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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. +Helping You Figure Out Dogs With These Easy Tips
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-If You're Dealing With Dogs, You Have To Know A Few Things +
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-Dogs have an uncanny ability to provide unrivaled levels of loyalty and friendship to their human counterparts, and 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. +
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-[[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 often. Simply 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. +
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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. +
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-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. +
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-Be a good neighbor and discourage your dog from barking, unless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it a 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. +
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-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 affection, even though you've got a brand new bundle of joy in your life. Talk to the dog as you handle the baby and keep him in the loop. +
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-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 packaging, they are sometimes incorrect and may make your dog overweight. Speak with a vet about your dog's needs and what they should have. +
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-Do not buy the cheapest dog food you can find. Long-term, the dog will do much better with nutritious, good quality food. Though better brands cost more, it is worth it to know your dog is receiving the nutrients it needs. +
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-Respect your pet. When out on a walk, do not force your dog to interact with other people or animals if he does not want to. There is a reason why your dog may not want to get too close, and it is important that you listen to him. If you try and make him interact, your dog may begin to act out over time. +
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-Let your dog know who is boss! Unless shown otherwise, a dog will naturally assume that he is the leader of the pack - once this has been established it is quite difficult to persuade him otherwise! When disciplining your dog, be firm in tone, but calm. Never punish a dog in a physical manner, as this will lead to lifelong mistrust. Also, when he behaves, remember to praise him! +
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-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 matting. You 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. +
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-If you pick up a dog from a shelter, make sure that he has been seen by a medical professional. You don't 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. +
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-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 inside. Too many pets are injured or lost following storms, floods and other situations that cause chaos in a community. +
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-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 mess. It is unsanitary for you to leave it there, and it some places you may receive heavy fines for that. +
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-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 a great dog owner. +
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-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 park. You should get plenty of exercises before coming home and petting your dog for a while. +
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-Dogs love the outdoors. For 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 apartment, it is not really fair go look at a dog that needs lots of exercise, unless you are planning on jogging with your dog twice a day. +
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-It is important that you give your dog plenty of exercise. Doing 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. +
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-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 advice. Apply the knowledge you've learned from this article to properly care for your pooch. +
-Simple Tips About Dogs That Are Easy To Follow+
  
  
-Every dog is uniquelike fingerprint. They even have their own likes and dislikes, aptitude for patience or impatience, and some are loving while others are distance. How you care for them depends as much on who they are as your own situation, but the advice you will find below applies in every household which has a dog in it.+(Image: [[https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/puppy-sleeping-on-paws-johan-swanepoel.jpg|https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/puppy-sleeping-on-paws-johan-swanepoel.jpg]])Dogs can be big or small. They can be furry or furless. They can be blackwhite, brown, red, or grey, or even mixture thereof. They can be happy or sad, and which they are often falls upon your shoulders. If you want happy, healthy dog, read on to find out how it is done.
  
-Never lose your temper or punish your dog if you find that they did something wrongNegative reinforcement will simply make your dog scared, which will make it difficult for you to train themUse positive reinforcement at all times to get your dog to cooperate when teaching him new things.+[[//www.youtube.com/embed/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlDMc6N6zfw|external site]]Take the time to make sure your house is dog-proofedThis should be done before the dog shows up at your home. Make sure anything toxic is put up. Research the toxicity of plants you own, and move or remove anything that might be an issue.
  
-Much like people in the United Statesmany dogs are overweight. Having few extra pounds on their frame can lead to a number of health problemslike cancer or diabetes. Many owners simply overfeed their pets. Talk to your veterinarian about how many calories your dog needs each day so you can adjust their meals accordingly.+Research a particular breed of dog you may be interested in before bringing him home. Lots of people make the mistake of falling in love with a type of dog, then find out later that the animal isn't really for them. Chihuahuas, for example, are a trendy typebut very difficult to fully potty train, especially in colder climates!
  
-Brushing your dog's teeth is importantbut it is not easyIf your dog is resistingonce day simply lift their lips and use your finger to rub their teeth lightlyDo 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.+Your pet needs vaccinations, much in the same way that your baby does. Some common vaccinations that dogs require include rabieshepatitis and distemperEach pet is differentand each will have different immunization scheduleYour veterinarian is a great resource when it comes to which vaccinations are right for the age and breed of your pet.
  
-When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that 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 togetherUse positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.+Take your dog to the vet regularly. This may seem like an added expense that you don't need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarianhe can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of healthThis of course prevents problems down the road.
  
