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The manufacturer of several brands of pet food (Sunshine Mills), is withdrawing three of its products for puppies and adult dogs from the market, citing potentially high levels of vitamin D that could lead to "serious health problems," including kidney failure.

Dog Food Is Withdrawn Due to Potentially Harmful Levels of Vitamin D


The affected brands are Evolve, Sportsman's Pride and Triumph, the company said in a statement also posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site.

"Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can cause serious health problems in dogs, including kidney dysfunction," the company said. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst and urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food, Sportsman's Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food and Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food with a "Best Purchase Date Code from November 1, 2018 to November 8, 2019" are affected and should not be used to feed pets. Dogs that have eaten them and show any of the symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian, the company said.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products can return them to the seller for a refund.

No other Evolve, Sportsman's Pride or Triumph product has this problem, the company said.

Several other manufacturers have recently issued dog food recalls due to potentially high levels of vitamin D, including Elm Pet Foods, which uses Sunshine Mills facilities, according to the company's Web site.

Similar cases occurred with ANF Inc., Nutrisca, Natural Life and the Lidl supermarket chain (in Orlando brand dog foods).

Click here for a complete dog food recall list

Dog Food Is Withdrawn Due to Potentially Harmful Levels of Vitamin D

When you have a dog, it's important to see if everything you're giving it is healthy. If, in spite of enriching your dog's diet with vitamins, he continues to show signs that his defenses are insufficient, it is advisable to go to the vet to indicate his state of health. If our pet is ill and suffers we have a really bad time, we are very anxious wondering if he will recover soon or if the pathology he suffers is serious. For that reason and as our priority at the time of having a pet is that it is healthy and happy we must strive to make your immune system as strong as possible. The immune system is responsible for protecting us from a wide variety of infectious agents (bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses.) When for different reasons is weakened, we often get sick more often and easily.

How To Improve Your Dog's Immune System


Optimizing the animal's defenses will allow us to prevent it from suffering possible health complications. The care must be extreme if we have a puppy or an old dog because their health will be more vulnerable. Due to failures in this system, the so-called autoimmune diseases arise, such as asthma, lupus or diabetes. In animals, exactly the same thing happens. If your immune system is faulty or weak, different symptoms will begin to show up indicating that something is wrong with your pet's health. Improving the dog's immune system will allow us to keep it away from possible health complications.

SYMPTOMS THAT YOUR DOG MAY HAVE LOW DEFENSES


There are a number of signals that may occur on your dog that you should pay attention to as they may be indicating that its defenses need to be strengthened:


  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis of different types
  • Conjunctivitis


Our dogs may have a weak immune system due to physical, psychological or external factors among which the following stand out:


  • Sudden changes in temperature or excessive lack of humidity in the environment
  • Pollution and contamination
  • Internal and external parasites
  • Stress
  • Lack of nutrients

beautiful aussie puppy



HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR DOG'S IMMUNE SYSTEM


There are many alternatives you can choose from to improve your dog's immune system. Consider the following suggestions that can help strengthen your dog's defenses:

- Offer your pet a balanced diet that meets all the nutritional requirements of its breed, age and size. The diet is a determining factor for the health of the dog. If the defense cells or white blood cells do not have the nutrients they need, they will not be able to exert their action effectively. It is not only important the amount of food we offer our dog but also its quality because the intake of toxic substances or poor quality could be very harmful.

SEE ALSO: Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat

- Always keep your dog's drinker full of water without fluoride or chlorine to keep it perfectly hydrated.

- Worm it inside and out. Vaccinate as directed by your vet.

- Take him out on the street for as long as it takes for him to relieve himself and breathe fresh air.

- Try not to smoke indoors where your pet is normally found.

- Don't let him play in spaces recently treated with cleaning or disinfecting chemicals.

- For rest, provide a clean, warm, well-ventilated, draught-free space.

- Beware of drugs: Drugs generally deplete our dog's own body's healing resources and act as liver toxins. When drugs include corticosteroids they directly cause a significant drop in the immune system response.

- Massage: Massage increases the number of lymphocytes in the dog and improves its function. In addition, massaging your pet relaxes him, which is beneficial to his emotional health and therefore to his immune health.

- Don't take your dog for a walk when it's too hot or too cold.

- Try to dry your dog well after bathing him or if it has rained during a walk.

- Give him more attention than usual to alleviate the stress that changes in the family environment usually produce in animals such as moves, deaths, arrivals of babies, love separations, or the adoption of a new pet. Stress in dogs is a condition that directly decreases the activity of the immune system as they release various hormones, which occupy the receptors of white blood cells and prevent them from recognizing and confronting a pathogenic agent.

doodle dog


AN EXTRA REINFORCEMENT


If you want to maximize the defenses of your dog you can provide vitamin supplements. Although the ideal is that the need for vitamins is covered by a balanced diet, in many cases the animal can be given this type of supplements. They should only be given by veterinary indication, since an unnecessary excess of vitamins can poison our pet and cause the remedy to be worse than the disease. If, despite following these lines to the letter and enriching your dog's diet with vitamins continues to show signs that their defenses are insufficient, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian to put us in contact with a specialist.

How To Strengthen a Dog's Immune System

We love being able to do all kinds of activities with our pets! So when we heard about Doga, we were fascinated by the idea! Do you want to know how to practice yoga with your dog and what the benefits are? Well, keep reading!

Do Yoga With Your Dog - Doga


What it means to do yoga with your dog


At the time we explained how yoga with cats is done and its many benefits, so doing yoga with dogs is not far behind!

Doga or yoga with/for dogs was born from the hand of Suzi Teitelman, when she saw that her pet sat with her while practicing yoga. This is how she came up with the idea of introducing and adapting yoga movements and postures to the dog company, and this initiative has become a success in many countries.

Yoga with dogs is a way to strengthen ties with our pet, while relaxing together.

In the Doga yoga postures are made combining them with movements and massages for dogs, but always adapted to them.

And that is one of its great advantages: that any person and dog can practice Doga, since the exercises will be adapted to their physical capacities.

You only need a mat or towel that you will share hairy and human. Do you dare to practice yoga with your dog? Surely when you know its benefits you will be encouraged!

What are the benefits of Doga?


As we said before, yoga with dogs allows us to share a unique moment of relaxation with our pet that will bring us closer together.

Of course, yoga gets both humans and dogs to relax, reducing anxiety and stress, remember that canine stress is more frequent than you think!

In addition, the massages and stretching that we and our furry ones do will improve our flexibility and circulation.

In the same way, dogs will get used to certain touches and caresses and to the company of other dogs and humans, but in a calm way. This, as long as we do it in a room. Other options are to practice it at home or outdoors.

Don't you have enough reasons to start yoga with your dog? We think so!

Do Yoga With Your Dog - Doga


How is Doga done?


When you go to do yoga with your dog you should know that the sessions are divided into parts.

But first it is essential that you get your pet used to the activity. For this reason, it is ideal that you always begin to do it at home and for only a few minutes, which will increase as time passes and your dog adapts.

