Many people made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Did you? Did your dog make one also?

Obesity in humans has become a major health problem in the United States. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 68% of the population is overweight and 33% are considered obese. Due to the propensity of people to treat their dogs as “their children” or in other terms as humans, this health problem is also emerging as a major problem for dogs. It has been reported that over 50% of dogs that live in the United States are overweight or obese. This is a staggering 44 million dogs.

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This over-weight situation in our canine pets is creating the same health problems, as many modern-day humans are experiencing. These nutritional diseases and health problems are numerous including degenerative joint disease, high blood sugar levels, hypertension, hardening of the arteries, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, breathing difficulties and pulmonary disease, torn knee tendons, cancer, and early mortality rates.

There are many economic, social, and psychological reasons why a sizeable percentage of the American population has reached this state of unhealthiness. In his most recent book, “The Well-Tuned Brain” Peter Whybrow uses extensive research from neuroscience, economics, philosophy, history, and anthropology to explain human behavior from the 2008 financial crisis to obesity. From his broad knowledge of neuroscience he describes how the intuitive or reflexive parts of the brain control much of our actions instinctively. The central theses of the book are concerned with our ability individually and as a society to survive in today’s tempting commercial consumer driven market culture when our brain often functioning on primeval instincts tells us to do the wrong things as assuming too much debt or eating too much.

With dogs even more of their actions are controlled by instinct. They cannot imagine, will think in the future, or think in the abstract. This is one reason why anthropomorphizing them, meaning we think about them as if they were human, can create problems especially when it comes to eating habits, diet, and obesity.

People have the ability to think about and plan for the future. Eat a light lunch because later you will sit down to a big dinner, your mother counsels you to quit eating snacks or you will not have room for dinner, I have to keep my New Year’s resolution to lose weight…. Etc. Dogs although very intelligent and demonstrate many personality, mental, and human type emotions cannot imagine or think about the future, they do not have the mental capacity, they react to the present. Their instincts inherited from the wolf tell them that when they find food as with a kill of deer they need to eat as much as possible as quickly as possible before bigger predators arrive and there might not be another kill for a long time. When they start to cross the road and a car is coming they many times with disastrous outcomes from instinct just try to run faster because they cannot anticipate that if they just wait the cars will pass and they can cross safely.

As stated it is a well-known and recognized common health problem in our domesticated dogs. It is documented and discussed in academic veterinarian literature, the commercial pet industry, and on the numerous Internet sites associated with our pets and dogs. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is dedicated to educating dog owners about obesity in their pets. Its site http://www.petobesityprevention.org has comprehensive information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this critical dog health problem. Much of the information in this article was obtained at this very informative site.

“Fat Pet Gap” is one very interesting concept that APOP identifies, in which 95% of owners of overweight and even obese dogs incorrectly believe their pet is normal weight. This obviously makes confronting the obesity problem difficult. APOP has calculators to compare overweight conditions in dogs to that of humans that help the dog owner to identify and start to work on alleviating the problem. For instance, it shows that a 12-pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds.

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The root cause of this problem for dog health is the same as in humans, eating too much, eating the wrong foods, and not enough exercise; calories consumed exceed calories expended. But this article is not meant to lecture dog owners on all the nitty-gritty details of dog obesity, but to try to make them think about problem from a different view; a view from the neuroscience of the dog’s brain.

Bruce Harte is a Partner and Head of the Research Staff at VitaHound.com . He has always been a devoted dog owner with his companions over the last 60+ years ranging from mongrels, to beagles to golden and black labs. They have always been raised naturally not only with diet and dog supplements but also with their environment including their adobe home in the high Sonoran Desert or rustic cabins high in the Pines of the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 Bruce has over 50 years experience in technical and scientific research. Bruce’s love of gardening, natural herbs and remedies combined with extensive knowledge of Native American culture has enabled the VitaHound site to become a robust source of dog supplement and nutrition information.

