Caring For My Dog

 

Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

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Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three.

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three. Unsurprisingly, this could be because tartar and plaque is hard for pet owners to notice, so many don’t understand the possible damage it can cause. The good news is that it’s never too late to start prioritising your dog’s dental health by introducing preventative measures to their routine.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is caused when salvia, food particles and bacteria bind together in your dog’s mouth. If this plaque is left untreated, it can turn into hard tartar that will start causing decay, gum disease and other nasty dental issues. Tartar that has built-up over time can only be removed by a vet, which is why it’s so important to take your dog’s oral hygiene seriously.

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Cleaning is best

The best way an owner can look after their dog’s teeth is to regularly brush them. If it isn’t already part of your dog’s regular routine, it is worth introducing a weekly brushing to their schedule to ensure their teeth are kept well-polished. You can either use your fingers or a toothbrush that is made especially for dogs, to do this. It is also very important to never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs. Giving your dog’s teeth a good go-over at least twice a week can make a world of difference and it’s always good to make sure their gums also get some attention too as this is where plaque generally builds.

Diet that focuses on dental

Along with a balanced brushing routine, the other great way to make sure your dog’s dental health is well looked after is to feed them a diet that targets dental hygiene. Our newly improved Eukanuba™ recipe takes this into account with a new milling process that gives our S-shaped kibble a smoother, more premium finish. Our S-shaped kibble works as its own brushing technique while your dog chews to scrape away any plaque stuck on your their teeth. Eukanuba™ knows a dog’s dental health can impact their overall wellbeing and that’s why all our adult dry food diets contain our unique 3D DentaDefense. The 3D DentaDefense contains specialised minerals that work to stop tartar build up and help prevent plaque formation during and in between meals.

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Chat with your vet

If you’re finding it difficult to get your dog’s dental health under control or are at all concerned they may be having an issue with plaque or tartar build-up, it’s always a good idea to head to your vet for advice or you can give our pet nutrition advice team a call on 1300 657 021.

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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

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Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals.

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals. Some dogs are simply born fussy eaters, but other times you may notice your once greedy dog has all of a sudden decided they’ve had enough of what you’re feeding them. Typically, this behaviour is nothing to stress over but it is good to familiarise yourself with some tips to try to snap them out of their picky eating habits.

Why are they suddenly off their food?

Palatability is one of the deciding factors in whether or not your dog will eat the food you provide. Smell, texture and taste can all influence your dog’s palate. When looking for the right food for your pet, it is important that they enjoy the product, but it is even more important that they are getting the best possible nutrition from a complete and balanced diet. We’ve reformulated our recipe to make sure more dogs enjoy the taste of our dry food by using high quality ingredients and a precise manufacturing process. We’ve also made improvements to the overall appearance of our kibble by using a new milling process that now gives our kibble a much smoother, premium finish.

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Some dogs are fussier than others

If you have a dog that seems a bit precious about what they eat, it may be to do with their breed. While Labradors are one of the few breeds that have a reputation for eating anything they can fit in their mouths, some smaller breeds have a much more refined palette. Generally, a dry food that many dogs are happy to eat won’t entice other dogs. To give these fussy eaters the nutrition they need, a mix of textures and aromas may help.

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Try a mixed feeding approach

Wet and dry food both have their benefits. If your fussy dog is fed an exclusively dry diet, you may want to give mixed feeding a go. Some new aromas and a variety of textures can be just what it takes to kick-start their appetite, so switching between wet and dry can be something to try. Wet food gives off an increased aroma, so this can help lure pickier dogs to their food bowls. On top of that, if you’re at all concerned about their water intake, wet food can also give your dog an added hydration boost thanks to its higher moisture levels.

When to take it seriously

If you’ve always known your dog to be fussy, it may not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if your once greedy dog has suddenly stopped eating and can’t be tempted by any type of food, it’s best to head straight to the vet to rule out anything serious. Remember that while dogs can be fussy, they will very rarely choose to go hungry. Some more serious health issues can first show up as a loss of appetite or weight loss, so while it may just be your dog being picky, it’s best to be on the safe side.

