What To Do With Dog’s Toothbrush

We are sharing an informative email correspondence:

Someone I know stores the used toothbrush from dog in the dish drain silverware holder next to sink. Pretty sick. What do u think?

Hi, Rosanne.

A pet’s toothbrush should be rinsed in alcohol or a Listerine type product after use which is not a bad thing to do with our own personal brushes. At the very least all toothbrushes should be thoroughly washed off with tap water every time you use them and be sure the brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers because they can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria. Any toothbrush should be stored in a holder, rather than lying it down, and it never should touch another toothbrush. That goes for any toothbrush be it people’s or pet’s. Studies have found that toothbrushes of both healthy and oral diseased adults become heavily contaminated with normal use with pathogenic bacteria from the dental plaque and the environment. Soaking the toothbrush in Listerine for 20 minutes prior to and after brushing decreases the microbial load significantly. In short, ALL toothbrushes deserve extra care for good hygiene and health.

Hope that helps you out.

See our web pages on Care of Your Dog’s Teeth
and Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

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Shih Tzu Tear Staining

We are sharing an informative email correspondence:

Hi, my name is Katie. I came across one of your articles and figured you are the perfect person to ask. I have a 4 year old shih tzu that we adopted.  We have been told antacids help with the tear staining. However, my Peanut won’t eat an antacid no matter what we do. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Hi, Katie.

Start with giving Peanut distilled water, keep a supply in the fridge to replenish the drinking water as needed. Once your Peanut has acclimated to the water change, you might try one additional step by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 6-8 ounces of distilled water. NOTE it must be the unfiltered kind with the “mother” still in it. It is easily found in most health food stores and better markets in the natural foods section. Hint, read about it — it is good for us bi-peds, too. Braggs is one brand you might see. The ACV will help change the internal ph, and will help prevent the staining.

Next, you can then go and purchase a bottle of “No More Tears shampoo” and apply just one drop and we mean one drop on a cotton ball into warm water and gently rub those stains below your fur kid’s eyes. Then dip another cotton ball in just warm water and wipe away the remains of the baby shampoo, then follow that up with a regular baby wipe.  With a week’s worth of daily cleanings you should very well see a noticeable difference. And by changing to distilled water this problem will be greatly minimized if not eliminated.

Now, please do not think you can use the same shampoo to bathe your Peanut because you should not. Your Peanut has a different Ph to her skin than that product is made for. People shampoo is not for dogs. Additionally, diet is important. It is not good for your Peanut to eat anything but high quality food without lots of artificial stuff and preservatives. Not only will a poor quality diet contribute to this problem it is bad for your fur kid’s health in the long run.

Hope we have helped you, and the cost to you for our effort will be to give your Peanut an enjoyable scratch from us and much love from you.

See our web page on Dog Tear Stains

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Best Friends…

Paula Y., a loyal CalloftheDog subscriber, sent us this post. It is so adorable we felt it should be shared with everyone. Enjoy!

After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness.

The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated…

The 2 lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since.

The orangutan found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good companion to his new found friend.

They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend’s help to swim.

Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.

They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.

Long Live Friendship !!

Some say life is too short, others say it is too long, but we know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don’t touch the hearts of others… while it lasts !

May you always have Love to Share, Health to Spare, And Friends who Care…..even if they are a little hairy at times.

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Dog Flu

Yes, dogs can get the flu, referred to as a “canine influenza virus.” It is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a specific Type A influenza virus H3N8, originally an equine (horse) influenza virus, not a human influenza virus, and has been around for more than 40 years and is now able to spread between dogs.  However, as was reported by a recent case in Westchester, New York, even a strain that was first thought to not be contagious to our pets as was the case with the strain of H1N1, other pets, including cats and ferrets, have caught the strain from humans, veterinarians say.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is rare for pets to spread flu viruses, and people should not be afraid to enjoy their animals. Similar to the human form, canine flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs which is thought to be a mainly airborne virus, most likely transmitted by an infected dog coughing or sneezing on another. Canine flu is most often associated with dogs housed in a high-density population, such as a boarding kennel.

Canine flu can be transmitted via direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, contact with contaminated objects, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. From time of exposure to symptoms is estimated to be 2 -5 days.

In otherwise healthy dogs, statistics show that the canine flu is a fairly mild disease for about 80 percent of dogs, with most dogs recovering completely in two to three weeks. However, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease characterized by the onset of pneumonia. So, what are the symptoms you should watch for in your dog?

  • Persistent, moist cough including sneezing and/or difficulty in breathing
  • Low-grade fever 103F or as high as 106F.
  • Healthy pinkish gums indicate proper blood flow and adequate oxygen. Any other gum color may indicate a fever or other problems.
  • Check dog’s eyes. If they are cloudy and your dog doesn’t have eye problems normally, your pet may be feeling sick.
  • Nasal discharge.
  • If secondary bacterial pneumonia develops, signs of illness may include loss of appetite, fever or depression.

How can you help avoid exposure for your dog? Here are some tips for prevention and avoiding exposure:

  • Watch for news of canine influenza outbreaks in your area.
  • Use dog parks, grooming facilities, and kennels that you know well — contact them in advance to a visit if there is an outbreak in your area to inquire about any recent occurrences of respiratory illnesses in dogs under their care.
  • Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.
  • Avoid contact with other dogs displaying any of the symptoms above, especially coughing/sneezing.
  • If your dog is exhibiting symptoms, contact your veterinarian — he or she is best qualified and equipped to make a diagnosis.

