Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? – 6 Reasons They Do This

Just like humans, dogs have their own motives and behaviors. If you own a dog, then you might have seen him or her eating some strange things. Though there are many weird things dogs consume, we are here to list down the various reasons to the question – why do dogs eat poop.

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop

Did you know that when many dogs live in same household and if any one falls sick, healthier dogs at times eat the feces of unhealthy dog. Now, this might be an instinctual reaction for hiding the ill dog from predators. Before even dogs were domesticated, as myth goes – they were scavengers. They lived on whatever they found. Thousands of years ago, dogs used to feed on other animals waste. So, poop eating is just a remnant of dog’s history. A dog eats poop for different reasons. Sometimes, it might eat its own poop or other animals’ feces. You might feel sick when you see this but understand that this is a very common behavior in pets. A dog eating poop signifies different reasons, which include:

  1. It Is A Sign Of Nutritional Imbalance

Whenever a dog his or her own poop, know that it is experiencing a nutritional imbalance. Believe it or not, stool still contains some undigested nutrients, minerals and is the main reason why your dog is eating it.

  1. Because It Is Stressed

A dog eats poop out of anxiety or whenever they are lonely. Eating his or her poop signifies a displacement behavior.

  1. Dog Eats Poop Out Of Boredom

So, apart from the above listed reasons, why do dogs eat poop? Well, boredom is yet another major reason. Lack of proper interaction, exercise or any physical activity often makes a dog end up eating his or her stool. In fact, they even play with the poop out of boredom.

  1. Because It Loves The Smell And Taste

This might sound yucky to you but a dog just loves the smell and taste of other animal feces. In fact, the scent and the stuff tempt his or her tongue to have some.

  1. It Wants The Environment To Be Clean

Few dogs might eat poop in the house just to keep their surroundings or living space completely clean. A dog that is physically punished for potty training mistakes often learns to eat his or her stool to prevent the master from getting angry.

  1. It Could Be A Sign Of Illness

Make a note that not all coprophagy is harmless or normal. A dog that suffers from malabsorption syndrome like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency tends to eat stool (either its own or other animal feces). It might be trying to recover the essential nutrients it cannot absorb during normal digestion.

Is It Harmful When A Dog Eats Poop?

It all comes down to the contamination. Is the poop contaminated with fleas, worms or other harmful parasites, which carry viruses and bacteria? If yes, then there is no doubt of the red signs. The consequences of consuming contaminated feces also depend on the dog’s immune system and its overall health. Take for example, young puppies. They have developing and delicate immune systems. Therefore, might be susceptible to bad poop, particularly if they are not fully vaccinated. So, it is better to allow your puppy for neighborhood walks and hikes only after he or she has received all the vaccination shots.

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop Of Other Animals?

As said earlier, they are extremely attracted to other animal’s feces, especially a cat’s. The reason why a dog is attracted to cat’s feces is because cat food has more amount of protein and fat than dog food.

How To Stop A Dog From Consuming Poop?

A little amount of poop is certainly not going to hurt your dog. However, if you don’t want your dog to do this, there are certain things you can do about it.

  1. Prevent Your Dog From Accessing Poop

The best way is to keep your environment clean and neat. Tidy your yard to prevent your dog from accessing poop. Lure him or her with something yummier. Even better, try to distract your dog whenever you sense or observe that he or she is going to eat poop or has developed an interest on it.

  1. Keep The Litter Box Out Of Your Dog’s Reach

Not only should you keep the litter box far from your dog’s reach but also make sure to keep it clean.

When You Need A Vet’s Help?

If your dog is eating poop, first you have to make sure that there isn’t any underlying health issue. Few dogs begin eating stool whenever they are not acquiring enough nutrients. Chances are that they have few pancreatic issues or have parasites. Such are the times when a coprophagic dog requires a thorough examination from vet.

Why Is Your Dog More Attracted To Poop Than Dog Food At Times?

Dog’s digestive system depends on a certain mixture of enzymes in order to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. There are even evidences, which suggest that digestive system of a dog has not caught up to today’s modern diet (which often tends to have less animal protein and more of carbohydrates). Few veterinary nutritionists claim that a dog eats poop to replenish enzymes. Also, there are evidences, which show that dogs are not getting sufficient nutrients and this is exactly when they begin to eat poop. The main reason is lack of B-vitamin, which leads to coprophagia.

Neglectful Parents

A behavior of dog eating poop is often linked to owner. Well, many dogs purposely eat stool to get the attention of their master. Even if the attention is negative, it is still an attention and that is exactly what a dog wants. Also. Few dogs might resort to eat stool only because they aren’t getting adequate real food. Moreover, if the owners don’t keep their dogs’ living area clean, they start eating poop to clear out everything.

We hope you have found this article useful. If you have tried some good tricks to stop your dog from eating poop and want other readers to know about it, feel free to drop them in the comments section.

Troll A – The Tallest Structure Ever Moved By Mankind

When was the last time you moved something heavy? Was it heavy enough to make you think you moved a mountain? Think twice, if not a mountain, there exists something equivalent has already been moved by humanity. Still wondering what could it be? Troll A. It is a natural gas platform built in the year 1995. It was placed in the North Sea owned and operated by Statoil. Troll A was one of the complex engineering feats that were achieved by the humanity. Overlooking the blue ocean at 472 meters (1,549 ft) from the ground above, it has no match at the sea. The platform weighs as much as 683,600 tons (1.2 million tons with the ballast included). This colossal towering giant was towed 200 km from the village of Vats to its resting place in the North Sea in the year 1996. The entire event was televised as it was one of an iconic engineering feat.

Troll A – The Tallest Structure Ever Moved By Mankind
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The platform rests on the sea floor that is 303 meter (994 feet) below the surface. The legs of the platform are a continuous hollow slip made of concrete. They have channels installed to mobilize the imports and exports from the bottom to the surface. It also has an elevator installed that takes 9 minutes to reach the floor from the surface.

The Walls of the Troll’s towering legs measure a meter thick. It is heavily reinforced with high-grade steel and concrete in one continuous fill (slip forming). Each joint (composed of several conical cylinders) is attached with mathematical precision. The width of the legs dilate at the bottom, thus giving greater stability to the structure itself, and it flares out gracefully from the surface to the floor. Troll A’s concrete legs are designed to withstand the forces of the sea. It is designed to withstand the pressure of the water below. Hence, continuous flow concrete is used to design the structure. To fill the frame of this structure using a continuous flow took 20 minutes to fill out every 5 cm area.

