5 must have qualities in a Dog Trainer

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Dog training is a career many people are interested in, but not everybody has the skill set to get the worst habits of man’s best friend under control. Here are X attributes shared by top notch dog trainers.

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  • Good trainers will be able to explain directions and answer their clients’ questions with kindness and positivity. Changing a dog’s behavior takes time, energy, and a lot of hard work. The best trainers will spend as much time as it takes to get things right without getting frustrated with the dog or with the owner.
  • Excellent communication skills. Everyone communicates differently, and the best dog trainers will know how to adapt their communication skills to any particular style. They should be able to pace their teaching to the learning speed of you and your dog to ensure you make the positive changes you need.
  • Good listener. Any dog trainer worth their kibble will take the time to hear what you have to say. You know your dog best and a good trainer will make sure to understand your perspective on the situation fully.
  • Sometimes, standard training won’t be enough to eliminate a bad behavior or teach an owner how to effectively communicate with their pooch. Fortunately, there’s no one right way to train a dog! Good trainers will have plenty of ideas on what steps to take next if you aren’t getting the results you want.
  • A love of dogs. Perhaps nothing is more important in a dog trainer than having a deep love of dogs. People who are passionate about what they do will excel compared to those who do it for other reasons. If you find a trainer who loves dogs as much as you love your furry friend, you’ll see training results in no time!

5 Tips for Grooming Short Haired Dogs

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Finding a groomer to take care of your furry friend can be difficult, so many people prefer to groom their dog themselves. With so many different kinds of dogs in the world, it can be tricky to figure out what kind of grooming services is best for your dog’s fur. If your dog has short hair, here are a few tips on how to make your pup proud of their beautiful, shiny coat!

Dog Grooming

  1. Brush your dog’s fur regularly to keep their coat shiny. Your dog’s skin produces natural oils and brushing them through the coat will ensure your pup is looking clean and healthy.
  2. Don’t bathe your dog too often. Bathing too frequently can lead to skin irritation and may remove the natural oils in your dog’s coat. Most short-haired dogs only need to be bathed once a month.
  3. Use a currycomb to remove loose fur and dirt from your dog’s coat. This comb will stimulate your dog’s hair follicles and give them a nice massage!
  4. Remove dead skin cells and any remaining hair with a soft-wired brush. While you’re doing this, you can check your dog’s skin for any inflammation or parasites. The sooner you catch any irregularities, the better!
  5. Don’t forget the ears! Lots of short-haired dogs have cute, floppy ears. Use a warm, wet washcloth to wipe around the ear opening once or twice a month.

Why does My Pet have Bad Breath?

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Pet Bad Breath

The most common cause of dogs and cats bad breath also called “Halitosis” is periodontal disease. Did you know that more than 85% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by the age of 4?

Periodontal disease starts when plaque attaches to the surfaces of the teeth around the gums. Plaque is a transparent adhesive fluid that contains bacteria. When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth calcium salts in food and saliva will deposit on plaque and start forming hard dental tartar or calculus. Dental tartar starts to form within a few days when the teeth are not kept clean. The bacteria in plaque and tartar will start to irritate the gums which will progress to infection in the bone surrounding the teeth. These bacteria will slowly eat away at the teeth’s support structure eventually leading to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is also painful to your pet. When the gums are irritated and infected it can cause bleeding, some pets may have trouble chewing hard food, droop food while eating, pawing at their mouth or lose their appetite. But unfortunately most pets will not show signs and a veterinary examination is necessary to diagnose periodontal disease. If not treated and your dog or cat develops advanced periodontal disease, the bacteria surrounding the roots can enter the blood stream and cause damage to the heart muscle, kidneys and liver.

The best way of managing gum disease is prevention. Implementing oral health at home is the key to a healthy mouth. The gold standard is daily brushing of your pet’s teeth. As long as the surfaces of the teeth are brushed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation you have a better chance of keeping your pet gums in good health. We all know it’s not all dogs and cats that will allow their owner’s to brush their teeth and we have other options. By daily use of products that have been awarded the VOHC seal it will help you keep your pet mouth healthy. For a complete list of VOHC accepted products for your cat and dog, you can Visit: www.vohc.org/accepted_products

Puppy Food Versus Adult Dog Food : What’s the Difference?

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Can a small puppy eat regular dog chow? It’s not highly recommended. In fact, there are some differences in dog food labeled for puppies, versus food labeled for adult dogs. Early in their lives, puppies require lots of protein and a diet that’s calorie rich to help them grow and develop into strong, healthy adult dogs. A growing puppy uses a lot of energy! With these factors in mind, puppies require special diets to help them grow normally. To know the difference, remember that puppy food is higher in both calories and protein than adult dog food. Adult dog food tends to be more balanced in proteins and carbohydrates, and lower in calories. Adult dog food is better for dogs who are fully grown.

Puppies eating dog food

Your veterinarian at East Shore Veterinary Services can assist you in finding the right brand of puppy food for your new puppy, which can vary depending on the breed and the puppy’s weight. In general, most veterinarians recommend switching your puppy to adult food once they reach one year of age or after neutering, but some breeds can benefit from a diet of puppy food for the first few years of their life. Again, your veterinarian will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your puppy’s diet.

Could You Be Shortening Your Dog’s Lifespan?

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As pets become a vital part of your family, it’s obvious that owners want them around for as long as possible. In good health, it’s not uncommon for certain breeds of dogs to live for nearly 20 years! However, many pet owners can unintentionally impact their pet’s health. It is important to talk to your dog’s veterinarian about some easy ways you can extend your beloved animal’s lifespan, and help them to avoid diseases and danger.

