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June 4, 2011

Canine obesity

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 2:01 pm

obesity dogThe obesity is the more common nutritional disease in developed societies and it is considered that 25 to 35% of the dogs are with overweight.  
 
It is responsible for the decrease of the physical capacity of the animal, for associated diseases and, frequently, for painful locomotion. It is resulted of the excess of energy, obtained by the feeding, in relation to the energy expense of the animal. That unbalance can have origin in the own animal, behaviors problems, but also in factors associated to the established handling by the own proprietor. 
 
Some considerations: 
 
1 – the weight excess during the growth phase becomes worse progressively. 
 
2 – it is responsible for the fat infiltration in the organs and for larger effort mechanic of the body. 
 
3 – dogs with pains accomplish less exercise tends larger tendency to put on weight. 
 
4 – it affects the psychic well-being of the animal (the lack of movements reduces the social contacts). 
 
5 – it potentiates possibilities of complications in surgical interventions. 
 
 Weigh loss program: 
 
1 – to evaluate the way of interacting with the animal: to adopt other interaction types (to play, to caress, to brush) in substitution to foods in response to requests for attention. 
 
2 – all of the members of the family should respect the program. 
 
3 – the weight loss results of the association among the consumption of food with low energy tenor and the increase of the level of physical activity of the dog. 
 
4 – the division of the daily dose is recommended in 3 or 4 meals, being avoided the hunger sensation. 
 
5 – the physical exercise, adapted in a gradual way, it stimulates the energy expense and it favors the preservation of the muscular mass. 
 
6 – it verifies in the ration package the suitable daily amount to the weight and load of the animal. 
 
Source: CFMV Magazine  
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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May 28, 2011

The domestication of the dog

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , , — Cynara @ 7:19 am

dogsIn the domestication process, the dog is inserted in the human conviviality, for that, it is extremely necessary that it is socialized, so that it can interact with human beings in a coherent way and socially it accepts. When being socialized, the dog starts to have a harmonicer relationship with his human family. 
 
Considering that most of the attacks happens in family contexts and commonly they are addressed people and friends, the socialization becomes a more significant need. Through the socialization process, the dog doesn’t attack a known child when she invades his territory for not identifying her nor as threat, nor as prey. 
 
The phase of the life that is going from eight to sixteen weeks a critical point is considered in the emotional development of the dogs. In that phase, the dog learns with very more easiness and in a more intense and durable way what is safe or not for him. 
 
Dogs that until the 16 weeks they don’t have contact with people pass behaving as savages, what turns him unable to learn simple commands of training. 
 
The process of primary socialization is characterized by the positive presentation to the nestling (8-16 weeks) of all the controllable factors that will be part of his life. Those controlled factors are: people of different ages, toys and objects. 
 
Source: CFMV Magazine  
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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May 21, 2011

Race X Behavior

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 9:39 am

Will it be possible the behavior characteristic, how the aggressiveness, be transmitted for the following generation? 
 
In the same way that morphologic characteristics can be inherited of last generations, neurophysiological characteristics also can. Therefore, the genetic predisposition for several behavior problems can justify a possible association between aggressiveness and race of the dog. 
 
Such relationship can be justified with differences in the neurotransmitter levels or in the efficiency of their receivers in the Central Nervous System, favoring, or no, the appearance of problems as aggressiveness or anxiety. 
 
Some goods associate structural alterations in the brains of aggressive dogs and no aggressive. For instance, there is an increase of the number of receivers for androgenic in the tonsil in aggressive male dogs compared the no aggressive. There is also increase in the number of receivers in the front cortex, hippocampus and thalamu of the aggressive dogs compared to the no aggressive, etc. 
 
Those aspects, among other, they could find the favorable arguments to the association between race and aggressiveness, however it is not still possible to answer to the question a direct association there are been between aggressiveness and race. 
 
Source: CFMV Magazine   
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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April 24, 2011

Behavior of the adult dog

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , , — Cynara @ 9:01 am

dogThe adult dog behaves with more seriousness. It is a phase in that he likes and he needs exercises in order to guarantee a healthy old age.  
 
Veterinarians cares and good feeding are fundamental taken care, however to know the behavior of the adult animal will avoid some insipidities. 
 
The adult dogs tend to have a hierarchical control, be with others encourage or the owners. He controls the occupation of the space and the individuals’ of the group movement. 
 
Be attentive the alterations of behavior common to the adult dogs: 
 
1 – aggression: she can be predator (animal fed inadequately, he is starving), hierarchal (it usually happens inside of house when the animal tries to assume the domination of the territory), territorial (common in the families where the owners don’t delimit the hierarchy, they attack any individual that inside their territory) or for fear (it happens when the animal is threatened and without the escape possibility). 
 
2 – submission: animals that divert the glance, are avoids, they live with the lowered tail. 
 
3 – territory demarcation: the dog delimits his territory through urine or feces, showing his hierarchy inside of house. 
 
4 – sexual behavior: the animals that present dominant behavior will assume the posture of trying to couple with their proprietors. 
 
Be attentive in order to correct the problems that appear, aggression doesn’t help. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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April 10, 2011

Adolescent dogs

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , — Cynara @ 9:18 am

dogSimilar to the human beings, the adolescence of the dogs is a time of a lot of energy, discoveries, persistence in disapproven behaviors, that he needs training (education). Before that, exercises are fundamental.  
  
