Adoptable Pet Of The Day!

Gillian may be the CUTEST bunny I have ever seen. He’s a neutered, dwarf rabbit who is HOUSE TRAINED! Gillian has had some gender complexes due to being thought a female for awhile, but now that that is all sorted out and he knows his name he’d like to keep it! He can be found at HomeFinders Animal Rescue Society in Vancouver, BC. His profile can be found at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23040747

Gillian: Dwarf, Rabbit; Vancouver, BC

Gillian: Dwarf, Rabbit; Vancouver, BC

Gillian: Dwarf, Rabbit; Vancouver, BC

Please note LongDogConnection has no affiliation with the above listed organization(s)

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Tips To Keep Your Long Weekend Fun and Pet-Friendly!

 

Seems like everyone I talk to they are either going camping, having a big BBQ, watching fireworks, or going on a road trip this Canada Long Weekend. And soon our American friends will be doing the same for the 4th of July! Bringing your pet with you can either be the BEST experience or the WORST depending on how well prepared you are! There is no reason that this weekend should turn into an emergency vet visit. Here are some easy to follow tips to keep your pet safe during the long weekend!

  • Don’t allow random people to feed your pet. People are out and about with alcohol and potentially dangerous foods that make cause your pet to get sick, and lets face it, it’s hard not to give handouts to a cute face! If you can’t keep a close eye on your pet leave them indoors where its cool and quiet.
  • If its hot, make use of sunscreen. Pets with really white or pink areas/features need to be protected too during the heat. White cats, Pit Bulls, Staffordshires, Doxies, etc are some of the few that need to be covered up. If you can’t find an appropriate pet-brand sunscreen you can use some human ones if: there is no zinc oxide; SPF 15 or higher; waterproof; includes UVA and UVB protection; and fragrance free. Bare areas as well as those white/pink areas need to be covered. Repeat as necessary.
  • Be careful with your pet around insect repellants as they use harsh chemicals which may cause some unwanted issues.
  • Matches, lighter fluid, and citronella candles are frequently used on trips. They can also be quite toxic to your pets, better to just keep away.
  • Stay away from fireworks! If your pet is an anxious one to begin with consult with your vet on any medication or natural remedies that may make the fireworks easier to handle. For dogs you may also consider the use of a Thundershirt.
  • Keep a steady fill of water in their bowls. With all the site-seeing, walking, hiking, and heat that can be expected on the typical long weekend in the summer we can’t expect our pets to go without excess amounts of water. If you plan on doing big hikes, a great way to pack water for your dog and you is the use of a camelback. Jugs can be hard to carry and camelbacks allow you to spray water into your pet’s mouth frequently without having to stop too long. Just make sure the holding pouch is large enough for two!
  • If your pet does get heat-exhaustion, it’s a good idea to submerge their paws in water and that is where temperature enters and exits the body readily. Don’t soak your pet but let them stand in a creek, river, or cold bath.
  • If you are planning on being in a very busy area this long weekend, make sure your pet has all of it’s ID tags on. God forbid something should go wrong and you lose your pet at least someone will be able to identify him/her.
  • DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT leave your pet in the car for any length of time even in mild-warm weather. New studies show that within 10 minutes your car can get as hot as your oven, and we ain’t makin’ no pet cookies in the car! If you see another pet in someone else’s car and you feel its just too warm and worried about ventilation phone the local SPCA, RCMP, or city police. And I’ll just stick my neck out here and say that if the pet’s vitals are clearly no good–break the window. No air+no water+heat=dead pet.
  • Be careful if giving your pet any scraps off of the BBQ. Grilled onions, garlic, etc can cause potentially dangerous gastro issues.
  • If going to the beach be careful that your dog does not get exhausted while swimming. Give them breaks and always keep an eye on them when they are in the water alone.
  • Be mindful of the areas you are taking excursions through. Some areas are heavily tick and parasite infested.
  • Last tip–have some fun:P

 

 

 

Home Remedies–Are They For Real?

Before I start with my post for today I want to STRICTLY enforce that none of the things listed take precedence  over taking your dog to the vet. Should you choose to try any of these remedies you do so at your own risk as everything has side effects and results can not be guaranteed. Also, all pet owners should have certification in CPR and first aid. These remedies do not replace medication given/suggested by a veterinarian, and they are not for every dog.

