Pet-tek Guide For Helping your Dog Smell Better

dog clean shower bathWhat causes dogs to have offensive odor?  The reason behind the smell can vary, the cause may be fast or slow to diagnose, the underlying reasons may be simple or complex, treatment may be easy or may require a lengthy and involved process.  The three main reasons for offensive odor in dogs are: cleanliness, infection, or disease.  

Cleanliness

Cleanliness can include animals with excessively oily skin, animals who are not bathed regularly, or animals that have come into contact with an offensive substance.  The latter two are easy enough to rectify with a bath or more regular bathing routine.  In the case of animals with oily skin there may be underlying reasons for the production of excessive skin oils, such as Canine Seborrhea (an inherited disease that causes the skin to exude a waxy, greasy substance that can form clumps and cause dirt and bacteria to remain trapped against the skin) or it may be a secondary reaction to another condition or disease such as allergies, dietary deficiencies, parasites or autoimmune disorders.

Infection

Most infections are caused by bacteria or yeast, an infection is usually either localized (affecting a specific area or internal organ), or systemic (whole body).  For localized infections you will notice the odor is coming from a specific body part such as the ears, mouth, vulva or anal area.  In each of these cases the treatment varies because there can be underlying reasons for the infection.  For example, ear infections may be caused by ear mites, excess moisture, lack of oxygen/air flow or allergies, the first three are easy to treat and can be avoided in the future, allergies on the other hand must be dealt with first in order to prevent a recurring issue.  For systemic infections such as a blood infection there is almost always an underlying or beginning cause, systemic infections are extremely serious and can be fatal.  Preventing a systemic infection can usually be accomplished by keeping the animal in good health and treating any issues, infections, or injuries as soon as they appear.

Disease/Disorder

Diseases and disorders such as Kidney Disease, Dental Disease, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anal Gland Impaction can all cause offensive odors.  Treating or keeping the disease in check can help to decrease or remove the odor.

Wet dog odor is caused by microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are living on the skin and in the fur.  As long as the fur stays dry the odor is minimal, but introducing water causes the smaller microorganisms to be displaced which brings the odor out.  Regular bathing and grooming can help to minimize the amount of normal (non health related) odor your dog has.  Bathing should take place about once a month depending on the length of coat, and brushing should be done a couple times a month with the amount increasing during shedding seasons.

Other options for keeping your dog smelling nice are to use waterless shampoo, doggie cologne or other pet fragrance.  Baby powder or cornstarch can also be used in small amounts to help absorb odors.  Applying baking soda and lavender to your dog’s fur can help soak up the oil give them mild and pleasant scent while also repelling bugs and other pests. 

Dog colognes and pet fragrances are common products that are used in the dog grooming process nowadays. As your dog's smell can be a long-term thing that you might have to deal with day in and day out, especially if your dog has a thick undercoat, it’s important to know ways to keep your dog smelling fresh. 

Essential oils can also be a great resource to combat your dog’s body odor. But you have to be careful while choosing the oil because they can be toxic and even fatal to your dog’s health. Using dog fragrances scented with natural oils is the best way to avoid using deodorants containing chemicals.

Whatever be the cause that leads to a smelly dog, it needs to be treated. Maintain the health and hygiene of your dog on a regular basis. 

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A Healthy Diet for Your Dogs & Cats

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When you have a pet, they own a piece your heart.  You want them to live a healthy and happy life, and do everything you can to make this happen.

Since no two pets are alike, it is very important to know each pet’s unique nutritional needs.

Do you own a dog or a cat or both?  Though there are some similarities between their nutritional needs, there are also vast differences.  For example, both the species are carnivores, however dogs are functional carnivores while cats are obligate carnivores.

What does this mean? This means that cats being obligate carnivores depend on the nutrients found only in their prey for their survival, their body's’ are best suited to animal-based proteins and fats, an unsupplemented vegetarian diet can cause harmful or dangerous nutrient deficiencies. On the other hand, dogs being functional carnivores are more  adaptable to a wide range of ingredients, though they prefer animal-based protein they can thrive on a vegetarian diet if necessary.

Understanding Your Pet’s Metabolism Type


Under normal circumstances dogs burn calories slowly, this means that they are able to go longer without food.  Cats’ however burn calories continuously throughout the day so the intervals between meals should not be longer than 12 hours.

Vital Nutients for Your Pet


Dogs require amino acids from protein, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water to remain healthy.  Protein provides them with 10 specific essential amino acids that their bodies are unable to synthesize (make on their own).  A dog requires vitamins in low concentrations and is able to synthesize some on their own such as Vitamin A and Niacin.  


Cats also require amino acids from protein, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water, however, animal-based protein is easier for them to digest than plant-based protein.  Two of the Essential Amino Acids that cats require must either come from animal protein, or be supplemented into their diet, a deficiency of Arginine can cause a toxic buildup of ammonia in the bloodstream, and a deficiency of Taurine can lead to blindness, deafness, heart failure, inadequate immune response and congenital defects.  A cats requirements for vitamins is different from a dogs, cats cannot synthesize some vitamins such as Vitamin A and Niacin so their food must supply it for them.

