Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

The Health Benefits of Dog Ownership Coming home to the unconditional love of their beloved pet can be the highlight of many dog owners’ days: Owning a pet can boost your mood, make you feel loved and love in return, and ensure that you are as well-exercised as your four legged friend, thanks to a regular regime of twice daily walks. Whilst the physical health benefits of dog ownership are well documented, there are a myriad of additional emotional and mental benefits to owning your own four legged companion. Here are just some of the surprising health benefits of dog ownership:

Dog Ownership Can Reduce Allergies
Many families, particularly families with young children, choose not to own dogs because they have an unfair reputation for either causing or exacerbating allergies, particularly asthma and other allergies related to air quality. However, this is actually a case of misinformation, and serves a disservice to dogs: according to research conducted by pediatrician James E. Gern from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, owning a pet during childhood can actually lower a child’s likelihood to related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children who are exposed to dogs regularly in their infant hood are also less likely to suffer from eczema. In fact, for families with otherwise healthy children, there are many benefits related with introducing a dog to your family unit. Children exposed early on to animals, such as dogs, within their homes tend to develop stronger lifelong immune systems overall. What better reason to get your kids that dog they keep asking for?

Dog Ownership Can Improve Mental Health
Dogs are well known for giving their owners a level of unconditional love that can be incredibly heart-warming. Dog ownership can also provide individuals with a sense of purpose, and companionship when you are feeling alone in the world. All of these individual aspects combine to ensure that dog ownership can be particularly good for improving mental health, especially amongst individuals suffering from depression or anxiety disorders, or those recovering from issues such as long term physical or mental illness, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Several studies have conclude that just being with a healthy and jovial companion pet relieves depression and anxiety and boost immunity. The power of dog ownership, and the company of dogs, is so important in treating many mental health conditions (including loneliness and depression) that Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet-facilitated Therapy (PFT) are becoming increasingly popular treatment options, focusing on paring individuals in need of support with a highly trained animal that can help to improve their mood and aid their rehabilitation.

Dog Ownership Will Keep You Active
One of the most widely researched and reported aspects of dog ownership is the benefits that it can have on your physical health. Dog owners tend to be slimmer, fitter, and exercise more. It’s no wonder, when you consider that research has found that dog owners walked for an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who only walked for an average of 168 minutes per week. Children who own dogs are also more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity than their peers who do not own dogs. Whilst dog ownership doesn’t force you outside come rain or shine, dog ownership promotes walking and getting outside for some fresh air unlike any other activity. The fact is, when you love your dog their needs come first: that means long walks whatever the weather and playing fetch for hours, even when it’s raining outside, and this can only benefit your long term physical health.

Dog Ownership Could Improve Your Social Life
Dog owners are a social bunch, and this is largely because their beloved pets encourage them to be. Owning a dog is a wonderful way to help individuals to overcome their social shyness, and dogs also tend to make you more approachable. According to one study conducted by Warwick University, in the UK, 40% of dog owners reported that they had made new friends as a direct result of owning their four legged friend. Therefore, if you are lonely and looking for the company of a companion who will never let you down, whilst also encouraging you to get out and meet no people, then there is no better time to get yourself a beloved new dog.

Author Bio: This is an article by Helen Bell

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

I am sure you can understand how much encouragement I need and how much I value your company to get inspired to run this blog. My motive is to offer most genuine information that can help my readers to become better owners for their canine children. In this happy moment of the year I would like to wish all of you, your family and friends and most importantly your furry kids a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May this Christmas and the year to come be special and be surrounded by love, hope and inspiration!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

My Dog Shows Hyper Aggression Towards Other Animals - What Might Be The Reason?

Most common complain by dog owners about their dogs is over aggression. Although I have already talked a bulk about dog aggression in this blog viz. Why Dogs Become Aggressive, Understanding Dog Attacks and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Dogs, yet here's another post on a the same theme - "Dog Aggression" - a little different though - "Showing Aggression on Other Dogs and Cats".

Dogs within a pack or external to a specific pack may show a wide range of behavior when they come across other dogs. A very recent study on dogs' aggression towards other dogs shows that such behavior is triggered by several underlying  stimulants, including the folloowing:

  • Territoriality
  • Competition for ranking
  • Fear or traumatic experience
  • Acquired behavior

Territorial Aggression in Dogs 

There are many instances of dogs showing aggression towards other animals that treads into their territory. Apart of pedigreed dogs, mongrels in the wild exhibits territoriality.  Territorial or Possessive  aggression in dogs is normal and commonly seen in moderate to little above moderate degree in breeds like German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Bull Mastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Giant Schnauzer and Weimaraners. Overtly territorial dogs can be potentially dangerous.  Over territoriality is, however, a type of behavioral problem. Territorial aggression may root from sexual maturation, especially in males and lack of early socialization or conditioning to situations and presence of other animals.

