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Can Pets Have Vertigo?

Missy and Buster

Missy and Buster

Vestibular

Disorder

in

Cats and Dogs

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Vestibular disorders, such as Meniere’s disease and vertigo, are not unique to humans. Even our dogs and cats can be afflicted when there is irritation to the nerves that connect the vestibular (inner ear) organs to the brain. The organs provide the brain with important information about body position with respect to gravity. Sensory information from your pet’s vestibular system tells him if he is upside down, right-side up, turning, falling, accelerating, slowing down, etc. This information also coordinates with sensory information from vision and proprioception (touch sensors in the paws and other parts of your pet’s body) to help your pet maintain balance and keep a clear field of vision when moving.

 

There are two forms of vestibular disorder – peripheral and central. Most cats and dogs are stricken with the peripheral form (inner ear), with the central form being less common but much more serious, originating inside the central nervous system (brain).

 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Vestibular Disorder?

 

Signs of vestibular disease include stumbling or staggering, head tilting or shaking, falling or rolling to one side, spinning or walking in circles, or sudden motion sickness, as well as involuntary, rhythmic and jerky eye movements. Secondary signs can include nausea, vomiting and excessive drooling. Perhaps one day you notice your cat’s usual streamlined and graceful movements have become awkward and uncertain, or your dog’s love for a good game of fetch has been hampered by disorientation and lack of coordination – these can be signs of vestibular disorder.

 

In older animals, vestibular disorder is often mistaken for a stroke, as the vertigo caused by the disorder can be especially intense, mimicking some signs of a stroke. It can also make simple activities like eating, drinking and eliminating quite difficult. In cases like this, supportive therapy in the form of IV fluids or nutritional supplements may be necessary. A pet-friendly calming agent such as chamomile or passionflower may also prove helpful, as the symptoms of vestibular disorder can be very stressful to senior pets.

 

What Causes Vestibular Disorder?

 

The cause of peripheral vestibular disorder in pets may include a middle ear infection, genetic sources, head trauma, an underactive thyroid gland, or a central nervous system issue, like a brain lesion. Often times, however, the exact cause can remain undetermined.

 

How is Vestibular Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

 

Schedule an appointment for you and your furry friend to visit a veterinarian if you suspect vestibular disorder. Your vet will conduct proper testing, including a physical examination and a neurological assessment, which will determine if the disorder is peripheral or central. If the peripheral form is diagnosed, an otoscope will be used to view the depths of your pet’s ear. Your vet may also conduct additional tests such as x-rays and blood tests to rule out any other possible causes of your pet’s symptoms.

 

Treatment depends on the diagnosis. For example, if an ear infection results in the inflammation of tissues and nerves of the vestibular system, an important part of treatment will be to eliminate the infection. If your pet is diagnosed with the more common peripheral vestibular disorder, your vet will likely prescribe motion sickness medications to alleviate your pet’s nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, this form improves quickly in most cases, once the underlying cause is addressed and symptoms of vertigo are managed with supportive care.

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Does Your Dog Have Asthma?

A dog with mouth open and tongue hanging out

Darlene with Asthma

.

Detecting

.

Asthma

.

in your Dog

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Did you know that an asthma attack in your dog is a protective response? It’s true.  While an asthma attack is very scary to witness, and with good reason as it’s deadly, it’s also a clear indicator that your dog  is being exposed to  a dangerous allergen.  As a response, the bronchiole closes up in order to protect the lungs. Additionally, asthma attacks are just as prevalent in the winter as in other times of year and sometimes even more so. The good news is that asthma attacks are preventable or at the very least manageable.

So, you might be wondering how you detect asthma in your dog. 

There are a variety of signs that your dog may be suffering from an asthmatic response.  Most notably and easily recognizable are shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.  You should also be on the lookout for rapid or shallow breathing, lethargy, bluish gums, low tolerance for any form of physical exertion and even a loss of appetite.   Any single symptom or combination of symptoms should be immediately brought to the attention of your dog’s veterinary doctor.  As mentioned above, and just like in their human counterparts, it only takes one asthma attack to result in death.  The earlier the diagnosis, the better.

Diagnosing asthma in your dog is fairly straight forward. 