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Reducing Pet Allergies in Your Home

Is your dog making it difficult for others to visit your home? Even the best trained dog can be a deterrent if your friends or family have allergic reactions. Allergies might even make you think twice about owning a pet altogether, but by understanding what causes these reactions you’ll be able to take the steps you need to reduce them happening in your home.
Understanding Dander and its Effects
Dogs produce a protein which remains in the glands of dead skin, known as dander. This protein is also found in their saliva, and if your dog licks their fur the allergens may flake off once their fur dries. This is the reason why some of those who suffer from pet allergies can have a reaction without even being in the same room as the pet.
Allergic reactions can have a range of effects, such as asthmatic symptoms or skin rashes. If you have regular allergic reactions and believe that it may be pet related, allergy shots may be available to ease some or all of your symptoms. However, you should always consult allergies with your doctor if they continue to be a problem so that the best medication (if necessary) is prescribed.
The best thing to do is to reduce the chances of dander and similar allergies being spread around your home. This is achievable by utilizing the possibilities each room brings:
Minimizing Allergies Around Your Home
Spare Room
If you have a spare room in your home, particularly a box room, consider transforming it into an area just for your dog, so that they regularly eat, play and sleep in their own space. Containing most of their time spent around your home to one room makes it easier to contain their allergens to a single space, and also means cleaning up after them is much simpler. A baby safety gate is also effective for keeping young pups and medium sized dogs to single areas while allowing you to keep doors open. Allergens remain contained and you can still keep an eye on your pet.
Living Room
With visitors naturally spending a lot of time in your living room, it’s essential to keep sofas and carpets in this room as clean as possible. Keep a lint roller or handheld vacuum cleaner handy so you can pick up shed hair from furniture before it starts to build up. If you are dealing with multiple pets, professional deep cleaning may be needed for your carpets to effectively remove all allergens and prevent them from being ground into your living room.
Bathroom
Your dog should be bathed and brushed regularly, to keep their fur as clean as possible. Brush their fur every day to help prevent any saliva building up on their fur and bathe them once a week to fight dirt and dander build-up. You should also regularly wash any bedding they have, with spares so that potentially allergen-heavy material can be replaced straight away.
Kitchen
If you have an external door in your kitchen, consider placing your dog’s basket and toys closer to it. This will help reduce any dirt they could bring into the home as well as discouraging them from climbing on nearby furniture. If you are renovating your kitchen (or other rooms in your home) you may want to install wooden flooring as this will accumulate far less dirt and is easier to clean than carpet.
Hallways
Dander can spread throughout your home if it is picked up by a ventilation system, meaning rooms your pet doesn’t even visit can house airborne allergens. Keep some air purifiers in your home’s hallways so that they trap and filter out dander before they are tracked into a room. High Efficiency Particulate Air filters and purifiers are made to trap more dust and dander particles than regular air filters, making them perfect for keeping your hallways allergen-free.

There are many solutions to controlling allergen levels in your home, even if your sensitivity to allergens varies. Some dogs are labeled ‘hypoallergenic’ as they shed less hair, but it is important to know that no dog is 100% allergen free, even hairless breeds. By adopting these tips you should see allergens levels dramatically reduce in your home, meaning you, your family and your friends can live with your pet without the worry of allergic reactions.
Author bio: Matthew Foster is content editor and writer for 1800 Water Damage – deep cleaning service company. Being from the UK he is naturally a pet lover much to the dismay of his allergy suffering mum!

When you place your disabled pet in a wheelchair for the first time it can go very smoothly or it can go very bad. Some pets just pick up on it like they’re so used to it but some will resist it like it’s a living hell. If this happens, don’t panic. As I have discovered from checking wheelchair blogs it is usually because your pet is not yet accustomed to the wheelchair. When faced with something they are not used to some pets freeze, retreat, or get really angry.

So all you need to do is to get your pet accustomed to the wheelchair. It sounds simple enough and it could be that simple or it could take a long time and a lot of patience. This will depend on your pet and your patience.

To get your pet accustomed to the wheelchair put it somewhere they often can see. May be near where they eat or sleep. If you think it is no longer an eyesore to them, show them how it works by moving it around and let them touch it. Once they get used to that, place your pet inside the wheelchair but keep it in place. Do not walk them yet. Just let your pet take it in that he’s in the wheelchair. When he seems comfortable, remove your pet from the wheelchair. Each step can take from a day to several days before your pet will get comfortable so, like I said, be patient. It’s up to you to see if he’s ok or not with each step. But if you are patient and persistent, soon your pet will move little by little on his own when you put him in the wheelchair.

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Marie Malacaman is the web administrator for Best Friend Mobility. She is a professional dog walker and pet sitter.

Make Your Garage Pet Friendly

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By Chelsy Ranard

If most of us had our way we’d either spend all day at home with our pets or bring them to work with us. Unfortunately, there are times when our furry children must stay at home without us. Some people leave their pets inside, in a kennel, in the back yard, or in one room in their home. One great opportunity for your pet’s haven is the garage. It offers shelter and a larger area for them to roam. However, there are some things to consider before leaving your animal in the garage while you’re away.

Safety First

Before leaving your animal in the garage at all it is vitally important to take care of the safety concerns in your garage. Clean the floors and consider painting over the concrete to eliminate any oil or any other vehicle fluid from coming into contact with your animal. If your pet ingests any antifreeze it can be fatal. Remove any chemicals, any small objects they could ingest, and sharp objects they can injure themselves on. Make sure your garage has appropriate ventilation, if not you can add a ventilation system or a window that will also be useful in adding natural light.

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Temperature Control

Temperature control is very important for leaving your pet in the garage. For the summer months the garage does tend to stay cooler than most other areas inside or outdoors due to the concrete structure of most garages. However, it is smart to include a fan to ensure your pet will not overheat if the garage temperature gets uncomfortably high. Be sure to be mindful of the ways to keep your dog cool during the summer. Many can be modified for the garage, like going for a swim can be translated to putting a small kiddie pool in the garage with them. Similarly, in the winter months you’ll need to make sure your garage is heated or bring in a space heater. Just make sure the space heater isn’t accessible to your furry friend.

Doggy Doors

Adding a doggy door will enable your pet to go outside to use the bathroom, get some exercise, or enjoy the outdoors for a while. Giving your animal options will help curb destructive behavior while you are away. There are doggy door kits available that are relatively easy to install yourself. If you’d rather not have a doggy door or your yard isn’t fenced, there are other options for potty areas for your animals. A cat box is an easy solution, and puppy pads or small grassy areas are available to put in an area of your garage that is sanitary and offers easy clean up.

Kennel

Offering your pet a kennel may seem unnecessary when you are already giving them the garage to stay in. The reality is that many animals find kennels to be comforting. Consider offering your animal a kennel to feel safe and comfortable even if you don’t close them inside it. This will allow your pet to stay warmer in the colder months, feel safe, and have a comfortable place to sleep. Give them some comfortable padding and a blanket over the top to keep it dark.

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High Shelving
Investing in some high shelves will be extremely useful once you’ve converted your garage into a pet sanctuary. In order to maintain areas in your garage for home improvement or vehicle maintenance, high shelving is an area to keep vehicle fluids, paints, and other chemicals that are harmful. For tools, add a hanging board that is high enough to keep your pet away; also, be sure it is securely fastened to the wall.
Before allowing your pet to take over the garage, take the important steps to making sure your garage is a pet friendly place for them. Remove safety hazards, make it a comfortable place, and agree to kick the car out of its spot to make room for your four-legged friends.

garage4Author Bio: Chelsy is a writer from Montana who is now living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated with her journalism degree from the University of Montana in 2012. She is happiest cuddling with her angsty cat, throwing a Frisbee with her goofy dog, and reading with a glass of wine. Follow her on Twitter!

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares some benefits of regular pet grooming.

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If by any chance you decide to get a family pet, it is important that you understand your responsibilities as their owner. You can’t just get a pet because you want to or you are envious of your neighbor’s new Labrador pup. Remember, raising a pet is never easy as it requires patience, time, effort, and money. So, before you pursue your decision, you have to think about it carefully.
When raising pets, every owner has to know a lot of things, and that includes the importance of grooming. Pet grooming plays a vital role in their lives. Not only does it make your pets look clean and tidy; it also keeps them strong and healthy. Apart from that, there are plenty of benefits pets and owners can enjoy with frequent grooming. Here are some:

Healthy Pelt
By using pet-specific shampoos, you are actually keeping your furry pal’s pelt nourished, healthy, and clean. This is because it involves the process of brushing, scrubbing, and blow drying, which effectively removes any dead hair and skin.

