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  • Moving more slowly
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  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Personality change
  • Reluctant to walk, jump or play
  • Refuses using stairs or the car
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Dogs’

Low Carb Dog Food

Monday, March 21st, 2016


If your dog is substantially overweight or obese like one fourth of all dogs in the United States, you should begin feeding your pet a low carb dog food which can be beneficial to any overweight or obese pet.

Dogs are able to maintain an appropriate weight consuming almost any dog food on the market as long as they don’t over-indulge at mealtimes, are not fed too many treats and snacks at other times, and are getting enough exercise. But even for dogs who are not overweight or obese, a low-carb diet can help avoid health problems later in life.

Obese dogs are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and metabolic disorders. A low-carb diet is a necessity for dogs that are overweight and for dogs diagnosed with diabetes.

Dogs are omnivores which means they eat meat and vegetables, including fruits and grains. But considering the evolution of dogs who originated from the wolf, it makes sense that over-feeding your dog with grains like wheat and corn is not a good idea.

Dog’s bodies were designed for diets that are low in sugar and refined starches, and the high doses of carbohydrates a dog consumes when eating manufactured dog foods are not healthy. It may shock you to know that most commercial dog foods contain between 30% to 70% carbohydrates.

In addition to the high doses of carbs, many dog foods contain filler ingredients such as corn meal and starches. These ingredients, along with animal by-products which are the leftovers from other food processing, are unfit for human consumption. The reason they are added to dog food is to provide cheaper ingredients for the manufacturer and make a dog feel full faster without providing the nutrients a dog needs; something akin to fast food for humans.

Dog food ingredients you should try to avoid include wheat, corn, cornmeal, yellow corn and whole grain corn, brewer’s rice, cereals, and potatoes. All of these are filler ingredients that are very high in carbs.

There are many good brands of low-carb dog foods. Some come in the form of raw and dehydrated foods which are beneficial to a dog’s health because they are higher in nutrients. Several brands use entirely grain-free recipes as well as hormone-free turkey and meat.

Check for pet foods that are lower in carbs by examining the ingredients. Look for a low carbohydrate and high protein content in the food. Some of the ingredients to look for are beef, chicken, lamb, turkey or pork. Never give your dog any food containing “animal meal” or “animal fat.” This is a red flag for very poor-quality dog food.

Dog foods containing vegetables and fruits are also good for your dog and provide many of the nutrients missing in meat. Many low carb dog foods may also contain apples, bananas, cranberries, spinach, carrots, and celery.

Low carb dog foods with these ingredients are healthy for dogs in all stages of life, from puppies to senior dogs. Just remember to avoid all dog foods containing grains and buy those with real meat, fruits and vegetables.

Should a Dog be Walked in the Rain?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015


Your dog needs to be walked every day but you can’t always depend upon the weather being cooperative. Rain is one of the most common problems a dog owner encounters when the weather turns bad.

Should your dog be walked in the rain or should you try skipping the dog’s regular walk and just let it outside for a few moments to take care of its biological functions?

Almost every veterinarian will agree that there’s nothing wrong with walking your dog in the rain if you take certain precautions. Sometimes your dog has to go potty and there is no other option.

Most dogs do not appreciate taking a stroll in the rain, particularly if the downpour is heavy. Most humans won’t appreciate it either.

Some dogs do love the rain, especially if they are retrievers or other dog breeds used to water, but most dogs want to avoid the rain and skip the walk. If you really want or need to walk your dog in the rain (if you live in an apartment or home where there is no yard to let the dog out into), you’ll need to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your dog.

If it’s raining and the weather is cold, you’ll need to be sure your dog is protected from the rain as much as possible and remain warm. Excessive exposure to a cold rain can result in hypothermia.

Always ensure your dog stays warm enough if the temperature outside drops to a really cold level.

One of the easiest ways to make it painless for both you and your dog when you have to walk in the rain is to look for areas with shelters that will block the rain. If you can find a covered area or one that has trees that block out some of the rain, it will limit the amount of rain that your dog – and you -have to endure.

If you live where it rains a lot, you might consider purchasing some rain protection for your dog that can make walking in the rain more tolerable for your pet.

