How To Take Care of a Starved Dog

Feeding a Starved Dog the Correct and Safest Way

feed a starved dogHearts can easily be broken at the sight of an emaciated dog. With bones clearly visible from its muscle-less skin, you cannot help but feel sorry for the four-legged animal and have feelings of contempt and anger to whoever put the dog in this situation.

You are not alone.

Like many individuals who happen to get in contact with severely malnourished dogs, you will naturally give him lots of food to chow on just so he can get back into shape in no time. Such good intentions do have its drawbacks, unfortunately. For severely starved dogs, the best solution is to bring it to the nearest veterinary clinic.

The Physiology of Starvation

Before you raise your brows, try to understand what happens to the body when starved. The body requires energy in the form of glucose to perform many of its vital functions. When a dog is starved for the first 24 hours, it goes into survival mode. By this time, the dog will release some of its stored glucose in the form of glycogen from the muscles and the liver. His body uses this energy source for the next 48 to 72 hours.


If the dog still has not eaten after 3-4 days, it initiates another level of survival mode, biochemically changing proteins and fats into valuable sources of energy. When proteins and fats are used for energy, chemical imbalances in terms of fluids and electrolytes result leading to a variety of symptoms that are often seen in emaciated or starved dogs. The dog’s body uses this energy until it can finally have its meal or, unfortunately for some, just give up.


The Danger of Sudden Overfeeding

When you give lots of food to a severely starved dog, the sudden inflow of energy-rich food complicates the survival mode that the dog’s body is still in. With the sudden surge of carbohydrates comes an equal surge in insulin. This increases the removal of valuable electrolytes from the blood and into the cells. The result is that there simply not enough electrolytes, particularly potassium, magnesium, and phosphate, left in the blood. This can lead to fatal arrhythmias where the heart cannot control anymore its rhythmic contractions.


The Safe and Correct Way to Feed

hungry dogThis is the reason why it is best to bring the emaciated dog to a veterinarian in order to fully examine the dog whether it has other medical conditions that can complicate the treatment.

The veterinarian will perform a head-to-toe assessment to check for the overall state of health of the dog. He will check the dog’s temperature, weight, heart rate, and any signs of physical abuse. The dog’s abdomen will also be assessed including its oral cavity for teeth and gum health. The dog will then be given a bowl of water to see if he still can drink and to assess the gravity of his dehydration, although this can be accurately assessed using physical examination techniques.

Based on the dog’s weight, the veterinarian will compute for its average daily caloric intake. This will then be divided accordingly depending on the number of feedings you will provide. Generally, small frequent feedings are preferred compared to three square meals a day.

If you decide to take the dog home, be sure to follow the instructions of the veterinarian. Even if the dog will want some more food, resist the temptation of giving it extra because what you want is for the dog to safely switch back from its survival mode into the usual regular healthy mode.

If you can ascertain that the emaciated or severely starved dog does not have any serious medical conditions, you can gradually feed it on your own without taking the dog to the veterinarian. Just remember to take it slow and make the feeding gradual.


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3 Tips To Raising your Kids around Dogs

Happy Dogs for Happy Kids

raising your child around dogs Studies have shown that kids are generally healthier and become more well-adjusted individuals when they grow up with dogs. Whether or not this scientific observation holds ground among many dog owners, it is an undeniable fact of life that dogs are indispensable companions to human existence.

A few studies have also shown that the immunity of kids who live with dogs is generally healthier perhaps because of healthier microbiomes. Kids living with dogs grow up to be more caring individuals as well as being responsible and intelligent. It thus becomes all the more important to teach kids how to properly care for dogs.

