Dog parks are becoming more popular all across the United States. They range in size
and design but all share the same purpose: to provide a place where dogs can run
To Go or Not to Go
Many behavior problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs were born to lead active lives. They’ve worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. Dogs’ wild relatives lead busy lives, too. Their days are full of hunting, scavenging, avoiding predators and complex social interaction. Most pet dogs, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time alone at home, napping on couches and eating food from bowls—no hunting or scavenging required. Many become bored, lonely and overweight. They have excess energy and no way to expend it, so it’s not surprising that they often come up with activities on their own, like unstuffing couches, raiding trash cans and gnawing on shoes.
To keep your dog happy, healthy and out of trouble, you’ll need to find ways to exercise her brain and body. If she enjoys the company of her own kind, visits to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life. Benefits of going to the dog park include: Top
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In Florida, as in most of the country, heartworm preventative is a must for every dog. It needs to be started at a young age and continued every 30 days throughout the dog’s lifetime. There are different types of prevention; it just depends on what works best for you and your pet. Since heartworms are spread through mosquitoes, in warm climates it is always best to keep your pet on preventative year round. Heartworm checks, done by a blood draw at your veterinarian, are recommended at least every year. Never split a pill in half as the preventative is not spread equally throughout the pill.
Let me explain a little how the heartworm cycle works. A mosquito bites a dog that
has baby heartworms, the heartworms incubate in the mosquito until teenagers; the
mosquito then bites a dog and incubates for the next 6-
See your veterinarian for more information about heartworm disease and prevention for your dog.
And yes, cats can get heartworms too.
Halloween can be a fun time of year for the whole family -
dangers and sources of stress for your dog. Just remember to keep your dog safe from these Halloween hazards.
Halloween Candy and Other Treats
Remember that human treats are not usually good for dogs! Candy -
Some dogs really enjoy getting dressed in costumes -
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Some Canadian veterinarians are noticing an increase in cases of Fanconi syndrome. The CVMA recently published this warning:
Recently, several veterinarians in Ontario have reported cases of dogs that have been showing signs similar to Fanconi syndrome. All dogs in the reported cases had been fed chicken jerky treats that were manufactured in China.
Signs of Fanconi syndrome can include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, and increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Blood tests may show increased urea nitrogen and creatinine. Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). The problem is that this can be confused with diabetes.
What is Fanconi Syndrome?
This is an uncommon condition. It affects the kidneys and causes them to leak glucose (sugar) and other electrolytes into the urine. Dogs that have this condition will usually be very thirsty and will urinate excessive amounts. The most common finding in laboratory tests is that the dog has glucose in the urine, but has a normal blood glucose level.
Some dogs can be born with Fanconi syndrome. But, the latest concern is that there is something in Chicken Jerky strips made in China that is actually causing some dogs to develop this problem. Some dogs can get very sick and even go into renal failure and die. Other dogs will have an increase in thirst and urination and possibly have accidents in the house and then they may go on to have a full recovery within a few weeks of stopping the chicken jerky treats