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I love dogs. Always have, always will. I’m suspicious of people who don’t, claim a dog makes them sneeze, makes them uneasy, scares them. I don’t comprehend these sentiments and statements. As a child a doctor hinted to me I may be allergic to dogs, stay away from them and we’ll see if your recurring cough leaves you. I never saw that doctor again, lived with the recurring cough until my teens, gave up any and every food or drink recommended, but not dogs.
They are my kindred spirits and soul. Speaking to them is natural and heeding their advice mandatory. Its always the best advice. I grew up calling them dogs, the person that owned them was an ‘owner’, not pet parents, not keeper, caregiver. They were dogs, not fur babies, who went for a walk, ate, slept, got muddy, brought home ticks and fleas, which we sat on the floor tweezers in hand, bowl of water by our side and plucked a tick of the dog and dunked it into the water bowl.
We de ticked, bathed, fed, walked our dogs, what is now labeled hands on. We didn’t outsource pet care. Bathing the dog was not a trip to the groomer, it was a trip to the shower stall. Usually a hide and seek game, hide the towel behind your back on the way to setting up bath time. Spell out the word “bath” which you knew the dogs understood, everyone pretended they were bluffing the other- no one was.
Bath done, the task was keeping the dog from rolling around on the ground, or grass- futile.
Thank you Susan Thixton, of the truthaboutpetfood.com for allowing us at Oliver Pet Care to share this information and your articles which have relevance for pet parents everywhere.
Please head over to http://truthaboutpetfood.com/trick-of-the-pet-food-trade/ to read the detailed report.
How does Big Pet Feed make extra millions? By luring unknowing consumers into spending hundreds of dollars more a year buying higher priced pet food that is basically the same as a lower cost pet food.
Big Pet Food (Big Pet Feed) offers multiple lines of pet foods, often making consumers believe one brand is higher quality than the other. More often than not, all of the different lines of pet food (from the same manufacturer) – the lower cost and the higher cost – are made at the same pet food plant using the exact same feed quality ingredients. Marketing helps steer consumers to the higher priced food (with almost identical ingredients as the lower cost) making millions in added profits for the manufacturer.
So, you searched for “dog walker near me”, that makes sense if the dog walker is near you, he/she is near your dog. Here’s the dog walker challenge. You find one, the dog likes the walker and the walker appears to like the dog. Time to walk the dog, WALK the dog. Now here’s the challenge. Does you walker know how to walk a dog? One foot in front of the other is not a walk, because now one foot in front of the other has to co ordinate with 4 paws. Those paws will stop to sniff, smell, pee and poo. Walkers have to learn the dogs body language because each of those four actions has a look, a posture, a circling behaviour, and usually a favourite spot.
As a critical observer of the new trend of Dog walkers, here are a few observations and solutions, which come from years of walking our own dogs, because if you have a dog – walk the dog- thats more than half the fun of having one around. Dog walking is not an activity to be out sourced. Dog walkers should be supplemental walkers, not primary walkers. Teach your dog walkers to be patient, vigilant and kind to the animals they encounter on their walk. Please do not give them choke collars to use if you do not know the abilities of the walker. Drive or walk by once in a while and check if the dog and walker are sitting on a road side corner!
Write to us and tell us your dog walker stories, we’re always happy to hear from you and share your stories. See you on our next walk!
We travel with our animals, take them out to meals, take them on holiday, take them to pet events. There are few activities that exclude our pets. Lets face it, you’ve carried the water bowl (an easy to carry plastic box) and disposed it just before getting to your destination or when you are nearing home.
Now, thats plastic and a carbon foot print disposed. Oliver did that, and now Oliver doesn’t because we carry our biodegradable bowls. We carry them to the veterinarian (no risk of infection from shared bowls) , the pet friendly cafe down the street and road trips!
So lets make our canine carbon foot prints minimal.
We’ve humanised & urbanised them. Urban pets seldom get the opportunity to run, play, jump, romp ….. in short just be dogs.