So we’ve all been there, it’s Sunday, the vet is closed and the bank account is thin. Do you or do you not make the decision to rush to the emergency vet hospital? I looked through the web a lot when my dachshund was a puppy and I needed to know whether to freak out or not. Many of the things I have seen posted on the web are cautionary and quite frankly a little scary. I’ve tried to read through them all and make a small list of home remedies for ailments. So here we go:

  • Cooked Pumpkin–I have used this MANY times for constipation. Its tasty (please note no spices should be used) and it quickly relieves the dog’s block comfortably.
  • Epson Salts— In bath water make for a soothing remedy for itchy paws. Note: don’t let dog drink the water.
  • Mineral Oil— On a swab for TEMPORARY ear mite relief/
  • Baking Soda— And some water placed on bug bites are said to relieve itching.
  • Pepto Bismal— I have used this for vomiting and diarrhea. My dog is 10-12 lbs and he got 1/4 of the chewable tablet, and it helped A LOT.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar–Dab on hot spots with a sponge
  • White Rice— For upset stomachs. Feed plain for one day then add in plain cooked Chicken or Turkey on the second day. Feed for a few days
  • Chlorella— Tablets used for Arthritis (long term remedy)
  • Molasses— Used for arthritis, tumors, and symptoms of death
  • Vitamin C–Used for arthritis. Suggested dosages are 500mg-1000mg for a small dog, 1000mg-2000mg for a medium dog, and 2000mg-4000mg for a very large dog.
  • Tumeric–I tsp per day on food to help with reduction in tumor size, and arthritis
  • Garlic— This one scares me a little although my dog has had trace amounts of garlic in table handouts BUT people who give small doses of garlic for short periods of time say they greatly prevent the contraction of fleas.
  • Match–A warm/hot match placed in the dogs “bum” to relieve constipation. I have tried this once, it did not work, and I probably wouldn’t do it again just because now I ALWAYS have pumpkin at home canned.

SO, have you tried any home remedies? If yes, which ones? Did they work? Would you try them again? Are there any listed you disagree with? Are there any not listed that you’ve heard of or tried?

Until tomorrow:)

Adoptable Pet of the Day

Wrinkles caught my eye immediately today, although clearly I am slightly biased to Dachshunds. He’s a gorgeous 3 year old male currently awaiting his home under the care of Dachshund & Small Dog Rescue in Burnaby, BC. He is neutered and has had his routine shots. His profile can be viewed at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23021558.

Wrinkles: Dachshund, Dog; Burnaby, BC

Wrinkles: Dachshund, Dog; Burnaby, BC

 

Please note that LongDogConnection has no affiliation with any rescues listed.

Lost Dog Recovery Tips

Those who have lost a pet know devastating effects it can have on not only you but those around you. It is literally like a piece of your heart and soul have left you. You can’t think, eat, or even consider sleeping without your companion right by your side. First I’ll discuss some ways to keep your dog from becoming lost and then I’ll discuss ways to get your dog back.

How do you prevent a dog from going missing? If they want to go they’ll go right? WRONG. Dogs get lost for many reasons some of which include: weather; loud events; sexual frustration; new, scary surroundings; boredom; not properly enclosed; and out of curiosity. Any pet should be kept inside during thunderstorms, rain, and even the heat. Situations where dogs are susceptible to the weather and are uncomfortable and able to run–they will. Noisy events like a parade, fair, or fireworks cause extreme anxiety and again the dog will just want to get away from it. Neutered/spayed pets are much less likely to go missing than an intact male or female looking to breed. If you have recently relocated to a new neighborhood your dog should not be left alone in the yard until you are ABSOLUTELY sure a) they know their home and b) cannot jump fences or escape through faulty gates. Making sure your back yard is properly enclosed with proper fencing that is tall enough that your dog can’t jump it or dig under will increase your chances of never losing your pet. If my dog could jump a fence to get a bird or cat–he would.

