How to Give Your Dog Glucosamine Injections

How to Give Your Dog Glucosamine InjectionsWHAT ARE GLUCOSAMINE INJECTIONS?

Injectable glucosamine is a prescription medication that is injected into your dog’s muscle and then preferentially absorbed by inflamed joints.

Glucosamine injections lubricate and soothe the joints, which reduces friction.

When friction is reduced, pain and inflammation are reduced.

Instead of simply masking pain as NSAIDs do, glucosamine injections help rebuild cartilage in the damaged joint.

With glucosamine injections, you are actually getting joint therapy instead of mere pain control.

THE GLUCOSAMINE LOADING DOSE

If this is your dog’s first experience with glucosamine injections, you will need follow a “loading dose” schedule to build the medication up on your dog’s system.

The loading dose for glucosamine is one intramuscular injection once every 4 days for a series of  8 injections.

To do this, you give an injection, wait 4 days, then give another injection.

Repeat until you have given a series of 8 injections.

HOW TO GIVE GLUCOSAMINE INJECTIONS

First, choose the perfect place for the injection:

  • Pick a quiet place with good lighting.
  • Make sure your dog is on a surface that is not slippery.
  • Get a friend or family member to help, if possible. (Your helper should only hold your dog tight enough to keep your dog’s head under control.)

Prepare the syringe and needle:

  • Make sure the needle is clean and straight.
  • Shake the bottle to make sure the medication is consistent
  • Tip the medicine bottle upside down using one hand
  • Place the syringe in the center hole (the rubber part) with the other hand
  • Slowly fill the syringe to desired quantity by pulling out on the plunger. Dr. Smith will have pre-calculated your dog’s dose for you. Make sure to avoid any air bubbles in the syringe. If air bubbles do occur, push the plunger in squirting liquid back into the jar until the air bubbles disappear.

Choose where to give the injection:

  • The hamstring (the fleshy part of the back leg)

Give the Injection:

  • Injectable glucosamine is given as an intramuscular (IM) injection.
  • Part your dog’s fur at the injection site so that you can see the skin.
  • It is not necessary to sterilize the injection site unless it is particularly unclean.
  • If you feel you need to clean the area, swap the area with alcohol, making sure the area is completely dry before you proceed.
  • Uncap the sterile needle and syringe and hold just like you would a pencil.
  • Let your “helper” know that you will be administering the injection now, so that she will not be surprised.
  • With the hand that is not holding the needle, scratch the area where you plan to insert the needle.
  • Continue scratching as you insert the needle. This confuses the “pain pathway” of the nerve endings and helps make the injection less painful.
  • Insert the needle into the skin using a slow, continuous push through the skin and into the muscle at a ninety-degree angle.
  • Make sure that the needle is inserted its full length and then push the plunger down to administer all of the medicine inside the liquid.
  • Withdraw the needle carefully.
  • Dispose of the needle and syringe into a properly labeled needle disposal container.
  • Massage the injection site gently for a few seconds to encourage the material to dissipate.
  • It may also relieve some of the discomfort of the injection for the dog.

 

 

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils on Your Dog

 

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils on Your Dog

Love your dog? Love essential oils? You are going to love this information!

New to essential oils? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are the natural, aromatic compounds found in plants.

A plant’s volatile oils (essential oils) are the plant’s main form of protection against predators and the environment.

Essential oils are extracted from the plant by either cold-pressing or steam distilling.

Medicinally, essential oils are powerful and safe, and are 55-70 times more powerful than herbs!

Unlike pharmaceuticals and chemicals, when used properly, essential oils don’t cause side effects.

 

3 WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS ON YOUR DOG

#1: Aromatically

  • Add several drops of essential oil to water in a diffuser
  • Place several drops on a cotton ball or piece of cloth and place near your dog
  • Benefits:
    • Purifies Air
    • Manages Moods
    • Opens Airways

#2: Topically

  • Apply essential oils between the toe pads on your dog’s feet
  • Place a couple drops of essential oil in the palm of your hands, rub together, then pet your dog. (You may need to dilute the essential oil first.)
  • Benefits:
    • Immediate comfort
    • Supports overall health of the area treated
    • Systemic health support
    • Immune system Support

#3: Internal

  • Add a few drops to your dog’s water or food
  • Add a few drops to a gelatin capsule and give to your dog
  • Benefits:
    • Aids digestion
    • Supports oral health
    • Supports throat comfort and health
    • Supports liver health

IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING TOPICALLY

  • Never place essential oils in your dogs eyes, nose, or ear canals! Essential oils are best applied to the bottom of back paws between toe pads, on the stomach, and/or behind the ears.
  • Use essential oils that are safe for human consumption. If the essential oil is safe for human consumption, a supplement fact (like you would find on a cereal box) will be on the essential oil’s product label. If the oil is not safe for human consumption, the label will contain a disclaimer such as “For External Use Only.”
  • Dilution for dogs over 15 lbs: Dilute at 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil
  • Dilution for dogs under 15 lbs: Dilute at 1 drop essential oil to 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil
  • Dilution for young puppies: Dilute at 1 drop essential oil to 3 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • Use essential oils with caution and dilute 1 drop essential oil to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil for dogs that are old, pregnant, sick, or prone to seizures.

