregnant. They often won’t go into heat until their puppies are weaned. Breeding your dog to keep her from going into heat would be highly irresponsible and cruel to the animal. As cute as a litter of puppies might be, you’ll be responsible for all the costs associated with pregnancy, labor, and care for those puppies. 

Rehoming the puppies to someone who will care for them throughout the duration of their lives is extremely difficult, so breeding should be left to AKC-registered breeders who have the knowledge, experience, and resources to properly provide for and home a new litter. 

Spaying Your Dog

Spaying your dog removes her ovaries. If she doesn’t have ovaries, she cannot enter estrus. Your dog will never go in heat again if you get her spayed. 

Ultimately, this is more comfortable for your dog. She won’t need to deal with the fluctuations of her hormones or changes in her emotional state. You won’t have to work hard to comfort her while she’s experiencing distress as a result of estrus. Everyone can breathe a little easier. 

In addition to preventing estrus, spaying your dog will prevent unwanted pregnancy. Over 1 million people surrender or rehome pets every year. Shelters are full, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find a forever home for every member of your dog’s litter. Spaying your pet can help to reduce shelter overpopulation. 

If cost is a concern, you may be surprised to learn how inexpensive the procedure is. Many cities offer subsidized spay and neuter programs for people experiencing financial hardship. Some shelters will even have regularly scheduled days where they’ll partner with a vet who will offer spays and neuters at a discount in order to help reduce unwanted pregnancy. 

Spaying or neutering animals saves most counties money in the long run. Affordable clinics for vaccinations and spaying or neutering are beneficial for the whole community. 

You can learn more by searching the ASPCA’s list of low cost animal clinics in your area or by calling animal services (or animal control) in your area. They’ll be happy to point you in the direction of affordable resources to keep your pet safe and healthy. 

What Is a Dog Diaper?

A dog diaper is a reusable cloth diaper made with an absorbent interior and a leakproof exterior. The diaper is designed with an elasticated hole in the back that allows your dog’s tail to come through. 

These diapers are often designed with velcro waist straps. Some models can be held onto your dog with suspenders to prevent her from pulling them off. 

Do Diapers Work for Dogs in Heat?

A diaper can prevent your dog from leaving blood stains or blood trails around the house during estrus. It can also protect a swollen vulva from accidental injury if she rubs against the furniture. 

A doggy diaper is only a temporary solution. If your dog is currently in estrus, you can put a diaper on her and take it off every time you let her outside to go potty. You can put it back on when she comes back in the house. 

This process can be a bit of a hassle, particularly if your dog doesn’t like wearing her diaper. Many dogs frantically attempt to remove their diapers. If your dog is aggressive with you when you attempt to put a diaper on her, don’t fight her. You risk injuring both yourself and the animal when you do so. 

If your dog attempts to chew or rip the diaper off, help your dog remove the diaper. She might get hurt or irritate her skin from chewing or scratching. 

Diapers should be laundered daily. They’ll collect blood and other bodily fluids that shouldn’t be trapped close to your dog’s skin. 

Should I Use a Diaper for My Dog?

You can use a dog-specific diaper for your dog if she tolerates it well, but it shouldn’t be your long-term plan. 

The best option is to have your pet spayed to prevent her from entering estrus in the first place. In the long run, your dog will be much happier and more comfortable if she doesn’t have to deal with estrus. Spaying even helps to reduce the risk of some health conditions in female dogs, including breast tumors and uterine infections

Your Dog’s Health Is Important

We all want the best for our pets. While there are many natural and simple solutions that can effectively keep your dog happy and healthy, diapers probably aren’t one of them. Diapers may be valuable for pets that deal with incontinence issues or as a temporary way to protect the lower abdomen following a surgical procedure. They aren’t the best way to help your dog cope with estrus for their whole lives.

The best option is to get your dog spayed. Spay procedures are safe, generally affordable, and involve minimal downtime for your dog. Aftercare is easy, and it won’t be long before your dog feels like herself again.

Ultimately, spaying will save you both a lot of time and hassle. It’s a far more efficient solution in the long run. While we believe that holistic care is often the right choice, relying on diapers is not the standard of care your dog deserves. 

For more holistic pet care tips, browse the VETCBD Hemp blog.

Sources:

Estrus Cycles In Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

More than 1 Million Households Forced to Give up Their Beloved Pet Each Year, ASPCA Research Reveals | ASPCA

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs | ASPCA

Spay/Neuter Your Pet | ASPCA

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Yams and What Will Happen If They Do? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-yams-and-what-will-happen-if-they-do https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-yams-and-what-will-happen-if-they-do If your dog likes to hang out with you while you’re cooking or eating, you’ve probably noticed that they are interested in every move you make. Dogs may long for a bite of a burger or bacon, but what should you do when your dog takes an interest in unexpected foods, like fruits and vegetables?

If you’re baking some yams and your dog is sniffing around the oven, here’s what you need to know before you offer your dog a taste.

What Is the Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes?

People get yams and sweet potatoes mixed up all the time. Your grocery store might even mislabel the two. It’s an easy mistake to make. 

Sweet potatoes and yams are very similar in a lot of respects. Most people think that the color of the flesh will tell you the whole story, but they’re looking in the wrong place. There are white-fleshed and orange-fleshed varieties of both yams and sweet potatoes.

The easiest way to tell the difference between a yam and a sweet potato is by looking at the shape and feeling the skin. The skin of a sweet potato is often smooth. They’ll have an irregular shape with points on either end. The skin of a yam is often rough, and the yam itself has more of a uniform, tubular shape. 

Countries outside of the U.S. sometimes interchange the terms for a yam and a sweet potato. A particular vegetable known in Japan as “purple yam” is actually a sweet potato. Some countries use the term “yam” to refer to taro, which is a completely different root vegetable, though it also boasts a sweet flavor. 

Are Yams Healthy?

Yams can be a great part of a balanced diet. One 150 gram serving of yam contains 2 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and significant amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese, and copper. Yams also contain a substantial amount of vitamin C, vitamin B5, folate, and thiamine. They’re a healthy whole carbohydrate that can help to supply the body with energy.

Can Dogs Eat Yams?

Although yams and sweet potatoes are different vegetables, your dog can safely enjoy both. Yams and sweet potatoes are nutritionally similar, can be fed to your dog in similar quantities, and are prepared in similar ways. If your dog already eats sweet potatoes, or dog food and treats prepared with sweet potatoes, chances are good that your dog will enjoy yams just as much. 

What Will Happen if My Dog Eats Yams?

Generally, nothing remarkable will happen if your dog eats yams. They might be a little happier if they really enjoy yams. Expect some extra affection if yams are among your dog’s favorite special snacks. 

Since yams contain fiber, your dog might experience easier bowel movements. However, if you suspect your dog may be constipated or is having difficulty relieving themselves, don’t rely on foods like yams or sweet potatoes to resolve the issue. You should speak to your vet about concerns regarding your dog’s digestive health.

How Often Can I Feed My Dog Yams?

Although cooked yams are perfectly safe for your dog to eat, they should only play a small role in your dog’s diet. Treats like fruit and dog-friendly vegetables are much healthier than processed foods, but they’re not necessary for your dog’s health if your dog is eating a well-rounded fresh dog food diet.

The right dog food will meet all of your dog’s nutritional requirements. Unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise, your dog shouldn’t require any supplemental foods or additions to their diet to help them stay healthy and maintain a healthy body weight.

Even still, many dog owners choose to give their dog special treats as training rewards or to break up the monotony of a repetitive diet. As long as treats like yams are given in moderation, and your dog tolerates yams without any signs of digestive upset, you can treat your dog with yams and sweet potatoes alike.

When giving your dog treats, it’s important to determine how to properly incorporate them into your dog’s diet. Most experts recommend utilizing something called the 90/10 rule. If 90% of your dog’s calories and nutritional needs come from a well balanced dog food, the other 10% can come from healthy treats. Keep any treat, including yams, within the 10% marker of the treat allowance. 

How To Serve Yams to Dogs

Choosing organic yams will limit your dog’s exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides. Thoroughly wash yams before preparing them. Peeling the skin when preparing either veggie also helps to remove potential bacteria or pesticide residue. Since the skin of a yam may be tough to chew and digest, removing the skin is a safer choice.

Never give your dog raw or whole yams. Yams are very starchy and hard. You wouldn’t want to eat an uncooked yam, and your dog won’t want to either. They can be difficult to chew and may pose a choking hazard.

Serve your dog plain, cooked yams that have been cooled to room temperature. Don’t serve your dog yams that have been prepared with butter, oils, sugar, or spices. A yam casserole is nutritionally very different from a plain yam. Added sugars and added fats can be harmful to your dog’s health and can lead to excessive weight gain or other health issues. 

Cut cooked yams into bite-sized pieces before serving them to your dog. If you cut the cooked yam to the size of treats your dog normally eats, your dog won’t have trouble chewing it. The amount of pieces you give your dog should be proportionate to your dog’s size. A large dog can consume up to half a medium-sized yam. A small dog can have a two-inch slice of a cooked yam. 

How To Make Yam Dog Treats

Golden yams can be turned into jerky treats for your dog. All you need to do is slice the yam into thin coins and put them in a food dehydrator. If you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can put them in the oven on a baking sheet at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about four hours, flipping the yams halfway through. 

Yam jerky can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about two weeks. If your dog really loves yams, you can make up a big batch and keep them fresh until you run out. This is a great way to keep a supply of healthy, simple, homemade treats handy in a multi-dog household. 

Supporting Your Dog’s Health Holistically

VETCBD Hemp is all about holistic animal wellness. Whole foods like cooked yams are great treats for your pet, as long as they’re prepared appropriately, and served in suitable quantities. Your pet’s diet and digestive health are two key aspects of their overall wellness, and yams can play a great role in supporting both.

If you’re interested in supporting your pet’s digestive health in more ways, try VETCBD Hemp’s CBD oil. Our American-grown hemp oil is third-party lab tested for safety and purity. CBD works to support regular gastrointestinal health, support joint mobility, and could help maintain your pet’s sense of calm. Ask your vet about incorporating CBD into your dog’s holistic wellness plan.



Sources:

What's the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam? | Bon Appétit

Yam, raw nutrition facts and analysis | Nutrition Value

How Many Treats to Give a Dog a Day | American Kennel Club

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
7 Tips To Help Senior Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/7-tips-to-help-senior-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/7-tips-to-help-senior-dogs Seeing our older dogs enter their golden years is bittersweet. As they enter their senior stage of life, we want to help them stay happy and healthy for as long as possible. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs 6-7 years of age and older are considered senior dogs.

Here are a few tips to keep your senior dog's health in check:

  1. Veterinary support: Increasing your dog’s veterinary care schedule to twice-yearly can help stay on top of any evolving issues. Senior pet exams are typically more in depth to check for any quickly developing diseases, dental care, possible blood work, and any other issues commonly related to older pets. This helps to detect issues early and treat them accordingly.
  2. Maintaining their mobility: Keeping their joints happy and healthy is important. Keep them active, but don’t overdo it. Creating a consistent age-appropriate exercise routine can be helpful to keep them mobile. Senior pets are more prone to developing arthritis, so staying in touch with your veterinarian about their joint health is key. Research has shown joint support ingredients can play a role in preventing osteoarthritis, consider our VetCS joint chewable tablets as a helpful additive in their everyday wellness routine.
  3. Nutrition and Diet: Senior dogs may have different caloric intake needs or need foods that are more easily digested. Keeping their weight under control may decrease the risk of additional health problems. Talk with your veterinarian about their suggested nutritional plan.
  4. Parasite control and vaccinations: Older dogs can’t always fight off diseases as easily as they once could, due to a naturally lowered immune system. This may also change their vaccination protocol, so it would be a good idea to talk with your veterinarian about their vaccine program.
  5. Environmental considerations: Sometimes we may need to help them adapt to certain areas of the house. If they have mobility issues, stairs can be strenuous to climb or even dangerous if they were to fall. Avoiding the stairs as much as possible, or assisting your dog up stairs can be helpful. Hardwood floors can sometimes be slippery, so adding a few extra mats or rugs can help them to not slip when they walk. An extra cozy orthopedic dog bed can also give their bodies some relief while they rest.
  6. Keep their mind sharp: Keeping them mentally active is so helpful to stimulate their minds. Some senior dogs may suffer from cognitive dysfunction, so dog friendly brain games are always fun. Hide treats around the house or in the yard and let them sniff them out. Enrichment toys are a great way to keep their minds busy and sharp. Adding our VetCS peanut butter to a KONG or LickiMat is a tasty and fun activity for them.
  7. Lots and lots of love: Time with you is what they love the most. Even just cuddling with you on the couch makes their hearts happy. Soak in every moment and enjoy your special time together!
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Have Avocado Oil? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-have-avocado-oil https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-have-avocado-oil If you’re scrambling up a plain egg for your dog, you’re probably wondering what you can put in the pan to keep that egg from sticking. If you already use avocado oil in your kitchen, it seems like a no-brainer to add a splash to the skillet before you toss the eggs in. But before you do that, here’s what you need to know about giving your dog foods prepared with oils.

Is Avocado Oil Healthy?

Deep-fried food is unhealthy, no matter what kind of oil is used. Some oils can be a healthy part of a lightly sauteed meal, provided that they’re used sparingly and appropriately. Avocado oil is one of those oils.

Avocado oil is rich in heart-healthy omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats. Omega fatty acids are good for the heart and brain. Vitamin E is good for eye health, blood health, reproductive health, and skin health. Monounsaturated fats can help the body maintain an optimal cholesterol balance. 

Even though avocado oil does boast some benefits, it isn’t a “health” food. Oils are calorically dense foods. You could just as easily get the same nutrients from lighter sources that also offer protein and vitamins. Fatty fish, like salmon, can provide all the same nutrients as avocado oil in addition to other nutritional benefits. 

Is Avocado Oil Toxic to Dogs?

Persin is a compound that naturally occurs in fruit seeds, leaves, stems, and peels. Persin is highly toxic to dogs. Since avocado oil is made from the fruit of an avocado, and not the seeds or pits, it isn’t toxic to dogs. 

Most essential oils contain these toxic persin compounds, so it’s best to avoid using essential oils around your dog or using essential oils as home fragrance. If your dog comes into contact with essential oils in any way, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can Dogs Have Avocado Oil?

Although avocado oil isn’t toxic to dogs, it’s probably not a good idea to let them have it. There's no reason for a dog to have any added cooking oils in their diet. Well-balanced dog food prepared from fresh ingredients is designed to meet your dog’s nutritional needs in their entirety. Your dog doesn’t require the extra fats and vitamin E from avocado oil. 

If you do give your dog foods other than dog food, you should abide by the 90/10 rule. This means that 90% of your dog’s nutrition should come from their high-quality dog food, and the other 10% of their nutrition can come from suitable treats. Some of these suitable treats can be foods you would also eat, but oils of any kind should stay off the table. 

Giving your dog cooking oil like avocado oil can contribute to gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Since oils are calorically dense, they may also cause your dog to gain unnecessary weight, which can lead to other health issues. 

If you want to give your dog special treats, there’s no benefit to giving your dog added oils. Instead, try incorporating foods like fresh or plain steamed vegetables for their 10% treat allowance. You can also give your dog a plain scrambled egg, made without oil or butter, in a nonstick pan. Your dog will find these plain but “special” snacks flavorful, satisfying, and far more nutritious. 

What Oils Can Dogs Have?

Dogs don’t necessarily need oils, but some dogs may benefit from high-quality fish oil supplements from time to time to support their skin and coat, and even provide some relief for season allergy symptoms. Before you introduce any additional supplements or oils into your dog’s diet, speak with your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to give you advice specific to your pup.

Can Dogs Have Avocado?

If your dog is interested in avocado, you’re better off giving them a small piece of the actual fruit, than serving up a spoonful of the oil. A small bite of ripe avocado will have many of the same benefits of avocado oil, but without the caloric density. 

Dogs should never have the peel, pit, stems, or leaves of an avocado. These parts of the avocado do contain persin and will be toxic to your dog. These hard to chew items also serve as potential choking hazards and can create life-threatening digestive blockages if ingested.

After you’ve opened and sliced the avocado, make sure to dispose of the scraps properly. Your dog might like the way the avocado smelled or tasted, and may attempt to eat the remnants. Dispose of the avocado’s peel, pit, and stem, or compost them safely. 

Can Dogs Have Guacamole?

Things like prepared mashed avocados or guacamole may not be safe for your dog. You should only give your dog fresh avocado you’ve prepared yourself. Avocado dips and spreads are often prepared with onions and garlic. Onions and garlic belong to the allium family of plants — and all alliums are toxic for dogs

In addition to onions and garlic, you should also avoid letting your dog eat leeks or chives. They’re part of the same plant family. If you’re growing any alliums in your garden or your kitchen windowsill, re-evaluate your garden. Move the plants to an outdoor area your dog doesn’t have access to, or swap them out for dog-friendly plants.

How To Use Avocado Oil for Dogs

Avocado oil may be beneficial to your dog, just not as a treat. The vitamins and high fat content of avocado oil could help maintain a healthy coat. After the go-ahead from your vet, you could use avocado oil as a way to help hydrate your dog’s skin, topically.

Try massaging a few drops of avocado oil into the affected area. A little bit will go a long way. If you apply an excessive amount, there’s nothing to stop your dog from licking it off and consuming the oil. Note that your dog might also rub it into your furniture, leaving behind an oily residue. 

If your pet’s skin is broken or chronically dry, or if your dog is chewing away his fur, see a veterinarian. These health issues aren’t something you should treat at home without a diagnosis. Your dog needs to be adequately checked for recurring skin conditions, fleas, or allergies. Speak with your vet to find the best long-term solution. 

Supporting Your Dog’s Skin Health

If your dog’s skin needs a little extra TLC, VETCBD CBD balm can help support minor skin irritations. The balm is simple to use and easy to apply, and is non-toxic if your pet gets curious and licks some off.

Our American-grown hemp-derived CBD is thoroughly third-party, triple-tested for quality and purity. 

Additionally, pairing CBD balm with CBD oil could make a great combination — CBD balm can work to support the skin from the surface, while CBD oil drops work to promote feelings of comfort and relaxation. 

Ask your vet if CBD would be a good addition to your dog’s holistic wellness plan, and for more informational articles to help guide you on being the best pet parent you can be, you can explore the VETCBD Hemp blog here

 

Sources:

What is unrefined, extra virgin cold-pressed avocado oil? | American Oil Chemists Society

How Many Treats to Give a Dog a Day | American Kennel Club

Alliumspecies poisoning in dogs and cats | ASPCA Pro

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:20:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Complete a 5K With Your Dog – Training Guide https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-complete-a-5k-with-your-dog-training-guide https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-complete-a-5k-with-your-dog-training-guide Whether you and your dog are looking to sign up for your local Turkey Trot, or you are searching for a fun way to get in shape, completing a 5K with your dog is a rewarding goal. No matter your fitness level, age, or abilities, you can work toward completing a 5K with your dog in just four weeks.

Before You Get Started

First things first: before starting any new exercise routine, check with your dog’s veterinarian and your physician. Once you get the all clear, set attainable goals. Will you be walking, running, biking, or completing your 5K in another way? Do you want to complete the 3.1 miles in one go or in segments? If you want to hold yourself accountable, consider training with a friend, joining a local Fit Dog Club, or enrolling in a local or virtual 5K.

Download our free 5K training plan and fitness tracker to start. We will walk you through your goals for each week and give you a printable template to track your distance and take notes on.

Reminders

  • Everyone has different abilities and health statuses. Make sure the priority is having fun and keeping healthy with your dog!
  • Track your progress on the included tracker and take notes of how you felt each day physically and mentally
  • Healthy foods and supplements can be helpful for new workout routines. Consider Pet Releaf Hip & Joint Releaf Oil and Edibites for your dog.
  • Reward yourselves! Exercise should be a balanced habit you enjoy and build for life.

Week 1

Week one will be all about getting outside for short, 10-minute exercises at least 3 times during the day. If you plan to run and you’re new to running, you can add a minute of jogging between every 4-5 minutes of walking. Make sure you and your dog are on the same page in terms of pace, speed, and comfort. Check-in with your dog (and yourself) and reward yourselves after.

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Week 2

Week 2 is a good time to check the ingredients in the foods both you and your dog eat to make sure you’re properly fueled and getting balanced nutrition. Remember to check with your vet and your doctor before changing your dog’s or your own diet. This week is also about building up endurance. Remember: exercise should be fun, and at this point, distance should be a priority over speed. Try to go 2-3 minutes longer every day. If you’re able to complete a mile, start adding a quarter of a mile each day throughout the week. Add in some strength conditioning with easy pushups and situps at home. Make sure to give yourself some rest and time to stretch. 

Week 3

The goal in week 3 is to make it to 2.5 miles, whether you’re walking, running, biking, or doing a combination! If you live somewhere where it’s possible, walk or jog your dog to your favorite park or coffee shop. Enjoy a cup of tea or a game of fetch before finishing your exercise. If you have friends with pets, consider inviting them to join you and work toward achieving 3.1 miles together. If you feel up to it, you can challenge yourself to a slightly faster speed each day.

Week 4

By the end of week 4, you should be able to complete 3.1 miles. If you still aren’t at that point, don’t worry! Everyone progresses at different rates and has different abilities and the most important thing is to make sure both you and your dog are healthy. If you are at 3.1 miles, see if you can walk or job at a slightly quicker pace. Consider enrolling in a local (dog-friendly) or virtual 5K to meet new people and show off your progress!

Staying Healthy With Your Dog During 5K Training

Make sure to track your miles each day in our downloadable 5K planner. Check for signs of discomfort in your dog and consider Hip & Joint Oil, Hip & Joint Edibites, or a topical to soothe worn-down paw pads.

Remember to stay hydrated and prioritize fun and safety. Share your photos and updates by tagging us on social!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:19:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
6 Ways To Prepare Your Pet For Holiday Company https://thedogvisitor.com/6-ways-to-prepare-your-pet-for-holiday-company https://thedogvisitor.com/6-ways-to-prepare-your-pet-for-holiday-company It’s the holiday season, which often means it’s time to relax and connect with your family and friends with parties and dinners. We know that having other people in the home besides your immediate family can sometimes make your pets feel uncomfortable. It could also be the total opposite where your pet could get overstimulated from having guests over and may have trouble relaxing. Either way, having company over can be a huge stressor on you and especially your fur family. If your pet struggles with situational stress from having company over, we’ve got some tips and tricks including CBD for pets to make for a more calming holiday experience!

1. Create a Cozy Spot

If your pet is skittish around new people or just isn’t a fan of having humans in their business, it may be best to create a comfortable area just for them! Creating a quiet, cozy spot for them to rest away from people just may help your pet feel safer in their own home. We’d recommend their favorite dog bed along with some blankets and their favorite toys. Plus, playing some relaxing background music could help distract your pet from the commotion at the dining room table.

Dog crate training can also be super beneficial for helping your pet escape from the holiday stress. If your dog is already crate trained, they should view their kennel as a safe and comfortable space already!

2. Use Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil

If your pet isn’t the biggest fan of having company over, especially people they may be unfamiliar with, administering Pet Releaf CBD supplements for dogs may be useful! As CBD may help promote calmness and relaxation in pets, administering it before a big event like a holiday party could potentially help your dog or cat feel more comfortable around your holiday guests. Even if your pet has issues relaxing around multiple people in the home, giving our CBD pet products may also help your pet stay calm during dinnertime.

Whether you’re planning on trying out our CBD-infused Pet Releaf Edibites or upgrading to one of our higher potency CBD Hemp Oils, we have recommended usage amounts on each of our products based on your dog’s weight. We also suggest administering your pet’s recommended usage amount about an hour or so before the festivities begin, so it has time to take effect. If you’re not sure which product to choose for your furry friend, make sure to give our product filter a try to get a custom product recommendation!

Plus, make sure to never run out of your pet’s favorite calming products this holiday season by subscribing to your pet’s favorite CBD products! Choose which renewal schedule would be best for your pet and receive 10% off and free shipping on every renewal. Did we mention you’ll also receive every 6th renewal for free?! Start subscribing now!

3. Puppy-proof

While your focus may be more on your guests and not as much as your pets during a holiday celebration, your pets could, unfortunately, get destructive while you’re not watching. If you just adopted a new rescue puppy and you’re in the process of training them, you may want to puppy-proof the house so they can’t get into any funny business when you may not be paying attention. AKC.org provides an extensive puppy-proofing list to help you get started! One of the major items on the list includes securing trash bins to help prevent your pets from eating anything that could be potentially harmful to their health.

4. Keep Guests on the Same Page

Speaking of potentially harmful foods around the holidays, it’s also important to make sure your holiday company is all on the same page when it comes to feeding your pets. We recommend making a disclaimer to your guests about not feeding your pets human food to avoid any poisonous foods entering your pet’s body. As turkey is usually a main dish around the holidays, it’s vital that your pet does not get fed any as turkey could be extremely harmful for pets.

5. Puzzle Toys

To deter your pet from begging at the table, try giving your pet a puzzle toy while you and your guests are eating your holiday feast. We have 4 Kong Recipes Featuring Pet Releaf Hemp Oil to help keep your dog calm as well as occupied while your guests are over!

6. Exercise earlier

If your pet is the opposite of stressed when they’re around guests and gets way too excited with new people around, you may want to consider getting your pet’s daily exercise out of the way before company comes over. This way you can tire out your dog before any company arrives at your door! If you’re looking for some fun ways that you can exercise with your pets, check out our 4 Exercises You Can Do With Your Pet blog!

Looking to learn more about how you can support your pets during the holiday season?

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:19:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
2022 Sustainable Pet Products Holiday Gift Guide https://thedogvisitor.com/2022-sustainable-pet-products-holiday-gift-guide https://thedogvisitor.com/2022-sustainable-pet-products-holiday-gift-guide Pets are some of the most difficult members of the family to buy for during the holiday season. It’s challenging to find products pets will love that also use healthy materials and ingredients. This year, shopping for sustainable pet products is also more important than ever for the sake of the environment.

If you’re at a loss for what to buy your pet this holiday season, don’t worry! Keep reading for information about eight sustainable pet brands and ideas for what to buy for your dog and cat during the holidays in our 2022 sustainable pet products gift guide.

1. Pet Releaf CBD Products

Pet Releaf creates plant-based hemp oils, chews, capsules, and topicals for pets. As the original pet CBD brand, Pet Releaf takes a unique approach to pet health and well-being, using limited ingredients sourced from regenerative farms in the U.S.

Some of the most popular Pet Releaf products are their CBD hemp oils. Pet Releaf offers many different functional CBD oils including Stress Releaf Hemp Oil, which comes in different formulations for dogs, cats, and equine. The Stress Releaf line is perfect for the busy holiday season, when everyone – including pets – can use a little calming.

Another great stocking stuffer for dogs is a travel-size pack of Edibites. This is a great and affordable way to introduce a fellow pet parent to dog CBD chews.

Pet Releaf’s products use organic ingredients and come in eco-friendly packaging, including biodegradable oil boxes.

2. Jiminy’s Dog Food

Jiminy’s is a pet brand that primarily produces insect-based dog food and treats. Jiminy’s prides itself on being an eco-friendly, sustainable dog brand by using insects to create their products and to provide nutritional value for pets while preserving resources like water and meats. The insect-centered diet gives dogs the protein they need to grow and helps to reduce the waste of valuable resources.

One Jiminy’s product to try this season is their wet dog food, made with dogs’ well-being and environmental sustainability in mind. It incorporates alternative insect-based proteins and vitamins to provide high levels of nutrition to your pets.

3. Shameless Pets Holiday Treats

Shameless Pets specializes in fun and tasty treats for your cats and dogs. This brand uses upcycling as a key strategy to promote sustainability. Upcycling reuses ingredients to produce pet treats that appeal to cats and dogs.

While Shameless Pets offers everything from jerky bits to catnip, their most festive product is undeniably their holiday pet treats. Their naughty and nice bundles highlight holiday flavors like peppermint. These holiday treats are made with natural ingredients like potato and sunflower meal and only contain natural flavors.

4. Awoo’s Infinity Leash

If you’re looking for a sustainable pet gift that isn’t edible, the Awoo Infinity Leash may be a good investment. Awoo is a female-led company that focuses on ethical products designed with your pet in mind.

A customer favorite is their infinity leash. This leash was created as a sustainable, one-size-fits-all pet product. It can accommodate different dog sizes and whatever features you’re looking for in a leash, at any time. It is created with recycled materials and is not treated with chemicals, to protect you and your dog. This is a great holiday gift for fellow dog owners who value convenience and their pets’ well-being.

5. Cycle Dog Toys

From collars to dog beds and toys, Cycle Dog uses upcycled materials to create sustainable and durable pet products.

Arguably, the best Cycle Dog products available are their fun and safe dog toys. Cycle Dog produces bright and colorful toys that are durable and affordable to pet owners. These toys are sold in the shapes of sunflowers, apples, clouds, and more, making them the perfect choice for a fun gift to give this holiday season.

6. RidgeRunner Antlers

When it comes to keeping your dog happy and healthy, chews have to factor into the equation. However, all too often, chews are made with unsustainable ingredients and wrapped several times over in plastic packaging!

Luckily, RidgeRunner Antlers offers a more sustainable option. Their selection of deer antlers comes from wild deer that have naturally shed their antlers, so you can rest assured that no animals were harmed in the process of collecting these chews. While you’re there, consider browsing the other types of antlers that they have available! Depending on your dog’s preference, you may find that whole elk antler chews are a good softer option, whereas deer antlers are the best choice for the extreme chewers of the pack. These chews are long-lasting and make a great option for any dog that loves to use their teeth!

7. Eco-Cat Catnip Toys

Eco-Cat Company makes cats a priority by creating products that appeal to your feline companions.

One of the highlights of Eco-Cat is their organic catnip toys. These toys are designed to be durable in order to withstand the playfulness of your cat. Eco-Cat catnip toys include natural and recycled materials and ingredients, to be optimized for your pet and for the environment. Many toys come in fun shapes and colors.

8. Beco Pets Dog Beds

Just like you, dogs need their sleep! Having a comfortable but sustainable dog bed is essential for any dog. Beco Pets understands this and has created a sustainable bed that your dog will love.

Beco dog beds are incredibly soft and are large enough to allow space for your dog to get comfortable. These beds are even big enough for owners to snuggle up, too! Beco dog beds are created with pets in mind and are designed to prevent bacteria and odor. Recycled plastic makes up the stuffing of these sustainable dog beds and they are sewn to limit wear and tear.

Sustainable Pet Brands are Festive

There are a wide variety of sustainable holiday gifts for dogs and cats that can make your pet happy and protect our planet. Whether you’re looking for tasty treats or fun toys to stuff their stocking with, there are many sustainable pet brands that offer quality products.

Pet Releaf takes a plant-based approach to pet health and wellness, offering oils, chews, and grooming products for pets. Give your pets the gift of Pet Releaf to support your pet’s well-being and preserve our planet.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:19:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Holistic Hound Freeze&Dried Treats https://thedogvisitor.com/holistic-hound-freeze-dried-treats https://thedogvisitor.com/holistic-hound-freeze-dried-treats Our freeze-dried treats were created with your dog’s health and well-being in mind using the finest ingredients that are Holistic Hound approved. These Freeze-Dried treats are made with real meat and no artificial colors, flavors, wheat, corn, or soy. In addition, we optimize state-of-the-art freeze-drying technology to help preserve whole foods’ nutritional profile while maintaining flavor, freshness, and the convenience of shelf stability. 

Nutritious

Holistic Hound’s freeze-dried treats are made with real food and offer natural nutrition for your dog with the convenience of shelf stability. Freeze-drying is a process that preserves food by removing 98 percent of its water content. This prevents food from spoiling while still maintaining most of its flavor, color, texture, and nutritional value.

Delicious

The number one reason to try Holistic Hound Freeze-Dried Treats is that your dog will LOVE them. In general, with a few exceptions of course, what’s good for us humans is good for our dogs. Holistic Hound treats are made with real meat! Bond with your dog by making treat time special, using it as a training tool, or add it as a meal topper.

Give as is or put it in a bowl and rehydrate the meat with a little warm water for an extra special treat.

Freeze-Dried Treats + CBD

If your pup is having a hard time taking the Holistic Hound CBD oil, try combining it with one of our freeze-dried treats. Put the Freeze-Dried Treat and CBD in a bowl together. The treat will soak up the oil, turning it into a delicious vessel for CBD delivery.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
CBD and Pets: All Your Questions Answered https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-and-pets-all-your-questions-answered https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-and-pets-all-your-questions-answered As loving pet parents, we always want the best for our companions – everything from what they eat to how they’re trained to the toys they play with. We are responsible for ensuring their well-being, and who is more deserving of quality care and products than our best four-legged friends? At Holistic Hound, we care about your pets like our own – which is why we created our innovative line of CBD and functional mushroom products. If you haven’t heard of these kinds of products for pets, we know how it can sound. Mushrooms? CBD? For dogs?! But fear not. We’re here to decode the often confusing information surrounding CBD and tackle the most common questions we hear in the industry.

FIRST THINGS FIRST. WHAT IS CBD OIL?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and it is one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Don’t worry, it’s completely non-intoxicating! CBD oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant and is well-known for its many potential health benefits. Often times CBD is sold for consumption in a tincture; when it’s sold in this form, it is diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut or hemp seed oil) for easier administration. The two types of CBD you’ll likely see most frequently are “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum” products. Full-spectrum products are ones that have a fuller profile of cannabinoids, which includes (but will never exceed 0.3%) tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. We typically associate THC with the “high” users get from cannabis, but at a 0.3% trace level, it will never produce a “high” or intoxicating effect. However, if you’d rather scrap the THC entirely, rest assured that broad-spectrum products will have undetectable THC and just offer you the goods: CBD.

Holistic Hound uses USDA certified organic hemp grown in nutrient-rich Colorado & Vermont soil. It is GMO- free, and every batch is third-party tested for potency and purity. Plus, we always post our test results on our website so you can check them out for yourself.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF CBD OIL?

It has been researched that cannabinoids interact with what is called the endocannabinoid system. Dogs and cats both have these systems, and it plays a big role in maintaining the natural balance in their body. This, in turn, helps maintain their overall health.

Below are some potential benefits of hemp-derived CBD oil for pets:

  • Helps maintain normal emotional balance and calmness
  • Supports immune system function
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response
  • Helps maintain a healthy intestinal tract
  • Antioxidant protection

Heidi Hill, a certified Homeopath with 17 years of experience in animal health and nutrition, created and formulated our full-spectrum hemp oil for pets. Through personal experience, she discovered that CBD helped relieve Pearl, her senior husky, from aches and discomforts. It had an incredible impact on her quality of life throughout her final years.

The mission of Holistic Hound is to help improve the health, wellness, and vitality of our companions using a holistic approach.

HOW DO I USE CBD OIL FOR MY PET(S)?

If you’re looking to maintain your pet’s health or are seeking ways to potentially improve it, incorporating high-quality CBD oil into their routines may be a way to help. High-quality CBD oil means it comes from organic hemp, is toxin-free, and actually contains CBD. Because the CBD industry is rapidly growing, many companies can claim they have CBD in their products when, in reality, they have much lower than the amount claimed, or none at all. Always research the companies you’re buying CBD from and make sure they have their third-party test results (called Certificate of Analysis, or COAs) available for customers to view so you can be confident you’re buying CBD with the quality, safety, and consistency your pet deserves.

When you do find a quality product, make sure to start slow and at a low dosage. This is true of introducing anything new into your pet’s diet, and it’s true for CBD as well. Talking with your veterinarian beforehand never hurts either, particularly if you have a sensitive pet or they are on medications or have a known medical condition. You can gradually increase the dosage until you reach your desired outcome. This may differ from pet to pet – some may need more than the recommended dosage, and some may need less. CBD is non-intoxicating, so don’t worry if you exceed the recommendations.

Speaking of recommendations, are those important? Short answer, yes. It’s another way to tell if a company is reputable. Trusted companies always provide recommended dosing instructions on all their products to give you some idea of how to use it if you’re unfamiliar. Keep in mind the recommended dosage can vary from product to product because different companies uniquely formulate their products for specific reasons. At Holistic Hound, we help our customers give the exact amount of CBD they want by providing an easy-to-measure dropper with all our CBD tinctures.

IS CBD OIL LEGAL?

Hemp-derived CBD products are legal on the federal level if they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC but are still illegal under some state laws. Our USDA certified hemp derived full spectrum CBD contains 0.3% or less THC, and our broad-spectrum oils contain undetectable THC.

Holistic Hound is a certified member of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). NASC is a highly respected organization that works closely with federal and state regulators to ensure companion animal health products’ safety, fidelity, and quality. This matches the mission and values of Holistic Hound, as it’s our mission to help improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of our favorite companions.

 IS CBD OIL SAFE FOR PETS?

The hemp plant has only trace amounts of THC and is very high in CBD and CBG, while the marijuana plant is the exact opposite. THC is the chemical that makes people “high.” It is a chemical that the human body can biologically process, but pets cannot metabolize it the same way which makes it very dangerous to pets. Our products come from hemp plants and experts agree that CBD and CBG is safe, non-toxic, non-intoxicating, and well-tolerated.

