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5 Signs & Symptoms of Over Exercising in Dogs

Exercise keeps your dog fit. It helps your dog with various mental and physical benefits. It helps maintain muscle mass, which prevents injury, decreases obesity and maintains cardiovascular health.

According to Dr. Robin Downing, Director of the famous hospital, “The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management” in Colorado – One of the reasons dogs and humans get along so well is that we both value the structure in our respective worlds. Regular exercise provides day-to-day predictability that dogs truly cherish, simply because it is their nature.

He also adds that sudden overdose of exercise, because the dog has recently gained weight, can sometimes lead to joint, back and respiratory injuries.

If you are looking at building a consistent exercise regimen, it is best to consult a vet. They will be able to analyze the health conditions of your dog and advise you on the best exercises your furry friend can follow.

Overdose of exercise can lead to some of the major issues listed below:

Wear-and-Tear on Paw Pads

This is very common among pups. Sometimes the dogs give more importance to play. For them, the playtime is more important than painful feet. So, they will choose to run even if their paw pads are affected. Here, the feet are already damaged and yet getting exposed to more exercise.

Pad injuries are very painful. It causes ruptured blisters on the foot. The best way to identify this issue is to constantly check your dog’s paws for wear and tear. If your dog has an overworked paw, then there will be visible flaps present in the skin. If it’s infected you will find swelling or sometimes even pus.

Sore Muscles

Sore muscles, otherwise known as muscular pain, is also an effect of overworking. This is visible if your dog is finding it difficult to get up after heavy exercise.

Most often dogs will refuse to exercise or even walk after that. He/she may not eat much after exercise. This is because it hurts to reach down for the food.

Under some conditions, they may develop a condition called exertional rhabdomyolysis. This causes tissue to break down, which can sometimes lead to kidney damage or failure.

Reduce the soreness by unsubscribing to a weekend warrior syndrome. As humans, you are busy throughout the week and therefore working hard during the weekends to stay fit. When you couple your dog into this, their body will revolt. Their muscles will not be conditioned to sudden exercise and will lead to fatigue.

Heat Sickness

Heatstroke or heat sickness is generally caused during summer. The body temperature increases above 106 degrees. This can be life-threatening. Most of the time dogs get dehydrated during this process and this can cause difficulty in breathing.

Big breeds such as Boxers, bulldogs have a greater risk because they do not have the tendency to cool off like other peers. It is best to not take them out on a run during warmer climates, just because your dog wants to exercise does not really mean that it is good for them.

Symptoms of Overheating:

Joint Injury

Joint injury is a sprain or strain caused in the dog’s joints. Toe joints are more susceptible. This is because dogs carry 60-70 percent of their weight in the front limb. Therefore, there is a lot of stress in their limbs.

There are cases when a dog has straight legs, in such cases, they put quite a lot of weight which the bone cannot take, and therefore it leads to stifle joints.

Breeds that are longer such as Dachshunds, Hounds, etc. are more susceptible to joint injuries when exposed to exercise. These breeds also are prone to backaches.

Behavioral Changes

If your dog likes to exercise but shows a sudden aversion towards it, then it is something that should concern you. You need to check with a vet immediately. Dogs need to exercise constantly in order to maintain physical and mental fitness. But, overworking a dog can cause issues that are beyond repair.

Here are a few symptoms to find out if your dog is exhausted:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty in breathing.
  • Dehydration
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Fever
  • Change in gum color
  • Lack of urine.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

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Everything you need to know about Muscle Building in Dogs!

Bodybuilding is not an easy task. Be it for humans or dogs. It takes a lot of effort.

Have you ever looked at the same breed of your dog and wondered why your dog is so puny?

If your dog has the potential but he/she hasn’t built the muscle, then they might need a little bit of an exercise. If your dog is still a puppy then you might have to give them some time as puppies grow at a different rate.  But, if your dog is about 1-2 years, then it is time to concentrate on muscle building.

That said, not all breeds can cope up with this. Dogs are in various sizes and have different temperaments. If you have a guard dog then, it is likely that you might want them to be muscular. The muscle mass of the following breeds is high and this makes it easy for you to build muscles.

Here are some of the breeds that you can choose from

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • Boxers
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Myostatin
  • American Bully
  • Greyhounds

To start with, muscle-building includes a lot of diet and workout.

