Category Archives: Health

Dealing with canine/human health and health issues

How About Dogs eating Strawberries, Bananas, and Pineapples ?

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The Heart Shaped Red Fruit: (Strawberry)

Well the answer is a great big YES! your dog most certainly can eat them and they are just one of the many foods that’s safe for them to eat, they also contain an enzyme that helps to keep your pets teeth white, bet you didn’t know that?, andthere is a homeopathic solution which is known as Fragaria Vesca, that is used to interrupt the buildup of tartar as well as help to keep it off your dog’s teeth, and guess what?, it’s made from strawberries!  Strawberries have antioxidants in them that can slow the aging of your dog by diminishing the regressive disease; antioxidants in strawberries can also lessen the chance of recurring diseases in dogs. Natural anti-inflammatory agents in strawberries have also helped dogs that suffer from arthritis as well as other diseases of the muscoskeletal system, and the…

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Be Careful of the Heat: Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Spring is here and it is acting more like SUMMER.  It is going to be 90 degrees today!  Each spring we send out our heat stroke signs email.  When it is hot the best thing to do is get to your dogs as early as possible.  Dogs do not tolerate heat well.

When you walk your dogs, walk them in the shade and carry water with you. Give the dogs shelter and lots of water. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water yourself.

Watch dog’s paws on hot surfaces, again, seek shady places to walk, stay close to client’s home, bring water for you and your dog charges. Please review these signs of Heat Stroke.

Early Stages of Heat-Stroke in Animals: 

  • Heavy panting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Standing 4-square, posting or spreading out in an attempt to maintain balance.

Advanced Stages:

  • White or blue gums
  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation
  • Labored, noisy breathing
  • Shock 


If your dog begins to exhibit signs of heatstroke, you should immediately try to cool the dog down: 

 

  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog’s paw pads
  • Apply ice packs to the groin area
  • Hose down with water.
  • Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water
  • Offer Pedialyte to restore electrolytes

If only spring would get here faster.

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Springtime has begun to arrive to most areas, or is right around the corner. You’ve successfully lead your dog(s) through a hearty, happy winter full of fun games and healthy food. Now, spring arrives, offering both benefits and dangers to your canine companions. By following a few simple guidelines, you can help ensure that Rover has an even more enjoyable spring, as the two (or three, or more!) or you head out into the great outdoors…

Read my full article on dog healthcare tips for spring on FeathersFinsAndFur.com


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With spring just around the corner, it’s time for you and your dog to shed those winter pounds

Get Life On A New Leash…Exercise with your Dog!”

Dogs are “our” best friends and now it’s “our” turn to be their best friend!  “Get Life on a new leash and exercise with your dog” and DogOn Fitness!

Did you know?

  • 40% – 50% of dogs in the United States or overweight or obese
  • 70% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese

Are you and your dog living a healthy lifestyle?

  • Are you and your dog overweight?  Love handles, potbellies, flabby abs spell out danger in the years ahead
  • Are your fitness levels optimal for you age and build?
  • When was the last time you and your dog were breathless after a session in the local park?
  • Are you and your dog suffering from nagging health problems that prevent you from embracing life with energy and enthusiasm?

Animal loving couch potatoes are passing on their unhealthy habits to their dogs, adopting a lifestyle that threatens their health and could end up shortening their lives!

“Get Life On a New Leash” is a human and canine companion fitness program, aka; “Paws Camp” for Peeps and Pups!   You and your dog will not only lose weight and become fit in the process but will experience a stronger bond.   Say goodbye to doggone fat and hello to DogOn Fitness!  For more information and to sign up, go to www.dogonfitness.com

*Edit: We do not yet have an instructor, but check back for an update soon! 

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Benefits of Exercise

15 minutes a day, every day, keeps the vet away!

Keep Calm

While I was look around the web at various pet forums and blogs I found a considerable amount of people who thought that putting your pet dog in the back yard for half an hour in the morning and when you return from work in the evening was enough to keep their pet happy and healthy. After a bit more digging I found that these people were also the people who said that they needed help stopping their dog from barking, digging and escaping. So I knew that I needed to clear this matter up. Dogs need to be walked, it’s not in their nature to sit around the house all day especially not when they are young. This article will address the risks of little or no exercise for dogs and also the benefits of regular exercise.

First off I’d just like to mention some of the risks of…

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Winter Weather Warnings

Now that it has just snowed here in VA and MD, be safe out in the snow!

Your Doggy Dilemmas

Man walking dog in snowWith the return of the snow comes a warning from Animal Charities to protect our dogs from the dangers of rock salt and anti-freeze.

With the snow upon us once again roads are being regularly gritted which is good for motorists but not so great for our dogs, or cats, as hundreds of pets are becoming seriously ill and in some cases dying because of the rock salt and antifreeze being used.

Animal charities say the public should take extra care when using anti-freeze and mop up any spillages. Pet owners were also advised to clean animals’ paws if they have been outside or walking over gritted roads by washing their paws down in clean water once home and also to clip the fur to keep it short.

The danger comes when dogs and cats who have walked through the substances left by gritters trying to clear roads and car drivers…

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Lindor and Moab’s Story: Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief

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Lindor 

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Moab

Grief seems very much like a uniquely human emotion but what about our dogs? We know that they can feel love, anger, fear, pain, and joy; why not grief?  We know that our dogs can create close and familial friendships with other dogs and animals that last throughout their lives and when that friend dies, what can we do for our best friends?  

One of our client’s dogs, Lindor, is dealing with depression after the sudden loss of his best friend Moab; not eating, becoming lethargic, and plodding around with general malaise.  In order to help Lindor, Dogon sought advice from other professional petsitters and dog walkers and below is a link to advice for you dog during the grieving process. I hope that this can be of aid to anyone who’s dog is dealing with the loss of a friend. 

http://www.dogbehaviour.com/behaviourproblems/dogs/yourdog/grieving.htm

For more information or help for your dog, contact Companion Animal Behavior.  They have animal psychologists who can probably help. Their number is 703-327-7205.

*edited 1/18 at request.

 

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Fetch Fitness: Stay Fit With Your Dog.

Fetch Fitness: Stay Fit With Your Dog.

The following workouts are divided into four weeks, perfect for cycling through each month, and are great for dogs and pet parents who want to lose weight together or just stay fit.

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How to administer CPR to a dog.

I’m sure some of you remember the video of the boxer Sugar receiving CPR from her trainer (found here). Well here is an instructional video of how to give your dog CPR, just in case.

Just because you can run 5 miles doesn’t mean your dog can.

Game Time Dog Services Austin, TX

20110428_0067So, you and your pup are determined to stick to your new year’s resolution?  More power to ya!!  Keep these tips in mind.

  • Start slow – if a person hasn’t run or taken a walk in years they aren’t going to be able to run a marathon tomorrow
  • Keep an eye on your dog to see if they are showing any signals they are having problems: Are they limping or panting really hard?  Their feet will need to toughen up too, so keep an eye out for any tender spots
  • Keep things interesting – take different routes, change pace, change directions
  • Summer weather: exercise during the cool hours, consider how hot you are – your dog is probably twice that,  the tongue is a good signal to watch,  be cautious of hot sidewalks that could burn your dogs feet, bring water for you and your dog
  • Winter weather: watch for…

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