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Get your dog's dental scaling regularly

Publised: 24/07/2020 Updated: 24/07/2020
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In Vietnam, most dog owners don’t think scaling dog’s dental plaque is important. But the dogs can have dental problems as much as us if we don’t take care of them well enough.

Below is some common dog dental problems

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque is a biofilm that develops on the teeth. It is a whitish substance primarily composed of bacteria. Plaque has a foul odor that worsens the longer it remains in the mouth. Plaque on the teeth causes tooth decay and gum irritation.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Periodontal Disease

The term "periodontal" refers to the gums and bone that surround the teeth. When plaque and tartar remain in the mouth, bacteria makes its way under the gum line, eating away at the tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Oral Infections

With periodontal disease, the open space around the tooth roots can become filled with bacteria, leading to an infection. The infection may manifest as a tooth root abscess. The bacteria-laden pocket around the tooth root fills with pus to fight the infection. The abscess may get so large that it leads to facial swelling and anatomical deformity.

Oral Infections

Oral Infections

Tooth Fractures

Tooth fractures are common in dogs that are powerful chewers. Items like bones, antlers, and very hard plastic can actually cause teeth to break. Most vets will tell you that your dog should not chew on anything harder than what you would want to bang hard on your knee.

Tooth Fractures

Tooth Fractures

Organ Damage

Dog teeth problems are not just limited to the dog's mouth. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar can easily enter the bloodstream, especially if your dog has irritated gums, like in the case of periodontal disease. This bacteria makes its way through the bloodstream and reaches the heart, kidneys, liver, and even sometimes the brain. This can cause serious organ diseases and worsen existing disease, and even organ failure.

Organ Damage

Organ Damage

Retained Baby Teeth

All puppies have baby teeth, also called deciduous teeth, that are supposed to be pushed out by growth of adult teeth. In most cases, a puppy's baby teeth fall out, and the adult teeth take their place by the age of six months. However, puppies may retain some deciduous teeth (the adult teeth come in, but the baby teeth remain).

Retained Baby Teeth

Retained Baby Teeth

What is dog tartar?

Tartar on Teeth. Teeth tartar, also called dental calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause discoloration. It creates a strong bond that can only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar formation may also make it more difficult to remove new plaque and bacteria.

Dogs develop plaque on their teeth when saliva, food particles and bacteria come together. If left untreated, this plaque combines with minerals in the mouth to become hard tartar that will eventually cause decay, gum disease and other ongoing oral health issues.

What should I do to prevent my dog from getting tartar?

Brush your dog teeth regularly.
Do I need to brush my dog teeth.

When you and your dog visit the vet for health check, ask the vet remove the dental plaque.

What should I do if my dog gets tartar?

Can I clean it at home? No you shouldn’t. You could hurt your dog and leave him/her with a trauma.
Taking them to a veterinary clinic and let the vet do it professionally instead.

The price of scaling dog dental plaque is around 200-300K per time. Sometimes with aggressive dogs, the vets have to give them a sleeping shoot for the process but if your dog is calm and easy going then there is no need for anesthetic.

Even if you brush their teeth, they will still get some tartar build-up over time just like human. So it will be the best if you take your dog to a vet clinic for professional regular tartar cleaning, ideally every 6 months or at least once a year.

Summary

Dental care should be taking as serious as other health check parts. A happy dog should have a clean and healthy teeth which will help them enjoy life more. Dog owners should make dog teeth brushing become a habit. This will prevent a lot of dog teeth problems and keep your dog healthy & happy.

