Puppy Diaries # 9 Mastering the puppy-man ideal social interaction

social interaction puppy with man

Dear Diary,

It's already the ninth month, and Sommer is growing up. She still has limitless energy, but she is less hyperactive than a few months ago. She begins to look less like a little puppy and looks more like a reckless teenager with awkwardly big legs that are too big for her body. She runs very fast and loves to run around the yard, easily chasing our boys, and then barking for joy when she catches them. Problems with minor training are mainly related to the rear-view mirror, although occasional attacks of diarrhea are always possible, and I am still very friendly with our local carpet cleaner. Sommer's face is so expressive at this age! Her eyes are bright, and she looks at me in a direction, trying to please. In our house she has a routine and she understands the rules: you don’t need to jump in a good chair, ring the doorbell, go out, do not surf and so on. I think you could say that she trusts us now, and I trust her (most of the time, although after the episode of chewing on Advil, I try very carefully to keep her away from things that may cause her trouble). But when does the doorbell ring? This is when all bets on workouts are turned off.

We have an active household, in which two sons, friends, family and sports chairs, music teachers, lawn masters and experts regularly come to the house. All this makes the house happy, and Sommer loves to welcome guests. But do guests like when Sommer greets them? In the beginning, the answer was definitely "no." And I can't say I blame them. I do not like a dog that jumps on me when I go to someone's house, and, being a small dog, Sommer seems to be particularly prone to jumping. It is in her nature to want to rise to the human level. She is also prone to excited barking, another habit that turned greetings at the door into a real challenge. This was one of the things that worried me most about the presence of a dog, so we decided to hire one of the trainers who conducted the Sommer puppies group training lessons to come to our home to diagnose the problem and assign a solution.

The trainer has perfectly demonstrated that door greetings are indeed one of the biggest problems. She advised to use the method in which we put the dog bed next to the door, but not next to the door, and said “go to bed” when the doorbell rang. I had to stand next to the bed and treat Sommer while she stayed on the bed. The idea was for the guest to come in and then pass by the bed and greet Sommer, or not greet Sommer — everything the guest wanted. Whether it was my lack of proper execution or just a splash of a Sommer puppy, although we worked on these months, both in real-life scenarios and in trials where the boys went outside and rang the bell, Sommer never did it. She “went to bed”, but as soon as I gave her one small treat, she grabbed him and ran out of bed to jump onto the person at the door. To answer the door was to work with two people, as I was stuck, calling for “go to bed” and standing by the dog’s bed, while one of the boys had to answer the doorbell — and they were not always at home to play this the role, I thought Sommer might catch on and stay in bed while I walked to the door, but, alas, the promise of a new person to welcome was too overwhelming and actually seemed more tempting than any treat I could offer.

We returned to the “sound” collar (note: we will only use an unstressed collar). One day, visiting my parents in their home, Sommer came to herself with excitement when she saw my parents every morning, as if she had never seen them before. It turned into a great opportunity to put on her pip collar and teach her not to jump greetings. the ruleWe diligently showed her that when she bounced on them in an excited greeting, this would lead to a “beep”. When she stayed, with all four paws on the ground, my parents took care to give her a lot of pets and “Good girl” praise. The idea seemed to come to mind. After returning home, the only trick to continue this method successfully was to make sure she was in a collar when guests came to the house, or in the case of an unexpected visitor, that the collar was ready at the door so that I could quickly put on her.

Canine depression: how to detect and treat

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Depression is common in humans, and dog depression can be just as common. How common is depression? According to Healthline, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States suffer from depression. The CDC has documented that about 9% of Americans report that they are at least sometimes depressed, and 3.4% suffer from "major depression." Approximately 6.7% of American adults have at least one serious depressive episode during a given year. The definition of deep depression in people "a state of mental health characterized by an overwhelming feeling of sadness, isolation, and despair, which affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts."

A dog’s depression can be just as common, but it’s harder to recognize.

How to determine the signs of a depressed dog

Like humans, each dog responds differently to stress. For example, a person who has lost his job may become depressed, while another person may see opportunities and feel relieved or rejuvenated. One dog may be withdrawn, be less interactive, protected, scared, nervous, aggressive, stop eating or have a reduced appetite, while the other dog may be euphoric. Learn more about how to recognize depression in your dog. Jump to: What are the symptoms of depression in dogs?

What causes dog depression

What causes depression in one dog may be completely different than that of another dog. Just as it is difficult to predict or summarize how people will react to stress or what will cause a person to become depressed, it is difficult to determine or predict what will lead to a dog’s depression.

