The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

September 20, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Where To Find Ticks On Your Dog

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As a dog owner, you’re going to face a few situations that are a given. Getting rid of ticks is one of them. Ticks are nasty, blood-sucking parasites that latch onto your dog’s skin. Generally, they’re easy to spot, especially if your dog isn’t too hairy.

They’re found on areas like the belly, back, and head etc. In fact, that’s where most dog owners hunt for ticks, find them, kill them, and assume that their job is done. Unfortunately, ticks are crafty little creatures and extremely skilled at hiding.

So, the next time you’re busy tick hunting, make sure you check out these parts of your dog’s body as well.

Ears: Inside And Outside

There have been cases in the past where dogs have come close to being euthanized because of an undiscovered tick. The illness that results from ticks is called tick paralysis and cause your dog to get really ill. However, if you remove the tick, your dog will get back on its feet in a short while.
So, make sure you’re looking for ticks in and around the ears. This is a place that ticks are known to choose as an ideal hiding spot because most people ignore looking for ticks here. In fact, vets suggest looking for ticks even inside the canal, as they can hide in there as well.

Groin

This is the last place you’d expect to find ticks, but, trust us, they often hide here too. The bottom is a common target and that’s the first location to look at when exploring the whole area. More specifically, vets suggest that you look in the peri-anal area. This area is usually moist and dark, which are ideal living conditions for a tick.

Other than that, look for ticks on the tail as well.

Toes

The toes are very hard for ticks to latch on to. However, that does not mean you ignore the toes. In fact, there have been instances where the tick got lodged in between the toes. Though it’s a hard place to latch onto, it’s the most rewarding as far as ticks are concerned because they can hide forever.

So, don’t ignore the toes.

Surroundings

Before ticks latch onto your dog’s body, they obviously hide somewhere else and if you find out where you’ll be able to take proactive measures.

Well, ticks can be found in your home, the grass in your lawn, and sand. For instance, at home tick larvae ends up in carpets and furniture. AS soon as they hatch, they crawl into crevices and lay wait for the right opportunity.

So, make sure your home and the surroundings are kept clean. Also, avoid areas that are too grassy or wooded.

 

September 19, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Tips To Help Prevent Diseases In Dogs

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Illness is an unpreventable and inevitable part of your dogs’ lives. You could ensure that he lives a healthy life by adopting healthy practices that suits his needs and keeps him fit. You play a critical role in your dog’s good health. In most cases, the illnesses and injuries that may shorten a dog’s lifespan are easily preventable. Help prevent these dog illnesses by following a few steps or adding a new routine to your daily activity roster.

Heartworm

It is the leading cause of doggy deaths. It’s a parasite that’s spread through mosquito bites. Heart-worm disease affects the lungs and the heart and can be fatal when left untreated. Get the monthly revolution of vaccines for your dogs – even on colder months where you might think it unnecessary. It may save his life.

GI Upset

Upset tummies in dogs can be easily prevented by sticking with canine foods. Our tummies are designed to handle high-fiber, high-protein, high-fat or sugar loaded foods, no matter how unhealthy. Our pets are more accustomed to a more controlled diet. Their stomachs aren’t designed to handle high-risk foods like our daily plates. So stick to dog food to prevent chances of diarrhea and pancreatitis.

Diabetes

Diabetes is considered to be the Number One preventable disease when it comes to dogs. Obesity is the only factor that leads to this disease and the key here is to keep your pets slim and fit. When feeding your dog, practice portion control and make sure to exercise him regularly. Diabetes can inadvertently lead to more dire diseases like kidney and heart diseases. Weight is something the owners have control over. Prevent diseases by keeping him healthy.

Dental Diseases

Dental diseases are usually overlooked when it comes to canines and this leads to the worst problems like cancers and heart, kidney, and liver diseases. All this can be easily prevented by brushing your dog’s teeth on a daily basis. Ask your vet for advice if it’s your first time. Routine check-ups at the vet will tell you when your dog needs to have his teeth cleaned.

