Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:28:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Losing a Pet – What to Do When your Pekingese Crosses Over Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:24:48 +0000 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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Dogs Begging for Food: How to Curb that Bad Pekingese Habit Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:25:00 +0000

Dogs Begging for Food: How to Curb that Bad Pekingese Habit

You are eating and there is your puppy, giving you that look. Most owners can’t win over that look and thus give into his wish. Dogs begging for food is quite innate and it is up to you as the owner to curb this nasty behavior. Begging is a behavior is harmless, however it can be annoying at times. While canines deserve to eat their meals in peace, but so do we, and it is very disturbing to eat while a dog is drooling beside you.

Begging is a natural and instinctual behavior; it is also a learned behavior. This means that at some point in his life, he has found out that begging would get him results from his owner. It is up to you to train him properly so that he won’t be able to develop that habit.

Begging usually begins when the family pet is beginning to receive shared food items from his owners. A member of the family would slip something to him under the table just because that person doesn’t want to eat it or if a person is generous enough to allow their pet to lick the minor leftovers from the plates. It won’t take long before your pet would stand by your table during meal times because he knows that he will get something to eat too.

It is normal for your pet to mooch from his pack leader (owner). or from the rest of the pack which are higher ranked than him (members of the family). So, from the day that you bring him home, it is wise to establish a dinner-time routine — when it is your family’s meal time, train to crate him. Or if not, at least train him to not stay in the same room where you and your family is dining.

Dogs Begging for Food

Stop What Has Already Begun

  • Feed him. And I mean, feed him the same time that you and your family are eating. That way he will be too occupied with his own meal to be ever concerned with yours.
  • Crate him. Train him to be crated during meal times. It is never too late to undo his behavior and you can begin by putting him away when you and your family is eating. It can also prevent any saboteurs from any members of the family, especially the kids!
  • Give a command. Every time he attempts to come near you during meal times, give him a command to go elsewhere. It may be to his crate or to just lay down in a corner or to simply leave the room for the time being.
  • Ignore. Begging is a type of an attention-seeking behavior and ignoring him would teach him that it won’t give him any results anymore.

Dogs begging for food won’t change overnight, you should know that. Be patient and use discipline consistently and don not ever give up. Your greatest reward will be a better behaved dog. As you may have noticed that all of these hints have to do with removing your pet from the scene. This form of negative reinforcement is really what works best along with complete refusal to give in to his food begging. Do not forget that you have to out-stubborn him in order to succeed, and dogs can be truly stubborn indeed.



Ear Mites in Dogs – Help your Pekingese Handle It Naturally Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:58:40 +0000

Ear Mites in Dogs – Help your Pekingese Handle It Naturally

Ear mites in dogs is quite common so every owner should know how to handle it appropriately. Nothing drives a pup nuts as quite as much as the ear mites. Just imagine something crawling and creeping inside your ears! It surely gives me the willies! No wonder your pet would shake his head, scratch endlessly and cry as well. Also, all that scratching and ear flapping can damage his ears too.

The one causing it are tiny creatures that belongs to the family of ticks and are very contagious. That means that if one of your pets has it, then you need to to treat the entire furry pack — cats, bunnies, ferrets and other dogs.

Ear mites are the common culprit of otitis (inflammation of ears). You will spot a brown, crumbly debris on your pet’s ear canal. When mites are biting and crawling inside your pet’s ear it causes very intense itching  thus causing your pet to shake his head, dig on his ears or even rub his head against the furniture or floor and will cry.

Ear trauma will result with his efforts to relieve the itch. And for breeds that are pendulous-eared like the Basset hound, beagles and even the pekingese it can cause hematoma where their pinna would then swell up like a balloon.

Dark ear debris and behavioral signs may generally point towards ear mites however it is still very essential for the vet to confirm it. A sample would be taken from his ear and then would be examined under the microscope. Never ever treat your puppy to eat mites until your vet has confirmed it, or you will only be complicating things for your pet.

