Tackling the problem – Pet Diabetes

Every once in a while, people get the opportunity to show how humane they are. Though I must stress that being “nice when it is easy” doesn’t count. You need to show that you don’t forget those who cannot survive without your help, and to do so without any fuss. Specifically, we are speaking about Diabetes which can struck even your pets. If it happens, remember that you mustn’t leave your pet, for you are his lifesaver. Anyway, this is nothing so hard that it cannot be done. Simply read on to see what is required from you, if your pet is in this condition.

What is it?

Basically, there are three types of Diabetes. Types 1 and 2, and gestational one. It is one of the most common opinions that dogs usually get Type 1 Diabetes, and although this is close to truth, it is not that simple. Human blood differs from those of cats and dogs, and thus the Diabetes manifests differently. In it’s core, inability to absorb sugar from the blood, causes rapid weakening of the whole organism, which can lead even to fatal outcome. Insulin is the hormone in blood which regulates the height of the sugar, and any imbalance can have severe health firebacks. For dogs, studies have found that female dogs and those neutered male ones are more susceptible to Diabetes especially in middle and older age, while for the cats, situation is reversed, males are those who will most likely suffer this condition. In either way, if you notice that your pet loses weight, or is overweight or even obese, is taking a lot more water and urinates more often and in increased volume, you mustn’t postpone your visit to the vet. In general, it is not important how famous your vet is, but how much experience he or she has when it comes to this illness. X-rays and/or ultrasonography may be required in order to set proper diagnosis.

Now what?

Now, after the first shock, be sure that you need to take up the responsibility. In general, you will be required to give prescribed medications to your pet, measure it’s blood sugar level, and to take a close look and monitor it’s condition. Those pets which are overweight, will be probably be put on a diet, for extra fat in organism can cause blockade of the sugar consumption. Ask your vet how to make emergency section for your pet, and what should it contain. Some veterinarians might prescribe insulin used on humans, or Vetsulin, which is more suitable for animals. Also, he will probably prescribe proper diet, although there isn’t quite strict table on what your pet should take and what not. Basically, higher amount of fibre intake will be required, along with low fat diet. This will accelerate the metabolism, and will prevent sugar to stay for long to become problem. In the very beginning, both you and your pets might feel scared or even a bit aggressive, so be prepared for eventual bites and scratches. In time, you will get use to it, and once pet realises that you are helping, he will take it more calmly. Here I must stress the fact that you mustn’t abandon your pet, for that would be very cruel, and shows that you treat your pets like items.

Prevention

Well, it is uncertain how much you can affect prevention of this disease, but it is known that cross-breed dogs are more susceptible to it, so if it is possible, avoid this to happen. Also, as I said, avoid that your pet becomes overweight, and that can be prevented by good, healthy nutrition. Better to be safe than sorry.

So, this pretty much covers the basics of dealing with Diabetes which your pets can suffer. Remember not to lose hope, that your pet may be ill, but you can do a lot to help. It is but natural to be sorry, angry, frustrated and nervous, but get rid of those feelings asap. Many people witnessed that this situation made them strengthen their bond with the pet, for as they say, “the strongest steel is forged in the biggest fire.” Ask your friends and relatives to be supportive, and those who ask themselves how can you lose your time with the sick animal, aren’t worth my time writing about them. Ignore these people.

By: Diana Smith
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a proud owner of her German Sheppard Billy and moody apricot poodle Sam. She is interested in alternative medicine for animals and dog’s health issues. Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by Stefmar.

How Dog Training Can Relax Your Dog

If your dog is uncomfortable with strangers, jumps at sudden movements, or shows fear at ordinary everyday occurrences, you may be concerned that his life is not as enjoyable as it should be. There are a number of dog training methods you can use to overcome his fears, but caution is needed. Going about things the wrong way can do more harm than good.

Signs That Your Dog Is Nervous

You may not realize that your dog is shy or nervous until you contrast his behavior with that of other dogs. Signs that your pet may be less confident than he should be include:

  • His tail low down or between his legs.
  • Urinating in the house, although house-trained.
  • Hiding away, or withdrawing.
  • Trembling, or rigid muscles.
  • Eyes wide, with pupils dilated and whites of eyes showing.
  • Destructive behavior such as chewing.

