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Nutrition for Dogs With Cancer

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

No other disease strikes as much fear deep within our hearts as cancer. We panic and start searching the Internet for something that can save our dog.

There is a lot of information out there, some websites even offering miracle supplements and cures for cancer. Please remember that promises that seem too good to be true very often are.

And don’t think that “natural” is safe and more is better. This is a time to stay positive and act on scientific truths rather than hearsay or guesswork.

Goals of nutritional therapy

Most dogs with cancer have a decreased food intake; therefore a major goal of nutritional therapy is to select a food that is highly palatable and energy dense.

The food’s nutrient profile should be individualized to maintain normal body condition, inhibit tumor growth and prevent or manage cachexia.

Avoid excess carbohydrates and increase protein and fat

A study done by Gregory Ogilvie, DVM, at Colorado State University, on dogs with stage 3 lymphoma, found that a diet moderate in high quality proteins, low in carbohydrates and moderate in fat, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, was successful in prolonging life.

Although much more research is needed and this study did not examine all forms of cancer, the results are encouraging.

This type of diet, however, is not appropriate for all dogs and should only be fed under veterinary guidance.

Foods of interest in dogs with cancer

High quality protein such as dairy products made from goat or sheep, egg, low-mercury fish, organ and muscle meat preferable natural raised.

Healthy, functional carbohydrates such as sweet potato, broccoli, quinoa and gluten free oats.

Antiangiogenic foods such as apples, berries, pumpkin and maitake mushrooms.

Cruciferous vegetables (unless your dog has hypothyroidism) such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and bok choy.

Green leafy and yellow-orange vegetables such as carrots, turnip greens and sweet potato.

Avoid gluten and get rid of high-GI foods such as corn, wheat or white rice (brown rice is fine).

Increase Omega-3 fatty acids

Increase Omega-3 intake and keep the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio as close to 1:1 as possible.

Wild salmon oil is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids but do not use cod liver oil as the amounts of vitamin A and D would be excessive when given at high doses.

Do not use flax seed oil instead of fish oil because the form of Omega-3 fatty acids found in plants must be converted to EPA and DHA in order to be utilized by the dog.

Vitamins C and E

There is some question as to whether vitamins C and E should be given in amounts above the daily nutritional guides set by NRC and AAFCO.

Although vitamins C and E have been shown to decrease cell damage, in particular DNA damage, their usefulness in neoplasia, once already diagnosed, is largely unknown, and some suggest they may even be harmful.

The debate starts when a patient is receiving radiation or chemotherapy. The presence of increased antioxidants in tissue may interfere with the anticancer effects of radiation and some chemotherapies and may counteract some of the cellular benefits of Omega-3.

I never add additional vitamin C or E and I urge you to ask your oncologist before adding any to your dog’s diet.

Digestive enzymes

The body’s ability to process and absorb nutrients in the food can be greatly affected by cancer.

Digestive enzymes help the body to break down food, making it easier to absorb nutrients. Thus they can be extremely valuable, in particular to dogs experiencing diarrhoea or weight loss.

Turmeric (Curcumine)

Turmeric is the spice found in curry which gives it the yellow colour. Although more research is needed, studies show turmeric has the ability to inhibit growth of tumours and metastasis.

Milk Thistle

This herb protects against or treats liver cells from damage from toxins such as chemotherapy drugs.

Probiotics

Probiotics is the ‘good guy’ bacteria that fights the ‘bad guys’ in the gastrointestinal tract, protecting the dog’s immune system, improving gut health and digestion.

Bottom Line

It can be difficult to address the needs for each neoplastic condition due to the complex nature of cancer.

However, dogs that have a higher nutritional status are not only more likely to fight off infections and tolerate therapy and its side effects, they also have better odds of actually winning the battle.

Article reposted from:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kristina-johansen/nutrition-for-dogs-with-cancer_b_6908834.html
By Kristina Johansen

7 Superfoods to Add to Your Dog's Diet

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

If your pet is a picky eater, then he may appreciate having a treat added to his food bowl. Think of it like your meal, when you add ketchup to French fries… or add bacon to almost anything.

