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Crack the Canine Code
Have a couch-loving canine – or one loaded with
excess energy? Exercise can get the lazy moving and
calm the hyper.
Did you know that up to 40 percent of dogs in the United
States are obese? If you’re concerned about your dogs
weight — or if you have the opposite problem, a dog
hyper from an overabundance of energy — exercise can
help in both situations.
It’s good for you, too: Research suggests that people who
exercise with their dog are more likely to stick with it. So
if you can find activities that you and your dog enjoy,
you’ll both be healthier in the long run.
On foot. The simplest way to get more exercise with your
dog is to take him for longer walks. If you can expand just
one of his daily walks every day, each of you benefits.
Challenge your canine friend and yourself to walk an
extra 10 minutes every day for a week. If that goes well,
you can add 10 more minutes the following week. Up for
something more rigorous? Try taking your leashed dog
along on a scenic jogging trail.
In the water. Do you have a water dog, such as a spaniel
or retriever? A pool is a great place for a low-impact
workout together.
Fetch. Does your dog understand the concept of
retrieving a stick, a ball or a Frisbee and bringing it back?
Some will happily play like this until your armfeels like
it’s ready to drop off. Other dogs will run after the hurled
object but may not be interested in returning it. Still
others will affect a, “You expect me to chase after that?”
expression. If so, try something else.
Hiking. Dogs love the smells of a new place and being
with you. When you hike with your dog, be aware that
rough terrain can be hard on his paws. Check them during
the hike or if he starts to limp. Always pack a portable
bowl, water and snacks for him.
My Doggies Daycare. Of course we have to put a plug in
here for ourselves! Many days our schedules are just too
hectic to fit in that exercise session with our canines.
That’s when a trip to the daycare can help you feel less
guilty and your dog will go home a tired pup!
If you’re like us, you love your dog so much it’s easy to
forget he’s not human—until he hikes a leg or rolls
around in something funky in the yard. Then you face
the facts: your dog is a whole other breed (literally).
But what’s behind those crazy dog antics? Here’s a quick
breakdown of dog behavior and what it could mean.
Pre-Sleep Circling Ceremony
Behavior: Makes two or three turns before lying down—
every time.
What it means: This habit is probably left over from the
dog’s ancestry. A wild dog will walk in circles to flatten
plants or vegetation for a comfier bed. Also, wild dogs
sleep in packs—circling is a good way to make more
room and stake some claim before sleeping.
The Never-Ending Tail Chase
Behavior: Makes you dizzy spinning in circles in a mad
dash for his own tail.
What it means: He’s probably just bored. Many experts
say that the movement of a dog’s tail catches his eye
and offers a convenient opportunity to run off some
energy. He also might be looking to capture your
attention—especially if you respond with laughter. If it
doesn’t look like he’s having a good time, check the
base of his tail for fleas or irritation.
Howling & Harmonies
Behavior: Adds his big bellow to the family sing-along.
What it means: Most likely, your dog is telling you, “I’m
part of this pack!” Howling lets him connect with the
group. Plus, remember that his hearing is much more
sensitive than yours—howling is his way of responding to
the music he hears.(Everyone’s a critic.)
Sniffing Salutations
Behavior: Greets other dogs with a good old-fashioned
behind sniff.
What it means: He’s just saying “hello.” Plus, it’s a way
of identifying one dog from another and learning all
kinds of fun facts about the new friend—such as where
she’s been, what she’s been eating and if she’s pregnant
or in heat.
Gourmet Grass
Behavior: Makes the yard his salad bar.
What it means: Some vets say that dogs eat grass when
they have an upset stomach. It often leads to vomiting—
and getting rid of whatever it was that wasn’t sitting
well in the first place. It’s also been argued that dogs
simply like the taste of grass.
The Aroma Roll
Behavior: Finds something foul outside and rolls in it.
What it means: Dead bugs and animals might be stinky
to us, but not to him. Often dogs roll in something
smelly right after a bath—the shampoo scent we love is
awful to them and they want to cover it. It could also
have to do with the canine’s link to wolves—they do the
same thing to mask their own scent to stalk prey.
There you have it—answers to your burning canine
conundrums. Remember, even if the behavior is odd (or
disgusting) to us, it’s natural to your dog.
