Birthday Gifts for Pets
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Birthday Gifts for Pets

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our beautiful dog’s ninth birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet canine companion for so many years. To commemorate this special occasion, my spouse and I shopped for the perfect birthday gift. We decided to purchase a nice red collar for our dog. Our dog’s old collar was faded and dirty. Her new, red collar looked amazing next to her sleek black fur. After placing her new collar on her, our dog looked ready to take some memorable pictures. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the best practical gifts to buy for your pets. Enjoy!

Birthday Gifts for Pets

Has Your Dog Been Dumpster Dining? 3 Ways To Treat Garbage Gut

Madison Adams

If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside, chances are that it's going to eventually eat something that it shouldn't – whether it's a bit of rotten food or a tempting backyard plant. Unfortunately, those backyard treats can lead to a bad case of garbage gut. Garbage gut is actually similar to human food poisoning. Your dog is going to get sick. In most cases, it will develop a bad case of diarrhea. While the diarrhea itself won't harm your dog, the dehydration associated with loose stools can be devastating. Here are three steps you should take if your dog develops diarrhea associated with garbage gut.

Give Its Digestion a Break

If your dog has been dining on foods it shouldn't consume, you'll need to give its digestion a break. As soon as you notice the first loose stool, discontinue feedings for a day. Giving your dog a break from food will allow its gut to heal and will help reduce the inflammation inside the intestines.

Once your dog's stools begin to firm, you can begin introducing small amounts of food. It's important to note that if your dog becomes weak or lethargic while it's fasting, you should get to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Some dogs are not able to regulate their blood sugar when they're going without food.

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

The most dangerous part of diarrhea is the dehydration that can occur. Diarrhea robs the body of vital fluids. Over time, your dog can become dehydrated, which can lead to serious health problems. While your dog is recovering from diarrhea, be sure to keep plenty of fresh water on hand for your dog to drink.

If your dog doesn't feel like consuming water, try placing some in a medicine syringe and squeezing small amounts into its mouth. If your dog goes several hours without accepting water, you should contact your veterinarian. There may be an underlying health issue that will need medical care.

See a Vet

Garbage-related diarrhea should clear up after a day or two.  If you've been treating your dog's garbage gut but the symptoms don't want to go away, or they've been getting worse over time, you need to take your dog to a veterinarian, like Cats Only Veterinary Hospital, as soon as possible.

If your dog has developed diarrhea after eating something that didn't agree with it, use the tips provided above to help it overcome the effects of garbage gut.