Essential Facts That Dog Lovers Must Always Remember

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They mean the world to you, and you, to them. Here are four facts that every dog lover or owner should know.

  1. Dogs just want to see you happy1
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    Dogs have an inherent need to please humans. There have been numerous studies conducted in the past that have shown that dogs bond with humans in the same way babies do with parents; you know how much care and attention babies need. Make sure you spend some quality time with your dog, whether it is teaching them tricks or playing with them, and they will be all happy, and even more so when they see that you’re happy. Dogs also find the need to comfort people, and it’s not just their owners or humans that they know, but random strangers too! If a dog finds that a human is in distress, chances are that it will walk up to them and offer some comfort or reassurance.

  2. Dogs may show behavioral changes when they are injured or ill2
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    If you notice your dog acting differently than usual, whether it is with their responses, eating habits or others, chances are your dog is injured or ill. Make sure you watch out for these signs, as your dog cannot be vocal about it, and it is for you to observe and make sure that your dog is fine.

  3. Dogs do not like to be left by themselves3
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    The social animals that they are, dogs rely heavily on animals and people. Left alone, they start feeling lonely and may even experience cases of separation anxiety. There have been surveys that show that dogs left on their own by owners with busy lives have a tendency to develop stress and depression. One in every four dogs suffer from depression, and may resort to self-harming tendencies due to the same. Other signs that your dog may show due to the discomfort caused from being left alone includes howling or barking for a long period of time. If your lifestyle demands you to spend a lengthy period of time away from your pet, then make sure you help them get accustomed to it by gradually increasing the time that you spend away from them.

  4. Always loved, will never be forgotten4
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    Dogs have a relatively short lifespan when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, your furry friend may live for only ten to twenty years. Smaller canine breeds usually live for more number of years than larger canine breeds. Make sure that you spend all the time that you can with your pet, so you make the best of the time that you have together.

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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.

Use your PetPlus membership to help your four-legged friend when they’re in pain without spending full price on their medications.

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PetPlus and 2 Million Dogs Join Forces to Fight Cancer

 

What is the 2 Million Dogs Foundation?

Cancer is a condition that affects us all — that includes our dogs. As it stands, one out of four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. For the unlucky ones, while treatment is still an option, it’s often expensive, invasive, and ineffective.

To help bolster the fight against this debilitating disorder, 2 Million Dogs is dedicated to uncovering the links between people, their pets, and cancer, hoping to close in on how to best prevent this condition from developing in the first place.

LIKE US on Facebook; we will donate 25 cents per like to the 2 Million Dogs foundation!

How They’re Helping

 

2 Million Dogs puts all of its resources into providing funding for comparative oncology studies. Comparative oncology is an area of cancer research in which doctors study and aim to treat cancer in animals, with the hope that what they learn from treating pets will result in advancement in the field of cancer treatment in general.

As it happens, cancer in our pets is not so different from cancer in people. Pets and owners both share many of the same environmental risk factors, and the biology of pet and people tumors are remarkably similar. Also, since cancer moves quicker in pets – often advancing in months what would have taken years in a person – studying cancer in pets allows for a quicker completion of clinical trials. In short, comparative oncology works to cure and prevent cancer in our pets with the idea that the discoveries made will translate to improving cancer treatment for people.

2 Million Dogs raises money for comparative oncology by hosting their “PuppyUp” dog walks all across the country. During these walks, participants sponsored by friends and family walk two miles with their dog and thousands of others to raise funds and awareness for 2 Million Dogs. In this way, 2 Million Dogs manages to bring like minded people together, increase awareness about their cause, and draw from a large pool of donors all at once.

How You Can Help

 

PetPlus is offering to donate 25 cents for every new “LIKE” we receive on our Facebook page, so if you haven’t liked our page yet, now is a great time to do so. And if you’ve already liked us, then share this post with your friends!

We would also like to encourage you to reach into your coffers and donate a little something yourself, or look at their events calendar and participate in a walk near you. Or, if you’re so inclined, 2 Million Dogs is always looking for volunteers, as well as new venues to host a walk. So, if you have some time to spare, or live in a place that would embrace the 2 Million Dogs mission, reach out to them here.

And remember — if we all work together, we can put a “paws” on cancer!

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