By doing this more often, air can circulate properly through their skin. Keep in mind that shampooing doesn’t only apply to cats and dogs with long hair. This is for all pets, regardless of hair length. Here is one tip. A healthier coat can be achieved if you also use a deep moisturizer conditioner.

Fragrant and Fresh Smell
Pets must not smell bad. Just like humans, they always want to be fresh and fragrant all the time. With regular grooming, you will not just keep your pets from smelling dirty; you can also prevent your house from having that odd dog-smell.

Nowadays, pet shops sell a variety of products for your beloved animal friends. But, this does not mean you can buy any product you want. To ensure you get the right one, read the labels and instructions provided.

Reduced Shedding

Can you imagine how great it would be not having furs on your floor, clothes, and furniture pieces? Well, during the grooming process, plenty of these loose hairs will be removed. Hence, you will not have to worry about checking and cleaning every corner of your house for any signs of fur that might cause allergies.

Prevent Illnesses

Pets are also like humans. They are prone to illnesses and diseases that eventually show up out of the blue. But if you only groom them habitually, you no longer have to worry about bringing your pet to the vet every now and then. All you have to do is to start inspecting the tails, the toes, and the head of your pet. From there, you can easily spot any abnormalities.

However, you don’t just end there. You have to brush their fur as well, so as to remove any ticks, pollen, allergens, and dirt. This way, the chances of allergens flying in your home will be significantly reduced.

Neat Appearance
Though pets can’t talk, it is quite obvious that they feel happier if they are clean and tidy. Even if a shaggy appearance looks good on your pets, regular grooming can guarantee that your pet will always be at its best, no matter how long its hair is. If there is excessive hair in its face and paws, it can result in hygiene problems. And worse, it can lead to infections.

Moisturize Fur
With constant brushing, essential skin oils will spread all over the coat of your furry pet. These oils are very useful as they keep the fur shiny and moisturized all the time. To achieve a more moisturized fur, sometimes, a topical finishing spray must be used. But, to be very certain, you can consult the veterinarian first. He can give you a list of products that could help improve the fur of your pet.

Ensure Comfort
If the fur of your pet is matted and tangled, chances are these will make them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Any knotted fur can stretch and pull the skin underneath, which can be painful for them. If you only groom them regularly, your pet will be relieved from the tension and stress these tangles bring.

At the end of the day, the overall health and appearance of the pets depend on the owners. If you really love to raise pets, but you think you can’t keep up with all the responsibilities that await you, it is best that you opt for pet grooming services.

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Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

It is high time for another camping trip and your pup is equally happy to come along with you wherever you decide to go. When it comes to packing it is crucial to bring all the necessities for you and for your pet, which might be daunting and if you are inexperienced you might have a tough time deciding what to bring. Fear no more, here you can see some basics that should cover all your pet’s needs, so let’s line up the most useful things to pack in a doggy backpack:

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  • The main concern is your dog’s wellbeing so if the dog suffers from a particular health concern preparing its medicine ‘pack’ is a must, plus what every animal will benefit from is a product like sentinel, that will address heartworms caused by mosquito bites, heart or lungs failure could be the fatal outcome, so better be safe than sorry. Also prepare them with flea and tick repellants, so they can roam around freely.
  • Dog Bowls for food and water are essential and a good range is available on the market; it will satisfy almost everyone (squishable and easy to clean products win the most as while on holiday nobody wants to spend much time cleaning and washing up).

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  • Portable dog bed and blanket – slightly elevated products of this type are preferable as insects will be limited in reaching your pet and therefore keeping it safe, if the same bed is comfy your pet will love you even
  • Leash and Collar go ‘hand in hand’ and most dogs will treat them like we treat clothing – should not walk out of the house without them! Retractable leashes are good for smaller and well behaved dogs, though a good ‘training’ session to make a dog more ‘sociable’ and used to other dogs and people is also
  • Poop Bags – an imperative, even if the walk is to last a very short time the dog should not be walked without them.
  • Brush – though some dogs are not very fond of being brushed it is quite important to be clean and tidy, and this item in your dog’s backpack will come in really ‘handy’.
  • Toys and Treats – there will never be enough of these and be generous with t&t, as in occupying the dog with lots of toys, exercising them, having them run and walk a lot, play and engage with you. That is the true meaning of a doggy holiday.

