Category: Dog Allergies

Doggie Diet – What Can Dogs Eat?

Doggie Diet – What Can Dogs Eat?

If you are reading this post, then you probably have a dog. If so, congratulations! Dogs make great pets and they give us unconditional love. We need to take care of them. The first step is feeding them the right food – which can be tricky if you don’t know what your pup can and can’t eat! In this blog post, we’ll go over some foods that your canine companion should never consume – as well as some helpful tips for figuring out what’s safe for their diet.

Table of Contents

    1. What’s the best food for dogs?
    2. What can dogs eat?
    3. Dangerous foods for dogs
    4. Should I buy dog food online?
    5. Best dry dog foods?
    6. Why chocolate is bad for dogs?
    7. Is the best dry dog food grain-free?
    8. Conclusion

1: What’s the best food for dogs?

The best food for your dog is one that contains high-quality proteins and fatty acids. There are lots of different brands out there so it might take some time to figure things out, but you’ll know when you found the best because your pup’s energy levels will be way up!

2: What can dogs eat?

While there is a lot of conflicting information about what our furry friends should and shouldn’t be eating – we think it’s best to stick with natural foods that aren’t processed. Here are some suggested items:

– Poultry (turkey, chicken) – Fish (salmon, tuna) – Eggs

– Pork

– Carrots

– Peanut Butter

We’ve also heard reports from owners saying their pooch loves pumpkin! Just make sure you don’t overfeed your pet by giving them too many treats since they might not get the nutrients they need when overeating.

 

3: Dangerous foods for dogs

There are some common items that can be dangerous if consumed by your best friend. While these seem like a good idea at the time – they actually have the opposite effect and will give your dog diarrhea or make them sick:

– Chocolate

– Grapes & Raisins

– Xylitol (artificial sweetener)  *Please note, this is also toxic to humans so keep it out of reach from both you and your doggie!

– Macadamia Nuts

There are some foods that you might not realize are dangerous for your best friend. For example, onions can cause anemia in dogs! You should also keep on the lookout for artificial sweeteners since they’re incredibly harmful to our canine companions.

4: Should I buy dog food online?

Buying dog food online is best if you are looking for specific brands that aren’t sold in your local stores. You can also find great deals on top products, but make sure to read reviews before purchasing anything!

5: Best dry dog foods?

If you are looking for the best dry dog food, then we suggest Nature’s Variety Instinct. It has great reviews from both consumers and vets – making it a fantastic choice!

6: Why chocolate is bad for dogs?

Chocolate is bad for dogs as it contains caffeine. Theobromine, which is a chemical found in chocolate, has adverse effects on canines and doesn’t give them any of the positive benefits that humans get from drinking coffee.

 

7: Is the best dry dog food grain-free?

Many people are trying to purchase the best dry dog foods that are free from grains or corn fillers. However, this isn’t always necessary – especially if your pup suffers from allergies! We suggest reading reviews before making an investment since some might have better ingredients than others (which means more expensive).

8: Conclusion

Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat both animal and plant-based foods. However, if their diet is mostly made up of meat products like rawhide chews or beef jerky (which contain lots of preservatives), it may be best to give them a more balanced meal with some vegetables every now and then.

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

Table of Contents

  1. What Is Parvo?
  2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?
  3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?
  4. Symptoms
  5. Treatment

1. What Is Parvo?

Parvo disease in puppies is caused by parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that’s transmitted through direct and indirect contact with an infected dog. Your puppy will be exposed to the virus every time it sniffs, licks, or consumes something contaminated by parvovirus. When a person who has recently had contact with an infected dog touches their puppy, or when a puppy encounters an object such as food and water that is contaminated by the virus; it’s possible for the indirect transmission to occur.

Parvo is classified as a disorder of the stomach and the small intestine, which is why it does so much damage here.

2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?

Puppies between six weeks and six months of age are most susceptible to parvovirus. Puppies are vaccinated against Parvo at 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age. Puppies are suspected of the disease until they have received all three vaccinations, which means that owners must take extra steps during this time to keep their puppies from getting the virus.

The severity of parvo cases varies. Weaning stress can lead to more severe cases in puppies, as their weakened immune system is less able to fight off illness.  

