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REGINA VETERINARY Experts on the REGINA DIRECTORY share a Trusted Tip on Preventing your pet getting heat stroke!

 

Here they share a helpful Trusted Tip on the REGINA DIRECTORY about preventing heat stroke in your family pets!

 

We have been experiencing an exceptionally warm summer and hopefully a warm fall this year, and although the sunshine feels wonderful to bask in, we must remember our furry friends and the potential risk that heat stroke possesses.

Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius), which leads to nervous system abnormalities that may include lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. The greatest risk for heat stroke in animals is similar to the risk in humans, and includes puppies and kittens, geriatric pets, pets who are overweight, pets who are excessively active (playing or working) in the heat of the day, breeds of dogs or cats with flattened faces (Persians, bulldogs, etc), dogs with heavy coats and pets who are ill or are on certain medications. Leaving a pet in a car with closed windows on a hot summer day is probably the most common cause of heat stroke.

However, taking your dog for a long walk in the heat of the day, or allowing dogs to romp and play with their canine buddies at the leash free park during extreme temperatures can also lead to heat related problems. In these circumstances, it may only take a few minutes for your pet's body temperature to rise into the critical range. There are a few simple things you can do to minimize the risk of heat related injury to your pet.

They include:

  • have long-haired dogs professionally groomed in the early summer so that they have less of an insulating haircoat;
  • avoid taking your dog outdoors during the heat of midday;
  •  if you have the space, keep a small ‘doggy pool' outside where your pet can cool off (make sure you empty the pool when not in use, and keep small children away);
  • limit exercise time and take walks in the early morning or late evening;
  • and finally, NEVER leave your dog in the car - the inside temperature of a car can reach 120 F or 48 C in minutes.

And don't forget, pets can become sunburned too! This is particularly problematic in white or light-coated animals, and the most sensitive areas are the nose, eyelids and ears.

 A Hot Dog! 

 

Check out the listing here in the Vets and Pets category on THE REGINA DIRECTORY directory of experts.  

REGINA VETERINARY Experts on the REGINA DIRECTORY share a Trusted Tip on Exercising your DOG

Exercising your Pet

 

A dog whose exercise needs are met may rest more calmly at home and be less fretful when left alone. The modern dog-management mantra of "A good dog is a tired dog" is gospel to many people. Exercise can improve bone and joint health. Heart and lung function can improve. Sport and working dogs need the right exercise to be able to perform well. Some exercise is better than other exercise. The best exercise channels the activity of both mind and body. The best exercise is purposeful, with a purpose that increases the dog's ability to live happily in human society. The best exercise is balanced by teaching the dog how to be calm and physically composed through regular practice of this skill. Training courses are a great way to establish the basics. Practice and use the skills you learn in class when you're out with your dog. Choose places for your outings that help you form the right belief system in your dog's mind for the temperament your dog needs to live safely with humans.

Moderation

As in most other things, moderation works admirably for dogs when it comes to exercise. Dog use body language to communicate, and many dogs will get enough exercise just from spending interesting days with people and other animals they enjoy. Exercise that is healthy for both mind and body is the very best kind of exercise.

Heat

Dogs can experience heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Unlike humans, dogs do not have an efficient body-cooling system. Young dogs and old dogs have poorer temperature regulating abilities than dogs in the prime of life and the peak of physical condition. Dogs with shortened muzzles are at an enormous disadvantage in heat tolerance. Black dogs in the sun are at greatly increased risk of overheating, as are long-haired dogs whether in sun or not.

Warm-Up

If your dog is going to be jumping, doing a lot of running, pulling a sled, or other physically intense exercise, make sure the dog receives the correct regular exercise that our human "weekend athlete" forgets to do! Don't just take the dog to a dog park to run crazy and call that adequate. This will help to prevent injuries and muscle strains.

In the House

Teach your dog how to rest calmly. It may be fine for your dog to scamper around your house-depending on the size of the dog, the size of the house, and the dog's individual tendency to crash into furniture. Some dogs are quite agile in close spaces, and others not at all. Avoid the routine of crating your dog all day, and then having the dog "explode" out of the crate for a wild-eyed exercise session. This can lead to future behavior problems. Delay exercise until a few minutes after letting the dog out of the crate. Also give a dog time to unwind after exciting exercise before you crate the dog and leave for work.

Check out the listing here in the Vets and Pets category on THE REGINA DIRECTORY directory of experts.  

Pet Experts on the Regina Directory of Excellence share a Trusted Tip on why dogs eat grass!

Why do dogs eat grass?

In the video above, Dr. Karen Becker sheds some light on the motives behind this popular doggy behavior.

Dr. Becker's Comments:

There are two primary reasons why dogs eat grass. Number one is to use as a purgative, and number two is simply because they want to! (More on that in a minute … )

Dogs Consume Grass to Purge Their System Most of you are well aware that dogs will, on occasion, eat large amounts of grass in an attempt to make themselves throw up.

In fact, if your dog consumes a large amount of grass, it could be because she has:

•Gastrointestinal upset

•Nausea

•Gas or bloating

•Eaten something she shouldn’t have

•A virus or bacteria

When they exhibit this behavior, it tends to be almost frantic. They’ll whimper and cry to be let out, then they’ll run outside and start eating any grass they can find; they’re not selective. After they consume a large amount of grass, they’ll often times lick their lips because they’re nauseous, and then of course, they’ll vomit. It’s completely normal for your dog to vomit occasionally (like people do when they are ill), meaning one or two times a year. Most often it’s nothing to worry about and, surprising as this may sound, your dog knows what’s best in terms of intentionally voiding their system of something that could be toxic, or making them unwell.

What to do if Your Dog Eats Grass Often

As I said earlier, many dogs will eat grass to make themselves vomit, but if your dog is doing this on a frequent basis it’s a sign that her system may be off kilter. In this case, you absolutely need to reevaluate their diet, as frequent gastrointestinal upset is a sign that something is wrong with the food that you’re feeding. It may be a great quality food, one your dog has been eating for years with no trouble. But if your dog begins vomiting up grass and food several times a week or even weekly, I can tell you that this is not normal. I would recommend switching brands of food, switching flavors and switching protein sources. Above all, if you’re capable of going from an entirely dead diet (kibble or canned) to an entirely living diet (raw), that would be wonderful! You may want to seek the help of a holistic veterinarian who can help you to switch your dog to a new diet. Most importantly, if your dog has been eating the same diet for most of his life, you will need to make the transition gradually. The other items that you should consider adding to your dog’s food are probiotics and digestive enzymes. Probiotics help reseed and fortify the beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gut, while the digestive enzymes provide what the entrails or the guts of their prey species would have. These enzymes provide a rich source of amylase, lipase and protease, which can help your pets process food much more successfully.

So, that’s one scenario -- the obsessive consumption of a large amount of grass in order to produce an episode of purging or vomiting. The next reason is entirely different …

Dogs May Feed on Grass Simply Because They Want To

Contrast the first scenario -- your dog rushing out and eating any and all grass in sight -- with this second scenario: you let your dog out the back door. It looks like he’s having a great time running around when all of a sudden you see him on a mission. He is sniffing and specifically seeking out tall, broad grasses -- the tall grasses that typically grow along a fence line or up from sidewalk cracks. Your dog is very selectively picking out certain grasses. He identifies them and uses his front teeth to nibble and eat them. He’s not frantic, he is doing it almost with intention and you see him select a few grasses and go about his way. That’s an entirely different scenario and that’s scenario number two, which means your dog is eating grass because he wants to.

