“Sick as a dog” – A new meaning for dog owners

Dogs make the best life companions, and they are good for our health. Giving a different perspective, I am interested in reading an article on Washington Post – A new meaning for ‘sick as a dog’? Your pet’s health may tell you something about your own.

Sick as a dog

A pet’s health reflects its human’s health status

“As veterinarians, we often see pets who have the same health issues as their human companions or who are sentinels for a human health problem.” – Joseph Bartges, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia.

Dogs are family. Under the same roof, dog owners share factors influencing health with our dogs, such as daily routine, emotion interactions, environment and living standards.

Not surprisingly, dogs can provide insights into our health issues. “How dogs could help us explore our own gut health” supports the same idea ( see Dog News ).

Humans and dogs surprising similarities

 We tend to impose our own snacking patterns and attitudes about portion size and processed foods on our pets, which can influence how many calories they get in a day.- A study from Germany 

One obvious phenomenon is obesity. Researchers found that overweight dogs were more likely to have overweight owners. Moreover, it has been rapidly increasing in both humans and dogs.

We all know that obesity is associated with nutrition, habits and lifestyle. Just as a veterinarian mentioned, the trend of processed foods and everything that occurs with industrialization is making us both sick.

Sick as a dog- a new perspective on our own health

A pet’s health can often reflect our own: anxiety, obesity, allergies, gastrointestinal infections and even insomnia are all disorders that can exist in pet-owner dyads. 

The human-canine connections give us a new perspective on our personal health. Study finds that dogs affected by stress, the anxiety felt by owners. Therefore, dogs could provide the insight we need for both physical and mental health.

Some doctors even advocate that giving a multispecialty practice for both the dog owner and a dog in the same room. Do you think it could be the next health-care trend?

Life is better with a dog. Owning a dog prompts people to stay active and live a healthier lifestyle. It also can help us gain a better understanding of our own health. Sick as my dog, I would have my own story to share!


6 helpful tips for dogs to have a cool Summer

Summer is finally here!  It’s the time for both dog owner and our pets to enjoy backyard barbecue, beach and other activities.

Well, as temperatures continue to soar, dog parents should pay more attention to our dog’s need. Here at dogtreatsmart.com, we want to share some helpful tips – giving dogs a fun and safe summertime.

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Tip 1. Dogs and water often go together like kids and candy

Make sure that your dogs drink enough water daily. During the hottest day, adding some ice cubes to the water dish and offering an ice pack or wet towel for your dog. When going out, remember to bring a collapsible water dish on your way. In hot weather, water is essential to help dogs staying hydrated and keeping cool.

Tip 2. Knowing symptoms of overheating in dog
    • Heavy panting
    • Rapid breathing
    • Excessive drooling
    • Dark or red gums and tongue
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Weakness
Tip 3. Paying extra attention to vulnerable areas of dog body

Like ears, belly and nose, a dog’s body where they have less fur is easily getting sunburned. Preventing overexposure under the sunshine is the best action before getting sunburn potential. 

Dog Owners need to protect pet’s paws in Summer too. Look out for paw pad burns on your dog whenever your dog is outside. Learn  Paw Pad Burns on Dogs: What to Do “ at our Help Tips section.

To know when it’s too hot to walk your dog, we are pleased to find this infographic explaining what can happen when your pooch gets exposed to hot pavement.

Tip 4. Purchase some fantastic sun protection products for your dogs

Choosing high-quality sun protection items for your dog is to help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

There are various products specially made for a dog, such as a suncream, sunscreen wipes, sunglass and UV-protective coating. That all is available in-store and online.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised its rules for regulating sunscreen labels recently. Picking the products are labelled “broad spectrum”, those products that can block both UVA and UVB effectively.

Tip 5. Don’t leave a dog alone in a hot vehicle 

It sounds that everyone knows the importance of never leaving pets in a hot vehicle. However, police still address an urgent warning every Summer as some forgetful dog owners.

Tip 6. Keep the dog inside during extremely hot days

When having the hottest of days in summer, dog should stay inside of the house.

Keep the room temperature cool enough  for your dog. Turn on air condition or a fan. No dog walk during peak sun exposure hours (10 am to 4 pm).

Enjoy summertime fun while staying safe! What ideas have you implemented for your dogs in Summer? We would like to hear your advice.

How to help timid dog

Recently a friend adopted a timid dog from a local shelter. “My dog does not want going out !” ” He is afraid of meeting people!” ” I have to find a groomer come to my house for him.”

