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  • If your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be s...

    why my dog wont eatIf your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be sure your dog is not ill before trying to encourage food. Some medical issues may include cancer, dental disease, a systemic infection, liver problems or kidney failure. Sometimes a dog can’t eat after recent vaccinations. Travel and motion sickness, sometimes this has an effect on a dog’s appetite.

    Unfamiliar situations can cause your dog discomfort. Aside from certain situations, a dog may not eat just because it is finicky or feels uncomfortable. Once your veterinarian has ruled out any medical issues, consider feeding your dog in a comfortable area, away from distractions. 

     

    VIDEO BY Dr. Sam Meisler Possible causes of dog not eating

     

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  • If your dog is diabetic, you will want to feed it a special diet which is high in fiber and low in fat. The diet should also be high in c...

    If your dog is diabetic, you will want to feed it a special diet which is high in fiber and low in fat. The diet should also be high in complex carbohydrates for better digestion. Be sure the fat is not too low, below ten per cent, or it will affect the pet’s skin and coat. A diabetic dog needs to be feed at least two to three times per day to prevent high blood sugar levels. Twice a day at breakfast and dinner is usually sufficient. Monitor what your dog eats as well to be sure it eats the full portion and prevent hypoglycemia.

    Avoid obesity in your diabetic dog as well. Your veterinarian may need to prescribe a specific diet to control the diabetes as well as stabilize its weight. Pet stores also provide specific diets for the diabetic dog. A dry form of diabetic food is preferred since they have a higher fiber content. 

     

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  • Dementia affects many dogs each year and is associated with reduced brain function. Clinical studies have shown that diet has an impact o...

    Dementia affects many dogs each year and is associated with reduced brain function. Clinical studies have shown that diet has an impact on your Dog with Dementia. Choose a food for your dog that is rich in antioxidants and nutrients. These types of foods have shown positive results in the behavior changes in the dementia canine. Some suggestions are made by Hill’s Science Diet. The Prescription Diet Canine b/d, after feeding your dog for a year, showed a 58 per cent improvement in learning abilities. Speak with your veterinarian about a special diet to help brain function for your dog with dementia. 

     

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  • As soon as you get a dog, it is important to get your pup vaccinated for the prevention of common animal diseases. Puppies usually begin ...

    As soon as you get a dog, it is important to get your pup vaccinated for the prevention of common animal diseases. Puppies usually begin a vaccination regiment by the time they are six weeks old. Your puppy will receive the distemper vaccine, canine adenovirus vaccine as well as parvovirus. These vaccines will be repeated at 12 and 16 weeks of age at which time the rabies vaccine will be administered. Thereafter, your dog will receive a booster shot yearly and the rabies shot is given either annually or once every 3 years, depending on the protection and budget you have.

     

    Some other vaccines are available, dependent upon circumstances in your life. If you frequent heavily infested tick areas like mountains and woody areas, the Lyme disease vaccine may be recommended. If your dog is in close quarters with other pets often, you may want to prevent kennel cough with the bordetella vaccine. Speak with your veterinarian regarding the recommended vaccinations for your dog in your particular area.

     

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  • Heartworm can be a fatal disease for your dog if they are not protected. Although veterinarians recommend prevention year round, during e...

    Heartworm can be a fatal disease for your dog if they are not protected. Although veterinarians recommend prevention year round, during early spring, it is important to get your dog in for a routine blood test to be sure your dog is heartworm negative. Once the results come in, it is simple to begin a preventative plan for your dog. Your veterinarian will prescribe a once-a-month oral medication for your dog such as Interceptor, Sentinel or HeartGard.

     

    Ask your vet about these particular medications as there are some available that work in multiple ways to repel heartworm, fleas and ticks. A topical medication, Revolution, is also available. More recently a vaccine is offered, ProHeart-6, given once every six months to protect your dog against heartworm disease. Either way, testing is recommended annually to manage the disease and protect your pet.

     

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  • If you are concerned about what to feed your dog, it is recommended that you choose a high-quality dog food with a specified meat as the ...

    If you are concerned about what to feed your dog, it is recommended that you choose a high-quality dog food with a specified meat as the number one ingredient. Avoid meat by-products, bone meal, corn, wheat or other fillers. The best dog food is grain-free with high protein and high fiber, it may cost a little more but fills your dog up with lesser amounts. It is important to read labels and provide food with the least amount of ingredients.

     

    Dry food is a better option most times as it helps to keep teeth and gums in better health than a wet food. This does not mean that you cannot give wet food now and then or mix it with dry food for variety. Most high-quality dog foods are found at your local pet store and they can help you with a choice to fit your dog’s particular needs.  Your veterinarian can also be able to assist you with a brand of food. Most vets carry dog food products.

    As far as how often to feed a dog, it is best to split the recommended amount of food between two feedings a day rather than all at one time. Optimum times are at breakfast time and dinner time with a good chew bone or dental bone prior to bedtime.

     

    You can also watch the video on the best and worst foods for your dog or cat

     

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  • A puppy usually starts out with dry foods at about three to four weeks of age. At that time you can mix the dry with some water, which is...

    A puppy usually starts out with dry foods at about three to four weeks of age. At that time you can mix the dry with some water, which is easier for the puppy, and fed three to four times a day. How much you feed your puppy depends on the breed of the dog and should be followed according to the recommendations on the bag of food. Be sure the puppy food you choose is high in nutrients with proper protein, calcium and calories necessary for your dog. Again, the first ingredient on the label should be meat. By the time your puppy is three to four months old, choose a feeding schedule of twice a day, at breakfast and dinner.

     

    What the video on the best and worst pet foods to feed your dog or cat. By Dr. Karen Becker.

     

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  • There are several options to get your dog to take its medication. It doesn’t have to be a battle. Most often it is easy to hide a p...

    There are several options to get your dog to take its medication. It doesn’t have to be a battle. Most often it is easy to hide a pill or capsule in some type of food product your dog loves – something that will not cause him harm, such as cheese, peanut butter, bologna, hot dog piece of bread, canned dog or cat food rolled into a ball, a big marshmallow or Braunschweiger. Place the medicine in the middle of the treat and place it in the palm of your hand – your dog will usually take it without even chewing.

     

    Some medications actually come in flavored form that the dogs like, making it an easy option for administering the pills. A recent solution is known as pill pockets which can be purchased at the larger pet supply stores. They come in meat flavors and various sizes for pills or capsules. These pockets are soft and pliable so you can place the medicine inside it and roll it into a ball before administering the treat to your dog. Always make sure you use a type of food that is not harmful to your dog, or your dog is allergic to. If you are not sure what to use contact your vet.

     

    Wach the video on how to give pills to your dog by Willard Vets.

     

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  • Dental care of a dog or cat should begin the moment that animal enters your home and family. Dental disease such as gingivitis and period...

    Dental care of a dog or cat should begin the moment that animal enters your home and family. Dental disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis stems from a lack of dental care and oral hygiene for your dog or cat. Such problems can be eliminated with regular brushing of the teeth at a very early age. It may seem impossible for the “carefree” kitty, but not impossible. You will need a small toothbrush or finger brush and pet flavored toothpaste. First get the pet used to the taste of the paste and then the brush, without actually brushing their teeth.

    Once your pet is used to these foreign items, begin brushing starting from the back teeth and working forward – top and then bottom teeth. Don’t make it stressful for your pet – take breaks if you must until you can complete the job successfully. This is something that should be done a few times a week although once a week is fine.

    In between brushing, oral rinses are available that can be placed in a pets drinking water. There are also special treats and bones available for your pet’s enjoyment that is designed to remove plaque and tartar. These treats are not to replace regular brushing but help in the maintenance of oral hygiene.

    Watch the following videos on how to brush your cat's teeth and how to brush your dog's teeth.

     

     

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  • In order to provide your dog a healthy skin and shiny coat, diet and supplements play an important role. Begin with a diet that has a bal...

    In order to provide your dog a healthy skin and shiny coat, diet and supplements play an important role. Begin with a diet that has a balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. A very important supplement is Flaxseed oil which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. Flaxseed oil has many benefits for your dog beside the skin and coat such as having anti-fungal, anti-cancerous, antibacterial and antiviral properties. A well-balanced diet along with Omega-3 fatty acids helps to promote a healthy coat on your dog. Please discuss your options with your vet.

     

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  • Yes, your dog can get sunburned.    Dogs, just as humans, can be subjected to sunburn. The cause of a sunburn is due to the d...

    Yes, your dog can get sunburned. 

     

    Dogs, just as humans, can be subjected to sunburn. The cause of a sunburn is due to the direct UVL injuries to the pet's skin cells.  Your dog may be having such a good time that it is easy to  forget the perils of the sun and its heat.

    You need to learn how to recognize the effects of sunburn, ways to treat it and especially how you can prevent your dog from getting burnt.  Sunburn on dogs is also known as solar dermatitis.

     

    Read more on your dog getting sunburned and the preventative measures you can take to prevent your dog from getting sunburned. We will also outline how to tell if your dog has been burned by the sun, and what degree og burn.

     

    Remember to ALWAYS consult your veterinarian as soon as you think you see any signs of burns or skin irritation, or any change in the skin. Such as, red inflamed skin, blisters, lesions, scaling and hair loss

  • Yes, dogs can get heat stroke. If your dog has been out in the hot for a period of time he or she could be suffering from heat stroke. So...

    Yes, dogs can get heat stroke. If your dog has been out in the hot for a period of time he or she could be suffering from heat stroke. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs are as follows:

     

    • Warm dry skin
    • Quick, heavy breathing and panting/gasping for breath
    • Fever
    • Drooling that may lead to dry gums
    • Glassy eyes or Staring/Conjunctiva of the Eyes
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
    • Seizures or collapsing
    • Weakness
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Redness of the gums
    • Anxiety with inability to respond to owner commands

     

    If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, get your dog out of the sun and call your vet immediately to discuss these symptoms.

     

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  • A lot of people ask the question, can i get sick from my dog licking my face? Yes, there is a chance of getting sick from your dog or pup...

    A lot of people ask the question, can i get sick from my dog licking my face? Yes, there is a chance of getting sick from your dog or puppy licking your face. Just like people they can transfer germs. So when you were a kid and your grandmother said to you, "don't let that dog kiss your face that way" she knew what she was talking abouth. A dog's mouth is not as clean as most people think. Harboring within those choppers are tons of bacteria and germs like campylobacter and salmonella. These are often a result of dogs consuming spoiled foods and licking the private areas of their body's. The bacteria and germs easily get transferred from your pooch's mouth to a loving owner and others.

  • Strange as it sounds, the H1N1 swine flu can be transmitted from humans to their dogs, cats and ferrets. Although most cases are mild, so...

    Strange as it sounds, the H1N1 swine flu can be transmitted from humans to their dogs, cats and ferrets. Although most cases are mild, some pets have been known to die after contamination from the flu. People and dogs can share similar E-Coli and MRSA strains.

  • Second-hand smoke is detrimental to anyone who breathes it in and that includes animals. If smoking around or near pets along with provid...

    Second-hand smoke is detrimental to anyone who breathes it in and that includes animals. If smoking around or near pets along with providing them a home filled with smoke can lead to dogs contracting lung cancer and malignant nasal tumors. They not only breathe it in but the residue on their fur when self-grooming affects them doubly. Smoking around your cat also has consequences.