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Top 4 Reasons Of Providing Supplements To Your Senior Dogs

March 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Supplements To Your Senior Dogs

As dogs age, they enter the golden years of their lives. However, with age they require extra supplements along with regular food for their active and healthy life. Nutritional supplements aid senior pets to lead painless and healthy life free of age-related issues. Food plays an important role when it comes to ageing dogs. A complete and balanced food provides all the required nutrients for proper functioning and total well-being of your ageing. A proper diet has the power to transform their lifestyle during the golden years.

Is Your Dog Food Really Good?

It is not always true that all the foods available in the pet stores are good for the senior pet to boost their life further. A senior dog may need vitamins, minerals, iron and other proteins in proper amount in their daily diet. To see whether your dog is getting enough nutrition, check your pet health by visiting your vet. Ask your vet whether your dog is getting all the nutrients from the food you are feeding or not. If anything is lacking in its diet, you need to know which supplements your furry pal requires for optimal health.

Unlike our diet, which varies day to day, most dogs eat the same food but some food companies formulate their diet using some feeding trails. It implies they are making their food based on the formula, than what actually is required for a dog. Thus, they are not enough to give your pet as a complete meal. Thus, it becomes necessary to provide nutritional supplements to your ageing dogs. Take a look at the reasons why supplements are important for senior dogs.

Top 4 Reasons Why Supplements Are Needed For Dogs:

supplements & vegetables for dogs

1. Different Age of Dog Needs Different Food

Food varies as per the different ages. Not all ages of dog require the supplements. Puppies or adult dogs might not have a need for supplements as their immune system and health is capable of powering up their health. Opposed to this, old age dogs may require additional supplements along with a daily diet to help them stay healthy and disease free.

2. Disease Can Be Treated With Supplements

Poor health often attracts diseases. However, many diseases are cured by the vet. Normally, vet recommends nutritional supplements for senior dogs to help them get back to their normal health.

3. You May Not Know What Food Contains How Much Calories

Frequently, pet parents give their dogs a fresh meal every day. It is good to provide your senior dog, fresh and cooked meal to eat. This prevents many diseases. But you may not know, which food contain how much calories. Whereas supplement packs have clear details about nutrients with proper percentage. You can check it before you buy or ask your vet if you don’t understand it properly.

4. Joint Discomfort

Older or senior pooch are prone to joint discomfort. Take a help of your vet for the supplement that supports joint health.

In any situation, concern from your vet before using the supplements for the senior dog will help you take care of your dog. Nutritional supplements including joint supplements or homeopathic homeopet supplements help keep senior dogs healthy and happy.

 

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Important Reasons To Know About Panting And Shaking In The Dog

February 9, 2018 Leave a comment

dog excessive panting

If you have a pet dog, then you must have seen, it is panting. Sometimes, even more, it is shaking. These unwanted symptoms do not only occur in dogs but also occur in cats. Pet owner just neglects these symptoms. They think that it is common in dogs or cats and thus they do not take this seriously. Believe or not if you do not take it seriously, it may affect your pet health. Let’s see the topmost and most important reasons why the dog is panting and shaking:

Suffering From Heat:

Dog feels uncomfortable when it faces the heat. Direct sun raises coming on the body of the dog harm the skin. Thus, the dog is panting and shaking. Keep your dog in cool place, and providing it water to drink if needed.

Fever:

One of the reasons for the dog panting and shaking is the fever. This fever occurs due to some of the infections like the viral infection, fungal infection, bacterial infection and more. Thus, depending on these infections you may see the other symptoms in the dog.

Kidney Disease:

Kidney disease, such as chronic kidney disease or renal failure is the symptoms that stay for a long time. Dog parent will see that the dog will drink water many times and urinate frequently than the routine. This leads the dog to shaking or panting and so it needs a kidney disease treatment.

Injuries:

If your dog has pale gums, and shaking and panting, this kind of symptoms may point to specific internal injury. Your dog feels very weak and further it may cause more complications if the proper treatment is not given.

Low Blood Sugar or Hypoglycemia:

Your dog is continually shaking and panting because of low blood sugar. It is not a serious problem and can be cured by simple remedies available at home. Even after this simple treatment, if you didn’t see the improvement in your dog’s health, you should take the help of a vet.