Ear Mites in Dogs

Home Made Remedies

  • Oil Treatment. It is a fact that oil soothes sore ears and can also float the debris out. Oil can also suffocate the mites itself. Vets say that it doesn’t matter what kind of oil you use just stay away from tea tree oil since it can be toxic for puppies and cats. For best results, crush a few garlic cloves in a cup of il and let it marinate overnight. Garlic are nature’s antibacterial agent that can be useful in treating your pet’s ears. Just remove the garlic prior to using the oil for treatment. You need to clean his ears with this solution everyday for at least a month.
  • Antiseptic Tea Rinse. Green tea is nature’s antiseptic agent. It can be useful in flushing out all the ear debris that has clogged up in your pet’s ear canal. Steep a tablespoon of green tea leave in a cup of hot water for about 3-4 minutes then strain it. Let it cool down before using it once a day for one month.
  • Vinegar Treatment. Vinegar can still infected areas and it is also proven to be effective. The vinegar’s acidity would remove the dirt and debris, revitalizing healthy ear equilibrium. It is recommended to use small amounts of vinegar. Mix oe part vinegar in two parts water. Pour the solution into his ears using a dropper and massage thoroughly. After which, you gently wipe the insides of the ear using a cotton ball.

Ear mites in dogs are very irritating and if you leave it untreated can lead to deafness. Luckily, aside from the commercially prepared products, there are still holistic way of approach which you can try first. You pet would surely thank you for treating his nasty ear mite problem.

Has your Pekingese experienced this ailment? How did you resolve it? Please share with us your story below.


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Choosing a Dog – What the Pekignese Breed Say About You Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:43:10 +0000 Choosing a dog is no joke and it also says a lot about your very own personality. From the tiny Chihuahua to the mighty Great Dane, dogs come in various shapes and sizes and show different kinds of temperaments. Studies shows that the type of dog breed that you pick can actually say a lot of things about your very own personalty. Let me share to you the interpretations about the dog breeds and think how similar you really are.

Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinkerbell may be more than just an accessory. Owners of toy dogs like Hilton and Isaac Newton, score high in the personality traits like openness, open to new experiences, intellectually curious, and are very appreciative of culture and arts. On the other hand, owners of Labrador, the overly friendly breed are the most agreeable personalities around. Furthermore, people also tend to report that their pet’s personality is a lot like theirs.

