The Importance of Exercise

Coco & Bella_dogPACER Treadmill_1It is a topic that we hear all the time as pet owners but so often our lives get in the way and taking the time to keep our four-legged friends fit and healthy can be forgotten. This post is just a friendly reminder of the importance of exercise!

Dogs need to use-up the energy running around their body!

Studies have shown that dogs that aren’t receiving regular exercise find other ways to use up their energy, and you might not like them! Regular exercise can help to reduce or eliminate common behavior problems, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity.

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Five Celebrities Who Are Also Dog Lovers

Miley Cyrus is just one of many celebrities who also love dogs.

Miley Cyrus is just one of many celebrities who also love dogs.

It seems like the world has never been more celebrity obsessed, and we here at dogPACER really don’t understand it, but that’s because we are dog people. We would rather discover some cool story about a dog than read about who celebrities are dating. But we are always more than ready to hear about celebrities who love dogs and make that love very obvious. We have love for celebrities who have love for dogs. It is the circle of life. Presenting, five celebrities who also love dogs.

Mariah Carey

Here we see Mariah playing with her best canine friend.

Here we see Mariah playing with her best canine friend.

The pop/R&B singer makes the love for dog, Jill E Bean very evident to anyone who follows her Twitter. We can confidently say that this dog lives better than most humans we know, and if you know about how much we love dogs, you know that is fine by us.

Miley Cyrus

Miley and her little adopted friend, Bean.

Miley and her little adopted friend, Bean.

After her much loved Yorkie mix, Lila, passed on, Miley was reportedly very upset and beside herself. After she took some time to grieve, she decided to adopt a puppy (a chihuahua mix named Bean) so she could not only bring herself some puppy love, but so she could give another dog a home that was much needed. Well played, Miley.

Usher

Usher gave the pup to his children to help them learn about responsibility.

Usher gave the pup to his children to help them learn about responsibility.

At a recent auction held at the Pencils of Promise charity, R&B singer Usher Raymond bid $12,000.00 to win a goldendoodle puppy he went on to name Poppy Raymond. Anybody willing to fork over that kind of dough for a dog wins some respect in our books. Double respect for giving it to his kids to help teach them about responsibility. Classy move, sir. And a REALLY adorable puppy!

Sara Mclachlan

As if you didn’t know this wonderful songstress wasn’t a dog lover. She makes her adoration for our canine friends quite clear with her constant support of the ASPCA and all those puppy commercials that make us cry in between our favorite shows. Not only a dog lover, but a wonderfully outspoken one that reminds us daily just how essential dogs are to our lives.

Hugh Jackman

No one can deny that this picture of Hugh Jackman and Peaches is not adorable.

No one can deny that this picture of Hugh Jackman and Peaches is adorable.

To see the guy who plays Wolverine in the X-Men movies carrying an adorable French bulldog he calls “peaches” around with him could melt the heart of even the most frozen person. Jackman makes his love for Peaches quite clear to anyone who hires him for a movie by letting them know Peaches will be joining him on set. How awesome is that?

Be Happy For Your Dog: How Dogs Feel Our Depression

Are you projecting your sadness onto your dog?

Are you projecting your sadness onto your dog?

The pace of our modern world is frantic, and it is completely normal to get caught up in that pace and get exhausted and emotionally burnt out from time to time. And one of the things we turn to when we have to deal with depression is our dogs. They provide us love and support, without ever questioning us or second guessing us. But in the same breath, we need to be cautious of the energy we surround our dogs with, because without even realizing it, we could be adding to the dogs stress and risk of depression as well.

A dog, for all intent and purpose, is an “energy sponge”. What we here at dogPACER mean by that is, they absorb whatever emotion you project on to them. If you come home from work, barge into your house like some sort of angry monster, throw your bag down in the corner, and storm towards your office, you don’t need a psychic there to tell you something is wrong. And your dog is going to pick up on that energy and feed off of it.

The wisest of us know angry owners are often the cause for angry dogs. Pit bulls  for example, as actually very loving breeds, but they have fallen into the negative category for the type of owners they attract. While the people often think the breed aggressive, an aggressive pit bull is the reflection of an aggressive owner. Now let’s take that idea and apply it to other emotions as well.

Look at that sad face. We need to cheer that dog up, stat!

Look at that sad face. We need to cheer that dog up, stat!

Though depression is a valid medical condition, we all need to take into consideration the affect that has on our environment around us. Our dogs feel our emotion, and they feel it on a level we cannot fully comprehend.

While you being forced to deal with depression can be tough enough, you have external control over your life and what you do. Are you sad? You can go for a walk, or call a friend, or visit with family. But what about your dog? Can your dog just hop into the car and go visit some of his dog friends from other neighborhoods? Can your dog sit and write a poem, allowing that emotion to get out? No, whatever the dog does is dictated to it by its owner. Now do you have a more vivid picture of just how dangerous and unhealthy depression can be for our dogs? Not only will it feel our sadness, but it may be alone for hours every day while we work, having no way to dilute that depression, which can then invoke lethargy and in some cases, even death.

