If You Suspect a Urinary Track Infection in Your Dog!

If You Suspect a Urinary Track Infection in Your Dog!.

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If You Suspect a Urinary Track Infection in Your Dog!

It was not an ideal day when my Lola had two “accidents” within one hour, in spite of being outside, in the back yard, at least four times during that day. First, I thought she might be mad at me for having the nerve to leave her alone in the house for 2 hours??? but that was not possible, she has the best temperament one could wish for… “revenge” would be more like in ¬†Duke’s nature ( he is my companion boxer, and he was fine!)

Then she started to strain when urinating and finally, to convince me this was a very serious problem, I saw BLOOD in her urine!!!

I immediately called our vet, and he diagnosed her with a urinary track infection (UTI). He prescribed an antibiotic,and the symptoms were resolved in a few days. However, we knew it was important to finished the entire course of the treatment. Lola was “begging” for the medicine, since I was coating it in cream cheese or peanut butter:)

Sometimes, there is the temptation to STOP the treatment once the symptoms are gone, but this is very dangerous and does more harm than good. The bad bacteria is still there, a little disoriented and dizzy ūüôā but NOT dead, so finishing the entire course of the treatment, as prescribed by the vet is essential for complete recovery.

IF YOUR DOG ¬†SUDDENLY starts having “accidents” (and before she was potty trained), starts straining when she urinates, urinates with blood, she MIGHT have an UTI. Of course common sense tells us if these symptoms occur to immediately take her to a vet. If the diagnosis is an UIT your vet will probably prescribe an antibiotic.

It is VERY important to treat an UIT IMMEDIATELY because if left untreated it affects the kidneys.

If your dog takes an antibiotic, just like in humans, the antibiotic “kills” the bad bacteria in the intestinal track, but also the good bacteria. For that reason, it is important to give your dog a good probiotic which helps rebuilding and maintaining the good bacteria in the intestinal flora. Probiotics also ¬†help improve the immune system. For general health improvement, give your dog and yourself a :treat” of yogurt:) which contains probiotics.

IMPORTANT:

Probiotics must be FRESH in order to work. I keep the probiotics in the refrigerator. For my dogs I use Natren’s Caninedophilus-Probiotic Ferment Gel for Dogs.

For me:) I take a probiotic which years ago saved my daughter’s life. It is called VSL3. This product comes Federal Express, in a special refrigerated package, so one knows the product is fresh. The VSL3 is a probiotic for HUMANS, not dogs, but I thought I’d share, because we, humans, must keep in good health to care for our pet companions!

I’d also like to share what we do now PREVENTIVELY, so another UIT doesn’t “attacj” Lola again!

UITs are very dangerous, especially  in female dogs because they have a short urinary  track and the infection travels quickly to the kidneys.

1. ¬†Hygene — wipe your dog’s butt:) after she goes out (this measure takes unconditional love:).

2. If she is a poop eater:( stop her before it is too late! It is believed that this bad habit is caused by a vitamin B defficincy. There is a product available,” Nixit” which might stop the habit.

3. Give your companion dog plenty of fresh water.

4. As in humans, cranberry juice would help, but HOW could you give cranberry juice to a dog and call it a treat? To solve this problem,ONLY NATURAL PET, sells an excellent product in capsule form, ” Kidney Support,” which in addition ¬†to cranberry juice extract, it has other natural ingredients which are known to improve kidney function.

5. Give your dog citrus  fruit as treats. I consider myself lucky because all my dogs love slices of oranges.

For the moment I can’t think of anything else which might help other humans, lovers of dogs who suffer from UITs, but I hope this information is useful to someone.

As always, I welcome and look forward to your comments and perhaps shares of others do for this condition.

Of course,  this post is for information purposes ONLY and a share of my personal experience.

Wishing everyone a stress free weekend!

http://www.ProvenTherapy.com/Rodica

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Foods That May Harm Your Dog!

Foods That May Harm Your Dog!.

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Foods That May Harm Your Dog!

It’s been on my mind to compile a fairly comprehensive list of foods we should not feed our beloved companions. It was when Lola almost snitched a piece of chocolate off the counter that I realized I should not delay! Yes, I did not that much: NO chocolate!

To compile my list I used several sources which I think are reliable: www.today.com “People Foods that Can Kill Your Pet 5/9/2008, http://voices.yahoo What-Food-Haarm-Dog and finally www.pets.ebmd.co¬† I did not go into the details of the articles which specifically tell us WHY these foods are harmful. I thought if you wish to know the details, I provided the sources.

Here’s the sum up:

1. NO Chocolate

2. NO grapes or raising

3. NO avocados

4. NO onions or garlic

5. NO bones

6. NO raw meats

7. NO Candy, coffee or cafeinated products or tea

8. NO nuts, especially macademia nuts

9. NO fruits with seeds or ernels such as plums or peaches

10. NO alcoholic beverages, not even BEER!

11. No milk porducts including ice cream

12. NO fatty, spicy, salty products

13. NO peppers, popcorn

14. No moldy cheeses

15. No cherries

16. No procesed foods

17. NO raw eggs

18. NO baked goods sweetened with xylitol

19.  NO Human medications such acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

20.  Other poisunous ingredients: baking soda and baking powder.

In case of emergency call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 888 426-4435

FOODS THAT ARE OKAY FOR OUR DOGS:

1. Lean cooked meat

2. Cooked white rice and lean chicken (good when dog has gstrointestinal problems)

3. Cooked potatoes ONLY

4. Carrot sticks, green beans,  apples, orange slices, bananas, watermellon

NO SEEDS— REMOVE ALL SEEDS FROM SUCH FRUITS BEFORE FEEDING YOUR DOG

One of the articles was not recommending oranges or apples but the other two did. I am under the impression it is the seeds from these fruits that must be removed, but use your good judgement and additional research.

