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Breathing Problems in Dogs: How to Spot Them and What to Do

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Numerous dog breathing problems can present a life-threatening situation and a quick reaction on the owner’s part is often necessary. Respiratory problems can be a sign of many health issues and it is important to know how to recognize whether your dog is having any breathing issues.

How to Recognize Breathing Problems in Dogs

It is not as easy as it may first seem to know whether your dog is having issues with breathing. For dogs, the normal respiratory rate at rest is between 20 and 34 breaths per minute. On the other hand, there are factors which can make your dog breathe faster and deeper, like strenuous exercise, stress, excitement and warm temperatures. That is normal and not a health issue to worry about.

Pay attention to your dog’s regular breathing patterns and the way he breathes when he is resting, and when he is walking or after running. Knowing your pup’s normal breathing rates will help you recognize any changes that may signal that there’s a problem.

There are three main types of breathing problems in dogs. The first one is dyspnea, which is a term that describes difficult or labored breathing. The second one is rapid breathing called tachypnea, and the third one is abnormal panting. Let’s cover all three in more detail.

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3 Most Common Breathing Problems in Dogs

Dyspnea in Dogs
Treating dyspnea in a dog.

1. Dyspnea

Labored breathing (dyspnea) is characterized by the pet’s breathing with an open mouth and with elbows that stick out from the dog’s body. Your pooch may also keep his head and neck low and in front of his body. His nostrils might be wide open when he breathes and his chest and belly might move more than usual. Noisy breathing can also be a symptom of dyspnea.

What Causes Dyspnea?

Dyspnea can be caused by many underlying health conditions. Some are genetic or not as serious: small nostrils, elongated soft palate, trachea collapse or allergies. Foreign objects stuck in your dog’s throat or nose can lead to breathing problems or choking.

Dyspnea is often a result of a trauma to any part of the dog’s respiratory system. Infections in nose, lungs and spaces surrounding the lungs are also common, just like inflammatory disorders such as chronic bronchitis.

Some conditions that cause dyspnea in dogs can potentially be very serious, like tumors, pulmonary edema, or bleeding in the lungs. Even problems not related to the respiratory system can affect it indirectly and cause dyspnea. For example, enlarged stomach, spleen or liver can make your dog’s belly press on his diaphragm. Air or fluid in the belly can lead to the same problem.

Cause of Tachypnea in Dogs
Cause of tachypnea in a dog.

2. Tachypnea

Rapid breathing (tachypnea) can be recognized by a breathing rate that is faster than normal and shallow breathing. Your dog’s mouth may be partially open but it usually won’t be open as wide as when he is panting.

What Causes Tachypnea?

Tachypnea in dogs can be caused by lower-respiratory ailments like bronchitis or fluid on the lungs, but it can also be caused by some non-respiratory problems such as canine bloat, anemia or heart disease. Blood clots in lung vessels can also lead to rapid breathing in dogs.

Canines can sometimes react to fever and heatstroke by breathing rapidly, although it is more likely that will lead to panting instead. Tachypnea can turn into dyspnea if left untreated and shouldn’t be ignored.

Abnormal Panting in Dogs
Overweight brachycephalic breed with breathing issues.

3. Abnormal Panting

While panting is often not a problem because it is a way for dogs to cool themselves in high temperatures or during exercise, a specific type of panting it can sometimes indicate a breathing problem. Normal panting is characterized by fast and shallow breathing, wide open mouth and extended tongue.

What Causes Abnormal Panting?

Unusually excessive panting (for no reason) or abnormal panting is in most cases caused by some minor health problem. It can be caused by pain, anxiety, high body temperature, obesity, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, etc. Some medications can lead to this too.

On the other hand, abnormal panting can be caused by the same issues that lead to dyspnea and tachypnea and some of them are quite serious. The symptoms may be similar and the treatment will be as well.

Dog Breeds Susceptible to Breathing Problems

Dog Breeds Susceptible to Breathing ProblemsWhile dogs of any age, breed or sex can suffer from breathing problems, some breeds are more susceptible to respiratory system issues because they are more likely to suffer from the underlying conditions.

For example, short-faced (brachycephalic) breeds like Pugs, Boxers and Boston Terriers have been long known for upper airway problems, like elongated soft palate, narrowed nostrils and laryngeal paralysis. In fact, these breeds can have noisy breathing simply due to the shape of their face without having respiratory problems. Brachycephalic dogs are also predisposed to lung and heart-based tumors.

Small and toy breeds, like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Maltese, Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers, are prone to suffering from tracheal collapse, as well as chronic bronchitis and mitral valve disease. That means that they are more likely to suffer from breathing problems.

Large and giant dog breeds like Dobermans or Great Danes are more likely to develop cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, which can then be related to breathing issues as well.

How Breathing Problems Are Diagnosed

If you notice that your pooch has breathing issues based on any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is important to get him to the vet immediately to determine the severity of his condition and the underlying cause. Breathing problems can sometimes be a life-threatening emergency.

Your veterinarian will first ask you about the history of your dog’s health, when the issues began and whether there was some incident that may have caused this. After, your vet will examine the pet by observing his breathing. He will also check his gums because changes in the gum color can indicate a bad flow of oxygen and a low count of red blood cells (anemia).

Some of the possible tests your vet might run include blood count, fecal examination, urine analysis, biochemical profile and chest X-rays. If necessary, additional testing can include rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, laryngoscopy, tracheoscopy, electrocardiogram, ultrasound imaging, and tissue biopsies.

How to Treat Breathing Problems

How to Treat Dog Breathing Issues

Treating dogs’ breathing problems can be very different from case to case, depending on the underlying cause. None of them can be treated at home before seeing the vet. As soon as you suspect there’s an issue with your pup’s breathing, take him to see a professional. It may be a quick fix, but if your pet’s breathing issues are severe he will probably be admitted into the veterinary clinic for a more prolonged treatment.

The first thing vets often do in this situation is to provide oxygen therapy to help dogs breathe and stabilize them while they address the underlying health issue. If there is fluid in the animal’s lungs, the vet will drain it with a needle. This procedure is called a thoracentesis.

For respiratory infections, the common course is to treat them with medication. Antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial infections only. Fungal and parasitic infections are treated with other drugs, while viral infections often demand supportive care.

If your pup suffered a trauma, he will be put on bed rest and given pain medications. In some cases blood transfusion or even surgery may be necessary. Surgery can also be an option for tumors, along with radiation and chemotherapy. Foreign objects, collapsed trachea, air or fluid in lungs and laryngeal paralysis can also require a surgical solution.

Heart failure in dogs, which may be related to respiratory issues, is often treated with diuretics. It is also important to start oxygen therapy as soon as possible in these cases to prevent serious damage to the dog’s organs from the lack of oxygen.

A veterinarian will give you advice on how to manage your dog’s breathing problems at home to speed up the animal’s recovery and prevent additional problems. This may include restrictions in exercise and keeping the stress away as much as possible. Changes in diet may also be required, especially if your dog is obese. Stomach acid can also worsen the symptoms of breathing issues, in which case a bland diet can help.

The Bottom Line

Breathing issues in dogs can happen due to many underlying health problems. It is necessary to determine first what the cause is and to treat it. Some possible causes include trauma, infections, heart failure and tumors. Breathing problems can also be caused by breed’s genetic predisposition.

Take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms, or the dog has unusually abnormal panting and you think that they have an issue with breathing. Excessive panting, and rapid or labored breathing are the first signs. Follow your vet’s instructions to treat the animal’s respiratory issues and underlying causes at home.

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Video: Man Drags a Dog Tied to His Moving Truck

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Drivers riding behind a truck were shocked when they saw this horrific display of animal abuse happening right before their very eyes.

On Sunday night, February 10th, a pickup truck was seen dragging a white dog behind it on the roads of Jalan Kota in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. The pup’s neck was attached to the car via a leash, and the animal was being pulled alongside the hard and rough asphalt ground.

A driver riding behind the vehicle took the video (below), spanning 42 seconds, of the shocking scene. The recording soon wound up on Facebook, where it quickly went viral and was seen by many outraged social media users.

The incident was soon reported to police the next afternoon, just before 4 pm. Superintendent Razlan Abdul Hamid, the acting Officer in Charge of the Police District for Taiping, stated that the man responsible for the act was arrested shortly after the report. He is now being questioned by officers.

Police questioned the owner of the vehicle, the son of the 58-year-old man taken into custody. The aforementioned son said that his father had expressed the desire to dump the dog and abandon it for a while now due to its misbehavior. The poor pup’s crime? Biting at cables around the house.

The dog has lived with the man since it was one year old, which makes this act, if proven to be intentional, even more heartbreaking. When interrogated about his treatment of the pooch, the 58-year-old father claimed that he had not been aware that his dog was being helplessly dragged behind his car. He suggested that the dog had fallen off the back after being poorly secured to the truck’s rear compartment.

It’s possible that this was a case of negligence, not animal abuse. The investigation is still ongoing, and it is unknown whether this man will face any charges for his negligence. There is, currently, no news regarding the health or condition of the dog. For now, there is no way to tell whether his statements about the whole incident being accidental have any truth to them. This saddening case will be investigated under Malaysia’s animal cruelty laws, namely the Animals Act’s Section 44(1)(a).

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Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Chihuahua

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The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. Their popularity has increased drastically over the last decade. Unfortunately, their small size and high energy level makes them a difficult breed to feed. This homemade dog food for Chihuahua recipe may be a good option for your pint-sized pooch.

The average Chihuahua weighs 2-10 pounds, and their lifespan averages 12-20 years. Within the Chihuahua breed there is much diversity. You can find short- or long-haired Chihuahuas, a large variety of personalities and drastic differences in size and energy level.

homemade dog food for chihuahuaThe wide variety of traits is what can make feeding a Chihuahua a challenge. You need to give your pup enough calories to meet his daily energy requirements, while not overloading his diet with necessary nutrients.

