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For some of us, cold weather is regarded as a mere nuisance; for others, it’s a fun time filled with winter joys; and still others will find this time of bone-chilling weather and huge piles of snow a veritable nightmare to endure.
Whatever your viewpoint on winter, one thing remains the same for all of us with pets: it’s a time when our pets need a little extra care.
1. In or Out
You might want to keep your pets indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas.
2. Bare Naked Truth
If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a coat alone keep you warm against the elements? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside
3. No More Frozen Dinners
Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure it doesn’t freeze ovoer.
4. Latest Fad Diet
Indoor animals, meanwhile, have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly.
It’s sound advice given frequently: Supervise your dogs and kids while they are together. Breeders warn parents, “Don’t leave the dog alone with children, no matter how friendly the breed.” Veterinarians advise, “Never leave a dog and a child in the same room together.” Dog trainers explain, “All dogs can bite so supervise your dog when you have children over.” Everyone knows the drill. So why doesn’t it work? Why are there an estimated 800,000 Americans seeking medical attention for dog bites each year, with over half of these injuries to children ages 5-9?
In the featured image: Note the good intention of the kids. Note the closed mouth and half-moon eye of the dog. Intervene! Note the good intentions of the kids. Note the closed mouth and half-moon eye of the dog. Intervene.
The bites are not a result of negligent parents leaving Fido to care for the baby while mom does household chores, oblivious to the needs of her children. In fact, I’ve consulted on hundreds of dog bite cases and 95% of the time the parent was standing within 3 feet of the child watching both child and dog when the child was bitten. Parents are supervising. The problem is not lack of supervision. The problem is no one has taught parents what they should be watching.
Parents generally have not received any education on what constitutes good dog body language and what constitutes an emergency between the dog and the child. Parents generally have no understanding of the predictable series of canine body cues that would indicate a dog might bite. And complicating matters further, most parents get confused by the good intentions of the child and fail to see when a dog is exhibiting signs of stress. The good new is all of this is easy to learn! We can all get better at this.
Here is a simple list to help you improve your supervision skills:
Watch for loose canine body language. Good dog body language is loose, relaxed, and wiggly. Look for curves in your dog’s body when he is around a child. Stiffening and freezing in a dog are not good. If you see your dog tighten his body, or if he moves from panting to holding his breath (he stops panting), you should intervene. These are early signs that your dog is not comfortable.
Watch for inappropriate human behavior. Intervene if your child climbs on or attempts to ride your dog. Intervene if your child pulls the ears, yanks the tail, lifts the jowls or otherwise pokes and prods the dog. Don’t marvel that your dog has the patience of Job if he is willing to tolerate these antics. And please don’t videotape it for YouTube! Be thankful your dog has good bite inhibition and intervene before it’s too late.
Watch for these three really easy to see stress signals in your dog. All of them indicate you should intervene and separate the child and dog: Yawning outside the context of waking up
Half-moon eye – this means you can see the whites on the outer edges of your dog’s eyes.
Lip licking outside the context of eating food
Watch for avoidance behaviors. If your dog moves away from a child, intervene to prevent the child from following the dog. A dog that chooses to move away is making a great choice. He’s saying, “I don’t really want to be bothered, so I’ll go away.” However, when you fail to support his great choice and allow your child to continue to follow him, it’s likely the dog’s next choice will be, “Since I can’t get away, I’ll growl or snap at this kid to get the child to move away.” Please don’t cause your dog to make that choice.
Listen for growling. I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard parents say, “Oh, he growled all the time but we never thought he would bite.” Dog behavior, including aggression, is on a continuum. For dogs, growling is an early warning sign of aggression. Heed it. If growling doesn’t work, the dog may escalate to snapping or biting. Growling is a clue that you should intervene between the dog and the child.
To pet owners, particularly those who also have children, thank you for supervising your dog! As a dog trainer and mother of two, I know that juggling kids and dogs is no easy feat. It takes patience, understanding, and a great deal of supervision. I hope these tips will help you get better at supervising.
If you want more information about this topic, a great resource is Colleen Pelar’s book Living With Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind.
By Kelly Roper
Dog Breeder and Exhibitor
More and more pet lovers are turning to home made dog food rather than continuing to feed commercial kibble mixes. Find out what it takes to prepare nutritious home cooked meals for your own canine companion.
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A lot of information came out of the investigation connected to the 2007 dog food recall, and most of it wasn’t good. In addition to identifying the contaminated food sources responsible for the illness, and in some cases death, of a number of dogs, other manufacturing practices came to light.
We learned that although all commercially sold dog foods must meet a set of government standards before they can be labeled “100% nutritionally complete”, it doesn’t guarantee that the food sources used are digestible enough for your dog to render “complete” nutrition from the mix. We also learned that some of the inexpensive chemical preservatives used in these foods may cause cancer and certainly hold no nutritional value for our pets.
Finally, we learned that the term “fresh” holds minimal value when foods are manufactured and left to sit in warehouses for months before they ever hit store shelves.
Raw vs. Cooked
Many dog owners might agree that home made dog foods should be safer to feed than many commercial mixes containing chemical preservatives and other questionably healthy ingredients. However, they do seem to differ in opinions about the best feeding programs.
