The Alano Espanol

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The Alano Espanol dog

Often referred to as the Spanish Bulldog, the Alano Espanol dog is a natural breed of dog that is native to Spain. It is a Molosser type of dog largely thought to have been introduced into Spain by the Alani tribesmen way back in the 5th century. The dog was initially kept for the purpose of guarding livestock. It was later used as a war dog and became very useful in guarding captured slaves. The dog is perhaps best known for its use as a bull baiting (not fighting) dog.

The Alano Espanol is basically a Molosser type of dog. It is a large dog that can weigh as much as 40 kg and stands at about 25 inches in height. It features short hair that is however very thick. You can easily identify the dog by its short muzzle and the concave lower jaw. The nose is characteristically large and broad. The same remains black. It has a very thick skin and appears to have wrinkles on the face. You can find this dog in black and brindle or sable wolf colors. Its chest can have white flashes.

As a guarding dog, the Alano Espanol is a highly sociable dog. Like other large dogs, it requires proper training from an early age to make it sociable to both family members and other dogs that may also be kept at home. A properly trained Alano Espanol dog will always remain loyal and obedient to its master.
The Alano Espanol breed of dog is one of the most cost effective dogs you can have at home as a pet.

It has no history of serious health problems, meaning that veterinary costs can be very minimal. The population of this breed of dog is however still very minimal. Apart from Spain, the breed can only be found in some parts of England and the USA.


How to – save money with pets

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Having a pet can be quite expensive depending on the breed of dog and the size of your dog that you have. You have to make sure that they have the proper toys, food and supplies that you need to give them proper care. Some of these things can be quite expensive depending on what you’re trying to purchase and where you’re going to purchase the items that you need. Here are few tips that can save you money on some pet supplies but still be able to give your dog the proper care that they need to live a happy and healthy life.

Looking at the price of dog food can be astronomical because of the brand. You do not have to buy the most expensive brand of dog food as long as you make sure that it has the right nutritional value that your dog needs. Sometimes the least expensive Brands have the nutrients that your dog needs depending on the age and size of your dog.

Shopping online for your pet supplies can save you a lot of money. It also gives you the option to shop around and compare prices before you decide to commit to purchasing their supplies. Make sure you check out every pet store outlet to compare prices that way you do not spend more money than you need two to get the appropriate supplies you need for the proper care of your dog.

Other department stores such as Wal-Mart offer dog supplies for less. Make sure you that you check out the pet aisle to make sure that you get exactly which you need. Do not purchase the supplies just because you think you might need them. Only get the things that you need right away to maintain the care of your pet to save you money.


The White Shepherd Dog

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The White Shepherd Dog

The White shepherd dog is native to Germany. It is actually the offspring of the white German shepherd. Because of this, it has several common characteristics with the German shepherd dog. At times referred to as Canadian White shepherd dog, the white shepherd dog has become one of the most popular pet dogs in many homes across the globe.

This is one of the most loyal and obedient types of dogs you can come across. Its pure white color and elegance while standing and walking simply makes it a beautiful dog to look at. It is a medium sized dog that is muscularly built. Its ears stand erect most of the time. It moves graciously with long powerful strides. It has a proportional head to the body. It features a double coat with the outer coat being dense. The nose is predominantly black.

The White shepherd dog is a highly intelligent and is always self-assured. Although it remains poised, it is always alert and can develop eagerness as situation demands. It has a habit of develop very close attachment with those it is accustomed to and can be over protective. The dog is always aloof to strangers and will always remain very observant. Never aggressive, the White shepherd dog is easy to train and adapts to different environments very quickly. The dog prefers to be active and will get involved in play, especially with children.

This type of dog is very efficient when it comes to guarding homes and property. Its natural herding and hunting instincts allow it to roam around its territory, a very good attribute of a guarding dog. Because of its trainability, the dog is very popular in dog shows where it normally scoops awards. Like with other types of dogs, it is susceptible to several diseases. These include hip dysplasia, eye disease and skin disease. With proper veterinary care however, these diseases are easily prevented.


Barbet Breed of Dog

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Barbet Breed of Dog

The origin of this breed of dog remains somehow unclear. However, the name “Barbet” that comes from the French word barble, which literally translates to beard makes the dog to be thought to have originated in France. It was traditionally kept for the purpose of retrieving waterfowls.

The expression “as muddy as a barbet” actually stems from the dog’s muddy nature after it has indulged in what it knows best; retrieving waterfowls from such locations as estuaries and wetlands. It is therefore a water dog that is useful as other water dogs as the Portuguese water dog.

The efficiency of the Barbet in water made it very popular with sailors and homeowners living around water bodies. The dog actually played the role of assistant to sailors in early 18th century. Apart from France, the Barbet is now a very popular dog in Scandinavian countries as an all-round dog. Its popularity has of late spread to the US, having been imported from Europe and Canada.

As a water dog, the Barbet is not only light but also highly versatile. It has very powerful legs that help it in swimming. You can find this breed of dog in solid colors of black, brown, grey or white. It can weigh as much as 60 Pounds and stand at a height of 25 inches.

