The best advice for your dog (part 2)

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This is the second part of “Tips for Dogs”, which deals with constipation, motion sickness, grooming… and much more. For tips 1 through 5, read “Tips for Dogs Part 1”.

Constipation

If your dog does not defecate for a day or two, or if he seems to have difficulty with it, he may be constipated. Give him a teaspoon of milk of magnesia in the morning, before his breakfast if you feed him twice a day. If he is often constipated, add other vegetables to his diet and also mix a teaspoon of vegetable oil into his dinner. He will not feel any difference if it is mixed with his food. Do this until it is regular again. Also, make sure he gets plenty of exercise. Lack of movement, running, walking … can cause constipation in dogs.

Travel sickness

Often times, ginger helps with this problem, either by eating gingerbread cookies or, better yet, giving natural ginger before travel. The cookies can be given to the dog when he gets in the car, making him feel like he’s being congratulated on getting into the vehicle. Cocculus 6C, a homeopathic remedy for motion sickness, may also be helpful, especially for a dog who has a tendency to drool too much or has been ill. Give one dose then repeat every 30 minutes for a maximum of 4 doses.

Grooming

Once a week, put a good glass of olive oil in your dog’s food, this will make the coat look shiny and healthy. In combination with the oil, use a rubber curry crusher; you can buy it inexpensively at any saddlery or pet store, it removes all the dead hair and makes the coat shine better than any other brush on the market. There is also a plastic one that removes all traces of grease and residue. You can combine the two for better efficiency.

Grooming Tips

It doesn’t matter whether dogs have long or short hair, it is important to brush them every day. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. It helps to bond and improve social positioning. In the wild, the alpha male and female call out to other wolves or wild dogs individually and groom them in their pecking order. Grooming is an important social gesture. This is why some dominant dogs oppose grooming, they think that you have neither the right nor the position to initiate this action.

Tear spots and bacterial infections

The wet areas of your dog’s head are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeasts. Bacterial infections usually occur in the tear ducts. Most yeast infections are caused by “Ptirsporum”, a red yeast bacteria. Tear stains often occur at the same time as a gum or ear infection. Spots can also appear on a dog’s paws when it licks itself and around its mouth from the infected saliva.

Apple cider vinegar (in its natural form at a health food store, not the pasteurized version from the supermarket) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; it helps digestion and the elimination of dental tartar; it prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even scabies), it also prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and it discourages fleas.

Putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per liter of water in your dog’s water bowl or on his food can eliminate most active yeast infections and prevent future infections. Apple cider vinegar tablets can be used if your dog refuses to drink the treated water or to eat his food.

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NOTE: This advice comes from Stan Rawlinson, Canine Behaviorist and Obedience Trainer, who has owned and worked with dogs for over 25 years, starting with Hounds and then moving to Dog Behavior and Obedience. of company. Stan is recommended by many vets, rescue centers, and charities. He writes articles and commentaries on behavioral issues and techniques for dog magazines including Our Dogs, Dogs Monthly and K9 Magazine and Shooting Times. He is also the founding member of PAACT, the professional association of applied dog trainers.

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