Weight and Treat Calorie Guide for Your Dog

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Weight and Treat Calorie Guide for Your Dog

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Check out this handy guide from the folks at the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention which details the visual signs you should look for when monitoring your dogs weight.  Also included is a quick calorie guide for the most popular dog treats on the market today.  Please keep in mind that the caloric intake from treats can easily sneak up on a dog’s waistline.

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Obesity and Dogs

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I have been told that my dog is obese and must be put on a diet. Is this true?
Nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese. Unfortunately, this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases both in pets and people. Type II diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis are the most common weight-related disorders.

Diet and weight reduction are key to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible. Read More…

Heavy Isn’t Healthy for People or Pets

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Carrying around extra weight is as big of a deal for your pet as it is for you-minus the impending swimsuit season of course. In fact, experts say that up to 60 percent of all adult dogs are overweight or likely to get that way due to age or activity level. Read More…

Separation Anxiety: When Your Dog Misses You Too Much

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Is your dog clingy? Does he whine or cry when you leave the house? Do you come home to find torn-up curtains? Are there deep scratches on your doors? If so, your dog may have separation anxiety.

It is often difficult to determine the cause of separation anxiety. Some pets are genetically predisposed, but there are many other causes, such as poor socialization, past neglect or abandonment, and changes in routine, to name a few. Read More…

Six Signs of a Healthy Dog

Saturday, January 9th, 2010
  1. Body Condition: Your dog should appear healthy and not show signs of obesity or muscle loss.
  2. Skin, Coat, Eyes: The skin should be smooth and clean, the coat should be shiny and soft, and your dog’s eyes should be clear and bright without any discharge or cloudiness.
  3. Mouth: The teeth and gums should be free of tartar and plaque; healthy gums should not be too pink or puffy. Read More…

Exercise For Your Dog

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Dogs need both physical and mental stimulation provided by their owners by daily exercise. Exercises give a dog a natural outlet for energy. They create strong bodies and good muscle tone for the pet. Lack of sufficient exercise, will result in boredom and behavioral problems. A well-known yard or a house is often boring for a dog. Even if the dog is in a big yard, few exercise on their own, so it will presumably sleep all day without the interaction of exercise by the owner. Read More…

The Wet vs. Dry Dog Food Debate

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Does your dog come running at dinnertime because you’re shaking his kibble out of the bag? Or is it because you’re stirring his wet food in the can? Or do you shake a little, stir a little? When choosing a dry diet, a wet diet or a combo for your dog, there are many comparisons to make.

Wet vs. Dry Food

Deciding between wet and dry food for your dog can be tough. Dry dog kibble is easier to store and serve. Wet contains fewer grains and more protein. Here are a few more comparisons: Read More…

Canine Body Language

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to “read” a dog’s postures and signals, you’ll better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he’s likely to do. These skills will enable you to interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety. Read More…

Challenge Seeks to Help Fido Slim Down

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Like many humans today, Stanley is obese, the result of eating too much fattening food and not exercising for too long.

The 12-year-old Rottweiler-basset hound mix weighs 124 pounds. His vet says he should be 75 to 80 pounds. It would help relieve his arthritis pain and let him breathe easier. Read More…

Fun Activities to Do With Dogs

Monday, January 4th, 2010

When you play with your dog you not only give your best friend something to do, but you also bond with your pet. Here are some tips for fun activities to do with Fido.

Dogs can become quickly bored by having nothing to with their time. Imagine just sitting (or sleeping) all day with no one to interact or play with you. Tragically, that’s the daily routine of too many dogs that are left alone to do nothing fun or constructive, even when their owners come home. Read More…