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Is Pumpkin for Dogs Good? YES!

Is Pumpkin for Dogs Good? YES!

Pumpkin for dogs

Pumpkin for dogs in an amazing cure for both diarrhea AND constipation!

Hard to believe this veggie is so good for dogs, but pumpkins genuinely are. They can help resolve two opposite problems – diarrhea AND constipation. How? Read on.

What is a pumpkin anyway?

Pumpkin is a flavorful, healthy FRUIT that’s good for us and for our dogs. Yes, that’s right — pumpkin is a fruit. A pumpkin is a fruit simply because anything that starts from a flower is botanically a fruit. Botanically speaking, a fruit is the mature ovary of a flowering plant, usually containing seeds.

Pumpkins fit this definition because they develop from the ovary of a pumpkin flower and contain seeds. However, in culinary terms, pumpkins are often treated as vegetables because they are not typically used in sweet dishes like other fruits.

Usually, fruits and vegetables are named according to how they are consumed. How people eat them versus how people see them is often different. Take the tomato, for example. It grows from a flower, so it’s technically a fruit as well.

pumpkin and tomato: are they fruits or vegetables

Pumpkin contains lots of vitamins and minerals that support good health for dogs

Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy vision, immune function, and skin health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage and supports immune function. Potassium is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure, nerve function, and muscle function. Iron is important for oxygen transport in the blood and energy production.

So, consuming pumpkin and other foods rich in these vitamins and minerals can help support overall health and well-being.

Canned pureed PURE pumpkin - not pie filling - is a great product to keep on hand

Cooked or canned pure pumpkin can do wonders for dogs’ digestive health.

It’s a miracle food – solving both constipation AND diarrhea. It contains magnesium, potassium and iron as well as beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A. And, if your Morkie is overweight, it can even help him lose weight!

What makes pumpkin such a miracle food? Pumpkin is high in fiber.

So that means it can help bulk up loose stools by absorbing that excess liquid, or soften hard stools so your dog isn’t constipated any more. Digestive upsets are among the most common ailments dogs have, and can be very frustrating to deal with. But pumpkin can solve both extremes, diarrhea and constipation.

A natural stomach settler

white morkie feeling sick

A small amount of pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) can settle your Morkie’s stomach, whether he’s suffering from:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting or
  • constipation

Just add a half to one teaspoon to his regular food once a day.

Pumpkin is a great source of natural fibre, and can be used to fill your dog up, without too many calories. This will also help in reducing his weight.

HOW MUCH PUMPKIN SHOULD I GIVE MY MORKIE?

Just add a half to one teaspoon to his regular food once a day.

What causes dog diarrhea?

Dog Diarrhea is never pleasant

Diarrhea is a common problem in dogs that can have a variety of causes. While it may not always be a cause for concern, it can be a sign of an underlying health problem. In this essay, we will explore some of the reasons why dogs get diarrhea and what can be done to prevent and treat it.

Dietary Changes

One of the most common reasons for diarrhea in dogs is a sudden change in diet. Dogs fed table scraps or a new brand of food can experience digestive upset that leads to diarrhea – small dogs even more so. Dogs that overeat or eat too fast, or scarf down spoiled or contaminated food may also develop diarrhea.

Parasites

Another common cause of diarrhea in dogs is the presence of parasites. Intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and giardia can all cause diarrhea in dogs. These parasites are usually picked up through contact with contaminated soil or feces.

Illness

Diarrhea can also be a symptom of an underlying illness or disease. Inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and kidney or liver disease can all cause diarrhea in dogs. In some cases, diarrhea may also be a side effect of medication.

There lots of reasons why dogs may develop diarrhea. While it may not always be a serious problem, monitoring your Morkie’s health and getting veterinary care if diarrhea persists for more than a day or two is essential. With proper care and attention, most cases of diarrhea can be successfully treated quickly.

Dog diarrhea: when to check with the Vet?

Check out what Dr. Jerry Klein has to say about dog diarrhea. He is the Chief Veterinary Officer from the AKC –  the American Kennel Club.

Canned Pumpkin can also help your Morkie lose weight!

If your Morkie is a Porkie, pure canned pumpkin with his regular meals can help him lose weight.  Pumpkin puree can help dogs lose weight in a few ways.

First, it is high in fiber which can help dogs feel full and reduce their appetite. Second, it is low in calories which means dogs can eat a larger volume of food without consuming too many calories. Finally, the nutrients in pumpkin can help support a healthy digestive system which is important for maintaining a healthy weight. However, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian before adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet to ensure it’s appropriate for their individual needs.

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Apple cider vinegar for dogs

Apple cider vinegar for dogs

Is Apple Cider Vinegar really as good as some people think?

Apple cider vinegar has become a popular home remedy for various human health concerns, including weight loss, digestion, and skin issues. As a result, some pet owners have started giving apple cider vinegar to their dogs in an attempt to address similar health problems in their pets.

However, before giving apple cider vinegar to your dog, you need to consult with your veterinarian. While apple cider vinegar can have some health benefits for dogs, it can also cause harm if not used correctly.

Some potential benefits of apple cider vinegar for dogs include:

  1. Digestive Health
  2. Skin and coat health
  3. Weight Loss
  4. Upset Stomach
  5. Tooth decay
  6. Skin Irritation

What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice. It is often used in cooking and as a home remedy for various health concerns. Some people also use apple cider vinegar as a natural cleaning agent or as a beauty product. It is believed to have several health benefits. Still, if you’re considering it for your Morkie, you should consult a healthcare professional before using it for medicinal purposes.

How’s it made?

First, the apples are crushed, and the juice is extracted. Then, yeast and bacteria are added to the juice to start the fermentation process. The natural sugars in the juice are converted into alcohol, which is then converted into acetic acid by bacteria.

The acetic acid gives apple cider vinegar its characteristic sour taste and strong odour. The vinegar is typically aged for several months to develop its flavour before being bottled and sold.

A drawing of a bottle of apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar – or ACV – has a reputation for being able to cure a wide range of ailments, in both people and pets.

small dog making a funny face

“I have a number of clients who attempt to add apple cider vinegar to their pets’ diets, but their pet won’t eat it,” Dr. Heinze said.

Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Apple cider vinegar has been a popular home remedy for weight loss for people for ages. Some studies suggest that consuming apple cider vinegar may help us feel fuller, leading to fewer calories consumed throughout the day. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential effects of apple cider vinegar on weight loss and overall health.

Apple cider vinegar MIGHT be beneficial for dogs that need to lose weight since it has been shown to help reduce fat storage and increase metabolism. 

Since ACV can increase the acidity of the stomach, it can aid in the breakdown of food. Plus, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar may help balance the pH levels in your dog’s digestive system. But again, it is essential to check with a vet.

