Dog Health

Pet Supplements - Do They Help?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Another reason we're seeing more and more supplements being bought is that dog owners don't want to feel like they're denying their dog this something 'extra'. And then there's the 'band wagon' mentality - people see others giving their dog supplements and hear about how it worked miracles for them so they decide to do the same.

Dogs And Fur Stains

Kristina Johansen | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Healing developmental trauma is this all consuming maze that I'm walking through, where nobody has a map for, because no healing maze is the same. People can offer insights into their own experiences, they can offer me a look at my map from where they're sitting, but no-one (except myself) can tell me exactly which roads to go down to heal.

Fat - Not Always As 'Bad' As You Think

Kristina Johansen | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Fat is made up of fatty acid molecules that are joined together, usually in groups of three (a triglyceride). When eaten and digested, it's broken down into single fatty acids, which are then absorbed into the blood and used in a variety of different bodily functions. These include:

Is There Something Fishy About Omega-3?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Fish oils - and in turn omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA - have also been shown to play a very important role in the development of the central nervous system (the brain). So much so that it's been suggested that feeding fish oils to puppies can improve their memory retention and make them easier to train.

Treat Guidelines For Dogs

Kristina Johansen | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

You can skip commercial treats and try offering vegetables such as baby carrot, green beans, zucchini or fruits such as banana, pear, watermelon and apple slices (with no seeds). These have nearly no calories and are usually low in protein, fat, sodium and phosphorus.

Cannabis For Dogs With Cancer

Kristina Johansen | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

What the research to date hasn't shown is which cannabinoids could potentially be used to treat which type of cancer, at which dose they should be given or for how long, or the best way to administer these drugs so that they get to the cancer cells.

Does Neutering Cause Weight Gain In Dogs?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

This is because spayed and castrated dogs are at an increased risk of being overweight or obese compared to intact dogs. And as with humans, dogs who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of developing a number of health problems including diabetes.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc - Why 'A' Doesn't Always Cause 'B'

Kristina Johansen | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Chicken soup cures everything. You should feed a cold and starve a fever. Every culture and every family has their 'old wives tales' - different quirks and shortcuts, tricks and tips that are mainly supposed to help treat and cure a wide variety of health problems.

'Tis The Season To Be Careful: The Danger Christmas Chocolates Pose For Your Dog

Kristina Johansen | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The more chocolate they consume, the worse their symptoms become. This means the clinical signs of theobromine poisoning vary depending on the amount of chocolate your dog has eaten.

Thinking Of Getting A Dog?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Dogs are great companions and the unconditional love we share with our four-legged friends can make our world a much nicer, warmer place. There are fe...

Grain-Free, The Latest Trend In Dog Food

Kristina Johansen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Among other things, part of the rationale for the development of grain-free dog food is the idea that dogs are not built to digest grains or complex carbs - or in other words, they're not built to break down starch.

What Can My Dog Safely Chew?

Marti Leimbach | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

Every year, foreign objects are surgically removed from dogs' abdomens. Not all of these objects are bones. What are they? Plastic toys, corn cobs, sticks, string, rubber toys, tennis balls, fishing hooks, underwear, stone fruit pips, and socks, to name a few.

Cancer - One Word, Different Diseases

Kristina Johansen | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Kristina Johansen

Cancer is a disease that affects almost every species - from dogs and cats, to humans and elephants and many more.

Is Your Dog a Wolf?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Kristina Johansen

Modern domestic dogs - or what you and I simply refer to as dogs - are believed to have evolved from the grey wolf around 20,000 - 30,000 years ago. ...

Why Did My Dog Get Cancer? - How Healthy Cells Become Cancer Cells

Kristina Johansen | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Cells know when to divide and make new copies of themselves, and when not to divide. A cell also knows to stay in their area or bit of the body and not to stray to other locations where they don't belong. And importantly, cells know when they should call it a day and 'self-destruct' because they're either too old, or they've become damaged...

Poopolgy: The Scoop on Poop

Kristina Johansen | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

One of the benefits of being a 'responsible dog owner' and picking up after your dog is that you pay attention to his or her poop and this can help you to monitor health and wellbeing. Learn what 'normal' looks like for your dog so you can spot any changes or potential problems.

Fat Dog = Ill Dog

Kristina Johansen | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

I know! That may seem harsh but the fact is if your dog is overweight then he's either ill or he's going to be ill. Just like weight gain is a sensitive subject for us, it's also a sensitive subject for most dog owners. In fact, I know one vet who has lost several patients after suggesting their dog needed to lose a few kilos!

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 4 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kristina Johansen

Initially we looked at the ingredient lists of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the manufacturers use to ...

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 3 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

In the first blog in the series we looked at the ingredient list of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the ...

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 2 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Last time we looked at the ingredient list of your dog food, how they are constructed and what tricks and marketing tactics the manufacturers use to get you to choose their product over their competitors. This blog looks at protein and how to identify good quality protein in your dog food. Again you're going to need to look at the ingredient list in more detail.

How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog (Part 1 of 4)

Kristina Johansen | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Reading labels and trying to figure out which product is best is not always simple. A lot of ingredients such as 'grains', 'by-products' and 'corn' have often been vilified but as we'll explore in the series a lot of these ingredients are not actually harmful for a healthy dog and there is often absolutely no reason to feel guilty if your chosen food contains them!

The Price of Poor Nutrition for Dogs

Kristina Johansen | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

As a canine nutritionist, my job is to provide nutritional information for dog owners. I don't promote any specific method of feeding although I do prefer home-prepared, raw or cooked, diets.

Common Dog Diseases and Their Link to Diet

Kristina Johansen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The relationship between diet and disease is complicated. However, studies have shown that particular dietary conditions are strongly associated with specific diseases. Certain breeds of dog are also more susceptible to certain conditions than others. Clearly the chance of developing the disease is greater when a known risk factor or more than one risk factor is present.

Managing Acute Diarrhea in Dogs

Kristina Johansen | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Most cases of dietary indiscretion are mild and do not have lasting consequences beyond an upset tummy. As long as your dog is still active and there are no other symptoms that point to something more serious then you don't need to panic.

Does It Really Matter What We Feed Our Dog?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

The current health status of your dog should also be considered when making diet choices. Does your dog have gastrointestinal problems, arthritis or is your dog taking any medication? Existing health conditions are likely to warrant specific dietary requirements.