Archive for September 11th, 2012

Back to School Anxiety for Pets

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 Back to School Anxiety for Pets In August and  September, as the kids head back to school, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else? During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression—to actually miss your kids—and even follow them to school.

Signs of Separation Anxiety

Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors such as:

  • Chewing furniture
  • Ripping the stuffing out of pillows
  • Shredding paper
  • Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time
  • House soiling

Separation anxiety is a serious condition that can be managed with structure and patience. NEVER punish your dog for exhibiting this behavior, as it will make him more fearful and potentially aggressive.

Managing Anxiety

Tips to manage anxiety:

  • Start with leaving your dog at home for very short periods of time to get him used to being alone
  • Avoid emotional departures and greetings
  • Have your belongings prepared so that your departure from home is calm
  • Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences
  • Teach the kids to avoid over stimulating the dog with departures and arrivals
  • Exercising your dog before leaving the house in the morning is a good idea so he’ll be relaxed when you return and be set for when you’re away.
  • Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored.

Be sure to check with your veterinarian to have your dog fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed before trying to manage the symptoms. There may be an underlying medical condition that may be misconstrued as separation anxiety.

 

Autumn Yard Clean-Up Can Be Hazardous To Your Dog

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

couplewithdogathouse 1 Autumn Yard Clean Up Can Be Hazardous To Your DogFall is the time when people tend to clean up their yards. Keep in mind that there are many potential hazards out there for your dog. First and foremost, store your lawn and garden products in a place that your dog cannot get into. In addition, as you are applying certain products, confine your dog in a safe area. If your dog is exposed to anything, you should contact your veterinarian with the suspected product information as soon as possible. Be aware if you use any of these products:

Insecticides. They reduce the number of pesky and destructive insects. Some can be highly toxic to dogs.

Herbicides. They diminish weed growth. In general, most are only considerably poisonous if consumed from the bag. The toxicity level decreases after actual application.

Fertilizers. They help make your lawn thick and lush. Toxic if large amounts are ingested. Once the lawn or garden is fertilized, toxicity levels dwindle.

Vermin baits/rodenticides can be extremely toxic since many contain strychnine, an extremely poisonous (and colorless) alkaloid.

Snail and slug baits. If ingested, they can cause severe and possibly fatal tremors and seizures.

Mulch. Most mulches are safe if ingested but one potentially toxic type of mulch is made from the hulls of cocoa beans with the added bonus in that it smells like chocolate. Eating large amounts of cocoa bean mulch can result in chocolate toxicity. When using this particular mulch keep your dog away until the chocolate scent has dissipated. You can thoroughly water the mulch or wait for a heavy rain which often reduces the toxicity and smell.

Other Hazards That Can Cause Problems Too

Did you know that even fruit that has fallen to the ground, fruit pits (cyanide poisoning; choking hazard), berries, seeds, leaves and stems (cyanide poisoning; choking hazard), birdseed, water in the birdbath, fish ponds and animal droppings (bird feces in particular) can be harmful to your dog?

Tremorgenic mycotoxins are a real risk to your dog if he likes to poke around the compost. These toxins affect the neurological system of a dog, and are found in certain types of moldy foods such as grains, nuts, decomposed pasta and rotten dairy products. Symptoms of poisoning may start with vomiting; leading to mild poisoning that can result in muscle tremors. Severe poisoning can cause seizures and even death. Foraging in the compost pile can also cause gastrointestinal problems. A good rule of thumb–keep your compost and yard waste in closed containers.

Plants that have lost their leaves and are bare can pose a hazard to your dog’s eyes as they run or play in the yard. Securing the plants with a small barrier until they sprout their leaves can help prevent your dog from cutting or poking himself.

If you take the necessary precautions you can have that beautiful yard you’ve dreamed of while keeping your dog safe.

Source: Banfield Pet Hospital

We Have Coastal Hay!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

c hay close up 300x225 We Have Coastal Hay!Fresh cut from the field!  We picked up 225 bales of high quality coastal hay last night and now have it in stock at Eagle Hardware.  Questions?  Give us a call at 972-635-7878.

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