Dog Health FAQ
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We know you worry a lot about your canine fur babies. So we at Crescenta
Cañada Pet Hospital have assembled a list of commonly asked dog
health questions to help you become a better-informed companion to your
dog. We hope you find it useful.
To schedule an appointment, contact us at
(818) 485-2527 or fill out our online form.
What type of food is most healthy for my dog?
Most major pet food brands are fine. Dry versus wet food depends on what
you and your dog prefer. However, you should feed young dogs puppy food
for the first year and then switch to adult food. Puppies require more
protein, fat, calories, and certain minerals than adult dogs, because
they’re still working on growing. Some dogs will need special food
if they have dietary restrictions or urinary problems. You can also check
the ingredient list on many dog foods. The first ingredient listed is
the heaviest one in the entire bag. For example, if the first ingredient
listed is beef, if the product is FDA-regulated, this means beef must
comprise 70% of the product counting the added water. However, if the
first ingredient listed is corn and wheat gluten, it means the food is
going to be more carb heavy than protein heavy. Bad foods will use more
corn than meat because corn is cheaper. Look for an Association of American
Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) label on the food for better quality and
How much food does my dog need?
The answer to this depends on many factors, including the breed of dog,
the dog’s metabolism, and lifestyle. If you walk your furbaby often,
he or she might need more food to make up for a caloric deficit. However,
if your dog tends to lounge around all day at home, he or she is using
less energy and requires less food. Puppies should be fed 3 times a day
until they are 4 months of age. After that, dogs should be fed twice a
day. Keep an eye on your pet as you feed them. If you notice they’re
either too skinny or too fat, adjust to meet their needs. Talk to an experienced
vet about your pet’s nutritional needs every time you go in for
a vet appointment. Regular checkups can help keep your pet’s weight
at a safe level for optimal health.
Should I brush my dog’s teeth?
While it might seem strange to brush your dog’s teeth, it’s
important to maintain his or her oral hygiene. Poor hygiene can cause
gum disease, just like in humans, and it can make your pet more prone
to heart and kidney disease. Regular brushing can keep tartar from building
up, but you should still take your dog to regular dental cleanings every
year. A professional cleaning under anesthesia can remove plaque and tartar
and prevent your dog from losing teeth to decay.
How often should I bathe my dog?
While cats are often self-cleaning, dogs are not. Most dogs only require
a bath once a month, unless they have skin conditions that need maintenance.
Bathing them too frequently can also lead to dry skin. However, make sure
you clean your dog’s ears to prevent infection at least once or
twice a week, depending on how much dirt or wax you find. Consult your
vet for the best ear-cleaning method for your dog.
Is it bad for my dog to eat feces or vomit?
When dogs eat feces, it’s not usually out of a nutritional deficiency.
However, it is a bad habit and should be discouraged. Feces can introduce
parasites and bacteria into your dog’s system, so try and steer
your dog clear of any piles you see on your daily walks.
Regurgitation is a little less serious. Often if a dog eats too quickly,
it will regurgitate the partially digested food back up in order to chew
it down to a digestible texture. This is an absolutely normal behavior.
However, if your dog
vomits, which is more active, then 2 vomits in one day could be stomach upset
or an indication of something more serious. If the vomiting or regurgitation
is followed by sluggishness or depression, it’s time to take your
dog to the vet.
Have more questions? Call us at (818) 485-2527.
Our hospital is known for providing expert and high-quality vet services
to clients in La Crescenta and the surrounding areas. Since, 1958, our
licensed center has been treating companion animals at our well-equipped
facility. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today. Let us keep
your dogs healthy.