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By Wagging Tails 03 Sep, 2017
Owning a pet, especially a dog has been proven to help both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. To us, dogs are not just pets but are companions. That is why so many different types of breeds are used as therapy to visit people in need of a health boost, either mentally or emotionally. Some people cannot own a pet, but they can use a therapy program to receive regular visits from a furry friend to help lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.

Service Dogs vs. Therapy dogs
There are different types of services that dogs provide. Service dogs are mainly used to help their owner or handler with their disability. Service dogs are allowed in any building and most public places including restaurants. Both therapy and service dogs are used to help people with specialised training and enjoyable company.

Why Therapy Dogs?
Therapy dogs are used to help visit people that have a variety of issues. These ailments can be anything physical such as a lack of mobility or vision impairment, or they can be emotional trauma from a devastating incident the person is struggling with or anxiety and depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the issues that dogs can help. Their presence helps ease stress and anxiety, and for many suffering from PTSD, dogs have provided a successful therapy technique to help them overcome their traumatic experiences. Dogs also used in court settings. Many people that have to take the stand need to overcome with emotion and stress, so therapy dogs have been used to help calm the witness. These represent only some of the many issues that canines can assist humans.

How Does It Work?
Therapy dogs trained specifically. It is best to start with a young dog or puppy and socialise them with people, other animals, and different places. The AKC has a training program and various levels to reach as your dog advances. It must be trained not to jump on people, to stay or walk on a very loose leash and be well behaved in the midst of machinery, loud noises, children, and panicked adults. There are therapy classes you can enroll in to help you and your dog achieve training and individual milestones as you both learn as a handler and as a pet.

Where Can Therapy Dogs Go?
Therapy dogs used in many different situations and settings and a few of the most common are schools, hospitals, support groups, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices and disaster areas. Therapy dogs can go just about anywhere with the prior approval of the location. Often, the staff or employees get just as much out of the visit as the people they are going to see. These dogs are well behaved and loving towards the elderly, adults, and children in any setting you take them.

How to interact?
It is important to act appropriately with a therapy animal. Talking to the handler first and asking them to pet the dog is a good way to start the introduction. If you have another dog with you, it is best to keep the dogs separated to avoid any conflicts. Offering food is discouraged, as the handler probably has the therapy dog on its schedule and feeding program. If the dog approaches you and you are uncomfortable, all you need to do is notify the handler and they can help correct any behaviour you are unsure. These dogs are here to help and spend time with you. Clear communication with the handler is essential for a fruitful and pleasant visit from a furry friend.

Interactions with service dogs can also have specific rules. If you see a service dog out with its hander, the dog is typically “on-duty.” It is there to assist the owner/handler with their needs which could be physical tasks or emotional stability and comfort. If you want to approach the dog, it is best to speak directly to the handler first. The dog is there for a specific purpose to help that individual and asking first if it is okay to pet the dog or come closer is encouraged. Some handlers discourage petting or distractions because their furry friend is on-the-job and is required to assist them.

Therapy dogs can be just about any breeds. Small or large, these furry companions put a smile on people’s faces and lift their mood. Golden retrievers, Labradors, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Poodles, and many other breeds used for therapy. As long as the dog has proper training and you can take to different places, it will succeed in helping people.

Bio: Sarah has always loved pets. She appreciates how they change people’s lives and she started Crazy Pet Guy so that more people will be more aware of how to take care of their pets properly.
By Wagging Tails 15 Aug, 2017
Getting enough exercise and socialization for your dog is important. 20 to 40 percent of all dogs
seen by a veterinarian are shown to be overweight and this can lead to serious health problems
for your beloved dog such as heart disease and diabetes.

As well as necessary exercise, your dog needs to learn how to cope and respond to other
animals, people, places and things they may encounter. It’s important that your dog is well
socialized; dogs tend to be friendlier and more adept at any lifestyle changes. Dogs that are not
properly socialized may become aggressive or anxious towards others.
Here are some ways to properly exercise and socialize your dog.
Get Outside
Not only does getting outdoors help your dog, but it will also help you! Dog ownership has
shown to help decrease heart disease and other serious health problems, so taking your dog for
a walk a few times a week is a great thing, and your dog will love it.
Even if your dog has a yard to roam in, this doesn’t mean they are getting the necessary
exercise needed. It’s still important for a routine walk, exercise or playtime, so that they can get
the physical activity essential for a healthy life.
If they don’t have a yard, it will be even more important to give your dog appropriate mental
stimulation because boredom and lack of movement will equate to an unhappy pet and surprise
presents left in shoes!
Take a Hike
On the weekend, take your dog with you on a hike or a nice nature walk. This will help you
mentally recharge for the upcoming week and will allow your dog to get the essential exercise
needed to maintain a healthy life. Getting outdoors is both mentally stimulating for your dog and
physically beneficial.
Evening Walks
Dogs should be getting at least 1 hour of activity per day and an evening walk can go a long
way. Taking your dog on a walk once a day, or even multiple times a week, has various
benefits. You can treat an evening walk as a way to help train your dog and it's a great time to
re-enforce commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, as well as leash training.
These walks are also a great time to help show your dog how to socialize with others, be they
animals or humans. If your dog isn’t ready for the dog park, this is a great starter to get them
ready for interactions with others.
Dog Park Visit
A trip to the dog park is a great way to help your dog get exercise, train, and get that essential
socialization they need with other dogs. If you have a puppy or a dog that doesn’t have the best
social skills, it may be best to introduce them when the park is less busy and be sure to bring
plenty of treats and toys.

Dog parks are also a great way for you to socialize, meeting likeminded individuals. This is a
great opportunity to set up play dates for your dogs. Play dates with your friends’ dogs will help
your dog learn how to get along with other canines.
Dog Day Care
If you’re on a busy schedule, think about placing your pet at a doggie day care. Doggie day care
offers everything from socialization with other dogs, daily training, and exercise throughout the
day.

Your dog will enjoy hours of play that is great for mental health and overall wellness, giving you
peace of mind from time away from your pet. Some doggie day cares may even have the option
of sending you photos of your beloved pet throughout the day.
Take Up Running
Most dog breeds will love going on a run, and this is a great way to get you and your dog in
shape! Even if you’re not a big runner, you can consider this your dog’s time, taking plenty of
stops for them to rest and smell the roses.
Play!
Playing fetch is great for your dog if you don’t have the time for running or taking an hour walk.
There’s no need to travel far, as you can go out the front-door to a close by park. You can even
play by steps or a hill, to help increase the exercise your dog will get in a shorter time.
Having a dog is a great thing. They offer so much love and companionship, unbeatable by
almost any other animal. Make sure you’re treating them with responsibility and giving them the
socialization, exercise and love they deserve.

For more go to www.dogdojo.org
By Wagging Tails 24 Jul, 2017
Owning a dog is never easy, it is even harder if he is noisy both day and night. The
day part is understandable when he barks a lot and runs around making noises way
too often. However, it seems a little strange if he makes noises even when he is
asleep. No, it is not he is sleep-walking and produces the sounds or something; he
SNORES, like a human being.
Also no, he is not a prince trapped in the body of a dog, so ladies, do not try to kiss
him, even when it is true love, nothing will happen.
For you, it would not be a pleasance, especially when you have insomnia.
For your dog, though sometimes, it is normal, it could be a sign of health problems.
1. Why?
a. Genetics
Some dog breeds have a respiratory structure that makes them more likely to snore.
Dogs that have short snout comes with broad, short skull are usually the snorer in
your house, since their breathing passage is short. Flat-faced breeds are snorers, in
this case, Pugs, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boxers for example. Therefore, if
you own one of these, it should be normal if they are such a disturbance at night.
That does not mean that if you have a Husky, you are safe from the snoring and if
it happens, it has to be a problem. Either must be a Pug snore. It was stated that the
breeds above are more LIKELY to snore, not all of them do, and others do not.
However, if you are concerned, you should double check with the vet for
confirmation, so you will not regret if it is a health problem and by the time you
find out, it was too late.
b. Breathing problems
Dogs’ snoring would be caused by an obstruction in the breathing passage, just like
humans. The obstructions are not always dangerous and need medication to solve;
it could sometimes be a result of a physical or medical factor.

