Dog Hearing Test: Is your Pekingese Becoming Deaf?

 


Dog Hearing Test: Is your Pekingese Becoming Deaf?

Does your pet need a dog hearing test? I know, it can be devastating when your pet suddenly stops acknowledging your when you two are in the same room. And you think that he is not listening to you when you call on him. Or you noticed that he can no longer recognize what once were familiar voices. You may personally take it as a sign of disinterest on things, however your pet may have lost some if not all of his hearing. There are various factors that contribute to a dog’s hearing loss: old age, wax build up, untreated ear infections. You can actually perform a hearing test on him at home or you can bring him to the vet to be sure on what is really going on with him and his hearing.

Also remember that this isn’t purely about hearing loss matter, know that once a dog gets older his brain is slower in processing it thus the reaction would also come late. The mix of no reaction and hearing loss is often seen in older pets and the owner would then think that he is being inattentive. Please do avoid on punishing him due to not being attentive to you, he may become afraid. You better know the real reason behind his condition.

Dog Hearing Test

How to Test your Pet’s Hearing

  • Clean his ears. Moist a cotton ball with warm (not hot) water. Then gently rub wax and dirt off his earlobe. Then moisten a cotton swab with the same warm water remove dirt in the canal and cartilage. Do not ever push the swab down his ear canal. Repeat this same procedure on his other ear.
  • Test his hearing. Use various sounds and determine his reaction. The experts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say that you can test his hearing at home by quietly stepping up behind him and clap loudly once and see his reaction. Be sure that he is unaware of you creeping up on him. You can also use a squeaky toy, vacuum cleaner or keys as source of sound. If he doesn’t show any reaction at all, then he may be deaf. You can also try calling his name at one area of the room. If he comes running to you in the opposite direction then he is partially deaf.
  • Do the BAER test. Complete the BAER test to be sure. Go to your vet and submit your pet for a BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) testing. This test uses a computer in order to record the electrical activity of the brain in response to the sound.

It is a common misconception on part of the pet parents to equate their pet’s attentiveness as a sign of misbehavior. Who knows, your pet may already need a dog hearing test because of certain conditions. Do not judge your pet immediately nor punish him instantly just because he didn’t come at the beck of your call.

Is your pekingese an elderly and is he already showing signs of hearing loss? How did you know that he is already losing his sense of hearing? Tell us more about your story below.

 

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Caring for Newborn Puppies – How to Deal with your Newborn Pekingese

Your pet pekingese just had a litter and you have no idea about caring for newborn puppies. And I hope this post will be able to help you about it.

One of the many miracles of nature is the way how mothers seem to understand and respond to their young and take care of them. And your female dog is not an exemption, they will instictively know what their puppy wants and needs. Newborn pups normally communicate via sound through whining since they cannot see yet, their eyes are still closed if you notice.

In general, pups will produce a what sounds like a cat, almost meowing just to keep in contact with their mom and siblings. If they are hungry, they will shrill softly and move around more just to find its mother. And for the next couple of weeks, the newborn pups are unable to regulate their body temperature thus they should be kept away from air conditioning units, heating ducts, or other direct heat/cold sources.

Newborn pups don’t need too much space since they don’t move around that much, anyway. Just enough space for their mother to be comfortable with. And as each passing day goes by, you will see them become more stronger and active, this is a very good sign. Be sure that their mom has enough space to lie down and move around without actually crushing them.

In about 10-14 days, the newborn pups’ eyes will open thus making them more active. This is the time where you will see the mother trying to get away from them for brief periods of time. It would be wise to put sides on their whelping box tall enough to allow the mother to go in and out comfortably while keeping the puppies in. This is the time that owners should be keen in observing for signs of dehydration or lack of nursing or check if they have sharp nails already, if so, clip it carefully.

Normally, newborn pups are clean since they will be bathed by their mom. The female dog will lick her pups on their stomach, anus and tail areas in order to stimulate them to relieve themselves after nursing. You will also notice that she will eat their waste materials, however it is still very ideal to keep the lining on their box or area clean. You can use old towels, newspapers or paper towels just avoid anything that contains dyes or other form of chemicals which can be harmful to the both the puppies and mother. Change their lining on a daily basis and wipe down the hard surfaces on the box/area. If the puppy will be soiled with poop, then simply wipe using damp cloth or wet wipes, never give a newborn pup a full bath nor completely wet their coat.

