Do you know how easy it is for just about anyone to get a dog certified as a service dog? To my surprise it’s very easy. Recently there was a new report about this, but I didn’t need the report to realize that dogs in public places are growing more abundant.
In one of my other blog posts I mentioned seeing a very small Yorkie in Walt Disney World Parks in Florida as well as in Cracker Barrel.
I love dogs, no doubt about it, they are amazing. However, that being said I do believe that people are using the system to get dogs certified service dogs just so they can take them everywhere they go. But that begs the question, how does the affect the public perception of the real service dogs?
Real service dogs help people with handicaps to do various things, such as open doors and turn on lights. If you see a service dog out and about you will see they wear a “saddle” telling you they’re a service dog. When the dogs are working no one is permitted to pet them, this is to keep them from being distracted from their job.
Service dogs must be focused on their owner – the person they are looking after, if they get distracted they may miss a signal from their owner, this could result in a dangerous situation. Let’s say you have a service dog that detects when your sugar is dangerously low, or when you are going to have a seizure and they miss the signs this could result in tragedy.
This is just my thoughts on “fake” service dogs. I don’t discount their importance at all; I know how important they can be for comfort and mental health.
Live, Love, Rescue…
Do you know where your dog treats come from? With all the bad press about pet foods made in China wouldn’t it be nice to know just exactly what your pet is eating? Why would you make your own dog treats, or buy them from someone who makes them? The answer is easy, you love your dog and you want them to eat healthy!
Recipe for Apple Sause Dog Biscuits
3 cups of Whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup of no sugar added/organic Apple Sauce
1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients – roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly brown.
For sometime now I have neglected my dog blog, but I feel that’s it’s important to reconnect with it and with my readers.
Let me tell you a little bit about me and this blog. First and foremost I am a dog lover, second I feel the need to share my love of dogs with others, and third I would love to share my knowledge about dogs with others. So this blog is where I would like to start with that.
Here you will find tips of all kinds that are relevant, for the most part, to dogs. However I do have a good deal of knowledge about cats and other pets so from time to time you will find information about them here as well.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about your pet. I am not a veterinarian, but I am a professional dog groomer and I have years of experience with pets.
Live, Love and Learn
Just the other day a friend of mine called me to say that her dog was drinking excessively and urinating quite a lot. She had noticed a slow change in her beloved pet for a week or so before deciding that she needed the veterinarian. Her fear was kidney failure because her dog is an older dog, but when taken to the vet she found that it was diabetes.
Now this is not a great diagnosis, for sure, but it’s better than kidney failure. He is now on shots to control the diabetes and seems to be feeling better.
It is important that you watch your pet for any changes in their diet, drinking habits or bowel movements. A change in any of those things may indicate a problem.
I am sure that many people don’t realize how harmful the heat can be to their pets. Last year my outside cat actually had a heat stroke. It was a 100 degree plus day and I found him under a tree, just standing there in a daze.
What do you do in this case? I immediately took the cat inside where I poured warm (not cold) water over him for several minutes. This will help to bring down the temperature. Then I called my veterinarian.
The cat survived, thankfully! But heat stroke is a serious thing for animals, all animals. If you have a dog outside take care to keep fresh water available and a kiddie pool with water for them to cool off in.
For dogs that are kept outside and have long hair, I recommend trimming the hair short. Do not shave because your dog could also get sunburned.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. I have worked with and currently get my information from my veterinarian. I will be happy to answer any questions that I can.