Archive for the ‘Labradoodle Health’ Category

Importance of Water in Your Pet’s Diet

July 24, 2009

Water is an essential nutrient for your pet, accounting for 60-75% of an adult pet’s body weight. Water helps your pet’s body regulate body temperature, digest food, eliminate waste, and allows salt and other electrolytes to pass through the body.

Your pet’s body has limited capacity to store water and can only sustain your pet for a few days with available water. When your pet’s water ratio falls 5-10% below normal your pet will start to show signs of dehydration. Failure to take action when your pet becomes dehydrated can result in your pet’s organs shutting down.

The following are some signs of dehydration to watch out for:

-Sunken eyes
-Dry mouth
-Poor skin elasticity
-Constipation
-Increased heart rate
-Lethargy

The amount of water your pet needs varies depending on animal and breed, and is affected by level of activity and environmental factors. In higher temperatures with more active pets, heat exhaustion can occur when water and electrolytes become depleted

Pets need to have fresh, clean water available at all times to prevent dehydration. Make sure that the water bowl is heavy enough that it cannot be tipped over or have several bowls of water available.

Because even the presence of a perpetually full water bowl may not prompt some pets – particularly cats – to take in as much water as they need, canned food formulas are another way to add water to their diet.

If you suspect that your pet is dehydrated do not give him too much water. A severely dehydrated pet will start vomiting after a large amount of water intake, dehydrating him further. The best course of action is to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Wellness Library- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/resources_and_education/article28.html

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Farewell to Fleas the Natural Way

July 15, 2009

Farewell to Fleas the Natural Way!

There are natural methods you can utilize that make your dog less desirable to fleas if you are worried about the effects of chemicals on your dog. Try just one of these methods, or try them all!

– Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a
pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling
water and let steep overnight. Use in a
spray bottle and use all over your dog.
Don’t forget behind the ears, under
“armpits” and the base of tail. Be careful
around the eyes.

– Mix 10 ml. of sweet almond oil ,10 drops
of lavender and 5 drops of cedarwood.
Shake well. Use 1 or 2 drops on the skin
weekly.

– Make a flea collar by rubbing a few drops
of eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella,
lavender or geranium onto a fabric collar
or a doggy bandanna. Do this weekly.

– Garlic is an internal flea repellant. Give
your dog a crushed clove of garlic daily
mixed in with his food. Or, give your dog
brewer’s yeast tablets according to the directions.
This makes your dog less attractive
to fleas as the garlic comes through
the dog’s skin from the inside out.

– Adding a spoonful of apple cider vinegar
to your dog’s water bowl will make your
dog’s skin unpleasant to fleas. You can
also dilute 50/50 with water and use in a
spray bottle all over your dog.

– Make your own herbal flea dip which will
also work on ticks. Steep two cups of
fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water
for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard
the leaves and add warm water to
make one gallon of this mixture. Pour this
over the dog until it’s coat is saturated. Do
not rinse off and allow the dog to dry
naturally.

– Don’t forget that bathing your dog is critical
to removing flea debris and fleas. Do
this just before using a flea treatment.

– Remember to vacuum your home thoroughly
and wash dog bedding.

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Summer Safety Tips for Your Australian Labradoodle

July 7, 2009

United Animal Nation, a nonprofit animal protection group in Sacramento, Calif, just launched “My dog is cool,” a campaign entirely focused on preventing animals from dying in hot cars. Says CEO Nicole Forsyth: “Just a few minutes is too long and can become a deathtrap.” 

A dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a brief time. Dogs only perspire through their tongues and a bit from paws. If a dog’s tongue turns a deep red or purplish color, it is in deep distress. Excessive heat can result in severe damage to nerves, heart, liver, brain, and sometimes in death.

UAN offers “It’s Hot!” fliers online at MyDogIsCool.com. Place the stickers on the windshield if you see a pet left in a car alone. If a pet appears to be in distress, humane society officials suggest making a call for help. If you are not sure whom to call, it’s fine to call 911.

MyDogIsCool.com has a lot of great resources! Be sure and check it out.

http://blog.halopets.com/2009/06/03/tips-to-keep/

Summer Safety Tips for Your Australian Labradoodle

Summertime sizzles with excitement — and with potential dangers to your companion dogs! Here are some tips you can use to make sure the summer season is safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog.

  • How Hot Is Hot?

    Is the weather fair or foul for your pets? Find out if it’s too hot to take your dog along with you today. And learn just how quickly cars heat up in warm weather.

  • Banish Fleas and Ticks

    Summertime, and the living is easy — especially for fleas and ticks! United Animal Nations offers tips for controlling these parasites, which can be dangerous not just to dogs but to humans as well.

