Choosing the best food for our dogs can get confusing. Having a better understanding of dog nutrition will allow owners to read labels and pick the dog food with ingredients that are truly healthy and not only popular because of some hype.
You've probably heard that grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs. But what most do not know is the severity of the situation, if your canine were to ingest these fruits. We explain the causes and effects of grape and raisin toxicity.
Is Your Dog Overweight? To tell if your pet could shed a few, feel around his ribs and spine. You should be able to locate both, with only a thin layer of fat separating the skin from the bones. If you can't find the ribcage, you have an overweight dog.
Protecting your pets
A dog’s body consists of around 70% water and requires sufficient water to maintain a proper level of body fluids. Dogs lose a great deal of water daily through urination, respiration, and evaporation, a relatively small amount of losses can result in serious health problems, so it is very important that an adequate water supply be available at all times.
Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop to less than normal. This is due to either reduced water intake or increased fluid loss. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or a bout of vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies.
Water is essential for helping the kidneys flush out toxics from the blood. Water also helps keep other organ tissues hydrated and healthy. Dehydration in cats is dangerous, and if not treated, can lead to death.
To be on the safe side, you should always leave a bowl of fresh water for your guinea pig throughout the day. It really depends on the individual pig but a basic observation of whether your guinea pig drinks alot, a little or none will be very useful. That way you will be able to notice if there is a change in habits.
The importance of adequate water intake cannot be overstated. A rabbit who does not drink sufficient water will gradually begin to suffer desiccation of the intestinal contents. Skin tenting, a common method used by veterinarians to gauge the state of hydration in many animals, is not a good gauge of hydration in rabbits.
Water is an important part of a hamster’s diet and should be available at all times. You may use a gravity-flow bottle, placed at an acceptable height, where the hamster is comfortable reaching to. Water should be changed daily to ensure that algae do not form in your hamster’s water bottle.
1. Medications for people: Pets have a much greater sensitivity to many of the common over-the-counter and prescription medications that may be in your home.
If you find that you love sharing your sweets with your dog, you may be in for a (nasty) treat.
Alfalfa Hay Alfalfa hay is high in fibre, protein, energy, and calcium. This hay is ideal for young or lactating animals as well as those that are recovering from surgery or illnesses. Once an animal reaches adulthood or completes recovery, Alfalfa hay should be replaced with other types of hay.
Just like us, guinea pigs cannot produce Vitamin C by themselves and may require supplements for healthy growth and well-being, if their diets do not contain sufficient amount of the nutrient.