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Canine Coalition: some ideas for your doggies

Raw diet?

Raw diets for dogs are an option.

If you think about it, it is natural. Dogs in the wild do not cook their food. They also don't often find piles of kibble to eat.

Raw bones, in moderation, are safe for dogs, because they are relatively soft and do not often fragment. Cooked bones can fragment. They are hardened by the cooking process. These two things together are what make cooked bones a danger to dogs. The hard fragments tend to ball up in a dogs stomach which can cause blockage and puncture the stomach and intestinal linings.

There are books on raw diets for dogs. Dr. Ian Billinghurst wrote the book "Give your dog a bone". He also travels the globe giving seminars on preparing a raw diet for your dog.

He has put together a recipe for raw patties you can prepare in advance.

One of our receptionists, Gretchen, attended Dr. Billinghurst's seminar. If you have further questions on raw diets, feel free to ask her about it directly. If you're having trouble finding "Give your dog a bone", let us know and we can get it for you.

Staying cool in the Summer Heat

Many dogs, especially long haired dogs were bred to live in cooler climates. The question of overheating is not just one of comfort, it can become life threatening. We occasionally see cases of dogs which have developed heat exhaustion. This is generally due to exercising long haired dogs on hot days.

Some dogs have an undercoat which grows in during the winter and thins out for the summer. Other dogs have long hair all year round.

If you have a Queensland Heeler or any other dog which grows an under coat in the winter, you can help cool him or her off by combing out the under coat as the weather gets warmer. It can easily be removed by combing your dog with a flea comb.

If your dog has long hair all year round, you can bring him or her in to Benicia Veterinary Hospital for a “Summer Cut”. A “Summer Cut” is a short hair cut which will help keep your friend cooler in the summer.

More frequent brushings for all dogs will keep them cooler and help keep the fur shedding to a minimum.

Reminders for the summer:

Give your furred friends a shady place if they stay outside.

Be careful taking your dog with you in the car if they can not accompany you once you leave the car. Pets and parked cars are a dangerous combination.

Make sure your dogs and cats have plenty of clean cool water to drink.

Submissive urination

If you have a male dog who "squirts" urine whenever we get him excited, or when he thinks he's in trouble and you walk over to him, don't dispair. There are things you can do.

Submissive urination is a sign of a subservient personality. The dog feels overwhelmed by attention and is trying to appease people as a young puppy would respond to larger more dominant dogs in a group.

Try "low key" greetings and/or ignoring him for a few minutes upon your returns. Just use a nonchalant "Hi dog" greeting. Meet him outside the house in a fenced yard so if he does urinate out of respect to your leadership role in his life it won't wreck anything.

Do not scold or punish him for squatting and dribbling with tail and ears tucked - it will only make him do it more.

Tone down your daily interactions with this dog. Since he came from a pet store as an older pup, he may have some emotional quirks from lack of proper experiences as a young puppy (in first few months of life) or just be a mild, timid natured fellow.

Neutering him won't change this but is advisable for general health reasons especially since he would not be a good candidate for breeding. To ease his stress, try preventing him from getting into trouble rather than having to reprimand him afterwards.

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