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Dennis The Dieting Dachshund

Brook Burton has always had dogs in her life, and when she was still in high school, even joined a dog rescue with her mother in Columbus, Ohio. She currently has two dogs, Freddie, a 12-year-old miniature schnauzer/terrier mix, and Dennis, a 6-year-old Dachshund. Brook’s pack Freddie weighs in at a svelte 10 pounds, 4.5 kilograms, but when Brook rescued Dennis in June, 2013, he broke the scales at a whopping 56 pounds or 25 kilograms. His former owner, a relative, had overfed him a constant diet of unhealthy human food, including pizza and burgers. He could barely walk a few

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Basics

6 Simple Summer Snacks For You And Your Dog

As summer approaches, nobody wants to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen, so what do you do when you want something quick and healthy that you and your dog can share? Check out our collection of quick and easy dog- and people-friendly recipes that are perfect for picnic outings or cooling down on a hot day. Grilled Turkey Sliders with Sweet Potato Buns Sliders 1/2 pound (230 gms) ground turkey 1 egg 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped parsley 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil Stir together the ground turkey, egg, and parsley. Form small 1/2-inch

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Dog Care

Dog Friendly Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a tasty treat for your dog, made even tastier — and more budget-friendly — by supplementing it with less (human) desirable cuts of meat. Organ meats are inexpensive and can be an important component of your dog’s diet. If you feed a homemade diet, up to ten percent of your dog’s meal should include organ meats: liver, kidney, gizzards, and tripe. These may not be at the top of the list for human shoppers, but they’re very popular with dogs — and they’re an important nutritional source. Liver: This is a great source of vitamins A and B,

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Dog Care

A Very Berry Howl-A-Day Cake

What dog doesn’t love treats? And homemade treats are even better! Treat your dog this holiday season to a healthy, canine-friendly fruitcake. It’s easy and quick to make, and your dog will love it. But be warned: You may be tempted to have some yourself, so make extra! Our Recipe for Howl-A-Day Cake Ingredients: 1 cup (250 ml) of cranberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup (250 ml) of blueberries (fresh or frozen) ½ cup (125 ml) of apples (peeled) ½ cup (125 ml) of banana Chips 2 cups (500 ml) of coconut Flakes (unsweetened) 2 ½ (625 ml) cups of

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All About Dogs

Understanding Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

Just like you, your dog is an omnivore, which means that he can eat any kind of food. For better or worse, that means her needs are a bit more complex than, say, your neighbor’s cat. In order for your pup to have a complete, balanced diet, she needs to eat and drink foods that contain the six nutrient classes that are fundamental to maintain her health. What are these six classes? Good Old H20 You’ve heard that water is life, right? Well, that’s just as true for your dog as it is for you. If you have an adult

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Dog Care

Dog Vitamins And Supplements

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler Do you take a daily multivitamin? You may wonder if your dog can benefit from one as well. In fact, some estimates say that around one third of dogs receive supplements. Why Dogs Need Vitamins Much like in humans, vitamins help a dog’s body to function properly, regulating everything from digestion to muscle growth. They’re crucial to maintaining your dog’s health, and a deficiency of a particular vitamin can cause health problems, which can sometimes have serious and long-lasting effects. But here’s the good news: most pups are probably getting what they need from their dog food.

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All About Dogs

Depressed Rottweiler Not Eating

Hi Cesar, My nine-year-old Rottweiler has stopped eating since my husband and I separated. My husband has been deployed for most of the marriage so, for the first 45-90 days, it was not an issue. Then last month, our dog—who has never had a problem eating—stopped eating. Then she lost all interest in her favorite toys. For years, we’ve gone for our 45-minute to over an hour walk. Now she loses interest and sometimes doesn’t want to leave the house. I’ve tried taking her to new places for walks and to get her interested again in life but nothing seems

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All About Dogs

Does Excess Water Intake Mean Diabetes?

What are the signs that a dog has diabetes? The reason I ask, we recently brought into our home a four-year-old English Pointer trained for bird hunting. Mr. Big is constantly drinking and peeing, and his body temperature runs warmer than our other dog (Lab/Greyhound mix). Otherwise, he seems perfectly normal. He tends to have accidents in the house because of the amount of water he drinks. We try to limit him without being neglectful. I have concerns that he could be diabetic. Is this normal for a working dog, or should I take him to the vet? He had

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All About Dogs

Vet’s Advice For A Vomiting Dog

My two-year-old St. Bernard dog is not eating correctly. Every so often the dog will vomit her dinner two days in a row or maybe breakfast two days in a row. Never the same dinner and breakfast in the same day, and not all the time. It seems to be about every two weeks one of them will start and last two days. Any advice? Thank You Jeff Alger Vet Gives Clues as to Why Dog is Vomiting Dear Jeff, Dogs vomit much more easily than humans. If a dog vomits this frequently but maintains a normal appetite and weight,

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All About Dogs

The Ritual Of Feeding Your Dog: Make Them Work For It

Domestication has made it possible for dogs to receive their food without having to hunt it down themselves, but it’s still in their nature to feel the need to work for it. Before my dogs eat, I take them for a walk. In this way, I ask my dogs to work for food and water. This is a form of waiting, which is psychological exercise that helps nurture a balanced, happy dog. My Tips for a Healthy Routine The morning routine should look like this: You project calm-assertive energy before you give your dog affection. You walk your dog to

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