Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other IssuesDoggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

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Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

Welcome to my blog. My name is Ashley, and I love my dog Shelly more than anything in the world. I have had her for years, and I have helped her through a range of illnesses and emotional issues. After her brother, Yeats, died, Shelly became rather despondent. I didn't call the vet right away because I didn't realize the vet could help, but after a while, Shelly's mood didn't improve. I just didn't know what to do, so I called the vet. She was amazing. She explained that Shelly had depression, and she prescribed meds for it. Now Shelly and I are happier than ever, and to help others, I decided to start this blog about doggy emotional and physical health. I hope you enjoy it.

3 Ways to Stop Your Dog From Getting a Sore Throat

Does your dog seem to suffer from persistent sore throats? Issues like coughing, appetite loss, difficulty eating and swallowing, and excessive drooling can all be signs of throat soreness in canines, but what can you do to prevent it? As there are many health problems that can cause a sore throat, there are multiple ways to prevent the issue from recurring. Before trying the three tips below, remember that it's a good idea to take your dog to see a vet if he has a sore throat to ensure the problem is treated before it gets more serious.

Don't Spread Strep Throat

Whether you've had it before or know someone else who has, you've likely heard of strep throat before. This common condition is known for causing various symptoms, including a sore throat, in humans, but most pet owners are unaware that it can be spread to pets too. While your dog may not get the exact same infection as you, they can get some of the symptoms, including throat inflammation and pain. If you notice symptoms of strep throat (including fever, trouble swallowing, swollen lymph nodes and white patches in the throat) or you've been diagnosed by a doctor, make sure you keep clear of your dog until you're healthy again. The condition is even more common in children, so keep an eye on any kids and teens at home too.

Don't Let Your Dog Rummage for Food

Another more common cause of sore throats in dogs is swallowing a foreign object. This type of sore throat usually comes about as a result of letting your dog forage or rummage for food in parks or bins. Dogs can pick up and swallow any number of unknown objects in these areas, many of which can scratch or get lodged in the throat. Make sure your dog only eats from the bowl you give him, and avoid feeding him treats outside where small bits of rocks or wood could get stuck on the food. You should also keep indoor bins closed and ensure all small objects are put away or disposed of.

Keep Your Dog's Teeth Clean

Bad oral hygiene doesn't just affect your dog's mouth--problems can spread to the throat too. Many owners are unaware that they should brush their dog's teeth to keep them free from plaque buildup, which is one reason why poor dental hygiene is such a common cause of sore throats in dogs. Luckily, all you need to clean your dog's teeth is a doggy toothbrush or some clean gauze and a little dog toothpaste or baking soda. Simple rub gentle on your dog's teeth to keep them clean. Ideally, you should brush their teeth once or twice a day, but once a week should be enough to prevent the periodontal diseases that lead to a sore throat. You can supplement teeth cleaning with dental chews and chew toys.