Lyme Disease is on the Rise

Hi Dog Lovers,

Lyme disease is something that effects almost 95% of dogs and Cats. Humans can also contract it. Once you contract the disease there is nothing that can cure it. It does not kill  you but it does affect your joints as it does in animals as well. Vets have the Lyme disease shot that they recommend to pet owners in wooded areas to give yearly to help fight it but it doesn’t prevent your dog from contracting it from a tick.

lyme-ticks-and-dogs-p1-normal2017 may be a Particularly bad year according to the experts. Ticks are not the only ones to blame when it comes to Lyme Disease. Places that have an increase of acorn production leads to more mice which are the most likely to be infected by ticks leading to Lyme disease.

Symptoms in dogs to be aware of are:

Fever, Loss of Appetite, Reduced Energy Lameness (shifting, intermittent and reoccurring), stiffness, discomfort or pain and Swelling of Joints.ticks

 

Please don’t think that because your dog has Lyme Disease their lives are over. Jasmine and Kody both has Lyme disease for years after they were diagnosed and it was not their cause of death in the end it was old age and cancer. Bear my 4 year old Chow Lab was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and he is perfectly fine and shows no symptoms listed above. It is a slow disease progression in MOST dogs as all dogs do vary.

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Week 5: Breeding

Breeding although common in most parts of the world can be a sensitive topic to those passionate about rescues. With 1.2 Million dogs killed in the United stated each year, supporting Breeding is one to question.

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Pure bred’s make the majority of family pets in the US. Although there has been a recent spike in the adoption of rescues it isn’t enough to save those in shelters up for death.

Before you say anything I want to make clear, I have a pure bred Australian Cattle dog/Shepard. She is awesome but she was an impulse buy but I love her none the less. I have also rescued 3 other dogs with my family. I know both sides of this and personally I think every dog deserves a home as they didn’t choose how they are brought into this world. However there should be some breed control standards and limitations. On the other side people need to stop being so picky and love dogs for their personality not what breed they are or what they look like.  Pure bred dogs are actually known to have more health issues than mixed breeds.

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Just for your thoughts on population control; each dog couple and their puppies can produce 67,000 dogs in just 6 years. That is an insane number. Even if we spayed and neutered every dog in the US today we would still have enough dogs for every family to adopt for the next 10 years.

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Week 4: Body Modification

**Warning, this is one of the most heated discussion you can get into with some pet owners, Unless stated “In my opinion or Personally” I am reporting what I found in my research and what I write in no way affects the way I feel about this topic**

Many breeds are unaffected by body modifications but also many are affected by this issue.  As there are so many breeds now a days to name all that apply would be a post in itself, I will name a few so you can get the idea; Rottweilers, Australian Shepard, Doberman, Pit bulls, etc. 

Body modifications are those such as ear cropping and pinning, tail docking and declawing are a common practice among breeders that need to uphold a certain “standard” for specific breeds. These modifications are generally used for superficial pleasure rather than enhancing the life of the animal. 

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Tail Docking. A dog’s tail is a continuation of their spine. When severed the muscles and bone are torn off, causing immense pain to the animal. The argument to this is that this process is done as a puppy so if the puppy doesn’t remember does it matter. 

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Ear Cropping and Pinning. Dogs ears are a sensitive and necessary part that makes them dogs. The purpose of their ears is to keep dirt from floating into the ear canal which can cause listening/sound problems and even infections to lose hearing all together. Dogs are able to move their ears independently for a good reason. Why take that away and make them,appear more aggressive then they actually are?

Every dog is beautiful in their own NATURAL way, love them for who they are and not what they look like. 

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Week 3: Disciplinary Training Methods

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Like children, all dogs learn differently. In a perfect world puppies would come home pre-trained or easy to train in areas such as potty training and listening. However that is rarely the case. We must use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior and stop bad behavior before it begins to negatively effect our own lives or the lives of those we interact with.

Positive reinforcement training is the most recognized and used in today’s society. Many pet parents will say that distraction training is the best method, but others believe that it causes the dog to be frustrated and leads to more serious aggression. Personally I have never used distraction training, mainly because my dog is very focused and is easy to train.

**Please ndownloadote there is not correct or incorrect way to train your dog. By simply enforcing basic good behaviors such as sit, down, off and quiet usually come natural to many dogs to pick up on**

This way we can keep everyone happy and healthy.

 

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Controversial Topics: Week 2

Training Tools 

Common training tools:

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Prong collar

 

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**When used incorrectly they could cause bodily harm to an animal**

Although they are among the most controversial training tools to use Prong collars (even just used once) can change the mind set for an animal. In most cases in a positive way.

 

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5 Topics That Will Always Create Controversy in the Dog World

**In no way shape or form do I enjoy getting in to a highly controversy conversation as I believe we all have a right to our opinions, for the next 5 weeks I will be covering the Top 5 topics that create controversy in the dog world. I am a writer/reporter in this case and if I choose to share my opinions I ask for respect and no negativity be brought to this blog. Thanks in advance**

BREED DISCRIMINATION AND BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION 

For most animal lovers we are forever beating a dead horse with breed discrimination and laws pertaining to specific breeds. For most we don’t worry about this issue and can brush it off, but for those living with “Dangerous dogs” (Pit bulls, rottweilers, mastiffs, chows, etc) it is something they face daily.

BSL affects where people can live, excluding them from nicer, safer neighborhoods due to the breed they own. Their daily lives are affected by simple tasks such as going for walks and visiting dog parks.

Most cities require a DNA, proper physical exam, behavioral assessments before impounding dogs and fining owners.  In most places they simply base the decision on physical appearance (square head, broad chest, short snout). This results in hasty and illegal euthanasia and leave pet parents devastated.

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6 Most Common Health Issues in Dogs

Owners can all relate to wanting to keep their Dogs healthy and happy for as long as possible. As a dog owner myself I want to share all I learn and discover as we all have so much more to learn about these magnificent creatures.

Six Most Common Dog health Problems and Symptoms to look for 

Ear Infections (Caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, hair growth deep in canal) 

  • head shaking or head tilting 
  • Ear Odor
  • Vigorous Scratching 
  • Lack of balance 
  • Unusual back and forth eye movements 
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Swelling of the outer portion of the ear 
  • Brown, Yellow, or bloody discharge 

Dogs and Worms (Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms)

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • A change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Scooting on his bottom
  • Vomiting (with roundworms in particular)
  • An overall poor appearance

Fleas (Takes 3 weeks for one flea to turn into an infestation of 1000 biting bugs) 

  • Excessive scratching, licking or biting at the skin 
  • Hair Loss
  • Hot Spots
  • Allergic dermatitis (allergic response caused by contact)
  • Tapeworms (which are carried by fleas)
  • Flea Dirt (Looks like small black dots) against your dogs skin

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis/bacterial skin infection)

  • Bare, inflamed, red areas
  • Treatment may include: shaving, cleaning irritated areas, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or topical medication all depends on the severity of the hot spot.

 Vomiting (causes; infection, intestinal parasites to pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke or poisoning) 

  •  Abdominal heaving 
  • Drooling caused by nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Blood in vomit
  • lethargic
  • Treatment: fluid therapy, drugs to control vomiting, home made chicken (skin less), boiled potatoes and rice 

Diarrhea (stress, infection, parvo virus, intestinal parasites and food problems) 

  • Symptoms are pretty clear, loose watery, liquid stool 

Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

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