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  1. How many cups of food should you feed a puppy if you feed them twice a day and feed them nutrias natural dog dry food

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      Please consult with your veterinarian as to the nutritional requirements of your puppy.All puppy food and dog food packages have feeding instructions on the back. Keep in mind that all pups need to be fed a puppy formula only.

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    Potty training takes consistency and patience, and is best done with positive reinforcement. Take your puppy outside often, so that he can go potty. When he does this, you can reward him with a treat. It’s always best to take your puppy out right after he eats or drinks. You should follow a schedule and only use positive training. Accidents will happen. Never get angry with your puppy or dog. It’s easiest to train your puppy to go potty outside from the beginning. Puppies cannot hold it for a long period of time, so you will need to give your puppy plenty of opportunities to go potty. Try keeping a record of the times that your pup needs to go outside to eliminate, and try determining the times that you will need to be home to take him outside. If you see your puppy circling or squating, pick her up gently and take her outdoors. This is also necessary right before bedtime.

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      Learn how to recognize the signs of pain in pups and dogs. For more on this, visit: https://blog.veterinarians.com/signs-of-pain-in-dogs-and-cats/

      According to the American Animal Hospital Association, (AHHA) “Degenerative joint disease is one of the most significant and under-diagnosed diseases of cats and dogs. Degenerative joint disease is ubiquitous, found in pets of all ages, and inevitably progresses over time; evidence based strategies for management are established in dogs.”Because cats and dogs tend to hide pain as a protective mechanism, pet owners need to be aware of signs that their pet is in pain. General signs include a change in normal behavior, such as decreased activity, lethargy, decreased appetite, and in the case of cats, decreased grooming.” via AHHA

    • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.Dogs can have the same eye problems that people have. The eye is an active organ that adjusts to the amount of light that comes in. The eye also adjusts and focuses on close and far objects. That said, there are numerous eye problems that may affect your dog. These may include the following:

      .Cataracts
      .Glaucoma
      .Dry eye
      .Conjunctivitis
      .Corneal Ulcers
      .Retinal atrophy
      .Prolapse of the eye
      .Eye Cancer
      .Eyeworm disease
      .Uveitis ( inflammation)

      What Vitamins Should My Dog Take?
      .Vitamins like C, E. B1 and B2
      .Alpha lipoic Acid ( aldose reductase inhibitors )
      .Caratenoids like lutein, astaxanthin and zeaxanthin
      .Flavanoids which include grapeseed extract and green tea extract.

      What Do Antioxidants Do?

      After eye surgery, your pooch may have inflammation of the eye, and lower tear production from the anesthesia. That said, there is also less antioxidant activity in the tears. Before surgery and after, dog parents can add supplements to their dog’s food. This will help to combat inflammation and free radicals. Your veterinarian will prescribe meds to fight eye infection and inflammation before and after your dog has had eye surgery.Inflammation of the anterior uvea can lead to glaucoma. When there is inflammation of both membrane,iris,and the ciliary body, complications may occur. Consult with your veterinarian for the best advice. Senior dogs also need plenty of antioxidants due to aging of the retina, where there is a loss of night vision. Dogs should continue with the use of antioxidants throughout their lives for a healthier life. There are also many dog breeds that inherit cataracts during puppyhood.

      The breeds affected are as follows:

      .Afghan Hound 6-12 months
      .American Cocker Spaniel 6 months and older
      .Bichon Frise 2 years plus
      .Boston Terrier From birth,and late onset
      .Chesapeake Bay Retriever 1 Year and older
      .German Shepherd 8 weeks and older
      .Golden Retriever 6 months and older
      .Labrador Retriever 6 months and older
      .Miniature Schnauzer From birth, 6 months, and older
      .Old English Sheepdog From birth
      .Rottweiler 10 months and older
      .Siberian Husky 6 months and older
      .Staffie 6 months and older
      .Standard Poodle 1 year and older
      .Welsh Springer Spaniel From birth
      .West Highland Terrier From birth

      Here’s a link to my article on retinal blindness in dogs:
      http://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2661

