21. November 2013
As gross as it sounds to humans, it's actually pretty normal for a dog to eat his own stool, other dog's stool or even out of the litter box.
There are many theories as to why he does this, but the one of the most important things you can do is to start early as a pup so it's not so hard to stop him later in life.
- If he eats his own stool, try increasing the quality and quantity of the food. If you already feed him a quality dog food, try giving him several smaller meals each day. Or try sprinkling For-bid on his own food. It makes the poop taste yucky! Remember to keep the yard fece-free, and keep him active. Sometimes a bored dog will turn to eating poop.
- If he's eating other dog's droppings, walk him with a leash and give a firm "NO" command and keep walking. General obedience may be helpful too. If he's taking cues from you and knows what you expect of him, he may be less anxious to start/continue with this behavior.
- If it's the kitty's litter box, obviously limit the access to the litter box, or try the For-Bid on the cat food to make it taste bad as well.
Just remember not to punish your dog for this behavior, and try some of the suggestions listed above. If the behavior is just not improving or getting compulsive, consult your veterinarian.
14. November 2013
While it’s been known for some time that zinc works well to fight bacterial infections, it has been unclear why that is. Using new visualizing techniques researchers in Australia were able to see, on an atomic level, how zinc was binding proteins in bacteria. The bacteria used were Streptococcus pneumonia which causes respiratory infections that can include life threatening pneumonia and meningitis. Zinc starves the bacteria of essential nutrients making it easier for our bodies to kill. It makes sense that feeding supplements with Zinc should also help our furry little pets.
8. November 2013
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that help control the critical balance in the digestive system. They prevent the growth of undesirable microorganisms.
Balance within the digestive system is essential to maintain a healthy intestine, protect against disease, improve digestion and enhance overall health. Microflora also reside in other areas where mucous membranes are exposed to the environment such as the skin, respiratory tract and genital-urinary tract.
Ways that probiotics keep dogs healthy
- Support in digestion and prevent gas, bloating and bad breath
- Prevent unwanted opportunistic strains of bacteria from growing to a population where they can cause health challenges
- Support a healthy immune system
- Produce B vitamins & enzymes
- Support regularity
Give Vetri-Probiotic Chews everday for a healthy digestive tract and a happy dog.