The most common things associated with a dog's depression are as follows:

  • diseaseDogs that are ill and do not feel well may be depressed.
  • Loss of mobilityJust as a disease can cause depression, loss of mobility can also cause depression in some dogs. If a previously active dog could not run, play, walk or exercise, it can cause emotional damage to some dogs. This can be caused by a back injury, an injury such as a fracture, or a degenerative disease (arthritis) in older dogs.
  • Loss of routineSome dogs can become very depressed due to a change in their routine. This can happen when the children return to school, the owner loses his job or gets a new job, or a change in working time, which leads to a violation of the dog's daily rituals.
  • Loss of owner or guardian, A very common cause of depression in dogs is the loss of a loved one. Loss can be death or from someone leaving or leaving the house. The death of the owner, the child leaving for college, or the passing of a child's divorce can all create a deep sense of loss and emptiness in the dog's life.
  • Loss of a neighborJust as a loss in caring for a child can affect dogs, there can also be a loss of another pet. Most often, the pet is another dog, but can also be a cat or another species. When you think about it, if the dog’s routine is to see another pet, eat with it, walk, play, and suddenly there isn’t, they may become depressed. It is important to note that changes in your dog's behavior may be caused by her depression or a reaction to your sadness. If you mourn the loss of a dog and experience depression, it can affect them.
  • movingMoving can be stressful for both us and our dogs. They suddenly lose their territory and safety net. As a rule, this step is a huge violation of the routine and the environment. Movers, moving boxes, packing, unpacking, etc. Can affect daily walks and time spent with you. This can cause depression in some dogs.
  • RehomingA new home and family may be interesting for some dogs, but depressing for others. They may miss something from their previous life or feel displaced. On top of that, they are trying to understand the new owners, the new rules in the house, the new routine, get new food, new bowls and, well … everything that can be stressful. Stress can cause depression.
  • New pet or manJust as the loss of a pet or the loss of a person can cause depression, some dogs become depressed when a new pet or person enters their lives. This may affect their daily lives. A new pet may divert attention from them.

What can you do for a depressed dog?

Dog depression treatment can be divided into pharmacological (drug) treatment and non-pharmacological treatment.

The best recommendation for treating a depressed dog is as follows:

  1. Find out why. It is best to think about why your dog is depressed. Considering the possible reason, also think about what your dog's life should be in everyday life. How much stimulation? Turn? Exercise? Attention? Or is it boring? Is he ignored? Even tied to a doghouse or in a box for hours?
  2. Optimize your dog's lifeMake sure your dog has an excellent routine consisting of lots of exercise, daily walks, frequent opportunities to go to the bathroom, a predictable meal schedule, rubbing the abdomen and enough confidence that she is the best dog in the world. Here are some tips on how to help your dog. Jump to: Is my dog ​​depressed? How to help your puppy
  3. See your vetMake sure your dog is healthy and that you do not take the symptoms of depression as symptoms of the disease. They may seem similar, and it can be difficult to say. Your vet may want to do a physical examination and perform some kind of routine blood.
  4. Natural remediesSome natural remedies that may help some dogs with depression include the Bach Flower, Ignatia, Spirit Essences Grouch
  5. Remedy, Green Hope on the Farm and Loss RemedyCheck with your vet and see if they have a product that worked well for them.
  6. drugsAs a last resort, you can work with your veterinarian to try the pharmacological treatment of your dog's depression. Most dogs react to playing time, exercise and quality time with you. To learn more about possible drug therapy, go to: How does the treatment of depression work in dogs?
  7. It takes timeIt may take some time for the treatment to work. Relax and enjoy your stay with your dog. Give him some time. In most cases, they come and go back to their normal canine essence.

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Puppy Diaries # 10 Mastering the perfect puppy walk

walking puppy

October 30, 2018 Laura Tibert, puppy mom

Dear Diary,

Sommer is ten months old, and he is in full adolescence, that is, months. Joke on me, because now I have a real teenager in the house, plus a doggy one. Sommer becomes a free and independent thinker, just like her 15-year-old human brother. She takes turns enthusiastic and stubborn. In one minute, she rushes through the house with a case of “zooms,” as we call it, and the next she is afraid and capricious. She becomes more intelligent in her attempts to hack the system, does this mean that she is trying to sneak up on our bed at night (she is installed on her dog bed in our bedroom, but this does not seem close enough to her taste) or stupidly stare at me when I call “Come!” and then turning her back towards me and quietly running in the opposite direction. On the other hand, she is bright and happy and loves to learn new games. We are currently working on an "extraction" because, although she has some kind of Labrador retriever and some kind of golden retriever, the very idea of ​​taking the ball and returning it to me so that I can again throw it seems alien to her. Chasing the ball? Well, in this it is natural. And she is fast. Which brings me to the question of the need to get her abundant exercise when walking.

