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Taking Care of your Dog

First Aid Supplies for your Dog

First Aid 

Toxic Plants for your Dog

A Checklist for a Healthy Dog

Warm and Cold Weather Suggestions  

Dog Food

Recipes

Save a Stray

                                                                                                                                                          

                                           

                                                                           

C A N I N E S   O N L I N E ™
Copyright 2000 Canines Online ™
Issue No. 2, Vol.1, July 7, 2000

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CONTENTS:
=>Health:
   -- Surviving the Odds Against Bloat
=>Tidbits:
   -- Did you know?
=>News Briefs:
   -- 'Golden period' can make all the difference
   -- Doggy Paddle
   -- 'Bones and skin'
=>Book Corner:
   -- Three Dog Bakery Cookbook
   -- The Complete Dog Book
   -- Dogs with Jobs
=>Featured Site:
   -- Petfinder
=>Featured Breed:
   -- Labrador Retriever
=>Product News, Reviews, and Coupons:
   -- Reflective Wear
=>The Tail End
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HEALTH
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Surviving the Odds Against Bloat
Bloating, which is officially called Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome, is a condition that develops quickly and can kill almost as fast. And while it is a problem primarily of large, deep-chested dogs, it is one of the leading causes of premature death for canines. With a bit of care and thought by dog owners, it is preventable. But if it does occur, keen observation and quick action is needed or the dog could die. Veterinarians and researchers have been studying this troublesome condition but they acknowledge there is much to learn.

Some Basics
Quite simply, bloat is caused by too much gas or fluid in the stomach. This gas or fluid can expand the stomach causing gastric dilation (sometimes called dilatation). The stomach can then partially rotate -- the gastric torsion. A complete rotation of the stomach is called gastric volvulus. The torsion can cut off blood flow to the stomach and sometimes other organs. Deprived of blood, the stomach and intestines can quite simply become useless.  Great Danes, German Shepherds, St. Bernards, Standard Poodles, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Irish Setters, and other large dogs are susceptible. Trouble tends to hit males more than females and dogs between ages four and seven.

Symptoms
A bloated dog will seem uncomfortable, pant, and his or her stomach area will show an obvious ballooning. The dog may excessively salivate and drool as well as attempt to vomit and defecate. If the stomach twists, the reaction is more severe. Any movement ญญ and there is little ญญ is often met with a groan. There could be pale gums and the dog may collapse. At that point you should rush to the vet.

Bloat Factors
Researchers at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Ind., have been conducting studies to find the root causes of bloat. The study found that dogs that eat fast, had fewer meals a day, ate dry food, swallow a lot of air while eating, having less table food and fewer between-meal snacks had a higher risk to bloat. Dogs that were fearful or showed aggression toward people and their fellow canines had an increased risk. Happy, contented dogs showed a decreased risk. If the dog is gassy ญญ with a history of belching or breaking wind ญญ it has a higher risk of. The study also found that more than half the cases of bloat came between 6 p.m. and midnight. Other factors that increased risk were a change of feeding time and a bigger meal than usual.

Prevention
Every piece of literature on bloating strongly advises owners to keep their dogs calm an hour before and an hour after a meal. One vet may recommend putting the dog in a crate if he or she is extraordinarily rambunctious before and after mealtime. Another way to help prevent bloat is to figure out a way to slow your dog's jaws during mealtime. If he or she is a gulper, it could be a problem. These dogs should eat at least twice a day. Three small meals are considered much better. Others recommend wetting the dry kibble a half-hour before eating so the chow expands in the bowl and not in the stomach. If the dog does eat dry food, limit the amount of water intake afterward. Raising the bowl off of the ground also helps reduce the intake of air during eating.

Problem checking
If you sense a problem, check to see if your dog can burp or vomit. If they can, you can rest assured that the stomach is not twisted. If he can't burp or vomit, then try seeking your vet.