Is this normal? By reading the article “How to confidence -building exercises can help timid dogs” written by Dr. Sarah Wooten, I have gained new insights and ideas.

timid dog

Many times, a dog develops fear because something happened during the critical socialization period that scared him

According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, between the ages of 7 and 14 weeks, puppies undergo a critical socialization period, which is associated with dog fears.

Although a good amount of puppies are naturally more shy or fearful, negative experiences inevitably make dogs in fears of certain things. Consequently, those life experiences cause puppies to become fearful dogs while growing up.

Therefore, during the critical socialization period, helping puppies have a variety of positive experiences in the real world is very important.

Confidence-building exercises work for dogs. It takes a lot of courage for dogs to work through their issues

Simply speaking, confidence-building exercises is a training method that helps boost dogs’ confidence by learning how to shift their focus away from the scary thing; help dogs to establish a positive response to the object.

There are common dog fears, such as fear of strangers, fireworks, thunder and fear of staying alone.

Let’s take the fear of fireworks as an example. To start, playing a recording of fireworks at a soft enough volume. Until getting closer and closer to the real sound record of fireworks that the dog does not have a sign of fear, the approach takes step by step with each repetition.

A timid dog  can become confident, people-friendly with appropriation training

Each puppy is trainable. Training a timid dog needs extra compassion and patience. Adult dogs often need more adjustment time, especially if they lived in a shelter for a while. Design a training plan is to help your dog to feel comfortable around people slowly.

First of all,  finding a training reward for confidence-building exercises. Dog treats are a powerful reward to earn timid dog’ trust.  Remember to reward any tiny improvement for your dog

Secondly, design a few simple steps and set goals for the exercises. Remember not to push or punish your dog.

  •       Step 1. Keeping distant from people
      • Bring the dog to a park where has few people
      • Keep walking with the dog while on loose leash
      • Don’t force the dog to sit or stand
      • Feed the dog treats if he stands there around people
  •      Step 2.  Getting closer to people
      • Bring the dog to a place where has slightly more crowded people
      • Places like a local post office, grocery store can be daily visit
      • Keep feeding the dog treats while closer to the  people
      • Let the dog walking around the place if he does not feel stress
  •     Step 3.  Stay longer time with people
      • Bring the dog to a place where can stay a longer time with people
      • Places like  pet- friendly coffee shop, restaurant
      • Still, need to feed dog with delicious treats when it is associated with people around
      • Eventually, you can take your dog to exposure to people everywhere you go

       

    Last but not least, timid dogs need your emotional support to make progress to a point at where they feel comfortable round people. The process helping  your timid dog, it is also improving the bond between you and your dog.


What do you need to know about CBD products for dogs

Veterinarians urge caution in using the CBD products for dogs. Looking for more information, I read an article written by Dr Karen Becker  The Hot CBD Trend for Pets – Risky or a Godsend?.  As a “canna-curious” dog people, I am glad to gain more pieces of knowledge about CBD products.

CBD products for dogs

The main difference is that CBD has no psychoactive properties like the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana, but has a wider range of medical benefits.

As a health trend, Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity for people and now gaining more attention for pets. However, some pet owners still have not clearly understood the differences between CBD and marijuana. In contrast to marijuana that can be toxic to pets, CBD is non-intoxicating and easy to take as a CBD oil. As we know, pet parents do whatever we can do to search for nontoxic remedies for pain and other conditions for our loved ones. CBD products make an appealing treatment option for pets.

Dogs are 10 times more sensitive to THC than humans, and THC levels in marijuana are significantly higher than in the past.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has non-psychoactive effects, which means it will not get the user high. CBD comes from the hemp plant that is a cannabis plant but contains less than 0.3% of THC. While Marijuana has more than 0.3% of THC,  and the worse thing we hear is that marijuana poisoning for dogs has increased dramatically in recent years.

Much more research is needed to determine other veterinary conditions CBD may benefit, as well as the most effective delivery methods and dosing ranges.

According to the study, the therapeutic attributes of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors. From relieving chronic pain, anxiety, seizure to anti-cancer, there are many health benefits for dogs, especially senior dogs.

However, dogs can not tell you what they feel. That’s why some doctors think that the results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far. Dog parents also have questions for veterinarians. For example, what is the correct dose for a 5-pound chihuahua or a 140-pound mastiff? How the CDB interacts with the other medications? Unfortunately, no answers from current studies. Therefore, there is still a lot of research that needs to do.

In addition, the popularity and marketing of CBD products are outpacing for researching and regulation. The FDA has issued significant warning letters to companies selling CBD products.

A bit of advice for all dog owners:

  1. Choose the CBD products manufactured under good practices and supported by the national animal supplement council.
  2. Check for a certificate of analysis to make sure what is exactly in the products.

Fun & Safe Hike With Dogs (Guide + Check List)

Hiking with dogs is a healthy and enjoyable outdoor activity. However, sometimes an accident could happen unexpectedly. To ensure having a fun and safe hike, I learned advice from the article – A GUIDE TO BRINGING YOUR BEST FRIEND ON THE TRAIL.

Before loading up your backpack

1. Make an honest assessment for your dog

Know your dog’s fitness level, health condition is to ensure your dog can comfortably go to the trail.

Hiking is more energy-consuming than walking. It is not enough if your dog only have casual walking daily before hitting the trail. It needs a ton of more exercises.

In addition to its fitness level, health considerations could be another concern. Remember that an elder dog should carefully be assessed.

2. Choose a trail wisely for both your dog and you

Not every hike is dog-friendly. Those elements that seem attractive to you but could pose a danger to your dog. 

Generally speaking, a dog owner should practically choose a trail based on your dog’s age, breed and experience. Besides the length of the route, the considerations also include cliffs, ladders and water on the route.

All in all, make sure your pup is fit for the trail. This principle should also apply for dog owners as well.

When hitting the trail

1.  Measure safety elements

Weather – A dog owner could adjust the destination and plan accordingly. Facing hot and humid weather, a flat route to a lake is a better choice than a steep, rocky scramble up an epic 3,000-footer. Or save hiking for another time.

Dog behaviour & body – If you notice your dog lying down, panting intensely or foaming at the mouth, these are all signs they need to cool down, slow down and possibly turnaround.

Route condition – Help your dog to jump off a cliff and avoid ladders. When approaching cliffs, you can put your dog on a leash and keep it calm and close.

2. Keep canine trail etiquette

It is unnecessary to train your dog becomes a mountain-savvy. However, a dog with well-behaved is essential to the hiking trail.

First of all, your dog should have trained to follow your verbal command so that you can keep your dog with you and under control at all times, even when its off leash.

Canine train etiquette includes not to disturb plants or wildlife and give other hikers the right of way. Using Leave No Trace principles, carry out or bury dog waste in a hole and make sure the hole is at least 200 feet from water sources.

After  getting off the trail  

Always check your dog’s whole body for ticks, cuts and burns. A post-hike bath would be necessary.

10 Essential Items for Hiking with Dog

1. Treats for all-day energy

2. A first aid kit for pets

3. A cooling vest for dog on hot days

4. A dry place to keep treats or kibble

5. A QR code-enabled dog tag to help locate your dog

6. A hands-free dog leash

7. A pick-up bag for Leave No Trace behind

8. A multi-purpose dog backpack life jacket

9. A collapsible dog bowl kit for food and water

10. A waterproof dog blanket/bed cover

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Is raw food diet good for dogs

Whether raw dog foods are dangerous or not, it has been a controversial topic. Recently a piece of news about raw dog product recall gives rise to concern again.

We notice that a product recall for Thogersen Family Farm — a raw pet food company based out of Stanwood, WA. Here is the announcement of FDA:  Thogensen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk

We were educated that a high level of potentially harmful bacteria found in raw dog food. However, a raw meat-based diet has become popular because people think it’s better than commercial foods. I was pleased to learn the article titled Raw Dog Food Diet: Benefits and Risks.

 What it is raw dog food diet?

   A raw dog food diet typically consists of:

  • Muscle meat, often still on the bone
  • Bones, either whole or ground
  • Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
  • Apples or other fruit
  • Some dairy, such as yogurt
The pros and cons for raw foods for dogs

I. Potential benefits include:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools 

II.Potential risks include:

  • Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in raw meat
  •  An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of dogs if given for an extended period
  • Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture

What do vets think about raw diet for dogs?

  • According to the research, raw meat dog food products contain high levels of bacteria that pose potential health risks to both animals and people, particularly for infants, the senior people, and those who have a weak immune system. Therefore, careful storage and handling of raw meat dog food are important.

