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Pet Ramps Helping Your Pet Stay Mobile

Posted in Pet Health Issues, Pet Products with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by exigentbarker

Is your dog lacking the extreme energy and physical stamina it once had in its younger years? If so, you may want to consider searching for solutions to ease daily activities that are hard on your dog. Like humans, dogs tend slow down physically and mentally over time and aging. This is a normal and completely natural part of your dogs life, yet it can be a very sad and difficult time for many dog owners, as they have grown attached to their dog and want what is best for them.

Dogs are forced to jump numerous times a day just to get around, whether they are leaping into your vehicle, jumping up on to the couch or even entering your house. Younger dogs are very active and can jump high with relative ease, but constant jumping and leaping can lead to serious health problems later in their lives. A wide array of dog breeds are prone to hip and joint problems genetically and studies have shown that jumping is the easiest way for a dog to sustain long term health issues. Because this constant jumping can have such a negative affect on a dog as it ages, many have purchased pet ramps and/or pet stairs. Pet ramps and pet stairs are excellent ways to prolong your dogs life and physical capabilities. The ramps are available in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide variety of unique situations. They can assist your dog in getting in an out of your vehicle, pool and even your boat! Ramps can be used indoors to help your dog access furniture and beds as well. Pet stairs serve the exact same purpose as the ramps, with a different look. Both the ramps and the stairs have many different color finishes to choose from, so finding one that looks great in your home will not be a problem!

Pet ramps and stairs are beneficial for all dogs whether they are young, old, have health problems or don’t have health problems at all. Using the ramps and stairs as preventative care can dramatically help your dog stay active and healthy as it ages. Always remember that your dog depends on you to look out for their comfort, health and safety. Doing whatever you can to make your dogs life less stressful is just part of being a responsible pet owner.

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Watch those Hips!

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by exigentbarker

Hip dysplasia is a very common and unfortunate part of many older, larger dogs’ lives. Though this disease is most common with larger dogs, it can still be found in medium size dogs and rarely even in small dogs. Hip dysplasia results from abnormal development of the hip joints in young dogs and most researchers have concluded that they believe it to be a genetic disease. However, obesity and over exercising can be factors as well. The symptoms of this disease for the most part are very noticeable, and in most cases can be detected in the early stages. You may notice that your dog seems very sore after or even during exercise, it is common for the dog to show signs of stiffness in the hind legs and hop gingerly as they run. For many dog owners it is very difficult for them to watch their pet fight the pain caused by hip dysplasia day in and day out, and unfortunately there is no magical medication to make it go away. Surgical procedures can be performed, but there are many limitations and the surgery can be extremely expensive. One of the best ways to prolong the mobility of a dog affected by displasia, is to make everyday activities as easy and painless as possible for your dog. Thankfully there are many products available that can assist you in doing this. Many dog owners have installed doggy doors in their homes to make their lives easier, but are these doors safe for dogs with hip dysplasia? The answer is yes, as long as the owner has carefully considered available pet opening sizes and rise heights of the door when it was purchased. Pet doors that are too small or have a rise height that is too high can affect your dogs joints in a negative way. Therefore it is important to think of these factors when purchasing a pet door to make your dogs life easier. In order for your dog to be comfortable using its pet door you should consider a door with a large pet opening. This will ensure that your dog wont feel like it has to squeeze through the door and the dog will transition inside/outside with ease. The rise height of the pet door is also a key factor. You want to make sure that the dog doesn’t have to step over a mountain to get through the door! Typically mounting the pet door as low to the ground as possible is best for dogs with hip dysplasia, however you must also consider how tall the pet door is so your dog doesn’t have to duck to get under the top frame of the pet door to get through. Because hip dysplasia is more common in larger breed dogs, you may have to get a door custom made to be large enough. Security Boss Manufacturing has created a very high quality insulated pet door called the MaxSeal, this door can be ordered in custom sizes and is a great option for those with dogs that suffer from dysplasia. Other options for simplifying your dogs everyday activities are also available. Installing pet gates at the entrance of stairways will to make sure that your dog is not going up and down steps when not necessary. Using pet ramps to load your dog into your vehicle can help as well.

Dogs of all ages can be affected by this disease and in some severe cases the dog could be as young as five months old. The earlier in your pets life that you notice symptoms of hip dysplasia, the earlier you can fight the disease by utilizing products that are made to make your dogs life easier.