Dogs Also Lie Awake At Night Thinking About Their Problems

“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.

So there you have it. First we learn dogs don’t like hugs, then we’re not allowed to sleep next to them in bed (actually fair), and now dogs are stressed at night.”

The full article and related studies are posted below.

Slippery Floors? Arthritic Pom?

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:

Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips (in small/red)toegrips

Pawfriction

Pawfriction

FDA issues recall on two thyroid medications | WSYX

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.

6E1EA834-5E9F-44A3-9F6B-03F86C92813BThe 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
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Evacuating With Your Fur Baby: 8 Steps Every Pet-Owner Needs To Know In Case Of Disaster

ANIMAL Evacuating With Your Fur Baby: 8 Steps Every Pet-Owner Needs To Know In Case Of Disaster

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

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The CDC explains that because disasters can occur without warning, you should always be prepared.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure that your pets’ collars and tags are up-to-date.

Their tags should have your current contact information, just in case you get separated from your fur babies.

Additionally, you should microchip your pet — this is the best way to guarantee you’ll be reunited with your pets if they get lost.

Pet Evacuation #2: Snap A Current Photo

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According to Ready.Gov, you should always have a current photo of your pet in order to identify them if necessary.

This won’t be a problem for most pet owners (as we take photos of our pets nonstop), but make sure you have one that doesn’t just capture how gosh darn cute they are, but also shows their defining features.

Pet Evacuation #3: Secure Your Pet

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Before an emergency, purchase a pet carrier for each of your fur babies — then write your name and contact information, along with your pets’ names, on the carriers.

When you purchase the carrier, get your pet familiar with it, and practice transporting them in the carrier before an emergency. This will make them more comfortable with being inside the carrier during an evacuation situation.

You should also make sure you have extra leashes and harnesses to keep them safe while they’re outside.

Pet Evacuation #4: Identify Shelters

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Not all shelters set up for humans are able to take pets, so if you plan to stay at a shelter when you evacuate, make sure you find one that is okay with pets.

The same goes for hotels — if you are going to stay in a hotel or motel during evacuation, find one that allows pets to stay as well.

Ready.Gov explains that although it should be a last resort, some animal shelters will provide temporary housing/foster care for pets that cannot be with their humans during times of evacuation.

Pet Evacuation #5: Coordinate A Backup Plan

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No matter what you are planning on doing with your pet when you evacuate — boarding them, leaving them at a shelter, or taking them with you — make sure you have a backup plan.

Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about what they’re doing with their pets, and see if you can help one another out with evacuation.

In case of emergency situations, you may not be able to get home before evacuating — the ASPCArecommends having designated caregivers (who hopefully live nearby) who are comfortable with your pets and willing to care for them in a time of need.

Pet Evacuation #6: Separate Dogs And Cats

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Ready.Gov explains that pets can sense when something is wrong, and it may cause them serious stress and anxiety.

Even if your dogs and cats are normally fine together, the stress of the situation may cause them to act irrationally, especially if they are in confined spaces.

For this reason, separate your cats, dogs, and other pets when you’re evacuating (or anytime during an emergency situation).

Ideally, every animal should go in a separate crate or carrier until you can get them to a calm, safe place.

Pet Evacuation #7: Prepare A Pet Emergency Kit

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Many people have human emergency kits and “go bags” with necessary items, but it’s important to have them for pets as well.

Pet emergency kits should include enough food and water for two weeks, food and water bowls, medical records and any medications, poop bags, kitty litter, and other clean-up items, and any comfort items your pet might need (like a bed, blanket, or toy).

Pet Evacuation #8: Get A Rescue Alert Sticker

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The ASPCA recommends that everyone have a rescue alert sticker near the front door of the house in case of any emergency. The sticker should include information on any pets that live in the house.

A rescue alert sticker can help in case there’s ever a fire or floor at your house so that first responders know to save your pets, but it can also be helpful during an evacuation situation.

If you have a rescue alert sticker and you evacuate your home, write “EVACUATED” on the sticker so that rescue workers know they don’t need to search your house for pets.

Understanding Double Coated Dogs

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.

Bailey

Romeo was shaved a few times from ages 4-6. He is now 10 and has a wonderful coat.

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6 All-Natural Ingredients To Help Calm An Anxious Dog

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#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!

Why Do Poms Spin In Circles? | Pomeranian Information and Facts

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Anxious or Stressed

Recognizing When Your Dog Is Stressed

A stressed-out dog will probably exhibit different body language than his chill peers. The whites of his eyes may be more pronounced. You may notice that he has an intense and direct stare or engages in hypervigilant scanning of the environment. He may avoid eye contact or frequently turn away from people or other canines. He may blink excessively — or not at all.

Your dog’s ears can also signal feelings of anxiety or stress. When your dog is alert or uneasy, his ears may becomes more erect. He may also move his ears back so that they lay close to or flat against his head. If your dog has floppy ears, it may be harder to distinguish this movement; watch for the base of his ears to rotate back and the ears themselves to move slightly back from their neutral position.

When your dog feels anxious, he may close his mouth tightly or pull his lips back in a tense grimace. This can be a sign that he is preparing to move into a growl, snarl, snap or bite. You may notice that the whiskers on his muzzle are erect and that the whisker beds appear more pronounced.

An anxious dog may also vocalize — he may bark, whimper, whine or growl, or make some other type of distress signal. Depending on the dog and the context, these vocalizations may indicate fear or aggression.

A stressed-out canine may stand in one place and lift a front paw or shift his weight away from whatever is scaring him. He may turn his head and body away or lower his body in a cowering, slinking movement.

You may see a change in his activity level as well. He may escalate and become hyperactive or appear more on edge and ready to react defensively. He may also freeze in place and refuse to move.

Other Ways Your Dog Experiences Stress

Like humans, canines experience physiological symptoms of stress. These may include respiratory changes, such as excessive panting, slow breathing or shallow breathing. Your dog may also hold his breath if he’s anxious.

Other signs to be aware of include excessive drooling or shedding, trembling, or sweaty paws. Your dog may also experience piloerection, which is when the hair on his neck, back or the base of his tail stands up; this can indicate high arousal.

An anxious dog may also urinate or defecate suddenly or break prior house-training habits. He may lose interest in food or become pickier about what he eats; he may also exhibit excessive thirst. He may spit out treats or grab them from you more aggressively than usual.

Your dog’s anxiety may manifest itself in some seemingly innocuous behaviors. He may shake (similar to how he shakes off after a bath) or yawn in an exaggerated manner. He may lick or scratch himself. He may roll onto his back and expose his bellyjump on people; or mouth, hump or mark objects. He may hug, lean on or cling to you, or try to climb up or hide behind you. He may suddenly demand more attention from you.

His general behavior may change, too. He may attempt to hide, look sleepy or depressed, or jump and startle easily. He may act goofy and hyper without proper context, or he may pace restlessly. He may fail to follow basic commands, like sit, and may lose interest in food, play and interactions with you.

If your dog exhibits ongoing signs of stress, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Once your dog has a clean bill of health, your veterinarian may refer you to a trainer or veterinary behaviorist to address both the fear and the behaviors it causes.

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