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Training Your Dog on a Leash

By Davidton George

Dog training comes in different forms and you should need to be able to identify a particular type training that is suitable to your dog and its behavior. If you have appropriately determined which training is best for your dog, your pet will eventually become loyal and will literally become your family’s best friend. Effective dog training methods will develop and seal your relationship with your dog as you earn your dog’s trust.

One popular technique of dog training is the leash or collar training, aside from the reward system or the positive reinforcement training.

Leash and reward training have proven their worth as successful dog training methods. However, dogs respond to training methods according to their behavior patterns and the training they are most comfortable doing. Since dog breeds vary, you should know that they have their respective unique qualities and particular preferences that come with their specific attitudes and attributes.

Collar training is a very effective way for a dog to train in different types of programs. As the dog owner, you should know the purpose behind training your dog in the first place. For dogs that are expected to perform difficult tasks, such as being a rescue dog, guard dog or a police dog, leash training definitely gets the job done.

When leash training your dog, you should know how to toggle the leash well to send your dog the right signal. But before you do all the jerking of the leash, you need to settle your dog comfortably with the leash first. Afterwards, you can use it to control your dog as a means for you to communicate.

As you take command of the leash, you should also earn the trust of your dog for your pet to respond to your commands willingly. Do not use strong force on the leash. Instead, just use a moderate physical maneuvering through your dog’s leash.

The leash is just a tool to let you have a head start on your dog training. Since this is only a tool, you can train your dog through the use of other dog training tools available. You can use your voice, your body language, and your skills to be your training tools for your dog to start obeying. Establish a leader-follower connection between you and your dog.

Once your dog recognizes this, you can train your dog with or without any leash and you even win his affection and trust.

Training a puppy or dog can be fun, as long as you have some idea of what you are doing! For tips and advice, visit How to Train a Puppy

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Oct 31, 2008 | 0 | Training

Understanding Hip Dysplasia in Your Canine Friend

By CS Swarens

If you have a larger-sized dog, you may be concerned about hip dysplasia – and rightly so. Although hip dysplasia is most commonly found in larger breeds, it is important to keep in mind that the crippling disease can affect dogs of all sizes. Therefore, it is important to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms, what you can do to prevent it and how it should be treated.

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a serious condition that results in a weakened hip. When your pet becomes affected by the disease, the hip actually begins to deteriorate and becomes arthritic. Depending upon the severity of the arthritis, the disease can be only slightly disabling or it can be severely crippling. Regardless, the condition occurs when the ball-and-socket joint of the hip develops and the femur is unable to fit properly into the socket.

How Does Hip Dysplasia Develop?

Certain breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to developing hip problems, particularly larger breeds such as rottweilers and retrievers. In addition, male dogs are more likely to suffer from the disease than females, but there are other factors that contribute to the development of hip dysplasia as well. These include the rate of your dog’s growth, the speed at which it gains weight and the type of diet you feed your pet.

What are the Signs of Hip Dysplasia?

The initial signs often begin to develop in dogs while they are still young puppies between the ages of 3 and 12 months, but the onset can also occur after your beloved pet becomes older. Signs to watch for include:

• Apparent lameness in one or both hind legs
• Staggering or swaying when standing
• Signs of discomfort when attempting to stand up or lie down
• A general reluctance to jump or run
• Problems with getting up
• An unusual gait when running, including a bunny-hopping type of gait
• Changes in running and jumping behavior

In addition to these visible signs of hip dysplasia, you may notice a clicking sound when your pet walks and gets up. You may also notice a decreased amount of muscle mass in the rear legs of your pet.

How Can Hip Dysplasia Be Avoided?

While genetics play a significant role in whether or not your pet develops hip dysplasia, and ultimately responsible breeding can help to minimize the chances your pet will develop hip problems, there are some steps you can take to help prevent the disease from manifesting in your canine friend. First, take steps to control the growth rate of your puppy by avoiding overfeeding. Follow the feeding guidelines on the food package closely and cut back on the calories if your puppy seems to be getting overweight. You should also provide your dog with plenty of opportunities for exercise throughout its lifetime in order to prevent obesity.

It is also important to keep a close eye on your canine friend and to notify your veterinarian if you notice signs of hip problems. The sooner your pet receives treatment for the disease, the better its chances of recovery and leading a long, healthy and active life.

