Coping With the Death of a Pet

May 25, 2011

Emotions can get pretty uncontrollable when a pet dies. You probably expect to feel sad, but you may have other emotions, too. For example, you may feel angry if your friends don’t seem to realize how much losing your pet means to you. Or perhaps you feel guilty that you didn’t spend more time with your pet before he or she died. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions when a pet dies.

If you’re like a most people, you have probably had people tell you, “Sorry, but it’s not that bad, it was only an animal, not a family member.” BUT NO, dogs are one of the biggest family members of your family! So is it normal to get upset over the death of a pet? Of course. But remember, you can’t be upset for the rest of your life, you need to (eventually) realize that everyone has their time, no matter how important they are, remember, God is looking after them before you come and get them. After all, by the time we reach our teenage years , many of us have grown up with our pets, and they’re part of the family. Just like losing a family member, when a pet dies people can go through a long and rough period of sorrow.

But, just because our long loved family member is gone, doesn’t mean that we cannot get another one, your prior dog would probably want to to get another dog, then have you be sad forever! Keep in mind that if you have a family (Epically with children) you may not all have the same time tables, so then that means, you might be ready for a new dog, but you daughter will not, or they other way around your daughter might want to get a new dog right away, but her parents might not be ready, so everyone should be respectful about that. For most people, you have to wait at least two months before you think about getting a new dog, but remember IT’S OKAY TO GET A NEW DOG! Many people feel that they will be known as
“self-centered” of selfish if they get another dog. Some people try to make you feel bad, for instance, if the say: “Ugh, I knew you didn’t truly love you old dog, that’s why you got a replacement!” Don’t ever listen to that! They might just want you to get rid of the dog, because they don’t like it!
But you should decide, on what you think the best decision is (as a family) for you and/or your family, what would they want, what would your dog want, and most importantly, what would you want?

Doggie Dental Care

October 4, 2010

Have you ever stopped and wondered “Should I be cleaning my Labradors teeth?” The answer to this is yes, and it’s something that should not be missed. Here at Labrador Forums, I have put together a helpful guide to looking after your labradors teeth.

Teeth Development

Your puppy will have a set of sharp puppy teeth except for Molars when he arrives as you will probably find out! Between the ages of 12 weeks and 6 months he will gradually shed his puppy teeth, and cut his permanent, adult teeth. The first permanent teeth to come through are usually the two centre teeth on the top jaw, and the last are the big corner or canine teeth in the top and bottom jaw. Most puppies change their teeth and feel very little discomfort, but occasionally there may be some soreness or bleeding.

How To Clean Your Dogs Teeth

To make sure your Labrador doesn\’t suffer from any tooth related problems, their teeth should be cleaned at least once a week. Giving them tartar control biscuits, bones and dry dog food, is also a good way of helping to keep the teeth healthy.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is supposed to be easier than brushing your own, and is really not as hard as it sounds, if you have the right supplies.

Here Goes!

  • Ok, now you will need some doggie toothpaste and a toothbrush. Always use specially formulated dog toothpaste.
  • Position yourself and your dog, so that you can have easy access to your dog’s teeth.
  • Let your dog taste the toothpaste before attempting to brush his teeth.
  • Allow him to lick the toothpaste off the brush. Once he has now tasted the toothpaste, re-apply the paste.
  • When he is relaxed, gently pull back his lips and cheeks to gain access to the premolars and molars.
  • Start brushing his teeth in a circular motion, much like you would brush your own, and be sure to brush where the tooth meets the gumline.
  • Don’t forget to get the very back teeth, where teeth problems are most likely to develop.
  • It is important to keep your dog calm and relaxed by praising him and stroking his neck area.
  • Although the act of brushing your dogs teeth can be initially daunting, it becomes easier with practise and routine.

    Questions you may have
    Why can’t I use human toothpaste on my dog?

    Answers
    A) Because dogs do not spit out the paste, like humans do, and human tooth paste is not edible. Some human toothpastes contain detergents which can irritate your dog’s stomach, and large quantities of ingested fluoride can upset their stomachs. Your dog will definitely swallow whatever you use to clean his teeth. You can purchase edible toothpaste for dogs from most pet stores, and from your vet. Try to find one your dog will like, with a nice beefy or chicken flavour.
    That way, your dog will more likely let you brush his teeth.