Here is a quick work-out schedule that will help your dog

Workout chart-min

Benefits of muscle building and strength exercise 

As humans when we hit the gym or do exercise, we are doing it to improve our health. The same is true when it comes to your dog. Strength exercise such as a flirt pole, weight vest, spring pole, sled track, walk and light jog will help you improve your dog’s overall health.

It will help you maintain your dog’s weight and this reduces the stress in their joints.

Doing these exercises consistently helps in reducing fat. The fat in your dog’s body is the source of inflammation in joints. Proper maintenance of body weight helps in reducing obesity and the fat deposits in your dog’s body.

It also has an added advantage of increasing muscle mass. This will protect the joints and as a result, your dogs will have a strong skeletal system. This protects the tendons and prevents injury. Your dog will also burn a lot of calories when exercising. This increases its metabolic rate resulting in a healthy lifestyle.

How to Build Muscles?


A protein-rich food is mandatory for your dog’s development. Make sure that your dog’s food is full of healthy ingredients such as natural meats. Avoid feeding your dog corn or unnamed meats as this adds less nutritional value but fills your dog’s stomach.

Mostly natural food does not only provide the necessary nutrients. If you want your dog to get adequate nutrients, you should look for supplements. These are based on a real nutrient formula and will provide all the vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and proteins needed for your dog.


Exercise is necessary to build muscles.

Cardiovascular/Aerobic Exercise: It includes exercises that will get your dog’s heart pumping, It helps in burning calories and strengthens their heart and lungs.  Use a soft surface to exercise on, using a harder surface will damage the joints. Your dog can do exercises such as treadmills, jogging or running.


5 tips to build muscle in your dog

  1. Use a protein-rich diet. Cut out on foods with less nutritional value.
  2. Use supplements to enrich your dog’s diet. Bully Max High-Performance, Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20, AvoDerm Natural, Muscle Bully’s Dog Protein Powder Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free Canned, Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High-Protein Kibble are a few supplements that you can try.
  3. Have a proper schedule for exercising
  4. Nothing can be built in a week, muscle building takes time. Be patient and do not overdo the exercises.
  5. If your dog is reluctant to exercise, then play games such as tug of war, swimming, running on stairs, weight pulling, etc.

Thank you for reading this blog. Hope you found this useful. Your dog can be your best work out buddy.  Have you ever tried muscle building for your dogs? What breed do you have and what did you do? How has it helped your dog? Let us know in the comments section below.


Pet Health

Is it better to feed a dog before or after exercise?

Dogs need exercise. A great walk should do, you may think. Perhaps, yes!

But, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Walking your dog during a wrong time can cause various problems. So, should I not walk my dog? No, you should. It is good to set a routine for your dog and walk him during that time. Before you do all of this, I’d suggest that you read this blog and avoid the most common mistakes that most pet parents do.

 Should I walk my dog before or after food?

Bloating is common when it comes to big dogs. Therefore, consistency in feeding is essential. As a pet parent, it is your duty to ensure that he isn’t fed close to his exercise time.

This brings us to the next question, when can I feed my dog?

It is always advisable to feed your dog after the walk but not immediately after the walk. Leave a considerable time, say half an hour to 45 minutes, before you give him his meal. Feeding your pet while he is still warm and panting from his walk can cause digestive problems.

What are the problems of feeding the dog before or after walking?

In case you choose to feed him before the walk, wait for at least an hour before you take him out on a walk. Failing to do this, can result in GDV (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus).

GDV is a concern that is caused by the twisting of the dog’s stomach. This is caused when a dog has a hefty meal before vigorous exercise, stress, anxiety, etc.  This affects the dog’s metabolism and leads to nausea and vomiting. It can also lead to bloating. Bloating involves the expansion of the stomach which is caused due to food, or expansion where the air accumulates. Swollen stomach, increase in heartbeat, harsh breathing and drooling are common symptoms.

GDV is a life-threatening condition and is common in big breeds. If affected by GDV, the mortality rates range from 10 to 30 percent after treatment.

When a dog is fed right after or before his walk, it causes a dysfunction in the sphincter which is placed between the stomach and esophagus.

Here is a scan report of how this condition would look like:

scan report-min

This condition causes a twist in the stomach around the longitudinal axis called the Volvulus in the digestive tract and this causes the gas distension. When this occurs the stomach rotates at 360 degrees If the Volvulus is placed above 180 degrees, the esophagus gets closed which results in bleaching and vomiting.

Treatment for GDV

GDV is fatal and can become life-threatening in a matter of a few minutes.

