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How CBD Helps Dogs/Pets with Anxiety

*The following blog post was written by King Kanine – all credit goes to King Kanine*
“When our pets panic, we panic. Dogs, especially, tend to be anxious creatures when certain sounds or sights set them off, from rain and thunder to fireworks and the Amazon delivery man. No one likes to see their pets suffer, so when it comes to assuaging the nerves of a jittery Jack Russell or a petulant pussycat more pet owners are looking towards CBD for pets. According to Preventative Vet, CBD oil for anxiety can provide much-needed relief in pooches petrified of separation or travel.

CBD hemp oil for pets isn’t a newfangled idea, either. At SuperZoo 2019, the largest national show for pet retailers, there was a huge showing of products with CBD and hemp extracts made specifically for pets. According to veterinarian Gary Richter, “We know from scientific literature for people that there are a lot of legitimate medical uses for cannabis. When we look at the results of what happens when people have appropriately treated their pets with cannabis, in many cases the results are undeniable.”

So how does CBD for pets help anxiety relief? Cannabidiol from the hemp plant has been known to alleviate stress in humans and pets. When CBD enters a mammal’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), receptors found throughout the body are turned on, so when a body is experiencing tension and stress, CBD enables the body to calm down thanks to the ‘conversation’ between the CBD and the receptors.

Because pets typically suffer from situational anxiety–ie. thunder–CBD oil for pets is particularly effective because of its soothing, calming properties. July 4, in particular, is a huge trigger for pet anxiety, the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because of so many spooked pooches high tail it out of wherever they are in search of solace, according to American Humane. As a result, pet owners panic, too. “We’ve definitely had an increase in owners asking about [CBD for pets] around the Fourth of July,” Manhattan vet Yasmine Mortsakis told the New York Post.

Many vets like Mortsakis stop short of endorsing the CBD oil for pets, not because it doesn’t work, but because they want more studies. The results of studies of CBD oil on pets thus far has been encouraging, and vets have noted that more studies are necessary to get the full picture on how to treat your pooch properly.

“Right now, it’s one of those things where most vets think there are a lot of therapeutic benefits, but there’s not enough research,” she said.

Studies continue on all sorts of ways CBD oil can benefit animals. One such study is a recent one at Cornell University, which found that dogs with osteoarthritis and joint pain had fewer symptoms and more energy after being treated with CBD oil. So while that one study may not have anything to do with your pet’s anxiety, these promising results of CBD oil on pets is also doing wonders in relieving pet owners’ anxieties as well.”

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Hot Spots

Moist dermatitis, summer sores, hot spots… Whatever you choose to call them, they are irritations of the skin that commonly affect dogs.

These red, moist, irritated patches of skin are caused by an initial irritation that worsens from a bacterial infection.

Hot spots are typically found on the head, chest, hips, or limbs. While hot spots can affect your dog year round, they tend to be more prevalent in the summer months due to high heat and humidity. Moisture and heat from matted hair, summer warmth and humidity, on open scrapes or cuts can further increase bacteria growth.

Possible causes of the initial irritation include:

  • Flea allergies
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Ear infections
  • Foreign objects, such as splinters or thorns
  • Food allergies
  • Matted fur
  • Insect bites
  • Chewing or licking due to stress or boredom

  • Symptoms of hot spots may include:

  • Itchy, painful patch of skin
  • Continually chewing or licking
  • Abnormal aggression or possible depression due to the painfulness of site
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling in a localized patch of skin
  • Crusting scabs or oozing sores
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Hair loss
  • Moist, matted fur
  • Foul smell from abrasion
  • Bacterial growth at the site of the initial irritation causes the body’s immune system response to react, resulting in more itching, heat, redness, inflammation, and pain.

    How to Treat Hot Spots:
    Trim the area around the hot spot. If the area is too big, you may need to shave it. Exposing the spot to air will help dry it out and speed up the healing process.

