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German Shepherd Dog Foot and Paw Care
Top 10 Paw Care Tips For Dogs From GSDsite.com
Your dog’s feet sure are made for walking, but did you know they are also made for protecting? Pads provide extra cushioning to help protect bones and joints from shock, provide insulation against extreme weather, aid walking on rough ground and help protect tissue deep within the paw. With all that work to do, it’s no wonder your pooch’s paws often take a bit of a beating.
Keep a spring in your pet’s step with our top 10 paw care tips:
Pamper With Pedicures: Your dog's nails should just about touch the ground when she walks. If her nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it's time for a pedicure.Snip and Trim: Trim paw hair regularly to avoid painful matting. Simply comb hair out, especially from between the toes, and trim even with the pads.
Clean In Between: Foreign objects can become lodged in your dog’s pads. Check regularly between toes for foxtails, pebbles, small bits of broken glass and other debris. These pesky items can usually be removed with a pair of tweezers.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: A dog’s pads can become cracked and dry. GSDsite has good pad moisturizers and use as directed. Avoid human hand moisturizer, as this can soften the pads and lead to injury.
Deep Paw Massage: Similar to giving a human hand massage, a paw massage will relax your dog and promote better circulation. Start by rubbing between the pads on the bottom of the paw, and then rub between each toe. Your dog will be forever grateful for the extra TLC!
Slow and Steady: If you’re about to begin a new exercise program with your dog, start off slow. Paws may become sensitive, chaffed or cracked, particularly when starting your dog out on hikes and runs.
Apply First Aid: It's not unusual for dogs to suffer cuts or other wounds from accidentally stepping on glass, debris or other objects. Wounds that are smaller than a half inch in diameter can be cleaned with an antibacterial wash and wrapped with a light bandage. For deeper paw cuts, see the vet for treatment.
Summertime Sores: Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement. Ouch! It is important to remember your dog’s paws feel heat extremes, too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your dog on hot pavement or sand. Signs include blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.
Wintertime Blues: Winter is hard on everyone’s skin, even your dog’s! Bitter cold can cause chapping and cracking. Rock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infection and blistering. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. After outdoor walks, wash your dog’s paws in warm water to rinse away salt and chemicals. You may wish to apply Vaseline, a great salt barrier, to the foot pads before each walk.
Practice Prevention: To reduce the risk of injury, keep your home and yard clear of pointy bits and pieces. Be conscious to avoid hazards such as broken glass and other debris when walking your dog. And keep this simple tip in mind—if you wouldn’t like to walk on it barefoot, neither will your dog!
German Shepherd Dog First Aid Kits and Emergency Supplies
Dog Tip: First Aid Kits and Emergency Treatments - Prepare Now!
Those who have faced emergencies can tell you it is essential to get your first aid kit together and get familiar with first aid measures BEFORE you are confronted with an accident, emergency or sudden illness. Many situations require fast and correct action to prevent further injury, infection or death. So assemble a first aid kit now, so that you'll be ready when your pet (or a human) needs immediate help.
Be sure to read through the First Aid Kit list that follows. It will give you an idea of the situations that can and do come up. Being prepared can keep a manageable incident from becoming health-threatening. It will reduce the chance of infection and further complications...reduce stress for everyone...cut recovery time...and empower you to effectively help. Being prepared can even make the difference between life and death.
FIRST AID KIT
Keep a first aid safety kit on hand at home and in your car. Take the one from your car with you when you travel with your pet.
Each kit should include the items listed. It might sound like a lot of stuff, but when an accident occurs, these items can help you save the health or life of an animal...or a human.
Waterproof Kit Container:
Write on the container, in indelible ink, the phone numbers for your vet, the closest emergency animal hospital, and poison control hotlines. Also list your own name, address and phone numbers.
First Aid Guides:
Animal first aid book, such as Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook.
