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February 15, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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All You Need To Know About Petting A Beauceron

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If you’re a fan of sheepdogs, you’ll adore the French Beauceron. It’s the largest sheepdog breed found in the European region. Through virtually an unknown breed outside of France, the Beauceron has a rich history in the country’s past. Once used to shepherd the herd, Beaucerons are now used to guard houses and protect their families. These dogs are loved for their incredible intelligence and obedience. It’s these characteristics of the Beauceron that makes it so well-suited for search and rescue operations and handicap assistance. So, what do you need to know when petting a Beauceron? Here goes.

  1. Beaucerons have no concept of personal space
    If you’re in a room with a Beauceron, know that he or she wants to stick as close as possible to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with a laptop or are cooped up on a couch, a Beauceron will wholeheartedly join you in the activity. Even a trip to the bathroom could mean a group activity for the Beauceron as it loves to follow its owner around doing mundane daily activities.
  2. Beaucerons love pretending to be lap dogs
    Beaucerons can grow very large. Some of them grow up to weigh as much as 90 to 150 pounds. Regardless of what they weigh, Beaucerons will unwittingly and less than consciously move over to you and sit on your lap. If you’re incapable of handling large weights, don’t make yourself look too comfortable when seated close to a Beauceron.
  3. Beaucerons love long walks and moving around
    Owing to their sheepdog ancestry, Beaucerons are naturally very active animals, with frequently occurring urges to move around and exhaust their energies. This means that as an owner or keeper of a Beauceron, you are automatically expected to include daily walks and exercises in their routines. If you want to have a spot of fun, you could even initiate a game of catch. But be aware that Beaucerons can get caught up in the moment and take the fun a little too far.
  4. Beaucerons are plenty playful and naughty
    Missing slippers? Make sure you check with your Beauceron. If you’re staying with a relative who has a Beauceron at home for a short while, ensure that you keep your shiny objects and anything that even looks remotely interesting locked away. Beaucerons are extremely intelligent animals capable of playing pranks on the people around them. Also, make sure you don’t leave paper products, sponges, or anything that can be wrecked unsupervised around a bored Beauceron. That could be the last time that you see it!

That’s about everything you need to know about petting a Beauceron! Know that they’re loving, energetic, intelligent, and cheesy animals that are capable of so much loyalty that your heart will melt from it. But don’t forget about their naughty and cunning character traits! Or you’ll end up having an incredibly entertaining (but also exhausting) time.

February 14, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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All You Need To Know About Colonic or Rectal Inflammation in Dogs

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Blood in stools, weight loss and poor appetite in dogs could be due to inflammation of the colon or rectum. The large intestine is also known as the colon, while the rectum is the final section of the large bowel. When either the colon or the rectum is inflamed or irritated, it can cause a range of digestive symptoms.

Inflammation of rectum or colon can occur in varying degrees and how uncomfortable your pet is depending on the severity of inflammation and the extent of the bowel involved. When large intestine is inflamed, it results in a condition called colitis while rectal inflammation is called proctitis.

What are the symptoms of colon or rectal inflammation?
The symptoms and signs of colitis and proctitis vary depending on the severity of inflammation, the age of the dog and other health conditions. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Blood or mucus in the stools
  • Semi-formed or loose stools
  • Prolonged straining during defecation
  • Increased frequency of defecation
  • Fever
  • Poor appetite
  • Pain and discomfort while defecating

What causes colonic or rectal inflammation?
There are many factors that can cause rectal or colonic inflammation in dogs. These include;

  • Fungal, bacterial or viral infection
  • Parasites like hookworm or whipworm
  • Dietary allergies including gluten or lactose intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cancer of colon or rectum
  • Reaction to strong painkillers, NSAIDS and antibiotics
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Excess toxins in the blood
  • Foreign body obstruction
  • Food poisoning
  • Trauma
  • Genetics or family history
  • Immune, inflammatory disorders such as histiocytic ulcerative colitis
  • Colitis with perianal fistulas

Because the large intestine’s main role is in the absorption of water and stabilizing the consistency of stool, colitis can result in insufficient absorption of water and thickening of the walls of the intestine. Inflammation in the rectum can cause small tears or fistulas, which make bowel movement painful for the dog.

