Help Prevent Dog Overpopulation and Euthanasia

All across the U.S. there is a growing concern regarding dog overpopulation. Shelters nationwide are continuing to take in dogs faster than they are able to get them adopted. And while there are many families capable of caring for a pooch, making sure they have a warm place to sleep, food in their bowl, and toys to play with, there aren’t enough people around the country willing to help these dogs out. This leads to between 4 and 6 million being euthanized each year because of overpopulation, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Overpopulation leads to euthanasia

Louisiana ABC affiliate WGNO explained that overpopulation is a major issue in the U.S. and caused Louisiana shelters to euthanize tens of thousands of dogs in their state alone.

“The big problem is we put down 90,000 dogs in Louisiana alone. There are thousands of rescue organizations that raise money that do all this stuff, yet all those dogs are being put down. It’s sad because they are wonderful creatures,” local businesswoman and dog rescuer Marita Crandle told WGNO.

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However, dogs can’t be blamed for this problem. Instead, only owners and people who care can help cut down on the problem of dog overpopulation. Rather than euthanizing an excess number of dogs that don’t have homes, people should be mindful of stopping the problem at its source by spaying and neutering their dogs.

WGNO pointed out that New Orleans, like other places, has laws about spaying or neutering dogs within a certain number of months. However, not everyone follows these rules and the issue of overpopulation still persists.

What you can do

The first thing that any pet owner can do is spay or neuter their dog. This is the first and simplest step to eliminate companion animal-euthanasia.

Although, the cost of spaying and neutering a pet or rescued dog can be a massive barrier to care for many owners or shelters. That’s why organizations like the FIXIT Foundation and their Get Your Fix campaign are around, to allow others to donate a little extra to help dogs and their owners get the money they need for spaying and neutering.

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Fixing a dog can be as life-saving as other donations. Although the money might not help save that specific dog’s life, fixing them will help cut down on overpopulation and spare unnecessary euthanasia in the future.

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6 Reasons Going Outside Could Kill Your Cat

Many people feel guilty keeping their cats indoors. They think that these animals deserve the chance to roam free and experience the world. However, the modern world isn’t designed for a cat’s well being. There are many dangers in a modern urban, suburban, or rural landscape that can lead to a cat being killed or seriously injured. Before you decide to let your kitty outside, make sure you get to know these outdoor cat dangers.

1. Parasites 

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Fleas, ticks, mites, hookworms, and the diseases and damage they bring are among some of the most prevalent hazards facing outdoor cats. Out in nature, many of these parasites are inevitable, whether from the environment or other cats. The best thing you can do to help keep these pests off your feline friend is to give them preventative treatment. Use your PetPlus membership to get long-lasting parasite treatments such as FrontlinePlus to help your outdoor cat fight off at least one hazard.

2. Predators and other animals 

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While small animals like ticks and lice can cause trouble for cats, so can larger ones. Foxes, owls, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and even dogs are common predators for outdoor cats. In other parts of the U.S., there may be more specific dangers, such as alligators, the American Humane Association explained. Poisonous snakes or other reptiles may also be a significant hazard.

If you decide to let your fuzzy feline become an outdoor cat, there’s a good chance she’ll run into some wild animals. Even if she scratches, bites, and is full-on feisty, she still may be in real danger.

Other cats can also seriously injure your own feline. A cat fight in the wild is no mild affair. All the stops will be pulled out and your cat may suffer a severe injury or inflict one on someone else’s beloved feline.

3. People 

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Unfortunately, humans are also a significant outdoor cat danger. Jean Hofve, D.V.M., wrote on Little Big Cats that there are countless reports of truly horrible actions that humans have done to cats. Cats have been beaten, thrown from cars, tossed into rivers, set on fire, eaten, and worse. Sometimes people kill outdoor cats because they’re crawling around on their property, while others just hurt them for no reason. Many humane societies advise people to keep their cats indoors to avoid these awful situations altogether.

4. Disease 

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No matter how many vaccines you gave your cat before letting them become an outdoor pet, disease is still a risk factor. The American Feral Cat Coalition explained that there are about 60 million feral or homeless cats in the U.S. These cats never had vaccines and may be carrying one of many deadly diseases that your outdoor cat could contract.

