There’s no doubt that dogs are already considered as part of the family. They are also known as your best
There’s no doubt that dogs are already considered as part of the family. They are also known as your best friend.
They accompany you on your walks, eat your leftovers, and rub your belly. But despite these awesome and adorable feats, it doesn’t change the fact that dogs can’t talk.
They might be suffering from an illness or injury, but you won’t know about that until it’s physically obvious. So how do you know when to seek for medical assistance?
How can you tell if the sneeze of your dog indicates an allergy? What does it take for you to know if his limp means a bone fracture?
Learn about these warning signs in this blog post as we discuss about the five signs to take your dog to the vet.
It’s normal for dogs to skip a meal. However, if you think it’s going too far, there’s something happening inside the body of your dog. More specifically, if your dog goes without eating for two days, take him to the vet immediately.
Just like with eating habits, it’s not unusual for dogs to vomit. However, some cases of vomiting are subject for concern. For example, if your dog vomits blood, you should take him to the vet immediately. The same when your dog vomits more frequently or has a fever while vomiting.
Eliminations are essential for the overall health of dogs. That said, small, moist, and firm stools are signs of a healthy dog.
However, if that’s not the case and is instead dry and hard, then there are medical problems going on with your dog. Make sure to take your dog to the vet when you notice that the stool contains blood, worms, or mucus.
It’s important that you know the normal water consumption of dogs. If your dog goes beyond that, it’s an indication that they’re developing diabetes or kidney diseases. This will be easier to notice as they will go outside more often and relive more urine than usual.
It’s also not unusual for dogs to experience weight loss. It’s just like with people, but as is the case, sudden weight loss is a sign of medical issues. If you happen to notice a pound of weight lost by your dog, consult to a vet immediately as it may be the result of a health condition.
It’s dog’s nature to make it look like they’re okay, even when they’re not. That means you can’t easily notice something happening with your dog if you don’t know these signs. Don’t make the mistake of relying too much on your connection with your dog. If you notice one of these signs, contact us in Paws of Tomorrow to ensure your dog’s safety.
Puppies are very fragile, but whether you like it or not, they should be trained. They should know what’s acceptable or not, regardless of the risk of doing so.
It might sound too difficult to train puppies inside your house, but it’s actually pretty simple. But before anything else, you should remember that to successfully housetrain your puppy, they will rely on you.
Puppies Will Rely on You
You should be consistent with your commands, perceptive of his signals, and patient. Despite that, you should make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled for when accidents happen.
Not only that, but they literally can’t be trained properly with an owner that doesn’t know anything. That’s why we at Paws of Tomorrow provide informational content for both new and experienced puppy owners.
It’s only natural to occur as puppies will inevitably make mistakes, especially when it’s their first time being housetrained.
With these mistakes, you’ll know how well your puppy is doing and it will also serve as an indication that they don’t know what is acceptable. That means you have to get rid of their confusion.
Also, never hit your puppy even when they make mistakes. This is because while you may think of it as punishment, they can’t comprehend the reason why you hit or grab them.
They will only think of it as you getting angry for no reason whatsoever. Of course, we don’t want to instill fear into our puppies. Remember that mistakes are part of the learning experience of your puppies.
Even well-trained puppies encounter accidents. To avoid this, you can use pet odor neutralizer so your puppy will know what to do to avoid making the same mistake. Take note, however, that ammonia-based products smell like urine to puppies, so don’t use them.
However, with every accident, your puppy experiences, make sure that you provide more and more supervision. If your puppy is well-trained, and he starts having accidents, you may need to get him used to the outside world. In short, let him go outside more.
You should also remember that your puppy’s diet should not be altered without a good reason. This is because it can cause digestive upset that will, in turn, result in accidents.
Watch for territorial markings like spraying urine on objects. Spaying or neutering may help stop this behavior. Remember to supervise your puppy at all times and stop him if he starts marking and clean the area thoroughly.
Scheduling Your Puppies Potty Time
Although freedom is important for your puppies, it should not be given to puppies at a very young age. This is a common mistake puppy owners make.
For example, while it might be ingrained in the behavior of your puppy to go potty outside, you should still put an effort into supporting this behavior for months. One way that you can ensure that your pup will remember his potty training is to give him treats. But of course, it’s best to go with all-natural treats such as bully sticks and bully bones.
It’s also worth noting that the younger the puppy is, the more often they will need to go. Being two-month-old will mean he will need to go potty every couple of hours.
After a couple of months, he will then grow more mature and so is his digestive system. As that happens, the period of his eliminations will increase.
When training your puppies, it can be difficult, but you should be patient. Remember that you’re not the only one enduring, but also your puppy. If you think it’s time to bond with your puppy more, you can contact us and we’ll help you with that.
Whether you like it or not, your adopted puppy needs to be trained. While it may come with risks of bodily harm being inflicted to your puppy, there are ways to keep them safe.
One of these ways is to use a leash while training them. In short, it’s called leash training.
So here are the pointers for leash training. First, let’s discuss why leash training can be beneficial to your puppy.
The Importance of Leash Training
There are many benefits that come with leash training. It can take away the ability of your puppy to take off during a walk. This, in turn, will keep him safe.
It’s also helpful for urban areas as it will help you with controlling the movements of your puppy, especially whenever he gets excited. Also, leashes are required for public places. Thus, it’s an important tool for training puppies.
Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose
When using a leash for your puppy, make sure that his collar is properly fitted. It’s important that puppies are comfortable when wearing one.
And that’s why it would be convenient if you can find a non-tightening collar for your puppy, but only when both of you are at home. That said, the collar shouldn’t be too loose as your puppy may be able to remove it.
