There are dogs that can eat and digest just about anything that you throw at them without showing any hint of discomfort or ill effects. If you have such a resilient dog, then you are a lucky guy. For there is another breed of dog, one which has a very sensitive stomach.  Unless you follow a strict dietary routine, their stomach and intestines are constantly in a state of disarray causing them severe discomfort. If your dog is frequently experiencing diarrhea and gas problems, then they are good indicators that it has a weak stomach and you have to treat it accordingly. 

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Signs that indicate your dog has a sensitive stomach

There are a hundred symptoms that may indicate that your dog has a sensitive stomach or a weak digestive system. But here we list the top three symptoms:

  • Vomiting is the first sign that its digestive system is out of order and needs some attention
  • The dog occasionally passes loose stools
  • It has a very terrible gas problem

Your dog is down and out and you are worried

Having a dog that is down can also dampen your spirits, for they are no longer their playful self that you enjoy so much. And as a concerned owner you obviously can’t wait for it to regain its health and for the happy days to return. In such a situation, you must take heart from the fact that stomach ailments are common in dogs and are very much TREATABLE.

What should be your response?

The first thing you need to do when you discover that the dog has stomach issues is to check whether it is a continuous issue or a one-off incident that can be overlooked. Sometimes there may be a medical condition that needs to be taken care of, so you are advised to consult a professional vet. The vet can diagnose the problem and tell you whether the issues are indicative of any health issues or they are merely because of a fragile digestive system. More often than not, all stomach related ailments have one common denominator: food. So, the more precaution you take when it comes to its food, the healthier it will be.

Preparing the diet

When preparing its diet, you must bear it in mind that all dog food is not the same. The mistake invariably happens because most dog foods looks and smells the same, but if you look more carefully at the list of ingredients it won’t be long before you will notice the difference. Ask your vet to prepare a list of ingredients that suit your dog and match that with the dog food that you are buying. This way you are less likely to purchase food that may cause a stomach upset in your dog.

The above mentioned procedure of comparing ingredients before making the purchase, though, has one downside to it in that it is a very time consuming process. With dog food being prepared on a mass scale, finding the dog food that is suitable to your dog may turn out to be a daunting mission. What can be even more frustrating is to discover that you have missed a certain ingredient or there is an unwanted ingredient in the dog food you have purchased,  so while making the purchase be careful. Go for dog food that has salmon, tuna, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and duck as key ingredients as apart from being delicious, they are easily digestible.

Special dog food in the market

Dog food manufacturers are aware of the fact that there is a big market for them in this segment, that is the digestible food segment, and are therefore flooding the market with foods that are specially meant for dogs with a sensitive stomach. Whether your dog is having food allergies or a simple stomach problem, the general composition of these food is such that you shouldn’t have any problem serving them to your dog. Some of the specialized dog foods that you can try are Twistix Pumpkin Large, Twistix Pumpkin Small, Hills Science Plan Adult Sensitive Stomach Chicken, Purina ONE Sensitive Systems Dry Dog Food, HillScienceDiet, and Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Dog food. Though these foods are primarily targeted at dogs with sensitive stomachs, if you have a healthy dog with no history of stomach ailments, even then you can feed them these specialized foods as they are healthy and have many benefits.

Elevated feeders: It is not always about the food, but the way it is being served that is important

Then again, stomach issues don’t necessarily always have to do with the type of food that it is served, but the way it is being served. Let me explain. When you place the feeder bowl on the floor, the dog has to bend down every time he takes a slurp or bite. Now if your dog has a gas problem, it can aggravate the problem and if it doesn’t, then there is a chance that the routine may cause one. The solution to the problem is to put the bowl in an elevated position which won’t require the dog to bend down. Elevated feeders have been certified by experts as a crucial step in reducing gas pressure on the stomach, and are also known to assist in the digestion process.

Don’t rush things when introducing a new diet

Once you have decided what and how to feed your dog, start slowly introducing the new food to the dog’s diet. You must be careful not to fast-track the new food for the dog may take a dislike to it and refuse to eat it. If that happens, you will have a long-drawn battle at hand. That is not all, for any sudden changes in food habits may cause digestive problems, which would be such a shame considering that it was the very problem that you had set out to fix in the first place. But if you manage to join all the dots correctly, it would ensure that your dog is healthy and full of energy.

