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KPS way of keeping your pooch safe in the pool

Summers are a great time to dash into water – it’s a great way to beat the heat. Even dogs love to swim. Here are a few tips to keep your pooch safe in the pool, especially those who are entering the water for the first time:

  • Wait: Never throw your dog into the water. Let him explore it gradually.
  • The bait: Go in the shallow water and call your pooch. Coax him with a treat or a toy. Just remember to keep him within reach. Alternatively, if you have another dog who can swim and is friendly with your dog, let him guide him to water.
  • The right strokes: Once inside water, your dog will start doggy-paddle with his front legs only. Lift his hind legs and help him float. He will understand the stroke and learn to keep his back end up.
  • Show the stairs: Acquaint your dog with the steps in the pool
    so that he may use them, in case he needs to come out at anypoint of time.
  • Don’t overdo it: As we all know, swimming is a great form of exercise. Your dog may tire quickly.
  • Be close to him: Never leave your dog unattended in the pool. Be close to him so that you can help him in case of need.
  • Get a life jacket: Buy a good life jacket for your pooch.
    Have fun!

 

Keeping your pooch in shape

Exercise for your pooch will vary according to his age, breed and health. But it must be fun for him and you as well. Taking your pet out for a good outing, where he can play in a good open ground or swim in a swimming pool, is a very good way of mixing fun with exercise. Taking him to a beach is also a good option, where he can play with Frisbees, balls and also run and swim at the same time.

Exercise for pups: Daily exercise is essential, a routine should be followed religiously everyday. Young dogs, especially large breeds, should be exercised cautiously to prevent damage to their joints.

Exercise for adult dogs: Inadequate or no exercise leads to several diseases which can be prevented, as in the case of human beings. Adequate exercise means a 30 to 40-minute brisk walk every day. Dogs enjoy playing with each other and also with human beings so that they should be encouraged, as playing is also an exercise that depletes their energy. If your dog is not adequately exercised, he may develop destructive habits to use up his excess energy.

Exercise for elder dogs: For elder dogs, a lot of care and walks are a must. Each and every dog has a different way of responding to the schedule of exercise which should be chalked out by your veterinarian by understanding the breed, sex, age, temperament, environment, etc. But long walk is much ideal for all the dogs as sniffing around gives them a great stress buster.

Your dog will love

Walking: Dogs should be taken for a long walk at least twice a day. The exact length of the walk depends upon the breed of the dog. Your best bet is to choose a park that requires some walking distance. You’ll know when you have walked him enough by noticing his body language. Always keep his bowl full with water. Take care of the season in which you are walking. While walking, talk to our dog. Enjoy the walk at his pace, let him sniff to his heart’s content.

Swimming: Dogs are natural swimmers, if you get an opportunity to watch him swim in a pond or river or pool, just grab it.

Fetching: Teach him fetch and reward him with treats when he gets the object back to you.

Gym workout: With more and more city dwellers, pet parents are catching the wave of having their dogs walking on treadmill. There are specially designed treadmills for canines.

Stairs climbing: This is also another good exercise, be it outdoor or indoor. Any activity, make it fun and show your love and enthusiasm in the tone of your voice.

Agility training: Your dog may become more willing to exercise if you add variety to his fitness routine. Agility dog training classes are good for him, both mentally and physically. These classes will help turn the most unfit, unwilling dogs into a superb athlete who loves to crawl and jump. Some dogs have such competitive spirits that they will do anything to win.

Exercise keeps dogs much healthier an obviously they have a better life span but one needs to keep in mind that it has to be a combined workout of physical as well as mental exercise.

nutrtion

Keeping your Rottweiler healthy and active

Brave, charming, active and powerful…that’s how a Rottweiler is and hence his special dietary needs, which are ably met by Royal Canin’s Rottweiler 31 (Junior) & Rottweiler 26 (Adult).

The genesis…

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest breeds. His German origins go back to the time when he was both a guard nutritionand herding dog. During the Middle Ages, in the town of Rottweil in the Bade-Wurtemberg region, the Rottweiler was used to look after the flocks and defend livestock sellers against bandits. Since the 20th century, these dogs, whose power and strength make them ideal for work, have been widely used by the police and rescue services.

