Have you ever wondered how to get rid of fleas on your dog? Or what can you give your dog for pain?
If you ever typed one of those questions into your Internet search bar, you’re not alone. No matter how much you know about your dog, chances are there’s a dog-related question you’ve had to ask Google in the past.
Because of that, Leo Wilson has shared the top 10 dog questions of 2019. Want to know what other dog owners are wondering about? Check out the list (and the answers!) below. Some of the questions will definitely surprise you!
Disclaimer: Always consult with a veterinarian or pet care professional about any health issues or concerns you have about your dog before applying any type of technique or administering a new medication.
1. How Much Benadryl Can I Give My Dog?
Benadryl can help dogs with anxiety or small allergic reactions. It is often recommended by veterinarians as an over-the-counter (OTC) home treatment. The dosing is fairly simple at 1mg for every 1lb of body weight, given 2-3 times a day.
2. What Can I Give My Dog for Pain?
Aspirin and baby aspirin are two human medications that often appear first when you type “What can I give my dog for pain relief” on the search engine.
However, you may want to also consider non-medical pain interventions. A good quality memory foam “orthopedic” bed can relieve achy joints and provide some much-needed comfort for a pain riddled pup.
3. How to Get Rid of Fleas on My Dog?
Fleas are a hassle. There are some natural flea remedies that work extremely well. Frequent bathing with warm, soapy water will kill fleas. And essential oils like peppermint and lemongrass can be spritzed on your pup to repel fleas.
However, killing the fleas on your dog is just one part of the problem. You also need to get the fleas out of your home. Clean your home, wash your pet’s bedding and toys, sweep and mop tile or wood flooring to eradicate a flea problem.
4. How Long are Dogs Pregnant?
Most dogs carry their puppies for about 63 days (9 weeks), which is measured from the day that they ovulate (release their eggs) to the day that their puppies are born. Always remember to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups.
5. How Long Does a Dog Stay in Heat?
Most dogs come into heat twice per year, or about every six months. They tend to stay in heat for roughly two weeks at a time. However, they can become fertile before any common heat symptoms (bleeding or discharge) appear.
Eating grass may seem strange, but the fibers can help settle a dog’s stomach. Beyond that, some dogs simply chew your yard because they become hungry, bored, or anxious. Though a bit of green won’t hurt your dog, it is generally a good idea to get them pet-safe grass when possible.
7. How to Make a Dog Throw Up?
If you want to make your dog throw up, the most effective and harmless way to induce vomiting at home is to use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
Simply fill the instrument with 1 to 2 teaspoons of first aid grade 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for every 10 pounds your dog weighs and then administer it accordingly. If your dog weighs more than 45 lbs, it is only allowed to be used at a maximum of 3 tablespoons per dose.
However, always consult your vet before performing this procedure.
8. How to Stop a Dog from Barking?
Dogs typically bark for one of two reasons: boredom or anxiety.
There are a lot of stop-barking devices available on the market, these devices may offer a short-term fix. If your dog is getting bored, take him outside for a walk. For anxiety, it is best to use counter-conditioning training or environmental management.
9. How to Cut Your Dog’s Nails?
Dogs need to be properly groomed, and that includes trimmed nails. To keep your pup in check, use special dog nail clippers to take away a thin section of your dog’s nail until you see a dark circle in the center of the bottom of the nail.
This procedure, while easy, can put stress on your pup. Always give them treats with the clipping to reinforce it as a fun activity. In addition, wait two or more months between trims.
10. Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? (And How to Stop Them)
Dogs consume feces for a variety of reasons, and all of them are negative. Commonly, dogs that eat poop are bored, hungry, sick, or stressed. If you see your pup engaging in such behavior, it is best to take them into the vet for a checkup.
All pet owners try to be as knowledgeable as they can, but that’s not always a reality. That is where Google comes in.
Throughout the past year, people spent a lot of time searching for answers to the above questions. Whether you searched some yourself, or if you’ve always wanted to know an answer or two, now they are all located in the same place.
Author: Leo Wilson graduated with a university major in animal health and behavior. He has over a decade of experience working in the pet industry, and before he decided to start sharing his knowledge on his blog, he contributed to many dog and pet-related articles and several websites. When he is not busy working, he and his wonderful wife love spending time at home with their 3 dogs and 2 cats.