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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Traveling Safely By Car With Your Dog

Traveling Safely By Car With Your Dog
by: Ron Ayalon

When we think of dogs going with us for rides in the car, most of us get the same image: a group of dogs or one, riding with his head out the window, tongue hanging down as he captures every drop of air, blissfully enjoying the wind in his face. Most of us smile when we see this. But did you know that this is not safe for him, or for you, the driver? Below you will find information to educate you about the benefits of safe travel, and some tips to help you avoid needless stress, injury, or worse.

Why be safe with your dog in the car? Isn't he a safe just sitting in the back?

It is always a good idea to be safe in the car with any animal. Accidents can happen and just like people, animals can become severely injured or die in car accidents if they are not properly looked after. While he may be sitting easily on your backseat for now, if you have to stop suddenly, he may find himself thrown around and into something dangerous or into you. A nervous or excitable dog may try to climb his way into the front seat with you, causing an accident.

So what options do you have for traveling safely?

As the dog owner, you have a surprising array of products designed to help you travel safely. Here are just a few:

• If your vehicle is big enough, a crate or pet carrier is the ideal choice. It will limit your dog's mobility, while providing him or her with protection and comfort. Just be sure to secure it once it is inside the car.

• Seatbelts and harnesses - If you don't like the idea of crating your dog, a doggie seatbelt or harness is another option. This will keep him in one place while the car is in motion and prevent him from getting injured in a sudden stop. These connect up with the car's pre-existing belt configuration and so they are surprisingly easy to use.

• Car seats - If you have a smaller dog, a car seat is a great option. It provides safety and comfort similar to the harness, but in a seat. Like car seats for babies, these hook up easily into the car. And as is the case with all car seats, a height and weight restriction means that unfortunately your 65 pound German Shepherd or 100+ pound Bull Mastiff won't enjoy the benefits of this seat.

• A divider with one of the above - A simple dividing object between the front and back seats will prevent your dog from interrupting your driving, but does little to secure him. If you choose to use a divider, please also use some method of restraint.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make your next car ride safer. But there are a few common sense tips to keep in mind during any outing in a vehicle with your dog:

• Always have tags on your dog and/or a microchip. Should your dog run away during an accident or for any other reason, it will be easier for others to return him to you.

• Get your dog used to car travel if he is nervous, especially before a big trip. Short trips while 'assisting' you to the grocery store or the neighbor's house is an easy start. A trip to the Vet's office or in the event of emergency shouldn't be his first ride in the car.

• If your dog gets carsick, feed him a few hours before leaving and feed him minimally (if at all) on the road.

• If you must take a truck, have the dog in the cab with you and use a seatbelt, or place him in a crate. Using similar tie downs you would use to secure any heavy object, such as furniture (ones with either clamps or clips), tie the crate tightly to the truck bed to prevent it from sliding or falling. More deaths happen every year because dogs jump or are thrown out of truck beds.

If you follow these simple and easy tips and steps, traveling with your dog will not only be loads of fun, but safe. Fill your vacation with happy memories, not stress and worry or disaster.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Home Train Your Puppy

How to Home Train Your Puppy
by: Michel Gerard

Having a new puppy can be very exciting and fun. However, it also requires a bit of adjustment, both for you and your new little bundle of joy. In order to help your pet adapt to its new home, you need to do some puppy home training. There are a lot of ways to do this. In fact, there are tons of information available online. You can read, research, and Google it on the net. For starters though, here are a few tips that you should do when training your puppy at home.

If you're a busy person or if you're out most of the time during the day, you can train your puppy using the paper method. Here, paper is used to mark the locations where the puppy can stay and do their peeing and releasing of bowels. Initially, the room where your puppy stays should be packed with paper. As time goes by, the paper is decreased, limiting the area where the puppy can release its bowels and urine.

The paper method is actually time consuming and requires plenty of patience from you. Consistency and firmness is needed in order for it to work. If your puppy performs well, don't forget to reward him with a treat.

Another method of home training is to watch your puppy's cycle of releasing urine or bowels. For normal puppies, you can expect them to release once every forty five minutes. So if it's time for him to release, immediately bring your puppy to his potty tray. Doing this habitually will teach the puppy the correct place to release his poop.

Spending time with your pet is also an essential part of training. If you allot enough time to spend with your puppy, his progress will speed up drastically. If you're always out during weekdays, then free up your weekends so you can play with him. This way, the puppy will also get used to your presence.

During your time with your puppy, always keep in mind that mutual respect between you and your puppy is very important. Never try to punish your puppy whenever he does not follow you; instead, reward him if he does something good. Punishing your new pet will not speed up his progress. The puppy would just respect you out of fear, which might make him violent in the long run.

