How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Is my dog fat? Nobody wants to admit it but over half of us have an overweight pet!   The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released their 2016 clinical survey survey where a whopping 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. were classified as overweight (Body Condition Score of 4) or obese (BCS 5) by their veterinary healthcare professional. This equals an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats that are too heavy. Not only are the shear numbers staggering but these numbers continue to rise each year. Yikes! Obesity in our pets is … Continue reading

3 Safety Tips You Should Know When Treating & Feeding Our Pets

Feeding Our Pet Dog and Make Them Healthy

We all love our pets and when it comes to giving them treats and other food-related rewards, we’re used to seeing articles about those with all natural ingredients are best along with warnings regarding some overseas brands that have been toxic or even deadly for some animals. But now we want to discuss some other safety issues when it comes time to feeding and treating our pets.   First of all we should point to the growing obesity epidemic when it comes to today’s companion animals. Without getting into a bunch of scary statistics, veterinarians and other animal care professions … Continue reading

4 Ways You Can Use Food as Medicine for Your Dog

Food and Nutrition for Managing Dog Disease

We live in times of considerable transformation. I’m not talking about politics or current world news, but rather the inclusion of integrative medicine into our society. Holistic medicine with complementary treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and nutrition focus on healing the body as a whole, not just the physical symptoms of the disease. Understanding how to heal the body in its entirety has begun to modify the way that we view our pets. My primary focus is Nutrition, using food as therapy. In viewing what we feed our pets as a means of warding off disease and illness, … Continue reading

How to Stop Your Pet from Overeating

Overeating Problems of Your Pets

Just as humans are facing an obesity epidemic like we’ve never seen before, our pets are following in our footsteps and getting larger. But due to their smaller statures, any extra weight on their tiny frames does a lot more harm to their bodies than a few pounds does to us. This extra weight could mean serious health issues and joint problems later down the line. So when it comes to feeding your pet, ensuring that he or she doesn’t eat too much should be a top priority. We’ll show you exactly how to prevent your pet from overeating in today’s … Continue reading

How to Have a Fun, Festive, Pet Safe, Happy Easter!

Happy Easter With Your Pet Dog

Spring is in the air! And along with the new season, comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down that Bunny Trail. With all the excitement of families gathering together and stepping outside for some Easter fun, whether it’s hunting for hidden eggs or kids searching for their Easter baskets, this holiday is also a good time to review some innocent looking dangers in order to avoid them so a Happy Easter can be had by all, especially our canine companions. Spring Showers Bring Pretty Flowers Easter plants and flowers, i.e. lilies, daffodils, azaleas, hyacinths, tulips etc., are very pretty, but they are … Continue reading

What Is Good Dog Nutrition and Why Is It So Important?

Nutrition For Your Pet Dog’s Health

For many pet owners nutrition is a veritable minefield of misinformation and opinion, with no real place to turn to for help. The words ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ have turned pet owners into polarized groups, each believing that their model is best. Every day I read blog after blog and post after post about how Fido is healthier on a prey model, Spot does best on a BARF diet, and Daisy thrives on her commercial dog food. For me Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all solution to better health, but rather an individualized approach to … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live a Longer, Happier Life

Longer Life With Your Canine Friend

We all love our dogs and want them to live forever, right?? Until we find the fountain of youth for canines, our dogs will never live nearly as long as we want. Luckily, there are a few things we can do to help them live longer, more fulfilling lives. Follow these 5 basics and your dog will be on the path to longevity for sure. 1. Get Them Moving Regular exercise will help keep your dog’s mind and body healthy. Just 20 minute walks a day will turn back the hands of time. A little exercise each day is better … Continue reading

How Chronic Inflammation Could Be Affecting Your Dog’s Health

Inflammation in Dogs? How to Deal With It…

Inflammation is an everyday part of life, and in some cases, may even be a symptom of healing. However, chronic inflammation is different, working on a cellular level, undermining your otherwise healthy dog.   It can slow the healing process, as well as be the cause of obesity. Allergies, liver disease, and kidney disease have all been linked to chronic inflammation as well as damage to the eyes and digestive tract. Veterinarians and owners alike have seen an increase in joint inflammation as well as arthritis issues. In recent scientific studies, inflammation has even been linked to heart disease and cancer. … Continue reading

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

When I worked at the vet hospital, many of my patients were overweight or obese. As a matter of fact, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention discovered that 52.7% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese as of 2014. There is a lot of speculation surrounding the reasons why pet obesity is so prevalent. In my experience, many pet parents find it difficult to understand the severity of seemingly small weight gain. Specifically, if a dog is supposed to weigh 18 pounds and they actually weigh 20 pounds, this might not seem like a big deal. However, this dog has … Continue reading

What Is the Best Dog Food to Feed My Dog?

Dog food that Is Healthy for our Pets

As time goes on we are finding more and more food choices available for our dog, from commercial kibble, canned food, kibble with freeze dried raw bits for nutrition, fully freeze dried raw, frozen commercial raw patties with or without veggies and of course home-made diet. T.V. commercials tell you how good their food is for your dog, yet they have numerous recalls, then on the other hand you hear horror stories about a homemade diet and organ failure from a friend of a friend. I’m hoping to shed some light onto what is best to feed your dog according … Continue reading