Saturday, 21 April 2018

Reasons Every Dog Owners Needs Dog Activity Trackers


As a nation of dog lovers, we know that keeping our furry friend happy and healthy is important. Recently, dog owners are turning to a wearable device to monitor their pet wellness. Like human activity trackers, these devices show how much time your dog spend walking, running and playing, as well as sleep quality. Now, these types of devices are made for dogs and the owners are embracing the idea. Fortunately, dog activity trackers have a lot of advantages that make it easier for dog owners to keep their pets healthy.

It helps count Steps and Monitor Sleep: Some dogs are lazier than others and a lack of movement can result in unwanted health problems.  Hormone imbalances, Cardio-respiratory disorders,  tracheal collapse, skin problems, and early death have been linked to dog obesity. As dogs get they are likely to exercise less and sleep more which encourages weight-gain and its associated health issues. With this new wearable technology, owners can easily monitor for any necessary changes to their pet’s diet or the possible need for veterinary intervention.

Burn Calories: Dog calorie requirements vary depending on age, reproductive status, activity level and. For instance, a Jack Russell Terrier breed needs more calories than the less-active miniature poodle breed, not minding the similarity in size. These is the reason some breeds need more exercise than others. Dog fitness trackers like the FitBark, track the calories burned daily by our furry companions. Make sure that your dogs getting the appropriate amount of calorie intake to maintain a healthy body condition.

Remote tracking: The monitoring of physical conditioning methods is common among active human beings.The dogs do not care where they were, but the owners may want to know. Fortunately, many dog followers have applications available that allow owners to do so. These days, some parents of pets can live comfortably without work. Smartphone calls allow owners not only to use GPS to find a lost dog but also to follow the daytime activity levels of the comic as they are geographically separated. Some tracking devices provide fun lighting controls to increase visibility.

Dog owners often worry about not knowing the sort of problem Fido is getting while they are at work. Regardless of where the dog is, the owners must ensure adequate exercise to protect the dog from the undesired effects of low activity levels. Incredibly, dog owners seem just as likely to monitor their pets’ activities as they are to track their own.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

New York Senator to Establish Pet Passenger Bill for State Airlines


According to the senator, the bill would prohibit the stowing of animals in the overhead compartments and would require adequate climate control and ventilation for animals transported in cabins separated from their owners.

The bill arose in response to the death of a 10 months dog kokito after a flight assistant ordered the owners to stow the puppy, which was in the Transportation Security Administration-approved pet carrier in the cabin during the Houston flight to New York. . The dog died during the flight. The legislation, called the Kokito Law, will also require that aviation personnel be trained in the safety of pets.

In a letter to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, Alcântara wrote that she asks the county prosecutor to launch a criminal investigation into the death of the dog, stating that "she will do everything possible to assist the DA Association use the available legal resources to achieve justice for this family.” She also says that the airline's claim that flight attendant host did not know there was an animal in the bag was "obscene".

"The statement of the airline that the host does not know that there is a dog in the carrier is outrageous. The passenger and her daughter have been repeatedly informed about the dog. However, the attendant did not take any action to deal with their concerns or check the bag for the animal, “According to the letter.”It is clear that passengers do not bring dog carriers on board as a portable item without bringing their pets," he said. "This funny claim should not happen and it does not stand up to the criminal courts."

The senator, along with owners of Kokito's and other animal rights activists, protested at the Lagardia airport in New York on Sunday to demand improvements to protect pets traveling on airplanes.

Queen Elizabeth's last corgi dies


Willow, the Queen’s last remaining corgi has been reported dead. The dog who was about 15 years old, was put down after battling with cancer, making it the first time the Queen is without a corgi since the end of World War II.

Willow was the fourteenth-generation descendant from Susan; the Corgi was given to the then Princess Elizabeth at the time of her 18th birthday in 1944. The queen had more than 30 dogs of corgi breeds during her reign. It was accounted for in 2015 that the Queen had quit breeding corgis since she would not like to leave any behind after she died.

Although, she still have two dogs, Candy and Vulcan, which are informally know as “dorgis”, a cross between a dachshund and a corgi presented to the royal family when Princess Margaret dachshund mated with one of the Queen’s dogs.