CS Swarens is the CEO of Find a Pet Online. 800 998-7065

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Oct 30, 2008 | 0 | Dog health

Boxers – Overview of the Boxer Breed

By Dan Fletcher

The boxer dog is a stocky, medium sized dog with a short haired coat. The Boxer was developed in Germany and was bred from a mix of English Bulldog and Mastiff type dogs. The Boxer was originally used in Bull baiting and its ancestors were used for hunting bear, wild boar and deer were it’s task was to seize the prey and hold it until the hunters arrived.

The Boxer was used during the first world war as a messenger dog, attack dog, guard dog and pack carrier. It was little known outside of it’s home country until after the second world war when returning soldiers took some of the breed home introducing the dog to a much wider audience and it has now become a favourite as both companion and guard dog.

Boxer description and temperament

The most distinguishing feature of the boxer is it’s head. The boxer has strong jaws and an underbite where the lower jaw extends beyond the upper jaw. The body of the Boxer is powerful yet compact. The boxer sometimes has docked tail and cropped ears although these practises are being outlawed in some countries. The boxer has a short haired shiny smooth coat that generally is fawn or brindle. The boxer often comes with a white underbelly and white on the front or all four paws.

The Boxer is an intelligent breed and is very easily trained. Being such a strong dog, Boxers require firm and consistent training starting at an early age and need to be handled by a strong adult. Boxers are reliable with children and are extremely protective and loyal towards their family.

Boxer grooming, exercises and health problems

With such a smooth short-haired coat, the Boxer is very easy to groom and only requires occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush.

Being such an active, energetic breed, Boxers require daily work or exercise. They need walking daily, preferably a long walk at a brisk pace and some play time such as fetching a ball on top of this. Boxers have no special feeding requirements.

Due to the shape of the nose that the Boxer has, they can be susceptible to breathing difficulties and sinus problems. Boxers are prone to skin cancer and have serious hereditary heart problems.

Dan Fletcher writes for PuppiesSale.org, a site with lots of puppy articles, puppies for sale, Boxer puppies for sale, and more.

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Oct 28, 2008 | 0 | Dog breed information

Your Dog Has Arthritis, Now What?

By Jennifer P. April

If your dog is having trouble getting up and down the steps and seems stiff when he gets up from naps he may have arthritis. Aging dogs are just as susceptible as humans are to the pain of arthritis and the arthritis treatment for dogs available are many. This article will illustrate some of the arthritis treatment for dogs available.

First, make sure your pet is a healthy weight. If Max is overweight the strain on the joints will be greater. Since it doesn’t take many pounds (3 lbs. on your average size dog is like 10 on us) you’ll want to make sure he’s at the optimum weight. If not, dieting is in order.

Arthritis is caused by a loss of the cartilage surrounding the joints. As the cartilage wears away, the bones scrape against each other causing pain. By helping Fido rebuild some of the lost cartilage you can help ease the pain.

Glucosomine chrondrotin supplements and fish oil will help rebuild this lost cartilage. They are both rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and the fish oil has the added benefit of helping the nervous system and contributing to a healthy skin and coat. You can get salmon oil to squirt on your pet’s food or just feed her the same supplement you take yourself. You can also share your glucosomine supplements. It will take six weeks or so before you may see any results.

If you want to strengthen your bond while alleviating Lucy’s pain, you can do a little doggie massage on the stiff joints. Just a few minutes a day can help.

If your pet is in extreme pain, there’s medicine you can get from your vet. A common prescription is Duramaxx and there are others. Severe cases could require surgery.

Physical activity like swimming might help your dog too. I’ve heard from many people who’ve seen significant improvement in their pets who were able to participate in a regular swimming practice. Swimming takes the pressure off the joints but allows them to be exercised. Slow walks can also help.

What your pet eats can contribute to arthritis.

Some readers have told me that changing from a grain based kibble to a raw diet of meat and vegetables has caused their pet’s arthritis to clear up in a matter of weeks. Even if it had been a constant source of pain for years. You may have to visit a specialty pet store to find a food without any corn or wheat in it but there are many good ones available.

There are many ways you can help your pet suffer less from the pain of arthritis, now it’s up to you to take the next steps.

Learn more about taking care of your dog at all-natural-dog-treat.com where Jen P. April shares dog treat recipes and tips for living a fuller life with your pet. You can learn more about arthritis treatment for dogs.