It should be tight enough to resist being removed but not so tight that it causes uneasiness. To make sure it is so, check using your two fingers if it fits between the collar and the neck of your puppy.
When Your Puppy is Resisting
Never force your puppy or pull on the leash. You should instead kneel down and try to comfort him with a cheerful voice.
During housetraining, make sure you properly guide your puppy to wherever he should go, his potty spot for example. If you think you can’t do that, a toy or delicious treats like bully bones might be able to lure him along.
The idea of getting trained with a leash is foreign to puppies. Puppies won’t know how to respond. Don’t expect that they won’t make a mistake. If they do, make sure you increase your temper.
It’s already well-known that the inside of a vehicle can quickly become dangerously hot due to the recent YouTube video of a veterinarian proving this.
Within just 30 minutes, the inside of the car reached a temperature of 47°C. The place doesn’t have to be a desert or something like that. Wherever it may be, the inside of a car can increase its temperature rapidly.
But why is it that not a researcher, but a veterinarian proved this? That’s because pet owners usually leave their pets inside their car, and it’s so people will know the dangers of doing so.
The rapid increase of temperature on hot days
It’s already an established fact that the temperature inside of a vehicle will inevitably increase on hot days. However, a common misconception that people have is that it only happens on hot days.
It’s important to remember that even cooler days can be dangerous for pets and kids alike on being locked inside vehicles.
Researchers tested this and found that after an hour on a 100°F day, the temperature can reach 157°F. But even when parked in a shade, the temperature reached 118°F after an hour.
Shorter trips can lead to life and death situations
It’s true that it gets very hot after an hour, and it will not be that hot when you leave your dogs for just 10 minutes or so. However, it’s still going to be hot.
The rapid increase in temperature inside a car will mean that each minute counts for your dog. Additionally, the situation doesn’t necessarily go as you say. If you say you’ll come back after 5 minutes, it might take 15, and that huge difference will put much pressure on your pet.
Dogs are more prone to heat stroke
Dogs are also more prone to heat stroke. While dogs can get used to hotter temperatures, or even colder, they can’t do this on the spot.
Dogs also have a mechanism or method that they use if ever the temperature of their environment goes beyond the optimum range.
However, that mechanism won’t work if it’s too hot or too cold. Additionally, dogs can’t sweat and therefore, they’re much more sensitive to heat injury and heat stroke.
Then what happens during summer?
Now you know that dogs are more sensitive to heat, but does that mean they will suffer from heat stroke even without getting left in a hot car?
Yes, they are more susceptible to heat injury and so you should be mindful of the environment of your dogs especially during summers. The best place they could be is inside the house.
However, it’s not as if you can determine immediately that they are suffering from excessive heat. As far as you’re concerned, they might be barely hanging there as they’re in the brink of heat stroke.
That’s why you should know the signs of when your dog is suffering from heat stroke. These include depression, weakness, excessive panting, increased salivating, and vomiting.
Bonding with your dogs with road trips is great, but you should take precautions. The high temperature inside your car is only one of these precautions. If you think you can’t handle these trouble by yourself, you can Paws of Tomorrow and ask for assistance when you’re bonding with your dog during warm weathers.
I think we can all agree that the meat trade is a place no dog should have to endure. The tight space in tiny wire cages won’t allow for dogs to escape, let alone move on their own.
Water isn’t available, and so is food. The way they are being handled is so violent that they get covered in wounds even before they arrive on the meat market. Surely any animal placed in that situation will be terrified and gasping for air.
This is how dogs are being handled and transported to the meat market in places you would never expect. Not only that but after the transport, they will only end up being sold off and get slaughtered for food.
To give you an idea of how to handle these situations, take a look at the case of 202 dogs being saved that transpired in China.
The Case in Hunan China
Saving Dogs from the Meat Trade
As the normal routine of dog meat trade was currently happening, activists have gone to the scene where they stopped the truck heading for the meat market carrying 202 dogs. At that moment, they immediately contacted local authorities for help.
Contacting the Local Authorities
Now take note that these dogs are usually stolen and not stray, although there are some that have no owners. As such, the driver of the truck couldn’t prove that he owned the dogs he was carrying. This resulted to police removing the 202 animals and handing them over to the activists/rescuers.
Moving the Dogs to Multiple Local Animal Hospitals
Although the dogs were exhausted and on the brink of death, they are finally free. The rescuers moved the dogs to multiple local animal hospitals.
It’s important that the dogs are transported to multiple hospitals as it may overwhelm the staff if they’re only put into one. If that happens, treatment of these dogs may be delayed and those that are abused too much may not be able to begin their second chance at life.
Death of Some Dogs
The dogs rescued are not exactly assured a second chance due to too much trauma that they’ve suffered. They might even be infected with distemper, a contagious virus that can potentially cause infection within groups of dogs.
That’s also why 13 over the 200 dogs passed away despite the care and gentle treatment they received in the hands of the rescuers.
Due to the fact that these dogs came from household and had their own families, they tend to be friendly despite being abused and treated violently. However, some doesn’t really get socially friendly.
As such, the ones who rescued them regularly visited them, as it should be. Check out how they’re doing and if they’re undergoing some improvements through the training and care they’re receiving.
There are countries where these cruel behaviors are happening. Millions of dogs (and cats) are being slaughtered and authorities should put effort into preventing this from happening. Of course, that’s not the only case of dog cruelty. There are also those that are abandoned. If you happen to find and adopt a dog, Paws of Tomorrow can help you take care of them.