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3 things that can seriously harm your dog

The inspiring story of the two-legged dog is actually a cautionary tale

Story of a two-legged dog on two wheels

I’ve always loved the Internet much more than TV news. It can be likened to the difference between a delicious dinner buffet, where you can choose anything you want, and being forced to eat bland and terrible tasting food with a high level of synthetic ingredients.

Going on YouTube, Tweet, Instagram And Facebook is usually a positive experience. People share happy moments and stories and many of them are about our animal friends.

Recently I came across the story of River the dog. River was attacked by two dogs and his back injury was so severe that he lost the use of his hind legs. Many people would decide to euthanize a dog with these types of injuries, but River was lucky. His people decided to purchase a wheeled device to help him get around and now he can walk around and meet people and is the talk of the town. Everyone loves him!

As I watched the video, smiling from ear to ear, I felt my smile disappear. River, who was riding around town, wore a spiked collar and carried a tennis ball in his mouth, all during the course of this video. Suddenly I felt completely conflicted, because while this dog was rescued and is living a good life, his caretakers are completely unaware of the things that could harm him in other ways.

1. Why tennis balls are dangerous for dogs

Tennis balls are probably one of the most common dog toys out there. I’m not sure why dogs love it so much, perhaps because of the ‘furry surface’ that resembles a squirrel or a mouse. The fact is that these seemingly benign balls are so abrasive that they can shrink a dog’s teeth down to the roots within a few years. Teeth are not only important for chewing, but also for feeling. In addition, their important energy meridians begin at the roots of the canines.

Healthier alternative

Instead of using a tennis ball, opt for a food-safe plastic ball or, even better, a toy made from all-natural material such as felt wool, rope or the like. Of course, such toys require supervision, especially with dogs that like to eat their toys.

Bullet cocking tools cause many injuries

Ball throwers and chuckers are commonly used to entertain dogs. When you see how popular they are, it becomes clear that many people still have no idea how many dogs are injured from using them. It is the repetitive one-sided movements or the slipping, sliding and jerking that is a problem. In nature, dogs never sprint for more than a minute or two, while it is very common to see dogs sprint for 15, 30 minutes or more.

The most common problems associated with ball retrieval are injuries and strains to the lumbar spine and muscles, improper alignment of the sacrum and lumbar region, cruciate ligament injuries, and even chronic diarrhea may be caused by the ball retrieval. of the ball.

If your dog has already been injured, we have two Facebook Lives on this topic that I hope will be helpful.

Safe exercise alternatives

Instead of letting your dog run back and forth like a yo-yo, let him/her play hide and seek, recognize toy names, play and socialize with other dogs. There are many options. All you need to remember is that anything repetitive and without variation often leads to injuries.

2. Prong collars – why they should never be used on dogs

This is a very sensitive subject. Recently I saw a beautiful graph showing how many important blood vessels, nerves, energy lines and muscles there are in the neck area. Any constriction and restriction of energy flow results in virtually a systemic reaction that can occur conditions such as hypothyroidism, paw licking, neck pain, eye and ear problems and the list can go on.

Some people still struggle with this idea and often don’t understand that when I speak out against these outdated ways of controlling dogs, I’m not saying they don’t love their dogs. I only suggest considering other, safer ways, as choke and prong collars make dogs sick and unwell.

Healthier alternative

Use a collar only for dog identification and of course for fashion ;-). Attach a shock-absorbing Gentle Leash to a properly fitted harness. They are definitely better than anything around your dog’s neck.

3. Kibble – the food that causes disease

Do you know human doctors who claim that processed food is better for humans than fresh, healthy food?

The fact that many veterinarians still recommend processed foods is a striking example of how effective the pet food giants are in systematically brainwashing the profession. Unfortunately, just like human health, processed pet food is responsible for many health problems in dogs.

In general, my philosophy has not been to fight the processed pet food giants and argue their ridiculous claims. I would much rather help dog lovers make the switch or deepen their knowledge if you already feed raw or cooked food.

This is true the Recipe Maker comes into play, give it a try and let me know what you think.

© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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