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Importance of protein in the diet of dogs

Protein is important dietary constituent not only for humans but also for our canine friends. Right amount of protein in your dog’s diet will help in the well-being of your dog. Proteins are complex molecules containing chains of subunits called amino acids. All proteins are basically made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen but unlike carbohydrates they always contain nitrogen. Although about 20…

Taking Care of your Dog’s Ears..

Dogs have great ears. Your dog can hear sounds over a wider range of frequencies and at a greater distance than you. Unfortunately, dogs pay a price for their superior hearing abilities. A dog’s ear design contributes both to his advanced hearing and to many ear problems he may experience. Ear mites, infections and aural hematoma are the most common conditions. Read on to discover the symptoms of…

Ectoparasites of Pets

Ticks and Fleas are the most common and most important ectoparasites of companion animals throughout the world. Next to these are mites, lice, sand flies and mosquitoes as nuisance ectoparasites. Here’s more on fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. Fleas on dogs and cats These small dark brown insects prefer temperatures of 20–30 degree Celsius and humidity levels of 75-85%... so for some areas…

Caution: keep out of your Dog’s Reach!

Sharing a snack seems the easiest option to score brownie points with your pooch and what could make your pet happier than a choco-chip cookie or a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken. More out of love than ignorance, dog owners often forget that their best buddies belong to a completely different species and that their body mechanisms are poles apart from ours. What seems perfectly nutritious treat…

Tooth care for a small dogs

Tooth care for a small dogs - keeping their milliom-dollar smile safe! Teething in small dogs The adult teeth of small breed dogs (less than 10kg) appear between the age of 4 and 6 months and the fi nal molars come through, at the latest, at around 7 months. Each half jaw carries 21 teeth including 6 incisors, 2 canines, 8 premolars and 5 molars. Oral hygiene: starting early As soon as the puppy’s…

Common emergency cases and first aid for dogs

Though it is always advised to rush your pet to a vet in any emergency case, still a little knowledge of first aid can go a long way in helping your furry family member cope with the situation before she gets proper medical treatment. First aid in time can save the life of your paw buddy. Emergency situations When do you know your dog requires emergency medical aid? It is the duty…

Caring for dogs who are convalescing

If your dog has been ill or had an operation, you’ll have to give him some special care and attention. Here’s a guide to what you need to the dietary and medical needs of a recovering dog. Your dog needs sleep, rest and peace While he’s recovering, your dog may feel weak, and gets tired easily. He’ll probably spend more time than usual resting or sleeping. But don’t worry, this is a natural…

Royal Canin’s pawfect diet for a truly noble-the German Shepherd

Powerful, liverly, intelligent, loyal..the German Shepherd has many impressive qualities. An excellent guard dog, he is also a perfect rescue dog due to his exceptionally refined sense of smell. He is appreciated not just for his physical aptitude and flexible character, but also for the beauty of his black and tan coat... a perfect blend of looks and character! Caring for a dog who gives his all:…

Caring for young dogs

Young dogs need a lot more calories than their older counterparts. But meeting this need is easy; just follow the guidelines in this article. Caring for your breeding female dog If your female dog is eating a good balanced diet, she will not need any extra food for the first five weeks after she’s mated. In the womb, most of the growth of developing puppies takes place during the last 4 weeks of…

Got an itch?

Dogs scratch and it's perfectly normal. It's so normal that most of the time you don't even notice it. When you think about it (or better when you concentrate on it), you will realise that you too will rub your nose or scratch your scalp, but even that itch can be dangerous and painful to your loving pooch. Pruritus: an intense itching sensation that can have various causes…Pruritus (medical term…

Those pesky tapeworms! …fight them now

With the number of cases of tapeworm infection in dogs on the rise, some know-how of the disease by pet owners is crucially called for. This is crucial not only for the safety and good health of one’s dog, but also to prevent communicability of the disease from the pet to his human counterparts. The foremost thing to know about tapeworms is that they are not dangerous to your pet and are easily…

Combating the creepy crawlies!!

Come rainy season and every pet parent gets scared of ticks and fleas, which can cause a lot of discomfort to our canine friends. Let’ see what they are and how we can protect our pooches from these. Ticks Facts Ticks are very common and whenever our pet walks through damp soil, long grass, or low bushes, there may be thousand of seed ticks, and adult ticks waiting to attach themselves to your…

Labrador Retriever 30: A tailor-made nutrition for a versatile dog

One cannot help but fall in love with a Labrador for his natural affability, the gentle and loyal look in his eye, a solid physique, and a link nature...a Laabrador Retriever is truly versatile! And this pooch needs a perfect balanced food to keep him fit and fine...and Royal Canin's Labrador Retriever 30 provides a balanced diet. A Lab’s characteristics… Labrador Retriever originally belongs to…

Appeasing pheromones

Pheromones are best described as chemicals released by the surface of an animal’s body into the surrounding environment and are picked up by other individuals (normally of the same species) in which they bring about a reliable change in the expression or development of behaviour. Appeasing pheromones are now used to correct behavioural problems in pets. As companion animals are coming closer to…

FAQs about ear infections in dogs

Ear infection is one of the most common infections in dogs and is a matter of concern for all pet parents. Here are some of the common queries about this disease. Q: What are the common ear infections in dogs? A: The ‘Otitis Externa’ or the infection on the external ear canal is the most common type of infection seen in dogs. And when the middle ear is affected, it is called ‘Otitis Media.’ Q:…

Foods your dog shouldn’t eat

Dogs chew almost anything. Hey, if it’s on the floor, it’s fair game, right? Unfortunately, certain foods and everyday substances that are perfectly fine for people can be toxic for dogs. Even a small quantity of the following substances can put your dog’s health at risk. Alcoholic beverages Because alcohol can be fatal to dogs, no amount of alcoholic beverage is safe - yes; even beer should be…

Watch out … for that extra flab

It is interesting to know that the disease, which is one of the most common stalkers of humans, is also hunting down our pooches. Yes, we are talking about Obesity. Busy city life hardly spares any moment for us to exercise with our pets. Obesity brings with it several health issues, which need to be tackled properly. Obesity is the most common health problem amongst civilized breed, be it pets or…

Zoonotic ascarids and hookworms : keep them off!

Pets provide many health benefits for people; however, some pets can transmit diseases to people as well. These diseases are called zoonoses but they can be prevented. Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted to people by animals. Broadly, these diseases can be caused by internal parasites, external parasites, fungal infections, and dog and cat bites. The growing popularity of dogs…

Health : Doggy Diabetes

Doggy Diabetes Canines…Cure ‘n’ Care Dog diabetes is a silent killer that is engulfing our pooches’ health and well-being mutely. Sooner we detect the disorder, better the chances of recovery. In our last issue, we shared in-depth information about the doggie diabetes. As a sequel to it, we are now presenting cure ‘n’ care for it. If your pet suffers from diabetes, don’t lose hope as it can be…

Doggy Diabetes Bearing away sweetness… silently

Doggy Diabetes Bearing away sweetness… silently Diabetes is one of the prevailing diseases in the Indian pet scenario. Along with the increase in pet parenting, there also has been a sharp rise in specialized care. Now detecting diabetes is just a prick away. “Earlier the detection, better the cure,” is the golden rule for treating this ailment. Here’s some information about types of diabetes and…
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