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.

 

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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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Fungal Infections in Dogs: Watch Out for your Pekingese

Fungal Infections in Dogs: Watch Out for your Pekingese

Before we go in depth about fungal infections in dogs, let us first know its origin. Fungi are a large family that would include the mushroom. They thrive in soil and other organic materials. There are plentiful fungi that spread via airborne spores. Fungus spores, which has the ability to resist heat and live for long periods of time without water. They usually gain entrance into the system via the respiratory tract or a break in the skin.

Fungal illnesses can only be divided into 2 categories. The ones that only affect the skin or mucus membranes like the ringworm or oral thrush. While the other one is a type of fungus that is so widespread that it would affect various organs in the body such as the lungs, brain, liver, etc…

Fungal Infections in Dogs

  • Histoplasmosis. Commonly found in Central America (near the Great Lakes). Since these areas have nitrogen-rich soil that aids the growth of the causative agent, Histoplasma capsulatum. Spores are usually seen in soil that are contaminated by feces of chicken, bats and other birds. These spores are then inhaled by the dogs or other creatures and thus get infected.
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). This is probably the most life-threatening of all the systemic fungal diseases. This is seen in dry and dusty parts of the Southwestern American lands. Infection is also by inhalation and would initially cause acute pneumonia. Then it would eventually spread to the long bones, spleen, liver, brain, lymph nodes, and skin.
  • Blastomycosis. This is a kind of systemic fungal illness that is common in the Eastern seaboard, in the Great lakes area. This fungus is associated with moist, rotten organic debris that is protected from sunlight and is also rich with bird droppings, particularly those of pigeons. Like with the other kinds, this is also acquired via inhalation.
  • Cryptococcosis. This illness is caused by a fungus that is yeast like called Cryptococcus neoformans. This is also acquired via inhalation and its spores is found in soil that is enriched with bird poop, those of pigeons particularly. In dogs, this disease would involve the lymph nodes, eyes, and skin. Your pet may also show respiratory signs.

Good hygiene is very essential when your are dealing with fungal infections in dogs. The risk of you acquiring it may be low, but these are illnesses that are quite challenging to treat so better watch out yourself. Though there are kinds of fungal infections that are highly contagious to us, like the ringworm. So, you better be vigilant about it in order to prevent it from spreading into your entire household.

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Dog Ringworm – Prevent it from Affecting your Pekingese

Dog ringworm is a fungal infection that invades the hair follicles and hair. In general, it is caused by Microsporum canis. Ringworm in dogs often affect the young adults and puppies. And the typical spots that are affected would be the ears, face, tail and paws.

The disease ringworm is transmitted by spores in the soil and by direct contact with the infected dog or cat hair found in brushes, toys, carpet, rugs, furniture or combs. Humans can also get ringworm from their pets and vis-a-vis. The most susceptible member in the family would be the children.

From the name itself, it has spreading circle of hair loss with scaly skin at the center and with a red ring at the periphery. Just know that most cases of circular hair loss that is thought to be ringworm is often a case of demodectic mange.

By itself, ringworm is not itchy but due to secondary bacterial infection with crusts and scabs, it provokes the licking and scratching mechanism. Ringworm can also affect your pet’s nails. As a result, his nails would become cracked, brittle, deformed and dry.

Dog Ringworm – Prevent it from Affecting your Pekingese

Dog Ringworm

Treating it at Home

  • Washing. Disinfecting washes can go a long way. Though most of the time, ringworm in dogs would subside naturally but it takes a long time. And during this period, the fungus could have spread to the rest of the family – humans included. Antiseptic solutions and soaps such as Nolvasan or Betadine will aid in preventing a mild infection into turning to a bacterial skin infection. Wash the affected part carefully and then blot dry.
  • Anti-Fungal Oils. A common topical antiseptic and anti-fungal is tea tree oil. Pour it on a shallow dish then using a cotton ball, apply it diretly on the affected area/s. For a pet that has very sensitive skin, dilute the oil with warm water. It is proven to be nontoxic and safe. Another one is Grapefruit seed oil. It is usually available online or health food stores. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that can combat the ringworm. Mix the oil with warm water and apply it on the affected part. It can also be mixed with mild shampoo. You can use it to bathe your dog thoroughly. See to it that you work in between your pet’s toes — this is the most favorite spot for the fungi.