At ten months, Sommer is no longer a little puppy. She is almost adult, and began to fill up her muscle tone. Even now, she weighs only 17 pounds. We thought she could reach 25 pounds, but it turns out that she takes after her 15-pound mom more than her 35-pound dad. It's good for me! But this poses some interesting problems associated with aggressiveness, as she well knows that she is smaller than most of the dogs she faces. And the time when we notice this most of all happens when we go for a walk, which seems to alternate between happy sniffing and terrible high barking, when the other dog throws us from its yard, barking as if it wants to kill us both ( although I see his tail wagging!).

In other words, walking with Sommer is great fifty percent of the time. The remaining fifty percent can use improvements.

The problem number one is that, being a puppy, Sommer has no idea how to regulate her walking. Then she twitches and twitches when she runs off to sniff something especially painful in the grass, and the next thing you know, she walked around my legs, and now I'm standing there still, like a potted plant thrown into the street. Fortunately, being a small dog, she is not strong enough to pull my shoulder out of the nest, and for that I am grateful to her. However, her worst habit of walking on a leash randomly and without warning crosses me, forcing me to try to stop, usually on tiptoes, stretching my arms outward, as if to break an impending fall. And no matter how bad this habit is, the worst walking incident that we have had so far has had nothing to do with Sommer and everything related to our winters in Minnesota. Last winter, I stumbled upon a patch of black ice that was disguised as a fresh layer of fluffy snow, and, like in a cartoon, my legs flew out from under me, and I fell on my back. Now, the blessing of this was twofold: first, nobody was there to see my humiliating glide; and secondly, I was wearing a massive down coat, including a hat and a giant puffy hood, which softened the fall. But the gist of the story is that Sommer thought it was fun. Sommer slowly come to the aid of dog care, jumping all over my prone body, thinking that this is a game. So in any case, if I can fall while walking, when Sommer behaves on a leash, imagine what could happen if she gets cut in front of me on one of those snowy days.

I decided to consult with Google to get expert advice on my dog ​​walking problems. From leading trainers, I realized that training on a leash is a pain, but it is worth it in the long run and is part of the training, which has a significant safety component – both for you and for your puppy. I learned that I should be the first outside the door, emphasizing that I am the leader, and that I should be the same. Another expert advised you to teach your puppy to sit patiently while you take off your shoes and hang them on a leash. It sounded very similar to what Mr. Rogers would have done, and I immediately implemented it. Good food or food at the end of the walk was another recommendation to emphasize to Sommer that she worked for her food. Experts recommended the morning as an ideal time for walking, from 30 minutes to one hour. That's where it's nice to have a little dog: thirty minutes is enough for her.

What are the symptoms of dog depression?

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Many dog ​​lovers may wonder about dog depression and the potential symptoms of dog depression. There is a lot of news and information about human depression, so if people are depressed, why can't dogs? In this article we will look at the topic of dog depression and look at the symptoms of dog depression.

Depression in dogs is much harder to define or document than in humans. After all, grief and sadness are normal human emotions, not emotions that we usually learn from dogs. What can make an understanding of depression in dogs even more difficult is the fact that each dog can react differently to any situation.

Common Symptoms of Depressed Dogs

Symptoms of depression can vary not only between dogs, but also between breeds and breed lines. Even dogs from the same litter can react differently, just as children from the same family can react differently to a situation or stress.

Signs of depression in dogs may include:

  • Removed and less social – One of the most common symptoms of depression in dogs is abstinence. This is a very common symptom of depression in people. Many people with depression prefer to stay at home and avoid contact with friends and family members altogether. An example of a depressed dog is a dog that is less interactive or less involved in a family. Some pet owners notice that their dog does not greet them at the door or is not sitting in the same room as their family when they are watching TV.
    Mike wrote: "My beagle "Grow" began to hide in the laundry after I retired. Growing went to work with me every day, and when my routine changed, he began to hide and not participate in family activities. For example, Rusty was usually in the same room when I was watching TV, and he stopped. He just did not want to talk so much with his family."
  • Loss of interest “Some depressed dogs will lose interest in what you know they love to do.” It may not be a game with their favorite toy, or that they do not want to walk, or they do not make their usual walk around the yard to smell everything.
  • Changes in appetite – Some dogs with depression have less appetite or stop eating altogether. Other dogs with depression will eat more to calm down.
  • Weight changes – Weight loss or weight gain can be the result of changes in appetite. Dogs that eat more calories will gain weight. Dogs that eat less will lose weight. Changes in activity and sleep patterns also affect weight gain and weight loss.
  • Changes in sleep patterns – Suppressed dogs can sleep more, and this can be seen by less social behavior or by itself. Some dogs improve their sleep by 10-40% or even more in some cases. On the other hand, some dogs will sleep less and become "restless."
  • anxiety – Some dogs with depression seem more nervous. They will be more frightened at loud noises, appear frightened when the company comes, and in general may be more restless. John D. wrote to me: “When I moved across the country, my dog ​​Gus began to get worried. He slept all night, and suddenly he began to walk. He barks at noises that never disturbed him.
  • Behavior changes – Some dogs will change their habits. For example, some dogs will not sleep on the bed with their owners or in their favorite bed, although they have been doing this for years. Alexandra wrote: “When I lost my job, my Jack Russell Terrier always slept in his bed on the sofa in the living room. He has been doing this for years. And suddenly she wanted to sleep on the bed. ” Sharon S. wrote: “When my husband died, our beagle "Franny" walked back and forth. She would sit at the door, as if searching for him to return home, and then go some more. It seemed that she could not feel comfortable or relax."
  • Loss of destructive behavior – Some dogs with depression may return to earlier behavior and begin to have accidents in the house.
  • Self destructing behavior – Some dogs may start chewing or licking themselves. Some dogs will lick areas of the body, such as legs or feet, as a soothing behavior. Some behaviorists believe that self-facing behavior, also known as Acral Lick dermatitis, is due to confusion as movement. Self-healing behaviors that can be caused by depression can become ritual and intrusive.
  • vocalization – In some dogs with depression, a new behavior begins – barking or howling.
  • Aggressive behavior – A small minority of depressed dogs may exhibit aggressive behavior, such as growling, clicking, biting, or fighting other dogs.

