Dog Health Care

How to Help a Dog to Lose Weight

Help a dog to lose weight for a healthier life

We know it is unhealthy to be overweight, well it’s the same for our dogs. Overweight dogs are prone to diseases such as diabetes and arthritis, so it’s important to help a dog to lose weight, so he can live a healthy and fulfilling life.

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Dogs don’t become overweight on their own. They are overweight because we feed them too much. Some times out of ignorance and sometimes out of misplaced kindness.

Actually I think the following news story is rather sad. From the UK, the lastest “aid” for overweight dogs is a stair lift especially designed for dogs who are too fat to climb the stirs on their own.

Stair lift for dogs helps porky pooches get about | The Sun |News

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Fat dogs might look cute and cuddly but obesity is a serious issue with very serious consequences – besides restricted movement, heart disease and arthritis, it can result in liver damage and diabetes too”. A cautionary tail.

Also from the U.K, The Biggest Loser – fot pets! For those who have never watched the biggest loser, it is a contest for obese people to see whjo can lose the most weight. Contestants are put through all sorts of dreadful exercise routines for the entertainment of TV audiences. The cosen dogs and cats will go through a 6 month diet and exercise program. Watch the video below to find out more…

The Biggest Loser: Pet Version [VIDEO]

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“The Biggest Loser” has gone to the dogs, cats and bunny rabbits in the United Kingdom. Eighteen overweight pets have been chosen to take part in a weight loss competition called Pet Fit Club in the U.K. Do any of these

By now you already know if your dog is overweight. But “how to help a dog lose weight?” The following article has some great advice on how and what to feed your dog to get him or her back into shape. Apparantly it’s all asbout training the dog owner.

How to Feed Your Overweight Dog – Article :: Networx

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How to Feed Your Overweight Dog. “Everything, just about, tastes good to them (the dog). They don’t know enough to quit eating, so we have to retrain the owner,” said Dr. Schmitt.

It appears the US also has a problems with overweight pets. This little video give some good advice on how to solve the problem.

FOX59: Overweight Pet Epidemic

It’s a health epidemic in the United States: pudgy pets. According to the association for pet obesity prevention, more than 88 million pets are obese or overweight. Doug Magditch looks into the problem and what can be done about it.

It’s not just overfeeding that can cause a dog to become obese. A low thyroid can cause weight gain as the metabolism is slowed. If you think you’re feeding and exercising your dog correctly, but he’s still piling on the weight, it may be time to ask you vet how to help a dog lose weight. There may be other factors, such as metabolic disorders at play.

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Is There Really a Need For Dog Nutritional Supplements?

Dog nutritional supplements for peak health

For dog owners, taking care of your dog’s health, and making sure they stay active, eat the proper diet and nutrition, and get the right dog nutritional supplements in to their day to day diet, are all factors to keep in mind for a healthy heart, to keep them active, and to keep them feeling younger.

There are various supplements owners can choose to give to their dogs. From supplements for bone joint, proper fur growth and maintenance, supplements for heart health, and other nutritional based supplements, which are for an overall healthier life style, and a more active lifestyle for their dogs. There are also dog health supplements which are intended for different breeds, different ages, and dogs which are in different stages of their life.

As a dog owner, considering all of the major supplements, where your dog is in his or her stage of life, what their current health is, and their activity levels, you will find that the addition of certain supplements might ensure a healthier lifestyle, and might help in making them more active. So, taking the time to find the best supplements for heart health, bone and joint damage prevention, and supplements which can aid in preventing certain conditions like heart worms (or other common illnesses which dogs might develop), are some things for owners to keep in mind, if they are looking to give their dog a longer life span, a more active daily life, and a healthier life than they might have been living in the past.

By speaking to your vet, you will be able to determine which dog nutritional supplements are best for your dog, those that are necessary (based on age, certain conditions, and their joint and bone health), and your vet might also prescribe certain dog nutritional supplements which might aid in getting your dog up, and getting active. So, taking the time to find out which supplements are essential, which ones are optional, and those which are used by all vets, are some things owners should do if they want to give their dog the most active lifestyle, a fuller and longer life span, and prevent certain conditions from fleas and ticks, to heart worms – which are one of the most common conditions in dogs (and if not properly treated, can lead to certain conditions, and death if not caught by the vet in a timely manner).

Keeping each of these factors in mind, learning about the various dog nutritional supplements which are available, and learning which one of these dog nutritional supplements is most likely going to give your dog the added energy they need, and the heart health you want to ensure, are things you have to learn about as an owner. Not only can this ensure a longer life span, but can also give your dog a more mobile and energetic life (if they have certain bone or joint issues), and can keep them feeling their best for years to come, when the proper supplements are included in their daily routine.

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Why is My Dog Peeing In the House?

