How To Control Heartworm In Your Hunting Dog

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This often fatal disease is very serious and is one of the most devastating diseases that any hunting dog faces.  Heartworm prevention is simple and involves a food additive or a heartworm pill that your dog will actually think is a treat.  Whether you elect to use a heartworm pill, a liquid or powder food additive or other option that your vet recommends, make sure you use it as instructed, whether that is weekly or monthly.

Heartworm Facts

Heartworm can live in the dog’s body and work its way into all major organs and tissue, and finally the heart, which is what kills the animal. Heartworm is a parasite and mosquitoes are often to blame because they carry heartworm. However, your dog can also get heartworm from other animals like foxes and coyotes.

Preventing Heartworm

Preventing is the easiest way to “treat” heartworm.  As said earlier, getting protection is as easy as giving him a pill, adding something to his food, and keeping his home (and him) clean.  While it’s common to treat heartworm only in the warmer months, many people have found that doing it year-round is both easier and more effective.  Veterinarians agree.

Symptoms of Heartworm

The first symptom noticed by the owner is usually a loss of weight.  Sometimes a lack of energy or excessive coughing is also seen as well.  Once the parasite infects the dog’s lungs, coughing will become more extreme and heavier.  As the parasite spreads, things will only get worse.  The first few months of a heartworm infection are usually unnoticed as the heartworms are busy propagating and are not spreading to infect and cause problems yet.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of heartworm is done by a veterinarian and is usually accomplished by clinical observation and blood tests.  Often, a “double test” will be done to find out if the infection is male or female—which will affect treatment.  This also determines approximate worm count, which will tell how far advanced the infection is.

Treating Heartworm

Once diagnosed, heartworm must be treated immediately before the dog succumbs to it or spread the disease to other dogs.  The treatment will depend on the stage of the infestation.  An unhealthy dog has little chance of living through treatment or an infestation, but a healthy one can.  If the parasites have entered too many of the dog’s organs or have become too much for him to handle, it’s not likely that treatment will work.  This is why catching it as early as possible is key.

Other dogs around the infected dog should be tested as well, as soon as possible. The disease tends to spread fairly quickly between dogs and testing is the only way to prevent or begin early treatment. People are also able to catch the disease, so they should get tested, as well.

While heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite, prevention is the secret to keeping your dog from contracting it.

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robbie on October 23rd 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

Tips On How To Properly Socialize Your Gun Dog Puppy

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If you have a puppy, you should know that socializing is a crucial part of caring for your new hunting dog. The unsocialized puppy may end up biting out of fear, so it’s very important to socialize your dog. If you’re looking to start social training with your dog, here are some tips.

Puppy School

Puppy training classes can be a great asset to you and your puppy.  You’ll learn commands that will teach your puppy control himself, like sit, stay and quiet. You’ll also receive advice on socialization questions. Check with local pet stores or search online to find a puppy class near you.

A word of caution: keep shy puppies away from group training classes, as this can overwhelm. If your dog exhibits shy behvarior, like hiding from people or things, you should help him gain trust and confidence before starting on any dog training exercises.

Dealing with a Shy Dog

Dogs are so shy that they are actual afraid. If this is the case with your puppy, don’t force him to accept your petting because this can heighten his anxiety and cause him to bite out of fear. Instead, help him cope and develop by training with a greeting circle.

Invite a few of your friends to help you out and make sure you have a supply of your puppies favorite treats. Ask everyone to join you sitting in a circle on the floor and put your puppy next to you (if he’s very shy) or right in the middle of the circle.  You want to make sure that your dog doesn’t feel threatened in any way, so one way to do that is to have everyone sitting sideways and facing another person versus a position that might be more threatening to the dog (i.e. sitting staring at the puppy).  Make sure that you don’t frighten your puppy by leaning over them as they might see this as an attempt at domination.  Avoiding direct eye contact and sudden movements will also help your puppy be more comfortable.

The way to make this circle work is to have each person sitting in the circle put a treat in their hand and close their hand and extend it into the circle.  Once this is done you can each open up your hands and call to the puppy, and try to urge him to come to take the treat from your hand.  You should make sure that you’re using soft voices and offering encouraging words during this process, but don’t try to pet the dog until he comes to you for attention.

Go around the circle. Have each person encourage puppy to take the treat. Make it easy for your puppy.  When he learns the game and is voluntarily walking up to the next hand, you can change it up a bit by changing direction or having people call him at random.