The construction of the Troll A platform began in the year 1991 by the Norwegian contractors for an oil company named Norske Shell for a whopping $650 million USD. The construction began in phases where the deck and the base were separately built. The entire structure was joined in the year 1995 after partially submerging the base. The gargantuan base is a Condeep gravity structure that is built from highly reinforced concrete. Its final resting place is just 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the northwest of Bergen, Norway. It took just seven days to haul such a colossal structure over the sea.

13 Famous People With Dyslexia

Celebrities and famous people are no different species from us, when it comes to some biological or psychological disorders. Dyslexia is one such disorder that has been associated with several famous people, since times immemorial. Moreover, knowing that a bunch of those dyslexic people overcame the odds of life and became successful in their respective fields, gives inspiration to common people. In this article, we will discuss – what is dyslexia, symptoms and causes of dyslexia and famous people with dyslexia.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability in which person finds it difficult to deal with written content, especially spelling and reading. It is noteworthy that dyslexia is a neurological disorder and not any intellectual disability. There are 3 different types of dyslexia- visual, auditory and attentional. There is no complete cure for dyslexia. But individuals with this disorder can learn to read as well as write with proper treatment and education.

According to some researchers, about 5 to 9 percentages of school-aged kids in the USA are suffering from dyslexia.

Symptoms Of Dyslexia

  • In spite of receiving support from parents and appropriate teaching, a child has difficulty in learning to read.
  • A child learns to crawl, walk, catch things, talk, ride a bicycle etc, later than other children of the same age. In short, all milestones are reached later than normal time.
  • The child has a difficulty with speech like mispronouncing, inability to rhyme, inability to differentiate between different word sounds.
  • Delay in learning data sets like alphabets, colors, days of the week, months of the year etc.
  • The child has confusion between right and left, most of the time.
  • The child does not show required co-ordination skills according to his/her age.
  • Child may often reverse the numbers and letters, unknowingly.
  • Child writes different spelling for one word on the same page. He/she may learn a spelling one day and may entirely forget it on the other day.
  • The child may have phonology problems, meaning that he/she may be able to pronounce only the first and last parts of a word, properly.
  • Most of the dyslexic children have difficulty in concentration.
  • These children cannot put forward their ideas in a sequence.
  • Many of the children with dyslexia develop autoimmune conditions like asthma, hay fever and other allergies.

Causes Of Dyslexia

  • Occurrence of dyslexia may be a genetic defect in some people. According to researchers, dyslexia is a heritable learning disorder.
  • Some individual may have acquired dyslexia after birth due to brain stroke, injury or any trauma.
  • In some people, it occurs due to impairment of phonological processing.

13 Famous People with Dyslexia

1. Alexander Graham Bell

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The inventor of the much-needed telephone had difficulty at school due to problems in learning. He always got poor grades. He became very sensitive to disabilities, as his mother started showing deafness symptoms, when he was just twelve years old. This urged him to attempt to make equipment that could make deaf people hear. He ended up inventing telephone, which become a life line of the modern world.

2. Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein never learned to tie his shoe laces properly. He used to fail to understand simplest of things and had a very bad memory. But he could solve complicated mathematical issues. His contribution to the field of science is enormous and his theories are still followed.

3. Walt Disney

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Walt Disney had a reading disorder. But he managed to go to a regular school and fine-arts academy when he was in high-school. He did not let dyslexia become a hurdle in his way and became a successful actor, director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His contributions in the field of entertainment are incomparable.

4. Richard Branson

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This man owns over 360 companies under the Virgin brand. During childhood, he had a very poor performance at school. At present, he is not only a successful entrepreneur, but also the owner of several world records.

5. Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise has admitted that he was a victim of child abuse due to dyslexia. He changed fifteen schools in a span of twelve years. Now, he is a successful actor and film producer.

6. Agatha Christie

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As a child, Agatha Christie was dyslexic. This did not become a hindrance to her creativity and passion for writing. Her books are a delight to read. Over 4 billion copies of her works have been sold and are still selling.

7. Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso had to discontinue from parochial school education due to his dyslexia. It inspired him to paint everything in a way that he saw and felt them. His unique style of painting became famous worldwide. Today he is a revered personality in the field of art.

8. Jennifer Aniston

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As a child, Jennifer always thought that she was not smart and had to get prescription glasses because of being dyslexic. In her 20s, she discovered her true talent and went on to become a star of the most beloved T.V. shows and Hollywood movies.

9. Dale S. Brown

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She is an author and strategic leadership consultant in the United States. As a dyslexic, she has done much of social work for the betterment of others who are suffering from the same disorder.

10. Magic Johnson

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Magic Johnson was a basketball player in the American National Basketball Association. He has retired now. He is very popular with his dribbling and passing skills in the basketball court.

11. Nelson Rockefeller

sucessful politician who overcame dyslexiaHe was dyslexic in childhood. This did not hinder his progress. He became the forty-first Vice President of the United States. He was also a governor of New York. He was a successful businessman and a philanthropist.

12. George Patton

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George Smith Patton did not attend school until the age of eleven years. After graduation, he joined Virginia Military Institute. He became a highly skilled U.S. Army General in the Second World War.

13. Jamie Oliver

famous chef personality who overcame dyslexia

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According to him he completed reading his first book after 38 years of age. He is a celebrity chef. He has launched some best-selling cookbooks and T.V. shows. He owns many restaurants and has his line of cookware.

56 Interesting Facts About Sharks

Do sharks impress you? Do you like knowing interesting facts about sharks? Then, read ahead.