Proper Pet Hydration

Since cats evolved in a desert-like environment, they get most of their water from their prey. This is why it is recommended that cats be fed wet food rather than dry food. If a cat’s system is not properly hydrated, they will be at a higher risk for developing urinary crystals, leading to Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).

Just like humans, around 80% of a dog’s body is made up of water. Canned or raw food is a great choice for a dog that does not drink a lot of water since dry food does not offer moisture to the dog.  For old or sick dogs, or dogs living in a hot or dry climate, it is especially important to keep their systems hydrated.

  

Pet’s Nutritional Needs at Different Life Stages

Dogs

Small puppy breeds (1-10lbs) from weaning to 10 months or 1 year of age need:

  • High Protein and Fat
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
  • Medium puppy breeds (1-60lbs) from weaning to 1 year of age need:
  • Protein and fat (higher than adults, lower than small breeds)
  • DHA
  • Large puppy breeds (60lbs+) from weaning to up to 1.5 years of age need:
  • Fat, Calcium and Phosphorus (less than small breed puppies)
  •  DHA
  • Small dog breeds (1-10lbs) from 10 months or 1 year to 8 years of age need:
  • Protein and fat (higher than other adult dogs)
  • Higher omega-3 and -6 levels
  • Antioxidants and probiotics
  • Medium dog breeds (1-60lbs) from 1 to 7 years need:
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids
  • Probiotics and antioxidants
  • Large dog breeds (60lbs+) from 1 to 6 years of age require:
  • Fat (Low levels)
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin (High Levels)
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids
  • Probiotics

  

Cats


Kittens from weaning to 1 year of age need:
  • Protein and fat (Higher levels)
  • DHA
  • Adult cats from 1 to 8 years of age need:
  • Protein and fat (Less than kittens)
  • Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids
  • Indoor cats from 1 to 8 years of age need:
  • Protein and fat (Low levels)
  • Fiber and L-Carnitine (High levels)
  • Omega fatty acids (High levels)
  • Cats with hairball issues from 1 year of age and over require:
  • High fiber
  • Increased omega fatty acids

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6 Dangerous Foods for Your Cat

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Determining the correct food for your cat requires critical understanding because cats are unlike other animals when it comes to their dietary habits and needs.  

Cats are obligate carnivores; they require a high protein diet rich in animal proteins in order to receive the correct levels of essential nutrients.  Their diet must also be high in moisture, with a moderate amount of fat and a very small amount of carbohydrates.  In the wild this diet is achieved by consuming the meat and organs of small rodents and birds.

Cats generally eat multiple small meals throughout the day, this is due in large part to their natural food capture activities in the wild.  Their body is designed to take small amounts of food because their normal prey is small, to get enough food and nutrients in the wild a cat must repeat the chase and capture multiple times every day.  For a domestic cat the chase is not required, however eating many small meals a day can help prevent obesity, and adding in games or puzzle feeders can help keep the cat active.

Water is essential to your cats health, the amount of water they consume depends completely on their health and the hydration of the food they are eating.  If a cat is eating an all dry food diet they will consume more water then if they are eating a wet food or combination diet.  Be aware of how much water your cat normally consumes, changes in this amount can be a sign of serious illness or disease.  

To keep your cat healthy you must be aware of every aspect of your cats diet.  Certain foods can be dangerous or poisonous to your cat’s health.

1. Onions and garlic are toxic

Consuming onion and garlic can break down your cat’s red blood cells, which can further lead to anemia. Onions eaten in any form - powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated, along with garlic can be poisonous for a cat. The amount taken determines the level of poison, lethargy, pale gums and a reduced appetite are signs of a toxic reaction in your cat.  Immediate medical attention is required.

2. A glass of milk is not a cat’s thing

Most cats are lactose-intolerant. They are exposed to lactose only through their mother’s milk when they are kittens. After weaning, the cat does not require milk in their diet. Milk and other dairy products are not good for your cat’s digestion. A bad digestion can lead to an upset stomach or diarrhea. All that a cat needs is fresh, clean water.

3. Canned tuna fish is not for cats

Canned tuna fish is not a nutritionally complete meal for cats, a diet which is rich in tuna can lead to mercury poisoning and a deficiency of vitamin E. It can also leave your cat malnourished because it doesn’t contain all the nutrients required for maintaining the proper health of the cat.  Most canned tuna fish cat food contains other added ingredients, nutrients, minerals, vitamins, etc that are essential to a cats health.

4. Raw Eggs can be poisonous

Feeding your cats with raw eggs can be dangerous. Raw eggs can lead to salmonella or E. coli poisoning in your cat. The symptoms of this bacterial poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. There is a protein called avidin in raw egg whites which obstructs the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. This obstruction leads to various skin and coat problems in cats. 

5. Chocolates are not a healthy food

Chocolate is dangerous to cats because it contains caffeine and Theobromine (a chemical that is harmful to them). Theobromine is present in every kind of chocolate from white to dark, the darker the  chocolate the more dangerous it is. Chocolate can cause abnormal heartbeats, tremors, and even death if ingested by a cat.

6. Caffeine is not the drug for your cat

Caffeine works as a diuretic drug that causes dehydration in cats and can be fatal. The symptoms caused by caffeine in cats include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, fits and muscle tremors. Symptoms of severe caffeine poisoning can also include collapse and seizures.  Immediate medical attention is required.


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