Do Dog’s Sweat?
Have you ever wondered if dog’s sweat? If so, how do dog’s sweat? The answer is tricky! Dog’s don't “sweat” like we do but they release heat. Dog’s lack the normal sweat glands that humans have. Dogs have a few interesting ways of cooling down.
It is important to know how to recognize the signs of overheating. Excessive panting, bright or dark red colored gums, flushed skin, warm to the touch, vomiting, increased drooling, glazed eyes, weakness, and collapse.
- They primarily release heat through panting. Panting works by allowing heat from the inner chest (the hottest part of the body) escape through moisture made the mucous membranes of the mouth, tongue, and throat. As a dog breaths out the moist air, evaporation occurs and cools down the dog.
- They secondarily release heat through a process called vasodilation. Vasodilation is a fancy term for dilating the blood vessels. It helps to bring the hot blood to the surface of the skin which allows blood to cool down before taking a trip back to the heart.
- The third way they release heat is through the small sweat glands in their paw pads (this is not a reliable source as they release a very minimal amount of heat this way).
Keep in mind that dogs don't just overheat from being outside in the sun. They can also overheat from extreme excitement, confinement, panic, true fever, stress, lack of water, over exercising, and laying near hot objects (camp fire).
Keep them cool and prevent the excess drool!
Right Dog For The Right Home
Owning a dog is a long-term commitment, regardless of the size, shape, and temperament. It is no secret that their everlasting companionship and unconditional love is well worth the sacrifices you make, BUT are you ready for those sacrifices - that responsibility? Not everybody is, despite the idea of having a furry friend to cuddle with.
The responsibility of meeting a dog’s needs can be overwhelming, but making sure that you pick the correct breed for your lifestyle can help ensure both your pup and you will lead a happy life. A few important questions must be considered to make an educated decision for your lifestyle:
- What size dog are you interested in and why?
- Does the size dog that you are interested in seem realistic for the space that you live in?
- How energetic do you want your dog to be?
- How much time are you able to devote to exercising your dog?
- How much time are you able to devote to playing with your dog?
- Are you looking for a very affectionate dog?
- Do you have other pets? What have their reactions been towards other pets in the past?
- How much time are you able to devote to training your dog?
Are you looking for a protective dog or one that just loves everybody?
- Do you have children? Is the breed that you are considering good with children?
- Are you able to keep up with the grooming needs of the breed you have in mind?
- Do you live in a primarily hot or cold climate? (it is important to consider this before bringing home a dog who can not adapt to the climate that you live in)
Once you have answered all of these questions, look into breeds that are the closest match to your answers. Doing your research before bringing a new furry friend into your home will ensure you and your new pup will live a happy life together.
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A Dog's Vision
Many people still believe that dogs are colourblind, only seeing black and white. This is a very popular misconception that even the most devoted dog lovers believe. Dogs are limited in their spectrum of colours if we compare it to human vision, but they do see some colour!
Dogs' eyes contain two kinds of cones, while humans have 3. Cones are photoreceptor cells in the retina of the eye - essentially, they enable pups to distinguish blue from yellow, but not red from green. This is also the most common variation of colour blindness found in humans - and this is simply because they lack the third kind of cone that is in the eyes of humans who can see normally.
The neurons inside a dogs' eye are very active in response to the colour yellow, or shades similar. That activity slows down when blue light hits the cones. Red and green light have a neutral effect on these neurons, so they don't perceive any colour in response to red and green light. In place of these colours, dogs see shades of grey.
Since red objects tend to be darker than green ones, dogs typically use this sense to determine the difference between these two colours.
This is just one of many reasons why our furry friends are so unique!
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Most dogs do not love getting their nails trimmed but here are some helpful tips on how to make the experience less stressful and more PAWsitive:
Ensure that you have the right size nail clippers for the right size dog (This is important because if you try using a clipper that is too small, you may cause pinching or splitting of the nail).
- Ensure that your clippers of choice are sharp
- Desensitize your dog's paws (work on simple stroking and touching of the paws before attempting to clip them)
- Always have lots of your dog's favorite treats to offer before, during and after the clipping
- Keep the nail trimmers almost parallel to the nail
Cut a little bit of nail until you can see the beginning of a circle (this is the beginning of the vein that runs through their nails)
- Don't squeeze the toes, ouch!
- Cut a small amount every 2 weeks for maintenance
- Keep styptic powder on hand in case you do cut the quick
- PRAISE PRAISE PAISE your dog after every nail trim (even if they are used to it)
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Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs around the world. You may notice from time to time that your dog has bad breath, red gums or even tartar and plaque build up on their teeth. Just like humans, dogs dental health declines over the years leading to infections and disease of vital organs. That is why it is so important to keep our canine companions mouth clean and kissable! One way of doing so is regular toothbrushing.
Some of you might be saying "yeah right, my dog won't let me do that!" But we are here to provide you with some helpful tips on making toothbrushing a positive experience for your best friend.
Getting Ready To Brush
Patience is key when introducing something new to our pups. As they are masters at feeding off of our energy, we want to make sure we are in a calm and patient state. Once your energy is channeled to the right place, focus on these few steps before beginning the toothbrushing process.
- Find a toothbrush that is designed for pets or a very soft toothbrush designed for kids.
- Dip your finger into something tasty like beef bouillon or tuna juice and rub it along their gum line to get them used to the feeling of having something on their teeth.
- Next try dipping a gauze square into your choice of juice, place it over your finger and rub teeth in a circular motion. Once your pup is comfortable with the process then try to look for a toothpaste with their favorite flavour.
Practice holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface and move it in a circular motion.
Now that you and your pup are ready for the brushing process, follow the steps below for a successful experience. Before you begin, make sure you have the toothbrush, favorite toothpaste and most importantly the well-deserved treat to finish off.
- Find a calm and relaxing room to begin.
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and let your pup lick it off.
- Gently lift your pups lips (starting from the back of the mouth).
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and starting brushing in a circular motion.
- Brush as many teeth as your pup will allow.
- End with a reassuring pat and a dental appropriate treat.
Remember that this is a new and sometimes stressful process for your furry friend. You may need to take it slow and build up to brushing the whole mouth once daily. As you want this to be a positive experience, make sure that you reward your pup after each brushing experience. Be sure to choose a treat that possess dental benefits, to make sure you're not adding to the existing build up of plaque and tartar such as our Bullwrinkles Dog Treats.
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