Coming soon: LEARN THE TOP 3 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DOGS

6 Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Products

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Many dogs suffer from anxiety issues just like humans.

Unfortunately, dogs can’t talk.

Many situations cause dog anxiety, the most common being separation anxiety.

If your dog chews things around the house, makes messes, and maybe even chews his own paws or tail while you are gone, your dog probably has separation anxiety.

Doing these destructive things is how your dog communicates that he is stressed.

Stress and anxiety can be treated with medication.

But who wants their dog to experience the side effects of a pharmaceutical?

Take a look at these natural options first.

You just might find a healthy, holistic way to calm your dog and make life a lot easier for both of you.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #1: Calming Chews

Calming chews are available at most pet stores and online.

Calming chews contain natural ingredients like l-tryptophan, l-theanine, chamomile, lavender, colostrum, and certain vitamins and minerals.

Give your dog a chew before you leave the house or before a stressful situation and your dog should experience less anxiety.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #2: Pheromone Collar

Pheromone collars contain sustained release hormones that mimic the pheromone the mother dog produces to reassure her puppies.

These collars are available online and at your local pet store.

Dogs recognize these pheromones throughout their lives, and are calmed by the scent.

The collar lasts a month and should be worn continuously.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #3: Anxiety Wrap

Anxiety wraps are available in pet stores and online under the names “Anxiety Wrap”, “Thundershirt” and “Calming Wrap”.

These wraps come in various sizes and fit snugly and apply constant pressure to your dog’s torso.

Using pressure to relieve anxiety is been used for a long time and works similarly to swaddling an infant.

Put the anxiety wrap on your dog before a stressful situation and your dog should be less stressed.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #4: Toys

Toys  help relieve your dog’s anxiety by giving him something to do.

Toys also provide mental stimulation for dogs left alone for long periods of time.

Chew toys and toys where food is inserted can comfort and relieve stress.

Try giving your dog an entertaining toy before you leave the house.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #5: Sounds

Simply leaving the TV or Radio on when you leave the house can help relieve your dog’s anxiety.

Pet Acoustics Products has designed an “Ultra Calmer” that has been clinically proven to relieve dog anxiety.

The Ultra Calmer is pre-loaded with special frequency modified calming music.

Simply turn the Ultra Calmer on and place it on your dog’s collar before you leave the house.

Holistic Dog Anxiety Calming Product #6: Calming Herbs

Herbs can be used to help calm dog anxiety.

Chamomile calms the nerves, reduces anxiety, and induces sleep.

Lemon Balm is a sedative herb that treats excitability and dog anxiety.

Valerian reduces over-excitability, tension and anxiety.

Skullcap relieves nervous tension and anxiety.

These herbs can be given to your dog as a tea or in capsule form.

To make a tea, add 1 tablespoon of dry herb to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for at least 15 minutes.

To make a larger quantity, use 4 tablespoons per quart of water and steep for at lest 15 minutes.

Herbal tea can be refrigerated up to 3 days.

If you are going to give your dog herb capsules, a good rule of thumb is:

  • Dogs under 10 lbs – 1/8 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs 10-30 lbs – 1/4 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs 30-60 lbs – 1/2 of the adult human dose
  • Dogs over 60 lbs – give the full adult human

Try giving your dog some herbs or herbal tea 30 minutes before you leave the house.

Good luck in calming your dog’s anxiety the natural way!

5 Facts You Need to Know About Dog Flu

5 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG FLU

DOG FLU.

What is it?

How can it affect your pet?

The official name of dog flu is Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), also known as Influenza Type A H3N8.

Canine Influenza Virus has been around for quite a while, but seems to be creating quite stir recently.

Read on to learn the facts on this flu, and decide for yourself how you want to handle it.

Dog Flu Fact #1: Dog Flu Has Been Around for Over a Decade.

Dog Flu has been around for years.

In fact, the virus that causes dog flu (Influenza Type A H3N8) was first identified in Florida in 2004.

According to Merck Animal Health:

“The The H3N8 equine influenza virus has been known to exist in horses for more than 40 years.

In 2004, however, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) were reported. Scientists believe that this virus jumped species (from horses to dogs) and has now adapted to cause illness in dogs and spread efficiently among dogs. This is now considered a new dog-specific lineage of H3N8.