Your dog’s diet will also vary as he ages. Puppies have different nutritional needs than adults and seniors. As your dog’s weight, activity level and health condition changes, you’ll need to update his diet to meet his needs.

For all of these reasons, before switching to this homemade dog food for Chihuahua you’ll need to consult your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist. They will evaluate your dog and help you evaluate this (or any other recipe) to determine if it will meet Fido’s needs. If not, they’ll recommend supplements or multi-vitamins that can be added to ensure the food offers balanced nutrition for your Chihuahua.

Homemade Dog Food for Chihuahua Recipe

Homemade Dog Food for ChihuahuaIngredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken
  • 1 cup DRY brown rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 apple (chopped)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350˚. Boil the chicken until it can be easily shredded with a fork. Shred it completely.

Homemade Dog Food for ChihuahuaSteam the corn, carrots and peas. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package. Scramble and cook the egg. As you will see in my video guide above, I include the shell when I scramble the egg. It adds a great source of natural calcium, but if you prefer you can leave the shell out.

Blend the chopped apple, cooked egg and shredded chicken in a medium mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine the cooked vegetables and rice.

Homemade Dog Food for ChihuahuaIn a well-greased cake pan, layer 1/2 of the chicken mixture, 2/3 of the vegetable mixture, 1/2 of the chicken mixture and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Bake this homemade dog food for Chihuahua in the 350˚ oven for 30 minutes.

Once cooled, you can serve this food to your pet. The recommended serving size is 1/4 cup for every 10 pounds of body weight, at 2 servings per day. This homemade dog food for Chihuahua can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Lifelong Dog Care Costs Explained

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Aspiring dog owners often underestimate the cost of dog ownership over a lifetime, sometimes either focusing only on monthly or yearly costs, or overlooking the figure entirely. Statistics show that not being able to afford dog care costs are one of the main reasons pets end up in the shelter. To save you from putting unexpected strain on your budget (and getting ready to adopt a dog appropriately), here’s a financial overlook of the lifetime cost of parenting a pup.

Note on calculations: you will notice below that each category has its own separate costs number and they’re broken down into two dollar numbers, minimum and maximum. For “minimum,” we assume the cheapest and only essential products bought, the minimum amount of vet visits, no training classes, no unexpected expenses and similar. For “maximum,” we assume highest quality dog supplies, a larger number of vet checkups, private training classes, and so forth. For set monthly costs, averages were chosen.

The First Year
(min: $420 – max: $3,250+)

During the first year of your dog’s life, you are going to incur quite a few expenses that can really mount up. Other than an unexpected expensive surgery somewhere down the line, the first year is going to be the most costly. Fortunately, most aspiring dog owners understand that these expenses will occur and are prepared for them. Here’s what you need to consider during the first year of your dog’s life.

Purchase or adoption costs:

  • $25 – $500 adoption fees depending on where you adopt your dog from.
  • Paying breeder fees, however, can range into the thousands depending on the type of dog, the pedigree of the dog, and the particular breeder you are purchasing from.

First veterinary exams and vaccinations:

  • $100 – 300 for your initial visit and exam
  • $100+ for follow-up visits for vaccinations which will occur every few weeks resulting in two to three additional visits on top of your initial visit.
  • $0-$300 for uncomplicated spaying/neutering depending on whether you use a free clinic or a private vet. Note that any complicating factors will increase this cost.

First dog bed:

  • $25 for a basic bed
  • $75 – $100 for a mid-range bed
  • $100+ for a luxury bed

Dog toys:

  • $10 – $25 each for quality and durable toys. Expect to purchase 5 or 6 toys for your new puppy and know that some will need replacing due to chew-damage.

Training classes:

  • $50-$125 One course of basic puppy classes in a group with other dogs
  • $240-$600 One course of private training classes
  • $1,000-$2,500 One course of boot camp boarding training classes

Pet bowls:

  • $12.99 for two stainless steel bowls
  • $25.99 for a raised feeder with two stainless steel bowls

Collar and leash:

  • $12-$20 for a basic collar and leash set

Dog crate:

  • $24-$68 for a basic wire crate with a bottom tray
  • $10-$20 for a crate pad

Car restraint system:

  • $10-$40 for a harness and belt system
  • $180 for a crash-tested car safety seat

Pet harness:

  • $10-$50 depending on the type of harness

Carpet cleaner:

  • $10-$20 for a canned cleaner
  • $99-$150 for a portable carpet cleaning vacuum
  • $90-$300 for a full-sized carpet cleaning vacuum

 

Dog Grooming Supplies
(min: $22 – max: $60+)

You don’t need to have a long-haired dog or a fancy Poodle to require at least the most basic dog grooming supplies. There are some areas of grooming and maintenance that all dogs need caring for not only for their looks but overall health.

Toothbrush/toothpaste:

  • $6-$15 for a set (toothpaste will need replenishing every month or so with daily brushing)

Nail clippers:

  • $6-$20

Hair brush:

  • $10-$25

Ear cleaner:

  • $13-$15 (expect to buy one bottle every three months or so)

Eye cleaner:

  • $9-$20 (pre-moistened wipes will last about a month)

 

Preventative Veterinary Care*
(min: $370/year – max: $2,100+/year)

Preventative veterinary care is a must. It doesn’t just protect your pup from becoming ill, but it also detects illnesses and injury (hopefully) before they develop into something much more serious and costlier.

