Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How To Strengthen a Dog's Immune System
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.


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


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


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.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Differences Between Bichon Frise and Bichon Maltese
Belonging to the same canine group, the Bichon Frise and the Bichon Maltese are two very similar dog breeds, as they share ancestors and, therefore, have many characteristics in common, such as being excellent pets. However, there are also numerous physical and behavioral aspects by which both varieties are distinguished from each other and, therefore, here we review the main differences between Bichon Frise and Bichon Maltese.

Difference Between Maltese & Bichon Dogs


Although there are discrepancies as to the exact origin of the Maltese Bichon, the truth is that most agree that it comes from the Mediterranean basin. Considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in existence, the origin of this lapdog dates back to 6000 BC. It was the Romans who took it to Asia, where it would later give rise to the Pekingese dog.

This canine family arose from the crossing of the extinct Barbet breed with the Mediterranean lapdogs, which gave rise to two groups. On the one hand, the poodles and, on the other hand, the bichons. In addition to those that occupy us today, also originated the Bichon Bolognese, the Bichon Havanese and Tenerife, the latter being the one that preceded the Bichon Frise of today, which managed to save itself from extinction thanks to its great popularity in France and its export to the United States.

The Bichon Maltese is one of the oldest breeds that exist
Bichon Maltese


Both breeds are small in size and do not usually weigh more than 5 kilos (11 pounds), but in general terms, the Bichon Frise is somewhat larger than the Bichon Maltese. While the former has a height of between 23 and 30 centimeters (9 and 11 inch) and a weight of between 3 and 5 kilos (6 and 11 pounds), the latter measures between 20 and 25 centimeters ( 7 and 10 inch) and weighs between 1.5 and 3 kilos (3 and 6 pounds).

But the biggest physical difference between the two varieties is, without a doubt, the type of fur since that is what distinguishes them at first sight. The Bichon Frise has a double layer mantle, one attached to the body and the other to the outside, with a strong and dense curly hair, similar to that of a poodle. In general, the Bichon Frise variety has shorter hair and, although it can be left long, giving the dog a very spongy appearance if it is brushed and trimmed, the truth is that its length does not reach that of the mantle of the Maltese.

The Maltese dog has a single layer smooth, thin and straight that stands out for its length, resembling the Yorkshire Terrier long hair. As for the color of their coat, that both are dogs completely white is one of their similarities, however, sometimes, the Bichon Maltese may present a slight shade in yellowish or peach in some areas.

The Bichon Frise variety has shorter hair and, although it can be left long, giving the dog a very spongy appearance
Bichon Frise


Both varieties are affectionate and family dogs with great adaptability to the environment, situations and people, but Maltese adapts better to changes than Frise. Similarly, Bichon Maltese has a more developed protective instinct, so they can become jealous and barking without proper socialization.

In that sense, training the Bichon Frise is much simpler than doing it with the Bichon Maltese, since, while the former is a gregarious dog, simple, playful, intelligent, obedient and not aggressive at all, that is, the perfect pet for someone who has never had a dog; with the second, of a more lively, vigilant and nervous temperament, more perseverance, patience and even an educator is needed, depending on what you want to teach him, because no bichon usually gives problems in terms of their behavior and are excellent pets.


Being small dogs, neither bichon requires a high exercise routine. In fact, because they are so active, nervous, and playful, they don't need additional training. However, Bichon Frise and Maltese both love walks and outdoor games, so it's a good idea to take this pet out for more than just the strictly necessary walks.

As far as food is concerned, the Bichon Frise does not need a special diet, but, in the case of the Bichon Maltese, attention must be paid to crunchy foods so that it does not suffer from dental problems and it is also necessary to avoid overfeeding them.

Bichon frise puppy
Bichon Frise


The main care required by bichons is that of their hair, which, on the other hand, makes them the pet suitable for allergic people, since they do not shed their hair and are hypoallergenic. Both need frequent brushing and cutting to avoid knots and look good.

However, due to their different characteristics, each variety has some care needs. The curly coat of the Bichon Frise must be brushed daily with a stiff bristle brush so that the hair is spongy. The ideal is to bathe him once a month with a dry shampoo and, to avoid stains on his silky white hair, it is advisable to trim the hair around the ears and eyes. As for the rest of the body, it is best to cut the hair with scissors following the contour of your figure.