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

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We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat.

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat. If you’re finding the quality of your dog’s coat is looking a little worse for wear, it could be an indication of their overall health and might be time to look a little closer into their diet.

They are what they eat

Generally, a poor-quality coat and dry, flaky skin could mean a lack of the right kind of nutrition. Fats play an essential role in a dog’s diet, to not only support their overall coat and skin health, but to also keep them healthy on the inside. Oils that are rich in essential fatty acids help give your dog’s coat a glossy finish, whereas a healthy intake of amino acids, vitamins and minerals help to nourish their skin. It’s important to know that these fatty acids work together in your dog’s diet to help control inflammation and the combined intake of these nutrients help create a healthier regeneration of skin and hair cells. While it’s true a lack of these fatty acids can affect the overall quality of your dog’s coat, there are super-premium dog foods that can help get these into your dog’s diet.

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The benefits of omega 3 and 6

Omega 6 fatty acids work to replace the oils in your dog’s skin for a glossy sheen to their fur. Therefore, a lack of omega 6 in their diet could be the reason you may be noticing dullness in your dog’s coat. Omega 3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and flaking of skin issues. This means that to get the shiniest results in your dog’s coat, you’ll want to choose a diet that includes the right amounts of omega 6 and omega 3, to help promote a lush coat and support your dog’s overall skin health.

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How Eukanuba™ can help

If you want your dog’s skin and coat to shine, it's good to remember that the quality of their coat starts from the inside out. The right diet will not only keep your dog feeling great, it can help balance their natural oil levels to keep their fur looking its best. Eukanuba™ knows a healthy coat is a sign of a healthy dog, which is why our range is made using high quality animal protein that is packed with these essential fatty acids. If you’re ever unsure about what food is best for your dog, always consult your vet or you can chat with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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Getting ready for a puppy

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Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. By doing some basic pre-puppy planning you will not only help minimise stress in your household, but also help make sure your home has everything in place to meet your new puppy's needs.

Making your home puppy-safe

There are lots of puppy supplies you’ll need to start collecting to make sure your puppy is comfortable and happy in their new home. However, before you think about anything new, you should first have a look at your home to make sure it is a safe environment for a puppy to run around in. Start by making sure all chemicals and detergents are stored away, electrical cords are covered and breakable items are out of reach. If you have a pool, you should also make sure this area is completely covered and fenced off. Be sure you also stock up on cleaning supplies, especially when your puppy has yet to be toilet trained, and purchase stain remover, paper towels and deodorising sprays to clean up any mess.

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Getting your puppy home

After you are sure that your home environment is safe for a puppy, the next step is figuring out how to get your puppy home. If you are driving them in a car, consider buying a travel crate or harness suitable for your puppy’s age and size. This will provide a secure environment to travel in, now and in the future. Before setting off, spend some time with your puppy in the car to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings and use praise and rewards for calm behaviour. Take a towel when you collect your puppy. Rub it on mum and litter mates so you can bring some of their scent home on the towel to help familiarise your puppy with their new environment. Your puppy’s first journey home with you is likely to be a stressful time for them as they are leaving their mother and littermates and may never have been in a car before. Take some paper towels and a plasticm bag too – just in case your puppy gets car-sick.

Where will your puppy sleep?

Before your puppy arrives, you should decide where your puppy’s designated area will be in the home and where they’ll be sleeping at night. Using a puppy pen is a good way to manage their behaviour at bedtime and also helps keep them confined safely when they can’t be supervised. Ensure your play pen is big enough for your puppy to stand up and walk around and has plenty of fresh water and warm bedding.

