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DIY Paw Balm

Dogs paws are just like our hands, they get dry and crack and can cause some great pain. Also just like our hands they tend to soak up just a little bit of everything they touch. During the summer its not so bad but during the winter with all the chemicals that are put on the ground to melt the ice can be very dangerous for our pups. What can you do about it you ask, well just like our hands, if we keep them well moisturized  they don’t soak up what they touch. So you use this Paw Balm on your pups feet every day or so to keep their paws from cracking and from soaking up all the chemicals outside.

 

DIY Paw Balm

2 T. olive oil
2 T. coconut oil
1.5 T shea butter
2 T. beeswax (small pellets work best for melting and measuring)

In a microwave safe small container, combine the 4 ingredients.
Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted.

Once it is melted and mixed thoroughly put in a container for easy application to your pups paws. ChapStick tube works, or an old deodorant container. You can also use a mason jar lid or a smaller Tupperware container.

Use as you feel necessary for your pups feet. During the Winter months with all that snow on the ground put it on about 5-10 minutes before them going outside to protect their paws, this will also help with the micro snow balls that build up on the little hair between pads.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you have any questions feel free to email me at germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

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Tapeworms

To continue our talk of worms our topic today is Tapeworms. Tape worms in dogs are not as common as the other worms that we have been talking about like HeartWorms Part 1, Round Worms, and Hook Worms but they can still happen and below is what you need to know.

Tapeworms in dogs is the same tapeworm that would infect us humans, it can also infect cats, and really any other living being out there. Without me rambling on here is the down and dirty of what you need to know about tapeworms.

Tapeworms are long, flat worms that attach themselves to your dog’s intestines. A tapeworm body consists of multiple parts, or segments, each with its own reproductive organs.

Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding pieces of the tapeworm they appear as small white worms that may look like grains of rice or seeds—on the rear end of your dog, in your dog’s feces, or where your dog lives and sleeps.

Affects of Tapeworms to my dog

Dogs with tapeworm infections usually are not sick and do not lose weight from the worms. Contrary to popular belief, dogs that “scoot” on their rear ends are generally doing it for reasons other than having tapeworms, such as blocked or irritated anal sacs (pouches located in your dog’s rear end) or other skin inflammation of the rear.

How do I prevent my dog from getting tapeworms?

Try to keep your dog from coming in contact with intermediate hosts that contain tapeworm larvae. Fleas, Mice, and other rodents are well know for carrying Tapeworms.  Because fleas are an intermediate host for the most common kind of tapeworm, consistent, safe, and effective flea control is an essential prevention measure.

If you think your dog is infected with tapeworms, call your veterinarian for an appointment to get an accurate diagnosis and safe, effective treatment options.

To prevent Taenia and Dipylidium tapeworm infections in dogs, administer a monthly heartworm preventive that contains a drug specific for tapeworm infections.

Here is a link to amazon of Tapeworm treatments for dogs.

 

Well like always I hope you learned something from the above article.

If you ever have any questions feel free to email me at Germanshepherdogs@doglover.com

 

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Hook Worms

To continue my creepy blog post about worms today I will be talking all about Hookworms. Hookworms are a lot like roundworms that I did a post on a few days ago. Without further ado here is the down and dirty.

Hookworms can be fatal, especially in puppies. As such, pet owners need to be vigilant for signs of hookworms in their dogs. These blood-sucking parasites can invade, inhabit, and live in the dog’s small intestines. In their fourth-stage larvae, the hookworms can cause anemia and inflammation in the dog’s small intestine. Active worms leave bite sites and those sites continue to seep blood.

Symptoms

A dog with the parasite looks unhealthy and has a poor appetite; the linings of its nostrils, lips, and ears will be pale. If hookworm larvae get into the lungs, the dog will cough, as well as present several other symptoms, including dark and tarry stool, diarrhea, and constipation. Death can come suddenly if the dog is not immediately treated.

