Poisons & Toxins

Posted by: Corina  /  Category: Canine Health, Shelties, Shetland Sheepdogs

Poisons

 

Due to their natural curiosity and their tendency to consume anything they come across, dogs are at a high risk for accidental poisoning. Store all poisonous substances in your home, garage, and yard out of reach of your curious canine. If you suspect your dog has ingested a poison, call your veterinarian at once. The longer the poison is in the dog’s system, the more extensive the damage. These are some common poisons and their effects:

 

Insecticides and paraise medication. Flea and tick sprays, shampoos, and collars, and worm medications must be used according to directions. Signs of overuse of these chemicals are trembling and weakness, drooling, vomiting, and loss of bowel control.

 

Rodent poisons. Most rat poisons thin the blood so it is unable to clot. Making the dog vomit (ask your vet how to do this) before 30 minutes have elapsed will usually get rid of most of the poison. Poisons containing strychnine, such as those used for gophers, can cause rapid death.  Read more…

Feeding Your Shelties

Posted by: Corina  /  Category: Canine Health, Pet Health, Shelties, Shetland Sheepdogs

 

Nutrition and Feeding

 

A good diet will keep your dog looking and feeling his best. It provides your dog with the right amounts of essential nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Your dog must have all these in correct proportions to stay healthy. Dog food companies make a variety of foods for all life stages, from puppyhood to senior citizenship.

With so many dog foods on the market, it’s tough to know what’s right for your dog. You can ask a breeder or veterinarian for advice, but it’s up to you to see how the food affects your dog. If your dog’s energy level is right for his breed and age, if his skin and coat are healthy, if his stools are firm and brown, and if he seems to be in overall good health, then the food is doing its job.

Many owners prefer to feed kibble (dry), rather than soft dog food for several reasons. Crunching the hard kibbles keeps your dog’s teeth clean and exercises his jaw muscles. It also keeps the dog’s stools compact and firm, resulting in easier cleanup. If your dog prefers soft food, you can mix some in with the kibble (try three-quarters dry with one-quarter canned). Semi-moist foods, while convenient, don’t offer the nutritional benefits of premium kibble or canned foods. Read more…

Canine Brucellosis – Get the Facts!

Posted by: Corina  /  Category: Canine Health, Pet Health, Sheltie Breeders, Shelties, Shetland Sheepdogs

 Breeders Should Take Precautions to Prevent Canine Brucellosis

Canine brucellosis can wipe out a kennel. The highly contagious reproductive disease can cause infertility, abortions and stillbirths in dogs. Many states require kennels infected with brucellosis to quarantine, sterilize or euthanize affected dogs — all causing an enormous emotional and economic toll.

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Introducting a New Cat to Your Dog? Read this…

Posted by: Corina  /  Category: Dog Training

If you’re a dog owner looking to add a new cat to your home, using a systematic approach to introduce the two species to each other will ensure that your household won’t have anyone fighting like cats and dogs. The American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) Meet the Breeds® offers dog and cat lovers the opportunity to learn about the predictable qualities and needs of each breed, including the following tips to help introduce a new cat to your dog.

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