Food Poisoning:

Dog sometimes eats such a food which is toxic. And sometimes pet owner even not aware of this. This toxic food may cause several reactions. With panting and shaking dog may vomit and hence you need to give proper medicine to your dog.

Stress:

Sometimes dog feels stress and fear and due to this may experience panting and shaking. A dog behaves abnormally when it has fear of something. The loud noise of fireworks and crackers are the things using which dog may be anxiety for dog. The dog may run or sit quietly in one of the corners.

The above are the critical reasons why your dog is panting and shaking. Some of the reasons are normal and can be solved with home remedies, but on the other hand, some of the conditions cannot be solved by home remedies. These conditions can be solved by giving your pet a proper treatment of disease. Identify above symptoms, and avoid painting or shaking in the pet.

Separation Anxiety In Dogs – A Thought To Ponder Upon

January 15, 2018 1 comment

Understanding Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Dogs are ‘social animals’. The emotions which a child of 3 years experience after leaving his mother for school do makes sense when it comes to your furry pal. While the same child over the time get used to that bid adieu, your furry friend may find it hard to cope up when you leave for your work.

Dealing with this phenomena, not only requires patience on part of pet parents but also a clear understanding to differentiate whether the situation can be term as ‘separation anxiety’ or it is just a case of ‘house manners’.

The golden rule applies here is to silently observe those ‘moments’ when you get readied to pick your car’s keys and makes way for the final lap. If the unusual behavior of your dog is specific to these ‘moments’ then you need to address the issue at earliest. Mark the behavior of your pet in your absence at home, thus giving you a clearer picture.

Separation anxiety symptoms-

  1. Continued barking- looking for his gone pet parent
  2. Hostile behavior in your absence marked by chewing and scratching
  3. Showing rage on household objects, when left alone
  4. Urinating and defecating but only in the absence of his guardian
  5. Self injury
  6. Trying to escape the house in search of his master

Separation anxiety disorder can happens to any dog, however few elements that may contribute to the development of separation anxiety in a canine are as follows-

  • Change of guardianship of the dog
  • Dogs adopted from shelters- adjustment issues with new pet parent
  • Moving to a new residence- new environment for dog
  • Death of someone close to the pet
  • Breeds that are trained to be companion dogs- Labradors, German shepherds, etc

Separation Anxiety In Dog

What To Do As A Pet Parent In Such Scenario?

Keep The Separation A Low- Key Affair

Many a times not only the dog but also his master experiences some sort of nervousness when he say goodbye to his comrade. The hysterical nature of the goodbye will add more to the cause of your pet’s separation anxiety.

Therefore, keep your departure calm and make it a routinely affair.

Crate Training

The decision to crate train your dog solely lies on you. Depending upon the psychological setup of your breed you can think of, crate training your pet. If properly trained, many dogs find crate a safe place when left alone.

Pre Separation Dog Training

A, strenuous and active physical session with your dog before leaving, will make your dog feel tired. The resultant outcome is low outburst of emotions at the time of departure.

Involve Dog Behaviorist

Depending upon the severity of the stress, a dog behaviorist can give useful insights to deal with the situation. He can guide you whether to opt for desensitization program, any medication or not.

Consider Pet Sitter

A pet sitter can be handy in taking care of your dog when you are out. Other than this, you can take the help of any individual whom you trust to ‘handle things’ when you are out for work.

Separation anxiety in dogs, in its mild form can easily be tackled by creating an appropriate environment for the dog when he is left alone, and making some self- behavior changes, which are fit to the purpose.

 

Unveiled Facts Behind Dog’s Licking

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Facts Behind Dog’s Licking

Licking is a common trait in fido’s. It might be an expression of self caring and cleaning. But, the fact is that, there is lot of difference between what you assume and what actually exists. Parenting your kid and parenting a fido are two almost same things, as both of them need a lot of observation and determination. You always keep an eye on each and every activity of your kid to monitor them. Same level of cautiousness you should keep for your pooh also. Try to find out the reasons behind their common and uncommon habits. May be you could discover many more unheard and unexpected things out of your curiosity.

In this same context let’s take an example of licking. Have you ever wondered that what must be the most possible reasons behind your dog’s licking??

