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Do you know what your dog is saying when he runs up to you, his tail held high, wagging back and forth, front end down and rear end up? Then he takes off running away from you? Lucky you, for you have just been invited to join her in her world of dog play. Our dogs talk to us through their bodies, eyes, vocalization, and posture. Today, we are going to discuss the rear end of the dog, its tail.

Each wagging direction is governed by its own brain hemisphere. Either it leans more to the left or the right depends mostly on which mood, and therefore which side of the brain, is dominant.

This wagging tucked, held high or medium, bristled or relaxed appendage speaks to us. It is important to remember that when reading a dogs intention, you must look at the entire dog, its posture, and behavior. Its tail is only a portion of the message.

Usually, in an aggressive state, a dog's tail is up, bristled and wagging. There is a misconception that if a dog's tail is wagging, it is happy. Not true, a dog's tail wags from excitement either positive or negative. When a dog is in an aggressive state, ears back, muscles stiff, eye contact and hair raised, her tail can be wagging from the excitement. Always look at the entire dog and its behavior before judging its intentions.

A dog will usually show a submissive state by assuming a crouched position avoids eye contact, ears down or back and its tail tucked between the legs. Even in this state, the dog can attack out of fright.

In a relaxed and happy state, a dog's tail will be held at mid height, wagging back and forth. Her body posture is relaxed, eyes are playful and there will be that invitation to play. Our dogs use their tails to talk to us. It is up to us to be able to properly read what they are saying.

How Dog Communicate With It's Tail

We all know that our dogs depend on us for their wellbeing and it is our responsibility as dog owners to take care of our dogs and to understand when they are feeling bad. Our pets can’t tell us how they feel, so the best thing we can do is to know exactly how they feel when they are not sick. Knowing this, and knowing it well, you will be able to tell the difference when your dog is really sick without anyone else having to tell you otherwise.

A symptom is often defined as "a physical sign of that an illness or a disease is present”. Knowing exactly what kind of symptoms your dog has usually guided your veterinarian towards diagnosing your pet's illness. Here are some of the most common symptoms that your dog may display if he is injured or feels "under the weather", including vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, seizing, limping and going off its food.

The ability to recognize your dog's symptoms and know when it needs to be treated efficiently is very important. This skill can make a difference between life and death in many instances. The best I can say is to observe carefully. If your dog exhibits anything out of ordinary, and if the symptom continues or gets worse over time, then it can become a problem.

There are all kinds of serious symptoms that should not be overlooked in your dog. Any of these symptoms can easily indicate an underlying disease, and might even be the first sign of the existence of a life-threatening conditioning in your dog. Therefore, here are some symptoms that should not be overlooked if you see them in your dog!

Losing Weight. There are several reasons for this, if you are not really trying to help your dog lose extra pounds - some of them can be very serious. This should be evaluated immediately by a veterinarian.

Collapse or Fainting. Any reasons for collapse or fainting should always be considered serious and should not be ignored. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Bloated or Distended Abdomen. Abdominal distension is an abnormal enlargement of the abdominal cavity and can often be the symptoms of the potentially life-threatening disease. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pacing and Restlessness. Pacing or restlessness can usually be a sign of pain in dogs, discomfort or distress in your dog. In many cases, an indication of a serious problem. This should be evaluated immediately by a veterinarian.

Breathing Problems. Respiratory distress, labored or difficult breathing or even shortness of breath are all very serious symptoms and should be treated immediately.

Urinating and Drinking Excessively
. Both of these are often the early signs of several diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes, thyroid problems, uterine infections, etc. if you think your dog is drinking excessively; make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.

Unproductive Vomiting. Dogs that try to vomit again and again and are not able to bring anything up is very serious. You should call your veterinarian immediately.

Fever. The normal temperature in dogs is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dog’s temperature is higher than normal, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Excessive coughing.  Do not think that this is not a big problem. Coughing is a common protective reflex to clear the throat, etc. It can also affect the respiratory system if the coughing is excessive. Common causes of an excessive cough can be very serious, such as an obstruction of the windpipe, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, lung tumors, kennel cough or even heart failure. This should be evaluated immediately by a veterinarian.

Seizure. A seizure is often a symptom of some type of neurological disorders. They can be caused by several factors including epilepsy, toxins or tumors. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Not Eating or loss of Appetite. This is often the first indication of disease in your dog. This should be evaluated immediately by a veterinarian.

Bloody Diarrhea - Bloody urine - Bloody vomit. Any of this should be evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Some may be the result of minor illnesses, while others may be serious or even life-threatening. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

As the list of dogs symptoms above is not all-inclusive, it is meant to be merely a resource of symptoms of which you should always always be aware of as a dog owner. Keep an eye on your dog’s health in much the same way you would do so for your own child and you will be well on your way to a long and lasting relationship with your own dog. Your dog's health is important to watch for any symptoms your dog may exhibit closely and be ready to act on them as necessary.

Critical Symptoms You Should Never overlook in Your Dog

“Fighting like cats and dogs” You may have heard the expression, but the truth is that many cats and dogs live together quite amicably in the same home. According to a study in Israel, about two-thirds of cats and dogs do get along when they share the same home. About one-fourth of cats and dogs who live in the same home were indifferent to each other. And the remaining 10 percent of cats and dogs did not get along well at all.

 According to the researchers who performed the study, they theorized that cats and dogs may not get along sometimes because the two species have different body language. But, the researchers noted, cats and dogs seemed to be able to overcome the differences and learn to understand each other. This amazing video really proves that cat and dog can actually get along.

