COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS FOR DOGS

COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS FOR DOGS

 

Your dog probably knows how to beg for a treat, but they do not know how to talk about her health – or tell you when they are in pain. Unfortunately, pet canines may be facing a wide range of the dog health problems. Fortunately, many of the most serious that can be prevented with vaccinations and regular treatment.

 

Here are the top 10 dog health of our four-legged friends are facing and distemper symptoms to watch out for.

 

Heartworms

Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease in which parasites infect the heart and arteries of a dog. Dogs exposed to larvae through a mosquito bite and, if left unchecked, the larvae can grow into large worms. Symptoms of heartworm disease vary from coughing to lethargy, collapse, and depression (not moping or greeting you at the door), says Bonnie Beaver, a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M University. Heartworm infection can develop into heart failure and death. Although not always successful, the treatment options include drugs to kill the parasites and, in advanced cases, surgery. Fortunately easily preventable heartworms. Options include daily oral medication, topical, a simple once a month pill and, injections

 

vomiting and diarrhea

There are many possible causes of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, but the most common is infection such as parvovirus. Others are eating inappropriate foods or swallowing of objects. “Dogs often eat little toys, clothing, chocolate or gum wrappers,” says Beaver. “Xylitol [a sugar substitute] shut down the kidneys can. A pound of fat can cause pancreatitis.”

An isolated bout of vomiting and diarrhea in dogs is usually not a cause for alarm, but if your dog vomits repeatedly or for more than a day, take it to your veterinarian. Please note that symptom such as vomiting or diarrhea in blood, dark or black diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss, fever, or a change in the appetite. To prevent dehydration, give your dog plenty of water. After an attack of vomiting, try soft foods, such as boiled potatoes, boiled rice and skinless chicken. To combat diarrhea in dogs, the general rule is to avoid feeding your dog food for 10 to 24 hours or until your vet gives you the go-ahead.

 

Obesity

Obesity is a common pet health problem. Overweight dogs face a higher risk of joint pain, diabetes, and liver disease: As with humans, obesity can have negative health effects on your dog. “We feed them a lot of high-calorie foods and they do not give enough exercise,” says Beaver.

Is your dog at his best weight? If he is, you should be able to feel his spine and ribs without pressing. When looking at your dog from above, you should see a noticeable “waist” between the lower ribs and the hips; you should be able to see the stomach, moving upward from the bottom of the rib cage to the thighs. If your dog does not meet these standards, ask your vet to help you to plan a diet and exercise.

 

Infectious Diseases

Another common pet health problem in dogs is infectious diseases, especially canine parvovirus and canine distemper. Canine Parvovirus is highly contagious and potentially deadly, contracted through contact with the feces of a very sick dog. The symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Distemper is a virus transmitted by direct contact with an infected dog urine, saliva or blood. It affects a dog’s respiratory system and also her stomach and the central nervous system, and even the eyes, in particular, the membranes that cover the eyes and the lower side of the eyelid. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing, fever, anorexia, vomiting or diarrhea, discharge of thick mucus from the eyes and nose, and also possibly seizures.

 

Early prevention can protect your pet. “These and other common infections in dogs can be prevented by proper vaccination.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly contagious form of bronchitis that causes inflammation in a dog larynx and trachea. “The most common cause is exposure to other infected dogs, or at doggie daycare, the groomer’s, or a kennel,” says Beaver. “In most cases, treatment is to let it run its course, to give dog antibiotics.” You can also try using a humidifier or taking your pet in a steam-filled bathroom.

 

Lower Urinary Tract Problems

Some common problems in dogs urinary incontinence, among others, bacterial infections, bladder stones, and even cancer. Symptoms include the need to urinate more frequently, producing small amounts of urine, blood in urine, incontinence, straining or crying in pain when trying to urinate, vomiting, and fever and weight loss. Treatment options include antibiotics, changes in the diet, and, if necessary, surgery to remove a tumor or bladder stones.

 

Dental Disease

Periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums, is very common in dogs, affecting an estimated 80 percent of dogs by the age of 2. It is linked to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and other serious dog health problems. Symptoms vary from fetid breath difficulty eating and facial swelling, says Beaver. The treatment may consist of the removal of dental plaque, and possibly teeth. Dental dog to prevent health problems, Beaver recommends regular checkups with a veterinarian dentist, giving your dog rawhide chews, and regular brushing of your pet with dog toothpaste (your toothpaste can upset the stomach of a dog).