Why Does My Dog Lick All The Time?

Scientific Reasons

You might have heard that dogs also lick because they like the taste of their owner’s salty skin and out of habit. Mostly, it’s a sign of affection. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins, which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure.

Most possible disorders behind anxiety:

why your dog licks your face

1. Depression and anxiety: Pets are not blessed with vocal power like us. They are not able to verbalize whatever they feel. Depression is a state which can also effect your pooch and the anti depressant egg

2. Separation anxiety: Pet’s lick their owners out of excitement. Licking themselves is also a sign that they are missing their owner. Dogs are social animal and very much fond of their owner’s attention. In your absence they lick themselves out of absence of pampering and of course yours absence.

3. Hormonal imbalances. If your dog’s body is not producing enough thyroid hormone or putting out too much cortisol, superficial skin infection can occur. You may notice bald spots, and your dog may scratch or lick as if bothered by allergies.

4. Stress- Your pooch also feels stressed due to boredom, understimulation, depression, frequent exposure to an aversive stimulus, or a general anxiety may begin to lick or chew paws as a coping mechanism that both reduces systemic cortisol levels and increases systemic dopamine and opioid neurochemicals.

Excessive licking is somewhat, which should not be ignored. Don’t delay for vet’s assistance if this kind of problem exists. Observe the most common situations in which dog over licks.

 

 

Life Style and Health Issues – Obese Pet’s in US

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Life Style And Health Issues in Dogs

Health is a key to happiness. If you are not feeling healthy you will never feel happy. Lifestyle has a great impact on individual’s weight and health. Weight! Yes, a major issue!

We humans are reluctant of sitting at a same place for several hours, sometime it is due to our work schedule and sometimes it is our personal choice! Yeah, on a lighter note, we hail from a lethargic fraternity. Our pets are more active and agile than us, in spite the surveys are quoting about the increased percentage of obese pets in US.

The facts and figures are based on pet parent’s expenses on their medical bills. Wrong lifestyle and eating habits gives rise to obesity and obesity itself is an invitation to several other diseases.

Pet Obesity Details in USA

What must be the potential reasons behind the fluffy pets?? Their brought up, type of training and diet regimen depends on you. Us, pets are more prone to obesity. The increased consumption of calories and reduced ways of burning it is a broad reason behind these situations.

Pampering and ruining is separated by the boundary of discipline. If you want your pet to be fit than stop ruining them with over pampering, which comes in for of many malpractices like overfeeding, lack of exercise?

Playful pets are turning into potato pups! The major frustration starts when they are prone to other diseases, which are caused by extra fat deposition in body. Some diseases like joint problems and hormonal issues are very common. The most painful issue for parents is looking their pets lacking sanity and turning scratchy!

pet obesity prevention

Obesity decreases the movement of pets and invites fleas and ticks infestation on pets. The quality of life should be maintained by keeping a strict control of marketed products, which are less nutritive.

Points To Be Focused:

  • Hard and exhaustive training at morning will help to maintain a strong built and fit version of pet.
  • Regular and routine visit for medical consults
  • Correct diet regimen with correct time schedule

 

Pet obesity is a serious issue. If your pet is getting obese frequently, then without any doubts in mind take them to experts for better suggestion.

Just a correct is parenting is required!

 

A Blend of Several Studies – Exploring Emotions in Dogs

September 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Exploring Emotions in Dogs

Emotions, it is a very heavy word that describes sundry feelings. Emotions can range from anger to contentment, distress to enthusiastic and god knows many more. The emotions that any living being experience depends upon their encounters in daily lives and circumstances they face. Living beings just not includes humans, but their best friends as well i.e. dogs that depicts various emotions by their actions.

There have been several studies and researches that tried to decipher whether the dog is able to enact upon human emotions or not. And, there have been various results most of them with a positive approach. The numbers of inferences that have been derived are illustrated as follows:

  • Dogs can smell fear of humans. It has been attained that when humans fear from any plausible threat they give away a certain kind of odor. The dog smells this odor, which is why it is inferred that the pooches can smell fear. Dogs do have tremendously larger number of receptors than humans.
  • Canines are terrific at reading a person’s body language. Like if you just came home from office and you are in a bad mood, your furry pal will get sad as well. If you are scared then he won’t act in an aggressive manner. Although, only the pet dogs exhibit such positive behaviors. They will be perceived in much threatening and negative way to the street and unknown dogs.
  • Several other research studies suggest that the four-legged human pals also confront emotions like jealousy. In this study, it was inferred that the dog upon seeing their other companions getting treats for their behavior or patting, would get jealous and stop doing their task.

