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-[[//www.youtube.com/embed/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8rdO_rCQsk|external site]]How do you actually feel about Dogs? +(Image: [[https://i0.wp.com/officiallypets.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/dog-1196417_1280-e1573220117113-250x300.jpg?resize=2502C300u0026ssl=1]])The article author is making a few great annotation relating to Dogs in general in this post which follows. 
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 Good Morning from the Golden Retriever Channel. This pupper is taking-in rain. Who turned on the sprinkler in the sky? Another good day in his life, so far. Good Morning from the Golden Retriever Channel. This pupper is taking-in rain. Who turned on the sprinkler in the sky? Another good day in his life, so far.
  
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-Do you have a dog? Does someone you know have a dog? Are you just interested in learning more about dogs because you want to get one? Whatever the case may bethere are some things you must know about dogs. Take the below advice into consideration if you have any kind of interest in dogs.+Dogs have an uncanny ability to provide unrivaled levels of loyalty and friendship to their human counterpartsand are therefore a valuable part of the lives of many. The key, though, is for any dog owner to learn everything they can about what dogs need and what helps them live their best possible lives. The article that follows is a terrific resource for helping them do that.
  
-Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by carEven with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrierA simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.+[[http://www.metacafe.com/embed/11871608/|external page]]In case you adored this short article and you desire to obtain guidance relating to [[https://Nationpunch81.Doodlekit.com/blog/entry/16668943/you-can-thank-us-later-10-reasons-to-stop-thinking-about-labrador-retriever-webbed-feet|do labradors Have webbed paws]] kindly go to the site. Your dog has teeth just like you, so it makes sense that he needs proper dental care. Invest in a dog toothbrush and brush his teeth oftenSimply allowing the vet to do it at his regular checkups is not enough. You can also purchase treats that are specifically meant to help with your pet's teeth.
  
-If your young dog is teething and gnawing at everythingbuy him a fun chew toy and keep it in the fridge. Not only does this provide him with good alternative to your furniturebut the cold will help to make his gums feel betterMost younger dogs gnaw out of necessity, not poor manners.+When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes lessand that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you've learned togetherUse positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
  
 Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see "get over here"u009d and "come"u009d as two different commands. Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see "get over here"u009d and "come"u009d as two different commands.
  
-If you are thinking about adopting a dog, try taking a couple of weeks off work so you can spend some time with your puppy and teach it a few good habitsTraining your puppy and helping it get used to its new environment will be much easier if you are home.+Be good neighbor and discourage your dog from barkingunless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it a constant annoyanceIf your dog barks often, consider talking to your vet about what could be causing it and how you can put a stop to it, for everyone's sake.
  
-If your vet gives you medication to take home and administer to your dogbe sure and ask for ideas on getting him to swallow it. Dogs differ in their tolerance of pills and badly-flavored liquidsso have few tricks up your sleeve in case he resistsGetting a dog to take medicine is important, but often challenging.+Ease your dog into knowing a new baby that comes into your home. Dogs can be very jealous and you need to continue to show him plenty of love an affectioneven though you've got brand new bundle of joy in your lifeTalk to the dog as you handle the baby and keep him in the loop.
  
-Your dog needs attention and shouldn't be left alone outdoors all day. Lots of folks do thisbut it's bad because dogs need constant attention. If you only have one dog, he can get lonely outsideAlso, any extreme weather can cause problems for your dog.+Ask the vet about how much the dog should eat each day. While some people follow the direction on the back of the dog food packagingthey are sometimes incorrect and may make your dog overweightSpeak with a vet about your dog's needs and what they should have.
  
-If you are considering owning a dog, keep in mind the size of your home when selecting the breed. Large dogs do not mix well with small apartments unless you have the ability to walk them frequentlyThey need exercise and room to roam. In this situationa smaller barred might be the better choice.+Do not buy the cheapest dog food you can find. Long-term, the dog will do much better with nutritious, good quality foodThough better brands cost moreit is worth it to know your dog is receiving the nutrients it needs.
  
