Adult Dog Grooming Routine

Adult Dog Grooming Routine: A discussion with Dr. Manu
Hi. Welcome to our video Petzz series. Today we are going to talk with doctor Dr. Manu, our vet expert, about the grooming routine of adult dogs.

R1: Hello, doctor! Last week we discussed about a related topic – how to groom a puppy-, so it’s only natural that today we are going to talk about the grooming of adult dogs. How is grooming an adult dog different from grooming a puppy?

V1: Hello! Essentially there’s not much of a difference in grooming a puppy or an adult dog, since grooming an adult dog means the same thing as in a puppy’s case: brushing the coat, giving him a bath, cleaning its ears and clipping the nails. But there are a few details that need to be mentioned though:

● Adult dogs shed their coat twice a year, once before the hot season and again before the cold season. So when your dog is shedding, you’ll have to brush him more often to remove the excess of dead hair that flies around the house.

● Some specific dog breeds or older dogs who don’t walk much need their nails to be clipped regularly in order to prevent injuries

● Also, with older dogs you need to keep an eye on their ear hygiene, as they tend to display ear infections quite often. Ear infections might be due to dog scratching and bruising the ear tissue that afterwards becomes infected, or diet that is too high in protein.

● Another important aspect that is part of the grooming routine is the emptying of a dog’s anal glands that should be done by a veterinarian a few times a year. Street dogs use their anal glands to spray and mark their territory thus emptying them every now and then, but dogs that live mostly inside don’t get the chance to empty their anal glands until they are too full and they just burst when the dog makes a sudden move.

R2: How many times a month or a year should we give a bath to an adult dog?
V2: Just as with a puppy, not too many times, generally once or twice a year or only when the dog has rolled into mud or into something very smelly. Bathing your dog excessively can cause him dermatitis, dandruff and dry skin and lose the shiny look of the fur which is given by the essential oils in his skin.

R3: What products should we use to bathe an adult dog? Can we use shampoos or conditioners designed for human use?

V3: As with puppies, It’s not recommended to use regular shampoos or conditioners designed for human use because these usually contain harmful detergents that will inhibit the production of essential oils in a dog’s skin, ultimately causing them skin diseases. The best thing is to use products designed especially for dogs, or organic shampoos and conditioners as long as you are certain they are made of naturals oils and plants.

R4: What do you advise dog owners who have long haired dog breeds?

V4: Long-haired dog breeds definitely need regular brushing and grooming as their fur can quickly become tangled and matted. Pet owners should brush their dogs at least twice a week.

R5: Is fur trimming recommended?

V5: If a dog has been neglected for some time, only brushing is not an option and fur trimming will be necessary to get rid of all the dead and matted fur. This can be done by a professional groomer. However, keep in mind that long-haired dog breeds have at least two layers of hair that helps them regulate their body temperature and prevents them from sunburn. Fur trimming is not recommended unless it’s absolutely necessary. Of course, short-haired dogs don’t need trimming.

R6: Except for grooming what else can we do to ensure that our dog has smooth shiny looking coat? Do supplements help?

V6: Yes, supplements for skin and coat can help a dog improve his skin and fur condition and it’s recommended you give them to your dog 2-3 times a year for 30 days. Salmon oil is another very good and healthy addition to your dog’s diet. It contains vitamins and fatty acids that are essential for a dog’s skin and coat. Salmon oil will help him with shedding and will give his fur a healthy glow.

R: Thank you, doctor! We hope that all this information will help you and your dog. We’ll see you next week when we’ll talk about….

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Healthy Diet for Adult Dogs

Healthy Diet for Adult Dogs: A discussion with Dr. Akshay
R: Hi. Welcome to a new “Ask the Vet/Petzz Expert” episode in our video series. Our vet expert, Dr. Akshay, will talk to us today about the healthy diet of an adult dog.

R1: Hello, Dr. Akshay. When it comes to a dog’s diet there are a lot of opinions being passed around, basically every dog owner thinks that he knows best how to feed his dog. But is it really so? Tell us a few things about how important is a balanced diet for an adult dog.

V1: It’s true that every owner believes he knows best what his dog should eat, but more often than not dog owners do make mistakes when it comes to their dog’s’ diet, so when in doubt it’s better to ask the vet.

First and foremost, a healthy dog diet should not be composed of scraps and leftovers from their owners’ meals. Of course that almost every dog will be watching you while you eat and you just can’t handle the teary eyes and you end up giving him a piece of your food. However, you have to make sure that the food you are eating is completely safe for your dog, but bear in mind that this is not a behaviour that you should reinforce.

Just as a human’s diet, a dog diet should include protein, fats and carbs, but their percentages vary greatly from humans’ intake. A dog should have more protein and fat and little carbohydrates. Also, a healthy diet should include greens and vegetables besides meat and kibbles. A balanced diet makes the difference between a lean healthy dog and a dog whose immune system is weak.

R2: Doctor, you mentioned greens and veggies as part of a healthy diet. What greens and veggies we can feed our dogs? And what about fruits?

V2: Leafy greens like spinach are great for dogs, and also carrots, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, and cooked peas or beans should be part of a dog’s diet. If your dog likes fruits, you can give him apples, pears, blueberries, watermelon or pumpkin. During hot summer days, you can even freeze these fruits and give them to your dog as an icicle which will help him stay hydrated, and entertain him as well.