Candy and Vulcan appeared alongside Willow on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2016, which Annie Leibovitz launched to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Willow was the last surviving corgi to appear alongside the Queen and actor Daniel Craig at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Monty, Willow, and Holly received the secret agent upon arrival at the palace to accept a mission from the Queen.

The dogs ran down the stairs, performed tummy rolls and then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, conveying Bond and a stunt double of the Queen. Monty died a few months after the sketch was filmed and Holly was put down in 2016.

Willow and Holly also appeared and in illustrated children's book “What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Lydia Monks and Julia Donaldson, where they assist the ladybird thwart a plot to steal the royal crown." The book was dedicated to the dogs. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Willow's death, saying it was a private matter.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Fish Oil - The Secret of a Shiny Dog Coat


Have you been considering fish oil for dogs? Is it a good idea to give it to them? Do you condition your pet's hair and skin? Does your pet have a coat that is dull and lifeless? If you've been thinking about the answers to these questions and your pet is needing special care, try fish oil for dogs. The health benefits provided by the nutritional oil for dogs are amazing.

Fish tablet gels are relatively cheap and it provides a significant benefit to the health of your pet. It is highly recommended for dogs by veterinarians as treatment for a variety of medical problems such as kidney disease, arthritis, and skin conditions. Using this oil on your dogs is highly beneficial in treating a certain ailment or illness your dog might have; it's also used to maintain a dog's good health and promote a longer life.

 This nutritional oil is used to treat several medical disorders and skin conditions. Some people give their pets the dosage humans use. This is not a good idea. The first thing that you should do is to call your vet before giving your pet this supplement. The vet will provide the correct dosage. Dogs are generally smaller than humans so the human dosage will not apply to them. Secondly determine which type of fish oil is best for the dog because there are different grades of oil.

 The oil can come as a gel or a complete liquid.The form and dosage of the fish concentrate should be determined based on the size, weight, and treated condition for the dog. If the fish oil is being used for general health maintenance, a 800 mg twice weekly dosage for a large dogs is adequate while a smaller dog only requires a 250 mg twice weekly dosage.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in the oil provide the key health benefits for the dogs. Like humans, dogs don't produce the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The cells of a dogs body use the fatty acids stabilize and in chance the immune system. It is critical for the proper function and maintenance of life. Giving your dog this oil will help heal many ailments and skin conditions and improve the overall quality of life. It is simply a huge benefit all around and you can't go wrong by including it in the dog's diet.

People always feel that a dog is a man's best friend. Don't skimp! Just make the treatment available to your pet. Fish oil for dogs is a natural health supplement to keep your dog in excellent physical and mental condition so he can live life to the fullest. Would you want any less for your dog? So don't wait! Run to the store and get this miracle drug right away for your dog, It is a win-win situation.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Amazing Dog Tips Owners Can Benefit From



We all love to ask for advice. Sometimes we ask about our children, or a house repair, or even financial situations. Asking for advice about dogs is also great, and this article is a perfect place to start. Here are seven brilliant tips and advice for your puppy or dog.

1. Some people with long haired dogs routinely every summer get their dog's haircut at the groomers. The cut looks like a crew cut. But be careful about doing this. Your dog's skin which has not seen the sun can get burned. So be careful about how long they lie in the sun and when walking them. And yes dogs with no fur can get sunburned. A vet informed me of this.

2. On a hot day if you leave your dog in a tennis court with black asphalt the ground can get extremely hot. Your dog could burn the bottom of their paws walking on it. And if they don't have adequate shade they could get heat stroke.

3. On hot days do NOT park your car and leave your dog in it. Even for a short period. Do NOT think, well, it is okay I have cracked open the windows some. It gets hot inside a car fast! Some cities give tickets to people who leave dogs in cars. So before leaving your dog in the car to quickly just get milk, even in winter, check to make sure what your city's laws are.

4.  Do not take your dog on hikes on hot summer days in the middle of the day, especially old dogs and dogs with long coats. I had a Veterinarian tell me that every summer he sees dogs come in for heat stroke. Their owners take their dogs up hills, on trails with no shade, when it is over ninety degrees out. This is usually midday when it is hottest out. Would you like to walk in a fur coat in the blazing heat? If you hike with your dog make sure you have water for him. Look for a collapsible dog bowl at your local pet store. Seriously folks take this to heart. My little niece told me her friend's parents took their two dogs out for a hike in hot weather during the day. Both got heat stroke. One died, the other survived. Don't let this happen to your dog!

