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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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Larger Size Dogs for Added Home Security

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Written by: Kate Voss
Last week we discussed the benefits of small breed dogs for home security. If you have the space and the appropriate living conditions medium size and larger dogs can add even more home security.

Living alone in a big city, I decided to rescue a Chow Chow/Australian Shepherd mix puppy whom I named Margot. Having her makes me feel so much more secure when I am home alone because she can somehow sense danger. She is constantly looking outside the window and if someone approaches our home, she runs to the door and barks. She keeps her eye out for me. However, she is a huge lap dog who wouldn’t actually hurt a fly. She is my friendly watchdog.

There is a difference between a watchdog — one that simply barks when it feels threatened or when it is protecting you — and a guard dog — one that is trained to attack if danger presents itself. Guard dogs and watchdogs can be very different and you must get the breed that fits well with your family and lifestyle, and train your dog well. Below are the top family guard dog breeds that are known for being great protectors.

Large, Intimidating Watchdogs
Larger watchdogs are used a physical threat to intruders — their size is used as intimidation, yet they usually will not attack as most are gentle breeds.

English Mastiff Guard Dog
English Mastiff: Remember the movie the Sandlot, where the kids were all terrified of the neighbor’s massive, slobbering dog — but then, in the end, it turns out it was the most loveable dog in the world. That was an English Mastiff, an adorable and powerful breed that is known for their strength. They are very friendly, but will guard their owners when they feel they are in danger. They are great dogs to have to ward off intruders because of their sheer size.

Newfoundland Watch Dog
Newfoundland: These friendly, sweet-tempered dogs get up to 150 pounds and 29 inches tall — they are massive. Again, much like the English Mastiff, their size would instantly scare away an intruder. They may look aggressive, but are a very generous and peaceful breed. They would more likely trap an intruder than attack. Newfoundland’s are also very sensitive to your tone of voice and can sense danger. They make great cuddlers and are a perfect fit for families with children.

Large, Aggressive Guard Dogs
Larger and more aggressive breeds are usually highly intelligent and can be trained to be protective and attack dogs. Note, these dogs need rigorous and consistent training as puppies, as they are prone to being very aggressive towards humans if poorly trained.

Akita Watch DogAkita: These beautiful pups are fearless, docile and need lots of exercise. They may be aggressive towards other dogs and humans that are strangers so you and all other humans must be higher up in the pack to get its respect. They are very loyal to their family but if teased they may bite, so be careful with them around children. Akitas are not excessive barkers, so they are much more suited as guard dogs than watchdogs.

German Shepherd Watch dog
German Shepherd: Known for their work in the military and police force, German Shepherds are highly intelligent, strong and alert and very eager to learn. They remain close to family and are weary of strangers. This breed should not be left isolated for long periods of time — they must be constantly socialized with people or else they may get aggressive. German Shepherds need to have a task at all times, and are a great family companion.

Rottweiler: This muscular breed is very calm and protective of owners. Rotties are seemingly immune to pain, very courageous and needs an owner who is firm in their training. You must be high up in the pack order to get their respect and obedience. Rotties need a lot of leadership and socialization but can be very good with other animals if trained well.

Dogs are great companions can be ideal protectors for you, your family and your home. Depending on what type of home security you are looking for — a dog who would simply warn you if someone was in the home, a dog who would scare away intruders, or a dog that would attack if needed — make sure you learn about a breed’s characteristics before you adopt to make sure your new dog is a perfect fit for you and your family.

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