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7 Ways To Care For A Vomiting Dog

sick-dogAt some point in time as a pet owner, your dog will experience vomiting, and you will be on clean up duty. Dogs are notorious for eating things they are not suppose to and often times, their poor judgment can get them in a lot of trouble and cause them to become sick. But sometimes vomiting can be a sure sign of a serious illness that needs immediate vet attention, so keep your eyes on alert within the first 24 hours. Here are a few at home tips to treat and care for a vomiting dog. It is important to show your dog some tender loving care.

1. Enforce a Food Fast. It is important to give your dogs digestive system some time to recoup and rest from the vomiting by not feeding your dog for 12-24 hours. You can give your dog small amounts of water to keep them hydrated. Food and large amounts of water will only aggravate your dogs upset stomach.

2. Keep your dog’s blood sugar levels in check. Since you will be withholding food from your dog, it’s important to monitor your dog’s blood sugar levels. Your dog may experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugar during the fasting phase.  Prevent low blood sugar levels by rubbing a small amount of a sugary fluid such as honey, karo syrup, maple syrup, or sugar water on your dog’s gums. Repeat this every several hours.

3. Monitor Dog’s Hydration. Vomiting can cause dehydration, so make sure your dog remains hydrated in small amounts on a constant basis.  Monitor his intake and don’t let him drink to excess. Excessive, fast drinking is a common response to nausea in dogs, but the problem is that it triggers dog vomiting and makes the upset stomach worse. If necessary, limit the water available to the dog by doling it out in hourly rations. Offering your dog ice cubes will prevent dehydration and keep him from gulping down large amounts of water which can cause more vomiting.

Once your dog has gone 4 hours without vomiting, then you can give him Pedialyte. Unflavored Pedialyte in small amounts (no more than 1/4 cup for a medium sized dog every 20 minutes) will help replenish your dog’s fluids and counteract dehydration. Mix a small amount of water 50/50 with Pedialyte. If the dog will not drink unflavored Pedialyte, try flavoring it with chicken or beef broth (onion-free) or add watered beef or chicken bullion for an appealing flavor.

shutterstock_1410371714. Bland Food is Good. Normal dog food will only upset his stomach further. Once your dog has stopped vomiting for 12 hours, feed your dog a homemade bland diet in small amounts for several days to gradually reintroduce food. It’s good to make your dog a batch of rice, white chicken meat with the skin removed, and cottage cheese. You can also use plain hamburger meat that has been boiled and drained from fat. Initially feed your dog small amounts of this bland food and once 4 hours has passed without vomiting, then you can give your dog a little more. The hope is that eventually your dog will be back to eating his normal meal size. Once you see that your dog is feeling a lot better and is holding down his food, over the next 3-5 hours, mix in the dog’s normal food, while gradually phasing out the homemade bland food. This gradual transition is vital to prevent a relapse of the dog’s vomiting.

5. Give Your Dog Some Pepto-Bismol. Make sure to ask your vet if you can give your dog a soothing dose of Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate. This will help to calm your dog’s stomach and keep the fluids down. If you get the okay from the vet, make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. The usual dose for a dog is 1 tsp per twenty pounds of body weight. For less cooperative dogs, you can use a syringe or eyedropper to administer the Pepto-Bismol.

Important Note: ALWAYS Check with your vet before giving any over-the-counter medications to your pet, especially if he or she is on other medications.

shutterstock_255228976. Observe your dog’s vomit. Although looking at vomit is never an appetizing sight to see, its important to know what your dog was throwing up and the look of it in case a vet visit is in order. Check to see if stool material, blood (could be a sign of an infection, parasite or more serious ailments) or what looks like coffee grounds are present– if so seek vet help ASAP. You also may want to take a look at your dog’s stool and bring in a sample to the vet. Also monitor your dog’s weight to make sure it is normal.

7. Examine your dog’s gums. If your dog’s gum are very pale, this is a sign he or she is anemic and needs immediate medical attention.

Contact your dog’s veterinarian immediately if your dog vomits blood, appears to be in pain, acts weak and lethargic, has a fever or does not improve after 24 to 48 hours.

 

Matters of the Heart – 5 Symptoms of Doggy Heart Failure: 101 Dog Care Tips

dogvetDogs are not immune to matters of the heart. Just like humans, dogs can experience heart difficulties or canine congestive heart failure. Canine congestive heart failure may be due to birth defects, age degeneration of the heart valves, heart worms and diseases of the heart. Before you can seek proper vet treatment, pet owners must be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Knowing the symptoms could mean the difference between life or death.