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Oct 28, 2008 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Choosing a Labrador Retriever to Be Your Pet

By CS Swarens

If you are looking for the perfect dog to bring home as your pet, you might want to consider getting a Labrador retriever. After all, the Labrador retriever is the most popular pet in the United States – and for good reason! The Labrador has a long history of being a faithful and easy-going pet that is highly intelligent and trainable. What more could a pet owner want from a dog?

The History of the Labrador Retriever

According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador retriever was the top ranked breed in 2007. The Labrador retriever was originally a native to Newfoundland. In the early 19th century, the breed was brought to Britain by fishermen, and later made its way to the United States. It is believed that the breed originated from the St. Johns Water dog and it is closely related to the Newfoundland. The Labrador Retriever is currently the most popular dog breed in the US, the UK, and Poland.

These first Labradors were not bred to be companions. Rather, they were bred to serve as hunters. As time passed, however, the Labrador’s skills were put to other uses. In fact, it didn’t take long before Labradors were used assist the handicapped as guide dogs. Thanks to the easy temperament and trainability of Labradors, they are also used as therapy dogs to help provide comfort to residents in nursing homes and children suffering from emotional and physical disabilities. Since Labradors have an extraordinary sense of smell, they are also used by the police and the military to help track down weapons, drugs, criminals, bombs and people who have been buried from natural disasters.

Recognizing the Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are medium-sized dogs that with short, dense fur. The fur of a Labrador retriever may be either yellow (and related shades), chocolate or black. Most Labradors weigh somewhere between 55 and 80 pounds and stand anywhere from 21 to 24 inches in height.

Though most people are able to easily recognize a Labrador when they see one, many do not realize that retrievers are also great swimmers. This is partially due to the fact that they have a special webbing between their toes as well as a water resistant coat. In addition, Labradors are also avid hunters and have very friendly and outgoing personalities.

Keeping a Labrador Retriever as a Pet

Due to their outgoing nature, Labrador retrievers make great pets. Many do tend to be a bit hyperactive, however, which can potentially be frightening to small children. Therefore, while Labradors are good-natured and gentle pets, you should exercise caution before bringing one home as a pet if you have young children at home. In addition, while Labradors can easily share a home with other dogs, it is best to introduce them to the other pets at an early age because Labradors do have a tendency to be jealous.

Labrador retrievers are excellent pets that are well-suited to any household. Just be certain to give your pet plenty of opportunities for exercise and to give it plenty of love and affection and you will be certain to have a healthy and happy companion for years to come.

CS Swarens is the CEO of Find a Pet Online. 800 998-7065

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Oct 27, 2008 | 0 | Dog breed information

Dogs and Allergies

By Audrey Frederick

We as humans can have a variety of allergies, allergies to food, pollution, dust and just about anything else imaginable. Well, our wonderful family dog can be allergic to things too and it may take us a while to finally figure it out.

Pets that scratch a lot may be allergic to something, sometimes you may find that your pet scratches significantly only at certain times of the year. It is possible that your dog, like you, can have seasonal allergies. Dogs can be allergic not only to food, but to pollen, grasses, trees, dust, fleas, wool, tobacco smoke and even, believe it or not, to other pets.

A dog can have an allergic reaction simply by coming into contact with whatever substance it is allergic to (wool/fleas), by inhaling the substance (smoke/pollen), and from food.

Any dog that spends most of its time scratching and possibly chewing on itself is showing signs of a possible allergy or at least a condition that requires some type of treatment. Constant scratching and chewing leads to skin disruptions and ultimately bacterial infections. Most people think the constant scratching is a problem with fleas (possible), but more than likely it is an inhalant allergy.

Another sign of a dog with an allergy problem is a respiratory condition; coughing, sneezing/wheezing, runny nose or even runny eyes, and a third symptom may show up in the digestive system, as diarrhea or vomiting.

There are certain breeds that are more predisposed to respiratory allergic conditions than others, these dogs can suffer the same as their humans when the air is filled with grass and tree pollen, dust, mildew, ragweed and mold. Such breeds as Schnauzers, Irish Setters, Boston Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Cairn Terriers, West Highland Terriers and wire-haired Terriers are among the most common affected with air type allergies.

Females for some reason are affected more so than males and it usually occurs between the ages of one to three years.

How are dogs tested for inhalant allergies?

