The Miracle Oil Changing Dogs Lives

The Changing Dogs' Lives!

First off, let us start by saying that if society’s idea of “controversial” scares you stiff then this article is definitely not for you. However, if you’re the type of person that pays close attention to what a REAL rational unbias public opinion is then you’re going to love what we’re about to share with you! If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking about Hemp Seed Oil!

These days there’s a ton of a buzz about hemp and it’s amazing health benefits for people as well as pets, for good reason. Hemp Seed Oil is an incredible super-food with an array of nutrients that are vital to health, growing greatly in popularity as a supplement for humans and it turns out your dog needs it too!

We’ll tell you all the reasons you might want to seriously consider adding Hemp Seed Oil to your dog’s diet, sooner than later… but first let’s make sure we’re all on the same page when we say Hemp Seed Oil for dogs!

What Exactly Is Hemp?

Hemp’s been around a really long time. The plant was first originated in China way back in 2800 BC when it was discovered to be a reliable and valuable resource for making rope and sacks out of the Hemp Fibres. Additionally the plant provided pain-relieving medicine and so it became even more popular in Europe by the 16th century… basically the plant is an ancient part of history with a long history of medicinal use.

Hemp contains various types of fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phospholipids. Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid in Hemp that’s especially valuable and you’ll understand why in just a minute.

Human supplements include other forms such as Hemp Seeds, Hemp Milk or Hemp Butter but the best way to use Hemp for dogs is to provide it to them in the form of Hemp Seed Oil. The Oil is cold pressed so there’s minimal processing involved, let’s take a look at why you might want to use Hemp Seed Oil for you dog!

5 Reasons To Use Hemp Oil For Dogs

1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid(GLA)

Your dog can synthesize GLA from Linoleic Acid (an omega-6 fat), though even healthy dogs can be deficient in it! GLA is an essential building block for prostaglandins in the body, prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help control inflammation and support many body functions. GLA deficiencies can lead to allergies, arthritis, premature ageing, digestive issues, diabetes and cancer as well as skin problems. So your dog needs to get enough of it and Hemp Seed Oil can deliver just that.

Here are a few of the many health benefits of GLA:

  •  Managing Arthritis Pain & Inflammation: the Journal of Arthiritis and Rheumatism published a study showing that GLA in Hemp Seeds reduced arithitis symptoms by 25%. The improvement with placebo was 4%.
  • Reducing Skin Allergies: GLA is an important nutrient to help manage atopic dermatitis. In humans, a 2005 study showed GLA significantly improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis while also helping to keep moisture in the skin, leading to suppler skin and a smoother coat.
  • Weight Management: GLA helps turn on the body’s fat burning mechanism and can rev up your dog’s energy levels. It may also increase serotonin, a brain chemical that contributes to the feeling of fullness.
  • Anti-Cancer: A 2006 study reported that GLA-rich diets modulate inflammation and boost immune function. GLA can inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors and also stimulates apoptosis(cancer cell death). It can reduce side effects of conventional cancer drugs and in combination the anti-inflammatory properties of GLA may also help prevent cancer by reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Prolonged inflammation weakens cells and tissues, diminishing the immune system.

2. Omega-3 & Omega-6

Hemp Seed Oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3(Alpha Linolenic Acid) to Omega-6(Linoleic Acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body, while too much omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation, too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction. 

Inflammation isn’t always bad! 

It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease where omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover faster and Omega-3 fats lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body. Long-term chronic inflammation leads to many health problems, including:

  •  Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or Kidney Disease
  • Cancer
So adding Hemp Seed Oil to your dog’s diet can help prevent these kinds of diseases! Not to mention that omega-3 fats also benefit the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bones, joints & immune system while also promoting a good healthy blood flow and improve overall organ function.

3. Antioxidants

Hemp Seed Oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A(Carotene). These are essential antioxidants that help the immune system by fighting free radical damage, free radicals occur when your dog absorbs toxins from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and pollution which cause oxidative stress in your dog’s body, damaging cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants help keep free radicals under control and promote better health. These vitamins can also increase natural killer cells, helping to slow the decline of immune response as your dog ages! 

