Whilst Boston terriers are great to have around, and have a wonderful personality disposition, they do tend to suffer from some rather nasty problems, including the release of very smelly gas!
This is why it is important that you are very careful with your Boston terrier’s diet, not only to increase good health but also to reduce gas and stop the need for you to wander around the house with your hands clamped over your nose!
The first thing to bear in mind is that whilst dry complete dog foods can be both nutritious and good for your Boston terrier’s dental health, some can be packed with yeast, and this is no good for dog’s that are already susceptible to smelly gas problems!
You do not have to stop giving your dog dry food but you should make sure that you do not go for foods that are high in yeast content. Foods such as Iams provide your dog with complete nutrition and do not contain high yeast levels like some others, so can help to reduce the problem of gas.
Also, no matter how longingly your Boston terrier looks at you with those wallowing brown eyes do not give in to temptation and start feeding him scraps from the table, such as breads and other high yeast products, as once again this will result in the same problem, and it will be time to get a shed load of air fresheners out!
If you want to spice up your dog’s dry food on occasion you can always try mixing it with meat broth, such as chicken or beef broth, which will make the food more moist and add some more flavor without messing with your dog’s digestion and causing gas to be released.
And don’t forget - always make sure that he has some fresh water to drink with his food!
Like any other breed, Boston terriers love to go for their “walkies”, but you may find that your dog is acting strangely when he or she is taken for a walk, and this could be causing your concern.
For example, if you take your Boston terrier for a walk and the dog seems to be avoiding walking on one of its legs then this could be a sign that there is a problem.
If you find that your dog is sometimes walking on all fours but at other times tends to walk on only three paws, and seems to sometimes avoid putting one particular paw down or putting pressure on it then this could be the early warning signs of a hip or knee problem, which is something that many dog breeds are susceptible to.
Of course, the first thing to do is take your dog to the vets to get him checked over.
The problem may not be a joint problem at all, and may be something as simple as an injury to one of the pads on his paws, which can easily be rectified. You may also find that the vet finds nothing wrong with the paw at all upon initial inspection.
However, even if the vet finds that there is nothing wrong from a quick check up, but your dog persists in keeping one paw off the ground, then it is worth getting him checked over again, as it may need further investigation in case it is the first sign of a hip or knee problem.
There is no need to worry, as often problems such as these can be treated with relative ease, such as rest and medication, although the exact treatment and recovery time can depend on the age and general health of your Boston terrier.
No matter how clean and happy our Boston terrier may seem, there is a chance that he could get mites, resulting in a condition known as mange.
Whilst all animals have mites, the problems can arise when they become overactive, and this can result in symptoms such as severe itching and loss of hair. There will not necessarily be any smell, scabbing, or additional symptoms, but there is a risk of infection of the dog keeps scratching at the hairless, itchy areas.
You may have more than one dog, or perhaps your Boston terrier has had puppies.
If you find that they are all developing “bald spots” and “itchiness” then there is a good chance that they have mites. However, you would not be able to confirm this with the naked eye because they are microscopic and therefore cannot be seen without specialist equipment and testing.
Therefore, rather than leaving your dog to lose more and more hair, risking him ending up looking like Kojak, the best thing to do is get him down to the vet’s and get the condition checked out.
If your dog has had puppies who are also losing their hair, then there is no need to cart them all off to the vets - just take one or two of them along, and if it is confirmed that the problem is being caused by mites then you will be able to treat them all in the same way.
When you take your Boston terrier and/or puppies to the vets the vet will take a scraping of skin and examine it under a microscope in order to determine whether the problem is being caused by mites.
If it is confirmed that the problem is caused by mites a topical ointment that can be applied to the skin can be prescribed, and this will help to soothe the itching and minimize the risk of infection.
You should remember that the condition caused by mites can take some weeks to clear up completely, so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t disappear within a few days.
However, if the problem persists past a few weeks or the skin appears to have become infected you should take the dog or pup back to the vets to get it check over again to be on the safe side.
When I was a child I did grow up with different dogs with different personalities.