1. Excessive panting. We all know that dog’s pant as a way to regulate their body temperature, since they do not have sweat glands like we do. However, if your dog is constantly panting this could be cause for concern. Your dog may be having a build up fluid in the lungs because the heart is not circulating blood properly, which can cause trouble with the circulation of body fluids, hence the fluid buildup in the lungs.

2. Cough that won’t go away. If your dog is coughing incessantly but their is no evidence of a airway blockage this could be a sign of fluid buildup in the lungs.

3. Difficulty breathing. If your dog is having a hard time catching his breath or breathing then heart failure could be the issue, causing poor circulation. Inadequate circulation will affect the lungs ability to function and receive oxygen, preventing the lungs from contracting and expanding, leading to difficulty in breathing.

4. Loss of Appetite. If your dog is known for having quite a hearty appetite but is just not interested in eating then they could be suffering from heart failure. You, see dog’s experiencing heart failure often become fatigue and loss interest in food.

5. Fatigue. Dog not up to his old tricks, and has no energy for a good game of fetch or chase the squirrel? Well, there could be a more underlining problem beside boredom. If your dog’s circulation becomes impaired because their heart is no longer pumping blood effectively through the arteries then this is where the problem lies. Poor circulation means the muscles are not being properly supplied with enough oxygen. As a result of the onset of heart failure your dog may become fatigued & tired.

101 Dog Care Tips: How to Clean a Dogs Ear

AKK1RCRegular ear cleaning & check ups is an important part of your dog’s overall health and well-being.  Proper ear cleanings help prevent the onset of painful ear infections caused by bacteria, yeast and mites. Often times, ear infections can be triggered by wax buildup, dirt, hair mats, growths or ticks that disrupt drainage or promote ear moisture. Allergies from dust, food & pollen can also trigger ear irritations so keep a watchful eye.

On a side note when you bathe your dog place cotton balls in the ears to prevent water from entering the ears & ear canal. This is an important tip that should be used on dogs with floppy ears. The ears must remain completely dry to avoid providing a damp environment for bacteria and fungus to fester & take refuge.

So, what are the common warnings signs that your dog may have an ear infection?

1. Scratch at ears incessantly
2. Head shaking or tilting
3. May rub the infected ear alongside couch or carpet
4. Ears are sensitive to touch. Dog may shy’s away from being petted on or near the ears
5. Ears becomes red, irritated & swelled
6. Brown or yellowish ear discharge
7. Ears have a foul odor
8. Blood blisters on the ear flap
9. tumors or growth

If the symptoms do not subside or go away this may be a sign of something more serious. Please seek the help of a vet immediately to prevent hearing loss & other health complications.

Now that you know why it is important to clean your dog ears from the inside out now on to the question of the hour. How often should you clean a dog’s ears? Well, good question! Responsible & loving pet owners should clean practice preventative dog ear cleanings & check ups at least once a week. If  you have a dog with floppy ears then twice a week since they are more susceptible to  getting ear infections. Here are some simple & easy dog ear cleaning how to’s for you to follow:

1. Inspect your dogs ear prior to the cleaning them and jot down any abnormalities such as redness, irritation, odor, foreign matter or discharge needing your vets immediate attention. Don’t proceed with ear cleaning go see your trusted certified vet for help.
2. Once you have inspected your dogs ears and given them a clean bill of health you can start begin the ear cleaning process. You will need the proper tools a gentle dog ear wash specifically formulated for ear cleaning, cotton ball & cotton swab.
3. Soak a cotton ball gently & thoroughly in the ear wash. Squeeze out excess ear wash.
4. Place the cotton ball in your dog’s ear and slowly & gently rub up and down.
5. Allow your dog to shake off excess moisture & use cotton ball to gently rub dry. Since moisture is the breeding grounds for bacteria & infections it is important your dogs ears are completely dry.
6. Soak the tip of a cotton swab in the ear wash and run it along the nooks and crannies of your dog’s ears.
7. Avoid putting the swab down your dog’s ear canal; leave this type of cleaning to the veterinary medical staff.

**NEVER use alcohol to clean your dogs ears it could burn and cause more pain, distress & damage. Ear syringes should only be used by a certified veterinarian.


