Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Health Tips

Paul asks…

My dog is constipated and has been for several days. Is there anything I can give her?

My dog is constipated and has been for several days. Is there anything I can give her that is something I can buy over the counter at the store? I was told it is ok to give dog a dose of caster oil to help relieve of the constipation, is this true?

Yahoo Answers answers:

Hello: I am sorry to hear that your canine is having problems.

When my dog had this problem, I purchased Millers Bran at the supermarket. You can find it in the cereal isle. If you cannot find it there, then go to a health food store and buy bran over there.

Anyway, I mixed it with moist canned food (about 1 Tablespoon of bran, to 1/2 cup of moist canned food), some water or low salt beef or chicken broth, and made a mash with all the ingredients. I gave her the mash several times a day, and by the next day it the remedy worked.

If your dog has bee having this problem for a while, he or she can become impacted and that is not good, since the colon will stretch, and the problem will re-occur, and then you will have to take your pet to the vet and it will be costly, plus if it has been too long since his/her last bowel movement he or she might be miserable. Please do not wait too long.

Call the veterinarian and see if Metamucil (a fiber laxative you can find at the supermarket or pharmacy) can be given hidden in the moist food.

In regards to the Castor oil, please be very careful. Maybe Castor oil is not bad for people, but you just cannot use people remedies on dogs, cats, etc., pets have died because their owners thought that a human remedy would help their health problem.

Also, give your dog a lot of fluids to drink, this will help the bran to be moist, expand and be pushed out. What I offered my dog was low sodium chicken or beef broth. Make sure that if you do this, you place the bowl that has the broth inside a bowl that has ice. The broth will be a perishable food. So make sure that he or she finishes the broth before the ice melts.

Anyway, those are my two cents. It worked with my dog.

Good luck to both of you,


p.s. I found this on the internet, and I have heard that it works. I do not know if your dog is picky, but I used to have a cat that loved pumpkin puree. If the problem persists, pumpkin puree might be a part of his/her daily menu. Here it is:

Tip 75 – Pumpkin for cats – pumpkin for dogs – Pumpkin for diarrhea or constipation

If your dog or cat is having the occasional case of constipation or diarrhea, one of the things that might help is canned pumpkin. Yes canned pumpkin in its pureed form (NOT pumpkin pie filling) is a fantastic stool softener which makes it a good natural remedy for constipation. It often helps with upset stomach or indigestion for both cats and dogs. It is very rich in fibre and adding just one or two teaspoonfuls to your pet’s food often gets the system moving in no time. Dogs will occasionally want to eat it directly and that’s fine too. Sometimes though, finicky cats and dogs won’t touch it no matter what you do.

On the opposite end of things is diarrhea. Since the dietary fibre in canned pumpkin absorbs water, it can be a great help to a cat or dog that has diarrhea. Some pet owners report that it firms up their pet’s loose stools or diarrhea within a few hours. Again one to two teaspoonfuls is all that is needed.

N.B. It should be noted that both diarrhea and constipation can both be very serious and require immediate veterinary care depending on the cause. Whatever the cause, diarrhea or constipation lasting more than 24-36 hours requires vet care. Click the following links for more general information on diarrhea,constipation and intestinal disorders.


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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Cannot Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

Paul asks…

What is something that not many owners know about pet rats?

Yahoo Answers answers:

There are many things that people don’t know about rats. That’s why it’s such a struggle to educate the public on the proper care of rats because pet stores have brain-washed people into believing the wrong things on how to care for rats, and vets do not know the medical needs of rats.

Some things you might not know about rats:
– our pet rats and wild rats are the same species, Rattus norvegicus
– rats cannot vomit
– rats can fart
– rats do not have a gall bladder
– rats do not have thumbs
– treat rats like dogs and you’ll have a happier pet
– rats are social animals
– rats can achieve the same intelligence level as a three year old child
– rats ARE NOT like other rodents, and should not be treated like other rodents
– rats can sleep with one or both eyes open
– rats are such stoic animals that they can suppress the symptoms of a disease until it is too late to help them
– rats do not need to chew on objects to keep their teeth worn down. They keep their teeth worn down by bruxing. Rats chew because they enjoy chewing, or they need to chew to accomplish something, ie making a hole bigger to get through it
– rats do not need to have a salt block
– rats can eat what we eat
– rats can have chocolate
– rats are banned from Alberta Canada and Anchorage Alaska
– rats can laugh
– rats can mourn for a lost cage-mate or owner
– rats are crepuscular, not nocturnal
– most rats are lactose intolerent
– rats DO NOT LOVE cheese
– Chuck ‘e’ Cheese is a rat
– rats have a compressable rib cage that allows them to squeeze into small spaces
– pine and cedar are not only dangerous beddings for rats but it’s dangerous to all small animals
– rats need more free-range time (time out of their cage to be with you) then other rodents
– rats learn to really LOVE their care-giver
– rats are highly prone to Mycoplasmosis and tumors
– rats get bored easily
– rats do not like wheels or rolly balls
– rats can be taught tricks and do agility
– rats have very few pain receptors in their skin. That’s why they can get into fights, sustain horrendous injuries, and bleed to death, without batting an eyelash.
– cat food is too rich for rats. Too high in protein and fat
– there’s no such thing as breeds of rats, only types
– Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame was one of the first young women to have a rat as a pet. Her pet rat’s name was Samual Whiskers
– Rattus norvegicus NEVER carried the plague. Rattus rattus, the Black Rat, carried the flea, that carried the plague, and rats suffered the black death just as much as the humans did
– Jack Black, Queen Victoria’s rat catcher, was the one who started the rat on it’s path to be pets.
– wild rats live to a ripe old age of 6 to 8 months. Domestic rats live 2-3 years, rarely, but sometimes, 5 years.
– there are more pet rat forums and websites on the internet then for any other rodent.
– a healthy rat has yellow to orange teeth. This indicates a good blood flow
– rats have seasonal shedding just like dogs do

Rats are amazing animals!!!!!!!!

For answerer #2. I gave you a thumbs up because people who own rats really are a different kind of people as you have stated. Since I started keeping rats as pets, they have taught me confidence, they have taught me to stand up for my beliefs no matter what others say, and they have taught me about life and death.

“my life has gone to the rats”

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Treats

James asks…

How much should a german shepherd puppy eat? and sleep?

I just got her yesterday and she is closing in on 31/2 months. She has been sleeping all day and has on ate a few bites of her food throughout the day. Its not the same food she was on at the breeders house it different so that could be the problem. She sleeps all day and then when i take her out she whimpers around and cries and then finally will go. Any tips or advice? Whats a good training treat for the German shepherd breed? Thanks alot.

Yahoo Answers answers:

If [Bri] is right about you “free feeding”, you need education. On-demand feeding is the WORST way to feed. Go read the excellent “Effects of On-Demand Feeding” research report in:
That link lists a host of ways to feed, including a reliable Diet_Sheet if the vendor didn’t give you one.

Canned fish (sold as cat-food) and canned “dog casserole” will tempt most pooches, unless they are VERY sick. Don’t regard canned foods as suitable for a permanent diet, but they have their temporary uses.

Either you have taken a pup that is too scared to move (14 weeks is a BAD age to bring a pup home – it is in the “need security” stage, having ended its “confident & curious” period at 13 weeks old), or you are exaggerating, or she is suffering from something like parvovirus. A listless pup soon becomes a lifeless pup.
Also check the Achalasia_&_MegaOesophagus page.
Once settled in, a pup should be a “100%er” – 100% interested in everything, or 100% asleep.

Regardless of disease (were you even given an official Vaccination Record Card from a vet? The most recent shots should have been 2 weeks ago, and there should be a reminder that she needs the final boosters when she is 16 weeks old), owners of new pups should have their vet check the pup very carefully within 48 hours of bringing it home.

Forget training treats – get her ALIVE and lively first.
Your tone of voice and your body positions should be attractive enough to have a healthy puppy toddle over to see why you are making those funny high-pitched noises and wriggling around like that.
· Tidbits (a salted peanut; a tiny sliver of hard cheese or baked liver or crisped bacon or cooked hot dog; a sprig of broccoli) are very useful for teaching Sit and ground-trailing, but other rewards are more convenient for almost everything else.
· Contacts (pats on ribs; rubs on croup or between the front legs or under the ear-bases) are non-fattening and always available
· Games (ball-chase, tug-o-war, tracking, bring your (name of toy) ) take a little preparation, but are much enjoyed.

It sounds as though you are going to need LOTS of advice, so…..

◙ Add to your browser’s Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, teething, neutering, size, diseases, genetics.
In its Links => Diseases_&_Disorders section, look first at Parvovirus, as depression is the ready-to-die stage of that disease, and your pup is at an age where Parvo is likely to occur. That section will also help you understand whatever your vet says to you.

◙ To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group’s Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.

[NuNu] would get no supporters in my e-groups for his/her advice. Take just feeding: Pups should be fed no further apart than every 9 hours until they are 5-6 months old.
Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly:
“In GSDs” as of 1967

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