Sunday, June 26, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Various Types Of Leather Dog Collars

Various Types Of Leather Dog Collars
by: Jennifer Marshall

Leather Collars

These collars are among the sturdiest and longest lasting collars available. They come in a variety of styles and sizes which range from the narrower rolled leather collar to wide 2 inch collars. A leather collar can be just plain leather or embelished with rhinestones, studs or decorative conches. There are even customized collars which will display your dogs name in rhinestone letters.

A rolled leather collar is perfect for smaller dogs and can prevent the hair breakage that can be caused from the flat leather collars. They are usually softer and more comfortable for your dog. They fasten with a buckle and come with several holes so you can adjust the size as your dogs neck gets bigger.

Although leather collars are more expensive than a standard nylon collar they are well worth it because they are much better quality and will last longer.

Flat Buckle Collar

This collar is normally made of colorful nylon and is available in different sizes and thicknesses and is an easy fit to any size dog. They can also be made of leather or cotton. No matter what other kind of collar you choose to use with your dog this is an excellent collar for your pet to wear as it is easy to attach medical and identifying information to this collar. It is also an excellent collar to use on a young puppy to get them used to wearing a collar.

For many dogs this may be the only type of collar you will ever need. To ensure this collar fits properly it should be placed high on the neck and you should be able to slip two fingers between the collar and the dogs neck. A too tight collar may interfere with your dogs ability to eat or breath and having one that is too loose will make it possible for him to slip out of the collar. So having the proper fit is important.

The Slide Choke Chain

The slide choke chain commonly called a choke collar is designed for training your dog. This collar will pinch the bronchial nerve in the dogs neck if he tugs on the leash while being walked. This collar must be used properly or it can damage your dogs trachea. Additionally, do not leave a dog unsupervised while wearing this type of collar or the collar could get hung up on a tree limb, fence or other obstacle and the dog could choke to death.

If you are planning on using this type of collar for training your dog then you should seek a professionals advice on how to use this collar the right way. You should also remove this collar as soon as the training lesson is complete and replace it with a flat collar or some other safe collar.

Break Away Collar

The break away collar is becoming more popular with people who allow their dogs out in a fenced in area to play for part of the day. These collars let you attach tags with medical information and identification in case the dog should somehow get out of the enclosure and also provides a margin of safety in case he gets hung up while playing.

This collar is specifically designed with a special mechanism so if too much pressure is applied to the collar the collar will release, freeing the dog and thus preventing accidental hanging of your dog. For this reason it is a poor training collar as a quick tug on the collar could allow the dog to break loose.

There are a lot more collars you can select from, these are just a few of the more common. They should get you started on your way to determining which dog collar is the correct one for your beloved dog.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Five Simple Rules When Using Rimadyl and other NSAIDs for Dog Arthritis

Five Simple Rules When Using Rimadyl and other NSAIDs for Dog Arthritis
by: Chris Durin

Dog arthritis can now be treated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). One example is Rimadyl. Although, NSAIDs, such as Rimadyl, are quite successful in subduing the symptoms of dog arthritis; improper use of such drugs may compromise the health of your dogs. To prevent this from happening, it is helpful then to have some information on how to use the NSAIDs properly.

The first rule in using NSAIDs is to make sure that they are necessary. Most vets would advise dog owners not to use Rimadyl or other NSAIDs as the first option in treating dog arthritis. A better way of treating the disease is to opt for joint protectors such as Adequan injections to be done weekly for 4-6 weeks after which Dasuquin or Cosequin can be given. For pain relief, there are non-NSAIDs alternatives. One such is Tramadol.

For a more natural approach, fish oils can be paired with the mentioned treatments.

The second rule is that giving NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs at the same time may cause harmful side effects especially to the dog’s digestive tract. Two anti-inflammatory drugs that should be taken at the same with NSAIDs are aspirin and cortisone.

When aspirin and NSAIDs are taken simultaneously, this will result in the formation of ulcers that can easily worsen into a perforated stomach. A dog should be given a two-week washout before NSAIDs can be safely administered. Meanwhile, giving cortisone and NSAIDs at the same time will irritate a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. For cortisone, a washout of five days should be observed.

Nonetheless, dog owners should not be worried when their dog has taken other anti-inflammatory drugs since there is myriad of alternative medications for dog arthritis. It is therefore important that dog owners should be aware of dog’s medications and inform their vet about it so as their vet can safely recommend the proper dog arthritis drugs.

The third rule is simple. NSAIDs formulated for humans are not safe to use on dogs.

