Category Archives: Dog Care

Senior Pets And Dementia

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Senior pets can suffer from cognitive dysfunction syndrome, which is a form of dementia. Certain degenerative changes in the brain can  occur as a result of the aging process and this can pave the way for the problem. Affected animals experience distinct changes in their ability to learn, their memory, and responsiveness. When a pet becomes disoriented, he can easily get confused or lost even in unfamiliar environments. There may also be noticeable changes in the way they interact with people and other pets. There may also be changes in the sleeping patterns of affected pets; they tend to sleep most of the day away and are up and about at night. They may commit frequent potty accidents as as toilet-training and other learned behaviors deteriorate. They may also wander aimlessly around or engage in compulsive behaviors, such as excessive grooming or licking. Read more information contact your local vet clinic.

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Keeping Your New Puppy Comfortable

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The arrival of a new addition to the pack is a big event for everyone in the household. However, the transition period can be stressful for the new puppy, thus they will need all the care and attention that you give to help them adjust to their new surroundings. New puppies tend to whine as they miss being around their mother and siblings. As your new pup adjusts to new sights, sounds, and scents, give him a room where he can rest and get away from everything whenever he feels overwhelmed or nervous. Provide a blanket and a basket to curl-up in so he will feel warm and comfortable as he sleeps. You can also place a hot water bottle in the bed to keep him warm, but make sure it’s not too hot so he won’t be burned or scalded. For more information visit your Vet care.

Food Allergies In Dogs

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Food allergies can be triggered when a dog exhibits a severe reaction to a particular ingredient in their diet. More often than not, the substance has been part of the dog’s diet for a considerable period of time. The only effective way to deal with the problem is to pinpoint the specific allergen so you can switch to another type of pet food that does not contain the allergen. The most common allergens that trigger food allergies in dogs include chicken, corn, mutton, soy, eggs, wheat, and dairy foods. Some dogs are allergic to chemical additives including preservatives and food coloring.

Itching is the most prominent sign of food allergy in dogs. Affected dogs chew, rub, and scratch any itchy part of his body in an effort to relieve itching. Raw spots and hair loss are usually potential consequences. Digestive upsets like diarrhea, vomiting, and ear infections can also occur. Learn more call our Animal hospital.

When Can A Hand-Reared Puppy Start Eating From A Food Bowl?

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The weaning process of hand-reared puppies can start as early as during the second week of life. The process should be very gradual to prevent any adverse reaction such as digestive upsets.

Start by teaching your puppy to drink milk from a flat dish. Then some puppy food is added to the milk by the time the puppy is 3 weeks old. As the puppy’s food consumption increases, gradually decrease the amount of milk until the puppy’s ration is composed of 100% puppy food. A hand-reared puppy is expected to have a pure puppy food diet by the time they are 4-5 weeks old.

When choosing puppy food, make sure it is premium quality and appropriate for your pet’s lifestage. If buying cheaper puppy food has crossed your mind, don’t ever be tempted to compromise your pet’s health and nutrition by choosing low quality pet food. For more suggestion visit your local Animal Hospital.

 

Special Diets Pets With Health Issues

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Pets that are diagnosed with a certain medical problem may require a specially formulated diet for optimum nutrient utilization. The special diet is not a treatment, but the nutrients that the animal gets can help slow down the progression of the problem and/or alleviate existing health symptoms. These diets are formulated to meet the specific dietary needs of a dog or a cat suffering from a specific illness, such as food allergies, obesity, dental health, diabetes, constipation, digestive problems, and even joint disease. They have been subjected to extensive digestibility and palatability trials to ensure their suitability. Most of these products require a prescription and can only be bought from the veterinary clinic. Dogs with heart failure benefit from a low-salt diet, while a low-protein diet can help keep symptoms of kidney problems under control. Read more information contact veterinarians care.

Attention-Getting Behavior and Other Behaviors that Can Pave The Way For Destructive Behavior in Dogs

Destructive behavior in dogs can be a result of certain canine behaviors that could be unintentionally reinforced by pet owners. Here are the top 3 on the list:

Play behavior

Dogs spend a good part of the day playing and engaging in natural behaviors such as digging, chewing, and even shaking of toy-like objects. This is very common among puppies as they continue to explore their environment or when young dogs are left unsupervised, or when they don’t receive adequate outlets to engage in appropriate play behavior.

Attention-seeking behavior

Some owners unintentionally pay the most attention to their pooches when they are naughty. As dogs get used to the attention, they may engage in problem behaviors just to get reinforcement and attention—negative attention is better than no attention at all.

Investigating or exploring their Environment

Dogs are curious creatures and they can unintentionally damage items when they are investigating or exploring every nook and cranny of the house. They may paw at objects or explore them using their mouths. Some dogs fetch and carry objects around. Damage can be done when dogs are left without supervision for considerable lengths of time.

Your veterinary hospital can help you deal with any problem behavior displayed by your pet.

Giving Mixed Signals Can Confuse Your Dog During Training

The importance of giving a cue at a given time should always be kept in mind when training a dog. Making multiple requests can only confuse your dog. Training your pet using repeated cues or commands will teach him that you need to say commands over and over again before he makes a response. Also, your body language may be confusing your dog. Remember, canines are highly perceptive to their owners’ behaviors and body language. They pay attention to your body movements, rather than verbal instruction. Be consistent with your body movements when giving a cue or command. To avoid this situation, the first step you have to take is to teach your dog the desired behavior using positive reinforcement, then add the cue or command. Just say it once, and wait. Patience is indeed a virtue during dog training. Give your pooch a minute or two to respond. If he seems confused or fails to make the desired action, you need to go back and practice the behavior some more before you attempt to add the verbal cue. Read more here.