Rabies, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch fever, leukemia, feline distemper, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline infectious peritonitis, upper respiratory infections, and even the plague are some of the most common diseases that cats can contract or develop in the outdoors. The Daily Cat pointed to disease as one of the leading outdoor cat dangers.

5. Trees 

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It may seem like a cliche, but outdoor cats can climb into a tree and get scared. Eventually they may stay up there so long that they become dehydrated or malnourished and fall, causing injuries.

6. Human environmental dangers 

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Even with well-meaning humans, cats can still get into trouble. Licking sweet-tasting, but poisonous antifreeze is one common environmental risk, while some cats are seriously injured from crawling into cars to stay warm in the winter.

Outdoor cats face a number of dangers out in the world and, on average, live far shorter lives than their indoor counterparts. But whether your cat is indoor or outdoor, make sure they have the medication necessary to treat and prevent parasites and illnesses by using PetPlus.

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NYC Man Dies While Saving Dog from Frozen Pond

As the winter turns to spring, the ice presents a serious risk to dogs and their owners. The temperatures start to rise, making frozen ponds and lakes less sturdy for curious pooches, often leading to them falling in. Although the air may be warm enough to melt or weaken the ice, the water can remain frigid and dangerous, as it did with New York City resident Garvin Brown, who died on March 16 after jumping into a pond to save his dog, according to CBS News.

Danger while helping a dog

Brown, 34, was renting a home with his fiancée in Naples, New York, a town in the Finger Lakes region about 40 miles from Rochester, when his dog walked on top of and fell through a partially frozen pond at about 1:00 a.m. To rescue his struggling pooch, Brown jumped into the water. Once in the cold water, Brown was unable to swim himself to safety and drowned.

The dog was able to escape the water and survived, CBS reported. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department told local news station WROC that they often get calls about dogs falling through the ice around this time of year.

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“The ice is melting; it’s cracking, getting thinner and thinner, so it’s certainty not safe for anyone to be on ice at this time,” Gallagher said. “Earlier in the year, when we had the hard freeze, it was OK for people to go on the ice but now no one should be on ice.”

A similar story with a happier ending happened on March 15 when a Weymouth, Massachusetts, woman and her dog were rescued from the ice on a river in Hingham, Massachusetts.

According to ABC affiliate WCVB 5, two dogs wandered out onto an ice flow and one became stranded because they were too scared to return. Then the woman went to help them, but became stranded herself after she fell into the water.

Rescuers saved both the dog and the woman without any injuries.

Tips for dog ice safety

Unfortunately, there are many similar stories happening all over the world. Keep yourself and your pooch safe by following smart walking tips for the winter and spring, like the ones that the U.K.’s The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals advised.

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  • Use a leash – The first step to preventing your pooch from falling through melting ice is to stop them from walking out there in the first place. Although it’s always advised, ensure that you have a leash on your dog when walking at this time of the year. A quick tug on the leash can stop your curious canine from wandering out into dangerous waters.
  • Avoid bodies of water – The PDSA explained that avoiding frozen water altogether is a great way to prevent this type of injury. Simply skip the walk by your favorite pond or river until the weather becomes a little warmer.
  • Don’t jump in after them – It can be hard to see your pooch struggling to get to safety, but you’re not helping anyone by jumping in. When your body hits that cold water, you’ll lose the ability to help your dog out of this precarious situation. The PDSA instead insisted you get help. While you call the fire department and wait for assistance, feel free to help your pooch the best you can from the edge of the body of water without putting yourself at risk.
  • Protect their feet – Although it may be too warm to safely cross the ice, the ice is still cold enough to cause your pooch’s paws trouble. Take steps to ensure that your dog’s paws are protected from ice, salt and chemical ice melt until spring.

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Florida Shelter Saves Dogs from Cold Night

Florida isn’t known for frigid temperatures, even in the dead of winter, but in the early morning, cold wind put some dogs in Manatee County at serious risk.

Shelter workers help pooches avoid a cold night 

The Palmetto Animal Shelter was overcrowded this week. There wasn’t enough room inside to house all of the dogs that needed a home. Typically, this means that the excess pooches spend the night outdoors in the shelter’s outdoor area. However, with the wind chill expected to dip into the low 30s, Manatee County Animal Services had to do something, according to the Bradenton Herald.