Treatment largely consists of supportive care in an effort to boost immune response.

Your veterinarian may suggest medication to make your pet more comfortable, along with fluids to ensure that your dog remains well-hydrated. It’s important that your dog continues to eat regularly and drink lots of water; if  little desire is shown to do one or the other, add some water or broth to food and mix the food up to give a bit of added incentive to eat and drink. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected. Should antibiotics be necessary, you need to strongly consider more than ever the addition of probiotics to protect your pet with enzyme level support to counter damage to the immune and digestive system caused by destruction to the natural beneficial bacteria of the gut. (Check out our web page on Probiotics For Dogs.)

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If Your Dog Has Cancer or Doesn’t Have Cancer, Things You Need to Know

Cancer in our canines and felines has gotten way out-of-hand, becoming an epidemic and the leading cause of non-accidental death in dogs. Your dog has a greater than 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer. Veterinarians talk about it in their own professional community, and now pet guardians are becoming more aware.

You need to know how to detect cancer in your dog.

35 million dogs alive today in the United States already have or will develop cancer. Dogs are 2 times more likely to develop leukemia than humans, 4 times more likely to suffer breast cancer, and 8 times more likely to develop bone cancer.

You need to know how to prevent cancer in your dog.

Yes, genetics and stress play a role but we can’t ignore factors in our environment such as over-exposure to the sun, toxicity of  flea and tick chemicals, household cleaning chemicals, and the #1 culprit making our fur children sick and stricken with cancer – most of the beautifully packaged and heavily advertised Commercial Dog Food.

We are seeing disease conditions in animals that we did not see years ago.

Many of these conditions may be traced to the nutrition source. The unquestionable tremendous rise in cancer in our dogs has been documented by many reputable sources to be almost entirely due to the toxic ingredients commonly used in pet food and pet treats.

The vast majority of commercially processed foods that are being fed to our dogs and cats are also responsible for the increasing numbers of pets not only suffering from cancer but also from arthritis, obesity, dental disease and heart disease.

If you are dealing with cancer with your dog…

…you need to know how cancer affects your dog’s body. You need to know the best mainstream treatment options, their costs and outcomes, the specific nutrients a dog with cancer requires since requirements are very different from those of a healthy dog, and you need to have a collection of recipes specifically designed for feeding a dog with cancer that will help with recovery from surgery or chemotherapy.


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Heat Stroke in Dogs – It Can Be Fatal – What You Need to Know

Summer has arrived, and before anything happens we want you to be reminded. A most dangerous condition is heat stroke. Make no mistake, heat stroke can be fatal. The shortest interval between exposure to high heat extremes and death is about 20 minutes.

All mammals can suffer from heat related illness that include heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Don’t let your dog become a statistic by being one of the many that will suffer from heat related illnesses. With common sense and proper precaution, a tragedy by falling victim to heat related illness can be avoided.

A high body temperature measured rectally of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit can cause lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. Body temperatures over 107 Fahrenheit are a critical emergency. Organ damage occurs at this temperature and most dogs won’t drink water at this stage of heat stroke. It isn’t a good idea to spend time trying to get them to. At the first signs of serious heat distress, cool the dog immediately with cool or tepid water but not really cold water. If ice packs are available, apply to areas where circulation is very good, such as the “armpits”, stomach or neck. Blowing air over the dog with a fan as you cool it off with water can be helpful but it is most important to go quickly to the veterinarian.

Most people don’t carry around thermometers. However, the physical signs of heat stroke in dogs are usually enough to go by.

  • Panting
  • Hyperventilation (deep breathing)
  • Salivation early then dry gums as heat prostration sets in
  • Staring
  • Anxious expression
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • Warm, dry skin
  • High fever
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and sometimes bleeding
  • Body collapse

High body temperatures develop from increased activity without rapid enough ability to dissipate and give off heat due to high heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction. Brachiocephalic (pug-nosed) dogs, overweight dogs, very young dogs and older dogs are most at risk.

  • To the best of your ability, keep pets indoors in a comfortable environment during extreme weather conditions.
  • Keep pets in well-ventilated areas.
  • Give your pet plenty of fresh cool water, and leave water in cool or shady areas.
  • Be sure that puppies and kittens drink adequate amounts.
  • Heat-related illness often occurs in the spring when your pet is not yet used to the new warmer temperatures; allow your pet to acclimate especially when traveling to a hotter climate.
  • Limit sun exposure during the peak mid-day heat hours.
  • Minimize exercise in hot weather.
  • Exercise in early morning or late in the evening (the coolest times of the day).

Don’t leave your pet in a car for any reason at any time – ever! If your dog can’t come with you when you leave the car, leave the dog home.  The car can become a death trap on a mild sunny day, and temperature can insidiously rise to well above 120 degrees. On a hot day, a car can heat up to 160 degrees in minutes!

If you haven’t seen some of the innovative solutions to the serious problem of heat dangers, take a look and you might want to avail your pet of modern thermoregulating technology, cooling jackets and cooling pet beds.

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