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Dogs and Chocolate Toxicity

Dogs and Chocolate Toxicity

chocolate toxic to dogsIt’s only a few days until Easter, and it’s the highest risk time for dogs and chocolate toxicity! No doubt there are families out there who already have Easter Bunny loot stashed away for their children. We all know dogs have a super-good sense of smell, so if you haven’t put the chocolate up high, there is the real risk your pup could sniff it out and help themselves! 

The infographic above gives an estimated amount of chocolate that can be deadly for dogs based on their weight. It can’t be stressed enough that NO amount is safe. Every dog is different and it should always be treated as an emergency. For those who are unable to view the image, we have summarised it below.

Chocolate is harmful to dogs due to the caffeine and theobromine in it. Theobromine content is higher the darker the chocolate as it is found in the cocoa.

SYMPtoms of chocolate toxicity

  • Excessive drinking
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tachycardia (racing heartbeat)
  •  High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors

If you think your dog has consumed chocolate, it is vital you get them to a vet as soon as possible for treatment. If you really want to give your dog an Easter treat, there are dog-friendly options available. Why not ask Karen here at Canine Cubby about her wonderful doggy treats and chocolates?

We hope you have a safe and happy Easter with no chocolate emergencies!

What Is Canine Bowen Technique?

Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique, a successful human bodywork-system named after its developer, Tom Bowen (1916-1982), which was developed in Australia during the 1950’s, and brought to the UK in the early 1990’s.

Its adaptation in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen practitioners and dog trainers/behaviourists Sally and Ron Askew. They started on their own dogs, and then, with the cooperation and support of their local vets, integrated their findings into their canine behavioural and rehabilitation work with great success.

Canine Bowen Technique is a holistic form of bodywork. By “holistic” we mean that it “works on the body as a whole, without referral to named disease”. So EGCBT practitioners do not concentrate on the veterinary-diagnosed disease or condition per se, but work with the dog, as they see it, on the day.

For example, although a dog may be brought with a condition such as rear-leg lameness, an EGCBT practitioner may well work with other parts of the body as well, including the back, neck, and front-legs, in order to address other possible problem areas caused as a result of the dog compensating for the presenting condition. In this case, the dog may well have tried to shift its weight forward in order to relieve the pain in the rear legs, but this, in turn, will affect the carriage of the head and neck and require the front legs to carry more load. By addressing these other areas, we are maximising the dog’s attempts to return its body to proper balance.

What happens in a Canine Bowen Technique session?

Using fingers and thumbs on precise points on the dog’s body, an EGCBT practitioner applies gentle rolling movements over soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and skin). The move is not a flick, but done slowly and with very gentle pressure so as to just disturb the underlying tissue and create a focus for the brain to work on.

There is no hard manipulation, no pulling or cracking of joints, no insertion of needles, no massaging with oils.

Canne Bowen Technique – later in the treatment

Although a typical consultation will last up to about an hour, while the practitioner gets to know more about you and your dog, and your dog can get accustomed to and relaxed with the practitioner, the actual hands-on part of the session will usually last no more than about 20 minutes. Over the following 3-4 days, the dog may experience reactions as its body continues to assimilate the effects of the Canine Bowen Technique moves and realigns/rebalances itself. The average number of sessions required to obtain noticeable change is one or two.

During the session, there are short intervals – determined either by the dog or by the practitioner – which allow the dog to absorb the information given by the gentle moves, and allow fine adjustments to take place within its body. We believe dogs are much more in tune with their bodies than humans, and generally know for themselves when to “take a break”, and when to come back for more. Often, after just a few moves, they will wander off and just stare blankly into space, or go somewhere for a short lie-down.

Canine Bowen Technique is never forced on the dog – this will only serve to make the dog less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome. So an important part of Canine Bowen Technique is recognising and respecting when the dog indicates it has received what it needs.