 

LaurenLauren is a homemaker who loves pets. She owns 2 pets, a cat named “Macavity” and a dog named “Chilly”. She is currently living in NYC with her family. In her part time, she loves to share articles on pets and home improvement. You can get in touch with her on Google Plus

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If your dog loves the outdoors, then it should come as no surprise to know that the areas where your pet runs around in is where ticks may also hang out. When you find a tick on your dog it’s important to get the little bugger off as soon as possible, but with careful handling. Rushing to remove it can create more problems for both you and your pet. Below explains some simple tips on helping you remove the tick safely at home. 

Removing Ticks from Dogs
Prepare a Tick Container
Before you go plucking the little suckers off your pet, prepare a container that has some rubbing alcohol in it to place the tick in once it’s been removed. Simply flushing it down the toilet or throwing it away in the garbage won’t kill it. Plus it’s best to hold on to the evidence in case your pet falls ill from any bites that it attained from the tick.

Have Someone Help You
If your dog isn’t one to sit patiently as you pluck and part through his/her fur looking for ticks, have someone help you hold him/her down to soothe and calm their nerves. This will make the process easier as you search and pluck out the ticks in the deeper parts of the fur.

Don’t Use Bare Hands
One important thing to remember when doing an at-home removal for ticks is to never do it with your bare hands. Always wear some latex or rubber gloves to protect your skin from direct contact with your pet’s infected area and away from any tick. The little suckers can carry infective agents that can seep through your skin and can get you sick. So keep those hands protected throughout the removal process.

Use Tweezers for Removal
Before pulling out any ticks from your dog, be sure to rub the infected area with rubbing alcohol to sanitize it. Use a pair of clean tweezers and grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible and pull straight up with an even pressure. Once removed place that tick in a container to keep it from escaping.

Clean and Praise Your Dog
Even when you remove a tick from your dog, sometimes part of its mouth can still get stuck within your pet’s skin. In the case that this happens, check the area for any redness or inflammation and if there is none go ahead and gently disinfect it. After all that plucking and cleaning be sure to praise and give your dog a treat for being patient enough during the removal process.

Removing ticks off your dog at home is a simple process, but sometimes that may not be enough for your pet. In case of any irritation or persistent ticks on your dog call a professional, like the ones at Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic for either an at-home visit or a direct appointment, to have your furry little friend checked out.

 

 Karleia SteinerKarleia Steiner is a freelance blogger. You can follow her on Google+ and Facebook.

 

 

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The health of a family pet is universal in many homes across the world. Family pets often become a major part of the family and require ongoing health care planning for a lifetime of wellness. There are a few major vaccinations that can be added insurance for pet owners to ensure a more robust lifestyle for all your furry friends: 

The Top 5 Vaccinations Pets Should Have for Health
Rabies

Rabies is a very common infection found in the wild and should be done in a regular series to prevent future infection. It is contagious among most animals and fatal for both humans and pets. Booster series are usually done after the first year of the initial vaccination.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is the equivalent of the FPV vaccination in felines. The vaccination has a wide range of protection against respiratory infection as well as gastrointestinal and central nervous system infections.

Feline Viral rhinotracheitis-calcivirus-panleukopenia (FVRCP)

Don't let the long name of this vaccine deter you. This vaccine is a highly routine vaccine for felines due to the wide range of treatment. One of the most common types of vaccinations to receive at any animal pharmacy in Willoughby or other local areas is one that effectively aid in prevention of multiple viruses in one shot. These can easily be compared to the human version of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine given at birth. Cats receive the FVRCP vaccination for preventing three main virus strains:

  • Calcivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Bordetella

Bordetella vaccination is not as common as others. However, this vaccine should be a part of every preventative arsenal in pets. It is commonly known as "kennel cough" in dogs and can remain dormant in animals until the virus interacts with other animals in closed environments. Consider this vaccine if plans call for boarding or outdoor life.

Leptospirosis

One bacterial infection that is shown to cause a wide range of symptoms that can affect all dogs in particular is Leptospirosis. It can be an insidious disease that goes in hiding during initial infection. Dogs do not necessarily show illness at first. Susceptibility is more common for outdoor pets.

Vaccination is just one component of the healthcare plan of a pet. However, it is probably the most effective early on at preventing more serious illness and healthcare costs. These major vaccinations often work together at preventing more aggressive strains of virus from developing. 

 

Lizzie WeakleyLizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. If you like Lizzie's writing style, follow her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley or find her on Facebook

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