Why grooming your dog
is great for his health
Contrary to what some pet salons advertise, dog
grooming isn't a canine luxury. It's a necessity, and it
doesn't have to break the bank.
Keeping your pet well groomed not only makes for a
clean-smelling companion; it also helps keep your
dog more comfortable and allows you to spot health
problems before they become serious, or even lifethreatening.
How important is grooming to your pet's comfort
and health?
Have you ever had your hair in a ponytail that was
just a little too tight? Maybe your hair was just
bunched up or stuck together? A mat can feel the
same way to your dog — a constant pull on the skin.
Try to imagine those all over your body, and you have
an idea how uncomfortable an ungroomed coat can
Your dog doesn't need to know what a mat feels like
if you keep him brushed and combed, but that's just
the start of the health benefits. Regular grooming
allows you to look for lumps, bumps and injuries, all
while clearing mats and ticks from his coat. Follow
up with your veterinarian on any questionable masses
you find, and you may detect cancer early enough to
save your pet's life.
For shorthaired breeds, keeping skin and coat in good
shape is easy. Run your hands over him daily and
brush weekly — that's it.
For other breeds, grooming is a little more
Breeds such as Australian Shepherds, Huskies,
German Shepherds and Bernese Mountain dogs are
"double-coated," which means they have a downy
undercoat underneath a harsher layer of long hair.
The down can mat like a layer of felt against the skin
if left untended. To prevent this, divide the coat into
small sections and brush against the grain from the
skin outward, working from head to tail, section by
section. In the spring and fall — the big shedding
times — you'll end up with enough fluffy undercoat to
make a whole new dog. Keep brushing and think of
the benefits: The fur you pull out with a brush won't
end up on the furniture. Plus, removing the old stuff
keeps your pet cooler in the summer and allows new
insulation to come in for the winter.
Silky-coated dogs such as Yorkies, Cockers and
Maltese also need constant brushing to keep tangles
from forming. As with the double-coated dogs, work
with small sections at a time, brushing from the skin
outward, and then comb back into place with the
grain for a glossy, finished look. Coats of this type
require so much attention that having a groomer
keep the dogs trimmed to a medium length is often
more practical. In fact, experts say that the pets who
shed the least are longhaired dogs kept shorttrimmed by a groomer.
Curly and wiry coats, such as those on Poodles and
Terriers, need to be brushed weekly, working against
the grain and then with it. Curly coats need to be
clipped every four to six weeks; wiry ones, two or
three times a year (though clipping every six weeks
will keep your Terrier looking sharper).
Good grooming also provides benefits for both of you.
Regular grooming relaxes the dog who's used to it,
and it becomes a special time that you can both
share. A coat free of mats, burrs and tangles and skin
free of fleas and ticks are as comfortable to your dog
as fresh, clean clothes are to you. It makes you feel
good, and the effect is the same for your pet. And,
for allergy sufferers, keeping your pooch clean may
make having a dog possible.
An added benefit for you: Giving your dog a tummy
rub after every session is sure to relax you (and your
dog, of course) and ease the stress of your day.
The Furminator
A premium service that includes:
De-shed shampoo followed by an
application of deshedding solution
plus up to 30 minutes of brushing
with the Furminator tool. An
amazing process that dramatically
reduces shedding and leaves the
coat feeling silky smooth.
Try it today!
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have brought back the…
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Whether Fido accidently chewed into a pill bottle or a well-intended
pet owner accidently switched medication (giving their pet a human
medication), pet poisoning due to medication are common and can be
very serious. Below is a list of the top 10 human medications most
frequently ingested by pets.
1. NSAIDs (e.g. Advil, Aleve and Motrin)
While these medications are safe for people, even one or two pills can cause
serious harm to a pet. May cause serious stomach and intestinal ulcers as well
as kidney failure.
2. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
Can cause serious stomach liver failure and in large doses, red blood cell
3. Antidepressants (e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro)
While these antidepressants are occasionally used in pets, overdoses can lead
to serious neurological problems such as sedation, incoordination, tremors,
and seizures. Some antidepressants also have a stimulant effect leading to a
dangerously elevated heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Pets
seem to enjoy the taste of Effexor and often eat the entire pill. Unfortunately, only one pill can cause serious
4. ADD/ADHD medications (e.g. Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin)
These medications contain potent stimulants such as amphetamines and methylphenidate. Even minimal ingestions of
these medications by pets can cause life-threatening tremors, seizures, elevated body temperatures and heart issues.
5. Benzodiazephines and sleep aids (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Ambient, Lunesta)
These medications are designed to reduce anxiety and help people sleep better. However, in pets, they may have the
opposite effect. About half dogs that ingest sleep aids become agitated instead of sedate. In addition, these drugs may
cause lethargy, incoordination (including walking “drunk”), and slowed breathing in pets.
6. Birth control (e.g. estrogen, estradiol, progesterone)
Birth control pills often come in packages that dogs find irresistible. Thankfully, small ingestions of these medications
typically do not cause trouble. However large ingestions of estrogen and estradiol can cause bone marrow suppression.
Additionally, female pets that are not spayed are at an increased risk of side effects from estrogen poisoning.
7. ACE Inhibitors (e.g. Zestril, Altrace)
These are commonly used to treat high blood pressure in people and occasionally pets. Though overdoses can cause low
blood pressure, dizziness and weakness, this category of medication is typically quite safe. Pets ingesting small
amounts of this medication can potentially be monitored at home, unless they have kidney failure or heart disease. All
heart medications should be kept out of reach of pets.
8. Beta-blockers (e.g. Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg)
Beta-blockers are also used to treat high blood pressure, but unlike the ACE inhibitor, small ingestion of these drugs
may cause serious poisoning in pets. Overdoses can cause life-threatening decreases in blood pressure and a very slow
heart rate.
9. Thyroid hormones (e.g. Armour desiccated thyroid, synthroid)
Dogs get underactive thyroids too. Interestingly the dose of thyroid hormone needed to treat dogs is much higher that a
person's dose. Therefore, if dogs accidently get into thyroid medication at home, it rarely results in problems.
However, large acute overdoses in dogs can cause muscle tremors, panting, a rapid heart rate and aggression.
10. Cholesterol lowering agents (e.g. Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor)
These popular medications often called "statins" are commonly used. Most statin ingestions only cause mild vomiting or
diarrhea. Serious side effects come with long term use, not one-time ingestions.
Never leave loose pills in Ziploc bags - these are too easy to chew up.
If you place your medications in a weekly pill container. Store it in a cabinet; some dogs may consider it a
plastic chew toy.
Never store your medications and your pet's medications together.
Hang your purse up. Inquisitive pets will explore the contents of your bag and may get exposure to potentially
dangerous medications.
When: Wednesday, October 31th
Where: My Doggies Daycare
Anytime from: 7am – 6:30pm
Featuring lots of Mutt Munchies and treats for the Master.
We’re going to have a howling good time!
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Chewing is a very normal behavior for puppies and dogs. They use their mouths for grasping food, gaining
information about the environment, relieving boredom and reducing tension. Chewing appears to be great
fun. However, it could become a major problem when our valued possessions (such as our furniture) get
chewed up!
Why Do Dogs Chew
When you couple strong jaws with the curiosity and high energy of an exploring puppy, the result is an
incredible chewing machine. The speed at which puppies can wreak havoc in a house, and the extent of
damage they can do, can really take you by surprise.
There are a variety of reasons why a puppy might chew. Noises behind a wall, such as a high pitched heater
motor or the scurrying footsteps of a mouse, might trigger investigative chewing. A delay in feeding time may
send a hungry dog off chewing into cabinets as he searches for food. Food spilled on a piece of furniture can
cause a puppy to tear into it with his teeth in hopes of finding something tasty to eat.
But the most common reason for chewing is to relieve boredom and pass the time. Puppies have no way of
knowing that chewing a hole in your favorite rug should not be a way to entertain themselves.
Understanding Your Puppy's World
Sometimes we unwittingly contribute to a puppy's problem with improper training. Puppies don't know the
difference between old shoes and new shoes, or between stuffed toys and the corner of a stuffed couch.