At the start of a Canine Bowen Technique session, there will need to be time to allow the dog to accept and trust the practitioner. For very nervous dogs, most of the time of a first Canine Bowen Technique session may well be spent solely on developing this relationship and very little Bowen work may be done. However, after getting accustomed to Canine Bowen Technique, most dogs will want it more and more, and many will come over and position themselves to indicate where they’d like the work doing.

Why Use Canine Bowen Technique?

Canine Bowen Technique aims to promote and support the body’s own powers of relaxation and self-healing, and as a result, may be very useful for dogs with problems in the following areas :

• Acute injury eg sprains and strains.
• Chronic conditions and degenerative disease – helping to improve the dog’s quality of life.
• Rescue/rehomed dogs – relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma.
• Pre- and post-operative surgery – assisting recovery times.
• Fear-based anxiety – such as fireworks and thunderstorms.

However, EGCBT practitioners will not claim to be able to “cure” a problem. Our aim instead is to facilitate the marshaling and channeling of the dog’s own resources so that it can determine how to heal itself. In this respect, therefore, Canine Bowen Technique can be almost all-embracing in its coverage. Although generally regarded as a ‘remedial’ technique, Canine Bowen Technique can also be used for maintenance and prevention, helping to keep the body in optimum balance. To this end, it may be very beneficial for the elderly dog, or for active, hard-working dogs or dogs used for competitions in obedience, agility, or trialling.

Common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions include :

• Allergies and Skin conditions
• Arthritis and Muscular Sprains & Strains
• Back problems
• Lameness and other Gait problems
• Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
• Working or Competition dogs
• Dogs that pull on the lead
• Aggression and other Behavioural problems
• Stress & Anxiety disorders
• Cystitis & Urinary disorders
• Recurrent Ear problems
• Sciatica
Plus heaps more

To make an appointment with our in-house Bowen therapist on Thursday please call Melanie direct, so she can understand your dog’s issues and make a plan of treatment for your dog. 0448015381

Respiratory Rate: Short and Shallow? Laboured and Heavy? Deep and Relaxed?

Respiratory Rate: Short and Shallow? Laboured and Heavy? Deep and Relaxed?

Just as heart rates change depending on mental and physical activity, so too does respiratory rate. However, it’s also affected by disease, irritants in the air, anxiety, and temperature. So knowing your pet’s normal respiratory rate and being aware of her normal breathing pattern will help you be more aware of whether she is well within her normal range or if there is something more troubling going on.

Resting respiratory rates (i.e. quiet and calm) for adult cats are between 16 and 40 breaths per minute and adult dogs between 10 to 35 breaths per minute. Again, generally speaking, the smaller the pet, the faster the respiratory rate.

Counting the number of times your pet breathes in over 15 seconds and multiplying by four will again give you the rate of breaths per minute. If you’re not sure if you’re counting correctly, just ask your vet at the next visit.

Any substantial change to the rate or character of your pet’s breathing i.e does it look shallow or weak; or noisy; or as though she’s putting in a lot of effort to breath, can indicate an emergency situation, and they need to be seen fast.

Heart Rate: Too Fast? Too Slow? Strange Rhythm?

Heart rate changes in relation to the size of a pet. In general, the larger they are, the slower the heart rate and if very young, their heart rates will also be much faster than an adult of the same species and breed. It’s also worth thinking about what your pet is busy doing, has just been doing or is anticipating doing… i.e. is he fast asleep (slower), just been running wildly in the park (faster) or about to get his favourite treat (faster).

Resting heart rates (i.e. quiet, calm and relaxed) for adult cats are usually around 120 -140 beats per minute. Adult dogs will usually be between 70 – 120 beats per minute.

To take your pet’s heart rate you can feel the femoral artery on the mid-section the inside of the hind leg. Count the number of beats you feel in 15 seconds and multiply by four.

A marked increase, decrease or irregular pattern can indicate a serious condition like dehydration, fever, heart disease or shock. Knowing how to take your pet’s pulse can be a useful tool for assessing how your pet is doing in an emergency situation. The next time you see your vet, ask her to demonstrate how to find your pet’s pulse and what is normal for your pet in particular.

