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10 Tips: How to Identify and Buy Therapeutic-Quality Essential Oils for Dogs?

When looking to buy therapeutic-quality essential oils for dogs, it’s essential to be cautious and choose products that are safe and suitable for canine use. Here are some tips to help you identify and purchase high-quality essential oils for your furry friend:

Therapeutic-Quality Essential Oils for Dogs

Therapeutic-Quality Essential Oils for Dogs Check List

  1. Choose Reputable Brands: Look for reputable therapeutic brands that specialize in producing essential oils for pets or offer specific lines of essential oils formulated for dogs. Check their website and product information to ensure they prioritize the well-being of animals.
  2. Verify Purity and Ingredients: Ensure that the therapeutic essential oils are 100% pure and free from additives, fillers, and synthetic chemicals. Avoid products that contain fragrances or other unknown ingredients that could be harmful to dogs.
  3. Check for Quality Testing: Reputable brands often provide GC/MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) test reports for their essential oils. This testing verifies the purity and authenticity of the oil and ensures it meets therapeutic standards.
  4. Look for Canine-Specific Information: Check if the therapeutic essential oil is specifically formulated for dogs and provides information on the proper dilution ratios and usage guidelines for canine application.
  5. Avoid Toxic Oils: Some essential oils are toxic to dogs and should be avoided altogether. Common toxic oils include tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, eucalyptus, and certain citrus oils. Research the safety of each oil before using it on or around your dog.
  6. Check for Species Information: Just like with human essential oils, check the Latin names of the essential oils to ensure they are suitable for canine use. Different species of plants can have varying chemical compositions and safety profiles.
  7. Consult a Veterinary Professional: Before using any essential oil on your dog, consult with a qualified veterinarian or a certified veterinary aromatherapist. They can guide you on safe essential oils and appropriate methods of application based on your dog’s specific health and needs.
  8. Choose Essential Oils That Align with Your Dog’s Needs: Select essential oils that address your dog’s specific needs or conditions. For example, lavender oil may help with relaxation and anxiety, while chamomile oil may have soothing properties for skin issues.
  9. Avoid Overuse: Essential oils are potent, and dogs are more sensitive to them than humans. Always dilute essential oils appropriately and avoid using them in excessive amounts.
  10. Observe Your Dog’s Reaction: When using essential oils on or around your dog for the first time, observe their behavior and reactions. If you notice any signs of discomfort or adverse reactions, discontinue use immediately.

Remember that each dog is unique, and what works well for one dog may not be suitable for another. Always prioritize your dog’s safety and well-being, and seek professional advice if you have any doubts about using essential oils for your canine companion.

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The Difference Between Cold Pack And Hot Pack For Arthritic Dogs

The main difference between a cold pack and a hot pack for arthritic dogs lies in their application and the therapeutic effects they provide. Both cold and hot packs are used to manage arthritic pain and inflammation, but they serve different purposes and are applied at different stages of the condition. Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

Cold Pack And Hot Pack For Arthritic Dogs

Cold Pack (Cold Therapy):

  1. Purpose: Cold packs are used to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief in the acute stage of arthritis or during flare-ups when there is swelling or acute pain.
  2. Application: Cold packs are typically applied to the affected joint or area for short periods, usually up to 15-20 minutes at a time.
  3. Effect: The cold temperature helps constrict blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the area and decreasing inflammation. It also numbs nerve endings, providing pain relief.
  4. Method: Cold packs can be made using ice packs, frozen gel packs, or even a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth to protect the dog’s skin.
  5. Precautions: Always wrap the cold pack in a cloth or towel before applying it to your dog’s skin to prevent frostbite or discomfort. Do not apply cold therapy for an extended period, as it may damage the skin and tissues.

Hot Pack (Heat Therapy):

  1. Purpose: Hot packs are used to promote muscle relaxation, increase blood circulation, and alleviate stiffness and chronic pain associated with arthritis.
  2. Application: Hot packs are usually applied for a longer duration compared to cold packs, typically 20-30 minutes at a time.
  3. Effect: The warmth from the hot pack dilates blood vessels, improving blood flow and delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This can help relax muscles and reduce stiffness and discomfort.
  4. Method: Hot packs can be made using microwavable gel packs, warm water bottles, or heated towels. Ensure that the temperature is comfortable for your dog and not too hot to avoid burns.
  5. Precautions: Always test the temperature of the hot pack before applying it to your dog’s skin to avoid burns or discomfort. Do not apply heat therapy to an inflamed or swollen joint, as it may worsen the inflammation.

It’s essential to consult with your veterinarian before using either cold or hot packs on your arthritic dog to ensure that it is appropriate for their specific condition and to determine the proper application and duration of therapy. Additionally, other complementary therapies and medications may be recommended to provide comprehensive pain management and improve your dog’s overall comfort and mobility.

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Pet Insurance – Things You Need to Know

Hey guys!  Nikki, Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces here.  Let’s talk about the importance of pet insurance.  I know I have touched on this before, but let’s explain the benefits, especially where orthopedics are concerned.  If you asked me 2 years ago, I did not have my dog’s insured, and thought they were healthy, so it’s a waste of money right?  Boy was I wrong.  My very healthy 8 year old athletic dog went down suddenly, not wanting to get up or eat.  I immediately took her to the emergency vet, where it was diagnosed she had a ruptured splenic tumor. 

Let’s just say the bills from this visit were astronomical, and still I couldn’t save my dog.  Now I am still paying off a bill for a dog that has been gone for over 2 years now.  I can’t blame the vet, they did everything they could to save my girl.  I can only blame myself, because I knew about insurance for her and still held off.

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Now with my new girl Coco, we immediately got pet insurance.  She has had cheat grass in her ears, tummy infections, and everything was covered.  I would be another few thousand in debt if I did not have insurance on my girl.

