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How to Prevent Excessive Puppy Shedding

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Shedding is the natural process of hair loss in puppies and dogs. It is a natural the process of eliminating dead hair. The shedding process allows the new coat to come in to replace the old fur with a healthier one. Dogs and cats shed at least once a year.

Aside from being a natural process, shedding may also happen because of some other reasons. A sudden or major change of temperature where the puppy is staying may cause excessive shedding. Shedding also varies from one breed to another. There are breeds of cats and puppy breeds with double coats which mean more hair or fur to replace. There are also breeds that shed profusely.

No matter how you love your pet, anyone will find it very tiring to clean unwanted pet hairs every now and then, especially when they are scattered all over the place. Fortunately, there are different ways available to prevent excessive shedding of your puppy.

Regular brushing maintains the healthy coat of your puppy. The healthier their fur is, the less possibility of excessive shedding. Remember, brushing is different from combing. Shampooing your pet’s fur regularly can also help prevent unwanted hairs from falling vigorously.

Health problems of your puppy may also cause excessive shedding. “You are what you eat” also applies to your pet. A puppy’s fur can greatly reflect the kind of diet and the food he eats. As owners, you have to make sure that your pet is eating the right foods. Right foods are healthy foods which are high in fatty acids, omega-3 and protein. These substances are important when it comes to maintaining your pet’s healthy coat. Pick foods that are high in these substances, but low in starch. You also have to make your pet drink plenty amount of water. Water helps them digest their food properly and assist their system to function normally. Like for humans, water is a very effective cleansing substance for their system against radicals and harmful substances. You can also include vegetable meals in your pet’s diet.

Aside from maintaining their diet and giving your puppy healthy foods, it is also important that you keep their sleep mat clean. Parasites may be  present in the place where they sleep without you being aware of it. It is recommended to wash their bedding regularly to prevent your pet from getting skin infections, allergies, irritations that are caused by different parasitic activity. As an owner, you also have to make sure that your dog is drinking water and eating food from a clean bowl.

If your puppy is shedding more than normal usual you have to contact a veterinarian for professional advice. There are also medications you can give your pet for supplements to prevent excessive shedding while maintaining a healthy and nice coat.

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History of Shih Tzu

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The exact origin of the Shih Tzu is still unknown, but most likely dates back to ancient times. Their first recorded appearance of this breed occurred in China around the year 1650. Shih Tzu puppies were brought from Tibet to the Chinese Court, and later bred in the heart of Peking, the Forbidden City. It is believed that Shih Tzu puppies were bred by cross breeding Lhasa Apso and Pekingese. Their name Shih Tzu means “little lion.” They were used as watchdogs and became favourites in Chinese Courts.

It was known that Shih Tzu puppies were a house pet during most of the years in Ming Dynasty. In 1908, the Dalai Lama sent Shih Tzu puppies to Tzu His for Dowager Empress of Manchu Dynasty, who was known to be a passionate dog breeder. Dowager Empress Cixi of T’zu Hsi kept an important kennel of Pekingese, Pugs, and Shih Tzu. The Empress herself supervised the breeding of the Shih Tzu pups to ensure that they would remain distinct from Pekingese which she already owned. For centuries, breeding of Shih Tzu puppies were kept as a secret inside the palace, but when the Empress opened her Palace to English diplomats, westerners were introduced to her beloved Shih Tzu. After her death on the same year, the breeding was not closely monitored and cross breeding occurred.

During the Communist Revolution, Shih Tzu puppies faced the brink of extinction. There was a point where only fourteen of them remained in the world—seven females together with seven males. Some of these fourteen were located in England, which imported its first pair of Shih Tzu puppies in 1930. It was also during that time when these puppies were first classified as the same breed as “Lhasa Apsos” but after a ruling by the England’s Kennel Club that Shih Tzu puppies and Lhasa Apsos and were separate  dog breeds, the Shih Tzu Club of England was formed in 1935.

Shih Tzu puppies were introduced during World War II to the US by soldiers. It was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1969, and since then has become enormously popular as a companion and as a show dog. Breeding continued outside the palace where kennels of Shih Tzu became established. The Comptesse d’ Anjou was the third hand recipient of some of these palace dogs.

Since then, Shih Tzu puppies were occasionally brought to UK at the beginning of the century but were not bred from. Other Shih Tzu breeds were imported at this time, but these are the lines that have survived.

