Prevent Your Dog From Gaining Weight

Think that weight issues are just a human problem here in America? Think again. There’s always the age-old saying that “you are what you eat,” but it turns out your pet can also be affected by what you eat. Research shows that an estimated 54% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese in the United States, a statistic that is similar to adult humans. Keeping your dog healthy and fit can extend their life expectancy by an average of two years. Here’s how to start the slim-down journey. Step 1: See a Vet Many pet owners get caught up thinking that they can create a diet plan for their dog by themselves. However, it is best to see a veterinarian; these professionals will be able to determine the best diet for your pet’s age and breed. They will also be able to tell you by how many pounds your dog is overweight. Be prepared for the vet to ask you what the dog’s current diet is, how much exercise they get a week and other possible causes for the weight gain based on environmental factors. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition weighed in on possible environmental causes of weight gain, stating that “the main reason for the development of obesity is having a positive mismatch between energy intake and energy expenditure.” Step 2: Establish a Meal Plan As soon as the vet determines how many pounds overweight your dog is, they will be able to provide you with a diet regimen. Normally this will include both a change in type of food and change in amount of food given...

How to Identify the 5 Most Common Canine Illnesses

Dog is man’s best friend. Our furry friends are always by our side to cheer us up when we’re down — and especially when we’re feeling a bit under the weather. Be sure to return the favor of being there for your special canine when they get sick. Of course, they won’t outwardly tell you what’s ailing them, so be sure to find out below what the five most common canine illnesses are, how to identify them, and what to do for treatment. Ear Infections This is probably the most common illness across all breeds. Many of the causes include allergies, ear mites, bacterial buildup, or even excessive hair growth within the ear canal.Symptoms include: -Constant scratching -Visible redness in the ear canal -Swelling -Head shaking -Discharge that may be brown, yellow, or bloody If you suspect an ear infection, take your dog to the vet. They will usually prescribe routine ear cleaning and topical medication. Worms These are common parasites that reside within your dog’s gut — usually the small or large intestine — and should not be taken lightly. Tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms all fall under this category.Symptoms: -Rugged or rough overall appearance -Change in appetite -Weight loss -Dragging their bottom on the ground Unfortunately the only way to truly determine if your dog has a worm or not, they must be taken to a vet. Depending on the type of worm will depend on the type of treatment, but it will usually include oral medication. Fleas Although a very common ailment for dogs, a flea problem is thankfully easy to treat — just be sure to...

Winter Grooming Tips for your Dog

The cold winter months our upon everyone in Boston, including your dog. Don’t forget to take your dog into consideration when you’re trying to keep warm. Protect their paws, keep their coats clean, and find out all the grooming tips here by Canine College experts. During the cold months, dogs tend to shed more because they are inside a cozy, warm house more often. Brushing your dog more often helps prevent tangled hair as well as preventing dryness. By brushing often you move the natural oils of your dog coat around relieving the dryness experienced in the winter. Doggy coats, sweaters, and blankets. These doggy accessories are available in all shapes, sizes and designs. These coats are only meant to be worn outside and taken off when coming indoors. The outerwear for dogs mats and tangles their hair. Pay close attention to your dogs feet and under the paws. Snow, ice, salt, and ice melts can cause pain and injuries down the road. Rinse paws and feet more frequently, clip their toe nails, and trim excess hair between paws. Sometimes the excess attention a dog needs during the winter months can get overwhelming. Canine College provides professional grooming services at their Holbrook MA location. In addition, clipping nails and ear we have a variety of scented shampoos! View our grooming rates & make an appointment.   Search for: Recent Posts Why Choose In-Home Private Dog Training Does Grooming Improve My Dog’s Health? What is The Best Breed of Dog for Kids? What Vaccines Are Mandatory For My Dog? 5 Need To Know Tips for Boarding Your Dog Categories Health...

Ear Infections? Been There.

Tried and True. Your dog has minor ear infection? Simple solution. Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Clean ears with cotton balls using Apple Cider Vinegar use for 7 days. If it has not started clearing up then you might want to check with vet and get antibiotics. Clean and check ears weekly as prevention using the Organic Vinegar. It works most of the time. Tip of the Day Search for: Recent Posts Why Choose In-Home Private Dog Training Does Grooming Improve My Dog’s Health? What is The Best Breed of Dog for Kids? What Vaccines Are Mandatory For My Dog? 5 Need To Know Tips for Boarding Your Dog Categories Health Care Proper Diet Training Tips Uncategorized View...
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