Why Your Dog Needs Vitamins?

To maintain a healthy quality of life, it is very much essential that you make right nutritional balance for your dog. Vitamins and minerals are essential elements for their bodies and they keep your dog’s body working correctly, remove toxins and assist in digestion. Along with vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes help dogs to remain active and healthy. However, not all the vitamins work same in your dog’s body.

A huge number of bodily functions require vitamins. That is why it is very much important to have a balance of all the vitamins. There are mainly two types of vitamins – water soluble and fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in fatty tissues and the liver. Vitamins like A, D, E and K are soluble in fatty tissues and they remain in the body for a long time.

Water soluble vitamins are flushed out of the body of your dog on a regular basis. B Group of vitamins and Vitamin C are some of the water soluble vitamins. Unlike human beings, a dog’s body can produce their own vitamin C. So, one needs to supply their dog with B vitamins.

If your dog is getting all the required nutritions from their regular food, you may not have to opt for a supplement. But, if you get a supplement for your puppy, it can boost their regular growth. Even the supplements can be of help for the senior dogs, as they may have difficulties in absorbing nutrients. Before you decide on supplying supplements, you should consult your vet, as they may suggest you the right kind of supplement according to the body mass and nutritional requirements. Pet Cal is one such supplement that can supply your dog with Vitamin D that supports strong, healthy bones and teeth in dogs.

How You can Help your Dog to Get Relief from Osteoarthritis

It wasn’t easy to accept, but I needed to deal with the news that my dearest canine friend Lima was suffering from Osteoarthritis. I was shocked to death, but then the vet explained me, she can still fight with this pain and get well soon to walk at ease.

How I knew she has Osteoarthritis

One day after office when I reached home, she didn’t come and wish me jumping as she usually used to do. Initially I thought she might be sick or may be occupied with her favourite chews, but then I looked at her helpless face and could understand she is having difficulties in moving. I thought of observing her for a few days. In next few days, I could notice that she is not able to jump into the car or into the stairs. So much so that she was not even able to reach her favourite chair. Gradually she became irritable, nervous and less active. This is when I decided to take her to the local vet for check up.

What is Osteoarthritis

For me, she was still very young. But, the reality was she reached the age of 12 by then. The vet confirmed that she has Osteoarthritis. He explained me how this degenerative disease involves one or more joints in the body of a dog. The vet also added that the dogs in between their middle and old age suffer from this joint pain. The pain generally triggers due to excessive wear in one or more joints.

How to reduce the pain

My question was very direct, “Am I losing my cheerful daughter?”, to which he replied she won’t be perfectly cured but definitely she would lead a better life if the treatment starts immediately. He prescribed Nutramax cosequin for my baby. Thanks to the medicine and the vet obviously, for making my daughter relieved of such a distressed situation.

A Small Guide to Puppy Vaccinations

Did you ever have the feeling that puppies are the most wonderful creatures in the world. Well! I do. So much so that I can’t stop collecting pictures of them whenever I encounter one. But, along with being adorable, they are vulnerable too. And that is why, just like human babies, puppies also need to have vaccination.

A puppy is given first vaccination at the age of 6 weeks. These vaccines are helpful to boost the immune system of the puppies. When a puppy is not vaccinated thoroughly, they become prone to various diseases. The un-vaccinated puppies can also be affected by the Parvo diseases. Parvo disease is one of the most viral and contagious diseases that badly affects the gastrointestinal and cardiac tracts of the puppies. The disease is also known to be one of the primary causes of the early death of the puppies.

When puppies reach the age of 3 months, they are given heartworm preventive vaccines. This vaccine is given to treat heartworms and intestinal worms. Between 6 to 14 weeks of age, ticks and flea preventive vaccines are given. Most of these preventive vaccines are given in monthly intervals.

For the prevention of hepatitis and leptospirosis, you need to give them booster vaccines. The components of this vaccine boost the level of antibodies inside the body of the puppy. It is the antibodies that fight against the infection in puppy’s body. These antibodies get transferred to the puppy’s body if they feed on their mother’s first milk.

Another most common puppy vaccine is the anti-rabies. It is given to the puppies when they reach six months. To make sure the puppy is completely protected from rabies, you need to give them the vaccine on time. Since the composition of one puppy’s body differ from the other, the vaccination technique also may vary.

How Preventic Collar for Dogs Helps Fight Ticks

To prevent, killing, and the detachment of ticks, the Preventic Amitraz Tick Collar for Dogs can be of ultimate help.  As long as your dog is carrying the collar around its neck, prevention will last up to 3 months. This tick collar also prevents new ticks from attaching and feeding within 48 hours of use. This effective dog collar has amitraz, a very powerful ingredient that kills and prevents ticks up to 90 days. The collar can save your dog from various species of ticks such as Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick and the Deer Tick (the major carrier of Lyme disease).

