Another summer has arrived! And with it comes the scorching heat. While many of us enjoy this time of year, there are some who don’t. I can’t blame them for hating it. It’s hot, humid, and it makes it more difficult for them to breathe. That’s right, I’m talking about brachycephalic dogs including my friends #1 pug pals, Miss Edie the Pug and her sister Edna (fortunately, they’re good!).
Brachycephalic dogs are affectionately known by many other names including “smooshy face dogs.” While many of them have been glamorized and idolized by Hollywood, years of poor breeding have led to numerous problems particularly in the breathing department. This is not to say that all breeders have contributed to the problem but random matings have worsened the problem known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (or BOAS) which has 5 components.
Sedation in Pets
Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few. However, “sedation” is not one of them. As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situations. Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners. Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading
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You and your dog have a unique bond, perhaps one only you share. Long gone however are the days of just simple walks and feeding being the only way to bond with your canine companion. Now there is so much more to do than 40 years ago when “man’s best friend” simply relied on having a place to call home and a family to love them. Yes, dog sports! It’s time to unleash the inner athlete in your dog, bond with them in ways you never imagined, and help them live happier, healthier lives.
No doubt you’ve seen or heard of agility in some form; there’s countless videos on the internet including chicken agility. For dogs, agility is a fun interactive sport for a dog and their handler. Agility can help your dog out by staying fit to help keep that excess weight off and you can even participate in the winter as there are often indoor classes or trials in many areas. Additionally, it helps your dog learn to focus their attention on what they’re being told the next obstacle is. Different obstacles or games can teach your dog patience, how to take commands from a distance, and coordination. Your dog can start training before they reach adulthood with the only restriction on the jumping as a Continue reading