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The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

Exercising your dog consistently is one of the keys (along with diet) to keeping them fit and healthy.  Heck, consistent exercise and proper diet is the key to your own health and fitness as well.  One of the behaviors that I have noticed over the years when it comes to fitness is a “start then stop... »

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... »

The Hullabaloo Over Hugging your Dog

The Hullabaloo Over Hugging your Dog

You may have seen a series of article recently regarding the advisability of hugging your dog. In the initial article titled »

Canine Osteosarcoma

Canine Osteosarcoma

We recently received this Infographic created by Orvis in partnership with the Morris Animal Foundation. Given our Maggie’s diagnosis and our interest in this topic, I thought it appropriate to share with our readers. We were particularly heartened to read that Morris Animal Foundation has com... »

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... »

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 ... »

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’... »

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... »

Why do Dogs Howl?

Why do Dogs Howl?

Does your dog howl? Of all of our dogs, only Tino howled, and only occasionally – mainly when he heard fire engines or the ice cream truck. It was odd because those two don’t have the same pitch or tone at all. They sound nothing alike, so why did he howl to them? Steve could also get Ti... »

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

Today’s post is written by a new contributor, Vee Cecil, a fitness advocate and dog lover. Most parents consider getting a family dog because they help to teach responsibility and empathy to children. Chores such as giving the dog food and water, taking him for walks, giving him a bath and bru... »

The Labrador Handbook

The Labrador Handbook

We were fortunate to be given a copy of Pippa Mattinson’s new book: The Labrador Handbook to review.   Pippa is a zoologist and the founder of The Gun Dog Trust, the UK’s first gundog training and welfare charity. She manages a website of her own as well as The Labrador Site which h... »

Do Dogs Like Music?

Do Dogs Like Music?

I’ve written before about dogs watching television and what they really “see” when watching. None of my dogs have ever paid any attention to the TV, so I assume they just don’t see it.   But what about music? Do dogs hear and/or appreciate music?   Slimdoggy Steve i... »

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... »

What does your dog say with their eyes?

What does your dog say with their eyes?

I was reading a blog post the other day that was reporting on the increased level of oxytocin found in the bloodstream of people who had been gazing into their dog’s eyes, It found more oxytocin in the dog’s urine as well! They called it an oxytocin feedback loop – “A dog’s g... »

Dogs In Guinness Book of Records

Dogs In Guinness Book of Records

When I was younger, the Guinness Book of World Records fascinated me. I don’t know why, I never had any designs to actually BE in the book, I guess it was just fun to read about the crazy stuff people would do to get their name in the record book. They used to be pretty straightforward, the bi... »

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... »

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs in the US are overweight. Keeping a dog fit and trim requires proper feeding and ample exercise. I often wonder if some of the techniques that humans use to optimize their calorie balance could also work on dogs. One... »

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... »

How Do Dogs Make Decisions?

How Do Dogs Make Decisions?

Last week we wrote about about the different strategies our dogs Jack & Maggie use when playing a game. It got me thinking more and more about how dogs think and how they make decisions. You may not realize it, but just like you, your dog makes hundreds of decisions each day… Do I go get ... »

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 ... »

Is Your Dog a Strategic Thinker?

Is Your Dog a Strategic Thinker?

We frequently play a simple game with Jack and Maggie we call ‘find the food’. It’s pretty basic, we just hide little Zuke treats around the front yard – on the car bumper, the watering can, on top of the rocks in the flower beds, on the porch railing, etc. We hide probably 2... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the Italian research study that showed how daily exercise can reduce stress levels in shelter dogs. This week, I will examine the implications and possible cost savings from implementing a regular shelter exercise program.   In the U.S., somewhere near 8 million dogs an... »

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

We have been writing a lot about nutrigenomics, which is the study of how food can influence the gene expressions of a body. A related field is called epigenetics, which is similar, but more broadly studies the impact of exogenous factors, like lifestyle and environment, on gene expression.   While ... »

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... »

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Nutrigenomics, the study of how food and nutrition can alter a body’s gene expression, is an interesting and relatively new field of study that can help uncover the true power of food as the first line of disease prevention, or in the case of poor dietary choices, the power of food as a facilitator ... »

