Losing a Pet – What to Do When your Pekingese Crosses Over

 


Losing a pet is part of the cycle and it can be very painful and traumatic to your little ones if you do not know how to handle it. As with learning, a kid’s curiosity, awareness and understanding about death grows little by little. And there are so many parts that make up the entire concept of death — aging, life cycle, life span and what happens after death. That is quite a whole lot for a kid to learn.

Death is not something that your kid should be sheltered from. It begins as soon as the kid is able to notice that the dead leaves are beginning to fall off the tree. Learning about this from the people that she trusts and loves puts her at ease.

As a matter of fact, when your kid reaches age 4, he/she would start to wonder about death. So you must weave it into his/her dramatic play and introduce words like die, shoot, kill, dead. This is going to be good for them as this is all part of their learning process.

It is really hard for everyone to handle death, especially a member of the family. Though it is less likely that your kid would be exposed first on a person that is dying, thank goodness! More or less your kid’s first death experience would be the one regarding his pet. And as a parent, you should know how to deal with that.

Losing a Pet – What to Do When your Pekingese Crosses Over

Losing a Pet

When a child that is 7 years old and younger sees that his pet is dead:

  • Don’t sugar coat. Less it more. Give a clear, clean information  Sugar coating the reality would only complicate things. Simply tell your kid that your pet couldn’t walk, see, lick, bark, play, pee or poop.
  • Do not avoid it. As sad and hard as it is, your pet has to experience sadness from the experience.
  • Answer all his questions honestly and age appropriately.
  • Do not mention cremation. If he asks what you are going to do with your pet’s body, it is wise to tell him that you will take it to vet since he has a special place for dead pets. Do not mention about cremation since it would be scary for him at his age.

What you are going to feel:

Different people experience grief in different ways. Besides your sorrow and loss, you may also experience the following emotions:

  • Guilt may occur if you feel responsible for your pet’s death. It is pointless and often wrong to burden yourself with guilt for the accident or illness that claimed your pet’s life.
  • Denial makes it difficult to accept that your pet is really gone. Some pet owners carry this to extremes, and fear their pet is still alive and suffering somewhere.
  • Anger may be directed at the illness that killed your pet, the driver of the speeding car, the veterinarian who “failed” to save its life. Sometimes it is justified, but when carried to extremes, it distracts you from the important task of resolving your grief.
  • Depression is a natural consequence of grief, but can leave you powerless to cope with your feelings. Extreme depression robs you of motivation and energy, causing you to dwell upon your sorrow.

Losing a pet is not that easy, I know. And the most important step is to accept it and be honest about your feelings. Do not ever deny your pain, anger and guilt. Express it by screaming, crying, talk it out, etc… Locking away doesn’t make it all go away. Others find comfort in writing poems, stories, photo collage or the likes. Do not be afraid to get another puppy since he/she may not the be the same as the old one but he/she will always bring a whole new happiness in your home.

Have you ever tried losing a pet? How did you handle the emotions? What did you tell your kids? Tell us your story below.

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Myths About Spaying and Neutering – What your Pekingese’s Stand Really Is

There are several myths about spaying and neutering going around, thus stopping the pet owners from doing this to their pets.

It is a fact that pet overpopulation and euthanasia are a continuing issue all over the world. And if you want to be part of the solution, neuter and spay your pets.

Spaying and neutering your canine companion is a vital part of being a responsible pet parent. Unneutered male pets that are not able to go through frustration, which often lead to aggression. Unspayed female pets won’t attract unwanted attention every 6 months. And from a biological and psychological point of view, this is the best thing for your pet.

When you get your pet neutered or spayed, be sure that he/she is in a calm, submissive and balanced state. Never ever attempt to do the procedure if he/she is tense, nervous, aggressive, frustrated or anxious.

In USA alone, statistics show that 7 kittens and puppies are born for every human. And the result is that there are not enough number or homes for all of them plus 4-5M canines and felines are being euthanized annually.

Sterilizing pets has been hailed as the most effective way to control the pet population. If you want to save animal lives, then begin by spaying or neutering your pets. If your companions can’t breed then there won’t be any unwanted litter that would end up in the shelters to be euthanized or adopted.

Myths About Spaying and Neutering – What your Pekingese’s Stand Really Is

Myths About Spaying and Neutering

Myth 1: It will cause weight gain.

Dogs don’t get fat simply because he/she is being sterilized. Just like us, canines would gain weight if they eat too much and exercise too little or if they are genetically programmed to be on the heavy side. The weight gain that people may see after sterilizing their pets must be due to the fact that you are still feeding him high energy diet when he is already needing it in lesser amounts when he reaches adulthood.

Myth 2: Neutering and Spaying is costly.

Nowadays, there are cheaper and even free neuter and spay programs thus it cannot be used as an excuse anymore! So, lets say such programs are not available in your area, the emotional distress and money spent on the medical expenses you will be able to save in the long run is so worth it.

Myth 3: My dog will mourn over his/her loss of reproductive capability.

