10 Tips to Care For Newborn Puppies

10 Tips to Care For Newborn Puppies
Content of The Article
  • Humidity of the room of the puppies and the mother
  • Temperature of the room of the puppies and the mother
  • Vaccination plan
  • Your little bed
  • Ignore their moans during the night
  • Do not sleep on your bed
  • Bathroom
  • Emotions of newborn puppies
  • Separation of puppies
  • The feeding of the puppies

When litters of dog puppies have little life, in the same way that happens with babies, it is important to provide them with some care.

Normally, these are provided by the mother; however, on certain occasions this is not present, so you have to take care of them. Here are some tips to care for newborn puppies.

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5 Rainy Day Ideas to Keep Dogs Active Indoors

When it’s raining cats and dogs, chances are your pooch gets a little stir crazy without the option of a long walk, playing outside or otherwise getting some Mother Nature time worked into the day. Here are five fun activities for a rainy day to keep dogs active — and behavior manageable — indoors:

1. Hide and go seek

A happy Golden Retriever dog looking up and smiling.

Keep your dog happy and active on a rainy day by playing a good, old-fashioned game of hide and seek. Photography ©KalebKroetsch | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

By far, this is my favorite indoor game on a rainy day. I play this year-round with Dexter and it has served me well when traveling in a car and making overnight stops at hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Generally, this game is more fun if two humans partake. I break up several dog treats into pieces and set them on a table outside my dog’s reach. A family member stays in a room with Dexter and gives him the “sit, stay” command. She rewards Dexter with a treat and stands over him, as if ready to release him at the start of a race. I hide in a separate part of the house with a treat in my hand. I let out a “woot woot” or some other funky noise, and my family member says, “go find Mommy!”

If you could see those little Cocker legs go from room to room with the nose to the ground, searching for me and the treat (probably more of the latter) — what a delight! If your dog cannot find you initially, occasionally let out a “woot woot” or shout out his or her name. If you have the space to do this, go for it. You can up the bar and shout out any verbal cues. Keep any ceramics or valuables that could break out of harm’s way.

2. Sweaty pooch

Whether traveling or stuck indoors, there are human-style exercises that can be modified doggie style.

Canine Fitness Trainer Gail Miller Bisher shares that a dog should be getting at least 20 to 60 minutes of exercise daily in order to maintain a healthy fitness level or to lose weight. Of course, these exercises and the nature of them should be modified according to age, size, and goals.

Bisher recommends “sit ups” for dogs. Sitting up to beg for 10 repetitions is a fun way to strengthen core muscles while also helping with stability and balance. If your dog can roll over, this is also another great way to strengthen muscles.

Shaking hands is a great workout for shoulder muscles — five to 10 repetitions from the left paw, and then ditto for the right paw. Always reward for good behavior, even if the reward is verbal praise, the toss of a ball, or a healthy snack.

3. Games galore

Have you seen some of the “brain” games to hit the marketplace? Dexter digs some of these and completely turns his nose up at others, so assess which you think might intrigue your dog. The Nina Ottosson Collection of games fires up dogs’ brain cells while keeping them physically on the go. Dogs can try pushing blocks, moving pieces, and turning discs in some of the games. Treats (or kibble) are hidden beneath, and a series of one or more movements is required to reveal the hidden treasure. Bonus: Dexter and his friends are a hoot when they search together.

4. King Kong

I wish I had a dime for every time someone said, “That is the cutest thing ever” when Dexter plays with his Kong Genius toys. I also wish I had invented this toy. The Genius line is my favorite because they are rubbery and easy on the teeth for dogs to pick up, toss, and bite into. By now, most pet parents know how the Kong toys work: Insert treats; dogs roll, rock or tumble the Kong; treats are dispensed. So as not to pack on the pooch pounds, kibble or crunchy carrot pieces are  great alternative snacks. By the way, treats should never be too large as to cause mental anguish to the dog in an effort to get them loose.