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

In our last post, we described some of the research performed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition that concluded that a diet with a high lysine to calorie ratio could change a dog’s gene expression from fat storing to fat burning. These results are certainly encouraging because they could potentially provide gu... »

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

The second of the seven fitness habits of highly fit people and dogs is to mix in high intensity training into their regular exercise schedule. Although it can be difficult, high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, can provide you and your dog with many benefits including:   Improv... »

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

The idea of functional foods and, specifically, nutrogenomics (the study of how food and nutrition can impact gene expression), suggests that food can have a direct and marked impact on a person’s or pet’s health. One interesting study, performed at Hills Pet Nutrition, found that specific foods cou... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

Senior Pet Resources

Senior Pet Resources

November is Senior Pet Adoption Month. We love our two seniors Jack & Maggie and love to help promote senior adoption as much as we can. Taking care of a senior dog and ensuring their health and fitness does require a little extra diligence. This month, in honor of senior pet month, we plan to ... »

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... »

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Before we start our post, we want to announce the return of K9 Kamp! Yes, Summer 2014 K9 Kamp is schedule to kick-off next Friday. Our theme for Kamp is Backyard Games. There’s so much to tell you about and so many prizes to show you, we’ve put it all into a separate post. Read all about... »

Alarming Pet Obesity Facts

Alarming Pet Obesity Facts

We started SlimDoggy about 18 months ago with the mission to raise awareness to the growing problem of pet obesity. The statistics on pet obesity are staggering. Over 53% of dogs and 57% of cats are overweight. We talk a lot about exercise and how it improves your dogs quality of life, and their lif... »

Dog DNA Follow-up

Dog DNA Follow-up

Last Monday we introduced a new member of the SlimDoggy family, Pepper. We challenged you to guess his lineage and we received many guesses, but none were entirely correct. Here’s Pepper’s brother who looks pretty similar, but does have an interesting characteristic that might have been ... »

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of proper exercise and proper feeding. Because dogs are decedents of carnivores, most dogs are well suited for high protein, high fat diets. While dogs can tolerate carbohydrates, the way that their bodies utilize macronutrients for energy is diffe... »

The Human-Animal Bond | HABRI

The Human-Animal Bond | HABRI

Last week at BlogPaws, I was fortunate to meet the folks from HABRI, a research foundation whose mission is to study the benefits of the human-animal bond for pet and human health. HABRI stands for Human Animal Bond Research Initiative and their vision is to “demonstrate that pets and animals ... »

Pet Obesity Epidemic Continues

Pet Obesity Epidemic Continues

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)  recently released the 2013 results of their pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2013, shows no real improvement in the obesity rates for dogs or cats.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.6% of all dogs i... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

A few weeks ago, we created a bit of a furor in the Labrador Retriever world when we wrote a post about the overweight Labradors who won Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex in the 2014 Westminster show. Our concern about the overweight appearance of these dogs is due to the health related problem... »

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

Last week we posted a provocative article regarding what we viewed as overweight Labradors representing the breed in the Westminster Dog Show. We have gotten lots of feedback on the post, from Veterinarians and Lab owners supporting our view and some folks, mostly breeders and show dog owners, telli... »

Dognition Part 2

Dognition Part 2

We finished up Jack’s Dognition exercises this past week and wanted to report on our results. Since it’s not really called a ‘test’ he didn’t really graduate, but he wanted to wear the cap, so what the heck. And I know this is not Wordless, but figured we’d join t... »

What are the nutritional needs of your dog with cancer?

We are joining the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop today. In our post for the Hop last November, we provided a list of general resources for pet owners on the initial diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer.   Today, we are going to dig a little deeper and provide some insight into the diet and n... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Thyme

Next up in our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “T”. Today’s ingredient is the well known herb, Thyme.   What is Thyme? Thyme is a perennial plant, belonging to the mint family.  The plants can be erect and bushy, reaching 18 inches in height or creeping and ... »

SlimDoggy Infographics

To view the full Infographic, just click on the image: SlimDoggy on Pet Obesity   SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1   SlimDoggy Reader Fit Tips #2   SlimDoggy Senior Fit Tips   SlimDoggy Thanksgiving Tips »

Jack Takes the Dognition Test

Jack Takes the Dognition Test

We’ve read about Dognition, a cognition & personality assessment for your dog, since it was released early last year. It sounds like a really interesting concept – using brainteasers and puzzles, you can learn how your dog thinks. I’ve been wanting to buy it ($29 for one dog or... »

How do I Find a Dog Camp?

How do I Find a Dog Camp?

Canine fitness centers, doggie boot camps, canine adventure clubs & swim centers are all the rage right now. I see or read about new ones all the time. We are huge fans of these places because whether they are indoors or outdoors, for the dogs alone or for humans and canines together, they are a... »

MythBuster #8 Do Dogs Remember?

MythBuster #8 Do Dogs Remember?

Last spring they planted a crop of peppers in the fields at the end of our street. At the time, I posted a picture of Jack looking over the field wishing and hoping they were growing bacon. Well, the crop has grown and they harvested it 2 weeks ago. I posted some pictures of the workers and the big ... »

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Don’t misunderstand, I am no expert when it comes to working with dogs with fear aggression. Jack had a touch of this problem, but with hard work and a good trainer, he’s worked through most of it and while he doesn’t joyfully greet strangers like our Sally did, he tolerates them. ... »

Give Cancer the Paw

Give Cancer the Paw

When we first heard about this new Blog Hop – Give Cancer the Paw – we were anxious to participate since we lost our black Lab, Becca to osteosarcoma about 18 months ago. We wrote about our experience with Becca in our Tale of Tails: Becca series which documented her diagnosis, treatment... »

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Stories like these make me smile and cry at the same time. In an article in the latest edition of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Franklin McMillan suggests pets sometimes eat to dispel negative emotions, stress and nervousness   Pet obesity linked to emotional eating – MyWebTimes.com... »

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Getting motivated to exercise/workout is a challenge for many people.  Life always seems to get in the way and many of us just accept a sedentary lifestyle.  As hard as it is for me, an exercise-aholic, to fathom this the numbers tell the sobering story.   US Obesity Statistics As we reported i... »

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

We’re adding to our MythBuster series today and focusing on wellness myths since it’s Pet Wellness Month. What is Pet Wellness? It’s just what you think – keeping your pet fit, health and “well”. It’s preventative medicine for your pet. Many vets provide spe... »

Monday Mischief? Barely…

Monday Mischief? Barely…

I know today is Monday Mischief – one of our favorite Blog Hops, but we have something more important to talk about today. We are hijacking the Mischief post to talk about Pet Wellness. Can’t believe that it is almost October already but it is and October is National Pet Wellness month. ... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #3: Are Dogs Colorblind?

SlimDoggy MythBuster #3: Are Dogs Colorblind?

Today’s myth busting is on something I think we’ve all believed for some time and only recently beginning to hear otherwise and that is that dogs are colorblind. I’ve always heard – and believed that they were, that they were able to see only varying shades of grey/black/whit... »

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

In recent posts, we have written about the importance and sources of the macro nutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates—in dog food.  Today we continue our analysis of some of the other key ingredient groups that are common in commercially available dog food, starting with fruits and vegetables. ... »

What KIND of protein is best for my dog? (Part 2)

What KIND of protein is best for my dog? (Part 2)

Here we are again, joining the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop. Tasty Tuesday is about celebrating ‘good food’ and to us good food also means healthy food. We continue our discussion about Dog Food Proteins. Click here if you missed part 1. Protein is the foundation for a quality dog food.  Today... »

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results | Pet Obesity Prevention

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results | Pet Obesity Prevention

Dr Ernie Ward and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention published their annual survey data yesterday.  Let me say up front, a big thank you for doing this and raising awareness to this problem! As you can imagine, the news is not good. You can read all of the details of this years survey here: ... »

Rover, we have a problem…pet obesity

Rover, we have a problem…pet obesity

Whether we care to admit it or not, there is a good chance that we own or know people who own an overweight or obese dog.  At SlimDoggy, one of our goals is to raise awareness about this issue while providing tools and information to people who would like to address their dogs weight problem.  Today... »

The SlimDoggy Library

The SlimDoggy Library

  We are always searching for great articles on things related to canine health, fitness and well being.  Google is great, but there is way too much ‘junk’ and articles that are driven more by SEO technique than by relevance or quality.  So we decided to do something about it. We ha... »