What else will your puppy need

It’s important to organise a collar and ID tag for your puppy so they can be returned if they ever get lost. Your puppy can quickly outgrow their collar, so keep in mind that they may need another when they start getting bigger. They will also need to be microchipped and registered with your local council. It is no secret that puppies love to chew, so having a few chew toys at your disposal can help prevent your puppy chewing on furniture and your belongings. Make sure these toys are not too hard on your puppy’s teeth. You should also avoid giving your puppy toys that can break and may potentially choke on. You may also need to invest in some grooming tools such as combs and dog friendly shampoos depending on the length of their coat. Long-haired breeds should be groomed regularly in adulthood so it is best your puppy gets used to this process early so it doesn’t become a stressful experience for them later on.

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The health of your puppy

Before your puppy steps in the door, it’s a good idea to start researching the best vets in your local area and also start looking into puppy training schools, groomers and boarding kennels if need be. Once you have found your vet of choice, you should have a chat to them about some of the appointments you’ll need to make. Besides a check-up, your puppy will also need to be taken to the vet for worming, vaccinations, microchipping and potentially neutering. It’s also important to remember that new puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they’ve had all their vaccinations to avoid them getting an infection.

Feeding your puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, it is worth doing some research on what nutritional support your puppy will need from their diet. Making sure your puppy is getting the best nutrition from a complete and balanced diet will mean they are getting the support they need while they grow. A high-quality diet, specially formulated for puppies is the best option for your new dog. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA to help your puppy achieve their mental and physical best. Food can also help you to train your puppy. Treats are an excellent way to encourage your puppy to behave the way you want them to, especially when they are learning the fundamentals of obedience. Many dogs are motivated by food, so using treats as a reward when they are learning to sit or go to the toilet can reinforce good behaviour. Treats will need to be factored into your puppy’s daily food intake so your puppy does not put on excess weight.

Routine is best

Putting in place a set of rules and routine for your puppy as soon as they arrive is a good idea, especially if you are living in a multi-pet household. When your puppy arrives, they will most likely test boundaries by experimenting with various behaviours (good and bad) to figure out what they can get away with. It’s important these rules and routines continue to be enforced to help keep your puppy’s training consistent. Do not get angry in front of your puppy. Positive rewards and encouraging good behaviour, rather than punishment, will help you foster a strong bond, mutual respect and a rewarding relationship with your puppy.

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What is the best food for my puppy?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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Is wet or dry food better for dogs?

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There are many different pet food options out there for dog owners to choose from but perhaps the most common consideration is whether to feed your pet a wet or dry diet.

When trying to decide what to choose for your dog, you should firstly, find a pet food that gives them excellent nutrition to fulfill their health needs, but it should also be something they find appetising.

Wet food is a great way to give your dog a hydration boost, while dry food is excellent for keeping their dental health in check. As wet and dry dog foods have many differing benefits, another option to consider is to feed a mixture of both, to give your dog a well-rounded diet that targets all kinds of needs.

What’s good about dry food?

Dry dog food is generally what most owners favour as it is usually more convenient, but there are also many health benefits to dry food that do wonders for your dog. A big plus to feeding your dog a dry diet is that it helps their dental health and can help to avoid bad breath. The texture of dry kibble encourages your dog to chew before they swallow, which improves their digestion and also helps to clean their teeth. All Eukanuba™ adult and senior diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that helps bind calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation between meals.

 

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What’s good about wet food?

Although dry food might be a more popular choice, some owners will choose to feed their dog a wet diet to better please fussy eaters and give their dog an added hydration boost. As wet food has a rich, meaty aroma, picky dogs can be more enticed to eat (and hopefully finish) their meals. In the case of those pets that may not be getting enough water throughout the day, wet food can provide them with an additional dose of hydration because of its high moisture content. To find out more about the many benefits of wet food, head over to our the benefits of wet dog food blog to see if a wet diet better suits your dog.

 

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Giving your dog the best mix

There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeding your dog. What is important is making sure the pet food you choose provides your dog with the right amount of nutrients to meet their needs. At Eukanuba™, both our super premium dry and wet formulas work as a complete and balanced diet for all dogs at any life stage. As wet and dry diets have various individual benefits, a combination diet can be the solution to both satisfy your dog’s needs and also their taste buds. If you are unsure about what food is best for your dog, speak to your vet or get in contact with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021. 

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