Feb 2014

Exercise

Exercise can be your best friend for man’s best friend. The simple fact about your dog is that it has lots of energy and needs an outlet to release said energy, because if not your going to have a terror on your hands. According to WWW.ASPCA.COM you can avoid many common behavioral issues with your animal by giving them a constant exercise routine. Animals and children alike get bored and will most definitely act out if you do not allow them the chance to release energy. The avenue in which they find to release this energy comes out in digging, barking, biting and other bad habits.
 
This does not mean just leave the dog in the backyard and hope he does laps. Just because the dog has a yard to play in does not mean they will exercise on his or her own. This also doesn’t mean that you need to be the most athletic person. There are very fun and creative ways to help your dog exercise. Obviously there are the classics like playing fetch, rope pull, and jogging but consider using rollerblades so that your dog can run free. Or try food puzzles in which the dog must interact with some sort of puzzle to gain access to food. Keeping your dog mentally and physically in shape will make for a much happier and loving home.

Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist

Treats

If your like me you love to give your dog treats. I may spoil her from time to time, but there is a preferred way to giving dogs treats and probably a healthier one. According to www.cesarsway.com the first thing to keep in mind when giving your dog treats is that they should be used in to reinforce calm and submissive activity. Rewarding your dog while in an excited state rewards unruly behavior that can cause issues down the road. Your dog’s nose caught the sent of those treats from about 25ft away and is already breaking down the ingredients by the time you say shake. You will want to show extreme patience with your dog and not give them the treat until they are no longer excited, as they will be confused and start to search for what to do to receive the treat. Once they have reached a calm submissive state, reward them with the treat.

Now that we know how to start with our treats lets look into what we should give our furry friends. Keeping in mind that treats for humans vary greatly from dog treats, the menu for Fido may not be what you expect. The experts at
www.cesarsway.com have suggested such delicacies as beef trachea, liver bites, and beef tendons. While www.petmeds.com gives our inner hipster some alternative choices introducing a list of vegetarian treats your dog can enjoy; top of the list: apples (without seeds), blueberries, and frozen bananas. Whatever it is you decide to feed your dog remember to check the ingredients, if you can’t pronounce or recognize what goes in there you may want to make a different choice.

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Megan Spencer
Blog Artist

Vaccination

Vaccination

Vaccinations are one of the best ways you can ensure a long healthy life for your dog. This doesn’t mean you need to get every vaccine there ever was, but it is a good idea to discuss vaccinations and your animal specifically with your veterinarian. That being said, The American Animal Hospital Association published a list in 2006 of core vaccines that are recommended for every dog:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Rabies

These are the core vaccines the American Animal Hospital Association believes are most important. They are ranked with such importance based upon risk of exposure, severity of disease and transmissibility. These diseases have devastating effects and should be prevented if possible. Not all of these core vaccines are enforced legally so, once again, speak with your veterinarian for the best guidance.



Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist

Dog Breath

Most pet owners will brag about how cute their puppy is, but very few are boasting the same confidence when it comes to Fido’s breath. Dog breath is a very common issue for pet owners; we would like to offer some helpful tips on how to combat death breath! Taking your dog to the groomers is great for a deep clean, but there are steps you can take to help prevent/maintain your pup’s dental health.
 
First lets cover the most common causes of bad breath for dogs. According to
www.1800petmeds.com the following are the main causes of bad breath:
 
  • Bacteria and food particles stuck in pet's mouth
  • Diet
  • Eating disorder (eating feces or garbage)
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • Tumors in the mouth
 
Now on to prevention! Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem strange at first, but remember just like human’s dogs also experience plaque and tartar build up that can cause periodontal disease. If you’re not into the assisted living feel, you can still help fight build up by giving your dog dental sticks or bones. Chewing on things like bones and dental sticks help scrape the surface of your dog’s teeth removing build up. Once again, these suggestions are for prevention and maintenance and do not eliminate the need to schedule regular teeth cleanings with a professional.


Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist