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Dogs Guide

Lyme disease in dogs: the underestimated danger

Lyme disease is an infectious disease. It is transmitted by ticks and is quite common in dogs. If it is not diagnosed in time, the disease can take a severe course with permanent damage. For this reason, it is important that you detect a possible infection in good time and have it treated. You should also try to minimise the risk of infection with the right measures. What is important and what you can do to protect your dog yourself is explained in..

16/10/2017 Views: 5161

Detecting and treating mite infestations in dogs

Unfortunately, mite infestation is a common problem in dogs, which many owners are confronted with. Mites are arachnids and feed mainly on the dead skin cells of their host animals.If a dog suffers from an infestation with the annoying parasites, this is particularly evident in the form of skin and coat problems. We will explain below how you can recognise and treat a mite infestation in your dog.Types of mites that occur in dogsThere are different types of mites. If your dog suffers from a mite..

29/05/2019 Views: 5056

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a small breed of dog which is managed by the FCI in group 9 as a company and companion dog. French bulldogs are very popular with dog owners of all kinds and are known for their friendly and cuddly nature. Characteristics of the French Bulldog French Bulldogs have a muscular and powerful physique, a short tail as well as an angular, wide head and a short catch. Characteristic are also its bat-ears with the French Bulldog. The weight of the French Bulldog is between 8 and..

21/09/2018 Views: 5041

Animal allergy in dogs: you can do that

An allergy is an innate tendency. It causes an overreaction of the immune system in contact with an actually harmless substance. Before an allergy is triggered, however, it requires repeated contact with the corresponding allergen.Allergies are not just a problem for us humans. They are also common in dogs. According to estimates, about 20 percent of all fur noses are affected in one way or another.The two most common forms of allergy in dogs are flea allergy and atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermat..

16/10/2017 Views: 4530

Hydrolysed dog food and possible alternatives for allergic dogs

Incompatibilities and feed allergies are widespread in dogs. They lead to skin problems and digestive problems and should not be taken lightly by dog owners.Many manufacturers offer so-called hydrolyzed dog food for dogs with food allergies. This article will tell you exactly what this is, why it is not always a good choice and what we recommend instead.Causes of feed allergy in dogsThe only way to get rid of the symptoms of an allergy is to consistently avoid contact with the respective allerge..

11/06/2019 Views: 4464

Dog breeds

The number of different dog breeds is large. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) currently recognizes almost 350 different breeds worldwide. Estimates that include breeds that are not recognized by the FCI even assume 800 and in some cases considerably more dog breeds.Dog breeds according to FCIThe FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) is the largest association dealing with cynology. Cynology is the science of breeding, care, education, behaviour, diseases and breeds of domest..

04/10/2018 Views: 4417

Leishmaniasis in dogs: symptoms, treatment and prevention

Leishmaniasis is one of the typical Mediterranean diseases that dogs can become infected with. In contrast to Lyme disease, the risk of infection is still very high mainly in southern Europe. However, there are now also isolated cases of leishmaniasis in dogs in Germany. If the disease is not diagnosed and treated, it usually ends in death for affected dogs. You should therefore know which symptoms to look out for, how to prevent infection and how leishmaniasis can be treated in your dog. What..

06/02/2019 Views: 4240

Epilepsy in dogs: Forms, symptoms and treatment

Like humans, dogs can develop epilepsy and suffer from the typical seizures associated with the disease. If there are frequent seizures, epilepsy is often a major burden for dogs and their owners.Depending on how severe the seizures are and how frequently they occur, the necessary treatment may vary. In the following, we will explain the causes of epilepsy in dogs, the symptoms of a disease and the treatment options available.What is epilepsy in dogs?Epilepsy is a chronic nervous disease. If you..

18/01/2019 Views: 4112

Dog food from Bellfor: regionally and sustainably produced

We live in the era of globalisation. Day in, and day out, endless streams of goods are moved all over the globe. Foodstuffs for humans and dogs are no exception. Long transportation routes are generally the norm.In this article, we explain why we have consciously rejected this trend at Bellfor, as well as setting out the benefits that this has for your dog.Long transportation routes pay offWhether it involves New Zealand lamb, ducks from Canada or tomatoes from Spain, which are sent unripened on..

24/01/2018 Views: 4082

Common cold in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment

The wet and cold winter weather does not only bother us humans, but also our dogs. Like you, your dog can catch a cold. What symptoms a cold causes in the dog and how this can be treated, you learn in the following. We will also explain how you can prevent a cold in your dog. Causes of a cold in dogs A cold can have different causes in dogs. The infection is usually caused by impairments of the immune system. Especially if it is cold and wet outside and you do not dry your dog properly after..