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For dog owners in Ho Chi Minh City or the South and Middle of Vietnam, you don’t have to worry about the dryness of the air, which can cause a dry dog’s paw pads due to the high humidity here. ### **Excessive licking** Whether it's stress or just out of boredom or some diseases made him feel itchy (parasites or skin allergy), some dogs will excessively lick their paws, causing the skin to dry up and crack. Dogs can suffer from environmental allergies, just like humans. But because their bare paws come in direct contact with the irritants, they are more susceptible to allergic reactions than us. The irritation from allergies can lead to chewing and nibbling to ease the itch, resulting in dry dog paws. ### **Rough surfaces** Exposures to non-smooth surfaces such as sand, rocky terrain, or hard concrete can no doubt scrape your dog's paws and cause them to crack and dry. ### **Hot pavement** Many dog owners are not aware of how hot the pavement can get during the hot weather. This heat will suck the moisture right out of your dog's paws, or even burn them. Always check the pavement when it's hot outside. If the pavement feels hot to the touch, it will most likely be too hot for your dog to walk on. HCMC weather is quite steady throughout the whole year. The fluctuation of its temperature is from 30 to 39 C degrees in the afternoon (the hottest of the day). Therefore, the asphalt which is the main material of roads and pavements will absorb the outside temperature and reflect it with the higher heat (4-5 C degrees). So, the maximum temperature of asphalt in the middle of the day can even reach to 44-45 C degrees. A record in Hanoi showed that the asphalt there one time reached to 60 C degrees. That is why we definitely avoid taking the dogs out in the middle of the day to protect their paws from the high heat. ### **Caused by aging** Senior dogs typically aren't as active as they were when they were young, so their paw pads become softer and thinner. That makes them more sensitive and prone to becoming dry, cracked, and rough. The feet of senior dogs need extra tender loving care. ![Causes of dry dog paw pads](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/7p5OY3B0AqeZrMMZJLQCX6/fb56ead1248fcc6650da8e52581a5160/victor-grabarczyk-DSqORvQ7cOE-unsplash-1024x683.jpg) Photo by [Victor Grabarczyk](https://unsplash.com/@victor_vector?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/paws?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **What happens if their paw pads get too dry?** When dry and cracked dog paws are left untreated, it can be very painful for your dog and potentially cause bleeding and bacteria or fungi infections. ## **How to care for dry dog paw pads** Our dog’s paw pads need to be taken care of gently. There are a few methods to keep their pads soft and healthy, as below: ### **Put on booties** When you see dogs wearing booties, it can be adorable, but dog booties serve a much greater purpose. Assuming that your dog will cooperate and let you put them on, dog booties can protect their paws from the extreme hot or cold surfaces when they are outdoors. It’s getting more popular in Vietnam when owners have been wearing booties for their pets more often. ![](https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/35zYHAwLDDljJfpr1mtiwWg7srcU_ficfjKI74B80lfOu_GlH80ZxBblDgw6_1JtQ1rR106VIHxS0JkMn-VuZe6r8EoAH3Y3Fs6_olzVQe0CLvv6TV9Xgm0-_4EqesPalh__0piU=s0) In Vietnam, these rubber booties are more popular due to the frequent rains here. ### **Exercise precautions during extreme weather** During the hot summer months, walk your dog early in the morning or late evening, when the ground is not as hot. It can also prevent other heat-related issues that can affect your dog. ### **Apply moisturizing organic creams** _**Shea Butter – Applying shea butter to dry paws can soothe and hydrate them. It can also be used to treat hot spots on dogs.**_ Shea Butter is the fat from the nuts that grow on the African shea tree. Its natural ingredients are popularly known for their moisturizing properties. Most importantly, it is non-toxic to dogs, so if they try to lick it off before it absorbs, it is not harmful. However, your dog may have mild gastrointestinal upset if they lick too much off. _**Coconut Oil - Similar to shea butter, coconut oil is also all-natural and non-toxic to dogs.**_ In addition to its moisturizing properties, coconut oil is also antibacterial and antiviral. It is important to let the coconut oil sit on the paws for as long as possible to get the full benefit, but it may not be easy to keep your dog from licking the coconut oil off. In Vietnam, it’s easier and cheaper to use coconut oil than shea butter for moisturizing your dog’s paw pads. ### **Wash them gently** Owners should avoid going outside for more than two hours at a time, especially on a hot day or in rough terrain. Once you get home, gently wipe your dog's paws with a washcloth and water, then thoroughly dry their paws. ## **Can we use human hand cream?** Definitely not. Human hand cream contains lots of chemicals and fragrances that might make dogs suffer from allergies. The best options are organic moisturizers as above: shea butter or coconut oil or other organic oils and creams. ![](https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/6YwnPXFoQuRNF5dRj-qhIJ2ziSsH4hkJJsnKQQLCmOct4QUrt7NuljDxMOtt-Lxx_XZhLnVJskfpOgK3WvVOhKgPegXqcFgM-xDf2QE8EikdubZyv20YQK2DovbsskgH8fM1e4Bk=s0) An example for dog’s paw creams: natural organic creams made from coconut and jojoba extracts. If you can’t find those creams in Vietnam, or they are a bit pricey from your budget, then any organic oil will be good (coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, balm oil etc.). ## **Summary** After adding mileage, coming into contact with different surfaces, and other factors the outdoor and indoor elements can bring, the dogs’ paws can be subject to wear and tear, most commonly dry and cracked paws. There are a few reasons that cause your dog’s paw pads to get dry. Including: over-washing, over-wiping, the dryness of the air (not popular in Vietnam), excessive licking, rough surfaces and hot pavement (most popular in Vietnam) and aging. When dry and cracked dog paws are left untreated, it can be very painful for your dog and potentially cause bleeding and bacteria or fungi infections. Our dog’s paw pads need to be taken care of gently. There are a few methods to keep their pads soft and healthy, such as: put on booties, exercise precautions during extreme weather, apply moisturizing organic creams to their paw pads, and wash them gently. Definitely not use human cream for dogs’ pads. Human hand cream contains lots of chemicals and fragrances that might make dogs suffer from allergies.

24/09/2021
Wool sucking and accidental ingestion

Dogs are energetic creatures. A dog will at least once tear down some papers or towels in the house, or maybe catch sucking wool. Whether or not towels will harm your dog. They mostly chew, rip up or destroy the towels more than eat them. But if they do eat them, the harm largely depends on their size, and how much has been eaten. Let’s see why dogs chew towels and how to prevent them from this unwanted behavior. ## **Why Do Dogs Chew Towels?** In many cases, dogs simply rip up, chew or destroy paper products rather than eating them. There are a few reasons why he loves to chew the towels: ### **Wool sucking** Dogs may suck on wool clothing because it feels like a mother’s nipple. Wool sucking is therefore just a form of misdirected nursing, which gives a dog comfort. It’s much more common for puppies to suck on wool clothing than for adult dogs to do so. Sucking on a mother’s nipple is something that a puppy learns from day one, and continues to do for weeks after birth. This natural and comforting action not only gives the puppy sustenance, but also establishes a bond between mother and pup. Wool sucking, or sucking on anything really, may result from a puppy being weaned too early or not given enough time with his mother. If this is the case, the puppy may try to nurse whatever is available. Puppies will try to suck on fingers or clothes in order to fulfill their need to nurse. Moderate wool sucking should not be a huge concern if the dog is not ingesting any of the material. If the behavior continues, however, you should monitor your dog’s actions and seek help from your veterinarian if necessary. ### **Itchy teeth** Puppies are curious creatures eager to explore the world. Puppies will often use their mouths to chew or investigate objects. When puppies experience teething, they will mouth or chew objects in an attempt to relieve discomfort from the itching. While a chew toy can help satisfy teething urges, it isn’t always enough. Puppies will often chew anything they can get hold of easily around the house, and this can include towels. ### **Lack of exercise or stress** Of course, chewing up or shredding towels can also be fun for puppies or dogs. If a dog does not have enough mental stimulation, like walking or playing with owners, then it might start to look for ways to alleviate boredom. This could include chewing or ripping up towels. Such behavior will attract negative reactions, and for a bored dog, this could satisfy their desire for attention. ### **They think it's a toy** He may attack the towel because he thinks of it as just another toy that he can thrash around in his mouth.  Once again, it also comes from a lack of exercise or stress. ### **Hungry** In some cases, the dog might be interested in chewing the towel because of what’s on it. This could be a paper towel with bacon grease from the trash, or the towel which the owners used to clean the food or kitchen cooking. In this situation, the dog may eat or lick the paper towel because, frankly, it just tastes delicious. The dog might be hungry or just want to have a taste of the food on the towel. ### **Lonely** An anxious, stressed dog, perhaps struggling with separation anxiety, may become destructive when left alone. When the dog is feeling lonely when left alone, it could include ripping up or shredding towels. ![Why Do Dogs Chew Towels?](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/4RJ9APISoclMNbuYaHm0FV/63a6c30500ddbb05362d246dd43ee993/kobi-kadosh-q6_CCxCnFbc-unsplash-1024x683.jpg) Photo by [K](https://unsplash.com/@kobi_kadosh?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText)[obi Kadosh](https://unsplash.com/@kobi_kadosh?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-bite?