     

    Regarding raw meat dog diet, researchers note that many of the benefits attributed to a raw food diet for dogs are the result of the high-fat composition of the typical raw diet. Yet high-fat commercial foods that would produce the same effect. Dog supplements can also be used as an alternative to increased fat in the diet.

    As said, raw dog food has shown bacterial contamination. Moreover,  experts warn that unbalanced food diets are associated with feeding dog a home raw meat-based diet. Lack of certain nutrient content, it could cause a dog’s health issues, such as anemia, bone fractures and dental problems.

    Dog owners have the desire to feed ‘healthier’ and more ‘natural’ food to our dogs. However, we should carefully feed our dog with raw foods. Experts suggest a cooked homemade food if you don’t like commercial food, taking recipes designed by a nutritionist certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.


12 things are danger to your dogs

The 12 dangerous substance are danger to dog’s health

The 12 things that a dog owner should be well aware if you don’t want to poison your dogs.

The 12 things you should Never feed your dogs

1.CHOCOLATE

chocolateChocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (similar to caffeine) that is poisonous to dogs.

Theobromine mainly affects the heart, central nervous system and kidneys.

 

Many of the pets are unnecessarily poisoned due to their owners have little knowledge about the toxic food for their dogs.

2. ONIONS

OnionsAll forms of onion will make your pet ill including dried/dehydrated, raw and cooked onions.

Be particularly careful when disposing of leftovers such as pizzas, Chinese and Indian food and even baby food often contains puréed onion.

3. GRAPES

grapesGrapes and raisin can be extremely dangerous to dogs.

The signs and symptoms may not become apparent for up to 5 days after consumption.

 

There are many substances available that are just as dangerous as chocolate

4. AVOCADOS

avocadosAvocados contain a substance called persin which can give dogs diarrhoea or make them vomit.

 

 

Before you feed your beloved dog leftovers from your dinner, Emma Hammett, the founder of First Aid for Pets, reveals 12 things to avoid in a piece for The Hippocratic Post.

5. ALCOHOL

AlcoholAlcohol is significantly more toxic to dogs than to humans and could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, depression of the central nervous system, shaking, difficulty breathing, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

 

6. CAFFEINE

cafeinCaffeine can have a similar effect on chocolate. Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people and large quantities can cause toxicity.

 

 

7. MACADAMIA NUTS

macadamia nutsMacadamia nuts cause dogs to experience weakness, depression, tremors, vomiting and reduces their ability to maintain their body temperature and they may overheat.

Symptoms typically last for 12 to 48 hours.

8. CORN ON THE COB

corn on the cobCorn on the cob and sweetcorn often results in gastrointestinal blockage and causes constipation, vomiting and can make them very ill.

 

 

9. XYLITOL
XYLITOXylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many foods such as sugar-free gum, diabetic cakes and diet foods.
Xylitol has also been linked to fatal acute liver disease and blood clotting disorders in dogs.

 

10. COOKED BONES

cooked boneCooked bones are particularly dangerous for dogs as the bones become brittle and can splinter causing choking or possibly puncturing further down the digestive tract.

 

11. MILK 

milkMilk and milk products can cause diarrhoea as dogs struggle to break down lactose.

 

 

12.IBUPROFEN

IbuprofenIbuprofen coated in sugar is very appealing to dogs – if you suspect they have eaten them you need to get immediate veterinary help.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, bleeding from the gut, stomach ulceration and kidney failure.

Many dogs are poisoned by their owners who don’t know any better

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Tips for Stopping Dog Chewing Stuff

Dog  Chewing is a common behavioural issue for dog owners, even though all of us know that dogs have a natural instinct to gnaw on things.

Why dogs bite my coach, eat my shoes and tear up my carpet? How to stop my dog from destructive chewing? According to the article written by Doggy Dan, a professional dog trainer, we need to understand the root cause.

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REASON ONE: Your Dog Is a Puppy Who Needs to Chew

The biggest reason for dog chewing is teething, especially for little puppies facing the uncomfortable phase of staring have teeth,  which is from 16 weeks to 8 months. Here are some recommendations:

A. Provide your pup with adequate chewing toys

Kong toy, large natural bone and chew treats are highly recommended.

B. Learn the skill of redirection

Help teach him what’s acceptable to chew by calmly removing him from the inappropriate item he is chewing and transferring him to a toy or a treat he can chew instead.”

