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Posts Tagged ‘Labrador Retriever’

Help With Vet Bills

Monday, September 15th, 2014

In these difficult economic times many dog owners are finding that they sometimes need help paying vet bills. Fortunately, there are programs and organizations willing to help with vet bills when money is tight.

If you need spay and neuter services for your dog, most ASPCA branches often sponsor low cost spay and neuter clinics.

Many vaccination clinics set up special events during the year and offer free or inexpensive vaccines for your dog. Vaccines usually dispensed at these events include Rabies, Corona, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis. Heartworm and parasite testing is sometimes offered free of charge also.

If your dog needs medical treatment or emergency care and you’re unable to afford such care, there are charitable organizations across the country who work with caring veterinarians to provide medical care for dogs who would otherwise go untreated.

These organizations include the following:
The American Animal Hospital Association is a companion animal veterinary association. They have a foundation called Helping Pets Fund that gives aid to sick and injured pets.

United Animal Nations which provides assistance to animal rescue organizations and helps victims of disasters, domestic violence and foreclosures to care for their pets.

Help-A-Pet assists physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens and children of the working poor to provide their pets with lifesaving veterinary care.

Labrador Life Line helps individuals and rescuers care for Labrador Retrievers by providing medical assistance, supplies and transportation to foster homes and permanent homes.

The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to pet owners to help pay for medical and preventive care of a dog. The Fund also works to decrease the number of animals that end up being euthanized or surrendered to animal shelters due to preventable or treatable illnesses.

Another source of help is one of the many community food banks that accept and distribute pet food to help owners feed their pets. Local humane societies sometimes are able to provide a list of sources for low-cost or no-cost pet food.

Getting help with vet bills when you truly need it should never, and I mean never, cause you to be embarrassed. Think first of your loving companion and not your pride. Your dog needs you. You are its reason for living.

Treating a Dog With Bad Behavior

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Dealing with bad behavior from your dog can be a problem that may seem at times to be too much to handle. Your dog may begin disobeying you in small ways, but that can easily transform into more aggressive actions and poor habits if you don’t put a stop to it.

The key to treating a dog with bad behavior is to learn what is causing your dog to misbehave and that can help you find a solution.

Most pet dogs like to be included in all your activities since they feel as if they are part of the family. Ignoring them or leaving them out of most of your family events can cause separation anxiety, resulting in unacceptable behavior.

Dogs going through their adolescent period will normally try to rebel against your usual routines. If your dog refuses to let you put on its leash or refuses to sit when commanded, it’s an indication that your dog is trying to better its ranking as an alpha dog. In other words, the dog is trying to one-up you in the game of “who’s in charge here.” Giving your pet firm commands while remaining calm will show it who’s in charge and help control its bad behavior.

If you’ve recently acquired a normally calm and friendly breed like a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever and it suddenly attacks another dog or a person, the problem is not a simple behavioral issue. Aggressive acts and unpredictable behavior like this usually indicates poor breeding practices. It can also be due to several other reasons such as puppies feeling pain from teething, feeling threatened, feeling pain from an injury, prior abuse, or a female dog that is in heat. If your dog is a puppy and nips or bites at you, saying “no” very strongly will usually startle it into quitting the disagreeable behavior.

A dog with bad behavior is not appreciated by anyone. When dogs become overly excited, especially small dogs, they often tend to urinate uncontrollably. This may happen when you begin playing with your dog or when a visitor, whether a stranger or frequent guest, comes into your house. This behavior can typically be traced to the fact that a dog is not being walked and exercised enough and its stored up energy results in urination problems. If you punish your dog and it doesn’t understand what it did wrong, it may urinate out of sheer nervousness.

Begging stems from natural instinct, improper socialization, boredom or desire for your attention. To stop this bad behavior feed your dog on a regular schedule and don’t give it snacks in between meals. Always ignore your dog when it begs.

Chewing on objects is part of the natural teething process in puppies. It may also be attributed to boredom, separation anxiety, undernourishment, or lack of sufficient exercise. If your adult dog is an obsessive chewer, you can put a little hot pepper sauce, or vinegar and hot mustard on items the dog should not be chewing and the taste will be enough to discourage that bad behavior. If your dog is chewing on items that can’t be coated with one of these substances, Petco and PetSmart have products to prevent unwanted chewing of objects.

