The Daily Bark:
Pleas From the Pound and Other Happenings
Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1, 2014
Inside: Grooming Facts Heartworm Traveling with Pets
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Dog Breeds 4 Upcoming Events 4 Active Owners + Contact Info 5
Important Facts on Keeping Your Dog Groomed By Kirsty Lunn As dog lovers, we want to make sure our canine companions are happy, healthy and looking their furry best. Regular grooming ensures a dog is healthy and comfortable. The importance should not be underestimated! There are two types of grooming to know: at home and professional. At Home Grooming For long-haired dog breeds, their coats will need to be groomed every day. You should be able to comb your dog right down to the skin to avoid fur matting. Shorthaired breeds need less regular coat upkeep. Once a week should be sufficient to keep their coats in good condition. However, keep in mind that the more frequently you groom, the quicker and easier it is for both you and your dog. The main reasons to support regular grooming are: • A decreased risk of health issues such as thrush and other problems. • General cleanliness of your dog. • Monitoring your dog’s health by checking for cuts, swelling or lameness, all of which could be indicative of illness. • Allowing you to see the condition of your dog’s skin to check for flea
or tick infestation or skin irritation. • Forging a close bond. Professional Grooming How often your dog needs to be professionally groomed depends on the breed and activity level. A good rule of thumb is every six to eight weeks to see a qualified professional groomer. It is important to remember that grooming is by no means just about your dog’s coat. A good grooming session includes: • Eyes and Ears - Keeping these clean can prevent pain and infection. You can gently wipe away any discharge from your dog’s eyes using a damp, soft cloth, but it is recommended to contact your vet before attempting to clean the ears. • Teeth - Regular teeth cleaning can prevent periodontal disease later in your dog’s life. You can find toothbrushes and paste in all major pet stores, but you can also use gauze on his teeth. Aim for two to three times a week for this task. • Nails - This is the part of grooming most owners dread, but it is one of the most important. If you are not confident, please contact your vet or include this as part of your
professional grooming routine. Michelle Smith from Natural Pet Center helps us to further understand why professional grooming is such an important part of dog ownership. “Regularly scheduled grooming appointments are important to your pet’s health and may aid in detecting potential health issues,” she said. “Proper nail care is one that may get overlooked by a pet owner if the pet is not being brought to the a groomer on a regular basis. Nails can quickly become overgrown, which will increase the risk of a nail being snagged or ripped out. Overgrowth can also lead to future joint issues and can become painful for your pet to walk. As pet owners, we may have overlooked or have become used to certain issues, but to a groomer that sees your pet once every few months, these issues will stick out to them. Some red flags that a groomer will notice are irritated skin, excessive dry skin, odors to skin after being cleaned, hair loss, dental issues and skin growths.” Remember to never punish or yell at your dog if they resist grooming, as this will create a negative association with the process. We encourage regular grooming to ensure a happy and healthy owner and pet!
The Daily Bark: Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1, 2014
Prevent Heartworm In Your Pup By Derek Martin
Dirofilaria immitis, more commonly known as heartworm, is a roundworm that can infect your dog and lead to very severe health problems, sometimes even death. Heartworm spreads through mosquitoes. Once your animal is infected, the worm attacks the heart. The parasite resides in the heart and large blood vessels. As the parasite grows, it continues to damage large vessels and tissues. The damage to the heart and circulatory system leads to heart failure. Although rare, heartworm can also be spread to humans. The good news: Heartworm is nearly 100% preventable! Approved medications will help
protect your dog when regularly administered. These medications such as Heartgard®, can be obtained through your veterinarian. Medication comes in several different forms, including lotions, pills or even as an injection. Although treatable, according to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm can infect your animal for up to 7 years before it is noticed or treated appropriately. By this time, the worms have multiplied and there can be up to 250 of them infecting your animal’s blood vessels and heart. In advanced cases, the condition of the heart becomes unmanageable and can lead to death. Even if your animal does recover, it is lengthy and involves many injections deep into their muscles. While being treated, your pet is not allowed to exercise, jump or any activity that all of our dogs do. We can agree that it would seem unfair to put your dog through that when it could have been prevented. To learn more about heartworm, visit the American Heartworm Society website at www.heartwormsociety.org.
