Health

Bully Stick Dog Treats High In Calories, Bacteria: Study

Bully Alert Pawnation.com wrote a piece on the study on Bully Stick dog treats by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in the U.S. and the University of Guelph in Canada.  Bully Stick Dog Treats Contain High Calories, Bacteria: Study – PawNation The news was not good.  As... »

Why Some Dogs May Need Help Staying Warm

Why Some Dogs May Need Help Staying Warm

I found this to be an informative piece on winter clothing for dogs. Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: Why Some Dogs Need Winter Coats to Stay Warm We often assume that our dog’s fur is enough to keep them warm despite the conditions.  But perhaps we should reconsider? According to  the author L... »

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

There ain’t no cure for the Winter Time Blues (with apologies to Eddie Cochran). Or is there?   As a former East Coaster, I know all about the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  When the day’s got shorter and colder, my mood and the mood of my friends an... »

Massive Mike the Labrador Needs SlimDoggy App

Massive Mike the Labrador Needs SlimDoggy App

This dog weighs in at over 130 lbs!  That is almost double the weight that he should be at!   Look– I know that most dogs are not this obese.  But please, for your sake, your dog’s sake and for your pocketbook’s sake, keep your dog fit and trim.     Massive Mike the ... »

Problems With Artificial Preservatives

Problems With Artificial Preservatives

From Whole Dog Journal, an interesting and technical piece on dog food preservatives.  The authors start by saying: “We have long advised owners to pass over dog food that contains artificial preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butyl hydro... »

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Kimberly from keepthetailwagging.com posted about dog obesity and how the SlimDoggy app can help.  As you can read, she, too had an overweight dog but did something about it.  Also, Kimberly wonders how many  dogs  are labeled “unadoptable” because of health issues brought about by dog obesity.  Gre... »

SlimDoggy on Peggy’s Pet Place

SlimDoggy on Peggy’s Pet Place

Our friend and dog writer/blogger extraordinaire, Peggy Frezon, was kind enough to write a post about SlimDoggy today.  Many thanks to Peggy for letting her readers know about us!  Of course we had to include it in our “daily reader” series 😉 .  Check it out here: http://peggyfrezon.blog... »

Senior Pets – Q & A

Senior Pets – Q & A

Here is a wonderful Q & A piece by Dr. Tony Johnson about Senior Pets. http://blog.sergeants.com/2013/01/18/senior-pets-2/   He makes note of the more common ailments of Senior pets including diabetes, cancer, kidney problems, and of course, arthritis.   Dental disease is also discussed.  D... »

K9FitClub and Tricia Montgomery

K9FitClub and Tricia Montgomery

  I had the opportunity to chat with Tricia Montgomery, the President of K9Fitclub this week.  I was very impressed with Tricia’s passion and the story behind K9Fitclub and I wanted to share it.  Tricia’s journey as well as her vision for the future of the club is truly amazing. Read about it i... »

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

This is a thoughtful post by Dr. Ken Tudor on pawsnation.com and worth the read. http://www.pawnation.com/2013/01/15/weight-control-foods-do-not-make-pets-thin/   Of particular note is the doctor’s observation that dog weight loss is similar to humans– it doesn’t happen in a s... »

Walk Your Pet Month

Walk Your Pet Month

Can’t believe it’s the middle of January and I’m just writing about this! A great day to observe for your pet and for you as well. Just a simple 30 minute walk each day will do wonders for the waistline.   Many shelters and rescue organizations are offering the opportunity to ... »

Slentrol Part II

Slentrol Part II

The more you think about it, the worse it gets. I recently wrote a brief post about Slentrol, the dog obesity drug.  You can read that here. For those who are using or considering using Slentrol,  let’s take a closer look at how it works. The official Slentrol website explains how the drug wor... »

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks This article points out several myths about adopting an older dog.  It is worth the read. http://dogtime.com/adopting-adult-dog.html We’re entering this post in the first Blog the Change for Animals Blog Hop today as this is a real CHANGE we can make for all... »

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Oh My Aching Paw… I came across this article on senior dogs and their joints and thought it needed to be shared. http://dogingtonpost.com/helping-soothe-your-senior-dogs-aching-joints/ First and foremost, if you notice signs that your dog is having some difficulty getting around (or difficulty... »

Can You See Your Dog’s Waist?

Can You See Your Dog’s Waist?

Fun Blog Hop to Show Off Your Dog’s Figure   Check out DawgBusiness to participate in this fun blog hop that is meant to raise awareness of Pet Obesity. http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/p/show-off-your-dogs.html?m=1     Have fun!   »

Doga- Yoga for Dogs

Doga- Yoga for Dogs

As a follow up to the prior post about how to keep your dog fit and healthy , here is some more info on Doga- yoga that is practiced with your dog.  Sounds really cool.  Although I don’t think it would work in a Bikram Studio 🙂   http://dogspired.com/training/dog-meet-yoga/   Has any... »

How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy: Part 2

So Many Ways to Keep Your Dog (and Yourself) in Shape!   Here is a link to the second part of Rebecca Randolph’s series on how to keep your dog fit and healthy.  Rebecca has so many great suggestions- there is something for everyone on her list.  Love the Doga (yoga with your dog), games ... »

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

Fat Dog = Slim Wallet  Having an overweight dog can not only lead to a shorter lifespan and a lower quality of life for the dog (and you?), it can also be very costly to the dog owner.   Here’s a look at exactly how costly it can be.   Medical Costs As reported by BankRate.com, according ... »

Pilates for Pooches?

Pilates for Pooches?

 Canine to the Core   As someone who has practiced Pilates for the past 2 + years, I am excited to see that some of the concepts are now being applied to canine fitness and rehabilitation.  This class in Michigan seems like a great idea! http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/201... »

Food is not Love

Feeding your pet more is not a good way to show them your love.   The Animal Rescue League of Boston posted an excellent (and short) piece about overfeeding your pet.  Click here to read the article.   Importantly, they stress: “Some of the many health risks resulting from pet obesit... »

How to Keep Your Dog Fit & Healthy

Here is an informative piece by Rebecca Randolph AKA Garth Riley  that provides tips on how to keep your dog fit.  Rebecca was kind enough and wise enough 😉  to recommend the SlimDoggy app as a tool to help you accomplish this goal.  Enjoy the article and consider your dog’s fitness a 2013 pri... »

Slentrol for Dog Obesity

Really, a drug?  Really?   I wanted to refresh everyone’s memory by linking back to the time when Slentrol (dirlotapide) was first approved by the FDA as a drug to combat dog obesity.  You can read a nice synopsis of that announcement here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutr... »

Senior Dog Health Tips

I came across this article by Dr. Ernie Ward. It is a fantastic summary on caring for your senior dog.  Worth the read/reread!  Note that he recommends keeping an accurate (and frequent) weight history.  Changes in weight not due to changes in feeding or activity levels are a strong signal that some... »

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