 

Pet Health

 

Keep your pet at a healthy weight by avoiding feeding them too many treats or human food. Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise with regular walks and playtime. Stay on top of regular veterinary checkups, including dental care and preventative care against pests and parasites. Keep your dog safe in and outside of your home by not smoking (pets can be effected by secondhand smoke too!), keeping your dog leashed or otherwise contained outdoors, and learning to safely socialize dogs together. Having your dog spayed or neutered can also lower their risk of developing certain diseases, and can curb dangerous behavior. As always, your veterinarian at East Shore Veterinary Services is always happy to discuss ways to help keep your dog happy and healthy.

Keep Your Pets Smiling with East Shore Veterinary Dental Care

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Pet Dental Care

You may not realize it, but we take regular dentist checkups for granted. While your pet’s teeth are an integral part of their livelihood, you may not realize that pets need regular dental care just as much as their owners do. All too often, pet owners neglect to seek preventative care for their animal’s dental needs. This puts their animals at risk for a host of diseases that can severely impact their life. They may also not realize when their pet needs dental care to relieve tooth decay or other related discomfort.

Healthy teeth make for a healthy pet! Ensuring that your pet receives quality dental care will prevent bad breath and gum disease, promote healthy eating, and allow your pet to avoid the pain of losing infected teeth. Dental infections in pets can lead to severe disease, organ failure, and even death. At East Shore Veterinary Services, we provide on-site dental care for pets. We can provide an overall checkup of your cat or dog’s dental health, as well as demonstrate helpful cleaning techniques to owners and steps for preventative measures. When your pet has a healthy set of teeth, you the owner are sure to be smiling!

Preventative Care Against Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms

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When you regularly schedule your pet for checkups from their veterinarian, you are not only monitoring for new or recurring health problems, but you are also helping to ward off common health nuisances. Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other pests and parasites are all too common in household pets. They can be contracted from the pet’s environment, or from other animals. While in most cases, these are merely nuisances that cause discomfort to your pet, some cases can cause long-lasting health problems, even death in your pet. Luckily, such pests and parasites can be easily preventable.

prevention-of-pet-from-fleasYour vet at East Shore Veterinary Services can talk about preventative measures against fleas, ticks, and heartworm to protect your pet against infection. There are a number of combination medicines available that can be given to your pet on a monthly basis. Being diligent about preventative care will not only keep your pet comfortable, but could also save their life! During your pet’s checkup, vets will also look for signs of fleas, ticks, or heartworms, and can offer treatment to any active infections. Should any sign of infection be discovered, your pet can be quickly treated, with care taken to prevent any future infections.

Lack of Obedience – A Problem for Many Pet Owners

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Obedient Pet

Pet training is the key to integrating your pet safely as a beloved member of your household. But too often, many pet owners become overwhelmed or disillusioned with the idea of training their pet, and allow their pet to become disobedient. Pet owners may allow their animal to “get away” with poor behavior because they have failed to control it in the past, and feel that it is too late to change the behavior. A lack of obedience in animals can be seen in both cats and dogs. Unfortunately, animals that lack obedience and training can be dangerous to other animals and humans, and may even put their own lives at risk.

It is a myth to think that older, adult pets cannot learn to change their behavior. By talking to your veterinarian at East Shore Veterinary Services, you can discuss concerns about your pet’s behavior. Your vet can offer their expertise and opinion on how to best treat common obedience problems in pets, such as biting, aggressiveness, jumping, or not responding to commands. Your vet may recommend you work alongside a professional dog trainer to help your pet. A well-behaved pet will be beneficial to both animal and owner, and promote a healthy relationship.

The Importance of Routine Pet Checkups

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Your pet is a beloved member of the family, and they ought to be cared for as such! You and the other members of your family get regular check-ups from the doctor, and your pet should be no exception. When you bring your pet in for an annual exam from the doctors at East Shore Veterinary Services, you stand to improve their quality of life, and stay on top of any lingering or arising health issues.

Pet Checkup

During a pet checkup, your vet will get an overall picture of your pet’s health. The checkup will also serve a preventative purpose as well, and will keep your vet aware of any changes in your pet’s health that could signify future problems or illnesses. Your vet will also know about certain health concerns took look out for in certain breeds. A typical checkup will likely involve an overall physical exam, measurements, dental exam, and possible lab work and samples.

During each pet’s checkup, your vet may advise you, the pet owner, to allow your pet to be vaccinated against disease. In Connecticut, it is a state law that all cats and dogs  are rabies vaccinated.  This means visiting your vet every year for a health and boosters.  These will protect your vet against common diseases they can contract from their environment or other animals, and are very important in preventative health.

Contact East Shore Veterinary Services today to schedule an appointment for a checkup of your pet.

The Importance of Veterinary Prescribed Foods

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When it comes to pet foods, many pet owners don’t do their homework. They think it’s just a matter of going to their local pet supply store and picking up any bag of dog or cat chow to keep their beloved pet healthy. In truth, that is not always the case. If your pet is suffering from certain conditions or health ailments, their diet can help to heal, or hinder improvement of, their condition. That’s where the veterinarians at East Shore Veterinary services can be of assistance.

Veterinary Prescribed food

We find that many pets live healthy and active lives with specific diets that help manage any known conditions, or help prevent any illnesses known to your pets specific breed. Here at East Shore Veterinary hospital, we can work with every pet owner to prescribe certain brands of foods clinically proven to improve the health of your pet. Remember, these foods are only available from your veterinarian. When your pet begins a diet of veterinary prescribed foods, their vet will continue to monitor them to ensure improvement in their health or condition. Many pet owners are surprised to see the positive changes in their pets once switching to a veterinary prescribed diet. If you are concerned about the overall health of your beloved pet, speak to your vet about whether a diet of veterinary prescribed foods can benefit your animal, and how to get started.

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