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      .Yawning
      .Behavioral changes
      .Tense body stance
      .Aggression
      .Agitation
      .Trembling or cowering
      .Tucked in tail
      .Snarling
      .Raised hackles
      .Excessive licking or OCD like behaviors

      Acupressure may be used for the following:

      .Calming your pooch
      .Strengthening the dog’s immune system
      .Aids in relieving pain from tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
      .With acupressure, endorphins are released making your German Shepherd feel good
      .Helps your German Shepherd focus with positive dog training
      .Helps improve circulation in your German Shepherd
      .Canine massage removes nasty toxins from the body

      Acupressure will help to calm anxious and stressed out German Shepherds. That said, it’s easy to do, and lowers your dog’s stress levels right away.

      Consult with your veterinarian for the best advice.

      For more information about canine stress, visit :https://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2265

  3. Why is my dog scared of new people
    I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.

    • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.Puppies best adapt to new homes and families at around 9 weeks. Your German Shepherd puppy needs exposure to people, different objects, and new environments from 9-12 weeks. They need to have fun and positive experiences while being socialized. Visit Starbucks with your puppy, and allow for your German Shepherd puppy to get handled by strangers. Visit friend’s homes and bring your puppy along so that he can make new friends and meet new people. At this age, it’s not advisable for him to ingest or sniff feces until he’s fully vaccinated. That said, socialization during puppyhood, most especially in German Shepherds, is very important. Your German Shepherd puppy at home will be exposed to different noises and different people. He will see bicycles and hear vacuums.

      By 3-6 months, you’ll need to participate in puppy kindergarten classes with your German Shepherd puppy. Puppy positive dog training schools for your German Shepherd allows for puppies to meet new people and dogs. During this time, you will still need to visit the dog park, dog beach, and bring your German Shepherd puppy along to places, so that he can continuously explore new surroundings and meet dog -friendly people, and other animals.

      From 6-12 months, your German Shepherd puppy is now free to go anywhere, and can fully enjoy camping trips and long hikes. German Shepherd pups at this time can become rowdy, and may display annoying behaviors like jumping-up and nipping people. Positive dog training and socialization for your German Shepherd puppy needs to continue throughout his lifetime. More advanced obedience training classes tend to work well for these adolescent Shepherds, that are now weighing close to 80 pounds. That said, if you have recently adopted a German Shepherd and he’s really scared of guests or strangers, counter-conditioning and behavior modification are successful in rebuilding trust and confidence. Desensitization together with counter-conditioning will allow for your German Shepherd puppy’s emotional response to change from one of fear or aggression to feeling secure by your side.

      Never opt for harsh and unkind dog training methods which include choke chains, yelling, shock collars and pinch collars. Opt for positive training and plenty of kindness and respect for your German Shepherd throughout his lifetime! Regardless of the situation that you may find yourself in with your German Shepherd, patience, kindness and a positivity are key to success.

      For more on Teaching Good Behavior Around Guests With Victoria Stilwell and Claudia Bensimoun visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/teaching-good-behavior-around-guests/

      For more on Positive Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell, visit:https://positively.com

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      Dogs experience anxiety just like we do. They may be scared of thunderstorms, people wearing hats, to being left alone at home. Sometimes we may not notice that fear right away. Othertimes, your furry best friend may exhibit destructive behavior. Easing canine anxiety may be as simple as playing some classical music for your pooch to getting him an awesome companion.

      Anxiety Busters For Your Pooch

      .Play some classical music for Fido
      .Consult with your veterinarian as to Vitamin D3, and your dog’s mood.(Vitamin D helps to increase serotonin)
      .Keep in mind that commercial dog food may be lacking in Vitamin D, and you may need to supplement
      .Test your dog’s Vitamin D3 levels at your veterinarian
      .Melatonin may be effective in reducing anxiety in your pooch. Consult with your veterinarian first
      .Essential oils especially formulated for dogs helps dogs with anxiety. Many of these have to be diluted before application. Read instructions first, and consult with your veterinarian first before use
      .Thundershirts are terrific for dogs with thunderstorm fear. Always have a few of these at home
      .Homeopathic remedies under the care of a holistic veterinarian may be helpful. That said, only use after consulting with an integrative or holistic veterinarian
      .Home- cooked meals of salmon and veggies for brain health. (please refer to my article on brain food)
      .Canine massage works well to ease emotional stress and anxiety

