how to keep a dog calm while grooming

How to keep a dog calm while grooming

It is not always easy to groom your dog directly at home. Because even if the desire is there, the lack of knowledge and of habit can frighten the most daring among us. Plus there are are many challenges, including how to keep a dog calm while grooming.

Not easy indeed the scissor blow around the eyes. Not easy either if your dog is a ball of nerves and he does not give way. And then, should we clean her ears? The teeth ? How to take good care of your paws? So many legitimate questions jostle in the minds of parents of dogs who are not groomers.

And unfortunately, hiring a professional to groom your dog can quickly become a significant cost in the annual budget.

Here is an article that will make grooming your dog easier at home.

How to keep a dog calm while grooming – a few important tips

Trimming the claws and hairs of dogs’ paws is often a complicated task as they are fragile and sensitive areas of their bodies. It is therefore natural for them to be afraid when you approach these parts. If your dog is struggling or restless, it may be best to immobilize it for your safety and yours.

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First reassure him, pet him, talk to him. Act gently.

Then lay your dog on his side. Get on your knees behind him. Place your arms on his body, one at his pelvis, the other at his neck. Hold the two legs which are towards the ground with one hand and with the other arm resting on his neck (without pressing), hold his head on the ground. Wait a few seconds for it to calm down, then start taking care of its legs without removing your arms above it.

What about puppies?

Planning your puppy’s first bath? Be aware that little puppies do not need daily baths. In addition, some people with clean and healthy dogs never bathe their puppies. Unless the puppy is pooping on itself or something, of course. This means that there is no specific date by which you should give your puppy its first bath.

You can start bathing your puppy at 12 weeks. Finally, if he needs it. It still doesn’t mean that your puppy will need a full bath every day. A puppy’s coat does not need to be shampooed daily and small traces, spilled food for example, can simply be wiped off on a short-haired puppy with a damp sponge (without chemicals).

Your puppy’s coat is a microworld of good bacteria. This helps keep the skin at the right level of acidity. Changing this balance with a shampoo can reduce your puppy’s natural resistance to skin problems and infections.

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In addition, between six and twelve months, most puppies will have developed their adult coat. One of the features of the adult coat in many dogs is that it is waterproof. This waterproofing is carried out with oils from the skin. This helps keep your dog warm and comfortable when swimming or going out in the rain.

The shampoo removes these natural oils. When this happens, the water can then penetrate your puppy’s coat down to the skin. Which is not good for him. Regular baths are therefore neither essential nor even a very good thing for puppies.

How to keep a dog calm while bathing

Many dogs have a phobia of bathing. A dog that is afraid of grooming will become aggressive and agitated when you present the shower or approach it too close to the bathtub. Teaching your dog that he does not have to be afraid of grooming can go through different actions:

Get your dog used to different tools without washing or mowing him. Show him the brush and then run it through your hair for example. Turn on the clipper without trimming the hair … The grooming environment must become reassuring for your dog.

Reassure your dog by touching and talking to him

Both dogs and humans relax if they feel a reassuring presence. For that, pet your dog, show him that you are there, that you do not want to harm him.

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Arm yourself with patience

Never punish or scold your dog before and during grooming. This moment must be associated with a moment of well-being and not of aggressiveness. Take your time, don’t rush and don’t be brutal.

Think of your phobias and imagine someone brutally forcing you to confront them. Let someone aggressively force you to take a spider, for example. Wouldn’t you like it? You might be even more angry? The same goes for your dog.

If your dog is afraid, be gentle and reassuring. Don’t rush him.

How to keep a dog calm while grooming, with natural solutions

Often times, people ask if they could use sleeping pills to make bath time easier. The answer is no, of course not! Do not sedate your dog to groom him, it is not good for him. On the other hand, nature can give you a boost. Certain calming plants can be very effective in soothing dogs when they are frightened or suffer from phobias such as grooming. The idea is obviously not to shoot them but to relax them.