Let me tell you about a family member’s dog.  He developed a cough, which turned out to be the start of heart failure.  To treat him for just 2 days, in order to get him stable to go home, was over $5,000.  They were not ready to say goodbye to their fur baby, and of course put this on their credit card.  They are now into their dog about $10,000.  He is doing much better, but they will also be paying for his care many years after he has passed.

Did you know that most insurance companies will cover orthotics such as knee or elbow braces? 

My insurance will cover up to 90%, leaving only $97 if I ever need a custom posh brace for Coco.  Now that $35/month is sounding better and better I bet.  Or, if your dog has any other orthopedic issues, such as luxating patella, shoulder issues, spinal issues, those are all covered. 

I have another scenario that happened to a client’s dog.  He was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, common in daschunds and other small breeds, and one day could not walk on his hind legs.  He needed emergency surgery, which was over $10,000, in order to walk again.  Thankfully the owner had insurance, and was able to do the surgery with under $1k out of pocket.  He went on to live another 5 years, running and playing like nothing happened.

So, I urge you, if you are on the fence about insurance, please take some time to call a few companies.  There are many to choose from now, and most are very affordable.  Much more affordable than a monthly credit card bill for treatments.  Don’t let money ever be the reason to say goodbye to your best friend.  Feel free to reach out to us if you would like some suggestions on companies that we know work with braces.  Thanks!

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Exercise and Puppies Interesting Facts You Should Know

Hey guys, this is Nikki Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces.  Today let’s talk about exercise in our cute little furry babies that we all love!  Puppies are so cute, running around with those giant feet that don’t seem to match their bodies.  Have you noticed how puppies tend to be very clumsy?  Always falling over, tripping, slipping on hard surfaces?  We think it is cute, but did you know there is a reason?  Let’s talk about that today. 

Exercise and Puppies

Exercise and Puppies Interesting fact

Did you know that a puppies bones do not even touch when you bring home that cute little 8 week old puppy?  Their little joints are made of muscle, tendons, and ligaments with skin covering.  Nothing is fitting tightly like a true socket.  It can take 4-6 months for the joints to start developing, and 8 months and up for those growth plates to start to fuse.  Some large breeds take 15+ months for their growth plates to finish.  What does this mean?

This means that we have to be very careful as to not run a young dog excessively.  This means restricting and supervising your puppy’s exercise, to stop them from being over-active.  Each time they have a big jump, or an excessive run, this causes impacts between the bones.  In a reasonable amount this is not a big deal, and is completely normal play.  However, if you are letting your puppy jump up and down off furniture, taking them on long walks and hikes, you can potentially be damaging those forming joints, and this could cost you in the near future.

You see that puppy scrambling on the tile with no traction, and think it is a funny tik tok video, right?  This is actually damaging their joints.  Puppies need traction.  Sliding into things, and scrambling, is not normal for a dog.  Think about their wild ancestors, do you think their pups are walking on tile and sliding all the time?  Nope!  Neither should our pups.  Every time that pup does the splits, you risk tearing the tendons in the hip.  These can not be fixed. 

There are far too many puppies having an FHO (where they have to remove the femoral head) due to slipping on surfaces.  Either get your puppy toe grips, or have runners all over for them not to slip and slide.

You only have one chance to let your puppy grow in a healthy way.  Once grown, you will have a lifetime to spend playing and engaging them, showing them, doing activities.  So, keep it calm while they are still growing, engage them in fun safe activities.  Taking them to puppy school is a great way to bond and get the wiggles out.  Teach them commands and how to walk on a leash.

Puppies who are much to active have much higher chance of developing osteoarthritis, ligament tears like the CCL, patella issues, hip injuries and issues, and much more.  I am not saying you can’t play with your puppy, but taking a 4 month old on a mountain hike is too much.  Learn about what they should be developmentally doing at this age.  Ask your Veterinarian or staff for help.  Feel free to email us with any questions, we give free consults you can contact us via contact form on our website or visit our Facebook Page for more information.

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10 Tips for Stretching Your Dog Reduces the Chance of Muscle Tears

Stretching your dog can indeed help reduce the chance of muscle tears and improve their overall flexibility and mobility. Just like humans, dogs can benefit from regular stretching exercises to keep their muscles and joints supple and healthy. Here are some important points to consider when stretching your dog:

Stretching Your Dog Reduces the Chance of Muscle Tears

Tips for Stretching Muscle Tears

  1. Warm-Up: Before stretching, ensure your dog is adequately warmed up through light exercise or a short walk. This helps increase blood flow to the muscles and prepares them for stretching.
  2. Gentle Stretching: Be gentle when stretching your dog to avoid causing any discomfort or injury. Avoid forcing the stretch and let your dog’s body guide the extent of the stretch.
  3. Target Major Muscle Groups: Focus on major muscle groups such as the shoulders, hips, and legs. Stretching these areas can help prevent muscle imbalances and maintain proper joint alignment.
  4. Hold the Stretch: Hold each stretch for about 15-30 seconds to allow the muscles to lengthen gradually. Avoid quick, jerky movements during stretching.
  5. Use Treats and Positive Reinforcement: Use treats and positive reinforcement to encourage your dog during stretching. This helps create a positive association with stretching exercises.
  6. Stretching After Exercise: Stretching your dog’s muscles after exercise can be particularly beneficial as their muscles will be warm and more receptive to stretching.
  7. Avoid Overstretching: Be mindful not to overstretch your dog’s muscles, as this can lead to strains or injuries. If your dog shows signs of discomfort, stop stretching and consult with a veterinarian.
  8. Consistency: Regular stretching is key to maintaining your dog’s flexibility and preventing muscle tears. Aim to incorporate stretching exercises into your dog’s routine several times a week.
  9. Adapt to Your Dog’s Age and Health: Adjust the intensity and duration of stretching based on your dog’s age, health, and any pre-existing conditions they may have.
  10. Consult a Professional: If you are unsure about how to properly stretch your dog or if your dog has specific health concerns, consider consulting with a professional, such as a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) or a veterinarian with expertise in physical therapy.

