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UGODOG Health Tip of the Week: Detecting Polyuria

April 30th, 2014

Does your Dog eliminate an excessively large amount of urine which is very light or clear in color and almost odorless?
This is called POLYURIA.

Polyuria occurs when the body’s normal ability to conserve water for itself does not work properly. Conditions causing Polyuria include subtle and long-term changes in hormone balance as well as more serious problems, such as kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infection, certain cancers, etc.

The UGODOG system enables dog owners to monitor their pet’s urination habits easily. In addition, the PawCheck urine home-tests offer valuable information to pet owners about their dog’s health conditions. An early detection will improve both the cost and the outcome of treatment options.

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Canine Urinary Tract Infection Prevention

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.

Buy a test today

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Love Your Pet UGODOG Promotion

January 29th, 2014

To celebrate Valentines day and the love for your pet, PawCheck® and UGODOG® are having a joint-promotion during the month of February. To all loving pet parents concerned about the well-being of their pets, a free PawCheck® Diabetes home-test is offered with every purchase of an UGODOG® dog potty training system.
UGODOG FREE Wellness test kit
PawCheck® are easy-to-use urine home tests enabling pet parents to monitor common health conditions of their dogs in the comfort of their home. If your dogs show suspicious symptoms, are overweight or middle-aged, early screening for Diabetes is recommended.

UGODOG® is the world’s most popular and easy to use dog potty and house training system. It keeps your dog’s paws dry, is convenient and easy to use, easy to clean, and affordable. It is a must-have for dogs who live indoors and need multiple opportunities daily to urinate without having to go outdoors. UGODOG® also makes for a very convenient and easy way to collect urine for testing using PawCheck® test kits. The urine passes through the grates and collects in the tray below where it can be easily accessed with a PawCheck® dipstick.

PawCheck® and UGODOG® together form the first ever integrated solution for convenient in-home monitoring of your pet’s health.

Please visit pawcheck.com and ugodog.net for more information.

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Dog Myths – So True or So False?

January 20th, 2014

Think you’ve got your pup all figured out? Not so fast, sometimes we hear things so many times we think it is true but is it? UGODOG investigates to uncover common assumptions about dogs and if they are..

So True or So False?

“A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s”
So False! Not even close. Just think about where that mouth has been all day. Since dogs and humans have similar enzymes for breaking down food, so there is no real big difference there.
Many people think since they see a dog licking it’s wound and will notice that the wound heals very fast that the dog’s what that tongue does is it gets rid of the dead tissue,” said Becker. He compares that tongue lashing to the work of a surgeon who cleans out a wound, and said the licking also stimulates circulation.

“A dog’s mouth contains a lot of bacteria,” states Dr. Gary Clemons, a veterinarian in Milford, Ohio. “Remember, a dog’s tongue is not only his wash cloth but also his toilet paper.”
However since most of the bacteria in the mouth of a dog are species specific, it won’t harm its owner. In fact, you are more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. Since dogs do transmit some germs it is important to “Keep the vaccines current. Good external parasite control, good internal parasite control. You’re going to be good to go.” Says veterinarian and fellow dog lover Marty Becker, author of “Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul.”

“Don’t Stare a Dog in the Eyes.”
So True! In the canine world, prolonged eye contact rarely occurs in friendly contexts; it is more commonly seen as a threat or challenge to another dog. Direct eye contact may occur in play, but outside of specific situations, prolonged eye should be avoided.
Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and star of the TV series Dog Whisperer. Says:
“When you meet a new dog, especially one that may be dangerous, you must project calm assertiveness. A lot of people who meet a new dog want to go over to him, touch him, and talk to him. In the language of dogs, this is very aggressive and confusing. Instead, wait for the dog to come over and smell you and check you out. While he does this, act like you’re ignoring him. Don’t make eye contact. Once he analyzes and evaluates you, he’ll tell you how he feels about you.”

“Wet nose = healthy dog”.
So False! The temperature and moistness of your dog’s nose has nothing to do with his health, says veterinarian Suzanne Hunter, DVM. A dog’s nose will run hot and cold, wet and dry all day long. A moment of dryness is no reason for alarm. As is always the case with your pet, all we’ve got to go on in any situation is behavior. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all our four legged, two winged, swimming or slithering pets could speak? But they can’t, so we observe. And periodic moments of dryness alone are probably not signs of illness. But if that snout is more dry than normal, more frequently than usual, the color or texture changes or it is accompanied by other uncommon symptoms, there could be a problem.
Dry nose accompanied by a decrease in energy level, lack of appetite, is always reason to consult your vet. Other signs of illness:
• Vomiting and diarrhea
• Urinating more or less often than normal
• Coughing and sneezing
• Discharge from eyes, ears, or nose

“Chocolate is poisonous for dogs”
So True! Chocolate can sicken and even kill dogs, and it is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning, say veterinarians at WebMD. Chocolate is made from cocoa, and cocoa beans contain a chemical compound called theobromine, which is the real danger. This chemical compound can cause severe reactions when truly toxic amounts are ingested including induced hyperactivity, tremors, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest while even very small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

“An excited dog is happy to see you.”
So False! “It’s very easy to come home to a dog that is jumping, running around, or spinning in circles, and interpret that as the dog being glad you’re home. But that’s not what’s really happening,” says Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and star of the TV series Dog Whisperer.
It’s a sign that your dog has more energy than he can handle in that moment.
Millan’s advice: Ignore him when he’s overexcited, then reward him with attention when he calms down.

