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Archive for the ‘Canine Health’ Category

Canine Acne

Who would have ever thought it? Canine Acne. I know it sounds made up but trust me its real.

It all started with little pustules on the lips and chin. They look nasty and sometimes bleed. As with anything new and different looking on my dogs, I took Blaze to the vet who confirmed that it was in fact Canine Acne. Apparently because its around the mouth its easy to get infected. Blaze isn’t the neatest drinker so his mouth is always wet. After a nice round of antibiotics he was all better.

Fast forward a few months and we have it back again. Consequently he is also sleeping a lot! After doing some research it seems that Canine Acne (just like human acne) can be related to hormones. Blaze is still intact since he is being shown so I assume that’s what this is, probably another growth spurt of some kind or increase in testosterone. Granted I’m assuming all of this and basing it on some things I’ve read online.

Now what to do about this yucky acne? I’m not rushing to the vet this time so I’m keeping his mouth dry, and trying to do some neosporin which he will probably just lick off pretty fast. Hopefully this will clear in a few days!

Chiropractors for Dogs

Some people call me crazy, other call me weird, but thats OK! I *love* chiropractors for dogs. My younger dog injured his leg and was constantly leaning to one side. We found a chiropractor who straightened him right out and after a few months and just a few short visits, Blaze is finally back to normal!

When you start looking for a chiropractor for your dog there are two different types. The first is a Vet who takes a certification course (or more) in chiropractic. The second type is an actual chiropractor who has adapted to working on animals. Many that I have met work on all types of animals. My personal preference has been to work with actual chiropractors who also work with dogs. I can’t say that one is better than the other but if its just adjustments you need, then you have a few options to research.

What can you expect when getting your dog adjusted? The chiropractor will likely want to see your dog walk around a bit, then they will begin to contort the next back, legs and tail. Most dogs don’t like the pressure and will wiggle about but I usually just hold their heads still. My dog Sandy used to love getting adjusted and afterwards would love up on her chiropractor. I can always tell that they feel better and if it helps prevent arthritis, I’m all for it!

Leg Injuries

My puppy is a wild boy when he gets the crazies or when he just needs to burn some energy. It doesn’t take much for a dog like Blaze to injure themselves. He cuts the wrong way, or in his case slammed his rear into a bench. After a few weeks of taking it easy he is finally back to normal, but that set me out for an important quest in life. How do I keep my dogs from injuring themselves?

Dogs are like athletes in many ways, they need conditioning and cross training. So many owners just take their dogs for random hikes, runs, play sessions for hours at a time with little to no conditioning. This opens them up for major problems.

One of the things I discovered in my research is a strong core prevents injuries. This is true for humans and dogs, probably more so for dogs! If you have a dog who is a performance dog you probably know this already. I purchased my very first giant peanut shaped work out ball. There is a great DVD “Get On the Ball” you can order too which shows you how to use the ball safely.

At first Blaze was a little nervous about it, but now he LOVES his ball time. He jumps up, sits on it, stands on it, and gets very excited when I say its time to get on it. I stabilize it with my feet but I am hoping that my dear husband will build me a little PVC stand. If you are looking for a good way to rehab your dog or build core strength I highly recommend you look into this. As always consult with your vet on what is best for your dog.

Boarding Dogs

I have boarding dogs, and this year has made me hate it even more. Nothing against kennel owners, or businesses, but they are loud, stressful and its just hard on the dogs in general. I took my dogs to a clean family run kennel where they got play time, pool time and even some extra walks. In total we spent around $500 for 7 days.

I normally prefer to use pet sitters, but with our puppy being so young still, I didn’t feel right having him crated the entire time. I know a pet sitter would have let him out 3-4 times a day, but that’s about 2 hours out of his crate, which means 22 hours in. I think that can be worse. Well I have changed my mind about it all. If they can’t go to a doggie day care, then you are better off to find someone who can come spend time with them at home.

For the same cost I could have had a petsitter come 4 times a day for 45 minutes each. We got our dogs and our older one apparently had his collar left on wet. He now has a huge raw bloody mess of a neck. It smelled awful from far away. Luckily we had an antibiotic spray already and after consulting with our vet we decided to use that and see if it can get better. If we hadn’t talked to him it would have been an emergency vet visit which would have been another $150-200 bucks.

My advice, hire a pet sitter.

Shedding Lab

Holy cow, we have a lot of dog hair! Typically we spend 50 bucks on grooming our labs every so often when they are blowing coat. So imagine 50 * 2 dogs * 4 times a year? Math anyone? That’s 400 bucks. For the same amount of money, we can buy a crazy beast high velocity dryer. Does it work? Well, heck yeah!

Metro Air-Force Dryer

Metro Air-Force Dryer

Powerful yet lightweight dryers from Metro that are specifically designed for the professional pet/animal groomer. 200 MPH force of warm air instantly blows water from heavy coats.

I did my research and found that the K9 III high velocity dryers are rated the best. They have two motors and two speeds. It blows air and you can dry your dog or you can blow out the hair. Now my dogs are pretty laid back and don’t mind much but I can see if your dog has noise sensitivity this might not be for you.

We washed our labs with very warm water. I use a nub brush in the bath from furminator to help rub in the shampoo. Then I towel dry. From there I move to outside and the low speed dryer to get the dog dry. When they are dry, we blast them with the high velocity two speed k9 III dryer.

From what I read its best to start from the tail and work your way up blowing the air towards their head (do not blow their faces!). Having two people is super helpful if you want to keep the dog still unless you have a fancy table to stand them on.

I wish I had recorded the amount of hair that came out. I think we will try to blow them out each week followed by a good brushing. Hopefully our vacuum will be saved!