Choosing a Dog – What the Pekignese Breed Say About You

Choosing a Dog

What your Dog Say About You

  • Terriers. This breed are playful companions, energetic and fun loving. Owners of terriers are said to be able to focus on the task at hand and are flexible. Just like their pets, terrier owners are also brave, competitive and feisty. They are also known to have a good sense of humor and extremely talkative.
  • Labradors and Golden Retrievers. This breed are very good-natured, friendly and make wonderful family companions. Owners of this dog usually put their families first and are carefree and easy going. This breed are known to have active lifestyle and adore the outdoors. Owners are usually lovable, honest and social butterflies.
  • Bulldogs. This breed is so persistent, determined and doesn’t know how to give up easily. Owners of this breed are known to be silly, loves to laugh however can be stubborn at times. They are also very efficient and methodical in completing tasks. While they seem to appear intimidating, bulldogs are loving and gentle members of the family. Owners are also known for being hopeless romantics with sentimental streaks.
  • Poodles, Pekingese, Chihuhuas and Toy Breeds. Owners of these dogs are loyal, sincere and fun loving. Owners are also known to love traveling since small dogs make wonderful travel companions plus they can easily be put into a carrier. Owners of such dogs take pride in their physical appearance also they own very neat and orderly homes. They are also versatile and can afford to enjoy evenings with a bottle of wine or partying around town.
  • Boxers. This breed exudes high amounts of energy. Owners are said to live life to the fullest and are known for their playful personality. Boxer owners are usually busy, quickly welcomes strangers and love life to the fullest. They are mostly hapy-go-lucky people.
  • Beagles. One of the smartest breed in the world. They are innately inquisitive, loyal and are willing to learn new things. Owners are also open to new experiences, willful and curious. The owners make great friends and would bring laughter to everyone’s life. They can also have a mischievous side.
  • Irish Setters, English Pointers, Weimaraners. These breeds are naturally likable, alert and well-rounded family pets. Owners enjoy an active lifestyle, love hunting and other outdoor activities. They are also intelligent, motivated, esily excited and have a great sense of courage.
  • Cocker Spaniels. This breed are so sweet, gentle and respectful. Owners tend to be trustworthy, affectionate and charming. The owners may lead a busy lives but they prioritize their families first. They also keep in close touch with lifelong friends and don’t prefer to spend time with strangers.
  • Sight Hound Group (Basenji, Greyhound, Whippet). These breed are very calm, relaxed, and introverted. These dogs love the company of family and friends, they also prefer to spend time with smaller dog breeds. They are very curious, alert and organized. Owners of this group are agile, fast and often excel at sports (especially track and field.)
  • Dachshunds. This breed are brave, stubborn and act invincible. When owners of this breed want something, they don’t give up until they get it. Owners adore gardening and just like their pets, dig things up. They can also be bossy at times and dislike it when things don’t go their way.
  • German Shepherds. This dog are usually shy around strangers however they warm up once they get to know the person. Owners would of anything for their friends and are loyal companions and tend to be protective to their loved ones.
  • Pugs. They are the class clowns of the canine species. People who own pugs are often cheerful and have a zest for live life to the fullest. Just like a pug who adores belly rubs, the owners also enjoy massages and spa pampering.
  • Rottweilers. They are intense an determined. This dog commands a degree of respect and is known to be a very courageous breed. Owners are loyal, confident and devoted to their loved ones and friends. They are lid back but quickly reacts if a person rubs them the wrong way.
  • Siberian Huskies. Owners of this breed are very huge sports fans. Whether it’s basketball or football, it’s likely that they are watching the game somewhere. Those who own this breed are into outdoor sports like skiing and snowboarding. They can be strong willed but are also lovable towards strangers.
  • Mixed Breeds. Mutt owners are often fun loving, carefree and open minded. They enjoy riding the wave of life while following strict plans. They don’t mind on the small stuff and would rather focus their attention on the bigger picture. During their free time, owners of mutt are often seen doing volunteer works or happily spending time with their group of friends.

Choosing a dog has not always been easy since you are trying to find the perfect match for you. So the next time you see a biker dude walking leather-collared Rott or a Paris Hilton clone with a clipped Poodle in Shantung leash, you may have a difficulty in analyzing how it reflects them. But how about your own pet? What kind of portrait does your pet on you? You may not have thought about it, but everything about your chosen dog reveals a great deal about you; may it be for worse or better.

So, do you agree on the statement above? Tell us about what you think on the space provided below.



Dog Breeds for Protection – Is Pekingese a Part of It? Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:47:59 +0000 Every dog owner is knowledgeable on what dog breeds for protection are. So, you think the Pekingese breed is a part of it? Read on to find out.

All throughout history, one of the main and functional jobs of having a pet dog is for protection: guarding us from unwanted animals and people alike. While most dogs these days will act as home guardians instinctively, there are still top dog breeds that known for possessing the traits needed to best ward off unwanted company.

Because of their courage, physical strength, loyalty, resistance to pain and temperament, experts consider the following breeds as top guard dogs:

