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Pittie Patter, Issue #005 -- Dog Chewing Peaks in Winter
March 06, 2013
I can’t wait for Spring. The snow is lovely when it first falls but the ice here in Minnesota has had me indoors far too long. I was trying to get Bonz out regardless of the weather since he loves his walks and the cold doesn’t bother him nearly as much as it bothers me.
Then one afternoon he was racing around in the yard doing those circles that make all dog lovers laugh. He hit a patch of ice and not only lost his footing but flipped, spun and crashed into the cyclone fence. When he got up, he was walking on three legs instead of four. I stopped our walks.
I don’t think he liked my decision because he still wanted to go. In his mind he still had three good legs to walk on. I on the other hand, took the worry wart stance and although he’s healed now, I seem to be waiting for all the ice to melt.
I finally understand how dogs feel when they don’t get out for play or long walks. It’s kind of a nervous antsy feeling that you just don’t know quite what to do about. I’m feeling it now. This got me to thinking about how dog’s deal with all this sitting around.
What's New at Three Little Pitties?
Our dogs need something to do just like we do. Besides, they can’t get on Facebook, watch a good movie or read a good book.
And they can't pop open a beer to relax or pour a glass of wine.
What do they do? They chew! So I wrote about why dog’s chew at Dog Chewing and give some tips on the healthiest choices. There's also one you may be be giving your dog that you should keep him away from. Check it out.
Dog Health Tip - A Sign of Kidney Problems
If your dog is losing muscle mass which usually shows in the hind legs first, he may need more than exercise.
Why? The body needs minerals to function, especially the kidneys. If your dog isn’t getting enough natural minerals in his or her diet, or the kidneys are stressed and overworked, her body will take them from muscle mass, and then from the bones themselves. (Makes me wonder about the real cause of osteoporosis in women.)
If you’re concerned about an obvious loss of muscle, you can have the vet do a test for kidney health and contact me about ways to help boost kidney function, or at least get some minerals in there that work.
It occurred to me to share this because my 13-year-old Bonz has lost a good deal of muscle mass. It wasn’t until Christmas that it dawned on me it was a kidney problem.
Why did it take so long for me to figure it out? Well, it happened so slowly I didn’t notice for a long time. Then once I did, I just chalked it up to aging, which is just the kind of thinking I try to teach everyone else NOT to do.
I can’t give him new kidneys but I can help his function better with minerals his body can assimilate and thereby stop the kidneys from pulling minerals from his own muscles and bones.
I'm really pleased that since I added some Nature’s Sunshine minerals, he’s feeling much better, he’s stronger and he’s more active.
If you or anyone you know needs to help their dog with this please contact me so I can help you choose the best mineral supplement for your dog. Not all supplements are created equally and Nature's Sunshine are my favorites but even they have dozens of choices so let me help you pinpoint what will best help your dog.
Supplement of the Month - Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has healing properties. It has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal elements. It’s also metabolized quickly, helps balance the thyroid and can aid in weight loss. Coconut oil is good for dog health and yours too.
If your dog has less than desirable skin and coat, give it a try. I’ve been using it and sharing it with the dogs for about a month now and I could be hooked on the stuff. Shamefully, I'm hogging it.
It’s not expensive even when it’s organic cold pressed (always the best choice) and it doesn’t go rancid. To read why it’s healthy and why it’s different from fish oil for dogs, check out my new page called what else but…Coconut Oil Benefits
Dog Food Review - Bashing a Big Guy
I’m going to do a bit of bashing in the dog food review this month. I get so upset when people ask me for help and the vet has their dog on Prescription Hills Science Diet. After reading the ingredients list on several, I think that stuff is awful. The protein is too low, the vitamins are synthetic (meaning the body likely sees them as toxins instead of vitamins) and I’d rather give my dog a McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese. This is my personal opinion. I’m not here to bash veterinarians. Most simply aren’t schooled in nutrition so learning about dog nutrition is up to YOU.
Free Book for You
Spring is around the corner. Did you know I wrote a book about flea control? How much does it cost? Nothing, it's my gift to you and you can download it as a PDF file on the Three Little Pitties Website at:
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