Relaxed, your dog will appreciate grooming more. He will then be more and more relaxed with each new bath.


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Is Dog Social Anxiety a Form of Phobia?

Phobias are exacerbated fears: panic during thunderstorms or fireworks, fear of men, children, other dogs, etc. Dog social anxiety is a form of phobia so we need to understand what a phobia really is, how it appears and why and finally what can be done to take care of it.

What is a phobia in Dogs?

A phobia is a disproportionate fear reaction to a stimulus from the normal environment. Fear is a normal reaction, it allows the dog to protect itself, it is limited in time. Phobia is an amplified reaction that blocks all learning.

The most frequent phobias are social phobias and can be related to humans (and of certain humans in particular: children, men, etc.) or to other dogs.

There are also specific phobias: the phobia of noises (gunshots, firecrackers, thunder …), even more specific phobias like a phobia of motorcycles, birds, manhole covers, kites, etc …

Phobia can have 2 different stages:

  • simple phobia (stage 1) is directed towards a specific element or person
  • complex phobia (stage 2) is generalized towards all the elements relating to the initial element of the phobia and can give rise to constant generalized anxiety and anticipation reactions: for example for a thunder phobia, the dog also fears excessive wind, rain, darkening of the sky, or for a phobia of the car, the dog is afraid as soon as the owner prepares his luggage.

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How to recognize the Dog Social Anxiety signs

The dog produces adrenaline when it is afraid, its heart accelerates, its breathing too, it gasps, its pupils are dilated, it trembles. In stage 2 phobias he can drool enormously, vomit, present diarrhea …

In general the dog will remain either immobile (impossible to move him down the street if he has a social phobia for example), or he will try to flee, it is avoidance, or he will show aggression.

A phobia can easily lead to aggression. In fact, the dog by “aggressing” makes the stimulus flee when it is a living being, thus this creates a positive reinforcement and the risk is the automation of these aggressions. The dog may choose to warn first by growling, threateningly barking, but it can also attack without warning (during automation). It is very important to take this risk into account, especially in the case of a social phobia (phobia of children for example) because a drama quickly happened.

Dog social anxiety can create adverse physical reactions. For example, a dog owner may wonder “Why is My Dog Panting and Restless?”. Excessive anxiety can cause this type of condition.

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How does a phobia appear in dogs?

Poor development conditions can give rise to phobias: if the animal has not been in contact with different stimuli during the socialization period (before the age of 3 months), it will be definitively fearful of these stimuli.

We talk about awareness: the animal reacts more and more to a stimulus instead of getting used to it as it should normally. Development conditions that are too poor (no outdoor outings, little human contact, etc.) can therefore predispose to multiple phobias. We are talking about deprivation syndrome.

This is why it is increasingly recommended to encourage outings outside even before the end of vaccinations.

Some phobias are said to be “post-traumatic” and result from a significant event, for example the phobia of the veterinarian, the phobia of the car after an accident, etc.

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A phobia in dogs can be made worse by your own. For example if your dog is afraid of the storm, if you fear the storm yourself, the phobia can be aggravated and the treatment complicated. The treatment can also be compromised by your habits: for example, a dog suffering from social phobia will not be able to heal if you only like to take it out in the morning very early or in the evening very late when the streets are empty and quiet.

Finally, phobias are a vicious circle: a simple phobia which becomes complex, causes a generalized anxiety state in the dog. And an anxious dog can quickly declare other phobias towards even insignificant stimuli (birds, lampposts, etc.).

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What can you do about dog social anxiety?

It is very important never to consider a phobia lightly because the disproportionate and uncontrollable reactions of the dog present a danger for him and for those around him (dog which jumps out of the window during thunderstorms, which escapes by running in the street in the middle of cars, which attacks without warning a man, etc.).