Symptoms that show if depression is severe

All of the above are serious symptoms, but depression symptoms in a dog that affect your dog’s health or may harm you or other dogs are most important.

Why do people use CBD oil for pets?

cbd oil for pets

This research was made after one of my friends recommended giving OCANA CBD Oil to my pet as it was very stressed for several weeks and nothing was helping him get relaxed after his leg surgery. This product helped my dog release stress but I’m not taking any responsibility for the effects it may have on your beloved pets so, please read and take your own decisions.

Review of Cannabidiol Oil (CBD) for Pets

Marijuana, also known by the general term pot, is a psychoactive drug derived from a cannabis plant that has been around for thousands of years. The recent legalization of marijuana for human medicinal treatment has led to an increase in interest in the properties of the cannabis plant and has led to a significant increase in the effects of marijuana (pot) and toxicity to domestic animals. In fact, according to the animal helpline, the number of calls to animal hotlines has been poisoned by 450% due to exposure to marijuana or its toxicity.

The cannabis plant contains about 483 known chemicals and more than 80 cannabinoids. Cannabinoid is a class of chemicals isolated from cannabis that can have different effects on the body. The amount and concentration of each cannabinoid varies depending on the plant and the plant variety. The two most studied and available cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most potent and psychogenic. It is used medically to treat nausea, muscle spasms, cramps, anxiety, and other medical problems. Learn more about the ingestion and toxicity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This article focuses on the ingestion and toxicity of CBD oil in pets.

What is the difference between marijuana, cannabis, THC and CBD?

These terms can be confusing and often mistakenly used in the media. The term marijuana most often refers to a tobacco product made from cannabis leaves. THC and CBD are cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. The difference between THC and CBD is that THC causes psychotropic effects (affects the psyche), while CBD has limited toxicity and is not psychotropic.

Hemp is a type of cannabis plant that is known to have more CBD than THC. The CBD is often mined at the factory and sold as “butter”. It is believed that cannabidiol reduces anxiety, reduces nausea and vomiting, reduces seizures and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is increasingly being used both by humans and dogs.

There are HUGE differences in the quality and purity of the CBD (more details below).

Pet CBD Oil: Can Dogs Become CBD Toxic?

CBD is not FDA approved for use on dogs. The true safety of CBD in dogs has not been investigated. We do not know how this can interact with other medications or treatments.

However, CBD is not psychotropic and appears to have limited toxicity to dogs and cats. As with any supplements or drugs, there is a risk of side effects. In humans, the most common side effects of CBD are dry mouth, a drop in blood pressure, and drowsiness.

Many CBD products are oil-based and can cause nausea and vomiting in some dogs. The risk of toxicity will depend on the dose given to your dog, the quality of the product, the preservatives or additives present and the effectiveness of the product. An overdose of unclean foods can lead to symptoms of THC toxicity. Pets can be lethargic, lethargic, stumble, glaze and incontinent.

If you are giving CBD oil to your dog and you have any problems, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can CBD oil help your dog?

CBD is most commonly used in dogs to relieve pain, treat seizures such as epilepsy, and anxiety-related problems. There are no official studies on the use of CBD in dogs. Most use and information is extracted from human research. However, many veterinarians have found positive effects from the use of CBD in their dogs.