The Preventic Collar has to be used on dogs 12 weeks or older. This water resistant tick killer gives your dog the liberty to keep their play mode on in all circumstances. The collars are available in 2 sizes and safe when used as directed. It is over 97% effective against ticks for up to 3 months. It kills the ticks carrying tickborne diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

How it works

Amitraz, an antiparasitic drug is the active ingredient in this collar. It paralyzes the mouth parts of the ticks before killing them. Preventing the attachment of the ticks it prevents the transmission of the disease. The collar can also save your dog from mites, lice, and other animal pests.

Cautions to use Preventic Collar

Amitraz is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) and it should not be given to the dogs which are already on some other MAOI such as Anipryl or selegiline. People who are suffering from diabetes should use this product with care. They should wash their hands thoroughly after administering this collar on their dogs. While putting this collar on their dog, you should use rubber gloves.

How Glandex Relieves Your Dog from Anal Glands

It’s definitely not a subject of dinner table discussion, but it’s something you can’t really escape if you want to see your dog in good health. Yes, your dog gets sacs or anal glands that may contain smelly fluid which need to be emptied or released occasionally. The sacs are found around the anus of your dog and sometimes you may need to help your dog to release the fluid. To deal with such uncomfortable situation, Gandex can be of much help.

What is Glandex

Glandex is a healthy way to cure the anal gland problems. It provides with an easy and painless treatment. It is made with a special blend of key ingredients, intended to form larger and firmer stools. It results in putting extra pressure on the anal glands of your dog. So with every bowel movement, your dog’s anal glands are emptied. Glandex has natural soothing ingredients that reduce itching and effectively treat the allergies. It also treats the swelling that triggers gland problems in your dog’s anus. The probiotics in Glandex boost digestive power of your dog and immune system health.

Glandex is available in powder form, which you can mix with food for easy consumption. It is also available in peanut butter-flavored soft chews. To give it a taste loved by the pets, the Glandex Powder is made with 100% pure beef liver. Both powder and chews need to be given to the dogs over 12 weeks of age.

How it works

If your dog gets involved in scooting, it can cause them itching and pain, which they will do to get relieve on their own. It may damage your dog’s skin, cause redness and burning of the bottom of your pet. Glandex has natural anti-inflammatories that help in reducing the underlying inflammation and allergies.

Foods You can Give Your Dog for Sharp Eyesight

Just like their human parents, the canine pets may suffer from weaker eyesight due to lack of necessary vitamins or growing age. For them, nutrients rich, colorful foods can be of much help as they protect against eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, uveitis and much more. A whole range of these foods supply anthocyanins, beta-carotene, glutathione, carotenoids, phytonutrients, lycopene and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Here is a list of some of the beneficial fruits for your dog:

Blueberries: Rich in two eye -healthy carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin blueberries can be a healthy choice of fruit for your dogs. They supply anthocyanins, which are eye-nourishing phytonutrients that support night vision. Bluberries can also relief your dogs from eye fatigue.

Brocolis: One of the best veggies for eye health, Brocoli is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. It also contains beta-carotene. The leaves contain more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Experts have found that sprouts of broccoli are able to protect the retina from free radical damage.

Eggs: Eggs are packed with the two components of glutathione called cysteine and sulphur. The compounds in eggs that contain sulphur protect eyes from cataract formation.

Cold water fish: Salmon, tuna, sardines, haddock are rich in Omega-3s, particularly EPA and DHA. These fatty acids take great care of retinal health.

Carrots: There are almost 100 varieties of carrots in this world and almost all of them are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, and riboflavin, calcium, niacin, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, magnesium, sulphur, copper and iodine.

Garlic: For pet eye health, the sulphur content is very much helpful, as it helps in the production of glutathione. It is a protein that works as an antioxidant for your dog’s eye lens. Glutathione can aid in preventing some visual problems.

Things You Should Know About Waterless Shampoo

Keeping your dog hair clean and tidy is as important as cleaning human hair. Failing to maintain cleanliness of dog’s hair can make your dog’s hair dirty and contract lice. So, to keep them tidy and fresh-smelling, you need to get a formulation that is safe for animal skin. But, sometimes it becomes challenging to get them a proper bath, especially when you are travelling. For such unavoidable circumstances, waterless shampoo can be the best alternative.

What is a waterless shampoo?

As the name indicates, a waterless dog shampoo does not require water to clean the skin and fur of the dogs. To clean your dog’s fur, you just need to apply the shampoo on the dog and make sure it spreads properly. You can use a towel to spread it well. Wait for a while before you brush it off so that the chemical does it work and yet not remains in your dog’s fur or skin. These shampoos are also helpful for those dogs who are very afraid of water or dislike water bath.

Waterless variety of shampoos are smart and convenient replacement of traditional shampoos. You can use this shampoo when you are not in a mood to follow the tiresome process of bathing the dog or when you do not want to give them a shower because they get dirty very frequently. Waterless shampoo can be of great help if you want to clean your dog in between their routine bathing sessions. If you succeed to choose the right shampoo, the dog and you won’t feel the difference between a normal shampoo and the waterless ones. Some of the popular brands like Bio Groom are bringing shampoos that can keep your dogs fur equally soft and shiny along with removing the smell and extra oil from their skin. For better results and less impact on the environment you can try the organic varieties of waterless shampoo.