Interesting Facts About Sharks

  1. Did you know that the Oceanic Whitetip sharks are known to feed on survivors of the shipwreck? Yeah, so “Jaws” is real! Hence, the famous marine researcher Jacques Cousteau quoted that Whitetips were the dangerous sharks in the ocean.
  2. OK, you should be thanking this shark isn’t lurking in the ocean anymore; it is a mega sized oceanic beast easily dwarfing many other sharks even the Great Whites. The shark is known to have the most powerful bite of any creature that ever existed, and they fed on whales.
  3. Ever heard of a shark with a spineless dorsal fin? Your answer – Carpetsharks.
  4. Did you know thriving within a Great white’s mouth are parasitic organisms?
  5. Sharks have families too. Whale sharks, one of the biggest oceanic fishes can conceive up to 300 shark pups.
  6. There lived a shark once that resembled a platypus. It was called the Bandringa. They had a long snout, and the head was covered in spikes. They also had protruding jaws.
  7. If you wade into Bull shark infested water, watch where you step. The bull sharks are known to have poor eyesight due to tiny eyes, so they easily mistake people for food.
  8. Most frequently asked question – why are sharks important for the ocean ecosystem? The best answer is, to keep the balance of marine life especially several smaller fishes the sharks feed upon. Without the sharks, the ocean life balance will be in disarray.
  9. The highest shark attack incidents are recorded in the Volusia County in Florida. More shark attack incidents are recorded here than elsewhere in the world. Since the year 1882, 210 incidents have been recorded.
  10. There is an idling shark that mostly remains motionless on the ocean floor for days at a stretch. It is unclear why they indulge in such behavior.
  11. Thanks to the membrane called the tapetum lucidum that sensitizes the shark’s eyes to light, most sharks have excellent vision even in murky water.
  12. Sharks can be thugs as well. A type of shark called as the Thresher shark slaps their prey to death. It’s choice of weapon, its tail!
  13. There is species of shark known as the Megamouth that was discovered in 1976. Just 41 sightings of the shark have been registered.
  14. Dogfish shark is known to be amongst the oldest shark species in existence.
  15. Great Whites are choosy sharks that are capable of determining if the food they chomp the first time will satiate their appetite.
  16. A shark once existed that looked like “What if your nightmare turned real?” It is the Helicoprion. This extinct species is known to have a circular-saw-like protrusions in the mouth. World’s first pizza cutter, maybe!
  17. Did you know sharks do not kill for sport; they are lethal hunters when they are hungry? But, they are so skilled at hunting; Sharks stalk their prey like serial killers till they are hunted.
  18. The flesh of a shark is made of water (30-80%). It retains the structure, owing to the protein network.
  19. There are miniature sharks called as Pigmy sharks. On an average, they measure 8 inches (20 centimeters) long and are capable of illuminating using the chemicals in their body.
  20. Due to intense commercial fishing, 20% of the sharks are close to extinction. Most of the incidences involve accidental hunting of sharks with nets and hooks.
  21. Sharks like colors that differ in contrast. So, if you have uneven tan lines, the shark will certainly investigate out of curiosity.
  22. Sharks have acute senses due to the presence of electroreceptor on the nose. They are capable of detecting blood in the water several miles away.
  23. A shark is an adaptive species. They can swim in a school of other sharks (with a variety of shark species) without feeling threatened.
  24. There are sharks that thrive deep beneath the ocean surface where it is hard for the humans to venture. The species known to survive the depths are Goblin Sharks. They live in the underwater mountain ranges and continental shelves.
  25. The sharks known to have the largest surviving population are the species called as Dogfish Shark.
  26. Little do people know that the sharks are classified into eight orders?
  27. A shark species called as the Wobbegong latches on their prey and refuse to let go till the prey has been subdued. So, if you have been unlucky to be bitten by a wobbegong, you will endure some deep wounds.
  28. After showcasing the iconic movie “Jaws”, recreational hunting became a thing among fishermen who wanted to snag a Great White for sport.
  29. Basking sharks prefer traveling in schools (up to 100 sharks) or pairs.
  30. Just like cows do, sharks are capable of regurgitation of food from their stomachs.
  31. The shark’s gills maintain a good balance of salt in their body. The process of balancing the salt is called as osmoregulation
  32. When the female shark is ready to conceive, she will lose her appetite to ensure that she doesn’t feast on her litter.
  33. While most continue to debate with regards to the preference of colors, Scientists has discovered that shark have cones in their eyes that are identical to the humans to helps them distinguish one color apart from another.
  34. Sharks are perfectly adapted as the killers of the sea; they are silent and have no vocal cords to make a sound.
  35. Yes! Sharks do have tiny hairs (sensory hair cells) aligned in the pockets of skin under the skin. They are also called as the pit organs.
  36. The spines of the shark can move back and forth in an S pattern while the shark is in motion.
  37. There is a particular species of shark known as deep swimmers. They can easily swim 2,200 (7,200 feet) meters beneath the ocean surface. The species are called as a sub-arctic shark.
  38. If you thought only humans were capable of overeating, think twice, because Blue sharks are a species known to devour food without knowing the limits. They chow down a school of fish, vomit and continue eating.
  39. The female shark remains in the gestation period for 11 months.
  40. Sharks are amongst the commonest species found in the oceans.
  41. If you were unlucky to be a shark meal, be wary of the 40,000 pounds per square inch bite force. Well roughly translating…. Off goes your limbs like finger chips.
  1. Some mating rituals can be strange such as the case of a Female Blue Shark. It develops a hard skin to protect them from the love bites of male shark.
  2. There are sharks that are known to work even before they are born. The sharks chomp their way into freedom of the ocean.
  3. It is unlikely for a great white to leap from water under normal circumstances unless they are hunting seals. After stalking the seals, they make a surprise attack by launching from beneath the water.
  4. Up to 80 % of shark attack victims live to tell the tale.
  5. While sharks are certainly fearsome beasts of the ocean, it is the sharks that are vulnerable at the hands of humans. Humans are known to kill up to 73 million sharks every year.
  6. Sharks in aquariums are known to bond well with humans, especially the staff interacting with the sharks. Strangers are excused!
  7. Sharks are known for their keen senses. They are capable of picking up acoustic signals from low-pitched noise created by movements of fish.
  8. There is a shark species whose meat is deadly for consumption. It is called the Greenland Sharks. It can put a person in the state of libido after consumption.
  9. A shark’s teeth is known to be as strong as human teeth. Albeit, each is made of different minerals.
  10. Some sharks are excellent at camouflage they use their glowing underside for staying hidden. They are known as cookie-cutter sharks.
  11. During the lifetime of shark, they lose many teeth. A shark isn’t vulnerable to the cavity, but they lose their teeth when it gets lodged while chomping prey.
  12. A shark species, in particular, is a popular test subject to evaluate the hearing, intelligence, and vision of sharks. They are called the Lemon Sharks.
  13. Did you know there are sharks that are social? The Nurse sharks are known to share the sleeping quarters with other nurse sharks?
  14. If you thought that sharks are winners at hunting seals, think again. Seals chow down puffadder shysharks after tossing them in the air. Puffadders are 2 feet long.
  15. Dogfish sharks have the longest and the smallest pregnancies. They have a record of their own.
  16. When there are fewer sharks, it could spell trouble for smaller fish and tuna because when small fish don’t eat algae, they overgrow and smother the precious coral reefs.

 

How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy?

Recent studies have shown that overweight or obese dogs don’t live long. Believe it or not, such dogs can suffer few life-shortening diseases like diabetes, cancer, pancreatitis, oral disorders, hypothyroidism and arthritis. Hence, it is important that you maintain your dog’s weight in a healthy way. This often comes with a very frequently asked question – how much food should I feed my puppy?

Also Read: How Often Should You Feed A Puppy?

How Much Food To Feed A Puppy?

