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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Onion Poisoning in Dogs – Watch Out What you Feed your Pekingese

Onion Poisoning in Dogs – Watch Out What you Feed your Pekingese

Giving your pet hamburger, spaghetti, pizza and other scraps from the table can only cause Heinz body hemolytic anemia. Majority of pet parents are aware of chocolate toxicity in dogs but have never heard of onion poisoning in dogs. You may say that you have given your pet gravy or a leftover pizza and nothing happened. A small amount wouldn’t really cause him any issues since onion toxicity is dose dependent. But onions in raw form (e.g. cooked, raw, dehydrated, or powdered) can cause a life-threatening form of hemolytic anemia to your beloved pet.

Onions contain a substance called Thiosulphate which dogs lack the enzyme in order to properly digest it. Thiosulphate causes the oxidation of hemoglobin in your dog’s red blood cells, which then form clumps thus weakening their cell membranes. The said clumps are called Heinz bodies which would protrude from the cell and causes rupture thus shortening the cell’s life span. And when a significant number of red cells are destroyed, anemia would then occur.

A massive decrease of red blood cells from your pet’s body would lead to lots of problems including heart failure. And the number of cells destroyed would depend on the amount of onion your pet has eaten. Small amounts of onion given over a long period of time can still cause the disease due to the gradual build up of Heinz bodies.

Onion Poisoning in Dogs

Onions are toxic to dogs. The toxicity is dose dependent, so the bigger the animal, the more onion need be consumed to cause a toxicity. Onion toxicity causes a Heinz body anemia. Heinz bodies are small bubble-like projections which protrude from a red blood cell and can be seen when the cells are stained. This “bubble” is a weak spot in the red blood cell and, therefore, the cell has a decreased life-span and ruptures prematurely.

If numerous red cells are affected and rupture, anemia can result. It is a form of hemolytic anemia. Onions are only one of the substances which can cause Heinz body anemia. Other substances such as Acetominophen (Tylenol) and benzocaine-containing topical preparations can also cause Heinz body anemia in the dog.

Source: JL Web, http://www.jlhweb.net/Boxermap/onions.html by Dr. Wendy Wallner, DVM

How to Deal with Onion Toxicity

In Large Doses:

  • Determine if your pet has taken a large dose of onion. If you have seen it yourself or you saw the remnants, call your vet immediately. Signs would include weakness, vomiting and blood in urine. Do not way for any of the signs to occur before taking action.
  • Induce vomiting once advised by the vet. If instructed, administer orally 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds of his weight. If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide isn’t available, substitute 1 tbsp. of dry mustard in 1 cup of water.
  • Rush your pet immediately to the vet as he may need other interventions necessary.

In Small Doses:

  • Call your vet to inform about the incident and ask for guidance.
  • Give him milk of magnesia as directed. If not available, give him dairy milk. This won’t treat but would slow the effect of the poison.
  • Keep an eye out for other signs and symptoms of the toxicity for the next days. If only a very small dose was eaten, symptoms won’t appear or would even disappear when onion has been discontinued from his diet.
  • Regardless of how small the onion intake is, bring him to the vet immediately to be checked thoroughly.

Professional guidance is critical to such events. So, if you suspect onion poisoning in dogs seek out your vet immediately. As a pet parent, you should also take the initiative to educate yourself on what foods that should and should not be given to your pet.

Do you feed your pet table scraps? Better think twice if you do.  Tell us more about your habits when it comes to your pet, we might be able to help you out.

 

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Poison Control for Dogs – Know How to Handle a Poisoned Pekingese

Poisoning is traumatic, yes, but most of the time it is accidental especially when it comes to our pets. As an owner you must be aware on the poison control for dogs, you must know which number to contact for poisoning.

A poison is any element that proves to be harmful to your pekingese’s body. Dogs are generally curious by nature and have a very high risk of exploring beyond the safe zone you have provided him with. If given the chance, he would venture out to the bushes, thickets, woodpiles, canals, etc… Thus making them exposed to dead creatures, insects and toxic plants. Most of the time in poisoning, you don’t know what the causative agent is.

