Archive for September 28th, 2010

Dog Problems “i cant take it anymore”?

Question by Kevin: Dog Problems “i cant take it anymore”?
my dog keeps pissing on my sofa and Blankets, the sofa is starting to stink and i just got the thing last year and i’m a little tired of washing blankets every day. so can someone tell me how to make him stop
and maybe take the smell out of my sofa.
P.S hes 3 years old so hes no puppy

Best answer:

Answer by Liz
Has he been neutered?I ask this because un neutered males will mark their territory everywhere! I am going to assume you are taking him out enough,but maybe start taking him out every hour.Also restrict his water,after 9 at night take up his water dish until morning.

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Dog Health Questions: Help! Why Is My Dog Drinking Alot?

Dog Health Questions: Help! Why Is My Dog Drinking Alot?

Does your dog appear to be emptying his water bowl a little more frequently than usual? If so, you’ll find he’s probably also urinating more than he used to. After all, what goes in must come out. If this behavior goes on for long enough, it can become a nuisance. That’s when it’s time to look closer at what’s going on.

It can be hard to tell if your dog’s water intake is in fact higher than normal, and the only way to do it properly is to measure it. Give your dog one water bowl for the day, and measure how much water you put in it. At the end of the day, measure how much is left. A dog’s average water intake is around 90ml per kilogram body weight, or 1 ½ oz. per lb.

If your dog has been exercising a lot, or if the weather is warm, he may be more thirsty than usual from time to time. However he won’t necessarily always drink to excess. How much he drinks is also affected by his diet; kibble has lower water content than canned food, so dogs fed a predominantly dry diet will drink more than those fed from a tin. However if he is always thirsty, and you can’t find any simple reason for it, it is likely that there is a problem with his health.

Some types of medication will make your dog thirsty.  Your vet can advise you whether this may be a cause of his increased water intake.

Excessive drinking and urination are often early symptoms of internal diseases. The most common of these conditions are diabetes, kidney disease and Cushing’s disease.

Most of us have heard of diabetes, where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to metabolize glucose.  One of the first indicators that your dog may be a diabetic is that he is always drinking from his water bowl. He also has little energy for his usual activities, and is constantly hungry.

If your dog is not eating, however, this could indicate a different medical condition, as I discussed in my previous article Dog Health Questions: Help! Why Is My Dog Not Eating.

Kidney disease can occur in dogs of any age. In the early stages you may only notice that your dog is always thirsty, and you need to let him outside to go to the toilet more often. As the disease progresses, he will go off his food, start to vomit and be quite depressed.  In my next article Dog Health Questions:  Help! Why Is My Dog Vomiting, I discuss the most common reasons why a dog throws up.
Cushing’s disease occurs when there is an excess of adrenal gland hormone in your dog’s body. Corticosteroid medication, often used to treat allergies, can result in this condition. It may also occur because a tumor in your dog’s body is causing overproduction of these hormones.  Symptoms include a potbellied appearance, hair loss and an increased appetite.

These diseases are potentially very serious, so if your dog is drinking a lot, make an appointment with your vet to have him examined. Blood and urine tests will help to work out what’s happening in his body, so treatment can be started straight away. The sooner he is treated, the quicker his symptoms will abate, and you won’t need to constantly top up his water bowl.

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My next article in this series, “Dog Health Questions: Help! Why Is My Dog Vomiting?” takes a look at the top reasons why a dog throws up.

How to Evaluate and Select Dog Food

How to Evaluate and Select Dog Food

There is a lot of confusion in regard to dog food quality.  How does one evaluate a bag?  How does one select the food that is best for one’s “best friend?” Having been in the pet food business for over 15 years, I feel comfortable stating that the one more knows, the less one knows.  So if you are confused and uncomfortable each time you purchase a bag of food, please rest assured that you are in very good company.

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to remember is I lie.  I lie.  The nutritionists lie.  The pet food manufacturers lie.  The retailers lie. The bags lie. Everyone lies.  The only ones who do not lie are the dogs.  