The intervention of a veterinarian is necessary because it must first of all verify that no medical problem favoring explains the avoidances (such as for example a painful otitis which makes the dog fear that a human touches him), and that no hormonal disorder modifies the dog’s social behavior.

Then a precise diagnosis of the psychiatric condition is essential to adapt the treatment and the advice and it is also necessary that the veterinarian makes sure that the dog can support the treatment (the choice of the molecule can vary according to age and condition dog).

Treatment for Dog Social Anxiety

The medical treatment makes it possible to break the vicious circle which makes that the animal always reacts in the same way, it makes it possible to restore a normal functioning of the ways of the brain and thus to prepare the ground for the behavioral therapy which is essential and to facilitate that -this.

The most used behavioral therapy is that of controlled immersion: we place the dog in front of the stimulus of moderate intensity until he gets used to it: for example we make him listen regularly to a thunderstorm sound with a low volume at the start and getting stronger. The dog being under medication, this will allow the reactions to be controllable and they should be less and less important.

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We can also practice what is called counter-conditioning: we place the dog in a very pleasant, reassuring and motivating situation for him, for example we play with him with a toy that he particularly likes and then we put it in presence of the object of his phobia while continuing to play and reward normal behavior. We then create a new association: the object of the phobia is associated with something pleasant (game, reward …).

Exposure to the stimulus is essential for healing: if the animal is only treated with medication, upon stopping treatment it will regain all of its phobia.

It can be interesting to call on a dog trainer for this behavioral therapy. In all cases when your dog has a panic attack related to a phobia, these are the recommended actions:

  • avoid reassuring him because it reinforces the behavior, the message he receives is “it’s good you are right to be afraid”.
  • ignore his behavior or try to divert his attention with a game
  • if the object of the phobia can be anticipated: for example fireworks on July 14: lock your dog in the most isolated room possible in a reassuring environment (basket, toys).
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Is Grain Free Puppy Dog Food the Best?

Maybe we should start with another question… How to choose the right diet?

Dry food with or without cereals, cheap or holistic food, raw meat diet with or without supplement, household ration (preparing meals for your dog) … Difficult to choose when you are not an expert you might say! Well, even the experts cannot find a consensus: veterinarians, agronomists, food advisers in specialized shops, everyone has a different opinion and everyone has good arguments … So, let’s dissect these questions, including grain free puppy dog food.

Feeding Your Dog = The Basis of Good Health

One thing the world is beginning to be aware of and on which all dog professionals are unanimous is that good nutrition is the key to good health (as in humans). Yes, it’s worth taking a good look at it, but how do you know what a good diet is? The goal here is not a kibble debate versus a raw meat diet. We will focus only on kibble and only on dogs!

Is the dog carnivorous or omnivorous?

The dog, Canis lupus familiaris, is part of the mammal family, and of the order Carnivore. The shape of its jaw, the prominent canines, the absence of flat molars, the length of its intestine (very short: about 2 meters), the musculature of the cheeks, neck and mouth are characteristic of carnivores. Saliva, free of amylase (essential for the digestion of starches) or cellulase (which allows the digestion of plant cellulose), is not that of herbivores, or even omnivores.

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However, the pancreas can still make amylase, allowing it to digest starches more or less well, and fruits and vegetables once ground can be digested and assimilated. But can we say that the dog is a carnivore with an omnivorous tendency, or an opportunistic carnivore? This is debatable … Again? You tell me! Yes again!

One thing is certain! A dog is not a hen and carbohydrates or starches should not be the main ingredients of his diet even if he is able to digest them (partly and by making his pancreas work hard)… And yet…. Most croquettes are stuffed with it!

Dog food with or without cereals?

You will understand that since the dog is a carnivore (or opportunistic carnivore 😉), its diet should consist mainly of meat or meat products (meat, bones, organ meats) and as little carbohydrate as possible.