How does my pup get Hookworms?

Puppies usually acquire this worm through milk from their mothers. These infestations are always caused by ingestion or by larval penetration of the skin.

This means your dog isn’t going to get it from a mosquito bite like Heartworm, but more like Roundworms where it is in the environment and they eat it or it hitches a ride on their fur and digs its way into our dogs. Now with that being said if our dogs can get it through the environment so can we YES us humans can get them too!!!

Diagnosis

Hookworms cannot be seen with the naked eye and must be therefore be microscopically examined by your veterinarian through a stool specimen. This examination will also help the veterinarian determine what course of treatment to prescribe. If some of the puppies in a litter have died, hookworms should be suspected.

Treatment

To get rid of the worms, a medication that will kill them or expel them will be prescribed. Sometimes that is all that is required. However, nutritional and iron supplementation may be necessary also. Puppies should be put on the worm medication at two weeks of age and continue until weaned and treated monthly after weaning to be sure that all larvae are eliminated. Puppies are much more delicate than older dogs and I would not try to self or home treat hook worms. If you even suspect hook worms be sure to make a vet appointment right away and find out for sure.

With pregnant mommies, treatment should begin two weeks after breeding and continue for two to four weeks after the puppies are born to get rid of possible worms in the intestine, and to protect the puppies.

In severe cases, the dog (or puppy) will need to be hospitalized for fluid therapy, blood transfusion, and supplemental oxygen, depending on the severity of the anemia and the condition of the animal. Be aware, there is a possibility of sudden death even with treatment.

Prevention

Like stated above hook worms are environmental. If your dog has a shallow pond or any sort of water in their roaming or playing area make sure it is clean. The water and surrounding areas is where these worms live and if it is not ingested by our pups drinking the water they are playing in then these little buggers can hitch a ride in their fur and dig their way through our dogs skin and start their new life in our dogs. The best thing for us parents is knowing what to look for and always looking for it. The quicker we can diagnose the faster they can get treatment and the less long term damage there will be.

The most important thing is to watch your dog!!! Are they acting normal? are they eating? do they look sick? how does their stool look?

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HeartWorms Part 2

Hello yall, HeartWorms Part 1 talked about the signs of heartworms and what they are. Below are facts and questions about the treatment of heartworms and what to look for afterwards. At the very bottom are a few pictures to better help you understand what these little worms are doing to our poor puppies. As you all know I normally have several amazon.com links to products to help or prevent the topic we are on but I have found nothing I would use on my dogs on amazon for this topic. Because of the nature of this worm I would defiantly talk to your vet and plan a regime with them to fit with your budget.

Q: Once my dog has heartworms, what’s the treatment? How much will it cost?

A: The drug that you treat with is called Immiticide. It’s an injectable, arsenic-based product. The dog is given two or three injections that will kill the adult heartworms in the blood vessels of the heart.

The safest way to treat heartworms includes an extensive pre-treatment workup, including X-rays, blood work, and all the tests needed to establish how serious the infection is. Then the dog is given the injections. With all the prep work, it can run up to $1,000. But just the treatment can be done for about $300 in some areas. (not so cheap to treat)

Q: Why do I have to keep my dog quiet during the several months he’s being treated for heartworms?

A: After treatment, the worms begin to die. And as they die, they break up into pieces, which can cause a blockage of the pulmonary vessels and cause death. That’s why dogs have to be kept quiet during the treatment and then for several months afterward. Studies have shown that most of the dogs that die after heartworm treatment do so because the owners let them exercise. It’s not due to the drug itself.

Q: If my dog is diagnosed with heartworms, can I just give him his monthly preventative instead of having him go through treatment? Won’t that kill his heartworms?

A: Studies have shown that if you use ivermectin, the common preventative, on a monthly basis in a dog with heartworm disease, after about two years you’ll kill off most of the dog’s young heartworms. The problem is, in the meantime, all of those heartworms are doing permanent damage to the heart and blood vessels.

