Common diseases in Dogs by an Inappropriate Diet

A high quality, healthy and balanced diet is essential for our dog’s health. As with us, humans, where we often say “we are what we eat” with our pets happens exactly the same.

Here are some common diseases that dogs suffer that can be directly affected by their diet.


Obesity can be considered as an epidemic in our times. Both humans and dogs. It is estimated that between 20-30% of dogs in Spain suffer from obesity. Or what is the same: about 1.5 million dogs.

Dogs suffering from obesity are more likely to suffer from arthritis, diabetes, hypertension problems and cancer. In addition, life expectancy decreases in obese dogs.

Another alarming fact: owners of 90% of pets classified as obese by a veterinarian thought their dog was at their ideal weight.

It is very important to pay attention to the calories of food, which although important and necessary in the diet, an excessive intake of them can promote obesity. It is imperative to choose a diet adequate to the rhythm of life of the animal, try as much as possible to exercise each day, and provide a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Pancreatitis develops when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing digestive enzymes to be discharged into the abdominal cavity. If this occurs, the enzymes destroy the fat and proteins of other organs as well as the pancreas itself. Pancreatitits are associated with excessive consumption of fats in the diet. If you suspect that your dog can suffer pancreatitis due to excessive consumption of fats it is necessary to consult your veterinarian. If your dog suffers from pancreatitis, a mild, low fat and easily digested diet is recommended.


The creation of stones in the bladder does not always occur in the same way. The stones may be composed of different types of minerals and other substances: they may be composed of calcium, magnesium or phosphorus.

At first the stones are very small but they are growing and causing various urinary accidents like color change in the urine, difficulty urinating, pain. Check with your veterinarian if you suspect your dog may have bladder stones. There are diets to try to dissolve the stones and in case it is not possible will require a surgical intervention. To avoid the formation of stones in the bladder, diets low in calcium and phosphorus are advised. Check with your vet any questions you may have.


Often dogs suffer heart problems in the same way that humans do. A key factor in heart problems in dogs is ingestion of sodium (salt). A high level of sodium in the blood causes fluid retention and hypertension. As blood pressure increases, the heart must dilate to be able to pump all extra blood from the ventricles.

If you have ever tasted the food your dog eats you will have noticed that it is totally bland and sins of lack of flavor. For this reason it is not good to feed our leftovers because they have high sodium contents for them. If you feed your dog with food leftovers or eat high sodium food go to your veterinarian to go on a low sodium diet as soon as possible.


Dogs often suffer from diarrhea. There are two types of diarrhea: those of the small intestine and those of the large intestine. Dogs with small bowel diarrhea produce loose stools seldom a day. In these cases it is recommended a soft, low fat and easily digested diet.

In the case of large intestinal diarrhea, the dog defecates completely liquid excrement very frequently. In these cases it is advisable a diet high in soluble and insoluble fibers.

In case of diarrhea go to your veterinarian to make a diagnosis of it and start treatment to mitigate it.

Ask your veterinarian how fats, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients play an important role in your pet’s diet and health. Feeding our dog is changing throughout his life. Your veterinarian or nutrition expert will help you to give you the best at each stage.



Tips for Reducing Your Dog’s Stress During Visits to the Vet


Dog’s Stress

It’s no secret that dogs hate visits to vet.  Also high on the dislike list is grooming visits. Can you blame them for getting worked up? Getting poked and inspected certainly upsets the dog’s daily routine of eating, sleeping and playing. Trips to the vet are similar to how we feel about going to the dentist for a dental exams.  It is very uncomfortable and stressful but it is absolutely necessary.

All pet owners know that annual check-ups and vaccinations are critical to a dog’s long-term health. Unfortunately, providing the best care for your dog requires a very stressful trip to the vet’s office every once in a while.

Fortunately, vet and grooming appointments don’t need to be traumatic experiences for pets or pet owners.  Here is some good advice on how to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with visits to the vet.

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Few Tips on How to Enjoy
Stress-Free Vet and Grooming Visits

  • Treats by the Dozens

    Bring plenty of treats to reinforce and reward your dog’s good behavior from the waiting room to the exam table. The day of the visit keep meals light to help maintain your pet’s appetite.

  • Toys –

    If your pet gets nervous or anxious in strange environments one way to alleviate this nervous energy is to bring a favorite toy to provide a familiar scent and a shot of comfort at the vet’s office.

  • Reinforce Happy Visits

    Bring your dog to the vet’s office early for their appointment. Many clinics reinforce “happy visits” where the staff pets your dog and feeds him treats. This will help your pet relax during the vet’s exam.

  • Joy Riding –

    Take your pet on fun car rides that end with a walk in the park. That way, your dog does not associate the car with just vet appointments.

  • Use Supplements

    Give your dog an anti-aniexty supplement to promote calm behavior before a vet visit. It’s safe to double dosage when necessary but always follow direction on the supplement There are several dog supplements for reduced aniexty that actually taste like treats.

We hope these tips help you with your next visit to the vet and keep your pet happy for years to come.


Dog Owners Live Longer


Dog owners know that our pets really are man’s best friend, according to a recent study that shows that canine companions may reduce our risk of premature death by up to thirty percent. Our four-legged friends could help to increase our lives and here are the facts.


From an analysis of more than three and a half million adults, researchers found that people who owned dogs — particularly those  living a lone in a  household — were at lower risk of cardiovascular dieases and other causes of mortality, over a 12-year period, compared with people who did not own a dog.

The study was conducted by researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden, and the findings were recently reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Dogs are one of America’s favorite pets; around  50 percent of households in the United States own at least one dog.

Most dog owners or at least a majority of them, would consider their four-legged friends to be a part of the family.  They bring us happiness, companionship, love, and they never fail to make us laugh with their playful personalities.

However an increasing number of studies are starting to show that our dogs could be good for our health. One study,  reported earlier this year by Medical News Today revealed that dogs might help to lessen childhood  stress while more recent  research found that letting dogs sleep in the bedroom at night could benefit owners’ sleep quality.

Also, research has shown that dogs may help to increase owners’ exercise levels, which could help to increase their cardiovascular health.

The new study is seeking to explore this association further. Specifically, it looked at how owning a dog might influence the risk of death from cardiovascular disease as well as other causes.

Man's best friend and death risk

For their study,  Mwenya Mubanga the lead junior author from the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University gathered health, mortality, and dog ownership data for 3,432,153 individuals who were living in Sweden.

The information was taken from a total of seven national data sources, including the Swedish National Patient Register, the Cause of Death Register, the Swedish Twin Register, and the Swedish Kennel Club.

All individuals were free of cardiovascular disease when the data began being collected in 2001, and they were followed-up on  over an average time frame of 12 years.


Compared with individuals who did not own a dog, the people in multi-person and single-person households who did own a dog had an 10 percent to 30 percent lower risk, respectively, of all causes of death.

In single-person households, dog ownership was tied to a 35 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death, while dog ownership in multi-person households was linked to a 15 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular death.

The most robust evidence so far for lower risk of death by dog ownership is the researchers note that their study was not designed to identify the reasons why dog ownership might lower the risk of premature death, but how and why.  And they have some theories.

“We found that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity,” explains senior study author Tove Fall of the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory at Uppsala University, “which could be one explanation to the observed results.”

“Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner,” she adds.

It is also unclear why people living in single-person households appear to benefit more from dog ownership. “Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households,” Mubanga speculates.

Fall points out that the study’s population-based design means that the results could potentially be generalizable to the entire Swedish population, as well as other populations who have similar dog ownership cultures.

The researchers conclude:

“Taken together, we believe our longitudinal population-wide design provides the most robust evidence so far of a link between dog ownership and health outcomes, although bias from reverse causation, misclassification, and confounding cannot be excluded.”

Wellness Complete Health



Hills Healthy Advantage

We took a look at the best dog foods on the market today and here is the top 5 that we like.  Keep in mind there are a lot of dog food products out today and many of them have specific targeted heath advantages for your pet.  We looked at the middle of the market and focused on Adult dogs medium size for this article.  Please visit the website for the manufacturer to see if they have a particular product that meets your dog’s specific requirements.  Happy shopping and here are the top 5 dog foods we like:

Available exclusively from your veterinarian,  Hills® Healthy Advantage® Adult Canines uniquely formulated to help address five common health concerns for adult dogs

  • Weight Management
  • Digestion
  • Skin & Coat
  • Mobility
  • Immunity

Recommended For:  Adult dogs 1 – 6 years of age

Not Recommended For:Puppies, pregnant or nursing dogs. During pregnancy or nursing, dogs should be switched to Hills® Healthy Advantage® Puppy food


Chicken, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Soybean Meal, Chicken Meal, Pork Fat, Whole Grain Oats, Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Dried Beet Pulp, Iodized Salt, Flaxseed, Green Peas, Calcium Carbonate, Apples, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Cranberries, Carrots, Choline Chloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Broccoli, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene

Cost : $18 for 6 Lbs.