Therefore, the key to evaluating a pet food is to feed your dog and see how your dog performs.  Watch for a small, tight stool.  Your dog should not be hungry when fed the recommended amount (remember, the higher quality the food, the less food required).  Your dog should not need too much water (poorer quality foods absorb much of the moisture from the dog resulting in very loose stool and a very thirsty dog).  Your dog should have a level of energy appropriate for its lifestyle.  (A working dog or a show dog will require more protein and fat than a house pet.)

In my opinion, the three most important factors that will determine pet food quality are: a) the quality of the ingredients; b) processing temperature; and c) formula.  Note that formula is the least important of these factors.  Why? The best formula made with low quality ingredients at a high temperature will result in a poor quality food.

Ingredients:  There is much discussion regarding what ingredients to look for on the bag and what ingredients to avoid.  The general consensus is that the first ingredient should be a meat protein.   As a result, pet food companies have begun formulating to ensure that the first ingredient is a meat protein.  There are two ways to ensure this: a) use fresh meats; and b) use multiple grains.  Ingredients are listed in order of weight as a percentage of the entire formula.  Fresh meats are 80% water making them extremely heavy.  In order to process fresh meat, the water must be removed (basically converted into a meal) and then extruded.  The other method is to use four or more grains to ensure that there is a meat meal as the first ingredient.  These additional grains are not selected for any specific nutritional profile; they are selected because you want to see meat as the first ingredient.  

However, nothing on the label will indicate the quality of the ingredients used.  There is a wide variance in the quality of chicken meals and grains available to pet food producers.  The only way to determine if the producer is using a high-quality ingredient is to feed your dog.

Processing Temperature: Many foods are produced at higher temperatures to increase production efficiency.  Higher processing temperatures harm the proteins by causing them to become “bound.”  The proteins are still in the food but they are “unavailable” to the dog; the dog cannot digest the protein as it was damaged by high temperature.  There is no way to tell from the bag what the processing temperature was.  Again, feed your dog.

Formula: As we touched on above, many foods are now formulated with one eye on nutrition and one eye on what you, the consumer, want and believe.  You want the first ingredient to be a meat protein, so they use four or five grains.  You want fruits and vegetables, they include them.  Yes, berries are great antioxidants.  But, look at where these berries appear on the ingredient list.  How many berries do you think are really in that bag and do you really think that so few can make a difference?  Perhaps a functional treat or supplement would be better.  Glucosamine and Chondroitin are quite expensive.  But, you want to see them in the formula.  Did you know that glucosamine and chondroitin are effective treating joint problems in only 50% of dogs?  Why pay so much to have these ingredients in the food if there is only a 50:50 chance of efficacy while the dosage is probably too low to make a difference?  Again, perhaps a functional treat or supplement is the better way to go.

Therefore, your first step in selecting a food for your dog should be to find a simple formula made with quality ingredients and processed at a low temperature.  The difficulty is that you cannot determine the quality of the ingredients nor whether the food was processed optimally.  Fortunately, your dog can.

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Dog’s versus husband?

Question by YahooAnswerMan: Dog’s versus husband?
My wife had 2 dogs before we got married, and now has 2 more. She says she’d rather get rid of me than the dogs. I have changed things for her, drinking and drugs and cigarettes, all of which now she says bothers her “allergies”, yet she still has the dogs and they’re not supposed to bother me. They have taken over the couch and love seat, I can’t even sit on them when I come home from work because they’re on it and the dog hair kills me.Hair is everywhere, including my food, clothes, bedding etc. They ruin carpet, doors, and furniture which cost us tons to replace not to mention dog food, vet bills, fencing etc., yet she claims they’re her companions. I thought thats what a husband was supposed to be. Do the dogs pay bills? Wine and Dine her? Buy her things? ETC… How can I combat this without losing my marriage and being fifth in her life behind the four dogs?
And for those of you trolls, don’t bother answering, you’ll just be reported.
She does pay for all the dog’s expenses

Best answer:

Answer by Hammy
You have to stand up for yourself. It is your house too. They are just pets. If she refuses to pick you over them then it’s time for you to make a choice. I hate to say it but I’d probably drop them at the pound in the next county over if my spouse picked animals over me. Oops, they must have run away.

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