How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing on Your Furniture

When your dog or new puppy begins chewing on your furniture, rugs, or other items in your home, you may feel helpless. It is easy to feel like your dog has taken over the house and you have no hope to correct the undesirable behavior. With a little bit of work and patience, you can stop your dog from chewing your furniture and regain your house in these five easy steps.

1. Provide Proper Chew Toys

It is natural for dogs and puppies to chew. Some dogs like chewing more than others, but they all do it. You must provide your dog with proper chew toys and teach them to chew the toys, not the furniture. If your dog is a strong chewer, make sure you choose durable chew toys such as nylon bones or hard rubber chews. Lighter chewers may prefer softer chew toys. If your dog becomes quickly bored with the chew toys, rotate them. Hide one or two chew toys for a week, or until the dog becomes bored with his/her current toy(s), and then switch the hidden toy for a current toy.

2. Introduce a Chewing Deterrent

A sour or spicy spray is a great way to stop your dog or new puppy from chewing your furniture. The spray is applied to the areas your dog chews. When the dog smells and tastes the deterrent, he/she will not like the smell and taste and will stop chewing. In time, the dog will stop attempting to chew the sprayed areas. You can find chewing deterrent sprays at most pet stores, but be warned that it will not work on all dogs. Some dogs may even like the taste. If this is the case with your dog, try a few drops of hot sauce mixed in a spray bottle of water. Let the dog smell and taste a drop on your finger, then spray the mixture on the furniture. You house may smell a bit spicy for a day or two, but your furniture will be spared!

3. Be Consistent

Dogs learn by repetition. You must decide on a method of learning and stick with it. When you catch your dog in the act of chewing, start with a stern “No,” lead your dog away from the furniture, and then give the dog a chew toy to chew on. Instead of teaching the dog that chewing is bad, this teaches the dog that chewing furniture is bad, but chewing chew toys is acceptable. The dog is learning what it is allowed to chew. If you are consistent, the dog will learn the behavior.

4. Enlist Help

Everyone in your household must be on the same page to teach the family dog to stop chewing on the furniture. If each member of the household is scolding the dog differently and/or rewarding the dog in different manners, the dog might get confused and will not understand what behavior is correct. Make sure that each member of the household is disciplining and rewarding the dog in the same way, and you will find greater success in training.

5. Confine the Dog

If you cannot be around the dog at all times to catch him/her in the act, confine the dog when you leave the house. If you do not confine the dog, he/she might chew on the furniture when you are not around to correct the behavior. Scolding the dog for chewing when you return home is not effective because the dog may not know why you are scolding him/her. You must catch the dog in the act, and you must prevent them from committing the act when you are not around to correct it. We recommend placing them in a heavy duty dog playpen or top rated outdoor dog kennel, as recommended by Dog Product Picker. This way your dog will have the freedom to roam around, while still staying confined.

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The earliest species of Pomeranian was found in Germany. In fact the name “Pomeranian” comes from the old province Pomerania.

There is amazingly little known about the Pomeranians origins, so it’s hard to place these friendly dogs with a proper history.

It was once thought that they originated in Greece. However, artifacts show that the Grecian “pomlike” dog does not share the same genetic make-up with the German Pomeranian. These small, yet feisty dogs share the same genetic material with many types of sledding, hunting and herding dogs from northern Europe.

The Pomeranian is a breed of dog which is said can relate to its human owners better than any other breed. They are usually very easy to train, but do need constant contact to learn properly.

Housebreaking is usually easy to accomplish, because Pomeranians are very clean dogs, some say almost a “catlike cleanliness.”

When housebreaking there needs to be consistency and plenty of praise involved. Most people think that when your dog has an accident inside they are supposed to rub the dogs nose in the mess and through her outside. This is probably the worse thing you can do when training your Pom. All that will happen is she will feel confused and hurt and will not understand that they’ve done something wrong.

When housebreaking, after every meal and drink that your Pom has you will want to take it outside to relieve herself. Your pup needs to be taken out on a regular schedule and the last trip outside needs to be made as late as possible before you go to bed. Also, first thing very early in the morning your pup will need to be taken outside. When she does go in the correct “relief spot”, you will need to treat and praise very enthusiastically every time.

There are many warning signs that your pup will give you if she needs to go outside. She will look very anxious and begin to circle around and sniff, looking for a place to relieve herself. She may try to get your attention by whining or barking and running to the door.

If your pup doesn’t make it outside calmly pick her up and place her outside. Make sure and do this even if she’s already finished relieving herself. Clean the accident site very thoroughly and it’s best to use a cleaner that works on enzymes.

While your pup is in the “relief spot” don’t use harsh tones or punish her in anyway. She needs to feel comfortable in this spot. It’s also important not to scream at your pup if she has an accident and don’t EVER hit your Pom.

Pomeranians also make good little watch dogs. With the proper training a person can teach their pet to know what to bark at. This way, she warns about intruders, but doesn’t scare you to death when you want a midnight snack.

If you don’t want to send your Pom to an obedience school there are many tips to get you started on the basic training of her.

If you are collar training her, some experts believe that a choke chain is most effective and humane. If used correctly the chain will not harm the dog and can be used to teach the dog what not to do by gently pulling back and firmly saying “no.”

Teaching your Pom to sit is really very simple. With the training collar gently pull up their head while at the same time pushing their hind end down and saying “sit.” While dog is in sitting position treat her with a biscuit and a lot of praise. Repeat these steps until she understands to sit when you say “sit.”

The “stay” command can be very difficult, but can be achieved with patience. If you would like to teach the “stay” command it’s very important that first your pup has mastered the “sit” command. The first thing that you need to do is place your Pom in a sitting position, holding the dogs head up with the training collar. Firmly command “stay” while lowering your palm in front of your pups face and calmly stepping away. You must make sure that every time these steps are repeated they are copied the exact same way each time. It’s also important to keep eye contact with your pup at all times while saying the command.

Your pup will not be able to stay for long periods of time in the beginning, so it’s important to praise your pup no matter how long they stay. You will want to treat the pup and praise her the same way as the sit command.

Along with being fast learners, Pomeranians also seems to have an insight into how its owner is feeling. They seem to know how to react when their owner is sad or happy. For instance, in one case, when a woman was sad and would cry her dog would come up to her and look like she was trying to comfort her.

When most people see a Pomeranians small stature and cute face they think the dog is totally helpless. In truth they are nothing of the sort. Pomeranians are very independent and very protective of their personal property (i.e. toys or food).

Among their many good attributes, they also have a very unique way of eating. Most Poms will take a mouthful of food from their bowl and take it away to eat at their own leisure. No one really knows why they do this, but one owner felt that it looked like his Pom was “protecting” his food from the other dog in the house.

There is a type of Pomeranian that is not a natural breed, but is an “accident.” These are called “Teacup Pomeranians.” Teacups weigh about 1 to 2 lbs. and can occur through inbreeding. Teacups get sick more often and have many heart problems making them have a shorter life span than a normal Pom. Though these “dwarf” Poms may be very cute, owning one can lead to a lot of heartache. Because of their small size and common heart problems, they shouldn’t be allowed to become pregnant. The strain can be too much for them and they more than likely will not live through it.

When deciding whether or not a Pomeranian is a good pet for you, remember that they demand a lot of attention and even more love. They are fun, cute, attentive and easy to train, but you need to be patient with them and don’t scare them (that will break their trust in you). So if you think you’re up to the task a Pomeranian can make a great pet and friend.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe in Winter

We all prepare for the cold winter months in different ways. Living in a frozen wasteland like northwestern Pennsylvania means boots, scarves, gloves, jackets (yes, I wear two), hats, and anything else we can think of to stay warm.

But while you are trying to keep yourself from shivering and getting frostbite, don’t forget to keep your pet dog warm too! Just because he or she has a long, fur coat doesn’t mean they can’t fall prey to certain dangers of the wintertime.

Here is how to keep your pet dog safe in winter:

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 1 – Never Leave Your Dog Unattended

This is simple. Don’t leave your dog outside unattended. Do not take your dog places in winter and let them roam free without a leash.

In the cold winter months, particularly if there are weather conditions such as heavy snowfall, dogs can easily get lost and all scents that they could track get covered up or blown away. Keep your dog safe, and keep them on a leash.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 2 – Brush Snow, Ice, and Other Frozen Material Off Them

After you take your dog outside, make sure to brush off anything that might be stuck to or in their coat.

