Americans love their pets, and many treat their animals like their own children. We pay to have them groomed and boarded when we are on vacation (sometimes on par with the costs of our vacation accommodation). Some people take their dogs to doggie day care when they are gone to work so the dog won’t get lonely. Yes trust me its a growing industry as is dog sitting!
We buy dogs coats and accessories and let them sleep in our beds at night. They are our companions, and when they age and grow sick, we are faced with difficult decisions. If your dog has developed a chronic, life altering illness, you like my family may be facing the decision of when to end your animal’s life and put a dog to sleep. This decision is an important life and death call for all family’s to make and a financial one as well.
However, before you decide to put a dog to sleep or make any decisions, keep in mind that there are often treatments that you can afford that will prolong your animal’s life and make him more comfortable and even able to enjoy life.
Please don’t forget to ask your vet for an opinion before you put a dog to sleep. Your vet will likely have other alternatives beyond food and other pharmaceuticals to help your dog through this transitional period and after all that’s why your vet is there. Deciding when to put a dog down is not an easy decision, but your vet, who has handled many cases like yours, will help guide you.
Being an owner of a dog who has had problems I am keenly aware of the need to balance quality of life VS my desire to keep him in my life. All dog owners need to keep this in their mind and be able to make the right call for their pet. I found a great article detailing older dog care and things to keep in mindThe difficulty here is many dogs are so stolid about pain tolerance that it takes a lot for you to be able to tell their not happy. They don’t show pain as easily as humans we have no way of telling when their mildly sore until its a real big problem. Keep an eye on your pet an watch for changes of behavior your not used too is all I can advise here.
***Photo thanks to Justj0000lie & BPtakoma***
Odog Central here is a one dog / one adult household but I have been contemplating recently either adopting a second dog from the Animal Welfare center (a noble gesture I have mentioned before) or about allowing one of my friends to move into the spare room. Allowing not only another adult into the mix let alone adding another dog can have serious repercussions for yo and your dogs relationship.
Understand your dog is a pack animal and acknowledge that in order for your dog to be happy he needs and wants to know his place. You should (in theory) be the pack leader and any one else in your family / close friends should also have their place in your pooches mind so that he understands he may not be first but has his place in the pack. I have mentioned before the role walking your dog plays in establishing a pack leader relationship and nearly all dog training programs cover this.
I think the video below is the best answer I can possibly offer you for having two dogs. Listen to the owners and watch the fun the two dogs are having. Taking into account all the factors I mentioned above and make a responsible decision for your home and your favorite pooch.
***Photo thanks to Rhys Aspludh & slideshowbruce***
When your dog has seasonal allergies it can crush you with how miserable they can get. All the scratching and mucus that covers their eyes along with the licking of the paws, itching and their general unhappiness. Naturally for our pampered pooches we want to find any kind of solution for our pets we can. Finding a cure for these Seasonal Allergies (or in fact any allergies) isn’t impossible although I can tell you my dog and I have learnt to live with the symptoms rather than subject him to some of the more extreme options.
I just plan ahead and know come spring all his allergies get worse and I get some secondary signs like ear infections and rashes.
When my dog first started showing the symptoms of both seasonal and non seasonal allergies of course I rushed him down the the vet to be diagnosed. They offered me a several options all with positives and negatives.
As I mentioned above there a number of vet prescribed foods which may or may not hurt the bank. They come in a of allergen free types for young old dogs alike and simply remove some of those random proteins dog foods can have and give him a much smoother refined mix.
There are a number of other ideas circulating around the web right now (if I can find a link will edit this post down the road to steer you towards some information) that suggests a whole range of options from feeding our dogs more green plant matter all the way to the other end with feeding our dogs only meat.
The best resource I can possible offer you to finding your way to a good food for your Dog has seasonal allergies
I might tease you with a small bit of information here but suggest you talk to your friendly family vet. I use a medicated wash and it helps with the licking on the paws and some of his itchiness and scratching. I hesitate to offer too much information on this one as I am not a vet but have had plenty of experience with them!.
Till next time Happy Walking!
***Photos Thanks to Butler.Corey & Tai McQueen***
As any dog owner can testify a visit to the vet isn’t always fun and games. Your best friend can either enjoy the trip of it can be a nightmare which you as the owner are not going to enjoy. If in the past your dog has had a traumatic experience being injured or neutered they may remember that the vet isn’t a fun place to visit. I have often felt my Labrador remembers the smell of a place and perhaps associates with that smell with what experience he enjoyed their last time.
Some dogs require a fair bit of Veterinarian attention and that trip to the vet could almost become a monthly visit. Keeping your pooch happy to head for a visit could in the long run save you a whole bunch of headaches.
If your pet doesn’t normally enjoy a car ride preparing for the drive can be something you need to plan in advance. A good seat cover for your trip to the vet can take some time to install but be truly worth it when it comes to keeping the backseat clean and tidy for human passengers. Not only that a good cover will give your dog some grip with his paws when cornering and allow for harness attachment to hold your favorite pet steady. I hesitate to say it but some breeds dont travel well and a nice waterproof backseat cover may save you from cleaning up a bit of doggy puke after you get back from the trip to the vet!!
Have fun in the car with you and your best mate and dont forget to warn them when your about to take off
*** Photos thanks to Steve Snodgrass & fallsvetclinic ***