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TO RAISE, OR NOT TO RAISE?

A lot has been said about the raising of a dog's food and water bowls. So, how do you know which is right for your dog? From a distance raising the bowls seems like a more comfortable option for larger breed dogs, but recent studies have shown that a raised food bowl may increase the chance of bloat.

Bloat in dogs is much more serious than that feeling you get when leaving a buffet. Bloat in dogs is when there is an excessive amount of air, fluid or food in the stomach. As the stomach swells it may twist, trapping all the contents in the stomach. This is more common in larger, deeper chested breeds and is the second leading cause of death in dogs. So, what’s more important, your dog’s daily comfort or preventing a possible risk of bloat? That decision is in the hands of the owner.

Pros

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Courtesy of highdoggiediner.com

  • Prevents staining on the dog’s neck and back.
  • Improves the dog’s posture.
  • Makes swallowing easier.
  • Prevents vomiting after meals because the gravity pushes the food and water down.
  • Lessens shoulder and joint pain.

Of course, one of the most obvious of all is the comfort. Imagine eating your food ducked over and   looking down at your plate. It couldn’t be the most comfortable of positions and could put a strain on your joints and limbs as well.

Con

  • Bloat.

Bloat is the only con, but the scariest. At one point in time it was thought that the raised food bowl decreased the risk of bloat, but recent findings have shown the exact opposite. Purdue University did a study called Purdue Bloat Notes, finding that raising food bowls could be a major factor in bloat cases. Dr. Glickman (J Am Vet Med Association) is a researcher who conducted a five year bloat study; found that 20 to 50 percent of large and giant breed dogs with bloat could attribute it to the raising of food bowls.

Many dog owners have their own opinions to what they think about raising their dog’s food bowl. Either you can’t stand to see your pooch bent over chomping food or you can’t stand the thought that there could be a correlation between your dogs twisted stomach and a heightened food bowl. So the true question is, to raise, or not to raise?

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THE DO'S AND DON'TS TO SPOILING

Your dog is your best friend, makes you happy, and offers you unconditional love. Your dog, in most cases, is your baby. So, why not spoil him? There is a wrong and right way to spoil your dog. Spoiling is perfectly acceptable, but there are some things you should know before you lavish your dog with too many goodies.

Sleeping

You know your dog is spoiled when you have bought a very nice, comfy dog bed for him and somehow he still ends up sleeping right next to you in bed. This is completely fine, some people like the company and the extra warmth in the bed.

The only thing that you should be cautious of is making sure if your dog sleeps in your bed that you are still the pack leader. Dogs are instinctively pack animals and you want to be the leader of that pack. In a pack environment the pack leader gets the most comfortable spot to sleep.

So, if you do have your dog in your bed make sure it’s because YOU want him there, not that he wants to be there. If you want your dog out of the bed, he should respect you as a pack leader enough to not sleep in the bed. If your dog doesn’t listen to you when you tell them to get out of your bed, you might have an issue and may need to start weaning him out of your bed at night.

Playing

When it comes to your dog’s toys if you have a spoiled dog you have everything that rolls, bounces, squeaks, and is capable of being pulled. Your dog probably even has his own stocking at Christmas. Not to mention the toys he gets just for being a good boy.

Courtesy of Glamour Dog Salon

Courtesy of Glamour Dog Salon

There is nothing wrong with having a lot of toys for your dog, as long as they are safe and appropriate toys. Toys should keep a dog’s mind and body active. If the toy is accomplishing that then you can have as many toys as you can afford.

Just make sure the toys your dog is playing with are his toys, not your toys. Your shoes, your socks and your bra may be completely appealing to chew to your dog, but you need those things.
Also, you should note if the toys you are buying are ending up not being played with and just sit on the floor for you to trip over. You may need to evaluate what type of toys your dog likes. It’s better to have a few toys that actually get played with, then tons of toys that never get touched.

Food

               Spoiled dogs often get fed table scraps. It’s hard to help when you want them to enjoy the same delicious food you do and they look so cute staring up at you from the table. If you want to feed your dog table scraps that is completely up to you, but there are some things you should be aware of.

A dog that is fed table scraps often will master the art of begging. They think if sitting at your feet, staring at you will you eat gets them food, they’re going to do it all the time. Begging is a learned behavior, if a dog does it and gets food they think they’re being praised. If you don’t want your dogs to beg, don’t reward them when they do it. That will just sends them mixed signals.