Once the dog is used to yoga, you can consider going to a room with more dogs and people. In this way you will also promote their sociability.

As for the parts of a Doga session, first of all, you should prepare a distraction-free space for both you and your furry hair.

Arrange the two of you and let him put himself in a position that he likes to start giving him a massage. One of the most recommended is the Tellington Ttouch method, which has great benefits both in relaxation and in subsequent training.

Once both of you are completely relaxed and connected, we move on to yoga-based postures. As we said before, these will be specially adapted to the dog.

Then would come the part in which we stretch the muscles of our dogs to avoid possible injuries.

Finally, we end our stretching while relaxing and petting our dog. The music will help a lot!

If you don't dare to start yoga sessions with dogs on your own, you should know that there are many options for doing so in a room with a guide.

Doga: Do Yoga With Your Dog

Many of our dear little hairy ones roam around us as we eat claiming what we put in our mouths. Sometimes, we don't think about it and give it a try, not knowing that it really can be very dangerous for them. Today we talk to you about toxic food for dogs.

Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat


List of toxic foods for dogs

Take good note of the following foods. These are totally forbidden for our dogs if you don't want to cause them a great harm.

Grapes and raisins


Even if you've ever tasted your hairy grapes or derivatives of them, such as raisins, and nothing happened to them, it's better not to repeat it.

The hairy ones are not tolerant to this fruit and could cause them a very serious renal insufficiency.

Dairy


The biggest problem with our dogs consuming dairy is that they are not able to digest lactose. Taking them could cause damage to your four-legged friend's gastrointestinal system.

Diarrhoea, vomiting, pain... do you think it's worth giving him dairy products? Totally discarded!

Alcohol


What may start as a bad joke to see what your dog does if he drinks alcohol, may end in death for your hairy.

Alcohol is poisonous to them because they don't tolerate it. Don't offer them any of this drink!

Chocolate


Mmmm... we love chocolate! And yes, our dogs love it too, but it's tremendously harmful to them.

Chocolate is one of the worst toxic foods for dogs. This is due to the toxin called theobromine, present in cocoa from its seed. It does us no harm, but for them it is dangerous. If taken in large quantities it can cause diarrhea, heart problems, and even death.

Apples, plums and other fruits with seeds


How wonderful the fruits are to us, and how harmful they can be to them.

Really, the problem with these fruits is their stone. To begin with, the dog swallowing this part of the fruit can cause an obstruction that prevents it from breathing and dying.

In addition, the seeds have a small amount of cyanide that dogs are unable to assimilate.

The bones


Bones must also be found in this list of toxic foods for dogs. However, their dangerousness is given by the way we offer them to our dogs.

If you want them to eat bones, give them raw and preferably fleshy or milky.

They are never uncooked! The reason: the bones that have passed through the kitchen splinter easily in the face of our dogs' bites. Can you imagine the damage these splinters can do to our pet's throat or gastrointestinal system?

Onions and garlic


The list of problems caused by these foods in our furry ones is too long, but they highlight the renal insufficiency and the anemia as a consequence of the consumption of sulfoxides.

Although it is not very common to give a piece of raw onion to our pet, it may contain leftovers from our food. Be very careful!

Liver


Another food banned for dogs if given in large quantities. Why in large quantities? The vitamin A contained in the liver is good for them in small doses, however, in large quantities can be dangerous.

Potato, avocado and tomato


Avocado can be very healthy for us, but it contains persin and this can attack your dog's digestive system.

Tomatoes and potatoes are also very dangerous because of some of the toxins they contain. If your hairy dog eats these foods he can get very sick, even go into a coma. Don't let him!

Other Toxic Foods for Dogs


But these aren't the only dangerous foods for our four-legged friends.

Caffeine is liquid poison for them; salt can cause convulsions; nuts have too much phosphorus that they can't assimilate; mushrooms contain toxins that are harmful to them; etc.

Have you taken good note of what your dog should not taste? Take care of his diet and health!

Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat

Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat

The baths are necessary for our dogs, but, obviously, it is not possible to give them every time we want. That's why at Chien Mag we're going to give you some tips to always keep your dog clean without bathing it.

How To Keep Your Dog Clean Without Bathing it


Keep your dog clean without going through the bathtub


A good hygiene of your dog, as well as a quality food, are very important to ensure his health. And it is the responsibility of the owners to do so!

Occasionally, there may be a situation where you can't bathe your dog or your dog needs to be cleaned, but not thoroughly. Here are some tips to help your dog stay clean!

A wet towel or cloth


If your dog has soiled a part of his body, such as his paws or snout, you can take a soft towel or cloth (don't take any!) and moisten it to clean your furry coat.

If you have also brushed the area before, you will remove the dirt more easily.

Yorkshire Terrier


Specialized wet wipes


When we say specialized we mean that they are specifically for dogs. You can find them in pet shops and they are made of components that won't harm your dog's skin. Don't use human ones!

With these wipes you will be able to remove dirt, for example, from their pads, once you return from a walk in the street.

Dry shampoo for dogs


One of the most commonly used options to keep your dog clean without going through the water jet.

These special dry shampoos for our pets will make them look perfect.

To use one of them, first brush his furry. Then, moisten a soft towel or cloth with lukewarm water and apply the dry spray shampoo over it and then run it over the animal's body. Repeat as needed.

Finish the dry bath by brushing the dog again in order to remove the remains of the product.

Frenchie


Deodorants and colognes for dogs


If the problem is that your dog's smell is stronger than normal, for example, if it has been wet on a rainy day, then we recommend other options.

First, if your dog is wet, remember to dry it well with a towel and dryer so it doesn't catch a cold.

Then, apply some SPECIAL dog cologne to give it another smell. Ask your vet if it's appropriate for you, because if your pet has skin problems, it won't be the right thing to do.

Another widely used method of keeping your dog clean is to make a homemade deodorant.

This will consist of a part of apple vinegar and two parts of water that will be mixed in a spray. However, if your dog has sensitive skin or a wound, don't apply it!

Finally, remember to check areas where your dog spends a lot of time, such as his bed.

If he's left his dirt or bad smell there, it won't do any good to keep your dog clean if he's going to roll around in that place and get bad smells again. Wash his bed often so that this doesn't happen!

How To Keep Your Dog Clean Without Bathing it

Little by little we have had to say goodbye to the summer and accept that autumn has arrived. At no time should we stop paying attention to our pets, but with the change of season it is essential that we take special care. These are our recommendations to take good care of the dogs in autumn.

Dogs in Autumn - Autumn Pet Care Recommendations


The care of the dogs in autumn


Little by little the temperatures drop and we lose hours of light. Gone are the endless afternoons and walks without coats. Yes, both we and our dogs are affected by these changes and we have to take care of ourselves and our dogs.

The cold and the lowering of defenses


We are not the only ones whose defenses are lowered when the temperature drops or with sudden changes: hot at home and cold, rain and wind outside.