The attributes…

A dog blessed with natural strength. Robust, enduring, calm and quiet but with a strong temperament, the Rottweiler is the king of the guard dogs. By nature, the Rottweiler is a very active, sporty dog who needs lots of exercise. He cannot bear being shut in and has an independent nature.

Unbeatable muscle…

Naturally athletic, his strongly muscled silhouette needs a high level of protein. Nevertheless, without exercise, the Rottweiler can easily gain weight. In order to maintain a constant ideal weight, it is important to monitor his food intake.

Osteo-articular health…

Whether working or just on a walk with his owners, the Rottweiler is always active and enthusiastic, and puts his joints under strain. Problems such as arthrosis, dysplasia and osteochondrosis can affect the breed.

Cardiac muscle & ageing effects…

Helping prevent the effects of ageing is important from the onset of adulthood, particularly in large breed dogs, who have a much shorter life expectancy than small ones. Over and above that, it is essential to take good care of the Rottweiler’s cardiac health. The breed can be predisposed to a problem known as a heart murmur.

Growing up in 18 months!

Growth is an essential phase for the puppy, because this period is responsible for his future health. During the first weeks of life, the puppy benefits from maternally transmitted antibodies, but this protection reduces gradually between the 4th and 12th week of age. As a result, the puppy is very sensitive to the risk of infection, because his own immune system is still immature. However, the right food can help him cross this “immunity gap” by helping reinforce his natural defences.

The Rottweiler puppy is a small molossoid… in order to reach his adult size; first of all he has to develop his skeleton, which requires considerable energy, with exactly the right amount of calcium and phosphorus – neither too much nor too little. Muscular development follows next… weight gain slows down considerable while the bone structure solidifies itself. During this period, it is essential that the daily ration is monitored carefully, because if over-fed the puppy will develop fat (adipose cells) rather than muscle.

Adult dog…

Over 18 months, the Rottweiler puppy increases his birth weight by a factor of 80 to 100! His food during growth must take account of his digestive sensitivity and energy needs.

Rottweiler 31…

To keep your Rottweiler healthy, Royal Canin offers Rottweiler 31 which provides controlled levels of energy and calcium for optimal growth and the development of the skeleton. Strong, healthy muscles are laid down as a result of the choice of very high quality LIP proteins in combination with L-Carnitine.

It also helps the joints develop properly, thanks to increased levels of EPA, DHA, chondroïtine and glucosamine. Besides, prebiotics, psyllium and the use of LIP proteins ensure optimum digestive tolerance. It also helps strengthen the puppy’s natural defences due to a patented synergic complex of antioxidants.

Rottweiler 26…

The food also helps support this athletic dog’s cardiac functions thanks to beneficial nutrients EPA & DHA, and taurine to encourage good heart contraction, L-Carnitine for the cells’ energy supply, and Vitamins E & C to help maintain vitality. Its special molossoid jaw Kibble is exclusively adapted to the Rottweiler’s jaw, to encourage him to chew. It also takes care of muscle dynamism and joint support.

So, if you have a Rottweiler at home, do take care of his special dietary needs.

grooming

Keeping in apple-pie order!

There is no thumb rule when it comes to the frequency of bathing your dog as it depends not only on his breed but also on individual dog!

 

Bathing your dog is a vital step towards responsible pet parenting. Regardless of the breed and the coat type,grooming shampooing promotes cleanliness and a healthy skin and coat.

Frequency of bathing varies greatly between breeds and individual pets, how often your pet should take a bath depends on the need of your own dog. Here are a few pointers to help you decide how often you should bathe your dog:

  • Routine baths – a must: Dogs do require routine baths to stay clean and healthy. But most dogs do not require frequent bathing – just once a month or less – but brushing in between bath times helps keep them clean, removing dead hair, dirt and debris from the coat.
  • Look for doggy odour: How often you should bathe your dog depends on your dog, his activity level and breed. The best way to tell if your dog needs a bath is through your nose – if your dog has that “doggy odour”, then it’s definitely time for a bath.
  • Depends on the breed: Some breeds are prone to oily skin, such as Cocker Spaniels and Shih-Tzus. These dogs may require a bath every 2-4 weeks, while thick coated dogs like Chow Chow and Siberian Huskies may only need a bath few times a year.
  • Why less bathing: Unlike human hair, dog fur is not suitable for constant bathing and repeated washing will strip the skin of its natural oils. The loss of these oils can cause your dog to scratch and cause irritation to the skin, etc.
  • Doggy shampoos – a must: Dog skin is more sensitive than human skin and using shampoos designed for people can cause a pH imbalance in the skin, leading to excessive dryness. Thus, only dog specific shampoos should be used for bathing your dog.
  • Bathing for treatment: There are some cases when your dog may need a bath every few days for a time, such as for treatment of skin infection, frequent infections and other skin and coat problems. Your vet may prescribe a medicated shampoo, designed to help combat the underlying skin problem.
  • Bathing for swimmers: Dogs who swim in pools and lakes should be bathed thoroughly after every swim as the chlorine and the salt water are highly irritating if left on the coat.

Thus, bathing is a valuable tool to keep your pet healthy and when done correctly can help your pet lead a long and happy life.

(Janhavi Daftary is a certified canine and feline groomer from the Dog Care Grooming Academy, Singapore and provides home grooming services for dogs and cats in Mumbai.)

Pomeranian-Tips for keeping pets warm and healthy during winters

Groom your pooch, make him shine with health and beauty. Here are a few tips to make grooming sessions enjoyable for you both:

  • Establish and adhere to a regular schedule of grooming sessions.
  • Schedule these at a convenient time for both; a good time to do this is after the dog has been walked, while he is relieved and calm.
  • Select a time when you will not be interrupted and have ample time to do a proper grooming; longhaired dogs should be groomed daily, while shorthaired breeds may require grooming only twice a week.
  • For puppies, set a time when the puppy is less energetic and begin with short grooming sessions, say for five minutes.
  • Constantly talk to the puppy in a gentle, reassuring tone while grooming to make him feel comfortable.
  • Put the hair aside and examine the skin closely for signs of fleas, ticks or skin irritations.
  • Look for any unusual problems with his coat, viz matts, tangles, dandruff, etc.
  • Let the dog sniff the brush and comb before you begin grooming, and then talk to the pet in a reassuring tone while grooming; if the grooming procedure is made comfortable for the dog, he will begin to look forward to regular grooming sessions.
  • Do regular combing and brushing, which will keep his coat clean and healthy and stimulate skin.
  • Comb in the direction of hair growth, combing small sections at a time, until the coat is tangle free.
  • Use anti-tangle comb for troublesome knots and tangles; and if the coat has a particularly stubborn knot or tangle, trim it off with scissors.
  • Use a dematting comb, slicker or rake to remove matts.
  • Begin with the widely spaced teeth and follow with the finer teeth, using a combination comb.
  • Start brushing at the head, working towards the tail and down the legs.
  • Pay particular attention to the legs and flanks, and areas that easily matt.
  • Use a pin brush to fluff the coat.
  • Check areas for hair loss, inflammation, unusual tenderness or lumps under the skin; constant scratching in a particular area may also be an indication of a problem.
  • Consult your vet in case you find any unusual roblems.
  • Learn where the pet likes to be combed and brushed and where he doesn’t because all dogs have sensitive areas that need to be groomed a little more gently and carefully than others; by doing so, one will help the pet to make him more comfortable.
  • Be sure to check the puppy’s ears, paws, teeth, and underside during the grooming procedure for making him accustomed to being handled and examined.
  • Trim his nails regularly.
  • Never use ordinary scissors to trim the dog’s nails. Use trimmers that are specially designed for dogs.
  • During nail trimming, hold the dog’s paw firmly, and cut off the tip of the nail with a single stroke; also be very careful to stop short of the quick, the blood vessel inside the nail.
  • Use conditioned shampoo (properly balanced pH) specially made for dog’s bath.
  • After proper rinsing, ensure adequate drying of coat, especially for longhaired breeds, so that no excess moisture under hair coat is retained.
  • In case of ectoparasitic infestation, adhere strictly to the advice of vet, regarding dilution of drug, technique of application and follow up.
  • Be more careful about puppies; until and unless heavy dirt or any medical requirement, generally puppies are not given bath up to three months of age.