Vitamin E can benefit your dog’s skin, eyes, heart, cognitive function and immune system while vitamin A also supports immunity, the eyes and skin. It can also help prevent urinary stones and contains cancer-fighting properties.

4. Phospholipids

Phospholipids are molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells in the body, they help the cell maintain its internal structure and environment, called homeostasis. A 2012 study in Germany on the effects of dietary phospholipids and revealed the following benefits:

  • Managing Inflammation & Arthitis Pain
  • Reducing Gastric Acid
  • Inhibiting Tumor Growth In Cancer
  • Lowering Cardiovascular Disease Risks
  • Improving Cognitive Disorders & Brain Health
  • Boosting Immune Function
  • Repairing Liver Damage

5. Safer Than Fish Oil

There are no reported side effects from using Hemp Seed Oil for dogs, something you can’t say about Fish Oil!

They use heat to process Fish Oil, which makes it significantly unstable and it can become rancid very easily meaning it can cause inflammation in your dog. Since one of the main reasons to give dogs Fish Oil is to manage inflammation, this is a very silly problem. Hemp Seed Oil is cold pressed, making it far more stable than Fish Oil making it far less likely to oxidise or become rancid.

Fish Oil can contain mercury, radiation and other contaminants where as organic Hemp Seed Oil is grown without pesticides or other toxins. The Hemp Plant also has a long root system, which helps to regenerate healthy soil.

Sustainability is also a major concern with Fish Oil, over-fishing in the ocean is becoming more of an issue as time goes on where as Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact it’s said to grow like a weed!

Where Do You Get It & How Much Is Needed?

The good news is that there is plenty of websites online where you can order Hemp Seed Oil to be delivered straight to your door!

However, most of us don’t have the time or desire to take on the responsibility of measuring how much Hemp Seed Oil to give your dog each and every single day… and that’s where we come in – Pet Food Australia is Australia’s first brand of dry dog food, 100% tested & approved, that includes Hemp Seed Oil in it… AWESOME RIGHT!?

We sure do think so, and so do our loyal customers! 

Jessica Heck
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"I have just finished transitioning Hank and already see a huge difference. So far he doesn't beg for food all day anymore (he was starved from previous owner and his body was in starvation mode) because he's full!!! His coat is so shiny and his dandruff has gone!! Seriously, 5 stars guys!!!"
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"The product is awesome. I have a 3 year old Weimaraner which can easily get upset digestion. This dry food is awesome. The service from PFA is great, always prompt delivery and follow up is great if there are any holdups. Thoroughly recommend PFA"
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"Seriously impressed with the impact this food has had on our 2 furbabies!! We have 2 dogs, 1 that always seemed to be hungry no matter how much food he got and another with skin allergies... now Mr gutso is satisfied with a serving size that's recommended for his breed and size and our other dog has significantly reduced the frequency of her itching 🥰 10/10 stars if I could and glad to be a part of the Pet Food Australia community 🥳"
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"My dog loves pet food Australia. He happily eats the biscuits everyday and at his vet check ups they are always impressed with his health."

Dog Sports

Is your dog in need of some additional exercise to keep your dog in shape or even beat the bulge? Wanting some inspiration? Look no further; Nadia Crighton takes a look at the top dog sports across the country.

 

For those of us who are lucky enough to have discovered dog sports while our dogs were pups, the sheer excitement and joy of participating is easy. For those who are yet to discover the sheer adrenaline and addictive nature of these amazing sports, now is the time to enroll your dog, or pop along to a club for a sneaky look. The benefits of enrolling your dog in a sport is huge:

  • It keeps up with training, while being lots of fun.
  • It enriches the bond between you and your dog.
  • Great for socialisation.
  • Helps keep your dog in shape (and sometimes even you!).
  • Help fulfill your dog’s natural abilities and instincts.
  • Makes your dog happy.

 

 

Agility

The most popular and well-known sport is agility. This is a wonderful dog sport that will have your dog complete a series of obstacles while being directed by a handler (AKA you). The dog is then scored on accuracy and speed. Working together, off-lead will strengthen your bond, as you watch and marvel at your dog bounding and weaving through the set obstacles. These can include:

  • Jumps
  • Tunnels
  • A-Frame consisting of two ramps in the shape of an A.
  • Dog Walk – two ramps with a flat ramp in the middle.
  • Teeter-Trotter – like a child’s seesaw
  • Collapsed tunnel
  • Hurdles
  • Weave Poles
  • And much more depending on the club

Dogs can be trained at all ages but it is advisable to be cautious with very young dogs whose joints are still developing. This is one of the most popular dog sports and you can even purchase equipment to train your hound at home. Pop along to your local agility club for more information on how you and your dog can get involved.