The Bichon Maltese's hair is very soft so it should be brushed gently and every day with a comb for smooth hair
Bichon Maltese

The Bichon Maltese's hair is very soft so it should be brushed gently and every day with a comb for smooth hair. It is necessary to pay special attention to the cleaning of eyes and beard so that the hair of these areas is not dyed. In addition, it is also good to collect the hair of the head in a bun or a ponytail so that it does not cover the eyes. The Maltese coat is spectacular, but not as practical or comfortable for the care it requires, as it must be washed with dry shampoo regularly and dried properly. It will also be necessary to cut the hair of the ears and clean them well.


Both varieties of bichon are quite resistant, long-lived and healthy, but they also have certain conditions specific to the breed, especially related to the eyes. The Bichon Maltese can suffer from genetic ocular diseases, while the Bichon Frise can also present ocular problems such as lacrimal blockage or cataracts. As far as other ailments are concerned, the Bichon Maltese specimen may suffer from patellar luxation, dyskinesis, hydrocephalus and entropion, while the Bichon Frise variety may suffer from kneecap dislocation as well as episodes of epilepsy.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Weaning German Shepherd Puppies
Under normal circumstances it is best to start with supplementary feeding when puppies are 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old. Let's watch them carefully when they eat to make sure they get enough milk from their mother to fill their stomachs. If they cling to a nipple, suck enthusiastically and fall asleep, fed up and satisfied, we can be sure that the bitch gives them a maximum level of nutrition. On the other hand, if they move frantically from one nipple to another, sucking and searching, and their stomachs do not fill, this will indicate that the bitch does not provide them with enough milk for their growth and well-being.

Weaning German Shepherd Puppies

Frequently, when a bitch has a small bait from one or two puppies her milk will begin to disappear much sooner than if she had a large bait to feed. Also if the mother has been covered too often without a break, her milk may be missing sooner than it should. However, even if the mother has enough milk to continue feeding the puppies to an appreciable degree, she will often develop, when the bait is 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old, an instinctive and natural attitude of returning the contents of her stomach, composed of half-digested foods, for her puppies to eat, suggesting in her own way that the time for weaning has come. If we have started a supplemental feeding regime at the right time, this attitude on the part of the bitch will rarely occur.

To begin the weaning process we should use any of the preparations suggested in the previous chapter for orphaned puppies. Pour some of this liquid mixture into a shallow saucepan after heating it to body temperature and use only enough of the milk mixture to cover the bottom of the saucepan. We must then keep this, with one hand, just below the chin of the puppy and, with the other hand, take it gently by the head exactly behind the ears and, without exerting force, submerge his snout and lips in the pan. Let go of her head immediately, she will lick her lips and like the taste of the liquid she finds in them.

Let's talk to him gently and in a stimulating tone each time we repeat the process. Sometimes, there will be a puppy that will begin to lick the milk from the pan after the first contact, other times it will be necessary to repeat the operation until the desired result is achieved. In some cases, it may be necessary to keep the puppy's chin in the pan until he begins to lick.

Be careful not to pour too much of the milk mixture into the pan or not to push the puppy's head into the liquid, as it is imperative that his nose be kept free of the new food so that he does not breathe the liquid or block his nostrils with the milk. If this happens the puppy gets scared, looks at the pan with distrust and the weaning process is slower and more exasperating.

German Shepherd Puppy

Repeat the process with each puppy until everyone has started licking on their own initiative, stressing that while it will be necessary to keep the casserole at chin level for the first few times they are given food in this way, the casserole can be deposited on the floor as soon as they practice eating, or licking, within it.

Of course they will pile up and get into the pan, staining themselves and their littermates with their contents, but they will also become more adept at the process of eating in a container, which, after all, is the ultimate goal pursued. Let us administer the mixture twice a day for the first two and, by the end of this period, we will have made the act of eating in a saucepan a conditioned routine. It is then time to add some fat and solid matter to your diet but, considering that you cannot yet chew, any such matter that is added will have to be shredded into very small pieces to constitute a creamy consistency mixture when administered with food.

