How to keep dogs busy while the humans are enjoying the Christmas excess
Make sure in the rush of visiting and hosting that you don't forget to take your dog for a walk. Your dog walker may be able to fit in extra sessions if you need them to. A dog that has had plenty of exercise will be calmer and happier.
National Senior Pet Month – caring for your older dog
Who doesn’t wish for a long and healthy life for their dog into old age, but as they get older, they do need extra special care and attention. A dog is considered to be “senior” when they reach around 7-8 years old and it’s at this time that their everyday needs and lifestyle will change. You will notice that your dog becomes less active and there may be a change in their behaviour. As a pet owner, it’s sometimes quite difficult to spot the difference between the early warning signs of illness or disease, and the normal signs of ageing.
Higher risk conditions
As your dog becomes older, he may have a higher risk of developing illness such as:
Does your dog love this chilly winter weather or is he happiest snuggled up in his dog bed with a fluffy blanket? Whichever he prefers, you need to be prepared for when you both do venture outside into the frosty and snowy elements. Just because your pet has a thick coat of fur, doesn’t mean that he won’t feel the effects of this cold weather. Dogs can feel these low temperatures so take some extra precautions to ensure that your dog doesn’t suffer from these extreme climate conditions.
Dangers in the cold – Frostbite
Even though he has a fur coat, your dog can still suffer from frostbite. The extremities like tail, paws and ear tips are most susceptible and can occur when the wind chill and temperature drop to below zero degrees. Symptoms of frostbite may not be immediately visible but may develop over several days after the exposure. Look out for any of the following symptoms, and of course seek immediate veterinary help and advice.
- A colour change of the skin with a blue or grey tinge
- The skin is cold or feels brittle
- Swelling or pain
- Ulcers or blisters on the affected skin
- Dead or blackened skin
Fireworks Safety and Your Dog
It’s that time of year again. Halloween and Bonfire Night have rolled around bringing excitement, loud bangs and whizzes and yummy sweet treats for us all. Unfortunately while we love this time of year, for our poor pets it can be terrifying.
Halloween is the time of year when we throw noisy parties and we don’t mind opening our doors to ghoulishly-clad strangers, but bear in mind your dog may react to a stranger’s knock in ways you don’t expect. He may try to run out of the door in panic or he could even try to attack the person on your doorstep.
If Fido is frightened of noise, whether it’s loud music or fireworks, take steps beforehand to keep him calm. Walk him during the day before any fireworks start. Give him a place of his own in a quiet part of the house. You could build a den for him so he has somewhere to hide. Leave a radio playing quietly in the background to distract him from outside noises. Make sure he is left undisturbed but do calmly check on him at intervals.
All About Dog Flu
Almost every person on earth experiences the flu at least once in their life. The experience of fever, aches, pains, and the uncontrollable urge to never leave your bed again are an experience one never forgets and never has the desire to repeat. The flu can last days or even weeks, but with lots of fluids and rest people generally recover over time with no long term effects.
It is a little-known fact, but an increasing phenomenon that dogs can contract a form of flu that is very closely related to the human strain. This form of flu, just like the human form, evolves and is resistant to many forms of medication. Dog flu is on the rise and as the numbers go up so do the number of dog flu deaths each year. Symptoms of dog flu are very closely related to humans, so here are some of the most common ones.
One of the first signs that a human is getting the flu is coughing. Many times this is simply attributed to food we have eaten, but coughing in a dog can be cause for concern. Coughing occurs when the respiratory tract becomes inflamed. Most of the time drinking water can help, but if the animal continues to cough a trip to the veterinarian may be in order.