Another issue that can emerge when feeding your dog table scraps is your dog may experience weight issues. According to the American Society for Nutritional Sciences obesity and excess weight affects approximately 25 percent of dogs in the United States. Weight problems and obesity is the most common nutritional disease in companion animals.

If a dog is overweight or obese it can lead to a whole list of unwanted and expensive problems such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disease. If you truly want to spoil your dog and do what is good for him you should feed him healthy and nutritious dog food.

Good dog food can’t just simply be found walking down the aisles of your local grocery store. You have to actually check the labels and make sure that there aren’t any additives or fillers. BOGO Bowl dog food provides all of the nutrients your dog needs without all of the additives and not so good stuff in it. It is also packed full with protein and good grains. If your dog does have a weight issue we even have a Healthy Weight formula that will help shed those extra pounds your dog is carrying.

Spoiling your dog is fun and easy to do. You shouldn’t be ashamed of showering your furry family member with love and gifts. Just make sure your love isn’t affecting your dog’s health and behavior. Spoil away, it’s the least we can do for our life long companions.

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TAILS OF UNDYING LOYALTY

Dog has been man's best friend for thousands of years. They've been loyal friends, protectors, alarm clocks, fire alarms, life vests, walking sticks, psychiatrists, exercise partners, cuddlers, just about anything you can think of dogs will do for you. Dogs have been known to jump in the path of danger and lay down their lives for their best friends. Here are some tails that belonged to dogs that put their lives on the line to save their human's tails!

Mr. Rivera and Dorado

During the 9/11 tragedy Mr. Rivera was trapped in the World Trade Center. Mr. Rivera is blind and relies on Dorado, a two year old Labrador retriever and guide dog. When the plane crashed into the building Mr. Rivera thought he would never make it down 70 floors alive.DORADO

"I thought I was lost forever—the noise and the heat were terrifying—but I had to give Dorado the chance of escape. So I unclipped his lead, ruffled his head, gave him a nudge and ordered Dorado to go,” Mr. Rivera said.

But then Dorado did something unexpected. After several minutes Dorado returned to his owner. Dorado guided his owner down 70 flights of stairs, down to the street. It took the pair and another co-worker of Mr. Rivera an hour to make it down to the street. Shortly after they made it down the tower collapsed.

Herbert and BoydyBOYD

Herbert Schutz, a 76 year old man, found himself in a terrible situation on one gloomy night in Australia. Schutz crashed his car after hitting a tree and became pinned beneath the vehicle. The man was trapped for four days, but thankfully he had his dog Boydy with him.

Schutz “was adamant his dog saved his life.” Boydy laid across Schutz in an attempt to keep him warm. Finally Schutz was found four days later with a fractured skull, two broken hips and a dislocated shoulder and was rushed to the hospital to begin recovery.

Emma and CrackersCRACKERS

Emma Iverson, a 79 year old woman from Minnesota, knows her dog Crackers was her angel the night she fell and couldn’t get up. Iverson was on the ground for 20 hours with her dog at her side. She remembers him repeatedly chasing raccoons and coyotes that came around away.

Finally, the next day her postal carrier found her. Iverson spent nine days in the hospital for a full recovery, all thanks to her spunky dog Crackers.

Ian and Monty

Ian Thomas, a 64 year old man, found himself knocked unconscious from a lightning bolt. Thomas was out feeding his chickens, goats and a donkey. He was holding a metal bowl when the bolt shot through the bowl and up to his hands and head. The only way Thomas survived instant death is he was wearing rubber-soled willies on his hands.

When Thomas came to he saw his dog Monty standing by him. Thomas got up allowing Monty to take some of his weight. Thomas leaned on Monty as he guided him the whole 100 yards home, where he was rushed to the hospital.  MONTY

“I use Monty quite often as a prop or walking stick when I am out of breath. I say to him, ‘Help me, help me’ and he comes to heel. This was a case of, ‘Help me, help me’ and there he was, God bless him. I just trusted my instincts, reached out and grabbed hold of him. I was able to use him to drag myself up and back to the house,” Thomas said.

These are just a few courageous stories of a dog doing anything to ensure the safety of their owners. Dogs have been known to sacrifice anything for their owners; maybe that’s why we call dogs our best friend.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Sun and Whitewolfpack.com.

              

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