8 Tough Questions About Your Dog Answered

Consider yourself a dog lover, but have a few unanswered questions? Don't fret. We've covered eight tricky subjects.

Nobody knows dog health like Pawl B More, Australia’s first natural pet health expert for PAW by Blackmores. We asked Pawl to answer some tricky questions we had about doggy health.

1. What should I do to help ease my dog’s joint pain?

Like humans, pets are living longer, so keeping them healthy and happy is key to their long-term health and wellbeing. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting older dogs. Keeping their joints healthy and managing the symptoms of arthritis are important to keeping your pet active, healthy and happy.

Consult your vet about ways to manage your dog’s condition. As arthritis becomes more advanced, your vet might recommend additional natural pain relief. For example, green lipped mussel can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, omega rich fatty acids, antioxidants and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) can also provide fast and effective pain relief from arthritic symptoms for your pet.

2. How often should I wash my dog?

A good and regular grooming routine is important to your pet’s health. Bathing every 1 to 2 weeks is recommended. Too many baths will strip your pet's coat of natural oils that protect the skin, and may cause flaking and irritation.

3. How can I tell if my dog is too fat?

You should be able to feel your pet's ribs underneath a layer of thin fat. If you think your pet is getting a little on the chubby side, try cutting back on treats or use a specialised diet for weight management. If you allow your dog to eat any of your scraps, know that human food is very often too fatty for dogs and can cause stomach upsets, diarrhoea, vomiting and even pancreatitis.

4. How often should I clean my dog's ears?

Dirty ears can result in painful ear infections caused by yeast and bacteria growth. Like bathing, you don’t need to clean your dog's ears that frequently, but we recommend doing so to keep a clean, healthy environment and avoid wax build up that can create additional issues like infections. This should be done as part of a weekly grooming routine to check that all is in order with your pet. 

5. Why does my dog smell?

If your pup is still stinky after a good scrub in the tub you may need to consult a vet. Dogs that have skin allergies (infections), anal gland issues and dental disease often smell more.

6. What should I do if my dog has a cut?

Always seek advice for a serious wound. Smaller wounds respond well to medical honey. Australian vets and pet owners are turning to the sweet remedy for pets. Research has found that medical-grade honey gels can help to create an ideal moist environment to help support the healing process of cuts, wounds, burns and abscesses. Studies have shown that Manuka honey may help to fight a number of bacteria, particularly staphylococcus helping prevent more serious infections.

7. Should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Poor doggie dental hygiene can cause gum disease. Two to three brushes a week is a good goal to aim for. If your pet won't tolerate a brushing, feed them more crunchy foods - soft food is more likely to stick to their teeth and cause decay.

8. How do I control my dog’s farts?

A gut full of good bacteria helps your dog to digest their food. Imbalances can lead to issues such as flatulence and loose stools. Getting the right balance of good bacteria is essential for digestive health. Feeding them a premium diet versus basic food is also a great start. So, the next time your dog is suffering from excessive flatulence or diarrhoea consider your pet’s diet, digestive system and whether they are getting enough good bacteria. You may want to consider supplementing with a pet-friendly probiotic.

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