Is Your Dog Having A Mid-Life Crisis?

Dog Midlife crisisOkay so he might not be driving a sports car or wearing a medallion and an embarrassingly obvious wig, but that doesn’t mean your precious pooch isn’t suffering from some kind of age-induced identity crisis. You may see him as a creature of simple needs who thinks all is right with the world if he’s chewing your slippers or polishing off your tea when you’re not looking, but believe it or not, dogs have feelings too. Maybe he’s got to the ripe old age of 6 and realised he hasn’t fulfilled his potential. Let’s face it – gobbling up your spilt leftovers and sleeping in a basket on your kitchen floor probably isn’t exactly where he imagined he would be when he was an idealistic young pup dreaming of fortune, glory and being more famous than Lassie.

Doggy Depression

Yes it’s true; dogs are just as likely to be blighted by this demon as humans are. Some pet therapists even prescribe Prozac to dogs. It is not just the spoilt L.A. dogs who are carried around as the latest must have accessory in Celebrity B-Listers designer handbags; unglamorous real life working class mongrels can also be struck down by a bad case of the blues. Maudlin mutts who spend their days trudging along the Manchester Ship Canal are just as likely to be plagued by a canine crisis as the pampered pedigrees who strut down Hollywood Boulevard wearing Gucci diamond encrusted collars.

His Bite is worse than His Bark

You may have noticed that your dog has turned into a bit of an old grouch. Just like human beings, animals can become restless and anxious. After all, he isn’t 3 years old anymore and life is bound to have taken its toll. But could it a bit more serious than that? If your normally happy-go-lucky pooch suddenly starts behaving in an uncharacteristically aggressive manner it could be an indication that he is no longer content with his lot in life. If his usual tail wagging and face licking has been replaced with snarling and snapping maybe you need to delve into the underlying cause of it, instead of just slipping him another doggy treat and hoping for the best.

Is He Watching His Figure?

We all worry about piling on the pounds as we get older and have to face up to the sad fact that we can no longer trough what we like without bursting out of our trousers. When we are unhappy it can affect our eating habits to one of two ways – either we overeat or lose our appetites completely. Again, the same can be true for dogs. If your usually ravenous dog starts turning his nose up at his food, it might not just be because he doesn’t like the new flavour of Bounce Chunks you’ve bought for him. It could be a sign that all is not well on an emotional level.

Could there be a Physical Cause?

Before you panic and book him in for some intense canine hypnotherapy treatment, take him to the vets and make sure you rule out any potential physical ailments that could be causing your forlorn friend  distress or discomfort. If he is off his food, losing weight and seems to have lost his joie de vivre, it could be because he is unwittingly playing host to some rather unpleasant dinner guests. By having regular worming treatments with good quality wormers, your pet will stay in much better health. What’s more, if he’s still got that faraway look in his eyes when any physical causes have been ruled out, maybe he really is suffering from Lassie envy.

Ian Appleton is a writer who offers sound advice on how best to look after your pet. He suggests that you should keep a regular worming treatment up using quality UK wormers to ensure you hound is one happy pooch.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers – Protect Your Pets From Parasites

Canine Parasites Our family pets are at risk from a wriggly little invader that can cause illness, discomfort and in extreme cases, even death.  These invaders are those nuisance parasites we call worms, such as the tapeworm or roundworm.  These can be contracted from a variety of sources such as from other infected animals, from eating infected faeces or from raw meat containing the eggs.  Infected fleas can also carry worm eggs and transmit them to your pet.

What are the Symptoms?

Most animals show no signs of infection, so it’s important to ensure that a regular worming program is in place.  Some worms can spread to humans and cause diarrhoea and illness to occur.  You may notice worms in your pet’s vomit or faeces; in dogs you might see body segments of the worms which contain the eggs – these can be up to 6mm long and you may even see them wriggling!  Dogs are also susceptible to hookworms and whipworms.  Other symptoms could include losing weight despite an increased appetite, diarrhoea and rough, dry fur.

Which Animals are at Risk?

Worms are a risk to all animals, including humans and pets with an outdoor habitat are particularly at risk.  If you own a horse, worming is an essential part of your horse’s health care routine.  Worms can breed in the digestive tracts and organs of your horse, causing lethargy, weight loss, gastrointestinal problems and even fatal colic.  Worms can be picked up from other infected animals or by eating grass, feed or faeces contaminated with worms during grazing season.  A horse’s environment has many areas where worm larvae or eggs can occur, so it’s important to have a regular worming programme in place to minimise the risk of re-infection and to keep your stable and paddock clean.

What Treatment is Available?

It’s always best to speak to a qualified vet before starting a worming program for your animal.  Household pets such as cats and dogs should be treated to prevent roundworms from the time that they are very small whilst adult pets should be treated for both tapeworms and roundworms.  By using a regular flea treatment alongside the worming program, you can cut the risk of infection and you should also ensure that your pet’s food and water bowls are kept disinfected and clean.

Horse’s stables and paddocks should be cleaned out regularly as there are many areas where worms can breed.  It’s important to establish a regular worming program for your animal and it’s possible to purchase wormers online at a greatly discounted rate.  Equest pramox horse wormer is a popular brand of wormer which comes in an oral gel and controls roundworms as well as tapeworms, red worm and bots at larval stage.  Each box of pramox horse wormer contains one syringe with 11.8g of gel;  this is sufficient to treat a 575kg horse.  Buying horse wormer in bulk is usually a good idea as this will save money in the long run and ensure that you always have enough wormer to hand.

If you have trouble getting your horse to take wormer, experiment with different brands.  Treatments are available in various flavours including cinnamon or apple and there is sure to be a tempting flavour that your horse will enjoy.

Wormer for Dogs

For dogs, wormer is available in tablet or chewable form, and in a suspension liquid which is suitable for puppies.  Panacur paste is a particularly tasty choice for dogs with its tempting beef flavour and moreish texture.

Choosing a wormer for your pet can be tricky, but with some advice from your vet, it is easy to purchase your year’s supply of wormer online and save money in the process.  Worming is a vital part of any pet’s healthcare routine and if you don’t worm your pet regularly you are putting their health at risk!

Ian Appleton is a writer who offers great advice on how to keep your horses clean and healthy. He suggests stocking up on pramox horse wormer to ensure that you get a great deal and can administer a regular worming programme.

Does Your Dog Display Bladder Infection Symptoms?

Bladder infectionBladder infections are a reasonably common reason for a dog needing veterinary care. Such infections are more common in female dogs, because their urethra (the tube carrying urine from the bladder to outside the body) is shorter. This makes it easier for bacteria to ascend into the bladder.

Symptoms of Bladder Infections
One of the first things you may notice is that your dog is squatting to urinate more often. She may not pass much urine each time, and there may be blood in it. She may also lick her genital area a lot.
Severe infections are painful and your dog may be lethargic and off her food. She may have a tummy ache and stretch out frequently to try and get some relief.

Reaching a Diagnosis

The symptoms are very suggestive of a bladder infection but your vet may want to run further tests, depending on what they find when they examine your dog. Some other conditions that can occur in conjunction with a bladder infection include:

  •  Bladder stones. Stones can form in the bladder and cause irritation and inflammation of the lining of the bladder. There is often a secondary infection present. The stones can often be felt when your veterinarian feels your dog’s tummy, and their presence can be confirmed with an x-ray. The stones will usually need to be removed surgically, and you may be able to change your dog’s diet to reduce the chance of them recurring.
  • Bladder tumors. Cancer in the bladder can cause bloody urine and also frequent urination. Reaching a diagnosis often needs an x-ray or ultrasound. The bladder can be filled with a special liquid that shows up any abnormal lumps and bumps on the bladder wall when it is x-rayed. Depending on where it is, the tumor may be able to be removed with surgery, and radiation treatment can also help your dog to recover.
  • Diabetes mellitus or Cushing’s Disease. Both of these conditions result in increased glucose in the urine, and this is a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Treating the bladder infection will result in short term recovery but unless the underlying disease is managed, the infection will recur.

It’s likely that your vet will want to do at least a urine test to check for glucose, blood cells and crystals before starting any treatment.

Treating Bladder Infections in Dogs
Antibiotics are used to treat bladder infections. Your vet’s first choice is likely to be a drug that kills a wide range of bacteria, and depending on how well your dog responds to treatment, you may need to give her medication for up to 4 weeks. If she doesn’t improve, her urine can be cultured to see exactly what bacteria are causing the problem, and a more specific antibiotic can be prescribed.
It can be helpful to increase your dog’s urine flow to help flush out the bacteria. You can do this by adding more water to her meals.

Bladder infections are quite common and they are very painful. It’s important that you have your dog treated straight away if you notice any symptoms of an infection, so she feels better as soon as possible.

Dr. Susan Wright, DMV is a professional on dog bark collars and dog training collars. Susan has been giving care for pets as a practicing veterinarian for more than 10 years. As an authority on domestic pet care, Susan likes writing articles that help people give the best care for their pets.