That being said, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion from your veterinarian if you have hesitations or if your pet has other conditions that need to be considered.

At Holistic Hound, your pet’s safety is our top priority. Our CBD products are vet-formulated to ensure the utmost quality for your beloved pets and to provide them greater health and wellness throughout every stage of their life.  Check out our products, or contact us with any questions, concerns, or product recommendations. We’d love to help in any way we can!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Halloween Stressors and Solutions for our Pets https://thedogvisitor.com/halloween-stressors-and-solutions-for-our-pets https://thedogvisitor.com/halloween-stressors-and-solutions-for-our-pets Pumpkins, falling leaves, ghosts, goblins – and yes, a decent amount of candy corn – can only mean one thing: it’s almost Halloween! While wearing costumes, having parties, and trick-or-treating all night might sound like fun to us, it’s not always the most fun for our four-legged friends. Whether it’s the constant knocking at the door, the uncontrollable excitement of so many people bustling around the house, or seeing their humans dressed up in costumes they don’t recognize (why are they wearing that crazy mask??), Halloween can indeed be a scary night for them. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure they feel safe and comfortable during this spooky season!

Pets and Halloween: What Can I Do?

Make an area just for them

Whether your pet is skittish and nervous around lots of people, or overly excited, it’s a good idea to make a place for them to be alone and relax from all the commotion. This could be leaving the door open to their favorite bedroom, putting some of their blankets and favorite toys by their bed, or making a special spot in a different area of the house where they will be unbothered. If your pet is crate trained, this could also come in handy on Halloween. Nervous pets will feel safe and protected in their crate, while dogs who are a little extra social or get lots of energy around others will have a place to calm down.

Pick up your chocolate wrappers!

It goes without saying that eating lots and lots of candy is one of the best parts of Halloween. But we have to be careful because certain candies are toxic for dogs, particularly chocolate. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the night and let our wrappers lay around, or leave a half-eaten Snickers bar on the table when we just can’t eat another bite, but it’s important to make sure these are out of reach so that our curious pups don’t sneakily run off with them.

Get them exercise before the festivities, or keep them busy

One great way to help reduce the stress or hyper energy your dog may feel on Halloween, with all of the new and different things happening around them, is to make sure they get plenty of exercise before the festivities begin. Take them on a longer walk than normal (if safe to do so), throw the frisbee a couple of extra times, set up a date with their best friend – the list is endless, you just want them to get their energy out! If getting extra exercise isn’t an option for you or your pet, give them something to do or focus on. Puzzle toys are great for cognitive exercise, boredom, and problem-solving. But heck, it’s a holiday! They probably want treats too. Natural dog chews are a great way to keep your dog busy – plus, bonus points that they’re also yummy and healthy. (Our favorite dog chews are natural deer and elk antlers – check them out!)

Try CBD oil, bites, or chews

Wait, CBD for…dogs? If you haven’t heard of it yet, we know this can sound strange. But CBD has shown it may provide a wide array of benefits for our furry friends. One of its most notable benefits is that it promotes calmness and relaxation, so administering it an hour or so before trick-or-treating begins or guests arrive, may help your pet feel more at ease and comfortable during the evening. CBD comes in many forms – oil tinctures, hard bites, and soft chews, to name the most popular – so it’s best to figure out what works the best for your pup and their needs. But it may be just the thing you’re looking for to help your pet with stressful events and holidays.

At Holistic Hound, we take pride in creating the highest quality CBD products for your pet. We are certified by the National Animal Supplement Council, whose mission is to promote companion animals’ health and well-being, and protect and enhance the animal health supplement industry. All of our Full-Spectrum CBD oils are certified USDA organic, and all of our products are third-party tested to ensure safety and quality. We provide these results at all times on our website for customer transparency, find those here. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or sheer curiosity, please let us know here. We’d love to hear from you and we’re happy to help in any way we can.  

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Often Should You Wash Your Dog? [Essential Grooming Tips] https://thedogvisitor.com/how-often-should-you-wash-your-dog-essential-grooming-tips https://thedogvisitor.com/how-often-should-you-wash-your-dog-essential-grooming-tips Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier Probiotics For Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/probiotics-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/probiotics-for-dogs Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier Cosequin For Dogs: Effective Joint Health Supplements For Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/cosequin-for-dogs-effective-joint-health-supplements-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/cosequin-for-dogs-effective-joint-health-supplements-for-dogs Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier Dog Behavior to Observe During the Holidays https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-behavior-to-observe-during-the-holidays https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-behavior-to-observe-during-the-holidays

Dog Behavior to Look Out For This Holiday Season + Solutions

With changes of schedule, more people, noise, and movement, the holidays can be a stressful time for your pups. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help keep them at ease so everyone can enjoy the holiday season!

Signs to look out for:

  • Guests, traveling, or changes to their daily routine can be stressful for dogs. Some dogs will hide or shy away in fear while others may respond to additional stress by showing signs of aggression.
  • Trees can become a hazard if your dog wants to play with the ornaments or turns under the tree into a den. Notice if they start to become possessive around the tree or if they try to get into trouble with the ornaments.
  • With more food left out than normal, it is a lot easier for dogs to get into things that might not be good for them. Notice if they are often hanging around the kitchen, getting underfoot or begging for food scraps. 

How to help:

  • Create a safe space your dog can head to when they need some alone time. A cozy corner in your bedroom, laundry room, or any other quiet place is the perfect reset zone.
  • Keep your daily routine the same as much as possible. This includes feeding, walking and playing with your dog at the usual times.
  • Allow your dog to initiate contact with any new people who come over. Don’t force your dog to interact with new people or unfamiliar pets.
    Keep your dog out of the room where food is placed all over. If this is not possible, or you know they
  • Add some hemp to their meals in the days leading up the big day to help calm them down. You can also give them some of our tasty pumpkin treats the day of if needed!

Check out our other blogs on safe/unsafe holiday foods and toxic holiday plants for more tips to keep your dogs safe during the holidays.

 

From the HempMy Pet™ family to yours, we wish all two and four-legged members a happy and healthy holiday season.

 

 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Keep Your Pet Healthy in Winter https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-keep-your-pet-healthy-in-winter https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-keep-your-pet-healthy-in-winter

How to Keep your Pet Healthy in Winter

If you live in a colder climate, winter is mostly a time for staying in and staying warm. However, if you own a dog, you know that it often means bundling up and getting them out! Here are a few tips to keep your dogs healthy and happy as we move into the colder months.

Know their tolerance for cold

Just because dogs have fur coats, does not mean they are always going to be warm enough. It’s important to learn your dog’s tolerance for cold. Do they have a short coat? Are they close to the ground? If so, they will have less protection and more of them will come into contact with snow and ice meaning they will get colder more quickly than a bigger dog. Researching the tolerance of your dog’s breed before the winter can ensure you are both prepared!

Clean their paws

Running around in the snow can be great, but it can also be irritating on your dog’s paws. Ice, salt, and chemicals can cause bleeding and cracking of their pads. Make sure you wipe down your dog’s paws and stomach to remove all salt and ice buildup. If you are going on a long walk, bring a towel so you can wipe them down at the halfway mark to prevent any stinging or irritation during your adventure.

Keep an eye out for chemicals

Cleaning your dog’s paws so the salt doesn’t irritate their pads is only part of it. Wiping your pet’s feet, legs, tail, and stomach when back from your walk ensures they don’t have a chance to lick off any potential toxins that may have stuck on them. Antifreeze, chemicals used to melt snow, and those used to protect gardens in the winter are dangerous and toxic to pets. Antifreeze specifically has a sweet but deadly taste that can attract dogs. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are a less toxic alternative for pets and wildlife.

Monitor their food intake

Hundreds of years ago, it made sense to increase food intake during the colder months. This helped keep body fat up which in turn allowed us to stay warmer. Despite staying in warm homes all winter, we have brought some of these evolutionary habits into present time and the same goes for dogs. Your dog might be asking for more food this winter, but if they aren’t spending much time outdoors, the added pounds will do more harm than good in the form of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, if they are getting a lot of outdoor exercise, it can be beneficial to slightly increase their food intake. Talk to your veterinarian to get an accurate estimate for your dog’s healthiest weight.

Winter Wellness Upkeep

The cold weather can exacerbate a few conditions such as arthritis and heart conditions. If your dog has diabetes, they can have a harder time regulating their body temperature and staying warm outside. Make sure your pet is getting their regular checkups to ensure everything is looking good so they can feel their best this winter!


Do you own horses?

If so, be sure they have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can have shelter from the wind and cold. While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets do help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. Remember to use heated buckets or water heaters/de-icers so your horses can access unfrozen water at all times. Lastly, it’s best to feed your horses unlimited forage as it will help your horses create heat and regulate their body temperatures during extreme cold.


Did you know we have dog and horse CBD products? Check them all out here!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:17:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
HempMy Pet's Second Clinical Trial Study Confirms that CBD is Effective in Reducing Stress in Horses https://thedogvisitor.com/hempmy-pets-second-clinical-trial-study-confirms-that-cbd-is-effective-in-reducing-stress-in-horses https://thedogvisitor.com/hempmy-pets-second-clinical-trial-study-confirms-that-cbd-is-effective-in-reducing-stress-in-horses

HempMy Pet’s Second Clinical Trial Study Confirms That CBD Is Effective In Reducing Stress In Horses

HempMy Pet™ and Tarleton University, a member of the Texas A&M university system, are excited to announce positive results of their Cannabidiol (CBD) Equine Study focusing on the stress of transportation and a myriad of behaviors.

Tarleton University has completed its study using HempMy Pet’s Full Spectrum Abacus CBD oil on horses with great success. The objective of the research program was to explore opportunities that full spectrum CBD oil may provide to the livestock industry as a tool to mediate stressors, minimize injury during transport and handling, and promote health by minimizing overstimulation of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, commonly called the HPA axis.

The research demonstrated that higher doses of CBD (.6mg/kg of body weight) are more effective overall compared to lower doses of CBD (.3mg/kg of body weight). In both dosages, CBD was non-detectable after 24 hours with the highest blood concentration levels peaking at four hours after it was administered.

There was no difference observed in the effects of CBD in male and female horses, but there was an increase in feed eating times in both the low and higher CBD dosages. The higher dosage was seen to have a much longer feed time compared to the lower dosage.

Research showed there was a decrease in cortisol levels in the transportation portion of the study and that there were not any long-lasting effects of the CBD in both the low and high dosages.

Environmental stressors such as handling, transport, and housing can affect aspects of a horse’s behavior, such as weight gain and feed efficiency, in addition to stimulating stereotypic behaviors, such as bar biting, self-mutilation, and excessive aggression. CBD has been shown to decrease anxiety from a variety of stimuli in previous studies of both dogs and mice and researchers were thrilled to see similar results with horses.

Dr. Kimberly Guay, Ph.D., P.A.S., Tarleton University states, “My research goals are to perform as many projects as necessary to better understand the physiological and behavioral responses of animals when they consume CBD and Hemp processing byproducts such as hempseed meal. It is important to recognize the differences in these products so that we can categorize and utilize them in safe and useful ways. There is still much to be done, and we will continue to fill in the blanks that remain regarding these products in our animals. I have much respect for companies like HempMy Pet for making the responsible and conscientious decision to subject their products for unbiased analysis.”

Natalie Mondine, HempMy Pet Co-Founder and COO, says, “This is our second clinical trial study overall, but it is the first study we have done with horses, and we are very pleased with the results. Being approached by Tarleton University to collaborate on a study was very exciting for us, as it shows that the interest in the therapeutic benefits of hemp are valid and have a real future in medicine. If we look at the science and data behind all of the research that has been done so far, it’s impossible to ignore that CBD and hemp derivatives have an overwhelmingly positive effect on a myriad of health concerns and are a real alternative to pharmaceuticals.”

Read Press Release Here

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:16:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Many CBD Treats Can a Dog Have? https://thedogvisitor.com/how-many-cbd-treats-can-a-dog-have https://thedogvisitor.com/how-many-cbd-treats-can-a-dog-have

Many studies show that CBD can be beneficial for dogs. It reduces their pain, anxiety, inflammation, and seizures, and it can improve skin conditions. There may be even more benefits we haven't yet discovered. Some of the effects of CBD on humans, like treatment for depression, glaucoma, appetite loss, and sleeplessness, may have similar results on dogs. 

Related: CBD Dog Treats For Joint Pain

The Endocannabinoid System

Besides a love of German sausage, you and your dog have something else in common - an endocannabinoid system. This system affects your heart, skin, brain, eyes, stomach, and emotional state. Not only are cannabinoids found in cannabis, but your body also makes its own. One of the cannabinoids that is most prevalent in cannabis is CBD. 

Things to Consider Before You Give Your Dog CBD

As you try to work out how many treats your dog can have, here are a few things to consider before you give them CBD:

Your Dog's Size

You may have already guessed that the amount of CBD your dog can consume depends on their size. And as the amount of CBD in dog treats may vary, we'll talk in terms of dosage. You can then refer to the amount of CBD in your chosen treats. 

The general idea is that the bigger your dog is, the more CBD is required to have the desired effect. Some brands make the process pretty straightforward by giving you a dosage chart based on your dog's weight.   

The Severity of Your Dog's Condition

Think of what you want CBD to do for your dog before you start giving it to them. What is their condition, and how severe is it? If their condition is serious, you'll likely need to give them a higher dosage to relieve their pain, calm them down, or control their seizures. 

The Method of Consumption

Finally, another factor to consider when you're thinking of giving your dog CBD is the method of consumption. 

CBD comes in four primary forms for your dog to consume:

CBD oils are very popular and offer the highest bioavailability. So, you don't need to use as much to produce a positive result. If your dog is happy consuming oil, that's great, but some dogs don't like the taste of it, so CBD dog treats are perfect

Treats are yummy, and your dog can have them in a variety of flavors, sizes, and textures. What's not to love? The only issue with dosage in treats is that it varies from brand to brand. There is no standardized dosage yet for treats. Some brands use 5 mg of CBD, but others don't. So don't take this for granted. 

In dog treats, the dose is fixed, so you can always know exactly how much CBD you're giving your dog. The only disadvantage is that because your dog has to digest the treats before they get into their bloodstream, the effects happen slower than with oil.  

This slower onset for treats is also true of capsules for the same reason. Now, the benefit of capsules is that they usually carry a higher dose of CBD. The downside of capsules is that your dog may resist taking them. 

Topical rubs are the easiest to apply. Rub them onto your dog according to the package directions and let it soak into their skin. It will take longer to take effect, but monitor your dog for the first hour.  

Are you excited about the benefits of CBD for your dog? We are too! Check out our high-quality CBD products for dogs at Dope Dog today. 

Two happy puppies sitting on green grass.

How Long Does it Take for CBD to Start Working?

Providing you have given them the correct dose, it can take about 30 to 45 minutes to start working. As already stated, oils work faster than treats, but you'll be happy to know that they are equally effective.  

Related:  Best CBD Treats For Dogs

How Long Will a Dose Last?

CBD oil and treats can last in your dog's system for between 4 and 8 hours. Yes, this is a wide span of time, but how long it will stay in your dog's system depends on their size, breed, activity level, and of course, the severity of their condition. Older dogs take longer to digest their food than younger dogs, so CBD may linger longer in the system of an older dog. 

The Basic Rule

The basic rule for dosing your dog is 1 to 5 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body mass. Potencies may vary by CBD brand, so you should read labels carefully and be accurate about your dog's weight. Don't focus on the volume of CBD in the product. 

Ensure that the treats you buy your dog have dosing instructions on the package and follow those instructions. Begin at the low end of the dosage and gradually increase. 

How Often Should You Dose Your Dog?

If pain is an issue, you can give them the recommended amount (for their size) every 8 hours or as needed. If the treats are for other issues, dose them once or twice daily

What Happens if They Get Too Much?

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that cannabidiol (CBD) is a safe, non-toxic substance, and they acknowledge that it has health benefits. As long as your dog isn't given a massive amount of CBD, there shouldn't be any side effects.

But if your dog gets into the treats package and eat a little more than is recommended, they may experience:

  • Lowered blood pressure. Too much CBD can cause a temporary drop in blood pressure leading to light-headedness.
  • Dry mouth. CBD can cause a reduction in saliva production, making your dog very thirsty.
  • Drowsiness. The calm that comes with CBD use can lead to drowsiness, especially when the dose is high. 
  • Diarrhea is also a possibility. 

Other than these, your dog should be completely safe consuming CBD treats. 

Related: Are CBD Dog Treats Worth The Money?

Final Thoughts

CBD has been found effective in treating several conditions in dogs, including anxiety, seizures, pain, and inflammation. CBD may be consumed in various ways, with treats and oils being among the easiest and most bioavailable. Read the labels on your dog's treats carefully to see how much they should take, with the general rule of thumb being to give 1 to 5 mg for every 10 pounds of body mass. If your dog does ingest more than the recommended dose, don't panic. Their reaction will likely be mild and easily remedied. 

Are you looking for high-quality CBD products for your dog? Our products have simple quality ingredients that are sourced right here in the United States! Check out Dope Dog today.    

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Best Places to Buy CBD Dog Treats https://thedogvisitor.com/the-best-places-to-buy-cbd-dog-treats https://thedogvisitor.com/the-best-places-to-buy-cbd-dog-treats Looking into those puppy dog eyes, you don't just see an animal or a pet. You see those things plus so much more. You see your best friend. So when our puppy pals give us any indication of mental anguish, discomfort, or pain, it hurts to watch them suffer. 

You might feel helpless until you find CBD, and it's the answer you've been looking for. However, dosing can seem overwhelming, and that's why buying pre-dosed treats can make it easier than ever to give your dog CBD.  

CBD is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant and has many therapeutic effects. It has been found to have excellent results when assisting dogs with anxiety symptoms, behavioral problems, chronic pain, or medical issues. By creating a calm relaxation feeling, those pets who suffer from seizures and muscle rigidity have improved. 

Furthermore, CBD is entirely safe for animals and has never caused death in a pet. Although, research and knowledge are still very new and still in progress. 

There's nothing we wouldn't do to make them the happiest, healthiest dogs in the universe, so it just makes sense to start every day on the right paw with a daily dose of CBD for your dog. 

But not all CBD oils and treats are created equal, so where and how can you find the best products for your furry best friend?

A variety of CBD hemp products

The benefits of CBD for dogs

We all benefit from having these furry friends by our side. Life is just better with barks, tail wags, and snuggles. So keeping them happy and healthy is first on our list.

Helping your dog get better is most definitely a life goal we all strive for. As mentioned, CBD has a plethora of possible benefits for your hound at home if they are suffering from: 

  • Chronic pain 
  • Depression (sadness)
  • Inflammation
  • Seizures
  • Autoimmunity (such as Canine Lupus)
  • Anxiety (including Separation Anxiety)
  • Hypersensitivity (dermatitis)
  • Digestive Issue(such as IBS)
  • Travel Trauma or fear of Unfamiliar Situations or Loud Noises 
  • Post Surgery 
  • Arthritis and Senior Dogs

Related: CBD Oil for Dogs With Cancer: Everything You Need to Know

 

Not All Treats Are Created Equal.

From Canine munchers to calming crunchers, oil Droppers, and turmeric poppers, Peanut butter, Pumpkin Nutter, Turmeric Chews, and Puppy Suckers, Mixed Munchies, and homemade Lunchies. Full-spectrum, isolates, bath products, and calming kits.

So many selections of similar CBD products and treats online and in stores can be overwhelming. Not all CBD products and treats are created the same. And not all dogs are alike either. So really, it's all about doing research and finding out the correct one for your pet.

 

A dog catching a CBD treat.

 

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD extract and mainly comprises CBD molecules, and they are cannabinoid, flavonoid, and terpene free. They should have a hemp purity of 99 percent. 


There is no THC or psychoactive compound in these products, so they are entirely safe for your pet. Isolates work by influencing the cannabinoid system in the body, influencing other parts of the body. Helping with anxieties or pain issues your dog might be suffering from. And by doing so naturally and safely without any chance of discomforting side effects.

Look for an isolate that is made from hemp that is sourced close to home, lab tested, and carefully made with human-grade ingredients. 

Related: CBD Isolate vs Full-spectrum

 

Full-spectrum

You might read about the term full-spectrum, and Full-spectrum is any oil or product containing multiple cannabis plant extracts. Full-spectrum CBD products are different from isolates because they may actually have up to 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that produces the euphoric "high" feeling. 

Luckily Full-spectrum oils are still considered safe and non-toxic for dogs and can be beneficial if used properly. Thankfully, with such a small amount of this compound, overdosing is still not possible or hasn't been to date. 

Possible sedation, dizziness, digestive issues, dry mouth can occur temporarily. If your furry friend is acting unlike themselves for a long time, it's always best to call your veterinarian professionals. 

CBD Made Specifically for Pets

The main difference between animal and human CBD is really just the oil milligram content of the product itself. Human and Pet CBD oils are very similar in every way. Another difference might be any extra flavor ingredients that the company might have added to make it pet friendly or more alluring to your pet.

Furthermore, all CBD oil is safe and natural. However, a good tip is to avoid any products that are not dog-specific because they may contain a higher level of THC that can be dangerous to dogs. 

Related: Can Humans Take Dog CBD?

It's also best not to purchase from companies that seem to have inconsistent lab testing and strict return policies. Look for a business that puts your put first. If ever your dog gets into something they shouldn't, especially anything harmful, call your vet's office as soon as possible. 

Dope Dog offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee with a 30 day money back guarantee on their products to ensure that your dog is always getting the best CBD treats. 

Hemp growing in a field.

Where to Buy CBD Dog Treats

There is a wide variety of CBD products online for you and your best friend. You might also run across some of these products at your local pet stores. However, online shopping is so easy and trouble-free. 

Once oil or tincture is purchased, you can even dose your dog by making some delicious homemade treats. You can find plenty of recipes for yummy treats online. Furthermore, you can use an oil dropper to add your dog's dose to a favorite treat recipe you already have.  

Local Stores 

As CBD awareness increases, you might even notice that your big box chain stores are starting to sell these sorts of products. Normally found either by your pet's favorite food line or located in or near your big name stores' health and wellness areas

You ask an employee about the different CBD products. Employees are often knowledgeable. However, they are also commonly trained to push particular products whether or not they are what your pup needs. 

Find an independently run pet store in your area. These pet shops are a different experience altogether than your more branded company. Local stores often connect with their community on a more personal level. They might carry specialty products only found in that region and can be helpful for a new CBD customer find what they are looking for.

Online 

A large benefit of online shopping is the convenience factor, and it is becoming more popular than ever before. It offers more extensive selections than a storefront could, and honestly, it's just easier to shop comfortably at home with your furry companion by your side. 

Shopping online allows you to research these products beforehand, especially when purchasing new CBD products. Some of the latest items are better to buy online because you can find countless reviews by consumers who have already used them. 

Furthermore, who doesn't like preferred customer discounts? Find your favorite online retailer on social media, and often there are special deals every month, and you'll be the first to see all the latest goods and services. Best of all, it's all then sent to your door, and that is just dog-gone convenient!

Homemade

Many recipes for dog treats require common ingredients such as flour, water, oatmeal, eggs, and broth. Peanut butter, pumpkin, apple, and sweet potatoes are often used in treats to add sweetness and flavor. 

Related: Frozen Watermelon Dog Treat Recipies 

It seems only proper to put that particular ingredient in the mix, CBD oil. While using an oil dropper, slowly add your dog's daily dose to each treat itself. The best treats are semi-porous, and you allow the oil to soak in for a bit. You can also add CBD into any food, like canned dog food or instant diet. 

Dope DOG does it right

It's a dog-eat treat world out there. So finding a perfect CBD product for your pup can be intimidating. Take the easy option. Dope dog.com is one of the dopest places to buy high-quality oils and CBD treats for your dog. 

A dog waiting for it's homemade CBD treat.

Dope Dog cares about your dog because its products were made with their best furry friend. They want to make sure your pup has a truly happy and healthy life. They offer well-priced products and carry an excellent selection of quality CBD pet goodies. 

Each human-grade ingredient they use in their products is specifically chosen, lab tested in small batches for optimal quality. Shop with ease as you please and guilt-free, knowing that a portion of your puppy's purchase goes back to help a rescue dog in need. Check them out online, and get chill with your canine.

Try some Calming Crunchies or Mobility Munchies, and don't forget the Doggy Bag on the way out!

Why You Should Order from Dope Dog

A dog's love is unconditional, and they trust you with their lives. You're their entire world, and they show it to us every day, don't they? There is no source of friendship in the universe that is equally beneficial and special between you and your furry friend.

Related: Dope Dogs Impact

Dog cuddles are everyone's best medicine. So when helping our dogs through trouble or hard times, we want to trust what we give them. We need to trust in our decisions and the companies behind these fantastic products. Dope Dog is a company that knows exactly how special a dog's love is

They develop unique formulas with 100 percent natural ingredients for dogs because they love dogs. Dope Dog was started because of the issues the founder dog was facing, and they saw a need for holistic products that work for pets after they experienced their own pup not feeling well. 

Furthermore, they wanted to create a product line to help dogs in need or during recovery. A company that takes pride in what they do and gives back to the community, and promotes canine health all across the country. 

Dope Dog uses 100 percent pure CBD isolate, sourced from the "top dog" of organic hemp plants grown in the US and designed specifically to enhance your dog's quality of life. Our dogs deserve the "dopest" life we can give them.

A CBD oil bottle and dropper.

Conclusion

Never be scared to try something new because nothing can improve if you don't experiment outside the realms of what you have already tried. Apprehension and anxiety are completely normal when trying anything new. 

It is also always an excellent idea to do your research before giving anything new to you and your loved ones. However, studies and research to date show that CBD oil, especially isolates, is completely safe for animal consumption, non-addictive, and highly beneficial. 

Finding a trusted source of these products is essential. Online shopping makes this easy, and don't be afraid to experiment with your dog to find the product perfect for them. 

Shop Dope Dog today for all of your pet’s CBD needs

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CBD for Itchy Dogs: What You Need to Know https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-itchy-dogs-what-you-need-to-know https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-itchy-dogs-what-you-need-to-know It’s natural for dogs to occasionally scratch, bite, or lick their skin to try and resolve a minor itch. They get itchy just like people do, after all. But have you recently started to notice that your dog is scratching or biting at their skin more than usual? Or is their constant scratching and biting beginning to keep you up at night? 

Sadly, this is a relatively common issue, especially for certain dog breeds, and there is a wide range of reasons your dog might be struggling with itchy or irritated skin. 

However, whatever the reason for their itchiness, top-quality CBD products might just be the answer you’re looking for to provide them with some much-needed relief! The following article by our experts at Dope Dog is dedicated to exploring the potential causes for your fuzzy friend’s discomfort, as well as the different ways CBD products might be able to help. 

Related: CBD Dog Treats For Joint Pain

 

How Common is Itchy Skin for Dogs?

Skin issues are relatively common in dogs, especially for breeds with more sensitive skin, like golden and Labrador retrievers, poodles, pugs, boxers, shar peis, and Dalmatians. Though irritated or itchy skin can hinder your pet’s quality of life at any point, it’s more common during the warmer parts of the year when seasonal allergies and insect bites are more likely to occur. 

No matter the time of year, it’s essential you pay attention to the health of your dog’s skin and keep an eye out for any potential skin conditions they may develop. Even relatively minor skin issues or symptoms- including itching, bald patches, or rashes- could indicate an underlying cause or health condition that could cause more problems down the line if left undiagnosed by a qualified veterinarian. 

Why is Your Dog So Itchy?

It’s typically best to make an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice your dog experiencing excessive itchiness or other skin issues to help determine what’s causing their discomfort. Some of the most common causes of excess itchiness in dogs include;

Allergies

Just like humans, dogs can experience allergies, especially in the spring and summer when plants are blooming and constantly releasing pollen into the air. The pollen can get onto your dog’s skin when they go outside to use the bathroom or play, leading them to develop itchy skin. The good news is that itchiness caused by seasonal allergies will typically go away once fall or winter arrives and the pollen disappears. 

It’s usually easy to determine if your dog has pollen allergies because they will display a range of other symptoms, including puffy eyes that release watery discharge, red, stinky ears, head shaking, digestive upsets, and sneezing. 

However, keep in mind that dogs can also be allergic to certain types of food. Eating said foods can trigger hives, rashes, and other skin conditions, so you should always watch for any issues that arise if you switch your dog’s food. You may also want to consider talking to your vet about the best food brands for your dog if they seem to have multiple food allergies. 

Rashes

Rashes are another common cause of excess itchiness in dogs. If your fuzzy friend has recently laid in something they’re allergic to, like poison ivy and certain cleaning products, they can quickly develop a rash. However, rashes can also be a sign of an allergic reaction, so it can sometimes be very challenging to pinpoint the cause of the issue. It’s highly recommended that you make an appointment with your regular vet to have them examine the rash. Typically, they will prescribe a topical steroid to help clear up the rash and decrease the itchiness it causes.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis or skin inflammation is yet another issue that dogs can develop, often in response to an allergic reaction. For example, some vaccinations and bee stings can lead to a dermatitis outbreak on your dog’s skin, causing it to become swollen and itchy. After a few days, the issue should usually clear up once the allergic reaction has passed.

Parasites

Various external parasites, like ticks, fleas, and mites, can bite your dog and make their skin itchy, usually because dogs are allergic to the saliva produced by the parasites. If mites are involved, they can even cause hair loss in your dog as they start to grow, and you’ll usually notice them attached to your god’s face or legs. Some external parasites- especially ticks- can cause a range of severe illnesses in dogs and humans, so it’s important to watch out for them and quickly remove any that appear. You may also need to contact your vet for help.

What is CBD Oil, and How Can it Help My Itchy Dog?

A dog getting a bath.

CBD oil, also commonly known as cannabidiol, is a special oil developed from hemp plants. The oil used in pet products is not supposed to contain any THC, which is responsible for producing the psychogenic state caused by regular marijuana. CBD oil has been repeatedly shown to offer a wide range of health benefits to humans and dogs alike. It can be beneficial in reducing the skin irritation or itching your dog may be experiencing, whether from seasonal allergies, rashes, or other issues. But how exactly can CBD help relieve your dog’s itchiness?

CBD is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory and Can Help Relieve Allergy Symptoms 

Several studies conducted over the past several years- such as this one from 2012- have indicated that CBD can help treat painful allergic skin reactions by actively reducing inflammation, swelling, and itchiness. Because dogs tend to itch inflamed skin, the skin will often become more inflamed, leading to a cycle of pain and discomfort that can be difficult for your pup to escape. 

CBD can help combat that inflammation while soothing their need to itch, cutting off the cycle, and providing adequate relief. Additionally, when used over an extended period, CBD can be highly effective in gradually reducing skin ailments and helping repair the skin’s natural barrier, allowing it to heal more effectively.

Related: CBD Oil For Dogs With Cancer: Everything You Need To Know

CBD Eases Discomfort and Pain in the Body

Alongside its well-known properties as an anti-inflammatory, CBD can also provide a wide range of pain-relieving benefits to both dogs and humans. Because of this, dog owners are widely known to provide their pets with CBD treats to help with pain related to arthritis, cancer, and other painful medical conditions that can significantly hinder your dog’s overall quality of life. Many people also rely on pet CBD products to help improve the mobility of their aging dogs, who often struggle with pain in their legs and hips, making it difficult for them to move.

CBD Can Help Relieve Anxiety and Provide a Sense of Calm

Not only can CBD help relieve the inflammation and pain related to your dog’s itchy and irritated skin, but it can also help reduce any anxiety they might feel because of their itchiness and help produce a sense of calm. This is highly beneficial because pain and itchiness can trigger stress in your pet, and anxiety often leads dogs to itch, even if they aren’t itchy. 

These factors can easily create another feedback loop that’s hard for dogs to escape. Once again, CBD can be an effective solution to this issue that stops the feedback loop in its tracks to help keep your dog calm and prevent their need to scratch.

Does your precious pup need access to some top-quality CBD tinctures and treats to help them take on the day without pain or discomfort? Dope Dog offers a selection of superior CBD dog products that will help get your fuzzy buddy back to feeling happy, confident, and ready to take on the dog park with gusto!

How Do You Choose The Best Possible CBD Products for Your Dog?

There is a wide range of critical factors to consider when it comes to selecting the best possible CBD oils, treats, and other products for your precious pup. For example, you’ll want to conduct some research into the brand or company you’re buying your pet CBD products from to find out where they source their CBD. You should also learn whether or not the hemp used to obtain the CBD was grown organically and what type of extraction method was used to create the oil. 

You should also find out who was responsible for testing their CBD- a third-party company should always conduct it to eliminate issues with bias- and ensure that each of their products comes with a certificate of analysis. Additionally, you should always ensure that all products you purchase only contain CBD and are either 100% THC free or contain less than 0.3% THC. This information is imperative because THC is a highly toxic substance to dogs that can make them very sick.

Another thing you’ll want to consider before purchasing any CBD pet products for your dog is the quality of the label provided on the product and the kind of information it includes. Reputable and high-quality brands selling CBD pet products will always have instructions for the dosage your dog should get based on its size and weight. If they don’t provide this information- as well as the total CBD quantity contained within the product- you shouldn’t give any to your dog. It can be very easy to provide them with too much CBD without this information, which will cause more harm than good.

What CBD Product Should You Use to Help Your Itchy Dog?

There is a massive selection of different CBD pet products for concerned owners to choose from, both online and in stores, and more seem to hit the market almost every day. Thankfully, our doggy health and care experts at Dope Dog are dedicated to providing loving pet owners with the best of the best in terms of top-quality CBD pet products. If you’re looking to help your dog combat their itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin, we have a massive selection of great options for you to choose from.

Related: CBD Oil Dosage For Dog Seizures

 

 

 

We highly recommend our specially formulated Soothing Suds CBD Shampoo. Our shampoo is specifically designed for dogs and contains a supportive blend of several fur-friendly ingredients that help clean their coat while moisturizing and soothing their skin. Even if your dog isn’t currently struggling from excess itchiness or skin irritation, this product is a perfect investment since it can help prevent skin issues from developing.

You can make a one-time purchase of Dope Dog’s Soothing Suds CBD Shampoo on their website for only $30.00 and take advantage of a 14% off savings today. If you find that you and your dog both love the product, you can also subscribe to save 25% ($7.50) on your first order, along with 20% ($6.00) on all remaining orders.

Want Some Quality CBD Products to Help Your Itchy Dog? Dope Dog Has Everything You Need and More

When it comes to helping relieve the itchiness and irritation of your dog’s skin, don’t feel like you need to stop at only relying on a single bottle of quality CBD shampoo. Dope Dog also offers a wide selection of delicious CBD treats and specially formulated CBD tinctures that can also help bring your precious pup the relief they need to take on the day with excitement and joy. Consider exploring our shop today, and don’t forget to browse through our selection of expertly written educational resources if you’d like to access even more information on the benefits CBD can provide your dog.

Choosing between all of the different brands of CBD pet products currently for sale can be quite a challenge for loving dog owners. Thankfully, Dope Dog is dedicated to making the choice as easy as possible by providing access to superior quality CBD dog treats and tinctures specifically formulated to bring your pet relief from their aches and pains.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs? https://thedogvisitor.com/is-cbd-oil-safe-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/is-cbd-oil-safe-for-dogs Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No product claims implied.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound that comes from cannabis plants, and is most often extracted from the hemp plant. CBD is thought to promote a sense of calm and support overall wellbeing.* Because of these beneficial qualities,* CBD has exploded in popularity. It’s not just for humans either. Because CBD may help dogs with a broad range of issues from physical discomfort to stress,* pet products like CBD oil for dogs have become widely available.

Does CBD Work on Dogs?

Not only does CBD work on dogs, it’s even more effective for them than it is for us. Here’s how it works.

Similarly to humans, dogs also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of receptors that interacts with many parts of the body. The ECS interacts with the immune system and cardiovascular systems and helps support homeostasis, or day-to-day physical functions.

In humans, CBD interacts with the ECS to help promote balance and manage stress without causing intoxication or other negative psychoactive effects.* Dogs have more ECS receptors than humans, so cannabinoids like CBD have a greater effect on them than they do on us.

There’s been a lot of research into the effects of CBD on dogs over the last several years. Though findings aren’t yet conclusive, here’s what the science says:

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How Can CBD Help My Dog?

CBD may help dogs with a wide variety of problems such as physical discomfort from aging, skin and paw irritation, and different kinds of stress.*

Physical Discomfort Due to Aging

Joint health problems are common in older dogs, causing them to become stiff and uncomfortable. Over time, the effects can worsen until they seriously impede your dog’s quality of life.

CBD may help dogs with some of the discomforts of aging.* A study by the National Institute of Health on the effects of CBD on dogs with osteoarthritis showed that dogs given CBD experienced decreased pain and exhibited increased activity compared to dogs given a placebo.