Dog Welcomes Rescue Kitten Into Her Family

In some states across the country, medical marijuana is an option for people who suffer from various diseases and seeking relief. Now, with research that continues to emerge, pet parents and veterinarians find out that medicinal cannabis can also provide positive benefits for dogs. Cannabis oil may be an alternative medication to help treat the symptoms if your dog has cancer, seizures or anxiety.

Cannabis oil is a liquid derived from the marijuana plant. There are many ways to extract oil from the plant, including CO2 extraction, says Dr. Tim Shu, founder, and CEO of a Pets cannabis company in California called VETCBD.

"Marijuana flower contains trichomes, which are glands that contain essential oils. Once separated from the glands from the plant, they can be formulated to find the ideal proportion of cannabinoids, " he says.

The cannabis plant has a lot of different chemicals, including terpenoids and flavonoids, CBD, phytocannabinoids. Humans and other mammals have specific cannabinoid receptor sites. These sites are found mainly in the brain and central nervous system, and in peripheral organs, especially immune cells. They form what is called endocannabinoid system.

Studies confirm that a lot of cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory effects, and can help with pain, tumors, seizures, muscle spasms, skin conditions, appetite stimulate, aggression, anxiety and neurological disorders. CBD hemp can help with chronic and serious diseases.

Among chronic conditions, it can help with arthritis, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression and digestive problems. There are also ongoing studies on the effects of CBD’s on Type 1 diabetes, organ diseases, and cancer. Veterinarians also found CBD hemp can be helpful in the treatment of acute diseases, such as sprains and strains, torn ligaments, bone breaks and even during the care after surgery to reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness.

CBD hemp may make it possible to use fewer doses of medication to achieve therapeutic effects if your dog is taking conventional medications for any of these conditions. Because traditional medicines have side effects, this is a useful benefit of CBD.

Remember, like any medication, an overdose can lead to potential risks for pets. According to Richter, "the most important is THC toxicity, which means, basically, they are high. Depending on how significantly a pet has been an overdose, the effects can be quite long-lasting, even days." During these episodes, pets may not be able to stand or eat. If you suspect an overdose, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

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A successful artist admits that people believe she is barking mad for lavishing £500 on Christmas gifts for her pampered dog, five times more than what she spends on family members.

But it is not only during festivities that Max, who has his own Santa Paws outfit, is spoilt, as his owner, Lilly Limburg, who accumulates gifts under his very own twinkling tree, splashes out £5,400 per year on her prize pooch’s gourmet dinners, clothes, and treats.

Laila, 36, from Frankfurt, Germany, who will be roasting a goose this Yuletide to share with Max and her boyfriend, said: "Max melts my heart." For me, it is more a person than a dog.

"There were times when I ate a hamburger from McDonald's, but have cooked for him.

"I absolutely adore spoiling him, especially at Christmas time, I’ve spent around £500 on his presents and will spend most of the Christmas morning preparing his festive meal, which my partner and I will also have."

With a wardrobe of 40 outfits, gourmet home-made dinners and treats for Max setting Lilly around £450 a month, she admits she treats him more like a son than a dog.

"Christmas is a very special moment in our house ... I love spoiling Max all year round, but when December comes, I really go all out.

"I spend around £100 on my friends and family, and almost five times that amount on Max ... I do not see anything wrong with that, Max is the most adorable dog and he deserves the best."

Dressing him every day in one of his 40 outfits, which are kept in a special wardrobe in his own bedroom, Max has no shortage of party clothes for the festivities.

Some of his treasures include a pair of booties, a new bed, a ‘doggy cam,’ so Lily can keep an eye on Max when he is out of the house and a personalized dinner bowl, and a Santa's outfit.

"I want Max to feel the magic of Christmas, just like us," says Lilly, who says she became addicted to spoiling him a few weeks after bringing him home in 2016.

"The first time I went to a pet store, I did not believe the amazing dog clothes I could get for him," says Lilly, who lives with her partner, who does not want to be named.

"My boyfriend says I'm crazy, but I cannot stop, if I see something for Max, I just want to buy it.
"If I go shopping I cannot resist picking something for him. I am addicted to buying him clothes”

Her lavish expenses on Max cover keeping him regularly supplied with a delicious homemade dinner, toys and sweets, dapper outfits - using only the best ingredients to cook for him.

For breakfast, he dines on cottage cheese, with bananas and fresh eggs and his dinners consisting of beef with sweet potatoes or chicken with potatoes.

"I cook every day, and he probably eats better than me," Lily laughed.

"I love him very much, and cannot help doting on him with gifts." He means everything to me.

"If something happens to him, I will be completely devastated."

Lilly Lemberg, 36, splashes £500 on Christmas presents for her DOG

Dogs’ diabetes also known as Canine diabetes is on the rise and it is important to know which diabetic dog foods you should give your pet. Type 2 diabetes affects dogs just like it does humans. If you simply cure the disease and ignore the diet, it can end up costing your pet dearly. Many processed foods have little nutritional value and lots of salt and simple carbohydrates. This type of food, together with an inactive lifestyle, can lead to diabetes. The best thing you can do to your pet to help ensure that canine diabetes does not stick is to make sure they eat a normal, balanced diet and exercise a lot. Do not be fooled by dog food simply labeled as "diabetic". Not just will any diabetic dog food do. Keep in mind that the big commercial dog food producers and the big box stores selling the food have a job to do, persuading you to buy their products.

