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20 Pet Friendly People Foods Safe for Dogs : 101 Dog Care Tips

Being a responsible dog owner means knowing what to feed and not to feed your pooch since not all foods are good for your dog. Our friends at Moderndog Magazine has come out with a helpful list of 20 nutritious people foods that are safe for you to share with your dog. These pet friendly foods are sure to spice up your dogs meal and get that tails wagging. Remember a balanced diet & excercise is the key to good health. Chow hounds bone appetit!

1. Yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitutes (e.g., Simplesse or Olestra). Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs.

2. Flax seed (ground or oil) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Whole flax seeds are best if ground right before feeding as this type of fat can go rancid quickly. Flax seed can also be added to your dog’s diet as a source of fibre. Flax oil is a more concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids without the fibre. Make sure that you store the oil or seeds in the fridge in an air tight dark container.

3. Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. You can feed salmon or salmon oil. If feeding salmon, make sure it’s cooked before serving, as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.

4. Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. There are so many dog treats on the market that we often overlook the simple, healthy, and reasonably priced treats available at our grocery store.

6. Green beans are a good source of plant fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen.

7. Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat. Make sure to use cooked whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency. If you do a lot of training with your dog, consider taking cooked eggs to your next class as training treats.

8. Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch her dive into her food.

9. Apples are wonderful crunchy treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fibre. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly.

10. Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fibre. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. It can be fed in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their function. Keep in mind oatmeal should always be fed cooked and plain with no sugar or flavouring. As always, check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medications. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients. The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good nutrition coupled with a health care program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15 percent. The suggestions above are not meant to replace your dog’s normal, balanced diet. Rather, they are ideas for alternative treats or for adding a little variety to your dog’s meals.

11. Rice is good to feed when your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. There are a variety of different types of rice. Brown rice is a little higher in protein and a little lower in fat when compared to white rice. White or instant rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate which makes it a good source of energy when your dog has an upset tummy or if you are feeding an older dog.

12. Squash, like pumpkin, can be added to bulk up his stool and is a good source of betacarotene (provitamin A). Hint: remove the seeds and then slice and freeze the squash to make it a fun, crunchy snack for your dog.

13. Popcorn that has been air popped with no butter or salt is a great lowcalorie treat for your dog. Popcorn contains potassium as well as the bone-building minerals phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. So snuggle up and share that popcorn with your furry friend next time you watch a movie.

14. Lean meat (chicken, beef, or pork) with no visible fat and no added sauces or seasonings can be a great training treat or can add a bit of good-quality extra protein to your dog’s diet. Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Meat is also a great source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, and Cobalamine). These vitamins are involved in energy metabolism in the body.

15. Liver is available freeze-dried in most pet stores and it is a great training treat. You can also buy it fresh in the grocery store to feed at home. Fresh liver can be cooked and then baked to make your own liver treats. Liver is an excellent source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, and Folic acid), Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. It is also a great source of iron. Warning: Too much liver may be toxic to dogs because of its high vitamin A content. Therefore, it is best to limit the amount of liver fed to your dog to not more than 1 g of fresh liver/Kg body weight per day.

16. Pineapple can be a special treat for your dog. Pineapple contains mostly sugar but it also contains calcium and potassium. Frozen pineapple can be a fun summer treat for your dog.

17. Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium and it’s fairly bland, so it can be a good way to add some extra protein to your dog’s diet. Cottage cheese is a dairy product and some dogs don’t do well with dairy, so make sure you start with just a small amount.

18. Parsley has long been thought to improve doggie breath, so next time you are baking treats for your dog, try adding a few tablespoons of chopped parsley for added flavour and colour. Parsley can also be a good source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene.

19. Peanut butter is a healthy, high-protein treat for dogs. Try smearing some inside or on one of your dog’s toys, or let him lick out the container when it’s almost finished.

20. Peas can be added right to your dog’s food, frozen or thawed. Peas are a good source of the B vitamin Thiamin, phosphorous, and potassium.

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How To Treat a Finicky Dog : 101 Dog Care Tips

Some dogs live to eat, while others stick their snouts up at the days fare. Do you live with a picky eater? Perhaps your once hearty eater has lost interest in the food they love and has turned into a food snob. But maybe there is underlining health issue that needs addressed. Here are some reasons why your dog may have become picky and tips to remedy the situation.