Some owners are strong advocates of the BARF diet, a feeding program that serves dog bones and raw foods. These owners believe that feeding foods in their raw, natural state most closely mirrors the way nature designed dogs to eat in the wild.
On the other side of the coin, some owners are leery of feeding raw meat because of the health hazard it potentially presents. It’s true that raw meats can harbor dangerous bacteria called salmonella, but this can be eliminated by cooking the meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
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However, you could argue that dogs that eat raw meat in the wild are regularly exposed to a number of bacteria, and they do survive. This may be evidence that the flora in a dog’s digestive track is designed to deal with salmonella far more efficiently than the human digestive tract.
Bones, particularly chicken bones, are another point of contention. It’s true that bones can present a potential hazard, whether it is from choking or intestinal blocks/punctures. However, raw chicken bones retain some flexibility and are easier for dogs to chew and digest.
It’s the cooked bones that become brittle and pose the greatest risk for intestinal punctures. In the end, feeding bones in any form is a decision that rests solely with every owner, and bones need not be the only source of calcium and other minerals in home made dog food.
Fruits and Vegetables
Although of considerably less concern than serving raw meat, fruits and vegetables also pose a small threat of bacterial contamination. This can easily be dealt with by washing the produce before chopping and adding it to your recipe.
The most important thing to consider when making home made meals for your pet is that they provide rounded nutrition. Without a decent balance of protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, your dog could suffer from malnutrition, regardless of how much food he eats.
The following list offers some food choices to cover your dog’s basic nutritional needs:
•Protein: Fresh chicken, beef, turkey, lamb or cooked salmon
•Fiber, vitamins and minerals: Carrots, green beans, spinach
•Essential fatty acids: Leafy greens, cooked salmon, flax seeds
•Calcium: Cottage cheese, plain yogurt
•Carbohydrates: Brown rice, barley
•Vitamins and antioxidants: Apples (without the seeds), blueberries
Pick one item from each group to include at every meal. You’ll also want to rotate your choices so your dog doesn’t become bored eating the same food.
Foods to Avoid
Certain common foods should never be fed to your dog because they can cause reactions ranging from mild discomfort to cardiac arrest.
Foods you shouldn’t feed include:
•Raw, green potatoes
Cooking for your dog is as easy as preparing a meal for your family. However, you might like to try this terrific home made dog food recipe for “Little Man’s Loaf” from our own “Two Minute Dog Advice” columnist Wendy Nan Rees. It’s so good you might want to pull up a bowl next to your dog!
So, does making your pet a home made dinner sound appealing to you? Then the first thing you’ll want to do is consult with your vet to make sure your dog is currently in good health. If your vet gives your dog the thumb’s up, then you can begin to cook for your pet in small amounts, gradually weaning him off commercial kibble. Keep an eye on him for any major signs that the new food is not agreeing with him, and call your vet right away if you think your dog needs attention.
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In order to make pet food affordable, pet food makers use meat scraps for protein, no matter what the brand or advertising claims. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) designates what can be used based on their definition of meat for various livestock species. The definitions are as follows:
Hoof Stock (beef, pork, lamb, bison, etc.)
Striated muscle but can include tongue, esophagus, diaphragm, heart and nerves, vessels, and tissue associated with those organs.
In other words, the by-products of the chest, exclusive of the lungs, are considered hoofed meat. Striated muscle that has been USDA inspected and deemed “unfit for human consumption” can also be used as meat in pet food. This is typically what pet food makers are really saying when they advertise their meat as “USDA Inspected.”
Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, etc.)
Flesh and skin with or without bone, excluding the head, feet and entrails.
This is actually describing what is left after the breast, thigh, and leg meat have been removed. Deboned poultry is the same tissue without the bone.
Entire fish or flesh after the fillets have been removed.
Fish meat, then, is head, skin, scales, fins, skeleton, and entrails.
So what to do all of these proteins have in common and what impact does that have on your pet? They all contain connective protein. Connective proteins are ligaments, tendons or non-meat structural proteins. The gristle that you almost choked on while eating your last steak is connective protein. Connective protein is not as digestible as meat protein. It is estimated that 15-20 percent of the protein in pet food is indigestible.
This protein sits in the colon ready to be evacuated in the poop. However, the “bad” bacteria of the colon can use the indigestible protein for food. The increased population of these bacteria can cause intestinal gas, bloating, farting, and diarrhea.
With all food makers using the same type of ingredients, it is no wonder so many pet owners find that changing food doesn’t help, or only gives short term relief.
Under the cover of AAFCO’s classification of these products as “meat,” pets are not getting chicken breast, salmon fillets, or leg of lamb in their food. Advertising claims and the use of words without legal meaning, like “human grade,” does not change reality.
By Bay Area Lyme Foundation
Lyme disease in dogs most commonly manifests by a sudden onset of lameness and inflammation of the joints. Some dogs will experience other symptoms including weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite and weight, or fever. Lameness is generally temporary and abates once treated with antibiotics, however, in some cases, it can become more severe or even chronic.
