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Your Dogs Dental Hygiene

Dogs need dental care, too! Catching teeth problems early will help avoid severe dental disease. The simplest way to keep track of your dog’s teeth is to look at them on a regular basis and be aware of signs that may indicate a problem. To inspect your dog’s teeth, lift the lips all around the mouth, looking at the front and back teeth as closely as possible. Be gentle and use caution so you do not accidentally get nipped! Your veterinarian will also take a look at your dog’s teeth during routine examinations, so make sure you keep up with these – visit your vet every 6-12 months for wellness check-ups.

 

Grooming your Senior Cat or Dog

It is very important that you schedule and appointment for an older pet in advance and be sure that you have been given specific instructions for pick up.

CHANGES IN THE SKIN AND COAT

A big number of changes overtake our pet when they begin to enter into the senior years. We begin to notice the lack and luster missing as our pet no longer has any interest in grooming themselves, so we also begin to notice lots of flakes, dander, and oily skin. A hormonal imbalance may make the skin thin and fragile. It may tear easily, or be slow to heal. You may see color changes, often light skin becoming dark and thickened in appearance. You may see small bumps that look like blackheads. Any change in the appearance, color or odor of the skin should be investigated by your veterinarian for underlying medical reasons.

LUMPS AND BUMPS

As your pet ages you may notice that you begin to see or feel lumps or bumps both on and underneath the surface of the skin, sometimes these are located in sensitive areas, or may bleed from grooming or other activity. Some of these lumps and bumps are harmless and then some may be more serious, including tumors. Make sure that you, the groomer, and your vet keep track of these as they may change in color and sizes.

NAILS

In some rare cases we have seen nails so badly grown out that the dog’s foot is permanently disabled from months or years of trying to walk on them.
Most pets dislike nail trims. The bad news is that as your pet ages, it becomes even more important to trim them and even more difficult to do so. Nails often become thick and brittle with age. Pets may resent having their paws handled, further delaying the chore. Nails and nail beds may become overgrown. They can grow into the pads and be quite painful, and make walking a chore. Make it a habit to trim a small amount of nail on your dog or cat every two weeks to prevent overgrowth and make walking easier.

 

Ticks, Ticks, and more Ticks

 Ticks lay their eggs in various places, but not on their hosts. Usually, they are laid and hatched in their enviornment. Female ticks can lay up to 22,000 eggs in a single egg-laying event.

After ticks hatch, they seek a host, feed for several days, then drop off and become nymphal ticks, which repeat the same process to become adult ticks.Adults also seek a host, feed and drop off, laying thier eggs in the enviroment to complete their life cycle.

Ticks that are out and about are the visable adult, sesame-sized ones, noted Kristen Nordlund of the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention.

Once ticks find a host, they securly attach themselves by imbedding their mouth parts as holdfast to the pets skin,and begin feeding off it’s blood. If a tick is carelessly pulled off, the head often remains in the skin. As the tick continues to feed, ticks become engorged with the pet’s blood and their size can increase by several times.

Ticks pose a health threat to both pet’s and people. Ticks transmit disease-causing agents, several of which have risen to epidemic proportions. Some of the most common tick- borne diseases are lyme disease, rocky mountian spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis.

Since 1992 cases of Lyme Disease have doubled, according to CDC, and more then 21,000 cases are reported every year.

 

GROOMING

Once a dog or cat hit a certain age it becomes incredibly tricky and quite difficult to groom them as we once did. Often, most of the time, we can no longer leave your pet in the same style that he once wore, and we cannot seem to get the job done as quickly. It is important the your groomer is not rushed to groom your older pet, as their skin tears quite easily these days, and usually your pet is disoriented. Keeping your dog or cat short makes it so that you don’t have to groom as often, but don’t go too long because if the dog matts it will have to be shaved. Older dogs and cats cannot withstand the intense dematting processes it once did.
Regular bathing is essential. If you do the bathing at home be sure to brush out your pet first and after it is dry to avoid them getting matted or bring them in every two weeks or so for a bath. We wash them twice and condition them as well as express the anal sacs. Nails can be checked and ears cleaned upon request.
If your pet has long hair, keep the area around the rear end clipped short. Feces often mat in the hair causing skin irritations and unpleasant odors. Senior dogs and cats often fail to keep this area as clean.

