There are many reasons why you should know the stages of growth for your new puppy. For starters, knowing what’s going on physiologically with your puppy will help you to meet his needs. But it’s not just the physical. Your puppy is going through many changes mentally and emotionally as well, which explains some of his behaviors, including incessant chewing, playing, and more. Knowing the many stages of a puppy’s growth will help you be the best parent you can be to your new dog.
Bring out the watermelon. It is a treat you and your dog can share. Serve it up ice cold on a hot summer day and it will be a welcomed snack.
When feeding watermelon to your dog, be sure to remove all of the seeds. The fruit is a good low calorie treat and its high water content helps your dog consume the necessary fluids needed to combat dehyrdration.
Antibiotics can be safely administered to fight many types of canine infections. Some popular antibiotics for dogs include Amoxycilin, Cephalexin, Enrofloxacin, Oxytetracycline HCI, Sulfadimethoxine and Tetracycline.
Antibiotics should be prescribed by the dog’s veterinarian. Do not try to use your own medications to treat a dog. Be sure to administer only the prescribed dosage and give the pills or liquid medications until they are all.
Aspirin is a good short-term pain reliever for dogs and it is one of the least expensive medications. As with many other drugs, administering the correct dose can mean the difference between helping the dog or causing serious health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, clotting or kidney problems.
According to a doctor at vetinfo.com, a safe dosage is between 5 and 15 mg per pound every 12 hours. This equates to one aspirin per 32 pounds of body weight twice a day. However, it is best to limit aspirin to two pills twice a day for larger dogs, even if their body weight translates to a higher dosage.
Garlic has safely been used as a canine food supplement to repel fleas and ticks and as a holistic medicine for decades. Recently, researchers have concluded that garlic can be poisonous to dogs. However, many of the studies were based on introducing large doses of garlic directly into dogs’ stomachs and intestines, something that does not happen in everyday life. The key to safe garlic use for canines is the dosage.
There are many garlic supplements available for easy use. If you are using fresh garlic, try these dosages: 10 to 15 pounds – half a clove; 20 to 40 pounds – 1 clove; 45 to 70 pounds – 2 cloves; 75 to 90 pounds – 2-and-a-half cloves: 100 pounds and over – 3 cloves. Holistic veterinarians suggest using garlic five times a week.
Eggs can safely be fed to dogs without fear of inducing medical problems. Experts agree that it is best to feed cooked eggs. Raw eggs contain avidin, which in excess can interfere with the function of biotin that is essential for the growth of cells and metabolism of fat.
Eggshells are a great source of calcium, which is important to developing strong bones and teeth. The rest of the egg is a good source of protein, which helps build muscle and a healthy coat. Dogs should not eat more than one egg a day unless indicated by a veterinarian.
Asparagus is a good vegetable to serve your dog. It doesn’t matter if it is raw or cooked. Feed it any way that Fido likes it. However, most dogs find cooked vegetables easier to digest.
Asparagus, which is a good low calorie snack, has a high content of fiber and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. It also is a good source of iron, phosphorus, copper and calcium. All of these are vital in maintaining a healthy body.
One should note that some dogs could have green stools if they eat too much asparagus. Use moderation when feeding any vegetable. Experts say it is safe to feed a canine diet of up to 20 percent vegetables.
Teething is a monumental, yet very painful, moment in a puppy’s life. When people talk about growing pains, nothing accurately describes this type of pain better than the teething stage.
For puppies, the teething stage begins around week 16 (although they get their first set of teeth while they’re still weaning). By now your puppy is already a nipper and chewer. Using his mouth and teeth has helped him discover the world. Dogs rely heavily on their senses of taste and smell, so using their mouth is vital to their growing and learning process.
There are a lot of things we don’t think we’ll do for our dogs before we bring them home for the first time: take them to day care; dress them up for Halloween; give them haircuts. But one of the things many of us think we never will do, but almost always end up needing, is hiring a pet sitter.
There are several reasons why hiring a pet sitter is a good idea for your dog. The obvious reasons are to be able to give your dog food and water when you can’t (because you’re stuck at work, have an obligation, or are spending a few hours away from home).
Cantaloupes will not hurt man’s best friend. In fact, they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that can aid in keeping your dog healthy and they are low in calories. Be sure to feed only the orange melon. Do not include pits or skins.
Cantaloupes contain vital nutrients such as fiber and folic acid. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin A. The fruits also contain potassium, thiamine, pantothenic and niacin. Cantaloupes are a good source of the antioxidant beta-carotene.
Cantaloupes can be served fresh or frozen in bite-size pieces for an easy to serve treat.