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Cold Season and Your Pup

Monday, 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:
Bubonic Plague

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NORCAL Golden Retriever Event 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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Canine Urinary Tract Infection Prevention

Monday, March 31st, 2014

“Mom it hurts when I pee” – Don’t you wish they could talk and tell us what’s wrong? Unfortunately our 4-legged friends have to rely on us to do a little guess work. Or do we? Did you know you can now you can test at home at the first signs of urinary tract infection.

What is a Urinary Tract Infection
The urinary tract is important for removing waste from the body through urine. The entire system includes the urethra, the bladder, the ureters and the kidneys. Urinary tract problems can be mild to severe and can be easily cured but also have the potential to be extremely damaging to your dog. Here are some of the most common urinary tract problems in dogs.

What you should know about Urinary Tract Infection!
Dog urinary tract infection symptoms can be painful for your dog and can quickly lead to other issues. When issues escalated so does the cost of treatment, some pet owners said they have spent a minimum of $500 to treat infections while others have spent over $10,000. This is why it’s important to know what to look for and get your dog treatment quickly.

What Causes Lower Urinary Tract Problems in Dogs?
• Stones, crystals or debris accumulation in the bladder or urethra
• Bladder inflammation or infection
• Incontinence from excessive water drinking or weak bladder/hormonal issue
• Trauma
• Cancer
• Stress
• Spinal cord abnormalities
• Congenital abnormality
• Prostate disease
How Can I Tell if My Dog Has Urinary Tract Problems?
• The following signs may indicate that your dog is having trouble with his urinary tract:
• Inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine
• Bloody or cloudy urine
• Fever
• Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine
• Increased amount and/or frequency of urination
• Straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine
• Soiling in inappropriate places
• Constant licking of urinary opening
• Strong odor to the urine
• Lethargy
• Vomiting
• Changes in appetite
• Weight loss
• Severe back pain
• Increased water consumption

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Lower Urinary Tract Problems?
You can start by testing your dog at home with a PawCheck urinary tract test for just $14.99. It is quick, easy and painless. All you need is a sample of urine and 2 minutes. However if symptoms are excessive or sever please seek immediate attention from your local veterinarian or pet hospital.

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Dog Diabetes: Is your pup at risk?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Subtle changes in dog behavior, such as excessive drinking, decreased energy, increased urination, can easily be over looked or brushed off. Dog DiabetiesHowever, recognizing the early signs of canine diabetes, might save your dog’s life. Just like humans, the rate of K9 diabetes has tripled since 1970, today about 1 in every 160 dogs have diabetes. Diabetes is a result of inadequate production of insulin by the islet cells in the pancreas. There may be a genetic predisposition for this in some dogs. Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshonden, and Poodles have the highest incidence, but all breeds can be affected. It can also be brought on my environmental factors and obesity. Early detection is critical in the wellness of your dog.
Look out for the following Symptoms of Dog Diabetes:
- Obesity- Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore, if your pet is obese you should keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any of the other symptoms of diabetes.
- Increased Urination- Urinating more frequently, producing more urine throughout the day, or having “accidents” in the house may mean your dog has developed polyuria.
- Increased Thirst – Drinking more water than usual, known as polydipsia, is an early warning sign of diabetes.
- Increased Hunger – If your dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as polyphagia), and maintains or loses weight despite increased food intake, this can be a sign of diabetes as well.
- Sudden Weight Loss- Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.
- Weakness or Fatigue- Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs there may just be a general sense of lethargy, being less active, or sleeping more.
- Thinning or Dull Hair- Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included, so it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.
- Cloudy Eyes – A common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. Cataracts can lead to blindness if not monitored.
- Depression - A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in the body of your pet can cause depression.
- Vomiting - Another side effect of ketoacidosis, if your pet’s diabetes has escalated to this point before it’s been recognized, is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females. Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.

Early Detection:
If your dog has any of the symptoms listed above there is an easy home test available. PawCheck can tell you in a matter of minutes if your pet has diabetes – making it easy for you to monitor your pets health from home and saving you 100$ in vet bills.

UGODOG can help:
If you do find that your dog has diabetes and one of his/her symptoms is frequent urination UGODOG can help. By training your dog to go on the UGODOG you will be relieved of the pressure to take your dog out as often as he or she requires going. Many UGODOG customers with a diabetic dog in their family have found UGODOG to be a “life-saver”.