Myths and truths about dog keeping

Many people wish to keep a pet dog but are surrounded by certain myths that stop them from fulfilling their wish. Not only this, some of the dog owners go to an extent of abandoning their pet dogs because of these myths. Dr. S.K. Pandey addresses certain common myths and truths about dog keeping. In this changing world, each one of us strives for betterment and have very little time left for our family members. In such a situation, pet dog is the one who gives unconditional love and loyalty. However, many people are hesitant in keeping a dog as they believe in certain myths about them, which are infact baseless.

Here are some myths about dog keeping:

Every dog bite causes Rabies: Rabies is a dreadful viral disease that is transmitted to human beings through the bite of rabies infected dog, monkey or rodents. It is to be clearly understood that bite of a normal healthy vaccinated dog does not cause rabies. This bite is just like a normal injury that may be treated normally. The pet dog remains totally free from rabies until bitten by a rabid animal, which happens only when the pet dog is left to stray out.

Dogs cause asthma and allergies?:?Asthma and allergies are primarily genetic in nature that may be triggered by certain allergens. Amongst many other allergens, certain secretions from dogs may also trigger the problem. But, this happens only if an individual is allergic to this secretion, which is a rare possibility. Hence, it is to be clearly understood that the presence of dog in the house is not the cause of asthma and allergies. On the contrary, the incidence of these problems is less in families where dogs are kept. This happens because the presence of low-grade allergens makes the body immune.

Dogs transmit many diseases to human beings?:?A well-kept dog does not transmit any disease to the human beings. The serious and dreadful diseases of dogs like parvo virus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine influenza etc are not transmitted to human beings. Other problems that may be transmitted by dogs are skin problems and tape worm infestation, both of these happen only if the hygiene conditions are compromised with.

Dogs will harm the new born babies?:?It is a pity to see that many pet dogs are abandoned with the arrival of a new born baby in the family since they feel that dogs will harm them. This myth is totally baseless as it is invariably seen that a well-behaved and socialised pet dog in the house is very protective towards the infants and never harms them. There are many instances when dogs have come to the rescue of infants and children through their guarding and protective instinct. However, it is advisable to watch the attitude of the dog towards the new born baby before a close proximity is maintained.

Dog recognise only one master and may attack other family members?:?Dogs are very sensible and they easily recognise all the family members. They enjoy family life. Aggression in dogs is however due to various other reasons like provocation from some family members, lack of training and exercise. It should be ascertained that the dog is properly socialised during the initial phase of life to avoid any untoward incidence.

Infact, dogs change the outlook of a person and you can lead a fulfilling life if you have one.

Here are some of the benefits of keeping a dog at home:

Dog brings discipline and joy in your life?:?A dog in the family can change the lifestyle of the owner and suddenly you become more disciplined, happy and healthy. This is because health and joy goes with their normal temperament.

  • You need to take your dog for morning and evening walks which are good for your health as well.
  • With this furry bundle of energy, you cannot throw things around as he can chew it up. So, your house is more organised.
  • When you are feeling low, your pet dog will pull you out from it through his love, affection and mischief. Best companion : Dogs provide excellent company to old, children and other disabled people who find their life more meaningful when they spend their time with them.

Dog acts as a stress buster?:?Today, life is full of stress, which may lead to health hazards such as insomnia, anxiety, high BP, heart problems, low immunity, gastric ulcers, etc. When you spend quality time with your dog, you are able to detach yourself from the mundane problems of life. Interestingly, there are reports that people with dogs live a healthier life. They are found to have fewer incidences of heart ailments, blood pressure problem, psychological disorders and stress induced aches and pains.

(Dr. S.K. Pandey, M.V.Sc. (Medicine), apart from his specialisation in canine medicine, holds special interest in dog behaviour, nutrition and lifestyle. He can be contacted at: Doggy World & Fish Planet, B-6/147, Sector-8, Rohini, Delhi, Ph: 011-27942285, 09811299059, 09811299055.)

