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You may be the type of dog owner who loves to spoil their furry friend with table scraps and other human snacks. But while dogs are typically more appreciative of human food—after all, dried dog food can’t compare to your famous pot roast—you should really be careful about what human foods you feed your pet: some are toxic and can even be fatal if consumed in large dosages. That said, below are some of the more common foods you should never feed your pet no matter what.
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You may not voluntarily feed your dog huge chunks of raw onion (why would you?) but dog’s can get sick no matter how it’s prepared—sautéed, grilled, minced, or even in powder form. This is because onions contain a special enzyme that destroys your dog’s red blood cells, causing Heinz-body anemia. Thus it’s important that you learn how to carefully read food labels. Even some meat based baby foods, which some owners like to give to their aging dogs that have a hard time eating, contain onion powder for flavor. So be cautious of this common vegetable. You also want to make sure that it’s properly stored and tossed away, so your dog can’t get a hold of it.
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If pets could talk, they’d tell you that they don’t like traveling on planes very much at all. The noise and vibration of the plane scares them, and when their ears pop on the flight, it’s quite uncomfortable. Many airline companies require that pets fly in the cargo section, which definitely isn’t the most pleasant place to take at trip in the air. With all this in mind, you may be wondering how to make your pet feel more comfortable and less frightened on a plane trip. Here are some suggestions:
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This article will provide more detailed information that about mange of the demodectic variety.
What is demodectic mange, exactly?
Demodectic mange, known otherwise as follicular mange or red mange, is a medical condition that irritates the skin of a dog, causing it to become inflamed.
The main characteristics of demodectic mange include a development of scaly textures on the skin, as well as hair loss and inflamed skin. In more advanced conditions, oozing pus can also be found on the skin, which will harden and eventually produce a crusty texture. The problem areas are usually not itchy, however.
Demodectic mange typically appears in dogs that do not have a fully functioning immune system, such as puppies, dogs of old ages and dogs that have had their immune systems weakened in some form.
What causes demodectic mange?
This skin condition can usually be blamed on the presence of the demodex mite. These little bugs can’t usually be seen with the naked eye, but they strongly resemble tiny cigars with legs when viewed under the microscope.
The demodex mite can be found in virtually every dog in existence. The only reason why they have not caused a ‘mange epidemic’ yet is that these mites aren’t actually very tough; they are easily beaten by the immune systems present in the bodies they live in. As a result, demodex mites only exist in a tiny amount, and are too weak to cause any serious damage.
However, as you may have guessed, that is not true for puppies, old dogs and dogs that are ill. Their immune systems aren’t working at their usual capacity, which gives the demodex mites a foot in the door – so to speak – thereby causing all sorts of skin problems.
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How do demodex mites harm dogs?
The demodex mites make their home in the hair follicles of dogs (thus giving it the alternative name of ‘follicle mange’). The problem starts when the rapid reproduction of mites causes the follicles to be inflamed, thereby causing the hair to fall off. This is why one of the most obvious symptoms of demodectic mange is a drastic loss of fur.
However, hair loss and inflamed skin are not the only things that demodex mites can cause. If you will recall the part about rare fatal cases briefly discussed above, it shows that the mites are also capable of disrupting the immune system of the dog entirely. When that happens, the dog will be vulnerable to a host of other diseases unrelated to mange, which will complicate things a lot more.
Demodectic mange also causes your dog to become unsightly, something that will surely cause any dog owner to be distressed.
Here’s a bit of good news: Demodex mites are not contagious at all. It’s very uncommon for a dog to get it by interactions with other dogs. It’s also impossible for humans to be affected by any interaction with a dog that has demodectic mange, so don’t worry about getting any of those while treating them.
But of course, you may be wondering, "How do dogs get this problem, then?"
The real answer is that their own mothers were the initial source of the demodex mites, while they were still puppies.
It’s very possible that when the puppies were very young, perhaps even when they were just out of the womb, some of the mites would already have turned to them as their host of choice. The lack of a functioning immune system in the very early days of a dog’s life may well be the window of opportunity the mites needed to increase their population exponentially.
If you think about it for a while, this is actually in line with the fact that older dogs and sick dogs are prone to demodectic mange as well, because their immune systems were also malfunctioning.
Demodectic mange seems to be a rather benign problem; they don’t affect the average adult dog, they get killed by immune systems that work correctly, and they aren’t contagious at all. While it is true that they don’t cause much harm to most dogs, it still doesn’t mean that you should treat demodectic mange lightly. For one thing, a severe case of demodectic mange usually means that another health problem is threatening your dog. Apart from that, they can also cause a lot of trouble with the fur and skin. This can mean a source of misery for you in regards to your dog’s appearance as well as health, if it somehow manages to become a major problem.
Simon Tong is the owner of a Miniature Schnauzer, as well as http://dogskintreatments.com, a website devoted to educating visitors on dog skin problems. For more information, visit this page to learn more about demodectic mange.