Your dog’s vet will discuss symptoms with you, so be prepared to discuss the circumstances under which your pet suffers from the symptoms as well as his health history.  If you know or suspect any specific triggers, be prepared to discuss those as well.  Your vet will examine your dog thoroughly and may also order x-rays of your dog’s lungs as well as blood work.  When diagnosing asthma, keep in mind that it may be necessary for the vet to rule out other diseases that present similar symptoms.  This can be a frustrating process but, ask questions a lot of questions and most importantly, stay calm.

Finding the trigger of your dog’s asthma will be of great importance.  Identifying the trigger or triggers provides the potential of completely eliminating or greatly reducing future asthma attacks.   This can be quite tricky and is often one of the most frustrating parts of the process.  It’s not always easy to put your finger on the culprit!

While not all inclusive, here are some common triggers:

  • Exercise
  • Dry air
  • Cold air
  • Dust
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cigar smoke
  • Wood burning stoves
  • fireplaces
  • carpet cleaners
  • floor cleaning products
  • air fresheners
  • deodorizers

Many vets suggest that you keep a doggie diary to notate when and under what circumstances your dog suffers from an asthma attack.  You should also note the frequency and severity of the attacks.  Taking good notes will help you narrow down the triggers and thereby help you to reduce future exposure.

While working with you and your dog to put a proper treatment plan in place, you must remain patient.  It’s not a “one size fits all” process.  It’s takes some trial and error, sometimes, to find the best plan for your dog.  Your dog’s vet may suggest a plan that involves the use of some or all of the following: antihistamines, oxygen therapy, steroids and/or bronchodilators.

As always, remain patient during the process and remember, it’s always ok to seek second and third opinions! Follow your gut and advocate for your dog the best way you know how – after all, you are all he has.  Be his voice.

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Is That A Strain Or Sprain With Your Dog?

Bulldog lifting paw

Banjo hurt his paw

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Detecting Muscle Sprain

or Strain in your Dog

.

Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Generally, dogs are very active creatures.  This means that their muscles are put through a lot of stress and that often times results in muscle strains or sprains.  After all, they are on all fours all day, every day so, no surprise there. We want our dogs to be active but, we also want to be educated enough to know the signs of muscle afflictions in our dogs.

Strain or sprain? What’s the difference?

Strain occurs by stretching (too far) the tendons that adhere muscles to bones. You will often see this occur in dogs that run or are generally very active.

Sprains are the result of injury to ligaments.  Ligaments connect bones to joins.  Jumping or landing after jumping are often culprits to strains in our dog’s knees and wrist joints.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Dogs experience pain due to muscle sprains, strains, and a whole lot of other injuries. Therefore, knowing how to tell when your dog is in pain is very important as a dog owner. Usually the tell-tale signs include:

  1. Just like humans, dogs will often express signs of pain through vocalization, especially when an injury first occurs. Even thereafter, a dog may express his discomfort through abnormal levels of vocalization.  Of course, this is not always the case but be aware for any growling, howling, yelping or whimpering as that may be a sure sign that your dog is experiencing pain or some level of discomfort.
  2. Limping or any other change in your dog’s gait should be immediately investigated. This is the most easily detectable sign of pain relative to muscle strains or sprains.  If your dog is not using one of his limbs, or showing favor to it, you can be assured that something is amiss.
  3. Excessive panting that does not go hand in hand with exercise may indicate that your dog is in pain due to muscle pains or strains or some other health issue. Often times, we associate panting with a possible overheated dog but, that’s not always the case.  In addition to being a sign of pain, excessive panting could mean that your dog is dealing with a life threatening illness.
  4. While dogs regularly grooming themselves is completely normal, grooming habits can also be a sign of injury. Dogs will self soothe by licking the area, or surrounding area that is injured.  Whether or not there is an open wound or any sign of trauma, you must get your dog checked out.  Also, a dog may be excessively licking one area of his body but the injury could very well be on or inside another place on his body.
  5. Any other changes in your dog’s habits or routines should be duly noted. Sleeping and eating patterns, becoming less or more needy and sudden signs of aggression can signal that your dog is not feeling well for one reason or another.