Likewise, tug-of-war games can set your puppy up to fail. A puppy or dog entertained by tearing a towel is
tempted to attack curtains fluttering in a breeze.
A Little Guidance
The first step in correcting a chewing problem is to guide your puppy's chewing toward acceptable chew toys.
Choose a mix of good-quality, safe products. When your puppy shows you what he likes, buy several more of
the same type.
Hollow rubber toys work well since biscuits can be wedged inside for your puppy to pry out. This gives him a
job to do and helps keep his focus away from your possessions.
Never take proper chewing for granted.
Take an active role in rewarding desirable chewing with lots of encouragement and praise.
Protecting Your Possessions
Until you can trust your puppy, he must be under constant supervision or confined to a safe area. And even
when he's with you, he might sneak off by himself to chew. A crate, dog run, or safe room will keep him out
of trouble when he can't be watched.
As your puppy is allowed more freedom, he can be taught to avoid
forbidden objects if you make them taste bad. Choose an effective,
commercial, bitter- or hot-tasting spray to safeguard objects. If he
has the habit of chewing specific items, such as clothing, make sure
that all clothing is out of reach except one or two items that are
sprayed with a bad-tasting spray.
Every day, move the items to new positions around the house. In
four or five days, change the type of item. This teaches the dog to
leave your clothing alone because he associates them with a bad
"Booby traps" are successful since they punish your puppy during the
act and do not require your presence. A stack of empty beverage
cans set up to fall over when something moves can be very effective
in safeguarding certain objects. Motion-activated alarms are often
effective in teaching a puppy to stay off furniture or out of plants.
What Not to Do
Corrections and reprimands are rarely effective by themselves.
Offer a verbal reprimand followed by encouragement to chew on a
proper chew toy. To be most effective, the reprimand must be
given during or immediately after the misbehavior and every time it
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Is your dog coughing or sneezing?
Is your dog vomiting?
Does your dog seem lethargic and out of sorts?
The Scoop on Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough in dogs is similar to a common cold in humans. It will
stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after
the dog is initially infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to "clear it's
throat" and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or
exercise. Many dogs that acquire “kennel cough” will cough every few
minutes, all day long. Some may cough hard enough to induce
vomiting, usually a yellow type bile.
Their general state of health and alertness will be unaffected; they usually have no rise in temperature,
and do not lose their appetite. The signs of canine cough usually will last from 7 to 21 days and can be
very annoying for the dog and the dog's owners. Life threatening cases of this infection are extremely
rare and a vast majority of dogs that acquire the infection will recover on their own with no medication.
Cough suppressants such as Robitussin DM are recommended by many veterinarians. We are told not to
use the Robitussin that has extra ingredients – you want only the cough suppressant with Dextromethorphan. The dosage should be the same as what is given for a 6-12 year old child. Vets also say
you can give Benadryl at the same time – 1 milligram per 1 lb of dog’s weight. Most packages come with
25mg to 50mg pills. If a dog weighs 25 pounds….give him a 25mg pill. If he only weighs 15lb….cut the pill
in half….etc. If the dog is running a fever or the coughing worsens a trip to your veterinarian is needed
to determine whether your canine needs antibiotics.
Even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious facilities the possibility of a dog acquiring Kennel
Cough exists. Kennel Cough can be acquired from your neighbor's dog, from passing another dog while on
a walk, from the animal hospital where your dog just came in for treatment of a cut paw. Many times
it’s difficult to pinpoint where your dog was first exposed. There are many cases of infected dogs that
have no symptoms. An infected dog, unknown to anyone, can expose other canines to Kennel Cough
without you ever being aware of it.
Many dogs, exposed to all sorts and numbers of other dogs, will never experience the effects of Kennel
Cough. But why take the risk? The current vaccine Bordetella has proven quite effective in preventing
the disease (although it’s not a guarantee, it greatly reduces the chances). If your dog happens to
acquire Kennel Cough, it will then have some immunity to subsequent exposures.
At My Doggies Daycare if we suspect a dog has Kennel Cough, they are immediately quarantined in one
of our large privacy kennels. The owners or the emergency contact listed is called and advised of the
situation so they can make arrangements for a speedy pick up of the dog. In some cases we have
provided transportation to the vet in an effort to ensure the best possible care.
