Could your dog have diabetes? Commonly over-looked signs and symptoms

With a 79.7% increase compared to 2006, diabetes in dogs is becoming more and more of an issue.

There are many factors that can play into your dog’s likely-hood of getting it however, a diet dense with sugar can drastically increase his odds.

Most dog treats regardless of being marketed as “healthy” or otherwise contain sugar, making it often difficult to limit sugar consumtion. Fortunately, there are sugar free treat options as mentioned later in the article.

What exactly is diabetes?

Your dog’s body breaks down the nutrients in his food and converts it into glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar that is a nessicary source of energy for specific cells and organs.

The glucose is then obsorbed into the blood and transported all throughout the body.

Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas (An organ located by the stomach.) that is in charge of delivering the fuel and telling the cells to take the glucose and use it as fuel.

When there are issues involving the Glucose-Insulin connection, it can result in diabetes.

Types of diabetes

The two most common types of diabetes in dogs are:

Insulin-deficiency – The most common of the two, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to effectively use the glucose as fuel.

Insulin-resistance -Is more common in older dogs, the body produces enough insulin however, the messages being sent by the insulin telling the cells to use the glucose as energy; are not being responded to.

Both can result in excess sugar in the blood, that is not being processed into energy, resulting in under-nourished cells. When the cells are starved of energy they may began to break down fats and proteins to try and obtain fuel.

An important thing to note is that an abnormal level of glucose in the blood can become poison-like in the body and will cause damage to the following organs:

  • Kidneys
  • Eyes
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels and,
  • Nerves

It is important to know the signs and symptoms to watch for, particularly if you have an older or obese dog.

early warning Signs that your dog may be diabetic

  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Increased appetiete

Advanced signs that your dog may be diabetic

  • Loss of appetiete
  • Deppression
  • Lack of energy
  • Vomiting

If your dog displays any of the signs or symptoms previously mentioned, it is important that you take him to his vet immedietely to reduce further damage.

Ways to reduce your dog’s risk of diabetes

Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to help lower your dog’s risk of getting diabetes.

A major factor in diabetes in dogs is, obesity. By taking your dog for regular walks and limiting treat consumtion, you will not only lengthen your dog’s lifespan but also reduce his risk of diabetes.

In terms of daily treat consumtion, the AKC recommends that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet.

As mentioned earlier in the article, most dog treats marketed as “healthy” or otherwise often contain sugar, either used as a preservative or simply for flavour.

Given that there are an array of natural and non-harmful preservatives and herbs that can be used to season food, adding sugar is quite avoidable.


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Could your sick dog be depressed? Signs to watch for and tips for cheering them up

By: Shannon Gould

Having a chronically ill dog is one of the most difficult things to go through as a pet owner. Your life is suddenly revoled around making sure they take their medications, vet appointments, and worrying about their ill-state.


When you are taking care of a sick pet, their physical health is immensely important but so is there mental health.

Dogs have feelings too and they can feel stressed, anxious and even depressed from time to time. If your dog is ill, he may be more prone to depression.

If you have an ill dog, knowing the signs of canine deppression and how to help cheer your dog up can be crucial.

While these following signs of canine deppression are symptoms of mental illness in dogs, they can also be signs that your dog may be in pain or his health condition may be declining. So it is important to take your dog to the vet to make sure everything is okay if he displays one or more of these symptoms.

Lack of appetite

This one can be particularly difficult to rule as solely deppresion if your dog is ill because, this can also be a symptom of many other health conditions.

If your dog is feeling down, he may not feel like eating as much as he usually does.

To try and fix this issue you could try buying a different brand of food, replacing the old food with fresh food more often, and adopting a regular feeding schedule.

If after 1-2 days your dog still has a diminished appetite or is not eating at all, then you should bring him to the vet immedietly.

Hiding

If you’ve noticed your sick dog hiding from friends, family, other dogs or maybe even you, he may be depressed.

Sometimes when dogs are feeling sad, they will avoid interaction with others.

It is important to let your dog have his space but also encourage him to spend time around others, as isolating himself will not help the situation and might even make it worse.

Letting your dog know that you are there for him will go a long way.

Growling

Like hiding, if your dog has started growling at you, he may be trying to isolate himself.

Firmly but still kindly reminding your dog that this behaviour isn’t appropiate, in addition to letting your dog know that you are there for him can go a long way in helping resolve this issue.

Exessive grooming

Licking is a dog’s way of cleaning themselves, attemping to heal a wound and it can also be used for comfort.

