How to Notice Signs of Cataracts in Your Pets

Cataracts can develop in any dog due to aging, but it’s not a disease that only affects elderly dogs. Just as in humans, cataracts affect the lens of the eye. The lens becomes thick and opaque over time, and it becomes very difficult for a dog to see. This condition can develop quickly or slowly, and it is most commonly brought on as the result of genetics. Diabetic dogs seem to develop cataracts more frequently.
How to Notice Signs of Cataracts in Your Pets

Any dog owner knows that, over time, watching for decline heath due to aging becomes important. Ensuring that our canine friends are happy and healthy well into the future means keeping an eye on them. Eye conditions become more frequent as dogs mature into adulthood.

Cataracts can develop in any dog due to aging, but it’s not a disease that only affects elderly dogs. Just as in humans, cataracts affect the lens of the eye. The lens becomes thick and opaque over time, and it becomes very difficult for a dog to see. This condition can develop quickly or slowly, and it is most commonly brought on as the result of genetics. Diabetic dogs seem to develop cataracts more frequently.

It is imperative that you look for early signs of cataracts so that you can respond quickly with medical care. Your dog might start to move in a clumsy manner, or may have difficulty seeing things in front of them. Dogs with cataracts may be reluctant to jump up or down from the furniture or may refuse to climb the stairs. More telling signs are bluish or greyish discoloration on the eye, scratching or itching, or increased eye discharge. While it’s normal that dogs over 7 years old experience some lens changes, any noticeable cloudiness or major discoloration might warrant attention.

A quick trip to the vet should be arranged so that you can rule out any other causes for the symptoms. Cataracts are sometimes the result of an underlying condition, and once the condition is treated, prognosis improves. Some dogs are candidates for surgery, but if your dog is not, know that there are ways to make living a full, happy life easier for your canine companion. In any case, if you notice any of these symptoms or behaviors, call your vet as soon as possible.

Once a diagnosis occurs, your vet will likely provide you with plenty of information, and you will need to monitor your pet for worsening symptoms or ongoing treatments. Like you, we love our dogs, and we believe they are a part of the family. Angel Eyes offers a full line of products for tear stains and discoloration around the eyes. Visit our site for more information about our tear-stain removal products, as well as stories, photos, and advice about puppies and dogs: Visit our site for more information.

How to Care for a Puppy that Destroys Things

Caring for your pets requires patience, but the rewards are great. Like you, we adore our canine friends and the Angels' Eyes team strives to make your dog happy and healthy.
How To Care For A Puppy That Destroys Things

It has happened to most dog owners. You bring your adorable puppy home for the first time and things seem fine at first. Then, suddenly, you wake up to utter chaos. Your precious pooch has chewed his or her way through cords, carpets, clothing, shoes, blankets, and has left a trail of toilet paper all around your home!

After dealing with this for a few days, you are at your limit. You wonder if this is normal behavior. Should you consult your vet or another dog owner? Should you rely on Internet searches for explanations and tips? Perhaps your puppy requires obedience training?

Before you run to the vet in a panic or invest time and lots of money with a trainer, there are some basic facts to know about puppies that destroy things.

You will be relieved to find out that chewing is perfectly normal and common behavior for puppies. Puppies often get bored and restless, and chewing on anything relieves the boredom. Perhaps more serious (but also common) is chewing because of separation anxiety or a desire for attention. You may notice that leaving your canine friend alone for too long seems to spur chewing. Puppies will often gnaw on anything in sight to deal with an absent owner, too.

It is also important to remember that puppies between 3 and 6 months of age could be teething. This is also normal, but destructive. Puppies who are teething are known to take a chomp out of anything, even a dangling finger, so be careful during this timeframe! You should also know that this is temporary and that most will outgrow this annoying behavior when their teething processes are complete.

There are some simple solutions. The goal to keep in mind is that puppies will chew, the key is to get them to chew on the right items (and not necessarily your fingers or your brand new area rug). Providing ample chew toys and leaving them scattered around their play area is a great first step. A teething puppy can benefit from toys made specifically for relieving this type of pain. Any pet store should have a decent selection of teething toys.

Another great idea is to puppy-proof your home. You will have to adjust for life with a puppy. In short, you’ll have to ensure that your valuables and personal items are picked up regularly. Move frequently chewed items up off the floor, if possible. Keep doors shut. Secure electrical cords up high, or tuck them behind furniture. This will give your puppy less to chew on and the opportunity to find his or her new chew toys.