There are also some things you can do when you get your pet and before they get lost are: micro-chipping; tattoo identification; register your pet with the Human Society of Canada; have routine rabies vaccines; and obtain a city license. Any way to attach a form of ID to your pet will make it way more likely that your pet will be returned to you in the event that it goes missing. Even if you only had your dog’s rabies tag on it’s collar that rabies tag will have a number that is specific to your dog, it may take longer for your dog to get back to you but its something.

Okay, so now your dog has flown the coop, what are you going to do? Some research has shown that when dogs are frightened they tend to run in a straight line. If you are lucky enough to get a tip or you see your dog take off, follow that line. Larger dogs are said to run like 8-10 km before resting. Go to google and draw a 8km radius around your house and start there. In this area are there: parks, schools, highways, etc? Dogs will tend go to the friendliest, quietest, calmest place they can find so if you see a place like this check there immediately! Would your dog rather run the highway or run in the park? Most likely the park. Is there someone in that area you walk to often? Or did you recently move from one place to another within the area? Dogs are also likely to visit places they have been to before as this place is familiar to them and comforting.Is there someone in your neighborhood that may have recognized your dog and taken him in? These people need to be phoned.

Okay you’re searched the area and you can’t find your dog. Someone may have picked your dog up at this point, get some friends involved and track down all the phone numbers to rescues/shelters/veterinarians/groomers etc in your area and give them a good description of your dog and if you have any ID values (microchip number, etc..) give it to them. Email or fax them a photo.  If your dog is not at any of these locations we need to involve social media and make posters. Many dogs recently have been found with the help of facebook. Take your dogs photo, slap your phone number and REWARD on it and ask your friends to share, share, share. A good lost dog poster will be colourful, weather resistant(if possible), contain specific details about your pet (does it have a scar, tattoo, special markings, etc..) and again needs REWARD plastered on it in big bright letters. People need to know this dog is important to you and you want it back like yesterday. Get that poster printed, round up 10+ friends and spread out. By now you will have shown at least 1000 + people your dog’s photo. If in the first 24 hours your dog isn’t found DON’T GIVE UP! Take the next day off, gather more people and search that 8-10km radius again, if your dog is little it may not even have ran that far, but as you are on the move so is your dog so just because you checked somewhere 5 minutes ago doesn’t mean your dog won’t show up there. I should also mention that both the SPCA and Humane Society of Canada have mechanisms to help you find your dog. You can post in the SPCA lost classifieds (people will check there if they take in a stray) and the Humane Society will have people help you with your search (volunteers in rescues, etc). If after 48 hours your dog is still missing, place an ad in your local community papers and again in colour and “REWARD” plastered on it.

Continue searching, don’t give up. Keep that social media going, and try as hard as you can to stay calm. Chances are you will get the call that your pet has been found. Start checking websites/classifieds for “Found” posts.

Finally, your pet has come home–now what? DO NOT punish the dog for running away. Give the dog water (this is probably more important than food at this point). Take your dog to the vet to assess for any damage. Evaluate your home–how did the dog get out? Do you need to replace any windows/doors/locks/fencing/gates etc? Ask whoever returned your dog how they heard about your missing pet. This can be helpful in the event a friend or family member loses a pet and need help. Was it the newspaper ad, was it facebook posts, etc that brought your dog home.

Hopefully these tips will be found useful, and if you have any to ad please list them below!

Adoptable Pet of the Day

Quillson is once again looking for his furever (or quillever) home through SARS (Small Animal Rescue Society) located in Burnby, BC. He’s a adult male and have some nervous problems (will ball up) due to being tortured earlier in life from children but quickly unballs when no threat is present. Quillson requires a child-free home where he can enjoy life with someone who wants to enjoy him.

His profile can be found at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/13794814

Quillson: Hedgehog, Hedgehog; Burnaby, BC

Quillson: Hedgehog, Hedgehog; Burnaby, BC

Quillson: Hedgehog, Hedgehog; Burnaby, BC

 

Please note that LongDogConnection has no affiliation with any animal rescues listed

Strata and BSL

Question of the day: Should strata companies be able to dictate what kind of breeds live in the buildings that they manage?

I’m going to say my opinion is no. Now some of you may believe that my argument will be breed specific only; however, there are many other reasons why I believe that in a dog-friendly building owners should be allowed to have any breed they want.

