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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.

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

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


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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Excessive Drooling

September 29th, 2014

What is normal vs. excessive drooling in canines?

Excessive drooling is condition characterized by the excessive flow of saliva and is called hypersalivation or ptyalism. While it can be annoying not all drooling is necessarily harmful to you or your BFF. Drooling is caused for 4 main reasons:

1. Emotionally Triggered
A psychological events such as fear, apprehension, nervousness, anxiety, as well as anticipation of food treats can be attributed to excessive drooling. Another common cause of drooling is motion sickness. This should be short lived and based on the duration of the event.

2. Oral or Central Nervous System Pain
Drooling also occurs in response to mouth pain caused by periodontal disease, abscessed teeth, and stomatitis. Lesions involving either the central nervous system or the oral cavity can cause excessive salivation. Check the dogs mouth, gums, throat, tongue for cuts or wounds injuries. Look closely for bleeding or wounds. Other signs of injuries and irritations are indicated by changes in color. The normal healthy pink or pigmented color of your dog’s gums will be an angry red or even purple when those tissues are injured or infected. A veterinarian can examine the throat, tonsil, esophagus if you think this may be the problem.

3. Disease
A dog who drools excessively and acts irrationally should be suspected of having rabies. Distemper, pseudorabies, and heat stroke are other diseases associated with drooling. Ingestion of a toxin, a caustic agent, or a foreign body can also lead to ptyalism.

4. Breed
Yorkshire terriers, Maltese, Australian cattle dogs, miniature schnauzers, and Irish wolfhound breeds have a relatively higher incidence of congenital portosystemic shunts (birth defect in the liver).
German shepherd, Newfoundland, great Dane, Irish setter, Chinese shar-pei, greyhound, and retriever breeds can have enlargement of the esophagus.

Chinese shar-peis have a history of congenital hiatal hernia

Giant breeds, such as the St. Bernard and the mastiff, are known for excessive drooling due to the shape of their jaw structure.

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NORCAL Golden Retriever Event 2014

September 29th, 2014

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Disinfecting Your Dog’s Area

September 24th, 2014

If you are a pet owner, have multiple pets and/or if you allow your pets to frequently socialize in public areas (i.e. dog parks, groomers, day care, overnight boarding, play dates, ect) it is extremely important to disinfect you dog’s area frequently. The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) recommends a bleach solution to disinfect against many viruses. Since viruses such as Parvovirus, Canine Corna Virus and Kennel Cough can be resistant to everyday disinfectants it is important to properly disinfect. However, many pet owners would like to avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning their home and for good reason. Here is some information to consider when disinfecting:
How to make bleach solution – 1:10 ratio
Most surfaces: mix ¼ cup bleach with 2 ¼ cup water
Toys, food & water bowls, & grooming supplies: mix of 1 teaspoon bleach per 2 cups of cold water

Bleach Hazards
Fumes are toxic always mix bleach solution outside or in well ventalated area
Never mix bleach with any other solutions besides water
Bleach is strongly corrosive and can only be used on certain surfaces
The surface being cleaned must be in contact with bleach for at least 5 minutes to effectively disinfect
Bleach, the disinfected area must be thoroughly rinsed and dried before animals can return

Bleach Alternatives
While bleach is recommended by CDC as the only 100% solution for fighting Parvovirus there are many other alternatives you should consider that are more natural and less harsh.

Homemade Solution for heavy duty floor cleaner: ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, ¼ cup baking soda, 2 gallons tap water, very warm to hot.

• Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
• Borax – (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
• Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
• Isopropyl Alcohol – is an excellent disinfectant.
• Cornstarch – can be used to shampoo carpets and rugs.

Store Bought Solutions:

Keeping your house clean and disinfected will make it a healthier place for your animals, your family, and yourself.
Use only EPA approved disinfectants in your home.

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Why is my dog biting?

September 17th, 2014

While most dogs do not generally bite humans, it is still not uncommon to be bitten by a dog. There are roughly 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year, so the chances you will be bit are pretty good. However, through training and proper care most bites are avoidable.

Why do dogs bite?
There are extenuating factors that can increase a dog’s propensity to bite. The factors can be related to environmental, condition, past experiences or genetic.
1. Breed – Some dog breeds are more aggressive and have a higher propensity of biting than others. A Cocker Spaniel was the breed that had the most incidents of biting a child. Chow Chows are very protective of their owner and are most likely to bite a stranger. Chihuahuas are most likely to bite their vet. While Pitbulls and Rottweiler’s lead in severe and deathly dog bites in the US.
2. Environment - Puppyhood influence aggressiveness as adults but genetics also plays a key role in this problem. Owner’s temperament highly influences the dog’s behavior. Puppies develop social skills are developed from their 3rd-14th week of life. Negative experiences during this time will affect the dog’s behavior for the rest of its years. Mature dogs do not typically become aggressive unless they are ill or have a sickness.
3. Illness – Many dogs can become aggressive in their older age when if they are suffering from pain or scared from loss of eye sight or other ailments.
4. Territorial/Protective – A large majority of dog bites happen near or on the home property of the dog. It is an innate characteristic for the dog to protect their personal property, home or owner. When are stranger comes in to their territory they can often become aggressive. Additionally dogs my bite to show dominance over another dog or person if they are trying to take away something they own or possess.
5. Fear – Dogs that are uncertain and tentative can become aggressive when put into a new situation. Dogs will also bite out of a fear defense when another dog or person is coming on to attack.

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