If your puppy still seems to gnaw on everything, it might be time to increase daytime activity or socialize your pet. A tired puppy might be less inclined to nervously chew on household items, so frequent walks, trips to a dog park, or even letting him or her play with a friend’s dog might be just the ticket. If your puppy behaves well, or if you experience decreased chewing, reward them! Positive reinforcement is important.

Caring for your pets requires patience, but the rewards are great. Like you, we adore our canine friends and the Angels’ Eyes team strives to make your dog happy and healthy. Visit Angels’ Eyes online for more information about our tear-stain removal products, as well as stories, photos, and advice about puppies and dogs.

The Effects Plants May Have On Dogs

Ever caught your dog acting strange? Perhaps in the presence of plants? Knowing the effects of plants on your pup is an important part of caring for your dog. While some plants may be poisonous, even the harmless ones can cause your dog to react. Some dogs go into a slow-moving meditation-like state when they come in contact with any plant. This slow-motion movement is known as “trancing”—sometimes called ghost-walking—and remains an unexplainable behavior in dogs. Read on to learn more! Have you ever caught your dog acting strange? Perhaps in the presence of plants? Knowing the effects of plants on your pup is an important part of caring for your dog. While some plants may be poisonous, even the harmless ones can cause your dog to react.

Some dogs go into a slow-moving meditation-like state when they come in contact with any plant. This slow-motion movement is known as “trancing”—sometimes called ghost-walking—and remains an unexplainable behavior in dogs.

This response to plants is most common in bull terriers and greyhounds. But it has also been reported with Salukis, Basset Hounds, Whippet, Jack Russell, Labrador, Irish Setter, Cane Corso, Cavalier, Australian Cattle Dog, and Puggle.

Experts are not completely sure why this behavior occurs, but it’s not believed to harmful. Some experts think this psychedelic state just feels good for the dogs. It may also just be the relaxing effects of plants. Dog owners report seeing glazed-over eyes, but once the dog snaps out of this state, it resumes normal activity as if nothing has happened.

Sometimes the reaction seems to start when a plant or other hanging objects like a curtain or tablecloth lightly grazes the dog’s back. This causes the dog to move in a slow-motion creep as if they were in a trance. Just search “dog trancing” on YouTube and you’ll get plenty of examples.

When owners first witness trancing, they may think the dog is having a medical problem.  While the behavior remains mostly unexplained, dog owners should not be alarmed by trancing. It has not been found to be connected with any neurological or psychological issues.

Some dogs can go into such deep trances that they do not respond to calls and whistles from their owners. Some may even become agitated when you try to break them out of the trance. It’s not the scent that appears to trigger dog trancing, as various dogs choose different types of bushes, and some prefer hanging clothes. Some even prefer odder things, but most have in common something that hangs down and lightly touches them.

The good news is, tracing usually only lasts a few minutes. If your dog experiences trancing, just think of it as another quirk in your pup’s behavior. It is smart to keep plants away from dogs in general, in case they are poisonous. If you need more information on caring for your dog, visit the Angels’ Eyes Blog.

From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Puppies – so cute yet so prone to jumping, nipping, chewing & barking. At Angels Eyes, we know of a few simple “dog training” techniques that can help you discourage undesirable behaviors before they become routine. These techniques, by the way, work well with adult dogs too! Guess that means older dogs can learn new tricks, so let’s get started.

First off, remember your pup is pure at heart, lives in the moment AND doesn’t know any better when he or she displays behaviors that might bother you. When you are patient, calm and consistent when training your beloved pet, you will reap the rewards of a sweet companion who is loved by you, your family and your neighbors.

Praise works wonders! When your dog displays a behavior, you’d like to stop – such as nipping at your hand while playing – come up with a command such as “no biting” and use it every time your pet nips. If he or she keeps nipping, gently remove your hand, repeat the command “no biting” and end playtime. Repeat the process everytime you play until he or she stops nipping (it may take several tries) THEN heap praise on your pet as a reward. Now that you’ve learned the “praise” technique – you can use it to change or encourage all types of behavior by devising simple appropriate commands such as “get down,” “no begging” – you get the idea.

