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The Healthy Dog Blog

Science-based research about dog nutrition.

Probiotics for Dogs Skin

Introduction Todays’ dogs are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Veterinarians are keeping a much closer eye on them, with regular checkups and treatments for things like allergies, arthritis, and dental disease. But despite all of this attention to health, many pooches still have itchy skin—and that can be a nightmare for the dog (and their people). If you’re looking for ways to keep your dog itch-free in between vet visits, there's some research indicating that probiotics could be the answer. Here's what you need to know about using probiotic supplements for dogs with skin problems. Probiotics for...

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Dog Dehydration: Signs To Look For & How to Rehydrate Safely

What is dog dehydration? Dog dehydration is caused by a lack of water in the body. The average dog should consume approximately one ounce of water per pound each day. Dogs lose water through breathing, urinating, panting and other bodily processes. Dog dehydration occurs when your dog's body loses more fluid than it takes in. A dehydrated dog will feel thirsty and may have dry mouth and nose, sunken eyes and reduced energy levels. A dehydrated dog may not be able to urinate or might produce very dark colored urine – if your dog hasn't passed urine for 12 hours,...

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Dog Breathing Heavy: Causes, Signs of Concern & Treatments

Is My Dog Breathing Heavy? If you can hear your dog's breathing, it is likely heavier than normal. You can check this by placing your hand on your dog's chest and feeling his heartbeat. If the pulse feels fast, that's another sign of heavy breathing. You should also count how many breaths your dog takes in a minute. If he's taking more than 30 to 60 breaths per minute, that could be cause for concern. What is Normal Breathing for Dogs? Dogs can breathe fast for a good amount of time while they run around playing, exercising, or exploring their...

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Dog Skin Allergies: Home Remedies That Work

Most dog skin allergies are caused by contact with foreign substances The most common allergens for dogs are fleas, grass, dust mites, mold spores, and food. Other possible allergens include insect bites, carpet and upholstery fibers, cleaning chemicals and other household products, laundry detergent, perfume or cologne residue on clothing, latex rubber or rubber products like dog toys; and even cigarette smoke. An allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs when it becomes sensitized to a specific substance. The substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. When a dog becomes sensitized to an allergen through exposure...

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Dog Licking Paws? Use This Remedy Before It Gets Worse

Pet parents often wonder why dogs lick their paws. Pet parents often wonder why dogs lick their paws. They can have several reasons for it, most of which are easy to remedy or point out to your veterinarian if there is a medical issue. Health Problems: Yes, sometimes dogs will lick their feet because of health problems unrelated to the feet. It is possible for them to have allergies or arthritis in the hips and back that causes them pain and creates itching in the lower extremities. Boredom and Anxiety: Dogs get bored and anxious just like people do. The...

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