We all love our dogs and usually we just give our dogs whatever we are eating. Though the food that we eat may be good for us, it may not be good for the health of the dog. There is a growing concern among dog owners to only give the best food for their dogs and they do not mind experimenting with new food diets like raw dog food, new brand of kibbles etc. A list of dog foods that can be given and are beneficial to dog health and a list of dog foods that can be detrimental to the health of a dog are given below.

Foods that can be given to your dog:

Carrots: This vegetable is good for humans as well as for dogs. You can give this in cooked format or you can give this raw. The dog will like the raw carrot better and eat it slowly and enjoy it completely. Carrots are very good for the dog’s teeth too.

Eggs: Eggs are great for your dog and you can boil an egg or scramble it. If you love to give raw dog food to your dog you can even give the raw egg. Some people say that salmonella poising could occur if you give a raw egg but a dog’s digestive process is such that it will not matter.

Salmon: Fish is a great addition to your dog’s diet. These contain omega-3 fatty acids which is essential for your dog. Add fish at least once a week to your dog’s diet.

Yogurt: Yogurt is great for your dog. If your dog is passing smelly poop or if it has any other digestive problems, you can add yogurt to its diet. This will solve all digestive problems.

Chicken: Give your dog chicken and it will be very happy. Dogs love chicken and you can give it to them cooked or raw. If you give raw chicken wings the dog will love to bite and savour the taste of meat and bone. Opponents of raw dog food say that the bones may harm the dog, but there has been no conclusive evidence to suggest it is so. On the contrary dogs that eat raw chicken are found to be healthy and energetic, with wonderful breath and shiny teeth.

Foods that need to be avoided:

Onions: Onions are great for humans but dogs can get sick after consuming onions, so it is better to avoid it.

Chocolate: Everyone loves chocolate, but it is totally banned for your dog. Chocolates can induce vomiting, diarrhoea and other health complications for your dog. So it is better to never feed your dog chocolates.

Grapes/Raisins: This is very good for humans and the digestive system but is poisonous for dogs and lead to kidney failure. Never feed grapes or raisins to your dogs.

Alcohol: Alcohol can make your dog tipsy and the after effects can be dangerous for your dog and can even lead to death. So keep your dog away from alcohol.

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Just like their human friends, dogs get stressed. Depending on the breed and temperament, they cope with this in different ways. Are you able to spot the signs? The following may indicate that your furry friend is suffering from stress, and it’s time to take action.

  1. Shedding

Have you ever noticed how much fur your dog sheds when you visit the vet? This is because they are out of their comfort zone and may be feeling anxious. If your dog is shedding more than usual, they may be suffering from stress.

  1. Ears

When dogs are stressed, they often pin their ears back. This is easy to spot.

  1. Yawning

Dogs yawn when they are tired. However, they also tend to yawn a lot when stressed. The yawns tend to be longer and more frequent in stressful situations.

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  1. Panting

This can be difficult to spot as dogs pant a lot. If it’s a cool day and they haven’t exerted themselves, panting could indicate stress.

  1. Licking

Again, dogs tend to lick a lot and so this is difficult to identify. But if you notice they are excessively licking their lips and mouth, they could be feeling stress.

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  1. Avoiding

If your dog is avoiding interacting with other people or dogs, he or she could be telling you that they are uncomfortable. Avoiding could include turning away, placing their tail between their legs, etc.

  1. Toilet Issues

If your house-trained dog is having accidents around the home, this could indicate distress or discomfort. There may be other reasons for this, and so it is worth a trip to the vet. But it may be related to your absence or another issue that is causing discomfort.

  1. Sickness

Some dogs show stress through physical illness such vomiting and diarrhea. They may also be off their food. Again, there may be many reasons for this, and so it always best to check with your vet if you are unsure.

How To Make Your Dog More Comfortable

If you feel that your dog is suffering from stress, there are several things you can do to make him/her feel more comfortable.

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Dogs like routine. Wherever possible keep to their regular schedule. This will make them feel more comfortable,

Keep on top of your dog’s health with regular trips to the vet. It’s a good idea to take out pet insurance for any unexpected vet’s bills. Companies like Stoneway Insurance offer peace of mind, and you’ll know your friend is taken care of.

Some pet owners use calming collars as a way to soothe and calm their dogs. They can be infused with herbs or pheromones.

One of the best ways to reduce your dog’s stress is to avoid stressful situations. For example, if you know they dislike traffic, avoid main roads.

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Exercise can be a great way to combat and cope with stress. Make sure your doggy friend receives regular exercise.

The best way to make your dog feel soothed and comfortable is to love them. Give them your attention and show you care. Nothing can beat that special bond you share with them.

The Rainforest Can Help Your Dog

Modern medicine with all its scientific and technological improvements stills achieves as in the past significant advances from nature. Five out of the ten leading U.S. prescription drugs and 75% of all cancer drugs were developed based on animal and plant research. Our overall health and life expectancies have improved substantially due to medicines developed from nature.

Quinine, cortisone, Novocain, leukemia drugs for children, and Captopril the first orally taken high blood pressure drug are but a few examples.

The global rainforests are the eco-friendliest and most varied environments on earth. They represent a enormous reservoir of knowledge and contain a wealth of ecosystems and wildlife, with many species both plant and animal still undiscovered.

The rainforests have and will continue to source many of these nature-based medications to benefit mankind. Our best friend, the canine, will also benefit from these discoveries. One emerging plant from the rainforests of the Amazon and South and Central America is cat’s claw.

Cat’s claw is a wide-ranging woody climbing vine that gains its name from the thorns growing along the stalk that resemble the claws of a cat. In the moist warm environment of the rainforest the plants can grow a 100 feet high into the tops of the trees.
Like many herbal and natural remedies cat’s claw has been in use for thousands of years. The aboriginal tribes of the rainforests still use it for many medicinal needs. Peru especially has a strong history of using and producing it for commercial use.
But unlike many of these remedies that come from the folklore cat’s claw has had significant studies and trials performed to verify its claims and has caught the attention of many notable researchers in the field of medical pharmacology.
The aboriginal populations of the vast Amazon rainforests that span Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana for centuries have been using cat’s claw for medicinal remedies and preventions for countless conditions including deep wounds, arthritis asthma, inflammations, internal cleanser to neutralize free radicals, dysentery, rheumatism, cancer, gonorrhea, and diabetes.
Cat’s claw received it first significant attention in the 1920s when Germans migrated to Peru and started using it to successfully treat rheumatism and cancer. So after studies started in Europe and England raising its popularity. Since, credible studies and clinical trials have been conducted worldwide in such countries as Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the United States. These studies and trials have documented positive results against a wide range of maladies such as Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, DNA damage, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Leukemia, lymphoma, and Osteoarthritis. In addition which also speaks highly of its possibilities multiple patents have been filed in the United States concerning Cat’s Claw and it was ranked as one of the top 10 most popular herbs.
Cat’s claw contains numerous active compounds that are phytochemicals with powerful therapeutic qualities. These all have pronounced physiological actions and include alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, sterol fractions, plant sterols, and antioxidant chemicals.
Because cat’s claw contains such diverse and extensive biologically active compounds it has positive therapeutic cures and preventions for likewise diverse and extensive medical issues including arthritis, diverticulitis, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, cold sores, herpes, hay fever, high blood pressure and even birth control. It has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of vaccines. In addition by cleansing the intestinal walls, it facilitates the body to better absorb minerals, vitamins, and proteins essential for growth and the maintenance of good health.

