I think we can all agree that when it comes to our canine loves, we want the absolute best for them. However, western society is changing rapidly. Many people are looking into better ways of eating, specifically in the food realm. Which brings us to one of the most controversial topics in the canine community – Should I switch my dog to a raw food diet?

 

Conventional Kibble

For decades, dog owners everywhere, have grabbed a bag of chow from their favorite grocer during their weekly trip. What does conventional kibble give us? It is a quick and easy way to feed our canine, it is relatively safe, and using store bought kibble is typically recommended by most veterinarians. It has also been heavily advertised and marketed as the best choice for dog feed.

 

The Problem with Kibble

One major issue that has developed in recent years is the regulation and quality assurance of ingredients and handling of conventional kibble. Dry dog food companies are not closely monitored or checked by the FDA. Meaning, dog food manufacturers could grind up and package whatever they would like, with the obvious standards in place such as not including human remains, and call it dog food. In fact, the many recalls on tainted dog food are not typically for the affects they have on dogs themselves but its affect on humans when owners are handling the food. For this lack of accountability, it makes a conscious dog owner take a second look and consideration of what they feed their canine family member. It wasn’t until the mid to late 1800’s that “dog cakes” also known as dry dog food was introduced, pushed, and marketed. Before that, what were people feeding their dogs?

 

Raw Food

Prior to the creation of dry dog food, domesticated dogs ate whatever their owners gave them. For example, owners would feed their dogs scraps straight from the table, allow the dog to run loose in their rabbit, squirrel, and raccoon-infested prairie and catch their own dinner, or serve them up some veggies, broth, beans, and meat from dinner. If we take a look at the domesticated canines ancestry, we find a history of an omnivore diet that relies heavily on meat consumption. A raw food diet provides a dog with many essential nutrients that come from animal meat, it also encourages dental health by requiring extensive chewing.

 

The Problem with a Raw Food

One major issue with providing your house pet with a raw food diet is the increased risk and exposure to bacteria to the humans in the household. Thus, an owner would have to take more precaution when handling their dog food. Another issue is the necessity of prior planning. Since a raw food diet requires an array of meat, bone, and vegetable options, an owner must buy a variety of meats and vegetables in advance. Similarly, a conscious owner would want to check the quality of meat and vegetables they are purchasing.

 

Solution…

Do what you think is best for you, your home, and your pet. Both diets come with their benefits and their consequences, it is up to you to research and conclude what is best.

 

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If you happen to be a new pet owner or even otherwise, it’s common to be worried about getting your dog ”fixed” in medical terms, spayed or neutered. You might be brimming with questions about the pros and cons of the entire procedure, when is the perfect time to get your pet spayed, possible behavioral issues that may arise post-surgery, and whether there are any precautions you specifically need to take care of. Well, here’s an informative guide to help clear up any reservations you may have before permanently ending the possibility of your pet reproducing:

What is Neutering?

Spaying refers to the sterilization process of male and female dogs by removing or altering their reproductive organs. To ensure a successful surgery, the weight of the dog and its age, which should be between eight weeks to six months. However, if the dog is in good health, this surgery can be performed in older age as well. Most dogs will never suffer or develop complications after this routine procedure and tend to recover quickly. However, it generally takes around two to four weeks for a neutered dog to heal. Although female dogs will technically be sterile and unable to get pregnant after a procedure is performed, she can still attract non-neutered male dogs for a few weeks, which can disrupt the surgery healing process. So it is very important to keep a close eye out to prevent strenuous activities by your dog or intact dogs to prevent complications from developing or resurfacing.

Why is Neutering important and what are its advantages?

Neutering plays a significant role in controlling canine overpopulation. It curbs the passing on of detrimental genetic diseases from one generation of dogs to another.

  • Castration also protects your pet from various other medical conditions such as testicular/ testosterone-enhanced diseases and lowers down the challenging behavioral modifications in male dogs like aggression, dominance, leg cocking etc, to a great relief of the owner.
  • Studies have shown that neutering can extend the life of your pooch by about one to three years. This is because removing testicles removes the source of reproductive tumors and other fatal diseases.
  • It will reduce the number of unwanted and stray puppy population which poses a serious threat to domestic livestock and native wildlife and puts immense pressure on animal rescue groups.

What are the disadvantages of Neutering?

There are a few reasons why some owners do not advocate dog neutering. Here’s why:

  • Loss of testosterone hinders muscle development, reduces body fats, and reduces strength in some cases.
  • As a result of neutering, many dog species lose their zeal to guard, hunt, run or do the work assigned to them. This is not beneficial to dog owners particularly farmers, hunters, and athletes.
  • According to studies, neutered animals have a lower metabolic rate. But, owners unaware of this fact, continue to feed them the same quantity of food, making them obese and triggering several weight-related problems. 

What is the ideal age for dog Neutering?

Throughout much of the world, it is believed that the perfect time to get your pet fixed is when they are five to seven months old. Older age dogs can also be neutered but the closer it is to the 5-7 month mark, the better. This is because, at that age, the kidney and liver of dogs grow strong enough to withstand the results of anesthesia given during the surgery.

What are some possible after-effects of Neutering?

  • Most of the puppies feel mild post-surgery pain for a little while. Your vet will recommend some pain killers to ease out the discomfort. But, if your pet seems to be in a lot of pain and you feel it may not be receding anytime soon, you should contact the vet immediately. Some symptoms your dog may not be responding well to the operation are swelling, prolonged discoloration, or pus buildup in and around the surgical area.
  • Discourage any licking of the stitches that are holding the incision together. Simply placing a cone around his or her neck will solve this problem. If you notice swelling or pus in the surgical area, take your pet to the vet immediately for some antibiotics or another recommended remedy.
  • In some cases, dogs can have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, which can affect the liver and kidney and prevent it from functioning properly. These occurrences are very rare, however, and your vet will know what amount of anesthesia is acceptable in order to keep your pup safe.

In summary, neutering your dog is an important step to take and can beneficial for your beloved pet in the long run. However, be sure to do your research on qualified vets and make sure to follow all their instructions when you decide on one for before and after the operation. It’s important to make a well-informed choice about your pet’s health and safety since they are a part of your family! To add to a bigger cause, you can also donate to local spay and neuter clinics in your area, that work to provide discounted sterilization to homeless dogs and attempt to reduce the ever-growing stray population.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Winter

If you are already feeling the onset of winter’s cold chill, it’s time to start stacking up your wardrobe with furry coats and cashmere sweaters. While for some of us winter is a major annoyance in itself; for others, it’s that time of the year when you can enjoy snowboarding, build a giant snowman in the backyard or simply cozy up in the bed and have a movie marathon. Whatever your personal opinion is on winters, for pet owners, it is an extremely sensitive time of the year for pets that requires proper planning and tactics to ensure they remain safe and warm throughout the shivery season. Here are a few tips to keep your pooch sheltered from the dangers of winter:

  • Choose wisely

Most importantly, while selecting your dog you need to perform thorough research determining ones that are suitable for your climate. Some of the highly preferred breeds for cold climates are Siberian huskies, American Eskimo Dog, Chow chows and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. But obviously, you shouldn’t be bringing an Eskimo dog home with you to Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Groom them well

A dog’s full weight coat is its most vital protection from harsh winters, keeping him/her warm and comfortable, so refrain from excessively cutting and trimming your pet’s hair this time of year. Although, you can continue combing the hair in order to remove knots, as matted hair is not efficient in insulating dogs from heavy rains and snowfall.

  • Build a comfy doghouse

If your dog loves to spend a lot of time outdoors, build a nice and cozy outdoor housing. Some of the essential elements of this doghouse should be a sloped roof, proper insulation, and a small heater, in case the pet is expected to spend a majority of the time there. Also, make sure that the floor of the doghouse is at least a few inches above the ground and the bedding should be clean and comfortable.

  • Provide adequate food and water

Nutritional requirements of dogs change with seasons, they require extra calories to keep them warm during the winters. The dietary requirements may shoot up by as much as 30%, depending on the dog’s breed and housing conditions. Fresh, unfrozen water is also a vital parameter for maintaining your pet’s health. Keep a regular check on the water bowls to ensure the same, especially if the dog bowl is outside.

  • Clothe them properly

If you notice that your dog shivers a lot, it needs to be clothed better. Some options include dog jackets and sweaters; if it’s a particularly rainy winter, consider adding a waterproof layer over the top of these as well. Road salts can also cause a stinging sensation in their paws making the daily walk a painful ordeal. You can use booties to protect your pet’s paws while walking on the snow. Keep in mind that your pup will not be used to walking in booties initially, and may struggle until it gets used to it.

