Senior Dogs - Body, Mind & Fitness

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Keeping your senior pup both physically and mentally stimulated should be a top priority in their care. Just like humans, as your dog gets older, they are more prone to joint aches and pains that can slow them down, visual and hearing changes, as well as many other challenges. However, this doesn’t mean that all the fun is over, it just means things might have to be altered a bit.  Check out the 5 senior dog fitness activities below!

 

1. Go For A Walk 

Walking with a senior dog will help increase the quality of their life, it’ll get their joints in motion, strengthen bones and muscles, help keep a healthy weight, benefit the heart, lungs and digestion, keep them happy, as well as enhance their bond with you. Just remember that your senior dog may not walk as fast or as far as they once did. Follow their lead to build up their tolerance gradually, as you increase your senior dogs fitness.

2. Swimming

Swimming is a gentle, low-impact way for A senior dog to exercise every joint and muscle in their body while increasing their fitness. 

3. Learn New Tricks & Refresh Old Ones

Everyone has heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Thats simply not true!!  Not only can they learn new tricks and commands, but they will appreciate the attention and it’ll keep their mind sharp. Whether you decide to teach them something new, or you want to refresh some old tricks, this will be rewarding for both of you.

4. Play Games 

Games like fetch, tug-of-war, find the treat, or get the treat out of the Kong, can all challenge your pup mentally and physically. If you are playing pulling games like tug-of-war, just remember your senior dogs teeth and gums may not be as strong as they once were so go a little easy on them.

5. Make New Friends 

A dog is never too old to make new friends. A trip to your local dog park will do wonders for your senior pooch. Another option is senior friendly doggie daycare or group walking service. - Try 4 Legged Fun :) 

Keep an eye out this Easter

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Easter Dangers for Dogs

Easter is almost upon us and for most people, that means chocolate (and lots of it). While Easter and Easter eggs go together wonderfully, chocolate and dogs do not. Most dog owners are aware of the dangers of chocolate but accidents around this time of year are still far too common. By planning ahead and making small adjustments, your entire family can have an incident free holiday.

What does it do?

Chocolate is toxic to dogs (and other animals) because it contains caffeine and a chemical called theobromine which, unlike humans, dogs cannot metabolize. Both caffeine and theobromine will negatively affect a dogs cardiac and neurologic systems causing serious illness.  While every dog’s tolerance is different, it can take a medium size dog as little as 30g of dark chocolate or 250g of milk chocolate to show signs of poisoning.

What can I do?

Having a house full of people and excited children can make it more difficult to monitor your pet. Setting a few ground rules with any guests or children and reminding them not to feed your dog or leave their treats anywhere where the dog may get them is a good step. If you’re doing an Easter egg hunt, make sure your dog is safely away. It’s a good idea to make a note of how many eggs you’ve placed and where you’ve placed them, so you can make sure they’ve all been picked up before your dog comes out. Keep a close eye on your dog, they’re masters at finding and getting into things that they shouldn’t and its all too tempting for them.

Signs and Symptoms

If you’re worried that your dog has eaten chocolate, these are the main symptoms to look out for:

  • Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Loss of appetite and excessive thirst, Hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching) and Lethargy

It can take a few hours to start showing signs but the sooner your dog seeks medical attention, the better the prognosis.

Dogs and Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns, another Easter staple, are also incredibly dangerous for your dog. Raisins, sultanas and lemon zest are some of the common ingredients in hot cross buns that are toxic to dogs and can cause sudden kidney failure as well as seizures and abdominal pain. Even small amounts can cause problems, so this is one Easter treat you get to keep all to yourself.

Remember to plan ahead so everyone can enjoy Easter this year and if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact a vet.

 

TOP FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR YOUR 4 LEGGED FRIEND

 

Top 10 Best Fruits For Your Pooch

Fruits are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that could help reduce the risk of cancer and also keep your pet healthy. Make sure to remove all seeds from any fruit and you can prepare the fruits in a food processor or blender so it’s easier for your pet to digest.

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Top 10 Best Vegetables For Your Pooch

Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants and have amazing health benefits for dogs! Try adding some veggies into yours dog's diet to improve their health and well-being!

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IMPORTANT!!

Always consult your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding your dog’s diet.

Quick & Easy PEANUT BUTTER Dog Treats

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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut b utter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water


Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

  • Mix together your flour, peanut butter & egs in a large mixing bowl until slightly combined.

  • Add in a little bit of water approx. one tbsp at a time, until the mixture is wet enough to roll out as dough.

  • Roll out dough & and cut out your desired shape with cookie cutters (we think bone or heart shapes are super cute)

  • Place your treats onto a baking sheet & cook in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes

Optional 

Drizzle peanut butter over cooked cookies (it looks cute and your pup will thank you for it).