Keeping your pooch warm in winters

For most pet lovers trying to envisage a moment of absolute contentment, the image of sitting in the wintry sunshine with their pet animal in their lap would probably come forth unbidden. For any pet lover, the word “warm cuddle” would evince the response “my pet” as the season for warm cuddles with our furry friends is round the corner. It seems that by some divine design our dogs and cats have been specially attired for this season. But nothing puts a bigger dampener on this season of cheer than a bout of cold, cough and sneezes. Some of us have an unfortunate tendency of believing that our pets don’t succumb to the vagaries of winter as easily as we do. The truth is that they need as much care to be able to return that warm cuddle.

Following is a list of do’s and don’ts to help you give your pets the cold weather care they deserve.

  • Pups are unable to handle extreme weather conditions so make sure they are always well covered. Pay special attention at night time as pups may fall asleep on the bare floor and catch a bad chill. A warm bedding with a cosy blanket should suffice. Its better to serve warm food. Avoid giving cold water, curd, ice creams etc. A warm water sponge is a better alternative to bathing.
  • All the vaccinations and deworming should be up to date as viruses thrive at this time of the year.
  • A change of season is the time when the physiological apparatus of the body is under duress and leads to a lowered resistance against common diseases. So make sure the pet is well nourished. Switching to a commercial dry dog food will make things simpler. The food should be calorie rich to generate enough energy to cope with the cold especially so for dogs living at higher altitudes. An increase in fats and proteins is also recommended.
  • Protect your pet with woollen clothes as per the individual requirement. In places where it snows, the pet should be kept indoors to avoid unnecessary exposure and to prevent snow related accidents. Specially designed footwear for dog paws should be used when taking out for walks to prevent frostbite.
  • Towel or blow-dry your dog if he gets wet from rain or snow. Pay special attention to paws. Vaseline can be used to remedy dry paws, muzzle and small cracks/cuts.
  • Outdoor dogs need extra protection in the form of an elevated, well-covered shelter to protect against the cold breeze. Extreme cold conditions warrant the use of heaters equipped with humidifiers.
  • Change walk timings to later in the morning and earlier in the evening. Apart from providing them with sunlight it will also keep them away from chilly part of the day.
  • Do not clip your pet’s hair at this time of the year as it provides them with natural insulation. Most dogs shed their summer coats before getting a new winter coat. Dry skin is common in indoor pets probably because of use of heaters leading to low humidity. To remedy this frequent brushing and providing them with hair care supplements is advised.
  • Ideally bring down the bathing frequency to once in 2 months.
  • Dogs are just as likely to get dehydrated in winters as in summers, so always provide them with fresh water.
  • People who have never experienced their pet having a cough might confuse it for retching/vomiting. A cough, if left untreated, may develop into pneumonia. There can also be heavy dripping from the nose or a thick nasal/ocular discharge. Causes might include a simple bacterial infection or an influenza virus in unvaccinated dogs.
  • Smog might trigger an attack in an asthmatic dog so be well prepared in advance with emergency medicines. Allergies are common with the change in season and can simply be remedied with anti-allergy drugs.
  • Vomiting and loose motions could be a simple reaction to the season change or a bacterial infection. It can also indicate the presence of deadly virus such as canine parvovirus or canine distemper. Either ways do not delay the treatment.
  • Old dogs should be showered with the kind of care and attention that we would give to our grandparents or any other old person for that matter. Old age can inflict several problems like arthritis, lowered immunity to respiratory infections, heart ailments, etc. The winter cold can exacerbate any such existing problem. If your dog has trouble getting up, sitting down, is limping or gets stiff after exercise, these could be the initial warning signs of osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative joint disease and appropriate medication for pain relief should be provided. Supplements like cod liver oil have proven to be helpful.

So here’s wishing all the pets a healthy, warm and a cheery winter.

(Dr. Kamaldeep Chaggar started working with animals at the age of 13 at her father’s clinic. She  did her B.V.Sc & A.H. from P.A.U. Ludhiana. After graduating, she moved to London to further enhance her veterinary skills. For the past 6 years, in partnership with her vet brother Dr R.S. Chaggar, she has been operating from their three privately owned practices in South Delhi. Call her at : 9811389089.)