The most common uses of CBD in dogs include:

  • allergies
  • Anxiety and fear problems, including noise phobia and parting anxiety
  • Cancer treatment (some CBDs are believed to have antitumor properties)
  • Reduced appetite
  • glaucoma
  • Immune stimulation
  • Inflammatory problems, such as those associated with inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis.
  • Nausea, especially nausea associated with side effects of drug therapy
  • Neurological diseases such as degenerative myelopathy or cognitive dysfunction in dogs
  • Pain Relief from Arthritis
  • Bouts such as epilepsy

The AKC Dog Health Foundation, together with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, is currently conducting research to determine the usefulness of CBD in epileptic dogs.

Is the CBD legal?

The CBD is legal in most states, but new decisions have changed this in states like Ohio. As a veterinarian in Ohio at the time of this writing, it is illegal for veterinarians to sell or prescribe CBD oil. However, it is available in some states without a prescription.

How do you choose a good CBD oil for your dog?

Discuss the use of CBD oil with your veterinarian. Due to the popularity of this product in the market there are many manufacturers. Some may contain pesticides, some have low levels of THC, and the amount of CBD actually varies greatly in the product and may be quite insignificant. Recently I’ve used OCANNA CBD OIL and my dog was really satisfied by its quality. You can read more about OCANNA CBD OIL here.

Diary of a puppy number 12: highs, lows and intervals of the first year of Sommer

puppy's first birthday

November 27, 2018 Laura Tibert, puppy mom

Dear Diary,

Soon we will celebrate the first birthday of Sommer. What a trip this year has been! From a pickup truck, when she picked her up at the coach’s house and watched her lovely squadrs tumbling around the pen, until the rush in which she was thrown into emergency hospital after eating Advil, I wouldn’t trade a single minute for this for the whole world (well, maybe I would trade the Advil incident). But just because Sommer is a year does not mean that we automatically wake up this morning to an adult, fully trained dog. No, I expect Sommer to behave like a puppy for a long time. Even physically, she can continue to change as she is still thin, and her vet says she can fill up a bit. She is almost a year old, her energy level is high, although less frantic than when she was tiny. In a sense, now that she has matured, she needs more exercise in the fresh air than when she was smaller and could run around the house and get tired in the process.

Even when we finish the last official month of puppies, Sommer demands a huge amount of my attention: she is not an independent type. I was told that this “man-man” tendency is a characteristic feature. I'm not sure if this is true for every dummy, but I can testify that Sommer wants to be with me every minute of the day, under any circumstances. If I get up from the couch and walk up to a chair five feet away, she gets up from the couch and walks over to the chair. She is not a fool. She is going to stay close to the pack leader!

That brings me to the night time, which was one of the biggest challenges this year. She had better sleep on her bed on the floor of our bedroom, but she still jumps on our bed at 5:45 in the morning. And this is not the only habit that we still have to break. She is still very excited when visitors come to our house. She is still walking timidly. She still goes berserk after a bath, looking around the house and making a series of sharp lights, because of which I cover my ears while she cries. There are days when she rings the bell to go out dozens of times a day. I open the door for her and she stands on the threshold and sniffs the air for the longest time, which drives me crazy! Then she looks at me with those big, expressive brown eyes, and it’s like a hug. The first year really was a journey from a puppy to love.

Sommer was born in a litter of four girls and one boy, and the first time the breeder sent the photos by e-mail, I knew that she was for us. In a miraculous way, although we were the last family to choose (that is, we did not choose, we took the puppy that we left after everyone else had chosen), we received it. This relationship has only strengthened and more sure since i first saw her tiny face in the breeder's photo. We brought her home at ten weeks. Since that day, our life has never been the same. These first weeks were similar to the two times in our life when we brought home a new baby. Our dream was definitely contested. It turns out Sommer will tolerate staying in her drawer at night until she does. When she woke up in the early morning hours, she decided that she needed to be with the members of the pack, and she barked and whined plaintively. Unlike a child, we never had a method to "cry out." Sommer never stopped barking and fell into exhausted sleep. Instead, she had the willpower and stamina to bark for what seemed like hours in a row — not that we had the patience to let her bark for so long. Her barking led to the awakening of the whole family, an equally unattractive prospect when in the morning we were expected by school and work. Sommer's clear preference was to be on the bed with my husband and me. However, we did not prefer this, so when she was about 10 months old, we moved her from the box to the dog bed on the floor of our floor. The bedroom, which we considered an honest compromise. Location works, until she wakes us up early in the morning by jumping on the bed. Sleep certainly remains our biggest problem since we end the first year.

Puppy Diary number 11: Mastering the holidays with a puppy

holidays with a puppy

Dear Diary,

Every year, from October 31 to January 1, our life is interspersed with special events, festivals and fun. While we, people, can understand such things as “this is Halloween, so tonight the doorbell will ring a hundred times, but there is no reason for alarm,” our puppy Sommer does not have the same ability. If only I could explain the reason and calm her fears! But, alas, the same applies to lovingly wrapped gifts under a tree. Anything on the field is fair play and a potential toy, right? And while we are doing this, I can imagine how she asks herself: “What happened to the spruce inside the house? What is this madness? It is interesting to look at the holidays from the point of view of a puppy.

