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Health Info for your dog – GDV

Health Info for your Dog – Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

GDV, or more commonly known as Bloat, is an extremely serious condition and is a leading cause of death in dogs. While the Veterinary Industry mostly does not know the causes of Bloat/GDV what the causes of Bloat/GDV are, knowing the following signs and symptoms of Bloat and getting medical attention for your dog without delay may well save his or her life.

Gastric Dilatation- Volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition in which, for reasons not well known or understood, food and gases cause a dog’s stomach to stretch to many times its normal size.  This causes the stomach to twist between 180 and 360 degrees, closing off the entry and exit to the stomach.

In the next stages of the illness, the dog’s spleen swells, which in turns puts pressure on major veins, affecting the heart’s function. The dog’s ... Click here to read more....

Is Your Dog In The Healthy Weight Range

Is your Dog in the Healthy Weight Range?

It may be a lot more important for you to ensure that your dog’s weight stays in the healthy weight range than you realise. While there might be the occasional thing eaten off the floor, the majority of our dog’s food is given to them by us, their owners, so making sure that our dog’s weight remains healthy falls to us and what we feed them.  The first step is knowing what a healthy weight is for your dog.

Dogs come in different breeds and mixes of breeds so knowing what the healthy weight range is for your dog can be a bit tricky. While a Chihuahua should definitely weigh less than a Beagle, how much less should it weigh? If your dog is female should she weigh more or less than a male of the same breed? There are helpful charts ... Click here to read more....

Heatstroke – Keeping your dog safe in Summer

While it is coming to an end, Summer is still in full force in South-East Queensland. Dogs and cats too, unlike humans, do not have sebaceous (sweat) glands and so cannot sweat to cool themselves down. This makes them more prone to overheating and developing heatstroke, which can be fatal if untreated. Heatstroke is a condition in which the body overheats for a prolonged time and causes failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism.

Heatstroke can cause damage to lungs, organs, muscles, swelling of the upper airways, organ failure, bleeding disorders, permanent brain damage and even death if left untreated.

Dogs rely on panting to cool themselves down as it helps to lower their body temperature. Unfortunately, it is not as effective as sweeting, taking off layers of clothing (dogs coats are a little more attached than ours, even if your floors, clothes, and couches suggest differently), having a cold shower, ... Click here to read more....

Valentines Day and Pets

Valentine’s Day can be fun for you, your sweetheart and your pets but there are some things you need to be aware of to ensure you and your pets have a safe Valentine’s Day! Let’s face it even if you are enjoying singledom this Valentine’s Day; the day will probably still involve chocolate, and that is something you can’t share with your dog.

Flowers can make a beautiful Valentines present for your loved one but some flowers and plants can be extremely harmful to your cat or dog so when choosing bouquets stay away from the following: Lilies, Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Primrose, Carnations, Daffodils, and Oleander. There are quite a few others, and you can find the full list on http://www.1stinflowers.com/articles/poisonous-plants-for-dogs.html . Depending on the type of flower or plant ingested reactions can range from a rash to diarrhoea and vomiting, to convulsions and even death. Even if you aren’t expecting ... Click here to read more....

The Four Main Benefits of Using a Dog Harness

The Four Main Benefits of Using a Dog Harness

A collar or a harness? The debate has been ongoing for a long time. What’s your preference and what have

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you chosen for your dog? If you’re still reluctant about the purchase of a harness you may want to explore the following list of advantages.

Reduced Pressure on the Neck

The harness usually “hugs” the chest of the dog. There’s no pulling on the neck which reduces the risk of possible trauma.

Pressure on the neck is a typical scenario in the case of a dog that pulls vigorously against the collar. This pressure could contribute to breathing difficulties and even anxiety. More anxiety contributes to more pulling, which leads to a vicious cycle.
Physical damage to the neck and the spine can occur rarely as a result of collar use but it’s still a risk to keep in mind. ... Click here to read more....

