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May 2016

Why is My Dog Chewing My Couch?

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There are many reasons why your dog may be destroying your furniture. There are also many different ways to help deter the problem. Dogs chewing the couch may be due to such thing as:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Not enough exercise
  • Lack of dog training
  • Boredom
  • Poor Diet
  • Teething
Dog Couch Chewing

Dogs are not the only pets that show destructive behavior toward furniture. Cats and birds also have been known to scratch, chew and peck at chairs and couches. Some reasons why cats and birds may be chewing the couch include:

  • Lack of scratching posts
  • Lack of toys that actively engage pet in non-destructive activities
  • Separation Anxiety

For cats and birds the best approach to try is to implement certain toys and scratching posts to give them more appropriate things to bite and scratch at. Wood toys for birds are great to hang in their cage or around the house for them to chew on. For dogs there are such options as toys, dog daycare and dog training.

Dog Toys:

To deter your pup from chewing the couch try leaving two to three toys or bones out for them to chew on instead. Try changing out the toys and bones once to twice a month, so they do not become bored with the same toys.

Dog Daycare:

Another great way to relieve boredom, stress and get all that pent-up energy out is to allow them to go to dog day care. Doggie daycare is a great way to allow them to have fun with other dogs and allows you to go to work without worrying about your house. Our own Encinitas location in North County San Diego offers dog daycare and is conveniently located around major areas such as, Carlsbad, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Another great thing about doggie daycare is that it tires your pup out and makes dog training a lot easier.

Dog Training:

If the toys and dog daycare are still not enough to quench your pet’s destructive behavior, the next best option is to try dog training. Trainers can give you expert advice and tips on how to solve this problem. Just remember it is easier to train a tired dog leaving from dog daycare. Our own trainer occasionally travels to areas such as Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad for private at-home training sessions.

For more information regarding dog training or dog daycare call us at (760) 452-4166, or visit our website at www.pawcommons.com.

How and When To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

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Many pet parents do not realize that brushing your pets teeth is just as important as brushing your own. Just as people can get different dental diseases so can dogs and cats. Over the years tarter that builds up on your pup’s teeth will soon turn to plaque; their teeth will yellow and they can start to get bad breath. If not taken care of their teeth will begin to decay. In extreme cases poor dental health can also cause gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease. There are three ways to help keep your pets teeth clean: Diet, dental treats/bones and brushing your pet’s teeth at home.

Dog Teeth Brushing

Diet:

Diet is instrumental to many things including your pet’s teeth. Dry food is better then wet or soft food, as the dry, hard kibble helps keeps tarter to a minimum. Wet or soft food sticks to the teeth easier. If your pet is on a special diet, where they must have soft or wet food, it would be best to try and brush their teeth after such meals.

Dental treats and Bones:

Another great way to help reduce tarter on your pet’s teeth is to provide them with dental treats and hard bones for them to chew on. These treats and bones allow them to enjoy a treat while scraping off excess tarter from their teeth through chewing. Dental treats to try include:

  • Greenies
  • Kirkland Dental Chews
  • Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

At Home Teeth Brushing:

Many stores now sell toothbrushes for pets that look similar to our own and smaller finger tooth brushes. It is best to try both out to determine what works best for you and your pet. Most pet stores will sell flavored doggie toothpaste as well. Never brush your dog or cats’ teeth with toothpaste meant for humans, as it is very toxic to them. Many pet parents find it very difficult to brush their pet’s teeth because they may not like it. Fear not, if you don’t have the time or are just having a hard time with it, come see one of our groomers or go to your veterinarian. Our groomers can show you the best tips and tricks to make brushing their teeth a little easier. Our store in Encinitas is conveniently located between areas such as: Carlsbad, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Save time and money down the road by keeping your pets teeth clean.

When To See Your Vet:

No matter the age of your pet, if they begin to show any of the signs listed below it may be time for them to see a Veterinarian.

  • Unusually growths in the mouth
  • Excessively salivating
  • Bleeding gums
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Eating less (which could be linked to painful chewing due to teeth decay)

Veterinarians recommend that your pet should get their teeth professional cleaned every five to six years. Many times upon deep cleaning, veterinarians will find teeth too far decayed too save. The best way to keep your pets teeth clean and prevent them from decaying is to simply brush them at least once to twice a week.

For more questions regarding dog and cat toothbrushes and brushing dogs and cats teeth please call us at (760) 452-4166 or visit our website at www.pawcommons.com.

Top 3 Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

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How do you know when your dog enters the golden years of being a senior? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) most dogs are considered seniors by the time they turn seven. Usually the larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan tends to be. For small dogs, such as Chihuahuas and large/medium dogs like Labradors, by the time they are seven they are seniors. Whereas giant breeds, such as Great Danes, are often considered seniors by the time they reach age five. So how do you keep your senior dogs feeling young and healthy? Below are the top three tips to care for your senior dog.

  1. Diet and Exercise: The AVMA recommends keeping your older dogs active and mobile. This keeps your pets weight down and keeps their muscles strong and engaged. Just think of that old saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Many people throughout North County San Diego maybe saying, “I just don’t have the time.” Keeping your pets mobile is a key way to keep them happy and healthy. Too busy for that extra walk or visit to the dog park? Why not try doggie day care? Our own Paw Commons in Encinitas offers daycare for dogs under the age of ten. At doggie day care they can meander about, get loved by staff, and have some fun doggie interactions.

    Diet is another important aspect of caring for your senior pet. The ASPCA recommends that when considering a diet for your senior dog it should: help maintain a healthy body weight and/or stave off any chronic diseases. Our own Paw Commons in Encinitas offers The Taste of The Wild in several different flavors. While this is a great brand, we still recommend older dogs with medical conditions be on diets recommended by their veterinarians. Science Diet offers several great options that are usually recommended for pets with kidney disease, urinary diseases, allergies, and thyroid conditions.

  2. Heat, Water and Potty Breaks: As dogs get older it is important to keep them cool, have constant water access and multiple potty breaks. Adult and senior dogs should not be asked to hold their bladders for more then ten hours. Holding their bladders for extended periods can increase their risk of a urinary tract infection. For dogs suffering from incontinence, and over the age of ten, we recommend hiring a pet sitter. For dogs under the age of ten doggie daycare or day boarding are another great option to ensure your pet gets plenty of water and potty breaks. Our Encinitas location offers air-conditioned rooms, access to fresh water and loving a staff who will doubt upon your furry friend and make sure they get ample potty breaks.
  3. Increase in Wellness Exams: Once a pet is considered a senior most veterinarians will want them to be seen bi-annually. This helps increase the veterinarians’ chance of catching and/or preventing disease or medical conditions from getting worse. Paw Commons also recommends its’ clients follow this to ensure all guests are healthy. Our location in Encinitas is conveniently located between Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe right across the street from The Drake Center for Veterinary Care and All Pets Animal Hospital.Keep your senior pets happy and healthy by following these tips. Whether you hire a pet sitter or try doggie day play, we encourage pet owners to keep pets active and healthy through diet, exercise and increased wellness exams. Even if your pet does not like doggie day care, there is always the day board option. This allows dogs to be in their own room with access to fresh water, extra potty breaks, as well as on-on-one interactions with the staff. For any questions or more tips, please visit our website at: www.pawcommons.com; or call us at: (760) 452-4166.
San Diego Dog Care for Senior Dogs