In addition, veterinary researchers from the University of Milan found that CBD in conjunction with certain pain-management medications may reduce a dog’s pain levels and improve their quality of life.*

Skin Irritation in Dogs

Many dogs can suffer from skin irritation known as “hot spots” due to allergies, sensitive skin, or rough environments. Organic hemp balms are formulated with natural ingredients that soothe skin irritation in dogs, and may help relieve this irritation.*

Stress Problems in Dogs

Much like humans, dogs can get stressed for a variety of reasons. Some common causes of stress for dogs are separation, fear of thunder or loud noises, and overall restlessness in energetic breeds.

Dogs often act out when stressed. A stressed dog might run and hide, bark constantly, destroy furniture, or behave aggressively. The addition of CBD chews or CBD oil to a dog’s routine could potentially help them stay calm under otherwise-stressful circumstances.*

Are There Side Effects of CBD for Dogs?

When taken in high doses, CBD has been known to have only mild harmful side effects such as dry mouth, diarrhea, and drowsiness. Based on its effect in humans, the American Kennel Club suggests that CBD has similar side effects in dogs.

Dogs are more sensitive to cannabinoids than humans are, so it’s important to follow the product instructions to find the correct dose for your furry friend. When giving your dog CBD for the first time, start with a low starting dose and monitor how your dog reacts.

If all goes well after a low dose of CBD, consider incorporating it into your dog’s routine by slowly working up to a higher dosage. This will help you avoid side effects and find the correct daily dose for your dog.*

How to Find the Best CBD Products for Dogs

Like anything your dog consumes, it’s important to make sure you only buy your dog CBD products from a trusted source. The best CBD producers use only organic hemp, natural ingredients, and carrier oils such as olive oil or hemp seed oil.

In addition, there are several third-party laboratory certifications that can help you identify the best options:

  • Buying from a producer that follows the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Processes ensures that you’ll get the safest, highest-quality CBD for your dog.
  • A Certificate of Analysis (COA) will show exactly what’s in your dog’s CBD oil or chews, and confirms the quality of the cannabinoids and the absence of contaminants like pesticides or heavy metals.
  • Look for brands carrying the National Animal Supplement Council Quality Seal. This seal guarantees that the producer undergoes regular audits from a third-party lab to confirm its products are of high quality.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for Dogs

CBD oil comes in three forms: full-spectrum hemp oil, broad-spectrum hemp oil, and hemp oil isolate. If you decide to give your dog CBD products, it’s best to purchase full-spectrum hemp oil, topicals, or chews.

Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is best because it contains other beneficial cannabinoids, essential oils, and flavonoids that work together for increased potency in what’s known as the entourage effect. That means buying full-spectrum hemp oil or other full-spectrum CBD products for your dog will give you more bang for your buck.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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How to Help a Dog Adjust to a New Home, Stress&Free https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-help-a-dog-adjust-to-a-new-home-stress-free https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-help-a-dog-adjust-to-a-new-home-stress-free Moving to a new home is an upheaval marked by excitement, but it can also impose unforeseen challenges on people and pets. Whether you are adopting a new dog, or moving your current dog to a new home, helping your canine companion prepare for the move will save everyone stress during the weeks of adjustment to follow.

Stress can jeopardize your dog’s health, so it is important to recognize the signs. In this article, we will address how a new environment might disrupt your dog’s sense of calm and provide tips for keeping them comfortable during a big transition. Continue reading to learn more about how to reduce your dog’s occasional anxiety that may occur in a new home.

Recognizing Occasional Dog Anxiety in a New Home

Our pets become complacent in daily activities and the comforts of home familiarity just like us. Dogs love having a routine, so anything that deviates from their expected day to day happenings can impose stress.

Signs of Stress in Your Dog

If you are welcoming a new dog to your home, or if you are moving an established dog, you will want to know what signs to look for if they are struggling to adjust. Some common symptoms of stress in dogs may include:

  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Whimpering
  • Trembling
  • Aggressiveness
  • Accidents indoors (when potty trained)
  • Nervously licking their lips
  • Loss of appetite

Introducing a Newly Adopted Dog to the Home

Every adopted dog requires time to adjust to new surroundings and people, but every dog is different. Below are some conventional methods of acclimating your new friend to your home.

  • Establish Routines Quickly: The sooner your dog adapts to new routines, the happier they will be. Establish the following as quickly as you are able:
  • Feeding at the same times every day
  • Going out for potty breaks at consistent times
  • Going for daily walks at consistent times
  • Going to bed around the same time every night
  • Be Prepared For Stomach Issues: Adapting to a new diet, eating more or less than they were used to, and general rehoming stress can affect your new pet’s stomach. Perhaps plan to wean your dog off of food they were eating at the shelter, or a foster home, by feeding them familiar food and then gradually introducing new food.

    Even if your dog is potty trained, stress might impact their natural rhythms. Prepare for at least a couple accidents in the house while you are acclimating your new dog.
  • Give Your Dog Their Own Space: Some dogs respond better when they are given a bed or safe spot to hang out in alone. Provide your dog with a time-consuming treat or Kong in their new spot. 
  • Supervise, Observe, Adapt: It may be tempting to smother your new pet with attention and affection upon bringing them home. But, it is important to observe their behavior and see where they are personally at with the move.
  • Patience is Key: Adopted dogs come with unique sets of experiences and sometimes traumas. Supervise them carefully and adapt to their needs.

Moving Your Established Dog to a New Home

While pets you’ve had for a while don’t need as much attention when moving as new pets do, there are still some steps you can take to make the transition as seamless as possible. Here are some conventional suggestions for helping your dog’s occasional stress after moving to their new home. 

  • Do Your Best to Maintain a Routine: When moving with your dog, do your best to stay on their usual schedule, even if that is difficult. The more you can stick to your dog’s usual routine when you’re settling in, the better they will be able to adjust as time moves forward.
  • Have Their New Space Set Up and Waiting: Make sure that your dog has a nook with familiar toys, a familiar bed, and anything else you can think of, when they move into a new home. 
  • Comfort Them With Attention and Your Presence: If you are able, arrange to be home with your dog as much as possible immediately following the move. Your best friend can acclimate easier if their sense of security (you!) is around to reassure them that the new home is a safe space.  
  • Consider Trying a Calming Supplement: At least a month before your move, consider talking to your vet about prescription medication. If prescription drugs sound like too much, there are also calming aids, zen collars, and even music proven to reduce stress in animals. 
  • Try CBD for Your Dog: There are several benefits of CBD for dogs including: easing stress from traveling, hospitalization, moving or other situations that may cause anxiousness; helping keep your pet calm and relaxed; and maintaining a normal emotional balance. CBD can help your dog adjust to their new home with an added sense of calm in times of upheaval.

Check out our article How to Comfort a Restless Dog Using CBD to learn more about CBD as a supplement to support a calm disposition in your best friend. 

Charlotte’s Web™ CBD Products for Dogs

Humans and dogs both have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and just like humans, CBD may similarly help alleviate stress in dogs. Charlotte’s Web™ offers several CBD products for your furry friend that can help your dog adjust to a new home:

  • Charlotte’s Web™ full-spectrum hemp extract oil for dogsCBD oil for dogs can be administered orally to help promote a sense of calm. The oil comes unflavored or in an alluring chicken flavor, allowing options for even the pickiest palate.
  • Charlotte’s Web™ Calming Chews for Dogs – Our calming hemp chews for dogs come in a delectable chicken flavor. In addition to CBD, the chews utilize a naturally relaxing blend of valerian root, passionflower extract, and chamomile. This medley of extracts and soothing herbs can help to maintain a sense of comfort for your dog through everyday ups and downs.

Make the Transition of Moving with Your Dog Easier

Whether you are welcoming a new dog to your home or simply moving to a new house with your dog, your furry friend may need time to adjust. Once you know the signs, you can be prepared for stress that is affecting your dog. Along with establishing or sticking to your previous routine, practicing patience, and creating a calm environment, CBD for your dog can aid in adjusting to a major change like a move. To learn more check out our article on CBD for dogs, browse our hemp extract products with CBD for dogs, or reach out to us directly.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Vacation: How to Travel with Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-vacation-how-to-travel-with-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/dog-vacation-how-to-travel-with-your-dog A family vacation does not have to be limited to human family members only. It takes some advance planning and preparation, but bringing your dog on vacation can make the trip more rewarding for everyone. Read on to learn tips for traveling with dogs to make a low-stress experience for you and your puppy travelers.

How to Travel with Your Dog

Traveling with pets may seem like a big undertaking, but the experience for you and your furry family is worth it. Some common concerns that owners experience when traveling with their dog include what to pack, accommodations and activities, and of course, the actual traveling to your destination. We’ve broken out tips for every concern below:

Packing Smart for Your Pup

Below are some essentials that you will want to remember when you bring your dog on a trip. 

  • Crate – A crate will keep your dog safe during car travel, and it is required for airline travel. The American Kennel Club website has a useful list of features to look for when shopping for your first crate
  • Identification – Be sure that your pet’s identification tags are up to date before you leave town. Double check that their collar, harness, and leashes are in good shape and do not need replacing. 
  • Food and Water – This may sound obvious, but packing enough food and water in case of emergency is key. Consider bringing at least a few days extra food supply for your pet.
  • Games and Toys –  Long trips, especially in the car, can be boring for humans and pets alike. Bring along some of your pups favorite toys to keep them occupied. Plan for several bathroom and play breaks, depending on your mode of transportation, to keep your dog stimulated throughout travel. 
  • Pee Pads and Doggie Bags – Being prepared for messes and picking up after your dog is recommended. Depending on your method of travel, long trips may not allow for outdoor potty breaks. Though your puppy traveler may be potty trained, new environments can disrupt their routine and may cause accidents. 
  • Supplements and Medications – If your dog is prescribed any medications, make sure you are prepared with enough supply for the duration of your trip. Additionally, if your dog could use additional support keeping a calm, balanced mood, bringing along calming chews with CBD for dogs can help.

Choosing Accomodations

While planning your vacation with your dog, you want to ensure a comfortable lodging experience for all travelers. Depending on your destination and the weather, you may wish to choose a location with easy access to outdoors and enough space for your dog’s crate or bed. 

Do your research to make sure that your desired lodgings and campgrounds are dog friendly. There are tons of dog-friendly vacation destinations and accommodations across the United States. However, destinations such as National Parks have strict regulations about dogs. Many lodgings that are dog friendly may also have restrictions on size.

In short, plan ahead and book accommodations prior to setting out on your travels to ensure a safe, fun experience for all. 

Planning Activities for the Whole Family

Getting out and exploring is a chance for your dog to experience new smells, scenery, and possibly even new friends. There are tons of designated places like beaches, hikes, and dog parks that are guaranteed safe spaces for you and your pet. There are also great online resources that will help you find off-leash dog parks across the United States and Canada. Many restaurants are also getting on board with dog-friendly patios so you can bring your pup along while you dine.

As mentioned in the previous section, not everywhere you want to visit during your trip will be dog friendly. If you and your family do plan an activity where your dog is not allowed, you can always consider boarding your pet for the day.

Methods of Travel

Depending on your destination, the best way to travel with your dog may vary. Whether you are heading out on a day trip or traveling internationally with your dog, you’ll need to be adequately prepared for the journey. Traveling can be an overwhelming experience to some, so keeping your dog calm, comfortable, and safe is crucial.

Check out our tips below to learn how to travel with your dog in a car, airplane, boat, or train.

How to Travel with Your Dog in the Car

Road trips are a popular way to travel and many dogs love a good car ride. However, long car rides can become monotonous and cause boredom in your pet. In addition to plenty of bathroom breaks, make sure to plan activity breaks for your pup.

To ensure a safe ride, it is recommended that you not allow your dog to ride with its head out the window. Dogs also should not roam free in the car, so you may need to outfit your ride with a dog guard, safety harness, or transport your puppy travelers in their crate or carrier.

How to Travel with Your Dog by Plane

For far-off destinations, flying with your dog may be the most suitable travel method. It may require a little more preparation than car rides, as air travel requires documentation and, oftentimes, added cost.

If your pooch is small you may be able to bring your dog into the cabin with you. A small, comfortable carrier is recommended for the ride, and a leash is usually needed if you plan on walking them through the airport.

Many airlines require large pets to be crated in the cargo hold. Food, water, and potty breaks may not be available during the flight so be sure to plan ahead.

How to Travel with Your Dog on a Boat

Whether you are headed out for a day on the lake or several days at sea, bringing your puppy travelers along on a boat, big or small, is certainly possible. As with the previous methods, safety and comfort are important, so bringing along your carrier or crate and leash are recommended.

Though most dogs can swim, any water travel should be accompanied by a life vest for your dog. Any toys you bring along should float, and though surrounded by water, fresh drinking water is recommended.

For cruise ships, dogs—not including service animals— are welcome on a few cruise lines. Most likely your pet will have to be in the ship’s kennel. Check ahead of time about dog policies to see if you may be able to have your dog in a private cabin. 

How to Travel with Your Dog by Train

Train travel may be ideal long-haul journeys if you prefer not to fly or drive with your dog. A carrier or crate and leash will be needed, and some train services may require identification and vaccination records.

For a successful train trip with your dog, you’ll need to coordinate the train stops with potty breaks so you should familiarize yourself with the train’s schedule.

Though traveling by train is not as common in the United States, Amtrak does allow service animals and some non-service animals on board. If you are traveling internationally with your dog, many trains in other countries allow animals.

CBD to Support Calm During Travel

No matter how well you prepare for a trip, any disruption to your dog’s routine can cause stress. Some dogs may experience restlessness in the car, airplane, or when in a new, unfamiliar environment. To ensure a seamless experience traveling with your dog, CBD can help.

Charlotte’s Web™ has options to support a calm, balanced mood in your pup. Consider bringing calming chews on your trip to potentially help ease the upheavals of new environments and support a sense of calm for your furry traveling companion.

To learn more about why Charlotte’s Web™ CBD for dogs should be on your travel packing list, read How to Comfort a Restless Dog Using CBD, check out our full line of CBD for dogs, or contact our team directly.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can CBD oil help with your pet’s gastrointestinal issues? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-cbd-oil-help-with-your-pets-gastrointestinal-issues https://thedogvisitor.com/can-cbd-oil-help-with-your-pets-gastrointestinal-issues

Is you pet suffering from gastrointestinal issues? If your dog or cat as tummy upsets you can’t resolve, CBD may be worth considering with your vet.

The future of CBD oil treatment is bright. Every year, more and more studies are revealing just how far-reaching medicinal cannabis can be in treating a wide range of diverse ailments.

In a recent blog, we talked about the potential role CBD could play in the future of diabetes treatment.

In this post, we’re exploring another emerging area of CBD treatment for pets: gastrointestinal issues. 

At this point in time, neither diabetes nor digestive problems are primary conditions for CBD treatment. However, as more research is conducted, we are excited about seeing the expansion of the clinical uses of medicinal cannabis to help our pets live their best lives. 

How CBD and the gut can work together

Let’s first consider the nature of tummy issues and how this connects with properties of CBD oil.

Inflammation and pain are both key hallmarks which are common to various gastrointestinal problems in our fur babies.

Luckily, CBD is well established as an effective way to help ease pain and inflammation in both humans and animals. 

Anxiety and stress can also trigger gastrointestinal upsets, and medicinal cannabis may be able to assist in calming and soothing these feelings in our pets.

Furthermore, CBD serves as a muscle relaxant, and this can help facilitate digestion.

Medicinal cannabis has also been shown to increase appetite – and we know that a pet’s appetite can go rapidly downhill when they are feeling tummy discomfort. 

CBD and gastrointestinal motility

While more studies are needed to define the effectiveness and appropriate dosage of CBD as a digestive treatment, there are some key facts we’ve learnt from studies to date.

When it comes to understanding digestive problems in pets, it’s important to appreciate the concept of gastrointestinal (GI) motility.

GI refers to how well the intestines (the bowel) can move waste along and expel it from the body.

When a pet’s motility isn’t functioning properly, they will start to feel discomfort and pain from their lower belly.

Conditions like constipation, gastrointestinal reflux disease and nausea are all linked to GI motility. 

Laboratory studies have highlighted that CBD oil can improve gastrointestinal motility. It does this both by radically reducing inflammation while also playing a role in triggering the muscles and enzymes critical for the proper functioning of the digestive tract.

The importance of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in pets

The potential of CBD as a treatment for tummy problems doesn’t stop at motility.

Some experts have pointed out that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS – a common gastrointestinal condition) may even be related to Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD).

This means that for pets suffering IBS, they may also be experiencing a deficit of the ECS itself – and CBD targets this system.  

Research on CBD and the intestinal barrier

The intestinal mucosal barrier, also referred to as intestinal barrier, refers to the thin lining of the gastrointestinal tract. It helps make sure that the gut can absorb nutrients from the food we eat, while stopping waste from entering the bloodstream. When this barrier is damaged, a range of different gastrointestinal problems can arise, including food allergies, intolerances and IBS. 

Preliminary research has shown that CBD can help regulate and even heal damaged tissue of the intestinal barrier – which is promising news for pets who are suffering from gastro symptoms.

Looking ahead: using CBD oil for your pet’s digestive health

The current body of research we have on this topic is limited, and more studies need to focus on the use of CBD oil in pets with gastrointestinal issues.

Given the lack of evidence, it is essential to talk to a veterinarian before you try treating your pet’s tummy troubles with CBD oil.

Chat to our friendly team today at CBD Vets Australia about whether CBD oil is right for your pet and how we can help you access this treatment safely via your local vet.

Give us a call on 02 8294 9303 or email us on info@cbdvetsaustralia.com.au. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Visit us at the Sydney Dog Lovers Show this weekend! https://thedogvisitor.com/visit-us-at-the-sydney-dog-lovers-show-this-weekend https://thedogvisitor.com/visit-us-at-the-sydney-dog-lovers-show-this-weekend

Want to find out more about CBD Vets Australia or medicinal cannabis, while enjoying the fun of the greatest festival in the world for dog lovers at the same time?

We are excited to announce that our team will be at the Dog Lovers Show this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2022 at the Sydney Showground in Homebush!

Since 2014, the Dog Lovers Show has grown to become one of the biggest events in the world dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring dog lovers. 

And after a three-year break, it finally returns this weekend from 9:30am to 5pm daily!

The Dog Lovers Show truly encapsulates the friendship and unconditional love that we share with our furry friends.

Visitors get to enjoy a wide array of free entertainment, information from dog shows and care advice, as well as meeting and learning more about your favourite breeds. 

Over two days, you can explore over 200 exhibitors offering new pet products and special deals, expert seminars, and high-energy demonstrations in the main arena. 

CBD Vets Australia is thrilled to be supporting this incredible event and having the chance to meet so many fellow dog lovers and tell them all about CBD. 

Why CBD for dogs? We explain on the Dog Lovers Show website 11 reasons why – read it HERE

If you’d like to chat to us about your pooch’s health and the many benefits of CBD oil, you can find us on Stand 728. Come by and say g’day!

Come with all your questions  and take a photo with us and share on social #cbdvetsaustralia

To find out more about the Dog Lovers Show, check out their website and grab your tickets now. Hope to see you there!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Caring for older dogs with CBD oil https://thedogvisitor.com/caring-for-older-dogs-with-cbd-oil https://thedogvisitor.com/caring-for-older-dogs-with-cbd-oil

The needs and wellbeing of our dogs evolve and change as they get older. Many people turn to CBD as a natural way to keep their dogs healthy and feeling comfortable in their senior years. In this article, we cover the issues that dogs experience as they age and the benefits of using CBD oil in older dogs. 

Health issues in older dogs

Like their humans do, when dogs enter their senior years, it’s normal for them to get a little slower and less active, for their joints to stiffen, their weight to go up or down, and their hair to become grey. 

Aging is a slow and gradual process that makes dogs more susceptible to developing medical issues like arthritis, cancer, dementia, anxiety, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems. There are different types of therapies available to treat these problems. 

When a dog is at the end stage of their life and these medical problems cannot be cured, then they require palliative care. The focus of palliative care is about maintaining a quality of life, keeping pain and symptoms at bay, and ensuring that the dog is comfortable. 

Caring for senior dogs

Looking after an older dog can be complex. Often, a pooch may be experiencing different symptoms or more than one condition at any given time. And it’s not uncommon for medications that were once effective at treating symptoms to stop working. 

Further complicating this is the issue of ‘polypharmacy”. This is when a dog is on multiple medications for different conditions, and these drugs may negatively interact with each other and cause unpleasant side effects. 

CBD oil for older dogs – can it help?

CBD oil is a natural, alternative therapy that can help support the health and wellbeing of older dogs, especially when conventional treatments are failing to control symptoms, or causing adverse side effects. 

CBD works by interacting with a dog’s endocannabinoid system. This biological system regulates different pathways and processes involved in sleep, digestion, appetite, inflammation, pain perception and mood. As a result, CBD oil has the potential to work as a therapy for conditions affecting any one of these processes. 

Conditions that CBD can help treat in senior dogs

Here at CBD Vets Australia, our veterinarians prescribe CBD oil to help manage the health and wellbeing of dogs in their golden years. 

It’s important to note that CBD oil in veterinary medicine is still a relatively new field, and research is ongoing. That’s why it’s essential to speak with a veterinarian about whether CBD oil is right for your dog. If your dog could benefit from CBD oil, they will prescribe an appropriate dose and regularly monitor your dog’s progress. 

Depending on the symptoms and medical history of a senior dog, CBD may be prescribed to help manage:

Ask about CBD for your older dog today

Are you interested in finding a natural way to support your dog’s health in their senior years? CBD oil may be able to help. However, it’s crucial to access high-quality CBD oil that is prescribed under the advice and guidance of a veterinarian. Contact our friendly team at CBD Vets Australia about whether CBD oil could help your older dog. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:08 -0800 Dog-Fancier
CBD for Pet Anxiety https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-pet-anxiety https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-pet-anxiety Just as humans can suffer from anxiety, so can our pets. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil can be a wonderful tool for helping manage anxiety in dogs and cats, along with some other helpful environmental shifts. When we fully understand how anxiety develops and can be triggered, we can better understand how to help our pets, and how CBD for pet anxiety can help.

What Causes Anxiety in Pets?

In dogs and cats, just like people, anxiety relates to fear and stress. These feelings can be triggered by certain situations or settings. Some common causes of anxiety in pets include:

  • Unfamiliar situations, places, animals or people
  • Separation Anxiety (being left alone, or separated from family)
  • Noise anxiety (thunder, fireworks)
  • Travel (car rides, airplanes)
  • Veterinary Visits, Grooming, Boarding

Signs of Anxiety in Pets

Exhibiting signs of anxiety can mean a wide range of things for different pets. For some dogs with anxiety, it manifests through obvious signs like excessive barking, whining, pacing, and trembling. For some cats with anxiety, you may notice hiding, hypervigilance, or excessive grooming. Here are some signs that your pet may be experiencing anxiety, stress or fear:

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  • Panting
  • Trembling
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Drooling, salivation
  • Pacing, restlessness
  • Hiding
  • Destructive behavior
  • Decreased appetite
  • Bathroom accidents
  • Whining, barking and crying
  • Excessive grooming, licking and chewing of paws
  • Excessive lip licking or yawning
  • Tail tucked under the body
  • Puffed-up fur
  • Hypervigilance
  • Aggression

How to Help Pets with Anxiety

While at times the cause of your pet’s anxiety is clear, such as a visit to the groomer’s, or a car trip, sometimes it is difficult to precisely pinpoint the cause of your cat or dog’s anxiety. However, there are some things that can directly contribute to a pet’s general anxiety. 

Genetics are one of the things that are not controllable, for example working breeds like German Shepherds, Pointers, Border Collies and Malinois are going to be more prone to heightened stress, anxiety and hyperactivity. This will only worsen if they are not exercised physically AND mentally every single day. If left in a sedentary environment, they will begin to exhibit destructive and compulsive behaviors due to anxiety and stress. 

All dogs need daily exercise, not just working breeds. Mental and physical stimulation is absolutely critical for any dog’s health. Without daily activity, any dog, even a sedentary breed like a pug, will suffer from anxious behaviors. Each breed of dog may need different amounts of exercise, but they all benefit from daily exercise in some fashion. 

Some pets have separation anxiety, which means they get especially stressed when their owners leave. Practicing better techniques when leaving your pet alone can make a big difference in how much stress they experience when you leave the house. 

One variable many people forget about is their pet’s environment. Cats for example can become stressed or anxious even with small issues in their environment, such as their food and water bowls being too close to their litter box. Cats also like to have their own space, such as a high perch they can escape to. 

Working on your own mental health is just as important, since our pets feed off our stress. I can say without a doubt, my dogs feed off my stress and respond in a mirror-like fashion when I’m stressed out. Practicing yoga, meditation, exercising regularly (like taking your dog for a walk), and getting proper sleep are all easy ways to better manage stress. Don’t forget, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract does wonders for your stress levels too! 

Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil for Anxiety in Pets

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CALM: CBD oil helps Linda, a very fearful rescue!

CBD works by interacting with your pet’s Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Within the brain, CBD can mimic serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors. Often called the ‘happy’ chemical, these serotonin receptors are responsible for emotional balance.

A 2013 article published in Neuropharmacology also found that: “In addition to modulating basal anxiety states, recent studies suggest an important role for the endocannabinoid (eCB) and glucocorticoid systems is the modulation of emotional states and extinction of aversive memories in animals.” This means that CBD can help in facilitating extinction of negative emotion surrounding triggers, and helps manage PTSD and anxiety or panic disorders in people and animals. 

Even more interesting: A 2019 study published in the Permanente Journal found that CBD also has a calming effect on the central nervous system and is better tolerated than other psychiatric medications.

Although many vets recommend giving your pet children’s Benadryl, it is important to remember that this drug is not intended for animals and may have side effects. For example, Benadryl can put a strain on a dog’s liver and kidneys if they are already experiencing issues in those areas. 

So when you find yourself wondering, How can I help my dog’s anxiety? Remember, Full Spectrum Hemp CBD is a safer, natural alternative to help your cat or dog’s anxiety, stress and fear.

CBD Dosage for Anxiety in Pets

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For cats and dogs with anxiety, we recommend our CALM: CBD oil for dogs and CALM: CBD oil for cats. Our CALM tincture for pets with anxiety is formulated with Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and Lavender essential oil, to help alleviate stress and anxiety. 

One dose of our CALM tincture contains approximately 9mg of CBD from Full Spectrum Hemp. This is our standard recommended dosage of CBD for pet anxiety in dogs and cats, however every animal is different and may need more or less CBD for optimal results. We always recommend starting low and slowly increasing the dosage until you find their optimal CBD dosage for anxiety.

If you’re concerned about giving your dog too much CBD, don’t worry! CBD has been proven to be safe for pets in even extremely high doses so you have nothing to worry about. 

Visit our CBD Dosage Guide to learn more about dosing and administering CBD for pet anxiety!

Lavender Essential Oil for Pets with Anxiety

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Lavender essential oil has been used for its calming effects for a long time. In a study done on mice, “continuous exposures to lavender essential oils significantly inhibited anxiety and depression-like behaviors.” 

CBD and Lavender have the same aromatic compound (terpene) called Linalool. Linalool is believed to promote relaxation and calming effects. Linalool also helps the immune system combat the effects of stress. Stress causes a shift in the distribution of white blood cells in the body. In a study of rats, Linalool prevented stress-induced changes in how the rat’s DNA was expressed.

This is why we formulated our CALM: CBD tincture for dogs and cats – specifically for anxiety, stress and fear – to combine the incredible therapeutic benefits of both CBD and Lavender.

Related: Is Lavender Safe For Pets? 

Final Thoughts

So whether your pet is suffering from chronic or situational anxiety, CBD for anxious pets has the potential to help! Since using CALM: CBD Oil for our animals’ anxiety and stress, the animals on my farm no longer shake, pace, or panic during triggering events. Instead, they are able to rest and feel comfortable, even during storms and fireworks, without the sedative effect of Benadryl. Nobody likes to see their pet suffer. I sure didn’t, and now that I have found this incredible healing plant to help my animals, I have made it my mission to educate other pet parents on the amazing ways Full Spectrum Hemp CBD can help all of our animals – NATURALLY!

 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
CBD for Kidney Disease in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-kidney-disease-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-for-kidney-disease-in-dogs Due to a variety of circumstances, like poor diet and environmental toxins, kidney disease in dogs and cats has become a serious and all too common problem. The tools used in traditional veterinary medicine can be limited, especially when maintaining a good quality of life for those animals afflicted with kidney disease. Holistic tools like Full Spectrum Hemp CBD for Kidney disease in dogs and cats can help manage your pet’s symptoms and you might not have thought about using a full spectrum hemp extract for your cat or dog with kidney disease, but it’s actually a great tool to use in their health regimen. While a full spectrum hemp extract will not technically treat renal disease, it can be a critical tool for symptom management and helping bring the body back to balance. 

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney Disease, also known as Renal Disease, is when there is acute or chronic damage done to the kidneys. The kidneys are vital for maintaining health; they act as the body’s filtration system for blood and eliminate waste products by producing urine. The kidneys are also responsible for producing a specific hormone to produce red blood cells within the bone marrow. A specific part of the kidney called the Loop of Henle is especially critical for maintaining hydration and electrolyte levels. When the kidneys are affected negatively by acute damage (poison ingestion) or chronic damage (low moisture diet, household/environmental toxins), their function is compromised and symptoms will begin to appear due to waste not being able to leave the body efficiently. 

There are two types of kidney disease: Acute and Chronic. Acute kidney disease occurs after ingestion of a toxin, like antifreeze or grapes. Chronic kidney disease is a slowly progressing degenerative disease due to several factors, which we will discuss.

What Causes Kidney Disease in Dogs?

There are several factors associated with kidney disease in dogs. First, genetics play a key role in the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Bull Terriers, and Shih-Tzus are more prone to this disease. Second, other underlying health conditions (genetic or not) like cardiac disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and periodontal (dental) disease all play a role in determining your pet’s likelihood of CKD. 

There are a few other causative factors for CKD that can be prevented in many cases: Diet, Hydration, and Toxins.

Poor diet is the primary preventable cause of CKD in dogs. Feeding dry, ultra-processed foods like kibble to dogs and cats will increase the likelihood of chronic dehydration and inflammation. Dehydration and inflammation cause a direct impact on renal function. There is a way to prevent both of these problems: feeding a fresh, moisture-rich food with as few synthetic vitamins and minerals as possible. There are so many amazing brands to choose from these days. There are even brands of raw/fresh foods specifically formulated for kidney issues! If your pet already has kidney disease, working with a holistic vet or nutritionist to custom tailor their diet is a great idea. 

The other largely preventable cause of kidney damage and disease is the ingestion of toxins, whether acute or chronic. We know as pet parents that we need make sure our pets do not get directly/acutely exposed to toxins from accidental ingestion. Substances such as antifreeze, grapes, or human pharmaceutical medications can be acutely toxic to the kidneys. However, there are other toxins our pets are exposed to on a daily basis that we might not be aware are doing our pets harm. Scented candles, air fresheners, plug-ins, carpet powders, upholstery cleaners, flame retardants, degreasers, water repellants (used on raincoats and clothing), and non-stick cookware all contain chemicals called PFAS that are known to have damaging effects on the kidneys. It’s important to do your best to reduce or eliminate these products from your home, for your health, and for your pet. 

Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Dogs

The first symptom many pet parents notice is their pet needing to drink more water and thus needing to urinate more frequently. The kidneys are responsible for concentrating urine. When they cannot function properly, urine concentration is greatly decreased, resulting in excess urine being produced. Your pet has to keep up with this excessive fluid loss by drinking more. The cycle of polydipsia (excessive drinking) and polyuria (excessive urination) is endless when a dog is experiencing a loss of kidney function. 

As the disease progresses, more severe symptoms will begin to appear. Abdominal tenderness will be present due to pain and inflammation. Since the kidneys are responsible for producing a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production, when they are impaired, anemia can occur, resulting in pale gums and secondary symptoms like lethargy.  Lethargy (sluggishness) will begin to show due to low red blood cell and potassium levels. Due to the damage caused to the kidney’s vital tubule, the loop of Henle, muscles cannot maintain proper electrolyte balance and muscle weakness and thus atrophy begins to occur as well. 

Anorexia (poor/no appetite) is also common due to nausea. Vomiting is another issue and can vary in severity and frequency depending on the stage of kidney disease. 

Many of the more severe symptoms seen with kidney disease are due to a condition secondary to the disease, called uremia. Uremia occurs when there are excessively high levels of urea (a waste product) in the bloodstream. When this condition is present, many mucosal membranes become irritated. This can lead to ulcerations in the mouth and GI tract, making the condition even more painful for your pet. Sometimes pets will vomit up digested blood, resembling coffee grounds, which is a sign of ulcerations within the upper GI tract due to uremia.

In late-stage chronic kidney disease in dogs, a system in the body that regulates blood pressure malfunctions and begins to create chronically high blood pressure. Without proper intervention to manage blood pressure, your pet can experience acute blindness that can become permanent if not managed by your veterinarian.

These are all common signs of the advancement of kidney disease in dogs and need to be taken seriously. It’s always important to monitor your dog’s activity levels, water intake/hydration, and attitude to try to get an early idea that something is wrong. Kidney disease can be fatal, so it’s very important to get to the vet when you see any of these symptoms pop up. Unfortunately, due to the self-protecting nature of our pets, many of these symptoms don’t appear until the disease has progressed to a relatively advanced stage. 

Full Spectrum Hemp CBD for Kidney Disease in Dogs

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We already know that a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (FSHE) is one of the best, if not the best anti-inflammatory and pain reliever out there. Chronic kidney disease is a disease of inflammation and malfunction, two things that FSHE does an outstanding job addressing and managing. We know that CKD can cause inflammation and irritation to the mucous membranes, and FSHE, especially when given trans-mucosally (along the gumline is our favorite way), acts on contact to alleviate this painful and irritating condition.

A full-spectrum hemp extract is an amazingly effective and safe tool in managing kidney disease, whether acute or chronic. Research has shown that FSHE is an effective way to manage nausea and lack of appetite, which is critical for chronic kidney disease (CKD) since it’s very important that your pet continue eating while dealing with the disease. In addition, FSHE has been shown to be anti-emetic (anti-vomiting). Just these two symptoms alone, if managed with FSHE, can be critical for an animal with CKD. 

As we mentioned previously, the kidneys’ proper function is important to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. When the kidneys are damaged or diseased, elevated blood pressure levels can occur. Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is an effective tool for lowering blood pressure, making this another important reason to use Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD for kidney disease in dogs. 

Final Thoughts

Kidney disease is an illness plaguing many pets currently. Diet, environment, and genetics all play a key role in understanding how this disease occurs and can help us prevent it. If we are unable to prevent it or already have a pet with this condition, using a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD for dogs with kidney disease is not only an excellent option for symptom management but will also work to bring the body back into balance (homeostasis) as much as possible. Full Spectrum Hemp CBD for dogs and cats with kidney disease can help bring a higher quality of life to your pet and hopefully add to their quantity of life as well.

Discuss your treatment and care options with an integrative or holistic vet, since there are several alternative therapies available to manage kidney disease. Options include Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which can consist of multiple therapies including acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and Chinese Herbal Therapy. Chiropractic is also very helpful for managing pain, inflammation, and regulating the central nervous system. Homeopathy can also be an incredibly safe and effective tool in managing kidney disease in dogs when using a skilled practitioner. Taking an integrative approach to managing kidney disease is critical to give your pet the best quality of life while dealing with this disease. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Benefits of CBG for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/the-benefits-of-cbg-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/the-benefits-of-cbg-for-dogs Have you heard the buzz about CBG for dogs? This ‘molecular cousin’ of CBD is getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason! But hang on…what is CBG? What are the benefits of CBG for dogs? Where can we find CBG? Lots of questions, all answered here.

cbg for dogs cannabinoids in full spectrum hemp extract for dogsWhat is CBG?

Cannabigerol (or CBG) is a cannabinoid, like CBD and THC. CBG is in every cannabis plant, but the amounts of CBG can vary to a large degree, depending on factors like age and strain of the plant. 

All young cannabis plants start with high amounts of CBGa, the “precursor” form, or “base” of CBG. Once the young plant full of CBGa gets enough sunlight and begins to mature, CBGa transforms into other cannabinoid precursors like THCa and CBDa, among many others. This is why it is known as the “mother” of all cannabinoids; they all originate from CBG. 

Only a small amount of CBG remains after the differentiation of cannabinoids that occurs during the maturation process. Thus, adult cannabis plants don’t contain much CBG (usually 1% or less) in their final product. As cannabis hybridization advances, cannabis plants with higher concentrations of CBG in their final product are being produced. As time goes on, and this practice evolves, more specialized plants can be created to achieve specific goals. 

Now that we know what CBG is exactly, let’s understand the benefits of CBG for dogs and pets.

What are the Benefits of CBG for Dogs? 

CBG could be considered a kind of “stem cell” of cannabis, which is part of the reason it has such amazing benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids like CBD or THC, CBG has a more direct action on the Endocannabinoid System, with a direct binding action on CB1 and CB2 receptors. This direct action results in a more efficient delivery of all the benefits of CBG for dogs. 

