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The inhumane procedure done to dogs

The Inhumane Procedure That Silences Dogs

It’s done solely for the convenience of pet owners and breeders, and while it provides no benefit to the animal, it can create health problems. Restricted in six US states and no longer taught in many veterinary schools, here’s why this procedure should be avoided.

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My dog gets car sick what do I give him or her?

Dogs and Dramamine

Dosage for dogs is 2-4ml per pound , three times daily. It usually comes in

50mg tablets so a 50-60lb dog could have two tablets. Next time you

are at the vet, they should ask about a new drug called Cerenia for motion

sickness for dogs. It works even better than Dramamine and is relatively

inexpensive.

This came from a person  who works part time in a vet office

 

 

Your dog is loooking at more then your face

What Speaks to Your Dog More Than Your Facial Expressions

While humans tend to look at another person’s face when they communicate, your dog isn’t necessarily focusing on your face when she’s communicating with you. There are many other things she cares more about than your facial expressions when she’s trying to figure you out.

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Natural approaches to managing epilepsy

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By Dr.  Becker

 

Natural Approaches for Managing Epilepsy in Pets

Standard anti-seizure medications don’t effectively control seizures in about a third of dogs with epilepsy, and these medications can come with adverse side effects and long-term health consequences. Learn more about exciting alternative natural therapies for seizure disorders.

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The down & Dirty about service dogs

With permision from the author: The Down and Dirty of Getting a Guide Dog
By Ann Chiappetta

If I were asked by a potential guide dog handler what it is like to train and share life with a guide dog, focused on the grittier aspect’s, this is what I would tell them. This document states my thoughts and does not support or endorse a particular guide dog program.

1. Training is Physically demanding. Over time it could put stress on your left arm, shoulder and hand
2. You may not wish to wear sandals anymore, open toe shoes and dog feet don’t mix well. You may choose to wear slippers or house shoes instead of being bare foot in the home — Nyla bones, when chewed become marked with sharp edges and hurt just as much as stepping on Lego pieces.
3. Dogs, like people, are messy, from drool to pee, puke, and at least once-daily poop pick-up, it is not for the squeamish.
4. Dogs shed, a lint brush and good vacuum are all essential for guide dog handlers. Dogs smell when wet. Conversely, dogs tolerate rain gear and booties, be ready for people to comment on the raincoat and booties when out in public. Did I mention that dogs shed?
5. Most dogs, while trained for good indoor house manners, will revert to being a dog. Don’t be surprised, on occasion, to find a shredded paper towel or tissue or even a can or yogurt container licked clean. My second dog chewed a paper napkin to shreds while laying down under the table in a fancy restaurant.
6. Cover all waste cans or it could become a canine snack bin — Same goes for the cat litter box.
Remember dog proofing is like toddler proofing.
7. A crate in your home is like a piece of furniture and most training programs recommend it. The top of our crate has turned out to be a great place to put the empty food bowls, toy bin and the top of the crate can become a safe place for just about anything.
8. You will need a larger bag or pouch. You are now caring things for two.
9. Did I mention dog hair?
10. Then there is other husbandry, ear cleaning, bathing, brushing, and learning how to give a pill to a reluctant dog. Pill pockets work only about 50% of the time.
11. There are times when you will need to leave your dog home because it may not be safe or significantly stressful. A loud rock concert is one example. Also, if it’s too hot or cold for you, it will be just as intolerable for a dog, so keep up those cane skills.

12. Finally, there is the Financial cost of food, equipment like grooming supplies, and supplements like fish oil and taking care of an occasional ailment or injury. Should you choose to keep your dog after retirement, it will require a handler to administer care and joint and/or other health supplements or medications to an Elderly dog. It also means you will be making the decision to euthanize the dog when it’s time.

13. The emotional journey you will take with your new guide dog will be blessed with twists and turns. Training will challenge and build confidence. The bonding is powerful. Some handlers say it took time to bond with the dog or to become used to the extra attention from the public, others said it was getting family, friends, and/or employers to adjust to the dog. Some handlers did not apply for a successor dog until the current dog died, sharing that it felt disloyal. Many guide dog handlers cannot keep more than a single dog due to restrictions depending on where they live. Other folks transition to a canine successor with a more practical attitude. It’s a team effort and investment in time and energy.

There will be times when your patience is put to the test; being denied entrance to a store or transportation because of your guide dog come to mind. At these times, being prepared and knowing your rights, keeping in touch with other handlers and/or guide dog user groups and staying in control are all tools to help with instances of access denial.

I hope this document has been helpful and has accomplished what it was meant to achieve: sharing your life with a guide dog takes a good amount of hard work and dedication but it is fulfilling and worth it.
For more information:
Follow Your Dog a Story of Love and Trust by Ann Chiappetta
www.annchiappetta.com

The Handbook for the prospective Guide Dog Handler by Guide Dog Users, Inc;
https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Prospective-Guide-Dog-Handler/dp/1721990275Ann Chiappetta,

The latest post by Dr. Becker

The Deadly Autoimmune Disease – Caused by Vaccines?

Meningoencephalitis can be a pet parent’s worst nightmare. Depending on the type, the onset of this tragic disease can be as little as two months. After diagnosis, your pet may only have days to live. Most veterinarians don’t know the cause, but many integrative vets, myself included, suspect vaccines may be to blame.

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Do You Worry That Your Pet Could Outlive You?

Should advancing age stop you from adopting a new pet? What if you became ill and could no longer care for your beloved companion? An estimated half a million dogs and cats are euthanized each year after their owners pass away, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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FDA-Approved Treatment Causes Reactions in 2 out of 3 Dogs

Even veterinarians routinely prescribe these based on an animal’s history. But that could be a tragic mistake with this dangerous chemical. Seizures, tremors, lack of muscle control or death could occur, even if your dog has never had an adverse reaction in the past.

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Never Do This to Protect Your Dog From COVID-19

Concerned about viral transmission, people are making a greater effort to clean and sanitize their homes. Unfortunately, some pet owners have taken precautionary measures a little too far with their pets. Please, if you believe you need to protect your dog, do this instead.

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The Surprising Link Between Dog Size and Behavior

Do dogs really know how big they are? How does a dog’s size influence his behavior? Discover the link between 90% of unwanted behaviors, such as separation anxiety, begging for food, urine marking, mounting, aggression and fear of other dogs, and a dog’s height, size and skull shape.

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How to Enjoy Walking Your Dog

The most important thing you can do to make dog walks joyful for you both is to establish good leash manners as early as possible. While that may sound challenging if your puppy or grown dog is an overly enthusiastic leash-puller, following these tips can help you get the most out of your walks.

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How Does Your Pet Really Feel About E-Collars?

If your cat or dog has ever been forced to wear an Elizabethan collar, aka the ‘cone of shame,’ post-surgery or to protect a hot spot, you might have wondered how she perceives the experience. A study of 434 pets wearing E-collars reveals how they can affect both the animal and the owner.

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