Dr. Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Is it safe?

Most experts agree ACV for dogs is safe when diluted and in small quantities. Since it hasn’t been scientifically proven, you might want to look for something tested and proven. 

ACV SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO PETS WITH A KIDNEY CONDITION!

And please be aware giving your dog undiluted apple cider vinegar or too much apple cider vinegar could be dangerous for some pets, especially those with existing health problems. 

Although the enzymes in ACV may reduce gas and bloat, which can relieve some digestive issues like diarrhea or constipation, the acid level can damage the dog’s tooth enamel.  

 

quote about apple cider vinegar

Credit: From Dutch.com websiste.

The bottom line? There’s not enough research to validate how effective ACV is in treating dog ailments, from skin conditions and infections to digestive issues.

However, used with care and always diluted with water, apple cider vinegar just might be what your Morkie needs to solve some common problems.

little dog with a glass of apple cider vinegar

ACV for your dog's ears?

If your dog’s ears are itchy and uncomfortable, you can clean them using half ACV/half purified water.  Wet a cotton ball with the 50/50 mixture and swab out the ears, repeating until the cotton ball comes out clean. NEVER pour the solution into your dog’s ears, and NEVER use Q-tips.

 

What about “hot spots” on the skin? Some people swear by a 50/50 water/ACV mixture sprayed lightly on the affected skin area. But don’t use this if the skin is broken.

 

Fat dog or just “fluffy”?

Fat dog or just “fluffy”?

Do you have a fat dog, or do you prefer the term fluffy? If your Morkie is a porkie, he won’t live as long because he’s in danger of developing high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease or diabetes. Even several of these ailments at the same time. Plus he may suffer from aching joints, heartburn and overall discomfort. Here’s how to tell if you have a fat dog, and what to do about it.

How to tell if your Morkie is overweight

It’s as little hard because of all the hair, so if you keep your Morkie’s hair long, I suggest you do an inspection when he’s wet. From overhead, see where  your Morkie fits:

Here’s another view

From the side, you should be able to tell where the ribs are, but they shouldn’t be protruding. The neck should look sturdy, not thin. Note the ‘abdominal tuck‘ – Morkies have a fairly deep chest, so there should be a definite tuck where their tummy is.

Breeds most prone to obesity

Phew, good news. Neither the Yorkshire Terrier, nor the Maltese dog, are prone to being overweight. Dogs that can easily get too heavy, include:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Pugs
  • Bulldogs
  • Beagles
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Dachshunds
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Newfoundlands
  • Rottweilers
  • Bichons

7 reasons you shouldn’t let your Morkie get overweight:

  1. Health problems: Just like humans, overweight dogs are at higher risk for a range of health problems, including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and more.  Major issues like kidney disease, respiratory problems, and many forms of cancer are directly related to dogs who are overweight.
  2. Shorter lifespan: Studies have shown that overweight dogs have a shorter lifespan than dogs that maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Decreased quality of life: Overweight dogs may have difficulty exercising, playing, and engaging in other activities that are important for their physical and mental health.
  4. Increased veterinary bills: Treating health problems related to obesity can be expensive, and overweight dogs may require more frequent trips to the vet.
  5. Reduced bond with your pet: Overweight dogs may have a harder time bonding with their owners, as they may be less active and less interested in spending time with their human companions.
  6. Arthritis – Extra weight puts extra pressure on a dog’s joints. The cartilage in the joint deteriorates, which leads to arthritis.
  7. Anesthesia risk – The heart and lungs of overweight and obese dogs have to work harder during anesthesia. The dog struggles to breathe because he has difficulty expanding his chest. Dogs often sleep too deeply or not deeply enough. In addition, overweight dogs may take a long time to wake up after anesthesia.

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Remember to keep your pupper at a healthy weight, cut way down on treats, feed a quality diet and enjoy exercise together.

national pet obesity day

Does it really matter if your Morkie is overweight?

Yes! A pet that’s just 10% to 20% overweight is at risk of lots of serious health problems – and his life  can be shortened by an average of 2 1/2 years! That’s reason enough to keep your Morkie’s weight at its healthy range.

Credit: Prudence Insurance

Help your Morkie lose weight

Slowly cut back food

Give your dog the best quality food you can. Reduce the amount gradually. At the same time, stop giving him tidbits from the table or specially cooked foods that aren’t so good for him. (And no, your Morkie won’t eat salad.) Worried  your Morkie will stop eating altogether and starve? He won’t. Honest. And if you’re seriously worried, please see your Vet for more advice.

Eliminate treats

Commercial dog treats have LOTS of calories. And most of them are not good for your dog anyway. In fact, treats like Beggin’ Strips, rawhide chews and jerky treats are often on recall because of serious contamination from salmonella and toxic chemicals. Plain old dog biscuits like milk bones aren’t that great either. They’re loaded with sugar, contain BHA, a preservative that is a known cancer causing agent… PLUS, they’re made  with chemicals that also are used to manufacture things like rubber and petroleum products, and embalming fluid.  

Walk more

“But my Morkie runs all around the house all day!” you say. “Isn’t that enough exercise?” Actually it isn’t. Small dogs often miss out on daily leashed walks because they already seem so active at home. but all dogs benefit from a regular, brisk walk outdoors. And a leashed walk does more for your Morkie. It tells him that you’re the alpha dog in charge, and helps build a strong bond between the two of you. Like I always say, a tired dog is a good dog.

How often should you bathe your dog?

How often should you bathe your dog?

How to give a dog a bath

Wondering how often should you give your dog a bath?  One of the mistakes first-time dog owners make is bathing their dog too often. That will strip the natural oils from your Morkie’s coat and can cause skin irritations. Plus dry hair is more prone to tangle and go frizzy.

Limit dog baths to every 2 to 3 months

Too much washing will actually harm your dog’s coat and skin rather than make it healthy. Your Morkie’s skin can become dry and flakey, and his coat will go dull when the natural oils are washed away.

Generally speaking, a bath more than once every 6 to 8 weeks is too often. Most experts recommend waiting at least 3 months between baths. Try more combing instead: regular combing keeps your Morkie’s coat smooth and mat-free. Frequent combing can reduce dirt and even reduce the smell.

Try a foot bath for your Morkie instead of a full bath

Your dog’s feet can pick up lots of stuff outside including road salt. Plus, dogs sweat almost entirely from the bottom of their paws. Their little feet can end up smelling like a teenage boy’s who’s worn high tops all day!

Clean paws will make your Morkie more comfortable, and a cleaner companion. There’s even a handy little cup tool for dipping one foot at a time in warm soapy water available from Amazon. (Be sure to use unscented, dog-friendly shampoo.)

Hey, how come my dogs feet smell like FRITOS?

The American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein, DVM, explains this odd mystery!

bag of Frito corn chips

At any given time, dogs have some level of bacteria and fungi on their feet. Bacteria called Pseudomonas and Proteus have a real yeasty odour and can smell just like Frito corn chips.

But don’t worry, this is completely normal and doesn’t mean your dog has an infection or problem. Anything wrong with your Morkie’s feet will show up as lumps or bumps on his paws, or the paw pads are red or irritated. Then it’s time to see your Vet

It’s not hard to bathe your Morkie and if you make it a habit when the dog is young, he may even enjoy it.

Remember that your goal is more than a clean dog. You want to create a positive bonding experience between the two of you. Take your time, be positive, and offer lots of praise.

Dog expert Cesar Millan recommends a long walk before the bath, to burn off your dog’s excess energy. I can attest that this is a great idea.

BEFORE YOU START, make sure your Morkie’s hair is mat- and tangle-free. A matted coat will only get worse when you add water. In my experience, there isn’t a conditioner or special treatment in the world that will help. In fact, these products can make it even worse. (I know professional groomers will bath a tangled dog, but I leave it to their expertise.)

Step One: gather together everything you need before you start

Get organized first; you can’t dash off and get what you forgot. A smaller dog might jump down from the counter and injure himself. A bigger dog might panic and become aggressive. 

Keep everything you need within arm’s reach and be calm and measured. Your dog can sense if you are nervous, and he’ll get worried too.

  • a plastic apron for you.
  • 2 large towels.
  • a non-slip rubber mat on the bottom of the sink or tub to keep your dog from skittering around on the slick surface.
  • a non-slip mat for yourself.
  • a good quality dog shampoo. It must say “Certified Organic” because terms like natural, pure, or organic have no standardized meaning.
  • cotton balls.
  • wide-toothed comb or a coat rake.
  • hair dryer.
  • ear cleaner: an over-the-counter type of ear cleaner made for dogs.
  • treats to give throughout the process.

Step Two: start the bath

Put the rubber mat in the bottom of the sink or tub, and run some lukewarm water. (Dogs cannot tolerate hot water the way we can.) For smaller pets, a laundry tub works well, or you can use your kitchen sink. Some people prefer a portable dog bath, available at pet supply stores.

Take your dog’s collar off and put one or two cotton balls in each ear. Don’t jam them in with anything other than your finger.

Put the dog under the lukewarm running water, encouraging him to keep all four feet on the bottom of the sink or tub.

Wet your dog’s body but leave the head and neck for last; dogs aren’t crazy about water on their head or in their face. As you wet down your dog, praise him and talk to him in a low, gentle voice.

As he gets used to the water, put the plug in, and fill to the top of his legs. Now, pour some of the dog shampoo in the palm of your hand, and rub to warm it up. Don’t use too much or it’s hard to rinse out. Apply to your dog’s body, not the head.

Massage your dog all over with shampoo, starting with the top of the body. Work your way around to the tummy, giving the tail and genitals extra attention. Lift each leg and give it a quick shampoo.

Don’t scrub too hard; your dog’s skin is sensitive and will become irritated.

Refresh the dog’s coat with some more lukewarm water and keep shampooing.

Finally, wet the head and face area with a wet washcloth. DON’T pour water over your dog’s face – it’s like waterboarding him. The washcloth will clean any debris on his face. Don’t use shampoo on his face unless it’s really dirty.

Keep water out of your dog’s ears if possible.

Let the plug out and rinse your dog with more lukewarm running water, starting with the head. Again, don’t run water onto your dog’s face – let a little run on top of the head and down.

There’s no need to ‘rinse and repeat.’ One shampooing will do the job. And dogs do not need a cream rinse or conditioner unless your home is very dry.

Step Three: finish the bath with a towel dry and light blow dry

Once he’s thoroughly rinsed, lift your dog out and put him on the waiting towel. Be watchful he doesn’t try to jump down after his “ordeal.” Pat down his coat with the towel then wrap him up in it. Don’t rub the hair, it will cause mats.

  • Remove the cotton balls in his ears if they haven’t already fallen out.
  • Use ear cleaner to rinse out any residue; the alcohol in it will help dry the ears.
  • This is the ideal time to trim your dog’s nails since they will be softer and easier to cut.

Wet Morkie shivering in the coldOnce your Morkie is dry, give him a gentle, all-over brushing, starting at the head and working your way to the tail. If you want to do any clipping or a cleanup trim, use the right scissors and don’t cut your dog’s hair until it is thoroughly dry. 

Get the second towel you’ve set aside, and pat your dog all over with it. Then, with the setting on cool to medium, use a hairdryer. You can pause every couple of minutes and gently run a comb through, for smooth, tangle-free results.

Keep the nozzle of the hairdryer moving so there’s no chance of overheating one area. Another safety measure is to leave one hand on your Morkie as you’re drying so you can tell how hot the airflow is. Your Morkie hates air blowing in her face, so keep the dryer moving, and never focus the heat on only one area at a time.

The hairdryer’s sound might stress him, so take it slow. 

Don’t forget to put your Morkie’s collar back on – a collar with legible, up-to-date I.D.

 

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Bathing Your Morkie

The water is too hot

Dogs feel temperature more than we do, so go on the cooler side.

The water is spraying too hard

This will be scary for your little dog. Instead of spraying him directly, let the water run over your hand and THEN onto him. And of course, NEVER spray your dog directly in the face or around the ears!

It’s the wrong shampoo

Our shampoo, even if it’s baby shampoo or marked gentle or organic, is FAR too harsh for dogs. Their skin is only 3 cells deep while ours is 15 cells deep so they are much more sensitive than we are. Invest in a quality organic dog shampoo for your Morkie.

You’re not massaging the shampoo

To get rid of the dirt and grime, you need to massage the shampoo in to your Morkie’s hair, gently rubbing down to his scalp. Gently work the shampoo in for about 4 minutes in each area.

You don’t remove mats BEFORE the bath

A recipe for disaster: take coat mats and add water! Only expert groomers can do it without making the mats much worse. Give your Morkie a light brushing before bathing.

Not thoroughly drying your pet

Start by patting him with a dry towel.  Keep your dryer on LOW heat and never point a  hot stream of air on your Morkie. Low heat takes more time but it’s safer. Lift his hair with your fingers, so the drying air gets all the way down to his skin.

Bathing too often

Remember, your dog doesn’t need to be bathed more than once every 2 or 3  months. If he’s stinky, give him a good combing or brushing and try the footbath.