The fashion is for “grain-free” or “grain-free” feeds, but don’t be fooled by the label: cereals are necessarily replaced by legumes, sweet potatoes or potatoes … which, themselves, contain starch, and a higher or lower glycemic index!

What you should watch to choose your dog’s feed

The quality of these ingredients in terms of digestibility, nutritional intake and glycemic intake is therefore also to be taken into account. Isn’t oat better than potatoes? We like the sweet potato for its low glycemic index and its satiating side. We avoid (like the plague) corn, wheat, soy and potato.

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The quantity of the ingredients is also important. Choose croquettes with as much meat as possible, even if there are cereals rather than a grain-free recipe, but with a majority of potatoes and legumes and very little meat. Standards do not require this, but most brands list the ingredients in order of quantity. If your feed starts with corn flour or wheat gluten, run away!

Pay attention to the separation of ingredients which allows to place the meat in first position! An example of what you might read on a dog food product label: 25% chicken, 15% corn flour, 14% corn gluten, 9% wheat gluten, 8% rice… etc.

We have the chicken as the first ingredient, we say to ourselves “Good! … the meat is in greater quantity so it’s a good kibble! “Nay! Count the cereals: 29% corn products (so ultimately the first ingredient) and the rest… More cereals! Here I put the percentages, but in some countries they are not indicated.

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Commercial feed: Meat, meat meal and by-products?

Put the priority on meat (muscles) rather than by-products (what remains after the meat is extracted: bones, organ meats, tendons).

Regarding the meat or meat meal debate, the line is less clear-cut: fresh meat contains 70 to 80% water so once cooked it loses 2/3 of its weight and can then be the first ingredient the second or third after cooking unlike meat meal. However, it is more cooked and processed and may therefore have lost nutrients.

You will find all the definitions concerning, meats, flours, poultry, by-products on the AAFCO website.

What does a dog need to be healthy?

Ideally, you want the dog ‘s nutrition to include water, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals … But, no carbohydrates! We are therefore looking for a good percentage of protein and fat which are the main source of energy for our pooches. But beware! Another debate persists… again! Too much protein (cooked) would be harmful to health and especially to the kidneys.

So then … What percentages to aim for? A good base would be around 35-40% carbohydrates, 35-40% protein, 22-25% fat and our 8% minerals.

The right price for food

It is obvious that the price of a kibble with a large quantity of quality meat cannot be the same as that which essentially contains corn or meat by-products.

There are even feeds with organic ingredients, fish from respectful fisheries or “holistic” ranges. Be careful however on the marketing side: brands play a lot on anthropomorphism to make us want to serve this beautiful recipe that looks so much like a great chef’s dish (sun-dried tomatoes, shiitake mushroom, wild rice). This does not mean that the recipe is balanced!



Dry dog ​​food, allergies and health problems in dogs

If your dog has health problems or food intolerances, refer to a nutritionist veterinarian or an agronomist who will help you find the most suitable food for your pet’s specific needs. Certain breeds are also more sensitive on the digestive side. Ask your breeder or veterinarian.

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So what about grain free puppy dog food?

Puppies need more nutritious food or at least more calories than adults. You will find “special puppy” feeds which essentially contain a little more protein and fat than their adult equivalent but also a DHA supplement, an amino acid essential for the development of different organs including the brain, the heart, the retina or the bones. For a food to be labeled as “special puppy” or “all stages of life” it must contain it.

Be careful foods that are too rich in fat especially if you own a breed which is prone to panosteitis (pain and limping due to a growth spurt that is too fast).

It is best not to change your newly arrived puppy’s food. The change of environment is a big upheaval for him not to add more … After a couple of weeks, start to introduce the new feed gradually.

Transition to grain free puppy dog food

Do you decide to change brands or recipes to give your dog a better diet? Make sure to make a gradual transition from old food to the new one. Start by splitting in half and gradually increase the new food over a week or so. Some dogs have more difficulty than others … go at your dog’s pace.

