Dog Friendly Tips: Bee Stings.
It is not uncommon to hear of pets being stung to death by bees.
Dogs will frequently swell from single stings but more often come home drooling, their mouths partly open from the pain and swelling occasioned by snapping up a stinging insect - wasp, hornet, or bee.
The painful stings, the poisonous effect of the toxin, and, worst of all, the sensitivity to the foreign material developed by having been previously stung may produce a severe reaction.
Veterinary treatment gives prompt relief. Home treatment with anti-histamines helps but is not as effective as prescription preparations given by injections
Dog Friendly Article: Owning a Dachshund
These short-legged, fun-loving canines need plenty of attention and a soft cuddly place to sleep (preferably in close proximity to loved ones) and someone who can be totally devoted to them.
Dachshunds are good with older children that handle them gently. When handled in a rough manner they tend to defend themselves by snapping at the offender. It is very important to treat your dachshund with care because they will develop back problems (Intervertebral Disk Disease) at some point in their lifespan. This is why you need to make sure these little guys are not rough handled.
Although dachshunds are very loyal and protective they can develop separation anxiety when their owner leaves to work or runs errands. Don't worry this is treatable! I can tell you that my dachshund developed separation anxiety early on but, with a little crate training overcame the problem. As a matter of fact he now knows when it's time for my wife and I to leave to work so he runs to his wire crate and waits for his morning treat (treats work great when crate training your dog). As I mentioned, they are smart. When we get ready to go shopping or run errands on the weekends he runs to his crate as soon as he hears the car keys then when we return and let him out of his crate we let him know how well he did while we were gone and reward him with his favorite treat. NO SEPARATION ANXIETY!
We bought our dachshund when he was 8 weeks old and I named him Bear because his paws looked like big bear paws attached to his little legs. I always like to see the look on people's faces when we are in the waiting room at the vet's office and the nurse comes in and calls for "BEAR" and this little 10 pound dachshund trots right behind her into the exam room.
Bear also loves to be around my 5 year old granddaughter, they snuggle under the covers together while she watches cartoons and his also loves to play with her out in the backyard. She knows he is a lot smaller than she is so she pets him softly and does not try to pick him because she does not want to hurt him. If someone he does not recognize gets too close to her Bear barks and growls at them until they back away. They need to earn his trust before he lets them get close.
My dachshund has a very comfortable orthopedic bed that he sleeps on. This really helps him rest his back. He is 7 years old now and developed intervertebral disk disease in December 2012. He could barely walk for about a week but, after about a week on medication the doctor prescribed he was back up and walking around without any problems. It is very important not to let your dachshund jump off of high beds, benches, etc. Use doggy steps for them to get on and off the bed.
Dachshunds need to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise to avoid becoming overweight. Heart problems and joint injuries can occur if your dachshund becomes overweight and it also puts additional stress on their back that may create spinal problems.
If you give your dachshund the proper care and devotion he will reward you with plenty of love, loyalty and companionship.
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