Does Firework Fear really kill dogs? – Vet Help Direct

The answer…
Yes, they are that dangerous. Not because your dog is likely to die from fright (although see below…), but because so many dogs suffer terribly from severe psychological distress as a result of the stress that they suffer when fireworks are being let off in the vicinity. RSPCA data suggests that over 60% of dogs show marked signs of distress when exposed to firework displays, even outside the home. Applied to the UK canine population, that suggests that there are at least five and a half million dogs that are subjected to unnecessary fear and distress every year.
— Read on vethelpdirect.com/vetblog/2019/11/05/does-firework-fear-really-kill-dogs/

PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING

POTENTIAL DANGER OF POMERANIAN HAIR ~ In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance in the hair of pomeranians. This substance, called “amo-bacter canine” has been linked with the following symptoms in female humans: *reluctance to cook *reluctance to perform housework *reluctance to wear anything but onesies or show suits*reluctance to work except in support of a dog show*physical craving for contact with Pomeranians (may be an addiction) Beware! if you come in contact with a female human affected by this substance be prepared to talk about poms for hours on end. This was a public service announcement … Surgeon General’s Warning: Pomeranians are expensive, addictive, and may impair the ability to use common sense.

Dog Anxiety

Anxiety in dog is the result of fear, separation or aging.

According to the American Kennel Club, dog anxiety can manifest in a dog’s behavior in many ways, including:

  • Aggression
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Defecating in the home
  • Depression
  • Destructive behavior 
  • Pacing  

Just like their human counterparts, there are treatments that can ease a dog’s stress when experiencing anxiety. Some methods are: 

  • Training and conditioning dogs to respond to uncomfortable stimuli with a healthy response
  • Anxiety medication
  • Using CBD oil 

To prevent anxiety, owners can: 

  • Learn a dog’s body language to identify when they feel uncomfortable
  • Regularly socialize them in new experiences 
  • Give them obedience training
  • Make sure they have a decent amount of exercise and proper nutrition
  • Help the dog avoid stress where possible 

A Great Loss

The Pomeranian world has suffered a great loss this week.  Margaret McKee was taken from us suddenly on Monday night. 

She was a founding member of the Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia 15 years ago and has been active ever since holding numerous offices, In addition, she was a founding member of both the Greater Baltimore Pomeranian Club, the Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club and was a member of the Richmond (Va) Dog Obedience Club (RDOC) for an amazing 45 years!!

Her prowess in the Pom world was so well known, she warranted a paragraph in the book Pomeranian: A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide), Juliette Cunliffe, 2011.

Margaret spent the last 50 years breeding, showing, and competing. She leaves the Pom world better than when she found it.  She even found time to raise a future AKC Judge (Rachal McKee Sager).

Her absence will be felt at every show when you look ringside and she’s not in her usual spot near the entrance and every meeting/event when you don’t see the “PomMom” license plate parked right up front. Margaret once told me that she’s had the ‘PomMom” VA Plate since the mid-70’s! I don’t know anyone that’s had the same plates for that long.

Send Condolences to the Family Here

Happy 4th of July – Firework Safety


The Power of Pets: Can Pets Really Help Grow Your Business?

Company Turns Ashes Of People’s Beloved Pets Into Glass Replica Paws That Will Serve As A Memorial Forever | Bored Panda

Losing a loved one, either human or animal, is one of the hardest experiences you’ll face in life. To help keep the memories alive many of us like to have a
— Read on www.boredpanda.com/cremation-paws-pets-ashes-davenport-memorial-glass/

Dog Run Upgrade Project

Almost five years ago we set up our dog run.  We sectioned off a part of the yard next to the deck and filled it with mulch.  This solution worked well, but it does take a bit of upkeep.  Upkeep is even more challenging when you must buy mulch by the bag instead of a truckload.  When you add over 200+ days of rain last year, it leads to chaos!

The dog run has been overtaken by weeds!  We decided to re-do the dog run and to re-do it better than we did 5 years ago.  We are fast tracking this project because Cody has decided it’s better to go in the house and with him taking Lasix for heart failure, he goes a lot!  They are also too prissy to get their precious paws wet to go outside when it’s at all wet.

A portion of the funds raised during my birthday fundraiser will be used for some of the materials.  Some of the materials we already purchased and some are listed on a separate Amazon Shopping List titled “Dog Run/Yard Project”.

  1. Mow and hose down with vegetation kill. I decided to also use a granular weed kill after the liquid for longer lasting results.
  2. Add heavy duty landscaping fabric and artificial turf to the area (28 ft x 15ft). Secure with yard staples.
  3. Install shade/rain cover waterproof sails. Position patio umbrellas to shield path from doggie door to ramp. (we have a couple of umbrellas in various conditions.  We are going to try and resurrect a couple).
  4. Cut space in deck railing closer to doggie door for ramp. (We got a great deal on a stainless steel ramp on Black Friday). Install ramp.
  5. Install x-pen across deck to divert everyone down the ramp.
  6. Fill in around the edges with mulch.
  7. Place garden statue of some kind to give the boys something to aim at.

Hopefully this setup will last for a number of years and be easier to maintain than the mulch alone.

If you have any of these items hanging around your shed or garage, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!

  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Artificial Turf
  • Yard Staples
  • Shade/Rain Sail Covers
  • Patio Umbrella, Stands, or Weights

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