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  • Towel – some might ask what for? Well when the dog gets wet and that is definitely going to happen whipping it with the towel you packed will be really practical;
  • 20-foot Long Lead/Tether – to chain the dog if necessary, while in the campsite or in the forest for example.

Since this type of a holiday will mostly be within the campsites that are ‘dog friendly’, obeying the rules of the premises will be prudent. The reason is that you might like to re-visit the same place again. Leaving a good impression will be the ‘carte blanche’ for the future and the dog will like that in equal terms.

by Sally Gutteridge

Is your dog always telling you how hungry he is? Perhaps you can’t seem to fill him up or maybe you feel guilty that he won’t eat his own food but often looks like he is starving whilst you eat yours?

Hunger in dogs can be due to a number of things and sometimes the big eyed, pleading animal is not actually hungry at all, but how can you tell the difference?

Does the Dog Food Satisfy?

The first thing to do, if your dog still seems hungry, is take a look at your dog’s food packaging. What does his dinner actually contain? Is it fulfilling all of your dog’s nutritional needs or does it leave him lacking? It is absolutely reasonable that if your dog eats poor quality food he could eat the entire bowl and still be hungry afterwards because his body needs specific vitamins which poor quality food does not fully supply.

Whilst researching and writing the complete natural health guide for Shih Tzu Web I found a few great online resources that enable you to locate the best dog food for your budget and your dog’s appetite. The basic rule with dog food, at the moment, is that anything goes.

Much commercial dog food is made ingredients deemed unfit for human consumption and vitamin content is of such low quality that they may not help control your dog’s hunger at all.

The lesson is that if your dog ignores his own food, yet will eat anything else that’s going, it may be because his food is no good for him. So check out that bag, tin or foil of dog food first.

How is Your Dog’s General Condition?

Your dog’s general condition will tell you how well his food is meeting his nutritional needs. The first few signs of nutrient deficiency are pretty obvious yet by the time they appear the dog’s immune system is already affected.

If your dog is eating all of his food yet still seems hungry and has the following symptoms then it is time to look at whether his food is doing its job;

  • Low quality coat
  • Dandruff
  • Depression
  • Hunger despite being at full weight or even overweight
  • Wind
  • Poor quality stools
  • Repeated episodes of parasites, particularly fleas

All of the above symptoms can be obvious signs of poor quality food and allergen ingestion. When a food is poor quality the dog can become overweight yet easily still be hungry because the body is screaming out for nutrients. This is a problem in the human species too and exactly why fast food diets lead to obesity in many people.

So first of all if your dog is hungry check out the ingredients of his food. You can also take a look at Dog Food Project for further information.

What If His Food Is Top Quality?

If you spend a fortune on dog food, try the very best to keep your dog’s appetite satiated yet he still seems hungry what on earth can you do?

First of all be sure that your dog does not have worms or other parasites which may be stealing his nutrients. Many veterinarians have one off worm treatment that are pretty un-invasive and by treating your dog you can be sure that he is not still hungry.

If you have everything covered with food and parasite treatments and your dog still seems hungry you may simply be reinforcing a begging habit. When a dog begs from the table or your plate and you hand over some food you are on a slippery slope to fussy eating.

If you suspect that your dog’s eyes are hungrier than his stomach you only need to look at his general condition to confirm this. The canine with a shiny coat, healthy weight and sprightly stride probably just begs out of habit.

When the dog is in great physical condition his body betrays him and no matter how hungry he looks his food probably meets his nutritional needs perfectly well. This type of begging is related more to behavior than health and the dog that does it, is probably not even hungry at all.

 

Bio:

Sally-Gutteridge

Sally Gutteridge is a member of the International Society of Animal Professionals. She is a qualified British Military dog trainer and trainer of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. She is soon to be fully qualified Canine Behavior Manager. With the rehabilitation experience of many broken rescue dogs and the careful training of many Shih Tzu dogs, Sally has written the definitive course on improving your dog’s behavior and your understanding of it. She shares her knowledge at Shih Tzu Web.