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **If your dog eats the towel** ### 1\. First, don’t panic and don’t induce vomiting Forcing your fur baby to vomit could lead to him choking on the towel as it comes back out. Instead, it’s best to call the vet and/or take your dog to the vet right away. If this happens in the middle of the night, then it’s a good idea to contact a 24-hour emergency care vet in your area. ### 2\. The main concern here is that the towel could become stuck in your dog’s stomach, or it could pass through to his intestines Either situation could be dangerous for your fur baby. Some dogs may vomit the towel out on their own if it is still in the stomach. If this happens, then that’s good, but it’s still a good idea to call your vet. They may still want to see your dog to make sure everything is OK. ### 3\. If the towel doesn’t come back, then there’s a danger it could remain in your canine companion’s stomach The towel could become stuck in the stomach for a long time. Or the towel could block the opening from the stomach to the intestines. This is a serious condition. ### 4\. Another problem, if the towel doesn’t come up on its own, is that it could pass through into the intestines, become stuck, and cause an intestinal blockage This is a serious condition that can lead to death if not treated quickly. For these reasons, it’s always best to call the vet right away to ask their advice on how best to handle this situation. ![If your dog eats the towel](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/7raxFhxAdcaY2BCZhwjrUp/784db7ec4db77e6162a9a4017007dad8/dasha-urvachova-PE69hOLm8H4-unsplash-679x1024.jpg) Photo by [Dasha Urvachova](https://unsplash.com/@dashikka?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-bite?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Towels** ### **Give your dog plenty of chew toys to play with** - This will help relieve your dog’s natural instinct to chew as well as ease boredom and anxiety - Rotate between the chew toys every couple of days or so to keep your dog interested ### **Teach your dog not to chew on towels** - When you catch her chewing on these items or anything inappropriate, make a loud noise to get her attention and give her a chew toy in place of the inappropriate item. - When she stops chewing on the inappropriate item to take the chew toy, praise her lavishly to let her know she made the right decision. - This will help her associate what is appropriate and inappropriate to chew on. ### **Spray the towers lightly with a chew deterrent** - Chew deterrent tastes bad but will not hurt your dog. - You will need to reapply the deterrent to maintain its effectiveness. - You can find chew deterrents at your local pet store. ### **Provide your dog with plenty of exercise opportunities daily to prevent destructive chewing** Regular exercise will help relieve aggression and tension in your dog, so she will not want to chew on towels anymore ### **Avoid putting your dog in known stressful situations** - Reduce stress in your dog’s life to stop unwanted chewing behavior. - Dogs may sometimes chew on inappropriate items when they are sad or stressed out over environmental changes, such as moving to a new location or losing a fellow pet. - Try to make your dog as comfortable as possible and show her love and affection often in these situations and in general. ![How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Towels](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/2sTyus4oQFypi93jPvGWR6/53b9e4494d23367d18663a41ee2fc50d/darinka-kievskaya-ff221Bu56mI-unsplash-683x1024.jpg) Photo by [Darinka Kievskaya](https://unsplash.com/@darisja?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-bite?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **Summary** A dog will at least once tear down some papers or towels in the house, or maybe catch sucking wool. Whether or not towels will harm your dog.  There are a few reasons why he loves to chew the towels: they suck on wool clothing because it feels like a mother’s nipple, or they have growing itchy teeth, or lack of exercise or stress, or think it’s a toy, or they are hungry or want to try the food on the towel, or they feel lonely. If your dog eats the towel, don’t panic and take the dog to a vet immediately for a check whether the dog can throw it up or not. How to stop your dog from eating towels: give your dog plenty of chew toys to play with, spray the towers lightly with chew deterrent, provide your dog with plenty of exercise opportunities daily to prevent destructive chewing, avoid putting your dog in known stressful situations.

24/09/2021
How many days is it dangerous for a dog to not poop?

