Colic in Puppies: How to Deal With It Effectively?

Emery

Puppies are like babies in that they too suffer from colic due to indigestion or when they are unable to release the gas trapped in the intestines. However, this condition is temporary. It becomes less frequent and goes away by itself as the puppy grows up. Until then it can cause the puppy a lot of distress depending on its intensity. A puppy that has colic has the urge to empty the bowels soon after having food. The puppy suffering from colic appears panicky and fretful, cries and in some extreme cases it may have seizures.

Although both babies and puppies can have colic their treatments are different. Before trying to deal with puppy colic it is important to understand what causes it. With patience and understanding you can successfully handle the problem yourself. No matter how you feed the puppy, food remaining in the stomach will produce gas. This builds up until the puppy defecates or passes stool. Many young puppies don’t know how to pass stool and need stimulation, which is usually provided by the mother. If the mother does not do it for some reason, then the puppy does not learn how to effectively pass stool and may suffer from colic due to the decomposed food sitting in the stomach for long. The dealing of the person with the puppy will be educated at the original site. The eating habits of the pets should be great when there will be availability of the proper information. The ingredients of the food should be organic and herbal for the puppies to eat and consume.

Mothers stimulate their puppies by licking the genital and anal areas while they are feeding and this triggers the puppy’s reflex to eliminate. If you are feeding the puppy yourself then of course it is missing stimulation by its mother. Thus puppies should not be weaned too soon and weaning should be a gradual process. If the colic is due to lack of stimulation then you can follow the mother’s lead. You can also do something similar with your puppy. You can do a similar type of stimulation using a warm moist cloth. Rub the genital and anus region of the puppy with a cloth, soaked with warm water, before and after feeding it. This provides the necessary stimulation for the puppy’s bowel movements, thus preventing colic. The colic may also be due to inactivity of the bowels and trapped gases.

One of the easiest and most effective ways of controlling frequent puppy colic is giving it food meant for dogs with weak stomachs. It is just like you would change the baby formula that doesn’t agree with your baby. Make sure that the puppy is prevented from eating food meant for your family members. Once your puppy is comfortable with a particular type of food, stick to it and don’t change it until it is necessary to do so. If the colic persists then get in touch with your veterinarian. Also a puppy suffering from colic may have frequent urges to eliminate, especially after food. You must make arrangements for this so that the puppy does it according to its potty training.

A puppy having colic attacks is already in a helpless state and thus there is no use yelling at it or getting angry. Screaming or yelling at the puppy will only make matters worse. It is important to deal with the problem patiently. The problem usually fades away by the time the puppy is one year old. Veterinarians usually advise you to feed the puppy, suffering from colic, more often but a little at a time. This will give more time to the puppy’s stomach to digest the food. Continue feeding it as per the vet’s advice and slowly but surely the problem will subside and eventually go away.

The puppy suffering from colic should be given a lot of water to drink if it suffers from diarrhea also. This is to prevent dehydration due to loss of fluids in diarrhea. Feed the puppy the prescribed food and medications regularly. Continue potty training your puppy even if it has colic. Once the colic subsides your puppy will grow into a happy and healthy dog.

How To Make An Ant Free Cat Or Dog Feeding Bowl

Emery

In addition to a couple of indoor cats my wife and I enjoy feeding several additional outdoor pets. Two of these ‘outsiders’ are cats we have adopted which were born in the wild and prefer to live outside. In addition (at last count) 3 abandoned/stray cats are frequent guests at the three feeding and water bowls we maintain on our covered front porch.

From our breakfast room window we enjoy watching the almost constant parade of cats of all shapes, sizes and colors to and from our front porch.

Each morning we rinse out and wipe clean the 3 feed bowls and fill each bowl with 3 cups of dried, pellet cat food. In the evening we replenish the bowls with an additional cup of food. The water bowl is replenished daily and changed every third day.

During the winter months our feeding routine presents few problems. The cats, knowing our feeding schedule are hungrily standing by as we refill the bowls and will revisit the bowls throughout the day until all of the food is gone. Different people have the question that How to wash and groom a dog’s face? The washing of the face should be done with proper care through soap and water. It can be done through the experts also.

However, with the first sign of Spring a new problem surfaces. Overnight thousands of ants appear, marching in straight, orderly lines from the ground, up the foundation wall, onto the porch and into the feed bowls. As Spring gives way to Summer ants are everywhere, thousands upon thousands of hungry, marching ants. These little critters not only cover the floor of the porch, but concentrate so heavily in the feed bowls that the brown pellets appear to take up the orange tint of shoulder to shoulder ants.

Making matters worse even the most hungry of our cats will not feed once the bowl is infested with ants.

What to do?