By Chelsy Ranard

I wish I could give my fur-children the world. I dream of a room filled with cat trees, scratching posts, hidey boxes, and catnip for Kitten. I dream about a yard with a pool, giant sticks, treats hidden in every corner, meaty bones buried, and comfy beds for Titan. The reality is that I adopted my cat, Kitten (original name, I know), when I was a broke college student six years ago. We adopted Titan a few months ago and we are considerably better off now than I was back then, but we are still new homeowners without a ton of extra money. Ever since Kitten was a kitten I’ve been utilizing these thrifty tips to provide for her without breaking the bank. Now that I have a giant oaf of a German Shepherd running around, I’ve learned a few more tips as well.
1. Rescuing
Rescuing your pet instead of purchasing from a breeder is the first step to being a frugal pet owner. The fees that come with rescuing an animal usually go towards spay/neutering, microchipping, and initial vet visits for your pet if you’re rescuing from a shelter. Also, if you are adopting an animal that is older or black in color you will usually get a cheaper adoption rate on them because they have so many issues being adopted. Before you decide to bring a new, furry addition into your home, consider your local shelter before anything else.
2. Couponing
The holy grail of thriftiness! Couponing is an easy way to stay frugal in any area of life, really. But there are so many options for coupons these days. I’ve found coupon deals for Petco, PetSmart, BarkBox, and a dozen more stores that offer pet necessities. For the sake of being thrifty, I wouldn’t recommend using big name outlets frequently for your animal’s needs, but if you need to, be sure to find a coupon for the outlet of your choice.
3. DIY
There are so many alternatives that DIY offers that will save you a ton of money. My favorite DIY project for my pets are no-sew pet beds. It’s such a cheap and simple alternative to buying an expensive bed for your animal. Especially for Titan, a bed for a dog his size is not a cheap purchase. You can also create DIY cat and dog toys pretty easily using old T-shirts, empty water bottles, string, and other craft supplies lying around.
4. Thrifting
Shopping at thrift stores has the potential to save you a lot of money, but perhaps not a lot of time. The biggest issue I’ve run into with thrift store shopping is that you are required to do a lot of searching. However, buying old blankets at a thrift store to use as a dog bed is a great alternative to buying one from a store or making one. I’ve purchased tennis balls, blankets, craft supplies, cat boxes, and food/water dishes at craft stores for my animals at a fraction of the cost. Just be prepared to shop around if you can’t find what you need at the first thrift store you go to.

5. Baking

This has become my new favorite way to be frugal with my pets. There are many easy-to-follow recipes for baking your own dog and cat treats on Pinterest. Cat treat recipes are a little more difficult to find, but not impossible. The treats you can bake your pets are not only a cheaper alternative, but a healthier one as well. And for pups with a sensitive stomach like Titan, it’s been perfect. The recipes I use require six ingredients or less and it’s mostly ingredients I have in the house already. Titan’s favorite treat is a pumpkin treat that requires canned pumpkin, cinnamon, egg, and flour. Be sure to do your research and avoid ingredients that can harm your pet!

furgalpetbioAuthor Bio: Chelsy is a writer living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated with her BA in journalism in 2012. When she isn’t spending time with her animals or being thrifty, she enjoys camping, trying new beer, and exploring Boise with her boyfriend, David. Follow her on Twitter!

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Staying fit and healthy while successfully handling your busy work agenda is becoming increasingly difficult nowadays. If you’re like me, you’ll probably crash out on the sofa after you get home from work and take a dive for crisps, takeout pizza and other fatty grubs that always stick to the most unfortunate parts of the anatomy. The same goes for dogs – without regular workout, your pet can quickly gain too much weight and fall out of shape. Workout is the best to remedy figure problems – and from my experience with my two dogs, Astoria and Brando, our weight loss exercise helped us both bond better and work on a common goal together. Here, I have several useful tips for pet owners looking to spend quality time with their dogs and lose an extra pound at the same time.Bond with your dog while you both get fit

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  1. Keep walking

One of the easiest ways to get the vital workout with your dog, regular walks around the neighborhood and its vicinity can do wonders for your pet’s figure – and your BMI and waist circumference too. For best results and health benefits, walk your dog at a brisk pace and make sure your canine friend keeps up your pace by a fast trot.