Heat Stroke in Pets
Summer has officially arrived!! And even though temperatures always sore in Mumbai April to June are the most dreaded . With climate change affecting all of us, it is important to realise how this affects our pets. Dog fur is a great protection against the cold but can be a problem in hot countries – especially amongst the exotic breeds that weren’t meant to be bred in hot climates. While humans have the provision of sweat glands to aid with cooling, heat release does not occur in dogs in the same way. Dogs lack the normal, predominant sweat glands that humans and other species have. Their primary source of heat exchange (i.e., getting rid of heat) is by panting. Vasodilation is likely the second most important way of cooling the body. Vasodilation helps bring hot blood directly to the surface of the skin, allowing for the blood to cool before returning to the heart. Thus, heat stroke can be commonly seen in pets and should not be ignored. The normal temperature for a dog or cat is around 101.5°F. Pets suffering from heat stroke will have an elevated temperature — rectal temperatures may reach 105°F or higher in a heat stroke emergency.
Causes of Heat Stroke
- Excessive environmental temperature, with or without excessive humidity, and without access to a cool shaded area or water, will eventually lead to heat stroke.
- Leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of heat stroke. Contrary to popular belief, “cracking a window” is not sufficient to protect your animal from this potentially deadly problem.
- Pets can also experience heat stroke if they exercise too much on hot humid days, or if they are unable to get out of the sun and into some shade.
- Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to heat stroke. These are the dogs with short noses such as Pekingese, pugs, Lhasa Apso and Boston terriers. These short-nosed dogs have airways that are not as efficient at cooling when they pant.
- Overweight or obesity in dogs can also lead to heat stroke.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke in pets:
- Body temperatures of 104-110 F degrees
- Excessive panting
- Dark or bright red tongue and gums
- Sticky or dry tongue and gums
- Bloody diarrhoea or vomiting
How to prevent you pet from Overheating??
- Provide plenty of fresh clean drinking water at all times.
- If your pet is going to be outside for any length of time in warm weather, then he/she should have access to complete shade.
- Dogs can be encouraged to play in the sprinkler, or can be gently hosed down with cool water to prevent overheating.
- Exercise your dog early in the morning or after sunset, during the coolest parts of the day. Don’t overdo exercise or play sessions, regardless of the time of day.
- Don’t walk or exercise your pet on hot pavement. Not only can it burn his paws, but the heat rising from concrete can quickly overheat an animal that lives close to the ground.
- Never under any circumstances leave your pet alone in a parked car on a warm day.
What should you do if you suspect you pet in a Heat Stroke??
- Remove your pet out of the heat.
- Use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet.
- Keep cool wet clothes on feet and around head.
- Do not aid body cooling below 103 F degrees – some animals can actually get Hypothermic (too cold)
- Offer ice cubes for the animal to lick on until you can reach your veterinarian, but do not force ice or water to your pet.
- Just because your animal is cooled and “appears” OK, do NOT assume everything is fine. Internal organs such as liver, kidneys, brain, and other organs are definitely affected by body temperature elevation. There can be problems like DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) that can be a secondary complication to heat stroke that may be fatal.
- Therefore, blood tests and veterinary examination are needed to assess this.
Some Homoeopathic Remedies for Heat Stroke:
- Amylenum nitrosum – Useful in sunstroke with the characteristic surging of the blood to the head and face, oppressed respiration, staring eyes, choking in throat, longing for fresh air and dull confusion of head
2. Glonoine – The first remedy to try for sunstroke when there is giddiness seen with the pet falling down due to that.
3. Natrum Carb – Oversensitive to heat, especially after sunstroke, even some years after; has to be well shaded when walking in the sun, must seek a cool or dark place. The pet can be oversensitive to noise, suffers from debility and you can see contraction of muscles.
4. Gelsemium sempervirens – Dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, and trembling; eye or visual effects; and polyuria; slow pulse, tired feeling, mental apathy. Paralysis of various groups of muscles about eyes, throat, chest, larynx, sphincter, limbs, etc. Muscular weakness. Complete relaxation and prostration. Lack of muscular co-ordination
5. Theridion curassavicum – Dehydration, vomiting giddiness is seen with a sunstroke
While these remedies can guide you with the initial few hours after you notice a heat stroke in your pet it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Wishing all of you’ll a Happy and Safe summer!
Thank you Susan Thixton, of the truthaboutpetfood.com for sharing information and articles which have relevance for pet parents everywhere. This post by Dr. Michael Fox has some great insights into the importance of exercise for urban pets.
Exercise Helps Dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Michael Fox shares some interesting information from a study showing exercise has clinically proven to help with IBD in dogs.
Two veterinarians in Taiwan have documented the benefits in small breed dogs living a sedentary life and suffering from chronic diarrhea of putting them on an exercise regimen in addition to standard prednisolone treatment. This was after other dietary treatments (hydrolysed and hypoallergenic elimination diets) and various supplements either failed or only partially improved their inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although this was a small study in part inspired by the clinical improvement in human patients suffering from IBD who are able to participate in a regular exercise program, it offers a safe and potentially effective additional therapeutic approach to this all too common canine condition.
From behavioral observations of my own dogs they will pass a few stools when let outdoors in the morning to urinate but only when they are aroused and setting off for a long, fast walk or safe and legal off-leash romp do they fully empty their bowels. Dogs living a sedentary life, rarely aroused and often being trained to evacuate inside especially when living in high-rise apartments, could well lead to longer retention times of fecal material prior to evacuation with resultant inflammation of the bowels, exacerbated by various dietary ingredients and their metabolites with further possible health problems due to bacterial endotoxins. Physical activity may also help improve circulation and help alleviate and prevent lymphangectasia, the accumulation of lymph in the bowels seen in some forms of canine IBD.
Mental arousal with physical activity may increase peristaltic tonus that may be relatively flaccid with parasympathetic dominance as with a placid temperament and an unstimulating indoor environment. Sympathetic/parasysmpathetic balance and adaptive flexibility of the autonomic nervous system are aspects of well-being that are considerable and clinically relevant. (For references see Fox, 1978). Megacolon and fecal impaction, commonly seen in understimulated and underactive indoor cats, and weak urinary bladder tonus with urine retention and consequential cystitis may be other conditions related to parasympathetic dominance/imbalance.
See Huang, H-P. & Lien, Y-H. Effects of a structured exercise programme in sedentary dogs with chronic diarrhea. Veterinary Record, 180: 224. 2017 and the Editorial my Dunning, M. Improving IBD in dogs through exercise. Veterinary Record, 180: 222-223, 2017. Fox, M.W. The Dog: Its Domestication and Behavior, 1978, reprinted edition with Dogwise Publishing.
Dr. Michael W. Fox
From Michael W. Fox BVetMed, PhD, DSc, MRCVS Veterinarian, bioethicist, syndicated columnist (Animal Doctor with Universal-U Click). Website: www.drfoxvet.net Latest books: “HEALING ANIMALS & THE VISION OF ONE HEALTH” and “ANIMALS & NATURE FIRST: CREATING NEW COVENANTS WITH ANIMALS & NATURE” with CreateSpace/Amazon.com.
Homoeopathy has a very important role to play in Cancer as the approach to the cancer is very different from chemotherapy.
The conventional approach is that cancer is a disease separate from the animal, one to be attacked in various ways. Often there is surgery to remove the cancer, perhaps then chemotherapy to kill the cancer (and the patient, as the chemicals affect all the body), radiation to kill the tumour (and the tissues around it).
So the attitude is one of attacking something separate from the patient. The homeopathic approach is to understand the new growth as being generated by the body – by the same energy (life force) that grew other parts of the body. So homeopathic treatment doesn’t fight against the growth or see it as separate. Instead, nutrition and homeopathic treatment work with the natural healing mechanisms to rebalance the life energy so the tumour is no longer needed or supported. Then it is resorbed or expelled.
Over the last 200 years, homeopathy has been very successful in cancer treatment. To find a homeopathic remedy, all peculiarities and striking symptoms are to be elaborated. Therefore, a meticulous questioning of the pet owner is of utmost importance. In homeopathy the peculiar and striking symptoms have to be worked out, followed by the mind symptoms (fears, character traits etc.) and physical general symptoms like eating preferences, digestion, temperature, behaviour.
Moreover, the homeopath looks for the reason of the development of cancer in the dog, which might have appeared after injuries, sterilisation, vaccinations or suppressed skin eruptions, which weaken the immune system and make the organism susceptible to malignant diseases.
The dreaded diagnosis. It might be more traumatic to learn of your dog diagnosed with cancer than yourself. The reason? We anthropomorphise our animals and they are a part of our family, our routines and lives. What can you do to prevent and recognise the symptoms or warning signs of cancer? Here’s a list. As always, you know your animal best, as does your veterinarian. These guidelines and information are meant to aid – not to be used to self diagnose and treat. Dr. Master has some insights.