Archives for July, 2012

Does Motor OilDoes Motor Oil Really Help Against Demodectic Mange? Really Help Against Demodectic Mange?

By Simon Tong

You may have heard this one before: “If your dog has demodectic mange, just get some motor oil and rub it on the infected parts. It’ll get better, trust me!”

This remedy has all the features of an old wives’ tale. A rumor heard from a bar somewhere? Check. Advice supposedly passed down from ‘seasoned veterans’? Check. Implausible solution? Double check.

Alas, this particular remedy sounds too good to be true, and it is. It’s pretty much a given that whenever an industrial-grade fluid touches naked skin, the results will always be unpleasant. This includes dumping the stuff on a dog with a skin problem.

But what would happen if you pour motor oil all over your dog? For starters, there’s always the severe rashes that will result due to skin irritation. It will also cause extensive skin damage, because your dog’s skin will actually absorb all the toxic chemicals from the motor oil.

That’s all just on the surface too, but it gets much worse than that. When a dog absorbs the oil through the skin, it penetrates the body and affects the internal system as well. Obviously, this causes a whole new host of problems, such as drastic changes in the blood pressure, as well as severe kidney and liver damage.

All this makes for a list of things horrible enough to get nightmares from, but unfortunately there’s one more gruesome aspect left to cover. Remember how dogs just love to lick and bite themselves all over, especially if they have demodectic mange? Well, what happens if they follow their instincts and proceed to lick their own skin… after being coated with motor oil?

Yes, they’ll swallow it, and the oil will induce vomiting, which in turn will introduce some of the oil into the lungs as well. This subsequently gives them pneumonia.

That should be enough of a reason why you should never, ever use motor oil to treat demodectic mange.

Now that we’re clear about what not to do, however, let’s indulge in our curiosity a little more. Why the heck did people use motor oil in the first place, anyway?

Motor Oil probably did cure demodectic mange once, buuuuuut…

Yes, there’s a good chance that it was used as a treatment option successfully. Obviously, even this statement could be false – I’m really just speculating here.

I’ve found that there’s actually a coherent reason why it was viable then, but not now. But rather than jump into conclusions from the get-go, let’s walk through my little pet theory first. It’s essentially made up of three key points, the first being:

Motor oil produced 50 years ago had a different chemical makeup than the ones available today.

It’s no secret that the oil produced nowadays are very different from the ones made 50 years ago. There have been many changes to its chemical properties since then, but one of the more significant ones concern the level of sulphur present; it’s much, much lower than it once was.

Most people used burnt motor oil for mange treatment – fuel that was already spent in some form.

One interesting trend that I’ve been coming across is the fact that many of those who vouch for the oil’s viability used burnt versions of motor oil. They swore up and down that it worked, even though many other people horrifically disagreed. Keep in mind that this was what they did, not what they heard somewhere.

It’s also worth noting that burnt motor oil still contains a fraction of sulphur in it. But what’s all this talk of sulphur about, anyway? Well, it actually turns out that…

Sulphur is actually a pretty good deterrent to parasites.

The chemical is commonly used to treat parasites on both pets and humans, and there are many products in the market that include sulphur as a main ingredient. In fact, some demodectic mange remedies also include the use of sulphur in their procedures.

So it’s not much of a stretch after all for motor oil to be perceived as a good remedy for demodectic mange. In the past, the higher sulphur levels may have helped initially in clearing up the skin problem, which led to the unlikely remedy that we’ve been hearing about for ages since. The current users of burnt motor oil may also be seeing some form of success because the sulphur content was actually having a positive effect on the dog.

However, I hope you haven’t forgotten that motor oil is definitely not acceptable as treatment for your dog’s demodectic mange! Some may indeed have gotten lucky and had their dogs’ mange cured by it, but it’s still a very dangerous method to use and will most definitely not work out for most other dogs.

Besides, there are other, better options out there. Why would you choose to dunk your dog in a smelly, greasy liquid instead?

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Randa

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Jul 29, 2012 | 0 | Dog health

A Q and A On Dog Health

By Roger Welton

Having a dog is a major commitment as a healthy dog can live as long as 20 years. Many dog owners treat their dogs as members of the family, and for good reason. Dogs are loyal, lovable and protective and bring companionship and joy to the lives of owners. In fact, some studies have indicated that dog owners can live up to seven years longer than those who do not own canine companions. With dogs providing so many wonderful benefits to humans, it is important that you as a dog owner learn everything you can about your pet so that you can fulfill his needs and make sure that you are helping your dog to live a long and healthy life.