  1. Training with reward

For an extra dash of training motivation and optimal workout efficiency, don’t feed your pet until you’ve returned from your regular exercise routine. In case your pet is reluctant to go out, bring along some canine snacks to keep up its enthusiasm. I had this problem with Astoria for a while but I eventually managed to cajole her into exercising with me and Brando regularly after I bought some dog food online and took kibbles of it on our walks to feed her on the go. Snacks and chews helped me keep her going for an extra mile by rewarding her once in a while.

 

  1. Mix activities

To maximize workout effects and bond with your canine partner better, you can mix different activities in your exercise routine. For instance, a game of chase or a quick dash with your pet running by your side will help you lose weight and get back into shape faster than just regular walks. Begin the running routine by short sprint intervals (reward your pet after the run with a healthy treat if necessary) and work toward a steady fast trot for several weeks.

  1. Ball time

Bringing some toys on for the workout will help you burn a dozen extra calories, so if you want to diversify your training regimen, don’t forget to pack a tennis ball and/or Frisbee. Just like humans, dogs can get bored on the walk and may refuse to keep up the training even with tasty rewards. That’s where a Frisbee or small ball may come in useful – the game of chase or fetch is always exciting, and it may help you persuade the pet to keep moving, though perhaps not necessarily in the direction of your walk destination.

  1. Diet together

If you and your pet both need to lose weight, starting a diet together would be a smart idea. Seeing your dog slim by eating less (or healthier) food will be a great motivation for you to stay on the same track and not give in to starchy food temptations

 

 

Roxana is an adventurer, a frequent traveler and blogger at highstylife.com. Besides traveling she loves to cook exotic food and take care of her two adorable dogs Astoria and Brando and her mischievous cat Archibald. Roxana is a freelance Sydney tour guide and an environmentalist by vocation, and she loves taking long walks at the beach.

In order to improve the health of your dog’s teeth, you can give the canine numerous hard toys that can be chewed, add peppermint to your pet’s food, consistently brush the dog’s tongue and use toothpaste that has coconut oil. You may also use mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine, which is able to eliminate bacteria.

Detecting Signs of an Issue

According to one analysis, only 14 percent of canines regularly undergo dental inspections. Another study indicated that more than 70 percent of dogs show signs of a dental disease.

When a canine has an oral infection, the dog may begin to drool more frequently, and some pets might whine and move their paws by their mouths. If a canine’s gums have become red, the dog is likely experiencing an infection or a cavity. Furthermore, infections may cause yellow crust to accumulate on a canine’s gums.

Choosing Food

According to many veterinarians, relatively hard food will prevent damage because it can loosen a build-up of particles between a dog’s teeth. In contrast, soft food commonly becomes stuck between a canine’s molars.

Selecting Toothpaste

An owner should not use toothpaste for humans when brushing a dog’s teeth. Instead, the person can select a product that does not form foam while the brush is moving, and many pet shops sell toothpaste that has the taste of poultry. Some toothpastes contain baking soda, which may remove especially thick plaque. Furthermore, certain products have coconut oil. This ingredient is able to protect the gums, and coconut oil can cause a dog’s teeth to shine.

Chewing Toys and Bones

If a canine frequently chews synthetic bones, the dog’s teeth will become stronger over time, and in addition, this practice may eliminate plaque. By frequently chewing toys, a dog will produce an especially large amount of saliva, which can effectively remove bacteria. If you happen to be searching for chewing toys to help with your dog’s dental health, there is a fantastic range of dog products available at Pet Circle to help combat and eliminate it.

Brushing a Canine’s Teeth

Every day, an owner can brush a dog’s teeth for 35 seconds to one minute. Numerous experts recommend that individuals should also floss a canine’s teeth at least five times per week.

Improving a Dog’s Breath

You can put a small amount of cinnamon in a canine’s food, and one serving of this healthy herb may eliminate bad breath for approximately 12 hours. Many owners also add coriander to a pet’s food. This herb has an especially sweet flavour, and it can whiten a canine’s teeth and reduce the levels of some types of bacteria. Moreover, you may give your dog parsley, which is able to substantially improve digestion.