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.
Read More

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How To Make Your Garden Safe and Pet Friendly (and Update)

I've always talked about dogs before... Today, I want to talk about pets in general. After all, we have crazy pigeons and a pond filled with shubunkins and kois.

This is our fish pond at night!

We are a nation of animal lovers without doubt. Pets are almost as important to some people as their children, and they will go to any expense and effort to keep their furry friends safe and happy. You can find cats and dogs with diamond studded collars often being carried everywhere by eccentric masters. I often wonder if their feet ever touch the ground. This attitude completely dumbfounds other people. I guess being an animal lover is just a part of your genetic make up.

Siamese Cat 01 by Tigikrak, CC-BY-2.0
Keeping pets can be an expensive business. Take for instance, veterinary bills for inoculations or illnesses that can run into thousands of pounds. The cost of a pedigree animal to begin with is astronomic. It can be an emotional and financial disaster if harm comes to your pet. We will address here, a few things you can do to keep your pet happy and safe in your garden.

Dogs

Your pedigree pooch is probably your best friend too. What can we do to make his life a little better? Well, if he spends a lot of time in the garden, he will be glad of a drink and somewhere to cool off occasionally. A shallow pond is ideal for this. The pond will need to be filtered to some extent and biological filters can be found in aquatic centres or online for a low price.

A suitable area of shade from the sun should be arranged, dogs aren’t keen sunbathers and suffer readily from the heat. The shade can be provided by a tree, bush, or a purpose built shelter. It need not be a complicated affair.

Dogs love to dig so an area of unplanted ground may save your lawn from devastation. It is best if the ground is not too compacted so may benefit from being turned over occasionally.

Jackson, Lawn Ornament by Greg, CC-BY-2.0
Good quality and sturdy garden fencing is a vital part of your scheme. Dogs can scramble over high fences, but you are usually safe with a fence of six feet or more. This is achieved with 1 foot gravel boards and 5 feet panels. The gravel board could also be half buried to prevent your dog digging a way out.

Avoid thorny planting in the garden for dogs, they are not as agile as cats and can cut themselves. If the cut becomes infected, it could lead to more vet bills.

Cats

Cats are far less demanding than dogs but still need a little consideration. If your cat is the love of your life and you wish to keep it enclosed in your garden, adaptations are available for your existing fence and are easily installed.

It is always a good idea to provide your cat with an enclosure into which a dog could not fit, if one gained access to your garden. A bolt hole, if you will.

A clean water source should be kept in the garden at all times, though the cat doesn’t need to cool off in a pond.

I Luv Catnip by barockschloss, CC-BY-2.0
Investing in some catnip plants could give your cat a constant high. It is probably best to keep these plants in pots and just put them out for a treat occasionally.

Fish

The poor fish will be under attack from cats, dogs, and birds. If your situation requires it, a mesh cover will need to be placed over the pond. Koi carp and other fishes are very expensive and need close care. Ensure that your fish have the best filtration system you can afford. That is, of course, unless you have a natural, self-sustaining pond.

Planning your garden correctly need is a one-time expense. With a little imagination, and by using the tips here, you will be able to keep your best friend healthy, safe, and happy. We owe them that at least.
Read More

Monday, February 24, 2014

Infographics: Statistics on Choosing Veterinary Careers

Who doesn't love taking care of animals?

Let's face it, if you want to earn money and help care for animals aside from your own, the best career to choose from includes being veterinarian, a vet technician or a vet technologists.

Here's a great infographic share by Brown Mackie College.

Veterinary Careers
"Veterinary Careers" infographic brought to you by Brown Mackie.
Read More

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Should You Feed A Raw Food Diet To Your Dog?

Before anything else, please don't forget to drop by Daisy Downunder. Kindly check our Bulletin Board (on the upper right) for the details.

This guest post is brought to us by Bill Rogan. Do you feed your dog raw diet? I know My Rotten Dogs does. They even post pictures of their meals.



Many people gasp in shock at the thought of feeding a raw food diet to their dog. Isn’t raw food bad for dogs? Won’t my dog get sick? What about salmonella and other types of bacterial infection?

Commercial Dog Food Is Still A New Concept

Remember, for thousands of years, dogs have been eating raw food. Cooked commercial dog food has only existed for about 100 years or so and didn’t get very popular until about WWII. Since then, feeding commercial dog food such as canned food or kibble has become the norm.

Golden retriever eating pigs foot
By Denhulde (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL],
via Wikimedia Commons
The biggest health threat when it comes to a raw food diet for dogs is contaminating human food. When preparing a raw meal for your dog, it is imperative to take precautions so you do not contaminate surfaces, eating instruments, or human food supplies. While your dog’s digestive system is designed to handle raw meat, your digestive system is not. Salmonella is highly spreadable, so you must wash all surfaces that the raw meat came into contact with and remember to wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you are finished handling the raw food.