 

Flyball

Does your dog love to run? Flyball might be just the sport you have been looking for. This sport will have your dog running through a course containing hurdles. At the end of the run the dog will hit the flybox with their paws causing a tennis ball to be launched through the air. The participating dog needs to collect the ball and race back through the course to the finish line. It’s the perfect sport for those dogs that have huge amounts of energy and in need of some serious fun! Flyball is a brilliant sport to watch and even more entertaining to participate. You’ll be in sheer delight at how incredible these dogs are. Benefits include:

  • Great for exercise
  • Exerts lots of pent-up energy
  • Improves the bond between handler and dog
  • Great for ball obsessed dogs
  • Super fun!

 

Dog Dancing

This sport is gaining in mainstream popularity due to featuring on many talent television shows in recent years. Officially known as; Musical Canine Freestyle, it consists of dogs and handlers learning to move in sync while preforming to music. It is a great way to creatively interact with your dog and suits many dogs of all sizes and abilities. Dogs are trained to work on both sides of the handler’s body in a series of heel’s and obedience tricks and talents. There are two techniques:

  • Freestyle Heeling – this is when the dog must remain close to their hander during the musical routine. The dog must remain close to the handler and look as they are almost on lead. Dogs are not allowed to jump or weave, or to do anything that isn’t a ‘heel’ during the routine.
  • Musical Freestyle – This is when the creativity muscles can really flex. Dogs are able to fully express themselves with many obedience tricks and moves including weaving, rolling, jumping and passing through the legs.

 

There are so many additional dog sports than those mentioned above. No dog is ever too old to learn new tricks and you’ll be simply astonished at how much fun you both have. A fantastic way to improve your dogs training in a fun and interesting environment.

Breed Profile – Border Collie 

 

As one of Australia’s most loved and adored breeds, the Border Collie has grown from a primarily working breed, to become a treasured companion animal in many homes. Known for their amazing talents and smart natures, Border Collies are the perfect addition to an energetic home.

 

The breed is considered a medium sized dog with a moderate coat. As they have a double coat grooming is a must and this breed will shed. Care must also be taken in warmer weather as double coated breeds certainly feel the heat. The most popular colour is the black and white variety however Border Collies also come in other colours including tri.

 

Training

Border Collies simply thrive when doing obedience training and agility work and simply put, they are a delight to train. A playful and spirited breed that requires daily exercise to prevent boredom. They fit perfectly with busy energetic households who love to be in the outdoors flexing their muscles and running up a storm. It is important (like with any breed) to understand that a Border Collie is a ‘herding’ breed. This strong desire to ‘herd’ is build into their DNA, this can sometimes be a problem with cats, small animals. Training is a must, while also ensuring your Border Collie is adequately exercised daily. A loveable and animated breed that is always happy to see you (particularly if you have a ball or a lead in hand). They are wonderful dogs that make an affectionate and entertaining member of the family.

 

Herd them up!

As a herding and working breed the Border Collie were specifically bred to be intelligent dogs who could easily handle the energy levels and obedience that are required when herding sheep. A highly intelligent breed that is very athletic and energetic, in saying this they thrive in obedience and dog-sports such as agility.

This is a very important aspect to understand before inviting a Collie into your home. They require a lot of exercise and entertainment and do not take well to being left for endless hours alone in a backyard. If this occurs you may come home to an abundance of holes in the yard and washing torn from the clothesline. They are very smart (in fact some will say they are the smartest of all of the dog breeds), because of this high intelligence they can become bored and destructive easily. If you do not exercise and challenge their minds, the breed will find their own form of entertainment, normally involving chewing or digging of some sort.

Any breed exhibiting destructive behaviour is showing symptoms of boredom, so if this is the case with your Border Collie, increase the daily exercise and create an entertaining backyard. Rotating toys and researching some common boredom busters for when you are away from the home can prevent this problem.