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7 Tips for Running With Your Dog: 101 Dog Care Tips

JoggingdogIf you haven’t already guessed getting in shape is much easier when you have an exercise buddy & some accountability. So, look no further then at your feet. Dogs make excellent running & jogging companions. They are always eager for a good run to help you shed those unwanted Holiday pounds or maintain your beautiful physique. But before you get off the couch, put down the remote and get on your running gear here are a few tips to make running with your dog easy for the both of you. Remember safety first!

1. Get a Checkup. If you are considering setting a daily exercise regime make sure you and your dog both get a clean bill of health from the doctor. Check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on an exercise program to make sure running is right for them.

2. Warm up your dog by walking first. Put your pet through a nice brisk walk or short jog to loosen up muscles and get the heart pumping. Like humans, dogs can experience signs of stiff-ness after the initial run. Once run is over let your dog cool down with a walk at the end.

3. Pace Yourself. Build up slowly, and watch for signs of fatigue. Remember dogs get tired as well. Like us they need to be slowly conditioned to handle whatever terrain & distance you set in front of them. So build up endurance over time. If your dog lies down during a workout, end the session  or give them a time out.

If your dog appears to be overheating stop the jog immediately. Cool him down slowly with cool water (not cold). Signs of overheating include the following

  • Excessive panting
  • Increased salivation
  • Red gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

4. Carry Water. Keep water on hand before, during and after a workout.

5. Beware of your dogs running surface. If your dog is not accustomed to running on pavement, build up gradually. Remember dogs don’t have the leisure of throwing on a pair of jell shocked absorbing running sneakers. The only thing between your dogs paws & the pavement are his pads. For this reason it is important that you first build up your dogs endurance & pads toughness by with walking distance.

6. Watch the weather forecast. Dogs cannot regulate heat as efficiently as humans when temperature rises and cool down by panting and sweating through their  pads. When the mercury rises dogs are at greater risk for heat stroke & dehydration.  Opt to jog, walk or run with your dog early in the morning or late evening and avoid the hottest time of the day.

7. Leash up! Keep your dog (even the most obedient ones) on a leash and by your side when running for his protection & others. It is important that you rein in your dog and have complete control. Don’t let your dog run ahead on leash only to leave you dragging behind. Keep in mind that the whole purpose of exercising is not only to get in shape but to bond with your loyal companion.

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4 Ways to Determine if Your Dog is Overweight

photolibrary_rm_photo_of_dog_on_scaleDoes your dog or cat have a belly bulge?  Obesity is not just a human problem it a major health issue that man’s best friend must face. Sedentary lifestyle & overeating can cause your pet to become pudgy. Being overweight & unfit can prove detrimental to Fido or Felix overall health, happiness & well being. Obesity can lead to many forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, death and other health issues that could be avoided. Remember your pets health is in your hands, so take the fitness buddy challenge today and get your pet in shape. So how can you tell if your dog is overweight?

1. The “Rib Test” is the easiest way to tell if your pet is overweight. Run your hand across his side to see if you can feel his ribs. If you can’t feel his ribs, your pet is overweight. Your dogs ribs should not be visually noticeable, but easily felt.  If the ribs are visually noticeable then your pet is underweight and in need of a an extra helping. Remember to consult your vet if dog is overweight or underweight for proper care & diagnosis. Unexplained weight loss or gain can signal more serious underlining health issues.

*From a birds eye view a desirable weight is indicated by some indentation behind the rib cage, depicting an hourglass shape.

2. Feel your dog’s hips. Anything more than light fleshiness indicates that your dog is above normal weight.

3. Check your dog for a trim abdomen. Take a look at your pet’s belly. If it is protruding beneath the rib-cage, your pet is probably overweight. The abdomen should be clearly defined and tucked up higher than the rib-cage.

4. Weighing your pet is a way to measure the starting point of a weight-loss plan. Step on the weight yourself and note your weight. Then if your dog is small enough you can step on the scale holding your pet. Noting the total weight subtract your weight from the total weight while holding your pet to find your pets weight.

Fortunately, there are thing you can do to get your pets weight under control. Start 2010 off on the right foot by getting trim, slim & in shape with your furry exercise buddy. Reduce your pet pounds with daily walks & a nutritional diet, interactive dog toys, low calorie treats, portion control and swearing off human food. Getting you & your pet off the couch and outdoors can do wonders to shed the pounds while nurturing the human pet bond.

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Give the gift of  a good chew.  Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a  great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

The Benefits of Gift Cards!

1. Since very few people will actually tell you what they truly want as a gift, a gift card can eliminate the disappointment that is evident when you get someone something that they do not enjoy. With a gift card, the receiver is free to pick out whatever they choose, instead of relying on your psychic abilities to provide a good present.

2. Gift cards make perfect last minute presents. Whether you are celebrating the arrival of a new pet, bark-day, or  the howliday’s gift cards are great for any occasion.

3. Foolproof white elephant gift that anyone could appreciate. Perfect for any secret gift exchange.

Oatmeal Rice Dog Food Recipe for Sensitive Pups: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 26

pugfaceIs your dog experiencing  diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain after eating? Then your dog probably has a sensitive stomach. Belly aches are come complaints among the canine community and belly rubs may be in order.

Some dogs are prone to sensitive stomachs and require a stricter diet. Luckily, we came across a wonderful Oatmeal Rice Dog Recipe from ehow that is perfect for dogs with sensitive tummies & digestive problems.

Ingredients:

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1/8 cup wild rice

1/4 cup pinto beans

2 tbsp. honey-sweetened peanut butter

2 tsp. sunflower seeds

1 tsp. flax seeds

1 tsp. canola oil

Instructions:

1. Place the oatmeal in a medium bowl. Add 1 cup of hot water and let it sit for five minutes. While the mixture is standing, mash the pinto beans in a small bowl. Add the pinto beans and peanut butter to the oatmeal and rice mixture and stir well.

2. Grind the sunflower and flax seeds in a grinder. Add to the mixture along with the canola oil and stir.

3. Microwave for one minute just before serving.

4.  Serve:  This recipe feeds one small dog for a day. For larger breeds, double or triple the recipe.

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Owning a New Puppy: Vaccines

shutterstock_79959028Owning a new puppy can very exciting, but also overwhelming.  You always want to start off on the right foot and here are few tips for vaccinating your pooches.   This is coming from owners that were very excited about their first pooch, but ended up being very sad after a vaccination reaction almost ended very badly.

1.  Your puppy may not need every vaccination out there.  Remember, the veterinary pharmaceutical companies are in the business to make money, so the more vaccinations sold, the more money made!  Discuss with your veterinarian whether all vaccinations need to be given.  Depending on your pooches lifestyle and where you live, you may not need them all.

2.  Smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas, Pugs, Toy Poodles, Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos, are more likely to have reactions to vaccines. It is very important to minimize the number of vaccines given to small breeds.  It is also recommend to space out the vaccinations.  They should not all be given all at the same time.  It is also recommend to use a quarter to a half dose of the vaccine per visit rather than the entire dose.

3.  Homeopathic remedies, such as thuja and lymphomyosot which minimize toxicity, may be given to reduce the chance of a vaccine reaction.

4.  Certain supplements, such as antioxidants, may improve your puppy’s immune response to a vaccine, offering stronger protection against infectious diseases.

5. Once your dog is 2 years or older, consider a blood test (vaccine antibody titer test).  This will give you an idea of how long the vaccine is protecting you dog for.  This way you can reduce the time between vaccination (the vaccine companies may recommend yearly vaccinations, but the vaccine might be protecting your dog for longer). Current research shows that most pets only require a few vaccines throughout their entire lives because of the excellent immunity vaccines produce.

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101 Dog Care Tips: Fish Oil For Dogs

shutterstock_107501672-smVets originally used fish oil to treat dogs with allergy problems, but more recently they have found it to benefit many different aspects of our canines’ health.  Since our pooches cannot produce the fats contained in these oils themselves, they rely on their diet to supply the needed fats.

Much like it’s benefits for humans, omega 3 oils (fish oil) support heart, vision, and joint health, along with providing important nutrients for proper immune function, and a healthy skin and coat.   The icing on the cake is that… it’s a natural source of all sorts of other vitamins and minerals.

We have seen two forms of fish oil.  One is in pill form that can be taken in a piece of cheese or some peanut butter and the other is in liquid form.   We have found the liquid form is more calorie friendly (those pieces of cheese and peanut butter can add up) and just plain easier to give (putting over their food has worked well for us).

We do recommend that you consult with your veterinarian about specific doses for your pooch, although there are dosing instructions on most bottles.  Some dogs require more than others based on certain conditions.  Stay tuned to our website… we will be adding some very unique salmon treats and jerky’s to the site really soon!

We carry the Plato Salmon Oil for dogs which can be found by clicking the link, however there are many great oils on the market; and the important thing is to make sure to add it to your pups daily regimen!

101 Dog Care Tips: Oral Care for Your Dog

oral care for dogsMay dog owners overlook the value and importance of oral care when getting a dog and seldom include it in their pets routine maintenance like regular grooming.  Dogs are like people in that the more their teeth are brushed the better their oral hygiene will be! Oral care for your dog is just as important as your own. Adding this habit to your dogs maintenance regiment can add years to their life, keep their breath fresh, and alert you to any potential oral related problems early.

Many experts agree that owners should brush their dogs teeth about 3-5 times per week to keep them in optimal shape.  Many pet stores sell dog friendly toothpaste and brushes that are specifically designed to accomplish this task.  Failure to do this can lead to periodontal disease, and the sad fact is that 7 or 8 out of pets at their time of passing suffer from some stage of this disease!  Make sure that when brushing you don’t use your typical toothpaste (it can be harmful to dogs), but instead buy dog specific toothpaste or you can make your own with baking soda and water.

There are also many kinds of new supplements out now that you can add to your dogs water which will help in oral hygiene and reduce the natural build up of plaque, however, as a natural dog treat and chew company we recommend keeping it as simple as possible.  Bully Sticks are also great when chewed because they become soft and act as a sort of natural floss.

Bully Sticks vs. Rawhide: The Great Debate

As more and more pet owners search for treats and chews that their pets will enjoy and are good for them at the same time, the debate between two popular types of dog treats is raised once again.  Which is better – bully sticks or rawhide?  While each dog treat has supporters and detractors, a more in-depth look at both may help to make the decision easier when you’re looking at both in the aisles of your local pet supply store.

shutterstock_63936460Rawhide

 

Rawhide treats and chews have been around seemingly forever.  Lining the aisles of pet supply stores, rawhide chews are available in a huge variety of sizes for both puppies and larger dogs, shapes that range from bones to twists and ties, and flavors including chicken, beef, lamb and duck.

The biggest appeal of rawhide is how affordable it is.  Available both individually and in bulk, rawhide dog treats can cost less than a dollar a piece, while lasting for weeks and sometimes even months at a time.  Considered suitable for dogs both small and large, compressed rawhide is generally reserved for smaller breeds as it can become a choking hazard for larger dogs when they attempt to swallow pieces of it whole.

Rawhide dog treats are often criticized for a number of different reasons, not the least of which is the choking hazard they can present if broken into smaller pieces through use and the inability of most dogs to actually digest the rawhide they do ingest, instead having pass through their digestive tract where it can cause damage if there are sharp ridges on the ingested piece.  Because of this, more and more dog owners are turning to dog treats that don’t present a choking hazard and that can be digested by their pets as they would their food.

bully sticksBully Sticks

 

With the panic caused by contaminated pet food in 2007, there grew a huge demand for all natural dog chews and treats.  Because of that, bully sticks have grown in popularity with pet owners all over the country in search of dog treats that they feel comfortable with and that their dogs will enjoy.

Unlike rawhide treats, bully sticks are made from the beef of the cow, not the hide, allowing for it to be digested and processed by the dog as it would their food instead of passing it through their system like rawhide.  Much like rawhide, bully sticks are available in numerous sizes, from just a few inches for smaller breeds to nearly a yard long for larger dogs, styles including braided bully sticks as a way to work the teeth and jaw muscles, and flavors that include chicken treats for dogs and lamb treats for dogs among others.

Much like rawhide treats, bully sticks can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the treat given to the dog, and while with larger breeds and rawhide you have to be wary of the choking hazard from broken pieces, bully sticks are easily digested by breeds both large and small and won’t chip and break to present a choking hazard like rawhide.

Which One to Choose

 

While technically neither choice is incorrect, when it really comes down to it, the trend of dog treats and chews seems to be moving more towards bully sticks simply because of their status as an all natural treat that can be digested just like food without any worry of contamination.  With plenty of flavors, sizes, and styles to suit every size and type of dog, bully sticks are quickly taking the place of rawhide on the aisles of pet supply stores around the country.

About the Author

 



Avrum Elmakis CEO TDBBSAvrum Elmakis is the president of Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of dog treats, bully sticks, beef trachea, and other all natural dog chews and treats. He and his family own two adorable pugs named Espy and Sushi, the canines who were the motivation for affordable natural dog treats!

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