Help for a Dog with a Collapsed Trachea

By Langley Cornwell

When we adopted our most recent family dog, Al, he had been stuck in the system for a long time; he’d been transported to several different animal shelters in the hopes of finding him a good home. I applaud the local shelters for recognizing that he had potential despite some behavioral problems. Even so, he was on borrowed time, and when my husband and I met him, we agreed that we were ready for the job.

To help his transition, we started Al in behavioral training classes immediately. We still have a very long way to go with this dog, but he’s part of our family and we’ve pledged to give him a safe, loving and comfortable home for the rest of his life.

As it turns out, Al’s behavioral problems are only half of the picture. Once the adoption was finalized, we took him straight to our veterinarian. His examination revealed that Al was heartworm positive and had a collapsed trachea. The heartworm condition has been corrected, but we have to take special precautions not to aggravate his tracheal collapse.

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Tips for Bonding with a New Puppy

By Laurie Darroch

Developing a healthy bond with your new puppy involves more than simply giving it food and a place to sleep. Like any relationship, a good strong bond between a puppy and their person involves continually working on that relationship in productive ways.

Puppies need the kind of focused love and attention you provide any child, to give it a sense of belonging, love and companionship. You and other family members are the source of everything that nurtures, entertains, guides and comforts a puppy. How you provide it is important in establishing a healthy and happy bond with your puppy.

Establishing Rules and Parameters

It’s important to begin establishing rules of behavior from the moment that cute little puppy comes into your home. They will look to you for guidance in everything they do if they know you are the leader of their new pack.

Puppies are individuals with different capabilities. They will learn at their own pace, but with repetition and reward – either verbal or physical – they will learn. Training a puppy is an ongoing process that requires continued reinforcement and consistency. That process is a wonderful way to bond with your puppy and let them know who is in charge. Learning to sit, heel, stay and curb bad behavior does not happen instantly. Puppies and even grown dogs make mistakes and accidents happen, but with patience and positive reinforcement you both will work through that and accomplish the learning goals.

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Zinc Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

By Linda Cole

Zinc is an essential trace element that humans, dogs, cats and other animals need for good health, but only in small amounts. It’s common to find zinc around the house in different products we use, in pet carriers, coins and a host of other sources. Zinc poisoning can occur when we ingest too much of this element, and it can cause serious health issues. The severity depends on how much was consumed, what form the zinc is in, and the size of the person or pet.

Zinc occurs naturally in the environment in soil, rocks, water air, and in the food we eat. It’s the second most common trace metal found naturally in our bodies (iron is the most common). In humans and animals, zinc helps boost the immune system, regulate appetite and heal wounds, and is essential for proper growth and development. It is possible for humans, pets, and other animals to have a zinc deficiency, but before reaching for supplements talk to your doctor or vet first. Most pets who eat a balanced diet don’t need additional zinc, which is why feeding them a quality food like CANIDAE is important.

In the home, zinc can be found in common things like the nuts and bolts in pet carriers, batteries, paint, nails, screws, tacks, staples, automotive parts, board game pieces, some toys, fertilizers, zippers, jewelry, creams or lotions that contain zinc oxide, some prescription medications, herbal supplements, multivitamins, deodorants, fungicides, shampoos, calamine lotion, suppositories, antiseptics, cold lozenges, U.S .pennies minted after 1982 (97.5% zinc) and Canadian pennies minted between 1997 and 2001 (96% zinc).

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Happy 2015 to All Pets and Their Beans!

By Julia Williams

I tried to find a good word that rhymed with 2015, but “bean” was the best I could do. See, if you don’t already know, some cats and dogs who blog call their human a bean. I’ve no clue who coined that term, but it’s a thing, so I went with it.

Bad rhymes aside, it’s time once again for us here at the CANIDAE RPO blog to wish a very Happy New Year to those we hold dear. That certainly includes all of you, our readers. Without you, there would be no reason to write a thing!

Whether you’ve just discovered this blog, have been with us since our inception (in early 2009!) or joined us somewhere in between, we appreciate you and are so glad to have you along for the ride.

Each year, we strive to bring you a variety of topics ranging from pet care tips and important pet-related information, to human interest stories and entertaining posts that will make you smile. We’re always open to suggestions, so feel free to drop us an email or a comment if you have a specific topic you’d like to see us cover in 2015.

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A Dog’s New Year’s Resolutions

By Neela Bear Darroch, Canine Guest Blogger

I have my own take on this New Year’s resolution stuff I have been hearing about this week. So I, Neela Bear, resolve to do the following things to the best of my ability this coming year.

I resolve to eat more CANIDAE treats whenever I can find them, no matter where they are hidden or put out of my reach. I resolve to always be a member of the Clean Plate Club when meal time comes around or when I sneak some other food that was left within my reach on the kitchen counter and was calling to me. I resolve to eat every drop of food that falls on the floor and help keep the floor clean.

I resolve to play more with Mommy as much as I can, whenever I can, even in the middle of the night when it is dark in the room, she is fast asleep, and I get what she calls a “bee up my behind” and she gets kind of grumpy with me.

I resolve to try and realize I am not 6 pounds, but 60 pounds, and I can’t do what I did when I was a tiny puppy, even if I still feel like one inside.

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When “Cat People” Consider Life with a Dog

By Langley Cornwell

Do you believe some people are “cat people” and some are “dog people?” I used to think that was true, and considered myself a staunch dog person. Granted, I love all animals, but preferred to share my life with those of the canine persuasion. All of that abruptly changed when my husband and I were at an animal shelter to get a new dog. As we were filling out the final paperwork, we started chatting with the shelter staff. Everything was settled and we began making our way to the door with our new pup when one of the staff members raced up with a tiny little kitten. She thrust the kitten into my husband’s face and said, “This is my special little guy and I want to make sure he has the perfect home. What about it?”

“What about what?” I said in my best dog-only-person voice.

“He’s a cutie” my husband the cat lover said (although I’m not sure he used the word cutie, and he’d probably deny it). “He looks just like my favorite cat Rudy used to look,” he continued, and looked me square in the eyes. That look let me know it was my decision but he really wanted the kitten to come home with us. The shelter staff noticed my hesitation and ganged up on me. Now what’s a girl going to do? I caved to the peer pressure and agreed. So we went to the shelter for a dog and came home with a cat and a dog.

That’s how I made the switch. But don’t misunderstand my use of the word switch.  I didn’t switch from being a “dog person” to being a “cat person.” No, I switched from being a “dog only” person to being a “dog and cat” person.

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