Dogs can also be affected and suffer from colds or other diseases that attack weak immune systems, such as leishmaniasis.

In addition, both heat and humidity are prone to external parasites, so be sure to check with your vet to ensure that your dog is fully vaccinated and well wormed!

Hair loss


The change of season always causes the fall of the fur of our pets.

Dogs in autumn and spring tend to shed their hair especially and, therefore, we must try to brush it daily to keep it healthy and grow strong.

Take the opportunity to pass the brush to your pet before entering the house at the end of your walk and thus remove the dead hair outside your home.

Do not miss the exercise


The good weather of the summer propitiated to go out for a walk or to make activities with your pet, if only it was when the sun fell or before the heat began to press.

After autumn comes the cold of winter, with which we have little desire to step on the street hairy and human, so this season is perfect to make your dog stay in shape. Take advantage!

You can do different activities such as Disc Dog or Bikejoring, or simply adapt the exercise to their race and situation, but do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the fall and train with your dog avoiding overweight.

Autumn Pet Care Recommendations


Pay attention on the walks


If you take your dog for a walk after rain, try not to let him drink water from puddles that form, as it may contain bacteria, be stagnant for a long time or be contaminated, causing digestive problems.

Our advice throughout the summer was to take fresh water for your pet with you on the walks, but this is essential in any other season of the year. You won't always have a fountain on hand and it's better to be prepared!

In addition, if the rain catches you coming home, it is better to dry it as soon as you enter. Don't let his hair dry in the air and we don't just say it so you don't get the ground wet... it's for his health! Always have a towel for him at hand.

Progressive routine changes


We already know that sudden changes in the routine and feeding of pets can cause stress and anxiety.

If in summer you had to modify the routine of walking and eating for the changes of light or for an intensive day of work, the dogs in autumn will have to change that routine again little by little.

Adapt their diet and walking times again, but don't do it all at once. For example, bring them forward about 15 minutes progressively.

Are you clear about the most important care for dogs in the autumn, so let's enjoy the season together!

Dogs in Autumn - Autumn Pet Care Recommendations

Who doesn't benefit from a massage? Your dog also deserve that moment of relaxation and more if they have accumulated tiredness or go through a stressful time for them. Today we show you how you can do fantastic dog massages - take note!

Massages for Dogs - How to Massage Your Dog Step by Step


Benefits of Dog Massage


The benefits of massages are multiple for your dogs.


  • With these massages you will get them to have less pain in their muscles and joints, especially if it has been an intense day of walking.
  • You will also get your dog to have less tension and contractures, thus favoring their agility.
  • On the other hand, a good massage improves blood circulation.


With all this, an optimal state of health of the animal is achieved, as well as a generalized well-being, besides reinforcing the bond between the human and the dog.

Ready to get started? go!

How to Massage your Dog?

The most important thing when massaging a dog is that the dog is relaxed and comfortable. If you notice that the dog is restless, it will be better to leave the massage for another day.

1. Find a quiet place, free of noise and distractions for him. Make him lie down on a soft surface where you too can be comfortable next to him.

2. Before you begin, it is best to remove rings, bracelets and watches and anything that may prevent fluid movements or cause harm to the animal. For the same reason, remove your dog's collar or harness. Also, remember that all movements should be made in the direction the dog's hair grows so as not to cause skin irritations.

3. To begin with, caress it throughout the body gently and slowly. Do you have a favorite place for petting? Stir there! Do everything you can to make her relax. Run your hands from the head to the end of the body several times to finish relaxing. Then focus on his head and neck and massage him with gentle circular movements. Don't make him feel uncomfortable! Continue on his shoulders as well and move on to the trunk. There, spend time on each of his sides.

4. Be very careful when you reach the hip area, as many dogs tend to have problems, especially when they are old. One of the most commonly used techniques is to place your hand at the end of the spine and rotate gently counterclockwise.

5. It's the paws' turn! Start with their front legs by massaging their inner and outer faces with long movements from their birth to the pads, without putting too much pressure on them. Do the same with the hind legs. Then do a few small stretches by gently moving them up and down with great care.

6. If you notice a lot of tension in a particular place, you can massage your dog by gently 'kneading' the area with your fingers, especially on the shoulders and back.

7. Finally, end the dog massages with the same long, gentle strokes you started with.


How to Massage Your Dog Step by Step


Other Dog Massage Tips


You may have noticed that touching some part of your pet's body complained. Massage is a good way to detect points of pain in your dog that you might not normally notice, so if this happens, see your vet for advice.

On the other hand, the time of the massage is not determined. Maybe the first time will cost you more, but it may be because the dog is not used to it. When you've been there for 1 minute, you'll see if it's working more or less. When your dog accepts the massage you will be able to extend it for as long as you consider, but between 5 and 10 minutes will be enough for you to massage him.

So give your dog that incredible moment of relaxation!

Massages for Dogs - How to Massage Your Dog Step by Step

If you share your life with a furry friend, taking care of all his needs is one of the things you should do! It's not enough to feed and bathe him, you must also take care of his health! If you are worried about external parasites that your pet may have. Here are some home remedies for fleas in dogs that will help your pet.

Home Remedies For Fleas on Dogs - Natural Flea Treatment


A dog is not only a friend, it is a life partner! If you share your life with a pet, you will have unlimited company, affection and fidelity!

Keeping your dog clean is very important! In this way, apart from avoiding bad smells, we will also avoid external parasites! Even if your dog doesn't like to bathe, it's a good idea to do so from time to time!

If you want to prevent your dog from getting fleas, read on! At ChienMag we tell you about the home remedies you need to keep your dog free of fleas.

Home remedies for fleas on dogs


If you're looking for natural, ecological and inexpensive remedies, you're in the right place! There are different tips you can follow to keep your pet free of fleas, keep reading!

Home remedies with citrus to prevent fleas on dogs


The first thing you should know is that fleas hate citrus fruits. So these remedies are very appropriate! What can you do if you want your pet not to have fleas?


  • Rub his coat with lemon, lime, orange or citrus. Fleas will never come near your dog again.
  • In a litre of water, add a few slices of lemon. After the water has boiled, let it cool down. Then just spread the water over your dog's body - remember! Don't put it in his mouth or in his eyes. And there's no need to rinse your pet!


Do you want to prevent fleas from entering your home? With the same mix you used with your dog, you can spray the cushions, slits and carpets - no flea will want to stay there!

Homemade Remedies with Vinegar to Avoid Fleas on Dogs


One of the best natural remedies against fleas is vinegar! The strong smell of vinegar kills fleas and also keeps them away! Apart from this, it also has cosmetic advantages! How can you use vinegar to prevent your dog from getting fleas?