Stretching is just one component of overall canine fitness and injury prevention. Regular exercise, appropriate nutrition, and routine veterinary check-ups are essential for maintaining your dog’s overall health and well-being.

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Is it a Good Idea to Hand-Feed Your Dog?

There are many advantages to hand-feed your dog or puppy, and there are only a few circumstances in which it’s not a good idea.

Many dog trainers hand-feed their dogs their meals throughout the day rather than feeding them from a bowl for the most of the day. Every encounter with a dog is a chance to train them. Along with catching your dog in the act of being good, setting aside a portion (or all!) of your dog’s morning and evening meals and hand delivering that food as needed throughout the day will help you increase your rate of reinforcement and create value for the behaviors you want to see more of. A puppy can continuously practice basic behaviors like sit, down, wait, come, and other polite expressions by being hand-fed.

Additionally, hand-feeding for a while can assist raise the dog’s attention on you as the handler by linking you with meals and feeding, which can help dogs who are usually confident but who have many interests, of which you are just one, or dogs who are easily distracted, pay more attention to you.

Hand-feeding can enable you and a new dog or dog and a new person in your life get to know one another.

When is it not a good idea to feed by hand?

While hand-feeding a dog can help build a relationship with them, it can also increase stress if the dog is extremely timid or scared. Similar to people, some individuals would try to bribe a timid dog with food or treats to make him more comfortable among strangers. However, what frequently occurs (especially with dogs who really enjoy food) is that the allure of the food temporarily overrides their unease about the person – but only for as long as it takes to grab the food. The intention is for the dog to associate the presence of the “scary person” (“Yikes!”) with the presence of the food (“Yum!”).

They immediately realize the “scary person” is too close for comfort once the meal is in their mouth. In this instance, the food serves less as a tool to assist in changing the dog’s relationship and more as a trap.

When dealing with the “strangers are scary” issue, it is preferable for the owner to provide meals while the “scary person” is visible but sufficiently enough away to not raise any serious concerns. If you’re trying to bond with a dog who is really timid, adopt a similar strategy by staying close enough to him so that he identifies your presence with the food, but not so close that it requires a lot of bravery (or desperation) to eat it.

What to look out for when feeding a dog by hand

Hand-feeding certain dogs may make them more reckless with food. In an effort to acquire the food, many dogs become too excited and may jump up or lunge at their owners’ hands. Asking your dog to sit while you hold a piece of cheap food in your open palm will assist you teach impulse control in this situation. Try to bring your palm up near your dog. If he approaches the meal, clench your fist and, if necessary, ask him to sit down once more. Use your opposite hand to carry food to your dog’s mouth and command him to “take it!” as soon as he can control himself as your food hand approaches.

For some dogs, “self-control” will look differently. In the beginning, self-control may require a dog who is very excited to maintain a sit position for two seconds with your open hand 12 inches above her head. If your dog has a tendency to leap up on you when you are holding food, tether her with a leash to a solid object and stand just beyond the end of the leash. Your dog will eventually figure out that being patient in the vicinity of the food is the fastest way to receive it.

Try these suggestions if your dog bites down on food from your hand too forcefully.

What about dogs that require hand-feeding in order to eat?

A dog may become averse to eating from a dish in specific situations if it is fed by hand frequently. A little “tough love” could be necessary in such circumstances. Give your dog five minutes to finish his meal after placing it in a bowl. Attempt again later if he doesn’t, then take up the bowl. When food is present, a healthy dog won’t starve himself, even if using this method necessitates skipping a few meals while he waits to see if you’ll resume hand feeding.

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How to Slow a Dog’s Eating: Tips & Tricks

The health of the dog depends on the owner’s ability to slow the dog’s eating.

Most dogs enjoy eating. Some dogs seem to devour their meal faster than we can blink since they adore it so much! Dogs who consume food too quickly may get sick, especially if they also take in a lot of air and develop the potentially lethal illness known as bloat. Anyone who has had their dog go through this disease understands how crucial it is to train them to eat more slowly.

Some dogs consume food so quickly that their systems can’t keep up with it; the food never even reaches the point of digestion. The end consequence is food regurgitation, which happens when food is ingested and then immediately comes back out of the mouth as a result of the esophagus’ muscles contracting backward. Food was never even consumed by the stomach. In these situations, it is advised to reduce the dog’s food intake.

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There are various effective methods you may use to simply get a dog or puppy to eat more slowly:

  • Feed more regularly throughout the day with smaller meals. An owner or a timed automatic food dispenser can dispense the food as needed.
  • The bottom of slow feeding bowls is built with upward protrusions to deter dogs from scooping up big mouthfuls of food at once. Only a limited amount of kibble can be picked up at once using these particular plates. Separating the kibble in a bigger dish, such as a cafeteria tray, or placing the food in the wells of a muffin pan, can be a strategy akin to slow eating. You can give the kibble some water to make it float, or you can put clean, substantial things in the food bowl that are too big for the dog to swallow or even put in his mouth, such tennis balls or rocks, so he has to maneuver them to get to the food.
  • There are various food-dispensing toys available, and the majority of them work with the kibble you typically serve at meals. These gadgets also have the advantage of consuming some energy simultaneously. Some toys that dispense food can handle dry food, wet food, or both. Naturally, keep them clean.
  • Consider getting a lick mat if your dog eats canned food. These silicone mats have ridges or nubs in a raised design. As opposed to gulping down mouthfuls at a time, your dog will have to suck the moist food out of the mat’s crevices and nooks.
  • You can extend mealtime even longer by freezing a wet food-dispensing toy or lick mat.

Consult your dog’s veterinarian if you’ve tried these remedies and your dog is still vomiting or regurgitating food to rule out a more serious problem.

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Can Salmon Oil Help Dogs? – Interesting Facts

Improved cognitive performance, joint flexibility, and immune function, including the prevention of mild skin allergies, are just a few advantages of salmon oil for dogs.

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Salmon oil is good for dogs and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 benefits for dogs include:

  • Better joint function/arthritis
  • Milder skin allergy problems
  • Stronger immune function
  • Improved cognitive problems in senior dogs
  • Reduced risk of some cancers

In addition, fish oil can help dogs with heart and kidney problems, and DHA is believed to help with eye and brain development in puppies.

The Best Products for Salmon Oil

The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) should both be present in the salmon oil supplement you choose for your dog.

Wild, cold-water fish that have just been captured is the best source of fish oil supplements. You want a product that has been screened for impurities like heavy metals and is produced by a company that employs sustainable fishing methods.

Choose brands bearing the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) mark to verify that high-quality ingredients are utilized and that the contents correspond to the claims on the label because pet supplements are not FDA-regulated.

Side Effects of Salmon Oil

Work your way up to a dose of salmon oil that is approximately 25% of the recommended amount listed on the product label. Maximum doses are not always tolerated by all canines.

Some adverse effects of are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • chronic pancreatitis
  • weight gain

Salmon oil should probably be avoided by dogs who have clotting issues. Always consult your veterinarian to determine whether salmon oil is appropriate for your dog, given his health history, current diet (which may already include omega-3 fatty acids), and medications. Medication interactions with other medications, such as NSAIDs, are possible.

All fish oil products should be safely stored away from direct sunlight in a cool environment.

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How much food should a dog eat?

Dog feeding recommendations, including how much to feed a puppy, are merely a general suggestion. Here’s how to properly feed your dog.

The amount of food to feed your dog will vary depending on the dog’s size, age, breed, degree of activity, and genetics. How much food to give your dog can also depend on whether it has been neutered or spayed.

There are no formal food recommendations for dogs because of this. Calories determine how much food to give your dog, just as they do for humans, and each dog has a different caloric requirement.

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Dog Food Calorie Calculation

According to the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists, there are between 300 and over 700 calories per cup in various brands of kibble. That represents a huge gap. Thankfully, the majority of pet food producers now provide the number of calories in a cup of their food.

The “resting energy requirement (RER)” is a general term for the amount of calories your dog needs to consume to maintain their ideal weight. Divide the dog’s optimum weight in pounds by 2.2 to get kilos to get your dog’s RER. Then add 70 and multiply that result by 30.

So let’s suppose your dog should weigh 90 pounds at its ideal size. 90 lb divided by 2.2 equals 40.9 kilograms. Add 70 and multiply by 30 to get 40.9 x 30 = 1,227 + 70 = 1,297. Therefore, a 90-pound dog needs 1,297 calories per day (without additional exercise) only to carry out basic bodily activities.

Examine the meal you are feeding next. Let’s suppose each cup has 380 calories. Therefore, divide 1,297 calories by 380, or the number of calories in one cup of food, to get the following result: An average 90-lb dog needs 3.41 cups of food per day divided by 1,297 380. However, not all dogs are average, and all dogs need get at least some exercise.

Changing Food for Each Dog

To maintain a healthy weight, the RER must be multiplied by the dog’s energy requirements and then adjusted upward or downward. Since individual dogs can differ significantly from estimated numbers, you need still make adjustments to the number you receive in order to get your dog to a healthy weight and then keep it there.

Obese dogs should be fed at the RER for their optimal weight in order to shed weight. Working dogs who are active can require two to five times the RER to maintain weight. The RER x 1.6 is required for typical active neutered dogs. With typical labor, intact adult dogs require RER x 1.8.

Weight-check your dog

At the very least, check your dog’s body once a month with your touch if you can’t weigh him on a scale. He should always have ribs that you can feel and a waist that you can see when you glance down over his topline. Your dog is too overweight if his ribs aren’t discernible. In these conditions, a lower-calorie dog food might be helpful to some extent, but ultimately, he will need to have smaller servings each day.

Do away with snacks and treats. For the majority of dogs, reducing your dog’s meal quantities by 25% is a straightforward, secure, and efficient method of weight loss. Take part of the kibble he would normally receive at mealtime and use that for treats if you’re teaching your dog.

What Are Whiskers?

Measure: To measure your dog’s food, use a regular measuring cup. Do not load food into the top centromedicorelaxesalute.it of the cup; instead, use level measures!

Nutrients: Choose a food that is formulated to fulfill the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) recommendations for nutrients. The majority of mature dogs thrive on “maintenance” foods. Moms, puppies, and energetic dogs require extra calories, protein, and fat. These canines require food designed for “all life stages.”

Schedules: All dogs should be fed at least twice daily, and pups should be fed at least three times daily. Never give your dog a free-choice diet. Even those dogs who don’t gulp it up right away shouldn’t be free-fed because the majority of dogs will at least try to eat it all in one sitting. If you let your dog “graze” all day, it will take you much longer to realize that he no longer has an appetite.

Table scraps: Unless there is a need (such as a fussy eater, a senior dog, or a dog who is on boiled ground beef or chicken with rice owing to an upset digestive tract) or unless you reduce his regular food quantity correspondingly, don’t ruin all your hard work by offering your dog table scraps. If additional “leftovers” account for more than 25% of his daily caloric intake, you run the risk of throwing off the balance of a “complete and balanced” diet.