  • Traveling with Your Dog

    Want to hit the road (or the skies or the rails) with your dog? Dog-friendly trips are possible, with some advanced preparation. United Animal Nations tells you how to make travel safer for your dog.

  • Quench Your Dog’s Thirst

    As the weather warms, it’s especially important to make sure that your companion dog drinks enough water. Be sure to always bring fresh water and a bowl with you when headed out to the beach, a picnic, hiking, etc.

  • Keeping Your Australian Labradoodle Safe on the Fourth of July

    July 3, 2009

    4th of July Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

    Being safe and taking steps to protect your dog will ensure you have a great holiday.

    The July 4th holiday is upon us. As many American dog owners have the day off to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they surely will want to spend part of this day with their pooch and include him in the merriment. While that can be a nice idea, Lorriane Corriveau, a wellness veterinarian at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana, says that dog owners need to use common sense when letting Fido join in the festivities.

    “Some dogs love to chase those spinning and swirling objects on the ground,” she says, which can cause burns and other injuries. “Others are traumatized by loud noises. Owners can help with tricks that can be as simple as putting cotton in their pet’s ears to muffle the sound.”

    Corriveau offers the following tips to ease the stress on your dog during this particularly “explosive” holiday:

    • Don’t leave your dog alone outdoors on the 4th of July, as he may escape and runaway to avoid the loud noises.
    • Don’t take your dog to fireworks shows. Instead, take him on a picnic earlier in the day to celebrate.
    • To distract your dog, turn on the radio or TV for some background noise.
    • Explain to your children and neighborhood kids that sparklers and firecrackers can be quite frightening for a dog.
    • Fear of noises can get worse as a dog ages. A veterinarian can advise you about giving your dog a mild sedative or tranquilizer to calm his fears if he is extremely stressed.
    • Be sure to pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects after the festivities are done so your dog won’t risk being injured by them later on.

    http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/fourth-of-july-tips-for-dog-owners.aspx

    Helpful Website For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

    May 27, 2009

    Today I came across the website PetMD- they have a lot of helpful information on dog health and a vet dictionary. http://petmd.com/.

    One article that was interesting was about Auto Insurance companies extending coverage now to dogs- http://petmd.com/dog/care/nws_multi_pet_auto_insurance.

    Do It Yourself- Treats For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

    May 26, 2009

    DIY-hd

    D.I.Y – Sweet Treats

    Make your own healthy summer treats

    From the book The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious and Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love

    Frozen Banana Treats

    Frozen treats are great for keeping dogs cool in the summer, and they can be used to soothe teething pain in puppies.

    Recipe
    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Makes: about 16 treats

    4 cups (32 fl oz/900 ml) plain, whole milk yogourt
    2 tbsp peanut butter
    3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

    Blend all the ingredients to a purée in a food processor.
    Pour into 4-oz/115-g plastic cups. Freeze until firm.
    Pop the treat out of the cup and watch your dog enjoy!

    Vet’s ViewBananas are a great source of potassium. Combined with yogourt, they make a healthy treat. The mixture can also be frozen inside stuffable chew toys (seal the tip with a dab of peanut butter first).

    Nutritional Information – Per CubeCalories – 71
    Protein – 3 g
    Carbohydrates – 8.5 g
    Dietary fiber – 2.9 g
    Fat – 3.1 g

    Fruity Pops

    Dogs just love the crunch of ice cubes, and here the rewards are made healthy and delicious. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

    Recipe
    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Makes: 24 ice cubes

    1 qt/1.13 litres fruit juice (not grape juice)
    1 ripe banana, mashed
    1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) plain, whole milk yogurt

    Blend the fruit juice with the mashed banana and mix in the yogurt.
    Pour into ice cube trays and put in the freezer.
    When frozen, pop out of tray and serve one at a time.

    Note: the Pops will keep for up to 1 month in the freezer.

    Vet’s ViewA fun and healthy treat, good for hot days and for teething puppies. It can also be frozen inside stuffable chew toys (seal the tip with a dab of peanut butter first).

    Nutritional Information – Per cube
    Calories – 71
    Calories – 31
    Protein – 0.2 g
    Carbohydrates – 7.2 g
    Dietary fiber – 0.1 g
    Fat – 0.2 g

     

    Article from Modern Dog Magazine-http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-sweet-treats/1923

    Power Pooch Smoothie For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

    May 12, 2009

    Here is a fun and healthy recipe for your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle courtesy Rachael Ray from Every Day with Rachael Ray.