Treatment of GDV involves intravenous fluid therapy and sometimes surgery. During the surgery, the stomach is pulled back to its original position. Although this would be done under Anesthesia, it can be a very painful process post-surgery for your dog.

Which time would be best to feed my dog?

Humans follow a routine when it comes to food, breakfast at 8, lunch at 2, tea at 6 and dinner at 9. But, does that mean that your dog has to follow the same as well? Not necessary. Each dog differs when it comes to food. Just like humans, your dog can be a light-eater as well. And, there are dogs, who want more food. It all comes down to how well you understand your dog’s food habits.

As a new pet parent, finding this out initially might be a daunting task. If you prefer feeding your dog twice a day, it is recommended that you do this once early in the morning at around 7-8 and then again in the evening at around 6. This is because a canine digestive system will often require 4 to 5 hours to digest the food. It takes about 8 hours after the initial feed for the dog to feel hungry again. This is when the dog would start searching for food. Feeding your dog at this time will ensure that he eats the food completely. If you have a puppy, then it is advised that you feed him at least 4 times a day. If you have a senior dog, it is advised that you follow a once in a day approach or feed small quantities of food at different intervals. This entirely depends on the type of dog and his eating habits. If you have a hyperactive dog, you might have to look at feeding them more than two times a day as most of their energy is drained by their activities. You can also consider leaving the food in the bowl all the time so that they eat when they require it. This is not to be followed if your dog is suffering from diabetes or any other health issues.

That said, there is no hard rule on when you should feed your dog. It all comes down to what activity your dog does and how much energy is needed by your dog. If your dog is hungry, make sure you feed him and not wait until his feeding schedule. A feeding schedule often helps working pet parents to make sure that their dog is fed properly. But, otherwise, it all depends on your dog and when he wants to eat.

The bottom line, make sure that you give adequate time between the meal and the exercise. This ensures that your dog has a healthy life.


Pet Health

5 Effective Ways to Stay Healthy with your Dog


Fitness is necessary for the well-being of both your physical and mental health. Physical Exercise makes bones and muscles stronger. Not just for humans, but for your furry baby too. Although you might take your dog out for a walk every day, most pet parents do not feel fit. In this blog, we are going to help you learn about becoming fit along with your dog.

Make your dog your workout buddy. Dogs are the best fitness trainers you can get. The most common problem you have with a gym buddy is that they might not be as persistent as you or they might simply cancel sometimes. However, with your dog that is something unlikely to happen. Your dog will not cancel working out with you nor will they let you cancel. Because dogs thrive on routine. If you make something their routine, they will ensure that you adhere to it. You and your dog can continue a long walk or run. This comes with additional benefits as well, you save your gym money. You no longer have to spend so much on the gym to stay fit. You also get to spend a substantial amount of your time with your dog.

Here are a few things that you can do with your dog

Power walk

Power walking is the act of walking at 7 to 9 Km/Hr. It helps you to manage weight and reduce stress. As it uses the intense and exaggerated movement of muscles, it is one of the best ways to lose calories. Dogs, in general, tend to walk fast; going out with them on a power walk is the best therapy that you might need. That said, check with your vet if your dog is healthy enough to power walk with you on the interval that you want. Big breed dogs such as a Labrador or a Retriever tend to have bone deterioration, the symptoms of that do not show up in the early stages. Exposing your dog to power walking when he/she has such a problem will only increase the pain.

Dog Jogging

Jogging is not something that you and your dog can wake up one day and start doing. Especially if both of you are not exposed to workout. Take short trips to walking and jogging. Slowly increase the pace and distance.

Dog Hiking

Most hikes never happen because the travel partner canceled at the last minute. Make your dog your travel buddy and you will never miss a hike. Take your dog with you on a small easy hike first to see how he reacts. Based on his response, you can plan future hikes and treks.

Dog Swimming

Dogs love swimming. It is an excellent low impact exercise. The only trouble you might have is to find a swimming pool that allows both of you to get in.

Dog Active Play

Active play can help both of you spend quality time together. Find an empty ground or a park and indulge in games that your dog might love. You can take a Frisbee or a ball and play a game of catch, or tug of war, or perhaps even teach your dog to chase bubbles. Whatever you do, just ensure that you both get the exercise that you need.
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5 Dog Health Problems to Never Ignore


Dogs have problems just like humans, just that we know that a common cold or a bad breath in humans cannot be fatal but when it comes to dogs, we get confused or panic.