-Determine your dog's specific exercise regimenDogs have different fitness needs based their sex, overall health, age, breed mix, or breedEvery dog should have a couple 10-minute walks a day around the blockDogs between 6 and 18 monthsactive breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.+Respect your petWhen out on a walkdo not force your dog to interact with other people or animals if he does not want toThere is a reason why your dog may not want to get too close, and it is important that you listen to himIf you try and make him interactyour dog may begin to act out over time.
  
-To make your dog happy and increase the bond between youtry learning how to give him a massageIt's been shown in recent studies that structured massages are highly beneficial to a dog's health and can improve their overall well-being. This [[http://Www.Cafemom.com/search/index.php?keyword=activity|activity]] can also be very relaxing for you as well.+Let your dog know who is boss! Unless shown otherwisea dog will naturally assume that he is the leader of the pack - once this has been established it is quite difficult to persuade him otherwiseWhen disciplining your dog, be firm in tone, but calm. Never punish a dog in a physical manner, as this will lead to lifelong mistrustAlso, when he behaves, remember to praise him!
  
-If your dog gets anxious and lonely when you leave, put some music on before you head outThis will help him feel more secure and provide him with a little companyThis could be the perfect fix to keep him calm until you return.+You may need to trim hair that grows near the [[https://Twitter.com/search?q=dog%27s%20paws&src=typd|dog's paws]] to help keep it from mattingYou should use a comb to straighten out the hair a bit before trying to trim it. You can always use a dog groomer if you find the process difficult.
  
-Always use leash when your dog or puppy is out in public. This helps you make sure your dog always stays by you and prevents them from wandering off or getting into troubleThis can also help you restrain your dog if something upsets them so that they don'hurt another animal or person.+If you pick up a dog from a shelter, make sure that he has been seen by a medical professionalYou don'want to bring home a sick dog unless you are aware of it, particularly if you have other dogs at home. Make sure to ask if the dog you have chosen has been around sick dogs in the past few weeks as well.
  
-Put your dog through obedience trainingA well-trained dog is a joy to live with for both you and themTeaching them simple commands like "Come,"u009d "Heel,"u009d "Sit,"u009d and "Stay"u009d can help curb or prevent troublesome behaviors in no time. You can either teach them yourself, or you can find out about obedience courses by contacting the SPCA or the local humane society for class recommendations.+Be prepared for natural disasters that also impact your dog. Have an emergency supply of water and food for him and know in advance if your local shelter for people will allow pets insideToo many pets are injured or lost following stormsfloods and other situations that cause chaos in a community.
  
-When training your dog, always make sure that you enter a room before allowing the dog toThis is important because it is an obvious form of dominance that your dog will understandEstablishing dominance will help with your ability to train your dog and with its overall behavior patterns.+Make sure that you carry small bags and gloves with you while you are out walking your dog. If he uses the bathroom outside, it is your responsibility to clean up the messIt is unsanitary for you to leave it there, and it some places you may receive heavy fines for that.
  
-Never leave your dog inside your vehicleRemember that your dog needs supervision and that it could become dehydrated very quickly, especially during the hot summer months. It is best to leave your dog at home for few hours if you have to go somewhere and cannot take your dog inside.+You should take the time to reflect about your lifestyle before getting a dog. You may want to get a dog, but there are lots of hard responsibilities that are involved in being great dog owner.
  
-If you want to take good care of your dog, you need to learn to think like a dog. Does your pet seem distressed? Think about what you might want if you were a dog. Is your pet having trouble sleeping? Consider where you'd want to sleep if you'd been born with tail. Taking your pet's needs into account can make it easy to solve any problem.+A dog needs plenty of love and attention. You should try spending at least a couple of hours a day with your dog. Play in your backyard or take your dog to the nearest parkYou should get plenty of exercises before coming home and petting your dog for while.
  
-A new puppy should be socialized as early in life as possibleYour dog can be socialized in many wayssuch as at the groomers, play datesand the dog park.+Dogs love the outdoorsFor the most part, dogs really enjoy being outside and being able to stretch their legs. Remember this when choosing the right dog for your family. If you live in an apartmentit is not really fair go look at a dog that needs lots of exerciseunless you are planning on jogging with your dog twice a day.
  