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The Daily Bark: Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1 2014
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Traveling with Pets By Heather Syverson
Many dog and cat owners say their vacations would be more enjoyable if their beloved pets could come along. It’s important to consider your pet’s personality before taking him out of his comfort zone. If he is nervous in unfamiliar situations, he may be better off staying home with a sitter. However, if he is easygoing, a trip could be a fun way for you to bond. The most important thing to consider before planning a trip with your fur baby is whether the majority of your vacation will be spent doing animalfriendly activities. If your buddy will spend most of the trip stuck in a hotel, it would probably be better to send him to a kennel. Once you’ve determined that a getaway is the way to go, there are some obvious things to remember when packing for your pet, such as a collar with an ID tag that includes your cell phone number, leash, food and water bowls, and his regular food. It’s also a good idea to bring a bed or blanket from home because of the familiar scent. A kennel is a must-have because most pet-friendly hotels require our pets to be safely contained even if they’re briefly left alone. Some not-so-obvious tips include bringing water from home to avoid an upset stomach, packing vaccination records, anti-nausea medication and a list of emergency veterinary clinics at your destination. On the Road Driving is probably the easiest and least expensive way to travel with an animal. Unlike traveling by plane or train, there are no additional fees and they don’t have to be confined to a kennel. It’s also the least stressful mode of transportation. When you take your pet on a road trip, remember to stop every couple hours to let your
buddy stretch his legs and go potty. There are several dog-friendly getaways within easy driving distance of Fargo-Moorhead. The north shore of Lake Superior has several lovely hotels, condos and cabins that welcome four-legged friends. My husband and I have stayed with our two dogs at the Caribou Highlands Resort near Lutsen, Minn. If camping is more your style, most campgrounds in ND, MN and SD allow non-aggressive animals as long as owners keep them reasonably quiet and pick up their waste. Crow Wing Lake Campground, south of Brainerd, Minn., includes an off-leash park and a dog washing and drying station in case your buddy gets dirty. There are also plenty of pet-friendly lodging options and activities in the Twin Cities. One of the best dog-friendly events is the annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, which even has a Pet Fest themed weekend with a doggy costume contest. On the Rails There’s good news for Amtrak riders who want to hop on the Empire Builder line in Fargo with their pets. Amtrak recently announced a pilot program to allow companion animals on its trains. Amtrak will be testing the service between May 5 and Nov. 2 in Illinois. The pilot project came about because of the “Pets on Trains Act of 2013,” which was introduced in the U.S. House. If passed, the law would require Amtrak to designate at least one pet-friendly car on each passenger train, charge a pet fee, and animals would be required to remain inside their carriers. The law would also limit the distance
of the trip to less than 750 miles, which would allow a rider to get from Fargo to Chicago. In the Air All of the airlines that fly out of Fargo’s airport have policies for companion animals and service animals. The following information is specifically for companion animals that will ride in the cabin. Although many airlines allow animals to be checked like luggage, it is not ideal because of the extreme temperature fluctuations and noise. The FAA requires pets in the cabin to remain inside of their approved carriers for the entire flight. The carriers must be able to fit underneath the seat, which unfortunately, excludes larger pets. They must be able to stand and turn around completely inside the carrier. Soft-sided is preferable because it’s easier to fit underneath a seat and may give a pet slightly more room to move. The dimensions and fees for each airline can be found online. Short, direct flights will be easier to tolerate for your furry friend. Allegiant offers direct flights from Fargo to Orlando. Even though Disney World’s parks do not allow companion animals, five Disney kennels do offer doggie daycare. Orlando and many other Florida cities have enacted “doggy dining laws” that permit pets to sit with their owners outdoors. BringFido.com is a great resource for locating pet-friendly restaurants, events and lodging all over the U.S. No matter where you go or how you get there, time spent planning ahead will make the trip more enjoyable for you and for your pet.
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The Daily Bark: Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1, 2014
Get to Know Some Popular Dog Breeds By Tiana Grise
A member of the toy group of dogs, the Yorkshire Terrier is a lot of personality packed into a tiny body. This tiny terrier was a breed developed in 19th century England in the county of Yorkshire. During the industrial revolution, clothing mills in England were teeming with rats, and these little dynamos were often charged with chasing them down. Their small size (only reaching a maximum of about 7 pounds) and fierce terrier nature made them Angel, a Yorkie available perfect for hunting in these close quarters. for adoption with us Today, Yorkies are wildly popular companion dogs, although they still retain the familiar terrier habits of being fun-loving, playful and protective of their people. When considering a Yorkie as an addition to your family, remember that they are small, but not always submissive. It is generally thought that they should not be in homes with very young children for both the safety of the dog and of the child. Because of their development as a working breed, they have an inherent need for stimulation and generally take very well to training. These little terriers pack a big personality punch!
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Since 1991, the most popular dog in the United States has consistently been the Labrador Retriever. Prized as not only a companion and family pet, the Lab has long been a dog with many functions. Developed in the 19th century to assist English noblemen in their duck hunting, the Labrador is known to have its roots in the St. Johnâ€™s dog, a native of Newfoundland.