  1. Rottweiler – This breed is originally bred as cattle-protecting canines, they are known as relentless protectors of their pack. They are very intelligent and very loyal to their owners. They are also known to be aloof to strangers until they are properly introduced and are apt pupils as well.
  2. Komodor – Originally bred to protect herds of sheep, this breed possesses a natural guard dog skill. They are courageous, active, loyal and are widely known for their strength and dignity. If properly trained and socialized, they make a very devoted family pet.
  3. Bullmastiff – They are known for their protection instincts, courageousness, physical strength and an extreme loyal family pet. If a stranger trespasses your home, he will use his strength to block or knock that stranger down. He may be docile in a family set up but surely makes a wonderful house pet.
  4. Doberman Pinscher – If you own a large land and is trying to keep an eye on it, this breed is for you. Dobies are very fast and agile and would be able to reach an intruder in no time. They are known to be the 5th smartest dog in the world, they are alert, fearless and loyal.
  5. German Shepherd – They are fearless, bold and confident. This is an extremely intelligent breed and are fast to learn commands thus making them the police favorite. They have a calm demeanor when the household is fine but would react so fast when he feels his pack is threatened.
  6. Puli – This breed is known for their innate suspicious behavior. They are always on the look out and would bark to alert their masters if there is something out of the ordinary. They are smart and would also require constant companionship. They are great for families who have an active lifestyle since they also love hiking, running and other outdoor activities.
  7. Kuvasz – This breed has a strong instinct to guard its pack and home as well as very territorial. This breed is aloof to strangers but literally craves for attention from its family.
  8. Giant Schnauzer – They are strong, dominant and powerful dogs that requires very strict training. They require a lot of physical and mental stimulation as well as constant attention. Their extreme loyalty to the family makes them a perfect guard dog.
  9. Staffordshire Terrier – They are often confused with American Pit Bull Terrier, this breed was originally bred for bulls and bear fighting. Their protective and aggressive nature makes them an excellent guard dog but must be properly socialized and trained since puppy hood.
  10. Rhodesian Ridgeback – They were originally bred to hunt lions, thus this breed has a very strong prey drive and an independent nature. They are natural and loyal watchdogs. They are also known to be selective with their barking, so when he barks, take it seriously and check it out immediately. They require proper training since they are not naturally obedient. They also love cuddle and affection from its owners.


Dog Breeds for Protection – Is Pekingese a Part of It?

Dog Breeds for Protection

Other Breeds Known to be a Natural Family Guard Dogs

  • Ca de Bou
  • Akita Inu
  • Cane Corso
  • Tosa Inu
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Neapolitan Maastiff
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Chow Chow

For those who don’t want to deal with an extra responsibility for owning such a guard dog but are looking for a pet that would alert them of intruders, you should try to consider getting a watch dog. There are a number of breeds that are known for their persistent barking and their natural ability to alert their owners of the danger and also has the ability to scare away intruders.

Excellent Watchdog Breeds:

  • Chihuahua
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dachshund
  • Terriers
  • Pekingese
  • Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer

Owning dog breeds for protection comes with an added responsibility. While all of the aforementioned breeds are known to be wonderful family pets, owners must be clear on the fact that these canines tend to be more aggressive in nature compared to the other dog breeds. And to ensure the safety of the rest of the family, neighbors and guests, these dogs must be properly introduced, socialized and trained.

Now, you know which category your baby Pekingese belongs to. What is your say about this post? Share your inputs with us below.



Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese? Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:54:30 +0000 Kissing your dog is quite normal in a loving dog-human household. We can never deny that fact. Who could resist a lovely dog waiting for you at the door with tail wagging and excitement in their eyes as we approach nearer and nearer. We all swoop down to their level to give them a hug and kiss on their faces and we also allow them to lick us back in the face. However, is it sanitary? Have you even considered being sick just because of sharing a kiss with your pet? There is a new study conducted that would make you really think twice about that juicy kiss.

Last 2011, a group of Japanese researchers gathered dental plaque from 66 dogs and 81 humans who dropped by the dog training schools and animal clinics in Okayama, Japan. The plaque was then placed under the microscope and they studied the bacteria. And as theorized, the results determined that both dogs and humans contained bacteria in their mouths, which could easily transfer to each other through kissing/licking.

Kissing your Dog

Experts found out about a disease causing peridontopathic bacteria present in the plaque in both dogs and humans that where tested. This bacteria is linked to periodontis, a severe form of gum disease which according to the experts causes the destruction on the supporting tissues of the tooth that would eventually leat to kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease.

Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

Kinds of Bacteria Found

The study showed that there are 3 kinds of disease causing oral bacteria: Campylobacter rectus, Porphyromonas gulae and Tannerella forsythia were found in the dogs oral flora and the detection rates of these bacteria were rare in humans. So, we just bested the myth “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours.”

The plaque samples also showed the presence of Porphyromonas gulae in 13 human subjects as well as with their dogs. Furthermore, the experts also said that there were 2 more kinds of bacteria found in the dogs’ oral flora and it also showed traces on their owners as well. Just know that all the aforementioned bacteria are known to cause periodontal disease.