Bribery is an option. At Angels Eyes, we know some behaviors can be harder to correct than others – like straining on a leash. When you get ready for a walk, carry a few treats with you and when your pet pulls on the leash, say “walk nice” or “heel” and when your pet slows down, offer the treat while praising the behavior. Because training with treats is so effective, it can be used as a reward when teaching your pet to sit, stay, roll over and more. On a side note, treats have calories, so we suggest you break them into tiny bites or use low-calorie blueberries or diced carrots to help your pup stay trim and healthy.

The Switcheroo. For behaviors like “chewing” – the replacement technique is touted by many pet lovers as a miracle worker. When you see your pooch chewing on a shoe or book, firmly say “no,” take the item away and replace it with a “chew toy!” When your dog starts chewing the approved item, praise your pet for chewing on the good toy. Soon, your pup will get the idea that your shoes or books are “off limits” and as a bonus, has gained a new toy! That’s what we can a win-win!

Just walk away. If your dog is displaying a behavior that other techniques have failed to correct, such as repeated barking, or constantly vying for your attention, simply move away from your pet and ignore the behavior. We know it may be hard to ignore that sweet little face, but when your dog fails to get attention, he or she will quickly learn that barking, jumping or whimpering does not result in attention. When your pet calms down, offer that attention as a reward and you and your pup will both enjoy yourselves.

Consistency Matters. Whether using praise, training treats, replacement items or walking away, remember to be consistent, always responding calmly and with the appropriate commands and training techniques. And always be effusive with your praise. At Angel Eyes, we believe you can never give your pet too much love. Also, one of the things we love most about our pets is that they really are eager to please, will lap up the praise AND reward you with lots of affection in return! No wonder our furry-family members are so well-loved.

Professional Training Requires Participation. If you are thinking about hiring a professional “dog trainer,” it’s important to note that a good trainer will actually be training you AND your dog. Go ahead and sign up for one-on-one or group training, but when classes are finished, remember that it will be up to you to continue with the techniques & commands your pet has learned for a lifetime of good habits, lots of snuggles AND tons of love.

A Word of Caution. Last but not least if your pet is displaying worrisome behavior such as over-zealous chewing, licking, whimpering or crying – don’t rule out the thought that it could be anxiety-related or caused by a medical condition. At Angels Eyes, we recommend a call or visit to your veterinarian if you suspect an underlying issue. We know you love your “furry family members” as much as we do ours AND we wish you both a lifetime of health & happiness. Happy Training AND Happy Life!
From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Dog Safety Tips to Keep Your Canine Cool & Comfortable During Hot Summer Days

It’s that time of the year again! The summer sun is not letting up, and just as we should take precautions to protect ourselves from the summertime rays, we must do the same for our canine family members, too. Dog safety precautions are extremely important to ensure that your canine is protected from the heat, inside and out. As humans have the ability to sweat from most of their body to naturally release heat and cool down, dogs have just a few spots on their bodies to sweat it out, namely their footpads. Another way dogs release internal heat is by panting, although it should be noted that panting is not sweating from the mouth – it’s simply another way for them to relieve themselves of the heat. One more way dogs naturally combat the heat is through vasodilation. Vasodilation is when blood vessels widen to increase blood flow to areas of the body that need it more than others. Canine’s facial blood vessels (including the vessels in their ears) vasodilate to help cool them down by creating more blood flow closer to the skin, which allows heat on the inside to be swapped with cooler air from the outside environment. But despite these (pretty interesting) natural cooling mechanisms, the summer heat can still (and commonly does) overwhelm your dog’s systems without additional care and precaution by us, the owners. With the love of our pooches in mind, Angels’ Eyes wants to provide you with some dog safety tips and tricks to help your best friends beat out the devastating summer heat:

Dog Safety Tips

  1. Hydration

Dogs expend loads of energy and, as stated above, they do not have many ways to release the built-up heat, especially when they’re using lots of energy in the hot sun. The best way to make sure they are cool and comfortable is to keep them hydrated with fresh water that is slightly cooler than room temperature, but not too cold and not too warm. Water that is too cold can cause cramping as well as shock and bloating symptoms, which would only make them more uncomfortable. Dogs need at least one ounce of water per pound each regular weather day, so naturally, they would need more on hotter days. Be sure to keep a fresh water jug and bowl with you when bringing your dog out in the heat, and always have fresh cool water accessible so they can hydrate as needed.