      Steps To Take When Your Dog is Anxious

      1.Figure out what is making your dog anxious
      2.A high-quality diet helps to combat stress in dogs
      3.Increase physical activity by taking longer walks, visiting the dog beach, and off-leash dog park, thus allowing for fun and free play.
      4.Dog TV and food puzzle toy by Nina Ottosson work wonders. (see my interview with Nina Ottosson with the very best advice from her on how to have fun with your dogs.)
      5.Create a rich environment for your dog with lots of environmental stimuli
      6. If your dog is generally fearful, consult with a positive dog trainer and veterinarian for behavior modification tips.

      We all love our dogs, and there’s nothing worse than seeing them have a difficult time due to stress or environmental factors. Dr. Dodman, DVM, Tufts University, adds ” one of a dog’s most basic needs. “Exercise minimizes stress,” “Dogs should run, swim, or participate in aerobic exercise like flyball or agility. Exercise has both calming and mood-stabilizing effects.”

      For more on my interview with Dr.Dodman, visit: https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/whats-making-your-dog-anxious/

      For more on my article published in the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) about whether walking reduces long-term stress? Visit:https://www.usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=2979

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      Doberman Pinscher
      Golden Retriever
      Miniature Schnauzer
      Airedale Terrier
      Cocker Spaniel
      Irish Setter

      It can affect both female and male dogs equally.Thyroid hormone deficiency in dogs can be seen in many ways. Metabolism will slow down, and your pooch may be more lethargic. Affected dogs may not want to exercise, and there will be weight gain, without your dog eating much more than he usually does. There are also skin changes with dryness, shedding, hair loss, and sometimes with thickening of the skin.Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand is caused by an excess of the thyroid hormones in dogs, of which symptoms include weight loss, increased heart rate, and an increased appetite.

      In a study published in Wiley, it was concluded that “dietary hyperthyroidism can be seen in dogs on a raw meat diet or fed fresh or dried gullets. Increased plasma thyroxine concentration in a dog, either with or without signs of hyperthyroidism, should prompt the veterinarian to obtain a thorough dietary history.” via Wiley Online Library

      As usual, always consult with your veterinarian if your pooch has any of the above symptoms.

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      Puppy Flu Dog Flu Canine Flu Tips

      Our furry best friends, just like humans, can get the flu. That said, the virus strains are different from that of humans. Fortunately dog flu is not very common, yet you may wonder if you should have your pooch vaccinated?

      Dog Flu Tips

      .Highly contagious
      .Viral infection with 2 strains H3N8 and H3N2
      .New strains can develop
      .H3N8 moved from horses to dogs
      .H3N2 first came about in South Korea, Thailand, and China, finally affecting dogs in Chicago
      .Both strains, thus far have not affected humans
      .May be confused with kennel cough

      How Will I Know if My Puppy Or Dog Has The Flu?

      .Pups and adult dogs will have acute respiratory infection
      .Dog flu can be mild or severe
      .May sound like kennel cough
      .May last for several weeks
      .Puppy or dog may be very lethargic
      .High fever
      .Nose and eye discharge
      .Lack of appetite
      .Coughing
      .Pups and dogs may display signs of pneumonia
      .Change of behavior

      If you suspect that your puppy or dog has canine flu, consult with your veterinarian immediately. Dog flu is spread easily by dog’s barking and coughing. Food and water dishes need to be washed in hot water and disinfected, so that other dogs and people do not cross-contaminate. Pet parents also need to wash their hands frequently, so as to avoid contamination of other dogs. The canine flu virus remains on floors, kitchen counter-tops, car seats and other places that a sick dog has been around for up to 48 hours. Studies have demonstrated that up to 80% of dogs that have been exposed to the virus get sick. Death rate from doggie flu can be as high as 60%-80%. With that in mind, visit your veterinarian right away if your dog is coughing, and has a fever.

      What Will Your Veterinarian Do?