CPR for Dogs
Essential Vet and Contact Info:
Prepare and make copies of a list including:
Phone number for your vet, the closest emergency animal hospital, and poison control hotlines (such as the 2 listed in this tipsheet).
Your own name, address and phone numbers.
Your emergency contact person's numbers, in case you are incapacitated.
The name, age, breed, sex, identification (such as microchipping information), and any health problems (especially useful information if your petsitter or emergency contact needs to call an emergency medical service about your pet).
A copy of your pet vaccination records.
Photo of each pet in case it is needed for ID or other purposes.
Tweezers (flat slant tip instead of the rounded variety)
Sterile needle (to remove splinters and tick heads)
Turkey baster or bulb syringe (for flushing wounds, force feeding)
10cc syringe with no needle (for administering medications)
Tongue depressor to examine mouth
Rectal thermometer (normal body temperature of dogs and cats is 100.5 to 102.5 F; take your pet's temperature under normal conditions to get a baseline for comparison in case he gets sick or injured)
Disposable safety razor (for shaving fur from around a wound)
Towel (at least 2)
Blanket (the compact thermal blanket works well; uses include keeping an injured animal from going into shock)
Bandanna and/or nylon stocking (many uses, including muzzling or securing a torn earflap)
Strips of cloth
Dog booties or little socks (to cover wounded paws or to protect so you won't need to treat)
3x3 sterile gauze pads
Rolled gauze (for bandaging, stabilizing joints, making a muzzle)
Adhesive first aid tape (in narrow and wide widths)
Bandages (including self-clinging or vet wrap and waterproof types)
Vet wrap, which sticks to itself but not fur.
Anti-bacterial wipes or pads
Hydrogen peroxide 3% USP (to induce vomiting and to use on infected wounds; check the expiration date from time to time and keep only fresh solution in your kit)
Activated charcoal tablets (effective in absorbing many toxics)
Betadine solution (a type of antiseptic iodine medicine for wounds to deter infection)
Antibiotic ointment (such a Neosporin)
Rubbing alcohol (apply on skin as body cooling agent to aid heat stroke or fever; helps break down oils; acts as a drying agent between toes and skin folds; but do not use on wounds as it can damage skin and is not an appropriate antiseptic)
Bag Balm (especially useful for treating paw pads)
Petroleum jelly (helpful aid for taking temperature)
Sterile saline eye solution (to flush out eye contaminants and wounds)
Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
Eye ointment with no cortisone
Epsom salt (mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin)
Baking soda (good for soothing skin conditions)
Styptic powder (to stop bleeding of torn toenails, etc.)
Milk of magnesia (for stomach upset and certain types of poison ingestion)
Pepto Bismol (for stomach upset and some types of poison ingestion; do not give to cats)
Benadryl (for bug bites and stings and other allergic reactions. Use plain Benadryl, not the other formulas.
Gentle pet sedative such as Rescue Remedy (available at GSDsite.com. Rescue Remedy is a Bach flower essence available in most health food stores. This gentle, natural stress reducing liquid can often help both people and animals recover from injury, fright, illness, travel fatigue and irritation. Put a drop in your water bottle and in their water. To help prevent travel sickness, a common dosage is four drops in the mouth about ten hours before the trip, repeating every four hours as needed. For stressed or injured animals, rub a drop on their ear or put a drop on the towel in their crate or carrier. Flower essences can be used along with conventional medicine.
Aspirin Buffered (for dogs only, 1 tablet per 60 pounds; do not use acetaminophen or ibuprofen; do not give aspirin to cats; since aspirin and other pain relievers can be toxic to any pet, consult your vet and first aid books)
Can of soft pet food (can help reduce the effect of a poisoning)
Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid such as Dawn (to clean contaminated skin or sticky substances)
Muzzle (an injured or scared animal may try to bite)
German Shepherd (Alsation) Breeders/Kennels
Locate top quality German Shepherd (Alsation) Breeders at GSDsite.com
How to find a responsible German Shepherd Breeder:
Responsible German Shepherd Breeders don't sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand. Too often, unsuspecting people buy puppies from puppy mills, or sometimes neighbors who breed their dog to make a little money or simply because they have a dog "with papers." Too often, the result is puppies in poor health or with temperament problems that may not be discovered right away.
