Recognizing the Dangers of Overheating In Your Dog

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The potential for a dog to overheat can result in decreased performance as well as serious health conditions. A dog does not regulate his body temperature by sweating. Most adult dogs are good at controlling their body temperatures, except when they are put in stressful situations.

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Causes of Skin Conditions in Dogs

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Environmental Allergies

Skin problems in dogs are sometimes the result of environmental allergens. Dog skin allergies tend to show up in very specific areas of your dog including: face, ears, paws, base of the tail, under elbows and in the groin area. Allergies typically appear between ages of 3 months and 6 years. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if an allergy test is right for your dog.

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Dog’s will eat all sorts of things, but eating dirt might be one that gives you cause for concern. However, eating dirt is a fairly common behavior among dogs. When pooches eat non-food items, whether dirt, grass, rocks, sticks or garbage, they may be diagnosed with a condition called pica, which just means that your dog is eating non-food items. If the only non-food item they eat is dirt, then they might have what is referred to as geophagia, according to Wag! But is your dog’s dirt eating just a strange habit or should you be concerned?

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Overcoming Obesity in Small Dogs

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Because of their little and darling, or small and scrappy, stature small dogs are experts at inspiring the most coddling. They can especially excel at eliciting more treats out of their pet parents. This means that parents have to be on their because small and miniature dogs are just as likely to be overweight or obese as their larger-breed counterparts.

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Puppy Timeline: How Puppies Grow up to Be Dogs

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Puppy development involves a lot of stages and milestones as puppies grow into adulthood. Whether you’ve adopted a puppy and you’re wondering when he’ll calm down and stop chewing on everything — or you’re simply curious about what puppies go through to become full-fledged dogs — this puppy timeline has the answers you’re looking for.

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5 Games to Play with Your Dog

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Finding fun and constructive ways to play with your dog is one of the best parts of being a dog owner. The best games for dogs not only provide physical exercise but also offer mental stimulation. Below are five games to play with your dog to keep him excited, engaged and stimulated.

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Do's and Don'ts to Help Kids and Pets Bond

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Spending time with a pet can be a valuable experience for a child. My 7-year-old daughter, Reagan, has been around dogs her entire life. From the moment she came home from the hospital, our two Pugs, Willie and Bruce, were there to greet her, and they have shared all of her firsts: first tooth, first steps, first word, first day of school. Reagan has always seen the dogs as her brothers and her best friends — in fact, she barked before she talked!

There are a number of ways in which a dog or cat can be good for a child. Pets give kids a way to practice their social skills at the same time that they encourage much-needed physical activity. The strong bond between a child and an animal assists in development of important life skills and personality traits, including responsibility and empathy.

Kids and pets may be a natural match, but that doesn’t mean your toddler and your cat should be left to their own devices. To help ensure safe, happy interactions between pets and kids, follow these five do’s and don’ts.

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How to Keep Your Dog Happy on Crate Rest

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If you were told you needed to be on bed rest for the next few weeks to allow an injury to properly heal, you probably wouldn’t be thrilled, but you’d understand the reason for it — and, most likely, follow your doctor’s orders. After all, bed rest is just an excuse to binge-watch everything on Netflix, right? You might even enjoy being waited on and pampered! Read more

Improve Your Dog's Manners By Teaching These Three Behaviors

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Recently, I talked with a frustrated dog owner who felt like she had missed her chance to teach her dog good manners. “I want to train my Cocker Spaniel to stop barking every 30 seconds,” she lamented, “but he’s 4 now and it’s too late to change him!”

I hear that a lot, and while I understand why a pet parent would think that way, I’m always happy to tell them that it’s not true. The fallacy that an old dog can’t learn a new trick has been disproven time and again. And there’s more good news: Teaching a dog of any age new tricks and better manners usually doesn’t require extensive effort or hours of training.

Training can provide a fresh start for your dog, whether he’s newly adopted and still learning the boundaries of his new household or a longtime family member who needs a brush up on his manners. No matter how old your dog is, training that emphasizes rewards can help to reframe patterns of interaction in a way that rewards and builds desired behavior in place of undesirable habits. This is a win-win situation for you and your dog: You get less barking and more behaving, and he gets rewards for doing what he’s asked.

For many dogs, the foundation to better manners is as simple as focusing on three basic behaviors: go to your place, make eye contact and tolerate touch. Here’s how training each of these behaviors can change your relationship with your dog for the better.

Go to Your Spot

One of the most useful behaviors you can teach your dog is to move to a designated spot — like a mat or his bed — when asked. Teaching this behavior can help solve a variety of problems, including begging at the dinner table and dashing out the door. Teaching your dog to go to a designated spot can also provide a strategy for steering your dog away from problem behaviors like jumping or chasing the cat. In each of these situations, your dog replaces an undesirable behavior — jumping or chasing — with a behavior that you reward with treats and praise.

In addition, “go to your spot” can be useful when you and your dog are navigating situations where your canine may need to be directed to a designated area — for example, when you’re unloading groceries and don’t want your dog underfoot or when guests are arriving or leaving and you need to be sure your dog isn’t tempted to slip out an open door. “Go to your spot” can also help to increase your dog’s independence by reinforcing that it’s OK for him to be separated from you for limited periods of time.

Make Eye Contact

In a dog’s world, direct, prolonged eye contact can often be perceived as a threat or challenge. For this reason, many dogs are fearful of direct eye contact from people. But because eye contact is a normal part of human interactions, it is something your dog is likely to encounter. Teaching your dog to make eye contact and treating it as something positive that leads to rewards and praise can help to build your dog’s self confidence and may help reduce anxiety or stress associated with human interactions.

Making eye contact can be helpful when you need to have your dog’s attention in order to distract him from behaviors you would like to see less of. Rather than simply yelling at him to stop barking, you can ask for eye contact and then follow up by offering a reward or asking for another, more desirable behavior like a down stay.

Tolerate Touch

Teaching your dog to tolerate and respond to touch offers one more way to get your dog’s attention when he is exhibiting behavior you would rather not see. Touch can be used to redirect your dog when he engages in unwanted behavior; training him to allow you to touch or gently hold his collar can be useful for situations where you need to get his attention in order to ask for an acceptable behavior.

Training him to accept being touched by unfamiliar objects can also be helpful in minimizing certain fears and eliminating the related behavior. If your dog hides when it’s time to trim his nails, try introducing the clippers by simply touching them to his paw and rewarding him for calm behavior.

Every canine is unique in the behaviors they’ll benefit from the most, but for the majority of canines, these three behaviors can be used to create a framework upon which to build better manners. And no matter how old your dog is, it typically doesn’t take a lot of effort to teach these behaviors — particularly once you commit to making them part of your everyday interactions with your dog.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: [email protected]

10 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog

When your dog is in pain, you want to help him feel better — fast. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to relieve the aches that are an everyday occurrence for dogs with arthritis:

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