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Choosing Dog Toys

When choosing dog toys you’ll want to buy toys that will keep your pet happy and entertained. You can also buy toys that are good for your dog’s gums. When choosing toys be sure they’re safe and durable.

Stuffed toys are not safe and you may want to avoid buying them. Dogs will chew on their toys and if the toy has stuffing, a dog can accidentally swallow some of it and choke if it gets stuck in the respiratory tract.

The materials used to stuff pet toys often are not safe. The stuffing may be made of toxic materials that endanger a dog’s health, even if not swallowed, and some stuffing can cause allergic reactions on a dog’s skin.

Toys should also be larger than your dog can swallow so it doesn’t choke on them. If you choose toys larger than a tennis ball, the dog won’t be able to swallow them. Always choose the correct size of toy for your pet.

Make sure your dog’s toys have a smooth texture that isn’t too rough for your dog’s teeth or jaws. A toy that is too rough can cause fractures. Rubber toys are usually the safest as your dog won’t be able to break the toy into pieces it might swallow which can lead to choking.

You may want to try chew toys that help eliminate plaque by scraping it off the dog’s teeth. This helps prevent the buildup of tartar and calculus.

When choosing dog toys for your pet you should choose toys that will appeal to your dog in order to prevent it from becoming bored with its toys.

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Hip Dysplasia And Golden Retrievers

Hip dysplasia is a poor formation of the hip joints, which is a common growing disease with younger dogs of virtually every breed. With larger breeds, unsteady hip joints are common, although hip dysplasia can be a serious problem that will limit the physical activity of your Golden. Although many Golden Retriever owners don’t realize it, hip dysplasia is something that dogs inherit from their parents, and gets worse with age.

The signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia is nearly impossible to detect with Golden puppies, although it will start to show once the pup has reached the age of nine months. Even though you may take your Golden to the vet to have him looked at, your vet will tell you that you need to wait to see if the symptoms are there, once the Golden Retriever has reached a certain age.

The symptoms and signs of hip dysplasia vary, although the most common include crippling or the inability to walk properly. This disease can get better once the dog gets older though, due to the joints stabilizing, the inflammation going down, and the muscles in the hips getting stronger and more mature. Keep in mind however, that Golden’s who have hip dysplasia when they are younger will more than likely develop arthritis when they get older.

Golden Retrievers that suffer from hip dysplasia aren’t fit for breeding, although they can still live a long and healthy life. There are certain drugs that your vet can prescribe to your dog, which will help him control his weight and help control the disease. These drugs can also cut down on the pain as well, helping your Golden enjoy himself as much as possible.

Some Golden Retrievers that have hip dysplasia won’t begin to show any signs at all until they get a few years old, once the muscles start to wear down and the damage to the hip muscles start to become more noticeable. Although your dog may be active and healthy for most of his puppy years, dysplasia can slow everything down and make your dog look as if he is old and is suffering from the physical attributes of arthritis.

To eliminate the pain of hip dysplasia, there are surgery options available. Golden Retrievers have a high threshold for pain, and won’t normally show any signs of being in pain, even though you know they are. X-rays won’t show any signs of pain, although the limping or slow walking will tell you that your dog is hurting. Golden Retriever’s who have this disease won’t know it – which is why you should help as much as possible. If you do your part and help your dog seek relief – he will feel better than ever before – although he won’t let you know he hurt any at all.
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Treat – Roar

Artist: Treat Album: Coup De Grace Title: Roar Lyrics: I keep my eyes to the sky, ears to the ground Gonna learn to fly at the speed of sound If this is all …
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Terry Bradshaw, Beth Stern to Co-Host Hero Dog Awards

A four-time Super Bowl champion, Terry Bradshaw will cheer for eight courageous canines who have won the hearts of the pup-loving public at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards….

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Oxnard All on 4 Dental Implants Experts Warn Implants Aren?t for Everyone

Oxnard, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

Oxnard All on 4 dental implants experts Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute are prosthodontists, meaning they are experts in rebuilding natural teeth and restoring missing and damaged teeth with prosthetic replacements.

However, despite offering a Ventura contemporary dental implant center, the two elite dentists want denture users and others with missing teeth to know that dental implants are not right for every patient.

?About 40 million Americans wear dentures, and this includes 57 percent of those aged 65 to 74 years old,? Dr. Jivraj said. ?Most of those people would be happier with dental implants because they are more like real teeth.?

Dental implants screw into a patient?s jaw bone as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth on top. With the groundbreaking All on Four dental implants, patients without their upper and/or lower teeth can get a full set of false teeth with only four implants in each jaw.

?While we believe implants are the best solution for many of our patients,? Dr. Reshad said, ?some patients have other factors that outweigh the benefits of implants.?

Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad have 4 tips to know if someone is a poor candidate for dental implants. You are not a good candidate if you:

1. Have chronic health conditions that are out of control. Uncontrolled heart disease and diabetes are examples. A patient who is healthy enough for a routine dental procedure is usually enough for a dental implant. However, those with risk factors that prevent oral surgery must get them under control before getting implants.

2. Have poor oral hygiene. Dental implants must be cared for like normal teeth. A patient will not get the full benefit of implants if they do not care for them properly. Plus, patients with a history of poor oral care often have bone or gum infections, which must be cared for before getting implants.