Establishing Hierarchy 
Dogs showing aggression towards other dogs in the same house may be an indication of hierarchy problem. Canine dominance instinct demands them naturally forming a social hierarchical structure within their pack, with the most dominant specimen as the alpha canine member of the pack. The presence of two or more dominant dogs can lead to a fight for ranking.

Note: In the context of ranking it is strongly suggested not breaking the dominance hierarchy when there is a pack of more than one dog. The correct way is to reinforce the dominance instinct of the more dominant dog. The best way to reinforce the dominance instinct of a actual dominant dog  involves a series of systematic exercises, without breaking the natural hierarchical format. Once that is done correctly all members in the pack will understand the hierarchy and identify the most dominant dog as the actual alpha member. This will help to maintain pack peace.  

A related read in this context: Why does a clash occur in a pack 

Traumatic Experience in The Past

Past traumatic experience due to attack(s) by other dogs or cats is another very common reason for many dogs turning aggressive towards other animals. Such aggression begins with fear, and eventually turn out to be potentially dangerous aggressive behavior towards the specific species, making it difficult for the dog to live together in a pack or to go out to meet other animals. Such social aggression are, at times, difficult to be corrected, because such behavior persists even after the handlers strategic intervention. Such aggression may be exhibited towards a specific species - the species with which the particular dog had a traumatic encounter in the past.

Acquired behavior: Commonly found in dogs living in a pack. If the alpha member of the pack shows any habitual behavior (desirable or undesirable), the puppies or other omega specimens living together with the dog adopts the behavior. An incorrectly socialized alpha dog can have an innate ability to influence the behavioral change in his or her pack members. Hence, it is important that you, as the dog owner need to positively control the environment for the entire pack in which you want the omega dogs or a puppy to be in.  In case your alpha dog's bad behaviors are influencing the habit of your puppy or omega dog then it is important to keep the dog with undesirable behavior separate from the rest of the pack members.

 Good read on socialization: Checklist For Socializing Your Puppy


  • Positively reinforcing the dominance instinct of the most dominant dog does not mean ignoring or neglecting the omega member. Do not give the omega less than alpha, just last
  • Never Reward or stimulate aggressive behavior in your dog
  • Best way is to resist this behavior immediately after your dog shows aggression  with a "sharp No" and "firm Jerk"
  • Next time it is best to ignore such an undesirable behavior
  • Hold the leash short and firmly when passing by other dogs, keeping calm and ignoring with no prior command with an intention to check such situations beforehand
  • Regular contact with other animals will help the dog to strengthen social confidence

Special Tips: Inadvertent ReinforcementInadvertent reinforcement includes rewarding the dog for stopping a behavior (i.e. Barking at a other dogs in the park) that is not desirable by his human pack mates. In this process the dog learns to use that particular behavior (Barking) to get the reward; not at the other dogs. This way the trainer can inadvertently reward the undesirable behavior to redirect the behavior towards a different thing from the thing that is not wanted.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How to Make This Christmas a Healthy Christmas For Your Dog

Christmas is almost here! You must be looking for ways to make this Christmas a safe and happy time for yourself and your dog. WelcomeDogLovers has talked in volume about Christmas for dogs. There are innumerable Christmas gift ideas that you can find in the Internet. Starting from indestructible Christmas dog toy to special Christmas cookies for you dog there are millions of gift ideas that tend to confuse a dog lover like you.

How better can you wow your dog than by making this Christmas a specially healthy time for him/her!

Home Made  Christmas Nutriment...

A special meal... call it by any name you want. The nutrition that this Christmas Nutriment can give is unparalleled.