-You don't want to buy the bargain dog food. The brands that are cheaper actually have lots of additives, preservatives 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.+Check and double check your fenced in yard for spots your dog could escape through before letting him roam. The most secure method of keeping your dog outside is on a long run with strong collar, but if you are comfortable that your fence can hold him, he'll enjoy that even moreJust make sure there's no room for error!
  
-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 more, but you'll save money on vet bills for health issues down the road.+Take your dog to the vet regularlyThis may seem like an added expense that you don't need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarian, he can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of health. This of course prevents problems down the road.
  
 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 do. Instead 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. 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 do. Instead 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.
  
-Some breads are prone to illness, and 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.+Prevent matting on your dogs paws by keeping the area well trimmedA comb should be used first to straighten it before you do any cutting. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, then you'd probably have to hire a groomer who knows what they're doing.
  
-If you are in the market for a pedigree pup, you just may find him at the poundSome owners leave their dogswhich gives you an opportunity to give them better lifeContact your pound and ask them what breeds are currently there. You can save the life of a dog this way.+Determine your dog's specific exercise regimenDogs have different fitness needs based their sexoverall health, age, breed mix, or breed. Every dog should have couple 10-minute walks a day around the blockDogs between 6 and 18 months, active breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.
  
-Never leave your dog home alone for more than few hours each day. For example, if you are planning on being away from home for few days, you should find a place to house them where they can get regular careDogs can become anxious when left alone for extended times, so consider their feelings and provide them with the care that they need.+You need to invest in quality collar and ID tag with your address on it. Choose robust collar that is adapted to the size of your dog. You should be able to easily fit two fingers inside the collarDo not forget to update the ID tag if you get a new phone number.
  
-Dogs sometimes get tiny cuts on their pawsSmall cuts can be treated by washing, flushing with hydrogen peroxide and bandagingIf the cut is deep, contact a vet.+(Image: [[https://www.wikihow.com/images/8/8e/Care-for-a-Labrador-Retriever-Step-14.jpg|https://www.wikihow.com/images/8/8e/Care-for-a-Labrador-Retriever-Step-14.jpg]])It is essential that you get your dog vaccinatedVaccinations will protect your dog from different types of illness and diseasesMost vaccinations are done at your dogs yearly check-up. Your vet can explain what each vaccination is for. The rabies vaccine is required by law in many different states.
  
-Invest in a separate tub if your dog gets frequent bathsBuy a large metal basin where you will have plenty of room to scrubbut won't risk clogging the pipes in your bathroomGiving him a bath outside and away from the slipperiness of porcelain tub is also safer for you+Get creative with your dog's ongoing trainingFor exampleteach him commands in other languages or show him how to do something that will really impress everyone he meetsHe will love showing off to people and the extra learning will create more well-behaved animal who is happier with himself.
  
-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.+If you're considering introducing trick commands to your dog, make sure that you have first covered all of the basic commands, such as sit, lay down, stay, and comeAlthough trick commands are fun and entertaining, having well mannered dog is more beneficialHaving a dog "stay" when asked will be more fulfilling than having a dog "play dead."
  
-If you pick up a dog from a sheltermake sure that he has been seen by a medical professionalYou don't want to bring home sick dog unless you are aware of it, particularly if you have other dogs at homeMake sure to ask if the dog you have chosen has been around sick dogs in the past few weeks as well.+Just like peopledogs need plenty of exercise for optimum health. Dogs are naturally hunters and love to run by instinctTake your dog to the park, play Frisbee with him and give him daily walkThis will help keep him physically healthy but will also make him mentally healthier.
  
-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 sidewalkneighbor's lawn, etc. They can do their business in public, but you must take 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.+When it comes to feeding your dog, make sure that you are using reputable brand that contains enough nutrition. This is important because there are dog foods that contain an undesirable amount of filler in the food. You want to be sure that your dog is getting the amount of nutrients that it needs in order for it to be healthy.
  
-Always try to do your training in an area where the dog has some distractions around themRarely are you going to be in 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.+If you're considering introducing trick commands to your dog, make sure that you have first covered all of the basic commands, such as sit, lay down, stay, and comeAlthough trick commands are fun and entertaining, having well mannered dog is more beneficialHaving a dog "stay" when asked will be more fulfilling than having a dog "play dead."
  
-It is natural to want to get your dog trained as quickly as possibleHoweverremember that there is a limit as to how fast this process is going to goIf you are not realisticyou are much more likely to get frustrated with your petwhich could damage your [[http://Www.purevolume.com/search?keyword=relationship|relationship]]. Your pet will learn over timebut it may not happen as fast as you would like.+Keep your dog safe from dangerous chemicalsSimilar to kidscleaning chemicals and any car maintenance substances are harmful to themThese substances are poisonousso if a dog gets any on them or ingests anythey could get burned, become very sick, or dieStore your hazardous chemicals in a place that your dog can't get toor keep them in a closed area using a child-proof lock.
  