Annual veterinary exams:

  • $300-$700 (as a senior, your dog will require bi-annual veterinary exams)

Annual dental exams and cleanings:

  • $70-$400 for healthy teeth
  • $1000+ if extractions or surgery are required

* Veterinary care prices will also vary, sometimes widely, based on where you live.

 

Dog Food Costs
(min: $100/year – max: $400/year)*

Same as for us, this depends on your individual dog and their diet. The cost of feeding your pooch will also vary depending on what exactly you choose to feed them, what diet you pick (dry kibble, wet food, homemade meals, raw feeding, etc.) as well as how large your dog is and the health condition.

Raw food:

  • $1-$1.50 per pound of food

Prepared raw food:

  • $5.20 per pound of food

Premium dry kibble:

  • $2.97 per pound of food

Mid-range kibble:

  • $1.83 per pound of food

Low-budget kibble:

  • $1.23 per pound of food

* Assuming a 30-pound dog food bag bought bi-monthly.
** See a better dog food prices breakdown for different budgets here and here.
*** Homemade meals will depend on your location, where you shop, what products you buy, and it’s easier for you to calculate the costs based on your own personal budget and how much you spend on meat and produce.

 

Monthly Preventatives
(min: $234/year – max: $324+/year)

Similar to veterinary preventative care, to avoid serious illness and to be a responsible pet owner (and to save yourself money in the long run), it’s crucial that you keep your dog up to date on their monthly preventatives and keep parasites, fleas, and ticks at bay.

Heartworm pills:

  • $7.50-$12.00 per month

Flea and tick preventative:

  • $12.00-$15.00 per month

 

Regular “Extras”
(min: $168/year – max: $420+/year)

These are items that you will find yourself purchasing throughout the month for your dog. How often and how many will largely depend on your dog and the specific items you purchase (e.g. some dog toys can be destroyed faster than others).

Toys:

  • $10-$25 each for quality and durable toys (expect to buy one per month or more if you want to spoil your dog)

Treats:

  • $4-$10 per bag (expect to buy between one and two bags of treats per month)

 

Not-so-regular “Extras”
(min: $200/lifetime – max: $450+/lifetime)

These are things that will need replacing at some point during your dog’s lifetime, but that won’t need replacing too regularly. And if you choose the highest quality product, it’s possible that you may never need to replace them (e.g. Big Barker bed with a 10-year warranty).

Replacement pet beds:

  • $75 – $100 for a mid-range bed (basic beds will most likely no longer be good enough to support your adult dog)
  • $100+ for a luxury bed

Collar/leash replacement:

  • $12-$20 for a basic collar and leash set (expect to go through a minimum of 2-4 collar and leash sets throughout your dog’s life)

Harness replacement:

  • $10-$50 depending on the type of harness (expect 2-3 harness replacements as your dog grows and wears out their adult harness)

Dog license fee (depending on your district):

  • $15-$20

 

Pet Insurance
(min: $192/year – max: $540/year)

There are many different pet insurance companies out there and each has their own level of premiums and their own idea of what should and should not be covered (more here).

It’s also important to know that unlike with our health insurance, all pet insurance companies have exclusions to their policies and even when conditions are covered under your policy, it’s up to you to pay for the procedure and you will later be reimbursed by the insurance company. Pet insurance policies will never pay up front for your pet’s care.

Accident only coverage:

  • $15.84 per month

Accident and illness coverage:

  • $44.66 per month

 

Accidental and Emergency Vet Care
(min: $0 – max: $50,000+)

It’s wise to budget for at least one accidental or emergency veterinary visit per year. As time progresses you will be able to get a better idea of how “accident-prone” your dog is and how well you are going to get to know your emergency vet.

For example, our “million-dollar dog” a Labrador Retriever named Jet, by his second year of life, we were already getting to know our emergency vet quite well and during his lifetime he racked up more than $8,000 in accidental and emergency vet care visits. Obviously, your expenses may be nowhere near this figure (and we hope for your sake they aren’t!) but it’s important to stash away some money each year into a pet savings account for these types of “just in case” visits. The average accidental or emergency vet care visit costs are as follows.

Emergency vet visit:

  • $800-$1,500

Wound repair:

  • $75+

Surgery to remove an obstruction:

  • $1,500+

Surgery to relieve bloat (gastric torsion):

  • $2,500-$5,000

Surgery on a broken leg:

  • $200-$1,000

Mass removal surgery:

  • $180-$375 Simple mass removal
  • $1,000-$2000 Complex internal mass removal

ACL repair:

  • $1000-$2000 Simple repair
  • $2500-$3500 TPLO surgery

Poison ingestion:

  • $200-$800 Depending on what poison is ingested

Overnight stay:

  • $50-$75 For the stay alone

ICU stay:

  • $300+ For the stay alone

* Find tips on how to afford expensive surgeries and emergency vet care here and here.