Ingredients to make this Christmas nutriment for your dog 

  • Lean beef - 400 gm (good source of sodium, potassium, protein, vitamin A, D, B-6, B-12, calcium, iron, magnesium)
  • Beef liver - 50 gm (Good source of protein, vitamins A, B12, riboflavin, zinc, selenium, antioxidants called selenoproteins)
  • Chicken neck - 5-6 full size (Good source of vitamins A, B-12, B-6, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc)
  • Chicken giblets (including heart and gizzard) - 100 gm (Good source of sodium, potassium, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins A, C, D, B-12, B-6, calcium, iron, magnesium)
  • Spinach leaves - 4-5 leaves (Good source of dietary fiber, natural sugar, protein, Vitamins A, C, D, B-6, B-12, calcium, iron, magnesium)
  • Carrots (properly pilled) - 2-3 medium pieces (Good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamins A, D, B-6, B-12, C, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium)
  • Red potato (properly pilled) - 2-3 medium pieces (Good source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, iron, folate, calcium, potassium and copper)
  • Green beans - 5-6 pieces (Good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin,thiamin, beta carotene)
  • Pumpkin (properly pilled) - 80 gm (Good source of vitamin A, fiber and anti-oxidants)
  • Green brussels sprouts - 50 gms chopped or shredded (Good source of vitamins A, B-1, B-6, K, C, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium)
  • Cabbage leaves - 4-5 leaves chopped or shredded (Good source of natural anti-oxidants, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamin A, B-6, C, iron, manganese, calcium)
  • Turmeric - 1 or 2 pinches (Very potent anti-inflammatory, reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in dogs, natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent)
Note: The above quantity has been determined for several servings. In case you want just one or two servings for your dog you should control the quantity as per need.

How to make this Christmas dog nutriment

Step 1: Wash the meat products (beef, liver, chicken necks and giblets) properly in hot water

Step 2. Wash the vegetable ingredients (leaves of spinach, cabbage, green beans, brussels sprouts, pumpkin, carrots and red potato) properly in hot water

Step 3: Chop the beef and liver into approximately 1 sq inch size

Step 4: Chop the chicken necks into approximately 3 inch long pieces

Step 5: Keep the chicken giblets as their natural sizes

Step 3: Chop the carrots pumpkins, beans and red potato into small pieces - to more or less uniform size

Step 4: Shred brussels sprouts, spinach and cabbage leaves into small fine strips

Step 5: Pour all ingredients in a cooking pan - preferably a pressure cooker

Note: The size of the cooker is important. The overall ingredients should not fill more than 2/3 of the cooker. Make sure there is enough water to create adequate steam. Do not fill it more than half full with water.

Step 6: Put the turmeric

Step 7: Pour water to make a broth

Step 8: Start cooking with over high heat. Once the cooker comes up to full pressure, lower the heat to a low burner mode in order to maintain pressure without exceeding it. If the pressure comes down raise the heat up

Step 9: Cooking for 9-10 minutes in low burner setting should be okay

How to serve

Serve only when the broth comes down to room temperature
The broth can, along with its ingredients, can be mixed with rice to make it a complete day meal. Store this Christmas nutriment in the refrigerator and server as needed.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Does Your Dog Need Vitamins?

Often times my friend and their acquaintances who get introduced to me ask this question: "Does my dog need vitamins?"

Most of the times it becomes really difficult  for me to answer such questions. As a matter of fact, dogs that are on balanced diet should not be needing additional supplements of minerals and vitamins. So if your dog is on balanced diet he is most likely to be getting all necessary vitamins and minerals from his food.

Does your dog get complete and balanced diet?  

Well, most of the dog owners who have been asked this question, have said that they tend to keep their pooches only on premium dog foods. It confuses me the most when they talk about premium and super premium dog food.  It is really not easy to find a properly balanced and complete food for your dog. However, dogs fed only on home made diet are more prone to suffer a lack of vitamins and minerals. Even though your dog is getting a correctly complete diet, it is important to check if his system can actually absorb the nutrition from the food. Dog with hepatic and/or pancreatic problems may not be able to absorb the full nutritional value of the food he eats. In such conditions the dog may require additional supplements of vitamins, alongside digestive and pancreatic enzyme supplements.

Do not give your dog just any multi-vitamins and multi-mineral supplements because he is thin.

So how do you know if your dog needs a vitamin or could benefit from a particular vitamin supplement?

General Rule of Thumb:  You should not give your dog any single vitamin or any multi-vitamins and multi-mineral supplement because you think your dog is thin and he needs vitamins. Only a registered veterinarian can correctly recommend you any specific nutriceutical and/or dietary supplements or any single vitamin based on the diagnosis. Your veterinarian may require you to get some biochemical analysis and serum concentrations done too before he/she would like to prescribe a specific vitamin supplement and the dosage.