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Never cut your Morkie’s whiskers – here’s why

Never cut your Morkie’s whiskers – here’s why

Morkie dog whiskers

Part antenna and part sense of touch, whiskers are long coarse hairs on your Morkie’s face. If you cut your Morkie’s whiskers, you can expect him to be grumpy and growly because he’ll be disoriented; even his vision is affected.  So what are the effects of cutting dog whiskers?

funny looking morkie

Called vibrissae because they vibrate, whiskers are long, coarse hairs that act like a dog’s GPS.

About five times thicker than hair, whiskers are sensitive to air currents, touch, or vibrations, so they can help your Morkie find his way, especially in the dark.

Despite a dog’s incredible sense of smell, his vision isn’t so great. Dogs are naturally farsighted (things in the distance are clear, but things closer are blurry).

Add the blocking effect of a muzzle, and most dogs are poor at seeing closer things. That’s where sensitive whiskers really help your dog navigate.

Whiskers are so important, that 40% of the dog’s brain is set aside to process their signals.

from Psychology Today

How do dog whiskers work?

When a whisker touches a surface or is moved by an air current, it vibrates right down to the nerve, which transmits that message to the brain.

Whiskers are SO sensitive that they can pick up the smallest changes in air currents.

Whiskers themselves have no feeling, but the nerves at their base are highly sensitive to touch or movement.

dog whisker diagram

There are FOUR types of whiskers on dogs, and each one has a special function

types of dog whiskers

A dog’s very long eyebrows (called “superciliary whiskers“) have another function. When they touch something, the dog’s eyes automatically close, so he doesn’t get poked in the eye.

Mystacial whiskers on either side of the upper lips pick up shifts in air currents. A dog can have up to 20 on each side. They’re sometimes called moustache whiskers.

That little tuft of whiskers under your dog’s chin — called an Inter-ramal Tuft — helps him figure out how far away the food bowl is and what’s right under his nose, which is where most dogs have a blind spot.

Genal whiskers grow on the cheeks and help a dog judge the distance to the edges of his environment.

Whiskers

Rats, seals, walruses, and monkeys all have prominent whiskers

Most mammals have whiskers. Biologists think they first developed to help the animal in the dark, especially cats who tend to be nocturnal.

Did you know that a cat’s whiskers grow out to be exactly as long as a cat is wide/high? This is because cats use them to figure out if they can fit somewhere, like in an old box.

While cats have 12 neatly arranged whiskers that form four rows on either side of his face, a dog’s whiskers are random.

Ever notice, when kids draw cats, they always include whiskers; but they rarely draw whiskers on dogs

whiskers on cats
how kids draw dogs

What happens if you cut a dog’s whiskers?

Noooooooo………..Don’t ever cut your Morkie’s whiskers! But if you do by mistake, you should know it can leave him feeling disoriented and lost. The stress might make him cranky and growly.

It doesn’t HURT a dog to cut his whiskers, but it does limit hunting and playing for a while. Dogs NEED their whiskers to get around their environment.

Four more cool things about dog whiskers

1. What are whiskers made of?

Whiskers are the same as hair, but they’re about three times thicker. Whiskers and hair are made from keratin, a strong fibrous protein.

2. Can I pluck my dog’s whiskers?

NO, definitely not. There are so many nerves at the base of a whisker that pulling one out will certainly hurt — quite a bit. Plus, each whisker is deeply embedded, much more so than regular hair.

3. Do dogs’ whiskers fall out?

They do fall out from time to time, and it’s nothing to worry about. A new whisker grows in to replace the old one. However, if your dog is losing a LOT of whiskers at once, it’s a good idea to see your Vet. This could be a sign of something else going on, such as mange or ringworm.

4. Why do groomers sometimes cut off a dog’s whiskers?

Some groomers think that whiskers look scruffy, so cut them off for a clean look. Dogs who are in shows sometimes have their whiskers trimmed off too. But it’s not a good idea. Whiskers are much more than cosmetic; they serve a purpose.

 

Ditch the Puppy Cut!

Ditch the Puppy Cut!

The luxurious, flowing coat is one of the things that may have drawn you to a Morkie. It’s part of his cachet.

With the Yorkie’s range of brown, black and gold colors plus pure white from the Maltese, a Morkie’s coat is beautiful and unique.

But then you get your new baby home. You’re not quite sure how to look after all that hair. Soon the dog gets matted, and you head out to a groomer, who almost always recommends a “cute puppy cut.” But there’s only one thing. Thanks to the mats, the dog needs a real shave down. That puppy cut looks like an extreme buzz cut you’d see on a punk band in the subways of New York. Now your adorable, cuddly Morkie looks more like a skinny, trembling little rat.

Why shave down your Morkie? They don’t shed!

All animals, even us – shed dander, so there’s technically no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. However, both the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier come close, along with breeds like Poodles. That’s because these breeds do not have fur. 

Like their parents, Morkies have hair so their coat doesn’t shed. Morkies aren’t like Golden Retrievers, shedding big gobs of fur all over your house.

  • They have a single layer of hair, with no undercoat that sheds every season
  • There’s no fine undercoat floating around in your house, and far less dander (dander is basically animal dandruff, except that it’s natural; and can be controlled).
dog with hair thats too short

What about summer? Shouldn't I cut my dog's hair then?

Contrary to popular belief, the Morkie’s long hair does not make him hotter in the summer.

Dogs with short hair or white coats are more susceptible to insect bites and the sun’s harmful rays. Each sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer later. 

Three of the skin cancers that our vets commonly see in dogs are squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and mast cell tumors. Each of these dog skin cancers has somewhat different symptoms, and tend to strike some breeds more than others.

But here’s the good news!

You CAN keep your pup’s long, flowing hair yourself in just minutes a day at home,

How to start:

You CAN learn how to keep your Morkie well-groomed in a long, beautiful coat and you can do it all yourself. Grooming your Morkie is not only a great way to bond and stay close to your dog, it saves you time and money, too.

You’ll learn how to handle the 4 essentials:

  1. Brushing and combing
  2.  Bathing
  3.  Nail trimming
  4.  Ear care

I wrote this blog because I hear from lots of people who love luxurious, flowing coats. But they don’t know how to groom their dog. Don’t worry, if you’re  not trying to trim his hair, orr shave it down, it’s easy to groom your Morkie yourself at home and keep his hair long and flowing.

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1. Start Slowly - Let your Morkie get used to being handled this way

You can teach your Morkie to love (OK, like) grooming if you start early. And you can teach an older dog to like grooming. The key is frequent, short sessions.

No need to make every grooming session long and tiring. Just a few minutes a day can keep him well-groomed and mat-free.

Mats are irritating and painful and they can lead to skin diseases. They’re the main reason owners end up clipping their dogs down.  The more frequently you comb your Morkie, the lower the chance of a matted coat.

If your dog is really fussy, just handle him all over a couple of times a day, as if  you’re combing – without the comb!