Your dog might snore if he sleeps on his back, like a human on his bed, making his
tongue fall down and be an obstruction in the throat. The tongue then will partially
block the breathing passage, causing your dog to produce sounds when he is
asleep.
Lots of medical conditions can cause breathing problem for your dog, including
allergies, common cold or the smoke coming from your cigarettes. Another reason
you can consider is Aspergillosis, a fungal disease that occurs when your dog
breath mold spores in his nose, causing irritation. These conditions are
straightforward and easy to solve by some pills or your stopping smoking when
your dog is around.
Other conditions could be more severe and more annoying. Snoring could be a sign
of an abscessed tooth that gets stuck in the sinus or even sleep apnea, which makes
or dog stop breathing when he sleeps. Both of these will require surgery to fix and
prevent any possible problem for your dog in the future.
However, sleep apnea is not something you would run into every day. According
to Dr. Carol Osborne, the owner of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, it is exceedingly rare. She also added that it is more likely
hypothyroidism, a condition that caused by our dog’s inability to produce enough
hormone. The hormone shortage is due by the weakness of thyroid glance,
affecting the metabolism process negatively. Though it is easy to treat and
affordable, it will be such an annoyance since your dog will depend on medicine
for the rest of his life.
c. Obesity
Just like in humans, chubby dogs are prone to snoring. This is caused by the fat
build-up in the neck area exceed the average level. The fat then will put pressure
on the skin on the neck and the tension of the skin at one point will be larger than
that of the windpipe. Applying simple physics, the pressure then will turn to the
throat, causing difficulty breathing and snoring.
However, remember that you should only tell others or your vet that your dog is
fat, not vice versa. You should not call somebody else’s dog fat; it is rude,

especially if you are a vet yourself. It is like calling a woman fatty and a man
shorty, and it is the fastest way to lose a client.
2. What you can do
If you never see your dog snore but all of the sudden, he starts the habit then a vet
appointment is necessary. You will need the vet to determine if the problem is
from an infection, the throat or any potential factor that could cause the snoring. If
your dog has been like that all his life and has always been playful and happy, it is
his anatomy, and there are little things you could do to change it.
You could add a humidifier in your room and turn it on at night for both you and
your dog to sleep easier and reduce the snoring, though the effect would not be
significant.
If the humidifier does not help, do not worry, there is still another option. After
years of researching and experimenting, scientists have put effort to invent a device
that will help you to stop any sound from intruding your eardrum. Thus, you can
say goodbye to all the annoyance caused by the snoring of your dog after owning
this compact, convenient, affordable, state of the art and easy to get device.
So put on your pants, take your car to the nearest pharmacy and loudly demand the
pharmacist with pride:” one pair of ear plugs please.”
About the Author:
John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and
giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very
special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing
information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after
their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care
tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies
on http://gohappydogs.com/
By Wagging Tails 22 Jul, 2017
People usually spend lots of time preparing survival kit, supplies and skills for themselves in case something bad happens, like a flood, a storm or any major natural disaster and that is necessary.

However, have you ever thought about doing the same to your beloved pet?

No, you only think about yourself!

Just kidding, you may not think about it because you think you can give your pet human’s stuff such as medication and food. That is not always applicable. Some products for people are extremely toxic and harmful to dogs. Here are something you should prepare in advance to save your dog in case of an unfortunate event or simply just what you need if you have a dog.

Before getting all the things listed in this article, you should prepare a big box to keep these, in case when you need them you just have to take out the box.

 1. In the event of a disaster

  a. Pet food

You should check for the expiration date and avoid imported stuff to make sure that the bag you purchased can last longer. Most dog food is high in fat so it will be spoiled very quickly so you should prepare airtight containers and oxygen absorber to store it. Another way to save your money is to replace the food often by the newly bought food and feed them to your pet before its “best by” date. A tip to reduce the frequency of replacing your storage is to buy canned food instead of dry food. It might sound hard to believe, but canned food will last longer than its dry kind. Having enough food so your pet can last about two weeks is recommended.

  b. Water

You need some for yourself, and your pet would need it, too. It does no harm to keep a little more than the amount you need so your pet can live, too.

Food and water bowls

You should also keep food and water bowls in the box. It should be collapsible, so it does not take too much room. If it is not, you still need at least one to give your pet water, since it cannot be poured on the ground like the food, or you could give your pet both food and water in that bowl, to prevent the parasites and pathogen on the ground.

  c. Can opener

It is likely that you have this tool in your house already, but it does no harm to remind you about it. If you decided to have canned food in store for your dog, a can opener would come in handy to keep. In case a natural disaster actually happens, you are stranded on somewhere with your dog and his survival kit with the food is canned. You rushed out of the house so quickly, and you did not have time to take the can opener. Now without it, you are a can’t opener (pardon the pun) and will have a hard time trying.

  d. Treats and toys

That might sound unnecessary, but it will be useful at some point. Your pet could panic just like you do when he sees that you are scared. Therefore, he might try to run and bark, making the situation even worse. The treats then will be something you give your dog to calm him down and reassure him at some degree.

  e. Waste disposal system

The system here is not a fully functional septic toilet, but a system of litter, newspaper, a scoop, bleach, garbage bags. You may need baking soda as well to get rid of the smell since you might get caught in a small place and it would not be nice if everything smells of dog poop.

  f. Pet medication

You should keep all the drugs for common disease in pets, like tick and flea spray, toothbrush for his teeth, etc. If he has already had any medical condition, you should keep extra meds for it. Just like the food, the meds should be two weeks ahead of your dog’s need.

  g. Pet clothes

It could be cold the time the disaster happens, and your dog could use some clothes to help him get through the cold of winter and give you some extra warmth.

 1) For daily use

  a. Poop bags
When you take your dog out, he might want to answer the call of nature on somebody’s lawn; it would be your responsibility to clean it up. It is best to bring more than one since your dog might do it more than once, or somebody on the way might forget theirs. It would be nice to give a needy fellow a hand, not on the poop though.

  b. Hand sanitizer

It’s poop you have just picked up, right? You will probably need a bottle of this to keep your hands clean, in case you forget to wash your hand and lay it on food afterward.

  c. Bandage

Something bad can happen to you or your dog on the way, so it could come in handy to have a bandage to use, in case you or your dog step on a sharp object, a nail for example. You will need something to stop the bleeding before help arrives.

  d. Treat

Not only for a natural disaster, but you should bring treats with you on your walk with your dog as well. Besides being used when your dog is in an extreme situation, you can also use it to distract other dogs if your dog does not like them or they were going to attack your buddy.

  e. Allergy information

That is something you should stick in your dog’s collar alongside with your name and contact. In some cases when your dog gets lost, you might need to have the stranger take care of him for a while. Therefore, the allergy information is necessary, so the stranger will not feed your dog any allergen.

  f. Direct stop

It’s like pepper spray for dogs, in case the treats was not enough for you and your dog to run away, a spray could buy you and your dog sufficient time to flee.

About the Author:John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies on http://gohappydogs.com/
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By Wagging Tails 03 Sep, 2017
Owning a pet, especially a dog has been proven to help both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. To us, dogs are not just pets but are companions. That is why so many different types of breeds are used as therapy to visit people in need of a health boost, either mentally or emotionally. Some people cannot own a pet, but they can use a therapy program to receive regular visits from a furry friend to help lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.

Service Dogs vs. Therapy dogs
There are different types of services that dogs provide. Service dogs are mainly used to help their owner or handler with their disability. Service dogs are allowed in any building and most public places including restaurants. Both therapy and service dogs are used to help people with specialised training and enjoyable company.

Why Therapy Dogs?
Therapy dogs are used to help visit people that have a variety of issues. These ailments can be anything physical such as a lack of mobility or vision impairment, or they can be emotional trauma from a devastating incident the person is struggling with or anxiety and depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the issues that dogs can help. Their presence helps ease stress and anxiety, and for many suffering from PTSD, dogs have provided a successful therapy technique to help them overcome their traumatic experiences. Dogs also used in court settings. Many people that have to take the stand need to overcome with emotion and stress, so therapy dogs have been used to help calm the witness. These represent only some of the many issues that canines can assist humans.

How Does It Work?
Therapy dogs trained specifically. It is best to start with a young dog or puppy and socialise them with people, other animals, and different places. The AKC has a training program and various levels to reach as your dog advances. It must be trained not to jump on people, to stay or walk on a very loose leash and be well behaved in the midst of machinery, loud noises, children, and panicked adults. There are therapy classes you can enroll in to help you and your dog achieve training and individual milestones as you both learn as a handler and as a pet.

Where Can Therapy Dogs Go?
Therapy dogs used in many different situations and settings and a few of the most common are schools, hospitals, support groups, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices and disaster areas. Therapy dogs can go just about anywhere with the prior approval of the location. Often, the staff or employees get just as much out of the visit as the people they are going to see. These dogs are well behaved and loving towards the elderly, adults, and children in any setting you take them.