Hypovitaminosis in Dogs 

Deficiency of different vitamins can pose different symptoms. Hypovitaminosis are more common in dogs that are kept on single type of home made food. Home made food is good - probably better than those commercial foods available out there, as long as it contains all ingredients to make the diet complete and balanced.

Certain conditions like Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), in which the pancreas fails to produce insulin (which regulates the body's blood sugar levels) and digestive enzymes (which helps to digest the food and gets the nutritional value of the food)  may leave your dog exposed to the risk of hypovitaminosis. Dogs with EPI cannot digest the food and derive the food's nutritional values. This enhances the chance of deficiency of vitamins, minerals, fats and protein. EPI dogs also suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Deficiency of Vitamin D

A study published in Veterinary and Comparative Oncology examined the range of sufficiency of vitamin D in dogs. The study proved a link between low vitamin D levels and chances of cancer in dogs. Vitamin D deficiency in dogs reduces the ability to absorb calcium from the diet, thereby leaves your dog exposed to the risk of lack of calcium.

Most common signs of vitamin D deficiency in dogs are:

Poor mineralization of bone and lameness
Loss of muscle mass
Locomotion turns slower or inability to move in sever cases
Swellings at the growth plates on the bones

Deficiency of Vitamin B12

B12 vitamin is an one of the most essential vitamins for dogs. Vitamin B12, in conjugation with iron and folic acid, helps the dog's nervous system functions well. B12 vitamin is also important for normal cell growth. When your dog is deficient in vitamin B12, he may become inactive, slow-moving, depressed, lacking energy and alertness, lethargic.

Most common signs of vitamin B12 deficiency in dogs are:

Gastrointestinal malfunction
Nervous system malfunction
Lethargy and fatigueness
Loss of appetite
Unsteady gait and disorientation
Weakness on muscle
Weight loss

 Hypervitaminosis in dogs

Overdosing of vitamins and minerals can hurt your dog. The most common ingredients in a multivitamin includes: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), folic acid, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), biotin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), calcium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, D, and E. Among these excess of calcium, iron and Vitamin D are commonly found.

Among these ingredients, toxicosis is commonly seen for iron and vitamin D in dogs.

Vitamin-induced toxicosis in dogs is common in dogs that are given too much of any specific vitamins or multi-vitamins. Vitamins in excess is as dangerous as the conditions when your dog suffers a deficiency of vitamins. Although toxicity is not too common in dogs, but excess of any specific vitamin(s) and/or mineral(s) can bring in harm to your dogs.

Chances of Toxicity of Vitamins in dogs

An overload of vitamins and/or minerals can have a bad impact on his/her health. Excess of different vitamins poses different problems. Primary vitamins are required by a dog are vitamins B complex, A, C, D, E and K. While the vitamins C and B complex, among these are water soluble, the rest are fat soluble vitamins. Among all the fat soluble vitamins, only A and D shows potential toxicity in dogs, if administered in excess.

The water soluble vitamins - B-complex and C are comparatively safe. The tissues of a dog's body cannot store these vitamins, when administered in excess. Vitamins B-complex and C are eliminated through the urine.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Choosing The Right Dog Shampoo

Dog Shampoo Tips

 It's all about maintaining the skin pH of your dog!

Aggressive marketing campaigns of brands tend to confuse the buyers. Often times phrases like "Premium Dog Shampoo", "Ultra Premium Dog Shampoo" influence their purchase decision. The fact be disclosed here: There's no medical standard set for a dog shampoo to be categorized as "Premium" or "Ultra Premium"! However, as a matter of fact any shampoo - especially those that are designed to be used for humans may prove to be harmful in the long run. The skin pH of a dogs is higher than that of humans, which means a dog's skin is more alkaline (basic). A human shampoo will dry out your dog's skin and create flakes. In worst situation the dog may develop irritated skin rashes.

So only a pure dog shampoo is recommended for your dog!

Here are what you need to look for while choosing a dog shampoo...

While looking for a safe shampoo for your dog, you should keep in mind that your dog's skin has a high pH and needs special care. Look for a shampoo that contains soothes the skin, while enriching the coat and skin with soft and silky texture and is pH balanced for your dogs skin. A hydrocortisone shampoo would be a great choice - especially if your dog has a itchy and dry skin. Hydrocortisone - a medication that reduces dryness of skin, swelling, itching and redness. A good dog shampoo should contain all of combination of the following:

Natural vitamins A, C and E.


Organic oil (Aloe vera extract, Neem extract, Citrus seed extracts etc.)

For particularly itchy pets, ask your veterinarian if a shampoo with choice.

