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Puppy parasites can make your little one miserable, and pose a serious risk to his health. Learn how to protect your pup from worms, fleas, mites and more.
Veterinarians, dog trainers and dog behaviorists often recommend extra exercise as part of the treatment for dogs who are over-reactive or exhibit 'hyperactive' behavior.
While giving Fido a chance to 'work off' his excess energy CAN be a positive way to restore some calm for many, new findings show that this may backfire with certain types of anxious dogs.
Physical exercise is absolutely necessary for all dogs, but a recent study suggests that the type of exercise matters... and that mental exercise and stimulation is also important.
Linda Cooper, a recent graduate from the International School of Canine Practitioners undertook a case study of ten 'reactive' dogs (dogs easily stressed by certain situations or activities or generally 'hyper' in their behavior) to look into the effect of specific types of exercise on highly stressed dogs.
Dogs taking part in the study had a reduced amount of strenuous or high-energy exercise and games - including walks where the dog became stressed or reactive to surroundings or other dogs/passers-by.
Instead they participated in low-key exercise such as slow walks in quiet, un-populated areas with plenty of time for sniffing and wandering, as well as playing interactive games which used their sense of smell and problem solving skills.
During the period of the study the dogs' owners also used Tellington TTouch Techniques designed to reduce unwanted behaviors and promote relaxation (www.ttouch.com)
The results clearly showed that all dogs experienced a significant reduction in reactive behavior (including lunging, barking, panting, whining, salivation and more) during walks or in situations that would previously have caused them to become highly stressed.
The owners also reported that the dogs appeared calmer in general and were less stressed or reactive in all situations.
This result was surprising for many of the dogs' owners but not to Linda, who believed that dogs who are subjected to stress on a daily basis (such as the walk which always ends up with the dog lunging, barking, panting and anxious) never get a chance to de-stress, and that this leads to the levels of stress hormones in their bodies being at a constantly elevated level.
This meant that they reacted very quickly, over-reacted in fact, to stressful situations because they were already on 'high alert'.
When that daily stress was significantly reduced (or eliminated) and the dogs were given positive ways to exercise their bodies had a chance to relax and hormone levels could reach a more natural balance.
THEN.. when exposed to what were previously stressful situations they were calmer and slower to become agitated because they were in a much more relaxed state to begin with.
Interesting stuff and definitely worth trying with your dog if he fits the 'highly reactive' description.
** Learn more about the basis for this study and the details of how it was conducted check out this PDF Reactive Dogs & Exercise'
Certain Evangers Dog Food products have been voluntarily recalled due to a 'potential contamination' (namely Pentobarbital, a barbiturate used in pet euthanasia).
Possible symptoms of Pentobarbital ingestions include nausea, dizziness, over-excitement, drowsiness and more. Ingestion of this drug can potentially be fatal and one dog has sadly died after eating a Hunk of Beef product.
The dog foods included in this specific recall are two canned varieties :
1. Hunk of Beef
2. Against the Grain - grain-free pulled beef with gravy
You can find the full recall information including manufacturers lot numbers and more on the FDA website at the link below.
Yes,using aspirin for dogs can provide pain relief when used properly. The correct formulas & dosage is important for safety and effectiveness. Learn more.
We have two with faces a lot like this... melts my heart.
Pretty sure you all do too!
Anyone who isn't new to puppy ownership knows that part of puppy care is those niggling questions or concerns.
This article aims to answer them all!
Whether it's behavior, training, health or general puppy-ness that you need help with, I'm pretty sure you'll find the answers you're looking for right here.
If you haven't heard of, or used, the Amazon 'Dash' button... you're missing out!
This ingenious little device uses wi-fi to allow you to re-order products from Amazon at (literally) the touch of a button.
I order my dog food from Amazon because it saves me lugging home 30lb bags from the store.
If there's a Dash button for the dog food you use, it can make that even that easier.
Put the button by the dog food container, and when you're getting low simply hit the button to re-order automatically. What could be easier?
Here are just a few of the dog products you can use a Dash button for:
There are a whole load of every day products with their very own Dash button, including household cleaning products, hygiene products, baby formula, baby wipes, cat litter and cat food, coffee, snacks, candies, soup, bottled water and so much more.
Basically all the stuff you use every day and run out of way too fast!
So why not give yourself a gift... check out the Amazon Dash button today.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone :)
Don't forget to give Fido or Fifi extra hugs today too :)
Dog health information written with dog owners in mind. Your complete guide to keeping Fido happy and healthy.
We (my cat, dogs and I) like it because it is grain free, contains a good amount (37-38%) of high quality protein (75% chicken meat in dog and 80% in cat
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Keeping up with manufacturers recalls on dog food can be a challenge... and when our dog's health is at risk we don't want to leave something this important to chance!
This page has a current list of all dog food recalls (canned food & dog treats included) Dry Dog Food Recall List
It also has tons of other useful information including how to make sure the food you buy doesn't become contaminated and how to file a complaint about a pet food with the FDA.
You'll also find links to other invaluable dog food articles.
A site worth bookmarking!
Dog separation anxiety medication can help Fido relax. Natural & prescription products work for all types of canine anxiety and help everyone feel better!
Dog emergency symptoms aren't always obvious, but it's critical to recognize them. Keep your dog safe by learning what signals a health emergency.
Dog illnesses can strike fear in your heart! Keep Fido safe & healthy by knowing which symptoms to watch for and what to do if you see them. It's all here.