Dog rain coats help your dog stay dry in the rain. These coats are usually made from vinyl and are wind-resistant and waterproof, and come with Velcro straps to help keep the coat in place.

Dog rain boots will help keep your dog’s legs and paws from getting wet, although many dogs will refuse to wear them.

Pet umbrellas are not as common but they attach to your dog’s collar and will keep your dog protected from the rain.

After walking your dog in the rain, be sure to dry it off thoroughly using a towel. If you have a long-haired dog you may need to use a hair blower to dry both the top coat and undercoat of your dog.

Deciding whether to walk your dog in the rain is a personal decision, but if done properly and with the right apparel, it can be painless and easy for both of you, and your dog may even learn to enjoy an outing in the rain as much as it does on a dry day.

Vegetarian Dog Food Recipes

Monday, December 15th, 2014


Dogs need to consume a lot of protein to remain healthy. If you’ve decided that you want your dog to be a vegetarian, you may want to try these vegetarian dog food recipes to be sure you’re feeding your pet a healthy diet.

You should understand that vegetables alone will not supply the protein your dog needs to be healthy and hearty. To provide the missing protein and still maintain a vegetarian diet, include beans, dairy products, eggs or protein supplements in your dog’s vegetarian diet.

For a hearty and delicious Vegetable Stew, prepare this recipe for your dog:
Heat up a small amount of olive oil and a little garlic in a saucepan. Cut into slices the following vegetables: one large sweet pepper, one medium zucchini, one medium yellow squash, one medium eggplant, and one potato.
Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 40 minutes, adding a small amount of oregano or basil.

Let the stew cool before serving it to your dog. You can also add shredded cheese, beans, a raw egg or a protein supplement to make sure your dog is receiving a suitable amount of protein.

This is another vegetarian dog food recipe any dog should find appetizing:
Mix one cup of quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup of soy flour or soy milk powder, 1/4 cup of wheat bran, one tablespoon of soy lechithin, one tablespoon of yeast, one tablespoon of wheat germ, one tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds, 1/4 tablespoon of molasses, one teaspoon of ground flax seed, and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil or canola oil.

Soak all the ingredients in hot water for 20 minutes before serving to your dog. This is an easy meal to make in advance and keep refrigerated or frozen for a quick and healthy daily meal for your dog. If you have a large dog you’ll need to double the recipe. Ground pinto beans can also be added for additional protein.

This is a recipe for a Vegetarian Chowder your dog is sure to love:
Thoroughly cook two red potatoes in two cups of water, adding two tablespoons of olive oil and a clove of garlic. Remove the potatoes from the water. Add three cups of fresh corn to the water and cook for five minutes. Add to the corn 3/4 cup of cooked kidney beans and the potato water you set aside. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the corn is tender. Blend the red potatoes with 3/4 of a cup of milk in a blender or food processor and add it to the simmering chowder.

Vegetarian Dog Food Cookies:
Mash a cup of peas, green beans, squash, zucchini, and carrots. Add one egg, 1/3 cup applesauce, a cup of cooked rice and a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast.

Drop a teaspoonful of the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. These delicious doggy cookies can be stored in your refrigerator or freezer and given to your dog as a treat at any time.

A recipe for Yummy Veggie Biscuits:
Mix three cups of parsley and 1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. In a separate bowl mix 2 and 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour, two tablespoons of bran and two teaspoons of baking powder. Combine this mixture with the vegetables. Add one-half to one cup of water and mix well until the dough is moist but not wet. Knead the dough and roll it out.

Use a cookie cutter to create cookies in any shape you want, then bake them on a cookie sheet for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. This is a healthy and delicious treat for your dog.

We sincerely hope your dog will love these vegetarian dog food recipes.

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Dysplasia
(Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – Part 2)

Friday, October 8th, 2010

This is the second part of our 4-part series “Hip Dysplasia in Dogs”.
 
In this part we’ll focus on the diagnosis and treatment of hip dysplasia. How is the disease diagnosed? How to treat it? What options are there?
 
Read the first part, ‘What Is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – Causes & Symptoms‘, if you haven’t already.

If you notice any signs of hip problems on your dog, it’s imperative to pay a visit to your vet for a complete examination as soon as possible.

Diagnosis of hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia in dogs is normally diagnosed by a complete physical exam and X-rays of the hip joints.

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Dysplasia

Your veterinarian will observe the dog as it moves, stands and sits to check for characteristic signs of hip problems.

If a dog has noticeable signs resembling hip dysplasia or arthritis, any changes in the dog’s hip joint will be apparent on an X-ray.

The vet will also check to see if there is looseness in the dog’s hip joints. The dog may also display pain when the vet extends and flexes its rear legs.

In order to get the best result from an X-ray and make certain that the dog’s muscles are relaxed, the vet may need to anesthetize the dog in order to take the best pictures of the dog’s hip joints.

After reviewing the X-rays, the veterinarian will compare the dog’s hip or hips to healthy dogs of the same breed and age.

When a dog is diagnosed with hip dysplasia using X-rays, the vet can determine whether the disease is in a mild, moderate, or severe stage.

⇒ Read more about hip dysplasia stages and X-rays in this article by James M. Giffen, MD and Lisa D. Carlson DVM.

Treatment of hip dysplasia

Treatment of hip dysplasia is both medical and surgical.

How is hip dysplasia treated surgically?

There are several surgical procedures available to treat hip dysplasia in dogs. The type of surgery will depend upon the age and size of the dog, and the severity of its hip joint degeneration.

• Young dogs under one year of age with severe hip problems but no apparent damage to the joints yet will be considered for a procedure called Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO).

This procedure involves surgically breaking the dog’s pelvic bones and realigning the joint bones to restore the weight-bearing surface area. This surgical procedure is major and expensive, but has proven to be very successful on younger dogs.

It is not recommended for middle-aged and older dogs.

In a senior dog, the severity of the surgery can be enough to cause its death.

Total hip replacement may be the best surgical choice for a dog whose disease is a result of chronic hip dysplasia.

Total hip replacement can produce a functionally normal joint, stop further degeneration of the joints and help ease joint pain. The existing joint is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

If both hips need replacement only one hip will be operated on during surgery and the dog will require as long as three-months of rest to fully recuperate between the surgeries.

This is a very expensive surgery but it produces excellent results, allowing most dogs to return to an almost normal level of activity without pain.

Femoral head and neck excision is a procedure in which the head of the femur is surgically removed and an artificial joint replaces the hip.

This procedure is used in cases where there is serious degenerative joint disease and total hip replacement is not feasible or the expense of a total hip replacement is unaffordable.

The resulting artificial joint will usually be free from pain and will allow the dog to increase his activity but his full range of motion and joint stability will be decreased.

⇒ More on the available surgical procedures: “When a Dog Needs Hip Surgery

How is hip dysplasia treated medically?

Medical treatment includes restricting activity and giving a non-steroid anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) analgesic such as Rimadyl.

There are many pros and cons about giving a dog Rimadyl for hip dysplasia and arthritis pain. As a responsible pet owner, it would be best to research this drug as thoroughly as you can before giving your dog this medication.

Painkillers like Rimadyl, or even aspirin, mask pain without addressing the deeper sources of what causes the pain.

The biggest risk about giving your dog Rimadyl, is its serious side-effects. Numerous deaths have been attributed to the use of Rimadyl.

⇒ Read more about painkillers’ risks and Rimadyl’s side-effects.

Non-medical treatment of hip dysplasia

A much safer treatment, and one that many owners agree is more effective, is to put your dog on a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own beloved dog who suffered from hip dysplasia.

For more than 20 years this proven formula has been giving relief from pain and stiffness to all breeds and ages of dogs.

Dogs suffering from joint diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), hip dysplasia and other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks can experience immediate and long-term relief without drugs through the use of Winston’s Joint System.

It is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements. There are no side-effects because it’s all just good whole food. There are no dosage problems to be concerned with because the dog’s body will use only what it needs.

Dogs now using Winston’s Joint System are showing results that are truly remarkable.

Because of the high cost of corrective surgeries, non-medical treatment of hip dysplasia is often the only realistic option for pet owners.

