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Bad Breath & Dogs What Does It Mean?

Bad Breath & Dogs What Does It Mean?

Why is my Dog’s Breath so Bad?

Does your dog suffer from bad breath? If so, you’re not alone! Doggie parents everywhere complain of their canine’s bad breath, or halitosis. While poor dental hygiene is one common cause of bad breath, it’s not the only cause. There are a few other causes of doggie bad breath that you need to know about. Burying your head in the sand is not the best way to go. Your dog’s breath will get worse and similarly, so will his health.

So what else causes bad breath in dogs?

  • Cancer of the mouth
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Intestinal issues
  • Dental diseases or infections
  • Digestive issues such as constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Liver disease
  • Poor diet

Now what?

If your dog suffers from bad breath, the first thing you should do is assess his diet. If you are feeding your dog a low quality, commercial dog food then, switch his food. Look for a high quality alternative – the more natural, the better. If you are unsure about which food to select, your veterinary doctor can steer you in the right direction.

Next, are you providing your dog with any dental care? You should be brushing his teeth at least a few times a week and providing him with dental chews or toys that help keep plaque and tartar build up to a minimum. Rope toys are a good choice as they mimic the action of a dental floss. Choose sugar free biscuits or healthy vegetables or fruit. Apples and carrots are loved by most dogs and they help keep the teeth clean. You know that clean feeling you get after eating an apple? Your dog can experience that too.

If you already have your dog on a high quality diet and have an established dental care regime in place then you must take your dog in to see his veterinary doctor. The veterinary doctor will perform a full examination which may lead to a few more tests to determine the root cause of your dog’s bad breath. Be patient and remember, a small vet bill today can prevent even larger vet bills in the future as well as spare your dog months or years of suffering. A minor infection can spread to your dog’s brain and kill him.

If it turns out that your dog simply has a case of ordinary doggie bad breath, consider yourself lucky. Continue to keep up with routine examinations and continue to follow the tips above. At any stage in your dog’s life, good health should never be taken for granted.

Arthritis And Your Dog

Arthritis And Your Dog

A common assumption exists that only old dogs show signs of arthritis. That is completely false. In fact, research indicates that sixty-five percent of dogs over the age of six may show signs. Arthritis is the result of the breakdown of cartilage. When this happens, the bones rub together thereby resulting in swelling and pain in the joints. Pain syndromes can affect not only the physical aspect of a dog’s life but unfortunately, also affects him psychologically. However, you are not rendered completely helpless as your dog suffers. That’s right, there are some preventative measures that will make him more comfortable and improve the quality of his life.

First of all, consider your dog’s diet. What are you currently feeding your dog? A high quality diet is non-negotiable! A high quality, grain-free diet is the crucial and if you can swing it, home cooked meals are even better as then you will be in complete control of what goes into your dog’s body. However, not everyone is ready to dive into providing home cooked meals. Just do your research with commercial foods. Aside from being grain free, the food you feed your dog should be only include ingredients made for human consumption. Speak directly with your vet, if you’re not sure how to read a dog food label. Additionally, there are some foods that will aggravate your dog’s condition and cause inflammation. Grains, potatoes, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes should be avoided if your dog shows any signs of arthritis. Alternatively, feel free to give your dog parsley, garlic, mango, papaya, alfalfa, ginger and celery as they are among the foods that may be helpful to dogs with arthritis.

Next, consider the amount and duration of exercise your dog is getting. Exercise is required to keep your dog at a healthy weight as well as, limber and free from stiffness but it is suggested that small bouts of exercise 3 times a day are best. Too much of a good thing in this case really will be bad for your dog. Also, think about what exercise your dog is doing. Think low-impact and easy on the joints!

Finally, make your dog comfortable around the home. He should be able to easily navigate the home. Doggie stairs and ramps will keep your dog from jumping unnecessarily. Again, low impact all the way. Also, where does your dog sleep? Go the extra mile and provide your best fur pal with an orthopedic bed. This will reduce pressure on the joints and allow your dog to receive the best night’s sleep. Many of you allow your dog to sleep with you. I’m thinking if you’re comfortable on your mattress, your dog will be too!! A soft, warm bed will not only reduce pressure but keeping him warm will alleviate stiffness and pain associated with arthritis.

If your dog begins to show signs of arthritis, seek immediate medical attention. As with any other condition, prompt treatment will provide the best outcome and eliminate unnecessary suffering. Keep in mind that you really need to know your dog’s habits and personality as dogs are really great at masking signs of pain. Your dog will continue to run and play, especially if it is to please you and may not self monitor to give himself a break when needed.

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Canine Hip Dysplasia

The free and easy movement of the hips and legs are due in part to the ball and socket joint. The end of the thighbone (the ball) should fit snugly into the hipbone (the socket). Any deformity in the joint, connective tissues or muscles surrounding the joint is referred to Hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia prevents free movement and can be quite painful. While it is most commonly found in older dogs, puppies and young adult dogs are still susceptible to developing this painful condition. So, what exactly causes canine Hip dysplasia?

Causes of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs:

•Exercise that puts excessive force on the joints
•Extra weight
•Poor Diet

Symptoms of Hip dysplasia in Dogs:

•Stiffness of limbs – especially the rear legs
•Difficulty moving
•Abnormal gait
•Less interest in physical activities

There are many natural supplements that relieve pain and inflammation associated with canine Hip dysplasia and other arthritic conditions. Your holistic veterinarian can guide you on how to best include fatty acids, vitamins, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Methyl-sulfonyl-methane into your dog’s dietary intake. These will all reduce pain and swelling. Additionally, herbs such as dandelion, alfalfa, Licorice, Cayenne and Ginger also work in form or another to reduce pain and swelling, improve circulation, repairing joint damage, as well as removing waste from the body.

Don’t wait until your dog is suffering to address issues such as canine Hip dysplasia. Making good decisions now can help prevent or at least minimize the severity in which your dog suffers. It’s never too early to start your dog on supplements. Feed your dog a high quality diet so that he receives proper nutrition and maintains a healthy weight. Also allow your dog to participate in daily activity that doesn’t put undue strain on his joints. Running and swimming are two great activities that allow your dog to receive adequate exercise without harming his joints.