Health

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack has lost a toe…no it hasn’t been misplaced, it’s been amputated.     Our story begins a few months ago when we started taking Jack to a dog gym/vet who offered water treadmill therapy. His hind end has been getting weaker and our regular vet suggested some additional... »

Can My Dog Get Cavities?

Can My Dog Get Cavities?

You never used to hear too much about dogs getting cavities. That’s because dogs don’t normally eat the sugary sweets that cause dental caries. But, recently vets report an uptick in cavities in dogs – mainly because people are feeding them more human foods – and not all of t... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

Skin problems are pretty common in dogs. They can range from a simple itch related to a bite to more serious diseases such as mange or melanoma.   Some of our dogs have had sensitive skin and have frequent “hot spots” (Jack). My dog Max had mange that resulted in her scratching up h... »

Maggie Health Update

Maggie Health Update

It’s been almost a year since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left shoulder. She’s been through a lot of treatment and has been a model patient throughout. Read about Maggie’s treatment Part I and Part II.     Maggie has just turned twelve and amazingly, she... »

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

We’ve had some health issues with both Jack & Maggie lately and a lot has happened since our last post about them, so I thought I’d provide an update and outlook. I’ll start with Jack and provide a post for Maggie after her Doctor’s appointment this week.     J... »

Beware of Foxtails

Beware of Foxtails

A few years ago I wrote about the dangers of foxtails. I told a story about when foxtails actually benefited us as it allowed us to catch the two strays we’d been after for a few days. One of them (Bernie) had a foxtail between his toes that had festered and swollen his paw so large he couldn&... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

In the second part of our SlimDoggy Health Check series on Rabies, we are going to take a look at canine rabies, it’s symptoms and treatment. As we explained in Part 1, rabies is carried in the saliva of an infected animal. A bite or scratch from an infected animal could easily transfer the vi... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  I had contacted APOP because their site did not provide much detail on this year’s survey.  Dr. Ernie Ward was kind enough to send over more detailed data, which I will be sh... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  Unfortunately for dogs (and cats) in the U.S., the news is not good.   According to APOP, in the U.S., 58% of all cats and 54% of all dogs are overweight or obese.  For ... »

Dogs Keep Older Humans Healthy

Dogs Keep Older Humans Healthy

There is much evidence in the scientific community that links dog ownership to improved health.  One of the ‘problems’ with many of the studies is that of a small sample size.  In essence, the study might indicate a linkage between do ownership and improved health, but the relatively small number of... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Laser therapy burst onto the human physical therapy (PT) scene over the past ten years.  Laser machines, once novel equipment, began to appear in virtually all PT clinics.  I know this from first-hand experience.  Back in 2007, I made the 80-mile round-trip to a sports doctor to get laser treatment ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 1

Rabies is a serious and deadly virus that attacks the nervous system of an infected animal causing brain disease and eventually death. Rabies is typically transmitted through a bite from a rabid animal and is most commonly found in raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Dogs are a common carrier, but glo... »

Dear Labby: Why is my Dog Licking?

Dear Labby: Why is my Dog Licking?

Dear Labby,   My 10-year old Cocker Spaniel has started licking their elbow joint all the time. I checked to see if there was a cut or a tick or something irritating him, but I don’t see anything. What’s up with this licking behavior?   Worried Mom     Dear Mom, Good ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

We’ve been focused on the Nervous System recently in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. This includes the spinal cord and the brain. One of the more common brain related disorders that our dogs get is epilepsy. I feel fortunate that none of my dogs have ever suffered from this disorder (knock ... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

I recently had a minor sports related injury to my c-spine (i.e. neck) and have started a physical therapy program.  It is interesting to observe the therapists in action on all of the patients, and the range of modalities that are used to heal the injuries and prevent re occurrence.  Interestingly,... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check look at the Nervous System today by looking at brain disorders. A dog’s brain is divided into three parts: brain stem, cerbellum and cerebrum. The brain stem controls basic life functions, the cerebrum controls decision making functions and cerebellum is ... »

calories in dog food

Average Calorie Content in Dog Foods

It has been some time since I have published updated statistics on key dog food indicators and today’s post will do this, focusing on the average calorie content in dog food.  I used our pet food database, which currently consists of near 3,000 dog foods along with their calories, ingredients, macro... »

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

We’ve all seen some of those funny YouTube videos showing a dog doing some basic yoga poses. Heck, a couple of our favorite yoga poses are named after stretches that dogs do. We are all probably familiar with yoga and the benefits it can bring your health and well being. I have practiced Bikra... »

Maggie Update – March

Maggie Update – March

It’s been a few months since I updated Maggie’s status relative to her osteosarcoma. It’s been almost eight months since her initial diagnosis and we’re happy to report she is going strong (knock on wood).     She completed her chemotherapy treatments for the osteos... »

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

We’ve all seen the internet memes about the “cone of shame” and the poor dogs who have to suffer through the wearing of them. We’ve probably even had a few dogs who had to wear them at one time or another.     Poor dogs, what’s the point of these stupid things... »

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Most of you have probably seen the outcry this past week regarding the poor conformation of the German Shepherd Dog that won Best of Breed in the recent Crufts Dog show in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t, you can read about it here (Crufts plunged into cruelty row over ‘deformed’... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

The canine nervous system is comprised of the central nervous system (CNS) made up of the brain and the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system, the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord throughout the dog’s body. These peripheral nerves carry the signals from the brain to comma... »

Pet Dental Health Month

Pet Dental Health Month

We are almost at the end of the month, but we wanted to mention that February is Pet Dental Health Month. Awareness of pet dental health has become a hot topic in recent years – much more so than in the past. Folks used to think that giving your dog a nice bone to chew on every once in awhile ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

We’ve covered the eyes and the ears, so naturally next up is the nose. At first I was uncertain about what types of diseases or problems dogs might have with their nose. We previously wrote about a dog’s wet nose and whether it was a sign of health – which of course is a myth, but ... »

Westminster Redux

Westminster Redux

It’s that time of year again – the 140th Westminster Dog Show begins today – or at least the televised version. We have always followed Westminster since I was a kid and my grandfather raised collies. None of them went to Westminster, but Papa was quite proud of his beautiful dogs.... »

Saving on Pet Medication Costs

Saving on Pet Medication Costs

Between Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and Jack’s recent bout of pancreatitis, we’ve been spending a ton of money not only on vet visits, but on medications. We are so grateful that our pet insurance plan from Healthy Paws has covered 90% of both Jack and Maggie’s treatment. It co... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

Last week Jack got diagnosed with Pancreatitis. He’s been on anti-nausea medicine and a bland diet since then and is doing much better. We wrote about Jack and some initial information about pancreatitis and today we want to follow up with more details on the causes, treatment and prevention. ... »

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

We have probably all heard the phrase “Let sleeping dogs lie”. Wikitionary defines it as meaning: To leave things as they are; especially, to avoid restarting or rekindling an old argument; to leave disagreements in the past.   I think that is sound advice to be followed in many sit... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

Jack has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis. Never a dull moment around the SlimDoggy household. We’ve never had a dog with pancreatitis before, we’ve only dealt with Jack’s IBS which is actually pretty mild, so this is all new to us.   It started Sunday night about 8pm – ... »

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

We talk a lot about improving your dog’s life span by making sure he is healthy and fit through exercise and proper nutrition. Many of us do what we can to help them live longer by following these guidelines. But if dog’s are man’s best friend, and I would certainly argue that they... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

Over the last year I’ve noticed that Jack has slowly started to lose his hearing. Last time we were at the vet’s for his Senior Wellness check, I asked the vet to check them. Other than a little dirt build-up he didn’t see anything amiss and chalked up Jack’s hearing problems... »

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

Last week, I wrote about why it is important to keep a dog properly hydrated and some of the health risks that can result from too little, or too much water. This week I will share some tips on how to keep a dog properly hydrated.   How Much Water does a Dog Need? Making sure that a dog gets th... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