Don’t delay in seeking the advice of your veterinary doctor should your dog exhibit any one , or all, of these signs as delaying could only result in a less favorable prognosis for your dog.  Remember, dogs really are creatures of habit and any change in behavior or habits usually means something is wrong.

 

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Puppy in car

Puppies can be distracting while driving, they are just so darn cute

.

Did you know that April is

Distracted Driving Awareness Month?

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Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

The National Safety Council is working diligently to spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.  With the increased use of technology while driving, thousands of deaths have resulted.   However, taking or making phone calls, sending texts and emails and posting selfies on social media aren’t the only way we as pet parents get distracted.

According to a survey by AAA and Kurgo Pet Products, 84 percent of the people that took the survey say that their dog is a regular passenger in their car however; only 16 percent of those people use a restraint for their safety as well as their pet’s safety.

The survey goes on to say that 29 percent of pet parents surveyed admit to driving while being distracted by their dogs but 65 percent of the people surveyed engaged with their dog in a way that is considered to be a distraction. That means pet parents are driving distracted and they don’t even realize it.  Ignorance is not always bliss, friends.

 

Here are a few distracted behaviors that these respondents engaged in:

  • Petting their dog (52%)
  • Using hands or arms to restrict dog’s movement or hold dog in place when putting on brakes (23%)
  • Using hands/arms to keep dog from climbing from the backseat to the front seat (19%) • Reaching into backseat to interact with dog (18%)
  • Allowing dog to sit in lap or holding dog while driving (17%)
  • Giving food or treats to dog (13%)
  • Playing with dog (4%)
  • Taking a photo of dog (3%)

So, why don’t people use pet restraints to limit distractions while driving?

  • My dog is calm and do not think he/she needs a restraint (42%)
  • Never considered it (39%)
  • Just take dog on short trips (29%)
  • Want dog to be able to put head out window (12%)
  • Too complicated/too much trouble (7%)
  • Want dog to have fun in the car (3%)
  • Want to be able to hold dog (3%)

 

There are many options to consider when purchasing a pet restraint for your car.

  1. Pet Harness or safety belt
  2. Pet Car Seat
  3. Pet Barrier
  4. Hard Travel crate
  5. Soft Travel Crate

Check this out for more information about Doggie Distractions and click here for more information about Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  “Take back your drive!”

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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10 Impressive Dog Facts

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Dog Facts You Probably Do Not Know!

Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We all know dogs are loyal, intelligent, adorable and loving, but there is so much more about our best friends that you probably didn’t know. Take a look at these undeniably impressive dog facts and test your knowledge about your four-legged friend.

 

  1. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can mentally count up to the number five, and they can perform simple mathematical calculations. In a match of wits, your dog is as intelligent as a two-year old child.

 

  1. Service dogs are becoming more and more common and available these days, specifically trained to provide assistance to people with disabilities. These dogs know when they are on the clock – when their harness is on, they know it’s time for business, and when it’s off, they recognize that it’s play time and let their playful doggy nature kick in.

 

  1. It’s a well-known fact that dogs have a phenomenal sense of smell that is 100,000 times that of a human, but did you know the moist leathery surface of a dog’s nose determines the direction of air currents, helping them identify from which direction a scent is coming?

 

  1. Dogs don’t enjoy hugs as much as humans and primates. A canine’s instinctive nature tells him another animal’s limb around him is a sign of dominance, and we all know how our dogs like to be the boss!

 

  1. Seeing eye dogs are trained to poop and pee on command, and males are taught to go without lifting a leg. The common command used is “get busy,” and the dogs will pace back and forth until they do their business.

 

  1. Dogs, on average, can exert 320 pounds of pressure with their bite, compared to a human’s rather wimpy 120 pounds of bite pressure.

 

  1. Surely you’ve witnessed Fido twitching in his sleep, or moving his legs as if he’s chasing a rabbit in his dream. Well, as it turns out, dogs have the same brain wave patterns while they are asleep as humans, so they dream just like you and me. Small dogs tend to have more dreams than larger dogs.

 

  1. Studies have shown dogs are capable of perceiving frequencies about twice that of a normal human and can pick up and distinguish sounds roughly four times that of a human. This means dogs can hear many sounds on frequencies that humans cannot even begin to detect, and what a human can hear at 20 feet a dog can hear at roughly 80 feet.