It is also important to keep your dogs food consistent. Your dogs body has to go through various changes when switching from a cooked diet to a raw food diet. If you want to feed your dog a raw food diet, you should feed raw food exclusively. Also, when first switching to a raw diet your dog may experience diarrhea or even vomiting. Usually, this doesn’t last long and does not harm your dog at all. It simply takes time for your dog’s digestive system to get used to the raw diet instead of a cooked diet.

Reasons To Feed A Raw Food Diet To Your Dog

So why would you want to feed your dog a raw food diet? Most dog owners who feed a raw diet do so because it is far more natural for dogs. While dogs may enjoy eating fruits and vegetables from time to time, in the wild their main diet consists of raw, uncooked meat. When we cook dog food, such as in commercial kibble or with a home cooked diet, many of the beneficial nutrients are cooked off. With a raw food diet, the dogs meal is more natural, like they would get in the wild, and can lead to a much healthier life.

Those who feed a raw diet report a healthier coat, increased energy, reduction in allergy problems, increased dental hygiene, a less smelly stool, and a much higher desire to eat during meal time. Some medical issues seem to completely disappear, especially when it comes to allergies.

Dog in Simferopol2
By Tiia Monto (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Many dog owners are also upset about the number of poor quality ingredients being used in typical commercial dog food. For example, some dog food manufactures use food coloring that has been linked to cancer or may use very low quality meat byproducts. Some of these meat byproducts can contain animal meat that is not allowed for human consumption. These slaughtered animals include those who are sick, dying, or diseased. And finally, many dog food brands fill their products with “filler ingredients” that provide no nutritional value to your dog. The most common filler ingredients are corn and grain products. Corn is frequently used as the top ingredient in commercial dog food even though it provides no nutritional value and can be difficult for some dogs to digest.


The Disadvantages Of Feeding A Raw Food Diet To Your Dog

Of course, there are negatives to feeding a raw based diet for dogs as well. For one, it’s messy. VERY messy. In addition to possible salmonella contamination in your home, your dog does not care about making a mess. You should have a special area of your home with tarps laid down or feed your dog outdoors in a designated area. You must be diligent about keeping feeding areas clean from bacteria. Again, this is not so much for the safety of your dog as it is for the safety of you and your family.

Elvis Reviews Nutrish (5686452541)
By Elizabeth from Lansing, MI, USA (Elvis Reviews NutrishUploaded by Dolovis) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
You also need to find a reputable place to obtain raw meat products. Purchasing from a grocery store can get expensive, so many dog owners like to form a relationship with a local butcher. They usually have many types of meat that humans don’t like but dogs love (organ meat, snouts, hearts, liver, etc.). This can usually be obtained for relatively cheap.

If a raw based diet isn’t something you want to feed your dog, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Many who feed a raw based diet refuse to use any commercial dog food at all, but there are several good brands out there. Simply do some research on holistic and grain-free dog food and be prepared to spend a bit more than you might be used to. Generally, the more you pay for commercial dog food, the higher the quality.

Author's Bio:

Bill Rogan a deep passion for dogs. He spends his weekends writing articles on the raw food diet for dogs. He also writes about dog food reviews on www.dogfoodinsider.com
Read More

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Does a Dog's Broken Mandible Look Like? (almost Wordless)

Remember when the little dog decided to pick a fight with a big dog? Well, this was the result...

Beneath this bandaged muzzle is....

a Canine's Fractured Mandible
Fortunately, it's all healed up... and Chooey is back to her ordinary, noisy barking self.
Read More

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Training Your Boxer Puppy: A Simple Guide (and Update)

Update: I must have terrorized a lot of my bloggyville friends with the poop picture. Sorry guys. My niece screamed at me from the other room saying it looked weird being posted there. Well, I am glad to say that Buchi has successfully pooped normally last Sunday. Now, that we're done with that episode, we're up to some trivia on caring for Boxers.

Training your Boxer Pupster


Are you thinking of getting a Boxer puppy, or have you bought one already? Boxer puppies are one of the cutest, most lovable puppies out there and grow to be a great dog. Many people don’t know that the Boxer was made by breeding a Bulldog with a Bullenbeisser (a less known breed). You’ll find your Boxer loyal, clever, and extremely excitable. They are also playful, curious, and energetic - perfect for large families with kids! It’s very important to make sure you train your Boxer puppy, so they learn good habits while they’re young. Here’s a simple guide to help you:

Boxer Puppy with Shoelace by Mythic Seabass, CC-BY-2.0

Learn the Traits of a Boxer

If you learn the traits of a Boxer, both good and bad, you’ll be able to better understand them and what you need to do to discipline them.