Puppies grow best when they follow diets made up of milk, meat, fat and cereals. Growth is mainly achieved through protein, but protein differs, which is why puppies fed vegetable protein diets do not grow or develop as well as those fed animal protein.

Vitamins E and K (found in alfalfa) are essential to the puppy's well-being and should be present in adequate amounts in the diet. Remember, too, that 70 percent of a puppy's energy comes from fat intake, so this food element should be generously added to the ration. In experiments conducted, puppies fed fat-free diets have developed deficiency symptoms characterized by anemia, weight loss, dull hair, reduced vitality and, ultimately, death. Fat, however, cannot by itself cure the advanced manifestation of this condition, in which there are signs of alteration of some metabolic process by completely suppressing this element in the diet but when butter has been administered along with folacin, this has resulted in spectacular cures.

Fat also acts as a carrier for vitamins A, D, K and E and, in addition, not only slows the rate of digestion and makes the animal get as much nutrition from its food as possible but helps in many other ways to keep the puppy, or the dog fully developed, healthy and vigorous. In order for our puppy to enjoy all the virtues present in fat, it is necessary to incorporate it in 20 or 30 percent of his diet.

Weaning German Shepherd Puppy

Practically every breeder we stumble upon has his own diet for weaning and the subsequent phase, but the basic element necessary in any of them is balance, and a properly balanced food must be one that translates into growth, health and vitality. There are excellent commercial foods on the market for puppies in the form of grain, to which only milk and fat need to be added. Or, for this purpose, it is also possible to buy baby foods in grain form, such as Pablum, Ceravin or those advertised with the words "high level of protein" and "reinforced". These, however, must also be modified to meet the dietary needs of the puppies.

The author uses a mixture of ground oats and wheat as the basic cereal. To this, while cooking, a cup of vitamin-enforced corn flour, dried and powdered eggs, melted fat (ox, pork, butter, chicken, Crisco, etc.), chopped beef, a little salt and powdered milk are added. After this mixture has been cooked and cooled, a small amount of flour with vitamins and minerals is added to it, thoroughly stirred and the resulting dough is divided into appropriately sized jars and stored in the refrigerator.

To get it ready for immediate use, place the necessary amount in the saucepan of the food, add raw meat and properly chopped fat (heart, tongue, intestine and a small amount of ox liver) to increase the volume administered by about 25 percent, finally adding evaporated milk dissolved in water.

This mixture of milk and water is preheated and, when added to the solids, it all reaches the right temperature. After mixing, the food has the consistency of a very thick cream, which must be gradually converted into something denser and more viscous, similar to a stew, until the puppies reach 4 weeks.

When the bait is 5 weeks old, a finely ground grain puppy meal is progressively introduced into the basic diet. And when the puppies reach 6 1/2 to 8 weeks, the original formula has been eliminated and they are fed grain with fat and raw meat, milk and animal broth to lend it the right consistency. A good edible oil (such as Dietol) or fish liver concentrate is a valuable supplement to a puppy's diet. This is done by placing a drop on the corner of the puppy's lips one day after birth and every day thereafter for one week, then 2 drops, then 4 drops until weaning, when the oil can already be added to food. We must be very careful, however, not to exaggerate the administration of any additional dietary oil because we can cause exactly the kind (in appearance) of bone problem (rickets) that we try to avoid with its use.

Two portions of the basic diet and two portions of warm milk reinforced with a little fat should be administered every day. When the puppy is completely weaned, three servings of the basic diet and two servings of milk should be administered. It should be noted that it is only necessary to administer three meals a day during the period between 3 and 6 months.

Writing here about feeding reminds the author of a litter of puppies he raised in Spain, on the Andalusian coast, near Malaga. No dog food was available and all the ingredients had to be purchased raw and prepared from the beginning. Wheat and lentils had to be soaked overnight to soften them enough for use. The meat had a high price and was scarce, so it acquired spleens, lungs, guts and curdled blood (the latter cooked and cut into blocks), which was excellent for puppies. For both the mother and the puppies it was necessary for me to cook large quantities of the ingredients mentioned, to which I added legumes, rice, olive oil and fat. And to all this our maid, secretly added a clove of garlic. Cod liver oil and powdered calcium phosphates were available in a pharmacy.

