Kennel Cough…..

February 7, 2014 by admin  
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Kennel cough is an infectious disease that in the past has been associated with a recently confinement in a boarding kennel. This is a harsh, persistent cough, also known as tracheo-bronchitis and more recently “infectious bronchitis”. Initially it occurred more often in the summer months and particularly when dogs have been in kennels. Today however, it occurs throughout the yearand often times is unrelated to boarding kennels. This signs of kennel cough is recognized by a harsh dry cough and can be followed by bouts of retching. It is a cough followed by a cough that sounds like something is stuck in the throat. There are several viruses involved with this condition. The incubation period runs between five and seven days and usually runs its course in 2-3 weeks. Some dogs may not begin coughing for several days after being boarded, or exposed to this bacteria.

Suggestions:
Rumex Crisp
Bryonia
Aconite

Other Alternatives:
Vaporizers can be effective either a cold-mist vaporizer or by placing the dog in the bathroom and running a hot shower or tub. Herbal cough syrups are also useful. These usually contain wild cherry bark, licorice, comfrey root, coltsfoot, mullein, slippery elm and horehound. Increasing the intake of vitamin C and vitamin E are also helpful.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats!

January 31, 2014 by admin  
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Ingredients:

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)

3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon

In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined.  Stir wet ingredients into dry. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick.  Cut out using cookie cutter.  The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly.  They will harden as they cool.

Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

January 3, 2014 by admin  
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Ingredients:

1 cup of canned sweet potato (you can sub fresh if you want)

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

1 egg (beaten)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir ingredients together in a large bowl until dough forms.  Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about 1/4 inch thick.  Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack.

Yield: About 2 dozen biscuits  Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Boarding

December 20, 2013 by admin  
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There is always one very important rule to remember when you are considering putting your dog a boarding establishment: LOOK BEFORE YOUR BOOK.  If you  don’t like what you see, don’t expect that it will  improve by the time your dog arrives.  All boarding establishments for animals must be licensed by the local authority, but having a licence is not an indication of quality.  The standards laid down by each individual authority are always minimum standards, and as long as the kennels adhere to the minimum, they are granted a licence.  Unfortunately, in many cased, the minimum is not fit to keep any animal in, let alone a dog that has probably spent all of its previous existence having its every whim being pandered to in the comfort of a modern home.  There is  boarding kennels near my home, and over the years I have beard so many detrimental comments from dogs and cat owners about the place that I contacted the local authority and and asked them why they continued to grant a licence.

A Dog Is A Dog Is A Wolf

December 13, 2013 by admin  
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The answer to ‘why does my dog….?’ is usually very easily answered — ‘because it’s a dog.’  Much of what we regard as problem behaviour is quite often,  as I explained in the Introduction, just normal dog behaviour exhibited in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

My dog has just bitten somebody! Well, Dogs bite, don’t they? My dog barks constantly! Well, dogs bark, don’t they? My dog growls at me if I go near his food! Well, dogs growl, don’t they? They also guard food.

All these behaviours, although totally unacceptable, are the thins dogs do.  If you persist in being aggressive towards your do, the chances are that at some point it will become annoyed enough to bite you. What else can it do—send you a solicitor’s letter?

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