How to interact?
It is important to act appropriately with a therapy animal. Talking to the handler first and asking them to pet the dog is a good way to start the introduction. If you have another dog with you, it is best to keep the dogs separated to avoid any conflicts. Offering food is discouraged, as the handler probably has the therapy dog on its schedule and feeding program. If the dog approaches you and you are uncomfortable, all you need to do is notify the handler and they can help correct any behaviour you are unsure. These dogs are here to help and spend time with you. Clear communication with the handler is essential for a fruitful and pleasant visit from a furry friend.

Interactions with service dogs can also have specific rules. If you see a service dog out with its hander, the dog is typically “on-duty.” It is there to assist the owner/handler with their needs which could be physical tasks or emotional stability and comfort. If you want to approach the dog, it is best to speak directly to the handler first. The dog is there for a specific purpose to help that individual and asking first if it is okay to pet the dog or come closer is encouraged. Some handlers discourage petting or distractions because their furry friend is on-the-job and is required to assist them.

Therapy dogs can be just about any breeds. Small or large, these furry companions put a smile on people’s faces and lift their mood. Golden retrievers, Labradors, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Poodles, and many other breeds used for therapy. As long as the dog has proper training and you can take to different places, it will succeed in helping people.

Bio: Sarah has always loved pets. She appreciates how they change people’s lives and she started Crazy Pet Guy so that more people will be more aware of how to take care of their pets properly.
By Wagging Tails 15 Aug, 2017
Getting enough exercise and socialization for your dog is important. 20 to 40 percent of all dogs
seen by a veterinarian are shown to be overweight and this can lead to serious health problems
for your beloved dog such as heart disease and diabetes.

As well as necessary exercise, your dog needs to learn how to cope and respond to other
animals, people, places and things they may encounter. It’s important that your dog is well
socialized; dogs tend to be friendlier and more adept at any lifestyle changes. Dogs that are not
properly socialized may become aggressive or anxious towards others.
Here are some ways to properly exercise and socialize your dog.
Get Outside
Not only does getting outdoors help your dog, but it will also help you! Dog ownership has
shown to help decrease heart disease and other serious health problems, so taking your dog for
a walk a few times a week is a great thing, and your dog will love it.
Even if your dog has a yard to roam in, this doesn’t mean they are getting the necessary
exercise needed. It’s still important for a routine walk, exercise or playtime, so that they can get
the physical activity essential for a healthy life.
If they don’t have a yard, it will be even more important to give your dog appropriate mental
stimulation because boredom and lack of movement will equate to an unhappy pet and surprise
presents left in shoes!
Take a Hike
On the weekend, take your dog with you on a hike or a nice nature walk. This will help you
mentally recharge for the upcoming week and will allow your dog to get the essential exercise
needed to maintain a healthy life. Getting outdoors is both mentally stimulating for your dog and
physically beneficial.
Evening Walks
Dogs should be getting at least 1 hour of activity per day and an evening walk can go a long
way. Taking your dog on a walk once a day, or even multiple times a week, has various
benefits. You can treat an evening walk as a way to help train your dog and it's a great time to
re-enforce commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, as well as leash training.
These walks are also a great time to help show your dog how to socialize with others, be they
animals or humans. If your dog isn’t ready for the dog park, this is a great starter to get them
ready for interactions with others.
Dog Park Visit
A trip to the dog park is a great way to help your dog get exercise, train, and get that essential
socialization they need with other dogs. If you have a puppy or a dog that doesn’t have the best
social skills, it may be best to introduce them when the park is less busy and be sure to bring
plenty of treats and toys.

Dog parks are also a great way for you to socialize, meeting likeminded individuals. This is a
great opportunity to set up play dates for your dogs. Play dates with your friends’ dogs will help
your dog learn how to get along with other canines.
Dog Day Care
If you’re on a busy schedule, think about placing your pet at a doggie day care. Doggie day care
offers everything from socialization with other dogs, daily training, and exercise throughout the
day.

Your dog will enjoy hours of play that is great for mental health and overall wellness, giving you
peace of mind from time away from your pet. Some doggie day cares may even have the option
of sending you photos of your beloved pet throughout the day.
Take Up Running
Most dog breeds will love going on a run, and this is a great way to get you and your dog in
shape! Even if you’re not a big runner, you can consider this your dog’s time, taking plenty of
stops for them to rest and smell the roses.
Play!
Playing fetch is great for your dog if you don’t have the time for running or taking an hour walk.
There’s no need to travel far, as you can go out the front-door to a close by park. You can even
play by steps or a hill, to help increase the exercise your dog will get in a shorter time.
Having a dog is a great thing. They offer so much love and companionship, unbeatable by
almost any other animal. Make sure you’re treating them with responsibility and giving them the
socialization, exercise and love they deserve.

