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5 tips for Canine Cancer Prevention

March 10th, 2015

Cancer has one of the most frequently diagnosed and most devastating disease pet owners have been faced with in recent years. Research shows 50% of dogs over the age of two will develop cancer and 25% diagnosed will die from the disease, according to the Morris Animal Foundation. While there are no official scientific study that prove you can prevent all cancers there are some through clinical experience veterinarians have found some common sense tactics that pet owners can take to reduce their pup’s risk.

Here are 5 areas to consider:

1. Regular physical examination and home examinations
Regularly placing their hands on their canine companions, on a daily basis is recommended, to perform a DIY (Do It Yourself) version of a physical exam. By feeling the torso and limbs with finger tips pet owners to detect areas of discomfort, heat or swelling, skin lesions or masses, or other abnormalities that can then be brought to a veterinarian’s attention.
All pets should have a physical examination by a veterinarian at least every 12 months (more frequently for juvenile, geriatric, and sick pets).

2. Healthy natural diet
The quality and quantity of food you are feeding your pet is very important. Look for brands with organic ingredients and low in carbohydrates. Diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, pancreas (diabetes), musculoskeletal (arthritis, disk disease) system, urinary tract, skin, and cancer are all associated with being overweight or obese.The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54 percent of pets in the United States are overweight or obese (an astounding 89 million cats and dogs).

3. Reduce the use of flea and tick products
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) pesticide division states that one of the laboratory effects of fipronil in the popular flea and tick product Frontline, is thyroid cancer and altered thyroid hormones.While the company creates the impression that their product does not migrate into the body, radiolabeled fibronil was found in several organs and in the fat of tested dogs and was also excreted in their urine and feces.

4. Choose natural detergents and cleaning products
Take it upon yourself to research dryer sheets and room deodorizers on the web and you’ll discover their cancer causing ingredients. You will be surprised how many cancer causing agents are in everyday cleaning product.

5. Spay and Neuter your dog after 1 year of age
A growing body of research is implicating early spaying and neutering in increasing cancer rates. In a 2002 study, it was established that there was an increased risk of osteosarcoma in both male and female Rottweilers sterilized before the age of one year.
In another study, it was shown that the risk of bone cancer in sterilized large purebred dogs was twice that of dogs that were not neutered.

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Doggie Dental Care

February 22nd, 2015

Older dogs and certain dog breeds are prone to bad breath, gingivitis and gum infections. Many pet owners are even to starting to brush their dog’s teeth from puppy, just as in a human preventative care is some times the best care. If you have considered brushing your dogs teeth but don’t know where to start here is a quick how to:

First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums.
Transition to Dog formulated tooth paste (ours likes chicken flavor) once your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, or try a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste.
Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs—it should be smaller than a human toothbrush and have softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums.
Finally, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
A veterinary exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your dog’s gums are inflamed. If your dog has mild gingivitis, brushing too hard can hurt her gums.

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Cold Season and Your Pup

January 26th, 2015

Can your pet catch a cold or flu from you? No. Dogs usually don’t catch common colds from humans: “There’s no concern with dog-to-human, or human-to-dog, transmission,” says Scott Weese, the Canada research chair in zoonotic diseases and an associate professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dogs get viruses from each other.

Can cats and dogs get colds and flu? Yes (but it’s not always the human kind). For cats and dogs, the symptoms can be sneezing, weakness, and nose and eye discharge. (These can also be signs of allergies and infections, as well as serious conditions like parasites, pneumonia and distemper.)

But can you get sick from your dog? Yes you can. There are some diseases that are transmittable to humans, they are called zoonotic diseases. However, nearly everything you could catch from your dog is preventable and treatable. “If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn’t have any problems,” says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon.

Examples of diseases you can catch from your pup:
Ringworm
Hookworms
Giardia
Campylobacter
Salmonella
Tapeworms
Bubonic Plague

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Introducing a New Baby to Your Dog

January 20th, 2015

Congratulations you’re expecting a new baby soon. Some dog owners have anxiety about bringing home a baby to a house with a pet in it. And wonder how the pet will react or if he will hurt the baby. Before you bring the baby home here are some basic ideas that will help ease the transition:

Introduce the baby’s scent. While the baby is at the hospital it is a good idea to first bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth or blanket. You’ll want to set boundaries when introducing the article. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item, “This new item belongs to me, and you will need to follow my rules when around it.”
Make sure your dog knows his place. Before the baby arrives, start containing your dog to an area instead of let him have rein of the house. Make sure that he has his own space to play with toys and make the nursery off-limits. Condition your dog to understand that there is an invisible barrier that he may not cross without your permission
Control the introduction. Before the baby arrives be sure to exercise your dog and drain him of his energy. While he is out bring the baby in, have the wait at the door step; make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive state before inviting her in. Calmly allow the dog to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. Don’t push the first meeting; do not bring the baby too close.
Don’t forget the dog. The most important thing to your dog is that you maintain the routine, providing daily walks, feeding time and consistent leadership. If you plan on changing your dog’s routine, start the transition before the baby arrives. This will help your dog feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family.
Your child’s safety comes first. If, after working with a professional and on your own, you are still not 100% confident about the safety of your baby with your dog, then finding your dog another home to protect the well-being of your child and pet is a step you may have to take.

