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Proper Nutrition for Puppies

A puppy is energetic, friendly and willing to please, whereas it is difficult for owners to keep from spoiling this dog. Because they are so cute, it is almost impossible for many puppy owners to refrain from giving them some kind of treats. Although it is not harmful to give these dogs a few treats now and then, it is vital to provide the proper nutrition for puppies in order to keep them active and healthy.

Nutrition for your pup

The greater part of the pup’s diet should be meat because all dogs are carnivorous; however, other foods are also necessary to sustain a healthy and nutritious diet. Meat alone will not provide these dogs with essential fiber for digestion and carbohydrates for energy. Therefore it is best to err on the side of caution and choose one of the big brands like Diamond. They are top rated for their puppy food on all kind of review sites, including worldsbestdogfoods.org.

Providing Proper Nutrition for small breed puppies

It was not always so simple to provide proper nutrition for your pup, but now it is not so challenging. Today there is a large selection of pre-prepared dog foods readily obtainable for dogs that have the required nutrients needed for proper nutrition. Fortunately, now owners can have peace of mind when it comes to feeding their dogs properly; because they no longer have to prepare dog foods or worry that they are providing the proper nutrition for them.

Purchasing Nutritious Dog Foods

Dog foods are available in three special formulas that are specifically made for the different stages in the life in a puppy. The three formulas provide the proper nutrition for the puppy, adult and senior years of a dog’s life. As far as deciding which brand to buy, talking to the dog’s veterinarian, puppy breeders, pet store or companies who sell pet food products can help the owner to make a decision.

Feeding Treats to puppies

There are some dog treats on the market that are much more nutritious than human treats; nevertheless, it isn’t rare that owners often overlook nutritional guidelines when it comes to feeding treats to dogs and puppy owners are often equally guilty of this. Giving dogs foods that include cookies, cakes and other sweets are not harmful as long as they are fed the correct daily diet. On the other hand, it is always best to limit treats because the puppy is much like a child, he will usually prefer the goodies over his nutritious food.

 

Storing Puppy Dog Food

Storing dog food in big plastic bins is a convenient way to keep it fresh. After a pup owner purchases his doggy and decides on the brand of dog food to feed the dog, it is important to keep the food available in large quantities at all times. Dogs usually will not eat other brands that taste different than what they are used to, so it is wise to never run out.

Many owners will continue to spoil their puppies with treats because they are so cute and irresistible, but limiting treats and choosing more dog treats than people treats is definitely the right thing to do. Providing proper nutrition for a puppy isn’t really all that complicated as long as a nutritious dog food is provided.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed Profile

The Shiba Inu, the muscular little dog with the smiling face, is the number one companion dog in Japan. In the Japanese language, the word ‘shiba’ means brushwood and the word ‘inu’ means dog. According to the American Kennel Club, this dog is a descendant of primitive dogs of the ancient people of Japan and was originally bred to hunt wild game in the brushwood of the mountains. The Shiba Inu matures at around 20 to 25 pounds.

Exercising the Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is an active and agile breed that requires a good bit of exercise but is happy with hiking or playing ball in the back yard. This breed makes a great athletic companion and many Shiba owners enjoy taking part in agility competition with their dog.

Training the Shiba Inu

This Japanese breed is intelligent but quite independent. Some Shibas are quite possessive and may display resource guarding. Shiba owners claim that their dogs respond best to reward and motivational training.

House training often comes easy to this breed but leash training may be a bit of a challenge, although many Shibas excel in obedience competition.

Grooming the Shiba Inu

As with any double coated dog, the Shiba sheds. Flea preventives should be kept current to prevent flea allergy and hair loss. Regular brushing prevents mats but intensive grooming is generally not required.

 

Health of the Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is typically a hardy dog that can be expected to live 12 to 14 years or more. But, as with any breed, they are predisposed to certain health issues. The most common is allergies including inhalant, food, and flea allergy. Symptoms include chewing, licking, hair loss, and watery eyes. Up to date flea preventives will minimize flea allergy.

Patellar luxation is another health issue seen in some Shiba Inus. This is displacement of the kneecap and, depending on the severity, can cause lameness and bowed legs. Diagnosis and treatment can vary among veterinarians and, when surgery is recommended, a second opinion may be prudent.

Eye defects, cataracts, and hip dysplasia can also plague the Shiba Inu.

Adopting a Shiba Inu

Families smitten by these lively little dogs with the teddy bear look will want to look for a reputable Shiba Inu breeder, rescue, or shelter who is more interested in the welfare of the breed than in turning a profit. These people will discuss the temperament of individual dogs and try to match the right dog to the right family. Shiba Inus tend to be possessive by nature and for the dog who displays resource guarding, a family with kids or other pets may not be suitable.