For more go to www.dogdojo.org
By Wagging Tails 24 Jul, 2017
Owning a dog is never easy, it is even harder if he is noisy both day and night. The
day part is understandable when he barks a lot and runs around making noises way
too often. However, it seems a little strange if he makes noises even when he is
asleep. No, it is not he is sleep-walking and produces the sounds or something; he
SNORES, like a human being.
Also no, he is not a prince trapped in the body of a dog, so ladies, do not try to kiss
him, even when it is true love, nothing will happen.
For you, it would not be a pleasance, especially when you have insomnia.
For your dog, though sometimes, it is normal, it could be a sign of health problems.
1. Why?
a. Genetics
Some dog breeds have a respiratory structure that makes them more likely to snore.
Dogs that have short snout comes with broad, short skull are usually the snorer in
your house, since their breathing passage is short. Flat-faced breeds are snorers, in
this case, Pugs, English Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boxers for example. Therefore, if
you own one of these, it should be normal if they are such a disturbance at night.
That does not mean that if you have a Husky, you are safe from the snoring and if
it happens, it has to be a problem. Either must be a Pug snore. It was stated that the
breeds above are more LIKELY to snore, not all of them do, and others do not.
However, if you are concerned, you should double check with the vet for
confirmation, so you will not regret if it is a health problem and by the time you
find out, it was too late.
b. Breathing problems
Dogs’ snoring would be caused by an obstruction in the breathing passage, just like
humans. The obstructions are not always dangerous and need medication to solve;
it could sometimes be a result of a physical or medical factor.

Your dog might snore if he sleeps on his back, like a human on his bed, making his
tongue fall down and be an obstruction in the throat. The tongue then will partially
block the breathing passage, causing your dog to produce sounds when he is
asleep.
Lots of medical conditions can cause breathing problem for your dog, including
allergies, common cold or the smoke coming from your cigarettes. Another reason
you can consider is Aspergillosis, a fungal disease that occurs when your dog
breath mold spores in his nose, causing irritation. These conditions are
straightforward and easy to solve by some pills or your stopping smoking when
your dog is around.
Other conditions could be more severe and more annoying. Snoring could be a sign
of an abscessed tooth that gets stuck in the sinus or even sleep apnea, which makes
or dog stop breathing when he sleeps. Both of these will require surgery to fix and
prevent any possible problem for your dog in the future.
However, sleep apnea is not something you would run into every day. According
to Dr. Carol Osborne, the owner of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic in
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, it is exceedingly rare. She also added that it is more likely
hypothyroidism, a condition that caused by our dog’s inability to produce enough
hormone. The hormone shortage is due by the weakness of thyroid glance,
affecting the metabolism process negatively. Though it is easy to treat and
affordable, it will be such an annoyance since your dog will depend on medicine
for the rest of his life.
c. Obesity
Just like in humans, chubby dogs are prone to snoring. This is caused by the fat
build-up in the neck area exceed the average level. The fat then will put pressure
on the skin on the neck and the tension of the skin at one point will be larger than
that of the windpipe. Applying simple physics, the pressure then will turn to the
throat, causing difficulty breathing and snoring.
However, remember that you should only tell others or your vet that your dog is
fat, not vice versa. You should not call somebody else’s dog fat; it is rude,

especially if you are a vet yourself. It is like calling a woman fatty and a man
shorty, and it is the fastest way to lose a client.
2. What you can do
If you never see your dog snore but all of the sudden, he starts the habit then a vet
appointment is necessary. You will need the vet to determine if the problem is
from an infection, the throat or any potential factor that could cause the snoring. If
your dog has been like that all his life and has always been playful and happy, it is
his anatomy, and there are little things you could do to change it.
You could add a humidifier in your room and turn it on at night for both you and
your dog to sleep easier and reduce the snoring, though the effect would not be
significant.
If the humidifier does not help, do not worry, there is still another option. After
years of researching and experimenting, scientists have put effort to invent a device
that will help you to stop any sound from intruding your eardrum. Thus, you can
say goodbye to all the annoyance caused by the snoring of your dog after owning
this compact, convenient, affordable, state of the art and easy to get device.
So put on your pants, take your car to the nearest pharmacy and loudly demand the
pharmacist with pride:” one pair of ear plugs please.”
About the Author:
John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and
giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very
special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing
information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after
their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care
tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies
on http://gohappydogs.com/
By Wagging Tails 22 Jul, 2017
People usually spend lots of time preparing survival kit, supplies and skills for themselves in case something bad happens, like a flood, a storm or any major natural disaster and that is necessary.

