“Ever lay awake late at night, eyes wide open in the pitch-black dark, wondering if Maddy in sales really meant “nothing” by “I like your shirt, I almost bought it myself,” or if she actually meant what she absolutely did mean, which is “f*** you, idiot, that shirt is horrible, why did you even get out of bed today?” Of course you do. You’re human. Worrying before, during, and just after sleep is what we do.
Turns out it’s not exclusive to us, though: Much like humans, it would appear dogs are also kept awake at night by their worries.
A recent Hungarian study published by the Royal Society scientific journal showed that dogs experience disturbed sleep patterns when stressed. That’s right, planet Earth. Your beloved puppies and doggies are worried, and they can’t sleep, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The study measured the sleep experiences of dogs who were exposed to either positive or negative emotional experiences pre-sleep, like being affectionately touched by their owners, or approached by an intimidating stranger. The results showed dogs who were exposed to positive experiences had a deeper and more consistent sleep, while dogs who were stressed before sleep were prone to waking up, staying in REM sleep, and generally having a shitty night’s sleep.
Interestingly, though, on average dogs who had negative experiences pre-sleep were quicker to actually fall asleep than other dogs, which scientists say is very much in line with human behavior. Like how you often desperately want to power off at the end of a terrible day and just shut your physical self off.
The full article and related studies are posted below.
We had a Pom come into rescue that had a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) in 2016. The FHO surgery consists of removing the ball of the hip joint. He is 8 years old and has a little arthritis in that joint. If he slips and stretches that leg the wrong way, it strains the leg, which makes his gait less stable, which makes him more prone to slipping, which prolongs the injury and so and so on, you get the idea.
We looked around for something to help him get a better grip so he wouldn’t slip as much. The area we live in almost everyone has wood floors, so finding him an appropriate home with carpeting has been a challenge.
These are the products we ended up with:
Problem with this is levothyroxine is the generic name. On the prescription bottle in very small print it will say where your pills came from, It can change with every refill.
The recall is from Westminster Pharmaceuticals. They should put that in the main article!
Tootsie & I both take this and both got refills in the past couple weeks. Tootsies Walgreens was manufactured by Lannet and mine by Abbvie filled by Express Scripts.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall for two thyroid medications because their could be problems with an ingredient.Westminster Pharmaceuticals has recalled some Levothyroxine and Liothyronine tablets as a precaution, according
— Read on abc6onyourside.com/news/nation-world/fda-issues-recall-on-two-thyroid-medications
Storm season is upon us, which means that people all over the country are preparing their homes for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and more.
For many people, this means getting a “go-bag” ready, keeping your car stocked, and preparing just in case local authorities recommend evacuation.
If you’re in an area that requires evacuation a lot, you probably know exactly how to get yourself ready to go — but do you know how to prepare for evacuating with your pets?
Evacuating with pets is more complicated than just tossing them in the car and getting out of town.
Of course, taking your pet with you is the most important thing to do if a storm is imminent, but there are plenty of other things to do ahead of time if you think you might need to evacuate your home.
Evacuating can be overwhelming — both for people and for pets — so make the process as easy and painless as possible by following the tips below!
Pet Evacuation #1: ID Your Pet
Pet Evacuation #2: Snap A Current Photo
Pet Evacuation #3: Secure Your Pet
Pet Evacuation #4: Identify Shelters
Pet Evacuation #5: Coordinate A Backup Plan
Pet Evacuation #6: Separate Dogs And Cats
Pet Evacuation #7: Prepare A Pet Emergency Kit
Pet Evacuation #8: Get A Rescue Alert Sticker
Double coated dogs refer to the animals that, like Huskies, have two layers of fur. The first, or undercoat, are the fine, fluffy hairs that are short and crimp (closest to the skin). It’s the fur that sheds; light and soft. This layer is excellent at trapping air and insulating the dog. Essentially it keeps them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
The topcoat is made up of tougher guard hairs that don’t shed, and protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays and bug bites. It actually insulates them from the heat. What this means is: do not shave your double coated dog. It’s a mistake to think you’re helping your animal stay cool, particularly in summer, when evolution has provided them exactly what they need to survive. By stripping them of their natural ability to heat and cool themselves, you could be doing more harm than good.
