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Four Home Remedies for Curing Your Dog’s Cold

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FourFour Home Remedies for Curing Your Dogs Cold Home Remedies for Curing Your Dog’s Cold

A cold, wet nose in the morning is one thing, but when your furry friend has watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose, then he has the symptoms for a cold. Much like humans, there are four home remedies that will help provide comfort to your canine companion.

Colds are dehydrating for humans and pets. Proper hydration helps the natural ability of the body to fight off viruses. Encourage your dog to drink lots of water and change his water at least once a day. It is also helpful to keep his water bowl clean, as well. When your pet is hydrated, it will keep the nasal secretions from becoming thick which can clog up the dog’s nose leading further to breathing problems.

Chicken Soup 
Just like mother made for you, a warm bowl of chicken soup will help comfort your dog as well as keep him hydrated. Low sodium chicken broth, brown rice, and chicken breasts (please leave out the bones) are the perfect ingredients for a soup to comfort a sick pup. Also, just some warm chicken broth will do the trick, as well. A warm bowl of chicken soup will help give his immune system a boost, revitalize his energy, and health.

Steam will open bronchial passages and ease his breathing. One method is to run a hot shower or bath and enclose your pet within the room for about ten minutes. Just make sure you do not put your animal in the hot water. You can also boil a pan of hot water on the stove so that the house will be warm and humidified. There are plenty of humidifiers on the market that you can purchase at your local store that will humidify your home.

Like people, dogs need rest when they have a cold. Give him only short periods of time outside, especially in winter where the cold air could tighten up his bronchial tubes and make it harder for him to breathe. Keep his area warm and dry. Wooden dog crates with a soft blanket on the bottom, and a fluffy dog toy provide a cozy environment for recuperation.

Check with your veterinarian for recommendations on other home remedies such as Vitamin C, Echinacea and garlic. If symptoms persist past a few days, then call your vet for further testing. Hydration, rest, and chicken soup will help provide comfort and help cure your dog’s cold.

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Karleia is a freelance blogger and animal lover. Away from the office she enjoys spending time her with her two daughters and myriad of pets.

Video: What To Do If Your Dog Is Choking

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This is an informative video made by a veterinarian advising how to help your dog if he is choking.

Walking Your Dog Has Important Benefits

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In addition to his basic requirements of food, water and shelter, a dog needs social interaction, positive attention from his human companion, exercise and mental stimulation. Several of these additional  needs  can be met by just taking your dog for a walk. Walking your dog daily provides him with the attention from you that he needs. Possibly more than anything else, our pets simply want our company. Even when you remain at home during the day, a lot of your time is spent doing household tasks rather than interacting with your family pet. When leaving for your walk, take along a plastic bag or similar container and be sure to clean up after your pet.

A walk permits you to reinforce obedience skills with your dog to increase the reliability of training. Going over the basic commands also will increase the advantages of a walk because your dog isn’t merely ambling along, but is also performing extra tasks. Walking your dog keeps him mentally alert through territorial examination. With nose to the ground and alert to the sights and sounds of his surroundings, your dog gathers evidence about how his territory has been altered since the last outing.

Together with the emotional benefits, there are physical advantages. Taking your dog for a walk is the most effective method to exercise a dog that may not be very active in your home or even in your yard. Older dogs must be kept as lively and fit as possible. However, he may not be disposed to exercise without some motivation. Whether or not your pet is active in your yard, it is certainly more active during a walk. Merely sharing an activity with you is one of your dog’s greatest motivations to exercise.

If you pass by another dog or person during your walk, your dog has the chance to socialize. Dogs are social animals. It is natural for them to investigate unrecognized individuals. Puppies ought to be encouraged, from the very beginning, to appropriately respond to and get along with other dogs and people while on walks. These friendly experiences help the puppy learn to behave appropriately when meeting visitors to your home, or when he is with you anywhere else. If a dog does not have the opportunity to socialize, it will not understand how to interact correctly with other people or dogs.

Walking your dog is among the the best means to prevent behavior problems. At least one walk each day will help prevent elimination problems, destructiveness, separation anxiety and other frequent behavior disorders. Take your dog for a walk soon after every meal, as this is often the time it’s most likely to urinate or defecate, and you’ll be able to direct your dog to an appropriate location. Praise must be given immediately to be effective. If you merely let your dog go out in the yard, you miss out on a great opportunity to bolster good behavior.

Allowing your pooch to wander freely is hazardous both to your dog and to other pets and people. It also gives the unsupervised dog freedom to revert to unacceptable wild behavior. Your dog’s life might depend on his obedience to your commands. Not permitting some activity cannot be viewed as unkind when considering the possible unfortunate outcome.

Misconceptions About Neutering Your Male Dog

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Many pet owners won’t neuter their male dogs. Some transfer their emotions about the procedure onto their dogs, and decide that it’s a cruel and inhumane act.  But most avoid neutering their dogs because they’ve heard one or more of the many misconceptions about neutering. Despite all these rumors and myths, neutering is a responsible procedure that won’t harm the health of your dog.  Here are some of the  misconceptions that keep many from having their dogs neutered.

Neutering is not cruel

Your dog will not become depressed for lack of sex. Dogs aren’t humans, and don’t feel the same way about sex that humans do.  They won’t miss the intimacy or the romance, like some people believe. As much as some people seem to think otherwise, dogs are animals, and their drive for sex is only instinct.  Not having sex will not harm, or depress, your dog.

Your dog will not become weak or effeminate. Neutering does not affect a dog’s physical abilities or strength.  In fact, neutering removes the sexual instinct that has some dogs climbing the walls. Neutering can correct many behavioral problems caused by the sex instinct in some dogs, especially in households with one or more pets and in a household with female dogs.

Your dog won’t get fat or stop being active:  If you don’t overfeed your dog and neglect to take him for walks, your dog can’t suddenly bloat up after being neutered. This is a popular misconception because it does happen sometimes—but it’s not because of the surgery, but rather the habits of the owner. Just be sure to feed your dog the proper amount of food, and make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

Your dog will still bark at strangers, if it does now.  The belief that a neutered dog will no longer make a good guard dog is ridiculous.  It’s a clear case of humans passing off misguided beliefs about masculinity and strength onto dogs. If the dog happened to be born sterile, would that make it less a dog, or less suited to be a watch dog?

Some people think that routine castration of male dogs is unnecessary. Here are some reasons why we think neutering your dog is the best option:

  • Your male dog can smell a female in heat from a very long distance away, and some dogs will do anything to reach her including scaling tall fences or digging underneath. These dogs are liable to become lost, or be involved in road traffic accidents.
  • Often, male dogs become very frustrated. They may try to mount cushions, or even people’s legs. Some become snappy. Others become very dominant, and constantly attack other dogs. Non-neutered male dogs may also scent mark by urinating about the house.
  • The risk of testicular cancer is completely removed by neutering. Many older male dogs develop prostate enlargement, leading to urinary problems, constipation and the possibility of prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer can be hormone dependent, these dogs have to be castrated when they are getting on in years and therefore encounter a greater risk during anesthesia.
  • Neutering is best done when your dog is about six months old, before he has learned any bad habits.

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