If you are asking which diabetic dog food should I choose? The truth is that it is difficult to know who to believe, as even the experts have changed their minds about what is best for our pets. It used to be a common belief that a high carbohydrate diet was the way to go. Now, it is recommended that we feed a diet low in carbohydrates. Below you will find three tips that we hope will help you choose the best diabetic dog food for your precious pet:

1. Go natural. Traditionally, dogs ate raw meat, eggs (including shells) and decaying plant materials. The reason dogs have historically done well on scraps and raw meat is that the modern manufactured commercial foods for dogs that undergo intensive processing are not part of their diet. If you are nourishing your dog natural ingredient, including sardines to give them the essential fatty acids, you can help protect against the onset of diabetes and help them give them a beautiful and shiny coat while providing them with the much-needed nutrients.

2. Stay away from dry food. Many dry foods are basically simple carbohydrates and do not have the necessary moisture required for essential kidney health. Some dry diabetic dog foods are healthy and safe for your dog, but these tend to be organic products and should be carefully selected. Do not rely solely on dry diabetes dog food to provide your pet with the nutritious diet, but if they are high in vegetable and protein content, while it is low on simple carbohydrates, there is no harm to include them.

3. Choose a canned dog food that is low in sodium and low in carbohydrates. If you have to use canned diabetics foods, it should be high in proteins, low in sodium and low in carbohydrates. It needs to be organic and should not contain dangerous toxins. A dog that has diabetes has a compromised liver function and the immune system cannot deal with the additives that often contain in commercial diabetes dog foods.

Our modern western lifestyle is partly responsible for the production of the diabetes epidemic in both humans and dogs. The fast-food craze and commercial manufacturing process of our food have harmed us as much as our four-legged friends. The only way to combat this epidemic is to keep these processed foods out of our diet.

How to Get the Best Diabetic Dog Food For Your Pet

Richmond, Va. (WRIC) - As Virginia authorities continue to investigate the death of 22-years old Bethany Stevens, many people online are questioning the way she died.

A doctor concluded that Stevens was mauled to death by her two pit bull dogs.

A lot of people following this story online said they found it hard to believe that her dogs committed such a tragedy.

According to Valerie Paul, a certified master trainer at Impawsible Pups in Richmond, Virginia "It is not common for dogs to attack their owners out of nowhere.

"That is not something I would normally see,” she said. “If a dog has teeth, it can bite, but to go from an adorable no-bite history dog to one that is causing harm would be fairly rare.”

Paul said it is difficult to determine what happened to Stevens without knowing dogs.
She said there are several factors to consider if the 22-year-old dogs turned on her.

According to Paul: “Either something frightened them or there was an altercation between the dogs that Stevens happened to be in the middle.”

Investigators said the dogs guarded her when they discovered Stephens' body.

"Many people are saying the [dogs] will not guard if they killed, but the reality is that if it is a resource, they may guard that as their food source or their toy in the same way that a dog may guard a bone on a blanket,” Paul explained.

Dog owners at the Carytown pet supply store fear this investigation will feed into the stigma surrounding pit bulls.

Catharine Brooks, the owner of two pit bulls, said she was surprised at what Goochland County investigators said happened to Stephens.

“I’ve never heard of something like that happening where the dogs would inflict it and then turn around and change their mind on it,” Brooks said.

Goochland County Sheriff’s Office is working to have the dogs euthanized.

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The phrase "A dog is a man's best friend" really does bear some truth to it. Those who own dogs can probably attest to that. Cats are good too but the dog can go out with you. If everyone who was lonely who liked dogs had one, there'd be a lot less lonely people in the world. There’s a reason why we say that dogs are a man’s best friend.

 But maybe we should also say that dogs are a baby’s best friend. When I was little, we first got our dog; it was mainly for the kids. The kids wanted a puppy, so we got the lifelong puppy, the Chihuahua. This little dark-haired white spotted puppy was going to be the family "puppy" forever. The kids quickly named him "Jacob", after Jacob I had another dog and she and I were best friends. Even now I have a lot of great memories of when I was little and we would play together. So when I saw this cute video, I just had to share it here.

Baby crawls over to husky to say ‘hi’ – then the dog’s beautiful reaction will melt your heart

Not many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.

The Associated Press reported Thursday on D-O-G (pronounced “dee-OH-jee”), a fluffy black and white cat who plays an important role in Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis. The group trains dogs for a variety of purposes, including assisting people with mobility-related issues and people with hearing loss.

Dogs aiding people with disabilities need to be comfortable with other types of animals and remain calm in the face of distraction. D-O-G is apparently the perfect candidate for testing their patience and can be seen in the video below batting at a dog’s tail and playing with a dog’s leash.

“He rules the roost,” CEO Anne Klein told ABC News last month. “He is the boss.”

Now a certified internet star, D-O-G has come a long way from his former life as a barn kitten. Nadine Wenig, director of canine services at Support Dogs, Inc., met the friendly kitten over the summer at a bed and breakfast and was “instantly smitten,” according to This Dog’s Life. The owners of the business ended up giving her the kitten, and she brought him back to the nonprofit’s center, where staff cautiously introduced him to the resident dogs.

“We saw that he was completely fearless despite his size and had no issue being around and close to the dogs,” volunteer manager Stephanie McCreary told This Dog’s Life.

This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

Dogs are always referred to as man’s best friend. And ensuring that your dog is healthy and safe is one way to build good relationships with your dogs. When we think of pet dogs, we instantly think of movies like Homeward Bound and Hachico, and a certain warm feeling comes up. To many people, pet dogs are connected to sweet moments of childhood and memories of a happy family. Indeed, dogs hold a special place in many people's hearts. This is the reason why special attention must also be given when it comes to dog care.