-Use the tips you just read to care for your dogMake 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+Now that you understand the undertaking of owning a dog, you should feel confident in the fact that you can now provide for your pet fullyWhen he pees on the floor, forgive him. When he barks at the moon, bark with him. And when he gives you a big kiss, return the favor! 
-Best Advice for Dogs with Skin Issues+[[https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=476&href=https2F2FDogsWorld.JSC2F349043260170293%2F&show_text=true&width=342&t=0|external page]] 
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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.  
  
-Before I tell the ongoing saga with MrStix's skin. Here is my best advice for dogs with skin problems.+Owning a dog is no simple task. They require a ton of care, from being bathed to fed to checked over by the vetWith so much to do, how can you keep track? This article will give you some simple tips to help you get the job done right.
  
-    See a board-certified veterinary dermatologist as soon as you canYes, your main veterinarian can probably helpbut it'honestly best to go right to the top experts+Make sure your house is free of doggy danger. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safeHide medications and chemicalscover your trash, and put food where he can't get to it. Since some plants are very harmful because of their toxicity, it's best to get rid of them or put them in an area that the dog cannot get to.
  
 +Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to [[http://www.business-opportunities.biz/search/?q=command|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.
  
 +Avoid impersonating a medical professional when it comes to your dog's health. In an attempt to save money, many people try to diagnose their pet's conditions or use human treatments on various elements and that can be very dangerous to the animal. If you can't afford full vet care, tell that to the doctor and ask their advice anyway or if they could arrange a payment plan for you.
  
-    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. +You may be tempted to use your favorite hair shampoo on your dog, but this should not be done. Human shampoo can cause dog skin to dry out. Instead, find a quality shampoo that is made for dogs. When you bath your dog, make sure to rinse all of the residue out of his fur.
  
 +Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. You should never ignore bad behaviors when they are puppies because this will make it a lot harder to correct down the road. You need to make sure your dog is happy to keep them in control and so he does not hurt anyone.
  
 +If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog's coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
  
-    Do NOT assume every skin issue is allergiesIt often is some sort of allergic processbut 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).+Keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy with regular brushingMost canines don't mind you brushing their teethprovided you introduce them to the process slowly and gently. Use a specially designed dog brush, along with other products made just for him. Remember to provide him with toys and biscuits that will also clean and protect his teeth.
  
 +Teach your dog the right way to walk with a leash. He should be on your side, not behind or ahead of you, and he should know how to respond when told to "heel." Walking this way will help to keep your pet safe, and it will make it easier for you to enjoy walks too. This will also help to prevent your dog from choking themselves, when trying to pull ahead.
  
 +The pads of your dog's feet can become dry and cracked, so make sure that you moisturize them regularly. Ask your veterinarian for advice on which product to use. Avoid using moisturizers that are intended for humans, because they can make the pads too soft and your dog may get hurt.
  
-    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+Should you adored this article and you would like to receive details regarding [[https://brickcicada3.doodlekit.com/blog/entry/16585362/10-tips-with-labrador-webbed-feet|labrador Webbed feet]] generously check out the web-page. Try to provide your dog with plenty of opportunities to socialize. Take him on walks to the park or beach where he will be around people and other dogs. Encourage his interactions with others and praise him for good manners. He'll be much more comfortable in any setting and generally happier too.
  
 +Be prepared to have a lot of patience with your dog during potty-training. Much like children, dogs learn at different speeds and ages and your canine may be slow or stubborn. Have good resources at your fingertips to assist your efforts and remember not to get angry when your dog has "accidents" as that will only impede his progress.
  
 +You should be giving your dog clean water regularly. Even if your dog does not drink too much water, you should still change his bowl twice a day. Also, if the tap water in your area isn't great, give him or her bottled water. When it comes to drinking water, your dog should have the same quality as you have.
  
-    When necessary, agree to the skin biopsies (yeslike minor surgery) and have them reviewed by a veterinary pathologist that specializes in dogs with skin issuesThe one we used is at Texas A&M.+If you are starting to trainstart by rewarding them in different waysDo what you can to learn what motivates your dog. If food is the motivator, use hot dog pieces as a rewardShould your dog like toys, do some tug of war when your dog has done what you desired. A few dogs are even motivated by being petted!
  
 +Do not give in to the temptation to get a puppy without knowing how to take care of it properly. Educate 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.
  
 +Make sure there is one policy in your home for giving your dog table scraps. While some owners do not give their dog any table food at all, yet others wait until the family meal is done. This causes less [[http://Lerablog.org/?s=confusion|confusion]] on the part of your dog, and makes meals much easier for your family.
  