    Next, you want to thoroughly clean the area. A topical antiseptic can be used for this. The Hungry Puppy’s Ketoseb line of products is a great option for cleaning. It is antiseptic and antibacterial. It provides deep cleaning of skin infections. It is also deodorizing, to clear up the foul smell form the abrasion, and controls bacteria and fungi from continuing to grow. Ketoseb is available in a variety of products, including shampoo, mousse, spray, or wipes. The Ketoseb products are currently on sale with an in-store coupon. To view these product, click here.

    Once the area has been trimmed and cleaned, you want to try to prevent your dog from biting, licking, or scratching the area. If you can keep an eye on your dog at all times, then that’s great! But if you are not with them all day, you may need to use a cone or another type of thing to prevent them from reaching that spot.

    Make sure to keep an eye on the area to make sure it continues to heal and doesn’t worsen or spread. If it does not heal, you should schedule a visit to your vet. They may prescribe a prescription topical medication or an oral antibiotic.

    It’s important to know what hot spots are and how to treat and care for them if they ever become a problem for your dog.

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    Canine Influenza

    Canine Influenza

    According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), canine influenza, also referred to as dog flu, is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific influenza viruses known to infect dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that there are two strains of canine influenza: H3N8 and H3N2. Influenza type A (H3N8) was first identified in Florida in 2004. Since 2015, there have been reported cases of both H3N8 and H3N2 in New Jersey. From 2008 to 2015, the only reported cases were of H3N8.

    “As of May 2018, there have been 61 positive cases of dog flu in New York City, NY and 1 positive case in Paramus, NJ.” – DogFlu.com

    Canine influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Almost every dog that is exposed to the virus will become infected. According to the AVMA, the morbidity rate of canine influenza is high. 80% of exposed animals will develop the disease. However, the mortality rate is relatively low. Less than 10% of all infected dogs actually die from the disease.

    Signs and Symptoms
    Not all infected dogs will show signs of disease. About 80% of dogs develop clinical signs while 20% of infected dogs will show virtually no signs of disease. Although these dogs show no signs, they can still spread the disease to other dogs.

      Clinical Signs Include:

    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Fever
    • Lethargy
    • Eye discharge
    • Reduced appetite

     

    Diagnosis and Recovery
    Canine influenza cannot be diagnosed solely by the clinical symptoms. This is because the same symptoms are also present in other canine respiratory illnesses. There are tests available through your veterinarian to diagnose and identify the strains of canine influenza virus.

    Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs develop secondary bacterial infections which may lead to more severe illness, including pneumonia. Your veterinarian will determine the best course of treatment for your dog. There are currently no antiviral drugs approved to treat influenza in dogs.

    Dogs do not have a natural immunity to canine influenza because it is a newer virus. There is also no “season” for dog flu; it can infect any time of year.

    How is it spread?
    The virus is spread a few different ways: through direct contact, through coughing or sneezing, or through contaminated objects. It tends to spread through the respiratory droplets produced from coughing and sneezing. The virus can spread indirectly through objects like food and water bowls, collars, leashes, toys, or surfaces. It can also be spread through people that have come in contact with infected dogs. The virus can remain viable for up to 48 hours on surfaces, 24 hours on clothing, and 12 hours on hands. To reduce the risk of disease transmission, it is extremely important to clean and disinfect any contaminated surfaces, objects, clothing, and hands. Some high risk areas of infection are dog parks, day cares, boarding facilities, shelters, groomers, and other pet friendly locations. Mobile dogs – rescue dogs or dogs that travel with their owners – easily spread the virus. This is how the disease spreads from state to state.

    Dogs are contagious for three to four days prior to showing symptoms and seven to 10 days after symptoms subside. This could span several weeks. It is recommended that to prevent transmission of the virus, infected dogs with H3N2, and any other dogs in the household should be isolated for four weeks.

    There is no evidence that canine influenza can spread from infected dogs to humans. However, the virus can infect cats. Cats infected with H3N2 display signs of upper respiratory disease including nasal discharge, congestion, malaise, lip smacking, and excessive salivation. Most cats can recover at home without any complications. However, it is always best to visit your veterinarian to determine the best course of action.

