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Avoid These Common Mistakes If You’re a First Time Dog Owner

If you’ve never owned a dog before, the excitement of bringing home your new companion can be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life. Dogs are lifelong friends, perfect for anyone struggling with loneliness, heartbreak, recovery, or illness. Dogs teach us and our children to be caring and responsible. Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. If you’re not prepared, however, that exhilaration can soon turn to unease and unhappiness – for both you and your new dog. If you want to get your relationship with your new dog off to the right start, avoid these common mistakes that many first-time owners make.

Failing to match dog to lifestyle

Before you even bring your new dog home you can make the biggest mistake you can possibly make – failing to match your dog to your lifestyle.

Different dogs require different levels of activity and space. A German Shepherd, for instance, requires a larger living area and much more exercise than a Bichon Frise. If you are pressed for time, live in a small apartment, or live a sedentary lifestyle, don’t bring home a dog that needs more from you than you can provide. If you have moderate to severe allergies, don’t bring home a dog that has a lengthy coat that sheds. If you are getting a dog to be a running partner, don’t get a bulldog. You see the point here – it’s vital to get a dog that matches your lifestyle.

Being too hands-off at first

You dog will need to learn early on that it’s ok to be touched, picked up, and held. Many first time owners think that the attention a puppy gives them means that they are on their way to being fully socialized. This isn’t exactly true. Owners need to be hands-on with their dogs, exposing them to practices that will teach them to be comfortable in all situations.

“The best thing you can do to prepare your dog for all of this necessary attention is to get him used to having all parts of his body handled. He should be willing to let you touch him anywhere, including his paws and more private areas,” says VetStreet.

Brush your dog’s teeth, trim their nails, give them baths, and brush their coat. Not only will this improve your dog’s overall health, but it will get them used to being touched in all sorts of ways.

Failing to establish boundaries

If you want your dog to be well-behaved, you must set rules and stick to them.

“Before you bring a new dog or puppy into the house, sit down with members of the household and decide what the dog will and will not be allowed to do. Choose where the dog will sleep, if it can be on the furniture, when it will be fed, walked, exercised and by whom. Setting the rules and making sure everyone follows them is a big key to success,” says iHeartDogs.com.

Changing the rules confuses dogs and sets them up for failure. Dogs are not human, and they can’t read you mind. They need boundaries in order to function as well-behaved and happy pets.

One main boundary involves food. Don’t feed your dog table scraps. Don’t give them human food. Not only can some food harm dogs, but teaching your dog that human food is fair game early on can lead to behavioral issues like aggression down the road.

If you do the research to find the right dog for your lifestyle, begin to bond with your dog from day one, and set strict rules that every member of the household can follow, you’ll be well on your way to owning a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog.

Guest Blogger: Jessica Brody, Our Best Friends
Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

Spring Has Sprung!

CATS everywhere are yowling for attention…the females are restless and the boys are a ’fightin’. Even your spayed and neutered felines are feeling the fun in the air. I have had a few early fighters in my practice already, with small abscess repairs and a not-so-fun week of confinement with that embarrassing e-collar….

Be aware that it is far better to build a “catio,” or other large wired-in area for your kitties, so they can safely play “wildcat” without the associated risk. Along with cat-fights, the risks on the rise as it gets sunnier include coyote predators, owls, bobcats and of course, cars driven by happy teens out for spring and summer fun.

If you must let your kitty wander the ‘hood during the day, please have them in for supper (theirs) by about 5 pm, before dusk descends. If you notice your pet lying around, a little quiet, or subdued, often they have a developing abscess somewhere that just hasn’t demanded your attention yet. It’s best to really feel around for a sore spot on kitty’s body so you can detect that swelling before it gets too big or-yuck-ruptures.

Lastly, let’s talk about restless DOGS and spring. Most of you responsible pet owners have spayed and neutered dogs. But for other reasons, dogs too, want to really get out there and run and play and sniff our (finally) abundant, post-rain grass!

With all of that drive and activity, you may start to notice more knee and elbow strains in the more active pups, and joint stiffness and pronounced limping in those older “weekend warrior” canines. We have been using several amazing ALL-NATURAL products that are REVERSING JOINT DISEASE, REMOVING INFLAMMATION FROM THE JOINTS AND BONES, and doing a little general reverse aging as well. (I’m in for the human version….). Call and ask today about BIOCELL, EXCEL CAMELINA OIL, AND VETSMART HIP AND JOINT…remember, pure, clean, and 95% absorbed the minute it passes their doggy lips!

