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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How to Whiten Dog Fur: Restoring your Pekingese’s Original White Color

Have a white pekingese and wonder how to whiten dog fur? Dogs that have white coat often lose their white shine as years pass by. Grime, dirt and age can cause any dog that has a white fur to have a yellowish appearance. If you want your pet to look healthy, clean and groomed then his fur should be treated in order to restore it to its original white glorious color.

A dog’s white fur can have a yellowish appearance due to several other causes such as pollen, dust and dirt. Daily brushing would help remove some of the debris on his coat and bathing helps too. There are various specialty shampoos in the market that are formulated to whiten his fur, and there are home remedies as well. A mix of both approach would definitely leave your pet with a soft, white, manageable coat.

How to Whiten Dog Fur

How to Whiten Dog Fur: Restoring your Pekingese’s Original White Color

Naturally Whiten His Fur

  • Wipe down his coat daily. Pour equal parts of whitening dog shampoo and water into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture unto a damp, warm cloth and wipe it on his fur, focus on the stained areas.
  • Make your own stain remover. Mix equal parts of 1% peroxide and milk of magnesia. Work 1 tsp at a time, then add cornstarch to the mixture until it turns into a paste. Apply the paste on the stained areas and allow it to set in for a few hours. Gently comb the paste out when removing it. Then use a conditioner to soften up his fur before removing the paste. If you put the paste in an area that your pet can reach, cone him so that he won’t lick it off.
  • Another whitening concoction. Mix equal parts of baby powder, milk of magnesia and boric powder into a paste. Apply the paste on his stained fur and let it air-dry. After it is dry already, gently comb the paste out of his fur.

Preventing Tear Stains

  • Give him purified water. Giving him high-quality water is your first line of defense against tear stain discoloration. Purified would minimize tear stains since it is free of high levels of iron and harsh chemicals that would promote the discoloration.
  • No food coloring. Avoid treats or foods that contains added coloring. Pet products and food that has dye would only cause fur discoloration. Feeding your pekingese high-quality, dye-free food and treats to promote better living while preventing gross stains.
  • Keep his hair out of his eyes. Tear stains are often a result of over reactive tear production. So, you better keep his facial hair off his eyes. And if you do not want to cut his hair off then at least use a doggy rubber band or clip his hair on top to prevent it from entering his eyes.

Whether it is your clothing, furniture or dog coat, maintaining the healthy, shiny white look can be a challenge. Thus, knowing how to whiten dog fur on your own can help you cut down the expenses. While there are several whiteners available commercially, organic solutions are always safer that has effective results as well.

How is your pekingese’s white coat lately? Is it as white as it should be? Do you treat it yourself or you take him to the groomers? Share your tips and guidelines that were not mentioned here so that we can all learn from it. If you have friends that are having this issue, please do share this post with them.

 

 

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How to Massage Dog Legs: Soothing your Pekingese Naturally

How to Massage Dog Legs: Soothing your Pekingese Naturally

Us, humans know the value of stretching and massage when we engage into exercise and sports. Thus, knowing how to massage dog legs is a plus for you and your pet. By stretching, we are keeping our bodies supple; retaining more flexibility and maintaining energy. This principle also holds true with our canine companions.

A lot of pet parents out there invest a lot of energy and time in keeping their pets active just to keep them physically and mentally alert. However,  no matter how careful we are with our pets, accidents and injuries still happen. As their parent, we couldn’t do anything about unhealthy breeding nor can we prevent all accidents from happening. But there is something we can do and that is preventing muscle related issue and strain injuries by massaging and stretching them on a regular basis. By doing so would keep our pets well-balanced, both psychologically and physically, allowing your pet’s agility to be retained as he gets older. A dog that is well-functioning retains its natural suppleness and elasticity.

On the other hand, a dog that has restricted mobility has stiff and short muscles. In this case, when your pet has a short muscle, pressure will then be exerted on the joints thus limiting their mobility. This would lead to impaired blood circulation. Tendons, joints, muscles, and ligaments would end up receiving minimal nutrition and less oxygen. Impaired blood supply would cause lactic acid build up in the muscles which would irritate the pain receptors which leads to the sensation of pain. This cycle would just repeat until you would do your part in correcting it.

How to Massage Dog Legs

How to Massage Front Legs

  1. Let your dog lie on his side and sit in front of his legs.
  2. Run your fingers down his front legs, from shoulder down to the paw with your palms and fingers flat. Alternate in using your hands so that your pet would be relaxed.
  3. Gently wrap your hands on his shoulder muscle. Gently tug down the length of his leg via his paw. Maintain your hand being wrapped on the muscle throughout the procedure. Repeat 2-3 times.
  4. Tap on your pet’s shoulder using your knuckles or fingertips in order for his muscle to loosen up. Do this on the whole shoulder area.
  5. Take his shoulder muscle again and knead on it gently. Do it for some time.
  6. Pinch the long muscle that runs on the back portion of your pet’s leg, from his elbow to the paw. Work your way down this muscle gently then back up again.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 to the front portion of your pet’s leg.
  8. Repeat entire procedure on the other front leg only after you have done massaging the back leg on the same side.

How to Massage Back Legs

  1. Run your hands down on his back leg, from his thigh down to the paw with fingers and palms flat.
  2. Gently wrap your hands on your pet’s thigh muscle and pull down the length of the feet via his paw. Keep your hands wrapped on his thigh muscle throughout the procedure. Repeat 2-3 times.
  3. Take on his thigh muscle and knead on it gently.
  4. Place 3 fingertips on his thigh area and in small circular motions, work on his entire thigh part – both inner and outer thigh.
  5. Repeat step 2 to end your massage on his back leg.
  6. Repeat the entire procedure on his other back leg.

It doesn’t matter if your dog is injured or not, knowing how to massage dog legs prove to be advantageous to your pet. Whether he spends his day outside playing and goofing around or resting inside, his leg muscles would greatly benefit from the massage that you are going to give him. Be sure to hive him a gentle and effective massage. 

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How To Choose The Right Vet For Your Pekingese?

Now that you’ve found the furry little love of your life, you need to know how to choose the right vet for your Pekingese. You don’t want to just choose some random vet out of the phone book and if you don’t have a family vet already, how do you find a good one? Here are some helpful tips and hints to help you find the perfect vet to care for your Peke:

Choose The Right Vet For Your Pekingese

  1. How To Choose The Right Vet For Your Pekingese?

    How To Choose The Right Vet For Your Pekingese?

    Ask around – If you have friends or family members that have smaller breed dogs, ask who they use to treat them. Also, ask if there are any that they have had bad experiences with. Talk with groomers in the area and see who they recommend, talk with people around your town and see if there is a local vet that works well with smaller dogs. Word of mouth is the best way to find a great vet that is familiar with smaller breed dogs.

  2. Memberships – If you cannot find one through friends or family, take a look through the yellow pages. Most vets will list the basic information about their office online as well as any memberships or certifications that they might hold. You want to look for those that are board certified, meaning that they took the time to go the extra mile in their training and pass a very tough exam.
  3. Meeting them – Once you have found a couple of vets that look good, ask to come in and meet with them, tour the facility, as well as bring your Pekingese to see how they react to the vet. Most professional veterinarians are more than happy to have new clients come in and tour their offices as well as meet new furry family members. If they do not allow this, you might consider another vet.
  4. Trust your dog’s instincts – If you go in to meet with a new vet and your Peke instantly doesn’t like them, this is a sign to find a new vet. Consider if you ever have to leave your Peke overnight or for treatment when you’re not there, if they don’t care for the vet when you are there, how will they react when you aren’t. It could be a bad situation for both your Peke and the vet.
  5. Emergency services – Once you find a vet (or two) that you are considering, ask if they offer any type of emergency services on “off hours” or if they work with a vet or animal hospital that does. You want to make sure that you know where you can take your Pekingese if something happens when your vet is closed.

