Alternative To The Vet's Choice!
When you pick up your beloved Westie at the vet's office after a spay or neuter, you always get one of these beautiful collars! Of course, the purpose is to keep them from licking or trying to remove stitches. It works, but it is terribly offensive to both you and your Westie. We have a solution.
While your Westie is having surgery, go to Wal-Mart and purchase Onesies. If your Westie is around 14-15 pounds, buy a medium. If your Westie is around 18 pounds, buy a large. You will have to cut a hole for the tail. Your Westie will enjoy the new look and will not be scratching or licking. Be sure to buy more than one so you can have one on hand during laundering time.
Have a beautiful Westie? E-mail us an attached photo (jpg) of your Westie and we'll post it on the Friends Page for 30 days. Give us your name (first name will do), your state, and your Westie's name. You can even add a short paragraph. It doesn't have to be a Down South Westie, just a Westie! We'll be expecting your email!
Over half of all pets are left alone during the day. The warming effects of a heated pet bed can help alleviate separation anxiety and help to calm puppies. Dolce Vita - for the health & wellness of your favorite friend.
Happy Birthday America!
On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy
was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land
of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American
Happy Birthday America!
We received an email from a lady who is in the process of getting a 4 year old female that has been raised in a kennel. She is described as shy, yet receives kids well. She also asked about housetraining since she had spent her life in a kennel cage. We feel there is no more noble cause than to give that sweet Westie girl a good, stable, loving home! She will be challenged to protect her new Westie from negative, anxious, and frightening situations. We must help our dogs learn how to cope and respond, in a healthy and acceptable manner, to the spectrum of people, animals, places, and things they might encounter along the road of life. By exposing her to different kinds of people, animals, and environments, which involves everything from dog obedience classes to vet visits to walks to the park, she can develop confidence and ease.
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The August issue of Dog Fancy relates the following info that should be of interest to owners of older dogs. There are signs that crop up in aging dogs suggesting something could be amiss:
1. Limping or lameness. The most common cause is arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory pain medication, joint supplements, exercise, and weight control.
2. Change in appetite or weight. These symptoms could point to internal organ disease (kidney, liver, or heart), diabetes, oral problems (periodontitis, abscessed teeth, tumors), hormonal imbalances, abdominal tumors, and parasitic disease.
3. Abnormal chewing. Dropping food from the mouth, difficulty chewing, chewing on one side, face rubbing, or bad breath suggest a dental disorder, sinus disease, or mouth tumor.
4. Increased water consumption. Drinking more water, usually accompanied by frequent urination, can be associated with kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or endocrine disorders.
5. Changes in urination. Increased urination, straining during urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, or unexplained accidents indicate a problem in the urinary tract.
6. Behavioral changes. Circling, aimless wandering, increased sleeping, forgetting housetraining, or seizures can be signs of canine cognitive dysfunction, brain tumors, or various neurological disorders.
7. Lumps and bumps. Small, benign fatty tumors are common in older dogs and are often left in place unless they become larger, interfere with movement, or there is a change in appearance and firmness. However, other more aggressive tumors should be treated.
If you notice any of the signs discussed above, don't wait until your next scheduled appointment to take your do to your vet.
All About Adoption!
Despite an upsurge in shelter and rescue dog adoptions, myths often prevail, keeping potential owners in the dark about the joys of adoption. Many times dogs wind up homeless for many reasons. Many times, these can be fixed with proper attention and training. Other reasons are owner-related such as moving, divorce, illness, financial hardships, or a new baby. Sometimes people change their minds about ownership, or they just lose interest. Some are simply not ready for a puppy and they made the wrong decision. Rather than something being wrong with the dog, sometimes dogs just get the wrong families! It is very important to do your research to determine if a pup is right for your family.
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