So not true. Dogs solely reproduce in order to ensure the survival of their specie. They don’t raise a pup for eighteen years! They don’t think about their kids future life. Bitches would only nurse their pups for several weeks, teach them rules, limitations and boundaries then send them off the join the rest of the pack. Male dogs don’t even father; they can’t even recognize a pup as their own.

Myth 4: He/she would feel less like a “man/woman.”

This myth actually branches out from the human imposing their own feelings towards the loss of the animal. As a matter of fact, your pet will simple have one less need to fulfill. A canine’s basic personality is created more by his genes and environment than sex hormones, thus sterilization won’t change your pet’s personality. On the contrary, doing it would give you a much more behaved pet.

Those are the common myths about spaying and neutering. Just so you know, sterilization minimizes the risk of incidence of health issues that are rather hard and costly to treat. For female pets, it eliminates the possibility of ovarian or uterine cancer and greatly minimizes her chance of having breast cancer. While males will have a lesser chance of developing prostate cancer. Sterilizing your pet would mean that he/she will be having a much longer and healthier life ahead.

Is your pekingese sterilized? This breed must be monitored closely during pregnancy due to their size while the sleeve peeks are not allowed to be pregnant since it would death. What is your stand about this topic? Share your opinions below.

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Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It

Is your pet a master in swallowing a pill? Mine is not. And this post is all for you pet owners out there who are trying to figure out how to give a pill or two to your pet without all the hassle.

First off, do not give your pet any kind of medication until you have talked to your vet about it and that it is approved by him/her. Also, do not forget to ask for the proper dosage of the drug.

In order to give a pill, gently slip your thumb into the space behind one of his teeth and press in an upward manner. As his mouth begins to open, press down his lower jaw using your opposite thumb. Once opened, put the pill at the back of his tongue, at the middle of the mouth. If you put the pill far too forward, then he would just spit it out. Then gently close his jaw for a second of two and rub his throat until he swallows. If you see him licking his nose then the pill is already swallowed. Also, blowing into his nose will let him swallow faster.

Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It

Swallowing a Pill

Suggestion Tips:

  • Meatball Trick. Use his dog food and hide the pill on a meatball that you will make out of his dog food.
  • Use Lunch Meat. Try rolling the meat into a thin strip of lunch meat.
  • Cheese. If the pill happens to be very small, then you can shove it down in the middle of a cheese chunk.
  • Butter-y Pill. There are times that simply rubbing the pill with butter is enough already.
  • Peanut Butter. Insert the pill in a glob of peanut butter. Since the pill would simply stick to the peanut butter, then he has no choice but to swallow it.

Crushed Pill Method

  • Use a mortar and pestle in crushing his pill.
  • Mix the crushed powder with a treat that your pet loves. Yogurt, dog food or peanut butter will do the trick.
  • Allow your pet to lick the spoon that is full of the mixed mixture.

Learning the trick on your pet swallowing a pill requires patience. Do not attempt to crush his pill if you have not read its indications, some pills are not supposed to be crushed. For a pet like a pekingese (or any breed that has a flat face), do not attempt the pill push method since it may endanger his breathing.

How do you give your pet his medications? Know other tricks that works quite well with your pet? Let us know by sharing it below.

 

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Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

What is pica in dogs? Eating non-food items is coined as pica. Although you may see it as a sign that his diet is lacking some nutrient; however when it occurs is puppies and young dogs the most common cause is actually boredom. Consuming non-food items occasionally may turn into a compulsive behavior, which may be a dangerous habit. The most common form of pica is your pet eating rocks, but he can also eat other things like containers, human clothing, wood or other wooden objects and plastic materials.

It is normal for puppies to chow down on all types of objects, non-food items included. Though, experts are not sure on why they indulge in this, most puppies do this in order to investigate their surroundings. And most puppies will just outgrow this behavior when they reach 6 months of age and along with a reprimand from their owner.

It is already considered as a compulsive behavior if he still continues to do so even when he is already a full grown adult. Compulsive behavior won’t go away if you leave it untreated, you must help her with a special training. Ask your vet about it for more info.

On the other hand, it is common to see dogs eat grass. Some dogs would graze when they don’t feel good and would want to vomit, while others do this to improve their digestion. They also indulge in it because it helps in getting rid of worms or can treat stomach ailments. As long as your pet only eats soil and grass occasionally, then this type of pica won’t have any issue.

Pica in Dogs

Resolving the Problem

If you notice that your pet has pica issues, giving him lots of appropriate things and toys for him to play with as well as a chance to play with you might help in resolving this issue and prevent the development of compulsive behavior. Just bear in mind that if you give him things to chew on, be sure that it is a chew toy designed for him so that he won’t bite off chunks of it and choke in the long run. If you suspect that his pica is diet related issue, then switch him to a higher quality dog food, it could help resolve the problem, if you see no improvement then consult your vet already.