5. Paw paints

While walking through the grounds of a pet expo this year, I came across a group of dogs who had colored paws and watched as they traipsed across construction paper. In the name of fundraising, these dogs were paining a masterpiece for their moms and dads. If you mix cornstarch with flour, water, and food coloring to desired consistency, voilà: Paint by the paw. You can also use a nontoxic acrylic paint. Just put paint on art paper, place plastic wrap on top of it, and allow the dog to walk across it. Remove the plastic wrap, allow to air dry, and you’ve got instant refrigerator art.

Tell us: What’s your favorite indoor doggie game for a rainy day? Let us know in the comments!

Thumbnail: Photography by Renphoto / iStock.

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Senior Dog Teeth Issues And How to Prevent And Care For Them

Dogs have a lot of things in common with people. Dental issues are one. As humans age, they can develop dental problems, and dogs are the same way. If a dog hasn’t received proper dental care throughout his life, odds are that he’s going to have some senior dog teeth issues. Even dogs who have received regular care can still have a tooth issue in old age. Tooth loss can often result, leaving an older dog with fewer teeth to chew with and a painful mouth to boot. And in some cases, dental disease can lead to serious systemic illness and a shortened life span.

Signs of senior dog teeth issues

Dog smiling and getting his teeth brushed.

Senior dog teeth issues can happen even if you’ve been careful about your dog’s dental health. Know the signs! Photography ©karelnoppe | Getty Images.

How can you tell if your dog is having issues with his teeth? Here are some telltale signs that mean a vet visit is in order:

  1. Bad breath: When your dog has bad breath, something is going on with his teeth or gums. He may have a gum or tooth infection. Don’t cover it up with doggie breath mints. Take him to the vet.
  2. Trouble eating: Dogs with mouth pain often struggle to eat their food. They may chew only on one side, drop food from their mouth when eating or just refuse to eat.
  3. Signs of pain: When dogs are in pain, they have a way of showing you. If your dog’s mouth is hurting, he may paw at his face or rub it on the floor. He may also become depressed and lethargic.
  4. Tartar on teeth: As with humans, plaque becomes tartar when it builds up on the teeth. Daily brushing only does so much to keep tartar at bay. Eventually, a cleaning is needed to remove it. Tartar is bad because it affects the health of the gums, which in turn compromises the teeth. If not addressed, excess tartar can result in periodontal disease, which causes inflammation of the tooth’s deep supporting structures. The end result is tooth loss.

How to help senior dog teeth issues

Dog holding a toothbrush and smiling.

Good news: There are ways to help your senior dog combat his dental issues. Photography by Holly Hilldreth Photography.

So what can you do to help your senior dog retain his teeth, minimize oral discomfort and avoid serious dental disease? Here are some pointers:

  1. Regular teeth cleanings: Ideally, your dog has been receiving regular teeth cleanings since he was young. Teeth cleaning by a veterinarian helps gums stay healthy and reduces the likelihood of future tooth loss. If your senior pooch doesn’t have a history of good dental care, it’s never too late to start. Take your dog to the veterinari- an at least once a year for a full exam, which will include a dental examination. Follow your vet’s advice about when to have your dog’s teeth cleaned. (If your senior dog has health issues that make putting him under anesthesia too risky, your vet may recommend a non-anesthetic dental cleaning.)
  2. Daily brushing: While it’s hard to find the time to brush your dog’s teeth every day, the more you do it, the healthier his gums will be. Just as with humans, plaque builds up on his teeth and under his gums and can cause periodontal disease and tooth loss. Daily brushing helps remove that plaque, putting less stress on the gums.
  3. Provide healthy chews: While it’s tempting to provide your dog with bones and hard chew toys, the truth is that dogs can break their teeth on these products. (My Corgi, Nigel, had to have a crown put on one of his back molars because he broke his tooth on a hard toy. It became quite the object of conversation.) The best chew toys are ones that give in response to the dog’s jaw pressure and aren’t hard enough to break a tooth.