Unraveling Your Dog’s Nutrition Puzzle

To help you dissect the ingredients and the protein, fat and carbohydrate ratios of many brands, I recommend the Dog food advisor site. The analysis and the assigned score are only based on the ingredients used and the guaranteed analyzes (and not on experiences) however it provides a good base evaluation of the food.

The best way to know if your dog’s food is of good quality and well suited to him is to observe the results: skin, coat, quantity and quality of stool (we talk a lot about droppings when we take a close look at the animal feed), flatulence, vomiting, allergies or energy level.

Watch your dog, find out from competent people and don’t forget to be critical when it comes to the answers you get!

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How to Manage Dog Nibbling Behavior

Between a puppy that nibbles and an adult dog that does the same thing, there is a whole world. The tiny teeth don’t do as much damage as a mighty sharp-pointed jaw, even if it isn’t malevolent. Let’s discuss ways to appropriately manage dog nibbling behavior and also prevent it from going into biting.

Chewing is a completely natural and normal act in puppies. His jaws are his main tools for exploring and learning when he was young. On the other hand, it is the biting of the adult dog that quickly becomes problematic. A mature dog that continues to nibble on people or its congeners is a behavioral problem and the consequences of this bad habit can be serious. Before working on stopping the nibbling, it is important to understand its origins.

Understanding dog nibbling behavior

In puppies, chewing is one of the basic learning behaviors. Most young dogs will bite anything within reach until 6, 7, even 8 months of age. This is how they explore their environment and learn to interact with the people around them, whether it be other dogs, animals and humans.

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The puppy chews for various reasons: it does it to test its strength and the reactions of the other little ones of its range, to show its affection, to stop an aggressive behavior towards it, to invite its fellows to play, among others. There is therefore no need to worry too much as long as these nibbles are made by a young animal.

How to handle your dog nibbling behavior

However, the more the weeks and months pass, the more the dog’s teeth and jaw grow, becoming more powerful. The pressure from the jaw gradually increases as the teeth grow and sharpen. Consequently, the nibbles become less and less bearable. They can even mutate into bites and cause injury if nothing is done to stop this bad habit, even if it is not necessarily driven by bad intentions.

If the puppy nibbles during play, you should stop playing with it immediately. This may be accompanied by an “ouch!” like it hurts. That way, the young dog will gradually understand that the bite systematically leads to the end of the game. If that is not enough, you can also isolate your puppy for a few minutes as soon as he nibbles.

This is why it is essential to instill in the puppy the first notions of obedience as soon as possible. If your dog knows indications such as “no” or “sitting”, you can then deviate his behavior from these learnings. A clear “no” or “sit” lets the puppy understand that it must immediately stop nibbling the hand, foot or any other part of the body.

Things to avoid doing

There are reactions you should avoid to create the opposite effect and to encourage the puppy to bite more. For example, abruptly withdrawing the hand may be taken as an encouragement to continue chewing.

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We must not become aggressive towards the young dog. There too, any negative “feedback” sent to the animal can encourage him to be even more aggressive and chew even harder. You could even scare your dog and affect your relationship.

From Nibbling to Biting

An accidentally stomped tail, an uncomfortable gesture or the canine’s sensation of being caught, which’s the mishap. He can bite in response to this circumstance, with basically regrettable effects. Preventing bites needs a great deal of comprehending on the part of the master and the canine fitness instructor.

Biting is natural and entirely instinctive in numerous animals, including our pet pals. Bites are typically the expression of pain, torture whose origins date back to the extremely first weeks of pets’ lives.

Bites, whether safe from a young puppy or more harmful from an adult dog with a strong jaw, need to be hindered as quickly as possible. How do you respond when they occur and how can you avoid it from occurring once again?

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What can make your dog bite?

