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Case of the nervous VET tongue, english bulldog

Case of the nervous VET tongue, english bulldog

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Great Yorkie Information: History, Care, And Hybrids

Here is a quick summary of great Yorkie information that will hopefully give you the knowledge you need to care for this great breed. As you may known, Yorkies are one of our nation’s favorite dog breeds. In fact according to the latest statistics from the American kennel Club they are the second most popular dog breed. Yorkies have a fascinating history and caring for them is fairly easy, but they are prone to a few problems to watch out for.

Yorkies originated from Yorkshire England. Its early ancestors were actually Scottish terriers and other early terriers that were brought into Northern England by Scottish immigrants looking for work.

These smaller dogs were used for rat control, which a major threat to human health back then because they spread diseases like the plague. Eventually these breeds were bred together and the dog that we know today as the Yorkie emerged.

Yorkies are classified as a toy breed dog due to their small size. There average is only about 7 pounds. But don’t let this small size fool you, these dogs can be very aggressive and make good watch dogs.

These dogs are mainly black and tan and their coat does require some grooming. Yorkie information from experienced groomers say that we need to trim their coat about once a month to keep it out of their eyes and from dragging on the ground.

Yorkies shed very little due to the type of their coats. These dogs are less allergenic than other breeds of dogs and would work well in houses where people might have dog allergies.

Like other dogs, they are require a high quality dog food and plenty of fresh clean water to keep them healthy. Yearly checkups at the veterinary clinic should be part of their regular health care regimen.

Younger Yorkies are prone to certain problems though. Due to their small size and little amount of body fat these dogs can get a condition known as hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar. If your dog does have this condition it appears as listless and can appear to be in a coma. Immediate medical attention is needed at this point.

Genetic information on Yorkies tells us that they are prone to a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is where they have a large accumulation of fluid in their brain.

This condition is fatal. However some milder forms of hydrocephalus are actually desired by some people and some breeders sell these dogs as apple head Yorkies.

Due to the Yorkie popularity it is crossed with many other breeds of dogs. Some examples are the Shih Tzu (Shorkie Tzu), the Toy fox terrier (Torkie), the Biewer (Biewer Yorkie), and the Cocker Spaniel (Corkie). These are just a few of the Yorkie hybrids recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.

As you can see from this Yorkie information, they are an ever growing and popular breed of dog. With their growing popularity it seems inevitable that they will soon take over as the most popular dog breed in American soon.

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New Puppies Play Follow the Leader w/Doc Pawsitive

New Puppies Play Follow the Leader w/Doc Pawsitive

New puppies play “Follow the Leader” with Doc Pawsitive, Clair Thompson, “Leade of the Pack” at the PAWS Veterinary Clinic! Doc has a pack of dogs and recently added Corky, a 4 month old Cairn-Yorkie mix, and Pongo, a 4 month old Portugese Podengo. You can usually find Doc wearing either a ballcap or t-shirt lettered Pack Leader and establishing this early and often will increase your enjoyment of any new puppy pack member!

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JACK RUSSELL TERRIER: Working dog – therapy – friend & family pet.

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER: Working dog - therapy - friend & family pet. – The ‘Jack Russell’ Terrier, A ‘BIG DOG’ in a little dog’s body. Working dog – therapy – friend & pet.


How much is that doggie in the window?
Jack Russell’s have lots of Energy. Can you keep up?
A Jack Russell is Good For Your Health
Cool, Calm and Collected
Jack Russell’s Love Children and other pets
You’re Now Ready to Choose Your Pup

Establish a Hierarchy


Negative Attention
Tips to Ease The Training Experience

How to Bond With Your Puppy


What is Discipline?

