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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ How To Aid Your Aging Dog

How to aid your aging dog

Posted by | Behavior, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Older Dogs, Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

It’s not fun to think about, but your pup may no longer be the spritely canine he once was. When your dog has brought so much joy to your life, you only want to do what's best for him. Here are some tips to help ease the aging process for your older dog. Keep them active An active dog is a healthy dog. From playing with their furry BFFs to continuing their morning walks, try to keep your dog moving to help with their continued mobility. Provide supplements From their joints to skin, your dog may need additional nutrients not...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Health Watch: Overweight Dogs

Health watch: Overweight dogs

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Tips, Vet Tips | No Comments

Is my dog overweight? It is an important question to ask yourself because an estimated 54% of dogs in the U.S. are considered either overweight or obese. Unfortunately, many often mistake their dog's weight to be average or normal. Overweight and obese dogs are at risk for serious health issues like diabetes, joint damage, heart disease, a shorter life expectancy and more. From too many treats to access to too much food, there are several things that affect a dog's weight. How can you tell if your pup is considered overweight? Here are a few tests you can run to...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Upcoming Events

Rattlesnake awareness

Posted by | Activities, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Events, Feature, Featured Partner, Fitdog Activities, Health, Health Watch, Hiking, Seasons, Tips, Training, Well-Being | No Comments

We love hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with our dogs. As the weather warms up, and we are outside more with our dogs, we need to be mindful of rattlesnakes! Dogs’ instincts tell them to approach snakes, but it is an owner's responsibility to keep their dog out of harm's way. Rattlesnakes are known to be most active in warmer weather. From April to September, they can be encountered at any point when in their natural habitat, which includes beach areas, the foothills, mountains, canyons, deserts, and even some urban surroundings. Once bitten, snake venom, a sophisticated mixture of...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Canine Influenza in Los Angeles

Canine Influenza in Los Angeles

Posted by | Boarding, Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Home, Tips, Travel, Vet Tips, Well-Being | No Comments

Dogs are vaccinated to prevent getting life-threatening illnesses, but did you know that new strains continue to occur? A new Canine Flu (H3N2) has now spread to LA County. We want to give you the real deal on what this means for you and your dog. The symptoms of the canine flu are similar to kennel cough, including: Lethargy Cough Loss of appetite Sneeze Fever Nasal discharge Some dogs may not have symptoms If you think your dog has the canine flu, it’s important to seek veterinarian care. Puppies & elderly dogs are at greater risk and should take extra...

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Fitdog Sports Club _ Dog Blog _ Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

Featured Partner: Vetted PetCare

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Feature, Featured Blogger, Featured Partner, Fitdog Asks, Health, Health Watch, Just Because, Vet Tips | No Comments

This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, stop by to provide you with some awesome advice on choosing a veterinarian for new and existing pet parents. From Vetted: It is important to do your research in order to select the best doctor for your needs. However, for new pet parents, it can be difficult and a little overwhelming to find the information you need to make an informed choice. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, research, to determine a good fit for you. When choosing a doctor, avoid making these 5 mistakes:  1) Cost: Expensive...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog_Flea Products

Flea products & how they work

Posted by | Dog Care, Dog Facts, Health, Health Watch, Tips | No Comments

In the summer, fleas are lurking everywhere and unfortunately, our furry pals will encounter them at some point. Luckily, there are many different products that can prevent and eliminate these horrible pests. Before purchasing a remedy that gets rid of fleas, it is important to understand the differences between each one. Frontline Frontline applications kill fleas and ticks at every stage of their life. All fleas and ticks will be killed between 24-48 hours after application. To apply Frontline, all you have to do is part a coat of fur between the shoulder blades of your dog. Then, squeeze the...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog_Health Watch Brought To You By DogCatDoc@YourDoor: Heatstroke

Health Watch brought to you by dogcatdoc@yourdoor: Heatstroke

Posted by | Dog Care, Dr. Hervatic Tips, Health, Health Watch, Seasons, Tips, Vet Tips | No Comments

Cool cats, no hot dogs! by Dr. Hervatic of dogcatdoc.com Baby, it’s HOT outside! Summer is officially in full swing. While most of us love a little sun and outdoor fun, remember your pets can become overheated easily, and that may be very dangerous. Pets can develop HEATSTROKE in a matter of minutes if not attended to. Heatstroke is an inability to adequately dissipate heat. It is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate attention. The normal body temperature of a dog or cat is about 101° F…any temperature above 105° F is a true emergency. Heatstroke occurs most commonly during the summer months,...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog_Health Watch Brought To You By DogCatDoc@YourDoor: Heatstroke

Health Watch brought to you by dogcatdoc@yourdoor: Wound care for pets

Posted by | Dog Care, Dr. Hervatic Tips, Health, Health Watch, Tips, Vet Tips | No Comments

At one point or another, you will inevitably have a dog that needs first aid. Playtime may get at little rough or your pup may find out the hard way about thorns in rose bushes. Immediate and proper attention at home will help speed healing and minimize pain. Dr. Hervatic has a few basic guidelines to care for your pet’s wounds at home. Be careful If your pet is in pain, he or she may act out and bite you. Soothe them with a calm voice, and approach slowly. If your dog is growling, it is best to bring him...

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Fitdog Sports Club Blog _ Health Watch Brought To You By dogcatdoc@yourdoor: Raw Food Diets

Health Watch brought to you by dogcatdoc@yourdoor: raw food diets

Posted by | Dog Care, Dr. Hervatic Tips, Health, Health Watch, Vet Tips | No Comments

By: Dr. Hervatic The raw food diet is a health craze sweeping the pet community. Dog owners everywhere have decided that this is the healthiest diet for their dogs because they believe it will make their dogs live longer and even kill diseases due to the enzymes and vitamins present in the raw food. However, they aren’t getting all of the facts! There is no evidence to prove that a raw food diet actually does this. There is, however, evidence to prove that it may, in fact, be dangerous. A raw dog food can be very dangerous to not only...

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