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.



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 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.



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.

Pick the right Poop Bags


We love our pets. But we don’t like the poop from them, right?  Leaving your pets’ poop lying everywhere in the home poses a risk to your health and therefore an adequate dog waste management and disposal method needs to be adopted by you as the pet owner.  With the advent of poop bags, I don’t think there’s an excuse of leaving your faithful animal friend pooping everywhere around the homestead.

  • Choosing the right type

Which type of a poop bag is the most appropriate for you?  In order to reach a decision on which type of poop bag you’ll purchase, you should be able to know whether you are going to use it at home in the event of an accident or when you are walking your dog at the park.

  • Factors to consider

Before buying that poop bag for your dog, you must consider the following factors.

  • Type of material

Some dog poop bags are made of plastic which is non-biodegradable and others are made of material that is more environmentally friendly.

  • Thickness

How thick the material is will determine your convenience especially when taking your dog for a walk.

  • Odor

Dog poop obviously has a foul smell so you wouldn’t want to carry around a stinking mess when on a walk. Some dog poop bags are scented to conceal the bad odor.

  • Types of dog poop bags

Yes they also come in different types and they vary according to their environmental friendliness and convenience for each dog owner.

  • Handle or No Handle

Bags can come in 2 styles; with tie handles or no handle. This can be important when picking up the poop.

  • Unscented

These are made of any material but the most common thing is that they are not popular because of the stink that is likely to be a put off.

  • Scented

Are you one of those who like to take a walk along with their pets? Then these ones are for you. They are usually laced with a fresh powdered scent so as to mask the odor from the poop.

  • Dispenser bags

These bags consist of a unique hook on the back that makes them convenient to carry along.

So there you are. Whatever your choice of a poop bag, the underlying thing is that proper disposal should be a priority in order to protect the environment and your health from adverse effects that dog poop can bring. Next time, try and consider using discount dog poop bags as a option




Top Ten Reasons to Bring your Dog on your Summer Activities

The first day of summer is right around the corner, on June 20th to be exact. With that brings a number of summer activities from going camping, picnics in the park, trips to local farmers markets, cooling off at the beach, and backyard barbecues. The summer is a great time to plan much needed vacations with the family and create lifelong memories with children and teens who have the summer off from school. One member of the family that is eager to participate in the fun and should not be ignored and left behind, is the family dog! Are you on the fence as to whether or not you should take Fido on your summer trip or activities? The following are the top ten reasons to convince you.


  1. Dogs make for reliable, loving, and enjoyable company without crying “Are we there yet?”
  2. You will not have to waste money on a dog sitter or housing your dog at a local shelter or expensive kennel.
  3. Pets, especially dogs, are a great conversation piece. If you have trouble meeting new people, your dog may be the best thing to break the ice with locals.
  4. Camping or find yourself in a strange, isolated, maybe scary location? A dog, even a tiny Chihuahua, can serve as a great guard dog or repellant from larger prey or strangers.
  5. Find yourself getting bored on that long stretch of highway during your road trip? Never fear, your dog can always serve as great company that always listens when you speak to it.
  6. Traveling with restless children? The family dog can serve as a companion and entertainment for your kids while on the road.
  7. Your car broke down in the middle of an unknown or unsafe looking part of an unfamiliar city? Your dog can serve as protection and make you or your family feel safe. Criminals are less likely to bother someone who has a dog within site.
  8. Is your trip stressing you out? Delayed flights? Flat tires? Hotel rooms not ready? Cranky kids? Having your lovable dog along for the trip can actually serve as an excellent stress reliever.
  9. Have you eaten too much of the delicious local cuisine on your vocation and feel as though you have gained some weight? Bringing your dog a long for the ride is a great excuse to get some exercise by taking it for a walk or by playing in the park.
  10. Having the responsibility and keeping the routine of taking care of your dog is a great way to stay grounded especially when you are in a foreign unknown area. It brings a sense of normality.


