A healthy diet is a healthy dog. A little bit of variety in your dog's diet will make it happy and healthier. Just as we don't like eating the same thing day in and day out nor does your dog. Sometimes what your dog eats will come out in the smell of his skin, just like when we eat garlic.

If this does happen add a little more variety to his diet such as your table scraps and some dry food for a change. Skin disorders in dogs can be affected by their diet as much as from fleas. If a dog has a skin problem a change in diet may help.

As an example my Rottweiller (Titan) came to me with no hair half way up his back and quite slim. I wormed him, bathed him regularly and fed him well, but still his hair loss continued. I decided to put him on a preservative free diet, which consisted of Chicken and Meat block and some natural dog biscuits. He seemed to be doing really well. I was bathing him once a week in our Hydrobath solution.

His hair was growing back and I had taken him off Cortisone tablets. One day I ran out of dog biscuits and just bought some from the corner shop, they had heaps of food coloring in them and he loved them. Within two days he had broken out in hot spots. I wondered if he had enjoyed the flavor as much as he did the hot spots? Every time he ate food like this he broke out. I learnt through trial and error what was best for his condition. Changing diet isn't be all and end all, but it won't hurt to try.

Chewing and grinding bones fulfills the natural instincts for bone crunching, it also acts as a natural teeth cleaner and can be a great reliever of boredom for the urban dog . City-slicker dogs are somewhat soft and certain bones cause a lot of problems, especially in the very young.

Chops and T-bones can sometimes get stuck on their way to the stomach which may have to be surgically removed. Rabbit bones can be dangerous just with their size and chicken bones can splinter. All bone for dogs to chew on should be large, such as lamb shanks or beef shin bones, and they should be fed raw.

How to Brush a dog's Teeth

As you may know dental care is important for extending a pet's good health and quality years. Veterinarians recommend daily dental care at home for pets. It's best to begin at an early age (eight to twelve weeks) during puppy hood, but it is never too late. You can buy a dental kit at your pet-supply store.

  • Acquaint the pet with mouth care slowly. Gently open the animal's mouth and run your finger around the lips for 30 seconds on the first day and progress to a couple of minutes at a time. Reward the animal with a small treat at the end of each session.
  • Next, use a washcloth wrapped around your index finger or wet toothbrush on the teeth (NEVER use a human toothbrush).
  • Next lift lips. Massage the outer surface only of the upper and lower teeth minutes.

Remember to have good strong teeth they need to be cleaned so tartar etc. does not build up. a dogs way of doing this is to eat bones and dry food so make sure your dog has these available at all times. Like us if a dogs teeth aren't attended to they will need to be professionally cleaned by your veterinarian. Prevention is better than cure.

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