Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It

 


Is your pet a master in swallowing a pill? Mine is not. And this post is all for you pet owners out there who are trying to figure out how to give a pill or two to your pet without all the hassle.

First off, do not give your pet any kind of medication until you have talked to your vet about it and that it is approved by him/her. Also, do not forget to ask for the proper dosage of the drug.

In order to give a pill, gently slip your thumb into the space behind one of his teeth and press in an upward manner. As his mouth begins to open, press down his lower jaw using your opposite thumb. Once opened, put the pill at the back of his tongue, at the middle of the mouth. If you put the pill far too forward, then he would just spit it out. Then gently close his jaw for a second of two and rub his throat until he swallows. If you see him licking his nose then the pill is already swallowed. Also, blowing into his nose will let him swallow faster.

Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It

Swallowing a Pill

Suggestion Tips:

  • Meatball Trick. Use his dog food and hide the pill on a meatball that you will make out of his dog food.
  • Use Lunch Meat. Try rolling the meat into a thin strip of lunch meat.
  • Cheese. If the pill happens to be very small, then you can shove it down in the middle of a cheese chunk.
  • Butter-y Pill. There are times that simply rubbing the pill with butter is enough already.
  • Peanut Butter. Insert the pill in a glob of peanut butter. Since the pill would simply stick to the peanut butter, then he has no choice but to swallow it.

Crushed Pill Method

  • Use a mortar and pestle in crushing his pill.
  • Mix the crushed powder with a treat that your pet loves. Yogurt, dog food or peanut butter will do the trick.
  • Allow your pet to lick the spoon that is full of the mixed mixture.

Learning the trick on your pet swallowing a pill requires patience. Do not attempt to crush his pill if you have not read its indications, some pills are not supposed to be crushed. For a pet like a pekingese (or any breed that has a flat face), do not attempt the pill push method since it may endanger his breathing.

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Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

What is pica in dogs? Eating non-food items is coined as pica. Although you may see it as a sign that his diet is lacking some nutrient; however when it occurs is puppies and young dogs the most common cause is actually boredom. Consuming non-food items occasionally may turn into a compulsive behavior, which may be a dangerous habit. The most common form of pica is your pet eating rocks, but he can also eat other things like containers, human clothing, wood or other wooden objects and plastic materials.

It is normal for puppies to chow down on all types of objects, non-food items included. Though, experts are not sure on why they indulge in this, most puppies do this in order to investigate their surroundings. And most puppies will just outgrow this behavior when they reach 6 months of age and along with a reprimand from their owner.

It is already considered as a compulsive behavior if he still continues to do so even when he is already a full grown adult. Compulsive behavior won’t go away if you leave it untreated, you must help her with a special training. Ask your vet about it for more info.

On the other hand, it is common to see dogs eat grass. Some dogs would graze when they don’t feel good and would want to vomit, while others do this to improve their digestion. They also indulge in it because it helps in getting rid of worms or can treat stomach ailments. As long as your pet only eats soil and grass occasionally, then this type of pica won’t have any issue.

Pica in Dogs

Resolving the Problem

If you notice that your pet has pica issues, giving him lots of appropriate things and toys for him to play with as well as a chance to play with you might help in resolving this issue and prevent the development of compulsive behavior. Just bear in mind that if you give him things to chew on, be sure that it is a chew toy designed for him so that he won’t bite off chunks of it and choke in the long run. If you suspect that his pica is diet related issue, then switch him to a higher quality dog food, it could help resolve the problem, if you see no improvement then consult your vet already.

Pica in Pups

  • Give him a plenty of mental exercise to keep him busy. Give him different toys and safe things to chew on.
  • Provide lots of physical exercise too. Play catch, tug of war, fetch and go on walks with your pet. Allow him to run around the yard as well while you supervise.
  • Monitor him. Reprimand him verbally every time you see him chew on something that isn’t suppose to be. Redirect his attention and give her treats and toys instead.
  • If you see him already eating non-edible items, take it from his mouth immediately as it can cause blockages or illnesses once swallowed.

Handling Compulsive Pica

If you are not seeking the aid of an expert animal behaviorist, then here are some steps you can do at home to curb his bad habit.