05/12/2018 Views: 4048

Diabetes in the dog? Unfortunately not uncommon

Diabetes is widely referred to as diabetes mellitus. It is a serious disease of the metabolism. The metabolic disorder does not occur only in humans. It is also common in dogs.Most of suffuring of diabets are older animals. In rare cases, even dogs at a young age are affected. In addition, some breeds are generally more susceptible to diabetes than others.What this disease is about and what you can do about it as a dog owner is explained in this article.What is diabetes?It is the job of the panc..

16/10/2017 Views: 3973

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is a medium sized North American dog breed which has been recognised by the FCI since 1996. The FCI leads the Australian Shepherd in group 1, i.e. among the herding dogs. Australian Shepherds are lively, persistent and agile. In addition, their protective instinct is quite strong. Characteristics of the Australian Shepherd The life expectancy of the Australian Shepherd is between 13 and 15 years. It has a half-long, very dense fur, which makes it insensitive to cold and..

15/08/2018 Views: 3864


The Chihuahua is a small breed of dog from Mexico. To be more precise, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and is listed by the FCI in Group 9. Despite their small body size, Chihuahuas are very courageous and do not shy away from larger dogs. Characteristics of the Chihuahua The life expectancy of Chihuahua is 12 to 20 years. The size of an adult animal is between 15 and 23 cm. The ideal weight of the small quadrupeds should be between 1.5 and 2.5 kg, whereby also lighter ..

19/09/2018 Views: 3847

Healthy dog food for a natural diet

A natural diet for dogs. This is what we have been striving for for years at Bellfor. Our goal is therefore to offer you a natural and healthy dog ​​food.Why this is so important to us and what benefits this has for your dog is explained in this article below.Healthy and natural dog food: that's what mattersTo understand what a healthy and natural dog food is, it is necessary to know what a natural diet for dogs looks like.Dogs are semi-carnivores. This means that their food must consist of a la..

23/03/2018 Views: 3834

How can you help fight ear infections in your dog?

Does your dog constantly scratch his ears, shake his head or often hold it crooked? Then there is a good chance that he has an ear infection.As with humans, this also causes pain in your dog. You will notice this, among other things, because he does not like to be touched by the head, appears restless and may even become aggressive. The inflammation can also cause loss of appetite, fatigue and fever. Then at the latest it is high time to do something about it.Because apart from the inflamma..

18/10/2017 Views: 3732

Milk teeth in dogs

Just like humans, dogs are born without teeth and then get milk teeth, which later have to give way to permanent teeth.The milk teeth of the dogThe breakthrough of the milk teeth begins already in the third life-week of the dog. In total, the milk teeth consist of 28 teeth, which are significantly more pointed than the permanent teeth. On the lower and upper jaw, six incisors and molars each as well as two canines gradually break through.The change of teeth in dogsFrom the fourth to the seventh ..

12/02/2019 Views: 3720

Doping in dogs: prohibited substances and alternatives

It is nothing new that people have always used performance-enhancing methods in sporting competitions. But doping is not uncommon in dog sports either. In order to counteract this and to ensure fair conditions for all participants, the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) has been carrying out regular doping tests on dogs since 2012.Doping in dogs: substances prohibited by VDHThe VDH lists a whole range of substances whose use in dogs is considered doping and is therefore not permitted in c..

22/01/2019 Views: 3719

Hip dysplasia in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment

Dogs very often suffer from diseases of the joints. Especially chronic complaints are often associated with great pain and progressive restriction of mobility.A common joint disease is hip dysplasia. It represents a burden for dog and owner.In hip dysplasia, the hip joint is deformed. Due to changes in the femoral head and acetabular cup, they no longer fit together properly. As a result, the joint and cartilage wear out more and more.Possible causesIn principle, hip dysplasia can occur in any d..

17/10/2017 Views: 3669


The Weimaraner is a large dog breed from Germany. The Weimaraner is led by the FCI in group 7 and is still today a popular and reliable hunting dog, which builds up a close relationship with its owner with appropriate education.Characteristics of the WeimaranerWith a height at withers of 57 to 70 centimetres, the Weimaraner is one of the big dogs. Female copies become somewhat smaller with 57 to 65 cm, while males usually reach 59 to 70 cm. The weight of female Weimarans is in a range from 25 to..

02/11/2018 Views: 3627

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso Italiano is a dog breed from Italy, which is led by the FCI in group 2 (Pinscher and Schnauzer). Also known as the Italian Great Dane, the Cane Corso was originally bred as a guard dog and is therefore perfectly suited as a reliable watchdog.Characteristics of the Cane CorsoThe Cane Corso Italiano is a large dog breed with a height at the withers of about 60 to 68 centimetres, with a minimum height for males and a maximum height for females of 64 cm. The weight of the Cane Corso i..

16/08/2018 Views: 3624