Contrary to what many people believe, taking care of a puppy or full grown dog is not an easy task. It requires work, consistency, and a genuine love for your pet in order to raise him or her to become an obedient, healthy and family-friendly animal. If you are one of those people who are new to dog care, below are some dog care tips that can help you get started with the rewarding journey of pet ownership:

1. Study the temperament of the dog breed you have. Different dog breeds tend to behave in different ways. Your role as the pet owner is to study those temperaments and innate tendencies. This article is not at liberty to discuss all those temperaments because there are thousands of dog breeds. The bottom line is that you need to talk with your pet store representative about the temperaments of dog breeds so you will know how to fit a dog into your life.

2. Commit your dog to a regular physical exam. This may seem funny to some, but pet dogs need regular check-ups too. Depending on his diet and level of routine physical activity, it is possible for a dog to develop heart diseases, skin problems, or other conflicts in the body. If you want your dog to live long and happy, find a veterinarian that you can stick with for the long haul.

3. Have your dog neutered or spayed: Neutering your male dog and spaying your female dog is important to dog care tips that you should follow, and are necessary. This will make the male dog less aggressive and spay a female dog will also allow her to be free from the stress of being in heat and from noisy male dogs following her around. These will also help your pet live a healthier life.

4.  Keep household products that can harm your dog away from their reach. Bleach, mothballs, fabric softeners, mouthwash and many others could be harmful if ingested by dogs. Pits and seeds of fruits can also be harmful to dogs as it can block their digestive tract. Keep all these far from your dog's food or from their reach for their safety.

5. Look out for parasites. It is OK for a dog to play around the house or in the front yard as long as you are assured that he does not acquire some sort of parasite. Because dogs do not have footwear, it is easy for them to catch parasites through their paws while walking. Some parasites include fleas and worms. To lessen the risk of having a parasite plague, regularly bathe your dog. Make sure he does not get access to garbage or water from a dirty source as well.

Overall, taking care of your dog takes a lot of work, but nothing beats the feeling of joy when you have a lovable pet that is healthy and stays with you for a long time.

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If you are looking for a friend you can always count on that will protect you and get excited about the smallest things you do, you may want to consider adopting a dog! Dogs are called "man's best friend" for good reasons. They try to clean your wounds when you get hurt by licking them, and they listen to you like whatever you are saying is the most important thing in the world. Dogs are very playful, affectionate and attentive animals that will love their master no matter what.

Man's furry friends are not only completely adorable but can be some of the smartest animals ever! From amazing service dogs grocery shopping to learning epic tricks, this compilation is filled with some of the smartest dogs you'll ever meet! Check out this amazing video of Funny Dog Compilation 2017.

2017 Funny Dog Compilation

Cushing's disease in dogs is one of the most ignored of all dog diseases, since symptoms are often confused to be a normal part of the dog's aging process. This is also known as the hyperadrenocorticism, it is possible to improve the dog’s health and treat this dog disease, but first of all it is important to recognize the symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms:

-Weight gain
- Lethargy
- An increase intake of water
- pancreatitis in dogs
- seizures
- An increased frequency and quantity of urination (this may include having your dog urinate inside the house when this was previously not a problem)
- An increased appetite, which can lead to stealing food and begging
-Swollen belly or a pot belly

The real tip off when it comes to Cushing's disease in dogs is usually the owner noticing that their pets is drinking a whole lot more water than he or she used to, and for no understandable reason.

What causes Cushing's disease in dogs?
There are three reasons why Cushing's disease in dogs occurs: veterinary/medical interference , this means that your dog may have been prescribed a lot of steroidal treatment, pituitary tumor, or an adrenal tumor. In all three cases, too much cortisol is in the dog's blood, which is actually poisoning your pet.

How is Cushing's disease in dogs treated?

Treating Cushing’s disease in dogs really depends on what causes the problem. As with the medical or veterinary interference mentioned above, the simple answer is to stop giving these medications to your dog. When it comes to pituitary and adrenal tumors, one of the best ways to treat Cushing's disease in dogs is that your dog is subject to several sessions of chemotherapy. As with adrenal tumors, it is possible that the tumor can be removed surgically, this will end the disease.

The goal of any treatment is to improve the quality of your dogs healthy instead of extend his or her life. The sad reality is that the life expectancy of a dog with Cushing's disease is shorted from 1 to 3 years, but as long as you give your dog a comfortable life, then you have done your part as a caring owner.

Cushing's Disease in Dogs

With the holiday season not far away, many people look for that unique gift for someone special. We all have someone on our list that is hard to buy for and the usual generic gifts just do not seem quite okay. These people, usually women, already have everything they need. Maybe she is your favorite aunt, your grandmother or your mother. Without inspiration or new ideas for gifts, you have stuck with the picking the same old boring spa products, boxes of candy or magazine subscriptions that you give her each year, but if she is a dog owner that need not be the case.

There are websites that offer custom or breed specific gifts for dog owners. Things like decorative throws, decorative cushions, and light switch plates and even handbags and backpacks, each with a specific artwork on them.

Apparently, this woman loves her dog. For most pet owners, the dog is a big part of the family. She will love a gift that shows the importance of her pets in her life. It's a more personalized gift than that box of spa or chocolate products. It shows that you have thought about a gift and you have really thought about it considering her interests in mind.

No matter what your price range is, you can find unique gifts for dog lovers online. Believe me; pet owners love to receive gifts that represent a particular breed of a pet as a work of art. If your friend or a family member has a picture of a rare Portuguese water dog or a lovable Golden Retriever, Put the dog picture on a blanket or pillow or handbag and you will have a gift that she will not only appreciated but will use it all the time and remember your thoughtfulness.

