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Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

As we see our dogs age, we slowly adjust to their changes in behavior. We often don’t notice the subtle slow-downs when out walking or the fatigue that comes after one lap around the park. Often, we don’t realize that our dog has lost muscle mass or is having trouble hearing.

This is normal. All too often owners of senior dogs feel guilty when they realize that they’ve missed symptoms of disease or other problems – assuming these changes were just normal parts of getting older. While we don’t want you becoming hyper-aware of how your dog is or isn’t behaving, it is important to know the signs of aging and warning symptoms in senior dogs.

As always, do consult your veterinarian for an expert professional opinion. Never undertake any sudden changes in your dog’s food, exercise, or medication without consulting with your veterinarian. Read more

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Work, play, and everything in between—joint pain can sideline you from even the simplest day-to-day activities. Whether it’s mild or severe, aches and pains can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. But what’s a person to do when suffering with swollen, painful, stiff joints?

In the West, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are usually prescribed when it comes to addressing the symptoms associated with joint pain. But long-term use of some of these pharmaceuticals can lead to serious health alarms like an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

And if you think pill popping over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are safe alternatives, they are not free from side effects either, as they have their fair share of potential problems, like stomach ulcers and liver issues.

Fortunately, there are healthy, natural, and safe options that will effectively treat your joint pain. Read more

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

We’re a few weeks into January and it’s the perfect time to think about your year. Now that the excitement around the holidays and New Year resolutions is over, it’s the ideal time to think about what you want out of the year.

You, like the rest of us, were likely overwhelmed with articles about making New Year’s resolutions and how to make these resolutions stick. Unfortunately, too often we frame our resolutions around negativity. We only look at the aspects of our lives and selves that we believe aren’t good enough. Read more

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

No dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or pet owner enjoys a visit to the veterinarian. There’s the shaking, the crying, the shedding, the peeing, the hiding, and the ordeal of getting your dog into his carrier. All of it adds up to a stressful and worrisome experience. You don’t enjoy it and your dog definitely doesn’t enjoy it.

Regardless of the age or temperament of your dog, something happens when you get the carrier out and whisper the word “veterinarian”. However, visiting the veterinarian yearly or more frequently depending on your dog’s health is a necessary aspect of being a dog and pet owner. If you have a dog with joint mobility issues, arthritis, diabetes, or another condition – you know how important it is to keep up with consistent veterinarian visits.

We’ve put together some tips on how to make the veterinarian visit and entire experience better for you and your dog. As always, we want to hear from you. Do you have a tip or two that you find helps your beloved dog have a better veterinarian visit? Share with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page. Read more

Poor Posture

Poor Posture

Prolonged sitting in front of a computer, in a car, or at a desk can result in poor posture habits that ultimately cause a wide range of problems such as chronic back or neck pain. Read more

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

For many people and dogs, the winter can be a challenging time of the year. The days get shorter, the weather is cooler, and it becomes very easy to hibernate. Slowly but surely our routines change and we find ourselves being less active, getting outside less, and having more relaxing nights in with a book or movie.

We’re here to tell you that it shouldn’t be this way. You and your dog need to keep up your regular activities – regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, wind, and gloomy weather is not a reason to stay inside. Especially for anyone who has a senior dog or a dog with joint or mobility issues, exercise and daily stimulation is extremely important.

Make this winter season different and forge a new path with some new ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll feel better. Your dog will feel better. Everyone will be smiling, and remember there is always hot chocolate and a natural dog chew waiting for you inside. Read more

2018 Health Trends

2018 Health Trends are more than just Trends

As we wrap up 2017, we tend to reminisce and reflect on past goals and events that brought us to where we are today. You may have accomplished a mighty fitness goal such as completing a marathon or perhaps you have been consistently taking your supplements and have notice great improvement in your overall mobility and health.

But with another year coming to an end, a new year begins and new health trends begin to take the spotlight. Health trends for me is as an opportunity to learn about a new food or practice that could potentially help me move toward accomplishing a goal and encourage me to try something new. It also brings awareness on certain issues, such as the impact of chronic inflammation or the quality of our pet food.

As you review new health trends, approach it with an open mind and stay curious. Read more

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

It’s that time of year again. And if you’re like me, you’re searching high and wide for the best gifts for your friends and family. Instead of reaching for yet another boring sweater or an uninspired box of chocolates, why not give them the gift of health this holiday season. To really show how much they mean to you, here are some healthy gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. Read more

Keep December Holidays Safe for Your Dog

Keep December Safe for Your Dog

The month of December is an extremely busy time for you and your family. You’ve got holiday parties, events at school, office events, and the usual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. The key to having a successful holiday season is in keeping stress low and ensuring everyone is happy and content.

This holds true for the humans and dogs in your life. Yes, your dog does respond to stress and changes in daily routines. The increased activity in the month of December along with how this impacts the day-to-day, can make it hard for your dog to feel comfortable at home.

We’ve put together a few tips and guidelines to help you ensure that your dog is happy, healthy, safe, and content during the holidays. Remember, any increases in stress can impact the physical well-being of your dog – if your dog has arthritis or other joint mobility issues, keeping stress low is of extreme importance. Read more

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Just as we change our wardrobes with the season, we have to do the same with our approach to dog care. The winter months mean change when it comes to protecting your dog from the elements and keeping your pet safe.

Along with the ongoing concerns over joint mobility and overall dog wellness, there are hidden dangers in the snow and the cold that need attention. Unfortunately, there are also a lot myths about the snow, cold, and your dog.

We want to bust these myths and make sure you have the facts on how to properly care for your dog during the winter months. If you have some winter dog care tips, do share them with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page.

Myth: A Thick Coat Is Enough

Many people mistakenly believe that a dog’s thick coat will protect them from snow, rain, sleet, and wind. While the thick coat on a Husky or Great Pyrenees does provide more protection from the winter elements than the coat on a Poodle or Dachshund – this thick coat is not always enough. Read more