The reason we are writing this right now is to make a point. Do you see the scope of all the wonderful moments of joy your dogs bring you? And do you see how unfair it is to thrust depression on an animal that seems solely concerned that you are happy, always putting itself second? Maybe its time we put our dog friends first. They cheer us up in our darkest hours, and I think we should do the same for them.

Common Dog Ailments and How They Can Be Easily Avoided

Dogpacer says: A healthy dog is a happy dog.

Dogpacer says: A healthy dog is a happy dog.

In many ways, dogs are a lot like children. They are both full of energy and wonder. They are both curious to explore and learn about everything around them. And for all the reasons listed above, kids and dogs are more prone to injury than most adults. But there are some proper precautions you can take to avoid these ailments and ensure a healthy and happy life for your dog. We also provide some solutions just in case some of these situations arise.

One big problem dog owners encounter is their dogs getting overheated or exhausted due to strenuous play during hot, humid weather. While you cannot deny your canine friend its daily exercise, you should limit sun exposure and make sure the dog has lots of fluids and is well fed. Kelp, spirulina, and even molasses, which is safe and beneficial for dogs in small amounts because the sugar in molasses processes differently than regular sugar, and can ease their discomfort and strengthen them. Another great way to avoid a dog getting over heated is to provide a way in which it can exercise indoors. Our dog treadmills are a wonderful alternative to people running their dog in the brutal heat. Just factor in weather before over exerting the dog, and you are taking the proper first step.

Another big problems for dogs is Lyme disease, often transferred by the bite from a deer tick. While Pet MD offers up a bevvy of solutions for that problem, the simplest one is often the most ignored. Proper house and lawn treatment. Ticks are known to cling to tall leaves of grass and low hanging branches so they can easily catch on to the dog’s fur, so ensuring that the dog’s play area is well maintained can help prevent some major problems down the line, for both you and your dog. And while you can actually see a tick, a worm is even bigger (and INVISIBLE) threat to dog health.

Lastly, and maybe the most pressing issues facing dogs is worms. Round worms, ring worms, heart worms, and many more, but most commonly, intestinal worms.Which, in some cases, can even be fatal when not treated properly. The best steps to ensure you are limiting your dog’s chances of getting intestinal worms is making sure the area he is staying in is clean and hygienic  Limit his exposure to any other waste or fecal matter, and use veterinarian approved flea powders, which can often serve multiple purposes in protecting the dog.

While there will always be risks you run when having an animal, taking little steps along the way can ensure a long, happy life for your furry friend.

The Perils of Having A Corpulence Dog

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The reality of taking care of a dog is you should treat as you would a human. You love it, and you allow it the exercise and attention it needs to maintain a healthy and long life. While some gaze at an overweight dog, and that dog may illicit a chuckle, would seeing someone with an overweight child garner the same response? Most likely not, because people look at that as mistreating the child and setting the child up with potential health issues as an adult, and there is nothing humorous about that. Thing is, it works the exact same for a dog.

What we need to do as a society is learn to hold the owners of overweight dogs to the same standard we seem to hold the parents of overweight children. Reality is, both have the same outcome. You see, the act of gaining weight has a very similar response in a dog’s body as it does a human’s. Everything from breathing problems, to bone problems, and even some things as severe as a stroke, can happen in dogs when they gain too much weight , just like human beings.

But just like humans, there are simple and inexpensive solutions that can be worked out and can really help address the issue long term. From basic exercise daily, to feeding the dog a diet that is high in protein and not in fat, simple things can make a huge difference to the dog’s health, as well as its appearance. And while there may be a great number of people who have excuses on why they don’t have time to exercise their dogs, you need to learn to make time. It will benefit you both in immeasurable ways.

We treat the humans we love with that level of grace and dignity, and it is time we start doing the same for our dogs.

The Perils Of Doggy Asthma and How To Best Treat It

Breathe Easy Little Guy!

Breathe Easy Little Guy!

The last thing anyone wants to think about when it comes to their dog’s health is that the dog could have some kind of ailment that would keep it from living a fulfilling, healthy life. The fact of the matter is, there are many medical ailments that face canine’s this day and age, and the best thing we can possibly do for our dogs is to know of all the telltale signs, and take all the proper precautions  to ensure that the dog is getting all the best care it can to control the problem. In this case, we are speaking about dog asthma, which can be a source of major discomfort for some dogs.

Dog asthma (also known as allergic bronchitis in dogs) is basically the scientific term for difficulty breathing for a dog. This can be exhibited in such symptoms as wheezing, open mouth breathing, and lack of appetite. A dog with asthma will often display the same traits as a dog with exhaustion. But knowing enough to recognize the symptoms of dog asthma is knowing enough to control it.

As you know, we here at dogpacer pride ourselves on making sure you have a healthy, happy dog. And a dog that is having trouble breathing is not a happy dog. The good news is there are some healthy remedies that can ease up that discomfort for your dog, and in the process, help control the asthma itself.

In many aspects, you would treat dog asthma the same way you would for a human, ensuring a clean room with adequate moisture for maximum comfort.  You can also remove any allergens from the environment that may be causing the breathing problem in the dog. Things like bathroom spray and cigarette smoke have a far more damaging effect on a dog’s respiratory system than most would assume. You can find more holistic methods to help control a dog’s asthma here.