Incidentally, veterinarians in this part of the world know little about dogs and have no serum to combat the feared viral or bacteriological diseases. It was necessary for me to send a hasty call for help to my son Allan, a veterinarian, who immediately sent me a package of medicines with everything I needed to keep the puppies in good health and free of diseases and worms.

The dog that the bait brought into the world was an excellent specimen from Volker v. ZollgrenzschutzHaus that my wife and I had seen and admired at the Sieger exhibition in Germany, where we had stopped during our trip to Spain. We negotiated and bought the dog and had it sent to us in Spain after it had been covered by a good dog, Bob v. Reidkanal. The puppies she gave birth were sold in Spain. They were big, healthy, with strong bones and understood the orders in English, German and Spanish.

During all the time we are busy with weaning and feeding the puppies we must not forget that there are other tasks that also need to be carried out. Their nails must be kept short, using manicure scissors, so that they don't scratch the eyes of their littermates during their games. Their eyes will open when they have a week to 12 days (according to the ovulation period of the bitch) and they will be blue until later they change to their true brown color.

Weaning German Shepherd Puppies

When puppies are about 3 1/2 weeks old, a faecal analysis should be performed by our veterinarian to determine if they have worms (and, to be honest, most have them) and what kind of worms they are. If they are infested with worms we must fight them immediately, and if as a consequence of them they have become sickly we should not try to make them grow without first freeing them from parasites. After the worms have been eliminated, the puppies will quickly return to a normal level of health and growth.

Also, before the puppies are completely weaned, and preferably while still feeding on the mother's udders, it is advisable to consult our veterinarian about a scheduled series of inoculations and preventive vaccinations. A new distemper serum (human smallpox serum) is now available that can be administered to puppies at a very early age, even when they are still being breastfed. This serum, administered by intramuscular inoculation, is not affected by the natural immunity that puppies enjoy when they drink their mother's milk, an immunity that on multiple occasions makes normal immunization vaccines negative.

This new vaccine is effective until the puppy has overcome all the important phases of its early growth and, when it is approximately six months old, it can be administered the normal immunization vaccine against distemper. Incidentally, the worms that most puppies suffer from are round currents. To combat them we have Piperazine, which is less toxic than most worm medicines and offers the advantage that the pup can be fed normally, so we recommend it for round worms, whose larvae in the mother's circulatory torrent often cross the placenta to infect the pup before birth.

In later chapters we'll find more information about our puppy's health and how to feed him. Most people worry about if their puppy gains enough weight. One way to determine this is to look at your puppy's general condition, complexion and vitality. Another way is to weigh them and keep notes of the various gains. From six months of age to full development, an average, satisfactory weight gain per week for a healthy, fast-growing German shepherd puppy is about 2.9 to 3.9 pounds.

Let us also remember to make our puppy aware, at an early age, of water as a drink. At first it does not seem that they see it or that they know what it is, but soon they learn to lick it, just as they do with milk and other foods mixed with it, and in this regard it should be borne in mind that it is a valuable complement and rich in minerals for their diet.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Doga: Do Yoga With Your Dog
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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How To Make Homemade Milk for Puppies
Without a doubt, the best thing for a puppy is his mother's milk. It's the best way to get the nutrients and fats you need to start your puppy's development and growth. However, sometimes breast-feeding is not possible, either because the mother has died or rejected her puppies, or because she could pass on a disease to them through milk. For these cases, and provided that the possibility of finding a mother nurse for the puppies is ruled out, we can opt for a home-made recipe for puppy milk.

How To Make Homemade Milk for Puppies

The feeding of a lactating puppy on our part is somewhat complicated and survival is not guaranteed. However, if you are constant and you make the recipe well, the little ones will have a better chance of succeeding.

Homemade Puppy Milk Recipe

Have you found any orphaned dog puppies or has your dog had babies but can't or won't feed them herself? Then you'll have to do everything you can to make these puppies survive, so you'll have to look for another way of feeding, artificial lactation.

In the market there are special milks for puppies, both liquid and dehydrated, which are specially formulated as similar as possible to breast milk. This substitute is called formula milk and is ideal when dogs cannot enjoy breast-feeding. However, if you don't have this product, you need to make a homemade emergency milk recipe until you can get a commercial formula.