If you’re frustrated with your dog peeing in the house, you’re not alone. Although it may seem that your is simply doing it to annoy you, this isn’t the case, there is always a reason. Wetting inside the house or, to give it it’s official name, canine urinary incontinence, is a common problem but it can be fixed with a bit of perseverance.

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The things to establish first is why is your dog peeing in the house. Is it easy to get outside? Make sure there is an easy way for your dog to get outside the house so that “accidents” are less likely to happen.

Is your dog still a puppy? Chances are he’s still not house trained. Some dogs do take quite a while to train and it can be dependent on how much time you, as an owner, put into it too.

Is there another animal in the house? Your dog may simply be marking his territory and creating boundaries. If the amount of urine is small, chances are it’s a territorial behavior. If it’s a large puddle, your dog possibly couldn’t get outside in time. Accidents do happen!

If your dog is simply peeing in the house during the night, this is likely just a holding problem. Take your dog outside before bed and make sure he waters the garden! Perhaps limit his drinking water just before bed as well.

Older dogs will eventually suffer with incontinence if they live long enough. Special pads can deal with this.

If none of the above seem applicable, it may be a health problem. Have your dog checked out by a vet for any potential health problems. Diabetes could be a cause of peeing inside the house for example.

If in fact it turns out to be a behavioral problem, which is more common, you can take the proactive approach and reward him every time he goes outside to pee. Tedious I know but it’s better than continually mopping up puddles!

Urinary Incontinence in Dogs and Cats

healthypets.mercola.com – Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian discusses the possible causes of urinary incontinence in dogs and cats, and how to best treat them.

Of course an infection could also be another reason for your dog peeing in the house, as the article below points out.

Canine Urinary Incontinence Tips | Incontinence

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Is your pet experiencing canine urinary incontinence? It can be frustrating when your house broke pet starts to urinate all over the house. Consider these tips on canine urinary incontinence before you loose patience with your

Dog Pad Review – Washable or Disposable?

As our dogs gets older they face many of the same problems that we as humans face such as incontinence. Fortunately senior dog owners have several options to help their dogs retain their dignity and their carpets to stay dry. In this video I give you…

Finally, there is medication that can control your dog peeing in your house if all else fails. It is calle Proin.

Urinary Incontinence in Dogs and Using Proin to Relieve the

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With urinary incontinence as a common occurrence in dogs, it has been found that Proin works to remedy the condition. As it tones the sphincter, Proin works to control the bladder leakage.

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Enjoying Life with an Aging Dog

An aging dog – time to repay their loyalty

Much as we might wish it were otherwise, our beloved aging dog — who was only a pup just the other day, it seems — is going to hit her golden years sooner than we expect. Although we tend not to think of dogs as old until the signs become extremely obvious, we should be aware that, depending on the breed, your dog may be considered a senior citizen of the canine world from about the age of 7 and on. Smaller dogs tend to be longer lived and may not reach seniorhood until after the age of 10. Still, there is going to come a time when such items as orthopedic dog beds and even doggy diapers may be added to our shopping list.

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A Few Signs

The aging process for people and dogs is not really all that different. The issue is that we humans might not be as skillful at spotting the signs in other species. Dogs tend to get grayer and slower as they age. Hearing and vision might be significantly reduced. Arthritis is extremely common in aging dogs. Dogs are also not immune to dementia and may eventually exhibit much of the same confusion, incontinence, inappropriate behavior, and the rest of the symptoms that you may see in your own parents if they develop Alzheimer’s or another form of cognitive impairment.

What To Do

Again, dogs and people are not so different and what you do for your dogs as they age is not so different from what you should do for your parent as they age — though the dogs are likely to be a lot more cooperative. That’s especially true when it comes to exercise.

Unlike a lot of older people, most dogs love nothing more than to go outside and run around with us. While they will inevitably get less active as they age, encouraging most dogs to get more exercise is demonstrably easier than encouraging most of us sedentary humans to do so.

Also, watch your dog’s caloric intake. A fat dog isn’t better off than a fat person in regards to all kinds of health risks. As far as dieting is concerned, however, your dog has it easier than you because she can’t open the refrigerator. Your dog isn’t getting any food that you aren’t giving her.

There are also both drugs and supplements that can reduce and may even help prevent the onset of arthritis, including products containing glucosamine. Of course, you want to consult with your veterinarian about all the options that are available to help your aging dog feel as good as possible in regards to joint health, including orthopedic dog beds.

Finally, we probably don’t have to say this, but your dog also needs even more affection as she ages. Most of us have no problem lavishing love on our dog — indeed, this is sadly more of an issue with elderly people than with aging pets — but, as they age, it’s important we play with them and generally make sure they feel included and not “put out to pasture.”

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