Tools for Discipline

The Crate
The Leash

Dog Body Language
Other Postures
Play and Play Invitations
Stress and Calming Signals
How to React


Stopping Biting
Method 1 — Fear Biting
Method 2 — Blowing Raspberries
Method 3 — Saying ‘Ow’
Method 4 — Moving Slowly
Method 5 — Don’t Let Visitors Encourage Biting

Barking and How to Stop It

Method 1 — Wait Until Your Dog Quietens Down
Method 2 — Use Whispering
Method 3 — Exercise Your Dog First
Method 4 — Pick a Quiet Spot

Method 1 — Garden Training
Method 2 — Outdoors
Method 3 — The Pen
Method 4 — Early Rise
Method 5 — Catch him/her Squatting
Method 6 — Use Newspaper

Teaching Your Jack Russell the Sit Command
Teaching Your Jack Russell the Retrieve
Teaching Your Jack Russell to Come
Teaching Your Jack Russell to ‘Shake-hands’
Teaching Your Jack Russell the Stay Command
Teaching Your Jack Russell to Lie Down
Teaching Your Jack Russell to Jump Over Obstacles
Teaching Your Jack Russell to Turn Left and Right

Musical Chairs
Copy C-A-T
The Tail Wagging Game


Coffee, Tea and Cola
Grapes and Raisins
Macadamia Nuts
Green Potato Flesh and Skins

How much grooming do they need?
Are Jack Russell’s ‘hyper’?
What is ‘butt-tucking’?
Do they make good guard dogs?
How are they with children?
Do Jack Russell’s like to swim?
Do they bark a lot?
Does a male or female Jack Russell make a better pet?


Author: Ken Dunn
Publisher: Dunway Enterprises

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An exercise for your dog following any abdominal surgery

An exercise for your dog following any abdominal surgery

Has your dog had a spay surgery, or any abdominal surgery for that matter? Here’s an exercise that we think can help your dog!

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How Dogs Became Man’s Best Friend

In the prehistoric ages, there were no dogs – only wolves. These animals were among the first to be bred as pets. Early man started this by bringing home wolf cubs and raising them as pets. The wolf cubs would grow up and become tough guards against bigger animals like bears. For instance, the Saluki, which is one of the world’s oldest breeds, started as a hunting dog in ancient Egypt. Other age-old dog breeds include the Dalmatian and Greyhound.

The passing of time has seen the dog become a very functional animal. Dogs have been used to move heavy things, for herding sheep and cows, and more importantly, to protect their masters from danger. Here’s one strange, but true use of dogs – ancient Greek “lap dogs” who only served to provide warmth to Greek ladies. Non-conventional bulldogs were developed in the past, possessing slightly different facial characteristics that would allow them to grasp a bull’s throat successfully. In the past few decades, “Seeing Eye” dogs have been trained to guide blind people. Most police forces have dogs specially trained to find drugs and/or other dangerous substances, like explosives.

Years after the first wolves were tamed as pets, today’s dogs look very, very different. There are others like the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky that still look very related to wolves, though. In fact, there are so many different breeds of dog, ranging from short-haired breeds like the Beagle and Boston Terrier to longer-haired Scottish Terriers. Most prefer rustic-looking and active dogs like Collies for country living, while Beagles and Poodles make great city dogs. If you’re wondering which dog is the tallest, it would be both the Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane. These dogs are best suited for an environment with a lot of outside space for their active personalities.

In America, figures show that one out of three families are dog owners. A dog’s lifespan is usually between eight and fifteen years. When your dog turns one, it’s similar to that of a regular human turning fifteen. Dogs are color blind due to the fact that they cannot see colors as thoroughly as humans. They make up for it with good vision in the dark. Dogs have us soundly beat as having a more powerful sense of smell. A dog’s sense of smell is better than an average human by about a million times.

A dog, most of all, is considered man’s best friend from the animal kingdom due to its loyalty and companionship, just as it was ages ago. Be very caring and affectionate to your dogs and they will love you right back and respect you as their dedicated owner.

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Allergy Free Dogs Do They Really Exist?

Is there such a thing as an allergy free dog? To answer this question you first must understand what an allergy is. If you have dog allergy then you suffer from Allergies Type 1, also called Contact Allergies.