Homemade Milk Recipe for Puppies

Making Emergency Puppy Milk

The quantities of ingredients that we are going to give you are enough to feed a whole litter, so you will get quite a lot. If you have only one puppy or an especially small litter, divide the quantities. It is not convenient to have the milk stored for many days, it is better to go doing each day and go using fresh.

The ingredients you'll need for this homemade puppy milk recipe are:

  • 1,100 g of milk. Don't use cow's milk, as it doesn't provide the necessary nutrients and also has a concentration of lactose that puppies find hard to digest. Goat's milk is ideal, either normal or evaporated. If you can't get it, you can use LACTOSE FREE cow's milk.
  • 350 ml of mineral water.
  • 2 teaspoons of corn syrup, or if you don't have it, honey.
  • Between 800 and 900 g of natural Greek yoghurt, with at least 10% fat and no sugar or other sweeteners.
  • 4 raw egg yolks.


  1. Mix the corn syrup or honey with the egg yolks until well integrated.
  2. Add the yogurt and mix again very well. Make sure there are no lumps, as they could obstruct the bottle.
  3. Without stopping stirring, add the liquid ingredients: milk and water. When everything is well mixed, it's ready!

Shih-poo puppy

Ideally, prepare this milk with a little time, at least half an hour before feeding your puppies. If you stir so much, air bubbles will be left in the mixture that dogs shouldn't ingest. With a little rest from the mixture, the bubbles will disappear and you'll be ready to drink.

SEE ALSO: Weaning German Shepherd Puppies

Considerations for this Homemade Puppy Milk Recipe

This milk must then be kept cold, in the refrigerator, and can last a maximum of 3 days, although the fresher it is, the better. That's why it's important to reduce the quantities if you have few puppies or if they're a very small breed.

To avoid contamination from contact with other foods and the proliferation of bacteria, you should store this puppy emergency milk in clean, tightly closed plastic or glass bottles. Even better if they are made of glass. Take out the one you are going to use and remember to put the rest back in the fridge.

This milk formula is very caloric and ideal for feeding newborn puppies, as they need extra fat to start growing. It is a fairly approximate substitute for colostrum, the first breast milk they receive at birth.

It is a recipe widely used by breeders and veterinarians, so its suitability is guaranteed. However, it could happen that a dog feels bad and can not digest it. In that case, you should stop giving them this milk right away.

Remember that this homemade recipe for puppy milk is an emergency and should only be given until you can get it from a special puppy formula or if you find a wet nurse. Always count on the vet's advice and supervision to take care of a bitch before, during and after birth, and her puppies. You'll have to work hard for them to survive!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Toxic Food For Dogs - What They Should Never Eat
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.


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!


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!


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!


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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How To Keep Your Dog Clean Without Bathing it
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.


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!

Monday, October 15, 2018

How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs
If you have pets in your home, especially if they are the kind that loose a lot of hair, you will ask yourself how to keep the house clean with dogs and not get crazy in the attempt. Well, today we want to give you some little tricks that will not lose your head on this subject and keep your house quite presentable.

How to Keep Your House Clean with Dogs

How to keep your house clean with dogs: first of all, get out of obsession!

There are people who are very cleaning maniacs and who are too obsessed with having everything clean in the home. If you have a pet you'll find that this is almost impossible, because there are dogs that loose a lot of hair and even if you pick them up, in five minutes some trace will appear again.

So the first thing we advise you is not to obsess. You can keep the house very clean with these tricks, but your dog will still be part of your home and it is normal that it gets dirtier than if they lived in it only humans.

1. The vacuum cleaner: your best ally!

We'll start with the floor, the carpets and the sofas. For the floor it is recommended that you use a brush with hard brushes to avoid that all the hair gets stuck to it when bars. But without a doubt, the most practical thing is the vacuum cleaner.

With it you can clean the floor, carpets, sofas and other furniture where your dog passes.

The frequency of its use will depend on the amount of hair your dog throws, but normal is not to let it pass two days.

A damp cloth is best for furniture. You know exactly what can happen if you use a feather duster, don't you?

One more tip: take advantage when you take your pet for a walk and brush his hair in the park or on the street. This way you will remove the hair that has fallen out before entering the house.