If you’ve noticed your dog is exessively licking, it may mean he is depressed.

Sleeping all day

If your dog is feeing down he may resort to sleeping too much or even not enough.

As some dogs sleep more than others, the best thing to do is note any changes in what you know your dogs sleeping patterns to be.

Ways to cheer them up

Fortunely there are plenty of ways to cheer up fido.

Making sure he is getting enough attention from you and your family members.

When going through stressful events it is important to have support.

Keeping your daily routines will help drastically

It is easy to fall into a different routine that usually revolves around caring for your sick dog but this can stress a dog out and only make the situation worse. Sticking to routine can emphasize familiarity.

Again, these signs can also be symptoms of pain or illness. Talking to your vet about these issues will be very helpful.

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I did a DNA test for my dog, here’s what happened.

By: Shannon Gould.

After doing a DNA test myself and having recently adopted a pound puppy that had a somewhat unknown breed, the idea of doing a “doggy DNA test” seemed more and more interesting to me.

There are plenty of DNA tests available on the market, each with their own levels of accuracy. If you’re interested in doing one with your dog, I will recommend doing your research before settling for the first one you see. Different tests also test for different things. The test that I choose tested for, breed, family tree, genetic characteristics and, health risks.

Why should you give your dog a DNA test?

There are many reasons to give your dog a DNA test, one of them being simply out of curiosity. I would especially recommend doing one if you are like I was, unsure of your dogs’ breed.

This is Snoopy. I adopted Snoopy from the shelter where he was advertised as being an “Aussie Shepherd Mix.”

We now know that this isn’t the case and while he is loved regardless of his breed, different breeds carry an array of different physical trademarks, personality traits and, talents. So it can be fun to look at each breed your dog has in him and be able to pinpoint that he got his “friendly personality” from his golden retriever side or his “curly tail” from his pug side.

DNA tests can show health risks your dog may face in the future.

In addition to each breed possessing their own unique traits, different breeds of dogs also carry their own health risks and likely-hoods of carrying certain diseases. Being knowledgable about which diseases and illnesses your dog could be genetically predetermined to get, could help prevent disease later on in life.

This is something that I wish that I would’ve done with my previous dogs. One got cancer and the other got arthritis, both of these can be tested for. Catching her cancer earlier on would have saved my dog and taking proper precautions to avoid arthritis could have helped shrink my other dog’s chances of getting it.

While it is difficult to submit the DNA test, knowing in a few short weeks you will know what diseases your precious dog may get in the future. It is also a blessing to be well informed of the potential harms he could face. Many common diseases are very much avoidable and you could save your dog from a premature death or disheartening illness.

Knowing this encouraged me to give my newly adopted dog a DNA test to not only discover his breed and family tree for fun but to be aware of health risks that he may get.

The test results.

After deciding on a test that would tell us what breed Snoopy is and what health risks he may face, I ordered the test online. The test arrived with a little tube to collect the sample in, afterwords I shipped it back to the company.

As you can probably imagine, those four weeks that I waited for the results to come back were agonizing but worth it. Here’s what I found out about Snoopy’s DNA:

His breed.

As I mentioned earlier in the article, Snoopy’s DNA was said to be mostly Aussie Shephard. So imagine my shock when I open the email containing his results, with this pie chart looking back at me:

Not only did this better explain different aspects of his personality and his appearance but also got us wondering about what his family tree might look like. Fortunately for us, the results also included details regarding his family tree.

Family tree results.

Here is Snoopy’s family tree, not a single Aussie Shephard insight.

Because he was rescued from the pound, it was fascinating to see this family tree and wonder what his life story, prior to the shelter, must have been like.

Physical charcteristics assiociated with breed.

Another interesting thing that came out of this test was, learning why Snoopy looks the way that he does. The test was able to look at Snoopy’s genes and provide an accurate description of him, which I found quite impressive as I opted out of submitting a photo along with his DNA sample.

One of the traits the test predicted Snoopy had was “base erect ears.” Which looking at his ears is simply spot on! The results also shared that this trait is common in Russel Terriers as well as, American Staffordshire Terriers; which we found out makes up a quarter of his DNA!

Genetic Health Risks

This portion of the test was the part I was understandably the most nervous about. Fortunately, Snoopy’s results were not worrying in the slightest.

He was not at risk for any diseases, nor did he inherit any copies of disease mutations however, he is a carrier of “degenerative myelopathy.”

