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Questions about Dog Food Issues

When a dog is having a food issue it can be hard to catch. Dog food issues can be very serious because many owners do not realize that the side effects are actually from the dog’s food. You can read below to find more information on dog food issues; these answers are provided by Experts.

How can I fix a food aggression with my dog?

There are two different ways that you can attack the issue. One being is by simply leaving the dog alone while it is eating. You may also have to feed the dog in a separate room if you have other animals. You may need to make sure that your dog has enough time to eat; after the dog is done eating then you can let the dog out. At that time you can pick up the dogs bowl, this will ensure that you do not get hurt. Some dogs just need left alone while eating, due to the fact that it is their instinct to guard their food. Another way is by removing the dogs bowl from the floor when it is not meal time. This prevents the dog from being able to guard the bowl; this is done to calm the act of guarding. If this is not a serious problem then you can try leaving the dish on the floor and holding the dog’s food in your hand and give the dog a handful and walk away. When the dog looks at you for more you slowly can approach the dog and give it more, you may have to do this till the dog stops growling when you reach towards the dog dish.

Can a dog’s food cause urinary issues?

When it comes to dog food it can have an effect of a dog’s urinary tract causing the potential hydrogen (ph) levels to fluctuate. This means if a dog’s urine levels are being inconsistent then the dog may get a urinary tract infection. The dog’s diet can form crystals in the dog’s urine, which can cause stones.

What can I do for a dog that has masticatory myositis that is having trouble eating its normal dog food?

It can be very difficult to have a dog that cannot eat on its own, even if it is only for a short period of time as with masticatory myositis. While your do is suffering from this there are a couple of different things you can do to help your dog eat. One thing that you can do is try switching your dog from hard foods to something softer such as canned food or even the small noodle food. Feeding your dog by hand can help your dog to pick up only one to two pieces instead of a mouth full; you may have to water your dog with a syringe and the hand feeding until your dog can do this task on its own. If you cannot feed your dog by hand then you may have to resort to a feeding tube.

What could cause hot spots and allergies all year round on a dog?

If all allergy tests have been done, then this is where you may need to think about what the dog is in contact with all year that be causing the hot spots and allergies. In many cases it has been shown to be the dog’s food that is causing the problems. You may need to think about changing the dog’s diet to see if that helps with its symptoms. There is a hydrolyzed diet; its main purpose is to upset the proteins in the diet enough to extract the allergens. There is also a novel protein diet; it is implemented to put new proteins in the dog’s body that have never been there to reduce the risk of hypersensitivity to that type of protein.

What can someone do if their dog will not eat dog food, but will eat cat food only?

You might try weaning the dog off the cat food and back to dog food. You can try giving the dog canned food with just a few kibbles of the dog food that you are trying to get the dog to eat. If the dog eats a few kibbles mixed in the canned food, then you can slowly add more kibbles in over time you will have more of the hard dog food rather than the canned food.

When picking a dog food there can be many issues that arise. Knowing the right food for your dog is a hard to figure out. If the wrong dog food is chosen then the dog can suffer from being overweight to allergies. If you still need more information, you can ask an Expert for reliable and affordable answers.
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