In lots of cases, the pet dog with a propensity to bite quickly is the victim of inadequate or even missing socializing and education. The basic fundamentals of interacting with the dog’s environment are acquired by hanging around his mother and family. The dog tends to nibble to feel his environment out and instinctively carries the behavior with his family. He naturally munches at household members and slowly recognizes that he can not do it without repercussion; by doing so, it triggers a signal to stop the game.

The social interaction at a young age is a period during which the dog will learn to inhibit his urge to bite. By prematurely (prior to 8 weeks) withdrawing the puppie from its biological circle, he will be denied of this opportunity to learn how to interact with others. The effects on his character are incredibly unfavorable and, as an adult, he may not just bite but also develop other negative behavior.

In addition to the after-effects of a challenging youth, the sensation of being threatened or trapped can press a dog to bite, in some cases even if he has properly educated. When confronted with a threat, the canine will initially attempt to run away. If he discovers himself cornered, without any possibility of escape, he will have no option however to protect himself by biting.

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How to prevent bites and respond when they take place?

The finest method to have a pet that does not methodically bite is to supply him with quality education and socializing. When dealing with an extremely young pet dog, the nibbles are safe and even enjoyable, however if this habit is not remedied, it will end up being bothersome as his jaw ends up being more powerful and his fangs develop to represent a considerable risk of injuries.

Similar to a dog nibbling behavior, it is essential to duplicate the habits of the siblings of his reach by screaming “ouch” or “no” or similar reaction each time he begins to bite, in order to make him comprehend that he is hurting you. Then, you need to stop giving attention to your dog for a minute of two. You can then resume your play and repeat the process each time the dog wants or does bite. The very same pattern can be followed with an older pet, which continues to bite its owner or others.

This process needs to be duplicated over and over once again, as it is the most efficient way to educate your dog friend.

What is the best dog food for urinary tract health

What is the best dog food for urinary tract health?

The majority of us that own a dog never ever reflect on what is associated with making that body work. Today, we are going to have a little lesson on a canine’s urinary system, what makes it work or not and we will look at what is the best dog food for urinary tract health.

Functions of a pet dog’s urinary system

Your canine’s urinary system is a complicated system that brings out 4 primary functions. First, it filters metabolic waste and toxins from the circulating blood. Second, it better regulates the fluids and blood levels. Third, it is in charge of recirculating cleansed blood throughout the canine’s body and lastly it takes care of saving and excreting the filtered-out waste prior to reaching a poisonous concentration in the body.

In order to do this the urinary tract system is made up of 2 parts, the upper system and the lower system. The upper system includes 2 kidneys, their task is to handle the biochemical procedures, in addition to 2 slim tubes (ureters) every one coming out of a kidney. These transfer the waste consisting of urine to the lower system.

The lower system’s task is to excrete the waste consisting of urine and it includes a bladder and a muscular sac that contains the urine until it is expelled through the urethra (a thin tube originating from the bladder.). Now all this appears basic enough and it actually is, however just like all things, issues do occur. Both the upper and lower urinary systems can have some severe conditions, which can severally jeopardize the operations of each and sadly can have deadly repercussions.

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What can fail with the upper system?

Among the most typical issues is kidney illness, which can be an acquired condition. There are 2 types, persistent and severe kidney failure. Severe kidney failure is a condition that begins unexpectedly, within a week or more. Persistent kidney failure on the other hand is an illness that advances over numerous months or years.

Severe kidney failure can originate from a clog that stops the blood from streaming to the kidneys or a clog that stops the urine from leaving the kidneys. Usually, this issue is triggered by consuming something that is harmful to the kidneys, such as pesticides, antifreeze, fluids or perhaps medications that are for human usage and not for animals. If dealt with simultaneously, complete healing can be anticipated, nevertheless if not dealt with, it can end up being deadly.

Persistent kidney failure is totally various, as it is an incurable condition that impacts mainly older canines. Some conditions such as oral issues, diabetes or dermatitis are likewise associated with persistent kidney failure. By the time a canine reveals symptoms of persistent kidney failure, it is typically far too late to successfully extend the pet dog’s life, nevertheless if captured early, appropriate treatment can lengthen the canine’s life for many years.

