Category Archives: Dog Advice

Dogtooth Cleaning Information

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Most of the dog owners have forgotten that dog has tooth. That’s why they’re not taking care about dogtooth cleaning. In the veterinary field, the research confirms that cleaning a pet’s teeth at least 3 times in the first 10 years of life really helps to prolong the pet’s life by preventing the bacteria from the tartar to get into the bloodstream and cause coronary, liver and kidney disease.

Dogtooth cleaning is highly advisable even though you’re regularly brushing your dogtooth.

While performing dogtooth cleaning operation, your vet would do blood work before putting your pet under anesthetic. They check to see if all the organs are functioning properly. Ask your vet if you can watch how a dental is done. It’s really simple!

Other simple ways that keep your dogtooth health include providing him dental friendly bones that will help to eliminate tartar and plaque. Even you can opt for better dogtooth health by feeding with dry dog food that can help to keep the teeth surfaces tartar free.

How to Develop Dog Feeding Habits?

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Feeding your day-old puppy is not a Herculean task because its mother is going to take care off it. Dog feeding habits usually starts only after weaning. Provide your puppy his meals at the uniform place at uniform time each day so that the dog will develop good feeding habits and get used to his daily routine.

A bit of table scraps (leftover food from your own meals), cottage cheese or even egg can be provided frequently; but never habituate your pup to do to eating human “junk food”.

Dog feeding schedule should EXCLUDE soda, chocolate, candy, cake, and other snack foods. As these food is for people only not for dogs. Even in TV ads also no dog eats these things, but human (lol).

There is no peculiar dog feeding guidelines. Most of the owners are using dry dog feed or table scraps only. Feeding a dog highly depends on the owner convenient. In addition, feeding your dog made easy by the use of sturdy non-tip, easy-clean bowl. Pet shops offer the best selection of colors, styles and sizes.



Dog Internal Parasites

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Do you know the four common dog internal parasites? They are nothing but the tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms, and roundworms. The last three dog internal parasites can readily be diagnosed in the lab by fecal examination.

Tape Worms

As far as tapeworm is concerned, you can easily appreciate the tapeworms sticking to the hair around the anus as well as in the stools as small grains. Once your vet examines your pet, he can easily determine the type of dog internal parasite and will advise the best treatment option for the same.

Roundworms

The dog’s most common intestinal parasite, have a life cycle which permits complete eradication by worming two times with fifteen days apart. The first worming helps to remove the adult worms and the second will destroy the newly emerged parasite before they, in turn, can produce more parasites.

A dog in good physical condition is less susceptible to worm infestation than a weak dog. Proper sanitation and a nutritious diet help in preventing worms. One of the best preventive measures is to have clean, dry beding for the dog., as this diminishes the possibility of reinfection due to flea or tick bites.

Heart worm

Heart worm infestation in dogs is passed by mosquitoes. Dogs with this disease get tired quickly, have breathing problem, and emaciated despite a hearty appetite.

Administration of preventive medicine throughout the fall, summer and spring months is advised. A perfect veterinarian must first take a blood sample from the dog to test for the presence of the disease, and if the dog is free from heart worm, pills or liquid medicine can be prescribed to protect against any other kind of infection.

How To Prevent Dog Allergy?

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Dog allergy is something that triggers the infection in order to made the bacteria to settle down in the pores. Pollens, grass seed, fertilizer, or other allergens can act as the trigger for dog allergy. This results in the symptoms of itchy abdomen, feet and ears. Once skin inflammation is noticed, there will be infestation of staphylococcus infection.

An antibiotic is usually prescribed to treat the infection and once the primary cause of the infection is identified the risk of infection is greatly reduced.

If your dog has an allergy to the Staph bacteria. Then it is called Staph allergy or Staph hypersensitivity.

When Staph hypersensitivity is treated, the skin lesions will return within a few days or weeks.

While the differentiation between Staph dermatitis and Staph hypersensitivity is based largely on recurrence, it is crucial that treatment be continued long enough. A course of antibiotics for a month or more is usually recommended. If not, there will be some confusion as to a Staph Infection or Hypersensitivity.

Using a medicated shampoo such as Chlorhexiderm shampoo (4% active ingredient) will stop the spread of the disease. ALWAYS use cool water (not cold) to bathe the dog.

Be sure your dog is kept in a ‘clean’ indoor environment, since allergies to away from irritating cleaners, carpets, or other possible causes of an allergen.

A walk through the grass outdoors can contribute if there are chemicals on the grass, salt on the streets, or even the type of grass/weeds the dog encounters.

FOOD is one of the most common causes of yeast infections and diet modification is something that may have been tried to relieve your dogs itching.

Many of the most experienced vets seem to forget the simplicity of diet when controlling allergies.

You can prepare a simple diet of FISH, sweet and white potato diet very easily and see if food is contributing to the problem.

Even ‘prescription diet foods’ can cause problems, so I have found it easier to control the ‘food’ by preparing their meal myself. Its much easier than it sounds.

Frozen fish (like flounder) sweet potatoes and white potatoes are easily bought at the grocers, and there are NO additives or fillers to contend with. I have one ‘patient pooch’ one a strict fish and potato diet that who LOVES his food now and refused prescription food.

“Allergy shots” usually comprise of Staph bacterin which is a solution of killed Staph bacteria. Your vet can teach you to do in just a few minutes. If you cannot administer the shots, the vet staff can do the injections for you on a regular basis.

If your dog does not respond to the Staph Bacterim, he will have to be treated periodically with oral antibiotics and medicated baths. The antibiotics used will have to be changed periodically, since the dogs system will develop a resistance to them and again dog allergy would be recurring.

If your dog has been on steroids, and other meds, you cannot just stop steroids abruptly. Talk to your vet if you decide to remove him from steriods.

There are nature ways to enhance his immune system too. One of the best sources is conferring with a holistic vet in your area.

If my response has provided you with the information you were looking for, then digg this article. As you can see I have done some extensive research, since I have had to deal with this problem personally for several dogs in my care.