Dogs

Mixed Feelings About Dog Clothes

My parents have always been very big on dressing up their Boston Terriers in dog clothes, and I have to admit that on this point, I am hugely conflicted. On one hand, I think they look really cute and it does not seem to bother them one bit that they are wearing them. On the other hand, it is not natural for dogs to wear clothes, and I wonder sometimes, if they could voice their own opinions, what they would have to say on the matter.

It started out with my father buying his dog, Molly, a Boston Terrier, a University of Texas at Austin sweater that she could wear when it was cold outside. He had a whole web site he found that sold dog clothes, and after he bought the sweater, he realized that he would need something for the warmer weather months as well — so he bought a University of Texas t-shirt as well. I thought this was kind of cute, and the dog did not seem to mind it so much, so I did not really say anything about it.

Then, my sister got in on the act, went to the same online store that sold dog clothes and bought our other Boston Terrier, Patsy, a Texas A&M t shirt and sweater. I really just laughed at this because our family is kind of divided in terms of the college sports programs we support, and as I, too, am an A&M fan, I was kind of proud of my sister for what she did. I thought that would be the end of it and we would move on with our lives, but as I would soon find out, it was far from over.

My mother got in on the act, and as she is not a sports fan, she decided she would get dog clothes that she thought were cute, with little flowers on them and amusing slogans. Still, I would usually laugh whenever I saw them, but then it started to get a little old. I also used to feel sorry for the dogs when they would try to pull the clothes on because they did not always seem very happy about it. After all, dogs have their own natural clothes, in the form of fur.

When it reached a point where my mother and sister were buying scarves for the dogs, I realized that it has gone too far. I did not say anything about it, but I was not about to react positively whenever I saw a new “outfit” one of them had purchased for the dogs and I think they got the message … eventually. I guess my thing is, if they could speak for themselves and give their opinion, how many dogs would actually want to wear dog clothes? I don’t know the answer to this question, but it is something to think about.

Veterinary Clinic Advice on Dog Lung Cancer

Your veterinary clinic and veterinarian will tell you much the same as below. Cancer in a dog is unfortunately not a rare occurrence. With dog breeders aggressively inbreeding their stocks to maintain desirable qualities like cuteness in their dogs, genetic mutations make serious problems like lung cancer very common in these poor animals. How do you get to lung cancer in a dog? Dogs, as it happens, don’t do so well with cigarette smoke. When someone in the home fills the atmosphere with smoke, exposure to this secondhand smoke can easily set a dog’s lungs down the path to cancer. Dogs with short snouts can be especially susceptible to lung cancer too. With a shorter nasal passage, they don’t stand a chance having the smoke filtered out for them before the air they breathe in reaches their lungs. When your veterinarian advises you about the beginning of lung cancer, a dog can often be none the worse for it  starting out. They are their usual happy selves at first.

You begin to notice that something is amiss when the dog keeps trying to cough but doesn’t seem to do it to expel mucus. And then comes the appetite loss and weight loss. With lung cancer, dogs that are younger don’t stand a chance. Some boarding kennels don’t even like to board dogs that are not in good health. The cancer starts and progresses through the body metastasizing very quickly. In older dogs though it can take a bit of time. Pay close attention if you will, to how your dog is breathing. If the malignant tumor in the lung is large enough, it can narrow the dog’s breathing passages enough to cause breathlessness.

Get your dog in to the vet right away when any of this happens. The veterinarians there are trained to give you the best advice. The veterinarian will give your dog a chest x-ray to check for the size of the tumor in the lung and try out a biopsy. With lung cancer, dogs do get a choice in several kinds of treatment. Ordinarily, the vet will arrange for surgery  – unless it is a cancer that is metastatizing.  In that case, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are your only choices. Struck with lung cancer, dogs usually have up to a year to live. It will help your dog fight the cancer and live well for as long as he’s around if you give him lots of natural remedies. There are homeopathy and herbal treatments available that can help. Some veterinary clinics endorse alternative methods and some don’t. Herbal remedies like Essiac can work wonders for the quality of life your dog has for as long as he lives. You could also consider putting your dog on the Budwig diet to help with his health overall.