Canine Flu Reports

U.S. Map of the Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News There are more flu outbreaks for dogs recently in the news. I would like to offer a natural support option based on the Pets and Essential Oils research I’ve been doing.

The Breathe Blend is a good idea to use to support our dogs if they are exposed or are showing symptoms. I’m continuing to research the option of including onGuard as a blend to support prevention of spreading the flu.

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu, but, if your pet is exposed and begins to show symptoms:

  1. Get to the Vet as soon as possible.
  2. Start the Essential Oils right away, and
  3. Continue both your Vet’s treatment plan and the essential oils combination.

Remember: Puppies are more sensitive and essential oils should not be applied topically or internally until they are a bit older. Let’s talk to determine your puppies breed, age, and I can recommend the age to incorporate essential oils for these uses.

Aromatic Use can begin early.

These are suggested for helping your pet build immunity to the flu, promoting natural healing, and subsequently reducing symptoms.

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

Canine Flu Reports Avoid Exposure

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu. The primary way to avoid the canine flu is to avoid exposure to infected dogs and contaminated objects. This would include toys, play parks, dog supply stores, groomers, vets, and so on.

Avoid dog parks or other community areas where dogs come and go. A report from WCPO News Cincinatti, How to avoid the Canine Flu states “The virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects between infected and uninfected dogs.”

Let’s talk… Schedule a Wellness Consultation to discuss your pet’s wellness! Schedule a call.

Watch a News Report about the Outbreak on CBS News

Deadly Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News

Canine Flu Reports Resources:

Essential Oils  — Live Call  — Midwest Canine Flu Report : A deadly canine flu outbreak is spreading across the Midwest.

 

Online Medical Guide Checklist

Online Medical for Dogs Checklist – Best Use of Online InformationThis article will provide our tips about the proper use of the information we can find online on medical information websites. We will be focusing on the ability to learn more about our dog’s health so we know what questions to ask a veterinarian in person.

Rather than use the information found on medical sites to diagnose and treat issues, we would like to see more people use them to prepare a checklist of questions for the veterinarian. We have also included three ways to explore online informational sites, so the process of how to qualify the information, is readily available.

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs – Best Use of Online Information

1. When your veterinarian makes a diagnosis and you want to research.

2. When you are preparing for a veterinarian appointment and have questions to prepare.

3. When you are considering alternative approaches to treatment (take notes about your recommendation to show the veterinarian).

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs Resources

We Suggest:

1. Nutrition, Health and Wellness: Dr Jane

Dr Jane is a holistic veterinarian who has established her expertise by forming a foundation, developing exceptional foods, supplements, and products for dogs, and her work has consistently contributed to healthy life and wellness for countless dogs and cats.

2. Dr Sarah incorporates daily living into a health and wellness lifestyle to educate pet parents on the topics which are most important each day. Visit Dr Sarah on “Pet Talk” with Dr Sarah.

High Quality Sources of Information

Is the person or group presenting advice as an educated, experienced, and competent provider of health, wellness, medical, nutritional, or applicable care for dogs?

The following article has a remarkable checklist about how to qualify the sources and Dr. Jane says “The quality of information that people find through search engines can vary a lot.” She continues to provide 5 Tips. Closing with this important note: “Just remember, Dr. Search Engine is not a stand-in for the irreplaceable services of and relationship with a real, live veterinarian.” Be Wary of Dr. Search Engine

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

 

Riding In Cars with Dogs

Taking your dog for a ride in your car can be a safe and enjoyable experienceWe are delighted with our Wisteria Goldens family, and are grateful they aren’t part of the pet parent lifestyle trends we are addressing in our current Lifestyle Series, which are articles to prepare our readers to change habits we have seen (in the news and on the internet) in regard to safely caring for pets.
Our series is a checklist of tips and resources to assist in transitions from scary things we see pet parents doing to a safe and healthy happy lifestyle. We have seen a lot of ‘don’t do this’ type articles with massive amounts of scary statistics. Our series takes the next step in the transition, focusing on how to do safe healthy lifestyle right.