The employees decided that the only option was to have the dogs double up. The shelter only has enough space indoors for about 30 dogs, but they had 60 at the facility. On Wednesday and Thursday night, these pooches shared their spaces with one another so that they could all have a warm night’s sleep.

While overcrowding the shelter is a temporary solution, it’s also an uncomfortable one. Instead, the shelter hopes to have some of these pooches adopted and is holding events to help the process along. They’ll be holding an adoption event from Feb. 21 through March 1, the Herald reported.

The facility could definitely use a little more room to hold dogs inside, the shelter employees told the newspaper. However, as volunteer coordinator Samantha Wolfe said, they’ll do what they need to with or without space.

“If we are ahead of the game, it will be better,” Wolfe told the Herald. “We are definitely moving forward with saving animals’ lives, but we are still full.”

Wolfe also told the paper that they’ll do whatever it takes to rescue dogs and keep them warm in the chilly temperatures.

Feed your dog

The employees at the Palmetto shelter told the newspaper that they hoped the dogs would get adopted, but even if they did get adopted the employees didn’t want the dogs to be left outside and get cold. If you’re similarly concerned about your canine becoming too cold and getting uncomfortable, you may want to change their feeding habits.

As the American Veterinary Medical Association explained, dogs who are outside frequently in the winter need more calories in their diet. The cold air makes dogs burn more calories, because not only is your dog using energy to run or walk, but also to regulate their body temperature and stay warm.

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Scientists Find a Protein Responsible for Canine Cancer

New research on canine bone cancer from the University of Wisconsin may end up helping both canines and humans. Published online in the February edition of Veterinary and Comparative Oncology, the study discussed the discovery of a biological mechanism that helps turn cells into cancerous tumors.

The researchers studied the genes in osteosarcoma tumors that were removed from dogs and grown in the lab and then in mice. After comparing a variety of cell lines between tumor-forming and nontumor-forming cells, the scientists were able to narrow down a single protein that was present at higher levels in cancerous tumors: frizzled-6.

This protein may help shed light on how bone cancer grows and ultimately lead to new methods for diagnosing and treating bone cancer for both dogs and humans.

“It’s exciting because it’s kind of uncharted territory,” Timothy Stein, an assistant professor of oncology at the university, explained in a statement. “While we need more research to know for sure, it’s possible that frizzled-6 expression may be inhibiting a particular signaling pathway and contributing to the formation of tumor-initiating cells.”

There’s still plenty of research to be done before scientists can use frizzled-6 to treat bone cancer, but this research is a promising first step.

Facing canine cancer with your pooch 

The most common form of bone cancer in pooches is osteosarcoma. While the researchers are looking into what causes this devastating disease, there isn’t any cure for canine cancer. Currently, the best defense is knowing as much as you can, catching it early, and getting your dog the treatment they need to beat bone cancer and live a fulfilling life.

Bone cancers most often occur in your dog’s front legs, ankles, hips, shoulders or abdomen. There are benign tumors as well as several forms of malignant cancerous growths that can affect your pooch. Benign growths like osteomas and osteochondromas may cause symptoms in your dog but don’t pose nearly the same risks as a cancerous tumor.

Some of the biggest symptoms for bone cancer are lameness, weakness, or joint injuries. Because they often affect the legs, your pooch will likely have trouble walking. The area where the tumor is can be tender to the touch or the bone in the region may have broken. Changes in behavior, appetite, and attitude may also signal bone cancer. If you’ve noticed your dog’s joint suddenly seems to be hurting them, talk to your veterinarian.

If you spot any of these symptoms, take your dog to the vet. There, they’ll be able to test for cancer and rule out other conditions that may cause the issue. Even if it isn’t bone cancer, the joint issue may be fixed with Rimadyl or other joint-relief medication.

X-rays and blood tests can help determine if your dog has cancer or another condition. Sometimes similar symptoms are caused by bone infections or fugal diseases. If the vet suspects cancer to be the cause, they may request a biopsy where they take a piece of the tumor to see if it’s cancerous. Often, cancer can be diagnosed by the X-rays alone in dogs, however.

