Five Things to Expect After Your Dog’s Surgery

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Five Things to Expect After Your Dog’s Surgery

You love your dog enough to seek proper veterinary care whenever there’s a problem. At times, your dog may need to go to an animal emergency and surgical center to correct serious problems ranging from swallowed, lodged objects to broken bones. Or, your pet may need routine surgery such as spaying or neutering. After surgery your pet will exhibit certain characteristics of which you should be aware:

Your Dog May Be Cranky

Your dog has just experienced a traumatic event. She or he may not be accustomed to an overnight stay away from you. Additionally, your dog is coming out of anesthesia, which can have a lingering effect on his mood and disposition. Post-surgery, a dog may appear snappish, scared, or angry. Don’t be alarmed, as this is likely the waning effect of anesthesia.

Your Dog May Seem Disoriented

Another effect of anesthesia is disorientation. Your dog may seem like he does not know where to go when you bring him home from surgery and get him out of the car. He may hesitate to go into your house. This is common behavior and will wear off after the anesthesia has left the dog’s blood stream.

Your Dog May Be Reluctant to Eat

This is very common. Surgery can affect a dog’s appetite, and any kind of pain can make him seem disinterested in food. Don’t be alarmed, as your dog’s appetite should return in a day or two. Conversely, your dog may be ravenous and want to eat immediately when he or she comes home from surgery. Limit his food intake for at least a day so that he does not eat too quickly and regurgitate.

Your Dog Will be Sleepy

If it seems like all your dog wants to do after surgery is sleep, this is normal. Post-operative sleepiness is expected with dogs, just as it is with humans. Your dog will want to sleep more due in part to the anesthesia and in part due to the trauma of the experience. As in all animals and humans, trauma can be exhausting. When it is over, extra rest and sleep are in order.

You May Seem Like A Stranger

Don’t worry if your dog seems “mad” at you, or if he seems like he doesn’t know who you are. Again, this is a common side effect of anesthesia. As it wears off and your dog becomes more relaxed in his familiar surroundings, he will come to you and forget all about the surgery.

In summary, getting your dog the surgery he or she needs is the right thing. Don’t be overly worried about whether surgery for dogs is too invasive, as it is part of standard veterinary practice. Owners who take good care of their dogs and get the care they need will have a loving relationship for more years with their pets.

Four Home Remedies for Curing Your Dog’s Cold

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A cold, wet nose in the morning is one thing, but when your furry friend has watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose, then he has the symptoms for a cold. Much like humans, there are four home remedies that will help provide comfort to your canine companion.

Fluids
Colds are dehydrating for humans and pets. Proper hydration helps the natural ability of the body to fight off viruses. Encourage your dog to drink lots of water and change his water at least once a day. It is also helpful to keep his water bowl clean, as well. When your pet is hydrated, it will keep the nasal secretions from becoming thick which can clog up the dog’s nose leading further to breathing problems.

Chicken Soup 
Just like mother made for you, a warm bowl of chicken soup will help comfort your dog as well as keep him hydrated. Low sodium chicken broth, brown rice, and chicken breasts (please leave out the bones) are the perfect ingredients for a soup to comfort a sick pup. Also, just some warm chicken broth will do the trick, as well. A warm bowl of chicken soup will help give his immune system a boost, revitalize his energy, and health.

Steam
Steam will open bronchial passages and ease his breathing. One method is to run a hot shower or bath and enclose your pet within the room for about ten minutes. Just make sure you do not put your animal in the hot water. You can also boil a pan of hot water on the stove so that the house will be warm and humidified. There are plenty of humidifiers on the market that you can purchase at your local store that will humidify your home.

Rest
Like people, dogs need rest when they have a cold. Give him only short periods of time outside, especially in winter where the cold air could tighten up his bronchial tubes and make it harder for him to breathe. Keep his area warm and dry. Wooden dog crates with a soft blanket on the bottom, and a fluffy dog toy provide a cozy environment for recuperation.