This page discusses special equipment designed to keep your dog safe while riding in the car with you. You will also find a checklist about scheduled trips, routines, habits, training, and important cautions to keep your travel companion safe, happy, and healthy.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Equipment

This may include:
1. Harness (designed to work with your seat belts), and a
2.Carrier which is secured with a seat belt or a dedicated mounted support.

Visit your pet supply store and ask a lot of questions about the available carriers and harnesses for riding in the car. Think of this as a fact finding and determination on the best equipment for your dog. Consider a few of the most important factors in choosing the right equipment:

1. Weight Limit What is the weight limit on the carrier you are considering. It should be suited for your pet’s size and weight.
2.  Anchoring Method How is the equipment secured while in the car. Is it going to use your seat belt, a harness, or both.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Schedule

Consider the following dynamics when you are planning to take your dog in the car with you. Important things to consider are:

1. Time of day (will meal time or nap time coincide with the time of the trip),
2.  Weather (will it be hot, cold, wet, windy, and so on),
3.  Destination (what do you need to bring in preparation for the destination), and
4.  Length of the trip (depending on the duration minutes, hours, or days, you will need to plan for different expected circumstances).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Training

Socialization Training (a process to familiarize your dog with the sensations he/she will experience) is a key factor in preparation for any activity. Especially travel when you dog will experience a variety of new or unfamiliar things such as movement, sounds, and visual stimulation.

1.  Visualize each of the new sensations and
2.  Replicate them before you travel.
3.  Take short trips at first, in preparation for longer trips, and
4.  Plan time for breaks (stop for a little while now and then).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Habits

Routine is essential in any activity you introduce into your lifestyle. Make a habit of providing routine actions such as the steps you take getting ready to leave and include your dog in the process of the routine. Routine examples:

1.  Get the harness,
2.  Put it on,
3.  Put on your shoes,
4.  Get the keys, and
5.  So on.

Important: Safety and Health

  • Don’t leave your pet in the car alone & unrestrained.

There are dangers of leaving dogs in cars alone without a travel crate or harness. Unattended unrestrained pets could accidentally knock the car out of gear (for example).

  • Don’t leave your dog in a hot car.

If the inside of the car will be hot, the car can become unsafe; even during the spring weather where the temperature feels comfortable outside, cars heat up quickly. Always consider your dog’s comfort, health, and safety first.

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Dogs and Healthy Smiles

This training guide provides information about a dog's oral dental care. From puppy to adult.

This is a checklist and guide to ensuring your dog has a life of healthy smiles. Dental care is a routine to keep a dog’s mouth, teeth, and health in balance. Humans consider a daily routine of their own oral care a must, and it is important to remember this same outlook is necessary in regards to our dog’s oral hygiene.

The ASPCA recommends teeth brushing to avoid periodontal disease. The prevention of the disease is simply a routine of preventing tarter build up on teeth so your dog’s gums aren’t at risk.

Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Supplies

Basically all you will need is a tooth brush and tooth paste. Make sure what you use has been designed for dogs. Consider asking your veterinarian if there are brands he/she considers to be problematic. They would be the first to identify potential adverse effects of over the counter supplies for dogs.

In between brushing (perhaps at bedtime), we like to use the Dental Wipes to gently refresh his gums.

NOTE: Don’t use human toothpaste as it can be poisonous to dogs. For puppies, under the age of twelve weeks, use your finger when you begin to introduce your puppy to daily oral care. Then gradually begin to use a toothbrush designed for dogs. You can begin using a brush and water without toothpaste, and then gradually introduce toothpaste made for dogs.

Healthy  Snacks Promote Healthy Smiles

The healthiest snacks you can give to your dog are going to help in the prevention of tarter buildup and address other issues as well. These are a few reasons we love our favorite dental treats.