In September of 2005, this virus was reported by Dr. Cynda Crawford, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Edward J. Dubovi, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, along with their colleagues, as “a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population” in the United States.”

Influenza Type A H3N8 is extremely contagious and infects the respiratory system. In 2009, the USDA granted Merck full license for the vaccine Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 in treatment of this virus.

We have a concern with this vaccine.

If it was created sometime between 2004 and 2009, how effective will it be in 2015?

We all know that viruses mutate.

Right now, we do not feel this vaccine is necessary.

Dog Flu Fact #2: Dog Flu Affects Each Dog Differently.

The symptoms and effects of dog flu can range from a total absence of symptoms to hemorrhagic pneumonia.

Some dogs that are exposed to the H3N8 dog flu virus fight off the infection and never show any clinical signs or symptoms.

Some dogs experience a mild manifestation of the virus.

Mild effects include a moist cough and nasal discharge, usually going away on its own within 10-30 days. Some dogs experience a severe manifestation of the virus.

Severely effected dogs develop a high fever (over 104) and very quickly develop the cough and nasal discharge.

In severe cases, the virus affects the lung capillaries, often causing the dog to cough up blood and experience difficult breathing.

Severe cases may also turn into bacterial pneumonia.

According to Merck Animal Health, approximately 20% of infected dogs will show no clinical signs of H3N8, approximately 80% will experience a mild form of the disease, and approximately 10-20% of infected dogs may progress to a more severe manifestation of the virus.

Dog Flu Fact #3: Dog Flu is Highly Contagious to Other Dogs.

Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 is very contagious dog-to-dog, and is transmitted by:

  • Respiratory secretions from other dogs through the air via a sneeze or cough
  • Contaminated objects like blankets, toys, and dog bowls
  • By people moving between infected and uninfected dogs

If your dog is coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease, you should keep him away from other dogs.

You should also clean and disinfect your hands, clothing, equipment and surfaces that are exposed to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.

Note: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence of the Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 being transmitted to humans.

Dog Flu Fact #4: Your Dog Can be Tested for Dog Flu.

Testing can be done at a veterinary clinic.

The test is done via a nasal swab.

Timing is very important, though.

The swab must be taken within one or two days of the onset of the symptoms because there is only a tiny window of time in which isolation of the virus is successful.

Dog Flu Fact #5: Most Dogs Can be Treated for Dog Flu at Home.

The majority of dogs will only experience mild symptoms of the Canine Influenza Virus. Not all dogs will need therapeutic intervention.

Therapy and treatment consists mostly of supportive care while letting the virus run its course (10-30 days). Dogs that develop secondary infections will need antibiotics.

Dogs with secondary infections will experience fever, purulent nasal discharge, productive cough, and possible pneumonia. Sources:

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Suo Quan Wan Treats Incontinence in Dogs, Cats & Horses

HERBAL TREATMENT FOR PET INCONTINENCE

Suo Quan Wan is a TCM herbal blend that can be very helpful in treating incontinence in dogs, cats and horses.

The Western Medical Indications for this herbal formula is urinary incontinence.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine indications for this herbal are Kidney Qi deficiency, a cold or weak back, Kidney Qi that is not firm, a tongue that is pale and wet, urinary leakage, and a pulse that is deep and weak.

At our clinic, pets often receive an Eastern exam (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in combination with the standard veterinary exam. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy is very different than our standard Western medical philosophy. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balance and finding the cause of the problem rather than simply masking symptoms with prescription medicines. Through Eastern examination techniques, we can choose herbal blends that will both treat symptoms and at the same time correct the imbalances in your pet’s body that are causing the symptoms.  Wind Toxin is only one of the many TCM herbal blends available for our doctors to choose from based on the the results of the Eastern exam.

Suo Quan Wan is a Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal blend specially formulated with herbs specifically chosen to work synergistically to relieve the symptoms of urinary incontinence while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of this issue. It’s Chinese Principles of Treatment are to warm and consolidate Kidney Qi.

This veterinary herbal formula is based on the ancient Chinese formula Suo Quan Wan from Jiao Zhu Fu Ren Liang Fang, which was originally “Revised Fine Formulas for Women” written in the 16th Century by Bi Li-Zhi.

The main ingredients in the Suo Quan Wan Formula are:

  • Wu Yao (Lindera) to consolidate Kidney Qi
  • Yi Zhi Ren (Alpinia) to warm Spleen and Kidney

Our clients have seen wonderful improvements in the health conditions of their pets using herbal blends to take care of a variety of health issues. Please contact our clinic at any time if you have questions about herbal remedies!

Source: Dr. Xie’s Jing Tang Herbal