Caring for Newborn Puppies – How to Deal with your Newborn Pekingese

Caring for Newborn Puppies

  1. Prepare a whelping box. A week or two before your bitch goes to labor prepare a nest for her. Get her accustomed to the place you prepared for her so that she will stay there during labor period.
  2. Box size. The whelping box size would vary by breed. Be sure that there is at least 2x amount of room for the bitch to lie down. The walls should be high enough for the mother to hop in and out comfortably while ensuring the safety of the puppy inside. Since they cannot regulate their body temperatures for now, be sure you provide a light source of warmth. Their box should be a heated and unheated area. Be sure that the heat you give them is only mild. The puppies will crawl to the heated part if they feel cold and would go to the unheated part if it becomes too warm already. Just provide them the heat they need when their mother is away since an experienced bitch will lie down with her litter for 4-5 days nonstop to give them the warmth.
  3. Weigh them. On their first 3 weeks, weigh the pups on a daily basis. If you cannot see steady weight gain, then they isn’t enough food. Either their mom’s milk is not enough or you are not giving them enough if you are bottle feeding them.
  4. No cow’s milk. If you are bottle feeding them, do not use cow’s milk. You can use either a prepared bitch’s milk replacement or goat’s milk (canned or fresh). You can mix powdered or canned milk with distilled water to prevent diarrhea. Newborn pups would need to be fed every 2-3 hours.
  5. Use human bottle nipple. The nipples designed for pets don’t deliver milk well enough. Do not attempt to tube feed or use eye dropper in feeding. Newborn puppies have very little stomachs and can’t close their throats, thus if ever you fill up their stomach and esophagus, the milk will just go to their lungs and drown them.
  6. Proper food spacing. As the puppy grows, their stomach would get bigger. By 3rd week, you can feed him every 4 hours and introduce solid food to their diet gently.
  7. Introduce solid foods. On his 4th week, you can mix cereal, baby meat and milk and pour into his bowl. Try to hold the pup while he is eating. By now, he can figure out how to lap his food instead of sucking it. Continue to hold him until such time he can stand firmly on his legs.
  8. Waking hours. Baby dogs are usually awake for only short periods of time during their feeding time. Most of the time, they sleep. They tend to wake up more than once at night expecting there is food. It is ideal that someone can handle their night feedings.
  9. Feed him more. Puppies can’t be over-fed as long as he is eating on his own and that you are not force-feeding him. By 5 weeks, you can add increasing amounts of high quality kibble. Try to soak the kibble in goat milk then grind it in a food processor before adding to his daily diet.
  10. Exercise. After 4 weeks, they are walking well already and must go get some exercise. Though, they are still too little to go outdoors, so it is wise to put a partition on a large bathroom or kitchen and allow them to play in that area. Just be sure to remove any rugs or other clothing. You can place newspapers instead so that they can pee on that one.
  11. Interaction. From birth onward  a puppy needs to be cuddled and handled daily by their owners. When they begin on experimenting solid foods, it is ideal that he is hand fed and being played around by the time they can walk. The puppy should think that the humans are his surrogate mother by the moment they open their eyes. This would lead to an adult dog that have a best personality. However, they also need dog-to-dog interaction from time to time from week 5 onward.
  12. Immunization. Their life immunity would be inherited from their mother granting that she is fully immunized. Puppy shots would begin at 6 weeks until 12 weeks. His shots will be every 2 weeks while his final shots (Rabies included) would be at 16 weeks.

Caring for newborn puppies is no joke. If you think that it is easy to rear them, then think again. Newborn puppies rely on their mother for their nutritional needs, they won’t be needing food and water during this period.Even if you will give them food, they still don’t know how to eat it. It is best that you keep the mother well nourished and healthy. Also, protect them from sudden loud noises or too much attention. Allow the puppies to interact with each other and their mom to enhance bonding.

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Can dogs eat pumpkin seeds? What do you think? Is it good for them? After reading this post, you would know all the answers to those inquiries.

Pumpkin seeds are nature’s cure for canine parasites. It is beneficial for dogs as it is for humans in various ways. It is a great source for unsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins B complex, D, E, C, K and carbohydrates. It also contains potassium, calcium and phosphorus. To be precise, pumpkins contain a specific type of amino acid called cucurbitin which is very effective in eliminating worms. These agents which are bountiful in the seeds would tend to paralyze and eliminate the parasites from the digestive tract in both humans and pets.

And the most effective way to use it as a de-worming agent is to ground fresh seeds into powder form then sprinkle it on top of your pet’s food. Or you can make it into paste form and mix it with their wet dog food for them to eat. As a de-wormer, it is advisable to give it 3x per day until you can see the worms eliminated from his system.

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Benefits of Using Pumping Seeds

  • Urinary Health. According to the experts, pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants (which is good for their fur and skin) and essential fatty acids, and also the oil found in the seeds and flesh support the urinary system. It is also a good souce of beta carotene, Vitamin A, potassium and iron, thus reducing your pet’s chance of developing cancer.
  • Digestive Health. Pumpkin is a wonderful source of fiber. Pureed pumpkin (no spice or sugar) can greatly help your pet with diarrhea and constipation issues. Giving your pet a tablespoon or two in their meal would aid them in becoming regular.
  • Weight Loss. If you have an obese pet, and you want to help him lose weight then minimize their food and replace it with canned pumpkin. They tummy would feel full just like their regular food does and would even love the new flavor.

Consideration

There are no known side-effects or adverse reactions that is associated with pumpkin seeds. However, roundworms and tapeworms can cause serious problems if not treated immediately. It is still wise to drop by your vet for a follow up just to be sure that you have managed to eliminate all of the parasites from your pet’s system. Also know that only fresh and properly preserved pumpkin seeds should be used in treating your pet’s parasitic issues.

I sure hope that I have managed to answer the question, can dogs eat pumpkin seeds. If you can see your pet being curious at the pumpkin at your porch during Halloween, then don’t hesitate to give him his own dose of this beneficial vegetable. Canned natural pumpkin, cooked fresh pumpkin or pumpkin seeds, all have many benefits for you and your pet.

have you ever tried giving your pet pumpkin seeds or even pumpkin meat? How did your pet find it? Please don’t hesitate to share your story with us below.

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Tips for Pet Owners – Your Pekingese Deserves the Best

In order to become the best pet parent as you can, there are tips for pet owners that would serve as a guide to everyone. Doggie daycare, designer outfits, luxurious beds and princess collars are quite popular among pet parents out there, and it is rather easy to comprehend on why we indulge with our pets. However, pampering your pet is only a bonus; keeping them happy, safe and healthy are the most important priorities every pet owner should attend to.

Tips for Pet Owners – Your Pekingese Desesrves the Best

Common Pet Owner Mistakes

  • Allowing Him to Lead. During walks, if you let your pet walk you than the other way around, then this is already wrong. Tens and thousands of people end up in the ER on a daily basis due to pet-related falls, and these falls occur during walks. Obedience training is the best way to see to it that your pet won’t take you down when you guys are out for a walk.
  • Overlooking External Parasites. Ticks and fleas are common especially when you are out in the woods. Your pet would be highly susceptible to Lyme disease  Rocky mountain spotted fever or other illnesses due to it. And if you let the ticks spread in our home, you whole family would be at risk too. Remove ticks using a tweezers if you see one on your pet and ask for your vet about anti-tick medications.
  • Not Deworming. Roundworms are common in both canines and felines. They would often cause vomiting, diarrhea and often lead to other serious disease. What pet parents don’t realize is that these worms can be a threat to us humans as well. If your infected pet would contaminate in your backyard, tiny worm eggs would be deposited in that area and if you have children in the house, then there is a chance that they would be the ones affected. When roundworms enter the human system, it can cause tissue organ failure, blindness and more. Ask your vet about it.
  • Not Considering about Neuter/Spay. Millions and millions of dogs and cats live in the streets all over the globe and would end up euthanized just because of unwanted litters. Still, a lot of people are still hesitant about neutering/spaying their pets. As a matter of fact, spaying/neutering is healthy for your pet since it would reduce the risk of breast cancer in females and testicular cancer in males.
  • Too Little Exercise. Just like us, humans, our pets also need exercise in order to be healthy. Pets who have nothing to do are more prone to obesity which raises a lot of health concerns.
  • Little Attention. Just like our own kids, your pets would eventually get bored if you don’t take the time to play with them. And with boredom comes troublesome behaviors.
  • No Rules. Not setting up rules with your pets is wrong. Just be consistent on your rules and do not forget to reward his good behavior.
  • Scolding during ‘Accidents.’ If you come home and see a pile of waste or a puddle of pee on the floor, you may want to yell but experts way that this won’t do any good. The deed already happened in the past and he won’t be able to get it why you are mad now.

