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Health Problems with Golden Retrievers and How to Prevent Them

The life expectancy of a Golden Retriever is 15 years of age. On the other hand, many of our pet’s life expectancy is cut short due to health problems that undermine their life. The following health problems are the most common and detrimental to Golden Retrievers so be sure you are taking your pets to the veterinarian on regular visits.

The most common health problem, as in many other breeds, is:

  • Hip Dysplasia, which is a joint disease that occurs when the hip socket is out of alignment. We have several options for this common health problem, and we recommend our Wholistic Joint Mobility, which is an all-in-one joint supplement that provides joint concentrated support.

The other two health problems that affect most Golden Retrievers are:

  • Cataracts, which is an eye condition that leads to impaired vision, which can result in your pet’s vision loss.
  • Allergies, which affect your pet’s skin. For pets with sensitive skin, try our Wholistic Heavenly Herbal Pet Shampoo.

For overall supplemental super-charged health, try our Wholistic Flax Seed Oil, which has high concentrations of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. This incredibly rich acid increases metabolism, cardiovascular and immune health. It is also a possible source in preventing cancer, and may be help in the essential prevention of over 50 common diseases and illnesses.

Other common health issues are:

  • Eczema
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hot Spots
  • Lick Sores

There are several other health problems with Golden Retrievers, consisting of digestive, ear, oral, reproductive and urinary tract problems. Providing ourWholistic brand supplements can help your pet’s digestive tract, as well as many other of our renowned products that can assist with healthy urinary tract and overall health. As with many other breeds, Golden Retrievers’ health problems are often times a result of heredity and passed down through bloodlines. For an excellent supplement to encourage intestinal tract health and improve digestion, try our Wholistic Acidophilus, which acts as a natural antibiotic for your pet.

For further information about Golden Retrievers, copy and paste the source link below in your browser.

Source: http://www.golden-retriever-guide.com/golden-retriever-health/

 

Common Health Problems in German Shepherds and How to Prevent Them

I’m the owner of two beautiful and gentle German Shepherds, named Lucy and Beba. They are loyal dogs that are very active. They love their family and are socially integrated within the pack. However, there are times when German Shepherds need extra tender, loving care, as they are susceptible to the following common health problems:

  • Cancer- a variety of cancers that include mostly lymphoma, melanoma, and a few others.
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat and Gastric Disorders
  • Heart Issues- including heart valve malformation and aortic stenosis
  • Panosteitis- an irritable inflammation of the bones.
  • Eye Problems
  • Von Willebrands Disease- caused by genetic factors, and lacks a clotting factor. It is suggested to always check with a breeder that is reputable.
  • Epilepsy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy- a neurological disease that is a very serious and tragic illness.

There are several more health issues that need to be carefully looked at and reviewed, and if necessary, tested for by your veterinarian. Cancer is considered to be the most negative effect on German Shepherds, followed by the health issues and diseases listed above. As always, supplement your pet’s diet with nutritional products such as our  Wholistic Sea Coral Calcium, which is known for strengthening immune support and contains 38% calcium and 72 trace minerals. Not only does it build your pet’s support system, but also supports their bones and muscles.

To help with heart issues, our Wholistic Coconut Oil is a healthy supplemental choice for maintaining metabolism and building a cardiovascular and immune support system. For thorough health support, including joint mobility, our Wholistic Ester-C is chock full of non-acidic Vitamin C, which your pet’s body is depleted of under severe stress and illness. For an older pet, try our Wholistic Shark Cartilage, which provides 4000 mg’s of shark cartilage, and is a natural source of chondroitin that supports normal joint function. Our Wholistic Acidophilus is the ultimate source of beneficial, “probiotic” bacteria that is crucial to your pet’s health.

We have many more products, in addition to these listed in this article, that you might prefer for your German Shepherd or pet.

Catching the Early Signs of Arthritis and Pain In Your Pet

As our beloved pets age they will most likely start to experience joint pain. It may be severe in some and mild in others. Since our furry pals are unable to communicate using words, as their “people” we need to know the warning signs.

  • Difficulty getting up and down
  • Slow and stiff movements
  • Trouble climbing or coming down the stairs
  • Joint swelling
  • Limping or favoring a leg

Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve your pet’s health and to help alleviate the pain your pet experiences.

To minimize joint pain, give glucosamine supplements. Glucosamine diminishes as they age. It not only treats mobility issues but also provides variety in your dog’s activity routine. Try our Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility supplement that provides joint and cartilage support. Its active ingredients include; Glucosamine Sulfate, Calcium Ascorbate, Bee Pollen Complex, and many more nutritive combinations to ensure a happy and healthy animal.

There are also exercises that can help your pet with their joints, such as:

Swimming
Recommended for older dogs with joint problems, specifically arthritis.

Cycling
Cycling is also recommended for the joints in both humans, dogs and animals, and is suggested to attach a “tow leash to your bike and place the harness on your dog. Use an attachment system that allows your dog to run alongside of your bike, rather than in front or behind.”

Hide and Seek
This keeps your dog and animal’s brain engaged in productive activity.

Let’s work together to keep our pets young and lively for as long as possible!