Basically, you keep your home clean, and try to be aware of the things in the environment that may cause the dog respiratory distress. Doing all you can to help prevent the asthma can make a world of difference for our four legged friends.

True: The Blind, Deaf, Three-Legged Dog That Saved His Family From A Fire

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

We say dogs are our best friends, and they really are. They bring us joy when we are sad, and they give us a faith that there is still pure love in the world. But dogs can be so much more than friends, they can also be heroes. The story of True the dog is a story that would inspire any of us. True is an adopted dog who is blind, deaf, and has only three legs. While some would look at True and see a dog with set backs, the Crosleys saw True and knew he deserved just as much love as any other dog. He would go on to prove he was worthy of that love in the best way possible: by saving their lives in the most miraculous of ways, despite what others may seem as a setback.

It was late one night last November when the fire started in the Crosley home, and all the Crosleys had already gone to sleep. True was stirred by the smell of smoke, and immediately knew something wasn’t right. And that is when this little hero sprang to action. Despite having only three legs, and an inability to see or hear, he made his way to the bedroom of Katie Crosley, who was sleeping with her newborn by her side, Jace, when the dog began frantically pawing at her to wake her up. Within moments, Katie smelled the smoke and knew something was wrong, so she scooped up Jace and True and rushed out of the house just in time. The fire consumed everything, but they all survived, injury free, thanks to the quick thinking and love of one dog. A dog some would mistakenly see as disabled.

With the right equipment, a disabled dog functions at the same level as any other,

With the right equipment, a disabled dog functions at the same level as any other,

The amazing fact here is that the Crosleys never treated True like anything less than perfect, and they loved him with all their heart. They taught True certain commands, and treated how they would treat any dog. And to think, they adopted True when his former owner said he was all but useless. But instead of just letting the dog sit around, they exercised True and and kept him active and agile, which was key to how quickly he acted that night.

Even in worst case scenarios, there are various methods to help dogs who have been injured or have had a leg amputated. Tripawds are one provider, standing as proof that these dogs are not handicapped, but merely hindered. They make all sorts of devices that help keep the disabled dogs fully mobile, such as harnesses and scooters. You match that up with a dog treadmill to keep the dog fit, and much like True showed here, you can’t keep a good dog down,

We have said it before and we will say it again, a healthy dog is a happy dog. And in the case of True, a heroic dog as well.

Why is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

Chocolate - A Toxic Treat to Avoid

Chocolate – A Toxic Treat to Avoid

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We all know that chocolate is bad for us dogs, but today we’re going to take a look at why.

Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine”.  Theobromine is in the same family as caffeine and is a type of stimulant (they both are mythylxanines).  Theobromine stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and causes a slightly increases blood pressure.

In us dogs and certain other animals, such as horses and cats, we cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans can; this causes the effects to be much more severe than with humans. The specific side effects of toxic levels of theobromine in dogs includes: diarrhea; vomiting; increased urination; muscle twitching; excessive panting; hyperactive behavior; whining; dehydration; digestive problems; seizures; and rapid heart rate.  Some of these symptoms, like the rapid heart rate, can ultimately be fatal to the dog.

So how much chocolate is too much?  That depends on the size and age of the dog, as well as what type of chocolate was consumed.  The larger the dog, the more theobromine we can handle without dying and older dogs tend to have more problems with side effects.

As far as the chocolate itself, cocoa powder contains about sixteen times as much theobromine per ounce over milk chocolate, with most popular forms of chocolate falling somewhere between those two, excepting white chocolate, which contains insignificant amounts of theobromine per ounce, making it extremely unlikely to be able to be consumed in sufficient quantities to cause us harm.

So be aware and don’t leave your candy and ingredients for baking laying around. We are tempted to eat everything and chocolate smells so very delicious. A healthy dog, is a happy dog.

High Five to A Healthy 2013

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A High Five for Dog Health!

A High Five for Dog Health!

Whether it’s to sleep less, or run more, all us dogs should work hard to make some life tweaks to kick off January in style. Making a resolution may seem a bit too “human”, but it’s a wise move.

According to recent research; dogs who come up with a New Years plan to be healthier dogs, had more success at making a change than dogs who did not.

Here are a couple tips for getting a new routine to stick…

Tell Your Human to Work It Into Their Routine

If your human decides to take you for a run outside or for a run on your dog treadmill at say, 6:00pm every night, it will start to feel like work for them. Suggest to them that they make it easier on themselves by working into their routine vs scheduling it out. For example, they could start to run you on the treadmill during or after their favorite TV show.

Take Puppy Steps

Making lifestyle changes is hard to do, be sure to tell your human to start off small. For example, if it is your goal to eat better, they could start by cutting back on the table scrap treats. Then move onto changing your diet slowly so that you don’t get an upset tummy. Then you can incorporate a workout routine on top of a healthier diet.

Did you know that it takes close to 3 months for a new lifestyle habit to form. So stick to it fellow fur-balls. You’ll feel so much better this year than you did last year!