The top breeds of dogs that are at an increased risk of parvo are:

  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Rottweilers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Labrador Retrievers

3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?

Puppies and adult dogs with parvovirus infection begin to shed the virus 4-5 days after infection. Unfortunately, this time frame does not always coincide with the first symptoms of Parvo, which means dogs may become infected before the owner realises that the puppy is sick.  Keep the recovering puppy away from other dogs for at least 10 days. Puppies infected with parvo continue to shed the virus even after clinical recovery, so be careful of passing it on.

 

4. Symptoms

A dog with a parvo is very sick. The sooner you find the first signs of the virus in a puppy, the sooner you can take your dog to the vet. Since parvo is common in puppies, you should see your veterinarian when your puppy is not feeling well. But you should also be aware of the specific symptoms if your puppy has parvo.

Some of the most common symptoms of parvo are:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Dehydration

 

5. Treatment

Your veterinarian diagnoses parvo based on clinical signs and blood tests. Your vet can also perform a test called an ELISA to look for viral antigens in your dog’s stool and determine whether additional diagnostic tests are needed.

There is no cure for parvo. Your veterinarian will provide supportive care for your puppy throughout the illness, treat symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, and ensure your puppy is getting adequate nutrition along with the proper dog food

 

Common Dog Allergies: Causes and Preventions

Common Dog Allergies: Causes and Preventions

Table of Contents

  1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  2. Causes
  3. Symptoms
  4. Treatment
  5. Environmental Allergies

1.Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the main cause of dog allergic reactions. When your dog has an allergic reaction, your dog’s immune system overreacts or becomes oversensitive to normally harmless substances (called antigens).

2. Causes

FAD is a common cause of itching in dogs. Adult fleas must bite the dog and eat blood to reproduce. Fleas usually don’t stay on dogs, except for a few minutes or hours of feeding themselves. That’s why you don’t see live fleas on your dog unless there is a serious flea infection. When fleas eat, they inject a small amount of saliva into the skin. Antigens or proteins in saliva can trigger severe acute reactions in sensitive dogs.

3. Symptoms

When a flea bites your dog or cat to draw blood, saliva is injected into your pet’s skin. Flea saliva is irritating to most animals, including humans, but the compounds it contains can cause allergic reactions in some dogs. This is different from a flea allergy. If your pet has FAD, the itching can be intense and long-lasting. Your pet may itch for up to 2 weeks after being bitten, and the itching can be intense and can even damage your pet’s skin. 

Other signs of FAD include:

  • A rash on the dog’s skin.
  • Wet, inflamed, or bleeding parts of the dog’s body. 
  • In dogs, it is usually located near the hind legs, stomach, or tail.
  • In cats, the neck and face are more common. 
  • Hair loss, especially at the flea’s bite site. 
  • Small red or pink bumps that look like acne. 
  • Constant itching, clawing, biting, or grooming.

 

4. Treatment

Don’t think that your dog or cat is not allergic to fleas because you can’t see them. Owning an animal usually demands continuous care. See your pet’s vet. They can remove fleas from the body, but allergic reactions to bites can last for several weeks. There are also a large number of effective products for allergic flea dermatitis to choose from. 

The Dermatitis Intra-dermal allergy test for dogs is similar to that for humans. A small number of common allergens are injected under the skin, and the veterinarian will look for allergic reactions to one or more of these allergens. Once the allergen is identified, the next step may be desensitization treatment, in which dogs are given small regular injections of drugs to desensitize the immune system. Treatment can last from six months to a year, and studies have shown that it is effective for dogs ranging from 60% to 70%.  You can also use over-the-counter sprays or creams to help relieve the itching symptoms.

 

5.Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergies are more common in dogs than cats and usually occur between 1 and 3 years of age. A reaction occurs when the dog’s immune system is particularly sensitive to a substance (including common substances). Dogs that are allergic to environmental allergies are usually genetically susceptible to these chronic diseases. In addition, some breeds are more susceptible to environmental dog allergies than others: Hounds, Dalmatians, Terriers, Boxers, Beagles, Shepherds, Bulldogs, and Irish Setters.

 

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