-Do not give in to the temptation to get a puppy without knowing how to take care of it properlyEducate yourself about the needs of the breed you are considering before actually visiting a breeder or a pet store. Some breeds are happy to live in a limited space, but others need room to run.+It is important that you give your dog plenty of exerciseDoing so will promote a healthy lifestyle for your dog and you. This is especially the case if the dog in question is very energetic. If you give your dog sufficient exercise, it is less likely he or she will cause problems inside the home.
  
-If you do your best to care for your dog's health and happiness, you can enjoy your dog friend for years to comeTake the tips in this article, and use them in your life. You will discover that you can take care of your dog well and be happy in the process+As was mentioned in the opening of this article, dogs make amazing pets. They are loving, loyal and protective. To be a responsible dog owner you must educate yourself on the best dog-care tips and adviceApply the knowledge you've learned from this article to properly care for your pooch
-Frustration Free Tips On Caring For Your Dog+Simple Tips About Dogs That Are Easy To Follow
  
  
-Owning a dog is a big responsibilityYou need to have a happyhealthy dogIf you know how to find a balance with your caninemake sure you learn by reading ahead.+Every dog is unique, like fingerprintThey even have their own likes and dislikesaptitude for patience or impatience, and some are loving while others are distanceHow you care for them depends as much on who they are as your own situationbut the advice you will find below applies in every household which has a dog in it.
  
-Always give your dog plenty of attention and affectionWhen your dog behaves properly, make sure you let the dog know you are happy and give them some affectionThis will help reinforce the good behavior and the dog will try to behave in this manner for the positive attention..+Never lose your temper or punish your dog if you find that they did something wrongNegative reinforcement will simply make your dog scaredwhich will make it difficult for you to train them. Use positive reinforcement at all times to get your dog to cooperate when teaching him new things.
  
-If your puppy or dog is constantly chewing up your furniture, invest in some chew-toys. Scatter them around the floorespecially around the legs of the sofa and end-tablesBe enthusiastic about your offers to play with the chewies with your dog to encourage frequent use. This should eventually deter him from chomping your furniture.+Much like people in the United Statesmany dogs are overweight. Having a few extra pounds on their frame can lead to a number of health problems, like cancer or diabetes. Many owners simply overfeed their petsTalk to your veterinarian about how many calories your dog needs each day so you can adjust their meals accordingly.
  
 Brushing your dog's teeth is important, but it is not easy. If your dog is resisting, once a day simply lift their lips and use your finger to rub their teeth lightly. Do it quickly at first, and then begin to draw out the time you spend performing this action. This will help them get use to the process. After that, you can begin using an actual brush and toothpaste. Brushing your dog's teeth is important, but it is not easy. If your dog is resisting, once a day simply lift their lips and use your finger to rub their teeth lightly. Do it quickly at first, and then begin to draw out the time you spend performing this action. This will help them get use to the process. After that, you can begin using an actual brush and toothpaste.
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 When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you've learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes. When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you've learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
  
-Be a good neighbor and discourage your dog from barkingunless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it constant annoyance. If your dog barks often, consider talking to your vet about what could be causing it and how you can put a stop to it, for everyone's sake.+You don't want to buy the bargain dog food. The brands that are cheaper actually have lots of additivespreservatives and other harmful ingredients that can endanger the health of your dog. Looking at pet advocacy group website can give you recommendations of the best food for your dog. Your dog will appreciate your research.
  
-If you are struggling to get your pet to behave during a grooming session, apply positive reinforcementWith your words and your tonepraise your dog for anything little thing that he or she does well during the time you are working with himGive him a treat when you are finished, so he begins to associate grooming with something good. You should turn your dog's behavior around in no time!+Do not try to save money by choosing the cheapest dog foodYour dog will be healthier and happier if you feed it the highest quality food. It costs morebut you'll save money on vet bills for health issues down the road.
  
-Be careful if you're searching for a new dog on Craigslist or other classified adsMany people exaggerate the truth in order to unload problems or challenging training issues and you could end up with an impossible situation on your hands. Only talk to people who are verifiable through vet records and demonstrate positive handling experience.+If your dog does something that you do not like, try to avoid just saying no. To your dog, no doesn't really explain what you want your pup to doInstead of saying no if your dog is jumping, try to get your dog to sit or lay down. By doing this, you provide your dog with an instruction of what to do.
  