Do this for several reasons: one) it’s cold when it melts, and two) it could have any number of chemicals and other things in, such as road salt, ash, or worse, anti-freeze. You don’t want your dog to ingest that.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 3 – Don’t Leave Anti-Freeze Anywhere Your Dog Can Get to It

It’s no secret that dogs love anti-freeze. To them, it’s sweet and tasty – and deadly. Keep anti-freeze away from your dog at all costs.

Of course, this rule applies year-round, but anti-freeze is obviously more common in the cold winter months, which ups the need to protect your pooch from the stuff.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 4 – Do Not Leave Your Dog Unattended in a Car

Just as you shouldn’t leave a dog cooped up in the summertime in your vehicle, you shouldn’t do it with your dog in the winter either. If you have ever sat in the car while mom popped in to grab a ‘few things real quick’ from the grocery store and she took the keys with her, then you know just how cold it can get in a car by your lonesome.

Don’t refrigerate your dog. It can lead to hypothermia and death.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 5 – Small Dogs and Short Hairs Need Extra Attention

If you have a small dog or a dog with a short coat, consider getting them a ‘sweater’ or something of the like. Do not leave them outside for long periods of time.

Greyhounds and chihuahuas are examples of two dogs that might need extra warmth to be protected from the cold of winter.

(Note: I have a small dog, and even though she is a miniature of a breed of sled dogs, she oftentimes will wander far out on our ten acres and stop. Since she is white, this can be difficult to spot and locate her, and she frequently needs carried to the house after wandering so far because her feet are too cold to walk on the snow anymore.)

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 6 – Consider Booties

I remember reading the “Call of the Wild” by Jack London and reading that sled dogs wore booties to protect their feet from the snow and ice. If your dog doesn’t mind wearing them (it might take some time to get used to them, so don’t give up), it might be a good idea to get some for your pet, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 7 – Open Fire Places and Heaters Should Have Protective Coverings

If you have open fireplaces or use heaters of some kind that your dog could get burned on, take precautions to prevent your dog from brushing up against them or sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong. You don’t want your pet getting burned.

How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe in Winter 8 – Watch For Any Signs of Abnormality

Remember, your dog can’t tell you when he is feeling ill or too cold, so be on the alert for the signs! If your dog is shaking or shivering too much, bring them inside, wrap them up in a blanket, and cuddle up to them. Try rubbing your hands over them. If they still shake and shiver, consider taking them to a vet immediately, because these are the signs of hypothermia.

If you suspect your pet has even tasted anti-freeze, contact a vet immediately. Anti-freeze is absolutely deadly to dogs, and your dog won’t stand a chance if they get into anti-freeze.

If anything about your dog seems off or abnormal and you suspect illness or possible poisoning due to anti-freeze or other chemicals (such as the ones that build up on the roads), take your dog to the vet without delay.

It could save your dog’s life.

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Dog Breeds Most Susceptible to Hip Dysplasia

Some dog breeds are, unfortunately, more susceptible for developing hip dysplasia then others. Many of the larger breeds are commonly diagnosed. In this group are breeds such as the Labrador Retriever, the German Shepard, the Alaskan Malamute, the Bloodhound, the Bull Mastiff, the St. Bernard and the Border Collie. In medium to smaller breeds, the dogs that are mixed breeds are commonly affected, as well as the Keeshond, the Brittany Spaniel and the Bulldog.

Hip dysplasia affects the hip joints. Because the femur bone does not set correctly in the hip socket, it causes arthritis to form. Some of the symptoms of hip dysplasia include limping or lameness in one or both legs, soreness when the area is touched and a stiff gait. If left untreated the dog may eventually become lame. It can be a very painful disease for a dog to have to endure.

Treatment is available if the dog is generally healthy and if the condition is caught early before it damages the joints too severely. If the owner suspects that his or her dog has hip dysplasia, the Vet will determine it by taking x-rays of the hips. The vet will also watch how the dog walks to see if there is an evidence of arthritis. Young dogs that are diagnosed are usually eligible for surgery to correct the problem. In dogs that are between the ages of twelve to eighteen weeks old, the surgery is referred to as Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis.

Are heavy dogs more likely to be diagnosed with hip dysplasia? The answer is yes. Although genetics play the biggest role in this disease, a dog that is obese may become more likely to also be susceptible. Although obesity doesn’t cause hip dysplasia, it can irritate the symptoms and cause the dog to show signs much earlier. Carrying extra weight puts more strain on the joints, which in turn causes more severe arthritis. Feeding your dog a 100% nutritionally complete dog food with no table scraps or people food is the healthiest way to go, and this is especially true if the dog has already been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. It’s very important to make sure the dog has the proper amount of calcium in its food, along with all of the other vitamins and nutrients needed to stay at a healthy weight.