  • Anti-flea vinegar bath: How do you do this? You'll need: a cup of vinegar and a cup of liquid detergent. Mix both in a container and use it to bathe your dog. Okay, that sounds easy, but...how do I do it? First of all, moisten the coat and spread the mixture we have prepared. Then leave it for a maximum of half an hour, and use a flea comb, so you can remove them! Once you've done this, wash your dog. If possible, repeat several times a week.
  • Vinegar as a flea repellent: How can you make a natural flea repellent? Simply mix half a cup of water with half a cup of vinegar. Putting this mixture in an atomizer, you will be able to spray your dog easily. You'll also make your dog's hair shine even brighter.
  • Anti-flea vinegar shampoo: With a little dog shampoo, half a cup of water and half a cup of vinegar, you'll have the best anti-flea shampoo! In addition, this shampoo mixture is used just like normal shampoo. Just let it work for 5 minutes, and...rinse your dog! It's that easy.

RELATED: How to Bathe a Dog That is Afraid of Water

Home Remedies With Brewer's Yeast To Avoid Fleas On Dogs


Brewer's yeast is a great anti-flea! If you want to prevent your dog from getting that annoying parasite, you can use it in two ways!


  • As food: adding a little yeast to your dog's food will drive fleas from the inside out!
  • As a repellent: In this case, you'll only need a small cup of yeast. If you rub it directly on your pet's coat, you'll make vitamin B1 reach their skin directly, keeping fleas away. Let this work for several days and then remove it. Repeat this operation once a week.


Homemade flea collar avoid fleas on dogs


It is possible that you are currently wearing commercial flea collars. However, as you know, these necklaces don't always smell good! If you don't like the smell of flea collars, you've come to the right place!


  • Rosemary or lavender scented necklace: All you need is the essence of rosemary and/or lavender, water and a handkerchief. To achieve the effect, you will need to impregnate the scarf with essence and water, and then put it around your dog's neck. If you're looking for a stronger anti-flea effect, don't hesitate to put the essence with olive oil and... put a few drops on the tail!
  • Combine different essential oils: With cedar, lavender, thyme, citronella, geranium and basil essence (among other essences), you can make a perfect flea collar!


Remember! You'll need to add more scent every week, so your dog is always protected!

Home remedies to prevent fleas in your home


If you're worried about fleas, it never hurts to protect your home! Fleas can hide anywhere: beds, carpets, cushions...

What options are there if you're looking to protect your home from fleas?


  • Use salt: Put a little salt on the carpets, you'll kill the fleas! You will only need to leave the salt for a few days and then you will be able to vacuum the area normally. Ideally, if you have a plague of fleas at home, repeat it for several weeks!
  • Wormwood: It's a natural insecticide! If you plant it in the garden, you'll keep fleas away! You can also place small sacs of wormwood in different parts of your home.
  • Cedar: If you put cedar shavings on your dog's bed, or inside muslin bags, the smell will keep the fleas away! Watch out! If you see that your dog has an allergic reaction, remove it as soon as possible!
  • Rosemary and lavender: If you want to keep fleas away from your home, plant them in the garden! That way you'll avoid other insects, too.


Have you tried everything against fleas and nothing worked for you? In that case, go to the vet! He or she can prescribe a flea spray, pipette or specific treatment for your pet.

Remember! Fleas are a parasite that is very harmful to your dog's health.

Home Remedies For Fleas on Dogs - Natural Flea Treatment

Dental care is not only important for us humans. Our four-legged friends are also not immune to tartar, periodontosis and the like. While the wolf cleaned its teeth by tearing and eating the prey animals, nowadays more and more domestic dogs have dental problems.

Dental Care For Dogs: What you can do against tartar


This not only leads to bad breath or darker teeth - if the biting teeth hurt, dogs eat worse. In addition, the gums can become inflamed and lead to secondary diseases. The right dental care in dogs is therefore essential.

Why is dental care important for dogs?


Healthy bitches are vital for dogs. Whether for eating, bellowing, playing, gnawing, hunting or even for communication (e.g. as a deterrent) - our four-legged friends need their teeth every day. Unfortunately, the abrasion that dogs have when using their teeth is not enough to prevent tartar, for example.

Tartar in dogs


Tartar is formed by food residues in combination with saliva and minerals sticking to the rough tooth surface. The food remains then form a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria in the dog's mouth. The bacteria multiply rapidly and the typical deposits (plaque) on the teeths occur. The food sticks even better to this and the tartar spreads.

In principle - we know about ourselves - a little tartar is not bad. These are unsightly stains and sometimes a slightly rougher layer on the tooth, but tartar does not cause pain. At least not as long as it's ever removed. However, this is somewhat more difficult in dogs than in humans.

While we simply go to the dentist, the tartar in dogs can usually only be removed surgically under general anesthesia.

In addition, tartar favors more tartar, especially if dental care does not take place. Excessive tartar no longer only leads to bad breath and discoloration - the gums can also become inflamed. Periodontosis is usually the result. The gums recede and the necks of the teeth are exposed. If periodontosis remains unnoticed, it can progress until even the roots of the teeth are open or the jaw boiling is attacked. Then the tooth can usually no longer be saved.

Which dogs are prone to tartar?


In principle, every dog can get tartar if dental care does not take place. However, small breeds are more prone to tartar formation. This is due, among other things, to the closer together standing bitches, in which easily food remnants accumulate.

Maltese, for example, have teeth that are particularly close together. Dachshunds and poodles, on the other hand, have a rather narrow jaw and are therefore also endangered.

Basically, however, the older dogs get and the worse the dental care, the higher the tartar risk.

How do I recognize tartar in dogs?


It is important that you have your dog's teeth checked regularly or have them checked by a vet. You should train this already in the puppy age, so that it does not come to friction later, if you want to look at the teeth.

Tartar is initially visible as a gray-yellow discoloration of the upper tooth (root of the gum). At an advanced stage, a rather brownish, firm layer forms on the teeth.

More signs of tartar:


  • Bright red gums
  • Increased salivation
  • bleeding gums
  • Strong bad breath
  • Loss of appetite or one-sided chewing
  • Retraction of the gums


Dental care in dogs: How to prevent tartar

Dental care in dogs: How to prevent tartar

So that it does not even come so far, the bitches of your dog must be looked after regularly. The most effective against plaque and to avoid tartar is - as with us humans - daily tooth brushing. However, never use a toothbrush or toothpaste from the drugstore to clean your pet's teeth. Our brushes are usually too hard for our dogs and the toothpaste too sharp.

That is why special dog toothbrushes and dog toothpaste are now available in specialist shops or from many veterinarians. Sometimes even with a delicious meat or fish taste to make tooth brushing more pleasant for the quadruped.

If your dog is not a fan of the toothbrush, you can also brush the bitches with a fingerstall covered with toothpaste. Alternatively, there is also tooth gel that is simply applied without having to make the brushing movement.

My dog won't let me touch his teeth - what can I do?


Your dog can not believe in the little bites? Especially if the teeth are already inflamed and the quadruped has pain, one should not touch the teeth with fingerstall or toothbrush. The risk is too high that the treatment hurts the quadruped. He could snap out of reflex or combine dental care with pain in the future. You should avoid both.

