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 →
There are many rewarding and exciting moments when you decide to adopt or buy a new puppy. There are also many questions that new pet parents ask, one of those questions being: when, or if, you should deworm your puppy.It is of utmost importance you deworm your puppy throughout his life. You should make sure you follow a strict deworming schedule; puppies can contract worms while still in the womb, and are highly prone to various strains.
Are Worms Dangerous?
Worms can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal in both puppies and dogs. There are various strains of worms your puppy could contract, so it is important you deworm your pet on a regular basis. Your first dose of medicine will kill any existing worms in your pet, and subsequent ones will prevent him from catching them. Some strains can actually be transferred to humans, which is another convincing reason to make sure you puppy is dewormed properly.
One of the most serious forms of worm your puppy can contract is Heartworm. If your pet picks up this parasite and the ailment is treated accordingly, it is still a danger to your pet’s health due to its size. Heartworms are quite large; when they die they break down inside your pups body, which can cause blockages that can be fatal. If your pet has Heartworm be sure to discuss activity levels and proper recuperation methods with your vet, as too much exercise while healing can actually be detrimental to their health during this time.
What Are the Common Types of Worm?
There are many different types of worm. The four most common are the following:
- Roundworm (also transferrable to humans)
- Hookworm (also transferrable to humans)
When Should I Deworm My Puppy?
Your puppy should be dewormed as follows:
- Every two weeks until the puppy is 8 weeks old.
- After the 8 week mark, deworm at 12 and 14 weeks.
- After 14 weeks, deworm again at 6 months and 1 year.
- After a year you may follow an adult dog deworming schedule.
How Do I Deworm My Puppy, And Prevent Worms In The Future?
Fortunately for pet parents on a budget, there are many inexpensive deworming medications available in stores and online. Be sure to purchase one that treats and repels multiple types of worm, including Heartworm. You may need to purchase the Heartworm preventative separately, but these medications are usually cheap (many cost between $3 and $20) and they are also easy to find. You should also regularly administer a flea and tick repellent, as fleas and ticks carry worms, and can infect your pet (or you) if bitten.
Remember to buy your deworming medicine according to your pet’s weight, and keep in mind that you will have to replace the medication every 30 days – once it has passed the 30 day mark it becomes useless.
What Signs and Symptoms Should I Look For?
It is always a good idea to recognize the signs and symptoms of worms, even if you are diligent about your deworming schedule. Some things to look for include:
- Coughing (this will happen once the worms have moved to the lungs)
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss, despite eating regularly
What Else Should I Know?
It is important to maintain your deworming schedule, and you should make sure you take your puppy to see a vet regularly. Your puppy will also need vaccinations to make sure he stays healthy and happy. With a loving, caring home and his health, he is sure to thrive!Read Article →
You have noticed some blood coming out of your dog’s nose, maybe a few drops, maybe a heavy flow. What should you do? If your dog is suffering from a nosebleed, the first thing you need to do is to stop the bleeding. Then, look for symptoms to see just how serious the situation is, and take action accordingly. After that, make an appointment with your vet so she can find what the cause of the nosebleed was and treat that issue.
You are worried about your dog, and that is understandable. But you need to keep calm. If you are agitated, your dog will become agitated. If he gets excited, his blood pressure will go up, and that will increase the bleeding and make everything more difficult. So try not to let him know that you are worried, even though, as a good pet owner, you are.
To stop the bleeding, get or make an ice pack and put it on the bridge of your dog’s nose for three to five minutes. Make sure not to cover his nostrils so that he can still breathe normally. Take note of whether the blood is coming from one nostril or two, and of the rate of the flow of blood so you can tell your vet later.
Look For Serious Symptoms
As you are holding the ice pack with one hand, use the other to slowly and carefully open your dog’s mouth. If there is blood in there, or if his gums are very pale, you need to take him to the vet right away. He may have lost a lot of blood already.
Keep your dog calm even after the ice pack comes off, because a blood clot has now formed in his nose. If he moves around too much, it could rupture. If you can’t stop the blood from continuing to flow, go to the vet immediately.
After there has been a nosebleed you might notice that he has dark tarry stool, and dark vomit. Don’t be scared by this, it is a sign that your dog has ingested blood.
A nosebleed can be caused by a variety of things and you are going to want to get to the vet to solve it. It might not be serious, but it could be very serious, especially if these nosebleeds are happening a lot. Here are some of the causes:
- direct injury or accident
- something stuck in the nose
- blood clotting disorder
- rat poison
- tooth abscess
- liver failure
- a condition transmitted by ticks
A nosebleed may not seem like a big deal, especially when you are able to stop it, and don’t see serious symptoms. But a vet will look for the cause of the nosebleed and will treat that problem, which just may well save his life. It could just be an irritated nasal passage, but I wouldn’t risk it if it was my dog. I would be making that appointment right away.Read Article →
From the air your dog breathes inside your home to the food it eats, there is a lot that can get your dog’s paws to scratching. While itchy and irritated dog skin can be a distressing problem (especially if you value a clean and sanitary home) there are some pretty simple ways you can combat itchy and dry dog skin.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to your dog’s dermatological state is: if it irritates your skin, it can irritate your dog’s skin. Keep this in mind when you start seeing your dog scratch a certain area of his or her body incessantly.
The Air Up There
When was the last time you had the vents of your HVAC system cleaned? Maybe you have been sneezing a lot more yourself and noticing that the skin is flaking. This may very well be an allergic reaction your dog is having to the dust and debris that is being circulated through your home via your HVAC ducts.
Consider getting a thorough cleaning of your vents and ducts because this can not only benefit the skin but your own respiratory health as well. There are also advanced filters that you can have installed in your vents that drastically reduce debris in interior air and humidifiers that can improve the condition.
The bad news: dogs can be allergic to a lot of different kinds of foods which can affect the condition of their skin. The good news: with some simple observation you can detect and eliminate the problem.
For starters, if you feed table scraps (especially meats like chicken, beef, turkey and pork) and he or she is suffering from dry and itchy skin, stop! Direct exposure to certain foods can trigger allergic reactions resulting in irritation. If the problem persists, consider feeding him organic and more natural dog food.
Has your dog been spending time at the local dog park? Even coming into contact with other dogs with dry itchy dog skin can make an impact on derma-health. Ask other owners if their dogs have been scratching or flaking more than usual. If the answer is yes, limit your dog’s contact with theirs.
Effective Home Remedies
If none of the above has worked, try any of the following treatments:
- Vitamin E –Massaging and stimulating the skin is a great way to promote natural healing but when you add some vitamin E oil in the mix, you’ve got yourself a great home remedy for irritated doggy skin.
- Chamomile Tea – Chamomile tea is not just to help you relax anymore. Chilling and spraying your dog’s red and irritated skin with chamomile tea will soothe it and kill yeast and bacteria.
- Oatmeal – Remember how your mom gave you an oatmeal bath when you had chickenpox? Oatmeal treatment can have the same healing effect as well. Soak your dog in some ground up oatmeal and you should see immediate results.
In the end, the most important step in combating dry itchy dog skin is to carefully observe your dog. Pay attention to how often and where it is scratching. Be mindful of what remedies do and don’t work. Finally, be willing to make the needed changes to diet, interior air and play habits of your dog. If you are willing and mindful, you can say goodbye to you and your dog’s itchy skin woes.Read Article →