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  • Flea Check
    By on July 31st, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    yellowpawsmall4 FleasDoes My Dog have fleas? Whether or not you actually see fleas on your pet, they may be there. Scratchingscabs and dark specs, or “flea dirt,” found on the skin can all be signs that your dog has become theunwitting host for a family of fleas. Fleas can carry tapeworms, too. If you notice small white rice-like things in your dogs faeces or in the hair around his anus, your dog probably has tapeworms, which means he may also have fleas. In extreme cases, a dog may be lethargic and its lips and gums pale.

    Red rust colour on wet cotton wool

    The Flea Check
    First sit your dog on a large piece of white paper. Then rub its back vigorously for a minute or so. As you rub, any flea faeces will fall onto the paper.  Next pick up the piece of paper, remove any hair, and transfer the ‘rubbings’ onto some damp cotton wool. Leave to stand for a minute. Flea faeces: In the fur they appear as dark red / black commas shaped particles 0.5 to 1mm in size. On wet cotton wool they dissolve forming a rust coloured halo (flea faeces is dried blood).  So, if you can now see red rust spots on the cotton wool, you can be certain that your pet has been in recent contact with fleas. Treatment is required. For More Fleas Info Click Here

  • Hungarian Puli
    By on July 30th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    NEW DOG BREED ADDED – For more information click Hungarian Puli

    Hungarian Puli
    Other Names: Puli, Hungarian Sheepdog, (Pulik plural)
    Group: Pastoral
    Weight: Female 10-13kg Male 13-15kg
    Average Lifespan: 9-15 years
    The Puli is an ancient breed of Hungarian sheep dog that has a very unique and unusual mop like appearance with their dreadlock/corded coats. There can be confusion between the Komondor and the Puli dog breeds due to their mop like appearance, but their jobs were more specific: Komondors guarded the flock while the Puli herded them.
    The Puli has a small head with a strong muzzle and a round nose with a bright red tongue. The eyes which are hidden under the hair are dark brown and have a lively expression. The ears hang down in a rounded shape. The Hungarian Puli is medium-sized lively, cheerful dog who is very loyal to his family. Puli’s are intelligent and lovable due to their puppy-like attitude with people making them great family pets. The breed rarely moults and is deceptively fast and acrobatic.

    Coat: The uniqueness of the Puli comes from its corded coat. Similar to the appearance of dreadlocks, they give a fun look to this breed. However unlike the dreadlock thatneed twisting and braiding, the coats of the Puli naturally turn that way. On average, it would take 4 to 5 years for the coat to grow long enough to touch the ground. But the cording doesn’t begin there. It begins as early as nine months and by twelve months it will be quite impossible to stop.

    For more information click Hungarian Puli

  • Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer
    By on July 30th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    During hot weather care should be taken with ALL dogs. Always have fresh water available. Always make sure they have shelter and shade to stay in. Never leave your dog in a car. Many people still think it is ok to leave their dog in a car if they leave the window down, DO NOT do this. Your dog could still quickly over heat and this could be fatal. There are still so many cases of dogs being found dead in over heated cars, here at Dogs.info we want to stress dont leave your dog in a car!

    yellowpawsmall4 Dogs in Hot WeatherBrachycephalic dogs
    All dogs with “flat faced” nose and head structure are technically called “brachycephalic”. Dogs with this structure feel the effects of warm surroundings and exertion sooner than dogs with more typical nose and head structure. Brachycephalic dogs include: British bulldogs, French bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingnese, and Boston Terriers amongst others.

    All brachycephalic dog owners MUST know and understand the following
    Hot weather can be fatal to a these dogs, they don’t even need to be moving about in it to succumb to the heat. Please make sure that any exercise is given early in the morning or late in the evening, don’t be tempted to go for a nice Sunday afternoon stroll when it is very sunny or hot. Also please don’t allow your dog to lay out in the sun for long periods, they do not know when they have had enough and it doesn’t take long for their panting to become out of control.

    How to recognise when your dog is too hot:
    Any exercise will make him pant but watch for when the panting becomes “heaving” this is the earliest sign that he is getting too hot. When the panting has become loud and is becoming a “roar” he has already become too hot and the outcome can be fatal.

    yellowpawsmall4 Dogs in Hot WeatherStages of overheating:

    • Your dog will begin to “heave” as he pants
    • Your dog will begin to “roar” – best described as sounding like severe asthma
    • He will begin to look tired and distressed
    • His tongue will be very floppy and very red in colour
    • His body temperature will rise (normal temp approx 38.6)
    • His airway will swell and his throat become full of white foam (caused through the excessive panting)
    • He will quickly become exhausted and will fighting for breath
    • He could die

    yellowpawsmall4 Dogs in Hot WeatherHow to prevent overheating:

    • Do not allow your dog to lay out in the day time sunshine
    • Do not walk your dog in hot weather
    • During hot weather keep your dog inside during the hottest part of the day

    More Info In Over Heating Dogs

  • Puppy Maturity
    By on July 30th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Puppy Maturity
    In most dog breeds puppies mature around the age of 12 months. There are breeds which take alot longer to fully mature, and who remain puppy like until the age of around 24 months. Owning a puppy takes alot of patience, you should be aware that you will have alot of puppy behaviours to deal with until they fully mature.

    • A small-breed puppy reaches adult weight by 9-12 months
    • A medium-breed puppy reaches adult weight by 12 months.
    • A large-breed puppy reaches adult weight by 18-24 months.

    For More Puppy Info Click Here

  • Which Dog Breed was once known as a “Tibetan Lion Dog”?
    By on July 29th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Answer: Shih Tzu
    Although the Shih Tzu is generally thought to be a Chinese breed, it was developed from Tibetan “lion dogs” which had been bred in Tibet for some 2000 years. The “lion dogs” were an exclusive group of dogs bred by Buddhist monks that included the Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Spaniel. The Shih Tzu, whose name means lion, is reputed to have been the oldest and smallest variety of the Tibetan holy dogs. At one time there was considerable contact between the rulers of ‘Tibet and China, and the “lion dogs” were presented to Chinese Emperors as gifts of high esteem. The Chinese called these dogs Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou, or Tibetan Lion Dog. The dogs were bred specifically to please the emperors in each palace, and type varied.

    Shih Tzu’s make great family pets, their long fur coats do require high grooming levels alternatively they can be professionally clipped. For more information about this breed click here

  • How Loud Do Bulldogs Snore?
    By on July 29th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    The British Bulldog is a much loved pedigree dog but they require alot of attention, need daily clean of their face wrinkles and tails. Bulldogs can be very stubborn and lazy but it is essential to keep them active so they don’t become overweight. They are well known to have sensitive digestion, eye/skin problems and care must be taken to keep them cool during hot weather as with other flat faced dog breeds. The short nasal cavity of the bulldog means that they do snore and snore loudly! Check out samba snoring on the sofa, owned by Katie and Stu Tyne and Wear UK.

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    For More Info on the Bulldog Breed

  • Common Causes of Dog Poisoning
    By on July 28th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Common Causes of Dog Poisoning

    Thousands of dogs (and cats) needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of household poisons. Dogs may have access to poisons both inside and outside of the home. Some of these include plants, foods, herbicides, pesticides, mouse poisons, medications, metals, and cleaning supplies.

    Dogs.info aims to spread this information to as many people as possible to help prevent dogs from being poisoned. Dogs.info has alot more information at Common Poisons

    General symptoms of poisoning

    • Oral or skin irritation
    • Upset stomach / Vomiting / Diarrhoea
    • Weakness
    • Rapid breathing
    • Fever
    • Drooling
    • Coma
    • Heart failure
    • Depression
    • Excitability or lethargy
    • Tremors / Seizures / Fitting
    • Increased Thirst
    • Dilated Pupils
    • Dizziness / Loss of Balance
    • Disorientation

    Plants that are most popular in gardens/home but are poisonous to dogs :

    • Daffodil (especially the bulbs)
    • Castor oil bush (dogs love the seeds)
    • Cherry laurel (common hedging plant)
    • Laburnum (and related species)
    • Lilies / Lily of the Valley (especially toxic to cats)
    • Philodendron (popular ornamental house plant)
    • Azalea
    • Foxgloves
    • Ivy (some species)
    • Rhubarb
    • Yew
    More Common Poisons
    Snail & Slug Bait or Snail Poison
    Grapes and Raisins
    More HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, poisonous if eaten or otherwise inhaled
    Antifreeze, Aspirin, Bleach, Boric Acid, Brake Fluid, Cleaning Fluids, Cigarettes, Deodorants, Deodorisers, Detergents, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaner, Dye, Fungicides, Furniture Polish, Hair colourings, Herbicides, Insecticides, Kerosene, Laxatives, Lead, Matches, Metal Polish, Moth Balls, Petrol, Nail Varnish and Remover, Paint and Remover, Perming solutions, Phenol, Rat poison, Rubbing Alcohol, Shoe Polish, Sleeping Pills, Soap, Suntan lotions, Tar, Tinsel, Turpentine, Woodstains. Also please note that nicotine patches are toxic and so is nicotine chewing gum. 10mg per 1kg is a toxic dose.
    Emergency Procedures – What to Do if Your Dog Gets Poisoned
    If your pet accidentally ingests any type of natural, plant or chemical poison, call your veterinarian right away for advice. If you suspect your pet has had a particularly lethal amount, take he or she to the vet right away.Other contacts: You can also try calling your local poison control center.
    Dogs.info has alot more information at Common Poisons
  • Doggy Fact
    By on July 28th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Which breed of dog has large webbed feet? The Newfoundland

    Newfoundland has large webbed feet

    The Newfoundland (named after it’s location in Canada) aided fishermen by hauling fishing nets out to sea and back to the boat. They were also known to jump overboard to rescue people, and bark to warn of reefs. They are strong swimmers, and can retrieve people and boats in turbulent waters. They are also used to carry goods between ships. There are many legends of Newfoundlands saving drowning victims by carrying lifelines to sinking ships. The dogs were kept in the “dog walk” on early sailing ships. If the sea was too choppy when land was sighted, the dog carried a line to land.

    For More Info Newfoundland Dog Breed