Check with your veterinarian for recommendations on other home remedies such as Vitamin C, Echinacea and garlic. If symptoms persist past a few days, then call your vet for further testing. Hydration, rest, and chicken soup will help provide comfort and help cure your dog’s cold.

Author Bio

Karleia is a freelance blogger and animal lover. Away from the office she enjoys spending time her with her two daughters and myriad of pets.

Five Tips for Helping Your Old Dog Get Used to the New Puppy

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1. Treat Them Equally

Dogs and children are the same. They know when one is getting more attention than the other. As long as the older dog is honored for their time in the home, they will be able to handle the attention the younger dog gets as they learn how to live in the house.

2. Give the Older Dog Their Own Space

Every dog that has a crate or bed, or even a place on the owner’s bed should be able to sleep in their own space. When the older dog knows that their space is not being invaded by the new dog, they will feel more comfortable.

3. Give the Older Dog Their Time

Older dogs should be able to take their walks alone with the owner rather than together with the new dog. The two dogs can get used to each other better when they are kept separate for some of their activities.

4. Let the Dogs Play Together

Letting the dogs go in the yard and play together is a great way to make sure that they can learn from each other. Most of the time the owner only needs to mediate play time to make sure the dogs are getting along. Otherwise, the dogs can learn each other on their own.

5. Give Them Their Own Food

When both dogs are ready to eat, it is best for them to have their own food. When the dogs do not have to fight over food or make sure that they have their own space, they will tend to get along better. For example dogs get their own appointments and their own exam rooms when they visit the vet.

If you are having trouble teaching the dogs to get a long many animal health experts such as those at San Ramon Vet Surgeons can give you insight into your dogs. An old dog doesn’t have to learn new tricks, but they must be given their own space so that they can have fun with their new brother or sister. Respecting dogs as one helps them to adjust to new family members.

 

Handling Your Dog’s Issues

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corgi pup 300x256 Handling Your Dogs IssuesJordan Walker is a fellow blogger who has discussed various dog topics with me. He’s an avid blogger for sites such as Coops And Cages and more. This article is all about resolving some of the biggest dog issues such as their attitude toward kids, behavioral problems, and sickness.

Handling Your Dog’s Issues

I grew up with two corgis at home, but it didn’t make me feel confident enough to have dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ensure that I could provide him all the dog care that he needs, something that first time pet owners should do.

From my experience, there are three important things that you need to know as a pet parent – socializing your dog with people, especially kids, addressing behavioral issues, and taking care of sick dogs. I can share with you some tips on how to handle any pet issue concerning these areas. dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ens


Teaching Dogs to Love Kids

Kids behave differently from adults, which is why even well-behaved dogs may exhibit strange behaviors around kids. In the worst cases, dogs might even attempt to bite.

I have three young nieces and nephew who frequently come to visit, something that motivated me to teach Bob to love kids. My research and experience have taught me the following things:

  • Don’t leave the kids and dogs alone. This is one of the common mistakes pet owners make. No matter how I love Bob, he’s still an animal who doesn’t have a moral compass and kids may become too playful and unruly with dogs. Teach kids not to touch a sick, sleeping, eating or dog as well as a new mommy dog. Train them to respect the dog and set house rules, such as petting dogs gently, not to force themselves on the dog, or not to go near the dog’s crate.
  • Give your dog space. I built a dog house for him in the yard that he can treat as his safe refuge, something he might need when the kids, family members, or friends are visiting.
  • Socialize your dog. Dogs should be properly exposed to various distractions such as small animals, noisy children, and passing vehicles. When I brought Bob home, I had to let him stay in the yard while I run around him, yelling, and shouting in a childlike voice, like a kid. I also made it our routine to go to the park or playground. He eventually came to love my neighbors’ kids when I trained them to give Bob treats, touch him, and play with him.
  • Find a breed that suits your lifestyle. There are dogs that need to release all their energy to prevent behavioral problems. Get to know the various dog breeds first to choose the right one for you. My collie is perfect for kids and he doesn’t have any doggie odor.
  • Have your dog spayed or neutered. Most of the culprits in dog attacks are unaltered male dogs. I took care of this right after I adopted Bob.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Reward your dog whenever they behave properly around kids. Praise them, give them treats, and shower them with attention.

Dogs that are familiar with kids and other distractions tend to keep their aggression on the down low. Just continue creating positive memories between your dog and the kids. However, you also need to be sensitive to possible behavioral issues in dogs, which might be the cause of their negative attitude towards kids.

Addressing Their Behavioral Problems

Another aspect that pet parents should take care would be controlling or preventing common behavioral problems among dogs. Although Bob is a relatively behaved dog, I did my research and found these tips on controlling behavioral issues:

  • Barking. Dogs bark as a warning, a sign of anxiety, boredom, or excitement, as a way of getting your attention, or as a response to other dogs. Control their barking by being patient and consistent. Learn quiet commands and reward them when they obey.
  • Chewing. Provide a lot of chew toys for your dogs. Keep your things away from them. When you leave them at home, confine them to an area where they can’t do any damage. Correct their chewing by getting their attention and replace the focus of their rage with a chew toy. Let them exercise!
  • Separation anxiety. This manifests in chewing, vocalization, house soiling, or other signs of destruction whenever you leave them. Invest in dedicated training, desensitization routines, or behavior modification.
  • Digging. Dogs dig to seek comfort, show boredom, anxiety or fear, gain access or escape, hide things, or exhibit their hunting instinct. Learn which among these causes your dogs to dig and eliminate that cause. Exercise with them and let them undergo more training. But if your dogs can’t be controlled, give them a sandbox to dig in.
  • Begging. Learn to resist your dogs’ begging look if you don’t want them to grow obese. Teach your dogs not to beg to show them that you’re the alpha. Train them to stay in an area where they can’t see you eating. Reward them with a treat only when they behave until you’re done with your meal.
  • Inappropriate defecation and urination. Consult with your veterinarian to eliminate any medical causes and to determine any other reasons behind this behavior. Serious behavior modification training is necessary to control this habit.
  • Chasing. Prevent incidents by training your dog to obey you when called, keeping them on a leash, teaching them to pay attention to you when you use a noisemaker or a whistle, and staying extra alert to potential triggers. Constant training may teach your dog to pay attention to your commands before running off.
  • Biting. Dogs usually bite as a predatory instinct, a sign of fear, pain or sickness, a show of dominance, or a way to protect your property. Proper training and socialization may reduce the dog’s tendency to bite.
  • Jumping up. Whenever your dogs start jumping, ignore them to avoid rewarding such a negative behavior. When they relax, reward them until they stop this habit.
  • Aggression. The most common signs of aggression include snarling, growling, lunging, showing of teeth, and biting. Dogs with aggressive breeds or violent histories tend to be aggressive too. Ask your vet for help, then invest in a good trainer until their aggression reduces.

It may take time, money, and effort to get your dogs to behave right, but controlling their behavioral problems is an essential part of dog care.

Taking Care of Sick Dogs

You can show your love for your dog by attending to them when they’re sick. I’ve experienced this twice with Bob.

A dog with a cold will shiver and tremble, will stop playing, and will barely eat. Their nose usually goes dry and warm.

When I see Bob feeling this way, I would prepare a comfortable bed for him made of old, warm blankets and put it in a corner. It has to be a quiet corner. Some pet owners let their dogs listen to classical music at a very low volume.

You can put his toys near the bed, as well as his water.

For his diet, prepare brown rice and cooked lean chicken, which is easy for his stomach. Put his meal near his water.

Massage your dog by pressing the sides of his spine and his shoulders.

To soothe Bob, I would talk to him, saying everything is going to be okay. It can do wonders for your pet.

Give your sick dog some space. They can rest better and feel better more quickly this way.

If your dog’s symptoms get worse, take him to the vet right away. It’s a good thing medical science for pets has improved significantly this past decade.

You can be a more responsible pet owner if you know how to train your dogs to like kids, how to control their behavioral issues, and how to take care of them when they’re sick. The last thing I’d want Bob to feel is that I don’t love him enough to do all these things for him and more.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

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