CBG by itself has very interesting properties that make it unique among cannabinoids. Because it is non-psychoactive, the benefits of CBG for dogs are all medicinal, with no high associated with its consumption. CBG also tends to be more uplifting in its effects, rather than the drowsiness that can sometimes occur with the use of other cannabinoids, like CBD. This makes CBG for dogs a promising therapeutic agent for specific conditions that need a more stimulating effect.  

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As mentioned previously, it lends a direct action on CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mainly located in your brain and nervous system, while CB2 receptors are found elsewhere in the body, like the immune system. By binding to both receptors, CBG bolsters the role of anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for mitigating pain, as well as regulating sleep cycles, appetite, motivation, and pleasure responses. 

CBG is one of many cannabinoids included in a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract. Using it in conjunction with other cannabinoids will only increase the synergistic effects and lead to homeostasis within the body. This is why a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, with all naturally occurring cannabinoids, is best for your pet, like our HEAL: Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, rich in CBD and CBG for dogs.

Research on CBG for Dogs and Pets

Research has already shown very promising results for the benefits of CBG for dogs, such as:

CBG for Nerve and Pain Management

CBG has been shown to be an extremely effective neuroprotectant in a study performed on mice with Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease causing the destruction of nerve cells within the brain. CBG was shown to limit the damage caused by the disease by protecting nerve cells within the brain, showing CBG for dogs may act as a neuroprotectant as well. 

In another study, CBG was also shown to have neuroprotective qualities in the face of another serious neuroinflammatory disease, Multiple Sclerosis. In this study, CBG was shown to protect brain cells from toxicity and inflammation associated with the disease. 

CBG For Mood Disorders

We already know that CBD oil has wonderful anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, but sometimes these anxiolytic properties come with drowsiness. Using a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, rich in CBD and CBG for dogs, can help not only balance mood disorders but also come with a more energizing effect not normally seen in products with lower/standard amounts of CBG. Promising results are being seen, leading to encouragement for more studies on CBG’s efficacy in dealing with mood disorders ranging from anxiety to ADHD.

CBG For Bladder Health

For those pets suffering from incontinence issues, promising research has been done showing CBG’s ability to balance bladder dysfunctions like incontinence. 

CBG For Digestive Health & Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research has been done pretty extensively on cannabis’ effect on the GI system, and its numerous benefits. However, recent data has found that CBG can provide marked improvement for those suffering from conditions like colitis and IBD

CBG as an Anti-bacterial

A study was done with the five major cannabinoids, including CBG, to measure their activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA. This study showed astonishing results that encourage even more research to be performed in the future. 

Another study used CBG against Streptococcus Mutans and saw that CBG effectively reduced metabolic activity and cellular disruption in S.Mutans. 

This research is wonderful, considering that antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become a major problem in recent years. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, this issue has made its way into the animal world, with MRSP (the animal version of MRSA) becoming a more common and serious problem. Using Full Spectrum Hemp Extract salves can be hugely beneficial to our pets suffering from serious topical infections and gets to the site of the problem. This is much safer than using oral antibiotics that wipe the entire microbiome and set up the body for immune dysfunction. 

CBG For Ocular Health (Glaucoma)

A study conducted on cats showed that CBG for cats has the ability to lower intra-ocular pressure associated with glaucoma, to the same degree as THC but without any hypnotic effect. This is promising for managing glaucoma in those who may be sensitive to THC, like our pets. 

CBG For Cancer

Perhaps the most promising studies done on CBG are those done studying its effect on cancer cells throughout the body, even within the brain. Given what we already know about cannabis’ cancer-fighting ability, this is not surprising. We already have numerous studies showing cannabis’ ability to disrupt cancer cell growth and regulation. 

CBG’s cancer-fighting abilities only continue to support the use of cannabis in the fight against cancer. 

Studies have been done using CBG with numerous forms of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer and even glioblastoma (brain) cancer. These positive results will only encourage more research to be done. 

In addition to helping directly attack cancer cells, CBG has also been studied for cancer-related issues like lack of appetite. Once again, promising results were shown in stimulating appetite, due to its “affinity for several molecular targets with known involvement in the regulation of feeding behaviour.”

These studies show the numerous benefits that CBG for dogs with cancer may offer, from its effect on cancer cells, to helping dogs with the side effects of cancer and conventional cancer treatments. 

heal cbd oil for dogs with cushing's disease cbg for dogs cbd for dogsFinal Thoughts on CBG for Dogs

The benefits of CBG add to the countless reasons we recommend always using a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract for pets, like our HEAL tincture, which offers a potent full spectrum of cannabinoids, rich in CBD and CBG for dogs.

As more research is done on each cannabinoid contained within a FSHE, more advantages are seen. As we know from research comparing isolate extracts to broad and full spectrum extracts, using just one cannabinoid is not as beneficial as using them in a synergistic full spectrum formulation. Advances in hybridization occurring currently will allow us to retain the full synergy and full spectrum of the cannabis plant, while yielding even more promising therapeutic results for the many diseases and conditions plaguing both ourselves and our pets. 

 

 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:15:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Our Formulas Evolve https://thedogvisitor.com/why-our-formulas-evolve https://thedogvisitor.com/why-our-formulas-evolve

Why do my chews and oils look different... again?

It’s been 8 years since I started baking for my dogs at home and since then I’ve been constantly changing, learning, pushing myself, and improving, then being kicked in the teeth and having to get right back up.

There’s been a lot going on and probably the biggest news (aside from the fact that I’m cancer-free and done with radiation* woohoo!) is that Austin and Kat has moved into a huge new production space which we’ve named THE MAKERY ™

It’s so exciting to see things come together…i’m definitely super busy but it’s fun to be involved in setting up all the processes, working alongside my brilliant ops guy (mike) to create an amazing facility. hiring new staff who help me create everything Austin and Kat.

When I started out my mission was “improving the lives of families and their pets by using holistic and natural supplements” - it’s incredible just how much I’ve learned and how far we’ve come, especially learning to relax my sentence structure.

But I still get out of bed each day excited to talk to customers, learn about new ingredients, and work with my team to tell everyone why a&k is so special. it’s an endless process and I’m enjoying the journey, learning, and being challenged.



Seeking better than the best...

It might come as a surprise to you to learn that over the years we’ve worked with countless hemp suppliers, four different Salmon Oil suppliers, fourteen packaging and bottle suppliers, and different types of bakery and oil manufacturing equipment, and now my soon to be third powder auger, just to name a few.

Over, these past few months I’ve spent so much time vetting suppliers, reading COAs (Certificates of Analysis), lab tests, microbial tests, heavy metal tests, and pesticide tests all with the sole mission of securing the BEST ingredients possible. It’s hard to think about the different suppliers of ashwagandha (now only from India) and chamomile (now only from Egypt) I’ve used before settling on a sustainable and ethical partner.

I’ve changed recipes in small tweaks and big tweaks too, sometimes returning back to the original because it was the best and most effective. I’ve reworked and renamed the purple bags (my original biscuits) at least four times with three different packaging changes, and the same with my original oils.

The Hip and Joint Formula was originally called "Get Up and Go", but no one understood where their dog was going to go, so I changed the name and now it's one of our bestsellers. I discontinued a product I loved for my dogs (Austin’s Active) because it didn’t resonate with my consumers... and so many, many other changes—all in the search of better.

Not to be better than the next best brand, to be better than our own best.

 


The Austin and Kat Difference

To say we do things differently is an understatement, and we are only realizing how much so now as we strive to hold true to the quality standards that define us. For instance, curcumin has over 285 times greater bioavailability than typical turmeric extract. WHY? Because it’s what the team all give their own pets, and doing anything substandard isn’t how we do things.

Today, I am beyond proud! Our new production kitchen aptly named The Makery was built, tweaked, ratcheted, plumbed, and piped to make “our” products. We’ve always said it takes a community of people to make products. We’ve built our company as a community, and that community includes our team, our customers, our hemp growers, our ingredient suppliers, and our retailers. And for the past couple of months, we’ve spent a lot of time soul searching and asking a lot of hard questions. In particular: what are the opportunities for us to use as a means to move forward and be better?

But first we had to ask ourselves, what makes Austin and Kat, Austin and Kat? What is it that we do that only we can do?

There are a few things that make our products different from any others. I don’t think we spent a ton of time talking about it before because spelling it out always felt like marketing to me. I’m a proof-is-in-the-pudding type of person. But I’m going to lay it out for you now...


Ingredients

Sourcing is one of the most arduous tasks at Austin and Kat (just ask Tim, Courtney, and me). Our ingredients are often directly traded and sourced specifically for us, whether they’re coming from Washington, somewhere in the U.S., or somewhere around the world.

From lavender, hemp, astaxanthin, oat flour, and hemp seed oils, I’ve searched far and wide to get the best, it might cost a bit more but my dogs, Austin, Harper, and Bailey are all using it so I’m not skimping.


Recipes

I have spent years learning about and tweaking our various recipes. Each recipe is different. Sometimes, I regret the fact that I didn’t just make it easy, but in the end, the nuances of each recipe make each product it's own.
It can’t be made just anywhere. It has to be made here. Because only you can make the product exactly the way you want it.


Process

Baking biscuits and blending oils is a delicate balance of ingredients. The physical components of the recipe impact the end product immensely. When things are out of balance it doesn’t work.

We have a bustling R+D kitchen (my home kitchen to be exact) where I make and tinker with ingredients on the weekend. This is where we make discoveries about how to incorporate new ingredients into our products to make them even more efficacious.


Ingredients, Recipe, Process

These are the things that make us, Austin and Kat. The sourcing of ingredients matters, the base recipe matters, and the process (including R+D) matters.
We’ll continue to source all of the ingredients for our products. This is a non-negotiable for me. It might take extra time and research but in the end, the proof is in the pudding (aka dog chew).

All of these ingredients, whether from our kitchen or others’, will converge at the Makery and be made HERE in our facility in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

 

P.S. So, yes, some things will always be a bit different, because I am always looking to improve. It’s much like my days in triathlon….I learned a new technique in the pool and got faster, got more aerodynamic on the bike and expended less energy, and improved my stride in the run and got faster. And then, did it again….and got faster.

 

*Thanks again to all the amazing docs and nurses at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Thanks to you i can get back to growing Austin and Kat while spending extra time with my family and dogs and being grateful for everything I have.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:14:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Quick Tips: Back to School (Updated 2022 Tips for Pets with Separation Anxiety) https://thedogvisitor.com/quick-tips-back-to-school-updated-2022-tips-for-pets-with-separation-anxiety https://thedogvisitor.com/quick-tips-back-to-school-updated-2022-tips-for-pets-with-separation-anxiety While we all miss our pets when we leave home for the day, we don’t realize how much they miss us too. From their perspective, they’ve just spent the summer with their beloved owners, getting constant cuddles, attention, and walks, and little do they know it’s all about to change when the kids go back to school!

Have no fear, we’re veterans of helping our dogs deal with back to school separation anxiety and we've got plenty of tips to help your pets adjust to the changes in your schedule.

Our pets love their household routines. When a home once full of reliable activity and attention suddenly goes quiet, it’s easy to get lonely. You may have seen some of the signs: chewing and other destructive behaviour, accidents, excessive whining or barking, scratching, panting, pacing, disobedience, waiting by doors and windows, and (though we hope not!) even running away. That’s what separation anxiety looks like. So what can you do to help?

Create a New Routine

We just talked about how pets love their routines - make sure the transition to a school schedule includes a new routine for your pet too.

Spend time with them in the morning before you leave. Make time to go for a nice, long walk to a local coffee shop or park or throw their favorite ball in the backyard to help get some energy out.

If your pup is anything like Austin, tired means happy! You may find it’s just what you need to ease your furry friends’ anxiety so they can enjoy the new season with the rest of us.

Later in the day, when you do get home, take another walk or spend some time at the park to help keep them happy and get the zoomies out after being alone inside all day.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

If you or the kids haven’t been leaving the house very much lately, going for a whole day may be a big jump for your pet.

If you can, try leaving for a couple of hours while you run some errands so they have time to adjust to being alone for an extended period of time.

 

Support a Sense of Calm with CBD

You know we're going to say it - CBD helps support your pet's sense of homeostasis and calm. And if you have an anxious pet, a little natural support  from our favorite plant will help them learn that everything will be OK a bit faster.

All of our formulas use the same broad spectrum, whole-plant hemp extracts - rich in CBD. But for anxious pets specifically, Bailey's No More Wiggles oil includes soothing botanicals like Valerian Root and L-Tryptophan to further support a sense of calm. 

Make sure you give CBD 30-45 minutes before you prepare to leave so it has time to get into their system and so your pet doesn't associate it with separation triggers like the jingle of your keys or the sight of your backpack.

 

Don't Fuss When You Leave & Return

Keep it casual. Head out the door quietly, don’t rile your dog up with long goodbyes and then hastily rush out the door. Perhaps set your pet up in their bed for a snooze and then walk out the room... just make it as much of a soothing goodbye as you can so they don’t take much notice.

Just like when you leave, returning calmly and quietly will help maintain good behavior.

 

Make Sure Their Space Feels Safe

While they're home alone, your pet should have a safe and restful place to wait for you to return. Otherwise, they'll spend a restless day looking for you, defending your home from the mailman, or otherwise getting into trouble.

???? Close the Curtains

Do you have a dog that likes to bark at everyone who passes by? In our family, that’s Bailey... something bugs him about every single mailman that comes by our house! Making sure there’s no way your dog can peek outside will ensure they can’t get distracted by the neighbors, and that way they can feel safe and secure in the comfort of their home.

???? Put on Some White Noise

Calming music, a chill radio station, a white noise machine, or even a fan can go a long way in helping your dogs tune out the neighborhood and relax.

We’ve got in the habit of leaving our dogs with one of our favorite relaxing radio stations playing quietly in some rooms of the house. This works to conceal any insignificant noises outside that they may pick up on and just generally keeps them calmer.

Funny how, just like with humans, a calm music can help your dog chill out and doze off! 

???? Leave a Memento

Your familiar smell can help lend your pet some comfort, leave them with a recently worn sweatshirt or a throw blanket to cuddle when they're missing you.

 

Give Them Something to Look Forward To

A special toy, meal, or other treat while you're gone will help distract your pet from their loneliness 'til you get back. 

Enhancing their morning meal can help distract your pet as you make your way out the door. (Hint: Try our new 100% microground botantical meal toppers

Puzzle toys work really well because they keep pups occupied for a while as they work towards their reward. You can even use it to keep them busy during those chaotic morning departures for school or the office.

If you’ve got felines in the family, hide some kibble bits around the house for them to investigate, or you can set up a window perch with a birdhouse view.

Just make sure to tuck any special toys away when you’re back home, so it remains exciting for your pet.

 

Finally, Lavish Your Pets with Attention when You're Reunited

Your family might be tired after a day at work, school, and activities - but your pet has been waiting for you all day! Don't forget to take some time with your pet each evening to make sure they get plenty of attention and exercise after a long day of waiting for you.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:14:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
WTF Idaho https://thedogvisitor.com/wtf-idaho https://thedogvisitor.com/wtf-idaho

As a lifelong pet owner I’m writing to ask for your help on the recent decision by Idaho’s Agriculture Department to prohibit the sale of Hemp derived CBD pet products starting November 1, 2022. To say this is disappointing and a prime example of bureaucracy gone mad is an understatement. More than that, I’m heartbroken that Idaho politicians would make a decision that will ultimately hurt the health and wellbeing of Idaho's pets. If you want to know what you can do to help, skip straight to the bottom of this blog...

As you know, the popularity of CBD has been growing rapidly in the US as pet owners see the benefits that come from this all-natural and non-pharmaceutical supplemental product. Incredibly, Idaho’s legislation has been initiated despite the fact that CBD has been on market for over 5 years when no recalls, emergency regulations, or other outcries due to negative effects on animal health have been reported.

This is not a market filled with bad actors. Many CBD pet companies (Austin and Kat included) have been working for years with the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) to follow the strictest of guidelines to guarantee safe, effective, traceable and tested CBD dosage form products. We follow adverse effect reporting requirements, participate in focus groups and studies, and have been part of an industry that has administered over 800 million dosages of CBD products to our pets.

Since launching Austin and Kat in 2014, I’ve witnessed incredible ups and downs in the legality of hemp-derived products in this country. And I’ve weathered some nasty storms, including 2016, when the DEA declared CBD illegal.

Then the 2018 Farm Bill passed and declared hemp-derived CBD legal, CBD pet products (including mine) have been able to really take off and help pets around the country.

Although it’s been federally legalized, hemp is still quite misunderstood and confused with cannabis. Hemp naturally contains less that 0.3% of THC (that’s the psychotropic compound in cannabis). But the relation between hemp and cannabis makes it a touchy subject for legislators, banks, and businesses; and consequently too tricky for mainstream researchers and investors to touch. Imagine how much research, progress, and healing could be achieved if this natural, beneficial plant could be embraced nation-wide and properly studied!

Ultimately this decision will harm pets whose owners will no longer be able to access the products their pets rely on. It also paves the way for a black-market industry of unscrupulous suppliers selling questionable products. And will undoubtedly lead to pet owners turning to human products that aren't formulated for pets or marijuana products that contain THC.

Here are some steps you can take to support CBD for pets in Idaho...

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:14:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
CBD Oil For Pets: What Is It – Side Effects – What To Look For https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-oil-for-pets-what-is-it-side-effects-what-to-look-for https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-oil-for-pets-what-is-it-side-effects-what-to-look-for CBD oil is a versatile, completely natural, and organic supplement that can also be given to our four-legged furry friends!

The same Endocannabinoid System that interacts with the CBD that enters our bodies is present in all mammals, providing them with relief from the various ailments too. The endocannabinoid system’s main role is to protect the immune system and maintain its natural function by controlling inflammation.

Benefits of CBD Oil For Dogs And Cats

Although most studies only include testing on lab rats and clinical trials, there is research that shows us how CBD can also be beneficial for dogs and cats. This is mostly because many of the ailments that we experience during our lifetimes, occur in the same way in dogs and cats.

Here are some of the most common benefits that might result from the use of CBD oil for pets!

  1. Pain-relief

CBD is a well-known pain-killer as the endocannabinoid system is greatly involved in the management of pain in a recipient’s body.

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Moreover, CBD is also known to pause the absorption of anandamide into the brain, which is a chemical that dampens pain signals in the brain. The decreased absorption and increased levels of anandamide around the brain helps reduce the pain sensations. Furthermore, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce painful symptoms that may be caused by any other condition involving inflammation.

2. Anticonvulsant

Numerous studies since the year 2013 have shown that CBD compound has the ability to control and prevent seizures, spasm and tremors. Diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s have also been known to be brought under control using CBD.

For animals that suffer from these conditions and for whom human medications and treatments are sometime very harsh, CBD oil for pets provides the perfect solution. Seizures are thought to be caused by rapid movements of neurons in the brain, and CBD, according to preliminary research, can help restore these neurons which can help control seizures.

3. Anxiety and Stress

Perhaps one of the most important functions of CBD in the body is dealing with the proper mood-related functioning of the brain.

The same is the case with dogs and cats. Animals feel stress and anxiety exactly like humans do even though the source of the problem might differ. Separation anxiety, travel anxiety, noise anxiety and other specific phobias are all mental conditions that can affect a cat or a dog. This can result in behavioral changes like excessive barking, chewing up the furniture, aggression, and urinating or defecating in undesignated places. Using the best CBD oil for dogs and cats can help with this.  

CBD affects the serotonin levels in the brain and has shown signs of helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Further research needs to be done into figuring out how exactly it does so but it is believed to interact with parts of the brain that promote positive feelings and reduce anxiety and stress.  

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4. Antiemetic

In humans as well as in animals, nausea and vomiting are two common conditions that can lead to further issues ranging from a loss of appetite to serious dehydration.

While there are numerous drugs available in the market that can help to reduce these symptoms in our pets, they come with many side-effects of their own which include hypotension, excessive drooling, strong sedation and even diarrhea. CBD oil for pets, on the other hand, has claimed to show to control these symptoms by stimulating the 5-HT1A receptors which help reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting. So much so, that some studies have regarded CBD as a better antiemetic than other modern medications.

5. Dealing With Cancer Symptoms

CBD has been claimed to affect the cells that make up a tumor and help deal with the symptoms of cancer.

While there is no cure for cancer or any other type of malicious tumors, the most any doctor or medicine can do is prolong the life of the patient by a little margin and make their life as comfortable as possible.

Chemotherapy is the most common treatment option that is available for both humans and animals but it brings with it multiple types of side-effects including tiredness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. CBD oil for dogs and cats, on the other hand, is a natural alternative which is known to have unique effects. Growing research into the matter is exploring how CBD can help reduce the growth of cancer and the size of tumors, although nothing has been proven yet.  

6. Overall Well-Being

The proper functioning of the body is called homeostasis and it is when our bodies, and our pet’s bodies, are able to maintain a balance and complete all biological functions properly. Diseases and illnesses come striking when this balance goes out.

 According to recent research, the endocannabinoid system of our body plays a key role in maintaining our immune system. Therefore, substances like CBD, that stimulate the endocannabinoid system help in restoring that balance in the body and thus promote homeostasis.

This is why it is often recommended to use CBD oil as a regular supplement in your pets’ diet so that they are well protected against minor disease and illnesses and are well-kept overall.

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Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil in Dogs and Cats

There are numerous studies that have concluded that CBD overall is a great supplement that aids with multiple types of diseases and ailments. These studies, however, have indeed reported some side effects which are mostly not too serious or harmful, and are the same in dogs and cats as they are experienced by humans.

Some examples of these mild symptoms are listed below.

  • Dry Mouth

Research has shown that people who use CBD have often complained about being left with a dry mouth. This means that CBD oil can affect the production of saliva in the host. For our furry friends, this might bring about an increased level of thirst, so make sure to keep that bowl of water full!

  • Low Blood Pressure

A sudden and high dose of CBD can result in a temporary drop in blood pressure. It is not something to worry about but it might cause your furry friend to feel a little light-headed. This is usually the case when CBD is given at a high dose in a short time span.

  • Drowsiness

CBD has been known to reduce anxiety and stress in animals by promoting the feeling of calmness throughout their brain. This calmness might be accompanied by a certain level of drowsiness if the dosage administered of CBD is high. Always read the directions before administering the dosage on the bottle of CBD oil for pets. But rest assured, the best CBD oil for dogs and cats wont have THC which gives the “high feeling”.

  • Inhibition of Liver Enzymes

High doses of CBD have the potential to interfere with the production of certain types of liver enzymes which can hinder the metabolism of some other drugs. This is perhaps one of the most important side-effects that can affect your cat or dog. Although it is rare, and only comes about if CBD is given out of the dosage range, it is recommended to contact and consult your veterinarian before administrating any sort of CBD dosage to your pet.

CBD Delivery Methods

Although there is human CBD oil, it is highly recommended to buy CBD oil for your pet from pet centric CBD companies – like Ahimsa Pets! Some human related companies may not look into the ingredients and production of the CBD oil which could turn out badly for your pet. CBD oil is indeed the best way to administer CBD to your pet because it comes in liquid form that is not only easy to give, but also the fastest way for your pet to absorb it! It can be given in their food too, but it is highly recommended to dose directly in their mouths.

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  • CBD Treats For Dogs

CBD dog treats are biscuit-like treats that are infused with CBD and are available in various different flavors that can be fed to dogs. This makes it an easy way to feed CBD to our furry friends especially those that are not fond of receiving any sort of medication. The treats, however, have a lower concentration of the CBD compound than oils or tinctures and it also takes longer for the CBD to reach your pet’s bloodstream as it has to go through the entire digestive system.

What to Look For When Buying CBD For Your Pets

Whenever and where ever you are looking to buy CBD products for your dogs and cats, there is so much you need to look into before purchasing. With a booming market right now, there are many scammers and counterfeits that are entering the market to simply make some money, but you want the best CBD oil for dogs and cats!

Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here! Here are some important things to look into before buying any CBD products for your pet.

The first thing you need to heedful about when buying CBD oil for your pet is whether or not it is all-natural or organic. Organic CBD is safer and healthier for dogs than the processed products that contain artificial additives. We pride ourselves in having all natural, full spectrum, Colorado grown, lab tested CBD oil for pets!

To go into further detail, look into a lab analysis. This will tell you the potency and purity of the CBD in a product. Products that do not have the required levels of CBD will not give your pet the desired results and will therefore be a waste of money. Look for certificates of analysis on the products you’re wishing to buy, and make sure it’s done by a third party lab and not in house.

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Another aspect you need to consider when buying a CBD product is its price! Good CBD products are more towards the expensive side and the best quality will most likely be the most expensive. Cheap CBD products likely contain CBD isolate which is a single molecule that is not as beneficial as the full-spectrum which is what is found in more expensive products. Therefore, don’t look for cheaper alternatives as they might not give you the desired effect and might even be harmful for your pet. Ahimsa Pets is proud to say we source our CBD Oil For Pets from the best facilities in the USA. Our facilities are GMP certified and FDA inspected, to make sure youre getting the best CBD oil for dogs and cats!

Conclusion

There is a LOT to CBD products and your pets, and we hope this cleared some things up for you.

Continued research into the usage of CBD oil for humans and animals alike has made many countries and individuals realize the plethora of benefits it brings along. It is advisable to start administering doses of CBD oil in small amounts initially to gauge the reaction of your pet, and to build up from there. And as always, consult your veterinarian for any questions you may have about CBD products for your pet.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:13:38 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Covid&19, Your Dog, and Anxiety https://thedogvisitor.com/covid-19-your-dog-and-anxiety https://thedogvisitor.com/covid-19-your-dog-and-anxiety Since the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, first appeared in November of 2019, our world has rapidly changed. Schools have closed, businesses have shuttered, and those who are lucky enough to still be working are doing so from home.

For dogs, Covid-19 has probably been a very pleasant and exciting time for them. Suddenly, the people they love most are home all the time with them, instead of disappearing mysteriously for most of the day.

Unfortunately for your dog though, one day these lock downs will end and it's back to work or school for everyone. In some low risk areas this is already happening, and the return to freedom has had an unexpected side effect—anxious dogs. Luckily, CBD oil for dogs is readily available for your pet, and it can make a big difference in how he feels when it is time to say good-bye for a few hours.

Separation distress and your dog

In nature, dogs rarely separate from their pack for very long. An adult may stay home with puppies while the rest of the pack searches for food, but in general the dog that falls behind faces great difficulty or even death.

Many dogs experience separation anxiety when people leave even before Covid, but after getting used to their favorite people staying home, they are more anxious than ever. Signs your dog is experiencing separation anxiety include:

  • Whining or barking when you leave
  • Panting and other stress signals when you get keys or get ready to go
  • Destroying household items after you leave
  • Scratching the doors
  • Trying to barge through the door with you
  • Barking while you are gone

Separation anxiety isn't fun for you or your pet, but there are things you can do. CBD for dogs with anxiety can make a big difference in helping your pet cope.

How CBD for dogs can help

CBD oil for dogs works by interacting with the dogs endocannabinoid system. Most animals have this system, which is responsible for a variety of functions from regulating allergic responses to stabilizing mental health.

It's this last property that makes CBD for dogs so useful. CBD for dogs with anxiety can greatly improve their life by helping reduce anxiety before they experience it. CBD has been proven to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, and can greatly reduce the stress both you and your dog experience when it is time to leave.

CBD oil for dogs should be proactive. It's best to give your dog CBD well before you leave, so it has time to work on your pet. It should also be used in combination with other supportive treatments, such as a stuffed KONG toy that will give your dog a way to pass the time constructively while you are gone.

Proper dosage of CBD oil for dogs

A very recent study conducted in March of 2020 recommended a dosage of 1-2mg per kg of body weight as an effective dosage. This was for pain relief, but it is a good rule of thumb for anxiety as well. If you're not sure, start with a small dosage. Give your dog this smaller amount for a week, and if the dose seems ineffective after this time, you can boost how much you give by a very small amount.

Closing Remarks

CBD for dogs with anxiety is difficult to overdose. If dogs get a very large quantity of CBD, they may vomit or feel restless, but most of the time too much CBD has no side effects. The reason why the lowest amount of CBD possible is recommended isn't due to worrying side effects, but due to concerns that CBD may lose effectiveness with no way to boost the dose later if too much is given.

CBD oil for dogs is a powerful tool in helping your dog cope with anxiety. A small dose can help bridge the gap between when you leave and when you come back, so your dog can feel better about this difficult time.

When you do come home, don't forget to spend time with your pet. CBD for dogs with anxiety won't cause them to be woozy or sedated, simply relaxed. They will be glad to play with you, go for a walk, or learn some new tricks after you come back—no worries about whether your dog will be capable.

CBD rarely has any side effects, and is one of the safest and best methods of helping ease your dogs anxiety during the pandemic.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:13:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
8 Benefits Of CBD Oil For Dogs and Cats https://thedogvisitor.com/8-benefits-of-cbd-oil-for-dogs-and-cats https://thedogvisitor.com/8-benefits-of-cbd-oil-for-dogs-and-cats There have been various studies and clinical trials that show CBD to be effective as a method of treatment for anxiety, sleep, pain, epilepsy and even PTSD in humans. With such a positive impact on humans, it is recommended for dogs, cats and various other pets too! It has been claimed to be a great tool with which you can ease your pet’s discomfort.

What Is CBD Oil And How Does It Work For Pets?

CBD is a compound that is found within cannabis plants, hemp in specific. It targets the endocannabinoid system, which is present in all mammals, by altering sensations within the nervous system, spine, brain and organs. It helps maintain a balance of systems in the body. Since mammals also have the same endocannabinoid system, CBD oil for dogs and cats may be just as effective as for humans. If you want to know more about CBD, click here!

What Benefits Will CBD Oil For Pets Bring?

Some pet parents claim that by using CBD oil, there have been noticeable differences in their pet’s health in a positive way! Here are some of those helpful differences.

  1. Reduced Anxiety and Stress

Using CBD oil for pets might just be what you need to do to help ease them out in tense situations like the absence of an owner, being in an unfamiliar environment, or even if they’re scared of fireworks!

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2. Epilepsy and Seizures

Many pets suffer from seizures causes by disorders like epilepsy. If not looked after meticulously, these seizures can be fatal. Using the best CBD oil for dogs and cats can not only control them but reduce them in the longer run.

3. Pain

Our pets suffer from nerve, joint, chronic, or injury related pains on a regular basis. They can be controlled and greatly managed by the use of CBD for pets. Illnesses like arthritis are very common and painful for our furry friends, and CBD oil can help alter the sensations felt by neuron receptors.

4. Cancer Symptoms

CBD has been known to have properties that discourage the growth of tumors but it has not been proven. It does however improve the immune system, helping the body fight off illnesses. Not only that, but if you use the best CBD oil for dogs and cats it can help deal with the symptoms of cancer.  

5. Arthritis And Inflammation

CBD oil is an anti-inflammatory in nature thus helping treat illnesses like arthritis, which so many dogs and cats deal with as they age. Other inflammation related illnesses include inflammatory bowel disease and chronic inflammation. It can even help with allergies, congestion and hypersensitivity.

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6. Nervous System Health

Overtime, as pets grow older, they may face certain nerve damage in the form of myopathy. CBD for pets can help reduce the rate at which important cells in the body die off.

7. Increases Appetite

Sometimes your dog or cat may suffer from nausea or general discomfort that prevents them from eating. Using CBD oil can help with their appetite and GI health.

8. Is Antiemetic 

A weak stomach is something that many pets suffer from, whether it be from traveling or due to illness. While there are many effective medicines in the market, CBD oil works great too! It interacts with serotonin, causing the body to be less reactive to its sensation which in turn lessens the feeling of vomiting.

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The Take Away

Our pets mean the world to us, and we want the best for them. This includes pet parents always looking for a way to keep their friends healthy! Although CBD isn’t a miracle supplement, it can surely help your pet if used on a daily basis like vitamins! And remember, use only the best CBD oil for your best friend!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:13:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
10 best dog movies on Netflix | You need to watch https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-dog-movies-on-netflix-you-need-to-watch https://thedogvisitor.com/10-best-dog-movies-on-netflix-you-need-to-watch theroverdog.com

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If you’re a fan of dogs, then you’ll love this list of 10 best dog movies on Netflix. From heartwarming tales of loyalty to comedies about mischievous pups, these films are sure to put a smile on your face. So grab some popcorn and curl up with your furry friend for a paw-fect movie night in.

1 Pets United

PET UNITED NETFLIX
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2020 – 1 h 33 min

In Roger’s futuristic city, street-smart a stray dog named Roger teams up with Belle, a pet cat, when corrupt mayor as well as his whole robot army seize control and coerce its residents to leave. Without the humans, Roger and Belle must lead a terrified pack of abandoned animals on a daring and dangerous rescue operation to save their city.

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2. Rescued by Ruby

Rescued by Ruby
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2022 – 1h30

Trooper Dan aspires to join K-9 Emergency and Search & Rescue, but no one wants to assign him the task. Shelter dog Ruby yearns for an abode, but is running out of hope. When Dan and Ruby are found living together, it is their unbreakable bond that helps them survive their hardest ordeal yet.

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3. Benji

Benji
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2018 – 1h27

Benji is a homeless mutt adopted by a loving family; when the kids are kidnapped, it is the little mutt to the rescue in the manner of bigger canine heroes such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie.

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4. Beethoven

Beethoven
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1992 – 1h26

The Newton family does everything to be happy. Yet she sent that something is missing. This lack will be filled by a puppy, just escaped from the clutches of dog kidnappers. The Newtons baptize the puppy Beethoven and it grows, grows, to the point of reaching 85 kilos. Meanwhile, Dr. Varnick, a terrible veterinarian, has met in secret to develop products that will discover experiments on dogs.

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5. White Fang

White Fang
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2018 – 1h27

Weedon Scott’s White Fang is the story of a wolf puppy that is rescued from the wild and gradually becomes domesticated by its kind and patient owner. White Fang eventually protects Weedon Scott’s father from an escaped convict.

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6. The Secret Life of Pets 2

The secret life of pets 2
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2019 – 1h26

Max faces major changes in his life. Its owner is now married and has one child, Liam. Max worries so much about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to the countryside, Max and his friend Duke encounter mean cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, which only increases his anxiety. Luckily, Max is guided by Rooster, a seasoned farm dog who urges him to let go of his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom. Meanwhile, while her owner is away, brave Gidget attempts to rescue Max’s favorite toy from an apartment full of cats with the help of her cat friend, Chloe, who has just discovered the joys of weed. to chat.

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7. Show Dogs

Show dog
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2018 – 1h32

Frank and his dog Max form a formidable duo within the police force. As they travel to Las Vegas for a well-deserved vacation, they learn of the disappearance of a baby panda. The duo quickly discovers that the current dog show is linked to this disappearance, since the contest actually hides animal trafficking. Max offers to infiltrate the canine competition to help his companions.

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8. Arctic Dogs

Artic dogs
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2019 – 1h33

Swifty the fox discovers Otto Von Walrus’ devious plan to drill below the Arctic’s surface to release enough gas to melt all the ice. With the help of her friends, Swifty and her gang band together to foil Otto’s plot and save the world.

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9. Hotel for Dogs

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2009 – 1h49

Andi and Bruce are orphans and live with Carl and Lois Scudder. They secretly take care of their adorable little dog named Friday. While prowling in his city, he will be captured by an employee of the pound, and refuses to return the two orphans their dog without the agreement of a parent. In order to avoid being separated from their dog, the latter take him to an old abandoned hotel, where they discover two new dogs. Following this, with the help of their friends Dave, Mark and Heather, they undertake to rescue all the dogs from the pound as well as those on the streets and/or abandoned in order to offer them a dream life outside the pound.

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10. Megan Leavey

Megan Leavey

2017 – 1h55

This film tells the true life story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine corporal whose discipline and extraordinary relationship with a military combat dog saved many lives while deployed to Iraq. Tasked with cleaning up the K-9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey bonds with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog she trains. Together, they accomplished more than 100 missions.

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How to watch netflix from other countries

If you want to watch Netflix from another country, there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to sign up for a VPN service that will allow you to change your IP address. Once you have a VPN service, connect to a server in the country where you want to watch Netflix. Then, log in to your Netflix account and start watching!

VPN services to watch dog movies on netflix

Here are three best VPN services currently available :

1. ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN services available. It offers a fast, reliable service with strong encryption and a large network of servers in 94 countries.

2. NordVPN is another popular option that offers robust security features and a user-friendly interface. It has servers in over 60 countries and provides good speeds for streaming and gaming.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, dog movies are the best. They make us laugh, cry, and feel all the feels. They’re the perfect way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re alone or with your furry friends.

Loving and educating your dog also means protecting him against the vagaries of life. That is why I strongly recommend that you take out dog health insurance as soon as possible. This will save you astronomical veterinary fees in the event of an accident or illness.
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
7 shockingly dangerous foods for dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/7-shockingly-dangerous-foods-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/7-shockingly-dangerous-foods-for-dogs theroverdog.com

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Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. They are loving, loyal, and make great companions. However, there are some foods that are shockingly dangerous for dogs to eat. Many of these foods are common household items that people don’t think twice about giving to their furry friend. However, even a small amount of these foods can be deadly for dogs.

