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Does Your Pet Have You Stumped!
Depending on its ingredients, lipstick can cause a variety of digestive problems in most dogs, especially Labradors, which seem to be keener than other breeds when it comes to eating makeup.
The lipstick itself, depending on whether it’s natural or not, might not pose a health risk. However, if your dog has also swallowed the lipstick tubing, that one can lead to serious tears in the intestinal and stomach lining.
Take your dog to the vet clinic as soon as possible, especially if he also swallowed the tubing.
Lumps and bumps are formations that can be of different nature and size. They are more common in geriatric patients than they are in young dogs, and that’s because most older dogs are predisposed to developing benign tumours such as lipoma, for example.
However, the older your dog gets, the higher the likelihood for him to develop malignant lumps and bumps. Nodules can also be caused by shots, specifically vaccine injections.
Unfortunately, cases of injection-site sarcoma in both cats and dogs are not uncommon these days, even though manufacturers are trying to get rid of some carcinogenic ingredients such as aluminum and other additives.
Pica (the disorder that makes dogs consume foods that shouldn’t be a part of their diet) is more common in bored or anxious canines. On the other hand, it can also show up as a result of digestive imbalances, where the dog actually feels like he needs more fibre and as such, tries to regulate his transit by eating grass.
Some dogs induce vomiting by eating grass. It appears that a fourth of pet parents report that eating grass was a behaviour they noticed in their canine friend right after he felt sick.
Pica can also be a consequence of a lack of vitamins and minerals in a dog’s diet. The next time you’re at the vet clinic, ask your veterinarian to test your dog’s blood for this. More often than not, vitamin and mineral supplementation will make this behaviour disappear.
No. Aspirin is one of the least safe medications that humans can take with few to no side effects. Along with naproxen and ibuprofen (found in Advil), aspirin can cause some side effects in dogs, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or significant changes in the pet’s stool (bloody stools).
Despite its risks, small doses of aspirin can be used for alleviating pain. However, since it is quite dangerous, we recommend that only your veterinarian decides to use aspirin and prescribes the specific dose that you can give to your canine friend at home.
Repetitive vomiting can occur when a dog has eaten too much after a dog has eaten grass or in infections. It’s also a common symptom of gastrointestinal diseases, bloat (which can be life-threatening), heatstroke, or food allergies.
Conditions such as kidney or liver failure or pancreatitis can also cause repetitive vomiting.