Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels? Is it Safe for your Pekingese?

 


Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels? Is it Safe for your Pekingese?

A concerned member of the group asked me: Can dogs eat banana peels? This post is my answer to that inquiry and I hope it could help you somehow. Yes, banana peels are beneficial to our four-legged pals, regardless of the breed. There was a study conducted by Louise Tenney, author of Today’s Herbal Health: An Essential Reference; there he clearly stated that banana peels have essential fatty acids which is beneficial for your pet. The said fatty acids are very effective in treating rashes and hot spots if mashed and applied topically and they are also very good in keeping your pet’s coat and skin healthy. The banana peel is also very good in fighting against fungal infections; simply rub the peel on the affected part 2x a day until the infection disappear. Furthermore, aside from its topical benefits, when eaten it has high doses of vitamins B6 and A. These vitamins would aid in sharpening your pet’s eye sight and maintain a healthy nervous system. Compared to the fruit itself, banana peel contains 40% potassium. We all know that potassium is very good for the kidneys, nerves, digestive system, muscles and heart to function properly. Potassium also aids in keeping balance between the sodium and water levels in the body. Apart from the minerals and vitamins I mentioned earlier, banana peel also contains lutein which is very effective in treating degenerative eye disorders in elderly dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels

Precaution

Most vets would give banana in small amounts to dogs who have bowel issues or colitis. Banana is made up of enzymes which would soothe an irritated colon and would also slow down the spasms. Also, it has enough sugars to perk up a dog who demands an increase due to digestive diseases. One approach that is also yummy for your pet is by cutting a small size of banana then wrap it in a tablespoon of peanut butter. This method is delicious as well as healthier to deal with for canines of any size or breed. Excessive banana consumption can cause loose stool so be careful. Due to its high potassium content, if consumed in overly high amounts can be bad for him. Just give him a little piece on a daily basis.

When to Give Fruits

The factor about bananas and fruits in general is their sugar content. Fruits require a particular enzyme in order to break them down. Thus, if you feed more fruits along with meat and vegetables, then they’re not going to be digested properly. All those undigested sugar gets stored in their system which is conducive for bacterial growth, hence health issues would arise. So, the key here is to know when to feed fruits to your pet.

If you are going to give fruits to your pet ahead of his meal, make it one hour before. And be sure to give enough time for his system to digest it first before you feed him his meals. And if you decide to give fruits after his meal, then wait at least 2 hours after he has eaten.

There you have it, I hope my post have answered the question: Can dogs eat banana peels? Know that eating banana peels can be an acquired taste to other breeds, thus it is necessary to introduce it to him gradually. Begin with small portions then increase it until he gets used to it. You can be creative on how you want to serve it to your pekingese. A banana peel a day can keep the vet away.

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Dog Snoring – How to Handle a Snoring Pekingese

Dog snoring is a common issue among the Pekingese breed. Dogs are wonderful pets during the day but may be a nuisance at night especially if he snores louder than you do. Dog snoring is just similar with human snoring and it is due to the vibrations caused by the relaxed muscles and soft tissues which are hanging at the upper throat or when the nasal passage is partially blocked.

There are various reasons on why there is blockage in the upper airway. It also depends on the dog breed you have. There are breeds that are very susceptible to nasal blockages even for the smallest reasons and allergies. Breeds like the Pekingese and Pugs have little noses and flat faces and if they have any type of nasal infection, then snoring problem occurs.

Dogs should be kept away from all kinds of allergens. Because of increased pollen count in the surroundings that your pet may suffer during sleep at night. If you are a smoker, then he may be affected with it also. Most dogs are allergic towards smoking. This would usually result in inflammed nose thus narrowing the throat and as a sign of it he will snore at night time.

And if your pet is on the heavy side, then the undelying cause of his snoring is his being overweight. Weight loss will bring good result to him for sure.

Dog Snoring

Dog Snoring – How to Handle a Snoring Pekingese

Quick Remedies

  • If his snoring is due to allergens the see to it that you clean or change his bedding on a daily basis. When the pollen levels are low, you can take him outside for a walk. Also keep the curtains and rugs dust free by vacuuming it regularly.
  • Give him regular exercise so that he would lose all excess weight and the snoring problem would stop.
  • There are breeds that are predisposed to snoring thus a minor surgery may be done. However, this kind of surgery is generally done when the pet is still young.
  • Try to change your pet’s sleeping position either by changing his bed or move him to a different posture while he sleeps.
  • Try giving him a pillow. If his head would be elevated then this could reduce his chances of snoring.
  • Do not smoke next to your pet. Do your best to keep your pet’s environment smoke free.
  • Try giving him a round bed. Having one would let your pet curl up and this would help his airway passages to expand.

Your pet may show some signs along with his dog snoring that may indicate an underlying illness. In case your pet doesn’t respond to any of the aforementioned tips, plan a trip to the vet so that the real cause would be revealed. Dog snoring can be a nuisance since he will have a disturbed sleep pattern thus waking up grouchy and tired. Then the owner is also sleep deprived due to his snoring as well. And in case your pet suddenly snored, take him to the vet as he may be sick.

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Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

If you have owned a pet that is blind or low-visioned, then chances are you already know how it is living with blind dogs. However, for the benefit for those who are still new to it and would be willing to learn as much as they can about blind dogs, then this post is for you.

If you have a pet dog or have been with dogs all their lives, then you must know by now that like us, they have various personas. And that each dog would react to stress, trials or hardships differently as well. Generally, young dogs that go blind make an easier and faster adjustment to blindness especially if he is not the pack leader. On the other hand, frail, old, dominant dogs may undergo difficulty. Experts say that adjustment period may occur between 3-6 months, but there are cases that take longer.

Dogs react differently to blindness. Others go through depression while others have aggressive behavior changes. And there are others won’t change a bit and their owners can’t even tell that they are already blind. Dogs may use different behaviors in order to cope up with their vision loss. They may use more than one behavior at one time or sometimes even switch back and forth between behaviors. Though most of the time they show aggression, depression, dependence and fear.

Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

Living with Blind Dogs

How to Deal with It

  • Get a small bell. Attach a bell to your pant leg or shoe and get everyone in the house to do it — include other pets if any. The sound of the bell would let him know that someone is near.
  • Stair gate. If your have several stories in your house then put a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs. Any blind or low-visioned dog isn’t allowed to go up the stairs unsupervised; the falling hazard is just so great.
  • Use Aromatic oils. Wipe a tiny amount of any aromatherapy oil on any vertical surface (e.g. furniture  door frames), both outside and inside. This will help your dog avoid collision.
  • Stay put. Keep his water and food bowl, as well as your furniture in the same place. A blind dog can quickly learn about his environment as long as you won’t move things around often that would end up confusing him.
  • Take a hike. Let him go for a walk and it is ideal to use a retractable leash since it would let him do some running while not being endangered at the same time.

Living with blind dogs is not a problem really, as long as you are willing to adjust. Dogs go blind due to old age, injury, illness, or that they are born with it. A blind dog can function as well as any normal pet can. Do not underestimate or misjudge a blind pet, they can be a real treasure.

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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.

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How to Keep Dogs Healthy: Keeping your Pekingese in Tip Top Shape

Statistics show that in the past 50 years, the health of domesticated dogs has drastically declined. Thus the knowledge on how to keep dogs healthy on your own is essential these days. Dogs are acquiring serious illnesses at very young ages are now living short life span. Certainly there is something wrong with today’s model of canine health care, don’t you think? What happened in all those years that greatly affected our pet’s health? I can only think of 2 things: Veterinary care and diet.

Diet is the heart and core of most doggy diseases. Agree or not? Canines are omnivorous scavengers at the carnivore end of the spectrum. They managed to evolve to eat just about anything that is available during the scarce or bountiful times. During abundant times, they go hunt in packs and bring down larger mammals and eat it.

During scarcity, they can go on a vegetarian diet, though they are not happy about it. They can also survive from eating worms; their system is capable of processing rotten meat and carcasses. It is a fact that they are successful opportunists. They digestive system can easily cope with such foods.

In a not so distant past, domesticated dogs are being fed with table scraps by their owners and this suited them quite well. Vegetables and meat were generally of good quality. And as the commercial pet food industry boomed, tactics were used in order to make people think that they were doing the wrong thing. However, what they don’t know is the fact that cheap commercial dog foods were not even human grade. Rather it was the deposits from the advantageous human market. And over the years, it has continued to deteriorate, with food coming from the cheapest sources which has little to none nutritional content.

