If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you cuddle with your canine friend every time you get the opportunity. That’s because dogs and other pets often end up being part of our families as time passes, and we show them affection just the way we do with humans. However, when your canine friend’s breath totally stinks, you may be tempted to put that relationship on hold regardless of how much you love him.
But don’t resort to such extreme measures just yet. There are several, simple things you can do at home to eradicate this condition for good. Let’s look at some of them in detail:
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Regularly
If you thought that only humans need to brush their teeth, then you thought wrong. Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing is important for dogs too. It helps to keep their breath fresh and teeth clean.
However, don’t use the normal fluoride toothpaste you normally use for brushing your own teeth. Instead, use toothpaste meant for dogs and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The best starting point is to spread a thin layer of the toothpaste along his upper gum line to make him get used to it.
Once, the dog is comfortable, brush the teeth gently in circular motion, taking great care around the gums. Maintain brushing 2-3 times every week for shinier, healthier teeth and mouth.
Provide Lots Of Fresh Drinking Water In A Clean Bowl
Just like humans, dogs need to drink plenty of fresh water for their bodies to stay hydrated and function properly. The anaerobic bacteria causing your doggy’s bad breath can also be kept at bay if your friend’s mouth is moist. The best way to do so is to provide him with plenty of fresh and clean drinking water.
Give Your Dog Carrots
Plaque is a major cause of bad breath in dogs. The good news is that the abrasiveness of carrots greatly helps to prevent plaque from building up on their teeth. In addition, when your dog chews carrots, it stimulates saliva production, which helps to wash off any food particles stuck inside his mouth or between his teeth.
Provide Sturdy And Safe Chew Toys
Just like carrots, chew toys can also help to eliminate bad breath in dogs for good. The natural chewing process of toys is both fun for them, and helps to keep their teeth clean and breath fresh. Just make sure that the toy you pick is safe, strong and appropriate for your dog’s size.
Provide Better Food Choices
Finally, making a few changes in your dog’s diet can go a long way in improving his overall health and oral hygiene. For instance, dry foods are less likely to leave particles behind, which often accumulate and cause bad breath. As a result:
- You may want to reduce the quantity of wet foods you give your dog, and replace them with drier varieties.
- In addition, consider adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains to his diet.
- With these tips, you can keep your dog’s breath fresh all the time, and enjoy spending more time with him.
If your dog has developed a skin irritation as a result of an allergy, you may be interested in trying natural home remedies, in order to sooth and treat your dog’s irritation.
Eight home remedies to sooth and treat skin allergies in your dog:
- Oatmeal dog bath – If your dog is itching themselves you may want to soothe their skin irritation by preparing an all natural, oatmeal bath. Simply blend a cup of uncooked oatmeal in your blender and then the stir the oatmeal powder into a lukewarm bath. You’ll then need to pour the bath water, containing the oatmeal powder over the areas that are irritated.
- Apple cider vinegar treatment – Alternatively you may want to try dabbing apple cider vinegar on to the irritated areas. You may want to use a cotton swab or a sponge to dab your dog’s skin. Repeat this process several times a day until you see signs of improvement, or he stops scratching altogether.
- Fish oil capsules – You may want to try giving your dog a fish oil capsule, in an effort to treat their irritated skin. Simply give him one fish oil capsule per day, until you start to see an improvement in their skin. You may want to consult your vet before you start feeding him fish oil capsules as your vet may be able to recommend a particular brand.
- Olive oil remedy – You can try applying olive oil directly to the irritated skin, using a cotton swab. This should provide immediate relief. Alternatively, you can try adding one tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s food, three times a week, in order to prevent the effects of skin allergies.
- Switch shampoo to a natural, hypoallergenic shampoo – If you have reason to believe that your has developed an allergy to the shampoo that you’re using, simply switch out the current shampoo, for a natural, hypoallergenic shampoo. Hypoallergenic shampoos are designed to be gentle on skin and have been developed specifically for dog’s with sensitive skin.
