Month: August 2017

The Right Type of Food for Small Dogs

The Right Type of Food for Small Dogs

Dogs are awesome. Truly man’s best friend. But even as happy as your dog is, you can’t help but wonder. Am I honestly giving my dog all that it’s giving me? You go out and buy him brand new kennels, clothes, collars, toys, Hell your dog stops sleeping in her own bed and moves into your’s and why not? You love your dog and she loves you. Although there are some things like nutrition that need to forgo all the extras.

Is my dog eating right?

The truth is smaller dog breeds need more calories per pound compared to bigger breeds. A balanced diet should include a wide variety of grains, fruits and vegetables. The myth that “dogs are carnivores” and therefore should only eat meat may once have been true when they were wolves but the fact is they need a balance. Don’t get me wrong the truth is that preferably a MEAT BASED diet is what’s best for your dog, especially when they are younger. When dealing with smaller breed puppies it is imperative that they eat three meals a day until they are approximately 6 to 8 months old. Smaller breed puppies require a more strict dietary care in order to avoid hypoglycemia. So don’t over feed!

The best food choices

You ultimately want your dog to get the best nutritional value. They should have a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins. I suggest looking for a chicken based diet, of course a beef, lamb and even fish diet can work all depending on your pocket. Ultimately today’s world offers us a variety when looking for dog food. Just scroll through the shelves of your nearest supermarket and browse through the selection of kibble they offer because that’s the best food out for your dog.

All of them have instructions on how much to feed your dog making it a lot easier. One thing you must not forget in your dogs diet is water. Smaller puppies are technically about 80% water whereas adult dogs are between 50% to 60%. So give them enough water. The best food you can give your dog is commercial kibble. As said before they are found at any huge store but if you still feel unsure about this you can contact your vet who can give your personalized advice on your dogs dietary needs. Remember that proteins are the building blocks to everything your dog needs, tissue, bones… Everything.

Bulldogs and the Health Issues they Face

Bulldogs and the Health Issues they Face

Bull dogs are favorite pets for families all over the world.  You will see them on commercials, and on the front of a Mac Truck.  You will probably see them as a mascot on one of your local sports teams.  These dogs are incredibly friendly, outgoing and they make great family pets.  Any purebred dog is going to come with their own unique set of health issues and the bulldog is no exception.  Before you bring one of these dogs home to be a new addition to the family you need to be aware of them.

Breathing Issues

Bulldogs along with some other popular breeds, like Pugs, Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terriers are brachycephalic.  This means their noses have narrower nasal passages and it can cause breathing issue for the.  When you have hot and humid weather in the summer you will definitely notice it and these dogs SNORE!  While it may seem cute that your dog snores like a lumberjack it can cause problems for the dog.  Here is what it looks like when your bulldogs has breathing issues.

Obesity

These are not the most energetic of dog breeds out there, but as puppies they are pretty active.  However, as these dogs age they become far less active and that leads to the risk of obesity.  You need to make sure that they get the adequate amount of exercise and don’t overfeed them.  While they might love those treats you’re not doing your dog any favors by indulging them.

Elongated Soft Palate

This is a fairly common problem with bulldogs, an elongated soft palate happens when the roof of your dog’s mouth goes beyond the opening and goes into the larynx and the airways.  This doesn’t allow for the easy flow of air and the dog can’t breathe properly.  You dog with seem very short winded and breathing gets even more difficult.

If you’re dog suffers from this condition then you need to be very careful in the summer months.  Exercise will cause heavy panting and they will stop and lie down fairly often on a short walk.  On the plus side this condition can be easily fixed with surgery.  Talk to your bet about unblocking the airwaves and help your dog breathe better.

Bulldogs can make great pets but this is not the dog you are going to take jogging with you.  You need to be aware of the limitations of the breed before you bring one home.  It is a great companion dog but it may not be the greatest for small kids.