My children and I of course wanted a dog badly for years, but my husband did not by any means!
Long story short, finally we got Boston terrier named Kukie.
Now it is 4-th year, since we’ve had her. She is a most precious “child”of my husband.
We are in love with this LOVE BAG!
She does not bark. Gentle with kids; playful and likes to go to swimming by herself:) Few times she went with me to movie theater, to the restaurant, grocery stores, etc. She travels with us in state of Michigan every time we go .
Lately we went to IKEA with my husband. Kukie usually sits in her doggie bag. Some children noticed her in the bag and poke their parents “look mom ,there is pappy in that bag”!
We leave in Ann Arbor, Mi. The City itself is incredible. We can visit bookstores with Kukie…they offer biscuits for dogs. There are few pubs out door in Ann Arbor that allow pets too .Whenever we take Kukie with us to those places we meet lots of pet lovers.
Kukie made my family closer to each other.
“Every day Kukie brings smile to our faces. She is blessing to us.”
Having a Boston terrier puppy is a big commitment, and just like a baby we want to spend as much time as possible with them when we first have them.
However, most of us have to also go out to work to earn money, and most bosses would not be pleased to hear that we want to book a month of work to settle the new puppy into the home.
If there is nobody else at home whilst you are at work there are a number of ways in which you can help to provide your Boston puppy with a fun and entertaining environment.
Many people leave the puppy in the crate whilst they are out, but some may feel that they prefer to give their beloved pup more space and entertainment, especially if he is still getting used to the new home.
One option is to leave the pup in a room that has a floor that can be easily cleaned (no carpets - remember the risk of accidents!), and with a baby gate or other large enclosure that will stop him from escaping from the room.
He will be able to run around and see out, but at the same time will be safe and won’t be able to get to other parts of the home and wreak havoc whilst you are out!
There are a number of things that you should leave in his new play area. You should have somewhere for him to sleep, such as one of the fleece beds that you can get from pet shops or even his crate with the door removed (this is a good idea, as it allows the pup to get used to the crate for future use.
You should always make sure you leave fresh water for him, although do not leave food unless it is his feeding time.
You should also leave facilities for him to take a pee if he needs to, such as the special pads or even some old newspaper - this could save you having to clean up “big puddles” every day!
Finally, leave some appropriate toys for him to entertain himself. Do not leave things such as rawhide products, pigs ears, and plastic toys. Instead choose products that he will be able to safely play with when alone, such as rope and fleece toys.
As an additional extra you could even try leaving the radio on whilst you are out. Don’t be tempted to leave him listening to the latest death metal track!
Instead, pop on some soothing music that will help him to relax and will eliminate other noises that may make him jumpy such as the phone or doorbell ringing.
Once you’ve read the report, not only will you discover in dismay…how without us even knowing, we’ve been harming our “little ones” and virtually ensuring we’re cutting their lives short….
…but, you’ll also find out exactly what you should feed them.
You will be shown how you can easily “decode” the long complicated ingredients that hide unashamedly on the food labels….and discover the very few safe commercial dog foods that you can use as PART of your Boston’s diet.
If you want to make sure you give your Boston Terrier the longest and healthiest life you can, reduce health problems and slash your vet bills, then I highly recommend you read the dog food secrets report.
I think it’s time we, as loving owners, take back control of the welfare for our little member of the family.
We all hope for a long and illness free life for our dog. But most of us are smart enough to know that life does bring more than it’s share of difficult situations and hard choices.
When it comes to your dog, have you been thinking with your “heart” or your “wallet”?
While I realize that getting yourself dog insurance is a unwelcome decision at best, it is in my opinion, a necessary one we all need to make as caring and dare I say “smart” owners.
With the ever rising costs of vet bills, the last thing you want is to get unpleasantly surprised with having to make decisions about treatment for your dog.
I know all of you reading consider your Boston Terrier as part of the family, and you would hate to face a day when his/her survival depended on getting a certain treatment or in some cases surgery.
