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A “Gutsy” New Year’s Makeover For A Happy, Healthy Pet In 2018

Although it’s long after the official New Year’s Eve ball has dropped in TImes Square and we’ve already heard the traditional tune, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, should auld acquaintance be forgot and (days of) auld lang syne.”

Apparently, these are among the most forgotten and misunderstood lyrics that have been mumbled over time. But sometimes we may forget about our pets when it comes to their overall health and welfare after ringing in the New Year. So let’s forget about the resolutions and adopt some evolutions when it comes to our pet’s potential passages through their gastric tract. 

Water, Water Everywhere

There’s no substitute for plenty of clean, fresh drinking water for both you and your pet. Canine dehydration can lead to a number of different health problems including those coming from your gut like gastrointestinal secretions, diarrhea and/or vomiting. You should always ensure your dog has plenty of Hâ‚‚0 available to them both inside and out along with cleaning their water dishes regularly. 

Seasonally Speaking

If you have an outdoor animal, be mindful of the time of year when it comes to their daily watering routine. For example, in the winter months, their source of water could become frozen. During the summertime, make sure their dish is in the shade and you can even add some ice cubes when the temperatures are more extreme. 

A Pumpkin’s Potential

Speaking of passage, if a dog or cat is having trouble passing something through their digestive system, the first thing you should attempt is feeding them pumpkin. I know it sounds weird, but solid pack pumpkin (not giving them a slice of pie) can have some remarkable results. 

Long story short, after one of my dogs consumed a substance (carpet fibers), my veterinarian suggested surgery as a viable option but instead recommended feeding them pumpkin instead. Sure enough, after just a few hours, my pet was free of this blockage. For an inexpensive, safe and simple solution to this type of sad stool story, try some pumpkin.

An Allergy Alert

Just like humans, we might not know what we’re allergic to a certain substance until we’ve had a reaction. There are a vast number of foods, even certain ingredients, some household plants and products we should be wary of when it comes to our pets. For example, while one dog might love tomatoes, another may not tolerate this popular red favorite so much.

Speaking of tomatoes, while the fruit may be digestible, their stems, leaves and other parts of the plant can be toxic for dogs and other animals. Solanine is a substance found in this greenery which is the culprit and is found in higher amounts when the plant is younger. So keep your pets away from these plants and don’t feed them tomatoes unless they’re ripe and don’t react negatively to them. 

A Grain Gripe

Grains and gluten intolerance is a hot-button issue as of late often affecting humans as well as their beloved four-legged friends. A common piece of advice offers reading package ingredients as a way of ensuring our pets are being properly fed. The first few ingredients should be meats and proteins, not grains, corn or rice.

Remember this advice is not an alternative to taking your pet to see a veterinarian regularly and especially when they exhibit any type of health issues. If they are showing signs of digestive stress or irregularities, get them medical attention, sooner rather than later. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”