And all that is needed is a change of diet which included lots of nutrients in order for your pet to live a long and healthy life. And although they are omnivores, they still need quality food. Rotten meat is still natural with nutrients, compared to processed dog food which is denatured by extreme temperatures and pressures.

Then we have the veterinary approach to dog illnesses. Most if not all veterinary colleges these days don’t provide a training in proper nutrition. They leave this important topic aside since it is the pet food industry who support them financially. Just notice as you walk into a vet clinic, there is a floor to ceiling display of commercial pet food.

Neither are vets taught about looking for the cause of origin of a disease. Rather, vets these days are taught to match condition Y with drug X. Sadly, they are also taught well on how to maximize profit rather than treating the animal best. A well known vet in UK, Matthew Watkinson left his profession after practicing it for 8 years since he was so disgusted with the said approach. An another vet from Canada, Andrew Jones was removed from his professional association. The reason? Well, he has been teaching his clients safer alternatives to veterinary medication.  Pathetic, I know!

How to Keep Dogs Healthy: Keeping your Pekingese in Tip Top Shape

How to Keep Dogs Healthy

Doing it Naturally

  • Pedialyte. If your pet is suffering from a mild dehydration issue, try giving him pedialyte. Pour pedialyte into his water bowl, choose the unflavored one. This would quickly replace his minerals such as sodium and potassium.
  • Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening. This is to remove burs out of his coat. Use working gloves and dab Crisco into the affected spots to pry the burs loose. After doing it, give him a quick bath to remove the vegetable shortening.
  • Bengay. In order to curb his chewing on a specific object, try to coat that item with bengay. The scent itself would repel him. You can also use a mixture of Heinz Apple Cider vinegar and Heinz white vinegar. Simply mix 5 oz. or both types of vinegar with 5 oz of water in a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray it on the furniture or item your pet loves to chew.
  • Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn). To kill the fleas without the help of toxic chemicals, pour a small amount of Dawn under a running water to fill a bathtub or sink and give your pet a soapy bath. Work it on your pet’s coat and allow it to soak for 5 minutes. The soap would penetrate the flea’s exoskeletons during this time, thus killing them. This actually works more effectively compared to the prescribed flea shampoos.
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion. This is to keep him safe from the sun’s harmful rays. If you have a pet who loves to spend time outside, then this can help you prevent sunburn on his ears, nose and other vulnerable areas. Just prevent him from licking off the lotion, you can feed him after applying so that he would forget about the lotion.
  • Trash Bags. This is to prevent another “accident” inside the house. To keep him away from the spot where he previously left a mess, cut open a trash bag along the seams and cover the area with it. Canines hate the feeling of plastic, thus they stay away.
  • Johnson’s Baby Oil. This is to prevent the development of ear infections. Too much water in side his ears cause earcahes and infection, so prior giving him a bath, put a small cotton ball soaked with baby oil on both ears to keep the water out. Be reminded to remove the cotton balls after.
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo with Bayer Aspirin. This is to stop his dandruff. Unless he is allergic to aspirin, grind 6 aspirin into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. Then pour the powder into a bottle of Johnson’s baby shampoo and shake well. Use this solution in giving him a bath and allow to sit on his coat for 5 minutes before rinsing him thoroughly with water.
  • McCormick Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne) with Tabasco Sauce. This is to curb his digging issues. Mix 4 Tbsps of Tabasco and 4 Tbsps of Cayenne pepper in 1 qt. of water. Shake the solution and sprinkle it on the spot where your pet loves to dig.
  • Cooking Spray (PAM). This is one way to keep his food bowl clean. Before filling his bowl with food, coat it first lightly with cooking spray so that the food will not stick to the bowl later – this would also give your pet’s coat a wonderful shine.

Those are just some of the many ways on how to keep dogs healthy naturally. It is a dog’s life and as a pet owner, you would want to see to it that your pet lives a happy, long and healthy life as possible.

Do you have additional tips which you can share with us? How do you keep your pekingese healthy in a natural way?

 

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