How Much Food To Feed A Puppy

Don’t be blindly following those instructions written at the back of dog’s food package because every brand ingredients, serving size and the nutrition level varies. So, how much do you feed a puppy so that it sustains an ideal weight? This is what I am going to explain you here in this article.

Period How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy?
 

 

Initial 8-weeks

Puppies shouldn’t be divided from their mums prior they’re 8-weeks old. A puppy, that leaves her mother sooner has a rough time adjusting. Moreover, there is a high incidence of diseases. Mama’s milk gives a pup with right nutrition & antibodies to turn into a healthy dog. When your pup is about 3 to 4 weeks, consider giving him or her solid foods gradually. Consider mixing 3 parts of food with 1 part of water. This makes it easier for your puppy to digest the food. If your pup starts eating solid foods prior leaving its mom, it will find it easy to adjust in your home.
 

6 – 8 Weeks

When your pup is 6 to 8 weeks old, feed 3 to 4 times per day. Every puppy is different and so are his or her nutritional requirements. Hence, it is important to pick a pup food, which sustains appropriate nutritional balance. Make sure that it is getting the correct proportion of proteins, calories and calcium. Don’t forget to see the label of the pup food you buy. This will help you feed him or her right. A specific meat must be the primary ingredient in the label.
After 8-weeks At this stage, you need to feed your pup 2 times a day
 

3 – 6 Months

This is exactly the time when a pup will be teething. It might turn into a picky eater or may lose its appetite. As a pet owner, it is important that you keep feeding your dog with nutritious foods 2 times a day. Take him to a vet, if he or she has upset stomach for over 1 to 2 days.
 

6 Months – 8 Months

At this stage, a puppy might look grown up, however, it is a pup still. Hence, you require feeding him with nutritious foods. Note that in some high quality pet foods the brand doesn’t make any separate food for pups. Instead, it is made in a way to serve both adult and puppy equally.
8 Months – 9 Months At this stage, you should be feeding 2 times a day.
1 Year Majority of breeds at this stage require being fed two times a day.

 

Does Size Actually Affect The Way You Feed Your Dog?

Yes, only with feeding puppies. They are supposed to eat 4 times in a day. Talking more about them, feed with your own hand. Soon, it begins to identify you as its food provider. This also increases the bond between you two. It is intimate & lets you both know better about each other. This also prevents future development issues like aggression and food possessiveness.

Is It Completely Okay To Keep Food in a Bowl & Leave It For Your Dog?

No, it is not. Leaving food this way for your dog calls for “free feeding”. Often experts do not suggest this for different reasons. This is particularly true when it is a puppy. It is recommend to feed your puppy on a scheduled meal time. This means feeding on the same time and for same duration every day. Leave the food & take it back after 20 minutes (whether it has eaten or not). A proper meal schedule trains a dog when it is time to actually eat.

Portions Vary For Every Pooch

For Puppies: Though it might sound counter-intuitive but as a rule, bigger dog breeds need less food than smaller ones. The food needs of individual dogs differ based on their health, activity level & age. A puppy is usually introduced to some solid foods when it is 3 to 4 weeks old. It is entirely weaned from mama’s milk by 8 weeks. Young puppies on the other hand have to be fed 3 times per day. By the time, a puppy is 5 or 6 months, his or her feeding schedule is reduced to two times a day. And if you own a very finicky puppy, consider adding warm water into its dry food and encourage him or her to eat. Cow’s milk acts as laxative & can cause digestive issues on puppies as well as adult dogs. If your pup doesn’t eat all the food within 1 hour, throw away the uneaten part. If your pup seems to be putting on excess weight, reduce its food intake gradually but if its ribs are showing up, increase the food portions. Talk to a vet for more guidance.

For Adults: A dog, when it’s a year old, it means that he or she has reached complete maturity. This is exactly when it enters into “maintenance period”, meaning his or her nutritional needs will stay the same even during its adult life. Your dog’s overall weight must remain stable & its body must be well-proportioned. If your dog doesn’t shows any desire to eat its food, then it’s a sign that your dog is suffering from pain or some sort of illness. So, monitor the way he behaves and eats carefully. And since it’s your dog, who else knows him better? So, if you find anything suspicious, never hesitate to take him to a vet.

Water

A puppy might drink large amounts of water. A cat or a dog can lose almost all of its body fat & half of its protein mass (muscle) & still survive. However, if it loses 15% of body water, it will die. Water is one of the most important nutrients of all. A dog (of any age), which eats dry foods, water is required to dehydrate its stomach for digestion. On the other hand, a puppy will need lots of water for each pound than adult dogs for the reason that they’re growing. It is ok to schedule as to when your pup drinks but on an everyday basis, you should allow him to drink what it wants & needs.

21 Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

Polar bears are some of the fascinating animals whose numbers are dwindling, thanks to the global warming that has resulted in the catastrophic loss of habitat and hunting by humans. The bear species is staring at the face of extinction and will soon be fade into history if the efforts are not taken to save last of species. In this article, you will learn some Interesting Facts About Polar Bears.

  1. Polar Bears build their dens from old snow that had fallen in the previous year rather than using the fresh snow.
  2. The weight of the adult female polar bear is roughly 500 to 600 pounds (227 to 272 kilogram).
  3. The weight of the polar bear cub is a little over a pound at birth.
  4. The only other predator of the polar bears is humans, who hunt the bears for sport, meat and fur. The excessive hunting has almost driven the species to extinction.
  5. A polar bear’s fur isn’t white. It is opaque as each strand is hollow. The fur has the potential to reflect light. The hollow fur also helps trap the heat and keeps the bear warm in frigid conditions.
  6. A polar bear’s primary source of a meal is the seal. They are efficient hunters when they are in pursuit of a seal.
  7. Often, it’s the pollutants from the humans that have resulted in the devastation of the species.
  8. The mating season for the Bears begin in the month of March and continues till July. The development of the fertilized egg will not begin until September.
  9. Polar bears have disciplinarian parents. When the mother is out hunting a meal, the Cubs are to remain in the enclosure for safety. The mother bear will coach the Cubs to remain frozen till she returns. If the Cubs move at will, it will be disciplined by the mother who whacks the cub’s head.
  10. The polar bears have rough paw pads to prevent them from slipping on the ice.
  11. A polar bear’s fur is water repellant and oily. It helps them dry quickly after a swim through frigid waters of the Antarctica.
  12. Do not get taken by the cuddly looks of the Polar bear. She is a strong, ruthless killer capable of devouring a beefy prey with a single blow of her paws.
  13. Unlike the common notion that bears hibernate, polar bears are an exception. The female bear will remain huddled in the den with her young. Not with an intent to hibernate, but to escape the extreme weather.
  14. A polar bear is a smart animal. Sometimes, the mother bear builds not only a single room den but also a makes a partition with ventilation on the roof.
  15. The polar bears do not start mating until they are 4-5 years old. It is the period when they are mature.
  16. Did you know that polar bears are finest swimmers? They swim using their front paws to generate forward propulsion, and the chunky hind legs are used for steering.
  17. A polar bear conserves the heat by curling up and covering their muzzle (nose) using their paws. It’ll help the bear conserve the heat.
  18. It is easy to assume that the bear will catch a chill in the cold temperature of Antarctica. But, the bear overheats under her excessive fat.
  19. The adult bear can grow up to 10 feet tall and can weigh as much as 1400 pounds.
  20. Polar bears do go visiting places such as the town of Churchill, Manitoba in Canada.
  21. Polar bears are apex swimmers capable of swimming distances of 100 miles (161 kilometers) at a stretch. They can also swim with a top speed of 6 miles an hour.

 

What Is The Most Venomous Snake In The World?

There are numerous types of snakes in the world. Snakes are found almost everywhere on the earth. Some are poisonous while some are not. Now, you must be wondering, What is the most venomous snake in the world? – Well, we have come up with this article to end your quest and enlighten you about the most venomous snake in the world. Read further to know in detail.

The deadliest snake in the world is Inland Taipan. Its scientific name is Oxyuranus microlepidotus. It is also called Western Taipan.

Classification Of Inland Taipan

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Order: Squamata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Suborder: Serpentes
  • Species: O.microlepidotus
  • Genus: Oxyuranus

Where Is Inland Taipan Found?

Inland Taipan or the Western Taipan is found in semi-arid areas of the central-east regions of Australia.

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What Is The Toxicity Of Its Venom?

It has been recorded that a single bite of Inland Taipan can yield up to 110 mg of venom. This quantity is sufficient to kill about 100 human beings and about 250,000 mice. The venom has the potential to kill an adult human within 45 minutes. The venom has an LD/50 of 0.03mg/kg. Hence, it can be referred as 50 times more venomous than the common Cobra and 10 times more than the Mojave Rattlesnake. The venom of Inland Taipan is made up of the substance called Taipoxin. It is a mixture of toxins like procoagulants, neurotoxins and myotoxins, which restrict breathing, paralyze the body muscles, damage the muscles and cause hemmorhage in tissues and blood vessels. Fortunately, Inland Taipan is not a very active reptile. Also, its encounters with humans are very rare. So it does not contribute to the most number of human deaths per year due to snake bite.

How Does Inland Taipan Look?

The color of Inland Taipan ranges from deep hue to brownish light green. Its color also depends on the seasons. The snout is rounded. The head and neck of Taipan are darker than the rest of its body. In winter, the body color changes to almost black, so that it can heat itself by exposing just a little part of its body at the burrow. The dorsal scales on its body are without kneels and are smooth. The eyes are average in size. The iris of its eye is blackish brown in color and has a negligent rim around the pupil. The approximate length of Inland Taipan is 1.8 metres. It has been recorded that the length of this snake can grow up to 2.5 metres.

What Is The Diet Of Inland Taipan?

Inland Taipan mostly feeds on rats and birds. Like other snakes, it does not wait for its prey to die. Instead, it attacks with about 8 bites at a time to kill its prey.

However, Taipan can become prey for King Brown Snake and Monitor Lizard. These animals are immune to most venomous snakes. Having read about the Inland Taipan, you may also like to know about other poisonous snakes in the world. We have presented a list of such snakes too.

Other Venomous Snakes

  1. Rattlesnake

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  • It is one of the few poisonous snakes of America.
  • The peculiarity of a rattlesnake is that it has a rattle at the end of its tail.
  • It is from the Pit Viper family.
  • The venom of rattlesnakes consists of hemotoxin, which destroys tissues, degenerates organs and causes coagulopathy.
  1. Vipers

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  • Vipers can be found almost everywhere in the world, but the most poisonous ones are found in Central Asia and Middle East. These vipers are Chain Viper and Saw Scaled Viper.
  • After being bitten by a viper, a person may have pain and swelling at the spot of bite, bleeding from the gums, vomiting, swelling of the face, severe drop in heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Death from the viper’s bite can occur within 1-14 days or more.
  1. Death Adder

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  • Death Adder has its home in New Guinea and Australia.
  • It looks like a viper, but its head is triangular.
  • Death may occur within 6 hours of its bite.
  • Death Adder has the quickest strike in the world.
  1. Tiger Snake

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  • Like many other venomous snakes, Tiger Snake too is a native of Australia.
  • Death from Tiger Snake’s bite can occur from 30 minutes to 24 hours.
  • It is very aggressive and its accuracy of attack is unerring.
  1. Philippine Cobra

 

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    Philippine Cobra is the most venomous out of all the cobras known till date.

  • It can throw up its venom up to 3 metres of distance.
  • A person bitten by Philippine Cobra may die within 30 minutes if not treated on time.
  • The neurotoxins in its venom inhibit nerve signal transmissions.
  1. Black Mamba

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  • Black Mamba is found throughout Africa.
  • It is very aggressive and can strike very precisely.
  • It is the fastest snake on land with a speed up to 20 km/hr.
  • It can strike up to 12 times in a series and about 10-25 adult humans can be killed from a single bite.
  • The death can occur within 15 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Without any treatment, there are 100% chances of a victim’s death.
  1. Blue Krait

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  • Blue Krait is found in Indonesia and throughout South East Asia.
  • It is also called the Malayan snake.
  • It mostly lives in hidden places but becomes very aggressive during darkness.
  • It is 16 times more poisonous than a common Cobra.
  • Even if treatment is given, survival from its bite has lesser possibilities.
  • The death of a person occurs from 6 to 12 hours of its bite.
  1. Eastern Brown Snake

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  • Eastern Black Snake is found in Australia. It lives in populous areas.
  • It is very aggressive.
  • It can bite a person several times if he/she seems a threat to it.
  1. Belcher’s Sea Snake

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  • It is very passive most of the times.
  • A few milligram of its venom can kill thousands of human beings.
  • Most of the sea snakes are harmless.

So this was all about the most venomous snakes in the world. If you have any query or suggestion, feel free to drop it in the comment box given below.

What Can You Give A Dog For Pain?

There is nothing more hurting than to see your dog in pain. Infection, illness, depression and injuries are some of the common reasons behind it which often makes a pet owner to ask – what can you give a dog for pain. A dog doesn’t completely understands what it is going through unless it experiences some sort of pain. No matter what the reason is, it is distressing to see this and you would soon want to see your pet happy and sound again. Here is what you should know.

What Can You Give Dogs For Pain?

What Can You Give A Dog For Pain

When a dog suffers pain, it can be a very scaring scenario. It can often make dogs to go aggressive. At such an emergency, you will often need to a quick tip to make your dog overcome its pain. And there can nothing be better than few over-the-counter medications. Though most of which we use aren’t intended for canines but still there are some, which are reported to be safe for dogs and can potentially lessen the pain they go through. So, any day if you see your dog in pain and don’t have much time to take it to a vet, you can consider the below options.

  1. Pepto-Bismol

Pepto-Bismol (regular strength) could be given for different intestinal issues like upset stomach, diarrhea, gas and vomiting. The dosage should not exceed 0.5ml to 1ml for every pound (1-teaspoon per 20-lbs). It can be given at every 6 to 8 hours. However, this isn’t advised for nursing or pregnant dogs or the ones that have bleeding disorders. On the other hand, it is highly toxic to a cat.

  1. Aspirin

Since the topic is about, what can I give my dog for pain, aspirin cannot be missed. If given in right proportion to your pet, it is safe and heals its pain in no time. It is also well known to lessen swelling, inflammation and fever in dogs. To simply put, aspirin can be used on a short-term basis for treating minor aches & pains. Neverthess. You got to be very cautious regarding the dosage. It should be between 5-mg & 10-mg for every pound of your dog’s weight. You can give it two times a day but not more than this. And anything over 30-mg for every lb — it is toxic. Especially, if you are giving aspirin to a puppy, pay more attention on the dose because its kidneys and liver are still immature to metabolize a medication like aspirin.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide 3%

Suppose, you suspect that your dog has ingested something dangerous, contact your vet right away. He or she might suggest you to make use of hydrogen peroxide in order to make your dog vomit. Give 0.5 or 1-teaspoon of it for every 10 pounds of your dog’s weight. Use an eyedropper or syringe for best results. Allow it to take an affect. This usually takes about 15 – 20 minutes but don’t exceed 3 doses. Never induce vomiting in case your pet has ingested any sharp object, acid, cleaning product or petroleum ointment.

  1. Tylenol

So, what can you give a dog for pain apart from the above? Though Tylenol is often said to work for dog’s pain, but as far as I have researched about it experts do not recommend this for some reasons. In fact, it is claimed to be very toxic at times. Even giving in low doses can trigger serious issues in your dog. I am writing this to only make you aware so that you don’t end up killing your own dog. It is highly advised to check with a vet before deciding to give Tylenol for your dog. If your veterinarian gives that ‘go ahead’ sign, still be very careful with the dosage. Normal Tylenol dosage for dogs is 5-mg for every pound and shouldn’t be given more than 3 times in a day (once in every 8 hours). Harmful side effects of Tylenol in dogs is said to be often with its kidney and liver. It damages extremely. Better to avoid the risk!

  1. Benadryl

If your dog suffers pain out of any allergic reaction. Say for example, itchiness and swelling, then consider giving Benadryl. Typical dosage for your dog is suggested to be 1-mg for every 25-lbs. And give only twice in a day. Benadryl tablet comes in 25-mg tablet and if your dog weighs 25-lbs, 1 tablet is sufficient to overcome his pain.

  1. Imodium

Anti-diarrheal drugs, which contain Ioperamide like Imodium could be given to dogs, especially if it suffers inflammatory bowel diseases or diarrhea. Standard Imodium tablets are usually of 2-mg and if your dog is more than 20-lbs, then you can consider giving 1-mg for every pound. On the other hand, if your dog is under 20-lbs, make sure to give in liquid form. Let me also clear you that herding breeds could have adverse reactions too. Therefore, it is highly advised to never give this pill to Collies, Australian Shepherds, McNabs, Long-haired whippets & silken windhounds.

  1. Mineral Oil

Using mineral oil to treat constipations is considered 100% safe for both humans and canines. However, it is still better to be careful with dosage, especially when you are giving it to your dog. If your dog has mild constipation, consider giving 1-teaspoon for every 10-lbs of weight. And make sure to give it with food & is never directly into its mouth. Use only on short-term basis because it can easily interfere with your dog’s mineral absorption.

  1. Pedialyte

If you still want to know what else can you give your dog for pain, then read this. If your pet is been vomiting or is suffering from diarrhea, then chances are that he or she is dehydrated. At such times, pedialyte could be of great help. Since it is an oral electrolyte solution, it can replace essential minerals & fluids. Just mix the solution in equal proportions of water. Also note that this medication is only for dogs and not cats. On the other hand, if your dog is young, probably under 20-lbs, lactating or pregnant, consult your vet before giving.

Interesting Facts About Italy You Haven’t Heard Of

The word, “Italian”, itself sounds so classy. So are the country and its culture. Probably, you are also fascinated by Italy, just like me. Hence, you have landed on this page. I am going to take you on a virtual tour of Italy through this article and will let you know some interesting facts about Italy. Be it cuisine, art or culture, Italy has always left a remarkable impression on its visitors. A tour to Italy is all you need, if you are looking out for a historical and relaxing holiday.

Interesting Facts About Italy

Interesting Facts About Italy

Land, People and Geography:

  • The word “Italy” originated from “Italos” which literally means calf. This name was given by the Greeks.
  • Italy is listed fourth in the list of highest number of visitors, every year.
  • Italy was recognized as the best country for family and peer relationships, by the UNESCO, in 2007.
  • The Vatican and San Marino are the two smallest countries in the world, which are surrounded by Italy.
  • The Vesuvius, the Stromboli and the Etna are three active volcanoes located in Italy. Also to be noted, these three are the only active volcanoes of the entire Europe.
  • Po is the longest river in Italy.
  • Italy shares its borders with Switzerland, Slovenia, San Marino, Vatican City, France and Austria.
  • Rome is the capital of Italy.
  • Italy has a Unitary Parliamentary Republic government.
  • Italy is surrounded by Mediterranean Sea from 3 sides.
  • Official language of Italy is Italian, but there are other minor languages, too.
  • In 2002, Italy changed its currency from Lira to Euro.
  • Most of the population in Italy consists of Roman Catholics.
  • Italy has 15 main regions and 5 autonomous regions.

History & Monuments:

  • Italy was the root of Roman civilization, which was the first and the biggest empire in Europe.
  • Napoleon conquered the Republic of Venice, in 1797. This was the longest lasting civilization, till date.
  • The first ever bank in Europe was in Genoa, Italy. It was established in 12th
  • Northern Italy was the starting place for European Renaissance.
  • Peter’s Basilica, which is the biggest Christian edifice, is in Rome. It took 120 years for its construction.
  • University of Bologna is the oldest university of Europe.
  • Rome had the largest building for entertainment, The Colosseum, in ancient times.
  • The color Magenta derived its name from a battle between Napoleon III and Austrians. The battle was called the Battle of Magenta.
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed in Italy, in the year 1173.

Inventions and Achievements:

  • Italy was the cradle to many of the most famous artists of the world like Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Bernini and many more.
  • Italians have created many delicious varieties of cheese like Parmesan, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Provolone, Gorgonzola etc.
  • Pasta and Spaghetti are the inventions of Italy, on which the present world munches, happily.
  • Pizza has its origins in the Naples region of Italy.
  • Calzone and Lasagna were also invented in Italy.
  • Ice-cream and Gelato, too, are a gift to the world, from Italy.
  • Italians also invented some of the best musical instruments like violin, piano, cello and viol.
  • Language and many notations used in music are Italian.
  • Telephone, the thermometer, the barometer, the mechanical clock and the optical glasses were invented in Italy.
  • Some of the most prestigious cars in the world are invented in Italy.
  • Italy invented the Eau de Cologne.
  • Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci and John Cabot are the legendary explorers who were from Italy.
  • The famous scientist, Allesandro Volta, was from Italy. He has done great research in electricity. Hence, the unit for electricity is named after him as “Volt”.
  • Galileo Galilei was also born in Italy.
  • Venice is such a city which has a marvelous construction by combining many islands and water channels.

Culture:

  • Family values are a very important part of Italian culture.
  • In Italy, people stay in either nuclear families or extended families.
  • The dressing style is given much importance in Italian social structure. It reflects a person’s education level and family background.
  • Many children in Italy are named after some Catholic Saints.
  • Many buildings have some religious symbols or statues, in Italy.
  • Greeting people in Italy is a very formal affair.
  • You cannot give chrysanthemums as gifts to an Italian because they are used at funerals.
  • Moreover, you cannot wrap your gift with black colored wraps, as black indicates mourning. Purple gift wraps are not welcomed, too. Purple indicates bad luck.
  • In Italy, table manners are very important thing to follow.
  • In a party, you should not be seated till someone invites you to.
  • The host sits at the table first and raises the toast first.
  • While eating, you cannot rest your elbows on the table and cannot rest your hands in your lap, either.
  • Picking up the piece of cheese in your plate is more acceptable.
  • Divorced fathers have to provide child support, even if the children are adults of 30 years or so.

Cuisine:

  • Different regions have different types of food in Italy.
  • Central Italy can serve you with the best dishes that include cheese, olive oil, beef, pasta, wild boar, cured meats etc.
  • Coastal regions are famous for their sea-food.
  • In South Italy, you will find more dishes with citrus fruits, olive oil and tomato sauce.
  • North Italy does not use tomato sauce and olive oil, so frequently, compared to other regions of Italy. Sauces with cream flavors are used more. Rice is preferred over pasta. Risotto dishes are very popular here.
  • Italians love a variety of cakes in their desserts.
  • Espresso Coffee is a very important part of Italian cuisine.
  • Italian cuisine also includes a wide variety of wines.

The fun facts about Italy do not end here. There are still lots of information about Italy, which I would have loved to share. But for now, I hope this much will suffice. So make plans, book tickets and pack up your bags to take a wonderful tour to Italy. If not now, work hard and make it a goal to visit Italy. I am sure you will have the best time of your life in Italy. Buon Viaggio!!!

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?

Vets are presented with this question very often by pet-owners who are concerned about their dog licking its paws. This behavior is normal amongst pets, just like tapping your foot or playing with your hair. This is a part of their routine life and only becomes a problem if your pet starts doing it in excess or more frequently than normal.

Your dog can be licking its paws out of boredom and stress or this could be the result of paw irritation. If you find your pet licking and nibbling its front paws and forearms excessively, you should be concerned because most of these cases (no matter which one of the above stated causes it is) are complicated and have excruciatingly difficult solutions.

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws Or Feet?

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws

The most common reasons of your dog licking paws can be:

  1. Skin Allergies: Reaction from food or change in environment can cause allergies to your dog. Environmental triggers may include mold and pollen which may result in skin irritation allergies. Some dogs may get allergic to substances like pesticides and soap that result in skin irritation disease called “contact dermatitis”.
  2. Stress or boredom: Remember how people who have anxiety/stress issues bite their nails or play with their hair, dogs react similarly to psychological issues too. Their physical response of licking or biting their paws can be a physical response to the psychological issues of boredom or stress. These issues can be closely related to OCDs (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) in humans which may result from anti-social environment/circumstances. When a dog is involved in such OCD-like behavior, the excessive scratching, chewing or licking can harm its skin and damage body parts if not controlled at early stage.
  3. Dry skin: The cause of your dogs paw licking can also be dry skin. Dry skin can be caused by many factors including but not limited to fatty acid deficiencies or dry winter weather. When such dryness is experienced by the dog, it can react by licking or biting the affected area.
  4. Irregularity in Hormones: Just like any other animal, dogs have hormones in their body as well. These hormones control the integrity of the dog’s health and maintain consistency in skin. If the dog’s body isn’t producing the required quantity of thyroid hormone or producing more than required amount of Cortisol, you may notice skin infections on the surface of your dog’s skin. These can be identified by small red dots and due to the botheration, your dog may lick and bite the area(s) depicting these symptoms.
  5. External/Internal Causes of Pain: The problem might be a simple wound that is not noticeable at a glance and might be mistaken for any other cause of licking the paws/other body part. Do consider the possibility of a thorn or stone which might be making the dog physically uncomfortable. The cause can often be internal as well, including arthritis and hip dysplasia which may result in pain and the physical discomfort that causes your dog to lick/bite the areas affected.
  6. Parasites: Just because you can’t see any mites / fleas on your dog doesn’t mean it is free from infestation. This is one of the most common causes of compulsive dog licking and until it is a large infestation, the fleas and ticks often go unnoticed. Mites are the trickiest of all to identify because of their microscopic existence.

Remedies For Your Dog Licking Paws

Considering the fact that there are so many reasons for dog licking and biting its paws, you should take your dog to the veterinarian once you’ve realized that the issue is present. With help of the vet, you can figure out the cause and determine the best treatment plan. The treatment may include:

  1. Remedy for Infestation: On recommendation of the vet, you can use flea and tick products that will prevent the irritation and infestation. If the cause of your dog licking paws is identified as flea/tick infestation, make sure to wash your dog’s bed and vacuum your carpeting and upholstered furniture. This will help prevent re-infestation and you’ll notice that the licking and chewing has stopped. If you have any other animals in the household, make sure to treat them against infestation too.
  2. Alternate Dog Food: Once identified that food triggers are causing your dog’s itch, you can eliminate such foods that trigger the issue. Beef and wheat might be the cause of your dog’s itch so if the licking and biting issue is because of food allergies, you should replace these first. Fatty acids help in keeping your dog’s coat healthy and you can facilitate the healing process from dry skin by adding diets rich in fatty acids.
  3. Using medication: This one is purely in the hands of the veterinarian. He may prescribe medications to cure the itch that is making your dog lick and bite its paws. Topical or Systemic Antibiotics might also be prescribed by the vet to cure existing hot spots and skin infections.
  4. Preventing the behavior: Keeping your dog close to you and preventing compulsive behavior is the best way to cure its behavioral disorder of licking and biting. Whenever you notice that your dog is licking its paws out of boredom or stress, you just have to distract it by toys or playing with it. You can make use of bitter sprays to discourage its licking habit by applying it on the areas your dog most likes to lick and bite. Some special collars are also available to prevent your dog from reaching to the hot spots which will in response get rid of the habitual licking and chewing.
  5. Solution for boredom and anxiety: Inadequate stimulation, fear or anxiety can sometimes cause compulsive chewing or licking. You have to give enough attention and love to your dog to prevent this from becoming the cause of your issues. Your dog should get regular exercise and time to play with you to rid it of boredom and stress. There are special toys and chew-bones to train your dog in case it needs something to chew on to relieve from stress.

How To Prevent Dogs From Licking Their Paws?

As the famous saying goes: Prevention is better than cure. Wouldn’t it be great not to go through the fatigue of identifying and treating your dog’s issues and prevent them from happening in the first place? Well, follow these steps and you surely can reduce the chances of your dog licking its paws:

Examine your pet for injury every now and then and at the first sign of any irregularity, contact your vet to get it treated. When an injury is escalated to a point that it starts causing severe discomfort to the dog, it reacts by licking and biting the affected area(s).

Make sure that your dog doesn’t encounter any chemicals where it has access to. Make the garden a no-go-area for your dog if you are using chemicals there. Use quality shampoos that are made for dogs and find one that has moisturizing ingredients to hydrate the skin.

Be picky when choosing food for your dog. A well-balance diet is necessary for your dog and you can find that in pet foods that have a good formula for vitamins and minerals including fatty acids. Prevent its indulgence in greasy table scraps and left over food that may harm the integrity of its healthy body.

Provide substantial amount of attention to your pet and spend quality time with it so that his stress and anxiety levels stay normal. If you see any behavioral disorders, redirect his attention by starting to play with it or creating its interest in the toys it loves.

Clues To Follow To Identify The Cause Of Your Dog Licking Paws

If you go all “Sherlock Holmes” on the issue, you may be able to deduce with remarkable accuracy what the cause is. Let’s have a look at how this can be done:

Breed and Temperament: It may seem far-fetched but breed has to do a lot when it comes to dogs licking paws. The prevalence of this issue differs from breed to breed. Some dog breeds suffer from compulsive licking and chewing more than the others. The issue of compulsive licking and chewing is most commonly found in:

  • Labrador retrievers
  • Terriers of all kinds
  • Poodles
  • Chihuahuas
  • Maltese

The problem is more apparent in white and blond-haired breeds as their saliva discolors their paw fur when they compulsively lick and chew them. Greyhounds, Dalmatians and cattle dogs are more likely to relieve stress through over grooming and paw licking as they are highly alert working breeds. This issue can be seen in any breed but statistically this is observed more in purebred or two-way crosses than in the general mutt population.

Start of the Issue: Sometimes the issue of compulsive licking runs in the family. The dog is more likely to follow the trails of its siblings or parents in licking its paws than a dog with a non-licking family background. In the second year of dogs in the group, this habit is usually developed. These kinds of prevalent issues can’t be entirely cured but you can do many things to reduce the frequency and intensity of it. If the issue isn’t inherent (i.e. it was developed later in life), remedies pertaining to improved environment, life style and diet may prove to be entirely successful in resolving the issue.

“When” matters: Dogs who only lick their paws in a specific situation or set of situations are quite likely to respond to treatment involving behavior modification. This can be identified by observing “when” your dog is licking its paws and figuring out a pattern to it. The dog might only be licking its paws when left alone and feeling deprived of attention or after a bath. This can help you identify the trigger and solve the issue accordingly.

“Number of paws” matter too: If your dog is paying too much attention in licking a single paw, examine the paw and you’re most likely to find the problem there. It could be a small issue with the toenail that irritates your dog and causing it to lick or bite the paw. The issue can also be a wound cause by a thorn or some sharp edge that cut the lower pad of the paw. The cause of irritation in older dogs is also found to be skin tumor. It can also be a swollen area within the toes, containing an accumulation of pus (abscess). Examine carefully so that you may find if there is a wound or the thorn is still in their waiting for you to be picked. The cause can also be internal resulting from a broken/fractured bone or arthritis affecting a single joint.

Is it just the paws? The compulsive paw licking can also be part of a bigger set of symptoms identifying a bigger health issue. Look for other anomalies along with paw licking such as discharge from its eyes, loss of hair, infection in ears, musty odor (seborrheic dermatitis), sneezing, rashes etc. These can help you identify presence of fleas and ticks, allergies or contact sensitivities. It is better in this scenario to go for a general health screen that includes blood tests and microscopic skin scraping (to find those nasty microscopic infestations) and rule out a larger issue. Go for this is the simple methods of control are unable to benefit the condition and problem is recurring.

Look closely, you may see the Triggers: Start keeping record of the things that appear to make this problem worse. Note if seasons or specific months increase or decrease the intensity of your dogs compulsive licking habit. Also notice that is the issue reduced in your presence and when you’re not around your dog bites and licks its paws more. You might also observe that the dog gets irritated and starts worrying its paws after grooming sessions or baths. Also keep record of the events that precede a sudden initiation of the problem such as your pet returns from the yard and the problem is heightened. Changing the location directly affecting your pet’s condition is also a clue for you to note down. Abnormal change in the weight and change in activity level are notable identifiers and should be observed. Limping or staying stiff and showing bizarre behavior in your absence point you in the direction of possible causes as well.

So, when you say that the dog is man’s best friend, it means that the man (owner) has to put in energy and love as well for keeping the relationship and dog healthy. Your dog licking paws might seem like a small issue, but ignore it and it just might become a problem you didn’t imagine it would become.