Dogtimemedia Moderator: Welcome to this Wednesday’s PetChat hosted occasion dropped at you by WebVet with Dr. Susan Aiello, DVM. Dr. Susan will reply your questions on pet weight problems and what to feed your pets to maintain them wholesome. Welcome Dr. Susan!
Dr. Susan: Hi there! My title is Susan Aiello, and I obtained my veterinary diploma from Michigan State College in 1984. I practiced small animal drugs within the Midwest, and am the previous Editor of The Merck Veterinary Handbook. Do you know that almost 40% of pets are overweight?! Let’s get speaking about the way to hold YOUR pet from tipping the highest of the load chart.
Moderator: Is there a specific sort of dog food that canine homeowners ought to keep away from?
Dr. Susan: There isn’t a selected meals that’s wanted or that you must keep away from. It ought to be full and balanced after all, however the bottom line is moderation in each food regimen and exercise. Staying away from high-fat treats, like table food, will go a good distance towards conserving your canine trim.
MaggieC: How are you going to inform how a lot your canine ought to weigh?
Dr. Susan: So far as how a lot your canine ought to weigh, it’s a good suggestion to take a look at breed standards. Then modify from there relying in your canine’s age and exercise stage, and many others.
momof3bostons: I adopted a Boston Terrier that gave beginning to 7 infants. 5 lived. The puppies might be Four weeks Sat. Momma canine has began to wean them already. Can I feed them and what do I begin with?
Dr. Susan: Sure, sounds just like the mom canine has already began the weaning course of for you! You may feed small quantities of a high-quality canned puppy food, combined with some water or perhaps a little milk (somewhat!). Let the pups eat for 10-15 minutes after which take the meals away.
Dr. Susan: You can begin with one or two puppy meals feedings a day and work up because the mom nurses the pups much less.
momof3bostons: Ought to I make her allow them to nurse?
Dr. Susan: If she received’t enable the pups to nurse in any respect, you then’ll have to ensure every of the pups is getting sufficient, which could be powerful in a bunch! It’s possible you’ll want to offer some supplemental feeding with a pet milk replacer. However normally by 5-6 weeks, the pups could be absolutely weaned.
momof3bostons: Nice…I admire your time and great recommendation. You may have been very useful.
Pet Meals Labels And House Cooking
Crazymonkey: What are some examples of top of the range canned pet meals?
Dr. Susan: To search out good pet meals for any life stage, together with puppies, read the label. The key phrases you wish to see are “complete and balanced.” You may have much more assurance if the label reads that the meals meets “AAFCO standards.” (FYI, The AAFCO is the American Affiliation of Feed Management Officers.)
Crazymonkey: Superior. So canned meals is healthier than home cooking?
Dr. Susan: House cooking is an possibility, however it’s very powerful to do appropriately. Typically it’s troublesome to acquire all wanted elements to make sure that the meals is full and balanced. If you wish to home-cook, I’d strongly advise working with a veterinary nutritionist. Business canned is quite a bit simpler and brings a lot of assurance. With 5 pups, you must have lots to do!
Dealing Finicky Dog Eaters
MaggieC: Dr. Susan, my good friend has a Great Dane and has simply reverse drawback, the canine is just too skinny. Any recommendation on the way to get him to eat extra?
Crazymonkey: I’ve an issue with my canine not gaining weight. She’s a finicky eater and that’s why I assumed house cooking would possibly increase her urge for food. Are there different issues I can provide to get some meat on her?
Dr. Susan: Wow, uncommon drawback for a big/big breed canine. Does he eat and never acquire any weight? Is his urge for food low? How a lot train does he get?
MaggieC: His urge for food is low. He’s frisky as all get out, however he’s simply not excited about meals.
Dr. Susan: What’s the common food regimen of the finicky eater? Dry or canned?
MaggieC: Combo-dried and canned.
Crazymonkey: Some dried meals (I’ve to undergo couple of manufacturers to see which one she appreciated) and a few canned meals (Beneful).
Dr. Susan: Once you feed the dry meals, don’t feed it utterly dry. Strive soaking it with small quantities of water. Additionally attempt meal feeding–in different phrases if the canine doesn’t eat the meals in 15-20 minutes, decide it up and put contemporary down on the subsequent time for dinner. You can even attempt mixing in a small quantity of the canned, or among the “dog gravies” which might be available on the market. Some canines additionally love having somewhat little bit of human child meals combined on the highest!