Temperature: Too Hot? Too Cold? Who Knows?

Cats’ normal rectal temperatures range around 38-39 degrees celsius and dogs’ 37.5-39.5 degrees celsius. A temperature outside of the normal range can indicate heatstroke or fever (higher than normal) or serious circulatory issues or hypothermia (lower than normal).

The best way to know how to take your pet’s temperature is to ask your vet to show you how to take it. No-one wants to go fishing a thermometer from their pet’s bottom!

Knowing how to do this is especially important in our hot and humid climate and especially for owners of short-nosed (Brachycephalic) breeds of dogs and cats that are prone to heat stress. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from heat stress, use cool but not cold water to wet them down and get them seen by the vet ASAP – heatstroke is an emergency. By the same token, if your pet is colder than normal, and is weak or lethargic, they also need to be seen ASAP.

How To Use A Dog Mobility Ramp

How To Use A Dog Mobility Ramp

Did you know that Canine Cubby has a dog mobility ramp?  This is to help older or injured dogs enter and exit the car without the need to jump and risk added injury. With all mobility aids though, there are things to remember.

  • Make sure that your dog is wearing a lead and collar and a staff member is in attendance to assist you and your dog.
  • Please don’t park in front of the ramp, unless you are using it.
  • It only works for cars with rear access, such as a 4×4 or SUV

The ramp was designed by my husband and fits all vehicles with a back entry point, the ramp flap lifts or lowers depending on the height of your vehicle.

We have also created a short video to demonstrate how the ramp works.

If you have any questions about our facilities, dog hydrotherapy sessions and doggy daycare, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get Rid of Dog Worms Using Everyday Foods

Get Rid of Dog Worms Using Everyday Foods

Dog worms. They’re one of those things that you’d rather avoid but if you have dogs, you’ll have to deal with them at some stage. 

You can get rid of worms fast and without medication. Conventional deworming drugs can be very harmful to some dogs and can come with serious side effects. It turns out that one of the safest and most effective ways to treat worms in dogs are used in everyday foods. You may even have some in your house right now.

Dogs get many different worms, so it is best to find out if your dog has them and treat accordingly.

Common Dog Worms
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworm
  • Hookworm
  • Whipworm

If you need to get a faecal test to confirm a diagnosis of worms then the best time is during a full moon. This is when parasites shed their eggs the most. 

Foods to Help Eliminate Dog Worms

Starting with a healthy diet boosts the immune system. A whole food, raw diet is the best option to keep worms away. Dry kibble foods can attract parasites as they are attracted t the starch and sugars which are found in dry dog foods.

Some foods are

  • Fermented foods and vegetables
  • kefir
  • ground pumpkin/pepita seeds
  • grated carrots
  • watercress and other greens
  • squash
  • cucumber, beetroots & pineapple
  • Apple cider vinegar is one of the best but must be raw, unfiltered and organic.

If you have any queries on this topic, feel free to send us a message or have a chat to Donna at Canine Cubby.

Guess The Age of this Puppy

Guess The Age of this Puppy

This is an X-ray of a 2-month-old puppy.

Look how far the bones have to grow before they become a proper bony joint. This is why you should never let puppies jump, walk up and down stairs, over exercise or overtrain. Doing too much impact activity at a young age will cause serious issues later in life, or even at a young age as hip dysplasia and other orthopaedic conditions arising in puppies.

 

Grooming Class

Starting in October, Small groups, hands on experience with your own dog

Overview of the class

Why grooming is important

How to set up a grooming area

Correct tools for your dogs coat

correct handling and troubleshooting for behaviour problems

Dental hygiene

Nail and Ear care

Ticks and Parasites , identify them and how to remove

Bathing techniques

How to prevent matts , Knots and how to remove

How food effects the coat

Correct shampoo

plus plenty more.

Price is $135 for 6 hours  6x 1 hour classes

Thursday night 6.30 -7.30pm

Saturday 8.00-9.00 am

Please Book 0405396731 only small classes