A key piece of understanding in this matter is that, unlike humans; dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. At most, it is only the pads of their paws that sweat. Their main mode of cooling comes from panting.
Some other common reasons folks shave their doubled coated dogs are the thinking that the animal will stop shedding. Pooches with undercoats shed, no two ways about it. But even after a shave, while the hair may be shorter, it can still shed.
Another is, “it’ll always grow back”. Sometimes it will, other times it won’t. The older the pooch is, the less likely it is that the topcoat of guard hairs will grow back. This leaves them with the undercoat, giving them a patchy, scruffy look. It can alter their coat for the rest of the dog’s life.
Not only does it look bad, but you can end up having to shave the hair continuously from then on and once again, you strip them of their natural ability to protect themselves.
In conclusion, when you shave a double coated dog, you may irreparably impair their ability to properly heat/cool themselves and protect their skin. The best way to keep this kind of dog cool and comfortable is to regularly bathe and brush them. The only reason a person might need to shave their double coated dog is if the hair is so matted, it’s the only option.
Bailey – one year after being shaved. This is all the growth that returned. He is brushed and poofed up here. His coat is patchy and his guard hairs are non-existent. He was only shaved once by necessity.
Romeo was shaved a few times from ages 4-6. He is now 10 and has a wonderful coat.
Yikes! Here’s today’s vet bill! I’m afraid we are going to have to curtail our rescue activities until we can pay this off. We still have 2 more dogs from the Madison Heights 9 to get neutered and have a dental.
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Every $1.00 is appreciated!!
Our vet is Hilliard Road Veterinary Hospital, 3008 Hilliard Rd, Richmond, VA 23228 if you would rather make donations directly to them on our behalf. They will also take credit cards over the phone.
#1 – Valerian
Valerian is a sedative herb that relieves tension, anxiety, and over-excitability in dogs. Valerian can be bought dried or in capsule form and given to the dog orally, wrapped in a piece of cheese, or with a treat. Our favorite option for easy administration would be as a soft chew (Amazon link). Give it to the dog before situations that tend to cause anxiety and over-excitability in your dog.
#2 – Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that naturally rises in the bloodstream when animals sleep. Giving it to them when they are awake can help calm them down during stressful situations. It may be especially effective in dogs with separation anxiety issues, as its calming effects may last up to 8 hours. Be sure to read the ingredients before sharing your melatonin – it may contain Xylitol or other ingredients that are toxic for dogs.
#3 – Lavender (Scent)
You probably already know that the scent of lavender helps you to relax and fall asleep, but did you realize it can have the same calming effect on your dog? The scent of lavender actually reduces the body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and it doesn’t have the same sedative effects of some of the other ingredients on this list. A drop or two of lavender oil in a place where your dog can’t ingest it will help relieve their anxiety.
#4 – Passionflower
Passionflower has been used since the mid 1500s as a sleep aid and sedative. Studies have shown that it can actually lower your brain activity and boost levels of GABA, a feel-good chemical. In humans, it’s been shown to be as effective as benzodiazepine medications such as Valium and Xanax in treating anxiety. It also has less of a sedative effect than other herbs. This can be a great option for highly anxious dogs. For easy administration, we like these soft chews that contain Passionflower.
#5 – Lemon Balm
A member of the mint family, lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages to soothe nerves, relieve indigestion, and remedy insomnia. This sedative herb is effective in treating excitability and anxiety in dogs.
#6 – Chamomile
If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia, you’ve probably tried chamomile tea to help you sleep. Chamomile calms the nerves and induces sleep. It can also calm the stomach and ease digestive problems. You can give chamomile tea to your dog or soak a dog treat in the tea. Another option is a soft chew that contains chamomile.
All Natural Anxiety Relief
Did you know you can get several of these ingredients, plus a few more, in our Project Paws™ Advanced Calming soft chews on Amazon Prime? (also available in the iHeartDogs store here) They’re formulated to relieve your dog’s anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity, tension, or stress related to traveling, thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, introducing new pets, or a change in their routine.
High-potency natural ingredients are properly formulated for optimal results, and dogs love the turkey flavored soft chew! It’s gentle enough to be used as a daily supplement and powerful enough to work as needed in stressful situations. And if that isn’t awesome enough, each purchase feeds 7 shelter dogs!