Instead, you can use alternative means for the dog's dental care. With healthy dog teeth, for example, you can promote tooth cleaning by chewing bones or chewing toys. If your quadruped is not the biggest chewing fan or already has a toothache, you can also add a mouthwash for dogs to the water bowl. In addition, there are also various natural feed supplements on the market (with algae or minerals), which are also supposed to have a preventive effect against tartar. However, always consult your vet about this. He can also give you additional tips on dental care for your dog.

French Bulldog Chewing Bones



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Dental care in dogs: Possible dental care products



  • Dog toothbrush
  • Dog toothpaste
  • Dental care gel
  • Dental Care Fingerling
  • Special mouthwash for dogs (in drinking water or for spraying)
  • Chewing bars, buffalo skin bones, bull whips, etc.
  • Chewing toys like Kong, chewing ropes or dental care ball
  • Dental care sticks or dental bones (sometimes very high in calories)
  • Natural feed supplements

Dental Care For Dogs: What you can do against tartar

We all know that vaccinating our pets is necessary (and mandatory). But do you know how they work and what kinds of vaccines are available? Read on to find out everything you need to know about canine vaccination.

All About Dog Vaccinations


Dogs vaccines, what are they?


Vaccination is a process of immunization against a disease by injection, by which a weakened antigen (the causative agent of a disease) is introduced, forcing the body to deal with it in order to destroy it. This means that the disease does not appear or, if it does, it is much milder.

The introduced antigen weakens to the point of not being able to spread the disease, but it is strong enough to force the body to react to immunization. This works for both vaccines in dogs and other animals, including humans. There are different types of vaccines depending on the degree of attenuation of the antigen:


  • Live attenuated vaccine: the organism is alive, but it has lost its virulence. By performing cell culture series, or by inoculating the virus into another animal species where it has no effect.
  • Inactivated vaccine: This type of vaccine deals with antigens and destroys them, but is not able to provide immunity to the body.
  • Synthetic vaccine: It is introduced into the body for the sole purpose of provoking a response to the antigen.


The vaccines in dogs can be of any of these three types, depending on the disease to be treated.

List of Dog Vaccines

The vaccines in dogs are very varied. Some of them serve only to prevent a particular disease, such as rabies. This is called a monovalent vaccine.

Others, on the other hand, are versatile. That is to say, the same injection serves to avoid several different diseases. There are these types of polyvalent vaccines for dogs:


  • Trivalent vaccine: covers distemper (a viral disease that is often fatal, affecting the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and often the nervous system), viral hepatitis and leptospirosis (a bacterial disease that affects several systems including the kidneys and liver; can be fatal. Only a risk in certain geographic locations so not used routinely for every dog. Your vet can help you decide if your dog should have this vaccination).
  • Tetravalent vaccine: protects against parvovirus (a viral disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, and which can be fatal), distemper, viral hepatitis and leptospirosis.
  • Pentavalent vaccine: effective against parvovirus, distemper, viral hepatitis, infectious tracheobronchitis and leptospirosis.
  • Hexavalent Vaccine: Faces distemper, viral hepatitis, parvovirus, kennel cough, rabies (a fatal viral disease that attacks the nervous system and that is contagious to humans) and leptospirosis.
  • Heptavalent vaccine: distemper, hepatitis, canine leptospira, leptospira hicterohemorrhagicus, parvovirus, kennel cough, adenovirus type 1.


Find out what side effects some dog vaccines can have.

Some vaccines in dogs are mandatory, others are optional and recommended depending on the environment in which you live. Always check with your vet about your pet's vaccination schedule and make sure you keep as many up-to-date as you need - only then will you be in good health!

All About Dog Vaccinations

All About Dog Vaccinations

Dog vaccines are very important to keep dogs from getting all kinds of diseases, so we can't skip them, so remember that you are responsible for your pet's health! However, sometimes there is a small price to pay for our furry ones to get rid of serious illnesses. These side effects of vaccines are usually not serious and are transient, just like when we get side effects from our medications. Although they're not worrying, it's good to be informed. Don't miss it!

Side Effects of Dog Vaccines


Vaccines for dogs


There are lots of diseases that our pets can catch, of varying severity or severity. Ailments such as rabies, distemper or leishmaniasis can be a serious problem, even causing the death of the dog. That's why it's vital to avoid them with vaccines.

It doesn't always happen, but sometimes vaccines for dogs (just like people's vaccines and like any other medicine) can cause a mild reaction in the body - why does it happen? After all, the vaccine consists of introducing a foreign pathogen into the body, which is in fact a weakened or neutralised sample of the pathogen we want to avoid. That is why the organism, surprised, may react strangely, trying to cope with it.

Don't worry! It's not serious and it usually happens in a few hours or a few days. Under no circumstances should adverse effects be a reason to cancel vaccines, they are very important!

Not all dogs are equally prone to post-vaccination symptoms; the most vulnerable are puppies, in addition to neutered dogs and some breeds in particular, usually small breeds.

Side effects of dog vaccines

Side effects of dog vaccines

These are the most common side effects of vaccines:

Numbness

It is quite normal for dogs to be drowsy or tired after vaccinations, or even decayed. Many dogs often fall asleep after vaccinations to recover from stress. What a scare to scare the needles!

Apathy

If you notice that your dog, after vaccination, is a little listless or lonely, it is also normal. Many dogs experience mood swings, sometimes they even get a little aggressive.

Inflammation

This is perhaps the most common side effect of dogs vaccines. Many times the puncture site is inflamed, like a chickpea; sometimes it is also red. That's just because the liquid hasn't spread well over the body yet, it's just piled up there. It's okay! In a matter of hours it will filter itself out and nothing needs to be done.

It can also be an allergic reaction to the needle or alcohol, but this is much less common.

Gastrointestinal disorders

Stomach aches, vomiting or passing diarrhea are quite normal after some vaccines, which are a little aggressive. It is usually accompanied by a loss of appetite and sometimes also a slight inflammation in the gut, perceptible to the touch.

Respiratory problems
Some vaccines are given intranasally rather than subcutaneously. This type of vaccine can cause sneezing, coughing, and runny nose, sometimes accompanied by a fever - it's like having the flu! If your dog is sick, he will most likely sleep all day and not want to eat.

Anaphylaxis
This side effect is serious and we should pay close attention to the symptoms. These usually appear within a few hours (or even minutes) of vaccination and cause a swelling of the muzzle and throat that makes breathing very difficult. You can also weaken your pulse, have diarrhea, vomiting, redness...

It is because the body reacts in a really negative way that it tries to fight the vaccine so aggressively that it destroys red blood cells.

Anaflaxia, although severe, is rare. However, whenever your pet is vaccinated, be sure to stay with him or her and watch him or her for a few hours after the injection. This way you can detect any anomalies and take them to the vet as soon as possible if necessary.

Did you know about the side effects that dog vaccines can have?