3. Are too young. As we grow from children to adults, our jawbone grows and establishes our permanent smile. Placing an implant too soon could disturb this movement.

4. Have radiation treatments to the jaw bone or take intravenous bisphosphonates. Both can interfere with your jaw healing after surgery.

Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad are award-winning prosthodontists. They are specialists in implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Both are former chairmen of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry?s Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry section. They also are international lecturers and published authors.

Dr. Jivraj earned his degree at the University of Manchester in his native England. He received advanced prosthodontic training at the USC School of Dentistry. He has published numerous articles on aesthetic and implant dentistry in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented on implant dentistry and advanced prosthodontic procedures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Jivraj is co-author of the textbook ?Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry,? which is used around the world. He is on the editorial board of the highly prestigious Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and is associate clinical editor for Dental Teamwork magazine.

He currently holds a faculty position as an associate clinical professor at the USC School of Dentistry, clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute in London and is on the board of directors for the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Jivraj was voted ?Best of USA? by his peers in 2008.

Dr. Reshad, a fellow prosthodontist, is an internationally known expert in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on various topics related to prosthodontics, aesthetics and implant dentistry.

Dr. Reshad trained at Kings College Dental School followed by the Eastman Dental Institute in London.

Dr. Reshad is on the editorial board for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is an honorary clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute and a member of the faculty of the Global Institute for Dental Education.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has been offering quality dental care treatments since 1996. The team specializes in implant, prosthodontic, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. It also offers gentle dental care treatments for patients aged 50 and above.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has two new state-of-the-art training and dental offices in Oxnard and Woodland Hills, Calif., respectively.

The Oxnard location, at 2821 North Ventura Road, Bldg H, has 3,600 square feet encompassing six treatment rooms, a fully in-house dental lab and a state-of-the-art teaching center, according to Anacapa Dental Art Institute founder Dr. Saj Jivraj.

The on-site teaching center includes a high-tech suite where other dentists can observe patient treatments. Courses have been arranged for dentists from Japan, China, India and South America.

The Woodland Hills office, at 6325 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, No. 513, is 1,500 square feet and it features an in-house dental lab catering to patients in and around Los Angeles.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has a staff of 11, which includes the two prosthodontists, a root canal specialist, a general dentist, two hygienists, three dental assistants and two receptionists.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute provides the following procedures:

? All on Four (All on 4) dental implants

? All on Six (All on 6) dental implants

? Mini dental implants

? Permanent teeth in one day

? Teeth in an Hour

? Full mouth reconstruction

? Teeth whitening

? Invisalign teeth straightening

? Sedation dentistry

? Cosmetic dentures (?facelift?)

Those looking for Thousand Oaks cosmetic dental work or top cosmetic dentists services can get more information about Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad at Dentalimplantsventura.com or call the Oxnard office at (805) 604-5811 or the Woodland Hills office at (818) 839-7419.

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Pitbull Mix Gets A Kiss

Pitbull mix gets a kiss on the side of her head when her mommy drops her off at doggie daycare!

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Today’s Walk

This pretty much sums things up.

Coulee found a ball so she kept dropping it at my feet and stared happily at me waiting for the throw.

It doesn’t matter if the throw never comes. She never loses her optimism.

And Lacey brought us dead body parts. This was a nice little bit of deer she decided to bring me.  I keep asking for flowers (heck I’d be happy with twigs!), but she never seems to listen.  ;)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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It’s Been a While

Yikes.  A month. I think that is the longest I’ve gone without blogging.  I’m not going to try and catch up as that isn’t motivating at all.  I will tell you about the conference I went to last week though.

Lorelei and I went to the PPOC Conference in Winnipeg.  It was good.  Really good.  We went out a day early and took a session offered by Chris Morris on using speed lights. This was the session I was most looking forward to as it was mainly about using lights in “sporty” situations – which means they couldn’t be big or bulky or too heavy.  He started from the basics and worked his way up.  Turns out I was missing a key piece of information to get my borrowed lights to work properly and basically everything I’ve done to this point has been a fluke.  Ha!  So that was nice to clear up and then to learn more on top of it.

I’d say my second favourite session was a surprise. It was a talk by Deasy Photography.   They have a very interesting way of doing business and it was definitely food for thought for most of the people in the session.  I might eventually try and incorporate some of their practices.

There was also a great session on website content by Jenika at Psychology for Photographers. I’ll be making some changes for sure to my website.  In fact it might get a complete overhaul. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve done much with it.

I also had a portfolio review done by Paul Wright.  It was good – he was complimentary, had some advice and gave me some things to think about in terms of my future direction.

The PPOC is an interesting organization.  I’ve never seen so many members so enthusiastic about their membership. It was great to see but I’m still not sold.  We’ll see. I might change my mind in the future.  Lorelei has signed up and I’ll definitely be asking her how she feels about it after a few months.

And in the spirit of always learning, I bought a used large black cloth backdrop right before we left.  I finally had time to try it out this weekend. I LOVE it.  It’s huge so the dogs can move around and it is so big they don’t need to be squished up against the back of it.  We had some fun taking some “serious” photos for a change.  Chewy was my assistant and helped to turn Lacey’s head for me. :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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