X

dogs

Fun Stuff
Who Pooped in the Laundry?
August 19, 2016 at 9:08 am 0

Serious charges

I came home from a long day and went to do a load of laundry. As soon as I got downstairs, I recognized a familiar smell. A smell that's become too familiar in my house — someone had pooped in my laundry!

There were only two suspects capable of such a dastardly deed... Casey and/or Dakota! (I was not hungover, so I removed myself as a suspect).

So who did it? Did the other know? Did they work together? Was it part of a larger conspiracy?

I called in both of the accused to get their side of the story:


Case closed!

Are you following us on Instagram yet? We share all kinds of fun dog things like the video above. Find us at Instagram.com/tuxedomutt.

CONTINUE READING ...
Dog Advice
Study: 850% Increase in Diabetic Dogs since 2011
May 19, 2016 at 8:52 am 0

Are you causing your dog to be unhealthy?

Do you feed your dog human food? You might be thinking you're giving them a treat, but a recent study has said you might be doing a lot more harm than good.

A study of 9,000 pets by UK pet insurer Animal Friends found that dogs have shown an 850% increase in diabetes diagnosis since 2011. One of the main reasons for this rise in diabetes was weight gain and that was caused, in part, by owners feeding their pets human food

black dog sad eyes

image from omwallpapers.com

Signs of canine diabetes

One of the first steps to knowing whether or not your dog has diabetes is to recognize the clues that might signal a trip to the vet. Pet Diabetes Month lists the following symptoms of diabetes in dogs:

  • Drinks more water than usual

  • Urinates more frequently, produces more urine per day or has accidents in the house

  • Always acts hungry, but maintains or loses weight

  • Has cloudy eyes

If your dog starts displaying any of these symptoms, give your vet a call and have fido checked out to rule out diabetes or another condition that could be affecting their health. 

dog drinking water

image from petnet.io

Treatment of diabetes

If your vet does diagnose your dog with diabetes, it's important that you follow their instructions for how to treat your dog. According to The Bark treatment of diabetes is as much an art as it is a science. 

Just as in humans, the key is to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. It will help your dog to feel good and to be less likely to develop diabetes-related problems in the future. The article goes on to say "the most common diabetic complication in dogs in cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eyes); over time, dogs may also develop hardening of the arteries, kidney disease, retina disease or nerve disease. And because bacteria thrive on a high-sugar diet, dogs with diabetes are prone to gum, urinary, skin and other infections."

dog sad eyes

image from goodwp.com

Dogs with diabetes will most likely need to be treated with insulin either once or twice a day to help treat their condition. Your vet will be able to tell you how much and when to administer the dosage to your dog.

Another important factor in treating your dog is to test their blood glucose levels regularly at home. This can reveal problems before they are apparent in other ways. Testing blood glucose can also let you know if the treatment plan you're currently using is working or if your vet should recommend another course of action. 

Of course an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure you know and understand what's in your dog's food, give them regular exercise and have them visit a vet regularly to diagnose potential problems before they are too late. 

 

 

Does your dog have diabetes? What do you do to treat them? How did you first find out? Share your stories in the comments below. 

CONTINUE READING ...
Dog Advice
420 with Fido
April 20, 2016 at 8:38 am 0

Happy 420!

You may not realize it, but today is an important holiday for many people in the world. April 20th (or 4/20) is an annual day for many marijuana smokers to celebrate and partake in one of their favourite hobbies. What started as a group of students (The Waldos) meeting at a statue after class in California in the late 70's to smoke up, has turned into an international code for getting high and smoking weed.

Marijuana can be a way for people to relax, to laugh or to kick back and enjoy life for a while. It's also been widely used for medical reasons and has been shown to have many health benefits for people. The question is does marijuana have the same effect on our dogs? Is it okay to get high with your pooch on 420?

dog stoner hippie

image from main.acsevents.org


Weed and dogs

Just like their human friends, dogs can get stoned by breathing in second hand smoke or by eating it. How it affects the dog can depend on its size and age according to Dr. Robin Downing, a Colorado doctor of veterinary medicine. Obviously a 100lb German Shepherd would react differently than a 20lb Shih-Tzu. 

Dogs who ingest marijuana can experience the following symptoms:

  • lethargy

  • breathing problems

  • lowered blood pressure

  • abnormal heart rhythyms

  • loss of balance

  • incontinence

As with any drug, not every trip is a good trip. Some dogs aren't calm and relaxed when they smoke or eat pot, but instead display signs of panting, pacing and appear to be quite distressed. according to Dr. Tina Wismer, the medical director at the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center.

In my personal opinion, whether or not dogs enjoy pot doesn't matter so much as their inability to give consent - I couldn't imagine someone getting me intoxicated without me wanting to do so. So whether or not it's fun for dogs doesn't matter to me, they can't really give their consent so I won't be sharing with my dogs. 


Medical marijuana and dogs

There are biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds that are being marketed to owners of ailing or elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. According to Matthew J. Cote of Auntie Dolores (a manufacturer and online retailer for edibles), there are many parts of the cannabis plant. While many people use it for the euphoric effect of THC, they overlook cannabidiol (or CBD) which is non-psychoactive.

Matthews said they've seen dogs respond very rapidly to the CBD in their edibles. He tells a story of one woman who was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was, but then the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered treats by Auntie Dolores and the dog was able to get up, walk around, and act normal again. 

Just like any new medication, it's hard to be sure what you're getting until it's been tested and regulated. Different manufacturers may produce different doses or contain different ingredients. I can honestly say that if one of my dogs were in pain or suffering, I'd be willing to give this kind of thing a try. 

dog marijuana field

image from 3milliondogs.com


My dog ate my pot, what do I do?

Anyone who has a labrador retriever (aka the canine vacuum) can attest to their dog's ability to eat just about anything. A curious puppy of any breed can mistakenly eat your weed thinking it's a snack or treat left out for them. So what do you do when your dog eats your pot?

First of all, don't get mad or sit there laughing, you're gonna wanna call your vet. Usually the vet will try to induce vomiting to get anything they've eaten out of their system. If the dog is too lethargic, according to Bark Post, inducing vomiting would be dangerous because the dog could swallow it and asphyxiate. The normal treatment when a dog ingests marijuana is to monitor the dog for seizures and to give them plenty of fluids in an attempt to clear out their systems sooner. Then you need to just wait it out. 

Can your dog die from marijuana? Yes, but that's unlikely. It takes a LOT of marijuana to kill a dog. In a study of dog reactions to cannabis butter, just two of the 125 dogs died. Research has yet to determine whether the primary cause of death is in fact the pot or the food that it's mixed with (chocolate for example). In any case, keep your weed in dog proof container so that you don't have any unhappy accidents with your dog. 

If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate 420 with your dog, why not bake him or her some cookies? We've got three easy and delicious peanut butter cookie recipes for your dog that you can try. Alternatively, why not enjoy a dog-friendly beer with Fido? There's a few companies that manufacture these non-alcoholic drinks for canines. 


Do you celebrate 420? Has your dog ever eaten your pot? Share your thoughts on dogs and marijuana in the comments below. 


CONTINUE READING ...