Of course, unlike your addition of bacon, you’d probably prefer to give your dog something healthyas an add-in. While your dog may enjoy having bacon added to his dog food every day, your dog’s health may suffer, as he doesn’t understand that certain types of foods need to be eaten in moderation. To help you select the ideal add-ins for your dog, I’ve created the infographic below to explain both the benefits of Superfoods and which you may want your pup to try!

Adding Superfoods for Your Dog

Dogs will enjoy a variety of foods as add-ins, including those that will be good for them. The superfoods listed in the accompanying infographic can provide both a great add-in to the dog’s regular food as well as desirable vitamins and minerals that will contribute to your dog’s good health. Some superfoods are better as a standalone food, while others are great to add to the kibble. The following list includes the five best superfoods to add to a dog’s regular kibble!

  1. Broccoli. Cooked broccoli needs to be cut into very small pieces to be added to your dog’s food. Some dogs may like the stalk of the broccoli better than the flowery head, and others will want to eat the flowery head only. The vitamins in broccoli can help a dog’s digestion, while also healing any skin problems and preventing cancer.
  2. Carrots. If you’re going to add carrots to your dog’s food, you’ll be adding vitamins A and C to the animal’s diet, which will help its heart and eyes. Most dogs will like the carrots better as an add-in if they’re cooked, rather than raw. The soft carrots won’t help to clean your dog’s teeth as well as a raw, hard carrot, but they will provide plenty of health benefits.
  3. Fish oil. Pouring a bit of fish oil over the top of the dog’s food bowl can help the dog’s coat and skin look healthier, and salmon oil may even help alleviate a dog’s problems with allergies. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in the fish are especially beneficial for the dog’s overall health.
  4. Kale. As with the other foods on this list, kale is a superfood for both humans and dogs, providing the benefits found in vitamins A, C, and K, while also providing high levels of calcium and iron. If you search the Internet for baked dog treats with kale, you’ll find plenty of options that can help you introduce this superfood to your dog’s diet. You can spread steamed kale over the top of your dog’s regular food too.
  5. Spinach. Steamed spinach offers plenty of iron and vitamin K, which will help the health of your dog’s bones and heart. Spinach is also a great cancer-preventing vegetable, making it a great add-in to your dog’s regular meal time dog food. As with kale, baking spinach into dog treats is a good way to add this superfood to your dog’s diet.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Many Options

You may have to experiment a little bit to find just the right combination of superfoods and dog food to appeal to your dog’s taste buds, just be careful of food allergies. Most dogs enjoy eating a few different superfoods, so the experiments shouldn’t take too long.

You also may want to read through the list of ingredients on your dog food bag. Once you know which nutrients the dog food provides to your pet, you can pick a superfood that will supplement the dog food’s nutrients, giving your dog the entire range of vitamins and minerals it needs!

Article reposted from:
http://www.entirelypets.com/7-superfoods-for-your-dogs-diet-infographic.html
By Amber Kingsley

An Open Letter From Your Dog's Pancreas

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Hi, I’m your dog’s pancreas

You may not know exactly what I am or what I do, but trust me when I tell you that I play a vital role in maintaining your dog’s health and comfort.

Who knows, maybe you’ve already seen what happens when I’m not “on my game”: diabetes, pancreatic insufficiency, pancreatitis? As you can see, much like The Hulk… it’s best not to make me angry.

I’m reaching out today specifically because of all these bouts with pancreatitis… you know, the condition where I become inflamed and you and your dog pay the price. I’m tired of being the bad guy, but I’m also tired of having to work so hard because of all the extra “treats” you keep giving your dog. Now I’m not talking about the occasional dog biscuit or the carrots and green beans you give him. Those are fine. What really bothers me, what really hurts me, what really inflames me are all of the “extra special” treats — the bacon and sausage, the prime rib leftovers and steak bones, the scraps from your holiday feasts.

And that bacon grease you keep adding to your dog’s food in hopes of giving him a shinier coat. Really?!?! Who ever gave you that idea? what website or chat room did you read that one on?? Please stop, you’re killing me! Literally.

Look, I don’t want to hurt your dog. But you’re leaving me with little choice. I don’t like making your dog vomit and have diarrhea. I don’t like making him lethargic and putting him off his food. I don’t even like causing you the grief, inconvenience, and the financial strain of the costs associated with an inflamed pancreas. How spiteful do you think I am?

Pancreatitis is no fun for anyone!

