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Dog Health and Nutrition / Cheap Homemade Dog Food- Best Recipe
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:31:03 PM »
You may want to try making your own dog food, may be because you want to avoid buying some expensive dog foods or your dog is allergic to those foods you get from the store. Some dogs are allergic to some foods and you may want to try something different.

So you have come to the point where you want to make dog food yourself - making dog foods are quite easy and not very far from what we eat. So today I am going to tell you about a recipe that I use that's very nutritious and most dogs like it.

It might be wise  to consult your vet before you go ahead because a little advice from your vet can sometimes give us direction that's best for our dogs.
You should also note this: A sudden change in your dog's food can cause him to go sick which is not what we want to happen. I t can also affect your dog's appetite so you take the process slowly.

READ: https://petforums.com.ng/dog-health-and-nutrition/homemade-recipe-to-make-your-dog-big(even-a-local-dog)/

Introduce the new food in small quantity together with the food he is use to as time passes you can give him more of the new food when his stomach gets use to the new food.

AN EASY HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE:
Chicken, kidney, beans, carrot, butternut squash, groundnut (peas), white rice and green beans.

You  can replace some of the incredients with some equal matches like buying meat such as turkey and hamburger. The vegetables can also be replaced with equivalents. You can also add chicken livers and egg shells which should be added in small quantity.

Like many vets woulkd recommend, you can give your dog VetriScience 02666400101 Composure Pro. This is also given to dogs when given the store foods.

Did you wonder why white rice was recommended specifically? The reason is that white rice effect is easier on sensitive stomach than brown rice.

To make things easy to manage, you can cook a lot at once then you divide it equally into bags and store it in the freezer. In the morning you bring a bag and divide into halves and defrost one half and add little water which make it more soft but do not make watery.

The smell of it should make your dog wag his tail in expectancy. Most dogs are in love with this recipe but if your dog shows signs of stomach problem you can omit the beans. This should make everything just fine for your friend (your dog).

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Dog Breeding / Signs That Shows Your Dog Is In Heat
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:42:41 PM »


Heat, which is also known as the estrus(also oestrus) period, is a stage for reproduction that unspayed female dogs experiences. During this stage her eggs gets mature, making her fertile and able to produce puppies. Your dog will have different physical and behavioral changes during this period, due to hormonal changes in her body. These changes will guide you to know whether your dog is in heat or not.

Within a period of twelve months, your dog will likely go into heat twice with an interval of about six months in between each heat,depending on the breed. While most dogs experiences heat periods twice every twelve months, some dogs are more regular than others. Most dogs can experience heat as regular as exactly every six months, whilst others may vary.

It is vital to make sure your dog is the correct bleeding age. Confirm your dog is old enough to mate, because most dogs should not mate until they have had two to three heat cycles. Your dog should be at least one to two years of age(12- 24months). Your vet should be able to tell you if your female dog is ready for breeding or not, so if you are sure your dog is mature enough to breed, ask your vet. When a female dog reaches maturity, and is physically ready to reproduce, estrogen level increases, thereby triggering the release of eggs from her ovaries. If mating occurs during this period, the eggs can then be fertilized and an embryo formed.

Understanding the signs of heat can help you to know when your dog is in heat, as the heat itself follows a pattern, with her vulva becoming swollen and a bloody discharge during the first week. When she is in full heat, her vulva will swell to about three times its normal size and will take on a reddish colour. Another sign to watch out for, is if she constantly licks her vagina. While some female dogs won't do this, most dogs will develop this behavior right around the time that they go into heat. If you find that your dog is in heat..and you would prefer that she should not have puppies, take your dog to the vet after her heat is over and get her stayed. You can tell when her heat period is over by the same method of observation. If she does not let herself to be mounted by a male dog, her vulva is back to normal size, then she is no longer in heat.

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Do you see lumps all over your dog or puppies body?

It could be one of the two reasons: flea bite or maggots!

Yes, maggots! The tumbo fly larvae likes to feast on flesh. The females lay her eggs in damp sandy soil mixed with urine or feces. The larvae hatch in a couple of days, live in the soil for 1-2 weeks and then moves on to find a more fleshy host(dogs, cats or human) to continue its development. The most popular method of contact with this killer disgusting thing is through direct contact with the affected soil, either through standing barefoot, sitting or lying down on it.

Note: If they choose to live in the nose or ear region of your pets, the worms can cause brain injuriesor death. Plus, deadly sinus infections and if they eventually burrow into the middle ear, can find their way into their brain and casue death- you wouldn't want that for your furry pet now, do you?

The infections and septic conditions in heavily feasted humans or animals can become so serious that it causes loss of life. This is certainly not a condition to ignore. Expulsion of the larvae must be done so carefuly that it does not burst because the contents of the larvae will result in infections and sepsis.