Skin Diseases

Promoting healthy skin in your pet is a big part of preventing skin diseases. Bathing can remove allergens from the skin so don’t skip bath days!
Brush your dog regularly to keep his coat in good condition. Brushing spreads the oil through the hair coat, promoting a healthy skin.

Injuries And Trauma

Although this may seem out of our control, this can be avoided in most cases by the simple use of a leash. Walking your dog is a great way to get exercise but remember that canines are curious animals and they may run off. It’s safer to keep him on a leash so he doesn’t run into unwanted trouble.

Taking a few preventive methods can help your dog in leading a stronger, longer and healthier life. A few precautions on our part may just let us have more happy years with them.

September 18, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Best Exercises To Keep Your Dog Healthy

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There are many problems that could arise from a lack of exercising when it comes to dogs. Dogs are naturally active creatures. They are born to work for a living. There was a time when dogs had to literally earn their keep by hunting and defending territory. Nowadays, our furry best friends are reduced to being couch potatoes. This is bad for your dogs. If you don’t give your dog something to do with his energy, then he will find something to do and you may not like his choice of activities. Here are a few exercises you can try that helps in keeping your dog active.There are many problems that could arise from a lack of exercising when it comes to dogs. Dogs are naturally active creatures. They are born to work for a living. There was a time when dogs had to literally earn their keep by hunting and defending territory. Nowadays, our furry best friends are reduced to being couch potatoes. This is bad for your dogs. If you don’t give your dog something to do with his energy, then he will find something to do and you may not like his choice of activities. Here are a few exercises you can try that helps in keeping your dog active.

Let Your Dog Walk You

When you walk your dog, give up creative control. Instead of you walking them, let them lead you. Follow your dog as they embark on a journey to an unknown destination. Make it an adventure for the both of you.

Running

All dogs will chase a runner. Running is an excellent activity to do with your dog. Running has many health benefits for you and your dog. You get to enjoy being outside while boosting your stamina and strength.

Agility Groups

If your dog needs that extra push to lose those final few pounds, then an agility group is just what he needs. This is a competitive sport with high-energy. It involves running and jumping. It’s a great exercise that develops confidence as well as a new set of skills.

Let Them Tap Into Their Natural Tracking Instincts

Lay out an elaborate scent trail leading to a hidden object. Let the trail, ‘age’, and start tracking with your dogs! It’s a fun activity that lets them tap into their tracking instincts no matter their breed.

Play Fetch

This game is an all-time favorite and it would be a pity if it didn’t make it onto the list. Your dogs love being the helpful companion and it’s a fun game for both you and your dog. If you’re a worker bee who doesn’t have much time for outdoor activities, this game is perfect for you. It can be played from the comfort of your couch or from the porch in your backyard.

Play-Date

Dogs love playing with other dogs. Go to the park and let them do what they do naturally by allowing them to mingle with other pets.

Dancing

Just like running, dance with your dog to give you and him a fun time.

Benefits Of Adequate Exercise

  • Helps to illuminate behavioral problems like digging, chewing and hyperactivity.
  • Helps to keep your dogs healthy, limber and agile.
  • Helps to lower digestive problems.• Helps dogs to build confidence and trust.• Helps dogs to keep their weight in check.
    While regular routine walks can be great for dogs who love continuity, throw something spontaneous in the mix by introducing your dog to some of these great exercises.

 

September 15, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

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If bath days are one of his least favorite days, and not very fun for all persons involved, it’s only natural to wonder how often to set yourselves and your dog up for this task. The answer is, it depends on you. Dogs are self-groomers. Although they may roll in the mud from time to time, they know how to take care of themselves in order to maintain healthy skin and facilitate the growth of new hair follicles. The answer to the question how often, usually depends on a few factors:

Indoors/ Outdoors?

