Older dogs and certain dog breeds are prone to bad breath, gingivitis and gum infections. Many pet owners are even to starting to brush their dog’s teeth from puppy, just as in a human preventative care is some times the best care. If you have considered brushing your dogs teeth but don’t know where to start here is a quick how to:
• First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums.
• Transition to Dog formulated tooth paste (ours likes chicken flavor) once your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, or try a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste.
• Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs—it should be smaller than a human toothbrush and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums.
• Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
• A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your dog’s gums are inflamed. If your dog has mild gingivitis, brushing too hard can hurt her gums.
If your dog is showing the following symptoms: excessive thirst, frequent urination, general fatigue, and is middle-aged, it could have Diabetes. Screen your pet with PawCheck Wellness test kit at home. Ugodog offers a full solution for health monitoring of your dog.
Alarming numbers: about 52% of Dogs and 57% of Cats are obese in the US! This problem affects mainly middle-aged pets.
Just like humans, pets with excessive weight lack energy, see their lifespan shortened and carry the following health risks: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cancer etc.
A quick way to check if your dog is obese:
- Ribs are not easily felt
- Sagging stomach
- No Waist can be seen from above
If you think your dog might be overweight check the Ideal Pet Weight Chart and screen him/her for Diabetes with the PawCheck urine home-test. It’s so easy with the UGODOG system for urine collection. Reliable results in 2 minutes. Take action to save your dog’s life!
In a world filled with harmful chemicals, sometimes it is better to go back to nature for remedies and prevention when it comes to your pet’s health. Try out these essential oils that can either topically or orally and you won’t believe what they can do:
1. Coconut Oil Description:
Coconut oil is over 90% saturated fat and has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Coconut oil also has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals. Coconut oil is an incredible source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which have been shown to have many health benefits.
- Helps aid digestion
- When mixed with oregano oil – can treat staph bacteria
- Improves dog’s coat
- Disinfect cuts and helps heal wounds (when applied topically)
- Clears up some rashes (when applied topically)
- Natural Flea and Tick repellent (when applied topically)
For topical application simply add directly to dogs skin or mix with shampoo.
For oral application the recommended dose is coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog, or you can give a table spoon per 30 pounds. Start with about ¼ the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended level over 3-4 weeks, as sometimes flu-like symptoms can appear if you hurried it right away.
2. Olive Oil Description: Has high level of antioxidants including polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids –it acts as a natural supplement to defend your canine’s immune system, improve your dog’s cognitive development, improve energy, beautify your dog’s coat and last, but not least, extend their life.
- Helps relieve Dry Skin
- Aids in weight loss
- Provides energy boost
- Prevents the cognitive decline associated with aging
- Fights premature ageing by preventing free radical cell oxidation
- Relieve Constipation
- Prevents diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
For topical application simply add directly to dogs skin or mix with shampoo.
For oral application geed your healthy dog 100 to 150 mg per 10 pounds. If the puppy is having health issues, you can use up to 300 mg mixed with the dog’s food for absorbtion. Olive oil can be fed to your puppy ¼ to ½ teaspoon at a time. A dog should never be fed more than ½ teaspoon of olive oil at once, but you can add the specified amount to your puppy’s food up to twice per day.
3. Lavender Oil Description: Lavender oil is soothing to the central nervous system, and a 2006 study showed that its use reduced dogs’ movement. It is one of the most versatile oils in nature. The fragrance is very relaxing and calming to the body and mind.
- Helps prevent flea and ticks
- Induces relaxation – used for travel or treat anxiety in dogs
- Soothes irritated skin
- Prevents scarring and promotes healing Use:
For topical simply add 5-10 drops of Lavender oil to your dog’s shampoo and shake.
For oral mix in a teaspoon of culinary Lavender buds into your dog’s food to give it a try for your dog.
Remember to introduce any oil slowly as oils can cause diarrhea in dogs if over absorbed. Hope your dog becomes healthier with these tips.
Remember home remedies aren’t just for hippies any more they are often healthier, effective and more cost efficient on your budget.