Learn more about hip dysplasia in dogs in Part 3:
Hip dysplasia and your dog’s weight

Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
 
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.

Dogs With Arthritis Like Car Rides Too!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

For healthy dogs, getting to ride in a car is a very happy experience in their lives – almost as good as rolling around in the mud or digging up an old bone. But for dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia, riding in the car can be a nerve-racking trip for your pet. “What’s happening? Where are you taking me? Don’t you know I hurt?”

Dogs With Arthritis like Car Rides Too!

If your dog has arthritis or hip dysplasia, getting in and out of your car is a major ordeal for him. He’s probably not going to enjoy riding in your car at all.

But if you take your dog to enjoyable places like the beach, the dog park, or other excursions with you, then he’ll have a terrific ride.

Here are some suggestions for making your drive fun and safe for your dog while you chauffeur him around.

Dogs with arthritis like car rides too…

…if you make it easy for them!

• Take along paper towels or old rags, and anything else you might need to clean up with if he has an accident. Be sure you have plenty of poop bags too.

• Take along enough drinking water and some treats.

• You’ll need a safety harness, or depending on your dog, you may need a crate or other carrier for the car.

• You’ll want to cover your seats with an old sheet or blanket if you want to protect them from stains and scratches.

The most important thing when taking your dog along for the ride is to make riding in your car a pleasant experience for him. Begin associating car trips with pleasant things.

If you are unable to help him get in and out of the car by yourself, ask a friend to come along and help you. You might also want to consider a product like Easy Lift. With Easy Lift you can easily give your dog a helping hand, as it allows you to uplift your pet without lifting the entire weight of the dog.

With his arthritis or hip dysplasia, he won’t be standing on the seat with his head out the window anymore, so help him settle down into a comfortable position on the back seat or in his crate.

Don’t play the radio too loudly and don’t honk your horn at every fool who’s driving erratically. If your dog still seems nervous, talk to him.

Always place your dog in the rear, never in the front seat, and definitely not in your lap. Not only can your dog distract you and cause an accident, but if it’s a small dog, it could be killed if your air bag deploys in an accident. Remember, the chauffeur always drives and the guest always sits in the back seat.

If you have a pickup truck, don’t let your dog ride in the open back or hang his head out the window of the cab. It’s too easy for a dog to jump, or to fall out of a truck bed or open window. Sniffing the breeze by hanging his head out an open window can be dangerous too if a rock or other object on the road is kicked up into his face.

Please use a seatbelt! Buckle up laws are not only for humans. In some states, seatbelts are now mandatory for dogs.

Using a dog harness in combination with a seatbelt will protect your dog by keeping him from hitting the windshield or being thrown out of your car in case of an accident or sudden stop. It will also protect you and your passengers from being hit in the head by a flying dog! In an accident, your pet could become a dangerous projectile, endangering his life as well as that of anyone riding in your vehicle.

Personally, I use Easy Lift as a vehicle restraint whenever I travel with my dog. This is the only dog-restraint that has a patented chest-vest design that provides maximum protection to my dog. It’s comfortable enough that he eagerly lets me slip it on him, knowing we’re off for another fun trip somewhere.

If I have to hit the brakes fast because some fool who shouldn’t be driving has nearly run me off the road, the pressure from the vest is spread out all over his chest making it safer for him without any unnecessary compression on his chest which could injure him. Of course, he always gives me a sideways look whenever this happens – as if it’s my fault!

If you need to use a crate, be sure to secure it so it doesn’t slide around the rear. You may feel this is being a bit obsessive, but think what could happen if you suddenly hit the brakes or crashed into something and the crate came flying to the front.

Bottom line is car trips with your ailing dog can be enjoyable for both of you if you take a few safety precautions and do some advance preparation to prevent anxiety and stomach upset for your dog. That way, both of you are more likely to enjoy the ride. So let’s hit the road!

Do you have a dog with hip dysplasia or dog arthritis that has adapted well to riding in your car or do you still have problems? How did you solve your dog’s nervousness about riding in your car? Do you have any hilarious incidents you want to share with our readers?

Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
 
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.

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