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Decoding the Meanings of Your Dog's Stomach Noises

Devoted puppy parents pay close attention to every aspect of their pet’s health. You’ll undoubtedly hear your dog’s stomach make some odd noises from time to time. In most cases, this is perfectly normal. Your dog’s stomach will likely be the loudest right before mealtimes and after eating his or her favorite dog food. Here’s a closer look at what those noises mean.

Hunger Signals
The muscles around your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract routinely contract, even when the stomach is empty. As the GI tract moves, it produces some rumbling noises—just like those in a hungry human. Your dog’s stomach will grumble more loudly when it’s hungry than when it’s digesting dog food. You’ll probably hear it the clearest first thing in the morning before breakfast.

Digestion Noises
The GI tract gets even busier when food is moving through it. The muscles contract, and food gets broken down and converted to energy. All that movement produces stomach noises, although these tend to be a little quieter than the sounds that indicate your dog is hungry. Digestion noises can be louder when a dog has more gas than usual, or when a dog wolfs down the food quickly after having an empty stomach.

Ingested Air
Speaking of wolfing down dog food, eating too quickly can cause dogs to ingest more air than usual. This increases gas activity in the GI tract, which can cause the noticeable stomach noises. It can also cause your dog to burp. If your dog seems to be eating too quickly, there are a few tricks you can try. Look for a “slow feeder” dog bowl or a food puzzle. These allow the food to settle into nooks and crannies. Your dog will still be able to get the food, but it’ll take longer.

The team at EZ Pet Care genuinely cares about your dog’s well-being. We deliver high-quality dog food to homes in Dallas, and we even provide dog poop cleanup services! Call today at (888) 613-1320 or browse our website to find out about our dog food delivery and poop scooper services.

Why Pet Waste Removal Is Critical for Your Community

It’s a privilege to be a dog parent, even though certain aspects of pet care are less than glamorous. Pet waste removal is probably not your idea of a fun activity, but it’s definitely essential. If it isn’t picked up promptly, dog feces pollutes the environment and endangers your property, family, and community. Plus, having an unclean yard discourages your family from enjoying the great outdoors.

Pet waste pollutes groundwater and waterways.
When it’s left on the ground, dog poop doesn’t necessarily stay there. The feces and all of the diseases it can harbor runs off into the groundwater and into streams, rivers, and lakes. This is a serious public safety problem. A single gram of dog feces contains about 23 million bacteria, according to Live Science, including E. coli, giardia, and salmonella. In fact, about 20% to 30% of all bacteria found in urban watersheds can be traced back to dog poop. When dog parents practice prompt pet waste removal, or hire a company to do it for them, they’re investing in a greener, healthier planet for generations to come.

Bacteria from pet waste can pollute the air.
It seems like common sense that dog feces could cause earth-bound pollution. But you may be surprised to learn that pet waste can even contaminate the air your family breathes. Pet waste can indeed become aerosolized. Research in urban areas indicates that one of the dominant forms of bacteria in the outdoor air can be traced directly to dog feces. Plus, dog waste can take a long time to break down. Depending on the climate, it may take up to a year to break down. During that time, it’ll continue polluting the air. And long after it’s gone, the bacteria will remain.

If you’re spending too much time cleaning up after your pet, and not enough time enjoying your pet’s company, give EZ Pet Care a call! With our dog poop service available in Dallas, we’ll drive out to your home, clean up your yard, and apply yard deodorizer to keep your property looking great. Call us at (888) 613-1320.

What Is Included in a Grooming Session?

Pets are pretty good at getting dirty. Cats enjoy flopping around in the dirt, and dogs will happily trot through muddy puddles. Keeping your pets clean can be hard work, so let us do it for you! EZ Pet Care will come to your home with our mobile pet grooming equipment. We offer a comprehensive grooming package to get your pet looking his or her best.

By the time we’re done with a dog grooming session, your beloved pet will have had a relaxing bath with heated water, followed by a fluff dry and thorough brushing. Then, we’ll give your pet a haircut, clean his or her ears, and add some pet-safe spray cologne for an extra fresh scent. Our mobile pet grooming session also includes a nail trim. We’ll even brush your pet’s teeth to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay!

Professional pet grooming in Dallas is just a phone call away. Call EZ Pet Care at (888) 613-1320 to request an appointment for your animal companion.

Human Foods That Make Good Snacks for Pets

Pet parents are often cautioned to avoid giving their furry friends foods that are intended for human consumption. While it’s true that pets can’t eat a lot of what humans typically do, they can safely enjoy small amounts of vegetables and fruits. Consider supplementing your cat or dog’s food with pumpkin, for example, which is good for their digestion.

When you watch this video, you’ll learn about a few other human foods that your cat or dog may enjoy. Remember to only offer unseasoned, plain foods, and to wash them well beforehand. Apple slices, cantaloupe, and green beans are other good choices.

EZ Pet Care is here to help if you’re having trouble making it to the store to pick up your dog’s food this week. Request our local dog food delivery services in Dallas by calling (888) 613-1320.

Helping Your Dog Deal with Stomach Upset

Dogs are prone to occasional stomach upset for many different reasons. Although persistent stomach issues should be addressed with your vet, it is often possible to treat stomach upset at home. Try these pet care tricks if your dog has an upset stomach.

Withhold Food
Sometimes, doing nothing is the most effective way to treat a dog’s upset stomach. To avoid exacerbating it, withhold food for a period of time while your pup’s stomach settles. It’s generally safe to withhold food from your dog for between 12 and 24 hours, during which time his or her stomach may return to normal. Chances are that you’ll be more aware that your dog is not eating than he or she is. Remove his or her water during this time as well, but provide ice cubes or chips every few hours to keep him or her hydrated.

Try Canned Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin is a good food to feed your dog while he or she suffers from indigestion. Thanks to a low glycemic index, it absorbs slowly, so it provides your dog with sustenance without making the stomach upset worse. Try about half a teaspoon for a small dog or a tablespoon for a larger dog. You can also add a small sprinkle of ginger to soothe tummy upset much in the same way ginger ale does for humans.

Know When to Call the Vet
Call the vet if your dog’s stomach doesn’t seem to be getting better within 48 hours. Consider calling the vet sooner if you notice blood in your pet’s stool or vomit or if the symptoms seem to be getting worse. You should also seek immediate care if your dog collapses, if you see that your dog has a bloated stomach, or if you suspect that he or she may have eaten something dangerous.

Being a pet parent is a full-time job, but EZ Pet Care is here to make it easier. We offer mobile pet grooming, pet food delivery, and pet waste management in Dallas, so you can focus on enjoying your time with your pet. To learn more about our services, please call (888) 613-1320.

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