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Dog Friendly Cars – Toyota Venza and Honda Element Pet Accessories

December 20, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Safety Tips, Pet Products

A dog friendly car, the Toyota Venza's dog accessories include a pet car seat.

The latest pet trend? Dog-friendly cars like the Honda Element and the Toyota Venza. These cars feature dog accessory packages that include dog car seats, dog seat belts, spill-proof water bowls, a car ventilation fans for pets, a dog ramp for the car, and other great accessories that make for a safer car ride for dogs (and cats!)

Pet-Friendly Honda Element Accessories for Dogs

One of my latest articles, Dog-Friendly Honda Element Accessories, discusses the Honda Element Dog-Friendly Accessories Package, which includes dog seat belts, a pet ramp, and other great pet-friendly accessories for the car.

Driving With Dogs – Toyota Venza Dog Accessories

Dog owners may also be interested to learn more about the Toyota Venza’s Dog Accessories. Unveiled in 2009, the pet-friendly Toyota Venza was the first car to offer a pet accessories package.

Toyota Venza dog accessories include waterproof hammock-style seat covers, a dog ramp, a  booster seat pet restraint system with adjustable harness, an adjustable pet barrier for the car, a zipline for the rear seat (with matching harness pet restraint system to allow for movement while keeping pets restrained during an accident), and a dog leash tether to keep dogs from jumping out of the car or into the driver’s area.

More Info on Driving With Dogs

Dog car rides can be potentially dangerous or even deadly for a dog. Learn more about the different types of dog car seats in my article titled, Dog Seat Belts and Dog Car Seats.
Learn about an auto insurance policy that pays for vet bills resulting from a car accident in my article about Progressive Insurance Company’s Pet Injury Coverage. Pet injury coverage is included with all collision coverage policies and it will pay up to $1,000 for veterinary costs associated with a dog’s injuries in a car accident.

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How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health

Pale gums are a symptom of a sick dog. (Marjorie Manicke Photo)

This article will answer questions like, “What should I look for when I check my dog’s gums?” “What will a sick dog’s gums look like?” “What does it mean if a dog has pale gums?” and “Help! My dog has dry, pale white gums! What should I do?”

Checking a dog’s gums is a very reliable way to check on a dog’s health in a general sense. In many cases, a sick dog will have white gums or other gum discoloration.

But how do you check a dog’s gums? What should you look for when you check a dog’s gums? Keep reading for a guide on how to check your dog’s gums.

How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

Begin by lifting the dog’s lip and examine the gums. It’s best to check a dog’s gums in natural light.

A healthy dog’s gums will be pink. Healthy gum colors in dogs range from bubblegum pink to a darker salmon.

An unhealthy dog’s gums will be discolored. Unhealthy gums will look pale white, grey, yellow, blue or brick red.

In a healthy dog, the gums will also be slick to the touch. If the dogs gums are sticky or dry, this indicates dehydration. Dehydration can occur if a dog won’t eat or drink – a situation that usually occurs when a dog is ill or experiencing discomfort.

More Help for Checking a Dog’s Gums

It’s also important to note that many dogs gums will have patches of darker skin pigmentation. You may also see dark patches on the tongue. These darker patches of skin pigmentation are completely normal in most cases. Some breeds of dog — like the Chow Chow — may normally have black-blue colored gums and tongue. The key is to check your dog’s gums when he’s healthy so you know what’s normal for your pet. When you know what’s normal, it’s much easier to know when a dog is sick.

Another hint: Avoid checking a dog’s gums right after he wakes up; the dog’s gums will appear abnormally pale as a result of slowed circulation that naturally occurs while the dog is asleep.

What Happens if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale or Discolored?

If your dog’s gums are abnormal in color or if the dog’s gums are dry and sticky, it’s best to take the dog to your veterinary clinic for an exam.

To learn more about what it means if a dog’s gums are pale or discolored, check out this article on The Sick Dog Blog titled “What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?”

In addition, see the related articles on The Sick Dog Blog (links below) for photos of pale dog gums, photos of healthy dog gums, along with photos of a dog with black dog gums and info on how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gum pigmentation.

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