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Prevent Bladder Infections: Train your dog to use UGODOG

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

There are many ailments that dogs can face through their life span. As a loving pet owner you want to do everything you can to prevent the suffering of your dog.
Dog Bladder Infections
Did you know that forcing your dog to hold his urine for more than 5 hours can lead to bladder infections? Most veterinarians recommend urine relief every 4 hours for best health, while 4-6 hours is okay.. 8 is not too bad OCCASIONALLY.. But anything more than that can be cruel. Research shows that dogs who go for long periods of time (8+ hours) on a regular basis – without eliminating urine have a greater risk of developing bladder infections or cystitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the bladder. Urethral infections in both males and females often precede bouts of cystitis. Urinary stones can occur as a result of cystitis. The bacteria form a nidus (a central point) around which the stone eventually develops.
The symptoms of bladder infection in dogs can be troubling for both pet and owner. Because their bodies are so much smaller than ours, any kind of urinary tract problem can be much more serious for dogs. Recognize quickly any of the following signs
- Fever, loss of appetite and lethargy
- Frequent, painful urination.
- Trouble urinating, blood in the urine, or urinating in unusual places
- Cloudy urine that an abnormal odor.
- Females with cystitis may lick at the vulva and have a vaginal discharge.

Any difficulties or changes in urination habits are a good indicator that something is wrong and the sooner you can get your dog medical attention, the less likely it is that the problem will develop into something more serious.
Cystitis should be treated promptly to prevent kidney infection. Your veterinarian will prescribe an oral antibiotic that is effective against the bacteria in question. Antibiotics are administered for two to three weeks, after which the urine should be checked again to be sure the infection has been eliminated.
#1 – Allow your dog to relive him/herself as frequent as possible – Training your dog to use a UGODOG is a great way to prevent bladder infections.
#2 – Feed your dog cranberries, blackberries and/or raspberries as they have compounds that prevent bacterial adhesions to the bladder wall.
#3 – Frequent check-ups and care to monitor your dog’s overall health

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Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Dog Lovers

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Years UGODOG
#1 Adopt a pet from your local shelter
#2 Spend more time out doors with your pet
#3 Switch to all organic dog foods
#4 Donate to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
#5 Teach your dog a new trick
#6 Volunteer at your local pet shelter
#7 Leave work on time to play with your dog more
#8 Become a foster parent for a pup
#9 Establish a healthy eating schedule
#10 Tell your dog you love him/her every day

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APA Approved Indoor Potty That’s Better Than Fake Grass