      .Blood work
      .Nose swabs
      .Administer fluid therapy
      .Prescribe antibiotics

      For more on the dog flu vaccine, visit:https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/product/canine/Nobivac-Canine-Flu-Bivalent/1

      If your dog travels and stays at boarding kennels, or travels to dog shows, you may consider vaccinating your pooch with the dog flu vaccine. Dog flu outbreaks mainly occur at kennels, dog parks, veterinary clinics, Greyhound racing tracks, and dog shelters.

      For more information about canine influenza, visit:http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/canine_influenza.pdf

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      A dog’s behavior is influenced by many factors. Some of these may be linked to genetic predisposition, while past experiences and environment play important roles. While the amount of socialization your dog has had during puppyhood affects behavior, his exposure to new people and surroundings has to continue, understanding why your dog behaves in this way is important in helping him out in the future. Additionally, abnormal levels of certain hormones tend to factor in with canine aggression and fear. Consult with your veterinarian, so that any medical problems can be ruled out. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) published a study by Dr. Schwartz that compares canine anxiety to specific emotional disorders in humans.”stating that separation reactions in dogs and cats have much in common with phobic disorders and panic attacks in people.” via AVMA. The study adds that ” a clinical trial involving 40 dogs with storm phobia, all dogs were given the same combination of clomipramine, alprazolam, and behavior modification, and improvement was seen in 30 of the 32 dogs that completed the study. It was concluded that although elimination of storm phobia may not be realistic, the combination of treatments used in this study could be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of clinical signs.”

      The American Animal Hospital Association (AHHA) came up with new guidelines and tools to help veterinary practices assess and manage behavioral issues in dogs and cats. The new guidelines add that “ Most dogs and cats relinquished to shelters, euthanized for behavioral problems, or abandoned are 1–3 yr old and in the midst of social maturity. Changes in pet behavior are potentially life-threatening, yet many of the problems emerging during that time can be addressed with simple intervention.” These guidelines discuss the following:

      .aggression
      .elimination disorders
      .separation anxiety
      .noise phobia

      “Behavioral conditions are progressive. Early intervention is essential to preserve quality of life for both the patient and client and to provide the best chance of treatment success.” That said, it’s really important not to ignore the behavioral problem, hoping that it will go away.”Veterinarians are now recognizing that their patients can be fearful or anxious and that these conditions not only affect their ability to deliver care, but that they affect the quality of their patient’s life, the quality of the client’s life, and possibly whether their patients live or die,” adds Dr. Overall, via AAHA. “Like the infectious diseases against which we vaccinate, virtually all behavior problems respond to prevention.”

      Here’s what you can do:

      .Consult with a canine behaviorist
      .Work together with a positive dog trainer
      .Opt for doga classes with your Shepherd to help him relax
      .Enjoy long hikes and participate in dog sports like agility and obedience training
      .Increase the amount of daily exercise, and take your dog for a long walk before you leave home
      .Purchase numerous interactive dog toys and puzzle games to keep your Shepherd busy and mentally stimulated
      .Opt for DOGTV. Turn it on before you leave home! Otherwise calming music or Animal Planet to keep your pooch entertained
      .Start off by leaving home for a few minutes each time, and reward him each time you get home. Increase time away gradually!
      .Consult with your veterinarian for the best advice

      For more on my interview with Victoria Stilwell and Dr. Dodman on canine seperation anxiety, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/whats-making-your-dog-anxious/
      For more on fun doga classes wit your pooch, visit:https://www.fidofriendly.com/article/fidos-inner-zen

      For international pet travel arrangements, visit:https://www.animalcouriers.com/on-the-road-with-animalcouriers/

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      A dog’s ear has three parts. The outer, middle,and inner ear. With all dog breeds, ear infections are common. As usual, it’s important to visit your veterinarian asap if your dog is head shaking from an ear infection. Your veterinarian will look for inflammation,secretions, ear swelling, trauma, or lots of ear wax. To see whether your dog has an ear infection, your veterinarian will test fluid secretions to see which organisms are involved, and which antibiotics are needed. Bacteria and yeast cause most ear infections in dogs. Tumors may also be present. In this case, a biopsy is done. Longterm inflammation of the external ear canal may result in deafness.