Did You Know: 10 Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat Too

We often stress the dangers of giving pets, especially dogs and cats, foods that we eat from the table. It is true there are many foods that we eat that are not susceptible to our pets diet, and should be eliminated altogether for health and safety reasons. However, in a new article featured on Yahoo! from Woman’s Day contributing writer, Brianna Steinhilber, there are 10 foods that dogs can eat and stay safe. They are: 

  • Spinach Omelet– Eggs are a great source of protein for our pets, and the spinach provides fiber that helps regulates a healthy weight, as well as offering loads of Vitamin A & K; these help with metabolism and keep coat shiny. Stick to one egg, though. 
  • Yogurt & Banana Parfait– Yogurt provides protein and calcium, and bananas provide electrolytes, potassium and fiber. These nutrients provide muscle strength and monitor fluid balance.
  • Boiled Chicken & Brown Rice– This helps with an upset stomach that your dog may be having, but start with a .5 oz serving, since not all dogs’ stomachs can handle larger portions. This combo is known to be fiber-rich and easily digestable.
  • Salmon & Green Beans– Salmon has omega 3’s and fish oil; an excellent source of what your dog needs and requires. Ensure the salmon is cooked well to eliminate any harmful bacteria, and feed only a .1 oz portion. Green beans are an added benefit to help your dog lose weight as they are rich in fiber.
  • Apples & Peanut Butter– Apples contain pectin, which helps with digestion, but your dog only needs to ingest a few slices. Any more than that can result in an upset tummy, because of the high content in sugar. 1 to 2 tsp of peanut butter provides your dog with healthy fats, proteins and vitamins, and choose an all-natural variety.
  • Steak and Mashed Sweet Potatoes– Lean red meat is a great source of amino acids, and vitamin B, but bake or broil 1 oz of the leanest cuts and trim any visible fat. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, Vitamin C and beta carotene, which are good for the eyes.
  • Pasta with Peas & Carrots– Plain boiled pasta is easily digestable, and purchase frozen peas and carrots instead of canned. Peas & carrots offer tons of Vitamin A and B Vitamin. You can also choose gluten-free pasta which is even more healthier for your pet, eliminating any allergies that may trigger in your pet.
  • Fruit Salad– Known for its great energizing entities on hot summer days, it also contains lots of Vitamin C and fiber. Choose melons and berries for your pet’s fruit salad, but avoid grapes, because they can cause kidney failure. Cottage cheese is a great addition for your pet also, since it contains ample amounts of protein.
  • Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies– Peanut butter is easily digestable with great amounts of protein and other nutritious vitamins. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which regulates digestion.
  • Unsalted, Butter-Free Popcorn– Plain, air-popped popcorn provides bone-building with minerals consisting of phosphorous, magnesium and calcium. Do not put salt or add butter, which leads to upset stomach, and pick out any unpopped kernels, because they can cause choking.

These are interesting alternatives that we can safely administer and feed to our pet; even medial vet doctors have encouraged several of these foods. What do you think about these foods? Would you feed your dog these foods?

Article Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/10-surprising-human-foods-dogs-eat-182700660.html

Apply These 5 Techniques To Improve Pet Obesity

These techniques to help improve obesity in your pet are not anything new, although many pet owners are oblivious to their pets health because they are busy, don’t have time, or honestly don’t know. Applying this simple concept into your pet’s weight loss routine will be very helpful in moving forward:
Dog’s that consume fewer calories than they burn lose weight. Obesity not only causes health problems in your pet, but also produces life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disorders, high blood pressure, immune dysfunction and cancerous tumors.

Follow these simple, yet timely guidelines to keep your pet active and fit:

  • Have your pet eat less and exercise more, whether it be for a light walk or run. Staying active plays a big part for their health and nutrition. 
  • Know how many calories to feed your pet daily. If helpful, use Dog Advisor’s Dog Calculator to know exactly how many calories your pet is consuming and needs to consume.
  • Know how many calories are in a cup of food and feed according calorie intake.
  • Feed your pet two to four small portions daily.
  • It’s extremely important that you measure your pet’s food to give the exact amount that’s necessary for them.

Do you follow these guidelines, or do you feed your pet however much you think they need?

What other techniques do you find work with your pet and monitoring their weight?

Source: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-feeding-tips/dog-lose-weight/

Happy and Healthy Easter Tips for your Pets

Easter season is a time of warm thoughts and feelings, as well as a reminder of God’s love. During Easter, we often get caught up in the excitment of Easter candy, children Easter egg hunting, and family-time. However, our pets do not need to go overlooked during this time. The following tips are a helpful reminder with Easter and pets.

  • Small pets make for BIG responsibility– Easter bunnies and rabbits may seem cute and cuddly, but they are also alot of work and time that goes into them. Just like any other animal, they need and crave love and attention. If the responsibility of a small animal is too much, a stuffed store-bought animal is a much better option.
  • Place Easter baskets in a HIGH place– Easter candy is filled to the brim in baskets of chocolate, a very hazardous ingestive food to your pet, especially your dog, and can be lethal. Other candies can cause intestinal problems, as well as other internal injuries.
  • Keep flowers out of REACH– Ingesting flowers, especially Easter lilies is very dangerous for your cat’s health, and will poison them, as well as internal organs in dogs. Call the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested lillies or any other flower you’re unfamiliar with.

As with any pet or potentially dangerous or hazardous items that could affect your pet, please use caution and judgement in providing the best care for your pet. Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

Source: http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/032813_easter_pet_safety/tips-healthy-and-hoppy-easter-your-pets/

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