Skin Problems

The majority of skin problems in dogs are due to, skin infections, parasites and allergies. “Probably the most common skin problem in dogs, demodectic mange, which is caused by a mite that lives in the hair follicles of a dog.

Common parasites that involve the skin include fleas, mites and scabies mites that cause scabies. Ringworm is a common infection of the skin; it is a highly contagious fungal infection that can cause hair loss or scaly patches or short hair. Allergens such as pollen, mold and dust mites may cause itching and rashes. Dogs can also develop allergies to common dog food ingredients such as soya, maize, wheat, beef or chicken, which led to skin problems. And some dogs just can cause skin irritation licking an area too much, perhaps boredom or stress.

Broken Bones

Broken bones, also called fractures, are a common problem in dogs – often activities like jumping out of a window, said Beaver. Symptoms include limping, not moving, and a reason to suspect trauma (as the dog was a road, for example). The treatment consists of surgery, a splint or a cast.

 

Cancer

A common form of cancer in dogs is skin cancer. There may be white patches on top of the nose and ear. Other symptoms of cancer in dogs are lumps, swelling, ulcers, rapid weight loss, lameness, sudden loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating, lack of energy, and black stools.

Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. As in humans can be used a combination of approaches, and the stage of the cancer, the type of disease and the aggressiveness of the treatment can affect the result.

Regular visits to the vet and preventive measures can keep your dog in top pet health. And if you notice unusual behavior or symptom, getting prompt attention at the office of the veterinarian will often mean a speedy recovery from distemper.

Dog Poop Scooping Etiquette

As a dog owner I’m often on the front line of the poop scoop battle. When I see my dog doing her business I’m ready to scoop and would never consider otherwise. Instinctively I gather my courage, pull out a bag and hold my breath.

What never ceases to amaze me are dog owners who don’t practice proper etiquette and take care of scooping their dog’s waste. These people don’t seem to have a feeling of responsibility to the community or respect for others however maybe it’s just because they’re miss informed…

While I highly doubt that you are one of those at fault for this problem, but if you are then here are some reasons to change your ways:

  • Dog waste can make other dogs sick

    – Most parasites and other dog to dog transmitted diseases are transferred via their poop. These illnesses can cause sickness or even death in other dogs so it’s important to use that poop bag and throw it away.

  • Dog poo can make people sick

    – Many parasites which dogs can become carriers of are transmitted through their fecal matter and can be infect people when they come in contact with it. Two examples of these parasites are Hookworms and Tapeworms. Quite often our dogs are pooping in high traffic areas such as parks and walkways. These areas frequently have children playing and even if a poo is mainly washed away by rain or other weather the parasites and eggs can still remain and can transfer to those poor unsuspecting children.

  • It’s obnoxious

    of you to not take care of your poop scooping responsibilities and other dog owners will take note. Sometimes when you’re at a park and busy talking to fellow canine enthusiasts you can loose track of your dog and not see them pooing. If you happen to be on the other side of this equation and see a poopy situation which the owner misses then I feel it’s proper etiquette to let them know and if you happen to offer them a dog poop bag if you happen to have extras.

  • Dog poop smells

    – Sorry for the simplicity of this point but I had to throw it in.

I hope this post will inspire some people to start scooping responsibly and if you’re one of those who already does then I hope it gives you some ammunition to tell of that irresponsible owner 🙂

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THE GOOD, THE BAD FOODS FOR YOUR PET

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. The family coming together, the football…ok who are we kidding, the food!! And at SitStay, we and our amazing customers treat our dogs like part of the family, because they are. So we want to make sure our dogs have a delicious and more importantly a safe Thanksgiving.

Every year all over America, hopeful dogs are hoping to get some of those yummy Thanksgiving table scraps or handouts. From turkey to cranberries and everything in between it’s important to know what you can and cannot give your dog.

We’ve put together a list of the most popular items that make up the good, the bad and the dangerous items for your dog at Thanksgiving. We’ve also added healthy alternatives that we recommend more than these items. 

You want to make sure a great day isn’t turned into a visit to an emergency vet clinic.

The Bad and Dangerous Dog Foods and Hazards at Thanksgiving:


ALL FATTY FOODS: Bad

A good rule of thumb is to not give the dog anything from the table.
It’s important to be careful because anything out of their ordinary diet can trigger dangerous gastrointestinal infections (GI) or pancreatitis. Fatty foods, the heart of any of traditional Thanksgiving meal can specifically trigger pancreatitis. Be aware of your dog. If they are vomiting, acting lethargic and / or experiencing abdominal pain could signal that there may be a problem.