 

There are plenty of great vets out there around you, you simply need to know how to find them. Most dog owners will find a vet that they trust and they will stick with them for many years. Of course, once you know how to choose the right vet for your Pekingese,  it’s time to take your baby in for a meeting.

 

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Neglected Dogs – How to Deal with an Abused Pekingese

Unfortunately, there are lots of mistreated and neglected dogs roaming in the streets all over the world. And with a little bit of compassion, care, love and training, a neglected dog can be your loyal companion. And if you have come across one, there are several things that you can do in order to help. I will discuss on that later.

Neglect comes in various forms and there are certain steps that you can take in order to help any abused animal. As mad as you are on the owner involved, control your anger first and try to talk to the owner if he/she happens to be a friend. Otherwise, document the incident (take pictures and videos) as evidence and report it to the Humane Officer.

Neglected Dogs

Neglected Dogs – How to Deal with an Abused Pekingese

Observe and Evaluate

Most of the time what appears to be a case of neglect is only a misinterpretation. But if you do find a true case of neglect (e.g. doesn’t have adequate water, house and food) then he needs your help, fast. Here are things to look for to be able to tell if the animal has truly been neglected.

  • Collar size. If his collar size is too small and the owner didn’t even have the time to increase it as the pet grows then it is a problem because it can cause injury and even death if not corrected.
  • Starvation. Starvation per se is not only caused by lack of food. There are other factors that contributes to it as well, such as: parasites, inappropriate food and untreated illness.
  • Grooming. Not being able to groom any pet is a sign of neglect especially to the long haired breeds as it would cause massive matting which in return would cause them painful sores and misery.
  • Mange. Mange is a skin disease that is caused by parasites which lets your pet suffer from terrible itching, hair loss, sores from scratching and biting. This disease is simply treated with medicated baths.

Ring the Authority

If you have seen it for yourself, then call the humane officers immediately. A humane person is anyone who is assigned in your community who handles and investigates animal cruelty.

After you have contacted them, they would then drop by the concerned person’s house to determine what you have reported is true. When confronted by the authorities, most of the time the irresponsible owners would give up ownership of their pets rather than being bothered by the authorities on how to properly care for them.

Preventing It

  • Ask for your local humane officer to schedule an awareness talk to in churches, schools, day care centers and even at the park.
  • Help the advocates spread the word by distributing pamphlets about pet care, animal welfare issues, and basic behavior solutions.
  • Support your local state’s animal anti-cruelty groups.
  • Initiate to share the animal stories that you encounter in your neighborhood in the local tv station or newspaper. Give your point of view and that you are pro in giving strong penalties towards the abusers.
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter in taking care of the neglected pets that are in custody.

Caring for a Neglected Dog

  • Approach the animal with care and caution. Be visible to him at all times and use food to gain his trust.
  • Once you have gained his trust, try to pet him a little befre you attempt to get him inside your car or crate. Remain calm and use a reassuring voice because if you panic, then he may attack you.
  • Call the local animal shelter. Seek for assistance and transport the animal to the vet’s office or any rescue center. Prepare funds since you would assume all the costs since it is you who brought him there.
  • Ask the vet to do a thorough checkup. From vaccinations down to parasites.
  • If you are willing to further help the dog, you can bring him home. Let him stay in a safe place where he could stay in your place. Otherwise, bring him to the shelter so that he would be rehabilitated and be up for adoption.
  • Call in the expert. If you have decided to take him in, then you need the expert’s help in training him. Only use positive reinforcement so that he could bond with you in a positive setting.
  • Allow him to adjust. At first, he may be distant but most neglected dogs would somehow bond with the person who would give them love, food and care.

The main key in order to minimize the case of neglected dogs would be to educate the owners. Most pet owners are not aware of their responsibilities and how important affection towards their pet is or that a puppy needs to change his collar size from time to time. Now, when you see an abused animal, you know what to do. Do not hesitate to help. You can save a life!

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