2. Your dog's belongings

To avoid unpleasant odours in your dog's litter, it's a good idea to wash it frequently. About once a week. The most comfortable thing is to use covers on it. These are much easier to wash than the mattress itself and you'll be able to do it more often.

And don't forget their toys! The stuffed animals or anything made of fabric, put them in the washing machine. Take advantage when you wash their bedspreads or covers and do not use fabric softener.

The hardest ones can be put in the dishwasher, but if you don't want to mix them with your dishes, wash them by hand with a little neutral soap and plenty of hot water.

Keeping a Clean House With Dogs

3. Clean their paws

This is one of the essential tricks if you want to know how to keep your house clean with dogs.

When you take it for a walk, our faithful friends bring a lot of dirt embedded in their pads, so it's best to clean them before you go in.

To do this, use the special dog wipes and run them over your legs and ass. This way you'll be much calmer... especially if it's the kind that gets on your bed!

4. The pee trail

If your dog is well-mannered, peeing won't be a problem at home, but if it's a puppy that's learning or your pet has a bad day, it can happen.

In these cases, don't rush to pick up the mop you normally use all over your house!

First, clean the urine with absorbent paper towels or a few sheets of newspaper. Then you can scrub the area with your regular floor cleaner and a little bit of an enzyme-containing one. This way your dog won't be able to smell where he's done it.

Remember to clean the mop thoroughly afterwards! What's more, if you have an old mop, you can use it for these special cases.

And by the way, here's another essential tip on how to keep your house clean with dogs: forget about ammonia. Its smell is similar to that of his pee, so what you can do is attract him more.

5. Don't forget the air filters

If it is already logical to clean the air conditioning filters before using them and already in use, imagine how important it is to have dogs at home. The amount of hair and lint that can accumulate in them!

Don't forget to always keep them clean so you don't get an unpleasant surprise when you turn it on. But you don't have to do it every day. Once a month, as long as you don't use them, that's enough.

Keep Your House Clean with Dogs

6. The best: constancy

You can't postpone the cleaning time, things don't pick up by themselves! If your dog gives off a lot of hair and it's your turn to sweep or vacuum every day, do it. If one day you can't, nothing happens. But don't let a week go by because you can swim between hairballs.

And one more tip: Don't mask smells. Putting an air freshener in the house is fine, but putting 3 in each corner is excessive and can be unpleasant mixed with the dog smell.

It's best to maintain your dog's body hygiene with the corresponding baths, the other washing tips we've given you and the daily ventilation of your house.

These are our tips to know how to keep the house clean with dogs. What tricks do you use?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dogs in Autumn - Autumn Pet Care Recommendations
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!

Monday, September 24, 2018

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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dog Thinking: How Does My Dog Think?
How many times have you stopped to look at your dog and thought, "What's going through his head? Understanding canine thinking is not easy and requires time and observation.

Dog Thinking: How Does My Dog Think?

However, both professionals and ourselves, as their caretakers, can end up understanding how dogs think.

Canine thinking

Despite the great advances that have been made in studies on the psychology of the dog, much remains to be clarified. Fortunately, there are basic facts that help us to understand the way dogs think.

Dogs are animals that live in herds, that are organized so that a hierarchy exists and after centuries of training this has been translated in house in the capacity to respond to stimuli of socialization.

Within the study of canine thought, the first thing that is clear to us is that dogs are capable of recognizing humans and other animals. Obviously, like other species.

However, a dog is capable of demonstrating a feeling of love, as well as remembering and responding to the tricks we teach him and reacting to words. Not all animals do this.

Dog Thinking: French Bulldog

In addition, thanks to their sense of smell they analyze and understand their environment. Dogs know, with smells, what we have eaten or if we are sad, happy or afraid.

They also distinguish shapes and stare us in the eyes to analyse us. As for the ear, they are able to listen to music and detect changes in the tone of our voice.

For all this and for more studies that have been carried out, it has been possible to determine that dogs are capable of appreciating many more details than we do, but they cannot examine them together. That is, they think, but they cannot analyze those thoughts.

What they are able to do, once they have detected what surrounds them, is to express in their own language an answer: wagging the tail, spinning, pointing with the paw....

All this constitutes the way of proceeding of canine thought.

What is involved in the understanding and development of dog thinking?

