Ask Away...: It's A Dog's Life! Make It Happy And Healthy

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's A Dog's Life! Make It Happy And Healthy

Being a dog owner can be a lot of fun sometimes. You never quite know what’s going to happen next. But when it comes to dog health, the problems can be especially vexing. The problem is that dogs don’t have any ability to tell us what’s wrong. All that changes when they feel sick is their behaviour, but they never where it hurts.

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The good news is that you don’t have to rush straight to the vets every time your dog starts sulking or acting strangely. Here are some common problems and solutions you can try first.

Your Dog’s Fur Is Entwined With Burs

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Burs, the little spiky seeds that fall off trees can all too easily become embedded in dog fur. This can cause your dog pain, especially if the bur is still sharp. To remove it, simply dab some vegetable oil onto the affected area and try to gently pry them loose. After the burs are removed, you can shampoo the dog to remove excess oil.

Curb Chewing

Dogs love to chew. It gives them comfort. However, chewing too often can lead to all sorts of problems, especially if it means chewing up your beautiful new sofa set. The best way to stop dogs from chewing a particular object is to coat it with something that smells bad. Try dabbing it with a small amount of Bengay. The smell should be enough to put the dog off.

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If that doesn’t work, you can also try using white wine vinegar. Just put the white wine vinegar into a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and then spray over all the furniture that you don’t want your pooch to chew.

Prevent Fleas

At some point in their lives, most dogs suffer from fleas - little creatures which cause itching and loss of condition in their coat. Fleas can be picked up from anywhere, whether it’s at the park or from their interactions with other dogs. As with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Long-term use products provide the best flea and tick prevention for dogs. These are products that you apply at regular intervals to stop fleas from becoming established, keeping your dog’s coat healthy and glossy.

Help Heal Cuts And Scrapes

Dogs, like children, have a habit of injuring themselves. And while a dog won’t complain like a human child, making sure the injury is cleaned out and bandaged up is still essential to prevent infection. A good solution to things like scratches, cuts and skin irritations is to rub on Bag Balm, something which is used in the dairy industry.

Reduce Arthritic Aches And Pains

Dogs age about seven times faster than people. As a result, they’re prone to the same conditions of old age as we are, like arthritis. To soothe arthritis, heat up some uncooked rice in the microwave and then pour it into a sock. Tie a knot in the end of the sock and then place it on the part that hurt for 15 minutes per day.

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  1. Good tips Ellen! Ugh flea season... just found one on Daisy the other night, while she was in my bed!

    1. Thanks! Ackkkk I despise ticks! They give me the heebyjeebys too!


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