Tell us: What senior dog teeth issues have you dealt with?

Thumbnail: Photography ©PeopleImages | Getty Images.

An award-winning writer and editor, Audrey Pavia is a former managing editor at Dog Fancy magazine and former senior editor of The AKC Gazette. She is the author of The Labrador Retriever Handbook (Barrons) and has written extensively on horses as well as other pets. She shares her home in Norco, California, with two rescue dogs, Candy and Mookie.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you!

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BlogPaws Speaker Series: From Pet Industry Influencer to Pet Care Professional

Welcome to our weekly BlogPaws speaker series in preparation of the 2018 BlogPaws Conference in Kansas City, MO. Each week, we feature a different speaker so that you can get to know them and learn what their session is all about. Be sure to also tune into our weekly Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 4pm EST on the BlogPaws Facebook page. If you can’t attend live, no worries! You can always catch the replay at any time on Facebook or right here on this post.

Say Hello to Jamie Migdal from FetchFind

This week the spotlight is on BlogPaws speaker, Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind.  Jamie has been working with dogs and their people, and innovating within the pet industry, for 25 years.

Jamie’s workshop, One Paw in Front of the Other: From Pet Industry Influencer to Pet Care Professional… and Beyond takes place on Wednesday, 4/18 at 12pm. You can signup for her session on our interactive agenda.

There are endless opportunities in the ever-changing $70B pet industry. Are you thinking about tomorrow? Your current role as pet industry influencer can lead to any number of new entrepreneurial opportunities such as in-home pet care, animal training, behavioral counseling, animal facility management, or animal welfare, just to name a few.

Join FetchFind CEO and pet industry entrepreneur Jamie Migdal, CPDT-KA, as she offers innovative suggestions, approaches, and tactics to challenge you to look at your future path and what you can be doing today to prepare for tomorrow. Part of the program will be spent as a workshop format in which Jamie will guide participants through a pet career interest exercise.

Facebook Live: Watch the Replay Here!

In case you missed it, catch the Facebook Live interview here with Jamie Migdal and Aimee Beltran.

Aimee Beltran is the Director of Community Education for BlogPaws. She also writes two blogs, Irresistible Icing and Irresistible Pets with her Chihuahua, Chuy. Aimee is passionate about her mission, “create an irresistible life you can’t resist!” She loves anything with glitter, kayaking, and spending time at the beach.

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Love Your Pets But Not The Odors? 3-Step Guide To Keep Your House Smelling Good

While we love our pets and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them, there is a slight inconvenience to being a pet owner – namely odors. Whether we’re talking about bad breath, litter boxes, or simply the general pet odor, the unpleasant smell might become the most representative thing of your house, no matter how […]

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Green Dog Poop – Is It Always a Cause For Concern?

It can be alarming to see your dog poop out bright green stool. Your dog’s poop may be different colors from time to time, and the specific color can give you a clue as to what is going on inside your pup. Green dog poop is something you shouldn’t ignore. Although green dog poop can be innocuous, it may also be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your dog’s health.

Why do dogs poop green? Sometimes, green dog poop is nothing to worry about.  

A blonde woman picking up dog poop.

Does green dog poop always require a trip to the vet? Photography ©AndreyPopov | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

“It really comes down to two things,” says Tracey Jensen, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, medical director at Wellington Veterinary Hospital in Wellington, Colorado. “The first is that the green color is pigment that’s passing through the intestinal tract relatively unchanged. Chlorophyll is one pigment that can, in high enough volume, pass through and give green color to the feces.”

So, green pigment in the stool is not always cause for concern. If your dog eats a large amount of grass or other plant material, it could tint his poop green. Dr. Jensen has also heard of cases of green dog poop occurring after dogs eat a large number of Greenies treats. I personally have witnessed my dog poop a veritable rainbow of colors after stealing and eating my son’s Crayons. (It’s a good thing they are nontoxic because Crayons are like doggie crack to him!).