- Aloe vera gel – Did you know that aloe vera gel can be used topically to treat skin irritation? Not only is aloe vera naturally soothing but it’s also anti-inflammatory, so if you notice that the skin is red or flaky, it’s definitely worth applying a dab of aloe vera gel directly to it.
- Cucumber slice treatment – If your dog is suffering from allergic dermatitis, try cutting up a cucumber which has been chilled in the freezer and sticking the slices directly onto the skin. This treatment should soothe the irritation.
- Chamomile tea spray treatment – Firstly pour a cup of chamomile tea into a refrigerator proof container and chill it in your fridge for an hour. Next, pour the chilled mixture into a spray bottle and lightly spray the areas of your dogs skin which are irritated or inflamed.
So if your dog has been itching as a result of a nasty skin allergy, it’s well worth using a natural remedy for treating and soothing your dog’s skin allergy.
There is nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work and realizing your cat is sick. She has barely eaten, keeps sneezing, and her eyes are running like a tap. So what can you do to make her feel better, without shelling out hundreds at the vet?
Checking For Symptoms
The most common Cat Cold is the Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). Below are the common symptoms to watch out for:
- Inflamed, watery eyes
- Nasal discharge
- Fever (hot ears and hot feet)
- Loss of appetite
How Can I Alleviate These Symptoms?
It is very important to make sure that your cat is eating and drinking fluids while she is ill. If she has not eaten or had anything to drink in the past 24 hours or more, you need to take her to a vet. If she seems to be just be coming down with the cold, try these tips:
- Using unflavoured Pedialyte or water, fill a medicine syringe. While holding her, gently open her mouth and place the nipple of the syringe into the side of her mouth and administer a little of the fluid. Be careful not to force her into drinking too much; go slowly. You need to make sure she drinks at least of cup to a cup and a half of water a day.
- If your cat is not eating, you can also use a syringe to administer food. The easiest way to do this would be with a little meat based baby food – make sure it doesn’t contain onions or garlic, as this will make her sick. Mix the baby food with a little warm water and put into the syringe. Using the same technique as the water, gently depress the syringe and feed her a little at a time. Again, do not force her to eat more than she can. If she gets fussy, you may let her roam and try to feed her again in a half hour. Another ideal way to feed your cat while she is sick is to place a little wet food on your finger, and let her eat it.
- Warming up wet food can also help to awaken her appetite. Warm food has a stronger smell, which can help when her nose is congested.
- To relieve nasal congestion, you can use a soft, damp facecloth or sponge to clean the nose and eye area. Additionally, you can also use childrens saline solution to try and clear and soothe the nose. Use it like you would on a baby, and use twice a day.
- A humidifier or running a hot bath or shower and allowing her to breathe in the steam can also help with congestion.
What Else Should I Know?
Its important to visit a vet if your cat:
- Is under a year old.
- Is over 7 years old.
- Hasn’t had any fluids or food in the past 24 hours.
- Starts producing a thick, colored discharge (she may have a bacterial infection and need antibiotics).
- Has not used her litter box in over 24 hours.
Make sure to keep a close eye on your cat. If she doesn’t seem to be getting any better you may need to bring her to a vet; but hopefully, with a little tender loving care and a few snuggles, you will be able to nurse her back to health.Read Article →
A dog is a families best friend. So as with our family, when our dog gets sick or is in pain we tend to worry. We rack our brains and call everyone trying to figure out how to help our best friend. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
As we know fevers are no fun, and in humans it is relatively easy to spot. Dogs on the other hand can be difficult, but don’t worry, they show plenty of symptoms. First thing you should know is a dogs natural body temperature runs higher than our own. A dogs normal body temperature is from 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a dog hits 103 degrees Fahrenheit they have hit the fever threshold.
When your dog has a fever they will show a multitude of symptoms. These can consist of:
- A depressed mood
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal Discharge
Just remember the best way to check for a fever is using a rectal thermometer.
