Posts

, ,

Exercise for growing puppy – how much?

During the first 10 – 14 days of a puppy’s life, his movements comprises mostly of drinking and sleeping. Therefore, a puppy's movements are limited to searching for warmth and milk, that is to say, his mom. Likewise, even while sleeping,…
, , ,

Can Arthritis Be Reversed?

Why does a joint develop arthritis? There may be a number of reasons for this. But let's look at the ones at the top of the list:   Mechanical Damage This happens when the mechanics or the normal workings of a joint is not correct.…
, , ,

Green Lipped Mussel from New Zealand. So?

We have all heard about Green Lipped Mussel for joints.  But what is the big idea about them and is any mussel okay? New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel or Perna Canaliculus is an edible green-lipped mussel sourced from the waters of New Zealand.…
, ,

Puppy growth on a plate

The closing of growth rates in puppies varies greatly in dogs of differing sizes and differing breeds. This makes your puppy’s diet and exercises very important factors when it comes to proper growth rates of bone, muscle, ligaments,…
, , ,

Sprains, Strains and …

So what’s the difference between sprains and stains? Sprains and strains both affect joints and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. The signs of both injuries are very similar. These words are often used interchangeably. For some…
,

Exercise Programs – does your dog need one?

Exercise programs for dogs. You may be thinking: "What next?!" Would you guess that the gym is one of the most hazardous places for your health? Think about it. A gym has every single piece of equipment that can effectively pull a…
, , ,

Can you reduce Hip Dysplasia right now?

The short answer: Yes, you can help reduce the risk of developing hip dysplasia in your puppy.   Recently I came across the following enquiry: Which x-ray protocols is best to use to determine if your dog has hip dysplasia?   My…
, , ,

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – An update summary

Hip dysplasia: a significant cause of pain and disability in dogs.   This remains true even after decades of research into its causes and diligent efforts by breeders to reduce risk through selective breeding. A new review article…
, ,

3 ways to prevent pain caused by muscle injuries.

Is your dog in pain? What are the signs? Is it a muscular injury? How can I avoid muscular injuries in my dog?   Jackie Crawford of Canine Muscle Works, Australia helps us address these questions below. Dogs that exercise…
, , ,

Mobility issues? 6 Subtle clues your pet is struggling

The most common mobility issue in dogs is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD). Arthritis can affect all dogs of all ages and sizes, male and female. Most pet owners only see the visual effects of arthritis in their…
, , ,

Joint Looseness and Hip Dysplasia

Puppies are hip! Our previous article shows that puppies are born with perfectly, normal hips. Puppy hips are quite amazing, although they are not quite adult hips yet. Looking at their x-ray, a newborn puppy looks like it has no joints…
Julie's new puppies
,

Hip Dysplasia and whelping boxes?

Hip dysplasia is one of those conditions that all dog breeders are very well aware. Responsible breeders make considerable efforts to eliminate it from their dogs for decades. Almost every breed’s parent club recommends screening breeding…
,

Prevent Teeth Problems at Every Stage of Your Dog’s Life

From puppies to senior dogs, let's take a quick look at dog teeth problems and dog dental care through every stage of your fur buddy's life. Dog teeth problems — they’re not something you want for your dog. So what can you do to prevent…
, , ,

Spay or Neutering? Keep Pets’ Joints in Mind

Whether to spay or neuter a dog is always a "passionate" topic. In South Africa, we have a large population of dogs that remain free to roam unsupervised. This is a very real problem. For this reason, this article is specifically aimed at…
DogSolutions-6
,

What are your fur buddy’s teeth used for?

Let's take a closer look at your fur buddy's teeth - or canine dentition! The cuteness of puppy nibbling on your finger. This is a delight with a limited shelf life, but puppies' teeth are sharp fraught with peril. As we know, puppies grow,…
, ,

Overcoming Puppy Teething Troubles

Puppy's teething troubles have a nasty pointy end and can be quite sore. Caution: Puppy's teething is like meeting Jurassic Park raptors - cleverly disguised as a ball of cuteness. Your puppy won't hunt you down and eat you, but when you’re…
, ,

Osteoarthritis need not be a death sentence!

Arthritis may come in many forms for dogs and cats.  The most common form however, is osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD).  As the name indicates, this type of arthritis is a long-term, continual damage and deterioration…
, , ,

4 Tips on keeping your fur buddy safe this Easter

EASTER - a time of delicious chocolatey celebration. But what about your fur buddies? Easter presents some hidden hazards for our dogs and cats. For many of us, Easter is a time to relax and take a well-deserved break from work or studies.…
, , ,

2 top injury factors for puppies – it’s not just about hips and elbows

A Puppy is generally a ball of fun-filled energy. It is exactly this that makes them vulnerable to injury.  Let's take a look at the top two factors that put them at risk:   #1: Growth   Your puppy's skeleton is made up of 320+…
, , , ,

Best for Growing, Active Puppies

We all know how active puppies can be!  However, it is always the best option to protect their joints whenever you can.  Nazreen uses Sashas Blend for her active puppies. We love hearing from our community and receiving pictures like these…
Bearnise Puppy running on grass
, , ,

Exercising Your Puppy Safely

Puppies should be exercised differently to adult dogs. Their bone growth plates have not fully formed (closed), and a puppy’s body cannot safely handle long periods or high intensity exercise. See our article on Puppy Exercise Growth Plates. A…
setter puppy in grass
, , ,

Puppy Exercise and Growth Plates

Puppies:  lively, active bundles of cute! Always on the go and looking for something to do while exploring their world. Then the odd period of rest and deep sleep. Because puppies are so busy, many owners think that it's impossible…
, , , ,

Dogs: Thinkers, not Machines

Sport dog rearing programmes and philosophies - yes there are many of them out there.   Many programmes centre on the concept of controlled resource allocation.  Heavy crate time, restrictive devices is generally called for, placing…
, , ,

This is an X-Ray of a two week old puppy

Please take a careful look at what a puppy's hips look like.  These fragile joints are in your hands.  When raising your puppy there are so many things you can do to protect them.   This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. Look…
Pitbull puppies waving
, , ,

Things to ponder about Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia –  For most pet owners, this is a dreaded diagnosis, but here are a few thoughts, studies and things to ponder.   There is an accumulation of data spanning over 50 years now, showing the consensus that…
Puppy and young Visla
, , , ,

Prebiotics vs Probiotics – What’s the difference?

Definitions Probiotic Probiotics are live. They are microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and even treat some illnesses. Currently their most studied benefits are the promotion of a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune…
Retriever agility jump
, , ,

Injury prevention and the canine athlete

This article I found very informative and certainly provides handlers of canine athletes with information on how we can assist our dogs to remain injury free. by Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, PT, DPT, CCRP, CCRT Empower Physio PeT, Maynard, MA The…