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A woman trying to rescue her dog was surrounded by strong waves, before passers-by pull the drowning animal out of the surf. The dramatic rescue took place just off the famous Brighton palace pier in England.

We've all heard about those beautiful stories, where a lost dog is finally found, or a stray dog happily finds love with a family and gets a new home, but this time captured on camera when a woman saved this scared, gentle dog of drowning in the ocean will really warm your heart.

The small dog was thin and fragile, and there was no hope of him coming out of the great ocean. In fact, how he got there was a mystery. Fortunately, a man intervened to help. Look at the video!

A Woman Almost Drowns in the Ocean Trying to Save Her Dog

This four-legged flower girl stole the show at Briana Schafer's wedding in Chicago.
The bride said that her golden retriever, Nora, is "part of the fabric of our family", so not including her in the November 4 wedding ceremony was never an option.

"She's my friend, she's my little shadow," said Schaefer, 30, to ABC News.
She and her husband, Kevin Schaefer, have had Nora for four-year and considered her their "dog-her," she said.

According to the bride: "she goes everywhere with me." Everyone knows how obsessed I am with her, so most people asked if Nora would be at the wedding. We got her a little flower necklace. "
Nora was even part of the marriage proposal.

"Kevin proposed to me on October 1, 2016, at Montrose Beach Dog," said Schaefer. "It was our five year anniversary and he said he wanted to do it there because I always describe it as" heaven on earth. "Nora was right there with us, as he proposed.”

As a trained therapy dog, Schaefer said Nora is "very cold" and did not cause any doggy disaster on the big day.

The bride last dog, Tandy, who died before Nora came into the couple lives was also included in the wedding.

 According to Schaefer "I was surprised by my maid of honor, Alex Leicester, by putting a small photograph of Tandy in my bouquet." I, of course, immediately burst into tears as she said: "This way you can have both your dog with you on the day of the wedding."”

The couple went on their honeymoon in Asheville, North Carolina. As much as Schaefer wanted to take Nora along, she stayed at home with her mother because her husband insisted they needed some time alone.

Bride Includes Her Dog as a Flower Girl at the Wedding

Dogs are very similar to humans. Their bodies start to function less when they grow old as a human body do. Canine arthritis is one of the most painful diseases that can arise with aging. Many people can sympathize with this. Another problem is dog diarrhea. If the dog's internal system is lagging behind, this may be a common result. However, as with humans, if dogs are healthy during the younger years, they can avoid problems with aging. We take vitamins, exercise, and stretch and do all kinds of things to prevent diseases as we get older. Dogs and their owners should do the same. Here are some easy ways to start giving your dog a healthier life and prolonging it.

First, the most important factor in the health of any creatures is nutrition. If your dog lacks good nutrition, it can hurt him in the future. Do not feed the dog with anything you wouldn't eat yourself. Many dog foods are made from scraps and processed junk. The best option for your animal is to choose organic or homemade food. There is a series of books on how to make dog food in your home. This may sound like a hassle, but it's really easy and saves money.

Secondly, the next most important factor is exercise. Part of owning a dog is responsible for walking and playing with it. It is not a pain to exercise your dog either. Most of us work out, so take your dog along. Whether you walking, running or hiking, the chance of your dog enjoying tagging along is great. Another way to get your dog moving is playing toys or frisbee with the dog. Just load him in the back seat of your car the next time you go to the park and have a playdate. Dogs are some of the best playmates, so take advantage of it.

Third, checkups are mandatory. Do not wait until your dog is sick or injured to take it to the vet. Regular inspections are very important, just like with children. Your veterinarian can help keep dogs' weight under control and control other common dog diseases. Worms and ear infections are common, but easily ignore problems dogs encounter. However, if they are not treated for a long time, they can become major health problems. Most pet owners do not notice these diseases on their own, so regular check-ups can help prevent this disease.

Dogs and their owners build a special bond, a unique one from any other relationship. Dogs become the best friends of people over the years. To prolong that friendship, you must take care of your dog in the best possible way. As they grow old, dogs suffer from health problems like humans. If you provide your dog with the proper medical attention, nutrition, and exercise while they are small, it can alleviate a large part of the problems that arise with age. I do not think that just because your dog is physically ill, it does not need to be taken care of. Take advantage of the chance while you can.

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The ban will be lifted on pit bull-type dogs in Montreal, that’s has been criticized by animal protection groups later this month.
Valérie Plante, who was elected mayor of the Canadian city in November, promised during her campaign that she would repeal breed-specific restrictions on dog ownership set by former mayor Denis Coderre.

On Friday, Craig Sauvé, a city council who serves on a committee that handles animal control, announced that animals control bylaws that target specific dog or physical characteristics of breeds - instead of obvious behavior - will be officially lifted at a meeting on December 20.

"Montreal is a welcome city for pet owners and it will stay that way," he said.
Montreal is set to lift the restrictions on the adoption and possession of pit bull.

In 2016, Coderre government issued legislation that prohibited Montreal residents from getting pit bulls – which were defined by law as American pit bull terriers, bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, crosses including one of those breeds or dogs that share physical characteristics with those breeds.

The law allows people who already have bulls to keep them, but have imposed strict restrictions, which include requiring owners to pay a $ 150 permit fee, and that they keep the dogs muzzled and on a short leash in public.

The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals strongly campaign against the new regulations, arguing that, since the prevention of adoption of the pit bull would lead to animal shelters having to euthanize some of their animals. In addition, the group argued that the criteria for maintaining pit bulls would force some low-income residents to abandon their beloved dogs.