But sometimes green dog poop is a sign of something serious.

Man picking up dog poop.

Dog green poop can be a symptom of something very serious. Photography by By Monika Wisniewska / Shutterstock.

A scarier situation is if the green pigment is present due to your dog ingesting certain toxins. “A very dangerous pigment that can pass through is the pigment that’s used in rodenticides,” Dr. Jensen explains. Rodenticide (rat poison) can contain blue pigments as well as green.

If your dog has not ingested a pigment that is tinting his poop green, the color might indicate a health problem. “The second reason that feces will be green is because of altered absorption in the intestinal tract,” Dr. Jensen explains. “There’s a very important digestive juice called bile that has pigment to it. That pigment is usually resorbed, mostly in the colon, and recycled and reused. Sometimes with colitis — inflammation in the intestinal tract — the pigment will not be resorbed and it will pass through in the feces.”

How do you tell the difference between the two types of green dog poop?

A small dog about to poop, potty training with a roll of toilet paper.

You should always talk to your vet about green dog poop. Photography ©cynoclub | Thinkstock.

How can you tell if your dog’s poop is green because he just ate some grass or if he’s actually sick? “Many times, if the feces are altered in shape or if they’re mucousy, then the green you’re seeing is because the bile pigments aren’t being resorbed,” Dr. Jensen says. “If the feces are normal in shape and [show] consistency with green, then it very well could be that it’s something passing through the intestinal tract and not because of intestinal disease.”

Either way, place a call to your vet when you notice green dog poop. It’s hard to know if it’s green because your dog ate too much grass or because he ingested rodenticide. Bring a fresh sample so the vet can inspect and possibly test the green dog poop. If it’s poison, time is of the essence. The faster you seek veterinary care, the more likely it is that your dog will recover. Also, even if your dog just ate some grass, other complications can occur.

“Sometimes, dogs eating a large amount of grass is actually a symptom of gastrointestinal upset,” Dr. Jensen advises. “I had one [dog] who ended up obstructed after eating a lot of grass — some dogs simply do that because they like grass — so it’s always a good idea to give a call in.”

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Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Pet With These Monitors

In recent years, webcam technology has taken a step in a pet-friendly direction. Besides watching your furry friends while you’re away, you can interact with them by using one of several cutting-edge pet cameras. Keep an eye on your pets from work or while you’re out running errands to give both you and your pets peace of mind.

 

Petcube Play

Sleek and stylish, Petcube Play offers audio and visual monitoring capabilities for pet parents. When you download the Petcube app, you can keep an eye on the action at home and receive sound and motion alerts when something isn’t right at home.

 

 

With 3x zoom, night vision and a wide-angle lens, Petcube Play’s camera is one of the most versatile in this category. The laser toy is an interactive delight for households with both dogs and cats. Audio is two-way, which adds further versatility, and it comes in multiple colors.

 

Petzi Treat Cam

Tossing a treat to your pet feels good, even when you’re far away. The Petzi Treat Cam allows you to check in, dispense treats and say hello to your pets throughout the day by using the Petzi app.

 

 

The app features a full-screen display and allows you to take snapshots from within the app. You can give multiple people access to the camera with the Petzi pet app, meaning various household members can check on pets throughout the day.

 

Furbo Dog Camera

The Furbo Dog Camera is another great choice if you want to reward your pup’s good behavior from afar. You simply control the remote treat dispenser using the Furbo app. This particular monitor is ideal for dogs that experience anxiety, thanks to the bark sensor feature that sends a notification to your phone through the Furbo app when your dog barks. The camera also has a speaker you can use to talk to your dog via the app, making it easy to soothe your dog throughout the day.

 

 

Furbo’s camera interface is efficient and only runs when you’re viewing from the app, which saves energy. You can’t remotely control the position or zoom, but the wide-angle lens offers a generous point of view and has night vision capability.

 

 

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