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Dogs and Riding in Cars

When traveling in your car with your dog, restrain him with a safety harness and seat belt, or confine him to a properly secured crate. Also, avoid letting your dog sit on your lap or drive with his head out the window.

Most of us enjoy traveling with our dogs. And in most cases, this entails transporting them in our car, truck, or SUV. Yet, poor driving habits can turn a simple journey into a trip that changes your life. Both canine and human passengers must adhere to good driving safety. Dogs injured in cars due to poor safety precautions are a common occurrence among emergency veterinarians. This applies to situations where passengers are not properly restrained, such as sitting on the driver’s lap or sticking their heads out the window.

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No Dogs On Laps in the Car Because Airbags May Kill Dogs

It is really alluring to drive with your small dog on your lap. They are adorable and enjoy cuddling. And what possible harm might your six-pound Maltese or Chihuahua cause by riding in your lap?

Your airbag is likely to deploy if you are in an accident. The airbag is designed to keep you safe in a collision. As the airbag inflates, if your small dog is sitting on your lap, the force of the airbag could seriously hurt it. Little dogs hit by an airbag frequently sustain fractures and spinal cord trauma that causes paralysis.

Use car carriers or safety belts to restrain your dog.

In a car accident, unrestrained dogs can potentially become projectiles. Being catapulted into the windshield and suffering a head injury is typical. Little dogs being catapulted out of the driver’s side window during an accident is another frequent occurrence seen by emergency vets. This occurs when the tiny dog is seated in the driver’s lap with their paws on the door and the driver’s window is down. In the event of an accident, the small dog may fly out the window and strike the pavement below, landing on its head. Traumatic brain injury or sudden deaths are frequent outcomes of this kind of injury.

The best way to transport a dog safely in a car is in a secured travel container made specifically for use in cars or airplanes, or harnessed into a dog car safety belt or harness. Tiny dogs can travel in a car seat made for dogs as long as they are restrained with a safety harness.

Avoid Accidents Caused by Open, Unprotected Windows

Big dogs frequently ride in the rear seat, away from air bags, but they still run the risk of getting hurt if a window is left open. As a result of flying objects, dogs who ride with their heads out the window are more likely to sustain eye and/or ear problems. Unrestrained dogs jumping out the window of a moving car are another frequent injury. When they fall on the pavement, these canines could break a limb. Also, owners have been known to mistakenly run their own dogs over after the animal jumped out the back window, according to emergency vets!

When the windows are rolled down in your automobile, installing a dog window guard or screen on each rear window can assist safeguard your dog. There are wire mesh panels made of welded steel that are specifically manufactured to fit your car’s rear windows. There are available screens made of polyester mesh cloth. When installed, each of these screens and panels enables regular window functioning in your car.

Accidents can occur when we least anticipate them. Don’t allow poor driving practices disrupt your outing!

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What can I be doing along with bracing to help my dog recover?

Hey guys, Nikki with posh dog knee braces here.  So, first of all I can’t stress enough the need to do some form of physical therapy.  We send every patient home with a 12 week recovery calendar and exercises, however, we need you to keep those up for the full 9 months.  Whether you find a holistic or physical therapy clinic to help you with water treadmill or PT, you need to keep you dog active in some way. 

Lack of activity will cause a joint to “lock up” after the scar tissue has formed, meaning there is not going to be the same amount of range of motion there.  There also can be loss of muscle.  The brace alone is not enough to build muscle, you will need to keep walking your dog, and doing some form of exercise program.  This is needed whether you do surgery, Conservative management, or bracing.  Doing nothing will result in loss of muscle, loss of range of motion, and most likely arthritis and pain down the road.

We have a lovely list of holistic veterinarians and rehab clinics around the US and in Canada, so reach out if you are struggling to find a clinic.  The clinics on our list are partners with posh, and know how to treat our patients, as well as measure and fit the brace if needed.  We do have some things we can have you do from home as well, if PT is just not in the budget.  I am happy with walks, simple exercises, and passive range of motion.

What is PROM?  This is you gently bending and flexing the knee, as well as the hip.  I have videos we send to you on how to do this stretching, but this is key to keep flexibility in the joint, and not end up with lack of movement there.

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Vitamin E Is Beneficial for Dogs – #1 Great Read

Although vitamin E is beneficial and secure for dogs, not all canines require it. But, dogs taking fish oil may benefit from taking a vitamin E supplement.

Although knowledge about vitamin E dosages may leave you dizzy, vitamin E is healthy for dogs. The recommended vitamin E dosages for dogs seem to vary widely. Even worse, dosages may be indicated in milligrams or international units (IUs) (mgs).

The fact that there are two main types of vitamin E—natural and synthetic—with varying potencies and, consequently, various vitamin E dosages, just adds to the confusion. Although there is a lot to take in, we have the information you require regarding vitamin E supplements for dogs.

Vitamin E Is Beneficial for Dogs

Vitamin E: What Is It?

Since vitamin E is an antioxidant, it aids in defending the body’s cell membranes. It contributes to fat metabolism, strengthens immunity, and increases fertility. Your dog’s skin, hair, muscles, and vision will all benefit from it.

Although canines can safely consume vitamin E, not all dogs require a supplement. Canine vitamin E insufficiency is uncommon because most dogs consume plenty of it in a balanced diet. If you’re worried, your veterinarian can order blood tests to determine whether your dog actually has a deficiency.

Vitamin E insufficiency symptoms include:

  • Vision issues
  • Uncomfortable body fat inflammation (steatitis)
  • Muscular soreness or weakness
  • Neurological abnormalities

Topical Vitamin E

It’s okay to apply topical vitamin E oil to dogs. Alpha tocopherol and an oil, like virgin olive oil, should be listed under ingredients. It can be used to paw pads, dry cracked nostrils, and irritated or crusty skin regions.

