Friday, April 4, 2014

Blogging Break

So we've finally decided to take a blogging break because of the stuff going on here.

We have a new family member who we will talk about once everything is set for her adoption.

We've made a boo-boo that Google decided to punish us for it. We do hope that Mr. Google. will forgive us someday and return our hard-earned blogging reputation. I will recheck all the links posted in this blog. Hopefully, I can successfully sweep all the evil ones and finally put them in a dust bin where they belong.

In the mean time, I've added the Word Verification in our comments because it's quite a challenge to delete all 1000+++ comments a day.

We will be back by May. We will miss you, dear Bloggy Friends. Please do not abandon us. I can still be contacted through email. For those who have sent us comforting words during Whitey's passing, thank you so much.

P.S. I will be working on a new look for MyDogsLove.Me, so don't be surprised if you'll find changes in the way it looks.

Huggies and Cheese (like in the old days),

Haopee and the Pack
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Most Frequent Dog Allergies (Guest Post)

I know I promised myself a blogging break, but I decided to post this one anyway. Will see you guys in May.

It has been shown that in the recent years, the number of allergies has increased and that the human sensitivity to them has been on the rise. Unfortunately, the same goes for our canine friends. There are several types of allergies that they can suffer from, but there are some important facts about them. First, when you are not sure, you should always take your pet to the vet and let them determine the causes of your dog’s scratching, sniffing, diarrhea and the like. The second thing is to avoid treating your pet on your own and providing them with the best possible care. Here are the most common allergies in dogs, their symptoms and the tips on how to avoid them altogether. The most common symptoms of all types of allergies include itching, running nose, redness of skin, hair loss, swollen paws and the like.

Scratching by Lee Haywood, CC BY-SA 2.0
Chemicals and Environmental Allergies

When your dog suffers from these kinds of allergies, the symptoms are usually present throughout the year. The chemicals that you should watch out are different cleaning products for your dog and its toys and beddings alike, cigarette smoke, perfumes, mold spores, rubber and plastic. As for the natural environment, the allergy causes can be different plants or pollen. Since this is a very wide range of allergens, the cause can be determined only my lab tests performed by a professional.

Flea and Parasite Allergies

Fleas can become real pests and they can cause great discomfort for your dog. Allergy to flea saliva is a really common allergen in dogs. Only two or three fleas can cause your dog to be experiencing very severe symptoms. Similar problems can happen with tick bites, bacterial infections or dust mites. In case of bacterial allergies, besides the usual symptoms, there will be red blotches and puss. In order to check for fleas, it is advisable to comb the dog and collect the residue on the tissue. Flea excrement looks like dust but it dissolves in alcohol releasing red color. Prevention is regular bathing using anti-parasite shampoos.

Food Allergies

Besides the usual symptoms, these kinds of allergies also cause diarrhea and vomiting. The vet will perform the number of tests to see what sort of food your dog should avoid, but you can do the elimination test, closely watching for the symptoms in process. Especially if you suspect that some particular food is causing that. Once you figure that out, make sure that you carefully study the contents of all dog food before you buy it.
Whatever, you do, if you see any of these symptoms, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Even if it is not allergy, these are definitely symptoms that should not be ignored and that require the help of the professional. The best you can do to avoid them altogether is to give your dog the food you are sure about, and keep it clean and parasite-free. In that way, the probability of it getting an allergy are reduced to a minimum.

Author's Bio:

Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover, loves writing about them in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Run Free, Whitey.

Dear Friends,

Today, we buried Whitey in our backyard. We couldn't just bear tossing him in a place where he will be forgotten.

 He used the rest of his strength to stay near the pond that afternoon. We hesitated moving him even when it started to drizzle. 
Yesterday, he refused to drink or eat anything. He closed his mouth shut whenever we tried to force feed him. Night came, and he could barely swallow. I brought him to our door and told him it was okay if he left. 

Our poor senior crossed the rainbow bridge today, March 22, 2014 at the age of 10 (or 11).

Run free, Whitey. Run free!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dogs in Action: Ball Acrobats and Whitey Update

Whitey's update is at the bottom of this post.

Cheezy the Dog vs. Squeaking Ball in the Air

Coal vs. Puppy vs. Cheezy vs. PJ vs. Squeaker Ball.
Squeaker ball loses from the start.

*****

Thank you for all paws and prayers sent our way, everybody. We had Whitey admitted at the vetties for two days.

He's still emaciated and dehydrated, so we're taking care of him with round the clock care. He gets force-fed water 4 times a day (because he's not on IV drip), and he eats 3-4 times a day, too. You'd think he's just pretending to be sick because he's grown picky. He hates recovery food and will only eat liver, chicken meat or beef meat-- oh, and cream cheese, too!