Avoid picking a shampoo that has the following: 

Artificial Colors
Artificial Fragrances
Cocomide DEA or MEA
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Methylparaben and Parabens

 To conclude, picking the right type of shampoo for your dog is really difficult, owing to the fact that the buying intent gets greatly influenced by the marketing campaigns, as already said earlier! Hence have a very close look at the ingredients and type of shampoo that you have been offered. Not all shampoos marked as "dog shampoo" or "premium dog shampoo" may be right for your dog!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ears and Ear Set of Dog Breeds

Dog Ear Terminology - A rich glossary of dog ear shapes and sets

Ears and eyes and their shapes and settings happen to be the most important component or factors for dogs' expression. It is easy to visualize a dog's look and expression when you hear about a dog with V-Shaped ears and Prick ears. Can you form a mental image of a dog with Heart-shaped Ears if you have not been much in touch with Pekingese?

Different dog breeds have different ear sets and shapes, giving the breed a distinctive look and expression. Here is an information of 21 types of ear types for different canine breeds.  

Bat Ears: The terminology “bat ears” is used to define the ear set more or less like that of a bat. Perfect example of a breed with the bat ear set is Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Generally used in Europe, the term “bat ears” means the ear set that is very much similar to “Tulip Ears”. “Bat ears” is the terminology used to define the ears that are wide, erect and facing forward, with broad base. At the tip the “bat ears” are widely round.

Blunt-Tipped Ears: Perfect examples of dog breeds with “blunt-tipped ears” are Chow Chow and French Bull Dog. Blunt-tipped ears are those that have tips clearly and bluntly rounded with moderately broad base.

Button Ears: Button ears are semi erect ears with lower pert standing upright, but the upper part folded downward. Dropping down towards the front direction, the orifice region to ear canal becomes partially obscure. The ears of a well bred Border terrier is the best example of button ears.

Candle Flame Ears: The perfect example of the dog breed with “candle flame ears” is English Toy Terrier. These ears are set moderately wide apart at the tip and have shapes very much similar to the candle flame.

Cocked Ears: Also called semi-dropped, semi-prick or tipped ears the “cocked ears” is a terminology used described the ears set of a Shetland sheepdog (sheltie). The tips of the ears bent slightly forward (not folded fully downwards like the “button ears”), giving the dog a very keen expression.

Cropped Ears: Often called Crop Ears, the terminology “cropped ears” is used to describe a condition when the ears are cosmetically made to erect. This involves a small surgery in case of breeds like Dobermann Pinscher, Great Dane, Boxer etc. in order to remove a section of the ear lobe. Such cosmetic surgery (like ear cropping and tail docking) has been banned in many parts of the world.

Drop Ears: The term “Drop Ears” is used to describe the ears that hang down from their junction by the side of their heads. The drop ears can be fully dropped, folded, pendant and pendulous ears. Dog breeds like Hovawart, Blood Hounds etc. are the perfect examples of dog breeds with Drop Ears.

Filbert Shaped Ears: The terminology “Filbert Shaped Ears” is used to describe the type of ears that Bedlington Terriers have. The term originates from the hazel nuts, which are sometimes called Filberts.

Flying Ears: Flying ears are those that stick out or fly away the head sides. Although in many dog breeds flying ears are a serious faults, yet the dog breeds like Gazehounds it is highly desirable, because they tend to lift their ears in the stuck out position in order to hear sounds more perfectly, when something catches their attentions. Despite being a faulty the Flying Ears are quite commonly found in many dog breed while teething.

Folded Ears: Folded ears are usually pendant ears, with the lobes hanging downwards rather than hanging flat. Field Spaniels and Bloodhounds are the perfect examples of these types of ears.

Heart-shaped Ears: Usually the heart shaped ears are not properly recognized due to the coat covers. You can feel it by touch. Pekingese and Portuguese Water Dogs are the perfect examples of heart-shaped ears.

High-set Ears: High set ears are the ears that start almost from the top of the skull. In most breeds with the high ear set, the ears are set higher than the eye level. High set ears are found in many types of ear formations and hence quite a number of canine breeds are included in the list of dogs with high-set ears. Pharao Hound and Basenji are the many canine breeds that have the high set ears.

Hooded Ears: Relatively small, these ears are curved forwards. This gives the ears a look of hoods. The edges of these types of ears are gently curved towards the front, which gives the dog very unique expression. Basenji is a canine breed with hooded ears.