They are loyal and loveable dogs that are sure to bring a smile to any household. When you share your life with a Border Collie there is never a dull moment, it’s no wonder they are such a popular breed across the globe.

Toxic Foods and Other Nasties

Toxic Foods and Other Nasties

 

Wondering what you should and shouldn’t feed your pet? Want to know why Ibuprofen is so dangerous to dogs? Nadia Crighton takes a look at the common toxic foods and household items that can harm your beloved animal.

 

Dogs are natural scavengers and many end up in trouble after ingesting something their systems simply can’t handle. It’s impossible to protect your pet from all the nasties lurking in the garden and in the home, but having a good understanding of the most common foods and household items that are safe for human consumption, but deadly to dogs, is the best form of defense.

 

Toxic Foods

Most dog owners are aware of the #1 most common and toxic food that can cause huge problems for dogs, and that is chocolate. Chocolate is made from roasting the seeds of the Theobroma Cacao, which contain two toxic properties; caffeine and theobromine. Ingesting these can be fatal for an unsuspecting dog. Dark chocolate and cooking chocolate are the worst of the variety, but all forms can cause poisoning. The main reason so many dogs are poisoned each year from consuming chocolate is because most owners simply forget to put the sweet treats up and out of reach of little paws.

Other common causes of toxicity in dogs caused by foods is:

  • Raisins / grapes – this can cause sudden kidney failure. The known reason for this is not clear, and it seems some dogs are affected while others are not. So it’s best to stay clear.
  • Macadamia nuts – again the reason why these are toxic to dogs is unclear, however they have been known to cause vomiting, weakness, depression and hyperthermia. Although not fatal they can make your dog very unwell.
  • Butter – can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Any fatty meal / foods should never be fed to your pooch as it can make them very unwell. Dogs cannot process fats like humans can. One very fatty meal can cause damage to the pancreas and leave your pet feeling very unwell.

 

Over the Counter

There are also other common household products that you should keep out of reach of your beloved pet. The most common misconception people have is that they can self medicate their pets with human pain relief. Ibuprofen is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NASID. These NASID’s can be very toxic to dogs. In large doses it can lead to kidney failure and death, and in small doses can make your pet very ill. Only use medication on your dog that has been prescribed by your veterinarian. Other common household poisons include:

  • Rodent poison (Rodenticides)
  • Ant and cockroach bait
  • Cold and Flu medication
  • Caffeine (this includes highly caffeinated energy drinks and caffeine tablets)
  • Fertilizer

 

What to do?

If you suspect your dog has ingested anything poisonous it’s best to seek veterinary advice immediately. The quicker you get help the better the chance of a full recovery. Some of the symptoms of poising include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, possibly bloody
  • Black tar like stools
  • High temperature
  • Lethargic
  • Rapid breathing
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale gums
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Weakness
  • Seizures / tremors
  • Increased heart rate

Obese Dog – What to do

Dog Food – The Right Choice

So Rover is the size of a small truck…and you know that he’s suffering with obesity. The question is; what should you do? Nadia Crighton investigates.

Having a dog that is overweight is not good news. Obesity is a major problem within the dog community and the problem seems to be getting worst. Many dogs now are showing signs of being over-weight, which is putting a huge strain on their organs and limiting their life expectancy. Because these changes are so gradual many pet owners are oblivious to their dog’s ballooning weight problems. If you have a friend or family member, whose dog is clearly overweight, it might pay to bring the subject up with them…you could save their dog’s life.

Symptoms
Some of the main signs your dog is over weight is:

  • You can not feel your dogs ribs as there is a thick layer of fat over the top.
  • Looking down from above your dog, there is no definite waistline.
  • Exercise causing breathlessness.
  • Limping or difficulty to move due to excessive weight.
  • Excessive fat around the limbs, face and neck.
  • Unwillingness to exercise.
  • Dog looks out of proportion.

If your ticked YES to any of the above a check by a veterinarian is a must to diagnose your dog’s obesity and also rule out any other complications. It’s a good idea to keep a doggy food diary and write down exactly how much food your dog is consuming. This also includes treats, foods you are feeding your dog from your plate, the cat biscuits the dog is steeling etc. You may be quite surprised how much food your dog actually has access to during the day. This is a great tool to take to your vet so you can take the best course of action to reduce the weight and improve your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.