Even though the extensive studies, clinical trials, and folklore that document cat’s claw’s therapeutic benefits is all associated with humans there is no reason to believe it would not be as beneficial for your dog. Many of these medicinal problems and related studies, observations, and personal experiences take significant effort and prolong time periods to effectively determine if cat’s claw performs as asserted. Therefore for dogs there is little or no verified information on its value. The property of cat’s claw needing relatively very high strength and quantity of stomach acid to facilitate the decomposition of the tannins and alkaloids during digestion is significant when developing a thesis for its beneficial use for dogs. A dog’s stomach acid is 10 times stronger than that of humans meaning that cat’s claw in the dog’s digestive tract will be more effective in assimilating the herb into the body’s cellular structure.
The anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be highly beneficial for dogs for the treatment of joint problems . The medicinal effects for reducing inflammation and pain for damaged joints, muscles, or tendon & ligaments can usually be realized and recognized in a reasonably short period of time, as short as a few hours.
All joint products whether for humans, horses, or canines typically contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM). In addition many also contain the additional beneficial compounds Hyaluronic Acid and Cetyl Myristoleate. These complexes of compounds promote healing of the cartilage, meniscus, tendons, and joint membranes.
Since there is almost always inflammation associated with problem joints a good natural anti-inflammatory compound such as cat’s claw is a very beneficial addition to these compounds. By quickly reducing the inflammation in a damaged joint you promote healing by allowing it to be used without the pain and restrictive movement that the inflammation causes. This then in turn gets more blood flowing through the joint promoting healing.
If your dog has symptoms of joint discomfort you need to start using a joint care product and it should contain cat’s claw. The symptoms are obviously all involved with physical movement. They include difficulty either laying down or raising up, slow and measured when walking, straining to get over objects or up stairs, inflammation and tenderness around joints, excessive breathlessness when moving and exercising, hobbling or repeatedly not using a leg, or simply not wanting to chase that ball that they dropped at your feet.

In conclusion, considerable amounts of information on cat’s claw for this article were acquired from the book “The Saga of the Cat’s Claw by Dr. Cabieses. Dr. Cabieses has very distinguished credentials. Beneficial medicinal properties of many plants, herbs, and natural compounds are based on folklore and promoted by commercial profit interests , not by sufficient testing and trials. From the research cat’s claw is different. To support this thesis; The closing statement from Dr. Cabieses’ book is included below.

The proper design of research protocols for human application in neoplastic diseases and in severe problems of immune deficiency (AIDS) is not child’s play, and the limits between the possible and the desirable are frequently cloudy and diffuse. A link between “in vitro” and “in vivo” is now being designed in Peruvian medical institutions of great prestige like the University Cayetano Heredia and Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas, as well as under the direction of experts in alternative medicines like natural medicine (Father Edmundo Szeliga, Doctor Mirez, Doctor Lida Obregon) and homeopathy (Dr. F. P. Iaccarino). This leads me to believe that it won’t be too long, dear reader, before you and I can sit down together again for a second edition of this monograph.
Meanwhile, what should we do? What should you and I do with all the information invading our homes and our hospitals about cat’s claw in Peru? What do we do, dear aunt of my neighbor? What do we do, dear doctor, respected colleague? Do we resist the tide and abstain from using this interesting plant of our jungle? What do we tell our friend, the desperate father of the young fellow who has AIDS? Do we tell him to ignore this ray of hope? Do we, as doctors, tell our patient suffering from a malignant tumor not to seek refuge in cat’s claw, at least to satisfy his desperate relatives? Or do we tell our patients and our friends to buy a ticket to this lottery and see what happens with cat’s claw? Do we love cat’s claw or not? Do we accept it or prohibit it?
Biology’s dizzying advances have confronted us with hundreds of dilemmas like this one. When you face a true dilemma, you suddenly find that you have no answers. A dilemma is a question without answers. Or, to put it better, a dilemma is a question with two or more answers, whose every answer is at once attractive and defensible and capable of leading us to defeat and frustration. Modern biology has brought us to a vast field paved with dilemmas like this; disoriented, we now seek satisfaction for all our doubts and questions. Such satisfaction does not exist. A road there must be built and found in the labyrinth of biological dilemmas, and the way to do so is called Bio-ethics.
The ethics of Biology: a science that still does not clearly exist. An elusive, slippery, unattainable moral law. A set of rules where it is always difficult to find what is good, what is proper, what is just. A time bomb hidden behind each scientific discovery.
That is why I wrote this book. To shed some light on this difficult path. Here we have a “new” medication which is recommended and praised by many people who have used it. Here we have scientific evidence that it is not toxic. Laboratory tests carried out in serious academic institutions prove that the extracts of this plant have clear anti-inflammatory effects, that it has some action modulating the immune mechanisms, and that, in certain circumstances, it inhibits the crazed growth of cancerous cells. . . .
So we still have not identified the active principal? We have not identified how it works? For two hundred years, quina bark saved more lives annually than those killed by the atomic bomb in 1945. And during all those years, nobody knew that there was an alkaloid which would later be named Quinine. For a hundred years, humankind used aspirin to stop pain and inflammation, though nobody knew until the discovery of prostaglandins why it worked.
Of course, in this dangerous quagmire of official indecision, the indifference of the authorities and the absence of controls acts as an incentive to fraud, to the illegal substitution of products, to falsification, adulteration and deceit. These should lead us, physicians and conscientious citizens, to help our patients and friends help themselves against con artists and quacks and who promote spurious and adulterated products. All physicians who have patients taking this particular medicinal plant should try to document seriously and scientifically all those cases, positive or negative, in order to gather enough scientific information about the medical effects of cats claw.

