Dog Nutrition

Dog HealthDog Nutrition

By Admin

When it comes to dog nutrition it is very important to read and understand what is in your dog food. All ingredients should be listed on the label. The first ingredient listed is the primary ingredient and so forth. There should be no toxic ingredients. Some foods are premium brand. One premium type of food is all natural. Dog with allergies should have an all natural diet. All natural dog foods are oven baked in order to keep in most nutrients.

If you decide to change your dog food, we suggest mixing half of your old dog food with half the new food. This will prevent diarrhea and an upset stomach.

Certain preservatives used in dog food can be dangerous to dog or puppy. Preservatives are used to prevent the food from going rancid. A list of these preservatives are:

Ethoxyquin
BHA
BHT

BHA and BHT can cause an allergic reaction and also affect kidney and liver function.

Ethoxyquin was used in making tires as a rubber stabilizer. When it was first introduced to dog food it caused many problems in dogs. This ingredient may cause cancer. Premium dog food contains natural preservatives such as vitamin E and vitamin C.

Puppy Vaccination

Puppy VaccinationPuppy Vaccination

By Admin

When to vaccinate puppies?  When you take your puppy to the veterinarian he will determine a puppy vaccination schedule for you.  You should keep your puppy vaccination records with his pet health records.

If the dog’s mother has a healthy immune system, a puppy will most likely receive antibodies from the mothers milk while nursing.  A puppies first vaccinations should be between six to eight weeks of age.  The weight of the puppy and the health of the puppy should be taken into consideration.  A puppy should receive three vaccinations at three to four week intervals.  The final vaccine for puppies will be at sixteen weeks of age.  This shot will protect your puppy against parvovirus, corona, distemper-measles, rabies, lyme, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and prainfluenza.  Puppies have immature immune systems and are not capable of developing long lasting immunity until 16 weeks of age.  At nine weeks your puppy should receive an intranasal canine bordetella vaccine to protect against kennel cough.

The immunizations stimulate the puppy’s or dogs immune system to create protection from certain infectious diseases.  The dog shots can cause soreness at the injections site and allergic reactions.

Ever state has it’s own law on the administration of the rabies vaccine.  Some states require yearly rabies shots and other states require it ever three years.  It is a legal.

Dog vaccinations have saved countless lives, and play a vital role in the fight against canine infectious diseases.  Rabies vaccinations have saved the lives of many dogs and people too.  Hundreds of people die each year due to rabies contracted from dog bites.

There are a small chance of puppy vaccination side effects, but the risk are smaller than the disease itself.  You should always talk to your veterinarian about your dogs medical history before giving it’s first dog vaccine.

Hypoglycemia

:HypoglycemiaHypoglycemia In Puppies

By Admin

Hypoglycemia in puppies is a central nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar.  It occurs in toy puppies at six to twelve weeks of age.  Stress is one of the main causes of hypoglycemia.  It seems to occur in small puppies more than bigger puppies.  Teacup puppies must replenish their energy more often than bigger puppies.  They may be picky about their food too.  Meat or canned dog food may have to be added to their food to tempt the puppy to eat.

Hypoglycemia signs and symptoms are listlessness and depression.  The next signs are muscle weakness, tremors, and later convulsions, coma and death.  The puppy may have one or more symptoms.  Learning the symptoms of hypoglycemia can save your puppy’s life.

Canine hypoglycemia occurs without warning.  It can happen when a puppy is placed in a new home, shipped or misses a meal.  Illness is can al.so cause it.  A sick puppy loses its appetite.

Treatment involves restoring blood glucose levels.  Repeated or prolonged attacks can cause permanent damage to the brain.  If the puppy is awake give him Nutri-Cal, Gatorade or Karo Syrup in water by mouth.  It should start to improve in 20-30 minutes.  Nutri-Cal is a good source of food and vitamins too.  It should be given 3-4 times a day to prevent low blood sugar levels.

To prevent recurrent attacks feed a premium dog food and add sugar or Nutri-Cal to it.  The puppy should be fed at least four times a day and on schedule.  It should be fed ever four to five hours.  You mix some canned dog food and goats milk together.  Sometimes baby food such as baby beef or cereal in a jar will tempt a puppy to eat.

Be sure you do not let the puppy play too much and over exert itself.  Overexertion leads to low blood sugar.

Cleaning Dog Teeth

Cleaning Dog Teeth in Three Easy StepsCleaning Dog Teeth

By Brent Harte

The number one health problem with our pets is becoming a significant issue with dogs. Dog’s modern diet and health care is improving, as a result our dogs are living longer. The modern diet is improving the quality of nutrients our dogs are consuming and providing them with longer lives; however the increase in grain products and lack of bone is causing canine’s oral health to decline. The extra years in a dog’s life is allowing periodontal gum disease to reach levels that are very dangerous and painful to an aging dog. Veterinarians are able to treat dogs with various stages of periodontal disease however simple preventative measures performed by owners at home are the most effective oral care for canines. An immediate effect that should motivate most owners is your dog will have great breath.

Fortunately dog’s rarely get cavities or structural damage to the tooth, dog’s oral care is mainly affected by bacteria that collect along the gum line forming plaque. If the plaque is not removed minerals in a dog’s saliva combine with the plaque and form tarter (calculus) which also forms a protective membrane causing its removal to become difficult. Because plaque starts to mineralize after 3-5 days, daily care is the most effective preventative care for avoiding the need for more extensive treatments from a veterinarian.

Dogs who do not receive any oral care at home will develop periodontal disease. Tarter causes inflammation called gingivitis, this condition leads to bone lose in the part of the tooth that anchors it to the gums. As space develops between the tooth and gums pockets form that buildup unhealthy bacteria. Bacteria can now enter the bloodstream through these infected areas as well as the periodontal ligament. These bacteria can cause problems and serious infections in the kidneys, liver and heart.

The good news is with 3 easy steps and a few minutes a week, your dog’s teeth and gums can remain healthy and they will have great breath. First apply an oral gel or spray utilizing natural ingredients to remove tarter from the dog’s teeth at the gum line. This is usually applied at night every three days. Second brush their teeth daily with toothbrush designed for a dog for approximately 30 seconds, if their teeth are relatively healthy a canine tooth paste is not necessary. You can also use a finger toothbrush, there is no handle, but it fits over your finger and may be easier for some people to use. Third feed them dog treats designed to remove tarter by providing a substitute for the bone missing in their diets. Before beginning your new oral care program photograph their teeth. Use the photos to determine if you are spending enough time on cleaning their teeth. The goal is to keep it simple so you continue the process, the benefits to your dog’s health will be great along with their great breath.

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