Thanks to Dr Greg from Subiaco Vet for some more tips!
When I wag my tail – I am smiling! But, if my tail is high and wagging slowly, I am feeling confident and friendly, whereas if I hold my tail low and wag it rapidly, it means i am a little nervous.
When I am scooting or dragging my bottom on the ground I am itchy and probably have blocked anal glands. Mum knows to take me to Dr Greg.
Licking – Most common reasons for licking ourselves and other dogs is that they taste good, and we are trying to show affection
WHen you arrive home and I bring you a toy I am giving you a gift that I think you will like. It is a sign of my affection.
Thank you Greg for putting my photo in your newsletter. Everyone knows I am a keen Eagles supporter.
Feed only the recommended pet food, with no other leftovers, scraps, snacks or treats
Wiegh me regulatly and record results, ideally charting progress over time
Ensure that only one person feeds me
Get a new, smaller feed bowl
Always measure the food using scales or a cup measure
Feed on a little and often basis, dividing the food into 2 to 4 meals
Remove any uneaten food after ten to fifteen minutes
Exercise and play are better rewards than food!
Aging How does ageing affect older pets? As a cat or dog ages, two common changes can occur. The first are age-related changes such as hearing loss, changes in vision or reduced activity. These are normal and cannot be prevented.
The second kind is related to what we would class as disease. Commonly this would include heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, arthritis or dental disease. Often, these types of diseases can start to develop slowly, so we often make excuses or allowances for our pets getting old and miss the warning signs. The signs to look out for can include things like weight gain or loss, changes in water intake or urine output, smelly breath or difficulty chewing, increase or decrease in appetite and changes in activity
levels or sleeping more than normal.
from Wembley Veterinary Hospital
Comments from KoKo
“I’ve already told my Mum that i don’t want a CAT scan when I get older. I am scared of cats and don’t see why I should have a cat charge Mum a lot of money for just walking around me in a circle.”
“I’m not having any LAB tests either. I hear that Labrador are not all that clever so I doubt it would be worthwhile paying for their opinion. (sorry to offend any Labs!)” KoKo
Snail Pellet Poisoning
The first rains of spring often bring out that first flush of snails into the garden. Snail pellets are highly toxic and can kill Dogs and Cats by causing muscle excitement, salivation and seizures. Take care of you dog when he/she is out walking as well as in your own yard.
My Mum Helen and I are dropping into Waroona tomorrow to leave you some comfy beds, food and toys, for those of you who have lost your homes. I hope some of you get to enjoy our contributions from the Subiaco and Hillary’s dogs. We know you will be feeling tired and anxious so some of us left our Wee-Mails on the blankets to enable you to smell of our concern and warm wishes.
I would also like to invite you to tell your tales on my blog at some point in the future. You can bark about your escape or woof about the sadness of loosing your mates and home. Or maybe you could tell us of your new lives now that homes are being rebuilt.
My Mum is good at translating Wee-mails but we live a bit far away. We might have to come down to visit when things have settled a bit.
My Mum loves taking photos of animals so if you would like to be the centre of attention, please let your humans know.
We had an exciting day today. Mum decided we would go to Wanneroo to check out their Dog Breakfast.
All the way up the freeway my little brain cells were sending tingling messages to my taste buds. I hoped that BBQ sausages were waiting for me.
Just as we arrived the organisers were closing the Dog Talent Competition List. Mum and I had a quick consultation and we decided we would have fun showing off my tricks. We thought some of the bigger dogs might have been practising but we had nothing to lose. We were allocated No 15 at the tail end of the queue (I hope you did not miss my little joke!).
Surprisingly I was not nervous. I knew mum had some tasty treats in her pocket and, as you know, I never miss out on food.
When it was my turn I did a quick dance then chose which of mum’s hand held a treat. As I showed the judges how I could I go under and over mum’s legs, they clapped lots.
Afterwards we sat quietly in the shade to hear the results. It was my first ever stage performance. A less confident dog may have been expecting the wooden spoon prize, but a silly dog who ignored every one of his owners commands won it.
The judges read out the name of the dog for third place, then named me as SECOND PRIZE WINNER! Wow I thought “I am sooo.. clever” Then a different thought entered my little brain – Maybe Mum, my trainer, deserved some praise too. So I gave her a slippery kiss on her ear.
After posing for a photo I unwrapped my prize to find some wearable and edible goodies.
There were lots of stalls with give aways and free health checks. This local Vet gave me a cuddle and checked my teeth – I passed with flying colours! His teeth look pretty good too.