Dog Care

One of the main reasons why dogs have been so successful as a species is their ability to digest just about anything. As omnivores dogs can eat a wide variety of foods. Not only that, but a dog will eat things that most other animals give a wide berth.

 

So it should hardly be a surprise that dogs sometimes get diarrhea. In fact, it’s probably a bigger surprise that they don’t get it more often.

Dog diarrhea can have any number of causes including, an upset intestinal tract, worms or parasites, anxiety, or more serious diseases. It may also just be an upset tummy, but you can never be sure, so it is best to speak to your vet.

Most of the time it will be something minor and a simple medication will clear it up. Or you could use a natural remedy that is known to work.

Here are some effective home remedies for diarrhea. (Use these for mild cases only, disease related diarrhea obviously requires veterinary treatment).

Homeopathic Medicine

There are quite a few homeopathic medicines for treating dog diarrhea, including arsenicum album and aloe. The right medicine to use will depend on the dog’s symptoms, such as the consistency of the stool.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies like L-Glutamine, Slippery Elm, Catnip and Bayberry are effective in treating a number of intestinal problems including inflammation, bacterial infections and flatulence.

High Fiber Diet

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Fiber rich foods are excellent for promoting good intestinal health. Not only do they soften the stool in the case of constipation, but they also clear toxins from the system, thus eliminating a common cause of diarrhea.

In the wild, dogs get most of their fiber from grasses, but feeding foods like brown rice or pasta, pumpkin and oatmeal on a regular basis is an effective way to ensure a healthy digestive system.

Probiotics

Probiotic foods are rich in bacterial cultures. By feeding your dog these foods you effectively introduce “good bacteria” to the body and thereby maintain balance in the digestive system.

The best way to introduce this to your dog’s diet is to buy a probiotic powder (there are a number marketed specifically for dogs). The powder is tasteless and can be mixed in with your dog’s food.

Bland Foods

When treating a dog that has diarrhea you need to strike a balance between keeping the dog nourished and hydrated, and not causing further irritation to the digestive system.

For the first day you should withhold all food, but ensure that the dog gets plenty of water. From day two, begin to feed the dog a bland diet (boiled skinless chicken and rice is ideal). Continue with this diet until your dog’s condition returns to normal. Remember to always have fresh water available and to monitor his water intake as dogs with diarrhea are at risk of dehydration.

Although diarrhea is usually trivial it is always best to have your dog examined by a vet. Provided the vet confirms that there is no major medical problem underlying the diarrhea, the methods mentioned above will be effective in clearing it up.

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Cat Care Information from AnimalPlex.com

Pet of all breeds and species need medication to stay fit and healthy for long. Your pets also need special care and medical supervisions. Veterinarians are of great help these days in feeding medicines, but it is ultimately you or your pet sitter who needs to feed the medicines on a regular basis. Though pet sitters can handle the task efficiently, it may sound difficult for you, especially when it comes to liquid medicine. However, there are a number of easy techniques for capsules or tablets and liquids too. In this blog, we will help you to feed your cat with little effort and without any scratch and bite! cat feed medicine Mix with Cat Foods… Simple Yes! it is an easy option to follow, but hard one if your cat can sense it. Get some food of his choice and initially, give a small quantity of food without medicine to earn his trust. If it goes well, head for the next step. Add medicine to a small amount of food. Don’t add it to the entire meal, as if it fail to complete the meal, he will not get appropriated dose. Rather, you can give the dose in parts. For tablets, crush it well, and mix it with lunch, dinner and sometimes even with water (if it is water soluble) and feed it using a feeding bottle – a number of times. Raw liquid medicines, if recommended are a necessary evil for your cat. But I can assure you, if you do it right, it is an easy job! To Start With… Get the medication ready For liquid medicines, a bottle shake is needed. Shake it well, and then withdraw the appropriate amount of the solution into the dropper or oral syringe given by your Vet. Keep the filled dropper or syringe aside somewhere handy. Most of the time, cats goes aggressive and manifest unwillingness by throwing legs while taking the medicines. It, many times knocks down the entire bottle. To avoid the mess, place the bottle at a safe distance from you. Don’t (show) Panic If you are a first timer, feeding liquid medicine can be nerve-racking for you! Don’t blame yourself, as it is absolutely normal for any pet parent. But it is better not to express your feeling, as your cat will feel the same as well. So, stay calm and talk to your cat in a happy and encouraging voice. Even if you fail, and seek help from your cat-sitter, do not believe yourself as an inappropriate pet parent. Learn the techniques he/she adopts for feeding your cat and get prepared for the next time! Towel Wrap – It helps! Yes.. this is a familiar method to administer any liquid solution to any small pet breeds. Wrap a towel or a small blanket against it, so that only its head sticks out. Place her back and head against something so that she cannot move away from you. After you wrap your cat, you can either place him on a dinner table – on eye level and ask someone to help you feed him, or can do it yourself by placing him between your knees, as you sit on the floor – it helps me! You can also think of any other position and comment here to let us know that! Do Not Rush with the Medicine After you are in a comfortable position, administer the medicine slowly and allow it some time to swallow. Then you can continue with next dose (if the dose is much more). After you are done, let it jiggle and wiggle for some time. It helps in digestion. Bribe Time I am sure, medicine is not something any cat looks for. So, it will never be a pleasant experience for your pet. But as a pet parent, it is your responsibility to cheer it up whatever it takes. Though you can get many ideas depending on the taste and preference of your pet, but an easy and instant way make it happy is to treat your cat with his favorite feed and gain ground for the next time! Tip – A picture tells a thousand word, so go through youtube videos if you want to know how should your hold the jaws of your cat, what should be the positions of your finger and learn more on cat feeding! Hope my blog comes handy the next time you feed your cat. I would love to hear from you if I missed something out. Comment and let me know how well you fed your cat!

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