    Have fun brushing!!

    -Adam

    Foods you should never feed your dog

    August 6, 2010

    The kitchen can be a playground for your dog’s nose and taste buds.  Most dogs love food and especially “people food”. Dog experts have discouraged the feeding of table scraps to dogs for years because of the potentials for toxicity, obesity and general poor health. While healthy, well-balanced diets can be prepared for dogs using human food, it is essential to feed the right foods. Know what foods to avoid so you can prevent poisoning and keep your dog healthy.  If you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic food, get veterinary attention immediately!  Here are Toxic foods items that feeding your dog could result in; Diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis, kidney damage, death and more!!

    Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
    Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
    Avocado The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
    Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
    Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.
    Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
    Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
    Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
    Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
    Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
    Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
    Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
    Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
    Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
    Milk and other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
    Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
    Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
    Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
    Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
    Pits from peaches and plums Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
    Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
    Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
    Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
    Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
    String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a “string foreign body.”
    Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
    Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
    Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
    Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
    Xylitol (artificial sweetener) Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure.

     

    Ok, hopefully you learned something from that list.  Below is a video of food you can feed your dog, use for training your puppy, or just a treat!

    Assembling Your Lab’s first aid kit

    June 9, 2010

    To prepare for emergencies, assemble a first aid kit for your Lab.  Keep it next to or near your human first aid kit( and if you don’t have a human first aid kit, you might want to make them both at the same time.)  Make sure everyone in the family and pet sitters know where the first aid is kept.  Be sure to keep it well stocked at all times, and if you ever use up any of the supplies, replace them immediately!  Your Lab’s first aid kit should contain the following items:

    • Gauze pads and strips to use as bandages (tape does not stick very well, so be sure to have strips long enough to tie a bandage around any part of the body).
    • Cloth strips to use as a muzzle (make sure they are strong).  Practice wrapping the strips around your dogs muzzle a few times and then tying them around his head, but DON’T leave the muzzle on of course, the last thing you want your dog to do is to fear it(an injured dog, no matter how well trained, may bite out of pain).
    • A large sheet on which you could carry your dog , like on a stretcher.
    • A blanket big enough to keep your dog warm
    • A tourniquet rod ( for emergency bleeding situations)
    • Hydrogen peroxide, for cleaning a wound
    • Syrup of ipecac to induce vomiting
    • Mineral oil for use as laxative.  Give 1 teaspoon for puppies under 25 pounds, 1 tablespoon if your dog is 25-50 pounds.

    I did not put all of the supplies in this list, but if you want to make one you can click on this to go to a website that has a good long list.  Or if you don’t have the time to put together (which I don’t) a dog first aid kit, you can just purchase one online, or a local pet supply store.  I would honestly recommend just buying one because assembling one seems like a lot of work!  Here is a  picture of what one you buy would look like:

    Dog CPR video

    How to train Labs to hunt

    June 2, 2010

    Did you know that the Labrador Retriever, or Lab for short, is the most popular breed of dog in the world!  Labs are particularly intelligent and gentle , making them popular pets in many countries, and their ability to learn quickly has also made them a popular breed for assisting those with disabilities. However, the Lab is actually a retriever and a hunting dog. For those who enjoy hunting water fowl, such as ducks and geese, or those who enjoy hunting upland birds, such as quail or pheasant, the Lab can not be matched. All it takes is a little training and you will have a Lab that is both a loyal companion and an anxious hunting partner.  Here are six easy steps on how to train Labs to hunt.

    Select your puppy. Although adult Labs can be secure, it is helpful to obtain your dog at a very young age so that it will develop a stronger bond and loyalty to you. Even more important in your selection is the background of the puppy. Puppies that are born from Labs that have been house pets for generations are less likely to develop hunting skills than a puppy who comes from stock that actively hunts.

  • Step 2

    Begin basic obedience training for your dog at an early age. Sit and heel are probably the single most important commands for your dog to learn. It is difficult to hunt when your dog is roaming the area. Your Lab should learn to sit in place until it is time to retrieve a bird. This will not only make your hunting easier, but will make it easier for your Lab to spot where the falling birds land.

    Familiarize your puppy with water from an early age. As a puppy, teach your dog to play in a child’s wading pool, and reward that play time with a treat. Your Lab should learn to think of the water as a fun place to be and develop a natural desire to be in the water. What starts at a wading pool as a small puppy will continue on to have your Lab swimming in large rivers and lakes as an adult dog.

