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Send a postcard of your puppy with Puppy Cards


April 11, 2012
Peter

Puppy Cards app

Having seen the overwhelmingly positive response after we lanched our first app last year, we couldn’t hold back… While our first app focuses on helping you to find your dream puppy, this time we put fun in the centre of attention.

We all know that buying a new puppy is one of the biggest decisions in our lives. And once we have our new fluffy friend with us, we just want to tell everyone! Our new app, Puppy Cards, makes that really simple and fun.

You just take a photo of your pup with your phone or pick one you’d taken earlier, write up a short message to go with the photo and there you go, you have a beautiful postcard to send to all your friends and loved ones.

Puppy Cards app

In addition, the app pins your postcard on a map so that future owners can see if there are dogs and owners where they live. The app can use your current location automatically, but you can also enter a city manually.

The app is free to download and use for everyone, not just Euro Puppy customers. Go have fun!

Catgegory: Company News

Causes of Seizures in Dogs


April 3, 2012
Peter

Many dog owners experience their dog having some sort of a seizure at some point of their lifetime. Being aware of the possible causes might make all the difference. This guest post from our friends at seizuresindogs.net will help you identify dangerous situations.

Canine seizures may be caused by a number
of different things. Some causes of seizures
in dogs
may be from an unknown illness, where as some may actually be
hereditary. Regardless of the causes of seizures, it is important to seek
treatment from your veterinarian as soon as your dog has seized. Your
veterinarian will be able to tell you what the cause of your dog’s seizure was,
and can assist you in choosing the right medical treatments and therapies.

To determine the exact cause of seizures in
your dog, there are a number of different tests that may be performed. Some of
these tests may include MRI scans, fecal tests and cerebrospinal fluid taps.
Seizures are actually not uncommon in dogs, but they can be very serious if the
cause is life-threatening.

The most common causes of seizures in dogs
include:

Poisoning – Household
products and chemicals may cause seizures in dogs. Food such as chocolate can
cause chocolate poisoning in dogs, which can lead to serious side effects such
as seizures. Rat poisons and antifreeze may also cause seizures if left
untreated for too long. These are very serious and often lead to death if left
untreated.

Heat stroke – Heat
stroke is a common cause of seizures in dogs. Heat stroke can be very dangerous
and requires medical attention as soon as possible. Look for other symptoms of
heat stroke such as thick saliva, bright red tongue, fever and heavy panting.
Heat stroke may occur if your dog is left outside in the sun with no shelter,
as well as if he is left in a car for too long in hot weather.

Epilepsy – This
is often known as idiopathic epilepsy, which means there is no known cause for
it. These seizures seem to be inherited. Many breeds are known to be prone to
epileptic seizures. These include Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Beagles.
Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs.

Canine Distemper – Canine
distemper is a serious condition that a dog may contract if he is not properly
vaccinated. When canine distemper goes untreated for more than two weeks, it
evolves into the nervous system, which is when seizures may occur. Distemper is
related to grand mal seizures. Look for other symptoms of distemper such as
extreme drooling, aggression and head shaking.

Brain tumors – Brain
tumors put pressure on the brain. This pressure can cause seizures in your dog.
Often times, seizures are a small symptoms of brain tumors. Look for other
symptoms such as aggression, drooling, and loss of coordination.

Head trauma – If
your dog has had any accidents involving the head, these injuries may later
cause seizures. Sometimes these seizures will not appear for months, and some
may be as soon as weeks after the head injury. Head injury related seizures are
most common with concussions.

Hypoglycemia – Low
blood sugar may cause seizures as well. It is known that small dogs have a
higher chance of hypoglycemia if they are not fed a balanced diet. Dogs who
have diabetes may get seizures if they have been given too much insulin as
well.

Disease – Certain
medical diseases may cause seizures as well. This is most often in older dogs.
Some diseases that may cause seizures include Lyme disease, encephalitis,
Cushing’s disease and liver and kidney diseases. Some diseases may be treated
once, or require lifelong treatment.

 

Treatment for seizures in dogs

The
cause of your dog’s seizure will determine the exact treatment and therapy options.
Sometimes, seizures can be treated with one dosage of medication. Often times,
however, seizures are a life-long ailment that requires constant treatment.
Your dog will likely need to be tested regularly and medications may change
over time. This means that medications may be given more often, or less, or the
type of medication may change.

Diet
and exercise are also important when dealing with seizures in dogs. Diets high
in fat and sugar will need to be changed, and exercise to help with weight loss
and simply to stimulate the nervous system will also be required.

 

For
more information about seizures in dogs, causes, symptoms, treatment options
and more, visit http://www.seizuresindogs.net

Catgegory: Dog Facts