Dog Health Care & Dog First Aid
Dog owners know their dog's habits so well that a little alteration in them is noticed by them to know that their dogs are sick before the most obvious symptoms of probable disease begin to appear. This is where a course on basic dog health care can save you lots of problems. True dog first aid can be part of your life's kit of tools.
Then, it is always better to visit the veterinary rather than waiting for the time to turn a simple problem into a very serious disease. coupler dog leash
GETTING the dogs to EAT
Many dogs are demanding with food, especially when they are not feeling well. Nowadays, there are diets that help the treatment for diseases in the shape of packaged food and also highly energetic liquid foods specially formulated for dogs that don't want to eat. In order to get a sick dog to eat you can:
- Use a new type of food for the first time. Many dogs feel more motivated and eat more if they see they owners opening a new can of food instead of seeing the food right in the bowl.
- Try different flavors, textures and brands. The helping diets are usually sold in cans as well as dehydrated and some of them offer different flavors to choose from. If your dog denies eating the prescribed one by the veterinary, he should suggest another brand that your dog may like better.
- If you have to change to a special diet but you dog denies to accept the change, then gradually mix the new diet, in bigger quantities every time, with its habitual food and the dog will end up eating only the helping diet without even noticing it.
- If you offer the dog its food on your hand maybe you will get to tempt it. The liquid meal makes things easier on the last instances because it can be administrated with a syringe.
ADMINISTERING Dog MEDICINES
Getting the dogs to take its medicine, weather it is a pill or not, is not always easy, but essential. The following tricks may help you.
Pills for dogs. If they can be administrated with the food, then smash them and mix them with some food with intense odor and offer it to the dog when it is really hungry. You can also encrust them in a portion of the food your dog likes the most. If you have to give the dog a pill without mixing it, lubricate it with some butter before putting it in the back side of the mouth, as deep as possible. Next, keep the snout closed and the dog's head pointing up until you make sure it has swallowed the pill. Then you can introduce a little quantity of water, almost by drops, just to make sure.
Liquids. Put the dog's snout pointing up, as before, and pour the liquid in almost by drops near the corner of the mouth. Give your dog enough time to swallow or it may get liquid in its lungs.
Eye Drops or Eye Ointment for dogs. Before applying them maybe you should clean they eye with some wet cotton. Pull down the lower eyelid gently and drop the dose on the bag that will be formed. Don't let the dropper or application tube touch the dog's eye and don't you touch it either. Throw away any eye medicine six weeks, at the most, after you have opened the package.
Dog ear Drops. Ask someone to hold the dog's head and snout because you must hold its ear with your index and thumb fingers of one hand while you apply the product with the other. Make sure the drops are getting into the auditive conduct. Don't let the ear go until you finish administrating the correct dose. Massaging the ear on the outside part helps the product penetrate to the inner part of the ear and then let it off and let the excess of product to come off. Finally, dry the ear.
POST SURGERY Dog CARES
When you go to pick your dog up after surgery, the people at the clinic will give you specific instructions; listen carefully. If there is something you haven't understood well or the recovery process will take longer than expected in any aspect, let the veterinarian know as soon as possible.Dog Collars
- Carefully follow the instruction whenever you administrate the prescribed medicines. If you don't get to do it correctly or if you notice any adverse reactions, talk to the veterinary.
- Don't offer food to the dog until it is completely recovered from the anesthesia. Then give your dog a little quantity of something easy to digest as white meant and rice or special food the veterinary has prescribed.
- Verify periodically that the bandaging or plasters are not too tight or are causing pain to your dog. The bandaging is normally removed only a few days later or needs to be change periodically. If you notice any bad smell or suspicious spots on the bandaging, let the veterinary know.
- The stitches are normally removed between seven and ten days after the surgery, but they sometimes need to be left there longer. Sometimes they saturate under the skin with absorbable threads that don't need to be removed.