Over the past few years, flat-faced dog breeds have become increasingly popular across the United States as well as in other countries. Their short snouts and squishable faces hold a certain charm that many people find irresistible. While there is no denying these dogs have become popular due to their unusual looks, there is much controversy in the dog breeding world about the ethical implications of these breeds, as along with their cuteness, their unusual features cause flat-faced breeds to have serious medical issues.
You’ve probably browsed your medicine cabinet at one time or another and wondered which medications you can give your canine companion, especially if you’re in a pinch. One of the safest, and perhaps very useful, over-the-counter products is Benadryl. What is it used for and what do you need...
The average pup should be examined by a veterinarian at least twice a year. During those other 363 days of the year, veterinary professionals rely on pet owners for help with assessing a patient’s health. Without your help, your doctor might not know that your dog is experiencing a health problem! This includes when dogs have bloody diarrhea. How does bloody diarrhea occur? When is it an emergency, and what can you do to help resolve it?
Did you just get a new puppy? You may be looking at what all you need to do for your puppy will need to stay healthy and happy. Your new puppy will not only need food, water, toys, and treats but also will need vaccines. When your first take your puppy to the vet, they will give you a schedule showing when they need these vaccines. This will usually be every 3 to 4 weeks. We will look at what all shots are needed for your new puppy and when they should get the vaccines. What does a puppy need to be vaccinated for? There are many different vaccinations that your puppy will get. Some of these vaccinations are a combination vaccine and contain a few different viruses. Some vaccines contain only one virus. These are some of the most common things that your vet will vaccinate your puppies for:
As a dog parent, there will come a time when you will have to change their food. While this might not seem like a big deal, it often turns out to be just that. Knowing how to properly switch or transition to a new food can mean the difference between a happy, healthy pup and a week-long marathon of messes to clean up. Don’t wait until you’re out of the old food to begin. You’ll want about 3-4 days left in order to properly transition. Dog Food Change Schedule Day 1: Mix about 20% new food with 80% old food. Day 2: Mix about 40% new food with 60% old food. Day 3: Mix about 60% new food with 40% old food. Day 4: Mix about 80% new food with 20% old food. Day 5: Feed 100% new food.
Is it just you, or does your pup seem thinner lately? This is a question that many dog parents may wonder in the course of their dog’s life and with good reason. The list of causes of sudden weight loss in dogs is a long one with many contributing factors. Let us help you determine what may be causing your pup’s drop in weight and how you may be able to fix it. Is Your Dog Losing Weight? First, it’s important to determine if your dog is actually losing weight. A dog’s haircoat can make it difficult to notice minor changes in weight, so getting your hands on them is important. The easiest way, of course, is getting regular body weights using a scale. If you don’t have one at home, consider taking them to your vet for quick weigh-ins where you can monitor their body weight and make a trip to the veterinarian seem fun at the same time.
It might be said that if you haven’t seen diarrhea in your dog, you haven’t had them long enough. Diarrhea is a common occurrence in our canine companions that can be brought about by many different causes. So, whether your pup has infrequent diarrhea or it bothers them all too often, let’s find out some causes behind it, ways you can prevent it, and some at-home remedies. What is Diarrhea in Dogs? It’s important to properly define diarrhea as some pet owners may be mistakenly diagnosing it. Diarrhea is loose or unformed stools that often are greater in volume and come at an increased frequency. It is a symptom of a disease rather than a disease itself. Color and consistency will help clue you in to the cause. Colors of diarrhea can range from streaked with blood, green, yellow, black or various shades of brown. Consistency can go from slightly squishy to so liquid-y it could paint the walls.
Coconut oil has become very popular for a variety of uses in people. Besides cooking with it, there is both anecdotal and scientific evidence that shows how coconut oil can have healing properties when ingested or used topically. But what is coconut oil? What are its benefits, and do the same properties apply when coconut oil is used in dogs? What is coconut oil? Coconut oil is the oil that is collected from the meat and milk of the coconut fruit or coconut palm tree. It is a type of saturated oil that has health benefits for humans but only when used in moderation. It is not a trans-fat or hydrogenated oil, which is a type of oil that has undergone a process to make it more solid. Hydrogenated oils increase the risk of heart disease and can result in the formation of plaque deposits which can clog arteries.
Whether you’ve basking in the benefits of fish oil or are just curious about them, you’ve no doubt wondered about giving your dog fish oil. While it’s true that fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that are important anti-inflammatory agents, there are other benefits that you might not have been aware of. So, is fish oil safe in dogs and what can it be used for? Let’s find out. What Does Fish Oil Contain That is Beneficial to Dogs? As we said before, fish oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, mainly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentoaenoic acid (EPA). These fatty acids create hormones that are responsible for improving blood flow and decreasing inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t found or manufactured naturally in the body. Instead, they need to come from the food that your pup eats. Most commercial dog foods contain an abundance of fatty acids from the meat and grain products that they are made from. However, most of those fatty acids are the omega-6 type, which are beneficial in their own way, but work better if they are in balance with omega-3s. Adding fish oil is about the easiest way to boost the omega-3 content of their diet in order to achieve the many benefits that fatty acids provide.
Paw licking can be a normal part of a dog’s grooming process, but what if the paw licking is excessive? There are a variety of reasons dogs might lick their paws, and each of those reasons may have their own medical or behavioral causes. If your dog’s paw-licking is noticeable or otherwise interfering with your daily life and theirs, it’s worth figuring out why they do it. So, why do dogs lick their paws? The reasons are many, and variable in severity. A lot of dogs lick their paws as part of a normal grooming routine, but the behavior can also be linked to stress/anxiety, boredom, uncomfortable skin, and pain. Normal grooming is commonly observed when the dog’s feet are visibly dirty, or they’ve just stepped in something or come in from being outdoors. If your dog’s paw-licking is noticeable and excessive, though, it’s probably not just grooming.
If you’re hearing the constant flapping of ears or the continuous jingling of their collar, your dog may be experiencing an ear infection. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Infections of the outer ear, otitis externa, happen to be one of the most common types of infections in our canine companions. They are often easily treated, but reoccurrence can be common, so it’s important to understand what causes ear infections in dogs and how you can best treat and prevent them. Types of Ear Infections in Dogs Believe it or not, there are actually three different types of ear infections in dogs. Otitis externa is the most common and involves inflammation in the external ear canal. Otitis media and otitis interna are infection of the middle and inner ear, respectively. Otitis media and interna can occur due to spread from an outer ear infection and are typically more serious. Inner and middle ear infections can lead to deafness, and facial paralysis.
As dog owners, sometimes it can be difficult to say no to giving a bite of human food to your pup. How do we know what foods are safe, what foods can be bad and which foods are definitely dangerous? You also might find yourself in a situation where your pup got into something they shouldn't have. Even the most well-behaved dogs get into trouble every now and then. They might find something while on a walk or while playing in the backyard and, dogs being dogs, they decide it might make a great next meal. Because we often find ourselves wondering whether or not a food (or non-food) item is OK for dogs to consume, we decided to reach out to someone who knows; a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Erica Irish, DVM. We sent her a list of the top items dogs might consume and asked her whether each item is safe. We broke down each food (& non-food) item into four categories, 1-4 with 1 being the least dangerous and 4 being the most dangerous: