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My Dog Is Constipated – Now What?

Dr. Chris Pinney

Constipation is a condition characterized by the inability to defecate with ease or regularity, resulting in fecal retention within the colon. Tenesmus, or straining to defecate, usually accompanies constipation due to the difficulty in passage. This dilemma tends to worsen over time, since the longer the feces is retained in the colon, the more moisture is reabsorbed by the colon, predisposing to even greater dryness and impaction. Other clinical signs seen with constipation include anxiousness, vocalizations while trying to eliminate, and a hunched-back appearance. In severe, long-standing cases of constipation, loss of appetite, vomiting, and dehydration can result.

There are several potential causes of constipation in dogs, including poor intestinal motility, underlying dehydration, foreign body impaction, and intestinal masses or blockages. A definitive diagnosis of the underlying cause can generally be made by a veterinarian using a history of the problem, physical examination, stool evaluations, and radiographs of the abdomen. It’s important to rule out other causes of apparent “straining”, including colitis and urination difficulties, since these will be treated differently.

Initial treatment for constipation involves the administration of an enema to emptying the colon of fecal material. This should be performed only with the approval of your dog’s doctor. The safest type of enema to use on a dog is a DSS (dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate) enema; these are available from veterinarians in convenient single dose administration syringes. Soapy, warm-water enemas can also be administered via a bulb syringe. Commercially-available enemas designed for humans (i.e. Fleet Enemas) SHOULD NOT be used in dogs, since these can lead to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

In severe cases of constipation, intravenous fluid therapy may be required to restore water balance within the body and help normalize large intestinal function. In rare instances, manual evacuation of the colon or surgical intervention may be required.

Long-term management procedures to prevent recurrence will depend on the underlying cause. Laxatives may be prescribed to help regulate the frequency of bowel movements. In addition, increasing dietary fiber is an effective way to prevent constipation. Good sources to add to the diet include bran flakes, canned pumpkin filling, or psyllium supplements.

If your dog appears to be constipated, contact your veterinarian and follow his/her instructions. The sooner you address the problem, the quicker your pet will feel better. And as a pet owner, that’s your ultimate goal!

Dr. Chris Pinney has over 24 years of experience as a veterinary clinician and surgeon. He has authored numerous books on pet health care and has appeared on a variety of radio talk shows and television programs, including Eye On Pets and Animal Planet. For practical insider advice and tips on how to save real money on your pet’s health care, visit Dr. Pinney’s website at http://www.veterinaryinsider.com

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Sep 30, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

Advantages of Leaving Your Dogs in Doggie Daycare Centers

By Jackie Reyno

Like people, pets sometimes get lonely when they are left alone. Dogs, for example can sometimes behave badly when they are alone for an extended time. If you have a pet that hates to be alone, it’s a good idea to put try putting it in a doggie daycare center.

Doggie daycare centers are designed to cater to your dog while you’re away. This includes recreational time to keep them occupied. They are also fed nutritious meals, played with and pampered.

Many doggie daycare centers have organized activities for dogs just like you would for children. The dogs usually love this much more than being left alone at home to mope and get bored. It prevents them from being destructive with your possessions.

When you place your dog in a doggie day care it gives them the human contact they crave. It relieves their anxiety and gives them a needed distraction.

If you love pets and are looking for some extra income, why not open your own doggie daycare center? You’ll need to have plenty of land and kennels to house the dogs.

The dogs will also need lots of room to run and a safe area for you to walk them. Don’t forget to clean up after them promptly. No one wants to leave their pet in an unsanitary facility. Failing to keep things neat can also get you shut down.

The best part of the job is that you get to be around animals all day long and still make money. It’s the best of both worlds for many people.

So, if this sounds appealing to you, why not try it? Make money while doing something you enjoy! Pets are great to be around and are often glad to be able to bond with other people and animals instead of staying home along.

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Sep 29, 2010 | 0 | Dog sitting, Looking after your dog, Tips

Dogs and Rashes

By Kelly Marshall

Especially in the hot summer weather, rashes can be quite common for man’s best friend. These rashes are usually not considered serious or life threatening for a dog, but are quite uncomfortable. The dog’s first instinct as everyone’s would be is to scratch, but they scratch up to a point where they do not know when to stop. This can often lead to open wounds and infections. In some cases a simple dog rash can be a prelude or warning sign of an illness that can be serious, so it is important as a dog owner to pay attention to your dog’s skin. Just yelling at your canine to stop scratching does not make a successful nor responsible dog owner. It also makes for a very unhappy and uncomfortable pooch, so be aware of the types of rashes and what they mean.

One of the most common reasons for a dog breaking out in a rash can be blamed on something in their environment. It can often be linked to an allergy to everything from shampoo to household cleaning products to everything in between. It can often be difficult to narrow down as in most cases the dog is reacting to a chemical found in the product, not the actually product. So you may get rid of what you believe is the offending product, with no improvement. Case being, the chemical is found in another product (or maybe two or three) in your home. Not just one. This rash is usually red, can be raised on the dog’s skin, and extremely irritating and itchy.

Another common canine rash is due to fleas. As noted before, fleas are prevalent in the warmer more humid weather. The fleas continuously bite at the dog’s skin leaving many tiny little red bumps. They also have the ability to lay eggs directly on the animal’s skin, which in turn will produce more fleas and more bumps. Fleas can be treated in a couple of ways depending on the severity. There are over the counter flea products that may solve the issue. The veterinarian can also provide your dog with shots, pills, flea dips, gels, creams, etc. These can be extremely itchy to your dog. They also can ingest the fleas as well, and this can cause vomiting. Thankfully when the weather cools off, the fleas decrease dramatically.

If your dog has a rash and it is not an allergy or fleas, it may be something known as seborrhea. Seborrhea can be classified as doggie dandruff. Just as fleas are prevalent in the hotter weather, seborrhea is common in the colder, winter months. The dog’s skin is dry and irritated. It can also become red and raw. Usually the rash can be treated with a dog shampoo specialized for the seborrhea. If this doesn’t seem to do the trick, call your veterinarian for further advice and instructions.

These are a few of the most common dog rashes. It is important to remember that there are in fact others. If your dog has a rash that does not seem to fall into any of these categories, always call your veterinarian. In most cases it can be resolved quickly and swiftly, but you always want to make sure. No one wants to see a dog suffer by incessantly scratching and being uncomfortable.

Kelly Marshall is a featured contributor at www.ohmydogsupplies.com – where you can find dog coats for winter, dog steps, and more unique dog gear that you’ll never find at your local pet store.

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Sep 28, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

How To Create A Comfortable Home For Your Pets

By Stewart Wrighter

If you are in the process of making changes in your home, your spouse and children are probably more than willing to speak up and declare their demands. Everyone has an opinion and you are faced with the challenge of incorporating these opinions into your home design. However, if you have pets, they are obviously not so forthcoming with how they feel. Most pets are content to have a warm place to sleep and regular meals, but there are ways you can make your space even healthier and more comfortable for the furry members of your family. First, make sure you provide your pets with a healthy environment. Pets may be more sensitive to issues than humans, so if you have pest problems, be sure to call on reliable exterminators. Orkin and other options will allow you to create a bug-free space your pet will love.

Next, be sure your pet is healthy. In order to keep your home healthy, everyone in it must be free of disease and illness. Have your pets checked on the annual basis and be sure they are up to date with shots and medications. A healthy pet is more than likely a happy pet.

Be sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh air. Dogs will need regular walks or a yard in which to run around. Cats may enjoy paying outside, but many families prefer to keep their feline indoors. This is usually a perfect living arrangement for a cat, but they should still have the benefit of an occasional open window to enjoy the fresh outside air.

Give your pet plenty of space in which to exercise. If you keep your pet indoors, you can encourage them to run and play in staircases and wide open spaces. Giving them toys will encourage indoor play. If you have an outside space, fence the area in so you can just let the pet run loose and enjoy the open space. Something that you can do that is great for you and your pet is to play with them outside for a half an hour every day. They will get the outside time that they want and need and you can get some exercise as well. Go outside and throw the ball with them and run around and work up a sweat. For an even better time, involve your kids and start a game of soccer or football. Everybody will get some exercise, just by simply taking care of the dog.