However, have you ever thought about doing the same to your beloved pet?

No, you only think about yourself!

Just kidding, you may not think about it because you think you can give your pet human’s stuff such as medication and food. That is not always applicable. Some products for people are extremely toxic and harmful to dogs. Here are something you should prepare in advance to save your dog in case of an unfortunate event or simply just what you need if you have a dog.

Before getting all the things listed in this article, you should prepare a big box to keep these, in case when you need them you just have to take out the box.

 1. In the event of a disaster

  a. Pet food

You should check for the expiration date and avoid imported stuff to make sure that the bag you purchased can last longer. Most dog food is high in fat so it will be spoiled very quickly so you should prepare airtight containers and oxygen absorber to store it. Another way to save your money is to replace the food often by the newly bought food and feed them to your pet before its “best by” date. A tip to reduce the frequency of replacing your storage is to buy canned food instead of dry food. It might sound hard to believe, but canned food will last longer than its dry kind. Having enough food so your pet can last about two weeks is recommended.

  b. Water

You need some for yourself, and your pet would need it, too. It does no harm to keep a little more than the amount you need so your pet can live, too.

Food and water bowls

You should also keep food and water bowls in the box. It should be collapsible, so it does not take too much room. If it is not, you still need at least one to give your pet water, since it cannot be poured on the ground like the food, or you could give your pet both food and water in that bowl, to prevent the parasites and pathogen on the ground.

  c. Can opener

It is likely that you have this tool in your house already, but it does no harm to remind you about it. If you decided to have canned food in store for your dog, a can opener would come in handy to keep. In case a natural disaster actually happens, you are stranded on somewhere with your dog and his survival kit with the food is canned. You rushed out of the house so quickly, and you did not have time to take the can opener. Now without it, you are a can’t opener (pardon the pun) and will have a hard time trying.

  d. Treats and toys

That might sound unnecessary, but it will be useful at some point. Your pet could panic just like you do when he sees that you are scared. Therefore, he might try to run and bark, making the situation even worse. The treats then will be something you give your dog to calm him down and reassure him at some degree.

  e. Waste disposal system

The system here is not a fully functional septic toilet, but a system of litter, newspaper, a scoop, bleach, garbage bags. You may need baking soda as well to get rid of the smell since you might get caught in a small place and it would not be nice if everything smells of dog poop.

  f. Pet medication

You should keep all the drugs for common disease in pets, like tick and flea spray, toothbrush for his teeth, etc. If he has already had any medical condition, you should keep extra meds for it. Just like the food, the meds should be two weeks ahead of your dog’s need.

  g. Pet clothes

It could be cold the time the disaster happens, and your dog could use some clothes to help him get through the cold of winter and give you some extra warmth.

 1) For daily use

  a. Poop bags
When you take your dog out, he might want to answer the call of nature on somebody’s lawn; it would be your responsibility to clean it up. It is best to bring more than one since your dog might do it more than once, or somebody on the way might forget theirs. It would be nice to give a needy fellow a hand, not on the poop though.

  b. Hand sanitizer

It’s poop you have just picked up, right? You will probably need a bottle of this to keep your hands clean, in case you forget to wash your hand and lay it on food afterward.

  c. Bandage

Something bad can happen to you or your dog on the way, so it could come in handy to have a bandage to use, in case you or your dog step on a sharp object, a nail for example. You will need something to stop the bleeding before help arrives.

  d. Treat

Not only for a natural disaster, but you should bring treats with you on your walk with your dog as well. Besides being used when your dog is in an extreme situation, you can also use it to distract other dogs if your dog does not like them or they were going to attack your buddy.

  e. Allergy information

That is something you should stick in your dog’s collar alongside with your name and contact. In some cases when your dog gets lost, you might need to have the stranger take care of him for a while. Therefore, the allergy information is necessary, so the stranger will not feed your dog any allergen.

  f. Direct stop

It’s like pepper spray for dogs, in case the treats was not enough for you and your dog to run away, a spray could buy you and your dog sufficient time to flee.

About the Author:John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies on http://gohappydogs.com/
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