In an attempt to eliminate the ant problem we considered using any of several commercial pesticides, but after reading the warning labels we were very concerned about the potential environmental effect of applying these poisonous sprays and powders which could possibly end up in our ground water. Most of all we did not want these poisons in and around our cat feeding area.

The solution we found was both simple and effective and importantly, presented no danger the health of our cats or the environment.

Step 1:

From a neighborhood Home Furnishings store I found and purchased 3 sets of very inexpensive plastic bowls. Each set contained six varying sized bowls, nested together on top of one twelve inch diameter saucer.

Step 2:

From each set we selected the smallest bowl, which was 6 inches in diameter and three inches deep, to be our new cat feeding bowl.

Step 3:

From each of the three sets we selected the 12 inch in diameter saucer and filled each with two inches of water.

Step 4:

In the center of each water-filled saucer we placed the 6 inch bowl (step 2 above) and filled it with the usual 3 cups of pelltized food.

The weight of the food filled bowl is sufficient to keep it from floating. Placing the food bowl in the center of the saucer provides a 3 inch water filled moat around the food bowl which serves as a very effective and safe deterrent from invading ants.

After initial deployment of our new defense the ants would march up to the saucer, climb its’ side and circle the perimeter, looking for a way to cross over to the feed bowl. Evidently in response to the smell of the food the ants returned for the next three days before giving up the fight.

As an unexpected by product of our feeding system we were surprised to see the cats happily alternating between feeding and drinking from the saucer’s ‘moat’.

This environmentally safe system has continued to work quite successfully for us.

How I (May Have) Bought a Dog from a Puppy Mill

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All the pets in our household, even those from my childhood, had come from the shelter until, as an “empty nester,” I became obsessed with the idea of adopting a Shih tzu. Actually, my obsession didn’t start as a desire for a specific breed. I wanted a small, quiet dog who didn’t shed, didn’t need a huge backyard, and would be easy to travel with and one that I could bond deeply with. The Shih tzu breed fit all of my needs and when I saw how completely adorable they were, well, I was sold. Literally. I had never owned a pure bred dog before and though I had no interest in breeding, it became my mission to have a pure Shih tzu.

Months after finding my perfect little canine companion I began to worry that I might have purchased him from a puppy mill. My dog was clean and healthy and came with papers that I assumed were AKC papers, but on closer inspection were not. Other small details began to nag at me and the more I learned about how puppy mills operated the more suspicious I became. I was completely inexperienced in the world of pure breeds, and I let my obsession lead me blindly into making an emotional decision without asking the important questions.

I cherished my furry guy and was thankful for him, but I felt terribly guilty to think I may have supported one of those horrific places with my money. At the time there wasn’t yet that much information about puppy mills, but that was no excuse. I should have done more research about locating and buying a pure breed dog and I didn’t. Different breeds information are available at online sites, check it out to gather knowledge about the shelter and food of the breed. The buying of the pure meal will keep the dog healthy and fit for long period. 

Today I’m still not certain if my dog was born in a puppy mill, but I know that it’s a mistake I’ll never make again. If you’re looking for your first pure-bred dog and are not sure how to avoid making a puppy mill purchase, take a look at the following guidelines before you fall in love with that adorable face:

  • See the puppy’s home and meet his mother. Reputable breeders encourage home visits. Often both parents will be on site for you to meet.   
  • Ask the breeder for references and call them. Ask if the puppies they purchased had any health problems and if the adoption process went smoothly. 
  • If you can’t visit the kennel, find out how many different types of dogs the organization breeds and how many litters they care for at once. An operation that deals with many different breeds and many litters at a time may not be giving all of their dogs proper care and attention. 
  • Get a written health guarantee. A verbal agreement is useless no matter how reputable you think a breeder is. A guarantee with a minimum of 10 days to cover contagious or hereditary illnesses is standard.
  • Ask to see proof that the breeder is USDA certified. A USDA seal is not a foolproof guarantee that a breeding facility does not violate the Animal Welfare Act, but it is one more step the consumer can take to avoid doing business with a disreputable breeder.

Pure-bred dogs are costly, and it’s tempting to do business with the breeder that charges the least amount of money for the puppy of your dreams. But dogs bred in puppy mills are often sickly and suffer from hereditary diseases due to poor breeding practices. If that low-cost puppy comes from a mill there’s a good chance that you will incur veterinarian bills that far exceed any savings you enjoyed. Of course, as an animal lover your expenses are secondary to the abusive conditions and neglect dogs suffer in a breeding mill.

If you suspect you’ve encountered a puppy mill, contact your local shelter or SPCA. By putting a puppy mill out of business you’ll be rescuing dozens,maybe hundreds, of innocent lives.

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