Finally, arrange a private dining space for your pet. Feed them in this area consistently so they understand this is where they eat. This helps cut down on mess and it settles the pet when they know just where to go for their food. If you have a cat, be sure the eating area is far away from the litter box. If you leave your pet outdoors for a few hours at a time, be sure to supply them with food and water they can easily access.

Stewart Wrighter is an expert in the field of exterminating and contributes articles often about the role of good exterminators and how to find one. He often advises consumers about bug killing products such as Orkin and the pros and cons of each.

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Sep 27, 2010 | 0 | Looking after your dog

How to Cook Dog Food?

By Sheehzaad Farrukh Rameen

How to cook a dog food? Dogs are like human, they also need tasty and fresh meals. You can cook your own dog treats and recipe using natural ingredients which you yourself choose for your dog. How to bake a dog treats for your pet? How to cook and how to start it? You can cook dog foods with less effort and with just little knowledge you can have daily cooking for your beloved pet.

Ingredients:
First thing that you need to do is to buy a pound of ground and chopped meat like chicken, beef, turkey, and beef heart. Purchase some lean and medium grade of meat. Decide what kind of grain that you can use. Oat is a good choice because these are high in protein and may also have a bulgur, cornmeal, barley or brown rice.

Then pick some vegetables for some added ingredients in the mix. Peas, corn, broccoli, green beans, and carrots are good choice. Also, add some canned pumpkin, blueberries, chopped apple for the mix. How to cook a dog food recipe? Here are the steps.

Steps:
First, you have to mince or crush one to two cloves of garlic, and then mix it with 2 tablespoon of vegetables or an olive oil. Brown the meat in the skillet and set aside then make it cool.

Cook two to four cups of grains according to the package direction. Boil or steam the vegetables and cool them again. Then, combine all the ingredients to a large bowl. You will just notice your dog drooling beside you and waiting for his tasty meal.

Lastly, store it in an unused part of the refrigerator for not more than three days or store it up in a freezer for two weeks. You will no longer wonder on how to cook a dog food, for it is easy.

Find out more information and learn how to cook dog food.

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Sep 26, 2010 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Jack Russel Terrier – Animal Attractions TV

If you think small breeds are only good for curling up on your lap and wearing little ribbons…you don’t know Jack… Jack Russell Terrier that is!

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Sep 24, 2010 | 0 | Dog breed information

Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer the TV Show

By Tobias Charles

Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer

In this article we will give our readers a complete guide to Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer. This very famous dog trainer has his fans but also his enemies too. Consequently, we will give you a quick guide to his life, how he became famous and a brief guide to some of his techniques.

Biography

Cesar Millan was born in 1969 on August 27th and actually taught himself how to train dogs by watching his Grandfather work with dogs on his farm in Culiacan Mexico. By watching his Grandfather work he realized that you could achieve more by being consistent and assertive as opposed to shouting and using other negative techniques. Over a period of time Cesar realized that he wanted to train dogs for a living and started training puppies and older dogs at his Dog Psychology Centre in South LA. After running the School for six years from 2002 up until 2008 he came to the attention of some famous celebrities living in Los Angeles. The most famous actor to use his services at this time was Will Smith who quickly recommended the trainer’s services to other famous actors. Before long he had built up such a reputation that he was given his own TV show.

Cesar Millan has two sons (at the time of writing) Andre who was born in 1995 and Calvin who was born in 2001. The trainer is married to Illusion and his current show is now in its sixth series and has been broadcast to over 80 countries. However, the TV series is not the only format that the trainer has exhibited his training techniques as he has written countless books and DVDs too.

The techniques that have particularly got some trainers hot under the collar is his use of the ‘Alpha Roll’. This technique is when the trainer forces the dog on to it’s back and is held there until the owner has displayed his or her dominance. The trainer also reinforces the importance of remaining top dog in the family pack and also the importance of walking your dog.

The traine remains as popular as ever so love him or hate him Cesar Millan is here to stay.

Tobias Charles writes on all aspects of dog obedience training, puppy training and dog health care. For more information visit his website for the best dog obedience training tips, health care advice and recipes for homemade dog foods for more great tips and information.

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Sep 24, 2010 | 1 | dog behavior, Training

Games for Your Dog

By St-Cyr Jean Valdor

Before you start:

Above all, remember that it should stay games… Remember to congratulate him warmly when he succeeds and do not scold him especially in case of failure.

