How to Make Longer Vet Stays More Comfortable for Your Dog

Bring a piece of your worn clothing to the vet if you have to leave your dog overnight or if she is having a procedure where she has to spend a day at the vet’s office without you. Personal items that carry your scent will be comforting to her in the strange environment of a vet’s office.

If you don’t have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that smells of you, then bring a small soft toy that is a favorite of hers and rub it all over your skin before leaving it with her.

Border Collie

The Border Collie originates from sheepdogs on the British Isles and was developed on the border of England and Scotland (after which it was eventually named). The BC has remained true to its origins as a hardy, diligent working dog. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria became quite fond of the breed and likely contributed to its legacy as the ideal sheep-herding dog breed.

Over the years, the BC has upheld its reputation ans a highly intelligent worker. The breed has been highly successful at herding, agility, Frisbee, and many other activities. The Border Collie was officially recognized by the AKC in 1995.

Size:

28-48 pounds

Colors:

May be solid color, bi-color, tri-color, merle or sable. Usually seen in black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, or red merle (with or without patches of white).

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis (OCD)
  • Epilepsy

About the Breed:

The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that is very athletic, highly intelligent and has plenty of energy. This breed is extremely driven, loyal and hard-working. A happy Border Collie is a working or playing Border Collie.

BCs have medium-length hair that should be groomed routinely. Regular brushing is especially important. BCs are known for their alert expressions, ready-to-go attitudes and strong instincts. The breed is among the smartest of dogs and learns new things with ease. Training is absolutely essential and should not be very difficult.

While BCs are superb herding dogs, they also excel in most dog sports – especially Frisbee and agility. Above all, the BC needs tons of exercise and plenty of activities to keep its mind occupied.

Border Collies also make excellent companions for the right household. Their tendency to herd may make them less ideal for small children. However, older, gentle kids can do quite well with the breed. Overall, this is a much-loved and celebrated dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions.

How To Spot Canine Arthritis

Like your dog’s pet parents, one of the inevitable issues of old age is arthritis and achy joints. Dogs feel the same type of pain associated with old age as we humans do. Our dogs cannot tell us when they hurt so the task of discovery falls on the pet parent.

Conscientious pet owners are aware of every nuance of behavior their dog demonstrates. The trick is to spot the signs of canine arthritis early so your dog continues a great quality of life throughout their golden years. Here is what to look for:

  • Reduced playtime
  • Lack of enthusiasm when the leash comes out
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Climbing stairs one at a time
  • Excessive licking of paws or joints
  • Less energy and lethargic

For medium to large dogs, signs like these begin to show up around ages 8 to 10 years old, earlier for extra large breeds. Toy breeds as well may show signs of canine arthritis at an earlier age due to their delicate joints.

If you begin to notice your dog exhibiting two or more of these signs the first course of action is to consult your veterinarian immediately. They can tell you the severity of the arthritis and begin a regimen to provide relief from the pain.

For early and less severe cases of canine arthritis there are holistic all natural additives that can be mixed into your dogs water or food daily that will provide relief. HomeoPet® Joint Stress Relief is such a product, which is added to either food or water.

As pet parents, we can help relieve joint pain and stress by providing pet stairs or dog ramps to reduce jumping up or more importantly down from their favorite chair or the family bed. Changing their regular dog bed to an orthopedic dog bed is one the best things pet parents can do.

Orthopedic dog beds come in all sizes and styles from memory foam to heated orthopedic dog beds. While these dog beds can be used regardless of the severity of canine arthritis, the additives should not be mixed with other medications your vet has proscribed without their consultation.

With the new medications available to veterinarians and the dog supplies available to pet parents there is no reason your dog cannot enjoy a healthy pain free quality of life well into old age. The key is to recognize the signs of canine arthritis and get out in front of the pain.

Lazy Dog Walker!

Laziness knows no boundaries. This dog is being walked clear across the pond from England, where the dog “walker” in the story below lost his license, thanks to a similar act of sloth.

Talking on the cell phone while driving? Not the best idea. Texting? Way worse. But walking your dog while driving? There ought to be a law!

Turns out there is. Paul Railton, of England, has lost his license because he got three points added to his driving record for “not being in proper control of his vehicle,” according to a UPI story. He was going only 5 mph on a very quiet street, but he ‘fessed up to the charge, which put his points — already teetering at 9 — in the lose-your-license limit.

Railton won’t be allowed to drive for six months. That’s good news for his dog. And even Railton is trying to look on the bright side. “I might save myself some money not having a car.”

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a powerful dog that was originally developed for protection. English gamekeepers in the mid-19th century crossed the Mastiff and the Bulldog. The result was a powerful, fearless dog that could stop poachers in their tracks.

Today’s Bullmastiff is still a highly capable guard dog, but the breed is most treasured as a companion. Despite it’s powerful and somewhat intimidating appearance, this is a gentle and affectionate dog that forms a solid bond with it’s family members. However, the Bullmastiff’s tough side does instinctively comes out when necessary. One important thing to know about this breed: be prepared for slobber. The Bullmastiff owner tends to carry around a drool rag. If this sort of thing bothers you, then look elsewhere for the breed of your dreams. Otherwise, there’s a lot to love about these big sweeties. Could this breed be the choice for you? Learn all about the Bullmastiff and see for yourself.

Group:

Working

History:

The Bullmastiff was developed in England during the mid-1800s. Gamekeepers needed a dog to protect their game from poachers, and they experimented with crossbreeding. At the time, Bulldogs were fierce and intrepid – much more than today’s Bulldog. Yet the breed was too small to take down a human. The Mastiff was too large and slow to do the job, but crossing the two breeds resulted in the ideal guard dog. Though the Bullmastiff still makes an excellent guard dog, it is betten known today as a friendly companion and wonderful family dog. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1933.

Size:

100-130 pounds

Colors:

fawn, red or brindle

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Ruptured Cruciate Ligament
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
  • Ectropion

About the Breed:

The Bullmastiff is large-boned and muscular working dog. Its origins as a Mastiff/Bulldog cross are apparent in its appearance. In personality, this breed is smart, alert and loyal. Though the Bullmastiff has a natural protective instinct, the breed is typically quite gentle around children and others who pose no threat.

The Mastiff has a short haircoat that typically needs little more than routine grooming. This breed is a moderately high shedder. Additionally, the Bullmastiff’s ears and facial skin folds (if present) should be kept clean and dry. This breed is a drooler, so be prepared when he shakes his head! You’ll want to carry a slobber rag for this one.

Like all dogs, proper training and socialization is important for the Bullmastiff. Overall, the breed is smart, but also has an independent streak. Training will require firm consistency. The Bullmastiff is not overly active, but the breed needs routine exercise to remain fit and motivated. A word of caution: the Bullmastiff is vulnerable to overheating due to its short snout. Don’t overdo exercise, and be sure to keep your dog cool in hot weather.

Bullmastiffs are very gentle companions and family protectors that make lovely family pets. They will get along wonderfully with children when properly trained and socialized. These dogs are quite versatile as well, even adapting to apartment life provided they get plenty of daily exercise. Above all, the Bullmastiff is a loyal and affectionate house pet that forms a close bond with its humans.

People who know Bullmastiffs simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this breed. Have you been lucky enough to share your life with a Bullmastiff?