Is your pet an active dog who loves going outside and rolling in things he shouldn’t be rolling in? Or is he a couch potato who loves to snuggle? If he’s a dog who frequently plays outside, then chances are, he’s going to need a bath more often than the dog on the couch.

Stink Factor 

Just like humans, some dogs tend to get stinky faster. So it all depends on whether bathing your dog makes him a less stinky or a more enjoyable companion. If your dog has normal skin, it’s recommended to bathe him once a month for general grooming.

Whether your furry best friend loves his bath days and hops in the bath willingly or he detests hem and fights you on every step of the way, here are a few tips that can help you on these days.

Don’t: Bath Him Regularly. 

As much as bathing is a necessity to your dogs, when done too often, it can damage their hair follicles, irritate their skin, and increase the risks for fungal or bacterial infections. So bathing your dog regularly is out of the picture.

Do: Wash His Head Last 

Dogs tend to shake off after they get their head wet. So it’s wise to wait until the end to wash his head. When bathing your dog, use dog shampoo or baby shampoo. Avoid the shampoo from getting into his eyes. Even when it says tear-free.

Don’t: Get Water Into His Ears. 

Not only is this uncomfortable, but this can also cause actual health problems. Avoid getting water into his ears.

Do: Take A Long Walk Right Before. 

Most dogs enjoy a dip in the water to cool off when they’re feeling hot. You could take this to your advantage! Walking raises his temperature, especially on a nice and sunny day. It’s important that he’s calm when taking a bath. If he’s not calm, it can be a hassle for everyone involved. For dogs, walking has a calming effect.

When this day rolls around, make it fun so that it can be an enjoyable time for you and him.

 

September 14, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Tips To Protect Your Dog’s Paws

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Through all the mischief, we sometimes forget that dogs can be sensitive, especially to extreme temperatures. They don’t wear protective foot gear like us, so their paws are left vulnerable to the weather.

Here are a few tips that you could use to protect your dog’s paws.

For Summer Conditions:

In the summer,  surfaces like pavements, sidewalks, metal, wood, and asphalt can become very hot. They attract heat from the sun and store the heat for hours after the sun has gone down. These conditions are brutal for your dog’s paws. To prevent this, make sure you:

  • Test the waters.

Check whether the pavement is still hot before you take your dog on a walk. Place the inside on your hand, flat on the pavement for ten seconds. If it’s uncomfortable for you, your dog will feel the same way.

  • Stay on the grass.

Greenery doesn’t retain as much heat as man-made surfaces. You could carry your dog (if he’s small enough) to the park and avoid the bare ground and stick to the shade while you’re there.

  • Avoid heat during the day.

It takes a while for the pavement to cool after the sun has gone down. So instead of walking your dog in the middle of the day, walk him either during the early morning hours or during the late evenings.

  • Invest in disposable dog booties.

The booties keep the heat from reaching your dog’s paws. It is a great solution if you want to take your dog out for a walk in mid day. If your dog is uncomfortable wearing them, then don’t force it. You can also try baby socks to keep your dog’s paws safe.

  • Gently wash his paws.

It’s important to check your dog’s paws daily for any signs of damage. If you check his paws while washing or moisturizing, you’re taking care of three things at once. If you do find any damage to his paws, take him to the vet to see how extensive the damage is.

For Winter Conditions:

Winter is just as brutal a time as summer when it comes to your dog’s paws. If exposed to the harsh winter conditions, his paws may experience cracking, drying and frostbite. To prevent this from happening:

  • Use a protective balm.

You can prevent his paws from drying and cracking by wiping his paws with a little Vaseline or any petroleum jelly before going for a walk. You could also use cooking spray.

  • Wash his paws.

Use warm water to rinse his paws after a walk. By doing this you are warming them up and preventing frostbite.

Try to take care of his feet like you take care of yours. If the conditions are too harsh for you, they are too harsh for him as well.