Getting Under Control
So your dog is deemed to be suffering from obesity… what next? Your vet will advise a slow and gentle approach to weight loss, which will include:

  • Dietary change. Perhaps to a special prescription diet. Your vet will also ask you to stop feeding your dog treats, and human food. There are also some low-calorie dog foods commercially available to your pet.
  • Keep other foods out of reach. This may include feeding your cat in an area away from your dog.
  • Increasing exercise. Little by little. Not heading out on a marathon run or hike. If your dog hasn’t been exercising regularly a small and gentle walk around the block and gradually extending the distance and pace is the best way to go.
  • Remember this a lifestyle change not an overnight fix. Your dog will need to gradually increase exercise and degrease calories. Make exercise fun, think about training, balls, fun activities for you both to do and watch the weight melt away and your new energized dog emerge!

Holidaying with your Dog

Holidaying with your Dog

Wanting to head away on holidays with your dog but needing some inspiration? Nadia Crighton takes a look at the top holidaying tips with pooches in mind.

Some of the best family holidays have always included the addition of the dog. Sadly this isn’t always possible, however, today more than ever you can find accommodation that is suitable so your dog can enjoy the fun of being on holidays.

Accommodation

There are many beach-houses and homes that are pet friendly around the coast of Australia and beyond. But before you hit the BOOK button there are a few things to ask (don’t get sucked into the images it’s always best to double check);

  • Ask if the accommodation is fully fenced and secure?
  • Can you dog sleep inside?
  • Ask for the number of the local veterinarian.
  • Do they have an emergency veterinarian on hand? If not where is the nearest emergency veterinarian?
  • Any other hazards around the property you need to be aware of?
  • Find out if the area you are going to is a tick zone. If it is invest in some good tick prevention.

Also make sure the location is perfect for you needs. Is it in walking distance to the dog beach or dog friendly areas? Or will you need to drive? Are you able to walk your dog through town, as some rural towns are dog-free-zones. Tick all the boxes so nothing is a surprise then you can be sure you will enjoy every minute of your doggy holiday. Even some caravan parks will allow dogs at certain times of the year, but always check. There is simply nothing worst than setting off on an amazing adventure only to realize you have discovered that perfect holidaying spot…but in a town that doesn’t welcome dogs!

Time For Fun

So you’ve found the perfect accommodation and you are heading away with your beloved four-legged companion for a week full of fun and sun. What things could you do with your dog?

  • Find the local dog beach and spend the day digging, throwing balls, Frisbee’s and exploring the caves.
  • Go out for coffee and lunch with your dog. Many cafes are now dog friendly so ask around and find the perfect spot to read the paper and chill-out.
  • Don’t forget your dog toys and enjoy a good game of fetch or hide and seek.
  • Go for a nice long walk and explore your surroundings.
  • Snuggle up in the sun and read a book.

Don’t Forget

  • Plenty of towels
  • Dog shampoo
  • Dog poo bags or a little shovel
  • Toys
  • Bedding
  • Collar and up-to-date tags
  • Leash
  • Water bowl
  • Food and food bowl
  • Vaccinations, worming and flea treatments up-to-date
  • Ensure your microchip information is also updated before you leave

Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats

Want to spoil your pet this silly season with some special treats? Nadia Crighton gets busy baking in the kitchen to whip up some canine delights.

This is a great time of year to bake your pooch some homemade delights. I always like to have a big jar on hand so when guests visit they know that if they wish to treat my dogs they do so through the doggy-safe-treat jar and not their own plate. It’s our way of safe-guarding against accidental poisoning. Just make sure your dog isn’t getting too, many treats. Piling on the pounds is not good for us, or our dogs around this time of year.

Peanut Butter Delights

2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp chopped parsely
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (optional)

Method
Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Line a couple of trays with baking paper. Stir together the first five ingredients. Add the remainder and slowly add water until the mix becomes a fairly stiff dough. you may need to use more or less than specified.
Put tablespoon sized lumps and flatten into biscuits on the trays
Bake for around 40 minutes, until golden and hard
Cool completely before serving

Bacon Bites

 

6 slices cooked bacon crispy and crumbled
4 eggs
1/8 cup bacon fat (use from the cooking)
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk powder
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 cups wheat germ

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Beat the eggs and mix all ingredients together. Place heaped tablespoons on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake at for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. Leave biscuits to dry out on cooking tray before storing.