    Train your Lab to not be gun shy. Since you will be using your Lab for hunting, it is important to get the dog use to guns being fired so that he will not be frightened when on a hunt. Simply take your Lab with you when you go target practicing, from the time that the Lab is still a puppy. The firing may be someone frightening to the animal at first, but it doesn’t take very long before the Lab becomes use to the sound and stops reacting to it.

  • Use dummies with bird scent for the type of fowl you normally hunt. You can use a launcher to toss the dummies, starting out with short distances, then farther. It may help to start in grassy areas where your Lab will need to use a larger degree of scent to home in on the dummies, and then move to water retrieval after your Lab can find and retrieve dummies on land.

    Create simulated hunts with your dog during the off season. Using dummies during the off season, you can launch the dummies and then fire around of ammunition to signal your Lab to retrieve the dummy. Performing in situational training scenarios will hone your Lab’s hunting instincts and help him to perform like a seasoned pro when performing in an actual hunt. It is important to train as often as you can, particularly in the time leading up to your Lab’s first real hunt.
    Wow, could training your lab to hunt be any easier than six easy steps?   It is hard to belive that those six easy steps can have your Labrador retreiver a great hunter in no time,  I hope you have lots of  love, care, and most of all FUN training your lab.    Thanks,  Adam

    Air travel with Lab’s

    May 17, 2010

    Traveling by air?  Try to leave your dog at home, unless you can’t avoid taking them with you.  All dogs who are too big to fit in a crate under the passengers seat (that would be your Lab) must ride in the cargo area of the plane.  There is no air conditioning or heat in cargo, and some dogs die during air travel, usually due to overheating when flights are delayed.

    If you absolutely must bring your lab with you during air travel, take the following precautions:
    • Make a reservation (there will be a fee) and confirm it .  Actually, confirm it twice!
    • Take direct flights only.  Transfers greatly increase the chances of something going wrong
    • Don’t put your lab into his/her airline-approved crate until absolutely necessary, and be sure to take them for a potty brake just before you put them into there crate.

    Here is a video that I watched and is very good on    Pet Air Travel “click” for video !    Enjoy and let me know how you liked anything as always!!—Adam

    WAIT!!!!!! I also just found this other video of a new PET AIRLINE!!!!! Pet Airways So cool, an airline for dogs!!  I am so telling my parent’s!!

    Enjoy,

    Adam!!

    Labrador's Exercise

    March 21, 2010

     

    Labrador’s Exercise

    Labrador Retrievers are energetic dogs, delighted to work and play hard. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle.  While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog’s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They will be in their glory if you give them a job to do. And just rember they gain weight easily, do not over feed them.  -Adam

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Famous Labrador Retrievers

    March 18, 2010

    labpuppiesDid you know that some Labradors are famous?

    Well it is true, some Labs are/were famous and here is a list of them:chocolate7wks

    Old Yeller, star of the classic book and DVD
    Buddy, U.S. President Bill Clinton’s dog
    Seamus, U.S. President Bill Clinton’s dog
    Ubu seen in the credits of TV programs produced by UBU Productions
    Zeke, the Wonder Dog, mascot for Michigan State University’s Spartans
    King Buck, the first black Lab on a US postage stamp
    Luath, the Lab from the book and movie, The Incredible Journey
    Vincent, from the TV show Lost, played by Madison the Labrador

    A Labradors Coat

    March 10, 2010

    The Coat
    The Labrador Retriever is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, short, very dense, and hard in texture. The under coat is soft, weather-resistant, and protects this breed from cold, all types of ground cover, and water. The color of the coat comes in chocolate, black, and yellow. This dog is an average shedder.

    So Cute, right !!

    So Cute, right !!

    How to Groom your Labrador retriever

    March 4, 2010


    How to groom your Labrador retriever.   The smooth, short-haired, double coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush, paying attention to the undercoat. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. These dogs are average shedders.  Please, if you tried this idea please let me know how it worked.  And here is a link to one of my favorite dog websites.  It gives you some more tips on how to keep your Labrador retriever  healhty, their avarge life span, average weght, height and more.  Also, please tell me if you enjoy the website.    Here is the link  :   http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htm  

    Thanks!!Thanks, Adam!!


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