Trust me, pancreatitis isn’t fun for me either. Not even close! When I’m inflamed, I start digesting myself. Have you ever literally eaten yourself? Does that sound like fun to you? I don’t recommend it!

So let’s call a truce. Let’s make a deal. You get your dog to an ideal body condition and stop “spoiling” him with the things that make me angry and I’ll keep being Bruce Banner, continuing to focus on my important work of helping your dog regulate his blood sugar and breakdown and absorb dietary proteins, carbohydrates, and the all-important fats. I don’t want to be The Hulk.

You see, at the end of the day, you and I have the same goal… to keep your dog happy, healthy, and pain-free. So let’s start working together. Let’s stop making each other angry. What do you say, do we have a deal?

Sincerely,
Your Dog’s (currently) Angry Pancreas

Article reposted from:
http://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/open-letter-from-your-dogs-pancreas
Authored by Jason Nicholas, BVetMed

Keeping Your Dog Healthy And Happy In Both Spring And Summer

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Keeping your dog happy and healthy all year round is important. You can enjoy the company of your furry family member when you ensure that it is comfortable. Spring and summer is a great time for you to enjoy being outdoors with your dog. With the great weather, you can enjoy months where taking long walks in the park can be the highlight of your days.

Before you spend too much time outdoors, it is important to know that the spring and summer days can present unique health risks and dangers for your dog. Dogs do not do too well in extreme weather and this goes beyond winter. The rising temperatures during the hot months can be just as unsafe. Following are some health care tips that will ensure that your dog remains healthy and safe in the heat.

Talk to the veterinarian

The best thing you can do for your dog is to pay a visit to your vet clinic for some education. Check with the vet to get tips and recommendations for heartworm prevention during spring. It is important to know that mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease that can be fatal. The disease is a silent killer and it is important to ensure that you keep your dog heartworm free. Fortunately, you can do this with minimal prevention. Talk to the vet about the best way to keep your dog cool and comfortable when it is hot.

Choosing the best diet

Spring and summer is the perfect time make some changes to your dog’s diet. You should transition your dog to good quality all natural dog food that will provide long-term benefits. Transitioning to new dog food is something you do slowly over time by mixing in the new food with the old. Gradually add more of the high quality dog food until your dog is only easting the premium food. A good diet will give your dog more energy during the summer months.

Monitoring your dog

It is very important to closely monitor your dog’s tolerance of the heat. You should never leave the dog out in the direct sun for too long. Remember that dogs can also get sunburned! Providing adequate cool, clean water is very important. Pay special attention to older dogs and dogs that have thick coats. You should limit your dogs exercise to the hours when the temperatures are cooler.

Flea and tick treatments

It is very important to keep your dog flea and tick free during the summer. It is a good idea to use natural tick and flea treatments. Talk to your vet about the best treatments and remember that some of the products in the market are actually toxic and you should avoid them at all costs. Your veterinarian can offer advice about holistic solutions for your dog grooming.

Protect your dog’s health and comfort by avoiding noisy events. You might enjoy firework displays and rock concerts, but your dog does not feel the same way! Avoid anything that can be stressful or that can cause anxiety to your dog. Dogs love summer and spring because it means spending lots of time outdoors. Make sure that you monitor your pet’s health to make the season fantastic for both of you!

Article reposted from:
http://www.hudsonvet.com/keeping-your-dog-healthy-and-happy-in-both-spring-and-summer/

How to help your dog live a long and healthy life?

Friday, April 24th, 2015

1. Encourage a healthy diet

Dogs who eat less live longer. According to a 2011 study, dogs who were raised on a restricted-calorie diet-about 25% less than “normal” recommended amounts of food-lived an average of two years longer than dogs who were fed more.

Of course, you should not drastically reduce your dog’s caloric intake without consulting a vet, but this information supports the common-sense knowledge that a dog with a healthy weight is a dog with a longer life.

Obese dogs are more likely to develop heart disease and debilitating joint problems that can lead to early death, so help your dog stay fit and trim. The quality of the food you feed her matters, too.

Research the available options, and opt for a balanced diet free from unnecessary fillers to extend your dog’s health.

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2. Exercise enables a healthy body

Diet isn’t the only way to help your dog stay in shape. Exercise is a key component to prolonging your dog’s life, and as an added bonus, it’ll help you live longer, too!

