1. SNIFFING OF FELLOW CANINES REAR ENDS…WHAT ‘S UP WITH THIS? Dog’s have two anal glands that sit in the 4 and 8 o’clock position just inside the rectum. They release a foul brownish, discharge with a peculiar scent almost with a hint of anchovy mixed within. Both female and male dog’s possess these glands and this is typically what dog’s are referencing as they poke their nose into their new friend’s posterior. This may seem odd to us humans but it is the dog equivalent of a handshake or a hug.
2. Drinking out of the communal water bowl at your local dog park isn’t the best idea (although likely a necessity) and could be a source of contagion unless cleaned and refilled frequently. A fresh running “drinking fountain” is the best option for your dog to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.
3. A lot of dogs and even some cats eat grass. Normally it passes undigested and you’ll see green blades in the feces (if you look carefully enough) They can also vomit if they eat enough or are sensitive. We don’t know the reason other than it must be something instinctual. I believe that dogs enjoy the taste of a good salad every once in awhile. I know my own dogs graze like dairy cows every time we venture to the local school or even in our front yard.
4. Canine nasal solar dermatitis also known as a sunburn, may develop on the nose of certain dogs with depigmented or light-colored skin. Lesions may develop characterized by redness, hair loss and later crusting and ulceration. With continued sun exposure squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) may develop at these sites. The treatment involves keeping your pet inside between 9 am and 4 p.m , using waterproof sunblock with an spf of at least 15, artificial pigmentation with a black felt tip marker or tattooing, can apply to depigmented areas of nose but still need to use other protective measures.
5. Mounting and humping are normal behaviors exhibited by most dogs. Dogs masturbate in various ways. They mount and thrust against other animals, people and objects such as wadded up blankets or stuffed animals. As puppies reach sexual maturity, they start to mount other dogs in sexual contexts. After they’re spayed or neutered, many dogs continue to mount because they have learned the behavior feels good. Female dogs also commonly mount and hump other females when one or both are in heat. Dogs sometimes mount other animals and people to display social status or control. There is also evidence that some dogs with abnormal odors as a result of certain medical conditions may be mounted or humped more frequently.
6. As a general rule before taking your pet to a dog park for an adventure be sure to check with your veterinarian to make certain that your pet’s vaccinations are current, heartworm and flea preventative meds have been administered and your pet has been thoroughly dewormed and therefore parasite free..