How Often Should You Feed A Puppy?

It is truly a very precious moment when you decide to bring a new 4-legged cute pet to your house. I completely understand that trepidation and excitement, which comes with it. Now, it is equally important to take care of your pup all the time. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to keep it clean and feed with right nutrition. And if you are new to all this, you might often wonder how often should you feed a puppy. To help you know better, here is something important for you to read.

How Often Do You Feed A Puppy?

How Often Should You Feed A Puppy

Here is a quick answer to the question – how often to feed a puppy.

Usually, puppies eat plenty of food. Right from its birth to 6 months, puppies require eating 2 or 4 times in order support its overall development. Puppies should usually be fed 3 to 4 times a day. If you’re at present feeding ¾-cup of food two times in a day, try spacing it by feeding ½-cup 3 times per day. Since they are just little, experts suggest offering smaller meals so that it becomes easier for them to digest. This will avoid energy levels to peak & fall with repeated meals. After 6 months, 2 times per day feedings are good. And for any reasons, if you cannot feed your puppy 3 times per day, do not worry because they have the ability to adapt themselves.

I hope you now know how often should you feed a puppy. This is not the end of this article though. There are still few things that are important for me to explain here.

As said earlier, puppies require taking plenty of calories for a faster growth. In the beginning, it means around two times as many per pound as adult dogs eat (of same breed). Puppies rapidly grow up in their initial 5 months. Pay attention to the food labels. This will help you feed it right. On the other hand, don’t feed your puppy in excess. You can find this by observing them keenly.

You must be able to feel their ribs and not see. This is a clear sign that you are feeding it with right proportion. Moreover, your pup should have visible waist. This is very true for puppies of all breeds – big / small. Generally, you need to follow the guidelines given at the back of dog food’s bag. Adjust up / down based on your pup’s appetite & body condition.

How To Know If Your Pup Is Consuming The Correct Amount?

Veterinarians normally evaluate dogs by using the so-called “body conditioning” score. This ranges from 1 (for emaciated) – 5 (for obese). It is normal for young pups to have baby fat, however, after their initial 8 – 10 weeks, “pups must be a two”. Learn to judge your puppy at home. With a score of 2, it is supposed to be relatively thin. This is exactly when a pup’s ribs are clearly seen. In fact, one can clearly see its backbones. On the other hand, you shouldn’t feel fat over its ribs. By 5 months, your puppy should appear lean.

A Perfect Daily Routine For Your Puppy

Time What To Do?
6.30 AM Quick exercise
7.00 AM Outdoor walking, morning meal, playtime & back to its crate
10.00 AM A small walk, bonding time with the owner & back to its crate
12.00 PM Healthy midday meal
1.00 PM A small walk, playtime & back to its crate
5.00 PM Outdoor walk, evening meal and playtime
7.00 PM Small walk, playtime & back to its crate

When Should Your Puppy Begin Consuming Solid Foods?

Puppies must get solid foods when they are around 4 weeks or when they aren’t getting all the necessary calories they require from their mum’s milk. Also, you might require moistening dry foods until it is spongy. Keep in mind, the solid food feeding to your puppy shouldn’t be an overnight attempt. The process has to be gradual. Perhaps, within a 2 to 3 weeks course.

What Foods To Give Your Puppy?

Generally, a pup’s food has to be enriched with proteins, minerals, fats and vitamins. These are very essential for its growth. Let me also tell you that ingredients among brands can differ largely. Commercial puppy foods should meet “Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)” nutrient standards. It is best to ask a vet about the basic guidelines of what your pup should be fed and what to not. Small dogs mature much faster than bigger ones. Regular food with the label — “for all-life levels” is great too. In the initial 6 months, the nutritional requirements for any pup changes very quickly. So it is wise to ask your vet regarding the recommend diets.

Move From Pup Foods Once It Matures

There is needless to say that puppy’s food come with whole lot of proteins, minerals, calories and other nutritional supplements. Therefore, you have to switch to adult-dog food once it starts approaching maturity. There isn’t any definite age as to when this switch must be made. This timing varies for every dog breed. Basically, smaller the dog breed is, faster it reaches its maturity. While making a switch to adult-dog food, it is important to do it gradually. Perhaps, within 1 to 2 weeks by slowly mixing in rising proportions while decreasing the puppy food.

What Foods To Stay Away From?

Try avoiding foods, which lists meat by-products or corn as its primary ingredient. Usually, meat has to be the first one. And stay away from feeding puppy food for a long time than it is supposed to because this can lead to obesity & other orthopedic problems.

Don’t Allow Your Pet To Get Chubby

Again, this comes to the way you judge your pet. It is vital to judge its body condition so that you can know when and how much food to give. Recommendations on food labels are just guidelines and won’t apply to all dogs. You might require feeding little more / less based on its body condition.