Constipation is a common health problem in dogs and refers to the inability to pass a normal stool on a regular basis.  This can happen for different reasons and usually can be easily fixed, but some dogs may experience chronic constipation. This can lead to obstipation where the stool becomes drier, harder, and compacted and the dog can’t defecate at all. Many dog owners would wonder how long will the dog’s constipation take to a dangerous stage? Let’s answer this with Fetch. ## **The normal number of times a dog poops** In general, a dog should move their bowels at least once a day. Many will go two or three times a day on the regular. But if you have a dog that is pooping more than three times a day, don't panic! As long as your dog's stool is solid, of an even consistency, and doesn't contain blood, that's probably normal for them. ![The normal number of times a dog poops](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/6CE34j7CfMiyqX37qrFJzg/8c81da079b7ce24252bafb17380d235e/dog-5928690_1280-1024x682.jpg) Photo by [Simon Kadula](https://pixabay.com/ja/users/khaligo-19934763/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=5928690) on [Pixabay](https://pixabay.com/ja/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=5928690) ## **How many days is it dangerous for a dog to not poop?** If it’s been more than two days since he has had a bowel movement, you should see your vet immediately. Also, signs of constipation include straining, crying or crouching when attempting to defecate. ## **The Dangers of Dog Constipation** While constipation may be common in dogs, it should never be ignored. Left untreated, constipation can cause more serious health problems in the future, including lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. ## **Causes of Constipation in Dogs** Some of the most common reasons dogs become constipated include: - Diet : As in humans, a diet lacking in fiber is often the problem. Also, unlike humans, dogs tend to eat things that are not food—like hair, toys, and kitty litter—and these may cause blockages and abnormal fecal transit. Bones, bone meal, and other sources of dietary calcium can contribute to constipation. ![](https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/lpDXH7o6xS7-fXUAXza8yCmO5159qKSnG6Evp1lh2k7id9TzQiuml96kHa4F6Oxl8AaCpJeivcYz_0VjhEqSdEa5Yb7ZRc9JcaKTObsSeaguqekaHgekzCICmqYhSNJ1e75d5lPF=s0) - Age : Elderly dogs seem more prone to constipation. - Activity level : For reasons unknown, being sedentary often results in slower transit. - Digestive tract tumors - Tumors that narrow the pelvic region - Anal gland issues - Prostate enlargement - Dehydration or electrolyte imbalances - Drugs, including opiates, diuretics, antihistamines, some antacids, certain cancer drugs - Metabolic diseases, like hypothyroidism and renal (kidney) issues - Spinal diseases and injuries - Central nervous system disorders - Stress and psychological problems : Something in the environment that will lead a dog to hold it. - Orthopedic disorders that make it difficult for the dog to squat. - Surgery : Medical procedures, and the drugs administered during these procedures, may result in constipation. Call your vet for advice if you observe this in the post-surgical period. ## **How to Prevent Constipation in Dogs** ### Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - Adding moisture to your dog's body is usually the key to prevent constipation - Try adding water or low-sodium chicken broth to your dog's food - Alternatively, if your dog usually eats dry food only, you can try feeding good-quality canned food. Try getting the canned version of his current diet if it's available, but any quality canned food should be acceptable as long as your dog does not have food allergies or sensitivities - Instead of canned food, you can try adding green beans, sweet potatoes, or a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (plain, not pie filling) to your dog's kibble with the water or broth ### Movement gets things moving - Sometimes all it takes to get your dog's bowels to move is for your dog to be active - If your dog is healthy enough to exercise, take your dog for a nice long walk or provide another type of moderate to vigorous exercise - Regular activity is a great way to prevent constipation in senior dogs or dogs with a tendency to get backed up ## **Watch your dog's poop to find out how healthy he is** When evaluating the consistency of stool, owners can use a scale. Appropriately, the severe constipation and mild constipation is at number 1 and 2. ![](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/5erIJwdxF3Jklsp93PcQId/63561d3befbe9b956284c893d3f1d0a9/ScreenShot-2021-09-25-__5.49.29.png) [wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale) However, if your dog's stool is a little firm, don't get alarmed. Just monitor your dog's poop to see if it keeps getting harder and harder, and keep samples refrigerated in case you do need to take them to the vet. ## **Summary** Constipation is a common health problem in dogs and refers to the inability to pass a normal stool on a regular basis. In general, a dog should move their bowels at least once a day. Many will go two or three times a day on the regular. Left untreated, constipation can cause more serious health problems in the future, including lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Some of the most common reasons dogs become constipated include: diet, age, activity level, tumors… To prevent constipation in dogs: always keep the dogs hydrated & exercise. Owners can base on the stool scale to check if the dog is healthy or has a constipation and contact the vet as soon as possible if needed (when your dog has constipation for more than 2 days).