5.  If you travel in the car with your dog make sure on hot days the metal from the seat belt does NOT touch them. Hot metal burns. When it is really hot out try to park your car in the shade. And carry a thick white towel (white reflects) in your car. Place it over the metal part of the seatbelt so it will not get as hot.

6. Be careful about letting your dog sniff where people park their cars. Vehicle can leak fluids and oils , you do not want your dog licking it. I have been told by a Veterinarian that dogs like the taste of transmission fluid (which is I believe green) which can be deadly to them. Consult your Vet for help immediately if you think your dog has licked up oil or transmission fluid. Note: At least in my city I was informed that you are NOT to call 911 about a pet. Have your Vet's phone number handy in your personal phone book. Many regular Vets are not open 24 hours. So ask your Vet for a recommendation, before your dog is sick, for an emergency Vet care facility in case their office is not open.

7. When it is hot out, put your hand on the asphalt, pavement, or dirt to see if it is hot to the touch (quickly brushing fingertips on the ground is not good enough). If the ground is very hot, then wait to take your pet for a walk when it is cooler. Walking on hot ground can burn the pads of their paws. If you are already on a walk and your dog is hopping from paw to paw, then the ground could be getting too hot. Find green grass for your dog to walk on and take him out early from then on.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Can Human Catch Diseases from Dogs?



We all love our dogs, but did you know there are some diseases that humans can contract from contact with a sick dog? They are fairly rare, but it is a wise dog owner takes action to protect both the owner and the dog.

Zoonotic diseases are diseases caused by an infectious agent that can be transmitted between animals and humans. The one you are probably the most familiar with is rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal to both people and dogs if not recognized and treated immediately. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of a sick animal, usually through a bite.

Dogs with rabies can seem like they are acting oddly, or have problems with moving a limb or swallowing. There is no cure for rabies once you have symptoms, only treatment. If you are bitten by a dog, follow the advice of your physician and the vet, who may suggest that the dog should be observed for ten days after the bite for any signs of possible rabies infection. The best thing to do is to keep all dogs up to date with rabies vaccinations and booster shots.

Another disease we can contract from our dog is ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal skin disease which is highly contagious, especially for children. It is spread by direct contact but can also be airborne. Your vet can diagnose your dog if it has ringworm by cultures. Your dog may have round, hairless, scaly patches on her skin. If you think your dog might have ringworm, be sure not to let your child touch the dog until your vet has finished treating the dog.

Unlike ringworm, which is a fungus, roundworms are really worms and can spread from dogs to children, especially when the dogs are puppy age. Children need to be taught not to pick up or play with animal feces, and to use good hygiene with frequent hand washing when playing with a dog. Puppies need to be wormed early, and as the adult owner of a dog, you need to be responsible for disposing of fresh waste daily out of the way of you and your children.

Fleas and ticks are opportunists. If they are taking a ride on your dog, they could jump from your dog and onto you, increasing your risk of contracting parasite diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, or ehrlichiosis. Once again the best treatment is prevention by being sure your dog is being treated with antiflea and tick medication, even in the offseason. If your dog has fleas, contact your vet and she may be able to advise you on methods of ridding the fleas from your environment.

Be especially vigilant about good hygiene and prevention of potential infections if your family includes people with cancer, AIDS/HIV, organ transplant patients, pregnant women, infants, and children under five, because these groups of people may be more susceptible to infection.

There are some simple steps you can take as a dog owner to prevent potential infections. Hand washing is the one of the most important, especially after handling dog feces. If you have children, you may want to supervise their hand washing.

Try not to directly handle animal feces. Wear a pair of gloves, and wash your hands even after you take the gloves off. Dispose of fresh waste immediately. Kissing your dog, especially children kissing a dog, may not be a great idea. Most importantly, all dog owners should have a close relationship with the vet, and be sure to bring your dog in for all necessary preventative vaccines or treatments. Now roll Rover over for a nice long belly rub. Then wash your hands!

Monday, 9 April 2018

How to Cope With Your Dog's Death


Getting a puppy can be so much fun that most people never think about how it all ends. Dogs are expected to live around 15 years, give or take based on breed, size, and their overall health. 15 years is a long time to own a dog, even 10 years or less is a long time, and you become very attached to your animal.

