Dog Nutrition News November 2017

Dog Nutrition News November 2017

ProDog Nutrition, the manufacturers of supplement for dogs to help with joints, weight gain, lean muscle building and energy recovery has collated the best news, advice and articles from around the world:

Why Your Dog Eats Poop Explained

Many animals consume faeces, a most locally sourced meal that may contain intact food particles—and thus nutrition.

To the horror of dog owners, this fondness for faeces sometimes applies to their pets.

It “may be an evolutionary legacy of the dog’s long history of scavenging for a living,” says James Serpell, a professor of animal ethics and welfare at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

A precautionary vet visit is step one, says Serpell, who also wrote the book, The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People. Owners should rule out pancreatic enzyme deficiency and make sure the dog is eating properly, he says.

If all is well, reward-based training should help. Gently but firmly discourage the behaviour while leash-walking, and give the dog treats and praise when he ignores scat, Serpell advises.

If the poop-eating behaviour persists, he says, “a distasteful substance such as monosodium glutamate can be added to faeces to discourage the behaviour.”

ProDog Nutrition: A dog that is eating other dogs poop or dogs muck is likely to be missing essential nutrients from their diet. Our supplement, ProDog Flexx, is full of the nutrients a dog needs and will most likely stop this worrying behaviour.

Tips on How to Care for your Senior  Dog

Due to advances in veterinary medicine and improved nutrition, our four-legged family members can live longer, better lives. That means dogs can be ‘seniors’ for a significant part of their lives.

Dog nutrition newsWhen do dogs become seniors? Every dog is different and a breeds genetics, diet and environment all play a role in healthy ageing. That said, some general guidelines are used to determine when they become seniors. Dogs are considered senior at six to 10 years old. Maybe you’ve just adopted a deserving senior dog who brings with them a lifetime of wisdom and affection.

Maybe you’ve had your senior dog since he was a tiny bundle of energy. Either way, as dogs get older, their needs change just like people’s do. It’s up to us as pet parents to be sensitive to these changes and committed to our dogs’ well-being. Follow these tips to help your special senior stay healthy and happy during his golden years.

• Schedule regular vet visits. As your dog ages, regular checkups are crucial. Experts suggest twice-yearly visits for senior pets, even if they seem healthy. As your dog gets older, two kinds of changes occur:

• Age-related (reduced vision/hearing, increased sleeping, decreased activity). These are normal and can’t be prevented.

• Disease-related (kidney or heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, dental problems, cognitive dysfunction). These are to some degree, preventable or effectively managed if diagnosed early. Dogs are pros at hiding pain and illness. Signs are often subtle and easily missed. A vet is skilled at detecting subtle changes that may indicate a health problem. If you notice any changes in your dog’s behaviour, energy level, appetite, thirst, toilet habits or mobility between checkups, consult your vet. Choose the right diet.

A well-balanced diet is critical as pets age. Senior dogs are less active than younger animals, have slower metabolisms and need fewer calories, so high-nutrient easily-digested foods are critical.

• Maintain a healthy weight. Ageing dogs need nutrition in amounts that will maintain an appropriate weight. Pet parents are often unaware of how much their pet is actually eating each day, particularly in homes with multiple pets. Overfeeding increases the risk of cancer and various diseases puts stress on your senior dog’s joints and can shorten his life. Weight loss in seniors may be a sign that something’s amiss. Monitoring your dog’s weight is an important part of check-ups by your vet.

• Provide exercise and enrichment. Mild daily physical activity (short walks or swimming for dogs), helps your senior pets maintain a healthy weight, heart and slows joint degeneration. Watch for signs that your pet has had enough — if they appear tired, it’s time to stop. Daily mental exercise (interactive toys, food puzzles), helps keep your dog’s mind sharp and fends off senility.

• Maintain good oral health. Attention to dental hygiene is essential as your dog ages. Professional cleanings by your vet and in-home brushing between cleanings are crucial to preventing gum disease, infection, bone loss and other diseases. Consider incorporating softer treats and canned food in your senior pet’s diet for easier chewing.

• Ensure safety and comfort. Senior pets with vision or hearing loss need to be kept out of harm’s way. Remove dangerous objects from their path; use baby gates to create a safe place for your pet when you can’t supervise. Seniors with arthritis find climbing stairs difficult, so if possible, keep your pet’s water, food and sleeping area downstairs. Make their favourite snoozing spot accessible by using stepstools or pet ramps. As dog’s age, they often require extra padding and warmth, so provide a soft sleeping place, extra blankets or Pet Remedy Low Voltage Heat Pad for Pets.

  Emphasise physical contact. Nothing tells a senior dog that you love them like a good belly rub. A gentle massage is great for seniors with joint pain, and just as pleasurable for those without. Regular grooming helps keep your dog’s coat healthy and matt-free and is a great way to spend quality time together. Embrace every day you share with your senior dog. Snuggle up and enjoy your special bond.

ProDog Nutrition: We have two products that are perfect for senior dogs. Prodog Flexx is a supplement for helping ageing dogs and their joints. ProDog Flexx is scientifically formulated to aid stiff joints and protect from many of the serious illnesses that can be found in elderly dogs. ProDog Revive is a premium grade supplement to help boost a dogs energy levels and is perfect for senior dogs as they naturally lose a little energy. ProDog Flexx and Revive, when added to your dog’s diet, together make a powerful aid for your ageing pooch.

Waggit Creates Wearable Tech for Your Dog

Susan Sierota and Carrie Dolan both lost dogs and found out that early detection could have prolonged the lives of their pets. They believed that other pet owners shouldn’t have to go through the preventable loss of a pet, and began to work on a tech solution. Their current project Waggit is running a highly successful Kickstarter campaign as ‘wearable health tech for man’s best friend.’ Writes Tom Spendlove on engineering.com.

Waggit contains a piezoelectric flex sensor that measures heart rate, respiration and pulse. Two negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistors measure body temperature and ambient temperature. An LTE CAT M1 modem and GPS system measure boundaries, location, distance and speed, while the accelerometer and gyroscope read activity time and activity intensity. A speaker and vibromotor give vibration and audio cues for training the dog. The battery inside the collar is expected to last five days on a charge that takes a little more than an hour, but the campaign page says that time can be lengthened by using custom settings in the app.

The major features of Waggit’s collar and app are tracking the health, sleep, activity, nutrition and safety of your dog. The app establishes a baseline for your dog and then alerts you when the dog’s behaviour deviates from the baseline. Three sizes and multiple colours are currently available.

Maybe the most striking thing about Waggit to me is how easily all of the things that I care about with my Fitbit translate directly to a dog’s health and well-being. The app is slick, with two years of development and hundreds of dogs used to test different breeds and types of fur. The best benefit that I see is the possibility to save on vet bills that easily boost into the thousands during a catastrophic canine health event. The only drawback is the GPS unit in the collar requires its own cellular account – six months are included during this Kickstarter campaign and after that, the cost is £4.95 per month. This is a great campaign page full of bright visuals and showing the engineering development team with their dogs – the app even has a friend feature like a Fitbit that allows users to compete with other dogs. The campaign has blown by its initial funding goal and ends on December 1, 2017. Units are expected to ship in May 2018.