-Your dog needs to exercise regularly. Like humansdogs must exercise to burn calories, remain healthy, and help their minds stay sharp. Exercising also helps them avoid boredom that can cause destructive behaviorsKeeping your dog active can curb chewing, biting, digging, and chasing urgesIt can even help them avoid depression.+Some breads are prone to illnessand you need to know if yours is one of them. You might be able to prevent some conditions from developing by taking a little extra care of him from the beginningYour vet will be able to tell you how you can help your pet prevent illness that it is prone to getting.
  
-A dog should not be left outside all day. Yespeople do this too often, but dogs require interactions with people and other dogs for their well-being. When your dog is the only one you have, leaving him alone will make him sadKeeping them out for too long also exposes them to the elements, so its best that you bring them inside so they don't get sick being outside in really bad weather.+If you are in the market for a pedigree pup, you just may find him at the poundSome owners leave their dogs, which gives you an opportunity to give them a better life. Contact your pound and ask them what breeds are currently there. You can save the life of a dog this way.
  
-Try to provide your dog with plenty of opportunities to socializeTake him on walks to the park or beach where he will be around people and other dogs.  When you beloved this information as well as you wish to be given more details with regards to [[https://mozillabd.science/wiki/10_Guilt_Free_labrador_Webbed_Feet_Tips|do labradors have webbed paws]] kindly go to the web site. Encourage his interactions with others and praise him for good manners. He'll be much more comfortable in any setting and generally happier too.+Never leave your dog home alone for more than a few hours each dayFor example, if you are planning on being away from home for a few days, you should find a place to house them where they can get regular care. Dogs can become anxious when left alone for extended times, so consider their feelings and provide them with the care that they need.
  
-When you own a dog, you typically understand the general costs of ownership, such as food, vet visits, and groomingA generally overlooked cost is emergency situations. Although it may not happen frequentlyyou should have bit of money set aside for any emergency that may arise. It's better to be prepared for an emergency vet visit than to wonder how you are going to pay for it.+Dogs sometimes get tiny cuts on their paws. Small cuts can be treated by washingflushing with hydrogen peroxide and bandagingIf the cut is deepcontact a vet.
  
-If you are training your dog, make sure the treat you are giving him really is desirable. Pets have preferences tooand if your dog does not like the treat you are providing, there is not going to be much motivation to do the right thingTry out few different brands, and remember that soft, chewy treats are generally the most well-received.+Invest in a separate tub if your dog gets frequent baths. Buy a large metal basin where you will have plenty of room to scrubbut won't risk clogging the pipes in your bathroomGiving him bath outside and away from the slipperiness of a porcelain tub is also safer for you
  
-You need to consider your own life when you are thinking about getting a dog. You might feel like you are ready to be a dog owner because you love animals but you need to carefully consider the pros and cons of having a dog.+Be thoughtful about breeding your dog. Repeated breeding of female can evetually lead to severe health problems for both the dog and the puppies that is born from herIf you plan to breed be sure to do your research first so that you can be sure that you are doing the right thing for your animals.
  
-Know the symptoms of dehydration in your dog, as it is common ailment that can be dangerous. Particularly during hot dry summer monthsyour dog may pant excessively and experience loss of the elasticity of his skinIf you see thisencourage him to drink water and add a little Pedialyte to rehydrate him.+If you pick up a dog from sheltermake sure that he has been seen by medical professionalYou don't want to bring home a sick dog unless you are aware of itparticularly if you have other dogs at home. Make sure to ask if the dog you have chosen has been around sick dogs in the past few weeks as well.
  
 Clean up after your dog when they go to the bathroom in public. Many dog owners let their dog do their business wherever they please whether its on a sidewalk, neighbor's lawn, etc. They can do their business in public, but you must take a bag with you to clean it up when they're done so that it doesn't cause an unsightly and smelly mess for someone else. Clean up after your dog when they go to the bathroom in public. Many dog owners let their dog do their business wherever they please whether its on a sidewalk, neighbor's lawn, etc. They can do their business in public, but you must take a bag with you to clean it up when they're done so that it doesn't cause an unsightly and smelly mess for someone else.
  