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Feeding your Puppy

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Just like humans, dogs need to eat the right food in order to stay healthy. There are different dog foods available but it doesn’t mean that all of them can help your pet maintain and improve their health. It may be a fact that these foods can ease their hunger but it doesn’t necessarily mean that its content are good for them.

There are times when owners need to consider specific factors when choosing what and how much food is needed by their dog.

What to feed your puppy?

There are different varieties of dog food. There are foods specifically formulated for overweight and diabetic puppies. There are also foods for healthy puppies that will help them maintain and improve their current health condition.

Generally speaking you need to feed your puppy with foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It is also recommended to include vegetables and some fruits in your pet’s diet.

Fresh foods, dry foods, semi-moist food and canned food are the different classification of dog foods. Fresh dog foods are also known as holistic dog foods. Aside from meat, dogs also need nutrients that can only be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re dog is not comfortable with a “vegetarian-like” diet you can combine pieces of mix meat together with the vegetables to make a full meal. Examples of these foods are meals with no onions, lightly steamed spinach, green beans, carrots, cabbage and potatoes (DON’T serve raw potatoes to your dog), no salt scrambled eggs, sautéed low-fat ground beef, turkey, and chicken.

Dry dog foods offer convenience to the owner when it comes to serving. Feed your puppy with smaller quantities of dry foods because it contains four times more calories per pound than canned foods. This food will satisfy almost all puppies, even the older and diabetic ones.

Semi-moist dog foods have more than three times the calories of canned dog foods. It can provide your dog with a complete and economical diet. Keep in mind that these foods have high carbohydrate content that are good for active puppies.

Canned dog foods are high in protein. These foods can also be a treat for your dog since it comes in different flavors and varieties. Canned foods are recommended for dogs with finicky appetite. It can also be mixed together with dry foods for active dog diet.

How much do you need to feed your puppy?

How much you need to feed your puppy will depend on different factors like your puppy’s age and his body composition. For example, as for age, puppies need at least three meals a day and it can be reduced to two after they reach the age of six months. From six to nine months, adult dog food should be introduced as your puppy’s new diet.

The amount of food you will give your puppies will also depend on his body composition. Since small dogs have smaller stomachs, they tend to eat less in one meal. In order to help them improve their digestion, it is recommended that to feed them at least twice a day. Make sure to consult a veterinarian for specific diet instructions for your pet.

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Balanced Diet for Puppies

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Maintaining a balanced diet for puppies is very important.  Like humans and other living creatures, they need a diet made from combination of different vitamins and minerals. Balanced diet for puppies provides them with sufficient calories needed for their activities, growth and body repair.

What is a balanced diet?

A balanced diet contains correct proportions of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, mineral salts, fats, and fiber. It is also about eating foods in moderation.

As a pet owner, you need to keep a few things in mind to provide your puppy a balanced diet. First and foremost, consult a veterinarian for professional advice regarding your puppy’s diet. Each puppy is different with one another. Your puppy’s diet will greatly depend on his breed, body composition and age. Veterinarians can give you options you can choose from regarding your pet’s diet.

Make sure to feed your puppy with dry dog foods as well as some moist canned foods to help keep his teeth clean. Always select high-quality dog food that is suitable for your dog’s weight, activity level, age and size. High quality dog foods don’t necessarily mean that it has to be expensive. You don’t have to worry about the price because there are affordable dog foods which are made from high-quality ingredients. NEVER feed him with chocolate and or onions.

Determine the protein ratio needed by your pet. Their protein needs will would vary according to his age. Usually, a dog food with 20-30% protein content will help your dog achieve a healthy and balanced diet.

Avoid feeding your puppy too much. As his master, you should be able to know if he has taken enough. Be aware that obesity can also happen in puppies and may lead to serious health conditions like abnormal growth of hip joint also known as hip dyplasia. Obesity in puppies may also cause muscle and skeletal problems to your pet.

Feed your dog at least twice daily a day. This will keep his digestive system active and improve his body’s metabolism rate. It is also recommended to feed your dog with meals that contain fresh fruits and vegetables, but NOT raw potatoes. You can also mix these vegetables with meat.

Make him drink fresh and clean water. Water helps a lot in regulating the functions inside his body. It can also help cleanse his system from harmful radicals that may cause serious health problems.