Perhaps the most well-known member of the retriever family, the Labrador is a natural gun dog. Because of their even temperament, they are also frequently trained as service dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, and law enforcement screening dogs. As a member of the family, these dogs are highly valued and often become much more than a pet. Because of their gentle temperament, they are considered excellent dogs for families with children of all ages, as well as multi-pet households. Keep in mind, however, that they donâ€™t fully mature until about 3 years of age, which means that if you welcome a Lab pup into your home, he will likely be very energetic and puppy-like for quite a while.
Upcoming Events Meet the Dogs: Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Fargo PetSmart Meet the Dogs: Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Fargo PetSmart Volunteer Appreciation Night w/ F-M RedHawks: Thursday, May 29, 6-10 p.m., Newman Outdoor Field Mutt March: Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Gooseberry Park, Moorhead Meet the Dogs: Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Fargo PetSmart Meet the Dogs: Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Fargo PetSmart
The Daily Bark: Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1, 2014
Contact Information 4 Luv of Dog Rescue PO Box 9283 Fargo, ND 58106-9283 Phone: (701) 205-0190 Please understand that our phone is monitored by volunteers. If no one answers, leave us a message that includes: • Your name • Phone number • E-mail address • Why you are calling • The best time to reach you We will make every attempt to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours. Our preferred method of contact is e-mail. E-mail us at: email@example.com — general questions firstname.lastname@example.org — information on fostering email@example.com — to find out how you can help firstname.lastname@example.org — information on donations of money and/or supplies. Becoming a foster home is one of the most important things you can do to help our organization. Please consider becoming a foster today! Apply online at: www.4luvofdog.org
Active Owner, Healthy Dog By Lauren Teske According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of U.S. adults are obese. Similarly, about 25-30% of U.S. dogs are obese. While obesity in both humans and canines can be an indicator of a more serious medical problem, for most it is a simple issue of food consumption and exercise. Obesity in dogs can lead to several serious conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, cancer of all types, and cardiopulmonary disease. For many dog owners, identifying whether or not your pet is overweight can be difficult, which is why a visit to your vet may be the best way to recognize the problem. A veterinarian can provide you with a BCS, or body condition score, which will tell you how overweight your dog may be. Consulting your vet about the amount of food you should be feeding your dog can help to cut out extra calories. Lowering food intake to a more appropriate amount can help shed unwanted weight, but daily exercise is just as important. The amount of exercise needed varies from breed to breed, but all dogs need some sort of daily activity that exercises both their body and mind. With spring in full swing and summer in sight, there are many activities for owners and dogs can enjoy together that promote a healthy lifestyle. Agility Jumping over hurdles, weaving through poles and racing through tunnels! This is an action-packed activity! Training Required: Some basic training will make this much more rewarding for dog and owner. Cost: Many training facilities have agility courses that can be used for a fee, but if you wish to set up your own course, you may be looking at a large bill.
Activity Level: High Great For: Agility can be for anyone, but some breeds such as border collies, Jack Russells and German shepherds seem to have a natural talent for this particular sport. Obedience Sit, stay and lay down are just a few of the commands you and your dog will learn. Obedience can do wonders for the human-dog relationship, and is also available in a competitive form! Training: For beginners, none! Cost: Varies. Activity Level: Moderate Great For: Dogs of all breeds benefit from basic training. Cardio Walking, jogging, or running are fantastic ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while working your muscles! Training Required: None, although some basic training such as “heel” Cost: Very little! A pair of walking shoes and a leash is all you need. Activity level: low-high, you set the pace! Walk around the block or work your marathon muscles by circling the neighborhood. Great for: Depending on your walking/running style, many breeds enjoy a good run! For long steady runs weimaraners and golden doodles work best. For brisk runs, bring along a greyhound or vizsla. For the slow and steady, Dalmatians and Labradors do best. These are just a few of the activities you and your dog can experience together! A healthy lifestyle will not only add years on to your dogs life, but will also increase quality of life. Obesity is on the rise for both humans and canines, but with so many activities to choose from, getting out and moving with your dog can easily be slipped into any busy schedule.
The Daily Bark: Volume 6, Issue 2, May 1, 2014
Announing the Mutt March
Announcing the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue Mutt March 2014! We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 31, at Gooseberry Park in Moorhead for some fun! Register online at www.4luvofdog.org.
Published on May 2, 2014
4 Luv of Dog Rescue, in Fargo ND, releases our May 2014 newsletter! Read for information on pet grooming, heartworm, traveling with pets, ti...