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Doggy Digestive Problems

Sunday, April 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

cutedogThere are some common signs of digestive problems in dogs. They are usually gas, bloating and diarrhea. If your dog has more than three bowel movements in a day, you may want to withhold dog food for twenty four hours. There are simple causes to lots of digestive problems. Dog food changes can cause some digestive problems. If you switch to a new dog food, do it gradually for a week or so to get your dog used to the new ingredients. Some dogs have food sensitivities. Some dogs have trouble digesting foods like corn, wheat products or soy. If this is the case, switch to a rice based diet. Parasites will cause digestive problems. There are several types of internal worms that can cause diarrhea and gas in dogs. Follow the proper deworming guidelines. If you give your dog table scraps, digestive problems can occur. Do not give your dog spicy, salty or heavily processed table scraps. If the problem persists, see your vet who may prescribe pet medication that can help.

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hamstercageIf you have a guinea pig, hamster or rabbit for a pet, you’ll want to keep their cages clean at all times. So how often should you do a thorough cage cleaning? ¬†Your cage should never smell. If you walk past your pet’s cage and it smells unpleasant, then you’ve gone too long. Unlike cats or dogs who are free to roam the yard or house, a small animal spends most of it’s life in it’s cage. Dog food or cat food is given in a separate area. Dogs are taken outside on their dog leashes to get walked regularly and cats use kitty litter in separate areas of the home. Your small animal eats, poops and pees in his cage. On an average, small animal cages should be cleaned at least once a week. This includes replacing the bedding, cleaning the cage sides and wiping the bottom clean. You will need to spot clean particularly wet spots an additional 1 to 2 times during the week. Some people spot clean every day. Some change the cage as often as every 3 to 4 days. It all depends on your particular setup and home many small animals are kept in the cage.

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