Do you remember the pictures I posted of my family’s dogs a couple of weeks ago? Remember how I tried to shame my niece into grooming Molly, her mom’s Japanese Chin? Well, boy howdy, did she ever! Here’s the “after” picture, with Molly’s mohawk in honor of the Badin Rams high school football playoff win! […]
Lacey and Vito are great friends but they still have a bit of a weird relationship.
You know those dogs that when they see each other again, they instantly start wrestling and having fun together? Well that isn’t them.
They are thrilled to see each other but then instantly go and do their own thing. One dog will get the zoomies and the other one will just stand and watch. Then the other one will be feeling flirty and the other one is too engrossed in a smell to even notice. This happens over and over again and neither of them seems to feel playful in the same moment.
But when they finally get their act together, watch out, as they have a blast… for about 5 minutes. And then it is back to their own thing. :)
Regardless, they make a pretty cute pair.
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Arthritis is a painful condition and is one of the most common problems affecting dogs in America. It was listed among the top ten disease conditions in dogs in 2008 (source: VPI). There may be as many as 10 million dogs currently suffering from the chronic pain of joint disease and one in five dogs will most likely develop arthritis or joint disease during their lifetimes.
If you choose a Golden Retriever as a pet you’ll have a devoted companion for life.
Whenever possible Golden Retrievers prefer being with their human. They don’t like to be left alone or in a back yard away from people, and they love to go as many places as possible with you and share in your daily activities, after all you are their world.
Some dogs are content with an occasional pat on the head and a brief expression of endearment. Not a Golden; they demand the maximum dosage, they bask in attention, soak in as much as possible, and keep asking for more.
Size: Golden Retrievers are considered medium size dogs. Males range between 23” – 24” at the shoulder and weigh between 75-95 pounds. Females range from 21” – 22” and usually weigh 55-75 pounds. Their very active tails are best known for knocking things off coffee tables.
Exercise: Golden Retrievers require constant, hard exercise to allow them to become the calm house pets most owners expect. A fenced-in yard and daily walks are highly recommended. I like to take my beautiful Golden on long walks when the weather permits. In the summer it’s just too hot here in the desert (triple digit temperatures) to take long walks so we shorten the times and try to go out early morning and evening.
Shedding: Golden Retrievers have long, beautiful coats that shed at least twice a year; the keywords here are – “at least” – my Golden seems to shed about four times a year. And when he does shed there’s enough hair to make 10 beautiful blonde wigs! Regular brushing and professional grooming can keep the amount of hair lost to a minimum; however, you will always find their hair on your furniture, rugs, clothing, and sometimes even in your food!
Health/ Care: Most breeds are prone to certain problems. Although Golden Retrievers have only a few, it’s best you know the worst: Golden Retrievers may develop skin allergies, dry coats, and as they grow older, hip dysplasia or arthritis. Eye problems are also quite common as they age. When my Golden has skin problems I use Pet Solutions Rx, an all-natural, non-toxic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal agent that promotes rapid healing of his skin. He frequently gets a fungal infection in the heat of the desert and after a bath he still needs something to treat the infection. That’s why I use Pet Solution Rx. It’s like “first aid” in a bottle. It can quickly be used to reduce bleeding of minor wounds, decrease pain, swelling and itching. It promotes rapid healing and helps to minimize scarring.
Training: Basic obedience training is absolutely necessary unless you want your Golden to set the rules around your house. And forget about your Golden being your guard dog; any training for this purpose will be a waste of time. They may growl and bark defensively but the bottom line is that they would just as soon get petted or accept some tasty treats from a burglar than be concerned about protecting your TV or stereo!
Time: Golden Retrievers are “people” dogs. They thrive on attention and need to be with, around and near humans. If you’re considering a Golden Retriever as a pet, please consider your lifestyle and how busy your schedule is. Do you have time to give the love and attention to a Golden Retriever’s needs? Can you handle finding hair all over your furniture and clothes (even though it’s generally a beautiful soft, golden or reddish hue)?
If you have lots of love to give and the capacity to accept more love than you can possibly give, having a Golden Retriever as a pet will add more joy to your life than you could imagine.
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Beware of wheat, barley, additives, calories , and the low nutritional content of biscuits, green dental chews, and allergenic pill pockets.
Even with my nutritional warnings, I still have dogs present with sore ears or anal glands, or an itchy butt or sides due to a allergenic wheat filled biscuit, treat, or chew. Remember, treats can be healthier choices like baby carrots, apples, baked sweet potato slices, cheese, deli meat, pieces of chicken, or chicken or turkey hot dogs. They don’t have to be allergenic, high carbohydrate treats
Pet owners can do such a good job feeding a hypoallergenic or limited ingredient diet for itchy skin,ear infections, anal gland problems, or diarrhea, then feed a wheat filled biscuit, chew, or treat that makes the allergies flare up!
Those pill pockets meant to hold allergy pills can in themselves cause ear and anal gland pain and itch!Make sure you have the hypoallergenic pill pocket or use chicken or turkey hot dogs like I do at work!)
Green dental chews may cause a less immediate gulp, but don’t really cause the gnawing and cleaning that teeth need to be clean!(raw meaty bones, raw chicken wings, rawhide, and antlers may work better!)
Remember these ideas for treats!
I buy big bricks of cheddar and if a dog tolerates dairy products, a small piece may make a great nutritional supplement/ treat a couple times a week. (Remember, all dogs are individuals and some can eat dairy, but others may react to it.)
Pieces of chicken, hot dogs, or deli chicken, turkey, or ham.
Green beans, baby carrots, fruit.
If you want to feed a better diet, help with allergies or medical problems, or home-cook your pet’s food visit:
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Wendy and Baby Hope Diamond of Animal Fair magazine continued the last furry leg of their Bark Business Tour benefiting K9s For Warriors in Dallas (November 14th) and Philadelphia (November 16th). Halo is proud to be a sponsor.
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Healthy oils and fats added to your pets’ diet often make them look and feel better. One oil that is gaining popularity in human and veterinary medicine is coconut oil. I just bought a 14 oz jar of Organic Coconut oil for myself and my pets from Trader Joes. I started with one teaspoon for myself, and one half teaspoon to my four footed ten pounders and a whole teaspoon for my sixty pound lab several times per week. Remember to start with a small amount of any fat to make sure pets can tolerate it. (Especially pets with sensitive guts or pancreatitis!!)
Coconut oil may help the body fight off viruses, bacteria, and yeast (great for animals with skin issues). It may also help the thyroid gland and pancreas work better That would be helpful for many dogs with low thyroid problems or diabetes. Daily coconut oil may also encourage weight loss by improving thyroid function and helping burn fat. The type of fat in coconut oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, cause the more efficient burning of fat. Both of these qualities may help with weight loss! Of course reducing the amount you feed, decreasing treats, and increasing exercise are all important! I have had 2-3 clients try coconut oil and report positive results with their pets’ chronic skin problems. The oil helps fight infection and make the coat softer and skin healthier! The research studies and feedback convinced me to try it on myself and my pets!
Why would you have to add healthy oils to dog food anyway? If all commercial pet foods are “complete and balanced”, why do we have to add anything? Some dogs need different ingredients for better health and lots of dogs need more oils to help their skin and hair coat! All you have to do is look at all the dogs with a dull hair coat or flaky skin to realize there’s something missing in the diet. Some dogs have a great coat, even eating the cheapest commercial food, but others have a dull, dry coat even when eating an expensive food! Experience has taught me that all animals are unique individuals with different needs. Some may feel and look better eating a hypoallergenic diet. (One free of common allergens in the diet like wheat, barley, beef, or chicken). Others may need fewer carbohydrates because they gain weight easily. Dogs sporting a dry flaky coat and frequent skin problems may need different foods (hypoallergenic, raw, home cooked) and healthier oils added to the diet.
I’ve seen clients change their pet’s diet only to ruin it all by feeding grain filled biscuits, treats, chews, or other foods that are extremely allergenic. The wheat, barley, chemicals, or other meat proteins in the toxic treats may negate all the good effects of the rest of the diet. It would seem that the better ingredients did not help, when in reality, the treats lovingly given, caused continued medical problems! You would not believe how many skin problems, ear problems, and bowel problems are caused by toxic treats. There are healthy treats, but unhealthy ones are far more common!
Greg Martinez DVM is the author of two books on feeding pets better ingredients to help with chronic medical issues , “Dog Dish Diet” and “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”
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