Tagged: dog health

3 10 Truths About Dog Walking


rio walking

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to keep him engaged and exercised. The easiest way to do this is to take him for a walk. But as important as a good walk is to your best friend, we still find excuses not to do it. Here are ten reasons why you should carve out time for dog walking every single day.
The Dog Ain’t Gonna Walk Itself
Look, the sad truth is that dogs refuse to take responsibility for their own health. While I’m at work, my dogs have all day to play…

Stamping out Suffering: Puppy Mill Awareness Day


Photo courtesy of Julie Wolfson

When you see a cute puppy in the window of a pet store, your first thought is probably not where that puppy came from.  That’s why many people don’t know that puppies offered for sale at a typical pet store, in the classifieds, or online, often come from puppy mills.
Puppy mills are an issue that we at Found Animals care deeply about.  So much so that we have been an integral part of bringing “humane model” pet retail into our Los Angeles communities.  A “humane model” pet store is one that pulls healthy, adoptable pets from local shelters to…

6 How to Read a Pet Food Label


Westie with a carrot

Reading cat and dog food labels is confusing and tricky.  Are you sure you are feeding your pet the healthiest and most nutritious food money can buy?  I’m still trying to figure that out for myself and my westie, Yuki, but here are some facts I’ve learned along the way about production and labeling regulations.
Who’s in charge?
Pet food is regulated both federally and at the state level with standards determined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  The AAFCO is responsible for establishing nutritional standards for each species and lifestage (ex: X% of protein for a…

4 Dog Treats: Made in the USA


westie giving paws

By now, you may have read about numerous cases of dogs falling ill to food products manufactured in China, particularly chicken jerky.  The FDA has not yet identified the specific ingredients responsible for causing illness, but in the meantime, using caution and buying smart have proven to be the best ways in preventing accidental harm to your furry loved ones.  Start by looking for treats with “Made in the USA” displayed proudly on the package.  In order to bear that label, the Federal Trade Commission requires the use of all American-made products, from ingredients to packaging to production site.  Also…

9 Just Food For Dogs: The Future of Feeding Fido


just food for dogs ingredients and supplements

Before the days of processed dry kibble and canned pet food, dogs were fed mostly table scraps.  After the Great Depression, food rationing meant less table scraps for Fido to eat, and without any government regulations in place for what ingredients pet food manufacturers could use, the pet food industry boomed.  Pet food manufacturers were able to inexpensively purchase waste from the human food industry that would otherwise be discarded and rendered it into convenient, easy to serve and inexpensive kibble diets.
But is processed pet food really worth the (cheap) price? Without government regulation and very loose manufacturing standards…

19 Quick Guide to Senior Dog Lumps and Bumps


2 senior dogs

As a dog ages, they often develop spongy lumps, called lipomas, on their bodies.  These lumps are usually fatty tumors and no reason to worry.  If the lump in question is soft and round with well defined edges, this is a good indication that the lump is not cancerous.  If the lump has a little wiggle room, meaning it doesn’t feel tightly attached to your dog’s skin, this is another indication that the lump is benign. Lipomas can occur anywhere on a dog’s body but are commonly found on the trunk.
It’s a very good idea to monitor lumps, even…

5 6 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dog Owners


2 french bulldogs in the grass

Certain parts of the United States are experiencing massive heat waves this summer with temperatures soaring well into the triple digits. We put together a list of the top 6 things dog owners should know about hot weather safety.
1. How Dogs Handle Heat. Dogs do sweat but not the same way we do. The main way they cool themselves is by panting. Heat dissipates through the tongue and paw pads and the evaporation helps them maintain a healthy body temperature. Their cooling system is not nearly as sophisticated as ours, which is why special care must be taken to…

6 Thanksgiving Food Quiz: Is Your Feast Safe for Your Pets?


Thanksgiving Turkeys vintage postcard

Thanksgiving feasts bring the whole family together, sharing food around the table…and under it. Many pet lovers admit to sneaking human food to their pets (guilty here!), and who can resist those puppy or kitty eyes peeking up at them when the holidays roll around?

If you and your relatives are guilty of cross-species food sharing, it’s important to know which foods are safe for pets before you sit down to eat. We put together a little quiz of what common Thanksgiving food is safe for pets, what’s borderline and what is not. Test your knowledge below!
Thanksgiving Food Quiz…

Canine Diabetes

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Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined in human beings. But have you ever thought about diabetes in dogs?
While many aspects of Diabetes remain unclear, much of the information about how the disease affects humans is applicable to dogs as well. Unfortunately, the disease is similarly prevalent in our canine companions.
Like humans, dogs can be affected by either type I or type II Diabetes. Type I Diabetes also known as Canine Diabetes Mellitus, is the most common form of the disease. Canine Diabetes Mellitus will require your dog to have insulin shots to…

105 You Are What You Eat, and So Is Your Dog


chihuahua and tabby cat eat food from the same bowl

I wouldn’t call myself a health nut, but I do believe in eating whole foods that retain their nutritional value and are not processed.  I am definitely not militant about this, but I try not to eat foods with preservatives or pre-made/pre-packaged foods.  I really believe that what we eat affects not just our outward appearance, but also our inner health and well being.  I have extended these beliefs to my dog’s nutrition as well, and have been preparing his food from scratch since he was about 12 weeks old. I’d like to share my recipe with you. If you…