Dogs need and enjoy exercise, but it has been shown that dogs that are exercised too often may be at more of a risk of developing hip dysplasia. Moderate exercise is actually great for dogs and keeps them healthier then those not receiving any exercise at all, but for a dog that is prone to hip dysplasia, it is best to ask the vet exactly how much exercise is best for the dogs health. Exercises that include jumping are not usually recommended for dogs that are in prone to the condition due the extra stress it causes on the joints, but swimming and taking walks are usually fine.

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Dog Health Care

You take your dog’s health for granted when Fido greets you like his long lost love every time you come home. He gazes at you with compassion and sighs and whimpers when you are sick. He puts up with all your moods and bad habits. So it’s natural that you would want him around for a long time and that your dogs health is very important to you. What are some of the things you can do for him?
The very first thing is, unless you plan to breed your dog, is to neuter Fido and spay Fida. Too many unwanted dogs have to be put down each year and we simply do not need any more Fidettes. Plus spaying and neutering will keep your dog from a frantic and unsafe escape and things will be much for comfortable for him and for you. Spaying and neutering are basic to dog health.

Dogs are susceptible to about 60 types of disease, 20 of them transmittable to humans. Make sure your dog’s health is protected by vaccinations. The basic shot is the DHLPP, an all in one shot that covers distemper, hepatitis, leptspirosis, parvo virus, and parainfluenza. Make sure Fido also gets his rabies shot and periodic worming. All these shots need boosters but the common practice of giving boosters once a year has become controversial, some vets saying that not only are they unnecessary, but that they can cause disease. Talk to your vet about this.

There is probably nothing that causes more dog misery than the common old flea. If Fido has fleas, he is miserable, scratching, biting, itching. A simple few fleas can flare up into a major allergy. If you see tiny shiny black specs on Fido, these are fleas and he has fleas. He should be treated right away. The best things since sliced bread are the flea and tick insecticides that you buy from your vet and apply between Fido’s shoulder blades. The fleas will be dead in about an hour and each treatment lasts a month. There are also flea baths, powders, and lotions.

Routine grooming is good for the dog’s mental and physical health, keeping the dog’s skin, coat, teeth, gums, and nails healthy. Brush Fido’s teeth daily and also brush his hair. Trim nails as needed and bathe as needed. Some dogs do not shed and will need their hair cut periodically.

Fido need daily exercise and so do you, so why don’t you both take a daily walk. You can also play ball games, Frisbee, and tug of war, among many other games. Fido needs some toys like nylon chew bones, chew-able rubber toys, or plush toys if he is not the type of dog who will tear these to bits in one minute.

Some routine checks would include examining hair and skin. Is the hair coat greasy and/or smelly? Is the skin color normal gray white, with no dandruff like scales? Does the cog smell rancid, rank, or fishy? These are all sign of poor health.

Check for matter at the corners of Fido’s eyes. Look at the undersides of his bottom eyelids. Are they red?

Look into ear holes. Are they waxy, oily, smelly?

Check Fido’s teeth for a red line on the gums along the roots of his teeth. Check his teeth for brown deposit. Does his breath knock you flat? All are sign of dental problems that can seriously impact your dog’s health.

It should not need to be said, but dogs die every year from being left in cars. Do not leave a dog in the car when the weather is warm; not ever, not even for a minute.

Fido can’t tell you when he is sick and needs to see a doctor but most of the following behaviors should tell you to take him to the vet.

  • Dog is choking, gagging, drooling, or pawing at his mouth. This indicates something may be stuck in his mouth.
  • His ears are hot. He may have a fever
  • He keeps straining but is unable to have a bowel movement. He may be constipated or he may have an obstruction of the bowels.
  • Dog cries, crouches or tenses, trembles, has heaving breathing. He may be poisoned or experiencing pain from swallowing a sharp object
  • Dog has convulsions, thrashing on floor, glassy-eyed, foaming, rigid. Possible epilepsy, or poison, possible hypoglycemia.
  • Nervous panting and pacing. Possible pain or discomfort of some sort. Watch carefully.
  • Squatting many times but not urinating or just dribbling. He may have a bladder or kidney infection.
  • Skin inside of ears is bright pink rather than pale. There is a bad odor for ear and/or constant scratching of ears. Dog has a possible ear infection or ear mites.
  • Pale mucus membranes, heavy breathing, extremities cold. Dog may be in shock.