Games:

Develop your sense of smell
Show your dog a dozen of old socks and a treat that you hide in one of them. While requiring him to sit, lay the socks around him. Ask him then to find the treat.

Develop its insurance
If you have near you a small waterhole, after making sure that there is neither current nor prohibition signs, throw them a piece of wood and encourage them to bring it to you. Above all, do not throw your pet with water. Instead, let them discover this new element if slowly shows some misgivings.

If fear of water is the strongest, do not insist. Go home and show him he should not be afraid of water. In a bowl, for example. You can then return to the water point.

Develop its scents
Take a piece of wood that you throw a few meters. Meanwhile,you hide behind a tree and let him find you by itself. The first time, he cannot do it alone, call him without showing yourself and praise him enthusiastically when he finally found you.

Help your dog excel
To help your dog overcome his fear of the unknown, attach a wooden bar in a doorway by hanging strips of paper or plastic. Hide behind and call him. Encourage him to join you in crossing the “curtain”.

You can also use a whistle to tell him not to be afraid of new sounds.

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Sep 23, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

Canine Urinary Tract Infection – A Complete Guide

By Tobias Charles

Canine Urinary Tract Infection

A Canine Urinary Tract Infection is actually relatively common in dogs just like it is in humans. It is estimated by some experts that it can be seen in as many as 2% of dogs which makes it a very common condition. Below are some of the causes of the condition.

 

  • This condition can be caused when unhealthy bacteria is passed through the tube that passes urine from the body – this tube is referred to as the Urethra
  • This bacteria will start causing an infection in the Urethra before the infection then passes into the bladder causing an infection there too.
  • After an infection as occurred this will cause the Urethra to become inflamed. Due to the inflammation the tube will become thinner making it much more difficult for your dog to urinate – as the urine can’t pass through as easily.
  • Urine contains small crystals and as the urine finds it more and more difficlut to pass through the Urethra the crystals will start sticking to the side of the Urethra causing more blockages and more problems passing urine.
  • The passing of the urine actually helps to clean the Urethra but as it becomes more difficult for your dog to urinate, more bacteria will develop as the urine will normally kill any bacteria.

 

The signs and symptoms of the condition

 

  • You may notice urine leakage when your dog moves around the House.
  • The urine may smell stronger than normal.
  • Your dog may develop a fever
  • Your pooch may get tired more easily
  • You may even notice that blood appears in the urine.

 

A canine urinary tract infection should be treated as quickly as possible so that the symptoms can be cured.

Tobias Charles writes on all aspects of dog obedience training, puppy training and dog health care. For more information visit his website for the best dog obedience training tips, health care advice and recipes for homemade dog foods for more great tips and information.

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Sep 21, 2010 | 1 | Dog health

Your Ultimate Healthy Dog Food Recipes

By Matt Dilson

Do you have any idea what you should feed to your dogs? If not then these healthy dog food recipes will not only delight the taste buds of your pet dogs but it will also help them to stay healthy. So spare me a few minutes and I will share with you all the details you need to know about it.

The kinds of food you feed to your pet dogs are the basis whether they will live long and healthy or not. But I’m sure no one wants their pet dogs to get sick. So if you want to keep your dogs healthy, then you’d better provide them some healthy stuff. Below are some simple healthy dog food recipes that will surely delight your dogs’ taste buds!

Yummy Bacon Bits for Dogs

  • 5 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup bacon fat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2 cup graham flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal

 

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients. You can use your hand to mix them in order to incorporate all the ingredients. Make sure to wash your hands first! Bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven. Leave the cooked cookies on the rack inside the oven and let it dry. You can bake for about 4 dozen dog cookies from this simple recipe.

Yummy Yogurt Pups

  • 30oz plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon

 

Directions:

Dissolve the chicken bouillon on the water and then gradually mix in the yogurt. Blend them all well in medium speed. Store the finish product in the freezer for an hour. Your dog will surely love this healthy treat!

These simple but great tasting healthy dog food recipes will surely delight your dogs and will also keep them healthy and strong!

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Sep 20, 2010 | 0 | Dog nutrition