Eating Grass is a Normal Dog Behavior Dogs know what they need to consume. And in fact, biologists have told us that all canids -- dogs and wild dogs (wolves, coyotes, dingoes, etc.) -- consume grass and it’s a completely normal behavior. So it’s important to recognize that you don’t have to prevent your dogs from eating grass unless you have treated grass or your grass has pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals on it. It’s obviously important that you don’t allow your dogs to consume toxins when they’re consuming those grasses, but if the grass is free from contaminants, you can let your dog eat away. Grass Has Nutrients Your Dog May Need The grasses your dog is seeking out probably contains some nutritional value that your dog is seeking. We know that grass contains an abundant source of fiber or roughage, for instance, and we know that since grass is a living green food it contains phytonutrients and is high in potassium and also chlorophyll. Grasses are also a pretty good source of digestive enzymes. So your dog could be seeking out selective grasses to make up for one of these nutritional components that they’re currently not getting in their diet.

Some dogs may also eat grass because they are under-fed, don’t have access to adequate food or are just plain bored. But, in the vast majority of cases, even if your dog is well fed and well cared for, he will still selectively pick out certain grasses just for their nutritional health benefits.

 

 

 

 

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/12/23/why-dogs-eat-grass.aspx - original article

 

REGINA VETERINARY Experts on the REGINA DIRECTORY share a Trusted Tip on Intestinal Parasites

A shocking Trusted Tip on Worms!

Intestinal Parasites

Lots of puppies and kittens are born with worms! These internal parasites can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or failure to grow, and very rarely death. Over 10,000 cases of animal roundworms cause illness in children every year in some parts of the world.

Your veterinarian will prescribe an effective dewormer for all puppies and adult dogs, if indicated (according to lifestyle). So that you may better understand the problems internal parasites may cause, and what signs to look for, we have included a short description of the six most common types of intestinal parasites.

ROUNDWORMS - Are the most common type of intestinal worm. They are 2-4 inches long and resemble strands of spaghetti. They may cause vomiting, diarrhea or weight loss. They are transmitted through the stools of other infected dogs or cats, or through the uterus of the mother to her unborn babies. Entire worms can sometimes be seen in the stool or vomit of infested animals.

HOOKWORMS - Are half-inch long worms which attach to the lining of the small intestine, causing blood loss and diarrhea. Puppies and kittens can become infected through the mothers uterus before birth, or via her milk after birth. Older animals acquire hookworms from skin contact with stool from infected animals.

WHIPWORMS - Are not as common as other intestinal parasites but the disease they cause can be very serious. Bloody diarrhea and weight loss, are the symptoms seen. These worms are transmitted by ingestion of the stool of infested animals.

TAPEWORMS - Live in the small intestine, where the head attaches to the intestinal wall and produces a chain of segments. Mature segments containing the eggs are passed with the stool, or may be seen around the rectum. They resemble small grains of rice. They may be acquired by ingestion of rodents, birds, or most commonly, through the ingestion of fleas. Flea control is essential to control tapeworm infestations.

COCCIDIA - Are one-celled protozoan parasites, more like bacteria rather than "worms". Puppies and kittens can pick these up from their mothers or from eating rabbit or other wildlife droppings. They are treated with antibiotics.

GIARDIA - Are also a protozoan. They are very difficult to pick up on a regular stool check. Antibiotics or special wormers kill them but they are difficult to eradicate completely and often flare up with stress or other intestinal problems. They are contagious to humans and cause vomiting and diarrhea.

HEARTWORMS - Are a deadly parasite carried by mosquitoes. Risks vary according to place of residence and areas you travel with your pet. At this time, Saskatchewan is considered to be free of Heartworm risk. We will update you of any increased risks at your annual exam visits.

For more information, please read this pamphlet on Pets, Parasites and People.

Check out the listings here in the Vets and Pets category on THE REGINA DIRECTORY directory of experts. Here are some pictures  ( very magnified ) of some of the the nasty critters!

 

Tapeworm

 

The ' Handsome'  Hookworm

 

A Dog infected with WHIPWORMS

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