MaggieC: Child meals! That’s an fascinating thought and one I do know she hasn’t tried. She’s tried nearly every part.
Crazymonkey: Fascinating… child meals
Dr. Susan: You can even attempt heating the meals as much as room temperature or barely heat.
Twinkle: Dr. Susan – right here’s my dilemma, I’ve a 7 & 1 yr previous, on dry meals. The older one appears to be obese – lhasa apso round 20 lbs. any recommendation on how I can get her into form?
Dr. Susan: For Twinkle with the obese Lhasa, top-of-the-line methods to get an older canine shifting and into form is the all-time favourite canine stroll. Begin gradual, perhaps a 10-minute stroll twice a day, after which slowly work as much as 30 minutes twice a day. If you may get the older canine to play with interactive toys with the youthful one, that ought to assist too.
Twinkle: Nice! They really do play quite a bit and it has made a distinction.
Dr. Tubbs: My canine appears to favor her hind proper paw. We’ve had xrays achieved, inspected it, however can’t discover any factor improper. Any ideas?
Dr. Susan: For Dr. Tubbs, is the lameness constant or intermittent?
Dr. Tubbs: Intermittent, looks as if solely on some surfaces
Dr. Susan: Lameness on any of the opposite legs?
Dr. Tubbs: Nope, and she or he doesn’t appear to be in ache. She simply favors it typically for 10 steps or so.
Dr. Susan: What sort of canine and age? One factor to bear in mind is that soft-tissue accidents, like a muscle sprain, are extraordinarily widespread, received’t present up on x-rays, and may take a number of months to heal utterly.
Dr. Tubbs: Oh boy. She’s a few yr previous bull staffie. Very, very athletic and energetic.
Dr. Susan: Athletic, muscular canines are probably the most susceptible to muscle damage. I’d keep watch over it, and if issues don’t progress in the fitting route, verify again along with your vet in one other three weeks or so.
Dr. Tubbs: Will do. Thanks very a lot for the recommendation.
Dora: I’ve a beagle obese what ought to I do?
Dr. Susan: OK, I feel Dora is subsequent. Get the Beagle out strolling! Beagles additionally usually are good at ball chasing, so when you’ve got a fenced-in yard or can get to a canine park, attempt to get her excited about that.
Toy Dog Train
Marmar: My canines a toy canine and I’m scared she’s not getting sufficient train. How do I do know she’s getting sufficient? She’s a toy Chihuahua. Somewhat over a yr. She’s normally indoors and I take her out just a few instances every week. She simply began taking part in on the canine park
Dr. Susan: For the toy Chihuahua, there are two methods to judge your canine’s train stage. First, take into consideration your canine’s weight. If she’s obese, she wants both much less meals or extra train, or each! If her weight is nice, however she appears to have lots of pent-up vitality, then she wants extra common train, too.
Marmar: I took her for a jog as soon as across the block. She couldn’t deal with it. How a lot is sufficient for her?
Dr. Susan: That most likely is an excessive amount of for a Chihuahua. Do not forget that if you stroll at a traditional tempo, your stride might be about Four-6 instances her little stride. So if you’re strolling, she’s already jogging or perhaps even operating. Strolling her across the block is healthier than jogging, however you might have to go a few instances a day!
Dr. Susan: Additionally, keep in mind to go slowly. Individuals don’t go from being sofa potatoes to operating the Boston marathon with out gradual and cautious coaching!
Chasdick: Hello, gud day, is there a specific age a canine can get ascites?
Dr. Susan: I feel we had a query on ascites, which is an accumulation of fluid in a physique cavity, just like the stomach. It will possibly occur in a canine of any age, however ascites is nearly at all times secondary to a different drawback, like coronary heart illness, which is way extra widespread in older canines.
Chasdick: OK thanks
Feeding Canine Garlic
Dr. Tubbs: I’ve heard conflicting reviews about garlic. Some say it’s good, some say harmful. Which is true?
Dr. Susan: For what objective? Some folks say it would assist with flea control, however there isn’t good scientific proof. There’s no objective for it.
Dr. Tubbs: I’ve simply seen it in some dog-treat recipes and puzzled if it was okay.
Dr. Susan: Effectively, let me rephrase that. It’s nice on pizza and different Italian goodies, however they’re for folks, not canines!
