A dog health issues blog of useful information on topics ranging from dog arthritis, health problems, dog acl, and much more.
Believe it or not, dogs can suffer from back pain. Like us, the pain can cause mobility issues and interfere with their daily lives. Back pain isn't fun for anyone, but for dogs - who cannot tell you their back hurts, it's essential to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can help! We will go through all the tell-tale signs of back pain in dogs and share what to do and how to help them.
Many people think dog blindness happens when your dog gets older, and while it is common in senior dogs, it can happen at any age and for many different reasons. It's very good to be aware of all the signs of dog blindness. And, if you are here at this article today, you may be thinking your dog is starting to lose their eyesight. Unfortunately, if you think they are struggling to see, they probably are. But fortunately, we are here to help you! We will go through the signs for spotting dog blindness and how to care for your blind dog. Whether you have an old blind dog, a dog starting to lose their eyesight, or have adopted a blind dog. This article will help you navigate and give you the best ways to help your dog navigate their new world.
It’s that time of the year where it gets a little colder outside, your home feels too cozy, and you don’t want to leave. You and your dog will both feel the need to be lazy during this time with extra naps, less movement, and probably some more treats - and that’s okay! But, we all need to make sure we stay healthy and get a little exercise every day. Luckily for you and your dog, there are a ton of ways to get some daily movement in while staying inside your warm and cozy house. We have a lot of great dog exercises to keep your dog healthy and happy that you can do with your dog, all while staying inside and not going on a cold walk outside!
Exercise is an integral part of your dog's overall health and happiness. Like us humans, dogs need proper nutrition and exercise to stay healthy and live a long and happy life. As a dog parent or even a new puppy parent, you have probably found yourself asking if you really need to go out and take your dog on walks or how much exercise they really need. We're here to tell you that, yes, your dog needs proper exercise, and it's a great way to keep you and your dog in shape! Dog care and dog health are critical, and giving your dog the proper amount of exercise is, luckily for you, very easy. We'll give you good tips on how to stay active with your dog and share with you how much exercise your dog needs. Follow along to keep your dog happy and healthy!
Arthritis is a prevalent issue in dogs (and us humans!). If you start to notice your senior dog start to slow down, struggle walking up and downstairs, have a more challenging time sitting or standing up - then your dog may have arthritis. Arthritis primarily affects your dog's hips, legs, and back but can affect other areas as well. If you notice these symptoms or pain in these areas, the first thing to do is consult your vet and get a diagnosis.
Your dog is considered "senior" depending on your dog's breed and size. If you have an older dog, you know they are less active, go a little slower, take more naps, and generally, take life a little easier. If you want to determine if you have a senior dog or are just getting older, dog age calculators and signs of aging will point it out. Figuring out if your dog is considered a senior will help you learn the best ways to care for your dog in its new stage of life. It will change how much they use the bathroom, their activity level and manage any dog health problems and health issues. While most people think that one dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, and that is how you calculate old age, that's not the case—individual dog breeds age at different paces. We can't compare their years to our human years to determine seniority. But we will give you some ways to help you know when a dog is considered senior and how to care for this new stage of life properly!
There are a lot of different circumstances where you may not know exactly how old your dog is - and that is totally normal. If you didn't adopt your dog when they were young and told their age, then you may be struggling to determine how old your dog is. Knowing your dog's age is important for keeping up with their health, deciding how much to feed them, and helping them live a healthy and happy life! Always note that all dogs will age differently depending on their breed and activity level. For example, small dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and they both mature very differently from each other. Good for you; there are ways to calculate your dog's age and use dog age charts to give you an idea of how old they are. You can use your dog's teeth, breed, and coat to help determine age!
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is an integral part of dog care and dog health. If you clicked on this article, you probably know or think your dog is overweight, but we have a simple trick to double-check! While your dog is standing, run your hands along their sides (don't apply too much, or any, pressure); if you can feel their ribs without any pressure - they are at a healthy weight! If you need to apply pressure to feel their ribs, then they may be overweight. It's always good to check with your vet. They will give you a better idea of how much weight your dog actually needs to lose, but this trick is a good baseline for knowing if it's time to start a doggy diet! If you have been advised by your vet, or can just tell your dog needs to lose some weight, then keep on reading - we will share some simple steps that you can implement today to help your overweight dog.
If you have a naturally hyper and energized dog, you know that sometimes you really need ways to calm them down and give both you and your dog time to relax. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, it is normal and healthy to teach your dog to be calm, happy, and submissive. You can find hundreds of different methods to calm your hyper dog. Still, we will break it down into 3 main categories on How to Calm Down a Hyper Dog and keep it simple for you! This will help if you have a hyper dog breed, a hyper puppy, or just a crazy dog who has a lot of energy. We will cover everything from natural remedies to actual medications and help you figure out what works best for you and your hyper dog.
When looking at how much, exactly, to feed your puppy - it really depends on how much they weigh and how old they are.
A torn dog ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is when a dog tears (either partially or completely) the ligament that stabilizes the knee and keeps the tibia from moving in front of the femur. Technically for dogs, this is called a CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) tear; ACL tear is what it’s called when it happens in humans, but it’s referring to a similar ligament in dogs. In this article, the term CCL and ACL will be used interchangeably.
The new dog care routine following your dog’s ACL surgery (also known as CCL - “cranial cruciate ligament” surgery and may be used interchangeably in this article) can be stressful for you and your pet. The surgery is just half of the journey, home exercises are vital to helping your pet get back to a regular life and help prevent future problems.