Feed them easily digestible diet such as chicken and rice or broth and rice. You can add 1 to 3 tablespoons of pumpkin to any food. Do not use pumpkin pie mix. It should bulk up diarrhea and slow down the gut motility. You do not need to withhold food because the dog is not vomiting. You need to have your dog looked at by your vet if diarrhea persists for more than three to five days. Also, if your dog displays symptoms of loss of appetite and abdominal pain.
Food aggression starts with the fear of losing out.
If your dog has food aggression, be sure you supervise your pet when it's eating. If you have multiple dogs, position the dog bowls in separate areas of the room if that does not work feed the dogs in separate rooms. Also, be sure you understand your dog's body language give your dogs sufficient space during meal time. If you have guests in your home, be sure you feed your dog in another room. It is also a good idea to keep your dog in another room when you have visitors for lunch or dinner for everyone's safety.
If you take your dog to a kennel be sure you give them specific instruction on your dog for his meals and treats including isolating your dog from others doing his meal and treat time.
Zoonoses diseases are common in the USA. Scientists estimate 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in people are spread from animals and 75 percent of new or emerging diseases are also spread from animals.
Salmonella is contracted when people eat contaminated food. Also, it can be transmitted between people and animals.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin and is spread from animals to humans.
Ringworm will appear in pets as a dry, scaly, itchy patch in the skin. In humans, it appears as a round lesion with the scaly ring around the edge with redness and itching.
It is imperative to have yearly fecal exams for your pets and keep parasites under control. Raccoon roundworms have been known to cause death in humans.
Always wash your hands especially after you play with your pets or even if you don't touch the animals. Hand washing will reduce the incidence of many bacterial diseases.
Dog feces should be removed from your yard and when taking a dog for a walk.
Clean your cat litter box daily to lower the exposure to parasites.
Cat scratch fever is a flea-borne infection that is transmitted to humans through a scratch or bite. The infection can result in swollen lymph nodes, fever, and lethargy. If this occurs to you, check with your doctor.
You want to get good references from dog owners, breeders, shelters and dog rescues.
Check the vet 's education and experience.
Check to see if they are American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited. Membership does ensure a certain level of medical care.
Before going to the vet, make a list of question and concerns.
Can I call is often as I want to get updates on my dog if hospitalized.
Ask for a tour of the facilities.
It would be great if you can introduce your dog to the vet way before his/her first visit.
Most important is good communication with the vet.
Make sure that your vet doesn't mind when you ask a lot of questions.
See if the vet will let you pick up medication or script without an office visit after you have been established with them.
Try to develop a friendly relationship with the vet and staff.
Are their hours convenient for you?
There has been a recall on a variety of dog food with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
The amount depends on the dog's weight, age, and overall health. Vitamin D is an important nutrient very good for bone growth. If your dog eats too much vitamin D it will have health problems. According to the FDA, your dog symptoms of too much vitamin D would stop eating, drinking, urinating, vomit, drool, kidney failure, weight loss, and death is could be possible. Take a photo with your cell phone of the food label and send it to your vet to see what the vet has to say.
Fish oil can reduce the risk of heart attacks, manage high blood pressure and relieve arthritis pain. It is a nutritional supplement good for anti-inflammatory, reduces inflammation and skin allergies that allow the pet to feels less itchy. The fish oil can reduce abnormal heart rhythms and seizures. Ask your vet which fish oil will be appropriate for your pet.
If your pet does not want to swallow a capsule, you can open the capsule and pour it over his food. Fish oil supplements are not toxic to cats or dogs.
Dogs are very curious and they will ingest what is in a bag or around the house.
If you think your dog has been poisoned, be sure to take the dog to the emergency veterinarian clinic immediately. have them do a urine toxicology screening text and that should confirm if it's marijuana poisoning.
Some dogs lose bladder control, have seizures, or even become comatose and slip into a coma. vomit can be inhaled into its lungs, causing sepsis and pneumonia which led to its death. Cannabis may also cause dogs to have low heart rates, low body temperature, low blood pressure, tremors, or dilated pupils. Marijuana can have dramatic effects on dogs.
Do not smoke marijuana when your pet is in the room. Some dogs died from consuming marijuana. KEEP MARIJUANA OUT OF DOGS REACH.
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Is a disease prevalent in dogs that exhibit symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer disease?
This disease is increasing in the dog's population. The disease can start when a dog is 9-10 years old. More than 60 percent between the age 15-16 show at least one symptom of CCD. If you notice your dog is forgetting his daily walk route, not greeting you when you come home and enjoying things like he used to. It can be caused by an abnormal protein in the brain that creates a buildup of harmful plaque. Built up well cause nerve cell damage which leads to cognitive and decline. Dementia affects dogs memory, motor functions, and learning behaviors. The dog will gradually worsen over time. Have your dog evaluated by your vet.
Dog skin tag growths appear on the dogs as they age and other growths. Make sure that you pay close attention to a middle age dog. The skin tags remain soft and are the same color as the dog skin, typically excess skin or fatty deposits are normally localized, self-contained they are harmless and painless. It is always good to have your vet take a look at the tags to make sure that it is not cancerous. Lipomas are fatty deposits beneath the skin.
Skin tags on dogs can be confused with lipomas again, have your vet check out your dog.
The best way to acclimate your dog to grooming early in life is get the puppy used to you touching their paws, ears and tail and give the dog a treat. Using a scrub brush when bathing will help stuck on dirt, exfoliate the skin, and remove dead coat to prevent mats from forming. Conditioner helps close up the pores and protect the coat from breakage and tangles. Spend a few minutes each day brushing your dog.
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