A German Shepherd Dog who has genetic health problems due to poor breeding practices or who develops significant behavior problems due to a lack of early socialization can cost thousands of dollars to treat—and result in grief and heartache as well.
The last place on earth that I would look for a German Shepherd Puppy is in a pet store. Any breeder that is forced to sell his puppies to a pet store has no credibility. This only indicates he has no reputation as a breeder and nowhere else to sell his dogs. The majority of the dogs that end up in pet stores come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are a legitimate (despicable) business in many states and countries.
You are definitely at the right site to begin with. Don’t feel that you have to buy a German Shepherd within a couple of miles from your home when you are able to get all the information that you need from GSDsite.com
All we are is German Shepherds!
Always do your Homework!
Use the contact form below the Breeders Ad that interests you and ask questions.
You should do a lot of homework before choosing a German Shepherd Puppy Breeder.
Make sure that they offer a dog health guarantee.
German Shepherd Car Seat Covers, Dog Car Harnesses and Seat Belt/ Restraints
German Shepherd Dog Car Seat Covers
German Shepherd Dogs are territorial by nature. They identify where they want to be then stake it out as if it were their own. This same characteristic can be used to help your dog find that special place all their own when in your car. Constructed of comfortable yet rugged materials our pet seat covers will quickly become that home away from home spot for your dog, adding both security and comfort to his travels along life’s highways.
German Shepherd Dog Harnesses and Dog Seat Belts Keep Your K9 Safe
Protect your German Shepherd Dog as you would any member of your family with dog seat belts and dog harnesses from GSDsite.
Seat belts are essential for any passenger in a moving vehicle including your German Shepherd Dog. Keep your furry friend safe in the event of an unforeseen accident by securing them in place with a dog seat belt. You can safely restrict your dog's movement with a seat belt designed specifically for your best friend.
German Shepherd Crates, Ramps, Dog Houses, Beds, Steps, Car Seat Covers and more.....
"Private room with a view. Ideal for traveling dogs or for those who just want a secure, quiet place to hang out at home."
That's how your dog might describe his crate. It's his own personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you know he's safe and secure—and not shredding your house while you're out running errands.
Crate training uses a dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs don't like to soil their dens. The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car.
A crate isn't a magical solution. If not used correctly, a dog can feel trapped and frustrated. Never use the crate as a punishment. Your dog will come to fear it and refuse to enter it. Don't leave your dog in the crate too long. A dog that’s crated day and night doesn't get enough exercise or human interaction and can become depressed or anxious. You may have to change your schedule, hire a pet sitter, or take your dog to a doggie daycare facility to reduce the amount of time he must spend in his crate every day.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time. They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long. The same goes for adult dogs that are being housetrained. Physically, they can hold it, but they don’t know they’re supposed to. Crate your dog only until you can trust him not to destroy the house. After that, it should be a place he goes voluntarily.
Selecting a crate Several types of crates are available:
Plastic (often called "flight kennels") Fabric on a collapsible, rigid frame Collapsible, metal pens Crates come in different sizes and can be purchased at most pet supply stores or pet supply catalogs. Your dog's crate should be just large enough for him to stand up and turn around in. If your dog is still growing, choose a crate size that will accommodate his adult size.
German Shepherd Dog Furniture Covers and Scat Covers
German Shepherd Dog House and Kennels
German Shepherd Dog House
If you are getting a new dog for your family, you will have some initial questions to answer about how you are going to raise your pet. Is this going to be an inside dog or an outside dog? If you are raising an inside dog, you will have to deal with a whole host of problems like teaching him what furniture pieces he can and can't be on. But if you are raising an outdoor dog, you need to think about how you are going to train your new pet to deal with living outside.