24/09/2021
What happens when a dog eats grass or leaves while walking

Dogs love to eat things that they really are not supposed to, from your child’s homework to grass, dirt and leaves. It is actually very common to see your dog munching on grass or leaves and they do so for many different reasons. Eating leaves can be a completely natural thing for your dog but it can have some negative side effects such as vomiting.  If you notice your dog is constantly eating leaves, assess the situation and see if your dog is simply bored or if there is an underlying cause of their munching on leaves. If it is boredom, you may want to change out their toys and also consider some interactive toys that make them work and exercise. ## **Why do dogs eat grass and fallen leaves?** ### They Like The Taste of Grass The common reason dogs may eat grass: they like the way it tastes. Some dogs only eat grass in certain locations or at certain times of the year, and this contributes to the idea that they like the taste and texture of the grass they chew. And of course, there are some dogs who are more than happy to rush outdoors every chance they get and chow down on the grass in the backyard. These dogs also make it obvious that some dogs simply enjoy consuming grass regularly. ### Bored, Stressed or Upset Some vets believe dogs eat grass because they’re bored, stressed, anxious, or upset about something. Some dogs are more likely to eat grass when they believe they’re alone in the backyard, which contributes to the idea that they are unhappy when they do so. Some vets also believe dogs eat grass because it gets their owners’ attention, which is something they want. Even if they’re being told to stop doing something, dogs perceive this as attention, and it’s good enough for many of them. In both cases, dogs generally don’t chew grass as often when their owners are outside with them. ### Instincts Could Be the Cause There may be some instinctive psychological reasons for this behavior, too.  Dogs come from wild canine ancestors which ate whatever animals they could hunt, including the stomach contents of those animals. Those contents usually included the grass the animals had been eating. It is believed that up to half of all modern wolves eat grass sometimes, whether purposefully or along with their regular diet. Dogs who eat grass instinctively usually don’t vomit afterward. If you notice your dog chewing grass and don’t see her throw up from it, there’s not really anything to be worried about. She’s just doing what her ancestors did. ### Intestinal Parasites It is believed that your dog will eat leaves as a way to help eliminate intestinal parasites. Dogs that are suffering from an infestation of intestinal parasites will in general not feel well. They will eat leaves as a way to alleviate any stomach upset and to try and flush the intestinal parasites from the intestinal tract. If you notice worms in your dog’s stool or vomit, you will need to seek medical attention immediately. ### A Dietary Response It is possible that dogs may eat grass because they need more fiber in their diets. If you notice your dog eating grass often, especially right after a meal, she may realize she isn’t digesting the way she needs to (at least in some way). Eating enough grass can give her the fiber she needs to process food appropriately. You may want to try upgrading your dog’s food to a high-fiber diet that includes healthy sources of the nutrients she needs. There is a good chance a food upgrade could stop the grass eating behavior. ![](https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZVYmZOhSgIBbch9R8loDhrXH2lAIa7EQwHOP0RxMyh7L_fKMooBYtNKgu_sS4P4KbKRppty628fZg7gK6BEvADMPU5cRMrXt645EDLg-U_RABErwCBek5HgqahzIATR6N8SHBuZH=s0) Try to add these fruits or vegetables into the dog’s daily diet to prevent them from lacking fiber. In most cases, your