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Wonderboo Weekly Tip: no 4 – Easter Edition

Think about your dog’s teeth during Easter candy times

Happy Easter to you all! Now during Easter candy times there’re certainly many who are extra reminded of how important it is to brush your teeth. But it is also important to give your dogs’ teeth a thought not only around Easter! It is not dangerous to give your dog some Easter candy, just make sure it doesn’t contain any chocolate! Dogs can’t eat chocolate and can get very sick from it. Of course it is not good for the dog to eat candy, so moderation is the key here, same as for us humans. But when it comes to dental hygiene, there are many people who are not thinking of their dogs.

Teeth brushing

Most people brush their teeth twice a day. It is actually great to also brush your dog’s teeth. There are specially designed toothbrushes available at well-equipped pet accessories shops or veterinarians. There is even toothpaste that suits your dog’s needs. How often you should brush depends on your dog’s teeth. Just as in humans the amounts of eg. tartar affects dogs differently. A good rule is to brush once a week. But daily is of course the best, because then the dog gets used to it and it could become a nice time together with your dog. If you do it less often the dog could feel a bit surprised and may not like it. In additions to that, you as a dog owner get better to brush your dog’s teeth in a way it likes. The best way is to introduce teeth brushed when the dog is younger. To brush away already exciting tartar is near impossible, so its’ better to try to keep the already quite clean teeth as is. If your dog has tartar, it is better to first go to a veterinarian to get the teeth cleaned and then start with continuous brushing.

Problems with your dog’s teeth and oral cavity

A big benefit with brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is, except that it gets less tartar, is that you get the opportunity to inspect the teeth and oral cavity and then detect if something is wrong, in time. Tartar often leads to gum inflammation and can lead to tooth loss. Also, it smells bad from food leftovers that’re still left in the mouth. A relatively common problem is also that the dogs get abscesses in the tooth roots, mainly in the cheek teeth in the upper jaw. This is very painful and can lead to reduced appetite and that the dog no longer wants to chew on bones or playing with toys.

In a so called root top abscess, the tooth needs to be surgically removed by a veterinarian. Of course dogs, just like humans, can get cavities (holes in the teeth). It is very difficult to detect holes in the teeth of your dog and is therefore up to the veterinarian to do a judgment if treatment is needed.

Sores on the tongue can also be the reason to why other organs in the body doesn’t work properly, or if the dog suffers from a localised infection. Tumors could also be common in the oral cavity. Many of  dogs  most serious tumors can occur in the mouth. These include malignant melanoma, as when exciting in the mouth, can spread very quickly to other organs and lead to the dog’s death. That’s why it could be a good reason to peek in to your dog’s mouth every now and then! If you find a wound that looks strange, a lump or that it smells bad, do not hesitate to contact the veterinarian. Many times, what you discovered can be handled quickly and it could be something passing, but sometimes it’s important to do a in-depth investigation to ensure that everything’s well. To detect serious diseases early,  makes it easier to save your dog’s life.

So be sure to enjoy good food and candy during Easter with your family, friends and pets! But after all the revelry, take a look in your dog’s mouth and why not brush its teeth!

Happy Easter! 🐣🍬🐥

Best regards,
Henrik Rönnberg, Authorized Veterinarian

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Wonderboo Weekly Tip: no 3


Viper bites

With the sun comes the vipers. It’s particularly sensitive when the vipers are newly awakened by the lovely spring warmth and are trying to warm themselves from hibernation. And with that also comes the equally drowsy dogs and dog owners who’re finally able to walk around in the forest more freely. The snakes are not as quick during early spring and therefore they may often be surprised by curious dogs that becomes too intrusive.

The snake bite destroys blood vessels and blood cells. It’s intended that their prey die from internal bleeding. This also activates the snake’s venom degradation of the prey and helps the snake’s digestion. Dogs are of course no prey for the vipers, but suffers the same damage in the blood vessels. In addition to that snakebites impair neuronal signals and the dog could get problems with their heart rhythm and kidney function. Dogs usually gets hit by snake bites in the nose / face or their paws. The area where the poison enters swells quite quickly and it usually does hurt. The damages from the snake bites may show up several days afterwards and it is therefore important to continue to be observant of your dog quite a long time after the bite.

