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Tips to Manage A Food-Motivated Dog - Hank always seems hungry but should we keep feeding him? We have two dogs a retriever/chow mix named Indy Anna, who eats when she’s hungry but won’t always lick her bowl clean; and an Anatolian Shepherd named Hank, who acts like he’s starving regardless of how much or how recently he’s eaten. He’s a healthy weight and our vet says he gets the right amount of food, regardless of Hanks opinion. Having spent quite a bit of time figuring out how best to take care of him I’ve come up with a few things that have helped us and might help you with your own food-motivated dog. Differing Opinions Our dog and our vet disagree (dramatically) on how much is enough food. While Hank seems hungry, I’ve had to learn to trust the vet. I spent a few months over-feeding him, followed by a year of trying to get the excess weight off. Now that Hank’s back in shape, I have to stick with the plan, knowing that his appetite will adjust itself now that his weight’s stabilized. With regular c
Hank always seems hungry, no matter how much he eats. These tips have helped us keep him full without gaining extra weight.
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6 Fun Activities To Do With Your Older Dog - My oldest dog, Bashir, an Australian Shepherd, will be eleven years old in a couple of months. He has some arthritis and isn t as agile or fast as he used to be but that doesn t mean I ve let him become a couch potato. In fact, he s as busy now as he was when he was younger; I ve just changed some of his activities due to the changes in his body. If you re looking for some activities for your older dog here are some of the things Bashir and I do. Refresh His Obedience Training Obedience training isn t just for dogs who have  problem behaviors. Instead, refreshing your older dog s obedience training is a great way to strengthen the bond you have with your dog. When practicing his training skills, you re communicating with your dog, praising his efforts, and having a great time with him. In addition, you can tailor your training to his physical abilities. For example, although Bashir has some arthritis, it s not hampering him yet so he can do all of the basic obedience exercises. Howev
I've just changed some of my older dog's activities due to the changes in his body but there are plenty of fun activities you can still do together.
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Great article +The Honest Kitchen! We just found out Piper is in renal failure (she's only 3 :( ), so I'm trying to find some things that keep her engaged now that she can't run and play (dehydration). I'll go back to her training. She loved it when she was a puppy.
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Vet Tips to Recognize and Treat Pet Ear Problems - Is your dog or cat plagued by chronic ear problems? Are frequent trips to the veterinary hospital for ear cleaning or applications of medications required to keep your dog’s ears free from uncomfortable inflammation and infection? If so, you are not alone, as ailments affecting the ears are some of the most common reasons owners present their pets to their veterinarian for evaluation and treatment. istock/alexandragl1 Unique anatomy of the canine and feline ear Dog and cat ears have multiple parts that can be affected by injury of illness, including: Pinna Also known as the earflap, it s the fleshy piece of skin that either sticks up or folds over. Since the earflap is a structure that’s external to the body, it’s susceptible to injury from an animal bite, penetration by a plant awn (foxtail, cactus, etc.), or even self-trauma from a foot’s repeat scratching. The earflap is especially prone to a condition called hematoma, where blood accumulates between the pieces of cartilag
Ailments affecting cat and dog ears are some of the most common reasons owners take their pets to their veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
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You Found a Lump on Your Pet. Now What? - Don’t panic. Lumps and bumps happen. If you felt one while petting your dog, before you do anything else, take a deep breath. It’s easy to get worked up, especially if you consult the internet. Don’t. The important thing is to stay calm so that your dog doesn’t feel anxious. Then, take action. Examine the lump Sometimes, what feels like a lump at first, might be as simple as a scab. Brush aside your dog’s fur so that you can see the spot. Does it look like it’s above the surface of the skin? Is it soft or firm? Movable or attached? Jot a few notes of your initial impressions to be prepared for the next step. Mark the date in your notes so that, as you await an appointment with your vet, you can monitor changes and how quickly they occur. Call your vet Let them know where the lump is located, how long it’s been there, and whether or not it’s changed since you initially spotted it. Relay all the details from your initial examination. Some factors may affect whether or no
Don’t panic. Lumps and bumps happen. Follow these steps to track any changes and consult effectively with your vet.