Lyme Disease in PetsLyme can also cause more serious or even fatal conditions in dogs such as kidney, nervous system, or heart problems (acute cardiac syndrome is known to be caused by Lyme, but is rare). Symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition include: vomiting, diarrhea, extreme lack of appetite or weight loss, increased urination and thirst, fluid buildup (e.g., a swollen belly, legs, or lymph nodes), difficulty breathing, sensitivity to touch, or a stiff walk with arched back. Be sure to contact your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms.
Most dogs exposed to Lyme never become ill. They will host the bacteria, and may also host other tick-borne diseases such as ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, without every showing any clinical reaction at all. Lyme disease is always more difficult to treat as the duration of the infection lengthens, so early diagnosis and treatment are key.
There is evidence that Lyme disease is more common among younger dogs than mature dogs and that certain species are more vulnerable than others (retrievers for example).
There are several antibiotics available to treat Lyme disease in dogs. The typical course is four weeks and typically the condition is resolved without further complications or additional treatment required. In some cases, as in humans, the symptoms do not cease after treatment and your dog may continue to experience pain or lameness. Speak with your vet.
The best course is always prevention.
Watch where they wander. Avoid allowing your dog (or other pets) to roam in tick-infested environments or habitats where Lyme is common. When walking or hiking, keep your pet on leash in the middle of the trail and avoid wandering into brushy or wooded areas.
Tick check. Be sure to groom and bathe your dog regularly, checking for ticks both by sight and by feel.
Consider repellent and/or vaccines. There are a number of tick repellent sprays, collars, and topical products that can be used to kill or keep ticks away. There are also Lyme vaccines available for dogs. Note: According to the CDC, the Lyme vaccines do NOT prevent against other tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever or babesia. Speak with your veterinarian about your options.
Read more about Lyme disease in dogs from the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University.
When I was in high school, I was a major journalism nerd. I know, shocking. Think Andrea from 90210, except I was never Brandon’s friend because I was too busy in the newspaper room writing yet another article that would get me pulled into the principal’s office. Because I’ve always been a troublemaker too.
Anyway, one of the big lessons I learned there (aside from the fact that the administration does not like exposés on their salaries) was that a good journalist treasures facts. The crazy, sensationalistic stuff got put on page 5, the home of our editorial page. After all, this was a high school newspaper we were running, not a tabloid.
Fast forward a good many years and you arrive in the new millennium and the advent of social media. Blogs were a new creature none of us knew what to do with — after all, there’s no law that says you need an editorial review process to hit publish on WordPress.
So before we knew it, everyone who had something to say, true or not, had an infinite audience in front of them. And when that happened, an ugly truth The National Enquirer has known for years came to light:
People don’t care about the truth; they care about a titillating headline.
That was fine back when there was a clear delineation in the marketplace between newspapers and tabloids. People knew that if the front page of Star mentioned Queen Elizabeth’s alien abduction they could just laugh it off, but if you saw the same headline in The New York Times it was time to panic.
For a while, online media was able to hold onto that tenuous differentiation between truth and speculation. One could assume that a news media outlet would attempt some form of corroboration before hitting publish on a post the same way they would perform due diligence in print. So if one found a strange bit of information on a random blog, you could at least confirm it from a trusted news site.
Sadly, those days seem to be dwindling. In the Wild West of the Internet, where page-views rule supreme, struggling online newspapers now have to compete with freewheeling individuals who can print just about whatever they want with little repercussion; and the freewheelers are winning.
In a desperate bid to keep up, it seems even well-respected bastions of journalism are now looking to reddit just to figure out what to put on their front page.
Why does this matter? Because when you logged into Facebook this week, you might have seen 15 or 20 versions of the latest viral hysteria, the whole “Class action lawsuit alleges Beneful is killing dogs.”
This is true; someone did file a lawsuit. People file lawsuits all the time. There is very little barrier to do so and that in and of itself is not news. Call me when you win.
This matters because lazy media outlets are just rehashing what they read on the Examiner and reporting the filing of a lawsuit as if it means something, when in truth there is way too little evidence to determine if it’s going to go anywhere, and what little evidence does exist suggests it’s very likely going to get thrown out.
The media nowadays is interested not in facts but in clicks, and in that respect this story is a slam dunk.
It matters because it drives a further disconnect and distrust between people and companies, and causes them a great deal of distress they didn’t need.
It matters because the Internet is getting louder and louder and increasingly difficult to comprehend. If we were at a party, the Internet is 1 a.m. at the bar, when everyone is drunkenly slurring and yelling over the music. That’s not where you want to get your information, right?
It’s funny how we’ve almost come full circle now, where we’re realizing we’re in over our heads when it comes to trying to make sense of an overwhelming barrage of information and misinformation.
And like that late night call to dear old dad for a safe ride home, it’s time to pick up the phone and call your old-school, luddite, boring, non-controversial, friendly, local veterinarian to help you understand just what the heck is going on. They’ll make you feel better, promise.
Veterinarians don’t care about page-clicks; they care about you and your pet.
I hope that as these current trends of media hysteria continue, perhaps clients will regress to the point of once again coming to the most trustworthy source of accurate information when it comes to pets’ health: their vet.
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang