Archive for June, 2015

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:

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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!

Photos By Chelsy Ranard

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.