Tips for Pet Owners

  • Baby Ready Him. Always prep your pet for a baby. Introduction between the two may take some time to adjust. Just set aside one-on-one play time with them in order to ease the transition.
  • Adopt a Pup. Dogs have various personalities just like us, humans. You can always find your perfect match in the pound waiting for you.
  • Puppy Training. Once you already brought home your pup, help him adapt into the family life and take the time to train him.
  • Bath Time. Even your most behaved pekingese would get dirty every now and then. So it is essential that you give him a wash from top to bottom.
  • Grooming. Keep his coat clean and soft by grooming him regularly. Don’t forget to clip his nails too.
  • Household Remedies. If your pet would suffer an emergency, chances are the remedy can just be found in the kitchen. Take the time to learn more about it and be equipped with the knowledge.
Now that you have a new pet at home, it is now time for the fun & hard part! Taking care of a pet isn’t a joke and for a newbie, you will be needing lots of tips for pet owners. You can easily search it up on Google.  Do not worry too much, you can do it. All you have to do is meet all the things that your pet needs.
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Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

The daily energy requirement of an animal should correspond to the sum of its thermogenesis, normal resting energy expenditure and its energy required during physically active state. The former is affected by factors such as body composition, size and environmental parameters. While the latter is affected by his physiological state such as ageing, growth, lactation/pregnancy. Obesity represents the most common form of malnutrition which is usually encountered in small animal practices, this is mainly the result of — yes you got it right — overeating. In other words, your pet’s energy intake has exceeded at his energy requirement which lead to fat storage. In order to overcome such phenomenon, it is important you define your dog’s daily energy requirement.

The nutritional requirements of your dog greatly vary from that of ours; so you shouldn’t be feeding your pets as you feed yourself! Your pet’s daily diet should include energy and balance on all the nutrients that is essential to their health. Us humans are omnivores, with a physiology and anatomy capable to digest various foods including veggies, fruits and meat. A dog only has a specific population of intestinal bacteria which greatly varies than that of a human. This is only one reason why your pet has sensitive digestion and why it is a mistake to assume that your pet can be fed like a human being.  And in order for your pet to remain healthy and fit through many year, his diet must be able to satisfy all of his needs, avoiding any excess nor any deficiency.

Daily Energy Requirement

There is a useful tool that can help you calculate it more easily. You can find it here.

Additional Tips

  • Calorie intake for Pekingese dogs depends on their age. Young dogs require food that has high energy value. They need more calories than that of an adult. Young pups also need special diet that would satisfy their nutritional need in order to build strong muscles and bones.
  • Do not overfeed. Overfed puppies would only become obese and it would be a problem later on. Diabetes, joint problems and high blood pressure levels are just some of the negative effects of obesity.
  • If you can already see that your Pekingese has reached his maximum weight potential, continue with adult dog foods that are high in protein, calories, mineral, vitamins and with reduced fat content.
  • If you want to cook food for your pet, be sure that it has adequate meat with added veggies like carrots, young peas, cabbage, etc…

Warning:

You should never give your Pekingese spicy or fired foods and sweets. Pekes and other dogs love chocolate but this is toxic for them so, do not give him one. Be reminded that a handful of chocolate is enough to kill a small dog like your Pekingese.

As a pet parent, you should be able to know what is your pet’s daily energy requirement and feed him accordingly. Every breed has a different requirement and energy levels, be sure to know that you are well aware about your dog’s background. Being knowledgeable about such important things can be helpful to both you and pet in the long run.

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