Survival rates
If the problem is severe and the stomach is twisted, the experts say death rates are high even if you make it the vet as soon as you can. There is a bright note though, ญญ it's a medical procedure called "gastropexy," which essentially helps keep the stomach in place.


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TIDBITS
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Did you know?….
Wild relatives of the dog often bury their food. They may have killed an animal that is too big to eat all at once, or may have killed several animals when they were very plentiful. Wolves and foxes will bury this food to preserve it and to protect it from being found by another animal. This is called caching or hoarding their food. Domestic dogs still carry this hoarding trait under a blanket as a way of saving and protecting it. Our dogs seldom experience the extreme hunger that would encourage them to find it again, so often these buried treasures are forgotten.


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NEWS BRIEFS
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'Golden period' can make all the difference
The "golden period" refers to the freshness of the tissues when the case is presented to the veterinarian. If a wound is more than three or four hours old, we deem these outside the golden period of primary closure. For more information:
http://vh60009.vh6.infi.net/living/docs/petdoc070300.htm

Doggy Paddle
NEW YORK, NY -- Bonnie's K9 Swim Center is the only pool in New York dedicated exclusively to dogs. For more information:
http://www.nypost.com/living/32124.htm

'Bones and skin'
BATON ROUGE, LA -- Stuff's case was typical. The center has received at least 65 complaints of animal cruelty so far this year in East Baton Rouge Parish, 58 of them involving dogs. For more information:
http://www.theadvocate.com/news/story.asp?StoryID=14413


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BOOK CORNER
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Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Paw-Lickin
Treats for Your Dog By:Dan Dye Mark Beckloff Three Dog Bakery
Our Price: $10.46
Retail Price: $14.95
Over 50 wholesome, healthy, simple-to-cook recipes for your pooch, from Hearty Hound Loaf and Banana Mutt Cookies to Hungry Mongrel Turkey Burgers and Fiesta Bones. Tasty tidbits for all occasions, from a midnight morsel when your pup has the minchies, to hearty dinner dishes when he comes home after a hard day Squirrel-chasing, and sumptuous treats for holidays and special occasions. All recipes are easy-to-bake for quick canine cuisine and made with tasty, all-natural and low-fat ingredients you'll have on hand in your kitchen.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0836269195


The Complete Dog Book: A Comprehensive, Practical Care and Trainning Mannual, and a Definitive Encyclopedia od World Breeds By: Peter Larkin Mike Stockman John Daniels (Photographer)
Our Price: $20.96
Retail Price: $29.95
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=1859673260


Dogs with Jobs: Working Dogs Around the World By: Merrily Weisbord Kim Kachanoff
Our Price: $17.46
Retail Price: $24.95
From the creators of the fascinating 13-part television series Dogs with Jobs comes an unsurpassed portrayal of the world's amazing working dogs, who accomplish incredible tasks in ways humans never could. Award-winning author Merrily Weisbord and veterinarian Kim Kachanoff (a mother-daughter team) profile the vital, gritty, heartwarming lives of these remarkable creatures in this brilliant volume-the ultimate treasure trove for dog lovers everywhere. Brimming with color and black-and-white photos Dogs with Jobs tells the true stories of those who rescue, detect, entertain, hunt, herd, protect, and serve for a living. You will be awestruck by the brave, dedicated, and loving acts of these astounding Dogs with Jobs.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0671047353


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FEATURED SITE
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Petfinder
Petfinder is a giant database that lets you search for over 12,000 adoptable pets from almost 1,000 shelters. You just type in what kind of pet you want, its size, age, breed, and gender and it shows the closest shelter to your house with all your criteria matched. So go and visit, you just might find the "perfect pet!"
http://www.petfinder.org


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PRODUCT NEWS, REVIEWS, AND COUPONS
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Does you dog wear any kind of reflective items while taking a walk at night? A lot of dogs are hit by cars, not only by day, but by night. One way to protect your dog while taking a walk is reflective wear, like collars, jackets, bandanas, and leashes that have a special reflective coating over it. If you take your dog for walks at night, this is definitely worth getting!