Another common way of contamination is that the female fly will lay her eggs(around 2, 10 or more) on freshly laundered clothes or damp bedclothes. To get rid of them, simply iron the clothes(the heat will terminate any fly eggs that may be present). If not prevented, the larvae will eat deep into the skin and fatten itself using your pets flesh as a food source. The host(your animal or pet) skin will form painful boil-like lesions that eventually open to drain blood and waste products from the growing larvae. This infection is known as Myiasis in humans. They live in your pet for 8-12 days after which they reach the prepupal stage and drop to the ground.

How can I Prevent  this?

To prevent this, eliminate flies, damp areas and provide elevated dry areas for pets.

My Pet is infected. What Can I do?

Try this:

Apply oil substance( palm oil, groundnut oil, coconut oil, petroleum jelly etc) on the wound opening and watch closely. The maggot will try to come out to breathe. Press it and avoid direct contact with skin as it can burrow even your skin. Repeat for every hole and clean with warm water.

OR

use ivermectin on them.

Good Luck!

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Follow the following steps to care for your pregnant dog:

Carry out regular veterinary check.

Make sure to keep the bitch environment clean to avoid viral or bacterial infection.

Watch her nipples and try to clean it with disinfectants to prevent mastitis( I recommend using warm water as they get bigger).

In the first early stage, Nothing is as importnat to pregnant dogs than good nutrition. You should avoid feeding your pregnant dogs puppy chow, as that contains a denser nutrition than meals made for senior and adult dogs. Instead, feed her with foods rich in proteinous content like fish etc. Also, do not overfeed her at the early stage as this can lead to abortion.

At the second stage, you can increase the food ratio and add more yummy contenmts like chicken, eggs, meat etc. You can feed her puppy foods now(although they costs more, they are best for her at this stage). Ensure to keep lots of clean water close to her pen.

Do not give her supplements unless it is completely safe(based on your vets recommendation) for her. It insn't necessary if she eats in good quantities.

As her time nears, she will need a whelping box or other enclosed space in which to deliver her puppies. Whcihever location you select needs to be in a warm place, not accessible to all, and be designed with soft, washable materials. perhaps some old blankets and towels(some use bundles of paper), and it should be in proportion to your dog's size. A small dog might need only a space as big as a working table. On the other hand, a large dog will need a bigger space but not too much, because her puppies(new kids) will need to remain very near to her for a couple of weeks.

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Birds / Natural Medication in Bird Rearing(Poultry)
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:43:25 PM »
Every day, we use house hold spices and food in our daily lives but have you ever heard that thee foods are a natural cure to diseases in your birds?

Sour milk, Ginger, Garlic, Aloe Vera and Pepper are a few amongst the many herb and spice that are medicinal in nature. Farmers who practice organic farming have begun to reap the benefits of these natural cures.

Alongside conventional vaccines and drugs, these natural medicines can be used but try as much as possible to implement biosecurity measures to fight off diseases. Each of these medications only apply to small scale farmers i.e farmers with one to hundred birds (1-100).

1.) Pepper(Ata in Yoruba)
Ever wondered why the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria love pepper so much? It’s because it improves metabolism. In poultry, it helps in killing off parasites that cause digestive problems like coccidiosis and also terminates worms by burning them off.

To apply: Sprinkle ½ teaspoon in chicken feed or feed to them free choice.

2.) Garlic(Ata ile in Yoruba)
Garlic used alongside onions assists the birds by boosting their immune system and helps fight respiratory infections in poultry. Garlic will also terminate external parasites as it produces sulphur in the body once ingested. The sulphur content in the chicken’s blood will overpower the parasites.

To administer: Add 3 cloves to 5 litres of water or a pinch or two of powdered garlic in dry feeds everyday.

3.) Ginger
When introduced to poultry birds, ginger help boost appetite, eliminate digestive problems and is also an immune booster. Ginger has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

To administer: add a small pinch of ginger powder to the feed or feed it whole or grind it.

4.)Aloe vera
The juice from Aloe Vera acts as an appetizer and also in treating wounds. It’s a natural antibiotic and will help in curing cannibalism in poultry. Apply it on wounds of cannibalized birds and the bitter taste will discourage the culprits.

5.) Fermented/sour milk (Miliki Kikan in Yoruba)
Sour milk acts as a probiotic in birds. What that means is that it kills harmful bacteria in the intestines therefore ensuring an heightened immunity. Thus preventing diarrhea.

To administer: Drench it or add it to feeds to form lumps.

6.) Salt (Iyo in Yoruba)
It is true that salt is poisonous to chickens but has proven to be beneficial in cases of heat stress. However, you must exercise care with salt.

When heat stress strikes, salt can act as a good electrolyte in emergency cases.
To apply: You need 1 cup of water,⅛ teaspoon of salt and 1½ teaspoonful of baking powder.This is given to every bird.

7.)Papaya/pawpaw seeds
Pawpaw prevents coccidiosis infection and acts as a good dewormer. It’s seeds are used for this.

To apply: Dry seeds for two weeks and then proceed to grind them. Mix 10gms of the powder in 10litres of water.

8.)Pumpkin/cucumber/courgette seeds
Individually or collectively, these seeds when in powdered form can be mixed with water to control worms.

