Interesting facts about our furry friends!
09 May 2015
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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring, it was peace.” - Milan Kundera
Dogs are indeed our link to happiness, pure bliss. One of the key factors that lead to this happiness is good health of our dogs. As pet parents we should be aware of how our dog's body works. Each and every body part of a dog is complex and susceptible to different ailments. Everyday, our pooches are exposed to a number of environmental factors that may cause them harm. Here is a quick preview to the different body parts of your pooch, what problems may happen and how best to avoid them.
Dog ears are one of the most interesting body parts. Did you know that dog ears have 18 muscles that help the dog to raise, tilt, move and rotate their ear to help identify sounds.
Conditions that may inflict the ear:
Debris of dust or mud
Ticks / parasites
How best to prevent ear ailments:
Regular cleaning of the ear with a soft cotton ball or ear bud
Keep water away from ears
Regular cleaning of wax
Regular check to ensure there is no foul smell or redness
The eyes of a dog are very interesting. earlier it was believed that dogs were colour blind, but researc has shown that dogs can see some amount of colour.
Conditions that may inflict the eye:
Progressive retinal atrophy
How best to prevent eye ailments:
In case you have a lon haired dog, take the help of a medical practitioner to clean the fur around the eyes
Use soft cotton balls to clean the eyes and tear tracks
A dog's mouth helps the dog explore objects and fetch things while playing. Did you know that 80% of the dogs are susceptible to periodontal problems by the age of 3
Conditions that may inflict the mouth:
Periodontal problems such as tartar / plaque
How best to prevent mouth ailments:
Regular brushing and cleansing of the mouth with the help of toothpast and tooth brush. Only use toothpast made for pets.
Proper diet which includes dry dog food
Regular veterinary check up
Dental care chew toys and treats
A dog's skin is delicate and is subjected to a lot of problems. Did you know that dry skin and itchiness is one of the most common problems faced by dogs.
Conditions inflicting a dog's skin
Fleas & ticks
How best to prevent skin ailments:
Use natural or mild shampoos and conditioners while grooming and bathing
Regularly brush the hair to remove dead skin and promote blood circulation
Balanced and nutritional diet
Health supplements such as Omega 3 fatty acids.
Just like us humans, dogs too are susceptible to heart ailments.
Conditions that may inflict the heart
Heart valve disease
How best to prevent heart ailments:
Regular check up with a veterinary
Healthy, balanced and nutritional diet
Dog Joints & Bones
Dogs are highly susceptible to developing bone and joint problems.
Conditions inflicting the joints and bones:
How best to prevent bone and joint ailments:
Did you know that when stressed out, dogs lick their paws and feet.
Conditions that might inflict the paws:
How to avoid:
Regular trimming of the nails
Use paw balm after long walks to soften the paws