Sunday, 24 February 2013

How to Whiten a Dogs White Fur

A dogs white coat can be difficult to maintain. Even after a good wash there can still be brown stains left behind on the fur. The white shows off the colour stains and some soiling can be difficult to remove from the coat especially if it is thick fur.

Dog tears  cause brown stains on the face fur and are difficult to remove. The dog uses the tears to clean their eyes. The dogs tears leave an iron sediment on your dog which can rust, hence the brown stains around the eyes.

Water that contains a high mineral content can also cause brown colouration of the fur. When the dog drinks water with a high mineral content and then drools and licks her lips iron sediment is deposited on the fur which rusts causing discolouration around the pets jaw. This problem can be solved  by giving your pet quality water.

Shampoos that are not suited to your dog can cause discoloration of the fur.

Some dogs loose their beautiful white coat shine as they get older.
Regular grooming will greatly improve the appearance of your dogs white coat.
A good dog diet will ensure that your pet will have the healthiest and brightest coat possible.
There are special dog shampoos that are great for whitening and removing stains.

Wash your dog as he/she gets dirty.
Use gentle products that will not strip your dogs coat of essential natural oils.
Apply a conditioner after shampoo to prevent drying and damage.
Ensure that you rinse your dogs coat well.
Use a hypoallergenic shampoo and purified water as tap water may contain hard minerals that dull the white coat.

Cornstarch is a product that most have in the kitchen and can be used to improve the white shine of the dogs coat.
First you should wash condition and  thoroughly dry your dog with a high quality whitening shampoo.
Apply some cornstarch through your dogs fur until it is not visible. You can apply the cornstarch once a week.

Friday, 15 February 2013

How To Treat Puppy & Dog Bee stings

Bee and wasp stings can have different effects on a puppy and dog. Like humans some puppy's can have an allergic reaction to the sting. The effect of the sting can vary from not serious to very serious and even death. Some puppy's and dogs love to chase bees and wasps. One bee sting may not do much harm but if the puppy gets several stings or stung in the mouth a trip to the vet is needed.
If your puppy is allergic  it will have different reactions depending on how allergic it is to the bee sting. The most common symptoms are some irritation, hives and swelling. But in the more severe cases your puppy may vomit have diarrhoea and have breathing problems.

In your puppy emergency kit always ensure that you have pet antihistamine. Speak with your vet on the best antihistamine for your pet and how to administer it.
  • Administer the antihistamine to your pet

  • Using a tweezers remove the sting from your pets skin to prevent more venom being released into your pet

  • Wash the wound and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Apply the cold compress for 5 minutes at a time.

  • Applying a mixture of baking soda and water to the sting area will bring some relief to the puppy.

  • Keep a close eye on your pet if they start to show signs of a severe reaction of anaphylatic shock contact your vet and get to the vets office straight away. Keep your dog conscious and wrapped in a blanket on the way to vet.

  • Signs of the severe reaction are weakness, shakes, trouble breathing and pale gums and a large amount of swelling.

  • Contact your vet also if your pet vomits and has diarrhoea

Monday, 11 February 2013

How To Wrap Puppy To Treat Anxiety

Puppy's and dogs can suffer from stress and anxiety just like humans. The puppy's anxiety can be triggered by loud noises like thunder and fireworks,changes in environment and routine,separation from owner,travel and many more disruptions in their lives.
Your puppy needs to be calmed and given comfort during stressful times. Parents swaddle and wrap their baby to comfort them and get them to sleep soundly this same method of swaddling and can be used in a puppy version. The constant gentle pressure of the wrapping will sooth and relax your puppy elevating the anxiety.
There is a particular way to wrap your pet using a bandage there are also particular products that you can purchase such as the anxiety wrap.

  • Have your pet in standing position.

  • Fold the bandage in half place the middle of the bandage across their chest below his neck above his two front legs

  • Bring the ends of the bandage up and cross them above the shoulder blades and take them underneath the body behind the front legs and cross them again

  • Bring the ends of the bandage up again and tie the ends over the top of the lower back. Ensure that the wrap feels snug but not tight.