The allergy producing proteins called allergens are produced in the dogs skin. When the dog licks himself or herself this sticky protein in the dead skin cells is deposited on the hair. When the dog hair comes into contact with dust, clothing, furniture, curtains, or you, the protein will stick to the surface of the object. Pet hair itself does not product allergic reactions in individual, but the dog dander that sticks to the dog hair will.

So the answer to the question is there such a thing as an allergy free dog is a resounding no. All dogs will produce this type of allergens and it will be found in the dog’s dander, saliva, or urine. The good news is that depending on the severity of the allergy reaction, the care you take in avoiding them, and the type of dog you have you may still own a dog.

When searching for hypoallergenic pets your first stop should be the American Kennel Club (AKC). They listed some dog breeds that they considered to be the most suitable for allergic individuals.

Consider Poodles, Airedales, and Schnauzers because they shed their skin about every 21 days whereas German Shepard and Irish Setters shed their skin about every three days. Less dander means less contact with the allergy producing allergen.

Another considerations are dogs that do not shed their hair very often or have very little hair to shed. Less airborne hair means less chance of you coming into contact with the allergen. You should consider the Poodle, Chinese Crested, Labradoodle (cross between a Labrador and a Poodle), Mexican Hairless, Chihuahua, Greyhound and Basenji.

The only true pet allergy test is for you to come into contact with the dog. Find a breeder or pet shop owner that will allow you to be with the dog for a day or so. If no allergy symptoms show up then you may have found the type of dog best suited to your allergy problems. Allergies Type I can get worst over time so if you have even a slight allergy reaction during your contact with the breed of dog you are considering you will need to look at another breed. Dogs usually live to be over 10 years of age so the decision you make today will affect you for years to come.

Mild cases of Allergies Type 1 can be treated with common products such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Glucosamine, and Quercitin.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Up to one-third of older people can no longer absorb Vitamin B from their food. Vitamin B is needed to form red blood cells and keep nerves healthy.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies immune system.

Vitamin E protects the lung tissue from inhaled pollutants and aids in the functioning of the immune system.

Many find Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins. Pantothenic Acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Glucosamine is an anti-inflammatory and may give some relief from allergy symptoms.

Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing allergy symptoms.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.

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Australian Shepherd Training: How It Affects Canine Concerns

Training your Aussie the proper way enables you both to coexist with ease and become best buddies. Lack thereof may cause various behavior issues which can taint and eventually damage your wonderful dog and owner relationship. When you’re trying to deal with your dog’s behavior concerns, here are a few Australian Shepherd training strategies you must remember.

If your four-legged pet is big on chewing, be certain that he has plenty of proper items to take his energy out on. The main cause of destructive chewing is inadequate or inappropriate toys. Seek out rubber toys created for busy mouths, specifically those you can insert sumptuous treats inside of. Your pet will devote more time chewing these and much less time on your shoes. If you find him in the act of chewing something he isn’t supposed to chew, interrupt him immediately and when he release the thing, offer him his chew toy. Do not grab or force the item off his mouth as he might believe that you’re playing with him.

Another behavior concern faced by many dog owners is digging. If your four-legged friend tends to enjoy creating holes in your yard it’s best to play and exercise him more. Many dogs who dig do so out of boredom thus playing in the yard and exercising must be done to offer him socialization as well as physical and mental challenge he needs.

Australian Shepherds are considered to be loyal and loving to their owners therefore it isn’t shocking to come across one with canine separation anxiety. Fortunately, separation anxiety can be sorted out with socialization and Australian Shepherd training. Increase your pet’s social support by having other friends take charge of him as well. This also prevents the dog from growing a troubling fixation on his owner. Additionally, you should let your pet dog understand that when you leave the house, you’ll always return. To do this, go out of the door and return after a matter of seconds. Give reward if he remains calm. Repeat the process but gradually lengthen the time of you being out and don’t make a fuss of your departure or arrival.

