Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My yellow Labrador Retrievers Hair Loss

Subject:My yellow Labrador Retrievers hair loss.

From: Todd (USA)

Labrador Retriever Name: Willis

Reader's E-mail - Todd Writes:

I have been reading the article in reference to Cosmo losing hair, I too have a yellow lab that is the color of Cosmo (you can see the articles Todd refers to below) and the same age with the same problem. The hair loss started recently as well for no reason. My dog is a male, neutered and is experiencing the same issue. I took him to the vet and was diagnosed with Mange.

He has been treated for almost a month now and seemed to move forward off that diagnosis and treatment, however I am starting to notice hair loss in other places now. I will be contacting the vet again today. I will let you know what I hear.

All About Labradors Response:

Hello Todd,

Thank you for visiting All About Labradors and for writing. Do you know which form of manage was diagnosed: localized, generalized, or demodectic pododermatitis? What was he treated with?

Please let us know what results come from your next visit as it will be helpful for other readers. Also, what is your Labrador Retrievers name?

Talk to you soon,
Fay

Reader's E-mail - Todd Reply:

Fay,

Sorry it took so long to get you the information. Willis was diagnosed as having sarcoptic mange, and was treated using the drug ivermectin. Willis is still losing hair but it is also growing back. It has been a long process and I hope it is done. We shall see. I will let you know if I find anything else out.

Thank, you
Todd

Thanks for the information Todd, its appreciated and will be helpful to other users.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

How to Get Rid Of Dog Fleas

Here's a wonderful article titled How to Get Rid Of Dog Fleas by Ryan Williams that should be helpful to some of you. I receive many questions in regards to fleas (especially when the warmer weather comes), so this article, along with the other information we have listed on All About Labradors should help combat any flea problems you may have.

Pet owners everywhere are at one time or another faced with the issue of how to get rid of fleas! When your pet gets infested with fleas it can be a terribly frustrating experience for both the owner and pet. Our local pet food store sells an assortment of flea collars, flea powders and flea shampoo including Frontline for fleas. Even though the staff are helpful, it is pretty hard to know which product to use and almost impossible to know all of the active ingredients of these dog flea products. There can be some hazardous side-effects of those well known but potentially highly harmful dog flea products. The chemicals used in some of the household name products and major national popular brands on the market may be poisoning our pets and marginalizing our own family's health at the same time. So the question is, how to get rid of fleas safely?

More often these days, pet owners are seeking natural or homeopathic alternatives to the issue of dog fleas. Some of the most commonly used natural dog flea remedies are outlined below:

1. Household salt solution. Sprinkle table salt all over your house. Pay particular attention to where Fido takes his nap. Let the salt sit for at least one week and then look at the results. Fleas don't seem to like salt. Your dog will lie down on the rugs, etc and the salt will also get on to his fur, fleas don't like this. A few days later the fleas are gone.

2. Baking Soda to get rid of fleas. Cover your dog with baking soda. The baking soda will smother the fleas and kill them. This all-natural flea remedy is often recommended for puppies and kittens who are too young to be exposed to any flea remedy chemical. You can also use talcum powder or baby powder.

3. Olive oil remedy. For the fleas on adult dogs, you could try an olive oil bath. Start from the dogs head and work your way back so the fleas don't move to the face where it's really tough to pluck them off. Evidence suggests that the fleas just drown in it and fall out. Then just shampoo the dog fleas down the drain.

4. The Garlic solution. Some people swear that garlic is the best all-natural dog fleas remedy. Some people use a garlic pill supplement while others use freshly chopped garlic and mix it into the dog food. The fleas don't like the scent emitted through the skin of the dog after he ingests garlic.

It would appear that there are many natural alternatives to treating dog fleas. These treatments will likely work best at the point of initial infestation. For a really bad cases of fleas you might need to try a stronger dog flea remedy such as Frontline. In figuring out how to get rid of fleas its best to do your research. However, with all matters pertaining to the health of our dogs and cats, please check with your doctor about potential side effects.

About the Author:

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Raising Lab Puppies

"When raising Labrador puppies, make sure that the time between six and 12 weeks of age is spent getting them used to their environment and training them. Understand that Labrador puppies can grow quickly and become destructive with pet care advice from a veterinarian in this free video on dog training and raising puppies."



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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Clean+Green Products

I've recently had the chance and pleasure to help announce the launch of new stain and odor cleaning products called CLEAN+GREEN by SeaYu Enterprises.

Being in a home with my two beautiful Labrador Retriever girls and a bunch of little ones can lead to many stains and accidents. The children make more of a mess (kids being kids) but my Labrador Retriever girls will have accidents (no matter how well trained, accidents happen).

In the lower level of my home I do have carpeting which leads to some adventurous moments, not to mention the sofa which is suppose to have a no eating and no Labrador Retriever rule! Things happen and before you know it, a cup of juice is spilled, or my chocolate Labrador has just run in from the dirt in the yard and has fond a comfortable spot on the couch (hubby's not going to be happy). Needless to say, I do have a stubborn stain or two (maybe a couple more hiding under the flipped over cushions).

Using the Clean+Green Carpet & Upholstery Odor Eliminator, Cleaner & Stain Remover was a pleasant surprise. I have tried many products with some success, as well as homemade concoctions with limited success but was very pleased with the job the Clean+Green product had done. It removed stubborn stains that I thought would never come out (stains that were there for some time). It also helped to eliminate odors from the couch and the carpets, leaving the rooms smelling clean and fresh, not just masking the odors. Last but not least and a point I'm very happy about is their products are are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, making them safe for all.

I highly recommend Clean+Green for all natural pet cleaning products, stain and order eliminators.

As a special for the readers of All About Labradors, SeaYu® Enterprises has offered $2 off any product at SeaYu.com with promo code CGB2009001 with the promo offer good until 6/30/09.