 

  1. A dog’s brain releases oxytocin – the love hormone – when he interacts with humans and other dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss. They don’t call it puppy love for nothing!

 

  1. Your dog’s nose print is as unique as your fingerprint. The combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can be used to identify your pup.

 

The abilities and characteristics of our canine companions never cease to amaze. Hopefully these facts have left you with an even greater respect for all that dogs can do!

 

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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Is My Dog Healthy

Nothing Wrong With Me ! I'm Perfect !

Nothing Wrong With Me !
I’m Perfect !

.

8 Tips

to Check

Your

Dog’s Health

.

Author, Darlene Wagner,  of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

As a pet parent, your dog’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to ensure he is healthy and disease free, rather than waiting for him to show symptoms and/or get sick? Well, the good news is, there are a few things you can check regularly (at least once a month) for early signs of illness. And, even better news, when detected early, you may be able to avoid worsening symptoms and illness all together!

 

Healthy Checklist:

 

#1 Body.

As a devoted pet parent, you know your dog’s body best. As you rub him, hug him, bathe him and play with him, you should be able to easily notice any major changes that take place, identify any bumps and lumps, and recognize any injuries. If anything appears out of the ordinary, it may be best for you and your pooch to pay your vet a visit.

#2 Eyes.

One of the easiest ways to determine if your dog may be sick or not is to look into his eyes. They should be clear and free from any redness or discharge. Eye discharge can be a sign of anything from allergies, to glaucoma, to an infection. Always talk with your vet to get at the root cause of your dog’s eye discharge, as some causes can result in blindness or loss of an eye if left untreated.

#3 Ears.

They should be examined frequently and cleaned as needed. The inside ear should appear to be clean without any build-up of wax or discharge, and no foul smell. Special ear cleaners are available, if needed, but build-up and odor can indicate a fungal or bacterial infection or an ear mite infestation. Warning ~ always be careful when you handle ears that may be infected. They can be quite sensitive!

#4 Nose.

A healthy nose can be cold, warm, wet or dry, but there should be no crusting on the nose surface and no bleeding or discharge coming from inside. A crusty nose can be the result of something as simple as digging and nosing the ground, but it can also indicate an inflammatory skin disease.

#5 Mouth and Teeth.

As covered in our previous article “My Pet Has Bad Breath, What Can I Do?” bad breath can be a sign of a digestive issue or an overgrowth of bacteria which, if left untreated, can cause organ problems. Teeth should appear white or cream-colored and gums a healthy pink. Gums that are dark, blue, red or white can indicate illness. Also check for any sores, bumps, lacerations and anything else that is out of the ordinary.

#6 Nails.

Check your dog’s nails regularly to ensure they’re not flaking, cracking or breaking easily. These signs can be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an immune-deficiency disease, trauma or a tumor.

#7 Coat and Skin.

Your dog’s coat and skin should be free from any bald patches, scaling, dryness, fleas, crusting and spots that look infected. Some issues with your dog’s coat and skin can be the result of under-grooming, or lack of grooming, which allows a lot of dead, flaky skin to accumulate under your pet’s coat. And too many baths can cause dry skin and flaking, so it is best to wash your dog only when he really needs it (like after a good romp in a mud hole!).

#8 Overall Attitude.

One of the easiest ways to tell that your dog is not feeling well is by their attitude. If your dog is less playful than usual, appears to be sulking or sad, or is less sociable, tending to shy away, he could be ill and you should seek advice from your veterinarian.

 

Check these eight items vigilantly for a happy and healthy dog!

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Is My Dog Losing His Eyesight?

Hey, everything is blurry

Hey, everything is blurry

.

.

I think my

dog is losing

his vision. 

How can I tell? 

.

.

Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

As your dog grows older his eyesight may deteriorate, and unfortunately, visual impairment can happen at any age. Watching your dog lose his or her eyesight can be traumatic to witness; however, it is even more distressing for your dog. Vision loss makes it difficult for your dog to find his way around the house, see who is approaching, or identify his surroundings.