 

3. Start with VERY short combing sessions

If your dog seems nervous or afraid, make the combing sessions VERY short at first – like 1 minute. Gradually incease the time and introduce a brush. Over time, he’ll get very used to being combed and brushed and may even like  it.

If you’re also giving your Morkie a bath, give him a comb-out before you put him in the water. Wet mats are even hard to get out. Towel dry him gently after, use a dryer, then start combing and brushing again.

dog brush and comb

2. Get some decent equipment

Your new friend: the comb

Combing (not brushing) is at the core of a well-groomed Morkie.

Although it is handy to have a good brush, I recommend that you focus on the comb. Select one with average-spaced teeth.  (There are combs with very fine teeth, but they are for finding fleas.) Metal is best, with a sturdy rubber handle for your comfort. Expect to pay between $10.00 and $20.00 for a superior comb that will last for years.

Select a quality brush

For the brush, pick a “Wire Pin Brush.” As the name suggests, each stainless steel wire or pin is rounded at the end for the dog’s comfort. Wooden brushes are comfortable for you, but personally I prefer a rubber-handled brush. Expect to pay between $15.00 and $25.00 for a brush that will last your dog’s lifetime.

4. Be consistent - shorter sessions, more often

The best and proven way to prevent mats? Comb your dog’s hair at least every other day. Just 3 or 4 minutes will do the job. More frequent, shorter sessions  are better. 

Once your Morkie is looking gorgeous again, consider a natural treatment like Argon oil. Also called Moroccan oil, it’s traditionally used to treat skin diseases, and as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair. You can buy it for less at beauty supply stores, or order online at Amazon and similar outlets.  I pour a little into my palms, rub well, then spread lightly on the surface of my dog’s coat. It leaves her shiny and smooth, and less likely to get tangles.

The Secret Weapon: a de-matting comb 

Get a de-matting comb. Look for a well-made one with a comfortable rubber handle. The de-matting comb has few, single teeth set far apart like the rake, but there’s a big difference. The teeth are actually sharp blades on one side. (These teeth have rounded tips to protect your dog’s skin.)

Gently drag this through your Morkie’s coat in the direction of hair growth. Mats will be sliced apart and tangles cut out, without pulling! It works on loose hair, knots and debris.

This is one piece of equipment that I would recommend for any size dog with any kind of coat. They’re great for cats, too. Like the coat rake, these are advertised as essential tools for dogs like Golden Retrievers with their heavy undercoat. But you’ll be glad to have one for your Morkie.

 

Dematting comb for dogs

morkie dog before and after a haircut

In this BEFORE and AFTER picture, this little guy looks naked without all his hair – and nothing like a Morkie. But with regular, frequent combing your Morkie can have long, flowing hair.

 

Looking for more information about grooming your Morkie yourself?

Groom Your Morkie at Home takes you through the steps you need to know to groom your Morkie yourself at home, and keep his hair long and luxurious.

Plus you’ll learn:
– the truth about shampoos (and how to make your own)
– how to safely clean your Morkie’s ears and under his eyes
– how and why to brush your dog’s teeth
– what equipment you need for grooming at home
– removing mats and tangles
– how to do the top knot …and lots more

Complete with illustrations.

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You’ll enjoy the author’s trademark easy-to-read style and insight. Deb is not a Veterinarian, and she is not specially trained in animal care. But she is a dedicated and life-long animal lover with a particular fondness for dogs.

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Dog Vacations: take your Morkie on holiday

Dog Vacations: take your Morkie on holiday

Planning your next vacation or family holiday? You might be wondering what to do with the family dog: get a friend or neighbour to help out, board him at a professional kennel, have a dog sitter come into your home, or take him with you for a dog vacation.

Of all the choices, more and more people are choosing dog vacations. That’s because it’s easier than ever to find pet-friendly hotels, motels and campgrounds. There are even dog-tailored special vacations offered by specialty travel planners and websites.

The first thing you’ll need to do is narrow down your own vacation choices and then see how that merges with what’s out there for dog vacations. It does mean giving up some of the freedom you might normally have, but on the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to spend more quality time with your pet, something we don’t often enjoy in our time-stressed world.

Airline travel is tough these days for people, let alone pets, so if you are taking your dog with you, dog vacations are almost always limited to car or RV travel.

Airline travel and your dog

dog vacations via airlines

Airlines are constantly flip-flopping on allowing small dogs in the cabin with you during a flight or not. Larger dogs have to be created, of course and are shipped with the cargo. That has so many risks that the American Humane Society doesn’t recommend airline travel for a dog who has to be stowed unless it is absolutely necessary and there’s no other option.   However, if your small dog can fit under your airline seat in his carrier, airline travel for dog vacations might not be so bad

Baggage and cargo slip-ups and mistakes are inevitable, and the added degree of security at airports today often means that checked items are lower on the priority scale. There are horror stories of dogs left in freezing cargo bays or extremely hot loading docks, sometimes for hours and hours.

So, a vacation is not the time to test your luck with airline travel and your dog, although you might consider it if your dog can be carried with you in the passenger cabin. To find out more about the rules and regulations surrounding that option, check with the airline itself — get their policy in writing.

So… it’s a road trip-style dog vacation. What do you need to plan?

First, a secure and safe way to transport your dog in the car

yorkie in seat belt sound asleep

For a longer trip, the most practical is a kennel cage, well strapped into the back seat of your vehicle. Your dog should have access to water every hour or so and, of course, be given breaks to relieve himself.

I read an excellent suggestion about stopping at rest stops to let your dog out; be sure to put his leash on BEFORE you take him out of the kennel cage and get a good strong grip on that leash, even for a little dog.

After a car ride, your dog may be a little disoriented and stressed and could dash out of your car right into traffic.

Second, double-check that dogs are welcome at your destination

One of the best online resources for finding pet-friendly accommodations is called BringFido.com. It is a dog travel directory that provides unbiased reviews, detailed pet policy information, and online reservations at more than 25,000 pet-friendly hotels through a partnership with Travelocity.

Since launching in April 2005, Bring Fido.com has helped more than half a million people take their dogs on vacation. When you’re looking for somewhere to stay, play or eat with your dog, BringFido.com is the place to come.

Travel for you and your dog

Another excellent resource when you want to take your dog on vacation with you is PetTravel.com. This site lists tons of resources for travelling with your dog, including airline pet policies, pet passports and more.

