dog health care

Dog Appetite Loss

 Appetite Loss in Dogs

Many times a pet will lose their appetite for a day. This is fairly common and not much of a concern except if it carries on into longer than 48 hours. If our dog has lost their desire to eat it could be for a whole variety of reasons. Whenever it goes beyond two days it is time to see your vet.

Some of the causes of loss of appetite could be from the following:

  • Bacterial or Viral Infection
  • Digestive Problems or Upset
  • Dental Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney Failure
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Constipation
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Respiratory Illness

When a dog is not feeling well usually one of the first signs is them turning away from any food. Sometimes it can be something as them just not having enough exercise to bring on an appetite. Other times it can be stress related or even changes in the weather. Continue reading

Hydrotherapy for dogs monitoring

We all know that any exercise program needs a warm up session and a cool down session. In the case of dog hydrotherapy it is the same. This can be as simple as the exercise starting out slowly and increasing in intensity  and then slowing again before it ends. For particular conditions, it can be massage, stretching or land-based exercises, during rest breaks or between bouts of exercise.

With the underwater treadmill, the intensity of the exercise is controlled through the depth of the water and the speed at which the dog is walking. With swimming in dog hydrotherapy pools, the intensity is controlled by the number of laps swum before a rest time, the rest time and the use of a bouyancy vest.

The duration of the treatment time is affected by the following:

  • the dog’s prior experience with water
  • anxiety
  • age
  • weight
  • pre-existing conditions
  • recent surgery
  • previous fitness level

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Older Dog Alerts

There are many signs that we need to be aware of when it come to our older dog aging and them changing their behavior. We get used to the everyday routines and may not notice the subtle changes that are taking place with our companion friend. We need to be aware of all of the littlest of changes to know when something is brewing underneath.

My dogs were showing signs of cognitive dysfunction and I immediately recognized it and addressed it with my holistic veterinarian. We ran the usual geriatric tests and determined that yes, there was something not totally normal in my girl’s body and so some precautions were taken. It can be frustrating at times because you begin to worry about your beloved dog and how their health is.

Senior dogs will have health issues of some sort and it is up to us as their caretakers to look after them. They have given their entire lives and dedicated themselves totally to looking after us, spilling out their love unconditionally, and laying their lives on the line if need be. Aging dogs are here to teach us lessons in life. Continue reading

Older Dogs

Let’s face it folks, we all will have our loving companion getting older and unfortunately, they don’t live as long as we do. While they are here, we need to give them the best possible life ever, overflowing with all of the unconditional love they pour onto us.

Older dogs face an array of difficulties just like people do when they age. It can be very sad watching our once active dog romping around chasing butterflies and them now letting the same butterfly land on their nose and not even caring! What can we do to help?

There are many things we can do to help the aging pet get through their days with much more ease, and less pain from any dog arthritis or other debilitating disease. Very simple and yet helpful tips are: Continue reading

Hydrotherapy Aids

Hydrotherapy has been used for horses many years ago. Horses were conditioned and healed by walking in water. Now it has become the norm for the community to utilize this method of treatment for dogs. I am really glad for this!

Canine hydrotherapy is becoming more and more recognized as an alternative method of treatment that has great results. In a pool a dog has no pain when they are moving about. In an underwater treadmill, there is a percentage of weight on the limbs, although the percentages are controlled by the level of the water. On land, all the joints have full weight placed upon them and the dog is mobilizing with pain.

There are numerous different pieces of equipment that can be utilized when an animal is in the water. Some will reduce the effort that they have to expend and some will increase the effort. Read on for a list of them: Continue reading

Staph Infection

Staphylococcus aureus is usually harmless but in susceptible patients can cause severe skin infections, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome. The strain MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), is dangerous because it’s highly resistant to treatment with conventional drugs. This can cause internal infections in vulnerable patients. Abscesses causing fevers, pus and pain can develop.

 The most common way our dogs contract this is through surgery.

Unfortunately, my own dog contracted this scary and dangerous infection after she had acl surgery for one of her knees. The bacteria enters the dog’s body by way of catheters, surgical wounds, feeding tubes or invasive medical procedures. With dog health care being so advanced today, you would think this cannot happen. However, with people and pets, it is a very real possibility. Continue reading

Powerful Nutrition

Well the most disgustingly, smelly food you could probably ever feed your beloved dog is green tripe. I tell you, when you pull out a pack of this stuff your dog will think it has died and gone to heaven! They will wonder what they ever did to get this royal treatment!

Green tripe is raw, unprocessed stomach tissue from either cows or sheep. It can be purchased from butchers or companies that deal with making raw dog food, packaging and freezing it in portion-able amounts.

This amazing food has been used for many years in Europe, Australia and Russia and is only fairly new to America. Green tripe has been proven to help with all the following:

  • dog’s appearance and disposition
  • dog’s digestive disorders improve profoundly
  • coats become shiny
  • eyes become clear and bright
  • muscles get toned
  • teeth get whiter
  • endurance and stamina increases
  • stool size decreases
  • dogs live far longer
  • dogs have fewer health issues
  • dogs have fewer injuries
  • hot spots, lick granulomas and rashes have improved after eating tripe
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Nutrition

Dog health care is influenced hugely by what foods we feed them. Illnesses from arthritis in dogs to cruciate ruptures and including cancer in dogs, are directly related to what we feed them. When you think about what we put in our own bodies and how it affects us, why would it not be the same for our wonderful canine friends?

If we eat junk food all the time and fast foods, we will end up with enormous health problems. That is equivalent to feeding our companions a poor quality, inexpensive dry kibble. In fact, if you look at the ingredients listed:

  • meat by- products
  • corn
  • preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin will usually be in the list
  • sweetners
  • artificial colors

 All of these items are non- condusive to a healthy dog body. Continue reading