Because he is a carrier of only one copy his likely-hood of showing any signs of disease are very slim. The good thing is that now we are aware of this and can keep an eye out for the symptoms, to be on the safe side.

While Snoopy’s DNA in terms of illness wasn’t worrying, your dog may not be the same story. Getting a DNA test to be on the safe side, is never a bad idea.

Was it worth it?

I have no regrets about doing the test. I have learned so much about who Snoopy is, his family and his health risks. To me, that is priceless.

I would definitely recomend this to anyone, especially if you are like me and have a shelter rescue that’s breed you are unsure about.

While it was a lot of fun to discover my dog’s family history and breed, the best part for me was obtaining a better understanding of his health. To ensure I am prepared and aware of the risks he may face in the future.

For these reasons I will be doing this with my recently adopted shelter rescue as well as, any future dogs I own.

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5 reasons to give your dog ground cinnamon


It’s now officially fall and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering “which of my favourite fall foods are safe to give to my dog?”

From pumpkins to apples, there are an array of fall foods that can be enjoyed by humans and dogs alike.

Warm, delicious, ground cinnamon is also on the list of dog-friendly foods, in fact it actually contains quite a lot of health benefits.


Health benefits of ground cinnamon:

  • Anti-inflammatory

Ground cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory, which can be quite useful for swelling and stiffness as well as soothing joint pain.

It can also provide pain relief for a dog who has just undergone surgery.


  • Lower Blood Pressure

Much like humans, dogs can also suffer from high blood pressure and the health issues that come along with it.

Giving your dog a little ground cinnamon here and there, can lower your dogs blood pressure.


  • Lower Cholesterol

Along with lowering blood pressure, ground cinnamon has shown to be useful for lowering a dogs cholesterol as well.


  • Fights Cancer

Ground cinnamon can be useful in slowing cancer cells, such as;

  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia

  • Soothes Arthritis Pain

This one is probably the most surprising for me, as I have just recently lost a dog to arthritis.

I looked long and hard to find anything that could assist in relieving the pain to make his last months as calming as I could.

If only I had known that an excellent, natural joint pain soother was just in my cupboard.


How do I incorporate cinnamon in my dogs diet?

After further researching the health benefits of giving your dogs ground cinnamon, I was left wondering; “how do I incorporate this into their diets?”

There are a plenty of ways you can include cinnamon but the important thing to realize is, too much can be quite harmful for your dog and you do not need to feed it to them everyday.

However, a little here and there is quite beneficial.

Some ways to include the use of cinnamon are:

  • Buying treats with cinnamon in them
  • Baking your own treats with cinnamon
  • Investing in dog food containing cinnamon

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What no one tells you about adopting a shelter rescue


While adopting a shelter pet is without a doubt a great thing to do, there are also quite a lot of misconceptions about doing so.

After adopting two rescues myself, I’ve created a list of things I wished I would’ve known prior to adopting.

Here are 6 things you need to know before adopting a shelter pet:

1. Previous Abuse


A problem that I never considered running into when adopting puppies was – a history of prior abuse.

As sad as it is to contemplate, according to the ASCPA – approximately 1.5 million dogs are rescued from neglect and abuse annually.

One of my dogs had an abusive past and as sweet as he is, also carries quite a lot of emotional baggage.

A dog with an abusive past may be prone to:

  • Agression
  • Nervousness around humans
  • Anxiety

Among many other behaviours.

None of my dogs issues have been too great a problem that we couldn’t work it out. However, being used to owning dogs with no history of abuse, it can be a bit of a learning curve.

At first they may be a bit unsure of you, but the second they realize they can trust you, it makes it all worth it.

2. Puppies and Purebreds 


Prior to rescuing, I had been under the impression that the vast majority of shelter dogs were either, “old” or “ill.”

It wasn’t until I went to the shelter for myself that I realized, there is a large selection of healthy, purebred, puppies looking for homes.

Either dropped off or abandoned in the wild by owners, these puppies are not in the minority.

For anyone looking into buying a puppy from a breeder, you might contemplate checking the pound first.

3. Illness


When the subject of “illnesses in pound puppies” comes up, you may think of kennel cough.

While kennel cough does happen, there are also a number of illnesses shelter dogs are more prone to getting, due to being in such close proximity to each other.

Such as:

  • Canine influenza
  • Distemper
  • Canine parvo
  • Flees and ticks – among other parasites

Both of my dogs had varying degrees of illnesses upon being adopted, fortunately – with proper healthcare, they made full recoveries.

However, this isn’t always the case. Research the signs and symptoms to watch for and keep a close eye on them, better to be safe than sorry.

4. Separation Anxiety


After being adopted, both of my dogs had this phase where they didn’t want to be left alone.

Although one dog in particular took this to the extreme of crying hysterically every time, I would drive anywhere near the shelter. (he is far to smart for his good sometimes.)

This behaviour is completely understandable, given they are, used to the bare minimum in terms of living conditions. 

Then you come along, providing them with a house, bed, food bowl and most importantly – you. 

Taking that into consideration, it isn’t surprising that they feel this way.

They will eventually learn that while you do leave from time to time, you will always come back.

5. Densely Populated 


Unfortunately, due to there being so very many lost, abandoned, or unwanted animals, often times shelters can be quite overpopulated, resulting in animals sometimes being:

  • Neglected
  • Malnourished
  • Without proper hygiene
  • Lacking in proper medical care

The best thing you can do to help reduce overpopulation, is getting your dog spayed or neutered.

Because of these living conditions, it is important that when buying a rescue, you be prepared to handle these problems.

Somethings you can do to help welcome a rescue into your home, whom you think has been neglected of proper care are:

  • Providing food and water immediately upon bringing them home. (In my personal experience, they eat and drink like there is no tomorrow, when you first bring them home.)
  • Unless they have recently undergone an operation, bathing them is an important first task, as they likely haven’t been receiving many bathes, perhaps non at all.
  • Paying close attention to their behaviour, due to these poor circumstances your pet may be feeling overwhelmed or even a bit depressed. It is important that you pay close attention in order to – properly asses the situation.

6. Unique Backgrounds


One thing I never expected about rescuing from the pound is, just how diverse each dogs background could be.

Some dogs are dropped off from an early age and, would probably bear striking similarities to puppies you would get from a breeder.

Some were strays much of their life, and may be less inclined to be around people.

Others, may have been abused or abandoned in old age.

Regardless of the background, adopting a shelter pet can be an excellent choice that helps solve an overpopulation problem.

While there are some things that I would have rather known ahead of time, I certainly don’t regret rescuing.

My shelter dogs have been an amazing addition to my life and I highly recommend adopting a shelter rescue to everyone.

I mean, look at those sweet faces.

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3 harmful ingredients hidden in your dogs treats.


If you’re anything like me, you love your dog, our furry friends make up such a large fraction of our life, that we always want to ensure, we are providing them with the best nutrition possible.

However, what would life be without a treat here and there? Either to reward them for good behavior or simply to show that you care.

Treats are a fun way to let your dog know that you love them, but packed with added sugar and harmful additives, should we really be feeding them to our dogs?

BHA-BHT


BHA and BHT are two common additives found in dog food, used to preserve the fats in the products resulting in an increased shelf life.

While the FDA claims that these additives are completely safe for dog consumption, they have also been listed under the list of chemicals known to cause cancer by the state of California, as well as also having been directly linked to causing tumors in laboratory animals.

The FDA claims BHA and BHT are safe in small doses, however, if they are not only in most treats but also food we are feeding our dogs, that could potently accumulate to quite large amounts overtime.

Do we really know for certain that it isn’t harmful for them?

Artificial Colours


While we as humans are attracted to beautiful things rich in colour, our four legged friends don’t quite receive the same enjoyment out of brightly coloured objects, much less if that particular thing is their food.

Cone photoreceptor cells – are the part of the eye responsible for perceiving colour, and given that dogs have 20% less of the cone photoreceptor cells that we do in their eyes, it could be assumed that they don’t see colour quite as vibrantly as we do.

While I am guilty myself, of falling into the trap of purchasing pretty treats purely for looks.

Artificial colours have been linked to tumors, hyperactivity, and allergy-like symptoms in humans, and while we don’t yet know the effects artificial colors can have on dogs quite yet, they have smaller bodies and things that may be okay for us in small doses, may accumulate to rather large doses for them.

Added Sugar


Added sugar is commonly used in dog treats, and while a cupcake can be delicious treat for a human when eaten in moderation, it can be very harmful for your pup to consume added sugar.

Much like it has its harmful effects on humans in excess, it also can lead to:


*Diabetes

*Weight gain

*Cavities

*Upset stomach

*Metabolic changes


In conclusion


While all of these ingredients are probably fine for your dog in moderation, like most anything in life, too much of anything could be problematic.

Be sure to read the back of the treat box next time you buy Fido some milk-bones or make your own treats from home.

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