A video and some words on Teo’s last summer with us: RIP our big, noble, handsome boy xx
Hard to believe that it is eight (8) years today that sweet little Orla entered our lives.
Unfortunately we only had her for a very short time but she made a huge difference to our lives, then and now!
We had settled on two cats Moreno and Saidi but Moreno so enjoyed having a play mate that when she died we decided that we would adopt a friend for Moreno …… which is how we can to have Oscar, and of course one thing led to another!!!
It is hard to say what exactly would have happened if she survived. We may have stopped at three, or we may have adopted more but I think it it fair to say that Oscar and Fleur in particular owe their lives with us to her.
Such a sweet little girl she is still missed as much today as the day she died.
Tonight we said goodbye to Teo.
He fought the cancer as he did everything in his life: with style, grace, good humour and dignity. Everyone that met Teo loved him, and those who know Sands and I will know how much we will miss him.
Without him though we wouldn’t have Tigra or Tito, and we wouldn’t have helped so many other Galgos through our ALStrays Project.
We will miss you big guy, and not a day will go by without you being remembered. During his illness I coined the phrase every sTEp On every day, and a while back I had it tattooed on my arm.
Thanks for being such a great dog, friend and guide to Tigra and Tito. You leave them in good hands and well equipped to take on the Nature Reserve and Beach that you loveed so much
Periodontal disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. In addition to causing inflammation, tooth loss, and pain for your dog, bacteria that starts in the gums can work its way into the bloodstream and affect the lungs, the kidneys, and even the heart. This condition could be causing your dog to suffer in silence, as there is evidence that up to 85% of dogs over the age of 3 could be suffering, and at risk of death.
Brushing your dogs teeth daily is recommended, but realistic??
Regular checks up and cleaning at the vets? Expensive and potentially traumatic for the dog.
One easier option ……… chewing!
Chewing can act as nature’s toothbrush. However, because typical dog food kibble tends to be high in carbs (leading to the accumulation of food around the gums) chewing regular old dog kibble simply isn’t enough.
Dental chews are a fantastic way to stimulate mechanical abrasion and remove debris and plaque from the mouth. In our research however, many of the products on the market contain a laundry list of questionable ingredients, artificial coloring and preservatives, or wheat and gluten. (This research actually led us to to spend over a year developing our own line of Grain Free Dental Chews)
Another way to stimulate your dog’s chewing is through durable toys with an abrasive surface that helps grind away plaque.
The bottom line is this: Whatever you do, do something! Your dog deserves the best, and while its easy to forget about their dental health, it contributes immensely to their overall health.
I Love Dogs post regular articles under the heading: Ask A Vet.
One that I suspect may be of interest to many a dog owner is entitled Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Chew Her Nails And/Or Lick Her Paws?.
It explains that a dog chewing their nails is usually a sign of physical illness, and that paw licking is not the same at nail biting and done in excess also indicates an illness.
Inhalant allergies, also known as Atopy (like hay fever for humans) are the number one cause of repeated paw licking, nail biting and itching of the skin, especially the feet and toes. Dogs then lick the feet and bite their nails because of the itching. The moisture and infection in the saliva then encourages a secondary bacterial or fungal infection on the feet. This can become a nail bed infection as well (which can be a treatment challenge). It is a vicious cycle that your dog needs help to break. Besides skin problems, other signs, such as a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes and other respiratory signs can occur.
Atopy may be seasonal or nonseasonal depending on the allergen, but most dogs with atopy will eventually develop nonseasonal signs. Most sufferers first develop signs from spring to fall because of environmental allergens. Abnormal nail biting is frequent, so if you notice that your dog licks his feet every single day, there might be a problem. Especially if the feet become stained brown on light colored dogs. Saliva staining is a big warning sign of inhalant allergies.