It should be remembered that not all viper bites cause damage. Sometimes there is no venom injection (so-called dry bites), because the snake saves the venom for prey. But does the snake get stressed it injects venom anyway. Young snakes are not more venomous. As soon as you suspect your dog has been bitten, you should stay calm. Examine the area that appears damaged. If the dog is small enough to be carried home, that is preferred. The more the dog moves itself, the faster the venom is transported through the body. Often the place where the dogs has been bitten swells within 24 hours. If the dog is bitten in the nose / head-area, it may be more difficult to breathe and this is obviously serious matters. If the dog gets bitten in the paw, the leg will get swollen and the paw becomes slippery. I recommend that you contact your veterinarian immediately when you suspect your dog has been bitten by a viper. Once you are at the vet, your dog will undergo a regular examination, where the vet decides whether to start treatment or not. Today there are good serums (antidotes) to give if the vet considers this to be justified.

Previously you often treated dogs with cortisone when they became bitten by snakes. But new research shows that dogs that received cortisone do worse than those who were not treated with cortisone. The reason for this is not clear. It is believed that dogs that received cortisone by their owners usually come in later to the vet and because of that they appear more healthy and fit. The cortisone masks dangerous symptoms, such as heart defects. We as veterinarians therefore do not recommend cortisone treatment as a preventive measure after viper bites. More important is to give fluids and above all to keep the dog calm and rested. Often the veterinarian recommends that you should come back with your dog after a week to 10 days after the snake bite to get a new examination. This is because of the cardiac effects that often turn out later and is important to capture. Heart failure can be detected by listening to the heart and also by taking a blood test in which you look at a so-called cardiac marker (troponin) that many times becomes elevated when you have heart damage after the snake bite.

So during spring, it’s particularly important to keep an eye on your dog when you walk in the forest. Safest is obviously to have your dog in a leash to reduce the risk of an overly intrusive examination of spring-dozy vipers!

Best regards,
Henrik Rönnberg, Authorized Veterinarian

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ASK THE VET PART 3 – INTERVIEW WITH HENRIK RÖNNBERG

Here are the incoming questions you had (on instagram) for our veterinarian Henrik last week:


From username @jewelrina0289
1. My poodle liver enzyme Alt is 180. Any diet would you recommend ?

The ALT is usually considered being a marker for liver disease. However, ALT can be influenced by many other things, like; drugs, age (the normal value is different depending on the age of the dog) and other diseases that not involves the liver. Normally the vet asks for more tests than only the ALT. If still only the ALT is elevated to this extent, and no other clinical signs of liver disease is present, I would think that the vet will ask you to come back with your dog for a recheck of the ALT within a couple of weeks. Still on the same diet. Depending on lab and method used, 180 is approximately (a bit lower than) twice the upper limit of what we normally accept in dogs. This is still not a very high level. If other tests have not been done to investigate liver function, that would be a normal way to proceed. Sometimes diagnostic imaging will be recommended (often abdominal ultrasound). Change of diet, without knowing what is wrong may lead to either an unnecessary change of diet or in the worst case that you (only) change the diet, but not correcting the true cause of the ALT elevation and the dog will keep getting worse.

 

From username @mette.lindgren
2. How can you know if a young dog dont see ok? Are going to talk to our local vet

Sometimes dogs starts to ignore games that they usually want to play, or don’t see e.g. cats running when you are walking. But this can be due to other causes than vision loss. An easy way of checking this is to drop a cotton bud on each side of the dogs head and in front of the dog. It should be done from some distance as it can possible hear the cotton bud moving in the air and therefore look towards the sound, but still being completely blind. If the dog moves it head as it followed the bud, it can probably still see. However, this will not quantify the vision ability. At the vet, there are more objective ways to register if the brain reacts on light stimulus sent into the eye. An ophthalmologist can also inspect the inner part of the eye to look for changes normally seen with visual impairment in dogs. Sometimes, loss of visibility can be a sign of diseases that are not only affecting the eye and therefore examination by a vet when you suspect vision loss can be very important for your dog’s health and quality of life.