Diagnosing an allergy suffered by a dog is not really an easy matter. Much is done on a hit and miss basis. To complicate matters a thyroid condition could even enter into the picture. In order to find the culprit and if the allergy is not fairly evident, like a flea problem or even or a new food, a dog will have to go through a fairly lengthy and systematic diagnosis. There is no magic way to figure out the problem.

The last and most costly thing that can be done is the hyposensitization testing procedure using specific antigen injections. The cost is extremely high, the age of the dog needs to be considered as re-testing may be necessary in the future and the success rate runs about 50 percent, which is just about the success rate found when testing humans.

What kind of treatment can be given to help the problem?

The dog may be given Omega-3 fatty acids, gamma linoleic acid and/or certain vitamins and natural anti-inflammatories. Natural anti-inflammatory drugs and along with the vitamins and Omega-3 is usually a good first try in helping to alleviate the symptoms.

Antihistamines and other therapies do work, but often times make the dog a wee bit groggy. Any type of steroid drug should be used only as a last resort. The use of steroids, along with supplements and antihistamines will control the allergy, but will not come up with an overall treatment of the condition and it will return.

Corticosteroids reduce itching by calming the inflammation, however, there are side effects that can cause problems. Not only does it cause thirst and increased appetite, increased need to urinate and behavioral problems; it can cause diabetes, lack of resistance to infection and a susceptibility to seizures. It should be used as a last resort and only for a short time.

Shampoo therapy will work in some cases as bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos has helped many dogs. It seems that some allergens can be absorbed through the skin and frequent bathing reduces the exposure.

Bathing the dog with Epsom salts or colloidal oatmeal with also give temporary relief and will have to be done frequently. Be careful using sprays and ointments that are not recommended by your vet, they could contain harmful substances.

Antibiotics can be used when the dog has been biting, scratching and chewing on its skin. The constant irritation creates opportunities for bacteria to cause infection and the antibiotics should be used to control it.

There are vaccines available for dogs, just as there are for people, they do work, but they are slow to work and can be costly. It is said they work about 70 to 75 percent of the time.

Environmental allergies can be handled as best you can; air conditioning in the house can reduce the chance of outside airborne allergens coning in. Dehumidifiers can reduce the problem of mold. An air cleaner with a HEPA filter will reduce dust and pollens within the household.

One important thing to keep in mind if you have a dog with serious allergies and you are considering breeding it, please Do Not. You will just be adding to a situation that will cause not only other dogs’ a problem, the owners who love them too.

How can you handle the common allergy problems?

Fleas are not the earth shattering problem they were a few years ago, thank heaven, the invention of the flea spot on products have reduced the headaches of banishing fleas. We have for the most part rid ourselves and our pets of fleas, just check with your vet to see which product is the best for you to use on your pet.

Food is a common allergy for dogs, however, believe it or not, it is only a 10 to 20 percent common problem. A food allergy is rarely ever fatal, but it can be most annoying. The constant itching can lead to serious bacterial or fungal infection. If the allergy causes gastrointestinal problems you are faced with vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss.

An allergy to the food your dog is eating will not cause both; it will cause an itching problem or a gastrointestinal problem. The most common problem is the itching, which in turn, not only makes your dog and you miserable, it creates a very unsightly looking dog.

Certain breeds such as golden retrievers, schnauzers, and West Highland White Terriers are thought of by some vets, to be the most at risk for food allergies, though this has not been proven conclusively.

Protein is generally the biggest culprit in causing food allergies in dogs. The most common sources of protein are, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, and eggs. Since we all need protein as part of our everyday diet, it is hard to eliminate it from your dog’s diet. A food allergy takes time to show its ugly face, unless it is a new food that was recently added to your pet’s diet.

Determining what food is causing the problem, especially if you are like me, and offer a mixed variety of foods to your pet, it will take time, patience and due diligence. It is important for the dog to be on a hypoallergenic diet for at least 4 to 6 weeks. A hypoallergenic diet consists of protein that has been predigested into very tiny bits, so the immune system does not recognize that it is there. This food can only be purchased at your vet’s and is fairly expensive. Along with the special food, the whole family must be aware that the dog is not to have any other food or treats while the 4 to 6 week period is in progress. Now, this can really be a challenge, when looking into those big brown eyes.

