Overweight Dogs

Overweight Dogs – Health Issues

When we think of dogs we tend to think of agile creatures that love to exercise and play, have speed and power, and are sleek or cuddly. However, just like humans and other animals, dogs are creatures that can be prone to weight problems, some breeds far more than others.

Most dogs love their food and treats, and although most love to exercise and play there are also those that are quite happy to toast their paws in front of the fire and play the “couch potato” whenever given the chance. And, of course, the combination of lack of exercise and over-feeding can lead to a very fat little dog.

Avoiding obesity in your dog

Some dogs can be far more susceptible than others to weight gain, and for dogs this can result in a range of associated health problems. Weight gain can not only make your dog miserable, but reduce his quality of life, and even reduce his lifespan.

This is why it is important for responsible owners to monitor and maintain a healthy weight for their dogs, and in the event of weight gain to take action in order to try and get their weight back on track.
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Tricks to Find Out Which Is the Best Puppy Diet

Tricks to Find Out Which Is the Best Puppy Diet

Puppies are great creatures to have around because they are cute but they also are a good partner to fill your empty days. In order for them to have a nice and long live, you must understand that the food that they eat is almost vital. You probably wonder now what things are important for a proper nutrition. The answer will be given by your vet. That means that you have to avoid buying random food for your puppy because it is possible not to suit his need.

You have many options about the food of your dog. I will try to enumerate some of them. It is probably that you already heard about organic and natural food for puppies. My advice is that you should try them. Many puppy owners like to feed their gods with raw food. Other puppy owners choose kibble and it becomes a main part of their puppy’s diet. I will try to focus more on the last type of food that I talked about.

When you give your puppy food that is solid, you must keep in mind that it has to be good and high-quality also. Little kibble is ideal in a solid food. Your puppy food should contain all the proteins and vitamins in order to assure him a great and ideal growth and life. It is best that you feed your dog 3 or 4 times in a day.

If the puppy doesn’t eat solid food, you can try to add some water in order to make it softer. You should avoid adding milk because the milk is a natural laxative in puppy’s diets. The water will only create a softer food that will be easy to chew.
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Dog Food – Offer Your Dog a Great Health

Dog Food – Offer Your Dog a Great Health

If you are having a dog at home and want to receive some good health reasons for your pet, then its time to search for quality dog food. Dog food is the most important factor that is an essential factor for your dog. It’s the type of dog food that can bring some good health reasons for your dog.

These days, in the market you can avail different types of dog food. These dog foods are often pre processed ones that will offer a better taste, which your dog should love to have on a daily basis. There are several sorts of dog food available in the market but you need to look for the best one, that suits the body of your dog.

While selecting the dog food in the market you need to stay cautious. There are few manufacturers in the market that are simply offering dog food! Well, that exactly means these dog food are not loaded wit enough energy and protein levels that can keep your dog healthy for a long time. These dog foods are not the one you are looking for. These are the dog foods that are made of artificial resources and spending more on these dog foods will only take you’re money and nothing apart of that.
Picking the right dog food will enable your dog to get the desired amount of calorie it requires on a daily basis. If you are not sure about hoe to look for quality dog foods, then you need to opt for the Internet. It’s the platform where you will draw most of the information related to quality dog food. Here you will also know about some of the manufacturers of dog food that have been determined as the specialist one in this field. Buying dog foods from these leading manufacturers will surely offer your dog a great health.

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Deworming Puppies and Dogs

Deworming Puppies and Dogs

More often than not, our dogs are victims of intestinal parasites, also referred as worms. Most of them develop immunity but at some point during stressful situations like pregnancy, illnesses and diseases, the immunity will break down. These worms then tend to multiply and later on produce symptoms of infection particularly in the intestines. Diarrhea, anemia, weight loss and presence of blood in the feces are the usual signs and symptoms for intestinal parasitism. On the other hand, some worms may cause few or no symptoms at all.

