Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How to be a good neighbor when you have a dog

Train and exercise your dog regularly.

Scoop that poop!

Introduce your dog to the neighbors suttley and cautiously frankly you never what know what kind of persons your living next to

Secure your dog. Nobody likes a nuisance roaming dog not to mention its quite unsafe.

If your dog has any behavioral issues at least mention it to your neighbors.

Check in on your pet periodically to make sure they are not barking up a storm or creating havoc for your neighbor.

On that note do not leave your dog unattended outside for over 8 hours a day and/or 24/7. Not safe and unintentionally screw up your dog behaviorally. Maybe doggy day care? Dog sitter?

Crate training is always awesome but once again if your going to be gone for more then a couple hours come up with a better arrangement for your dogs sake.

If your the neighbor assume better judgment. If you have a issue calmly bring it up. Be patient.

If your the dog owner stay calm, listen, hear and understand the problem and brainstorm a solution for your pet's sake and neighbor's sake and your own sanity.

Friday, July 14, 2017

How to know its time to say good-bye

At one point there will come a time in your life that you may have to say good-bye to your beloved pet. Be it old-age, illness or tragic accident here are some questions to ask yourself whether or not the best decision maybe to let go and no longer let your pet suffer. Be it let them die naturally or have to choose the dreaded but merciful euthanasia. 
So in considering what to do, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Does your dog have a terminal illness? Ask your veterinarian what to expect at the next stage and then ask whether you’re prepared to go there.
  • Is your dog in the kind of pain that cannot be significantly alleviated by medication?
  • Will more treatment improve his quality of life, or simply maintain a poor quality of life?
  • Can you afford treatment? End-of-life care can run into thousands of dollars, and people can end up prolonging their grieving while paying off credit cards.
  • Is your dog so old he has lost most bodily functions? If he can no longer stand up, get down stairs, defecate, and urinate on his own, the quality of his life is pretty poor.
  • Does he still want to eat? Once a dog loses his appetite he’s signaling he’s close to the end.
  • Are his gums pink? When gums aren’t a normal pink, your dog isn’t getting enough oxygen.
  • Is it in his best interest to extend his life, or are you extending his life for yourself? This last point is the most difficult one for most of us to sort out, but it may well be the most relevant.

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In the end its up to you as a owner and friend to decide your dog's fate. If the quality of your pet's life has diminished to the point and your pet can no longer enjoy the things they love it maybe time to say goodbye. Do what is in your pet's best interest.