Recovering from inflammation
If you notice any of the above-listed colitis and proctitis symptoms, it is important to consult a vet immediately. When inflammation is left untreated, there can be more severe long-term damage and dehydration that can even be fatal. Most of the causes of inflammation are treatable with medication and changes in the diet if necessary. Infections, food poisoning and food allergies can be treated with simple medications and your dog can make a full recovery. Sometimes surgery may be needed depending on the extent and cause of inflammation. In infectious cases, antibiotics may be given. If food intolerance is suspected, your dog may be on a bland or hypoallergenic diet for a period of time. Strict compliance is crucial so that the vet can determine if food intolerance is the cause of inflammation.

Fiber supplementation can help with the consistency of the stools which, in turn, improves colonic muscle contraction. S

February 13, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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5 Places Where You Can Click Pet Photos with Santa

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Why celebrate Christmas alone when you can take your pet with you? From Christmas shopping to the traditional photo with Santa, there’s no part of Christmas that your pet needs to miss. This blog post talks about pet-friendly brands and stores across the nation that welcome visits from you and your pupper or cat. If you’re worried about your pet being too fierce or uncontrolled, just put him/her on a leash. Don’t fret too much about accidents that may happen at the store because pet-friendly spots are typically prepared for common pet mishaps. Most of these spots even have clean-up stations so you can clean off your pet once you’re done shopping.

Regardless, there are plenty of places where you can get a picture of your pet with Santa. If you missed this season, don’t worry. The times flies between one Christmas and another.

Bass Pros Shops/Cabela’s
Bass Pros Shops and Cabela’s now belong to the same organization. If you want to take a photo for your pet with Santa, then you could consider visiting Bass Pros Shops or Cabela’s. Doing this is super easy with Bass Pros Shops and Cabela’s. It’s also free. Once you arrive at one of this brand’s locations, you have to pick up a ticket at the entrance. The ticket booth, referred to as Bass Pass Ticket Depot is usually located in Santa’s Wonderland. The ticket you get is a time tamped pass, so you simply have to show up with your pet at the prescribed time and have the picture taken.

Charlotte Christmas village
Apart from having your pet’s picture taken with Santa, there’s a lot that you can enjoy at Charlotte Christmas Village. It’s a family event with markets run by local vendors. If you’re excited for a spot of Christmas shopping along with the pet picture, there’s no better place to visit than Charlotte Christmas Village. The event also has German food, breweries that make a fresh brew, live music, and a lot of fresh cheer and festivities in the form of events.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
This year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame teamed up with Autism Charlotte to create the most magical Christmas and Santa experience for families with autism or other special needs. Careful to exclude flashing lights, sounds, and smoke, this Christmas event is perfect for those who prefer quieter, subtle environments for Christmas festivities. The cost of the event pays for the photo, crafts, and a Christmas movie in the High Octane Theater.

Rock Hill
During Christmas, Rock Hill turns into the perfect Christmas wonderland with everything that you believe is an important part of the festival. With over 70 workshops and events scheduled, you and your family can also enjoy skating on the ice rink, participate in a gingerbread house making competition, write letters to Santa and enjoy the Dickens carolers who stroll around the lanes.

Bulldog Beer and Wine
Yet another option for pet photos with Santa is the paws with Claus event at Bulldog Beer and Wine. All of the proceeds from this event go to RescuedMe. As if the festivities weren’t enough, 50 of the participants get a free drink, so they can get ahead on their holiday celebrations. Apart from drinking, dining, and shopping, you can also participate in various fun events to pass time.

There’s a lot of fun stuff that you can do during Christmas with your pet, and there are many pet-friendly places and brands like PetPlus that make such activities possible. Explore the spots on this post to see where you can get your pet’s photo taken.

February 12, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Is slaughter-free meat proteins the future of pet food?

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Pet owners of today are careful when it comes to foods what their pet eats. A survey done in 2018 revealed that 70 percent of pet owners who themselves follow a diet push provide the same for their pet. To give an example, organic food eaters give their pets an organic diet. The problem is that such a diet may not give the beneficial effects the pet owner hoped for in the first place.