The most common parasites are roundworms and tapeworms which can be seen using you bare eyes, but other worms can’t easily be diagnosed. Sometimes eggs or larvae of Ascaris, hookworms and threadworms migrate in the tissues of the dog and activated only in stressful situations. If worms are suspected, a stool sample should be brought to the veterinarian at least once or twice a year for microscopic examination. Proper diagnosis is important so that the safest and the most effective medication will be prescribed. No particular drug is effective for all kinds of parasite, although some may be effective against more than one species.  It is not right to deworm the dog who suffers from unexplained illness without proper consultation and diagnosis.

DEWORMING A PUPPY

Ascaris and hookworms are most common to puppies. There is presence of other parasites but they are rare. It is recommended to let you veterinarian examine the stool first before giving any deworming agent. Some might need a much stronger and a broader-spectrum medication due to the severity of the case.

Usually, puppies are dewormed at 2 weeks of age before eggs of the Ascaris are eliminated in the feces, and once again in 4th, 6th and 8th week after birth. Then, a monthly deworming is required until 6 months. With this schedule, there will be a higher chance of eliminating all the eggs of the Ascaris even though it is passed through pregnancy, lactation and ingestion. Pyrantel pamoate (suspension) is the drug-of-choice for this because it is safe for a 2 week old puppy. Heartworm prevention will then be given by the veterinarian to eliminate presence of roundworms and hookworms.

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Dog Food- Give It a Good Growth

Dog Food- Give It a Good Growth

If you have a dog at your home then you know how important it is to take care of its health. The basic health care starts from the dog food your feed it.  Maintaining a good regular diet of your do by giving it the right healthy and good dog food at appropriate intervals of time in a day will in all ways help the dogs to grow better and faster. When you shop or prepare the dog food just remember that what you feed the dog is very important for its health.

A healthy hygienic and complete dog food will keep the dog full of energy all day long.
You can easily notice the change when you change the diet. When you feed the dog you need to remember one thing forever and that is that a timely diet will increase the appetite of the dog and that is good otherwise the dog will have improper bowl schedules. And in this way it will loose interest to take food and spoil its health further. A
complete dog food keeps its immune system very strong which in turn helps the dog to keep away from any kind of infections allergies and diseases. This saves from a lot of problems, as the dogs are concerned.  When the dog is born it is advised not to separate it from its mother.

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The Basics of Dog Socialization

The Basics of Dog Socialization

Dogs must be well socialized from a very early age if they are to accept humans, the domestic environment in which they live and other dogs and animals without any kinds of problem behaviour occurring.

Social contact

Dogs are social creatures. Different breeds of dog enjoy the company of people and other animals to different extents, but all like to live their lives in a pack with others, whether human or canine. If denied social contact, they can become badly behaved or depressed. An undersocialized   dog can be difficult to live with, handle and control, and should be properly socialized for the safety and contentment of all concerned.

Human contact

Dogs need to be taught to behave well around all humans. Examples of these include the following:

• Wheelchair users, people with walking sticks or crutches and the elderly.

• Babies, toddlers, timid people and people who are not comfortable around dogs.

• Energetic and noisy children and adults.

• Joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, skate­boarders and people pushing prams.

• People with beards, unusual hairstyles, spectacles, headgear, uniformsor umbrellas.

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Basic Dog Care

Basic Dog Care

Today, dogs are one of the very well-liked pets. They became a part of the rescue agencies and law enforcement for their invaluable service and dedication to their best friend, the human beings.  Taking care of this so-called “best friends” is really important and vital because it involves big responsibility, accountability and commitment.  It also involves significant venture of both your time and your money. Here are some general tips that will help you take good care of your dogs:

FOOD

There is a need for you to provide nutritious food and water to meet the daily nutritional needs of your dog. On choosing the right food for your dog, you must pay much attention on the ingredients as well as the nutrients present on that dog food formula. Some inexpensive formula may seem to be light for your pocket but is not healthy for your dog and might precipitate illness due to its artificial ingredients. Many dogs are obese because of the high-corn and low-protein food formulas sold at many food stores.  Your veterinarian might recommend a dog food that is nutritious and the proper feeding schedule for your dogs. Usually, dogs are fed once or twice daily.
EXERCISE

Like human beings, regular exercise is important. Daily walks and other kinds of dog exercise provide numerous benefits for dog’s health like weight maintenance, behavioral issues, and muscle strength. It helps to promote loyalty, bonding and connection between the dog and the owner.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

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Caring for Dogs in Heat

Caring for Dogs on Heat

Almost every six months, a female dog comes in heat. It is a part of female dog’s normal life cycle. At this time, her hormones are organizing and preparing her body to catch the attention of a male dog and get pregnant after mating. A dog that is in heat is impulsive and restless. If you want her to be pregnant and have some puppies, then this is the right time. If breeding is not a priority at this moment, this normal cycle would be a stressor for her and for you as well.

When dogs are in heat, their body is preparing her for mating. Usually, she will get a lot of attention from a male dog due to her distinct scent at that time and her unusual behavior. As pet owner, one must watch his dog closely because she needs help to ward off the advances from other dogs. Certainly, caring a dog that is in heat needs patience and dedication. Here are some ways you can care for your dog:

  • Keep your windows, doors and gates close if you are not around. Your dogs might go out and look for a partner without your knowledge.
  • Choose car rides rather than walking to any destinations.
  • Continue daily walking but choose a well-contained area rather than an open area. Preferably, an area that doesn’t have dogs.
  • Encourage and allow her to play and walk in your lawn or backyard but don’t leave hear unattended.
  • Never let male dogs invade your house. Some male dogs may climb fences or jump wooden fence. They can even open screened doors.
  • Do anything that you can do to sooth her and keep her calm most of the time. A dog that is in heat is very anxious. Avoid activities that will promote agitation on your dog and instruct children to treat her with respect and avoid rough play with them.

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Ringworms on Dogs

Ringworms on Dogs

Contrary to its name, ringworms are not caused by worms but rather fungus called Dermatophytes which means “plants that live on skin”. Before, people thought that these round lesions are caused by worms hence, the term ringworm was given. It is actually a skin problem usually caused by a plant or skin contact to other dogs either direct or indirect contact. It can also be passed from dogs to cats and from cats to dogs and often from human beings to dogs and vise versa. The spore of the fungus usually lives in the environment for a long time. It can be found in carpets, clothes, beddings, etc and infects your dog when it comes into contact with their skin.

The fungus usually stays in hair follicles near the head, ears, tail and front paws which cause hair shafts to break off. This disease would appear as a circle on the dog’s skin with raised edges. It looks like the hair was removed with a pale spot at the center. Other symptoms would include itchiness, scaling and crusty skin with some redness. A patch that is irregular in shape would mean that two or more lesions joined together. It’s easier to see this disease to younger dogs than that of the adults.

The younger dogs and puppies are more susceptible for infection since their immune system has not fully developed yet. Healthy dogs typically develop resistance to ringworms. Some may be carriers but show no symptoms, then later on infect other animals or even human beings.

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DOG BREEDING

DOG BREEDING

BREEDING YOUR DOG

Is it that your kids want another baby pup to play with, or that you want to make some extra bucks selling puppies? Whatever your reasons are, try to clarify them before you attempt to breed your bitch.

Your bitch usually comes into heat about twice every year, and it is during this heat periods that you can attempt to mate her. Before the mating, she should be placed on special diets to flush her system and get her ready for the task ahead.

CHOOSING THE STUD

Getting the male dog (stud) that will mate your girl is an important task and it has to be carried out judiciously. You may have a friend or a neighbor with a stud that you think is suitable for the process, or there ay be a breeder who can get you one. However, breeding is not just about bringing together a male a female. There are several factors to be put into consideration if you are to get the desired results. They include:-

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