 

From username @dbpixie
3. How do you stop a dog from chewing on an ulcer inside its mouth ???? 😳seriously Pixie is, just near her molars.

There is no reason for a dog to walk around with ulcers in their mouth! The causes can be many, everything from an accident during play or eating, to inflammations, infections, signs of organ disorders (e.g. kidney failure), tumors or something being stuck in the mouth (so called foreign body). You should contact a veterinarian and have him/her examine the ulcer and suggest a treatment/action plan. This is important to enhance your dog’s quality of life and can potentially be lifesaving if something of the causes mentioned above is discovered in time to be possible to correct/treat.


Best regards,

Henrik Rönnberg, Authorized Veterinarian

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What signs show that your dog is happy?

1. Relaxed Eyes

According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), “When your dog is relaxed and happy, his eyes will be their normal shape.” Pay attention to the way your dog’s eyes look when doing different activities or during different times of the day. You’ll start noticing the differences and will be able to read your dog’s mood better. (www.aspca.org)

2. Relaxed Mouth

The ASPCA also says to look at the mouth. “When your dog is relaxed and happy, he’s likely to have his mouth closed or slightly opened.” Again, pay attention to the changes in your dog’s body language to read his mood. (note: a dog that is panting with their mouth open, could be hot or stressed, this is not a happy dog). (www.aspca.org)

3. Comfortable Ears

Also look at his ears. The ASCPA notes that a happy, relaxed dog will “hold his ears naturally.” Again, this will depend on your specific dog, with a lot depending on his breed and where their ears sit. (www.aspca.org)’

4. Tail Carriage

Another part of your dog’s body language is his tail. You can tell if your dog is happy by the tail carriage. According to the ASPCA, “when your dog is relaxed, he’ll hold his tail in its natural position. If he’s feeling happy, he may wag it gently from side to side.”.(www.aspca.org)

5. Relaxed Body

The last of the body languages, is to look at your dog’s overall body – are the muscles relaxed? Even a dog that is playing and bouncing around wildly, will have a relaxed body carriage with weight evenly distributed if they are happy, says the ASPCA. (www.aspca.org)

 

Read full article here to get the rest of the signs that shows your dog is truly happy.

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Wonderboo Weekly Tip: no 2

Activate your dog mentally – Play with the food!

Everyone knows it’s important to exercise and go on walks together with your dog! But it is also very important to train your dog mentally. Unfortunately many dogs today are under stimulated which could cause them to get sick. We as veterinarian often see examples of skin diseases and severe catarrhs on the foreskin which have developed by intense licking and that can often derive from stress and under stimulation. Mental training isn’t hard and could even be done at home och indoors! Maybe you’ve heard that you couldn’t play with your food? That doesn’t apply to your dog! It’s actually on the contrary – to seek food is part of the dogs natural behaviour. A dog (wolf) in the wild that doesn’t seek food will starve. That why your dog will get happy and satisfied if it gets to search for its food.

Use things you already have around your house

You could put the food in an empty toilet roll and fold down the edges and then let your dog try to get it itself. Some recommends to put the food in an empty PET-bottle, men many dogs gets too anxious and will bite through the plastic. Then it’s easy to get cut or to get pieces of plastic into their system. So therefor I would prefer to use toilet rolls, an empty and clean milk package or just put a firm plastic mug on top of the food and let the dog tip the mug to get the food.

You could also hide food/treats in doors and let your dog seek for it. Hide it in different places if you could and keep it in places that’s easy to find in the beginning – just to keep your dog interested.

You could also hide toys and ask you dog to go get them for you. You can sit in your sofa and still activate your dog in a great way! Reward with treats when your dog does well. To increase the difficulty you could hide several toys and reward your dog when it bring you the ”right” toy. But you could also let your dog retrieve shoes etc. but remember to use to shoes you don’t really care for anymore.