When a dogs fever is above 103 degrees the first thing to do is contact your veterinarian so that they know what is going on. At this point, if the temperature is over 103 you will want to apply cool water to the fur especially around the paws. Continuously check the rectal thermometer. Once your dogs temperature has reached 103 degrees stop the cooling process. Now you will want to make sure your canine friend is drinking small amounts of water regularly. Hydration is key in fighting a fever, whether you have four legs or two legs.
In special cases when the fever is at 106 or higher, you should treat that as an extreme emergency and contact an emergency veterinarian right away.
To answer your burning question, NO, you do not want to give your dog medicine to lower their fever or fight pain. Aspirin and acetaminophen can be very poisonous to animals (since they aren’t made for them) and can cause death or serious injury.
After a fever, pain is another common concern when it comes to dog owners. We see our pup limping or notice a cut and the protector in us comes out.
First thing to do when it comes to a dog in pain is, you guessed it, call the veterinarian. But we all know dogs get hurt when the vets are closed. Once you contact your veterinarian you will want make your dog most comfortable. Some extra padding in their crate, or a nice fluffy pillow and blanket on the couch.
Again, it is not recommended to give your dog acetaminophen or aspirin. Although, if it is joint pain or continuous movement pain, Fish Oil has been shown to have positive effects on animals.
We all know that feeling of sadness when we see our four legged friend in pain or discomfort. Now you know that your first action when fighting fever or pain is contacting a veterinarian. After that providing comfort and the quick actions stated above will have your dog running around in no time.Read Article →
Does your dog have nasal congestion? Does he have watery eyes and a runny nose? Is he breathing through his mouth? Just like people, dogs get all stuffed up. But unlike with most people, this could be a symptom of a more serious health problem. You need to take him to the vet so she can determine the cause of the congestion and deal with the real issue, rather than just the symptom. Additionally, there are a few things you can do for him at home to make him more comfortable and help him breathe better.
If, as well as being congested, your dog’s face is swelling and he is having trouble breathing, take him to the vet immediately. It could be a severe allergic reaction that could have severe consequences.
Congestion of the nasal cavity can be caused by one of these things.
Your dog may have a respiratory infection, which could be bacterial,viral, or fungal. If it is bacterial, he will need antibiotics. If it is fungal, he will need antifungal medication. Some other symptoms of infections, are coughing, sneezing, and mucus coming out of the eyes and nose. If this is your dog, note the color and the consistency of the mucus and let your vet know. This may help her to diagnose the problem.
Your dog could have dental problems that are spreading to the sinuses. In this case, you need to get his teeth fixed so that the congestion will not continue to occur. Some of the symptoms of dental problems are swollen and red gums, pus pockets under the gum line, and bad (worse than normal) breath.
Your dog might have allergies, either to pollen, mold, or smoke outside, or to chemicals inside. In this case your vet may need to put him on antihistamines or give you a topical spread to apply. Some of the symptoms of allergies are coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin.
Object In Nose
Your dog might have something stuck up his nose. My dad once pulled a Flinstones vitamin out of my nose with his finger, but I wouldn’t recommend trying that. A vet can take an x-ray to find out where the object is exactly and take the proper measures to get it out.
Your dog, especially if he is older, could have a tumor or growth in his head. The tumor must be found and treated.
Some other symptoms to look for that will help the vet identify the cause of the congestion are:
- pawing at nose and mouth
- lack of energy
- lack of appetite
You need to visit the vet to find the root cause of the nasal congestion. But in the meantime, and after you get the medication, here are some ways you can make him more comfortable at home.
Bring him into the bathroom and close the door. Run the shower with warm water for fifteen minutes and let the steam waft out and help to clear out the nasal passages. Do this a few times each day. In the same vein, run a humidifier in the room that he usually hangs out in.
You can also add warm water, or as he might prefer, warm chicken broth (with no onion or garlic) in your dog’s food. Wiping his nose with a warm cloth will help a little too. If his nose gets too dry, put some Vaseline on it.
If your dog has a nasal congestion it is most likely not just a simple cold. You need to take it seriously and visit the vet You could be saving his life.Read Article →