1-Is Popcorn harmful for dogs?

Did you know that popcorn is one of the shockingly dangerous foods for dogs? Many people don’t realize that popcorn can be harmful to their furry friends.

Popcorn kernels can cause choking and blockages in a dog’s digestive system. The salt and butter on popcorn can also be dangerous for dogs. Popcorn can also cause pancreatitis, which is a serious inflammation of the pancreas.

If you want to give your dog a treat, choose something that is safe for them to eat. There are plenty of dog-safe snacks on the market, so there’s no need to risk your dog’s health with popcorn.

2-Can do can eat Avocados

While avocados are packed with nutrients that are good for humans, they can be very dangerous for dogs. The problem lies in a substance called persin. Persin is found in the fruit, leaves, and seed of avocados and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In some cases, it can even lead to liver failure.

3-Can dog can eat Tomato plants

A tomato plant may not seem like a harmful food for a dog to consume. However, the reality is that these plants can be shockingly dangerous for dogs. The leaves and stems of the plant contain high levels of solanine, which is a toxic compound.

If a dog eats enough of this compound, it can lead to serious health problems, including gastrointestinal distress, neurological issues, and even death. While a single leaf or stem probably won’t cause any major problems, it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep your dog away from tomato plants altogether.

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4-Can dog can eat Grapes and raisins

There are a lot of foods that people don’t realize can be dangerous for their dogs. Grapes and raisins are two examples of seemingly harmless foods that can actually be very harmful to dogs.

Grapes and raisins can both cause kidney failure in dogs. They’re also both very high in sugar, which can lead to obesity and dental problems. Dogs who eat grapes or raisins may vomit, have diarrhea, and become lethargic.

While most dogs will be fine if they eat a grape or raisin here and there, it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep them away from these foods altogether.

5-Can dog can eat Onions and garlic

Onions contain a compound called thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs. This compound can cause Heinz body anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are destroyed. Symptoms of this condition include weakness, pale gums, and collapse.

Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which is also toxic to dogs. Allicin can damage the red blood cells and lead to anemia. It can also cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms of this condition include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

6-Coffee

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Coffee contains high levels of caffeine, which is toxic to dogs. Even just a few sips of coffee can cause your dog to experience restlessness, panting, and an increased heart rate. In severe cases, coffee ingestion can lead to seizures, muscle twitching, and even death.

If you suspect your dog has ingested coffee, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Treatment will typically involve giving your dog IV fluids to flush the caffeine out of their system and help them stay hydrated.

7-Chocolat

Chocolate is one of the worst offenders when it comes to dangerous foods for dogs. Even just a small amount of chocolate can be toxic to your dog and cause them serious health problems. If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, it’s important to take them to the vet immediately.

How to keep your dog safe from toxic foods

One way to keep your dog safe from toxic foods is to be aware of what they are. A lot of people don’t realize that there are a lot of everyday foods that can be poisonous to dogs if ingested. Just because a food is safe for humans doesn’t mean it’s automatically safe for dogs – their digestive systems are different, and they can react badly to even some of the most innocuous-seeming substances.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are six different foods that are surprisingly dangerous for dogs. It is important to be aware of what these items are and to keep them out of reach from your furry friend. If you think your dog has consumed any of these foods, it is best to call your veterinarian right away.

Loving and educating your dog also means protecting him against the vagaries of life. That is why I strongly recommend that you take out dog health insurance as soon as possible. This will save you astronomical veterinary fees in the event of an accident or illness.
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Amazon’s best puppies deals Black Friday 2022. https://thedogvisitor.com/amazons-best-puppies-deals-black-friday-2022 https://thedogvisitor.com/amazons-best-puppies-deals-black-friday-2022 theroverdog.com

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If you’re an animal lover looking for amazing deals on pet supplies, Amazon has got you covered this Black Friday. From food and toys to clothes and accessories, there are plenty of ways to save on everything your pet needs. To help you get the best deals, we’ve rounded up some of the best Amazon pet deals for Black Friday 2022.

Best stuff to get for your puppies on Black Friday.

Best bed for dog

If you’re looking for the best bed for your pet on Amazon, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the best beds for your pet, based on customer reviews and ratings.

  • Best Value

    FURTIME

    Furtime
    • Supportive foam
    • Memory foam
    • Machine washable
  • Budget Pick

    PUPPBUDD

    PUPPBUDD
    • Super-soft filling
    • Eco-friendly fiber
    • Machine washable
  • Premium Pick

    CHAMPETS

    CHAMPETS
    • High dense padding
    • Anti-Slip Bottom
    • Machine washable

Best toy for dog

If you’re looking for the top toy for your pet, look no further than Amazon. With over a thousand different toys to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your furry friend. From chew toys to squeaky toys, there’s something for every pet on Amazon.

  • Best Value

    KONG

    KONG
    • Healthy play
    • Dishwasher safe 
    • Durable toys
  • Budget Pick

    PUPPBUDD

    BiteKing
    • Indestructible toys
    • Safe & Non-toxic
    • Helps clean teeth
  • Premium Pick

    Beewarm

    Beewarm
    • Instinctual Needs
    • Made of non-toxic
    • Help improve dental

Best dog clothes

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to finding the best dog clothes, Amazon is a great place to look. They have a wide selection of items to choose from, and they frequently have sales and deals on pet products.

Black Friday is always a good time to check for deals on Amazon, check few deals here

  • Budget Pick

    KONG

    LovinPet
    • Snap button
    • Soft polyester
    • Machine washable
  • Premium Pick

    Jecikelon

    Jecikelon
    • Woolen material
    • Keep dog warmer
    • Easy to clean
  • Best Value

    Beewarm

    IREENUO
    • Warm furry collar
    • Waterproof dog coat
    • Machine washable

Conclusion

In conclusion,if you are looking for the best deals on puppy-related items this Black Friday, keep an eye out for sales on dog food, leashes, collars, and toys. By taking advantage of the sales and discounts available, you can get everything you need to make your puppy happy and healthy without breaking the bank.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:06:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Joys of Bringing Your Dog to the Farmers Market https://thedogvisitor.com/the-joys-of-bringing-your-dog-to-the-farmers-market https://thedogvisitor.com/the-joys-of-bringing-your-dog-to-the-farmers-market dog standing beside owner with market cart at a farmers market

We Love Our Weekend Farmers Markets

Every weekend, we set up our tents at three of the most wonderful farmers markets in Central Florida. For us, these market weekends are a treat: we get to be outside in beautiful park settings, meet new people, and offer tasty treat samples to the happy pups that join their parents. We’re lucky to have so many great dog-friendly events in Orlando, and we know that you dog moms and dads feel the same!

As responsible pet parents, it’s important to make sure your dogs are on their best behavior at the farmers’ market to ensure a fun time for all attendees. Here are just a few guidelines to keep in mind before you bring your dogs to the Winter Park, Lake Mary, or Maitland Farmers Markets to stop by our booth.

Be Realistic About Your Dog’s Temperament

A bustling farmers’ market can be a high-stress environment for any dog. There are so many new sights, smells, people, and other dogs to encounter. While we know you want your dog to be included in all the fun, it’s so important to be realistic about your dog’s temperament and manners. Putting your dog in a situation where they’re unable to make the proper responses to a variety of situations can be dangerous for you and for those around you.

At a minimum, make sure your dog is comfortable around strangers, other dogs, and children. Your dog should also know commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “down.” As always, be sure you bring along some high-value treats to reward them for good behavior in new situations.

Make Sure Your Dog’s ID is Visible

The goal in bringing your dog to the farmers’ market with you is to have a great time, not to put them under stress! However, even the best-trained dog may become overwhelmed in a new situation. What’s more, there’s always the possibility that you lose control of the leash when you have a handful of shopping bags. Whatever the situation, you want to make sure that your dog is easily identifiable in case of emergency.

If you don’t already have an ID tag on your dog’s harness or collar, you should get one now. You can also get your dog’s information embroidered on their harness or collar so you can make sure it stays with them at all times. Additionally, if your dog is not already microchipped, now is the time to do it. 

Get the Right Gear

You’ve obviously taken your dog on a walk before, so we’re sure you have a good leash and a collar or harness that fits your dog comfortably and securely. The farmers’ market is not a place to go off-leash, so this equipment is non-negotiable for your outing. We strongly recommend using a standard, non-retractable leash when you’re bringing your dog to high-stress and high-excitement situations like a market. Remember: not everyone at the farmers’ market is there to see dogs, and some vendors (especially food vendors) may not want dogs near their merchandise. To keep everyone comfortable, keep the leash short and make sure your dog doesn’t stray. 

Bring Water and Snacks

Here in Florida, we experience hot daytime temperatures well through the month of October and beyond. Your dog will dehydrate quickly in these conditions, so you need to make sure you have a source of fresh water and a vessel for them to drink from. Additionally, you may want to offer them a few healthy snacks to keep them satiated while you’re away from home. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have poop bags on hand to clean up any accidents and keep the market looking beautiful.

Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

It’s important to make sure you keep an eye on anyone who may be approaching your dog - dogs and children alike. While we always hope that people are responsible enough to ask permission before they pet your dog, not everyone knows these rules, and young children are likely to pet a cute puppy at their whim. If you notice someone approaching, put yourself between them and your dog and clearly state what kind of contact your dog is comfortable with, if any. You never want to put yourself or your dog in a position to be a liability.

Responsible Pet Ownership is Good for Everyone

When you follow these common-sense guidelines, you’re making sure that dog-friendly events are safe and fun for everyone. Farmers markets are great places for your dogs to socialize and explore. They’re also the perfect place for your dog to sample some of our tasty, healthy treats! To learn more, send us a message on Facebook or visit our online shop to order your dogs’ favorite food, treats, and bone broth. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Drop It! How to Keep Your Dog From Eating Non&Food Items https://thedogvisitor.com/drop-it-how-to-keep-your-dog-from-eating-non-food-items https://thedogvisitor.com/drop-it-how-to-keep-your-dog-from-eating-non-food-items German Shepherd dog on a teal carpet chewing on a shoe

Curiosity Gave the Dog an Upset Stomach

Dogs are naturally curious creatures. With their incredible sense of smell and innate thirst for adventure, all dogs occasionally find themselves digging up a bit of trouble. We’re guessing you’ve had to tell your dog to “drop it” at least once during your companionship. While some dogs quickly learn their lesson after destroying only one pair of shoes, other dogs may continue this behavior well into adulthood. 

It may be hard for us to understand this kind of behavior. Socks and rocks can’t really be that tasty, can they? But if you notice your dog ingesting items beyond their food bowls, it’s critical that you do some research and work on ending this behavior as soon as possible. Chewing and eating non-food items–other than dog-friendly toys and chew bones, of course–is more than just a nuisance for you; it can also be a harmful behavior with lasting consequences for them. 

Why Do Dogs Eat Inedible Objects?

To put an end to this troublesome behavior, it’s important that we understand where it comes from. There are a number of different reasons why your dog may want to eat non-food items. 

Nutritional Deficit

If you notice that your dog likes to munch on grass or dirt more than anything else, this may be an indication that their diet is lacking in key nutrients. Grass and dirt actually include nutrients that help aid and stimulate your dog’s digestion. You may have seen your dog munching on a mouthful of grass before vomiting; this is fairly normal behavior. When the grass and dirt eating is compulsive or consistent, however, you should talk to your veterinarian to discuss your dog’s nutritional needs.

Boredom

Destructive behavior in dogs can often be linked to boredom. Many dogs will engage in anything from rambunctious roughhousing to chewing up our clothes and furniture when they’re not physically and mentally stimulated. If your dog doesn’t get enough exercise–both mental and physical–they may try to release their pent-up energy in negative ways. 

Desire for Attention

For some dogs, any attention is desirable, even negative attention. When you notice your dog chewing on something off-limits, your first move is probably to scold them. However this may lead some dogs to double down on negative behavior so they can continue to get your attention, even if it’s to tell them no. 

Medical Issue

Unfortunately, eating non-food items can occasionally be a telltale sign of a digestive issue, parasite, or other medical issue. Consult your veterinarian if you notice this behavior, especially if it came on suddenly.

How to Correct This Negative Behavior

To choose the proper course of action to correct this behavior, you need to understand why they’re engaging in it in the first place. Start keeping a journal detailing the instances when you notice your dog eating non-food items. Be sure to keep notes about whether they’ve eaten their regular meal, what it is they’re consuming, and any additional stimuli or notable behaviors that accompany the instance. Then, you (maybe with the help of your veterinarian) can start getting your dog back on the right track. The following are just a few corrections that may help:

  • Ensure your dog regularly gets exercise and mental stimulation. The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on their breed, age, weight, and so on. As a general rule, most dogs need about an hour of exercise a day, with active working breeds requiring much more than that. You should also keep a few puzzle toys on hand for your dog to get some brain training in.

  • Get your dog the appropriate toys for heavy chewing. If your dog tends to tear up and consume their toys during play time, ensure you only provide them with toys designed to stand up to heavy chewing. Even the most durable toys can still get torn up with time, so keep a close eye on your dog while they play and dispose of the toy properly as soon as it starts to fall apart. 

  • Dog-proof your home. If your dog has a propensity for eating your clothes/shoes/other such objects, remove their access to these objects as much as possible. Set up baby gates as needed. Get trash cans that have lids that firmly close. Put snap locks on your cabinets and drawers where necessary. 

  • Try a corrective spray. There are sprays formulated with cayenne pepper or bitter apple that are designed to discourage your dog from chewing. Many dogs get a mouthful of the bad flavor and won’t be tempted to try chewing that object again. 

  • Get proper veterinary attention. Discuss your dog’s behavior with your veterinarian and ask them to run appropriate tests to determine if your dog is suffering with a parasite or illness. Be upfront with your vet about the diet you feed your dog so they can determine if you need to add additional nutrients to their diet. 

Pica, or the consumption of non-food items, can seem like a tricky issue to tackle. But with keen observation and veterinary advice, you should be able to improve your dog’s diet and ensure they are only consuming the freshest and healthiest food and treats. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Healthy Ways to Train Your Dog’s Brain https://thedogvisitor.com/healthy-ways-to-train-your-dogs-brain https://thedogvisitor.com/healthy-ways-to-train-your-dogs-brain Brain Training is Not Just for Humans

On October 13, we celebrate National Train Your Brain Day, which promotes the idea that mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Have you ever heard the phrase “use it or lose it?” This rings true for our mental acuity just as much as our physical bodies: it’s been proven that our cognitive function is significantly reduced when we don’t challenge our brains on a regular basis. But did you know that brain training is just as important for dogs as it is for humans?

Mental exercises are often overlooked but incredibly important for your dog’s overall wellbeing. Enrichment activities that encourage your dog to develop problem solving and investigation skills can help prevent inappropriate behaviors, strengthen your bond, and just plain tire them out! 

So how exactly do you help your dog exercise their brain? If you’ve never tried before, you may be envisioning a dog college, or at the very least, an incredibly complicated tutoring program. Luckily, many brain training exercises for dogs involve simple sessions that you can set up with objects you already have at your home.

Brain Training for Dogs at Home

Minimal equipment is needed for these fun, at-home training games.

Hide Toys and Treats

Your dog is a natural-born finder. With his incredibly powerful sense of smell, your dog loves the challenge of finding and unearthing treasures. If you don’t want to make a mess by digging up holes in your backyard, you can hide your dog’s favorite toy or a couple of treats around your home. Simply put your dog in a “stay” position and let them watch you bury their squeaky toy between the couch cushions or underneath the coffee table. When you’re done, release them from their “stay” and encourage them to go find the object. After a few rounds of this, you and your dog will be having a great time together!

Make a Dig Pit or a Snuffle Mat

Some dogs just love to dig. This hearkens back to that natural finding ability they carry with them throughout their lives. You can indulge this activity while keeping your flower beds safe by making an in-house dig pit. To do so, simply find a shallow box that’s an appropriate size to accommodate your dog and fill it with soft materials like cut up rags, toilet paper rolls, and other dog-safe items. Hide a treat or two beneath the layers and watch your dog go nuts! You can also use a snuffle mat, which is a mat made of several layers of rug or cloth with several pockets for treats or bits of kibble. These activities are safe and relatively mess-free!

Teach a New Trick

You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks with patience and preparation! Learning a new trick is the quintessential way to train your dog’s brain, and it can lead to better communication and understanding between you and your dog. Whatever trick you decide to learn, be sure to have plenty of high-value treats on hand to reward good behavior. Also, keep your training session relatively short; spending too much time may cause your dog to become bored and lead to some frustration for everyone involved.

Try a Puzzle Toy

Many innovative and exciting types of puzzle toys have appeared on the pet care scene, especially in recent years. Ranging from simple action-reward toys to more complicated, multi-step challenges, puzzle toys for dogs are readily available at most pet stores and can be fairly affordable based on complexity. Generally speaking, all you need to do is pop a few treats in the proper receptacles and encourage your dog to explore on their own! Even a Kong stuffed with kibble and treats can serve as a simple mental stimulator for your pup.

Brain Training for Dogs Outside

Looking for some brain training opportunities while you’re out and about? These activities are simple and effective.

Socialize Your Dog

Socialization is an incredibly important step in your dog’s upbringing, and it’s also a simple and fun way to train their brain. Best practices for socialization vary greatly based on your dog’s age and stage of development. While puppies and adolescent dogs may be comfortable learning by experience and encountering many new dogs and people at once, adult dogs need a much gentler approach as they may become overwhelmed by unfamiliar situations. Ask your veterinarian for some tips on the best ways to socialize your dog at their current age. No matter which methods you choose, always be sure your dog is in a safe play environment and can exit when they’re done with the activity. 

Mix Up Your Walking Paths

Do you and your dog take the same walking route every day? They may be getting bored of seeing the same landmarks and experiences every time. Simply changing up your walking route is a great way to stimulate your dog’s brain and body at the same time. Aim to take your dog through a wide variety of environments, from your neighborhood sidewalks to dirt roads and even forest trails. We bet your dog will be ready for a nice long nap once you make it back home!

A Healthy Diet Supports a Healthy Brain

A healthy diet can give your dog the energy they need to carry out any brain training challenges you put in front of them. In honor of National Train Your Brain Day, make a commitment to giving your dog mental exercises 3-5 times a week. With so many simple and affordable options available for brain training, there’s no reason not to! As we mentioned above, short sessions are typically preferable to help avoid burnout and exhaustion. Finally, always have some healthy, tasty treats at the ready to reward great behavior. Head over to our online store or meet us at a weekend farmers market to stock up on your dog’s new favorite treats.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:51:29 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What do I need for a new puppy? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-do-i-need-for-a-new-puppy https://thedogvisitor.com/what-do-i-need-for-a-new-puppy So you’ve made the decision to get a puppy and now you’re thinking “What do I need for a new puppy? What are essential puppy supplies?” It can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable things to bring a new puppy into your family. It’s wise to consider what essential equipment you’ll need for their first few days. Read on to find out what gear you will need for a new puppy.

Your puppy will need a collar

It is a legal requirement that the majority of dogs need to wear a collar so this is something you need to have immediately so your puppy can get used to wearing one. They will probably have worn a simple “colour identity” collar whilst with their litter and mother. You will want to choose a comfy collar that will allow your puppy some growing space as s/he is going to grow rapidly initially. And your puppy will need an ID tag. Check out our blog here on what information should be on the tag. Here at Oscar and Hooch we have a great selection of collars for all sizes of dogs, puppies included.

And a lead

It’s important to choose a lead that is suitable for the size and breed of your puppy. – not too long, not too short or too heavy. S/he may grow out of the first collar quite quickly but you will be able to use the lead for much longer. We have many customers who move up through our collar sizes as their dog grows but remain using the same lead for years! Our leads are soft on your hands unlike some nylon leads or chain leads. A firm favourite with many of our customers is our multipurpose training lead. This style solves any issues of too long or too short. It is also a great tool for training your puppy to walk without pulling when used with a harness. Check out our blog on using this type of lead.

Food and water bowls

You will need a bowl for food and a bowl for water. There are many different styles available. Some people opt for a simple stainless steel bowl that is easy to clean. Heavier ceramic dog bowls will stop your puppy pushing it around the floor as he eats unless it has grip on your floor. As your puppy grows these may need to be raised off the floor if he is a taller breed to allow comfortable eating and to protect against straining the neck.

Bed and blanket

Your puppy will need a comfortable bed so it makes sense to buy him a big bed he can grow into. He will love snuggling into his bed as he would have snuggled into his mother and pack when he was first born. When you collect your puppy initially, it is a great idea to rub a blanket on the mother and pack to take their smell home. This will comfort your puppy in his early days of separation.

Chew Toys

Your puppy is going to get busy chewing so it is important to give him appropriate things to chew on, instead of him finding items himself! Toys that differ in texture, sound and size will offer variety and breadth of stimulation for him/her. This is one of the ways he will explore and learn about the world. Chew toys mentally stimulate him, as well as keep his teeth clean.

 

In addition to the above there are other items you will also need to consider.

Here is our New Puppy Checklist:

  • Crate/kennel, playpen/child gates
  • Complete puppy food, chews and training treats
  • Car restraint
  • Poo bags
  • Brush or comb for grooming
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dog shampoo
  • Flea and tick treatment
  • Dog Towels! (for mucky pups!)
  • Food Container
  • Treat bag

 

As you can see there’s quite a shopping list there but not everything needs to be bought straightaway. Ultimately there are a few basics you definitely need to have, as well as time to be home with him/her to help them settle into their new surroundings. It’s going to be an adjustment for all of you, but what a rewarding and fun time you’re all going to have!

 

We love seeing pictures of puppies in their new Oscar & Hooch accessories if you’re that way inclined! elaine@oscarandhooch.com

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:49:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth? https://thedogvisitor.com/should-i-brush-my-dogs-teeth https://thedogvisitor.com/should-i-brush-my-dogs-teeth Like us, dog’s teeth should be brushed regularly. It is thought that 95% of us don’t brush our dogs teeth daily. You may be wondering if daily brushing is needed. Revisiting why you should brush your dog’s teeth may help set new goals and techniques. And whilst daily brushing may seem aspirational, it may be your answer to “Should I brush my dog’s teeth” after reading this article!

Why brush my dog’s teeth?

This may be deemed a silly question by some. It’s already accepted that most of us don’t clean our dog’s teeth routinely. So the incentive or rationale may not be as well understood or clear. Dental care isn’t just important for aesthetic reasons. They can be a good marker of other issues) as poor dental care can lead to life threatening conditions.

Periodontal disease (serious gum disease) can lead to a build-up of bacteria. That in turn can lead to the issues of chronic infection. This has the potential to cause heart, kidney and liver problems. This may sound like scaremongering but it is medically recognised. Our dogs don’t need to be in pain or discomfort and poor dental hygiene could lead to just that.

Other obvious reasons for cleaning your dog’s teeth is to prevent bad breath and the build-up of plaque.

Signs of dental decay in dogs

Dental decay in dogs is very similar to humans. The difference, on the whole, is that we routinely inspect our own teeth. And perhaps will have a loved one who will happily advise when we have bad breath.

It is important to get into the routine of inspecting your dog’s teeth. Then you can understand the signs and symptoms of dental decay in your dog. Dogs don’t always like teeth inspection much like us humans! Make sure to build it into a routine and reward your dog for any good behaviour. This should ideally be started when your dog is a puppy. If you cannot happily put your hand in your dog’s mouth, then some basic training should be in order.

One of the first signs to look out for is bad breath. This can be caused by the build-up of plaque. This will form over time without any dental care. Plaque will eventually start to harden and become tartar. This will inevitably lead to red swelling and/or bleeding gums (gingivitis). You are now looking at the early stages of periodontal disease. This should be addressed immediately before it worsens.

Other signs of dental disease in your dog include any abnormalities. These include anything within the mouth such as lumps, damage to the teeth or gums, loose teeth etc. If you are ever unsure you should ask your vet to have a look. In fact 6-12 monthly check ups at the vets are a very good idea.

Best way to brush my dog’s teeth

Getting started

Starting this routine when they are young is the best idea. However this may not always be possible, so the same approach will apply. Firstly, your dog should be at its calmest. Trying to look at your dog’s teeth just before or after playing or walking may not be a good idea. When your dog is calm, you should start by gently rubbing your dog’s teeth using your finger covered in a soft fabric such as a flannel. Take your time to get your dog comfortable. This is a very important part of learning the best way to clean your dog’s teeth.

Like us, all dogs are individuals. This should be taken into account when considering how to brush your dog’s teeth. You may have more than one dog and the time and approach needed to clean their teeth may vary.

Moving on to a toothbrush

Once your dog seems comfortable with your finger then, and only then, you should consider moving onto a toothbrush. You should buy a special dog toothbrush and not be tempted to use a human equivalent (you can get special puppy finger brushes). Before you start adding toothpaste, you should use the same motion as you did with your finger as your dog will already be used to this. Never try to force your dog’s mouth open as this could become a battle of wills.

Once your dog is used to the toothbrush you can then introduce toothpaste. You should buy specially formulated dog toothpaste which comes in lots of mouth-watering flavours (chicken etc….). First let your dog have a taste of the toothpaste (your dog should enjoy it, if not you may want to try a different flavour). Once your dog has got used to the toothpaste in its mouth, you can gently encourage some teeth cleaning with the toothbrush, positively praising your dog as you go.

Other considerations

Other considerations when brushing your dog’s teeth are similar to us humans.  Don’t brush too hard as you could worsen any existing issues. In fact, if you have seen any of the symptoms of gum disease discussed earlier then you should get a professional clean performed by your vet (usually under anaesthetic). This will ensure you are starting with a clean mouth avoiding any risks of worsening existing damage.

When brushing, focus on the back teeth as well as the front as this is where potential plaque build-up can take place. Eventually you should reach a position of a happy routine when cleaning your dog’s teeth for you and you pup! And instead of wondering “should I brush my dog’s teeth” it’ll just be part of your day or week!

What else can you do to help your dog’s dental hygiene?

There are other things you can do to help improve your dog’s dental care. It has actually been observed that smaller breeds tend to be more affected by periodontal disease. However, greyhounds are the exception and data has shown they are significantly more affected than other breeds. We recognise that it may be difficult to achieve the results you would want from just brushing your dogs teeth. Dry food is a good option as it is less likely to collect on your dog’s teeth than soft food.

Dog toys that encourage chewing can be a way of helping to remove plaque and there are now specially formulated edible dog chews that may help. We offer a word of warning with any extra treats you may offer your dog when considering overall health (see our article on feeding you dog here).

There are lots of dog teeth cleaning products on the market, from gels to special brushes. As with all products make sure they are credible. A way to check is to see what claims are made on the packaging. If the product has no scientific claims around tartar reduction then it is likely the product may not have gone through rigorous scientific testing and potentially may not be as effective. Also look for recommendations from your vet.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:49:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to stop travel sickness in my dog? https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-stop-travel-sickness-in-my-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-stop-travel-sickness-in-my-dog If you already suffer from travel sickness yourself, then you will be aware it is not a pleasant experience. Travel sickness in dogs is no different. Summertime usually heralds holiday journeys that can bring on unwanted travel sickness. Like us, travel sickness is more frequent in younger dogs and puppies. This is related to development of the ear and how this aids balance. In puppies they are not fully developed hence you see more travel sickness. Most dogs grow out of travel sickness. In the meantime we offer some tips and advice to manage travel sickness in your dog.

Symptoms of travel sickness in my dog

There are some very obvious signs of travel sickness in dogs, including vomiting and lots of dribbling (more than normal). You may also notice changes in activity levels, so if you dog is suddenly lethargic then this could be a sign of doggy travel sickness.

Sounds that you may encounter will include whining and possibly yawning. All of these symptoms are likely to indicate some form of travel sickness in your dog. If you see these signs in a puppy then be reassured that most dogs grow out of travel sickness.

How can I avoid travel sickness in my dog?

There are some simple things you can do to help make your journeys a little more pleasant for your dog. For starters you can keep the car well ventilated and cool, dropping the window a fraction will help. Making the car journey special for your dog can help distract and reduce travel sickness, this can be done using toys that you only ever share in the car, or alternatively using your dog’s favourite treat (not too much as this may further exacerbate any vomiting).

If you are finding sickness and vomiting to be a major issue, then think about not feeding your dog for a few hours before you travel. Also consider which mode of transport is making you dog sick, sometimes swapping cars around can make all of the difference. Facing forwards will help reduce the incidence of travel sickness, using a dog seat belt may help with this. Further tips on travelling safely can be found here.

Some travel sickness in dogs can be brought on by a stress event, for example a trip to the vets. To help with this and other forms of sickness, getting you dog used to car journeys is very important and should be done gradually. You may even sit in the car with the dog and not go anywhere! Once you dog seems happier to be in the car, go to nice places (like your dog’s favourite park or beach) and reward them for being in the car. Over time your dog won’t just associate being in the car with the original stress event.

Finally consider taking a break from the car all together. This may be all that’s needed to help relieve any stress your dog may feel towards it. There are medications to help which we discuss below.

Treatments for travel sickness

As with humans there are different categories of medicines to help alleviate the different elements of travel sickness in your dog. We recommend consulting a vet in the first instance if your dog hasn’t responded to the other tips above.

There are medicines that will reduce/stop vomiting, anti-nausea medicines. You can also consider antihistamines, these work by reducing the amount of motion sickness your dog may experience and also will tire or send to sleep.  There are prescription only medicines that could be considered should your vet feel them necessary.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:49:19 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Eggs? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-eggs https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-eggs We all know eggs are, well, real good eggs. Packed with nutrition, able to be cooked in a multitude of ways (although, let’s be honest, scrambled is definitely king), and easily portable, there’s lots to love about these nifty little foodstuffs. But are they just as beneficial for our canines? Can dogs eat eggs or are they best avoided?

Here’s the lowdown on whether or not they make egg-cellent additions to your dog’s diet.

 

Can dogs eat eggs?

You’ll be glad to know that it’s not just us humans who get to enjoy eggs – our dogs can eat them too. They can chow down on eggs as treats, as supplements to their meals, or as ingredients in their favourite healthy dog food. In fact, eggs offer a lot of health benefits to our puppers.

First up, eggs are packed with protein. This mighty compound ensures your dog’s body runs smoothly, and provides much-needed essential amino acids. These keep your doggo’s hair, skin, muscles, and tissue in good shape. Eggs also contain lots of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, riboflavin (Vitamin B), Vitamin B12, folate, and iron. There’s a bunch of nourishing fatty acids in eggs, too. 

In short, eggs are nutritional powerhouses that can safely be part of a dog’s diet – with a few precautions.

 

Can dogs eat eggs when they’re raw?

So if eggs are indeed safe and good for our furbabies, can they eat them raw? To be completely frank, the jury’s still out on this one. 

Many Owners add a bit of raw egg to their pooch’s fresh raw dog food to up the nutritional ante. Some animal experts advise that eggs are perfectly safe when raw, as long as you can guarantee that they’re fresh. And in fact, many raw dog food advocates argue that wild animals like wolves, foxes, coyotes, and dingos devour raw eggs (shell and all!) in the wild, so our doggos can safely eat them, too.

On the other hand, numerous animal experts believe you should always cook eggs before feeding them to your dog. 

They say that raw eggs expose your dog to salmonella, which could lead to a Salmonellosis infection. Raw eggs can also develop bacteria if they sit on the shelf for too long. And lastly, eating an excessive amount of raw eggs may lead to a biotin deficiency. This is because raw egg whites contain an enzyme called avidin. While a very rare occurrence, avidin can disrupt the absorption of biotin in the body.

So, in answering the question, “Can dogs eat eggs when they’re raw?”, there’s really no clear-cut answer. It’s an individual choice that you’ll need to make, ideally in conjunction with your vet’s advice.

 

What about the outer part of an egg? Can dogs eat egg shells?

Yep! Dogs can safely eat both the shell and membrane. These provide a slightly different mix of vitamins, minerals, and other healthy stuff, which are also good for your dog. Egg shells contain calcium and phosphorus, which keep your dog’s bones and teeth nice and strong. The membrane has glucosamine and collagen, among other things.

Ground egg shells are a popular addition to dog meals, but just be careful when breaking them up. Jagged-edged shells can get stuck in your dog’s throat or digestive tract. This is incredibly unpleasant for your pooch, to say the least.

Some experts also advise purchasing organic eggs, as their shells haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals.

Before feeding your dog egg shells, it’s always best to chat to your vet. They’ll be able to tell you if your dog should eat them, and if not, what other foods you can use to replace them.

 

A few extra tips for feeding your dog eggs

There are several things you should know to ensure eggs remain a healthy part of your pupper’s diet – and not a hindrance.

 

Start slow

Before you add eggs to your dog’s feeding routine, ask your vet for advice. Some dogs have conditions that mean they shouldn’t eat eggs, such as being overweight or obese. 

If your vet gives you the go ahead, start with a single egg to see how your dog reacts. If you notice any signs of allergy or gastrointestinal upset (more on these shortly!), your dog may not be able to tolerate eggs.

And if your vet advises against feeding your dog eggs, they’ll provide guidance on how your dog can receive a similar nutritional boost using other foods.

 

Watch out for any kind of reaction

Many dogs can safely eat eggs, but some can’t. Eggs just may not agree with your dog’s digestive system, so should be avoided. Signs of stomach upset after eating eggs can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constant licking of the lips
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

And while not overly prevalent, eggs are one of the most common allergens among dogs. The signs of an egg allergy include:

  • Itchy skin or paws
  • Skin rash
  • Constant licking
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Eye discharge or red eyes

If you notice any of these after you start feeding eggs to your dog, remove them from their diet immediately. You can also take your dog to the vet to treat any of the allergy symptoms – especially issues like skin rash. 

 

Keep it simple

When cooking eggs for your dog, you can generally prepare them any way you like: boiled, scrambled, fried, or poached. But plain is always best. Make sure to avoid additives like oil, butter, salt, flavourings, and any foods that are toxic to dogs, like garlic and onion.

 

Make sure they’re fresh

Fresh eggs are always best, ideally from a free-range supplier. Make sure they’re stored in a cool, dry spot, or the fridge, to maintain their freshness for longer. In short, you basically want to feed eggs to your dog at the same standard you’d feed them to yourself. This is especially important if you decide to include raw eggs in their diet.

 

Don’t go overboard

Eggs should never form the bulk of your dog’s diet. Instead, you should treat them as exactly that: a treat. Too many eggs can lead to your dog being overweight or obese. This is especially the case if they’re already on the chunkier side or not particularly active.

Generally speaking, one egg per day is considered a safe amount. But this also depends on your dog’s size, age, activity levels, and any existing health conditions. This is why it’s a good idea to chat to your vet before feeding eggs to your doggo. They’ll provide a clearer idea of how much egg to feed your dog and any precautions you’ll need to take.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Do Dogs Get Distressed on Planes? https://thedogvisitor.com/do-dogs-get-distressed-on-planes https://thedogvisitor.com/do-dogs-get-distressed-on-planes Jetsetting Aussie Dog Owners may have a good reason to rejoice. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority – in other words, Australian aviation’s governing body – is set to change laws around pets and planes. Previously, only service dogs could travel in the cabin. But the new laws will allow any kind of assistance animal to journey alongside their Owner. However, before you go booking your pooch a window seat, you might want to consider the question, “Do dogs get distressed on planes?”

Here’s what you need to know about travelling with your dog on a plane and what to think about before doing so.

 

How do dogs usually travel on planes?

Traditionally, dogs (and other pets) have travelled in a special part of the plane’s cargo section. While that may sound a little risky, the cargo section is not entirely bleak. The cargo section is often climate-controlled and pressurised in the same way as the main cabin, meaning pets can travel pretty comfortably.

Within the cargo section, pets are placed in special crates approved for air travel. They’re also usually required to have a water bowl with a drinking funnel. Some airlines allow pets to bring their favourite toy, and may even permit two small animals to travel in the same crate.

Prior to getting on board the plane, pets are generally given priority boarding. They also receive a bit of TLC by airline staff to make sure they’re content. Staff may look after them during stopovers, too.

However, some airlines allow small pets to travel in the cabin with their Owner – mostly only on short-haul flights. The policy is particularly prevalent in the US, with airlines like American Airlines and Delta permitting pets in the cabin. Just like travelling in cargo, though, there are still certain requirements for cabin-bound pets, including being in a proper crate.

Do dogs get distressed on planes?

While most pet-friendly airlines implement precautions to keep animals safe and secure, travelling with a pet isn’t without its challenges. Travel can be trying even for us humans, and it’s often very much the same for our furbabies. 

Flying is a totally bizarre ordeal that doesn’t suit all dogs. Some puppers may take to the experience of flying in cargo completely fine. Others – particularly those prone to anxiety or not accustomed to travelling – might struggle. 