 

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Ears

Ear infections are very common among dogs.  Dogs can also have ear problems if they have allergies or mites.  You can help your dog have healthy ears by taking regular care of them.

 

Ear infections

Ear infections can be bacterial or yeast.  A dog with healthy ears will resist having ear infections but if his ears become compromised in some way, an infection can develop and he will start to show symptoms of the infection.  Things that can lead to an ear infection include trauma to the ear, allergies, parasites, changes in the dog’s hormones or thyroid levels, a foreign body that’s stuck in the ear, and moisture in the ear.

 

If your dog has an ear infection, there are some symptoms that will tip you off:

 

  • Bad odor
  • Changes in behavior such as irritability or depression
  • Discharge from the ears
  • Pain around the ears
  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap and/or canal
  • Scratching or rubbing of the ears and head
  • Shaking of the head or tilting it to one side

 

Dogs with long ears are particularly prone to ear infections, especially dogs with long hair such as the Cocker Spaniel.  If any moisture becomes trapped inside the ear, it can be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

 

Dogs with food allergies often have itching that leads to the dog scratching the ears.  The scratching can lead to trauma of the ears which then leads to ear infection.  Ear mites can also drive some dogs crazy and cause them to scratch their ears which will result in trauma and infection.

 

Ear care

Taking care of your dog’s ears will keep most of these problems from developing.  It is easier to care for your dog’s ears on a weekly basis than to try to clear up a bad ear infection.

 

Start by using a good ear cleaner.  It should be at room temperature so it will not cause your dog any distress.  You will also need some cotton balls or a soft cloth.

 

Your dog should be be sitting in front of you, ideally.  Start by placing several drops of the ear cleaner in one ear.  Do not squirt a lot of the cleaner in your dog’s ear.  It only takes a few drops to clean the ear and if you use too much it will make your dog uncomfortable.

 

Gently massage the base of your dog’s ear where the liquid has gone.  You should hear a slight squishing sound.

 

Use a cotton ball to gently start removing grit and debris that work up from the bottom of the ear.  Stroke the cotton ball around the edges of the ear canal but do not dig inside the ear.  You could hurt your dog if you go inside the ear canal.

 

Repeat this procedure with clean cotton balls until no more dirt or debris come up when you put in drops of cleaner and massage the base of the ear.  Then clean the other ear.  Be sure to give your dog a treat and praise him for cooperating.

 

You should also be sure to dry your dog’s ears thoroughly after baths and after your dog goes swimming.  When you groom your dog or take your dog to a groomer, especially if he has long, furry ears, be sure to trim the hair inside the ears to allow more air to circulate there.

 

Conclusion

Dogs can have lots of ear problems but if you clean your dog’s ears this way each week, you can keep his ears clean and prevent any problems from developing.

 

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Making Use Of Dog Health Care Merchandise

You definitely will require the most current information available to maintain the health of Your dog. Because, look strong and healthy pet is a very desired by the dog owners. To the dog owners who have a certain dog, no dog health care products on the market today are available for dog health care problems

About health issues, there is a dog breed that tends to have health problems than any other breed of dogs that exist worldwide. Of course, this happens due to aging in dogs, dogs that getting older will inevitably have certain health problems. To help alleviate health problems for dogs, there is significance to recognize these problems and dog health products treatments available on the market.

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The nearly all consequential objects that a pet owner can do is to take the dog for routine check ups with the veterinary. In this way, the pet is always kept up to date on its shots, and the animal doctor can aid to warrant that there is not any health issue that needed to be communicated. In addition, the vet can recommend different dog health care products that can help with the surroundings that the specific dog has.

In attendance are definite dogs that have sensitive skin and will scratch at themselves pending, they get an ill considered or discharge if the condition is not taken care of. There are particular dog health care products that can assistance with this variety of the situation.

To soothing the dry skin of the dog, use a mild dog shampoo available, this will greatly help the dogs skin becomes cool. In addition, there are dog conditioners who can be invested in dog health care products that are pose on the dog’s coat after it is a towel dried so that the skin is also moisturized rather than dried out.

For the health of dogs’ teeth, present are dog health care products available to help. There are lots of different quid toys that are designed to grasp up beneath the vigorous munching the dogs can do, especially in the case of larger dogs that love to chew, until the toy does not fall isolated and cause a strangling or digestive hazard to the dog.

These dog health merchandises are planned to feel well-behaved to the dogs’ mandibles, teeth and gums in computation to clean up the potassium bitartrate from the teeth while they are mastication. There are including dog tooth brooms and gums that can be used to wash the dog’s teeth, since they should be cleaned at least three times per week.

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Canine flu was discovered less than a decade ago at some greyhound racetracks in the United states. The virus strain is highly contagious and it easily spread from one dog to another. It is really a big difficulty for race tracks because they put dogs out of the race for up to four weeks.   Without any mutation, dog flu is not gonna transfer to humans and within the same way, dogs are not likely to be infected with the influenza.

02/04/10 Weslaco, TX – Freddy Muller is an aide vet for a vet infirmary that is working with owners from all over the province. “the dog flu  has been a major concern for many pet owners within the city,” said Muller. “Many individuals seem to be anxious that the conditioning will induce their dogs to die just like the pigs and swine influenza. Many are also scared that the flu is gonna affect them.” Muller also was one of those who were present at the launch of the website – http://www.weimaranerproblems.com/weimaraner-obedience-training/.

In a forum that talked about Weimaraner Obedience Advice, there were many concerned pet owners who cited the subject of dog flu and their dogs. There was some concern, especially since spring was upcoming on and many owners were anxious that dogs would be more susceptible to the infection. We asked some pros about the problem to figure out if there really is need for concern. Here are some of the facts we found out.

The dog influenza is believed as a change of the equine influenza. It is exceedingly catching to dogs and the issue can last for up to 4 weeks. During that time, the dog could be a very contagious to other animals within the house or near it. Since this is a brand new strain, most dogs will not have any resistance to the condition.

Is it going to induce death with my dog? Most likely not; the flu virus is just like any other influenza virus in the world. The issue itself does not kill, what could probably be serious are the secondary infections that a dog can get while their immune system is compromised with the influenza. Younger dogs and aged dogs could be more vulnerable to problems from other conditions. Dogs who are immune compromised might also have an issue with the issue.

Do dogs who get the flu become immune to it? There is a good chance that immunity to the influenza will occur, but it will only last around 2 years. The best thing someone could do is to keep your dog from getting the infection in the very first place.

