Dog Health -Breath

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We all know bad breath—also known as halitosis—when we smell it. Bad breath is the result of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs or gut. Persistent bad breath can indicate that your dog needs better dental care or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver or kidneys. In all cases, halitosis is a red flag that should be investigated.

What Is Bad Breath Caused By?

Most often, canine bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease, and certain dogs—particularly small ones—are especially prone to plaque and tartar. However, persistent bad breath can also indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or organs.

How Can I Determine The Cause of My Dog’s Bad Breath?

Your veterinarian is the best person to pinpoint the cause. A physical examination and laboratory work may be performed. Be ready to answer questions about your dog’s diet, oral hygiene, exercise habits and general behavior.

dog breath 2When Is It Time To See The Vet?

If your dog’s breath suddenly has an unusual smell, please consult your veterinarian. The following cases can signal to medical problems that need immediate treatment.

  • Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes, particularly if your dog has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
  • Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
  • An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas and/or gums could signal a liver problem.

How Is Bad Breath Treated?

Treatment depends on your vet’s diagnosis. If plaque is the culprit, your dog might require a professional cleaning. If it’s an issue of diet, you might have to change your dog’s regular food. If the cause is gastrointestinal or an abnormality in your dog’s liver kidneys or lungs, please consult your vet about steps you should take.

How Can I Prevent My Dog From Having Bad Breath?

Many people assume that bad breath in dogs, especially at a certain age, is a “given”—but that’s not the case. In fact, being proactive about your pup’s oral health will not only make your life together more pleasant, it’s smart preventive medicine.

  • Bring your dog in for regular checkups to make sure he has no underlying medical issues that may cause halitosis.
  • Make sure your vet monitors and tracks the state of your dog’s teeth and breath.
  • Feed your dog a high-quality, easy-to-digest food.
  • Brush your dog’s teeth frequently—every day is ideal. (Please be sure to use toothpaste formulated for dogs as human toothpaste can upset a canine’s stomach.)
  • Provide hard, safe chew toys that allow your dog’s teeth to be cleaned by the natural process of chewing
  • Give your dog well–researched treats formulated to improve breath odor.
  • Discuss home-use oral health products with your veterinarian to see if there’s a type he or she recommends.

Note: Please keep in mind, these products simply mask bad breath and do not treat underlying medical problems.

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Sunday time to Relax..

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sunday Wanted to say for many ppl that don t have so much time nowadays since they are working constantly my 5 cent on relaxing.I know how important is to keep always on top of your job trying daily to improve it.I also know that there is not enough time if you want to achieve something better in your life since you should be doing things 24/7.

Still this simple advice refers to the need to relax in some point.Dunno if its Sundays you prefer ,Church or gym till you need to have some time for your self.And that is equally important as working or anything else your are participating in.

A dose of relaxation will fill you with energy and will refresh your mind ideas and get you going for the next step. You definitely need to take this seriously into consideration and try to give your self a break from time to time so you can refresh your self.

More energized more refreshed with the smile returned to your face you ll be doing a lot more right things eventually and faster.Just try to balance out a bit your schedule and don’t burn your self or the people that love you. Playing with your dog daily can be a nice break for routine and reality and will always be my #1 solution.Try it out

chill

Story Dogs

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http://storydogs.org.au/

Our Mission
To make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers.
No child should be left behind in literacy.

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Story Dogs Facts

We help over 430 children each week.
In 53 schools throughout NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS.
With 86 current Dog Teams.
59 Dog Teams are sponsored.

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The Magic

When children read to a dog, the outcomes are amazing! It’s non-judgemental, children’s focus improves, literacy skills increase and confidence soars. The non-judgmental, loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic and helps children relax, open up, try harder and have fun reading to a friendly and calm dog.

Story Dogs is based on the successful American literacy program Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.). The R.E.A.D program was launched in 1999 in Utah USA, as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs.

Reading sessions take place in a quiet area of the school grounds, such as the library or outside the classroom. A reading session is approximately 20 minutes long, where each child is one-on-one with the dog team. Books are chosen to suit the student´s reading level. During the session, the handler often speaks through the dog, such as; “Sam doesn’t understand what is happening on this page, could you help him out?” The child becomes the teacher; and their confidence soars!

Our volunteers come with fun, interesting books, specifically chosen for the reading level of each child. The students also have input into what they read. We encourage the students to write letters to the dogs at home, thereby encouraging literacy skills.

The Nuts and Bolts

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Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. “Fear can destroy intelligence,” says educator William Ayers. Animals are ideal reading companions because they promote relaxation and lower blood pressure, do not judge, laugh or criticise and allow children to proceed at their own pace.