There are also a bunch of different specially designed toys that you can fill with food and get your dog to work mentally, but as I mentioned earlier you’ll get a way with using things around your house!

Things to remember before playing

Remember to always gather your dog before the play begins or at the start of a new collect/search. Wait with letting your dog walk until you get eye contact. It trains the dog with obedience and improves your dogs concentration. Highly stressed dogs could get surprised by ”lay down”-command instead of search sometimes. But after a while you dog will listen even better, because it doesn’t really know when it gets to go and search or collect a toy.

Do you u have a dog that is easily stressed when you bring out treats or toys and starts barking? Take if easy and what for the dog to stop barking (all dogs get tired after a while – look away if the dog keeps barking). When it stops barking, give it a treat as a reward. After a while your dog will understand that with focus and concentration the treats will be given quicker. It can be hard patience wise, but it will be repaid in the end!

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ASK THE VET PART 2 – INTERVIEW WITH HENRIK RÖNNBERG


What are the most common lifestyle diseases in dogs?

Obesity and joint disease/diabetes, cancer, heart failure and gastro intestinal disorders.

What breeds of dogs are most susceptible to cancer and disease in general?

Really hard to answer. It depends on what type of cancer and types of disease.

Roughly, we see many Golden retrievers with lymphoma, mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcomas. All three common in dogs and Goldens are over represented in all three. Flat coated Retrievers and Berneese mountain dogs have a predisposition to develop histiocytic sarcomas. A very difficult cancer to treat.

Boxers stands out in cutaneous tumors and lymphomas.

Mammary tumors are very common in older bitches that are not spayed early.

Giant breeds do develop osteosarcomas in a higher degree. Breeds like Great Dane and Irish Wolfhounds are very common here.

Certain diseases are very breed specific. A certain heart disease is extremely common in e.g. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and many of them die from it.

Best regards, 
Henrik Rönnberg

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5 ways to help your dog to become less stressed

1. Use nonaversive, positive training methods

Using the “alpha” role during training can actually cause your dog to become more stressed and even more aggressive.

2. Focus on the present

Training should be a fun thing between you and your dog. If your dog doesn’t respond as wanted, have patience or look for other ways to motivate your doggie.

3. Change it up

Try different methods when walking your dog and be creative in new ways to get your dog to burn more energy.

4. When you’re away, your pupster will play

If your dogs’ home alone it will most likely be sniffing around, chasing toys – being curious. This is quite an obvious one, but to minimize the bigger damages while being away – try to keep your pooch mentally stimulated.

5. Hire a dog walker

This is maybe not for all, but if you have the chance – think about hiring a dog walker to reduce your own stress.

 

Read the full article here.

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Wonderboo Weekly Tip: no 1

How to change dog feed

As always when changing dog feed, it is important to have a transition period to get your dog custom to the new content. Wonderboo dog food is gently air dried, making the nutrition content higher and the dog’s stomach can be a bit unused to it at first.

I therefore recommend to mix the traditional dog food with Wonderboo, and increase the amount of Wonderboo during a couple of weeks. After approximately a month your dog’s stomach should be used to Wonderboo and you can serve your dog Wonderboo premium dog food.

All dogs are more or less sensitive to change of feed. Serving Wonderboo dog food will give higher quality of life in the long run, since it will eat 100% natural Swedish ingredients.

 

Have a pawesome day,
Henrik Rönnberg, Authorized veterinarian

 

 

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Safe New Year’s Eve for Dogs

Safe New Year's Eve for Dogs

New Year’s Eve is a fun celebration for us humans. Your dogs might have a different opinion, and his/her idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve might be staying at home having a calm evening instead of all the parties, noises and celebration. Here are a couple of tips that you can follow to help keep your pet calm and safe at New Year’s Eve. We present; Safe New Year’s Eve for Dogs.