  1. Child-Size Pool

Another way to provide means for your dog to cool down is to pick up a kiddie pool and fill it with cool water. This lets your dog have the option to jump in and chill out whenever they feel a bit too warm from playing in the sun. These pools are generally inexpensive and reusable, and will most likely last you the duration of the summer.

They fit most if not all canine sizes and can be found at pet stores like Chewy.com and PetSmart, retail centers such as Walmart and Target, and also outdoor and sporting goods stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  1. Frozen Treats

Frozen dog treats are a fun and delicious way to provide some temporary relief for your pup. Some scrumptious options include Peanut Butter Popsicles, Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries, and Frozen Pumpkin-Yogurt-Honey-Banana Treats.

  1. Cool and Shaded Surfaces

Another great way for your dog to cool down is with surfaces that do not easily hold heat, such as tile, marble, and cold-water soaked towels. These cool, large surface areas provide a way for heat to escape your dog’s body and “trade places” with the cool tile. This is a highly effective way to relieve your dog from overheating. Moreover, if you let your dog outside for extended periods of time in the summertime heat, you MUST make sure there are multiple shaded areas for your pup to lounge in. Whether it’s a covered patio or under a tree or even a hole your dog dug (soil and mud are cool materials protected from the sun’s rays), allow your canine to relax in and on cooler surfaces both inside and outside when the temperature rises.

Dog safety measures are imperative to a dog’s health, especially since dog safety, specifically related to overheating, is quickly gaining traction in mainstream media, with loads of reports of dogs being left in hot cars and left without the necessary components of keeping them cool, comfortable, and protected from the hot sun. We are responsible for keeping our dogs healthy, happy, and unharmed from the sun and other factors from which they cannot protect themselves without our aid. Before leaving you to play with your favorite furry family member, here are a couple last-minute dog safety tips that could help your pup escape the heat: have your pooch groomed regularly, especially in the summer, to ensure that their body is taking in and releasing heat evenly. Check out our grooming products here: Angels’ Eyes Grooming Products. Also, walk your dog in the early mornings before the sun beams down and heats up the sidewalks or in the evening after the sun retreats and the paths can cool down. This can help protect their footpads from overheating, which are one of their only spots from which they can naturally release heat in the form of sweat.

Now that you have some easy ways to safely relieve your dog of the hot summertime weather, we hope you and your pooch create wonderful, healthy, and safe memories this summer and for summers to come. For more information about caring for your canine, visit us at www.angelseyesonline.com.

How to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shiny and Silky

Just like we take care of our skin by applying lotion and taking vitamins, we also have to be mindful of our furry friend’s coat. Part of owning a dog is the privilege of petting them especially when they have a soft, silky, and shiny coat. However, depending on the season, a dog’s coat can get flaky and lackluster. So it is up to the owners to take care of them and maintain or restore the dog’s coat.

Now, if you’re asking yourself what you can do to help your dog, look no further. We have some suggestions that can be easily added to your daily routine. They will also keep your four-legged friend healthy and be rocking with a shiny, silky coat for a long time.

  1. Food: Did you know that a dog’s coat is made mostly of protein? That means that a balanced diet is essential. Feeding your dog food that contains high levels of protein and amino acids makes a positive impact on their coat.
  2. Vitamins and Supplements: We can also give our fur babies vitamins and supplements to boost their system. Angels’ Eyes, Heavenly Coat™ Skin & Coat for Dogs, are natural vitamins filled with ingredients that help maintain and repair your dog’s coat. They are full of Omega 3 and 6, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin A and E. The fatty acids found in both Omega 3 and 6 are good for dogs that have skin disorders, they help relieve itchy skin. If your dog has a zinc deficiency, these chewable tablets will help bring the shine back to their coat.  Lastly, just like humans, a lack of vitamin A and E causes dry skin. Angels’ Eyes Heavenly Coat™, has the right amount of vitamin A and E to bring some moisture back to your dog’s skin.
  3. Grooming: Regular visits to the groomer are not the only solution and way to keep your dog’s coat healthy. Yes, grooming and baths are essential to this process. However, brushing your pet at least three or four times a week also helps. Petting and brushing your dog will build a stronger bond between the two of you. It will also teach you about your dog’s feelings and more importantly their health.

Make sure you consult your veterinarian when it comes to food portions, as well as doses of vitamins and supplements. To learn more about Angels’ Eyes Heavenly Coat™ and other products to improve your dog’s coat visit www.angelseyesonline.com.

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