Third: Your Emergency Plan

When you take your dog on vacation with you, here are some of the extra precautions you might want to consider:

  • Write down your veterinarian’s name, address and phone number and take it with you: it’s crazy how you can forget even the basics in an emergency situation
  • Be sure to write down your dog’s registration, license and/or microchip information, and take a recent hard-copy photo of your dog with you. You definitely don’t want to think about it, but what if he got lost while you were away? You want to make it as easy as possible to get him back – fast.
  • a little dog first aid kit – with dog-friendly insect repellant, extra towels, antibiotic cream, some gauze and some rubbing alcohol would cover off most emergencies until you can get vet care
pack for dog vacations

How smart is this??!!

Everything you need to pack for your Morkie for a great dog vacation.

kit for dog vacations

Read more about travel with dogs here.

Roll with it! That’s what dog vacations are all about!

Remember, it’s a lot of fun taking your dog on vacation with you, but it does mean you’ll have to maintain your good humour and flexibility at times.

For example, if your dog is afraid of storms and encounters a big one while you’re away, plan to order take-out food to eat in the hotel room that night.

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Does your Morkie Have Small Dog Syndrome?

Does your Morkie Have Small Dog Syndrome?

If your toy dog is a pain in the neck, he may be suffering from Small Dog Syndrome and the problem originates with — YOU! So what exactly IS Small Dog Syndrome, how do you know if your Morkie has Small Dog Syndrome and how do you overcome it?

Is Your Morkie a Spoiled, Snarky Brat?

Does your pet have small dog syndrome.

Symptoms of Small Dog Syndrome

This syndrome defines the little dog who is spoiled and obnoxious.

It is the caricature of some breeds, expecially Chihuahuas or toy Poodles.

Yet there’s no biological reason for whiny, entitled dogs; they all started out as canines. But pets with small dog syndrome have been trained to act badly.

This bad small dog syndrome behavior includes:

  • being territorial over areas of the house, toys, food or people
  • biting and yapping
  • growling
  • peeing or marking all over the house
  • ignoring house training or potty training
  • obsessions with certain toys, food bowl or people
A pet with small dog syndrome may have to wear a muzzle because of biting

You would never accept this behavior from a large dog.

Small Dog Syndrome is NOT the same as Separation Anxiety

sad dog

Separation  Anxiety is a serious problem, not a mere annoyance like Small Dog Syndrome.

A dog with Separation Anxiety is nervous, frantic, sad and agitated when separated from his main caregiver.

There are steps you can take to reduce Separation Anxiety in your Morkie, but it’s likely that the original causes are beyond your control:

  • was your dog removed from the litter too early? Toy dogs should stay with their mothers until they’re at least 8 weeks old.
  • was your dog surrendered to a shelter, abandoned or given to a new family?
  • has the dog lost someone significant in his life?
  • has there been a traumatic event in his early life, such as an attack by a large dog?
  • time spent in a pet shop or an animal shelter
  • being a puppy mill dog

For more about resolving this painful situation, please check out the ASPCA’s article here.

“Small dogs compensate for their size by acting big and tough when they feel intimidated, nervous, upset, threatened or afraid.”

Isn’t Small Dog Syndrome natural?

Small dog syndrome, or the tendency for tiny dogs to be yappy, untrained, snappy and generally obnoxious, is not something that is natural or common to small breeds by nature.

It’s learned behavior that is directly caused by the way we owners treat our toy dogs. Dogs with small dog syndrome have been rewarded for behaviour that is less than ideal.

As humans, we are programmed by Mother Nature to coddle and take special care of creatures we perceive as babies.’ No surprise, it’s a biological response, and it’s how our race has survived. The problem is toy dogs, with their big eyes and tiny size, bring out that babying tendency in us, even when they are adult dogs.

So we keep over-compensating for their small size (carrying them everywhere!) and overlooking bad behavior that we would never tolerate in a medium or large dog.

The good news is, with some understanding of the roots of the problem and active steps to counteract it, you’ll have a happier, healthier small dog.

Toy poodle with small dog syndrome

Dogs with small dog syndrome aren’t necessarily happy dogs. I fact, SMS can make your pet quite anxious to hold on to the power he thinks he has.

seriously spoiled dogs with true small dog syndrome

 Pets with small dog syndrome can be very annoying to others.

 

What Small Dog Syndrome is NOT

  • It’s not a high spirited, outgoing dog.
  • It’s not a happy, sociable dog.
  • It’s not a high-personality dog.

A dog with Small Dog Syndrome is a spoiled dog who has decided to take the lead in his or her household. The “SDS Pet” often doesn’t see himself as a dog.

But doubling down on discipline is not the solution. In fact, it can make an SDS Pet even worse!

Proper training can do a long way in preventing Small Dog Syndrome

Stronger discipline by itself can actually make Small Dog Syndrome WORSE

How to Conquer Small Dog Syndrome

  • with a sharp verbal correction, let your dog know incessant barking and yapping are not OK. Or withdraw your attention to make your point.
  • don’t let your small dog sit on you to “claim you.” As the owner, you set the time for snuggles.
  • ensure your little dog has his own bed and designated quiet area; a corner or a crate with an open door works well.
  • don’t encourage hysterical behavior by comforting your dog; just ignore the bad behavior.

Small dog sydrome is definitely made much worse by carrying your small dog everywhere – in your arms, a purse or whatever! It’s a DOG – let ’em walk on the ground!

Some truly spoiled dogs featured on BoredPanda.com

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Small Dog sydrome is a little like a Napoleon Complex. So does your Morkie have a Napoleon Complex?

The Napoleon Complex is named after Emperor Napoleon I of France (1769 – 1821). A French statesman and military leader, he rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars (France vs. Great Britain) 

Portrait of Napoleon

Common folklore about him suggests that Frenchman Napoleon compensated for his lack of height by seeking power, war, and conquest. His enemies, the British, mocked him as being small and short-tempered.

It turns out Napoleon was of average height for the time (5′ 7″ or so), but the term Napoleon Complex stuck. Today it’s the theory that says people overcompensate for short stature with aggressive social behavior and an attempt to dominate others.

dog dressed as napoleon

Ever thought of having a portrait painted of your Morkie?

This fabulous example, a pet dog portrayed like Napoleon, was done by SplendidBeast.com  Check them out – the artwork is fabulous.

Does your Morkie have small dog syndrome, or a Napoleon complex?

small dog syndrome or napoleon complex

Want to take better care of your Morkie?

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Holiday safety tips for your Morkie

Holiday safety tips for your Morkie

The festive season means time to enjoy family. But keep these holiday safety tips in mind when it comes to your Morkie. Rich foods, certain decorations and more can mean a trip to the Vet.
 

holiday hazards for dogs

The Top Ten Holiday Hazards for your Morkie

 

  1. Raisins and grapes
  2. Nuts
  3. Toxic holiday plants
  4. Tinsel
  5. Electric cords, lights
  6. Wrapping paper, ribbons, ties
  7. Onions, chives, garlic
  8. Chocolate
  9. Turkey, bones and fat
  10. Tree preservative

Raisins and grapes are very toxic for dogs. Although scientists don’t know exactly why, this phenomenon is well documented. Dogs of any age or breed can be affected. Grape/raisin toxicity can lead to suddenly kidney failure in some dogs, but not all.