dog should have a moderate level of fiber. From 2 to 4 percent of their total food consumption should be fiber. ### Stomach Problems If your dog does show symptoms of stomach problems, she may have an issue that requires veterinary attention. If she vomits a lot—more than just once after eating grass—or she is having watery, frequent diarrhea, it’s time to schedule a vet visit. Dogs are prone to several very dangerous stomach and digestive disorders. However, these problems can usually be easily treated by your vet. Dogs don’t always vomit after eating grass, and some dogs never do. This may mean that there is no real connection between the two activities. Some dogs may vomit because of the strange texture or taste of the grass, rather than for any digestive reason. ## **What happens when a dog eats grass or leaves while walking** According to the reasons that urge them into eating grass and leaves above, there are two things that can happen after your dog eats grass or leaves: - If the dogs eat grass or leaves because they like the taste, or follow their ancestors’ instinct, want to take attention or lack nutrition. Nothing will happen after they eat the grass. - In other cases, they might vomit after if the underlying reasons are their stomachs are upset or they tried to flush out the parasites. Most of the time and most dogs will not vomit after eating the grass or leaves. ## **How can we train our dog not to eat grass and leaves while walking?** If your dog eats grass and leaves while walking often, even if she throws up from it, there probably isn’t much of a concern. They may be responding to a psychological need to do so. There is no need to try to stop her from eating grass and leaves. It’s natural instinct and completely normal. However, you should have her dewormed regularly, just to be sure he/she isn’t picking up anything from consuming grass. ![](https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/tMXxTlL5dUg9JUKEyBP-YwdlxrXWILk0i8-E1o69TY9Oq1N2CPr1QhuZH7VlEM4SM6RrkYDFqPcLukLGEJok8iUvRQGXmai5Tkb6MFhAteJjYa0Qtobgku0sEJwQt9LgOTGXXqkH=s0) Lately, the flavored dewormed tablets are dominating the market due to their enjoyable and convenient use. You should also make sure they’re not allowed to chew on grass that has recently been treated with pesticides or other chemicals, as this can be very dangerous and even toxic to them. For this you can talk to the park manager to know their pesticide treatment or the grass or plant areas which are sprayed with chemicals. As long as your dog isn’t getting parasites or consuming toxic chemicals from her grass eating, they’re probably fine. However, you might want to bring it up with your vet at your dog’s next regularly scheduled appointment, just to be sure there aren’t any concerns you might be missing. Your vet will let you know if there’s anything you need to watch out for. Finally, if you are still very concerned and prefer the dogs to eat the grass or leaves at home, which is safer than while walking. You can put on him a muzzle, it will prevent him from eating grass or leaves while walking, simple but effective. ## **Summary** It is actually very common to see your dog munching on grass or leaves and they do so for many different reasons. Dogs eat grass and fallen leaves because: They Like The Taste of Grass, Bored, Stressed or Upset, Instincts Could Be the Cause, Intestinal Parasites, A Dietary Response, Stomach Problems. Most of the time and most dogs will not vomit after eating the grass or leaves. There is no need to try to stop her from eating grass and leaves. It’s natural instinct and completely normal. Finally, if you are still very concerned and prefer the dogs to eat the grass or leaves at home, which is safer than while walking. You can put on him a muzzle, it will prevent him from eating grass or leaves while walking, simple but effective.