Let us hope that you and Fido both live a long and healthy life.

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New Illinois Health Disclosure Law for Pet Stores and Shelters

Governor Pat Quinn signed House Bill 5772 in August of 2010 and it became a law as of January 1st 2011. This new law is geared toward making sure that pet stores and shelters offer customers a full disclosure on a cat or dog, before the pet is purchased or adopted. Before this law went into effect, the pet stores were only required to disclose health and breeding information if they were asked. Now it must be posted for the customer to read.
What the New Pet Law Requires

The bill was sponsored by Representative Susan Mendoza, a Chicago Democrat and Evanston Democrat, Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg. Their reasoning for this new pet store law was that too many people were purchasing puppies that were in ill health, and that possibly came from a puppy mill. Mendoza and Schoenberg believe that Illinois pet buyers have a right to make an informed decision when purchasing from a pet store.

The new pet store law requires that each pet have a full disclosure card on its cage or very close to where the pet is housed. This disclosure card must state such things as:

*Full price, including adoption fees or any other applicable fees
*Microchip number
*Information on the breed, sex and age of the dog
*The breeders name and address
*Information on the pedigree of the pet, including registration numbers
*Any dates or reasons the pet was returned
*Any and all medical history before or during the time the store or shelter had the pet
*Any additional remarks as warranted

You can view copies of the full disclosure sheets for pet stores and animal shelters by clicking on the appropriate name. These disclosure sheets must be signed by either a member of the pet store staff, or the animal shelter staff, depending on where you adopt the pet from.

The customer or adopter must also sign that they have read the disclosure sheet and are entitled to receive a copy of the sheet when they purchase or adopt the pet. This will hopefully insure that all pet owners get to make an informed decision about the pet the wish to adopt or purchase.

Animal Shelters May be Exempt from Full Disclosures

Animal shelters do have to have a disclosure sheet attached to each pet’s cage or kennel, but they are exempt from offering information they may not have. Since some animals are picked up as strays, the shelter would only have to disclose what they know, as far as any medical assessments they have done since they had the dog or cat.
All vaccinations and tests from the time the shelter acquired the dog or cat to date of its adoption must be disclosed, just like the pet stores. Someone from the shelter must sign the disclosure along with the adopting party. It plainly states that the shelter staff is attesting that all information is true to the best of their knowledge.

Will the New Pet Disclosure Law Stop Puppy Mills?

Animal rights organizations say probably not, but agree that it is a step in the right direction. Customers who purchase from a pet store should not make a hasty decision and should check the breeder information to make sure they are reputable. Most laws are only observed by law abiding people. Look into the history of a breeder before you purchase a dog or cat that came from them.

Animal disclosures from a shelter may only show partial information, but if there is a history of decent medical care listed on the sheet and positive remarks about the dog or cat’s behavior and disposition, it will help you to make an informed decision when you decide to adopt a shelter animal.

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Number One Pet Treat Could Be Bad News

Dogs chew, it’s a fact. And like any good owner specialized dog toys and treats are a mainstay in my home. However, for the past year debate regarding a doggie staple has me concerned and confused.

It’s called a Greenie. Manufactured by S M; NuTec the green treat is shaped like a toothbrush and marketed as a tool for getting rid of bad breath. Dogs go crazy for the stuff and since 1998 more than 730 million have been sold.

However, it hasn’t all been a bed of roses. In fact, in the past year numerous pet owners have sued the maker claiming their product killed their beloved animal. One New York couple is asking for $5 million in damages.

The problem isn’t allegedly with the ingredients of the Greenie but rather the texture which might cause intestinal blockage. Anecdotal reports describe in the best of circumstances sections of the small intestine being removed in order to extract the remaining spongy substance and the worst case scenario being not catching the problem in time.

S M; NuTec has created their own website to combat the allegations. It’s their contention that if given the proper size treat an animal can digest the Greenie without incident placing blame on the owner rather than the product. However, in some Greenie-related deaths the company has offered to pay veterinary medical bills and the cost to buy a new dog.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine is investigating.

