Colitis in Dogs: Know It All for your Pekingese

 


Colitis in dogs is the one responsible for about 50% cases of chronic diarrhea. Colitis is simply the inflammation of the colon. Signs of colitis would include prolong squatting and straining, flatulence, painful passing of stool and passing small stools that has mucus and blood. The said signs are often mistaken as constipation.

The common culprit on why colitis occurs would be the infestation of whipworms. Another usual cause is the inflammatory bowel disorder. The treatment is then directed towards the underlying culprit of the disease. If it is an inflammatory bowel disease, then the vet would advise you to give your pet a high-fiber diet while bacterial causes would respond well to antibiotics.

Always bear in mind that fiber is essential to your pet’s daily intake. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that can’t be digested by the enzymes. There are 2 varieties: water soluble and non-water soluble. Non-water solube fibers give bulk to the diet thus helping the water and food to move through the digestive tract properly. It is already established that fiber-rich diets are used in order to manage constipation in pets since fiber increases the water retention in the intestines thus softening the stool. Also, the increase in bulk would heighten the propulsive movements of the intestine, aiding in the alleviating constipation.

Colitis in Dogs: Know It All for your Pekingese

Colitis in Dogs

Common Causes of Colitis

  • Parasites. Hookworms, giardia and whipworms are internal parasites which can irritate as well as inflame the intestine. See to it that your pet is treated and tested for parasites.
  • Foreign Bodies or Dietary Indiscretion. Dogs that eat a lot of grass can develop acute colitis due to the massive indigestible fiber present in the stems and stalks.
  • Bacteria. Campylobacter and Salmonella are common bacteria that causes colitis.
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). This is a condition where your dog’s own body cells invade and inflame the intestinal wall. The physiology of this disease still remains unknown, however food allergens may contribute here. Be sure that you are giving your pet a hypoallergenic diet. If your pet happens to be obese, then try giving him something healthy and help him lose weight too.
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This disease is often stress related although it can have neurological origin too. Be sure your pet gets ample exercise and provide a supportive and safe environment for him.
  • Antibiotics. A temporary occurrence of colitis may result after a course of antibiotics since the good bacteria will also die when the drug was given. Yogurt and probiotic drinks may help restore the flora and aid in resolving this kind of colitis.
  • Rat Poisoning. There are some poison that causes bloody diarrhea. If you think your pet has accidentally ingested one, then call your vet and poison control hotline immediately. Induce vomiting and give him activated charcoal right away.

Colitis in dogs is not unusual and you must be vigilant in detecting it. If your think your pet is having a digestive upset, do not give him food for the next 24 hours, just water and monitor him. There are also anti-diarrheals available over the counter, just ask your vet which one to get. 

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Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese

Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese

Just like us, the dogs’ bodies are comprised of 80% water. And dehydration in dogs is also common if we are not careful enough with him. Having sufficient water in your pet’s system determines the flow of food, waste and nutrients throughout his body. And because of dehydration, a dog can acquire several illnesses and the degree would vary depending on his hydration level. One virus that prevents the absorption of nutrients and causes diarrhea at the same time is Parvo which would then lead to severe dehydration.

What is dehydration? It is when the body’s fluid levels would drop less than the normal. This may be due to increased fluid loss or reduced fluid intake. Fluid loss can be due to diarrhea, vomiting, or overheating from a very hot weather.

Dogs that are most at risk for dehydration are the ones who often suffer from several diseases like cancer, infectious illnesses or kidney disorders. Pregnant, diabetic and geriatric dogs are also prone to dehydration.

Dehydration in Dogs

How to Prevent It:

  • Be sure your pet has a source of clean water 24/7, change it regularly too to ensure its freshness. Also, bear in mind to wash his water bowl on a daily basis to prevent any formation of bacteria.
  • Monitor your pet’s intake. In general, a dog would need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight everyday. If your dog is taking minimal amount of fluids, then consult your vet about it.
  • If you see that your pet is drinking less water than the usual, check his mouth for foreign objects or sores.
  • If you are going out for a long time, avoid chaining your pet outside since he might end up being tangles and cannot access his water bowl.

Steps on How to Rehydrate your Dog:

  • See to it that he has 2x more access to clean water every day.
  • Try to give him Pedialyte. Pedialyte is a drink formulated to rehydrate kids, it also works well with canines. Pedialyte has many flavors, it is advised that you get the flavorless one. If your pet doesn’t want to drink it alone, then try to incorporate it with a bit of chicken broth. The scent and flavor will draw his attention more.
  • Give him ice chips. There are diseases that prevents your pet from drinking water thus it is advised that you hand him ice chips one at a time. You can resort on this step if the pedialyte with broth didn’t work out.
  • If after a day or two his condition won’t improve, then drink him to your vet immediately. Sometimes, the most efficient way to hydrate him is via IV fluids. After all, seeing the vet when your pet is sick, is always a good idea. As experts, they can help you a lot on how to get your dog back on his back fast.

Dehydration in dogs may indicate a serious underlying issue. If you think your pekingese is dehydrated, you better take him to the vet immediately. You can check if he is dehydrated by gently lifting a skin on back of his neck or between the shoulder blades, it should immediately go back in place. He is dehydrated if the lifted part won’t get back in place normally or would form a “tent.”

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How to Treat a Sick Puppy – Curing your Ill Pekingese

Owning a cute and cuddly pup such as a pekingese brings a lot of responsibility. And knowing how to treat a sick puppy is a must for every dog owner. Your pup may suffer from various health issues and since your pet cannot talk to you directly about how he feels, then it is your responsibility as the owner to spot it and bring to the vet if needed be. Some of the most common illnesses range from bacterial infections, trauma, immune abnormalities, degenerative disorders, cancer, metabolic disorders or genetic factors. And to name the most common doggy illnesses it would be the following: dental illness, parasite infestation, ear infection, tumor/cancer, food allergy, skin allergies, kidney failure, obesity, epilepsy, diabetes, stomach inflammation and many more.

Every pet parent should be keen and vigilant enough to spot the signs and symptoms of a sick dog. Common indications would include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, weakness, unproductive retching, pale mucus membranes, difficulty in breathing, bloody stool or urine, foul smelling discharges, frequent head shaking. Intestinal blockage may cause constipation or other defecating problems or maybe you have a recent diet change. Persistent coughing may be due to kennel cough, heart disease, heart worm infestation or pneumonia. Bloody urine may indicate UTI, internal injury or a kidney problem.

When your puppy is sick, he would need your full attention and utmost care. If you notice anything that is out of the normal, it is wise that you would take him immediately to your vet. If you notice diarrhea and vomiting try hydrating him first and change his diet. Vomiting would mean that he has abdominal upset, thus do not allow him to drink too much water at once as it may trigger more vomiting which would then result to dehydration. Do not feed him for the next 12 hours after his last episode of vomiting then give him small amounts of white meat diet like boiled chicken or fish with white rice. If he happens to lose his appetite to eat, don’t leave it be. Try giving him attractive foods such as fresh chicken, ham, cat food and gravy. Try also serving his food warm and adding garlic to his meals is a wise move too.

How to Treat a Sick Puppy – Curing your Ill Pekingese

How to Treat a Sick Puppy

  • Know the symptoms. Determine what your pekingese have. May it be diarrhea, vomiting, colds, fever, cough, etc…
  • Take him to the vet. Before trying to treat his illness, going to the vet is your first option. Collaborating with your vet is a wise move in treating your pet.
  • Dog medicine. Ask your vet about what doggy medicine should your pet be taking in. Dogs are just like humans who would take medications when sick. Ask your vet about it.
  • Rest. Allow your pet to get lots and lots of rest. Do not allow him to play too much and hydrate him. If you have kids in the house, do not allow him to rough-play with him since your pup isn’t doing well.
  • High-quality dog food. Be sure you won’t buy dog foods that has high content of meat by-products, cornmeal, poultry byproducts or any component that would make your pet sick.
  • Puppy love. Your pet would also need your attention, time and tender, loving care. Snuggle with him and let him feel that you hate that he is sick and that you would do anything in order to help him ease his illness.

If your pet has an issue about appetite, then keep things plain and simple. I recommend giving him cooked chicken with rice with no salt, spices or butter. And that if you happen to feed him dry food most of the time, try giving him a wet canned dog food to keep it appealing. Try giving your pet something to eat to keep his sugar from dropping low. Hypoglycemia is a scary thing for you and your dog.

Knowing how to treat your puppy at home is essential for every pet parent. There are times that you can treat your pet at home depending on what his illness. While other cases would require immediate vet attention. Also know that if you won’t do anything about it would mean that your pet may die due to negligence.

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First Aid Kit For Dogs: What You Should Have On Hand For Your Pekingese

Do you know what to do if something happens to your dog and you can’t get to the vet right away? For any pet owner, especially of smaller breeds like the Pekingese, first aid kits for dogs can be a life saver – literally. If you don’t have one already at home, now is the perfect time to start. You should always have a first aid kit for your dog at home and in the car (or one that can be taken with you when you travel). So what should you include in your dog’s first aid kit? Here is a list of must-have’s for any full dog first aid kit:

First Aid Kit For Dogs

First Aid Kit For Dogs

First Aid Kit For Dogs

1. Pet First Aid Book – You can find these extremely reasonable online or at local book stores. We recommend a paperback version that is easier to store as they are usually smaller than hard cover books. If you can, get one geared for smaller dogs, such as the Pekingese, so that you know you aren’t worried about treating large size dogs when giving medications.
2. Gloves – You should always have a few pairs of vinyl or latex gloves in your first aid kit for dogs. These are easy to get at any discount store and usually can be purchased both in bulk or in smaller packages of two to three pairs of gloves each.
3. Gauze – You will want to have a few sizes of gauze pads in your dog first aid kit. We recommend purchasing a box of multiple sizes so that you have every size you could possibly need at your disposal.
4. Stretch Gauze – This is usually found in a roll, and you can even find the kind that sticks to itself. Think of the Ace bandages that are used over sprains on humans, it’s basically the same thing. And, you can even find them in creative colors!
5. Cold and Warm Packs – Reusable ice packs are great for times when you need a cold pack but don’t have the ice. You can also get warm packs that are activated when you need them, but be careful not to place these directly against your dog’s skin or fur.
6. Tweezers – We recommend that you have a couple of sizes of tweezers, such as a blunt pair and a pointed pair. Having both sizes of tweezers can easily help you grab splinters and stickers, as well as other objects that your dog might have picked up.
7. Scissors – We always hate to think of messing up our Pekingese’s beautiful fur, but if you need to cut some fur away to treat an injury, you want to have a good pair of scissors ready. Having fur in the way can cause problems if there is a wound that needs to be treated on the way to the vet, and fur always grows back.
8. Split Materials – You should be able to find materials for a splint at your local large pet store. Having these items can help keep your dog’s legs or other parts immobile on the way to the vet’s office.
9. Hydrocortisone Cream – If your dog gets stung or bit, you want to have something that will help stop the itch so they don’t make it worse. Hydrocortisone cream can be a huge help in these cases.
10. Cotton Balls – Dabbing medications on a wound with your bare hands isn’t recommended, and can sometimes make the wound worse. Having cotton balls in your first aid kit can help you to get the medications on the area without touching it directly.
11. Antiseptic Wipes – These are found in pre-packaged groups so that you can simply throw them in your first aid kit and go.
12. Bandages – We recommend that you have several different sizes of bandages in your kit. While the plastic ones are cheaper, the cloth ones will move with your dog and be more comfortable as well.
13. Emergency Numbers – You should always have your pet’s emergency numbers on a card with your kit at all times. The local vet that you use as well as the closest pet hospital should both be on these cards.

Of course, if your pet needs special medications or there are certain things that you feel should be in your first aid kit for dogs, don’t hesitate to add them in. You can also talk with your vet about any other items that they recommend be placed in your Pekingese’s first aid kit. If you have it and never need it, that is great, but the one time you need it and don’t have it could cost you your furry friend’s life.

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How to Help Dog to Give Birth – Aiding your Pekingese with Whelping

Ever wonder on how to help dog to give birth? Sixty three days have passed since your baby girl has been bred and you perceive that today is already her big day. Try to get her rectal temperature and notice if it has dropped to 99F or lower. Also take note if she has lost her appetite, restless and trying to find a spot where to give birth. You can remind her that you made a comfortable spot for her to whelp in.

Most of the time, her natural instincts would kick in especially when her labor begins. Depending on how close you are to your pet, it is much ideal that you are able to attend during her birthing process. A domesticated pet has less confidence when it comes to whelping and there are certain dog breeds that have issues with giving birth. Talking to your vet about your concerns would greatly help you and your pet.

Generally, most birthing process are uneventful and nature would take its course and your girl and her new litter would be all fine. Most of the time, there is no need for human intervention, however, it is still ideal to stay by her side throughout the entire process. Being there would give your pet the sense of security and you will also be able to help her out in case she needs assistance. Also, keep your vet’s number handy in case something might go wrong.

How to Help Dog to Give Birth – Aiding your Pekingese with Whelping

How to Help Dog to Give Birth

What you can do

  • If your bitch is giving birth for the first time, she may need a little extra help and reassurance, so be ready to offer some soothing words. Occasionally, the mother will be in the middle of delivering the next puppy when the one she’s just given birth to needs help. If this happens, do the following:
  • Remove the membrane around the puppy;
  • Take a piece of heavy thread and tie a knot approximately one inch from where the cord attaches to the body, then tie another knot a little further from the first;
  • Use clean scissors to cut the cord between the knots;
  • Dry the puppy against the grain of the hair, using a clean cloth (facecloths are the perfect size);
  • Vigorously but carefully rub the pup with a warm cloth to dry and warm him and also stimulate his first breath. Crying clears all the fluid from the puppy’s airway. If you have a suction bulb, you can gently use it in each nostril.

If labor lasts a long time, the mother may need to go to the toilet before or between deliveries. Make sure you watch carefully in case she starts giving birth to the next pup at the same time.

Source: Purina, http://www.purina.co.nz/home/all+about+dogs/your+new+pet+dog/pregnancy+and+birth+dog/helping+your+dog+give+birth.htm

Things You Can Do To Help

  1. Disinfect the umbilical cord with Povidone Iodine, this method would prevent any infection. If it is still bleeding, you may clamp or tie it with a thread to stop it.
  2. Remove the amniotic sac around the puppy if the mother is still busy with another pup. You can easily tear the sac open and simply remove it. Perform this within 30 seconds after birth. This method would allow the newborn pup to breath.
  3. Remove the secretions from the pup’s mouth and nose using a suction bulb or cotton swab. Or you could simply gently turn the puppy upside down while supporting its head and allow gravity to remove the secretions.
  4. Rub the puppy with a towel in order to remove the secretions and to clean him. This is a way to mimic his mom’s licking.
  5. Remove other placentas in the area because if the mother would ingest too much it would cause stomach upset.
  6. Count the placentas after whelping. There must be one placenta per pup. If there is lacking and you know that your pet didn’t eat it either, contact your vet so that oxytocin may be given in order to expel it.
  7. Lubricate your pet’s birth canal with a KY Jelly if you think she is already having a hard time delivering a pup.
  8. Put the newborn pups in a warm box while your pet is still busy giving birth to others. This would avoid any accidents.

When to Call for Help

  • Dam straining for 30-60 minutes and puppy isn’t out yet. This would mean that there is an obstruction going on.
  • No puppies produced after an hour of interval on the last pup delivered when you know that there are still more inside. This would suggest uterine inertia.
  • When there is an expulsion of bloody or purulent vaginal discharge. This would indicate uterine rupture or hemorrhage.
  • Expulsion of a dark green fluid BEFORE the first puppy is born. This would mean premature placental separation.
  • When there are spasms, tremors, muscle rigidity, seizures or muscle weakness. This would suggest eclampsia.
  • When there are signs of shock going on: pale gums, severe abdominal pain, sudden drop in temperature. This would indicate a possible uterine torsion.

Most whelping would go smoothly and successfully without any issues. However, as an owner who is dealing the matter for the first time, it is ideal that you know how to help dog to give birth. Generally, it is best that you do not intervene with the process until necessary. You would know when she would need your help, trust me.

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