  • Boxers are loyal to humans naturally. They will usually get on with other pets, and play well with children. Make sure you reward positive traits like this.

  • Boxers are energetic and need daily walks and lots of room to play. You can use the walks as a time to bond and teach your puppy good habits on the lead.

  • Make sure your puppy knows what is acceptable and what isn't. If you don’t want them on the furniture, you need to be consistent with them. Boxers don’t get ‘sometimes’, it’s either all the time or none of the time. 

  • Boxers are stubborn, so you may have to correct your puppy multiple times. 

Boxer Puppy 5 by MythicSeabass, CC-BY-2.0

  • You need to make sure you’re firm with your Boxer - a light tone won’t cut it. And don't get caught in those cute puppy dog eyes. Take note that even when they grow old, those adorable eyes remain ruthlessly cute to melt the coldest heart. So be firm, consistent and patient.

Start House Training as Soon as You Get Your Puppy Home

You’ll need to start house training your puppy as soon as you bring them home. Choose a word like ‘wee wee’ to symbolise that it’s time to go outside for them, and use it repetitively. Your dog will quickly learn what to do.

If you notice your puppy sniffing around and walking in circles, they could be getting ready to go to the toilet on your floor. Put them outside straight away so they learn where they must go. You should follow a successful bathroom break outside with a treat, so they know they've done well. If your puppy has already done their business on the floor, make sure you tell them ‘No!’ in a firm voice, however; you shouldn't scare them, or rub their nose in it like some silly dog owners suggest. 

If you can’t seem to train your dog, you might want to pay a visit to the vet incase there is an underlying bladder problem. You can get online dog prescriptions, making treatment for your dog very simple.

Stay Consistent

Choose words like ‘Sit’, ‘Stay’, ‘Lie down’, etc to teach your dog basic commands. You’ll need to be consistent and make sure you’re repetitive, and they should learn quickly. 

Beware that if you allow your Boxer puppy to take over your house, they will. Make sure you nip bad behaviour in the bud as soon as it starts, by always using a tone, facial expression, and word they understand. Don’t neglect them when it comes to good behaviour either; always have a treat on hand. Your puppy should quickly learn to respect you!
Read More

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Oh, Bloody Poop!

I just hate it... I just hate dealing with bloody poop.
 
First, it was Shark with Parvo... Then, it was China and PJ with Parvo. This time, it's Buchi with bloody stool.

Warning: The image you're about to see will scar you for life!

I blurred it, but be warned! The actual non-pixelated photo is directly at the bottom. Time to close your eyes. 

Now that that's out of the way, let me tell you the story of Buchi's bloody dog poop. Yesterday, one of our housemates called me to check where Buchi was. And she starts the conversation with something like this, "don't get worried, okay?"

Seriously?!? If it's something about the dogs, I get all ballistic and insanely worried. So, I follow her downstairs and she presents me with the bloody mucoidal stool of the evil Shih Tzu who's full sickies (just kidding on the evil part)!

Lo and behold, a new present in the form of feces with blood and mucus. (Apologies for my bluntness. I just too stressed at the moment).

Actual photo. Sorry for grossing anybody out.

I immediately take a sample of the messy thing, place it on a container, take its picture, and have Buchi taken to the vet.

Bad News: It got me worried sick (especially since we've been having the bi-monthly vet check-up  since June 2013). I've considered a number of things: from the meds his taking tirelessly and his current lifestyle because of the E-collar.

Good News: The vet says she couldn't find anything on the sample. However, she did mention that Buchi had an upset stomach due to overeating. Yes, thin dogs DO overeat. 

Nonetheless, Doctor M prescribed Vibravet (Doxycycline monohydrate) for Buchi's stool problem. 

Treatment: Just to follow our new medication and keep a close eye on the culprit (*cough* evil little Shih Tzu with skin and poop problems).

And the usual Dextrose Powder.

Has anybody ever experienced dealing with so many problems at one time?
Read More

Friday, February 14, 2014

7 Films All Dog Lovers Must See

Update: We're really sorry we haven't dropped by and commented on your blogs. We've been dealing with a lot of personal stuff lately. My nieces' grandpa recently passed away and Buchi went to the vetties this morning-- that's another story for another time. It's just a never ending whirlwind these month of love.