 

Dog Grooming Needs

Upon taking a dog along with you at home, you need to make sure that they have what it takes to live happy and contented with you. Dog grooming is very vital to make sure that your pet is well taken care of. You need to bathe him on a regular basis and make sure that he is free from fleas to keep him happy at all times. Here are some of the most important things you need to know regarding proper grooming of your dog:

1. First thing you must do is to make him used to bathing and the refreshing feeling it brings. You need to run your fingers onto his fur so he will be relaxed and he will feel that you are there by his side so he doesn’t need to worry. Upon making him relaxed, now is the time for you to look for certain areas of the body that needs proper cleaning. One of the parts you need to watch out for is the dog’s hair. This can sometimes be matted so you need to find a perfected way to clean it and see where the knots are so you can resolve this issue.

2. If you see that the hair where matted build ups are needs to be trimmed, you should be careful about it so your dog will not be harmed. Without the knots and long hair that may hinder him from moving around freely, your dog will be happy and there will be no hindrances around when you bathe him. Bathing also stimulates his skin so to release the natural oil and to make his coat glossier.

3. Regular bathing is needed but if you saw some flakes on his skin, make sure that you change the soap you use on him because it causes his skin to be dry and flaky.

4. After grooming, it is vital to shampoo your dog to take away fleas that migrates on his head. Just make sure that you carefully apply shampoo onto his head so the eyes will not be harmed. You need to read the label of the shampoo bottle you bought. It is vital especially if you are using an anti-flea shampoo since these types of shampoos should be used 2x or 3x a week only and must be left onto the head of the dog for not more than 3 minutes. Rinse after wards and dry him.

Bathing a dog is not easy but you need to do this to make sure that he will be healthy and happy all the days of his life with you.

You might ask, “How? Even if I’m not Home?”

It is actually not very hard to find the solution, but making it work can be harder. The secret is dependent upon making your pet think that you’re not home. Once you set the situation up, it is easier to accomplish. Simply get in your car and drive out to a nearby curb, get out of the car and walk as quietly as possible back to the house.

When you are setting the scene up, make sure to not underestimate your dog’s intelligence. If you miscalculate, he might turn it around and think that this whole situation is a farce or a game, just so he can have fun.

Furthermore, when you drive off in your car, don’t think that your pet will be fooled by you just shutting your door and feigning that you have left. Your dog is keener than you think. In order for him to believe that you are truly gone, he must hear the sound of you starting your car and driving off, and as the sound fades off in the distance, he will believe that you are actually gone.

When you are returning quietly, ensure that your dog does not hear you or get alarmed by keeping your footsteps or your keys completely quiet. Remember that dogs can hear things a lot better than we can and he will be on to you and realize that you haven’t actually left.

Setting up a Trap

If you have a dog that likes to hang out in the back yard, and you successfully attempted to sneak back into your home quietly, just sit back and wait. As soon as your dog begins barking, go into the backyard with your squirt gun, some tin cans or even water balloons to throw near him. Do this as many times as you can so that your dog can be trained to believe that even though he doesn’t hear you or see you, that you are actually near enough to make sure he doesn’t bark.

If he is a dog that likes to remain indoors, you should engage every family member to school your dog, as in, all of the members should quit the home together and go to the car. At least one person should stay near the front door, as long as they are not seen, while the rest get into the car and drive off. As soon as the dog barks, the remaining person should come in through the door and surprise the pet with a loud verbal command and use whichever item has come in handy thus far: tin cans or a water gun.
training the Rottie

Dogs Really Want to Know….

Being the owner of a bully breed, I know how difficult it can be to get our pets to listen to our commands.

Putting the time in to training your pet to have the correct behavior will assist in designing the general experience of your pets life.

A dog that is constantly yelled at becomes shy and meek for example. Support your dog in winning and learn the proper techiques to get what you want from you dog.

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