- Paw Nation: 12 Natural Supplements for Dogs
- Experience Essential Oils: Benefits of Lavender Oil
- Benefits of Coconut oil for Dogs: Dogington Post
- The Whole Dog Journal: The Benefits of Fish Oil to Your Dog’s Health
- Dogster: 8 Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog’s Food
Bladder Stones In Dogs
Just like humans, dogs can be affected by bladder stones. And just like humans, there are different types of bladder stones. The most common ones that affect dogs are struvite, calcium oxalate and urate. Treatments and surgery for bladder stones can cost an average of $2000.00 and put your dog’s life at risk.
What Causes Bladder Stones In Dogs?
Excess minerals in the urine form these stones. The reasons that these excess minerals accumuate are normally due to:
poor water consumption
high levels of magnesium, phosphorus and calcium in food
Potty Training and Bladder Stones in Dogs
Many dog owners train their dogs to “hold it” while they are away and as a result of this infrequent urination, the chances of forming canine bladder stones increases.
To help your beloved dog (and your pocket book) we recommend you take the following steps to minimize the chances of him/her getting bladder stones.
1) If you cannot take your dog for a walk during the day, get someone to do it for you.
2) If you cannot find someone to take your dog for a walk during the day we recommend the UGODOG indoor dog potty system. It gives your dog a place to go to urinate while you are away.
3) Ensure your dog has access to water at all times. Increasing water consumption is undoubtedly the most important step in preventing canine bladder stones.
4) Avoid give your dog pet foods or supplements that contain excess minerals.
5) At the first sign of bladder infection, take your dog to your veterinarian. Treating the problem at it’s onset will save you time, money and possibly your dog’s life.
“Mom it hurts when I pee” – Don’t you wish they could talk and tell us what’s wrong? Unfortunately our 4-legged friends have to rely on us to do a little guess work. Or do we? Did you know you can now you can test at home at the first signs of urinary tract infection. What is a Urinary Tract Infection
The urinary tract is important for removing waste from the body through urine. The entire system includes the urethra, the bladder, the ureters and the kidneys. Urinary tract problems can be mild to severe and can be easily cured but also have the potential to be extremely damaging to your dog. Here are some of the most common urinary tract problems in dogs.
What you should know about Urinary Tract Infection!
Dog urinary tract infection symptoms can be painful for your dog and can quickly lead to other issues. When issues escalated so does the cost of treatment, some pet owners said they have spent a minimum of $500 to treat infections while others have spent over $10,000. This is why it’s important to know what to look for and get your dog treatment quickly.
What Causes Lower Urinary Tract Problems in Dogs?
• Stones, crystals or debris accumulation in the bladder or urethra
• Bladder inflammation or infection
• Incontinence from excessive water drinking or weak bladder/hormonal issue
• Spinal cord abnormalities
• Congenital abnormality
• Prostate disease How Can I Tell if My Dog Has Urinary Tract Problems?
• The following signs may indicate that your dog is having trouble with his urinary tract:
• Inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine
• Bloody or cloudy urine
• Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine
• Increased amount and/or frequency of urination
• Straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine
• Soiling in inappropriate places
• Constant licking of urinary opening
• Strong odor to the urine
• Changes in appetite
• Weight loss
• Severe back pain
• Increased water consumption
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Lower Urinary Tract Problems?
You can start by testing your dog at home with a PawCheck urinary tract test for just $14.99. It is quick, easy and painless. All you need is a sample of urine and 2 minutes. However if symptoms are excessive or sever please seek immediate attention from your local veterinarian or pet hospital.
There are many ailments that dogs can face through their life span. As a loving pet owner you want to do everything you can to prevent the suffering of your dog. Did you know that forcing your dog to hold his urine for more than 5 hours can lead to bladder infections? Most veterinarians recommend urine relief every 4 hours for best health, while 4-6 hours is okay.. 8 is not too bad OCCASIONALLY.. But anything more than that can be cruel. Research shows that dogs who go for long periods of time (8+ hours) on a regular basis – without eliminating urine have a greater risk of developing bladder infections or cystitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder. Urethral infections in both males and females often precede bouts of cystitis. Urinary stones can occur as a result of cystitis. The bacteria form a nidus (a central point) around which the stone eventually develops. Symptoms
The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs can be troubling for both pet and owner. Because their bodies are so much smaller than ours, any kind of urinary tract problem can be much more serious for dogs. Recognize quickly any of the following signs - Fever, loss of appetite and lethargy
- Frequent, painful urination.
