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  • Pet Obesity Remains a Big Issue
    The post Pet Obesity Remains a Big Issue by Jackie Brown appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention recently released its survey statistics for 2018, which found that 55.8% of dogs and 59.5% of cats in the United States are classified as overweight or obese. The numbers are relatively unchanged from 2017, and the survey also found that pet owners are confused about pet nutrition. Although 68 percent of owners answered yes to the question, “Would you like your veterinarian to recommend a routine/maintenance diet for your pet?” only 38 percent reported that their vet had recommended a routine/maintenance diet to feed. “Veterinarians need to understand obesity is a disease and offer more treatment options than diet and exercise,” says APOP president, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward. “Pet owners have an overwhelming ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-16
  • Fresh Cooked Dog Food Is Best. Are You Ready To Make Your Own?
    If you watched the eye-opening documentary Pet Fooled on Netflix, you may be left wondering what now? While the film sheds a not-so flattering spotlight on the American pet food industry, it leaves viewers with few practical solutions for healthy feeding. The featured veterinarians definitely skew towards a raw, biologically-appropriate feeding protocol, but they also acknowledge that raw diets are yet to be deemed safe by the AVMA. If you are not yet ready to take the plunge into raw feeding, but you want to break free from the processed kibbles offered by the major pet food conglomerates, consider a fresh cooked diet instead! Why Should You Choose A Fresh Whole Food Diet? Diet plays a major role in many of the ailments veterinarians treat on a daily basis including allergies, cancer, and diabetes. In response, they are shying away from commercial pet foods and endorsing natural, whole food diets instead. Home cooking can be time-consuming and expensive, but fresh feeding is the best way to ensure a happy, healthy pup. Just think of the time and money you’ll save on trips to the vet! My Experience With Home Cooking After watching Pet Fooled, I decided to cook fresh ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-07-16
  • Try One of the Most Popular Canine Joint Pain Supplements for Under $10
    Can Your Senior Begin ‘Acting Like a Puppy Again’?! We have a saying here at iHeartDogs. We created it because we started hearing the same thing over and over again when it came to our canine joint supplement product. It goes something like this. A customer with an older dog tries our Advanced Hip & Joint chews. They usually have tried a product before, but they either didn’t see results, or their dog refused to eat it. They try our formula, and the first impression is “Wow, my dog actually ate this and thought it was a treat!” (the natural bacon flavor helps with that) But it’s the next thing we often hear that literally brings tears to our eyes. We often hear: “My dog is acting like a puppy again!” ALAPA. Because our formula contains high, therapeutic levels of 4 active ingredients (glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and turmeric) its often significantly more effective than most joint products on the market. And like all products here on iHeartDogs, every single bottle provides donated meals for shelter dogs! Stories from People Who’s Older Dogs Are ALAPA   “My nine year old dog was really slowing down and experiencing pain. I’ve ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-07-15
  • One of Last Surviving ‘Vicktory Dogs’ Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge
    In the late days of her life, the American Staffordshire Terrier behaved like any other senior dog. She loved a good snooze. The sweet dog spent time with her family and nibbling on treats. Her favorite toy was a raccoon. This dog showed no signs of the difficult obstacles she overcame. Layla, the Survivor Before being rescued, Layla lived in Virginia. Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick kept her as part of his dogfighting ring called Bad Newz Kennels. In 2007, authorities rescued more than 50 dogs from the fighting operation. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vick trained his dogs to “cause major injuries” to other pups. It is hard to imagine someone could hurt dogs in that way. Thankfully, authorities raided the facilities and saved many of the dogs. Twenty-two of the survivors were transferred to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Layla was one of those dogs. She spent five years rehabilitating with Best Friends. At the end of her stay, she passed a Canine Good Citizen test. Now, she could find a forever home. A New Life Filled with Good News Once Layla passed the test, she needed to find her ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Heart Disease in Dogs
    The post Heart Disease in Dogs by Jennifer Lesser appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. As our beloved four-legged friends age, they unfortunately become more susceptible to an array of potential health conditions, including heart disease. “Heart disease occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively. It’s more often seen in older dogs, but dogs of any age can be affected,” explains Dr. David Dilmore, a veterinarian with Banfield Pet Hospital. According to Dr. Jessica Romine, a veterinarian with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Southfield, Michigan, heart disease is one of the more frequently diagnosed issues in dogs — however, not all heart diseases will actually lead to heart failure. Approximately 10% of all dogs will develop some degree of heart disease in their lifetime. “The incidence goes up significantly with age, with 20 to ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-15
  • Is Grain-Free Food Killing Dogs? 7 Things You Need to Know About the FDA’s Announcement
    If you’re confused about the FDA’s announcement linking dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) to grain-free diets, you’re not alone! According to an iHeartDogs poll taken by 4,000 people, roughly 50% of owners currently using grain-free are planning on switching, while the other 50% are sticking with grain-free. Here’s 7 things you need to know about the FDA’s announcement in order to make the best decision for your dog: 👉 1) DON’T RELY ONLY ON SUMMARIES AND OPINIONS, READ THE ACTUAL REPORT FROM THE FDA Much has been said in the media about the update, but it seems few have read the text or the full reports. The most recent FDA update is available here. Perhaps more importantly, read the full list of DCM reports from dog owners and veterinarians. 👉 2) THERE ARE OVER 60 BRANDS NAMED IN THE REPORT, NOT JUST 16 The mainstream media confusedly began reporting headlines such as “These 16 pet food brands are linked to heart disease.” While these 16 brands had the most reports, there are many more brands also linked. Other common brands named more than once include Purina, Canidae, Iams, Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, Halo, Wellness Core, and many more. Frustratingly though, the ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-07-13
  • Animal Cruelty a Felony in Virginia
    The post Animal Cruelty a Felony in Virginia by Jackie Brown appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law that will make animal cruelty against dogs and cats a felony in the state of Virginia. Under Tommie’s Law, named after a Richmond Pit Bull who was severely abused and who later died from his injuries, any person who “tortures, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain” or “cruelly and unnecessarily beats, maims or mutilates any dog or cat” could be fined $2,500 and be sentenced to up to five years in prison. The new law goes into effect July 1. About the author: Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-12
  • Dog Seizures — What to Know & What to Do
    The post Dog Seizures — What to Know & What to Do by Dr. Catherine Ashe appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Seizures can be terrifying! Unfortunately, seizure disorders are not uncommon in canines and can occur at any age, starting in puppyhood. Know what a seizure looks like so you can act quickly. Surprisingly, there are many different types of seizures ranging from full body convulsions (tonic- clonic) to localized seizures to absence spells where a dog merely seems to be “out of it.” The most common and familiar is the tonic-clonic (TC) type. A typical TC seizure will start with stiffening of the face and limbs followed by rapid muscle contractions. A dog may fall on his side, drool heavily, and lose bowel and bladder control. This can last anywhere from a few seconds ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-12
  • Give Something Away Day
    National “Give Something Away Day” on 15th July is a fantastic opportunity to de-clutter at home and donate to a charity you love at the same time. A charitable donation can go a long way. All of our centres hold events throughout the year, where donated items are sold to raise funds. Soft toys can be a wonderful prize in a Teddy Tombola, and a good condition dog bed would be perfect for a pet hamper in a raffle. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2019-07-12
  • Do You Have a Lethargic Dog or a Dog Who Just Loves to Sleep?
    The post Do You Have a Lethargic Dog or a Dog Who Just Loves to Sleep? by Sassafras Lowrey appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. The old saying goes let sleeping dogs lie, but can dogs ever sleep too much? Can sleeping be signs that something is wrong? While many dogs sleep a lot, a change in energy for your dog could be a sign that there is an underlying medical condition and may be a symptom of a larger issue. If your dog acts like he doesn’t have any energy, he might be lethargic, which is often a symptom of an underlying medical condition. What is the difference between a dog who sleeps a lot and a dog who is lethargic? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t figure out if a dog is lethargic ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-11
  • Dog Vomiting: What to Know and What to Do When Your Dog Throws Up
    The post Dog Vomiting: What to Know and What to Do When Your Dog Throws Up by Jennifer Lesser appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. There are very few dog owners who haven’t had to scrub dog vomit from the carpet at least once. But, from devouring a chunk of their favorite chew toy to serious gastrointestinal conditions, vomiting is a symptom with a long list of potential causes — so how do pet owners know when throwing up is no big deal and when it could be something serious? “If your dog vomits once, but is otherwise behaving normally, there’s probably nothing to worry about,” explains Dr. David Dilmore, a veterinarian with Banfield Pet Hospital. What can be cause for concern, however, is when your dog’s vomiting is prolonged or accompanied by other symptoms. “It’s ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-11
  • The Dog Lady of Mexico
    The post The Dog Lady of Mexico by Melissa L. Kauffman appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. When I first heard about Alison Sawyer Current’s book, I was intrigued not only by the fictional tale but by the author’s true-life experiences helping dogs and cats of Mexico. She has helped more than 12,000 animals on to a second chance at life through her nonprofit Isla Animals, which offers low-to-no-cost veterinary care and pet education, plus arranges adoptions through her Dog Gone Foundation. Her book The Dog Lady of Mexico tells the tale of the fictional Rose, as she, her husband and pottery studio, move to Isla Mujeres (an island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula) for a life of tranquility and inspiration. Instead they find starving, neglected and abused cats and dogs that wander the ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-10
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
    The post The Secret Life of Pets 2 by Melissa L. Kauffman appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. “Yeah, I’m fine, too. It’s my human that’s nuts.” I’m sure my dogs could identify with that line in The Secret Life of Pets 2, sequel to the 2016 animated comedy movie The Secret Life of Pets. In this film — out June 7th — Terrier Max stresses over protecting toddler Liam (yes, his owner is now married, with a child) and develops a nervous tic. And the rest of the gang is having issues, too. Pomeranian Gidget and kitty Chloe try to rescue Max’s favorite toy, hindered by Chloe’s little catnip problem. And bunny Snowball tries to live out his superhero fantasy when Shih Tzu Daisy asks for help on a dangerous mission. Of course there is ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-10
  • Bar K Dog Bar
    The post Bar K Dog Bar by Annie Butler Shirreffs appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Sitting on 2 acres on the Riverfront in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Bar K is a fun, new destination for people and dogs. It features a fully staffed, state-of-the-art dog park with a modern bar, restaurant and coffeehouse. Professional “dogtenders” monitor the dogs while they play on unique equipment (like the Westlake Doggy Jungle Gym and ROKC Dog Climbing Wall), while humans can hang out with their dogs in the park or visit the bar and restaurant, which is built entirely out of repurposed shipping containers. Bar K was started by Leib Dodell and David Hensley who were looking for a fun, safe place to meet friends, grab a drink or a bite to eat — but not have to ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-10
  • Splash Away the Summer
    The post Splash Away the Summer by Cait Rohan Kelly appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Keep your dogs cool and active this summer by taking them to the pool! Keep your dogs cool and active this summer by taking them to the pool! The dog days of summer are in full swing, so cool Fido off with a dip in a dog-friendly pool. The Bone Adventure’s new Swim Club in Costa Mesa, California, is a 50-foot-long, 4-foot-deep pool designed with dogs in mind, boasting a platform for dock diving, a sunbathing island and water fountains. Safety comes first at this swim club — all dogs must take a 30-minute swim class before joining. There’s even a bleacher zone where humans can watch their pups splash away happily. Check out the ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-07-09
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