  • 1. For strong teeth, healthy gums & fresher breath
  • 2. Wholesome ingredients including probiotics
  • 3. Gluten free, no artificial preservatives or colors
  • 4. Made with care in a USA bakery

Healthy teeth and gums are an important consideration for your dog’s overall health. Poor dental hygiene can result in health consequences throughout the whole body, not just the mouth.
With a few simple swipes of our Dental Wipes, your dog will have a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. Our easy-to-use wipes will simplify your dog’s dental care routine. And you can have peace of mind using them because they’re completely free from harsh ingredients like parabens and polysorbates, as well as artificial colors and flavors.

Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Check Ups

Regular dental checkups are recommended. Take your dog to the veterinarian every six- twelve months. The check up is an essential preventative routine. Early detection of any problems can prevent serious issues.

Your veterinarian can provide dental checkups as part of your dog’s healthy dog checkup. Be sure to ask if they aren’t already including this in your dog’s routine checkup appointment.

 

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Puppy Training Guide

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Previous Puppies Photo Album

Bring Them Inside Because Our Dogs Are Family

Bring them inside is a checklist guide about how to prepare your home for a safe and happy  place for your dogWe know that Wisteria Goldens families realize their dogs are part of the family and deserve to be as comfortable as we would provide for anyone else in the house. Yet, there are still dogs, who would prefer to be indoors, who are living outside year round.

We would like to address Top 8 Reasons to bring them inside. Then provide a checklist of the living arrangements to compliment safety and health for our pets living inside our homes.

Finally we have a resource recommendation to help you evaluate supplies, equipment, and materials used in everyday items we have for our pets.

Bring Them Inside: Top 8 Reasons

Bringing your dog indoors will prevent a large number of issues and dangers. These are a few of the health, safety, and well being issues associated with dogs who are not invited to live indoors with their family.

1. Health — It is difficult to monitor your dog’s health unless he/she is observable. Early detection of issues often means the difference between quick healing and long term disease.
2. Well Being — The most common issues with behavior are often a result of neglect, loneliness, and isolation. Happy healthy pets are delighted to please you.
3. Poisonous Plants — Vegetation comes in planned and unplanned varieties. New volunteers (scattered by birds) can introduce plant life into your yard which may be a danger to pets.
4. Temperature — Many of us have a thermostat set to a comfort zone in our homes. Alternately the body is challenged and stressed to self monitor if at all possible.
5. Sun — The same dangers the sun can introduce to us are also true for our pets. Our pets are just as prone to taking a nap too long in a sunny spot as we may be.
6. Rain — Even when a shelter is provided the damp air associated with rainy days will settle into the shelter, our pet’s coat, or his toys. The danger of bacterial growth increases when dampness is introduced into the environment.
7. Pests (insects carrying disease) — Insect bites can become infected, insects can carry dangerous disease, and cause complications.
8. Predators (people and animal:walking,flying, and crawling dangers) — The list of predators outdoors is vast and often predictable.

Bring Them Inside: Checklist

Our pets need to have areas where each of their needs are provided for. Having a designated area for each of these daily needs will consider the flow of the home, our family routine, and give our dog a place to call their own.

1. Eat — Provide a place where your dog can eat and drink. Provide fresh water all day. Provide healthy food at regular intervals.

2. Sleep — Provide a comfortable bed (a suitable mat, perhaps inside a kennel) where your dog can sleep and rest. The designated sleep area should be away from heavy traffic areas so your pet can rest peacefully.

3. Play — Provide a few favorite toys,  and spend time playing with your pet. Routines (special time set aside regularly for pet play time) are best when possible.

4. TrainRegular training sessions indoors (and outdoors with you) will ensure she/he retains the skills learned and will have opportunities to learn new skills as well.