The Barbet is a very gentle dog that does very good as an indoor pet. It has a particular liking for water and the same should be provided in a large container outdoors where it can partake in swimming, which also serves as exercise. It is one of the dogs that gets along very well with children and often feels bored without any dog activity. Although it remains aloof to strangers only watching from a distance, it can easily attack when provoked. It is a very healthy dog that has minimal health challenges.


Understanding Thyroid Disease

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Thyroid disease in dogs and cats is not uncommon and if left untreated can lead them to suffer in great pain. This is a hormonal imbalance that can affect animals of all breeds and core of this problem comes from the thyroid gland.

It may become overactive and is not functioning properly causing a wide range of symptoms from being lethargic to more serious conditions like having seizures and putting on huge amounts of weight.

Treating your pet with drugs such as Soloxine has to be a part in curing your pet, but you should also look at their diet. Here are some natural remedies that one can use and will not have any side effects that are caused by strong medicines.

• Ginseng roots are something that is used both in humans and animals. It has very powerful healing abilities and helps revive the natural ecosystem. It can also give them extra energy and bolster their immune system making their overall well-being a lot better.

• Astragalus roots are ideal for dogs that have undergone serious treatment for thyroid disease. Again like ginseng it can help revitalise the body giving it natural ingredients and energy it needs to recover. This supplement is particularly good for any animal recovering from chemotherapy.

• Thyforon is a prescription drug that is both available from the vets and online. Its properties for calming down the effects of thyroid disease as a long-time treatment are well documented and proven and you will find that it is recommended by a lot of veterinary surgeons.

These just a few ways to understand the thyroid hormone imbalance in your pet and treating it before, during, and after any surgery or heavy drug treatment. There is also a prescription drug called Prascend that has very good reputation for curing and helping your pet live with thyroid disease. It is also recommended for those who have horses.


Torsion in Dogs

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Prevention

Dog owners can take steps to help prevent a case of bloat or gastric dilation volvulus. However, you may find that expert recommendations do contradict each other on what to do. Recommendations that are often consistent include avoiding strenuous exercise immediately before or after feeding your dog and breaking up your dog’s daily food allotment into at least two meals. In a 2004, Purdue University based study, dry dog food with meat meal that contained bone as one of the first four listed ingredients was associated with a decreased risk of GDV. Fat as one of the first four listed ingredients was associated with an increased risk of GDV.

A Word About Raised Dog Food Bowls

For decades the common advice given by veterinarians and other dog experts, including breeders and trainers, to help prevent GDV was to always feed large dogs from an elevated food bowl. The thinking was that gravity helps the dog swallow the food completely while taking in less air. Then in 2004, the Purdue University study came out with a startling and confusing result. The researchers stated that dogs fed from elevated food bowls were more likely to get GDV. However, whether or not feeding from a raised food bowl actually causes GDV is still in question. The results only showed an association. The study did not prove raised dog bowls caused bloat or torsion. Dogs that are fed in raised food bowls tend to have several risk factors associated with getting bloat or torsion such as difficulty swallowing. To help you decide if a raised food bowl is best for your dog, speak with your veterinarian.

The causes of bloat and torsion in dogs are not fully understood by even the best of animal medical experts. This makes evaluating the information and research available difficult and confusing. If you are the owner of a large breed dog, you should know that this is a serious health risk for your beloved family pet. However, determining the best prevention for your individual pet should be based on your veterinarian’s recommendations.


Word About The Swedish Vallhund

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Swedish Vallhund’s popularity is not restricted to Sweden. Its popularity has spread to such other countries as Canada, USA and some European countries. This is one of the oldest natural breed of dogs still in existence.

Commonly referred to as the “Viking Dog”, the Swedish Vallhund was traditionally kept as a heading, guarding and as a farm dog where it was very efficient in catching vermins. It is one of the best guarding dogs that you can find.

The Swedish Vallhund is a strong and muscularly built dog whose appearance is a show of power. A male mature dog can weigh as much as 40 pounds and stand at a height of 35 cm. Females tend to be smaller. The legs are characteristically short but very strong. You can find this dog in varied coat colors including black, brown, white or a mixture of these colors.

This breed of dog is mostly kept as an outdoor family dog. It turns out to be very useful as a companion as well as a guarding dog. It particularly loves human attention and constantly seeks its master’s attention. It remains highly devoted to its master and other family members and can at times be over-protective. It is a highly responsive dog that is very easy to train. Although not aggressive, the dog remains wary of strangers. It monitors the movements of a stranger and can easily attack in case a stranger partakes in an activity it considers unacceptable. It therefore requires constant monitoring and is best kept on a leash.

Like other large breed of dogs, the Swedish Vallhund is susceptible to hip dysplasia and cardiac diseases. It therefore requires regular exercises, proper diet and regular veterinary care to minimize the occurrence of these diseases. It is an otherwise very economical dog to have as a pet.