Lobe-shaped Ears: Also called lobular the terminology “lobe-shaped ears” is used to describe the kind of hanging ears that are found n the breeds like cocker spaniels, English Springer Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels.

Low-set Ears: The term “low-set ear” is used to describe the ear set just opposite to what actually high-set is. Low set ears are the ears that start from relatively lower position of the skull. Bloodhound is one of the dog breeds that have low-set ears.

Prick Ears: Prick ears are the erect and upright ears that are found in the breed like German shepherd Dogs, Siberian Huskies, Canaan dogs, Japanese Akita, Japanese Shiba Inu etc. Dogs with the prick ears have their tips usually rounded or pointed which vary from breed to breed. This kind of ears gives the dog a very unique expression.

Rolled Ears: Dog breeds such as Bloodhound, Basset Hound etc. have rolled ears. The term “rolled ears” are used to described the ears that are pendant and folded. Such ears are associated usually with the hounds.

Rose Ears: Quite unique of its kind the term “rose ears” is used to describe the type of ear that are found in the dog breeds like Whippet and Bull Dogs. Some pugs are seen, although not very frequently, with such ears.

Triangular Ears: Triangular Ears is again very unique of its kind. Most dogs breeds with Prick ears have ears that are triangular shapes. But Triangular ears are use to describe the ears that form almost an equilateral triangle. Dog breeds such as Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Siberian Huskies and Norwegian Buhund have Triangular ears.

V-Shaped ears: The V-shaped ears are the ones that triangular but at the same dropped down also. From the tip of the ears to its base the V-shaped ear are longer enough. Hungarian Vizsla and Bull Mastiff are the couple of canine breeds that have typical V-shaped ears.

Please stay away from tail docking and ear cropping. Please understand that cosmetic surgeries are unnecessary and bring harm to your beloved.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Please Join Welcome Dog Lovers Communities On Google and Facebook

Welcome Dog Lovers
We are all dog lovers by heart and by soul. We are cordially inviting you to join the official WelcomeDogLovers Community on Google and also hope that you will Like the Official WelcomeDogLovers Page us on Facebook, and join hands with us to make this planet a better place for dogs and dog owners.

This community is open to all and seeks to reveal an opportunity for you to share your stories about your dog and yourself. Share your dog blogs to help other dog lovers to gather knowledge and share your photos with your dogs. Share information from various resources and let us all come to the help of each other. Let us help each other to make this planet a better place for dogs and lovers of dogs. Please abstain from posting images and videos of pet sufferings. Just go on promoting love for pets and responsibility towards them.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Senior Dog Tips

senior dog

 Dog owners are often concerned about their aging dogs, and that is natural. However, all dogs doesn't become geriatric at any single age. It all depends on the adult size - often time determined by breed. We recommend the UC Davis Book of Dogs (published on October 25, 1995), which is the complete medical reference guide for dogs and puppies, authored by Mordecai Siegal, where you can get a more clear idea of when does your dog become geriatric. In his book, Siegal mentioned that small-breed dogs like small terriers become geriatric at the age of about 11 years; medium-sized dog breeds like larger spaniels become geriatric at an age of about 10 years, large breed like German Shepherd Dogs at about 8 years of age and and giant breeds like Great Danes become old at about 7 years of age. The famous AboutGermanShepherdDog.Com has come up with a FAQ Section for Senior Dog Care

However there are very few instances where dogs have lived for 24 years, 26 years and even 29 years. A few worth mentioning are:

Max (Terrier): Birth - 9 August 1983; Death - 18 May 2013; Life span - 29 years (United States) Bella (Labrador cross): Rescued as a puppy in 1982; Death - 6 September 2008 ; Life span - little less than 29 years (United Kingdom) Pusuke (Cross-breed): Birth - 1 April 1985; Death - 5 December 2011; Life span - 26 years (Japan) Adjutant (pure breed Labrador Retriever): Birth - 14 August 1936 ; Death - 20 November 1963; Life span 27 years (United Kingdom)

Age of a geriatric dog is often defined in terms of "human years" and "dog years". It is a popular myth that 1 human year means 7 dog years, and this has no scientific base, but just a belief that most dog owners have. There is no single and scientifically supported method of calculating the dog's age in comparison with the age of humans. However, alike humans the effects of aging in dogs are quite similar. Just like a 7 years old kid will be more energetic and playful than a 45 years old man, a puppy tends to show more agility and energy than a 8 years old dog.

