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Have you ever wondered how the length of your dog’s nails are related to his or her health? If you are like most people, this question might not have crossed your mind until now. Here are 5 steps to proper and safe nail trimming.
It appears that coronavirus will become a fact of life. A big part of returning to our normal lives will include living healthier and keeping our immune system stronger. Here are steps for good health and a strengthened immune system.
Most of us have been exposed to panic-inducing information about the virus spread, however, I have noticed the general absence of one piece of information, how to make your immune system stronger and body more resilient. (It will definitely not happen by stockpiling toilet paper!) I have always loved immunology and the current situation has prompted me to put together two simple lists on how to increase your dog’s and your own immunity.
Are Collars Bad for Dogs? The other day, my partner and I went for dinner with friends. When in Europe, Pax usually joins us and that night was no exception. He also enjoyed the company of our friend’s dog, Kuba, as well as another dog at the next table. It was fun to watch three well behaved dogs in a restaurant! When we got home, we walked into the building with Pax wearing his Perfect Fit Harness and Gentle Leash. For some reason I stayed one flight of stairs behind and suddenly, I heard a big thump! Somehow, Pax managed to sneak through a 1.5 ft hole on the side of the staircase and had fallen around 6.5 feet onto the concrete floor. 😰😲 Seeing this happen to Pax was a very traumatic experience. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body, I was so afraid that our pup had suffered a serious injury. Luckily, Pax seemed to be fine, perhaps because he is such a “play dough dog", flexible and strong. Witnessing this accident made me realize that if Pax had been wearing a collar with a leash attached, he could have been hanged. This is a very scary thought. 😟 Oddly enough, on the very same day, I had been thinking about how strange collars are. We are so used to seeing dogs wearing a collar and leash without giving it much thought, however the idea of a human wearing a collar and a leash illustrates how unsafe a practice it is. Almost every experience in life, even a scary or negative one, has its purpose. This situation with Pax made me realize that I MUST DO MORE TO WARN YOU ABOUT THE DANGERS OF COLLARS. This week, I saw firsthand how unsafe collars are for your dog. This is why, until the day I die, I will never stop advocating for safer collar and leash alternatives for dogs, such as the Gentle Leash and Perfect Fit Harness. Recommended reading: Thyroid gland disease may be related to collar injuries Why your dog may get seriously injured from pulling too hard The mysterious connection between your dog's neck and internal organ health Why you should never use a retractable leash on your dog Retractable leash injuries are a serious problem [[advertisement product="harness-ad" /]] © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM
Does your dog have ear problems, nasal or oral tumors, reverse sneezing or an itchy head or hair loss on their head? Learn how you can address some of these problems and save thousands in vet care costs.
In my previous articles on the damaging effects of choke, prong or martingale collars, I focused mainly on injuries that I see in dogs that either pull on the leash or are corrected by tugging and jerking on the leash. These dogs often suffer from a variety of conditions including foreleg lameness and licking, ear problems, neck scratching and rashes and hypothyroidism.