The Montreal SPCA started a legal battle that eventually led to changes in some provisions. Specifically, a court ruled that the city cannot issue euthanasia order only on the basis of appearance or race, and cannot prevent a person from reclaiming a lost dog on the basis of appearance or breed of dog.
 In addition, the city had to continue allowing the shelter to adopt pits bulls to people living outside the Montreal borders.

Sauvé’s announcement on Friday means that the city will lift all provisions targeting pit bull as a group or establish special rules about pit bulls ownership that does not apply to other types of dogs. However, restrictions on individual dogs considered dangerous will continue to exist.

"To reduce dog bites, we must consider all dogs, because of pit bulls, contrary to some urban legends, are not more aggressive than another dog or a dog that is particularly dangerous. All dogs are potentially dangerous,” according to Suave to the Montreal Gazette.

The pit bull ban seemed to be in response to the death of Christiane Vadnais in June 2016, who was killed in an attack by his neighbor's dog. After the dog breed was questioned, the DNA test found that the dog was 87.5 American Staffordshire terrier (a breed commonly known as a pit bull), CBC reported at the time.

Vadnais' brother, Gaston, the sister, Liz, spoke and said they were disappointed that the regulations on the breed-specific by-law were being lifted. Lise Vadnais told CTV that she believes the change will cause more deaths in the future.

Montreal SPCA celebrated the news on Friday.
"We are very happy at the SPCA to know that from December 20 we can put dogs up for adoption no matter how they look," said lawyer Sophie Gaillard to CTV.

Montreal Is Ending Its Ban On Pit Bulls

Pitch invaders are usually nowhere near as adorable as the one that interrupted Vardar’s Europa League clash with Rosenborg.

A dog ran onto the field at the Philip II Stadium before rolling over for its belly to be rubbed when Vardar goalkeeper Filip Gacevski tried to pick him up.

The Husky allowed Gacevski to give him some affection with a stroke, but as soon as the stewards came out, he sensed something was awry.

When the men in fluorescent jackets approached, the dog scarpered out of arms reach.
Finally, the security managed to persuade the canine pitch-invader off the turf and down one of the tunnels.

The 33,000-seat stadium in Macedonia was a bit crowded, but there were some enthusiastic supporters setting off flares and the cheered the impostor as the strange scene unfolding.

A fan filmed a video about the situation, cutting between the end of the smoky field and the halfway line where the dog had its day.

Then the game resumed after the strange incident in the Group L final and maybe the appearance of the Husky will be seen as good luck.

Vardar picked up the only point of the campaign as a Ytalo opener was canceled out by Nicklas Bendtner, penalty on the brink of halftime.

The Skopje-based club finished behind Rosenborg, Real Sociedad, and Zenit St Petersburg, after a difficult first season in the competition. Check out the video of the funny Pitch Invader!

Dog invades pitch during Europa League Match between Vardar - Rosenborg

Jeffrey and his wife Katelyn Hoglund are both former heroin addicts who had overcome their habits with the help of their dogs before meeting by chance and falling in love.

The couple got married two years ago, and now lives happily with three pit bulls and Great Dane, Jack.
But before their meeting two years ago, they lived thousands of miles apart, dealing with serious problems of drug abuse.
Both were arrested and ended up having dogs after their release, which they say gave them something to live for.

Unfortunately, Katelyn’s first pup, Zero, died when she was in rehab, but then she later got two more.
"My life before consisted of nothing more than snoring pills and having a needle filled with anesthesia in my arms as many times as I could ... every day" says Kathleen.

"Death seemed so much more attractive than trying to exist another day ... I was hopeless and desperate, but my dogs gave me a purpose.

"There were many times that I wanted to use and literally the only thing that stopped me is knowing that nobody could take care of my babies better than me.

"They comfort me when I am going through a rough time, they lick away tears and it's like they can read my energy; they know when I need a little extra love.

"When I look at my previous life, I feel very sad for the little girl who could not find her way out of the darkness.
"Every morning when I wake up, and every night as I lay my head down, I thank God for this second chance in life that I have been given.

"I do not think I can do it without my dog."

In September 2015, Jeffrey moved with his dogs Kilo and Ken to Cincinnati, where Katelyn was living and they meet through mutual friends.

They bonded over their love of animals and fell in love, eventually moving in together with their four furry-friends.
Four years clean, Katelyn is now a financial analyst, while Jeffrey is the director of a drug abuse center.
"Kilo gave me the opportunity to love and care for something in a way I did not have before," says Jeffrey.
"Sometimes I thought that if it was not the love and caring I learned from her, maybe I would not have cared enough about me to get and stay clean.

"I am a drug addict living a life free from the compulsion to actively try to kill myself and this is the most incredible miracle I have ever witnessed."

Jeffrey says that his life turns around the second he met with a five-week-old pit bull puppy in a dope house.
"I asked how the for the little white girl, and was asked, " What did you get?.”  "Bro, I got a quarter of weed and an iPod."

And just like that, I, a low down piece of sh*t junkie was now the owner of the soon be called Kilo.
"immediately, she began to teach me what it was to care for something besides myself."
The pair got married this year with their dogs by their sides.

Couple overcomes their drug addictions with the help of their dogs before meeting and falling in love

An infection which ‘eats’ pets flesh has killed a dog in the Midlands, where experts warn of a possible pandemic. This winter bitter weather could witness a huge increase in dog deaths due to the deadly Alabama Rot, which has already killed hundreds of dogs in recent years.

The Bilton veterinarian Center in Rugby, Warwickshire, confirmed: "Unfortunately, we have had a confirmed case of CRGV/Alabama Rot in a dog in our practice. The dog has sadly died as a result of this disease."
Experts warn that the disease reaches its peak between November and February, especially in icy cold conditions.

