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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Facts About Pet Urination---3 Common Reasons For Inappropriate Pet Urination

Facts About Pet Urination---3 Common Reasons For Inappropriate Pet Urination
by: Debbie Davis

Having a pet that urinates when and where they shouldn't is tough. Pinpointing the reason brings you closer to a solution, thus reducing the frequency and the odor. Here are 3 of the most common reasons for inappropriate urination.

Poor House Training---If you pet has come from a shelter, you'll probably never know went on with house breaking before you came on the scene. But unfortunately this can have drastic.

For instance, I was talking with a lady the other day who said her husband trained their dog to think he was a bad dog if he urinated in the yard. As a result the dog would need to be taken on a walk to empty its bladder, or when it couldn't hold it any longer, it would urinate in the house, which made the dog an even worse dog in her husband's eyes.

A poorly trained dog is often the result of human error and the pet's behavior is hard to undo once learned. Unless you are extremely experienced at correcting this kind of behavior, seeking professional help to undo the damage is the best way to proceed.

If, on the other hand, you are getting a brand new puppy, hopefully the story above will make you aware of how important proper training is. Most pets want to please, and when you set the rules so that they can, it makes a happier, healthier relationship between owner and pet; and a cleaner smelling home because you and your pet are on the same page when it comes to appropriate elimination.

Illness---Many times pets can have an underlying illness that has not been diagnosed that is causing frequent and/or uncontrolled urination. Some illnesses that can cause this to happen include bladder infection, diabetes, a blocked urethra, feline leukemia, Vulvovaginal Stenosis in female dogs, and incontinence in older dogs.

One of the side effects of steroids is that they cause pets to drink more which increases their need to urinate; and without a way to let themselves out of the house or enclosure, this can cause accidents to happen inside. Have a veterinarian give your pet a thorough exam to rule out the possibility of an illness causing the behavior.

Behavioral---Many pets, particularly dogs engage in submissive urination. This is their way of letting you know that you're the alpha in the group. This behavior can be genetic, or it can be the reaction of a pet that is afraid, anxious, or one that has been scolded frequently by its owner. It can also be the result of one of the physical issues discussed earlier in this article. So now that you know why, the question is what can be done about it.

If you scold when it is happening, it is likely to continue to occur. If you reward the deed with positive words or actions, it will definitely continue. So probably the best immediate reaction is to ignore the behavior and get professional help to correct the behavior.

Understanding what's causing the problem gets you closer to an effective solution for urine odor. And by minimizing the odor you can enjoy your home and your pet to the fullest.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy Steps

Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy Steps
by: Brent Healer

The number one health problem with our pets is becoming a significant issue with dogs. Dog's modern diet and health care is improving, as a result our dogs are living longer. The modern diet is improving the quality of nutrients our dogs are consuming and providing them with longer lives; however the increase in grain products and lack of bone is causing canine's oral health to decline. The extra years in a dog's life is allowing periodontal gum disease to reach levels that are very dangerous and painful to an aging dog. Veterinarians are able to treat dogs with various stages of periodontal disease however simple preventative measures performed by owners at home are the most effective oral care for canines. An immediate effect that should motivate most owners is your dog will have great breath.

Fortunately dog's rarely get cavities or structural damage to the tooth, dog's oral care is mainly affected by bacteria that collect along the gum line forming plaque. If the plaque is not removed minerals in a dog's saliva combine with the plaque and form tarter (calculus) which also forms a protective membrane causing its removal to become difficult. Because plaque starts to mineralize after 3-5 days, daily care is the most effective preventative care for avoiding the need for more extensive treatments from a veterinarian. Dogs who do not receive any oral care at home will develop periodontal disease. Tarter causes inflammation called gingivitis, this condition leads to bone lose in the part of the tooth that anchors it to the gums. As space develops between the tooth and gums pockets form that buildup unhealthy bacteria. Bacteria can now enter the bloodstream through these infected areas as well as the periodontal ligament. These bacteria can cause problems and serious infections in the kidneys, liver and heart.

The good news is with 3 easy steps and a few minutes a week, your dog's teeth and gums can remain healthy and they will have great breath. First apply an oral gel or spray utilizing natural ingredients to remove tarter from the dog's teeth at the gum line. This is usually applied at night every three days. Second brush their teeth daily with toothbrush designed for a dog for approximately 30 seconds, if their teeth are relatively healthy a canine tooth paste is not necessary. You can also use a finger toothbrush, there is no handle, but it fits over your finger and may be easier for some people to use. Third feed them dog treats designed to remove tarter by providing a substitute for the bone missing in their diets. Before beginning your new oral care program photograph their teeth. Use the photos to determine if you are spending enough time on cleaning their teeth. The goal is to keep it simple so you continue the process, the benefits to your dog's health will be great along with their great breath.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Choose the Right Dog Food for Your Canine

How to Choose the Right Dog Food for Your Canine
by: Linda Betarno

A trip to the supermarket can turn into pure confusion when you see the dog food aisle with its countless options. There are dry foods, can foods, and packaged foods. It’s hard to know where to start.

