Bloating Akita caught on film. 

A must watch for dog owners. Know the signs; it could save your dog’s life.  


Dogs: Their Secret Lives

the episode about dog obesity. I know many of you find this to be a major pet peeve.

I found the way dogs manipulate owners for more food particularly interesting. 


Hip dysplasia is adorable! The above pugs all present with classic dysplastic postures.
        I have a theory on how hip dysplasia becomes so prolific in some breeds - it is, in fact, desirable. The affected puppies’ normal puppy craziness is inhibited by its poorly-developed hips, making it seem like a very polite and well-behaved dog. It’s not only sweet, but it does the silliest things! The hopping, the goofy sit and belly sprawl, struggling to climb onto furniture, the way it’s always adorably tuckered out after a good romp, and doesn’t demand much exercise…
        The breeders receive such positive feedback on these symptomatic puppies that they decide to repeat the breeding and spread those genes around, to make more adorably dysplastic puppies, winning show dogs, and popular sires. Rinse and repeat!

Owner of
On classic dysplastic behaviors:

Bunny Hopping: The dog tends to use both hind legs together, rather than one at a time. This occurs when the dog is running, or going up stairs.

Side Sit: Also called lazy sit, slouch or frog sit. When the dog sits, its legs are not positioned bent and close to the body. They can be loose and off to one side, or one or both legs may be straight out in front.

Unusual Laying Position: Legs are straight out and off to the side when the dog is laying on its stomach or legs are straight out behind the dog. (All dogs lay with their legs behind them on occasion, many dogs with hip dysplasia lay like this all the time.)

Quiet Puppy: Puppies who are already in pain from hip dysplasia tend to be very good puppies. They do not rough house the way that normal puppies do. They also tend to sleep for a long time after playing or going for a walk. Some owners describe their puppy with hip dysplasia as the best puppy they’ve ever had.

Dog Doesn’t Jump: Not only do they not jump on you, they seem to pull themselves up by their front end onto furniture as opposed to jumping up.

Sounds good to me!
       If dysplasia really is genetic, pugs are pretty screwed because over half of them present with it. Selecting away from defects can be difficult - and dangerous, reducing genetic diversity - when your total gene pool is equivalent to 50 dogs.

(via Pets House)

Alcohol - the ethanol can cause rapid damage to your dogs respiratory and central nervous system. Intoxication, coma, and death are risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.

Garlic - the sulfoxides and disulfides can damage red blood cells which may lead to anemia.

Sugar - poses the long term risks of obesity, dental issues, and diabetes mellitus.

Onion - like garlic, the sulfoxides and disulfides can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Onion is more toxic for dogs than garlic.

Mushroom - may contain toxins which can affect numerous systems in the body, resulting in shock and eventual death.

Chocolate - the theobromida in chocolate is damaging to the cardiorespiratory system, nervous system, and kidneys. Consumption can result in diarrhea and vomiting.

Fruit Pits - poses a risk of gastrointestinal obstruction.

Grapes + Raisins - it’s unknown why these are so dangerous but they pose a serious risk of kidney damage.

Yeast Dough - like alcohol, the ethanol is toxic to dogs and may cause much of the same affects. Unlike alcohol, yeast dough also poses the risk of expanding and creating gas in the GI tract.

There’s a lot more “people foods” dangerous to dogs, before you give your pup something make sure it’s not dangerous to them. Your dog’s life is worth the couple minute search on google!

This morning there was snow on the ground! I’m not ready for winter yet. Viiku is wearing the sweater I made her last winter. She doesn’t need it really but cold seems to make her joint ache worse so I try to keep her warm. She got a positive result for anaplasma (tick transmitted bacteria) and had antibiotics. That could’ve been the cause for Viiku’s symptoms but who knows. Anyway things are looking better now but we’re still taking it easy and careful: lots of excercise but nothing too strenuous. And no more swimming in the sea until next summer! We’re slowly adapting to life in the city and getting to know our surroundings. Some of the good sides are that you can walk pretty much any direction and get to the sea in max 20 minutes. And related to that one downside is that in order to get away from the traffic and masses of people and be surrounded by something else than buildings and concrete you have to walk a bit. So no quick walks to the nearest forest anymore :(. I have a pile of photos I should go through and edit and post here! I hope that by confessing this I’ll be more likely to get and do that soon :’).

Is Your Sighthound Fat?

Sighthounds are not built like non-sighthound dogs. Not many people are aware of what a fat sighthound looks like, since an ideal weight sighthound looks emaciated by normal dog standards! So here’s a quick visual guide.


(Image from: Sighthound Underground: Does this martingale make my dog’s butt look big?)

Although individual dogs are different and there is no one weight that is good for all dogs of a certain breed, here are a few things to look for in judging your sighthound’s weight:

On an ideal weight sighthound, you will be able to:

-See several of your dog’s ribs, and some of their spine.

-See the tips of the hips.

-See a well-defined tuck in the waist.