To buy a reflective item or any other supplies that you need at PetsMart click the link below.
http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click/mid5327311?siteid=29704969

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FEATURED BREED
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Breed: Labrador Retriever
Popularity: 1st in the USA
Country of Origin:
AKC Group: Sporting
Function: Scent dog, land and water retriever
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: strong, muscular, webbed feet
Color: black, chocolate, and yellow
Coat Type: short, smooth, and water-resistant
Grooming: regular brushing, ear cleaning, bathing, nail trimming
Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 50-80 pounds
Activity Level: medium-high
Watch Dog: average
Protection: no
Intelligence: high
Trainability: medium-high
Good With Children: yes
Good With Pets: O.K.
Good With Strangers: very friendly
Character: friendly, playful
Home Environment: fenced yard, daily exercise is a must
Best Owner: active, sociable, likes to interact with their dog
Potential Problems:
Behavior: destructive, barking, dominant
Physical: hip dysplasia, skin problems
Recommendations: obedience training and games can channel hyper energy
into mental stimulation

Books:
Love of Labs: The Ultimate Tribute to Labrador Retrievers By: Todd R. Berger (Editor)
Our Price: $14.98
Retail Price: $29.95
There are few animals as lovable as a dog, and few dogs as lovable as the Labrador Retriever. Leading outdoors writers like Field & Stream editor Bill Tarrant share their heartwarming stories about the Lab's affable personality and gentle nature -- while ace photographers show off their best shots of these handsome dogs.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0760717389


Labrador Retrievers: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, & Behavior By: Kerry V. Kern Matthew M. Vriends (Editor) Michele Earle-Bridges (Illustrator)
Our Price: $5.56
Retail Price: $6.95
An expert answers your questions about Labrador Retrievers: feeding, behavior, training, grooming, health, and more. Up-to-date and informative, yet clear enough for young pet owners. Filled with full color photos plus helpful line drawings.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0812090187


The Essential Labrador Retriever By: Howell Book House Ian Dunbar (Editor)
Our Price: $6.36
Retail Price: $7.95
Get all the information about feeding, training, and caring for a Labrador Retriever with this book thatincludes professional color photos and expert tips on how to make this dog a wonderful addition to the family.
http://bn.bfast.com/booklink/click?sourceid=12475608&bfpid=0876053428

Rescue Groups:
Central California Labrador Retriever (CA)
http://www.cc-labrescue.org/top_dog.html

Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue (CA)
http://www.geocities.com/~sclrr/

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc (San Francisco Bay Area)
http://www.labrescue.org/

Central Indiana Lab Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (ID)
http://www.cilra.org/cilra.html

Labrador Retriever Adoption and Rescue of Central Ohio (OH)
http://www.adoptalab.com/

Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. (DC, Suburban MD and N. VA)
http://www.lrr.org/

Long Island Labrador Retriever Rescue ( NY)
http://www.lilrr.org/

Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. (N., W., & NW. Chicagoland
areas)
http://www.midwestlabrescue.org/

Labrador Education and Rescue Network (IL, WI)
http://www.labadoption.org/

Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue (PA)
http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/PA06.html

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue (AZ)
http://www.dlrrphoenix.org/

Heart of Texas Lab Rescue (TX)
http://www.hotlabrescue.org/

Labrador Retriever Rescue of East Tennessee (TN)
http://members.aol.com/LabRescueEastTN/

Oak Hollow Labrador Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Tennessee (TN)
http://members.aol.com/allmylabs/

Labrador Retriever rescue information for USA and Canada
http://mmg2.im.med.umich.edu/~kleung/rescue.html

Michigan Labrador Retriever Rescue (MI)
http://www.angelfire.com/mi/michiganlabrescue/

North East All-Retriever Rescue (CT)
http://www.nearr.com/

Rogue Retriever Rescue (OR)
http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Farm/5699/


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THE TAIL END
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"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
-- Roger Caras

 

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