Just another reason to ban fruit cake from your home.

Toxic holiday plants – two of the worst are holly and mistletoe which can cause gastrointestinal problems, difficulty breath and even heart failure!

 

Nuts. Most nuts are not good for dogs and some are downright dangerous. Macadamia nuts and black walnuts can be lethal in large enough doses. Others like peanuts (not salted, roasted or spiced) and plain cashews are “OK” for dogs in small amounts, but really, they’re best avoided since they’re also a choking hazard for a small dog like a Morkie.

Tinsel and other ornaments – eeewwww, shiny object! Tinsel can be sharp, and if it wraps itself around the intestines or balls up in the stomach, it can mean major surgery to save your pet’s life.

Turkey bones, fat and skin should be kept well out of reach of pets. Cooked bones especially, revery dangerous. After they’re eaten, bones can break off in shards and puncture an animal’s intestines.

Turkey itself can be quite fatty for a dog, unless you stick to a plain piece of white meat with no skin and no gravy. Otherwise your Morkie could get an upset stomach or even a bout of painful pancreatitis.

Onions are, surprisingly, quite toxic for dogs and cats They contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. In the same family, garlic, chives and leeks should be avoided as well. Some experts say that garlic, prepared properly for dogs, isn’t dangerous and in fact, is good for your pet. But the benefits don’t seem worth it.

 

Chocolate contains the toxin theobromine. We can easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly, so it builds up to toxic levels in their system. A small amount can cause major gastrointestinal distress; and a large amount, can even lead to death.

Wrapping paper, ribbons, ties are all attractive to dogs, and all can get lodged in your dog’s stomach or intestines, causing illness and pain.

Electric cords, lights. Curious puppies and kittens can get caught up in the excitement of lights, and bite through, burning themselves and shorting the wires. Keep them out of reach, and/or tape them down.

Tree water. Commercial preservatives typically contain some kind of fertilizer, some type of sugar, and fungicides. Some contain other ingredients such as aluminium sulphate.

The amount that a child or pet could consume isn’t poisonous, but will cause a stomach upset and vomiting.

Christmas tree preservatives aren’t necessary, according to experts – just fresh water is all you need to minimize needles dropping and keep the tree from being super dried out. If you really want to add something, try 1/4 cup corn syrup mixed into 1 quart of water. Keep the tree basin filled.

And a big danger during the holidays

morkie running in field good quality photo

Running away. With people coming and going, the doorbell ringing, and lengthy goodbyes at the door, your Morkie has plenty of chances to sneak out and dash off into the night. Keep him in another room or safe in a carrier cage or kennel while your guests are coming and going.

Can dogs eat turkey?

What to do if your Morkie does eat turkey bones

Don’t panic.

Don’t try to make your dog throw up; better, say experts, to let the bones work their way through….UNLESS your dog is pacing, upset, choking, gagging or licking his lips a lot (a sign of anxiety). In that case, contact your Vet or an Emergency Vet right away.

If he seems alright, feed only soft foods for the next few days, such as rice or white bread. Keep him calm and quiet, and monitor his poop for the bones or bone fragments. 

Keep your dog calm and quiet for the next few days. Monitor his poop carefully for bones or bone fragments. 

If your Morkie has any of these symptoms, contact your Vet immediately:

  • difficulty going poop
  • black or bloody stools
  • vomiting
  • no appetite
  • diarrhea
  • seems to have abdominal pain.  

More tips and ideas for the holidays, including gifts for dog lovers.

How to Tell if Your Morkie is Too Fat

How to Tell if Your Morkie is Too Fat

“Does this make me look fat?” Is there a worse question from a partner or friend? It’s just so awkward because no matter what you say it’s still uncomfortable.But what about a friend who asks you, “do you think Max is overweight?” Max is my friend’s four-yer-old Morkie and yes, he is overweight. In fact, he’s FAT, FAT, FAT. I don’t want to hurt my friend’s feelings because clearly she thinks he is absolutely perfect. But what about the all too real dangers of obesity in our pets?

7 Things Excess Weight Makes Worse in Pets

Almost 60% of dogs in America are dangerously overweight. A pet that’s just 10% to 20% over his ideal weight can suffer from:

  • Canine diabetes.
  • Digestive problems including constipation, flatulence and diarrhea. Phew, who needs it!
  • Serious damage to joints, bones, and ligaments are a direct result of too much weight.
  • Heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Difficulty breathing – fat pushes on the abdomen wall and there is less room in the for the lungs to fill properly. Overweight dogs often wheeze, unable to take a full, deep breath.
  • Increased chance of cancer could be another risk to your Morkie who’s overweight. The exact link between obesity and cancer isn’t known yet, but why take chances?
  • A shorter life – just like people, dogs with all the burdens overweight causes, simply don’t live as long.

Keep your Morkie fit and trim and she’ll be a happy, lively companion for many years.

How can you tell your Morkie is overweight?

Many of us don’t want to see what’s right there. But there are obvious signs of overweight in dogs. First, from the side, you should be able to see a definite ‘tuck’ at his stomach.

 

From overhead, what shape is your Morkie?

  • He should have a clear waist, not just go straight down.
is my dog fat
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Here’s what to look for from a top view of your Morkie

overhead view of your dog  

Three ways you can help your Morkie slim down

1. Cut out dog treats and people food

If your Morkie needs a reward, try a baby carrot or a good ear scratching. Otherwise, cut out all snacks. Today’s commercial dog treats are so high in salt, fat and sugar that they’re addictive. Dr. Ernie Ward, who heads up a not-for- profit organization dedicated to healthier pets, calls them “kibble crack.” If you cut out treats and snacks, your Morkie will also miss also a number of questionable products, including rawhide chew sticks, dental sticks, “greenies” and begging strips.

say goodbye to junk food for dogs

2. Gradually reduce your Morkie’s dog food

Does your Morkie have a health problem that’s making her overweight? Check with your Veterinarian before you start any weight reduction program. Go for a gradual and steady loss of weigh over a number of weeks or even months. Reduce your pup’s calorie intake over several weeks, by carefully measuring your Morkie’s usual meal. Then reduce it by 5% to 10% every two or three weeks. Tip: feed your dog at the same times every day, dividing the food into 3 or 4 portions to help him cope.

slowly reduce your morkie's food

3. Walkies!

Now the hard part: daily exercise.

If you’re not on a regular walking program with your dog, why not start one today.