While it is true that the intelligence of each dog is determinant (there are races more intelligent than others), dog education will be crucial.

Canine instincts are there from birth, but without special training we would not be able to understand dog thinking because they would not know how to communicate with us.

Dog Thinking - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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For a good education it is recommended that you follow some advice:

  • Do not use harmful techniques such as punishments or hanging collars.
  • Use verbal as well as non-verbal language and make sure that the whole family always uses the same indications.
  • Don't forget about their socialization: let them integrate with their environment, with other animals and with people.
  • Reward their good behavior.
  • And above all: take it easy! Your dog won't learn the directions right away, but that doesn't mean he won't make it.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Home Remedies For Fleas on Dogs - Natural Flea Treatment
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, 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.

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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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

My Dog is Jealous of My Baby, What Can I Do?
Believe us, you're not the only person it's happened to. Hearing someone say "my dog is jealous of my baby" is more common than you can imagine. And, as always, Chienmag is here to help you! Let's explain why jealousy happens in dogs and what you can do to solve it. Keep reading!

My Dog is Jealous of My Baby, What Can I Do

Why my dog is jealous of my baby

Dogs love the routine. They need it to live in peace. Therefore, although it does not happen to all dogs, it is quite common that there are changes in their behavior or mood when there is a major change in their life, such as a move or variations in the family.

Your dog is accustomed to a way of life, some specific care and attention, and why not say it, to being the center of attention! That's why when a baby arrives (and even more so if it's your first child) your dog may feel displaced, because now you have to manage your time in a different way to take care of the baby as well. If no solution is found, this feeling of "abandonment" can increase and develop jealousy in the dog and cause problems for the family.

Keys to know if my dog is jealous of my baby

Dogs are, despite not being able to speak, extremely expressive animals. Anything they feel, you'll know just by observing their behavior a little bit.

Normally, in general terms, when a dog feels that he lacks affection or attention, he expresses it in the following way:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Apathy or excessive sleep
  • Aggressiveness
  • Nervousness
  • Peeing or pooping at home to get attention
  • Tachycardia and anxiety in general

When the reason for these feelings is the arrival of a baby, you may also notice that your dog:

  • Rejects or barks at the baby
  • Touches you or tries to climb on top of you when you hold or suckling your baby
  • Trying to take his toys away from him
  • Mark territory in the nursery
  • In general, has unusual behaviors when you are with the baby to get your attention

If you've observed several of these symptoms, we're sure that yes, your dog is jealous. Don't panic! We'll explain what to do.

Tips to follow if my dog is jealous of my baby

Tips to follow if my dog is jealous of my baby

It's inevitable, you're going to have to divide your attentions. But that's the key: split your time and take care of both of them. Your dog is one more in the family! Don't let him feel replaced.

To prevent your dog from perceiving the new baby as a threat that comes to take his place, it is best to "present" them as soon as possible. As soon as the baby comes home, let the dog recognize him, let him smell that stranger who just walked in the door to get to know him. Don't be afraid! It won't do any harm; you'd be surprised how careful dogs are with children. In fact, he'll most likely be fond of you right away and be protective of your new child.

Do not make your baby something forbidden or inaccessible to your dog, this will make him feel even more "special", something you want only for yourself and increase his jealousy.

By taking care of the attention to both of them and letting them relate to each other from the beginning, the dog's jealous behavior will gradually disappear and they will be the best of friends! In fact, as your child grows older, you'll see that they can play and interact more and can't live without each other.

If you see that the situation is overwhelming or that you are doing your best and nothing is improving, consider consulting a professional.

What you should never do is ...

Remember! When the dog came into your house, you promised to take care of him and make him happy all his life. We know that a child is very important, but.... your dog is also part of your family!

Unfortunately, many families abandon their animals when they have babies. In addition to being an unjustified cruelty that your dog will never understand, it has been proven that living with pets is not bad or dangerous for children, but quite the contrary! It enriches both of them a lot, it helps development, they have fun, it encourages good treatment of animals.... That children have pets has lots of benefits.

If you're having a baby and want to prepare your dog, don't miss our article!

A pet is NOT a toy. Don't leave her because you had a baby.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dental Care For Dogs: What you can do against tartar
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