dog care


Symptoms of bloat include:

  • hard, swollen abdomen that may make a hollow sound if tapped
  • retching that produces no vomit OR produces foamy, white vomit
  • drooling/salivating excessively
  • whining
  • pacing/restlessness
  • lethargy
  • stiff-legged walk

If your dog shows signs of having bloat, call your vet IMMEDIATELY. Every second counts. Bloat is extremely painful and without quick veterinary intervention your dog will probably not survive.

Check out this video of an akita in the middle to late stages of bloat.

Check out this article on what bloat is, the varieties of bloat, its symptoms, and the typical treatment plans.

The best predictor of a dog’s chances of getting bloat are its relatives. If your dogs family has had bloat, your dog is at an increased risk. Other risk factors include:

  • deep, narrow chested dogs
  • feeding to soon before or after exercising
  • raised feeding bowls
  • gulping food/eating too quickly
  • eating one or two large meals per day
  • overeating
  • overdrinking
  • dry food diet
About Shiba Inus

As many of you probably have figured out by now, I really love Shiba Inus. Besides the fact that they are the ultimate meme, being so weird looking and cute, they are energetic and playful, too!

Originally posted by palepastelprincess

But I would like to share a little bit about them for people that may consider getting one as a pet.

A few facts:

  • Shibas are originally from Japan, introduced to the US about 60 years ago. They are the oldest breed in Japan!
  • They are incredibly smart. Sometimes they even train themselves things, even housebreaking themselves!
  • Being smart means they get bored easily and can be stubborn. They need a lot of interaction or interactive toys.
  • If you want to adopt one, remember they are not easy to take care of! They need lots of training to be reminded you are the boss. Otherwise, they’ll run the house themselves.

While they are cute, cuddly, lots of fun, and great around kids, they are not a breed you want to just adopt for looks. They are a lot of work compared to most other dog breeds. So please, if you really want to adopt one, remember how much work they are!

Otherwise, feel free to enjoy and admire of them from afar, like me!

Originally posted by canadian-asian

We had our first heat stroke scare today, so I thought I would write up a post of the subsequent research and tips I’ve received on this issue!

Today after Sentry’s usual, if short field time, I noticed that he couldn’t keep his balance at all. He was refusing cold water and didn’t seem to respond to or even acknowledge commands. He’d never behaved like this before, so I immediately took him to the emergency vet. Sentry is absolutely fine, but he was suffering from some beginning stages of heat stroke. The nurse on duty told me that they had already had 4 cases of it in their clinic that weekend alone. So this is a little info post for dogblr users, especially those of you also in the fuckawful South because holy shitballs it’s hot.

Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, red gums/tongue, thick, sticky saliva/drooling, and weakness or dizziness. It occurs in dogs left outside in the heat for excessive amounts of time or dogs that get too excited or worn out in ambient heat. Sentry was only playing fetch for 15 minutes in 90°F weather, and he was falling into things after because his hind legs were so weak!

  • Never exercise your dog in peak heat hours! This is kinda a no-brainer, but even at Sentry’s usual playtime of 7pm, it was still too damn hot out. As summer gets into full swing, it’s better to pay more attention to the thermostat than the clock especially for high energy dogs that need more play than smaller breeds or older dogs. I was advised that any temperature over 80°F is too hot for extended play, especially for double coated breeds like shepherds and huskies.
  • When it’s too hot, night playtimes, indoor playtimes, or play with water is best. Having a fenced yard or large room you can play tug in really helps with this! Don’t forget that places like Walmart and Costco often have baby pools on sale this time of year for less than ten bucks, too. Alternatively, if you have a dog whose life is ball like Sentry, something like the Chuckit! Max Glow balls might be a worthwhile investment. I already preach for them, but Julius K-9 harnesses have glow in the dark lettering, reflective stitching, and even a flashlight loop in larger sizes that are perfect for nighttime walks when it’s cooler.
  • Any internal temperature above 104°F is cause for concern! A dog’s typical internal temperature is 102.5°F. Invest in a rectal thermometer for your pup, and if you ever suspect overheating, use it! Anything up to 104°F can be dealt with at home by cooling the dog off, but anything higher means that the dog should see a vet immediately.
  • If you suspect your dog is having heat stroke DO NOT USE COLD WATER TO COOL THEM. This was the biggest thing the emergency nurse I spoke to had to warn against. If you think your dog is overheated, you should use tepid water, not cold water to cool them off. Like with baths, water that’s too cold could send them into shock or slow circulation in their legs.
  • Cool your dog slowly and carefully, and always offer them lots of water. Things like a cold compress on the dog’s head and ice or rubbing alcohol on their pads are great ways to keep them cool. I was also advised that you should keep an overheated dog inside for at least the day after, and when you take them out, keep them on a leash so they don’t run around the yard and get themselves worked up while pottying.

Here’s a couple links about canine heat stroke. Make sure you know the number and hours of your vet as well as the location of an emergency vet if your typical doctor isn’t one. Keep your pups safe during the worst season of the year!  (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧


Can customers convince Dynamic Pet Products that their bones are killing dogs?