The vet says he has Chronic Renal Failure. I'm still researching on ways to manage it. We're now on kidney care and iron supplements, diuretics, and Doxycycline. I'll be talking about this another time, though. 

For those who's dealt with kidney failure before, could you share your experiences with us.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

POTP for Whitey

After being away for a week, I'm afraid I have to ask for POTPs for Whitey.

He hasn't been eating well these days. 

At first, we just thought that he was getting picky again-- hoping he'd pick up on his appetite eventually.

Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case. I wasn't here to observe it first hand, so I didn't pick it up soon enough. It seems that his condition is worsening by the day.

Whitey, our Senior White Dog.
He's only consuming enough for him to have energy to wake up, walk a little and move a little. On the bright side, he still has enough spunk to get mad at the boys when they mess with him, but he's worryingly old. Also, because he's a senior (about 10 to 12 years of age), he has muscle atrophy, too. 

Should I be expecting his health to rapidly deteriorate like this? Two weeks ago, he was slowly but surely gaining weight. This week, he's just getting thinner by the day.

I'm started feeding him our recovery formula (Royal Canin's Recovery Food and Cerelac). We pray that he'll get better soon, but it'll really help if you could pray with us.

Update: We had Whitey admitted to the vetties today. He will be staying in their clinic for 24 hours with a drip.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Special Type of Shih Tzu

Meet my dirty little Shih Tzu... She's adorable;she's cute; and she's a messy little thing.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: Flatypus (it's lupus, actually)

Presenting... The Canine Flatypus

"Yes, Haopee. I love you, too!"
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Feeding Your Puppy: The Ins and Outs

Now that's we've talked about raw food *cough* Mr. Giant Rat in our previous post titled 'Whose Blood is It?', 'time to discuss other matters.

When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are many different feeding routines you can choose from. There are dry complete diets, semi-moist diets, canned diets, and even homemade dog food diets. With each different option there are pros and cons, which we’re going to go into a little more detail about. Above all else, you need to make sure that your dogs diet is stable, as this will make sure he has good digestion. If you plan on making any changes, this should be done over the course of a week in order to avoid any tummy upsets. Read on to learn more:

Puppy's Dream by smerikal, CC BY-SA 2.0
A Puppy’s Diet

Puppies grow 20 times the rate of adult dogs so it’s important that they have a special diet to help them develop physically. They need to be fed at evenly spaced intervals, otherwise you can stretch their small stomachs. You should take the advice your breeder has given you about your puppy’s diet. Your puppy should have 4 meals up to 4 months, 3 meals up to 6 months, and then 2 meals a day for the rest of it’s life.

Dry Complete Foods

The quality and range of dry complete foods out there vary widely. To get the most out of your dog’s food you should buy the best you can afford for them. ‘Premium’ foods based on chicken or corn tend to have the highest quality ingredients. Puppy food from Wuffitmix is a great choice.

Semi Moist Canned Foods

When it comes to quality, the same goes for semi moist canned foods. A good quality food with good quality ingredients is essential for your puppy.

The Difference Between Dry and Fresh

The difference between dry and fresh foods is the water content. It’s up to you which you choose to feed your dog - choose the kind he responds best to!

a dog eating bananas by ViZZZual.com, CC-BY-2.0
Home Made Food

It’s difficult to get the balance right with homemade food, so it’s important you only decide to feed them homemade food if you know what you’re doing. A tiny imbalance could throw your puppy’s whole digestive system out of whack!

Treats

You need to take a careful look at the ingredients when it comes to treats too, as the ingredients in them can include sugar, milk, and fat. Even food described as ‘puppy chocolate’ can contain these ingredients, so make sure you check it out. All treats should be given in moderation to avoid obesity, and never feed your dog human food!

Feeding Tips

  • Don’t feed your dog before travelling, as this can cause sickness.
  • Always make changes gradually in a dog’s diet to avoid tummy upset.
  • Leave your dog alone while they’re eating from their bowl.
  • Never feed your dog from the table or your plate, as this will make them beg in future and sit by you and drool (gross!).

It’s important that you’re prepared to do everything it takes to keep your puppy healthy and happy - follow our advice and you can’t go wrong!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Whose Blood is It?

Is it Cheezy's blood?

Puppy, is it your blood?

Is it my blood?

Hey, you! Yes, you-- the one using the Doritos foil as a cadaver bag. Is it your blood?

Apparently, it is.

Note to self: Don't show the niece this post again. She says it's disgusting... And yet, the dogs fought over it like a bag of treasure.
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