-Make sure that you buy an appropriate [[http://Www.Usatoday.com/search/sized%20collar/|sized collar]] for your dog in order to ensure its health and safety. If the collar is too lose, it may become snagged on somethingIf the collar is too tight, it may restrict the dog's breathing ability. Allow for a two finger space between the dog and the collar.+Always try to do your training in an area where the dog has some distractions around themRarely are you going to be in a situation where you need your dog to obey and it is completely quietIt is best for you to practice your training with the television on, kids running wild and maybe some music playing.
  
-When choosing a vet for your dog, make sure that it is a good experience for both you and your dog. You want your dog to feel comfortable so that the visit will go smoothlyIt's also important to find a vet that helps you fully with any concerns that you may have.+It is natural to want to get your dog trained as quickly as possible. Howeverremember that there is a limit as to how fast this process is going to go. If you are not realistic, you are much more likely to get frustrated with your pet, which could damage your [[http://Www.purevolume.com/search?keyword=relationship|relationship]]. Your pet will learn over time, but it may not happen as fast as you would like.
  
 Use the tips you just read to care for your dog. Make more of an effort to attend to your dog's health and happiness and you'll see a big improvement very soon. You owe it to your dog to provide him with the best life possible. Use the tips you just read to care for your dog. Make more of an effort to attend to your dog's health and happiness and you'll see a big improvement very soon. You owe it to your dog to provide him with the best life possible.
-Making A Zip Line For Your Dog+Best Advice for Dogs with Skin Issues 
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 +I still need to publish a real post about Mr. Stix's full backstory, but this feels more pressing. For nearly 18 months, Mr. Stix's permanent nakey spot (from unknown injuries before he was rescued, including 15 fractures and this big patch of coat missing) has featured several inflamed, peeling areas. Initially I tried to fix it myself at home with things like aloe vera, vaseline, a veterinary ointment called animax that the shelter had give us while we fostered him most of 2019, etc. It's sort of a combination of steroids, antibacterial, and antifungal stuff. I took him to see our main veterinarian in spring 2020, when there was a 2-month wait to get into see a board-certified veterinary dermatologist. It has been quite a journey since then, and it's nowhere near over. Here's my best advice for dogs with skin issues.  
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 +Before I tell the ongoing saga with Mr. Stix's skin. Here is my best advice for dogs with skin problems. 
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 +    See a board-certified veterinary dermatologist as soon as you can. Yes, your main veterinarian can probably help, but it's honestly best to go right to the top experts.  
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 +    Agree to whatever skin scrapings / cytology the veterinary dermatologist recommends. This provides information about what types of secondary infections currently grow on your dog's damaged skin.  
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 +    Do NOT assume every skin issue is allergies. It often is some sort of allergic process, but NOT always and assuming so (and acting accordingly may only delay real solutions and subject your dog to all kinds of quack advice and home remedies). 
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 +    Buy the best quality fish oil and Vitamin E supplements you can afford, if it's recommended for your particular case of a dog with skin issues.  
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 +    When necessary, agree to the skin biopsies (yes, like minor surgery) and have them reviewed by a veterinary pathologist that specializes in dogs with skin issues. The one we used is at Texas A&M. 
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 +    Follow your veterinary dermatologist's advice and plans, and keep the faith. These dogs with skin problems often don't improve quickly. (I need to take my own advise. See below.) 
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 +Mr. Stix's Story as a Dog with Skin Problems 
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 +This is what Mr. Stix's nakey spot looks like when it's normal. Photo from May 2019 soon after his hip surgery. The bald patch is permanent. That's not the issue.  
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 +This is how bad the red / peeling areas got in mid-2020 when we saw our main veterinarian, who added a low-dose of oral Vitamin E and some topical too and told me to keep using the animax.  
  
-Keeping our dog safeand abiding by the rules of many of the places we visit, means that Myles spend lot of time on-leashThough we’re always exploring new places, life at the end of six foot tether doesn’t provide him with much freedomSo, to give Myles more room to wander while we’re camping, we made an inexpensive zip line for our dog!+This is how it looked when Mr. Stix first saw the board-certified veterinary dermatologist in early August 2020but the specialist had me STOP the animax and instead use prescription anti-bacterial ointment (mupirocin) ... as well as add a better quality oral fish oil and continue both topical and oral Vitamin E (but at a higher dose twice a day). We knew from the skin scrapings / cytology they did onsite that Mr. Stix had bacterial infection
  
-Zip Line vs. Tie-Out 
  
-The zip line has a lot of advantages over cable tie-outs, which people often use to keep dogs from wandering off.+Butwithout the daily topical steroids (which long term are a bad idea), Mr. Stix's skin got much, much worse -- even breaking open and scabbing over.
  