Effective November 1, 2012 My Doggies Daycare will require the Bordetella
(Kennel Cough) vaccine for all dogs coming to the facility. We strive to provide a
safe environment for your dog, and this vaccine greatly helps in that endeavor!
NOTE: The Bordetella vaccine is only $18 at Dr. Silvia’s Mobile Vet Clinic
on Oct 19 & Nov 17…save your spot today!
MDD & Dr. Silvia
team up each
month to bring
you low cost
Non Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning
Risk-Free & Less Costly
It's time to have your dog's teeth cleaned for the first time.
You don't know what to do. Should you have your vet clean the
dog's teeth with anesthesia, or go with one of those specialists
and get non-anesthetic dog teeth cleaning?
At MDD, we feel going with the non-anesthetic procedure first
is the best for your dog. If it turns out they need extractions,
that's a different story. Anesthesia is then the only option.
But if all they need is a general cleaning; removal of plaque
and tartar buildup, non-anesthesia is not only risk free – it is
much less costly.
We offer Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning Monthly
My Doggies Daycare has carefully selected David Donovan with Bite
& Shiny Dental to provide non-anesthetic teeth cleaning services to
our clients. His gentle and calm demeanor immediately puts your
dog at ease, and the entire procedure is supervised by Dr. Silvia who
is on hand to assist if needed. David gives continual praise and
reassurance while your pet lays comfortably and securely in his lap.
He uses non-electric sterilized scalars both above and below the gum
line. Plaque and tartar are removed by cleaning the inner and outer
surfaces of the teeth prior to rinsing and polishing. If he determines
that a tooth needs to be removed, or there are other serious dental
issues that must be addressed, he will stop the procedure and refer
you to a veterinarian. (Usually these problems require that a dog go
under anesthesia.) You will be refunded the $50 deposit as well. In
our eyes – you can’t lose. Try the non-anesthetic route first – it’s
much less expensive – and if there are issues discovered, you will not
be out anything!
So why not give your pooch the gift of oral care this year? Book your
appointment today! Next dates of services are:
$135 ($50 deposit required)
Saturday, Oct 20
or Nov 17
Make your reservation today!
any vaccine!
Dr. Silvia can set your dog up on a
schedule where all of his/her
vaccinations expire at the same time
every year, eliminating the need of
getting shots several times a year.
off your next teeth cleaning
Limit 1X use. Must present at time of service.
Expires 11/17/12
Quick Tips to Increase Confidence
& Decrease Fearfulness
NEVER tell dog it is OK when it is not
Give appropriate praise for appropriate
Remove emotion, especially disappointment or
Favorite treat and/or toy reserved for stressful
times ONLY
"Strangers" should have special treats (they are
"treat dispensers")
Obedience commands work to get dog thinking
rather than reacting
Tone of voice is VERY important! Sweet, soft
tones are reassuring and should ONLY be
reserved for cuddle time. Normal, matter of
fact tones of voice conveys confidence
Teach a "watch me" command – watching you
will keep your dog safe
Exposures to new things should be carefully
planned, timed & supervised
Clear commands, few words, NO
asking/pleading, but BE NICE!
Backsliding should be expected and prepared
Tug games can increase confidence (need to
also teach an "enough" command)
"Let's say hi" is a good phrase to cue your dog
to interacting with strangers, and have plenty
of tasty treats & jolly praise handy!
"Look" is good for introductions to potentially
fearful objects, along with a jolly, confident
Petting and touch reserved for non-fearful or
non-shy behavior (petting can inappropriately
praise this behavior!)
Home Manners
While it may seem like the holidays are still far away,
now is the time to work with your pet on obedience and
manners. You can ensure your dog’s new desirable
behaviors before doorbells & jingle bells start ringing!
We will be focusing on:
Whileatit the
like not
the jumping
holidays on
still far not
away, now is
the time to work with your pet on obedience
and manners.
for petting,
to your
& leave
can ensure
Training Package
doorbells & jingle bells start ringing! We will be focusing on:
Behavior at the front door, not jumping on guests, not
stealing food off the counters or plates, not begging, sitting
politely for petting, go to your place & leave it.
(5) ½ hour Sessions
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