5. Cooked pasta

6. High quality dog food, fro my personal experience I suggest you check the percentage of protein to be at least 25%. They are carnivores and do need high protein content.

Hope this is helpful.

Enjoy your BEST friends:)

 

 

 

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Natural Suppliments for Your Dogs

Natural Suppliments for Your Dogs.

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Natural Suppliments for Your Dogs

ImageImageImageThis morning, as I was coating various dog suppliments in either cream cheese or peanut butter, for my beloved companion dogs, I realize that I am more faithful in giving them their suppliments than I am taking mine!:)

Lola, the baby of the family, is turning a year in November. She has an older “sister,” Sophie, and “brother,” Duke.

The older one gets, the more suppliments, and Sophie, who is a 12-year old Westy, takes the most.

In addition to what I give everyone she takes a Kidney Support pill  in which the main ingredient is cranberry juice (just like a human).

They all take a Daily multi vitamin, Lola’s for puppies, the other two for adults.. I bought the multi vitamins at Walmart, but the other suppliments I got from two of my favorite sites for pets: www.entirelypets.com and www.onlynaturalpet.com

Only Natural Pets offers a generous 15% off to first time buyers!

Duke, who is a superb male boxer, has suffered from separation anxiety all his life. I believe that  was why he was taken back to the rescue several times, before he found a home with me, at last. However, even as careful as I were, somehow he managed to crawl up a 7 feet fence (NOT jump, but literally crawl it up)).

A vet told me to give him Zanax, and when I went to the pharmacy with the script and inquired, the pharmacist sternly told me in school they learned on side effects on humans, not dogs! Zanax was not a solution and I have been in search of something to calm Duke for years.

A few weeks ago I came across, on the site Entirely pets, a natural suppliment Tranquil-Tabs.The main ingredients are Passionflower and L-Tryptophan. It made miracles for Duke!

Okay… this post is getting too long, but there are JUST¬†THREE other suppliments to mention and ALL my dogs take them:

A Joint Treats, which is very tasty and it contains among other healthy ingredients, glucosamine, Vit. E manganese and zinc.

The second ¬†“pill” is a must for both humans and pets: FISH OIL! Omega-Caps. The benefits of¬†this suppliment are scientifically documented as helping in heart¬†conditions and¬†¬†as an anti inflammatory. Studies also suggest that it¬†helps with depression in humans, in combination with vit. E and vit. C.

The LAST suppliment I’d like to mention is Brewer’s¬†Yeast and GImagearlic Tabs which promotes healthy skin and coat and minimizes normal shedding.

So… let’s count:¬†¬†6 suppliments total if my math is correct.

The benefit? Three happy, healthy dogs and saving on vet visits.

Happy supplementing:)

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Natural Suppliments for Your Dogs

ImageImageImageThis morning, as I was coating various dog suppliments in either cream cheese or peanut butter, for my beloved companion dogs, I realize that I am more faithful in giving them their suppliments than I am taking mine!:)

Lola, the baby of the family, is turning a year in November. She has an older “sister,” Sophie, and “brother,” Duke.

The older one gets, the more suppliments, and Sophie, who is a 12-year old Westy, takes the most. 

In addition to what I give everyone she takes a Kidney Support pill  in which the main ingredient is cranberry juice (just like a human).

They all take a Daily multi vitamin, Lola’s for puppies, the other two for adults.. I bought the multi vitamins at Walmart, but the other suppliments I got from two of my favorite sites for pets: www.entirelypets.com and www.onlynaturalpet.com

Only Natural Pets offers a generous 15% off to first time buyers!

Duke, who is a superb male boxer, has suffered from separation anxiety all his life. I believe that  was why he was taken back to the rescue several times, before he found a home with me, at last. However, even as careful as I were, somehow he managed to crawl up a 7 feet fence (NOT jump, but literally crawl it up)).

A vet told me to give him Zanax, and when I went to the pharmacy with the script and inquired, the pharmacist sternly told me in school they learned on side effects on humans, not dogs! Zanax was not a solution and I have been in search of something to calm Duke for years.

A few weeks ago I came across, on the site Entirely pets, a natural suppliment Tranquil-Tabs.The main ingredients are Passionflower and L-Tryptophan. It made miracles for Duke!

Okay… this post is getting too long, but there are JUST¬†THREE other suppliments to mention and ALL my dogs take them:

A Joint Treats, which is very tasty and it contains among other healthy ingredients, glucosamine, Vit. E manganese and zinc. 

The second ¬†“pill” is a must for both humans and pets: FISH OIL! Omega-Caps. The benefits of¬†this suppliment are scientifically documented as helping in heart¬†conditions and¬†¬†as an anti inflammatory. Studies also suggest that it¬†helps with depression in humans, in combination with vit. E and vit. C.

The LAST suppliment I’d like to mention is Brewer’s¬†Yeast and GImagearlic Tabs which promotes healthy skin and coat and minimizes normal shedding.

So… let’s count:¬†¬†6 suppliments total if my math is correct.

The benefit? Three happy, healthy dogs and saving on vet visits.

Happy supplementing:) 

 

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