16 Oct

Health Problem Of German Shepherds

German shepherds are generally healthy animals, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. But not all German Shepherds will have any or all of these diseases, it is important to be aware of this if you are thinking of adopting a dog of this breed.

The following diseases are some of the most common that can suffer the German Shepherd breed.

Leptospirosis

It is a bacterial disease that can contract dogs if they bathe or drink from puddles or rivers where they have urinated rats. The best way to combat this disease is to vaccinate our puppies. The basic symptoms of this disease are

The best way to combat this disease is to vaccinate our puppies. The basic symptoms of this disease are a cough, muscle soreness, fever, vomiting and respiratory problems.

Brucellosis dogs

A bacterial disease that can contract our dog if it ingests some infectious residue, also by venereal route. This disease produces sterility and testicular inflammation in males and produces abortions in females that are in the gestation period.

Treatment of this disease is by antibiotics. If your dog shows a slight symptom contact your veterinarian.

Hip dysplasia

If your pet has limp, pain and inflammation in the joints, you may have this disease.

It is one of the most typical ailments of the German Shepherd and consists of a condition or dysplasia of the bones. The hip problems in German shepherds are hereditary and congenital, being able to completely decalcify the specimen and the way to detect it is by radiographs.

To reduce the effects of this disease on our pet we can limit exercise, control their diet and not use products that accelerate growth, it is necessary to consult with a veterinarian who studies the case and recommend the option that best suits each case since sometimes surgery is necessary.

Mastitis

Usually, of infectious origin, it consists of the inflammation of the mammary glands of the dog. To try to keep our dog in a clean and disinfected place, consult with the veterinarian

Distemper

This disease begins with a cough and later can be observed as the animal begins to run and tears, being able to suffer pneumonia, vomiting, and diarrhea.

It is a contagious and deadly disease, so it is important to contact a veterinarian, as this disease can be combated with antibiotics. To avoid the disease it is advisable to vaccinate throughout our lives our pet.

Canine Parvovirus

The symptoms of this disease are vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes leading to bleeding. This virus is transmitted through the feces of the infected animal, leaving the virus active on the ground for a long time.
If your German Shepherd gets this disease administer a serum to prevent dehydration.

Piómetra

If our pet is very thirsty, urinating in abundance, vomiting, fever, lack of appetite and difficulty for movement can present this disease, which consists of an accumulation of pus in the uterine cavity. In severe cases, this disease can lead the animal to death as a result of toxins released into the blood.

It is a very high-risk disease for females, so it must be treated on time. Sterilization of the animal is recommended.

Pododermatitis

If our pet limps and shows pain when walking, pus, skin infections, prostration, sores or cracks, can suffer this infection that is caused by parasites such as scabies. Causes are excessive moisture or disinfectants normally used in the home.

The way to treat it is to wash the affected area with water and neutral soap and later to dry the zone well. Take the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Contagious venereal tumor

Despite the name, It is not one of the most serious diseases that can suffer our pet, since the treatment is medicated and usually has a good prognosis.

It consists of a tumor that is transmitted from one animal to another by sexual contact, it almost always appears in the external genitals, in the males, it is located in the penis, and in the females in the vagina or in the vulva.

Urolithiasis

The most obvious symptoms of this disease are the loss of appetite, pain, vomiting, bladder infection, milky urine and with bad smell, also calculations are observed in the urinary touch.

It consists of stones that totally or partially block the flow resulting in painful urination. The fact that our dog urinates infrequently can contribute to the formation of stones.

Many times the problem can be derived from a poor diet with an excess of proteins.

Although in extreme cases this disease is resolved surgically, it is also usually treated with a diet with reduced amounts of certain minerals and proteins, as well as antibiotics for the infection.

Vaginitis

This condition is caused by infectious causes inflammation of the vagina.

This causes a bad smell, accompanied by a yellowish color in the vaginal mucosa. Treatment of this disease is based on antibiotics.

Glaucoma

If our pet shows symptoms of pain in the eye, the pupil dilates the opaque cornea and the reddish gaze is likely to suffer from this disease.

Because of these will rub the eye with the paw or against some surfaces.

Primary glaucoma is hereditary and characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure, this disease manifests itself at 2 or 3 years and initially affects one eye, but eventually spreads to the other.

Glaucoma usually resolves with a surgical procedure, and it is important to notify the veterinarian when our pet suffers the first symptoms.

01 Sep

Hygiene and Maintenance of Pets

 

 

 

 

Grooming is part of basic hygiene and maintenance of hair. It is important because it also removes dead hair from fur, and the result of haircuts are neat and clean pets. Coat on the back is part of the body that is not particularly sensitive, so most dogs will allow combing and maintaining hair.

However, hair under the armpit, on the stomach and between the pads on the paws often creates problems for the owner and the dog. Regularly trimming paws helps prevent potential problems, which are pets are prone to.

Dog hair does not grow continuously but at intervals. After trimming your dog’s fur make sure you give him a clean bath. Knowing what kind of shampoo is good for dogs would be of great value when shopping for dog shampoo.

By definition, the haircut is shortening the hair with a machine, scissors or trimmer. The equipment required for hair cutting is a haircut, specific scissors for different purposes, an electrical machine and trimmers with a different function.

It is very important that pets are used to get used to the haircut because they will later accept it as a normal procedure and will not rebel. Short-sighted pets may appear to be less demanding, but it’s often a problem for their licking and spreading hair throughout the apartment.