Firstly, in my experience, walking down the hallway with my Dachshund can prove to be quite mortifying. Many people seem to be afraid, no wait, make that TERRIFIED of him even though he’s never approached them or barked at them. People have literally CLIMBED WALLS and ELEVATORS to get away. Simply because he is a dog, they are afraid. This leads me to believe that it doesn’t matter what kind of dog lives in a building there are always going to be people who are afraid of it for no apparent reason.Fear of dogs is referred to as cynophobia. People with this phobia can not recognize the difference between good/positive behavior and anxious/threatening behavior when being displayed by a dog. I made a mistake a few weeks ago when walking to the elevator with my dog. He was off leash as I usually let him run the 20 feet from our door to our elevator and he ran right by a woman, a neighbour that I never introduced myself to and she threw herself against the hallway wall and gave off every freaked-type of body language she could muster. As I walked by she said under her breath, “You know your dog should be on a leash”. I don’t know why, but immediately I got my back up and resorted to childish language. “He can do whatever he wants”, is what I replied. I didn’t feel bad right away but after awhile I realized that there were many other ways I could have handled the situation.  1. Clearly this woman has a long history of being afraid of dogs 2. She would feel more comfortable if he was on a leash. 3. She didn’t threaten us, she merely tried to express her fear of dogs. So what should I do? After much thought, I figured maybe I should spend the extra second and ask the women if she would like to have a positive greeting with my dog. If she said no then I would either think that her fear is too strong to change or that shes is fine with her own behavior. But what would I do if she said yes? I know my dog is prone to bark at new people during intro’s as he himself is rather afraid. Am I comfortable enough with my dog and my ability to read his signs to even offer a positive introduction? One one hand yes, and on one hand no. I KNOW he wouldn’t bite someone, but he would bark at them during an intro (as I’ve tried many times he’s not a great test subject). However, I could inform her that a) he will not bite her b) he may bark because he’s scared too c) he feeds off of her energy and if she acts nervous he is more likely to bark at her d) let him smell you and then put out your hand e) if I have treats I can give her one to give him that way he will associate positive reactions with this lady. My second dilemma is, do I write her an apology note and slip it under her door so that future meetings are positive?

Now back on track to Strata, I think if someone has cynophobia, it doesn’t matter what type of breed is residing in the building they will be afraid of all of them.

The second reason why many Strata’s should not be able to have BSL in their bylaws is because many cities these buildings are built in, no longer have BSL either. How can you tell residents that even though something is legal you don’t want it? That would be like telling people they can’t smoke in their homes or on their balconies. It’s totally legal but not wanted on the property.

The third reason (although a lose reason) is house insurance! Strange? Recently I was told by another resident that their house insurance actually gave them a discount for owning a Pit Bull. Why, you may ask? Well, the insurance company replied stating that they were less likely to have a break in if the intruders knew there was a Pit Bull living there. I would imagine the same would go for any large breed capable of protection. How can Strata dictate how you keep your property safe? Especially in a condo building where there are 20+ units per floor, your dog could potentially warn them of intruders in their unit also.

And the fourth reason goes back to breed. How many residents can properly identify one breed from another?

 

Love to hear some thoughts on this one.

DEBATE OF THE DAY–RESPONSES NEEDED

I’ve recently seen some very strong, powerful (but kind and friendly) dogs and their not so strong owners out and about walking. I ALWAYS check out the kind of collar/harness’ they are using. What is everyone’s opinion on:

Shock Collars

Martingale Collars

Pinch Collars

Facial Restraints such as muzzles

Choke Collar

Is there a time and place for any of these? If yes, who do you think should be using them? Should people have any minimum amount of training to use any of these? Would your opinion on the dog breed/specific dog/ or owner change if you saw a dog wearing one of these?

Crochet Dog Sweater

So as most of  you know, I LOVE making my wee man some crochet sweaters. These videos are what got me started. You have crochet this without EVER crocheting before! Its that easy and that well explained!

Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkHyL5N9z7A&feature=plcp

Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSOiCWLqaOo&feature=plcp

Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS1H7Kg7X34&feature=plcp

Video 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM9q9i28Xg8&feature=plcp

Video 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl05fjEEkWE&feature=plcp

Video 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8gubuGJXhw&feature=plcp

 

Please note that I did NOT make this video, I’m simply sharing it.