Fireworks

Unless you live in a very quiet and calm area, it’s best to keep your dog indoors on New Year’s Eve. The reaction to fireworks by your dog are usually are less than desirable, and yet tend to run away when they hear loud noises. Every year many dogs and other pets escape their homes because they are scared of fireworks, so please keep your furry friend indoors to keep safe.

Collar, tag & chip

Since there is a risk of your dog running away on New Year’s Eve due to fireworks it is important to make sure your dog have a collar, an ID tag with correct information and that the microchip is up to date. This will increase the chances of your pet being returned to you quickly if he or she gets lost.

Food & Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. So make sure you don’t leave a cup in a place where your dog can access it. While some foods are okay to feed your pet, others are toxic, therefor it is better to not share your food with your furry friend. To much table scraps could make your dogs tummy very upset and could even cause pancreatitis, so be sure to tell all family members and guests to not feed your dog and that food should be kept out of reach at all times.

Decorations

Keep holiday decorations to minimal and make sure there are no toxic or hazardous items in reach of your pet. Small statues, lighted candles and wires can be all be choking hazard or cause a severe electric shock. So place these with caution and out of reach to protect it from your curious dog. Christmas tree ornaments, tinsel and garland or easily edible objects can be toxic if eaten and can also get caught in the digestive track. So as soon as Christmas is over you should remove as much decorations as possible.

Safe Area

To minimize the risk of your pet getting frightened or stressed on New Year’s Eve you should keep him/her safe in their own area. In the best interest of your dog you should keep him in a room with everything he/she needs and away from guests, celebration and noices. Make sure your dog has something to do to hold his interest, so supply him/her with water, plenty of toys, and treats to keep occupied.

Lots of Love

You should do whatever your dog needs to make him/her feel relaxed and safe. So on New Year’s Eve you should give your dog some extra attention and spoil him/her with snuggles, kisses and extra comfort. Dogs are just like us humans, when we feel down it does help with a hug from a loved one, right? So don’t withhold the love on New Year’s Eve, extra petting and cuddling will help ease your dogs anxiety.

We hope this tips helps you in the pursuit of a Safe New Year’s Eve for Dogs.

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5 Great Ways to Challenge Dogs mind – Part 2

Just like us, dogs get bored if they have the same old routine everyday. To keep your dog mentally challenged you need to expose them to new things, this is equally important as physical activity. If you don’t stimulate your dog enough they can develop destructive behaviour and misbehave. So make sure your dog’s overall fitness program not only includes physical training but also a variety of mental exercises. Physical training plays a big part of your furry friends wellbeing because a healthy body yields a healthy mind. Dog owners often think that “play” means letting their pooch run wild, but play sessions can be both fun and productive with some focus that allows a mental component in addition to the physical. The key to fulfilment for a dog is to try new things and new challenges so keep in mind to change up routines now and then. Here are some creative ways to stimulate your dog’s mind so they don’t get bored and take out their energy in a negative way.

o GO ON ERRANDS WITH YOUR DOG.
Bring your furry friend out with you during your daily errands. Seeing new faces, places and a going for a ride in the car can be mentally challenging for a dog and also helps to strengthen socialization.

o GIVE YOUR DOG A JOB TO DO
Dogs are not naturally lazy, they are capable and willing to work alongside us humans. So give your dog small tasks so they have something to do. It could be as simple as carrying your newspaper.

o OBEDIENCE TRAINING
Training obedience is not only fun and rewarding for you and your dog, it is truly an essential part of a healthy human-dog relationship. Simple commands can help keep your dog safe, stimulated and improve your communication with him.

o A SOCIAL DOG IS A HAPPY DOG
Interacting with others from the same species is good for your dog’s mental health, it will help boost his self-esteem and it reminds him who he is. Taking your four legged friend to the dog park will provide him with plenty opportunity to engage his senses and fulfil his psychological needs.

o TALK TO YOUR DOG
Did you know that your dog can learn and understand up to 300 words & phrases? Humans and dogs both use the same area of the brain to process the emotional meaning of certain speech patterns. Just like learning new tricks, new words will provide him with mental wellbeing and achievement. So start talking with your dog today!