Pica in Pups

  • Give him a plenty of mental exercise to keep him busy. Give him different toys and safe things to chew on.
  • Provide lots of physical exercise too. Play catch, tug of war, fetch and go on walks with your pet. Allow him to run around the yard as well while you supervise.
  • Monitor him. Reprimand him verbally every time you see him chew on something that isn’t suppose to be. Redirect his attention and give her treats and toys instead.
  • If you see him already eating non-edible items, take it from his mouth immediately as it can cause blockages or illnesses once swallowed.

Handling Compulsive Pica

If you are not seeking the aid of an expert animal behaviorist, then here are some steps you can do at home to curb his bad habit.

  • Dog proof your home. Prevent him from gaining access to all non-edible items that he is loves on eating. Supervise him most of the time when you are out in the open. If necessary, you can put basket muzzle on him when you go out on walks.
  • Discourage him. Every time you see him trying to chew on something that isn’t right, then reprimand him. Try to give him his toys and treats to redirect his attention, if he does so, praise him for that.
  • Give him lots to do. Mental and physical exercise can help a lot. Go on walks, play with him, give him lots of challenging toys to keep him pre-occupied for hours and also allow him to mingle with his dog buddies at the park.
  • Consult the vet. Ask your vet about medications that could minimize your pet’s stress and compulsive behavior.
  • Teach him a new skill. Teaching him a new skill would prevent him from doing his compulsive behavior. Reward him for good performance and scold him of he tries to eat something that is not edible.
  • Use deterrents. Using of safe taste deterrents on the items that your pet loves to chew on is also an idea. Useful and safe deterrents include ground pepper, tabasco sauce, Grannick’s bitter apple gel or spray. Be consistent on your application on the items and restrict her water source for 10-20 minutes for maximum results. The bad taste and limit of water source would discourage her from chewing on those items again. If you see him approaching on that item he loves to chew and would turn away, praise him immediately.

Pica in dogs is normal however it is not healthy since if could harm him. As an owner, you must do something to help him stop this bad behavior of his. If you think that you cannot handle the situation on your own, you better seek the help of an expert right away.

Is your pekingese well behaved? Good for you, if so, because mine is quite mischievous; trying to nibble on my garments whenever he can! What is your story? Share it with us below.

 

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Cataracts in Dogs – Fight Against it with your Pekingese

Cataracts in Dogs – Fight Against it with your Pekingese

Cataracts in dogs is common as they age but we can do some steps in order to help our pets fight it. First off, what are cataracts? It is the opacity in the lens of your pet’s eye, thus causing blurry vision. If the cataract is still tiny, it won’t be any disturbance to him however you must monitor it since the denser and thicker they become, the bigger the chance that it will to blindness.

Cataracts develop due to old age or may arise from trauma or from a disease such as diabetes, however the most common factor is that it is hereditary. Cataracts may be there already the moment your pet was born and would only develop once he reaches at least 1 year old.

So, how can you determine if your pet already has cataracts? Check his eyes. If it appears bluish-gray in color or cloudy, then take him immediately to the vet for an exam. Be warned though that a dog’s lens normally becomes cloudy and gray as they age. This is called nuclear sclerosis, but this condition doesn’t put your pet’s vision at any risk and treatment is usually not recommended.

An untreated cataract may slip from the tissue which it lodged from and would float around the eye and may block the natural fluid drainage. This would then lead to glaucoma  which eventually leads to permanent blindness. Cataracts also dissolve with time, causing a painful and deep inflammation in your pet’s eye.

Cataracts in Dogs

For a more detailed information about cataracts, click here.

How to Prevent it Naturally

  • Vitamins C & E. You can fight free radicals with these vitamins. They are known to be antioxidants since they block all of the free radicals’ harmful effects. For pets who have cataracts the given dose is 50 IU of vit. E per 10 pounds of body weight once daily. Simply punch a tiny hole on the vit. E and squeeze it unto your pet’s food. Vit. C actually causes diarrhea so you have to experiment a bit to see what dose your pet can tolerate.
  • Vegetables. Incorporate more veggies unto his daily diet. Carrots, kale and other yellow and green vegetables are very rich in antioxidants.
  • Bilberries. When taken in tablet form, this antioxidant would protect the tissue of your pet’s eye. Experts found out that bilberry when mixed with vit. R stopped the clouding of lens in 97% of their test subjects who has early stage cataracts. Ideal dose would be 50mg to be mixed in your pet’s food on a daily basis.
  • Beta-carotene. This is one antioxidant that when absorbed would be converted to vit. A which protects the eye tissues. Ask your vet on what is the proper dose for your pet.
  • Cineraria. This is a healing herb which has the ability to reverse the cataracts that have already formed thus minimizing the need for surgical intervention. This is one of the few things that can really clear cataracts and it comes in eye drop form. Just ask your vet about it and ask for a prescription.

It is normal for your pet’s eyes to age and go through changes as they grow older. Thus, cataracts in dogs is not something new nor unusual. They are often caused by free radicals, diabetes, aging, trauma among others. The good news is that free radicals can be dealt with preventing the developing of cataracts in your pet’s eyes.

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