The volunteers

Story Dogs handlers are volunteers trained to teach emergent readers. This ensures the handler will not judge the child and will help in a non threatening way. We are fully insured and our handlers have ‘Working With Children’ checks as per each states regulations.

Which children are chosen for the program?

The children are usually Year 2 students generally between the ages 7- 8 years old who are chosen by the school. Story Dogs does not assess the children in any way as the sessions are designed to be as non-threatening as possible. We rely on assessment results taken throughout the year by the school. Parental consent is required before a child can participate in the program.

Students love the experience and do not really think that it is actually a learning task; just fun!

Kristi Purvis, Teacher, Centaur Primary

Dog Is Man’s Best Friend

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We’ve all heard the phrase: Dog is man’s best friend. But just how far will your furry friends go to show how much they care? We have rounded up some of the most tear-jerking stories of loyalty and friendship, as dogs around the world go above and beyond to demonstrate their love for their human companions.

1. Lost Dog Saves a Life

Image courtesy of Tampa Bay Times

Yolanda Sevogia’s neighbor, Stacey Savige, knocked on her door one morning asking if she could keep an eye on a lost terrier she found roaming around the local elementary school. Yolanda agreed to watch the dog, but told Stacey it would only be for the day. The two women took photos of the dog and printed off 4,000 FOUND fliers, stuffed them in mailboxes and also placed an ad on Craigslist.

In the meantime, Yolanda went to the dollar store and bought some pet supplies, warning her two sons not to fall in love with the dog. At the time Yolanda’s son Azaiah was 10 years old, and Christian was 21 years old. Christian has Down syndrome and an assortment of other ailments, and had recently undergone heart and kidney surgeries.

Four days later Yolanda was still looking after the dog, who they had started to call RaeLee (pronounced Riley). When she arrived home from work, the dog flung himself against the screen door and barked madly at her. As soon as she opened the door, RaeLee sprinted into the boys’ room where Yolanda found Christian in the middle of a violent seizure. RaeLee ran over to Christian, but as soon as Yolanda bent over to help him the dog went silent.

“If he hadn’t come to get me, the neurologist said Christian would have choked on his own blood and died,” Yolanda reported to the Tampa Bay Times. At this point, no one had called to claim the dog so Yolanda decided to keep him.

The next morning Stacey got a call; a man named Randy recognized his lost dog and called the number on the flier. Stacey started crying, and told him, “That dog saved my friend’s son.”

Randy drove to Yolanda’s house to pick up his dog, and saw Azaiah crying on the porch and Christian in the window. After a few moments Randy said, “Maybe Odie was supposed to find you, maybe you should keep him.”

2. Dog Mourns at Casket of Navy SEAL

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This photo yanked at the heart-strings of millions of Americans in August 2011, as images of a grieving labrador retriever graced the pages of newspapers across the country. At the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, attendees could see his faithful companion Hawkeye lying by the casket. In front of 1,500 mourners at the beginning of the service, Hawkeye ambled up to the front of the room and laid down next to his master — showing his loyalty until the end.

SEE ALSO: Heartwarming Photo of a Man and His Dog Has Facebook Users Smiling

3. US Marine Surprises His Beagle Dog

When this marine returned from deployment, he came home to one of the most excited dogs we’ve ever seen. Check out this adorable video to see just how happy Buddy was to see his daddy.

4. Dog Stays by His Master’s Grave For Six Years

The bond between dog and master goes beyond the grave, as evidenced by Capitán’s unyielding loyalty to his master Miguel Guzmán, from Argentina. Capitán went missing for a few days, but he was eventually found lying in the cemetery next to Guzmán’s resting place.

The remarkable part about this story is that Miguel died in a hospital, and his body was taken to a funeral home far away from where he lived. Capitán had never been to the cemetery before.

The first time the funeral director saw Capitán, he arrived at the cemetery alone. The dog did a few laps through the tombstones before finding his master’s grave — all on his own. Capitán continues to visit his old master every single day, at 6:00 p.m., like clockwork.

If this isn’t a display of true dedication, we don’t know what is.

For another extraordinary story, check out this Italian dog Ciccio who continued to go to his owner’s church, even after he passed away.

5. Adopted Dog Saves Infant Child

This adopted dog proved his worth, and then some. One night Duke woke up his owners by shaking uncontrollably on their bed, trying to get their attention. Their nine-week-old infant Hazel wasn’t breathing in the other room, and without his intervention they never would have noticed.

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Image courtesy of Santiago Berioli/Gentileza La Voz Del Interior

original : http://mashable.com/2013/03/12/dog-mans-best-friend/

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