Hopefully once you get him started, your dog will begin walking around the circle and will go to the next person in the circle on his own – at that point, you can try having people not sitting next to each other call him to encourage him to socialize with them.

The Play Date

Playtimes are an excellent way to introduce your puppy to people and animals of all shapes and sizes. Be sure his first playtimes are fun and positive.  Observe your puppy carefully. A scary encounter with another dog will make a permanent impression.

Be sure to set up play dates with familiar and trustworthy dogs.  For instance, if your friend has an adult Labrador who loves everyone and everything, you should try and setting up a playtime with him.

Check your local pet store for play dates and times. This is usually free. Remove your puppy from the area if he seems afraid or is being bullied.

If your heading out, take your puppy along.  This helps him get used to different smells and sights.  Keep some tasty treats close by so that you can reward friendly behavior.  If you take him to the pet store, give him a treat as soon as you walk in the door.  Let him explore at his own pace.

If you’re out with your puppy and someone asks to pet him make sure they understand that he’s a little shy and offer them a treat for your dog. This can help develop trust with strangers also.

Making sure your hunting dogs is properly cared for is extremely important to make sure you have all your hunting dog supplies that is necessary to train your dog properly including PetSafe Wireless Fence, Innotek 5100, and Innotek 4100.

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robbie on July 21st 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

What You Need To Know About Roundworm and Hunting Dog

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Heartworm, or roundworm, is very serious can affect all types of Gun Dog. With gun dogs, working dogs, and other outdoor dogs, you must be especially concerned because they are more susceptible to heartworm. The worse case scenario is that an affected dog can pass it on to humans, as well as other dogs. In turn, you can also pass on heartworm to your own dog. 

Prevention of heartworm is crucial, especially when you consider that once your dog is infected with this parasite it made lead to death.  Of greater concern is other in animals that come in contact with your dog such as coyotes, fox’s, and others may have roundworm and may transmit that disease to your dog.   

Preventing Roundworm/Heartworm 

Giving your dog a tablet, food additive, or other preventive will greatly reduce his chances of getting infected.  Tablets can be taken orally as a doggy treat while food additives are sprinkled, poured, or mixed in with food.  Most preventive treatments require a monthly application, so mark a calendar to keep track of when dosage was given so you’ll know when to do it next.   

If you live in an area of the country that is fortunate enough to have four distinct seasons you will soon discover that your dog is at higher risk for roundworm.  The reason for this is that mosquitoes are often the culprit in transmitting roundworm from animal to animal.  If you have a hunting dog or gun dog, you should immediately begin prevention treatments on a monthly basis.  Your veterinarian will provide you with the information you need to ensure your dog is protected.   

Symptoms of Roundworm 

In its early stages, roundworm is very hard to detect since your dog won’t show any physcial signs of illness. Your vet can test for the disease, or skilled vets can tell by observation. It is typical of heartworm to gestate for several months before affecting your dog. During this stage of the illness, the disease can easily be treated, but it is best when your dog is asymptomatic.       

A dog affected with heartworm will usually cough, and energy and weight loss are other common symptoms. The sick dog will appear to be weak and disinterested in activities and playtime. If you see these signs, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately as this can be roundworm or another serious illness.    

Diagnosis and Treatment of Roundworm 

A blood test is required to diagnose roundworm definitively, but it is a simple test that most vets can do easily.  The next step is to determine whether an early infestation is primarily female or male roundworm, which will decide early treatment.       

Once diagnosed, the treatment can start right away. In the later stages of infestation, extensive and costly treatments will be necessary. Roundworm can be treated with drugs and/or dialysis in order to be completely killed. This is hard on your dog’s internal system and can lead to weight loss and listlessness, especially if the worms start showing in the stool. After treatment, follow up treatments should occur for months to make sure that your dog is completely rid of roundworm.  

Another unfortunate effect of roundworm infection maybe organ damage.  Sadly, this can mean lifelong treatment for your pet resulting in frequent vet visits and high expenses.  It is crucial that you identify any roundworm infection early and the treatment is not delayed.  Again we remind you that prevention may be the very best treatment for roundworm.

When you have any sort of hunting dog, you should always keep in mind that you should always keep your dog’s health as top priority. There are also lots of different hunting dog supplies that you should have on hand for your dog such as dog training collars or dog collars.  

