Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

play-with-dog-is-good-exerciseDog vitamins and supplements are usually great for your dog or puppy. But sometimes a simple toy or play thing will do wonders for a dog or puppies well-being. Most good dog toys encourage your dog to run and be active. However, other toys encourage your dogs thinking and reasoning skills – which becomes more important as your dog ages.

The Importance of Dog Play and Dog Toys

Just like all work and no play makes a dog owner an unhappy person to be around, the same applies to a dog. Dogs that simply sleep and eat all day and don’t have the chance to get outside and play can sometimes exhibit signs of depression and/or lethargy. And even though walks with your dog are great, playtime with your dog is even better. Read more Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

Don’t Eat That! 60+ Toxic Foods and Non-Food Items That Pets Shouldn’t Ingest

Healthy PetsMost people tend to think of their pets as part of their family. Pets provide company, friendship and will listen to our problems without complaint. In return, we reciprocate with companionship and provide them with a comfortable place to sleep, medical care and food. We also have a responsibility to keep them safe.

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Be Prepared! Helpful Disaster Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Pets Hiding During DisasterMany areas are subject to one or more forms of natural disasters. Depending on geographical location, these may include hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards or floods. Most disasters offer limited time to prepare. That is why it is best to plan ahead of time, not only for you and your family, but for your pets as well. Read more Be Prepared! Helpful Disaster Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Dog Hip Dysplasia, Signs & Treatment

dog=dysplasia-hip-joint-painHip dysplasia in a dog was once believed to be hereditary and then only in large strains. But now, it can, in fact, affect any dog.

This dog health issue can stem from over exertion at an early age in a dog’s life as the hip joint is still developing.

However, Injury at a young age could be another cause of dog hip dysplasia. Even repetitive movement in puppies could be a cause of hip dysplasia. Read more Dog Hip Dysplasia, Signs & Treatment

Common Signs of Illness in Dogs

Sick Dog in Need of CareTaking care of a puppy or dog means being responsible for their health. Those becoming pet owners for the first time may want to learn more about how to maintain their pet’s health and how to recognize the initial signs of a problem before adopting their new dog.

Understand more about common signs of illness in canines today.

Changes in Body Language or Behavior

Initially, a dog may not express signs of illness. However, a pet owner may see an alteration in body language that can be a sign of discomfort or illness.

A generally active dog that becomes more lethargic or one that is generally friendly but becomes more withdrawn may be experiencing constipation, discomfort or something more.

Soft or Watery Stool

Dogs can experience diarrhea and this issue can become immediately apparent to an owner. Pet owners should be aware that dogs can have small bowel or large bowel diarrhea. Small bowel diarrhea results in a dog making a large amount of softer stool a couple of times during the day, while large bowel diarrhea results in a smaller amount of stool that is watery.

In the second case, the dog strains to go and produces diarrhea frequently. Following special diets can help eliminate this common issue in a dog. See an experienced veterinarian for a case of diarrhea or vomiting that continues for more than a day.

Excess Weight and Health Complications

Many pets are not getting the nutrition they need. Dogs may have different nutritional requirements at different stages of life. Obesity, arthritis and high blood pressure do not only develop in humans, but in dogs as well.

Excess weight gain can be addressed an owner, as it is possible to weigh a dog and make changes to their diet. With overweight dogs, avoid feeding them table scraps regularly to reduce sources of additional calories. Some foods are also hard to digest which can result in a gastrointestinal problem.

More Serious Signs of Illness

Dog owners are advised to schedule an appointment with their veterinarian if these common signs last longer than a day:

  • Change in behavior;
  • Whimpering or resistance to touch in an area;
  • Nasal congestion or discharge;
  • Frequent panting or wheezing;
  • Excessive scratching;
  • Constipation;
  • Frequent urination;
  • Excessive salivation or thirst;
  • Weakness or lameness;
  • Lethargy; and
  • A poor appetite.

All such signs may indicate that a dog is sick or hurt. Some dogs may be in need of vitamin supplementation in their diet, whether with liver supplements, iron supplements, or other support medication. At other times, a visit to the emergency clinic is necessary, such as when a dog exhibits:

  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Pale gums;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Dizziness or circling;
  • A significantly bloated abdomen;
  • Loud and consistent crying or aggressive behavior when touched;
  • Seizures; and
  • A body temperature that exceeds 104° F or decreases to below 99° F.

Pet owners would do well to err on the side of caution, scheduling an appointment with their trusted veterinarian or taking their dog in for an emergency visit when certain symptoms arise.

New to Caring for a Dog

New dog owners are responsible for the general well-being of their pet. Dogs are known to have unique personalities and it becomes easier to notice subtle changes to their behavior over time. Average and larger dog breeds need more exercise than smaller breeds. A lack of physical exercise can lead to weight gain and destructive behaviors.

Dogs also require adequate mental stimulation and socialization. When these requirements are met, pet owners may expect a decrease in tendencies to behave in inappropriate ways and potentially ingest materials or chemicals that can lead to illness. Speak with an experienced veterinarian to understand more about illnesses common to a specific dog breed.

Dog Proofing for New Dog Owners: A Guide

Dogs are much like children: they’re funny, sweet, affectionate, and they can get into a lot of trouble in certain environments. Pet owners who want to protect their dogs can take steps to protect their pets from household hazards.

Human foods, poisonous houseplants, chemicals and even dog medicine are all a potential source of danger for a curious dog. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a dog, here’s what you need to know about protecting your pet.  

Kitchen Dangers for Dogs

The kitchen is the biggest source of concern for many dog owners, because it’s full of foods that tempt dogs. Although dogs are attracted to (and will eat) human foods if given the chance, many human foods are not healthy for canines. In addition to human food, kitchens often contain cleaning products that are toxic for pets.

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