Worms In Dogs: Where Will I Find Them?

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Worms in dogs can be a persistent nuisance, as well as a bit of a gruesome subject. Despite this, it is still important you know where to look for worms in dogs. With a clear understanding of where to look for worms, you can minimise the risk of them doing your dog harm.

The Places To Look

Worms in dogs can be looked for in two places. Even if your dog is up-to-date with their de-worming, you should still look for worms regularly. The colouring, shape and colouring of worms varies depending on their type. They generally tend to be a white-tan colour. Ringworms are the largest worms round, growing up to seven inches in length.

Vomit

Worms can be passed up in a dog’s vomit if it is a particularly severe infestation. When ringworms develop into ‘third stage larvae’, they migrate towards the host’s lungs. Their presence in the lungs will generate coughing in the dog. When they’re coughed into the host’s throat they re-enter the dog’s intestine where there is a chance they will be vomited.

Whenever your dog vomits, be sure to give it the once over for worms. If you do find worms, take your dog to a vet immediately.

Faeces

Worms can also be found in a dog’s faeces. Have your dog’s faeces checked for worms every couple of months, as well as checking it yourself.

If you notice quarter to half-inch sized broken segments around your dog’s rectum or in their faeces then it is likely your dog has been infected with tapeworms. When they’re alive, tapeworms appear to expand and contract. They will look like uncooked rice when they die.

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robbie on March 24th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Think Before Bringing A Dog Home

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They are soft, fluffy and love to cuddle on a cold night, and your child would love to have a puppy. Big eyes, pouts, smiles and tears – from the puppy that is – can soften your heart in not time at all.

Dogs are a baby and a best friend rolled into one. So it’s easy to forget that all pets are living beings. The responsibility and cost of caring for them can come as a big surprise. Give these points some thought before you bring a puppy home.

Dogs are a Big Responsibility for Their Owners

Domestic animals like cats and dogs depend on their owners, just like a newborn baby, for food, shelter, exercise and of course love and attention. Leaving dogs alone at home for extended periods can make them frustrated, bored and agitated. They may bark constantly, or take their frustration out on your belongings. Shoes, pillows and even furniture can be the victims of an anxious dog.

Dogs Are a Big Expense for Their Owners

Owning a dog may mean sacrificing savings or extra money for your family just to look after the dog properly. If you don’t have lots of disposable cash, think carefully before bringing a dog home.

Your first couple of hundred dollars will be spent just buying the dog. You will then need to buy a selection of accessories such as a leash, a cage, feeding bowls, chew toys, shampoos, and brushes just to name a few. Some of these are one-time expenses. For example, you don’t have to buy a new leash every week. Your biggest recurring expense will be dog food. Depending on the size of your dog and what type of food you buy, this can run up hundreds of dollars in expenses each year. If you want to impress your friends with your dog’s gourmet food, you can add a few extra hundred dollars on to that bill.

Without health insurance, your pet’s medical bills are your responsibility too. Vaccinations, sterilization, illnesses and injuries will add to the expense of owning a dog.

Dogs bring a lot of joy into a home, and they really can be your best friend. The responsibility of owning a dog should not be taken lightly however. Give it a lot of thought before you bring a dog home, as once you do, you are responsible for giving the dog the love and care it needs to thrive.

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robbie on July 21st 2010 in Dog Ownership

How To Groom And Take Care Of Your Puppy

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Once you have obtained a puppy then you will need to know how to groom the puppy and maintain the pup hygiene. There is lot more to puppies care than people realize and grooming is one of the most important aspects besides a healthy diet.  Grooming not only help your puppy gets used to being touched and handled but is also good for the puppies self esteem.

To start off with, you need to keep the grooming sessions shortest at first until the puppy get used to the idea.  Once  a week you will need to check the pup for any ticks and fleas, bumps and scratches as well as check the pups paws to see if there are any thorns or cuts.  Check the puppy’s ears to make sure they are clean and free from mites and if they have an odor or look red and inflamed, the pup will need to see a vet  immediately.

Puppies love to chew on everything they can get hold of and one needs to check the dog’s mouth as they often break their teeth and cut their gums.  The pup should be given specially designed toys that help keep the puppy’s teeth and gums healthy.  Even when the puppy is a grown  dog they still need to be checked for plaque buildup.

Puppies care needs to continue through to adult care and once the dog is an adult its coat changes, especially those that have long coats and shed regularly, and need to be brushed at least once daily using a shedding com, to ensure most of the loose hairs are coombed out all over.

Short haired puppies are far easier to maintain as their coats don’t knot and they don’t shed as much hair as long hair puppies.  So when buying grooming tools make sure you buy the right tools to suit the dog’s coat as a dog enjoys being brushed as long as its does not feel any discomfort.  Puppies don’t particularly like being brushed and will try and bite the brush so you can put them on a non slip mat which helps.

Besides grooming and doing an overall check your puppy also need to be bathed and have a regular manicure.  For more selective information on grooming and puppies care visit www.puppycare.in which will inform you  on the do’s and dont’s of grooming.

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robbie on June 3rd 2010 in Grooming tips