Side Effects of Dog Vaccines

Today we want to talk to you about a fundamental part of your dog's anatomy: his nose! The canine truffle is a very important part of th body and hides a lot of information, so don't miss out on these curiosities about the dog's nose!

Dog Nose: 10 Curiosities About dog Truffle


Curious facts about dog nose


Since smell is the most important sense for dogs, it's no wonder their truffle is so essential to them, but there's so much more! Pay attention to these curiosities.

1. It's his "fingerprint."


No two truffles are alike, which is why it is said that a dog's nose is its equivalent to a human fingerprint. There are already countries where canine truffle impressions are recorded to identify them.

2. Dog's nose may change color


There are breeds of dogs whose truffle changes tonality according to the time of year without this meaning something serious. However, they can also change color due to contact with materials or sunburn.

border collie


3. The canine truffle needs protection from the sun


It is one of the parts of your body most prone to sunburn. That's why it's important to take care of it with a specific sunscreen for them.


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4. It's a good alarm.


A canine allergy can cause your dog to dry his truffle. This doesn't mean that if your dog's nose is dry, the hairy dog is sick. It can simply happen that the very bowls where you eat and drink are not made of good material and cause them to react.

Corgi


5. Nose better than mouth


Did you know that your furry friend's sense of smell is about 10,000 times more sensitive than his sense of taste? no wonder they smell everything before they eat it!

6. The dog nose is an odor detector and classifier.


A dog is capable of distinguishing more than a million smells and classifying them, which is why they are such good trackers. They are able to distinguish very subtle nuances in the aromas.

Dog yawning


7. Some truffles are "better" than others


Dogs with short muzzles and flat faces have fewer olfactory receptor cells than dogs with long muzzles.

8. The truffle has two independent cavities


For this reason it can be said that dogs do not breathe and smell in the same place, as people do.

The dog nose has a folded tissue that divides it into two cavities, each for one function.

golden retriever


9. Long ears help the nose


Those dogs that have very long ears and falls also help them to air the aromas to their truffle, so they can smell better.

10. The dog's nose is wet for several reasons


Dogs frequently lick their truffle to clean it and keep it moist. This is because in this way they capture odours better and therefore also naturally secrete this moisture. But remember: if your truffle is dry at any given time, it does not have to indicate illness.

How many of these curiosities did you already know?

Dog Nose: 10 Curiosities About Canine Truffle

With the summer, the heat waves come in our pets. However, although heatstroke can affect all dogs, some breeds are more vulnerable than others for different reasons and may be more likely to suffer from heatstroke. We'll tell you what these breeds are so you can pay more attention.

Dog Breeds at Highest Risk for Heatstroke


Dog breeds more prone to heatstroke


Even if we take special care, heatstroke can always affect your dog.

You know dogs don't regulate the temperature like we do. They do it through the sweating of their pillows and with the wheezing.

One of the recommendations we make for your dog to be happy in summer is that you avoid the hottest hours to take him for a walk and that you always put fresh water at his disposal.

You should know that, in general, older and younger dogs tend to suffer more heatstroke.

In addition, those dogs with darker hair or brachiocephalic breeds (those with a flat nose) are especially vulnerable to this.

Next, we will specify the breeds that are most often affected.

Pug

Pug


It is common for these dogs to have difficulty breathing, which makes them a target for heatstroke. Also, if they are dark-haired, the question becomes even worse. It is best to let them rest in peace on days of intense heat and avoid physical activity.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute


This is an example of another type of breed that is also prone to heat stress. We are referring to dog breeds from mountainous regions. These dogs have the long, thick dog to cope well with the winter cold, but in summer it is a problem.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow


Chow Chow has too thick a layer that can cause its temperature to rise. They must always be kept very well brushed so that the air can reach your skin.
Many people think that shaving these dogs in summer is a good idea, but they are wrong: leaving their skin exposed can cause serious sunburn.

Pomerania

Pomerania


The same thing happens to this dog as to the previous one in terms of hair. It is very important to brush them and avoid haircuts. In addition, its short muzzle can also make it difficult to breathe at high temperatures.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu


In this case, its long coat may be favorable for maintaining body temperature, even if trimmed a little. However, his short muzzle makes him one of the dogs most likely to suffer heatstroke from not being able to breathe normally.

English Bulldog

English Bulldog


The Bulldog is the breed that has more ballots to suffer heatstroke. It belongs to the breeds of brachycephalous, or what is the same, flat-faced.

This breed is prone to serious respiratory problems, which aggravate these problems in summer. They often have trouble breathing when they work hard, especially in the heat.

St. Bernard and Bernese Mountain Dog

St. Bernard


Bernese Mountain Dog

Two other cases similar to the previous one. They are dogs that come from cold areas and, as such, adapt well to low temperatures. However, in summer, special attention should be paid to them.

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French Bulldog

French Bulldog


Their flat snout and small trachea make breathing difficult and they are also prone to choking, so be very careful with them at all times, but especially in summer!

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier


Very similar to the French Bulldog, although it is less resistant to physical exercise. Even so, he has the same breathing difficulties and is very prone to heatstroke.

Boxer

Boxer


These dogs have infinite energy! However, this, coupled with their short snouts, endangers their health. They must be forced to rest and drink water so that they do not end up suffering from heatstroke.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


This breed also has a short muzzle that makes it difficult to breathe. In addition, as in the case of the Pug, it is prone to fattening, which does not help at all in times of intense heat.

Pekingese

Pekingese


The same thing happens to this little boy as it does to his little snouty friends. Also, having long hair does not help them cope with the heat in summer.

Do you have any of these little dweebs at home? Well, you know, watch out for any heatstroke symptoms in them and take care of them!

What Breeds of Dogs are Most Likely To Suffer Heatstroke?

Large breed dogs pose particular grooming dilemmas. The Great Pyrenees and other members of the Bernard household members have taken over the market thanks to this special combination of circumference and hair. Without a regimental grooming routine, the white locks of the Pyrenees can easily transform, soon resembling an electrocuted Komondor on steroid.

Large Breed Dogs Grooming Techniques


One of the obstacles to keeping large breeds in the picture of beauty is the difficulty of locating nail clippers, brushes and dental supplies suited to their substantial size. A substitution will be required. Yet, with a little ingenuity, grooming is child's play.

Brushing the body

Combing the Great Pyrenees is a challenge. The strong sting of the breed makes them tend to wiggle during grooming. In fact, these furtive dogs are likely to launch if they are not tied, sometimes moving up to three centimeters in a single afternoon.

The best way to brush or rake the body is to work on your pet while it sleeps. Avoid periods of physical activity such as 6:00 to 6:03 and the 30 minutes after sunset, the Pyrenees are devoted solely to barking. This breed is known to sleep with its eyes open. When tracking them with grooming tools, be careful. Once you are 65 feet from your dog, listen to a train. This checks that your dog snores.

Work efficiently once you start grooming a Great Pyrenees. You only have 13 hours before he wakes up. When you groom 140 lbs. of fur bound together by the drool and the occasional tree branch, you don't have to hang around. A weed killer is an effective option for clearing your way through shrubs to your hair before brushing.

