Every dog owner who is concerned about what they are feeding their dog needs to read the book, Dog Food Dangers, by Shandra Baker atÂ http://budurl.com/dogfooddangers.
You may well know the feeling of staring at your Doberman while he or she stares at the food dish, sighs, and looks at you with an expression which clearly says “You expect ME to eat THAT?”
At those moments, you may even be wondering why you simply donâ€™t just get a cat, which would at least be coming to you with the reputation of being a picky eater.
Most of us dog owners have found themselves in the same situation at one time or another. And because you are a kind-hearted sort, your dog knows that if it waits long enough, sure enough, something really tasty shows up. Â Mission accomplished. Owner happy, dog happy and dog just won round one. Many owners are fixated on their dog’s eating habits. That only makes things get worse and worse.
Once your Doberman or any other dog knows it can wrangle something else out of you, it will keep on keeping on until it gets right out of hand. And if you think feeding him later will be easier, think again. It only gets worse. This type of behavior needs to be nipped in the bud immediately. Besides, who is the Alpha dog here anyhow â€“ YOU or the dog?
Owners of finicky eaters can get caught up constantly changing their dogâ€™s diet to try to get them to eat. This only makes your dog hold out to see if anything better is being offered. And then you have more problems to sort out.
And if you do make sudden dog diet changes, this can cause digestive upsets for your dog. Any diet change needs to be done slowly. Add a small amount of new food to your pet’s current food and gradually increase that amount while decreasing the amount of the current food over a seven to ten day period.
But right now what we are discussing is NOT catering to a fusspot â€“ so changing foods constantly isn’t going to help matters any.
Have you ever purchased a whole stack of types of dog food (canned and dry) to let your dog figure out what he likes? Not a good idea, because if he doesn’t like anything, three guesses who will be running out and trying to find something better. Right â€“ you!
What can you do?
The basic rule of thumb is if that any dog which gets hungry enough they WILL eat no matter what is in the bowl. Have patience and ye shall be rewarded. Don’t hover, plead, cajole, hand feed, or change the food. Just leave it in the bowl and —- WAIT!
The value of having your dog on a timetable and on a regular dog diet can’t be over emphasized. Dogs thrive on routine, and besides, if you don’t establish a routine and stick to it, your dog will implement one himself. Dogs without routines and a “pack leader” take over the roles themselves and you won’t like the consequences.
If you feed regularly at the same time (or close to it) daily then when the food hits the floor then your dog will be there to eat it â€“ and will in fact learn to anticipate being fed. If you never thought dogs (or other animals) could tell time, try missing your regular feeding time one day.
Here is the most effective thing to do when you feed a finicky dog. Feed at the regular time and if they do not eat the food within 15 minutes, you take the bowl up and put the food back in the fridge. The next time that bowl comes out and goes down on the floor is the second feeding of the day. Period! Watch how fast your dog catches on to the fact if he doesn’t eat when the food is there, it’s GONE.
If your pal is getting adequate amounts of a palatable and nutritious food two times a day, you have fulfilled your responsibilities as far as feeding is concerned. Donâ€™t let your DobermanÂ Â involve you in a battle of wills like a spoiled child who won’t go to bed without first having ice cream. That food dish is YOUR domain!
This fascinating interview with Kay Aubrey-Chimene explores her extensive experience in reversing animal illness throughÂ Detoxification and internal Cleansing. Kay is a bio-nutritional consultant, owner & director of Grand Adventures Ranch and the Holistic Equine Wellness and Cancer Recovery Center.Â According to Kay, cancer and other degenerative and terminal illnesses can be reversed by offering clean, natural diets and helping the animal detox their bodies.Â Listen and learn what you need to know to avoid serious illnesses, cancer, diabetes, and many other problems like itchy skin, allergies, weight problems, and more.
Today we talked about the revolutionary work Dr Temple Grandin is doing for the humane treatment of cattle.Â Templeâ€™s unique approach and insights to the world helps her understand animals from their own perspectives, and helps us be better humans.
Autism in people and animals is an increasing problem â€“ there are many causes to be considered and ways to approach healing.Â I shared the story of a dog who was autistic and what I did to help him recover.Â I also shared the story of Bonnie and the injured longhorn â€“ amazing!
