When not exposed to loud sounds, people and other animals, some dogs can get very scared. They will go hide under the bed, especially if it is fire crackers. Reassure him and give him lots of attention during this time and slowly but surely he will become less afraid.
It is not necessary that females come into heat exactly every 6 months, the timing can be very variable in some females.
Some bitches may have silent heat, i.e. they will come into heat but it will not be obvious. If a bitch has very irregular heats then it is best to spay them to prevent them from getting mammary tumours and pyometra.
Although frequently encountered and disgusting to the pet owner, the actual causes of 'coprophagy' (eating their own stools) are not well established. It is usually due to a behaviour problem, boredom or bad habits.
An insufficiency of pancreatic enzymes occasionally may be involved. Dogs may eat their own or another animal's feces which contains unabsorbed nutrients. The objectives in combating 'coprophagy' are:
- Prompt removal of stools from the environment to curtail opportunity.
- Activity for the dog.
- Provision of a highly-digestible, balanced diet adequate in all nutrients.
The management of 'coprophagy' should include the following;
- Spend more time with the dog and provide more opportunity for exercise.
- Sprinkling commercial meat tenderiser, such as Adolf's on the dog's food in the same manner as salting one's food may decrease stool palatability.
- Unseasoned meat tenderisers should not be used for dogs with known gastrointestinal disorders, as ingredients used in the seasoned type may irritate the dog's gastrointestinal tract. If pancreatic exocrine insufficiency is present, management by a veterinarian will be necessary.
Pregnant and nursing cats/dogs require higher levels of nutrients, for the proper skeletal growth and development of their litter. The demands of gestation and particularly lactation drastically changes a female's nutritional needs' and they need four times more calories of nutrients during this important period. When puppies are born they will have a strong and healthier immune system thereby.
Puppies can start on a wet formula after weaning around 2 months old and some dry food such as 'Science Plan Canine Puppy' can be gradually introduced with pet milk such as 'Aristopet Nutrilac Milk Replacer'.
A healthy well-balanced diet is very important as puppies/kittens need correct levels of nutrients to grow and develop. Too much or too little can be harmful. Hill's is based on the lifestage concept backed by 50 years of research and testing. Each bag is endorsed and guaranteed to fulfill and satisfy a customer and his pet's needs completely. It is nutritionally balanced with 23 vitamins and minerals for good bone, muscle and tooth development. A young puppy will need higher levels of nutrients than an adult or senior dog. Each time there are improvements in the ingredients, we add them to all our formulas. Now anti-oxidants i.e. vitamin C and E are added to all our formulas. Hill's is always busy developing the next innovation to meet the high demands by pet owners. Supermarket brands, though easily obtainable do not act as a preventive health food for pets. They are mostly mass-produced without any adherence, whatsoever to the 'lifestage' concept.
Hair molt or fur shedding could be either signs of hormonal, nutritional or skin disorder. Regular grooming can help to get out the dead hair. Corn and fish oil or zinc supplement can also be included in diet, and it helps a lot in nutritional related cases. If this treatments plus regular grooming do not resolve the problem, your pet may have a skin problem. Please seek advice from your local veterinarian.
First, you have to differentiate between aggressiveness and just being a defensive dog. Normally, dog who is poorly socialized will act aggressively. The best thing, consult a professional dog trainer for help. If you would like any recommendation on that, do contact us for help.
Not all dogs can accept all proteins of food given due to skin sensitivity. Hill's Science Diet had formulated unique formula, Canine Sensitive Skin to meet the unique diet needed by this kind of dogs. This special formula contains Superior Antioxidant Formula with higher levels of vitamin E to promote healthy skin and coat. It's also nourished with higher levels of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to nourish skin and help replenish natural oils, as well as managing dry, and flaky skin. Should this not help, seek for your local vets' advice, and asks for Hill's Prescription diet z/d (the ultimate in food allergy diet).
Eating refusal may be resulted due to stage transitional of your puppy. Do you also feed other diets like taste food, treats, etc? Dogs tend to be choosy when they are given options. Cut the options and just feed the dog only single diet. After a day of starving, any dog will surely get back to the food.
The problem your dog faced could be caused by food allergies. It might be certain ingredients of the flavor that make the dog react that way. You can give the dog Hill's Canine Puppy Sensitive Skin for better skin and coat. You can also feed Canine Prescription Diet z/d, which is developed specifically for pets with allergy and irritated skin, coat and ear or even digestive problems. In case this will not help, consult your local vets for advice.
Toilet training is actually a development process with 2-3 months period, and its results depend on the effectiveness of your training. Training a puppy is much more easy compare to the older dog. Here are few tips you can follow: Put your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after meals and last thing at night. If you do not have a garden, use a newspaper. Encourage him by gently rubbing his tummy. You can also praise your pup when it does something. Of course, there will be mistakes at first, but be patient, use newspaper to protect carpets etc. Good luck.
Hill's have done so many researches regarding the taste of its products. The result shows that Hill's foods are preferred by pets over other leading brands. However, we realize that some pets are very picky and fussy eaters. That's why our food comes in variety of tastes, and all offers excellent nutrition. We advice you to try the varieties until you find the taste that your pet like best. Remember, introducing new food for pets requires gradual transition. Make sure you increase the amount day by day until your pet eats nothing but the new food.
Hair loss problems are normally caused by temperature condition, nutrition, diseases and grooming. This will also result on the skin itchiness that causes pets to scratch. Improving dog's diet and adding omega fatty acid to diet might help. Regular grooming can also help to improve skin conditions and stop the itchiness especially caused by fleas and ticks. If still got problem, consult your reliable vets for advice.
Weight gain is usually associated with excessive calorie and fat intake combined with a lack of exercise. You can try Prescription Diet Canine r/d, which is designed specifically for the management of dogs that are overweight or obese. It's low fat, reduced calorie, high fiber formula helps dogs lose weight while helping them feel full. The highest levels of L-carnitine of any therapeutic weight loss food to help burn fat while increasing lean muscle mass. One months of Prescription diet r/d alone.
Dogs averagely reach puberty at 6 months of age. It occurs every 6 to 7 month and last for 2 weeks. However, this average is variance depending on age and breed. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases. Again, it can vary from dog to dog depending on the breed. During the mating season, the female will be on heat and show keen interest to any male dog that is around due to pheromones. Remember, breeding should only be performed with pets free from inherited/ breed defects like one testicle, hare lip, etc.