Great Pyrenees


Nail Clipping
Cutting the claws of your Pyrenees should be an integral part of your grooming routine. Before starting this procedure, go to the hardware store. Take a large metal rasp and bolt cutters. Once the claws have been carefully trimmed, call HAZMAT to remove the cuts from your home. Don't forget the dewclaws.

The "Great Pyrenees" have a multitude of toes in addition, which "drag" on the bottom of their legs. Among them are a total of six massively curly toenails. Each is so large that a Valosaraptor claw looks like a tiny drop of Chihuahuahua glanders. Do not leave dewclaws unattended for more than a few weeks. Negligence will produce a mowing large enough to serve as a spiral staircase.

Great Pyrenees Dental Care


Dental care

Dog owners often overlook the importance of good oral hygiene. Fortunately, among the Bernard breeds, their mouths offer plenty of room to work. Enjoy this trait of character. You can create ample access to the mouth by simply pulling their massive soft lips up both sides of the face. Then use three clothespins to attach them to each other at the bridge of the nose. You can also attach a single lip to the opposite ear in the same way.

Once the teeth are exposed, insert a vacuum tube under your dog's tongue. This technique is identical to the "spittoon" technique used in dental offices. A 15 gallon vacuum cleaner should suffice. Once the vacuum is on, the Great Pyrenees will start to wake up. At that time, he will eat the vacuum cleaner before going back to sleep.

Great Pyrenees


As a finishing touch, clean your dog's feet. Shinny between the pads with a flashlight, pliers and a WD 40 bottle. Remove the stones, the dried bats, the milk carton children and everything that doesn't belong up there. Once this task is completed, your grooming regiment is finished. Wake up your dog by simply saying the word "cookie". By the time you get to "coo" each Great Pyrenees within a six mile radius will be in your kitchen.

With a little work and a few trips to Home Depot, your Great Pyrenees, Saint-Bernard or Newfoundland will radiate beauty. When you combine all this glamour with their high intelligence and magnetic personality, your dog will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Large Breed Dogs Grooming Techniques

Quand un chien est dans ces circonstances, vous devriez demander pourquoi; il est plus que probable qu'il a des antécédents d'abus, qu'il a souffert d'un type de traumatisme ou qu'il a été surprotégé lorsqu'il était un chiot.

Chiens Avec la Peur des Hauteurs - Le Vertige Chez les Chiens


Bien que nos chiens puissent sembler audacieux et semblent ne rien craindre, il y a beaucoup de chiens qui ont peur des hauteurs. Il est vrai que les chats sont surtout connus pour être des grimpeurs et des lieux élevés, mais les chiens aiment aussi sauter et grimper certains endroits, ce qu'ils font parfois sans réfléchir et ne savent pas comment descendre.

Pourquoi il y a des chiens qui ont peur des hauteurs


Eh bien c'est un mystère, c'est comme si on demandait pourquoi une personne a peur d'une araignée, de l'eau ou de toute autre chose. Tout dépendra du chien, bien qu'il y ait des facteurs qui pourraient l'avoir influencé. Par exemple: un

  • Abus Si vous avez adopté votre chien quand il était plus âgé, il peut avoir des antécédents d'abus, comme le jeter de quelque part haut. Cela pourrait très bien expliquer la peur qu'il a en haut. Le plus souhaitable dans ces cas est que votre chien est examiné par un éthologue ou un psychologue canin.
  • Surprotection Au contraire, si vous l'adoptiez comme un chiot, il est possible que votre instinct de protection soit allé au-delà de ce qu'il aurait dû et que vous vouliez éviter toute situation qui, selon vous, mettrait votre vie en danger, comme monter des escaliers. Si l'animal n'a jamais été en haut lieu, il est normal que maintenant ils ont peur, parce que c'est l'inconnu.
  • Traumatisme Un autre type de traumatisme pourrait faire peur au chien. Peut-être qu'il a eu un combat avec un autre et ils sont tombés, ou il est juste tombé d'un lit ou du canapé et se blesser. Parfois, ils peuvent être des situations que même vous ne connaissez pas.

Comment la peur est reconnue

Le Vertige Chez les Chiens


Peu importe la peur de votre animal de compagnie, les symptômes pour les identifier sont toujours les mêmes. Ce sont les plus communs:


  • Essayez d'échapper. Quand un animal a peur de quelque chose et n'est pas à l'aise, la chose la plus logique est qu'il veut partir. Le problème est que si la peur est grande et qu'elle est en haut lieu, le vol peut être difficile.
  • Il se couche dur sur le sol. S'il est écrasé contre le sol en tirant les reins, c'est une façon de somatiser votre stress face à la situation que vous vivez.
  • Il urine ou défèque. C'est une réaction commune, puisque le corps, face à la peur, devient paralysé et perd le centre des sphincters.
  • Trouver un endroit pour se cacher. Peut-être que cela peut être un coin dans lequel vous vous pelotonnez ou un endroit couvert.
  • Tremblements. Le tremblement est l'un des symptômes les plus courants de la peur.
  • Agressivité. Même si vous voulez l'aider à sortir de l'endroit où il se trouve, votre animal de compagnie peut le voir comme une agression et essayer de vous mordre, faites attention!
  • Pupilles dilatées. La pression du visage change quand nous avons peur; Cela arrive aux gens et aussi aux animaux. Les élèves seront le signal d'alarme de votre chien. Normalement, il sera accompagné d'oreilles et de la queue entre les jambes.


Pouvez-vous aider les chiens qui ont le vertige ?

Pouvez-vous aider les chiens qui ont le vertige ?


La vérité est que les peurs sont souvent liées à des problèmes qui se trouvent dans votre esprit, donc la meilleure option pour les traiter sera toujours un psychologue pour chiens. Cependant, il y a des choses que vous pouvez faire pour ne pas encourager ces peurs. Ce sont certains:


  • Ne le caresse pas. Notre tendance, quand nous voyons notre animal passer un mauvais moment, peut être de le caresser ou de le faire dorloter, mais cela ne fera que nous faire croire que ce qu'il ressent est normal, et que cela n'aidera pas du tout.
  • Ne le gronde pas. Vos sentiments dans cette affaire ne sont pas contrôlables et les réprimandes n'ont aucun sens, plus vous l'éloignerez de vous et ne vous aideront pas à vous sentir mieux.
  • N'essaie pas de le forcer. Si c'est dans un endroit élevé, ne le forcez pas. Attendez-vous à ce qu'il se calme un peu et propose votre aide. Il ira vers vous quand il sera prêt.
  • Je ne veux pas qu'il affronte ses peurs. Beaucoup disent que la meilleure façon de se débarrasser des peurs est d'y faire face. Cela ne fonctionne pas avec les animaux domestiques. Ne le téléchargez pas en haut lieu si vous savez que vous avez peur, vous pourriez créer un traumatisme.