Another thing that was pointed out in the Weimaraner Obedience Advice forums was the prospect that the animal has of giving the information to their owners. Luckily, there is a really low chance of that happening unless a change occurs in the virus. The best thing than an owner can do is to report the instance of the flu to their vets. A phone call to the vet will do, most of the time, in particular when the infection is mild. Just keep the vet updated of the dog’s problem. 

Most mutt owners make dog health care a priority. Pet owners always want their animal to be in perfect health. Most will also be aware that dog health care considerations change from season to season.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, then the end of the winter will currently be in sight and you’ll be beginning to look forward to the spring season. Springtime is almost universally loved. With springs comes cute new born lambs and beautiful yellow daffodils.

There are different dog health care challenges in spring to those in the other seasons. The grooming of the dog is one thing that will radically change. The warmer climate means the dog will start to shed their coat. You will have to clean their habitat more regularly because it will be covered in hairs.

Daffodils may be beautiful, but they are also toxic to dogs and other animals. Make sure your dog doesn’t start nibbling the daffodils in your back garden. 

There is a chance your dog will suffer from hay fever. Pollen, dust and airborne moulds can cause problems for dogs, as well as humans. Keep an eye on your dog to see if they are sneezing more regularly during the spring season. Consult a vet if this is your dog.

The staple dog health care tasks should not be forgotten about with the arrival of these new tasks. Good dog health care prevents your dog developing serious medical issues. 

The good news is that spring doesn’t pose the same threats to your dog health care program as the winter does. This doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels though. Dog health care is a constant and sometimes challenging process. The rewards are evident though, especially when your dog is in a spritely, affectionate mood.

Awareness of dog illnesses is  not something you ought to leave to the veterinarian. As with dog training,  if  you know the basic principles then  you’ll recognise the indicators once your dog actually starts to get unwell. This is a quick help guide to many  of the most typical disorders that have an affect on dog health and fitness.

1) Arthritis in Dogs

A number of dogs will display this degenerative  disease in their lifetime – it is  particularly prevalent in elderly dogs, and dogs  which aren’t getting enough exercise. Signs or symptoms  include things like stiffness inside the muscles and joints, and quite powerful discomfort sometimes.  Unfortunately the condition cannot be  cured, thus you’ll want to help  manage the symptoms using pain medication, exercise, and natural treatments.

2) Epilepsy in Dogs

Epilepsy is really a disorder that produces  seizures, due to defective electrical activity within  the brain. If your dog suffers from a seizure then  there’s not much that can be done. Try and  keep an eye on him to ensure that he doesn’t  hurt himself.

3) Dog Obesity

It is not just humankind that are suffering from weight problems – it is becoming an  increasingly very common  condition within our pets too. Out of all dog illnesses, this  could be the one which calls for that  you take most action. You must think carefully about  how much food you’re  giving your puppy, what you’re feeding him, and giving him adequate  exercise. You’ll be aware that your dog is overweight should you run your hand over his ribs but can’t really feel any ribs  over the skin.

4) Diarrhea in Dogs and Parvovirus

There are a number of different factors behind diarrhea,  but it is with this listing of dog illnesses because of just how widespread it  can be. In many cases, adjustments to your dog’s feces could just be as a result  of modifying his diet or even very simple  anxiety. Even so, there could also be a more serious cause.

Parvovirus may cause diarrhea that’s usually yellow or yellow/ gray in color,  and gets tinged with blood very quickly. It is a viral illness, and around 80%  of affected puppies will die if left untreated. Having  said that, nearly all dogs will survive if  given proper treatment.

5) Canine Flu

The flu is a type of illness in dogs just like it can be in humans. It shares most of the comparable symptoms, like a mild fever, runny nose, sneezing and also a cough. It is contagious, though your dog will often recover by himself without medical treatment.

These are simply a small selection of the commonest dog illnesses. The more you understand your dog’s health, the  better position you’ll be into determine whether he needs extra medical care.