Therefore, trimming is recommended in some short-breed dog breeds. Straightening the dog with scissors implies straight hair thinning or thinning. The dog haircut is used to shorten the hair on the neck, around the ears, and on the abdomen.

Since these parts of the body require that the hair be shorter, this is best achieved by the machine. Hair trimming is brushing hair over a sharp knife. By wiping, we actually remove the dead coat and allow the healthy hairs to regenerate. This method of haircut is applied when it comes to wrist pets.

If we want their hair to remain strong, dense, sharp, it must be trimmed every two weeks. It is important to know and evaluate which parts should be trimmed, therefore it is best left to people who are engaged in professional grooming, that is, by cutting and breeding dogs.

When it comes to long-haired pets, the haircut should be much more frequent.

The result of pet grooming is not always for a fashionable look, but a clean and clean pet, so the haircut is certainly a hygienic procedure. Hygienic haircut involves removing hair that creates unwanted problems for your four-legged friend. It is a haircut around the ears, under the armpits, paws and, of course, in the case of long-haired dogs, all hair should be shortened occasionally.

Pets are also clogged due to changing weather conditions. For example, when the heat is high, of course, you will cleanse your dog to make it more pleasant and easier to handle the heat.

By regularly maintaining a pet’s fur, you will also prevent the formation of well-formed knots that are made from scarred hair and often occur in long-haired dogs.

We will also mention haircuts for medical purposes. It’s a haircut in places where some surgical intervention has to be done and hair removal is necessary.

05 Apr

Common Fish Keeping Mistakes

No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, especially when we start a new activity or a new hobby. The new owners of goldfish and other species make many mistakes when they get one. This list is intended to help new goldfish owners.

You will find here, in no particular order, 5 of the most frequent mistakes. Our friend Timothy over at one of our favorite fish blogs gives his take on the matter.

Mistake # 1: Using a jar or a small bowl

You should never keep goldfish in a jar. The goldfish, which live a very long time, become big and grow quickly when they have good living conditions. Also, they need a lot of space to swim, so a fairly consistent habitat is needed. They also produce a lot of waste, which means that you need a large amount of water to dilute and clean their waste and a large colony of good bacteria to change the waste into less harmful products. All this requires a bigger aquarium.

Mistake # 2: Feeding too much

goldfish mistakesFeeding your goldfish too much is harmful. They digest like some birds, this means that they eat and that the droppings happen less than a few min after. The goldfish is looking for food all day, and never really stops. This is why you should feed your goldfish in small quantities several times a day a day, rather than giving them plenty of food at one time. Too much food can both cause constipation and swim bladder disorders like bloating.

 

Mistake # 3: Too many in a tank

Goldfish need a lot of space and can pollute the water very quickly if not maintained. Therefore, be careful not to have your aquarium in a situation of overpopulation. The more goldfish, the more difficult and frequent the maintenance must be. Remember 40 liters of water per goldfish is a must. Overcrowding is often the cause of illness and death in the aquarium.

Mistake # 4: Not using a filter

An aquarium must have a filter that will work at all times, it is the center of the closed ecosystem in the aquarium. As mentioned earlier, goldfish produce a lot of waste, which pollutes the water in their aquarium. The filter maintains a colony of good bacteria that degrade fish waste to make them almost invisible. Sometimes we use a filter sold with the aquarium, but they are still insufficient capacity for goldfish, the filter must have a water flow of 5 times the volume of the aquarium per hour.

 

 

 

01 Jan

Puppy Training Tips For First Timers


It can sometimes be challenging to own a new puppy, especially if you are a first-timer. There are many lessons that you need to learn. Hopefully, you need those lessons fast because if you don’t, you and your pet may suffer. The very first thing that needs your attention is puppy training. As this is the first time owning a dog, it may take you some time to get up to speed with your dog training techniques.

Here are some tips that may help you.

Understanding your puppy

Know that your puppy is still a very young animal. And because it is still a baby, it cannot control its bladder very well. In other words, you can expect your puppy to create some problems for you, especially in the first few weeks. Also, note that your puppy still doesn’t know how to behave. As a child, it doesn’t know what is the right and wrong behavior.

Again, it takes time for the young pup to pick up social cues and learn how to behave properly. It is your job, as the owner of the pup, to train your pet.

The social hierarchy

Dogs are, by nature, social animals. But there is a social hierarchy that dogs keep to naturally. So if a dog misbehaves, let it know (with love and patience), that the wrong behavior will not be tolerated. In other words, you must assert yourself as the “boss” early on. Otherwise, the dog may grow up thinking that it can bully you (and other family members) into giving in to its demands.

When that continues to play out in the family, your training has failed.

Housebreaking your puppy

Housebreaking your puppy is all about helping your pet to develop good habits. This needs to begin at a very young age. For very young pups, it is common to see it urinate every couple of hours or so. This eventually lengthens to every 4 hours after a few weeks, as the pup starts to grow up and can control its bladder better.

There are various housebreaking techniques available. The most commonly known (and rather effective) method is the crate training method. This involves placing your pub in a relatively comfortable dog crate to help the puppy adjust to a desirable schedule.

You can also train your puppy to eliminate in a specific location. You do this by placing the paper with special odors near where the pet usually urinates. These odors are created with special liquids that can be bought from the local pet store. The animal will soon recognize the odors and will eliminate in the same spot. You may then start moving the papers slowly to the spot that you want.