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Rappelez-vous tous ces conseils et n'oubliez pas que si votre chien a peur des hauteurs, il doit être contrôlé par un psychologue.

Chiens Avec la Peur des Hauteurs - Le Vertige Chez les Chiens

Même si vous pensez qu'elle n'affecte que les humains et surtout au printemps, l'allergie est l'une des maladies les plus courantes dans la vie des chiens. Et nous ne parlons plus seulement de l'allergie saisonnière caractéristique, mais de toutes les allergies causées par des aliments, des piqûres d'insectes ou même des produits de nettoyage. C'est pourquoi, au moindre signe d'allergie, emmenez votre animal chez le vétérinaire afin qu'il puisse faire le bon diagnostic et recommander le traitement à suivre.

L'allergie chez le chien - symptômes et solutions


LES CAUSES DE L'ALLERGIE CHEZ LE CHIEN ET LES SYMPTÔMES QUI PRODUISENT


Comme vous le savez, l'allergie n'est rien de plus qu'une réponse du système immunitaire, en l'occurrence de chiens, à un agent externe que l'organisme appelle allergène. Pour faire face à cet élément étranger, le corps de notre animal réagit de différentes manières pour tenter de l'expulser, donnant lieu à des symptômes que nous connaissons sous le nom d'allergie. Il existe différents types d'allergies chez les chiens, selon l'élément qui les provoque. Les plus courantes sont :

Allergie alimentaire. Il s'agit d'allergies causées par une nouvelle nourriture qui a été ajoutée à l'alimentation quotidienne de notre animal et qui, pour une raison quelconque, entraîne une réaction allergique à son corps.

Allergie cutanée. Aussi appelées allergies de contact, ce sont celles causées par le frottement contre une plante ou un produit qui provoque une réaction dans la peau. Les piqûres d'insectes, comme les puces ou les tiques, entrent également dans cette catégorie.

Allergie par inhalation. Comme les humains, certains chiens sont allergiques au pollen ou à la poussière, alors le simple fait de les inhaler peut provoquer une réaction.

Chez l'homme, on observe qu'en période d'allergie, les éternuements et l'écoulement nasal sont plus fréquents que d'habitude. Dans d'autres types d'allergies, comme les allergies alimentaires, certains changements cutanés peuvent être observés. Nous devrions également surveiller votre animal de compagnie pour détecter l'un des symptômes suivants :

Irritation et/ou rougeur de la peau. En particulier, ils peuvent survenir après une réaction allergique de contact. Votre animal peut avoir des taches sur la peau qui sont d'un rouge vif et qui gratteront plus que d'habitude. Vous pouvez également remarquer des changements dans les oreilles, qui seront plus rouges que la normale et même les coussinets des jambes peuvent être enflés.

Des éruptions cutanées ou des blessures peuvent apparaître n'importe où sur le corps, mais seront plus visibles sur l'abdomen. Ils apparaissent aussi beaucoup dans les plis des pattes avant et arrière. Bien qu'elles puissent également être dues à une allergie de contact, les éruptions cutanées et les plaies de ce type sont plus souvent causées par des allergies alimentaires.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Rougeur et larmoiement dans les yeux.

Éternuement. Suivi d'un hochement de tête et de spasmes plus souvent qu'autrement. Cela et ce qui précède sont généralement causés par la poussière ou le pollen, tout comme chez l'homme. Nous pouvons voir qu'il se produit plus fréquemment au printemps et qu'il s'agit d'une allergie passagère.

Vomissements et/ou diarrhée. Ne vous inquiétez pas si votre animal a de la diarrhée ou des vomissements en une journée, c'est normal. Gardez à l'esprit que les chiens sentent et mangent tout ce qu'ils attrapent sur leur chemin et que ce n'est pas toujours bon pour leur corps. Ne soyez pas alerté au premier signe de changement, continuez à le surveiller. Si les vomissements ou la diarrhée durent un peu plus longtemps, il peut s'agir d'une allergie alimentaire ou d'un autre type de problème digestif provenant d'un aliment que vous avez inclus dans votre régime alimentaire. Il est préférable de consulter votre médecin le plus tôt possible afin de poser un diagnostic sur ce qui ne va pas.

Perte de cheveux excessive. Il y a des moments de l'année où les poils de nombreux chiens, surtout les plus laineux, tombent plus que nécessaire. Cela ne devrait pas vous alarmer. On parle de perte de cheveux comme d'un symptôme d'allergie lorsque des taches chauves apparaissent sur la peau, accompagnées de rougeurs.

Bien que ce soit le symptôme commun de l'allergie chez les chiens, vous devez garder à l'esprit que, comme les gens, chaque animal peut répondre complètement différemment à la même allergie, il est donc préférable d'aller chez votre vétérinaire pour le moindre symptôme.

épagneul breton


COMMENT LA PRÉVENIR ET QUEL TRAITEMENT SUIVRE

Si vous avez observé l'un des symptômes ci-dessus chez votre animal de compagnie, votre vétérinaire effectuera un diagnostic ou un test d'allergène. Ceci se fait dans l'abdomen de la même manière que dans le bras de l'homme, en introduisant par de petites piqûres les éléments correspondants qui peuvent être à l'origine de l'allergie, pour étudier leur réaction.

Après le diagnostic, le vétérinaire déterminera le traitement à suivre, selon le type d'allergie à laquelle notre animal est confronté. Nous nous rappelons qu'il est très important de se rendre au cabinet du spécialiste, car une allergie grave à laquelle aucun traitement n'est administré peut entraîner la mort subite de notre chien.

Dans la plupart des cas, aucun médicament n'est administré à l'animal, mais le but est d'éliminer autant que possible l'allergène qui cause des problèmes chez notre animal. Par exemple, si vous avez une réaction alimentaire allergique, vous modifierez votre régime alimentaire ou votre alimentation jusqu'à ce que vous trouviez le problème afin qu'il disparaisse et que votre animal ne souffre plus de réactions cutanées ou de vomissements.

Dans le cas d'une allergie de contact, nous essaierons de l'empêcher de se croiser avec l'élément qui cause la réaction. S'il s'agit d'un produit de nettoyage, remplacez-le par un autre. S'il s'agit d'une piqûre d'insecte, consultez les colliers antiparasitaires disponibles sur le marché. Prenez soin de votre animal lorsque vous sortez faire une promenade afin qu'il ne s'approche pas trop près des plantes ou des arbres, ce qui pourrait être un signe avant-coureur en cas de réaction allergique.

Dans le cas d'une allergie saisonnière au pollen ou à la poussière, vous pouvez lui donner des antihistaminiques pour rendre la saison aussi supportable que possible jusqu'à ce qu'elle disparaisse. Mais chez Chien Mag, nous vous rappelons de ne jamais laisser ces choix entre vos mains et d'aller voir un spécialiste chaque fois qu'il s'agit de la santé de votre animal de compagnie.

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L’allergie chez le chien - symptômes et solutions