31/07/2021
Which is best for dogs, a shower or a bath?

Whether your dog loves her weekly wash or trembles at the sight of water, as a dog owner you've probably wondered how you should wash them, showering or bathing? Let’s have a close look. ## **Which is best for dogs, a shower or a bath?** Actually, showering and bathing both have their own pros and cons. Can’t tell which one is better, it also depends on owners and dogs’ preferences. But most dog owners prefer showering their dogs. ![Which is best for dogs, a shower or a bath?](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/4dVouzlWIrYSnxm2QDeO67/2e0e6129cddc904099c351f92d127069/elisa-kennemer-0TdrHK0po7I-unsplash-1024x683.jpg) Photo by [Elisa Kennemer](https://unsplash.com/@elisalou?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-shampoo?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **Benefits of bathing your dog** - Good for pampering or medicine treatment (skin condition). - More enjoyable if the dog lies down. Benefits to the coat: - **Softer coat** Bathing your dog and using a nice moisturizing dog shampoo can help keep your dog's coat nice and soft. Many dog owners will also use coconut oil or a natural conditioner after shampoo in order to maintain the moisture in their fur. - **Reduced shedding** The more often you bathe your dog, the less they are going to shed. If you are getting tired of vacuuming and picking up clumps of hair from your dog every day, a frequent bath followed by brushing your dog will help grab those loose hairs before they end up on your floor. A cleaner home for you! - **Helps with allergies (yours and theirs!)** Dog's fur is the perfect place to trap allergens, dirt, and bacteria. If you or your dog suffers from allergies, you will benefit from bathing your dog more often. The more often dogs are bathed, the less allergens they will be carrying around in their fur. Washing helps not only your dog, but also you with keeping your allergies at bay. ![Benefits of bathing your dog](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/7tX4W7N9883PmgZ0oUkRKP/50a00d55edb61f18a50017b88fc844d3/autri-taheri-l0Gq4BmboYY-unsplash-1024x683.jpg) Photo by [Autri Taheri](https://unsplash.com/@ataheri?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-shower?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ### How long should they take a bath? After wetting the dog’s fur. Leave the shampoo there for at least 1-2 minutes (with the medicine shampoo you should leave it longer like 4-5 minutes, for example for fungi treatment shampoo - read the description carefully), then rinse it well with warm water. Is there a difference depending on the size of the dog? Nope, there is not. It’s just easier to shower small dogs and bathe medium big dogs, as most owners follow this size-rule. ## **Drawbacks of bathing your dog** - It takes more time and water than showering to wash the dog and the bathtub after. - The dogs can try to run out of the bathtub. - Not very enjoyable if the dogs hate washing time and trying to escape. ### Are there any drawbacks to the dog's health? The drawbacks only occur when the owners bathe the dogs too often than necessary or using an inappropriate shampoo. You’ll strip your dog’s coat of its natural oils, making it dry and more prone to dandruff, frizzies, and mats if you bath the dogs too often. Additionally, some shampoos may dry or irritate the dog’s skin more than others, in which case you should bathe less often or try a different shampoo. ![Drawbacks of bathing your dog](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/1UIBPzAPVvWTLQj2QHDRfH/8be1987ac97c59a57431ee782aae8e2b/justin-jason-ypsunYZJfPI-unsplash-1024x683.jpg) Photo by [Justin Jason](https://unsplash.com/@fakeglasses?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on [Unsplash](https://unsplash.com/s/photos/dog-shower?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) ## **Benefits of showering your dog** - Quick, can save time and water. - Easy to clean up the place after the shower. - The dogs are trapped  inside and hard to get out. ## **Drawbacks of showering your dog** Not good for pampering or medicine treatment (skin condition). **Are there any drawbacks to the dog's health?** The same as bathing, there are drawbacks if owners shower the dogs too often or use the right suitable shampoo. ## **How often should they bathe and shampoo?** How often should I bathe and shampoo? - Bathing once a month works for most dogs. - Dogs with oily coats, like Basset Hounds, may need bathing as frequently as once a week. - Breeds with water-repellent coats, such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed less often so as to preserve their natural oils. There is a recommendation that owners should bath/shower the dogs less than the true necessity. The best way to tell if it’s time is smelling your dogs. If they are smelly to you, then it’s time for bathing/ showering. Does the size of the dog make a difference? Nope, it won’t affect how often they need to be washed. Does the length of the dog's hair make a difference? Yes. It does. - Many short-haired breeds with smooth coats, such as Beagles and Weimaraners, do just fine with less frequent baths. Short-coated Basenjis are fastidious in their personal hygiene and rarely need a bath. - Dogs with thick, double coats or long hair coat, such as Samoyed, Malamutes, and other Northern breeds, do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing, which gets rid of loose, dead hair and helps distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. ![How often should they bathe and shampoo?](https://images.ctfassets.net/8y7rrpqgnjw7/5JPChCz8M8OaZuSDPCL9Hx/73b957042bb109a4f1fc551e10099562/puppy-1022421_1280-1024x682.jpg) Photo by [AmandaCullingford](https://pixabay.com/ja/users/amandacullingford-1601042/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=1022421) on [Pixabay](https://pixabay.com/ja/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=1022421) ## **Summary** A dog owner you've probably wondered how you should wash them, showering or bathing. Can’t tell which one is better, it also depends on owners and dogs’ preferences. Both showering and bathing both have their own pros and cons.

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