Here are 5 common problems facing a dog on a daily basis and their solutions

1)Rapid/Abnormal Panting

It is normal for dogs to pant, more like heavy breathing in humans. But if you observe an abnormal pattern, then it is best to consult a vet.

What else could be the cause of heavy panting?

  • Heatstroke
  • Chronic illness
  • Heart failure
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Respiratory disorder
  • Injury

What to do?

Consult your vet immediately if your dog starts panting suddenly. This is not normal behavior. This could happen because your dog is in pain. Panting accompanied by a color change in the dog’s tongue or gums are even more serious. This means that your dog isn’t getting enough oxygen.

2) Blood in Urine

Blood in urine could be due to issues in the dog’s urinary tract. This is a serious issue and could be due to a variety of reasons.

What could be the cause of blood in Urine?

  • Bladder stones
  • Crystals in the urine
  • Bacterial infections
  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Obstruction of the urethra
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Congenital abnormality
  • Prostate disease

What to do?

A test needs to be conducted to see if there are any serious issues in the dog’s urinary tract. Blood in the urine is common in female dogs older than 7 years and in dogs with diabetes. In case there are issues, it needs to be identified and resolved.

3) Ear infections

Ear infections are widespread in dogs. Dogs in cold regions are more prone to ear infections.

How to identify an ear infection?

  • Head shaking or head tilting
  • Swelling of the outer portion of the ear
  • Lack of balance
  • Vigorous scratching
  • Bloody discharge
  • Unusual back-and-forth eye movements
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Ear odor

What to do?

Immediate cleaning of the ear canal will help in solving the infection. However, if the situation goes out of the hand and becomes chronic, surgery might be required.

4) Worms

Most of the time your dog might be suffering from severe stomach problems. The main reason for this could be worms. Worm infestation is a serious issue when it comes to puppies.

How to identify worms?

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Scooting
  • Vomiting
  • Coat roughness
  • Change in appearance

What to do?

The only way to treat worms is to visit a vet as the treatment depends on the type of worm. Home remedies might turn out as threats if done wrong.

5) Compulsive Scratching

Compulsive scratching can occur due to a lot of reasons. Now, since scratching is pretty common in dogs, one might not take it seriously. But it could turn out to be dangerous.  One of the first signs is the development of a “hot spot”. A HotSpot is a red, wet, irritated area that is caused by continuous chewing, licking, scratching or rubbing. It can occur anywhere on the dog’s body.

What could be the reason behind the scratching?

In some cases, boredom could also turn out to be one of the factors that can cause this. Make sure that your dog gets enough attention.

Hope you found this useful. Watch out this space for the next set of common issues that a dog might face.

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Everything You Must Know About Dog Panting

If you have a dog, you might know that there is nothing much you can do about panting. All the dog’s pant, so if your little one does, there is absolutely nothing to worry about (unless that’s all that they do). Panting helps in circulating the air flow through the body. In humans, this happens through sweating, as dogs don’t sweat, so are they panting.

Why is my dog panting and restless?

The normal rate of breathing is about 35 – 40 pairs of inhalations and exhalations in a minute.  But, if your dog does this 10x more times in a minute, say 350 – 400 then it is panting. This is absolutely normal.

Now, panting is classified into 2 typesNormal and Abnormal.
Like mentioned above, normal panting is when your dog’s body is trying to circulate the air flow. Abnormal panting can occur due to various reasons and must be identified and treated as soon as possible. One of the deadly issues that your dog could be facing due to this abnormal panting is Asthma.

What is abnormal panting?

When your dog pants more than the current panting pattern then this is something that you must be considered about. It happens at inappropriate times and sounds harsher, louder and raspier. Your dog will exert more than normal.

Dog panting causes

1. Anxiety

Most of the dog’s pant when they are stressed. There could be a physical or emotional trauma that they are going through. Keeping your dog calm and stress-free is your primary responsibility as a dog owner. Yawning, whining, trembling, food refusal is a few of the other symptoms of anxiety.

2. Pain

Pain and panting go hand in hand. Your dog could be panting after a long walk because his legs are aching. If your dog pants, the first thing that you need to check is if he has pain as well.

3. Heat or Temperature Change

Any change in the temperature could also cause excessive panting. This might even lead to heatstroke. Pugs, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and French Bulldog are more susceptible to this.

