Health

Am I a bad dog mom? Maggie’s Miserable Weekend.

This weekend was supposed to be a mini-vacation for us. We had our dog sitter lined up to stay with Jack & Maggie and we were going down to San Diego to spend the weekend with my family. All that changed when Maggie threw-up three times within an hour on Friday morning and we spent our weekend a... »

What’s New in the App – Food Ingredients and Ranking

What’s New in the App – Food Ingredients and Ranking

Today we will focus on our new features relating to your dog’s food: 1) an expanded dog food database, 2) addition of ingredients and an ingredient search capability, and 3) our new SlimDoggy Dog Food Ranking Index. Expanded List Of Foods We have updated our data to include an additional ~ 500... »

Top 5 Healthy Snacks for your Dog

Top 5 Healthy Snacks for your Dog

Slimdoggy’s mom is not much of a cook, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have Tasty Treats As long as they are good for us. Here’s SlimDoggy Jack’s TOP FIVE HEALTHY snacks (in no particular order) Carrots: Can’t say enough about carrots…healthy, good for their ... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

We wrote recently about some of the new features in the SlimDoggy app.  Today we will focus on what we call the Weight Change ETA feature, which provides a time estimate for how long it will take your dog to reach their target weight.   Weight Change Scenarios Whether your dog needs to lose or ... »

Tasty Tuesday 4-16-13

Our friend, Sugar over at Golden Woofs has a great collection of Tasty Treats and sponsors a weekly Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop along with Kol’s Notes. We try to join each week to share our thoughts on food & nutrition, and this week I want to bring your attention to Sugar’s collection of... »

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

I read this piece on Dogster by Julia Szabo about feeding your dog sardines.   You can read the full story here: Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines? You Should Be! | Dogster The author points out that sardines make a great addition to your dog’s meals.  She suggests 1 sardine for every 20 lbs. ... »

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

I found this article on preventing sporting dog injuries by Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, DACVS on DVM360 to be very informative.  You can read the full piece here: Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine The author discusses several components that make up a well rounded program o... »

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

It is easy to overlook the importance of proper hydration when thinking about dog nutrition. Trust me, as an athlete who has found out the hard way, lack of proper hydration can lead to a myriad of problems including cramps, reduced mobility and function of joints and soft tissue components (tendons... »

Is there such a thing as TOO much exercise for your pet?

Is there such a thing as TOO much exercise for your pet?

We all know we should exercise our pets…but can we overdo it, can we exercise too much and how do we tell what is the right amount and what is too much? Let me tell you what we’ve experienced with our dogs. Currently, we have two senior dogs, Slimdoggy Jack who the vet estimated to be 7-... »

Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

As if we needed more reasons to exercise our dog! Jennifer Coates, DVM writes on petMd.com about the benefits of exercise and how it can help in the treatment of arthritis and joint and tendon/ligament pain in your pet.  The complete story is here: Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets | p... »

Losing Weight with your Dog

Losing Weight with your Dog

For those of us who have overweight dogs and who are overweight themselves, here is an older article about how to lose weight with your dog. http://petfoodtalk.com/dogfoodreviews/dog-diets-losing-weight-with-your-dog/     Although there are no specific guidelines about how much to feed you... »

What do you do when the Vet has bad news?

What do you do when the Vet has bad news?

Our focus here at SlimDoggy is the health and well being of your pets. As pet owners, we know that regular visits to the vet are the norm and depending on your pets, your vet may even be one of your best friends. We have probably all experienced what I call a ‘health scare’, an event whe... »

Exercise as Magic

Exercise as Magic

You have heard me say it many times but I will say it again: proper exercise is such an important component to a dog’s (and human’s) health and well-being.  Today we are starting a short series that will document real live cases (foster dogs) that we are currently working with and examin... »

World Spay Day

World Spay Day

February is dedicated to Spay/Neuter Awareness and February 26th World Spay Day. Join us along with our friends in the pet community to raise awareness of the health and well-being benefits from spaying or neutering your pet. You can read more efforts to raise awareness and about the statistics rega... »

Getting high with your dogs

Getting high with your dogs

Recent study shows that dogs, like people, get runner’s high! As discussed by Dr. Ernie Ward here,  Raichlen et al , in the Journal of Experimental Biology report that dogs and humans are both wired to experience a feeling of well-being and euphoria through  Endocannabinoids (eCBs), chemicals ... »

Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat?

Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat?

Peggy Frezon writes a great post in honor of World Spay Day, a day promoting spay/neuter as a way to save lives. Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat In this piece, Peggy talks about one of the common myths around spaying/neutering a pet– that it will cause the pet to gain... »

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

For all the lovers of ‘pure-bred’ dogs, I wanted to make sure that you haven’t missed the recent and controversial piece in the NY Times about breeding to standards.   The author, James Serpell, suggests that cross-breeding is one solution to some of the health problems that are ca... »

On The Set with Dr. Katy Nelson

On The Set with Dr. Katy Nelson

From the set of The Pet Show We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Katy Nelson on The Pet Show, a Washington DC area program that is airing this Saturday, 2/16 at 11 AM ET on WJLA (ABC 8).  What a pleasure it was to meet Dr. Katy!  She is really an amazing and kind person who sincerely cares abou... »

These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention

These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention

This is mostly common sense but worth sharing from Find A Vet. These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention From Your Vet | Find A Vet   Keep this list handy (print it out) just in case. 1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that lasts longer than 5 minutes 2. Choking or difficulty breathing, or con... »

Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Burning 101 In our last post, we discussed the kcal and the difference between basal/resting calories burned and activity fueled calorie burns. Today we will present the basic formulas that are used to estimate calorie requirements for your dog and provide some specific examples as reference... »

Why dogs develop food allergies

Why dogs develop food allergies

We found this piece by Suzanne Phillips, posted on The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog very interesting and worth the read. Guest Post: Suzanne Phillips: Why dogs develop food allergies « The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog. Ms. Phillips talks about dogs and what causes their food allergies.... »

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

This is an interesting if not inflammatory story from WTOP in Washington DC. Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash – WTOP.com. Dr. Katy Nelson, the host of The Pet Show, which airs on WJLA (ABC 8) in DC on Saturday mornings at 11 AM provides sound advice regarding pet treats.... »

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Primer on Dog Food Ingredients For a quick and simple read on what to look for in dog food ingredients, check out this piece at healthydogs4life.com Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients? | HealthyDogs4Life. As you may know, we at SlimDoggy are working on some exciting things regarding dog foods,... »

Primer on Calories

Primer on Calories

A Primer on Calorie Expenditures. In our last post, we discussed some of the common behaviors (in humans) that lead to an overweight dog and some tips on how to change them.  Today, we will talk about calories and how your dog’s weight and activity level impact the amount of calories that are used e... »

Dog Life Spans

Dog Life Spans

We are often asked about the average life expectancy for different breeds of dogs so we started to compile a list for our readers.  This data was pulled from several sources including vetinfo.com and pets.ca. While this data provides a view of relative longevity by breed, there are many factors that... »

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

I read this story on PetMD last night: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/jintile/2013/jan/can-dog-be-too-old-for-cancer-treatment and was moved to write about our dog Becca as we had to face this very question for her this past year. We adopted Becca through a local Labrador rescue organization... »

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... »

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