1. Keep the food fresh because no one likes expired kibble. If your dog’s food is not properly sealed, it can go stale or even spoil so seal in a tight container for freshness.  Also, make sure the food in your dog’s bowl is a fresh batch, do not recycle if your dog refuses to eat.

2. Don’t overfeed your dog. Make sure to feed your dog according to the serving size recommended on the bag of dog food. The food should satisfy his hunger, but not leave him  stuffed. The amount of food your dog will need to consume will depend on his size, activity and energy level.

3. Feed your dog on a fixed schedule. Dog’s thrive on routine so feed on time, this will make your dog realize that food is available at certain times of the day. Don’t spoil your dogs appetite with lots of treats.
4. Try feeding your dog in a different type of bowl or dish. Certain materials can impart an unpleasant taste to your dog’s food that may cause your dog to be a picky eater.

5. A brisk walk does the body good. Often times a good, brisk walk or run can work up a dogs appetite.
6. Consistency is key. Don’t give your dog kibble 100 percent of the time, then introduce a bit of human food. Introducing human food on and off will only make them crave the taste more. If your dog is use to getting your leftover table scraps (a big no no) then he is likely to turn his snout up at plain old kibble. Would you? So do yourself a favor, stick to feeding your dog kibble so your pet does not become a food snob.
7.  Observe the weather. If it’s really hot out your dog may just not have much of an appetite.

8. Cut back on serving size. Cutting the amount of dog food you serve may prompt a finicky dog to eat.

9. Mix canned food and kibble. Spicing up your dogs kibble with new taste and flavors may be what the doctor ordered. You can add a bit of water or beef stock to the food and see if that helps. Another tip is to warm the canned food up to about body temperature and see if that makes it more palatable. Often times the smell of warmed canned food can perch up a dogs appetite.

10. Monitor your dogs weight & appearance. Examine your dog to see if his weight and general appearance has changed. Make sure to be aware if your dog is drinking a lot more water, urinating more often, and eating less, this could be a sign of illness. Also, give your dog an at home dental check up, perhaps your dogs teeth & gum’s are affecting their eating habits. If you suspect illness make sure you seek vet help ASAP!

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Choosing a Veterinarian: 101 Dog Care Tips

puppy_getting_check_upAlthough  you may be your dogs best friend, a veterinarian is your pets second best friend. The first step toward caring for your dogs health and well being is by finding the right vet. Here are few things for you and Fido to consider during your vet search.

1. Location of the practice
2. Cleanliness and organization
3. Number of veterinarians and their history ans specialties
4. Friendliness, competency, and professionalism of the staff
5. Fees and whether they fit in the budget
6. Location and accessibility of the practice
7. Availability of emergency services
8. Whether x-rays, ultrasounds, bloodwork, and other common diagnostics are done on-site or referred elsewhere



 

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6 Dog Food Allergy Symptoms: 101 Dog Care Tips

foodallergyFood allergies and sensitivities are all to common in the canine world now a days which is cause for concern for loving pet owners like you and me.  Some of the common allergens in dog food include: beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, wheat, eggs, corn, soy, and whey. Before you can start treating your dog for food allergies you must first be able to recognize the symptoms. So, what are the tail tell signs & symptoms of a food allergy? Good question! Here are a few food intolerant symptoms that all pet owners must be aware in order to get your dog on the road to recovery.

1. Itchy skin. Excessive scratching, especially around the face.

2. Ear Infections. Recurrent ear infections that cause itching, swelling and a foul odor can be a tail tell sign your dog may be suffering from a food allergy

3. Hot Spots. Ulcerated, painful, itchy, hairless, & irritated sores on your dogs legs, paws, fur & coat which may worsen due to your dogs incessant licking & scratching.

4. Chronic Skin Infections. Ongoing skin infections may result from food allergies left untreated.

5. Diarrhea & constant bowl movements. Typical dogs have 1-2 bowl movements a day, if your dog is three or more this can signal a food allergy. Not to mention if your dogs bowl movements are runny.
 
