Swimming dogs are at risk of ingesting too much water
As the weather gets warmer, stay safe. Water intoxication can affect both people and our pups.
There are several things that could make your dog gag very often. Gagging is a symptom that is similar to choking and coughing. While your pet may not actually be choking on an object or a bone, he may be suffering from a condition known as reverse sneezing. When your pet sneezes, he releases air from his nostrils, but if he’s suffering from reverse sneezing he will rapidly take in air through his nose and make loud coughing, hacking or snorting sounds.
Can something as simple as carefully reading a dog-food label add three to five years to your pet’s life? Can the wrong bite of an ostensibly healthy fruit have nasty and lasting consequences? Does your dog need a diet—and would you know if he did? For pups as for people, scientists are constantly -reexamining and revising the official live-longer-and-better guidelines.
Combination of proper Diet, Exercise, Supplements, and regular Vet checkup will ensure your loved in tip top shape.
By Dr. Hank Cerny
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Your dog relies on you to provide properand help them maintain an ideal body weight. Obesity is the enemy of a healthy heart, so talk with your veterinarian if your pet needs to lose weight.
Choosing a diet can be overwhelming, as there are numerous choices all claiming to be the best. I look for quality ingredients and reputation. What is the first ingredient, the second, the third? Does the diet contain antioxidants? Does my dog like the taste? Your veterinarian can give you diet recommendations and help you select the best one for your dog.
Regularis important to maintain a healthy body and mind. Walking, running, hiking and swimming are all options. Talk with your veterinarian to help tailor an exercise program that is safe and healthy for your pet.
Remember: Your dog relies on you for proper care and you should have medical checkups done annually or more often if a health condition exists. But why so important you ask? Three out of every four dogs have some form of dental disease (tooth and gum) by the time they reach middle age, generally between 5 and 9 years old. Dr. Larry Glickman at Purdue University has shown a strong link between gum disease and heart disease in dogs.
Having regular professional dental cleanings at your veterinarian’s office as well as brushing your dog’s teeth daily may prevent or delay the onset of heart valve damage. If your dog has a heart condition, early diagnosis offers the best possible outcome. Medications are available to reduce the workload on the heart and improve the quality of your dog’s life.
There are several supplements on the market that have heart healthy benefits. Two of my favorites arefatty acids, such as Nordic naturals Omega-3 Pet, and . There are two forms of Coenzyme Q10. The ubiquinol form offers better absorption than ubiquinone. Numerous scientific studies support the use of these supplements for heart health. Talk with your veterinarian before starting any supplement.
Dr. Hank Cerny, DVM, MS, is a veterinarian at in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Is your dog itching and scratching? Does she have frequent ear infections or poor coat quality? You could be contributing to your dog’s distress without knowing it if she’s allergic to what you’re feeding her. Food allergies are a rising concern with dog owners and it seems like more and more dogs are suffering from them.