The cargo hold is a completely unprecedented place for pets, free of their usual comforts and their darling Owner. It’s very dark and noisy, too, and can be susceptible to air pressure and temperature changes. And, because pets are often in their crate for extended periods of time (even on short-haul flights), it’s very likely that they’ll soil themselves during the flight – creating even more discomfort. Lastly, there are obviously no people around to help keep them calm. 

Aside from the anxiety of flying, there are a few risks involved with air travel, which we’ll get to shortly.

 

Do dogs get distressed on planes even if they’re in the cabin?

There are definitely a few advantages to travelling with your dog in the cabin, instead of cargo. 

The biggest benefit is that you’re present. You can provide comfort to your pupper and monitor them for signs of anxiety. The cabin is also less likely to undergo fluctuations in air pressure and temperature, both of which can be distressing to your doggo. Before and after the flight, you can also stay with your dog instead of handing them to airline staff.

But even cabin travel can be stressful to dogs. There are lots of people on-board the flight, a long time spent confined in their carrier, and multiple new and strange environments. Once again, while some dogs may be able to handle it, others might panic.

As well, cabin travel isn’t available to all pets. Despite the fact that some Owners have managed (or unsuccessfully tried) to get more exotic pets into the cabin – including pot-bellied pigs, baby kangaroos, monkeys, ponies, and an actual peacock – most airlines only allow animals of a certain size. 

Generally, in order to sit in the cabin, they’ll need to comfortably fit in a carrier that can squeeze under your seat. So that definitely rules out most medium to large dog breeds, and even some smaller doggos.

 

What to consider before taking your dog on a flight

If you’re thinking about taking your pupper on vacation, and you’re flying to get there, there are a few things you’ll want to consider first.

Your pet

First up, think about your pet’s ability to withstand long distances. Even a couple of hours on-board a plane – either in cargo or in the cabin – can be stressful to some dogs. Their stage of life is also a factor; some airlines won’t fly dogs under or over a certain age because it’s simply too dicey.

Their breed is also a major consideration. Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs like Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus are at a higher risk of complications when flying. This is because the structure of their respiratory system makes it harder for them to regulate heat and manage stress. For this reason, some airlines even forbid them from travelling on-board.

The risks

Sadly, a number of animals have died on flights due to the risks associated with flying in cargo. Most of these animals suffered heart and respiratory issues. Other potential issues include injury during travel, dehydration, heat stroke, and hypothermia. And that’s on top of the usual stress and anxiety involved.

The airline and flight

Some airlines are more pet-friendly than others. This means they have more rigorous precautions for travelling with pets to ensure their safety. If you’d like to travel with your pet, research the various airlines that carry pets. Then, feel out the one that best safeguards your pet’s welfare.

And if you do go ahead and book the flight, see if you can get a direct one. Stopovers simply mean more travel time and more handling of your pet’s crate. Luckily, it shouldn’t be too difficult flying direct if you’re only going on a short-haul flight.

The time of year

Certain times of year are better for flying with pets than others. Needless to say, the middle of summer or winter are more likely to experience severe temperature fluctuations. Some airlines won’t allow pets to travel in cargo during particular parts of either season. This is because they’re at higher risk of overheating or contracting hypothermia.

The carrier

You’ll need to purchase an airline-approved carrier if you want your dog to travel in cargo. They should also be properly crate-trained well in advance to ensure they can comfortably stay in their crate for an extended period.

If you’re taking your pupper in the cabin, the carrier will need to fit under the seat.

Ask your vet for advice

If you’re ever unsure of whether your pet should travel, or you just need travel advice, you can always ask your vet for assistance. They’ll have a good understanding of your pet’s anticipated ability to fly, be it in cargo or in the cabin with you.

Whether it’s worth it

Consider whether flying is worth the hassle, especially if you’re only going on a short domestic trip. In many cases, pets may simply be better off staying at home with a trusted Pet Sitter!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What is the Friendliest Dog Breed? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-friendliest-dog-breed https://thedogvisitor.com/what-is-the-friendliest-dog-breed In our eyes, there’s no doubt that all dogs are good dogs. From giant Great Danes to pint-sized Chihuahuas, each breed has its own strengths, weaknesses, and lovable quirks. Each of their traits is just another reason why we love them. So far, we’ve looked at the most obedient dog breeds, the strongest dog breeds, the most expensive dog breeds, and more. But have you ever wondered what the friendliest dog breed is?

While there’s no single breed that’s been officially classified as the friendliest, there are plenty who are known for their bubbly personalities. Here are some of the friendliest dog breeds in the world.

 

What’s the friendliest dog breed? Here are our top 10

 

#1: Golden Retriever

It’s really no surprise that the Golden Retriever tops our list, right? Golden by name and golden by nature, these sweet pups are just as friendly as they are beautiful. In fact, they consistently rank in the top 10 most popular dog breeds around the world for their gentle demeanour, warm smile, and sociable personalities.

The quintessential family dog, the Golden has long been a hit with young families thanks to its fun-loving, friendly temperament. That said, they do require lots of physical activity and mental stimulation, so it might be worth enlisting the help of a local Dog Walker.

 

#2: Bichon Frise

If you prefer your four-legged bestie a little more pocket-sized, the Bichon Frise is a fantastic option. Don’t let their short stature fool you – these fluffy cuties have big personalities. They’re entertainers at heart, and any Bichon Owner will tell you there are no dull moments with these furballs around!

Bichon Frises are also considered a hypoallergenic breed as their silky, curly coat essentially doesn’t shed. Still, like any long-coated breed, regular brushing and professional grooming is a must in order to keep them looking and feeling their usual fabulous self.

 

#3: Boxer

A name like “Boxer” makes them sound pretty tough, but these pups are really just big, friendly goofballs. In fact, all they really want is to have fun with you! They’re energetic, playful, and can usually be seen sporting a big, dopey smile. Loyalty is one of their key traits, and the more attention you give them, the more they’ll stick by you.

Boxers can make perfect pets for families with older children thanks to their desire to play for hours on end. But it’s important to keep in mind that, while they may act like lap dogs, they’re big and strong. To ensure they don’t become too boisterous and overpowering, early training is essential.

 

#4: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Not only is the King Charles Spaniel one of the calmest dog breeds, they’re also one of the friendliest dog breeds. Originating in early 18th century England, these gorgeous lap dogs have stolen millions of hearts with their laidback, gentle nature.

If you’re after a furry friend you can chill on the couch with rather than run laps with, the Cavalier is for you. Even if you live in an apartment, these easy-going and relatively low energy pups can fit into just about any household. If you’re after a non-shedding breed with a Cav’s chilled-out vibe, it’s also worth considering a cavoodle.

 

#5: Beagle

Believed to have originated waaay back in the 11th century, the Beagle is just as beloved today as it was hundreds of years ago. With their classic good looks, trainability and intelligence, perfect size, and kind disposition, it’s no wonder we love them so much. And luckily for us, they love people, too!

The only thing that Beagles love more than people, however, is food. Without careful supervision, they’ve been known to steal many a meal. To avoid obesity, it’s essential to feed them a healthy, portion-controlled diet and give them lots of daily exercise.

 

#6: Samoyed

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to the Samoyed, that judgement is pretty spot on. With their oh-so-soft fur and a smile that only a monster could say no to, these cloud-like pups have exploded in popularity in recent years. Meet one in person, and you’ll know exactly why. These fluffy social butterflies make friends wherever they go.

Bear in mind, though, that the Samoyed’s coat, while adorable, isn’t built for Australia’s hot climate. As such, it’s essential to monitor them closely in summer to ensure they don’t overheat. Some air conditioning and a few frozen dog treats are sure to do the trick.

 

#7: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffies have had a bit of a bad rap over the years, but behind all the preconceived notions is a lovable, loyal, and kind soul. They may look tough, but like all dogs, Staffies just want to love and be loved. And who couldn’t love a pup with a smile that big?

As with any breed, the temperament of a Staffy is highly dependent on how they’re treated by their owner. They’ve got a naturally friendly disposition, so showering them with affection and unconditional love is only going to make them even friendlier.

 

#8: Pug

If there’s one thing Pugs are great at, it’s making friends. They’re funny, entertaining, playful, and most Pug Owners will tell you they’re the friendliest dog breed without a doubt. Hailing from China, where they were first bred in ancient times as companion dogs, these pooches are the very definition of happy-go-lucky.

Prospective Owners should keep in mind that, as they’re a brachycephalic breed, Pugs can be prone to airway issues. However, with proper care, nutrition, and exercise, they can live a long and healthy life.

 

#9: Labrador

Kind eyes, adorable smile, waggy tail – there’s no denying Labradors are cute. But they’re more than just good looks! Originating as retrieving dogs in Newfoundland, Labs quickly took the world by storm. Nowadays, you can hardly visit a dog park without seeing at least one of these friendly faces.

A testament to Labradors’ friendliness is their use time and time again as assistance dogs. They’re so trainable and trustworthy that they’ve become basically synonymous with guide dogs. But even when they’re not on the clock, these pups make for some of the best friends anyone could hope for.

 

#10: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Long-time favourite of Queen Elizabeth II, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s trademark trait is loyalty. Though they’ve often been used as herding and guard dogs in the past, that doesn’t stop them wanting to make friends along the way. They love to be with their Owners and tend to follow wherever it is they’re going.

Corgis are incredibly sociable, but thanks to their working dog origins, they have been known to nip at heels. Basically, they’re trying to herd you! They can be trained not to do this, but it’s important to keep in mind – especially with children in the house.

 

Do you think your pup deserves the title of the friendliest dog breed?

The list above is by no means exhaustive, so we’d love to hear if you think we’ve left any breed out! After all, no two dogs – not even those within the same breed – have the exact same personalities. You might occasionally stumble upon a not-so-friendly Beagle or perhaps a highly sociable Shar Pei! Tell us in the comments below what you think the friendliest dog breed is.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:44:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Administer Dog CPR https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-administer-dog-cpr https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-administer-dog-cpr You probably (hopefully!) will never need to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, to your dog. However, it’s important to understand what is involved in dog CPR, just in case. While CPR in dogs is very similar to CPR in humans, there are some key differences that you should be familiar with before potentially finding yourself in this position.

How to Administer CPR on a Dog: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Make sure the dog’s airway is clear. Look in your dog’s mouth to see if there are any objects, fluids, or other materials obstructing the airway. If there is a large ball or other object visible in your dog’s mouth or throat, attempt to remove it carefully. Use caution to avoid pushing the object further into your dog’s airway.  
  2. Determine whether the dog is breathing. With your dog lying on their side, watch carefully and look for rising and falling of your dog’s chest. If your dog is breathing, there is no need to perform CPR. If your dog is not breathing, proceed to the next step.
  3. Check for a heartbeat. Place your hand gently on your dog’s chest to feel for a heartbeat. In a small or medium-sized dog, you should be able to lay your hand across or around your dog’s entire chest and feel the heart. In the case of a large-breed dog, it can be difficult to feel the heartbeat, and you’ll want to make sure you are feeling the correct location. Flex your dog’s leg at the elbow and shoulder, looking for the area where the bend of the elbow lays over the chest. You should be able to feel your dog’s heartbeat in this approximate area.
  4. Position your dog for chest compressions. Like in human CPR, you will need to give your dog chest compressions. However, the position of your hands will depend upon your dog’s conformation. In the case of very small dogs and puppies, wrap your hand around the dog’s chest and squeeze the entire ribcage. For medium and large-breed deep-chested dogs, lay your dog on their side and position your hands over your dog’s heart, overlapping them. (Again, use the bend of your dog’s elbow to locate the heart.) If you have a large barrel-chested dog, such as an English Bulldog, laying your dog on its back will allow the best access for chest compressions.  
  5. Begin giving chest compressions. When giving chest compressions, your goal is to compress the chest by one-third to one-half. Wait for the chest wall to completely come back up before giving the next chest compression. Give chest compressions rate of 100-120 beats per minute; singing or humming the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive” will help you achieve an appropriate heart rate. Perform a total of 30 chest compressions, then move on to the next step.
  6. Place your mouth over your dog’s airway. Gently close your dog’s mouth and extend their neck. Cover both of your pet’s nostrils with your mouth, ensuring an airtight seal.
  7. Perform artificial respirations. While watching to ensure that your dog’s chest rises with each breath, give your dog two slow rescue breaths.
  8. Assess your dog. Pause for a second, watching your dog to see if their breathing or heartbeat returns. If your dog begins breathing and/or develops a heartbeat, monitor your dog closely while heading to the nearest veterinary hospital.
  9. Repeat if applicable. If your dog is still not breathing and the heart is not beating, repeat cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths. Pause briefly to assess your dog’s breath between cycles.
  10. Seek veterinary care. Whether or not your dog’s breathing and heartbeat return, your dog needs immediate veterinary care. If possible, you should be performing CPR while on your way to the nearest available veterinary hospital. Even if your CPR efforts succeed and your dog’s breathing and heartbeat return, your dog will still require veterinary care for their underlying injuries or illness.

When is CPR necessary?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation should only be performed on dogs that are not breathing and do not have a heartbeat.

If your dog loses consciousness but is still breathing or still has a heartbeat, there is no reason to waste time initiating CPR. Instead, take your dog to a veterinary emergency hospital immediately. Performing CPR unnecessarily can cause injury to your dog, in addition to delaying needed care. Aggressive chest compressions may result in cracked ribs, so we never want to perform CPR unless it is essential to your dog’s survival.

There are many potential scenarios in which a dog might need CPR. These scenarios include, but are not limited to: choking, drowning, blood loss (after being hit by a car or involved in a severe dogfight), and severe illness.

What is the prognosis for dogs receiving CPR?

If your dog needs CPR, they are seriously ill or have sustained a serious injury. Therefore, your dog’s prognosis is guarded, even with the best possible care.

Providing CPR is never a replacement for emergency veterinary care. Instead, CPR is should be administered while on your way to the veterinary hospital, where your dog can receive the life-saving care that they truly need.

Summary

While we all hope that our dogs will never be in a position to require CPR, it’s best to be prepared. If your dog stops breathing and does not have a detectable heartbeat, a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths provided during transport to an emergency veterinary hospital can improve your dog’s likelihood of a successful outcome.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:56 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What to Do If Your Dog is Having a Seizure https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-your-dog-is-having-a-seizure https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-your-dog-is-having-a-seizure Seizures in dogs can have a variety of underlying causes, ranging from toxin ingestion to certain medical conditions to genetics. Dogs of all ages and sizes can experience seizures. It can be scary for pet parents to experience their dogs having a seizure, but it is helpful to be prepared in the event one occurs.

What to Do If Your Dog is Experiencing a Seizure

  • Do not reach into or around your dog’s mouth during a seizure as an incidental bite may occur.
  • Keep your dog safe by ensuring nothing in the immediate area could cause harm.
  • Prevent your dog from falling down the stairs or off furniture.
  • Keep track of how long the seizure lasts.
  • Consider taking a video of the seizure to show to your veterinarian.
  • Monitor your dog’s behavior immediately following the seizure.
  • Determine whether your dog ingested any possible toxins around the house.
  • Call your veterinarian as soon as possible following the seizure for guidance on next steps.

How to Recognize a Seizure

Seizures can manifest in several different ways depending on the type of seizure and the underlying cause. Not all dogs will experience the same signs. The most characteristic sign of a seizure includes stiffness followed by collapse and rapid convulsions. A dog typically lies on his side with his arms and legs stretched out in front of him while making a paddling motion. Dogs experiencing seizures will have their eyes open, but they will be unaware of their surroundings. They may urinate or defecate during the seizure as well. Prior to the seizure, dogs may be clingy, seem restless, and begin hypersalivating or whining.

What Causes Seizures in Dogs?

Seizures can be caused by genetic predisposition, underlying pathology, or toxin ingestion. Dogs who are genetically predisposed have changes in their DNA that result in a higher likelihood of developing epilepsy during their lifetime. This predisposition is inherited from a parent, and it isn’t preventable or curable.

Dogs with underlying medical conditions may experience seizures as a result. These conditions need to be managed first to reduce the likelihood of secondary seizures. Specific conditions that can lead to seizures include the following:

  • Liver shunts
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Infections
  • Low blood sugar
  • Electrolyte abnormalities

Additionally, ingestion of toxic substances may cause seizures in dogs. Certain household or backyard plants, such as azaleas, are toxic to dogs and can have negative effects on their nervous systems. Likewise, specific varieties of wild mushrooms can also have these effects. Various over-the-counter and prescription medications for people can induce seizures in dogs as can many household chemicals and rodenticides. In homes with young children, play dough that contains high concentrations of salt can result in seizures if ingested by dogs in large quantities.

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet for Seizures

Dogs who have experienced a seizure should be seen by a veterinarian right away. The veterinarian can determine the underlying cause of the seizures and provide appropriate treatment to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. In the case of toxin ingestion, veterinarians will provide supportive care and close monitoring to rid the body of the toxin and help the dog recover. If you are ever unsure whether your dog experienced a seizure, it is always best to contact your veterinarian for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that may be helpful for pet parents who would like more information about seizures in dogs.

What is your dog likely to feel before, during, and after a seizure?

Seizures can be quite scary and disorienting to dogs. While a dog is not aware and responsive during the actual seizure, he may need reassurance and comfort before and after the event. Before a seizure, a dog may feel restless and anxious. He may pace back and forth and drool excessively due to the impending seizure. Following a seizure, most dogs feel uncoordinated, drowsy, and confused. They may bump into objects and stumble around. They may also feel intense hunger and weakness.

What should you do after your dog has a seizure?

First, stay calm and ensure your dog is in a safe area where he cannot hurt himself while he is recovering from the seizure. Remain with your dog during this period, and call your veterinarian to ask for additional guidance.

How long does it take for a dog to recover from a seizure?

Recovery from a seizure can vary greatly between dogs. Dogs typically appear weak and disoriented following a seizure. This “post-ictal” phase can last for minutes to days after the event.

What are the different types of seizures in dogs?

There are a few types of seizures in dogs. Grand-mal seizures are the typical seizure pet parents think of. These are characterized by whole-body stiffness, collapse, and convulsions. Focal seizures typically involve only a single part of the body. Twitching is localized, and they most commonly involve the facial area. Pet parents may not take notice of this type of seizure because it can be more subtle. Cluster seizures refer to seizures that occur back-to-back continuously. These require immediate veterinary intervention to interrupt the seizures.

What kinds of seizure medications are there for dogs?

Anti-convulsant medications that are prescribed to prevent seizures in dogs include phenobarbital, levetiracetam, potassium bromide, and zonisamide. Occasionally gabapentin may be used for seizure control. The majority of dogs are maintained using just one medication, while other dogs may need a combination of these medications to control their seizures. Diazepam and midazolam are common benzodiazepines that are used in emergency situations to stop seizures at the veterinarian.

What dog breeds are more prone to seizures?

Dogs of any breed can experience seizures, but Border Collies, Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels, and Australian Shepherds are predisposed to epilepsy due to their genetics.

Are there warning signs before a seizure?

Prior to a seizure, dogs may appear restless and begin drooling excessively. They may whine and stay close to their pet parents. Sometimes, there are no warning signs at all before a seizure.

Can you stop a seizure before it happens?

Unfortunately, epilepsy is not preventable. However, these seizures can be managed with medications to reduce the frequency and severity of them. Because stress may play a role in seizure development in some dogs, providing a calmer environment can be helpful.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Treat Shock in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-treat-shock-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-treat-shock-in-dogs Many different types of shock can affect dogs, but what they all have in common is that they are true emergencies. If you think that your dog might be going into shock, immediately follow these step-by-step instructions:   

What to Do if Your Dog is Experiencing Shock

  1. Get help from anyone who might be nearby. You can proceed by yourself if you have to, but having at least two people involved in a dog’s care is better.
  2. Call a vet immediately. If your regular veterinarian isn’t open or nearby, call a vet that you can get to quickly. They can talk you through helping your dog based on the specifics of the case. They will also want to prepare for your dog’s arrival at the clinic.
  3. Stop active bleeding by using a cloth to put pressure on wounds. Tourniquets should only be used as a last resort and kept as loose as possible.
  4. Follow the ABCs of CPR. Check your dog’s Airway and clear it if it is blocked. Check your dog’s Breathing and provide supplemental breaths if they’re not breathing. Check your dog’s Cardiac Function and perform chest compressions if you can’t feel a pulse or heartbeat.
  5. Make a stretcher by sliding a blanket, ironing board, sheet of plywood, or something similar under your dog. Do NOT move your dog more than necessary as this can worsen their condition.
  6. Cover your dog with a blanket, coat, or anything else to keep them warm.
  7. Get to the vet as quickly (and safely!) as possible. Keep your dog on the stretcher to minimize their movement.

The Different Types of Shock in Dogs

Shock can be brought about by any condition that reduces the ability of cells to use oxygen and produce energy to a degree that leads to tissue and organ damage. The types and causes of shock in dogs can be broken down into several categories.

Circulatory Shock

When a dog’s heart and circulatory system can’t adequately move blood around their body, their tissues become starved of oxygen, leading to shock. Circulatory shock is the most common type of shock in dogs and can be further divided into three types:

Hypovolemic Shock

Profuse bleeding, movement of a lot of fluid out of the circulatory system, or severe dehydration will drastically reduce the volume of blood in a dog’s body.

Cardiogenic Shock

Poor heart function (due to heart failure or arrhythmias, for example) will lead to a lack of oxygen delivery to cells and cardiogenic shock.

Distributive Shock

Anything that causes blood vessels to dilate excessively makes it hard for the heart to move blood throughout the body. Severe allergic reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock, and severe infections can result in septic shock, both of which are forms of distributive shock.

Hypoxic Shock

Disease or injury to the respiratory system can limit the ability of a dog’s lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. For example, dogs who are choking or have severe pneumonia may develop extremely low blood oxygen levels and go into hypoxic shock. Dogs also need enough healthy red blood cells to carry blood from the lungs to the rest of the body. Severe anemia or conditions that result in red blood cell abnormalities can also lead to hypoxic shock.

Metabolic Shock

Poisonings (cyanide, for example) or health problems like very low blood sugar levels can adversely affect the ability of cells to use oxygen and produce energy leading to metabolic shock.

It’s important to remember that dogs may suffer from multiple types of shock at the same time. For example, a dog with parvovirus might be severely dehydrated and have a bacterial infection in their bloodstream. They could develop both hypovolemic and septic (distributive) shock.

How to Recognize Shock in Dogs

Dogs with most types of shock have similar symptoms. However, all dogs won’t show every one of the following signs of shock, especially early on.

  • Pale or even blue mucous membranes. They may be dark red in cases of distributive shock.
  • Skin that is cool to the touch, especially around the ears, tail, and paws
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat and breathing rate
  • Vomiting
  • Shivering

As a dog’s condition worsens, their heartbeat and breathing rate can slow and they may slip into a coma.

How Do Veterinarians Treat Shock in Dogs?

It’s absolutely critical to get dogs who are showing signs of shock to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. The veterinarian will immediately try to stabilize the dog’s condition once they arrive. This typically involves:

  • Giving the dog supplemental oxygen to improve oxygen delivery to cells
  • Placing an intravenous (IV) catheter
  • Rapidly giving the dog IV fluids to maintain their blood pressure.
  • Medications can also be given to improve cardiovascular function.

Next, treatment starts to focus on the underlying cause of a dog’s shock and on any secondary problems that may develop. For example,

  • Dogs with severe anemia or blood loss may need a blood transfusion.
  • Dogs who are in septic shock often require intravenous antibiotics.
  • Anaphylaxis can be treated with diphenhydramine, corticosteroids, epinephrine, and other medications based on a dog’s specific needs.
  • Heart failure and arrhythmias may respond to medications or other types of interventions.
  • Shock can lead to gastrointestinal ulcers that require treatment with medications to heal.

Dogs who are in shock or are recovering from being in shock need to be closely monitored because their condition can change quickly. Physical examinations, labwork, blood pressure monitoring, and electrocardiograms may need to be repeated frequently so problems can be identified and treated before they become severe.

Recovering from Shock

With rapid veterinary attention, dogs can recover from shock, but their long-term prognosis depends on how quickly it is treated and its underlying cause. If the underlying problem can be resolved or successfully managed, dogs can go on to enjoy long and happy lives. On the other hand, severe shock is often fatal, particularly if veterinary treatment is delayed.

The quicker you get to a veterinarian the better. Dogs can go from showing no signs of shock to being in big trouble very quickly. Don’t delay — it’s better to err on the side of caution than to always wonder what might have been.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Bathe a Puppy – Fur Baby’s First Bath https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-bathe-a-puppy-fur-babys-first-bath https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-bathe-a-puppy-fur-babys-first-bath Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier The Best Crystals for your Pet’s Zodiac Sign https://thedogvisitor.com/the-best-crystals-for-your-pets-zodiac-sign https://thedogvisitor.com/the-best-crystals-for-your-pets-zodiac-sign Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier How to Remove Skunk Smell from your Dog: Homemade Shampoo Recipe  https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-remove-skunk-smell-from-your-dog-homemade-shampoo-recipe https://thedogvisitor.com/how-to-remove-skunk-smell-from-your-dog-homemade-shampoo-recipe Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:36:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier Local Splendor: Go Hiking With Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/local-splendor-go-hiking-with-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/local-splendor-go-hiking-with-your-dog
A dog and her human crossing a river.

Most dogs enjoy the great outdoors, a fact not lost on owners that recreate throughout the year. While they may relish long walks, some pups just aren’t equipped to handle a 10-mile trek through the woods (especially in extreme weather). Their capabilities and endurance should always inform the decision to go hiking with your dog, and special consideration for their health and safety is essential. Virginia is simply chock-full of outdoor destinations to share with your best bud, and we have a few suggestions to help with your plans. 

Know Before You Go

As with most activities you share with your pet, it’s always best to be prepared. Scope out the weather forecast, check your car, stock up on supplies, pack up snacks, and always have more water than you think you’re going to need to prevent heat exhaustion. Be sure that your dog’s parasite prevention hasn’t lapsed; hiking with your dog can unfortunately raise the risk of exposure to ticks and mosquitoes. 

The value of a pet first-aid kit is priceless for unexpected injuries or sudden illnesses. Backup batteries, cell phone charges, and emergency flares are always good to have in store. 

Safety First, Always

Your dog must be easily identifiable. Ideally, your dog remains on-leash at all times when hiking or camping together.

Their collar and ID tags are vital, but they can be removed, damaged, or fall off. Your dog’s microchip could be the only thing left to facilitate a possible reunion if they ever run off, get lost, or temporarily separated from you in the woods. Be sure that your contact information that is linked to their chip is up to date before setting off on any adventures. 

Scenic Beauty

Hiking with your dog is just one way to increase their interest in exercise, and enhances the bond between you. Being immersed in Virgininia’s natural beauty adds to both their physical and mental well-being.

Hiking With Your Dog

If you don’t want to venture too far away from Williamsburg, you’re in luck. We have no shortage of wonderful dog-friendly trails to visit that are within a short drive. 

Day Trips

There are so many options to choose from that are between 1-3 hours away from Williamsburg, and you will likely regret none of them. Provided your dog enjoys long car trips you might try to visit any of these great places:

Remember to follow all the rules pertaining to pets, and always pack out what you carry in. Extra waste bags, sunscreen, and insect repellent are always great to have on hand. Also, when hiking with your dog take lots of breaks in the shade, hydrate and snack, and wear life jackets when on or near water. 

We hope you enjoy this small sampler of all that Virginia has to offer visitors and residents alike. Please call us at (757) 253-0656 with additional questions, or to ensure that your dog is prepared for all the adventures you have in store!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:39 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Toilet Training a Cat: Can It Be Done? https://thedogvisitor.com/toilet-training-a-cat-can-it-be-done https://thedogvisitor.com/toilet-training-a-cat-can-it-be-done
Smart brown cat uses the toilet.

In general, the public does not view the feline species as trainable like their canine counterparts. In reality, though, cats can be taught many things. You just need to know how to motivate them! Things like toilet training a cat are totally possible when you know how, and Godspeed Animal Care wants to share all of our tips and tricks with you.  

Considerations for Toilet Training a Cat

Training your pet to do tricks and follow commands can be fun and offer a great opportunity for bonding. Toilet training a cat might appeal to you for other reasons, though, too 

Consider:

  • A cat who has been toilet trained won’t need a litter box scooped
  • You will no longer need to handle and dispose of kitty waste
  • No more gravel trails through your home
  • No litter boxes equal better odor control

On the other hand, though, toilet training a cat can have downsides. Cats do not generally flush, nor do they put the lid down when they are finished. Also consider that it can be much more difficult to monitor whether your pet is urinating and defecating normally when you are not  scooping. 

Your Guide to Training a Cat to Use a Toilet

If you have decided that your cat using the toilet instead of a litter box is the best decision for your family, you have a little work to do! Cats do not instinctively know to use a human toilet, and so you must teach them what you want them to do.

As with most things, cats respond best when they feel that something is their idea. We suggest transitioning from litter box to toilet gradually using the following method:

  1. Move the litter box into the bathroom so that your kitty gets used to this being their potty spot.
  2. Once your cat is using the litter box in the bathroom, raise the litter box up to toilet height or even onto the toilet seat. Be sure that it is secure and won’t flip over and scare your cat.
  3. Place a graduated litter insert made for toilets into the toilet seat and allow your cat to get used to aiming into the bowl.
  4. Gradually remove the inserts until there is no litter left.

Be sure to take each step slowly and be sure that your cat is really accepting each change before moving on. You may need to go even more conservatively (i.e. raising the litter box a little more each week until you get to toilet height). Follow kitty’s lead and before you know it, you will be an expert at training a cat to use a toilet!

Sudden changes in your cat’s potty habits can be of concern, so please let us know if your cat is urinating outside of their normal area or is exhibiting other changes. 

Sharing your toilet with your cat isn’t for everyone, but for many homes it is a viable option. If you do decide that you would like to do so, toilet training a cat can be a rewarding experience. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:34:38 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Communicating with a Deaf Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/communicating-with-a-deaf-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/communicating-with-a-deaf-dog
A dog listening with a big ear.

Animals are pretty instinctual. They rely heavily on their senses to get around in the world. While our domestic pets are much less dependent on their sight, hearing, and sense of smell than are their wild counterparts, loss of a sense can still be a major challenge.

Pets with hearing loss often need a little extra help. If you are a pet parent to one of these furry individuals, Godspeed Animal Hospital has the information you need to communicate with your deaf dog.

How Deaf Dogs Happen

Deafness in animals can be sudden (acute) or slower onset (chronic). It may be in one or both ears, and in some cases is only temporary. Just as with people, pets may experience hearing loss for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Blockage of the ear canal with wax, hair, or a foreign object
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Aging
  • Injury to the ear
  • Drug reaction
  • A genetic or developmental problem

While there is not always a way to prevent hearing loss, you certainly can do your part to take care of your pet’s ears. Have your pet examined frequently, especially if he or she is prone to ear infections, or if you suspect a problem. 

Helping Pets with Hearing Loss

If your pet, as many pets do, has experienced full or partial hearing loss, fear not. Pets with hearing loss can live very full and good lives. When you are caring for a hearing-challenged pet, be sure to:

  • Learn to communicate–Help your deaf pet learn hand signals. You can also use light signals by carrying a flashlight or laser pointer to help get your pet’s attention when necessary. You may also wish to alert them with a gentle touch when you come and go so that they are aware of where you are. You might be wondering if you can train a deaf dog, and the resounding answer is yes. A hearing-impaired dog can do anything any other dog can with hand signals and touch training for deaf dogs.
  • Keep your pet safe–Animals do need their hearing to protect themselves adequately. Keep this in mind when your pet is outdoors. A pet whose hearing is compromised may not recognize that danger such as an oncoming car is present. It is best to avoid letting these pets outdoors unattended. A securely fenced yard or leash are their best friends.
  • Keep yourself safe–Pets who cannot hear may startle easily, and sometimes startled animals snap or otherwise try to protect themselves. Alert your pet to your presence by creating vibrations (think stomping on the floor) or using a penlight. 

Pets without hearing have a few extra challenges, but they tend to do quite well. You may need to learn a new way to interact with each other, but chances are that you both can enjoy your friendship just as much, if not more, than before. Communicating with a deaf dog can take a little effort, but it is well worth it for the friendship you earn in return. 

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How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone? https://thedogvisitor.com/how-long-can-you-leave-a-dog-alone https://thedogvisitor.com/how-long-can-you-leave-a-dog-alone How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone? Read More »

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What are dog probiotics, and do they work? https://thedogvisitor.com/what-are-dog-probiotics-and-do-they-work https://thedogvisitor.com/what-are-dog-probiotics-and-do-they-work What are dog probiotics, and do they work? Read More »

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Kennel Club of India – How to Register your Dog? https://thedogvisitor.com/kennel-club-of-india-how-to-register-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/kennel-club-of-india-how-to-register-your-dog Kennel Club of India – How to Register your Dog? Read More »

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Your Dog Has Bad Breath – What To Do? https://thedogvisitor.com/your-dog-has-bad-breath-what-to-do https://thedogvisitor.com/your-dog-has-bad-breath-what-to-do Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier 5 Reasons To Give Your Dog Lion’s Mane Mushrooms https://thedogvisitor.com/5-reasons-to-give-your-dog-lions-mane-mushrooms https://thedogvisitor.com/5-reasons-to-give-your-dog-lions-mane-mushrooms Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier Blue Buffalo Dog Food Reviews https://thedogvisitor.com/blue-buffalo-dog-food-reviews https://thedogvisitor.com/blue-buffalo-dog-food-reviews Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier Can Dogs Eat Bagels? Are Bagels Safe For Dogs? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-bagels-are-bagels-safe-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-bagels-are-bagels-safe-for-dogs When you are trying to be clear on what you can and cannot feed your dog, you are likely to consider a whole range of foods that you might just have in your cupboard at home already. This is important as you probably want to save money, and it is good to bear in mind […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:07 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Pickled Beets: Everything You Should Know https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-pickled-beets-everything-you-should-know https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-pickled-beets-everything-you-should-know When you have a dog to look after, you have to make sure that you are going to feed them in the best way you can. That is something which you are going to find easy most of the time, but if you want to try and feed them a little differently and expand out […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What To Do If A Dog Drinks Coffee: An Emergency Guide https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-a-dog-drinks-coffee-an-emergency-guide https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-a-dog-drinks-coffee-an-emergency-guide Some dogs will quite literally eat or drink anything that they see. The stronger something smells, the more likely some dogs will be to go and put their face in it, they really are a law unto themselves. While training your dog can be very beneficial in reducing this type of unwanted behavior, however, the […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:26:04 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Learn how Trazodone for dogs eases separation anxiety and fear https://thedogvisitor.com/learn-how-trazodone-for-dogs-eases-separation-anxiety-and-fear https://thedogvisitor.com/learn-how-trazodone-for-dogs-eases-separation-anxiety-and-fear Trazodone for dogs helps manage symptoms associated with separation anxiety, depression, or the need for excessive attention.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:25:26 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Unlock the secret of 5 dog sleep positions to help your pup sleep tight https://thedogvisitor.com/unlock-the-secret-of-5-dog-sleep-positions-to-help-your-pup-sleep-tight https://thedogvisitor.com/unlock-the-secret-of-5-dog-sleep-positions-to-help-your-pup-sleep-tight Dog sleep positions range from curling up tight to sleeping on their backs. The position shows your dog's confidence and trust in you.

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CBD dog treats: Why and how to use them for your dog https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-dog-treats-why-and-how-to-use-them-for-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/cbd-dog-treats-why-and-how-to-use-them-for-your-dog CBD dog treats can help improve joint mobility, reduce anxiety, slow cancer growth, improve digestive issues, and fight allergies.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:25:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Do Dogs Eat Poop https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-eat-poop https://thedogvisitor.com/why-do-dogs-eat-poop Why Dogs Eat Poop and What To Do About It

Stool eating is actually a common habit of many dogs. We look at possible causes, either medical or behavioural,  and suggest remedies!

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Medical Reasons

  1. Dietary deficiencies

A natural diet ( ie in the wild) includes the digestive tract in prey which naturally provides the appropriate amount of digestive enzymes needed.

BUT.. many dogs today are fed highly processed diets.

Digestive enzymes help ensure your dog is properly able to absorb his nutrition. If he doesn’t have the enzymes needed … food will pass through undigested.

Dogs can create enzymes on their own but they aren’t always enough. This is why you need to make sure they’re part of his daily diet.

And by ensuring he is getting the proper nutrition you’ll help keep diseases away.

It’s possible that your dog may have a hydrochloric acid deficiency….this can be a result of a poor diet or aging.

Hydrochloric acid is used by the body to break down proteins. If your dog doesn’t have enough, he won’t be able to digest food and it’ll just pass through. He’ll then seek out poop for missing nutrients.

Poop eating is also a symptom of mineral deficiency

 

 

  1. Underfeeding

Make sure you’re feeding your dog enough food at regular times. If your dog is losing weight on a fresh, whole diet, then feed him more!

And keep to a schedule, a hungry dog will look for other food sources you may not like. 

 

  1. Certain disease conditions

EPI is a genetic condition that some young dogs struggle with … but they can develop symptoms later in life too. It’s also known as pancreatic insufficiency.

