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Solange of Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan Answers the Question - Do Your Collars 'Shock'?

Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviours throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts. Over the last 45 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioural harm. 

Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts!  

Do Invisible Fence Collars 'Shock'?

This great photo below,  of a dog choosing not to "cross the line" of their invisible fence, despite some tempting moose in the yard, prompted this question on social media: "So would it have gotten a shock if it crossed the line?"


Solange, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan, answered: 


"It does not give them a shock. It is a sensation that they just don’t like. It is kind of like a 
chalkboard to us. It doesn’t hurt us to scratch our nails down a chalkboard, but we sure as heck won’t do it because we cannot stand the feeling of it. So think of their boundary as their chalkboard. Even if I had to turn a dogs collar up onto the highest setting because he was that stubborn, the greatest amount of static in his collar is no more then when you drag your feet across carpet. But a rate of vibration is added into it creating that sensation that they just don’t like. When we begin the training with your pets, it is on a low rate of vibration only which you and I cannot even feel in our hand.



I always put the collar in the owner's hand so that they can feel what they are feeling. You will look at me and tell me you don’t feel anything. And that is the point. You will watch me teach your dog to learn and understand what and where his boundaries are on a setting that you and I cannot even feel. Eventually, his collar settings will change in order to keep him within his boundaries should he be tempted to leave. But that is not done until he gets to know his boundary and which way to turn at his boundary 100%. We let him make all the mistakes while learning on a setting that we cannot feel. This way, they have a full understanding of their boundary before their settings are put to a containment level designed for each and every dog individually. Their containment settings will be customized based on their breed, size, age and personality. Perhaps one of your dogs are timid and the other one is the opposite. Then their collars will be set very differently. The training will be done differently as well."

Solange Continued...

" This is one of the many reasons that makes us so different from anything else out there. Because we have the ability to set the collar on a low rate of vibration only allowing the dog to learn. Dogs thrive on their training. They love to learn new things. So when they get to learn at something that is only making them aware but not startling or scaring them at all. Research has been done with invisible fence brand products where researchers and veterinarians hooked dogs up to machines that measured their heart rates and stress levels. Not one single dog was ever under any kind of stress or duress while going through the training. Because it is done in such a kind and gentle way. This is why animal behaviourist and veterinarians support invisible fence brand products and the training. The training was designed by animal behaviourist specifically to go with our systems. Thank you for asking this question I hope that this was helpful. You can call me anytime and I can explain further."

At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan they're passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! Get more information on the solutions they offer by visiting their listing in the  Trusted pets and vets category. 





Trusted Saskatoon Vets Give Traveling Tips for Your Pet



Traveling Tips for You and Your Pet



Planning a trip with your pet soon? 


Traveling Tips


  1. Keep your Pet safe, secure in a well-ventilated crate/carrier.
  2. Warm up with short trips before the long trip to get them used to travel.
  3. Feed your pet a few hours before you leave, and not during travel.
  4. Never leave your animal alone/unattended in a vehicle especially in warm weather.
  5. Have your pets traveling kit ready, including water, bowls, medication (if needed) as well as an emergency kit with bandages.
  6. Make sure your pet has a microchip or some form of identification.
  7. Keep their head inside the vehicle while driving and be sure windows are closed enough so the pet cannot escape.
  8. Bring your pets vaccination and medical records.
  9. Bring your own water!
  10. Consider getting easy to clean seat and floor covers for your convenience. 

These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.

Giardia




Are you or your pet at risk of Giardia infection? Giardia is a protozoan parasitic infection. Although there are various sources of contamination, one of the most common for our pets is drinking from untreated contaminated creeks, lakes or rivers. Once infected the most common symptom is acute, (or intermittent and can potentially be chronic if left untreated) smelly, frothy, mucousy diarrhea. This parasite can be transferred to humans. So, if you and your pet have recently been in areas at risk and symptoms occur, it is best to be seen by your veterinarian and/or physician. 


Do You Know Where You're Going?



 



When traveling with our furry family members we often forget to check to see if the environment is safe for them to travel with us. Some things like heartworm are much more prevalent in hotter climates. This is a parasite that you can prevent your pet from getting as long as they are treated prior to exposure. How high is the risk for Lyme disease from ticks where you’re going? Possibly having them vaccinated beforehand would help but know ahead of time is the key. If traveling abroad, will your pet be allowed into the country? If not properly vaccinated and dewormed with specific regulations your pet could be quarantined or not permitted to enter.