I have seen countless parents with broken hearts facing a situation of having to get surgery for their dog but faced with a potential vet bill of up to $1000….
…and not having the ability to pay.
This is a horrible trap any caring owner should NOT fall into.
So what it comes down to is a simple decision on your part.
Are you more comfortable dealing with multiple large vet bills as and when they arise…or would you rather spend around 70 cents or so a day on a dependable insurance to cover those eventualities?
It’s a choice which only you can make for yourself and your dog.
If you already have a good cover for your Boston Terrier, then it’s great. But if you’re still searching or undecided on where to get good cover, then I would highly recommend you use Pet First Health Care. They are currently running a special limited time offer for under $2 for the first month…and then it’s around $21 a month…
…which works out to a measly 70 cents a day!
Pet First Health Care has been one of the most popular places other owners have gone with, helping them save hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars.
I’m not interested in painting bleak pictures of situations where you only wish you did have cover. You know as well as I do, the benefits of getting insurance…so decide on what you want to do. If you have a preferred company for your dog insurance, go with them…
…otherwise you can sign up with my recommendation by clicking here.
Many dogs develop some strange habits, even as youngsters, just in the same way as humans do.
As we all know toddlers and babies will often shovel anything into their mouths and eat it, including the odd insect, and other animals often have the same bad habits.
Unfortunately, these habits may seem intensely disgusting, for example some of you find that your Boston Terriers develop a taste for their own poop! Whilst this may seem like the most “yucky” thing in the world to us, it can, and does happen, but there are steps that you can take to combat it.
The first thing you need to do is keep your dog away from his feces once he has done his business. Unfortunately this is going to mean that he has to be on his leash when he goes for walks or do his potty, even if he is only going in your back garden.
Once he’s answered his nature’s call, you can pull him away before he gets the chance to turn around and scoff the lot, and hopefully this will break the habit over time.
You can also take the dog to the vet, and he may prescribe a product called FORBID, which is similar to the food additive MSG. You can actually use MSG instead, and you should sprinkle this on his food in the evenings for a while.
The purpose of this is so that when he does go to the loo the feces will taste nasty (even nastier than usual!) and this may also put him off from considering it to be a tasty snack.
Don’t worry, as it may take a while to break the habit, but providing you persevere and give him as little access as possible to his own feces once he’s had a poop you should be able to succeed in breaking that dirty habit over time.
Boston terriers are lively, gentle dogs with the best of intentions, but like all dogs they can have accidents in the house, which may leave you feeling frustrated and annoyed with potty training.
Of course, the odd accident is inevitable, especially with younger pups, and this is where stringent housebreaking can prove invaluable.
However, if your dog is getting a little older now, has grown out of puppy-hood, yet continues to have fairly regular “accidents” in the house then you may have a problem on your hands.
First of all, there are some important steps that you need to take in order to reduce the risk of your Boston terrier using your home as his own personal toilet. Make sure that he is let out first thing in the morning, as soon as you return home in the evening, and last thing at night, as well as after every meal.
Hopefully he will get into the habit of going potty at certain times rather than meandering around and dropping one whenever the fancy takes him!
Also, make sure that he is taken on regular walks, and given some sort of stimulating activity to enjoy on the walks, such as a game of ball in a safe and secure area. This will stimulate his body, and if you leave him outside for a short while after his walk, he may do his business then before he comes in.
If you take your Boston for a gentle stroll you will find that his body is stimulated more “slowly”, and once you get back home his body relaxes and he may then take a pee or poo on your best carpet!
You need to remember the importance of confining your dog to his crate, or his designated area when you are not around, as this can help to teach him where he can and cannot poop - it will save you worrying about what is happening to your carpets and furniture when you are away.
Whilst you are around make sure that he does not wander off into another room, as he may relieve himself when you are not looking, whereas if you are present he is less likely to do so.
In addition to this if you find that your dog is doing his business in the same place all the time then it is worth getting the carpet or piece of furniture professionally cleaned, as the lingering smell may be enticing him to continue using that spot as a loo.