  • Dog proof your home. Prevent him from gaining access to all non-edible items that he is loves on eating. Supervise him most of the time when you are out in the open. If necessary, you can put basket muzzle on him when you go out on walks.
  • Discourage him. Every time you see him trying to chew on something that isn’t right, then reprimand him. Try to give him his toys and treats to redirect his attention, if he does so, praise him for that.
  • Give him lots to do. Mental and physical exercise can help a lot. Go on walks, play with him, give him lots of challenging toys to keep him pre-occupied for hours and also allow him to mingle with his dog buddies at the park.
  • Consult the vet. Ask your vet about medications that could minimize your pet’s stress and compulsive behavior.
  • Teach him a new skill. Teaching him a new skill would prevent him from doing his compulsive behavior. Reward him for good performance and scold him of he tries to eat something that is not edible.
  • Use deterrents. Using of safe taste deterrents on the items that your pet loves to chew on is also an idea. Useful and safe deterrents include ground pepper, tabasco sauce, Grannick’s bitter apple gel or spray. Be consistent on your application on the items and restrict her water source for 10-20 minutes for maximum results. The bad taste and limit of water source would discourage her from chewing on those items again. If you see him approaching on that item he loves to chew and would turn away, praise him immediately.

Pica in dogs is normal however it is not healthy since if could harm him. As an owner, you must do something to help him stop this bad behavior of his. If you think that you cannot handle the situation on your own, you better seek the help of an expert right away.

Is your pekingese well behaved? Good for you, if so, because mine is quite mischievous; trying to nibble on my garments whenever he can! What is your story? Share it with us below.

 

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Cataracts in Dogs – Fight Against it with your Pekingese

Cataracts in Dogs – Fight Against it with your Pekingese

Cataracts in dogs is common as they age but we can do some steps in order to help our pets fight it. First off, what are cataracts? It is the opacity in the lens of your pet’s eye, thus causing blurry vision. If the cataract is still tiny, it won’t be any disturbance to him however you must monitor it since the denser and thicker they become, the bigger the chance that it will to blindness.

Cataracts develop due to old age or may arise from trauma or from a disease such as diabetes, however the most common factor is that it is hereditary. Cataracts may be there already the moment your pet was born and would only develop once he reaches at least 1 year old.

So, how can you determine if your pet already has cataracts? Check his eyes. If it appears bluish-gray in color or cloudy, then take him immediately to the vet for an exam. Be warned though that a dog’s lens normally becomes cloudy and gray as they age. This is called nuclear sclerosis, but this condition doesn’t put your pet’s vision at any risk and treatment is usually not recommended.

An untreated cataract may slip from the tissue which it lodged from and would float around the eye and may block the natural fluid drainage. This would then lead to glaucoma  which eventually leads to permanent blindness. Cataracts also dissolve with time, causing a painful and deep inflammation in your pet’s eye.

Cataracts in Dogs

For a more detailed information about cataracts, click here.

How to Prevent it Naturally

  • Vitamins C & E. You can fight free radicals with these vitamins. They are known to be antioxidants since they block all of the free radicals’ harmful effects. For pets who have cataracts the given dose is 50 IU of vit. E per 10 pounds of body weight once daily. Simply punch a tiny hole on the vit. E and squeeze it unto your pet’s food. Vit. C actually causes diarrhea so you have to experiment a bit to see what dose your pet can tolerate.
  • Vegetables. Incorporate more veggies unto his daily diet. Carrots, kale and other yellow and green vegetables are very rich in antioxidants.
  • Bilberries. When taken in tablet form, this antioxidant would protect the tissue of your pet’s eye. Experts found out that bilberry when mixed with vit. R stopped the clouding of lens in 97% of their test subjects who has early stage cataracts. Ideal dose would be 50mg to be mixed in your pet’s food on a daily basis.
  • Beta-carotene. This is one antioxidant that when absorbed would be converted to vit. A which protects the eye tissues. Ask your vet on what is the proper dose for your pet.
  • Cineraria. This is a healing herb which has the ability to reverse the cataracts that have already formed thus minimizing the need for surgical intervention. This is one of the few things that can really clear cataracts and it comes in eye drop form. Just ask your vet about it and ask for a prescription.

It is normal for your pet’s eyes to age and go through changes as they grow older. Thus, cataracts in dogs is not something new nor unusual. They are often caused by free radicals, diabetes, aging, trauma among others. The good news is that free radicals can be dealt with preventing the developing of cataracts in your pet’s eyes.

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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.

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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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