 

Boarding/Pet-Sitting Services
(min/max varies widely)

Assuming that your family takes one 1-week vacation per year and three four day stays to account for holiday events, the cost of boarding/pet-sitting services can really add up. Even a dog walker once a day can add up to an annual bill that you wouldn’t believe! The average cost for these services is as follows.

Boarding:

  • $35-$65 per night

Pet-sitting:

  • $75-$85 per night

Pet walkers:

  • $15-$30 per 30 min walk

 

Grooming Services
(min: $50/session – max: $200+/session)

Grooming costs will vary depending on the area where you live and on your dog and the upkeep requirements of their coat, but here are a few figures.

General grooming:

  • $40-$100 depending on the size of your dog and the cut of their coat
  • $20-40 for a basic bath with no other services

Nail trimming:

  • $10-20

Anal gland expression:

  • $20-$40

Ear cleaning:

  • $20+

 

Pet Supplements
(min: $240/year – max: $420/year)

In the very least, your middle-aged and senior dogs require joint supplements, although we recommend beginning these at an early age to help to slow down joint deterioration. Most other supplements aren’t necessary or even useful (waste of money), unless there’s a very specific health condition and they’re recommended by your vet.

Joint supplements:

  • $20-$35 per 30 day supply

 

Pet Medications
(min: $0 – max: $20,000+)

Medication costs vary wildly, but there is little doubt that at some point during your dog’s life they will require medication. The older the dog, the more (and more expensive) pet meds they will need. Here are a few costs to consider.

A single course of antibiotics:

  • $5-$20 for basic antibiotics, heavy duty antibiotics may cost more.

Pain management medication:

  • $25-40 for 30 day’s supply

Anti-inflammatories:

  • $35-$45 for 30 day’s supply

Insulin:

  • $20-$90 per month

Seizure sedication:

  • $20-$400 per month depending on which medication is used and the severity of the seizure disorder.

Thyroid medication:

  • $30-$40 per month

Heart disease medication:

  • $20-$250 per month depending on the medication and the dose.

Chemotherapy:

  • $3500-$5,000

Radiation:

  • $6000-$10,000+

* For tips on buying cheap pet meds online to save on costs, see this article.

 

Chronic Condition Management
(min: $0 – max: $1,000+)

Sadly, most of our beloved pets are overcome by chronic conditions in their later years and if we are particularly unlucky, those conditions strike sooner. Managing chronic conditions in dogs is costly, but a necessary part of caring for your pup. Consider some of these chronic condition management costs.

Cardiac sonogram:

  • $250-$500 required every 6-12 months for heart disease.

Thyroid testing:

  • $100-$200 used to monitor thyroid function and adjust thyroid medications.

X-rays:

  • $50-$300 used to monitor the heart size and arthritis progression.

 

End of Life Care
(min: $100 – max: $400+)

No one likes to talk about that last veterinary visit, but it’s a cost that all pet parents need to squirrel away funds for because the last thing you want to worry about when your beloved dog’s time comes is how you are going to afford to give them peace. Below are the average costs for end of life services for dogs, but keep in mind that these can and do vary wildly depending on your vet clinic and the area you live in, the size of your dog, and the type of service you require (e.g. buying vs cremation).

Euthanasia:

  • $50-$150 This cost varies based on the size of your dog at the time of their euthanasia.

Cremation without the return of your dog’s ashes:

  • $50-$100 This cost refers to a communal cremation where your dog’s ashes are mixed with those of others during cremation and are spread by the cremation home.

Private cremation with the return of your dog’s ashes:

  • $150+ This cost refers to a private cremation where your dog is cremated alone and their ashes are returned to you to keep or to scatter where you see fit.

* A better breakdown of dog cremation service costs can be found here.

A Final Note

As you can see from the various dog care lifetime costs noted above, being a dog parent isn’t always as simple as paying an adoption fee and making a once a year vet visit. Keep in mind, though, that the costs cited in this article are only ballpark prices that will vary based on a number of factors, such as your location, vet clinic, pet size, breed, and how advanced or serious a condition is.

You should also keep in mind that not all pets are going to be “million-dollar” dogs, and neither are they all going to be dogs that are “healthy as a horse”. When you bring a dog home to join your family, you roll the dice on their lifelong health and associated costs, but as with our human relatives, if you truly love your pup, you roll with the punches and find a way to get your dog the best care every time.

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TOP #77: How to Protect Your Dog from Parasites

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

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One of the most common health problems dog owners have to deal with is parasites. This is the reason why a variety of parasite prevention and treatment products are one of the most commonly bought pet supplies. However, some owners are still confused about the best treatments and preventatives, their use and safety.

I’m very pleased to have Dr. Craig Prior of Companion Animal Parasite Council as my podcast guest in this episode. He’s here to provide us with useful information on most common parasites that affect our pets, how they contract them, and the best ways to prevent and treat the many types of parasites in dogs and cats.

Listen to the podcast episode in the video above and subscribe below.