Monday, September 30th, 2013

There are many different types of dog potty systems available for dogs and their owners to help them . There are artificial grass dog potty systems, pee pads and plastic grate systems. So, it’s no wonder that dog owners are confused as to which type and which product within that type is the best dog potty system for their dog.
UGODOG APA Approved Let’s see if we can help you to find your perfect dog training system.
The ONLY Indoor Dog Potty System With American Pet Association’s Approval
There is ONLY ONE indoor dog potty product that is approved by the American Pet Association and has received a 5 Star rating from the APA. That is the UGODOG product. APA 5 Stars is the approval of a product based on APA Testing and research that insures a product is approved for real world intended usage and is considered safe, humane and as-advertised.
We are so very proud of our dog potty product and that’s certainly a sentiment many of our clients share.
My very tiny 1.8 pound, 9 week old havanese puppy uses the Ugodog with no problem. What a smart, simple idea. I don’t want to use piddle pads, which are expensive and environmentally ugly. Plain old newspaper is cheap, abundant, and works just fine. The Ugodog isn’t exactly the same dimensions as the newspaper, but seriously-how much effort does it take to fold it to fit ? No more worrying about wet or soiled unsanitary newspaper on the floor (yuck), nothing shredded to pieces. Cleans up with very little effort. Well worth paying what they ask for the convenience and ease of use, and it pays for itself in a short time with the money saved on piddle pads.”
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What exactly does a 5 Star APA Rating Mean?
In order to receive this top rating from the APA, the product must meet the following requirements:
1) Humane Treatment of pets and people (product must be intended to be used, or will commonly be used in such a way that is humane to pets and the treatment of customers and employees must be positive and productive.)
2)Business Ethics (Business must pass a background check and not be involved in questionable or unethical business practices. The product claims and marketing must be factual and not misleading.)
3) Product Quality (Product must be manufactured in such a way and with quality materials so that it meets or exceeds expected lifetime)
4) Safety (The product should be safe for use as intended for both pets and humans.)
5) Ongoing Feedback (Ongoing feedback must be consistent and representative of the initial testing results for a product to remain approved. Approval status can be checked 24/7 at this site)
Our Indoor Dog Potty Goes Beyond The APA Approval
In additional to the coveted APA approval, there are other factors that make the UGODOG indoor dog potty system the best choice for you and your dog.
1) Bacteria Free – our indoor dog potty system has a unique plastic design that makes daily clean up easy and of course, keeps it bacteria free. Pee Pads may leak and artificial grass products are difficult to clean so bacteria can flourish.
2) Easy To Clean – the two grate system in the UGODOG dog potty system can be cleaned with a wet town or in a sink (how easy is that!). Compared to pee pads (which dogs can shred) and grass dog pottys (which require a hose and scrubbing to clean), there’s just no easier indoor dog potty system than the UGODOG product.
3) Cost Effective – because the UGODOG indoor dog potty is created with the highest quality materials it will last so you would most likely only purchase it once. With 2 sizes to choose from, the prices range from $49.95 to $99.95. You probably didn’t know that the average dog owner spends about $400.00 per year on pee pads and that the average cost for a grass indoor dog potty product is about $150.00. Compare these costs to the UGODOG indoor dog potty and it’s a no brainer!
4) Dry Paws – The unique convex shaped grates in the UGODOG dog potty product allows urine to pass through the grates and it then collects in the base so your dog’s paws remain dry. It’s easy to see that with pee pads and with the artificial grass potty systems, that simply is not the case. So, keep your dog from tracking urine throughout the house!
Are you ready to give yourself an easier and better indoor dog potty product? Visit us at and order yours today.

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UGODOG Training Tip #15 – Pause Table

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Pause Table is a great training tool for teaching and reinforcing a variety of behaviors. Basic obedience behaviors like Sit, Down, Stay can be taught and polished on the Pause Table. Dogs learn quickly when what we want is clearly defined for them. The Pause Table provides these guidelines. The three training benefits provided by the Pause Table are clear perimeters of where to be due to the size of the top, the table top is a different surface than the surrounding floor, and the table is elevated. These three features aid your dog in understanding the desired behavior.


Training Tip of the Week is a new program that we are starting for our clients and customers at
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Name UGODOG’s NEW Mascot

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

UGODOG adopted an adorable NEW French Bull Dog mascot. Please help us come up with a name for our NEW cute furry little friend.

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UGODOG French Bull Dog Name Contest

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5 Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

If you are like the folks at UGODOG, you have thought about taking a summer road trip this year, but still haven’t planned it. Summer is already in full swing and it is time to get away. You’re in luck UGODOG found 5 fun, dog-friendly spots. You can go for weekend trip or even turn it into an extended vacation. All you need is a few days, a map, and your best friend (your dog of coarse) – ’cause we’ve worked Fido into our game plan. Check out these locations that are happy to have you and your pup.

1. Denver, Colorado
Denver Dog
One of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, Denver has a myriad of nature hikes, swimming wholes and even pet-friendly dining. If you are looking for a hotel in Denver, check out the Hotel Monaco it’s excellent for families and pets alike. This boutique hotel goes above and beyond in service, it has everything from bicycles to borrow to free to a hosted wine hour and coffee, they even have a pet spa so your pup can get a “Pawdicure”. It is even walking distance to dog park and exercise area.

After a good night’s rest, start your day off at St. Marks Coffee House in the heart of the active neighborhood on 17th Avenue. There is a large patio, local coffee and pastry fans enjoy the outdoors here with their friendly dog pals all day long. Your dog can enjoy some water from a bowl, while you enjoy the sunshine and an iced late.

Once you’ve gotten your caffeine fix, pack up and spend the day on a long nature hike. Try Sand Creek Regional Greenway if you are looking for a nice half day hike. Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks because this is a 13.5 mile hike and is moderately difficult. It is near Denver metro so it won’t take you long to get there. But, if you are looking for something less challenging you can try Green Mountain Open Space 4.3 mile hike.

