A bowel movement once or twice daily is normal for most dogs and cats. A poor quality diet with too much meat and not enough fiber is the usual cause of chronic constipation, it could also be caused by the animal eating bones, hair and feathers of outdoor prey. Animals who get too little exercises are often constipated too.
The optimal diet–A good balance of protein, whole grains and vegetables. The change of diet may be all that is needed for chronic constipation. Always try to feed bran, fresh-chopped fruits, raw green vegetables, and whole-cooked grains. (Always feed veggies and fruits separately). Prunes, apricots, apples, and berries are all laxative and most pets learn to like them.
Puppy tricks are used not only to entertain yourself, but also to help the puppy grow in confidence and use his/her intelligence. Try a few of the following:
Place your puppy in a sit and kneel in front of him, take a piece of treat and slowly put the treat close to his nose and lead his nose up, when he leans up toward the treat his right paw will come off the ground. Just before that happens say “Shake”. Once he begins to associate with his actions you can just reach for his paw and say “Shake” and he will!!
Get your puppy excited by tossing around his favorite toy (ball). After a few tosses and fetches, play with the ball in your hands and tell the puppy “Speak”. Eventually frustration will cause him to bark. Reward him immediately by throwing the ball.
Heatstroke is an emergency situation that requires quick first aid to save an animal’s life. The first remedy is prevention— Keeping your pets cool is a must; remember that pets do not have sweat glands over the entire body as we do. Fresh water must be kept available at all times.
- Never leave your pet in the car, even with windows open cars can rapidly become like an oven
- Concrete runs without shade can also lead to sunstroke
- Being confined in crates or carriers with too little ventilation can lead to heatstroke
It is important to know that most arthritic pets can and should exercise, in addition dogs can also benefit from specific physical-therapy exercises designed to ease the pain and stiffness.
Exercise increases muscle tone, strengthens owner-animal bonds, and increases the well being of pets.
A moderate exercise program should be initiated under veterinary supervision. Always start slow and gradually allow your dog to do more as he progresses naturally on his own. If your dog can go only a half mile at a slow pace before experiencing pain, do not push. Let your dog set the guidelines, exercise should not lead to pain. If your dog is sore the next day, skip a day and resume at a slower pace next time.