A list of reputable Shiba Inu breeders can be found through the National Shiba Club of America.

How to Help Dogs Cope with Fireworks on Bonfire Night

While many of us look forward to the colours and sounds of fireworks on Bonfire Night, they can cause much distress to dogs. Therefore, it is important for pet owners to be prepared to help their dog on what can be a traumatic evening.

Tips to Help Dogs Cope with Fireworks on Bonfire Night

Particularly for new puppy owners, or those who have recently taken on a rescue dog, it is necessary to take steps to help make Bonfire Night less distressing. As around one half of all dogs are likely to show fear when they are exposed to fireworks, leaving your dog home alone while you head off to a display or bonfire party is not a sensible option. If you are planning to go out on Bonfire Night, it is far better for your dog to be with family members or friends, than to be left home alone.

Further tips on helping your dog cope this Bonfire Night, as identified by Hewitt & Damon in Dogs Today, include the following:

 

  • leave interior doors open, so he can escape to where he feels most safe
  • keep curtain/blinds closed
  • leave lights on to help mask the flashes
  • turn the radio or TV on to mask firework bangs
  • give your dog time to do his business before it gets dark
  • take him for a good long walk during the day
  • distract him with his favourite toy
  • remain calm and act normally

Exposure Therapy Helps Dogs get used to Firework Noises

Another option to help firework-phobic dogs cope with the loud bangs and noises associated with fireworks involves exposure therapy. This can be done by simply recording firework noises through downloading them off the Internet. Exposure therapy for dogs works on exactly the same principles as human exposure therapy. The more your dog gets used to the sound of fireworks, the easier it will be for him on Bonfire Night.

Alternative Remedies Help Firework-Phobic Dogs

If you are aware that your dog is often anxious and is particularly frightened by the loud bangs and light flashes of fireworks, alternative remedies may prove helpful. In The Everything Natural Health For Dogs Book, Gewirtz & Nuccio recommend key natural treatments for helping relieve anxiety in dogs, to include as follows:

  • Bach Rescue Remedy
  • peppermint aromatherapy oil
  • homeopathic remedies – arsenicum album

As highlighted above, Bonfire Night fireworks may be particularly distressing for dogs, making it important to plan ahead and take steps to make the evening less stressful for your pet. Both exposure therapy and alternative remedies may prove beneficial.

Dog Fleas, Lice and Ticks – Symptoms and Treatment

In addition to internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms, dogs may be affected by external parasites, including fleas, lice and ticks. Therefore, it is important to be aware of symptoms to look out for and to seek treatment as soon as possible, to avoid unnecessary suffering.

How to Treat Dog Fleas and Lice

The first step to treating dogs with fleas and/or lice is to know exactly what the symptoms are, to catch it early. Dogs affected by either of these external parasites will very likely be persistently scratching themselves. Lice and nits may be discovered by searching the dog’s coat, as they are visible to the naked eye, while flea droppings will appear like coal dust in the fur. Those suffering from fleas may also have small reddish scabs, which are particularly noticeable on the back.

Treatment for dogs with fleas (available from the vet), as recommended by Taylor in Jack Russell Terrier: An Owner’s Guide, include the following:

  • Insecticidal sprays
  • Dog shampoos
  • Dog powders
  • Aerosol products to treat bedding and furniture

As with dog flea treatments, dogs suffering with a lice infestation will require special sprays or powders, which may be obtained from either the vet or a pet shop. Similar to the way in which children with head-lice are treated, dogs with lice will need three rounds of treatment at five to seven day intervals.

Treatment for Dogs with Ticks

Ticks are recognised to affect dogs living in the country more than those in urban areas and have the potential to be very harmful, as when they pierce the dog’s skin they can transmit Borrelia. This organism may then lead to the dog developing Lyme Disease, resulting in heart problems and lameness, with the condition also affecting humans. The tick will cling to the dog’s hair and suck up blood, with it being most commonly located on the legs or head.

As identified by Taylor, ticks may be removed using fine tweezers to grasp near the mouth, after dabbing it with alcohol, to avoid the risk of abscess formation. Further means of treating ticks is to use flea spray the day before attempting to remove the parasite or fit the dog with a special insecticidal collar during summer, where ticks are more prevalent.

As highlighted above, the key symptom to watch out for, in relation to ticks, lice or fleas, include the dog persistently scratching. Treatment for dog lice and fleas include using dog spray, powder and shampoo, while ticks may be removed using a combination of alcohol and fine tweezers.