  • Before introducing your young child to your dog, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the latter’s temperament as well as overall energy level. Keep in mind that an overexcited dog may overwhelm even an older child.
  • While teaching younger children about dogs and how to care for them, you should never leave your child alone with your dog. Supervision is an absolute necessity when it comes to teaching kids about dogs. Your dog may know how to behave in front of the little tyke, but the same cannot be said of your young child. They may not understand it yet that dogs can get hurt and irritated as well. Pulling on their friend’s ears may seem fun but it certainly does not apply to your dog.
  • Teach your child to read and understand some basic dog language so that he becomes familiar with the signs of a friendly dog from one that needs to be left alone. Teach your child what a dog looks like when it is happy and relaxed.
  • Teach your child how to properly approach a dog. Teach him to approach a dog slowly and, with hands closed and held out in front, let the dog sniff the back of his hand. If everything works out okay, then your child can pat the dog gently on its chest or have him rub the dog under its chin. Teach your child never to pat the dog on top of its head.
  • Teach your child to be as still as a tree whenever a strange dog appears. You can play a little game with your child to instill this particular behavior necessary for managing strange dog encounters. Teach your child to stand perfectly still with arms by his side and his eyes are cast downwards.
  • Allow your child to join you in your walks. Let him hold the leash of your dog but be especially vigilant because your dog might suddenly snap and run off with your precious child in tow.
  • Give your dog foodie treats together with your young child. Train your dog to be accustomed to the presence of your child whenever you give him his doggie treat. The next few sessions, you let your young child give your dog his doggie treat. As always, you need to be there to supervise.


Slowly introducing your little kid to your dog will do many wonders for his own growth and development. With close supervision, you can teach your kid to value your dog as a natural member of the family, capable of being happy, getting hurt, and expressing those feelings in a variety of ways. It will also take time before your child truly understands this. That is why supervision, consistency, and patience will all be needed to have a happier family.

5 Tips To Raising a Happy & Healthy Dog

More than Just Dogs: They have Lives, Too

happy dog Many individuals get a dog for a variety of reasons. More often than not, they get a dog for the unparalleled companionship they offer not to mention the unquestionable loyalty they have for their owners. While a healthy diet and regular exercise mean a lot to dogs, in general, they need more than that from their owners.

A truly loving and caring dog owner will not only lavish his pet dog with the care that it truly deserves. More importantly, the dog owner must do everything he can to understand these simple basic facts about dogs.


Dogs Want Nothing More than Make their Owners Happy

 Dogs are naturally designed to please their owners. There is nothing more fulfilling for a dog than to receive recognition from his master. This is perhaps one of the most compelling reasons why dogs are very much willing to be trained. Although it may take a while for them to learn the tricks dog owners wanted them to perform, they nonetheless do their best to accomplish the tasks. Studies have shown that the relationship between a dog and his master is more like the close bond that exist between parents and their children. Dogs simply appreciate every small thing that their masters do for them.


Dogs Need Quality of Life

healthy dog As dogs have a relatively shorter lifespan compared to their human masters, they require tender loving care as well as attention in the different aspects of their developmental needs. They require adequate and appropriate healthcare through regular veterinary visits and check-ups. They need to have their recommended diets as well as a daily dose of exercises. Dogs require a good balance of everything in order to lead a healthier life. Just as humans age over time, dogs too need to grow old at a normal and healthy pace. Overall, by ensuring that dogs are healthy, their owners will be able to fully appreciate the life of their dog.


Dogs Have Emotions, Too

 They may not have the ability to convey their emotions via words, but dogs are known to communicate their emotions – frustrations, anger, resentment, anxieties, even fears – through a variety of dog behavior that may be interpreted by his owner in a negative way. It is thus appropriate for caring owners to understand the unique behavior and body language of their dogs. This is also one good reason why it is important to socialize dogs with people as well as other animals as early as possible to ensure a well-balanced dog full of trust, confidence, and love.


Dogs Need Purpose

 Dogs, like all living things, need a purpose in life. This is essential to ensure a well-balanced dog. Be it guarding the house, protecting the property, guiding blind individuals walk down the street, or even just providing comfort for distressed people, dogs need to feel valued for what they can provide their masters or other people. Dogs naturally love to work, to please, and to comfort humans.

content dogDogs are living creatures after all that deserve the same respect and attention humans give to one another. Dog owners who look at their furry friends more as cherished family members rather than simply a ‘dog’ are truly worth the accolade of being called responsible and caring dog people.According to the experts at the indoor air quality and cleaning products that you use around your pet can actually affect their health and behavior.Studies show that the use of toxic products can actually trigger your dogs nocturnal senses and affect both their sleeping habits and their eating habits as well. Here is a good source for pet odor removal products that do not use toxic chemicals in their product line. For more information on taking care of your dog read our last post on taking care of a dog during the summer heat.