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6 Questions You Need To Ask When Boarding Your Dog - Leave your dog behind with peace of mind by asking all the right questions. You re heading out of town on business or for a vacation, but you can t take your dog with you. If friends or family can t watch your pooch while you re away, chances are you ll need to leave him at a dog boarding facility. This can be a stressful situation for both you and your dog, and that s exactly what you don t want when you re leaving for an extended period of time. If this is the first time you ve ever used a particular dog boarding facility, there are a few things you need to know before deciding on a kennel. To help you ask all the right questions, print off this list before making the final decision: Can I tour the facilities? If the answer is anything other than Yes, hightail it out of there. This is a must, and if they won’t let you, trust your gut and leave immediately! While you re touring, make sure that the kennels are clean and spacious. It will also give you time to get a feeling about the
There are a few things you need to know before deciding on a kennel. Asking the right questions will help you make the right final decision.
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The Pros and Cons of Buying Pet Health Insurance - Everyone has an option on pet insurance— but is it the right choice for you? Should you or shouldn t you? That is the question—one that can prove to be expensive. But as more people come to view their pets as part of the family, the idea of purchasing pet health insurance becomes more accepted. When you look at the numbers, Americans spend quite a bit on their pet s health. According to a 2013 survey by pet pharmacy PetCareRx.com, the average pet parent spends $611 per year on healthcare costs like vet visits and prescription medications for their cats and dogs. If that pet has a chronic condition like arthritis, diabetes or kidney disease, owners are shelling out $935 a year. That s why we spent $536 million on pet insurance premiums in 2013, (according to numbers gathered by Packaged Facts), which is up 16 percent from 2012. And although the actual numbers aren t in just yet, the American Pet Products Association projects that American pet owners will have spent $15.25 billion f
Let’s go over a few of the pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance, in the hopes that you’ll be able to reach a well-informed decision.
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6 Tips for Storing Pet Foods - Mold may be edible, but it s not suggested. It s frustrating to research pet foods, find the best one for your pet, purchase it and bring it home, and then find that it goes bad far too soon. Not only is this a waste of your money but it can also threaten your pet s health. Unfortunately, even the best food, if stored incorrectly, can go rancid, develop bacteria or mold, or become infested with insects or rodents. Thankfully, storing the food isn t difficult once you know how. Keep Kibble Foods in the Bag Although it may be more convenient to open a bag of kibble and dump it in a metal or plastic trash can for storage, discarding the original bag isn t a good idea. The bags are designed to keep the foods good, without spoilage, for quite a while. (Check the sell by or use by date on the bag.) The original bags also keep the fats in the food from soaking through and thereby turning rancid. Plus, if there s a problem with the food later, you ll want the information that s on the bag, es
The best dog and cat food can go rancid, develop mold, or become infested. Follow these tips to store food properly and safely.
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6 Squeaky-Clean Tips For Before and After Dog Bath Time - Rub-A-Dub! Here s what you need to have prepared before and after your dog gets into the tub. Giving your dog a bath can be quite the process. It s not like when we jump into the shower—we humans tend to be a lot less messier (especially when it comes time to dry off). That s why it s important to have everything you need  before and after  your pooch gets into the bathtub or sink to ensure he stays in the tub and gets clean, and you stay dry (well, as dry as possible). BEFORE Dress down: This is not the time to be trying on your new designer evening gown and Jimmy Choo shoes. Your best bet is some old clothes you can change out of when tub time is over. I prefer a pair of track or yoga pants, along with a t-shirt that s seen better days. Shampoo selection: Just like with your hair, the right shampoo makes all the difference. For the perfect fur day, choose a quality shampoo for your dog, especially if he has existing skin issues. And be sure to read the labels before buying—som
Rub-A-Dub! Here's what you need to have prepared before and after your dog gets into the tub.Giving your dog a bath can be quite the process.