Try Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner instead


TURKEY SKIN: Bad

Turkey skin is a high fatty food, and as previously stated could cause problems. But turkey skin is also dangerous because it can absorb spices, marinade, butter and oils that can also lead to pancreatitis. Keep turkey skin out of your dog’s Thanksgiving diet.

Try Love Bird’s Chicken and Turkey Jerky instead


BONES: Bad

Cooked or Uncooked, all poultry bones (chicken and turkey) are especially dangerous to dogs. Poultry bones can splinter and cause all sorts of extremely dangerous problems. Not only can they splinter and puncture the intestines or stomach, but they also can cause obstructions in the intestine which will mean that your dog will need emergency surgery. Surgery is a best case, a bone can splinter and block the airway causing death. It’s imperative to dispose of your bones safely and appropriately.

Try Jones Natural Bones instead


NUTS: Bad

Ever heard of “Macadamia Nut Toxosis”? Its a condition dogs can get when they eat macadamia nuts or walnuts, causing them to be unable to stand and inducing vomiting, tremors, fever, weakness and an elevated heart rate. This condition usually goes away but can lead to shock and even death. Keep dogs away from all nuts.

Try Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Buddy Biscuits instead


NUTMEG: Bad

You’ll hear that sweet potatoes or pumpkin are OK to serve your dog. But, stay far away if they are spiced with nutmeg. Nutmeg can cause a dog central nervous problems, seizures and in some cases can even cause death. If you’re using this spice don’t let your dog near the foods that contain nutmeg.

Try Pumpkin Patch Vegan Treats instead


DOUGH: Bad

Dough can actually rise in your dogs stomach! Yikes. This can obviously cause abdominal pain. But dough can also contain raw eggs, which can contain harmful Salmonella. This is the same reason why you should not egg raw dough either.

Try Holiday Soft and Chewy Buddy Biscuits instead


BEWARE OF TURKEY NETS: Bad

While white turkey meat can be ok, the net that turkeys come wrapped in can cause trouble to your dog. Obviously you’re not going to serve your dog a turkey net but if a dog gets into the trash they can ingest the netting which can cause an obstruction or blockage which can lead to surgery.

Try the Buster Cube to keep them busy


HIDE THE TRASHCAN: Bad

As we just described, the trashcan can be a real danger. Full of good smells (to a dog) they can explore the trash can and get in it. If they get into the trash we will have no idea what he or she may have consumed while we’re busy cooking or entertaining.

Use the IQ Treat Ball to keep them busy


KEEP THEM OUT OF THE KITCHEN: Bad

It’s best just to keep your dog out of the kitchen. While we’re running around trying to cook a million dishes, the dog may accidently get tangled in our feet and trip up the cook. A little stumble can spill hot grease or other hot dishes and leave a nasty burn on the dog and on us.
Even if the food doesn’t land on the pet directly, the dog is able to quickly scarf up the piping hot food and burn his mouth. If possible, keep the dog out of the kitchen.

Use the Orbee-Tuff Mazee Ball to keep them busy


WATCH THE COMMOTION: Bad

Family in and out of the house all day long can create quite a commotion, something different that what the dogs may be used to. If your dog has the kind of personality that they can get agitated with such craziness, do them a favor and find her a quiet place for her to be, so she doesn’t get too scared.

Try the Thundershirt to keep your dog calm

Ok, enough of bad news…let’s move on to the good fun stuff for your dog’s Thanksgiving. 


The Good Dog Thanksgiving: 

SWEET POTATOES: Good

Don’t let the “sweet” label fool you. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, vitamins and carotenoids and are actually healthier than regular potatoes. If you want to share sweet potatoes with your dog, set some aside without any salt or butter on them.
Sweet potatoes are good as long as they ARE PLAIN. We already reported that nutmeg is bad, but do not serve sweet potatoes with sugar and butter either. Plain sweet potatoes should be the only option for your dog.
You can share a small can of sweet potatoes with your pup and give them their own version of Thanksgiving.

Try Plato EOS Turkey and Sweet Potato Treats


WHITE TURKEY MEAT: Good 

Turkey has always been the main event of the Thanksgiving meal. Your dog can eat some lean, cooked white meat, just try not to go overboard. Keep them away from the fattier dark meat which can cause dangerous pancreatitis. 