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5 Signs of Dog Anal Glands Problems (And What to Do)

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While dog anal glands problems are usually not life-threatening, with the exception of anal gland cancer, they are relatively common and can affect your dog’s quality of life. Not to be confused with dog hemorrhoids, tumors, fissures or rectal prolapse, dog anal glands issues occur specifically due to blockage of the two ducts that remove the excretions of anal glands out via openings on either side of the anus.

What are Anal Glands?

Anal glands, or anal sacs, are found on both sides of a dog’s anus, just underneath his tail. This pair of small glands is filled with oily fluid that has a similar smell as the odor a skunk releases.

While the exact purpose of dog anal gland remains a matter of debate among experts, it’s theorized that they lubricate a dog’s stool and disperse his unique scent to allow the dog to mark his territory.

Some also believe that they contain pheromones, which are chemicals dogs use to communicate. In fact, the scent from one dog’s anal glands can reveal other dogs some information about the animal, such as his health, sex and approximate age.

ALSO READ: 12 Ways to Prevent and Treat Anal Glands in Dogs

Signs of Dog Anal Glands Problems

Signs of Dog Anal Gland Problems

Anal glands usually drain naturally during a dog’s bowel movement, but they can sometimes get impacted and clogged up. This can lead to swelling and infection, or even abscesses. Here are the signs that your dog is having a problem with anal glands:

1. Scooting

This is usually the first sign. When a dog’s anal glands become impacted, he may feel pain and try to empty them by dragging his bottom along the ground. If you notice that your dog is scooting often, it may signal a problem with his anal glands and needs to be looked into.

2. Biting and Licking His Rear

Another common symptom is biting and licking of the anus. Your dog might do this in order to try and get the glands drained or he might do it in sheer frustration. He might also lick his paws for the same reason. Some dogs even chase their tails when they feel uncomfortable or in pain.

3. Bad Odor

Since dog anal glands are responsible for canine’s unique scent, when they get impacted this scent becomes too strong. If you notice that your pooch smells bad even after you give him a bath, then anal glands might be the reason.

4. Swelling and Redness

Impacted anal sacs can cause the area around the pet’s anus to become swollen. There can also be a change in color in that area since swelling can also cause redness, or in some extreme cases, dog anal glands can even turn purple. Pets that suffer from chronic inflammation of anal glands can have hardened skin under the tail.

5. Abscesses and Drainage

If the problem of impacted anal glands is not addressed in the early stages, this can lead to infection. Infection of dog anal gland can be spotted by noticeable bulges just under the surface of the animal’s anal opening and drainage from the rectum. In more severe cases, abscesses may appear in the area.

Causes of Dog Anal Gland Issues

There are many potential causes of dog anal gland issues, but the most common one is the inflammation of the anal ducts. Smaller breeds are more likely to suffer from this blockage because their anal sac ducts are smaller and thus more prone to the blockage.

Causes of Anal Glands Issues in Dogs

Breeds that are more susceptible to anal gland problems include Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Poodles. Older dogs are also more likely to suffer from this issue.

Diarrhea is another common cause of anal glands because they’re more likely to fill when the dog’s stools are soft and there is not enough pressure present to empty the glands. Similarly, constipation can lead to these problems because the lack of stools can prevent the emptying of anal glands as well.

Allergies are also linked with dog anal gland problems since they can cause anal sac ducts to swell. Bacterial, fungal and parasitic skin infections can also be the cause, as well as hypothyroidism.

How to Prevent Anal Gland Problems?

Preventing anal gland problems is possible with a proper, healthy diet and exercise. The highest risk of dog anal glands issues is present in small, obese animals. A healthy diet and exercise ensures a smaller risk of digestive problems, especially diarrhea and constipation, thus ensuring the regular emptying of anal sacs.

If your dog suffers from these issues often, try to increase fiber in his diet to make his stools bulkier, or switch to high fiber foods. Take your pooch to regular vet checkups and make sure that your vet checks his perennial area for any signs of anal gland issues.

How to Treat Anal Gland Problems

How to Treat Anal Gland Problems?

The treatment of dog anal gland will depend on the severity of the problem. The immediate treatment for impacted anal glands entails emptying the glands manually by your veterinarian. This is called dog anal gland expression, and it is done by gently squeezing the liquid from the glands.

Your vet can show you how to express dog anal glands so you can do it yourself at home should they become impacted again in the future. In recurring or more persistent cases, adding a low-dose of oral steroids may speed up the recovery and reduce inflammation.

However, if the glands are not just impacted but infected, your veterinarian will first flush them out with some softening solution or saline in order to remove the hardened material.

If there are abscesses present, the vet will probably lance them and prescribe antibiotics for a week or two. The treatment after that will be done under anesthesia due to pain when the vet will open and drain the abscesses. After that, veterinarian will once again prescribe antibiotics, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.

Cleaning the paranal glands in the dogYou can also add a daily warm compress to help alleviate any pain or swelling. You may have to bring your dog back weekly to empty the sacs again until the problem is resolved.

In the most severe cases when the problem persists after treatment, or if there is an anal gland tumor present, your vet may suggest surgery to remove your dog’s anal glands completely. This is a simple procedure that will resolve the problem permanently but it may lead to fecal incontinence.

