Dog Hiccups – Helping your Pekingese Stop It


Dog hiccups occur more frequently in puppies, however adult dogs may also experience it as well. Hiccups may be due to stress, excitement or certain medication. In general, dog hiccups will eventually go away even without any intervention and there’s no medication needed either.

Just like in humans, hiccups are a result of diaphragm spasm. The air suddenly rushes to the lungs affecting the vocal cords, thus the hiccup sound.

An episode of hiccups may either be brief or sometimes lasts even to hours. However, there is no need to worry about it. The most common causes of hiccups in canines are: stress, excitement, inhalation of irritants such as smoke or other chemicals, ingestion of food in a fast manner, eating spicy food pr if his body temperature dropped.

In rare circumstances, a dog may also develop hiccups due to pneumonia, asthma, pericarditis, heart stroke or respiratory defect.

Lastly, muscle relaxants also causes hiccups.

Dog Hiccups

Dog Hiccups – Helping your Pekingese Stop It

Home Remedies:

  • Distract him. distracting your pet by petting or playing with him would allow the hiccups to go away in a fun and effortless way.
  • Feed him. Giving him a snack, treat or a meal would cause your pet to change his breathing pattern temporarily and it may be enough to get rid of the annoying hiccups.
  • Water. Just like us humans, offer your pet water to drink.
  • Startle him. Startling can work with dogs and humans alike. However, do not startle your pet often since this would cause your pet to mistrust you. Just once is enough and see if his hiccups would go packing.
  • A bath. Give him a bath. For most dogs, a bath is already enough disruption in their daily routine that would also change his breathing pattern causing the hiccups to go away.
  • Massage. You can try massaging his chest which would aid in relaxing of his diaphragm muscles which can eliminate his hiccups.

Dog hiccups are just a simple spasm of the diaphragm. Dogs and humans alike find it annoying even though it is harmless. Puppies are very prone to hiccups due to the fact that their insides are growing at a fast pace. Hiccups will go away after a few minutes even without intervention, so no need to worry.

Have you experienced your pet having hiccups? What did you do? Please do share with us your story below.




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Natural Dewormer for Dogs: An Option for your Pekingese

Your pet doesn’t need to take all those medicines at a very young age, if you can go organic, the better. Today, I will discuss about natural dewormer for dogs. Yes, there are lots of natural methods in order to get rid of those pesky worms in your dog’s system. Mother nature has given us lots of remedies which we could use in aiding our health as well as our pet’s to ensure a long and healthy life ahead. Though not all the time the holistic approach could be used. If your pet has light infestation, then we can use the herbal medications; otherwise a conventional dewormer is needed. Thus it is also wise to have your pet checked by your vet every 3 months via stool examination. Do not be shy in asking your vet if you can treat it holistically either.

So, what are the signs that your pet is already infested with worms? Check his feces. If you see tiny, white worms then it is a positive. He has something that looks like rice grains on his anus. He has diarrhea and would vomit often. He is losing weight and listless.

If you notice that your pet is having repeating infestations, then take a closer look at the environment. Roundworms spread from eggs in the soil, grass or stool on the ground. See to it that your lawn is clean and that all feces are secured. Tapeworms are due to mice or fleas; ask your vet about flea-control program and go buy some mouse traps.

Natural Dewormer for Dogs: An Option for your Pekingese

Natural Dewormer for Dogs

  • Garlic. Aside from the fact that this is good in boosting your pet’s immune system, this has shown to be effective against Giardia parasite. Your pet can acquire this parasite by drinking infested water and garlic has the reputation to ward off all kinds of worms. You can mince 1/2-2 cloves of it and add to your dog’s food daily. Be warned though, garlic has anti-platelet activity and would increase the risk of bleeding. Tell your vet about the garlic supplement before any form of treatment or sugery.
  • Pumpkin Seeds. This was proven to be effective against hookworms and tapeworms. If your pet is fond of hunting mice around the house, then you may want to use it as an effective preventive measure. The recommended dose is 1 tsp of ground seed per 10 pounds of body weight. You can grind it using a grinder and store it in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Mix it daily with your pet’s food.
  • Carrot. Finely grate carrots and add it to his daily diet. Give him up to 3 Tbsps. (depending on his size) daily. The carrots would keep his digestive system clean and reduce the risk of worm infestations.
  • Black Walnut. This is a common anti-parasitic used for treating tapeworms in dogs and cats alike. The recommended dose would be 1 capsule of the ground herb per 20 lbs of body weight. Using black walnut should be under an expert supervision. Do not exceed on the recommended dosage since it could be harmful in large doses.
  • Papaya. This fruit has been proven to be effective in eliminating roundworms. As a supplement, mature green papaya fruit is an amazing source for digestive enzymes. If you don’t have any access to this fresh fruit, then you may get its powder form from the health stores.

For keeping pets healthy the natural way, we recommend you go learn the natural dewormer for dogs. This could not only boost and aid your pet’s immune system, it could also be a great source of nutrients for them aside from eliminating those parasites. The holistic way of caring would enable you to treat your pet at home without the use of drugs using safe, no side effects and tested healing methods for your beloved pets.

Know more natural herbs and fruits which are also proven to be natural dewormer for pets? If so, then please do enlighten us and share your knowledge below.



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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