      Fly bites on the outer ear cause tiny bumps with bloody crusts. Hair loss in the ear resulting from skin disease may suddenly crop up and then disappear. Ticks can also be another cause if found in the external ear canal. Signs include head shaking, droopy ears, and a feeling of discomfort. Your veterinarian will provide the necessary treatment for your dog. Ear infections caused by inflammation of the middle ear can also cause deafness and loss of balance if not treated. Signs include head shaking, moving the head toward the affected side, and rubbing the affected ear and head on the floor for relief. In this case there is a painful discharge,and your dog will be in tremendous pain. This may affect your dog’s eye muscles as well. In the case of tumors affecting your dog, these will develop by the earwax glands in the external ear canal. Cocker Spaniels tend to be prone to getting ear tumors. Surgical or laser removal is necessary with a 5 year survival rate. If your dog has extensive tumors, the outlook may not be as positive, and treatment may be radiation. This offers a 56% and one year survival rate. That said, as soon as you suspect an ear infection, consult with your veterinarian.

      Not only is this very painful for your dog, but the faster a diagnosis can be made, the faster treatment can be provided. There is no need for any dog to suffer unnecessarily!

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    • Thanks for connecting with Mysweetpuppy.net. I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.Ear infections are very painful for your dog. Consult with your veterinarian asap.If it is an ear infection your veterinarian will first need to check for the underlying causes. The veterinarian may remove the ear wax from the ear canal to allow for the movement of air. The ear will be cleaned and excessive ear wax removed, to allow for the ear medications ( topical medications) to work properly. There may also be oral medications or an injection given when there has been longterm inflammation of the ear canal. If there is a serious bacterial ear infection, then antibacterial medications are given together with corticosteroids. This will reduce the inflammation and discharge in the ear, and also allow for your pooch to feel more comfortable. If your dog has a parasitic bacterial infection, then a topical antibacterial and antiparasitic drug is used for treatment. Treatment needs to continue until the ear infection has cleared up. You will also need to go for follow-up office visits, so that your veterinarian can make sure that the treatment is working. That said, bacterial and yeast infections may take as long as 2-4 weeks to clear up. Some even take as long as a few months to get better. It is very important to follow all veterinary instructions with regard to medications, and follow-up visits.

      Ear care is extremely important, most especially during grooming. That said, keeping water out of your dog’s ears dry during grooming, cannot be emphasized enough. When water stays inside the ear after washing your dog, chances of an ear infection increases. Today, there’s drying ear powders that are recommended. Some of these may be medicated.Once in the ear the liquid becomes a powder, and helps to prevent buildup, and also helps with ear irritations.

      For at-home ear cleaning, there are numerous ear products that are non-alcohol- based for dogs that work well. Natural cleaning solutions are gentler,many of which have dual functions like soothing and cleansing. Ear wipes are also great because they are fast, and just as gentle. Opt for hypoallergenic, and free of sulphates,artificial colors,parabens, perfumes,DEA, and phthalates.

      Pet parents often wonder if it’s best to trim their dog’s ear hair. Consult with your veterinarian to see what the preference is.

      For more on ear infections in dogs, visit:https://www.merckvetmanual.com/dog-owners/ear-disorders-of-dogs/ear-infections-and-otitis-externa-in-dogs

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      With walking being such a wonderful exercise for both you and your pooch, it’s best that it’s enjoyable with no pulling or lunging.Large breed adolescent pups can be feisty, and positive puppy training needs to start early, so that your puppy becomes used to wearing a collar and walking on a leash. By purchasing the appropriate leash and lightweight collar or harness with the correct fit, you’ll be preventing injury to your furry best friend’s neck or back. Opt for a high-quality harness and leash that is durable, and that is also a good fit. If you’re planning on evening walks, consider the LED collars for cloudy weather or dark evenings.

      Extendable leashes tend to be difficult with pups, so they’re best avoided. Positive puppy training needs to begin indoors, where you can teach him how to get used to wearing a collar and leash.Rewarding him with treats, and keep training sessions super short. When your puppy is used to this, you can start going outside, where there will be more distractions. If you find that your pooch is pulling you and your leash tightens, stop moving. Get your puppy to focus on you,reward him with his favorite treats, and then resume your walk with a loose leash. Practicing outside in your garden before going around your neighborhood, works best!

      Give your puppy lots of praise and treats when he gets it right. It takes lots of positive repetition to get this right. Keep in mind that there are plenty of distractions like different scents, and other dogs and people. Never punish your puppy if he pulls or gets a bit carried away. Stay away from harsh and outdated dog training methods. Never use shock collars on your puppy or adult dog!

      For my article and interview with world renown positive dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell, about how to get your dog to behave around guests, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/teaching-good-behavior-around-guests/

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      Traveling with your furry best friend is always fun! That said, it’s easier if you’re well prepared.

      Here are some pet travel tips on how to keep your puppy or dog safe and sound when traveling by car:

      .Consider high-tech pet identification systems ,electronic tags, alongside microchipping, and other traditional forms of pet ID’s
      .Bring along multiple harnesses, collars and leashes to allow for easy changes. There’s nothing nicer than having plenty of color and style options with pet gear!
      .Strap up your pooch with doggy seat belts like easy-to-use adjustable seat belt restraints that are fast and easy to use
      .Harnesses need to be travel safe and comfortable with wide straps to ensure safety and comfort
      .Book a Dog Vacay ahead of time,and bring along all pet travel documents like health forms and vaccination forms
      .Visit eco-friendly pet hotels that are pet friendly
      .Bring along some interactive dog toys, and a dog lifejacket if going boating.
      .Consider S.I.T. Gear Vests for car travel
      .Bring along all pet medications and dog food with pet food bowls
      .Look up a veterinarian that is in the destination area in case of an emergency
      .If hiring a dog walker or pet sitter while on pet vacay, consider an in-depth screening, even if they are from a reputable pet walking company.

      For my article with Victoria Stilwell on how to teach your dogs to behave when out and about,visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/teaching-good-behavior-around-guests/
      For my article with Victoria Stilwell on positive online dog training classes via SKYPE, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/online-dog-training/

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    My puppy is always licking and biting his paws he has cracked pads.. what can I do!?

    • I am in no way connected to the content written within this website, most especially the German Shepherd blog. This website hires other writers for their blogs.Please do not contact me regarding website content. I only write content within the comments section.Paw care is important! A dog’s pad and nails help with movement across different surfaces. Pads are under a dog’s paws. These are thick and resilient. Yes, as the dog ages, they become callused and worn! The function of the pads is to protect the dog’s paw,as well as to provide a good grip on surfaces that the dog may encounter while out and about. Toenails help with grip as well, and provide traction for running and digging. Because nails are brittle and thick, they need to be trimmed regularly to avoid snagging. That said, if your pooch breaks a nail, a visit to the veterinarian is necessary, so that the nail can be trimmed, and the wound treated. Dew claws, if not removed, need to be trimmed regularly, to prevent them from curling and growing into the dog’s foot.

      Signs of pad/paw problems may include:

      .Cuts and lacerations
      .Inflammation and infection
      .Nail issues
      .Cracked pads that are very dry due to cold or hot weather conditions
      .Allergies which cause itching
      .Snow salt/chemical allergies

      Canine Paw Creams

      . Ruff Relief Balm
      . Paw Nectar
      . Top Performance Pet Edge
      . Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter

      Rinsing your dog’s paws after walking, helps to eliminate chemicals,mud, bacteria, and bits of debris from the paw. If your pooch has burnt his paw after walking on hot asphalt, you’ll need to consult with your veterinarian. Veterinary techs may also help with nail trimming, since long nails can become ingrown resulting in an abscess. A dog’s nails should be trimmed twice monthly. That said, consider regularly examining your dog’s paws to make sure that they are free of pain. Look between the toes,check nails, and opt for paw ointments to keep your furry best friend’s paw’s in good shape. Dog boots also help in extreme temperatures.

      For more on a deadly skin condition,lethal acrodermatitis,(LAD) affecting the face and paws of Bull Terriers, visit:https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180322140958.htm

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