Why Chocolate Can Be Poisonous for Your Dog
Why not chocolate?
- The toxic component of chocolate is theobromine. Humans easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.
- A large dog can consume more chocolate than a small dog before suffering ill effects.
- A small amount of chocolate will probably only give your dog an upset stomach with vomiting or diarrhea.
- With large amounts, theobromine can produce muscle tremors, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding or a heart attack. The onset of theobromine poisoning is usually marked by severe hyperactivity.
The usual treatment for theobromine poisoning is to induce vomiting within two hours of ingestion. If you are worried or suspect that your dog may have eaten a large quantity of chocolate and they are showing any of the signs listed above, call your veterinarian immediately.
If you have a small dog that has eaten a box of chocolates, you need to call and go to your veterinarian right away. Do not wait.
Different chocolate types have different theobromine levels.
Cocoa, cooking chocolate and dark chocolate contain the highest levels, while milk chocolate and white chocolate have the lowest. If you’re dealing with any quantity of dark or bitter chocolate, err on the side of caution. The high level of theobromine in dark chocolate means it takes only a very small amount to poison a dog. Less than an ounce of dark chocolate may be enough to poison a 44-pound dog.
Contrary to what some may believe, a Blueberry Facial for your dog is not of the same kind you would experience at your local "human" spa.
Although a proper grooming facial will employ the same rotating technique of circular movements, it does not imply your pet will receive a "scrubbing" like humans do since the main focus is on the hair strands and not the skin.
A Blueberry Facial is an excellent way of getting rid of tear stains and enhancing the coat's color naturally while providing a calming, aromatherapeutic experience for your dog. Even though most parents think it is only appropriate for white hair the truth is that this process is great for all colors and coats.
Simple Yet Powerful
I have found that it is always better to apply the Blueberry solution after a good deep-coat wash and brush since the calming natural scents will allow your pet to relax and enjoy the rest of the session. I will then get down to the nitty-gritty by providing an enjoyable head massage using a circular motion throughout the whole face area to allow the solution to penetrate. It is then left undisturbed for a couple of minutes to let nature do its thing by activating all the powerful antioxidants and allowing them to get down to work. After a good rinse the result is not only brighter, cleaner hair but also strengthened strands that are now better equipped naturally to fight off dirt and stains.
Through regular use you will start to notice that your pet's face becomes fluffier and able to stay cleaner longer thanks to its rich levels of vitamins A, D and E.
Is The Weather Affecting Your Dog's Mood
Have you ever noticed a sudden change in your dog's behavior? One minute, it’s lying by your side, and the next, cowering in your bathroom. At first, there appears to be no apparent reason for this change in your pup's mood. Then, suddenly, a violent thunderstorm rolls in over your home.
How did your pup know that a storm was heading your way? Veterinarians and other dog experts believe canines are better than humans at detecting changes in the barometric pressure. Dogs also have superior hearing. It's possible that your pup heard the low-frequency rumbling of thunder while the storm was still many miles away.
Does weather affect dog behavior in other ways? Yes. The following are just four examples of how Mother Nature can affect your pup's mood.
Dogs and Hot Weather
When temperatures rise, you might notice your dog's activity level and appetite decrease. One of the reasons is that dogs can quickly overheat if they exercise too much on a hot day. To cool themselves, dogs will pant, wade in water or lie on a cool surface to dissipate their body heat. Unfortunately, when a dog overheats, its cooling system will have a difficult time keeping up, and it could end up with heat stroke.
Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs — such as French bulldogs, shih tzus or King Charles spaniels — have an especially hard time cooling their bodies. Make sure to take extra precautions to keep dogs with short snouts from overheating. You can, for example, use a lightweight dog towel, such as The Absorber, to cool your pup. Simply run The Absorber under cold running water for a minute or two and then drape it over your dog.
When walking dogs in hot weather, it's also important to be mindful of your pup's paws. Scorching sidewalks, sand and streets are another reason why your furry best friend may be reluctant to exercise when temperatures rise.
According to research, approximately 15 to 30 percent of dogs have a fear of thunderstorms. These pups will become extremely anxious — panting, pacing uncontrollably or whining in fear — when they sense an approaching storm. Some especially fearful dogs will even begin to associate hot, sultry nights with thunderstorms or Fourth of July fireworks. Unfortunately, these canines may resist going outside to do their business if they sense a storm approaching or if they hear a loud noise.
Some owners have found that anxiety vests or shirts can help their pups deal with their fear of thunderstorms. Anxiety shirts are designed to apply a constant, gentle hug to a dog and is believed to calm the pet's nervous system. Other owners have used medications or even tried CBD oils to reduce their pet's storm anxieties.
Most dogs seem delighted by snow. They'll romp and play and even go sledding with their owners. If you have a dog with a heavy, thick coat, you'll probably notice that it will have an extra pep in its step when you take it for a walk in the snow. On the other hand, some short-haired dogs will balk at having to go outside if the ground is covered in snow. You might be able to help these pups adjust by having them wear a warm coat as well as booties to protect their paws. Also, once your dog is back in the house, make sure to give it a good rubdown with a towel to remove all snow from its fur.