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Dog Diabetes: Is your pup at risk?

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

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.
Symptoms
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.
Treatment:
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.
Prevention:
#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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Teaching an Older Dog New Tricks

January 2nd, 2014

There are many reasons why you would want to potty train an older dog to use an indoor dog potty system.
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1) As dogs get older many have more difficulty walking
2) The weather outside may be intolerable for your older dog.
3) Requiring more frequent relief and you may not be able to provide that for him (due to your own schedule with work, family, etc.)

Whatever the reason, an indoor dog potty system may be the solution for you and your beloved older dog. You’ll need patience and persistence for this project.
Be extremely consistent with your schedule and keep the UGODOG potty system clean for him. Also, keep the potty system at the same spot, don’t move it around your home or place next to food or water source.
If your older dog is accustomed to going outdoors with a leash, you may want to use the leash indoors to let him know that it’s time to “go potty”. The idea is to keep as many of the old habits as possible to help him learn the new ones.
Make sure to reward your dog when he does something right. Positive reinforcement has and is an excellent tool that you can use to train your older dog.

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Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Dog Lovers

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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Why Should You Train Your Dog To Use An Indoor Dog Potty?

December 18th, 2013

If you own a dog (or are considering getting one) you know that you will be housebreaking and potty training your newest member of the family. For some, there may be some issues with the task of taking your dog out to “do his business”.

1) Some dogs require more frequent urination and the task of taking your dog out 4 or 6 times a day may end up being either impossible or extremely cumbersome.
2) You may have certain physical limitations that make it extremely difficult (or impossible) to get outside with your dog. You shouldn’t be denied having a dog just because of this.
3) Perhaps your work schedule makes it difficult to take your dog out as often as you should. Again, you shouldn’t be denied having a dog just because of this.

If you can’t provide your beloved dog with a sitter to take him out during the day or night, then you may want to consider training your dog to use an indoor dog potty system like UGODOG. Training your dog to use an indoor potty may take some patience (depending on the age of your dog) but at the end, both you and your dog will find the solution very useful for your problem.

If you start researching indoor dog potty you’ll notice there are a variety of different types and we urge you to do your research to find the system that will work best for you and your dog. Basically, the majority of indoor dog potty systems fall into 2 categories…
a) A fake grass product.
b) A grate product.
The can tell you that the UGODOG is a grate product that are specially designed for the comfort and safety of your dog’s paws. The grate system keeps your dogs paws dry because the urine drips through the grates into the base. This prevents him from tracking that liquid through the house

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Home Remedies for a Healthy Pup Coat

December 2nd, 2013

Notice your dog’s coat is changing with the seasons or just doesn’t feel as soft as it used to. If your dog has dry, irritated flaky Skin there is something you can do about it. Most likely you have the cure right in your cupboard.

Traditional causes for dry skin are as follows: spent too much time in the sun, you have hard water in your house, your dog has had one too many visits to the groomer with a hot air hair dryer, or the winter season has seen too many days of needing the heat to work overtime its time for some sweet help. Try these home remedies to get his coat back in shape.

High-Quality Food
As with humans, a dog’s diet directly affects his skin and coat health. Transition your dog to a high-quality food with few fillers. Check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement to make sure your dog is receiving a balanced diet. Try all-natural or organic brands and look for brands that contain avocado, pomegranate or other natural anti-oxidants.

Essential Fatty Acids
Deficiencies in essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are common in dogs who are on a low-fat diet, resulting in a dull coat and flaky skin. Fortunately, adding a small amount of oil to your dog’s diet will effectively supplement these deficiencies. According to WebMD, you can supplement omega-6 with sunflower oil or safflower oil and flaxseed oil and fish oil give plenty of omega-3 in the diet. If you purchase a fish oil in a gel cap you can puncture the supplement and squirt directly on food.

Honey
Massage a generous amount of honey into clean, damp fur, let sit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. If your dog licks a bit of the honey there is nothing to worry about

Coconut Oil
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet will help make his coat shinier. It helps to clear up skin conditions including eczema, allergies, yeast and fungal infections and itchy skin. You can also apply coconut oil topically to his skin to help heal skin infections and moisturize dry skin and fur.

Lemon Olive Oil Treatment
To fight dry skin brought on by any number of factors in your dog try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture for their coat and skin. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp the dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your dog’s body.
Mix equal parts lemon juice, olive oil, and water and massage thoroughly into your dog’s skin and coat. Let mixture sit for no more then 10 minutes at a time. This treatment should only be done inside (you don’t want the lemon juice to come into contact with the sun or heat lamps which will interact with the pigmentation of your dog’s fur. Rinse well and lather shampoo into coat well to get rid of any lemon juice before your dog is allowed outside again

Grooming
Regular brushing will improve the condition and shininess of your dog’s coat by removing dead hair and skin. Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs will help keep his skin and coat clean. Don’t over-bathe your dog as this may dry out his coat and make sure you rinse all the shampoo out of his coat before drying your dog. Also, consider using conditioner or a finishing spray formulated for dogs.

Check with a groomer or veterinarian to determine how often you should brush and bathe your dog. Some dogs, especially those with thicker and longer coats, need grooming more often than short-hair dogs.

A shiny coat on a dog is a sign of good health and improves his appearance. Each breed will have different coat appearance because of the thickness, length and type of fur. But regardless of breed, proper diet and grooming will create a shiny coat.

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