4. Heart Issues

There might be times when the heart doesn’t get enough oxygen that it requires. When something like that happens, dogs pant to increase the blood flow. Please do take sudden panting seriously if your dog has any history of heart problems or if he is overweight.

5. Anemia

Red blood cells carry oxygen to the other parts of the body. And, when this decreases, it causes Anemia. This can lead to a heart for lung failure. One of the immediate symptoms for this is panting.

Excessive panting in older dogs

Cushing’s disease is a hormonal imbalance which is common in older dogs. It is caused due to overproduction of a steroid called Cortisol by the adrenal glands.
Abnormal Panting is the first symptom that you will notice. Successful treatment of the Cushing’s disease resolves panting. Consult your vet immediately and get this treated.

Dogs panting in Car (or) while Traveling

Dogs panting while traveling is pretty common. This could be due to multiple reasons – their first journey, they not being comfortable, anxiety, etc. Here are a few things that you must do to make sure that your dog is comfortable while traveling.

  • Make sure that they are comfortably seated.
  • Keep talking to them, if possible make them sit next to you. They need to know that you are there to protect them.
  • Do not feed them just before the trip. This is similar to the same reason most humans avoid eating before traveling.
  • Stop as much as possible and take your dog outside to get fresh air.
  • Do not leave your pet alone inside the car.

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Are you walking your dog right?

Dogs love going for walks no matter how old they are. It allows them to go out and explore. Just like humans, dogs do need a break from their routine life and going out on walks helps them relieve stress and get fresh air.

Walking has also proven to have increased the bond between the owner and the pet. It is a good exercise to take your dog out on a walk when they are bored. This not only kills their boredom but also increases their love for you.

Here are a few things that you must know before taking your dog out on a walk.

How to prepare your dog for a walk?

Have a fixed time to walk your dog

What worries most of the pet parents is finding the right time to walk their dog. Walking your dog is as important as anything else that you do in a day. Make sure that you have a fixed time to walk your dog. This ensures that there is a balance in your dog’s metabolic rate.

Also, when you make this a routine, you will not skip out on it. This will turn out as a benefit for both you and your dog. If you are someone who has limited physical activities, taking your dog out on a walk is a chance for you to sweat out as well.

Have a fixed distance and route

Have about 2-3 routes and make sure that you walk your dog in the same route. This will allow you and your dog to make friends. As a pet parent, you must know how far your dog can walk. Make sure that you adhere to it. In case your dog does not want to walk or sits down while walking, chances are that they have a problem in their legs. Visit a Vet immediately. Problems such as socket articulation disorder can be treated if identified earlier.

Do not force your dog if he does not walk. Dogs love walking, if they do not want to walk, it means that they are either cranky or something is not right in their body.

Find the right kind of harness

The harness that you use to walk your dog is very important. This determines how comfortable both you and your dog are going to be while walking. A harness gives you complete control over your dog. A lot of dog parents prefer using a harness over a collar as it does not strain the dog’s neck. Using a collar renders a force at the back of the neck when the dog walks forward causing Ocular Proptosis. It also helps in breaking the pulling habit.

There are different types of the harness that are available.

  • Front clip harness
  • Back clip harness
  • Head Collar harness

Carry poop bags

As a responsible pet owner, you need to make sure that you leave no traces. Get a bag holder that you can attach to your dog’s leash or stuff a few covers in your pocket before going for a walk. Pick up the poop and deposit the filled bags in the dustbin. Keeping the neighborhood clean is our responsibility as well.

Carry water for your pet

This is a must when you are walking your dog during summer. Dogs often get tired and dehydrated when they walk for a long time. Make sure that you carry enough water and in case you feel that your pooch is getting dehydrated, stop and make him/her drink the water immediately.

Carry essentials

Depending on the season your essentials to walk your dog will vary. When it is summer, it is best to walk your dog in the evenings. Check the heat on the floor before you start walking. The best way to check that is to put your palm on the floor and see how hot it is. If it is hot for you then it is hot for your dog as well. Talk to your Vet and get cooling pads for your dog’s paws if you live in a high-temperature zone.

During winter, make sure that you fully clothed your dog with shoes and sweaters before you take him/her out.

Ask before you let your dog make friends

Do not assume that every dog you meet will be as friendly as your dog. Make sure that you ask the fellow pet owner the nature of their dog before you let yours make contact with them. If either of the dogs show signs that are not comfortable, retreat immediately.

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