Aside from the tips mentioned above, you can also include nutritional supplements in your dog’s diet. Make sure to consult a vet first before giving him any health supplements for prescription about proper dosage.

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The Importance of your Puppy’s Hygiene

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Our puppies are an integral part of our daily lives. They spend their day around the house. There are times when we even let them sleep with us. The close proximity relationship between humans and pets has not been taken as a risk.

Pathogens and allergies that are unconsciously brought by our pets can cause varying degrees of health problems not just for our pets but also for us. Simple hygiene practices for puppies are required to maintain healthy condition of owners and their pets.

Our Beloved Pets as Germ Carriers

As mentioned above, puppies can unconsciously carry pathogenic agents and germs that can cause moderate to severe health conditions. Several microorganisms like bacteria and protozoans, parasites, fungi, viruses and allergens are involved. The presence of these harmful microorganisms and viruses cannot easily be noticed by the owner or the pet’s senses. Puppies can also spread the viruses with their excrement. So without us owners noticing it, these diseases can harm us and our pets if we don’t take proper precaution.

Animal to Human Contamination

Puppies and their owners have developed a very close, affectionate relationship with each other. With this fact, cross contamination of viruses is highly possible between pets and owners. Below are some example situations where cross contamination between owners and pets are highly possible.

Stroking their pet’s fur is very common for owners. It is highly possible that the puppy’s fur carry allergens which mean that any physical contact can contribute to cross contamination of these allergens. You may not notice it, but inhalation of these compounds may cause serious respiratory problems.

Scratches and bites may cause these microorganisms to pass through our bloodstream directly. As for example, rabies viruses can be caught by humans from a pet’s bite.

Puppies licking their owner’s hand or face are a very common pet practice to show his affection. Since pet’s saliva most likely has some pathogens in it, the germs and viruses may spread easily.

The Risk

With the high possibility of cross contamination between puppies and us, publicized risks such as allergies, salmonella poisoning, meningitis, septicaemia and other health conditions are observed. Rabies, in worst case scenario, may even cause death.

50% of allergy cases among adults and children are mostly caused by pets. Respiratory problems are the most common allergic reactions. Unless good pet hygiene is maintained, allergy symptoms will continue to get worse. It is a fact that allergens are very hard to control, however, with proper pet care and hygiene, these risks and other possible health problems can be minimize.

Minimizing the risks with Good Puppy’s hygiene

Proper hygiene practices and rules vary from one animal to another. But there are “pet hygiene basics” that apply to almost all pets.

  • Pets must be cleaned regularly. Whether your pet is a dog or a cat, they must be washed and brushed at least three times a week to prevent excessive shedding and keep their skin and fur’s healthy condition.
  • Aside from pets themselves, the things they used should also be cleaned regularly. Toys, trays, food bowls and baskets should be disinfected. 60°C of water temperature for cleaning these things can ensure that all germs are killed during the cleaning process. To prevent cross-contamination, pet’s and owner’s laundry should be washed separately.
  • Floor areas where the pet mostly stays should also be cleaned to wash away trap allergens. E.g. carpets.
  • Pets should receive their vaccines regularly. Vaccines for diseases like rabies, typhus and coryza and other diseases should always be incorporated in your pet’s regular check up.

Having puppies as part of our daily lives may require certain hygiene measures both for pets and owners. But it doesn’t mean that we need to sever the special relationship between them. In reality, proper hygiene practices can help you established a more emotional relationship with your puppy while limiting the possibilities of cross contamination, thus, preserving the health of all.

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Must Give Chase

Friday, May 20th, 2011

There are certain breeds of dog that aren’t happy unless they’re running after something at 200mph! The ‘something’ can be anything from a bird to a car; people are often a popular chase object too.

The main culprits for this behaviour are generally the more highly strung canine individuals that just can’t sit still, Border collies, Springer spaniels, Jack russells and huskies spring to mind first. These breeds seem to think that it’s their sole responsibility to keep their world free from birds and other items! Now the behaviour does not always cause problems but it can so easily develop into a serious issue. If your pooch gives chase to say a squirrel and the squirrel happens to run out into a road, the chances are high that your dog will follow suit, the squirrel might well dodge the traffic but will your canine companion be so fortunate?
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More Than Brushing

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The term ‘grooming’ means much more than simply brushing/combing your canine companion. It’s the perfect opportunity for a mini MOT for your puppy/dog. Their teeth can be checked and brushed; there are a couple of different types of toothbrushes available. There’s the regular type, like ours, or the finger type. The finger ones look similar to a thimble and slide over the finger as a thimble does.