Also, be consistent with his feeding time. Never feed him before sleeping and always take out his feeding bowl and drinking bowl when it's time for bed. This way, you could monitor your puppies' digestion and predict the time when he is able to release.

And a final reminder: nourish your bond with your pet. Training might require a lot patience and time but it will eventually pay off if you put some effort to it. Give your puppy the proper care he deserves, feed him regularly, spend enough time with him, and give him due respect, and he will grow to be a good pet -- one who respects and loves you as his master and friend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Toxic To Dogs, Zinc In Pennies Is Harmful To Dogs

Toxic To Dogs, Zinc In Pennies Is Harmful To Dogs
by: Dwight Healer

Zinc is a trace element obligatory for the operation of more than seventy metalloenzymes in an animal's body. A dog's physiology requires certain amounts of zinc, but the consumption of materials containing zinc will usually create toxic levels. This metal is found in many items, including galvanized surfaces, batteries, wood preservatives, screws and nuts, supplements, creams, and many others. Since 1983, the penny has been consisting of approximately 96% zinc ( 2,440 mg / penny ). Consumption of pennies is the most typically recognized reason for zinc intoxication in dogs. A penny's shinny copper color draws the attention of canines who will at the least need to sniff the coins when left in a location dogs have access to. A coins texture and size appears to draw both children and dogs to placing the coin in their mouths. The swallowing is generally accidental but a common end result to the coin being in the mouth.

The LD50 of zinc salts is 100 mg / kg ( approximately one penny for a 50-lb dog ). Once ingested, the acidic environment of the belly leads to formation of zinc salts, which are then soaked up in the duodenum and distributed to several tissues. The chemical reaction between zinc and stomach acid ( hydrochloric acid ) is analogous to that in wet cell batteries and would likely be caustic to the stomach lining. A survey by the North American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Poison Control Center revealed that the most typical signs were anemia ( 72% ), depression ( 66% ), barfing ( 61% ), hemolysis ( 33% ), hemoglobinuria ( 22% ), and renal aberrations ( 22% ).

Elimination of zinc is generally fecal through pancreatic excretions, bile, and gastrointestinal ( GI ) mucosa, though some is also eliminated through pee. At this dose, zinc can cause a variety of signs based primarily on potential effects on red blood cell production, kidneys, pancreas, GI mucosa, and possible liver damage. The categorical mechanism of hemolysis isn't known but the damage to red blood cells causes the release of hemoglobin into a dog's body. Chances include direct red blood cell damage to membranes, damage to organelles, immune-mediated destruction from hapten formation, or inhibition of biochemical functions required for protection of red blood cells.

Dog owners should seek medical assistance from their vets when a dog has ingested metal objects noting that pennies and zinc are extremely harmful and need immediate treatment. It is crucial to keep circulation to the kidneys at acceptable levels to prevent renal failure. The University of Maryland suggests administering lots of fluids. Preferably milk must be taken as a fast first aid. Dogs enjoy the flavor of milk and owners should be able to get their dog's to consume acceptable amounts to attenuate the interplay of stomach acid and the metal ingested. Emergency vet facilities should be able to perform nasogastric suction or gastric lavage, by which the contents of the gut are washed out, this procedure, could be resorted to depending on the seriousness of poisoning. Antidotes are also administered to reverse the effects of zinc poisoning. In dogs with severe anemia and hypocupremia, transfusion of red blood cells and measurement of ceruloplasmin and serum copper are done.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dog Owners Interested In Dog Health Need To Know This

Dog Owners Interested In Dog Health Need To Know This
by: Dwight Healer

Dog owner's interested in creating a healthy lifestyle for their hounds has become a common notion in modern dog ownership. The trend has triggered the availability of natural nutrient dense dog foods and nutritional supplements designed specifically for the canine biology. The effective use of these products requires identifying certain conditions of your dog's health and age. Calculating your dog's age relative to humans is important to creating an effective health care plan. However the canine aging process has been over simplified making its application to chronic disease prevention a lot less effective. Know a dog's actual relative age is critical to establishing a health care plan that will effectively reduce the odds of chronic disease. A dog's health care plan needs to adjust throughout their various stages of life.

A dog's rate of aging or aging profile varies according to their adult size. Breed specific life expectancy tables should be used to determine what stage of life a dog's biology is experiencing. Methodologies in health and disease prevention for various stages of humans usually are applicable to canines since dogs age similar to humans. There are 2 features of the canine aging process that require a special attention and are critical to disease prevention and lifestyle choices.