There are many great spots in Denver where you can dine with your dog. It is a rare occasion when you can have an upscale dinner where dogs are welcome. Dine at the Black Pearl where everything is local, all the produce is seasonal and ingredients are fresh. The belief behind Black Pearl is that where and how your food is produced is as important as how it tastes. Bring Fido and enjoy this fantastic contemporary American cuisine restaurant.

There is no better way to end a hot day than with ice-cold scoop of delicious ice cream. Bring you pooch to Skoops Ice Cream and More to enjoy its delightful selection of ice cream. Not only does this joint allow you to enjoy a cool treat but your dog can too. Skoops sells ice cream and yogurt specifically made for dogs. Open late every night, it’s the great end to a sun-soaked Denver day.

Before leaving town enjoy a historical lunch, at the Old Capitol Grill. It is actually located in the original state capitol building that housed its first legislature sessions from 1866 to 1867. Enjoy casual American cuisine on its outer tables where you may bring your leashed, well-behaved dog. Old Capitol Grill even has bowls of water available for your thirsty pal.

2. Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach Dog This high-end, famous coastal town has several attractions that will keep the whole family happy. Pull into town and check into Island Hotel Newport Beach, the hotel is dog friendly for dogs up to 50lbs and requires a pet deposit so lay down your indoor dog toilet so there are no accidents, you don’t want to have to pay for.

If you enjoy shopping make your fist stop Fashion Island, it is one the few outdoor malls that allows you to walk around with your dog. And it’s one of the bigger attractions in Dog Friendly Newport Beach. The mall lies along Upper Newport Bay and features fun spots like Muttropolis – a fun pet store with a fresh concept or Newport Coast’s Dogma, a store where you can learn a wealth of information about healthy dog food.

If you get hungry whilst shopping stop at Bloomingdale’s 59th & Lex Café on the outdoor patio they allow you to dine with your pup. After lunch, take time for stopping and admiring the koi pond and fountains before packing it in.

By now your pup will want to get out and get some exercise, head out Newport’s dog friendly beach. Leashed dogs are allowed on the ocean front of the before 10am and after 4:30pm which leaves you plenty of time to catch sunset, on one of the famous beaches of the OC. In the evening you can go to famous Spotlight on Balboa Island where you can dine, shop and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Check out Balboa Sushi 21, they allow dogs on their patio.

2. Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Wine DogThe scenic West Coast gem of Sonoma, California, is most known for its beautiful vineyards and open green fields. Surprise! Sonoma is also the ideal spot for a relaxing weekend with Fido. Did you know that expansive wineries you see in Sonoma aren’t strictly for humans? In fact there are over 50 wineries that dog friendly establishments. Our personal favorite is Mutt Lych Winery a wonderfully whimsy winery where wine and “all things dog” collide into something truly special. Sample the award winning wines with dog-awesome labels. Feel good about the money you spend there since Mutt Lynch Winery is proud to support local animal rescue organizations in their tireless efforts to save pets’ lives. A portion of proceeds from every bottle of Mutt Lynch wine is donated to support local animal rescue organizations. So pack your picnic, make sure it is filled with plenty of cheese, grapes, jerky treats and tennis balls. At this relaxing winery you can take a break, lay down a blanket and play some ball with your pup. But, if you are looking for something more upscale will love Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, Tuscany style wines and are known for their reds. Located close to downtown and Friday nights in the summer they have live music.

After a day in the sun and tasting assorted wines, grab some chow at Howards Station Café or at Glen Court Café, both spots offer doggy menus making dining together as family possible. If you prefer many other restaurants in the area offer dog friendly balconies and good food too.

Now that you are dog tired, check into one of the many pet friendly, quaint Bed and Breakfasts in the sleepy town of Glenwood. We recommend Olea Hotel situated in a friendly neighborhood with walking space and green roads.

When you wake up the next day and your dog needs some more time outdoors, feel free head over to one of the regional parks in the area for some doggy one-on-one time. Hikes range from easy to difficult depending on the park so make sure to choose according to your dog and your experience level.