Next time your canine friend jumps up on you in excitement, tell him “Off” in a firm (but not angry) voice, gently push him off and turn your back. The verbal command and action of moving him reinforces what the command implies and turning eliminates his access to you. This accomplishes two things: a) your furry companion can’t jump on you any longer, b) your four-legged companion feels he loses your attention, which is the exact opposite of what he wants. This teaches him quickly not to jump on you.

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Ask A Vet – Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Ask A Vet - Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Spaying or neutering your cat or dog leads to better health, longer life, peace of mind, and birth control that lasts a lifetime. View more “Ask a Vet” videos on the VPI Pet Insurance Pet Health Zone –

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Information For Siberian Husky Breeders And Buyers

Siberian Huskies descend from the Eskimo dog which was a sledding dog used by the Inuit tribe in the Arctic regions of Greenland, Alaska and Canada. The Inuit tribe bred the most handsome, bright-eyed huskies and relied on their dogs heavily as pack animals, guard dogs and hunting companions. The Siberian Husky was purebred in Siberia for hundreds of years and was exported to Alaska in 1909 to use for sled-racing. Today’s Siberian Huskies are bred to retain the strong bodies, bright eyes and intelligence that the Inuit valued. The American Kennel Club recognized the Siberian Husky as a breed in 1930.

Modern Siberian Husky breeders attempt to retain the attractive and utilitarian characteristics of the breed. Siberian Huskies are members of the larger “Spitz” group of dogs and also have characteristics of this group. Typical Spitz characteristics are high-set, pointed ears, thick, double coats of fur (often white in part or whole), a furry, sickle-shaped tail and wolf-like personality traits such as independence and suspicion. Siberian Husky traits include all of the Spitz traits as well as distinctive facial markings, medium sized compact bodies, blue or brown eyes (or one of each color) and an overall wolf-like appearance.

Other characteristics required by the American Kennel Club include a height of twenty-one to twenty-three and one half inches for males and twenty to twenty-one inches tall for females, a weight of forty-five to sixty pounds for males) and thirty-five to fifty pounds for females, a scissors-bite (upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth), a smooth gait, a friendly, alert and mischievous expression and an outgoing personality.

The AKC does not disqualify the Siberian Husky for certain traits that would disqualify other breeds. These include bi-colored eyes, and “snow-nose” or a hyper-pigmentation of the nose in which part is black and part is flesh-colored. The reason the AKC does not disqualify the husky is that coloring is not seen as being important in pulling a sled.

Siberian Husky breeders try to retain both the attractive and utilitarian characteristics of the breed. Because of the breed’s natural tendency to be extremely active, huskies are not recommended for everyone. Breeders will tell you that there are high numbers of Siberian Huskies sitting in shelters and rescue centers because owners did not research the breed and could not handle their dogs once grown into adulthood. The most common, problematic behavioral traits of huskies are a tendency to run or escape, excessive howling, hyperactivity, inability to be left alone, stubbornness and shedding.

Finding good Siberian Husky breeders should begin in a northern climate. This breed is made for cold weather and potential owners and breeders should not reside in hot climates. Huskies can withstand negative fifty-degree temperatures and can suffer heatstroke in high temperatures. Word of mouth, Internet searches, local veterinarians, and shelters are all good starting points for locating good, local Siberian Husky breeders. It is never acceptable to buy a dog of any breed from a pet store. A medium to large dog like the Siberian Husky should not be caged or treated as merchandise that is shipped and sold to just anyone.

Good Siberian Husky breeders will have a list of questions for potential buyers to answer. They will want to ensure the owner is knowledgeable of how to care for Siberian Huskies and they will offer to provide specific Siberian Husky information. Breeders may also run or be affiliated with Siberian Husky rescue centers and they may refer buyers there to buy, foster, or adopt purebred Huskies rescued from inadequate living conditions.