Yougurt Peanut Butter Ice-Pops

 

2 cups of yougurt
1 cup smooth peanut butter

Method:
Melt the peanut butter and cool slightly. Blend the peanut butter and yougurt together until you get a smooth paste. Pop into cupcake cases and freeze. A great cool treat for your dog.

Health Crunch

 

340 grams wholemeal flour
340 grams of high-grade flour
55g wheat germ
2 tbsp chopped parsley
3 tbsp Flax Seed oil
3 eggs beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
85g powered milk
1 cup water

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Dissolve milk powder in water and mix well. Combine all ingredients and knead to a firm dough. Wrap dough in plastic and set aside for 30mins to rest. Roll between baking paper and cut into shapes. Bake on a lined tray for approximately 40mins or until hard and crispy. Let biscuits cool completely before storing.

Dog Food – The Right Choice

Dog Food – The Right Choice

What is all the fuss about dog food and what food is best for your beloved pooch? Nadia Crighton tackles the tough questions about the foods we choose to feed our loveable dogs.

Food glorious food! Let’s face it, today more than ever we are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to pet food. With so many impressively designed pet foods to choose from, and specific dog needs it’s no surprise many of us get confused when it comes to what is best for our pets. We’ve come up with some solutions and the types of things to consider when choosing the best food for your dog.

Balance – it’s all about balance!

The key component to a quality dog food is balance. There has to be the correct amount of protein and minerals. Also have a checklist;

  • High quality protein content? What is it? What is the percentage? If it reads by-product, then what is that by-product? By-product means a secondary product. Do your research and ask the right questions.
  • Artificial colours, preservatives and flavours? Remember if your dog food has some brightly coloured morsels, chances are it’s packed with fake ingredients. Artificial flavours have also been linked to allergies so it is best to avoid these at all costs.
  • If your dog food provider is able to boast that they are free from genetically modified ingredients, this is a really good thing. We don’t know what impact GM products have on us, or our beloved dogs.
  • Prebiotics? Does your dog food contain any natural occurring prebiotics, these are very beneficial to your dogs overall health and condition.
  • Essential omega 3 and 6. This is vital for a good coat and health in your dog

Bad Food – Symptoms

So how do you know if your dog food is not up to scratch? It’s simple really…the proof is in your dog. If your dog shows some of these signs consider a gradual change in their pet food.\

  • Poo? Is it large and really smelly? Loose or pellet like?
  • Gastrointestinal upsets (gurgling guts) or lots of smelly gas?
  • Coat condition? Oily, dry? Patchy, smelly?
  • Behaviour? Overly energetic/excited? Lethargic and tired? Some dogs can also become aggressive from too much protein and a poor diet.

Change of Diet?
This has to be a gradual process or you could induce sickness and gastrointestinal upset like diarrhea. Start by adding small amounts of your new food to your dog’s current diet. Slowly increasing the amount until you have eventually changed the food.

Costs?
It’s a fact that you pay for what you get for. However, many premium dog foods are easily affordable (just make sure you follow the feeding guide so you do not over-feed your dog). The costs of feeding your dog an inferior diet will show in their condition and ultimately their life-span. Look at purchasing premium dog foods direct from the manufacturer or look out for the best deals and loyalty programs.

Specific diets?
If you pooch suffers from a specific aliment such as allergies, liver, obesity or even teeth problems they may be prescribed a specific dog food to help with these conditions. It is very important that you always seek veterinary advise before changing your dogs diet as it may cause problems and illness. These pet foods are only available from veterinary clinics with many needing to be specially prescribed for your dog specific issues.

Breed Profile – Rottweiler

Dog Breed Facts

This stunning working dog is a popular choice of dog around the globe. Known for their unconditional love and loyalty to their owners and family. The Rottweiler (also known as a Rotty) is fun and obedient breed that simply adores human affection, and family environments.