6. Behavioral Changes. Perhaps your dog is not his happy go lucky self but rather grumpy & lethargic (lack energy & tired).
 
 
Now that you know the symptoms of food allergies speak with your vet about having your dog tested for allergies. You can even do a process of elimination food trial to monitor your dogs diet. What you do is go back to the basics by giving your dog a bland meal in which you gradually add ingredients back into his or her diet. This will help you eliminate & pinpoint certain components of your dog’s diet causing the allergy. As always don’t forget to read dog food labels to make sure your dogs food is allergen free.
 

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  • Itchy skin is the most common symptom of dog allergies. Watch for excessive scratching, especially around the face.

Recurrent Ear Infections

  • If your dog suffers from recurrent ear infections and you can’t find the cause, it could be a food allergy. Ear infections cause itching, swelling and a foul odor.

Hot Spots

  • Ulcerated sores known as hot spots may appear, especially on the legs or feet. Your dog may lick these spots incessantly, making them worse.

Chronic Skin Infections

  • Chronic, ongoing skin infections often plague dogs with food allergies. Yeast is often the culprit.

Increased Bowel Movements

  • If your dog has three or more bowel movements a day, it could be a sign of a food allergy. Typical dogs have one or two bowel movements a day.

All Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs & Humans: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 49

campgroundsIs your dog being constantly tormented and irritated (pun intended) by ticks, mosquito, fleas and tail biting bugs?  With summer just around the corner its time to tick & bug proof you and your dog prior to those fun filled hikes, outdoor excursions & camping trips. Ticks are carriers of many disease including Lyme Disease and dogs and humans can fall victim. Like anything, the best cure is prevention. But before you start praying yourself  & your furry buddy with harsh insecticides, we have a safer & healthier solution. All natural tick repellent is a great alternative to chemical repellents because it is safe, non-toxic and has no adverse side effects.Our friends at ehow came up with an all natural tick recipe to take the bite out of the dog days of summer.

All Natural Tick Repellent Recipe for You & Your Dog

1. Place a funnel into the top of a 12-ounce or larger bottle.

2. Pour 10 oz. of jojoba oil or aloe vera gel through the funnel into the bottle. The jojoba oil or aloe vera gel will serve as a base to dilute the neem oil. The oil is more effective at making the natural tick repellent stick to the skin or fur, but some people find the oil to be too greasy. If you prefer, substitute the jojoba oil for a different base oil, such as almond or olive oil.

3. Pour 1/2 oz. of organic neem oil through the funnel into the bottle.

4. Fasten the spray nozzle lid onto the bottle and shake the bottle for five minutes to combine the ingredients.

5. Shake the natural neem tick repellent before each use. Spray it lightly onto your dog’s fur, avoiding eyes, ears, nose or genitals, once every two weeks.  You can even apply the neem oil liberally onto your skin before hiking or going into wooded areas. In the event that an allergic reaction occurs, such as irritation or rash, wash the Neem tick repellent off using soap and water.

 

7 Ways To Care For A Vomiting Dog

sick-dogAt some point in time as a pet owner, your dog will experience vomiting, and you will be on clean up duty. Dogs are notorious for eating things they are not suppose to and often times, their poor judgment can get them in a lot of trouble and cause them to become sick. But sometimes vomiting can be a sure sign of a serious illness that needs immediate vet attention, so keep your eyes on alert within the first 24 hours. Here are a few at home tips to treat and care for a vomiting dog. It is important to show your dog some tender loving care.

1. Enforce a Food Fast. It is important to give your dogs digestive system some time to recoup and rest from the vomiting by not feeding your dog for 12-24 hours. You can give your dog small amounts of water to keep them hydrated. Food and large amounts of water will only aggravate your dogs upset stomach.

2. Keep your dog’s blood sugar levels in check. Since you will be withholding food from your dog, it’s important to monitor your dog’s blood sugar levels. Your dog may experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugar during the fasting phase.  Prevent low blood sugar levels by rubbing a small amount of a sugary fluid such as honey, karo syrup, maple syrup, or sugar water on your dog’s gums. Repeat this every several hours.

3. Monitor Dog’s Hydration. Vomiting can cause dehydration, so make sure your dog remains hydrated in small amounts on a constant basis.  Monitor his intake and don’t let him drink to excess. Excessive, fast drinking is a common response to nausea in dogs, but the problem is that it triggers dog vomiting and makes the upset stomach worse. If necessary, limit the water available to the dog by doling it out in hourly rations. Offering your dog ice cubes will prevent dehydration and keep him from gulping down large amounts of water which can cause more vomiting.

Once your dog has gone 4 hours without vomiting, then you can give him Pedialyte. Unflavored Pedialyte in small amounts (no more than 1/4 cup for a medium sized dog every 20 minutes) will help replenish your dog’s fluids and counteract dehydration. Mix a small amount of water 50/50 with Pedialyte. If the dog will not drink unflavored Pedialyte, try flavoring it with chicken or beef broth (onion-free) or add watered beef or chicken bullion for an appealing flavor.

shutterstock_1410371714. Bland Food is Good. Normal dog food will only upset his stomach further. Once your dog has stopped vomiting for 12 hours, feed your dog a homemade bland diet in small amounts for several days to gradually reintroduce food. It’s good to make your dog a batch of rice, white chicken meat with the skin removed, and cottage cheese. You can also use plain hamburger meat that has been boiled and drained from fat. Initially feed your dog small amounts of this bland food and once 4 hours has passed without vomiting, then you can give your dog a little more. The hope is that eventually your dog will be back to eating his normal meal size. Once you see that your dog is feeling a lot better and is holding down his food, over the next 3-5 hours, mix in the dog’s normal food, while gradually phasing out the homemade bland food. This gradual transition is vital to prevent a relapse of the dog’s vomiting.

5. Give Your Dog Some Pepto-Bismol. Make sure to ask your vet if you can give your dog a soothing dose of Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate. This will help to calm your dog’s stomach and keep the fluids down. If you get the okay from the vet, make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. The usual dose for a dog is 1 tsp per twenty pounds of body weight. For less cooperative dogs, you can use a syringe or eyedropper to administer the Pepto-Bismol.

Important Note: ALWAYS Check with your vet before giving any over-the-counter medications to your pet, especially if he or she is on other medications.

shutterstock_255228976. Observe your dog’s vomit. Although looking at vomit is never an appetizing sight to see, its important to know what your dog was throwing up and the look of it in case a vet visit is in order. Check to see if stool material, blood (could be a sign of an infection, parasite or more serious ailments) or what looks like coffee grounds are present– if so seek vet help ASAP. You also may want to take a look at your dog’s stool and bring in a sample to the vet. Also monitor your dog’s weight to make sure it is normal.

7. Examine your dog’s gums. If your dog’s gum are very pale, this is a sign he or she is anemic and needs immediate medical attention.

Contact your dog’s veterinarian immediately if your dog vomits blood, appears to be in pain, acts weak and lethargic, has a fever or does not improve after 24 to 48 hours.

 

Matters of the Heart – 5 Symptoms of Doggy Heart Failure: 101 Dog Care Tips

dogvetDogs are not immune to matters of the heart. Just like humans, dogs can experience heart difficulties or canine congestive heart failure. Canine congestive heart failure may be due to birth defects, age degeneration of the heart valves, heart worms and diseases of the heart. Before you can seek proper vet treatment, pet owners must be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Knowing the symptoms could mean the difference between life or death.

1. Excessive panting. We all know that dog’s pant as a way to regulate their body temperature, since they do not have sweat glands like we do. However, if your dog is constantly panting this could be cause for concern. Your dog may be having a build up fluid in the lungs because the heart is not circulating blood properly, which can cause trouble with the circulation of body fluids, hence the fluid buildup in the lungs.

2. Cough that won’t go away. If your dog is coughing incessantly but their is no evidence of a airway blockage this could be a sign of fluid buildup in the lungs.

3. Difficulty breathing. If your dog is having a hard time catching his breath or breathing then heart failure could be the issue, causing poor circulation. Inadequate circulation will affect the lungs ability to function and receive oxygen, preventing the lungs from contracting and expanding, leading to difficulty in breathing.

4. Loss of Appetite. If your dog is known for having quite a hearty appetite but is just not interested in eating then they could be suffering from heart failure. You, see dog’s experiencing heart failure often become fatigue and loss interest in food.

5. Fatigue. Dog not up to his old tricks, and has no energy for a good game of fetch or chase the squirrel? Well, there could be a more underlining problem beside boredom. If your dog’s circulation becomes impaired because their heart is no longer pumping blood effectively through the arteries then this is where the problem lies. Poor circulation means the muscles are not being properly supplied with enough oxygen. As a result of the onset of heart failure your dog may become fatigued & tired.

101 Dog Care Tips: How to Clean a Dogs Ear

AKK1RCRegular ear cleaning & check ups is an important part of your dog’s overall health and well-being.  Proper ear cleanings help prevent the onset of painful ear infections caused by bacteria, yeast and mites. Often times, ear infections can be triggered by wax buildup, dirt, hair mats, growths or ticks that disrupt drainage or promote ear moisture. Allergies from dust, food & pollen can also trigger ear irritations so keep a watchful eye.

On a side note when you bathe your dog place cotton balls in the ears to prevent water from entering the ears & ear canal. This is an important tip that should be used on dogs with floppy ears. The ears must remain completely dry to avoid providing a damp environment for bacteria and fungus to fester & take refuge.

So, what are the common warnings signs that your dog may have an ear infection?

1. Scratch at ears incessantly
2. Head shaking or tilting
3. May rub the infected ear alongside couch or carpet
4. Ears are sensitive to touch. Dog may shy’s away from being petted on or near the ears
5. Ears becomes red, irritated & swelled
6. Brown or yellowish ear discharge
7. Ears have a foul odor
8. Blood blisters on the ear flap
9. tumors or growth

If the symptoms do not subside or go away this may be a sign of something more serious. Please seek the help of a vet immediately to prevent hearing loss & other health complications.

Now that you know why it is important to clean your dog ears from the inside out now on to the question of the hour. How often should you clean a dog’s ears? Well, good question! Responsible & loving pet owners should clean practice preventative dog ear cleanings & check ups at least once a week. If  you have a dog with floppy ears then twice a week since they are more susceptible to  getting ear infections. Here are some simple & easy dog ear cleaning how to’s for you to follow:

1. Inspect your dogs ear prior to the cleaning them and jot down any abnormalities such as redness, irritation, odor, foreign matter or discharge needing your vets immediate attention. Don’t proceed with ear cleaning go see your trusted certified vet for help.
2. Once you have inspected your dogs ears and given them a clean bill of health you can start begin the ear cleaning process. You will need the proper tools a gentle dog ear wash specifically formulated for ear cleaning, cotton ball & cotton swab.
3. Soak a cotton ball gently & thoroughly in the ear wash. Squeeze out excess ear wash.
4. Place the cotton ball in your dog’s ear and slowly & gently rub up and down.
5. Allow your dog to shake off excess moisture & use cotton ball to gently rub dry. Since moisture is the breeding grounds for bacteria & infections it is important your dogs ears are completely dry.
6. Soak the tip of a cotton swab in the ear wash and run it along the nooks and crannies of your dog’s ears.
7. Avoid putting the swab down your dog’s ear canal; leave this type of cleaning to the veterinary medical staff.

**NEVER use alcohol to clean your dogs ears it could burn and cause more pain, distress & damage. Ear syringes should only be used by a certified veterinarian.


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7 Tips for Running With Your Dog: 101 Dog Care Tips

JoggingdogIf you haven’t already guessed getting in shape is much easier when you have an exercise buddy & some accountability. So, look no further then at your feet. Dogs make excellent running & jogging companions. They are always eager for a good run to help you shed those unwanted Holiday pounds or maintain your beautiful physique. But before you get off the couch, put down the remote and get on your running gear here are a few tips to make running with your dog easy for the both of you. Remember safety first!

1. Get a Checkup. If you are considering setting a daily exercise regime make sure you and your dog both get a clean bill of health from the doctor. Check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on an exercise program to make sure running is right for them.

2. Warm up your dog by walking first. Put your pet through a nice brisk walk or short jog to loosen up muscles and get the heart pumping. Like humans, dogs can experience signs of stiff-ness after the initial run. Once run is over let your dog cool down with a walk at the end.

3. Pace Yourself. Build up slowly, and watch for signs of fatigue. Remember dogs get tired as well. Like us they need to be slowly conditioned to handle whatever terrain & distance you set in front of them. So build up endurance over time. If your dog lies down during a workout, end the session  or give them a time out.

If your dog appears to be overheating stop the jog immediately. Cool him down slowly with cool water (not cold). Signs of overheating include the following

  • Excessive panting
  • Increased salivation
  • Red gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

4. Carry Water. Keep water on hand before, during and after a workout.

5. Beware of your dogs running surface. If your dog is not accustomed to running on pavement, build up gradually. Remember dogs don’t have the leisure of throwing on a pair of jell shocked absorbing running sneakers. The only thing between your dogs paws & the pavement are his pads. For this reason it is important that you first build up your dogs endurance & pads toughness by with walking distance.

6. Watch the weather forecast. Dogs cannot regulate heat as efficiently as humans when temperature rises and cool down by panting and sweating through their  pads. When the mercury rises dogs are at greater risk for heat stroke & dehydration.  Opt to jog, walk or run with your dog early in the morning or late evening and avoid the hottest time of the day.

7. Leash up! Keep your dog (even the most obedient ones) on a leash and by your side when running for his protection & others. It is important that you rein in your dog and have complete control. Don’t let your dog run ahead on leash only to leave you dragging behind. Keep in mind that the whole purpose of exercising is not only to get in shape but to bond with your loyal companion.

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4 Ways to Determine if Your Dog is Overweight

photolibrary_rm_photo_of_dog_on_scaleDoes your dog or cat have a belly bulge?  Obesity is not just a human problem it a major health issue that man’s best friend must face. Sedentary lifestyle & overeating can cause your pet to become pudgy. Being overweight & unfit can prove detrimental to Fido or Felix overall health, happiness & well being. Obesity can lead to many forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, death and other health issues that could be avoided. Remember your pets health is in your hands, so take the fitness buddy challenge today and get your pet in shape. So how can you tell if your dog is overweight?

1. The “Rib Test” is the easiest way to tell if your pet is overweight. Run your hand across his side to see if you can feel his ribs. If you can’t feel his ribs, your pet is overweight. Your dogs ribs should not be visually noticeable, but easily felt.  If the ribs are visually noticeable then your pet is underweight and in need of a an extra helping. Remember to consult your vet if dog is overweight or underweight for proper care & diagnosis. Unexplained weight loss or gain can signal more serious underlining health issues.

*From a birds eye view a desirable weight is indicated by some indentation behind the rib cage, depicting an hourglass shape.

2. Feel your dog’s hips. Anything more than light fleshiness indicates that your dog is above normal weight.

3. Check your dog for a trim abdomen. Take a look at your pet’s belly. If it is protruding beneath the rib-cage, your pet is probably overweight. The abdomen should be clearly defined and tucked up higher than the rib-cage.

4. Weighing your pet is a way to measure the starting point of a weight-loss plan. Step on the weight yourself and note your weight. Then if your dog is small enough you can step on the scale holding your pet. Noting the total weight subtract your weight from the total weight while holding your pet to find your pets weight.

Fortunately, there are thing you can do to get your pets weight under control. Start 2010 off on the right foot by getting trim, slim & in shape with your furry exercise buddy. Reduce your pet pounds with daily walks & a nutritional diet, interactive dog toys, low calorie treats, portion control and swearing off human food. Getting you & your pet off the couch and outdoors can do wonders to shed the pounds while nurturing the human pet bond.

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a  great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

The Benefits of Gift Cards!

1. Since very few people will actually tell you what they truly want as a gift, a gift card can eliminate the disappointment that is evident when you get someone something that they do not enjoy. With a gift card, the receiver is free to pick out whatever they choose, instead of relying on your psychic abilities to provide a good present.

2. Gift cards make perfect last minute presents. Whether you are celebrating the arrival of a new pet, bark-day, or  the howliday’s gift cards are great for any occasion.

3. Foolproof white elephant gift that anyone could appreciate. Perfect for any secret gift exchange.

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