Here’s some examples of ideal vs. obese sighthounds:

Ideal Greyhound:


Obese Greyhound:


Ideal Greyhound:


Obese Greyhound:


(From: Greyhound Crossroads: How to know if your Greyhound is at the proper weight)

As with any other type of dog, obesity in sighthounds can lead to numerous health problems. Although uniformed people might accuse you of starving your pet (happens all the time to me), keeping your sighthound at a good weight is vital to her health and well-being! Pet obesity is a huge problem with over 50% of dogs in the US being obese as of 2012. Don’t unintentionally contribute to this statistic with your lovely lithe sighthounds.

Dogs’ Evolution Shows Why They ‘Love’ Gnawing on Bones

Scientists say they have discovered why dogs love to eat meat and bones.

Ancient canines adopted pack-living about eight million years ago, to hunt larger prey, according to researchers.The resulting evolution of their jaws gradually turned the ancestors of modern wolves, and ultimately our own pets, into “hypercarnivores”. He and his colleagues from the National University of Colombia have created a canine “family tree”, piecing together the relationships between each of the more than 300 dog species.

The only way that dogs roaming the open plains could snatch very large prey from a herd was to work together.”And after many generations of this grouping behaviour, there are new selective pressures on their [skull shape],” said the researcher. This pressure meant that animals with larger teeth and stronger jaws were more likely to succeed in hunting, and to survive to pass on their large-toothed, strong-jawed genes to the next generation.

Animals with stronger jaws and larger canine teeth would have been more successful hunters. "They developed strength in their muscles - especially the muscles that close their mouth," said Dr Munoz-Doran. "And bones that are more resistant to bending, so they could support the mechanical strains of biting the prey. Over time, they became adapted to be ‘hypercarnivorous’."The researcher pointed out that domestic dogs had "very good evolutionary reasons to enjoy chewing a bone".

"They have the tools to do that, and they want to use their tools".

Source Article: BBC


My input is to please consult a veterinary nutritionist with any homemade or raw diet. This is even more important if your pet has a medical issue, as in the case of EPI. I understand that there is a lot of distrust and hesitation about veterinarians and nutrition, but please know that a lot of us know that we can’t know everything! I’m in a nutrition course right now as a third year vet student and the visiting nutritionist is amazing. He knows a lot of stuff that hasn’t been published for one reason or another (science is like that). And these nutritionists will work with you on what you want for your pet! Unfortunately the vast majority of diets published on the internet that have been analyzed (published by both veterinarians and non-vets) are deficient in nutrients. And rechecks to see how your pet is doing on the diet and tweaking it are very important. Find a certified veterinary nutritionist here.

Awesome resource! The hesitation is because a lot of vet’s aren’t certified nutritionists but still give nutrition advice, so it’s great to have a resource for finding vet’s who are actually qualified to give nutrition advice and don’t just think they are.



Vet locks himself in a parked car on a hot day.

The windows are all “cracked” open an inch or two.

  • 10 minutes in: over 40°C
  • 30 minutes in: over 50°C

The risk of heat stroke is drastically increased for stocky, heavily-coated, and short-faced dogs.

Clients come up with some really creative names for anal gland expression.

Like this one lady today told us her dog needed an “anal extraction.” After we attempted to clarify that the dog needed her anal glands expressed, she changed her terminology to “anal evacuation.”

anonymous said:

what can i do for a dog that seems to be overheating???? it's really freakin hot where i am right now and my dog is being lethargic and panting heavily!!!!!!

If you can take your dog’s temperature, do so. Anything above 103 is abnormal. Start getting cool (not cold) water on your dog, you want to moisten places like the underside, the paws, and the head. If you have any fans, direct them at your dog and, if your dog has particularly thick fur, part the fur with your fingers so that the air is reaching skin. Make sure your dog has plenty of cold water to drink.

Read more here:

How to Prevent Overheating in Dogs

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The Aussie Isn't Feeling Well

The dogs had a fun time today. Sammy and Motley got to play together in the backyard while I cleaned Motley’s crate. Poor girl hasn’t been feeling well for a few days now. We’ve got an appointment set up for her next week to figure out what’s causing her digestive upset. There’s no doubt that introducing the new puppy into the household has made things stressful for the girls, but Motley has been having diarrhea off and on even before we brought the puppy home. I just hope it’s nothing serious! I’ve been giving her plenty of water so that she doesn’t become dehydrated, and she’s acting normally for the most part. She’s eating, drinking, playing, and trying to steal all of the attention as usual!

Pet First Aid: ABNORMAL Conditions

So, now we’ve covered what normal vitals/appearance/etc. should be for your pet, but what if something is out of whack? Here’s what to look for…

ABNORMAL:  Your pet is sick…Start with the head and work towards the back.

Note: when there is an EMERGENCY, you should immediately seek medical attention.  If you don’t know where to find an emergency vet, you can check the VCA website here.  Or the AAHA pet hospital search here.

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