Not always it is possible to be beside the dog, to avoid problems, the owner can use some tactics.  
  
1-to leave old clothes with the owner’s smell does with that the animal calms down and be relaxed while it is alone. 
 
2-you can catch a bottle, to do some holes and to put dog food inside, the dog will pass from within hours trying to remove the grains of the bottle. 
 
3-offer toys to the animal so that he can extravasate the energy. 
 
4-offer bones or something chewable, that avoids that he bites the forbidden objects of the house. 
 
5-hide tidbits for the house; that trick stimulates the dog to seek for the tidbit when he is not making anything. 
 
Activity, that is the key word. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati

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March 27, 2011

Psychological pregnancy, a common problem

Filed under: You knew that... — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 9:02 am

nestlingThe psychological pregnancy in dogs is more common than thinks she, happens in more than 50% of female dogs no castrated. Besides the psychological alterations, she causes physical alterations also. 
 
It happens due to hormonal alterations capable to influence the behavior and the development of mammary tissues. That happens when there is a fall of the hormone progesterone, present in the rut. When the female dog is to give birththe progesterone level falls, what stimulates the production of the prolactin, that acts in the mammary tissue activating the production of milk and causing the maternal behavior. 
 
It is common the female dogs present the psychological pregnancy after the castration, if accomplished up to 3 months after the beginning of the rut. With the retreat of the ovaries, responsible for the progesterone production, there are interruption of the production of that hormone and liberation of the prolactin. 
 
The signs of the psychological pregnancy are: the animal scrapes the corners of the house; he protects an area or object; he is anxious or crying and appetite lack. 
 
To interrupt that behavior it can be used medicines that inhibit the prolactin production. They make to interrupt the production of milk and the maternal behavior quickly. Otherwise, the pregnancy finish in 2 weeks. 
 
To remove the objects that the animal adopted as nestling during that period can increase the anxiety and to stimulate compulsive behaviors or until turning him aggressive. 
 
The increase of the mammas is normal and the produced milk ends being absorbed by the organism, but it sometimes happens inflammation of the mammary glands, appearing pits, pain and red skin. Therefore, consulting a veterinarian. 
 
Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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November 22, 2010

Understanding and teaching your dog

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , — Cynara @ 5:51 pm

Canine behaviorThe behavior problems are day by day a constant in the, many animals end abandoned, others get to come to death due to some disease, etc. 
 
Not always what calls her problem of behavior is really behavior, you will see that in some cases the deviation of behavior is actually symptom of some disease. 
 
Lives can be saved and improved relationships. The behavior problems typical that the proprietors face in the day by day with their animals they vary. Aggression, territory demarcation, vocalization, anxiety… it doesn’t import the cause, to solve the problem, in first place it is necessary to understand because he is happening. 
 
To have a healthy and happy life is simple, it is enough to show to the animal the right and the wrong, then he will be your best friend. 

Vet Therapy – Dr. Cynara Campanati 

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July 29, 2010

4 tips to calm the dog hyperactive

Filed under: Dogs care — Tags: , , , , , — Cynara @ 10:06 am

dog jumppingThe hyperactivity is a problem that has many causes and solutions. Here they are going some tips that can calm your animal: 
 
1 -  ignore the behavior – the dogs pay attention to you. If you pay attention to the hyperactive behavior, you will be reinforcing the behavior that wants to eliminate. 
 
2 - take him to walk – if your dog has a lot of accumulated energy, he needs to eliminate her. Walks daily rates will help him to eliminate that energy. 
 
3 - check your energy – the dog is usually your mirror, any energy that you to project will contemplate in him. 
 
4 - try acupuncture and massages – they are soothing and relaxing. 
 
Vet Therapy – Cynara Campanati

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June 16, 2010

Dogs X Fireworkses – what to do?

Filed under: Animal news — Tags: , , , , , , , — Cynara @ 8:00 am

dogThe cup already began and yesterday it was the game of the selection of Brazil. As always it is the fans’ habit to play cornets and they loosen fireworkses. The problem is that the animals are afraid of the excessive noise. 
 
And what to do to dribble the fear of the animals? 
 
1 – if the animal hides below of the bed or of some other piece of furniture he leaves him there; 
 
2 - doesn’t make affection or diffuse in the lap the animal after him to shake of fear. That will do with that he continues to have fear of noise (it reinforces bad behaviors); 
 
3 – it tries to distract him with games that he likes and whenever him plays and to forget of the fear a tidbit can be given; 
 
4 – they can be administered natural sedatives (as the ones that they are the passion fruit base, among other); 
 
5 – stronger medicines can only be administered with medical prescription. 
 
Being those carefuls good game!  
 
Vet Therapy – Cynara Campanati

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June 4, 2010

Doesn’t dog that barks bite?

Filed under: You knew that... — Tags: , , , — Cynara @ 8:00 am

dogWho never heard the dictation “Dog that barks it doesn’t bite?” 
 
Do you think that is true? Not always. The bark can have several meanings, as the animal to be happy when seeing his owner or some person that he likes, to interact with other dogs or animals, fear, aggressiveness… 
 
The bark is just a sign, that we have to observe the position of the hair to be interpreted, ears, if the animal is or not showing the teeth… 
 
We didn’t need to be specialist in animal behavior, being just good observers quickly learned how to differentiate the several forms of interacting of the animals. 
 
Meanwhile caution is good.  

Vet Therapy – Cynara Campanati

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