Effects of aging in dogs
An aging dog will become physically less active and tend to sleep for a longer span of time, and eventually develop joint problems, leading to abnormal and slow movement. Aging dogs become more frequently and easily affected by environmental and climatic changes. Old age leads to dermal problems, digestive problems and mental infirmity (Senility). The most common effects of aging in dogs are as follows:

Hearing loss and even total impairment when the dog becomes too old
Vision loss and development of cataracts
Diminishing activity level
Developing joint problems like arthritis
Thickening of skin
Nails become thick and brittle
Gastrointestinal problems
Weakening of muscle
Weakening of teeth
Tumors and Mammary cysts in females
Heart murmurs
Distressed breathing
Lack of confidence (problem descending down the stairs, not eager to go to new places)
Disoriented movement

Working out a plan for treat and care for an aging dog is tougher really. An experienced veterinarian is the only best person to give you a proper guidance regarding care of an old dog. Any kind of experimentation with health and medication is highly discouraged. Remember that your dog may need a different health plan and treatment procedure.

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Dog Behavior Problem - Over-Excitement


Over-excitement is a big problem - one of the major behavioral issues in dogs. Over-excitement can be exhibited not only by the domesticated dogs but also by the dogs in the wild. Dogs are social animals and they have emotions that that they try express in their own unique ways that varies from dog to dog and from situation to situation. While some dog shows over-excitement during feeding time, others exhibit this undesirable behavior during the play or when they meet their loved ones or even during the periods or stress and anxiety.

Dealing with the hyper excitement in dogs is tough and a may be a very tricky proposition - especially because the root cause varies according to the situation. Playtime hyper excitement and feeding time hyper excitement should be handled differently. However, hyper excitement is a wrong behavior indeed, but its quite common and not any disorder.

The best way to deal with hyper excitement is to discourage the behavior by not nurturing it with treats or praises. However, at the same time it is important to make sure that your interaction with your dog and your behavior towards him/her should be calm so as to help your him/her cool down.
Here, we will discuss the hyper excitement in two different situations - during feeding and during play time.

Play Time Over-excitement
Often times the play time hyper excitement is confused with aggression. Remember aggressive behavior is way different from hyper excitement, although in novice eyes both behaviors may look very similar. Lack of outdoor socialization and inadequate behavioral training are the root causes of over-excitement during the playtime. Some breeds - especially the working dogs that are expected to have naturally higher energy level like German shepherds, Airedale Terrier, English Springer Spaniel, Pointer, Vizsla, Jack Russell Terrier, Collies, Beagle, Dobermann Pinscher naturally show overly excited behavior during the play or walk time.
Boundaries (limitations) in the play is necessary; more important is balancing the playtime. It is most important to identify the factors that stimulate the dog to become hyper active. Once those factors are identified effectively, you can control hyper activity by addressing those factors. Giving the dog sufficient exercise - both physical and mental stimulation are of utmost importance. Most common factor that stimulate dogs to become overly excited is the owner's excitement. If you speak to him in an excited tone or exhibited excitement through your body language you will stimulate your dog to behave more excitedly if he/she is already having over-excitement problem.

Setting boundaries (limitations) include setting up of certain consistent rules for your dog and train him/ her to obey those. Make sure your dog in a calm (yet alert) state before you throw the ball. If he has a tendency to grab it directly from your hand before you throw it, it is immediately necessary to suppress this tendency through properly socializing him/her to the situations. Train him/ her to stay cool until you throw the ball. AboutGermanShepherdDog talks in depth about play time over-excitement
Feeding Time Hyper Excitement
Feeding time over excitement is not as common as the play time hyper excitement. The most common factors that stimulates the feeding time over excitement is the type of treat/ food he/ she gets, the time when he gets the food, and the treatment he gets even after showing over excitement. If your dog always gets exactly what he always expects, then he may exhibit over excitement to express his/ her emotion. If he gets exactly at the time when he expects, it may stimulate him/her to become over excited.

And finally if he gets his highly expected food, during exactly when he expects it even after showing too much excitement (which is not desirable) that you are naturally nurturing this behavior. Best way out is to keep changing his food (always keeping in mind the goodness of ingredients) frequently and alongside set different times for food, without making much delay. By doing these you can help him keep away from anticipating the food type and time.

Obviously putting him to a good exercise session (play and/or walk) at least two hours before the his feeding time is a wise plan.

Other Reasons For Hyper Excitement
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD): Although quite rare but but Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity may be another reason behind your dog's over excitement.