  • Use a hot water bottle

If you feel that your home is too chilly for your pet and you don’t have the greatest insulation arrangements, keeping a hot water bottle or a snuggle disc under the dog’s bedding can be a good substitute.

  • Keep them away from chemicals

Winter chemicals such as Antifreeze are toxic for your dog and unfortunately have a sweet aroma that draws them to it. Pet owners should, at all times, be extremely careful about the storage locations of these chemicals and make sure that they are out of reach for the pets. In the case of an exposure, a vet should be consulted immediately.

Winters can be a joyous time for you and your family, but don’t forget about the necessary steps to keep the cutest family member protected. An added bonus: take extra great care of your dog by treating them with homemade food and treats, served with loads of affection as nothing can possibly warm a dog’s heart more than this.

 

The Case for Dog Ownership

 
“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” -Robert Benchley

This quote has indeed stood its test of time over the centuries with dogs having worked as a close aide to human beings: offering their love and affection, accompanying us as wonderful companions, making a dash to the door to greet us after a long tiring day of work, safeguarding our homes from crooks and even helping us with the household chores at times (licking up spills from the floor and the dirt from our hands). These endearing creatures never cease to put a smile on our face and undoubtedly prove to be better comrades than some fellow human beings. Dogs hand us mother nature’s beauty in the form of their never-ending love, all while expecting nothing in return. Plenty of researchers and studies around the world have suggested that your canine companion can have major mental, physical, and emotional impacts on us humans privileged enough to own them.

•    Man’s best friend

The first positive mention of dogs in written history dates back to as long as 8th Century B.C., in Homer’s famous tragedy The Odyssey. When Odysseus’ returns home after almost 20 years at war, everyone except his dog Argos fails to recognize him. In Mahabharata, a major Sanskrit epic from India, when the five Pandava brothers embark upon their journey to the Himalayas, after renouncing all worldly possessions, a stray dog accompanies them throughout their journey. Other than that, the popular notion and opinion of dogs were that they were voracious and spiteful, similar to their ancestral wolves. It was not until the late 20th century that man began to breed dogs to emphasize on friendlier traits, that the adage ‘Man’s best friend’ was coined. Since then, our canine buddies have never disappointed us and lived up the proverb best they could. Their willingness to provide families with boundless affection, devotion, loyalty, and comradeship was and still is unmatchable.

When you come in after a day of toil, your pet doesn’t judge you by how you look or whether you had a terrible day at the office; it simply welcomes you with the same enthusiasm each and every time. A dog promises unadulterated love to his human, without expecting anything in return. When you take them out to play or for a walk, it motivates you to stay active and appreciate the beauty of nature. Interestingly, dogs have the ability to detect cancer in the human body. There is an abundance of narratives about owners, whose dog kept on sniffing a particular lump in their body and on getting a checkup, it was actually revealed to be cancer. You never know when your pooch can turn out to be a real life saver!

•    Emotional benefits of a dog’s camaraderie

It is mostly seen that children feel particularly close to their pets, especially when experiencing a traumatic incident, ranging anywhere from moving across town to having a death in the family. Dogs also help comfort grieving adults who have no human support to turn to, severely reducing the chances of depression. It is medically proven that a simple act of looking at your pet, results in secretion of Oxytocin chemical in the brain, which instantly uplifts mood and makes you feel better. They also serve as a pillar of support for elderly individuals, who are living away from their homes and need someone to care for. While walking alongside their dog, not only do the owners feel a sense of protection from being a victim of crime but they also do away with negative feelings of loneliness and isolation. Pets bring stability to our otherwise chaotic routine and caring for them gives us something to look forward to at the end of each day.

•    Physical benefits of a dog’s camaraderie

Speaking of feeling better, dogs have also been proven to lower the impact of heart-related diseases in their owners. This has well been established in an intriguing report published in the American Journal of Cardiology, showing that out of 400 patients who were released after suffering a heart ailment, a much higher survival rate was observed in pet owners as compared to non-pet owners one year later. Dog owners tend to stay fitter and have lower triglyceride and cholesterol because they are more inclined to partake in the daily physical activities of caring for, walking and playing with their pets numerous times a day. Dogs can also be specially trained to predict seizures in human beings. They can recognize a change in human’s symptoms 15 to 45 minutes prior to the onset of a seizure and can alert/signal the owner.