To help you better understand some of the ways in which you can protect the health of your dog, consider the following questions and answers on dog health.

Q. What special requirements do puppies have?

Puppies are generally defined as dogs under two years of age. The most important thing to be aware of when you have a puppy is that your puppy needs a regular course of vaccinations. A series of puppy vaccines help to protect your dog not only from rabies, but also from parvo virus and a host of other infections that can cause serious illness in a young dog. Until your puppy has had his or her full course of vaccines, you should be very careful about exposing your dog to other animals.

Puppies are also curious and love to chew, so providing a safe environment and lots of chew toys is essential, as is socializing your dog to other dogs, to people and to new experiences so he or she will not be fearful or aggressive as an adult. Having your pup spayed or neutered is one final requirement that the owner of a puppy needs to fulfill.

Q. Does the food I feed my dog matter?

Like people, dogs need to eat healthy foods and to get enough protein and nutrients. Dogs may also be allergic to certain types of food or may have an adverse reaction if they eat foods that are too high in grains or that otherwise do not meet their dietary needs. Feeding your dog a premium kibble is a good way to make sure your dog stays healthy. You should also monitor your dog’s weight to make sure he or she does not become overweight.

Q. How can I tell if my dog is overweight?

There are different weight guidelines for different breeds of dogs that can give you some indication of whether your dog is a healthy weight or not. In general, however, you should be able to run your hands along your dog’s sides and just feel his or her ribs.

Q. What do I need to be aware of as far as potential illnesses

Dogs are prone to getting sick, just as people are. Sometimes, the condition is minor and will go away on its own but in other cases, your dog may be more ill and may need treatment from a veterinarian. Dogs are sometimes brave about trying to hide pain so be sure to watch your dog closely for any signs or symptoms that there may be something wrong. Consulting with a vet in person or asking questions of a licensed veterinarian online whenever you see anything amiss is a wise choice.

By keeping the answers to these Q&As on dog health in mind, you should be able to help your dog live a full and healthy life and you and your pet can provide each other with many years of joy.

Know more about cat health questions and learn online veterinary at Web-DVM.Net.

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Jul 20, 2012 | 0 | Dog health

Down Boy! Stopping Your Boisterous Dog From Jumping

By Carol Hobbs

If you have ever walked into your friend’s house and at the door you get pounced on by a dog, then you probably know how annoying it feels. If you are dressed for an evening out and you go to your date’s house to pick him up and get jumped on and pawed by his dog, wouldn’t that make you mad? It is important as a dog owner to actively train your dog so that it does not jump on people when they walk into your house. Many people consider this a normal doggie behavior but as a cautionary measure, you should properly train your dog because you never know how an individual will react when a dog instantly pounces on him.

The effect is more tremendous if the victim involved is a child, an elderly person or a person who is handicapped. A child or a person who is handicapped can easily lose grip when pounced on by a dog and end up falling down and even if they don’t fall they are likely to be scared and upset by the situation, something definitely to be avoided.

If you have a dog, then the question should be why does it jump? To answer this, you should know that the three main reasons that may lead a dog to jump include excitement by the dog, a dog looking for attention and lastly a dog that is aggressive in nature will generally jump on people.

As a way of getting your dog to stop jumping, you need to take your dog through obedience training. The training requires that you come up with commands to effectively control your dog’s behavior. Among the commands you can come up with are commands like “sit” and “stop.” These commands will help you control your dog’s behavior anytime someone walks through your door.

There are other ways of ensuring your dog is well mannered if after training it has not yet grasped the commands or you have not yet started training it. Among the ways you can use include lifting up your knee whenever your dog begins to jump on you. This will act as a blockage preventing your dog from actually reaching on you. In case you are not good at balancing and you need to prevent your dog from jumping on you, you can simply turn your body away from the dog. You can continuously ignore your dog anytime it tries jumping on you until the dog stops jumping on you.

Once your dog changes its behavior and stops jumping on people, you can pet him and show him attention. By doing this, your dog will understand that he is only given attention when he stops jumping on people and so it will refrain from jumping on people.