If that study isn’t compelling enough to convince you, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave all pet owners a warning about the health hazards involved in kissing your dog.

Dr. Oz mentioned during in an interview with People Pets: “If your pooch is a scavenger, then a canine lick on the lips could jeopardize your health. The half-eaten hot dog your dog found on the street — or the feces he was nibbling on — could be loaded with germs and bacteria such as toxocara, salmonella, giardia, hookworm, tapeworm and many others, putting your family’s health at risk.”

As adorable as kissing your dog may be, it may give us more than what we asked for in form of a gum illness caused by bacteria or organisms that are not normally found in a human’s oral flora. You can always cuddle, hug and show affection towards your pet in other ways and just save the kiss to the human pack members.

Are you sharing a kiss with your Pekingese? If so, I hope you won’t contract with any of the said organisms so that your health won’t be jeopardized. Want to tell us your story? Do so by entering it on the space provided below.


Myths About Spaying and Neutering – What your Pekingese’s Stand Really Is Sat, 09 Mar 2013 13:57:32 +0000 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.


When to Take your Dog to the Vet – Does your Pekingese Require a Vet ASAP? Sat, 09 Mar 2013 06:52:53 +0000 Really, do you know when to take your dog to the vet asap? You don’t want to be one of those owners who would be just shocked to find out that their beloved pet is already dead, do you? If you notice that there is something “off” with your pet, then a vet visit is a must! After all, your beloved pet cannot talk to you.

News flash people: Dogs don’t suddenly “die” at home nor should they. Not unless it is due to a sudden acute internal bleeding (like hemangiosarcoma) or from a pericardial effusion ( the abnormal accumulation of blood around the heart sac), it is something that your vet could have treated.

An educated owner knows where to get his/her resources: the Internet is the most reliable source, though not always. A simple call to your vet or reception to the animal hospital can already help triage your pet’s problem and can help you decide if should you or should you not bring him over for a check up.

When you are in doubt, it is best to take him to the emergency clinic just to be sure. It may be costly but it can help you ease your mind that your pet is in a good condition. No pet should die at home since signs would be shown if he is not feeling good or if in pain. It is not good to let your pet die miserably at home when he could have been treated at the medical center.

When to Take your Dog to the Vet – Does your Pekingese Require a Vet ASAP?

When to Take your Dog to the Vet

  1. Difficulty in Breathing. Medically coined as Dyspnea, difficulty in breathing can manifest as choking, weak/raspy breathing, wheezing or even respiratory arrest. This may be due to a blockage on his throat, heart/pulmonary disease or allergic reaction. If you see a foreign object lodged on his throat, do not attempt to remove it by yourself especially if you don’t have experience about it. You may cause it to lodge even deeper thus completely blocking your pet’s airway. Do not wait any minute and take him to the vet immediately.
  2. Seizures. Dog seizures are considered as a neurological condition but since it is the culprit to most pet mortality rate, let us discuss it deeper. If your pet has experienced seizure for the first time, he must be seen by a vet immediately. Signs and symptoms may be uncontrollable tremors and shaking  paddling with the legs, loss of consciousness, loss of urinary and bowel control. The most common cause of seizures in dogs is epilepsy. So, if your pet has been diagnosed as epileptic, not all seizures are an emergency. You should know which ones require a vet visit. If he has multiple seizures in a 24-hour time span and that every episode lasts for minutes, then he needs immediate vet attention.
  3. Trauma. If your pet has sustained trauma of any kind: fall, getting hit by a car, gunshot wound or he was involved in a dog fight then he needs immediate vet attention.
  4. Neurological Conditions. Neurological problems may come as a form of in-coordination  disorientation, lethargy, coma and unresponsiveness. A healthy and normal canine is responsive, alert and bright; thus any notable change in his mental status would require immediate vet attention. Never ignore weakness and lethargy since it can be a sign of a serious illness.
  5. Vomiting and Diarrhea. These are common to dogs and it can be due to a simple gastric upset which may resolve within the next 24 hours. If your pet is okay aside from his gastric upset then you can withhold his meals for 4-6 hours to rest his stomach and be sure to give him lots of water to prevent dehydration. And if you notice additional signs like weakness, pain, lethargy then bring him immediately to the vet. Also, if diarrhea and vomiting that persists more than 24 hours or if you notice blood present already, then bring him to the clinic asap.
  6. Unknown Toxic Exposure. One day you found your garden fertilizer ripped open or a chewed up rat bait on the floor and suspect that your pet dog has eaten it then call the animal poison control for immediate intervention. A vet may ask you to do induce vomiting, you can use hydrogen peroxide for it. It is always safe to let the experts see your pet.
  7. Urinary Issues. If you observe that your pet is not peeing then better see the vet immediately. Urinary blockages can occur, though quite rare in dogs and more often in cats, but it is still life threatening. Bloody urine or difficulty in urination must be seen by the vet as soon as possible.
  8. Abdominal Pain. If you see your pet has distended abdomen or is in pain, then something is wrong surely, so better take him to the vet immediately. Distended abdomen is often accompanied by retching, weakness, dry heaves, difficulty breathing and collapse. Abdominal distention is due to trapped air in the stomach thus causing the stomach to twist on itself. This is a life-threatening condition and the experts call it GDV (gastric dilatation volvulus) or in lay man’s term “bloat.”
  9. Ocular Issues. Eye problems in dogs have a bad habit of deteriorating faster than the other organs of the body. Such problems escalate so fast thus causing blindness if not treated immediately, especially glaucoma. Signs and symptoms of eye disorders include eye discharges, redness, squinting, swelling and constant pawing in the eye area.
  10. Delivery Problems. Whelping brings a lot of problem especially if you have a tiny dog breed and it is her first time. If you see your pet going into labor more than 4 hours and no puppies has gone out, call your vet immediately. She may be experiencing dystocia.

The aforementioned list is not the complete list on when to take your dog to the vet. There are several emergencies that may occur but it is a compilation on what are the common cases seen over the years. If you think there is something wrong with your pet, then help is just a phone call away. Always keep a number of your attending Vet and the poison control center.

Can you think of more cases on when it is an emergency to bring your pet to the vet? If so, do not hesitate to share it wit all of us. Simply enter your suggestion/tips below.



How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind Sat, 09 Mar 2013 04:38:35 +0000 Have you ever thought on how your dog sees you? An alpha? A best bud? A parent? A food provider? A can opener?

Most pet owners make up all kinds of interpretations about how their pets feel towards them. But due to technology these days, the experts can already capture images of actual canine thought process.

The researchers and experts from Emory University developed a new technology in scanning and exploring the minds of our four-legged companion. They are using the fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technique, the same way they do in order to unlock the secrets of a human brain.

In a study, they found out that dogs respond closely to humans’ hand signals and it also has a direct line to their reward system. That would explain why your dog would come near you in an instant if you have a reward for him compared to when you are barehanded.

How your Dog Sees You

How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind

Unlock His Bark Code

When your pet is barking a lot, there may be a cause to it. Rather than letting him be and keeping an endless supply of earplugs, know what your pet is trying to tell you. It is not healthy for the both of you in the long run if you decide to ignore your pet. Who knows, your pet is already thinking how inconsiderate you are for not taking the time to listen to him. You don’t want that, do you?

“I’m Confused” Bark

This is characterized with a loud, endless barking towards a person/thing that he is afraid of. First, know the history of your pet. If he has previous trauma then try to heal it before you encourage him to deal with his issues. There are also times where your pet would end up jumping in your arms or hiding between your legs after barking loudly. This means that he is so threatened and confused of what is going on around him and he is seeking security from you. If you have this kind of pet, do not reprimand him. Rather support and show him that there is nothing to worry about. Project that authorative energy so that your pet would pick that up from you and would be less fearful.

“I’m Scared” Bark

Most of the time, a dog would have to have a traumatic incident before he would develop a fear towards something and that is where the fear bark comes in. Dealing with a fearful dog is not easy since the mere sight of a person/thing that he is afraid of would immediately cause him to act inappropriately. However, Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan reminds all pet owners that dog’s are very sensitive to our own emotions. If we ourselves would imagine that something bad would happen because that person/thing is there your pet can sense the anxiety, sadness and fear from you. However, if you are showing him that nothing is wrong and that you feel good, then he would also feel the same. Though, your pet may need rehab, but it all boils down to you and your feelings.

“I’m Bored” Bark

This usually happens when you go to work and your pet would begin to bark loudly nonstop until you come home. This is also connected with separation anxiety but if you only give your pet 15 minutes of exercise per day then you leave him for work, then he is so bored out of his mind already. You as an owner should do something about it. Seek professional help or read help books to improve the situation. Always remember that you have your work, friends and other stuff going on while your pet only has you.

“I’m Spoiled” Bark

This is characterized with nonstop barking fits when your pet doesn’t get what he wants or worse, would use his charms to get other people’s attention and then growl and threaten them once he has succeeded with his goal. This attitude cam about due to the owners themselves. If you are over indulging your pet and give in to what he always wants, then HE is the pack leader and not you! Better seek help from an expert in order to correct this attitude before it goes on any longer.

Knowing how your dog sees you is an eye opener for every dog parent out there. Do not ever underestimate your dog’s sensitivity to our emotions. If you help him identify and face his fears and do not fuel him with your own disorganized and panic thoughts, then everything would run smoothly.

So, what or who are you in your pet’s eyes? Who is the leader of the pack? Is it really you? Share with us your story on the space provided below.


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Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese or Not? Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:58:08 +0000

Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese?

With all the ruckus recently about sweet potatoes and its effects on dogs, let us clarify everything first. After this post, you would be able to determine if should you or should you not make a sweet potato dog treat for your pet.

Let us first discuss about the good side, here. September is the harvest time for sweet potatoes and yes, they are an acceptable diet for your pet. This root crop is usually used as an acceptable filler source – one that won’t cause any digestive problems. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are more nutritious. They are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are considered as an antiodiabetic food. Experts found out that it aids in stabilizing the blood sugar levels as well as lowers the insulin resistance. It is also rich in Vitamin A which fights against emphysema. Furthermore, it is also rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper and Fiber.

However, you should also be cautious when you are incorporating sweet potatoes in your pet’s diet. Take note that sweet potatoes are full of starch so weight gain is a big possibility if you give him too much, too often. Another thing to consider is that its skin contains harmful chemicals once moldy. To inspect all the sweet potatoes you’re using and prevent feeding him a moldy one. Just use sweet potatoes sparingly.

Furthermore, a sweet potato treat from China is associated with a certain disease. According to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), vets are now reporting health related issues that is linked with sweet potato treats that are made in China (same goes for the Chicken jerky treats).

Laboratory tests show on sick canines that they have kidney problems and their showing symptoms are similar to Fanconi Syndrome. Though most patients recovered, there are still a considerable number of deaths related to this issue.

Signs and symptoms would immediately show up within hours or even days after your pet has consumed the treat. Symptoms would include decrease appetites, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst/urination and vomiting.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat

Doggy Treats to Avoid

These brands are the ones allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat health issues:

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle Purina)
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

If you Opt for Commercially Prepared Treats…

Just know that if you go for ready made treats that are made in China, your pet may be at risk. Chicken jerky treats, Chicken tenders, sweet potato treats or chicken treats all pose a potential threat towards your beloved pet. If you really insist on buying prepared treats, be safe and go for brands that are made in the US.

Also consider making your own sweet potato treats at home, it is healthier that way. Simply buy fresh sweet potato produce and create various kinds of treats out of it. You can always Google for home-made treat recipes as your guide in cooking.

Making your own sweet potato dog treat for your pet is much safer and healthier. FDA found out that the sweet potato dog treat that were made in China were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, Phorate. You don’t want your pet to ingest on this, do you?

Have you ever given your pekingese a sweet potato treat? If so, I sure hope not the one from China. How did you cook it? Feel free to share your recipe and knowledge with us below.