Start out small and build up over time. For the first week, a 10-minute walk every day will be enough to get the ball rolling. Every week, increase this by 5 minutes until you’re up to half an hour.
Then add a second, short walk per day – starting at 10 minutes. Soon you’ll be up to two 30 minute walks per day and both you and your dog will see excellent results.

Weigh your dog regularly and chart your progress – check pet stores for scales sized to Morkies, or use a baby scale (often on sale online, or available in thrift stores).

walkies

Monitor your Morkie’s weight

monitor your dogs weight

 

Keep an eye on your Morkie’s weight with regular monitoring. Invest in a baby scale and track his weight once a month in a notebook. A pound or two, either way, doesn’t seem like a lot of weight, but it could represent 20% of your Morkie’s weight. That’s like the average 140-pound woman gaining (or losing) about 30 pounds.

baby scale

 

Baby scales are available online and in stores, or check your local thrift shop.

We're so used to overweight dogs, we don't see it any more.

At least 65% of all dogs in America are overweight.

No wonder our dogs are getting dangerously heavy.

An estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight. These are also major challenges for America’s children – nearly 30% of boys and girls under age 20 are either obese or overweight, up from 19% in 1980.

– source: The CDC

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Want to take better care of your Morkie?

Check out this COMPLETE HANDBOOK for raising a happy, healthy Morkie. From puppy to senior. Includes potty training, feeding, common health concerns, obedience, vaccinations and much more.  Charts, photos, illustrations and easy-to-read text.
Read it on your smartphone, computer, laptop, iPad or reader.

ORDER this invaluable e-book today 

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Order today and take better care of your Morkie

From getting a Morkie, to common health concerns, what to feed your Yorkie-Maltese mix, which deadly vaccinations to avoid — and much more! 

Over 300 pages of vital information.

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Diseases from dogs

Diseases from dogs

Owning a dog is proven to be really good for you… lowering your blood pressure, encouraging exercise and even reducing depression. But there’s a downside too. There are some diseases that we can catch from our pets, and some of them are serious.

Diseases you can get from your Morkie

The Center for Disease Control says that the most common diseases you can get from your Morkie are:

  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Dog Tapeworm
  • Hookworm
  • Rabies
  • Roundworm
  • Brucellosis

These diseases aren’t that common, and you can’t always blame the dog.  You can get Campylobacteriosis for example, by eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or having contact with infected animals.

Campylobacteriosis

This one is fairly common, but can be caused by bad food, bad water or an infected pet or another animal.  Cross-contamination of foods, eating raw chicken or not washing your hands well are other causes of Campylobacteriosis – which is a leading cause of diarrhea. 

 

Read more at the CDC

Campy – what???

Break this word into three parts for easier pronunciation – Campy-lo-bacteriosis

Here’s how from YouTube:

Dog Tapeworm

Again stay away from the raw meats if you don’t want to end up with tapeworms. (We’re looking at you, steak tartare). To get tapeworm from your dog or cat, you’d have to swallow an infected flea.

 


Read more at the CDC

Hookworm

Keep your shoes on and you’ll be safer from hookworm.

These intestinal parasites are more common in dogs and cats, especially puppies. They’re spread from poop and infected soil, so walking barefoot is a no-no. A child might accidentally eat the worm eggs (we don’t even want to know how!)  Hookworm can cause itchy, painful skin or a queasy stomach.

By the way, puppies not treated properly for tapeworm can die.

 

Read more at the CDC

More worms you COULD get from your Morkie

Roundworm

This one is more serious: roundworm can cause a disease known as toxocariasis, which takes two forms:

  1. Ocular toxocariasis – which can result in vision loss, eye inflammation or damage to the retina when the creature invades the infected person’s eye. Typically, only one eye is affected.
  2. Visceral toxocariasis: this results when Toxocara larvae migrate to various body organs, such as the liver or central nervous system.

Roundworm larvae are fairly common in puppies. This is another reason to ensure your puppy is wormed at the Vet’s and for doubling up on handwashing.

Read more at the CDC

Ringworm

OK, we have to admit: Ringworm is not a worm, it is a contagious fungal infection.

Ringworm shows up as a ring-shaped rash on the skin or a bald patch on the scalp. It passes easily from pets to people, and from people to people, who can get it from direct contact with an infected animal.

Read more at WebMD

Read more at the CDC

Rabies

Rabies has been all but eradicated in the western world, but it is still found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. In other countries, however, dogs still carry rabies.

A virus, rabies is spread by saliva from the infected animal so is spread by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, heads to the brain and eventually causes death. By the time the symptoms have appeared it is often too late to treat the victim.

Vaccinations for rabies keeps the disease in check. Unfortunately, we tend to over-vaccinate our pets and this includes annual or bi-annual rabies shots when one vaccination at the beginning of your dog’s life is usually sufficient to prevent rabies.

 

And two more – Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis

According to the CDC, it is highly unlikely you’d get either of these diseases from your pet.

Although dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners.

However, pets can bring infected ticks into your home or yard. Consider protecting your pet, and possibly yourself, through the use of natural tick control products for animals. You can read more about this in my book Ticks on Dogs: Small Dog Nightmare.

 

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that your pet COULD get from drinking water contaminated by infected wild animals, mostly rodents. In humans, it may produce no symptoms, or it may come with many, including high fever, headache, chills, aches, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rash.

To catch Lepto directly from your dog, he would have to be infected, then you would have to have direct contact with urine through broken skin. You CANNOT get the Lepto virus through saliva.

Because there are so many strains of Leptospirosis, and vaccines have proven ineffective, most dog owners are not vaccinating their dogs – and especially not small dogs.

 

1. Hygiene

  • good hand washing goes a long way in deterring these zoonoses
  • keep your dog clean as well – regular bathing and combing helps and it also lets you check on the condition of his skin and coat, often leading indicators of illness in dogs
  • clean up dog poop and urine right away
  • wash your dog’s bedding regularly
  • keep water and food dishes clean, and separate for each pet

 

2. Common sense

  • get your pets wormed regularly and consider heartworm medication
  • make sure they have veterinarian check-ups at least annually
  • feed your dog a quality diet
  • infants, the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system, should be extra vigilant about exposing themselves to dangers

3. Watch your dog

  • keep an eye on your dog:  don’t allow him to eat garbage, dead animals or birds or hang out at bird feeders (birds can a number of zoonoses)
  • beware of pet food recalls – especially pet snacks like jerky treats. They are often recalled because of salmonella dangers (visit DogFoodAdvisor.com for regular updates)
  • don’t let your dog eat poop or drink out of the toilet (which would be quite a feat for a Morkie!)

Read more

You can read about all possible diseases and infections you can get from your pets (zoonoses) here at HEALTHLINE  for more details.


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