In conclusion, while dog anal glands issues don’t present a serious danger to your pup’s life, they can nonetheless cause discomfort and pain. Pay attention to signs like scooting, biting and licking of the anus and any physical changes in the area around your dog’s anal opening. Feed your dog a healthy diet with enough fiber and exercise him regularly to prevent potential anal gland problems.

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One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

What Can I Give My Dog for Diarrhea?

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Dogs often suffer from an upset stomach and that usually leads to vomiting or diarrhea. While diarrhea can be a symptom of another, more serious disease, in most cases it can be treated with medication, or even temporary diet changes and home remedies alone.

In most cases, diarrhea is caused by something you’re dog has consumed that he shouldn’t have. It isn’t dangerous for the pup and will likely go away within a day or so. There are also ways you can stop diarrhea yourself without a trip to the vet, as well as make some helpful dietary adjustments. Here’s what you can give your dog for diarrhea.

Rice and Rice Water

One of the best things to feed your dog when he has diarrhea is white rice. In fact, it is recommended make your dog fast for 24 hours and to give him only rice water during that time. Don’t use brown rice because it has more fiber, which can make your dog’s diarrhea worse. Also, choose high-quality white rice, not “minute” rice.

Rice and Rice WaterRice water is basically the water in which you cooked the white rice. This creamy liquid should always be available to your pooch when he fasts. Making rice water is simple: boil one cup of rice in four cups of water for about 20 minutes or until you notice that water has become creamy white.

After one day of fasting, you can add other things to your dog’s diet, but white rice should be the main ingredient in his meals for a while.

Water

In addition to rice water, your dog should always have access to fresh, clean water as well. Diarrhea can make your dog dehydrated, so make sure that he drinks plenty of water to replace the loss of fluids. If you notice that your dog doesn’t drink water at all, a trip to the vet may be necessary.

RECIPE: Homemade Dog Food for Diarrhea

Bone Broth

Bone Broth for Dogs with DiarrheaBone broth is another good addition to your dog’s diet when he has diarrhea. Bone broth is full of gelatin, which can promote healthy gut and help with gastrointestinal distress. In fact, it is a good thing for your pooch at any time because it is helpful for joints and liver as well.

Bone broth is simple to make, but it takes more time. Just put some bones in a pot, add water to cover all the bones and let it simmer for a day to get all the nutrients out of bones. You can use both cooked and raw bones to make it. Add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to it; 2-4 tablespoons of apple vinegar is enough for a standard crockpot.

Start to cook the broth on high temperature, but set it to low after the first hour and let it simmer. When it is done, let it cool off a bit and then remove excess fat from the top. The broth should have a jelly-like consistency after it cools off.

Probiotics

Probiotics are living bacterial cultures that assist the body in reestablishing the natural gut flora. You can find probiotics in yogurt and kefir, or you can get them from a health food store or pharmacy in a form of powdered supplements or capsules. Some of those specially made probiotics for dogs are even available on Amazon or Chewy.

You can add probiotics to your dog’s rice water during the fast as well. Even when your dog is healthy, include probiotics into his diet to ensure the steady growth of healthy good bacteria.

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm for Dogs With DiarrheaIf you don’t want to resort to chemical-based diarrhea remedies for dogs, then slippery elm is the next best thing to help with pup with diarrhea. It also works for constipation and other stomach problems.

This herb can reduce inflammation and lubricate the digestive tract with oily secretions that are naturally a part of it. Slippery elm comes in powder, syrup or capsules.

Peppermint

Many cooling herbs are good for dogs with diarrhea and other digestive problems, but peppermint is one of the best. It can calm the muscles of the intestinal tract and reduce the number of spasms.

Don’t give your dog human peppermint products since they can contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs, like xylitol. It is best to give your dog fresh chopped leaves of peppermint. Be careful with the dosage since peppermint is very strong. One dose for a small dog is about ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon for a medium dog and one teaspoon for large dogs.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root for Dog DiarrheaMarshmallow Root is a type of herb that can soothe the mucous membrane of your dog’s digestive tract, which is why it’s appropriate to give to a pup with a bout of diarrhea.

While there are many ready-made products with marshmallow in them, it is best to give it in liquid form. Give it to your dog twice a day, in doses of 0.5-1.5 ml per 20lbs. of weight.

Bananas

Bananas can be very helpful for diarrhea since they are both moisturizing and cooling food, and they also have other health benefits for dogs. Bananas also have pectin, which is a soluble fiber that binds water in the colon. They are also rich in potassium, which is usually depleted when your dog has diarrhea. One teaspoon of mashed bananas per 10 pounds of weight is enough to help your pooch.

Diarrhea in dogs is typically not a serious problem and it can be treated easily with these home remedies. However, if your dog still has diarrhea after a few days, you must see a veterinarian because there might be a more serious underlying health problem.

READ NEXT: The Best Dog Food for Dogs With Diarrhea and Loose Stools

 

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We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !

What Can I Give My Dog for Diarrhea?

