🍖 Q: Why do dogs eat grass?
A: There is no precise answer to this question. However, the most probable answer is an upset stomach. Once stomach acids build up, dogs feel discomfort. They tend to eat the grass around them to get some relief. Grass acts as a natural antacid for dogs, yet doesn't have a long-lasting effect. Dogs usually vomit soon after having eaten it.
Another possible answer is that dogs subconsciously crave certain nutrients (ex. as simple as micronutrients) that miss in their regular diet. Quite probably, they find in the grass.
🍖 Q: Can dogs eat bananas?
A: The answer to this question is simple - yes! Why? You see, bananas are amazing alternatives to all the salty and fatty treats that dogs love so much. Bananas are also great sources of minerals and vitamins B6 and C that are so good for dogs' health. However, this fruit is very sugary and hence, shouldn't be a part of a dog's regular diet. If the pet suffers from obesity, gastrointestinal issues, or diabetes, you'd better completely exclude bananas from its diet no matter how much it loves them.
🍖 Q: What fruit is bad for dogs?
A: Fruits are very crucial for a dog's health. However, far not all fruits can be administered to dogs. Here are the main types you should, by all means, avoid feeding your dog with:
Avocado - This fruit contains persin which can be fine for people who aren't allergic to it, yet poisonous for dogs. It causes diarrhea and vomiting in these animals. Persin is found not only in the fruit itself, but also in avocado leaves, bark, and seeds. Hence, if you grow this fruit at home, make sure it's out of your dog's reach.
Grapes - Grapes, as well as raisins, cause kidney failure in dogs. The initial symptoms are constant vomiting, feeling sick and depressed.
Peaches, persimmons, plums - Seeds of these fruits cause intestinal problems in dogs, while plum and peach pits have a sufficient amount of cyanide to poison a dog.
🍖Q: Why do dogs lick their paws?
A: If your dog constantly licks its paws, the most probable reason can be harvest mites, ticks, Demodex mites, or sarcoptic mange mites. These parasites gather between a dog's toes, causing itching and irritation. Dogs lick their paws to get some relief.
However, other possible reasons include allergies, pain, dry skin, GI issues, cold weather. In all cases, such behavior shouldn't be ignored.
🍖 Q: How long are dogs pregnant?
A: Like humans, dogs are pregnant for three trimesters. However, each of these trimesters lasts only from 18 to 21 days. So, dogs remain pregnant for about 63 days. The first day of pregnancy is counted from the day of the ovulation, and the last day is giving birth to puppies. The early signs of a dog's pregnancy include morning sickness, fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting (but only a little). To determine if a dog is pregnant, it should undergo a hormone test, palpation, X-ray, and ultrasound.
🍖 Q: Why do dogs howl?
A: Dog howling comes from its genetics. In ancient times, a dog's DNA matched that of a wolf. Centuries have passed, but dogs still howl like wolves. They do that majorly for the following reasons:
to serve as a homing beacon and organize a community,
as a defense mechanism to inform the community dogs about the possible occupation of their area;
to express anxiety in case of the owner missing for extended periods;
to attract attention if the owner is too busy to play with it;
as a response to stimuli such as police, ambulance, or fire-engine sirens;
to express injury and pain;
to inform about an important discovery (refers to trained police dogs).
🍖 Q: What can I give my dog for pain?
A: If your dog feels pain and there's a risk of inflammation, you need safe and exceptionally pet-specific NSAIDs. Those, approved by the FDA, are Rimadyl (carprofen), Deramaxx (deracoxib), Metacam (Meloxicam), and Firecoxib (Previcox), Ketoprofen, Etodolac, Phenylbutazone.
Anyway, if the pain is not severe, and you just need some remedy for general pain management, natural alternatives to drugs can be great. Chondroitin and Glucosamine, for instance, can relieve pains in joints.
🍖 Q: How long do dogs live?
A: There is no specific answer to this question. Depending on the dog breed and the life conditions, dogs live from 6 to 14 years on average. For instance, Bulldogs live only around 6 years, Boxers live for around 9 years, Shih Tzus live up to 13 years, while Terriers can outlive all of them (around 14 years).
To find out the average life duration of a mixed breed dog, look at its size and weight. Small dogs nearly always enjoy longer lives than their bigger counterparts. And if a 20-pound dog lives 11 years on average, a dog weighing over 90 pounds will hardly live more than 8 years.
In all cases, remember that dog years differ from human years.
🍖 Q: What are signs of your dog dying?
A: Realizing that your dog is about to pass away is really sad and depressive. However, knowing the signs, you can get ready for your pet's final days, choose whether to leave it pass away naturally or apply humane euthanasia, get prepared for the dog's cremation, or simply memorialize your dear four-legged friend. The most common signs of a dying dog are loss of interest, a change of appetite or its complete loss, extreme fatigue, loss of energy to do anything, loss of bowel and bladder control, odd breathing.
🍖 Q: How often should you wash your dog?
A: It's not recommended to bathe a dog too frequently. For a healthy dog, a single bath once a month is totally enough. Wash the dog with special dog shampoo or baby shampoo. If your pet got dirty and needs an immediate bath even if the month hasn't passed yet, use a moisturizing or soap-free shampoo so that the dog's skin doesn't get dry.
If your dog has fleas and ticks, you can remove them with a flea shampoo. In such cases, bathe the dog as frequently as stated in the instruction.