Highly Reactive Dogs: Certain breeds are more reactive than others; while certain dogs in a same breed tend to be heavily reactive. Reactive dogs, as opposed to hyperactive dogs, tend to react to any situations - be it small or big. Hyper-reactivity may be another reason for your dog to show over excitement (often leading to barks, followed by aggression at times).

Is Your Dog Obsessed About a Particular Thing? If so, then showing hyper excitement over things that your dog is obsessed about is quite normal. Try to desensitize your dog, which is a long term process and action involves almost all approaches that you would do to socialize him or her to keep his/her emotion under control. Obsessive compulsive disorders in dogs can be treated by systematic desensitization - a technique that involves gradually exposing the dog to an ever-increasing excitement-provoking stimuli. It is recommended not increase the intensity of the stimuli/ situation until the dog fully learns to stay relaxed under the given situation.

However, nothing can resolve these behavioral problems overnight. It is a long-term process and you need to keep cool and be patience. Throughout this process it is important to the owner to keep away from showing over excitement for any reason.

Staying consistent, systematic and focused are the most important qualities for a good pack leader.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Why is Dog Worming A Mandate?

Here's why pet worming is mandatory - be it a dog or cat. Worming dogs is essentially necessary to protect him against serious health issues. Puppies are usually born with intestinal parasite, hampering the overall growth process. Worming your dogs and puppies is strongly suggested in order to retain good health for your pet and other family members. By far roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms are the commonest intestinal worms found in puppies. Whipworms and coccidia are also found in dogs, if not too frequently!

The majority of serious parasitic infestations in puppies have been noticed to occur during the first 60 days of age, when they are feed on mother’s milk. In most cases the vets suspect infestation of worms if your dog or puppy is vomiting accompanied with one or more of other symptoms including cough, diarrhea, losing weight, scrawniness (thin), lack of appetite, dull coat, lack of energy, and sometimes even bloody stool. Some puppies grow bonny, but potbellied, accompanied with shortness of breath. Anemia is another most common consequence of sever infestation of worms. Alongside it poses serious zoonotic threat to you and your canine pack - herpesvirus is commonest of all!

Although some of the common canine intestinal parasites like roundworms and tapeworms do not do not usually injure the intestinal wall of your dog, and do not pose any fatal threat until the infestation is too heavy, but hookworms are very dangerous, as they erode the internal membrane of the dog's intestine.

Hence these parasites are a serious health problem for your dog or puppy as well as your other family members. Following a scientific hygiene precautions is hence necessary - especially when you have children.

How to de-worm a dog?
This is as simple as giving your dog preparations in liquid/suspension or tablets. There are different schools of thoughts regarding how to de-worm a dog. While some would suggest administering the wormer in empty stomach, most of the modern vets suggest administering the wormer medicine with or after meal.

Worming your puppy should be started at about three to four weeks of age. The subsequent shots are to be administered about every 2 weeks again at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. I have seen owners worming dogs once each month after reaching two months of age until at least 6 months of age. Good!! No one objects on that. But the frequency of worming dogs depends very much on the health of the puppy. Puppies with weak liver may be highly prone to develop severe hepatic malfunctioning. The history of worming of the newly acquired puppy should essentially be obtained in order to determine if there is a need for additional worming shot is actually required.

Worming history of newly acquired puppies should be obtained to determine whether additional worming is needed.

I usually go for fecal flotation exam to ensure the presence of parasite. Fecal flotation exam are done to detect the presence of roundworm, which are of two species -- Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina. Here's how dogs get infested with internal parasite. The best options to get rid of Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina are:
  • Febantel (Eg. Drontal and Drontal plus)
  • Fenbendazole (Eg. Panacur)
  • Milbemycin Oxime (Eg. Interceptor and Sentinel)
  • Pyrantel pamoate (Eg. Strongid, Nemex, Heartgard Plus and others)
  • Moxidectin (Eg. AdvantageMulti)
However, the type of wormer and dose depends on many factors, including the age, and size of dogs. Also depending on the intensity of infestation your vet may suggest different types and dosage of de-wormers to different dogs/puppies.

I have include some of the scary stuff above so that you can understand what's wrong with your dog... Is it a parasite that is responsible for a health breakdown or is it something else. Overdosing your dog or puppy with dewormer may turn out to be fatal and your poor pooch may end up with serious side effects, including liver failure.

Canine wormers are available in various forms, like granules, tablets, pastes, syrups and even injections. Ask you vet before you buy any de-wormer for your dog or puppy.

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