Dr. Tubbs: Okay, so that you suggest avoid it if my canines don’t have flea issues?
Dr. Susan: Ah. Very small quantities are okay, however it isn’t wanted. I’d most likely depart it out simply in case of potential abdomen upset.
Dr. Tubbs: Thanks, that’s what I needed to know.
Dr. Susan: Sure, I’d avoid it, even in the event you had a flea drawback. There are far more practical, confirmed cures accessible.
How A lot To Feed A Dog
Sanlynnj: I’ve a query on feeding. I feed my Border Collie, American Eskimo cross Eukanuba, rice and lamb. She will get lots of train…very energetic. How a lot each day ought to I be feeding her?
Dr. Susan: To date, sounds nice. Good meals and good train! The correct quantity to feed is determined by your canine’s age and exercise stage. The greatest strategy to decide is by her physique situation. It’s best to be capable to simply really feel your canine’s ribs, however not see them. Additionally, if you have a look at your canine from above, she ought to have a waistline. From the facet, you must see a “tuck” the place the stomach goes up into the pelvic space.
Sanlynnj: She is 16 months previous; I feel I fear about her not getting sufficient.
Dr. Susan: In the event you don’t see a waistline or a “tuck,” then the canine is obese, and it is advisable minimize down, first on treats (if she’s getting any) after which on the quantity of normal food regimen. In the event you can see her ribs, or if her waistline or tuck is distinguished, then you may feed somewhat extra.
Sanlynnj: Haha…laborious to inform together with her fur, however I can really feel her ribs. She does get coaching treats.
Dr. Susan: Effectively, she’s a younger, energetic canine, and so she could also be somewhat skinny. If she’s regular and wholesome, you’ll most likely see her fill out quite a bit between the ages of two and three.
Dr. Susan: Bear in mind if you had been a teen? You may drink all these milkshakes and eat all these fries and nonetheless keep skinny? The similar factor doesn’t occur in your thirties! It feels like she’s at a great weight, so you may proceed with the coaching treats and let her age a bit. In the event you see something irregular after all, get her checked out by your vet.
Sanlynnj: She is getting a cup and a half per day
Dr. Susan: Sounds about proper. Sustain the nice work.
Sanlynnj: Thanks a lot
Warts On Canine
MaggieC: Are warts on his pit bulls are contagious?
Dr. Susan: If the warts on the pit bulls are papillomas (which is a quite common trigger), then no, they aren’t contagious from canine to canine. Papillomas are attributable to a virus nonetheless, and more often than not, they go away on their very own in just a few months time.
MaggieC: Okay, thanks!
How A lot Water A Dog Ought to Drink
Dr. Tubbs: Is there something to be fearful about if my canine doesn’t appear to drink lots of water?
Dr. Susan: In all probability not. If the canine eats canned or semi-moist meals, she’ll drink much less water. Water consumption additionally relies upon quite a bit on the surroundings. If it’s cool, she received’t drink as a lot as in the summertime.
Dr. Tubbs: He eats kibble, however it simply looks as if he goes to the water bowl quite a bit lower than my feminine.
Dr. Susan: You may keep watch over him for dehydration. In the event you can pull up the pores and skin and it doesn’t go proper again into place, that’s a simple strategy to inform if he’s dehydrated. Does the feminine canine drink quite a bit? Consuming a LOT of water is way more generally an indication of illness (eg, diabetes, urinary troubles, endocrine illness, and many others).
Dr. Tubbs: Hmm. She appears to drink a traditional quantity. I’ll attempt the pores and skin check on my male…
Dr. Tubbs: Thanks!
Dr. Susan: There’s additionally particular person variability, so hold that in thoughts, too.
Dr. Susan: If he’s smaller, he’ll naturally drink much less.
todddog1: I worry my canine is growing indicators of Hip Dysplasia. Is there any factor I ought to be doing? He’s 5 years previous.
Dr. Susan: What breed is he? Has he had x-rays?
todddog1: A collie.
Dr. Susan: First, you wish to work along with your veterinarian to ensure you have an correct prognosis. And Collies actually do undergo from hip dysplasia. In case your canine does have dysplasia, or another arthritic condition, conserving the load down is likely one of the most essential issues you are able to do in your canine to be saved comfy
Moderator: Thanks for collaborating in our hosted occasion dropped at you by Webvet.com about pet weight problems with Dr. Susan Aiello.