Bring Them Inside: Natural Durable Resources

Find the right supplies and equipment to provide healthy, happy, and safe environments for your pet. Checklist for you to consider when purchasing supplies and equipment.

1. Natural Materials — Toxin free materials are as important for our pets as they are for our family members. Make sure any materials used to manufacture bedding, toys, and equipment is made with care.

2. Natural IngredientsFood, supplements, water, and any indigestible or topical products should be properly formulated, manufactured, and stored to ensure optimal health and wellness.

3. Durable Construction — Bedding, toys, and training equipment should be durable to ensure safety as well as long life.

Bringing your pet indoors and making him/her a member of your family makes sense. It is safer, healthier, and promotes long term bonding with your pet. The most important conclusion is to give our dogs the best life we possibly can, keeping them safe, and lending to their long term health and happiness.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

Because, Nutrition Matters! and They Depend on You!

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Puppy Training Guide

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Previous Puppies Photo Album

Camping Preparations

As warmer weather approaches we are thinking about socialization for our dogs. The list of opportunities you have in mind, such as camping, outings, nature walks, and so on, are likely to include some of our favorites as well. The preparation checklist is relatively basic in every case.

Contemplate the socialization experiences and practice them as closely as possible so you and your pet are prepared for each experience along the way. Visualize and create similar situations for your outing. If you are considering camping, this video will walk you through some important elements of preparation, and provides Dr. Sarah’s expertise and tips.

Camping Preparations Video

Camping Preparations Packing

Dr. Sarah mentions a list (camping supplies and first aid kit). These are located on her blog here: Camping with Your Canine Companion

In addition to socialization at home, such as setting up a tent in the backyard (as described in the above video), you can take a day trip to practice what you have learned together. The area where you practice should be similar to where you are going camping (if possible). Take one or two day trips and then stay in the tent in your backyard when you return home.

The primary goal of socialization is allowing both you and your pet adjustment time so you are both aware of what is expected and how you each will respond to it. Communication practice, great treats, and praise will make your practice time enjoyable, productive, and perhaps just as much fun as camping will be.

Camping Preparations Resources

Camping with Your Canine Companion

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Dog CPR Class

english cream golden retriever training health blogHave you taken a Dog CPR Class recently? Today we would like to discuss the importance of taking a class, how often we recommend taking a Dog CPR Class, and where to find a class nearest you.

The best resources we recommend include Dog CPR as part of a course to learn how to respond in an emergency, basic first aid, and being prepared for urgent care situations.

Dog CPR Class Who should learn Dog CPR?

Simply put; anyone who owns a dog should have at least one class in Dog CPR. The class should cover both puppy and adult dogs.  Anyone who works with dogs (trainers, dog walkers, etc.) should have an initial training as well as routine refresher classes.

Ask the Dog CPR Class facilitator if you can enroll family members as well as your pet. This is a good way to involve everyone in the training, practice together, and ensures everyone will know what to do in case of an emergency. If there are dog trainers in your area they may have also taken Dog CPR Training Courses (so they are qualified to train others).

Dog CPR Class Refresher

If you are routinely practicing the skills you learn during the class then a refresher is suggested every 3 years. If you are not practicing the skills you have learned in a Dog CPR Class then you may consider taking the course more often.

Refresher classes are especially important when you are working with pets (Dog walkers, trainers, dog show personal, and so on). To ensure you are prepared to respond in an emergency. Keep records of your training and practice what you have learned often.

Dog CPR Class Near You

The Red Cross has been a leader in CPR training. But, did you know they also offer specialized classes (certifications programs) for Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Sports Injuries (for coaches), and Pet First Aid Courses (Dog, Cat, or Dog and Cat).

In each class you will learn how to care for wounds, cardiac emergencies, urgent care situations, administering medicine, and so on. The classes provide you with information, practice, and preparation to protect yourself and your pet in an emergency.

Being prepared for an injury or emergency is a great way to ensure you and your pet will work together in the case of unexpected emergencies or disasters.