The fourth rule is blood testing during treatment is a good precautionary option. Not many people know that NSAIDs kill 16,000 people a year. NSAIDs are effective drugs but they are also strong. This remains true for NSAIDs formulated for dogs. As strong drugs, NSAIDs may cause liver or kidney damage. Having your dog’s blood tested before and during treatment will help in the early detection of NSAIDs harmful side effects. Blood tests should be done 2 weeks into treatments, and once every 3 to 6 months after.

The last rule is to observe your dog closely on NSAID treatment for dog arthritis. The first month is crucial since any side effects will usually appear during this time. Vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, not drinking, and yellowing of the eyes and gums should be noted. If the dog is suffering from any of these symptoms, you should take your dog to your vet. Don't worry, in most cases it s not usually anything serious; rather, there is just a need for a change in treatment.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Is It Easy To Train A Puppy To Sleep In A Crate?

Is It Easy To Train A Puppy To Sleep In A Crate?
by: Bill Nad

Benefits of Crate Training

As mentioned above there are a lot of benefits to crate training puppies. The first is that it gives you the peace of mind that they aren't getting into things they shouldn't รข€“ such as your bills, the trash, or your shoes. It also makes it easier to help them become potty trained because they will be used to a set schedule. Crate training also cuts down on the anxiety they may experience when you need to leave to go somewhere.

Basic Method for Crate Training

So once you have the proper crate purchased, it's time to put it to use. The most important thing is to make the crate seem like a reward, not a bad thing. Put treats, toys, comfortable blankets and pillows, etc inside to get them interested in being in there. Change the nature of the treats and the toys so that their attention will always be on the crate. Also, it is a good idea to practice putting them in the crate when you are home so they won't associate it with the anxiety of you being gone.

Crate training puppies is one of those things that can be beneficial to both you and your dog over the long run. People will often put their puppies in a crate when they go to work or go out to run errands. Puppies sometimes can't be left at home by themselves otherwise they'll get into things such as the trash or start chewing on your shoes. Anyone who has left a puppy knows all to well how possible this is! Keep in mind, however, that some dogs should not be put into crates. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian.

Purchasing a Suitable Crate

When crate training puppies it is very important to find a crate that is large enough for your dog. You want them to have adequate room so that they can be comfortable while you are gone. If they don't have enough room, crate training can actually cause anxiety. This means that your attempts to help fix the dog's anxiety will be for nothing because the small crate will cause stress on its own. If you need help figuring out the size, consult with your vet or other animal expert to see what they recommend.

Basic Method for Crate Training

So once you have the proper crate purchased, it's time to put it to use. The most important thing is to make the crate seem like a reward, not a bad thing. Put treats, toys, comfortable blankets and pillows, etc inside to get them interested in being in there. Change the nature of the treats and the toys so that their attention will always be on the crate. Also, it is a good idea to practice putting them in the crate when you are home so they won't associate it with the anxiety of you being gone.

As you can see, crate training puppies can be pretty straightforward. If you are having trouble you may want to enlist help and find a trainer to guide you through the process

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Create a Comfortable Home for Your Pets

How to Create a Comfortable Home for Your Pets
by: Stewart Wrighter

If you are in the process of making changes in your home, your spouse and children are probably more than willing to speak up and declare their demands. Everyone has an opinion and you are faced with the challenge of incorporating these opinions into your home design. However, if you have pets, they are obviously not so forthcoming with how they feel. Most pets are content to have a warm place to sleep and regular meals, but there are ways you can make your space even healthier and more comfortable for the furry members of your family. First, make sure you provide your pets with a healthy environment. Pets may be more sensitive to issues than humans, so if you have pest problems, be sure to call on reliable exterminators. Orkin and other options will allow you to create a bug-free space your pet will love.

Next, be sure your pet is healthy. In order to keep your home healthy, everyone in it must be free of disease and illness. Have your pets checked on the annual basis and be sure they are up to date with shots and medications. A healthy pet is more than likely a happy pet.

Be sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh air. Dogs will need regular walks or a yard in which to roam. Cats may enjoy paying outside, but many families prefer to keep their feline indoors. This is usually a perfect living arrangement for a cat, but they should still have the benefit of an occasional open window to enjoy the fresh outside air.

Give your pet plenty of space in which to exercise. If you keep your pet indoors, you can encourage them to run and play in staircases and wide open spaces. Giving them toys will encourage indoor play. If you have an outside space, fence the area in so you can just let the pet run loose and enjoy the open space.

Finally, arrange a private dining space for your pet. Feed them in this area consistently so they understand this is where they eat. This helps cut down on mess and it settles the pet when they know just where to go for their food. If you have a cat, be sure the eating area is far away from the litter box. If you leave your pet outdoors for a few hours at a time, be sure to supply them with food and water they can easily access.