Now are you convinced on the benefits of taking your dog along with you during your summer activities? As you begin to make your summer plans, that include the family pet always make sure to be a responsible dog owner by being prepared. Make sure to always bring a collar, leash, treats, toys, water to keep them hydrated, and of course dog poop bags, such as the bags sold by

Spring is in the air

The latest scoop – and I hope you do – on your dog.
Well spring has sprung and now more then ever it is so pleasant to take your dog for a walk or just let him/her run outside and get rid of all that energy.  However, spring has many hazards for your dog.  Here are some of the most important:
    1.    Ticks are an ever present danger for your dogs.  They are easily picked up and can be the source of many illnesses.  The best way to counteract this is prevention.  Of course, this can be discussed with your vet.    There are many preventative remedies to be found.  But.  Beware of false claims.
2.    Heartworm disease again can be easily contracted; it is transmitted by mosquitoes.  It is a serious disease that mainly affects the heart and lungs.  It can also affect the liver, kidneys, eyes and central nervous system.  If untreated it can kill your dog.  Again consult your vet. for treatment, vaccination.  Don’t leave it too late.
3.    This is the time when many people, like me, are fertilizing our gardens.  Fertilizers contain many potentially, toxic chemicals.  There are now, however, some pet friendly fertilizers on the market.  Read the directions first.  Also beware of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.  Be especially careful in your use of slug bait.
4.    Although bees are our friends and there appears to be  problems within the bee population, they can be vey harmful to your dog.  How many times have I seen Roversnapping at bees only to catch and swallow one.  If your dog romps  into a bee nest and is stung by many bees, then it is time to take him/her to your vet,  post haste.
5.    Beware of thawing ice and swollen creeks.  It is best to keep your dog on a leash when dangerous, streams ponds are in the vicinity.
I think the underlying fact here is that you should have a healthy relationship with your vet and take your pet see him/her for regular check-ups.

P.P.P* Pick up your pet’s poop.

P.P.P* Pick up your pet’s poop.

Have you ever been strolling along on a nice, sunny spring day, only to be halted in your tracks when your eye catches a neatly tied, full poop bag? Perhaps right in front of you on the sidewalk, on the boulevard or thrown carelessly against a lamp post or under a hedge. How disgusting is this? And you think, who would go to all the trouble of carrying a poop bag, do the responsible thing of scooping up and then NOT disposing it correctly in a sanitary way? Who indeed?
There is also another problem on the rise – the winter counterpart of this. That is the person who believes that by leaving the poop on the snow, it will melt away in the spring. However, the result of this rather inconsiderate behaviour can be quite alarming. Although the actual poop may eventually disappear, the eggs contained within the fecal matter, never do! The problem here is that when he eggs from the parasites within the fecal matter become infected they constitute a serious health hazard. Specific larvae can hatch, easily get passed on to people, particularly children who tend to play in these areas. The children then pick up these organisms which can travel through their organisms leading to a banquet of of health problems.
This is why many municipalities are passing ordinances designed to reduce this kind of reckless activity Should this be necessary? Do we only do the right thing in fear of “bad” consequences?
Surely, all that is needed is a bit of forethought and consideration. Then all this can be avoided.

P.P.P* Pick up your pet’s poop.

To Treat or not to Treat

That is indeed an important question in regard to man’s best friend.
We all like to reward our dog from time to time. However there are some “treats” that are anything but.
Avoid the following treats that look quite harmless at first glance.
Avocado, chocolate, caffeine, grapes and raisins, ice cream, onions, salty things, raw or uncooked meat and fish. To name but a few.
Also beware of commercial treats which contain preservatives, colouring and chemicals.
Healthy, homemade treats are the better option. Try and include oatmeal, canola oil, oat flour and chicken broth.
Peanut butter and (cooked) eggs are good for your dog’s coat and parsley is good for eliminating “doggy breath”.
Make sure you do your research on which fruits are good. A banana in the morning is a good way to start the day.
Remember Trick or Treat is a daily occurrence for your dog ; not just a fun night for you kids in October.

You and Your Dog Pt 2

I’m sure you’ve all been told at one time or another, “Take that hang dog look off your face”.  Usually said when you’ve been found with your hand in the cookie jar.
Well your dog quite often will have that look. Especially when he’s been scolded.  And research shows us that more often than not he will exhibit that look when NOT guilty.  Strangely, the more innocent he is, the guiltier he looks.
Even though your dog may love to snooze by the fire or on your lap.  The average dog needs one to two hours of exercise a day.  If given the correct diet your dog will have endless energy.
If deprived of that exercise, he may release it in other more destructive ways.  It is not difficult to figure out how much and what kind of exercise your dog needs.  So get off the couch, grab a ball and take Rover to the nearest Dog Park.  The exercise will do you both good.
Just like us, teeth care for your dog is so important and if not done properly can lead to diseases other than tooth decay.  A regular inspection plus proper care is vital.  If your dog is well trained, you can do this yourself, with regular brushing, tartar removal and yes, to avoid the dreaded doggie breath a mouth rinse.  There is also a variety of treats that help in tooth maintenance. Of course, don’t forget to have your Vet. check your dog when you take him in for a check up; professional cleaning may be warranted from time to time.  All this will result in a healthy happy dog.