How many times have our dogs just completely embarrassed us with an action that we, let’s just say, would never be caught dead doing in public. As a small animal veterinarian seeing multiple dogs all day long, we see this all the time. The top stories that we hear and see that really tend to turn our pets parents face red, are humping, jumping up on other people, urinating in in opportune areas, barking at the TV, or eating their poop.
Many of these behaviors are natural instincts in dogs like marking their territory, but others are learned behaviors in which they need to be taught not to do, such as jumping up on people. They key for all undesired behaviors with pets are basic obedience training. Learning how to teach your dog with basic commands is the start to teaching them how to not do “embarrassing” acts in public. Once your dog understands when you are not happy with something they are doing, they will stop the act. As I always tell my clients, training the pet parents how to obedience train your dog is the first step. Work with a professional trainer to learn how to teach your dog basic obedience and avoid some of these “embarrassing acts”.
It is inevitable that as your toddler begins to move, crawl, walk and eventually run, getting hurt is a natural phenomenon. No matter what precautions you take to avoid them, they happen. Sometimes the cuts are minor but others are more serious and can lead to scarring. Here are some important tips to promote healing and hopefully prevent scarring.
- Have it Evaluated By a Doctor– If you think you child has sustained an injury that requires more than neosporin and a bandaid, it is important you have your child evaluated immediately. A cut that requires stitches or glue needs to be addressed within 24 hours of the injury.
- Proper Aftercare- If your child needs stitches or glue, it is important you understand how to care for the wound after you leave the doctors office.
- Vitamin E Once the stitches and glue has dissolve, it is important to promote proper healing. I love Vitamin E for treating scars. This oil is natural, inexpensive and contains ingredients that cure scars. You can apply it on your kid’s scar once or twice a day.Cocoa butter is another effective remedy for treating scars.
- Mederma– Mederma® for Kids™ is the #1 pediatrician-recommended product for kids’ scars1. The gel goes on purple, rubs in clear, and has a fun grape scent, so kids can have fun with their scar therapy. It works for many types of scars, including acne scars, surgery scars, and scars from burns, cuts, and other injuries. Mederma® for Kids™ is clinically shown to soften and smooth scars, providing the same benefits as other Mederma® scar products.
- Sunblock- Sunblock is the the most important thing in preventing scarring. Sun exposure will cause your child’s scar to change texture and color. Make sure to apply sunblock 15 minutes before your child goes outside and make sure to reapply every hour. If your child’s scar is located on the face, a protective hat is an absolutely must.
Today I wanted to give you some major spring outfit inspiration. I know all of you up North are dying to ditch the sweaters and coats. Hopefully this look will get you excited for the warm weather to come. In store, I was able to fiond this style of jeans from Nordstrom Rack and LOVE them. They are under $80 and the perfect high waisted style. I also love anything checked right now. This top is super fun with all it’s details.