Pet food fears

For caring pet owners, the fear of low quality food making its way to the mouths of their four-legged best friend is a valid one. In 2018, the FDA warned of a possible link between grain-free foods and heart disease in dogs. It is not surprising that a company has come up with a product which has real edible animal protein sans the slaughtering of animals. These animal proteins are created without any harm to any animal. According to the promotional literature provided by the company, it said that it does not hold the opinion that pharmaceuticals and antibiotics are a must for farm animals raised specifically for meat production. The need for meat brings it with the always present foodborne illness present risk from conventional processing of the substance.

There is a definite method to obtain slaughter-free meat. According to an industry specialist, the manufacturing process utilizes a few of the principles which are found in brewing craft beer. The process of fermentation is leveraged to grow premium quality proteins which are subsequently harvested to quench the nutritional requirements of household pets.

Fewer pet food options

The founders of the company which make slaughter free meats said the idea came to them after he tried hard to locate pet foods which are in accordance with the high criteria that they fixed for their own consumption habits. He found out that there is a dearth of options where no animal was harmed to make sustenance for humans as well as pets. This compelled him to do the necessary research on how technologies could be used to foster a “clean-meat” industry.

It makes good economic sense to create a slaughter-free meat industry for pets. About 30 percent of all meat production in the United States end up as pet food. This high consumption leads to residual concerns linked to animal welfare and antibiotic resistance. There are also the issues of sustainability and processing safety. A few slaughter-free meat production companies have created proteins which have passed all FDA tests, including ones for performance and safety. It helps that meatless food will enjoy a reduced environmental footprint. This is as the production of slaughter-free meats for pets takes huge quantities for fuel, land, and water.

February 11, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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How Good Is CBD For Your Pet?

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Every dog owner wants to give the best treatment possible when their beloved furry friend is sick. CBD oil is one of the alternative treatment options that is believed to help manage many health conditions in dogs ranging from stress, anxiety, nausea, seizures and chronic pain. While CBD oil is available in liquid and pill forms and is also incorporated in pet treats, many dog owners are confused about whether CBD oil is safe and effective.

very dog owner wants to give the best treatment possible when their beloved furry friend is sick. CBD oil is one of the alternative treatment options that is believed to help manage many health conditions in dogs ranging from stress, anxiety, nausea, seizures and chronic pain. While CBD oil is available in liquid and pill forms and is also incorporated in pet treats, many dog owners are confused about whether CBD oil is safe and effective.

What is CBD?

CBD is the short form of Cannabidiol and one among 104 chemical compounds that are extracted from the marijuana plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is normally associated with the “high” from marijuana, CBD does not have any psychoactive properties.

CBD oil could be beneficial in managing joint pain, nausea, stress and anxiety, seizures, and in preventing tumor growth.

What conditions can CBD treat?

Anxiety: CBD oil has been found to have heart healthy and anti-anxiety effects in clinical studies. Studies show CBD can reduce blood pressure and control fast heart rate associated with anxiety and stress.

Pain and inflammation relief: CBD was found to be effective in managing pain in some clinical studies. Other studies also showed CBD oil could reduce inflammation that is one of the major concern in chronic health conditions like pancreatitis and irritable bowel disease. CBD oil can also help manage nerve-related pain in dogs.

Bowel health: CBD oil may help prevent and manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or colitis in dogs while improving the gut function. Some studies show CBD oil can act as an antibiotic.

Antioxidants: CBD is known to act like an antioxidant that fights toxicity in the body. Toxins can cause cell damage in the brain leading to conditions that usually affect senior dogs like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

What is the right dosage?

While the exact dosage for treating various health conditions is still being researched, some studies show a dose of less than one milligram per 2.2 lbs (1 kilogram) could be safe and effective. Side effects are reportedly rare but excessive dosage can cause drowsiness, vomiting, disorientation or hyper excitement in your pet.

Is it safe for my dog?

Many dog owners are skeptical and concerned about the safety aspect of CBD oil. One survey showed while 70 percent of pet owners had not given CBD oil to their pets while one out of three dog owners were considering using it in the near future. It is important to thoroughly research the various CBD oil products for their quality and the amount of CBD they contain before purchasing them. Consulting your vet before starting CBD oil is important as allergies or intolerance to CBD could be possible.