Emotions in Dogs

  • All dog-parents must have witnessed the joy their pooches display on their owners returning to home. This emotion is commonly observed in the dogs. They also wag their tail in contentment when their parents are in joyous mood.
  • Dogs are very caring and protective about their owners. If you are having a bad day or crying and depicting unhappy emotions, your dog will feel that and he himself will become gloomy. He might even act scared and corner himself.

There are profuse amount of studies going on as the science is advancing, giving the researchers more proficiency to analyze the furry pals and their emotional behavior.

 

Best Dog Breeds That Greets Water Sports

June 19, 2017 1 comment

Dog Breeds For Water Sports

Outdoor is always a bliss for dogs. Walking in the park, going out for car rides fill them with joy. Although, some breeds of dogs are not satisfied with just a walk, they love more other activities to do. They are more attracted towards adventurous activities and are even well-built for that.

If you are water sports enthusiast and also a dog lover, you have nothing to worry about going on an adventure and leaving your dog alone. You can buy or adopt a breed which is comfortable in the water and is sporty.

Some breeds of dogs who are lover of water sports activities are:

Dog Breeds That Greets Water Sports

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are very friendly and water loving dogs. They are excellent swimmers and love surfing and boat rides, not afraid to stand at the edge also. Such energetic and good nature dogs are very suitable as your partners for all sorts of adventures and water sports too. The best thing about Labrador retriever is that they are not restricted to water sports but also love backpacking, hiking and camping.

2. Newfoundland

Landseer Newfoundland Dog

A giant, generous, furry pal, Newfoundland is fond of water. Because of his big-built and strength, it is used as a rescue dog. This breed was originally trained to pull in fishnets, carts and other heavy equipment. This breed of dog is very friendly and adores children and are good surfers too.
They love water and ensures safety of their owners too, as they are trained to be a lifeguard on certain coasts.

3. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

nova scotia duck tolling retriever

Small sized dog breeds, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, are easy to handle because of their loving nature. They enjoy water sports and hiking. All-time favorite game of this breed is a game of fetch in the waters. They are used especially for hunting purposes at the sea shore. The white markings on them attracts various birds and sea creatures.

4. Poodle

Poodle Puppy

A mixture of intelligence, water retrieving skills, playfulness and physical fitness define this breed. The name Poodle was derived from German word ‘Pudeln’ which means ‘ to splash’. The name itself defines the dog is fond of water. They enjoy the waves and can accompany you till the edge of the boat. They are highly skilled in many water sports and have excellent swimming skills. Apart from that, they have also been trained in obedience, agile, tracking and circus training. They are also used as hunting and assistance dogs.

5. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Also called as ‘chessies’, these dogs are actually born to enjoy the ocean. The amazing dog’s water repellant fur coat lets them dive in ice cold water and the webbed-toes help them swim through rough currents.

The owner of this breed must be patient enough to train them as they are very intelligent and takes time to be trained, but once done, they are the most loyal dogs. They get attached and connected to a single person. Such dogs are the best companions for you even in extreme sports and in extreme conditions.

6. Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

One of the most uncommon breeds to find now days, but its absolute delight to have them as a pet. Once unleashed, they can’t stay away from water. Best buddies for you to take on boating or diving. They were initially trained to help fishermen to huddle up fish into nets. They were also great messengers and took messages from ship to shore or vice versa.

They are the most enthusiastic and fun loving and without any doubt great swimmers. They can be easily trained. Best company for any water sporting trip.

Apart from these breeds, several other breeds are also comfortable in water like Schipperke, Irish Water Spaniel, Spanish Water Dog. People who admire nature, love to travel and take risks in life, for them these are the best companions. If no one is there for you, these dogs will surely be. Take care of them and they’ll reciprocate.