Exercise is proven to lower stress, increase endorphins, and balance mood and emotions in people and dogs alike. In addition to helping your dog maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass, and keeping her cardiovascular system in shape, regular physical activity will help keep her happy.

If you want to prolong her life, consider prolonging those evening walks, and maybe even kick it up to a jog. Better yet, let your dog romp off-leash with a canine friend or two: socialization with other dogs is another way to reduce her stress and improve her overall quality of life.

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3. Keep her mind in shape, too

Like people, dogs thrive on mental stimulation to keep them happy. A bored dog can become depressed, anxious, and even ill. You can extend your dog’s life by keeping her busy. As she ages, keep her mind active with training, socialization, games, one-on-one attention, and other enrichment activities.

It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks: sign up for advanced obedience lessons, or try a dog sport like agility or lure coursing. Your dog will thrive with the added stimulation, and your bond will strengthen as you learn new skills together.

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4. Don’t forget to brush those teeth

Dental hygiene is an often-overlooked aspect of pet care. Many of us, myself included, simply forget to brush our dogs’ teeth on a regular basis. Unfortunately, poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque, gingivitis, and eventually periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the mouth that has been linked to heart disease and organ damage in dogs.

The good news is, it’s not hard to keep your dog’s chompers in shape. Simply brush her teeth regularly, provide safe chew toys and dental treats, and have the vet check her teeth at annual visits. Learn more about dog dental health in our posts, How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth (and Keep All Your Fingers) and Help! My Dog Has Bad Breath.

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5. Follow your doctor’s orders

Even if your dog is the picture of health, she should visit the vet at least once a year for a general check-up, and twice a year as she enters old age.

Wellness exams are meant to “maintain optimal health,” and they provide a concrete record of your dog’s health history as she ages. They also give your vet the chance to spot potential problems early on, and a problem detected in its early stages is more likely to be treated and resolved successfully. Sticking to a regular preventative care routine will give your dog the best shot at a long, healthy life.

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6. Remember to enjoy every moment

The sad fact of dog parenthood is that people outlive pets, and there are no miracle products that will extend your dog’s life far beyond the natural lifespan of her breed. But with conscientious care, enrichment, and regular veterinary attention, you may be able to give her a few extra years.

Your time together is precious, so maintain healthy habits, keep your dog active in body and mind, and savor every minute.

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Article reposted from:
http://officialhuskylovers.com/help-dog-live-long-healthy-life/
By
Husky

When to take a dog to the vet ASAP?

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

How do you know when your dog’s health problem is life threatening and requires immediate veterinarian attention?

Here is a list of the top 10 most common dog emergencies seen in the vet ER:

1. Dog trauma

If your dog has sustained some form of trauma such as a fall, gunshot wound, getting hit by a car or is involved in a dog fight then immediate veterinary attention is needed. Even if your dog appears fine initially a check-up with your veterinarian is still necessary because sometimes injuries sustained from a traumatic event such as a ruptured lung, diaphragmatic hernia or internal bleeding will not manifest symptoms immediately. Wounds such as lacerations and bite wounds may be deeper than they appear and complications such as infection can result from delaying veterinary attention. Sometimes the traumatic event is not witnessed by the owner, if you find your dog limping, seemingly in pain or is just not acting right then it would be best to have her checked out.

2. Dog has difficulty breathing

Dyspnea is also known as difficulty breathing and can manifest as wheezing, choking, weak and raspy breathing or respiratory arrest. This can be caused by a foreign body in the throat, allergic reaction, heart disease or pulmonary disease. If there is a foreign body present it is important not to try and extract it yourself – doing so may lodge the object even deeper, completely obstructing the airway. Breathing problems almost always indicate major dog health problems so do not wait to take immediate action.

3. Dog neurological conditions

Neurological problems can manifest in your dog as disorientation, incoordination, severe lethargy, unresponsiveness, and coma. A normal healthy dog is bright, alert and responsive; any pronounced change in your dog’s mental status requires immediate veterinary attention. Lethargy and weakness can be seen with any serious illness and should never be ignored. Sometimes neurological disorders do not affect mentation (for instance loss of use of the hind limbs can sometimes be cause by a ruptured intervertebral disc). Again these are serious disorders that need prompt veterinary attention to achieve the most favorable outcome.