To begin your search for the proper dog food you should concentrate on dry food first. Dry food makes up the bulk of what your canine will eat. Some dogs may never even need to eat canned foods. If you choose to feed your canine canned food, mix it with dry food or provide it simply as an occasional treat. Canned foods can be high in fat.

The first factor of dog food is age. Puppies need special foods that are for puppies only. These foods tend to have a higher fat content to provide energy as well as smaller bits that are easier for puppies to chew. Older dogs may need a food that is geared toward their aging needs. These foods may introduce special oils and minerals that older dogs need to maintain healthy bones and muscles and avoid injury.

Protein, fat and by-products are also important factors when choosing the right dog food for you and your dog. Always read the back of the dog food bag before you buy and serve it. You should look to see what proteins are used. Great foods will state the actual protein source such as chicken or beef whereas lower quality foods may just say meat or poultry. You should also avoid foods that derive protein from plants. These foods may be cheaper, but your dog needs the best protein sources available.

Each day, your dog should receive twenty percent of fat from their food. Dogs use fat to provide them with energy. As long as your dog is getting plenty of exercise, they will burn off this high fat content and convert it to lean muscle. If your dog is overweight or older you may opt for a special diet food that provides a lower fat content. When your dog is overweight it puts strain on his or her bones, joints and heart.

When your dog is healthy you should be able to feel but not see his or her ribs. If you can see your dog’s ribs, increase their food intake or provide a food with a higher fat content. If you cannot feel your dog’s ribs, add more exercise and then consider moving to a special diet dog food. Filler or by-products are also a chief aspect in your dog food selection. Not all by-products are bad as long as they name the source, such as beef or chicken by-products.

When you purchase dog food, remember that cheaper is not always better. The less you spend on dog food may mean higher vet bills because improper nutrition may cause health issues. As mentioned before, always read the back of the dog food. If you are still unsure how to make the right choice, your veterinarian is a great source of information for food recommendations.

You can also ask your vet to recommended types of wet or canned food for treats or to add to your dog’s dry food. If your dog is overweight, your vet may even suggest that you avoid these fattier canned foods for leaner special dry food that will help your dog reach and maintain a proper weight.

Your vet can also advise you on what type, if any, of table scraps you can give your dog. If you do feed your canine table scraps, learn what foods to avoid and consider adding scraps to their bowl at meal time instead of allowing all day snacking. A proper dog diet along with plenty of exercise will help your canine to live a happy and full life.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Poop

Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Poop
by: Abigail Armstrong

What is basically common among canines is feeding on poop, a medical situation known as Corophagia. While the thought of it truly is enough to make even the toughest grown man cry, for canines it truly is something that may be quite natural. Even though there are usually many theories as well as some evidence which may allow us to understand this perplexing habit of our puppy eating its feces, one point is irrefutable. Not only might Corophagia cause health issues for your puppy, but it might drive a huge wedge in between a dog and their owner.

The number one theory behind why do canines feed on their own poop is the puppy is struggling with many sort of nutritional deficiency. This might be from a lack of sufficient nutrients in their food, or from a medical problem your pet may be suffering from. If you have realized that your dog is eating his or her feces between feedings, the most effective course of action could be to take her or him to the vet to make certain there isn't any medical situation triggering it.

Most vets have found the cause that many dongs eat their own feces is mainly because of the wide variety of dog foods on the market, some fail to provide dogs with the necessary nutrition. Many commercial puppy foods consist primarily of grains and vegetables, which do not provide optimal vitamins to your puppy. Also, the vegetables and grains that are usually included could do more harm than good by basically triggering the enzymes in the puppie's stomach to become imbalanced and affecting proper digestion.

This condition could very well be caused by your canine attempting to eat its feces because this enzyme is lacking and mainly because it truly is an instinctual way to maintain the vitamins the food actually does contain. To prevent this from happening, trying purchasing premium brands of puppy food because they generally contain more of the much needed proteins as well as vegetables and grains and it often keeps canines from looking for other sources for these nutrients.

However, there are other causes that veterinarians have found for why canines will consume their feces, including boredom mainly because the dog has nothing better to do that may keep it occupied enough to prevent corophagia. You could certainly accept this theory as the reason behind the undesirable behavior, and go shopping for a variety of dog toys, but your dog might still persist in the consuming of feces.

Corophagia is also thought to have another cause and some think it might be due to the dog's current environment or maybe the previous environment it could have been in. If corophagia is a problem for a dog which you have recently purchased or maybe received, chances usually are the home it was in recently was unclean and is the cause. A puppy does not like to lay in their own feces, and if kept in uncleaned conditions, the puppy will eat their poop to try and clean the place up. This might be a challenging habit for them to break, even if their new living area is kept spotless.

Although there are other theories that exist on the cause for canines consuming their feces, no one might be completely certain of the exact reason. You might be avoiding your pet's kisses and affection simply because of this awful habit, so it truly is fortunate for puppy owners that there are other ways you could try to get it to refrain from such behaviour.

By simply removing the feces and thus the temptation to eat it, you may be doing the very best thing you could to stop your puppy from the disgusting habit. Remove the feces immediately after the puppy has defecated and get rid of it.