Any animal lover can learn to communicate with animals, if they want to.Â Itâ€™s critically important to learn how to talk with animals, to speak their language, to see life from their viewpoint.
Their health and well-being depends on us, as ours depends on them.Â All are connected.Â Enjoy!
Mark Vincent on intuition, seeing eye dogs,Â how animals reflect us… MarkÂ is a reality designer and inspirational speaker who focuses on everyday solutions for everyday living.Â Mark went blind when he was 5 years old, and has enjoyed the companionship of several seeing eye dogs.Â Did you know your animals mirror you and carry your illness, stress and disease?Â We discussed the Human Animal BodyMind Connections between us, and how they act as your teachers, healers and guides for our souls.
His unique, wonderful and very powerful perspectives on life, including learning to communicate intuitively with animals, will inspireÂ and help you better manage stress — guiding you to create a healthier happier life!Â We talked about what it is to be intuitive and how we can learn to listen to our intuitive voice, how to enjoy a whole body experience -Â resonating like a tuning fork!Â Flow, Trust, and the art of Breathing helps connect us with our animals, learn from them and empowers us to discover our own soul gifts and life purposes.
Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance.
They are generally circular patches that lose hair, can be swollen, may exude a smelly pus, and can be painfully itchy, causing the dog to scratch, lick, or bite to the point of self-mutilation.
Untreated hot spots can spread and provoke a normally even-tempered dog to growl or nip when touched.
These troublesome sores can seem to arise in a matter of hours with no warning, but they do tend to follow a pattern that helps in predicting their occurrence.
Collie and other dogs most susceptible to hot spots are those with heavy coats and histories of allergies, ear infections, flea infestations, irritated anal sacs, and grooming problems such as hair tangles and mats, but any dog can develop this infection.
Dogs in warm, humid climates may develop hot spots when they shed their undercoats if the dead hair is trapped next to the skin, and dogs with behavior problems may mutilate themselves by licking and thus encourage an infection to become established.
The most common locations for hot spots are the legs and feet, flanks, and rump areas that can be reached by licking or biting but these localized infections can also appear on ears, neck, and chest if your CollieÂ Â is continually scratching.
CAUSES OF HOT SPOTS
There is usually an inciting factor to initiate the extreme licking and scratching behavior. Look for fleas, mites, or other external parasites, an insect sting or bite, allergies or injury (skin wound, scrape, etc.).
Some animals have been known to “start” a hot spot out of boredom or stress-related psychological problems.
TREATING A HOT SPOT
Two approaches are necessary for dealing with hot spots: treat the sore and remove the underlying cause to prevent recurrences.
* Trim the hair around the sore to prevent further spread of the Â infection and expose the edges of the lesion.
* Wash the area in a mild water-based astringent or antiseptic.
* Be prepared to use antibiotics or cortisone if the washing does Â not give results.
* Consult your vet
According to some sources using ointments or creams are discouraged because they can seal the hot spot which will hinder the recovery.
TheÂ ACCAW (Animal Communicator’s Coalition for Animal Welfare) announced a new study that shines light on the fact that animals are much more than the average preconceived notion that they are less intelligent and have fewer feelings than we humans.
To the scientific community, an animal is essentially still perceived as nothing much more than a robot with an array of chemical processes, without the ability to register much more than the crudest pain or fear–certainly none of the more complicated human feelings such as excitement, boredom, annoyance, anger or suspicion. Click on the link and read about a new study that debunks this, and tells what we already know.
By TheHorse.com, http://tinyurl.com/4xpy9o2
For the second year, a nationwide series of more than 160 Â gastroscopy events showed 60% of horses were identified with Â stomach ulcers, according to a press release from Merial.
Some horses do tend to suffer in silence. Â I thought this article said it quite well how many horses are suffering with hidden illnesses and may be acting out not from misbehavior, but from pain. Â This is a shining example of why it’s so important to talk directly with your horse often!
For the second year, a nationwide series of more than 160 gastroscopy events showed 60% of horses were identified with stomach ulcers, according to a press release from Merial.