Dog tv
By Mdk572 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll love our list of films that all dog lovers MUST see. These films will have you laughing, crying, wincing, and everything else in between - and it’s all thanks to the lovable canine characters! Dogs can make better main characters in films than humans, and be much braver to boot. Anyone of any age and gender can enjoy these films, so sit back and relax as we reveal 7 films all dog lovers must see (don’t worry, we won’t give too much away):

Turner and Hooch

Tom Hanks plays an almost OCD houseproud law enforcer, who suddenly has to give a home to a big, heavy, slobbering dog that loves to chew up his home. The dog, Hooch, is huge - but that doesn’t make him any less cute or cuddly. Watch as Turner solves the case of Hooch’s murdered owner! Spoiler alert: they become great buddies!

Marley and Me

Marley is a naughty labrador, although you just can’t seem to be mad at him for long. He lives with his owners Jen and John (Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson), and he’s almost like their first born child. Watch Marley grow up with his family in this comedic but tear jerking film.

All Dogs Go to Heaven

A casino owning dog called Charlie, is murdered by an evil dog called Carface and all of a sudden finds himself in heaven: because all dogs go to heaven. However, Charlie wants to get back at Carface so he cons his way back down to the living with plans of revenge, even though he’s warned that doing so will send him to hell. On his journey, he meets up with his old friend Itchy and makes a new friend in an orphan called Anne Marie, who can talk to animals. A great film for all ages! 

Lady and The Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is one of Disney’s best love story’s, with two lovable dogs as the main characters. The bit with the spaghetti is possibly one of the best moments in movie history! Watch as classy lady falls for lovable tramp (even though he looks as if he could use a good scrub and some treatment from http://www.petfleas.co.uk/). 

Lassie

Lassie
By Credit: State Archive of Florida [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Lassie is designed to tug on your heart strings, so if you’re feeling emotional and would like a good cry - Lassie is the perfect film for you! The film shows the love between a schoolboy and his collie, starring a young Elizabeth Taylor.

Scooby Doo

US Navy 080711-N-5307M-005 A Navy dependent hugs Scooby Doo while waiting for her father to return from a deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4)
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Miller [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Scooby Doo is one of the most famous dogs of all time, and the film does him justice after being a cartoon for so many years. Watch as those meddling kids and lovable Scooby solve mysteries on the big screen!

Trivia: Scooby Doo is a Great Dane, by the way.

101 Dalmatians

Cruella DeVil is one of the most evil women in Disney history - she wants to make herself a coat from beautiful dalmatian puppies. There’s both a film and a cartoon - watch both!

*I'm leaving space for Benji, Old Yeller, Hachi and Balto.

These dog films are a must see - but there are many out there that didn’t make the list. Do you have a favorite dog film not mentioned here? Let us know! 
Read More

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Confessions of a Dog Lover: I Have Crated My Dog for SO Long

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who's sent their heartfelt condolences and comforting comments on Ginger's passing. We are blessed to have online friends like you.

Senior Dog with Aural Hematoma in Giant Crate

I've had Whitey on crate rest for a long time. Ever since he and Puppy have had major fights, I've had him crated on mornings and afternoons to avoid the usual blood shed and aural hematomas. Noon time and night time is break time from crating.

I thought crating my senior dog was the right thing, but I was wrong. 

Tiny Dog Bites and Teeth Scrapes from Buchi
These dog fights were often initiated by Whitey. In fact, he's bitten me twice because Puppy would go around us and taunt him (which I think was Puppy just being a playful and curious... puppy). To add more to the drama, Whitey had the flaps of his ear drained about 4 or 5 times because he kept on attacking Puppy, and Puppy would simply overpower him-- sending him ear first on the concrete floor. That's when I decided that these two should avoid contact as often as possible. 

But I was wrong.

Big Dog Bite from Whitey


By doing so, I think I've made the situation worse. 

I think I forgot to trust my dogs' intelligence in working as a pack-- in working things out.

I think... I've underestimated my dogs' social skills.

Of course, I preferred being safe.
Whitey, my senior love dog.
I'd rather have Whitey placed on scheduled crating than to see my senior badly injured again: the aural hematomas, the wound gashes, and the bloody bite injuries. 

But I was still wrong to crate him like this for so long.

He should have been with the others while they played.

Lounging on a cool sunny day, destroying their toys.
He should have been with them running or trying to catch up.

I was scared that he might get injured again that I have ended up isolating him from the rest of the pack. 

Even though he's free the entire evening, and it's only mornings and afternoons that he is crated, I could still see how much it has affected his muscles, his energy, and his life. 

Sometimes, I feel the people I live with are far better dog caretakers than I am. 

Yesterday, one of them decided to leave Whitey free. With a hose in one hand, she prepared herself to quench Whitey's possible rampage against the rambunctious pup.

Thankfully, there hasn't been any incidents yet. And hopefully, it remains that way for the rest of our happy dog days!
Read More