What are the reasons for lower system illness?

Among the most typical triggers of a lower urinary system infection is germs. This strikes more female dogs than males as well as dogs suffering from diabetes. Bacterial infections can be unsafe if not dealt with and they can infect other locations of a pet dog’s body such as the bladder, kidneys or the prostate glands in the case of a male.

Incontinence is the 2nd most typical issue in a lower tract illness. It results in the failure for a canine to hold its urine. Female spayed dogs appear to have a higher issue with incontinence as they age and after years of consuming grain type foods discover that the grains, for some unknown reason, have caused the damage. Removing grains from the dog’s diet plan, usually takes care of the issue. Below, we will discuss what is the best dog food for urinary tract health.

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Standard treatment for dog incontinence

PPA (phenylpropanolamine) is the most frequently utilized veterinary treatment for incontinence in both females and males. PPA is reliable in managing incontinence in roughly 70% of cases. It can be utilized on an as-needed basis, for canines that have just periodic issues with incontinence. Many pet dogs cope with PPA without any issues, however PPA can result in side effects such as irritation, anxiousness, panting, uneasyness, fast heart beat, and excitability and is not recommended for dogs having heart realted issues such as high blood pressure.

DES (diethylstilbestrol) can also be utilized to deal with spay incontinence. It’s essential when utilizing this treatment to experiment and attain the optimal dosage that will work to manage the incontinence, once it has actually been discovered to work effectively. Natural estrogen supplements are relatively safe and cause little side effects.

Another kind of incontinence, which prevails, is dribbling, which stems from genetic malformation of the conduits bringing the urine to the bladder. Surgical treatment might be required to remedy this type of incontinence.

The lower tract system can likewise be affected by the creation of stones, which can become a dangerous issue particularly for a male canine, when the stones get stuck in the urethra and obstruct the circulation of urine. Various types of malignant developments can be observed and often times an inappropriate diet plan is the cause, resulting in incontinence issues as well.

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What are a few of the symptoms of a bladder/kidney issue?

Weight-loss, unusual drinking, constant urination, sleepiness and throwing up are a few of the indications that something has actually gone awry. You ought to take your canine to your veterinarian as quickly as possible if you discover any of these symptoms. Early treatment is always the best course of action to prevent more serious problems!

Bladder and kidney issues can lead to abnormal behavior. For example, a dog owner who wonders “why does my dog pee on his blanket” may not realize that canine friend is suffering from an underlying health condition.

What is the best dog food for urinary tract health?

If your canine friend has had bladder stones a few times or even on a consistent basis you may consider purchasing much better quality canine food or peven xrepare your own. Typically, food designed for pets with bladder stones is appropriate only in cases where the size of stones are small enough to pass and liquify through the urinary system or you want to avoid the stones from forming.

Calcium oxalate stones can not be liquified by some form of diet since the composition of this kind of stone is different from Struvite-type stones that develop when urea and bacteria form a mass (stone). The pH levels should be on the acidic side to prevent stones from forming so if your canine has a hereditary propensity to have stones, a different diet plan will not prevent the issue however it can assist in slowing down the development of the stones.


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Purchasing or preparing pet dog food for bladder stones does not need to be expensive and time consuming. Whether you purchase or prepare the food here are the main elements to consider:

1. Raw meat which assists to preserve an acidic level
2. Make sure the food has high moisture content. Mix it in with meat broth or something similar
3. Make certain the food includes veggies blended in
4. Give treat to your dog that are raw which you can find in specialized pet stores or at the vet
5. Do not use cereals or cereal based dry food

Stones form rapidly so if you are going to purchase or make pet food for bladder stones you must act quickly! I would also consider natural supplements to enhance the bladder and urinary system of your dog. He deserves it!