Tips for pet keeping

Dr. Aradhana Pandey is a regular blogger for dogs and pups magazine, she gives tips for the well-being of your four-legged new member of the family. To keep a pet is to commit oneself to his care. You should be aware of certain tips required for the well being of the new life you have added to your family.

Tips for Pets KeepingPets Feeding Tips – Like a small child, a pup needs to be fed at short intervals. An interval of 4-5 hours is good enough to begin with that is to be increased as the pup grows. The suggested pets feeding time as per the age is as below: The frequency of feeding, however, may slightly vary as per the breed type. A pup’s diet should be rich in protein and fats, apart from having sufficient energy, hence adequate provision should be made to fulfill the need of your pets nutrients. Most of the pups cannot digest milk, hence it can be avoided in case of problem. Instead, curd can be included.

  • Best Supplements for Your Pets – To cope up with the growth requirement, the pet needs diet rich in minerals (especially Calcium and Phosphorous), vitamins and fatty acids. If diet is low in these elements, additional supplementation is recommended to fulfill the need.
  • Smart Way to Groom your pets – A pup should be kept neat and clean. After consulting your vet, pups can be bathed at a gap of every 1 month. To keep pup clean and free from infection, regular brushing or combing is a must. Once in a while, flea comb should be used to check flea infestation. Antiseptic/antimicrobial dusting powders can be used to check skin affection/allergy. Trimming of hair from the front of eyes will prevent eye problems. The grown up puppy (especially short hair) should be massaged to improve the skin health.
  • Puppy Bedding– Provide him with a space of his own, baskets/beds of various sizes are available. Right from the very first day he must identify where he is supposed to sleep. To make him acquainted with his bedding, put his toys and chewing objects on his bed.
  • Puppies Dental care – Dental cleaning should be started from an early age so that the pup gets used to it. Various options in form of paste, spray and gel are available. If not routinely cleaned, the teeth may develop problems in later stage of life.
  • Ear cleaning– Dogs’ ears develop a lot of wax that needs to be regularly cleaned otherwise it serves as a good medium for infectious agents. Pups should be made accustomed to ear cleaning otherwise he may not co-operate when grown up. Various cleansing agents are available in the market and can be used on the advice of the veterinarian.
  • Pets Vaccination– The pup should be duly vaccinated for all the important diseases which could otherwise be life threatening. The vaccination schedule can be procured from the vet and should be strictly followed. The major diseases from which the dog is to be protected are– Parvo virus, Canine distemper, Rabies, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza, Infectious canine hepatitis and Corona virus infection. The vaccination schedule is to be annually repeated after the initial shots. The vaccines are very safe if given in a stress-free and healthy animal.
  • Security – Pups should be kept in a secured place wherein the chances of theft, accidents and poisoning are nil. Young pups have a habit of scavenging everything. Also they love to run away from home to explore the outside world. These conditions can turn to be very serious for the pup. Also there remains a possibility of road accident, as pups may not have road sense. At the same time, pup should not be kept locked in a room or crowded messy place. A over restrained pup will not grow as a healthy and disciplined dog.
  • Puppy Exercise TimeA pup should start with a gentle exercise in the courtyard of the house. This may finally take the shape of a rigorous exercise when he approaches adulthood. The transition phase should be simultaneous so that undue pressure on the joints and muscles is prevented. An exercise in the soil surface is always better than the exercise on a hard surface.
  • Prevention from ectoparasites– Pups may catch ectoparasites (ticks, lice and fleas) from their environment. Hence, it should be ensured that the place where pup is kept or taken should be free from ectoparasitic infestation.
  • Exposure to Infectious Diseases– Certain serious infectious diseases may be transmitted to the pet in the company of infected dogs. Hence until complete vaccination is over, pups should not be kept in the company of other dogs. Hopefully, these tips would help you to take care of your loving canine. (Dr. Aradhana Pandey runs Doggy World – the pet’s paradise catering to all doggy needs under one roof. A veterinarian with MBA in marketing, she believes in service to the customer at an affordable cost, without compromising on quality. She can be contacted at Tel: 9811299059, 011-27942285, 011-55817851 or e-mail: aradhana14@yahoo.com)