    Prep Time- 10 minutes

    Level- easy

    Yield- 4 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 (8-ounce) container plain yogurt
    • 1 cup blackberries or raspberries or 5 large, hulled strawberries
    • 1 mango, sliced
    • 1 very ripe banana
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 cup ice water

    Directions

    Process all ingredients in a blender at high speed until smooth. Pour pooch smoothies into small bowls and freeze. Remove from the freezer, set on the floor and let your pooch lick the treat.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-specials/power-pooch-smoothies-recipe/index.html

    Secondhand Smoke Is Toxic To Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

    April 16, 2009

    Secondhand smoke is toxic for pets too

    The American Legacy Foundation is challenging pet parents to quit smoking during the month of April, which is also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Research shows there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke for humans — and that goes for animals as well. One new study reveals that nearly 30 percent of pets live in a home with at least one smoker.

    “Secondhand smoke doesn’t just affect people,” says Dr. Cheryl G. Healton, president of the American Legacy Foundation.

    An estimated 50,000 Americans lose their lives to secondhand smoke annually and 4 million children and teens are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. A number of studies have linked respiratory problems, allergies and even nasal and lung cancer in dogs and lymphoma in cats to second-hand smoke exposure. Not surprisingly, the ASPCA lists tobacco smoke as a toxin dangerous to pets.

    And our furry friends don’t just inhale the smoke. Particles can also get trapped in their fur and be ingested when pets groom themselves. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that dogs in smoking households had a 60 percent greater risk of lung cancer. A different study published in the same journal showed that long-nosed dogs, such as collies and greyhounds, were twice as likely to develop nasal cancer if they lived with smokers. In yet another study, vets from Tufts University found that cats whose owners smoked were three times as likely to develop lymphoma, the most common feline cancer!

    “Nicotine from secondhand smoke can have detrimental effects to the nervous systems of cats and dogs,” says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, medical director for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. “Environmental tobacco smoke has been shown to contain numerous cancer-causing compounds. Owners should avoid exposing their pets to secondhand smoke to help minimize the risk of their pets developing lung disease or cancer.”

    According to a study published in the February 2009 edition of Tobacco Control, 28 percent of pet owners who smoke reported that knowing about the dangers of secondhand smoke to their pets would help motivate them to try to quit smoking.

    To better protect our pets, the American Legacy Foundation and ASPCA recommend that smokers “take it outside” when they light up. The foundation also provides resources to support smokers in their decision to quit, including BecomeAnEX.org, an interactive website with free tools and tips to help smokers develop a personalized plan for kicking the habit — for good!

    Posted By: Amelia Glynn | April 13 2009 at 01:22 PM

    What To Do If Your Australian Labradoodle Is Poisoned

    March 17, 2009

    Don’t panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your pet.

    Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. This may be of great benefit to your vet and/or APCC toxicologists, as they determine what poison or poisons are involved. In the event that you need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.

    If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.

    Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

    The telephone number is (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service.

    Be ready with the following information:

    • The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
    • The animal’s symptoms.
    • Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
    • Have the product container/packaging available for reference.

    Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.

    Be Prepared

    Keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—(888) 426-4435—as well as that of your local veterinarian, in a prominent location.

    Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. The kit should contain:

    • A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
    • A turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
    • Saline eye solution
    • Artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
    • Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
    • Forceps (to remove stingers)
    • A muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting)
    • A can of your pet’s favorite wet food
    • A  pet carrier

    Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.

    http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/what-to-do-if-your-pet-is-poisoned.html

    17 Most Poisonous Plants To Your Australian Labradoodle

    March 13, 2009

    Lilies
    Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.

    Marijuana
    Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and incoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.

    Sago Palm
    All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.

    Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
    The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

    Azalea/Rhododendron
    Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.

    Oleander
    All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.

    Castor Bean
    The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.

    Cyclamen
    Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.

    Kalanchoe
    This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.

    Yew
    Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.

    Amaryllis
    Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia and tremors.

    Autumn Crocus
    Ingestion of Colchicum autumnale by pets can result in oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage and bone marrow suppression.

    Chrysanthemum
    These popular blooms are part of the Compositae family, which contain pyrethrins that may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, if eaten. In certain cases depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.

    English Ivy
    Also called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy and California ivy, Hedera helix contains triterpenoid saponins that, should pets ingest, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation and diarrhea.

    Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Loa Peace Lily)
    Spathiphyllum contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips and tongue in pets who ingest.

    Pothos
    Pothos (both Scindapsus and Epipremnum) belongs to the Araceae family. If chewed or ingested, this popular household plant can cause significant mechanical irritation and swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

    Schefflera
    Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips and tongue in pets who ingest.

    http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/17-common-poisonous-plants.html