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Keeping it Green

This is the time of the year that homeowners should be really proud of their gardens. Lush lawns and colorful flowerbeds are part of the summer scene.

No-one wants the lawn "decorated' with yellow pee spots! And placing empty soda bottles all over the place to stop offenders is unsightly.

The problem begins and ends with the dog. And once again the maxim “ you are what you eat” comes into play.

You can control how acidic your dog’s pee is with his diet.
But at the same time, diet is something that could be supervised by your veterinarian. So this is a question for the Vet’s Office in order to ensure your dog is getting the right food, but at the same time, a diet that can possibly address the “lawn decorations”.

Fortunately, there are other ways to tackle the problem from the dog’s perspective too. There are special additives that are colorless and tasteless that can be added to water bowls that will also control the acidity.  They are available from most pet specialty and pet supermarket stores.

Recently I came across an interesting new product called Dog Rocks. It’s a volcanic rock that absorbs and retains some of the impurities in the water that turn the grass brown.

I am always amazed that there are still unique little pockets on this earth that are unique to particular rocks and minerals. Take the beautiful gemstone Tanzanite – its only mined is a small area in Tanzania and available nowhere else on the planet. And the same goes for this volcanic dog rock.  It’s found in only one spot in Australia! www.dogrocksus.com.

I love the fact that it’s an all-natural product. It doesn’t change the Ph balance of the dog pee but acts as a water purifying agent and the results are to be seen in the appearance of the lawn. 

Do let me know if you try and send before and after photographs of your lawn – and don't forget to include your pooch too!


Putting an End to Gobbling Meals

Most dogs are very enthusiastic about their food. In fact, one often wonders if they ever taste anything particularly those that vacuum up a meal in literally seconds.

It's a problem, because dogs that eat with such gusto can be candidates for developing a condition called Bloat which can in fact be life threatening.

According to Web MD “Bloat actually refers to two conditions. The first is gastric dilatation, in which the stomach distends with gas and fluid. The second is Volvulus, in which the distended stomach rotates on its long axis. The spleen is attached to the wall of the stomach, and therefore rotates with the stomach.”

When gas and fluid is trapped in the stomach and it begins to distend as the material ferments, it cuts of blood circulation and can result in a number of other medical issues such as acute dehydration, bacterial septicemia, circulatory shock, cardiac arrhythmias, gastric perforation, and death.

Bloat can occur in any dog at any age, but typically occurs in middle-aged to older dogs. Large-breed dogs with deep chests are anatomically predisposed such as Great Danes, German Shepherd Dogs, St. Bernards, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Wolfhounds, Boxers, Weimaraners as well as medium-sized breeds such as Shar-Peis and Basset Hounds. This condition is not common in small breeds but has been known to occur in Dachshunds.

The problem is that bloat can develop suddenly in what is otherwise a normally active and healthy dog.

One way to try and prevent issues to is train your dog to eat more slowly. A gadget called a Gobble Stopper will do the trick. This gadget can be fitted to any bowl and basically varies the surface of the bowl making it uneven and putting obstacles in the way, which the dog has to eat around, and thus they are forced to eat more slowly.

Another good idea is to put your dog’s meals in a food puzzle or treat ball (if it's a kibble) and make them work for it

They may even get to use a taste bud!




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