So, where does that leave pet owners? If you’re like myself you’re torn; however, the only conclusion to be made is to be safe rather than sorry when your best friend is concerned. And if you feel compelled to give your dog a Greenie, monitor their chewing to ensure they don’t swallow any large pieces.

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How My Dog Taught Me to Get Over Christmas

After reflecting on everything that went wrong this Christmas, from the arguing to the disappointments to the insane credit card bills, I’ve realized that next year, I’m taking a cue or two from my dog, Bailey. Clearly, my beagle had a much better Christmas than me, and I think I could learn a lot from how she just takes it all in stride.

5 Reasons My Dog Had a Better Christmas Than Me:

5. My dog didn’t try spending her way into people’s hearts this year.

All she had to do was look cute. Perhaps if I wear a little scarf, I can pull that off, too. Maybe the stores will even let me take things home for free because I’m so cute. Maybe.

4. My dog was thrilled with the gifts she received.

Yes, she’d also be happy with a cardboard box, and she’d probably grab one and run for the hills at warp speed given half the chance. So, next year, I’m just going to grin and bear that plaid apron. Then I’m going to hide it in that cardboard box and give both the apron and the box to Bailey. Everyone wins!

3. My dog did not have to travel more than 15 minutes.

My dog lives with my sister, so she did not have to make the hour-and-a-half journey to my childhood home. Road rage does not help holiday stress. Were you driving down 95 on Christmas Eve night in a blue Taurus? Sorry about that, but, come on, you clearly had the pedals mixed up. You won’t make that mistake again.

2. My dog took a nap when she felt like it.

This was huge. I’d probably still be talking to certain family members right now if I had followed this rule. Oh, to be narcoleptic!

1. When things got tough, my dog took refuge under the dining room table.

When you start saying things to the in-laws that you’ll regret as soon as you get home or start throwing presents in disgust at unsuspecting family members (“Just open it, damn it!”), this is a great option. There are many positive things here:

1. Initially, no one will find you.
2. Others might drop food — so you’ll still eat.
3. A rogue, compassionate family member may try to coax you out with a treat. And that makes the whole day worthwhile, right? OK, not so much, but a treat’s a treat–and that’s everything to a dog.

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Canine Hyperthyroidism

Canine Hyperthyroidism occurs when a dog’s thyroid glands, located on either side of the windpipe, next to the throat, produce and excess of thyroid hormone. This excess of thyroid hormone can cause the dog to have a decreased metabolism.

A dog owner should carry their dog to the veterinarian if they notice a change in their dog, such as it becoming lethargic, not being as mentally sharp as usual, or it has gained weight, lack of energy or more cold intolerant. All of these conditions are symptoms of a decreased metabolism. As this disease progresses, the dog owner may notice the dog’s coat becoming dull and dry, hair loss on the tail, one the neck and on other parts of the dog’s body that cause friction with other body parts. The dog may have heart problems including an increased heart rate and/or a murmur.

At the veterinarian clinic, the veterinarian will give the dog a physical exam, take its history, then draw blood and collect urine for testing. After studying the results and information gathered, the veterinarian may also have an ultrasound done of the dog’s thyroid glands, or have nuclear thyroid imaging to determine which thyroid gland is causing the problem or if both of them are to blame for the problem.

After the veterinarian has diagnosed the dog with Canine Hyperthyroidism, a treatment will be prescribed. Treament may be surgery, medication or radioactive iodine. Radioactive iodine stops the production of thyroid hormone without damaging any of the cells in the area. Medications prescribed do not cure Canine Hyperthyroidism, instead they block the thyroid glands from producing thyroid hormone in excessive amounts. The problem with giving medications is that as soon as the medications are stopped the condition will return. Surgery is the most invasive treatment for Canine Hyperthyroidism. Removing both thyroid glands can cause a condition known as Hypoparathyroidism. Surgery is generally not recommended unless the owner cannot give the medication or the owner does not live in the vicinity of a clinic that offers radioactive iodine treatment.

Canine Hyperthyroidism responds well to treatment, making the prognosis very good. The key to a good prognosis is early detection by the dog owner and early diagnosis by the veterinarian. With this in mind, it is important that any dog owner, who suspects their dog may have this disease from the symptoms they have noticed, should take their dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Even though Canine Hyperthyroidism is not preventable, with quick identification it can be successfully treated.

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