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5 tips for Canine Cancer Prevention

Tuesday, 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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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. However, 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

Say my name, Say my name

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