Sadly, one of our customers died this morning, Mr Ron Klaus of Whiting, NJ. Ron had a feeling he wasn't going to make it through his surgery and started looking to place his dog Penny the Jack Russell Terrier. She is an older dog. One of the techs at Whiting Vet Clinic will be fostering Penny but is on the lookout for a permanent home. Please pass along and maybe we can find Penny a home.
“Dogs who exhibit excitement urination do not show submissive body language,” says Dr. Lisa Radosta, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Instead they exhibit joyous behavior such as wiggling, jiggling, and jumping as they happily urinate on the floor. This often leads to the spraying of urine everywhere.
Urination can be exhibited in any age of dog, though it is most commonly seen in puppies. According to Dr. Radosta, it generally occurs when someone leans over, reaches for or scolds the dog. It can be triggered by a stranger or the dog owner. Also, the dog may appear comfortable and friendly at first, but when the interactions with the person get too scary they immediately show submissive behavior and may urinate.
3. Improper House Training
“If your dog was not formally taught that outside was the only correct option for urination, it isn’t fair to expect the dog to urinate only outside,” says Dr. Radosta. “You can only reasonably expect the dog to do what you have taught him or her to do.”
According to Dr. Radosta, dogs mark for various reasons. Unfortunately, once they start it can quickly become a pattern – urinating small amounts in very specific areas around the house. It may even cause other household dogs (and sometimes cats) to mark the areas as well. Dr. Radosta recommends identifying the pattern for anxiety or stress and eliminating the stressor.
5. Medical Disorders “Medical disorders [such as urinary infections, bladder stones, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.] increase urgency so the dog can’t get to the outside fast enough,” says Dr. Radosta. “If that is the case, they will go wherever they happen to be standing.
Flea saliva is very allergenic, so a single flea can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) that makes your dog itchy at the bite site (often around the head, anus, neck, tail base, or groin area). In addition to the itching/scratching, dogs with a flea infestation will deposit flea “dirt” (or digested blood in the form of their feces) on the skin. This flea dirt will appear like black pepper flakes.
Like fleas, ticks seek blood to survive. That is why tick bites create inflammation at the point of entry that can worsen the longer the tick stays attached and releases its saliva into the skin. Additionally, secondary bacterial infection can occur add to the tick bite site that will lead to further irritation and itching.
Mites like mange (Sarcoptes, Demodex, etc.) are microscopic insects that burrow deep into the layers of the skin to feed and live. Chewing their way through your dog’s skin creates inflammation and leads to secondary infections (bacteria, yeast, etc.). Skin-lesions from mange can manifest all over the body, but the armpits, groin, ear margins, and areas having minimal hair (elbows, etc.) are most commonly affected.
4. Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies, which mainly manifests with itchy skin in dogs, tend to be most prevalent during spring, summer, and fall, but regions that undergo frequently warm and/or humid weather can have a year-round allergy season. Blooming plants and flowers, grasses, weeds, and trees are common contributors to seasonal allergies.
5. Nutritional Allergies
While dogs most frequently suffer from allergies due to environmental triggers, allergic reactions to food is possible. Some dogs may be allergic to certain proteins (beef, dairy, chicken, etc.) and/or grains (wheat, corn, rice, etc.). This allergic reaction may exhibit in a number of ways, including skin inflammation and itching.