Friday, February 19, 2016

Vizslas Make Top 3 World's Fastest Dogs

Vizslas place third as the world's fastest dogs, right behind greyhounds and salukis which are the two fastest breeds. These intelligent breeds are easy to train and popularly known as Velcro Vizsla as they never go far away and used to stick with their master. They behave friendly and like stay closer with family members. These dogs are mostly trained as hunters or security dogs which is a wonderful pet animal. They have lean body and medium in size that can run up to 40 mph and has won many competitions. Vizsla needs regular exercise of about two hours per day and they like to play games.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tips for nail trimming: No fear for you or your dog

Unless your pet is a very active outdoor dog his nails will need to be trimmed on a regular basis – anywhere from once a week to once a month.

Nail trimming and grooming are activities that are often feared by both dogs and owners. The best way to calm your fears is to ask your Vet or a professional groomer to train you in the proper techniques for nail trimming. The best way to calm your dog’s fears is to train it from a very young age to be comfortable with the process.

If you don’t feel comfortable trimming your dog’s nails your vet or groomer will be happy to do this regularly. And often dogs do not need their nails trimmed if they go for frequent walks on footpaths or concrete. Just watch those dew claws (thumbs).

How to trim the nails

The first step is to get some treats, make the whole experience positive and don’t feel like you need to be a hero and trim all the nails at once. Start with one, reward and come back later if you or your pet is nervous. One technique that helps is to hold the handle of the nail trimmers flat against the toe pad and cut straight across the nail, so that the nail will sit just above the ground. This technique makes it extremely unlikely you will cut the nails too short.

To get a shorter cut than the previous method, aim to cut at a 45° angle, after visualizing the quick. The quick is the pink area within the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are, similar to the area underneath our nails.

Working with Black nails 

If your dog has black nails, look at the underside of the nail and you will notice that towards the tip the nail separates out into a triangular shape with two outer ‘walls’. At this point, there is no quick and it is safe to cut the tip off. Otherwise use the technique of simply cutting straight across from the pad, rather than attempting to cut up at a 45° angle. Another trick of the trade is to apply gentle pressure with the nail trimmers without actually cutting where you think you need to cut. If your dog reacts to the pressure, most likely you are too close to the quick and you will need to more the clippers further down the nail.

What if I make the nails bleed? 

If you accidentally cut the nails too short you can use styptic powder, or simply use a clean bar of soap and run it under the damaged nail. The soap will plug the vessel and stop the bleeding. Usually if you have made your dog bleed, they will be a bit nervous next time, so make sure you have lots of treats at the ready and take it slow. If you pet is nervous about nail trimming, view this video on how to counter condition your dog and get him used to nail trims.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

See how these Golden Retriever's are helping find the cure to cancer

Fighting Cancer is a Family Affair 

The Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is just one of the many valuable studies we support to help furry loved ones, like brothers Cody and Milton, live longer lives. 

For Kristi and Chris Fiala, life just wouldn’t be complete without their Golden Retrievers. Like many, the Fialas got “hooked” on the breed when they got their first Golden, Maggie. Since then, they’ve welcomed Jack, Gracie, Cody, and Milton into the family.

 Kristi and Chris also are passionate about training their pets as therapy dogs. Jack and Gracie became well-known figures beloved by the children at the Fialas’ local elementary school. The children practiced reading to the dogs and, like all Golden Retrievers, the dogs thrived on the attention.

Tragically, Kristi and Chris lost Maggie to hemangiosarcoma, one of the most aggressive cancers recognized in dogs, and then both Jack and Gracie died of the disease in April 2015. The Fialas were devastated. They couldn’t believe it had happened again — and they wanted to know why.

The Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study was conceived as a landmark longitudinal study to find risk factors for cancer and other major diseases that have so far eluded veterinary scientists.

 The study designers recruited purebred Golden Retrievers because they have a higher-than-average likelihood of developing cancer. Launched in 2012, the study reached full enrollment in 2015 and is already providing insights into the health of dogs.

Not surprisingly, the Fialas are part of the study. They enrolled Cody last August, and their determination to participate only increased since Jack and Gracie’s passing from hemangiosarcoma.

Researchers know that lifestyle can increase a person’s risk for cancer and suspect similar actions are at play in dogs, but they don’t know what those factors are yet.

 For the study, information is collected annually on every aspect of each dog’s life, from health issues to the environment they live in. Blood and tissue sampling is done each year to monitor health and document changes.

All the data gathered will be analyzed and the results will guide the development of better strategies to help dogs avoid cancer and other diseases. To the Fialas, and dog lovers everywhere, that is reason to hope. Your donations support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and all of our programs that help ensure dogs like Cody and Milton, plus many other animals, live longer, healthier lives.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

8 Animals Besides Groundhogs That Predict Whether.. You dog is one of them!

A dog is more sensitive to the drop in barometric pressure and the shift in the static electric field that comes prior to climate changes.  Dogs also use their noses to detect concentrations of chemicals we couldn’t even imagine. Canine hearing is close to twenty times more sensitive than ours. Those rumbles we might not even hear until they are upon us as full-blown thunder are sounds and vibrations your dog will certainly hear or feel well before you.

Frogs are said to croak even longer and louder than usual when bad weather is on the horizon. When you hear their volume increase, you can assume a storm is brewing.

 Depending on how low our feathered friends are flying, we can gauge how bad the weather is going to be. It’s been said that if birds are flying high, the weather is clear. But if they’re flying closer to the ground, the air pressure of a storm system is causing them pain at higher altitudes.

 Farmers claim that cows can forecast the weather. According to legend, when cows sense bad weather, they become restless and antsy and begin to swat flies with their tails or lie down in the pasture to save a dry spot.

When bees and butterflies disappear from the flower beds, you can expect some heavy weather coming your way. The folklore goes that if they’re not in their usual spots, something is up.

“When sheep gather in a huddle, tomorrow will have a puddle.” Although this rhyme is cute, the weather that comes with it isn't. It's believed that you can expect a storm when these animals crowd together and shield each other.

Ladybugs can give us a hint about the day's thermostat: “When they swarm, expect a day that’s warm.” On the other hand, if you notice the black and red bugs looking for shelter, then cold weather is on the way.

In preparation for bad weather, red and black ants sometimes build up their mounds for extra protection or to cover the mounds’ holes. So if you notice higher mounds than usual in your yard, it's probably best to close the windows.