“This is the second year that these scopings were able to show horse owners the type of potentially painful stomach ulcers that their horses have been dealing with,” said April Knudson, DVM, manager of Merial Veterinary Services. “Many times, horses are suffering in silence from stomach ulcers due to their natural tendencies as a prey animal to mask pain.”
Veterinarians evaluated the horses’ stomachs using gastroscopy. Throughout the year, 1,532 horses across the country participated. Overall, 922 horses from 37 states had some ulceration as identified by gastroscopy.
There are many triggers for stomach ulcer development, and stress is an important factor, Knudson said. Horses may experience stress when exposed to such situations as competition, training, travel, lay-up due to sickness or injury, shows or events, limited turnout or grazing, and trailering.
Ulcers can develop quickly, too. One study showed that horses can develop stomach ulcers in as little as five days.
IfÂ you’re wondering what that slight tapping sound is, that’s us at Health Freedom Alliance patting ourselves on the back. And please do the same for yourself! The double whammy announcements that PepsiCo (PEP) is ditching high fructose corn syrup in Gatorade along with the results of a scathing new study from researchers at Princeton make it official – allies of the controversial sweetener have lost the war.
ForÂ years, the Corn Refiners Association, a trade group consisting of companies like Cargill and ADM (ADM), has been hammering away at the bad press gushing out about high fructose corn syrup. In ads, in the press and online, they argue that the sweetener is a perfectly natural product and that it is no worse for you than regular old sugar.
ToÂ which we at HFA and consumers have responded with a collective “Yeah, right.” Con Agra (CAG) is taking HFCS out of its Hunt’s ketchup, Kraft (KFT) is banishing it from Wheat Thins and you will no longer find it in Snapple drinks. It’s all in response to what food companies say is overwhelming consumer demand. “We know moms don’t like it, and they don’t want to feed it to their kids,” supermarket expert Phil Lempert told Ad Age. Last month, outraged San Francisco parents forced high fructose corn syrup out of chocolate milk in the school system. More products are sure to follow.
Now I personally think that’s news worth passing on to my blog readers! Â HFCS is way high on the list of food NOT to eat!
There are various reasons why dog owners purposely breed their Labrador Retrievers. One reason is that their dog is up to breed standard and they want to produce a litter. Some dog owners want to improve the breed. In some instances unknown to the owner, breeding may also take place despite the fact that dogs may be carefully confined when they are in season. No matter what the reasons are, it is important to know the signs if yourÂ Labrador Retrievers is in the family way.
A female dog can only become pregnant if she is bred during her heat cycle. Canine cycle, referred to as the estrous cycle, has four stages. The first stage is proestrus in which the femaleÂ Labrador Retrievers is attractive to males, but not receptive to them. This stage generally lasts six to eleven days. This stage has already ended when the dog becomes receptive to the male and will stand to be bred.
The next stage is the estrus, the actual fertile stage in which the female dog is now receptive to male. This stage lasts five to nine days. This stage has ended when the female is not receptive to the male anymore.Â The third stage is the diestrus, a non-receptive time. Â The last stage of the estrous cycle is the anestrus in which no ovarian activity took place.
Dog pregnancy generally lasts 60-65 days. Early signs of pregnancy inÂ Labrador Retriever dogs include loss of appetite, sudden decrease in activity, nipple growth and behavioral changes. As the pregnancy progresses, further signs occur.
Three to four weeks into the pregnancy, you will notice an increase in appetite and weight gain by one month. Around five weeks, yourÂ Labrador Retrievers dog’s nipples will develop and she will begin to look broader. Increase in abdomen size can be seen and uterine swelling around the placental sites that feels like firm and discrete lumps exist. During the last few weeks of Labrador pregnancy puppy movement can be felt and milk production begins.
Dog pregnancy can also be detected through x-rays, ultrasound or a blood test. Â A blood test can be done by a veterinarian 30 days after being bred. In some cases, a female dog will display signs of dog pregnancy without actually being pregnant. That is why it is important to visit your veterinarian to confirm the pregnancy and that proper care will be given. Dog owners should always remember that their pregnant Labrador Retrievers need special care to make sure that they are ready when the time comes.
Richard Cussons writes articles about Labrador Retrievers and other dog breeds. Discover essential Labrador training tips at http://labradorsavvy.com.