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Pancreatitis is a disorder of the pancreas wherein it fails to properly perform its roles as the producer of digestive enzymes. More specifically, the enzymes are still produced, but the pancreas loses its unique ability to handle them effectively and so they break down before they're delivered to the parts of the body where they're needed. Instead of digesting food, they break down the tissue in and around the pancreas itself.
Pancreatitis can have a number of causes, and is usually the result of several causes coalescing. Diets that are high in fat may lead to obesity, which is a major contributing factor to the development of the disease. In addition, certain medications used to treat other diseases may increase the risk that a dog will contract pancreatitis, including corticosteroids and azathioprine. [...]
The Wire Fox Terrier is a very athletic and energetic dog that requires a lot of exercise. They are friendly and lively dogs that love being outside walking, playing ball, or just romping around. They have a great deal of energy inside and need the time to wear it off.
They should be in a yard big enough to allow them to run around. They have a tendency to dig needlessly or bark unnecessarily if left alone too long, so don't stick them in the pen and leave them there feeling they have the opportunity to get all the exercise they may need. [...]
Just like most human beings, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is highly motivated by food. Knowing this small bit of information will change your training methods and make your life a whole lot easier. Because doggie treats are a great form of positive reinforcement, your Welsh Springer Spaniel can be easily trained to do just about anything with the promise of his favorite treat. There are however, a few things you should know about properly feeding your Welshie to maintain a healthy size and beautiful coat. [...]
Toy Manchester terriers are a rather diminutive but mighty breed who will eat whatever you put in front of them. Therefore, it is important to create a specific feeding routine, carefully measuring just the right amount of kibble to maintain their sleek physique. Adult Manchseters should eat twice a day while the puppies need nourishment three times daily until they are about six to eight months old. [...]
Kidney stones in dogs, just like in humans, can be very painful and can lead to serious health issues if not treated. While some breeds may be predisposed to inherit the ability to create kidney stones, there are a certain number of factors that if combined could cause kidney stones to form in any dog. In this article, we'll look at what kidney stones are and how they form, what their symptoms are and how they can be treated.
[h]What are kidney stones?[/h]
Dogs, just like humans, naturally have minerals in their bodies, such as calcium, magnesium, ammonia or phosphorus. Where there is too much of these mineral salts in the urine, they are filtered out through the kidneys. Because it can be difficult for these minerals to be soluble in the naturally acidic urine of dogs, these minerals can form stones. [...]
There are a number of liver diseases that can affect the health of any number of breeds of dogs. Unfortunately, there are no cures for some of them, but much can be done to help the dog stay active and comfortable during its shortened life. The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, including detoxifying the blood supply, removing waste, producing bile and aiding in digestion. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the diseases the liver can develop and what kinds of treatments are available. [...]
Like any other do the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is always interested in food and will eat until he or she is sick if you will let them. Just like human beings dogs need a regular and healthy diet if they are to remain fit and agile. Overfeeding is a common problem with an increasing number of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and you will not be doing your dog any favors if you allow them to become overweight. [...]
If you're thinking about adding a canine companion to your household, you need to seriously consider that bringing home a dog is not the same thing as bringing home a cute stuffed animal. You will be responsible for a living creature's mental and physical well-being. Besides grooming the dog and making sure it gets enough love and activity, you must provide it with the proper diet. And grabbing a bag of the cheapest kibble (or even the most expensive) at the supermarket simply won't cut it. Just as each person is unique, so each dog is unique, with different metabolic characteristics and dietary requirements; what is the right amount of a particular vitamin for one breed could actually be toxic for another breed. There are also many different forms of minerals, and different breeds assimilate different forms better than others. Ignoring dietary requirements could lead your dog to suffer allergies, skin problems and intestinal disorders, among other things. [...]
Keeping your Chinese Shar Pei happy and healthy will give you much more quality time together and save you a lot of money on vet bills. Most pet owners just run out and get the first dry dog food they can find, but if you truly value your Shar Pei, you should spend more time and effort to prepare the right food for your pup. Maintaining the diet of your Chinese Shar Pei will reduce the likelihood of any food allergies or digestive problems that may occur as a result of an unhealthy diet. [...]
Before you purchase your Coton de Tulear, make sure you have done some research on what kind of diet this breed requires. It's important to note that this breed of dog has very unique nutritional requirements, and any healthy diet for your Coton should include foods that are native to its ancestral environment, and important vitamins and nutrients that it relies on for a shiny coat and overall health. [...]
The English Toy Spaniel, also known as a Charlie, does not require large amounts of food. There are a few things that you should take note of though in order to ensure the health of your dog. [...]
Taking care of your Charlie, or English Toy Spaniel, can save a lot of grief and promote happiness in the home. There are certain things that you can do regularly that will keep your Charlie in tip top shape! [...]
The Pointer is a dog that has special nutritional requirements that have to be met to provide for the needs of its unique coat, body size, and temperament. These requirements have been passed from generation to generation. As it is not possible to change the genetic makeup of the Pointer by changing the diet for a small amount of time, it is important that you feed your Pointer with food that the breed requires.
The food that you feed the Pointer should have nutrient sources which are similar to those found in the native environment of its ancestor. In other words, the food should not be foreign to the digestive and glandular system of the Pointer, and should be easy for them to assimilate. Its food should have a right balance of fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals that have been passed on by ancestors, and meet the requirements of the Pointer. [...]
The Fila Brasileiro is prone to gassiness, but it can be treated to lessen the incidence of it. You may love your dog, but you may not love the smell that accompanies it. A gassy dog can also be an embarrassment in social situations. So learn how to recognize some causes of flatulence and help the dog eat well to maintain a diet that doesn't exacerbate gassiness. [...]
All breeds have specific diets - and these diets are usually dictated by evolution and geographical origins. A Rat Terrier is a hunting dog from the US. Its gene pool is wide and varied. It is definitely a red meat eating breed that can also thrive on fresh fruits. It does not fare well on a diet exclusively made of grains and wheat.
Ideally, all dogs should have freshly made food everyday. A Rat Terrier should not be an exception. However, many Rat Terrier owners find it easier to buy a bag of commercial dog food instead. This typical move for convenience contributes to many of the health problems that the average modern Rat Terrier suffers from. [...]