Contact the Red Cross for more information about Dog CPR First Aid Classes in your area.

Dog CPR Resources:

Red Cross

Wilderness Sports and Pet First Aid Classes

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Previous Puppies

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015Welcome to Wisteria Goldens photo gallery of previous English Cream Golden Retriever puppy litters. The photo gallery spans a decade of puppies we have welcomed into our Wisteria Ranch family.

Note: Please let me know if a litter has not been listed yet. Thank you for understanding.

There are two ways to locate previous puppies in the gallery.

  • Puppy’s Year of Birth, or
  • Puppy’s Year of Birth and Parent’s Names (scroll down to the Year/Parent’s Names listings)

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Photo Album: Litters born 2014 – 2014

We have eight litters in the 2014 previous puppy photo album. Four litters were born in April 2014.

Available Puppies 

Aria/Ego — Born 1/25/15.

4 girls and 4 boys.

Click here for available pictures.

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Photo Album: Litters born 2012 – 2013

In 2013 we have 11 previous puppy litters in the photo album gallery.

 

Previous Puppies 2012

In 2012 we have 6 previous puppy litters in the photo album gallery.

Mollie & Kane (01-13-2012)

Hope & Kane (01-24-2012)

Tru & Thor (03-22-2012)

Zoey & Harley (07-28-2012)

Nico & Thor (11-09-2012)

Tru & Ego (12-16-2012)

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Previous Puppies: Litters born 2010 – 2011

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Gallery Photos: Litters born in 2008 – 2009

Previous Puppies 2008

In 2008 we have 3 litters featured in the photo album

Libby & Aspen (1-07-2008)

Vega & Aspen (10-03-2008)

Sugar & Aspen (12-20-2008)

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Photo Album: Litters born in 2006 – 2007

Previous Puppies 2007

You will find three puppy litters in the 2007 photo gallery album

Sugar & Aspen (05-03-2007)

Honey & Aspen (06-08-2007)

Vega & Aspen (12-06-2007)

Previous Puppies 2006

We have one litter in the 2006 photo gallery

Honey & Aspen (11-22-2006)

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When was your puppy born?

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Skin and Coat Health

our new specially formulated dog and cat fish oil has arrived!!We are so excited about the NEW Fish Oil for our pets and Life’s Abundance is making this possible. A brand we trust and use their products faithfully. In recent years we have learned about the importance of how products are produced, the quality of fish oils as a source of omega-3 for our own health, and now we are announcing the arrival of a product just for our pets.

In Five Essential Nutrients for Skin and Coat Health by Dr. Jane, we discovered some of the effects of vitamin-mineral-fatty acid deficiencies. Dr. Jane explains each of the health benefits and how they subsequently prevent long term health issues often seen if our pets are not provided adequate levels of quality supplements.  Life’s Abundance continuously has the best quality foods and supplements for our dogs.

Healthy Skin and Coat — Fatty Acids

Another article Essential Fatty Acids Simplified, provides an easy to understand explanation of what fatty acids are and how they benefit us. We have been using Sealogix Omega-3 Liquid  during a 90-day challenge. Some of you have joined me. Earlier this month I shared more about it in the Wisteria Tails Newsletter ‘’There is a blood test that you can order to find out your Omega 3 Index and take in the convenience of our home.  It requires a small prick of your finger and then mail off for the results.’’

Find out more about Fish Oil here: Products for People

Healthy Skin and Coat for our dogs is essential. The English Cream Golden Retriever has an amazing coat. It is essential to keep her skin and coat healthy just as important as keeping our own skin and hair healthy.

If you have any questions please leave a message in the comment area below.

Healthy Skin and Coat Related Resources:

Five Essential Nutrients for Skin and Coat Health by Dr. Jane

Essential Fatty Acids Simplified

Omega-3 Health Products for People

Order Omega-3 Fish Oil for Pets

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