  
 +Our veterinary dermatologist had recommended doing the skin biopsies right away in August 2020, and I *almost agreed to it then, but I was VERY worried about the cuts resulting in skin that would NOT heal. And, I figured it was at least worth a try to use the prescription antibiotic ointment and other supplements and stuff. 
  
-First, jumping up every two minutes to untangle your dog doesn’t happen with a zip line. If you have a dog who’s constantly wrapping his tie-out around the picnic table, tent stake, trees, and your chair, you know how impossible it is to relax with those shenanigans going on! 
  
  
 +But, by around Thanksgiving, it was clear we had to do the biopsy. That photo is kind of gruesome, so you can see it here, if you want. I wish I had done the biopsy sooner. I feel like I wasted time from August through November. 
  
-Second, you’ll never again feel the dread of watching your dog bolt to the end of their unforgiving cable tie-out. The zip line has more give and protects pets from injury.+Post-Biopsy Diagnosis
  
 +As I expected, despite all the know-it-alls trying to tell me it was an allergic issue, it turns out that Mr. Stix instead has an autoimmune condition called erythema multiforme. They believe it was triggered by the trauma of his earlier injuries. They don't think it is life-threatening. They don't think it will spread to other areas of his skin. Just the already damaged, permanent nakey spot. 
  
  
-Third, the zip-line won’t trip you when you’re stumbling around the campfire in the dark! 
  
-Materials and Assembly+With that information in hand, we updated the treatment plan to include a topical, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ointment (tacrolimus -- often pricey, but we used a Good RX coupon at Costco to get the cost down). They use a version of this medication orally for people who have had various kinds of transplants. It's the smallest / safest option for treatment, and that's where we started. 
  
-All you’ll need to make a zip line for your dog is some nylon rope and two spring clasps. Any hardware store will have these materials, or you can order them online for about fifteen dollars. 
  
  
 +I was so hopeful it would work at the once-daily application, but the skin still didn't heal completely. 
  
-We chose a rope with a smooth cover, which makes it comfortable to handle when we’re putting it up and taking it down. It also has a bit of stretch for some shock absorbency to protect Myles from a sudden stop. 
  
  
 +So, in early 2021, we started applying it twice daily on the advice of our veterinary dermatologist.
  
-Rod used his Eagle Scout skills to handle the knot tying. He made quick work of the two bowline knots, attaching the spring clasps to the ends of rope. 
  
  
 +But, it still hasn't healed completely. It often improves a lot and then comes roaring back, so we had another appointment to see the specialist last week. We had to try something new. 
  
-Melting the fibers by passing the raw ends of the rope though a flame keeps them from unraveling. And – SHAZAM – the zip line is ready for action!+Enter the Big Immune-Suppressing Drug
  
-Deciding On Length+Despite my concerns and form of veterinary PTSD about major immune suppression drugs (after our experiences with Lilly), I agreed last week to add oral cyclosporine, which is also a drug that people get after various transplants. Mr. Stix would need to take it daily for life. 
  
-The most difficult part of making your zip line will be deciding how long it should be. 
  
  
 +It smells like it's made from skunk butts, so each gel-cap pill is individually packaged, and you keep them in the freezer because that can help with nausea it can cause (since it's recommended you give on an empty stomach). 
  
-We decided on a 50 foot line, which gives Myles plenty of room to explore. And because having too much is better than not enough. 
  
  
 +I found some good info on this med, and our veterinary dermatologist assured me that it has been safely used in veterinary medicine for like 20+ years, etc.
  
-That length also gives us more flexibility if we’re at a campsite with few anchor points. If we don’t have trees, we can attach one end to the ladder on the back of our motorhome and the other to a picnic table or post. 
  