It’s been several weeks since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series having spent the last few months focusing on Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.   Although we’re going a little out of order, we wanted to discuss eyes and eye problems today. In the past we̵... »

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of regular exercise and proper feeding of appropriate foods. Most readers of SlimDoggy.com are well aware of this. There is another aspect to ensuring a fit and healthy dog that does not get as much attention as diet and exercise: proper hydration.... »

Feel a Lump?  Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

Feel a Lump? Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

You may have heard that saying from your vet, or you may have been told “Let’s watch it”. Certainly it’s your choice whether you pay the money to have a lump aspirated and tested or wait for it to grow or change…we’re just suggesting it’s better to be safe r... »

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Today we wanted to cover Dr. Mahaney’s recommendations for Maggie as a result of her visit with him. Note: these recommendations are specific for Maggie, her age, weight, overall health and type of cancer and her cancer protocol. Please don’t take them as definitive advice for your own d... »

Are We Over-vaccinating our Pets?

Are We Over-vaccinating our Pets?

During Maggie’s consultation with Dr. Mahaney, he suggested that we administer a titer test that measures vaccination failures to prevent over vaccination. The test is called VacciCheck. (Full disclosure, Dr. Mahaney is a spokesperson for the company).   I’ve always worried about Ja... »

Holistic Medicine’s Place in Cancer Treatment

Holistic Medicine’s Place in Cancer Treatment

A few weeks ago, we took Maggie to see Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinarian who specializes in holistic medicine treatment options. He is also an active blogger, so you may have come across his blog or writings in other places. We are fortunate that he practices within the same group as Maggie’... »

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Continuing with our pet obesity awareness theme, I wanted to share some of the primary health risks that dogs might develop as a result of being overweight.   Much like with humans, carrying excess weight in the form of fat is not healthy for dogs and can impact their quality of life. Simply st... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

It’s been a couple of months since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series. We got side-tracked by Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and devoted several installments to her cancer and her radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Last time we examined some general breathing problems found in ... »

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

October is Pet Obesity Awareness month, and October 7, 2015 is Pet Obesity Awareness day, and it is the perfect time to review some of the key statistics and information related to pet obesity. I would argue that the single most impactful thing that pet owners can do to improve the health of their p... »

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Maggie has had two chemotherapy treatments and we’re happy to report she seems to be doing great, no side effects other than a little tiredness. In the course of my research into her cancer treatment, I came upon some materials regarding safety for your self and your other animals if one of yo... »

Is Jack Going Deaf?

Is Jack Going Deaf?

Friends have asked how Jack is doing through all of the family upheaval surrounding Maggie’s illness. Jack can be an anxious dog, but we’ve worked to keep his routine the same which alleviates his anxiety. He still gets his morning walk at the park, sometimes with Maggie, sometimes just ... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

It’s been about 8 weeks since our Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We’ve been through a lot since then and you can catch up on our story in our posts Part I and Part II.   Today I wanted to talk about our experience with chemotherapy. In addition to the SRS treatments, our ve... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Today I want to cover Maggie’s diagnosis and the first phase of her treatment.   As I mentioned in Part I of our series on Osteosarcoma, Becca was diagnosed with OSA based on her xrays. They displayed what is a typical “sunburst” pattern in her shoulder. Her vet eventually per... »

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) last month, I’ve done as much reading as I could about the disease. Having had two female black labs who both developed it, I also wondered about breed propensity for OSA. And finally, I looked at treatments recommended – particularly th... »

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

If you read our blog, you know that our sweet Maggie May was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), bone cancer, in her left front leg. OSA is an aggressive, fast-growing cancer that is typically treated through amputation and chemotherapy or palliative radiation. Our vet offered us a new treat... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

Next up in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series is Respiratory disorders. We previously wrote about SlimDoggy’s cousin Taj and her problems with pneumonia which is obviously a major respiratory problem. We also discussed Lungworm in our Parasite post. Today we will cover a few other common breath... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Once Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), our objective was to find comfort for her and to give her as long a life as possible.   The vet ruled out amputation, but suggested a newer procedure called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). In order for Maggie to be a candidate for this procedu... »

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Dry food is by far the most popular form of pet food sold. I saw some data on petfoodindustry.com that said that dry food makes up almost 75% of all pet food sales in the world. There are several reasons for this. First of all, dry food is convenient and doesn’t require refrigeration. Second, dry fo... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

We’ve had a tough week in the SlimDoggy household. Our Maggie developed a pretty severe limp over the last few weeks. Increasing her medication and rest did not seem to resolve it, so off to the vet we went. The initial diagnosis was not promising – the vet was concerned it was osteosarc... »

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

You can’t get away from all the cooking shows and competitions on TV anymore – it seems they are on 24/7. I like watching them and learning about different spices and herbs to use in cooking. It got me thinking about spices and herbs that are good for our dogs too, so I raided our Dog Fo... »

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

There are so many dog bed choices out there, and it seems fancier – and more expensive beds are introduced all the time. Years ago when I had my first Lab, Maxine, she slept on the floor with a couple of blankets. Sally & Tino both slept on the bed, although we had a couple of dog beds in... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series, moving on to the Cardiovascular and Circulatory systems of the dog.   As in humans, the heart is the most critical organ in your dog’s body. It is responsible for pumping blood throughout their body and carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrien... »

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Last year, following the Westminster Dog Show, we wrote a series of articles expressing our concern over the overweight appearance of the Labradors in the show. The first was No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster. We followed that up with an article looking into the changes in Labrador’... »

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

During the winter, we frequently read about or see dog booties being advertised for dogs to help keep their paws and pads protected from the snow, sleet & chemicals used on the roads in the winter. But, it is equally important to protect your dogs paws and pads from summer dangers of bugs, burr... »

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Last week we drove up to Big Bear for our vacation. BigBear is about 7,000 feet above sea level and the only way to get there is a long windy, twisty mountain road. It’s a beautiful ride, but for anyone who gets motion sick, it can be treacherous.   As I was driving up this year, I was wo... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

Today we continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series by taking a closer look at some additional skeletal issues that may befall our pets. We already covered some of the most common, Osteoarthritis and Dysplasia in Part 1.   Let’s take a look at: Luxating patella Osteochondritis dissecans P... »

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

People Food that’s GOOD for Dogs

We frequently get asked whether the latest “super food” is also good for our dogs. Our A to Z Ingredients series pulls in the most visitors on our site and we’ve tried to cover the major “super foods” in the course of the series.     We thought we’d revi... »

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

As a former “Northeast Coaster” now living in Southern California, I am fortunate to live in a climate that is generally warm and sunny and perfect for outdoor exercise year round. For many others, weather conditions are such that getting outdoors to exercise year round is more challenging. No matte... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

We move on to Skeletal Disorders and Diseases in dogs in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. Wikipedia provides a long list of potential issues, we will take a look at the most common. Osteoarthritis: Just as in humans, arthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the deterioration of the cartilage ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

Last time, in our Muscular Disorders section of our Health Check Series, we focused on muscle & ligament issues including sprains and strains. Today we are going to take a closer look at other muscular disorders that may affect your dog.   There are two main types of muscular disorders: My... »

One Thing You Can Do to Increase Your Dog’ s Life Span

One Thing You Can Do to Increase Your Dog’ s Life Span

We talk about health and fitness for our canine companions all the time – obviously – it is the focus of our blog. We’ve written about increasing their life span frequently in the past, and it is one of the most popular topics that brings people to SlimDoggy.com. Many of our posts ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy cousin, Taj just recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia and we wanted to share her experience as a cautionary tale as part of our SlimDoggy Health Check Series.   A little background. Taj is a 12-year old Weimaraner. She was a hunting dog and hunted for many years until her r... »

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Last week, we posted an article about a German Shepherd dog on our FaceBook page. The story was that the owner had taken their dog to a local groomer for grooming and the dog ended up being shaved with only his head and tip of his tail unshaved.   The owner was distraught and threatening to sue... »

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

When our pup Sally was just about 3 months old, she had a run-in with a bee. It was a Saturday morning and I was out somewhere and Steve was at home. I get a frantic call saying that Sally’s face is all swollen and he is on the way to the vet. By the time I got there, her face was almost norma... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

A dog’s muscular system, like humans, is designed to support movement. A basic understanding of the major muscles and how they work together is important to help you diagnose any potential issues and determine whether it is a muscular, skeletal or a nerve disorder. We will look at all three, b... »

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

As a staunch proponent of the many benefits of using quality, healthy food to keep a dog healthy and happy, I often cringe when I walk down the pet food aisle in the grocery store. I realize that I am generalizing a bit with my next few statements, but I will say them anyway. Looking at the dog food... »

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists and serves no healing purpose, is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose it to floo... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

Wrapping up our SlimDoggy Health Check on Parasites, we want to cover skin parasites. These are VERY common in dogs and cats and include: Fleas Ticks Mites   Lots of nasty critters that you have to contend with and sorry to say most dogs are going to get one or two of these, probably more than ... »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is (obviously) a precursor to a healthy body. As the engine that pumps the blood through the body, the heart needs to be in top working order to properly perform its job. Unlike the skeletal muscles (e.g. leg muscles), which can rest, the heart is always working, involuntarily, to ke... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

The next installment in our SlimDoggy Health Check series continues our look at Parasites, specifically intestinal parasites. Intestinal Parasites Giardia is a single-celled organism that lives in the intestines of dogs. It is one of the more frequently found parasites and typically affects older do... »

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

A few weeks ago we wrote about “Frito Feet”, that weird phenomenon that makes your dogs feet smell like Frito corn chips. Turns out it’s caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria on your dog’s feet.   But what about that “wet dog” smell? I’ve had ma... »

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Guest Post from Sloan McKinney   Food plays an important role in your pup’s life. Feeding your dog the right diet ensures he receives the proper nutrition, while treats serve as a training tool and a reward for good behavior.   Some owners feed their dogs home-cooked or raw foods as either... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

Parasites is the topic for today’s SlimDoggy Health Check.   Parasites means, worms and ticks and mites, oh my… Yes, there are many different types of parasites our dogs come into contact with every single day that may impact their health. Here’s a list of the most common: Wor... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Continuing our series on foods that support a healthy body, today we are focusing on the nutrients that are required to support healthy muscle function. As most of us know, protein and the building block amino acids that protein is made of, are the foundations for muscle growth. However, there are s... »

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby,   Whenever I sit down to pet my dog, he typically rolls over on his back so I can rub his belly. When he does he sticks his feet right in my face and I notice his paws smell like Fritos. What’s up with that?   Frito-bandito   Dear Bandito,   We should have menti... »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

#GimmeFive Campaign

#GimmeFive Campaign

This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

Next in our SlimDoggy Health Check series on dog diseases are fungal diseases. A fungus is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. Wikipedia   Many types of fungus exist in the environment... »

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Conventional wisdom in the United States says that spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible thing to do. The only “politically correct” excuse for not spaying or neutering is if you were a responsible dog breeder or if you have a pedigree show dog and they are required to be inta... »

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is there such a thing as being “accident prone”? I know we talk about some humans as being accident prone if they tend to get in car accidents or fall down stairs or trip on curbs, or many different sorts of accidents. I don’t think it’s something that’s genetic, I thin... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

Recently we introduced our SlimDoggy Health Check series and provided a list of the different types of dog diseases. The list was long, but our plan is to start at the top and work our way down.   Bacterial diseases “Diseases caused by bacteria. The most common infectious diseases, they r... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

Recently we started a new feature on SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. Initially we wrote about two health issues we had direct experience with, distemper and heartworm.   As I continued to plan our series, I realized that there are so many health issues & diseases that can affect o... »

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Our recent update on Fat Labs at Westminster once again proved to be a lightning rod for comments and complaints about pedigree show dog health. And it wasn’t limited to the overweight Labs, we heard from many purebred dog owners, some who show their dogs and some who refuse to because of unhe... »

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

I recently found an article published by Iowa State reporting on a research study that calculated the life span increasing benefits of running. This article references a study performed at Iowa State University by Duck-chul Lee, PhD, et. al. that showed that running even for short durations can incr... »

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat” (paraphrased from the original quote by Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who said “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”) This simple idea holds true for both humans and dogs. Eating a lot of junk foods will res... »

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

Recently we introduced our new SlimDoggy Health Check series and took a closer look at heartworm and its prevalence throughout the US. Today we want to focus on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.   Heartworm causes: We all know that heartworm is a serious ... »

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Last spring, we wrote a surprisingly controversial piece about the apparent overweight Labrador Retrievers shown at Westminster. Our goal was to call attention to the matter in the hopes of raising some awareness about how far the show Labs have diverged from the Labrador Standard and that judges of... »

SlimDoggy Health Check:  Heartworm Pt. 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Heartworm Pt. 1

Today we begin a new semi-regular series on SlimDoggy – the SlimDoggy Health Check. In this series, we plan to take a closer look at various canine diseases, their cause, treatment and prevention. Our goal will be to keep each synopsis brief and to the point, with a focus on how fitness and nu... »

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in Dogs

As Jack & Maggie get older, we are on the lookout for signs of arthritis in their joints. We don’t know if they were active in their previous lives, but for the last few years with us, they both get a lot of exercise in the form of walking, running and additional strengthening exercises. ... »

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Dumb Ass Dog Owners or DADO’s. When I read about this blog hop last week, I wasn’t sure if I would join because I wasn’t sure what to write about and then it hit me…the biggest DADO of all and a real pet peeve, the people who think that having a fat pet shows that they are we... »

The Dangers of Distemper

The Dangers of Distemper

Those of you that follow SlimDoggy know of our dog Tino and if you’ve read Tino’s Tale of Tails you would know the story of his rescue and the fact that he had distemper when we first got him. He was one of the lucky ones, his brother Bernie who we also rescued wasn’t so lucky and ... »

Would Your Doctor Prescribe a Pet to Improve Your Health?

Would Your Doctor Prescribe a Pet to Improve Your Health?

Last spring we wrote about HABRI, the organization dedicated to studying the health benefits of the human-animal bond. “The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative funds research on the evidence-based health benefits on human-animal interaction” says HABRI Executive Director Steven Feldman.   HAB... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

Today we are looking at the common belief that a dog will lick a wound in order to heal it and that it actually helps heal a wound. Well, truth be told, that’s not a total myth. A dog will lick a cut and in doing so he may help to keep it clean and free from dirt. In that respect it may be hel... »

Walk Your Dog Week – Wrap-up

Walk Your Dog Week – Wrap-up

October 1st – 8th was National Walk Your Dog Week. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of ourselves and our dogs, we challenged ourselves to not only walk everyday, but to find new and interesting places to walk Jack & Maggie. We joined the #DogWalkingWeek Blog Hop spon... »

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin and writing about one of the more serious and invasive pet health issues around – Obesity.   I know this isn’t a new topic for us to cover, we write about nutrition, health, fitness and exercise almost everyday, so why the spe... »

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby,   My dog refuses to take her pills, no matter how I bury it in her food – I always end up with this:   Frustrated Mom   Dear Frustrated,   Believe me, I understand what you are going through. Our dog Becca was on a good deal of medication when we were fighting h... »

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Today we are doing another shared topic with our friend Carol Bryant over at Fidose of Reality. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Carol and her dog Dexter, a very cool Cocker Spaniel. We’ve shared posts in the past on the dog IQ test from Dognition where we tested our dogs and then ... »

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