Vision loss makes things difficult for a dog, but your support can help him adjust to the new circumstances. The first step is identifying if your dog is losing its sight. Keep in mind that blindness or visual impairment does not always happen suddenly.   Often times, the eye sight degenerates gradually over time.  You’re probably wondering “Well, what should I look for?”

 

Signs to look for

If you notice any of the following signs in your dog, seek prompt advice from your veterinarian as your dog may be losing his sight.

stepping high or taking steps with noticeable caution

walking onto or into objects

more dependent on using his nose to navigate his surroundings

cannot catch or locate his fetch toy this

startle more easily

disorientation or clumsiness

 

So, what causes vision loss or blindness in dogs?

There’s no single cause of blindness in dogs.  In fact, there are many other conditions that can contribute to vision loss.

Stroke

Retinal degeneration syndrome

Progressive retinal atrophy

Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy

Collie eye anomaly

Retinal dysplasia and detachment

Glaucoma

Diabetes mellitus

Untreated eye infections

Cataracts

Dry eye syndrome

Uveodermatologic syndrome

How can I help me dog adjust to vision loss or blindness?

You can help your dog adjust to this vision loss by being mindful and adjusting the way you communicate with your dog.  Here are some tips:

Keep familiar items in the same place; this includes your dog’s water bowl, food dish, bed, favorite toys and treats in the same place so that so they are easily found.

Retrain! If you use visual hand cues as your command, it’s imperative that you begin using auditory commands and cues as your primary source of communications.  Begin this process by placing emphasis on the verbal command, while phasing out hand signals. You can also use snapping, clicker and clapping as auditory cues.

Remove objects that pose a danger to your dog, move any objects to a place where they are out of your dog’s reach.

Put up a barrier such as a baby gate to block areas such as the stairs and pools.

By petting and cuddling with your dog, they will be able to recognize your scent much easier.

 

The best thing to help your dog through his vision loss is to be loving, understanding, and supportive. Your dog will still love attention, playing, and your company. Don’t forget to be diligent following through with your vet’s suggestions and treatment. With love and support, you can both get through this.  Is your dog blind? What adjustments have you made?

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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My Dog Is Peeing All Over My House, Help !!

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What Could Be Wrong and Why Is This Happening?

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Why is your dog peeing in the wrong places? Has your dog suddenly started to urinate in his bed, on your favorite rug or other inappropriate places around your home?  While your first instinct might be to scold him for being spiteful, you just might want to stop, take a deep breath and think about why he might be doing so.  Many pet parents will automatically jump to the conclusion that their dog is showing spitefulness by urinating around the home but, often times there is a deeper issue at play.  One reason that a dog may urinate inappropriately around the home, after being housebroken, could be due to a urinary tract infection.

There are a few factors that contribute to the likelihood of a urinary tract infection developing. A urinary tract infection is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria, fungus or even parasites. A healthy dog’s urine is acidic due to his diet of meat.  This helps protect him against bacteria as bacteria will more easily thrive in urine that has become more alkaline.  A grain free diet is highly suggested to keep the acid in your dog’s urine.  A diet of grains promotes an alkaline environment which encourages the growth of bacteria. Other causes of a urinary tract infection are: being forced to urine for extended periods of time (not enough potty breaks), a lack of fresh, chemical free water and even antibiotics.

Other than inappropriate urination in or around the home, there are other symptoms of urinary tract infections that you should be aware of.

Fever

Lethargy

Blood in the urine

Excessive thirst

Increased frequency of urination

Signs of pain while urinating

If your dog is showing signs of a urinary tract infection, seek prompt medical attention.  Your veterinary doctor will perform a complete medical examination as will mostly order a series of tests, such as x-rays and a urinalysis to confirm or rule out the presence of a urinary tract infection.  A high presence of Alkaline in the urine not only causes urinary tract infections but may also result in urinary crystals, cystitis and even stones.

 

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Why Does My Dog Snore

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Does your dog snore? Snoring dogs can contribute to many sleepless nights for their pet parents. This can become quite troublesome for you especially if your dog sleeps in the bed with you. However, you just might want to figure out exactly why your dog is snoring as snoring may be as it could signal that something serious is going on. 

So, what’s going on here?  Why is my dog snoring?

