Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Dangers Of Dog Matting

 

dog matting

Yes! Matted hair on pets is a problem – just ask this Shih Tzu Above who was unable to see because of matts of hair on his face! 

Matting is common on non-shedding breeds of dogs. Matting ranges from harmless to dangerous. A few small matts are common, especially around a dog’s ears or collar, and in between the legs. But when matting gets close to the skin, or there are many matts, it can become a problem.

Heavy matting can be even more of a problem. Matted hair can hold tears, faeces and urine next to the skin. This can cause irritation, pain, and potential skin infection. If left for a long time this can cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and/or hyperkeratosis (elephant skin).

Heavily matted hair can change a dog’s movement, cut off circulation, or hide infected wounds. In an extreme case, matting can tighten around

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Moving House With Your Pet Dog.

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  •  Have a tag made with your name, new phone number (and mobile phone number if possible) and your new address so that it is ready to put onto his collar for the day of the move. If he escapes during the move or immediately after, this will increase his chances of getting back to you.
  • Make sure your new house has good fencing and the back yard is ready for your dog to settle into. Let your real estate agent know your requirements when you begin looking
  • Identify any areas you think may be weak points for digging and chewing.
  • Introduce yourself and your dog to the neighbors.
  • Make sure there is somewhere safe your dog can be while the move is taking place and doors and gates are open.
  • Make sure your new place has enough shade and shelter for bad weather conditions.
  • Make sure you have a photo
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Yours Drooly Doggy and Puppy Training Pads

 

Training Pads

Training pads are one of the most effective ways to give your dog toilet training. Each pad is made up of 5 different layers, an anti steaming safe guard design, surge layer, super absorbent core, locking layer and protection layer.

The upper layers are designed to funnel and trap liquid. The super absorbent core rapidly absorbs liquid; keeping surface layer dry to touch in a minute which helps eliminate wet paw prints in your home.

Effective toilet training:

Be constant- Choose one command like “ toilet “ or “be quick” and use this every time your puppy is on the training pad.

Be one step ahead- Take your puppy to their training pad after every meal, sleep and play. Look for tell tail signs such as circling and sniffing.

Be realistic- Accidents will happen, this is a period of learning for you both, getting it right will take time

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Activities Your Dog and Toddler Can Play Together.

Activities your dog and toddler can do together.

 

A balanced dog can make a great playmate for a toddler. After all, it’s likely that they have similar energy levels!

So if you’re having a hard time finding the time (or energy) to play with your dog like you did before the latest addition to the family arrived, look for ways that you can bring the two together. Here are some ideas.

Fetch

It’s a classic for a reason. Find a ball that’s safe for your child and dog to play with, and go to an enclosed outdoor area like your backyard. Most toddlers can’t throw the ball far, but even a short toss can be fun. Take turns throwing, so your child also has the joy of watching your dog race after the ball.

Tip: If your toddler is the possessive type, bring multiple balls, so you can keep

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Obesity In Dogs

Did you know that over one third of dogs in Australia are classified as clinically obese! Dog obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems for dogs, and like obesity in humans, is one of the most preventable.

 

There are 5 easy steps we can take to prevent obesity from occurring in our pets:

  • Daily Exercise
  • No overfeeding
  • Two meals times
  • Weighing your dog
  • Use premium dog foods

 

Exercise is extremely important! A dogs daily exercise requirements differ between size and breed. High energy dogs require 30-40 minutes of exercise every day, where as low energy dogs require 15-25 minutes. It’s as easy as taking your pup for a walk around the neighbourhood or a trip down to the park once a day. It is a great way for your puppy to stay fit and in shape.

Different sizes and breeds of dogs also have different

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Dog Flea Bath At Paddington Pups

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The rule of thumb is if your dog gets bathed often (once or more per week) the topical flea treatments are not for you. However, if you wash your dog less regularly remember to apply the treatment 2 days either before or after the bath. This will allow time for the treatment to be absorbed into the pores before being washed off.

Every bath your dog receives washes all their natural oils out of the coat. The pores where the oils lay are also where the topical flea treatment lies to. So during each bath the topical flea treatment such as Advantix, Frontline, Advocate etc. will be washed off and therefore be less effective. The plus side of the Advantix and Frontline ranges is they prevent not only fleas but flies, ticks, lice and more.

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Christmas Dogs

Christmas with your Pup

 

Christmas time is a very joyous and wonderful season for you and your pets. With all the excitement of new toys, presents and guests over the holidays, it can sometimes be easy to forget about some of the potential dangers your puppy can face. Over the Christmas period, too many pets are rushed to the emergency room due to injuries or sickness. It is important to know what to look out for to ensure that your Christmas is as jolly as can be!

 

We know how it can be tempting to sneak some of your delicious Christmas meals under the table to your pup, or to feed them the leftovers as their dinner, however dogs bodies are not designed to consume human food and your day could end up with a visit to the ER.

 

Cooked bones and cured meat can be harmful

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Czechoslovakian Wolf Dog

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

 As its name suggests this beautiful breed of dog originated out of Czechoslovakia in 1955. They were the result of an experiment, which bred working lines of German Shepherds with Carpathian Wolves.

 The aim of the breeding experiment was to produce a dog that would have the temperament, pack mentality, and trainability of the German Shepherd but also the strength, physical build and stamina of the Wolf.

 The breed was engineered to produce attack dogs for use in military special operations by the Czechoslovakian Special Forces but were later also used in search and rescue, tracking, herding, agility, obedience, hunting, and drafting.

 The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is very playful and temperamental and it learns easily. However, it does not train spontaneously; the behavior of the Czech Wolfdog is strictly purposeful – it is necessary to find motivation for training.

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Does Shaving Your Dog really Keep Them Cool.

Summer is certainly around the corner and every year it is always a struggle to keep cool. One major thing that all us pet owners have to worry about besides keeping ourselves cool is making sure that our beloved pets are kept cool and comfortable during the summer as well. Most owners’ first response to keeping your pups temperature down it to shave them but this is not always the best idea. Before deciding to shave you dog you must consider the type of coat they have.

If your dog has a double coat such as Huskies, German Shepherds, Labradors and Chow Chows do, you may think that that thick coat would he making them quite hot and uncomfortable in the warmer months. In actual fact double coats serve to regulate the dogs temperature by cooling them down during the summer just as they do to keep them ... Click here to read more....