4. Dog seizures

Seizures are also considered a neurological condition but are so common in dogs it deserves its own category. Any dog that has never experienced a seizure before needs to be seen immediately. Signs associated with a seizure include uncontrollable shaking and tremors, loss of consciousness, paddling with the legs and possible loss of bowel or urinary control. The most common cause of seizures in dogs is epilepsy. If your dog is diagnosed as epileptic not every seizure will constitute an emergency. If your dog has multiple seizures within a 24-hour period or if a seizure lasts longer than a couple minutes then your epileptic dog may need immediate veterinary attention. Talk to your veterinarian more about how to manage epilepsy and what to watch for. Other causes of seizures include hypoglycemia in puppies, insulinoma in older dogs and toxicities in dogs of all ages.

5. Suspected or known toxic exposure

You found a chewed up rat bait while running some laundry down to the basement or you notice the bag of fertilizer in the garden shed has been ripped open. If you suspect your dog has gotten into something potentially toxic call the ASPCA animal poison control at (888) 426-4435 for immediate advice on what to do. A veterinary toxicologist may advise you to induce vomiting, seek immediate veterinary attention or simply monitor at home if the substance ingested turns out to be innocuous. Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the house at all times in case you are ever asked to induce vomiting.

6. Dog vomiting and dog diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common problems in dogs and while they can be signs of a serious dog health issues the majority of cases are simple gastric upset that typically resolves within 24 hours. If your dog is otherwise acting fine then rest the stomach by withholding food for 4 to 6 hours and make sure your dog has access to plenty of water so they can stay hydrated. If she develops additional clinical signs such as lethargy, weakness or seems to be in pain then immediate veterinary attention is indicated. Also if vomiting or diarrhea persists more than 24 hours OR you notice blood in the vomitus or the diarrheas then go see your veterinarian immediately. If your dog has a chronic medical problem such as diabetes and starts vomiting then it is not recommended to wait 24 hours and to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

7. Dog distended abdomen or abdominal pain

If you notice your dog’s abdomen is distended and she seems to be in pain and/or uncomfortable then a serious medical problem necessitating immediate veterinary care is likely. Abdominal distension may be accompanied by dry heaves, retching, weakness, collapse and difficulty breathing. Abdominal distension can be caused by air trapped in the stomach which can cause the stomach to twist over on itself. This condition is known as gastric dilatation-volvulus—or commonly “bloat” – and usually occurs in large breed dogs. This is life threatening if not treated and the sooner you go to the veterinarian the better your dog’s odds for a positive outcome will be. Other reasons for abdominal distension can be fluid distension (ascites) from heart disease and hemoabdomen from internal bleeding such as a ruptured spleen.

8. Dog ocular problems

Eye problems in dogs have a nasty tendency to deteriorate faster than problems in other areas. These problems can quickly escalate into loss of the eye and blindness if not treated especially glaucoma. Signs of ocular disease include redness of the eye, discharge, excessive tearing swelling, squinting and constant pawing at the eye. Even if it is just a foreign body in the eye or a superficial scratch on the cornea prompt veterinary treatment can prevent a minor problem from becoming a serious one.

9. Dog urinary problems

If you notice your dog is not producing any urine then go see your veterinarian as soon as possible. While much more common dog health problem in cats than dogs, urinary blockages do occur and are life-threatening. If you notice difficulty urinating or blood in the urine then see your veterinarian as soon as possible because it may indicate a urinary infection or urinary stones that can escalate to blockage if not treated.

10. Dog whelping emergencies

If your dog goes into labor and you notice that more than four hours pass without any puppies, strains for more than 30 minutes without results or more than two hours elapse between puppies then she may be experiencing dystocia. Call your veterinarian immediately for advice.

This list is by no means all inclusive of definite emergencies but is a compilation of the more common dog health emergencies seen. If there is something going on with your dog and you are not sure if it is an emergency or not, be aware that help is just a phone call away. Always have the number of your regular veterinarian, the ASPCA poison control and the number of your local 24-hour emergency clinic available. As a dog owner you know your dog best – if you suspect something is wrong do not hesitate to call. This one act can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Never feel embarrassed about calling or being a worrywart because it is better to be safe than sorry.

