As pet parents, we strive to provide best care for our dogs and provide them with healthy and quality dog food. But the fear of our dogs falling sick is something that is inevitable. To keep them safe we are listing out seven common diseases which can affect your pets, symptoms and the measures that could be taken to control it.
Ear infection is a very common condition in dogs especially for the ones with floppy and pendulous ears. It occurs mostly due to allergies in dog food, ear mites, wax build-up and hair growth deep inside its ear canal. If you find your dog scratching its ears often, or any dark discharge from the ear canal, take them right away to the veterinarian for an examination. Do not try to infections at home.
2.Diarrhea and Vomiting:
One of the recurring sickness in dogs is diarrhea. It is sometimes accompanied with vomiting or lack of appetite. Like humans, dogs also have difficulty in digestion. There are many possible reasons like intestinal infection and parasites attacking their digestive organs.
One of the primary reason for the cause is intake of processed dog foods which most dogs consume. Symptoms could be blood in the vomit, fever, dark or bloody stools and excessive drooling with nausea. Take your pooch to your vet sooner will help you diagnose the actual problem. Make sure you provide fresh, clean drinking water to avoid dehydration. Switching to fresh and natural, human-grade diet without preservatives is a long term solution which will help them to have a host of benefits including better digestion.
If your dog’s skin and coat look crusty or bears black/white spots unlike smooth and clean then it’s time to take him for an examination. Dogs scratch themselves on a daily basis but if it is incessant it could most likely because of food allergies. Bacteria and yeast infections can also be a cause for the condition. Your canine could also develop hot spots and flea allergy. Talk to the doctor to know suitable skin products for your pooch. Making changes in your pet’s diet with fresh, balanced food will keep the skin infections in check.
Dogs tend to rarely show signs of dental pain. They are prone to gum diseases and tooth fractures. Increase of plaque in their mouth eventually leads to bacteria growth which in turn destroys tissues and bones. Your pet may experience severe discomfort but still would look normal. However look out for these symptoms once in a while to protect their dental health – bleeding gums, loose teeth, bloody saliva, bad breath, difficulty in picking up food and dribbling. You could keep infections at bay by cleaning his teeth every day and to provide good quality dog food with no preservatives would help in the long run.
Obesity is a very common among Indian dogs and most of the dogs are overweight. Unfortunately pet parents don’t realize that their pet is on the higher side of the weight chart. Major reason for pets being overweight and obese are because of the highly processed food being given and also lack of exercises. While obesity occurs in all ages, overlooking the problem could lead to major diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and arthritis. Symptoms of canine obesity are rapid weight gain, excessive panting, intolerant to heat and tiredness. Changing the food habits to light, fresh, human-grade food is the best remedy to maintain your dog’s weight and body score. Include regular exercises every day to ensure their weight is managed well.
Dogs are prone to kennel cough as they are highly contagious. One of the most common reason is the growth of infectious bacteria and viruses in the kennels and exposure to poor ventilation. The basic symptom is forceful cough. It can also be identified with running nose, eye discharge and continuous sneezing. Your pup must be taken to vet immediately if you suspect kennel cough as they are easily transmittable. Providing a well-humidified area to stay would help prevent the infection.
Cancer is one of the most common reason of deaths in dogs, especially older ones. The warnings are very similar to how humans are identified with cancer. Keep an eye out if your abnormal swellings in his body, loss of appetite and weight loss, difficulty in urinating and defecating, abnormal bleeding and wounds that does not heal. Certain breeds like Golden Retrievers, Poodles and German Shepherd are more likely to be affected by Cancer. Early detection of symptoms helps in curing of cancer in most cases.
If you detect any unusual behavior or discomfort in your dogs, try to consult with your vet at the earliest. While the diseases are common, they tend to become incurable if left unnoticed. Be safe and cautious before it is too late.
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Yes, dogs can eat eggs. They are indeed necessary for a dog’s diet. From the shell of the egg to the yolk, they are high in nutrition.
“Be sure to include the yolk because egg whites alone can cause a biotin deficiency”– Dr.Karen Becker
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and contain many essential fats, vitamins and minerals. Just like humans, when we include eggs as a part of our dog’s meal, especially in homemade dog food, it helps in improving dog’s overall health.
Why are eggs good?
Apart from protein, including eggs in your dog’s meal is an easy method to offer necessary nutrients like – Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron and Selenium.
Eggs from pastured hens are high in Omega-3, which is an essential fatty acid for animals. Increased intake of omega-3 in dogs would benefit in strengthening their joints, heart, skin and brain.
Dogs will earn that extra boost of energy from eggs when they are sick. So, it is good to provide a considerable amount of egg in their meal. You can also include egg to cure their upset tummy and to stimulate their appetite.
Be mindful in choosing your dog’s eggs as it directly affects his health. Choose eggs from free-range chickens or organic chicken.
Do’s and Don’ts for feeding your dog with eggs
There are many ways to include egg in your dog’s food. You can serve them as a hardboiled, scrambled, raw or poached egg. Make sure to avoid oil, seasonings and harmful human ingredients. Preparing scrambled eggs without onions and garlic will favour to their health. A dash of salt and pepper will cause no harm. You can mix eggs with rice or use it as a meal topper.
However, there are a few things to be kept in mind before serving eggs:
There are chances for a dog to contract Salmonella when a raw egg is offered. As a dog owner, be aware of the type of eggs that you provide – choose organic and quality eggs. Try to avoid the growth of bacteria on them by keeping them cool.
Egg whites consist of avidin, which inhibits a vitamin called biotin. They usually hold an important place in cell growth and metabolism. If they are provided in an excess amount to our pooch, it might cause a biotin deficiency. A few experts suggest that providing an equal amount of egg yolks can substitute the deficient.
Some dogs develop an allergy to certain foods at any time of his life. It could be due to the body’s reaction to certain protein rich food. So, watch out for any symptoms of itching or breathing problems when you feed egg.
Eggshells are a great source of calcium for dogs. You can grind the shells and mix it with their food to avoid difficulty while eating. Keep in mind to clean and boil the egg with shell before serving them as they could have chemicals sprayed on top.
There are many myths about cholesterol in eggs being bad for dog’s health. They are not a threat to your pooch’s health. Increased intake of egg might make him gain weight but cholesterol-related diseases will not occur in them.
Have It The Right Way
Dogs can eat eggs in less amount, every day. They are a complete package of necessary nutrients and has a huge effect on their energy level. But it is important to know the correct amount of egg to be fed. A dog’s diet must be balanced with other necessary nutrients, apart from the egg. Be aware of the number of calories that you feed your dogs, along with their treats and usual meal. Also, before you include egg in your dog’s meal, consult with your veterinarians to know the proper amount for feeding.
Oscar Daisy uses high quality and safe eggs, and other ingredients which are 100% human-grade and wholesome to prepare our vet-formulated healthy recipes for your dog. It’s pure food for your pooch with no nasty preservatives and harmful additives.