The itching should gradually disappear while the dog is on the diet, once the itching is gone and the dog has recovered. Next comes what is considered the challenge and requires patience, you restore the dog to its original diet and watch what happens. If the itching starts again, it is back on to the special food until the itching is gone again and then you begin to add your dog’s other foods, one by one.

This means that whatever your dog normally has been eating, you add it one food at a time and watch for a reaction. It will take several weeks for a reaction to show up and during that time, you do not feed the dog anything else, but the current food (no treats or table food). If it does not cause a problem, if is fairly safe to think that food is okay, then you add another of your dog’s foods and go through the same process. Your vet will advise you as to the best way to do this, you also will be feeding the hypoallergenic food, too.

Allergies in dogs can also be tricky, as your dog cannot only suffer from a food allergy, but from an inhalant allergy also. The secret here is to find the culprit that is causing the problem for your dog and ultimately and hopefully end it forever. This is not a problem that you alone can solve; allergy problems need the help of your vet, so at the first sign of an itching problem, see your vet at once. Your dog will appreciate it and so will you.

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Oct 25, 2008 | 3 | Looking after your dog

Bulldogs – Overview of the Bulldog Breed

By Dan Fletcher

The Bulldog is a small, compact and muscular dog with strong legs and a short muzzle. The Bulldog was originally bred as a fighting dog and would take on opponents like bears, bulls, badgers and other dogs in the ring. Since these bloodsports have become unpopular, breeders have focused more on developing the more non- ferocious traits of the Bulldog. The Bulldog is known throughout all historical periods for it’s courage and as such is mixed with other breeds such as Pointers and Greyhounds that require tenacity, steadfastness and endurance. The bulldog is know widely recognised as the British national breed.

Description and Temperament

The Bulldog has a huge amount of strength contained in a broad, low frame. With it’s short, stocky legs set square at each corner of it’s body , the Bulldog has a gait all of it’s own. The Bulldog has a large, heavy square head with wrinkles on the skull. The muzzle is very broad whilst the is quite short and set back to the lower jaw which protrudes to the front. The Bulldog’s coat may come in reds, fawn, brindle or white pied with any of these colours. Whilst the Bulldog can look intimidating and often has an unsociable, morose expression they are an extremely reliable, gentle and kind dog whilst still making excellent watchdogs.

Grooming, exercise and health problems

With such a smooth, short-haired coat the Bulldog is very easy to groom and only requires occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush.

Bulldogs can be very lazy dogs but need to be kept fit with regular, not overly strenuous exercise such as short walks. Whilst the Bulldog has no special feeding requirements, care should be taken not to over feed the dog as due to it’s lazy nature it can often become obese. The Bulldog can also become possessive of it’s food.

Due to their short muzzles and sometimes small windpipes, Bulldogs can be prone to breathing difficulties. They are also stressed by very hot or cold weather and over exertion.

Dan Fletcher writes for PuppiesSale.org, a site with lots of puppy articles, puppies for sale, Boxer puppies for sale, and more

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Oct 24, 2008 | 0 | Dog breed information

Stop That New Puppy From Chewing

By Berritt Wryder

One effective training tip is to have an acceptable chew toy or other item readily available at all times to substitute for the “bad” item you catch the puppy chewing. Anytime you catch the puppy chewing something you don’t want him to, calmly replace that item with a chew toy. If the puppy tries to bite your fingers, place the chew toy in his mouth. Don’t use any type of old clothing or old socks for the puppies chew toy. This will only confuse him in the process of teaching him what is acceptable to chew, and what is not.

Another effective tip If you see your puppy chewing something he shouldn’t is to make a sharp sound like a yip a bark, a loud “no”, or even a loud clap of your hands to get his attention. Then, replace the item with an acceptable chew toy. Always use the same sound when you catch him, so he will always associate that sound as a demand to stop. Never hit or slap the puppy to get his attention. If you see the puppy choose an appropriate item to chew on, be sure to pet and praise him.

Until the puppy has been trained, do not let him roam freely around your home. Keep him in a confined area with several appropriate things to chew. A dog crate is a great place to contain the puppy when he is unsupervised. Dog’s like to have their own “den” area, so once he is familiar with his dog crate, he will be happy when confined to that space. There are several types of chew toys available, including flavored rawhide. There are even toys where a treat can be hidden inside to keep your dog occupied while trying to extricate the treat. Give your puppy a variety of choices to keep him entertained while in his crate. This will get him used to the items he should be chewing.