Try Nature Variety’s Turkey Stew


RAW CARROTS: Good 

Fresh, raw carrots have always been an ideal snack for dogs. Dogs love the sweet taste and carrots are loaded with vitamins, fiber and potassium. Carrots can even be good for your dog’s dental health. They aid in removing plaque from teeth and help keep your pooch’s breath fresh. Offer them served raw, before you add any butter or salt. 

Try Sam’s Yams Hoppin Good Carrot Cruchies


RAW GREEN BEANS: Good

Low in calories, raw green beans make another great healthy snack for your dog. Green beans are loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals and fiber. Like carrots, offer them raw before they find their way into a green-bean casserole. 

Try Wet Noses Peas and Carrots Dog Treats


FRESH CRANBERRIES: Good

Full of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, cranberries are great for dogs. In addition, they’re well-known for helping maintain healthy urinary tracts. On Thanksgiving, if you’re making cranberry sauce from scratch with fresh fruit, feel free to share. But Note: Do not give the canned cranberry sauce and jellied cranberry sauce to your dog, they are full of sugar and should not be given to pets.

Try Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats

FRESH PUMPKIN: Good

Pumpkin is good for dogs to eat not only because it’s low in calories and bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber, but also because it helps with a dog’s digestion. Pumpkin is great if your dog is suffering from an upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation. If you’re using canned pumpkin for your pie, though, it’s better not to share it with your family dog. The processed stuff isn’t healthy for dogs like fresh pumpkin is.

Try Plato EOS Turkey and Pumpkin Dog Treats


BRUSSELS SPROUTS: Good

Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber and vitamins, and they also boast cancer-fighting properties that can benefit your dog. You can feed brussels sprouts to your pet as a snack raw or cooked, but make sure it does not contain salt, butter or any other dressing. Also Note: Offer them in moderation, too many brussels sprouts can lead to diarrhea.

Try Dynamo Dog Pumpkin and Ginger Dog Treats

That should be a big enough list to keep your dog both happy and safe at Thanksgiving. Be sure to sign up for our Good Dog Newsletter and get an instant discount! 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our amazing customers and their dogs!  

WHY BIODEGRADABLE DOG POOP BAGS?

Do you own biodegradable dog poop bags? 

Let’s go over a few reasons why you should consider it.

The problem of dog waste is nothing new. In fact, in many towns and cities have recently passed local ordinances making it mandatory to clean up after your pet. It is for this reason that biodegradable dog poop bags have become important for pet owners, property owners and municipalities alike.

If you are like us, you assumed ALL poop bags were biodegradable in landfills, but surprise, they aren’t. You can help improve your support of mother earth by converting to these bags ASAP.

There are many advantages to using these types of bags, and the following are a few of them.

 

They are simple for pet owners to use / carry

They’re easy to carry and support a large “load” so any dog can them. If you have more than one pet or anticipate needing more than one bag for a single dog they come in a convenient roll with perforated edges, so they can be torn off the roll in a similar manner to trash bags. For pet owners with a large yard, these bags are perfect for cleaning up after your pets on your own property.

They even have a carrying case available too.

 

They are convenient for business and government use

Dispensers for biodegradable dog poop bags are perfect for municipalities and businesses. If you maintain a public park where dogs are allowed on leashes, you can mount one or more bag dispensers in strategic locations. Pet owners can simply take a bag when they enter the park and clean up after their dog. This keeps the park clean and hygienic for everyone.

 

They help keep the environment clean

By using biodegradable dog poop bags, the environment is protected from the nitrogen content in your dog’s waste that depletes the oxygen in the water system. By using dog poop bags, you are protecting the water supply, and therefore the entire ecosystem. Your dog’s waste also contains harmful bacteria that can cause serious sickness in people. Immediate and proper disposal using poop bags helps to prevent the transmission of disease. In addition, because these bags are biodegradable, you are not harming the landfill. Plain, plastic bags do not degrade for hundreds of years.

Whether you are an individual, business or government department, you will find that biodegradable dog poop bags are both useful and valuable to you and your community. They are easy to buy and are available on the Internet. One example of high quality dog poop bags are those  Discount Dog Poop Bags with easy to tie handle. This is large enough for any size dog. Dispensers are available for these bags as well.

The great thing about GreenLine biodegradable dog poop bags is that they are the very first biodegradable poop bags designed to biodegrade in landfills. This bag is proven to be biodegradable using ASTM D5511, the industry standard for determining biodegradability of plastic in an anaerobic waste disposal environment (aka landfill).

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