** All about Labradors is in no way affiliated with SeaYu® Enterprises and is not being compensated for this review of their products (besides getting the sample to try out). **

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Free DOGSWELL Sample

In April we had a post for a free bag of DOGSWELL dry dog food to the first 10,000 eligible people (expires May 15, 2009). The link still works for that offer but the have probably reach the limit already (even tough it doesn't hurt to still try).

They also have a link to get a free DOGSWELL® sample.

Information from DOGSWELL - "All DOGSWELL® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing, beginning with raw ingredients and ending with the testing of finished products. DOGSWELL® testing procedures, dating back to 2006, include independent, third-party testing to confirm that no melamine, bacteria, or pesticides have ever been detected in any of our food or treats.

At DOGSWELL®, we care about what we feed our own pets and know that you do as well. All DOGSWELL® products are made from premium, natural ingredients with one catch – unlike most food available for pets, DOGSWELL® products come in a variety of functional formulas that are healthy for your dog and cat.

All DOGSWELL® products are made from natural meat and poultry with absolutely no added hormones, processed gluten, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Products are free of wheat, corn, soy, and flour. DOGSWELL® food and treats do not contain BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin, artificial preservatives that extend the shelf life of a product."

TO request your free DOGSWELL sample and learn more about their products, visit the DOGSWELL website.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

How to Pick Out the Best Labrador Retriever Puppy

How do I go about picking out the best Labrador Retriever puppy of the litter? Should I get the one with the big paws or small head? How about the runt of the litter? Male or female?

I receive many questions like this so I posted a video below that should be helpful to you.

Some advice from All About Labradors:

You can have your breeder choose the Labrador Retriever puppy for you, based on the qualities that you tell them you are looking for. Who better to know the Labrador Retriever puppies personalities than you breeder raising them.

You can also go visit the breeder and observe the puppies. Watch which ones play rough with the others, which ones are pushy with their litter mates and which ones are playful and content around the others.

Watch to see which puppies notice you, which ones follow you when you move. Verbally call the puppies to encourage them to follow. Ask to hold the puppies to see which are comfortable and relaxed as opposed to growling or showing teeth. Look for positive signs to help narrow down you choice. Don't just make your choice on cuteness.

Puppy Training & Care : How to Pick Out the Best Lab Puppy

Information about video: "When picking out a Labrador puppy, make sure that the puppy is energetic and interactive with people. Avoid Labrador puppies that are subdued, withdrawn and fearful with pet care advice from a veterinarian in this free video on dog training and raising puppies."



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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Our Labrador Retriever puppy nips us

Subject:8 week old Labrador Retriever puppy nips us

From: Kathleen (USA)

Labrador Retriever name: N/A

Reader's E-mail - Kathleen Writes:

Hi,

We just adopted a 8 week old lab puppy. He is beautiful, really catching on to housebreaking, but he really likes to nip us. What is the proper way to stop this?

Kathleen

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Kathleen,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting All About Labradors and for your e-mail.

Happy to hear your Labrador Retriever is catching on to his housebreaking. As far as nipping goes, I have an article posted to the All About Labradors blog that I will list here for you.

If your Labrador puppy does have a habit of biting, nipping, or “mouthing” you or your loved ones, try some or all of the following to help correct its behavior.

1. Teach your Labrador Retriever puppy that biting hurts. When he does bite, let out a sharp “no” or “ouch” while maintaining eye contact with him. It will teach him that his play is to rough, and you will not continue to play until he is gentler.

2. Close Your Mouth – gently hold your Labrador Retriever’s mouth shut while stating “no”.

3. Time Out – while maintaining eye contact with your pup, state “no”, or “ouch”, and then get up and move away, stopping interaction with your Labrador. You can also place him in his crate, if you do use one for training. By walking away, or placing him in his crate, you teach him that he will lose his playmate if he continues to nip and bite.

4. Rough Housing – Do you let your Labrador puppy grab your hands in its mouth while playing? Then when he bites your hand to hard, you scold him and state “no”. You’re encouraging him one minute and scolding him the next. What your doing is completely confusing your poor little Labrador puppy.

5. Teach your Lab pup the “off” command.

Helpful Tips:

Make sure your Labrador puppy gets plenty of play time and exercise daily. These are great distractions and may help reduce your puppies biting.

Be consistent with whatever methods you use to help break the nipping and biting habit. Make sure family members are consistent also.

Have plenty of chew toys for your Labrador puppy. Kong toys are wonderful, just make sure you choose the right size for your puppy and discard when pieces start to break off.

Always reinforce your Labs good behavior. Whenever he plays nicely or licks you without biting and nipping, shower him with love and praise.

Watch the tone of your voice with the “no” and “ouch” commands. They should always be sharp and to the point.

A Word of Caution:

If you have small young children, never leave your Labrador Retriever puppy alone with them until he has learned biting and nipping are unacceptable.

Games like tug-of-war and rough housing encourage your Labrador puppy to bite. Waiting until he is fully trained in the “off” command until introducing these games.

If for some reason your Lab puppy becomes more aggressive when he bites, or your training methods don’t seem to be working, seek help from your veterinarian or professional trainer.

Apply one or more of the above training procedures, be consistent with your training, and shower your Labrador Retriever puppy with praise for doing good, and you’ll be on your way to nipping your Labradors biting habit in the bud.

I am also listing a link to another article that will be very useful with your new Labrador Retriever puppy. The article is called Establishing the Alpha Position and deals with letting your Labrador Retriever know who the boss is:

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com./topdogrules.htm

I hope this is of help for you, remember if you don't understand anything, please don't hesitate to ask.

One last thing, what is your Labrador Retrievers name?

Good luck with your training and keep us up to date with how it's going.

Fay

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