But if there’s no way someone can afford the actual treatment, at least using the preventative on a monthly basis could be a lesser alternative.

Q: Can I skip giving my dog his preventative during colder months, when there aren’t any mosquitoes?

A: The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round heartworm prevention. One reason is, there’s already a serious problem with people forgetting to give their dogs the heartworm preventatives. It’s a universal problem. Now if you use it year-round, and you miss a month, your dog will probably still be protected. But if you miss more than one or two months your dog could become infected.

The other reason not to stop is that many of the preventatives today also include an intestinal parasite control for roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. You want your dog to be protected against those at all times.

Q: If I don’t treat my dog with heartworms, will he “outgrow” his heartworms?

A: No. He stands a good chance of dying from the disease.

Q: I’ve heard the treatment for heartworms can be dangerous. Are there any newer, safer alternatives?

A: We used to use plain arsenic to treat it, which had many side effects. What we use now is a safer product with fewer side effects. It’s a safe product if used correctly.

Q: If my dog gets heartworms, and is treated for them, can he get them again?

A: Yes, he can get them again. That’s why prevention is so important.

As always I hope this help and if you have any questions please feel free to email me at germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

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HeartWorms Part 1

Heart worms is the worm that no one wants their dog to have. Well who am I kidding I don’t want me dogs getting any kind of worm but defiantly not heartworm. Heartworm is extremely hard to treat and very costly. The other worms are not so costly or as hard to treat like the Round Worms I did a post on yesterday.

Below are many facts about Heartworms, everything you need to know about what heartworm looks like and how they get it. HeartWorms Part 2 has all the information about how to treat and what to look for after treatment. Part 2 also has pictures of what this little worm is doing to our pups.

Q: How do dogs get heartworms?

A: Only by the bite of an infected mosquito. There’s no other way dogs get heartworms. And there’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important.

Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease has not only spread throughout the United States, but it’s also now found in areas where veterinarians used to say “Oh, we don’t have heartworm disease.” Areas like Oregon, California, Arizona, and desert areas — where irrigation and building are allowing mosquitoes to survive. And if you have mosquitoes and you have animals, you’re going to have heartworms. It’s just that simple.

It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.

Q: Can people get heartworms from their dogs?

A: It can only be passed on by mosquitoes. It’s a specific parasite that only affects dogs and cats and ferrets and other mammals. In rare cases, heartworms have infected people, but it does not complete its life cycle. The heartworm will migrate to the lung and cause a round lesion that looks like a tumor. But these are very rare cases.

Q: If one of my dogs has heartworms, can he give it to my other dogs?

A: No. Again, the only way heartworms are transmitted is through the bite of an infected mosquito. And even if an uninfected mosquito bit your infected dog, and then bit your uninfected dog the same night, he wouldn’t transmit the parasite from one dog to the other. That’s because when a mosquito bites an infected animal, the heartworm needs to undergo an incubation period in the mosquito before the mosquito can infect other animals.

Q: Is it OK to adopt a dog with heartworms?

A: It’s a very common problem in animal shelters today, and public shelters rarely have the money to treat heartworm disease. It’s perfectly acceptable to adopt a dog with heartworms, but you have to be dedicated to having the disease treated appropriately, because it’s a horrible disease that can lead to a dog’s death if left untreated.

Q: How can I prevent my dogs from getting heartworms?

A: For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease in your dog. There are monthly pills, monthly topicals that you put on the skin, and there’s also a six-month injectable product. The damage that’s done to the dog and the cost of the treatment is way more than the cost to prevent heartworm disease. A year’s supply of heartworm preventative will cost about $35 to $80, depending on a dog’s weight. (see pretty cheap to prevent)

Q: What are the symptoms of heartworm infestations in dogs?