If after trying all the possible solutions you still cannot control your dog from jumping on people, then you should think about using a choke collar. You can use a choke collar together with a leash. Every time your dog shows a behavior that is unacceptable, then all you need to do is give the leash a tug. Keep in mind that the main reason for using the choke collar is to control the dog’s behavior and not to hurt the dog. This measure will completely deter your dog from ever jumping on people.

The important points that you need not forget when dealing with a jumping dog include breaking this jumping habit immediately when your dog displays it and keeping in mind that dog obedience training session does not give instant results and so you should never give up on the training.

As a lasting solution, you should at no time give a treat to your dog in attempt to preventing it from jumping on guests. Some dog owners make this mistake and the dog gets different signals on how it should behave. You should be consistent on how you treat your dog and on the manner in which you reward it based on specific behaviors it shows. With this under consideration, then you should know that dog jumping is an easy habit to deal with if you use the right training. Patience, time and reinforcement are all you need and you will get your dog behaving in a good way.

To learn the basic and advanced training techniques used by professional dog trainers for free. Visit KnowYourDog.org

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Carol_Hobbs

Randa

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Jul 07, 2012 | 0 | Training

Down Boy! Stopping Your Boisterous Dog From Jumping

By Carol Hobbs

If you have ever walked into your friend’s house and at the door you get pounced on by a dog, then you probably know how annoying it feels. If you are dressed for an evening out and you go to your date’s house to pick him up and get jumped on and pawed by his dog, wouldn’t that make you mad? It is important as a dog owner to actively train your dog so that it does not jump on people when they walk into your house. Many people consider this a normal doggie behavior but as a cautionary measure, you should properly train your dog because you never know how an individual will react when a dog instantly pounces on him.

The effect is more tremendous if the victim involved is a child, an elderly person or a person who is handicapped. A child or a person who is handicapped can easily lose grip when pounced on by a dog and end up falling down and even if they don’t fall they are likely to be scared and upset by the situation, something definitely to be avoided.

If you have a dog, then the question should be why does it jump? To answer this, you should know that the three main reasons that may lead a dog to jump include excitement by the dog, a dog looking for attention and lastly a dog that is aggressive in nature will generally jump on people.

As a way of getting your dog to stop jumping, you need to take your dog through obedience training. The training requires that you come up with commands to effectively control your dog’s behavior. Among the commands you can come up with are commands like “sit” and “stop.” These commands will help you control your dog’s behavior anytime someone walks through your door.

There are other ways of ensuring your dog is well mannered if after training it has not yet grasped the commands or you have not yet started training it. Among the ways you can use include lifting up your knee whenever your dog begins to jump on you. This will act as a blockage preventing your dog from actually reaching on you. In case you are not good at balancing and you need to prevent your dog from jumping on you, you can simply turn your body away from the dog. You can continuously ignore your dog anytime it tries jumping on you until the dog stops jumping on you.

Once your dog changes its behavior and stops jumping on people, you can pet him and show him attention. By doing this, your dog will understand that he is only given attention when he stops jumping on people and so it will refrain from jumping on people.

If after trying all the possible solutions you still cannot control your dog from jumping on people, then you should think about using a choke collar. You can use a choke collar together with a leash. Every time your dog shows a behavior that is unacceptable, then all you need to do is give the leash a tug. Keep in mind that the main reason for using the choke collar is to control the dog’s behavior and not to hurt the dog. This measure will completely deter your dog from ever jumping on people.

The important points that you need not forget when dealing with a jumping dog include breaking this jumping habit immediately when your dog displays it and keeping in mind that dog obedience training session does not give instant results and so you should never give up on the training.

As a lasting solution, you should at no time give a treat to your dog in attempt to preventing it from jumping on guests. Some dog owners make this mistake and the dog gets different signals on how it should behave. You should be consistent on how you treat your dog and on the manner in which you reward it based on specific behaviors it shows. With this under consideration, then you should know that dog jumping is an easy habit to deal with if you use the right training. Patience, time and reinforcement are all you need and you will get your dog behaving in a good way.

To learn the basic and advanced training techniques used by professional dog trainers for free. Visit KnowYourDog.org

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Carol_Hobbs

Randa

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Jul 01, 2012 | 0 | Tips, Training