Prevention

Ringworm can infect humans too and can spread via dust, hair and contaminated bedding. It is wise to vacuum all living spaces thoroughly, and wash your bedding with very hot and soapy water. Disinfect all of your pet’s grooming tools with one part bleach and 3 parts water. Dip the tools for an hour and aur dry.

Since dog ringworm is highly contagious, be sure that you give your other pets thorough bathing even if they are not showing any sign and symptom. Iodine and apple cider vinegar is the old folk remedy for ringworm  Vinegar has acetic acid and when mixed with iodine would effectively cure ringworm infections.

Has your pekingese experienced this disease? How did you treat him? Feel free to share your thoughts with us below.

 

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How to Cure Dog Allergies – Does your Pekingese Have One?

How to Cure Dog Allergies – Does your Pekingese Have One?

One of the most common conditions that affects dogs is the allergy. Thus for you to know how to cure dog allergies is a plus both you and your pet. During your pet’s allergic state, his immune system would overreact to foreign substances that he is exposed to. The said allergies would be spotted in 3 ways. The most common manifestation is the excessive scratching of the skin (either localized or generalized). Next would include his respiratory system and may end up sneezing, coughing or wheezing. There are even times where he would also have eye/nose discharges. The third manifestation would either be diarrhea, vomiting or both.

There are 5 known types of allergies: inhalant, flea, food, contact and bacterial.

Inhalant Allergy. This is the most common type of allergy. Your pet may be like you who is also allergic to grass pollens (especially in Bermuda grass), tree pollens (cedar, oak, ash, etc…), weed pollens, mildew, molds and dust mites in the house. Most of the aforementioned allergies occur seasonally like the grass pollens, cedar and ragweed. However, there are other allegens that are with us all the time like the house dust mites, molds and mildew. When humans inhale these allergens it would cause hay fever but when your pet is affected he would end up having severe itching all over his body.

Flea Allergy. This is common in dogs. Normally a dog would just experience a minor itchy sensation to flea bites. On the contrary, a flea allergic dog has a severe, itchy reaction when a flea’s saliva would make contact with his skin. Just one bite and your pet may be scratching himself off or chew himself causing lots of hair to be removed with scabs and skin sores, allowing infection to set in. And the most effective treatment is to remove all fleas. If this is not possible for you to maintain then you can give him steroids to block off his allergic reaction.

Contact Allergy. This is the least common of all types. This would result from a reaction to flea collars, bedding like wool. Find out which item he is allergic to and remove it.

Food Allergy. In general, dogs are not born with food allergies. They tend to develop it towards products that they have been eating for long periods of time. This allergy frequently develops as a response to the protein component of the food. Food allergy signs may vary from itching, digestive disorder or respiratory distress. We highly advise you to test him for food allergy when you see the signs already. Your vet would discuss things in detail with you about this one.

Bacterial Allergy. Staph (staphylococcus) is a bacteria that is normally present in a dog’s skin. If your pet’s skin is healthy and his immune system is intact, then this bacteria is not a threat to your pet. However, there are dogs that develop an allergic reaction to this bacterium. If this happens, your pet would then have hair loss that would look more or less like a ringworm. The lesions can be easily treated with antibiotics but a dog that is allergic to Staph would have recurring lesions once antibiotics are stopped. Desensitization with a Staph antigen is used here as a long-term relief to the problem.

How to Cure Dog Allergies

  • Determine what kind of allergy your pet has. But in general, if your pet is scratching himself like crazy then there is a big chance that he has one.
  • You can try buying lotion to help relieve his itching. You can also give him over the counter antihistamine drugs to help him out.
  • If still he is not alleviated, bring him to the vet for allergy shots. It may be a bit costly but it would help your pet to build up his immunity against the allergens.
  • Once you have already identified what kind of allergy your pet has, remove it. Treating allergies are not that hard, it is finding which allergy your pet has require a bit of patience and detective work.

Dog allergies can be a nuisance for you and your dog. Thus you must know how to cure dog allergies down to its core so that your pet would have a happy and healthy life ahead with you.

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