Most people consider their dog to be a part of the family. Some even going as far as to buy them Christmas presents and even birthday presents. You take your dog to the vet, buy them the food they need, walk them every day. To say the least, you love your pet.

At some point though, this all must come to an end like all good things and your dog passes away. For some, it is much earlier than the "expected" 15 years, perhaps due to a disease or even as a result of an accident. For others after years of watching pet deteriorate from growing old, you either have to put your dog to sleep or they will pass naturally in their own time.

Needless to say, this is a very difficult time for all involved in the dog's life. If you have children, this may be their first experience of bereavement, so you have to help them grieve as well as go through the process yourself. The most important thing to remember is there is no wrong way to deal with your dog's death. While it may seem strange however you choose to cope, whatever makes you feel better is perfectly fine. You might find some comfort from one or all of the following ideas:


Burying your pet yourself, and holding a family funeral for her.

- Volunteering to help other animals at a shelter or as a fundraiser.
- Creating a scrapbook of your pet.
- Having your pet cremated, and keeping the urn.
- Crying to your heart's content.

Getting a new dog to focus on could also help, especially for the kids, but it is always better to allow the grieving process to finish, otherwise, your new dog will always be living in the shadow of her predecessor - often being the subject of unfair comparison.

You might be able to find support from a local shelter or an online group that specializes in dealing with the death of your dog (perhaps in a breed specific forum?). There are always other people out there that are dealing with the same thing you are. Reach out to them, and maybe between the two of you, you can find something to help you cope with your dog's passing, and in the meantime, you will have found a new friend.

Your vet might also be able to give you additional ideas on how to cope with your pet's death. But trying to remember them in a good way, and know they are no longer in pain will be a great start. No one you meet is ever going to replace your dog, but you can find happiness by taking care of other animals, maybe one that needs you. Just keep your options open and continue trying new things, sooner or later one will work and the pain will begin to ease.



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Coprophagia in Dogs




Coprophagia is the consumption of feces by an animal. As pet owners, we are mainly concerned about this behavior when it is practiced by our dogs. For some strange reason we humans find it to be a disgusting behavior!

There are different types of Coprophagia.
Autocoprophagia - This is when an animal eats its own feces.
Intraspecific Coprophagia - This is when an animal eats feces belonging to another animal of the same species.
Interspecific Coprophagia - This is when an animal eats feces belonging to another animal of another species. (Dog eating deer, rabbit etc feces)

When a female has a litter of puppies she often cleans up after her pups and so does practice a form of Coprophagia. This practice is quite normal because of the circumstances and obviously, as the puppies get older this behavior stops.
Puppies may pick up this habit after watching their mother but normally they will grow out of it. They may take a while to grow out of this habit however if they are denied easy access to food.

Dogs will engage in this activity because it gets them attention. The attention may be in the form of a reprimand but to the dog, it is still attention.

Dogs will learn this behavior from other dogs. So if you have a dog that already does this and you get another dog, chances are your new dog will pick up this habit also. It always seems like the bad habits are the easiest to learn!
Coprophagia is usually just seen as a disgusting habit that does not cause any harm. This, however, is not completely true as dog feces can carry canine viral diseases. Therefore the eating of infected feces can cause health issues.

There are various ways to treat this problem. The most popular method is to make the feces taste bad. This can be done by putting something in the feces before your dog has a chance to eat it. Make sure that what you are using is not harmful to the dog. There are many chemical treatments on the market that you can safely use.

The best way to really stop this behavior is not to allow your dog access to the feces. The pet's area should be thoroughly cleaned and the dog should be closely supervised when outside. Any messes should be cleaned up immediately.
In extreme cases, your dog may have to be muzzled so they cannot have access to the feces.

A dog we had a few years ago engaged in this bad habit. We had two dogs at the time and our female would eat the males' poop. Our male had a digestive problem so his poop was actually quite full of nutrients (according to the vet). We gave our male some pills that would make his poop taste bad and thus stop the female from eating it. I still chuckle as I recall hearing my husband ask the vet "How good can it taste in the first place!" Obviously, to her, it tasted just great. The pills did help and we had long-term success after addressing the males' digestive problem.

