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How to Help a Fearful Dog at the Vet

Some dogs actually love going to the vets, where some dogs going to the vets can be a very stressful ordeal. The main thing to keep in mind whether your dog loves the vets or hates it, is to keep it positive.

The best way to help your dog associate the vet’s to a none stressful outing, is to visit the vets office as if you would the pet store. Do it frequently, do it weekly if you have to! Of course, you should ask the staff if this is OK ahead of time and perhaps agree on a specific time when the office is generally not too busy. Explain that you want your dog to view the vet office as a fun place to visit, and perhaps the receptionist could even give him a special treat each time you arrive.

If the staff isn’t too busy they can even come out from behind the reception desk and pet your dog to help them relax! The goal with each visit is for your dog to what to stay at the vet’s, when it’s time to leave they wont want to with all the treats and loving they are getting.

With Ginny, the biggest regret I have is not socializing her enough during her fearful times. I would foster a situation, plan my route for the least human interactions she would in counter. Especially with men. If we were in a store, I would avoid any sort of situation of them seeing her. Which wasn’t always the easiest with a huge English Mastiff. But had I have gotten her out and having more introductions with people her fear and her confidence would have been eased when going to the vets.

Warn the Vet Ahead of Time and Plan the Trip.

When I had to switch vet offices later on, I had to explicitly ask for a female vet. And explain to them that she could not be seen by a male vet, not for fear aggression. But because she will be in the corner peeing herself (no joke).

Once the vet got to know Ginny on the first consultation, from there on out she always greeted her in a calm manner. When it came to actually examining Gin, the vet always got down on her knees and would sit beside Ginny checking her over. Bringing treats in her pocket always helped too when Ginny was feeling extra shy.

If you have a smaller dog that has to be placed up on the table, bring a towel, or a small dog bed for them to sit on versus the scary table.

Act Like Going to the Vet is no Big Deal.

If you’re nervous, your dog will be more likely to feel nervous as well. The more your work yourself up playing the what if game in your head, the more likely your dog will start to react to that nervous energy.

Do you have any tricks you use to help your dog go to the vet?

5 Tips for Taking Care of your Dog’s Paws

As summer is rolling around and the day’s are heating up so is the concrete we walk on, we may not notice due to the shoes we wear but go bare-foot and you’ll notice the significant heat difference. Our dog’s paws feel the difference too, their pads only provide so much protection before it becomes painful. We don’t walk across a hot parking lot or a snow covered one without proper protection on our feet, but for some reason some owner’s make their pets suffer.

The paw pad provides protection for the paw from rough terrain, but there is a myriad of issues surrounding the paw that should be addressed including nail length, cracked pads and foreign objects wedged in between paw pads. Continue reading

What are Rodent Ulcers and How to Heal Them?

When I adopted Oswald two years ago, he had a auto-immune disorder called eosinophilic granuloma. What on earth is that? In simple terms it is a rodent ulcer, and no it doesn’t actually comes from rodents.

They start as a yellow or pink shiny spot that becomes an open sore on the upper lip, it can develop on either side. Sometimes, rarely, it forms on the bottom lower lip or along the back of the jaw near the molars. It can spread to the tongue and the hard palate. Some cat’s show discomfort and pain while others don’t even seem to notice a difference. Oswald is the latter, his swollen lips don’t bother him at all, he still headbutts anything and rubs his cheeks onto everything.Cat lips, rodent ulcer

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6 Steps to Help a Choking Dog

One of the scariest things to happen is to have your dog choke in front of you. Unfortunately I have known several families who have had their dog suffocate to death. One family had a boxer who they were feeding popcorn too during family movie time, a kernel got stuck in the dogs throat and he choked to death. I had two close with Ginny too, the once coming home from school we found her hard ball in a pile of vomit and slime, the next somehow she got a hold of a pin cushion and decided to bite down on it like a chew toy.

In emergencies like that there is no time to look up the name of the closest emergency vet, knowing how to help a dog that is choking will save their life.

  1. Open your dog´s mouth; be sure to roll the fleshy part of his muzzle over his canine teeth-your dog will put pressure on his own skin if he bites down so he will be unlikely to close his mouth.
  2.  With larger powerful jaw breed dogs (Presa canario, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, etc..) this may be very hard to do if your dog is not used to this. Make sure when they are a puppy you play with their jowls so as they get older if something like this happens you can help.
  3. If there is someone else with you, have them shine a light down into the dog’s mouth.
  4. If you can see the object lodged in the throat, reach in and pull it out. BUT if you cannot see it, DO NOT reach in, you will likely push it down ever deeper. Hold your dog up by the abdomen to help him spit up the object.

    How to save a choking dogs life

  5. After shining the light in to your dog’s mouth and cannot see the object. Move around to his back, place your hands underneath his belly and lift him up leaving his front paws on the ground. This position helps the dog try and spit the object up them self.
  6. If the dog still is choking, move your hands up from their belly to their solar plexus (where the abdomen stops and ribcage starts). Clasp your hands into a fist and push up with force three times. If nothing happens repeat three more times. This forces the dog to cough, which should dislodge the object saving your dogs life.

Reaching in to your dog’s mouth you will get dog drool all over your hand and arm, if that grosses you out you have to think what is more important. Getting dog drool on your arm which will wash off, or saving your dogs life. I have seen many articles that say stick pliers or some form of tweezers down into your dog’s mouth. If they jerk their head while you are shoving a foreign objects down into their throat you will likely end up cutting his mouth or puncturing their larynx.