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6 Ways to Reduce Food Guarding in Puppyhood - Food is the ultimate resource for an animal; after all, food means survival. Some puppies are born with the tendency to protect their food and often, if handled well, this tendency can be lessened. The suggestions in this post are for those puppies. If you have an adult dog who guards his food, his people, or toys; do not use these techniques and try to solve the problem on your own. Unfortunately, there is always the potential for these dogs to bite. Instead, please contact a behaviorist for guidance. Hand Feed your Puppy As soon as you notice that your puppy seems to be uncomfortable with people around his bowl as he s eating, begin hand feeding him. For the first couple of weeks, he doesn t get any food unless it s from your hand. This teaches him that you re the source of his food and therefore it s wonderful when you have his food. After a couple of weeks, if he s showing signs of relaxing while you re hand feeding him, then feed him half his meal and let him eat the second half
Some puppies are born with the tendency to protect their food. Follow these tips to lessen food aggression or guarding with puppies.
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8 Reasons to Call a Dog Trainer - When I mention that I m a dog trainer, the response from many people is, I bet you work with a lot of bad dogs. Interestingly enough, no, I don t. Most of the dogs I work with are nice dogs who just need some help with manners. The idea that bad dogs are the only ones who need a dog trainer s help is a prevalent one and is untrue. A dog trainer can help most dogs and dog owners in a variety of ways. Overwhelmed First Time Dog Owners If you ve never lived with a dog before, a dog trainer can teach you all about this new lifestyle. She can explain what s ahead of you, how to organize your life, what changes you ll need to make, and how to communicate with your new canine friend. It s particularly wise to find a trainer you like prior to running into problems; if you ve already contacted a trainer, then when you re confused or overwhelmed you ll know who to call. Reminders for Experienced Owners Even experienced dog owners may need some help with a new dog. After all, each dog is an indi
The idea that bad dogs are the only ones who need a dog trainer's help is untrue. Learn the different ways a dog trainer can help most dogs and dog owners.
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Kick Dog Car Sickness to the Curb - Hit the road with your hound without any unpleasant side effects. Pet-friendly road trips are a fun way to bond with your pooch—unless, that is, your dog gets carsick. Car sickness hits some dogs just as it does some people. Common symptoms include excessive drooling, panting, nausea, and, unfortunately, vomiting. Except in the most severe cases, a few simple steps mitigate your dog’s car sickness, so you can go on vomit-free adventures. First, consult your vet Before you hit the road, take your dog in for a quick consult at the vet. Tell your vet about previous incidents of car sickness; she may be able to recommend an easy solution. For instance, my vet suggested an over-the-counter antihistamine for my dog Lucas because his carsickness was rooted in anxiety. The dose she recommended is enough to help him feel calm without knocking him out. Secure your dog There are a range of harnesses, car seats, and seat belts designed to keep your pup safe and secure on the road. Find wh
Except in the most severe cases, a few simple steps mitigate your dog’s car sickness, so you can go on vomit-free adventures.
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Fresh-Picked Fruits for Your Dogs - Most dogs will do anything to get their paws on a morsel of human food and here are a few that are great to share. It s hard to resist puppy-dog eyes staring up from under the dining room table but what if we told you that there are some healthy foods you can share with your pet? It s true and it s as close as your fruit bowl. Here are some freshly-picked fruits that make it into my dog s bowl on a regular basis: Apples Does an apple a day keep the vet away? Well, it certainly helps!  Apples are a sweet and healthy treat that you can share with your pet. A good source of potassium, fiber, phytonutrients and vitamin C, apples can be sliced up and added to your dog s food or dehydrated (with or without a touch of cinnamon) for guilt-free treats. When you re feeding your dog an apple, be sure to remove the seeds before giving it to him—apple seeds contain arsenic, and may also get stuck in a smaller dog s throat. Kiwi This pint-sized fruit offers fiber, potassium and vitamin C but r
Here are some freshly-picked fruits that make it into my dog's bowl on a regular basis.
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