Archive for April, 2009

What You Should Keep in Mind about Dog Exercise and Fitness

One of the best things along with one of the best ways to spend real quality time with your dog is through exercise. You exercise a dog and there are so many benefits which, of course, you are aware of, and even some that you forgot about. Pets need exercise, plain and simple, and the exercise benefits go for you, your dog and maybe someone else who will participate with you.

The Benefits of a Dog Exercise Workout extend beyond the Dog’s Physical Fitness.

Exercise supplies to those engaged in the activity better sleep and more energy; exercise builds strong bones and muscles, reinforces a wonderful bonding connection and is a vital component in teaching and reinforcing socialization.

And… Let’s not forget the sunshine. Exposure to natural sunlight for as many hours as possible is important to your dog’s physical and emotional well-being. Insufficient quality of sunlight is known to suppress immune function and will contribute to skin and other problems, and cancer.

What’s Appropriate?

The exercise you engage in should always be appropriate for the kind of dog, its physical capacity, and age and health condition. A little common sense is always in order.

Exercise should be performed regularly and, most of all, it should be enjoyable and fun as well as safe. The safe part may sound obvious but accidents do happen and when they do we can often see where they could have and should have been avoided. We will get to some of the things to avoid to limit the potential risk of injury.

Encourage exercise with activities the dog finds stimulating and enjoys — games of catch, fetch, and for balanced dogs (i.e. controllable on command), tug and pull games along with long walks, jogging, swimming and biking when done in a safe non-traffic environment without being tethered to a leash.

Large dogs require more active exercise than small dogs. Your faithful fur baby companion needs and deserves at least two walks a day. Our puppies seem to have boundless energy and look forward to a little wrestling and chasing; some breeds like to play Frisbee in the open spaces. However, when some dogs get on in years they may just want to take walks in the neighborhood. It’s all exercise and it’s important to just do it.

Even if you have done these before…

(1) Even though our friend Cesar Millan rollerblades with his pack and others, he is very skilled at it and always allows the dogs to pull in the lead under expert control, but as a rule don’t rollerblade with your dog on a leash.

(2) The same goes for skateboards; don’t skateboard with your dog on a leash.

(3) No bicycle riding with your dog on a leash.

(4) Don’t let your dog loose near traffic situations.

(5) Avoid exercise right before or after your dog eats.

(6) Don’t exercise in extreme weather, when it is very hot or very cold. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings and summer humidity makes it actually hotter. Beware of signs of Heat Stroke and Hypothermia.

(7) Avoid very active exercise during high humidity especially for dogs with heavier coats, and always make sure your pet stays hydrated.

(8) If your canine is a swimmer, don’t assume that if your dog is in the water, your pet won’t overheat. This just isn’t true when the water temperature gets much above 75 degrees and if the dog is working hard in the water it can overheat.

Exercise and Exercising Good judgment

Take a moment and consider each one of the advisory don’t do’s and you can imagine various possibilities where something may not end up well or even go terribly wrong. Common sense and exercise need to go hand in hand and it is always better to be on the safer side of possibilities.

Incorporate play with toys and have fun exercising with your canine fur child.

Very hard rubber toys, like Kong — super-bouncy and irresistible. Kong’s exclusive super-bouncy red natural rubber compound is irresistible for most dogs, and five chewer-friendly sizes are available to satisfy dogs with typical chewing temperaments, along with the rest of the Kong toy offerings.

Other wonderful products to have are: A Ruff Dawg K9 Flyer disc, similar to a Frisbee, only more rugged, flexible and non-toxic for on-land or in water. Try a simple game with a rope tug toy, great fun as long as your dog understands play boundaries. If your dog has shown signs of aggression towards you, tug-of-war is not a game we recommend.

Also recommended: A Hyper Disc which is floatable, durable and soft on your dog’s mouth, or a Hyper Ball Launcher that allows you to launch a ball up to 220 feet. These and other quality dog exercise toys along with everything else you dogs and cats need including beds crates play pens and just about everything else is available at CalloftheDogShop.com.

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Dog Seizure can occur without warning and it’s frightening…

What does the indomitable and loveable Dachshund, the courageous German Shepherd, the rollicking Irish Setter, the athletic Retrievers, the Cocker Spaniel, the Pug, the Poodle, the Saint Bernard and the Wire-haired Terrier all have in common? They represent a cross- section of breeds that have shown a higher incidence of seizure.

Seizures will occur without warning.

It occurs out of nowhere more often than you might imagine and is frightening to witness. It can begin with body shakes, tremors, and muscle spasms with your loved pet showing  a trance-like vacant stare.

What causes seizures?

Because it’s not a disease, establishing why a dog has seizures is like solving a puzzle where all the clues have to be put together to form an accurate picture. This is accomplished through the process of elimination of all possible causes ranging from trauma, environment, metabolism, liver and kidney disease, and tumors, through a series of testing.

Diagnosing dog seizures could require a lot of testing – not inexpensive.

There is no test that can be administered to check for epilepsy so the diagnosis of epilepsy can only be made when no other causes can be established. This is one of those times when people can be relieved to know they have pet insurance if unexpected medical expenses can pose a difficulty.

Since the cause for seizure could be life-threatening, it is important to establish the cause. Proper treatment can ultimately save your dog’s life.