Having your dog jump on you whenever you arrive home may seem cute, but most friends and guests won’t appreciate the enthusiastic behavior, especially if your dog is a larger breed. Consistently discourage the practice at the first signs of this behavior by voicing a firm “no.” To discourage such behavior, ignore your dog and avoid eye contact when it jumps on you. Tell your dog to “sit” and then reward it with a treat when it obeys. Daily exercise also helps to reduce the dog’s excess energy.

Treating a dog with bad behavior, especially an adult dog will be a lot easier if you think of your dog as being like a two year-old child. It needs to be trained and constantly reminded of what is proper behavior and what is not.

Choosing The Right Dog Breed

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Before choosing the right dog breed when you’re ready for a new canine friend, you should know a little bit about each breed that you’re considering for adoption.

Many people choose the breed of dog they wish to adopt based on their experiences with one or more dogs or puppies from their childhood. They may have fond memories of a dog they or a friend owned when they were young.

Another way some people choose their new pet is to visit a pet store or animal shelter and walk along the cages, looking for a dog that seems to be just the right match.

The third way of choosing the right dog breed is to consider all the situations that might arise during your dog’s lifetime. This is probably the most sensible approach to finding the dog that’s just right for you,. Before you make a final decision on which dog to adopt, ask yourself the following important questions, and be honest with your answers because those answers will determine which breed of dog is right for you.

How much time do you have to devote to raising a dog? If you choose to adopt a puppy it will require a lot of attention during all its waking hours. If left alone and there is no one around, it may become nervous and leave a mess for you to clean up. It may also chew or scratch something valuable . If you choose a long-haired dog be prepared for daily brushing or your dog’s coat will be a tangled mess in a very short period of time. You’ll also need to bathe your dog and clean its teeth and ears once a week. Every dog, no matter its age or breed, requires some one-on-one attention every day.

Dogs of all sizes need to have room to move around without running into obstacles or getting underfoot with every movement. To remain healthy they need room to run, either in your yard, in a park, or at the beach. Many smaller-sized breeds can comfortably live within the confines of an apartment with no problem. They can get the exercise they require by living and moving around a one bedroom apartment — but they still need to be walked at least once or twice in an evening to handle their bodily functions.

If you have small children you’ll need to choose a dog breed known for its friendliness and tolerance of children who sometimes do strange things to their pets. A dog needs a laid back temperament that allows it to tolerate being squeezed, held tightly, or otherwise mishandled. Golden Retrievers and Labradors are ideal for this type of situation. Some of the smaller breeds are too delicate to be handled roughly as some children are likely to do. Some breeds don’t appreciate getting picked up and carried all over the house, or being hugged a lot. The wrong choice in a dog when you have children in the family, could result in serious injury to an aggressive toddler. Dogs weighing under seven pounds are generally not suitable for children, while most dogs weighing ten pounds or more are usually appropriate for all ages.

Some healthcare expenses will be necessary simply because of the breed of the dog. Large breeds have an inbred predisposition to develop hip dysplasia and arthritis just because of their size. Other degenerative problems affect the shoulders, elbows and hocks. Dogs suffering with hip dysplasia, arthritis, bursitis, or osteochondrosis (OCD), can experience immediate and long-term relief without drugs when given a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System.

Winston’s Joint System is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no side-effects because it’s all just good whole food. There are no dosage problems because the dog’s body will use only what it needs. Winston’s Joint System provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue. It also includes a natural anti-inflammatory compound to relieve the pain of arthritis.

Another important thing to consider is your budget, or your ability to feed and care for a dog. Your expenses start accruing as soon as you select a dog. You’ll have to pay the pet store, breeder, or animal shelter to adopt the dog; your dog will require shots, the specific ones will depend upon the city or county where you reside. Don’t forget grooming needs – brushes, shampoos, medications, etc.

