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DOG HEALTH: CARING FOR DOGS WITH ARTHRITIS

Dogs-and-Arthritis-Toronto-dog-wellness-2Aging is a part of any canine life, but sometimes with those precious golden years there also comes the challenge of coping with arthritis.

This condition, which is often referred to as degenerative joint disease, subjects a dog to pain and inflammation of the joints. Just like in humans, arthritis is defined as “the breaking down of smooth cartilage that protects the bones that make up a joint” (source). Once that healthy cartilage disappears or diminishes, a joint becomes aggravated, inflamed and generally painful from the constant friction of bone rubbing against bone.

Sometimes there are additional factors at play besides genetics that can cause arthritis to present in canines. These factors can include (but aren’t limited to) broken bones, dislocation, torn ligaments or preexisting medical conditions.

For a dog suffering from arthritis their mobility can be greatly limited. Sitting and even walking can become uncomfortable, which as you can imagine is no fun at all. However, there are a few things a pet parent can do to make a dog’s life with arthritis more comfortable.

GENTLE EXERCISE
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Dogs who suffer from arthritis will find movement a challenge, but they will still need to exercise in order to keep fit and keep their joints functioning. Two highly recommended low-impact therapies are hydrotherapy (aka supervised swimming) and canine massage, as both activities allow a dog to stretch, tone muscle and limit the risk of falling.

Depending upon the case, you may also consider short, slow walks. Just be sure to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t topple over.

SMART FOOD
Researchers have found that some human foods possess vitamins and minerals that can help soothe arthritis symptoms, such as celery, papaya and mango. Some experts believe that excessive grains in a diet can aggravate the condition, so you may want to consider removing such elements from your dog’s diet.

Eating smart and avoiding excess weight will also help alleviate some joint stress for dogs, as the more pounds they have to carry, the harder it may be to walk.

MEDICATION
Some cases of canine arthritis are so severe they may require medication and supplements from a certified vet to alleviate their symptoms.

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE
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Of course, nobody can predict what conditions a senior dog may develop, but encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle can help to prevent the risk of developing arthritis; although avoiding this condition entirely cannot be guaranteed.

Make sure your dog exercises regularly to keep excess weight off and be mindful of their diet, especially as they age. Sometimes a dog’s food will need to be changed as they get older — and keep track of how many and what kind of treats you are spoiling them with.

(Note: Be sure to consult with your veterinarian when addressing arthritis in your dog.)

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DOG BEHAVIOUR: WHAT SHOULD BE IN A DOG OWNER’S PURSE?

Dog-behaviour-dog-products-on-the-go-2The other day I was transferring my purse contents from an old bag to a newer model and I realized that as a pet parent there are certain must-have items that every purse should carry.

For starters, you want to be prepared for any pet situation. This means you more than likely want to have on hand some dog biscuits, a travel water bowl, a spare collar (or at least, I do!) But you also want to have some items for your own benefit, such as lip balm, sunglasses and tissues!
Dog-behaviour-dog-products-on-the-go-1So it got me thinking — what’s in your purse or bag? Here’s what emerged from my purse exploration!
– dog biscuits
– poo bags
– sunglasses
– a Nylabone (in case I am delayed somewhere and my pup needs some entertainment)
– lip balm
– a spare collar
– a small towel (for drying mucky paws)
– my iPod
– my phone
– candies (usually toffee)
– tissues
– a notebook
– a dog brush (for spontaneous grooming in the park)

I would love to know what’s in your purse or bag? Am I the only pet parent who carries all of these extra dog items? Is there an essential item that I’m missing in my daily outing arsenal?

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PET PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: WIN OVER $800 IN PRIZES IN PAWSH PET PHOTO CONTEST!

Pawsh-Magazine-pet-photo-contest-leading-imageExciting news ladies and gentlemen! Pawsh Magazine is hosting a spectacular photo contest, called Pawsh Showcase, which offers over $800 in prizes PLUS the chance to be published in the Fall 2014 edition of Pawsh Magazine! One lucky winner will even have their photo published on the cover of the next Pawsh Magazine edition! The contest is designed to showcase the best of pet photography from all levels to celebrate the wonderful artistry, emotion and creativity that exists in this particular genre of photo taking!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Pawsh-Photo-Contest-banner-3Pawsh Showcase is a beautifully curated and expertly designed extended feature section of Pawsh Magazine dedicated solely to showcasing the most creative, artistic, moving and mesmerizing animal photography from all over the world. Pet photographers rarely get the kind of recognition they deserve or the opportunities to have their breathtaking work published in a high-end format; enter Pawsh Showcase.

Part photography contest, part artist exhibition, the Pawsh Showcase feature in Pawsh Magazine will offer pet and animal photographers a unique chance to connect with their inner artistry, challenge themselves in the realm of shooting with our furry friends and share with a devoted, pet-loving audience how moving and emotional animal photography can be.

WHO CAN ENTER
The contest is open to photographers of all levels, from seasoned professionals to at-home shutterbugs. Preference, however, will be given to those photographs that have not been published elsewhere (including social media sites and personal blogs).

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for more than just a cute photograph. We’re looking for an incredible photograph that tells a story, expresses a mood, ignites the imagination and makes the viewer stop and stare while evoking emotion. We’re looking for artistry that pushes boundaries, work that captures unbelievable moments and submissions that make the heart skip a beat while sharing a message.

FIRST PRIZE!
The first place winner, the top dog, the best entry of the batch will receive an amazing prize package that includes the following:
0-First-place-added-text1. A gorgeous Madison camera bag from Epiphanie Bags — luxuriously crafted so you can carry your shooting gear in style
2. A SPARK tilt shift lens from Lensbaby — a spectacular lens that adds a beautiful dimension to your artist’s eye
3. A 300€ ($400US)  store credit from Cloud 7 — a spectacular store for dogs!
4. Their photo published on the FRONT COVER of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
5. A feature about you, your work and dog published in Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
6. A free digital copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

SECOND PRIZE!
The second place winner will also receive some fantastic prizes! Including:
2nd-price-final1. A stunning, luxury Georgia Nautical camera bag from Jo Totes
2. A set of 3 cell phone lenses (wide-angle/macro, telephoto and fisheye) suitable for Apple and Android devices from PhotoJoJo to take your Instagramming skills to a whole new level
3. Their image published on the back cover of Pawsh Magazine 2014
4. A free copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

RUNNER UPS
There will be eight runner ups selected! These lucky winners will have their work published in Pawsh Showcase and receive a FREE digital copy of the Fall 2014 Edition of Pawsh Magazine.

ABOUT THE ENTRY FEE
A small entry fee of $10 per submission is required for all photography contest submissions. This fee exists for the same reason an entry fee is required for any photography contest. In short, think of the entry fee as a small cost to enter a photography contest for a chance to win great prizes, be published and show off your photography to a wide,  pet-loving audience!

HOW TO ENTER!
Complete contest details, submission guidelines, tips/advice, submission form and FAQs about this photo contest can be found here. The submission period closes August 20th, 2014 at midnight, after which the winners will be contacted.

So don’t be shy! Grab your camera and your favourite furry friend and get shooting! PS: If you need some shooting inspiration, don’t forget to check out these 9 expert pet photography tips!

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{Special thanks to our incredible sponsors — Epiphinie, PhotoJoJo, Lensbaby,
Cloud 7 and Jo Totes — for helping to make this contest possible!}

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