If you think your pekignese has been poisoned, try to find out the culprit. Most of the house products have a label for identification purposes. However, if you really don’t have any clue what caused his poisoning, call the animal poison control center immediately.

Posion control centers are widely spread all throughout Canada and US. They can provide you will all the details you need and will help you on how to handle such situation. Often you can find their number at the front of the telephone directory. If you don’t have the number for them, don’t hesitate to call your vet and bring your dog over his/her clinic.

The very basic step in order to eliminate poison from his stomach is to make your pekingese vomit. After that, your vet would make sure that the absorption would be delayed by coating it with a substance that binds it. The final step would be to give your dog a laxative in order to speed up the elimination.

Poison Control for Dogs – Know How to Handle a Poisoned Pekingese

Poison Control for Dogs

First of all, don’t panic. It’s important to act quickly, but panicking can interfere with helping your dog.

If possible, take 30 to 60 seconds to collect a sample of the poisonous material and the poison product container if you have it. If your dog vomits, also collect a sample of the vomit in a sealable plastic bag.

If your dog’s having seizures, is unconscious or losing consciousness, or is having difficulty breathing, take her to your local vet or emergency clinic right away. If possible, phone ahead to let them know you’re coming.

Source: Dog Time, http://dogtime.com/what-to-do-if-dog-poisoned-aspca.html

Poison Prevention Tips:

  1. Use products wisely. Ticks, rashes, mange, fleas, parasites and other skin allergies often requires you to use treatments and shampoos on your pet. Every product has a label on it which contains usage directions, not following it is the most common causes of poisoning. Please do take the time to read, understand and follow the provided directions and NO, more is not better on this scenario.
  2. Keep all human medications out of reach. Dogs have a different system and not all human medications would work on them. It can even cause poisoning to them. Overdose is a medical emergency so beware. Better call for help so that your dog’s body would be able to get rid of the toxin in his system.
  3. Use dog products alone. In any way, do not use cat medications and products on your pekingese and vice versa. The medicine dose is not the same and what might be fine with one specie could be fatal to another. And the same goes for human medications to be given on dogs — not unless it is under the supervision or recommendation of your vet.
  4. No to rat poison. Rats and mice carry a lot of diseases towards humans and pets alike and therefore should be annihilated. When trying to get rid of rodents, consider your pet first. Bear in mind that a rat poison is bait — this best works on the rodents as well as on your pet. Even if you think that the poison is in a place that your pekingese would never reach, a determined pet can be extra creative just to get the bait. Plus, the rodents that would die from the bait and would be eaten by your pet is a risk to your pet also.
  5. Wash de-icers from his paws. During winder and you 2 were walking outside, see to it that you wash your pet’s paws. De-icers are irritating to their paws and skin and is a toxin as well.
  6. Antifreeze and windshield de-icer. The most common toxin that is very deadly is the antifreeze. An antifreeze is usally sweet and one lick is very dangerous to your pet already. Be sure you do an after care on the are you were working on and lock away these substances.
  7. Poisonous Household Ornaments. Lost of beautiful household plants proved to be toxic for both children and pets when eaten/chewed on. Take the time to learn what plants are dangerous so that you can avoid future problems.
  8. Dietary Hazards. Never ever give your pekingese any moldy or spoiled food. Raisins, alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, grapes and chocolates are also toxic to them.
  9. Garbage Out. Keep the garbage out of your pet’s reach. Food scraps mixed with empty cleaner bottles plus glass shards is a recipe of a total disasted on many elvels. Be sure your trash is secured and away from them.

As a responsible owner, you should know by heart the poison control for dogs.  That way, you are prepared in case it would happen and you won’t panic so that you can help your pet 100%.  If you don’t know what to do, you spend so much time panicking and wasting time thus not helping your pet, agree?  It is your own initiative to learn everything there is to learn in order to help your pet in any way possible.

Was this post helpful?  I truly wish that in any way, this article has helped you prevent any possible poisoning episode at home with you pekingese. Always remember that if you can’t handle it, call for professional help ASAP.  Leave your comments below if you want to say something.

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