Certain diseases like diabetes and thyroid issues can make your dog feel hungry … even if he’s not actually hungry.

Steroids can also make your dog ravenous enough to eat stool. And let’s be honest … many dogs don’t need much of a push.

Any condition that leads to poor nutrient absorption can, in turn, lead to stool eating. He may resort to eating his own in attempts to get undigested nutrients back. Or he may find your cat’s stool even more delightful.

It’s important to consider whose stool he is seeking, because it may also be an indicator of a deficiency or illness in that pet.

  1. Internal Parasites

If your dog has a worms he has to compete for nutrients with the parasites. This leaves him getting less nutrition as the parasites mature.

 

Behavioural Reasons

Now that we’ve covered some of the possible health reasons your dog may eat poop … let’s move onto possible behavioural reasons.

  1. Cleanliness

There’s one key time that a dog will eat stool and it’s very much in the natural order of things. This is when a female dog cleans up after her puppies to keep the nest clean. This drive for cleanliness could also account for other dogs that “clean up” stool. If you have a younger dog they can pick this habit up from an older dog. Sometimes they learn this from their Mothers who do this as a natural housekeeping skill

  1. Puppies

Puppies are curious and exploring their surroundings is an important part of their development. It’s not unusual for them to eat many things, including poop as part of their adventures.

The good news is that most puppies grow out of the poop eating stage.

  1. Scavengers

Dogs are natural scavengers and smells are a big part of that. Poop stinks to us … but to our dogs it’s amazing.

  1. Boredom

If your dog is home alone all day with not much to do, he’ll find something. If there happens to be some poop within his reach … he may just find a new way to entertain himself and get a little treat in the process.

Our dogs love us and want our attention. It might seem odd, but for some dogs getting in trouble is still a good thing. They get your attention and the added fun of poop hunting all at once.

  1. Stress

Dogs who are stressed can sometimes eat things they shouldn’t … and some may relieve stress by eating poop.

  1. Puppy farms

It’s a sad truth but puppy farm dogs are more likely to develop this habit. They grow up in stressful environments and often have poor nutritional starts.

  1. Punishment

Punishment for having accidents in the house might leave your dog worried that poop is a bad thing. Owners should not make a big deal of accidents as some dogs may “hide the evidence” later.

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How To Stop Your Dog From Eating Poop

By now you’ve ruled out or in, all the reasons why your dog may be eating poop. Now it’s time to review what you can do to kick this gross habit at home.

  1. Be Clean

Keep things clean and simple. By supervising your dog out on walks or in the yard, you can clean up poop when it happens. And if you have cats at home you’ll want to keep the litter box clean often too.

  1. The Power Of Play

Keep your dog’s brain healthy and active. Develop a play routine that provides exercise and mental stimulation. This is really important if you have a working breed. You may even want to sign up for agility or fly-ball class for added learning. Choosing safe toys that provide entertainment is also a great idea for times when you can’t play together.

  1. Feed The Best Diet You Can

Make sure he’s eating a raw, whole, varied diet of quality proteins. Raw food has those digestive enzymes your dog needs to help him process his meals. If you’re feeding cooked food only, you’ll definitely want to add digestive enzymes. Raw, green tripe is particularly high in digestive enzymes, as well as probiotics. Learn more about raw green tripe, here.

  1. Add Supplements When Needed

For a trace mineral deficiency, you can add some kelp, according to Dr Demers. And for a hydrochloric acid deficiency, try some apple cider vinegar (1 tsp per 25 pounds in food), which may help mimic the missing acid and help the body compensate for the deficiency, according to Dr DeHaan. Learn more about the health benefits of sea vegetables like kelp, here.

  1. Screen For Parasites

Any time you find your dog is struggling to absorb nutrients you want to check for parasites. This is a quick and easy test that your holistic vet can run for you.

  1. Don’ t Make Poop A Big Deal

Avoid punishment! According to a pet owner survey at Davis … punishment isn’t effective. The study also found food additives used to stop poop eating are only effective up to 2 percent of the time.

Positive reinforcement training wasn’t very effective either.

Keep on top your dog’s digestion always. Remember, your dog may be attracted to another dog’s or cat’s stool, not only because he is deficient in something … but because he’s not absorbing food well.

 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Be aware of blue&green algae poisoning in dogs… https://thedogvisitor.com/be-aware-of-blue-green-algae-poisoning-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/be-aware-of-blue-green-algae-poisoning-in-dogs Blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) occur in fresh, brackish and sea water throughout the world; in the UK they can sometimes appear in large blooms during the summer months in ponds, lakes, reservoirs and old gravel pits.

While usually green, or blue-green in colour (hence the name), they may be khaki, blue, black, dark brown or red. Blooms of blue-green algae can form thick scums on the surface of the water and are often cause for concern because as they start to break down they can release a range of toxins. If these toxins are ingested in large quantities they can present risks to human health and long-term exposure of human skin to the toxins can cause irritation. The effect on humans in the UK has been limited to illness rather than death and there are a number of steps that you can take to minimise the risk associated with blue-green algal blooms.

Blue-green algae can produce potent toxins that can result in a range of health effects in people and animals. Effects on people coming into contact with toxic scums include skin rashes, eye irritations, vomiting and diarrhoea, fever and pains in muscles and joints. Blue-green algae have caused the deaths of dogs, horses, cattle, birds and fish across the UK

According to reports, at least four dogs have died in the UK after venturing into to waterways known or thought to have be home to the algae. It has also been causing harm this summer in the US, where the Great Lakes have been particularly badly affected, according to scientists. Three dogs reportedly died in North Carolina after swimming in a contaminated lake.

Thanks to the climate emergency, those conditions are being met more often. “There’s pretty strong evidence that climate change is leading to increased problems, more widespread and intense blooms, right across the globe. We expect with warming that things will get worse.

Blue-green algae look a “pea soup” scum that floats on the water … but it’s actually bacteria. In fact, it’s bacteria that can photosynthesize. The bacteria grow and develop into large colonies that form blooms. And as a surface scum its intuitively attractive to many dogs!

Not all blue-green algae blooms produce toxins

Humans can become very ill when our skin comes into contact with toxic blooms and the same is also true for your dog … but it can be deadly if they lick or drink any of it.

Remember wild animals will be affected too … so if you‘re out near water and you see dead animals (even fish or birds) … don’t let your dog in the water! 


What Makes Some Blue-Green Algae Toxic?


The toxins produced that cause illness are Microcystins and Anatoxins.

Microcystins can cause:

  • liver damage and possible liver failure
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea and or bloody diarrhoea
  • pale or jaundice gums ( mucous membranes)

Anatoxins can cause these neurological issues:

  • muscle tremors
  • seizures
  • paralysis

Symptoms Of Blue-Green Algae Poisoning in Dogs


Both toxins can cause symptoms in your dog and in as little as 30 to 60 minutes after your dog is exposed to the toxins.

Symptoms associated with microcystins may take up to 12 to 24 hours to appear … but it’s still critical to take your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

In a perfect world, you will be able to avoid these algae but if your dog is out of sight with access to water … you need to look out for these symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in stool or black, tarry stool
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Seizures, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, or paralysis
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Excessive salivation or tearing
  • Blue discoloration of the coat, skin and mucous membranes
  • Difficulty breathing

What to Do If You Suspect Blue-Green Algae Poisoning

  1. Rinse your dog off with fresh water as soon as possible to remove as much bacteria as you can.
  2. If you’re not sure if your dog licked or drank any water … follow the instructions below. Watch your dog carefully for any signs of illness.
  3. If your dog did lick or drink any water ... you need to get him to the vet as soon as you can. But follow the instructions below for some things you can do right away that can help!

Caution: If your clinic is closed, go to a 24-hour emergency clinic. Don’t wait till morning. That may be too late. Call ahead to let the clinic know you’re on your way and why. 

But right away … there re things you can do to start helping your dog. 

Supplies To Carry With You (Shopping List) 

  1. Hydrogen peroxide. Buy 3% hydrogen peroxide at any pharmacy.
  2. Activated charcoal.
  3. A syringe or small baster to give either hydrogen peroxide or charcoal, as needed. 

Remedies To Help With Blue-Green Algae Poisoning

Note: Follow these recommendations if you see any rapid onset symptoms when your dog’s been in the water – even if you didn’t see blue-green algae! It can hide for a long time in corners and other less visible places.

If your dog has no symptoms but you think he might’ve drunk some water immediately give a dose of activated charcoal. This is best used within an hour or two of exposure.

Charcoal binds to toxins and can help remove them from his body. If he has swallowed some toxic water, it could help him eliminate the toxins.

If he hasn’t drunk any water, the charcoal won’t hurt him. 

Dosing Charcoal

Depending on which charcoal option you bought, here’s how to give it:

Amount: 1 ml per lb of body weight.  It’s a good idea to calculate how much you’ll need ahead of time. 

If you know your dog has swallowed some water that you suspect is toxic …

Caution: If your dog has a seizure or is unconscious, don’t give either hydrogen peroxide or charcoal. He needs to be able to swallow the liquids.  

1 Immediately give hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. 

Only do this if it’s been less than 2 hours since he drank the algae water. If it’s been more than 2 hours go straight to 2, activated charcoal.

  • Amount: using a syringe, give 1ml (or cc) per pound of body weight of hydrogen peroxide.
  • The easiest way to do it is to hold his head level or slightly tilted … then use the syringe to squirt the peroxide into the side pouch near the corner of his mouth. Don’t tilt his head back too far … you don’t want him to aspirate the peroxide.  
  • He should vomit quickly. If not, repeat that dose once within 15-20 minutes.
  • If nothing happens the second time … switch to dosing the activated charcoal. Don’t wait too long. 

2 After the peroxide, give a dose of activated charcoal (see Dosing Charcoal above).“

Don’t be alarmed if your dog vomits or has diarrhoea. He needs to get the toxins out of his body. When you get to the vet, they’ll make sure he’s hydrated and will give fluids if needed. 

Once You’re At The Vet

Let your vet take over and do what’s necessary to save your dog. This is an emergency and not the time to be quibbling about sticking with natural care. 

However, the toxins in the algae put stress on your dog’s liver and can cause organ damage. So, when you get a chance  ask your vet to make sure your dog gets liver support. 

Many vets will give Sam-E, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) or vitamin C. If they don’t, ask if you can bring one or more of these supplements for them to give at the clinic. 

Some dogs with healthy immune systems may not even get sick. But the dogs who are affected can die very quickly. So you need to be prepared. 

And again, don’t waste time waiting to get to your regular vet.  Find the closest clinic that’s open and go straight there. 

 

Where has blue-green algae been reported? Below is a link to

https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/bloomin-algae-app-summary

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:24:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can dogs eat Banana's ?? https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-bananas https://thedogvisitor.com/can-dogs-eat-bananas Can dogs eat bananas??

There are plenty of fruit and vegetables worth incorporating into your dog’s diet. But at the same time, some of them (like grapes) can be harmful to your pet’s health.

 

6 Major Health Benefits Of Bananas For Dogs

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Bananas offer dogs some of the same health benefits that they do for humans. In particular, there are 6 that come to mind:

  1. Bananas can promote and help maintain healthy blood pressure. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6. These two nutrients can help regulate your dog’s blood flow. Low blood pressure equates to healthier heart function.
  2. Bananas can strengthen your dog’s muscles. Bananas are also full of magnesium, which plays a major role in muscle maintenance. For active pooches, bananas can help them to ensure they maintain strong muscles.
  3. Bananas can increase the strength of your dog’s bones. Potassium in bananas can reduce calcium loss from bones. Meanwhile, magnesium can promote healthy bone growth.
  4. Bananas can improve your dog’s brain function. You can keep your dog’s mind sharp by feeding bananas. Along with enhancing heart health, vitamin B6 can promote cognitive capacity.
  5. Bananas can supercharge your dog’s immunity. By adding bananas to her diet, you can boost your dog’s resistance to sickness. Bananas contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps dogs heal and repair.
  6. Bananas can enrich your dog’s digestive health. A medium-sized banana has 2.6 grams of dietary fibre. Bananas are also a prebiotic that helps feed probiotics, the good bacteria in the gut.

The Downside Of Feeding Bananas To Your Dog

Bananas have natural sugars and starches. For reference, a medium-sized banana has 14 grams of sugar and about 6 grams of starch.

Too much sugar and starch can be harmful for your dog. Weight gain can be an issue . Like humans, obesity in dogs can occur when they eat starchy diets.

Although bananas provide digestive benefits, overfeeding your dog can result in upset stomachs. Excess sugar, for example, can often be a cause for diarrhoea. And for some dogs, too many bananas can also lead to constipation.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels?

Banana peels aren’t toxic for dogs. But, they’re difficult for canines to chew. That toughness can make them hard for dogs to digest.

If your dog eats a banana peel, she could become sick. Indigestion can result and vomiting is a common symptom that follows.

How Much Banana Can a Dog Eat?

This factor depends on how big your dog is.

  • Medium to large dogs should only receive half of a normal-sized banana.
  • Meanwhile, small or toy breeds should only eat 2 or 3 tiny slices.

Due to sugar content, feed bananas to your dog only as treats. In general, treats should only make up 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.

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Not All Dogs Can Swim: Swim Lessons Save Lives! https://thedogvisitor.com/not-all-dogs-can-swim-swim-lessons-save-lives https://thedogvisitor.com/not-all-dogs-can-swim-swim-lessons-save-lives

Does your dog run with excitement to every body of water in sight? Maybe you can’t walk past a creek or pond without your pup diving in. Or maybe your dog treats water like the enemy and will do anything to stay dry. Every dog is different and not all are born with a love of getting wet. But can all dogs swim?

Depending on the breed, your dog might be a natural in the water or swimming might be challenging. However, whether your dog enjoys taking the plunge or prefers staying on land, it’s essential for safety that your dog learn to be comfortable in and around water. You might want to go boating together, go to the beach, or enjoy a vacation. You might even have a backyard swimming pool or visit somebody who does, so here’s the 411 on doggie swimming…

Not Every Breed Is a Natural Swimmer

If you think about a breed’s traditional purpose, it becomes obvious that some will be drawn to the water. Certainbreeds were born to swim because they were developed for water jobs. Consider theLabrador Retriever or theNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. These dogs were bred to retrieve water birds for the hunter. Some breeds even have water in their name like thePortuguese Water Dog who was developed to work in the water as a fisherman’s helper or the Irish Water Spaniel with the distinctive curly and water-repellent coat. These dogs have the physical structure to be excellent swimmers and most will love nothing more than playing in the water.

According to Michele Godlevski, NADD Dock Diving Judge, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Canine Behavior Consultant, and owner ofTeamworks Dog Training in Raleigh, NC, some breeds seem to know how to swim from the moment they see a body of water whereas others just don’t see the point of swimming. “There are also some breeds who have a weight distribution (Bulldogs for example) that would not make it possible for them to swim very well without a life vest.” Short-legged, long-bodied breeds likeDachshunds can also struggle in the water. So, can all dogs swim? Although it’s a myth that all dogs are natural swimmers, with a life vest and some dog swimming lessons from you, every breed should be able to get around in the water.

The Importance of a Dog Life Jacket

Let’s be honest, a life vest is always a good idea. And purchasing and fitting a dog flotation device is the first step in their dog swimming lessons. Buy your dog a life vest that fits them comfortably. No matter what breed you have, you always want that first experience to be fun, and not scary!

Which means never tossing your dog in the water and letting him figure things out on his own. Throwing a puppy or young dog in the water is not only a terrible idea, but it may, in fact, damage the dog’s courage about swimming for life. Dog swimming is all about courage. Which is another reason for the life jacket. A first-time swimmer in a life vest will have more confidence and therefore feel braver than one without.

Even dogs who seem confident, such as those running into the water as they chase a toy or another dog, can end up in trouble. They often can just chase that dog right into the water without realizing that the surface has changed. You don’t want your dog to panic upon realizing the ground has disappeared.

Godlevski says, “In my experience, dogs who run into the water for the first time, do so like a cartoon character running off a cliff. In other words, the drop-off is a complete surprise.” Dogs in a life vest will simply float while they get their bearings and realize they can paddle their feet. But the dog without a flotation device might panic, gulp water, and drown in the few seconds it takes for the paddling reflex to kick in.

Another reason for the life vest for the newbie dog swimmer is what is referred to as “front wheel drive.” In other words, dogs learning to swim only paddle their front feet while their rear legs dangle down usually trying to find the bottom. On the other hand, if you have a life vest on a dog, the dog’s back stays level with the water. When the dog’s back is level, it occurs to the dog that they actually do have “four-wheel drive” and all four paws paddle. Before you know it, your dog is moving through the water smoothly and confidently.

Choosing a Dog Flotation Device

Whether your dog is a swimming breed just starting out or a breed who needs some extra buoyancy, be sure to choose the most suitable style of life jacket. And even the experienced swimmer should have a properly fitting life vest. Your dog might become tired or get disoriented and the extra buoyancy will help with safety and confidence. Finally, a doggie flotation device is essential for boating. If your dog falls overboard, there could be rough water or strong currents, and that life vest could be a life-saver.

Look for a life jacket that is durable and made of waterproof materials. It should also be adjustable so you can ensure a snug fit on your dog. Consider reflective trim if you plan on any evening water-based activities. Along the same lines, brightly colored fabric is a bonus for visibility. You might also look for an extra flotation piece under the chin to help keep your dog’s head above water if that kind of extra support is needed.

Also, ensure the device has a handle. This can help you lift your dog out of the water, grab them if they are struggling, and guide them as they learn how to swim. However, ensure that the handle is sturdy enough to actually lift the dog out of the water. You might also look for a D-ring that will allow you to attach a leash. That can be useful at public beaches, lakes, etc. 

Teaching Your Dog to Swim

When you start dog swimming lessons, it’s key that you entice your flotation-device wearing dog into the water. Whether it’s playing with you or with a toy, create a situation that encourages your dog to enter the water on his own. Godlevski suggests, “Bring a toy or a ball. If your dog will come to you from the shore or edge, you can carry the dog around in the water, holding the handle of the life vest, to allow your dog to paddle.” Don’t pull your dog into the water and be sure to wear a life vest of your own. If your dog panics, he might climb on you to escape, and particularly with a large dog, this can put your safety at risk.

Another method Godlevski recommends is finding a friend with a dog who is a confident swimmer already. “Arrange a time for your dog to watch the other dog swim. If the two dogs are friendly, let your dog follow the other dog around, wearing a life vest.” With this technique, your dog can watch and learn, but even more importantly, see how fun the water can be.

If possible, start in shallow water and be close to your dog. Let your dog get used to simply having wet feet. Don’t move out of the shallows until your dog seems happy where he is. Encourage gradual movement into deeper water, and use lots of praise and positive reinforcement – if you reward your dog for being in the water, your dog wants to go in the water again. Anytime your dog seems overwhelmed, move to shallower water or the dry land and let your dog calm down before trying again.

It’s also important to teach your dog how to exit the water. Godlevski advises pointing your dog to the shore or pool ramp while you’re swimming together. If you’re not able to enter the water with your dog, she says it’s important you stay near the exit to help your dog find the way. Continue to repeat these steps until your dog understands how to get out of the water.

There are many places to teach your dog to swim, from the lake to the pool, but Godlevski advises that it definitely helps to have a gradual slope into the water. In addition, she says the bright blue water in a pool can look unnatural to dogs which may make them reluctant to get in. (Another reason to get in there with them!) However, she stresses, “Usually a pond or lake seems a bit more natural for the dog, but water is water. If they don’t like being wet, it doesn’t matter what color the water is!”

Water Safety Tips for Dogs

There are a number of precautions to take whenever you have your dog in or near water. The first is temperature. Making sure the water temperature plus the air temperature equals at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit before letting your dog swim. When the water temperature is too cold, you risk your dog suffering from cold tail, also known as limber tail or swimmer’s tail. This is a condition where the tail will droop and no longer wag or lift up. Your dog could also experience hypothermia, which is even more serious. Puppies are particularly sensitive, and if your dog jumps into water that is too cold and begins to shiver or not use his tail, please see a veterinarian immediately.

Water toxicity is another issue to watch out for. This is when a dog swallows too much water while swimming. A common sign is throwing up after swimming. To prevent water toxicity, keep swimming sessions short, 10 minutes maximum. Also, do not throw a large toy in the water for your dog. A flat, small toy, like a soft flying disc, is best. After your dog comes out of the pool, you can feed your dog some dehydrated or freeze-dried food, to help absorb the excess water in the stomach.

And of course, if your dog is swimming in a natural body of water, PLEASE be cautious of other critters such as water snakes or snapping turtles. There can even be alligators in saltwater or inland coastal waters in the south. And the ocean can present even more dangers.  Finally, fish hooks with bait on them are another risk in natural bodies of water. Dogs will gobble up fish bait – hook, line, and sinker before you know what happened. If this happens, get to the emergency vet as soon as possible. Never leave your dog unsupervised in or near the water and keep your eyes peeled for hazards.

And whenever your dog is outside in the sun, be sure to provide access to shade as well as fresh, clean drinking water. Your dog might otherwise be tempted to sip from the pool, ocean, or lake, and that isn’t the healthiest choice. And don’t forget the sun protection. Hairless breeds like the Chinese Crested or even light-coated dogs can get bad sunburns. And do not forget to put dog safe sunscreen on the pink nose of any dog.

So, what if your dog never takes to swimming despite all your lessons and encouragement? He may still enjoy water-side activities or a sized down version of taking a swim, particularly on a hot summer’s day. A cooling jacket or a plastic kiddie pool. While some dogs love a baby pool, many dogs are afraid of the slippery surface. You can make that surface less scary by putting kennel decking or a rubber drainage mat (the kind with circular holes in it) on the bottom to provide traction for your dog.

About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL

At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Winter Park, FL. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. Our Services include the following: Outdoor Hydrotherapy and In-Home Mobile Therapy for dogs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:19:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Hurricane Season Prep Tips for Your Dog https://thedogvisitor.com/hurricane-season-prep-tips-for-your-dog https://thedogvisitor.com/hurricane-season-prep-tips-for-your-dog “Ever tried coaxing a petrified pooch out from underneath the armoire? Then perhaps you can understand the importance of advanced storm preparedness. Don’t wait until every second counts. Planning for pet safety and comfort before there’s a problem can keep panic to more controlled levels when things become increasingly tumultuous. At the very least, it helps precondition our pets to understand what’s expected in specific, storm-fueled circumstances. Consider the checklist of preparedness tips for dog owners below, so that you and your canine companions can weather a looming storm or unforeseen environmental upheaval as smoothly and safely as possible.

Identify your safe space

In the event that you’re advised to remain indoors via a potential disaster warning, select your space well in advance. If you have a basement or storm cellar, that’s often the natural choice. If you don’t, choose an interior room on the first floor with a minimum of breakable windows.

Make sure, above all, that there’s enough physical capacity for both human and canine family members. Don’t sacrifice safety for comfort — a first-floor bathroom is, in many cases, safer than your family room — but simply consider whether everyone could fit in that space if you needed to spend more than a couple minutes hunkered down together.

Practice your disaster preparedness plan

Let’s say the safest area in your home is a first-floor laundry room, and you have one child plus two dogs. Realize up front that the lack of space would likely necessitate your child and/or dogs sitting on mom’s or dad’s lap for an extended span of time.

Then contemplate the complexities of herding a harried preschooler, a skittish Schnauzer and a testy Pekingese into a single confined location while the clock is ticking. See why practice drills are important? Take some time to sit in that chosen room with your canines. Use lots of treats and positive praise to make sure they come to associate the area with safety and reassurance.

Also, realize that the smoke detector — as well as other various warning alarms — may go off in an emergency situation. Do these sounds panic your pup? Then start desensitizing now. Try using an audio recording that lets you control volume. Play it on low to simulate the alarm going off, then guide your nervous pooch to a predesignated room or exit. Secure him on-leash, if necessary. Bring along an ample supply of his all-time favorite treats and reward/praise him lavishly for following you — even if he appears unsettled. Practice this “alarm drill” behavior periodically, at different times of day, by progressively turning up the sound. Keep praising and rewarding until gradually, your dog looks to you for direction.

Know your evacuation destination

Remember, public storm shelters don’t normally permit pets on leashes or even in carriers, unless those pets are designated service animals. So determine your plan now, while you have sufficient time to strategize. Check with regional hotels that accept pets and confirm their policies beforehand. If you’d likely stay with friends or relatives, make sure those people are able and willing to have your pets in their home. Also, remember to factor distance into the equation. If you’re experiencing a storm or natural disaster, nearby relatives and acquaintances will likely feel the impact as well.

Make absentee arrangements

In an emergency situation, your pets depend on you as their advocate. So apply stickers to your front and back doors that alert first responders to canines in the house. Make sure neighbors know that you have one or more dogs, and ask for their help in the event you’re not home when an unexpected storm or natural disaster strikes.

Create a pet-friendly emergency kit

Having a grab-and-go pet disaster kit prepared in advance can save precious time. Select a roomy bag, then stock it with necessary medications, a supply of canned food, bottles of water, health records, copies of tags or vaccination certificates, a favorite toy, a towel or shirt with your scent, and a list of emergency contact numbers. Also include a calming aid like Bach Rescue RemedyArk Naturals Happy Traveler Chews or a soothing Thundershirt. Add some small paper plates, plastic spoons, a pill cutter, and a manual can opener.

Make pets easy to identify

In the unthinkable event that you get separated from your beloved pup, enable easy identification. Check now — while you’re thinking about it — to make sure your pet’s microchip and tags are updated with all your current contact information. Also verify that your canine is up-to-date on necessary vaccinations.

Sensible after-storm suggestions

Once the storm has passed, be extremely cautious when you’re out walking your pup — look for downed wires, large unsecured objects, and the like. Whatever you do, never let your dog roam loose. Heavy rain and high winds can significantly alter familiar scents and landmarks. Your dog relies heavily on sense of smell and may easily become disoriented without your reassuring presence to guide him safely home.”

About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL

At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Winter Park, FL. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. Our Services include the following: Outdoor Hydrotherapy and In-Home Mobile Therapy for dogs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:19:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season! https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-safety-tips-for-the-holiday-season https://thedogvisitor.com/pet-safety-tips-for-the-holiday-season

Typically, the holiday season is the time of year we gather the most with family and friends and sometimes, our fur friends accompany us in the festivities. We all want to have fun and be merry, but we also want everyone safe including our pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to a veterinary clinic. As claimed by many veterinarians, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets! Listed below we have provided recommendations and tips you can take to ensure your pet is safe, feels loved and has fun during this wonderful time of year:

Train & Don’t Complain

Our pets rely on us for learning and knowing what behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. Also, try to stick to your dog’s daily routine – walks, feeding, playtime. Dogs like routine, and to deviate from their normal routine will cause stress. Barking, digging, jumping up, begging for food, etc are all normal pet behaviors, but for most people and guests, few find them enjoyable. House guests typically set your pet off to do mischievous things, and even the best trained dogs need some refreshing when it comes to their manners. Basic obedience training can help keep your pet safe and happy, as well as in good standing with your party guests this holiday season.

Pet Proof

For example, if your dog is a well known counter-surfer, consider baby-gating him/her out of the kitchen when preparing the holiday feast. When guests arrive and your pet just can’t seem to help themselves with food, make a comfortable area for them away from guests to ensure everyone is safe and happy. If your pet has anxiety or just becomes stressed during this hectic season, CBD oil is a holistic alternative to any prescription medication for stress. Give your dog something else to do rather than letting him/her become unemployed and getting into trouble. A peanut butter or kibble filled KONG is a great idea and activity that will keep their bellies full and senses occupied. Along with this, make sure to check in on them in between the chaos and entertainment and give them some TLC and remind them they are safe. Another tip is to make sure your pet has the proper identification on them in the event they escape or get lost. Keep all doors closed and If you know your pet is one to bolt, at least keep them secured while everyone is arriving.

Respect All Species

Avoid forcing your dog on non-dog people, and don’t let guests force themselves on your dog. And don’t expect others to enjoy the same type of interaction with your dog as you do. Some people may have traumatic pasts with animals and simply just fear your pet. In contrast, if there are children or people who are a little too confident with your dog, set clear ground rules for how your dog is to be treated and if necessary, politely remove your dog from the situation if guests are unable or unwilling to follow them. Watch your dog closely for signs that he’s uncomfortable, such as yawning, lip-licking, turning away, shaking, wide eyed or simply trying to get away from the situation. Lastly, if you know your dog has fear or aggression issues, guarantee success by completely avoiding interactions that can trigger unwanted or unsafe behavior. It’s better to safely confine a dog away from the party than to risk a bite or sabotage training progress.

Decorations or Disaster?

Be mindful of holiday decorations. Strings of lights, breakable ornaments, poisonous plants, and glowing candles can attract curious pets. Management and supervision is a must during the holiday season.

  • Keep your dog away from holiday plants as many of these are poisonous.
  • If you put up a tree, consider securing it so it doesn’t fall over on them. Always keep supervision on them when around a tree.
  • Don’t let your dog chew on the tree. Eating needles can irritate a dog’s mouth and digestive tract.
  • If your pet (dogs and cats) likes to play with ornaments on the tree, decorate the bottom third of the tree with ornaments that won’t break.
  • Don’t leave the lights on or wires plugged in when you’re not home.
  • Make sure you pick up all the tinsel, ornament hooks, etc. from the floor.
  • If you have a real tree, make sure the water bowl is covered so you dog can’t drink from it in case there’s any pine sap, bacteria, fertilizers or other toxic chemicals in the bowl.
  • Keep all gifts that contain food, chemicals, and batteries off the floor and away from your dog.
  • Choose gifts for your dog that are safe and non-toxic.

Leave the Leftovers

Rich, fatty foods can cause stomach problems varying from a simple tummy upset to more serious, pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas resulting in pain, vomiting, and dehydration. Dogs with this serious condition usually require hospitalization for treatment. Let your guests know to refrain from feeding table scraps and be sure to pet-proof the garbage. Be especially mindful of any cooked bones or foods that are toxic to dogs-avocados, grapes, spices, yeast dough, chocolate, raisins, coffee, candy, gum, baked goods, onions, garlic, alcohol. So basically, If it’s not dog food don’t feed it to them! Keep your local emergency vet’s phone number handy, along with driving directions just In case.

Holiday festivities can become hectic, but don’t forget to relax and spend quality time with your family, friends and pets! And one last thing, PLEASE avoid giving a pet as a holiday gift. The holidays are not ideal for introducing a new pet into a family.  New pets require a stable environment and plenty of extra attention and time to bond with their new family. Researching and making sure a pet is the right choice for your home and anyone in it beforehand, is a must. Remember, pets are a LIFELONG commitment, responsibility and privilege. Soon after the holiday season, is the time animal shelters are most full, due to people committing to an animal and then changing their mind. And if you are considering a new pet for the holidays ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT! Please don’t ever think going to a puppy store is the answer. Most of the animals in pet stores are from puppy mills, sickly and have orthopedic issues early in life. There are so many animals in shelters that need homes, so open your heart to saving a soul before buying one.

About Dip’ n Dogs Hydrotherapy – Orlando, FL

At Dip’n Dogs Hydrotherapy, we are certified and caring professionals devoted to restoring and enhancing the health and happiness of your beloved pup. Encompassing a pool, as well as a certified hydrotherapist, this can provide effective and long lasting results for your pet’s injury or illness. We are conveniently located in Winter Park, FL. Contact us today at (407) 227-0030. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:19:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Have You Been Missing Out on New and Updated Dog Health Articles? https://thedogvisitor.com/have-you-been-missing-out-on-new-and-updated-dog-health-articles https://thedogvisitor.com/have-you-been-missing-out-on-new-and-updated-dog-health-articles Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier Giveaway: Become a Rock Star of Veterinary Visits https://thedogvisitor.com/giveaway-become-a-rock-star-of-veterinary-visits https://thedogvisitor.com/giveaway-become-a-rock-star-of-veterinary-visits Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:49 -0800 Dog-Fancier New Dog Health and Care Articles https://thedogvisitor.com/new-dog-health-and-care-articles https://thedogvisitor.com/new-dog-health-and-care-articles Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:17:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier Treatment for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/treatment-for-hip-dysplasia-in-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/treatment-for-hip-dysplasia-in-dogs
Treatment for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Treatment for hip dysplasia in dogs is usually through diet, exercise, or supplementation. While coping with your dog's hip dysplasia you'll find that there are treatment options out there that will fit your needs.

CAN HIP DYSPLASIA BE CURED IN DOGS?

Although there is no cure for hip dysplasia, with a healthy diet, moderate exercise, and use of supplements can help manage the pain and the progression of the disease.

TREATMENT FOR HIP DYSPLASIA IN DOGS

The right amount of exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and strength and helps to support the dysplastic joint. It also helps to improve joint range of motion, which helps keep the dog comfortable. Here some moderate exercises for dogs with hip dysplasia:

  • Swimming (helps keep stress and pressure of off the joints)
  • Short leash walks

Surgical Treatmen:

For younger dogs (under 10 months), a triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) can be performed to reestablish joint stability and encourage normal joint development.

Home Treatment:

  • Keep your dog in a warm environment. This helps to control the pain of arthritis, as this worsens in cold temperature.
  • Provide an orthopedic bed for your dog. Orthopedic beds create additional support for your dog's spine, joints, and muscles while they rest by redistributing your dog's weight, thus relieving pressure on their joints.
  • Give your dog a massage. Massage the muscles around your dog's hip joints, gently rubbing in a circular motion with your finger tip for no longer than 10 minutes. Be sure to pay attention to how your dog is reacting to this, if he seems agitated, stop.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG HAS HIP DYSPLASIA

The signs of hip dysplasia should not be used to self diagnose your dog. Lameness in dogs is not always attributed to hip dysplasia and could be a number of things. Check out our blog on What To Do If Your Dog Is Limping for an overview of the top causes of canine lameness. If you suspect that your dog may have dysplasia, then you should meet with your veterinarian for a comprehensive orthopedic wellness exam.

Although some human foods are thought to be beneficial for treating hip dysplasia, there are no proven treatments to prevent the development of hip dysplasia. The best treatment for managing the symptoms associated with canine hip dysplasia is a combination of healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, and exercise (such as swimming, which doesn’t put any stress on the joints).

A bone and joint supplement like Boneo Canine® can also be a good addition to your dog's regime because it helps maintain strong bones and joints. Acupuncture and physical therapy are also great ways to make your dog feel more comfortable. For a more thorough review on ways to ease the pain, please check out Dr. Borostyankoi’s interview with I Heart Dogs.

PLAN AHEAD, CONSIDER PET INSURANCE

If your dog is predisposed to develop dysplasia, or if your dog is experiencing lameness, it is important to meet with your veterinarian to discuss a complete approach to managing their bone and joint health. This may include a specialized nutrition, supplement, and exercise regimen.

It may also be worthwhile for pet owners to purchase pet insurance when their dog is a puppy (according to a general review of plans, pet insurance may pay for about 80-90% of the cost associated with vet visits). This can be especially beneficial for a dog with hip dysplasia, as the condition can result in the need for surgery, including a total hip replacement. The estimated cost of a total hip replacement in a dog can be very expensive, ranging from $5,000-8,000 per hip.

This can all seem overwhelming for some dog owners. However, by consulting your veterinarian and planning ahead, you can make sure your dog enjoys a happy and comfortable life.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What To Do If Your Dog is Limping: Dog Limping Treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-your-dog-is-limping-dog-limping-treatment https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-do-if-your-dog-is-limping-dog-limping-treatment

Dog limping, whether it is due to joint pain, arthritis, a broken leg, or any other cause, is a hard sight to bear. But how should you react when your furry friend starts hobbling about? Read on to learn our best tips on what to do for a limping dog.

WHY IS MY DOG LIMPING? REASONS WHY DOGS LIMP

Canine lameness (or dog limping) is usually a symptom or outcome of an underlying problem. Dog limping occurs when dogs avoid weight on an injured, painful, or abnormal limb. The severity of the joint pain associated with limping varies depending on the age, activity, and condition of the dog.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CANINE LAMENESS?

Lameness in dogs is defined as "a variance from normal gait.” In layman's terms, it is also called limping or hobbling. If you notice that your dog has begun to walk with difficulty, you are likely seeing signs of lameness. For a more scientific explanation on what qualifies as canine lameness and when to visit a veterinarian, check out our blog on Lameness in Dogs.

HOW TO EXAMINE A LIMPING DOG

The first step is to determine the seriousness of the problem as lameness in dogs can range from mild to severe. The important thing to look for is whether your dog is still willing to bear any weight on the affected leg or whether he or she is refusing to bear weight on the leg altogether. Absent a very obvious injury (such as exposed bone or heavy bleeding) that requires immediate veterinary attention, you can perform an at-home examination. Dog limping can often be attributed to objects stuck in the paw and ingrown nails, so the video below will help you determine whether it is a cause like this.