Article reposted from:
http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/health/Top-Reasons-to-Immediately-Go-to-the-Vet

6 Pet Health Myths You May Have Fallen For

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Like that old game of telephone, misinformation has a way of getting around – and around again. Pet care isn’t immune to the game. To help clear things up, here’s a list of some of the most popular misconceptions about pet health and the truth behind them.

Have you heard that the only way to reward a dog is with food? Unfortunately, this is a very common misconception among pet owners. Image credit: Thinkstock

Myth 1: Parasite Prevention Isn’t Necessary Year-round

In truth, many vets want pet owners to think of parasite prevention as preventive medicine. Some parasites, like roundworms, can infect pets at any time of the year, so only continuous prevention is effective against them. To help keep pets safe from fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites, you’ll need to administer broad-spectrum parasite prevention medication; many of these products are administered or applied once every month. Your veterinarian will help you choose the products that will be most helpful to your pets.

Myth 2: Neutering Makes Dogs Soft

Neutering male dogs can quiet certain unpleasant tendencies (such as mounting behavior and urine marking) when done at a young age. At the same time, it won’t diminish skills that are characteristic of a breed – like hunting. What’s more, neutering also can help protect against testicular cancer and an enlarged prostate.

Myth 3: Urine Marking Is Just a Cat’s Way of Staking His Territory

Though cats sometimes use urine to mark their claim, frequent urination outside the litterbox can signal a serious health problem, like a urinary tract infection, bladder stones or even diabetes or renal failure. Sometimes inappropriate urination can signal that your cat is suffering from anxiety. If your cat goes outside his litterbox once or twice, it’s worth a call to the vet to see if you should be concerned. But if he’s having frequent “accidents,” making numerous trips to the litterbox, howling or meowing while urinating, seems unable to urinate or has any blood in the urine, take him to your veterinarian right away.

Myth 4: It’s OK to Skip Brushing Pets’ Teeth

Failure to brush regularly can lead to serious gum disease and significantly decrease your pet’s overall quality of life. When started at a young age, many pets enjoy teeth brushing! Even many older cats and dogs can learn to love it when you introduce it slowly and make it fun. Visit your veterinarian for toothbrushing pointers and advice — such as avoiding using toothpaste for people, because the fluoride can cause health problems in dogs and cats.

Myth 5: Itchy Ears Must Mean Ear Mites

When your canine’s ears start to itch, don’t immediately assume it’s ear mites and don’t attempt to treat the itch without seeking out your veterinarian’s advice. The itching could be due to a yeast or bacterial infection that requires appropriate medication to treat. Those infections typically occur as a result of food or inhalant allergy or another underlying medical issue. Plus, if your dog’s ear issues are allergy related, a one-time treatment might not do the trick. Your veterinarian will explain how to soothe your dog’s itchy ears.

Myth 6: The Only Way to Show Pets Love Is Through Food

Pets’ longing looks at your food or their empty food bowls do tug at the heartstrings. But feeding pets too much isn’t affectionate; it’s a health risk. Obesity can lead to other medical problems including skin issues, orthopedic complications, arthritis and heart and liver troubles. Don’t get hung up on the portion recommendations on a bag of pet food — those recommendations are general and might not illustrate the amount your pet needs to eat. Speak to your veterinarian about the portion size that’s best for your pet. And remember that when you want to show your pets a little love, active playtime is one of the best ways to do it!

Article reposted from:
http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/6-pet-health-myths-you-may-have-fallen-for

The Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Coconut oil is a fantastic addition to a dog’s diet. More and more people are discovering the amazing health benefits of virgin, unrefined coconut oil. We are now learning that this healthy oil is also extremely beneficial for our dogs as well! Coconut oil consists of approximately 90% saturated fats, yet most of those fats are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component of the MCTs in coconut oil is lauric acid; which is antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial and helps to balance the immune system. MCTs are an excellent source of energy and are extremely easy to digest, as they do not require lipase or gall bladder bile to digest – making it easily processed in the body.

Coconut oil is very beneficial to the skin and coat:

The addition of this oil to the diet can result in the alleviation of skin conditions such as itchy skin, eczema and allergies. Coconut oil can reduce allergic reactions and improve the overall health of the skin and coat while making fur soft and shiny. Coconut oil can be used to deodorize as well, which makes it a phenomenal toothpaste substitute for dogs with stinky breath. Coconut oil can also be used to treat both fungal and yeast infections, including candida overgrowth.

