Biting In Dogs

Biting in Dogs

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Why dogs bites?  All dogs have the potential to bite regardless of the breed or background.  Biting in dogs is caused by fear, pain, aggression, too much pestering, or to protect their territory which includes their property, house or people.  It is the dogs main defense.  A dog bite can be dangerous and should be treated promptly.

Prevention of dog biting includes not allowing anyone to push the dog past his comfort zone.  If your dog was not socialized as a puppy, you should take the time now to introduce him to the world and make him more comfortable in this world.  A dog that bites can be a danger to your family and friends.

The most important thing about dog bites is the damage it can cause.  If your dog bites someone and causes the skin to break, a trainer should be consulted or a dog bite training course should be taken.  Biting dogs should be managed so they do not have an opportunity to bite people again.  Ninety percent of the time, a dog snaps more than he bites.  The dog should be desensitized to the things that trigger the snapping.   A dog should be taught not to just tolerate, but to enjoy the things that cause him to bite.

Dogs are sensitive about their paws, ears, collar, and about being stared at or hugged,.  Some dogs do not like children, strangers or men.  These are things you have to desensitize.

If you are having serious biting or aggression problems, you should consult a certified animal behaviorist.

Conjunctivitis In Dogs

Dog ConjunctivitisConjunctivitis In Dogs

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Conjunctivitis in dogs is an inflammation of the eyelid lining.  It is one of the most common eye infections in dogs.  It is usually accompanied by a discharge from the eye.  The discharge can be clear or watery.  It is called serous conjunctivitis.  It can be caused by misdirected hairs, foreign bodies, physical irritants such as wind and various allergens.  Allergies are usually the major cause.

If the discharge is yellow or green looks like pus and has a thick, tenacious appearance suggest a bacterial problem call parulent conjunctivitis.

If the problem persist for a long time it can become chronic.  Your vet may have to do a culture to identify the bacteria to determine the most effective antibiotic to use for treatment.  Chronic dog eye infections are difficult to clear up.  It can affect the tearing system of the eye. Red eyes in dogs can be a sign of infection. The primary approach to this problem is to cleanse the eye often and use a specific antibiotic determined by cultures to heal the eye.

Mild cases of canine conjunctivitis can be treated at home.  You can cleanse the dogs eyes and use eye drops with hydrocortisone four times a day.  If you do not see improvement in 24 hours, you should have your dog examined by a veterinarian.  Your dog could have a foreign body or other serious eye disturbance may be in the making.

Young puppies less than two weeks old, whose eyes have not opened may get an acute bacterial conjunctivitis.  Signs of this infection are a large and red swelling under the closed eyelids.  The eye will need to be flushed by your vet and conjunctivitis eye drops put in the eye four times a day.

If left untreated, the infection can spread and affect other structures of the eye.  The dog’s vision can become impaired.

Fish Oil Vitamins For Dogs

Fish oil vitamins for dogsFish Oil Vitamins For Dogs

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Fish oil vitamins for dogs has many health benefits. These oils are used in dogs for therapeutic effects in skin conditions.  It has been proven through scientific evidence that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help improve a variety of conditions in dogs.  Omega 6 come from vegetable oils and omega 3 from fish and flaxseed oil.  Omega 6 fatty acids have increased in pets diets in the last few years..  Omega 3 essential fatty acids are fragile and break down quickly in the presence of heat, light and air.

Dietary fish oils help treat inflammatory skin disorder such as hair loss and itching, cardiovascular disorders, including irregular heart beat, osteoarthritis, diabetes and kidney disease.  In the future, you can look for Omega 3 and Omega 6 to become players in treating cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, cognitive function, and aggression.  A calculation exists for supplementation, based on metabolic function and caloric intake.  The future will bring refinement in the optional amount of this supplement being used in dogs.

If this vitamin comes in liquid form, it should be kept in a dark bottle in the refrigerator and used within a couple of months to prevent rancidity.  The best source of this vitamin comes from the skin of fish.

These vitamins are good for your dogs coat.  It makes hair shiny, thick and healthy looking.  It keeps the skin moist and supple.

The benefits of fish oils supplements are well documented.  They give a great boost to your dog’s immune system. What helps on the inside shows on the outside.

Fish oil vitamins comes from salmon, sardines and anchovies.  A small sardine contains around 100 milligrams combined eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Both of these fatty acids work within the body to reduce inflammation and can reduce the need of steroids that treat inflammatory conditions.