Dog owners have been told to "be very careful" when they walk their dogs where there are stagnant pools of water, and it is believed the germs thrive in bushy, boggy ground in the winter months.

The Royal Veterinary College in London says that only 15 to 20% of all surviving species are at risk.

 Veterinarians at Winchester-based Andersen Morres, who led the research in the country, said it is possible that there is an environmental ‘trigger’.

"It is up to every dog walker to decide whether to avoid certain types of areas or certain terrain."
Most cases have occurred in Hampshire, Dorset and Greater Manchester.
It causes damage to the blood vessels of the skin and kidneys.

An early sign is an unexplained redness, swelling of the skin or sores, especially on the paw or legs, but it can also be found on the body, face, tongue or mouth.

This disease can cause kidney failure, include signs of vomiting, decreased appetite, and tiredness.
According to David Walker, chief of medicine at Anderson Morris "The suspicion is that whatever causes this disease is ingested orally.

 "Signs to always look out for are small injuries below the knee or elbow and circular or similar to an ulcer.
"The hair will fall off that will attract the dog attention and they may start licking it."
However, the difficulty is that not all the lesions will look the same. Be watchful and if people are worried they should go to their local veterinarians.

"It can be helpful to wash down your dog after a walk."
A spokesman for the Forestry Committee said: "Be on the lookout for anything that dogs can pick up, chew or eat in a woodland area."

A spokesperson for Vets4Pets said: "The concern is that the disease does not seem to target a particular breed, age, sex or dog weight."

A spokesperson for the Burton Veterinary Group in Swindon, Wilts: "Do not walk in woodland and always wash the mud off your dog's after a walk.

"But I do not want dog owners to panic and think they can never let dogs out." Dogs need to be out and about and have a full and active life.

A dog owner whose cocker spaniel died after walking in West Woods, Marlborough, Wilts, in December 2015 said: “Suddenly, lesions began to appear on their legs.

"It was unfortunate, but there was no other decision we could make, she was two and a half years old and was as fit as fiddle. I just want to make sure that other dog owners are aware of the situation."

Experts warn of a new outbreak of terrifying flesh-eating canine disease, bug Alabama rot

As dog owners, we are often surprised and amazed by our dogs and all the bizarre things they do. However, we do not necessarily understand why they do it or what their goal is in wagging their tail or humping random objects in the house. For all curious dogs’ owners, the following are some of the most common dog behaviors and what it means.

Those Wet Noses: Like anything small, seemingly insignificant things, there are a lot of myths about what a dog's nose means and does. However, the essential function of the wetness on their nose is to help them cool off when they are too hot. Like how dog pants, they do it instead of sweating (which humans do). Another theory about wet noses is that they are there to absorb moisture when the tongue licks it. This is not available for all dogs since not every dog can easily reach his nose easily with their tongue. In general, however, if a dog's nose becomes hot and dry, it can be symptoms of feverish or that the dehydrated. This does not necessarily mean. It doesn’t necessarily mean other signs like stiff skin and or bloodshot eyes should also be taken into account.

Waging, Tails:
A wagging tail is not always a happy signal. You should observe for other body language signal that your dog will share with you saying he is in a good mood. An open wagging tail that moves in a full sway means a dog is happy or excited. However, a quick wagging only at the tip of the tail may mean that the dog is frightened up or scared or that they are a little worked up about something that may have come into their lives. If they put their tail between their legs and wag, it means that they are absolutely terrified of something. This is an initial indication that they need to be eliminated from the situation in question.

Frequent Humping: Dogs have many instincts and those that have been altered changed may or may not know what they are doing when they carry another dog or their leg. For many dogs, this behavior is just a way of playing or showing their excitement and they really do not know why. Just take a look to see how confused they get. However, it is also a sign of dominance that male and female dogs use to show that they have dominated another dog. When a dog climbs another dog, it symbolizes it as bigger and more powerful. With this same reason, dogs will more frequently hump a stranger’s leg, trying to assert dominance.

These are special because they are thicker, coarser, with deeper hairs on the dog's face. It is also more sensitive because of its proximity to nerve endings. Think of dog whiskers like your fingers - they feel things that they might not be able to hear or smell. These whiskers can detect a shift in wind speed, rain, pressure changes, the distance between objects and much more. They are as well protective, used to catch thorns, dirt and other foreign bodies so that they do not enter their eyes or noses.

Your dog is an interesting little guy
. He has many quirks and traits and over centuries over the centuries, he was breed to act in certain ways and use certain parts of his body. Don’t forget that the next time he does something you may not enjoy. He perhaps has a very good reason for doing it, at least in his instinct-driven dog brain. That does not mean you have to stand by and let him, but also don’t begin screaming or punishing just yet.

Most Common Dog Behaviors and What They Mean

A woman from Manatee County lost her husband, but thanks to the help of her community, who helps her husband's dog found her way home.

The husband, Dan Hart was driving to Palmetto from Texas when he suffered an emergency medical condition, was forced to pull over and died at the roadside. Sandy, his Golden Retriever, was in the truck with him, according to WFLA News Channel 8.

Sandy spent eight days in the truck, which had her food and water supplies inside, with her owner, and she remained faithful staying by his side even after he passed, WFLA reported.

It was a truck driver who noticed the car, and that there was a man inside, and called for help, according to WLOX, a Biloxi, Mississippi, television news station.

The Harrison County Coroner informed WLOX Hart died of natural causes along Interstate 10 in Harrison County.
Sandy, 10, ended up at the South Mississippi Humane Society on Monday, where the shelter operations director, Dawn Boob, said he was taken care of her for a few days. During that time, Sandy sat patiently at Boob's feet and greeted people when they arrived at the office.