Breed.  There are certain breeds of dogs that are known to snore.  If your dog has a flat nose or face, chances are he snores.  Pugs, French bulldogs and Pekinese dogs snore pretty loud.  In fact, some dogs with flat faces need to get surgery because they struggle to get enough air in.  This condition is  called brachycephalic airway syndrome.  Surgery can eliminate the struggle to breathe as well as the snoring.  Of course, you will want to seriously discuss the pros and cons of any surgery on your dog as all surgeries come with risks.

Congestion. 

Just like their human counterparts, dogs can get congested.  If your dog has a bit of a cold or he’s congested for any other reason, he’s mostly likely going to snore.  A quick trip to the vet may provide relief to your pet via the use of a decongestant or antibiotic.  Your canine companion should not have to suffer. 

Environment

Think about the scents lurking around your home.  Any irritant of the lungs or airways may case your beloved dog to snore.  Anything from second-hand smoke, household cleansers, detergents, candles and even dust can make it difficult for your dog to breathe.  You may also want to consider the temperature of your dog’s environment.  A cool environment is the best and will keep your dog most comfortable.

Health Issues. 

Dogs may also snore if they are overweight.  Excess weight will put pressure on your dog’s neck and lungs.  If your dog is overweight you should really address it with your vet right away and provide your dog with safe opportunities to exercise. Seasonal allergies can also make it difficult for your dog to breath.  Pollen is a big offender for all of us when it comes to seasonal allergies.  A more serious health issue may be at work here so is snoring and this is out of the ordinary for him, a quick visit to the vet is most certainly in order.

Finding the root cause of your dog’s snoring might just take a little guess and check.  However, if your dog has been a lifelong snorer, you just might be stuck with it forever.  If you are dead set against making him sleep in another room, we understand but then you might want to invest in a set of ear plugs. 

 

 

 

 

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Eczema and Dogs

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Does your dog have dry, flaky skin? If so, that’s a clear sign that he just might be suffering from Eczema.  While it’s fairly easy to treat Eczema and provide your dog with some relief, finding the root cause of Eczema is not quite so simple.  Why?  There are many causes for Eczema and ordinarily there is an underlying issue at hand that is manifesting itself as Eczema. 

So, what exactly is Eczema?

Eczema is an inflammation of the outer layers of your dog’s skin. Simply put, Eczema is a symptom of an underlying cause.  Eczema can cause your dog to be really itchy which may prompt him to chew, scratch, lick and/or rub his skin.  This will often only serve to worsen the issue at hand so it’s important to get to work at finding the underlying issue.  Eczema can also be exacerbated by seasonal influences such as hot, dry or humid air. 

Additional symptoms of Eczema

  • Dandruff
  • Bad odor on the skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Matted undercoat
  • Oozing
  • Crustiness
  • Change in skin pigmentations (usually darkened)
  • Pain
  • Red bumps
  • Blisters
  • Hot Spots
  • Itchiness
  • Hair Loss

What causes Eczema?

  • This is where things get tricky. There are so many causes of Eczema.  This makes diagnosis so hard as it’s often a trial and error of tests and treatments. 
  • Systemic Illnesses
  • Insect Bites
  • External Parasites such as Fleas, Lice, Ticks, Mites
  • Poor/low quality Diet
  • Extreme Weather
  • Contact with or ingestion of irritants such as chemicals, dust, plants, pollen
  • Psychological Problems such as depression, anxiety, boredom or frustration

Treatment

Conventional Medicine is often the first line of defense against Eczema. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids are often prescribed to suppress the symptoms associated with this condition.  Additionally, antibiotics are used to treat secondary infections.  These methods are great for short term treatment but do not address the underlying cause of Eczema. If the root cause of the Eczema is not sought out, the condition will only resurface more aggressively later on. Many pet parents are now using topical herbal and internal remedies to alleviate the symptoms of Eczema.  Burdock root, cleavers, Echinacea and licorice root are just a few of such herbs. These herbs serve to strengthen the overall immune system of your dog while providing relief to the symptoms of Eczema.

Remember, Eczema is a mere symptom of an underlying issue.  Please work closely with your veterinarian, holistic or otherwise, to determine the root cause of your dog’s symptoms.  It will take some patience and persistence but don’t give up.

 

 

 

 

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

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Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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