Let’s keep the SPRING in your pet’s steps this Spring!

Obesity In you and your Pet: The Solution to a Healthier Lifestyle

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Do you ever notice pets can kind of look like their owners? The tall, lengthy dogs with the skinny, tall owners or sometimes the bulky dog with the overweight owner.

Being overweight whether you’re a dog or a person is dangerous for your long-term health. In this article, I break down how obesity begins, the hormones that keep you from becoming obese, the emotional triggers of obesity and how From The Heart Mobile Vet can assist you and your pet in living a healthier life together.

How is Obesity Brought On in a Human or Animal?

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All of our bodies are made up of a hormone called Leptin. This hormone is produced by fat cells and it interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger. It also signals to your body when you’ve had enough to eat. When people and or pets become overweight, they lose the sensitivity of their leptin receptors, so their brain is not properly signaling to their body that it has had more than enough, to eat.

Since the obesity gene secretes leptin and leptin are produced by fat, then you can actually reduce the gene by reducing your body fat…bringing back the chicken or the egg…but no matter which came first, the one YOU have control over (in you or your pet) is the body fat. 

As your body fat is slowly reduced and your muscle mass increases, leptin sensitivity returns, and leptin production decreases, thereby decreasing the presence/ activity of obesity genes in you and or your pet’s body. 

Indulgence in White Food: Major Cause of Obesity

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Obesity can be brought on by you and or your pet over-indulging in white fat like simple sugars.  White bread, pasta, white rice, potatoes, and sweets are all examples of white fat that can coat you and or your pet’s internal organs and create very dangerous health complications.

Foods that Keep you and your Pet Healthy

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Eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. When you or your pet eat healthy, omega 3 rich fats  and omega-6 food such as salmon, flax seed, fresh basil, broccoli, rainbow trout, walnuts and sunflower seeds, it will not result in body fat.

It is the intake of simple carbohydrates and simple sugars that stimulate the insulin cascade that increases both leptin and insulin resistance.

How  Can you Control you and Your Pet’s Weight Destinydog-and-owner

While being overweight can be traced back to genetics, the truth is YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR GENETICS. You have the ability to turn OFF and turn ON genes. This is called epigenetics and can be modified and manipulated by your nutrition and lifestyle choices. It is HOW you can regain control of your body, your cells, your life and your happiness. Same goes for your pet.

Is it EASY? Not if you are a normal human being. Is it WORTH it? When you want to live out your life feeling good, happy and ready to take on anything, and you want your pet to feel the same, then yes, it’s worth it.

Unfortunately, it often takes something extreme to make a real change. But the good news is we have many warning opportunities in which our body TELL us we are on the slippery slope to health problems, so we have the chance to stop and change direction.

If you choose, you can and will learn to become AWARE of when your body is messaging you. If you understand that pain is never “normal”, and “aging,” in and of itself, is NOT a disease, then you will listen to your aches and pains, and slow age-associated illnesses in the healthiest of ways.

Changes you and Your Pet Can Make For a Healthier Lifestyle

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A couple simple changes you can make to create a healthier lifestyle for you and your pet is by taking a walk every day, portioning out your food and making sure your dog doesn’t consume food that is grain free, as grain is not a natural part of a dog’s diet, which is why grain can be hard on their digestive system. Same thing goes for cats and fish. Many cat foods contain fish as part of the ingredients, however, many cats have a sensitivity to fish. Find out some great food choices through my video.

Being overweight can also be a coping mechanism for an unresolved emotional trauma. Buried underneath most health issues, is an emotional trauma that is “held” somewhere in the body, causing a level of physical pain or even eventual illness if not addressed.

A great way to resolve those emotional traumas is to seek out extra assistance such as a life coach, spiritual coach or emotional/chakra “cleansing”. Without clearing up the traumas and dramas that we have all had, you are at risk of falling back into unhealthy physical patterns and pains.

For more information about shaping your life and allowing your pets to help you heal (and vice versa), visit our sister website Drtiffany.com or call (818)632-4498.