The first thing you need to do is have a house for your dog to live in. Dogs need a safe and dry space that they can call their own. Inside this is often a bed or crate, but if they are outside, you should look more towards a house.
When selecting a dog house it should be big enough that your dog can stand up and move around inside. It doesn't need to be too much bigger than that, as dogs like their dens to be cozy and not too large.
When you are first bringing your new dog home, you will have to teach him that the dog house is his space. This could take some time and prodding. You should first let your new family member walk around the house and get to know it. He is going to want to do a lot of sniffing, getting to know the scents that are around your yard and the new house.
Next you want to get your dog to go inside the house. You shouldn't push your dog too much. Forcing him inside is just going to make the dog house seem like a frightening place to be. Instead, use positive reinforcement to get him inside. If your dog likes a particular type of treat, you may want to show him one of those treats and put it right by the door of his house.
Once you dog takes that treat you can push another one a little further into the house. Now he should be willing to peek his head inside to get the treat. At the same time he will be taking note of what he sees and realize it is not threatening.
You may have to repeat this a few times, moving treats further and further into the dog house until your dog realizes it is safe to be completely inside the house. You should spend some time with him at the house. When he is young he is looking to you as his keeper and the person who he should follow. The longer you stay by the house with him, the more he understands it's safe to be there and that he can get comfortable.
Speaking of getting comfortable, you should consider comforts for your dog while in his dog house to make it cozy. You can put a dog bed inside or at least a blanket and other items that will make it seem like a home.
If you keep this up while your dog is a puppy, by the time he is old enough to go outside for good, he will be comfortable living in his house.
German Shepherd Gift Wrapping Paper
German Shepherd Gift Wrapping Paper
German Shepherd Beds and Crate Pads
Have you ever thought about the benefits of giving your dog his own bed? Many people still have the idea that a dog bed is a luxury and isn’t really a necessity. This could not be further from the truth. People sleep in a bed not because it is a luxury but because it is a requirement. When you start thinking of it this way, you’ll see that your dog really deserves a dog bed. Here are just some of the many benefits you’ll see as a result of getting your dog set up with his own special place to lie down.
1. Protection While you may be trying to keep your home as clean as it possibly can be, it is hard to always get all of the little bits and pieces off of the floor and carpets. If you have children and other animals in your home it can at times seem virtually impossible! Think about all the crumbs and dirt that your dog may be lying on when he rests on the floor. This can be very uncomfortable to say the least. Dog beds, on the other hand, are easy to clean and maintain. Your dog is sure to get a better night’s sleep when he is sleeping on an area that is free of any debris.
2. Comfort level Any dog will feel more comfortable in his own bed as long as you put in the effort to find the right one. Dogs love to snuggle and it is important to find the right size that gives your dog enough room to move around a bit but also gives him the security of being in a closed area. When you are shopping around for dog beds you’ll have to imagine the area your dog covers when he is curled up in a sleeping position and get one that is slightly larger than that. This is the optimum size of bed that will give your dog as much comfort as possible.
3. His own place Many dog owners have reported that their dogs love a bed because it gives them a space of their own that no one else can enter. If there are two dogs in the same home each dog will take command of their own bed, in most cases, and call it their own. A dog can actually feel lost if it does not know its boundaries and understand that there is a place it can go that belongs only to him. Your dog probably does not own much in your home. His own bed will give him his own sense of dog ownership, which is important.
4. A healthy dog A dog bed will also benefit the health of your special friend. His body temperature will be more regulated on a bed, which will contribute to his overall health. As well, the mattresses found on these types of beds offer firm support for your dog’s back and limbs. You can expect to find your dog more relaxed after a better night’s sleep and generally happier. A dog bed should really be considered a necessity for any size of dog and any breed. You wouldn’t want to sleep on the floor every night so why should your dog be any different?