DOG LIMPING TREATMENT: WAYS TO HELP A LIMPING DOG

If you have completed the home examination and ruled out anything serious that requires veterinary attention, then you are dealing with mild lameness. Mild lameness and can usually be treated at home with the following steps:

  • Apply Light Heat or Cold. Apply a bag of frozen vegetables or heat pad (be careful not to burn your dog) to the joint to reduce inflammation. If the pain persists for more than 24 hours, or if you want to be proactive and rule out a chronic condition, see a veterinarian for a physical examination.
  • Massage for Pain Relief. A massage can be very relaxing and soothing to a dog with inflamed joints and is thought to be a natural way to treat mild lameness. According to the Whole Dog Journal, use a natural arnica along with the massage for pain relief.
  • Avoid Carbs. Excessive carbohydrate foods (corn, wheat, rice, soy, millet and even potato) are pro-inflammatory. Look for a high-quality dog food that uses real chicken or beef as the main ingredient. This is also better for your dog nutritionally.
  • Add a Supplement. A natural bone and joint supplement like Boneo Canine can help your dog to maintain strong bones and healthy joints. Boneo contains a patented lactoferrin complex, which has been shown to help minimize inflammation and support skeletal strength. Check out our health section to learn more about the benefits of lactoferrin.
  • Restrict Movement/Crate. When the limping is acute, movement for lame dogs should be restricted for a few days. Avoid having them go up and down stairs or play/run with other dogs. If you pick up your dog, put them down carefully on all fours so that they don’t “land on the wrong leg”. Consider having them stay in a crate (with an orthopedic mat) while you are at work or sleeping. Do not let your dog sleep on the bed, as they can attempt to jump off and injure themselves further.
  • Ask Your Vet about Pain Medication. In certain cases, low doses of aspirin and other anti-inflammatories can be given to dogs. However, you should consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication as they can have side effects. You can read more about medication for dogs on our "Guide to Medication and Supplements for Dogs." 
  • Never Exercise a Lame Dog. Limping dogs must be allowed to rest completely for a few days to several weeks. When the lameness subsides, continue rest and restrictions for another 24-48 hours. Then you can reintroduce moderate exercise like controlled walks.

MY DOG IS SUDDENLY LIMPING OR REFUSES TO GET UP, WHAT SHOULD I DO? TREATMENT FOR SEVERE DOG LIMPING

In cases where a dog is unable to get up, walk, or appears to be in a great deal of discomfort, you are now dealing with severe lameness. Complete inability to bear weight on a limb can indicate a number of conditions, from a broken leg to a serious muscle injury or puncture wound. Joint pain that is severe can be very serious and sometimes requires surgery. In such situations, get your dog to emergency care immediately.

Note that transport to the vet can cause further complications. If the dog is large and is able to walk on 3 legs, allow him to walk to the car slowly and take him to the vet immediately. You should be careful to restrict the dog's movement by having him stay in a crate with towels lining the crate, or by having someone sit with them in the back seat to ensure that they are not thrown around during turns. If the dog is small, have a passenger cradle him while you transport him to the veterinarian.

MY DOG IS LIMPING BUT NOT IN PAIN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Do not assume that just because your dog is not vocal or continues to move about that he or she is not in pain. Short of a structural abnormality affecting the normal range of motion, in almost all cases, a dog limps only when he or she is experiencing some sort of discomfort. If the dog appears “normal” aside from the limping, it could mean that the injury is less severe. The seven tips in the infographic above should help, but if the pain subsists visit your veterinarian.

ARE THERE ANY NATURAL OPTIONS TO KEEP MY DOG’S BONES AND JOINTS STRONG AND HEALTHY?

Absolutely! Whether or not your dog has a limp, it’s a good idea to consider giving your dog a bone and joint supplement, such as Boneo Canine, which will not only help to manage inflammation, but also promote strong bones and joints.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:06 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What to Know About Glucosamine for Dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-know-about-glucosamine-for-dogs https://thedogvisitor.com/what-to-know-about-glucosamine-for-dogs
What To Know About Glucosamine For Dogs

Glucosamine for dogs is something you might be considering if your dog has begun to limp, or for extra joint support. It is also the most commonly found dietary supplement on the aisle, making it a popular choice, but is it right for your dog? In this blog we'll discuss glucosamine supplements, glucosamine side effects for dogs, and its effectiveness.

WHAT IS GLUCOSAMINE?

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is composed of a sugar and an amino acid and is naturally present in animal bones, bone marrow, shellfish and fungi. As dogs age, glucosamine levels go down, which can lead to eventual joint deterioration.

GLUCOSAMINE SUPPLEMENTS FOR DOGS

Since glucosamine is a precursor for GAGS, some have hoped that providing glucosamine as an oral supplement could beneficially influence cartilage structure. Glucosamine is readily marketed to support the structure and function of joints and (alone or with chondroitin and/or MSM) is widely used as a supplement for both humans and animals.

However, the effectiveness of glucosamine is hotly debated. There are a number of well-designed studies that show glucosamine works no better than a placebo, as well as a study showing that patients who had allegedly responded to glucosamine couldn’t tell the difference when their pills were replaced with placebos, according to Science-Based Medicine. At the same time, there are also a number of studies reporting that glucosamine may have therapeutic effects on pain and osteoarthritis.

IS GLUCOSAMINE FOR DOGS EFFECTIVE?

There is very little clinical research on glucosamine as a treatment for arthritis in dogs and cats. The only published clinical study done on glucosamine for dogs was in 2007, where 35 dogs were tested with carprofen (an osteoarthritis medication) and glucosamine. While veterinarians reported improvements in the dogs pain, it is unclear whether those improvements are due to glucosamine or the drug, since there was no placebo group. Nonetheless, many pet parents and veterinarians have claimed to see a noticeable difference in their dogs after putting them on a glucosamine regimen.

Glucosamine only helps with joint lubrication and pain management, it does not help with bone support. Giving your dog glucosamine as a preventative WILL NOT prevent the onset of bone or joint issues.

GLUCOSAMINE FOR DOGS SIDE EFFECTS

Side Effects of Glucosamine For Dogs

It’s important to remember that dogs with allergies to seafood may have an allergic reaction to many glucosamine products, as most are made out of shellfish. It’s extremely hard to find a glucosamine supplement that doesn’t contain shellfish. Still, an extreme allergic reaction to glucosamine is rare, and glucosamine is well-tolerated by most dogs when given in safe doses.

Furthermore, you must be very careful in giving glucosamine to a dog with liver or kidney issues, as it can cause kidney damage and liver failure, even in low doses, to dogs that have these types of issues.

Glucosamine side effects for dogs are often common if your dog has an allergy or sensitivity to glucosamine, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • A lack of appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation

CAN A DOG OVERDOSE ON GLUCOSAMINE?

While glucosamine is generally considered a safe nutrient to give to dogs, there is a chance of overdose. These days glucosamine can be found in everything, from "senior dog food" to treats and a wide variety of supplements. By not paying attention to the cumulative amounts of glucosamine you are feeding your dog, an overdose is a real possibility. In fact, in 2013, glucosamine overdose was on the list of the Top 10 Most Frequent Dog Toxins published by the Pet Poison Helpline.

The Symptoms of Glucosamine Overdose in Dogs can be quite scary, so it is important to make sure you are giving the right amounts of glucosamine to your dog.

WHAT IS A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO GLUCOSAMINE FOR DOGS?

Boneo Canine is a great glucosamine alternative that helps with overall support for dog bone and joint health. It is an all-natural solution for dogs that that is glucosamine free and helps manage joint problems as well as bone problems. Boneo Canine is also the only product that will help the overall health of the entire skeletal system and not just the joints. Unlike the traditional bone or joint supplements that contain glucosamine, chondroitin, or MSM, Boneo uses a patented milk protein (lactose-free) known as ribonuclease-enriched lactoferrin. You can read more about lactoferrin in our earlier blog post.

If you’re wondering if you should give your dog a supplement to support their bones and joints, it’s never too late. Boneo Canine is safe for any size, breed, or age. Learn more about Boneo by watching this informative video:

This article is meant to inform you on the different options relating to your dog's bone and joint health. This is not meant to recommend any product or treatment. Be sure to always check with your veterinarian concerning your dog's health.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:12:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
PetMeds® to Help Pet Parents Celebrate Fall With “Purr&fect Health and Wellness” Giveaway https://thedogvisitor.com/petmeds-to-help-pet-parents-celebrate-fall-with-purr-fect-health-and-wellness-giveaway https://thedogvisitor.com/petmeds-to-help-pet-parents-celebrate-fall-with-purr-fect-health-and-wellness-giveaway

With Halloween around the corner, many families are looking forward to enjoying trick-or-treat candy and other seasonal sweets. To help pet parents can safely include cats and dogs in fall festivities, PetMeds® is giving away prize packs every week in October.

For pet parents who love Halloween, it can be a fun day to spend with pets. Friendly, sociable pets can join their families to walk the neighborhood trick-or-treating route or hang out by the door to help greet costumed characters. But with candy bowls and trick-or-treat stashes all around, pet parents should be vigilant to ensure that pets do not sneak a taste.

Sugary sweets can be tempting for dogs because they can taste sweetness. Cats do not have taste receptors for sweetness but may still seek out novel textures. While small amounts of sugar are not normally harmful to pets, over time it can lead to dental disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Pet parents should also be aware of foods that are safe for humans, but toxic to pets. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many sugar-free gummies, chocolates, and lollipops, is toxic to cats and dogs even in small amounts. Chocolate, especially dark varieties, can also cause toxicity. Raisins are a lesser-known toxin that can be found in many candies and baked goods around the holidays.

Pet treats are safe for cats and dogs, but they should be given in moderation, even on special occasions, Limit treats to no more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake to keep their diet in balance and prevent an upset stomach on Halloween night.

Pet parents are invited to enter the “Purr-fect Health and Wellness” Giveaway for a chance to win a prize pack full of healthy treats and wellness items to celebrate Halloween with their cat or dog, by leaving a comment below.

Every Friday in October, one cat and one dog winner will be randomly chosen for a total of eight winners. The cat prize pack will include a pack of Soft VitaChews for Cats, Temptations Jumbo Stuff Tasty Chicken treats, Pet MD Hydrocortisone Spray, and Super Pure Omega 3 Liquid. The dog prize pack will include Super VItachews for Dogs, Disney Table Scraps treats, Pet MD Hydrocortisone Spray, and Super Pure Omega 3 Liquid.

The giveaway runs from October 3, 2022, through October 31, 2022. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) October 3, 2022, to October 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win.

Win A Treats and Wellness Prize Package From PetMeds®!
What healthy treats do your pets enjoy? Let us know below, and you could win a FREE Treats and Wellness Prize Package from PetMeds®! Two winners will be chosen at random Every Friday in October , so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of four (8) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!   

Congrats to our Week 1 Winners Nancy DiSanto in Wisconsin and Ashley Raymond in Indiana, our Week 2 Winners Kristin Garaas Johnson in New York and Essra Mohawk in Tennessee, Week 3 winners Roberta Aguglia in New Jersey and Travis Engle in Georgia, and Week 4 Gregg Barber in Connecticut and Doug Tepper in Arizona. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but make sure to check out our contest for November … and stay fur-ever young!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
From Our Holistic Vet: Holistic Options for Pain Management https://thedogvisitor.com/from-our-holistic-vet-holistic-options-for-pain-management https://thedogvisitor.com/from-our-holistic-vet-holistic-options-for-pain-management ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier PetMeds® Celebrates Senior Pets With “Fur&ever Young” Giveaway https://thedogvisitor.com/petmeds-celebrates-senior-pets-with-fur-ever-young-giveaway https://thedogvisitor.com/petmeds-celebrates-senior-pets-with-fur-ever-young-giveaway

PetMeds® is hosting a giveaway through November to celebrate Senior Pet Month and help pet parents adapt to their cat or dog’s changing needs. All pet parents are invited to enter the “Fur-ever Young” giveaway for a chance to win prizes for their cat or dog.

November is Senior Pet Month, dedicated to raising awareness of the perks of adopting a senior cat or dog as well as the importance of proper care and an active lifestyle to extend their happy, healthy years.

While every pet ages differently, a cat is generally considered a senior by the time they are ten years old. Dogs enter their senior years between five and ten years old, with smaller breeds aging more slowly than large dogs.

Over the past forty years, the average life expectancies of cats and dogs have nearly doubled. Pets are living longer due to higher standards in care and nutrition and advancements in veterinary science. It is not unusual for senior cats and dogs to live to celebrate their tenth, fifteenth, and even twentieth birthdays.

To keep middle-aged and senior pets in their best health for as long as possible, proper veterinary care is essential. Annual or twice-yearly wellness visits can catch illness early. Early intervention can be highly beneficial for common conditions seen in senior pets including kidney disease, diabetes, dental disease, and osteoarthritis.

Most cats and dogs will develop osteoarthritis in at least one joint in their lifetime. Pet parents can prevent or slow the progression by giving joint supplements at any age. For pets with osteoarthritis there are many effective pain management options including physical therapy, medications, holistic remedies, laser therapy, and acupuncture, making it possible for cats and dogs to stay active, healthy, and comfortable throughout their senior years.

While nobody likes to think about their pet getting older, the senior years are a truly special time. Cats and dogs become more settled down, more relaxed, and ready to enjoy an even deeper bond with their favorite humans.

PetMeds® is celebrating senior pets by giving away Special Senior Support Prizes Packs containing Vetoquinol Pill Wraps, NaturVet Digestive Enzymes Plus Probiotic Powder, and HomeoPet Anxiety Relief every Friday in November. Dog prize packs will also include Zesty Paws Senior Advanced 11-in-1 Bites, and Cat prize packs will also include Soft VitaChews for Cats. All pet parents are invited to enter the “Fur-ever Young” giveaway by commenting below

The giveaway runs from November 2, 2022, through November 30, 2022. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) November 2, 2022, to November 30, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win a cat or dog care pack. One cat and one dog winner will be chosen each week for a total of eight (8) winners.

Win A Special Senior Support Prize Pack From PetMeds®!
Are you celebrating with a senior pet this month? Tell us about your pet below, and you could win a FREE Special Senior Prize Pack from PetMeds®! Two winners will be chosen at random Every Tuesday in November, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of four (8) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!   

Congrats to our Week 1 Winners Georg Suelzner in Florida and Marlisa Molina. Look out for an email from us!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:11:20 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Sergeant Stubby America’s first canine hero https://thedogvisitor.com/sergeant-stubby-americas-first-canine-hero https://thedogvisitor.com/sergeant-stubby-americas-first-canine-hero SERGEANT STUBBY
AMERICA’S FIRST CANINE HERO,
AN AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER DOG,
WHO SERVED WITH THE 102ND INFANTRY AND WAS AWARDED
A VICTORY MEDAL AND A GOLD MEDAL FOR HIS VALOR
DURING WORLD WAR I

America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. In February of 1918 he saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks. He also located and comforted wounded, carried messages under fire and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants.
Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper.

Stubby was an American Pit Bull Terrier – broadly speaking, very broadly! No one ever discovered where he hailed from originally. One day he just appeared when a bunch of soldiers were training at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut. He trotted in and out among the ranks as they drilled, stopping to make a friend here and
a friend there, until pretty soon he was on chummy terms with the whole bunch.

One soldier though, in particular, developed a fondness for the dog,
a Corporal Robert Conroy, who when it became time for the outfit to ship out,
hid Stubby on board the troop ship.

So stowaway Stubby sailed for France, after that Corporal Conroy became his accepted master, even though he was still on chummy terms with everyone else
in the outfit; and in the same spirit of camarderie that had marked
his initial overtures at Yale.

It was at Chemin des Dames that Stubby saw his first action, and it was there that the boys discovered he was a war dog par excellence. The boom of artillery fire didn’t faze him in the least, and he soon learned to follow the men’s example of ducking when the big ones started falling close. Naturally he didn’t know why he was ducking,
but it became a great game to see who could hit the dugout first. After a few days, Stubby won every time. He could hear the whine of shells long before the men.
It got so they’d watch him!

Then one night Stubby made doggy history. It was an unusally quiet night in the trenches. Some of the boys were catching cat naps in muddy dugouts, and Stubby was stretched out beside Conroy. Suddenly his big blunt head snapped up and his ears pricked alert. The movement woke Conroy, who looked at the dog sleepily just in time to see him sniff the air tentatively, utter a low growl, then spring to his feet,
and go bounding from the dugout, around a corner out of sight.

A few seconds later there was a sharp cry of pain and then the sound of a great scuffle outside. Conroy jumped from his bed, grabbed his rifle and went tearing out
towards the direction of the noise.

A ludicrous sight met his eyes. Single-pawed, in a vigorous offensive from the rear, Stubby had captured a German spy, who’d been prowling through the trenches.
The man was whirling desperately in an effort to shake off the snarling bundle of canine tooth and muscle that had attached itself to his differential.
But Stubby was there to stay.

It took only a few moments to capture the Hun and disarm him, but it required considerably more time to convince Stubby that his mission had been successfully carried out and that he should now release the beautiful hold he had on that nice,
soft German bottom.

By the end of the war, Stubby was known not only to every regiment, division, and army, but to the whole AEF. Honors by the bale were heaped on his muscled shoulders. At Mandres en Bassigny he was introduced to President Woodrow Wilson, who “shook hands” with him. Medal and emblemed jackets were bestowed upon him for each deed of valor, plus a wound stripe for his grenade splinter. Not to be left out, the Marines even made him an honorary sergeant.

After the Armistice was signed, Stubby returned home with Conroy and his popularity
seemed to grow even more. He became a nationally acclaimed hero, and eventually was received by presidents Harding and Coolidge. Even General John “Black Jack” Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces during the war, presented Stubby with a Gold Medal made by the Humane Society
and declared him to be a “hero of the highest caliber”.

Stubby toured the country by invitation and probably led more parades than any other dog in American history; he was also promoted to honorary sergeant by the Legion,
becoming the highest ranking dog to ever serve in the Army.

He was even made an honorary member of the American Red Cross, the American Legion and the YMCA, which issued him a lifetime membership card
good for “three bones a day and a place to sleep.”

Stubby At Georgetown, Massachusetts!

Afterwards, Stubby became Georgetown University’s mascot. In 1921, Stubby’s owner, Robert Conroy was headed to Georgetown for law school and took the dog along. According to a 1983 account in Georgetown Magazine, Stubby “served several terms as mascot to the football team.” Between the halves, Stubby would nudge a football around the field, much to the delight of the crowd. Many friends thought Massachusetts or further northeast was Stubby’s birthplace.

Old age finally caught up with the small warrior on April 4th, 1926,
as he took ill and died in Conroy’s arms.

Stubby and a few of his friends were instrumental in inspiring the creation
of the United States ‘K-9 Corps’ just in time for World War II.

U.S. War Dogs Asso. – Revisions and Photos by The Dawnrest Family.


Sergeant “STUBBY”
The Hero Dog!
Earned a record of documented heroism and American lives saved.
In no-man’s-land, “STUBBY”
was wounded by Shrapnel and recovered to join the 102nd in more battles at Chateau Thierry, the Marne and the Meuse-Argonne.


General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, pinning a special gold medal on “STUBBY”.
There have been many American Pit Bull Terrier Dogs used as mascots to represent the U.S.A..
Often they were depicted with U.S. flags and famous phrases such as
“SAFE UNDER THE RIGHT PROTECTION”.
Stubby and Miss Louise Johnson riding in a float in a parade. (Source: Library of Congress Harris and Ewing Collection, Prints and Photographs Division)

Sergeant “STUBBY”


The Original War Dog, Mascot of World War 1
After 17 battles, “STUBBY” sailed back to America
a hero of the highest caliber
for bravery and courage far beyond recognition.
Sergeant “STUBBY”


Life member of the American Red Cross
Shown here soliciting members for the Red Cross.
THE NATION’S BADGE OF MERCY
CHARTERED BY CONGRESS
Over 4000 war dogs were sent to vietnam to fight and protect U.S. troops. When the war ended just over 240 were brought home, claiming most to be equipment of war, left to starve or be eaten. In remembrance of those war dogs, veterans tried to get a monument, but were rejected. So they decided to plant a special tree in D.C., but were rejected again. They even tried to get a war dog postal stamp, but Bugs Bunny was chosen instead.
Sergeant “STUBBY”


In 1926 when “STUBBY”, the war dog felled from old age, his body was preserved and displayed for 30 years at the Red Cross museum in Washington D.C. as part of the Smithsonian in the section showing uniforms of U.S.A.. French women made a blanket for the war hero to wear and more medals were pinned to “STUBBY’s” cloak. When his fur and skin deteriorated he was stored in a packing crate in a Smithsonian storeroom. Then the Smithsonian renovated the National Museum of American History which has a new armed forces history hall and “STUBBY” was sent packing to a National Guard armory in New England, back to his Connecticut home.

References:

  1. https://portal.ct.gov/MIL/MAPO/History/People/Stubby-the-Military-Dog
  2. https://www.dawnrestdogs.org/HEROES_SGTSTUBBY.html
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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:02:41 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Golden Retrievers and Cold Weather: Can These Two Get Along Well? https://thedogvisitor.com/golden-retrievers-and-cold-weather-can-these-two-get-along-well https://thedogvisitor.com/golden-retrievers-and-cold-weather-can-these-two-get-along-well

The main character of this article is dog breed:

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Golden Retriever

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Origin: United Kingdom
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The golden retriever is a big dog with a lustrous coat that is soft and robust to provide them with the looks that make people fall in love. Everyone believes that these beautiful beings can tolerate and get along well in cold weather. This assumption is true, but there are some factors that you must consider while making the notion to their stay outside in the cold weather.

According to vets and experts: Golden retrievers can stay in cold weather, and they do enjoy it. Their fur helps them stay happy and healthy in temperatures ranging from 45 to 90°F (7.2°C – 32.2°C). But when you keep them in the cold weather for some longer time, the results will not be good, and they will suffer in serious ways.

The following information will help you to learn about cold weather and golden retrievers. You will also learn what to do if they get hypothermia and save their lives.

golden retriever at the snow road

Cleaning your Golden retriever after retrieving them from cold weather

Golden retrievers love to play in the snow by rubbing their body on the powder surface. They also enjoy splashing in the puddle the most.

golden retriever in snow rubbing

These are the most adorable scenes, and you wouldn’t want to be cruel in stopping them from doing so. But once you reach home, you need to take some measures to stop them from getting serious injuries and medical issues. The rock salt sprinkled on the sidewalk will stick to their paws and irritate them. As a result, they will lick their paws, and the hazardous salt will make its way to their digestive tract. Salt is dangerous for GI health, and excess irritation can suffer in skin infection. You need to clean their paws with a damp, warm cloth to remove the salt and ice.

golden retriever get cold

The above-mentioned scenario is the only thing regarding the ice and snow. When your retriever stays out in snow and puddle, they will start liming and suffer from adenovirus or dog flu if you don’t take good care of them. Bathing is not an option in the winter; that’s why making them wear shoes and jackets will give you an extra cushion in keeping them happy and healthy on your daily trips outside.

Bearable temperature for Golden Retrievers

Dogs with a double coat and bigger bodies can stay happy and comfortable in temperatures ranging from 60 to 80°F (15.5°C – 26.5°C). The golden retriever is also such a breed that enjoys cold weather, and you don’t have to worry about much when the temperature is about 45 degrees F (7°C). But the same dog will have to suffer from some issues if the temperature falls below 40 degrees F (4°C), and you have to stay outside in the open for some extended time.

golden retriever in snow

The extremely cold temperature is not a friend of your golden retriever; that’s why you should remain vigilant for the signs and symptoms regarding your dog feeling cold. The dog tucking the tail and bending the legs is a sign of getting cold. When the ears are pinned down along with the tail, now it’s time to get inside. But when your dog starts trembling and shivering, this is the time when things get out of control, and you need to take corrective measures right away.

Safe Location for a Retriever to Live

Your golden retriever will beg you to go outside and spend some time there. Regardless of the weather, they tend to spend time outside with you and other members. But in the cold weather, you need to be vigilant regarding the temperature and weather conditions. When you take your dog outside, and it starts hazy, keep an eye on the temperature. The snow and rain are the cues for you to get back home right away. Once you reach home, rub your dog and remove snow and water from its coat. This way, you are saving them from getting ill. Rubbing their body with a towel will help them get dry and warm in the cold.

golden retriever in snow

When you go outside in the rain, cover their body and paws with gadgets that you can find easily online and in local pet stores. These gadgets will save them from extreme weather conditions. You must keep them safe in the insulated dog house when you go out of the house. The house should be built a few inches above the ground so the dog house will stay warmer than the icy cold surface. Tying the dog outside is inhuman and is not permitted by law. No owner can keep the dog outside tied for 30 minutes at a temperature below 32 and above 90°F.

Following are the conditions that permit you to keep your dog outside:

  • When you feel comfortable outside
  • Temperature is normal on your device
  • The weather is not going to be extreme in the coming hours
  • When there is no forecast of snow and rain on the same day

The rule of thumb is that standing in water is comfortable for you when you feel comfortable standing in water. When you are happy and comfortable outside, your golden retriever will feel the same way around. This is the item that allows you to keep your best buddy outside. Once you feel uncomfortable outside, this is your cue to protect the dog from extreme weather.

How well do golden retrievers enjoy water?

Golden retrievers love to play with you in the water and enjoy swimming even in the cold weather. Never let them tread water in cold weather alone. Unsupervised swimming is not safe for pets at all. Always check the water temperature before allowing them to swim in the water. The best measure is to take them in water with you and when you start feeling cold, pull them out of the water no matter how much they are enjoying. When hypothermia starts, dogs don’t react to orders and show the following symptoms:

  • Lack of alertness
  • Sluggishness or weakness
  • Shallow breaths
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Dilated pupils

When you bathe your dog, never take them outside right away. Even if it is clear outside with the sunshine, the cold wind will still make the damp dog suffer badly. The cold weather will make your dog seriously ill. According to the experts, when you are not feeling comfortable outside in normal clothing, this is not the right time for your dog to play outside. Golden retrievers have a high energy level, and they love to stay outside regardless of the severity of the condition and weather. But that doesn’t mean that they should go outside every day. You must check the temperature and decide accordingly.

How to treat hypothermia in golden retriever

Golden retrievers are made by nature to live in extreme weather, but that doesn’t imply you can keep them outside all the time. If you play outside with them in the cold weather, bring the dog back home after 30 minutes. Once your dog has to bear extreme temperate for more than 30 minutes, they are likely to suffer from hypothermia. You have learned the symptoms of hypothermia; now it is time to pour some attention on treating your dog if the extreme temperature has made them suffer from hypothermia.

If the emergency center is away, you should do the fowling to make your dog comfortable:

  • Increase their body temperature
  • Wrap the dog in a warm blanket
  • Use a hairdryer if you have to dry their hair
  • Keep the dog steady in a single place
  • Offer some warm water
  • Place a warm water bottle covered in a towel or blanket under their torso
  • Regularly measure the body temperature of your retriever

If the dog’s body temperature doesn’t reach above 100 degrees after doing many efforts, you should take your dog to the vet right away. Both young and old dogs are more likely to suffer from hypothermia; that’s why you should take special care of such dogs in cold weather. Young and old dogs usually don’t do well after suffering from hypothermia; that’s why you shouldn’t take any chances and rush to the vet right away.

Final Words

Golden retrievers are naturally protected against cold weather with their fur. But that doesn’t mean you can keep them outside in the open in extreme temperatures for more than 30 minutes. These dogs enjoy cold weather in which the temperature remains above 40°F. When the temperature gets below 40, you are advised to keep them inside. When you take your dog outside, try to protect them and make them wear a dog jacket and shoes. Cleaning their paws and rubbing their body is necessary after every trip outside. If you see any sign of a cold, consult your vet right away without wasting time.

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Cute Goldendoodle from Oopsie Doodles of NC

According to Rover.com, Goldendoodles become more and more popular over the years. Amount of “Doodle” owners is two times bigger in the United States since 2016, according to Rover’s database of millions of dog profiles.

Therefore it’s important for our team to give helpful guides and tips for future Goldendoodle owners:

  • List of breeders In the USA
  • Signs of good breeders. How to choose a right breeder
  • Why you should know the difference between F1 and F1b
  • How to choose a Goldendoodle puppy
  • Price of a Goldendoodle puppy

More details are in the article below.

Fountain Falls Goldendoodles (South Carolina)

Puppies from Fountain Falls Goldendoodles are raising in the amazing conditions of South Carolina – in the fresh air of the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Puppies play in an adjacent 2,000-square-foot puppy play yard stocked with all kinds of puppy toys, slides, tunnels, and ramps.

The owner is actively involved with the Goldendoodle Association of North America and certified blue ribbon breeder.

Goldendoodle from Fountain Falls Goldendoodles

Their Goldendoodles come in four sizes: micro petite (up to 25 pounds), mini (26-35 pounds), medium (36-49 pounds), and standard (50 pounds or more). Their colors are buff, white, red, sable, black, chocolate, phantom, cream, black/ white, chocolate/white, and red/white parti. All of their dogs are chosen for their good health, temperament, and conformation and all passed GANA extensive Blue Ribbon health requirements. These include hips, elbows, patellas, heart, CAER (eyes), and a complete battery of DNA tests

Fountain Falls Goldendoodles Details

River Falls Goldendoodles (South Carolina)

As lifelong dog lovers, owners, breeders, professional groomers, and trainers, they take great pride & care in the puppies they breed for customers. Puppy will have hypo-allergenic qualities, an easy-going temperament (great with children), amazing trainability, loyalty, and intelligence. All puppies are born and raised in their home.

They complete the most current genetic panels on all of their parents, testing for over 150 diseases.  Stay in contact with other G.A.N.A. breeders and breeders forums to keep current with information on puppy development, food, genetics, and any newly discovered health issues or concerns relative to the breed.  Health testing requirements to maintain Blue Ribbon status can be found on the Goldendoodles Association of North America website or G.A.N.A.  They have a written puppy-raising protocol that is evolving and changing as they continue to research and experience the best way to prepare puppies for families and service work. The parent’s health test results are available for review at any time upon request. At River Falls Goldendoodles are not a kennel or a professional breeding compound. All River Falls dogs are pets at their home. 

new born Goldendoodles from River Falls Goldendoodles

River Falls Goldendoodles details

Beechwood Goldendoodles (South Carolina, Virginia)

Beechwood Goldendoodlesis a blue-ribbon member of the Goldendoodle Association of North America. We are recognized by the Good Dog Responsible Breeding Program. They grow up petite, mini, medium, and standard Goldendoodle pups.

Ky x Watson pups almost 7 weeks – Beechwood Goldendoodles Virginia. From Facebook group.

In addition, our puppies’ parents will have passed the highest blue-ribbon level of extensive medical evaluations, including the heart, hips, eyes, elbows, and paella, as well as a comprehensive DNA panel. We also complement our program with Avidog Transformational Puppy Rearing and Puppy Culture for social and neurological development, based on current science. 

Beechwood Goldendoodles details

PuppySpot (United States)

This is really convenient online platform, easy to use with a wide range of Goldendoodles puppies.

  • Breeders are vetted and screened in partnership with USDA. The results of this health evaluation are reported through our mandatory Veterinary Health Report (VHR).
  • Their private travel network(works around the US) ensures your new pup arrives home healthy and safe.
  • They placed over 200,000 puppies into over 200,000 homes.

PuppySpot Goldendoodles Details

Amber Moon Goldendoodles (Alabama)

10 acres in beautiful Southern Alabama. Here we raise Miniature Goldendoodles and  Petite Goldendoodles.

We are proud to be a blue ribbon member of this ‘cut above the rest’ breeding association. Besides producing very sweet, friendly and non-aggressive dogs, the blue ribbon membership means all our dogs have passed extensive health testing requirements. None of our dogs are a carrier if any genetic disease. You will get a copy of the parents test results as part of your puppy packet.  

You can see specific details about test results of our dogs on ‘our boys’ and ‘our girls’ pages. General information about each test can be found on our G.A.N.A. page. 

“About us” page of Amber Moon Goldendoodles

Amber Moon Goldendoodles Details

Family Labradoodles and Goldendoodles (Virginia)

Family Labradoodles and Goldendoodles Details

Fox Creek Farm (West Virginia)

Fox Creek Farm is certified Blue Ribbon Breeders in West Virginia with the GANA and they are rated as Excellent Breeders with “Gooddog”.

Fox Creek Farm focuses on many things in our program with health, confirmation to the Goldendoodle Breed Standard, and temperament being of utmost importance. The health testing they complete on every single dog before breeding is as follows:

  • OFA hips/elbows at 12 months of age
  • PennHip after 16 weeks of age
  • OFA heart/patellas at 12 months of age
  • OFA eyes every two years

Additionally, they do complete DNA testing for the following diseases: Three mutations of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Degenerative Myelopathy, Ichthyosis, Neonatal Encephalitis with Seizures, von Willebrand’s Disease, Chondrodysplasia, and Chondrodystrophy.

Puppies leave them at a minimum age of eight weeks and:

  • vaccinated
  • dewormed
  • microchipped
  • socialized with people and grown dogs.
  • They typically learn to go in and out of a doggy door at four weeks of age.
  • By six weeks of age, our puppies are also litter box trained
  • by eight weeks of age, they know how to sit.

Fox Creek Farm only breeds mulitgens (Goldendoodle x Goldendoodle) due to their higher non-shed success rate. We can produce Goldendoodles anywhere from 15 to 65 lb.

Fox Creek Farm details

Vandenbark Doodles (Colorado)

Vandenbark Doodles Details

Dacus Doodles (Texas)

Dacus Doodles Details

Goldilocks Goldendoodles (Texas)

Goldilocks Goldendoodles Details

Deans Creek Doodles (New York)

Deans Creek Doodles Details

Lakeview Goldendoodles (New York)

Lakeview Goldendoodles details

Lake Road Doodles (North Carolina)

Lake Road Doodles Details

Oopsie Doodles of NC (North Carolina)

Oopsie Doodles of NC details

OC Goldendoodles (California)

OC Goldendoodles details

Beautiful Doodles 4 U (Arizona)

Beautiful Doodles 4 U details

Winding Creek Ranch (Indiana)

Winding Creek Ranch details

Highland Goldendoodles (Utah)

Highland Goldendoodles details

About Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are an adorable mix between the golden retriever and the poodle. They are the ultimate combination of good looks, smart wits, and playfulness. The hybrid is known as a “designer breed” because they were bred to have the lovable qualities of both of their parents and are known to be hypoallergenic.

Goldendoodle Sizes

SizeDescription
PetiteHeight below 14 inches, typically 25 lbs. or less
MiniatureHeight over 14 but under 17 inches (43cm to 42cm) at wither, typically 26-35 lbs.
MediumHeight over 17 but under 21 inches (43cm to 52cm) at wither, typically 36-50 lbs.
StandardHeight over 21 inches (53cm to 63cm) at wither, typically 51 lbs. or more
Goldendoodle Sizes ranges

What is the difference between F1 and F1b?

Goldendoodle generations

  • F1 = Golden retriever x Poodle (50% chance of being low-shedding)
  • F1B = F1 Goldendoodle x Poodle (higher success rate over F1 for non-shedding)
  • Multigen = two goldendoodle parents. One parent has to be an F1B or multigene. A poodle bred to a multigen goldendoodle is also a multigen. (Most hypoallergenic with a 98% non-shedding success rate)
Letter “F” stands for “Filial.”
Filial simply means that the dog is a crossbreed rather than a purebred.
The number “1” refers to the fact that the puppies are the first generation offspring of a Poodle and a Golden retriever.
“B” stands for Backcross. Backcross means that the F1 dog is bred with a purebred parent breed.

How Much Does a Goldendoodle Cost in US?

Goldendoodle average price usually ranges anywhere between $1500 and $5000, depending on their size, coat type, generation, and location of the breeder. You can expect to pay more for Mini Goldendoodles, whereas Standard Goldendoodles are usually less expensive.

How to choose a Goldendoodle breeder

There are signs of a good breeder:

GANA Member

A good Goldendoodle breeder will be a member of the most famous organization GANA (the Goldendoodle Association of North America) that impacts their chosen breed. GANA members follow a Code of Ethics, each puppy will be microchipped, parent dogs will be health tested, and puppies will be health tested.

Experience

An experienced breeder will have a reputation, reviews, and references that will give you a good idea of whether they’re someone you want to work with. In addition, a reputable breeder will have a piece of good knowledge about their Goldendoodles.

Breeding Practices

A breeder who focuses on breeding breed-deviating traits, such as a specific size or color, should immediately raise red flags. The main focus of a good breeder should be on maintaining breed standards, not following trends.

Health Screening

Breeders will perform health screenings on their Goldendoodles to prevent passing on unfavorable or unhealthy traits.

Paperwork and History

A good breeder will make you sign a contract before they’ll sell you a Goldendoodle. They’ll also hand over any information on the dog’s health and family history. 

Conclusion

When you’ve decided what breed, color, and size your future friend is, it’s only half the way. Find enough time to make research, find a good breeder in the U.S. Communicate with them, check how they grow up Goldendoodles, check puppies’ (and their parent’s) health reports check their memberships and customer reviews.

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