Fish Oil and Vitamin E

Vitamin E may be advantageous for dogs using fish oil. The beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish oil for your dog can eventually deplete the body’s vitamin E reserves. The tiny quantity of vitamin E found in fish oil supplements mostly serves as a preservative and is typically present in proportions that are too low to raise your dog’s levels. For dogs getting fish oil, the most typical guideline for vitamin E supplementation is 400 IU of vitamin E for every 1,000 mg of fish oil.

Dogs’ Vitamin E Dosages

You must first identify the type of vitamin E present in the bottle you bought in order to estimate the recommended dosage for your dog:

Vitamin E occurs naturally as d-alpha tocopherol (d-).

  • dL-alpha tocopherol is the name for vitamin E that has been synthesized (dL-).
  • The ideal form to employ is the natural form because it has a lot more power than the synthetic form.

You’ll then need to perform some math. Keep in mind: 2 mg of synthetic vitamin E (dL-) are equivalent to 1 mg of natural vitamin E (d-).

You may also need to convert IU to mg or mg to IU, which isn’t difficult:

  • For natural (d-) vitamin E:
    • IU x 0.67 = mg
    • mg x 1.5 = IU
  • For synthetic (dL-) vitamin E:
    • IU x 0.45 = mg
    • mg x 2.22 = IU

So, using these formulas, here are examples:

  • 200 IU d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E) = 134.5 mg of vitamin E
  • 200 IU dL-alpha tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E) = 90 mg of vitamin E

Of course, aside from the fish oil indicated above, that still leaves open the question of how much vitamin E to give your dog. As a result, we list a few issues in our chart below, along with suggested dosages, that your dog may benefit from vitamin E supplementation for.

Please note that while all of these dosage suggestions are off-label, they were all drawn from renowned veterinary medicine formularies. Never administer a supplement of any kind to your dog without first consulting your veterinarian.

Overdoses of Vitamin E

In dogs, vitamin E is mostly harmless; overdose problems are uncommon. Accidental acute overdose typically causes gastrointestinal distress, including vomiting and diarrhea. Persistent overload may result in problems with the other fat-soluble vitamins’ absorption (A, D, and K). When fed too much vitamin E, dogs with low vitamin K levels may experience excessive bleeding due to coagulation issues.

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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs:  4 Options

Hey guys, this is Nikki Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces.  Today, let’s talk about Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair (CCL/ACL) tears in a dog, and what your options are.  First of all, if your dog is limping on the hind leg, be sure to get a diagnosis from your veterinarian before making any decisions.  Once that takes place, be firm with your Veterinarian if needed and ask for the exact diagnosis.  If they feel that your dog has a Cranial Cruciate Ligament tear, or CCL tear, then you do have some decisions to make moving forward.  Let’s go into the options, and the pros and cons, as well as long term expectations.

First off, depending on your veterinarian, they may refer you to a specialist to verify the diagnosis.  This is completely up to you, but do know that if you go to a specialist, they are typically surgeons, and will not be happy without scheduling your dog for surgery.  Please know that you can say no.  I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to take a breath, and go over all options before signing that dotted line. 

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs Option 1: 

Choosing to do just conservative management, with no support or surgery.  This seems to be gaining momentum and popularity, because obviously options can cost money.  There are supportive things to do, such as keeping your dog in a kennel, leash walks outside, supplements, acupuncture, laser, prp, ect.  While this option is better for the budget, it is not for the busy owner, or owners with small children and other pets.  While it sounds great, reality is that there is a great chance your pup will continue to re-injure their knee.  At some point, the door will open, and your dog will want to run. 

Someone will forget, your dog looks like he is dong better at 3 months, and in he comes with the leg hiked all the way up to the groin.  Sound familiar?  This can be a tough cycle, and the bones in the knee are still able to move, causing pressure on the meniscus as well increasing your dog’s chance of arthritis down the road.  So, can a knee heal with conservative management alone?  Possibly, but there could be long term issues if you do not do passive range of motion, PT, and exercising along with CM alone.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs Option 2: 

This is by far my favorite option, from years of experience working with orthopedics.  Using an orthotic Brace in conjunction with PROM and PT, as well as supplements and support.  Now I am not talking about the cheap over the counter neoprene braces that have a spiderweb of straps connecting to the harness or back, those are no better than just letting the knee recover alone. 

I am talking about a custom made premium orthotic brace, such as the Posh Dog Knee Brace.  Posh Brace fully stabilizes the knee, allowing for range of motion and squatting, while also acting as a shock absorber for the meniscus.  This is going to help give a smoother recovery, and allow that scar tissue to form without a lot of re-injuries.  Thus, this is one of the safer options, and definitely still less than surgery.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs Option 3:

Tightrope, lateral suture, or extracapsular repair.  This is the cheapest of the surgical options, and should only be used on patients under 30-40lbs, as the suture has double the chance of failing in larger breed patients.  This method usually is in the $2k-$3k ballpark range now, and is literally using fishing line/or suture to wrap around the knee joint to keep things in place.  There are several ways this can and usually does fail.  The crimps can come off, the suture can break, the suture can slip, ect. 

These patients are immobile for months, and do get a lot of atrophy in the joint.  This seems to be sore to recover from, and without a brace post op, your dog is going to need to be kenneled for weeks to months, to allow for scar tissue to properly form.  This technique is similar to if you braced, however, without the full stabilization and support, and double the cost.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair for Dogs Option 4:

 TPLO or TTA surgery.  Both of these will be suggested by your vet or surgeon, usually first.  They both entail cutting of the tibia bone, and re-alignment using a plate and screws.  This is permanent, and there is no going back if something doesn’t go the way it was meant to.  I always save this for my last option, as it is extremely invasive, expensive, and does not give a guarantee of working.  Too many patients have had lifelong lameness due to choosing this option, and are not able to recover fully. 