Dogs are really lucky pet as most owners show their affection by kissing the pet. Why then do many dog owners overlook the need to clean the dog’s teeth? Dog owners ensure that the pet is regularly groomed but taking care of the dog’s teeth is a task that is often forgotten. Dogs are indiscriminate eaters that would feast on feces and spoiled food whenever given a chance. To the consternation of owners; dogs have an unaccountable liking for toilet bowl water too. Gross! It is certainly yucky to smell the disgusting breath of the dog.

Apparently, healthy dogs are pets that eat the right amount of nutritious food. This is the reason why dogs must have healthy teeth as unlike toothless humans that depend on dentures, a toothless dog’s eating ability will be impaired. Imagine how hard it would be for toothless dogs to eat. Strong sharp teeth are one of the dog’s most useful asset used in hunting prey. Dog nowadays don’t have to hunt to eat as bowls of food are regularly provided by the owners. Nevertheless, healthy teeth would still be needed to eat the food easily.

A dog’s teeth must be brushed to ensure oral hygiene. Poor dental hygiene that result to plaque and tartar build up, tooth and gum problems as well as other periodontal diseases can affect the quality of the dog’s life. As mentioned, dogs have the unexplainable at least to us humans habit of eating rotting animals, spoiled food and feces. With the dog’s unhygienic eating habits it is for certain that dog have lots of germs in their mouth.

Apart from giving the dog an abhorrent breath, the dirt and the germs that were not removed will be health hazards that can cause gum problems and the deterioration of the teeth. Infections from these dental concerns can worsen and spread throughout the dog’s body. For instance, the infection from a gum disease can result to the development of a heart ailment.

A dental care routine is best started while the dog is still a puppy. Specially designed toothbrushes must be used. Toothpaste formulated for dogs must be used as well. These flavored pet toothpastes are appealing to dogs and would make the task easier as it can be used as a lure to entice the dog allow the brushing. Brushing the dog’s teeth once or two times a week would be enough to maintain the dog’s oral hygiene. Taking the pet to the vet’s once in a while to be professionally brushed would be a good idea.

At Sarah’s Dogs you can find out more about why dogs need their teeth brushed as well as if you need to brush your dogs teeth.

Toxic Food For Dogs

We all know chocolate is not good for our canines, and can possibly kill them.  Did you understand there are a variety of additional foods which can  potentially be dangerous to our canines?  Foods to keep out of your canines reach:

 

Alcoholic Beverages – alcohol can cause intoxication of course, but additionally can result in coma and demise, retain the beverages for the adults

 

Caffeine – found not solely in coffee, teas, but also in chocolate.  Can be poisonous to the heart and nervous system.  Can additionally lead to vomiting and diarrhea

 

Grapes, Raisins, Currants – the toxin is unknown, but has been known to bring about injury to the kidneys.

 

Vitamins consisting of iron – can be poisonous to the liver, kidneys and other organs

 

Macadamia nuts –  includes an not known toxin, but has been known to result in harm to the digestive system, nervous system and muscles.

 

Milk and other dairy products – can result in diarrhea

 

Mushrooms – contains toxins which can cause shock and demise

 

Rhubarb leaves – includes oxalates that negatively effect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems

 

Artificial sweeteners made up of Xylitol – can bring about hypoglycemia, vomiting, weakness and collapse.   If big amounts are ingested, may lead to liver failure.

 

In addition to the possibly dangerous  list of food above, there are a number of things that just make good sense to keep away from your dog.  It’s good practice to steer clear of the following for your dog:

 

Fish and chicken bones

Fat trimmings

Sodium

Garbage

Onions and garlic

Raw eggs, meats and fish

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Resist the temptation to over feed your dog or give your dog excessive treats or leftovers.  If you would want to spoil our dog do so by making sure your dog is the coolest dog on the planet with a personalized dog bandana.  It’s cool, it’s fashionable, check out the best in dog accessories.  Your dog will thank you for it.