•    Social benefits of a dog’s camaraderie

Families surveyed before and after dog ownership have testified that they feel better off after the adding of the four-legged creatures to their family. If you live alone, having a dog will still benefit you, or even more so, and can be even more rewarding than investing in a human friendship. Polls show that people tend to trust dog owners as compared to any other random stranger while trying to strike a conversation. Thus, dogs can actively enhance your social life by manifolds. You can learn a lot about a person’s personality by the kind of dog he/she possesses. There are also studies that have shown an interrelation between peoples’ characteristics and/or personalities based on the type of dogs they own.

To put it simply, dogs are one of the most adorable creatures in the world and they teach you a critical life lesson of taking everything in stride. Whether you want someone to listen to your lamenting about a bad day at work, need an instant stress reliever, or simply need a morning walk buddy, your dog will always have your back. One can even learn a great deal by watching your puppy rejoicing in the simplest of life’s moments and never holding a grudge for too long. This animal-human bond that formed centuries ago is still going strong; dogs are and will continue to have extraordinarily positive effects on all aspects of human existence. Their ability to take pleasure in most trivial things, cherishing life as it is, remain non-judgmental at all times, and constantly making us feel desired and comforted, truly make them worthy of the title ‘Man’s best friend’.

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Why Border Collies are the Best Dogs in the World

The Border Collie has become more or less synonymous with the term ‘brilliant’, when it comes to an assessment of various working dog breeds around the world. These fun-loving dogs are a powerhouse of boundless energy and are masters at herding other animals. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing characteristics of Border Collies, that undoubtedly make them the best dogs in the world!

  • A brief history

The Border Collie lineage can be traced back to the Roman Empire, a civilization with an outstanding knack for rearing and herding sheep. In A.D. 43, after the Romans invaded the British isles and established a wool industry there, the Viking sheepdog, sheep, and shepherds were also brought over. Unfortunately, most of these dogs failed to survive in the biting cold and thus a new sheepdog breed was made, smaller and swifter than the previous one. They were named Collies after the Celtic word ‘Colly’, implying loyal and helpful. Since they were initially bred on the pastoral borderland between Scotland and England, hence the name Border Collie was given: a witty name for a witty breed.

  • World’s smartest dog breed

Border Collies are famed for their intimidating ‘eye’- the hypnotic stare with low crouch that allows them to herd proficiently and quickly. It is awe-inspiring to watch a Border Collie at work, intuitively responding to the shepherd’s commands and tactically maneuvering the sheep in the direction as desired by the shepherd. The Collies, known for their diligence, overzealous work ethic, and superior trainability have rightly been termed as the world’s smartest dog breed, according to an assessment by British Columbian neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, in his book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’.

  • Who is a Border Collie ideal for?

If you wish to be a proud Border Collie owner, be ready to stay one step ahead of the clever four-legged friend all times. These dogs require intense training of different varieties to keep them mentally and physically simulated. To keep a Border Collie lively and healthy, it is recommended to make them participate in some form of sports such as Flyball. If you are on the lookout for a dog that can play and fetch for hours without getting bored, is extremely athletic, has excellent grasping power, and easy-grooming requirements, then this sort is just what the vet ordered!

  • Why is a Border Collie not for you?

Do you have long work commitments that involve leaving your dog at home for an elongated period of time or do you live in a flat with no space for outdoor or canine activities your pet can indulge in? If the answer is yes, then, unfortunately, the Border Collie breed is not quite right for you. In these situations, the Collies can become destructive and obsessive, since they are not exposed to enough exercise and athletic activities. Eventually, your fur baby would curb their energy by finding creative and unconventional ways to get rid of all their excess energy.

  • Health and Grooming:

The most important aspect of Border Collie grooming is the maintenance of its coat health. To ensure a shiny and velvety coat, regular combing and brushing must be done. By brushing their coats frequently, you will minimize shedding around the house and countless hours vacuuming or sweeping. It is advised to brush the Collie’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to avoid bad breath caused by tartar build-up. Keep a weekly check on any kinds of infections, rashes, or redness in the eyes, to ensure that your pet is in in good health.

 

If you happen to be a country dweller, athlete, or farmer who loves company in his/her day to day activities, whether it is jogging, herding, swimming, farm chores, etc., these bright bundles of joy will ensure you never have a dull day!

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