The Gloom of Winter
Just like humans, research has shown that some dogs are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can be brought on by winter's shortened days and gloomy weather. Owners of dogs who have puppy mood swings caused by SAD report their canines are less active and sleep more during the darker winter months.
While you can't eliminate all of the dog mood swings caused by the weather, you can help minimize them. For example, if your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, have an anxiety vest or shirt on hand. Also make sure to keep The Absorber by your door so that you can towel off your pup after it has played in the snow or gone for a walk in the rain. Learn more about this super-absorbent towel here.
Grooming Tips to keep your dog healthy during the cold and wet months
In the winter and spring months, it can be easy to figure there is no point in grooming your dog.
You may think: they are inside all the time and therefore “stay clean,” or they just go right back outside and immediately become a mud puppy again.
“There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months,” Alyssa Hill, DogTown Groomer, Best Friends Animal Society told iHeartDogs. “The incorrect belief is that a dog’s winter coat comes in and should be allowed to grow long to protect and warm the dog. In addition, because dogs, like humans, often follow a more sedentary and inside routine in the winter, many people feel that their dogs aren’t getting dirty enough to warrant bathing.”
But Hill says none of this is true. In fact, grooming during these months might even be more important than other times of the year.
“In fact, in many ways, grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog.”
Long coats – a blessing and a curse
Many think that dogs with long coats “winterize” themselves and can be left alone through the cold, wet season. But Hill says that while these coats are a “blessing” in terms of warmth versus a short-haired dog’s coat, they can also be a curse:
“The ‘blessing’ of these thick coats in winter can turn quickly into an issue if the fur isn’t maintained in a healthy condition. Fur that’s matted doesn’t insulate or provide warmth; instead, it provides discomfort, pain, and hot spots. Matting can even lead to infections below the skin, so when considering the effects of letting the grooming go, consider how your dog’s health may in fact suffer as a result. Grooming isn’t just for a beautiful dog it’s also crucial for your dog’s good health.”
So what kind of grooming should you be doing right now to keep your dog healthy? Hill provided us with the following excellent tips:
“Following these winter grooming tips and techniques will help keep your dog in tip -top condition health and coat wise,” she advises. “Regular grooming, regardless of the season, is important to the overall health and well-being of all dogs.”
#1 – Protecting Dog Paws From Winter Weather
You can minimize problems such as cracked pads, irritation, infections from snow, salt, mud, rain, low temperatures, and gravel simply by wiping the feet dry after every outing. Keep a towel handy by the door, and make feet wiping routine.
Be especially watchful for snow or mud balls between the pads.
#2 – Winter Bath Time
Dogs sometimes need more grooming in the winter. Longer, fluffier coats tend to mat, and walks through mud and snow are messy. If your dog is indoors to keep warm, you may be especially eager to bathe him to keep “doggie” odor to a minimum, but that is a personal preference.
The dog must be completely dry before going outside, because a wet dog is more likely to become chilled. This is especially true of small breeds or those with short hair. Prolonged exposure to cold results in a drop in body temperature, or hypothermia, and it is most likely to occur when a dog is wet. If you normally allow your dog to air dry, consider blow drying to speed the process, if your dog allows you to do it.
#3 – Winter Haircut
Some owners believe that giving a dog a haircut during cold weather compromises the dog because it needs its coat to keep warm. While this is true, it’s also true that most pets don’t live outdoors all the time (nor should they!); they’re usually snuggled up with an owner in a centrally heated house. House dogs don’t need to rely on long fur and a thick undercoat for warmth, as wild animals do.
It is all right to give your dog a haircut in winter. If you’re concerned about your dog’s being cold on outings, consider a longer trim or a doggie sweater.
#4 – Moisturizing Baths!
Bathing your dog regularly is one of the most important things you can do for your dog in the winter, as a clean dog is a happy, healthy dog.
During the cold winter months, many of us suffer with dry, chafed, and scaly skin due to the combination of cold air, wind, and interior dry air from our forced-air heaters. Even though they’re covered with a layer of fur, our dogs also feel the drying effects of winter, so it’s even more important to use a non-drying, highly moisturizing, gentle shampoo and conditioner. The dry heat found in many homes throughout the winter season can be tough on our skin and hair, so apply dog-friendly lotions and conditioners to ease the scratchiness and irritation.
For untrimmed dogs, an extra-thick winter coat needs regular brushing. Keep your dog’s coat in top condition by brushing daily to remove tangles, dirt and dead hair, and to increase skin circulation and distribute oil.
A dog’s winter coat can hide trouble, such as lumps, bumps or sores, which is another good reason to keep brushing regularly. As you brush, feel and look carefully for signs of illness. Call your veterinarian if you see anything suspect.
#6 – Nail Trimming
Since no one really enjoys being outside in the cold for walks or play time, your dog’s nails will most likely need to be trimmed more regularly since they aren’t outside running and romping to wear them down. Check weekly, and once you hear that “click-click” on the bare floor, you’ll know it’s time to trim
These tips will help keep your dog beautiful and healthy, no matter what the season.