How Much Of Our Brain Do We Use?

OK! Before we dig into the answers, let’s look at the most misrepresented facts that have led to the conjuring of the popular figure (10%) to indicate the brain performance. First of all, you have underrated your brain a lot by quoting a figure of 10 percent to do countless things in your life. Now, figuratively believing that you have used just 10 percent that is still nowhere close to answering how we have managed to make such fantabulous technical advances in the face of history. So, fact or fiction? Your answer is the 10 percent is a certain myth. So, if you are among countless many who are curiously asking how much of our brain do we use, you will need to read ahead to know.

How Much Of Our Brain Do We Use?

Do We Use Only 10% of Our Brains?

Here is the answer from the scientific community. The answer is…

“There is no scientific evidence to suggest that we use only 10% of our brains.”

But wait, don’t scroll away yet! You will need to know how and why the answer to that question remains undefined.

So, let’s look back at the genesis of such a statement and also if there is any evidence that counts to back up that theory.

Backtracking The 10% Myth?

It all started with the famous physician Albert Einstein mentioning in 1908, the variant of the statement that was originally believed to be quoted in 1800’s by William James – “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources”. Over the years, this misrepresented quote resonated back and forth among many people.

The 10 percent myth could have also been started by the work of Karl Lashley in 1920’s. The documentation revealed that Lashley had extracted large sections of Cerebral cortex in rats. He then learned that these pests showed a tendency to relearn certain tasks. We are now fully aware even the slightest damage to the brain tissue can lead to insurmountable consequences. Hence, most neurosurgeons wouldn’t risk a surgery on the brain without precision mapping of the critical areas. Brain mapping is conducted before the removal of even the smallest brain tissue among patients suffering from brain tumours and epilepsy

Why Does The Myth Cease To Die?

Ever since the myth was triggered at one point in history, it somehow remained stuck and continued to echo. Thanks to the media that made sure the myth just doesn’t fade out.  Soon, a trend began where without the demand for clarification or evidence the masses had accepted the notion that was fed to them.

Although, there has never been a scientifically backed data that indicated that the set percent of the brain was utilized at any point in time, many believers of this myth continue to think, if at all the brain were to be used at full potential (100%), then we would be capable of feats such as super memory and ability to contort objects with thought. However, the fact remains that such notions are too obsolete and impractical.

So What If We Used Just 10% of The Brain?

The more we dig into this discussion, more questions crop up. Such as, what test variables were relied upon to float the 10%, or if we would be perfectly normal if 90% of the brain went to sleep? An interesting way to sum up this is that, imagine if an average human brain that weights 1400g (3 lb) had 90% of the area removed. If that were the case, then we would be left with just 140g (0.3lb) of brain tissue (the average size of sheep’s brain).

The more prominent way to dismantle the 10 percent myth is to observe the aftermath of a stroke victim’s life. Even the slightest damage to the brain tissue will cause paralysis and arching of body parts. Also, some diseases like the Parkinson’s disease will also project identical disabilities due to damage of small section of the brain tissue. Remember, all these disabilities are due to a small section of the brain being affected. But, imagine what if 90% of the brain were to remain idle? Unthinkable. Isn’t it?

The Evidence

When people refer to 10 percent of the brain being utilized, it means just 1 of the ten nerves are in working capacity. Wouldn’t be impractical if just one of the ten nerves cells are firing the neurons?  Now considering such a scenario, it would be far too faint for such neurons to make any difference at all.

Also from an evolutionary standpoint it would be impossible for a larger brain o evolve if we were benefiting from just 10 percent of its potential.  Although, it is a fact that there are redundancies in our brain where there are common pathways for multiple functionalities. The brain has evolved in such a complex manner, that there are multiple pathways for similar functionality as well. It is to ensure they function in a failsafe manner where even if a path suffers disruptions the remaining pathways will continue to function.

The brain imagery shows that there is activity in all parts of the brain at any point in time. That also includes the time when a person is asleep. The fact we can reckon from all this compilation is that at any point in time brain will continue to remain active and functional beyond 10 percent.

So, now that you are aware what your brain is capable, you can certainly claim the brain is always working at full capacity.

So, say it loud “We use 100% of our brain power.”

Don’t be taken by the false notions that are depicted in the movies such as Lucy (2014). Hands down to the director for creating a movie with a brilliant screenplay. However, the facts are stretched too far to be real.

The brain is one of the most gifted and still the most twisted of all areas in the human body. More secrets unravel as the medical technology makes a leap. But, it is with upright clarity that the brain is functional at 100%.

 

 

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.

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?

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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.

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.