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

Of course if you need a professional dog groomer in Sydney then you can reach out and contact us as well and we will put you in touch with a mobile dog wash or grooming service

Dogs often suffer from an upset stomach and that usually leads to vomiting or diarrhea. While diarrhea can be a symptom of another, more serious disease, in most cases it can be treated with medication, or even temporary diet changes and home remedies alone.

In most cases, diarrhea is caused by something you’re dog has consumed that he shouldn’t have. It isn’t dangerous for the pup and will likely go away within a day or so. There are also ways you can stop diarrhea yourself without a trip to the vet, as well as make some helpful dietary adjustments. Here’s what you can give your dog for diarrhea.

Rice and Rice Water

One of the best things to feed your dog when he has diarrhea is white rice. In fact, it is recommended make your dog fast for 24 hours and to give him only rice water during that time. Don’t use brown rice because it has more fiber, which can make your dog’s diarrhea worse. Also, choose high-quality white rice, not “minute” rice.

Rice and Rice WaterRice water is basically the water in which you cooked the white rice. This creamy liquid should always be available to your pooch when he fasts. Making rice water is simple: boil one cup of rice in four cups of water for about 20 minutes or until you notice that water has become creamy white.

After one day of fasting, you can add other things to your dog’s diet, but white rice should be the main ingredient in his meals for a while.

Water

In addition to rice water, your dog should always have access to fresh, clean water as well. Diarrhea can make your dog dehydrated, so make sure that he drinks plenty of water to replace the loss of fluids. If you notice that your dog doesn’t drink water at all, a trip to the vet may be necessary.

RECIPE: Homemade Dog Food for Diarrhea

Bone Broth

Bone Broth for Dogs with DiarrheaBone broth is another good addition to your dog’s diet when he has diarrhea. Bone broth is full of gelatin, which can promote healthy gut and help with gastrointestinal distress. In fact, it is a good thing for your pooch at any time because it is helpful for joints and liver as well.

Bone broth is simple to make, but it takes more time. Just put some bones in a pot, add water to cover all the bones and let it simmer for a day to get all the nutrients out of bones. You can use both cooked and raw bones to make it. Add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to it; 2-4 tablespoons of apple vinegar is enough for a standard crockpot.

Start to cook the broth on high temperature, but set it to low after the first hour and let it simmer. When it is done, let it cool off a bit and then remove excess fat from the top. The broth should have a jelly-like consistency after it cools off.

Probiotics

Probiotics are living bacterial cultures that assist the body in reestablishing the natural gut flora. You can find probiotics in yogurt and kefir, or you can get them from a health food store or pharmacy in a form of powdered supplements or capsules. Some of those specially made probiotics for dogs are even available on Amazon or Chewy.

You can add probiotics to your dog’s rice water during the fast as well. Even when your dog is healthy, include probiotics into his diet to ensure the steady growth of healthy good bacteria.

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm for Dogs With DiarrheaIf you don’t want to resort to chemical-based diarrhea remedies for dogs, then slippery elm is the next best thing to help with pup with diarrhea. It also works for constipation and other stomach problems.

This herb can reduce inflammation and lubricate the digestive tract with oily secretions that are naturally a part of it. Slippery elm comes in powder, syrup or capsules.

Peppermint

Many cooling herbs are good for dogs with diarrhea and other digestive problems, but peppermint is one of the best. It can calm the muscles of the intestinal tract and reduce the number of spasms.

Don’t give your dog human peppermint products since they can contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs, like xylitol. It is best to give your dog fresh chopped leaves of peppermint. Be careful with the dosage since peppermint is very strong. One dose for a small dog is about ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon for a medium dog and one teaspoon for large dogs.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root for Dog DiarrheaMarshmallow Root is a type of herb that can soothe the mucous membrane of your dog’s digestive tract, which is why it’s appropriate to give to a pup with a bout of diarrhea.

While there are many ready-made products with marshmallow in them, it is best to give it in liquid form. Give it to your dog twice a day, in doses of 0.5-1.5 ml per 20lbs. of weight.

Bananas

Bananas can be very helpful for diarrhea since they are both moisturizing and cooling food, and they also have other health benefits for dogs. Bananas also have pectin, which is a soluble fiber that binds water in the colon. They are also rich in potassium, which is usually depleted when your dog has diarrhea. One teaspoon of mashed bananas per 10 pounds of weight is enough to help your pooch.

Diarrhea in dogs is typically not a serious problem and it can be treated easily with these home remedies. However, if your dog still has diarrhea after a few days, you must see a veterinarian because there might be a more serious underlying health problem.

READ NEXT: The Best Dog Food for Dogs With Diarrhea and Loose Stools

 

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Trouble With Your Dog Being Washed ?

We never like to out one of our dogs or owners under any stress , and we always look for better ways of doing things so that we can provide the very best care. 

One of our colleagues provides great tips on training your new puppy or even your older dog so they can be washed without getting stressed , hurting themselves, and being happy to see the Dog Groomer next time?

Then check out this blogs tips here – Our Dream Dog  They Work !