There are many weeks needed for kenneling, so the leg will atrophy.  This also causes overcompensating on the good knee, which again increases the chances of another CCL tear in that leg.  If surgery does go well, and you are able to do a full Physical Therapy Program post op with a professional, your dog may have a good outcome, but this is not without risk.

Please email me at poshintake1@gmail.com if you would like to ask more questions about Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair, CCL/ACL tears in dogs, and what the best options are for your pup.  You can also contact via our forms or visit our Facebook page.


4 Tips on How to Exercise your Dog Using Our Brace

How to exercise your dog using our brace. Hey guys, this is Nikki Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces,we are going to talk about excerises for your dog.  Today let’s talk about how to keep your injured dog active using our brace and how to exercise with it.  As you know, after surgery there is several weeks that you would need to have your dog kenneled with no exercising, leading to atrophy of the muscles and overcompensating on the other joints.  With our brace, patients are able to fully weight bear and start walks right away, decreasing the chances for overcompensating. 

exercise your dog

Tips to Exercise your dog

Just like us, we want to start out slowly, so as not to over-use those muscles that have been unused since the onset of the injury.  I suggest starting out with no more than 2 fifteen minute walks per day for excerising, and gradually increasing the amount of walking each week by about 10-15 minutes, as the patient starts getting stronger.  Each patient is different in the amount you are able to start walks, and there may be some initial soreness for the first 2 weeks.  This will go away as we start gaining muscle back.

Once our patients are able to walk comfortably for at least 20-30 minutes, after a few weeks, we can start encouraging things like swimming, hills, beach walking, and curbwork for exercises.  Swimming can be at a physical therapy clinic, swimming pool, or a beach.  Just no jumping into the water and climbing yet.  Short hills and small hikes are great tools to keep those muscles working out.

We do offer a 12 week physical therapy program with each of our patients, which includes stretches and different exercises, such as figure 8’s, curb work, walks, hydrotherapy, ect.  It is important to keep up with passive range of motion as you work into more activities, to prevent soreness and stiffness in the muscles and joints.  As we are developing scar tissue, we want to keep up with gentle movements in the knee.  This is important to help the development of healthy scar tissues.

After a few months, gentle trots and increased activities will be ok, as long as the patient is supervised.  As we start to approach the 6-9 month mark, there should be more and more stability to the joint, even without the brace on.  As the knee begins to stabilize, we can do more and more activities.  We still need to refrain from excessive running, jumping, twisting, or playing fetch until things are fully recovered.  This is usually after about 12 months.  Always ask our technicians if you have any questions on activities planned. 

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12 Signs Your Dog Is in Pain, and What You Can Do to Help

Signs your dog is in pain. The idea is to be aware of your dog’s typical movement and react swiftly to any abnormalities.

Mental alarms may be triggered by your energetic dog limping or moving in an unnatural manner. A sprain, perhaps? A strained muscle perhaps a strained ligament or tendon what should you do in response to this?

You should first determine whether the aberration is a short-term or long-term symptom.

An acute injury is one that manifests abruptly, typically 24 to 48 hours after the initial trauma. Sprains, falls, accidents, and other impacts can cause acute injuries, which are characterized by sharp, immediate pain, soreness, redness, swelling, warm-to-the-touch skin, and inflammation.

In contrast, chronic injuries take longer to manifest, get better and worse, and result in persistent soreness or dull pain. Overuse, arthritis, and acute injuries that were never appropriately treated are the typical causes of chronic injuries.

dog pain

DOG PAIN Symptoms

Sometimes a dog’s injury is visible because they are limping, howling in pain, or are unable to move. But paying attention to your dog’s movement and demeanor is time well spent because spotting mild indications can help prevent more serious issues. These are some examples of pain and stress signals:

How to Spot a Dog in Pain:

  • Staying away from other dogs (play can cause pain).
  • Sleeping more or less than normal, or spending less or more time with family.
  • Growling or snapping for no apparent reason.
  • Avoiding commonplace actions like getting into a car, going up and down stairs, and leaping onto a bed or sofa.
  • Sudden onset of hyperactivity, inability to relax peacefully, profuse panting, pacing, or gnawing on a bodily part.
  • Missing training cues, attempting to flee, distractedly sniffing the ground, shutting down and remaining still, providing behaviors other than those requested, or displaying appeasement behaviors like licking, squatting, pawing, rolling over, yawning, or looking away.

Physical Symptoms of Pain in Dogs

  • Rejecting treats or meals.
  • Vomiting or more frequent urination
  • Not sitting up straight.
  • Having hot spots or other changes to your skin or coat.
  • Exhibiting additional abnormalities in gait or posture, favoring one leg or one side of the body, or appearing stiff and sore.
  • The affected area is hot. (Slowly examine the dog’s body for any temperature changes with your hand.)

The majority of canine injuries are chronic rather than acute. Chronic injuries are caused by overuse, excessive motion, and wear and tear. Every dog is susceptible to injuries, but some are more vulnerable than others, such as dogs that are overweight, weekend athletes, couch potatoes, elderly dogs, dogs with arthritis, dogs used in search and rescue, and canine athletics (such as dogs competing in fly ball, agility, freestyle, disc dog, hunting, field work, dock diving, obedience, weight pulling, dog sledding, and other active sports).

How to Care for a Painful Dog

Rest is the number one suggestion for canine wounds. In particular, if the damage involves ligaments or tendons, which lack a blood supply that provides healing nutrients to the injury site, both visible injuries and subtle micro tears require time to heal. As soon as even little symptoms appear, it’s crucial to cease trekking, running, playing, or competing.