Fish oil dosage for a healthy dog should receive 300 milligrams per 20-30 pounds of body weight.  Dogs with health issues and older dogs can receive 300 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight. It takes about three weeks before you can see results of using this vitamin.

When you supplement with oils of any kind the body’s vitamin E requirements increase.  You should give an additional 100 IU of vitamin E per 25 pound of body weight at least twice a week.  Vitamin E also promotes immune function and  helps support cardiovascular health.  You can use human fish oil for dogs as long as the dosage is appropriate.

Canine Brucellosis

Brucellosis in dogs

Canine Brucellosis

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Canine Brucellosis is an infectious disease that is caused by a bacteria in dogs called Brucella Canis. It resides in a dog’s reproductive organs. Brucellosis is one of the main causes of failure in dogs reproductive organs. It is a leading cause of late abortions which occur forty five to fifty five days of gestation It may be the cause of a bitch delivering stillborn puppies or puppies that sicken and die soon after birth. It can cause sterility in a male and female dog without causing obvious signs of the disease.

Dogs with active infectious bacteria may show enlargement of the lumpy nodes in the groin or below the jaw in association with febrile illness. Eye inflammation may be seen in both sexes. The dog’s joints may become swollen and painful. The male’s testicles may swell up, then go on to atrophy as the sperm producing cells are destroyed. In some dogs, the disease goes unsuspected until there is evidence of reproductive failure. These dogs are in a carrier state, but are able to transmit infection. The dog bacterial infection may be found in the prostrate gland of the male, and in the female’s uterus and vagina.

Sexual intercourse is the most common mode of transmission. In a kennel, it can spread from dog to dog through contact with infected secretions.

To see if the dog has the disease, you should have a rapid serum agglutination slide test done on the dog. The test for Brucellosis can be done in the most veterinary clinics with results back the same day. All dogs should have a brucella test before mating. The owner of the stud should always request a veterinarian’s certificate showing that the visiting female has been tested and found free of brucellosis before the dogs are allowed to run together. False positive test do occur. They indicate the need for more detailed laboratory test and cultures.

At present there is no effective treatment or vaccine for the prevention or cure of brucellosis in dogs. Long term treatment with antibiotics may be used, but a relapse is likely to occur when the drugs are stopped. To keep pet dogs from transmitting the disease they should be spayed or castrated.

To control the spread of brucellosis in kennels, all dogs must be tested and infected ones removed from the premises. A follow up test should be done every three months to identify new cases.

Humans can contact brucellosis if they come in contact with contaminated animals. Gloves should be worn when handling dogs suspected of having this disease.

Causes Of Bladder Infections In Dogs

Dog bladder infectionsCauses Of Bladder Infections In Dogs

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There are many causes of bladder infections in dogs.  The most common cause is a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder.  A bladder infection is also called a urinary tract infection or cystitis.  It occurs in the genital tracts of both males and female.  A urinary tract infection in dogs is a common health problem. It runs more in females than males. Signs of cystitis in females are a vaginal discharge and licking the vulva. In some cases of a dog bladder infection, bacteria can gain entrance to the bladder through the bloodstream or kidney’s.

Two of the most common signs of a bladder infection in dogs are frequent urination and the passage of blood in the urine.  If your dog shows signs of pain on urination or strains to void, he may have cystitis or some cause of bladder obstruction.  Some dogs never show recognizable signs of a bladder infection.

Sometimes the urethra gets blocked with small sand-like crystals.  The urethra in male dogs is very small and it does not take too many crystals to cause a blockage.  The blockage must be relieved rapidly or your dog can die of uremia.  Uremia is a condition in which the toxic products that are normally eliminated in the urine build up in the blood.  Vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, fever and dehydration are ominous signs of a very serious situation, such as impending kidney failure or death.

The urethra in a female is more distensible so the stones and crystals can pass more easily and without blockage.  There is one disadvantage in the female urethra.  It is much shorter and bacteria from the outside has an easier time invading the bladder and causing troublesome and recurring infections in the dog.

Sometimes trauma can injure or rupture the bladder.  If your dog is drinking a lot of water and urinating more, diabetes or kidney disease may be the cause.

Treatment of a dog bladder infection involves prompt veterinarian attention to prevent damage to the kidneys.  Your vet will do a urine culture to determine the appropriate antibiotic combination.  An initial attack should be treated for ten days and a recurrent attack for at least three weeks.  Chronic Bladder infections in dogs require the use of urinary antiseptics or chemical substances to acidify the urine.  Be sure your dog drinks plenty of water and goes to the bathroom often.  Cranberry juice can be give to help flush out the bladder.