    Canine Influenza Vaccine
    There is a vaccine for dogs to protect against canine influenza. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect cats from the virus. The canine influenza vaccine is considered a “lifestyle vaccine,” meaning it may not be recommended for all dogs. The vaccine is typically recommended for dogs at risk for exposure to the virus, including dogs that participate in activities with other dogs or dogs that are housed in communal facilities. Dogs that benefit from this vaccine include those that also receive the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine. Owners should consult with their veterinarian if the vaccine is right for their dog. Owners of boarding or day care facilities may require vaccination of dogs frequenting their establishments.


    Sources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/canineflu/keyfacts.htm
    https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx
    https://www.dogflu.com/
    https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/respiratory/c_dg_canine_influenza
    https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/canine-influenza-virus/

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    Pet Appreciation Week 2018


    June 3rd-9th is Pet Appreciation Week!

    Whether your pet barks, meows, chirps, or hisses, they are an important part of our lives.

    It has been proven that pets have a positive impact on our lives:
    – Research shows that pet owners exhibit stronger self-esteem than non-pet owners.
    – Pets can help reduce our negativity.
    – They help reduce loneliness and stress
    – Pets encourage their owners to be more active
    – Pets help children develop empathy
    – Pet shows unconditional love


    For all that our pets do for us, it’s important to make sure they know just how much we love them!

    Here are a few ways you could make Pet Appreciation Week extra special for your pets:
    – Celebrate with your pet’s favorite treat. Maybe it’s a favorite biscuit they have all of the time or a chew they only have on special occasions.
    – Who doesn’t love a new toy? Your cat would love a new scratcher, or maybe your horse would love a new Jolly Ball to play around with.
    – Does your pet have a special place they like to visit? Take your dog on their favorite walking trail through the woods or a trip to their favorite pet friendly beach.
    – Add a little something to one of their dinners this week. Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers enhance your dog’s meal.
    – Selfie! Take fun pictures either of or with your pet(s) and share them to social media! Let your friends join in on the pet celebration; maybe they’ll even share pictures of their pets too!

    From everyone at The Hungry Puppy, happy Pet Appreciation Week!

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    Calming Pets During Thunderstorms

    Some people enjoy thunderstorms – they like the sounds and watching the lightning that may accompany it. Some pets, however, do not enjoy this weather spectacle. It can leave them scared and anxious.

    If you have a pet that does not do well with thunderstorms, there are some ways in which you can help them keep their cool during a thunderstorm.


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    Heartworm in Dogs

    Many pet parents have heard the term “heartworm” before, but may not know what it is, how pets get it, and why testing and preventative care is so important.

    What is Heartworm Disease?

    Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease that affects pets. It is also potentially fatal if left untreated. In infected pets, heartworms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and arteries and can cause severe heart failure, lung disease, and other problems with organs in the body. Heartworms are easy to detect and easy to prevent, but difficult to cure.

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    Pet Identification

    Pet identification is the fastest way to return a pet to their home if they become lost.

    Personalized pet ID tags are a great form of identification because they can be read by anyone that finds the pet. A quick read of a pet ID can jumpstart a reunion with pet and home. ID tags or personalized/embroidered collars are a popular option of pet identification for pets. However, a tag or a collar can become lost, leaving your pet without any form of ID.

    Microchip identification is recommended to use in addition to a pet ID tag to ensure that a missing pet can be identified, even if they lose their collar. The small microchip is implanted under the pets skin where it cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read over time. It has a unique ID number that is registered with the owner’s contact information. Lost pets are scanned for a microchip if brought to a veterinarian or an animal shelter. The unique ID will then be displayed and can be used to contact a pet owner.

    Whether you use a pet ID tag, a microchip, or both, it is important to make sure your contact information remains up to date. If you get a new phone number or if you move to a new house, be sure to update this information on your pet’s identification.

    Proper identification ensures a happy reunion pet and pet parent.

    Personalized engraved ID tags are available at The Hungry Puppy, starting at $4.99.