Check your dog’s nails, paw pads, and fur if he becomes abruptly lame, bleeds, or compulsively licks a paw, advises Dr. Davis. It’s common to see grass awns embedded in the skin between the toes. The pads are frequently affected by cuts, stingers, or foreign objects and a ripped nail can be painful.

If the injury is serious, take your dog right away to the vet; however, if it’s only minor or a visit to the clinic isn’t feasible, take your dog home and confine him to a quiet place. Write down any changes you observe, beginning with the day and hour you first noticed the issue and a description of what your dog was doing at the time. Your veterinarian or other therapist will be able to recognize and treat the injury with the aid of an accurate history of symptoms and treatments.

Range-of-motion exercises, such coaxing your dog with a food or toy into a turn to the right or left or raising and lowering his head, can help you record symptoms. Additionally, daily massage and tender touch reveal hints. When you pet or press your dog’s shoulder or hindquarters, does she turn away? Is there somewhere on your body that seems especially heated, hard, stiff, sensitive, or swollen? One of the quickest methods to find inflammation, muscle strains, and other discomforts is through touch.

Rest, ice, and massage are effective treatments for many minor and severe muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries.  “Going outside on a leash to relieve itself counts as resting your pet; walks, treks, running, jumping, climbing stairs, or playing with other animals do not. Visit your veterinarian for a precise diagnosis if, after a few days, your pet has not improved, does not get better, or continues to display the same symptoms.

HOT OR COLD?

For severe injuries, cold is advised since it lessens discomfort and swelling. Dogs who are hurt instinctively look for places to stand or lie down, such as puddles, ponds, streams, and snow banks.

It is untrue for a bag of frozen peas to work as an efficient ice pack. The peas don’t remain cold for long enough to be useful. Pet supply shops have cold therapy items for animals, while businesses that sell medical supplies also sell cold packs for sports injuries. The finest cold packs have a gel inside that doesn’t harden when frozen, allowing you to shape them to a dog’s body.

Make your own cold packs by combining two cups of water, one and a half cups of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, and two tablespoons of salt in a self-sealing plastic bag. Double-bag the bag to ensure a tight closure.

Any open ice pack should be covered with a towel before application, removed after 10 to 15 minutes, and left off for at least two hours before reapplying because cold limits circulation and ice left on for too long might result in difficulties. Never use cold treatments right before working out, practicing, or competing.

Put two cups of uncooked rice in a sock, tie the top, and microwave for one minute to create your own warm pack. It will continue to be warm for 20 minutes. For additional relaxation, add a sprig of lavender or a drop of essential oil. The sock can be utilized repeatedly. If you don’t have a microwave, put the raw rice in a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 150°F for 5 to 7 minutes.

Then, pour the warm rice into a sock or pouch, make sure it’s a safe temperature before applying, and check to make sure it’s still warm enough. As an alternative, soak a towel in warm water, wring it out thoroughly, and apply to the affected region. As required, reheat.

Whenever utilizing a warm pack, never leave a dog alone. To ensure the optimum temperature, always place a towel between the pack and your skin.

The fundamentals of massage are simple to master, and the majority of dogs like to be touched, stretched, and caressed. Restoring range of motion, calming the patient, and repairing injured tissue are all benefits of massage therapy. Hire a professional dog massage therapist, or study the foundations in books or on videos.

Chiropractic adjustments restore proper joint and vertebral alignment to alleviate pain, lessen muscular spasms, enhance coordination, and improve general health.

Musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, disc diseases, stiffness, and lameness can be improved or treated by acupuncture. It’s near relative, acupressure, involves pressing on acupressure points without using needles. Gent finger pressure or small, counterclockwise or clockwise-moving circles can be used to accomplish this.

Veterinarians and canine rehabilitation therapists provide a range of treatments for wounds, including hydrotherapy, shock wave therapy, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic laser, PEMF therapy, cryo therapy, orthotics and braces, electrical stimulation, herbal remedies, and energy healing modalities like Reiki.

Without first visiting your veterinarian, avoid giving your dog any over-the-counter medications. Numerous human drugs “may not be taken by your pet” or “may produce undesirable reactions with your dog’s other meds.”

Even if your dog appears to be in good health and reacts well to pain medication, follow your vet’s advice to rest and only engage in light exercise while the injury heals.

PREVENTION

Helping your dog avoid damage by taking precautions takes time and effort, but it’s time well spent.

Preventing obesity is a crucial objective. Carrying too much weight puts too much strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. “Obesity is also an inflammatory condition. Degenerative joint disease and a variety of other problems throughout the body can be brought on by chronic inflammation. Reduce the amount of treats your overweight dog receives during training and forbid family members from giving her more. It takes a village to lose weight successfully in dogs.

Similar to humans, pets benefit from having a strong core to lessen stress on the spine and limbs. Regular conditioning should be a lifelong objective for your dog. Your dog need not be an athlete to train like one. There are several online athletic and conditioning communities, and your neighborhood kennel club might know of them.

Avoiding repeatedly doing the same movements is another protective measure. Tennis ball throwing may be your dog’s favorite exercise, but repetitive ball throwing can lead to injuries, so mix it up with other hobbies.

Keep toenails short because overgrown toenails alter the biomechanics of the toes, which affects the alignment and mobility of the legs and spine.

Be practical while planning your dog’s schedule. Sprains and strains are brought on by abruptly changing from couch potato to canine athlete. For ambitious games of fetch, trail runs, and other “too much fun” occasions, inactive dogs require time and progressively increasing activity. And if your dog is hurt, have patience. Keep in mind that one of your dogs strongest heals is time.

If your dog is in need of a knee brace or elbow brace due to injury you can order your brace today via our shopping page, if you have any further questions  about what you should do you can contact us via our contact form, or visit our Facebook page or Group page for more information.


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