Once it’s determined that your dog has cancer, your veterinarian will lay out a few treatment options. One of the most common treatments is to amputate the affected limb. Surgeries that don’t amputate the limb, radiation, and chemotherapy are also options. Amputations are particularly effective, however.

The National Canine Cancer Foundation explained that dogs between the ages of 7 and 10 have the best survival rates of all pooches with bone cancer.

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NBA Star Spends Time with Obama’s Portuguese Water Dogs

Golden State Warrior’s star guard Steph Curry didn’t visit the White House just to see first pooches Sunny and Bo, but a picture posted to Twitter of him lounging on a White House couch with the two Portuguese Water Dogs cuddled up next to him did go viral.

Presidential pooches

Curry was at the White House to meet with President Obama and speak with others about malaria. Although Curry is best known as an all-star basketball player, he’s also involved with Nothing But Nets, a charity that helps provide mosquito netting in Africa to help prevent the spread of malaria. He spoke to media members and others about his experience going to Tanzania and the president’s malaria initiative.

Noted fan of basketball and Curry in particular, President Obama also talked to the NBA player about his coach and teammates, the San Francisco Chronicle explained. But the biggest fans of the entire experience might have been Portuguese Water Dogs Bo and Sunny, who looked thrilled to spend a little time with Curry while he toured the White House.

Bo was given as a gift to the Obama family in 2009, while they got Sunny, a female, in 2013. Portuguese Water Dogs are well-known for their lack of shedding and are good dogs for people with allergies. Additionally, they’re particularly athletic pooches. Sunny and Bo might be able to take on Curry and his Golden State teammate and Splash Brother Klay Thompson in a quick game of 2-on-2 next time he visits the White House.

Athletic dog breeds

If you’re an athletic person who enjoys running and hiking, you might want a pooch who can keep up with your level of energy and follow you on your treks. If that’s the case, there are a number of athletic breeds other than Portuguese Water Dogs that you may want to consider, like these energetic canines:

  • Border Collies – Outside Magazine ranked Border Collies as one of the most active dog breeds. And not only are they quick, but also quick-witted. The magazine credits this breed’s intelligence as one of the reasons they make good running partners.
  • Australian Cattle Dog – This dog from down under is strong, smart and athletic, Active magazine explained. If those adjectives match your own personality, it may be the perfect match. Once used to drive cattle in the Australian countryside, these dogs are built to work hard and play harder. They even have a bit of dingo in them.
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback – Recognizable from the mane-like ridge of pointed hair running down their back when they’re excited or on-guard, these pooches are the perfect companions for long hikes or desert terrain. Active explained that they don’t mind the heat and actually come from the African bush. Bring extra water anyway, though.
  • Labrador Retriever – Perfect for hunters and families, this dog is known for being weatherproof and resilient, Outside magazine explained. If you also like to keep active no matter the forecast outside, a lab may be the right dog for you.

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Facebook Post Saves 40+ Puppies from Negligent Dog Breeder

For most pet owners, social media is a great way to share adorable pictures of puppies or link up with other dog owners in the area. But one post from a couple in Washington state led police to get involved and rescue nearly 40 dogs from the “filthy” conditions of a local dog breeder, according to news station KING 5 in Washington.

Pekingese Rescued from Horrible Dog Breeders

Animal control officers from three different counties seized about 40 dogs after one of the dog breeders posted on Facebook how she and her husband were sick and unable to care for the dogs, the news station reported. The couple, who are both in their 60s, were Pekingese dog breeders. Fellow breeders and concerned animal lovers noted the Facebook posts, which discussed being surrounded by dog feces, and expressed concern and offered help but saw no response on social media.

One of these Facebook followers went to the couple’s Belfair, Washington, home and knocked on the door to no answer. That’s when this concerned citizen called the police and Mason County officers came. KING 5 reported that both homeowners were in need of medical care when the police arrived, as were the dogs who were living in squalid conditions.

The home was dirty with urine and feces, the news station explained. While these homeowners were unhealthy and needed help in caring for their many dogs, the police and neighbors say that they should have handled it differently.

“It’s cruel, real cruel, to those animals. They could have let them go … they could have gave ’em away but no, they kept them all,” neighbor Joe Johnson told KING 5.

The dogs as well as birds found in the home are being placed in a shelter and unavailable for adoption while the police complete an investigation.

Why Dog Waste Can Be Dangerous 

Did you know that not only is it gross for your dog to defecate wherever they want, but it can actually be dangerous to your health and the environment? According to the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare, dog waste can pollute water and carry a number of pesky parasites, including campylobacteriosis, threadworms, hookworms, and tapeworms – all of which can be passed to humans.

Dog feces also have an array of bacteria. In neglect cases, dogs can not only pass these parasites on to humans, but also to other dogs. Ensure that you always pick up your dog’s waste and keep your home clean. Some people may need help or reminders like the Washington breeders.

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Dogs Can Read Faces to Tell How You’re Feeling

You are probably able to read dog body language. They don’t really make it too tricky, what with all the tail wagging, smiles, and perked ears. But, as it turns out, your dog can probably tell when you’re happy too. It’s the first sign that any animal other than humans can read the emotional cues on another species’s face, according to Wired magazine.

Facial recognition

Ludwig Huber, a researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, recently published a new study that found that dogs can distinguish the difference between happy and angry human faces. Because human and dog body language cues are vastly different in terms of how they look, it can be difficult for different species to recognize one another’s emotional cues.

In the experiment, Huber and his team had pet dogs perform a series of tests that used photographs of happy or angry human faces. Some pictures only had the upper, lower, right or left side showing. The dogs used a touch screen to select certain pictures and were rewarded with a treat. Some were told to pick happy faces and others angry. The dogs who were asked to choose the happy faces learned more quickly.

The dogs performed so well on each type of test that the researchers said these pooches not only can identify emotions but also were able to use this knowledge in context to solve the test. They used what they know about humans to fill in the missing parts of the pictures.

“Because they cannot solve the task with information they extracted or collected during the experiment, they need to recall from their memories some information of how human happy and angry faces look as a whole,” Huber said in a statement. “Only in this way could they have realized that a happy mouth region of human faces comes with, or is associated with, a happy eye region.”

Read dog body language 

You may know the basics of dog body language, but nearly every part of their body can tell you something about their mood, from their ears to their tail. Make sure you’re getting the message they’re trying to send.

  • Ears – When your dog’s ears are up and pointed, they’re feeling aggressive or on alert. Relaxed ears, on the other hand, are a sign of friendliness or submission. If your dog is scratching their ears incessantly, they may be trying to tell you they have an ear infection. Try some Ear Eaze or Epi Otic Ear Cleanser to help reduce the pain and clear up the ear infection.
  • Tails – A wagging tail means a happy dog. A strongly wagging tail means a really happy dog. Most of the time, your pooch’s tail will be relaxed in a natural position. Aside from wagging and relaxed, when dogs get scared they can tuck it between their legs, showing fear or submission.
  • Eyes – The larger the eyes, the more alert and possibly scared a dog is. If your pooch is happy or relaxed, their eyes should be smaller and show less character.
  • Mouth – While it’s easy to know that a smiling mouth means your dog is happy, their mouths actually can showcase an array of emotions. A scared dog will keep their mouth closed, while a submissive dog may only open it for a lick or two. Dogs show aggression by bearing their teeth. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals explained that, similar to aggression, dogs poke their head forward and expose their lips, not teeth. This may look aggressive, but it’s actually another form of submission.

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These 9 Breeds Might Need Trimeprazine – Is Yours One?

Ear infections aren’t fun for any pooch. They’re painful, annoying and can cause serious hearing damage in some cases. While any dog is susceptible to an ear infection over the course of their lifetime, some breeds are more likely to have this frustrating condition. Luckily, there are medications like trimeprazine that can help.

9 Ear infection-prone breeds 

Certain breeds are more likely to come down with ear infections, not because they’re dirty or attract bacteria, but because of the construction of their ears. Dogs with long, floppy ears, narrow ear canals or elevated ear canals are most at risk because these ears are harder to clean and retain more water, thereby allowing for more bacteria to grow. Nine of the most common breeds for ear infections are:

  • Poodles
  • Boxers
  • Beagles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Old English Sheepdogs
  • German Shepherds
  • English Bulldogs
  • Shar Peis
  • Labrador Retrievers.

Another major factor for ear infections – outside of ear shape and size – is that some dogs are more attracted to swimming, like Labradors, and therefore put themselves at greater risk for ear infections.

Treating ear infections 

If your pooch has an ear infection, you’ll want to visit the veterinarian for a prescription medication that will help clear up the problem. Trimeprazine is one of the most common and popular medications veterinarians turn to. It’s an anti-inflammatory prescription drug that helps clear up ear infections as well as kennel cough and other itching and swelling issues.

Otomax Ointment is another option that veterinarians may prescribe. Rather than a pill like trimeprazine, this antibacterial, antifungal steroid gets right to the source of the discomfort and pain. It helps treat yeast as well as bacterial infections and reduces inflammation and pain for your pooch.

Identifying and avoiding ear infections 

Before you can start thinking about treating your dog’s ear infections, you need to look for signs that your pooch is trying to tell you they need some help. Dogs may display a loss of hearing, redness or swelling in the ear, trouble balancing, and nonstop scratching or rubbing of their ears. Additionally, if you examine their ears more closely, you may notice extra wax, pus or blood, and a foul odor.

There are three types of canine ear infections to look out for.

  1. Bacterial infections are similar to human ear infections, where bacteria, often from trapped water, grow in the ear and create pain, swelling, and possibly blood.
  2. Yeast infections in your dog’s ears have a similar result, but release a yellow discharge and smell stronger.
  3. The third type of infection is caused by small ear mites and make your pooch have a sandy ear wax discharge.

No matter what breed your four-legged friend is, you can help them avoid an ear infection by doing some basic grooming. Trimming the hair around your pooch’s ear may help prevent infections. Similarly, after your dog swims or is bathed, make sure their ears are able to dry out completely, so no water gets trapped in their. The best way to prevent ear infections is regular cleaning of the ears with recommended solutions and medications. Talk to your veterinarian for suggestions.

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Is Methocarbamol Right for Your Dog’s Muscle Spasms?

Methocarbamol for dogs is a prescription medication used by veterinarians to treat musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Methocarbamol is the active ingredient and generic form of commercial drugs Robaxin and Robaxin V.

This drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use on dogs, cats, and horses. It works as a muscle relaxant, helping soothe muscle spasms caused by spinal injuries or other muscle trauma. The medication can also be used in certain situations where a pet has been poisoned, such as when a cat consumes permethrin. The drug’s mode of action is to relax muscles through the central nervous system. It’s given as a tablet based on your dog’s weight.

What causes spasms? 

Although they can be caused by a slipped spinal disk, muscle spasms can actually occur in a number of ways. While methocarbamol is a great option for treating the issue, vigilance and care may be able to help prevent the issue in the first place.

Some dogs are born with muscle spasms due to congenital issues or genetic predisposition. These may be fixed through surgery or treated chronically to improve quality of life. Traumatic injury is one of the most common reasons for involuntary muscle spasms and can be difficult to prevent as a caring pet parent.

Dog owners can help stop other causes of muscle spasm, however, including low blood sugar, kidney diseases, poisonings, and certain drug side effects.

Is methocarbamol safe for your dog? 

Although methocarbamol for dogs can help a pooch in need, it’s also a serious drug that should be treated with care. Typical side effects of methocarbamol include lethargy, muscle weakness, vomiting, and drooling. These symptoms, sedation, and dark urine aren’t cause for concern, but contact your vet if they don’t go away after a few days or get worse.

If your dog takes more than the suggested amount, overdose is possible and your veterinarian should be notified immediately. Dogs with kidney diseases or allergies shouldn’t take this medication. Additionally, it hasn’t been proven safe for nursing or pregnant dogs. Service animals who take this drug shouldn’t be expected to work regularly due to extreme exhaustion and possible sedation side effects.

If you notice your dog twitching more than usual or having more severe spasms out of the blue, take them to the vet immediately. If they prescribe methocarbamol, use your PetPlus membership to fill the prescription at a discount.

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