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Food Nutrition
Posted February 23, 2018
      

 Look at the label on any packaged food in your pantry. How many of the ingredients do you recognize? We don't always know what goes into the food we eat. If that's true for us, you can imagine it's much worse when it comes to our pets. Do you know what all the ingredients in your dog's food are? Do you know what to stay away from?

Let's start with what to stay away from. Some dog foods do not use the freshest or best ingredients. If a dog food lists meat byproducts as on of the first ingredients, stay far away from that food! The name "meat byproducts" is very misleading, as it actually contains very little meat. These are discarded leftovers that no one else uses as ingredients (like feet, lungs, brains, intestines...). In fact, most meat byproducts are unfit for human consumption. So why would you feed your dog something you wouldn't eat?

What about the other ingredients that you might not know? Some of those are beneficial for your dog. For instance, look at Nutro dog foods. Nutro prides itself on using the best and freshest ingredients in its dog foods. They actually select their ingredients from farmers and ranchers that they know and trust.

Although all the ingredients are fresh and natural, there are still some mysterious ingredients you may see. Let's make them a little less mysterious! Nutro foods actually have an entire list of what their ingredients are, and how they benefit your dog. Here are some common ingredients and what they do:

Ascorbic Acid: This ingredient is often found in human food too. It's a source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and generally good for you (and your dog).

Corn Gluten Meal:  This is an excellent source of protein that is highly digestible. Corn gluten meal is also a source of sulfur amino acids, which are important for skin & coat health. It is also a good source of antioxidants.

Folic Acid:  This is another ingredient that is great for humans as well. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is often recommended for pregnant women because it helps in the development of healthy new cells. In dogs, it is involved in the development of tissues of the nervous system.

So, check the ingredients of your dog's food. Is he getting the best nutrition?


Arthritis in Dogs?
Posted February 15, 2018
      

Dogs can suffer from a lot of the same health issues as humans. Unfortunately, dogs are not very good at showing when they're sick, and they can't tell us if they're not feeling well. That's why it's important to be aware of some common dog health issues that affect many dogs as they age.

Arthritis is one of these issues. Knowing the risks is the first step towards helping your dog avoid the stress associated with arthritis and its treatments. Here are some facts about arthritis that you should be aware of as your dog ages.

Large and obese dogs are at greater risk of developing arthritis. This is because larger dogs have more weight for their bones to hold up, which causes stress on the bones and cartilage. However, this doesn't mean that small dogs can't get arthritis. In fact, 1 out of every 5 dogs will experience joint problems at some point in their lives.

Treatments for advanced arthritis include medicines and surgery. Dogs with arthritis can be given Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to help treat the problem and ease the pain. If the arthritis is too advanced for medicines, surgery may be the only option. Both of these treatments are stressful for your dog and can also be quite costly.

This is why the right diet is so important. A good diet can make a huge difference in your dog's chances of getting arthritis - and in the way the disease develops. As I mentioned before, obese dogs are at a higher risk for arthritis, so it's no surprise that feeding your dog the right food can help prevent or delay arthritis.

A good diet may actually also help dogs that already have arthritis. High levels of Omega-3 fatty acids for example help ease joint stiffness while EPA helps nourish cartilage, so your dog can overcome the discomfort and pain of arthritis.

Switching your arthritic dog's food to a diet formulated specifically for dogs with arthritis is an easy way to help him deal with arthritis, and reduce the need for more aggressive treatments later on.

If you notice that your dog is starting to slow down, a trip to the vet may be in order. Asking the right questions is important - before you go to the vet, it's a great idea to prepare a list of questions you want to ask to help determine the best course of action for your dog. 

Be prepared, and you are more likely to catch a health problem before it becomes serious.


Small Dogs, Large Dogs, Any Size Dog
Posted February 08, 2018
      

Some people believe that small dogs have less health problems as they age than large dogs do. This is actually a myth - small dogs are just as likely to get sick as large dogs. There are some health issues, for instance, that are more common in smaller dogs. And some diseases can actually be found almost exclusively in small dog breeds.

So what are the health risks for your small dog?

What if you notice that your dog is having trouble breathing, coughing, and making a coughing sound that resembles the honk of a goose? These may be signs of a collapsed trachea. This health problem is found almost exclusively in small dog breeds, and can cause severe problems. It interferes with the dog's daily life, and should be treated right away to avoid complications.

Another common small dog health problem is known as luxating patella. This happens when a dog's kneecap slips out of place. When a dog is suffering from this condition, he cannot straighten his leg.  He has to stand with his leg bent and he walks oddly (skipping). Once again, this issue is very common in small dog breeds like the Pomeranian, the Pug, and other toy dog breeds.

As you can see, the small dog has his own set of health problems. Still, there are some other health issues that you should be aware of, even though they're not as common in small dogs as in large dogs. For instance, arthritis is more likely to affect large or obese dogs - but many smaller dogs suffer from it as well. In fact, arthritis can cause big problems for small dogs because the more aggressive procedures to treat arthritis , like surgery, can be very stressful for their little bodies.

This is why it's a good idea to watch out for symptoms of arthritis in your dog, regardless of his size. Some signs to watch out for are:

Difficulty walking, jumping, or even just standing

Limping or favoring a limb

Behavior changes and sudden bad behavior

Being less active and playful in general

If you are concerned about your dog, it's better to take him to a vet than to wait it out. Arthritis can be treated but as it advances, the treatments become more invasive and stressful. It's a great idea to have a list of questions ready for your vet visit, so that you know you are covering everything you're concerned about.

If you find out that your small dog has arthritis, you can help him by switching his diet. Diets specially formulated to help dogs suffering from arthritis typically contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acid to help ease joint stiffness, while EPA nourishes cartilage.

 

Being aware of possible problems is the first step towards helping your dog! Prevention and early intervention are the best option when dealing with health issues. Have you taken your dog for his regular vet checkup yet?


Track Your Pup?
Posted February 02, 2018
      

Ever had the fear of loosing your pup? At the park, on a walk, or just plain scared they will jump the fence or dart out that open front door?

Well, we found this collar recently, link below, that from what we have seen it’s a collar that helps you keep track of your dog.

It tracks activity and location. Although it seems to be a little pricey, the safety of your pup is much greater. 

Check it out, we would love to know if any one that has bought a pup from us uses this.

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