Some dogs chew because they are lonely or bored. Make sure you exercise and play with your puppy daily. A good game to play, that will also reinforce the non-chewing training, is to fill an area with acceptable and forbidden items. Watch the puppy, and when he chooses a forbidden item, use your sound (the yip, “no” or clap) and remove the item from him and replace with an acceptable chew toy. When he chooses an appropriate item, pet and praise him. Spending ten minutes a day, playing this game with your new puppy, will teach him quickly, and reinforce the other training you are providing.

You might also try one of the products on the market that can be sprayed on furniture, door moldings or other items that attract your dog to chew. These sprays leave a bitter taste on the item. This will discourage your puppy from chewing where you have sprayed.

Along with training your puppy, you also have the responsibility of keeping your puppy safe at all times. Do not buy chew toys with squeakers or pieces that can be chewed off and cause choking. Teaching your puppy what is appropriate to chew can protect him from chewing things such as electrical cords, poisonous plants and even inappropriate “people” food such as chocolate. These items can be a major threat to the safety of any pet.

Chewing is a natural and healthy behavior of a dog. It is one way they learn about their world. By training your puppy what is appropriate to chew, you will not only save your personal items from destruction, but also keep your puppy safe. You can enjoy that soooo cute face for many happy years.

Berritt Wryder is a writer for our website http://www.condosforcritters.com CondosForCritters offers a large variety of dog crates and other products for your pet’s comfort. We are always adding new information on crate training and new products so visit our site often.

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Oct 23, 2008 | 1 | Training

A Guide to Canine Urinary Tract Infection

By Tina Matsunaga

Ever wondered how to tell if your pet is truly sick and needing a trip to the vet right away? Unfortunately, many pet owners have a tendency to hope the problem is only a temporary setback, and the family dog will be acting like normal tomorrow. However, if you suspect your furry protector has a canine urinary tract infection, do not delay. Antibiotics are the only thing that will take the symptoms away.

Your furry friend is counting on you to see that he is not feeling well. He cannot tell you when something is not right. He expects you to take care of him, just as he tries to take care of you. So, here are the major signs of a dog urinary tract infection:

  • He is going potty much more frequently
  • It seems like his bladder will never empty
  • Drinks a lot more than normal
  • He has blood in the urine
  • It hurts to eliminate
  • Pus is in the urine
  • Crystals in the urine
  • Tender belly
  • Lower back pain

With this long list of symptoms, surely you will notice something is suspect, if your pooch has a canine urinary tract infection. Going to the bathroom a lot, while being extra thirsty, can be a sign of other diseases as well, so it is imperative to get to the vet as quickly as possible. While it may simply be a matter of getting an antibiotic, it can soon become a matter of life and death if neglected.

Oftentimes, pet owners delay going to the vet, in hopes that the problem will resolve itself over time. Unfortunately, a canine urinary tract infection can only be addressed by medication. In addition, if delayed, the infection can quickly spread to the kidneys and other organs, making it much harder to treat. Besides, even if you do not see blood, pus, or crystals in the urine, your vet can see them easily under a microscope.

However, as distressing as the health concerns have become, if your pet is suffering from a canine urinary tract infection, it is not nice to allow the best friend to mankind to languish in pain, which is likely the case. First, it really hurts to go to the bathroom. Thus, with the extra trips to go outside, it means your baby is spending the better part of his day in pain.

If your dog truly has a canine urinary tract infection, he will probably have a tender belly. Personally, it seems like no dog alive will turn down a good belly rub, unless he or she is truly not feeling well or in some kind of pain. Likewise, dogs love to go for walks, romps in the park, and trips in the car. With lower back pain, from a dog urinary tract infection, you once active companion will probably be very lethargic and only want to lie around.

In conclusion, your dog will love you, no matter how long you ignore the symptoms of a canine urinary tract infection. Nevertheless, he is counting on you to return that love and be very observant to his behavior, when he is not feeling very well. With prompt medical attention, your best friend will be ready for that long walk in just a few days.

Tina Matsunaga is a freelance writer for home-based businesses, Internet marketers, and professionals around the world. She enjoys working at home while raising 2 children. She holds a BA in English and secondary education from Regis University.

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Oct 22, 2008 | 0 | Looking after your dog

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Oct 21, 2008 | 0 | Uncategorized