- Trouble urinating, blood in the urine, or urinating in unusual places
- Cloudy urine that an abnormal odor.
- Females with cystitis may lick at the vulva and have a vaginal discharge.
Any difficulties or changes in urination habits are a good indicator that something is wrong and the sooner you can get your dog medical attention, the less likely it is that the problem will develop into something more serious. Treatment:
Cystitis should be treated promptly to prevent kidney infection. Your veterinarian will prescribe an oral antibiotic that is effective against the bacteria in question. Antibiotics are administered for two to three weeks, after which the urine should be checked again to be sure the infection has been eliminated. Prevention: #1 – Allow your dog to relive him/herself as frequent as possible – Training your dog to use a UGODOG is a great way to prevent bladder infections. #2 – Feed your dog cranberries, blackberries and/or raspberries as they have compounds that prevent bacterial adhesions to the bladder wall. #3 – Frequent check-ups and care to monitor your dog’s overall health
Notice your dog’s coat is changing with the seasons or just doesn’t feel as soft as it used to. If your dog has dry, irritated flaky Skin there is something you can do about it. Most likely you have the cure right in your cupboard.
Traditional causes for dry skin are as follows: spent too much time in the sun, you have hard water in your house, your dog has had one too many visits to the groomer with a hot air hair dryer, or the winter season has seen too many days of needing the heat to work overtime its time for some sweet help. Try these home remedies to get his coat back in shape.
As with humans, a dog’s diet directly affects his skin and coat health. Transition your dog to a high-quality food with few fillers. Check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement to make sure your dog is receiving a balanced diet. Try all-natural or organic brands and look for brands that contain avocado, pomegranate or other natural anti-oxidants.
Essential Fatty Acids
Deficiencies in essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are common in dogs who are on a low-fat diet, resulting in a dull coat and flaky skin. Fortunately, adding a small amount of oil to your dog’s diet will effectively supplement these deficiencies. According to WebMD, you can supplement omega-6 with sunflower oil or safflower oil and flaxseed oil and fish oil give plenty of omega-3 in the diet. If you purchase a fish oil in a gel cap you can puncture the supplement and squirt directly on food.
Massage a generous amount of honey into clean, damp fur, let sit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. If your dog licks a bit of the honey there is nothing to worry about
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet will help make his coat shinier. It helps to clear up skin conditions including eczema, allergies, yeast and fungal infections and itchy skin. You can also apply coconut oil topically to his skin to help heal skin infections and moisturize dry skin and fur.
Lemon Olive Oil Treatment
To fight dry skin brought on by any number of factors in your dog try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture for their coat and skin. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp the dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your dog’s body.
Mix equal parts lemon juice, olive oil, and water and massage thoroughly into your dog’s skin and coat. Let mixture sit for no more then 10 minutes at a time. This treatment should only be done inside (you don’t want the lemon juice to come into contact with the sun or heat lamps which will interact with the pigmentation of your dog’s fur. Rinse well and lather shampoo into coat well to get rid of any lemon juice before your dog is allowed outside again
Regular brushing will improve the condition and shininess of your dog’s coat by removing dead hair and skin. Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs will help keep his skin and coat clean. Don’t over-bathe your dog as this may dry out his coat and make sure you rinse all the shampoo out of his coat before drying your dog. Also, consider using conditioner or a finishing spray formulated for dogs.
Check with a groomer or veterinarian to determine how often you should brush and bathe your dog. Some dogs, especially those with thicker and longer coats, need grooming more often than short-hair dogs.
A shiny coat on a dog is a sign of good health and improves his appearance. Each breed will have different coat appearance because of the thickness, length and type of fur. But regardless of breed, proper diet and grooming will create a shiny coat.