Bottom line
When applying any of these methods, you should make use of conventional drugs too in a controlled manner.
Totally avoid the misuse of antibiotics and always vaccinate your birds.

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Dog Health and Nutrition / How to Make Your Bitch Produce More Milk
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:15:36 AM »
It is good news that your bitch has littered but unfortunate that her breast milk are not producing in the right quantity for the puppies.

Here is a quick fix to that:

-Feed her pap(OGi) with milk or kunu and  assist the pup by hand feeding milk at intervals

-Provide her with Oxytocin. Thsis will make the breast milk produce enough milk for the puppies.

-Feed her Bitter Leaf and thank me later

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Dog Breeding / Why People avoid Mixed Breed Dogs
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:47:30 PM »
Mixed breeds are not usually healthier than pure breed. This is because they are a mix of two breeds, and you often don't know which breeds- they might have inherited lots of issues from their ancestral line.

For example, if you have a cross of GSD and a Labrador,  both these breeds have terrible defects in their history. Now, add some Great Dane which has spine issues, another breed that dies early, something with aggression- Each puppy derives its DNA from the parents, grandparents, on and on the line. This is why show dogs are health tested through every possible test you can ever think of before they are bred, so they DON'T pass health related problems down the lines to their puppies.

When you get a mix breed, you are getting a suprise package. You may be getting a great comapnion for 8-15 years with regular vet visits, OR you could be getting a bad companion that dies at age 2 becuase of a displaced hip, cancer, hart issues or seixeure tec- a million different problems brought to the table by one of its ancestors that no one knew about.

Yes, they are excellent, loving, pets. But they are also an unknown health time bomb waiting to go off!!!

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Disclaimer: I am not a dog trainer

However, you should not, I mean "NEVER" train your dog to be aggresive. I had a friend who did that once and his mother arm needed to be stiched in 150 places. The dog was killed at the end as he thought it was mad.

Here are my tips for you:

-Implement proper dog training methods for yourself so you undertand every step necessary on how to train your dog properly.

-Give away your dog as you really don't love it.... Avoid advice like "Lock it away and release it only at night"

Third option is to pay for the services of a dog trainer and let him/her do her job.

Having a dog listen to every command is no childs play and indeed take lots of time and patience. Helpful to find a good dog trainer to assist you — the basics of sit, stay, come when called. Stand still for grooming, fetch, maybe jump over obstacles.

Note: Police dogs are not aggresive. They are trained to respond to situations in a certain way and at commands. I hope this answered your question

DOgs should never be abused and infact deserve so much better.

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I prefer to make my own dog food. Although I love to do this, once in a while I throw in a mix of other things to excite my dog.

Here is the recipe I use: :) :)

Preparw Rice with chicken(twice a week) and serve it 2 times (lunch & dinner) and rest of the days rice with any vegetables… 2 times (lunch & dinner)

NOTE: - Cook the rice nicely and avoid adding salt.

You can then offer it any Breakfast food  your dog food loves…

Throw in treats: dog biscuits

Feed it tender coconut( the young ones work well for me)

Trust good high quality royal canin / pedigree etc…

Try feeding them bread with chicken soup….My dogs go crazy at the smell of it

Boiled egg… but avoid them too many though. Could cause gastric issues.

Have your own recipes you would love to share? Let's hear them.

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Dog Health and Nutrition / Can My Dog Stay Healthy on Vegan Meal Only?
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:10:42 PM »


Although some would argue that dogs are ominivores- I believe they are carnivores(simple yet plain truth). Not only that they are handicapped when it comes to digesting vegetable matter in any form or shape without suffering multiple adverse conditions.

Now, after keeping and succesfully observed diffrent birds, dogs and other animals. I discovered something interesting. I am pretty sure most "experts" do not even know this.

Even though I earlier stated that dogs cannot directly process vegetable matter, they still require to some extent the nutrients provided by it, so mother nature designed a very smart way of getting around the problem.

Dogs naturally attack the interanl organs of the prey they feed on first, gobbling away everything in the thoracic and abdominal cavities, including the intestines and stomach, which contain the partially digested and digested matter the prey has been feeding on.

If they are unable to do this because of their owners, they eat the freshest poop of any herbivores they can find, as these often contain some of the great nutrients dogs require to remain and stay healthy and active.

If you again stop them from doing this, they will experience "Pica", which will force them to eat their own and other dogs poop or the faces of cats, rabbit, carnivores or other animals

It is therefore not only cruel or inhumane to feed a dog vegan or even a vegetarian diet and keep it controllable, responsive, healthy and intelligent, meaninhg that it won't try to eat other animal, your shoes, bags and everything else it can lay its teeth on. Dogs also require animal fat and raw meat, but 20% to 30% more fat than meat... and if it wants to eat the faces of animals that feeds on grass, let it.

If what you want is a cuddly oet that eats only vegetable matter, buy a sheep or rabbit. If you want an intimidating protector, an elephant is your best bet(lolz). If you desire a cuddly protector, get married (*winks*)

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