R3: Are bones safe for dogs? What bones should we give a dog?

V3: Fish and chicken bones should never be given to dogs as they pose a great risk of piercing through their digestive tract. Safer options are turkey or mutton bones, but even these should be half cooked and not given raw.

R4: Is a diet based solely on kibbles – even from reputed brands – or processed dog food recommended for a dog?

V4: Kibbles are a form of highly concentrated dog food that should be given moderately, always use a measure and feed your dog according to his weight. There are good brands of kibbles of course, but a dog’s diet should include other foods besides this too. Canned food is also a good option as long as you choose a good brand, but again you should not feed your dog only canned meat and not all the time.

R5: How can we improve a dog’s diet?

V5: A balanced diet that includes raw foods, meat, greens, veggies and kibbles or canned dog food would be a very good balanced diet. Additionally, you can give your dog supplements (minerals, vitamins), 2-3 times a year for 1 month. For a nice shiny coat and healthy joints you can add a few drops of salmon oil to your dog’s food every day.

R6: What signs will a dog with a poor diet show? What health issues can be triggered by a poor or unbalanced diet?

V6:Diet is the most important part in a dog’s life. A poor or an unbalanced diet can lead to an array of diseases ranging over time from skin diseases to liver and kidney failure. A dog that is not fed good food can be skinny, lethargic, can exhibit hair loss, rashes, dandruff, dermatitis. Also, if a dog is too fat, he’ll have other health problems such as joint problems or diabetes.

R7: What foods we should never feed our dogs? Is milk a good food for a dog?

V7: Dogs should not be given sweets or any human food with a high sugar content, especially chocolate which is toxic for them, and even some fruits and nuts (grapes, strawberries, raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews, peanuts.

Regarding milk, dogs can be lactose intolerant just like humans and will suffer the same symptoms whenever they eat dairy products. Some dogs cannot digest the cow milk enzymes at all and will have gas, diarrhea or vomiting, others will not have any issues.

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Common Conditions of Senior dogs

Common Conditions of Senior Dogs: A discussion with Dr. Akshay
R: Hi, doctor….! Many pet parents have older dogs and they keep on asking us about common conditions that affect their senior companions. So, we have a senior dog, we are aware that he’s not as agile as he used to be, he sleeps more, he eats less, etc. What signs or symptoms should we look for in an aging dog?

V: Old age for dogs comes with a whole set of conditions typically associated with an advanced age, just like in humans’ case. As you said, we might notice our pet is not so eager to go out for a walk, he has a hard time getting up from the floor, he can’t jump on higher places like his favorite couch, he eats less and sleeps more, he can’t hear to well when we call him or he can’t see properly and looks disoriented. These are all signs of old age and that is why it’s very important to get our pet checked by a vet every 6 months or every time we notice something is just not right (he’s more lethargic, he refuses food, he won’t come to you when you call him).

The most common conditions for senior dogs are generally associated with joint pain (arthritis), eye problems (cataract), constipation (your dog might have a stool only once in two days or even less), cognitive dysfunction (the dog shows signs of confusion, it takes some time until he manages to obey a command or till he responds to your call), hip dysplasia (a common problem for giant and large-sized breeds like GSD, Saint-Bernard, Rottweiler, Great Dane. The quality of life decreases and your dog is in constant pain), urinary incontinence (the dog will not be able to hold it for longer times, he might need more walks so he can relieve himself more often. Small accidents will happen, as he might pee inside the house.)

R: These are all important topics, and we’ll cover them individually in our next episodes, but i want you to tell pet parents of older dogs what can be done about these conditions and how they can improve their pet’s life quality?

V: Some of these conditions can be improved in different ways. For example for constipation, you can feed your dog less protein and more fibers, like greens and vegetables. If that also doesn’t help, you can incorporate coconut oil or salmon oil into his food. In severe cases (if your dog hasn’t had a stool in a week or more), you will have to take him to the vet for treatment.

If your senior dog has joint pain you can give him special supplements to alleviate his pain and help sustain the joint function. Other conditions might require a surgical solution if recommended by the veterinarian, and this is the case for hip dysplasia.

Generally, your dog’s life quality can be improved by regular check-ups, supplements, appropriate diet and a lot of care. If you notice any change in the dog’s behavior, any signs of discomfort, any changes in the way he walks or he reacts to stimuli, if he refuses food or water, or on the contrary if he drinks too much water, if he doesn’t have a stool or doesn’t pee for longer periods or he is in pain when doing so, these are generally red flags and you should immediately take him to the vet. Monitoring your pet closely definitely impacts his life and it can extend also.

R: In what other ways we can help our ailing friends?

V: Be patient. Your dog doesn’t have the same reactions as he used to when he was younger, so be patient when you take him for a walk, allow him to take his time. Don’t let him on high places where he’ll have difficulty in getting down from. It may be his favorite couch or bed, but if he can’t get up there by himself, he’ll definitely not be able to come down on his own either. So make sure you are always around when he’s on higher spot. Make his meal times regular and give him access to plenty of fresh water. Avoid giving him unhealthy treats or foods, even though they are his favorite. A piece of sausage or a little bit of your cake may create a lot of trouble for a senior dog’s digestive system.

R: Thank you, doctor! Keep an eye on our next episode of the Petzz video series, when we’ll talk about hip dysplasia in senior dogs.

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