As spring approaches, dog owners all over the state are getting excited about hitting the trails, wandering through the woods, playing in the backyard, and finding new favorite spots for those intense games of fetch. But we also have to get ready to deal with tick season.
While ticks are out and about all year long, bites are more likely to occur from late spring to early fall. Not all tick species transmit Lyme disease, but it is a risk of which you need to be aware. How dangerous is this disease for your dog - and how can you protect your favorite four-legged friend?
Sometimes it seems as if our pets wear their hearts on their sleeves - so to speak! They wag their tails or jump for joy when we return home (even if we were only gone for 10 minutes). They whine when they want to go out. They become your shadow when they’re hungry. They snuggle up with you and shower you with unconditional love just when they, and you, need it most. But how do we know when our cats or dogs are in pain? They can’t tell us with words, but they can show us with their behaviors.
If there’s one thing that is even more reliable than your alarm clock, it’s your dog. He’s up and ready to chow down in the morning and, if you feed twice daily, he knows right when dinner time is. But what happens when the dish is still full? When your pooch seems to have lost his appetite and interest in food?
When your dog stops eating, it may be a signal that he is experiencing an issue with his health. What do you do next?
Eating poop is probably one of the more disgusting habits many dogs have. If you've ever seen your dog eagerly chomping down on feces, it can be mortifying. What's disgusting for us, is actually relatively common and normal, and doesn't necessarily mean somethings wrong with your pooch.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful - and Fido’s behavior isn’t so delightful. They say that a tired dog is a good dog, and there’s a lot of truth in this! When they are stimulated both physically and mentally, undesired behaviors (e.g. destructive chewing, barking, digging in the trash, eliminating inside, etc.) are curbed. Their health, of course, also improves as exercise keeps weight in check and hearts healthy. When they’re not… well, you start to see a lot of issues.