A: Initially, there are no symptoms. But as more and more worms crowd the heart and lungs, most dogs will develop a cough. As it progresses, they won’t be able to exercise as much as before; they’ll become winded easier. With severe heartworm disease, we can hear abnormal lung sounds, dogs can pass out from the loss of blood to the brain, and they can retain fluids. Eventually, most dogs will die if the worms are not treated.

Well this is all I have for today. I will be posting Part 2 tomorrow with more information about treatment and after treatment.

Hope this helps some of yall to know what you are looking for.

As always if you have more questions please feel free to email me directly and I would love to help you out. Germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

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Round Worms

If you are like me you just found a rather long very skinny white worm and started freaking out.

WARNING: Graphic pictures below.

Lets learn what round worms are before talking about how to treat. Round worms are parasites that our puppies pick up from outside. They can be found in sticks, other animals poop, or from a bug that transmitted it from another source. This parasite lives in the stomach and makes our dogs feel very lethargic, and decreases their appetite. If left for to long the parasite will destroy the stomach and make the puppy so ill they will eventually pass.

First: Where did you find the worm, was it on the floor in your living room, in your dogs poop, or in your dogs vomit.

Second: If you found it on the living room floor like I did then your dogs might not have roundworms. Watch your dog very carefully the next few days, see if they are acting different, not as active as usual, not eating or drinking, or anything else out of the ordinary.

Third: If there is worms in your dogs stool or vomit its time to treat the problem. Now its time to decide how you want to treat your pup. Going to the vet is not always necessary if you can afford by all means, go to the vet and they will prescribe a medicine or something. If you can not afford to go to the vet there is a cheaper fix. With our dogs being so large it is not a cheap fix, but it is cheaper than the vet. The best round worm treatment I found was this one on amazon, it is all natural and extremely easy to administer. HomeoPet it contains 450 drops and for our GSD you need 15 drops 3 times a day for 2 weeks. That comes out to be about 630 drops so therefore you will need to order 2 containers but it still comes out to be cheaper then most other worming medicines and the vet.

Using HomeoPet is very easy. You put the chart on the back of the container to know how many drops you need for your pet. You than put that many drops onto your dogs food, in their water, or directly in their mouth. You can also use this as a preventive measures to ensure a healthy pup for years to come.

I really hope this helps some of yall with your pups.

If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at Germanshepherddogs@doglover.com

 

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Tick

Its that time of year, the temperature is going down and all the animals are looking a warm place to hid out. Now I don’t want that warm place to be my pets or my house.

Below are a few pictures of ticks so you know what you are looking at, the large white tick is a well fed tick that has been “feeding” for days. Finding ticks on our GSDs is a lot harder then finding ticks on my Pitbull or other short hair dogs.

 

Ticks live all over the world no matter the climate or elevation. They are more common in lower elevation and warmer climates. Below is a map of the United States to show where ticks are most popular.

Ticks dive head first into their victim and feed off their victims blood. The larger and whiter the tick the more blood it has eaten.

Now if you are anything like me I am absolutely completely freaked out by bugs and creepy crawling things so removing ticks is extremely disgusting to me. So when I had to suck it up and remove 7 ticks from my dog I put on my elbow high purple cleaning gloves, got a bowl of water, some rubbing alcohol, and tweezers. Then got my puppy to lay down, I find the tick, then I use my gloved covered hands and pinch the skin under the ticks head like you would a zit or black head and push it out. You can also grab the tick as close to the skin as possible, and lightly and slowly pulling it out. Then place the tick in the bowl of water then pour the rubbing alcohol where the tick was and move onto the next one. When all the ticks are in the water bowl make sure they all have their heads.

After removing all ticks its time to think about tick prevention. There are several tick prevention methods the hard part is finding the method that works best for you and your dog. Click here to see several tick prevention methods from amazon.com.

For more on this problem read my other post Flees for more information and helpful tips and tricks.

Hope this helps some of yall with tick problems.

Like always if you have any questions please feel free to email me germanshepherddogs@doglover.com