Hopefully through your diligence in not giving your dog access and using something to make the feces taste bad your dog will grow out of this disgusting habit.

How to Know If Your Dog Has Disease


A lot of people consider their dogs part of the family. However, unlike other members of the family, dogs are incapable of communicating when they are feeling ill. Most dog owners are able to easily identify when their pet is acting strangely. However, it can be difficult to know when a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Luckily, there are a few obvious warning signs that you can look for to help determine when your dog might need a professional examination.

Like humans, dogs can act abnormally for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes, dogs can become temporarily lackadaisical due to fatigue or depression. In this case, some simple TLC can be a suitable cure. However, there are certain symptoms and behaviors that should be taken seriously. If your dog demonstrates any of the following symptoms, you should immediately take him or her to a veterinarian for a proper examination.

Physical Symptoms
The skin, ears, eyes, nose, and mouth can tell you a lot about whether or not a dog is ill. If you notice redness, swelling, crust or discharge coming from either the eyes or the nose, your dog might be suffering from a viral or bacterial infection. In this case, a veterinarian might be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and provide drugs that can relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

The ears can also give hints to how your dog is feeling. If you notice drainage or foul odors emitting from the ears, you should be suspicious of a possible infection. Also, unusual twitching, scratching or shaking of the ears can point toward feelings of discomfort caused by a potential illness.

The skin and mouth should also be checked for strange, foul odors. The dog's tongue should be checked for dryness or strange coloring. Flaky, dry or red skin also represent warning signs as these could point to a potential fungal or parasitic infection.

Behavioral Symptoms
Most people have a good idea of how their dog normally behaves. If your dog is acting differently, it may just be a faze. However, if he is not eating or drinking water at the usual rates, this is generally a cause for alarm as this can be a sign of a variety of illnesses. Rapid weight loss, scratching, sleeplessness or sleeping too much are also indications that something might be affecting his or her health. Trembling, stumbling or falling should prompt immediate action as this could point to serious, advanced illness.

For many, their dog is more than just a pet. More than a few homes are full of photo albums peppered with images of the family canine. A lot of people consider their dogs an integral part of their family life and can't imagine life without them. By knowing what to look for, you can help keep your dog healthy and get him the proper attention he requires if he falls ill.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Hillary Clinton Recalls the Time Putin Used a Dog to Big-Boy Merkel



On Tuesday, during a panel at The Wing workspace in New York City, Hillary Clinton called the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin a “world-class misogynist”

She has a pet peeve with Russian President Vladimir Putin: He’s a “world-class misogynist” who does not hesitate to use his dog to frighten a powerful woman.

People magazine reported that Clinton accused Putin of using fear against women leaders. She highlighted a famous meeting between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007 as an excellent example.

"Angela Merkel came to visit him and he knew the intelligence and he knew that Angela Merkel was afraid of dogs," Clinton said, per people.

“So, you have these one-on-one meetings. All of a sudden, while the press is still there, this very large black dog came into the room. It was meant to embarrass and intimidate Angela Merkel, who is one of the really great European leaders [of] post World War II.” Clinton said: “The Russian leader took joy in that.”

Vladimir Putin had his Labrador dog Koni greet Angela Merkel, although it was well known that Merkel was afraid of dogs.
Putin said he had no intention of intimidating Merkel when he brought out his Black Labrador Koni at his home in Sochi. He said he wanted to "do something nice for her" and apologized when he discovered that she did not like dogs.

It was reported that Merkel was bitten by a dog in 1995. Putin had been informed about Merkel's fears of the dog in 2006 when he presented her stuffed toy dogs. The New York Times reported.

Merkel said Putin pulled the dog stunt in Sochi "to prove he was a man."
Clinton told the gathering on Tuesday that Putin is “a world-class misogynist” and said things about me and other women on stage, some pretty contemptuous things," according to Newsweek magazine

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Puppy Vaccinations - Diseases, Reactions and Reducing Stress


Puppy vaccinated is one of the most important and beneficial actions you can take for their health. The vaccinations they are given protect them from life-threatening diseases they can come into contact with. Just like with human vacations, puppy vaccinations will be given a small dose of the actual disease itself, which in turn will cause their body to create immunity for the disease.