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Winter Blues

December 2nd, 2014

Winter DaysCold winter days are closing in and it is becoming more and more challenging to go outside for frequent walks. Chances are there are going to be days this winter when you aren’t going to want to go outside at all and neither will your pup. What are you going to do in the house all day? Cabin fever will start to set in quickly. Here are some ideas to get you through the the winter blues.

Doggy Obstacle/Agility Course
Courses can be endlessly arranged in the home to provide new challenges both physically and in your rapid-fire communication with your dog while running a course.

Jumps: Use a a bar that cannot be easily knocked off by your dog’s foot to avoid injury. You can have more than one jump in a set so that you can vary the challenge. You can make jumps inside the house using 2 pieces of plywood (cut exactly the same height) and an old broom handle or sometime teaching your dog to jump over the back of the couch could work.
Chutes: Chutes are a great tool for agility dogs as it teaches them to trust their handle. You can purchase nice quality, and flexible so it folds up flat for storage.
Tunnels: Tunnels can be one of the most fun and challenging parts of an agility course for some dogs, especially since for your dog, going as fast as you can through a long, dark space is an amazing act of trust. So a tunnel is a great addition to your at-home obstacle course.

Hide-n-seek
Exercising with your dog should be fun for both of you, here is how Dog Hide-n-seek works:
1. Select an item–your dog’s favorite toy, a treat, etc. When your dog isn’t looking, hide the item. If your dog is new at this, start off with the item under a pillow or behind a table close enough to find. If your dog is a pro, make it challenging.
2. Now tell your dog “Find it!” Run along with your dog, encouraging him as you go.
3. Be sure to offer lots of praise when your dog finds the item.
4. Now, it’s your turn! Be creative and think up new ways to play Doggy Hide and Seek.

Indoor Dog Potty
While you are stuck inside inevitably your dog will have to go potty. If you are snowed in or just to raining outside and neither of you want to deal with the cold weather, then you can consider training your dog to go inside. UGODOG is a easy to use potty system, once your dog is trained it will alleviate the worry of how to get outside each time your pup has to use the toilet.

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Organic Oscar Shampoo Deal

November 18th, 2014

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UGODOG® for Veterinarians

November 6th, 2014

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Why is UGODOG® perfect for Veterinarians?
- UGODOG® is perfect a place for post-operation recovery in a veterinary facility as it will capture any involuntary urinary release by your patients during recovery.
- The surface of UGODOG® suitably comfortable for pets to lie down on during recovery.
- UGODOG® design makes capturing urine samples simple.
- UGODOG® is an environmentally friendly indoor dog potty.
- THE ONLY indoor dog potty awarded 5 stars and approved by the American Pet Association.
- UGODOG® is easy to clean and highly sanitary has two detachable grates, rather than one large grate make them easier to handle, remove and clean in sinks or wash tanks.
- The UGODOG® grates are specifically engineered for the comfort and safety of dog’s paws.

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November is about Pet Diabetes Awareness

November 3rd, 2014

dog_diabetes_awarenessIf your dog is showing the following symptoms: excessive thirst, frequent urination, general fatigue, and is middle-aged, it could have Diabetes. Screen your pet with PawCheck Wellness test kit at home. Ugodog offers a full solution for health monitoring of your dog.

Diabetes Awareness – Home Test

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Is a high-protein diet good or bad for dogs?

October 29th, 2014

Dogs, are like people, in that they do best with a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Excessive protein consumption is not necessary for dogs and for some dogs with medical conditions can actually be harmful. Proteins are the building blocks of the body and an absolute necessity for daily function. However, too much protein in a meal it cannot all be utilized at one time, nor can it be stored for later. The body will then excrete the excess protein through the kidneys and out of the body via urine. Thus the quality of the protein actually becomes more important than actual amount of protein.

Overweight dogs, dogs with itchy, flaky skin, dogs with coarse and brittle coats, dogs with poor energy levels and low resistance to infection — can be a result of dogs consuming diets with low quality animal origin tissues and high in grain-based products. Inexpensive, corn-based diets are some of the worst.

It recommended that the average dog’s diets contain high quality protein levels around 30 percent or slightly higher on a dry weight basis.

Some important nutrients that can help you choose an appropriate dog food for your dog:
Protein: High-quality protein provides the building blocks to repair damaged skin. Feeding unique protein sources, such as venison or duck, can also help reduce reaction in dogs with a food allergy or intolerance to more common ingredients.
Essential Fatty Acids: A dog food containing high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found naturally in fish oil, will help nourish and protect your dog’s skin, prevent dryness and help control inflammation.
Antioxidants: Vitamin E and other antioxidants are vital in helping to maintain your dog’s healthy immune system, and protect it from cellular oxidation caused by free radicals.
Combining these nutrients in a single dog food provides a convenient way to manage your dog’s skin condition.

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Checking for Obesity

October 6th, 2014

PET OBESITY: A GROWING CONCERN

Alarming numbers: about 52% of Dogs and 57% of Cats are obese in the US! This problem affects mainly middle-aged pets.

Just like humans, pets with excessive weight lack energy, see their lifespan shortened and carry the following health risks: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cancer etc.

A quick way to check if your dog is obese:
- Ribs are not easily felt
- Sagging stomach
- No Waist can be seen from above

If you think your dog might be overweight check the Ideal Pet Weight Chart and screen him/her for Diabetes with the PawCheck urine home-test. It’s so easy with the UGODOG system for urine collection. Reliable results in 2 minutes. Take action to save your dog’s life!

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