Itchy/watery eyes, inflamed ears and feet, scaly/dry skin, constant scratching and biting….Agony!
Do you have an itchy bully? If the answer is yes, you're probably pulling your hair out too! It's about the most frustrating and disturbing thing a pet owner could go through with their pet. Here are 5 tips to help you and your dog:
A Raw Diet
This is the first place to start. Bulldogs can be quite sensitive when it comes to food. Your best bet is to remove all processed food from the diet. Feeding a raw diet enables you to control exactly what ingredients your dog is consuming, as well as being able to control the quality of the food. A raw diet is rich in naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients that will help your dog’s immune system to function at its best.
Is your pet suffering from obesity? Although you might not think it’s a big deal, it truly is.
Similar to people, obesity can cause a wide variety of medical issues which can be easily avoided if weight is controlled. So how would I know if my dog is overweight? Generally speaking, if your dog or cat is 10-15% heavier than their recommended body weight, then they are overweight. If you can see rolls when they are sitting down, or they are laboring in their run, then they are overweight. Time to make some changes!
Kale munching pooches? Really? YES, really! From an ancestral perspective, dogs have been scavenging for meats and vegetables for hundreds of years. Digestive-wise, their intestinal tracts have not evolved away from their wolf counterparts, which are considered omnivorous, and eater of plants and animals. Taking the Ian Billinghurst stance, feeding your dog vegetables is a must.
Is your pet experiencing a dry, dusty coat? Or maybe they aren’t looking their best? As pet owners, we take pride in seeing our dogs and cats as healthy as possible, and the best determinant is a shiny coat and healthy skin.
How to determine if my pet isn’t looking his/her best?
Dry flaky skin
Hair loss or breakage
Red inflamed skin
Chronic hot spots and ear infections
We get a lot of questions from German Shepherd owners about how to keep weight on their pups. Chronically skinny, underweight Shepherds can be heartbreaking for an owner who is desperate to put weight on them. The most common questions we hear are: “My Shepherd is looking too skinny, why?" or "My shepherd is experiencing regular bouts of diarrhea and/or vomiting, why?" or "I’ve been feeding him more food than his recommended size and I still can’t get him to gain any weight. What do I do?”
Not only does this problem tend to be breed-specific, it often relates to your dog’s pancreatic function. (Schnauzers can have this problem too). So what is it?