First, the initial 1 to 2 years of a dog's life represent some 18 to 25 years of their bodies development. This means a poor to average diet for just 6 months to a 1 year of a puppy's life can have dramatic effects on their long term health, dog health is affected by very short time frames. Research indicates owners commonly over estimate their dog's true life expectancy and therefore associate the incorrect amount of time for each stage of their dog's life. For these reasons owners fail to apply the appropriate healthcare that would maximize the odds of preventing chronic diseases and other age appropriate ailments.

Subsequent to correctly identifying your hound's proper stage of life, owners need to adjust diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation as well. While certain measures of canine care such have cleaning your dog's teeth remains constant diet and types of nutrient supplementation need to be adjusted. A dog's health is highly dependent on the attributes of their diet. Dog nutrition science has been responsible for the development of some very effective supplements including dog vitamin products. The modern canine diet can now be adjusted and supplemented to provide targeted nutrition based on a dog's particular stage of life. Chronic disease prevention in addition to physical health and vitality can be achieved via nutritional supplements and nutrient dense natural dog foods.

In conclusion, owners need to utilize scientific breed specific data to determine their dog's life expectancy and stages of life. Veterinarian's knowledge of this info is relatively unreliable; I suggest referencing websites dedicated to the science and research of determining canine life expectancies. Your dog's ailments need to be addressed without delay. Health problems can create irreversible damage to canine's organs a great deal faster than in humans. To a great extent owners have the ability to provide their dogs a quality of life and longevity the domesticated dog has never really enjoyed.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Canine Vitamins Advance The Prevention Of Chronic Disease And Bestow Physical Health and Vitality

Canine Vitamins Advance The Prevention Of Chronic Disease And Bestow Physical Health and Vitality
 by: Dwight Healer
The use of vitamins for a dog's nutritional needs is getting more prevalent as owners of pets discover their benefits to dog Health. A dog's relative quicker process of getting older increases the effects of nutrients introduceded thru vitamins added to a dog's diet. A large percentage of canines are fed commercially produced foods, plenty of which don't take care of the complicated diet necessities of canines. These dog foods do offer a good foundation for a dog's diet however it is unfeasible for these foods to provide many nutrient elements that help a dog's physiology. Even those dog foods considered in the higher echelon of quality foods don't always cover all the bases for every dog's nutritional needs.

Factors that affect the particular nutritive requirments of a dog would be age, size, breed, and daily activity. All dog's will find advantages in a regular supplement beginning as puppies. Bone expansion and condition, vision, metabolism and joint health are seriously assisted by including vitamins in dog's diet. Vital to selecting key vitamins for your hound is choosing supplements that contain tissue ready forms of nutrient elements. A majority of dog daily supplements are products designed for humans repackaged for pets. These supplements provide a fraction of the health benefits as nutrient elements that are specially designed for a dog's biology.

As an example glucosamine and chondroitin are becoming widely known for their highly valuable health benefits to humans and dogs. However humans benefit from glucosamine extracted from shell fish while a dog's biology requires Glucosamine derived from the fungus Aspergillus Niger. Glucosamine supports a dog's joint health by turbocharging the volume and density of the synovial fluid surrounding the joints, allowing the joint's surface to be shielded and induced to heal when damaged. Healthy and intact joints support complete bone health, thereby encouraging extended healthy movement for an active dog.

A dog's health and vitality is buttressed by many of the well-known vitamins. Vitamin C is superb for the skin, fights off infection helping to maintain the immune system. In combination with vitamin D, it helps in the natural creation of collagen which fortifies ligaments and tendons. B-12 aids in keeping up the appetite and vitamin E has anti-inflammatory benefits while reinforcing the disposition of the foot pads. Antioxidants provide curative features while acting as a natural shield against illness.

starting a good regime for young dogs and continuing the routine thru adultness gives a healthy foundation from which the dogs body can grow and age with the absolute best state of health. Vitamins for dog health work to sustain not just the present condition of the dog, but also help to prevent the development and onset of many diseases. Today's dog food combined with modern veterinarian care is providing dogs the longest life span they have ever experienced. Because of this dogs need to be feed high quality daily supplements designed with synergistic mixes of nutrients that support their natural physical vitality and health.

When choosing vitamins for dog nutrition, it is extremely important to consider only those compounded for canines. Human vitamins may be harmful for dogs due to express nutritional 1s and the possibility of overdose. Be looking for pointless added fillers and choose only those vitamins with the finest ingredients. In order to provide the best possible life, quality food should be accompanied by top of the range vitamins, lots of fresh water and daily exercise.