-    Follow your veterinary dermatologist's advice and plans, and keep the faithThese dogs with skin problems often don't improve quickly(I need to take my own advise. See below.)+Make sure that you buy an appropriate 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 abilityAllow for a two finger space between the dog and the collar.
  
-MrStix's Story as Dog with Skin Problems+If your dog makes messes in the house or chews when you are away, consider crate trainingCrate training involves providing your pet with an appropriate sized crate to,stay in while you're out of the house. It can keep your pet and belongings safe. Just make sure to never leave him in the crate for very lengthly period of time.
  
-This is what Mr. Stix'nakey spot looks like when it's normalPhoto from May 2019 soon after his hip surgery. The bald patch is permanent. That's not the issue+For thousands of years, dogs have been man'best friendThat is why it is easy to look into their eyes and figure out what they need. That said, reading this article will give you a greater understanding of the body language of your dog. Your dog will be happier now that you've learned so much! 
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 +Making A Zip Line For Your Dog
  
 +Keeping our dog safe, and abiding by the rules of many of the places we visit, means that Myles spend a lot of time on-leash. Though we’re always exploring new places, life at the end of a six foot tether doesn’t provide him with much freedom. So, to give Myles more room to wander while we’re camping, we made an inexpensive zip line for our dog!
  
-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. +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.
  
-This is how it looked when Mr. Stix first saw the board-certified veterinary dermatologist in early August 2020, but the specialist had me STOP the animax and instead use a 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 a bacterial infection.  
  
  
-Butwithout the daily topical steroids (which long term are bad idea), MrStix'skin got much, much worse -- even breaking open and scabbing over.+Firstjumping up every two minutes to untangle your dog doesn’t happen with zip lineIf you have a dog who’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!
  
  
-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.  
  
 +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.
  
  
-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.  
  
-Post-Biopsy Diagnosis+Third, the zip-line won’t trip you when you’re stumbling around the campfire in the dark!
  
-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. +Materials and Assembly
  
 +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.
  
  
-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.  
  
 +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.
  
  
-I was so hopeful it would work at the once-daily application, but the skin still didn't heal completely.  
  
 +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.
  
  
-So, in early 2021, we started applying it twice daily on the advice of our veterinary dermatologist. 
  
 +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!
  
 +Deciding On Length
  
-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+The most difficult part of making your zip line will be deciding how long it should be.
  
-Enter the Big Immune-Suppressing Drug 
  
-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.  
  
 +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.
  
  
-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).  
  
 +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
  
-I found some good info on this medand our veterinary dermatologist assured me that it has been safely used in veterinary medicine for like 20+ yearsetc.+Before setting up your dog’s zip line at a park or campgroundcheck the rules to verify that they allow the rope to be wrapped around the trees. Alsoplacing 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 MrStix's 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 lineIn the photo below, we’ve wrapped one end of the rope around a tree and clipped the spring clasp on to the ropeThen, keeping 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 levels, but it takes more like 4-6 weeks to know if it's 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 also use the dog zip line when our campsites have a ramada. It’s easy to wrap the line around two posts and snap the ends back on the rope. 
  
-We made it to day 4, then the barfing started. +One Zip Line For Two Dogs 
  
-Anxiety+When we still had Ty and Buster, we made separate runs for each dog on the zip line.
  
-I wish I could say that this is all going to be fine, but I just don't know. I 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.  
  
  
 +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!
  
-I supposed to check in with our veterinary dermatology team next week to confirm that Mr. Stix's weirdness and apparent suffering has improved. +Connecting Dogs A Zip Line
  
 +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.
  
  
-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.  
  
 +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.
  
  
-He is only 3 years old. I don't want to make anything worse. It honestly felt like I'd poisoned him.+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 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!
  
 + [[https://www.gopetfriendly.com/blog/making-a-zip-line-for-your-dog/|https://www.gopetfriendly.com/blog/making-a-zip-line-for-your-dog/]]
  
 +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.
  
-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 raggedas a pattern and sewed him a new / light sun protection coat. He looks very cute in it.  +(Lifeofsterlingnewton IG)[[https://twitter.com/hashtag/dogs?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw|#dogs]] [[https://twitter.com/hashtag/puppies?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw|#puppies]] [[https://twitter.com/hashtag/cute?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw|#cute]] [[https://t.co/ooQqHn9XIf|pic.twitter.com/ooQqHn9XIf]] 
- +— Golden Retriever Channel (@GoldretrieverUS) [[https://twitter.com/GoldretrieverUS/status/1428740104953253898?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw|August 20, 2021]]   
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