When we turned the corner and headed for the last few months of the year, our family was almost frivolous from the wait. Sharing holidays with a puppy would mean a memorable moment after a memorable moment. Imagine our puppy in a Halloween costume! Playing with ribbons from discarded Christmas packaging! Tasting some thanksgiving turkey! At the same time, I realized that the holidays would be full of potential pitfalls. (Recall the dreadful visit to the emergency room that happened when Sommer took Adville's bottle for a tasty treat. No one needs to repeat this episode!). I do not need Sommer to break into a bag of chocolates for Halloween – that's for sure – and I was determined not only to enjoy the holidays with our puppy, but also to ensure its safety.

Halloween was our first stop in the holiday fight, and to be honest, it was he who terrified me. As I said before, opening the door to our house was a work of two people, since one person controls the dog, and the other welcomes our guest. The prospect of a continuous ring at the door, to put it mildly, was not attractive. And I wasn't the only one who bothered: many dogs feel bad on Halloween. According to Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, Halloween is a time when they hear more about the death or delusion of dogs. It makes sense, because if Halloween intends to scare or scare us, it will do the same with the puppy.

In our house, Halloween also meant guests, as our children often invited friends to dinner, followed by a treat or a scary film that caused enthusiastic shouts and screams. All this agitated energy could be an excessive stimulation for Sommer, and it did not even take into account how the doorbell rings and is dressed in costumed children screaming "trick or treat!". Chocolate is also toxic for dogs and should be avoided at all costs. When the children returned home after a ruse, I made it clear that they could unload their bags and exchange sweets, but this should be done on the table in the dining room, and not on the floor of the family room.

My goal was for the children to have fun, keeping Sommer as calm and protected as possible. Fortunately, Sommer has been around children all his life, therefore, despite the fact that children can be unpredictable, loud and aggressive in their behavior, groups of children do not bother her. However, the last thing I wanted was Sommer to get scared and run out the front door!

Sommer was able to greet the friends of the children and enjoy the dinner. As soon as the children went for a walk, I lifted the Sommer upstairs, where we rested in the main bedroom while my husband was in charge of maintaining the doors. At first she whined and walked a little, but then sat down with a chewing stick. After the hardest period of the trick or treatment had passed, Sommer and I went downstairs, and she was able to meet a random group of children at the door without incident.

The remaining holidays of the year were less insidious than Halloween, thank God! Whether it is Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Boxing Day, the holidays mainly included raising puppy manners around guests and disposing of potentially toxic items. Now I have friends who close the dog in another room when they receive guests. Or they could even send the dog to someone else's house for a game or an overnight stay. And trust me, I understand! Any of the options makes sense if your dog may be overloaded with visitors or may be under the feet in the kitchen. (The only thing you do NOT need is to stumble over a dog while carrying a turkey dish on Thanksgiving Day at the guests table).

Tips for bringing a dog for Thanksgiving

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How to make your vacation stress free and safe for your puppy

Thanksgiving is the time when everyone gets together and celebrates what you are grateful for – so your dog must be involved! However, with the holiday comes a lot of excitement and chaos, which can easily overwhelm you and your dog.

There are several things that can harm a dog during the holidays, from eating on the counter to decorating. You also want to make sure that he behaves well, especially if you take him to someone else’s house. Having your dog for Thanksgiving can make your holiday a fun time for your entire family. Here are tips to help make sure everything is going as planned.

1. Make sure your dog is allowed to be present.

If you go to the home of a family or friend for Thanksgiving, make sure they are right with your dog in the first place. The owner may not be ready for the fact that he has a dog at home, or he may have fears that his own and your pets may not get along. It is better to register and make sure that your dog will be met in advance to facilitate the task.

2. Have fun before serving dinner.

Take the dog for a long walk or spend some time playing together to tire the dog before you go to lunch. Many people in one place can create a lot of restless energy that can cause stress on your dog. The last thing you want is for your dog to be overly agitated, so wearing it before it is served can help it relax.

3. Make sure your dog looks better.

You want to look better for Thanksgiving, so don’t leave your dog! Take a new trip to the groomers or take a bath time to make sure your dog looks (and smells) better.

4. Keep your dog away from food

Do not recreate the scene from the movies. Keep your dog away from food, ensuring that dishes are out of reach, or even use gates to avoid danger. With things coming in and out of ovens and stoves, the kitchen can be a dangerous place. There are also products that can be dangerous for your pet, so make sure that you serve him under the table.

