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How to Identify Common Pet Problems ?
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But the more you massage his legs, the less likely it is he will sprain or strain it while out exercising. If the injury has already occurred, then a good massage will help ease the muscles, reducing the pain and helping to speed Joey`s recovery along.
You have pain during or after walking. You have swelling in both legs. Your pain gets worse. Your symptoms don`t get better after a few days of treating them at home.
Sometimes, dogs appear normal after a fall as they walk around and play. Later, they become lethargic and weak or develop difficulty breathing, so it is important to monitor them closely for several days after a fall.
Whatever the scenario, if a dog`s limp hasn`t resolved in a week or two, it`s time for a veterinarian to figure out what is going on. A chronic limp is almost never an emergency, but you should make the appointment as soon as possible.
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A treat or puzzle toy such as a Kong stuffed with yummy treats or even a portion of the day’s food can keep your dog occupied while you are away. Freezing the food in summer, or adding in treats that are only given when you are away can add to the challenge and help make the toy something special to look forward to.
Turning on a television or radio to a channel such as talk radio can also help by providing sounds that are familiar to your dog and may provide comfort while you are away. Many TV providers also now have “dog and cat” channels with programming designed just for pets that are home alone! Adding in a blanket or article of clothing that smells like you can also help to soothe your pet while you are away, making him feel more comfortable.
Figure out what he gets out of barking and remove it. Don’t give your dog the opportunity to continue the barking behavior.
Ignore your dog’s barking for as long as it takes him to stop. That means don’t give him attention at all while he’s barking. Your attention only rewards him for being noisy. Don’t talk to, don’t touch, or even look at him. When he finally quiets, even to take a breath, reward him with a treat. To be successful with this method, you must wait as long as it takes for him to stop barking. Yelling at him is the equivalent of barking with him.
Get your dog accustomed to whatever causes him to bark. Start with whatever makes him bark at a distance. It must be far enough away that he doesn’t bark when he sees it. Feed him lots of good treats. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things.
Teach your dog the â€˜quietâ€™ command. Oddly, the first step is to teach your dog to bark on command. Give your dog the command to “speak,” wait for him to bark two or three times, and then stick a tasty treat in front of his nose. When he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say “speak.” Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the “quiet” command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to “speak.” When he starts barking, say “quiet” and stick a treat in front of his nose. Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.
As in all training, always end training on a good note, even if it is just for obeying something very simple, like the ‘sit’ command. If you dog regresses in training, go back to the last thing he did successfully and reinforce that before moving on again. Keep sessions short, 15-20 minutes max, and do this several times a day.
Common signs of this sort of foot problem include tenderness to the touch, redness, swelling, or heat with infection and dislocation with breaks. Bringing your dog into the vet is best if the symptoms do not subside after a day. An X-ray can be taken to look for breaks, and abscesses can be drained and then treated with antibiotics to allow healing. In minor cases such as breaks and sprains, your dog may just need a few days of bed/kennel rest with decreased activity, while in more serious injuries, the toes may need to be taped or casted together to allow healing. Your vet can also provide your dog with pain medication as needed to help her feel better as she heals.
Until you can get in to see your vet, keeping your dog calm and quiet and on strict exercise restriction may help keep the limp under control and prevent further injury to the leg. If the eye is looking red or has discharge from it, you can also use a warm wet washcloth to gently remove any debris around the eye. The lethargy may be due to the fact that there is pain or illness causing her to not feel well, and keeping her calm and quiet until you can see the vet may help.