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 May 2014

 No sun for me

Protect Pets From The Sun's Powerful Rays 

Protecting your pet from the sun is wise. If they have thin coats or a pale nose it is a must to protect them from the damaging effects of the sun's powerful rays. Like humans, the sun can cause skin cancer on pets too. 

It is always best to keep pets out of the mid-day summer sun, but if you can't please don't use just any old sunscreen. Make sure it is non toxic (for pets).  Some sun protection cream will contain zinc. Zinc Oxide is toxic to dogs, It kills red blood cells causing anemia. Another ingredient used is a form of salicylate. Salicylates are toxic to cats and can be fatal.
Many veterinarians recommend Bullfrog sunscreen and this seems to be the number one choice for pets.
Please read manufacturers labels while shopping.

 

Other choices are shade producing fabrics that can be hung or placed over your kennel. Make sure it doesn't allow the sun rays to penetrate through. One well known brand is Sunbrella. this product can be found online in patio furniture stores, Lowes and Home Depot. And can be purchased by the yard online or in your local fabric store.

 

Doggles will protect the eyes and there are several hats on the market with a good visor.

This blog was Inspired from reading The Skinny on Sunscreen by Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, a practicing veterinarian for 25 years, is board-certified in both oncology and internal medicine. She maintains her clinical practice at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, providing primary care to her long-term patients and specialty care to pets with cancer and blood disorders.

 

 


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May 22, 2015

Care and Handling for Different Breeds of Dog Depending on Their Behavior

and Personality Traits 

 

Your dog’s behavior and personality traits mostly depend on what breed it belongs to. There are dogs more suited to protection such as Akita, Doberman Pinscher, Mastiff, shepherds and Great Dane which were originally bred to be herding dogs or guards of flocks. Today, they are used for guarding homes, sports or policing. These dogs are dominant and have the ability to bond with human beings.

 

Often, the size of a dog determines its behavior. If you want to have control over your dog, or want a dog for a child, you should choose a small sized dog so you can take it out on leashed walks. However, size is not the only factor that determines whether or not you can handle the dog. There are many large dogs that are docile or obedient. It is important to research breeds and dog profiles before you get one, so you can take good care of it. Large dogs require greater training time, for both you and the dog. Large dogs can be more aggressive, especially during adolescence and can suffer from separation-related anxiety. A large dog that requires exclusive grooming, means more fur to comb.

 

Grooming

 

The coat makes a difference in terms of behavior and grooming. A poodle, for instance, needs a lot of professional care and grooming, so a lot of people choose not to get one. Dogs that are not groomed well with coats that are not well-maintained tend to develop behavioral problems. The matted fur can cause sores, and attract maggots. When you pet such a dog, it becomes either defensive or overly aggressive.

 

Dogs with long coats can stay warmer than short-coated dogs, in turn affecting behavioral traits. Short-coated ones want to nuzzle up to you because they need heat. Long-coated dogs have a lot of fur and their skin is more sensitive, so you should groom them regularly before too many mats develop. Combing often will allow your dog to become use to the grooming routine and help the skin to be less sensitive.

 

Dogs that have constantly growing fur need haircuts often, at least bi-monthly. Dogs with big ears and long hair have more ear problems. Making sure the ears are clean and trimmed of excess hair will help. You can give your dog a monthly bath with a detergent-free shampoo or soap. Make sure the shampoo you use will maintain the ph balance in animals.

 

Easy to train

 

Some dogs are easier to train than others; trainability is all about what the breed was originally intended to do. A retriever for instance loves to fetch back prey to the den. It is an ideal choice if you want to teach your dog to fetch a ball or a Frisbee, and is easy to train to fetch. There are also dogs that are used for policing or guarding homes because they are conventionally bred for herding purposes.

 

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