Royal Canin

Medium-sized dogs have lots of energy and were known historically as working dogs. Whether the medium dog is an indoor companion or loves spending time hunting outdoors, Royal Canin Medium formulas can help these dogs maintain natural defenses throughout their life while providing the balanced energy the medium dog needs to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Supports immune system health
  • Helps maintain digestive health
  • Supports skin health
  • Promotes appetite satisfaction
  • 100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

MEDIUM ADULT is for medium breed dogs over 12 months old.


Kibble specially designed for medium-sized dogs specifically to encourage chewing.

Ingredients :

Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, corn gluten meal, oat groats, chicken fat, natural flavors, dried plain beet pulp, fish oil, calcium carbonate, grain distillers dried yeast, vegetable oil, potassium chloride, monocalcium phosphate, salt, hydrolyzed yeast, L-lysine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate), rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

Cost: $35 for 17 Lbs


Savor Adult

Shredded Blend Beef & Rice Formula

High-quality protein, including beef as the first ingredient

  • Hard kibble combined with tender, shredded pieces for taste and texture dogs love
  • Natural prebiotic fiber, sourced from wheat bran, helps promote digestive health
  • Optimal levels of protein and fat help dogs maintain an ideal body condition
  • Vitamin A and linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, for healthy skin and coat

Beef, brewers rice, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal (source of glucosamine), soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, whole grain corn, dried egg product, fish meal (source of glucosamine), dried beet pulp, animal digest, glycerin, wheat bran, calcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), sulfur, niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

Price: $30 for 18 Lbs.


Orijen Adult Dog

OBIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ FREEZE-DRIED FOODSFREE-RUN CHICKEN AND TURKEY, WILD-CAUGHT HERRING AND FLOUNDER PLUS NEST-LAID EGGSDOGS ARE BIOLOGICALLY ADAPTED TO THRIVE ON A VARIED DIET OF FRESH WHOLE MEATS, WITH SMALL AMOUNTS OF FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND GRASSES.* Nutrient-dense WholePrey™ ratios of poultry, organs and cartilage plus fresh whole fish and fresh whole eggs provide a natural source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs.* Fresh meats are the foundation of our foods and all are delivered FRESH (refrigerated, without preservatives) or RAW (flash-frozen, without preservatives), then gently freeze-dried.

* Low-glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables maintain good digestive health and limit carbohydrates, while botanicals act as tonics and builders to cleanse your dog’s body.

* Quick and easy, ORIJEN Freeze-Dried Food takes only 5 minutes to prepare by simply adding a 1/4 cup warm water to each medallion and waiting 3-5 minutes for them to rehydrate.

* There are 20 nutritious and delicious servings for an 11lb dog in each 16oz bag, or you can break up a medallion and sprinkle it over ORIJEN dry food to tempt fussy eaters.

* Gently freeze-dried in our own kitchens without cooking or preservatives, to lock in natural, life-giving goodness and provide all the flavor and nutritional benefits of raw foods.

 INGREDIENTS:  Chicken (ground with bone), turkey (ground with bone), whole herring, chicken liver, chicken heart, whole eggs, spinach greens, pea fiber, turkey liver, turkey heart, whole flounder, ground whole sunflower seeds, whole pumpkin, butternut squash, whole carrots, whole cranberries, whole blackberries, whole blueberries, apples, pears, plums, apricots, brown kelp, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, dandelion root, summer savory, peppermint leaf, ginger root, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate. Cost:  $50 for 13 Lbs. 


Wellness Complete Health

Lamb & Barley

Wellness Complete Health combines natural, premium proteins and wholesome whole grains to deliver a balanced diet full of the nutrients your dog need for a lifetime wellbeing. Each recipe is crafted with antioxidants to support strong immune systems and balanced nutrients for optimal energy.

  • Vitamin A and Calcium for healthy eyes and teeth
  • High-quality nutrients for optimal energy
  • Fiber and probiotics for digestive health
  • Vitamins and minerals for healthy immune system
  • Omega fatty acides for healthy skin and coat


Lamb, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Menhaden Fish Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Rice, Ground Flaxseed, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace, Tomatoes, Carrots, Natural Lamb Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Garlic Powder, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.


Cost: $19 for 6 Lbs.


We hope you like our selections.  Please visit the specific manufactures website for additional information about their products.  Remember that the dog food industry has steadily changed over the last few years with many new and exciting products that can enhance your dog’s quality of life.