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:
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.
Toxic Foods In Dogs
There are many toxic foods in dogs. Food is one of the most frequently reported poison dangers for dogs. Dogs love food especially table scraps. Table scraps can be poisonous to dogs. Learn what poisonous foods to avoid to prevent poisoning in your dogs. Signs of toxicity in dogs include, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy and lack of appetite.
A partial list of toxic foods for dogs includes:
Coffee & Tea
Potato leaves & Stems
Raisins & Grapes
Tomato leaves & Stems
If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied.
Tear staining is a common problem with Maltese. Most tearing problems are due to the famous “Four H’s” spoken of by Margarie Martin: heredity, health, hygiene and happiness. A seriously stained face does not indicate a poor-quality, nor poorly bred dog. It is not proof that the dog is neglected, mistreated or unhealthy. It just means the dog has more dog tears and less drainage than he needs for some reason that is probably somehow related to any one or any combination of very minor “heredity, health, hygiene, and happiness” concerns.
An eye stain can be caused by clogged tear ducts, ear mites or ear yeast infections. Certain dog foods have dyes that can cause tearing eyes.
Tylosin can be used to help prevent tear stained eyes. It is added to your dog’s water in small amounts. Ask your vet about the correct dose for your dog. Eye Envy is another good product that helps tear stains in dogs.