3. Austin, Texas

Austin Dog
Roll into town and book at the Lake Austin Spa and Resort. Reasonably priced luxury rooms with packages that include all your meals, you may never want to leave. The spa takes advantage of its proximity to the Highland Lakes and the Hill Country by offering such activities as combination canoe/hiking trips and excursions to view the wildflowers. The aromatic ingredients for soothing spa treatments, such as a honey-mango scrub, are grown in the resort’s garden, also the source for the herbs used at mealtimes.

If you can pull your-self away from the grounds of the hotel, experience one of the 12 off-leash parks, Austin has to offer. Whether cooling off in the creek at Bull Creek District Park or taking a tour of the city in horse-drawn carriage, there are plenty of ways for your dog to enjoy themselves while in Austin. A large number of restaurants and stores welcome dogs, so be sure to take them out with you when you’re hitting the town and enjoy the sights of this beautiful Texas city with your best four-legged friends.

When you’re ready to leave the mountain life behind, it’s time to take your dog on an urban adventure. In Austin, you and your dog can travel most anywhere together. Most retail establishments have adopted a dog friendly attitude as long as the dogs are well-behaved and friendly. Most restaurants in Austin follow a similar mindset and allow for your furry friend to hang out on the patio as you take in the sights as well as the food of the thriving city.

When the cityscape begins to become overwhelming for either you or your dog, Austin also offers over 15 off leash dog parks to take your pooch to unwind and socialize. It is very important on a trip like this to observe your dog’s emotions and take care of their instinctual needs.

4. Orlando, Florida

Orlando Fl dog hike
Looking for a place to stay when in Orlando, thanks to the location of Disney World and Universal Studios, many hotels in the area are pet friendly and even offer dog-sitting services while you and your family go and enjoy the park. Try La Quinta Inn Orlando International Drive it is pet friendly! Up to two pets of any size are allowed in each room for no additional fee. Pets may not be left in the room unattended for long days away so remember to pack your UGODOG, a porch potty to put on the balcony, so you can check out some of the not-so dog-friendly sites.

A must do is the Big Toho Airboat Rides on lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee. On the lake you will be allowed to observe gators, birds, and other types of wildlife in their natural habitat. Dogs are allowed on these tours as long as they are well-mannered and accustomed to boating. After spending a morning on the lake take your dog to play at the off-leash park Barber Dog Park great for small dogs with own separate section or Baldwin Park where water dogs can swim in the lake.

Sunday morning wake up and check out Lake Eola Park lively farmer’s market that is held from 10am to 4pm leashed pets are also welcome. Although Lake Eola Park is technically not a dog park, the one mile walking path around the lake is popular with pets and their owners. There are also several pet-friendly events held throughout the year at the park.

Or if you are looking for a camping adventure Turkey Lake Park is the place for you and your pup. Turkey Lake Park is a pet-friendly Orlando campground that features a butterfly garden, hiking trails, games, and more. While in town be sure to visit Sam Snead’s, the location where Governor Jeb Bush signed the doggy dining law that allows well-behaved dogs to sit with their owners at outside locations.

5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Dogs
Cape Cod has a quite a few quaint hotels that allow dogs, and is one of the best pet-friendly destinations in the world. Cape Cod’s dog-friendly hotels are concentrated most around Provincetown. It is recommended you call well in advance to make bookings. Top recommended hotels for dogs are Cascade Motor Lodge, located in the heart of the vacation destination, and Comfort Inn Hyannis. There are no dog walking services here either so bring your UGODOG in-door dog potty.

A good way to check out many sites at once is on Hy-Line Harbor Cruises, located at Ocean Street Docks in Hyannis, Massachusetts they welcome well behaved dogs on their vessels as long as they are leashed. On Hy-Line Harbor Cruises you take a traditional ferry to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

If beaches are your thing there are many in the area and are widespread but you must watch out for summer dog restrictions on some of the beaches. Truro, Wellfleet, Orleans, and Eastham Beaches are those that are always accepting our pups. On these beaches, dogs are allowed anywhere there isn’t a designated swim beach for humans so stake out a nice sunny spot for you and your dog and feel free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

A good old fashion family night out is always fun. At Wellfleet Drive-in Movie Theater, located at 51 Highway 6 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts you’ll have the unique opportunity of experiencing movies the way they used to be watched, but this one allows your dog. If you do bring your do dogs they must be quiet, well-behaved, leashed and cleaned up after.

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