The origin for this dog is said to be Germany, and it is believed that the breed was developed from Roman cattle dogs that accompanied cattle herds towards Germany. As they were required to control large boisterous cattle-beasts the dogs were bred to be strong and sturdy. When cattle herding was prohibited by law the breed was used by butchers to pull little carts, however numbers declined rapidly when the Rottweiler was no longer required as a heavy working dog. Luckily a club was formed in Germany, which was devoted to protecting the purity of the breed.

Today that hardworking nature and need to please is still evident and it’s no wonder the breed is still seen working in very important roles such as Police dogs and Customs dogs. In some countries they are also used as rescue dogs and border guards.

This breed is very devoted to those who love them. A guarding strong dog that will require training and understanding from a very early age. They respond to firm yet positive training methods and excel in all forms of obedience training –that should commence from early puppyhood.

Rottweiler dog face front

Rottweiler in water

The Rottweiler thrives on being around their family and in the correct hands can be very easy to train. They love attention and companionship and should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are a big and powerful breed who need space to move and a lovely family or owner to care for them. They can be very loyal and naturally guarding of their family so correct training is paramount.

Puppies should be sort from good, reputable breeders that are affiliated with a club. They are the best people to steer you towards the correct training methods and choice of temperament for your requirements. Always check your puppy is healthy and that mum and dad also have no underlying medical conditions. Like all breeds the Rottweiler is a long-term investment that needs to be carefully considered before purchase.

A hardy dog-breed, which is known to enjoy life into their late senior years. However, some dogs can suffer from Hip and Elbow Dysplasia so it is vital that you ensure good breeding and understanding of the possible issues faced. Talk to your breeder and local club about any health concerns and if these problems are present in your chosen kennel.

Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 2

Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 2

Continuing our Top 10 Dog Heath Tips, in Part 2, Nadia Crighton looks at the most common aliments affecting dogs. From; weight concerns to, kennel cough, dental issues and more. Get a better understanding of the top 10 health problems facing dogs today.

6. Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness that occurs in dogs. Symptoms include persistent coughing or hacking that can sound like your dog is choking. A watery nasal discharge may also be present. The best way to prevent Kennel Cough is to have it routinely vaccinated against. Most kennels will not allow you to board your dog unless you can prove recent vaccination.

7. Weight
Look at your dog from above… do they have a defined waist? If they don’t your dog could possibly be heading towards obesity. If you cannot feel your dog’s bones under their layer of fat then your dog is over-weight. It might be time to consider a weight loss regime. Ask your local veterinarian for some dog health advice. Are you worried your dog is underweight? Can you see their bones protruding? If you can see your dogs’ bones they are underweight. Some dogs have terrible trouble keeping the weight on, especially during colder months. Consider using a dog-coat during the cooler months, which will help conserve energy and fat. A vet check is in order to rule out any underlying problems. You may also need to consider a special diet.

8. Dental
Dog health tip 8: Dental care is paramount in responsible pet ownership. Bad teeth and gums can lead to heart problems, as the teeth are a gateway to the blood stream. Keep your dogs teeth healthy with dog dental chews, dental toys and raw bones. Never feed your dog cooked bones as they can splinter and cause injury. A yearly teeth check-up is advised. Remember; a dog should not have overly smelly breath. Bad breath can be a sign of bad teeth or gums.

9. Arthritis
This is a very common problem, particularly in older dogs, however some younger pooches also can suffer from arthritis. Common symptoms include limping, moaning when getting up or lying down, pacing, licking joints and general stiffness. There are plenty of great medical treatments for arthritis that can add new life to old bones. Speak to your vet for options in managing arthritis. Keeping your pet at their ideal weight is important, as too, a good nourishing diet full of essential amino and fatty acids. Holistic care can also be very beneficial for dogs with arthritis.

10. Skin & Coat
Skin and coat conditions are very common in dogs of all shapes and sizes. It is always worth further examination to rule out any allergies or common breed associated skin problems. Keep a diary, and note when your dog has their ‘flare ups’. Is it after a bath or during a certain season? Or all year round? Some dogs suffer from food allergies and this can cause skin problems while others could be having a reaction to a certain cleaning product. Allergies and skin problems can be hard to diagnose but keeping a diary can help you, and your vet, to find the best solution.

It would be great to hear more Dog Health Tips if you know any!

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