Boob said: "She was a sweet dog." Really just a very beautiful soul, looking at the circumstances. ... We were lucky to be part of her story. "

Michelle Londke found Sandy’s picture on Facebook. Not long after, Boob had a message on his phone that Londke and Sherryl Jenkinson were coming for the dog. She said they were there by Wednesday.

Jenkinson, from Sarasota, said she has been rescued dogs for years, so there was almost no second thought of driving for hours to reunite Sandy with her family in the palmetto.

Londke, Jenkinson said, was a friend of the Hart family and volunteered to make the trip.
Jenkinson said that Sandy was extremely uncomfortable and nervous for most of the trip. When they finally reached Sandy's home, her owner started calling for her immediately the car door was open.

"She became a completely different dog ... I started crying," Jenkinson said. "She knew she was home."
Carolyn told WFLA, it was an action Dan’s Widow was grateful for.
Caroline told WFLA, tearing up. "I cannot thank them enough ... I do not know how I could ever repay everybody’s kindness."

A Puppy trapped inside Vehicle for Days with her dead owner Return home, thanks to strangers

Many of you will love this, and many will hate it: an international team of scientists says their research strongly suggests that dogs are smarter than cats.
The article accepted for publication this week in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy reports that the brains of dogs have more than doubled the number of cortical neurons – the cells associated with thinking, planning, and the complex behavior – than cats brains do.

The team, which works in universities and zoos around the world, counts the number of cortical neurons in eight carnivorous animals, a large class of mammals that have teeth and claws that allow them to eat other animals. (This differs from carnivores, the much larger class of all animals that eat meat, including bears, raccoons, and seals).

The researchers found that dogs have about 530 million cortical neurons, while cats have about 250 million.
 “I think the total numeral of neurons an animal has, particularly in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of the internal mental state and its ability to predict what will happen in its environment based on past experience," said Suzana Herculano -Houzel , associate professor of psychology and biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, who developed the technique used by the team to calculate neurons.

The study accounted for the physical brain size, evaluating the number of cortical neurons against the size of the brain they can cram into. It turns out that dogs have more sheer brainpower than carnivores with much larger actual brains, including brown bears and African lions.

Why? The document puts it this way: "Large carnivores appear to be particularly vulnerable to metabolic restrictions that impose a trade-off between body size and the number of cortical neurons."
In other words, once the species grows beyond a certain size, the energy needed to chase the meat is approximately equal to the energy that the species can consume. Because the brain uses more energy than any other organs, there is not enough leftover energy for it to continue developing, evolutionarily speaking.

(The sweet spot seems to have been found by the raccoon, which has about the same number of cortical neurons as dogs, but in a brain only the size of a cat, according to the research).
"Dogs have the biological ability to do things much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can."

According to Herculano-Houzel: "Meat eating is largely considered a problem solver in terms of energy, but in retrospect, it is clear that carnivory must impose a delicate balance between how much body size and brain a species can afford.

Think about it. When was the last time you saw a seeing-eye cat train to sniff out bombs?
Herculano-Houzel Said: "I'm a 100% dog person." But with that disclaimer, our findings mean to me that dogs have the biological capacity to do more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.

“At the slightest, we currently have some biology that folks can factor into their discussions about who's smarter, dog or cat."

It's Now Official: Science says dogs are smarter than cats

Dogs have a unique body language just like people. However, when you learn to interpret your dog's body language, you can better understand what he or she is saying based on their body, ears, eyes, and tail. Understanding your dog's body language is important and helps you learn what other dogs you are unfamiliar with maybe telling you.

When your dog is happy: Most people with dogs know when a dog is happy because body language is easy to read. The tail is usually wagging fast, and the ears are perked up, eyes wide open and mouth relaxed. The body is straight, but the back can be wiggling with the tail wagging. A happy and exciting language is easy to read.

The Anxious Dog: When your dog is anxious, you can read them in their body language. First, their ears will be partly laid back, while their eyes are not as wide open as when they are happy. They close their mouth, the body seems tense and they may even be lowing slightly as with the submissive position. The tail will be partially down, and the dog may whine. Dogs with anxiety are usually those that have separation anxiety when they know that their owner is leaving or they are in an unknown area.

The Fearful Dog: When a dog is fearful it can often be mistaken for aggression that is why it is important to notice the differences. First, his or her ears are usually flat on the head, whites of eyes will be showing and the eyes will be showing and the eyes are squinted or narrowed. Moreover, the body seems tense, crouched down and the dog may be shivering, and his backside is at a downward angle with tail tucked between the hind legs. Some frightened dogs will whine or even yelp depending on the situation.

The Alert and Confident Dog: This is often confused with the happy body language because they can be very similar in many ways. For example, the dog ears are straight up (or perked up if you have a floppy-eared dog), eyes wide open without any white showing, their body is relaxed and stand straight, with its tails (if your dog's tail curls naturally, then it will be in the back). There is usually no barking or whining when your dog is simply alert.

Aggressive Dog: Aggressive body language is very easy to read because the dog looks violent, makes snarling and growling noises. Usually, the ears can be back or forward, the eyes fixated on the target, lips open, teeth showing (snarling), the body seems tense, and the dog is in a dominant position on all fours with the body hair puffed up, and the tail straight in the air.

Final Thoughts
: By knowing the various signs of your dog or another dog body language, it can help you understand what your dog is trying to say or feel. If you see a dog that you are not familiar with taking the aggressive stance, you should slowly move away from the dog as quickly as possible to protect yourself.

How to Read Your Dog Body Language