Every country has its own rules and restrictions in regards to what a pet needs to be able to accompany you. You can start to sniff out all the answers by clicking here. The government site will also direct you to the correct people you need to contact if you cannot find all the answers you are looking for.



These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.



Trusted Saskatoon Discusses Gravol for Pets

Keeping your pet healthy is your #1 priority 


Gravol - Is It Safe for Your Pet?




Just like some people, your pets can get motion sickness. That is never a good thing when you’re trying to get somewhere and "Fluffy" upchucks in the vehicle. A common medication that people use for themselves is Gravol (main ingredient dimenhydrinate) and vets often get phone calls asking if they can give it to their pet.

Like most medications, there are contradictions in some pets. It should be avoided in pets with glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders, cardiovascular disease or hypertension. With some pets, it can have some adverse effects and they can become hyperactive, cause vomiting, diarrhea, or central nervous system depression (heart rate and respiration rate can decrease.)


Lethargy is seen quite often (which in some pets may be a good thing while traveling). It is more effective in dogs than in cats. VCA Frontier suggests giving them the medication 20 to 30 minutes before traveling. The dose recommended is between 4 to 8 mg for every kg by mouth and it can be given up to every 8 hours if needed. 


Example: 6.4 kg dog can be given a 25mg tablet. Always try at the very lowest dose to make sure they have no adverse reactions first.  




 


 Make sure to never ever give a human medication to an animal unless you double check to make sure it is safe to give with a veterinary medical professional. 


Trusted Ssakatoon Explains Proper Pet ID

Keeping your pet healthy is your  #1 priority 




The Experts Explain Proper Pet ID Options



It is always a good idea to have some form of Identification on your pet especially when traveling. 


Here are some pros and cons of each:


Microchip


Pros:

  • Permanent Identification
  • Most common Identification Nationally
  • If theft occurs cannot be removed

               

Cons:

  • Slightly painful application
  • Can migrate from the original site
  • Owners contact information must be updated to be of use
  • Need a universal scanner to be identified 



 


Tattooing


Pros:

  • Permanent Identification

             
Cons:

  • Can fade or become illegible
  • Can only be done under anesthetic
  • Province-specific and only used for ID in Canada
  • Relies on Veterinary Clinics record keeping
  • Owners need to update contact information
  • Visible on pet 

Name Tags


Pros:

  • You can design your own

Cons:

  • Can be easily lost or removed; Not permanent

Trusted Saskatoon Shares Tips on Tick Season

Keeping your pet healthy is your #1 priority


Are you ready for tick season?

Tick season can last about 7 months of the year! Ticks start to appear in +4 temperatures. Most of the ticks that have been submitted for testing from our area are American Dog Ticks (Also known as Wood Ticks) but a few found are the Blacklegged Ticks (also known as Deer Ticks). The ones we are more concerned about are the Blacklegged Ticks, although more commonly found in British Columbia they have been known to migrate here;  these are the ones that have the potential to carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme Disease. Fortunately, we can vaccinate our canines against this potentially harmful disease. If you tend to travel to highly wooded or grassy areas, live on a farm or take your furry friend camping this is an excellent prevention we have available. The bacteria is often transferred to the animal if the tick is attached for more than 2 to 3 days so using a parasiticide or repellent such as Nexguard, Bravecto or Advantix is also a great preventative. 


Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium and is spread by infected ticks. It can be very difficult to observe the signs as they are not always obvious, symptoms can include:
  • Stiff walk with an arched back
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression
  • Superficial lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen
  • Lethargy (tiredness)
  • Painful joints/lameness-can be seen as "Shifting-Leg Lameness"
  • Renal Failure-vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, increased urination and thirst, and abnormal fluid buildups
  • Heart abnormalities are reported, but rare
  • Nervous system complications (rare)

Treatment consists of antibiotics for extended periods of time as an outpatient unless in renal failure (then may need to be hospitalized). Some cases even with the antibiotics the infection can reoccur at a later time and still cause damage. The best medicine is prevention!


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