Some dogs don’t take kindly to their teeth being brushed and the ideal point of the finger brush is it’s not quite as imposing as a regular brush. You can have closer contact with your pooch whilst brushing their teeth. The toothpaste used is meat flavoured so it should be appealing and tasty.

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Basic Words

Friday, May 20th, 2011

When it comes to puppy/dog training, you have to choose your words carefully as it’s very easy to confuse your canine chum. Each word needs to sound completely different from the next. The words also need to be short and snappy; you don’t want to feel as though you’re reciting a novel to your doggy pal just to ask him/her to sit down!

The whole word needs to have a different sound, now ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ both start with an ‘s’ so you could choose ‘wait’ instead. There are so many options that there’s really no need to use the same sounding words at all. I started with ‘lie down’ and ‘leave’ and then realized that they start with the same sound so altered to just ‘down.’ It’s very important that you prefix your commands with your dog’s name and this is especially true with puppies, it’s a great chance to teach them their name.

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Clipping Puppy Nails

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Puppy’s nails need to be trimmed at a regular basis. You, as their owner can choose to do it by yourself or bring your pet to his veterinarian to do the job for you. Clipping their nails are important part of their grooming and hygiene routine. It is not easy to trim their nails especially if it’s your first time to do it. It is highly recommended to let a veterinarian do it to give you an idea and teach you how to do it properly.

First and foremost if you want to do this by yourself, you must have the right tools. There are different types of nail clippers for puppies. The most commonly used are the scissor type, files, mechanical and guillotine style clippers. Scissor-type clippers come with two blades, literally just like a scissor. However, this type is not suitable for large dogs. Files can be used to smooth up the rough edges caused by nail trimming. This type takes longer time to use than the others. Mechanical nail clippers are small wireless devices like Dremel or Pedipaws. Guillotine style nail clippers are considered to be the easiest nail clipper to use since you just have to put the claw inside the hole and squeeze it just like a normal nail clipper.

Clipping puppy’s nail help them feel more comfortable and relax while moving around the house. It can also prevent them from getting hurt if it is stuck on any upholstery inside the house. It can literally make them look clean and presentable too. Trimming your puppy’s nails can also be beneficial for you as their owner. You can be rest assured that your house will be free from scratch coming from their claws.  It can also give you the peace of mind that your beloved puppy will not get hurt accidentally because of his own sharp claws.

Puppies will surely be against the idea of someone cutting their nails. They will move a lot and will use all their strength to stop it. But as their owner, it is very important that you continue the routine as they get used to it. While clipping and trimming their nails are not an easy tasks, this will eventually be an additional bonding and quality time for you and your pet.

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Home Safety for Puppies

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Bringing home a new puppy is a very enjoyable experience.   However, owners should realize that our house should be set for their arrival as well.  It means that it should be safe for our puppies to move around. Puppy proofing our homes is not as complicated as it looks. Keeping some important things in mind will make this task easier benefiting us and our pets in the long run.

Home equipment like the refrigerator, dishwasher and stove are the most common places puppies like to explore inside the house. For this reason, these appliances should be kept close at all times. Be careful though; make sure that your puppy is not inside before closing them.

Barricades like baby gates can be used to make your puppy stay away from the places where he is not allowed to go. As for example the kitchen, these gates can prevent him from getting burned or stepped on. X-pen or Cratetraining can also be used to keep him in one place when you are not around to watch over him.

Electrical wires should be kept hidden in the walls or the floors. We all know that it’s in the puppy’s nature to chew everything they can. Keeping these wires hidden can prevent them from getting into an accident.

Your puppy should not be anywhere near the swimming pool especially if no one is around to watch over him. Try to make him stay in a safe place inside the house if you need to go somewhere or better yet let him come with you if possible.

Babies and puppies should be taught on how to treat each other gently. Training them to be good with one another can keep them safe. Chemicals should also be hidden as well as other sharp objects inside the house for added safety.

Keeping your puppies safe and sound inside the house is your responsibility. It is not a difficult task to be afraid of. Keeping the things in mind mentioned above can also benefit you by having a peaceful and safety life together with your pet. Less worries more quality time for you and your new puppy.

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