Making Life More Enjoyable for an Ageing Dog

Making Life More Enjoyable
for an Ageing Dog
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An older dog can lead a happy and fulfilling life, but it’s up to you to make the necessary adjustments. As your four-legged pal ages, you’ll have to modify both of your lifestyles a little. The needs of ageing dogs are specific – they require more rest, proper nutrition, and regular veterinary checkups. By getting into these habits, you’ll be making your pup more comfortable, happy, and potentially prolonging its life.

Regular Vet Visits

Visit your vet frequently for checkups. Your vet can help you come up with a schedule – try to stick to it, even if your dog seems to be perfectly healthy.
Just like ageing humans, dogs that are growing old require specialised health exams. Most vets recommend two checkups on an annual basis. It’s a much better idea to identify an issue while it’s still treatable. When ... Click here to read more....

Plump Puppy – How to Tell if Your Dog is Too Fat

It is always hard to resist treating your beloved pet. You want to share your toast, your biscuit and your dinner with them plus give them a treat just because they deserve it.  Human food certainly isn’t always the best for your pet. Last issue we covered some things not to feed your dog.  Most people don’t even know that their pet is overweight because no one has ever told us how to measure a pet’s health and weight.

According to recent RSPCA studies, the number of obese pets is rising with 50% of Dogs and 40% of cats considered to be overweight. Being overweight can lead to some serious health issues such as

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  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver Disease
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart Problems
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Skin and General Allergies

So how do you tell if your dog or cat has weight issues?

There are a few simple checks you ... Click here to read more....

Celiac Disease In Dogs

 

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Celiac disease is gluten intolerance in animals. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  Dogs, like humans, can suffer from celiac disease. By consuming products containing gluten an abnormal immune response occurs which attacks the small intestine. If Celiac Disease is left untreated it often leads to malnutrition and severe damage to your pups digestive system.

 

There are several signs that can indicate that your dog may have Celiac Disease. It is important that you are aware of the signs as early diagnosis is the always the best way to control any disease.

These signs include:

  • Skin problems
  • Hair loss
  • Bumps or lesions (These lesions usually show up on the dog’s feet, head, neck, ears and stomach)
  • Itching, flaking dry skin
  • Secondary skin infections
  • Chronic ear infections

 

If your dog shows any signs of being a Celiac then you should consult you vet immediately.

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Dog Anxiety Jackets

 

 

The Thunder Shirt is a safe, effective and drug free anxiety solution for dogs.

Its patent pending design applies gentle, constant pressure on a dog’s torso and this pressure has an amazing calming effect for most dogs.

Pressure has been used to successfully reduce anxiety for many years for both animals and humans.

Examples including certain groups of dog trainers using pressure wraps for a wide variety of anxieties. Veterinarians use squeeze chutes when vaccinating cattle, and thousands of people with autism use pressure vests to relieve persistent anxiety.

Thunder Shirts are ideal for:

  • Fear of thunder
  • Separation anxiety
  • Barking problems
  • Car or travel anxiety
  • Crate anxiety
  • Reactivity
  • General fearfulness
  • Leash pulling
  • General training tool

Ask one of the Paddington Pups staff if you have any further questions or are interested in purchasing and trying a Thunder Jacket.

 

 

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Pink Himalayan Salt for your Dogs

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You might have noticed the big craze at the moment over Himalayan salt and the amazing health benefits it has for us. From using it in food to drinking it in water and even using it as a deodorant stick or bath salts.

It really is amazing stuff! Lots of people don’t realize that it has just as good health benefits for our dogs.
Incase you aren’t aware here are some of the great benefits of pink Himalayan salt:
• Creates an electrolyte balance
• Increases hydration
• Regulates water content both inside and outside of cells
• Prevents muscle cramping
• Aids in proper metabolic functions
• Strengthens bones
• Lowers blood pressure
• Helps the intestines absorb nutrients
• Improves circulation
• Dissolves and eliminates sediment to remove toxins
Just remember that pink Himalayan salt is very different to table ... Click here to read more....