And don’t underestimate the cost of food. You will be the only source of your dog’s meals. He or she cannot hop on over to McDonald’s or the local pizza parlor whenever hunger strikes. The larger the dog, the more food it will consume. And as your dog ages you’ll realize medical examinations and medications become more expensive. These lifetime medical expenses are not trivial, and if you do not plan on them, you can be caught off guard with some pretty large bills from the vet.

An important thing to consider if you choose a puppy is whether you’ll be staying home a lot or whether you frequently travel. If you have to travel, are you able to take your new puppy along with you? Traveling with puppies is a lot like traveling with small children. The trip is not so much about you as it is about them! It doesn’t matter how big your dog is – all sizes of dogs require frequent stops, and short walks are necessary if you’re traveling by car. Trains and buses no longer allow even small dogs to travel on board. Before you choose to travel with your dog by air and have it placed in the cargo hold, check the airlines track record for delivering pets alive and well to their owners once they have arrived at their destination. Check out Petfinder.com for the most pet-friendly airlines in the U.S.

On average, smaller dogs mature faster and live longer than larger ones; bigger dogs mature later and generally have shorter spans of adulthood. Here is a general breakdown of the stages of a dog’s life:

* Puppyhood ends between six and 18 months of age.
* Adolescence starts between six and 18 months of age.
* Adulthood starts between 12 months and three years of age.
* Senior years begin between six and 10 years of age.

Dogs are as individual as people and there’s no hard-and-fast rule for how a dog will age and how long it will live. If you need a pet that will live a long time or one who is not susceptible to major debilitating diseases, it’s important that you choose the right dog breed.

Classic Tails Vol. 3 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Mark Twain’s classic tale “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is regarded by many as the greatest literary achievement of any American author. The story was inspired by many of Twain’s own experiences as a riverboat pilot. The book is the story of two runaways—a white dog and a black dog—and me, a Golden Retriever with a taste for exploring life to its fullest.

The two of us embarked upon an expedition down the powerful Mississippi River. When the book was first published it scandalized reviewers and parents who thought it would corrupt young children with its portrayal of a hero who steals, lies, and uses crude dog language. Readers paid scant attention to how kindly the Golden Retriever (me), who suffered from arthritis, was treated by the other two dogs throughout the journey.

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” takes place mainly on the Mississippi River where Huck and I raft merrily downriver, getting entangled in one adventure after another. Huck is a practical down-to-earth dog, and I, his ever-loyal Retriever, am always at his side rescuing him from the jaws of yet another appalling situation. Huck’s preference would have been to live in the sticks, smoking his pipe and fishing in the river, accompanied by his devoted friend of course.

This whole thing about rafting down the Mississippi River was Huck’s idea, not mine. I may be a Golden Retriever who is used to the water, but heck, I couldn’t even see my own reflection in that muddy water! The trip idea all started when Huck’s Pappy, an abusive drunken German Shepard, arrived home, prompting Huck to fake his own death and escape with me down the river. During our travels we met a runaway Chocolate Lab named Jim. Huck struggled with his conscience over whether he should return Jim to his owner or help him escape from a life of slavery. Jim had been forced to wait on his human master every day with no time off for running free or burying dog bones. I was all for letting Jim escape that tyranny and join us on our journey.

Later we had an revolting adventure with two con men who attached themselves to Huck and Jim, and just ignored me. The greedy exploits of these two humans disgusted Huck and made him feel ashamed for the human race. Personally, I think Huck was mad that these guys wouldn’t pay me any attention, and I was probably the finest looking dog they’d ever met.

We finally got ourselves untangled from these two creeps and the three of us proceeded downriver. My arthritis started acting up again so we floated into the next town where we were lucky enough to find a Starbucks where a generous man loaned me his laptop long enough to order a supply of Winston’s Joint System for my arthritis. We had it shipped to the next town about 25 miles down the river and when we got there two days later it was waiting for us at the local post office.

Huck was the best friend a dog could ask for. When I came down with arthritis in my poor old joints, he was smart enough to convince me to start taking Winston’s Joint System formula right from the beginning. If he hadn’t cared about me so much, I probably wouldn’t have been in good enough shape to travel down that mighty Mississippi River and help keep him out of trouble so many times.

So you see, caring for someone works both ways.

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