When it comes to your dog’s health, please do not let money become an obstacle especially in tough economic times. If you plan ahead by having pet insurance, or have the discipline and ability to put funds aside, you will be able to give your dog the care it requires in a time of need.

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Taking Proper Care of Your Dog’s or Cat’s Teeth?

All pets are at risk for developing dental problems and, sadly, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Although dogs and cats rarely get cavities, the formation of plaque and tartar can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is very painful and animals often suffer with it in silence. Pet parents can help avoid dental disease and the associated problems with basic dental care. This is critical to a pet’s overall good health.

Did you know that by the proper brushing and maintenance of your dog’s teeth you can add as much as 3-5 years to its life? The sad truth is that it is estimated that only 1 out of 10 pet parents makes sure their pets’ teeth are cared for. Untreated periodontal disease can spread bacteria and infection through the bloodstream and damage internal organs. It is vitally important to check your dog’s or cat’s mouth and teeth on a regular basis and be alert to the warning signs.

The Warning Signs to be Aware of…

  • Changes in appetite and/or eating habits
  • Bad breath, often dismissed as “doggy breath”
  • Drooling
  • Tarter and a yellow or brown discoloration at the gum line
  • Swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth or any sign of sensitivity when a tooth is touched

These symptoms, if present, require a visit to your veterinarian to avoid a possibly serious health problem.

If you are not brushing, it is urgent that you start…

Brushing with toothbrushes designed specifically for pets is the best way to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Possible good choices: the ClearQuest Dual End Toothbrush, with 2 different sizes at each end and angled for better reach in your pet’s mouth; or the Petrodex Dental Kit, which includes a contoured toothbrush with two sizes of bristles, a soft finger toothbrush, toothpaste and instructions. The newest technology is the Triple Head Toothbrush. It uses a unique, patented design that cleans the front, back, and sides of teeth to remove plaque build-up more efficiently with each stroke.

Pet toothbrushes are smaller, softer, and have a different shape to them than those used for people, in order to fit the unique contours of pointed animal teeth, as well as brush the front and back of the tooth all at once.

However, the toothbrush is not the only option. There are also brushes you can slip on your finger such as the ClearQuest Finger Toothbrush to clean both teeth and gums. Then there is the option of Petrodex Finger Toothbrush Gloves, an easy alternative to brushing your pets’ teeth. These unique disposable, medical-grade PVC gloves feature bristles on thumb and forefinger. Lastly, Dental Swabs are filled with liquid that cleans teeth, soothes gums and freshens breath. And, pre-moistened, minty fresh Dental Wipes make it easy to practice good oral hygiene with your pet. Your choice as to what is best depends on the condition of your dog’s gums, the size of its mouth, and your ability to do the job of cleaning the teeth.

Always use toothpaste that is specially formulated for pets such as veterinarians’ favorite CET Enzymatic Toothpaste (available in Malt or Poultry) for dogs and cats. Never use toothpaste formulated for humans. Human toothpaste is much too strong, and can do more harm than good.

How Often Should You Brush or Clean Your Dog’s or Pet’s Teeth?

The more often you are able to brush and clean your dog’s teeth the better. Dog and pet dental care should be a priority for maintaining your pet’s good health. Brushing your dog’s teeth should not be a chore for you or your dog. Ideally you should aim for daily but at least 3-times-a-week dental care, just as you know that daily dental care for yourself and your other family members is important.

Supplement Aids

CET AquaDent Drinking Water Additive for dogs and cats was developed by veterinary dental specialists to help conveniently maintain pet dental health.

Vet Solutions Dentahex Oral Rinse for dogs and cats with Chlorhexidine 0.12% and Zince is an antimicrobial oral rinse for reducing plaque and freshening breath in dogs and cats.

Treats

You can help achieve good oral hygiene for your pet with treats. Quality dental chews on the market are specifically designed to help control plaque and tartar buildup by their shape and texture, forcing a dog to chew vigorously, which scrapes away plaque and tartar. Favorites are Beefeaters Dental Rawhide Stix. For aggressive chewers, Beefeaters Swizzles are 100 percent all natural and will give your dog lots of chewing pleasure. Also, CET Oral Hygiene Chews for dogs and cats. As simple as giving a daily treat, you will help remove plaque and prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your pet’s mouth. We certainly should not leave out Greenies, the bestselling pet treat in the United States offering dogs and cats a satisfying chewing experience, fresh breath, and dental benefits.

Toys

Not only can your pet be entertained with toys but the actual removal of plaque can be accomplished by using toys; the chewing activity scrapes away plaque and tartar. Good products are Nylabone toys, Kong toys and Fresh N Floss Rope. Never give your pet toys that are abrasive and can wear down the teeth. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, choose toys that are not so hard that a tooth can be broken on them.

Nutrition and Diet

For preventing tarter buildup and for maintaining clean teeth, give your dog raw, not cooked, knuckle bones (the joints) from your local butcher or meat counter at the supermarket. They have tendons and muscle meat to provide a nice oral workout as well as a healthy amount of natural calcium. Your dog will enjoy a knuckle bone, will be content and relaxed while chewing and a little sleepy afterwards. Supervise your dog to make sure it doesn’t swallow a large piece, leading to choking or digestive problems. Raw carrots are a good substitute.

Bring your animal to a vet for regular check-ups, especially if you see signs of tooth decay.

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