The diseases puppies should be vaccinated against include:
• Distemper
• Canine adenovirus
• Parvovirus
• Rabies
• A kennel cough
• Coronavirus

Depending on the health and location of your puppy, the vet may also recommend some other puppy vaccinations for diseases such as leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Each of these diseases has a tendency to spread fast; a reason why it's important to keep on top of them.

Puppy vaccination schedule:Puppies can be vaccinated for Parvovirus when they are only 5 weeks old; they should be a little older when they receive their other vaccines. For example, a combination vaccine can be given at 6 and 9 weeks old, and a rabies vaccine should be given at 12 and 15 weeks old. After your puppy is vaccinated, it's not done yet; adult dogs require a booster shot once every year.

Some owners worry that vaccinations are not safe for their puppy, however, they are generally safe for all dogs; that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep an eye on him/her after he had the shots are administered because reactions can still occur.

Mild reactions to vaccinations can include:
• Fever
• Soreness at the injection site
• Loss of appetite
If these reactions occur, they should subside within 24 hours.
Some more serious reactions to vaccinations can include:

• Urticaria: A moderate reaction of the skin, exhibited as hives, swelling, redness, and itchiness.
• Anaphylaxis: A severe reaction that causes breathing difficulties due to swelling of the larynx; it may also cause vomiting, diarrhea, staggering, seizures and cardiovascular collapse. The reaction is sudden and symptoms occur quickly. It is rare but life-threatening.

Your puppy should not be exposed to other dogs until she is fully immunized. Puppies that are not vaccinated are more likely to contract a disease and then spread it to others. One of the main goals of puppy immunizations to is to prevent spreading throughout the dog population. If you have adopted a dog from a shelter and do not know what vaccinations she has been given, it may be safe to give him the series of shots again, but speak to your vet about this.

Reduce your puppy's stress level: Vaccinations will generally be a stressful event for most puppies, remember what it was like getting your vaccinations as a child... I remember it being quite stressful! If you'd like to help reduce your pet's stress and anxiety, and promote relaxation and balanced behavior. As always, do your research, know your options and reasons for doing things and then if you have questions about puppy vaccinations, a veterinarian is the best person to get reliable answers from.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Pine Processionary Caterpillars is dangerous for your Dog



Even if you are not a dog owner, but live in or like to travel around Europe I think it could be useful to know something about the Pine Processionary Caterpillars and what can happen if you get the hairs on your hands, face or body.

In certain countries, however, it pays to exercise extreme caution if you come across certain types of the caterpillar, especially Pine Processionary Caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa). These creatures turn into a month and are to be found in pine woods in central and southern Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. These moths lay their eggs as a single egg mass which is fastened to a needle of a suitable host pine tree. Even though tiny, the newly hatched pine processionary caterpillars have very strong mandibles which are used to pierce the tough needles of its host.

At around March time, the caterpillars leave their nest, and they follow one another forming a trailhead to toe, sometimes numbering several hundred in one long procession. Once they find soft soil they bury themselves in it, change into pupae, then later in the year in the warmer months they evolve into moths.

As moths, they pose no danger, but as caterpillars, they can cause a number of health problems, for both humans and animals. There have been cases in Spain, (where they are known as the "processionary del pino"), where they have caused problems for man and beast. The hairs can cause a human to suffer a bad allergic reaction. Reports have even been made of people suffering some temporary blindness from rubbing their eyes after getting some of the pine processionary caterpillar`s hairs on their hands, then rubbing their eyes. For animals, the effects can be catastrophic.

Dogs, in particular, are inquisitive by nature, and if a dog sniffs the hairs the effect could be a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylactic shock, which could prove fatal. Excessive drooling, difficulty in breathing, or having white spots on the mouth or tongue are some of the signs the dog has been affected. It is imperative to get emergency veterinary treatment for your pet if that happens. I have heard of some cases where part of a dog`s tongue has had to be amputated so bad was its condition.

So, if you do happen to come across some pine processionary caterpillars as they look for a new pine host, or to burrow underground, what should you do? I suggest you move away from them, and if you have a dog do not let it anywhere near. The worst thing you can do is to tread on them. All that does is release the hairs into the air, and that means you could easily breathe them in. Pulling the nests down from the trees in order to burn them is something that only the professionals should do.