Consumers who have purchased Dynamic Pet Products’ Real Ham Bones have been complaining in droves, saying that the smoked ham bone products have shattered and gotten lodged in their dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts.

When asked to respond to these complaints, Dynamic Pet Products insists that the bones are safe, and that the owners assume responsibility for supervising their pets while they chew the bones.

Despite the many complaints, the bones are still carried in Walmart. But dog owners are trying to change that.

PLEASE read and share!  You shouldn’t have to worry that store-bought treats could kill your dog. We need to get these bones off store shelves.


Plastic food and water bowls can harbor bacteria and mold, even if they’re cleaned regularly. The porous surface and scratches from regular use or chewing are safe havens for bacteria that can hurt your dog.

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls, because of their solid, smooth surface texture, are a better choice. They should still be cleaned regularly with soap and scrubbing to prevent a buildup of biofilm, which are tough bacteria colonies that resist removal from simple rinsing.

Now that it’s heating up there’s an important conversation to be had… and it’s regarding shaving double coated dogs. Short answer is don’t do it! Why not is outlined above.

Here are some more sources for those who may be skeptical!

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Examples of double coated breeds include, but are not limited to:

Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Samoyeds, Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, Keeshonden, Rough and Smooth Collies, Belgian Malinois, Old English Sheepdog, et cetera. If you’re not sure if your dog is double coated, just look it up! It’s generally easy to find out. 


Here is a summary of the video content, as well as some added points and commentary. 

Conducting a consent test: 

  1. When the dog is in a calm/relaxed mood, bring them to a quiet place and sit down together.
  2. Ensure that the dog is not physically restrained in any way (e.g. leashed, inside a cage/crate, trapped in a corner where they can’t escape).
  3. Start petting the dog (if you don’t know their favourite spots, the shoulders and chest are generally safe bets). 
  4. While petting, observe the dog’s body language and behaviour. 
  5. Stop petting and observe any reactions/changes in the dog’s body language or behaviour.

Signs of stress and avoidance (dog does NOT want to be petted): 

  • Whale eyes (wide and hard gaze, whites showing)
  • Lip licking
  • Yawning (when not tired/sleepy)
  • Stiff posture and tense facial muscles
  • Head turning away
  • Body turning away
  • Flinching or shrinking away
  • Walking away or leaving the situation entirely

Good signs (dog DOES want to be petted): 

  • Soft eyes (eyelids half shut, whites not visible)
  • Relaxed posture and loose facial muscles
  • Leaning towards you or into your hand
  • Moving towards/nudging you or your hand when petting stops
  • Walking towards you when you physically move away

Note: In certain cases, dogs may resist being petted in specific areas of their body due to several reasons — traumatic history (e.g. abuse), personal preference, or health issues (e.g. internal injuries or arthritis that cause sensitivity and painfulness when touched). One may attempt to counter-condition the first two if necessary (e.g. tolerance for touching needed for conducting check-ups or administering medical aid) and reasonable suspicion of the third will require a visit to the vet. 

The video was made by user eileenanddogs on YouTube, whose channel contains many other good videos regarding dogs, their behaviour and body language as well as training methods. 

– ariadne


Joe wants to remind you guys that it’s getting hot and that that means danger for dogs

If you see a dog in a car and they look like they’re not doing too well you can always go into the store and ask them to use the intercom to ask whomever left their dog in the car to go check on them. You can also call the cops (USE THE NON EMERGENCY LINE!) and say someone left their dog in the car in 70+ degree weather (since its animal abuse) make sure to stay with the car until authorities arrive!. It only takes 10 minutes for a car in 75 degree weather to reach 100 degrees and most dogs die of heat stroke at 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

Signs that your dogs may have heatstroke include puking/vomiting, loss of appetite, non-stop panting, won’t drink any water, seizures, thick saliva, dizziness, bright red tongues, and increased heart rate. If your dog shows any of these signs or multiple, make sure to take them to the vet immediately/asap

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ok i need to speak out about this.
stop filming your intentionally scared dogs because their reaction is ‘cute’
 i’ve seen that video of the person purposely putting a puppy near an anxious dog and ok but that dog is legitimately scared? why are you doing it on purpose when you know it is scaring them? this is no better than people who put their toddlers on dogs and film it because the dog is ‘tolerating’ it. that dogs ears are down, its body is tense, its eyes are wide open, it is TRYING to remove itself from the situation? if that dog had been an aggressive-nervous type and bitten the puppy, it would be your fault for not recognising the signs of a stressed dog and stopping it. you wouldn’t put a tarantula in someones face when you’ve seen that they’re scared of spiders?
stop filming your dogs being tormented by yourselves. they need you for their emotional stability, and this shit is breaking your bond. stop.
Many people don’t realize they’re hurting their dogs. Here are 7 tips to remember this summer.

Playing in the summer sunshine with your dog is great fun, but there are a few simple precautions you can take to keep your dogs cool in the heat and protect them from heat-related problems. By understanding how your dog copes with the warm temperatures and planning ahead you can avoid potentially dangerous situations. How dogs cool off Dogs cool down and regulate their body temperature by panting and sweating through their paws and nose….

Good stuff to know when you’re in a hot/humid climate like I am!