 

Important Tips On Postpardum Care Of Your Gun Dog

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Most of us are aware that when our dog has pups they take care of most of the work all by themselves.  For almost all hunting dogs, having the pups and expelling the placenta is a natural process and when followed by sufficient rest your momma dog will be back on her feet and happy and healthy as she ever was.  Most dogs that are healthy have absolutely no problems giving birth. There are some complications that as a responsible pet parent you should be aware of (especially if you are a breeder).

The bitch should go see a veterinarian within one day of whelping as a check-up, and the puppies should probably be looked at, as well. The vet should make sure that the mother is healthy and has had no problems of unborn pups or placenta remaining in the womb. This is very important — these problems can lead to infections and/or death. A shot will usually be administered to help with milk and clear out the uterus.

The puppies, which should not be away from their mother anyway, will benefit from seeing the vet right away.  Temperature checks, physical checks, and so forth are all in order here.  During the first few days of birth, watch the mother to be sure she doesn’t develop a high fever, diarrhea, or a lack of appetite.  These can be signs of infection. It’s likely she’s gotten a bacterial infection and will require antibiotics to avoid serious problems.

Typically if mom is going to have any problems they will show up within a week of the puppies birth so you’ll want to watch her carefully and make sure that she is in fact returning to her old self.

There are some things you can do as a responsible pup parent to make sure that mom has everything she needs to make sure all stays well. First and foremost make sure that the area where mom and babies are resting is kept very clean – wash all bedding daily and clean up any messes you see immediately.  Do not use any harsh cleaning products that can cause irritation to the eyes and noses if the newborn puppies.

Eclampsia is another problem to watch for in the new mother.  This is often called “milk fever” and is a condition where her body does not produce enough calcium for lactation.  This will occur three weeks or so after lactation begins and is a serious problem.  If it is caught early, supplements can be added to her food to give her what she needs to make up for it.  Symptoms will include stiffness, pain, and a fever with possible seizures.  Take her to a vet as soon as you see any symptom.

Mammary gland infections, particularly the teats, are a common problem so you should them frequently. As her puppies get older and teeth grow in, these infections can occur. Mastisis can set in within a day of birth; watch for purple spots around the glands and check for fever. These and other infections are common and is easily treated with topical creams.

Another potential problem is too little or no milk production which is called Agalactia. Your vet can tell if this is going to be a problem through their examination of your new momma dog and if this is going to be a problem they can take immediate steps to alleviate this condition.

While birth is a very natural and typically a process that requires little intervention on your part to go well, you will want to make sure that your mother pup has every opportunity to stay healthy and keep her pups healthy.

Making sure your hunting dogs is properly cared for is extremely important to make sure you have all your hunting dog supplies that is necessary to train your dog properly including Innotek Dog Fence, Innotek IUT 300, and Walkers Game Ear.

Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer Great Tool For Your Gun Dog

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If you are looking for hunting dog supplies to train your retriever, you are looking for high quality, affordable training tools that can help train your dog to bring dead foul to you during a hunt.  One of the most trusted names in Dead Fowl Trainers is Dokken.

Using the Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

For a realistic looking dog training bumper the Dokken Dead Fowl trainer is not only easy to use, but it is also top of the line.  Offering a soft body that can easily be injected with scent solutions, this training dummy offers a hard plastic head, soft foam body and hard feet.  Because of the superior construction, the scent holds for hours and  offers you hours of working time with your retriever.

Dokken Scent Injector

To maximize your training efforts, be sure to purchase the scents to be used with your hunting dog bumpers. This is one of the most beneficial features offered by Dokken, so take full advantage of the Dokken scent injectors.

Types of Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

Among different types, the most popular Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers are the Back Duck, Snow Goose, Honker Goose, and Mallard. This variety allows you to train your retriever to retrieve only the types of dead waterfowl that you hunt. They are waterproof, making them ideal for the water, but can be used for training on land as well. You can also get the Dokken pheasant bumper if you hunt pheasant. This will enable you to train your retriever dog for upland game.

Realistic Look and Smell

When you first see the Dokken training bumpers, you’ll immediately note how realistic they are.  Combining that realism with a realistic smell means your dog will learn quickly.  Whether you’re training for flushing, retrieving, or retrieving mouth-to-hand, the Dokken line of products will make your dog superb.

Offering excellent quality, Dokken products are exactly the training tools you’ll need to effectively train your gun dog. The Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer is the perfect tool for teaching your dog important hunting and retrieving skills, which will make him a great hunting companion

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robbie on March 14th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips