Tick-borne diseases – What you should know

 

Ticks are pests who can threaten the lives of our pets. They can be found in almost all environments, even if they prefer humid places, tall grass, and forests. Our dogs love to roam free and to scratch their bodies against any possible thing, that’s why it is important to check them for ticks every time we come from a walk.

One of the scariest diseases that ticks carry is the infamous Lyme disease. It is an infection of the tissues, which has the potential of being fatal. It threatens both humans and pets, and it’s quite hard to see the symptoms in dogs as they can mimic other conditions. And the worst part is that they can lead to kidney failure and death.

 

 

It usually can take even a month for the symptoms to appear, so it is important to check our pet soon after you removed a tick or after you have started suspecting a tick bite. Some of the symptoms include a bull’s eye rash, your dog will be tired all the time, will start to lose appetite and weight and will refuse to move for long periods of time. I still remember my first dog back when I used to own my kennel, that died because of this merciless disease.

Another disease ticks carry is canine ehrlichiosis. It comes in multiple forms, mostly specific to our U.S regions. And just like Lyme disease, its symptoms might not be obvious at first. Some of the first things which you will notice are that your pet will become lethargic, depressed, and it will have flu-like symptoms that include a running nose. Pay extra attention to nosebleeds and bruising gums, as they can prove that the disease is getting worse.

A condition that is not as well known as the previous ones is anaplasmosis, which can infect both humans and dogs, meaning you have to pay attention and check your dog and yourself when you come from a picnic. It affects the blood platelets, thus leading to frequent bleedings that can cause anemia. But all of the dark scenarios can be avoided if you buy one of these good and affordable tick shampoos.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by the American thick, hence the name of the condition. It is fatal to your companion, that’s why it needs to be treated as early as possible. Some of the symptoms include inexplicable rashes, trouble walking, and neurological abnormalities. The good thing is that this disease can be kept under control if caught in time.

I am urging you to double check your pet every time he comes from an exposed area. And to prevent a deadly event, I recommend you should invest in a high-quality anti-ticks shampoo that can make a life and death difference.

 

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus – a life-threatening canine condition that can be prevented

 

Having a dog will certainly bring you plenty of joy and laughter in the family. It is wonderful to have a being always waiting for you and being there for you, regardless of the hour or of your problems. Dogs are extremely devoted and, if you treat them right, they will turn into your most dedicated fans.

However, owning a dog also means a great responsibility. Apart from feeding them a proper and balanced diet and looking after their needs, dogs also require constant affection, lots of physical activities, and permanent care. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, just like all other beings, dogs can catch or develop certain diseases or affections that can later threaten their lives.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or bloating is a quite common affection that is present at almost all animals, including men and dogs. But, with the right treatment and constant looking care, the affection can be prevented or treated accordingly. Here is everything you need to know about bloating in dogs.

What is this affection and what are the symptoms?

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or commonly known as bloat or twisted stomach is a condition that affects all beings in which the stomach can fill up with gas and cause further discomfort.

In the long term, this is a life-threatening affection that should be taken seriously and treated accordingly. Some of the most common symptoms include bloating (where your dog’s belly suddenly grows big), episodes of vomiting, intense abdominal pain that can prevent your dog from walking or moving.

If you’re unsure of these symptoms or think your dog might be at risk, you should immediately take it to a special veterinary cleaning and run some tests. An X-ray will definitely tell your doctor if your dog is suffering from a common bloat caused by something he or she ate or if it’s more serious than this.

 

How can you prevent GDV?

Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors that influence a dog’s health, including the likelihood of developing GDV. Poor genetics, as well as genetic predisposition, a poor diet, and stress, are all factors contributing to the appearance and development of GDV.

There are at least a dozen dog breeds that are predisposed to developing GDV, including the Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Basset Hound, Poodle, and German Shepherd. If you own any of these dog breeds, you should pay attention to all signs that your pet might be developing this affection.

Diet is also extremely important in keeping a balanced lifestyle and a strong health for your dog. Thus, if you want to reduce the risk of developing Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, you should offer your dog qualitative food without grains or fermentable carbs. Moreover, feed your dog three smaller meals at regular hours and don’t exercise him or her right after eating.

 

 

Are dogs supposed to eat meat alone?

We’ve seen it in films and animated cartoons so we’re certain that dogs get hyperactive when they see meat. It’s common mistake made by the majority of dog owners to believe that the only food these pets crave is meat. In reality, they won’t say no to a slice of apple or a delicious bowl of oatmeals.

You can read in the lines below why this misbelief regarding dogs diet exists and how many nutritional benefits dog have if they eat another type of foods besides meat.

The reason why puppies like meat is due to their teeth. They are able to rip the flesh apart without putting too much effort. Not to mention the fact that bones don’t stand a chance when they encounter a hungry dog. Moreover, their digestive system is extremely different compared to the human one. Because it works fast, the stomach acids can make its own carbohydrates from protein and fat. Plus, dogs don’t have amylase in their saliva for digesting sugars so they don’t need a lot of carbs in their diet.

However, domesticated dogs eat a small amount of vegetables and other typical foods encountered mainly in the omnivorous diet.

 

For example, peanut butter is a great treat to give your dog because it takes a little time to eat a whole spoon. Also, it is packed with all sorts of goodies such as proteins, niacin, healthy fats, vitamin E and B. Nevertheless, try to give them unsalted peanut butter because salt is a real enemy not only to people but also dogs. In addition, stick to classic sugar and dump butter that has Xylitol in their composition.  

If your dog is not lactose intolerant, you can give him a piece of cheese. Generally, cottage cheese is more preferred because it has lots of calcium and proteins and easy to digest.

Especially if your puppy needs to lose that extra weight, you can add some carrots that make a great in-between meals snack. Low in calories, carrots are excellent for their teeth and are packed with tons of vitamin A.

Because dogs can have issues with their digestion, it’s important to add live active cultures into their diet. One excellent option is yogurt that gives them calcium and proteins and improves their digestive health. Make sure you don’t give them products that have certain flavors or sweeteners among their ingredients.

Pumpkin is great for us humans because it hasn’t got many calories and has a rich content of fibers. This is why puppies that have a sensitive stomach should have canned or fresh pumpkin servings on a regular basis.

Instead of giving them chocolate which is not recommended, opt for sliced apples as a sweet and tasty treat. Packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and phytonutrients, the apple should be given without its seeds because those contain cyanide.  

Dogs that are allowed to eat grains will love a delicious bowl of oatmeal which is a great source of dietary fiber. You can add water or low-fat yogurt if you like.

 

Use these simple tips to prevent dog ear infections

 

Dogs tend to develop allergies, and if they have floppy ears, or they love swimming a lot, they will be no strangers to ear infections. You can notice right away that your dog suffers from some ailment if it shakes its head a lot and there is a bad smelling substance pouring out of the affected ear. If the infection is already installed, take your dog to the vet right away.

However, if you are more interested in preventing ear infections, I would like to share with you these simple tips, gathered from my experience as a dog breeder. I hope they will help you keep your dogs happy and healthy.

 

Clean your dog’s ears with apple vinegar

Bear in mind that this remedy will not work if your dog has already sore, red ears. These are just pieces of advice for preventing infections, and, as always, make sure that you visit the vet if your dog is already ill.

To clean your dog’s ears well, combine equal parts of apple vinegar and distilled water and use a cotton ball to soak in this mix and then gently wipe all the dirt and debris. The bacteria that might already be there will be killed, and your dog will have clean, healthy ears.

 

Regular cleaning is recommended after baths

The ears are more sensitive than the rest of a dog’s body, which is why you need to make sure to clean them after each bath regularly. Experts recommend to do the same thing when grooming your dog and to use a proper dog ear cleaner from a pet store. Regular cleaning will prevent infections from developing.

 

Dry the ear canal after taking baths or swimming

Bacteria are known to particularly thrive in moist environments, which is why it is essential to make sure that your dog’s ears are properly dried after taking a bath or after swimming. Don’t allow the bacteria to thrive inside your dog’s ears, and you won’t have to worry about a thing.

 

 

Use the natural antibacterial properties of Calendula

You can purchase calendula oil from the store, or make your own from dried Calendula flowers and olive oil. No matter which one you prefer, your dog will benefit greatly from the antibacterial properties of this plant. Applying regularly a treatment with Calendula oil on your dog’s ears will keep infections at bay.

 

Vitamin C for boosting the immune system of your dog

While external solutions are a good option, don’t forget to boost the immune system of your dog and its resistance to infections by adding plenty of vitamin C to its diet. This will help to enhance its natural infection resistance, and your dog will experience fewer health problems.