[Health] Dogs And Laser Pointers, Not A Great Match

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Health | 4 comments

Yesterday, we posted a video of two adorable Boston Terriers chasing a laser pointer and going wild. While cute, some readers had informed us of health concerns regarding their Boston Terriers and laser pointers. We did some research and would like to share some of it. Last year, an article was posted on the topic and Nicholas Dodman, professor of animal behavior, spoke at length about why it’s best to keep your dogs away from laser pointers: “But should you really be stimulating your dog’s prey drive when it won’t ever lead to triumph — the catching of light? Probably not such a good idea. “They can get so wound up and driven with prey drive that once they start chasing the light they can’t stop. It becomes a behavior problem,” Dodman said. “I’ve seen light chasing as a...

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[Health] Boston Terrier Gets Plastic Surgery To Fix Narrow Nostrils

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Health | 1 comment

The following story comes to us via WJLA, an ABC affiliate and bring up an interesting take on the growing trend of plastic surgery for dogs. We agree with the premise of plastic surgery for health issues but no way do we condone it for any other reason. Here’s the article and video: Nine-month-old Winnie follows her nose everywhere. However, a month ago, the Boston terrier could barely breathe through her nostrils. But after Winnie had a “nose job” to widen the openings, a whole new world of scents opened up for her. “It was like someone turned on the lights,” explained Kim Oshirak, Winnie’s owner. “She started snuffing around all the corners of the house.” Dr. Anke Langenbach, Chief Surgeon at Veterinary Surgical Centers, says plastic surgery for dogs is actually quite common. “Hardly ever a day that...

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[Health] DO NOT Feed Your Dog Chicken Jerky Products

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Health | 0 comments

Updating a previous post on the death of a two Boston Terriers and hundreds of other dogs related to Waggin’ Train dog jerky, the FDA has issued a consumer update that we wanted to follow up on. We are a little behind the boat on this but we need to make sure that everyone is aware of this. If these treats are in your cupboard, please throw away immediately! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007. Australian news...

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[Health] Thanksgiving Health Tips For Your Boston Terrier

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

The ASPCA has some great Thanksgiving tips for your dog during tomorrow’s holiday. ‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too. Talkin’ Turkey If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Sage Advice Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in...

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[Health] Halloween Safety Tips For Your Boston Terrier

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Hello and welcome to the scariest day of the year! Just remember, it’s scary for you and your pet. The ASPCA has a list of ten safety tips for your pet this Halloween and we want to make sure you follow them! 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. 2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. 3. Wires and cords from...

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[Health] Pet Safety Tips For The Summer And Fourth Of July

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Let us start by saying happy Independence Day to all of our amazing readers! The Fourth of July is a great family holiday but special considerations must be made for our pets. Whatever your plans are today, be sure to think of how it affects your dog. Here are a few safety tips that the team at iBostonTerrier.com thought would be useful via the ASPCA: Visit the Vet  A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program. Made in the Shade Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a...

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