Due to the antibacterial properties of coconut oil you can apply it topically to disinfect wounds and skin abrasions and promote quick healing. I have used coconut oil topically on Hunter with nice results, I find that it speeds the recovery significantly while keeping the wound clean. Apply coconut oil to hot spots, insect bites and stings, scrapes and scratches for protection and healing.

This fantastic oil is also used to treat or improve digestive issues and it is also known for improving digestion and nutrient absorption. Coconut oil is also known to assist in normal regulation of the thyroid, which can also help overweight dogs shed the pounds.

In summary, coconut oil is an extremely healthy oil that consists of mostly saturated fats – but don’t let that put you off! Coconut oil is extremely rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides and contains lauric acid which is very easily digested and converted to energy. Coconut oil improves skin and coat conditions, allergic reactions, improves digestion and nutrient absorption, support a healthy immune system and disinfects wound and promotes fast healing.

The dosage for coconut oil is one tablespoon for every 30lbs of body weight. Try this healthy oil for your pet, you won’t be disappointed!

Article reposted from:
http://www.k9instinct.com/blog/the-benefits-of-coconut-oil-for-dogs
By Angel – K9 Instinct

Be Treatwise with our Dog

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Dogs enjoy food – there is certainly no doubt about that. They will often sit by or circle the table at dinner waiting to get your scrumptious leftovers, and you are very likely to cave in when those puppy dog eyes are staring up at you.  What we fail to think about though is that our bodies are very different to the bodies of dogs, and the foods that we might think are healthy for them can actually have the opposite effect on their health.

Who would have thought that food we humans see as healthy, grapes and raisins, could develop into kidney failure within 48 hours of snacking when eaten by a dog? It’s unbearable to even think about!

There are many reasons why you might give your dog your leftovers, whether he deserves it for learning a new trick or because he just won’t leave you alone; it’s not necessarily always a bad thing. There are some foods that we eat that you can give them which are beneficial and may actually improve your dog’s health.

It can be difficult knowing what is healthy for your dog and what isn’t, so make sure you stick to what you know, do some research or speak to your vet.

Can Dogs Eat Bones?

One food to avoid is cooked bones; they splinter more easily so contain more sharp bits which are as painful, if not more, for a dog as we humans. However, it isn’t only boned meat you should be concerned about. If you’ve cooked too many sausages, don’t be tempted by your dog’s imploring look, preservatives in sausages can cause thiamine deficiency which can be fatal.

It’s important to also think about your actions as carelessness can affect your dog. For example, if anti-freeze drips from your car to the ground, its liable to be licked up – which can result in vomiting, diarrhoea and breathing difficulties.

What Can Dogs Eat?

So what can we actually give our furry friends as a treat? They bring us lots of happiness and they deserve it, right?

Apples are great for improve a dogs overall health, they help to satisfy a dog’s desire to chew, while providing a source of pectin. This can help to remove toxins from the intestinal tract, strengthen intestinal muscles and remove harmful bacteria. Carrots are also a healthy treat for your pet, they are low calorie and naturally sweet, and again will satisfy your dog’s desire to chew, whilst aiding blood clotting and energy production.

Bear in mind that treats should only make up one tenth of your dog’s daily intake.

Our infographic below features common snacks that may be harming your dog and it will give you a good insight to what’s classed as a treat or poison. You may be surprised at some of them!

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Will you be changing your dog’s diet after this? If so, are you taking the bad things out, or putting the good ones in? Why not print off the infographic and stick it on your fridge so the rest of the family also know the difference between healthy dog treats vs. what could poison your dog.

Article reposted from:
http://www.preloved.co.uk/blog/permalink/670/be-treatwise-with-your-dog.html
Infographic Source:
http://www.vet-medic.com/blog/2014/08/infographic-treats-vs-poison/

How Healthy is your Dog?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Your dog needs to be kept healthy – doing so can increase your dog’s longevity. Animal Health Company provides top tips to keep your dog on track for a long life. From ensuring your beloved pet has the right nutrition to health needs, exercise, grooming and dental care. Below is the infographic provides information “How to keep your Dog Healthy?”

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Article reposted from:
http://animal-health.co.uk/news/how-healthy-is-you-dog-html.html
Courtesy: Animal Health Company