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Kidney Disease in Dogs

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Deadly dog jerkyKidney disease, also known as renal failure, happens in 9 out of every 1000 dogs. That means that kidney failure in dogs is fairly common. It can happen to dogs of any age though more common in older dogs. The Samoyed, Bull Terrier, Cairn Terrier, German Shepherd, and English Cocker Spaniel are the breeds that are most prone to renal failure, but that doesn’t mean that other breeds are not susceptible. There are a variety of causes of kidney failure in dogs not limited to breeds, which can include kidney disease, urinary blockages, some prescription medications, diabetes, lymphoma, and genetics. Certain breeds are also more disposed to renal failure:

Kidney failure is not something that necessarily happens quickly, though once the symptoms start showing it can seem to be progressing very quickly. This is because as the kidney’s start to fail other organs in the body will start to compensate while they can. Here are symptoms of renal failure. If you start noticing any of these symptoms, you should call your Albuquerque vet to make an appointment to get your dog evaluated. The earlier renal failure is identified the better the chance of survival.

Symptoms of Kidney Failure in Dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of appetite (anorexia)
  • Acute blindness
  • Seizures
  • Comas
  • Blood in the urine
  • An increase in the frequency and amount of urination

There is no cure for chronic kidney failure. If your dog is diagnosed with renal failure he will likely need to undergo fluid therapy, receive a special kidney diet that is low in protein, high in potassium and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Treatment for Kidney Failure in Dogs. When a dog has kidney failure, dehydration is one of the most pressing issues. You have to make sure your dog stays hydrated. If he is not drinking enough water, you may have to give him fluids subcutaneously, aka. under the skin. The vet will be able to show you how to do this, and this can be done at home.

Renal failure in dogs is progressive. There is no cure, there is only management. If your dog has been diagnosed you will want to monitor him for changes in his health. Work with your vet on the best treatment plan and the best way to manage the disease.

Does My Dog Have A Healthy Weight?

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Dog obesityMost people don’t know if their dog is a healthy weight or if they are overweight. Many times we, as pet owners, think that our dog is healthy when in fact they are fairly obese. I am guilty of it myself. I love fat dogs. I love their fat little bellies and how their who body wiggles when they walk. The reality is that it is not healthy for them. Being overweight can cause a variety of health problems from heart issues to joint issues, as well as shorten their lifespan. It is important for your dog to be in a healthy weight.

Of course, healthy weight changes depending on your dog’s age and breed. Not all dogs are built the same. What is fat for one dog might be a perfect weight for another. If you are wondering how to know if your dog is at a good weight, you should ask your Albuquerque veterinarian during your annual checkup. You can also uses this great tool to see if your dog is in the proper weight range.

If your dog is overweight, there is a lot you can do to get them back into a healthier range. You can change their diet. Many people over feed their dog or need to adjust the kind of food based on your dogs age and activity level. Food that was good for you dog when they were a few years old is not the same as when they get older. Did you know most dogs should be on dog food meant for older dogs by the age of 6 or 7? Dog food for puppies, or young dogs, are much higher in fat. You should speak to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Also, increasing their physical activity. Just like with humans, when you exercise and eat well, you are more likely to lose weight. Plus exercised is good for your dog for their overall physical and mental health, not just for their weight.

As the Spring weather rolls in, this is the perfect time to get a checkup and get your dog on a new diet and exercise regiment.

 

DIY: How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth

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albuquerque pet dental healthIt is pet dental health month! And to start it off we want to give you some basic tips on how to help keep your dog’s teeth healthy. Brushing their teeth is the easiest and best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy, looking and smelling better.

Did you know that your dog’s dental health is just as important as your own? Plaque buildup, gum disease, and gingivitis are all issues that affect both you and your dog. Just like you need deeper cleanings than a toothbrush can offer, Vetco offers deep dental cleanings. For the month of February 2018, we are offering $15 off dental cleanings. 

How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

What You Need

Despite what many pet stores will have you believe, you do not have to have a special toothbrush for your dog. Though you can use a dog toothbrush or a child’s toothbrush, you can also use gauze wrapped around your finger or a cotton swab. What is important is that you are able to reach all corners of your dog’s mouth comfortably.

If you are going to use a toothpaste, you do need to use one formulated for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste, baking soda, or salt. These cleaning agents can be harmful for your dog

 

Do I need to use a special toothpaste to brush my dog’s teeth?

Pet toothpaste, often flavored like poultry, malt, and other dog-friendly varieties are your best option. Never use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for you, these cleaning agents can be harmful to your dog if swallowed. Be careful of homemade dog toothpaste recipes. Most of them contain baking soda which can lead to stomach upset for your dog. If you are interested in making your own, here is a baking soda free homemade toothpaste recipe care of k9Instincts.com

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Recipe:

  • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp.
  • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes.
  1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
  2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
  3. Mix thoroughly, store in fridge between uses.

At Home Dog Teeth Cleaning

Let your dog try the toothpaste before jumping into brushing. Once he realizes that it tastes good, he will likely be more cooperative.

  1. Lift your dog’s lips to expose their teeth and gums
  2. Brush with a gentle motion to clean both the teeth and gums. If your dog flinches or pulls away, try brushing more gently in case it is a little painful. Dogs with gum disease may have some sensitivity in their gums, but this is also why brushing is important. Brushing will help treat the gum disease and make the gums feel better, even if it may be a little sensitive at first.
  3. Clean any visible surface, including their cheeks. Most dogs won’t allow you to brush the inside of their teeth. Just do the best you can and clean as much as you can.
  4. Make sure to clean their back molars. This is where the most build-up tends to be.
  5. Give your dog a reward, like a nice dog biscuit as a treat for letting you brush her teeth.

You should brush your dog’s teeth at least weekly, though every day is ideal. If you cant brush every day, make sure you get dog chews that help clean plaque build up.

 

How Often Does My Dog Need Professional Cleaning?

Just like you, it is good to get their teeth cleaned annually. The cleanings allow for a truly thorough cleaning of all their teeth which helps prevents tartar buildup, gingivitis, and gum disease. If your dog has any teeth that need to be extracted due to cavities, these can be removed at this time. It also gives the vet the chance to assess your dog’s overall dental health. Poor dental health can lead to a lot of other health problems such as life-threatening illness, organ failure, and heart disease.

Take advantage of our February $15 off dental cleaning coupon and bring your dog into Vetco on Menaul for their annual dental cleaning.

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