C. Keep your stuff off the floor

REASON TWO: Your Dog Hasn’t Been Trained Properly

Learning some training techniques can help to correct my dog’s inappropriate behaviours. Never too late to teach a dog what is ok or not ok to chew stuff. I am encouraged  to do so:

A.Time outs  ~ Place puppy back in her crate when he’s doing something naughty

B. Reward good behaviour  ~ I simply give my puppy his favourite biscuit

C. Keep your dog in eyesight ~ Always stay with my puppy if possible

REASON THREE: Your Dog Suffers from Anxiety or Another Behavioural Issue

Dogs might do nail-bitting like humans when they are stressed or suffering from anxiety. Or they might bite your expensive stuff. One of the best ways to relieve your dog’s stress or anxiety is exercise.

Actually, I find that my dog starts to chew my bed skirt because he is bored. Here are some simple suggestions:

A. Get off the couch and play with your pup more often

B. Add an extra walk into your dog’s routine

C. Ensure your dog has enough toys to chew and play with

Reading dog training articles and talking with other dog owners are my methods to gain those ordinary techniques to keep my dog from destroying my stuff.

Teaching a dog stopping chew stuff could take a while. I love my fur baby. Therefore, I would tolerate my dog until he changes his bad chewing habit.


Top 8 Dog Breeds for Cold Weather

If you are looking for cold-weather pups, the list of top 8 dog breeds is for you those who live in a low – temperature region.

Because choosing  the right dog breed for cold weather is important.    Especially if we want the fur-baby as a companion who can enjoy outdoor activities with us.

Dogs seem to wear a fur coat all the time, but it doesn’t mean that all the breeds can tolerate cold weather.

The data experts at PetBreeds, have made a long list of most popular breeds that can handle cold weather.

Here we list the top 8 dog breeds.🐾🐾🐾

Top8dogbreeds-LabradorRetriever
1. Labrador Retriever
top8dogbreeds- Siberian Husky
2. Siberian Husky
top8dobreeds-Bernese Mountain Dog
3. Bernese Mountain Dog
top8dogbreeds- Cane Corse
4. Cane Corso
top8dogbreeds-Collie
5. Collie
top8dogbreeds-newfoundland
6. Newfoundland
top8dogbreeds-chesapeakbayretriever
7. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
top8dogbreeds-ShibaInu
8.Shiba Inu

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Maybe you already have a puppy is one of the top 8 dog breeds. That’s great!

American Veterinary Medical Foundation recommends keeping pets inside in blow-freezing weather.

Don’t forget to prepare high-quality dog dental treats, breath spray and chew toys for them.


February Topic for Dog Dental Health

dog_bad_breathDental hygiene is the essential factor affecting a dog’s bad breath and many dog parents have learned the importance of dental health in dogs. From dental chew, toothpaste to dog spray, many of us is trying different ways to fight with bad breath in dogs.

February is National Pet Dental Month that is a perfect time to talk more about dog’s oral health

Dental disease affects dogs’ overall well-being at any age during their lifetime. Bad breath signifies an oral problem to your dog. The potential damage is not only to your dog’s teeth and gums but a serious health risk.

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According to a report, the survey for 2,000 dog owners that revealed over half (50%) of dog owners believe that their dogs suffer from bad breath. (we might say that dog owners suffer from bad breath in dogs too.) The other half of dog owners think it is normal for dogs; however, it could actually be a  symptom for poor dental health.

Poor Dental Hygiene can affect dogs’ overall health condition

Many dog parents already know that not taking care of your dog’s dental hygiene can lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, dental plaque, and ultimately tooth loss.

A lot of dog owners have aware of how important it is to take care of their dog’s dental health. But only 5% of the dog owners in the survey would worry about the negative consequences of bad breath in dogs. Therefore, it is critical to increasing awareness about dogs’ dental health to dog parents.

Improving dogs’ dental health requires daily care

Dog dental health is avoidable if dog owners who do care their dogs with a daily routine. For example, giving high-quality dog dental chew to your doggies every day  and  brushing dog’s teeth from when they are puppies could help them to have sparkly white teeth.

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Good dog owners keep a clean mouth for their dogs

The following is several survey findings indicating dog parents are underestimating the importance of dental health.

  • Under 50% of dog, parents take their dogs to vet for an annual dental exam.
  • Only one in 10 dog owners take their dogs to the vet because of their bad breath.
  • Those dog owners have spent on average less than £100 on their dog’s dental problems since having them.
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