5. Bring something familiar

Bring a toy or bone, or even a blanket, which your dog often uses to give your dog a comforting object in a new place. Your dog may even find a comfortable place in his crate if you are traveling with him. Otherwise, ask your owner if there is a place where your dog can relax, and thus, if everything starts to become stunning, you may have a plan B to keep things from getting out of control.

6. If it’s better to keep it at home, keep it at home.

Some dogs simply do not succeed in stressful situations or around large groups of people. If you know that your dog is anxious or stressed, do not force him into a situation he is not ready to cope with. There are many options for dogs that cannot attend Thanksgiving, from finding a nanny to planting your dog for the whole day.

Thanksgiving dog can be fun for everyone if you are ready!

How does the treatment of depression work in dogs?

dog depression treatment

Depression in dogs can be difficult to diagnose, but it is believed that dogs suffer from depression. Depression can lead to loss or weight gain, lethargy, and multiple behavioral problems. For more information about the symptoms of depression in dogs, go to What are the symptoms of depression in dogs?

How is dog depression treated

There are many ways to treat depression in dogs. You can classify most treatments as pharmaceutical (using drugs) or non-pharmaceutical (natural or without the use of drugs).

Before deciding on treatment, it is important to understand why your dog is depressed. Find out more about the causes of depression with this article "Dog Depression: How to Detect and Treat It." It is also important to consider your dog's daily schedule, the reasons why your dog might be depressed, assess what you are willing to do to help your dog, understand your dog’s overall physical health, consider your dog’s personality and determine what your dog really likes. to do.

Some natural things you can do to help your dog get depressed can include maintaining a routine, ensuring consistency in training and rewards, spending time playing, interacting and training your dog. Considering the benefits of getting another dog, it can be a good option depending on the personality of your dog.

There are medications that can be used to treat a depressed dog. Many of them are the same medicines that are used in medicine to treat depression.

Behavioral disorders in dogs are often the cause of veterinary visits. Ideally, the focus should be on learning and behavior. However, there are experts working in the field of animal behavior, who increasingly use drugs used to modify human behavior for use on pets. Please discuss the use of any medication with your veterinarian.

Pharmacological treatment of depression in dogs may include drugs such as:

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac®) – Fluoxetine, also known under the trademark Prozac®, is currently one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for people in the United States. It is used to treat depression, bulimia, anorexia nervosa (eating disorders), obsessive-compulsive disorder, certain sleep disorders (cataplexy, narcolepsy), panic disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Prozac® works by changing chemicals (serotonin) in the brain that can become unbalanced and lead to depression and other behavioral abnormalities. There are several brands of fluoxetine, including: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Rapiflux, Selfemra, Prozac Pulvules, and Reconcile. Reconciliation is a product created specifically for dogs.
  • Paroxetine (Paxil®) – Paxil®, Paxil CR® and Pexeva®, also commonly known as Paroxetine, is a drug commonly used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive symptoms, and post-traumatic stress. frustration. Paxil® is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which acts by changing chemicals (serotonin) in the brain that may become unbalanced, leading to depression.
  • Sertralin (Zoloft®) – Zoloft® is another drug that acts by altering chemicals (serotonin) in the brain that can become unbalanced and cause symptoms. Zoloft® and Lustral®, also known under the common name “Sertralin”, are the drugs commonly used to treat human depression. It is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for people in the United States. In dogs, sertraline is used to treat various behavioral problems, including aggression, fear-based behavior (for example, storm phobia / noise phobia), anxiety-based behavior (for example, separation), and compulsive disorders (such as dermatitis, acral lysing / lichen granuloma). and obsessive pursuit of the tail).
  • Clomipramine (Clomicalm®) – Clomipramine, also known under the trademarks Clomicalm® and Anafranil®, is approved for the treatment of behavioral disorders in dogs classified as anxiety about separation. It has also been used to change aggression aimed at dominating the owner in dogs. Some vets used this drug for depression.
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil®) – Amitriptyline HCl, commonly known under the trademark Elavil®, is commonly used to treat separation in dogs, as well as excessive grooming and sometimes depression.
  • Alprazolam (xanax or niram) – alprazolam, better known as xanax®, is used for dogs as a remedy for anxiety and as a muscle relaxant. It is commonly used in dogs for storm phobias and is sometimes used to treat depression.
  • Trazodone (Desirel) – Trazodone HCl, also known as Trazodone under the trademarks Oleptro® and Desyrel®, is used in dogs with behavioral problems or various problems associated with anxiety, including fears and anxiety associated with veterinarian visits and hospitalization.

After you start your dog with drug therapy, it is important to understand that this will be a long process (months). These are not drugs that you just start and stop. Side effects may occur, and the drug may be stopped or reduced, until the side effects are reduced and attempts are made to reduce the dose. Do not stop or start taking medication without the guidance of your veterinarian.

How to find out which option is best for your depressed dog

Natural procedures work best. The treatment that works best for your dog will depend on your dog. What may work well for one dog may not work at all for another dog. The best treatment is to determine the cause of the depression and find solutions to make it better. You can start with a natural treatment and switch to medication if this does not help.

How to find out if the treatment works

Some dogs may need weeks of consistent changes to get rid of depression. Improvement may occur slowly, but often it is a gradual change. The best way to find out if the treatment works is to see positive changes in your dog, so that they are more interested in you and your family and do what they like to do, such as eating and playing.

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Marijuana (Pot, Cannabis, THC) Effects and toxicity in dogs

Marijuana (Pot, Cannabis, THC) Effects and toxicity in dogs

Review of Cannabis Effect and Toxicity in Dogs

The recent legalization of marijuana for treating people has increased the effects of marijuana (pot) and its toxicity to dogs. In fact, according to the animal helpline hotline, the number of visits to veterinarians and calls to animal hotlines was poisoned by marijuana exposure and toxicity.

Marijuana, also known as “pot,” is a psychoactive drug obtained from a cannabis plant that has been around for hundreds of years. The term marijuana most often refers to a tobacco product made from cannabis leaves. There are two widely discussed cannabis plant species, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Cannabis is used for both recreational and medical purposes.

The cannabis plant has about 483 known compounds and more than 80 cannabinoids, with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most potent and psychogenic. The amount and concentration of each cannabinoid varies according to different plants and plant spots.

THC is present in the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant. Hashish, another product containing THC, is a resin extracted from a plant. The second most widely known cannabinoid is cannabidiol, commonly referred to as “CBD”. The difference between THC and CBD is that THC causes psychotropic effects (affect thinking), while CBD has limited toxicity and is not psychotropic.

The cannabis plant is also known as hemp, but more often refers to strains with less psychogenic properties due to the minimum level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In humans, THC is sometimes used to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy, help with muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, to treat convulsive disorders, and much more.

Learn more about the medical use and possible toxicity of CBD oil for dogs here.

Unfortunately, due to the illegal nature of these drugs and concerns about social stigma, diagnosis and treatment are sometimes postponed. This raises the question – what does your vet do if you introduce a dog with illegal exposure to drugs?

How does marijuana affect dogs?

Dogs are usually exposed to marijuana when they consume cigarettes, dried leaves, or pastries containing marijuana. There are also reports of passive smoking that causes intoxication. Sometimes owners may intentionally give marijuana to their pets in order to “see what is happening.”

With legalization, there are many varieties of marijuana, as well as many forms. Cannabis can be consumed by eating a variety of foods, including candy, chewing candy, suckers, pastries, oils, and when smoking or evaporating.

When inhaled or ingested, THC is ingested and binds to neuroreceptors in the brain, including norepinephrine, serotonin dopamine, and / or acetylcholine. This binding alters the normal function of the neurotransmitter.

Signs of Cannabis Toxicity in Dogs

The most common side effects of cannabis toxicity in dogs are depression, lethargy, lethargy, loss of motor coordination or balance (stumbling), incontinence, low heartbeat, low blood pressure, respiratory depression, pupil dilation and glazing, vocalization such as crying or whining, excitement, drooling, vomiting, convulsions and coma. Some dogs may experience hallucinations and sensitivity to noise or quick movements.

A stereotypical dog that is presented to a veterinary clinic for possible exposure to marijuana is lethargic, lethargic, stumbling, glazed in front of the eyes and may drip urine.

One danger with marijuana is that vomiting is common, and if a dog has deep lethargy and begins to vomit, aspiration of vomiting into the lungs can lead to serious breathing problems and even death. This is relatively rare.

Symptoms of exposure can begin as quickly as from 5 minutes to 12 hours after exposure. Symptoms can last from half an hour to several days, depending on the amount and type of ingested.

Cannabis toxicity in dogs: how toxic is marijuana?

THC is easily stored in the body’s fatty tissue, including the liver, brain, and kidneys. The liver metabolizes it, and most of it is excreted in the feces and urine.

The good news is that marijuana exposure or taking is rarely fatal, and long-term complications are rare. The toxicity of marijuana is low. In order to be fatal, it takes about 1.5 grams of marijuana per pound of body weight. Therefore, death from the use of marijuana is not common.

The most serious problems associated with exposure to marijuana or swallowing it in dogs are associated with high concentrations of medical-grade THC.

Diagnosis of cannabis toxicity in dogs

The diagnosis of ingestion or exposure to marijuana in dogs is often based on physical examination results and a history of exposure. There are urine tests to determine the presence of THC. Human tests can be used, but are not reliable on dogs.

Cannabis treatment for dogs

There is no antidote against marijuana. This means that treatment of exposure to marijuana usually involves trying to eliminate the drug in their system, eliminate secondary symptoms, and provide support until the drug is removed from their systems.