If your dog is also aggressive and dangerous, this is not something you can handle yourself — you need professional help. For milder forms of nervousness, however, dog training and socializing can make a difference.

What Causes Nervousness?

There are a number of reasons why dogs might exhibit nervous tendencies.

  • Sometimes they may have experienced abuse by a previous owner.
  • Occasionally, a dog may have been deliberately trained to be wary of humans, for instance for use as a guard dog.
  • Most often it is due to inadequate socializing in the first four months, when a pup should be exposed to positive experiences in a wide variety of environments.

How You Can Help Your Dog

Although you can never get those first four months back, it is not too late. There are some types of dog training you can use to help your dog become more confident. As well as helping him to enjoy his life, it will help you to enjoy being with him.

  • When you know which situations trigger the signs of nervousness in your dog, try to avoid those situations. In dog training you should never push your dog towards one of these situations, and never use a treat to lure him towards them. This could simply result in his becoming nervous of treats.
  • If the fear is of visitors to your house, ask your visitors to ignore the dog, not to try to be friendly, as this will make him more nervous. Once the dog no longer reacts to visitors, ask a friend now and again to drop a treat casually in front of him and walk away without making a fuss of him. The dog should gradually come to realize that visitors are not a threat.
  • Other dogs can be a big help in dog training, as dogs imitate other dogs. If you have a friend with a well-adjusted dog, arrange for the two dogs to have play sessions together, and your dog should soon start to absorb the other dog’s confidence. Make sure their initial introduction to each other is on neutral ground, such as the park, and only bring the second dog to the house when the two know each other well.
  • Establish a stable dog training regime, especially for regular exercise. Exercise is especially important for nervous dogs, as it releases endorphins in their brain.
  • Spend 30 minutes a day massaging your dog, and use aromatherapy oils.
  • Your dog will respond to calming, soothing music — it will really relax him.

Dog Boarding

If the time comes when you have to go away, you may wonder about dog boarding. Many experts say that dog boarding is not appropriate for a nervy dog, and in fact is cruel. However, if dog boarding is your only option, choose your kennels carefully. Some kennels do have special pens for nervous dogs. Above all, ensure that your dog will be in a pen which does not face directly on to other dogs’ pens.

It takes time to help your dog overcome his problems, so don’t expect a quick fix. You will need a lot of patience in your dog training, as you are trying to change established and deep-seated responses. If you only help him relax more around strangers and find the world a less stressful place, you will have made his life happier and it will have been worthwhile.

By Robert Gold

Robert Gold, an avid blogger in the pet industry and author for Paradise 4 Paws. Paradise 4 Paws is a luxury boarding facility that offers luxury pet boarding in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.  For more information on what Paradise 4 Paws has to offer, be sure to visit our website or stop by.

How to treat your dog’s ear infection

Dog ear infections are pretty common, especially in those dogs with drooping ears. The most common method to treat dog ear infections is a visit to the vet. But there are a few other actions that dog owners can take. Some of these home remedies may prevent a pet owner from undergoing the hassle of taking the dog to a vet and making it undergo a strict medication regimen.

Some ways to treat your dog’s ear infection without the assistance of the vet are offered below:

  • A solution of alcohol and vinegar in equal ratios can be put into the dog’s ear with a suction bulb. However, you must remember to draw the fluid out after insertion to get the best results. You can repeat the procedure two times a day, until the infection is completely under control.
  • Another very effective method to treat ear infection is to put around one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into the dog’s ear. This process must be repeated for at least a week to get results.
  • You can pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into your dog’s affected ear for around a week’s duration, which may resolve the infection.

Please note that these methods must not be applied simultaneously to treat dog ear infection.

In today’s age when vet bills have shot up it substantially, it might be difficult to take your dog to a vet every time it suffers from infections. Therefore, you can treat your dog’s mild ear infection using the tips shared above. However, if the symptoms persist, it’s advisable to consult a vet without delay.  Food-based allergies and sensitivities can often trigger ear infections, and if these are the cause, the infection may indicate serious internal issues affecting your canine friend. So, it’s better to find a permanent cure rather than suppressing the symptoms to offer temporary relief.

By: Craig Davis
Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

The Importance of Dog Fencing

Most pet owners are familiar with the reasons for using a dog fence. They want their pets to remain safe from traffic accidents, strangers and other animals. If you have a pet, chances are you have wrestled with the issue of pet safety.

There are some opponents of the popular electronic fences, and they point out the discomfort that these fences cause the pets. Most pet lovers would argue that the safety provided far outweighs the slight discomfort the animal may feel as they train to stay within the appropriate perimeter. Your dog will feel far more discomfort if they escape and are injured, such as being hit by a car.

One important point regarding the electric or radio fences that send shocks to the collars of dogs is that most kit systems have adjustable intensities of shock. The different levels allow you to customize the intensity of shock. Another thing to note is that prior to emitting the shock, collars beep to issue a warning that the pet is straying close to the border of the yard. Thus, a well-trained animal will learn to avoid the shock.

Training is key when using a dog fence. When you train your pet, utilizing firm training techniques, your pet will quickly come to understand where it is acceptable to run and where it is not. Once your pet is trained thoroughly, shocking is very rarely necessary.

For pet owners with both dogs, consider the dog fence for your safety and containment needs. In addition to the visible, traditional fence, you may choose invisible fencing.

The invisible fence is a great option for the budget-conscious consumer. It is also an effective way to allow your animals to run free in your yard while still keeping them safe.

The two main types of invisible fencing are the electric fence and the radio fences. An electric fence uses a wire buried a few inches underground to create a perimeter that uses a transmitter to send messages to the receiver on your pets’ collars. The radio fence utilizes radio waves to send these messages – no underground wires are required in this version of a dog fence.

 

You can find more interesting tips about choosing best fence for your pets at Dog Fence Wire.

By: dorared

Innovet pet products All Natural Pet Ear Cleaners

Many pet owners see their pets as their family. It is also important to treat them like family as well. This means making sure they are properly groomed and taken care of. Innovet pet products is a company that strives to help pet owners take care of their furry family. They are one of the few companies to offer all natural pet ear cleaners. The main product offered to ensure your pet’s ears remain as healthy as the rest of your cats and dogs are called Purotic.

Innovet pet products: Leading the Pack

Pet owners will not settle for just the bare minimum when it comes to making sure their animals are taken care of. So what separates their all natural pet ear cleaners from the rest? Well for starters the product does not have any harmful chemicals in them that many over the counter brands have. They are made from all natural ingredients such as green tea extract and lemongrass fragrance oil. This ensures that after your pet is done with his or her treatment they will smell fresh for days to come. This all natural mixture does many different things for our furry friends. First off it destroys any uncomfortable earwax that may have built up in your pet’s ears. This can lead to a host of problems such as painful ear infections. It also comes with an anti-inflammatory agent who will help reduce any swelling that may be present because of an ear infection or other swelling around the ear cavity area. It also promotes the fact that it is alcohol and sulfate free. This is something that is important for any pet owner; we know that it could scare them if you go to apply all natural pet ear cleaners to their ears, and it suddenly burns from harmful chemicals. Innovet pet products, Purotic, comes in two virtually chemical free formulas. The cat formula uses lemongrass, green tea, Oregon grape, and yellow dock. The formula for dogs is an extra strength version and has tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oil. The most pleasant thing about the Purotic ear cleaner is the way that it is applied.

The bottle features a silicone applicator, which is good for a number of things. First, it is comfortable for your pet; you will not have to worry about causing them discomfort like most applicators of this nature. It is the only product on the market that has such a fast, easy, and safe delivery tool. This makes Innovet pet products the sole provider of this outstanding product for our furry friends. The other amazing thing about this product is that it can be used on pets that are already suffering from ear infections; it is not just a preventive tool, but also an effective healing tool. If you notice that your pet is suffering any kind of discomfort due to ear problems, or even if you want to make sure it never happens to them then these are the best all natural pet ear cleaners on the market!


By: Mike Edwards

Mike is a writer for http://www.innovetpet.com