-Setting Up The Zip Line 
  
-Before setting up your dog’zip line at park or campground, check the rules to verify that they allow the rope to be wrapped around the treesAlso, placing a 1 to 2 inch webbing between the tree and the rope will help protect trees with soft bark. Nails and screws should not be attached to the tree when putting up your zip line.+The med only comes in doses of 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg, and at his size Mr. Stix'ideal dose is around 88 mg once daySo we went with 75 mg (25+50) to err on the lower side
  
  
  
-It takes about five minutes to set up our zip line. In the photo below, we’ve wrapped one end of the rope around a tree and clipped the spring clasp on to the rope. Thenkeeping the rope taught, we ran the rope to another tree, going around the tree as many times as necessary to take up the slack before clipping the spring clasp back to the rope.+It takes like 3-7 days for the med to build up in the blood to therapeutic levelsbut it takes more like 4-6 weeks to know if it'going to help the skin (or not)
  
  
  
-The rope is placed high enough to just give Myles the ability to lie down comfortably. Giving him just enough leeway keeps him from building up too much velocity and jerking at the end of his leash if he decides to chase a gofer or give a squirrel a run for his money+We made it to day 4, then the barfing started
  
 +Anxiety
  
-We also use the dog zip line when our campsites have a ramadaIt’s easy to wrap the line around two posts and snap the ends back on the rope+I wish I could say that this is all going to be fine, but I just don't knowI feel like I just have to accept that the skin will never fully heal, even though seeing his raw spots up close while applying the topical med twice a day and topical Vitamin E once a day causes me so much angst and anxiety
  
-One Zip Line For Two Dogs  
  
-When we still had Ty and Buster, we made separate runs for each dog on the zip line. 
  
 +I supposed to check in with our veterinary dermatology team next week to confirm that Mr. Stix's weirdness and apparent suffering has improved. 
  
  
-We’d wrap the rope around the first tree and clip the spring clasp back to the rope. Then we’d make a complete pass around a second tree, creating the first section of zip line where Ty’s attached in the photo below. Then we’d wrap the rope around a third tree and clip the spring clasp back to the rope. That created the second run of zip line where Buster is attached in the photo below. Giving the boys their own space kept them from getting tangled around each other! 
  
-Connecting Dogs A Zip Line+It took a lot of convincing to get Mr. Champion of My Heart to agree to try the cyclosporine, so even if the specialist comes back and recommends maybe a lower dose, I doubt we'll want to risk it ... because Mr. Stix sure seemed to be having some neurologist issues to me, and after the Lilly situation, I just cannot do that again. 
  
-Pets should never be attached to a zip line by their collar, because it could choke them if they became tangled. When he’s on the zip line, Myles wears his harness, which has a loop on the back to connect the leash. The final step is to slip a heavy-weight carabiner through the leash handle and snap it on the line. 
  
  
 +He is only 3 years old. I don't want to make anything worse. It honestly felt like I'd poisoned him.
  
-What’s "heavy-duty" enough for your carabiners? It depends on your dog! Mass times velocity = force. So, if you have a 50-pound dog and he can accelerate to 5 mph on the zip line, a caribiner rated for 250 pounds should be sufficient. Again, it’s best to err on the side of safety. 
  
  
-Place your pup’s water bowl within easy reach and you’re done! Just remember never to leave your pal unattended on the zip line.+The good news is that most of the time his skin doesn't seem to hurt or itch or anything -- though I do have pain meds, if he needs them. It mostly just looks bad, and he has to wear a no-lick collar for about 20 minutes after I apply his meds so that he doesn't lick it off
  
  
  
-Have you tried zip line with your pets? Please share your experience in the comments below!+His nakey spot is prone to sunburn anyway, and the topical tacrolimus increases the risk of burning, so I used his earlier sun-reflecting coat (which started to look ragged) as pattern and sewed him a new / light sun protection coat. He looks very cute in it. 
  
- [[https://www.gopetfriendly.com/blog/making-a-zip-line-for-your-dog/|https://www.gopetfriendly.com/blog/making-a-zip-line-for-your-dog/]]+ [[https://championofmyheart.com/2021/08/05/dogs-with-skin-issues/|https://championofmyheart.com/2021/08/05/dogs-with-skin-issues/]]
  
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